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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME J'Leon Love 167.5 vs. Porky Medina 168.6 Badou Jack 169.4 vs. Jason Escalera 169.2 Ronald Gavril 166 vs. Thomas Falowo 166 Venue: Palms ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs

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Boxing News

Lebedev-Jones purse bid scheduled for Jan 6

The WBA Championships Committee has called for a purse bid for the fight between WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and champion in recess Guillermo “Felino” Jones on January 6 at 11:00 am at the offices of the World Boxing Association in Panama. The proceeding will be supervised by the committee’s vice president Aurelio Fiengo.



December 19th, 2013



Boxing News

More details on Jan 17 ShoBox card

On January 17, DiBella Entertainment will present the premiere show of the 2014 ShoBox: The New Generation season with a quadrupleheader. Headlining the card will be Ukrainian lightweight Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs), who takes on once-beaten Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. In the co-features, unbeaten junior middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) collide in an eight-round matchup and fast-rising and highly regarded up-and-coming prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) against an opponent to be announced in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup.

The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with GH3 Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Prize Fight Boxing, and will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. The SHOWTIME telecast will air live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola II for WBC heavyweight championship

The WBC Board of Governors has finished its voting procedure to determine the steps to fill the heavyweight world championship after Vitali Klitschko has been confirmed as WBC Emeritus Champion while he focuses on his political campaign for the presidency of Ukraine. It has been decided to order immediate free negotiations between #1 ranked contender and WBC Silver world champion Bermane Stiverne and #2 ranked contender and WBC International champion Chris Arreola for the vacant WBC heavyweight world championship. A series of fights will be ordered as final elimination bouts to confirm the two mandatory challengers for the division.

We have been informed that Stiverne is free to fight for the title despite any ongoing disagreements with DKP.



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr., four world title fights, Kingpin and Ali Raymi vs. Sampson Dutchboygym make for a great boxing weekend

By Karl Freitag

While the barren USA TV schedule makes it seem there is nothing going on in boxing this weekend, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

On Friday, former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson looks to take down WBO #7 rated heavyweight Christian Hammer in Hamburg, Germany (and he’s a big betting favorite to do it).

Also, in a minimumweight bout of maximum proportions in Sanaa, Yemen, Unbeaten WBO #7/WBC #9 rated Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs, all in the first round) is scheduled to face his toughest test to date against unbeaten former WBF titleholder Sampson Dutchboygym (43-0, 36 KOs), who is coming out of an eleven year retirement for this fight!

On Saturday, future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. is the biggest name fighting. He will take on Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf in Moscow, Russia. But that’s just the beginning, as there are no less than four world title fights on tap that day.

1) On the Jones-Benmakhlouf card, there will be a fight for the WBA interim middleweight title between Dmitry Chudinov and Juan Camilo Novoa.

2) In Buenos Aires, Argentina, WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez makes another defense of his title against David Carmona.

3) In Valencia, Spain, IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez defends against Jeffrey Mathebula.

4) In Leeds, England, Stuart Hall meets Vusi Malinga for the vacant IBF bantamweight title.



December 19th, 2013

UFC

UFC 168: The Rematches Draw Closer

Rematch fever – catch it! Before the clock strikes midnight on 2013, the Octagon has enlisted two of its brightest champions to put their glittery gold up for grabs against their greatest challengers for what will be easily one of the biggest events of this year. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com.
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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on Saturday, December 28, from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Negotiations for Lebedev vs Jones II are almost finalized

Manager Vladimir Hrunov and DKP attorney Tony Gonzalez are currently meeting in Moscow to conduct final negotiations for the WBA cruiserweight title rematch between Denis Lebedev and Guillermo Jones according to a report on allboxing.ru. The WBA told both parties they must close negotiation for the fight and submit the contract no later on December 16, however it looks like that deadline is being extended a few days. (Big thanks to Andrij)



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Chris John Retires

Legendary former WBA featherweight champion Chris John (48-1-3, 22 KOs) just announced his retirement moments ago in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 34-year-old John lost his title and suffered his first defeat against Simpiwe Vetyeka on December 6 after making 18 successful title defenses in a championship run that lasted nearly a decade.



