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Heather Hardy has garnered headlines with every punch, and rightfully so, when, as a single mother from Brooklyn, unfiltered, strong-minded and authentic, she decided to become a professional boxer. The new documentary, “HARDY,” takes viewers behind the scenes into Heather’s complex and unique life as a female fighter, single mother, girlfriend and determined businesswoman. The film is directed by Natasha Verma and executive produced by New York’s biggest boxing promoter, Lou DiBella. The film will screen at DOC NYC, the country’s largest documentary film festival, at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas at 11:45AM on Sunday, November 16, 2014. (more…)
A new interim heavyweight champion will be crowned this Saturday when the UFC finally lands in Mexico for a card headlined by Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt battling it out with the gold on the line . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Statement from Ricky Burns: Frank Warren has lost his £2m claim against Ricky Burns. The Judge dismissed his claim as “fanciful” and said that it bore “no relation to reality.” Frank Warren was found to have lied in Court about an alleged oral agreement relating to Burns. His evidence was described as “untruthful”, “unrealistic” and “unreliable” by the Judge, Mr Justice Knowles. Warren had previously been found to have lied in his litigation with Joe Calzaghe.
Mr Justice Knowles added that “despite the duties of Warren and Frank Warren Promotions to give proper disclosure of documents relevant to this matter, the quality of the disclosure in fact given was shockingly poor.” Burns has in turn, won his claim, amounting to more than £102,000, for unpaid purse fees from his successful World Title fight with Kevin Mitchell over two years ago. (more…)
Promoter Ronson Frank of Uprising Promotions returns this Friday to the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, Queens with a card loaded with intriguing match-ups. In the main event, super featherweight Angel “El Gato” Luna (9-0, 6 KOs) from the Dominican Republic faces Victor Serrano (4-7, 1 KO), a gritty Mexican warrior who owns a deceiving record. Including the bout with Luna, Serrano has faced nine undefeated fighters in his last ten fights.
In the co-main event, undefeated lightweight Wesley “El Bongocero” Ferrer (5-0, 4 KOs) from Brooklyn, goes toe-to-toe with Will Walters (2-5, 1 KO), a Sacramento native. Ferrer won the NY Daily News Golden Gloves Championship in 2009 when he was just 17-years-old. Since turning pro in September 2013, Ferrer has stopped four of his five opponents in the first round. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Tyrieshia Douglas 116.5 vs. Christina Ruiz 118
James Stevenson 144 vs. Larry Darnell Ventus 146.5
Ivan Golub 157 vs. Tyson Harrison 154
Malik Hawkins 148.5 vs Terrell Coles 153
Ivan Baranchyk 140 vs. Christopher Haney 136
Kwame Ritter 187 vs. Devon Mosley 199
Stephon McDonald 137.5 vs. Sidney McCow 138.5
It has been quite a whirlwind boxing career for Baltimore, MD super flyweight Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas. As an amateur, she was among the first group of women to attend the US Olympic Boxing Trials in 2012, joining her brother Antoine as the first sister-brother duo to compete in the event. Now, just eight bouts into her pro career, the undefeated Douglas (7-0, three KO’s) will compete for her first world title as she challenges Christina Ruiz of San Antonio, TX for the vacant WIBA Super Flyweight title at the Royal Farms Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena) in Baltimore. This 10-round bout is the main event of the inaugural ShayStyle Promotions card. (more…)
Thomas “Hitman” Hearns talks about tartan-clad Scotsmen. More
“Pacquiao is among the all-time greats!” At least that’s what a (non-boxing) sports mogul thinks. More
There’s a casting call for the Vinny Paz movie in Rhode Island. More
A Rocky spin-off with Apollo Creed’s “grandson?” More
The BWAA has announced that long time boxing writer Rusty Rubin has passed away at the age of 72. Rubin wrote several books and in recent years contributed to various websites, but he is best known for having been the publisher and editor of Ring Sports Magazine, a Reno based publication that had a 17 year run (1989-2006). Although Rusty barely broke even financially with Ring Sports, his goal in putting out the publication was to make friends, not money. That was more than accomplished.
