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Two days before the much-anticipated welterweight unification title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the boxing weekend kicked off with a Mayweather Promotions card at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
In the main event, former world titleholder and hometown hero Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (27-7, 12 KOs) hammered out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Cecil McCalla (20-2, 7 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 98-92.
Light-welterweight Ashley Theophane (38-6-1, 11 KOs) scored a split decision over Mahonri Montes (29-5-1, 20 KOs). During round 10, the last round of the fight, Montes knocked down Theophane. Two judges scored 96-93 for Theophane and the last judge scored it 96-93 for Montes.
By David Robinett at ringside
In a spirited, back and forth contest, super lightweight Mercito Gesta, (28-1-2, 16 KOs), battled Carlos Molina, (17-2-2, 7 KOs), to a split decision draw in the main event of the FOX Sports 1 telecast Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Although the scores of the bout were widely divergent after the 95-95 scorecard, with one judge scoring the fight 98-92 for Molina and the other judge scoring the fight 96-94 for Gesta, all three scores could be considered legitimate, as Molina clearly landed the heavier punches while Gesta controlled long stretches of each round with his jab and quick combinations while keeping just out of Molina’s range, though less so as the fight wore on.
This was a proverbial crossroads fight, with the loser likely to be relegated to an afterthought in the division, and Molina in particular fought with great urgency, eschewing the traditional glove tap to start the fight with a quick left hook to Gesta’s head. Gesta, whose only loss came in an unsuccessful title challenge in 2012 to Miguel Vasquez, had most of his success standing in the center of the ring, darting in and out to land quick combinations before Molina could counter. However Molina, whose only losses were to Amir Khan and Adrian Broner, had some success timing Gesta coming in, particularly with his left hand, and clearly landed the heavier blows when the two combatants traded blows in the pocket. Gesta was able to limit the sustained combat in the early rounds but as the bout wore on the two fighters spent more time trading punches, which presumably secured the draw for Molina. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced that unbeaten super bantamweight Manuel “Tino” Avlia (16-0, 7 KOs) will now take on Erik Ruiz (13-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout on May 7 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. Ruiz replaces previously announced main event fighter Rolly Lunas, who had to withdraw from the fight due to a severe undisclosed injury.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Ray Beltran 136 vs. Takahiro Ao 134.8
(vacant WBO lightweight title)
Beltran returned to the scale and failed to make weight on his second attempt, weighing in at 135.4. As a result, only Ao will be eligible to win the vacant lightweight championship belt tomorrow. If Beltran is victorious, the title will remain vacant.
Mikael Zewski 146.8 vs. Konstantin Ponomarev 146.6
(NABF welterweight title)
Jessie Magdaleno 123.8 vs. Raul Hirales 126
Egor Mekhontsev 174.5 vs. Hakim Zoulikha 174
Vic Pasillas 122.6 vs. Marcello Gallardo 123.8
Abraham Lopez 139.4 vs. Alfonso Olivera 139
Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Great” Lomachenko and Gamalier Rodriguez of Puerto Rico pose during the press conference for the fights on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao.
Jesse Hart of Philadelphia, Pa. and Mike Jimenez pose during the press conference for the fight on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
StubHub: Most expensive Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket sold so far is $40,955. No takers for the $351,005 tix.
Below are updated figures from StubHub regarding tickets sold for Saturday’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The highest current listed price (not yet sold) is $351,005, with $3,398 on the lower end.
The highest price anyone has actually paid for a #MayPac ticket is $40,955. The lowest price sold is $2,959.
4/30/15 2:00PM PST
Average Price Sold: $6,200
Cheapest Available: $3,398
Geo: CA 17%, TX 11%, NY 9%, FL 7%, London 4%
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The average price ticket sold for tomorrow’s WEIGH-IN is $165, with all profits made by StubHub going to charity. Proceeds will be split evenly between Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (Pacquiao’s charity) and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation (Mayweather’s charity).
Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya has issued a statement on Mayweather vs. Pacquaio and Canelo vs. Kirkland over the next two weeks.
