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Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career is on its last legs … with his promoter saying the fighter will retire next year — to focus on becoming President of the Philippines! Bob Arum was out at Craig’s Tuesday night when he told us Manny is planning to fight again next year once he heals up — but that’s probably the very last bout for the 36-year-old.
“He’s gonna fight again next year but his goal is to become a senator in the Philippines, which he will be next year, and then to be president.”
Arum added, “I think Manny will retire once he’s elected to the Senate of the Philippines which is next year … he’s gonna hang up the gloves.”
Manny has been involved in politics for years in the Philippines — and as been elected to Congress twice before.
Jamie McDonnell says he will KO Tomoki Kameda in their WBA world bantamweight title rematch in Texas on Sunday before moving up to Super Bantamweight to face WBA champ Scott Quigg. McDonnell defends his belt against Kameda in a rematch of their gripping encounter in May, where McDonnell climbed off the canvas in the third round to outpoint the previously unbeaten Japanese star. The 29-year-old says he will make a big statement at the American Bank Center before returning to the UK to seek out an all-British World title bash with Manchester favourite Quigg.
“This is a massive fight and one I really wanted before looking at that move up to Super Bantamweight,” said McDonnell. “The plan is to beat him again and then move up and I’d love the Scott Quigg fight; that would be a massive night. I’ve already proved that I belong at the elite level and it’s only four pounds, it’s not a massive difference and I am a big Bantamweight. I feel I am hitting harder, I’ve been working on my power in the gym and I feel it’s going to pay off. I’m always in great shape and I’ve been flying in the gym, I am really looking forward to this one, I feel I have a lot to prove still even though I am a two-time World champion. We’re here and we’ve settled quickly and I am just going to soak it all up and I really feel that I am going to destroy him on Sunday.
“We know each other inside out because we’ve done 12 rounds. I can’t be sloppy, I’ve got to stay focused. I’ve got to forget the first fight because he’s going to bring his A-game to the table and so I am so it could be a totally different fight to the first one. I think it will be a fast paced fight, I started too slowly last time so I don’t want that to happen again. I believe I will stop him late on, I took him into the trenches last time but I didn’t put it on him enough. I think I will make that big statement and then move up.”
Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against former interim WBA champion Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, on October 24. Brook makes the third defense of his crown at his hometown fortress after ‘The Special One’ forced mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan to retire after four rounds of his first defence there in March and then faced Frankie Gavin in his second defence in London in May, ending the Birmingham man’s challenge in the sixth round at The O2.
“I’ve seen some of Chaves’ quotes and it’s interesting to see he thinks he can walk me down and over-run me,” said Brook. “I don’t think some fighters realize how big I am and how sharp and accurate I punch and I’m looking to make a major statement against him. If he does what he promises it’s going to be one hell of a fight. I’m so excited about boxing in my hometown of Sheffield again. London last time out was a great experience fighting in front of nearly 20,000 but I’m excited to be back there – it is my home. I’m looking to excite like I always do and light up the Motorpoint Arena on October 24.”
“We know Brook is a tough fighter, very technical,” said Chaves. “He is a linear fighter, very frontal. He’s not a fast fighter. He is easily bothered by body punches, and that is one of our strengths. And I believe he has problems going backwards. We saw that in his fight against Shawn Porter. When Porter charged forward, Brook had trouble adjusting to that. But we know that he is a great fighter to face, and we are going to test his punching power too, because the opponents he chose so far have not been such great punchers as the ones I have faced lately. I feel that my confidence grows with this challenge, knowing that I will have to face a champion like Kell Brook in his home country in England. This raises the stakes for me, going up there as an Argentine, and as a huge underdog. We know all the bad blood that exists between Argentina and England, and this will give me much more strength. I will be making history if I defeat an Englishman in his own country.”
Hard-hitting junior lightweight contender Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, takes on Jorge Pazos, of Guamuchil, Mexico, in the scheduled eight-round main event Friday evening, Oct. 2, at the First Annual Puerto Rican Boxing Classic at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Sosa, 27, is fresh off his first-round knockout over former world-title challenger Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, on Aug. 16 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The win over Belmontes marked Sosa’s 12th consecutive knockout and his 13th K0 overall on his 17-1-3 record. He is ranked #13 in the world by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). (more…)
WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) will make the fifth defense of his portion of the WBA world title against WBA #7 rated countryman Konni Konrad (22-1-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany. The 36-year-old “100 Year Talent” Braehmer, a -1700 favorite in the bout, is on a 15 fight win streak going back to 2008. Konrad, who has faced suspect opposition following a four-year layoff ending in 2010, is +800.
