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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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UFC

UFN Auckland Post-fight

It was an exciting night of fights in Auckland, New Zealand with six of the 10 fights ending in a submission or knockout finish. UFC President Dana White tweeted after the event congratulating all the fighters, and said it was difficult to pick performance bonus winners. . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 28th, 2014



Boxing News

Zhang Zhilei takes over NYC Chinatown

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‎Olympic heavyweight silver-medalist Zhang Zhilei, readying for his August 8th pro debut on ESPN Friday Night Fights, gave a boxing demonstration and signed autographs at Saturday’s annual Chinatown Weekend Walk. ‎The 6′ 7″ 260 lbs Zhilei won a silver medal in the super heavyweight class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Additionally, he won a bronze medal at the world amateur championships in 2007 and 2009 at super heavyweight. Zhilei is promoted by Dino Duva of Dynasty Boxing.



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA Directorate meeting ends; WBA world championship designations clarified

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The WBA opened it’s final day of their annual directorate meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at 9 a.m. this morning. The board of directors presented Gilberto Jesus Mendoza with a recognition for his recent graduation from Law School. A short home video of him receiving his diploma was shown.

A lengthy discussion of various championship recognitions by the WBA was then reviewed. World champion, unified champion, undisputed champion and super champion statuses were discussed. According to the WBA rules, unified champions hold two titles. An undisputed champion holds three titles. A super champion is one of distinction to be determined, be it of length of reign, holding all four belts or otherwise designated by the WBA. (more…)



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Juan Carlos Gomez to face unbeaten Goran Delic

Most eyes will, of course, be on Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo on July 6th in Grozny when the two ring veterans meet for the vacant WBA world heayvweight championship. But there is another big name in the co-feature who wants to get back to old stardom: “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez (54-3, 39 KOs) faces unbeaten Goran Delic (24-0, 4 KOs) for the WBA International cruiserweight title.

“I am looking forward to this big fight and especially to fighting in Grozny”, says Gomez. “I heard only good things about the city and the people down there. I know that I have lots of friends and fans in Russia. So this will be a special night for me.”

“The Black Panther” has a lot in common with the two main event fighters Chagaev and Oquendo: They were all excellent amateurs before making their pro debuts back in the 90s. Chagaev and Gomez have even been stablemates for most of their careers at Universum Box-Promotion in Hamburg, Germany, and became world champions in their respective divisions. The Cuban defector won the WBC cruiserweight championship in 1998, while Chagaev crowned himself WBA world heavyweight champion by beating “Russian Giant” Nikolay Valuev in 2007. (more…)



June 28th, 2014

UFC

UFN Auckland: Nate is Great in Middleweight Return

A return to middleweight was just what the doctor ordered for veteran Nate “The Great” Marquardt Saturday at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, as he snapped a three-fight losing skid at welterweight by going back to 185 pounds and submitting Darfield’s James Te Huna in the first round of their UFC Fight Night main event . . . More on UFC.com

PRELIM RESULTS: Aussies rule in NZ - The UFC’s youngest fighter, 19-year-old Australian Jake Matthews, made an impressive UFC debut Saturday, submitting fellow newcomer Dashon Johnson in the third round of a UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford a narrow favorite over Gamboa

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

By Karl Freitag

Somebody’s ’0′ has got to go tonight on HBO as undefeated fighters collide in two excellent matchups. Of particular interest is Yuriokas Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs), arguably the most exciting fighter in boxing, who is facing his toughest test to date against the taller WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs).

Hometown hero Crawford is a -155 pick to retain his title against the three division world champion and Olympic gold medalist Gamboa, who is at +135. It’s worth noting that Crawford was -200 earlier in the week, so Gamboa is getting a late surge. Over 9.5 rounds is -350, under 9.5 rounds is +260.

The TV-opener for Crawford-Gamboa features former Olympian Matt Korobov (23-0 14 KOs) against Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) in what looks to be an excellent middleweight clash. Korobov is -430 to defeat Uzcategui, who is a live dog at +345. Over 8.5 is -190, under 8.5 is +150.



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Novoa defends WBC minimum belt tonight

WBC minimumweight champion Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa (13-4-1, 8 KOs) will defend his title tonight against Alcides “Casco” Martinez (12-2, 6 KOs) tonight at the Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico. This will be Novoa’s first defense since dethroning Xiong Zhao Zhong in China last February. Fox Deportes will televise.



