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Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held a press conference today ...

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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

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Boxing News

Derry Mathews: Silly mind games won’t work on me

A furious Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) has accused WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan of playing mind games after their massive title showdown at the Liverpool Echo Arena was pushed back a month to Saturday 12th March. Manchester’s Flanagan has suffered severe tendonitis in his left foot that has left him unable to train ahead of the big fight but Mathews believes his bitter rival is running scared.

The 32-year-old said: “He doesn’t fancy this fight in Liverpool, even his manager didn’t fancy it and come fight night there’ll be nowhere for him to run. It’ll be just me and him in that ring. He’s trying to pull a fast one pretending he’s injured but he’s just delaying the inevitable. I’m taking that belt with both hands. If he is genuinely injured then I wish him all the luck with his recovery but if he’s trying to play mind games then he’s picked the wrong man to play them with. I’ve got the strongest mind in the business and I’ve seen it all before. Silly mind games won’t work on me, I’m fully focused on becoming the new champion in my hometown. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Groves: I’ll fight any Brit Super-Middleweight

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

George Groves says he’s ready to meet his domestic rivals at Super-Middleweight as he returns to action at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, live on Sky Sports – if the clashes lead to World title fights.

Groves faces Andrea di Luisa in east London in his first fight since his slender loss against Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September, and the three-time World title challenger accepts that it’s going to take a few fights to get back to the level he wants to operate at. (more…)



January 28th, 2016


Boxing News

“Rogue Valley Rumble 3” this Saturday in Central Point, Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra

For the third time in nine months, undefeated cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson will fight in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, headlining a stacked seven-bout card on Saturday, January 30th at the Jackson County Expo. The popular fighter will take on Adam Collins of Ironton, OH, in the six round main event of White Delight Promotions’ third “Rogue Valley Rumble” card. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Fury apologizes to BBBofC for intolerant remarks

WBA/WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was given a lecture by the British Boxing Board of Control on Tuesday, but avoided a fine or suspension after apologizing for comments he made about women and gay people. The BBBofC had previously fined Fury over some tweets he made on Twitter.

BBBofC Statement: The Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have interviewed Tyson Fury on Tuesday, 26th January 2016 following recent comments made in the media.

Tyson Fury has made comments in the media that have caused offence to members of our society. However, there is no suggestion that he has broken the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression. In such circumstances, the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have been advised that it cannot interfere with his basic human rights.

Having said that, the Stewards of the Board have made it clear to him that as World Heavyweight Champion, arguably the holder of the most prestigious title in sport, there are heavy responsibilities upon him to avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments. He has assured the Stewards that he understands the responsibilities upon him and has expressed regret that he has caused offence to others, which was never his intention.



January 28th, 2016


Twitter Watch

Opponents scarce for Luis Ortiz

Golden Boy Promotions is having a tough time finding an opponent for WBA interim heavyweight world champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs). Ortiz is scheduled to headline a March 5 card in Washington, DC, but who will be willing to fight the big-punching 36-year-old Cuban for a world title on HBO?



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

How Nigeria’s next generation of boxers will emerge

54-year-old Frank Bruno shows off his ripped physique

Welterweight Garvey Kelly calls it quits

Muhammad Ali may be going to London



January 28th, 2016

UFC

Anthony Johnson ready to beat Ryan Bader up in New Jersey

Whether it’s called a title eliminator or not, when two of the very best in the division are fighting – a win is one step toward the belt and a loss is one step away . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Female Convention: Opening Cocktail in Tijuana

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

An informal opening cocktail kicked things off for the second annual WBC Female Convention at the Gran Hotel Tijuana on Wednesday night.
Scores of delegates, ring officials, female champs and contenders as well as media descended upon this Mexican border city just south of San Diego.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman greeted and mingled with guests along with WBC female division president Malte Müller-Michaelis. The party was held at the lobby bar and lounge, complete with hors d’oeuvres, local wines and a special birthday cake for Jill Diamond Chastain, WBC Female VP and head of World Boxing Cares, the benevolent arm of the WBC. Lonnie Ali, wife of “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali was also on hand as she will participate in the opening ceremonies Thursday morning, and receive an award for her contributions to the sport.

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January 28th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night New Jersey Fantasy Preview

The next challenger for the light heavyweight crown could be determined this weekend, as Anthony “Rumble” Johnson takes on Ryan Bader in a pivotal main event that headlines the UFC’s return to FOX on Saturday night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Rosa dominates Meraz on Broadway Boxing

On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd.

