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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Boxing News

WBA #11 Parker returns Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

When WBA #11, WBO #14 Heavyweight Joseph Parker (11-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in New Zealand against Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior (15-1, 13 KOs), it will be Parker’s fifth ring appearance of 2014. WBO #15 Costa is coming off a twelve round decision loss against Christian Hammer in October but in his only other 2014 ring outing he dominated Daniel Alejandro Sanabria over twelve rounds to successfully defend the WBO Latino title.

Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry says this is a ‘risk versus reward’ fight. “Everyone knows the last time Joe fought a tall Brazilian (Marcelo Luiz Nascimento) he got his ear drum busted. We were expecting an easier lead up to Christmas but have struggled attracting many of the top 15 rated guys and when one comes along we’ve got to take the fight, even if it is at a month’s notice.” (more…)



December 1st, 2014


Boxing News

Dharry ready for war with Rios

By Matt Thompson

Saturday, December the 6th at the L.B. Scott Auditorium, on the paradise Island of Sint Maarten, fast rising bantamweight Elton Dharry (16-5-1, 10 KOs) faces off with Jose Rios (12-1-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental belt. The bout is the main event of the “This is it—War!” card promoted by Bobby Ottley of B.O.S.E. Promotions and matched by the boxing diva Renee Aiken. The line-up will also feature a IBO women’s world heavyweight title contest as top rated Sonya Lamonakis (9-1-2, 1 KO) battles it out with hard hitting Carlette Ewell (15-7, 9 KOs). (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Hyde signs Bulgarian amateur star

Photo: Antoaneta Yotova

Photo: Antoaneta Yotova


By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today

Irish boxing manager Gary Hyde added another boxing star to his stable. He signed a contract with 18-year-old Bulgarian light-heavyweight Blagoy Naydenov. The talent is World champion (U19) and European champion (U17). During the Summer he grabbed a gold medal from the strongest amateur boxing event on the planet for upcoming boxers Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

“I was contacted by Gary Hyde after the World championships in April,” told Blagoy Naydenov. “The decision to turn pro wasn’t very tough one. The money are not enough in Olympic boxing.”

The professional debut of Naydenov is set for January. “I still don’t know if I will fight in Germany or in USA,” added Naydenov. “The initial plan is to make 5-6 fights per year.” (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Fighter who lost to actor-boxer Mickey Rourke reportedly homeless and paid to take a fall? More

Danny Green swaps ring for boat deck. More

Brooklyn’s “Rocky,” Zachary Ochoa, living the dream. More

Tyson Fury’s trainer speaks out. More



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Crawford-Beltran

By Bill Green
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO Lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford 25-0 (17) successfully defended his belt against mandatory challenger Ray Beltran 29-7-1 (17) with an impressive twelve round unanimous decision in front of a massive crowd of 11,127 on Saturday night at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Chants of ‘Crawford, Crawford, Crawford,’ filled the air what seemed to be all night long. Nebraska fight fans watched a decent featherweight IBF title between champion Evgany Gradovich vs Jayson Velez. But it was clear, the boisterous Omaha crowd was there for one reason… and that was for the Pride of Nebraska: their champion and hometown hero Terence Crawford. (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Rourke-Seymour fix allegations addressed

Amidst allegations that the “fight” between 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke and 29-year-old Elliot Seymour was fixed, promoter World of Boxing has issued the following statement on the matter:

Promotional company World of Boxing is not a promoter, manager or representative of Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke. Rourke asked for the opportunity to participate on our November 28 evening of boxing at the Concert Hall “Russia” with a ready-made opponent. We will check the promotional company of the rival boxer, but we’re not interested in his financial situation.

According to the Daily Mail, Seymour and Rourke both work out at the Wild Card Gym and Seymour also writes posts about being homeless on his Facebook page.



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez stays unbeaten

By Craig Wick at ringside

Veteran Chicago fight promoter, Bobby Hitz, concluded a busy 2014 with a successful, 12 bout card Saturday night, held at the opulent Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. A boisterous, near capacity post-Thanksgiving crowd was on hand to cheer on their favorite fighters, many of whom reside in nearby Chicago (a quick 20 minute drive from the Horseshoe) or a nearby suburb.

In the night’s main event, Chicago native, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (16-0, 10 KOs) took a unanimous decision over late replacement, Rollin “Chiller” Williams (24-19-2, 8 KOs) Phoenix, AZ in an eight round light heavyweight affair. (more…)



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford, Beltran speak

By Bill Green

WBO lightweight world champion Terence Crawford and challenger Ray Beltran spoke to the press after their twelve round battle on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Terence “Bud” Crawford

[What was the difference tonight?] “My boxing ability. The game plan was to catch him with the jab.”

