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Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lbs belt

Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lbs belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat WBC female strawweight champ, pretty lefy Yuko Kuroki (12-4-1, 6 KOs), 105, successfully made her initial defense when ...

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Kameda-Hernandez collide in Mexican Standoff

Kameda-Hernandez collide in Mexican Standoff

WBO world bantamweight champion Tomoki "El Mexicanito" Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) defends his title against WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro "Payasito" Hernandez ...

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lbs

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Kameda-Hernandez collide in Mexican Standoff

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

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Boxing News

Weights from Copenhagen, Denmark

Photos: Photo Wende

Patrick Nielsen 159.8 vs Tony Jeter 158.5
WBC Silver Middleweight Word Title

Micki Nielsen 199.7 vs Gogita Gorgiladze 198.9
WBC Youth Cruiserweight World Title

Klara Svensson 138.7 vs Veronika Hornyak: 140

Promoter: Sauerland Event
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

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February 14th, 2014



Boxing News

Muhammad Rachman is Back

By Jeff Pamungkas

Former IBF and WBA minimumweight champion, Muhammad Rachman is heading his third world title belt at his 42 years of age. “I’m not Bernard Hopkins, but he is the inspiration for every body,” Rachman said. Rachman will stage the bout with his newly established promotion company, Muhammad Rachman’s Spirit at Jayapura City, Papua Province, which will take a 6-7 hours flight from Jakarta, the capitol of Indonesia. Rachman (64-11-5, 34 KOs) will trade gloves with his Thai challenger Thortailek sor Tanapinyo (18-15, 7 KOs) for junior flyweight IBO title on February 21. (more…)



February 14th, 2014


Boxing News

Top Rank inks 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Alexander Gvozdyk

Top Rank announced the signing of yet another nonpareil 2012 Olympian — light heavyweight bronze medalist Alexander Gvozdyk of Ukraine. He will make his professional debut in the spring of 2014. Gvozdyk narrowly missed advancing to the gold medal round, losing a controversial 13-13 semifinal decision on countback to Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan.

Gvozdyk joins a sterling list of Olympians already on Top Rank’s roster, including gold medalists Zou Shiming of China, Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, Ryan Mūrata of Japan and Egor Mekhhontcev of Russia, silver medalist Esquiva Falcäo of Brazil and three other exciting prospects — American Jose Ramírez, Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo and Mexican Óscar Valdez — all of whom aspire to become Top Rank’s next generation of world champions.

“Top Rank is delighted to have signed Alexander. We expect him to rise to the top level of his division,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

“Alexander is another great addition to the light heavyweight division which is quickly becoming the hottest weight class in boxing,” said Egis Klimas, Gvozdyk’s manager.



February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico

Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer Promotions

Román González 112 vs Juan kantún 112.5
Daniel Rosas 119 vs Rodrigo Guerrero 119.5
Martín Tepacuetla lbs vs Sammy Reyes 112
Naciff Castillo 120 vs José Cifuentes 120
Luis Nery 118 vs Javier Cifuentes 118
Daniel Sánchez 140 vs Pablo Ordoñez 141

Venue: Palenque Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7 and Unimas

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February 14th, 2014

UFC

UFC Jaragua 2014 at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bouts between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi and between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Francis Carmont, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT. Fans can also see seven prelim bouts on UFC Fight Pass, beginning at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Gegard Mousasi (186) VS Lyoto Machida (185)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Francis Carmont (185) VS Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (185)
Takenori Sato (170) VS Erick Silva (170)
Nico Musoke (170) VS Viscardi Andrade (170)
Andy Ogle (146) VS Charles Oliveira (143)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Joe Proctor (155) VS Cristiano Marcello (156)
Ivan Jorge (156) VS Rodrigo Damm (156)
Jesse Ronson (156) VS Francisco Trinaldo (155)
Wilson Reis (135) VS Iuri Alcantara (136)
Maximo Blanco (147.9*) VS Felipe Arantes (146)
Albert Tumenov (170) VS Ildemar Alcantara (171)
Zubaira Tukhugov (146) VS Douglas Silva de Andrade (145)

*Blanco has one hour to lose 1.9 pounds.

