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Tarver: I did nothing wrong

Former world champion Antonio Tarver says he was framed and challenges the validity of a failed drug test in connection his fight with Steve Cunningham last year. Tarver, 47, was fined $50,000 and suspended today by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.


Boxing News

Mollo: Who does Zimnoch thinks he is? Mike Tyson?

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Heavyweight Mike Mollo (20-5, 12 KO) isn’t skipping a day (even though today is his birthday) of training with Sam Colonna. “No birthday cake for me,” said always ready to brawl Merciless Mike, who on February 20 in Legionowo, Poland will challenge undefeated Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-0, 12 KO). “Sam and Rita (Figueroa) did a great job by pushing me to the limits. Sam is a great trainer – he knows what to do it and when. Zimnoch is saying that I won’t see a second round? Who does he thinks he is? Mike Tyson? He can say whatever he wants. God bless him. I’ll be ready.”



Boxing News

Ortiz-Thompson/Ali-Vargas Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag

WBA interim heavyweight world champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) and Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) held an international media call on Thursday ahead of their HBO-televised world title bout at the DC Armory in Washington D.C. on March 5.

Luis Ortiz: I admire Tony Thompson for taking the fight. Nobody else wanted to take it. I’m going to come and do my job on March 5. I’m going to show Tony what I do.

[On the five heavyweights who turned down the fight] I don’t understand the ones who don’t want to fight me. This is boxing. Why would they avoid me? There’s no reason to avoid another man.

Tony Thompson: My whole career has been a span of short notice fights. This is nothing new to us. And before you ask me, no, I wasn’t in the gym. It don’t matter because I’m working my a– off and I didn’t want to talk myself into this fight to get embarrassed in my home town or HBO. I’ve only been on HBO one time. They never invited me back, so I’m out to prove not only to my hometown that I’m a live candidate in this division, but to HBO or any other television network that chose to leave me off for whatever reason.

Also on the call were WBO #1 welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) and WBO #4 Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) who collide for the vacant WBO welterweight world title in the co-feature.

Jessie Vargas: He’s not on my level. And on March 5th I’m gonna show it…He doesn’t have the experience that I have. He’s never had to dig deep. He hasn’t been in those wars…I’m coming back with a vengeance to take what’s mine!

Sadam Ali: This is my chance. He had his. Well, he has another. That’s good for him. But I’m ready…People say I run. I box. I move. I fight smart…I’m going to be WBO champ and I’m excited about that.


Boxing News

Fabrica de Campeones first show of the year on Friday

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Pascual Campomanes

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico has always been a hotbed for boxing, but in the last couple of years the city has turned up the heat with over sixty fights cards last year and with 2016 gearing up the same. Five different club-level type promoters will be throwing their hat in the ring this month of February and this upcoming Friday, February 12th, it is the Fabrica de Campeones (Champion Factory) turn to put up their best effort.

The promotional company is headed by Romulo Quirarte Jr, chief trainer of Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, and the son of legendary Mexican trainer Romulo Quirarte Sr. Mr. Quirarte Sr. is best known for making champions of the late great Juan Jose “Dinamita” Estrada, Raul “Jibaro” Perez and Julio Cesar Chavez. He has also taken to world title best former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco and former flyweight female champion Kenia Enriquez. Mr. Quirarte Sr. has also worked the corner of the aforementioned “Zorrita” Soto, Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr among countless others. The fight card on Friday will mark the third fight card for the promotional company since its debut in the summer of 2015. (more…)



Boxing News

Orozco-Acosta clash March 25

IBF #4/WBC #5 rated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (23-0, 15 KOs) is ready to gain a shot at a world title in 2016, but first he takes on faded former WBA super lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-8-2, 23 KOs) on March 25 on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV, from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

In the co-main event, newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter, Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (16-3-2, 12 KOs) will fight in a 10-round featherweight fight. Hoping to make air time on Estrella TV, Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (5-0, 3 KOs) will be participating in a six-round swing bout. (more…)


