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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia ...

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater Photos: Scott Raven Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed "Rampage" bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face ...

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

By Karl Freitag Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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UFC

Hall returns at UFC 175

Ultimate Fighter season 17 finalist Uriah Hall will look to follow up his UFC 168 win over Chris Leben last December with another victory in Las Vegas when he takes on Brazil’s Thiago “Marreta” Santos in a verbally agreed to bout at UFC 175 on July 5. The first round TKO of Leben marked the first UFC win of Hall’s career, and while he’s hungry for more, “Marreta” has some serious momentum of his own, having stopped Ronny Markes in just 53 seconds on March 23.

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April 1st, 2014



Boxing News

TV: Kovalev-Agnew draws 1,000,000+ viewers

From Nielsen Media Research: Last Saturday on HBO, the card from Atlantic City featured Sergey Kovalev headlining for the first on the network and his resounding win over Cedric Agnew registered 1,006,000 viewers. That audience performance makes it the third top performing bout on cable TV in this young boxing season. HBO has carried all three of the top performing bouts.

The audience for the Kovalev vs. Agnew main event fight peaked at 1,048,000 viewers. The average audience for the undefeated Kovalev’s 24th win was on par with the average viewership for the HBO Boxing After Dark series in 2014 (1,012,000 viewers).



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Broner, Molina, Love, Periban Quick Quotes

Former Three-Division World Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner, junior welterweight contender Carlos Molina, undefeated super middleweight contender J’Leon Love and NABF Super Middleweight Champion Marco Antonio Periban hosted an international media conference call to discuss their recently announced pay-per-view undercard bouts on “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Adrien Broner: “I’m happy Carlos Molina to took this fight, I hope he doesn’t come to lose but he’s gonna lose. Everybody is looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humble guy. Well, if you’re looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humble guy, you won’t get it! I’m still the same fresh, fly, flashy, young, rich and famous young man…after this fight everyone will see that I’m still ‘The Problem’ and anyone can get it.”

Carlos Molina: “I know the whole world sees me as the underdog but that motivates me more, I’m giving it my all May 3.”

J’Leon Love: “I don’t want to ever take another opportunity for granted again. The Rosado fight was an eye opener”

Marco Antonio Periban: “I learned that you cannot leave the outcome to the judges, I have to use different styles earlier in the fight.”



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Marquez-Alvarado Ticket Alert

Tickets Go On Sale Today at 3 P.M. ET / Noon PT With a Special Limited Offer To Receive a Complimentary Companion Ticket!

marquez-alvarado300posterBoxing is back at the Forum (3900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, Calif. 90305) and the historic inaugural brawl will feature four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez battling former junior welterweight world champion and the pride of Colorado “Mile High” Mike Alvarado.

Márquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs), of México City, a longtime Forum stalwart who never lost a fight at the legendary boxing venue, and Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs), of Denver, CO., will collide in a 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title elimination bout on Saturday, May 17. The Márquez-Alvarado welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. The winner will challenge the victor of the upcoming WBO welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Jr. Márquez and Alvarado boast a combined record of 89-9-1 (63 KOs) — a winning percentage of 90% and a victory by knockout ratio of 71%.

Promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing and Tecate, tickets to Márquez vs. Alvarado will go on sale Today! Tuesday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. Priced at $400, $250, $150, $75 and $35, tickets can be purchased at the Forum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-745-3000), and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com. And to celebrate boxing’s return to the Forum, any $150 or $75 ticket, purchased at the box office or via Ticketmaster Today Tuesday, April 1, between Noon and 4:00 p.m. PT, will include a complimentary companion ticket to the inaugural brawl. Limit six (6) purchased tickets per order.



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Mansour: I really don’t think he can last with me

Story by John DiSanto / PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Bryanna Carzo

The legend of Amir “Hardcore” Mansour will either be written or unraveled Friday night when he takes on Steve Cunningham in a 10-round heavyweight fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Depending on who you ask, the enigmatic power puncher is either a combination of Sonny Liston and Mike Tyson, or an over-hyped, unproven, 230-pound commodity. The answer is still up for grabs, and Friday’s fight should help to settle the debate, one way or another.

