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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO ...

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Cuellar, Tamayo make weight

Cuellar, Tamayo make weight

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME The eight fighters who will compete on Showtime Extreme Saturday night all made weight at Little Creek Casino Resort in ...

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Ruiz outweighs Liakhovich by 36 pounds

Ruiz outweighs Liakhovich by 36 pounds

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Andy Ruiz Jr 267.8 vs. Siarhei Liakhovich 231.1 (NABF and WBO I/C heavyweight titles) Daniel Echeverria 139.5 vs. Noe Lopez 136.5 Trevor ...

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Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Looking fit and trim, Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, 52, sparred four rounds in a boxing exhibition at the Centro de ...

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Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

By Karl Freitag WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against WBC #5 challenger Dmitry "The ...

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Kathy Duva talks Adamek, Glazkov

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Main Events

“Only Adamek knows if he can again dedicate himself 100 percent to the sport of boxing. He’s financially secured, has a great family, and if Adamek decides to fight is because of his competitive spirit, not because he has to. Those are tough questions and I expect that Tomasz should have weeks to make the right decision. No matter what his decision will be, Main Events will always support our champion; we understand the reasoning behind both options,” said Main Events President Kathy Duva in a Fightnews.com interview. (more…)



March 21st, 2014



UFC

Lahat cool and confident before debut

UFC newcomer Noad Lahat couldn’t help but shake his head when a friend recently asked him if he was worried about fighting a Brazilian – Godofredo Pepey – in Brazil this Sunday when he makes his Octagon debut . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 21st, 2014


Boxing News

Q&A: Jonathan Vidal

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Tonight’s “Boxeo Telemundo” Main Event will see Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico take on Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fight card will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion , Tampa, FL. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions.

Vidal like Tosado recently suffered his first and only career loss to date. However, unlike Tosado, Vidal does not feel he lost when he dropped a decision in the home country of his opponent. Though Vidal is taking this fight on just days notice, he stated he was in excellent shape and ready to shine on this big stage. (more…)



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Mancini visits the Wild Card

Photos by Pete Susens

Former World Lightweight Champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini visited The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood Thursday to watch Manny Pacquiao prepare for his April 12th bout with Timothy Bradley at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

More photos…



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Pueblo, Colorado

Photo: Sundown Entertainment

Photo: Sundown Entertainment

Maria Suarez 109 vs. Chantel Cordova 111.2
Javier Rodriguez 152.8 vs. Marcus Dawkins 155
Robert Brewington 168 vs. Izaak Cardona 168
Kevin Benson 135.2 vs. Ronnie Reams 136

Venue: Pueblo Convention Center
Promoter: Cordova Productions and Sundown Entertainment

The card originally was planned to include five professional bouts. However, due to injury David Escamilla is unable to participate in his contest with Chris Galvadon.



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Weights

Heather Hardy 121 vs. Nydia Feliciano 119
Joe Smith 178 vs. Michael Gbenga 172
Patrick Day 153 vs. Duane King 151.4
Lamar Russ 160 vs. Tony Hirsch 160
Chris Galeano 155 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 155
Joel Diaz 130 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 129
Eduardo Alicea 165.4 vs. James Johnson 159
Joseph Williams 177.8 vs. PJ Cajigas 173.8

Venue: Aviator Sports & Event Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Cabazon, California

Vanes Martirosyan 154 vs. Mario Lozano 153
Anthony Peterson 135 vs. Marcos Jimenez 132
Razvan Cojanu 264 vs. Avery Gibson 240
Abel Ramos 140.75 vs. Rodolfo Armenta 138

Venue: Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: ESPN2



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko discusses Briggs gym ambush

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko speaks after former WBO champion Shannon Briggs went ballistic on Thursday morning as Wladimir prepared for his workout at the Heavyweight Factory in Hollywood. Florida.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury erupts at press conference

Tyson Fury erupted at Thursday’s press conference in Manchester with rival Dereck Chisora as the volatile heavyweights came face-to-face in the city where the big grudge fight will take place. Chisora and Fury collide in a Final Eliminator for the WBO World heavyweight title, with the vacant British title on the line and also Chisora’s European belt, at the Phones 4 U Arena on July 26th. Both met head-to-head on Monday in London where they engaged in a war of words, but if Thursday’s events are anything to go by, the big summer showdown could be the most explosive all-British heavyweight scrap in recent years.

Londoner Chisora kept Fury waiting on the top table turning up well after the official start time and casually strolling in which, no doubt, infuriated the Manchester giant.

