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Rising Brazilian undefeated fighters, 2012 Brazilian Olympic Bronze Medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (6-0, 2 KOs) and 2008 and 2012 Brazilian Olympic team member Everton Lopes (2-0, 1 KOs), return to their native land to headline an exciting night of boxing this Saturday at the Arena Santos in Santos, Brazil live on Globosat. Co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Arano Box, the fight card is set to keep fight fans on the edge of their seats with a night packed with competitive matches.
Headlining the event, Yamaguchi Falcao will take on the undefeated Jose Carlos “Puro” Paz (17-2, 9 KOs) of Argentina in an eight-round middleweight bout. In the co-main event Everton Lopes of Bahia, Brazil will face off in a six-round lightweight fight against Marcelo “El Mago” Mesa (6-2-1) of Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By David Finger
For undisputed pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, he may be going into his next fight with a little less gold around his waist. The World Boxing Organization had given Mayweather until June 1st to announce his intentions regarding the welterweight championship, a deadline that has come and gone with no action from Floyd.
“the Championship Committee will consider the petition on behalf of Mayweather,” a WBO executive said of the passed deadline. No date has been set for the meeting of the Championship Committee.
The deadline was first made public after an attorney for Floyd Mayweather, John R. Hornewer, wrote a letter on May 20th to the WBO expressing concern over the Bradley vs. Vargas fight being billed as for the “vacant WBO Welterweight” title.
“For Mr. Mayweather to pick up the paper and read that another promotional company has announced that it is staging a bout for the same WBO title that Mr. Mayweather won in the ring, currently holds and has not relinquished, was extremely disappointing to him and his team.” Horner stated in his letter. (more…)
Photos: Héctor Santos Guía/Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports
Miguel Cotto 153.6 vs. Daniel Geale 157
(WBC middleweight championship)
Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: Roc Nation/Cotto Promotions
Contractually, both Cotto and Geale had to make 157 lbs. for the fight.
With a shot at a lightweight world title on the line, undefeated world-ranked contenders Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach and Dejan “El Dinamita” Zlaticanin will square off in a 12-round eliminator Saturday, June 13, in the main event of Showtime Boxing on Sho Extreme at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The winner between Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs), of Los Angeles, and Zlaticanin (16-0, 9 KOs), of Montenegro, becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC champ Jorge Linares. (more…)
On June 6, in Paris (France), the European Boxing Union will once again honor OPI 2000. The Italian promotional company led by Salvatore Cherchi will receive the “Promoter of the year” award for promoting seven fights for the European title in 12 months. From June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015 OPI 2000 promoted EBU lightweight champion Emiliano Marsili (three times), EBU super lightweight champion Michele Di Rocco (twice), the fight between Gianluca Branco and Rafal Jackiewicz for the vacant EBU welterweight title and the one between Anita Torti and Maiva Hamadouche for the vacant female EBU lightweight crown. (more…)
Martin Murray has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and will make his debut for his new promoter at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on June 26. Murray will be officially unveiled at a press conference in London on Wednesday where he will discuss his future plans as he boxes in England for the first time since December 2013. Murray’s return marks his first action since his gutsy display in Monte Carlo against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin under promoter Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves banner. Murray will now be moving up to super middleweight.
Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions will host the official Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale WBC middleweight championship weigh-in today at 1PM ET at Barclays Center Geico Atrium in Brooklyn. The event will be open to the public. Contractually, both Cotto and Geale have to make 157 lbs. for the fight. HBO will televise.
The official Robert Guerrero vs. Aron Martinez PBC on NBC weigh-in will take place today at 1PM PT at the Crowne Plaza LAX – Salon C. The event will be open to the public. Also weighing in are heavyweights Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale and Yasmany Consuegra, featherweights Jesus Cuellar and Vic Darchinyan, along with fan favorite Alfredo Angulo.
David Price has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on June 26 due to an injury sustained in training. The 31-year-old heavyweight suffered a neck muscle injury, which will keep him out of the gym for two weeks and therefore unable to compete. The stacked Matchroom Boxing show featuring Tony Bellew, Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding will continue as planned.
“Of course I’m disappointed,” said the former British and Commonwealth champion. “I had been looking forward to returning home at the very top of my game and fighting in front of my home fans once again, but unfortunately that will have to wait. My neck muscle needs resting and that has disrupted my preparations and made it impossible for me to be at full fitness for June 26.” (more…)
Welterweights Adrien “The Problem” Broner and “Showtime” Shawn Porter meet in the ring for Ohio bragging rights on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC on June 20 from Las Vegas. Both have already joined the list of Ohio-born world champions that include boxing greats such as Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Aaron Pryor, Buster Douglas and Kelly Pavlik.