Mansour and Cunningham clash before a live North Philly ringside audience in the nationally televised main event on NBC Sports Network. In addition to Mansour’s USBA title belt, the fight’s stakes also include the puncher’s very reputation and future identity. (more…)



April 1st, 2014

UFC

The Quotable Mr. Jones

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones isn’t just the best fighter in the world, pound-for-pound; he’s also a quote machine with a unique outlook on his place in the MMA world. Here’s just a sample before his April 26 title defense against Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172 in Baltimore . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Agnew/Dulorme-Mayfield Recap & Gallery

Kurt Wolfheimer and Sam Geraci at Ringside
Photos by Emily Harney

Saturday night before a near sellout crowd (2,416) at the Ballroom inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NG, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) retained his WBO light heavyweight title and continued his destructive path through the division with a seventh round knockout of Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs). In the co-feature, #2 WBA junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Karim Mayfield (18-1-1, 13 KOs).

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April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Induction Ceremony

Photos: Peter Frutkoff

A sold-out crowd turned out this past Sunday night to honor 20 members of the Class of 2014 inducted into the third-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“This was our largest crowd we’ve ever had with more than 500 people,” Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. “Everyone was so receptive, commenting about how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and there was a lot of emotion displayed. The whole point of starting the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame was to recognize New Yorkers in boxing and to honor them for their contributions. New York has been the centerpiece of boxing for the past 50 years. Some of our inductees may not have been international stars, but they helped make boxing what it is in New York. We wanted to do the right things and recognize the New York guys who made boxing was it is today.”

Living boxers inducted into the NYSBHOF were Tracy Harris (63-8-2, 43 KOs), the former WBC/IBF Super Featherweight Champion from New Paltz; former WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion Billy Backus (49-20-5, 23 KOs), of Canastota; former WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley, of Flushing, Queens; former WBC Featherweight Champion Juan LaPorte (40-17, 22 KOs), of Brooklyn; Huntington’s World Heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney (28-3, 24 KOs), Brooklyn’s two-time World Middleweight title challenger Mustafa Hamsho (44-5-2, 28 KOs) and Glen Cove’s Howard Davis, Jr. (36-6-1, 14 KOs), a 1976 Olympic gold medalist as well as Outstanding Boxer, and a three-time World Lightweight title challenger. (more…)



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

The Fighting Jacobs: The tradition lives on

By Robert Coster
Photo: La Voix du Nord

“Boxing is in our genes. There’s nothing we can do about it,” says former WBC super-bantamweight champion Thierry Jacob. The unusual story of the fighting Jacob family, spanning 3 generations, started in the late 50s in Calais, a northern city of France, with bantamweight Jacques Jacob, the (now deceased) patriarch. “He inoculated us with the boxing virus,” claims Thierry. Today, the standard-bearer of the battling French clan is junior lightweight and IBF 15th ranked Romain Jacob (21-0, 7 KOs), who happens to be Thierry’s son.

The 25-year-old Romain recently added to the family museum of boxing belts by winning the European title. (more…)



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Theran and Berrio on Jones-Lebedev undercard

Two interesting fights have been added to the big April 25 fight card at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow headlined by the anticipated rematch between reigning WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) and former champion Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs).

Former IBF super middleweight world champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio (34-6, 30 KOs) of Colombia takes on Russian Alexey Stakanchikov (3-1, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout scheduled for 8 rounds.

Also, world ranked and undefeated Alex Theran (16-0, 9 KOs) of Colombia will take on Russian Arif Magomedov (10-0, 7 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at the middleweight limit.



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

‘Litttle Pacman’ headlines Boxeo Telemundo this Friday

Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez of General Santos City, Philippines (13-0-1, 6 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Julien “Chicano” Rivera of Mexico City, Mexico (13-8-1, 2 KOs) in “Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event this Friday. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event.

