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Gary Salazar, America’s top-rated amateur bantamweight from Fresno, has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made the announcement today. “We are very excited about Gary signing with Top Rank,” Arum said. Salazar was tabbed by many as the bantamweight who would represent Team USA in the Rio 2016 Olympics. He decided to turn professional, is 2-0 with two first round KOs and will make his official Top Rank debut in a four round bout on Top Rank’s ESPN Friday Night boxing card at Mandalay Bay on Friday night.
“Gary is one of the brightest prospects in California and a big ticket seller in his hometown of Fresno,” said Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler of Top Rank. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
In a clash of former world champions, Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) outclassed and punished the self-proclaimed “best ever” Anthony Mundine (46-6, 27 KOs), scoring five knockdowns in a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision in a jr middleweight clash on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. In his first meaningful fight in four years, Clottey took the fight to Mundine, dropping him for the first time in round three. Clottey continued to attack, flooring Mundine twice in round six. Clottey scored his fourth knockdown in round eight. Mundine was down yet again in round ten, however “The Man” showed tremendous courage in taking his beating like a man for the full twelve. Scores were 116-108, 115-109, 117-108.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight David Aloua (11-1, 8 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round KO over previously unbeaten Brad Pitt (15-1, 12 KOs).
The UFC will travel to Abu Dhabi this Friday with an undercard filled with international talent and grappling superstars, as several up and comers and some Octagon veterans look to get a win in the promotion’s second visit to the Middle East. . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Floyd “Money” Mayweather is in the news again with his gambling wins. More
Speaking of Mayweather, “Money” was a surprise visitor to the Timothy Bradley camp. More
Carlos Molina is still locked up in a Las Vegas jail. More
In an exciting fight that saw the tuxedo clad high-rollers of Toronto’s business elite stand up and cheer the final round, Halifax’s Tyson Cave (24-2 8KO) won a unanimous 96-94, 96-94, 99-91 decision over a game Sebastien Gauthier (22-5-1 14KO) of Montreal at the 29th annual Shaw Festival at the Royal York Hotel. The annual fundraiser for the arts where ringside tables cost as much as $13,000 provided the philanthropists with a match-up of the two best super-bantamweghts in Canada with Cave walking away NABA Canada belt. Gauthier had trouble closing the distance in the early going and Cave used the entire ring, making the Quebec fighter miss. The boxers went back and forth over the fight with Cave posting his best round in the 9th. Gauthier did his best to pull things out of the fire in the final round as the pair exchanged combinations, but it was too little too late and the WBA #8 ranked Cave walked away with 9th consecutive victory. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley poses with TNT basketball analysts and former NBA stars: Reggie Miller and Chris Webber during a special guest appearance at the Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets NBA game Tuesday night on the TNT Network. Bradley was on hand at the Staples Center to promote his eagerly-anticipated rematch against superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT.
Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) will step into the highest-profile fight of his life on short notice and face WBO #1 ranked Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) for the WBO NABO Lightweight title this Saturday, April 12, in the co-main event of the HBO Pay-Per-View card featuring the Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
An extended illness suffered by former two-time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martínez forced him to cancel, creating the huge opportunity for Usmanee, who was already in the gym preparing for another fight. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach led the way as boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao stepped off his custom Team Pacquiao bus and made his ‘Grand Arrival’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao was greeted by hundreds of cheering fans who are eagerly-anticipating his rematch against undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I am very excited to return to Las Vegas,” said Pacquiao. “I didn’t fight here since December of 2012 and I missed a lot this environment…The first fight is already part of the past. What matters is this Saturday and I’m going to regain my world championship.
“The fight in Macao was a great experience and I enjoyed it very much, but it’s not like an important fight in Las Vegas and all the enthusiasm in this city…I’m hoping to give a great fight and great satisfaction to all my fellow Filipinos with a win this Saturday.” Photos…
Report/photos: Przemek Garczarczyk
When WBC challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) last saw former WBA champion Gabriel Campillo (22-6, 9 KOs) it was August 2013 and both men were in the middle of the ring at US Cellular Field, usually home of the Chicago White Sox. Fonfara won the fight after hard battle with his power but the southpaw from Spain proved why he is considered one of the slickest, most accurate punchers in the game. “Gabriel, like my other sparring partners before the Adonis Stevenson fight, works hard, give me all they have during sparring,” said Fonfara. “He never wastes his punches, has a very elusive style and I need to be my best. This exactly what I want from my sparring partners.” On May 24, the “Polish Prince” will face WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) in Montreal. photos
Great Britain’s unbeaten middleweight star and 2012 Olympic medalist Anthony Ogogo (5-0, 2 KOs) will make his debut in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, on Saturday, May 3 when he faces an opponent to be named on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME PPV mega-event “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Official Statement: TDLR (Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation) is happy to have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Richard (Dickie) Cole. Dickie is retiring on April 30th of this year after 21 years in the Combative Sports program with the state of Texas! His legacy is the safe and organized combative sports events that are seen across the state. Throughout the years, he has been recognized for his dedication to combative sports and has provided opportunities and mentoring for many young men and women to become referees, judges, promoters, and seconds. His care and concern for the sport of boxing has been a lifelong passion that will continue to influence the industry for years to come. We are proud to have worked with Dickie, and to have been recipients of his wisdom and knowledge. He will be missed but not forgotten. We wish him well and thank him for his decades of service to the state of Texas.