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (19-0, 6 KOs) faces Maximiliano Jorge Gomez (18-4, 6 KOs) from Argentina on September 19 at the Belantis Arena close to Leipzig, Germany. Bösel will be defending his WBO Inter-Conti championship.
Also, German domestic welterweight beltholder Felix Lamm (10-0-1, 4 KOs) takes on Philipp Schuster (22-2-1, 15 KOs) in the co-feature. Also seeing action will be “Team Deutschland” fighters Tom Schwarz (heavyweight), Moritz Stahl (super middleweight), Tom Pahlmann (light heavyweight) und Adam Deines (cruiserweight). The card will be televised in Germany by MDR.
Former heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr is reportedly recovering in an Essen, Germany, hospital after being shot in a Doner-kabob house. The assailant reportedly escaped. The “Kölner Express” reported on its Web site that Charr was hit by four shots in the abdominal area and has undergone six hours of emergency surgery.
Former two-time world champion Paul Malignaggi will make one of his dreams come true on September 26 when he fights in the main event of a show at famed Principe Theater in Milan. Here’s what the Magic Man says about it: “Fighting in Italy has always been my desire as I was born in New York from Italian parents. I lived the first six years of my life in Italy and I visited my ancestral country (whose language I speak perfectly) countless times.”
Malignaggi (33-7) will fight in a six rounder. The opponent will be announced soon.
On the undercard, two fights involving former Italian champions: welterweight Antonio Moscatiello (18 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw) and super lightweight Renato De Donato (15-3) will fight the six rounds distance against two opponents to be announced.
The September 26 show is co-promoted by Principe Boxing Events led by Alessandro Cherchi and OPI 2000, the company led by Salvatore Cherchi (Alessandro’s father).
It’s no secret that mixed martial arts is an ever-evolving landscape. In the brief, but rich, history of the sport, everything from fighting styles to preparation has seen a once effective method give way to something more versatile and refined. And just as single-disciplined attacks inside the Octagon have become a thing of the past, so have the days of arriving to compete at the biggest stage in the sport unprepared . . . Click here for more
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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Jose “Josesito” Felix is putting the final touches to his preparation for his next bout that is schedule for Saturday, September 19 at the Sportsman’s Lounge in Studio City, California and will televised in the United States by Unimas in their popular series “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” Felix will take on Marcos Jimenez of the Dominican Republic in the main event of a card promoted by Top Rank, Bash Boxing and The Art of Boxing.
“I am looking forward to this fight because it will be in Southern California. This will be the fourth time a fight here in the Los Angeles area and the fans have really been behind me”, said Felix, who has fought twice in Glendale and once in Hollywood in his last four fights.
“I am also looking forward to staying in the winning path and hope to get another world championship bout in the near future”, said Felix, who after suffering his only professional loss in a world championship bout on April of 2014, has won four fights, three of them before the distance. (more…)
The third edition of ESPN’s Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN presented by Corona Extra (PBC on ESPN) series—headlined by Leo Santa Cruz’s majority decision win over Abner Mares—on Saturday, Aug. 29, delivered the largest boxing audience on ESPN since February 1998 (02/22/98 Mark Johnson vs. Arthur Johnson).
The telecast was seen by an average of 1,217,000 viewers (P2+)—up 30 percent from the average of the previous two PBC telecasts on ESPN. The telecast peaked from 12:00-12:15am with 1,641,000 viewers (P2+) according to Nielsen.
ESPN’s Spanish-language telecast of the event on ESPN Deportes averaged a 1.3 Hispanic HH US Rtg and 355,000 Hispanic viewers—making it the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast to ever air on ESPN Deportes. The telecast peaked from 11:15-11:30 p.m. with 453,000 viewers.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that Nicaraguan three-time world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez could travel to San Jose, Costa Rica to continue his preparations for the defense of his WBC flyweight world crown against former world champion Brian Viloria on October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There was talk of Gonzalez traveling to train in Big Bear, California, but now Costa Rica and Mexico are under consideration as possible alternatives.
The fighttown of Philadelphia is set to unveil a new 12-foot bronze statue commemorating Joe Frazier, one of the most iconic Philly fighters in history, during a free, open-to-the-public ceremony at XFINITY Live! on Saturday, September 12 at 1 p.m. XFINITY Live! and Joe Hand Promotions were the lead contributors for this memorial.