There is much said these days about the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry, but the Philippines vs. Mexico boxing rivalry is very much holding its own. Last week’s “Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event saw world ranked Filipino bantamweight Marvin Mabait upset by two-time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico. The unbeaten Alvarez, who is from the same hometown as Manny Pacquiao, will be fighting for the first time out of his native Philippines and he will be looking to avoid the same fate of his countryman Mabait last week at the same venue. Fightnews spoke with Alvarez with the fight just days away. Special thanks to Alvarez’ trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. who stood in as translator for this interview and chimed in as well. (more…)



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm-Soliman II set for May 31

IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm will face #1 contender Sam Soliman in a grudge rematch on May 31. The bout will take place at the KoenigPalast in Krefeld, Germany. More information will be announced today.



April 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Caballero to face Oba in Japan

Unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero (20-0, 12 KOs) of Coachella, California will travel to Kobe, Japan to fight Kohei Oba (35-2-1, 14 KOs) at Sambo Hall in a 12-round IBF Bantamweight title elimination bout on Friday, April 4. “This is the fight I’ve been waiting for, and after beating Oba, I’ll get my title shot,” said Caballero. “I’m not concerned about the travel time it took for me to get to Japan or any scoring issues; I’m trained to dominate, and I won’t leave any doubts this Friday, April 4.”



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Zurdo Ramirez hits ESPN Deportes

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Newly acquired Top Rank prospect Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (R) of Mexico makes a special guest appearance on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Ramirez talked about his upcoming 10-round middleweight feature fight on “Friday Night Fights” on ESPN, Friday, April 11 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Orlando Cruz to challenge for title; unbeaten Olympian Felix Verdejo in action on big card in Orlando on April 19

Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated, electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19. Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the official announcement today.

Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring.

“I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion,” Cruz said. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Pass presents “The Best of the Beast: Ultimate Brock Lesnar Retrospective”

Former UFC® heavyweight champion and pro-wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar is back in the public consciousness this week, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s digital subscription service UFC FIGHT PASS is premiering a retrospective on the 280-pound beast’s unique legacy as a mixed martial arts fighter. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Telemundo Spring Season Finale this Friday in Mexico City

All Star Boxing, Inc and “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will close their Spring season this Friday, April 4th at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.

In the main event, #9 WBO, #10 WBA, undefeated prospect Jobert “Little Pac-Man” Alvarez of General Santos City, Philippines (13-0-1, 6 KOs) will face former world title challenger and National Champion Julian “Chicano” Rivera (13-8-1, 2 KOs) of Barrio Tepito in Mexico City in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBC Continental Americas Flyweight Title at stake. This will mark Alvarez’ debut on Telemundo and his first outside his native country. Rivera returns for the 4th time on the series.

First bell at 7:00 PM, 6 more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM in HD. Tickets are already on sale at Foro Polanco (Moliere #328, Col. Polanco, Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo and also at ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Stevens rested ready for Johnson clash

Photo:  Rich Graessle/Main Events

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events


Curtis “Showtime” Stevens took a relaxing vacation after his first round knockout of Patrick “The Machine” Majewski on January 24 at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ and now he is faster, stronger, rested and ready to take on Tureano Johnson Friday, April 4 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. Stevens, who vowed to stay busy this year, spent two weeks in Mexico and Jamaica following his fight at Resorts. However, even while he was having fun in the sun, he stayed in constant contact with Main Events’ Matchmaker Jolene Mizzone, “While I was away Jolene kept in contact with me. She asked me if I wanted to fight and I told her I was off for two years so now I want to get right back into it. I wasn’t playing around.” (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Elijah McCall: I will not fight the #1 IBF contender for peanuts

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Elijah McCall (12-3, 11 KOs), son of former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “Atomic” Bull McCall (57-13, 37 KOs), strongly denies Sauerland Event’s information about an April 5 fight between him and #1 IBF contender Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs). “Nobody will pressure me to take a fight with not true information four days before the fight,” said Elijah, who works out with his father Oliver and Fres Oquendo in Chicago’s Southside Gym.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Velez, Colon, Sosa added to April 28 card