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican New Haven, CT, resident and featherweight contender Luis Rosa, 125½, challenged Mexican veteran German Meraz, 124¾, in a scheduled eight-round bout. Switching between his natural orthodox stance and southpaw throughout the opening frame, Rosa began digging left hooks to the body. He continued to apply pressure and land hooks downstairs weakening Meraz’s legs. The Mexican subsequently began slipping to the canvas throughout the ensuing rounds resulting in a point deduction in round five. It was also in that frame that Rosa felled Meraz with a devastating right uppercut. Rosa scored a second knockdown in the seventh en route to winning a unanimous decision on scores of 80-68 and 79-69 twice. Ranked #12 by the WBC, Rosa improved his resume to 22-0 (10 KOs) while Meraz dropped to 48-37-1 (29 KOs). (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Ceja-Ruiz rematch set for Feb 27

Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz will compete in a rematch of their exciting 2015 super bantamweight world title fight on February 27, live on Showtime from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The telecast will be headlined by undefeated three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, who’ll be making the first defense of his Featherweight World Championship against former world champion Kiko Martinez.

“I’m very happy to fight again in Southern California on such a fantastic card,” said Ceja. “In the first fight with Hugo Ruiz we had a sensational battle which ended with me coming out victorious and I’m very confident that I will win again. I look forward to putting on another great show on February 27.”



January 27th, 2016

UFC

Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson now headlines UFC Fight Night on FS1 Feb. 6 in Las Vegas

UFC® announced today that its card on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will now air live on FS1 and be headlined by a five-round welterweight bout between former champion Johny Hendricks and the dynamic Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Originally scheduled as UFC 196 live on Pay-Per-View, the fight card was moved to FS1 following the loss of the heavyweight title fight between champion Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez, as both competitors were forced out of the bout due to injuries. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

“Yori Boy” Campas Injury Update

By Ricardo Ibarra

On Saturday night former Jr. middleweight world champion Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas suffered an injury in his farewell fight against Anthony Bonsante when in the sixth round, an increasingly frustrated Bonsante lifted Campas up on his shoulder and threw him down hard, causing Campas to land awkwardly and sustain an injury that kept him from continuing in the bout. Bonsante was disqualified for the infraction.

On Wednesday, manager/trainer Joe Diaz elaborated on Campas’ current condition. “The day after the fight, he had to stay laid up in the hotel. All day on Sunday, he couldn’t move his neck to the left or to the right, and when he went in to see the doctor on Monday, he was stiff as a board and having problems with his vision. At first, I thought it was just his leg, but the doctor sent us to a specialist because he thought there was a problem with his spine. So yesterday the specialist said that the top disk was out, damaged. We went to a chiropractor and they snapped his neck into place. You could hear Yori scream in China when they did it. All of a sudden his vision was back and he could turn his head. We’re going back tomorrow. The doctor called it a dislocated disk and said some ligaments in his leg were torn. But he’s resting and healing now. He’s on very strong medication. We’ll see how he’s doing six months from now and see if the injury doesn’t result in something else.”

As for any repercussions against Bonsante, Diaz said, “Bonsante has been suspended indefinitely by the commission and he was fined. I don’t know the amount of the fine.”



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Cosio-Barrionuevo meet in WBC welter tourney

The WBC Welterweight Tournament will continue on Saturday, January 30, when Azael “Turbo” Cosio (20-3-2, 17 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama, faces Cesar Miguel “El Zurdo” Barrionuevo (28-3-2, 19 KOs) of Catamarca, Argentina. The winner of this fight will face Pennsylvania’s Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez in the semi-final in late Spring.

Promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Reginaldo and Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo, the 12-round Cosio vs. Barrionuevo showdown will be held at Hotel Ixtapa Azul, in Guerrero, Mexico, and will be televised live on Mexico’s Televisa and TyC Sports of Argentina.

According to Lewkowicz, in the other leg of the tournament, new WBC Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia has been mandated to face Amir Khan. The winner of that fight will then face the winner of the Cosio/Barrionuevo vs. Vasquez semi-final fight.

“This tournament is a great move by the WBC,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “I’m very happy for the great opportunity that the WBC has given all the participants to compete for the prestigious green belt.”



