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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez WBC #4 light flyweight Juan "Churritos" Hernandez (30-2, 21 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over ...

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Boxing News

FBHOF Class of 2016 announced

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2016:

Fighters: Alexis Arguello, Freeman Barr, Hector Camacho, Sr., Marvin Camel, Beau Jack, Ray Mercer, Mike Quarry, Sugar Baby Rojas
Trainer: Dave Marks
Media: Al Bernstein, Jimmy Gestwicki, Ira Glass
Participant: Eric Bottjer
Offials: Ric Bays, Tommy Kimmons, Ruby Goldstein
Boxing Achievement Award: Don Balas, Frank Gentile

FBHOF Induction Weekend will take place June 24,25 and 26 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, Florida.



January 10th, 2016


Boxing News

Erick De Leon, Matt Korobov featured on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate January 16

Mexican-born Erick De Leon, a three-time National Golden Gloves champion, will take on Fidel Navarette of Highland, Indiana in a lightweight battle in the main event on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas set for Saturday, January 16 at The Bomb Factory, a music and event venue located at 2713 Canton Street in Dallas.

The Unimas telecast time is 11 pm eastern, 11 pm pacific.

De Leon, born in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, now lives in Detroit. He has a record of 11-0, 5 KOs. As an elite amateur fighter he competed with stars such as USA Olympian Jose Ramirez and Toka Khan Clary in the 130 pound weight division.

De Leon, 23, won National Golden Gloves gold medals in 2009, 2010 and 2011. (more…)



January 10th, 2016


Boxing News

Olympic Gold Medalist Murata to take on Argentine Vega in Shanghai

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight category, WBC#4/IBF#5/WBO#9/WBA#12 Ryota Murata (8-0, 5 KOs), Japan, will take on Argentine veteran Gaston Alejandro Vega (24-10-1, 10 KOs) in Shanghai on January 30. It was announced by Teiken Promotions on Friday. Having unanimously decisioned Gunnar Jackson in Las Vegas last November, Murata is gunning for a shot at a world championship in the near future, for which the Japanese prospect, 29, is hoped to show a good performance in the event promoted by Top Rank.

Murata says, “I’d like to positively fight and wish to display a satisfactory showing.”

The headliner of the show will be two-time gold medalist Shiming Zou, who will meet undefeated Brazilian Nathan Santana Coutinho over twelve rounds.



January 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Ocasio-Blanco clash Jan 22 in Philly

Hard Hitting Promotions in association with Danny Garcia’s DSG Promotions have raised the stakes in their second card at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in Philadelphia on Friday night, January 22. Headlining the show will be an eight round battle for the NABA lightweight title between highly touted prospect Angel Ocasio (8-0-2, 2 KOs) and Dominican Reynaldo Blanco (9-2, 4 KOs). (more…)



January 10th, 2016


WBA

WBA: Quigg-Frampton winner must face Rigondeaux

On January 7, the WBA Championships Committee issued a Resolution titled Clarification of the super bantamweight division, which concerns the status of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Scott Quigg, and Carl Frampton. Rigondeaux was designated “champion in recess” after managerial/promotional disputes kept him from defending his title. According to WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “Rigondeaux shall come out of recess and face the winner of the February 27 unification bout between WBA champion Scott Quigg and IBF champion Carl Frampton. The winner of said bout, or Quigg if the fight is ruled a draw, must fight Rigondeaux on or before July 27, 2016.”

If a purse bid is necessary for Rigondeaux/Quigg or Rigondeaux/Frampton, the purse bid split will be 55% to Rigondeaux and 45% to Quigg or Frampton. If it appears no agreement can be reached by the parties involved, either side may request a purse bid.



January 10th, 2016

UFC

Old School Alvarez Ready for Pettis Test

The best story regarding Eddie Alvarez’ move back to Philadelphia from sunny Florida would be that the hard-nosed lightweight contender had gotten too civilized in Boca Raton and needed to get his grit back in the City of Brotherly Love . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Wallisch decisions Bacurin, Krasniqi tops Ermis

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over late sub Ivica Bacurin (23-9-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany. Wallisch mostly stalked his smaller foe, who was often in survival mode. Bacurin was deducted a point for hitting on the break in round eleven. Wallisch finally dropped Bacurin in round twelve with a big right hand. Scores were 119-106, 118-107, 120-105. Wallisch retained his WBO European heavyweight belt.

