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Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round ...

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

By Felipe Leon Photos: Renzo Novara It was a wild-wild west affair last night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium as a total of twenty ...

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO ordered former featherweight champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-12-2, ...

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Unbeaten welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (25-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard fought but clear cut ten round unanimous ...

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Results from Washington DC

Results from Washington DC

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill Prior to the main event bout at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, ...

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Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

Abril retains WBA title with

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

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Results from Washington DC

Results from Washington DC

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Boxing News

Peterson, Jean make weight

By Gary “Digital” Williams at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

Lamont Peterson 139.5 vs. Dierry Jean 139
(IBF jr welterweight title)

Jermell Charlo 153 vs. Gabriel Rosado 154
Dominic Wade 163 vs. Dashon Johnson 163.4
Rau’shee Warren 118.4 vs. German Meraz 119
Robert Easter 134 vs. Daniel Attah 134.5
Jamel Herring 135 vs. Antonio Sanchez 138
D’Mitrius Ballard 167.8 vs. Marlon Farr 168
Raynell Williams 133.2 vs. William Stimmel 130.2
Semajay Thomas vs. 142 vs. Kevin Womack 143
Javonye Clark 147.6 vs. Lee Kreisher 147

Venue: DC Armory, Washington DC
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime

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January 24th, 2014



Boxing News

Golden Boy invades Brazilian market

Golden Boy Promotions makes its Brazilian debut on Saturday with a card at the Arena Santos in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil featuring the pro debut of 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao in one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts seen in Brazil in years when he meets Argentina’s Martin Fidel “El Terrible” Rios (9-0-2, 3 KO’s) in an eight-round middleweight bout. In the main event hometown hero Adeilson Dos Santos (12-0, 9 KO’s) faces Carlos Gaston Suarez (6-2, 1 KO) for the WBC Youth featherweight title. The fight card is presented by Golden Boy in association with Arano Box Promotions. The Brazilian Globosat broadcast begins at 10:30p.m. The FOX Deportes broadcast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET.



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN3 to air live U.S. coverage of Huck vs. Arslan II

Great news! ESPN has just announced that it will present live coverage in the U.S. of Saturday’s 12-round WBO Cruiserweight title bout between defending titleholder Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and former titleholder Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) on ESPN3 at 5 p.m. ET. The fight, from Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, will be the second fight between the two boxers. Huck won a unanimous decision over Arslan in their first meeting last November. The fight will also be carried in the Caribbean on ESPN’s broadband service ESPN Play.



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Groves calls Froch offer ‘unsatisfactory’

Super middleweight contender ‘Saint’ George Groves has announced that he turned down an ‘unsatisfactory’ offer to fight heated rival Carl Froch, but insists it is a fight he wants to take place sooner rather than later. “I am unsure why Carl Froch has today released a statement implying I do not wish to take the fight, as I was under the impression we are still in negotiations,” said Groves. “The Matchroom offer in question came with many stipulations and options I felt were unsatisfactory. I am currently awaiting an improved offer from his promoter, as well as speaking to other promoters interested in promoting this fight.

“If I didn’t want to fight Carl Froch then I wouldn’t have invested so much time and money into appealing with the IBF over the dubious outcome of the first fight. And I await the outcome of that hearing in the very near future.”



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Stuttgart, Germany

Photos by Photo Wende

Firat Arslan 198.6 vs Marco Huck 199.5
(WBO Cruiserweight Championship)

David Price 248.7 vs. Istvan Ruzsinszky TBA
George Beroshvili 164.5 vs Tyron Zeuge 167.1
Ferenc Zsalek tba vs Otto Wallin 218.5
Loris Emiliani 191.8 vs Noel Gevor 198.9
Paata Aduashvili 174.6 vs Enrico Kolling 174.3
Emanuele Blandamura 159.6 vs Marcos Nader 159

Venue: Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event

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January 24th, 2014

Announcement

‘Tomorrow’s Champions’ special guests at Tuesday’s Ring 8 Meeting

Some of ‘Tomorrow’s Champions’ and the late Wayne Kelley’s children will be special guests at Tuesday night’s (Jan. 28 starting at 7 p.m. ET) Ring 8 monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. This meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed due to inclement weather. (more…)



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Biggest Boxing Saturday of 2014 so far

By Karl Freitag

It’s the biggest boxing weekend of 2014 so far as lots of big names see action on Saturday, plus we have the year’s first head-to-head confrontation between HBO and Showtime.

