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Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Light Heavyweight kings Bernard Hopkins, 55-6-2, 32 KOs, the WBA/IBF 175-pound champion, and Sergey Kovalev, ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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November 29th, 2013



Boxing News

Weights from Colon, Panama

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Vicente Mosquera 130.50 vs Javier Prieto 130.25
(WBC silver lightweight title)

Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero 126 vs Jimmy Aburto 124
(WBC Latino featherweight title)

Charlie Navarro 14.75 vs Miguel Callist 144.75
Pablo Vasquez 146.75 vs Jose Miranda 146.75



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Reading, PA

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Photo: James Rose

Travis Kauffman 237 vs. Jason Barnett 230.6
Frankie De Alba 130.6 vs. Osnel Charles 133
Rafael Montalvo 146.7 vs. Evencii Dixon 148.1
Travis Thompson 133.9 vs. Emil Rodriguez 134.5
Khalib Whittmore 177 vs. Mark Baltimore 173.4
William Monroe 266.8 vs. Randy Easton TBA

Promoter: Kings Promotions
Venue: Santander Arena
1st Bell: 7PM



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Herbie Hide, former WBO heavyweight champ, jailed for 22-months for cocaine distribution

By James Slater

Various news outlets have reported how Britain’s Herbie Hide, a former two-time WBO heavyweight champion, has been jailed for 22-months for selling cocaine. Reportedly Hide, known in his prime as “The Dancing Destroyer,” fell victim to a sting operation set up by a tabloid. Hide supplied drugs to an undercover investigative journalist in the months of January and February of this year.

In court, Hide’s defence questioned the legality of entrapment tactics the 42-year-old fighter from Norwich fell victim to, and the nature of Hide’s being set up led to his relatively short sentence of 22-months (recall how the once-great Michael Nunn was handed a far, far stiffer sentence for selling drugs a number of years ago). (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing Result

King defeats Sithsaithong

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian lightweight Josh King (16-3, 8 KOs) outscored Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-12-3, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds at the RSL Stadium, Murray Sports Complex, Townsville , Queensland, a Australia on Friday to capture the WBO Oriental title.

Formerly world rated 175 pounder Mark Flanagan (14-4, 9 KOs) stopped cruiserweight Ayitey Powers (18-23-1, 14 KOs) in round five of scheduled eight. (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Chris John affected by spying saga

By Brett Bonetti

WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) has been affected by the Australian government’s recent spying saga. There have recently been allegations Australia had engaged in the phone tapping of Indonesian politicians. The World Boxing Association “Fighter of the Decade” will now need a new venue to hold the upcoming official World championship Boxing press conference.

The press conference was scheduled to be held at the Indonesian consulate in Perth on Tuesday December 3, but due to the recent spying saga, the Indonesian Government body has tightened security and cancelled the planned press conference for the December 6 twin world title fight at Metro City following the strained relations between the Indonesian and the Australian governments. (more…)



November 29th, 2013

UFC

TUF 18 Finale at the scales

The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Finale, which is headlined by the lightweight rubber match between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz, as well as the two TUF 18 final matchups: Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakoczy and Chris Holdsworth vs. Davey Grant, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see the opening prelim bout at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Nate Diaz (156) VS Gray Maynard (156)

TUF 18 WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT FINAL
Jessica Rakoczy (132) VS Julianna Pena (134)

TUF 18 MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT FINAL
David Grant (135) VS Chris Holdsworth (136)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Peggy Morgan (136) VS Jessamyn Duke (135.5)
Raquel Pennington (135) VS Roxanne Modafferi (134)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Maximo Blanco (146) VS Akira Corassani (146)
Tom Niinimaki (145) VS Rani Yahya (145.5)
Walter Harris (244) VS Jared Rosholt (240)
Drew Dober (170) VS Sean Spencer (171)

ONLINE PRELIM
Josh Sampo (127.5)* VS Ryan Benoit (126)

*Sampo weighed in 1.5 pounds over the flyweight limit and will be fined 10% of his purse, a portion of which goes to his opponent.