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Johnson-Gunn Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

The much anticipated “Battle of the Warriors” went off as planed on Wednesday night at the Sands Casino in Bthlehem PA as Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gun (21-6-1, 18 KOs) lost a lopsided eight round unanimous decision to former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (53-18-2, 36KOs). The co-feature of the five bout card promoted by David Feldman’s XFE Promotions saw undefeated bantamweight sensation, Miguel “No Fear Cartagena move to 10-0, 3KOs with a hard fought six round, unanimous decision victory over Eduardo Valenzuela (5-4-1). (more…)



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Johnson: He’s a C-Class fighter; Hammer: He talks too much

Photos: EC Boxing

Things heated up at the press conference for Friday’s big heavyweight clash between former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-3-1, 14 KOs) and WBO #7 rated Christian Hammer (14-3, 10 KOs) at the Schnelsen Schnelsen Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The ten-round bout will be televised throughout Europe on Eurosport.

Kevin Johnson: “I am the king in the ring! I box anywhere in the world, in Australia, in Europe, most recently in England. In America they’re afraid of me because I hardly get any work. Now I’m going against Christian Hammer…that’s a C-Class Fighter!”

Christian Hammer: “He talks too much, I hope he can also fight in the Schnelsen Exhibition Hall on Friday…I’m in good shape, but don’t have much to say. I do my job in the ring.”

The event is being promoted by Alexander Alekseev, who recently fought for a world championship himself. “I now have an interesting job, and look forward to the upcoming work,” said Alekseev. “Of course, I still need some experience. You never stop learning in life whether you’re a boxer or a promoter. In any case, I will do everything to bring my boys to the top. We’ll see the first results soon.” (more…)



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Amateur Star Khytrov Crushes Nava in Pro Debut

By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside

Highly touted super middleweight prospect Ievgen Khytrov made his professional debut a successful one, stopping Christian Nava (2-5-1) with a hellacious counter left hook to end the fight in the very first stanza. The bout served as the main event of an entertaining nine bout card promoted by Dmitry Salita’s Star of David promotions in association with Fight Promotions out of Webster Hall in New York City.

Khytrov, who represented Ukraine in the 2012 Olympics, is Dmitry Salita’s most significant signing as a young promoter. With 500 amateur fights under his belt and possessing explosive power with both hands, the 25-year-old is often compared to another rising star from the region, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

Time will tell whether Khytrov is the goods, but on this night, he withstood everything that Christian Nava had to offer and made short work of the Utah native. The Buddy McGirt trained Ukrainian traded shots with Nava for most of round one, getting hit more than he should have. Nava did not seem intimidated by his opponent’s vaunted power, willingly engaging his opponent as he varied his punches to the head and body. However, just as Nava waved Khytrov in, the “Ukrainian Lion” launched an explosive combination punctuated by a left hook that dropped Nava and caused the referee to stop the bout at 2:57 of round one. (more…)



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The latest Australian hopeful is Jarrod Fletcher, who is ready for his first title shot. More

Frankie Gavin has high hopes for 2014. He wants a shot at Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana. More

“HBO’s boxing division is no longer the only game in town,” says Newsday‘s Marcus Henry “But an argument can be made that it still may be the biggest . . . .” More

An update on Manny Paquiao’s tax woes: More

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward discusses “Floydmania,” his deal with Brand Jordan, his exit strategy from the ring and much more.  More



December 19th, 2013

Boxing News

Johnson retires Gunn with 80-72 shutout

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Former world light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (53-18-2, 36 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over 39-year-old Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” (21-6-1, 18 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The 44-year-old Johnson was aggressive and overwhelmed the 39-year-old Gunn, who was just looking to survive in the late rounds. Scores were 80-72 across the board.

After the fight, Gunn announced his retirement saying it was an honor to face Johnson in his last fight.



December 18th, 2013

UFC

Condit-Woodley Headed to Dallas

With Georges St-Pierre vacating his UFC welterweight title, the race to get to the top of the division is heating up, and on Saturday, March 15, another top-notch 170-pound matchup is on tap for Dallas’ American Airlines Arena, as former interim champion Carlos Condit has verbally agreed to face rising star Tyron Woodley on the UFC 171 card featuring the bout for the vacant title between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.

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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on Saturday, December 28, from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Johnson-Gunn slashed to eight rounds. No WBU title on the line.

