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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame promoter Don King, representing Panamanian Guillermo “Felino” Jones, and Russian promoter Vladimir Hrunov, representing WBA cruiserweight champion Dennis Lebedev, met this week in Panama to discuss disagreements in regard to the WBA-mandated rematch Lebedev vs Jones. World Championships Committee president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza acted as mediator. Don King reiterated his request for reconsideration of Jones’ case so the negotiation period mandated during the 92nd Annual Convention held in Peru is extended until the Championships Committee takes a decision on the purse split. As of now, the two sides have 15 days to come to an agreement.
Due to visa issues with Filipinos Rocky Fuentes and Mark Acub, the card Noche de Campeones DIRECTV that was supposed to be held on December 7 at the Humacao Arena in Humacao, Puerto Rico, was postponed until January 25, 2014. Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) said that due to the problems in the Philippines after the devastation caused by the Typhoon Haiyan, Fuentes (the opponent of McWilliams Arroyo) and Acub (opponent of Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez) will not get their visas on time to fly to Puerto Rico.
“The issue is that two fighters of the main bouts won’t be in Puerto Rico in time because the interviews for the visa are delayed in the Philippines and the fight between McWilliams Arroyo and Rocky Fuentes is an eliminator for the #1 in the IBF rankings, and we can’t change this bout. So, we postponed the card to January 25, 2014, when we will present the same show that has been announced,”Rivera said. (more…)
Former world champion Jurgen Brahmer (41-2, 31 KOs) is ready to impress. Since weeks, the southpaw is in intense preparation for the big task ahead of him. On December 14, Braehmer wants to make himself the biggest gift as he tries to again become a world champion at light heavyweight. In Neubrandenburg, Germany the 35-year-old will go toe-to-toe with Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs) with the vacant WBA world title on the line.
Since Monday, Braehmer and his coach Karsten Roewer have relocated to a remote training facility in the northern part of Germany for the final weeks of sparring. Roewer is delighted in reference to his prodigy’s shape: “It’s stunning how Juergen performs at the moment. We already had to send home a bunch of sparring partners before moving here.” (more…)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
On Wednesday afternoon at the President’s Room of Tijuana’s City Hall, Juan Carlos Pelayo, director of the Tijuana boxing commission, held their yearly awards ceremony honoring the best of 2012. Former champions Erik “Terrible” Morales, Alejandro “Terra” Garcia and Victor Burgos were on hand as well as a number of city and state wide dignitaries including the mayor’s official representative Daniel Leon.
“One of the requests from our mayor, Carlos Bustamante, made to this commission when he appointed us was for us to increase the number of fights and to make the commission somewhat more professional,” Pelayo stated in his turn at the dais. “I believe we have accomplished that with new innovations such as reducing the minimum amount of rounds for each fight card. I would like to thank the promoters, Zanfer, Mayen, Olivaritos, PM, Gonzalez and Box Latino, for trusting us and having their events here in Tijuana and helping us become one of the most important boxing plazas not only in Mexico but the world.” (more…)
The final press conference was held Wednesday for Saturday’s attractive HBO card at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, featuring two light heavyweight world championship fights. Things got testy between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) and mandatory challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) after the 6’2 Bellew’s references to the 5’11 Stevenson as a “little man,” “midget” and “dwarf.” Stevenson responded that Chad Dawson is 6’3 and he “planted him” in 76 seconds. For the co-feature, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) and challenger Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) issued typical boilerplate presser statements.
Adonis Stevenson: I know you are dreaming to be world champion. You will never fight a man and ‘Superman’ like me. I will knock you out cold. I am going to knock you out.
Tony Bellew: Alls I want to do is nail him with every single thing I’ve got. Whatever it takes and whatever I’ve got to do, I’m gonna do it and on Saturday night I am going to be world champion. Adonis Stevenson is getting beaten up and manhandled. It’s as simple as that. I don’t care what he brings. You all go on about he’s Superman, he’s this and that. The fact of the matter is he has been knocked out by a guy who has lost 20 fights
Sergey Kovalev: I’ll show what I came to do. This is a very big test for me, will be a great fight.
Ismayl Sillakh: I’m ready to fight for the title. Ready to fight the best.
Former two-division world champion Amir Khan, who is considered the frontrunner to face P4P king Floyd Mayweather in May, says he will not allow Floyd to force him to fight at a catch weight as Mayweather did against Canelo Alvarez.
“I will not be dictated to,” Khan told the Daily Star. “With me it will be 147lbs and that is it. I will be moving up a weight and I will not be killing myself to make it – has he ever fought anyone who has done that before?…He always fights people he can control, he cannot control me!”
Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
“Let’s make it simple – I will be WBC cruiserweight champion as long as I want to be. Nobody will take this title from me. Starting with Fragomeni on December 6 in Chicago. I can promise all my Polish fans, here in the U.S. and in Poland, I will bring WBC belt back,” said Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk, who arrived in the Windy City Wednesday evening.
“Everything worked very well during training camp and I’m ready to explode next Friday in the UIC Pavilion,” said Włodarczyk, who plans to have a quiet Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. city with the largest Polish population and “maybe hit some stores on Friday”. Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KO) will defend his WBC cruiserweight title December 6 in Chicago’s UIC Pavilion again mandatory challenger, Italy’s Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs). The big evening of world championship boxing in Chicago, which also includes the return of #1 IBF ranged light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KO) against hard hitting Sam Miller (26-7, 23 KO), will be televised live by ESPN3.com.
British heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora has earmarked 2014 as his breakthrough year. The 29-year-old fighting out of London was speaking ahead of his WBO International title clash with Czech bruiser Ondrej Pala this weekend at the Copper Box Arena, a fight that also has the vacant WBA International title up for grabs. ‘Del Boy’ believes next year holds big things for him and that the experience which he has picked up over his last few fights will stand him in good stead, as he looks to take out other big name challengers vying for a shot at world title glory.
“I believe that 2014 will be a very special year for me,” said Chisora to BoxNation. “I’m open to fighting anyone whether that is a re-match with Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or whoever. If that’s the road I have to go through to get another crack at the world title I’m ready for it. I’ve learned a hell of a lot over the past two years and the experience I’ve picked up is going to be crucial to me going forward,” he said. (more…)
Undefeated Leon Spinks III, grandson of the former heavyweight world champion, headlines a professional boxing card presented by Pochiro Boxing Promotions, “Throwdown at Sam’s Town—Round 1,” Friday, Dec. 6, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. Also on the card, which features six professional bouts, is 2012 US National Amateur Champion Santos Vasquez.
Spinks, who’s in a four-round lightweight bout, is tall for his division at 5-foot-11-inches. The 25-year-old Spinks, whose nickname is, logically, “The Third Generation,” is from Huntington Beach, Calif., and has a record of 6-0-1 with three knockouts. The southpaw is the grandson of Leon Spinks, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and then shocked Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas two years later to win the undisputed heavyweight world championship. Spinks’ opponent will be determined. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC International championship chairman Mauro Betti has rejected claims from the camp of former world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey that Bailey won the vacant WBC International welterweight belt with his win over Humberto Toledo last Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.
“I hereby confirm that this WBC Committee has NEVER received any specific application and no sanction fee was paid to the WBC for this fight,” Betti told Fightnews.com. “Therefore, I hereby confirm that Randall Bailey is NOT the current WBC International Welterweight champion. The vacant championship will take place in Africa in one month’s time.”
Yakubu Amidu 134.8 vs. Rynell Griffin 135
Roy Navarro 145.4 vs. Nick Ramirez 146
Antonio Canas 143.2 vs. Genaro Mendez 143
DeWayne Wisdom 131 vs. Fidel Navarrete 127.8 5
Ricky Smith 150.6 vs. Luis Santiago 152.8 6
Jose Arambula 138.8 vs. Fred Fleming 139.4
Aaron Lucky 146.2 vs. Eddie Ramirez 143.8
Kristin Gearhart 139 vs. Allanna Jones 139
Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
42-year-old future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley, who was stopped for the first time in his career in his fight against Anthony Mundine, won’t make a decision on his boxing future until returning to America.
“I’ll go home, check out the tape, and take a look at what’s going on. I’ll make my decision when I get home,” said Shane, who was paid $1 million for coming to Australia to face Mundine. He also pocketed a non-refundable deposit of $300,000 last month when the bout against Mundine fell through at the last moment.
Mosley previously retired from the ring in June 2012 after losing to Canelo Alvarez, but came back in May of this year to defeat Pablo Cesar Cano before agreeing to take on Mundine.
The rebuilding process begins for David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) on December 14 when he travels to Neubrandenburg, Germany to face Evgeny Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs).
“I am excited to be starting this new chapter in my career,” said Price. “My training with Adam (Booth) has been going really well. We have made some changes in the gym and been working on a few different things for this fight. Come fight night people will see these changes in my performance. My opponent Orlov is a tough guy so I am not taking anything for granted but I have seen him in training camps and watched him fight so I know what I need to do to beat him. I can’t wait to get back in the ring and get the ball rolling.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
In a upset, Anthony “The Man” Mundine (45-5, 27 KOs) became the first fighter to stop Sugar Shane Mosley (48-8-1, 39 KOs) when the American ring legend was unable to continue between rounds six and seven on Wednesday night at the All Phones Arena in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine captured the WBA International light middleweight crown.