Joseph Diaz 122.8 vs. Roberto Castaneda 123
Julian Ramirez 124.6 vs. Pedro Melo 121
Diego De La Hoya 123.6 vs. Ali Gonzalez 122.8
Taishan Dong 286 vs. Tommy Washington Jr 281
Roy Tapia 126 vs. Luis Maldonado 126.8
Gabriel Tolmajyan 132 vs. Carlos Morales 132.8
Nicolas Arce 129.8 vs. Adalbert Valenzuela 132
Jesus Delgado 133.6 vs. Rick Quevedo 133.6
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Photos: Mikey Williams
Two of the top boxers in Mexico will be featured this Saturday Night in San Antonio, Texas when world ranked and undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Olympian, Oscar Valdez in a show that will be telecast from the Alamodome on HBO Latino.
They both worked out today in San Antonio with former world champion Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez in attendance along the local media.
Super middleweight Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico will take on the roughed Fulgenciao Zuniga (27-9-1, 24 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in the 10 round main event while Valdez (13-0, 11KOs) of Nogales, Mexico will take on former world title challenger Alberto Garza in an eight round featherweight bout. photos
Fres Oquendo’s wife and newborn were in the hospital when he boarded a plane to Grozny, Russia in July to take on Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA Heavyweight title – a fight that was slated to take place just 36 hours after his arrival. For his troubles, Oquendo was guaranteed a purse of $1 million dollars and a rematch within 120 days in the event that he lost. “The only reason I even left my wife and newborn child was because [Chechnyan] President Ramzan Kadyrov and Andre Rabinsky both personally called and guaranteed my safety, a rematch and the $1,000,000 to take care of my family,” said Oquendo. “They literally begged me to go even though I had no sleep, had not worked out in 2 weeks and literally got there an hour before the weigh in.” Rabinsky guaranteed an additional $100,000, per the promoter, when travel plans didn’t go as expected.
Oquendo did indeed lose the fight, by majority decision, and has since not been paid the purse he agreed to with Rabinsky and Kadyrov – a purse that was secured by the fight contract. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras 114.5 vs. Marvin Mabait 115
(WBC super flyweight world title)
Ava Knight 112 vs. Guadalupe Martínez 112
(WBC silver flyweight title)
Event: “Fight Night” in Washington D,C.
Promoter: Ollie Dunlap and Promociones del Pueblo
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
Former two-division world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-6, 27 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten WBC #2, IBF #3, WBA #5 Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 39-year-old Mundine, who was defeated by Emanuel Clottey in April, got off to a good start. WBC open scoring revealed that “The Man” was up 40-36, 39-37 on two cards, while Rabchenko was ahead 39-37 on the third card. After hearing the scores, Rabchenko amped up his aggressiveness but continued to eat jabs. Good two-way action in rounds seven and eight. WBC open scoring after eight had 77-75 Mundine, 76-76, 77-75 Rabchenko. Rabchenko rocked Mundine in round ten, but Mundine responded with a good uppercut. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 Mundine, 115-113 Rabchenko. Mundine claimed Rabchenko’s WBC silver belt.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 300+ pound veteran Chauncey Welliver (55-8-5, 22 KOs). The fight was stopped after round five due to Welliver’s left eye being closed. (more…)
Philippine Marvin Mabait (19-2-2, 13 KOs) has the best opportunity of his life, in challenging WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras on Thursday in Washington D.C. Mabait replaced Sonny Boy Jaro, who had visa problems. He’s poised plus determined and fully aware this is his one huge chance to prove himself a big hit! “This is such great opportunity for me. I have seen several of Cuadras’ fights I am sure I can defeat him,” the Filipino confidently assured. “I had a great preparation in my country, and I’m really motivated to have this opportunity to win the WBC title. I will put everything that I have into this fight, so I can take the belt back home with me!” Cuadras and Marbait collide in the main event of the 25th anniversary edition of the Fight Night charity card at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.
