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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime Local lightweight favorite "Lightning" Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round ...

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

By Bob Caico at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ...

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

By Gary Digital Williams at the scale Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4 (IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles) Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie ...

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

Photos: Mpsportimages.com Gamalier Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8 (NABO featherweight title) Note: Cruz' final Weight was 126 Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Ivan Zavala 139.2 Matt Korobov ...

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today ...

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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin,

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

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AWE TV

Ray Beltran media day

See Burns vs Beltran LIVE on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com on September 7

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Top-rated contender Ray Beltran of Mexico works out during media day at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his upcoming world title challenge against WBO World Lightweight champion Ricky Burns of Scotland. Burns vs Beltran will be televised in the US, Saturday, September 7, exclusively on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com, beginning at 4:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm PT.

WealthTV is available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing via computer and numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.

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August 22nd, 2013



Boxing News

Weights from Verona, NY

Story and photo by Boxing Bob Newman

Argenis Mendez 130* vs. Arash Usmanee 129
IBF Super Featherweight Title
Claudio Marrero 126 vs. Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar 126*
Vacant WBA Interim Featherweight Title
Alexei Collado 131 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 132.25
Ed Paredes 149 vs Noe Bolanos 149
Antoine Douglas 161.25 vs. Edgar Perez 167
Dorsett Barnwell 248vs. Marlon Hayes 219
Albert Bell 129 vs. Leonel Garcia 125.75
*Both Argenis Mendez and Jesus Cuellar had to strip down to hit the weight exactly

Promoter: Iron Mike Productions & Greg Cohen Promotions
Venue: Turning Stone Casino
TV: ESPN2



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Recent world title challenger Lee Purdy busted in money laundering scheme

Welterweight Lee Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KOs) was one of six people charged with money laundering after allegedly bilking elderly victims out of over £1 million in north Essex, England according to the Daily Gazette. Purdy is best known for blowing his chance to become a world champion on the scales in May by failing to make the 147lb limit for a fight against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Atlantic City. The fight went on as a non-title affair with Purdy losing by seventh round stoppage.



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Crawford-Klimov confirmed for Cotto-Rodriguez card

It is confirmed that undefeated lightweight Terence Crawford (21-0, 16 KOs) of Omaha, Nebraska, will face unbeaten Russian Andrey Klimov (16-0, 8 KOs) on the October 5 Cotto-Rodriguez co-feature at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The fight will be a ten-rounder contracted at 135lbs max. Crawford is promoted by Top Rank, Klimov is also promoted by Top Rank and managed by Union Boxing Management.



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Gonzalez: I am ready in all respects for Mares

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBO/WBC world champion Jhonny Gonzalez has wrapped up his training at the Fabela Chavez Community Center Gym in Carson, California for Saturday’s fight against current WBC featherweight world champion Abner Mares. Gonzalez told Fightnews.com: “I am ready in all respects for Mares and I think I have enough merit and experience to make a great fight and snatch the crown that until last September was mine. It will be a great night and I’m close to winning that title against a great champion and Mexican.” (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain is high on the future prospects of Rey Vargas

By Gabriel F. Cordero

“Rey Vargas is a young fighter who has everything to be a world champion,” says Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain. “Skills, physical condition, youth, amateur international experience, height, punch, speed and above all desire to be world champion. One of my hopes is for him to become a world champion and that’s why he’s here to make his U.S. debut to become known and gradually make himself into a strong candidate to fight for a world title.”

Vargas, an unbeaten 22-year-old super bantamweight with a record of 15-0 with 14 KOs, will see action this Saturday on the big Mares-Gonzalez and Terrazas-Santa Cruz world title twinbill at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

AWE TV

Beltran: I’m ready for “dangerous” Burns

See Burns vs Beltran LIVE on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com on September 7

Raymundo Beltran is ready to face the best of Ricky Burns when he challenges the Scotsman for the WBO World lightweight title at the SECC in Glasgow live on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com on September 7. The Mexican is Burns’ fourth defense of the title and the champion will be under pressure to perform after a heart-stopping fight in the city in May when Jose Gonzalez threatened to end his reign before retiring ahead of the tenth round.