After the initial introduction were made by Francis Warren, followed by a few words from trainers Don Charles and Peter Fury and Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy, Fury stood up and said, “All this mumbo-jumbo, great fights and all that – basically, let me tell you straight how it is.” Standing up and grabbing the microphone he continued, ‘Listen, I’m Tyson Fury, I’m the best heavyweight on the planet, this idiot is getting knocked spark out and I’m sick to death of this.’ Finishing off with: ‘This motherf****r is going to sleep’ before tipping the table over sending the title belts, table microphones, reporters’ recorders and bottles of water flying, before storming out of the press conference. (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayfield Moves Smooth

By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com

Karim Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs), who faces Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) on March 29 talked Thursday of being unconventional in the ring and in life – and backed it up with a high-energy press conference that included a spiritual, rousing introduction by his mother; the junior welterweight calling fans to the stage for a push-up contest after rapping a little; singing the praises of yoga; and working out to the swift, percussive beats of seven drummers.

While there should be joy and style in living, Mayfield believes, the HBO-televised fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ will remind people that he grew up in a tough, violent part of San Francisco, Calif.

“There will be some street-fighting,” he said in front of a raucous, supportive crowd of about 150 supporters at San Francisco City Hall. “I’m from the streets, right?” (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Arce visits former foe Carmona in Colombia

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Photo: Miguel A Guzman

Former multi-division world champion Jorge Arce of Mexico visited former opponent Jose Carmona of Colombia in Cartagenas, Colombia. Carmona endured two brain surgeries after his fight with Arce last November and remains hospitalized but conscious. Arce donated $10,000 to go towards the medical expenses of Carmona.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Photo: All Star Boxing

Photo: All Star Boxing


Jonathan Vidal 117 vs. Antonio Tostado 117
Luis Cruz 138.2 vs. Carlos Velazquez 135.4
Toribio Ramirez 126 vs. Bryan Resto 125.8
Alphonso Black 154.2 vs. Juan Aguirre 151.6
Angel Martinez 163.4 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 164.8
Lenroy Thomas 243 vs. Travis Fulton 243
LeJea Bolden Jr. 125.6 vs. Celiel Castillo 128.6

Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo



March 20th, 2014

UFC

Edgar-Penn 3 set for July 6

After ten rounds, two fights, and one stint coaching against each other on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will settle their score once and for all at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6. Edgar has won the first two bouts of this series, but with the landscape changing to the featherweight division and Penn hungrier than ever for redemption, this five round matchup, which headlines the TUF 19 Finale card, has all the makings of a classic.

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

FBHOF names new board members

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The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its new Board of Directors. President Walter “Butch” Flansburg, CFO Kathy Flansburg and Vice President Steve Canton are set as lifetime board members and Dr. Mel Jurado (Corporate Governance), Bob Alexander (Public Relations/Media), John Daddono (Fundraising/Sales) and Enrique “Rick” Encinosa (Historian) have each been elected to serve one year terms.

“We are very pleased with our selection of new board members, and are very excited as we move ahead in the coming years with the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame,” said President Walter “Butch” Flansburg.

The Induction weekend is set for June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Sheraton Tampa East in Tampa, Florida.

Living inductees for the Class of 2014 include former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, manager Fred Levin, promoters Walter Alvarez, Luis De Cubas and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, and Leo Thalassites. Those inducted posthumously include former world champion Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman. Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra will receive Boxing Achievement Awards.



March 20th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fan Expo Returns to Las Vegas This July During International Fight Week

As part of UFC International Fight Week™, thousands of fans from all over the world will celebrate their passion for mixed martial arts (MMA) during UFC Fan Expo® July 5-6 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. During the two-day event fans will have access to the sport’s biggest names, interact with industry icons and more than 150 vendors, participate in exhibitions, fighter autograph and training sessions, and enjoy other special events and competitions. The UFC Fan Expo will culminate with the exciting conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter® 19 Finale on Sunday, July 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

VIDEO: Briggs disrupts Klitschko training session

By Karl Freitag

The workout of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was disrupted Thursday morning by comebacking former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. As Wlad was having his hands wrapped by assistant trainer Aldo Vetera, Shannon stopped by the Heavyweight Factory Gym in Hollywood, Florida. Briggs was calm and collected at first, but then he started going off on Wladimir. Shannon then ripped off his shirt and told Wladimir that he’s been fighting bums all his career and challenged Wlad to fight right then and there. As he was being held back, Briggs threw his shoe at Wlad, striking him in the chest.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Sabillo: I’m coming to give everything in the ring

Photo: Zanfer

Photo: Zanfer


WBO mini-flyweight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) is in Monterrey, Mexico, where he’ll defend against local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey. The world title bout is the co-feature for the welterweight clash between Jorge “Maromerito” Paez and former world champion Vivian Harris.

