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Former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan has officially announced that he has signed a deal to work with influential boxing advisor Al Haymon. Haymon currently works with a number of leading boxers including Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia and others.
Speaking on the agreement, Khan said: “I am very happy to have signed with Al Haymon who has not only shown that he is a very astute businessman, but is extremely knowledgeable of the fight game and always has his fighters’ best interests at heart. I’m looking forward to building a long and successful relationship during this exciting stage of my career.”
Heavyweights Joey Dawejko and Mark Rideout meet over eight rounds—or less—in an all-Philadelphia match on May 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Topping the seven-bout card is an eight-round between undefeated junior welterweight prospects Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, and Jerome Rodriguez, of Trenton, NJ.
The seven-bout card program marks the first pro fight card at the 2300 Arena since Jan. 21, 2012, when then-unknown heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings upset Maurice Byarm in a battle of undefeated Philadelphians to open the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. Formerly known as the ECW Arena, the New Alhambra and later the Asylum Arena, the 2300 Arena, located at Swanson & Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia, has undergone renovations and eventually will seat close to 1,700 spectators. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, April 19, in the third title defense of the WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin against the #2 ranked Lukas Konecny, to be held at the DC Armory in Washington DC. The referee will be Kenny Chevalier (Maryland) and judges Michael Pernick (Florida), William Lerch (Illinois) and Steve Rados (Washington DC). The WBO supervisor will be John Duggan.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Former Japanese super-light champ Keita Obara (11-1, 10 KOs), 140, acquired the vacant OPBF 140-pound belt as he withstood furious attacks of OPBF#2 Jay Solmiano (16-3-1, 12 KOs), 139, in early rounds and fought back to score a come-from-behind knockout victory at 1:50 of the fourth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The Filipino southpaw fiercely attacked the Japanese rival from all angles, but Obara weathered the opening storm with his tight guard and determination. The fourth witnessed Obara explode a vicious left hook to the temple of Solmiano, who hit the deck and resumed fighting to mix it up only to fall again this time for the full count. The powerful Solmiano, with the sturdy upper body, had an ill-fated night. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Fast-moving speedster Shingo Eto (13-2-1, 8 KOs), 130.75, decked a very important victory over WBC#12 Filipino southpaw swinger Ryan Sermona (16-5, 9 KOs), 128.75, by a unanimous technical decision (59-55 twice, 59-56) at 2:26 of the sixth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Shingo, the youngest of Eto brothers handled by ex-WBA junior fly world champ Yoko Gushiken who defended his belt thirteen times to his credit, kept circling and punching positively to pile up points steadily. Sermona, a harder puncher, kept swinging roundhouse left hooks with less precision and failed to catch up with the taller footworker. The fifth saw Sermona sustain a bad vertical gash on the forehead due to an accidental butt. The Filipino southpaw again suffered a severer and deeper laceration on the same place of the forehead that prompted the referee’s intervention due to the ring physician’s advice. The ref Tsuchiya called a halt and took a technical verdict in favor of the upset winner Eto. His manager/promoter Gushiken was so jubilant that he said, “Shingo showed his best tonight, and he will zoom up as a world contender. He trained very hard this time to win this game.” Sermona’s gash required 24 stitches that showed how deep and wide his cut was. Promoter: Reason Promotions.
A purse bid procedure was held in at IBF headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF Jr. Lightweight Championship re-match, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, Iron Mike Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions LLC. Iron Mike Productions bid $260,000.00 and Warriors Boxing Promotions bid $ 251,000.00. The purse bid split will be 75% to Mendez and 25% to Barthelemy.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fightnews.com has been informed that the Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweight world champion Bryan ‘Tiquito’ Vasquez is under consideration for an appearance on HBO after his impressive performance in defeating the previously unbeaten José Felix Jr. last in Las Vegas. We also hear there is a possibility that in the next 15 or 30 days WBA “regular” super featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama could be abandoning the belt. Should that happen, Vasquez could be promoted to regular champion or fight a top contender for the belt.
By Karl Freitag
After an inconsistent start in 2014, the sport boxing finally got into full swing with last Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley clash, which was the first of ten consecutive Saturday nights with major televised bouts.