UFC

Danho’s long journey finally leads to UFC

Chances are you would have guessed it without him mentioning it, but Jarjis Danho loves eating. That’s not the only reason why the UFC’s newest heavyweight prospect – who makes his Octagon debut on UFC FIGHT PASS on Feb. 27 – packs a whopping 290 pounds into a 6-foot-3 frame, but the love for food did save the former powerlifter’s family’s life in a way . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Saucedo-Booth showdown on UniMas Saturday

On Saturday night, the scene shifts to the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California for Valley Fight Night 6 and another installment of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas. In the eight round welterweight main event, 21-year-old Oklahoma prodigy Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (20-0, 14 KOs) takes on the toughest challenge of his young career against Florida’s Clarence Booth (13-1, 7 KOs).

Saucedo introduced himself to Southern California fight fans last year with a spectacular fourth round KO of Jake Giuriceo. But the powerful Booth is riding an 11 bout win streak, with his only professional loss coming at the hands of another undefeated prospect Cletus Seldin. (more…)


Boxing News

Oscar Valdez: Gradovich is a big step up

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Two-time Mexican Olympian featherweight Oscar Valdez (18-0, 16 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico, will have the biggest test of his career when he takes on former world champion Evgeny Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KOs) of Russia, on the April 9 Pacquiao-Bradley PPV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. We caught up with Valdez on Wednesday.

“I am pretty excited for this fight for a lot of reasons,” Valdez told Fightnews.com. “Going on a big card like Pacquiao-Bradley means a lot to me. I know a lot of people are going to be there to watch that fight and they will have to see me first. This is a good opportunity for me to show, who Oscar Valdez really is.”

Valdez has been gearing up for the last three weeks, working with his trainer Manny Robles at the Rock Gym in Carson, California. “We’ve been training really hard, Manny and I, sparring with fighters from our gym. We’re going to be ready for the fight,” Valdez said. (more…)


Boxing News

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Badou Jack?

Looks like former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could return to the ring in April against WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack. According to the WBC, the Badou Jack vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. title bout was proposed during the Annual WBC Convention in Kunming, China. Accordingly, Julio has started to train for that bout in Los Angeles, California.


Boxing News

ABC Convention set for Las Vegas

The 28th Annual Association of Boxing Commissions Conference will take place at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas from July 30 to August 3.

ABC Conference Agenda | ABC Conference Registration


Boxing News

Boxing back at Mountaineer Casino Saturday

Live professional boxing returns to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort on Saturday night in the Mountaineer Ballroom featuring undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in the eight round main event against upset artist Timothy “The Boss” Hall (9-21, 5 KOs). “Big Chief” looks to continue his title pursuit while “The Boss” seeks to do the same thing he did to previously undefeated Jermaine Salter last year in abruptly removing his “0” once and for all. (more…)


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton stays ice cool and lets Scott Quigg rip

Tyson Fury claims to belong to “most-hated race of people on earth”

Anthony Joshua could fight Charles Martin


UFC

Say it again: Bisping’s greatest soundbytes

Once the most polarizing fighter in the UFC, middleweight contender Michael “The Count” Bisping remains a straight shooter who likes to stir the pot, and that won’t change with his UFC FIGHT PASS main event against Anderson Silva on Feb. 27 rapidly approaching. But as fans and media have discovered over the years, behind the bluster is a fighter who is really just – as folks in his native England would say – one of the lads . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Statement from Arthur Abraham

WBO super middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham, who will defend his world title against undefeated WBO #1 super middleweight contender and mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on April 9 in Las Vegas, wasn’t able to make today’s Los Angeles Pacquiao-Bradley undercard presser. However he did send a statement from his training camp in Germany.