“I know little of the Mexican,” said Filipino star Sabillo. “Just that he’s very young. He must have talent to be looking for a world title, but I’m ready. I’m fully confident that I will continue as champion. We had a great camp and even in the backyard of my challenger I’ll defeat him…fights between Mexicans and Filipinos are guarantees of a great fights and Saturday against Rodriguez will be no exception. I’m coming to give everything in the ring.”



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Frans Botha to headline May 1 UAE card

Last December, Edward Mendy’s Lion Heart Boxing promoted the first-ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi history. Mendy will now return to the United Arab Emirates with a May 1 card taking place in Dubai. The event, billed as “May Day Mayhem,” will feature former heavyweight contender Frans Botha (48-11-3, 29 KOs) and take place at the Emirates Golf Club’s “The Lawns” venue. The 45-year-old “White Buffalo” will be looking to snap a six fight losing streak against an opponent to be named.

In the co-feature, 40-year-old former welterweight contender Antonio Mesquita (35-3, 27 KOs) returns against Dubai-based French fighter Nordine Arik (11-2-2, 4 KOs). (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Steve Cunningham media workout

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

With a little more than two weeks remaining before his 10-round nationally televised main event with Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, 20-0, 15 KOs, heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham, 26-6, 12 KOs, held an open media workout today at the Rock Ministries Gym in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Cunningham and Mansour will clash at North Philly’s Liacouras Center on Friday, April 4th, in a fight for Mansour’s USBA title that will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network.

Also participating in the workout were Cunningham’s stablemate, Khalib “Bigfoot” Whitmore, 5-0, 4 KOs, who has a spot on the undercard of the anticipated April 4th card, and the trainer of both fighters, Brother Naazim Richardson.

Steve Cunningham: “This is a special fight for me because Mansour is the powerhouse and they are calling him the next Mike Tyson. He has the USBA title and the fight is in Philly. So great, let’s go. All the negative things being said about me just fuel me up. These things fuel me in camp. Almost every fight in my career, even as a champion, has been about showing these people that I’m supposed to be here.” (more…)



March 20th, 2014

UFC

UFN Natal Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC’s return to Brazil marks yet another opportunity to discover some of the best young talent coming out of the South American country, not to mention the mix of veterans also competing on the undercard who are either looking to bounce back from a recent loss or fight their way onto a main card in the future . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vibe Mag reports on Floyd Mayweather working out to Justin Bieber. More

Can Vanes Matirosyan make a fresh start under Goossen-Tutor? More and More

According to local reports, former boxing champ Holly Holm is out of the running as a possible foe for UFC’s Ronda Rousey.

A new biopic produced in the Philippines will focus on Manny Pacquiao’s childhood and family. More



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Hatanaka: Tanaka may win world belt in third pro bout to tie Saengsak’s record

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Fumika Okuchi

Former WBC super-bantam champ and currently promoter/manager Kiyoshi Hatanaka flamboyantly predicts that his “Dream Boy” Kosei Tanaka (2-0) may win a world championship in his next bout to tie with Saengsak Muangsurin’s record of winning the world belt in his third pro outing. The sensational youngster Tanaka, who defeated a couple of world contenders in as many pro bouts, is still 18 years of age, but his impresario Hatanaka earnestly wishes to make his golden rookie have a world shot as soon as possible. “Tanaka has everything to become a world champion, so I hope he will tie the world record of Muangsuin. Lomachenko lately failed to beat Saengsak’s mark, but Tanaka will tie the record without fail should he be fortunate enough to get an opportunity. As you (press people) watched, Tanaka superbly can punch, box and defend himself. I hope the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF will pave the way for the genius to prove his worth.”

Reviewing boxing history thanks to great statistician Bob Yalen’s list (where so-called “interim” champs aren’t counted), the quickest route to the top was registered by Saengsak Muangsurin of Thailand who dethroned WBC 140-pound champ Perico Fernandez of Spain via eighth round knockout in 1975. The southpaw ex-Muaythai battler won the belt in his “third” international-style fight. The second quickest is also a Thailander named Veeraphol Sahaprom, who gained the WBA bantam belt by dethroning his compatriot Daorung Chuwatana in his “fourth” pro fight in 1995. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