Statue artist Stephen Layne recreated Frazier in mid-punch, depicting the moment after Frazier landed the punch that knocked down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round, on March 8, 1971. Frazier was the first fighter to defeat Ali. “I found my inspiration in a photo of Frazier flooring Ali with his powerful left hook,” Layne said. “The moment captured in the sculpture reflects the work ethic of Frazier and the city he called home.” (more…)
The same day Floyd Mayweather faces Andre Berto, unbeaten former middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) faces Australian Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs) at Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Quillin was unable to make the middleweight limit in an April world title challenge against WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee.
His September 12 bout with Zerafa will be fought at a 163lb contract weight. “I’m going to try my hardest and try to make that weight but I won’t kill myself,” said Quillin. I’ve been the same weight since I was 18 years old. I’m 32 now and I’m getting older so the weight is not coming off the same like it did as a young man that I was once before. We still got a lot of time because the fight that I’m really worried about right now is Michael.” (more…)
The UFC is set to #GOBIG over the final four months of the 2015 fight calendar, with a massive kickoff event featuring numerous champions and several of the top names on the roster scheduled to take place prior to the UFC 191 weigh-ins on Friday, September 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more
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Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO World Middleweight title challenge against champion Andy Lee on Saturday 10th October has had to be postponed after Saunders received a cut eye in sparring. The show will still go ahead with all-action Manchester hero Terry Flanagan making the first defence against Diego Magdaleno and Liverpool’s Liam Smith’s Vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight title challenge against John Thompson.
Saunders is devastated that his fight against Irish rival Lee has taken a further delay following last month’s switch of venue and date from Thomond Park in Limerick, but is remaining positive and is awaiting news from his specialist. “First of all I’m sorry to Andy and all the fans that this fight has had to be postponed again,” said Saunders. “It’s completely unfortunate that I got a cut during a sparring session, but there’s nothing I can do now until the specialist advises me on when I can resume training and fight again. I’m committed to this world title fight, I’m the WBO mandatory challenger and the WBO have confirmed that I’ll remain the mandatory challenger. It’s just a very frustrating situation at the moment as myself and Andy just want to get in the ring and fight after all the delays.”
Promoter Frank Warren is currently working on some further options to replace the fight on the show that he aims to secure and announce shortly and will also announce a new date for the Lee vs. Saunders world title fight. (more…)
WBA, WBO, IBF & IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko commented on this weekend’s heavyweight event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. “I think it’s an amazing event that happens once in a lifetime. I’m not sure if an event like this has ever taken place in the history of boxing when all of the heavyweights, former heavyweight champions, coming together. It’s something amazing.
“I’ve seen a picture of Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton together and it was an amazing shot – it was a great shot for history. I think this Friday and Saturday is going to be really exciting. It is going to be a time where everybody is going to get a piece of memory, and that is the reality. It is a tough event to put together, I am happy that it is taking place, where all of the heavyweights can come together, have conversations and ask questions – and get some answers.
“It shows that we are all one community – one family, actually. There are some times in history where we didn’t like each other because we were fighting in the ring, but in a way we respect and love each other. It is definitely something that is going to be a historic moment.”
“And that’s at the top. (laughs) Maybe we’ll get there to watch him fight. Maybe not. It depends on my training schedule – but I definitely will enjoy the night when all of the heavyweights get together. I definitely have a couple of questions to ask some of them.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime
Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida is two weeks away from his fight against pound-for-pound king and WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs). Berto will square off against Mayweather Saturday, September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime pay per view. We caught up with Berto as he talked about his upcoming showdown with Floyd.
“This fight was supposed to happen two or three times. Situations with me not taking care of myself and not taking opponents seriously caused it to happen. But styles make fights and we’ll see what the boxing fans say Sept. 12,” Berto told Fightnews.com “I have already prepared myself mentally. From an energy aspect, I feel great. It’s my first time in a while coming into a fight with no injuries. This is the healthiest I’ve been since I can remember.”
Berto is preparing for Floyd with his trainer Virgil Hunter in Oakland, California.
“I have been working a lot this camp we worked on a lot of different things at camp. I have the speed to keep up with him. I have more power,” Berto stated. “At the end of the day, I am putting in the work and focused. The whole team is confident. I am in the best shape ever!” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A busy boxing month closed off this Saturday night, August 29th, with Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presenting the seventh and final fight card in the border city in less than thirty days. The event took place at the Perro Salado billiard hall. Quaint but comfortable, the building was jam packed with Tijuana fight fans as well as action in the ten fights featuring talent from both sides of the border.
In the main event, former WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (31-6-2, 22KO) stepped back into the ring to completely annihilate late-sub Daniel “Spaghetti” Yocupicio (3-30-2, 0KO) in the second round of a scheduled light heavyweight ten.