Arthur Abraham: This fight is a dream come true for me. I fought in Hollywood, Florida vs. Edison Miranda, against Andre Dirrell in Detroit and vs. Andre Ward in Carson, California. But the flair of a big-time event was missing. I was at Manny’s fight vs. Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in 2011 and the atmosphere captured my imagination. Afterwards, it was my wish to one day step into this very ring and on April 9 I will finally get the chance to share the spotlight with the “Pac-Man.” (more…)


Boxing News

“Chimpa” Gonzalez headlines March 4

Fan-favorites and LA Fight Club regulars Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (12-0, 11 KOs), Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (12-0, 5 KOs), Ivan “Striker” Delgado (8-0-1, 2 KOs) and Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (6-1-1, 2 KOs) will all fight on the one year anniversary of the popular downtown Los Angeles series on March 4. In the televised bouts, Gonzalez will go against gatekeeper David “Dangerous” Rodela (17-12-4, 7 KOs) in eight-round super featherweight event and newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter Alexis Rocha will make his professional debut in a four-round super welterweight bout.

Featured on the non-televised undercard are rising super bantamweight star Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (12-0, 5 KOs), who will face off against Hugo “Olímpico” Partida (20-7-2, 15 KOs) in an eight-round fight. Also, undefeated Ivan “Striker” Delgado (8-0-1, 2 KOs) and Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (6-1-1, 2 KOs) will appear in respective super featherweight and super bantamweight six-round battles. Opponents will be named shortly.


Boxing News

Ward: Barrera is going to have to answer for everything he said

By Karl Freitag

Former world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) and undefeated IBF #1 rated light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) hosted an international media conference call to discuss their March 26 HBO showdown at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Ward and Barrera had been going back and forth over social media for weeks before finally signing for the bout on Tuesday.

Andre Ward: I’m always prepared to win. You’d better believe we’re coming to win and we’re gonna put on a great performance. When guys like him talk the way they talk, and I know it’s not all him, it’s people feeding him stuff and telling him what to say, but unfortunately he’s the guy that’s gonna be in the ring when the referee tells everybody to get out. It’s just gonna be him and me. And he’s gonna have to answer for everything that he said, so he’s just gonna be in there with a highly motivated fighter.

Sullivan Barrera: I’m 100% on my preparation and I’m ready to fight Andre Ward. I respect Andre Ward as a boxer, but when he’s in the ring, like every other opponent, I’m going to try to destroy him. I know I have to knock out Andre Ward to win this fight.


Boxing News

Cletus Seldin back in action March 5

Unbeaten WBC #8 super lightweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (17-0, 14 KOs) returns to defend his WBC International silver title against Puerto Rico’s Orlando Vasquez (18-7-1, 12 KOs) on March 5 at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Seldin is coming off a nine-month layoff due to rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder.

“I am thrilled that Cletus is back and healthy and ready to resume his path to a world championship,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia. “I’m told Orlando Vasquez is a good fighter and is very excited about his opportunity to fight for a title so I am expecting another exciting fight involving Cletus as his history has shown.”


Boxing News

Ortiz-Thompson undercard shaping up

The non-televised undercard of Luis Ortiz vs. Tony Thompson will feature top prospects from the East Coast on March 5 at the DC Armory. Undefeated lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. (9-0, 3 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will participate in a six-round fight and new Golden Boy Promotions fighter Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (14-0, 11 KO) from Lynn, Mass. will fight in an eight-round welterweight bout. Also on the card, D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (11-0,7 KOs) from Temple Hills, Md. is scheduled for a six-round middleweight clash and stablemate Kevin “K-Smoove” Rivers (12-1, 9 KOs) is committed to a six-round featherweight battle. Two undefeated super lightweights, Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (13-0, 6 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Philly native Damon Allen (8-0, 3 KOs), will both fight in respective six-round bouts. Opening up the night, Todd Unthank-May (8-0, 3 KOs) also of Philadelphia, will fight in a six-round light heavyweights bout. Opponents will be announced shortly. (more…)


Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Cinco de Mayo comes one month early with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard, which will feature four Hispanic contenders (and one honorary Hispanic) in three title fights on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The undercard press conference took place Wednesday in Los Angeles at The Conga Room at LA Live!