New Telemundo main event: Vidal vs. Tostado

Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will return Friday from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In a new main event Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will face Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico in a bout scheduled for ten Rounds for the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title. This will be another classic battle of the series Puerto Rico vs. Mexico. The original main event fell out when David Carmona reported ill for his fight against Mathew Villanueva. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Rafael Cobos 140.25 vs Adam Gamboa 140.25
Scott Alexander 236 vs Juan Luis Lopez 280
Abraham Cruz 253.5 vs Luis Rodriguez 200.5
Pastor Elenes 147.75 vs Rogelio Arenas 147.75
Francisco Pedroza 116.25 vs David Godinez 115.5
Julio Robles 118 vs Marino Cañete 118.75
Carlos Lopez 157.75 vs Fernando Ramirez 152

When: Thursday, March 20th, 8:30pm
Where: Hangar 27 Nightclub, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Gonzalez Boxing Promotions



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Joseph Parker to face Tank Williams on Klitschko-Leapai undercard

Unbeaten New Zealand heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs) will face Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs) on the April 26 undercard of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s world title defense against Alex Leapai at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Parker is on the fast track, having demolished former contender Frans Botha in two rounds in his sixth fight. He is preparing for the fight in Las Vegas with trainer Kevin Barry.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Horn, Tupou, Hooper victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten London Olympian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (7-0-1, 6 KOs) stopped Rivan Cesaire (11-5-1) in round nine of a scheduled twelve round welterweight main event bout at Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Horn controlled the action in all the rounds and at 1:44 referee Paul Tapley crowned the Australian when Cesaire was dropped and dislocated his shoulder. Horn, regarded as Australia’s best prospect, was coming off a win over two-time world title challenger Noufell Ben Rabah in December 2013. The Cameroon-born Cesaire had extended former world title challenger Lenny Zappavigna in his previous ring appearance.

Former American-based heavyweight Bowie Tupou (24-3, 17 KOs) scored a six round stoppage of Amercan Nick Guivas (7-2-2, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. Guivas visited the canvas in the third, fifth and sixth rounds. Tupou was deducted a point in round five for low blows.

London Olympian Damien “Super” Hooper (7-0, 6 KOs) outscored South Korean Young-Don Um (5-2, 2 KOs) over six rounds of a cruiserweight bout. The visitor proved to be very durable in taking Hooper’s best punches but was outworked in most of the rounds by scores 60-54, 59-55, 59-55. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado

Following a spectacular victory over top featherweight contender Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos in Mexico on February 15, Nicaragua’s Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (20-2, 14 KOs) is now the latest addition to the Golden Boy Promotions roster, as the Los Angeles-based promoter has announced his signing to an exclusive contract.

“Rene Alvarado flew onto our radar with his win over Castellanos last month, and with his skill, determination and warrior spirit, we believe he has all the tools to become a world champion,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “He is a great addition to our team and we’re pleased to be working with him.”

Alvarado is the current WBC silver featherweight champion.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Stivens Bujaj headlines against Victor Barragan this weekend in Tacoma, WA

Unbeaten cruiserweight Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (11-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his next appearance this weekend when he takes on California’s Victor Barragan (12-7, 3 KOs) in the main event of Battle at the Boat 95 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Bujaj is a former two-time New York Golden Gloves champion and won the New York State cruiserweight title in his last bout.

Undercard bouts (all four-rounders):
Jeremy McCleary (2-0) vs. Corben Page (4-8-1) at 128 lbs.
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Juan Carlos Rodriguez (1-2, 1 KO) at 156 lbs.
Jared Teer (1-1) vs. Sean Quinnett (0-1) at 154 lbs.
Harrison Bevens (debut) vs. Josh Solis (0-1) at 161 lbs.
Jon Jackson (debut) vs. Jared Torgeson (debut) at 200 lbs.
Cole Milani (debut) vs. Mark Garcia (1-1) at 161 lbs.

Doors for Battle at the Boat 95 open at 6 PM with the first fight scheduled for 7 PM. You must be 21 years or older to enter the casino. A limited amount of tickets are still available and can be purchased at the EQC box office and online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $25.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Melendez, Verdejo PR press conference

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank

Saturday’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card will take place at the sold out Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and will be broadcast at 12am ET / 11pm PT on UniMas. In the main event, KO artist Jorge Melendez (27-3-1, 26 KOs) will battle Colombia’s Richard Gutierrez (27-12-1, 17 KOs) in a 10 round light middleweight bout.

Also featured on the card is undefeated jr. lightweight Felix Verdejo (10-0) of Puerto Rico, versus Juan Santiago (14-11-1, 8 KOs), of Colorado in a six-round fight.

