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This past Saturday, WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and undefeated challenger Chris Algieri met with journalists at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse in New York City to talk about their June 14 title bout at Barclays Center. Their world title bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.
Ruslan Provodnikov: My job on June 14 is to chase Algieri and hunt him down. He should be more worried about me. His style of fighting is not my favorite. I prefer an opponent who likes to engage and fight toe-to-toe, not a runner. I don’t have trouble with runners. They have trouble with me.
Chris Algieri: I was in a couple camps with Marcos Maidana and Brandon Rios, sparring for weeks. Both of them, like Ruslan are aggressive, very strong fighters who I had success against in training.
The Summer of 2014 will get a lot hotter on Saturday, August 2, as two of the best matchups of the year will land on the UFC 176 card at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
From Nicaragua, former double world champion Rosendo Alvarez has informed Fightnews.com that two-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez has decided to move away from local company Prodesa after his promotional contract ends on June 24. There is already a Facebook video of Gonzalez talking about his working relationship with Rosendo Alvarez who runs a promotional outfit called “Buffalo Boxing.” Alvarez could end up being “Chocolatito’s” new trainer and promoter.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday, June 14, in the defenses of the world champions Ruslan Provodnikov and Demetrius Andrade against Chris Algieri and Brian Rose, respectively, to be held in Brooklyn, New York.
For the first defense of the WBO junior welterweight champion, Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs), who is going to face the 13th ranked Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs), the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) named Harvey Dock (New Jersey) as the referee. The judges will be Donald Trella (Connecticut), Tom Schreck (New York) and Max DeLuca (California). The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jose R. Izquierdo.
Also in this show, the WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) will defend for the first time his belt against the #1 ranked Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs), from United Kingdom. For this bout the referee will be Michael Griffin, from Canada. The judges for this fight are Julie Lederman (New York), John Poturaj (New Jersey) and Alan Rubenstein (Pennsylvania). The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Rafael Lopez Santos.
Promoter Rodney Berman has contacted IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman’s camp about potentially matching him with highly-rated Martin Murray in Monte Carlo in October. He says he has made a “substantial offer” to the Australian, who beat Felix Sturm for the title last month. Murray fights Max Bursak for the WBC Silver belt in Monaco next weekend, but plans are already afoot to land a bigger prize later this year. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. recently held an open workout in front of family, friends and the media in Capitol Heights in preparation for Saturday, June 21 when he will face Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO Featherweight championship at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. As the days wind closer to the nationally-televised (Showtime) contest, Russell (24-0, 14 KO’s) seems to be confident that his experience in the pro ranks might be the big edge he needs to win the title.
“You can have a good amateur pedigree but it is still a learning process [in the pros],” Russell told Fightnews. “I’ve gone from being 8-0, 10-0 and you see me now at 24-0, it’s a transformation. The rounds I’ve put in as a professional take its course. I’m more comfortable in the ring. You see me knowing how to slow the pace down after eight rounds, nine rounds. How do you put away a guy after you hurt him? This takes experience.”
“With Lomachenko, he has experience in four-round fights. He doesn’t know how to slow the pace down in a 10-round fight, a high-intensity fight. You can only familiarize yourself with how to do that with experience.” (more…)
Former wBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz returns on July 26 at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Stieglitz will face an opponent to be named in a fight for the WBO Inter-Continental title. Also on the SES-promoted card, are former light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi and light heavyweight Dominic Boesel in separate fights. Opponents will be announced next week at a press conference in Dessau.
Dave Hedgecock, trainer of IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman, spoke to Fightnews to discuss Soliman’s win over Felix Sturm, possible title defenses for Sam, and why he thinks Soliman has the best chance of anybody in the middleweight division to defeat Gennady GGG Golovkin.
Sam Soliman scored the best win of his career in dominating German great, Felix Sturm to capture the IBF middleweight title. Were you confident of defeating Sturm so decisively?
We were always confident of defeating Sturm. When we took the first fight with Sturm we were confident of victory. I worked out a few strategies that Sturm would not be aware of. He has that peek-a-boo stance. He is a good counter puncher with a great left jab and hook. Sturm is an astute boxer. We changed our tactics for the second fight and we prevailed again. Sam completely and utterly dominated Sturm from round one. We had the psychological advantage of winning the first fight so we played games with their head. I knew they would have trained harder this time to defeat Sam the way he boxed in the first fight so we changed his style. It worked as we won and won convincingly. (more…)
From lightweight through heavyweight, fighters that used to compete under the Strikeforce banner hold down at least one spot in the Top 5 in each of those divisions, to say nothing of the women’s bantamweight ranks, where champion Ronda Rousey and five members of the Top 10 all count themselves as alums as well.. . . Click here for more
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On Saturday June 21st, Big Six Entertainment will host the third out of their six scheduled events in Massachusetts in 2014. The main event at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, is a heavyweight slugfest between 6’6 Steve Vukosa (8-0, 4 KOs) vs. Arthur “Armenian Assassin” Saribekian (23-5-1, 18 KOs). Vukosa, a former Freddie Roach fighter known as “The Gentle Giant,” returns to the ring after a twelve year hiatus and will be looking to establish himself as New England’s top heavyweight. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $60 for ringside.
