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Not just defeat but “devastating defeat”: That’s what Carl Froch is predicting for George Groves this weekend. More
Froch is predicting more than defeat, but that David Haye will retire due to his shoulder injury. More
“He’s a laughing stock,” is how Tyson Fury is referring to the injured Haye. “I genuinely believed the shoulder injury wasn’t that bad.” More
Fury, meanwhile, is calling out unbeaten American heavyweight hopeful Deontay Wilder.
Haroon Khan, the 22-year-old, younger brother of former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan, will bounce right back into action next month in Wigan following his demolition of Stefan Slavchev last Friday night at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens as he patiently broke down his 20-year-old compatriot who had no answers to the succession of quick flurries and powerful right hands that kept landing throughout. The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist returns to the ring on December 14th in Wigan after moving to a record of 3-0. (more…)
Two world title fights headline UFC’s return to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. In the night’s main event, the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion will be crowned when reigning champion Dominick Cruz (19-1, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) returns to action after two years away from competition due to injury to meet red-hot interim champion Renan Barao (33-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). (more…)
Fighter of the Decade Manny “Pacman” Pacquao and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios Are back together – almost – at least in the same hotel, ensconced inside luxury suites at The Venetian Macao. Boxing’s top-two pound-for pound all-action superstars will make their Grand Arrivals – full of pomp and circumstance — Tuesday night – in Prime Time – at the Main Porte Cochere of the host resort. Rios will make his entrance, greeting his fans and meeting with dignitaries, at 9:00 p.m. local time, followed by Pacquiao at 9:30 p.m.
Upon their arrival at Macau International Airport on Monday evening, Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous Freddie Roach had this to say:
Manny Pacquiao: “Am I confident for my fight with Rios? I am more than confident. Rios is bigger than me. Remember Goliath was bigger than David and yet David needed just one stone to fell the giant. I enter this fight stronger than ever. I have the strength of my country and my people coursing through my body. I fight for them, not for me. I fight for their glory, not mine.” (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced today that former unified middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (31-4-1, 19 KOs) will return on the December 14 Broner-Maidana undercard in San Antonio Texas. Taylor will face J.C. Candelo (32-12-4, 21 KOs). It will be the first fight of 2013 for both fighters.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mauricio Sulaiman spoke with Fightnews.com about the recent boxing accidents. He expresses his best wishes to all boxers struggling to recover and sent the following WBC statement info:
The World Boxing Council brought up in one of their meetings during the recent annual convention held in Bangkok, Thailand, the urgent need for further studies, and monitoring of the implementation of existing rules to protect the physical integrity of the fighter. Just as it developed during the convention were three cases of accidents in the ring, the tragic death of Frankie Leal, Hernan “Tyson” Marquez being taken out on a stretcher, and the serious injury suffered by the Russian Magomed Abdusamalov in New York. (more…)
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
Carl Froch believes his experience of his epic win over Mikkel Kessler in May will give him the edge when he defends his WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles against George Groves this Saturday at the sold-out Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, live on AWE and AWEtv.com. Froch defeated Kessler in their titanic rematch at The O2 in front of a capacity crowd in London, and the four-time World champion says he thrives on the sensation of lifting belts in front of a packed out Arena.
“There’s no greater feeling than standing victorious in the Arena, especially in front of a sell-out crowd with 20,000 people cheering your name,” said Froch. “You’re stood in the middle of that ring, you’re cut and bruised, got a nose bleed but you’re a champion. You’re looking around at a packed house. You’ve had 12 weeks in a training camp and you’ve had an unbelievable fight – I’m talking about the Kessler rematch – that sort of feeling, those sorts of nights. Money can’t buy that, there’s nothing else you can do, you can’t go to a fair ground and ride a roller coaster to get that feeling. (more…)
Long Island fan favorite, heavyweight Vinny Maddalone heads back to the ring against Houston’s Maurenzo Smith on Friday, November 22 headlining Star Boxing’s
“Rockin Fights 11″ at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island. Maddalone, 37-8-0 (28KO’s), is coming off a pair of third round knockouts, over then undefeated Richard Carmack on MAY 11 at The Paramount and on DECEMBER 8, 2012 over Byron Polley in Queens.
“No sense in wasting any time, I’m always looking to get them out of there early” said the affable Maddalone. “But I’ve watched some tape on Smith, he’s a pretty big guy, in good shape, looks like he works off the jab very well. Ideally, I beat this guy and get a shot at one of the top ten heavyweights next, that’s really what I’m looking towards.” (more…)
Opponents have been finalized for the undercard of Friday, December 6′s, “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ event, featuring WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) making the sixth defense of his title against former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs) plus the return of “Polish Prince,” IBF #1 Light Heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs) taking on Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KOs).