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Tonight’s cruiserweight clash between 44-year-old former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (52-18-2, 36 KOs) and 39-year-old Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” (21-5-1, 18 KOs) at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has apparently been cut from a twelve-round bout to an eight-rounder by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission. It also looks like the WBU cruiserweight championship will no longer be on the line.

In addition, the plug was pulled on a live stream of the card as the venue would not allow a live broadcast.



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Abu Dhabi

Danny Williams 267 vs. Mazur Ali 196
Nasser Al Harbi 154 vs. Giorgi Ungiadze 147.7
MohammadAli Bayat Farid 206 vs. Abdul Kabbani 231
Stjepan Bozic TBA vs. Paata Vardaushvili 161
Mohammed Reza 191.3 vs. Hakim Wahid 195.5
Rabih Fayad 163.1 vs. Boubaker Masrar 162
Hamza Bouaoud 167.8 vs. Mehdi Ramizani 166.4
Ahmed Al Ali 151.4 vs. Abbas Mohamed TBA



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Ramirez/Ramirez twinbill slated for UniMas Feb 1

On Saturday, February 1st, UniMas will air at 11 p.m. ET/PT a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” bout featuring world rated Mexican middleweight Gilberto Ramirez (25-0, 20 KOs) in a 10-round bout and red hot USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) in a 6 round super lightweight contest. Both are fighting opponents to be announced. The card takes place at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Hitz Boxing announces Jan 31, Feb 28 cards

Bobby Hitz announced today that Hitz Boxing is kicking off its 2014 season with two action packed “Fight Night” cards as Chicago’s longest running promoter returns to the Belvedere Events & Banquets in Elk Grove Village, IL on Friday, January 31 and the The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN on Friday, February 28.

“As we wrap up a highly successful 2013 campaign, I am very excited about launching our 2014 season in January at an intimate venue like the Belvedere and then returning to the electrifying atmosphere at the Horseshoe,” said Hitz. “We finished this year with a bang with a card that energized Chicago’s boxing scene and we look forward to carrying that momentum into next year.”



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Orlando Salido Blanket Drive/Meet & Greet

WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, along with local prospects Jose Benavidez, Jr. and David Benavidez, will host a Blanket Drive/Meet & Greet this Saturday from 12PM to 2PM at Karla’s Kitchen (2448 W. Grand) in Phoenix, Arizona. Orlando, Junior and David will be collecting blankets to benefit Andre House of Arizona, which serves the valley’s homeless population. In addition to distributing blankets during the winter months, Andre House serves 600+ meals per night, provides laundry services, clothing, showers and transitional housing to Phoenix’s homeless. The world champion encourages the Phoenix community to come together, and bring new or gently used blankets to support this organization’s mission. Salido will be defending his title against Vasyl Lomachenko on March 1.



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Golovkin to get WBA “super” title, Murray-Fletcher meet for WBA “regular” title, both to fight on same card in Monte Carlo

By Karl Freitag

It will be a WBA middleweight world title doubleheader on February 1 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Not only will current WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defend his title against Osumanu Adama, but fans can also see Martin Murray (26-1-1, 11 KOs) fight Jarrod Fletcher (17-1, 10 KOs) for the middleweight title of the SAME organization on the SAME card. This turn of events will come about because Golovkin, who also holds the IBO belt, will be elevataed by the WBA to middleweight “super” champion, thus opening up the “regular” portion of the middleweight WBA belt for the Murray-Fletcher winner.



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC orders Rubio-Spada for interim title

WBC #1 ranked middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio will face WBC #2 ranked Domenico Spada for a WBC interim middleweight title in March. The match was ordered by the WBC as injuries to regular champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will keep him from fighting until June or July. Rubio’s promoter Oswlado Küchle/Promociones del Pueblo and Spada’s promoter Salvatore Cherchi of OPI 2000 have both expressed interest in taking the fight to their respective countries, but hope to reach an agreement satisfactory to all parties involved.



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Wladimir Klitschko wants all the belts

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir wants to reclaim the WBC title formerly held by brother Vitali Klitschko. “It is of course my goal is bring the WBC title back to the Klitschko family,” Wlad told BILD. However first he has to make mandatory defenses of his WBO and IBF titles against Alex Leapai and Kubrat Pulev, as Wlad does not plan to relinquish any of the heavyweight titles he holds. After that, probably in the Fall, Wlad can take aim at whoever holds the WBC belt.