In Stuttgart, Germany, 43-year-old First Arslan looks to become the oldest cruiserweight world champion in history when he challenges WBO beltholder Marco Huck. After narrowly defeating Arslan in their 2012 fight, Huck is a -450 favorite to do it again, while Arslan backers can get +425. Also on the undercard, comebacking David Price is a whopping -10000 against late sub Istvan Ruzsinszky.

The big HBO card in New York City features a fighter touted as a future superstar in Mikey Garcia, who defends his WBO jr lightweight belt against Juan Carlos Burgos. Garcia is a -1000 to make Burgos 0 for 3 in world title fights. Burgos is at +800. Also featured on that card is an intriguing showdown between unbeaten heavyweights as Bryant Jennings takes on Artur Szpilka. Jennings has been tapped as a -187 favorite, while Szpilka is at +200.

Meanwhile, on the Showtime card in Washington DC, IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson returns from his non-title KO loss to Lucas Matthysse to defend against mandatory challenger Dierry Jean. This fight has the tightest odds of the week with Peterson being a slight -137 favorite over Jean who is at +140. Also unbeaten jr middleweight Jermell Charlo is a -200 favorite to beat fan favorite Gabriel Rosado, who is +200.



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Carl Froch Statement

“There has been plenty of speculation over the last few weeks regarding my future. As it stands we are looking closely at two options, George Groves and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. Yesterday, we made a seven figure offer to George Groves for a second fight that would have seen him earn around double that of the first. Disappointingly, George rejected this offer so we are continuing our talks with Top Rank and HBO regarding Chavez Jnr. I understand the demand for the Groves fight in the UK, but also the demand in the US for the Chavez fight. Talks are ongoing and no doubt some further news will break soon. I’m happy to fight anyone, as I have done throughout my entire career.”



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Bryant Jennings talks his past, present, future

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’ve got respect for Szpilka. He showed good gentleman manners. I appreciate that,” said undefeated Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview after Thursday’s New York City press conference. “ByBy” spoke about his past, his determination to make himself a better fighter and of course his highly anticipated bout against 24-year-old southpaw from Poland Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs).



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Former IBF champ Jose Sanabria shot in Venezuela

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former IBF super bantamweight world champion Jose Sanabria, 51, was shot in the chest by criminals while riding on a bus with 27 passengers on San Felipe in Valencia, Venezuela. The assailants apparently thought Sanabria was a member of the police because he wore a red shirt similar to those used by public officials and supporters of the Chavez government. Sanabria is currnetly in the Prince of Puerto Cabello Lara Hospital where he received emergency treatment.



January 24th, 2014

UFC

Gonzaga: Better the Second Time Around

There was a collective groan in Manchester, England’s M.E.N. Arena near the end of the first round of the heavyweight bout between Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop in April of 2007, mainly because most fans believed that when referee Herb Dean stood the two fighters up after a dominant ground attack by Gonzaga, the Brazilian’s best chance of winning against the feared Croatian striker had gone by the wayside . . . More

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January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury: Basile looks good, experienced

Heavyweight Tyson Fury has commented on his ten-rounder with Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile at the Copper Box Arena on February 15th. “It’s been a while, but I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again and showing the world that Tyson Fury is back in action and on course for the world title. I wouldn’t say that rust has set in because I haven’t fought, I’m always training and in the gym sparring, but I’m now desperate to get in the ring at the Copper Box Arena in front of a big electric crowd and do what I was born and bred to do, fight and win. Basile looks good, he’s experienced with seventy fights and has fought in plenty of title fights. He’s seen a lot in his career against the likes of Alexander Dimitrenko and Artur Szpilka, but he’s never seen a man like Tyson Fury before. He’s just a few inches shorter than me which is great because I’ve been fighting shorter men, he’ll be near my height and once I work out the range and timing, those big right hands will be detonating on his jaw.”