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Coming up next: TUF 18 Finale is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 Saturday, Nov. 30 from Las Vegas at 10 PM ET/7 PM ET Click here for more



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Stevenson, Bellew, Kovalev, Sillakh make weight as melee breaks out in Quebec City

The weigh-in between Adonis Stevenson and Tony Bellew turned into a near riot has both fighters had to be held back. The melee erupted after Bellew called Stevenson “a pimp” and brought up Stevenson’s violent involvement in a prostitution ring that led to jail time over a decade ago. RDS quoted Bellew as saying, “Tell his victims to watch HBO Saturday night. I’ll give him the beating of his life and avenge his victims, I promise you!”

Adonis Stevenson 174.4 vs. Tony Bellew 175
(WBC light heavyweight title)

Sergey Kovalev 174.6 vs. Ismayl Sillakh 174.4
(WBO light heavyweight title)

Venue: Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City
Promoter: GYM
TV: HBO (The telecast begins with the replay of Manny Pacquiao’s win over Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau.

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November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Kovalev vs. Sillakh Preview

Thanksgiving may have been yesterday but WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and his first title challenger, Ismayl Sillakh, need one more day to determine which of them has more to be thankful for this year. The two 175-pounders face off Saturday night on HBO, from the Colisee Pepsi, in a 12-round title clash that will have one of them closing out 2013 in style.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 22-0-1, 20 KOs, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia and now fighting out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, has had an outstanding 2013. So far he’s scored three high-profile knockouts, including his title-winning effort against Nathan Cleverly, in his most recent bout. Kovalev is riding a 6-bout knockout streak.

Kovalev said, “Sillakh is a dangerous fighter, one of the strongest punchers that I have fought so far. I know that he wants to take my title, but I will not let him. I will win on Saturday. I waited a long time to get title and I intend to keep it a long, long time.” (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing Result

Canas and Ramirez win hard fought decisions

An electric Black Wednesday crowd got more than their fill of pre-Thanksgiving action during Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle” Wednesday night in Hammond, IN. In the six round main event, light welterweight Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas (9-1-1, 3 KOs) beat the always tough Genaro “G” Mendez (7-2-1, 4 KOs) by majority decision. The two former sparring partners traded punches through the match. “I wanna be a champion, Chicago’s champion,” said Canas after the fight. “I am looking at big things guys.”

In the co-main event, middleweight Nick “Bad Boy” Ramirez (4-0-1, 1 KO) also won by majority decision in a four round all out brawl against Roy Navarro (3-1, 2 KOs). Following the fight Navarro, who had a large contingent of fans in the house, told ring announcer Ray Flores that he wants a rematch. (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Josesito Lopez: I Am Ready to Get Back

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Welterweight Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) of Riverside, California is ready to return to the ring as he will take on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) of Queens New York by way of Athens, Greece on Friday December 13 from the Coachella Valley desert at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center in Indio, California.

“I have been preparing for this fight and I am ready to get back,” Josesito told Fightnews.com about his upcoming bout. Lopez is returning to the ring after suffering a sixth round TKO at the hands of Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana. Prior to his fight with Maidana, Lopez also suffered another loss via stoppage to “Canelo” Alvarez.

Now the “Riverside Rocky” looks to bounce back into the win column against the experienced veteran in Arnaoutis. (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Derric Rossy to headline December 14 in Brooklyn

On December 14th, Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing presents a boxing card at Pacplex in Brooklyn, New York. In the featured bout, heavyweight Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs)will see action against an opponent to be named.

“We are excited to bring this event to Brooklyn”, said promoter Sal Musumeci. “New York and especially Brooklyn has have a great year of boxing and I am thrilled to be doing the show there. The state has had around 50 events this year and it will be a great honor to work with such a great and professional commission that is under the guidance of Melvina Lathan.” (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from London

Derek Chisora 235 vs. Ondrej Pala 241

(Note: Chisora defends his WBO International title with the vacant WBA International also up for grabs. He is not defending his EBU European heavyweight championship.)

