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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and undefeated Gary Russell Jr. pose during the final press conference for their vacant WBO World Featherweight championship, Saturday, June 21 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, televised on SHOWTIME.
A decade removed from one of the most chaotic endings to any championship fight, UFC FIGHT PASS, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s digital streaming service, re-examines the June 19, 2004, Frank Mir vs Tim Sylvia bout in the premiere of the new Fightography series. (more…)
Boxer Hank Lundy and his promoter, Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES Boxing), scored a knockout victory in legal against Lundy’s former manager, Ivan Cohen, when Cohen’s contract was found null and void, thus absolving Lundy of any financial obligation toward Cohen and allowing the fighter to continue his march toward a world championship undeterred.
“Ivan Cohen came into my life and ruined it,” Lundy said. “I’m glad we won the case and the world knows I’m innocent.”
“We have been Hank’s promoter since the day he turned pro. That’s the kind of relationship we have with him,” added CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. “That just doesn’t happen in boxing. We never want to go to court, but we will if we have to. We’re not going to get run over.” (more…)
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
The final press conference for Saturday’s IBF light heavyweight eliminator between Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko and Nadjib Mohammedi took place Thursday at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko: Thank you for this opportunity. I am not a real talking guy. I will make my statements on Saturday.
Nadjib Mohammedi: First I would like to thank Main Events for this opportunity. We promise a good show a great fight. One of the best maybe. We are going to win and take the belt. (more…)
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Lonnie Bradley (29-1-1, 21 KOs) and unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Julian “J Rock” Williams (16-0-1, 10 KOs) were guest speakers this past Tuesday evening’s Ring 8 monthly meeting in historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Kim Johnson
Luke Sharp 160.7 vs Wade Ryan 171.7
Vinnie Caruana 167.3 vs Phillip Holding 167.8
Damien Hooper 183.9 vs Josh Webb 182.8
Wes Capper 166.4 vs Steve Ma 167.3
Sam Hogan 153.0 vs Daniel Durham 154.1
Jnr Welterweight State Title Bout
Darragh Foley 140.0 vs John Ford 139.8
Brandon Ogilvie 134.9 vs John Min 132.7
Shane Caroll 130.3 vs Baikon Lokromklao 129.0
Ben Page 181.4 vs Kalolo Faatua 185.2
Pat Eneanya 218.3 vs Kinglsey Enedeghe 243.6
Loiusa Hawtorn 101.4 vs Wiilaiwan Namuanghchan 101.0
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Tickets to Thunderdome IV are available at www.oztix.com.au
To watch the fights Live, go to http://www.liveboxing.com.au/
Dragon Fire presents Thunderdome VI
Friday June 20, 2014
Metro City, Perth Australia
Tickets go on sale at tomorrow at noon for Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s (24-0-1, 22 KOs) return to Atlantic City, NJ to face undefeated Australian challenger Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) for his WBO light heavyweight world title at Revel Casino Hotel on August 2. Visit ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000 for tickets. Tickets prices are $55, $80, $160 and a special number of limited VIP tickets for $250 which include waitress service.
Weigh In For Fight Club OC show tonight, Thursday in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. Doors at 6:30pm first bout at 7:35pm
Alexey Zubov 198 vs Brent Urban 194
Curtis Millender 169 vs Dominic Waters 169.4
Daniel Kim 133 vs Sopaun Rin 131.4
Yoko Hamamura 170.2 vs Termaine Lewis 169.8
Ronnie Austion 143.4 vs Cory Muldrew 145.2
Steven Stryker 169 vs Mario Delgado 171.6
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) of Gilroy, California and Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs) held separate workouts Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, California. The two will square off this Saturday night headlining the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.
“It’s been a year. I’m excited can’t wait to get back. Training camp was great,” Guerrero told Fightnews.com “I watched film on him. He’s a tough guy. comes in, puts a lot of pressure, likes to fight so I know he ain’t going to back down. I’m fresh. I feel good. My dad was the usual, always on it, ready to go. We had a great camp. I had a long layoff but it also gave my body a rest. I feel fresh.” (more…)
IBF- and IBO-heavyweight champion as well as WBO- and WBA-super champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles on September 6th against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev. The fight against the official IBF mandatory will be taking place at the o2 World Hamburg, Germany.
Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev from Sofia is 33 years old and 1,94m tall. The current #1 of the IBF ranking has an outstanding record: 20 wins, 11 by KOs and no losses. From 2011 on, Pulev was IBF International Champion and became European Heavyweight Champion in 2012/2013.
Last year, Pulev defeated the experienced American and former world championship contender Tony Thompson clearly on points. With this success in his pocket, the IBF announced him the official mandatory of the heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Therefore, the Bulgarian laid down his European championship title. Pulev has been an outstanding amateur already achieving the European championship.
Kubrat Pulev: “I will get the titles. I am ready to replace Wladimir Klitschko as the world champion. This fight is the highlight of my career. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfill my dream. I have worked hard for this chance.” (more…)
Chael Sonnen had me from the first time we spoke back in May of 2006. The topic? The fighting life and the idea that being a pro mixed martial artist was a full-time job . . . More on UFC.com
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By Butch Gottlieb
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
We went “one on one” with heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings as he trains for his upcoming WBC championship eliminator with fellow unbeaten Mike Perez, which is scheduled to take place on July 26th from New York’s Madison Square Garden. Jennings-Perez is the HBO televised co-feature to the middleweight main event between WBA/IBO champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Daniel Geale. The winner of this fight should meet the winner of the proposed Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder WBC heavyweight title bout.
You and Mike Perez, other then being a southpaw, seem to be almost mirror images of each other. How do you feel about this fight?
Keep in mind that I live boxing. I am never out of shape, I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. I have the strength of a heavyweight and the athletic ability of a light heavyweight. I do not worry about any of my opponents nor do I underestimate anyone. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Middleweight Luke “Razor” Sharp (8-1-2) will face Wade Ryan (5-1, 1 KO) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VI this Friday night at Metro City Perth, Australia. Sharp is looking to get back to his winning ways after suffering the first loss in his career in a tough unanimous points decision loss to the undefeated Michael Zerafa (14-0, 7 KOs) in Queensland in February.
Sharp said he was feeling good about this fight and he is facing a good opponent in Ryan. “I can’t wait to get it on this Friday night at Thunderdome,” Sharp said. “Training camp was good this time, it was a different camp to normal hence our training techniques, but it was a good hard camp that has gotten us all prepared for Thunderdome.” (more…)
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is facing probation, jail or an intervention. More
Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell have taken different paths on their way to a showdown. More
Undefeated Danny Garcia to return to the ring in August. More
Former Jamaica boxer “Kid Bassey” has passed away. More
The successful series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford returns with its summer series starting July 18 from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, in the main event another classic battle between Puerto Rico and Mexico when Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-2, 9 KOs) takes on Juan “Loquito” Kantun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) with the WBO Latin super flyweight title at stake scheduled for 10 rounds.
The series continues July 25 from the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, a Civil War; former world title challenger David “El Duro” Carmona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) faces fellow countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3, 8 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds for the WBO Latin interim super flyweight title.
“We start the summer series with two very competitive super flyweight fights, the winners will meet on our fall series for the absolute WBO Latin belt and a possible world title opportunity,” said Tuto Zabala, Jr, President of All Star Boxing, Inc.
On August 1 the series lands in A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida and closes August 8 at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, both main events will be announced shortly. Telemundo Network will televise the main events live at 11:35 PM in the United States and by Claro Sports in Mexico and all of Latin America.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko put in some work today at the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Lomachenko will take on undefeated Gary Russell Jr. for the vacant WBO world featherweight championship on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, televised on Showtime.
The bout will be a rare showdown between a Top Rank fighter and a Golden Boy fighter. photos
Photos: Joel Colon / PR Best
McWilliams Arroyo 112 vs. Froilan Saludar 111.3
(IBF flyweight title eliminator)
Cesar Seda 121 vs. Alex Rangel 120
Prichard Colon 148 vs. Carlos Garcia 149
Milton Santiago 139 vs. Carlos Lopez 140
Jose Lopez 134 vs. Rafael Vazquez 134
Rafael Gonzalez 143 vs. TBA
Miguel Canino 137 vs. Luis Ortiz 141
Jean Carlos Lopez 118 vs. Juan Figueroa 119
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Golden Boy/PR Best
TV: Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes
The boxers at the “KO at the Casino” bill in Monte Carlo came face to face for the first time this afternoon at the glittering casino venue ahead of Saturday’s showdown. All eight fighters were on hand for what promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves called “a historic event.” The tournament is headlined by Martin Murray’s WBC silver middleweight bout against Max Bursak of Ukraine It’s Murray’s first fight in the principality and Bursak’s third, having previously both own and lost in Monaco.
