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Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

By Karl Freitag WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against WBC #5 challenger Dmitry "The ...

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

WBC closes 52nd annual convention

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman A busy final day of topics took place in Las Vegas today at the Mirage Hotel ...

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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas commenced with a jam-packed mandatory defenses ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Undefeated heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz takes on former WBO heavyweight champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the ...

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Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best World boxing is back to Puerto Rico this Saturday, December 20, with Triple Crown presented by DIRECTV ...

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014

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Boxing News

Charr-Johnson heats up

Photo: Diamond Boy Promotions

Photo: Diamond Boy Promotions


On Saturday night heavyweights Manuel Charr and Kevin Johnson collide in the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. They faced off Monday at the final press conference.

Kevin Johnson: Maybe you don’t know this yet, but Germany is my country. I don’t feel like an ‘away’ boxer here. At least when I’ve kicked Manuel Charr’s a** and beat him the Germans will love me!

Manuel Charr: For me, a lot is at stake. This is a big and important fight. But I’m sure that I will be the first to knock out Kevin Johnson.



April 8th, 2014



Boxing News

Geale-Macklin set for HBO May 24

A showdown between former middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) and former title challenger Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) is on for a May 24 HBO date at a venue to be named. Also on that telecast, unbeaten heavyweights Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) and Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) meet in a WBC eliminator.

That telecast will go head-to-head with Showtime’s presentation of the WBC lightweight heavyweight title fight between former HBO fighter Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara.



April 8th, 2014



Boxing News

Clottey Camp confident of win over Mundine

Photo: Star Boxing

Photo: Star Boxing


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

New York boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing ,is confident that his boxer and former IBF welterweight champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) can upset WBA #3 Anthony” The Man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) at the Entertainment Centre, New South Wales, Australia on Wednesday night and then receive an opportunity to challenge for the WBA light middleweight title held by boxing’s best pound for pound boxer Floyd Mayweather. DeGuardia said, “I’m looking forward to the Mundine–Clottey fight. It’s an important fight for both of them and at this stage in their careers could very well mean the world championship next for the winner, and retirement for loser.”

Clottey has excellent credentials having defeated Zab Judah in 2008 to capture the IBF welterweight title and in 2009 dropped a split decision to Miguel Cotto in WBO welterweight title challenge. However his last significant fight was back in 2010 against Manny Pacquiao. The promoters of the Mundine vs. Clottey are Boxa Promotions and Star Boxing. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Main Event.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Chaichotchuang says Takuma Inoue will be a future superstar like his brother

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading IBF Asian promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang says that Japanese flyweight Takuma Inoue (2-0) is a future superstar after defeating WBA #4, IBF #5, WBC #5 Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (23-3, 15 KOs) on Sunday in Ota-City, Japan. On the same promotion Takuma’s brother Naoya captured the WBC 108 pound crown in only his sixth professional fight. “Takuma Inoue is a future superstar after showing amazing skills in defeating my experienced world rated 108 pound boxer, Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr in Japan on Sunday,” said Chaichotchuang. “Also his brother Naoya won the WBC world title in only his sixth fight. They are both outstanding boxers. Takuma was a successful amateur who has made the transition to the professional ranks perfectly to defeat a world rated opponent. Fahlan was impressive in 2013 on first trip to Japan when he scored a third round KO over former WBA mini flyweight champion Ryo Miyazaki. In the future I will keep Fahlan Sakkreerin boxing in the correct division which is jr flyweight (108) not as a flyweight (112). I am confident Sakkreerin will learn from this loss to Inoue and will go on to be a world champion at 108 pounds.”



