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By Bob Caico
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Brandon Adams 161 Raymond Gatica 158
Vitaliy Kopylenko 160 Willie Monroe, Jr 160
Donovan Dennis 226 Nate Heaven 233
Simeon Hardy 155 Rahman Mustafa Yusubov 155
Cecil McCalla 149 Antonio Chaves Fernandez 150
Raphael Luna 152.5 Marcus Hall 153
Cornelius Whitlock 145 Greg Jackson 144
Promoter: Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions)
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
TV: ESPN 2
Peltz Boxing Promotions, of Philadelphia, and Gulfstream Co., LLC., of Jersey City, NJ, today announced the formal signing of junior middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna to an exclusive promotional agreement. “Young prospects like Thomas LaManna are the reason I’m still in this business, said J Russell Peltz, president of Peltz Boxing. “LaManna is coming off the biggest win of his career and I’m looking forward to working with him and his dad, Vinny, and his trainer, Hassan Hamed-El.”
LaManna, 22, of Millville, NJ, is 14-0, 7 K0s. A three-year pro, he scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Ahsandi Gibbs, of Tampa, FL, on April 12 at Bally’s Atlantic City. It was LaManna’s first fight in more than six months and his first scheduled eight-rounder. (more…)
This afternoon at La Cage aux Sports Boucherville, Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox announced that they had reached an agreement with Jean Pascal Promotions to ensure the services of the NABF Champion and WBC Diamond Belt light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). The multi-fight agreement was signed last Saturday. WBC #1 contender Pascal became a promotional free agent after his fight with Lucian Bute this past January 18 before 20,000+ in Montreal. The objective is to make two more fights in 2014 for Jean Pascal, the next scheduled for September. Discussions on the potential opponent are already underway and those for a U.S. broadcast will follow.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced a number of new updates to its mobile UFC Fan App, Powered by MetroPCS®. Available for free worldwide, UFC’s Fan App is designed to enhance the way fans around the world watch fights and interact with the UFC. As the ultimate all-in-one fight night companion, the app helps fans to enhance the fight night experience no matter if they are watching at the arena, at home, at a bar or somewhere else around the world. Fans can download the UFC Fan App for free on Android devices in Google Play and on iPhone or iPad devices in the App Store. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight sensation Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (11-0, 5 KOs) is ready to make a splash on the national scene on tomorrow night at the Convention Center in Monroeville PA, when he faces Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (13-0, 9 KOs) in an eight round contest that will be televised live on Showtime. “It feels great that I am going to be able to show the world my skills on Showtime tomorrow night,” said Rodriquez. “It has been my training camp ever. I am prepared to put on a show for the world. I am bringing the excitement. That is why they call me ‘The Beast.'” (more…)
Photos: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Julian Cruz 151.8 vs. Neeco Macias 150.6
Jesse West 214 vs. Giovanni Sarran 228
Tony Thompson 157 vs. Elliot Seymour 157.8
Venue: The Hangar OC Fair & Event Center
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
All tickets are priced at $55 and are available at www.fightcluboc.com or by calling the box office (909) 744-4867. Hangar doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:35pm. The Hangar is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
Undefeated and top rated heavyweights Bryant “By By” Jennings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mike “The Rebel” Perez, fighting out of Cork, Ireland will clash in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator on May 24, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The winner of the 12-round bout will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title, which was vacated by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko earlier this year. Jennings and Perez are currently ranked #4 and #5, respectively by the sanctioning body.
Opening the telecast is a 10-round middleweight battle between two-time former world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale and perennial contender Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin. (more…)
Why are boxing’s “crossroads fights” so alluring? More
California hopeful Randy Caballero is on the rise as a title challenger. More
Enzo Maccarinelli says to brace yourself for a shocking rematch. More
Undefeated Sammy Vasquez Jr.is ready for a battle of undefeateds against Juan Rodriguez Friday night. More
When you’re a flashy knockout artist, the kind of fighter that fills highlight reels again and again, the assumption is that when the going gets tough, that guy gets going…and not in a good way. But after a rough first round against Danny Castillo last December, Edson Barboza was faced with such a dilemma, though it wasn’t a dilemma to the Brazilian standout . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Promoter Eddie Hearn presents the final ‘Rise Up’ press conference from Manchester Town Hall. WBA “regular” super bantamweight titleholder Scott Quigg defends against late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai in the main event.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs), who on May 24 in Montreal will challenge current WBC champ Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) will be watching when Bernard Hopkins tests Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO) this Saturday for WBA/IBF belts. “I’m always watching other fighters, especially when they’re in my weight class and could be my next opponents.” said Fonfara, who had just finished his daily six mile morning run in Chicago. “It’s a good fight, with Hopkins being my favorite. Maybe 60-40 odds for ‘The Executioner’ because of his activity, championship level of competition.” (more…)
Canadian heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3, 7 KOs) believes his Commonwealth title fight with unbeaten Lucas Browne (19-0, 17 KOs) will open the door to the big time. The heavyweights clash at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England next Saturday, with the winner likely to surge up the world rankings. Bahoeli, 32, accepts he will be a huge underdog come fight night, but says he needs to cause an upset in order to progress his career. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and multiple former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce have exchanged messages on their Twitter stating they would like to meet in the ring. The problem is that Arce fights for Zanfer Promotions which has a partnership with TV Azteca, and Gonzalez is with Promociones del Pueblo, which has a partnership with rival network Televisa. There’s no doubt that an Arce-Gonzalez would be one of the biggest all-Mexican fights ever and ideal for a mega-event during the September Mexican independence celebrations. Promociones del Pueblo says the fight could be possible but since Gonzalez is the champion the fight should go to Televisa. In any event, Gonzalez first must win his May 24 defense in Acapulco against Clive Atwell.