In the best fight of the night, two-time light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs), now campaigning at super middleweight where he’s rated #12, scored a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over Cagri Ermis (18-10-2, 5 KOs). Scores were 77-76, 78-76 and 77-75. Krasniqi is now taking aim at his next title fight.

Also, unbeaten middleweight Jan Meiser (10-0-1, 5 KOs) and Szabolcs Szabo (10-2-2, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. Scores were 95-95, 97-93, 95-95. Meiser held onto his WBO Youth title.

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January 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Upset: De Carolis stops Feigenbutz in eleven to win vacant WBA super middleweight title

By Karl Freitag

In the first world title fight of 2016, Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) scored an upset eleventh round TKO over power puncher Vincent Feigenbutz (21-2, 19 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA super middleweight championship on Saturday night at Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. Feigenbutz, formerly the WBA interim beltholder, won a controversial decision over De Carolis in October, but this time De Carolis outworked Feigenbutz in most rounds and a barrage of 15 unanswered De Carolis punches in round eleven prompted referee Gustavo Padilla to wave it off. Time was :32.

At the time of the stoppage, De Carolis was leading on all three scorecards, 96-94, 96-94 and 98-92. Feigenbutz, about a 5:1 favorite, wasn’t happy about the stoppage and De Carolis offered him a rubber match. Team Sauerland initially called De Carolis’ win “dirty” and vowed to protest citing a blow to the back of the head, but reportedly later backed off from that stance. The 20-year-old Feigenbutz was hoping to become the youngest German fighter to ever win a world title.

Former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) scored a quick second round TKO over journeyman Andras Csomor (14-9-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night in Offenburg, Germany. It was Chisora’s third win in just over a month since signing with Team Sauerland.

Unbeaten cruiserweight Noel Gevor (20-0, 10 KOs) outworked 39-year-old former world champion Valery Brudov (42-7, 28 KOs) over ten rounds.



January 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Fortune, Cunningham Notch Motor City Wins

Report/photos: Bob Ryder

Detroiters Willie Fortune “500” and Darryl “Peoples Choice” Cunningham scored TKO wins in the co main events on promoter Greg Ahrens’ show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Friday night before an enthusiastic crowd who braved the cold, wet weather to take in the fistic festivities.Fortune and Jeremy Marts engaged in a free swinging contest as they let the punches fly with abandon. Middleweight Fortune was far superior but left himself open to take a few clean shots from Marts in his uninhibited attack that really kicked into high gear in the wild second round. Marts kept trying to keep Fortune at bay, but Willie was not to be denied, scoring three knockdowns in the round that brought out the automatic stoppage at 2:09 and improving his record to (21-2, 11 KO’s). Marts hailing from Ottumwa, Iowa falls to (12-21, 9 KO’s). Fortune however, did take a knee to the canvas this night as well. At the conclusion of the bout, he got down and proposed to his lady. Fortune’s winning evening continued as she said yes! Congratulations and best wishes to Willie and his future wife.

Also at middleweights, Darryl Cunningham handled Grand Rapids’ Chris Grays as he dominated the fight with excellent body work and frequent combinations. Cunningham in past bouts was often viewed as being too cautious, not throwing enough punches, but his recent fights has seen him much more aggressive, making for crowd pleasing action. He pursued Grays around the ring, landing consistently better blows. By the 2:38 mark of the fourth round Grays had enough and collapsed to the canvas without being hit, mandating referee Sam Williams to immediately halt the fight. Cunningham now (32-8, 13 KO’s), Grays (10-30, 2 KO’s). (more…)



January 9th, 2016

UFC

Boston headliners exude swagger as fights near

A little over a week before Dominick Cruz makes his long-awaited return to challenge TJ Dillashaw for the bantamweight title, the fighters fielded questions on the Fight Night Boston media conference call . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 9th, 2016

WBA

Mayweather will be removed from WBA rankings

Future Hall-of-Famer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) is exceptional in many ways. Not only did he retire in September undefeated after 19 years of active duty, tying Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record in the process. But when he finally decided to hang up his gloves, he was WBA Super Champion of not one but two divisions, welterweight and super welterweight, simultaneously.