In support of the two main events will be an eight-round light welterweight match-up between Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (12-2-2, 8 KOs) of Cicero, Illinois via Mexico, and Carlos Winston “El Guerrero” Velasquez (21-17-1, 11 KOs) from Managua, Nicaragua;
An eight-round light middleweight bout between Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico and Jaison Palomeque (14-7-1, 9 KOs) Arpartado, Colombia; (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
Team Sauerland has announced the signing of a long term deal with British heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13 KOs), who currently holds the British and Commonwealth titles. “We are thrilled to welcome David to our team of champions,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “He is one of the most exciting fighters in the most spectacular division. We firmly believe that David Price has all the necessary tools to become Heavyweight Champion of the World. His power is frightening and his size formidable, but in addition to this he is a genuine boxing talent. Personality wise he can become one of the big UK sports stars – no doubt about it. He is genuine and sports fans love genuine characters.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum greets superstar Manny Pacquiao as he arrives at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China, Monday night for his upcoming mega fight against former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Boxing’s royalty will be in Las Vegas this week talking about the historic 12-round welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios. Broadcasting throughout the day Live from the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium inside The Palazzo Las Vegas — sister property of the The Venetian Macao, the resort site hosting Pacquiao vs. Rios — Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22, 13 national and regional radio shows will be interviewing a boxing’s Who’s Who — in-person, including Hall of Famers George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Pacquiao rivals Marco Antonio Barrera and Timothy Bradley, Rios’ professional nemesis Mike Alvarado, and former world champion Ray Mancini. (more…)
Photos: James Daylop
On Monday, Brandon Rios conducted media interviews at his suite at the Venetian Macau, the resort site hosting Pacquiao vs. Rios.
On Sunday, Rios visited the Macau Boxing Association Gym. There, he met with young boxers. Brandon taught the fighters how to do a ‘California Welcome.’
Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to arrive in Macau today.
WBA #15 lightweight “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-2) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has signed a multi-fight, multi-year, exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Undefeated in the last year, Salka has won 3 straight including a 5th round stoppage over former IBF title challenger Emmanuel Lucero (26-13)for the NABA-US Lightweight Title. Last month, Salka successfully defended his NABA strap via a wide 10 round unanimous decision over Ryan Belasco (18-5-3). In the first fight under his new promotional banner, “Lightning” Rod will step up in weight to face WBA #11 Ricardo Alvarez (22-2-3) over 10 rounds for Alvarez’ WBC Continental-Americas 140 pound title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday December 14th. A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Ricardo Alvarez is the brother of former WBC/WBA champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1). The Alvarez-Salka bout will be a part of the packed Broner-Maidana Showtime telecast.
Cementing his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in boxing, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward returned from a 14-month layoff to school previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez over 12 rounds on HBO World Championship Boxing at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. What the bout lacked in competitiveness, it made up for in drama, as Ward and Rodriguez tangled often, stared each other down several times, and each suffered a two-point penalty deduction, all of which resulted in the unusual unanimous decision scores for Ward of 116-108, 117-107, and 118-106 . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten world ranked middleweight contender Alex Theran (16-0, 9 KOs) dropped Javier Carrera (13-1, 10 KOs) in round two and went go on to defeat Carrera by eleven round unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC Latino and WBA Fedelatin middleweight titles. The official scores were 107-101, 108-100, and 106-102.
The bout took place Friday night at the Coliseo Elias Chegwin, in Barranquila, Colombia with Juan Carlos Devia’s Pro Box Del Caribe promoting. Theran is rated #7 by the WBA.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
Last Friday night, former three-time world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito along with his company Tornado Promotion and in association with Maya Batel, presented a classic boxer vs. brawler match up between local favorite Alvaro Aguilar (23-3-1, 17KOs) against Mexicali, Mexico’s Armando “Chato” Robles (24-3-2, 12KOs) in a ten round welterweight bout. Robles took the across state contest via a workman-like unanimous decision. The bout took place at the famed Municipal Auditorium and was filmed for a later broadcast on the local Azteca channel affiliate. A cast of local up and coming fighters filled out the card in support as an enthusiastic Tijuana fight crowd took in the action.
Both fighters north of thirty-years old admitted in the pre-fight promotion that they were in a crossroads fight in which the winner would move up the ranks while the loser would have to seriously think of his future in the sport. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (31-1, 17 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will make his eighth defense against Jungoh Son (20-4-2, 6 KOs), a Korean veteran, on Tuesday in Cheju, Korea.
On November 28, WBA female light minimumweight champ Ayaka Miyao will risk her belt against top contender Gretchen Abaniel, from the Philippines, in Tokyo. Also, Kayoko Ebata, OPBF flyweight titlist, will dispute the vacant IBF female mini-flyweight belt against top contender Nancy Franco, Mexico, over ten.
