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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

Report / Photos by Boxing Bob Newman There was high drama in the main event of the Shobox 200 card at Turning Stone ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

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Boxing News

Weights from Lemoore, California

Jose Ramirez 142.6 vs. Erick Hernandez 143.6
Alejandro Perez 128 vs. Miguel Zamudio 129
Danny Valdivia 154 vs. Matt Dumas 153
Yoshi Fuji 123.8 vs. Christian Silva 126.4
Gary Salazar 131 vs. Christian Gonzalez 132.4
Luis Ambrosio 122.8 vs. Oscar Venegas 121.8
Joey Lopez 162.8 vs. Miguel Flores 162.4

Venue: Golden Eagle Arena in Lemoore, Calif
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas (midnight ET/11PM PT)



November 8th, 2013



Boxing News

Leapai, Boytsov prepare to collide in Germany on Nov. 23

By David Finger

With Wladimir Klitschko’s recent victory over undefeated WBA regular champion Russian Alexander Povetkin, all eyes in boxing are now turning to the fighter who many insiders consider to be one of the few viable opponents for the reigning world champion. However, despite being raked #1 in the WBO and possessing an undefeated record of his own, Russian prospect Denis Boytsov (33-0, 26 KOs) still needs to get through one more opponent, WBO #8 rated Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24 KOs), before he can proclaim himself the “mandatory” challenger. It is, in many ways, the most important fight in Boytsov’s career. Not only because he is so close to the coveted title fight, but also because his opponent has the proverbial “puncher’s chance.”

You just have to take a look at his record and know that it’s going to be a dangerous affair for Denis,” said Boytsov trainer Karsten Roewer, “Leapai might not be the best boxer skillwise. Still, he is explosive and packs a punch. We have to be wary of those facts until the last bell to beat him.” (more…)



November 8th, 2013

UFC

UFC Fight Night at the scales

Weigh-in results for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson, and the middleweight bout between Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see five prelim bouts at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Dan Henderson (204) VS Vitor Belfort (204)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Daniel Sarafian (186) VS Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (185)
Igor Pokrajac (204) VS Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (205)
Brandon Thatch (170) VS Paulo Thiago (170)
Ryan LaFlare (170) VS Santiago Ponzinibbio (171)
Jeremy Stephens (146) VS Rony Jason (146)

ONLINE PRELIMS
Sam Sicilia (146) VS Godofredo Pepey (146)
Omari Akhmedov (182) VS Thiago “Bodão” Perpétuo (185)
Justin Salas (155) VS Thiago Tavares (156)
Daron Cruickshank (155) VS Adriano Martins (155)
Dustin Ortiz (125) VS Jose Maria (126)

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Saturday, November 9 at 8 PM ET/5 PM ET from Goiania, Brazil Click here for more



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Ukraine President signs anti-Klitschko law

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Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Current Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has signed a new law into effect designed to prevent reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko from running against him in the 2015 presidential election. The law amends the tax code to read “if a person has the right to permanent residence in a foreign country, such a person is considered to be one who does not live in Ukraine.” Klitschko, who heads the opposition UDAR Party in Ukraine and is considered a serious threat to defeat Yanukovich, mostly trains and boxes in Germany.



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Hughie Fury goes to 12-0 with win over David Gegeshidze; Haskins beats Booth

Update: Father/trainer Peter Fury says Hughie received three stitches and is now out for 28 days. He will fight next on December 14th in Belgium for a WBC belt.

Unbeaten and much hyped heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over journeyman David Gegeshidze (10-5-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the City Academy Sports Centre in Bristol, England. Fury was cut over the left eye in round three but got a referee’s stoppage after punishing the overmatched Gegeshidze in the fourth round. Time was 2:14. The 19-year-old, 6’6 cousin of Tyson Fury is on the fast track, already having twelve bouts this year, with bouts scheduled for the next two weeks also (cut permitting).

In the main event, British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (28-3, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over Jason Booth (37-12, 15 KOs) to retain his belt. Scores were 118-111, 117-112, 118-111.