He was also welter and super welter champ of the WBC, which removed him from its rankings at their year-end convention. It was one instance where the WBC beat the WBA to the punch.

But one punch does not a fight make, except on rare occasions, and newly elected WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza says that Mayweather will be removed from the rankings at the end of the month. (more…)



January 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Charles Martin ready to be a superstar

Unbeaten heavyweight Charles Martin is confident that he has what it takes to defeat former Olympic Bronze Medalist Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov and claim the vacant IBF heavyweight title on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

“He’s never been in the ring with a fighter like me,” said Martin on a conference call with reporters this week. “I’m no Cunningham. I’m no Tor Hamer. I’m none of these guys that he fought. I’m totally a different fighter than he’s ever seen. So come fight night, I’m ready to prove it to the whole wide world. I’m ready to be that superstar. We train like superstars. If you’re going to train mediocre, you’ll be mediocre, and that’s what I see out of a lot of fighters, heavyweights, especially. But we train to be a superstar and that’s what you guys are going to see.”

Martin acknowledges that Glazkov is the best opponent he’s faced to date.

“He’s definitely a step up on paper,” stated Martin. “His resume reads well. He’s a good fighter. He’s technical, keeping his hands up and stuff like that, has a pretty nice hook. But I got to give you the ups and the downs. He’s a little guy. I’m massive, strong, powerful, elusive. He’s definitely going to be in there for the hardest fight of his life that he’ll ever have.”



January 9th, 2016

UFC

Boetsch bulks up in search of winning ways

Tim Boetsch is an honest man. Ask him a question and he’ll give you a straight answer. So when asked if the power in Dan Henderson’s right hand is as potent as everyone says it is, he quickly reveals that “I think he hits harder than what everyone says he does. I was definitely surprised, to say the least. He’s still got it.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Kiko Martinez?

By Miguel Maravilla

Looks like undefeated WBA featherweight super champion and two-division world titlist Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on former world champion Kiko Martinez (34-6, 25 KOs) of Spain in his next fight on Saturday February 20. Sources say the bout will take place in a venue to be determined in Los Angeles. More to come…



January 8th, 2016

WBA

WBA sanctions Ortiz vs. Ustinov

On or about August 26, 2015, the WBA received a request from Golden Boy Promotions to sanction a fight between #7 ranked Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs), from Miami by way of Camaguey, Cuba, and #15 ranked Matias Vidondo (20-2-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant Interim WBA World heavyweight title on October 17, 2015.

In light of Vidondo’s ranking, the WBA Championships Committee issued a notice of the proposed bout to the representatives of ranked heavyweight boxers to determine if there were any objections to the proposed bout.

The WBA received objections from the representatives of three ranked heavyweight fighters. They were Philippe Fondu from Hatton Promotions on behalf of #3 ranked Lucas Browne, Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Promotions on behalf of #6 ranked Bryant Jennings, and Queensberry Promotions on behalf of #7 ranked Alexander Ustinov. (more…)



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Feigenbutz, De Carolis make weight

Photos: Heiko Schmitt

Vincent Feigenbutz 166.8 vs Giovanni De Carolis 167.1
(WBA super middleweight title)

Referee: Gustavo Padilla
Judges: Jean Robert Laine, Pawel Kardyni, Juan Manuel García Reyes

Other weights:
Noel Gevor 199.2 vs. Valery Brudov 198.4
Dereck Chisora 253.5 vs. Andras Csomor 220.5
Alexander Peil 193.1 vs. Ivan Brkljaca 200
Leon Bauer 165.3 vs. Ondrej Marvan 165.3
Stefan Härtel 170.9 vs. Jozsef Racz 170

Venue: Baden Arena, Offenburg, Germany
Promoter: Team Sauerland
TV: RAN

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January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Linares-Zlaticanin deal reached

The purse bid for the World Boxing Council lightweight championship, scheduled for today, has been cancelled. Golden Boy Promotions representing Jorge Linares (40-3-0, 27 KOs), from Venezuela, and Dibella Entertainment, for number one ranked Dejan Zlaticanin (21-0-0, 14 KOs), from Montenegro, have reached agreement on terms. Further details of this expected clash will be released soon.