Unbeaten Jayson Velez, Prichard Colon and John Karl Sosa were added to the show that will headlined by the Puerto Ricans Michael “The Artist” Perez and McJoe Arroyo in separate fights on April 28, to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a Golden Boy Promotions presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Tete wins WBA Pan Africa title

By Ron Jackson

Makazole Tete of Mdantsane won the vacant WBA Pan African flyweight title when he outpointed former South African flyweight champion Doctor Ntsele from Thabong, Free Staete over 12 rounds at the Orient Thetare in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete did well in the first three rounds but let Ntsele come back into the fight in the middle rounds. However, Tete finished strongly to take the decision as the judges scored it 117-112, 117-111 and 116-111. Tete improved his reported record to 9-0-1, 6 KOs and Ntsele’s record dropped to 17-6-1, 11 KOs.

On the undercard former South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi (22-3, 18 KOs) outscored Tello Litebe whose record was unavailable, over eight rounds.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Bilal Laggoune back in action on May 31

The newly crowned WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight champion Bilal Laggoune, now 14-0-1(7), will be back in action on May 31 in Ninove, Belgium on a show promoted by his brother Ezzedine Laggoune. Ezzedine, momentarily hospitalized has vowed to promote the first defense for his brother on his next show. Ryad Merhy, Geoffrey Battelo, Ismael Abdoul and Elfi Philips will also be on the card.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Jose Ramirez’ May 17th fight moves 3600 tickets first day

For the first time, 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (8-0, 6 KO’s) will fight in the main event of a nationally televised fight in a major SMG Arena production in Fresno, Calif. “It’s an honor to fight in the Central Valley,” Ramirez. “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in this arena. I went to Fresno State here. This fight will be big, but no fight is bigger then the one for water for our valley. This fight is about bringing attention to the struggle and daily fight our people have for water that creates jobs and is the lifeline of our area.”
 
“Jose Ramirez deeply cares about his community and its battle for ‘Fight for Water,’ said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is a wonderful young man and is on his way to stardom in the sport of boxing.” (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

According to Barry McGuigan, the biggest superbantamweight fight out there is between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz. More

Nonito Donaire is back in the gym, opening up official training camp for his May 31 fight against Simpiwe Vetyeka. More

Manny Pacquiao says he “took it easy” on Tim Bradley, the first time around. More

Who’s next in line for a shot at Ireland’s Stuart Hall? More

 



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Hubeaux to defend WBC Youth on May 31

Belgian Herve “Double hache” Hubeaux, now 16-1(7), is scheduled to defend his WBC Youth heavyweight title on May 31 in Brussels on a promotion of Elite Enghien and Van Ghyseghem. In the co-main event Sanae Jah will fight for the vacant EBU flyweight title against Corina Carlescu.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Nate Campbell: An eye on the future

By Scott Foster
Photos: Scott Foster

Nate Campbell (37-11, 26 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night, dispatching an over-matched Gilbert Venegas (12-13, 8 KOs) via unanimous 8-round decision. With the win, the ex-lightweight champion Campbell earned the NBA 154lb title. Campbell controlled the pace of the bout throughout, with steady, thumping bodywork and a long, stiff jab. Venegas attempted a mid-round rally, forcing Campbell to increase his tempo, landing heavy, looping right hands over the top. Both fighters enjoyed a solid final frame, with Venegas landing a flush left hook early that seemed to incense Campbell, who finished the final 2 minutes in complete command.