“The week around Cinco De Mayo will serve as perhaps the most exciting seven-day stretch in the great history of boxing, launching with the May 2 super-fight between the biggest stars of today and closing with the May 9 Texas battle featuring the biggest star of tomorrow, Canelo Alvarez. As for my May 2 prediction, my head says Mayweather, but my heart goes with Pacquiao. Whoever wins, my ultimate hope is that the fight is exciting for the millions of fans tuning in. They waited far too long for this match, and they deserve to see something dazzling in the ring. One week later, fans will get what they always get with Canelo — an action-packed fight against a fellow top contender in James Kirkland. I am hopeful and confident that this incredible week of boxing will attract a whole new wave of fans and catapult boxing back to a place of prominence among the world’s sports fans.”
“I’m in agreement with the ABC’s request to the US Attorney General to investigate Haymon,” said WBO president Paco Valcarcel on Thursday via Twitter. “The time is right to investigate him and all of us! The World Boxing Organization is willing to cooperate with any investigation of the US Attorney General for the betterment of the sport of boxing. As discussed in our WBO Convention in October, Ali Act should define the “advisor” figure and penalties increased to 5 years in prison/250k.”
At Wednesday’s press conference, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hinted about a new mystery sponsor for Manny Pacquiao. Turns out that it’s electronics giant Samsung, which has been behind the scenes with Manny all week. The deal was negotiated by Lucia McKelvey, executive vice president of Top Rank.
The video below was captured with the Samsung Galaxy S 6 edge phone.
“I thought it was important for me to give the fans this access into my Fight Week life because they made this fight happen,” said Pacquiao. “They waited five years for this fight. I truly believe they willed this fight to happen. They deserve to see how I am preparing myself for an event that has captured the world’s attention. I am so grateful to Samsung for giving me this incredible technology so that I am able to share my experiences with the fans. It has really been a lot of fun.”
Just two days away from the “Fight of the Century. Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao meet Saturday in the most eagerly awaited showdown in years – and the richest fight in boxing history.
Floyd Mayweather: “This fight is about one fighter who is at the top fighting another fighter who is at the top. It’s about giving you guys excitement. We don’t know how this fight is going to play out, but I believe in my skills. I believe I am going to be victorious.”
Manny Pacquiao: “I don’t have a prediction, but I’m excited. I’m confident and I feel for the first time that I’m ready for the fight. I’m so happy because that feeling and that focus that I had many years ago, is back. I’m confident and relaxed.”
Photos: Sandra Krille/SES Boxing
It was an entertaining afternoon at the Goethe Gallery in downtown Jena, located in the east-central portion of Germany, as the fighters participating in Saturday’s SES boxing event engaged in an open workout.
First Adam Deines, Tom Pahlmann, Moritz Stahl and Tom Schwarz from Team Germany worked the pads with trainer Dirk Dzemski. Then came the featured fighters WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer and her challenger Kali Reis from Florida, followed by Nobert Dabrowski and WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel, who meet in the main event. More photos
On Friday, May 15th, 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Universal Promotions, will present that week’s exciting edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. Headlining the card will be undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight Reynaldo Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) taking on longtime contender Monty Meza Clay (36-4, 22 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
In the co-feature bout of the evening, Connecticut’s own fast-rising and world-rated contender Luis Rosa (19-0, 9 KOs), who will put his undefeated record and world rating on the line an eight-round super bantamweight matchup. An opponent for Rosa will be announced very shortly.
The weekly ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecasts will end the following week with the Boxcino finals. Al Haymon’s PBC will begin a monthly boxing show on the flagship network ESPN starting on July 11.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC super-featherweight champ Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), a Japanese southpaw hard-puncher, will square off against ex-IBF titlist Billy Dib (39-3-1NC), from Australia, to risk his belt tomorrow (Friday) at Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. Miura, 30, scaled in at the 130 pound class limit, as Dib, 29, did.
Former Olympic middleweight gold medalist, WBC#7/IBF#12 Ryota Murata (6-0, 4 KOs) will face WBO#15 Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-1-1, 6 KOs), from Brazil, over ten frames in the main event. Murata tipped the beam at 161.75 to 161 for Ataide.
This show will be presented by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions.
Today at the Ran hotel in Ouagadougou, WBC International super-bantamweight champion Alexis Boureima Kabore from Burkina Faso and his challenger Fatiou Fassinou from Benin both made weight.