“I’ve had some good days here, some bad,” said a philosophical Bursak, who remarked that he had done tremendous work in the gym and in the mountains in preparation for Saturday. Refusing to dwell on past ill fortune in fights against world champions Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez, Murray said that he wanted to produce a fight that reflected what excellent condition he is in. “We are both in great shape, but I’m a level above Bursak and I will show that.” (more…)
Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. and his team arrived in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday night for his WBO Featherweight title fight with two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine on June 21. Russell traveled to California with his father and trainer Gary Russell, Sr., and three younger brothers, Gary Allan III, Gary Antonio and Gary Antuanne for his first title shot on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and live on Showtime. The Russells recently made history by becoming the first set of four brothers to win National Golden Gloves titles and his three younger siblings will be ringside on Saturday as Gary Jr. competes for a world championship.
Former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. makes his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut when he takes on one-time interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle, Saturday, August 2, in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The telecast will also include the first title defense of WBA super lightweight champion “The Pride of Las Vegas” Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) against undefeated contender Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs) of Kopeysk, Russia. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. PT with the first bout beginning at 4:00 p.m. PT. The HBO telecast, a split-site tripleheader, will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event go on sale This Friday! June 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200. Room / ticket packages will also be available. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury says that he could knock out Dereck Chisora and his sparring partner Mariusz Wach on the same night. The Manchester giant was enraged after Polish star Wach, Chisora’s chief sparring partner, said yesterday that the Finchley banger could knock out Fury early when they clash at the Phones 4 U Arena on Saturday 26th July. Chisora and Fury collide in the biggest domestic heavyweight rematch in recent years with the winner securing the WBO number one spot to world champion Wladimir Klitschko, plus the Vacant British title and Chisora’s European title are on the line.
Big-hitting and hard-talking Fury has fired back at Wach and said that Team Fury heavyweight Eddie Chambers is also ready and prepared to take him on.
“Frankly it’s laughable that Wach seriously believes that Chisora could knock me out. I don’t know if Wach is hitting the Polish vodka a bit heavy, but to come out with a statement like that, he must be drunk!” said Fury. “Let’s get real, Chisora couldn’t get near me in the first fight so what makes anyone think he’s going to knock me out this time around. So he’s had a few wins since we met, big deal, knocking out eastern European cab drivers does not suddenly make him super-human or a knock-out king.” (more…)
Former world-title challenger Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, ends his 26-month layoff Saturday evening, Aug. 23, when he boxes Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL, in the scheduled 10-round welterweight main event in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Jones, 31, has not boxed since June 9, 2012, when he was stopped late in the 11th round by Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in their contest for the vacant IBF welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, NV. At the time of the knockout, Jones was far ahead on all three scorecards.
Since that loss, Jones has relocated to Henderson, NV, and has been training in various gyms in Las Vegas, working with different trainers: Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Miguel Diaz.
“Two years late for work but it’s better late than never,” Jones said. “I’m excited to be back in action at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 23. I can’t wait to show the fans something special. (more…)
Rejuvenated welterweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) will look to continue his hot streak by taking on Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) on July 25 in a ten round ESPN2-televised main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. In a companion ten, USBA middleweight beltholder and WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) will face Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-6, 26 KOs) in a non-title fight. Opening the telecast will be the return of “Subway Boxer” and Notre Dame grad Mike Lee (12-0, 7 KOs) against an opponent to be announced in a six-round light heavyweight bout.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Former four-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero spoke to reporters in advance of Saturday’s Showtime-televised fight against Yoshihiro Kamegai at StubHub Center in Carson, California. It will be Guerrero’s first fight since losing a one-sided fight against Floyd Mayweather in May 2013. “I’m excited to come back again and I can’t wait,” said Guerrero. “It’s been a year already, so it’s way overdue. I had a good rest and during that downtime while I was resting I was keeping in shape. Now I’ve joined up with CrossFit and my conditioning is incredible. I’m feeling great, feeling strong and I’m excited to be back in the ring.”
