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By Jerry Glick
K2 Promotions – along with co-promoters, Gary Shaw Promotions, and GGG Promotions – held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon for the July 26th showdown at Madison Square Garden between WBA Super World/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and two-time World champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale. Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) is currently riding a seventeen fight knockout streak and may be the most dominant middleweight in decades, but he refused to predict that he will extend it to eighteen this Saturday on HBO against challenger Geale (30-2, 16 KOs).
Golovkin is a first-class act admitting that he will be facing a first-class fighter. “He is a good fighter, firstly,” he outlined. “I think this is an interesting fight for us, for the people, and for everybody because he has a lot (on the line) for this fight. He is ready, I saw him, he’s serious. He understands this business.”
Asked by FightNews to make a prediction, Golovkin said simply, “I can’t, I can’t, this is boxing, I don’t know, this is boxing.”
Asked if he will knock his opponent out? “I hope so.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Junior lightweight Patrick Hyland defeated Noel Echevarria in four lopsided rounds in the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series on Wednesday night at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York City.
Hyland (28-1, 13 KO’s) was the more aggressive and accurate fighter and it showed from the beginning. He hurt Echevarria in the third round with right hands connected in the corner. Echevarria (11-4, 6 KO’s) shook off the punches as best the could but soon got hurt again in the fourth. This time, the signs of fatigue and dismissal were clear in his face. A wink and a nod by Echevarria to referee Benji Esteves signaled that he was done fighting and Esteves stepped in to call a halt to the bout with Echevarria still standing. Time of the stoppage was 54 seconds of the fourth.
The victory will keep Hyland in the hunt for bigger pay days and likely tougher fights. Once promoted by reality TV star “Snooki,” he could parlay his win here into better things. He could also fight again soon as the damage inflicted on him from Echevarria was minimal. (more…)
No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has suffered a knee injury that has forced him to withdraw from his UFC 178 bout with champion Jon Jones. As a result, No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier will challenge Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
Photo: Marco Chiesa
Last Saturday night in Casteggio, Pavia, Italy, Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (now 25-1, 22 KOs) won the vacant WBA Continental title by TKO in round seven against the game Englishman Stevie Williams (now 15-3, 5 KOs). Giacon knocked down Williams in the second round. Williams didn’t come out for round eight.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Sportitalia and Sportklub televised live in Italy and Poland.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut in a ten-round welterweight main event against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves of Buenos Aires, Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200.
The last card Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank presented a card in Caguas, a sold out crowd of more than 4,000 fans filled the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum. This time, looking for more capacity, the company will move to the nearby Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum for the August 16 event, Future Stars. “Last time at the Roger Mendoza was a little small”, said promoter Hector Soto, “the Sola Bezares is a more comfortable venue and will be ready to receive the fans in Caguas.”
Like in the last card, the special attraction of the event will be Top Rank’s super prospect, Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, who will be fighting in a eight round bout against an opponent soon to be determined in his first fight since he knocked out Mexico’s Engelberto Valenzuela to improve his record to 13-0, 10 KOs on the June 7 card at Madison Square Garden where Miguel Cotto defeated Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.
“It’s getting difficult to find rivals,” said his trainer Ricky Marquez. “Top Rank matchmakers just sent me a list of over 40 fighters that declined to take the fight.” (more…)
The UFC® announced that former champion Vitor Belfort was granted a license to compete in the state of Nevada at a commission hearing held today. A winner of three straight, Belfort will now face UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 6. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
By Karl Freitag
Mayweather Promotions was approved Wednesday for a Nevada promoters license at the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe appeared in person before the commission. Speculation that Floyd would be “grilled” about brushes with the law or personal financial information proved unfounded as commissioners quickly and unanimously approved the application leaving Floyd unscathed. Mayweather Promotions was also recently approved for a promoters license by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Mayweather’s September 13 rematch against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand will again be under Golden Boy’s license, but after that Floyd will be free to promote his own fights in Nevada without enlisting outside help.
The UFC®returns to Connecticut for the first time in nearly a decade on Friday, September 5 at Foxwoods® Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. with a five-round main event pitting two of the best middleweights against one another as fourth-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza takes on seventh-ranked Gegard Mousasi in a bout that could determine the division’s next title contender. The UFC’s last visit to the state saw Andrei Arlovski knock out Paul Buentello in just fifteen seconds of the very first round to defend the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 55 on October 7, 2005. (more…)
In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four TV fighters, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale, Bryant “By By” Jennings and Mike “The Rebel” Perez went through one of their final workouts prior to the “G4″ event this Saturday night, July 26 at Madison Square Garden.