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February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Fistic Spring to come in Japan; Yamanaka, Hasegawa, Yaegashi, Inoue appear in world title bouts in April

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Our Japanese fight scribes were fully occupied this week by many press conferences and public workout of ex-Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata who will fight his third professional bout in Macao on February 22. A fistic spring will come in April as there will be many world title bouts scheduled here in Japan. On Tuesday, despite our national holiday of National Foundation, there happened a big press conference at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, where a couple of world title bouts on April 23 were announced by Teiken Promotions. Unbeaten southpaw hard-puncher Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs) will make the sixth defense of his WBC bantamweight belt against Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) of Belgium at Osaka Castle Gymnasium, Osaka, expecting his fifth consecutive victory by knockout. His initial defense was a unanimous triumph over Vic Darchinyan in 2012, and Yamanaka, since then, disposed of four challengers in splendid fashion in a row.

On the same bill, ex-WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs) will aim for his third belt in the 122-pound category, as he will have an ambitious crack at the IBF super-bantam belt against Spaniard Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) in the first title bout of the show. (more…)



February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from London

Tyson Fury came in at a whopping 274 pounds, 20 pounds more than he weighed for his previous fight. He never took over his sweat shirt.

Dereck Chisora 238 vs. Kevin Johnson 240
Tyson Fury 274 vs. Joey Abell 241

Frank Buglioni 167 vs. Gaetano Nespro 166
Bradley Skeete 146 vs. Christophe Sebire 144
Hughie Fury 239 vs. Matt Greer ??

Venue: Copper Box Arena
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: PPV



February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Webster signs with D and D Management

Less than a week after scoring a KO of Julio Garcia, undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (15-0, 8 KOs) has entered into a three-year managerial deal with Philadelphia-based D and D Management, making official the partnership this week. Webster and his head trainer, Denny Brown, have already begun preparation for his upcoming bout in March. On the business end of things, he is currently navigating through various offers from different promoters.



February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

“Tiquito” Vasquez to train in L.A.

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweght world champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vásquez will travel this Sunday to Los Angeles to work with trainer Joe Hernandez in preparation for his title defense against Mexican challenger José Félix Jr on April 12. The bout will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the undercard of Bradley-Pacquiao II card. Vasquez is expected to remain in LA until March 30 before heading to Vegas.



February 14th, 2014

UFC

Phil Davis Q&A on Fight Night Jaragua

Phil Davis talks Fight Night Jaragua and his upcoming bout at UFC 172.

Q. Since your fight with Lyoto Machida in Brazil what have you been up to?
A. I have been training, working on new thing, and preparing to become a better fighter.

Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Peter Fury: This is the year Tyson Fury gets his world title shot

At the ripe old age of 45, Peter Fury suddenly finds himself as one of the brightest emerging trainers in British boxing. Peter, who transformed his nephew Tyson Fury from a playboy pug into a hardened world grade operator, says Tyson will fight for a world title in 2014. “This is the year he gets his world title shot,” stated Peter Fury. “Frank Warren has masterminded his WBO final eliminator against a man he’s already beaten (Dereck Chisora) and that’s our gateway to a mandatory challenge.

Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury headline a heavyweight pay-per-view twin bill Saturday in London. Chisora faces Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson and Fury meets Joey Abell. Should Chisora and Fury both win, a summer showdown is planned. (more…)



February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Gamache pegs Nielsen bros as future world champions

Brothers Patrick and Micki Nielsen are in capable hands ahead of their title fights on February 15th at the Albertslund MusikTeatret, Copenhagen. Their coach, 47-year-old Joey Gamache, is a former two-time world champion and knows what it takes to go all the way. “I honestly believe that Patrick and Micki can become world champions one day. These brothers can really box and they will only get better and better. They are dedicated, they train hard, and they give me all that I ask for. Believe me, they fight hard,” says Gamache, who made his name training boxers in American before the opportunity came to work with the Nielsen’s in Denmark. “Both Patrick and Micki are very explosive, but otherwise they have different styles, each with their own identity. Patrick is a tough guy. A rough guy. He will do anything to get the job finished. That’s his attitude.”