Frank Buglioni (166.5 vs. Sten Horvath 166.3
Bradley Skeete 147 vs. Colin Lynes 145.4

Venue: The Copper Box in London
Promoter: Frank Warren



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Nietes, Gutierrez, Sabillo, Buitrago make weight

Donnie Nietes 108 Vs. Samuel “Guty” Gutierrez 108
(12 Rounds WBO Jr. Flyweight Title)

Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo 105 Vs. Carlos “Chocoroncito” Buitrago 105
(12 Rounds WBO MiniFlyweight Title)

Milan Melindo 111 Vs. Jose Rodriguez 111
(12 Rounds WBO International Flyweight Title)
Jason Pagara 140 Vs. Vladimir Baez 140
(10 Rounds WBO International Jr. Welter Title)
AJ Banal 124 Vs. Manuel Gonzalez 124
(10 Rounds Superbantamweights)

Site: Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines (site of the historic “Thrilla in Manila”)
TV: ABS-CBN (Philippines) BEin Sports (USA)
Promoters: Michael Aldeger (ALA Boxing Promotions) in association with Tuto Zabala Jr. (All Star Boxing, Inc.)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Yodmongkol dethrones Eto

Thai flyweight Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (33-2, 20 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO to dethrone Japan’s Koki Eto (14-3-1, 10 KOs) and claim the WBA interim flyweight title on Friday in Chonburi, Thailand. Yodmongkol chopped down the taller Eto to end an entertaining brawl.



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Q&A: WBC super middle champ Sakio Bika training in St. Louis for first world title defense

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his upcoming fight with Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs) on December 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be the 34-year-old Bika’s first defense since winning the vacant belt last June against Marco Antonio Periban. “The Scorpion” mentions he wants a rematch with Andre Ward, whom he says he has already beaten in Ward’s hometown, and also thanks his many fans from Australia and the Cameroon for their support.

When did you go into training camp in St Louis?

Training Camp started in St. Louis on October 28 after training a few weeks in Australia. (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing Result

Mayao retains WBA female 102lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBA female light minimumweight (102-pound) champ, Japanese footworker Ayaka Miyao (16-5-1, 1 KO), 99.75, retained her belt for the third time as she fully utilized her speed and finesse to earn a unanimous decision (97-93 twice, 96-94) over mandatory challenger Gretchen Abaniel (13-5, 4 KOs), 101.5, Philippines, over ten fast rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Miyao, making her third defense, started cautiously since the Filipina apparently aimed to throw solid counterpunches to the champ.

It was true that Abaniel was in command in earlier rounds, but Miyao solved the challenger’s strategy and made good use of feint and counter to pile up points in later rounds. The cute Japanese champ had the fading challenger in trouble in the final session to confirm her victory. Miyao’s manager/promoter and ex-WBC/WBA 108-pound ruler Hideyuki Ohashi praised her performance, saying, “It’s Miyao’s best fight. The challenger was as strong as expected, but Miyao overcame Abaniel’s power and clearly dominated the middle rounds on.” The third man was Pinit Prayadsab of Thailand. (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Japanese heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5 KOs), 225.25, successfully kept his national belt as he outlegged and outpunched physically superior Kotatsu Masataka Takehara (9-9-3, 4 KOs), 230.25, and withstood his retaliation in later rounds, winning a unanimous decision (96-94, 97-94, 97-93) over ten hard-fought rounds in Tokyo on Monday (November 25). Fujimoto, formerly a K-1 fighter having entered the international styled paid ranks two years ago, displayed his hand speed and faster footwork to befuddle the slower opponent, who, however, furiously retaliated to dominate three out of the last four sessions. The six-footer Fujimoto, 27, suffered his sole defeat at the hand of Australian Solomon Haumono in a quest for the vacant OPBF belt, succumbing with a single shot in the fifth round last December. But he registered three victories on his comeback trail by defeating Frenchman Fabrice Aurieng (TKO7), Ugandan Peter Okello (TKO6) and Takehara. Fujimoto jubilantly said, “Next year I wish to fight stronger name opponents.” Good luck. (more…)