Gennady Golovkin: “This is a very important fight for me to fight in the big arena at Madison Square Garden. I’m really looking forward to it. Daniel Geale is a great fighter, he throws a lot of punches and has a different style being from Australia. I saw the Barker fight and know what a very good body puncher he is. I love Madison Square Garden and love coming to New York City. Right now my focus is on 160 and unifying the titles.”
Daniel Geale: “I’m very confident going into this fight, Golovkin is one of the best fighters in the world but I can beat him. We have a game plan and I know what I need to do on Saturday night to be victorious. I’ve fought all over the world so I have no problem fighting in Madison Square Garden against Golovkin. I want the titles and he’s got two of them. I always wanted to fight him and I’m ready to win on Saturday night.”
Bryant Jennings: “It was tough to have the fight postponed but I’m ready to fight Perez right now. I can’t speak about why Perez looked different against Takam, maybe he had a bad day. I don’t worry about Perez, I’m focused on being the best I can be. I’m not preparing any differently, I’m going to fight my fight and win on Saturday night. Not sure how but I’m going to win.”
Mike Perez: “Yes, it’s a big deal fighting as a heavyweight at Madison Square Garden. I want to add my name to the champions who have fought there. He needs to be ready for me, because I’m ready for him. He’s a little taller than me but that won’t matter during the fight. My prediction is that I’m going to win.”
It’s hard to imagine that there will be a more exciting matchup than the headliner for this weekend’s card in San Jose, as noted knockout artist Robbie Lawler takes on Matt Brown, who is currently riding a seven-fight win streak, with six of those coming by way of knockout. These are two of the most devastating finishers in the UFC, not to mention that the winner earns a title shot at welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, so there’s plenty at stake in this one . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Tyson Fury will face big-hitting Belarusian Alexander Ustinov – the 6’7, 300lb giant who Dereck Chisora broke his hand against in sparring – this Saturday at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester. Fury was left disappointed when Chisora withdrew from their fight yesterday after breaking his hand against Ustinov in their final sparring session, but promoter Frank Warren has moved quick to ensure all Fury’s hard training hasn’t gone to waste and secured him world ranked Ustinov.
From Minsk, Ustinov has been at Chisora’s North London gym for the last two weeks helping him to prepare for Fury, but now finds himself the man in the opposite corner with the chance of causing a huge shock and inflicting the first loss on the Wilmslow giant’s record. (more…)
Randy Caballero’s first title fight will not be at home but in England. More
Hall of Fame promoter Don King is talking about a heavyweight title fight for the “King of the Nile.” More
Oddsmakers labeling Pacquiao-Algieri a “mismatch.” More
Daniel Geale gears up for the Garden. More
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, challenger Daniel Geale, and heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez worked out for the media today at the Mendez Boxing Gym on 26th Street in New York City. Both bouts can be sen on HBO from Madison Square Garden.
The UFC® announced today that the highly anticipated rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 27. Jones defeated Gustafsson by unanimous decision in the 2013 Fight of the Year. Now, the two will meet again in what could be the biggest fight of 2014. (more…)
Shortly after Fightnews.com reported that Dereck Chisora has been forced to withdraw from his showdown against Tyson Fury this Saturday, one of the first names considered was the last U.S. heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs). Fightnews caught up with Briggs who was in the gym at the time to get the information directly from the source.
“I just want to be clear regarding why I am making this comeback in boxing,” said Briggs. “I have stated from the beginning that the only big fight that I’m interested in is with Wladimir Klitschko. Yes, I was willing to take the fight with now two-time WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) but that was a very special case. That would have a been a very lucrative world title fight and one I would have won. Chagaev had not been all that active of late which would have leveled out the playing field aside from my long travel. Those who saw the fight saw how bad Chagaev looked. It was a close decision for Chagaev and he deserved the decision but it was more of what Fres Oquendo didn’t do than what Chagaev did. He was not even close to the condition I am in and I had fought just days earlier. Anyways defeating Chagaev would have made a fight with Wladimir Klitschko a unification and much bigger fight.