Important steps to conquering the world await the Nielsen’s in Albertslund. Patrick Nielsen is facing American Tony Jeter in the fight for the WBC silver middleweightbelt while Micki Nielsen is battling Georgian Gogita Gorgiladze for the WBC Youth cruiserweight belt.



February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Welcome to The Daley Show

By Dave Spencer
Photo: Danielle Graham

He stands as the lone wolf. The only North American ranked in the top ten of his weight category. It is a distinction usually associated with the lighter weight classes, but at 6’2″ and 200 pounds, the WBA #7 ranked (also WBC #15) cruiserweight is far north from the usual categories that see little fanfare attached to them, and with each successive victory, this Ontario native is having the boxing world focus on a city and category not usually in the limelight in recent years.

Welcome to The Daley Show.

31-year-old Denton Daley (11-0 6KO) got a late start in his boxing career, but is quickly making up for lost time as he defends his NABA belt Saturday at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga Ontario versus Andres Taylor (21-5-2 8KO) of Johnstown PA. “It was a late start, I’ve always been passionate about boxing,” Daley told FightNews. “I love boxing but I grew up as a basketball player, I knew that if I was going to be a boxer, I couldn’t do it half-assed and that I’d have to put 100% of myself into it. I’m not the type who wants to get into the ring and get beaten up, so I wanted to make sure I had the proper dedication to the sport before I pursued it.” (more…)



February 14th, 2014

Boxing Result

Boxing Buzz: Froch vs. Groves II is on

George Groves claims Carl Froch rematch will be “easy” while champion vows to silence “moaning” challenger. More

Froch and Groves renew hostilities. The verbal assaults begin at once: More

“It’s going to be the biggest fight in British boxing history,” says boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, about a May 31 showdown between Froch and Groves. More



February 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Huntington, New York

Below are the Official Weigh-In results for tomorrow’s ESPN Friday Night Fights/Rockin’ Fights 12 event presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Chris Algieri 142 vs. Emmanuel Taylor 141
Issouf Kinda 141 vs. Jeremy Bryan 141
Wendy Toussaint 148 vs. Anthony Gangemi 148
Alan Gotay 134 vs. Carl McNickles 135
Jason Escalera 160 vs. Lekan Byfield TBA
Anthony Karperis 136 vs. Calvin Smith TBA

Remaining tickets are priced at $200, $150, $100, $60 and $50. Call 718-823-2000 for more information.



February 13th, 2014

UFC

Registration now open for TUF Latin America

The call was officially made today to all aspiring Latin American fighters: the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization is looking for its next Latino standout and will use its storied reality television series to recruit the regions top talent. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Chilemba Will Take on Grachev on March 15th in co-feature at Sands in Bethlehem, PA

Light Heavyweights Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (21-2-2, 9 KOs) and Denis “The Pirate/Drago’s Son” Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs) will face off on March 15th in the ten round Co-Feature on NBCSN Fight Night at the Sands Casino and Hotel in Bethlehem, PA. The main event features the heavyweight battle between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek and Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov. It’s a fitting co-feature for the card billed as “The Crossroads.” (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Agnew Teleconference Quick Report

By Sam Geraci

On February 13, Main Events hosted a teleconference for its March 29 light heavyweight showdown in Atlantic City, NJ, between WBO champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and top-rated Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs). The bout will be televised on HBO.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev: “I prepare for every fight because my motivation is to become a great champion.”

Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs): “We wouldn’t have taken the fight if we didn’t think we could win. In my personal opinion, I think he’s ordinary.”

Kathy Duva of Main Events: “No other light heavyweight wanted Sergey except for Cedric Agnew”

John David Jackson, Kovalev’s Trainer: “We don’t know a lot about Cedric, but we will do our homework and be prepared. Sergey can box, but he hasn’t been forced to do so. Maybe Cedric can make him show those skills.”

Bobby Benton, Agnew’s Trainer: “Cedric’s been fighting since he was eight. We’ve been begging for exposure. In the last four years, I think he’s taken off four days. He’s a gym rat and he’s ready.”