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

All fighters make weight in Corpus Christi

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

No problems making weight for any of the featured fighters on Saturday’s world championship tripleheader. Martirosyan and Andrade got into each other’s face during their face-off and had to be separated. No smiles, no handshakes between Donaire and Darchinyan after an intense face-off. Afterward, Vic proclaimed “Rigo schooled him, I’m going to finish him and send him into retirement.”

Mikey Garcia 128.75 vs. Rocky Martinez 129.75
(WBO jr lightweight title)

Nonito Donaire 125.25 vs. Vic Darchinyan 125.75

Vanes Martirosyan 153.75 vs. Demetrius Andrade 153.75
(Vacant WBO jr middleweight title)

Nicholas Walters 125 vs. Alberto Garza 125.5
(WBA featherweight title)

Oscar Valdez 127.75 vs. Jesus Lule 127.75
Alex Saucedo 145.25 vs. Steve Hall 146
Erick De Leon 129.75 vs. Jesus Aguinaga 130.25
Oscar Cantu 117.5 vs. Roberto Ceron 118.25

Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO
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November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC 118lb Champ Yamanaka to face Guevara on Sunday

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (19-0-2, 14 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will put his belt on the line against Mexican Alberto Guevara (18-1-1, 6 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on this coming Sunday. Today’s press conference and yesterday’s medical examination as well show they will be in such a good shape that we may expect a competitive contest.

The WBC officials were announced as follows: referee Hector Afu (Panama); judges Burt Clements, David Sutherland, Dave Moretti (all US); supervisor Frank Quill (Australia); special MC Jimmy Lennon Jr.

Asked about a nomination of WBC’s Fighter of the Year along with Mayweather, Garcia and “Superman” Stevenson, Yamanaka replied, “It’s a great honor even to be nominated therein with such internationally well-known boxers. I’ve so greatly motivated to show a good performance with the nomination.” (more…)



November 8th, 2013

Boxing Result

Nelson Retains WIBA Title in Cockeysville

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

Ashburn, VA welterweight Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson used her experience in title bouts to fend off a game Kali Reis of Providence, RI to capture a 10-round unanimous decision and retain her WIBA (Women’s International Boxing Association) Welterweight title at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation “An Evening Ringside” at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.

Nelson, who has held two other world titles in her 11-bout pro career, was participating in her fifth consecutive 10-round title bout compared to Reis who had never gone past six rounds in her career. Nelson got off to a great start in the contest using the right hand lead effectively to avoid the right hand of Reis. Nelson went to the head and body effectively with the right and followed with solid lefts to the body. Reis turned the tide in rounds three and four as she picked up the pace and pressured Nelson and did a nice job of cutting off the ring on the defending champion. However, as the bout moved closer to the championship rounds, Nelson moved into another gear, accelerating her offense and Reis had difficulty matching Nelson’s pace. By the time Reis did catch up, she was too far behind on the scorecards to win a decision and Nelson moved into defensive mode to avoid being knocked out.

Judges John Gradowski and David Greer scored the bout 98-92 and judge David Braslow saw the contest 96-94, the same as Fightnews. Nelson remains undefeated at 8-0-3. Reis falls to 5-2-1, two KO’s. (more…)



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Garcia, Donaire huge betting favorites

Mikey Garcia is a whopping -900 to -1200 pick to dethrone WBO jr lightweight champion Rocky Martinez (+500 to +650) on Saturday night’s HBO card in Corpus Christi, Texas. In the grudge match co-feature, featherweight Nonito Donaire, at -1000 to -1600, is an even bigger favorite over archrival Vic Darchinyan (+550 to +800). There is an over/under of 8.5 rounds for Donaire-Darchinyan.

Only Bet365.com has dared set a line on the Demitrius Andrade-Vanes Martirosyan fight with “BooBoo” a -275 pick to defeat “The Nightmare,” who is +200.



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Bracero: Dmitriy Salita handpicked the wrong guy!

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com

On Saturday, November 9th, popular New Yorkers Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (22-1, 4 KO’s) and Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita (35-1-1, 18KO’s) square off in a 10 round crossroads welterweight showdown at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. The bout will serve as the main event of a special edition Saturday Broadway Boxing promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Star of David Promotions.

