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Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held a press conference today ...

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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

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Crawford-Molina in the works for Dec 10

Looks like unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) will defend his title on December 10th against John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) in a bout to be televised on HBO. The site will be the CenturyLink Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions are reportedly close to finalizing the deal.



October 29th, 2016

Boxing News

De Leon KOs Silva, remains unbeaten

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Photos: Ruben Cortez / Top Rank

Unbeaten Detroit super featherweight Erik De Leon (14-0, 8 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over Brazil’s Aldimar Silva (19-11, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas. De Leon dropped Silva twice in round two and got the stoppage after another knockdown early in round three. Time was 1:00.

Unbeaten Brazilian Olympian middleweight “Pantera” Esquiva Falcao (15-0, 12 KOs) was victorious when Gerardo Ibarra (14-4, 8 KOs) of Houston didn’t come out for round seven.

Unbeaten welterweight Arturo Marquez (5-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Stephen Bass (1-4, 0 KOs) over four rounds by scores of 39-37, 39-37, 40-36.

Unbeaten super featherweight Jesse Garcia (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time in taking a four round shutout against Gabriel Gutierrez (4-4, 3 KOs). Garcia scored a knockdown in round four en route to a 40-35 win.

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October 28th, 2016


Boxing News

Robinson wins in comeback fight

By John DiSanto at ringside

In the main event at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, southpaw Ray Robinson, 21-2, 9 KOs, returned after an 18-month layoff to score a TKO over Santos Benavides, 25-11-2, 19 KOs, at the end of round four of a scheduled 8-round junior middleweight bout. Robinson battered his opponent to the head and body the entire fight before Benavides’ corner wisely stopped the fight between the fourth and fifth rounds. Robinson had him down in the first, but Benavides managed to absorb everything Robinson threw afterward. The official time was 3:00 of round four.

Bronx junior middleweight Steven Martinez, 17-3, 3 KOs, won an 8-round unanimous decisions over Jeremy Ramos of Colorado, 9-5, 4 KOs. The scores were 77-74, 76-74 and 76-75. (more…)



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Durango, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Cristian Mijares 126 vs. Shohei Kawashima 126
(WBC Silver featherweight title)

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Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez 112 vs Crison “D´Cowboy“ Omayao 111.25
Javier Prieto 148 vs Iván Álvarez 148
Irma Garcia 118 vs Leticia Uribe 118

Venue: Palenque Vicente Fernández
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)



October 28th, 2016


Boxing News

Weights from Cabo San Lucas

Cesar “Corazon” Juarez 122 vs. Richard Pumicpic 122
Israel González 113 vs. Ramon Garcia Hirales113
Sergio Sánchez 126 vs. Carlos Lozano 126.6
Yonathan Padilla 114.7 vs. Edgar García 114.7
Gerardo Castillo 115 vs. Rene Casimiro 115
William Zepeda 139 vs. Javier Vázquez 138

Photo: Rafael Soto

Photo: Rafael Soto

Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico
Promoter. Zanfer, EER
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

JuanMa-WV2 Weights from Puerto Rico

Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. 129 vs. Juan Manuel Lopez 128.6

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Venue: Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Black Tiger Promotions
TV: PPV



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Sakkreerin ready for Melindo

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By Ray Wheatley –World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF#3 Fahlan Sakkreerin Junior (31-4-1) will be ready to fight IBF#5 Milan Melindo (34-2-0, 12 KOs) for the IBF interim junior flyweight title on November 26, 2016 in Cebu, Philippines.

Jimmy Chaichotchuang the manager of Sakkreerin junior said “I am proud of the first ever father and son duo in the world who won the IBF Pan Pacific Junior Flyweight championship belt. Fahlan Sakkreerin senior who is former IBF Mini Flyweight champion captured the IBF Pan Pacific Junior Flyweight belt in 2002. Fahlan Sakkreerin junior captured the same belt in 2016 fourteen years later. Guinness world records may count the first of father and son who won the same championship in boxing history. I was the promoter of both the father and the son of the Sakkreerin family. Ray Wheatley was a supervisor for his father and Sompong Archanurkow was a supersvisor when Sakkreerin junior fight.” (more…)



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Vargas, Cooper, Arum Q&A

JESSIE VARGAS: My trainer Dewey Cooper and my strength and conditioning coach David Hayes, Rafael Garcia, my father – we make a great team and they brought out the best in me. They brought out the best in me in March against Sadam Ali and now we are going to outdo that performance in this fight on November 5th. I am very thankful for my manager Cameron Dunkin getting me this opportunity and I can’t wait to perform on the big stage and show what I’m about.