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Abner Cotto is back

Lightweight Abner Cotto did not make a conscious decision to take a year off, but after some difficult fights one after the other, no one would have questioned the lay-off. In three of the last five fights for the native of Caguas, who was raised and developed in Aguas Buenas, he faced Omar Figueroa, Francisco Vargas, and Javier Fortuna, losing two by knockout and the other one by points, leaving his record at 18-3 and eight knockouts. “All three of them became world champions after facing me,” said Cotto, 28, who will return in the co-feature of a boxing card promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions on Saturday February 6 at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas. Cotto will battle Alvaro Ortiz (7-6-1, 4 KOs) of Mexico in an eight round bout. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

UFC

UFC continues efforts to bring live events to New York State

“We are disappointed by the District Court’s denial of our motion for a preliminary injunction and its effort to redirect the litigation to the state courts,” UFC COO Lawrence Epstein said. “One thing, and one thing only, prevents Madison Square Garden and other New York venues from hosting UFC events that are allowed in the other 49 States in the Union — that is the New York law that we believe violates the federal Constitution. Today’s decision, while disappointing, only underscores the importance of UFC’s pending appeal to the Second Circuit. UFC will evaluate this decision with an eye to pursuing every effective avenue to bring New Yorkers the same live events available to spectators throughout the United States.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Kovalev, Pascal heats up at final presser

The grudge match between WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal got even more personal during their final press conference for Saturday’s HBO-televised clash at the Bell Center in Montreal. Pascal accused Kovalev of being a racist. Pascal said Kovalev had made racist comments against Ismayl Sillah, Adonis Stevenson and himself. “When you make a mistake once, it’s a mistake. But when you tell several times the same thing to people, it’s not a mistake anymore, it’s a habit, it’s a pattern.”

Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson said Kovalev, who speaks broken English, sometimes says things that don’t come out right, “but if he was racist, I wouldn’t be in his corner.” Pascal interrupted and told Jackson that Kovalev doesn’t respect or trust him. An angry Jackson then started walking toward Pascal and the two men had to be separated as Pascal shouted “stand up for black people!” while Jackson dared him to step outside.

When Kovalev finally came to the mic, he said the fight is personal, but didn’t address what had just transpired.



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Flanagan injured, title defense postponed

An injury to WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan has forced his world title defense against Derry Mathews to be rescheduled from February 13th to March 12, still at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Manchester’s Flanagan has suffered severe tendonitis in his left foot that has left him unable to train for the big shoot-out against his Liverpool rival. The 28-year-old will immediately start specialist physiotherapy treatment to ensure that he will be fit and ready for the new date. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Big Daddy Bowe backs Big Daddy Browne

Former heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe believes boxing fans will be hailing a new “Big Daddy” on March 5. He’s tipping Australia’s Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne to follow in his footsteps by halting reigning WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya. “I’m throwing my support behind Lucas Browne, the Thunder from Down Under! To have the “Big Daddy” nickname live on is something that I’m really happy about,” Bowe, 48, said. “Lucas is going to rock Ruslan Chagaev with that big right hammer of his and get hold of the WBA belt that I once proudly owned.”

Browne said: “Of course, I share the same nickname as Riddick and I’m hoping I can emulate him on March 5 and become heavyweight champion.”



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Mexican Government pays homage to José Sulaimán

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel WBC

Mexico paid homage to the late Don Jose Sulaiman, winner of the 2915 National Sports Merit Award, during a special ceremony led by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and held on the esplanade Francisco I. Madero at the official Government residence of Los Pinos. In turn, the WBC presented a WBC green belt to President Peña Nieto.

Martha Saldivar (Sulaiman’s widow) and boxing legends such as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Roberto Duran and Don King were on hand along with world champions as Juan Manuel Marquez, Carlos Zarate, Rafael Herrera, Carlos Cuadras, Pipino Cuevas, Daniel Zaragoza, Lupe Pintor, Francisco Vargas, Pipino Cuevas, Julio Ceja, Ibeth Zamora and others. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Di Luisa: Groves is not the fighter he was

Super middleweight Andrea di Luisa says he’ll prove that George Groves is past his best when they clash at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on January 30. The Italian is Groves’ first opposition since Badou Jack edged him out of their WBC world title clash in September in Las Vegas, with the Londoner looking to rebuild and land a fourth world title shot.

Di Luisa believes that the Jack fight – along with Groves’ two titanic tussles with Carl Froch – has taken the best out of ‘Saint’ George and he’ll stop the 27-year-old’s latest charge for world honours at the first hurdle.

“I don’t believe George is the same fighter as he was before those fights against Froch and Jack,” said Di Luisa. “Only George knows how he feels. I can only comment from my point of view. On Saturday we will see how it goes – I do have a good punch.

“George is a good boxer, a good fighter. He’s had a few chances to be a World champion but hasn’t succeeded. He’s a good fighter and a hard puncher but I’m ready for anything. I’m in London to win.”