Is there more pressure and emphasis on performing well on June 20 to walk away with bragging rights in Ohio?
Broner: “I think I already have the bragging rights in Ohio.”
Porter: “There’s no added pressure, it honestly doesn’t matter to me like that. This is first and foremost about my team. We’re successful as a team and as a family.”
If you could meet one athlete from or who played in the state of Ohio who would it be?
Broner: “I’d have to say myself.”
Porter: “LeBron (James).”
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian boxing trainer Keith Ellis has sadly passed away in Melbourne after a long illness at the age of 57 years. Keith was born in Blackpool, England in 1958 and in 1968 immigrated to Australia with father Keith Sr, mother Shiela and brothers Neil and Lester. Keith trained and managed Lester to four Australian amateur titles and as a professional he guided and trained his brother when in 1985 after 14 fights he captured the IBF 130 pound title by scoring a fifteen round decision over Hwan-Kil Yuh of Korea.. He defended the title successfully by stopping Rod Sequenan of the Philippines in thirteen rounds. Barry Michael defeated Lester Ellis over fifteen rounds to take the IBF title. Keith also guided and trained Lester to the Commonwealth 140 pound title in 1988. In 1994, Lester captured the IBO 140 pound title and the following year was crowned IBO 135 pound champion. In 1995 Lester captured the IBO 154 pound championship.
Keith also trained and managed world rated Tony Miller, Rod Carr, Cliff Samardin, Mick O’Malley, Wilf Gentzen, Jack Russel, Jason Hall and Stan Longinides.
It’s the most addictive of feelings and no one knows it more than Shawn Jordan.
“I originally was a grappler, then I learned different stuff, got a knockout and was like ‘I’m a knockout guy now.’” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Should we just be “honest” and allow drugs into sports like boxing?
World champ Lee Selby drops in on Parliament
Sharif Bogere unbothered about fighting stablemate
Is Amir Khan wrong to turn down Kell Brook fight?
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Undefeated former featherweight world title challenger Jayson Velez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico scored a ten round unanimous decision over Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Daniel “Huracan” Ramirez (11-2, 5 KOs), on Thursday night in the main event at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Velez came out strong in round two, knocking down Ramirez and continued to dominate the rest of the fight. Scores were 98-91, 98-91 and 99-90.
Local super featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (8-2-3, 3 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision against Emmanuel Gonzalez (15-1, 7 KOs). The busier and more aggressive Morales took over the fight agaist Gonzalez. The scores were 80-72, 78-74 and 77-75.
In the opening TV bout, undefeated local lightweight favorite Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (10-0, 9 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision against Darryl Hayes (3-5, 1 KO). Darryl Hayes lost a point in round two for holding and a point in round six for holding Gonzalez’ head down. Scores were 60-52, 60-52 and 59-53.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Down the block from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Dmitry Salita’s “Star of David” promotions held a local fight card at the Schwartz Athletic Center on the campus of Long Island University on Thursday night. The seven-bout card was the second of three to be held within a half-mile radius in Brooklyn following the Amir Khan-Chris Algieri fight last Friday at Barclays and the Miguel Cotto-Daniel Geale bout upcoming this Saturday at the same venue.
In the main event of the card promoted by Salita, a former junior welterweight title-challenger to Khan, unbeaten heavyweight Jarrell Miller (13-0-1, 11 KO’s) blew out Damon McCreary in two rounds. McCreary started the fight aggressively and even outworked Miller for the first two minutes but Miller soon found the sweet spot and dropped McCreary twice with the same punch: a left hook to the body. McCreary escaped the round but only by the skin of his teeth. A digging body shot in the second put him down again prompting referee Steve Willis to call the fight off at one minute and eight seconds of the round. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Former two-division world champion and highly-rated pound for pound fighter Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. works out for his upcoming vacant WBO welterweight title fight against undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas, Saturday, June 27, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Southern California natives’ fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 pm ET/PT.
Also, Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas works out with trainer Joel Diaz for his upcoming 12-round lightweight feature fight against Jose Gonzalez of Puerto Rico on the undercard, headlined by the Giberto “Zurdo” Ramirez vs. Dereck “The Black Lion” Edwards on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Both fights will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 pm ET.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Fight week continued today for the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC event taking place Saturday, June 6 at StubHub Center as fighters held a final press conference for media and fans at historic Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Once again, Vic Darchinyan had the most interesting comments for his fight against WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar.
Vic Darchinyan: “I will demolish this kid on Saturday, I have much more experience. He has no idea what’s going to happen. I was a champion for many years and want to win another title. I will show everyone that I’m still capable on Saturday. We’re going to see great fights and great action on Saturday. I’m ready to go and I hope everyone enjoys the fights.”