DEWEY COOPER: Hi everyone. I am Dewey Cooper, Jessie Vargas’ boxing trainer. I am thrilled to be here it’s an honor and I feel so blessed to be a part of this magnificent event and to be a part of Jessie’s first pay per view fight and I can guarantee you that this is going to be a great performance by Jessie Vargas. Training camp has been wonderful. We’ve topped every number ten-fold from when we were preparing for Sadam Ali. He has thrown more punches per day than he had thrown for Ali. We have added even more explosive power, more athletic agility, more speed and more total IQ we have added since the last fight we had together. We have more synergy in this training camp and guys, I keep saying in every interview I do don’t forget who the champion is in this fight is and don’t forget who the challenger in this fight is and that’s exactly who we are viewing this guy as – we are viewing him as our opponent, the challenger and we are going to conquer him on November 5th. I am fully confident in Jessie and this is not promoter speak and this is not theatrical hype, I am telling you actual fact. We expect, we know and we will show the whole world on November 5th how great of a fighter Jessie Vargas is and we are looking forward to that night. (more…)



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Havnaa added to Carolis-Zeuge undercard

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Photo: Photo Wende

Kai Robin Havnaa (7-0, 6 KOs) will face Ihar Karavaeu (8-12, 5 KOs) in a six-round contest on the undercard of the WBA World Super Middleweight title fight between Giovanni De Carolis and Tyron Zeuge on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

“I’m really looking forward to fighting in Germany again,” he says. “It was a really good experience last time, and I was really pleased with my performance.”



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

DiBella Entertainment cancels all remaining 2016 New York show dates

There has not been a professional boxing event in New York since August 21

DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”), the most active boxing promoter in New York, announced Friday that it has released its dates on hold with the New York State Athletic Commission through the end of the year, effectively ending the boxing program in New York until at least 2017. The announcement is a direct result of New York’s new insurance requirements, which have made it impossible for promoters to purchase the coverage necessary to do an event in the state and the New York State Athletic Commission’s failure to use its authority to alter the requirements. (more…)



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Ben Hall to face Carson Jones in London

Ben Hall will face Carson Jones for the WBC International Silver Super-Welterweight title at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London on November 26. Hall faces a huge step-up in his 11th pro outing as the unbeaten 23-year-old is looking to add a second belt to his collection after stopping Kris Agyei-Dua in January to land the Southern Area strap, but Hall faces a dangerous task in the American visitor.

Jones is a familiar face to UK fight fans and has proved to be a thorn in the side of two of Britain’s best. The Oklahoma man tested Kell Brook to the limit in July 2012 when the Sheffield star edged him out via majority decision before they met in a rematch in Hull the following year. Jones returned to England to meet Brian Rose in Blackpool in February 2015 and stunned the hometown favorite with a first round stoppage, with Rose gaining revenge six months later in a rematch in Hull.



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Kazakhstan

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Kanat Islam 154 vs Patrick Allotey 154
vacant WBO & WBA Intercontinental & UBC World Super Welterweight title

Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 169 vs Milton Nunez 171
Zhankozh Turarov 145 vs Issac Aryee 145
Ruslan Myrsatayev 218 vs Nuhu Azuma 227
Ali Akhmedov 171 vs Ali Mammadov 169
Aidar Sharibayev 132 vs Juan Ocura 130
Zhuma Zhumabekov 138 vs Ivanou Uladimir 138

Venue: Almaty Arena, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Promoter: Nelsons Promotions, Raynelo Promotions
TV: www.nelsonspromotions.com



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Duco withdraws government funding application for Parker vs Ruiz

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron

The location of the WBO heavyweight championship title bout featuring New Zealand’s WBO#1 Joseph Parker and Mexican born WBO#3 Andy Ruiz should be known early next week when Parker’s promoter Duco Events will be advised if they can raise the necessary funds. At a Press Conference today Duco CEO David Higgins said they have withdrawn its application from the New Zealand Government for financial assistance for the world championship bout to go ahead in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10. If funding cannot be raised, it is expected Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will stage the world title bout in Las Vegas, Los Angeles or Dallas.