Bob Arum: A lot of what has been going on in this country has disgusted me because politicians have been saying things that I never believed political figures would say, disparaging to a large extent the Hispanic community. Whether they’re citizens, whether they’re residents, we know that the Mexicans, Mexican-Americans who live among us are by-and-large tremendous people, very hard-working people. And to hear fat-cat politicians say otherwise is just disgusting. So in this way, myself as part of the boxing community where so many of our athletes are Hispanics, are fighting back, making a statement. We have gathered three of the top, top young Hispanic fighters who’ll be fighting on this card which is headlined by Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

We also have one of the men who is fighting one of our Hispanic stars, he’s a former champion and you can tell what he’s thinking because he goes by the nickname ‘The Mexican-Russian,’ so he’s onboard in support of us in this great crusade.

In the co-main event, WBO super middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham will defend his world title against undefeated WBO #1 super middleweight contender and mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.

Gilberto Ramirez: This is the fight of my life. This is what I worked so hard to get. We know what we’re up against. Obviously he’s a great fighter, hasn’t lost since 2013. We know what he’s done as a professional, but this is what I dreamed for, what I worked for. No Mexican is going home disappointed that night. We’re all going to win!

Arthur Abraham, from Germany, wasn’t in attendance. (more…)


Boxing News

Jesse Hart: I don’t want to fight on someone else’s undercard

How did super middleweight Jesse Hart go from fighting Feb. 27 at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden on an HBO championship card to a March 18 non-televised show from the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia? The answer says a lot about the direction boxing has traveled in recent memory.

“I don’t want to fight on someone else’s undercard,” Hart said recently, removing himself from his off-TV fight underneath Terrance Crawford’s WBO junior welterweight title defense against Hank Lundy, another Philadelphian, in New York City.

“I wanted to be the main event in Philadelphia where my dad (Eugene “Cyclone” Hart) was a star years ago,” Hart added. “I called up my promoter, Bob Arum, and explained this to him and he gave me the green light.”

Hart’s NABA and USBA championship belts will be at stake against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, who is riding a four-bout winning streak. (more…)


Boxing News

Witherspoon injured, fight card postponed

The boxing event scheduled for Saturday night, February 20th at the Nexxt Level Coliseum in Voorhees, New Jersey, has been postponed due to a training camp injury to headliner Chazz Witherspoon. The injury is not serious and a new date for the Silver Spoon Promotions card will be announced shortly. All ticket buyers may refund their tickets at the point of purchase.


Boxing News

Fragomeni injured, Nielsen to face Larghetti now

Unbeaten cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs) faces his toughest test on March 19 when he puts his WBC International title on the line against former world title challenger Mirko Larghetti (24-1, 16 KOs) at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. Nielsen was originally scheduled to meet former world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, but an elbow injury forced the Italian veteran to withdraw, paving the way for a clash between the unbeaten Dane and the WBA #3 ranked Larghetti, whose only defeat was by decision against then-WBO world champion Marco Huck in 2014.


Boxing News

Queensberry Promotions wins Mckenzie-Kucher European title purse bid

Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie will challenge Dmytro Kucher for the vacant European title after Queensberry Promotions today won the purse bid to stage the fight. It’s a big return for the hard-hitting Jamaican McKenzie, who just missed out on claiming a world title when he pushed IBF ruler Victor Emilio Ramirez to a controversial draw in Argentina last October.

Kucher, from Kiev, Ukraine, has a record of 23-1-1, 17 KOs. This will be his second shot at the European title after he drew against Bilal Laggoune last October for the vacant title.

McKenzie, 36, has previously won a Commonwealth title at light-heavyweight and Commonwealth and British title at cruiserweight, is excited to challenge for the European crown for the first time and sees it as a significant step back onto the world title stage. (more…)


UFC

Whittaker, Natal meet on UFC 197 card

Former TUF Smashes winner Robert Whittaker will make his first Las Vegas appearance since 2014 when he meets up with Rafael Natal on April 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Pacquiao and Bradley: Defying Newton’s Laws

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By Bill Dwyre

What do Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., have in common with Cam Newton?