Jesus Cuellar: “First Darchinyan, Then Leo Santa Cruz or Abner Mares, those are the fighters I’m targeting. He can talk as much as he wants but we’re going to fight and find out who is better on Saturday. I’m very prepared and ready to represent Argentina. I trained hard and I’m ready to get in the ring. I’ve put in the hard work and I’m going to step inside the ring and showcase my talent for all of Argentina.” (more…)
Photos: Werner Kalin
Blake Caparello 166.6 vs Affif Belghecham 167.5
vacant WBO Oriental and PABA super middleweight titles
Kane Watts 198.9 vs Isileli Fa 198.5
Robert Trajkovski 197.2 vs Rob Manual 201.7
Ibrahim Balla 122.5 vs Alvin Bias 120.8
Tim Hunt 142.9 vs Matt Te Paa 144.6
Joel Camilleri 153 vs Alex Ah Tong 150.7
Mark Smith 172 vs Kim Olsen 173.9
Dominic Shchukin 133.3 vs Andrew Wallace 136.9
Omari Kimweri 112.5 vs Morakote Patanakang Gym 112.7
Venue: Melbourne Pavillion
Promoter: Brian Amatruda
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC light flyweight world champion Pedro Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) will make his mandatory defense against Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 16 KOs) on July 4 at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa topping an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa. The fight was scheduled to go to a purse bid, but Promociones del Pueblo (representing Guevara) and representatives of Lopez reached an agreement during the free negotiation period. Guevara will be making the second defense of the belt he won from Akira Yaegashi in Japan on December 30.
Undefeated superstar Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) returns to the ring in his home state to face former world champion Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday, July 11 in the main event of the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN show live from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. The co-main event of the evening features undefeated top prospect Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) and quick fisted Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs) in an event that will kick off live coverage of PBC on ESPN. Doors open in the arena at 6 p.m. ET with the first fight starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $200, $150, $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and go on sale Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. ET. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Sun Dome box office.
By Robert Coster
Pedro Rodriguez 200 vs Andy Perez 196
(WBA cruserweight Fedelatin title)
Trevis Castellon 140 vs. Dinoel Reynoso 141
William Encarnacion 129 vs. Reyci Rosa 130
Alberto Cuello 146 vs. Isidro Acosta 146
Erick Raymond Earvin 211 vs. Jonali Reyes 200
Venue: Club Calero, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Promotor: Domini Boxing (Jose Rafael Lantigua)
Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) is making a quick return to the PBC on NBC, just three months after a brutal loss to WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman. “The Ghost” takes on Aaron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) Saturday afternoon at the famed StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Guerrero attributes his loss to Thurman to inactivity between fights. “It goes back to being active in the ring,” he said. “Everybody says, well, I feel great, there’s no ring rust, and this and that, but you truly don’t know until you get into that ring. Then, those long layoffs really kill me. You develop bad habits. You lay back a little bit too much, and you end up getting started a little bit late like I did in the Thurman fight. But when I did get started, there was no stopping me. (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Miguel Cotto Promotions
Daniel Geale is back on US soil to headline another exciting night of boxing on Saturday when he takes on Miguel Cotto for the lineal middleweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Speaking on how he feels about having this chance, Geale was full of energy and couldn’t wait for the sound of the first bell: “I want to thank HBO and Miguel Cotto for this opportunity. It’s a huge opportunity and I’m very very excited.”
“Gary Shaw has done an awesome job. It was a little bit rough to start with but we’re so excited that this fight is taking place. We’ve got a great training camp for this fight and I’m feeling as good as I ever have.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Johnreil Casimero is raring not only to lay his hands on defending champion Amnat Ruenroeng but also knock the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown off the Thai’s head on June 27 at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok.
“Johnreil is in the final stage of his rigid training in the US,” said Sammy Gello-ani, who promotes the Filipino challenger.
Casimero spent the bulk of training camp in Las Vegas but will transfer to Los Angeles where he will be working out until he departs for the Thai capital on June 20. (more…)
So much of a fighter’s life exists beyond the time spent inside the Octagon. While the rinse, wash and repeated rigors of training camp is an all-consuming process, there are added benefits beyond victory fought for and achieved when things go live on fight night. For Massachusetts native Joe Proctor, the most prevalent perks of his career path are the experiences that come with a life spent traveling to new places to test his will in the same way he always has . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Newly crowned IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby will be treated to a hero’s welcome on Saturday in his hometown of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. Selby will celebrate his tremendous performance in London last weekend in winning the world title with a dominating performance against IBF boxer of the year Evgeny Gradovich. Selby became his country’s 12th world champion. (more…)
For the first time ever, Showtime will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July, with Apple as its first partner. The stand-alone service will be called Showtime, a brand already embraced by consumer. Boxing fans will be able to see all the Showtime boxing events and other programming on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV devices for $10.99/mo. Additional platforms and providers will be announced soon. HBO recently launched a similar service called HBO Now.