Burns has promised his fans that there will be no repeat of the drama at the Emirates Arena, where Gonzalez hurt him in the seventh and looked to have the 31 year old beaten, with Beltran saying that fight will have no bearing on their clash.

“I saw his last fight, but I’m not thinking about his performance,” said Beltran. “I’m not thinking that Burns is going to be an easy fight. I have to be prepared for a more dangerous Ricky Burns than we saw in that fight, it helps motivate me. I’m ready and motivated for September 7, everything is going well. It means a lot to fight for the World title, it’s every boxer’s dream. It opens up the door to big fights. I want to fight the best fighters at lightweight. He’s a champion, he’s strong. I’ve got a lot of respect for him and I’m training very seriously to face the best version of Ricky Burns.” (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Shane Mosley in Panama: “I am still in boxing because I like it”

The Gym Pedro “Rockero” Alcazar of Curundú in Panama was shocked on Wednesday with the visit by three-time world champion Shane Mosley. Mosley is humble, nice and so he was seen by all the attendants in the Gym recommended to him ever since he arrived in Panama. Mosley answered some questions, made some statements to the media and said he would return at 5 after training. He contacted two young boxers to spar the trainer Rigoberto Garibaldi to support him. He said good bye and disappeared just like that. The place was shocked, all commenting on the simplicity of the fighter who is training to fight Australian Anthony Mundine on October 23. (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Tapia ready for Garcia

Jersey Boy, Glen Tapia of Passaic, N.J., coming off a thrilling victory on ESPN2/Friday Night Fights, takes on Elco ‘The Animal’ Garcia of Colorado on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card at Bally’s Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 28.

Tapia and Garcia will box 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division in Bally’s Grand Ballroom. Tapia, coming off his biggest win, has a record of 19-0 with 11 knockouts. Garcia, with a record of 27-8 with 13 knockouts, has won eight of his last nine bouts. He is living and fighting out of Denver, Colorado.

Tapia’s last fight was an all-out battle, a big, intense, fiery showdown against undefeated Abie Han of El Paso. Tapia went right to the attack, knocked down Han en route to a TKO 8 victory. (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

WBA Featherweight Champion Nicholas Walters: I was hoping to defend my title in Jamaica

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By Robert Coster

WBA Featherweight Champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (22-0, 18KOs) won his title on December 8th 2012 with an impressive stoppage of Colombian contender Daulis Prescott on the WBA “KO to Drugs” card in Kingston, Jamaica. Since then the 27 year-old Jamaican born titleholder has been inactive and away from the limelight.

“These past months have been frustrating, says Walters. My career has been in Panama so I was happy to win my title in front of my home crowd and I was hoping to defend it in Jamaica. After all, I am the only Jamaican to have won the title on the native soil. I am disappointed that local sponsors haven’t made the effort to have me fight on the island. We have had great boxers in the past (Mike McCallum, Simon Brown, Glen Johnson, etc.) and my victory was supposed to bring about a rebirth of boxing in Jamaica”. (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Japanese warriors invade Champ’s home turf

Story and photo by Joe Koizumi

82213atsushiIt might be long-accepted common sense that Japanese boys are strong only at the home turf, but not so abroad. There were, however, a few exceptions such as Shozo Saijo, Kuniaki Shibata, Toshiaki Nishioka, Takashi Miura, etc. Reviewing many results of our outstanding boxers having fought abroad in a quest for word championships, we see a large majority of them taste bitter defeats in foreign countries. But boxing doesn’t necessarily follow statistics, and we sometimes watch an upset happen in reality.