Gutierrez is coming off two straight losses at welterweight and has not seen action since January while the fight marked the fifth time Yocupucio traveled from his native Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, to Tijuana to face off a local fighter. (more…)
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With more than 20 former world heavyweight champions ringside, former Lineal and World Boxing Organization (WBO) world heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs will battle Mike Marrone in a 12-round heavyweight bout, headlining “World Heavyweight Champions – Saturday Fight Night” at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, CA.
By Jesse Kelley
Marcus Oliveira (26-1-1, 21 KO’s) of Pottawatomie, KS stopped Florida’s Dionisio Miranda (22-13, 19 KO’s) in the third of a scheduled 8 round Light Heavyweight bout at Aldrich Arena in Saint Paul, MN. Oliveira seemed fine with giving away the first round or two as he let Miranda come forward and throw punches. Not much landed because of the tight defense of Oliveira, but Miranda was busier in terms of punch output. Oliveira was all business as he came out for round three however. Oliveira went right after Miranda with jabs before throwing a hard straight right to the head that dropped Miranda in a corner. Miranda stayed on the canvas holding his head as referee Mark Nelson counted him out. The official time of the stoppage was :33 into the third round. The victory puts Oliveira back in the win colum following his lone defeat to Juergen Braehmer in December of 2013. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Packed with characters, stories and statistics and with over 130 color and black-and-white photographs, “Boxing in Australia” reveals the savage beauty of boxing in all its glory. “Boxing in Australia” is Grantlee Kieza’s eleventh book and it takes a comprehensive look at the fight game from the colonial times to the present- the triumphs and the tragedies. Here are the true stories of scrappers rising above humble beginnings and underdogs defying the odds: from young indigenous boxer Lionel Rose who, in a few short years, went from living in a remote community to being a world champion, to pigtailed pugilist Kostya Tszyu, who escaped childhood in Communist Russia to become a legend of the sport. Find out how the battle between a black and a white boxer attracted one of the biggest ever crowds in Australian history, how travelling tent-boxing shows launched careers, and how bare-knuckle brawl impressed bushranger (and heavyweight champion) Ned Kelly. Follow the fortunes of bruisers and battlers including Jeff Fenech, Anthony and Tony Mundine, Danny Green, Vic Parrick, Johnny Famechon, Les Darcy, Dave Sands, Jimmy Carruthers and many others. (more…)
Currently sitting at number three on the pound-for-pound list, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson isn’t just one of the most dominant champions competing in the Octagon at the moment; he may be one of the most dominant ever. That’s high praise for the Washington state standout, but he’s not resting on his laurels as he approaches his September 5 main event against the one man to give him his toughest bout as champion, John Dodson. Here are Mighty Mouse’s Fab Five . . . Click here for more
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By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-7-2, 14 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN became the Minnesota State Cruiserweight champion on Friday night after stopping former champ Al Sands (15-2, 13 KOs) at 2:36 of the first round at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Sands, of Duluth, MN threw some nice hard jabs to get the fight rolling. Williams didn’t flinch though and inched his way in towards Sands to close the gap. Fighting out of the southpaw stance, Williams landed a hard left hook that caught Sands on the chin. Sands stumbled but fired back. Williams continued to chase Sands though, landing two more flush lefts to the head followed by a right to the head and finally the body that sent Sands down to the canvas. Sands bravely got to his feet and stumbled back to a corner where referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off.
“I was measuring his jab and speed and trying to close the distance” said Williams. ” I was surprised that he was hurt that bad when I caught him with the first punch so I jumped on him. It was a good stoppage because I was waiting to run out of the corner and catch him with more if the fight continued.”
Robert “Bravo” Brant moved to (17-0, 11 KOs) of Oakdale, MN with a third round stoppage of Lekan Byfield (6-11-2, 1 KO) of Atlanta, Georgia in the co-featured Middleweight bout. Byfield proved to be tricky at times but was not able to stand up to the powerful and accurate shots from Brant. After the bout, Brant announced that his next fight will be televised November 6th on Showtime, most likely from Las Vegas. (more…)
After a razor-thin decision in their first fight, top bantamweights Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs) will square-off again on the Sunday, September 6 edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 12-round bantamweight showdown will kick-off the telecast beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and will be headlined by a super middleweight battle between Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) and Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs).
In the first fight between the United Kingdom’s McDonnell and Japan’s Kameda, which originally aired on the May 9 installment of PBC on CBS, McDonnell narrowly took the decision 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards.