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Gamboa Late Quotes from Omaha

By Bill Green

Brad Goodman/Top Rank matchmaker: “I have to admit, a year ago I wasn’t sure if Crawford could handle the big stage, brights lights, bigger venues. But, the Prescott fight changed my opinion. I mean Alvarado was just in a war with him, it was a big step up and Crawford was brilliant. I wasn’t worried about Garcia facing Gamboa and I’m even less worried about Crawford facing him. Not to mention, the kid (Crawford) has his head on straight, lives a clean life.”

Top Rank President Todd duBoef: “Ticket sales are strong, the buzz is in the air. We love building prospects and seeing them become champions. Crawford is a hometown star here in Omaha. A win will be huge for this city and his career.

[On upcoming fights] “We had a busy June, which is generally slow. Beginning in August we will be having some major events featuring the likes of Rios, Marquez, Bradley, Pacquiao, Cotto and return of Lomencheko, who we are really high on!”



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Big boxing day in the Dominican Republic

By Robert Coster

Dominican Republic boxing fans are waiting for two world title fights and 5 WBA regional titles at stake when the WBA KO to DRUGS Festival is boxing card is held tonight at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo. “This is a first,” says Dominican Boxing Commissioner Franklin Nunez, “a real gift to the Dominican boxing fans from the WBA and all for a worthy cause.” The main event will pit local boy Argenis Lopez (19-0, 8 KOs) against Colombian Darleys Perez (29-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title. (more…)



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Elam-Ramirez back on for July 19th in Argentina

Cruiserweight Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs), a participant on The Contender 4 boxing reality series, will now face former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2, 15 KOs) on July 19th in Argentina. The IBF Latino cruiserweight title will be on the line and the bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. The two were originally scheduled to fight June 6th but Ramirez was forced to pull out due to injury. (more…)



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Redkach wins ugly against Gulyakevich

Unbeaten lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-3, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. The big punching Redkach pressed the action and landed the harder punches but never really hurt Gulyakevich. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 98-92.

WBA #11-rated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (20-0, 4 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision over Ramsey Luna (12-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.

Promising hometown junior featherweight favorite Stephon Young (10-0, 4 KOs) cruised past Vicente Alfaro (6-4, 1 KO). Scores were 59-55, 60-54, 60-56.



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Spence dominates Cruz

By Butch Gottlieb at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian welterweight prospect Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Ronald Cruz (20-4, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The handspeed and movement of Spence gave Cruz nightmares as he dominated all ten rounds. Cruz took a lot of punishment in the bout. Scores were 100-90 on all three cards.

Unbeaten middleweight prospect Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (16-0, 11 KOs) outworked Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-1-2, 6 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 97-93.

2012 U.S. Olympian cruiserweight Marcus Browne (11-0, 8 KOs) needed just 91 seconds to take out late sub Donta Woods (8-3, 7 KOs). Woods lost his third straight fight.

Unbeaten heavyweight Gerald Washington (13-0, 10 KOs) stepped up his competition and met veteran Travis Walker (39-12-1, 31 KOs). At the opening bell Walker charged Washington throwing bombs. Washington kept his cool and used his jab to ward off Walker. Round two saw Washington trap Walker in the corner and landed one power punch after the other finally sending Walker to the canvas. Walker was unable to continue giving Washington the TKO victory at :31 seconds of the second round.

Cruiserweight contender BJ Flores (30-1-1, 19 KOs) simply outworked and outhustled Anthony Smith (15-3, 10 KOs) on his way to an eight round unanimous decision win. The final scores were 80-72 on all three judges’ cards. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Zerafa defeats Rea in Melbourne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Classy Australian middleweight Michael “Pretty Boy” Zerafa (15-0, 7 KOs) clearly outscored Joe Rea (9-14-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores Tony Marretta 79-73, Andrew Campbell 79-73, Mark Cook 80-72. Zerafa, 22 years, controlled the action in most of the rounds as he skillfully outworked his game opponent. (Zerafa was a regular sparring partner for Sam Soliman in his preparation for IBF middleweight challenge in Germany)

In the main supporting contest, light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (13-3, 9 KOs) outscored John Roll (3-4-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Scores 79-73, 78-74, 79-74. Vlamis only losses were to Togassilmo Letoa in 2012 and to Johaness Mwetupunga in 2009 also Kashif Mumtaz in 2008. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA directorate meeting day 1 from Santo Domingo

Report/Photos Boxing Bob Newman

The WBA opened it’s first directorate meeting for 2014 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the Sheraton Hotel this morning. Along with it’s directorate members present, so too were local dignitaries, former and current champions and promotional entities.