Greg Alvarez has been named interim Combative Sports program manager. Alvarez has been a member of the TDLR team for 13 years.
Undefeated prospect and top 15 world-ranked lightweight Jose “El Chon” Zepeda (18-0, 16 KOs) has been added to the TV portion of the April 26th Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas card at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Zepeda, a devastating puncher who holds a nearly 90% knockout rate and is riding a 12-bout knockout streak, will face off against perennial spoiler Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (32-14-1, 6 KOs). Zepeda is a Southern California native, born in Long Beach and residing in La Puente. He is trained by Robert Alcazar, former trainer of Oscar de la Hoya.
Yesterday it was officially announced by Oswlado Küchle, director of Promociones Del Pueblo, that the opponent in the first defense of WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez will be undefeated WBC #12 ranked Clive Atwell (12-0-1, 7 KOs) of Guyana. The fight will be May 24 in Acapulco.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 52nd annual WBC convention was officially announced this week. In a surprise move, Las Vegas has once again landed the coveted role of hosting the annual gathering. It was only in 2011 that the WBC last held their annual convention in the desert oasis. Now, three years later, The Mirage Hotel will do the honors from December 14-19, 2014. This event will mark the first convention under the reign of newly elected president Mauricio Sulaiman, son of the legendary Don Jose Sulaiman Chagnon. The elder Sulaiman passed away on January 16, 2014, after a heroic struggle following a complicated cardiac surgery. While Mauricio oversaw the 51st convention in Bangkok, Thailand as his father remained hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Don Jose was still officially president for life. Details on the 2014 convention will be forthcoming at the WBC website over the coming months at WBCBOXING.com.
WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) poses with sparring mate Razvan Cojanu (9-1, 4 KOs) from his training camp in Australia. Lepai will challenge WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) on April 26th in Germany.
The 6’8 Southern California-based Cojanu is said to be giving Lepai very good work ahead of the extremely tough task ahead of him with Klitschko. Cojanu is unbeaten since signing on with Journeyman Management including avenging his only defeat.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has announced that his next fight will not be televised by the Mexican broadcast network Televisa, whom he has been with throughout his boxing career. Through his Instagram account, CaneloPower, Alvarez made the announcement: “Good morning, for the date of July 12, it has been decided that it will not be televised by Televisa due to work and personal issues. Thank you for your support and we’ll find the best for you and me, have a great day, regards.”
A source close to Alvarez told Fightnews.com the following: “Televisa hasn’t treated Alvarez as the great global star he is. Although many think he’s the darling of the network, the truth he is not … it’s not official yet, but it appears that Alvarez wishes to take a different path and now could listen offers of the other broadcasters.”
Canelo Alvarez is the owner of the TV rights for Mexico. Promoter Golden Boy Promotions has the U.S. TV rights.
WBO jr. welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) arrived from Moscow late Monday night in Los Angeles to begin preparations for his June 14 title defense that will be televised live on HBO against an opponent to be named. The name at the top of the Provodnikov camp’s short list is said to be Long Island contender Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs), who is rated WBO #13.
Also on the telecast will be the first defense of WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) against WBO #1 rated Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs).
The card is expected to land in the New York area.
Here are the main quotes from today’s kick-off press conference ahead of the fight between WBO Super-Middleweight World Champion Arthur Abraham and Nikola Sjekloca on May 3 at the Velodrom Berlin, Germany, which will host its first ever world title fight.
Nikola Sjekloca: “I am going to dethrone the ‘King’ Arthur and take his title away. Last year, I had a competitive fight against Sakio Bika, who went on to win the WBC Belt. Now I want to win the WBO Title and unify against Bika in a rematch. I do not underestimate Abraham as I am following his career since he had his first world championship fight. I studied his style in detail and know how to beat him.”