Mundine’s physical advantages were evident as he controlled the action in rounds one and two but Mosley stepped up the action in round three and connected with a solid right hand. Both fighters were rocked in round four, the best round of the fight. The Australian scored with solid combinations in rounds five and six to edge the rounds. The bout was stopped after round six with the 42-year-old Mosley claiming back problems.
“Mosley is one of the greatest fighters who ever lived but he had back problem in this fight,” Mundine said. “He did hurt me once but felt I was dominating the fight.”
Mosley stated, “A back spasm happened during the fight and I couldn’t move. I thought Mundine was in front. Mundine fought a good fight. I am not sure if this win will open doors for Mundine in the USA.”
Mundine aggressively pursued this fight and hopes the win will lead to a showdown with Floyd Mayweather. (more…)
If there has been an overwhelming theme this season on The Ultimate Fighter, it’s that the ladies shine when given the spotlight to perform.
For the first time in the 18 seasons of the show, women finally got a chance to perform on the biggest stage in the UFC and they have not disappointed one bit. From slick submissions to stellar knockouts, the women have been the real stars of this latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, and those stars include coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Sauerland Event just announced that heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) will return in an eight-rounder on December 14 in Germany against Evgeny “The Molecule from Hell” Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs). Price, rebounding from consecutive losses to Tony Thompson, was recently signed by Sauerland and will feature on the world championship card at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany, headlined by the WBA light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Marcus Oliveira. The 6’10 Orlov is a journeyman who has been in with a number of notables in losing efforts.
Also on the card, unbeaten IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) will apparently face Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs). Pulev defeated Price-conqueror Thompson by unanimous decision in August. Williams is coming off a four round win last Friday in North Carolina.
By Ron Jackson
In a night of action littered with stoppages at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Johnny Muller retained his South African light heavyweight title with a stunning second round stoppage win over number one contender Vhonani Netshidamboni. Muller (79.05kg) came out fast at the opening bell and a stiff left right combination staggered the well muscled Netshidamboni (77.25kg) early in the round. However, the southpaw Netshidamboni did well to come back at the champion to score with some good combinations before the bell.
Early in round two Muller whipped a sudden right over and knocked Netshidamboni out cold flat on his face. Referee Simon Xamlashe started to count but then waved the fight off at 47 seconds into the round. Muller is now 15-3-2, 12 KOs and Netshidamboni drops to 5-2-1, 3 KOs. (more…)
George Groves talks about Carl Froch’s “words that I can’t repeat,” following the “unjust” decision last weekend. More
Speaking of Froch, Amir Khan is suggesting a retirement following his most recent win, claiming that “he’s past his best, past his selling date.” More
A boxing program in Holland, Michigan, is making local news by offering an escape to gang life. More
Anthony Mundine talks about “do or die” fight on the scales and predicts a win over Shane Mosley. More
Report/photos by Bob Ryder
Tony Harrison 154 vs. Donald Ward 151
Bronco McKart 164 vs. Miguel Angel Munguia 165
Ronnie Austion 146 vs. David Harris 148.5
Demetrius Banks 197 vs. Covan Graham 200
Edward Williams 145 vs. Greg Coverson Jr. 149
Dewayne Ziegler 136 vs. Jeremy Abram TBD
Nick Givhan TBD vs. Michael Pickett TBD
Fighter Statements: (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) made veteran opponent Mike Sheppard (21-16-1, 9 KOs) of West Virginia disappear with a fourth-round TKO in their scheduled ten-round main event on Tuesday night’s Golden Boy Promotions card at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Tarver, who just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday this month, picked up an interim NABA title with the win in his first sanctioned bout at heavyweight since 2010.
It was slow going for the first couple of rounds as both big men tried to establish consistency early. Tarver found it first in the second with solid left hands in the form of left crosses and uppercuts. Tarver continued to shake off his seventeen-month long retirement and ring rust into the third round as he worked to Sheppard’s midsection.
In the fourth, Tarver gained purchase with a thudding left hand that caught Sheppard high on his forehead coming forward and plopping him on his butt. He beat the count from referee Sam Burgos but walked right into his second knockdown when Tarver flurried more combinations. The game veteran beat the count once more and pushed on and into a straight left and another chopping left that stunned him and put him on the floor for the third and final time.