After reading the WBA creed, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza introduced a special guest. Back in 1988, the WBA elections were held and it pitted incumbent president Gilberto Mendoza Sr. and challenger Ramon Pina Acevedo. Mendoza was re-elected and Pina went on to become the first president of the WBO. Now at a spry 92 years of age, Acevedo was recognized as a leader in Dominican boxing and a key role player in the history of the WBA. Acevedo always held his history with the WBA close at heart and quoted from notable Venezuelan poet Andres Eloy Blanco. Comparing the honor given him by the WBA to the Blanco anecdote of when a general walked down some stairs with a beautiful woman whose hair fell upon his own shoulders, “I have never felt such an homage weigh upon my shoulders like that.” (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Unheralded Zlaticanin upsets ex-champ Burns

Unbeaten Dejan Zlaticanin (19-0, 13 KOs) scored a surprising twelve round split decision over former multi-division world champion Ricky Burns (36-4-1, 11 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC International lightweight title on Friday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Southpaw Zlaticanin dropped Burns in the first 15 seconds with a wild left hand and seemingly built up a lead over the first half of the fight, but faded down the stretch. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 Zlaticanin, 115-113 Burns. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night San Antonio at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens and the welterweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Nico Musoke, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see the opening prelim bout at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Jeremy Stephens (145) VS Cub Swanson (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Nico Musoke (171) VS Kelvin Gastelum (173*)
Andrew Craig (186) VS Cezar ‘Mutante’ Ferreira (186)
Hacran Dias (146) VS Ricardo Lamas (146)
Antonio Braga Neto (185) VS Clint Hester (186)
James Moontasri (156) VS Joe Ellenberger (155.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Carlos Diego Ferreira (155) VS Colton Smith (156)
Cody Gibson (135) VS Johnny Bedford (136)
Andy Enz (186) VS Marcelo Guimaraes (186)
Ray Borg (126) VS Shane Howell (125.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Anthony Hamilton (253) VS Oleksiy Oliynyk (240)

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Perez, Lopez make weight

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Report and photo by Boxing Bob Newman

Darleys Pérez 132 vs. Argenis López 134
(WBA Interim Lightweight title)

Dahiana Santana 123 vs. Francia Bravo 124
(WBA Interim female featherweight title)
Jesús Rojas 121.5 vs. Juan Carlos Peña 120.75
(WBA Fedecentro Super Bantam)
Fedor Chudinov 164.5 vs. Andy Pérez 167
(WBA Fedecaribe Supermiddle)
Daniel Ramírez 125 vs. Sergio López 125
(WBA Super Bantam Fedecaribe)
Eudy Bernardo 132.5 vs. Thomas Méndez 131
Norberto Jiménez 114 vs. Julio Escudero 113
(WBA Fedelatin Super Fly)
Israel Valerio 136 vs. Gregory Estévez 139
Ramsen Payano 136.5 vs. Ricardo Solano 137
(WBA Fedecentro Super Lightweight)
Julio De Jesús 139 vs. Rudy Ascacio 144
Juan Carlos Abreu 146 vs. Basilio Silva 149.5
Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 165.5 vs. Eduardo Mercedes 173

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Promoter: WBA KO to Drugs Festival



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford, Gamboa make weight

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Intense staredown between Crawford and Gamboa. They went face to face, locked eyes and wouldn’t break their gaze until they were separated by handlers.

Terence Crawford 134.8 vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa 134.4
(WBO lightweight championship)

Matt Korobov 160 vs. Jose Uzcategui 160
Uzcategui initially weighed 160.2, then stripped and made 160 on his second try.

Mikael Zewski 146.8 vs. Prince Doku Jr 146.2
Casey Ramos 134.6 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 134.2
Konstantin Ponomarev 150.4 vs. Joseph De los Santos 152.2
Vic Pasillas ?? vs. Jiovany Fuentes 122.8
Bernard Davis 125 vs. Heath Cline 125.2
Cody Crowley 153.5 vs. Ronnie Peterson 156
Johnny Determan 117.4 vs. Ernie Marquez 117

Venue: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy seeking damages from Schaefer

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Multiple sources are reporting that Golden Boy Promotions is seeking $50 million in damages from former CEO Richard Schaefer. The case will not go to court, but instead will be decided by arbitration.

Things turned sour this year between Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya and Schaefer, who had been the Golden Boy CEO from its beginning in 2002. Schaefer ran the company while Oscar spent several years battling personal demons, but this year Oscar returned and decided he wanted to take a more active role. Schaefer resigned from Golden Boy on June 2.

While the specifics of the complaint against Schaefer aren’t known, it’s believed that any alleged damages would revolve around Schaefer often promoting major Golden Boy events that benefited the careers of Al Haymon-managed fighters who were not under contract to Golden Boy.