Current WBC International Silver champion Fatiou Fassinou, 22-3-1/10, tipped the scales at 53,800kg while the defending WBC International full title holder Kabore, 24-1-0/6, was slightly heaver at 54,000kg
6rds, superlightweight: Sie Palenfo (Burkina Faso) 62,000 versus Ezekiel Afellah (Ghana), tba
8rds, lightheavyweight: Jules Kabore (Burkina Faso), 83,500 versus Kwabena Yaro (Ghana), 77,000
8rds, middleweight: Patrice Sou Toke (Burkina Faso), 71,000 versus Charles tetteh (Ghana), 70,000
8rds, lightheavyweight: Boniface Kabore (Burkina Faso), 78,500 versus Joe Saabah (Ghana), 76,000
The show will take place tomorrow at the palais des sports Ouaga 2000 of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
While Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has been making daily headlines, Floyd Mayweather’s trainer and father Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been less vocal. Senior didn’t speak during Wednesday’s final press conference, but he did get in a few digs afterward.
“Whatever happens on Saturday, it’s going to be one-sided,” said Mayweather Sr. “Pacquiao is going to sleep. I’m a trainer, I know what’s going on with fighters. Pacquiao doesn’t have it. Everybody can say what they want to say. I’ve said it before, Pacquiao can’t punch. I’m not worried about it. I’m going to have Floyd walk him down.”
“When this fight was announced, Manny’s training level went way up,” said Freddie Roach, trainer of Manny Pacquiao. “He’s really excited about this fight. I think we will win a decision and outpoint this guy. If the knockout comes then that will be a bonus.
“I think Manny likes to be the underdog. We like pulling upsets and doing things we’re not supposed to do. Manny is going to be that guy.
“We will put a lot of pressure on Floyd. Manny likes to exchange and with his hand speed, this fight will go in our favor. Manny is reckless, but that’s his style. He tries to win fights and people enjoy his fights. He gives it his all and sometimes you get knocked out, that’s part of boxing.”
4th annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction dinner honors Class of 2015 plus the late Joe Dwyer & Tony Mazzarella
(Photo by Peter Frutkoff / Ring 8; Seated (L-R) – Lonnie Bradley, Bruce Silverglade, Tommy Gallagher, Joey Giambra and Saul Mamby; Standing (L-R) Bob Duffy, Bob Miller and Harold Weston) More than 300 people attended this past Sunday afternoon’s fourth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. (more…)
On May 16, the UFC will travel to the Philippines for the first time, and the fans in Manila couldn’t have a more appealing main event than the SuperFight between Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar. With the fight just around the corner, we revisit the fights that made “The California Kid” who he is today . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Filipino boxers try to follow Pacquiao’s path out of poverty
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Filipino lawmakers flock to Vegas for Pacquiao fight
Bob Ware: The man in charge of Floyd’s hands
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Ray Beltran from Los Mochis, Mexico winds down training camp as he prepares to take on Takahiro Ao from Chiba, Japan in the main event, a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship , Friday, May 1st. truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions
Ishe Smith 155.4 vs. Cecil McCalla 154.6
Ashley Theophane 143 vs. Mahonri Montes 142.8
Ronald Gavril 167.2 vs. Oscar Riojas 166.8
Lanell Bellows 167.2 vs. Eddie Hunter 166.6
Juan Heraldez 145.4 vs. Tavorus Teague 147.8
Ladarius Miller 139.6 vs. Marquis Taylor 143
Kevin Newman II 163.2 vs. Ricardo Urquizo 164.2
Venue: The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
Mercito Gesta 136.5 vs. Carlos Molina 139.4
Jeffrey Fontanez 135.6 vs. Jose Hernandez 135.8
Jason Quigley 161.4 vs. Joshua Snyder 160.4
Yamaguchi Falcao 161.2 vs. Gerardo Ibarra 161.6
Rafael Gramajo 121.8 vs. Luis Cosme 121.6
Ruslan Madiev 136.8 vs. Christian Santibanez 136.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
The best judges of fighting acumen often are those who step into that arena to compete. So who better to offer predictions for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquaio welterweight Fight of the Century than some of the UFC’s top athletes? . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The final Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao press conference took place Wednesday at the KA Threater inside the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas. Both fighters were all business, no trash talking.
Manny Pacquiao: “I’d like to invite everyone to witness this Saturday a good fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao…both of us, Floyd and I, we’ve been working hard to entertain you on Saturday. To give a good fight on Saturday. Nothing personal, we’re just doing our job, doing our best on Saturday to put our name in boxing history. But the most important thing, I’m hoping after the fight we can have a conversation with Floyd sharing my faith about God.”