“I was asked if I had any interest in fighting Tyson Fury on just a few days’ notice this Saturday. The answer is no. Why would I take a fight with Fury on that kind of notice? It’s not a world title fight. It would not have been anywhere near as lucrative as the fight with Chagaev. I would be fighting Fury in his country. He is young prime fighter who has been training hard for months for a fight. I mean it sounds like a real good deal — if you’re a part of Team Fury. Why would I put myself at that much of a disadvantage? (more…)
2008 Olympian from Puerto Rico McWilliams Arroyo will challenge IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng on September 14 at the Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in a Jimmy’s Boxing presentation. “We already confirmed and the fight will be on Sunday, September 14, in Thailand, so McWilliams continues focused on his training and we will coordinate all matters relating to the date on which we will travel to this fight”, said Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) Vice-President.
Arroyo (15-1, 13 KOs), who is the #1 IBF ranked at 112 pounds, is coming off a spectacular second round KO victory last June 19 over Froilan Saludar in an IBF elimination bout. Arroyo is a gold medalist at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Italy and also won gold medals at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia and at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.
Ruenroeng (13-0, 5 KOs) is a bronze medalist of the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships 2007 in Chicago and represented Thailand at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. Ruenroeng won the IBF flyweight belt last January 22, 2014 when he beat Filipino Rocky Fuentes by unanimous decision and impressively defended the crown on May 7 with a split decision victory over Japanese sensation Kazuto Ioka.
Heavyweight star Tyson Fury will be fighting this weekend despite the cancellation of his world title eliminator with Dereck Chisora. After enduring yet another major setback following the cancellation of the Chisora bout, due to the Londoner fracturing his left hand, Fury is actively in the process of finding a replacement alongside Hennessy Sports and Queensberry Promotions to ensure that he competes on Saturday night’s show at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester. Discussions are also underway to reschedule the fight with Chisora later this year in September.
Fury has been through a very difficult 18 months, with the cancellation of two fights with David Haye, before Chisora pulled out with injury on Monday.
“It’s very frustrating for me that another of my major fights has been cancelled with my opponent pulling out injured,” said Fury. “I have been training for months to get ready for this fight and am in the best condition of my life so for this to happen again – for the third time in such a short space of time – is a big blow. Nevertheless, I will be fighting this weekend and my team will find an adequate replacement. Believe me, whoever I face on Saturday they will be in big big trouble and I will take out my frustrations on them.”
A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters Tuesday to determine who will promote the vacant IBF bantamweight championship fight, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, Dennis Hobson Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Dennis Hobson Promotions bid $ 261,750 and Golden Boy Promotions bid $ 127,000. The purse bid split will be 50% to Caballero and 50% to Hall.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Soliman
IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman has sparred over 200 rounds with Daniel “Real Deal” Geale and is confident Geale will cause a major upset on Saturday in Madison Square Garden when he challenges WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin over twelve rounds. “Golovkin will start favorite to win but he should not take Geale to be an easy victory,” said Soliman. “If Golovkin allows Geale to box his fight, GGG would be in for a difficult fight. The same could happen to Geale if he tries to punch with Golovkin. That would be a mistake for Geale. My prediction is the fight will go the distance but victory will go to Geale if he fights to the right fight plan. One thing I do know, if ever I fight Golovkin I would be confident of winning. Boxing is about styles and I have the style to win. My manager Dave Stanley has contacted Golovkin’s management and I am hopeful that fight could eventuate. It would be a great opportunity to test myself against the middleweight everyone rates as the best.”
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday’s clash between two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz against WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. The presser took place in front of an old transport aircraft named JU 52 at the “Hugo Junkers Museum”
Robert Stieglitz: “I am forewarned. A ghost always comes surprisingly and unexpectedly. I’ve prepared myself for the fighting style Khomitsky so I’m safe. He can’t scare me. Khomitsky is good for surprises, well rested and he boxes smart. His victory for the WBO European championship against Buglioni in England was no coincidence. One may never, ever underestimate him. He is a daredevil! If I want to get back “my belt,” then the only possible way is with a clear victory over this “ghost!”
Sergey Khomitsky: I’m something of a fear maker! That’s where my fight name ‘The Ghost’ comes from. I make pressure, move forward, makes surprises and many opponents can’t adjust. I know Stieglitz from many fights I watched myself. He will be defeated! (more…)
Telemundo opened up their summer series last Friday with a thriller of fight between Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and Juan “El Loquito” Kantun (21-7-3, 15 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. In the end it was Vidal stopping Kantun in round eight. The bout was the first of a 115 pound one loss elimination 6 man tournament. The final bout will be held in the fall season ending series. The winner of the tournament will be in line for a world title fight in 2015. Boxeo Telemundo Ford will be airing each bout with Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc promoting.