WBC female lightweight champion Delfine Persoon moved to 31-1, 14 KOs after a ninth round TKO over Diana Prazak (13-3, 9 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Sporthal De Zwaluwin in Zwevezele, Belgium. Persoon’s relentless attack broke down Prazak and the referee finally halted the contest.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced today the officials who will work this Saturday in the title defense of Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19 KOs), who will defend his junior flyweight belt against the #5 ranked Carlos “Chapito” Velarde (20-0, 11 KOs) at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu, Philippines. The referee will be Samuel Viruet, from United States. Judges will be Rose M. Lacend, from United States, Salven Lagumbay, from Philippines, and Masakazu Murase, from Japan. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo Jr.
Ovince Saint Preux’s shocking TKO finish against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at Fight Night Uberlandia shook up the light heavyweight division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri says he’s not affected by the stream of comments coming from Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach in advance of his November 22 PPV showdown with Pacman in Macao, China. “He is wasting his time because I don’t even read those reports, so that’s the first thing,” stated Algieri. “Secondly, I hear about them from other people around me and it doesn’t make a difference to me. It seems kind of odd for him to be coming out so much and saying so many different things and every day it’s a new thing. But like I said, I don’t read them and I don’t care about them and it doesn’t make a difference come fight night. I would imagine it is some kind of strategy, a kind of mental game or whatnot. Freddie’s been around a long time and maybe this has worked for him in the past but it’s not going to work on me.”
Algieri will be making the long trek from Las Vegas to Macao today.
Banner Promotions has announced that an American television outlet will be announced shortly for the November 28 clash between former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo at the Luzhniki GCKZ ‘Russia’ Arena in Moscow. “I am very excited to have Ruslan fight back in Moscow,” said promoter Artie Pelullo. “Ruslan is one of the biggest stars in the sport of boxing. He will be fighting in front of his countrymen in a sold-out arena against a great former world champion in Jose Luis Castillo. I want to thank Andrey Rybinski for all his help and it has been a pleasure to work with him and his staff.”
Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) stated, “I’m happy to be fighting at home! It’s been three years and I’m ready for war with Castillo! Hope to see all my fans in Moscow on November 28th!” It will be Provodnikov’s first fight in his native Russia since December 5, 2011.
Welterweight prospect and former amateur star ‘Speedy’ Rashidi Ellis (12-0, 9 KOs) from Lynn, Massachusetts will return to the ring this Friday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where in the main event Puerto Rican sensation Jose ‘Sniper’ Pedraza will face Philippine contender, Michael Farenas in an IBF elimination bout. Ellis’ opponent will be Joseph De los Santos (18-13, 9 KOs) from Dominican Republic in a scheduled six rounder.
History will be made when Swedish superstar and No. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson meets No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Stockholm, Sweden to determine the next UFC® light heavyweight title challenger. (more…)
With the International Boxing Federation (IBF) elimination bout between super flyweight contenders McJoe Arroyo and Mark Anthony Geraldo, and the return to the ring of former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presents “Triple Crown” on December 20, at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, which will be broadcast on DIRECTV Pay Per View in Puerto Rico. “We are back to El San Juan Resort and Casino with this great show, which McJoe Arroyo go for the opportunity to fight for the world title, but also included two-time former world champion Rocky Martinez and former world title challenger Chelo Gonzalez in their return to the ring and looking to be in the rankings of their respective weights,” promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PRBBP, said. (more…)
Tony Weeks will be the third man in the ring when WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defends his belts againsg IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on Saturday at the o2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Judges are Glenn Feldman, Joe Pasqueale and Jerome Jakubco.