[We have Terence Crawford the puncher, the boxer, and now the entertainer. At the end of the 11th round, you leaned over the ropes with a devilish smile. What did that smile mean?] Laughing… “I was feeling really good at that moment. Ready and motivated. I was having fun.” (more…)



November 30th, 2014

UFC

Henderson and Guida break down Pettis-Melendez

Fans and pundits can break down fights all day, and it’s always an interesting – and often informative – process, but when it comes down to it, few know fights and fighters better than those who have set foot in the Octagon . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Browne: I want to fight Fury and shut his big mouth up

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten WBC #5, WBA #5, IBF #7 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) talked to Fightnews and said he was not impressed with Tyson Fury’s victory over Derrick Chisora on Saturday and has promised to stop Chisora in five rounds if that fight can be made. Browne also vowed to shut the mouth of Tyson Fury. “I want to fight both Derrick Chisora and Tyson Fury,” stated Browne. “I want to fight and stop Chisora within five rounds and show the world I’m better than Tyson Fury. I also want to fight Fury and shut his big mouth up once and for all, not to mention do it for all the fans out there.” Browne is promoted by British boxing great Ricky Hatton and trained by former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech.



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury set to return to action in February, negotiations will also begin for shot at Klitschko

By James Slater

Unbeaten Tyson Fury made it look easy last night, in dominating every round against Dereck Chisora before “Del Boy” was mercifully pulled out after the tenth-round of their heavily hyped but ultimately disappointing rematch. And now, in the eyes of a growing number of fans, 6’9″ Fury is THE most dangerous challenger out there for the all-conquering Wladimir Klitschko.

Proving last night that he is far more than just an exciting brawler, Fury can box, from both the orthodox and the southpaw stance, and he has fast hands for such a big man. But will heavyweight king Klitschko agree to defend against Fury, who is now the mandatory for Wladimir’s WBO strap? (more…)



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford retains WBO lightweight title in dominant performance

By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) successfully defended his belt against mandatory challenger Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) with an impressive twelve round unanimous decision in front of a crowd of 11,127 on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Beltran was game and had some moments but the much quicker Crawford usually beat Beltran to the punch and was busier. The champion battered Beltran in the last few rounds to punctuate a 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. After the fight, Crawford said he will now move to the 140lb division. photos



November 30th, 2014

UFC

Davis vs. Bader added to Stockholm card

UFC® Fight Night Stockholm, which went on sale today, is fast becoming the must-see event of 2015 and the event just got even bigger as the UFC today announced the latest world-class matchup, Davis vs Bader. . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gradovich retains IBF featherweight title with draw

By Bill Green at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) and Jayson Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs) battled to a draw over twelve good action rounds on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. After a hard fought, gritty fight judges couldn’t determine a winner with Gradovich up 117-111 on one card, Velez ahead 115-113 on the second card and the third card dealocked at 114-114. Gradovich retained his title.



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramon Alvarez KOs Vivian Harris in seven

World rated Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (21-4-2, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round knockout over former world champion Vivian Harris (32-10-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Modulo Comude in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. With his brother Canelo Alvarez cheering him on from ringside, Alvarez dropped Harris twice in round seven. Harris just missed beating the count after the second knockdown.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Beltran off-TV results from Nebraska

By Bill Green at ringside

In a battle of unbeaten super lightweights, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed, of Waldorf, MD, cruised to a relatively easy but well fought unanimous decision over Oscar Valenzuela, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Reed displayed a nice mixture of punches, landing often to the body of Valenzuela. While Valenzuela proved to be plenty game, he was often outhustled throughout the fight. Reed remains undefeated going to 12-0, 6 KOs, while Valenzuela tastes defeat and drops to 8-1-1, 5 KOs.

Undefeated Oklahoma City, OK, welterweight prospect, Alex Saucedo, thrilled and wowed the crowd by landing booming overright hands on veteran Daniel Calzada. Saucedo landed power shot after power shot on the durable Calzada seeking an early stoppage. Calzada would in fact get dropped by a huge right hand to the liver in round two but definitely made good on his prefight quote of “heart of a champion.” Saucedo continued to blister Calzada throughout the fight drawing plenty of cheers from the crowd. The action was halted when Calzada was bleeding profusely on the right eye. Despite the wear and tear, Calzada’s experience and toughness allowed him to finish all six rounds. Saucedo would go on to win a very impressive unanimous decision as remains undefeated at 16-0, 11 KOs. Calzada drops to 10-12-2, 2 KOs. (more…)