“I have a great engine and I always come on strong in the back end of the fight,” said McDonnell. “I think from round six on it was my fight. I started too slowly in the first fight but I worked hard and got the win.”
“I definitely think I won the first fight,” said Kameda. “I landed the much harder punches and built up enough of an early lead, but the judges saw what they saw. It was a close fight and I know I can change the outcome this time.” (more…)
The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame is proud has announced its inductees for 2015, all of whom will be honored at a banquet October 2 at Mystic Lake Casino. 2015 Inductees are Danny Davis, Duane Horsman, Mel Brown, Art Lasky, Charley Retzlaff, Sammy Gallop, Mike Collins and Jim Wells along with special recognition to Jamal James.
The banquet is the sixth annual and includes several individuals closely identified with Minnesota boxing over the years. (more…)
Nick DiSalvo and Vincent Traietti are bringing boxing to the Dorchester National Guard Armory on October 17. The main event pits Chris Traietti (18-3 14KOs) of Quincy, MA against Gary Culp (10-10 9KOs) of Hannibal, MO for the vacant NABA-US and IBA Americas Cruiserweight Championships. Also scheduled to appear are local favorites such as super middleweight Brandon Montella (1-0), heavyweight Nick Cyr (2-1), undefeated heavyweight Jean-Pierre Augustin (5-0-1), Cruiserweight Vinnie Carita (10-1-1) and Jr Middleweight Anthony Everett (1-3) against opponents to be announced soon. Tickets start at $30 and can be found on TicketRiver.com
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs) and WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4 KOs), both hailing from Japan, will collide in a world female 102-pound unification bout in Tokyo, Japan, on October 22. The fast-punching southpaw Koseki, making her sixteenth defense, had proposed an encounter with another organization’s champ Miyao, with five successful defenses, who finally accepted this encounter with both belts on the line. Koseki, 33, said, “I wish to defeat Miyao rather than acquire a couple of belts.” Miyao, a year her junior, quickly replied, “I want two belts by beating her.” Miyao’s promoter/manager Hideyuki Ohashi said, “This is a very significant event for the sake of the female boxing’s future. We hope this bout will attract people’s attention and elevate the status of the women’s boxing.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten OPBF lightweight champ, WBC#13 Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6 KOs), 134.75, successfully retained his regional belt when he retired game compatriot challenger Kazuya Murata (11-5, 5 KOs), 134.75, on the stool after the fifth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan. The elongated six-footer, making his fourth defense, had dethroned Yoshitaka Kato on points in Tokyo in January of the previous year, and experienced some tough defenses so far but showed his superior strength to the local prospect in Kobe. After the fourth, the official tallies were announced: 39-37 twice and 40-36 in favor of Nakatani. The champ, a stablemate of WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, accelerated his attack and hurt Murata with solid combinations, which deteriorated the game challenger’s vision so that the third man called a halt due to the ring physician’s advice. It proved afterward that the loser suffered an eye socket fracture, and he was rushed to hospital.
Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.
Before he heads to Las Vegas for his showdown with Aaron Pryor Jr. on the fall season debut of The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart will host a media day workout on Wednesday, September 2, from 11AM to 1PM at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym (545 North 3rd Street) in Philadelphia.
The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, kicks off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets, priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Room and ticket packages are also available.
By Robert Coster
On July 18th, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr., fighting for only the second time in the USA, lost a hard-fought decision against touted IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton. Gonzalez (25-2-2, 15 KOs) gave a great account of himself, knocking Frampton down twice in the first round. For many onlookers, Alejandro, the son of former featherweight champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez, became something of a revelation even in a losing effort. Fightnews caught up with the 22-year-old to talk boxing, about the Frampton fight and what lays ahead.
Alejandro, your fight with Frampton was only your second bout in the USA. Congratulations on a great and gallant effort. What’s your take on that fight?
It’s hard to win a decision against an unbeaten champion and star like Frampton. There’s always an element of “protecting the champion” in such a fight. This said, I accept the outcome and it’s in my past. I have to look to the future. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and former three-division world champion Abner Mares met with the media following their intense showdown Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in what was the Battle of L.A. Santa Cruz scored a majority decision victory.
“I am very happy and thank you all for your support,” said Santa Cruz at the post-fight press conference. It was a hard fight, but we trained very hard in the gym. It was a war and we came out with the victory. He was trying to knock me out. We were patient and my dad said he wasn’t going to last like that and that he was going to get tired. My dad said I can box him. Many people thought that I couldn’t box him but I could box and I had to be smart this fight and do what I do.” (more…)
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