Fortunately, for boxing, nothing.

We all saw Sunday’s Super Bowl. If we didn’t, we need to make sure next year to get the key to the cave in which we were locked.

The Super Bowl is a national holiday. It’s not designated as such. We just make it so, by our apparent burning need to see the final chapter in a season-long pursuit of the most super. Remember the line from the recent movie “Concussion,” where a doctor was attempting to challenge the NFL? He was told he was taking on an entity that “owns a day of the week.”

Chances are that even Pacquiao, in far-off General Santos City, Philippines, caught a bit of our Super Bowl, even though the NBA is more to his liking.

Bradley surely did. (more…)


Boxing News

Kevin Mitchell retires from boxing

Lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (39=4, 29 KOs) has announced his retirement from boxing. The 31-year-old held the British and Commonwealth titles at super featherweight before moving to lightweight where he landed a trio of world title shots. Mitchell hosted Michael Katsidis in May 2010 for the WBO interim title at the home of his beloved West Ham United, headed to Glasgow to challenge Ricky Burns in a ferocious four-round shoot-out for the Scotsman’s WBO crown in September 2012 and severely tested WBC king Jorge Linares for his title in a classic encounter at The O2 in November 2015.

“I was in the gym training for the Edis Tatli fight and I just didn’t really feel that I have enough to go through the training once again,” said Mitchell. “I’ve been fighting for 22 years, it is a long time to be putting your body through all you have to do to get right for a fight and my body has said ‘enough is enough.'”

Mitchell says he wants to give something back to the sport he loves, and has begun working with his trainer Tony Sims in his Essex gym.


Boxing News

J Rock-Matano collide in IBF eliminator

Undefeated super welterweight contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams (21-0-1, 13 KOs) and once-beaten Italian Marcello Matano (16-1, 5 KOs) will square off in a 12-round IBF eliminator for the #1 ranking at 154-pounds in the main event of Showtime Boxing: Special Edition on March 5 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

In the co-feature, fast-rising middleweight contender Antoine Douglas (19-0-1, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Sam Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight bout. In the opening bout of the telecast, hard-hitting prospect Tony Harrison (22-1, 18 KOs) will face veteran former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (28-3, 20 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight contest.


Boxing News

Golovkin-Wade is official

Unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will return to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, on April 23 to defend his world titles against undefeated, mandatory challenger Dominic “Lights Out” Wade. The event will be televised Live on HBO.

Gennady Golovkin: “I’m happy to fight again at the Forum in front of my fans and friends in Los Angeles. Dominic Wade is a very hungry and skilled middleweight who is undefeated and will be another big test for me. Thanks to my Coach Abel Sanchez, my promoter Tom Loeffler, my team, HBO and the Forum for another opportunity to defend my middleweight titles.”

Dominic Wade: “I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to fight ‘GGG’ for the IBF Middleweight Championship on April 23rd! I’ve worked hard my entire career to get to this point. I’m poised and ready to take on the challenge. I thank my Manager Jerry Vines, Team Wade and all of my trainers, opponents and supporters for preparing me for this moment.”

Presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with TGB Promotions, advance tickets for “UNDEFEATED”, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, will go on-sale Tuesday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office.


Boxing News

Martin could make first IBF defense against Joshua

IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) could make his first title defense against unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) on April 9 in London’s O2 Arena. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed to British media that negotiations are ongoing.

“He’s made some noise saying: ‘We’ve offered Anthony Joshua the fight.’ It doesn’t really work like that,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “You phoned us up and told us you want an extortionate amount of money and then you’ll fight him so we’re working the numbers on that fight…he’s not our only option. We’ve got three or four others that we’re looking at but over the next 48 hours, we’ll find out exactly where we’re at. Could it be a shot at the world heavyweight title? Just maybe…”


Boxing News

Broner confirms defense against Theophane

WBA super lightweight super champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) confirmed during Tuesday night’s PBC telecast that he will defend his world title against Mayweather Promotions fighter Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs) on April 1. The bout will be televised by Spike TV.