Fightnews caught up with Tito Bracero earlier this week and the Puerto Rican out of Brooklyn appeared extremely motivated and ready to provide his legion of local fans with a breakout performance that he hopes will lead to bigger and better opportunities in 2014. Here is what Tito had to say: (more…)



November 8th, 2013

UFC

Daniel Sarafian: The Next Chapter Beckons

In the great scheme of things, Daniel Sarafian and Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira have their sights set on the UFC middleweight title, leaving their history on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil just that: history. But for the two 185-pound prospects to move forward, they have to look back to the TUF final that never was – a 2012 bout scrapped because of a Sarafian injury – and in the UFC Fight Night co-main event on Saturday, they will finally meet in the Octagon . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Saturday, November 9 at 8 PM ET/5 PM ET from Goiania, Brazil Click here for more



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Hughie Fury looking for 12th straight win tonight

British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (27-3, 12 KOs) defends his title against Jason Booth (37-11, 15 KOs) tonight in the twelve round main event at the City Academy Sports Centre in Bristol, England. However, an earlier fight on the card will likely generate more interest as unbeaten and much hyped heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (11-0, 6 KOs) takes on David Gegeshidze (10-4-1, 2 KOs) in an eight round clash. The 19-year-old, 6’6 Hughie is a cousin of Tyson Fury. Eurosport will televise.



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Donaire-Darchinyan/Martinez-Garcia Weigh-ins Open to the Public

By Karl Freitag

Fight fans are invited to attend today’s official weigh-in for Top Rank’s loaded HBO fight card Saturday night. The weigh-in is taking place at Whataburger Field right at home plate. Doors open at noon and fighters step on the scale at 1PM. The card features the much anticipated grudge rematch between Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, plus three world title fights. Puerto Rico’s only world champion, WBO junior lightweight king Roman “Rocky” Martinez will defend against undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, Undefeated former U.S. Olympians Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade will battle it out for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title and WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters makes his first defense against Alberto Garza.



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Sam Soliman returns Dec 11 against Les Sherrington

IBF #1 middleweight contender, Sam ‘King’ Soliman has called on Victoria’s boxing fans to “come out and see me” take on Australian #4 Les ‘Lock and Load’ Sherrington in Flemington on December 11. Both Soliman and Sherrington are the only Australian middleweights who are unbeaten in their last six outings – Soliman not having lost in the past five years, and Sherrington on an eight bout winning streak. The fight, which has been sanctioned by the WBA is for the WBA Pan Asia Boxing Association’s interim middleweight title belt, gives a top ten world ranking to the winner.

The fight is the last bout Soliman must have before his title bid for the IBF middleweight world championship in August 2014. Soliman, Germany’s Felix Sturm and the IBF President Daryl Peoples signed a contract mid this year, which gives Soliman the right to take on the winner of Darren Barker and Sturm fight in Germany on December 7. (more…)



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Contender alums Manfredo, Gingras collide

The final boxing event of the season at Twin River Casino might just feature the most highly-anticipated main event in years. “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. (39-7, 20 KOs) will battle fellow Rhode Island super middleweight Rich Gingras (13-3-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event of “Pride & Power,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.

After beating fellow Contender alum Walter Wright in March, Manfredo will face yet another former contestant from the hit reality television series in Gingras, who competed as a cruiserweight on Season 4 of The Contender in 2008. Since then, Gingras has become a fixture on the New England circuit, beating Rhode Islander Joey Gardner in May and fighting to a controversial draw against Vladine Biosse in July. (more…)



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

George Chuvalo describes his family’s heartbreaking battle with heroin in a new memoir: More

Documentary film maker Bill Siegel talks about making “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.” More

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire understands why Vic Darchinyan hates him. More

Is the NFL on its way to becoming like boxing? A Dallas News columnist explores. More



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Joel Diaz Jr headlines December 20

On December 20, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions will host a special Friday night of boxing at the beautiful Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens. Titled “Big Apple Boxing,” it is 50 Cent’s second card held at the recently built casino. The main event will feature undefeated super feather weight contender Joel Diaz Jr. (13-0, 11KO) in a 10 round WBC Youth title bout against Wanzell Ellison from Newark, NJ (9-0, 5KO).