November 29th, 2013

Boxing News

A decade later, Spadafora takes aim at another world title belt

By Bob Caico

Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia, unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora attempts to grab another portion of a world title. The interim WBA light welterweight belt will be on the line as the 38-year-old #4 ranked Spadafora (48-0-1, 19 KOs) takes on #3 ranked Johan Perez (17-1-1, 12 KOs). Spadafora’s first title reign ended more than a decade ago when he gave up the title to move up in weight. (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I won’t be pushed into anything with George Groves,” is Carl Froch’s latest. (More) . . . In fact, rather than face Groves again, Froch is considering Andre Ward or Julio Chavez Jr. (More)

“Pay up and shut up:” Manny Paquiao gets a slap on the wrist by Philippines president Aquino for using the media to deal with his tax problems. (More)

A win over Sugar Shane Mosley has Anthony Mundine throwing out big names. (More)

A former female boxer and a gun-toting homeowner is making news in Florida. (More)



November 28th, 2013

UFC

TUF 18 Finale – Main Card Fantasy Preview

The 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter will come to a close this weekend when the men and women’s finalists from the bantamweight division square off, along with a trilogy coming to a close as Gray Maynard meets Nate Diaz in the main event of the evening . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: TUF 18 Finale is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 Saturday, Nov. 30 from Las Vegas at 10 PM ET/7 PM ET Click here for more



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Shane Cameron to face Brian Minto on Dec 14

By Brett Bonetti

Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-3, 22 KOs) will return to ring to face American Brian “The Beast” Minto (38-7, 24 KOs) in the main event of the ” Woodstock Fight for Life” card on Saturday December 14 at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. Cameron is looking to once again make an impact in the heavyweight division as Minto believes Cameron’s ‘Ring Rust’ will work in his favour, as by the time this bout takes place, Cameron would have been officially out of the ring for 388 days.

“Shane is a fighter I respect, but that would worry me,” Minto said. “It’s all very well talking about knocking me out but I haven’t been out of the ring for a year like Shane. That is bound to play on his mind when the bell goes. You can say you are sparring great in the gym but, trust me, it is different once you get under those lights and you get those ten ounce gloves on. When you have been off so long, there are a lot of unanswered questions.” (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Ndlovu and Transvaal fight to a draw once again

By Ron Jackson

Featherweights Prince Ndlovu and Mbulelo Transvaal fought toe-to-toe over eight rounds in an exciting clash that ended in a draw at the Presley’s Restaurant in Boksburg on Wednesday night. This was a return match with their first fight in November last year also ending in a draw. The scores were 77-75, 78 7-4 and 77-77. After an even first session Ndlovu stunned Transvaal in the second round but was unable to finish him off. Transvaal did well to get back into the fight and earn a draw, but some ringsiders felt that Ndlovu had done enough to take the decision. A third meeting is a must as Ndlovu took his record to 7-1-1, 3 KOs and Transvaal went to 5-8-2, 4 KOs. (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Harrison annihilates Ward; McKart runs over Munguia

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

For a round-and-a-half, at Detroit’s Masonic Temple in Wednesday night’s Kaltsas Productions boxing show, it could have been any two reasonably-skilled boxers out there going through their paces, feeling each other out in the early going, not committing much. Then Tony Harrison dropped the hammer.

One right hand and it was all over. (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Murray, Ogogo and Yafai added to December 14 London bill

Martin Murray, Anthony Ogogo and Kal Yafai have all been added to the star-studded line-up of Matchroom Sport’s Christmas bumper fight night at the ExCeL in London on December 14. Middleweight contender Murray is in ten-round action against Sergey Khomitsky, Ogogo returns to the scene of his Olympic success for his fourth pro fight while Yafai moves into double figures in the paid ranks as he eyes title fights in 2014.

The card features 15 fights with former lightweight title challenger Kevin Mitchell facing Italian Brunet Zamora for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title, and recent welterweight title challenger Lee Purdy aims to take the European title from Italian Leonard Bundu.