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Golden Boy announces deal with Tecate

Golden Boy Promotions today announced a new partnership with Mexican beer company Tecate to serve as the main sponsor on Golden Boy Promotions’ twice-monthly boxing series featured on Estrella TV. “Tecate is a leading brand, widely recognized and loved by boxing fans; we are thrilled to have them as our main sponsor for our popular fight series on Estrella TV,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “We have a long history of working with Tecate and look forward to partnering with them once again as we feature the future stars of boxing on Estrellla TV.”

The partnership with Tecate will begin with two previously announced cards. On January 29, Tecate will launch its sponsorship at the LA FIGHT CLUB show featuring Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez taking on Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin. A week later, Tecate will again sponsor the February 5 event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino featuring the grand return of Randy “El Matador” Caballero taking on Mexico’s Ruben Garcia.



January 8th, 2016

UFC

Benavidez, Makovsky to clash at UFC 196

Top flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez will kick off 2016 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 6, as he risks his number one ranking against the No. 8-ranked Zach Makovsky in UFC 196 action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Berlin

Photos: Team SES / Pollex – P. Gercke

Michael Wallisch 241 vs. Ivica Bacurin 210
(WBO European heavyweight title)

Jan Meiser 156.3 vs. Szabolcs Szabo 155.2
Robin Krasniqi 168.8 vs. Cagri Ermis 169.5
Agit Kabayel 235 vs. Lawrence Tauasa 268
Leon Harth 198.8 vs. Vladimir Idranyi 192.4
Dario Socci 151.8 vs. Mariusz Biskupski 155
Nenad Pagonis 200 vs. George Ubah 195.7?
Fabiana Bytyqi 105.3 vs. Claudia Ferenczi 110.6

Venue: Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: SES/POLLEX
TV: SAT.1 (Germany)

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January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

2016 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductees to be named tomorrow

Tomorrow (January 9) will the 6th Annual Open House and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame announcement of the Class of 2016 at SJC Boxing in Fort Myers, Florida. The festivites will go from noon until 5PM with the official announcement of the new inductees at 3PM. We’re told that more Hall of Famers and special VIP’s than ever before will be on hand to meet the public, pose for pictures and sign autographs. There will also be a tribute and ten count for Howard Davis Jr. Bob Alexander will be the MC. The event is totally free to the public.



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Randall Bailey a free agent, targets welter contenders

Photo: Team Bailey

Former two-division, three-time world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) recently obtained a release from AK Promotions and is now officially a free agent. Randall is the current WBO Asia Pacific welterweight champion and rated #10 in the current WBO world rankings. At 41, he still possesses devastating one-punch knockout power and is gearing up for a fourth world title to put a bow on his successful 20-year career. According to Bailey’s manager Peter Kahn, not one of the top ten rated fighters in any of the sanctioning bodies will fight him.

“He is calling out every welterweight in the top ten to step up and fight,” said Kahn. “If not, get out of the way and let him move down the list until he’s the mandatory. He has paid his dues. He has earned his right at this point in his career to not be held up because no one wants to fight him.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Martinez-Salido 3 Update

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

WBO 130b champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez says that his third fight with Orlando “Siri” Salido will be on March 12 and he’ll know all the details when he meets with his promoter Peter Rivera today. “For me, this fight will be in Puerto Rico. I am the champion. It has to be here,” said Martinez.

Salido, however, indicated vis Twitter that he doesn’t want to fight Martinez for the third time in Puerto Rico. “You are afraid to leave the island. I regarded as you man but I see you are a chicken,” said Salido.

Martinez stated, “I replied that you came twice to Puerto Rico and won. What is the fear? My job is to fight. I hope that it’s in Puerto Rico. I am the champion.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

“Pantera” Saguilan wants big fights in 2016

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo


By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #6 lightweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (36-5-1, 13 KOs) plans to step it up in 2016. With a nine-fight winning streak, the color Saguilan wants to bring his gloves outside Mexico for the first time and take on the best international opponents.