The card also highlights undefeated and upcoming prospects including Super bantamweight Thomas Snow (15-1, 10KO) and SMS promoted fighters light middleweight Emmanuelle De Jesus (8-0, 5KO), light welterweight Luis Olivares (6-0, 4KO), light welterweight Donte Strayhorn (3-1), and light weight Ryan Martin (1-0, 1KO).

Opponents for the above fighters will be announced soon. (more…)



November 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Kingpin is back: Set to face Solis

By Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson

I wanted to let Fightnews and my fans know that the Kingpin is back in the building. I signed my name on the dotted line to take on Odlanier Solis in a fight on the undercard of the Tarver-Mike Sheppard fight set for November 26 in Sunrise, Fl. I expect a formal announcement at some point this week but I wanted to clear up some confusion out there about whether I was participating in Prizefighter again or in a possible fight with Christian Hammer. I’m excited about fighting Solis right here in the U.S. and glad that he stepped up to the plate unlike some other heavyweights that are ducking me right now. They know who they are. I’m rejuvenated and in the best shape of my life and right now my focus is on Odlanier Solis, after I take care of business on November 26, we will see what’s what.



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara

The busy Tijuana boxing schedule continued this past Wednesday night when newcomer Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presented an eight bout fight card at the now established home for local club fights, the cavernous Las Pulgas night club located on Revolution Avenue between seventh and eighth street. An interesting match-up of local super bantamweights took center stage when Reynaldo “Rey” Russell (11-2-1, 5KOs) impressed the modest but enthusiastic crowd as he scored effective combinations and laser-like right hands to take a unanimous six round decision over Jose “Bull” Pech (4-3, 1KO).

Russell, the shorter but faster of the two, made no qualms in scoring his straight right from the opening bell as he surprisingly pushed the stronger Pech back. Pech made it a point to get close enough to go to the body with well-placed left and right hooks but was met with slicing right hooks to the chin. Things heated up in the second as they decided to exchange big punches early in the round while Pech turned into the aggressor in the third and enjoying his best round of the fight. Pech kept going forward not caring for the straight rights and upper cuts coming his way looking to hurt Russell enough to slow down his assault. (more…)



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Results from Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian lightweight champion Brett” Handful” Smith (17-2-1, 8 KOs) stopped Joey Williams (10-2-1, 4 KOs) in round nine of a scheduled twelve at the Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Referee Phil Austin crowned Smith at 1.43. Smith captured the World Boxing Federation 135 pound crown.

In the main supporting bout, rising middleweight star Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (15-0-1, 6 KOs) outscored Nathan” King” Carroll (10-2-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the Australian 160 pound title. Scores 97-93, 98-92, 99-93. Hogan was born in Ireland and made his professional debut in Australia in 2011

Super featherweight Waylon Law (5-5, 1 KO) stopped Brent Elliott(10-3-3, 3 KOs) in round two of a scheduled eight to win the Queensland State title. Referee Steve Marshal crowning Law at 1.58 after Elliott had visited the canvas .

Featherweight Jason Cooper (8-1-1, 3 KOs) stopped Japanese Yusuke Lju (5-4-1, 2 KOs) in round three of a scheduled six.

Promoter Angelo Di Carlo. Televised throughout Australia on
Foxtel Television Network



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Melbourne, Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Randy Petacorlin 107.8 vs. Samranasak Singmanasak 106.3
(Note: Petacorlin is rated WBA #2)

Oscar Ledlin 152.5 vs. Ben Capps 152.6
Michael Zerafa 157.6 vs. Manopnoi Singmanasak 149.1
Terry Tzouramanis 139.3 vs. Alex Ahtong 138.7

Venue: Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Peter Maniatis

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November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Jorge Arce set for comeback

The return of “Travieso” is a fact. Jorge “Travieso” Arce (61-7-2, 46 KOs) will return against battle tested Giovani “Ruso” Caro (24-14-4, 19 KOs) on Nomvember 16 in “The Dome” in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. At 34-years-old, with a successful career of 71 fights over 17 years including 27 world championship fights and winning four world championship belts, plus a WBC interim belt, Arce will resume his boxing career with the firm objective of winning a sixth belt in a sixth different division. In his most recent bout, in December last year, Arce was destroyed by Nonito Donaire after which he announced his retirement. However, Arce returned to the gym feels he is now in great shape and is serious about his comeback. Former world title challenger Caro looks to be the perfect opponent, having lost sox of his last eight.



