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By Gabriel F. Cordero
California referee Jack Reiss will be the third man in the ring when WBA middleweight super world champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) defends against WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stubhub in Carson, California. The three judges are Raul Caiz Jr (US), Robert Hoyle (US) and Max de Luca (US). The fight supervisor is Gilberto Jesus Mendoza from Venezuela.
California referee Raul Caiz Jr will be the third man in the ring when WBA featherweight “super” world champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) defends against “regular” champion Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs). The three judges are Adelayde Bird (US), Steve Morrow (US) and Tom Taylor (US). The fight supervisor is Don Julio Thyme from Panama.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten Mexican super featherweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (19-0, 17 KOs) is looking more and more like a future champion. After consecutive wins over world rated Dante Jardon and two-division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero, Estrella is now taking aim at a world title shot against Japanese WBC world champion Takashi Miura.
“I know that with hard work and with the support of my promoters (Promociones del Pueblo and De Leon Promotions) that I will achieve my goal, which I hope will be very soon,” said Estrella. “I never thought this fight against Caballero would be so easy. Now I seek to face better opponents.”
Veteran heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham has the advantage that comes from over 30 career professional fights as he heads into his match-up with Natu “The Truth” Visinia, but Visinia has power and a significant weight advantage over the current USBA Heavyweight Champ when they meet at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten female ex-OPBF light-flyweight champ Nana Yoshikawa (4-0, 2 KOs), 108, one of the prettiest girls in the ring here, decked her tune-up bout prior to her world title shot when she flattened WBC#15 contender Kledpetch Pumphanmuang (7-4, 1 KO), 107, with a single body shot at 1:43 of the second session in a scheduled eight on Monday (our national holyday of Athletic Day; October 13) in Sakai city, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Yoshikawa, formerly a well-experienced amateur boxer, had acquired the vacant OPBF 108-pound belt by demolishing Thailand’s Krikanok Islandmuaythai in the opening session this March, but renounced it in order to prepare for a world title crack. Yoshikawa’s world title go will take place early in spring. (more…)
This Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, one of the biggest punchers in the sport, Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (22-2-1, 21 KOs) returns to the his hometown for the first time in 9 and a half years when he takes on Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez (12-3-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 8-round jr. middleweight bout. The bout is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing. Brunson, who burst on to the scene in 2005 and broke Edwin Valero’s world record with 19 consecutive first round knockouts to start his career (since broken by Ali Raymi), is looking to restart his career. “It is going to be a good fight. I am well prepared. This is the best training camp I have ever had,” said Brunson. “I do not know much about Perez. I heard he is a rugged guy and he comes to fight.”
Perez himself is on a roll as he has won six of his last seven bouts which includes wins over Dante Moore (8-0-2), Jarmar Freeman (9-1-2) and his last bout when he defeated Marcus Willis (13-3-2).
Brunson gained a lot of fanfare all over the world as he was amassing all of those knockout victories, three of which came in New Zealand. “I am past that record. This is a rebirth and fans will see a new Tyrone Brunson. I consider this fight my second pro debut.” (more…)
By James Slater
In response to the numerous recent stories that have suggested boxing icon Muhammed Ali is close to death, largely housebound and unable to speak, Ali has posted a tweet of himself smiling, with the words “dont believe the hype. Feeling great” written underneath the photo of Ali in the company of two women. The photo was taken at a The Bears Head resort yesterday. In the photo, Ali has some of the old twinkle in his eye and he certainly looks far happier and healthier than those recent articles would have us believe. “The Greatest” still has plenty of life in him yet it seems and the 72-year-old living legend is still out and about enjoying himself. Boxing fans the world over will no doubt be heartened by this!
Photo: Russell Pritchard
Matthew Macklin says defeat is not an option in his WBC Middleweight eliminator clash with WBC International champion Jorge Sebastian Heiland at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15, live on Sky Sports.
Macklin is on the hunt for a World title shot in 2015 and faces the Argentine in the first step after he dusted off the cobwebs in Germany a fortnight ago with his first action since December. Miguel Cotto holds the WBC title and the 32 year old is gunning for a showdown with the Puerto Rican legend if he can see off Heiland, but Macklin is aware that the visitor poses a real threat to his aspirations.
“It’s a huge opportunity for him, he’ll come over here and see me as someone who has been in the top five or ten in the world over the last five or six years,” said Macklin. “Beating me catapults him into the mix and he’ll probably get a World title shot, so for me it’s an eliminator and the most meaningful fight for me since Gennady Golovkin. (more…)
WBO President Paco Valcarcel has announced that WBO interim jr lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will now be the full WBO 130lb titleholder. Valcarcel also announced that current champion Mikey Garcia is now moving up to the 140lb division. Garcia has been out of the ring since January due to a promotional dispute.