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Veneno Rubio in Oxnard with trainer Robert Garcia

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #1 middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is already working with trainer Robert Garcia at Garcia’s famed gym in Oxnard, California, in preparation for his third WBC world middleweight challenge. This time the fight is for the vacant interim belt against #2 rated Domenico “Vulcano” Spada to be held on April 5 at a venue to be confirmed in Mexico. The card will be promoted by Promociones del Pueblo.

“I will do everything to win the world title,” said Rubio. “I miss my wife and my daughters a lot, but this is a sacrifice I also do for them. We are already training at one hundred percent. Robert says he’s seen a few videos of my opponent and we’ll review them together to formulate our strategy. Spada is a very fast and very technical fighter, I guess he had a long career as an amateur. He’s the current silver champion, only has a couple of defeats and has never been knocked out. We have a complicated, but not impossible mission and we are planning a knockout to win the title.”



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Hinckley, MN

By Jesse Kelley

Rob Brant 156.5 vs Tyler Hultin 158
Aaron Green 278 vs. Richard Carmack 337
Jamal James 146.5 vs. Colby Courter 145.5
RJ Laase 146 vs. Jeremy Marts 146.5
Ray Edwards 258 vs. Alex Rozman 248
Winston Anderson 135.5 vs. Rondale Hubbert 137.5
DeLorien Caraway 146 vs. Eli Smith 146.5

Promoter: Rapacz Promotions
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Kamilche, WA

Photo: Goossen Tutor Promotions

Thomas Williams Jr. 174.8 vs. Cornelius White 174.4
Rico Ramos 125.8 vs. Jonathan Arellano 125.8
Malik Scott 254.6 vs. Grover Young 240
Virgil Green 139 vs. Guillermo Delgadillo 139.8
Ronald Hearns 164 vs. Eddie Hunter 166.4
Juan Funez 125.6 vs. Marcelo Gallardo 126.2
Sammy Perez 133.2 vs. Lupe Hudgens 132.4
Michael Hunter 211 vs. Gary Tapusoa 211
Stephan Shaw 267 vs. Kyle McNutt 216
Omotundi Tabiti 193 vs. Kenneth Gray 192.8
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort in Kamilche, WA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: ESPN2



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

A boxing documentary called “The Punch” is attracting attention at the Tribeca Film Festival. More

More on Boston-based “The Fighters” boxing reality show. More

“Sugar” Shane Mosley in the Philippines to help victims of recent natural disasters. More



January 24th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Danny Garcia defends Justin Bieber

WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia has come to the defense of pop idol Justin Bieber, who was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police allegedly observed Bieber drag racing on the streets of Miami.

Garcia tweeted the following on Thursday night:



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Atlantic City

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Curtis Stevens 160.5 vs. Patrick Majewski 161.5
Thabiso Mchunu 198.5 vs. Olanrewaju Durodola 199.5
Ilshat Khusnulgatin 173.5 vs. Roberto Acevedo 175.5
Wellington Romero 136 vs. Ismael Serrano 136
Hassan Young 141 vs. Justin Johnson 141.5
Mark Rideout 241 vs. Fred Latham 257.5
Sevdail Sherifi 198 vs. Venroy July 198
DeCarlo Perez 156.5 vs. Wilky Campfort 156.5

Venue: Resorts International in Atlantic City
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBC Sports Network



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Indio, California

Antonio Orozco 141.4 vs. Miguel Angel Huerta 142
Cornelius Bundrage 153.4 vs. Joey Hernandez 153.6
Julian Ramirez 123.8 vs. Derrick Wilson 123.4
Gerald Washington 248 vs. Arron Lyons 234
Dominic Breazeale 254.6 vs. Homer Fonseca 298
Manuel Robles Jr 124 vs. Ricky Lopez 124.8
Santiago Guevara 132 vs. Rocco Espinoza 130
Kevin Watts 137.6 vs. Julian Cruz 141.2
Tevin Watts 145.6 vs. Gustavo Lopez 145.6
Kirk Bills 144 vs. Jesus Delgado 142.4