Nigel Benn raves about his 18-year-old son
Daniel Geale’s promoter takes swipe at Cotto camp after weigh-in demand
Floyd Mayweather’s auto collection
Vigil held for ex-champ, former Eamonn Magee
Jarrell Miller 272 vs Damon McCreary 249.8
Akil Aguste 160 vs Quincy Brown 155.4
Julian Sosa 145.6 vs Danny Rosenberger 145.2
Steve Geffrard 185.6 vs Eric George 186.4
Michael Stoute 121.6 vs Antwan Robertson 123.8
Dwayne Zeigler 133 vs Jeremy Graves 132.8
Edward Williams 147.8 vs Jason Thompson 151
Promoter: Star Of David Promotions (Dmitry Salita)
Venue: LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater
Alexander “The Great” Johnson (16-2, 7 KOs) will replace Doudou Ngumbu as the opponent for Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) on the Friday, June 12 edition of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike event taking place at UIC Pavilion in Chicago with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
This fight precedes the evening’s headlining bout that features Cuban boxing sensation Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) taking on the veteran Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs). Doors at UIC Pavilion open at 5 p.m. CT with the first fight set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
Do not make the mistake of being fooled by his nickname, “Big Baby.” Heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller possesses adult-sized power, and he’s the one making opponents cry when he steps in with them, and starts unloading power shots. The 6-4, 260 pound Brooklyn-based boxer gloves up Thursday in Brooklyn on a show promoted by Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions. Miller, age 26, faces off with Michigan’s Damon “Bulldog” McCreary, who sports a 15-4 record.
Miller offered his prediction of what will go down on Thursday night at the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater. Or, rather, who…
“I will win by first round knockout,” Miller stated. “The jab will be the key. McCreary is a jittery fighter. The jab will calm him down and then I will bring the power.” (more…)
Photos: Hector Santos / Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports
Preparing for his 2015 debut, Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) looks sharp training for his upcoming fight against former champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs). Cotto, 34, is coming off a knockout victory over middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez, which ended his opponent’s nearly five-year reign as middleweight champ. The June 6 bout, Cotto’s first at Barclays Center, marks his 21st appearance on HBO.
Eye of the Tiger Management and Golden Boy Promotions in association with King Sports Worldwide and Evenko are excited to announce the U.S. broadcast of the highly anticipated vacant IBF Middleweight World Championship match-up between the Quebec power puncher David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) and number one contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes on June 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
The FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes triple-header will also feature the return of the undefeated Cuban heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) in the eight-round televised opener. In the co-main event, Dierry “All In” Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Quebec, Canada will face Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (19-6, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas in a 10-round fight for the NABF Lightweight title.
By Karl Freitag
When asked whether he can be bigger for boxing than Floyd Mayweather, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stated today “Most definitely, and I say that with high confidence because the heavyweight division is the cream of the crop in the first place. The things that I bring, the charisma, the excitement, the personality that I have, everything about me is all me. It’s totally me. Some guys when they have cameras in their face they presume to be a certain type of person or the persona about them changes, but when the camera is off they’re a totally different person. I don’t have split personalities. I’m not a fake person. Everything about me is real. Everything you see on All-Access is me. Nothing is scripted, nothing is planned up, nothing is nothing. I can’t sit back and let somebody script something out about my life because it’ll be fake and I won’t be to go through with it because it wouldn’t be me. So I think I bring a lot of excitement to the division. I’ve woken up a lot of people…I’m looking to be the biggest thing in boxing – period!”
As far as being heir apparent to IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Wilder stated “Last time I checked, I have the most prestigious belt, most well known, most precious, most beautiful belt in all of boxing, something that’s been around for a very long time and that’s the WBC crown, something that everybody wants. So I’m not worried about anything else.” He stated that Wlad will get his chance.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen could face a tough encounter when he defends his IBO light heavyweight belt against Robert Berridge of New Zealand at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night in a battle of southpaws. The 30-year-old Berridge comes into the fight as a late replacement for Roberto Bolonti who withdrew from the bout under controversial circumstances, and will be viewed as a significant outsider.
Berridge who is only ranked at number thirty by the IBO in their May rankings does not possess a fearsome reputation at world level, but could hold an advantage as an unknown surprise package and a knockout ratio of 81%. Oosthuizen’s defence is not always watertight.
The New Zealander has fought mainly in his home country, after making his debut in April 2007. He has compiled a record of 26-2-1, 21 KOs mostly against low key opposition. (more…)
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