February 13th, 2014

Boxing Result

Elenes survives early scare and beats Gutierrez

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leon Nunez

As soon as the current Tijuana boxing commission lifted certain limits on the least amount of rounds needed to put on a fight card in the city a couple of years ago, the border town has become a hot bed for local club-show level boxing events. With Zanfer and Mayen Promotions leading the way, smaller promoters like PM and Gonzalez have also jumped into the fray. Last night it was Gonzalez’s turn to present their first show of the year at the Hangar 27 nightclub. Presenting a seven-bout fight card, Monroy Gonzalez put together an entertaining night of professional boxing featuring a majority of local fighters.

In the main event, light middleweight Pastor Elenes (8-1, 3KOs) suffered an early scare to be awarded a questionable unanimous decision over the hard charging Hugo Guttierez (0-5-1) in a scheduled four rounder.

Guttierez rushed Elenes from the opening bell as the favorite Pastor did the right thing and clinched to slow down the pace. Despite being held for a short time, Guttierez went back to attacking as soon as he was let go and soon scored a left hook followed by a right one to the chin of Elenes. Elenes went down to the canvas but was able to beat the count. Elenes was able to hold on until the end of the round. (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF #10 Tawatchai defeats Pumar

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Khomsan

IBF#10 122 pounder Mike “Tyson” Tawatchai (33-7-1,22 KOs) stopped Boy Dondee Pumar (10-6-3) in seven rounds of a scheduled twelve round IBF Asia title bout at the Purea school, Loei, Thailand on Wednesday. Pumar suffered a cut over the eye in round one that was caused by an accidental head clash but was ruled okay to continue. In round seven the cut became severe and referee had the ringside doctor inspect the cut who ruled it to severe to continue. Tawatchai who was ahead on the cards by 68-66, 69-65, 68-65 was awarded a technical decision.

IBF#14 140 pounder Patomsuk Pathompothong (27-2-1, 17 KOs) outpointed Jose Ocampo (17-8-1) over eight rounds of a crowd pleasing contest. (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez vs. Kolodziej postponed until March 29

Boxing fans will have to wait three weeks longer for Yoan Pablo Hernandez’ title defense against Pawel Kolodziej. The cruiserweight world championship, actually planned to be staged on March 8, has to be shifted to March 29 due to the IBF Champion currently suffering from a minor viral infection. In addition, the whole event moves from the Max-Schmeling-Halle to the Velodrom, which is located only a stone’s throw away in Berlin, Germany.

Yoan Pablo Hernandez: “I am really sorry but it makes no sense to step into the ring when you are not fit to fight. Most of all, I am hoping that the fans are not that disappointed and come to support me on March 29 to see a top-notch performance when I am defending my IBF Belt.” (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Yamada-Hong Full Report

By Victor Lee
Photos: Ulysses Sato and Aaron Jang

Nineteen year-old fistic prodigy Mako Yamada (7-0, 2 KOs), of Fukuoka, Japan wrested the WBO Female Minimumweight Title from formerly undefeated defending southpaw champion Su-Yun Hong (9-1, 5 KOs) in snowy Chuncheon, South Korea by split decision scores of 97-93, 96-94 (for Yamada) and 97-96 (for Hong). (more…)



February 13th, 2014

UFC

Rodrigo Damm: An Honest Fighter

Slow and steady wins the race. It’s an old adage that is an apt one when it comes to the career of Rodrigo Damm, a fighter who has shown that it’s not always skill and athleticism that keeps you alive in mixed martial arts, but perseverance . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Confirmed: Froch vs. Groves II rematch is on

Carl Froch and George Groves will meet in a rematch of their epic IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight title clash after terms were agreed this morning. The proposed scheduled date for one of the most hotly anticipated rematch in British boxing history is May 31, with a host of Britain’s most iconic sporting stadiums in the running to stage the contest.

“I’m pleased to finally get my next fight confirmed,” said Froch. “We had a number of options but ultimately I listened to the public and gave them what they wanted, I expect this to be one of the biggest fights the country has ever seen.