“I felt a little rusty after the long layoff,” Campbell admitted, “and going up to 154 was a hard thing for me. I felt like I was proficient on my basics, but I’m going back down to 140lbs where I’m supposed to be.” (more…)



March 31st, 2014

UFC

Classic Minotauro Moments

On Friday, April 11, UFC Fight Pass subscribers will have the opportunity to see one of MMA’s true heavyweight greats, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, step into the Octagon to face popular knockout artist Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi. But before the action shifts to the Octagon, there’s no better time to fire up that UFC Fight Pass membership and check out some of Nogueira’s most memorable moments in the UFC and PRIDE . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Chris Arreola: I will be a nightmare for Stiverne

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Top rated heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) of Riverside, California is ready to get a crack once again at top contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs), of Miami by way of Haiti. Arreola will get his shot at redemption in a rematch Saturday May 10 at the Galen Center on the campus of the USC in Los Angeles live on ESPN. We caught up with the “Nightmare” at the Bashor Lounge at Heritage Hall on the campus of USC at the kickoff press conference officially announcing the fight.

“We are fighting at USC as a kid I always wanted to play football here but now I will box at USC in front of an LA crowd,” Chris Arreola told Fightnews.com

“The Nightmare” will head off to training camp as he will be training in San Diego with his longtime trainer Henry Ramirez. Staying home to train has been Arreola’s biggest weakness. He trained in Phoenix for his last fight coming in to the fight in top shape and making a statement. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Column

Why a technical draw and not a “no contest?”

By Graham Houston

The unsatisfactory ending to the Stuart Hall vs Martin Ward IBF bantamweight title fight on the weekend had sporting types feeling somewhat aggrieved. Under U.K. betting rules, the technical draw result meant that all wagers on either man were considered losing plays. (Under Nevada rules a draw is a “push” or “no bet” as there was no winner in the contest; under U.K. rules a player loses his money if a bout ends in a draw unless he or she has bet on the draw as a separate wager.)

The head clash that occurred in the opening round that resulted in a severe cut over Ward’s eye might have robbed Hall backers of a winning result.

Hall looked much the bigger, stronger man and, as I saw it, he was getting to Ward much earlier than I had expected, although no one can say for sure what would have happened with 10 rounds to go.

The second-round technical draw result was a big disappointment. (Players who bet on “fight won’t go distance” or any of the “under” propositions, or who had money on the draw, came out of this OK. It’s an ill wind etc.)

Why, you might ask, was this a technical draw and not a “no contest” when the IBF title was at stake? (more…)



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Sherman Williams comes out swinging

By Matheson Sports Media

Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has served up a volley of abuse as the countdown to his clash with unbeaten New Zealander Joseph Parker on the world’s biggest stage in Germany draws near. And Williams doesn’t just have the young Kiwi boxing phenomenon in his sights. He’s singled out Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry and promoters Duco Events for having the audacity to pair him with the 22 year old on the April 27 undercard of the world heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai in Germany.

“They should have done some research before agreeing to put him in the ring with me,” said Williams, who can claim to be one of the heavyweight division’s most durable boxers having only been stopped once in 52 fights. “At the end of this fight Joseph and all the people who like talking for him – people like Kevin Barry – are going to have to start their planning all over. They are going to have to figure out how to market a guy coming off a loss following his first fight against a decent fighter. I question their management because they are pushing him into the fire. (more…)



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Hall, Ward, Hobson post fight comments

Photo: Rob Chambers

Photo: Rob Chambers


After last night’s history-making show in Newcastle, where Stuart Hall retained his IBF world bantamweight title after a clash of heads cut short his contest against North East rival Martin Ward, both fighters spoke at the post-fight press conference.

Stuart Hall: “I’m just gutted at the way it has turned out. The crowd has been robbed of a great fight. It’s one of those things in boxing though and I don’t really know what to say. It was a bad cut. I’m still champion and that’s the main thing in my eyes. I felt stronger and I started strong. Martin was warming up too but I felt like I had the strength in there.”

Martin Ward: “The fight fans have been robbed. It was only a round a and half. That would have been a terrific fight. Everybody knew Stu was the stronger lad. I was sticking to my game plan and it was starting to gel nicely. Stu feels deprived of saying he was world class tonight, and I feel deprived that I have not had the chance to prove that I’m at the same level that I believe I’m at. The North-East still has a world champion and good luck to him. He is a very good fighter. He is the best bantamweight in the world. Paul Butler is far too small in my opinion, Stu will keep his belt for longer.”