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Lebedev vs. Jones Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Hall of Fame promoter Don King, representing Panamanian Guillermo “Felino” Jones, and Russian promoter Vladimir Hrunov, representing WBA cruiserweight champion Dennis Lebedev, met this week in Panama to discuss disagreements in regard to the WBA-mandated rematch Lebedev vs Jones. World Championships Committee president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza acted as mediator. Don King reiterated his request for reconsideration of Jones’ case so the negotiation period mandated during the 92nd Annual Convention held in Peru is extended until the Championships Committee takes a decision on the purse split. As of now, the two sides have 15 days to come to an agreement.



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Dec 7 Arroyo-Fuentes IBF eliminator postponed

Due to visa issues with Filipinos Rocky Fuentes and Mark Acub, the card Noche de Campeones DIRECTV that was supposed to be held on December 7 at the Humacao Arena in Humacao, Puerto Rico, was postponed until January 25, 2014. Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) said that due to the problems in the Philippines after the devastation caused by the Typhoon Haiyan, Fuentes (the opponent of McWilliams Arroyo) and Acub (opponent of Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez) will not get their visas on time to fly to Puerto Rico.

“The issue is that two fighters of the main bouts won’t be in Puerto Rico in time because the interviews for the visa are delayed in the Philippines and the fight between McWilliams Arroyo and Rocky Fuentes is an eliminator for the #1 in the IBF rankings, and we can’t change this bout. So, we postponed the card to January 25, 2014, when we will present the same show that has been announced,”Rivera said. (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Juergen Braehmer Update

Former world champion Jurgen Brahmer (41-2, 31 KOs) is ready to impress. Since weeks, the southpaw is in intense preparation for the big task ahead of him. On December 14, Braehmer wants to make himself the biggest gift as he tries to again become a world champion at light heavyweight. In Neubrandenburg, Germany the 35-year-old will go toe-to-toe with Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs) with the vacant WBA world title on the line.

Since Monday, Braehmer and his coach Karsten Roewer have relocated to a remote training facility in the northern part of Germany for the final weeks of sparring. Roewer is delighted in reference to his prodigy’s shape: “It’s stunning how Juergen performs at the moment. We already had to send home a bunch of sparring partners before moving here.” (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Tijuana fight awards

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

On Wednesday afternoon at the President’s Room of Tijuana’s City Hall, Juan Carlos Pelayo, director of the Tijuana boxing commission, held their yearly awards ceremony honoring the best of 2012. Former champions Erik “Terrible” Morales, Alejandro “Terra” Garcia and Victor Burgos were on hand as well as a number of city and state wide dignitaries including the mayor’s official representative Daniel Leon.

“One of the requests from our mayor, Carlos Bustamante, made to this commission when he appointed us was for us to increase the number of fights and to make the commission somewhat more professional,” Pelayo stated in his turn at the dais. “I believe we have accomplished that with new innovations such as reducing the minimum amount of rounds for each fight card. I would like to thank the promoters, Zanfer, Mayen, Olivaritos, PM, Gonzalez and Box Latino, for trusting us and having their events here in Tijuana and helping us become one of the most important boxing plazas not only in Mexico but the world.” (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Stevenson vs. Bellew heats up in snowy Quebec

The final press conference was held Wednesday for Saturday’s attractive HBO card at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, featuring two light heavyweight world championship fights. Things got testy between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) and mandatory challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) after the 6’2 Bellew’s references to the 5’11 Stevenson as a “little man,” “midget” and “dwarf.” Stevenson responded that Chad Dawson is 6’3 and he “planted him” in 76 seconds. For the co-feature, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) and challenger Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) issued typical boilerplate presser statements.

Adonis Stevenson: I know you are dreaming to be world champion. You will never fight a man and ‘Superman’ like me. I will knock you out cold. I am going to knock you out.