Top bantamweight prospect Aljamain Sterling will make his return to the Octagon on November 8 in Sydney, Australia when he faces off against Frankie Saenz in UFC Fight Night action at Allphones Arena . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Local favorite Pablo “El Sepulturero” Munguia (19-5, 11 KOs) challenges Edgar Ortega (15-1, 10 KO) of Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico for his WBO Latino interim welterweight title. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with Telemundo airing the bout. The Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico will host. In Munguia’s first and only time headlining on Telemundo, he upset former world title challenger Antonio Pitalua in 2012. Munguia’s objective will be to the same with Ortega but he faces a much younger fighter this time around. Munguia at 35 will have to keep pace with the 23-year-old Ortega. Munguia isn’t concerned with the age difference and is confident that experience with beat youth on Friday.
Where does your nickname Sepulturero (english translation grave digger) come from?
It actually comes from my profession. To be direct with you. I lay the deceased to rest for their burials for a living. My father has been in the business for years. I have been around it since I was a young child so it doesnt affect me. I’m used to it. It’s a part of life. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Joseph Parker 231.3 vs. Sherman Williams 265.4
Izuagbe Ugonoh 224.6 v. Junior Iakopo 214.8
Nik Charalampous 177.9 vs. Andy Robinson 177.9
Sam Rapira 174.1 vs. Reece Papuni 174.3
Joe Blackbourn 174.2 vs. TBA
Dave “Brown Buttabean” Letele 310 vs. John Lomu 303.5
Venue: The Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Promoter: Duco Events
Joseph Parker: I’m setting out to knock out Sherman Williams. That’s the goal I have set for myself and I will do it!
Tank Williams: I’ll stay focused, I’ve done the work, I’m mentally and spiritually fit…I’m ready.
Miguel Cotto honored in Jersey City. More
Former champ Leon Spinks has been hospitalized. More
British heavyweight Anthony Joshua refuses to get carried away just yet. More
Malik Scott motivated to beat Aussie Alex Leapai in honor of the late Dan Goossen. More
Heather Hardy 121.5 vs. Crystal Hoy 121
Travis Peterkin 176.75 vs. Otis Griffin 179.5
Patrick Day 153.5 vs. Felipe Reyes 153.25
Ivan Golub 159.25 vs. Kirk Huff 159.75
Steed Woodall 164 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 162.25
Wellington Arias Romero 144.5 vs. Lazar Stojadinovic 146
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets: $125, $100 and $75 and $55
The WBC has announced that it will not participate in any female bout scheduled for 12 rounds x 3 minutes. The WBC finished an unprecedented First World Female Covention only 3 weeks ago in which many topics were addressed and a key issue was the dispute between 10 rounds vs 12 rounds and 2 minute rounds vs 3 minutes rounds in female boxing. It was unanimously decided that several detailed medical studies will be conducted as an addition to the many previously performed before, considering permitting any female boxing match to be held for more than 10 rounds and any round to be considered for more than 2 minutes. (more…)
There’s a wide divergence on odds at various offshore sportsbooks for Saturday’s HBO-televised WBA middleweight title clash between Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Books have Golovkin favored by as much as a 200:1 with odds generally in the -6600 to -10000 range. Rubio bettors can pocket up to +1600.
The HBO opener between WBA co-world champions Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters is viewed as a very competitive fight. Walters is currently a narrow favorite at -120 to -137, while Donaire backers can get +100 to +110.
On Friday, November 21st, 2014, New Legend Boxing returns to Resorts World Casino New York City in Jamaica, NY. This will be the ninth “International Fight Night” promoted at the casino by New Legend Boxing. Scheduled to compete with opponents to be named are junior lightweight Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz 12-0 (6KO’s) of Port Chester, NY (Honduras); welterweight Gary Beriguette 5-0 (3KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY (Dominican Republic); welterweight TreySean Wiggins 4-1 (4KO’s) of Newburgh, NY; junior middleweight Chris Galeano 4-0 of Bronx, NY (Puerto Rico/Guatemala); junior lightweight Allan Phelan 6-2 (4KO’s) of Queens, NY (Co. Kildare, Ireland); welterweight Jose De La Rosa, 1-0 (1KO) of Queens, NY (Dominican Republic); Jay Rodriguez 3-0-1 (3KO’s) of Queens, NY (Puerto Rico); middleweight Devaun Lee 3-0 (1KO) of Jamaica, NY and Noel Murphy Pro-Debut of Woodlawn, NY (Co. Cork, Ireland).