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson-Jean final press conference

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson and #1 contender Dierry Jean hosted their final news conference Thursday at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Here’s what they had to say their Showtime-televised fight at the DC Armory:

Lamont Peterson: I can show you how I come back from a knockout better than I can tell you; you’ll see Saturday night. You just have to forget it, it can happen to the best of us. Even basketball players shoot air ball free throws; sometimes that’s just what happens. I didn’t have a hard time dealing with it, just seemed like the media did. We train hard, we go into the fight and we are there to win, but of course there’s a chance you can lose. That’s what happened [with his fight against Lucas Matthysse], but you just have to pick yourself up and move on.

Dierry Jean: On Saturday, I’ll show everybody that I’m the best fighter pound-for-pound. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Cruz-Cintron added to Adamek-Glazkov acrd

Bragging rights across Southeastern Pennsylvania will be up for grabs when welterweights Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, and nearby rival Kermit Cintron, of Reading, PA, meet in a much-anticipated regional showdown Saturday evening, March 15, in the Events Center at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Topping the card is the world heavyweight elimination fight between Tomasz Adamek, of Zywiec, Poland, and Vyascheslav “Czar” Glazkov, of Lugansk, Ukraine, in a 12-round contest. NBC Sports Network will televise the card on its popular Fight Night Series. The first TV fight is 9pm (EST).

“The Adamek-Glazkov fight may generate more interest on an international scale, but in Southeastern Pennsylvania there is no bigger fight to be made than Cruz against Cintron,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, who is co-promoting the March 15 card with Main Events. “From the early calls, I expect the March 15 card not only to sell out, but we should have people banging on the doors outside trying to get in the night of the fight. This one (Cruz-Cintron) has been brewing for some time, ever since Cruz developed into a local attraction in Bethlehem, less than 50 miles from Cintron’s hometown.”



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings-Szpilka first face to face meeting

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated heavyweights, Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) and Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) engaged in a tense 20 second faceoff today during a Top Rank press conference in Manhattan’s “BB King Club.” They will meet again this Saturday in the sold-out MSG Theater. Their clash will be broadcast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

JC Burgos: They are going to regret they took this fight

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

This Saturday night super featherweight Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20KOs), the tough and rugged talented fighter from Tijuana, Mexico, will have his third opportunity for a world title when he faces the star-in-the-making Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (33-0, 28KOs) of Oxnard, CA, at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City. The twelve-round WBO title tilt will be broadcast live on HBO and presented by Top Rank Promotions.

Originally from the deep southern state of Puebla in Mexico, Burgos has called Tijuana home for nineteen of his twenty-six years and shared after a rigorous morning work out last week that he is ready to give the border city something they are sorely lacking. “It is an extra motivation for me since Tijuana is the city that game me my start as a fighter and right now it going through a terrible drought as far as champions. Tijuana has always been the home of great champions and has given the sport great fighters. It is a great incentive for me to have the opportunity to come back to Tijuana as a world champion and open up 2014 right for my city and that is what I am going to do, give Tijuana and Mexico a world champion. I want my fellow Mexicans to be proud of me and know that in Juan Carlos Burgos they are going to have a long-reigning world champion.” (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten Daley to defend NABA cruiser belt

Undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) cruiserweight champion “Dangerous” Denton Daley (11-0, 6 KOs) is set to make his second title defense Saturday, February 15 against veteran Andres Taylor (21-5-2, 8 KOs) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Denton is a 31-year-old Brampton native, who trains in Kitchener, Ontario, and is rated #7 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and #14 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). Taylor is a former World Boxing Foundation (WBF) All-Americas cruiserweight champion from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Denton vs. Taylor is the 12-round main event on “Doomsday,” promoted by United Boxing Promotions (UBP) in association with Title Fight Promotions. Denton’s promoter, Don MacDonald, believes this is a crossroads fight for both boxers. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