“My promoter Promociones del Pueblo supports my intentions to excel beyond Mexican borders, to go in search of the best fighters in the world at lightweight and demonstrate that I’m better than anyone,” said Saguilan. “Now I’m going through a very good period in my personal and professional life, and that’s key to growing my career. I’m focused on moving forward in the rankings and for that I should fight the best and I’m willing to do so. This is the time to show who the ‘Pantera’ is.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton-Quigg on British PPV

Sky Sports Box Office will show the eagerly anticipated super-bantamweight unification world title fight between two of Britain’s undefeated champions, Carl Frampton MBE and Scott Quigg. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes for the must-see event at the Manchester Arena on Saturday February 27. Someone’s perfect record will go as the long-awaited clash between Frampton the IBF champion and Quigg the WBA belt holder will finally determine the number one domestic boxer in the division.

Carl Frampton: “I am delighted to be headlining this massive Sky Sports Box Office event on February 27 at Manchester Arena. This fight has been in the making for years, it’s finally happening and I’m going to deliver the performance of my career and win in style.”

Scott Quigg: “This is going to be the biggest fight of the year and I am delighted that it’s heading to Sky Sports Box Office. The build-up is going to be huge and will get tenser as we get close to February 27 – but I am totally focused on the job in hand. Everything I have done in my career has led to this fight, I know I’m better than Carl in every department. I’ve got the tools to beat him and beat him convincingly.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Introducing the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Boxing legend Carl Froch is to deliver a knockout blow – when he lines up in AYR.

PH sportsmen laud ‘Pacman’

There may be up to 20 world heavyweight fights in 2016 as the elite division plumbs new depths



January 8th, 2016

UFC

Woodley makes case for welterweight title shot

Even before Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit stepped into the Octagon and co-wrote an instant classic at UFC 195, Tyron Woodley knew the title shot he had been promised last fall had the possibility of being rescinded . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Weights/photos from “Brad Snyder, The Undercard

Willie Fortune 164.6 vs. Jeremy Marts 161.6
Darryl Cunningham 159.4 vs. Chris Grays 158
Winfred Harris, Jr 157 vs. Chris Tickle 160
John Chalbeck 155.6 vs. Keith Bullock 158.4
Clarence Dubose 186 vs. Michael Shipp 190.8
Alejandro Hernandez 155 vs. Antoine Elerson 152
Josh Parisian 293 vs. Ryan Pokryfky 261
Antoine Blassingame 156.2 vs. Rogelio Ramos 154.8
Ed Latimore 225 vs. Willis Lockett (will weigh in at event)

Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre
Doors: 7 PM First Bout: 8 PM

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January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Garcia-Guerrero: Puerto Rico vs. Mexico?

By Karl Freitag

Coming not long after the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, the legendary boxing rivalry was mentioned again in connection with the January 23 clash between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Garcia (from Philadelphia) downplayed the angle, while Guerrero (from Gilroy, California) embraced it during a conference call Thursday to promote the fight.

Danny Garcia: I represent all Latinos, a lot of Latin Americans and things like that, a lot of Mexican Americans, a lot of American Puerto Ricans, I feel that if you’re born in America and you’re Latino, I think it’s all the same.

Robert Guerrero: Mexicans want to be better than Puerto Ricans in the game, and you know what? In my honest opinion, Mexicans are better in the game, so you know what? It’s time to come out and show the world what I still got left and what I can do.



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Feigenbutz-De Carolis Final Press Conference

Photo: Team Sauerland

Photo: Team Sauerland


On Saturday night, WBA interim super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) and Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) renew their rivalry at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany, this time with the full WBA world 168lb title on the line. Feigenbutz holds the advantage, having scored a controversial hometown points victory over De Carolis in their first encounter, but despite his previous success, the 20-year-old from Karlsruhe is keen to provide a more conclusive finish to their world title rematch.

Vincent Feigenbutz: We’ve not changed much in training, but this time I’m fully fit and will be able utilize all my power. I will be curious to see if Giovanni can withstand my punches. Of course, my main objective is to win and be crowned world champion, but a knockout would be the icing on top!