Burgos jumped in and waved off the assault at the bell to end round four–with an official time of 2:59. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum issued the following statement regarding reports that Philippine authorities have questioned Manny Pacquiao’s payment of taxes:
“Filipino authorities confirmed that Manny is not required to pay double tax. If Manny paid U.S. taxes for fights and endorsements that occurred on U.S. soil, he is not required to pay double taxes in the Philippines.
“For each of Manny’s fights that occurred in the United States, including those in 2008 and 2009, Top Rank withheld 30% of Manny’s purses and paid those monies directly to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Top Rank has deposit confirmations for each payment. Top Rank has done the same for all U.S. endorsements it has facilitated on Manny’s behalf.
“Top Rank submitted copies of the EFT deposit acknowledgements to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as proof of payment. The BIR received the documents but directed Manny to obtain “certified” documents directly from the IRS itself.
“As I am sure people appreciate, obtaining certified copies of documents from the IRS takes time. Manny made the formal request to the IRS and we have every expectation that the necessary documents will be furnished to the BIR very soon.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Russel Mora will be the third man in the ring when Japanese interim WBA flyweight champion Koki Eto (14-2-1, 10 KOs) defends against Thai challenger Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (32-2, 19KOs) on Friday at Chonburi, Thailand. The three judges are Ignacio Robles (Panama), Michael Lee (Korea) and Francisco Martínez (New Zealand). The fight supervisor is Yang Sup Shim.
ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round junior middleweight bout between former three-division champion Shane Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KOs) and Australia’s Anthony Mundine (44-5, 26 KOs) early Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. Wednesday’s card will begin at 3:30 a.m. ET, with Mosley vs. Mundine expected to begin between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 23.
Mayweather Promotions has announced the near completion of the “The Little Creek Brawl” fight card headlined by middleweight contender J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) against Philadelphia’s LaJuan Simon (23-4-2, 12 KOs) on Friday, Dec. 6 from Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash., live on ShoBox: The New Generation. The night will feature Mayweather Promotions’ rising stars from top to bottom.
Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs), Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and Chris Pearson (9-0, 8 KOs) will face Barinas, Venezuela’s Carlos Cardenas (20-6-1, 13 KOs), Hermosillo Mexico’s Rogelio Medina (31-4, 25 KOs) and Santa Catarina, Brazil’s Acacio Ferreira (14-0-1, 12 KOs) respectively in the televised portion of the event. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former world champions Zab “Super” Judah and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi hosted a media conference call on Tuesday in advance of their battle for Brooklyn bragging rights on December 7 at Barclays Center. The atmosphere was a complete 180 compared to the wild and entertaining build-ups for their previous fights (Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner and Judah vs. Danny Garcia). This time there was no conflict, no cursing, no trash talk, just mutual respect and a mutual desire to be “King of BK.”
Zab Judah: It’s nothing personal against Paulie. It’s like something we gotta go in there and do. This is how we feed our family. This is the game that we chose.
Paulie Malignaggi: Like Zab said, it’s nothing personal as far as a competitive aspect is concerned. That’s the guy in front of me and that’s who I intend to be successful against in two weeks. The game plan is to focus on that and nothing else.
This Saturday, DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) world-rated welterweight contender (WBC #6 & IBF #10) Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (31-2, 17KO’s) will look to take a major step toward once again challenging for a piece of the welterweight world crown when he faces fellow top-rated (IBF #3 & WBA #11) and undefeated welterweight contender Kevin Bizier (21-0, 14KO’s). The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds with the NABA and IBF Inter-Continental titles at stake, is also an official IBF eliminator for the #2 spot. The contest is the main supporting bout on the loaded and highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark championship double-header featuring defending WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson facing top-rated challenger Tony Bellew and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev defending against Ismayl Sillakh. The card will be taking place at the Colisee de Quebec in beautiful Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (more…)
This Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA, WBA #10 ranked heavyweight Travis Kauffman (26-1, 19 KOs) will now fight Jason Barnett (14-14, 7 KOs) in the 10 round main event for the WBU intercontinental heavyweight championship. Kauffman was originally due to fight Manuel Quezada but Quezada failed to supply the proper paperwork and Barnett was summoned for this title opportunity. “After it was apparent that Quezada would not be able to make the fight, we looked for good suitable replacements. We put calls into Derrick Rossy, Epifanio Mendoza and Bowie Topou but Barnett was the only guy willing to take the fight,” said Kings Promotions Marshall Kauffman.
Former WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly has had to withdraw from his comeback fight at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday due to a back injury. The Welsh star was making his long awaited return to the ring against Australian Daniel Ammann for his first fight in the cruiserweight division with the Vacant Commonwealth title on the line. Cleverly’s preparations were hit last week when he injured his back in training and after seeking expert medical advice he has been advised to withdraw from his fight against Ammann.