“We have studied the reaction of the public and the media and the politicians and it’s clear it has become political dynamite, a real political football,” Higgins said. (more…)



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Waseem to face Megramo on November 27 in South Korea

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WBC Silver Flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan was accompanied by his world class trainer Jeff Mayweather as he scaled in at 120.8 pounds. This was for the WBC 30-day mandatory weigh-in. The site was the famed Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada where Waseem is training for his next fight . Waseem will take on WBC #15 world ranked Giemel Megramo (17-0, 13 KOs) of the Philippines. Megramo weighed in at 122 pounds at the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) office in the Philippines . Both fighters were less than the maximum weight allowed by the WBC, 123.2 (10% over 112 pounds) at the 30 day mark. The two will square off November 27th in South Korea. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Waseem’s WBC Silver Flyweight title at stake. (more…)



October 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Cuellar-Mares LA Press Conference Quotes

Featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares met face-to-face Thursday at a press conference at OUE Skyspace at US Bank Tower – the tallest building west of the Mississippi River – to discuss their world title showdown presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Saturday, December 10. The event will be live on Showtime from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Photos: Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

Photo: Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:

Jesus Cuellar

“I’ve been wanting to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement.

“I’m very happy that this fight is finally here. I can’t wait to get in the ring on December 10. I’m thankful for the opportunity. I know Mares is popular in Los Angeles, but I have a following as well and they will be there to support me. (more…)



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale

Ray Robinson 150.4 vs. Santos Benavidez 151.4
Steven Martinez 155.4 vs. Jeremy Ramos 154.5
Branden Pizarro 135.9 vs. Ezequiel Ocasio 137
Christian Carto 117.6 vs. Angel Carvajal 115.9
Angel Pizarro 122.9 vs. Maurice Adams Jr. 119.9
Jeremy Cuevas 139.8 vs. Luis Ramos 142.9

Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Venue: SugarHouse Casino



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Next “Knockout Night at the D” card set

“Knockout Night at the D” returns November 18 on CBS Sports Network from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center tent located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district.

North American Boxing Association (NABA) United States lightweight champion Reynaldo Blanco (13-2, 7 KOs) makes his first title defense against challenger Demond “Body Shot” Brock (12-3, 4 KOs) in the 10-round main event. In the 8-round co-feature, Puerto Rican junior middleweight Daniel “El Duro” Cruz (11-1, 10 KOs) takes on former Mexico welterweight champion Norberto Gonzalez (22-8, 13 KOs). In the television opener, rising junior lightweight Randy Moreno (6-0, 5 KOs) faces Mexican veteran Daniel Perales (7-5-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 6-round bout.

The series is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Laredo, Texas

Erick De Leon 130.6 vs. Aldimar Silva 129
Esquiva Falcao 160.1 vs. Josue Obando 162.1
Arturo Marquez 147 vs. Stephen Bass 146.8

Photo: Ruben Cortez

Photo: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank

Venue: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina?

Looks like IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina on December 10 in Manchester, England.



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Purse Bid Results: Narvaez-Rodriguez IBF Bantamweight Eliminator for #1

A purse bid procedure was held at the IBF office today to determine who will promote the IBF bantamweight eliminator fight for #1, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, K.O. International and Warriors Boxing. K.O. International bid $126,101 and Warriors Boxing bid $57,500. The purse bid split will be 60% to Narvaez and 40% to Rodriguez. The fight must take place within 90 days or by January 27, 2017.



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Flanagan to face Cruz on November 26th

WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan (31-0 12 KOs) will make the fourth defence of his World title against Puerto Rico’s former world title challenger Orlando Cruz (25-4-1 13 KOs) on Frank Warren’s November 26th Motorpoint Arena Cardiff show, live and exclusive on BoxNation.



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

PBC lays out 2017 TV plans

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) has announced plans for its third season in 2017. “The Premier Boxing Champions series will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,” said Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Boxing. “Through its first two seasons the PBC will have broadcast over 90 shows, featuring surprising upsets, spectacular knockouts and hard-fought championship matches. The 2017 season of the PBC series will be the most exciting yet.”

The 2016 PBC season will close with shows on Spike November 12 (Danny Garcia vs. Samuel Vargas) and on Showtime December 10 (Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares and Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams).

In 2017, the PBC series will continue its broadcast partnerships with FOX, FS1, Spike, NBC, ESPN, SHOWTIME/CBS and Bounce TV and will feature more primetime networks shows next year than in either of the first two seasons.

FOX will broadcast three prime time network shows, the first of which will be on February 25. FS1 will broadcast 25 shows, running from February-October.

NBC will broadcast three primetime network shows in the second half of 2017, beginning with the first show on Sept. 23.

ESPN will broadcast 12 shows from April-August with the first show on April 14.

Spike will regularly broadcast shows as part of its Combat Sports Friday platform, beginning with the first show on Jan. 13.