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Giacon retains WBA Continental title

WBA #13 rated super lightweight Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (26-1, 23 KOs) retained his WBA Continental title, moments ago in Mijas, Malaga, Spain, when his opponent Ville Piispanen retired on his stool after the finish of round six. It was a good action fight. OPI 2000 and Balearic Affair promoted the show with Marca.com televising live in Spain.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Fury dominates Chisora again; Saunders tops Eubank

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) easily defeated Dereck Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) scoring a tenth round TKO in a WBO eliminator to determine the mandatory WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night before 20,000+ at the ExCel Arena in London, England. It was a one-sided affair as the 6’9 Fury, who previously beat Chisora on points in 2011, easily kept Chisora on the end of his long reach. “Dellboy” took a lot of punishment and was never able to get anything going so Fury, who fought mostly out of the southpaw stance, had no reason to engage. Chisora’s corner pulled the plug after round ten. Fury also claimed the British and Commonwealth titles.

In a highly charged grudge match between unbeaten middleweights, 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Chris Eubank Jr. (18-1, 13 KOs). Saunders swept through the first four rounds. Eubanks came to life in the middle rounds, but Saunders regained the advantage and fought through a desperate late assault by Eubank to win 115-114, 115-113 Saunders, 116-113 Eubank. The bout was a WBO middleweight eliminator with the winner to face the Andy Lee-Matt Korobov winner for the world title. Saunders also retained his European, Commonwealth and British belts. (more…)



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Braekhus retains undisputed female welter title

Undisputed WBC/WBA/WBO/IBF female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (27-0, 7 KOs) retained all four belts with a ten round unanimous decision over Jennifer Retzke (15-2-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Falconer Centeret in Frederiksberg, Denmark. Boxing’s “First Lady” won by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 98-92.

Earlier female super lightweight Klara Svensson (15-0, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Lucia Morelli (18-5, 8 KOs) in a clash for the WBC female interim belt. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. Svensson will face newly crowned WBC world champion Erica Anabella Farias next.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Gradovich 135, Velez 134

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Photo: Pete Susens / Top Rank

IBF Featherweight Champion Evgeny Gradovich and Challenger Jayson Velez, surround IBF Supervisor Al Meier, at the second day IBF mandatory weigh in inside The Hilton Omaha Hotel in Omaha Nebraska.

Gradovich came in at 135 and Velez scaled 134. The two will battle tonight at The CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. HBO



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Action-packed boxing Saturday on tap

By Karl Freitag

Another big boxing weekend. In the most notable fight, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford defend his belt against mandatory challenger Ray Beltran at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford is a big -1200 favorite to retain his belt in front of his hometown fans. Beltran backers can get +775.

In the co-feature, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich faces Jayson Velez in a battle of unbeaten fighters. Gradovich is -675 to hold on to his belt, while Velez stands at +450. Both bouts will be televised by HBO, along with the Pacquiao-Algieri replay.

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There’s also a huge card in London where heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora collide in a WBO eliminator to determine the mandatory WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fury, who holds a previous points win over Chisora, is a -300 favorite. “Delboy” backers can get +250 on their man.

The Fury-Chisora co-feature is a grudge match between 2008 Olympian middleweight Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. which is expected to be highly entertaining. Saunders is a narrow -120 pick over the son of former world champion Chris Eubank, who’s right at +100. Both fights can be seen on ESPN3.

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Finally, former world champion Vivian Harris will look to pull off his third straight upset when he takes on world rated Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez in Mexico. Harris is a +450 dog against Alvarez, an older brother of Canelo Alvarez. Sportsbooks have pegged Alvarez as a -750 favorite. The fight will be televised by FOX Deportes.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Rourke, Provodnikov discuss wins

Interviews with Ruslan Provodnikov and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke who both were victorious on Friday in Moscow. Rourke scored a second round stoppage in his ring return after nearly 20 years and Provodnikov stopped Jose Luis Castillo in round five.



November 29th, 2014

UFC

Davis vs. Bader added to Stockholm card

UFC® Fight Night Stockholm, which went on sale today, is fast becoming the must-see event of 2015 and the event just got even bigger as the UFC today announced the latest world-class matchup, Davis vs Bader. . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

 

 



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Perez to defend against Maicelo January 9

On January 9, 2015, WBA Interim lightweight champion, Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs), who hails from Columbia, will put everything on the line against Peruvian contender Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). The 12-round bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California and air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”.