The last U.S. Heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs was met by a large security entourage today when he was trying to enter the public training session of unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko at a Volkswagon auto dealership in Hamburg, Germany. The Briggs camp believes that Klitschko hired special security anticipating Briggs arrival. Briggs’ presence was still felt, however, as he took center stage and was mobbed by German media and fans outside. The atmosphere almost felt as if Briggs was fighting Klitschko instead of Kubrat Pulev on Saturday. (Video: Team Briggs)
On November 15, number one contender Fabricio Werdum faces Mark Hunt for the interim UFC heavyweight title in Mexico City. Yet despite Werdum’s current success, his road to UFC 180 has been a long and winding one. Read on for a look at his five defining moments . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Michel Beuville/Netboxe.com
Last Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, French IBF #1 rated light heavyweight and mandatory title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi once again gave a good account of himself, easily beating the overmatched American Demetrius Walker in less than three minutes. For this bout, “Iron ‘Djib” had to compete without his regular trainer Samuel Florimond who had obligations in France. Therefore it was the famed Abel Sanchez (trainer of Gennady Golovkin) who worked the corner after Mohammedi had trained in Sanchez’s Gym in Big Bear.
We asked Sanchez to share his thoughts on Nadjib Mohammedi. “I had the pleasure of coaching a very talented, respectful future world champion,” said Sanchez. “Nadjib has a lot of good qualities and with some perfecting and polishing of his technical skills, along with power which is something he does not use to its fullest right now, Nadjib will be champion in 2015. I look forward to teaching him how to become France’s next world champion.”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum: How can I talk for Mayweather? As far as the Pacquiao fight is concerned with Mayweather, as much as a lot of people surrounding it would want it to happen, myself included and Manny included, Floyd is reluctant to fight Manny Pacquiao, period. If people don’t see that by now, they are never going to see it. In as far as if Chris Algieri wins the fight against Manny Pacquiao, then there is a provision in the contract for a rematch. If he beats Pacquiao then beats Manny in a rematch and Floyd wants to fight him, that’s not my business – that’s up to Joe DeGuardia and it’s up to the Mayweather camp.
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“The word is if,” Bernard Hopkins says, about retirement. More
WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev has started training camp for the first defense of his second title reign which is supposed to take place in early 2015 in Hamburg. After his mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz disqualified himself with a positive doping test team Chagaev is currently looking for an opponent. “Ruslan is ready to go but now that Ortiz is out we will have to see who is available”, says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “And of course, we need to coordinate the exact date and challenger with the WBA. We will announce the fight once the contracts are signed.”
This week Chagaev and his team will take a close look at the action that will take place in their adapted home town Hamburg. The regular WBA champion will be ringside when “Super Champion” Wladimir Klitschko defends his titles against Kubrat Pulev. “I still want my rematch with Wladimir and I know that I will get it”, says Chagaev. “I didn’t have any time to prepare for our first fight in summer 2009 because they brought me in as last minute replacement. I didn’t want to pass on the chance but I am not happy with the circumstances. I know that it will be a different fight when I have the chance to get ready. To take on Wladimir I have to be in the best possible physical shape and I also need the right mindset.” (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez is in San Antonio where this Saturday November 15 he will take on former world title challenger Alberto Garza in an eight round bout that will be telecast live from the Alamodome by HBO Latino.
Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs) from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico will look to keep his professional record perfect against the cagey veteran.
Mark Hunt has always been the people’s favorite. On November 15 in Mexico City, he could become the people’s champ when he takes on Fabricio Werdum for the interim UFC heavyweight title. It’s been a rollercoaster ride to get here for “The Super Samoan,” so read on for a look back at his five defining UFC moments . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday from his Venetian Las Vegas-based training camp. Tomorrow, right after his final U.S. sparring session, Algieri will break camp and head off to Macao, China where he will challenge reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
Chris Algieri: We’ve done all the hard work here and we’re ready to travel across the world and eventually shock the world.