Feigenbutz trainer Hansi Brenner: 2000 years after the ‘Battle of the Teutoburg Forest,’ we have the ‘Battle of the Black Forest.’ Just as the Germans destroyed the Roman legions, Vincent will destroy Giovanni on Saturday night.

Giovanni De Carolis: History may repeat itself – but not in the way Vincent and his team imagine. My form is outstanding, as Vincent will find out, and I’m ready for whatever he has to offer. I not only have Rome behind me, but the whole of Italy, and I will repay their support, by bringing the WBA world title home.



January 7th, 2016

UFC

Nakisa Bidarian Named New UFC Chief Financial Officer

UFC today announced Nakisa Bidarian as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer effective January 4, 2016. Formerly UFC’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Ventures, Bidarian will now focus on key financial initiatives, strategic goals, and supporting the organization’s overall growth by guiding business decisions and analyzing their financial components . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Javier Molina: I will go out and get that victory

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo


By Miguel Maravilla

2008 U.S. Olympian welterweight Javier “El Intocable” Molina (17-1, 8 KOs) of Norwalk, California returns to the ring when he takes on undefeated welterweight prospect Jamal James (18-0, 9 KOs) on Tuesday January 19 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on the Fox Sports 1 PBC Toe to Toe Tuesday. We caught up with Molina, who is in the final preparations of training camp. “I’ll be headlining Toe To Toe Tuesdays at the Club Nokia against Jamal James. I’m excited that I get to fight here in front of my family and friends against a good undefeated fighter,” Javier Molina told Fightnews.com®.

Molina has been preparing at the Maywood Boxing Club in the Maywood, California just a few miles south of Los Angeles. Training camp has also consisted of strength and conditioning with Molina working out on the track on the campus of Cal State Long Beach University as he prepares for James. “Training has been good. I have been in camp for ten weeks, sparring is good. We are two weeks away and ready to go,” Molina said. “My conditioning is good, I am going ten to twelve rounds sparring.” (more…)



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Wallisch-Bacurin Public Workout

Photos: Team SES / P. Grecke

WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch and his opponent Ivica Bacurin, Jan Meiser and Robin Krasniqi took the opportunity to entertain Berlin boxing fans at the Potsdam Platz Shopping Arcade with some training sessions some final pad work with their trainers. The boxers also posed for countless photos and conducted interviews with the Berlin media.

The official weigh-in will take place on Friday (2PM) at the same place for Saturday’s SAT.1-televised card at the Maritim Hotel Berlin.

Wallisch (15-0, 10 KOs) defends his WBO European belt against Bacurin (23-8-1, 13 KOs) in the main event, Meiser (10-0, 5 KOs) defends his WBO middleweight “junior” title against Szabolcs Szabo (10-2-1, 4 KOs) and two-time light heavyweight title challenger Krasniqi (44-4, 17 KOs), now campaigning at super middleweight where he’s rated #12, will face Cagri Ermis (18-9-2, 5 KOs).

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January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

EBU demotes BDB (German Boxing Commission) for Teper coverup

Due to matters concerning European Boxing Union championship contests which have taken place in Germany under the auspices of the BDB (Bund Deutscher Berufboxer), specifically the failed drug test and suspension of EBU heavyweight champion Erkan Teper which were never relayed to the EBU, the organization has found it necessary to take action.

Therefore the council members of the EBU, with the exemption of the German representative, have agreed on the proposal of the president to no longer consider the BDB as a FULL MEMBER but as a PROVISIONAL MEMBER until the next EBU General Meeting, when a final decision will be taken.



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

IBF Official Ces Perkins passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Respected IBF Australian official and boxing historian Ces Perkins has passed away in Newcastle, NSW, Australia after a long illness. Ces boxed as a featherweight during the 1950s and became judge working fights in the state of New South Wales starting in 1986. He worked in bouts featuring Australia’s most outstanding boxers which included Guy Waters, Anthony Mundine, Kostya Tszyu, Vic Darchinyan, Paul Briggs, Sakio Bika, Daniel Geale, Nedal Hussein, Lovemore Ndou and Gairy St Claire. (more…)



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