Undefeated light heavyweight contender Seannie Monaghan (22-0, 14 KOs) and multi-media personality Bobby Cassidy Jr. are scheduled to be this month’s Ring 8 guest speakers Thursday night, Oct. 16 (doors open 6 p.m, meeting starts at 8 p.m.) at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. (more…)
Bobby Hitz announced that Hitz Boxing will close out 2014 with its annual Thanksgiving week “Fight Night at the Horseshoe Hammond” on Saturday, November 29 at 7:00 PM. The card will feature Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (15-0, 10 KOs) who looks to maintain his perfect record as he takes on Ghanian Sena Agbeko (15-1, 15 KOs) in the eight round main event. Lightweight knock out specialist Frank “Time Bomb” Scalise (9-1, 9 KOs) and the hard working welterweight Genaro Mendez (8-2-1, 5 KOs) both of Chicago, fighting in separate bouts, are the co-main events.
“This has been a fantastic year for Hitz Boxing and we are closing out our 2014 campaign with this stacked card,” said Hitz. “Our guys have worked hard this year and the Hitz Boxing stable is stronger than ever. We look forward to hitting the ground running in 2015.” (more…)
By Chris Morris
Boxer Emanuel Augustus has reportedly been shot in the back of the head on the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is on life support at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center according to the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper. Click here for the report
The Baton Rouge Police Department Office of Media Relations has issued the following bulletin:
Banner Promotions has announced some upcoming fight dates:
On Friday, November 28 in Moscow, Russia, former WBO jr. welterweight champion “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov will have a homecoming when he fights in his home country for the first time since 2011. His opponent, rumored to be Jose Luis Castillo, will be announced shortly.
On Saturday, December 13, WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has been penciled in to defend his title against TBA on Showtime.
On Friday, January 16, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, the Boxcino 2014 champions, middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. and lightweight Petr Petrov, are in discussions for their next bouts that will take place at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Coming in February, Boxcino 2015 will return on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights with the welterweight and heavyweight divisions. “Since we announced the Boxcino weight classes, we have received calls from around the world from a lot of interesting fighters hoping to participate in the tournament. We expect that this year’s tournaments will be action-packed and that the fans will enjoy the tournament as much as last year,” said Banner Promotions CEO Artie Pelullo.
Another Civil War will headline the third show of the fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford this Friday at the popular Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (15-1, 10 KO’s) of Torreon Coahuila, Mexico will face the toughest test of his career when he faces veteran challenger Pablo “El Sepulturero” Munguia (19-5, 11 KOs) of Mexico City in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with Ortega’s title at stake.
Also popular jr. welterweight Luis “Cotto” Vidales of Mexico City returns to the series facing compatriot Jose Gonzalez, scheduled for 8 rounds.
First bell at 8:00 PM, 6 mores fights round off the card. Telemundo Network will televise the main event live at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Salon Jose Cuervo (Lago Andromaco #17, esq. Moliere, Ampliacion Granada, Mexico DF, Tel: 53259000 or at ticketmaster.com.mx. Tuto Zabala’s Jr, All Star Boxing Inc, is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
On Saturday night, unbeaten middleweight Micheal Zerafa leaves Melbourne with promoter Peter Maniatis and trainer Joe Nader for Moscow, Russia. Zerafa (15-0, 7 KOs) goes into battle for a WBO World Youth title against WBA #15 ranked Arif Magomedov (12-0, 8 KOs) on the Alexander Povetkin vs. Carlos Takam undercard on Friday October 24th in Moscow.
“Michael’s prep has been spot on for this fight,” said Maniatis. “He has sparred Sam Soliman early in the lead up and finished his prep by sparring Zac Dunn and Jake Carr. He has done the work and is ready for the challenge that has been put in front of him. We have a 22 hour flight from Melbourne to Moscow ahead of us and face -1 freezing weather as we arrive into Moscow and Zerafa has six days to settle into the Moscow conditions before his fight. This will be the biggest challange he has faced so far, but we expect Michael to lift the belt as the team believes he belongs at this level.”