I’m tall for the weight class. I’m not built to go in there and stand in front of a man and trade bombs. Why would I do that? I’ve got length, I’ve got reach, I’ve got speed. I’ve got footwork and defense, but that’s not going to be what the difference is in this fight. It’s not a tall guy versus a short guy, it’s Chris Algieri versus Manny Pacquiao. It’s what I bring to the table versus what he brings to the table…I have the tools and the talent to win this fight. I’ve just got to go out there and perform.
I’m not one of those champions who was brought up and fed the perfect guys to look great. I’ve had to fight every single style you can think of coming up. I had to fight my way to get here. I wasn’t fed anyone at any point in my career. I’ve fought every style you can think of, lefty, righty, tall, short, power puncher, fast guys, slow guys, counter guys, so for me it’s the norm preparing for a different style.
[On responding to Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach’s trash talk] I’m not going to change just to promote a fight…I’m not fighting Freddie. That’s not the man I have to box with, so I’m not going to go back and forth firing darts at each other. You don’t see Pacquiao doing that. That’s Freddie’s prerogative, that’s what he likes to do. That’s not me. Even if it helps the promotion of the fight, that’s not my style.
By James Slater
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Once-beaten southpaw heavyweight Amir Mansour rebounded from his exciting points loss to Steve Cunningham on Saturday night, with an eye-catching seventh-round KO over Fred Kassi. Now 21-1 with 16 KOs, the shaven headed southpaw known as “Hardcore” aims to build on the brutal stoppage and fight the top names of the division as soon as possible.
Congratulations on the KO win over Fred Kassi. It was a brutal KO and people are talking about it as the possible KO Of The Year. Was that right hook the best one you’ve ever landed?
“Er, no, not at all. It just landed, but the punch wasn’t my best ever right hook at all. I’ve KO’d guys like that before. [Hector] Ferreyro (who Mansour KO’d in a round back in 2011) literally went out on a stretcher and he didn’t wake up until he was at the hospital. Kassi was a big strong guy and I hit him with a solid shot, but I did other things better than ever in the fight.” (more…)
Former multiple world title challenger Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi left Southern California last week in final preparations for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight world title clash with champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez set for Saturday, December 6th in Oldenburg, Germany. “I had been training for the last few weeks in Los Angeles but for the best sparring I came to Kiev, Ukraine to work with Oleksandr Usyk in his camp” said the London born Afolabi who has compiled a record of 21-3-4 (10KO’s) during his career that began with no amateur bouts.
With a record of 5-0 with five knockouts, Usyk is a very highly regarded cruiserweight prospect, the southpaw having won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal at heavyweight for Ukraine. “I’ve watched Usyk fight before and he is clearly very strong and talented. He is a tall southpaw who will help me prepare for Hernandez, if I can do well with him I will beat Hernandez.” (more…)
Matthew Macklin says his career is on the line on Saturday night when he faces WBC International middleweight titlist Jorge Sebastian Heiland at The 3Arena in Dublin. The 32 year old meets the Argentine in a WBC World title eliminator in his first fight in Ireland since December 2009, and he says the stakes couldn’t be higher for his return to the capital. “It’s the fight I need at this stage and if I cannot beat him, then that’s it really,” said Macklin. “I know I will beat him and it will set me up for a big 2015 where a world title shot will definitely come about. He knows that beating me is a massive scalp and it throws him into the limelight and he’ll probably get a world title shot. (more…)
Hitz Boxing Entertainment founder and promoter Bobby Hitz is a man who wears many hats, and tomorrow night he will showcase his acting talents when he plays the owner of a boxing gym on the hit NBC police drama Chicago PD. It isn’t a stretch for Hitz, whose acting credits include a recurring role in the TV series Mob Doctor. “I’ve been auditioning for various roles on the show, and am pleased to have been cast in the role of the boxing gym owner. I am hoping it leads to a recurring role in the show,” said Hitz. “It was great to be cast in such a terrific show that showcases my good friend and boxing aficionado John Seda. That makes the experience all the more rewarding.” Seda plays straight-arrow detective Antonio Dawson on the NBC show. (more…)
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