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Final Press Conference for Saturday’s HBO world championship tripleheader in Corpus Christi

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The final press conference for Top Rank’s loaded HBO fight card on Saturday night took place at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History.

The card features the much anticipated grudge rematch between Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) and former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs), plus three world title fights. Puerto Rico’s only world champion, WBO junior lightweight king Roman “Rocky” Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) will defend against undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs), Undefeated former U.S. Olympians Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) will battle it out for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title and WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (22-0, 18 KOs) makes his first defense against Alberto Garza (25-5-1, 20 KOs).

Here’s what the fighters had to say…

Nonito Donaire: There’s really not much to say that we haven’t already said. I’ll just leave my talking inside in that ring. But, one thing is for sure. With this grudge, and the tenacity of both of us, with our exciting style, someone is going down!

Vic Darchinyan: Everyone knows I’ve been waiting for this fight for a long time. It’s been cancelled a couple of times. I didn’t think it was gonna happen again, but thank you to God, Top Rank and HBO for putting this fight together. I’m very confident and motivated for this fight. I will show how excited I can be more than ever. You will see how good I am and how strong I am. And sharp. (more…)



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Lateef Kayode returns December 5

It will be a night to remember if you are a fight fan as the Thursday, December 5th Fight Club OC show is set to showcase not one, but three TOP boxers on a huge eight bout card, as some of the top promoters in the country are bringing their stars to The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.

One of the top cruiserweights in the world will make his heavyweight debut when Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) returns for the first time since June of 2012 at the Home Depot Center when he had a twelve round no contest with Antonio Tarver. With Freddie Roach in his corner and his new promoter Greg Cohen at ringside, Kayode will face an opponent to be named. He is aiming to finally make some real money as a heavyweight.

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexander “The Great” Flores, looking to go 14-0, will face his toughest opponent in his young career meeting Houston’s 12-12 Arron Lyons who has never been knocked down. This bout will be a watershed mark for Flores career and for his promoter Roy Englebrecht Promotions as a win propels him into the top 50 rankings of world heavyweights.

Big bout #3 will feature 27-1 Russian super middleweight and world title contender Maxim Vlasov in his Southern California debut meeting Baltimore’s 18-5 Maxell Taylor.



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Ward’s Ready for Rodriguez, Would Fight Hopkins

By Robert Hough

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, who returns to the ring on Nov. 16 after a 14-month layoff to face Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, said Wednesday that he would fight Bernard Hopkins, a man he has long admired. Ward (26-0, 14KOs) faces Rodriguez (24-0, 16KOs) in an HBO-televised fight at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. Ward has suggested in years past that his level of respect for Hopkins was such that he wouldn’t get in the ring with the 48-year old, but the 29-year-old San Francisco native said in a conference call that he’s open to it.

“I don’t have a desire to call Bernard out, but I am a fighter,” he said. “If it makes financial sense, I’ll step to the plate. I’m more interested in fighting guys from my era, but at the same time, if it presents itself, I don’t back down from fights.”

Dan Goossen, Ward’s promoter, said he and his fighter have chatted a little about the prospect. “We’ve had that conversation,” he said on the call. “If it was something Bernard wanted to engage in, I think it would be a tremendous pay-per-view fight.” (more…)



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

“Gavilan” Garcia in action again November 21

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Photo: Bobby D Presents

Bobby D Presents, the premier San Diego based promoter, returns one more time for 2013 on Thursday, November 21st, to present yet again another night of professional boxing in San Diego, “America’s Finest City”. Led by President Bobby DePhilippis, 2012 California boxing hall of fame inductee, the “San Diego Fights” fight cards are known for their high level of competitiveness, fighter skill and above all, entertainment. After a successful run at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Bobby D Presents has secuted a new, more centralized venue at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel located at the famed Hotel Circle just north of downtown. The last installment of the year of their successful running boxing series will be no exception as it will mark the return to the ring of local favorite Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (12-3-2, 3KOs) as he faces a stern test in Kevin “Hostile” Hoskins (7-2, 5KOs) of Moreno Valley, CA, in an explosive six rounder in the super featherweight division. (more…)