Photo: Final Forum
Natu “The Truth” Visinia steps into the ring Saturday in Philadelphia, PA, to face veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham, it will be with a heavy heart. Visinia buried his long-time trainer, Charles “Buddy” Bereal, on October 10 after Bereal passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Visinia, 30, is from, Clinton, Illinois, a small town with a population of 7,500. He travelled to California to train with Bereal for the last five years. When Bereal passed away unexpectedly, Jermaine Lefeiloai, Buddy’s long-time assistant trainer, stepped in to finish out Natu’s training camp.
Natu said Buddy was excited for the match-up with Cunningham. “He was more excited than I was about this fight,” Visinia said. “This is what he always wanted for me. This fight will be dedicated to Buddy. Jermaine has been with us from the beginning. He knows Buddy’s style. He knows my style. We fit in well. It is not like I am starting fresh with someone I’m not comfortable with. I am definitely comfortable with him.” (more…)
World rated super featherweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, will be fighting Saturday to earn another shot at a world title. He will also be fighting to raise awareness for a special needs group that works with autistic children, Jordan’s Corner. Jordan’s Corner was inspired by Jordan Falcon, a special needs child from Highland Park, IL. Jordan’s older brother, Dan, started the boxing and fitness program to help Jordan and other special needs children improve their confidence and communication ability.
Cherry met Jordan 2 years ago in Chicago while training for a fight. He and Jordan soon became friends. Cherry also helped with the Saturday afternoon classes and quickly bonded with the children. “He’s a great kid and Jordan’s Corner is an important program that brings a lot of joy to families.”
No stranger to special needs children, Cherry has a daughter with cerebral palsy and he knows, first-hand, the challenges that both children and parents face. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson
The Main Event was the Fight of the Night at Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VIII, where Rob “Power Drill” Powdrill (3-1) claimed the WA State Cruiserweight title with a close unanimous points decision over “Diamond” Ben Page (2-1) on Saturday night at Metro City, Perth, Australia, a venue that is one of the best in the world to view boxing. (more…)
Stuart Hall bids to become a two-time world champ on October 25. Hall contentiously lost his IBF world title in June with a split-decision reverse to Paul Butler. However with Butler since relinquishing the strap, Hall gets a golden chance to make history when he faces big-hitting American Randy Caballero for his vacant old belt in Monte Carlo. Here we catch up with ‘Stuey’ before his overseas mission:
How do you feel that the fight is in Monte Carlo?
I’ve got a few fans going over, so it’s going to be loud. It’ll be like a home show anyway. I’m alright about it and it’ll be nice to fight in Monte Carlo.
Does the fact it’s in Monte Carlo even out the playing field between you and Caballero?
I think so. Any logical person would think so, wouldn’t they? When I spoke to Dennis he said it was home advantage, but it’s not because we’ve got to get on a plane, haven’t we! In my head I’m going away for this title. I’ve got to go and get it like I did against Vusi Malinga. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Unbeaten WBO #14 heavyweight Joseph Parker (10-0, 9 KOs) of New Zealand will clash with American Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday with the PABA and WBO Oriental titles up for grabs. These two were scheduled to fight on the Klitschko-Leapai undercard in Germany back in April but Williams, who was one of Klitschko’s ten sparring partners, was kicked out of the Ukrainian champion’s camp and refused to take the fight. Klitschko claimed the 42-year-old showed up to training overweight while Williams accused Klitschko of being a ‘whiner’ and a ‘softie’. As the Florida-based Williams nursed his wounded pride, Parker romped to a seventh round TKO win over Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in a hastily arranged bout. Parker’s win was so impressive that Klitschko’s camp invited the Kiwi to spar with the undefeated heavyweight champ in preparation for an upcoming fight.
Parker, who stopped tough American Brian Minto in July and Keith Thompson in August, is a solid betting favorite at -1200. Williams backers can get +650.
How big of an MMA fan is artist Justin BUA?
Earlier this year, the man that made his name depicting the world of hip hop and urban life in exaggerated portraits of archetypal figures and famous performers alike turned his focus on the sport, creating a series of works that ran as part of the “Art of Fighting” exhibit during International Fight Week . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has reportedly undergone two abdominal surgeries and remains in a Las Vegas hospital after complications. Spinks’ wife told AP that it’s going to be a long road ahead for the ex-champion, but he’s starting to recover.
Please pray for my friend Leon Spinks…facing the greatest fight of his life. He's a gentle and beautiful person.
— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) October 13, 2014
Carl Froch says a fight with James DeGale is not “worth getting out of bed for.” More
Daniel Geale and Jarrod Fletcher get ready for an all-Aussie clash. More
David Price to Anthony Joshua: “I will take your head off your shoulders.” More
Azumah Nelson launches biography. More
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