Japanese veteran Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-10-1, 10 KOs) will make his fourth attempt to win a world belt, this time, from formidable Argentine southpaw Omar Narvaez (39-1-2, 20 KOs), WBO super-fly ruler, on this coming Friday in Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. Narvaez, a 38-year-old two-time champ, is making his eighth defense against the Japanese puncher who previously failed to win the belt from Takefumi Sakata in 2008, from Denkaosen Kaowichit in 2009 and from Hugo Cazares in 2010—all on points. Hisataka, in his last fight, defeated ex-WBC flyweight champ Sonny Boy Jaro by a unanimous nod in Osaka this April. He may have a puncher’s chance as he can punch better than his credentials indicate. (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

UFC

James Head: A Blue Collar State of Mind

In the American heartland, work ethic is part of the genetic makeup. A hands-on, blue collar commitment is required for those who are looking to make their living off the land or industry, and rewards only come as the end result of putting in a labor investment. It’s a place where the work day isn’t determined by a time clock, rather the sun finally deciding to call it quits. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann is LIVE on FOX Wednesday, August 28 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Sartison, Tajbert and Menzer headline Saturday

While two former world champions (Juergen Braehmer and Arthur Abraham) are fighting on Saturday in Schwerin, Germany, three additional former world champions are seeing action a few hundred miles away. Former WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison, former WBC super featherweight champ Vitali Tajbert and former WBC/WBO/WIBF female champion Ina Menzer have fights scheduled in Mönchengladbach. Sartison (30-2, 18 KOs), who recently had HBO shoot down his proposed fight with Andre Ward, will take on Baker Barakat (38-14-4, 26 KOs) and Tajbert meets Mikheil Avakyan (18-10-3, 7 KOs) in a pair of six-rounders. Menzer (30-1, 11 KOs) takes on Goda Dailydaite (8-0, 2 KOs) in a ten-rounder for Dailydaite’s WBF interim belt. Menzer plans to retire after the fight.



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Tony “The Tiger” Thompson hopes to beat the odds again against #1 Kubrat Pulev

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By Karl Freitag
Photo: Team Sauerland

After twice going into hostile territory as a heavy underdog and prevailing against David Price, two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KOs) will try to make lightning strike for a third time on Saturday in Schwerin, Germany when he takes on IBF #1 contender Kubrat Pulev to try to earn a third world title shot. With the exception of Wladimir Klitschko, no one has beaten the 41-year-old Washington, DC resident in well over a decade.

Thompson, who has fought in Germany three times previously, promises excitement and a knockout, “A KO is what you ask for and a KO will be delivered,” he vowed at Wednesday’s press conference. Oddsmakers disagree, making the unbeaten Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs) a healthy -700 pick. Thompson, however, seems to be a live dog at +400.

If he pulls it off, Thompson will earn a shot at the Wladimir Klitschko-Alexander Povetkin winner. (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Pascal added to Stevenson-Cloud undercard

Former world champion Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) will return on the September 28 Stevenson-Cloud card at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal is expected to face former world title challenger George Blades (23-4, 16 KOs).



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Mares: I am ready to fight, Gonzalez: He’s not the same boy I use to train with before, he’s a champion now

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBC featherweight champion Hawaiian Gardens Abner Mares (26-0, 14 KOs) and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KOs) of Mexico City worked out for media Tuesday afternoon at the Fabela Chavez Boxing Center in the City of Carson as they will square off this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on Showtime Championship Boxing. The champion who is days away from his first title defense arrived along with his team as many enthusiastic fans waited for him.

“I am days away from my fight. I feel good. I’m anxious to fight already,” Mares told Fightnews.com “This has been a great preparation for me. My sparring helped me out a lot, we got lanky distance fighters same style as Jhonny. Jhonny is a counter puncher who works the distance likes to set up combinations with the jab,” added Mares who had been training at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs in preparation for Gonzalez. (more…)



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Good historic piece in The Guardian on Australian boxing champ Ted Whiting, champ and mobster. More

St. Louis boxer Ryan Coyne makes his return after his release from promoter Don King. More

Newly crowned IBF Middleweight Champ Darren Barker is looking to line up superbouts, starting with Felix Strum, with Matt Macklin and Martin Murray by next summer.

Las Vegas boxer Johnny Nunez has teamed up with Operation HOPE to offer boxing and wrestling courses for disadvantaged youth. More



August 22nd, 2013

Boxing News

Video: ‘Tyson Is Back’ press conference

By Boxing Bob Newman

Mike Tyson the promoter was the center of attention today at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York. Tyson, as well as fellow promoter Greg Cohen were promoting their upcoming show this Friday, which will be the finale of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights series for the year. Headlining the show will be IBF Super Featherweight champion Argenis Mendez making the first defense of his belt against Arash Usmanee of Alberta, Canada by way of Afghanistan.