Here’s what we have in store for the remaining nine weeks:
Showtime April 19
Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov (IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles)
Peter Quillin vs. Lukas Konecny (WBO middleweight title)
Shawn Porter vs. Paulie Malignaggi (IBF welterweight)
Showtime April 26
Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (WBA interim welterweight title)
Lucas Matthysse vs. John Molina (super lightweight)
Omar Figueroa vs. Jerry Belmontes (WBC lightweight title)
Network TBA April 26
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alex Leapai (IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA heavyweight titles)
PPV May 3
Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana (WBC/WBA welterweight)
Luis Collazo vs. Amir Khan (welterweight)
Adrien Broner vs. Carlos Molina (super lightweight)
J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban (super middleweight)
ESPN May 10
Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola (vacant WBC heavyweight title)
HBO May 17
Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Mike Alvarado (super lightweight)
Showtime May 24
Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara (WBC light heavyweight title)
HBO May 24
Bryant Jennings vs. Mike Perez (WBC heavyweight eliminator
Daniel Geale vs. Matthew Macklin (middleweight)
HBO May 31
Carl Froch vs. George Groves (IBF/WBA super middleweight title)
HBO2 May 31
Nonito Donaire vs. Simpiwe Vetyeka (WBA featherweight title)
Nicholas Walters vs. Vic Darchinyan (WBA “regular” featherweight title)
Egveny Gradovich vs. Alexander Miskirtchian (IBF featherweight title)
PPV June 7
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez (WBC middleweight)
HBO June 14
Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri (WBO super lightweight title)
Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose (WBO super welterweight title)
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and losing on The Ultimate Fighter. One of those little things for Chad Laprise was finding out that once he entered the house for the TUF Nations competition, it was going to be about the competition, not he and castmates becoming reality television stars . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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The June 14 HBO clash between WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and unbeaten Chris Algieri, which was originally announced to be taking place at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, will now take place 22 miles west at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bout will officially be announced at a press conference tomorrow. It was also confirmed that the non-televised undercard will include undefeated Long Island light heavyweight Seanie “Irish” Monaghan and Brooklyn’s own Heather “The Heat” Hardy in the first professional woman’s fight at Barclays Center. WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade is expected to defend his belt against Brian Rose on that card as well, but that hasn’t been made official yet. The event is promoted by Banner Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Dating back to the times of Carmen Basilio and the DeJohn brothers, Syracuse has always been a hot bed for the sport of boxing. Most recently, Syracuse has begun to shine once again at the amateur level, with multiple New York State Golden Gloves and National Champions. This Thursday at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, NY, six local upstate NY amateur stars will be stepping into the ring in JKJ Promotions’ “Finding the Next Champion” series that showcases local talent to the Syracuse community. (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Leonso Nunez
The much anticipated test of Tijuana female flyweight Brenda Flores (7-2, 2KOs) went down last Friday night at the Tecate Box Tour tent located in the parking of the Caliente Racetrack. Flores faced former IBF straw weight champion and #2 WBC ranked Katia Gutierrez (19-4, 4KOs) of Los Mochis, MX, in a light flyweight six rounder and it was quickly proven she was a big fish in a small Tijuana pond. Gutierrez easily took a unanimous decision in the headliner of a twelve-bout fight card which was taped for later broadcast on Azteca America. (more…)
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Andrew “Chango” Cancio (15-3-2, 11 KOs) on Monday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Good two-way action with Rios pulling it out by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.
Unbeaten featherweight phenom Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (11-0, 6 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Carlos Rodriguez (22-14-3, 10 KOs). Ramirez was aggressive early, then cruised to a 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 verdict.
Unbeaten lightweight Jose Arambula (7-0, 3 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over David Diaz (4-1-1, 2 KOs). Arambula dropped Diaz in round one, and battered him in round two, but had to go the distance. Scores were 60-53, 58-55, 58-55.
King Sports Worldwide promised a fight card featuring some of boxing’s most exciting young professional fighters for Wednesday night’s debut event at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. They have largely delivered on that promise. “There will be no ‘undercard’ on Wednesday, April 16,” said Michael King, president of King Sports Worldwide. “We have five exciting fights scheduled featuring equally accomplished fighters. The records and past performances speak for themselves and we will fulfill our promise to bring Southern California boxing fans ultra-competitive fights.”
In the heavyweight division, two undefeated fighters will collide as southpaw Charles Martin (15-0-1, 13 KOs) takes on Alex Flores (14-0, 12 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the vacant NABO heavyweight title.
Former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-1-1, 11 KOs) returns against veteran Fulgencio Zuniga (26-8-1, 23 KOs) in a super middleweight ten-rounder. (more…)
How intense was Manny Pacquiao’s mom during the fight on Saturday night? Check out this video. More
Intense also describes Filipino fans who watched the Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Las Vegas. More
Golden Boy’s University of Illinois at Chicago card features three Chicago hopefuls hoping to make it. More
Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: The feud that’s endangering boxing. More
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“If you look at my American Dream since 2005, then you could see how many fights, how many battles I had to go through. I’m 37, nobody is hiding that but I want to fight maybe twice more. But first I have to step back from boxing, get some hunger back,” said former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) in a very open, honest TV Polsat interview with noted Polish sports journalist and boxing analyst Mateusz Borek. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Earl Brown will be the third man in the ring when WBA light heavyweight super world champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9KOs) and IBF light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32KOs) collide on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. The three judges are Gustavo Padilla (Panama), Dave Moretti. (U.S.) and Jerry Roth (U.S). The fight supervisor is Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Venezuela).