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Grozny has Chagaev-Oquendo fever

While the whole world watches spellbound as the World Cup tournament unfolds in Brazil, the indomitable Russian Chechen Republic in the North Caucasus is preparing for its own World Cup of sorts, which will be the biggest sporting event its capital city of Grozny has ever seen.

On July 6, 30,000+ spectators will fill the Ahmat Arena to see Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo box for the WBA heavyweight championship. Chechnian president Ramzan Kadyrov, a big boxing fan and formerly a decent amateur boxer, was personally involved in bringing the fight to Grozny, and Kadyrov has his closest staff and various ministries preparing for a spectacular event that will leave even the Klitschko management green with envy.

“We want to set standards,” says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “The world has never seen a show like this!” Grozny is pulling out all the stops for the fight. The entire city is paved with large format posters, boxing ropes hang between the street lights, houses are decorated as oversized boxing bags, on a facade there is a 180-foot high banner showing both fighters. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Syracuse, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman

JKJ Championship Promotions staged their second successful show at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, a suburb of Syracuse New York on Thursday evening. Undefeated local super middleweight Martez Potter kept his record intact as he did as he pleased against Maurice Amaro over six one-sided rounds. In the semi-main, in-active, but powerful Aleem “The Hammer” Whitfield lived up to his nickname as he nailed down tough Michael Mitchell in one. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko camp comments on Pulev demands

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has never failed a drug test and always stays in terrific condition between fights. His camp views challenger Kubrat Pulev’s demands that Wlad undergo extra testing not required by the commission to be a clumsy ploy to get under Wlad’s skin.

“We go strictly with the rules and this whole issue is only brought up from Sauerland to discredit Wladimir’s reputation!” Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told Fightnews.com. “The local commission BDB is in charge for the doping and they cooperate with NADA, the worldwide well reputed anti-doping agency. They caught (Mariusz) Wach, (Sam) Soliman, etc. The BDB is obligated to publicize positive samples, which is not the case with the Austrian Federation (which sanctions all Sauerland-promoted fights). Therefore where is the sense in a random test before the fight on their side?”



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Cruz confident that he’ll upset Olympian Spence

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


Welterweight Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15 KOs) reckons that undefeated 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) will have more on his hands than he bargained for when they collide tonight in a Showtime televised bout from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. “They’re obviously taking this fight because they feel like they can beat me,” said Cruz. “But the experience I have as a professional will cause problems for him and ultimately win the fight for me. I’ve definitely fought much tougher competition. He has an impressive amateur record, but fighting as a professional is a whole different ballgame.

“I definitely think I need a knockout to win. This can’t be a close fight. I’m not saying I’m going to go out there and look for a knockout – if it comes, it comes – but I’m going to go out there and try to cause a lot of damage…I’m definitely here to make a statement!”



June 27th, 2014

UFC

Fight Week Round-up: San Antonio

Fight Night San Antonio headliner gets back to his winning ways with this blistering KO of 6-foot-1 featherweight George Roop at UFC on FOX 2. The win sparked five straight wins for Swanson, leading to his streak-testing bout against Jeremy Stephens on Saturday night . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Fans invited to Crawford-Gamboa weigh-in

The official weigh-in for world championship boxing’s return to Omaha for the first time in 42 years, between undefeated world champions Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa will take place today in Grand Ballroom A at the the CenturyLink Center in Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).

The Weigh-In will be open to the public. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. with the fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 3:00 p.m. CT. It will also be streamed live via www.toprank.tv, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT.

This will be the last time both champions see each other outside the ring before they battle for Crawford’s WBO lightweight title, Saturday, June 28, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Crawford vs. Gamboa will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted since Joe Frazier successfully defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-own Ron Stander on May 25, 1972. It will also be a professional homecoming for Crawford, who has not fought in his home state since 2011.



June 27th, 2014

UFC

UFN Auckland Weigh-in Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between James Te Huna and Nate Marquardt and the heavyweight bout between Soa Palelei and Jared Rosholt, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand beginning at 2:30am ET / 11:30pm PT.

FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Nate Marquardt (186) VS James Te Huna (186)

FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Jared Rosholt (259) VS Soa Palelei (264)
Charles Oliveira (145) VS Hatsu Hioki (146)
Mike Rhodes (171) VS Robert Whittaker (171)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Dashon Johnson (155) VS Jake Matthews (156)
Roldan Sangcha-an (125) VS Richie Vaculik (125.5)
Vik Grujic (171) VS Chris Indich (170)
Rodrigo de Lima (169) VS Neil Magny (171)
Ian Entwistle (145.5) VS Dan Hooker (145)
Sean O’Connell (205) VS Gian Villante (205.5)

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

California lawmakers honor Oscar De La Hoya. More

Texas hopeful Errol Spence Jr gets a chance to shine on Showtime. More

Evander Holyfield talks Suarez, Tyson and the “bite”. More

Trainer Kevin Barry accuses Brian Minto of taking performance enhancing drugs. More

50 Cent joins the cast of Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing movie. More



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Hitz Boxing and Square Ring seeking an injunction against Oquendo

A high stakes game of Russian Roulette is scheduled for next Tuesday, July 1, before Judge Kathleen Kennedy at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago as to the fate of the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Championship fight between Fres Oquendo and Ruslan Chagaev. Hitz Boxing and Square Ring Promotions are seeking an injunction against Oquendo to enjoin his participation in the bout.

“Our legal team filed a series of papers today and there will be a hearing next Tuesday here in Chicago,” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “We know that Fres and his team are leaving on Saturday for Russia, but if Judge Kennedy grants our motion for a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order), which we are advised that there is a very strong chance, Fres will be in contempt of court if he goes forward with the fight.” (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Liu Gang

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Liu Gang, who is the leading boxing promoter in mainland China, talks to Fightnews about promoting since 2003 in China (75 shows) and also being manager of first world champion from China, Xiong Zhao Zhong, who was WBC light flyweight champion.

Liu also talks about when he represented China at 1992 Barcelona Olympics.



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Chinese heavyweight Zhang Zhilei turns pro Aug 8

By Jerry Glick
Photo: Teddy Blackburn

Dynasty Promotions headman Dino Duva announced Thursday at a New York City press conference that Chinese Olympic Silver Medalist Zhang Zhilei will turn pro August 8th on a DiBella Entertainment card to be televised by ESPN2 Friday Nights Fights from the City Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Duva also announced that former cruiserweight and five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has joined the team as an advisor. Duva outlined that the “Real Deal” will help the former amateur star to follow in his footsteps.

Duva, son of the legendary trainer Lou Duva, said that the joining of his organization with the great Evander Holyfield actually began about four years ago when Dino was working as a consultant for the China National team. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Cocktail reception opens WBA directorate meeting in Santo Domingo, DR

By Boxing Bob Newman

The WBA directorate meeting kicked off with an informal cocktail party on the rooftop pool level of the Santo Domingo Sheraton in the Domincan Republic Thursday night. After some schedule wrangling to allow for the governing bodies summit in Cancun last week with the WBA, WBC and IBF, the meeting was switched from original locale and date of Punta Cana, DR last weekend to Santo Domingo this weekend. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 Weights from Saint Charles, MO

Photo: Bob Barton

Photo: Bob Barton


Ivan Redkach 138.9 vs. Sergey Gulyakevich 138
Ryan Kielczweski 126.8 vs. Ramsey Luna 126.9
Stephon Young 120.6 vs. Vicente Alfaro 119
Eduardo Alicea 162 vs. Demetrius Walker 165.7
Paul Littleton 165.6 vs. Jeff Combs 167
Ivan Golub 161.5 vs. Javon Wright 155.8
Derrick Murray 126 vs. Joseph Mueller 127.6
Kent Cruz 141.6 vs. Guy Smith Jr 140.9
Samir Simpson Bey 135.7 vs. Devon Hostler 127.7

Venue: Ameristar Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN2



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Errol Spence 146.6 vs. Ronald Cruz 148
Dominic Wade 161.6 vs. Nick Brinson 160.6
Marcus Browne 178.4 vs. Donta Woods 178.4
Gerald Washington 250.4 vs. Travis Walker ??
BJ Flores vs. Anthony Caputo Smith 203.2
Steve Lovett 176.2 vs. Dwayne Williams 175.6
Lanell Bellows 167 vs. Jas Phipps 166.8
Ryan Karl 145.2 vs. Cory Muldrew ??

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime



June 26th, 2014

UFC

UFN Auckland Prelim Fantasy Preview

The upcoming UFC Fight Night card from New Zealand will be full of local talent, especially on the prelim card, where several former Ultimate Fighter Nations competitors will get a second chance to compete in the Octagon . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Melbourne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Michael Zerafa. 157.8 vs. John Rea 160.2
Manny Vlamis 175.1 vs. John Roil 174.1
Pierre Karam 211.4 vs. Komgrit Nanakorn 200.6
Martin Toma 159.6 vs. Yodmongkol Singmanasak 164.6
Alexander Don 159.8 vs. Terry Dehaan 156.7
Stephen Attard 160 vs. Benjamen Harvie 163.1

Venue: Malvern Town Hall Melbourne
Promoter: Peter Maniatis
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