Japanese super-fly champ Teiru Kinoshita will defend his national belt against Ryuta Otsuka in Kobe on November 24. Japanese heavyweight ruler Kyotaro Fujimoto will make his first defense against Kotatsu Masataka Takehara in Tokyo on November 25. Japanese super-welter titlist Tadashi Yuba, a veteran southpaw, will put his belt on the line against top contender Yoshihisa Tonimura in Tokyo.
Many Japanese press people already arrived in Korea to cover the Kameda-Son title bout, which will be shown live from Korea by TBS Television at 10 pm tomorrow.
How do you take one on the chin? Former heavyweight icon George Chuvalo says he built up jaw muscles by chewing a lot of Double Bubble. More
Tragedy continues to strike boxing. Boxer Daniel MacKinnon is the latest to suffer a life-threatening injury that resulted in brain surgery on Sunday. More
More on David Haye’s crushing blow and threatened retirement following shoulder surgery. More
The New Zealand Herald pays tribute to David Tua and his retirement. More
Vanquished foes talk generously of Andre Ward’s talent, the head of HBO Sports sees 2014 as a breakthrough year for the undefeated super middleweight, other fighters’ promoters speak of him like they represent him – and Mike Tyson is among fans and observers who say he’s not exciting.
Hours before Ward improved to 27-0 with 14 knockouts by dominating the previously undefeated Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16KOs) in a masterful performance of hit-and-don’t-get-hit boxing, Tyson made it clear he’s among those who like to see more action
“There have always been guys like that; they’re not exciting, but great fighters can’t beat them,” Tyson said before the fight at Citizen’s Business Bank in Ontario, Calif. (more…)
Veteran boxing manager Stan Hoffman will be Ring 8′s keynote speaker this Tuesday (Nov. 19 starting at 7 p.m. / ET) at November’s monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.
Hoffman has trained numerous boxers over the years, most notably world champions James Toney, Hasim Rahman, Michael Bentt and Lucia Rijker. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
In front of a crowd of about 600 fans inside the PAL Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM, Las Vegas’ Arturo “El Toro” Crespin (11-3-1, 4 KOs) had tough time against Colorado’s Julio Cesar Lanzas (8-19-6, 1 KO). Crespin controlled much of the first four rounds with powerless pitter-patting while Lanzas seemed content with landing one hard shot every now and then. Crespin seemed to tire in the fifth and sixth round, allowing Lanzas to tee off and land some hard overhand rights. By this time, Lanzas was cut over the left eye either by a headbutt or a punch from Crespin. Crespin caught a second wind in the seventh and outgunned Lanzas. Lanzas took the final round of the middleweight contest with effective aggressiveness. After eight rounds the judges gave Crespin a split decision win with scores of 75-77, 79-72 and 78-74. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Promoter Dean Lonergan has given an update on light heavyweight Daniel McKinnon, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in his bout on Saturday with Robert Berridge on the Tua-Ustinov undercard in New Zealand. Daniel continues to improve which is great news. Lonergan said, “I visited Daniel in hospital on Sunday morning and whilst he was not in great shape at that time, he was on the improve. I’m pleased to say that he is now awake and talking, seems to be in great spirits and is on his way to recovery.”
Colombian featherweight Jose Carmona is in critical but stable condition following two brain surgeries last night after his KO loss to comebacking multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Doctors say it will be 48 hours before the result of the surgery is known.
By James Slater
It looks like those fight fans who remained interested in seeing Tyson Fury get it on with David Haye will be disappointed on a permanent basis. The heavily hyped British heavyweight showdown, that was postponed from September due to a cut suffered by Haye in some late sparring, has been called off for a second time – this time due to shoulder surgery Haye underwent in Germany this past Thursday.
And now, with some experts telling Haye he must retire from the ring, Team-Fury are searching for a replacement foe for the February 8th date the Haye fight was rescheduled for at The Phones 4U Arena in Manchester (the fight set to go out live on Sky Box Office).
Fury and his promoter Mick Hennessey are understandably fuming.
“I’m absolutely furious but in all honest this is exactly what I expected,” Fury said to The Mail Online. “Everyone knows I was very suspicious when he pulled out the first time and this confirms to me that he’s always been afraid of me and never wanted this fight.” (more…)
Several fighters joined UFC® President Dana White at the UFC® 167 post-fight press conference – Donald Cerrone, Johny Hendricks, Chael Sonnen, Tyron Woodley, Rashad Evans, Robbie Lawler, Ali Bagautinov, and Georges St-Pierre . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Boxing Bob Newman
Promoter Kathy Duva, late sub Garret Wilson, undefeated lightweight Karl Dargan and his trainer Nazim Richardson address the media about the turn of events in light of Tomasz Adamek’s withdrawal from the main event, the exciting last second stand-in Garrett Wilson and up-and-comer Dargan’s peformance. Main event winner Vyacheslav Glazkov went to the hospital to have his cut eyes taken care of.