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Latest Prizefighter tournament line-up complete: James Toney enjoys star status

By James Slater

Fight fans can expect an interesting, hopefully exciting, latest installment of the popular “Prizefighter” tournament on November 14th. Set to go out, as usual, live on Sky Sports, the latest tournament is another international heavyweights edition, with a Team USA vs. Team UK element added for further intrigue.

The full eight-man line-up has been confirmed by Matchroom Sports as follows:

James Toney (USA)
Jason Gavern (USA)
Brian Minto (USA)
Damian “Bolo” Wills (USA) – (stepping in for Sherman “Tank” Williams, who pulled out)

Larry Olubamiwo (UK)
Michael Sprott (UK) – (stepping in for an injured Sam Sexton)
Matt Legg (UK)
Tom Little (UK)

(more…)



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills added to Prizefighter UK vs. USA

American Heavyweight Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills (31-3, 24 KOs) has been added to the USA line-up of Prizefighter UK vs. USA, Nov 14, at York Hall in London. Promote by Matchroom Sports. Televised live on Sky Sports.

“Wills’ management team, Sheer Sports Management is thrilled to participate in the greatest boxing tournament in the sport right today. Prizefighter, has proven time and again that boxing is still a thriving sport and has afforded many past greats a second shot at the top. We are extremely excited to have Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills represent our great country in this UK vs.USA contest. Our deepest gratitude to Eddie Hearn and the entire Matchroom team for making this happen at such short notice,” Lyle Green, VP Sheer Sports Management.



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Donaire-Darchinyan/Martinez-Garcia Final Presser Open to the Public

By Karl Freitag

Fight fans are invited to attend today’s final press conference for Top Rank’ loaded HBO fight card Saturday night. The event will take place at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History and will start promptly at 1:30PM and it’s best to arrive early.

The card features the much anticipated grudge rematch between Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, plus three world title fights. Puerto Rico’s only world champion, WBO junior lightweight king Roman “Rocky” Martinez will defend against undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, Undefeated former U.S. Olympians Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade will battle it out for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title and WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters makes his first defense against Alberto Garza.

Fight fans are also invited to attend Friday’s official weigh-in taking place at Whataburger Field right at home plate. Doors open at noon and fighters step on the scale at 1PM.

Fight night is Saturday at the American Bank Center. Doors open at 4:30 PM and the fifrt fight is at 5:30PM local time. HBO Boxing After Dark goes live at 9:30PM ET/PT (delayed on West Coast).



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Modugno: I’ll crush Chisora’s dream of a world title

Little known Matteo Modugno, challenger for Dereck Chisora’s European Heavyweight title, says he’ll KO the Londoner’s dream of fighting for a world title again. The hard-hitting Italian, who’s undefeated in 14 fights, has stopped his last six opponents inside six rounds and he’s fired up to take Chisora crown at the Copper Box Arena on November 30.

Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren is in talks with the promoter of Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev about an eliminator for the world title next year, but Modugno is looking to pull off a big upset in the Londoner’s backyard to crush his plans.

“First he has to get past me and I’m not a stepping stone for anybody. I’m on my own road to the world title and if I beat Chisora then I will be the one in line for a world title opportunity, not Chisora,” said Modugno. “I’ve heard that he said he’s looking to knock me out. Talk is cheap. Let’s see if he can back up his words when the fight starts. When the talk stops and the fight begins, I am ready for that and I am looking forward to it very much.” (more…)



November 7th, 2013

UFC

Goiania Prelims Fantasy Preview

One of the best parts about the traveling UFC circus are the local fighters that often get showcased in the international shows abroad. UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson is no exception because there’s a bevy of Brazilian fighters on tap looking to make an impact in front of a home country crowd . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Saturday, November 9 at 8 PM ET/5 PM ET from Goiania, Brazil Click here for more



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

USA vs. UK Prizefighter event just a week away; Matchroom mum on complete lineup so far

By Karl Freitag

Matchroom Boxing is set to return to London’s York Hall with a special “UK vs. USA International Heavyweights” Prizefighter event featuring a British team against an American team. Strangely, with just one week to go the full lineup has still not been announced for the sold out affair.