Promoter Dennis Hobson: “We’ve been robbed of a bit of drama. There is always drama in a fight of this magnitude. The first time two North-East kids have been together for a world title. There was a sense of expectation. But it was dangerous, a terrible cut. There is nobody stronger than Stu, you can tell he has grown in stature and looks a mountain at bantamweight. Stuart will take some beating for a long time to come. People saying what about a rematch, that’s a bad cut, he might need plastic surgery on that. IBF rules are that Stu should defend by June 21 and there are two kids fighting an eliminator for the number one spot. We’ll see where we get to and will consult with the IBF.”



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Wonder Boy Lopez wins the FECARBOX title

Photos: Alex Roman/Cotto Promotions
& Peter Amador/Top Rank

Unbeaten prospect Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez won the WBC FECARBOX featherweight title by defeating veteran Leivi Brea by technical knockout at 2:33 of the first round on Saturday night at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Catano, Puerto Rico. ” I’m very happy with this victory. I trained very hard. So excited to become The FECARBOX champion,” said Lopez. The Cotto Promotions rising star will be back on Saturday, June 7 at Madison Square Garden as part of the mega Cotto vs. Martinez event.

In the co-main event, jr flyweight Charlie Clemente improved his undefeated record to 6-0, 3 KOs, by beating Omar Soto by unanimous decision. The three judges scored the bout: 58-55 (x2) and 57-55, all in favor of Clemente. More results & photos…



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Clottey invades Australia; exchanges heated words with Mundine

Former world champion Joshua Clottey and his team arrived in Australia yesterday for his upcoming April 9th elimination bout against former two time WBA world champion Anthony “the man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs). Mundine has been talking a lot of smack about IBF World champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) and their twelve round title defense of Mundine’s WBA International title. It looks like no love is lost either side.

Clottey’s promoter Joe DeGuardia: “It looks like Mundine and BOXA Promotions are looking past Joshua onto bigger things but I can tell everybody here. Joshua has not stopped training for 6 months since this fight was first mentioned” and is very confident of victory.”

BOXA promotions agent Brendan Bourke: “We never overlook any opponent but it’s true we think Anthony is on another level.”

Joshua Clottey: “Mundine is in for a rude shock when I retire him April 9 in Australia, he has no idea who he’s fighting.”

Anthony Mundine: “I want Cotto, Alvarez, then Mayweather. Joshua is a good fighter but he’s not on my level. I can’t lose.” (more…)



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA President Mendoza turns 71

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Happy Birthday to WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, who turns 71 today. Mendoza was born on March 30, 1943 in Barquisimeto in the state of Lara, Venezuela. He has been the WBA’s president since 1982, and has consistently worked for the welfare and growth of boxing in all areas. One of his greatest achievements has been the creation of the “KO to Drugs” program, which now became a global campaign.



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Sergey Kovalev’s post fight comments and Adonis Stevenson’s response

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney


Sergey Kovalev: “It was a difficult fight tonight because I got the two cuts. One from his hand and one from his elbow. He has good defense. I found the key – the left to the body. This is very good for me. I was ready for 12 rounds – just to try. He is not a fighter, he is just a boxer. I tried to box with him. I found the key to the body. I found this open place in his defense and my last punch was more harder.”

[When asked about Adonis Stevenson] “Adonis Stevenson is a piece of sh*t. I will fight any champion in my division. I want to get another title. I am ready for anyone. I will be great boxer.”

Cedric Agnew: “I will be back.”

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva: “Agnew was far tougher than anyone gave him credit for. Sergey is just incredible. We look forward to a nice long run with the best light heavyweight in the world.”

Kovalev’s comment threw social media into a frenzy. Stevenson responded via Twitter: “You just a real slow BUM with no defence. Easy work! …You cant fight for sh*t! Tell mama Duva to call Al Haymon and Yvon Michel so I can have an Easy pay day”



March 30th, 2014


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