By Przemek Garczarczyk
48-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (57-13, 37 KOs) is getting ready to make it two consecutive wins in Poland when he fight Marcin Rekowski (13-1, 11 KOs) on April 26 in Legionowo (Poland). “I’m in great shape, around 235, training hard with my coach Doc Nicholson, sparring with my friend and world class fighter Fres Oquendo. Ready to roll, prove what I can still do!” said McCall.
By James Slater
WBC super-bantamweight king Leo Santa Cruz says he is looking forward to defending his belt against unbeaten Irish star Carl Frampton; with the Mexican warrior saying he is more than willing to come over to Frampton’s Belfast fortress for the mouth-watering clash. Speaking with The Belfast Telegraph, Santa Cruz, 27-0-1(15) said he will make the trip to Belfast “for the biggest purse of my career.”
“I will fight Frampton in Belfast. He is my number-one choice and I want to defend my title in July,” Santa Cruz said. “I will come to Belfast if I get the biggest purse of my career.” (more…)
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has announced the signing of undefeated super bantamweight KO artist Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) to a promotional contract. The 24-year-old Guzman already won the WBA Fedelatin bantamweight andWBC FECARBOX super bantamweight titles and is rated #11 by the WBA at bantamweight.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBA welterweight champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) of Santa Fe, Argentina met with reporters Saturday afternoon at the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fightnews.com caught up with Maidana as he talked about his May 3 PPV showdown against undefeated pound for pound king WBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs).
“We all know he is a great champion but I’m training hard for the best Mayweather,” Maidana told Fightnews.com “I hit very hard, every time I land a solid punch I hurt my opponents then I go for the knockout. That will be the case with Mayweather. When I hit him with a brutal shot, I will finish him!”
Maidana has already begun his preparation as he will be working with his trainer Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California for the fourth time. (more…)
You could make a case that the third man in the ring, Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, was referee Kenny Bayless. It was obvious, I mean, he was right there, the man in blue, doing such a good job you hardly noticed he was there.
But you could also make the case that Juan Manual Marquez, recently defeated by one, after having knocked out cold, the other, was also present.
Standing tall and unseen would be a fifth shadow, that of Floyd Mayweather, untoppled from his hill and less-than-gently reminding the 15,601 in attendance – not to mention the promoter – just whose house they were brawling in, whose city, and whose sport . . . Click here for more
By Bob Caico
Middleweight Willie Monroe, Jr. (16-1, 6 KOs) of Rochester, NY is a promising prospect born into a family of fighters with the same name. Monroe Jr’s father, Willie Monroe, was a middleweight who rose as high as #6 in the world ratings in the early 90s. His great uncle, Willie “The Worm” Monroe, was a middleweight contender fighting out of Philadelphia in the 70s. Monroe Jr. aims to advance further than his predecessors.
He has won his last six fights since losing a split decision to veteran spoiler Darnell Boone three years ago, and hopes ESPN’s 2014 Boxcino tournament will be his ticket to a world title shot. In the quarterfinals, Monroe defeated Donatas Bondorovas by 6-round unanimous decision to advance to the middleweight semi-finals against Vitaliy Kopylenko on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Carlos Baeza
Undefeated featherweight prospect Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (10-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles will co-headline tonight against rugged veteran Carlos Rodriguez (18-13-4, 10 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Fightnews.com caught up with Ramirez as he trained at a home gym in Pico Rivera, California, five miles southeast of Los Angeles.
“I am fighting Carlos Rodriguez,” said Ramirez told Fightnews.com. “I know he fought “Jo Jo” (Joseph Diaz Jr.), he stays in the pocket. I am training for everything and waiting for whatever. Training is cool conditioning, sparring, everything was good. the weight is fine. I am ready to go!” (more…)
Ronny Rios 127.6 vs. Andrew Cancio 127.4
Julian Ramirez 122.2 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 122.4
Jose Arambula 134.2 vs. David Diaz 135.4
Jose Felix Quezada 134.6 vs. Antoine Knight 134.8
Jordan Shimmell 207.4 vs. Damon McCreary 257.4
Alex Martin 146.8 vs. Anthony Linenfelser 144.6
Mike Gavronski 165.4 vs. Kevin Hand 167
Semajay Thomas 142.2 vs. Miguel Antonio Rodriquez 139
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
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