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Brooklyn

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Treysean Wiggins 146.6 vs. Marcus Hall 146
Miron Kadyrov 192.8 vs. Jose Torres 188.2
Mack Babb 143.8 vs. Jovan Sosa 145.8
Mikkel Lespierre 146.6 vs. Rashad Bogar 147
Anthony Barnes 165 vs. Joe Yerdon 166.6
Pete Reyes 163.6 vs. Juan Zapata 164.8
Marco Suarez 136.8 vs. Jamell Tyson 137.8

Promoter: Star of David Inc. (Dmitry Salita)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Location: Fight Factory Gym, Brooklyn, NY
First Bell at 7:30



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Tyson Is Back! Mendez-Usmanee press conference

Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Mike Tyson the promoter was the center of attention today at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York. Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions, as well as fellow promoter Greg Cohen were promoting their upcoming show this Friday, which will be the finale of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights series for the year. Headlining the show will be IBF Super Featherweight champion Argenis Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) making the first defense of his belt against Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) of Alberta, Canada by way of Afghanistan. The co-feature will pit Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) against Jesus Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim Featherwight title. Tyson, Cohen and the fighters in the main and co-main event all too the microphone to air their thoughts on the show this Friday and being part of the inaugural Iron Mike Productions event.

Mike Tyson: “I’m privileged to have Argenis Mendez in my stable and he’s gonna go against Arash Usmanee!” (Turning to Usmanee) “You’re from Afghanistan I take it?” (Usmanee nods to the affirmative) (Tyson sighs…) “O.K. Guys! And we’ve got Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero who’s going against Jesus …please help me here…Cuellar.” (more…)



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Glen Tapia Headlines at Bally’s A.C. on Sept. 28

The Jersey Boy, Glen Tapia of Passaic, N.J., coming off a thrilling victory on ESPN2/Friday Night Fights – takes on Elco ‘The Animal’ Garcia of Colorado on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card at Bally’s Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 28. Tapia and Garcia will box 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division in Bally’s Grand Ballroom. Tapia, coming off his biggest win, has a record of 19-0 with 11 knockouts. Garcia, with a record of 27-8 with 13 knockouts, has won eight of his last nine bouts. He is living and fighting out of Denver, Colorado.

Tapia’s last fight was an all-out battle, a big, intense, fiery showdown against undefeated Abie Han of El Paso. Tapia went right to the attack, knocked down Han en route to a TKO 8 victory. “That was a big win, showing everyone I am no longer a prospect, but a real contender working towards a title fight,” Tapia said. (more…)



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko on fast track; set to make pro debut against Jonathan Oquendo (23-3)

Forget build-up bouts. Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Great” Lomachenko will jump into the deep end of boxing’s international-sized swimming pool when he makes his professional debut in a 10-round featherweight bout against Jonathan Oquendo (23-3, 16 KOs), of Puerto Rico. Lomachenko’s pro debut will be showcased on the pay-per-view undercard of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship between undefeated defending champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Márquez.

“Lomachenko must have a lot of confidence making his professional debut against a fighter like me. He must think he’s really good. Let’s see what happens in the ring,” said Oquendo. (more…)



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

New IBF middleweight champ Darren Barker ready for Felix Sturm, hoping the fight can be made this year

By James Slater

Newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker is already looking forward to his next fight and first defence of his belt. Barker produced a genuine feel good moment for British boxing, if not world boxing, with his spirited effort against Daniel Geale on Saturday, and the 31-year-old is in no mood to lose the title he fought so gamely to win. Former champ Felix Sturm, one of the most experienced fighters out there, is Barker’s mandatory challenger and Barker is relishing the idea of facing the German before the year is out – preferably in London.