Unbeaten middleweight Adam Etches (16-0, 11 KOs) says he’d knock out Chris Eubank Jr (16-0, 11 KOs) if they ever fought, regardless of whether his famous father was working his corner. On Saturday night, Eubank Jr’s corner caused a minor storm in Newcastle due to his dad’s bizarre antics between rounds. Wearing jodhpurs, a waistcoat and sleeveless shirt, the former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight king posed in the center of the ring between rounds simply looking at his son without speaking. The behavior has irked many in the boxing fraternity. Etches, however, believes it was little more than a publicity stunt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Irish born, Australian middleweight champion Dennis Hogan (18-0-1, 7 KOs) is destined for international recognition according to his trainer Steve Dellar, who also has WBA #2 middleweight Jarrod Fletcher in his gym. “Hogan has shown he is prepared to put the hard work in the gym and that has seen him have impressive wins on his record with his best victory being over former WBA rated Robbie Bryant in 2013,” said Dellar. “He has looked good in sparring sessions with Jarrod Fletcher and with a good amateur background of 150 fights in Ireland he is ready for top class international opponents. Hogan will be in action again on July 12 with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs. We are very happy the IBF have now rated Hogan and we will focus on a world title shot when I think he is ready to challenge the champion Carlos Molina.” (more…)
Photos: Scott Foster
Last Saturday night, RiteHook Promotions brought boxing to Pascagoula, Mississippi, a “blue collar” city of 22,000, and from the standing room only turnout, it seemed like the entire city showed up. In the main event, Terry Scott [20-5], a 49-year-old third generation boxer and Pascagoula Police Captain, hoped to give his young children a chance to see him in action as a professional.
Being that Scott had been out of the ring since 1994, more than half of the crowd was certain he would lose, but the crowd of over 1,200 people erupted when they heard the theme song from COPS, triggering a light system off a police cruiser situated above the ring. Scott’s opponent Tyrone Dowdy, who entered the ring wearing a Department of Correction jumpsuit hailed as a “COP KILLER,” sported a sub-standard record, but has gone many rounds with some very good fighters. (more…)
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By Doug Rowe
Red Deer boxers Arash Usmanee and Cam O’Connell hope that history repeats itself at the KO Boxing Promotions fight card in Edmonton this Friday. The last time the two fought on the same card was as amateurs, at the 2006 Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, where both athletes scored impressive victories to win the coveted championship belts. “Arash is my mentor and my role model,” said O’Connell a former two-time Canadian National Amateur Champion. “At Ringside we both had outstanding matches, in rings right beside each other. To have my big brother there in camp for this fight, on the same card, in my corner, in the dressing room, will help immensely.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 25th Anniversary IBHOF induction ceremonies took place on Sunday in Canastota, NY. Inductees included ring legends Joe Calzaghe, Felix Trinidad and Oscar de la Hoya, along with famed boxing writer Graham Houston, promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, photographer Neil Leifer and several deceased members of boxing’s family.
Star Boxing and Oklahoma’s popular middleweight “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (33-1-2, 24 KOs) had to come off the canvas in the second round to score a six round unanimous decision win over Codale Ford (3-3, 1 KO) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, OK. (more…)
In his first title defense this Saturday night, undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) has nothing but bad intentions on his mind for mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs). “I’m a bad man!” proclaimed Andrade. “I’m going to whip his ass. He’s getting knocked out. Fans are going to see why none of the top guys in my division want to fight me. I’m taking over!”
Andrade vs. Rose is the 12-round co-feature, airing on HBO live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The main event is a 12-round bout between WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs). (more…)
Ricky Burns says he is ready to begin a new chapter in his career as he prepares to take on unbeaten Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC International lightweight title at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Friday June 27. Burns’ near two year reign as the WBO champ ended in March when unbeaten Terence Crawford claimed his title in Glasgow in the Rickster’s fifth defense. The 31 year old decided to freshen things up with a move down south to trainer Tony Sims, who guided middleweight Darren Barker to a world title, and the Scotsman says he is reaping the benefits of shifting camps to Sims’ Essex base. (more…)
In an all action fight between middleweight favorite Scott Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KOs) and DeAndre Robinson-Neal (13-0-1, 7 KOs), both gave as good as they got for eight grueling rounds on Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was a battle of speed versus pressure and early on it looked like speed would be victorious as the speed and accuracy of Neal carried the fight. He was well ahead on the cards after five, having won four rounds on all three cards. However a headbutt in round five that opened a bad cut on Sigmon’s left eye that woke him up and he began to fight with a renewed vigor. He swept the last three rounds, using incredible pressure and the experience that he has gained from 30 pro fights to gain a majority draw. The fight left the crowd of over 500 standing and cheering the entire eight rounds. Scores for the fight 78-75 Neal, 76-76 twice. Both had words with each other after the fight thinking that they had won. Can we say rematch? (more…)
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