Tony Bellew: Alls I want to do is nail him with every single thing I’ve got. Whatever it takes and whatever I’ve got to do, I’m gonna do it and on Saturday night I am going to be world champion. Adonis Stevenson is getting beaten up and manhandled. It’s as simple as that. I don’t care what he brings. You all go on about he’s Superman, he’s this and that. The fact of the matter is he has been knocked out by a guy who has lost 20 fights

Sergey Kovalev: I’ll show what I came to do. This is a very big test for me, will be a great fight.

Ismayl Sillakh: I’m ready to fight for the title. Ready to fight the best.



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Khan says Mayweather cannot dictate catch weight

Former two-division world champion Amir Khan, who is considered the frontrunner to face P4P king Floyd Mayweather in May, says he will not allow Floyd to force him to fight at a catch weight as Mayweather did against Canelo Alvarez.

“I will not be dictated to,” Khan told the Daily Star. “With me it will be 147lbs and that is it. I will be moving up a weight and I will not be killing myself to make it – has he ever fought anyone who has done that before?…He always fights people he can control, he cannot control me!”



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Hot “Diablo” in cold Chicago

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Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk

“Let’s make it simple – I will be WBC cruiserweight champion as long as I want to be. Nobody will take this title from me. Starting with Fragomeni on December 6 in Chicago. I can promise all my Polish fans, here in the U.S. and in Poland, I will bring WBC belt back,” said Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk, who arrived in the Windy City Wednesday evening.

“Everything worked very well during training camp and I’m ready to explode next Friday in the UIC Pavilion,” said Włodarczyk, who plans to have a quiet Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. city with the largest Polish population and “maybe hit some stores on Friday”. Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KO) will defend his WBC cruiserweight title December 6 in Chicago’s UIC Pavilion again mandatory challenger, Italy’s Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs). The big evening of world championship boxing in Chicago, which also includes the return of #1 IBF ranged light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KO) against hard hitting Sam Miller (26-7, 23 KO), will be televised live by ESPN3.com.



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Chisora ready for big things in 2014

British heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora has earmarked 2014 as his breakthrough year. The 29-year-old fighting out of London was speaking ahead of his WBO International title clash with Czech bruiser Ondrej Pala this weekend at the Copper Box Arena, a fight that also has the vacant WBA International title up for grabs. ‘Del Boy’ believes next year holds big things for him and that the experience which he has picked up over his last few fights will stand him in good stead, as he looks to take out other big name challengers vying for a shot at world title glory.

“I believe that 2014 will be a very special year for me,” said Chisora to BoxNation. “I’m open to fighting anyone whether that is a re-match with Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or whoever. If that’s the road I have to go through to get another crack at the world title I’m ready for it. I’ve learned a hell of a lot over the past two years and the experience I’ve picked up is going to be crucial to me going forward,” he said. (more…)



November 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Leon Spinks III headlines Dec 6 Las Vegas card

Undefeated Leon Spinks III, grandson of the former heavyweight world champion, headlines a professional boxing card presented by Pochiro Boxing Promotions, “Throwdown at Sam’s Town—Round 1,” Friday, Dec. 6, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. Also on the card, which features six professional bouts, is 2012 US National Amateur Champion Santos Vasquez.

Spinks, who’s in a four-round lightweight bout, is tall for his division at 5-foot-11-inches. The 25-year-old Spinks, whose nickname is, logically, “The Third Generation,” is from Huntington Beach, Calif., and has a record of 6-0-1 with three knockouts. The southpaw is the grandson of Leon Spinks, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and then shocked Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas two years later to win the undisputed heavyweight world championship. Spinks’ opponent will be determined. (more…)



November 27th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC denies that Bailey won WBC Intl title

By Boxing Bob Newman

WBC International championship chairman Mauro Betti has rejected claims from the camp of former world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey that Bailey won the vacant WBC International welterweight belt with his win over Humberto Toledo last Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.

“I hereby confirm that this WBC Committee has NEVER received any specific application and no sanction fee was paid to the WBC for this fight,” Betti told Fightnews.com. “Therefore, I hereby confirm that Randall Bailey is NOT the current WBC International Welterweight champion. The vacant championship will take place in Africa in one month’s time.”



November 27th, 2013




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