The next bout in the tournament will feature Ricardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico City vs. David Carmona (16-2-4, 3 KOs) also of Mexico City this Friday. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight title is on the line. Rodriguez is the least experienced of the fighters who entered the tournament. In Carmona he’ll be facing an opponent who just challenged for a world title in his last fight albeit unsuccessfully. (more…)
Flush with the success that he had from taking the WBO junior welterweight title from Ruslan Provodnikov back on June 14th, Star Boxing’s pride and joy, Chris “The Fighting Pride of Huntington” Algieri, was eager to talk about winning the belt and his challenge to the great Manny Pacquiao for Pac Man’s WBO welterweight belt scheduled to happen on November 22nd.
His right eye, badly damaged in his title winning effort, appeared to be completely healed, as well as the broken nose he suffered. Algieri looked in every way a superstar. (more…)
Those attending the first ever 2014 International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) Induction Ceremony/Brunch on July 10th were treated to seeing the greatest assemblage of female boxing champions gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, from all parts of the world. The guests and inductees included: Christie Martin (USA), Lucia Rijker (Holland), Bonnie Canino (USA), Christie Halbert (USA), Barbara Buttrick (USA), Regina Helmich (Germany), and posthumously JoAnn Hagen. (more…)
Steven Siler just wanted to be on television. So as soon as he saw mixed martial arts on a local station, he decided that was his ticket.
“I thought it looked really cool, so I said why not take up this fighting thing that I could make extra money with while I was working,” he laughs . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check out the massive billboard in Times Square for his highly anticipated defense against two-time world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden and LIVE on HBO World Championship Boxing. Amidst a huge crowd of fans and supporters, Golovkin took photos and signed autographs before heading to his headquarters for fight week.
Want to get up close and personal? Madison Square Garden is still offering a limited number of Golovkin vs. Geale VIP Packages for the event.
The Golovkin vs. Geale VIP Package includes:
One (1) Ringside Ticket (First Five Rows)
One (1) Gennady Golovkin Signed Glove
Access to the following events
— Media Workout, Tuesday July 22
— Media Press Conference, Wednesday, July 23
(Photo Opportunity with Gennady Golovkin included)
— Official Weigh-In, Friday, July 25
Priced at $2,000, the Golovkin vs. Geale VIP Package can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. Regular tickets, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, are available
Top prospect Jose Ramirez is training with Freddie Roach for his next fight. More
Filming of “Southpaw” transforms Brentwood, PA. More
More on Dereck Chisora pulling out of Tyson Fury showdown. More
Pennsylvania’s Anthony Caputo Smith is punching his own ticket. More
Former women’s champ Molly McConnell helps keep the boxing scene alive in her hometown. More
The successful Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series will have their second show of the summer series of series this Friday at the popular Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. The main event will feature a “Civil War” when David “El Duro” Carmona faces Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez in a clash scheduled for ten rounds with the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight belt at stake.
Carmona of Mexico City brings a record of 16-2-4, 8 KOs, is a world title challenger, former WBO Youth champion and is making his third appearance on the series. Rodriguez on the other hand is from Mexico City but now resides in Los Angeles. He trains in Wild Card Gym and has sparred with former world champion Brian Viloria and Olympic champion Zou Shiming, in his last two outings in the US has has defeated two unbeaten fighters and brings a record of 9-1, 3 KOs. (more…)
On August 8, Iron Mike Productions heads to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for FOX Sports 1 show headlined by welterweight Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (15-0, 11 KO) against fellow unbeaten James “Keep ‘em Sleepin” Stevenson (21-0, 14 KOs. Vasquez will be making the fifth start of his 2014 campaign, all four of his previous fights this year ending by stoppage.
Co-featured at “The Pride of Pittsburgh” is an eight round lightweight clash between local fan favorite Monty Meza Clay (35-3, 21 KOs) and Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6, 23 KOs), who will be making his United States debut, most recently competing for the interim WBA junior lightweight title.
Big-punching 2012 Olympian Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (5-0, 5 KOs) will face off against Willie Fortune “500” (17-1, 8 KOs).
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