In his last bout which took place on October 24, 2014, Perez defended his interim title with a 6th round knockout over Jaider Parra (23-2-1, 12 KOs). “Maicelo is a very difficult opponent and I will have to use all my skills to come out victorious.” said Perez. “Knowing I’ve been here before, I feel I have the advantage going into this bout. A win will advance my career to the next level and I know what I have to do to be victorious. It’s going to be an exciting fight because we both have a lot to lose. I need to come out on top and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.” (more…)



November 28th, 2014

Scale Watch

Crawford, Beltran, Gradovich, Velez make weight

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

Terence Crawford 135 vs. Raymundo Beltran 134.8
(WBO lightweight championship)
Evgeny Gradovich 126 vs. Jayson Velez 126
(IBF featherweight championship)

Alex Saucedo 142.4 vs. Daniel Calzada 145.2
Michael Reed 140.8 vs. Oscar Valenzuela 139.4
Johnny Determan 118.8 vs. Manuel Galaviz 114
John Franklin 118.4 vs. Andre Wilson 117.8
Bernard Davis 124.8 vs. Bryan Timmons 126.4
Zsolt Daranyi Jr 150.8 vs. Javier Rodriquez 147.6

Venue: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov KOs Castillo in five

Former WBO jr welterweight world champion “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-13-1, 57 KOs) on Friday at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow. Provodnikov pressed the action and outworked Castillo, although Castillo gave a game effort. The end came in round five with Castillo going down twice.

Unbeaten 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke (7-0-2, 5 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in over 20 years and scored a second round KO over no-hoper Elliot Seymour (1-10, 1 KO) in a 1801b catch weight fight that will go into the books as an exhibition in name only. Rourke dropped the 29-year-old Seymour twice in round two, the second time for the count.

2008 Olympic gold medalist and cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (21-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jackson Junior (15-2, 13 KOs). Chakhkiev dropped Junior in round four and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage.

Unbeaten cruiserweight KO artist Dmitry Kudryashov (16-0, 16 KOs) needed just 22 seconds to demolish former WBC champion Juan Carlos Gomez (55-4, 40 KOs). Kudryashov missed with a left hook then connected with a straight right to finish Gomez and claim the WBA International cruiserweight title.

Unbeaten jr welterweight Eduard Troyanovsky (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Jose Agustin Feria (16-2-1, 10 KOs). A crushing right hand put Feria down and out face first. Troyanovsky wins the WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title.

2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (7-0, 6 KOs) was taken the distance for the first time in winning a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Joey Vegas (17-10-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 80-72 across the board.

Super featherweight Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs) outworked Gabino Cota (16-3-1, 14 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 100-89, 99-92, 100-91.

Unbeaten jr welterweight Sergey Lipinets (5-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Ernie Sanchez (14-6-1, 5 KOs) in round eight.



November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Denmark

Photos: Photo Wende/Team Sauerland

All four fighters for tomorrow’s WBC Female doubleheader in Copenhagen had no problems making weight.

WBC interim world super lightweight champion Klara Svensson weighed in at 138 lbs., while her challenger Lucia Morelli brought 135.5 lbs. to the scale. It will be the first title defense for the “Swedish Princess” Svensson who won the interim championship by beating Marie Riederer in September. The winner of this fight will face newly crowned WBC world champion Erica Anabella Farias next.

Unified WBC/WBA/WBO/IBF welterweight champion and boxing’s “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus weighed in at 144 lbs. Her challenger Jennifer Retzke went over the scale at 145.5 lbs. The unbeaten and undisputed champion Braekhus is looking to defend her title for the 16th time. The 33-year-old Norwegian sports icon won the WBC World championship in March 2009 and has beaten every challenger ever since. Right after the weigh-in female boxing’s pound-for-pound-champion was awarded with two pictures to personalize her green and gold WBC belt and proudly presented the “upgraded” belt to the public and media.

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November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Fury-Chisora weigh-in results

Bad Blood is here! Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora faced off one last time at Friday’s weigh-in held at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, West London, before Saturday night’s boxing match at the ExCel Arena. Lots of jawing during the face-off. Chisora extended his hand but Fury refused to shake it.

There was also a long intense face-off between middleweight boxer Billy Joe Saunders and bitter rival Chris Eubank Jr.

Tyson Fury 264 vs. Dereck Chisora 241.5
Billy Joe Saunders 159.7 vs. Chris Eubank Jr 159.25
Frankie Gavin 146.5 vs. Bradley Skeete 146.25

Venue: ExCel Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: ESPN3



November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Jayson Velez: This Saturday I will become world champion

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


On Saturday night, undefeated featherweight prospect Jayson Vélez (22-0, 16 KOs) will have the opportunity he’s being waiting all his career when he clashes with the unbeaten IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

“I am ready for this opportunity,” Velez stated. “I feel ready. I had the best training camp of my life to get in the best condition in my career. We worked really hard for this. We know his style and what he does. I have no doubt that I will become the IBF featherweight world champion!”