“It’s been a difficult period for me following the first fight. I’ve had to listen to his endless whining and appeals when ultimately the referee did him perhaps the biggest favor possible and saved him from a devastating knockout, whilst denying me the right if a clinical finish and a great comeback victory. (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Bob Arum on Ernie Sanchez switch

By Nick Giongco

Top Rank head Bob Arum yesterday defended the last-minute exclusion of Filipino fighter Ernie Sanchez in a show his promotional outfit is staging this weekend in the US. Sanchez had initially been booked to face Mexican-American Diego Magdaleno, a rising star from Las Vegas, in a ten-rounder at the C. Robert Lee Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California.

But last week, Arum got information telling him that Magdaleno (24-1 with nine KOs) might put some serious hurt on the promising 22-year-old Sanchez (14-5 with five KOs), who hails from General Santos City. That bit of advice came from Pacquiao’s right-hand man Mike Koncz, who warned Arum of the possibility that Magdaleno might be too much for the talented but relatively inexperienced Sanchez.

Sanchez’s last two fights were held in Mexico late last year and he was easily beaten although he put on a good performance in Las Vegas. (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Johnson and Abell promise Brit bashing

American heavyweight tag team Kevin Johnson and Joey Abell aim to make it a double Brit bashing this Saturday (15th February) night at the Copper Box Arena. Johnson takes on Dereck Chisora for his WBO and WBA International titles in the main event, while Abell faces undefeated Tyson Fury in the ten-round chief support. The pair joined forces at today’s media work-out at the Peacock Gym in East London as they looked to derail plans of a massive summer showdown between Chisora and Fury.

Former WBC World Heavyweight title challenger Johnson said, “London is a beautiful city with beautiful people who always treat me well when I come here, but on Saturday night I must destroy one of it’s residents. Mr. Chisora cannot and will not beat me. He is a fine boxer and puncher and has my respect, but I’m in fantastic shape, the best of my career, I’m here and ready to fight ’till the end and dish out a whupping to this Brit.” (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing promoter Barry Hughes is facing a jail sentence after pleading guilty to a mortgage scam. More

More on a possible Mike Alvarado-Juan Manuel Marquez showdown. More

Daniel Geale insists of a drug test ahead of a fight with Garth Wood. More

A May showdown between Carl Froch and George Groves in the works. More



February 13th, 2014

UFC

Evans injured, out of UFC 170

A leg injury has forced former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans out of his UFC 170 co-main event bout with Daniel Cormier on February 22 in Las Vegas. With the event date rapidly approaching, there will be no replacement fight, and the card – headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight championship match between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann – will continue with 10 bouts.
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February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Melson defeats Ward in the final boxing card at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom

By Arvin Nundloll and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside

Boyd Melson (14-1-1, 4 KOs) signed off the final Broadway Boxing at the Roseland Ballroom with a close majority decision over Donald Ward (6-4, 3 KOs) in an eight round middleweight bout. Melson had indicated afterwards that he had hurt his right arm during the fight which affected his output. The fight was originally scheduled for 154 but was raised to 160 after Melson couldn’t make the weight. Ward failed to find any rhythm during the fight and couldn’t match Melson’s output. Melson was aggressive throughout, landing his jab with ease although had to endure a rough end to the fight due to his injury, which became apparent after round 4. Judges scores were 79-73, 78-74 and 76-76.

Crowd favorite Heather Hardy (8-0, 2 KOs) once again thrilled the New York City crowd, winning a scintillating split decision over tough Texan Cristina Fuentes (2-5-3) in an eight round super bantamweight bout. Scores were 77-55 (2x) for Brooklyn’s Hardy and 77-75 for Fuentes. (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Naito follows his father’s footstep to win Japanese belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

When Muhammad Ali visited Japan, he advised a fast-rising Japanese middleweight prospect named Cassius Junichi Naito, “If you are named after me, you wouldn’t go over me.” Ali’s prediction came true as Naito acquired the Japanese and OPBF belts but failed to grow up to be a world champ. It’s a story in 1970’s and his 22-year-old son now followed his father’s footstep and won the Japanese belt on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten Rikki Naito (9-0, 5 KOs), 130, a southpaw speedster, won the vacant national super-feather title by a well-received stoppage over badly battered Hiroyasu Matsuzaki (22-7-2, 11 KOs), 130, at the end of the eighth round. (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Lomachenko Ready to Make History

Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Prospect of the Year Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO), is in a hurry to make his mark, and in only his second professional fight, he will be challenging three-time world featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido for Salido’s WBO featherweight title. The Salido-Lomachenko world championship fight will be televised live from the Alamodome, Saturday, March 1, on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

“It has been a long, hard ride to get to this world title fight,” said Lomachenko. “I may have only one professional fight on my resume but I have been boxing all my life, dreaming that one day I would be fighting the best fighters. And now I am fighting a world champion who is one of the best in featherweight division. Salido is a very good veteran fighter and he has been in the ring with toughest opponents. He puts a lot of pressure on you inside the ring and he comes to fight. Defeating this kind of fighter would mean a lot to me. It would also add my name to boxing history and get me one step closer to joining the sport’s all-time best. Thank you to Top Rank and a special thank you to Bob Arum for making this fight happen — for making my dream come true. Tune into HBO World Championship Boxing on March 1st. You will remember the Alamodome that night.” (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Bryan Vera Press Conference

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank

#1 contender Bryan Vera held a press conference in Austin, Texas on Wednesday for his upcoming rematch against former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., taking place on Saturday, March 1, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to Chávez vs. Vera II are priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.

More photos…



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Morales-Paez Jr. set for March 22

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

The fight between Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-9-0, 36 KOs) and Jorge “Maromerito” Páez (37-4-1, 22 KOs) was officially announced today at the Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma Brewery in Monterrey, Mexico. They will collide on March 22 at Arena Monterrey.

Erik Morales: Many criticize me or ask me ‘why do I keep on boxing at my age and after everything I’ve accomplished?’ I tell them that I am pursuing a dream, I’d like to achieve a few more things. I don’t want to go back to my house wondering ‘why didn’t I try it?’ and even if I face a hungry young challenger, I need to win to achieve my dream…in my last fight I made a mistake and I learned. I will show that on March 22 against Paez. I don’t sell laughs, I sell my talent and technique and big fights and that’s what it will be in the Arena Monterrey.

Jorge Paez Jr: I am highly motivated to face a great figure in the boxing world like Erik Morales and I thank him for giving me a chance. I am preparing as never before. It will be a great fight and I’ll take advantage of this great opportunity. I absolutely respect him outside the ring, but the night of the fight there will be no respect and it’ll be a memorable fight for the fans…I dedicate the fight to the memory of my cousin Frankie Leal and “Fantasma” Gonzalez.

Promoter Fernando Beltran announced during the press conference that local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2, 9 KOs) will challenge unbeaten WBO minimumweight champion Merllito Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) in the co-feature.

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February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Andrade: Let’s unify the titles, Floyd

Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) wants to face reigning WBC and WBA junior middleweight titleholder Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. “I’m getting ready to take over boxing after Mayweather retires,” Andrade said. “I want to match my natural, God-given skills against his before he hangs up his gloves for good. Let’s unify the titles, Floyd. We can do it here in Atlanta, Las Vegas or New York. You pick the place, just don’t leave me hanging and retire without fighting me. This is my time!”

Andrade is currently required to make his first title defense, likely in April against WBO No. 1-rated mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs). The 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) will face either Amir Khan or Marcus Maidana on May 3.



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Salido Has a Message for Lomachenko

For three-time world featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salidoboxing has been about perseverance and overcoming the odds, and in 17 days his mettle will be tested once more as he puts his world title on the line against two-time Olympic gold medalist, Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO), considered by many to be the best amateur boxer in the history of the sport.

“I know people expect Lomachenko to beat me and take my title away, and while I respect all he did as an amateur, professional boxing is not the same. He has had just one professional fight. My experience, strength and hunger will be the difference,” said Salido during his media workout on Tuesday in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. He has been training for the fight in Phoenix and Ciudad Obregon under his trainer, Santos Moreno. (more…)



February 12th, 2014




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