April 7th, 2014

UFC

UFC to make San Antonio debut June 28

For the first time in company history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® will come to San Antonio on Saturday, June 28 at AT&T Center. The main event will feature a five-round featherweight bout between two of the division’s top contenders and most exciting strikers in Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Campillo on Stevenson-Fonfara

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“The most important weapon in Andrzej Fonfara’s arsenal is not his right hand – against Adonis Stevenson it will be his jab,” said former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (22-6, 9 KOs) after the first sparring session with the Polish WBC title challenger in Chicago. “Gabriel is a very smart, very efficient fighter who doesn’t waste his punches,” commented Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) who will be sparring with Campillo and two other fighters for the next three weeks and then move his camp to Big Bear. Fonfara and Stevenson collide on May 24 in Montreal.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao: Last day at the Wild Card

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao worked out at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood during the final day of training camp Monday before heading to Las Vegas for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez targets Erislandy Lara

Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) is taking aim at WBA “regular” super welterweight beltholder Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) as his next opponent. “My next fight will be on July 12 at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada,” said Canelo via his Instragram page. “We have several options for opponents, and one name is top is Lara. It has already been offered to him. He only needs to accept and stop talking so much!”

Lara is currently scheduled to defend his WBA title against Ishe Smith on May 2, so if he accepts Canelo’s offer, he would be back in the ring nine weeks after that fight.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Caballero speaks about big win in Japan

Fighting outside of the United States for the first time, and only the third time outside of his native California, Coachella’s Randy “El Matador” Caballero scored the biggest win of his pro career last Friday in Kobe, Japan, as he stopped Kohei Ohba in eight rounds to earn a mandatory shot at IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall.

“This was a big win for me, and I thank my team, my promoter, and my friends, family, and fans for all their support,” said Caballero. “I didn’t care where the fight was, I was going to win and leave no doubts. Now it’s on to a world title fight, and I can’t wait for my shot at Stuart Hall.” (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Toronto

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Sebastien Gauthier 121.4 lbs. vs Tyson Cave 122 lbs.

NABA “CANADA” super bantamweight title
Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Other participants weigh in day of the fight.

After a week of heated words, Canada’s two best super-bantamweights faced off against each other in advance of tomorrow’s 29th annual Shaw Festival at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Both posted wins against each other as amateurs and have been on a collision course as pros over the past eight years.

There certainly isn’t any love lost between the pair, “He never got better, never was able to sit down on his punches and never had the guts to pull those power punches,” Gauthier (22-4-1 14KO) told FightNews. “It’s time for him to pay the price, the running is going to go on for a few rounds but at some point he’s going to have to sit down and feel the leather.”

Cave (23-2 8KO) was just as adamant in his assessment of Gauthier, “Who wants to see him fight? Who wants to see him walk around like a robot, throw big punches and get tired after the fifth round? Nobody. He can’t win the big fights. I want Sebastien to call me or email me to say thank you, for me making him relevant again, because I’m the guy who’s relevant, not him.”



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs returns Friday

Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is scheduled to make his return to the ring on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. This will be Briggs’ first ring action since his fight against Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. The last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title, Briggs is facing TBA. Also featured on the Alessi Promotions card is jr middleweight Manny Woods (11-3-1, 4 KOs). Tickets are $25-$75. Call 813-348-0128.

By the way, a YouTube video of the recent gym altercation between Briggs and heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko recently surpassed the 500,000 mark on views, indicating there is still significant interest in Shannon Briggs.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cornelius Lock headlines May 9 at Dover Downs

Popular featherweight Cornelius Lock (22-6-2, 14 KOs) will take on William Gonzalez (26-5 22 KOs) in the May 9 main event ain the in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The undercard features Philadelphia welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson (17-2, 7 KOs), super featherweight Omar “Super O” Douglas (11-0), lightweight “Jolt’n” Joey Tiberi (12-1), cruiserweight Alex Guerrero (10-0-1), light heavyweight Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (14-4-1) and cruiserweight Earl Platt (4-1). Tickets are on sale at noon on April 8 for $45-$200. Call 800-711-5882 or visiting doverdowns.com.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Martirosyan added to May 10 Stiverne-Arreola card

World-ranked junior middleweight contender and Southern California fan favorite Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan will return to the ring on Saturday, May 10 at the USC Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, it was announced today by his promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions. Following his outstanding performance in a ten round decision on March 21 over Mario Aguila, Martiroysan will see action in a scheduled eight-round clash. “Vanes made it very clear upon signing he wanted to stay busy and grow his fan base here in California; the added benefit is his desire to work in the gym under his new trainer, Joe Goossen,” said Dan Goossen. “The combination of learning new things with Joe, and staying busy, will allow Vanes to better utilize improved skills in real action.”