Bounce TV will feature a quarterly boxing show with the first broadcast on March. 31.

SHOWTIME/CBS will broadcast select PBC series fights on dates throughout the year.



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Hrunov: Ustinov should fight Klitschko

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Boxing manager Vladimir Hrunov, who manages WBA #3 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov, says the WBA should be ordering a bout for the vacant WBA heavyweight crown between Ustinov and WBA #2 Wladimir Klitschko. WBA #1 Luis Ortiz vacated the WBA interim title and is scheduled to fight Malik Scott, which could lead to a possible clash between WBA #5 Lucas Browne and Ustinov, now that Klitschko appears headed toward a March or April 2017 challenge against IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

“Right now we are waiting for the WBA’s resolution that would clarify the WBA’s ordered tournament,” Hrunov said, “where the winner of the fight between Ustinov-Ortiz had to face the winner of the Klitschko fight. Fury is now clearly out, so if they are following the rules of the previous resolution, then Ustinov should be the opponent for Wladimir Klitschko.

“The next fight [for Ustinov] is scheduled in December, everything else has to be discussed. I think for Wladimir Klitschko, a fight with Ustinov is a great inconvenience because Alexander is the same size as him and very motivated.”



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Andrade hoping to fight Culcay for WBA title

On November 5, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) plans to win his second world title at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany against WBA super welterweight champion “Golden Jack” Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs). “I signed my contract to fight Jack Culcay and I’m very excited to get back into the ring on November 5,” said Andrade. “The WBA was very helpful to assist in making this fight. Now all we’re waiting for is for Culcay’s side to sign his contract.

“In 2007, I fought Culcay as an amateur, so we have some history in the ring. He advanced far in the amateur ranks, so he definitely has the skill-set to present a challenge for me. He’s probably looking for revenge and I’m looking to keep my winning streak going. The business in the sport of boxing is tough, and for him to be a world champion and have 22 pro wins is impressive. My plan is to come to Germany and put on a great performance…I expect to win this belt and then make moves to unify the other belts in the 154 lb division.”



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in Kazakhstan

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Goodwill Tour has arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From left to right, WBO Supervisor Ricardo Rizzo, WBO judge Gloria Rizzo, FBHOF members ring announcer Bob Alexander, judge Don Balas, referee Tommy Kimmons, judge Ric Bays, and referee/former world cruiserweight champion James Warring, not pictured TV producer Ira Steven Glass and broadcaster Bob Sheridan.

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The group is here representing promoter Nelson Lopez to work a seven bout show on Saturday that will feature the main event of Kanat Islam vs. Patrick Allotey in a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO Intercontinental jr middle and vacant UBC world jr middleweight titles.



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Photo of the day

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Photo by Pete Susens

Undefeated Lightweight Eric De Leon (13-0, 11 KOs) works the pads with trainer Robert Garcia, Jr. today at Canizales Boxing Gym in Laredo, Texas. De Leon meets Aldimar Silva in the eight round main event Friday night at The Laredo Energy Center.



October 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Warm Springs, Oregon on Saturday

By Ricardo Ibarra

This Saturday night at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon, Warm Springs Nation Boxing will stage an eight bout Pro/Am show, highlighted by three pro bouts. Zillah, Washington’s Juan Esquivel (4-0, 4 KOs) will square off with local Daniel Gilbert in the four round heavyweight main event. Esquivel, who has scored all of his four wins by knockout, will fight for the first time in over two years. In his last bout, which took place in Warm Springs, he stopped Albert Aleck in the third round. Gilbert will be making his pro debut. (more…)



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao Hollywood workout

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Photos: Mikey Williams / TopRank

Eight division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, is over a week away from his next fight as he worked out for media at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. Pacquiao returns to the ring as he will take on WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas on Saturday November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on Pay Per View.

Manny Pacquiao

“I feel good. training camp has been great.”

“I had jetlag a few days when we arrived but its getting better.”

“My plan for this fight is to make the fans happy this fight.” (more…)



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

JuanMa-WV2 Press Conference

A near brawl broke out today between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs) and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” López (34-5, 31 KOs) at today’s press conference, during the traditional face-off picture, in advance of this Saturday night’s grudge showdown, airing live on pay per view from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr.: “‘JuanMa’ Lopez and many people have belittled me. They have disparaged my sacrifice, the food that I put on the table for my family, but Saturday I will hurt him. I have a Machiavellian plan to destroy him so he will respect me. I respect everybody that has had a rough time.”