Arthur Abraham: “To study my style by watching videos is one thing, to step into the ring against me the other. I am leaving for training camp tomorrow morning. I know for a fact that my coach Ulli Wegner will come up with the right game plan for me to be victorious on May 3. I am really looking forward to defend the WBO World Championship in my hometown of Berlin.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
It was a crazy Sunday with too many important bouts in Japan. In Tokyo, Naoya Inoue, a 20-year-old Japanese youngster, so brilliantly wrested the WBC 108-pound belt with such a fine demolition of Adrian Hernandez in six lopsided rounds, while WBC flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi kept his throne by a one-punch knockout of game and gallant Mexican Odilon Zaleta in nine competitive rounds.
The undercards were also entertaining contests with future champs therein. Former two-time national high school champ Takuma Inoue (just 2-0), 110, amazingly defeated WBA #4/WBC #5/IBF #5 Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-3, 15 KOs), 110, by a very unanimous decision (all 79-73) over eight. The 18-year-old brother of the newly crowned WBC champ Naoya also looked so talented and gifted that he beat up the more experienced son of the ex-world titlist from Thailand, battered him with more powerful combinations and piled up points very steadily. We look forward to the growth of Takuma Inoue as well as Kosei Tanaka of Nagoya, both of whom were good rivals in many amateur tournaments. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Sebastien Gauthier 129.6 vs. Tyson Cave 129.8 **
Sam Vargas 149.6 vs. Tebor Brosch 146.6
Abokan Bokye 197.2 vs. Lyndon Chambers 198
**Results of Ontario same day weigh-in. Both weighed in yesterday for the NABA Canadian Title with Cave coming in at 122 pounds and Gauthier 121.4.
Location: Royal York Hotel
First Bell: 8:45
Lou Lauria Joins Ultimate Fighting Championship as Vice President, Governing Body Relationships and International Fight Week
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Lou Lauria has joined the company as Vice President, Governing Body Relationships and International Fight Week. In this role, Lauria will oversee the company’s relationships with national, continental, and international sports federations. He will also spearhead the UFC’s global expansion and influence during International Fight Week™ in Las Vegas. (more…)
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who returns to a U.S. ring for the first time since 2012, will kick off Fight Week with his Grand Arrival today inside the main lobby of the MGM Grand. Pacquiao, his Hall of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of his team, will arrive at 1:30 P.M. PT in a bus custom-designed with Pacquiao’s image. Fans are invited to attend and give boxing’s only eight-division world champion a boisterous welcome as he attempts to regain the WBO welterweight title from the undefeated defending champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. This will be the first time Pacquiao has ever challenged to regain a world title he formerly held.
As for Bradley? He will break camp today, then head to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles this evening to appear on TNT’s Lakers-Rockets telecast before heading to Las Vegas.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced they are the official gaming partner of Top Rank Boxing, the PlayStation brand and the PlayStation4 system (PS4) will be highlighted at several of Top Rank’s premier events, including the highly anticipated world welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on Saturday. In addition, the PlayStation brand will be integrated into the June 7 pay-per-view match-up at Madison Square Garden between three-division champ Miguel Cotto and reigning middleweight champ Sergio Martinez. Additional events to feature PlayStation integration include the May 17 bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado at the Forum in Los Angeles and several UniMas events. (more…)
By James Slater
Fight fans who have access to British Eurosport are in luck, as the TV network will carry live coverage of the Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai fight on April 26th. David Kerr, managing director of British Eurosport said moments ago that “It’s fantastic to be broadcasting this high profile world heavyweight title clash in the classic Saturday night slot.” Most people feel 38-year-old Klitschko, 61-3(51) and the holder of the Ring Magazine, WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles, will be too much for the 30-4-3(24) Samoan. Still, 34-year-old Leapai can punch and he earned his shot by upsetting Denis Boytsov back in November of last year. Leapai is a huge underdog, yet he believes in his power and feels he has the stuff to cause an even bigger upset.
RTL will televise the fight in Germany. As of yet, no U.S. TV outlet has announced live coverage of the world heavyweight championship fight, so like in the recent Golovkin-Adama fight, Americans could be on the outside looking in.
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Enzo Calzaghe has opened up a memorabilia shop to share memories of Joe Calzaghe. More
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Barry McGuigan looks to prepare Carl Frampton for an eventual showdown with Leo Santa Cruz. More
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