Speaking with Sky Sports today, Barker made it clear he has no fear of Sturm. (more…)



August 21st, 2013

AWE TV

Eddie Hearn breaks down Burns-Beltran WBO lightweight title live on September 7th on Wealth TV

On Saturday afternoon, September 7th Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KOs) defends the WBO Lightweight championship against Ray Beltran (28-6, 17 KOs) LIVE on WealthTV and WealthTV.com. The action begins at 4:30 eastern /1:30 pacific. Below is an interview with Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport as he gives an in-depth breakdown of the fight.

WealthTV is available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing via computer and numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Braehmer, Abraham and Pulev have world title shots in sight

Photos: Team Sauerland

Just three days to go until fight fans will witness an excellent triple-header from Schwerin, Germany! First and foremost, the event staged at the Sport- und Kongresshalle on August 24 will feature Juergen Braehmer’s (40-2, 31 KOs) EBU Title Defense against Stefano Abatangelo (17-2-1, 6 KOs). Thereby, the European Champion will have some pressure to handle – not only from his Italian opponent, but also from the crowd. “The fans as well as my own expectations are enormous – a homecoming is not always an advantage,” stated Braehmer who might very well challenge for a world title at light heavyweight, as he is the current WBO mandatory. However, this fact is not on the 34-year-old’s mind. “Currently, I just look ahead to my bout on Saturday. Afterwards I can look forward to bigger and better things.” Meanwhile, Abatangelo’s adviser Alessandro Ferrarini sees his fighter surprising the hometown favorite: “It’s like Rocky vs. Apollo Creed – Stefano is the big underdog, who has nothing to lose and that will be his chance to win!” (more…)



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Mike Tyson makes promotional debut on Friday Night Fights’ season finale

Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will make his debut as a professional boxing promoter with a world title doubleheader August 23 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., on the season finale of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The 12-round main event will feature an IBF title fight between Junior Lightweight titlist Argenis “La Tormenta” Méndez (21-2, 11 KOs) and Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs). Friday’s co-feature will be a 12-round WBA interim title fight between undefeated Featherweight Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) and Jesús Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs). (more…)



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Jacobs-Lorenzo: Full Report & Photo Gallery

Ringside Report: Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland

Former middleweight title challenger Danny Jacobs continued a successful return from a cancer scare on Monday night at the Best Buy theater in mid-town Manhattan with an electrifying, face-first third round knockout of veteran middleweight Giovanni Lorenzo. The fight was the main event of an inaugural card promoted by Golden Boy on Fox Sports 1. The promoter plans to do a monthly Monday night series on the channel and it literally started with a knockout. More…



August 21st, 2013

Boxing Result

Former sparring partners clash in main event

Fan favorite series "New Blood" returns this Friday

When featherweights Juan Reyes (9-1-1, 1 KO) of Riverside, CA and Jonathan Arellano (13-2-1, 3 KOs) of Ontario, CA enter the ring this Friday as the headline bout for the “New Blood” card at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, CA, they will do so with a firm understanding of each other’s tendencies and ring movements. (more…)



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Roberto Duran and Jorge Castro will collide in a three round exhibition match in Argentina

By Gabriel F. Cordero

45-year-old former WBA world champion Jorge “Locomotora” Castro (130-11-3, 90 KOS) will face 62-year-old Panamanian Hall of Famer Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran (103-16, 70 KOS) at Luna Park in Buenos Aires on September 7 in a three round exhibition match which will be their third encounter in their personal rivalry.

Their first bout was in February 1997 in Mar del Plata, Argentina and Castro won a controversial ten round decision. The second fight, in June 1997, was won by Duran via decision over 10 rounds in the Nuevo Panama Gym, which today is named the Roberto Duran Arena. The match is meant to be a farewell and tribute to Castro, one of the greatest Argentine boxing idols.

The event is organized by Argentina Boxing Promotions headed Mario Margossian and will be headlined by former world title challenger Javier “The Beast” Maciel (26-2, 19 KOs) against Alejandro “El Flaco” Falliga (23-9-4, 10 KOs) and IBF female super flyweight world champion Deborah “The Gurisa” Dionicius (13-0, 4 KOs) against Olga “La Monita” Julio (15-14-1, 10 KOs).