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Horn to face KO King Bailey March 2

Australian Olympian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (13-0-1, 8 KOs) will take on big-punching former world champion Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) on March 2 at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The bout will be a twelve-rounder with the IBF Inter-Continental, WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental welterweight titles on the line. The 27-year-old Horn is rated #8 by the IBF and #7 by the WBO. The 41-year-old Bailey is rated #10 by the WBO.



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I’ll win a title for Ghana this year,” says Joseph Agbeko.

Former boxer Audley Harrison attends Isle of Man awards

Barry McGuigan raves about David Haye

Billy Joe Saunders or Chris Eubank Jr for GGG?



January 27th, 2016

UFC

Dos Anjos vows to show McGregor ‘bad side’ of fighting

After an intense opening press conference in Las Vegas filled with a few more-than-expected barbs from Conor McGregor, UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos landed in Brazil for a media tour and tirelessly discussed his upcoming fight with the Irishman at UFC 197 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Team Delfine Persoon on their way to the 2nd WBC Female Convention in Tijuana, Mexico

Delfine PersoonThe WBC is bringing the Female boxing world together in Tijuana, Mexico. Tomorrow Thursday January 28 we are celebrating the Official Opening of the Second WBC Female Convention at beautiful Gran Hotel Tijuana with guests from all continents. Managers, promoters, ring officials, commissioners, journalists and many, many active and legendary fighters from Asia, Oceania, Europe, North and South America will discuss the past, present and future of our wonderful sport.
Eleven reigning World Champions from seven different countries have already confirmed their attendance: Martha Salazar (heavyweight / USA), Nikki Adler (supermiddleweight / Germany), Mikaela Lauren (superwelterweight / Sweden), Erica Anabella Farias (superlightweight / Argentina), Delfine Persoon (lightweight / Belgium), Alicia Ashley (superbantamweight / USA), Yazmin Rivas (bantamweight / Mexico), Zulina Munoz (superflyweight / Mexico), Jessica Chavez (flyweight / Mexico), Ibeth Zamora (lightflyweight / Mexico) and Yuko Kuroki (minimumweight / Japan).

One of them will be Belgium’s female sportswoman of the year and current WBC lightweight title holder Delfine Persoon along will long-time trainer and partner Filiep Tampere. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Weights from NYC

All of the fighters for tomorrow’s Broadway Boxing card at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill weighed in earlier today.

Louis Cruz 139.4 vs. Michal Chudecki 139
Luis Rosa Jr. 125.4 vs. German Meraz 124.8
Michelle Vincent 125.8 vs. Renata Domsodi 124.4
Valentyn Golovko 139.6 vs. Jerry Belmontes 138.6
Ian Green 160 vs. Devaun Lee 160
Lenin Castillo 175.2 vs. Marcelo Tavares 173
Derrick Murray 125.8 vs. Darryl Hayes 125.4



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Galarza-Molnar added to Bounce TV card

Featherweight prospect Dennis Galarza (11-1, 8 KOs) will enter the ring in an eight-round bout against Hungarian Bence Molnar (14-6, 7 KOs) as part of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Roundon Bounce TV Sunday, January 31 from Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in Immokalee, Fla. The telecast is headlined by undefeated rising star Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin taking on Mexican brawler Jose De Jesus Macias in a 10-round super welterweight battle while welterweights Alex “El Pollo” De Jesus and Joseph Elegele meet in an eight-round showdown.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez ready to shine in 2016

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank


For world-ranked Oscar Valdez, last year was a very successful and satisfying year, but now the two-time Mexican Olympian is pointing to 2016 as the most important year of his professional career as he sets on the road to become a world champion. “Last year was a big one for my career, but I am now looking at 2016 as my year. I know everything I worked for the last few years is within my grasp and I will continue to work very hard to reach my goal of becoming a world champion,” said Valdez, who is managed by Frank Espinoza of Espinoza Boxing.

In 2015, Valdez won his four fights, appeared on HBO and truTv and closed the year with two sensational knockouts over Chris Avalos in September in Las Vegas and over Ernie Sanchez in December in Tucson, Arizona. (more…)



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Freddie Roach harkens back to De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao and the making of a superstar

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By Bill Dwyre

It was just before a news conference in New York City last week, and Freddie Roach had that glint in his eye. If you write about boxing, the moment you see the glint, you look to the heavens in gratitude. Roach was about to tell a story. They aren’t all great, just 99% of them. A Roach story is like the Super Bowl — much anticipated and not to be missed.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will fight Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. April 9 in Las Vegas. That’s why we were all gathered in the Big Apple. The hype had begun.