By Karl Freitag
Fightnews.com spoke to former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) shortly after his arrival in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night. Cruz, who is coming off a loss in a world title challenge against then-WBO world champion Orlando Salido last October, has a chance to get back into title contention if he can defeat WBO #6 rated Gamalier Rodriguez (23-2-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida.
“It’s a big opportunity in my life,” Cruz told Fightnews.com. “Gamalier Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican guy, he’s a good boxer, but Orlando Cruz is back!
“I’m more hungry, more dedicated, more focused for my victory,” he continued. “I’m very happy for this opportunity. I thank Top Rank, I thank All Star Boxing. I’m very happy. This is my chance. This is my time right now!”
Cruz added that he feels his style matches up well against Rodriguez, who will be defending his NABO featherweight title. Cruz-Rodriguez will be televised on UniMas Network’s popular Solo Boxeo Tecate series.
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora turned up the heat on Tyson Fury by telling his fierce rival he’ll be knocked out inside a round at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on July 26. Londoner Chisora, the European Heavyweight Champion, defends his title against Fury with the vacant British title up for grabs and the fight is also a final eliminator for the WBO world heavyweight championship for the right to face reigning king Wladimir Klitschko.
The 29-year-old Cisora was at the talkSPORT studio yesterday on the popular Hawksbee and Jacobs show and said he’s looking to do a job on undefeated Fury, even though the Manchester fighter has already beaten Chisora in July 2011. “I’m not going to cry over spilt milk,” he said. “I’m looking to the future now. He’s going to get knocked out. He said he’s going to knock me out in round five but he’s going to get knocked out in the first round.”
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
Last night I caught up on the first two episodes of NUVOtv’s boxing reality series “Knockout,” starring trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah. A brief synopsis: In episode one, the cast of nine boxers were introduced. In episode two, the three trainers chose their respective teams, which consist of one fighter in each of the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight divisions.
Among the boxers, by far the best known is former world champion and famous PPV foil Ricardo Mayorga (29-8, 23 KOs). The others are Dennis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (15-3, 8 KOs), Marc Salser (15-1, 9 KOs), Said Quali (29-4, 23 KOs), Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs), Jose Angel Rodriguez (17-3-1, 2 KOs), Martin Wright (11-1-2, 5 KOs), Juanito Garcia (19-3, 8 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-4, 5 KOs). (more…)
By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
“Prince” Charles Martin (16-0, 14 KOs) impressively dismantled and knocked out previously undefeated Alexander “The Great” Flores (14-1, 12 KOs) to win the vacant NABO heavyweight title on Wednesday night at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. Martin was in command from the beginning and dropped Flores hard at the end of the third round with a straight left cross. Martin then finished Flores off with a hard left cross to the body followed by a right hook that crumpled Flores to the canvas where he was counted out at 1:14 of the fourth round.
Former WBA/WBO middleweight titlist, Hassan N’Dam N’Jimkam (30-1, 18KO) used his superior hand speed and footwork to win a unanimous decision victory over three time world title challenger, Fulgencio Zuniga (26-9-1, 23KO). Zuniga proved to be a tough customer but the Colombian also showed every bit of his 36 years of age in dropping the fourth of his last five bouts. N’Dam N’Jimkam, meanwhile, wins his third fight in a row following losing his middleweight title to Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of the Cameroonian fighter, N’Dam N’Jikam. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Several of the featured fighters for Saturday’s “History at the Capitol” event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. worked out for media members at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. The Showtime tripleheader headlined by future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins against Beibut Shumenov in a light heavyweight world championship unification.