August 21st, 2013

UFC

Kelvin Gastelum: From Last to First

Last to first, final pick to finale winner, Kelvin Gastelum has had an outstanding year, and it’s far from over. The newly minted The Ultimate Fighter season 17 tournament champion is singing a Frank Sinatra classic “The Best Is Yet To Come” as he prepares to join the UFC’s welterweight ranks against Brian Melancon on August 28th at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez: This Saturday there will be a war and we’re coming out winners

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Tuesday afternoon at the Fabela Chavez Boxing Center in Carson, California, former two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez trained in a public workout for his title challenge this Saturday against undefeated WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares at the StubHub Center. “I feel in great shape, ready for the big challenge ahead in my career and have been doing a great job to get to the goal which is to regain the title. It’s all that I have in mind and I have not even considered defeat. This Saturday there will be a war and we’re coming out winners,” said Jhonny.



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Oxandia Castillo: Braekhus can expect a war

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By Robert Coster
Photo: Domini Boxing Promotions

Between the two of them, female boxing champions Oxandia Castillo and Cecilia Braekhus hold four world title titles. The 18-year-old Castillo (12-0-2, 9 KOs) from the Dominican Republic is the WBO jr middleweight champion while the Norwegian idol Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KOs) holds the WBC, WBA and WBO Welterweight belts. The clash between the two undefeated champions will be held in Frederikshavn, Denmark on September 7th. Papin Lantigua, manager of Oxandia, comments, “I don’t know about Denmark or Norway, but here in the Dominican Republic, there is incredible interest for this fight, as no female match has ever had before!” Fightnews asked Oxandia Castillo a few pointed questions after a training session at her gym in Santo Domingo. (more…)



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Will Rios end up like Margarito?

By Dennis Principe

By comparing upcoming opponent Brandon Rios to former victim Antonio Margarito, is multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao taking his next foe lightly? If so, then trainer Robert Garcia has a stern warning for the Filipino boxing sensation. Garcia had the opportunity to dissect Pacquiao by working in the corner of Margarito when the now retired Mexican boxer got pummeled by the fighting congressman in their 12-round light middleweight battle last November 2010 in Texas. Fightnews recently caught up with Garcia and did a video interview with the amiable trainer.



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Martin Murray: Me against Barker could start a good middleweight era

Middleweight Martin Murray (25-1, 11 KOs) believes a clash between him and Darren Barker would be one for the ages. Barker won the IBF middleweight title at the weekend with a bruising 12 round decision over Daniel Geale. And in the days since, Barker has mentioned Murray as a potential opponent for first defense.

“We’re both world class fighters. He’s a world champion and I should have become one, arguably against [Felix] Sturm and definitely against [Sergio] Martinez, so we’ve got the chance to get a good middleweight era going again,” Murray said. “Me and Barker have both said we want to get involved in big British world title fights and him beating Geale makes that possible. We’ve got a chance here for us to put on one the biggest fights out there. It’d be a massive event and my Twitter has gone crazy with people asking about it since his win. It’s up to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport whether it can happen, but I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t.”

Well, there is one reason. Barker is already committed to face Felix Sturm next in his IBF mandatory defense.



August 21st, 2013

Boxing News

Hungry Haye finds comfort in numbers ahead of Fury fight

For much of his professional career David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has cut a solitary figure, training alone in London or North Cyprus under the watchful eye of coach Adam Booth. But now, in the lead-up to his September 28 clash with Tyson Fury, the hard-hitting heavyweight finds himself flanked by a number of gym-mates, all of whom train alongside him on a daily basis. In addition to his heavyweight sparring partners, Haye currently shares his Vauxhall gymnasium with super-middleweight ‘Saint’ George Groves, middleweight Andy Lee and cruiserweight Deion Jumah, as well as Gary Logan-trained up-and-comers Liam Shinkwin and Joey Taylor. Alas, the gym, once cold and lonely, is now as busy as it has ever been.

“It took some getting used to because I was so accustomed to being on my own and having empty space around me,” said Haye. “But, in the end, I really liked the feeling of having so many young boxers working out alongside me. (more…)



August 21st, 2013




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