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Interview: Mike Tyson

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez

Mike Tyson has come full circle.

Once universally feared and reviled, “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” who infamously threatened to eat another fighter’s children, finds himself back in the public consciousness with his one-man stage show, autobiography and HBO Special “Undisputed Truth.” However, it is in his newfound role as boxing promoter for Deerfield Beach FL-based Iron Mike Promotions that Tyson truly seems at home. Tyson spent Tuesday afternoon at the brand new gym within the former Acquinity Sports headquarters catching up with his young, talented stable of fighters.

Tyson witnessed some tough training from the likes of newly-signed Erickson Lubin, the eighteen- year old whose recent signing to Iron Mike Promotions ruffled feathers with Team USA Boxing. However, it became immediately apparent Tyson was here to impart invaluable knowledge, teaching Lubin the intricacies of the bobbing style that allowed Tyson to become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time. (more…)



December 18th, 2013

UFC

Let’s Play Two: 10 Great UFC Rematches

On Saturday, December 28, UFC 168 will feature two highly-anticipated rematches, as Chris Weidman battles Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey takes on Miesha Tate. If we’re lucky, these showdowns will join the ten return bouts below as two of the best in UFC history . . . Click here for more at UFC.com.
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Coming up next: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva is LIVE on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on Saturday, December 28, from Las Vegas . . .  Click here for more



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from New York City

Ievgen Khytrov 165 vs. Christian Nava 166
Michael Chudecki 135.5 vs. Joshua Nieves 136.5
Peter Reyes 159 vs. Ruben Ortiz 161
Jarrell Miller 266 vs. Sylvester Barron 235
Dimash Niyazov 137 vs. Rapahel Luna 139
Akil Aguste 160 vs. Jermaine king 161
Stevens Bujaj 199 vs. Mike Bissett 196
Glenford Nickey 133 vs. Rigoberto Miranda 131
Wesley Ferrer 135 vs. Richard bonds 137

Promoters: Star Of David Promotions & Fight Promotions Inc.
Venue: Webster Hall
1st Bell: 7pm



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Stuart Hall: I will walk through hell to win world title

Bantamweight Stuart Hall has said he is prepared to go through hell in order to reign victorious in his hunt for world title glory this weekend. Hall makes his bid for the vacant IBF crown against the seasoned South African Vusi Malinga on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The British bantamweight champion is looking to end the year on a high for British boxing, and has admitted that he will do whatever is necessary to make sure he achieves a lifelong ambition by winning the IBF world title.

“I can’t believe that the time is near at hand,” admitted Hall. “I’ve been working and preparing for this opportunity for so long and to get the chance of getting my hands on a world title is a dream come true. I’m ready for this fight and whatever it takes, even if it means going through hell and back, then I’m willing to do that. I have everything in my favour and feel this is my time now, I want to go out there and do myself and the country proud,” he said. (more…)



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Bethlehem, PA

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Bobby Gunn 195.3 vs. Glenn Johnson 193.5
Miguel Cartagena 112 vs. Eduardo Valenzuela 114.9
Eric Newell 257.5 vs. Mark Rideout 248
Dante Selby 215.5 vs. Randy Easton ***
Travis Thompson 135.7 vs. Julius Leegrand 132

***Randy Easton will weigh in at 9AM

Venue: Sands Casino Bethlehem
Promoter: XFE Promotions
Matchmaker: Don Elbaum



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Moorosi wins SA junior flyweight title

By Ron Jackson

Thabiso Moorosi knocked out defending champion Mfundo Gwayana in the fourth round to win the South African junior flyweight title and also the vacant WBF Intercontinental light flyweight belt at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Monday. Gwyana 17-7-3; 8 from Mdantsane was making the first defence of his SA title that he won in October this year. Moorosi 8-3-2; 6 from Ficksburg in the Free State who is ranked at number seven by Boxing SA dominated from the opening bell before he scored the knockout at 1 minute 49 seconds into the fourth round.



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Heavyweight great Evander Holyfield calls amateur great Mary Kom “great, amazing.” More

A June 7 showdown between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez is in the works for New York City. More

“I’m not in boxing for profile and fame,” says Brit Frankie Gavin. More

Tax issues and a U.S. fight in April has Manny Pacquiao sending adviser Mike Koncz to the states. More

Faryal Makhdoom, wife to Amir Khan, shows off her baby bump. More



December 18th, 2013

Announcement

Adam Berlin pens boxing novella!