He said, “It’s a bitter blow as training had been going so well and I was looking forward to making my debut at cruiserweight. For it to only happen a week before the fight is even more devastating. I just want to get this year out of the way and enter 2014 with a clean slate and get my career back on track.” (more…)
Three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returned to the ring last Saturday night in Tampa for his first fight in 13 months, defeating Ecuador welterweight Humberto “Bam Bam” Toledo (41-11-2, 25 KOs) by way of an eighth-round disqualification for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International belt.
Bailey battered Toledo from the opening bell right up to the bizarre ending, in which Toledo suddenly and surprisingly took a knee in the middle of the ring, only to get back up and get disqualified for pushing referee Frank Santore, Jr. into the ropes. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Six years ago, when they were both top world cruiserweights, Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham fought an epic bout in the Prudential Center for the IBF title. Since then fans in the United States haven’t had a chance to see a major cruiserweight title fight live. This will all change on December 6 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago when former IBF champion and current WBC beltholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 28 KOs) will defend his title against Italian mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs). The very hard hitting “Diablo” will arrive to the Windy City just in time for Thanksgiving, having already finished his training camp in Poland.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, November 30, in the world title defenses of champions Sergey Kovalev, Merlito Sabillo and Donnie Nietes, to be held in Canada and Philippines, respectively.
At the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada, the WBO Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time when he faces de #15 ranked Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs), from Ukraine. For this bout the referee will be Michael Griffin, from Canada. The judges for the Kovalev-Sillakh bout will be the Canadians Pasquale Procopio, Jean Gauthier and Benoit Roussel. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.
While, the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines will host two world title fights. First, the WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his 105 pounds belt against the #1 ranked Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago (27-0, 16 KOs), from Nicaragua. The referee for this bout will be Jack Reiss, from United States. The judges for the Sabillo-Buitrago bout are Takeshi Shimakawa, from Japan, Levi Martínez, from United States, and Joerg Milke, From Germany. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.
Also in this card, the WBO junior flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes (31-1, 17 KOs) will make his third defense against the #14 ranked Sammy Gutierrez (33-9-2, 23 KOs). For this bout the referee will be Celestino Ruiz, from United States. The judges for the fight between Nietes and Gutierrez will be Danrex Tapdasan, from Philipinnes, and Jack Reiss and Levi Martínez, both from United States. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.
In the telecast that has been dubbed “Heavyweights Collide” on Golden Boy Live, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (7-0, 7 KOs) will be returning to the ring tonight in a six round bout which was scheduled to be featured live on Fox Sports 1. Breazeale’s return to the ring was anticipated by many boxing insiders and fans of the heavyweight division as he was scheduled to face his toughest opponent to date in journeyman Nagy Aguilera. Unfortunately, Aguilera pulled out of the fight unexpectedly due to a back injury on Sunday and Breazeale will now be facing Keith Barr (11-4, 3 KOs) of West Virginia. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Manny Pacquaio’s comfortable points win over Brandon Rios was, globally, the big international event of the weekend, but the all-British 168-pound title fight between Carl Froch and George Groves contained the drama, the excitement and, of course, the controversy. Referee Howard Foster’s decision to stop the Froch-Groves fight in the ninth round, with Groves hurt but showing the presence of mind to hang on, will go down as one of the most unsatisfactory endings in recent boxing history. (more…)
Walt Harris knew what he was going to do with his life. He had known for almost his entire life.
Young Walt grew up as a basketball prodigy in Birmingham, Alabama within a family full of high level ball players. Walt would one day play in the NBA, he just knew it . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Fresh off his win over Brandon Rios in Macau, China, and a hero’s welcome at GenSan airport upon his arrival back in the Philippines on Monday, it was revealed that boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has had his bank accounts frozen by the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
At a press briefing, Pacquiao said “I’ve always wanted to help the victims of the typhoon and earthquake but I was slammed by the BIR with a P2.2 billion ($50 million US) tax case which has no basis. I can’t withdraw a single cent from my own money. I can’t use it to help. BIR has garnished my money. This money did not come from PDAF or DAP, it came from every punch, sweat, and blood that I’ve earned from boxing. The BIR claims I earned more than what I actually did, without any evidence to back it up. They ignored information given by Top Rank and HBO and insisted I have earned more. My lawyers have given them all the info that they want and they still refuse to believe. I really don’t know why I am being singled out.”
Pacquiao, who earned $18 million for his fight with Rios, has suggested that the situation is politically motivated.
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