The American team will certainly have an edge in experience with James Toney (75-8-3, 45 KOs), Sherman “Tank” Williams (35-13-2, 19 KOs) and Brian Minto (37-6, 24 KOs) and another fighter to be named. Rumor has it, however, that Williams has pulled out.

The British Team is comprised of Larry Olubamiwo (10-3, 9 KOs), Tom Little (3-1, 0 KOs) and Matt Legg (6-1, 2 KOs) with another fighter to be named. Sam Sexton, who was the fourth team member pulled out with a torn calf muscle. Rumor has it Michael Sprott will step in.



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Raymi set to make history

By Robert Coster

If you hear the name Ali Raymi, you will most probably ask ‘Ali, who?’ Well, boxing fans, Ali Raymi is a 39-year-old Yemeni strawweight boxer, who on Tuesday scored his 19th straight first round knockout at the National Sports Stadium in Sanaa, Yemen. Ali, who has fought 15 times this year and 5 times within the last 30 days, has now tied Philly clubfighter Tyrone Brunson’s record and should lethal Ali score another one round knockout over his next hapless victim, he will be entering the professional boxing history books. Will the world outside of the desert land of Yemen ever be able to witness evidence of Ali’s atomic fists? Or is your best bet YouTube? Time will tell. (more…)



November 7th, 2013

AWE TV

Froch-Groves undercard announced, Quigg defends WBA belt, Martin Murray added

See Froch vs Groves LIVE on AWE and AWEtv.com November 23

Scott Quigg will defend his WBA Super Bantamweight title against Diego Silva on November 23 at the sold-out Phones 4u Arena Manchester live on AWE and AWEtv.com, with an undercard packed full of Britain’s hottest talent.

Quigg’s gym-mate and resurgent Lightweight star Anthony Crolla challenges Martin Gethin for the British title on a busy night for trainer Joe Gallagher, who will also have unbeaten Super Middleweight sensation Callum Smith in action and unbeaten Lightweight talent Scotty Cardle.

There’s also a late spot on the bill for St. Helens’ Middleweight star Martin Murray, who is back in action after his controversial loss to Sergio Martinez in his second World title challenge in April. The 31 year old will now box in Manchester after his December fight in Australia fell through, with an opponent to be announced soon as Murray looks to secure a third World title shot in 2014.

Unbeaten Quigg held onto the title with a draw against highly rated Cuban Yoandris Salinas at The O2 in October, and the dazzling Bury fighter now faces the Argentinian as the chief support to Carl Froch’s blockbuster WBA and IBF Super Middleweight title defense against bitter British foe George Groves. (more…)



November 7th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC 51st annual convention officially closes in Bangkok, Thailand: Vitali Klitschko given until Nov 30 to decide his future as WBC champ

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The WBC 51st convention officially came to a close today in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, November 7th. Although the closing gala banquet takes place tomorrow and the World Ballroom at the Centara Grand Hotel, all business matters were completed in a timely, efficient fashion, including final committee reports, more awards and presentations and of course, the heavyweight title situation.

Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman opened the final day of meetings with some awards and recognitions. First up WBC merchandising chair David Walker of the U.K. was recognized for his outstanding work in promoting the WBC brand through continuous and innovative marketing and merchandising strategies. Also, Karen Marfia was acknowledged for her efforts in cracking down on counterfeit WBC belts and other merchandise, that has been offered in such sales outlets as ebay.

The WBC media relations gal Deb Hawkins was honored with the Aileen Eaton Lady of the Year award for all her work with various media outlets concerning WBC events and press. NSAC chairman Bill Brady received the WBC Commission of the Year award. (more…)



November 7th, 2013




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