Wins Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

Adam Berlin – the brother of boxing attorney David Berlin – recently won the prestigious Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for his novel Both Members of the Club, a story of friendship and ambition and violence set against the world of boxing. The main character is Billy Carlyle, a professional fighter who cuts too easily and is starting to lose. Berlin’s novel has already received praise from ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas, sports writer Mark Kriegel and award winning boxing writer Tom Hauser. For more visit http://adamberlin.com/ or buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Both-Members-Club-Adam-Berlin/dp/1937875474



December 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Casino Miami Jai Alai on January 18th with “Freedom Fights”

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as a man of peace; heroically pushing the U.S. forward towards racial equality. Next month, the country celebrates Martin Luther King Day on January 20th. In Miami, Tiburon Promotions brings a spirited January 18th boxing card to Casino Miami Jai Alai filled with fighters who left oppressive circumstances in their home countries to hold America true to her promise of “…liberty and justice for all.”

The fights will be headlined by thirty-year old former Golden Gloves champion light heavyweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) looking to continue his six-fight win streak in the scheduled ten-round main event. Augustama, now ranked number seven in the USBA, takes on Thomas Brown (14-4-2, 8 KOs) of South Carolina.

The co-main event showcases the very busy twenty-year old Cuban super bantamweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (9-0-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six-round contest for his fifth fight this year alone. Socarras, fresh off a first-round knockout victory last Saturday night, squares off against Jamal “The Mailman” Parram (7-9-1, 5 KOs). (more…)



December 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Ellison injured, Friday’s fight vs. Diaz canceled

An arm injury has forced Wanzell Ellison (9-0-1, 5 KOs) to withdraw, forcing the cancelation of his scheduled 10-round main event fight this Friday night against undefeated beaten junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz, Jr. (13-0, 11 KOs), on the SMS Promotions-presented “Big Apple Boxing” card at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York. The 10-round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) junior welterweight title, matching undefeated Amir “Young Master” Imam (11-0, 10 KOs) against Mexican veteran Sergio “Sirenito” Perez (28-15, 9 KOs), has been elevated to the main event.

Promoter/rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and newest boxer in his SMS Promotions stable, world junior middleweight contender James Kirkland, will hold a meet-and-greet prior to Friday night’s fights between 6:30-7 p.m. ET at Resorts World Casino NYC

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December 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Odlanier Solis Training with Pedro Diaz



December 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Arum optimistic about making June 7 Cotto-Martinez clash in NYC

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the LA Times that former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto likely is headed toward a clash with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on June 7 in New York City on the weekend of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. “I’m optimistic that fight is going to happen. It isn’t done yet, but there’s some magic in Miguel fighting in the New York area that weekend,” Arum told The Times. Cotto has passed on a proposed March fight with Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas. The WBC has mandated that Martinez defend against Marco Antonio Rubio next, but with Martinez out of action since April with injuries, Rubio may fight for an interim belt instead.



December 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Formal investigation into cheating allegations for Broner/Maidana fight

By TMZSports.com

The Texas Boxing Commission is now analyzing video of the fight which some say shows Maidana taking what looks like a pill during the WBA welterweight championship fight last Saturday. The rules are so strict …even water needs to be tested prior to a fight before the boxer can consume it. Pills and any other substance for that matter are off limits. Broner — who was previously undefeated — says the loss hasn’t shattered his ego … he’s confident the investigation will prove Maidana cheated. We’re told the boxing commission will reveal the results of the investigation in 1-2 days.



December 17th, 2013

Boxing News

1.3 million see Maidana-Broner, third-highest audience on record for live boxing on Showtime

Showtime Sports continued with significant gains in viewership on its flagship series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Dec. 14, drawing 1.3 million viewers to an action-packed main event featuring the welterweight world championship, Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana. The dramatic bout, the final match on the 2013 boxing calendar, is a late contender for boxing’s coveted Fight of the Year honor.

The audience performance during the main event ranks as the third-highest audience on record for live boxing on Showtime since the network began tracking individual bouts in 2009.

The average viewership across the entire event, a four-fight, four-hour telecast, brings the series’ 2013 average up 24 percent and a remarkable 64 percent over 2011. (more…)



December 17th, 2013




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