Roach’s story had nothing to do with the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. And everything. (more…)



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

David Haye’s next fight set for May 21st – opponent to be announced

By James Slater

David Haye will fight the second fight of his comeback on May 21st at the site of his January 16th destruction of Mark de Mori, The O2 in London. The former WBA heavyweight champion ended a three-and-a-half year hiatus with the first-round obliteration of de Mori and, as he said he would, he is keeping busy; although it was initially thought Haye would embark of phase-two of his return in April.

Four months on from his comeback – one that almost sold out the 16,000 capacity O2 and drew over 3 million viewers on terrestrial TV channel Dave – Haye will likely be hoping to get some rounds in in his next outing. The May opponent is still TBA, but bookmakers William Hill in the UK have Malik Scott, at 4/1, the favourite to be Haye’s dance partner. Other possible opponents, all significant outsiders according to William Hill, include Shannon Briggs, Antonio Tarver and Bermane Stiverne.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

George Groves: Shane McGuigan can lead me to a world title

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

George Groves believes a change in trainer to Shane McGuigan can be the missing piece in his world title jigsaw as he returns to action against Andrea di Luisa on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Groves was edged out by Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September in their WBC super-middleweight clash, climbing off the canvas in the opening round to push the Swedish-American the distance. One judge gave the decision to Groves, but Jack held onto the title he took from Anthony Dirrell in April thanks to the other two cards.

That was Groves’ third world title fight after his two KO losses to Carl Froch in Manchester and London, and the Londoner had Paddy Fitzpatrick in his corner for them all. Following the loss in Las Vegas, Groves has turned to McGuigan to guide his latest charge to a world title, and Groves says life with the trainer of Carl Frampton and old Adam Booth gym-mate David Haye has started well. (more…)



January 26th, 2016

UFC

Dana White: Here’s what makes ‘Super Sage’ stand out

Burgeoning UFC superstar Sage Northcutt is up again at Fight Night Newark, ready to compete in his third fight in less than four months . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #4 flyweight Lebron heading to Thailand

By Robert Coster

On Monday, WBA #4 flyweight contender Gregorio Lebron (13-3,11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic headed to Thailand where he’ll face 18-year-old WBA interim flyweight champion Stamp Kiatniwat (14-0, 6 KOs) on February 5. It will be a rematch of their war last August 29th that saw local boy Kiatniwat win the title via a controversial majority decision. Even though the young Thai scored two knockdowns against his Dominican foe, the visiting boxer seemed to dominate the action for most of the bout. Lebron’s trainer “Miracle Man” Angel “Chicho” Castillo is not afraid of fighting the return bout in Thailand. “This time we are not leaving it in the judge’s hands. Gregorio is winning by knockout!”

Should Lebron indeed cause the upset, it would be the Dominican Republic’s fourth WBA world titlist. For his part, Kiatniwat is Thailand’s boxing prodigy, becoming a world champion at age 17 years, 8 months, 28 days – the second youngest world champion in boxing history after Wilfredo Benitez. He is hugely popular in his native land. The much anticipated rematch is scheduled for February 5th in Bangkok, the Thai capital.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Fitch headlines Feb 13 at Mountaineer Resort

Live professional boxing returns to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort with “Cupid’s Knockouts” on February 13th in the Mountaineer Ballroom featuring undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in the main event vs. TBA. The card is presented by Made Men Promotions. For tickets call 724-513-1416.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Signings

Boxing manager Peter Kahn has signed Australian middleweight Satali Tevi-Fuimaono to a management agreement. Tevi-Fuimaono won gold at the World Junior Championships two years ago as a 16-year-old and had an accomplished career as an amateur. He was Australia’s best chance for a medal at the summer Olympic games in Brazil until he suffered a freak injury prior to the Olympic box-offs in December. No date or venue has been set yet for Tevi-Fuimaono’s pro-debut.

Southpaw amateur standout Alexis Rocha of Santa Ana, Calif. has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions and will make his pro debut on the March 4 edition of LA Fight Club in downtown Los Angeles. The six-time national champion will be following in the footsteps of older brother Ronny Rios, who signed on with Golden Boy Promotions early in his career in 2009.

Danish female super bantamweight Dina Thorslund (5-0, 3 KOs) has signed a long-term promotional contract with Team Sauerland. The 22-year-old from Copenhagen will fight on Sauerland’s March 19 card at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen, Denmark.



January 26th, 2016




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