Floyd Mayweather: “It’s time to fight now. You guys came out here to see excitement. You guys came out here to see a great event. That’s what both competitors bring to the table. Excitement. The biggest fight in boxing history. And I’m a part of it so that’s a great thing. I feel good. I feel strong. I’ll see you guys Saturday.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
LIVE from the KÀ Theatre at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, will play host to “Knockout Night at the D” presented by Square Ring Promotions and Championship Title Boxing on May 22 set to air on CBS Sports Network (1:30am ET/10:30pm PT). Headlining the inaugural event is a 10-round lightweight clash between undefeated IBF #9, WBA #14 Richard Commey (21-0, 9 KOs) and Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov (17-1, 11 KOs). This will be Commey’s first appearance in the United States.
Also, undefeated light heavyweight and Subway commercial star Mike Lee (14-0, 8 KOs) will return to battle vs. TBA and then join commentators Al Bernstein and Barry Tompkins on the televised call of the main event.
Advance tickets priced at $59, $39 and $26 will be available May 5 through the D Las Vegas Box Office (phone 702-388-2111) and Ticketmaster (tickemaster.com). A limited number of VIP seats are also available for $199.
By Karl Freitag
The Association of Boxing Commissions has asked the Attorney General of the United States to investigate “Alvin Haymon and various companies associated with him” for allegedly breaking numerous provisions of the Muhammad Ali Act.
In a six page letter to the Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ABC President Tim Lueckenhoff wrote, “Haymon and related companies make no attempt to hide that they operate in the dual capacities of promoter and manager. It was the Vice President of Operations “Haymon Boxing” which sat on the dais and participated in the announcement of the PBC series on NBC. No other promoter was present. Frankly Haymon seems to be ﬂouting this breach of the Firewall provision of the Muhammad Ali Act.”
Lueckenhoff also cited numerous other apparent Muhammad Ali Act violations made by Haymon/PBC and noted that PBC appears headed toward also becoming a sanctioning organization with their own “in house” champions and belts.
The letter concludes, “The ABC has no resources or authority to investigate further or to take action with respect to this. However, we can and do request that there is “reasonable cause to believe” that Haymon is “engaged in a violation of this chapter” [15 U.S.C. 6301 et. seq.] and that 15 U.S.C. 6309 gives express authority to the United States Attorney General’s Office to investigate and to take action. We ask that you do so.”
WBC International super-bantamweight champion Alexis Boureima Kabore from Burkina Faso will meet the WBC International Silver champion Fatiou Fassinou in a great African encounter.
Friday night at the palais des sports Ouaga 2000 of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the 2 champions will meet for the 3rd time in their career. In 2004 Fassinou, 22-3-1/10, knocked out the local boy inside 2 rounds but in their rematch in 2007 Kabore, 24-1-0/6, outpointed the visitor from Benin.
Kabore will make the second defence of his title he won in Dec 2013 against Reinaldo Cajina and made one succesful defence in Sep 2014 against Silvester Lopez. Fassinou won the WBC International Silver title in June 2014 against Felix Williams.
Former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), the last opponent of Manny Pacquiao predicts Floyd Mayweather will outpoint Pacman on Saturday in Las Vegas. “Styles make fights and I believe this is a style that suits Floyd,” said Algieri. “Floyd is the smartest fighter in the game. He will be able to pick up on certain flaws and exploit them. Manny is going to make him work in there and I believe that the first few rounds are going to be very interesting. Manny is a different and smarter fighter than he was before the Marquez knockout. If Manny comes in shape the way that he did against me, and if Floyd has missed a step at all, then I see Pacquiao giving him all kinds of trouble. Ultimately though, I see Mayweather winning a decision.”
Algieri returns to the ring on May 29 to take on Amir Khan at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, as the headliner of a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Spike TV.
Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KOs) has promised Anthony Joshua the toughest night of his pro career when they clash at The O2 in London on May 30. Joshua, the Olympic gold medallist, boasts a perfect 11-0, 11 KOs record, blasting away all his opponents inside three rounds. Johnson, currently on a three fight losing streak, arrived in the UK last week to complete his extensive preparations for the fight and will be ringside in Birmingham on May 9 when Joshua faces Raphael Zumbano Love.
“I’ve trained for so long for this fight and I have got the hunger back,” said Johnson. “Anthony is so big that the KO is going to look so good. He is very confident with the start he has made, but I am confident I will knock him out. (more…)
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