It’s Official: Tyson Fury to face Gonzalo Omar Basile on February 15th return

By James Slater

Tyson Fury’s official Team-Fury website has announced the comeback foe Fury will face in London on February 15th. Fury, inactive since his April 2013 up from the floor stoppage win over Steve Cunningham, will face Argentine slugger Gonzalo Omar Basile. Basile has a 61-8 record with 28 KOs and he has boxed almost his entire career at home. The 39-year-old has been stopped seven times, usually whenever he has stepped up in class. Alexander Dimitrenko and Artur Szpilka both stopped Basile early, while the 6’6″ fighter known as “El Paton” has also been halted by Mauro Ordiales (in Basile’s debut), Cesar Acevedo (twice), Marcelo Nascimento and, most recently in 2012, Luis Juarez.

Basile is nevertheless a decent enough return foe for what may be a rusty Fury. Currently 21-0, 15 KOs and looking at a summer return with reigning European heavyweight champ Dereck Chisora (who will face a TBA on the Feb 15th card), Fury might want to get a few rounds in against Basile next month. The Argentine can bang some though and we all know that anything can happen when two big men collide. And Basile has been active, winning his last six fights and boxing four times last year.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Carl Froch says his next fight looks like it will be be against Chavez Jr

By James Slater

WBA and IBF super-middleweight champ Carl Froch was a live studio guest on Sky Sports News earlier today, talking about his next fight. Under fierce pressure from George Groves to grant him a rematch – with many fans also asking for a second slice of the action that ended prematurely back in November – Froch says he is not all that interested in “going over old ground and beating George Groves again.”

Froch said that should he fight twice this year, as he usually does, he will look at facing Groves and Julio Chavez Jr but, “not in that order.”

Froch said that as he understands it, a fight with Chavez Jr is almost a done deal for his next fight, and that this fight and the opportunity to box in Las Vegas motivates him far more than does a rematch with Groves. However, Froch added how it “would be nice to silence him [Groves] as he has done a lot of whingeing and whining.” (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Another new opponent for David Price

Heavyweight Konstantin Airich has failed his prefight medical, so heavyweight David Price will now face journeyman Istvan Ruszinski (12-10, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Price was originally slated to face Evgeny “Molecule from Hell” Orlov before Airich. The bout will be Price’s debut under the Sauerland Event banner.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Burgos ready for war in NYC

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated WBO jr lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) and and current #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs) hosted their final news conference Thursday at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Here’s what they had to say:

Mikey Garcia: I expect a very good fight from Burgos. He knows what’s at stake. He’s very hungry. He’s very motivated. He believes that the title I hold should belong to him for what happened a year ago…expect a great fight Saturday night.

Juan Carlos Burgos: Physically and mentally I am prepared. I’m here to win and it will be a great thing on my record that I have beaten Mikey Garcia…I have prepared very hard and I didn’t come here just to fight, I came here to win.

Promoter Bob Arum: Mikey Garcia is not a trash talker. He’s a cop. Anyone trash talks to him he’s going to arrest them. And besides, the people are ready for a great athlete, a great performer who is a gentleman and saves his animosity and violence for the ring and doesn’t act like a thug outside the ring. And doesn’t flaunt and wave dollar bills or flush them down a toilet, but is somebody who is a true American who really is grateful for where he is…we at Top Rank believe that Mikey Garcia is a coming superstar. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola deal reached, purse bid cancelled

The purse offer scheduled for this Friday for the vacant WBC heavyweight world championship has been cancelled. The promoters of #1 ranked Bermane Stiverne and #2 ranked Chris Arreola have come to an agreement for the fight. This world championship fight will be the rematch of their battle on April 27, 2013, in which Stiverne, now 23-1-1 with 20 knockouts, scored a knockdown in the third round and won by 12-round unanimous decision. Arreola, now 36-3 with 31 knockouts, has won one fight since then, a first-round knockout against Seth Mitchell on September 7.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Kono to face Denkaosen for vacant WBA 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

12314kono00Former WBA super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono (29-8, 12 KOs), a busy-punching Japanese, will attempt to regain the currently vacant WBA 115-pound belt when he squares off against WBA#1 ranked interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26 KOs), a 37-year-old veteran from Thailand, in Tokyo, Japan, on March 26. It was publicly announced by Watanabe Promotions yesterday. The WBA throne busily changed hands last year, as Kono lost his belt to Venezuelan Liborio Solis via controversial majority decision last May, but Solis, in his first defense, shamefully forfeited his belt as he failed to make the class limit in a scheduled unification bout with IBF ruler Daiki Kameda last December. Solis, no less than eight pounds heavier on the night, defeated Kameda by a split verdict.