When asked the reason for taking a 13 month layoff, Guerrero stated that it was because of three tough fights (Aydin, Berto and Mayweather) back-to-back.
When asked about his well publicized attempt to break his Golden Boy contract during this time period, he stated “you have the legal actions too, and you want to take care of that. My management took care of a lot of stuff at the same time. Taking a little bit of time off helps your body recuperate.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has confirmed to Fightnews.com via telephone that three of boxing’s four major sanctioning bodies will meet this weekend’s Boxing Summit Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Joining Sulaiman will be WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and IBF President Daryl J. Peoples. Topics up for discussion include seeking unity in the names of the weight divisions, rules, medical and safety, ratings and even talk of one “champion” recognized for each division.
“The official meeting will be on Monday in Cancun,” said Sulaiman. “The intention is to seek agreements and a way to have frequent and open communication for the good of boxing. We need to work to find a way to avoid the confusion that exists in boxing, and part of that is in the names of the divisions, as some call them “super” (eg super lightweight) and others call them “junior” (eg junior welter instead of super lightweight). We’re going to work on many issues and it’s important that there’s good will, respect and reciprocity.”
Sulaiman also commented on the absence of the WBO. “The World Boxing Organization, which is led by Francisco Valcarcel, will not be present at the meeting. He was invited and there was no positive response. It’s very unfortunate that they can’t be present, but also they are respected and appreciated,” Sulaiman concluded.
By Chris Morris
There’s a new promoter in town and he’s not talking the same old story. This writer has covered Colorado boxing for over a decade and I’ve seen many a promoter come and go. They all seem to have the same spiel. “We are taking over boxing in Colorado. Watch how many people are at MY show. We are going to put on the best fights ever. We are going to be the premiere boxing company in Colorado.” I’ve heard it all and it usually sounds the same and has the same outcome.
Not so when speaking with Rick Lopez Sr. who will be heading the New Generation promotional team. (more…)
In the midst of all the excitement about the release of EA Sports UFC for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 today, I must first address a gripe to the game’s Ultimate Fighter coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber: Did you have to pick me last? . . . More on UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #14 154 pounder Dennis Hogan (18-0-1, 7 KOs) will be working as a sparring partner with former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) while Geale is preparing to clash with WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) on July 26 at Madison Square Garden. Hogan, who was born in Kildare, Ireland but turned professional in Australia, stated “I love working and training with Daniel and it fills me with great confidence that he specifically asked for me to spar with. My last week with Daniel was a great experience for me but also cemented my thinking that I belong with the Daniel Geale’s of this world. Daniel is also great with passing on feedback and tips on what improvements I should be looking at.” Hogan is scheduled to collide with Steve Moxon over ten rounds on July 6 in Melbourne.
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler makes the second defense of his WBA minimumweight belt when he faces the vastly experienced Pigmy Kokietgym from Thailand at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco on Saturday night. His IBO belt will also be at stake. The 26-year-old Budler has developed into a competent all-round fighter since he turned professional in July 2007, compiling a record of 25-1, including 8 wins inside the distance. Sporting a whole exhibition of tattoos and multi-coloured hair, he has a crowd-pleasing style that has made him one of South African’s favorite boxers – and well respected abroad. (more…)
Former world title challenger Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco (24-2, 19 KOs) returns back to the ring after a year lay off on August 2nd at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. He returns after a close loss in WBO title eliminator bout between Chris Avalos. Francisco, who has spent his career fighting naturally bigger fighters at super bantamweight will be returning at bantamweight, a weight that Francisco feels will be ideal for his frame and ability to be physically dominate over foes.
In the co-main event, Virgil Hunter-trained light welterweight Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (11-1-1, 8 KOs) will face undefeated Chris Singleton (12-0, 5 KOs).
Also seeing action will be junior middleweight Aaron “Heavy Metal” Coley (8-0-1, 5 KOs) and junior welterweight Bilal Mahasin (4-1) will see action in separate bouts.
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