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March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

N’Jikam and Soro added to King Sports debut card

By Karl Freitag

Former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-1, 18 KOs) and former WBO jr middleweight world title challenger Michel Soro (22-1, 12 KOs) will fight opponents to be named on April 16 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The event will be the debut boxing card presented by King Sports, headed by former TV executive Michael King who is planning four quarterly boxing events at the Barker Hangar.

Other bouts include:
Levan Ghvamichava (11-1, 8 KOs) vs. Yorenis Ugas (15-2, 7 KOs), jr middleweights
Louis Rose (9-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. Mark Heffron (9-0, 7 KOs), middleweights
Chris Van Heerden (20-1, 11 KOs) vs. Ray Nahr (26-4, 21 KOs), welterweights
Charles Martin (15-0, 13 KOs) vs. Alex Flores (14-0, 12 KOs), heavyweights

Tickets are pricey at $150, $175, $200, $250, $300, $400 and $1000, and are available now. Call 1-800-745-3000.



March 19th, 2014

UFC

UFC International Fight Week Returns to Vegas in July

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Las Vegas are teaming up for the third annual UFC International Fight Week™ July 1-6, 2014. The weeklong celebration for fans around the world returns with its biggest plans yet and something for everyone including entertainment, dining, arts, charitable events, shopping and, of course, all things UFC. The event will also feature for the first-time ever, two huge fight cards in one weekend in the UFC’s hometown of Las Vegas – UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter® 19 Finale and multiple events offered around town every day . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham: If I can stop Mansour, I will

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Former cruiserweight champion-turned heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6, 12 KOs) has more motivation than ever to defeat Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs) on Friday, April 4th at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. “This isn’t about a belt or about winning, this time I need this for my family,” said Cunningham. “I need to make money. I have to get a new house for my daughter’s condition. I am fighting for another pay day and to keep going.”

“I know Mansour speaks about how hungry he is and how his time in prison made him so, but I don’t have time to waste either. I am fighting for something much more important.” (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Final four names confirmed for Prizefighter welterweights on April 5

The final four names in the line-up have been named for the Prizefighter Welterweights 4 at the sold-out York Hall in London on April 5. Former European lightweight champion Jason Cook (30-5-1, 16 KOs), unbeaten 20-year-old John Coyle (3-0-1, 2 KOs), Marc Douglas (8-3, 4 KOs) and unbeaten Johnny Garton (11-0, 1 KO) join former British light middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng (14-4, 4 KOs), Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher (4-0, 3 KOs), Sam Eggington (8-1, 3 KOs) and Dean Byrne (17-3-1, 6 KOs) in the hunt for the trophy in the 33rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament.

Topping the bill is middleweight John Ryder (16-1, 9 KOs) as he begins a second assault on the British title with an eliminator against Jez Wilson (11-1-1, 7 KOs). Popular unbeaten light welterweight Ricky Boylan (10-0, 4 KOs) is in eight-round action on the card, which also sees cruiserweight Wadi Camacho (11-2, 7 KOs) face a four-rounder as he ticks over in preparation for his grudge match with Stephen Simmons that is set to be rescheduled for the summer.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Odlanier Solis ready for “epic battle” against Tony Thompson

Photo: digital-sports.tv

Photo: digital-sports.tv


Cuban heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis has spent the last two weeks in Turkey to get ready for his WBC international heavyweight championship bout this Saturday (March 22nd) in Tekirdag against US veteran Tony Thompson. Promoter Ahmet Oner used the long and proud history of his home country to get Solis heated up for the clash of former Klitschko foes.

“We went to the cinema to watch ‘300: Rise of an Empire’. The next day I took Solis to ancient graves from the times of the Ottoman empire”, says Oner. “I wanted to show Solis that he is in a country which has seen a lot of big and important battles over thousands of years. I expect him to enter the ring on Saturday with the same attitude of old Ottoman fighters when they went to war. This is a do or die fight. If Solis beats Thompson I will lead him to another world title fight. But if he loses it might be all over.” (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

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Gary Shaw Productions’ newly signed amateur stars, Luis Paredes and Jean “Chapito” Rivera will be making their pro debuts this Saturday in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the undercard of Jose Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alberto Garza (26-6-1, 21 KOs).

RIP journeyman, ring warrior James Buggs. The Oakland boxer from Kings Gym was KO’d by a heart attack last night. He was 43. Read this touching writeup about him by Jerry Hoffman.

Deepest sympathies to HD Boxing’s Bobby Dobbs, who lost both of his parents in the past 31 days to cancer. “My dad who passed yesterday is the man who gave me my love of boxing and is the reason I do what I do,” Bobby told us.



March 19th, 2014




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