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Mediterranean ratings as of April

The chairman of the WBC Mediterranean championships, Mr Houcine Houichi, has just released the latest ratings as of April 2014.
Click here to view the ratings



April 7th, 2014

UFC

Bruce Lee Steps Into the Octagon for the First Time with EA SPORTS UFC Launching June 17

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) announced today that Bruce Lee, “The Father of Mixed Martial Arts”, will make his historic first step into the Octagon® in EA SPORTS™ UFC, launching June 17, 2014. Fans can pre-order today to get instant day-one access to Bruce, or they can complete the game’s career mode at Pro difficulty to unlock him. Players can fight with the legend across four different weight classes and test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC. To see Bruce Lee realized in game, watch the EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series: Bruce Lee Reveal, the first cinematic trailer from EA SPORTS UFC that was released today. For more information on the Bruce Lee pre-order offer, please visit http://o.ea.com/20562 (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Team Skipp Scott files protest over controversial KO loss to Gerald Washington

Hall of Fame Trainer Jessie Reid and promoter Kerry Daigle of Keeppunching Entertainment say the California Boxing Commission has a clear duty to correct the mistake made by referee Lou Moret in the Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott vs. Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington fight, held on Thursday, April 3, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. With the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes cameras rolling, Reid, who served as co-trainer for Scott, watched as his fighter was dropped to a knee by a legitimate right hand and then knocked out by a hard body shot a full second after his fighter had clearly taken a knee. The “knockout” victory for Washington came at 1:40 of round two, but according to Reid, the result is clearly in need of fixing. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson, Holyfield, Leonard, Duran, Hearns meet 700 fans at the Steiner Store in NY

Photos: Tyson Sports Memorabilia

Mike Tyson hasn’t been in the ring in nearly a decade, but his popularity hasn’t waned. You would have thought that he had a championship fight on the horizon when 700 fans of the “Sweet Science” flocked to meet the former heavyweight champ at the Steiner Store on Saturday (April 5) in Garden City on Long Island. It took 12 security guards to escort “Iron Mike” from the signing because a massive crowd had gathered in Roosevelt Field Mall. The Tyson fans paid from $149 for a photo op to $2,000 for a VIP package with all five former champs. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

HBO to air “Road to Marquez/Alvarado”

HBO Boxing presents “Road to Marquez/Alvarado,” a special examining the upcoming welterweight encounter between legendary champ Juan Manuel Marquez and all-action former junior welterweight title-holder Mike Alvarado. The two are set to meet in one of the year’s most anticipated showdowns Saturday, May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” special will premiere Saturday, April 19 at 12:45 a.m. ET/PT on HBO. It will preview the fast-approaching contest between these two ring warriors who are meeting for the first time ever in this high stakes battle.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cave-Gauthier heats up

By Dave Spencer
Photo by Paul Adams

Toronto’s Shaw Festival is an annual tradition that is now in its 29th year and is set to go Tuesday with super-bantamweights Tyson Cave (23-2 8KO) and Sebastien Gauthier (22-4-1 14KO) Held in the historic Royal York Hotel, a location that has housed Royalty and dignitaries alike, it is a key annual fundraiser for the arts. Packed with Toronto’s business elite, the event hosts over 700 CEO’s and senior executives from the countries top companies including those in the financial, legal and real-estate sectors. Patrons dress to the nines in the finest tuxedos and partake in the finest brandies and at one time, smoked the finest cigars. A philanthropic event that helps fund a summer arts festival producing the works of George Bernard Shaw, a wordsmith who donned the gloves himself back in the day.

In short, it is by and large, a gentleman’s event.

While Shaw may have introduced some memorable protagonists and antagonists to the public in his many works, it’s doubtful he have picked two that are more colourful than headliners Cave and Gauthier who headline the main event of the three bout card tomorrow.