In a quest for the vacant 115-pound belt will Denkaosen, WBA interim champ, face #2 Kono, 33, at the Korakuen Hall. It will be an encounter of the veteran campaigners. The Thailander crowned in two classes has been fluctuating as he looked strong in defeating our ringmen Takefumi Sakata and Nobuo Nashiro, but not so good in losing his WBA 112-pound belt to Daiki Kameda in 2010.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson-Jean heats up in frozen DC

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

It may freezing in Washington DC, but the four fighters competing in this Saturday night’s Showtime doubleheader braved the cold for a photo shoot at the DCB Fit Boxing Gym to discuss their upcoming bouts. In Saturday’s main event at DC Armory, local favorite Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) will defend his IBF junior welterweight title against unbeaten #1-ranked Dierry Jean (25-0, 17 KOs), of Montreal by way of Haiti. USBA junior middleweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, risks his 154-pound belt and unbeaten record against two-time world title challenger Gabriel “King” Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, in the co-feature.

Here’s what the boxers said Wednesday:

Lamont Peterson: It was pretty cool to meet Dierry Jean for the first time today at the Showtime shoot. We didn’t say anything to each other. No words. We did a face-off, but that was it. I came in when he was here [at the boxing gym], we did our faceoff and then he left. I wasn’t expecting to say anything to him and it’s going to be that way. He is small, but kind of the size I thought he would be. Size doesn’t mean anything.

Dierry Jean: We have over 100 people that have bought ringside tickets. We have made sure that all arrangements have been made for everyone. We are doing everything the way we should be as if we are home. We are not here as tourists. We are here to get the job done, to take that belt and go back home with it. Look, I am here on a mission to bring that belt back. And having met Lamont, nothing changes. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

UFC

FOX UFC Saturday Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC descends upon the Windy City of Chicago this weekend, and the undercard for the upcoming event is loaded with young, up and coming talent, including a featured bout pitting UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis’ little brother Sergio Pettis against Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres, as well as two of the best strikers in the bantamweight division when Eddie Wineland takes on Yves Jabouin.. . . More

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FOX UFC SATURDAY: Henderson vs. Thomson is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 and UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 78 PM ET/5 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Mikey Garcia visits Knicks game

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated WBO Jr. Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia gives away two tickets to a lucky fan during the New York Knicks – Philadelphia 76ers game Wednesday night at Madision Square Garden in New York City for his first defense of his new world title against two-time world title challenger and current No. 1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos of Tijuana, Mexico. Garcia vs Burgos will take place on Saturday, January 25 and will be televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez wants to make a defense before facing Abner Mares in rematch

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez expects to make the first defense of his world title as soon as possible — before facing Abner Mares in a rematch. They were scheduled to meet February 15, but Mares pulled out with an injury. González and his promoter Oswaldo Kuchle will now meet this Friday in Mexico City to decide the immediate future of Gonzalez. Several names have been mentioned as possible opponents including #13 rated Clive Atwell, #3 rated Gary Russell Jr, #7 rated Viorel Simion, #19 rated Marvin Sonsona or #8 rated Carlos Zambrano. Gonzalez has a rematch clause to face Mares, but with Mares out of action at the moment due to injury, Promociones del Pueblo hopes to stage a Gonzalez defense in the Zocalo in Mexico City.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Illinois boxing official Joel Campuzano returns to work after a 30-month paid leave. More

Dana White talks boxing and his new Boston-based reality show. More

Spokane TV station talks boxing with Andre Ward. More

Heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman prepares for Vincent Thompson this Saturday. More



January 23rd, 2014




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