Gradovich vs. Velez will be the opening live bout on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast headlined by Terence Crawford vs. Reymundo Beltran.



November 28th, 2014

UFC

Bigg Rigg’s Best: Defining Johny Hendricks

On Saturday, December 6, UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks defends his title for the first time against the man he won it against, Robbie Lawler. But before UFC 181 and the rematch of the leading contender for 2014 Fight of the Year, let’s take a look at some of the other pivotal moments in the career of “Bigg Rigg.” . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Edner Cherry targets Gamboa, top 130-pounders

With Thanksgiving upon us, junior lightweight contender Edner Cherry believes there are plenty of turkeys in the 130-pound division who seem to run for cover whenever his name is mentioned. The 32-year-old Cherry has not lost a fight in more than more than six years. His last setback, in 2008, came via 12-round decision to Tim Bradley for the latter’s WBC junior welterweight title, 10 pounds over Cherry’s natural fighting weight. Cherry has boxed 10 times since then. He has won nine of them, six by knockout, and he boxed one no contest when his opponent, Eric Aiken, claimed he couldn’t continue after getting hit after the bell ending the first round.

“I want to get into the ring with any champion or any of the top guys at 130,” said Cherry, who blew out Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, in two rounds in his last fight Oct. 18 in Philadelphia. “All I want to do is fight the best and show the world that I’m the best 130-pound fighter in the world. Look at the guys who beat me, all above my natural weight,” said Cherry, who also dropped a 10-round decision to Paulie Malignaggi in 2007. “They were all current, former or soon-to-be champions. I’ve fought them all. Now I’m fighting at 130, never lost at this weight, knocking guys out and I can’t get an opportunity. I’ve never been knocked out.” (more…)



November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Johnny Determan

By Bill Green

Fightnews.com caught up with undefeated Nebraska bantamweight prospect Johnny “White Boi” Determan (8-0, 7 KOs) before his upcoming non-televised fight on the big HBO BAD Terence “Bud” Crawford vs. Ray Beltran on Saturday night at the Century Link Arena located in downtown Omaha. Determan will be boxing Manuel Galaviz (8-14, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. (more…)



November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Lucian Bute says he’s not quite ready to retire from boxing. More

WBC’s Mauricio Sulaiman chimes in on a “must happen” 2015 Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown. More

Pacquiao talks about running for a higher office in 2016. More

Mickey Rourke and his return to boxing. More



November 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov-Castillo weights from Moscow

Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) weighed in for their fight that will take place Friday (November 28) at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.

Ruslan Provodnikov 140 vs. Jose Luis Castillo 139.5
Mickey Rourke 179.25 vs. Elliot Seymour 179.25
Dmitry Kudryashov 199 vs. Juan Carlos Gomez 206
Rakhim Chakhkiev 197 vs. Jackson Junior 183.8
Eduard Troyanovsky 140 vs. Jose Agustin Feria 139.7
Andrey Klimov 129.8 vs. Gabino Cota 129.4
Egor Mekhontsev 174.3 vs. Joey Vegas 177.25

Promoter: World of Boxing/Banner Promotions



November 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Glazewski: Winning in Germany not mission impossible

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“There’s no doubt that I’m ready, with probably my best conditioning and sparring camp ever,” said Paweł Glazewski (23-2, 5 KOs), who on December 6 will challenge WBA light heavyweight WBA champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KO) for the world title in Oldenburg, Germany. “Braehmer is a good fighter, with always good conditioning and powerful left hand, but I’m ready to fight for full 12 rounds on full speed,” stated the Polish fighter. “All my sparring partners, with heavy hitting Samy Anouche, helped me tremendously. I know that this is the most important fight in my life, the fight that I was waiting for. There’s no time to wait anymore, I’m ready to take this opportunity now.”

Glazewski, who is training in his hometown Bialystok “Gladiator” Boxing Club, added “Some fans are saying that I cannot win in Germany, that this is mission impossible, but I don’t look at this fight like that. If I have to win championship belt in Germany, I will. Braehmer supporters will be my enemies, but this only will give me an additional boost to be better in the ring. And of course, I know that I can count on Polish fans in Oldenburg, they’re everywhere. I value what Braehmer brings to the table – power in both hands, mobility, precision – but I see things, that I can exploit. Movement will be the key against Braehmer.”



November 27th, 2014




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