No sooner than Gauthier’s interview had hit the pages of Fightnews, Cave was on the phone firing back shots of his own in rapid succession. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC presents green belt to Hakamada, the “Japanese Hurricane Carter”

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC gave an honorary world belt to the “Japanese Rubin Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former Japanese fighter released last week, 48 years of being sentenced to death. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented the green belt to the eldest sister of the 78-year-old Hakamada, who is recovering in a hospital after being on death row for four-and-a-half decades. A court ordered that Hakamada be released after DNA analysis suggested that the evidence against him was tampered with. He will finally get the retrial he and his supporters have sought since 1968.



April 7th, 2014

UFC

Newcomer White subs for Brown vs. Payan

Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown has been pulled from his April 19 matchup with Estevan Payan in Orlando due to injury, opening the door for UFC newcomer Alex White to make his Octagon debut against “El Terrible.”

Unbeaten in nine pro fights, Farmington, Missouri’s White is known for his striking, but that hasn’t stopped him from submitting five of his opponents. Former Strikeforce standout Payan is ready for anything though, especially as he seeks his first UFC win.

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 2: Fight week is upon us

By Karl Freitag

Entering fight week, many Sportsbooks have Manny Pacquiao set as a solid -200 favorite to avenge his loss to Timothy Bradley, when they collide Saturday in Las Vegas on PPV. As for method of victory, Pacquiao by decision is by far the expected outcome, paying about even money. Bradley is +250 to win via the decision route. Manny by KO is at +350, while Bradley by KO is as much as +750.

As for fight week festivities, it all kicks off Tuesday at 1:30PM as fight fans are invited to Pacquiao’s and Bradley’s “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.

Coinciding with the big Pacquiao-Bradley fight weekend, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is holding a “Party With Boxing’s Legends” fund-raiser on Friday night at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The event will be a combination ‘meet and greet’, autograph and photo session. Among those confirmed to attend are Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley, Clarence “Bones” Adams, Richard Steele, Kenny Bayless, Miguel Diaz, Al Bernstein, Harold Lederman and Colonel Bob Sheridan. The event starts at 8pm with tickets priced at $35 presale and $45 at the door.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham-Mansour/Stevens-Johnson Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer

The fans at the Liacouras Center at Temple University witnessed a classic crossroads battle of wills, as Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12KO’s) got off the canvas twice to win a come from behind ten round unanimous decision victory over the hard punching Amir “Hardcore Mansour (20-1, 15Ko’s), for the coveted USBA Heavyweight title. The seven bout card promoted by Main Events saw WBC #11 ranked middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20KO’s) snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, with a late tenth round stoppage of Tureano “The Bull” Johnson in the co-feature of the evening. The card was televised live nationally on the NBC Sports Fight Night. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Segura-Salguero/Rosas-Cobrita Jr. Full Report

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

A night of upsets and great fights were lived this past Saturday night in Tijuana when Zanfer Promotions brought their show home and presented yet another marathon fight card with eleven bouts scheduled at the Tecate Tour tent located at the Caliente Racetrack in the heart of the city. A nearly packed house were present to catch former title challenger and homegrown son Felipe Salguero (19-6-1, 14KOs) give everything he had but still fall against former world champion Giovanni Segura (32-3-1, 28KOs) in the ten round super flyweight main event which was broadcast live in all of Mexico by the Azteca network.

Segura is in line for a title shot against current reigning WBO and WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada and took the stay busy fight in Tijuana while he waits for Estrada to face him. Segura nearly got more than he could handle when Salguero, no stranger to big stages as he has challenged for a world title before including last October when he faced IBF champ Johnriel Casimero in Manila, Philippines, at times looked to be in control of the action. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Escalante-Ruiz Full Report

By Robert Hough
Photo: Mariano Serrano

Bruno Escalante battled through fighting with a damaged left hand for eight rounds and scored a unanimous decision on Saturday over Victor Ruiz to retain his IBA Continental junior bantamweight belt. Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs), a southpaw, said he had to adjust as he struggled even to keep his left up and strong to block punches as Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) fought aggressively throughout the 10-round bout at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.