Juan Manuel Lopez: “Vasquez was interrupting at all times during the press conference. He was singing out loud and during the face-to-face picture he tried to kiss me and I did not permit. I understand that he’s afraid and what a better moment than in front of everybody including the press to release his emotions.”

(more…)



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Fonfara in Oakland: Ready for anything

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It’s what’s next what counts. I can do nothing about my defeat against Smith Jr, but I can do everything to make sure, that this was the last one in my career,” said light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) , who at 28 years of age considers himself a ring veteran with all that has happened in his boxing life. Training with Virgil Hunter in Oakland, ‘The Polish Prince’ is ready to prove it, most likely early in 2017.

Photo: Daniel Krzywiec

Photo: Daniel Krzywiec

“When I moved from Chicago to California, with my wife Justyna and just a month old son Leo, I expected it to be a tougher transition than it actually was,” Fonfara told Fightnews.com. “At the beginning it was tough, getting situated in my apartment in Union City, buying all this stuff needed not just for me but the family was an ordeal. But I knew I can always count on my brother Mark, my friends. I didn’t know Virgil Hunter, but just after a couple of days in his gym, I knew it was a right decision.” (more…)



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Stevens-De La Rosa added to Kovalev-Ward PPV

The Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View telecast on November 19 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will now include the 10-round middleweight showdown between Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) and James “The King” De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs).

Stevens fought earlier this year on the Canelo-Khan HBO Pay-Per-View telecast and scored a spectacular second-round upset knockout of then-undefeated Brazilian Patrick Teixeira. When asked about the upgrade to the televised card Curtis replied, “I know it is Kovalev-Ward but now it is Kovalev-Ward-Stevens. Time to show out!”

De La Rosa was in a similar situation when he defeated former title contender Alfredo Angulo on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana. He said, “Déjà vu all over again. The same thing happened when I fought Angulo. I am happy to fight on the PPV telecast. I need this win so I’ll leave it all in the ring come November 19.”

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva added, “After we announced Curtis would be fighting on the untelevised portion of the Kovalev-Ward PPV card, we heard from a lot of fans asking that the fight be moved to TV so they could see Curtis. What the fans want, the fans get!”



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

New opponent for Hurd

Undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) will now match up against former title challenger Jo Jo Dan (35-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Saturday, Nov. 12 from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Once-beaten contender Jorge Cota was originally scheduled to face Hurd, but was forced to withdraw after an emergency appendectomy.

The event is headlined by Philadelphia’s own undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, who takes on Colombia’s Samuel Vargas in a 10-round bout. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features a clash between former world champion Javier Fortuna and unbeaten prospect Omar Douglas.



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

More details on Dec 10 Showtime twinbill

Showtime’s December 10 world title doubleheader featuring WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) against former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and a clash between IBF super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) and top undefeated contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), will take place at USC’s Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles. The card is co-promoted by Ringstar Sports, headed by former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, and TGB Promotions headed by Tom Brown.



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Pierre meets Salgado November 16

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WBA #6 Lightweight contender Evens Pierre (26-1, 17 KOs) will be facing his toughest test yet against Mexican, two-time World Champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-6-1, 16 KOs) in Haiti on November 16th. Pierre, nicknamed “The Sun City Kid,” is a Haitian native whose career developed in Panama. He now fights solely in Haiti.

His promoter/manager Jacques Deschamps comments that “Evens is a role-model for kids in Haiti, a hero in his Sun City neighborhood. Fighting a two-time World Champion like Salgado is watershed moment in his career. If everything goes well against Salgado, we are looking at a world title shot next year. This will be momentous in Haiti.”

On the undercard of the Pierre-Salgado fight, IBU World Featherweight Champion, Haitian-American Melissa St Vil will be facing Diana Garcia of the Dominican Republic, a fight which Melissa wants to be a contribution to the victims of Hurricane Matthew.



October 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Kogawa keeps Japanese 112lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese flyweight champ, WBA#8/WBC#12/IBF#11/WBO#11 Takuya Kogawa (28-4, 13 KOs), 112, successfully retained his national belt as he defeated JBC#4 Yudai Arai (8-4-3, 4 KOs) , 112, by a unanimous decision (97-93 twice, 98-92) over ten hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kogawa, a fast-punching speedster making his fourth defense, was in command in the first half, leading on points by open scoring system: all 49-46. Arai, handled by ex-world 108-pound titlist Katsuo Tokashiki, showed his heart by retaliating with southpaw combinations, but Kogawa maintained the initiative down the stretch.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.

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October 26th, 2016


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