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Billy Dib reveals he is $1m out of pocket after 50 Cent ripped him off

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Nonito Donaire is set to defend his newly-won WBO world featherweight title against Zsolt Bedak on April 23 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City

Nottingham boxers meet Floyd Mayweather Jr


UFC

Dynamite 12: Bisping’s Defining Moments

It’s a fight Michael Bisping has craved for years, and on February 27, he will finally get his chance to throw hands with Brazilian icon Anderson Silva in the main event of the UFC FIGHT PASS show in London, England. For “The Count,” a win will certainly land the bout on his list of the longtime contender’s 12 most memorable moments . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing Result

Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian lightweight Jamel Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) looked good in his first main event appearance, dismantling Luis Eduardo Flores (21-3, 17 KOs) over ten rounds on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Southpaw Herring dropped Flores with a body shot in round five, then put him down again with a right hook later in the same round. The rugged Flores took a lot of punishment in the fight, but gutted it out until the end. Scores were 99-89, 100-88, 100-88.

Unbeaten 2008 Olympian lightweight Raynell Williams (11-0, 5 KOs) survived a scare against Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-3-2, 3 KOs) en route to an eight round unanimous decision. Williams shut down Tolmajyan for seven rounds, then got rocked in round eight but managed to survive to the final bell. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 79-73.

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Alex “Chi Town Heat” Martin (12-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Rossemberth Gomez (17-5-1, 13 KOs) over eight one-sided and uneventful rounds. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.

Unbeaten welterweight Jamontay Clark (9-0, 6 KOs) logged a sixth round stoppage win against Elvin Perez (28-13-4, 19 KOs).

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Boxing News

Bradley vacates WBO welterweight title

Dear Paco:

As you know I will be fighting Manny Pacquiao on April 9, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.

To accept this fight invariably means I cannot comply with my mandatory obligation and must forgo the mandatory challenger against Sadam Ali, as ordered by the WBO. This is a difficult decision, but one I have to make to give fans the best fights as well as allow myself the toughest and biggest fights possible from both a competitive and financial perspective.

I’d like to thank the WBO and its President, Paco Valcarcel for their support throughout the years and for allowing me to represent the organization as a two time world champion.

Sincerely,
Tim Bradley/TR

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Dear Timothy:

I am in receipt of your February 4, 2016 letter wherein you state that given your upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao on April 9, 2016 you are unable to comply with WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, the WBO Championship Committee’s Resolution of November 6, 2015 (ordering the winner of Bradley vs. Rios to face WBO Mandatory Challenger Sadam Ali), and must vacate your WBO Welterweight Title.

Do know that we wholly understand your decision and commend you for always giving fans the best fights possible and doing what is best for your career at this important juncture. You have been an outstanding, honorable and loyal WBO Junior Welterweight and Welterweight Champion of the World and the doors of the WBO will always be open for you. Finally, I am pleased to inform you that we are preparing a special recognition for the Pacquiao vs Bradley III winner— two remarkable fighters and worthy ambassadors to the WBO.

Wishing you all the best,
Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.


Boxing News

Ward-Barrera now official

Roc Nation Sports has announced that former world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to begin his assault on the light heavyweight division when he takes on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO.

Andre Ward: “I don’t really have much to say other than this. On March 26, it will be very simple. I’ll be in a new weight class against a tough opponent but I’m coming with the same approach. I’ll be in great shape and ready for battle. Sullivan Barrera has had a lot to say lately and I love it. He’s going to have an opportunity to back up every word that he has spoken. These are the type of challenges I like and on March 26, it’s go time.”

Sullivan Barrera: “We as a team had a tough choice to make – crash the party by taking out Ward first or wait for the mandatory and take out Kovalev. We decided that the time is now. Ward will fall first and then we will go after the belts.” (more…)










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