“I had to use my feints and movement, and try to use my right more,” a visibly discomforted Escalante said after the fight, which headlined a card co-promoted by Paco Presents and Don Chargin Productions. “I had to change things a lot because I have power in both hands, but my left is my best. I saw he was focusing on my right as the fight went on so I had to put my left out there some, but not with anything on it.” (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Irish Silver Medalist John Joe Nevin was assaulted by a gang of men at his home in Mullingar, Ireland early Saturday morning, apparently over a family dispute. Nevin won the Silver Medal representing Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London boxing as a bantamweight. Nevin turned pro on March 17 in Boston with a six round decision victory. Nevin’s leg was broken in two places and he’ll be out of action for several months.

Billings, Montana, hopeful Jesus Vallejo is on the rise with a title win. More

Leo Santa Cruz is on Carl Frampton’s radar, with the Irishman’s latest win over Hugo Cazares. More

After his latest loss, Enzo Maccarinelli says his future is undecided. More



April 6th, 2014

UFC

Dustin Poirier: A Long Way From Fightville

Three years ago inside a darkened movie theater in Toronto, Dustin Poirier watched, slouched in his chair, as his career on the regional MMA circuit played out on the big screen . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Rocky Martinez is sick, will not face Raymundo Beltran this Saturday in Las Vegas

Former two time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martínez will not fight this Saturday, April 12, against Raymundo Beltran because he has been sick since last week and has not been able to train for a few days. The bout between the #11 ranked Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) and the #1 ranked Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) was for the WBO NABO lightweight title and for the chance for the winner to faceWBO 135 pounds champion Terence Crawford. Also, it was the co-main event of the HBO Pay Per View card featured Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao facing for the Bradley’s WBO welterweight belt, in a Top Rank presentation. Word is Martinez will be replaced by Arash Usmanee. (more…)



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Wilder’s first promotion a success

Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder didn’t get to see much of the action in his first promotion. He was too busy meeting fans and taking pictures as the mob at the Belk Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama followed his every step. “I sincerely want to thank everyone who came out to make the event such a success. It was great to meet and talk to everyone and hear their words of encouragement. They want the next heavyweight champion of the world to be from Alabama,” said Wilder.

In the main event, Tuscaloosa native Keandrae Leatherwood (14-2-1, 10 KOs) landed a picture perfect left hook to the body of Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-9, 8 KOs) halfway through the first round to score the knockout. Scarborough tried to beat the count but couldn’t. “It may have been the best body shot I’ve ever thrown,” said Leatherwood. “Fighting at home for the first time, there’s nothing like it.”

Other results:
Pierre Webster UD4 Michael Doyle
Keith Thompson UD4 Derek Walker
Tom Howard TKO1 Anthony Middlebrooks
Gary Kelly TKO3 Willie Kyles
Justin Brunetti UD4 Carlos Dumas
Rashad Jones TKO4 Corey Harris

Wilder promoted the event with longtime coach/manager Jay Deas.



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Clottey: I hope I’m still welcome in Australia after I crush their champion / Mundine: I refuse to lose

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) is confident of defeating former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) when they clash on Wednesday over twelve rounds at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia with the WBA International light middleweight title up for grabs. Clottey is coming off a ten round points victory over Dashon Johnson in September 2013, and holds wins over Zab Judah, Deigo Corrales and Shamone Alvarez but lost decisions to Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao in world title challenges.

“People keep asking about my fitness, Clottey said. “I have never stopped training, I’ve had 5 months to prepare for this fight. I’m ready. Australia is such a beautiful place full of welcoming people, I hope I’m still welcome after I crush their champion.

“Mundine is fighting a prime beast, not a washed up guy like Mosley. I will crack him. I have no respect for anybody’s power. I have never been hurt in the boxing ring, ever. On April 9, I will meet Anthony Mundine in the ring. On April 10 I will be asking my promoter to arrange a world title fight for me.”