Two-time Olympic Gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko has announced on his website (www.lomachenko.com) that his title fight with WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido will now take place in March. “I just got a call from Top Rank and they stated that the fight will be on March 1 on the undercard of Chavez-Vera, either in Texas or in Los Angeles.” (Big thanks to Andrij)
By James Slater
A disappointed Dyah Davis has revealed how he suffered a broken jaw in last night’s points loss to Britain’s James DeGale. Writing, and posting a photo of his hospital x-ray, on his Facebook page, Davis wrote how he suffered the debilitating injury in the 2nd-round.
“Thanks everyone for your diehard support, I fought with all my heart,” Davis wrote. “I suffered a broken jaw in the 2nd-round which had a major effect on the rest of my performance. I knew straight away it was broken but I did what any other warrior would so – Fight! I’ll go back to the drawing board and figure out what else I’d like to do with my career.”
Davis, the son of 1976 Olympic gold medal winner Howard Davis, lost by three scores of 118-110 and is now 22-4-1(10). DeGale, who is closing in on a world title shot, improved to 17-1(11). It’s likely DeGale was unaware of the injury he had inflicted on Davis.
California referee Jack Reiss took the unusual step of deducting two points each from both Andre Ward and Edwin Rodriguez in round four for failing to break at his instructions and upon his attempts to pull the pair apart.
“We had two highly trained athletes full of adrenalin and emotion,” the veteran referee observed. “I deducted two points from each of them and warned them that the deduction of another point would result in a disqualification. That was done with the intent to produce an exciting, competitive fight all the way to its conclusion. And it did.” (more…)
Light heavyweight Daniel MacKinnon, who was stopped in the tenth round of an all out war by Robert Berridge in the co-feature for Saturday’s David Tua vs. Alexander Ustinov in Hamilton New Zealand, later collapsed in his dressing room and was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition where he underwent brain surgery. We are happy to report that MacKinnon is now conscious and talking. He is expected to be moved out of intensive care shortly.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: James Dayap
Brandon Rios took a run at a track in Macau on Sunday. Rios has had Macau all to himself for the last week as he gets himself accustomed to the time difference. Manny Pacquiao will wrap up his training camp in the Philippines and travel to Macau on Monday.
Fight Week in Macau will be much the same as it is in Las Vegas. Grand arrivals are scheduled for Tuesday at the Venetian Main Porte Cochere. Fight activities during the week include the usual media workouts, roundtables, pre-fight press conference and weigh-in, although the time schedule will be altered to accommodate normal pay-per-view hours in the United States. The HBO PPV telecast will be begin at 10AM Sunday morning Macau time to air at 9PM/6PM Saturday night in the U.S.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
London Olympian Damien Hooper (5-0, 5 KOs) had to climb off the deck in the opening round before blasting out Thailand’s Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana (2-1) to capture the WBC Youth Silver 175 pound title at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Referee Phil Austin crowned Hooper in round two after the Thai was dropped and in no condition to continue.
On the undercard, schoolteacher Jeff Horn (5-0-1, 5 KOs) another London Olympian, hit too hard for Indonesia’s Aswin Cabuy (14-44-3, 7 KOs) winning in the second round when his opponent could not recover from a big body shot. Horn, the Australian welterweight champion, has now scored five quick wins and has not yet gone beyond three rounds as a pro.
London Olympian Cameron Hammond (5-0, 3 KOs) was too fast and slick for rugged Filipino light-middleweight Joel Dela Cruz (17-19-2, 7 KOs) in also winning an eight-round decision. Hammond is promoted by British great Ricky Hatton. (more…)
Johny Hendricks – a Div. I wrestling champion with one-punch finishing power – was billed as the most dangerous challenger to Georges St-Pierre’s title to date. He lived up to that billing, taking St-Pierre five grueling rounds, but in the end dropped a razor-close split decision. In retaining his belt, St-Pierre broke the UFC records for most wins and most championship wins, and solidified his spot at the top of several other UFC best lists. . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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“Friends let’s pray for my opponent, seems he is doing very badly. I hope God blesses him. This is a sport and hopefully he’ll have a speedy recovery from a very hard fight.”
Amigos oremos por mi rival parece ke esta muy mal ojalá ke Dios lo bendiga es un deporte y se recupere pronto una pelea muy dura
— jorge arce (@traviesooficial) November 17, 2013
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