WBA super light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov: “I’m feeling great, most of the work has been done. I cannot wait to show what I am capable of. To show the world that I am the best light heavyweight in the world. I haven’t missed any days of training. Every day after my workout my body was exhausted and the next day I was always excited to go to the gym. Every day was valuable for me, every day I saw improvement. It made me happy to go to the gym.”
IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins: “I’ll say that Shumenov is saying the right things because anything else contrary to that would hurt the fight and will not help ticket sales. People want to see you when you’re still relevant, so to me this is the time to show and perform on a worldwide stage. Shumenov wants to make a name for himself by defeating me. All the young guns want to make it big, and beating me would do that for Shumenov, but that’s not going to happen. (more…)
Just 8 days after destroying Maurenzo Smith in his first fight since 2010, former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) will be back in action this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota. Briggs, the last American to hold a world heavyweight championship, will be facing Francisco Mireles (17-8, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten round special featured attraction.
In the main event, cruiserweight Al Sands (12-1, 11 KOs) faces Keith Barr (12-5, 3 KOs) for vacant NABA USA cruiserweight title. The card is presented by Zach Walters’ Jungle Boy Promotions.
After a little over nine years, Canada finally has an Ultimate Fighter winner. Actually, after wins by Elias Theodorou and Chad Laprise, the country has two, as both Team Canada members emerged victorious in their TUF Nations final bouts Wednesday night at the Colisee Pepsi, joining the line started by Forrest Griffin on April 9, 2005 . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Long Island fan favorite Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (12-0, 9 KOs) will return to battle against hard hitting Nicaraguan Wilfredo “El Zurdo” Acuna on April 24 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The Seldin-Acuna eight round junior welterweight clash headlines “Rockin Fights 13″ another installment of the acclaimed professional boxing series presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. “Cletus has improved with each fight, from his knockout power to the terrific boxing skills he displayed going the distance against Venegas” said DeGuardia. “We’re looking for spectacular things from him this year and look forward to his bout with the tough Nicaraguan Acuna on April 24.”
The 32-year-old southpaw Acuna (15-13, 12 KOs) is well known to Long Island boxing fans having battled Chris Algieri this past September 14 in front of a packed house at The Paramount. In Acuna’s last fight on December 20 in Honduras, he snapped a six fight losing streak by demolishing winless Freddy Madrigal (0-6) in the third round.
Advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 13,” starting at $50 are available now. The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York.
With a record 423 Fight Club OC Season Seats sold for Southern California’s only fight series, it will be opening night of Season 4 for Roy Englebrecht Promotions when Fight Club OC kicks things off Thursday evening in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. As always, Fight Club OC boxing matchmaker Whit Haydon has assembled a card featuring some of the best young fighters So Cal has to offer, including four fighters from Orange County. Unbeaten heavyweight Jesse West (3-0, 1 KO) from Fruit Heights, Utah will be meeting Giovani Sarran (4-6, 1 KO). Unbeaten jr middleweight Neeco “The Rooster” Macias (3-0, 1 KO), who has one of the most unique fighter walk-ins in the sport, will face Julian Cruz (2-3). Also Tony Thompson makes his pro debut at 154 pounds against Elliot Seymour (1-6).
Thursday will also be “Fight Club OC Poster Night” with all fans receiving a full color 18×24 inch 2014 Fight Club OC poster. In addition the new Fight Club OC walk-in t-shirts which were designed by Unanimous Clothing will be worn by all Fight Club OC fighters. All tickets are priced at $55 and are available at www.fightcluboc.com. Hangar doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:35pm. All Fight Club OC shows take place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
Story and photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Marteze Potter 161.4 vs. Joe Yerdon 160.4
Jimmy Garcia 152.4 vs. Ahmed Tuba 154.8
Will Madera 137.4 vs. Oscar Diaz 137.4
Dequan Burgos 170 vs. Donnie Dukes 168.8
Chad Heydon 169.2 vs. Dave Tamaso 170.8
Mikey Rycraft 166.4 vs. Pedro Gonzalez 165.4
Frank Alagna 166 vs. On’Rey Towns 164.6
Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Venue: Holiday Inn
Doors Open at 6 pm, First Bell at 7 pm
In a TUF Nations Finale prelim bout changed on fight week from lightweight to welterweight, KJ Noons showed impressive power at the new weight in stopping durable Sam Stout in less than a minute on Wednesday at the Colisee Pepsi . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Good news for U.S. fight fans. It was announced today that the ESPN network has reached an agreement to pick up the rights to televise the April 26 world heavyweight title defense of unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany.
Just two weeks later, ESPN will also televise the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola from Los Angeles.
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