Mundine is also confident of victory over Clottey. “The Man” scored a major upset in 2013 when he stopped Sugar Shane Mosley and in his most recent ring appearance outscored New Zealand’s Gunnar Jackson in January. He is chasing mega-money bouts with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

“Clottey has fought the best, I have to beat him if I’m ever going to get a shot against the top dogs,” Mundine said. “Clottey is going to see my speed and power is world class come Wednesday night. I refuse to lose. This fight is getting more recognition overseas than it is here. Promoters are looking at this fight and the winner will be in a position to land a big fight, Clottey knows it and so do I.

“I’m going to another level in this fight. I’m going to step up from the work I did against Mosley. I respect Clottey but he’s standing in my way.”



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Inoue, 20, wins WBC 108lb belt in sixth bout

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten 20-year-old Japanese prospect Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5 KOs), 108, ultra-impressively captured the WBC light-flyweight throne when he battered defending champ Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (29-3-1, 18 KOs), 108, from the outset, withstood the Mexican’s desperate retaliation in round five, dropped him with a vicious right to score a finest TKO victory at 2:54 of the sixth session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue, seven-time national high school champ, did it in his sixth professional bout. It was much more lopsided than expected, even though Inoue had been favored to win this game with his superior speed, power and skills. Only one factor Inoue is inferior to Confesor in was ring experience, but Inoue’s aggressiveness from the start easily overcame it and made him a bloody mess. The youngster’s lethal right badly decked the champ, who barely regained his feet but couldn’t show his intention to go on as he only showed his back to referee Mike Griffin from Canada. It was really all Inoue tonight.



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Yaegashi keeps WBC 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Aggressive and agile Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs), 112, Japan, very impressively kept his WBC flyweight belt as he finished busy-punching Mexican Odilon Zaleta (15-4, 8 KOs), 111.75, with a beautiful countering right for the count at 2:14 of the ninth session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a picture-perfect one-punch knockout with British referee Ian John Lewis counting him out against the still wobbling challenger. It was a rather close affair though Yaegashi, making his third defense, was taking the initiative with his aggressiveness against the Mexican footworker. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Yaegashi was only slightly leading on points: 77-76, 77-75 and 76-76. The 31-year-old Yaegashi, usually dependent on his feet, tonight kept stalking the Mexican speedster who threw light but more punches to the onrushing champ. Yaegashi often scored with solid left hooks to effectively shake him up from the fifth on. The Japanese titlist will face unbeaten formidable Nicaraguan Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez in his next defense.

Promoter: Ohashi Promoitons in association with Teiken Promotions.



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Erick Ochieng Tweets he is feeling fine after “Prizefighter” collapse

By James Slater

British welterweight Erick Ochieng suffered an alarming collapse last night in the latest edition of “Prizefighter.” After defeating Paddy Gallagher in the tournament’s opening bout, in what was an absolute war that featured three knockdowns, Ochieng suddenly fainted after being awarded the decision victory. Paramedics put “The Eagle” in the recovery position and he was then taken to the hospital. Thankfully, Erick has fully recovered and he says he was suffering from the intense heat inside The York Hall and nothing more serious.

The following was Tweeted by Ochieng this morning:

“In all things I give Chris glory. I am fine and in good health, it was too hot in the venue for that cause I was felling dizzy after a great performance and the paramedics were doing their job for health and safety reasons and routine. God bless, Eagle.”



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez halts Purisima in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

On the undercard of WBC world title doubleheader, former WBA 105-pound and 108-pound titlist, unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs), 112.25, easily halted Filipino Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 3 KOs), 112, at 1:20 of the third round in a supporting eight on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Gonzalez’s appearance in a tune-up go was supposed to be a publicity for his next schedule to have a shot at the winner of the WBC flyweight title bout which will be held next. The Nicaraguan battered the game Filipino upstairs and downstairs, dropping him on knees midway in round two. Accelerating his attack in the next session, referee Fukuchi quickly declared a halt.



April 6th, 2014




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