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By Boxing Bob Newman
Public workout schedules have been announced for the upcoming Mosley-Mundine clash scheduled for next Wednesday at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:
Shane Mosley will hold a public workout at Kostya Tszyu’s gym in Rockdale, NSW on Thursday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Anthony Mundine will his public workout at Mundine’s Gym in Redfern, NSW on Friday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Publicist Kelly “The Communicator” Swanson of Swanson Communications stepped into the ring this past Saturday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn to raise money for the “Give a Kid a Dream” project. Normally Swanson – whose clients include Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bernard Hopkins – enters the ring after the fight to interview the boxers for a post-fight quotes but Saturday was Swanson’s amateur debut. With Hopkins in her corner, Swanson TKO’ed her opponent 53 seconds into the first round. More importantly, she raised $11,370 for charity. (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
Here are statements from today’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s showdown at brose Arena Bamberg, Germany for the IBF Cruiserweight World Championship between defending champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs).
Yoan Pablo Hernandez: “I am in tremendous shape. 14 months away from the ring feels like ages. After my left hand fracture in January I want to show the fans a performance to remember this Saturday in Bamberg!”
Alexander Alekseev: “I have learned from my mistakes. It is an honor to fight for the World Championship and it will be even better to be called a world champion. I will not let this chance slip out of my hands. If I see any weakness in my opponent’s eyes, I will knock him out!” (more…)
Junior lightweight and lightweight contender Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. The 31-year-old Cherry, of Wauchula, FL, has not lost a fight in more than five years and is unbeaten in eight fights in that time span. A pro since 2001, Cherry has a record of 31-6-2, 17 K0s, and is on the verge of another world rating at 130 or 135 pounds.
“I’m very glad to be part of Peltz Boxing,” Cherry said. “Mr. (J Russell) Peltz has an excellent reputation and track record as a promoter. I’m glad to be working with him and I’m sure he’ll take me to a world championship. I’m the strongest junior lightweight in the world. My time is now.” (more…)
WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg defends title this Saturday against Diego Silva on AWE and AWEtv.com
This Saturday afternoon at 3pm eastern / 12 noon pacific on AWE & AWETV.COM, one of the most anticipated all-English showdowns will take place as WBA/IBF Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch takes on undefeated George Groves. Before that big fight, there will be a 12 round WBA Super Bantamweight title bout between undefeated champion Scott Quigg and #14 ranked Diego Silva.
Quigg, who is 26-0-2 with 19 knockouts just fought to a draw with undefeated Yoandris Salinas just seven weeks ago on October 5th. “Training has gone well,” said Quigg when reached just three days before the fight. “I was at the gym just two days after the Salinas fight. I am improved and am ready for Saturday.”
“It was my team’s idea to come back so quick as I wasn’t hurt and I am a gym rat. I wasn’t hurt or bruised at all so everything should be good on Saturday.” Quigg knows that the fight with Silva (29-2-4, 15 KO’s) could make for an entertaining appetizer for the main course that is Froch and Groves. “We have seen a few tapes. He comes forward and is aggressive. That will make it good exciting for the fans.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
25-year-old unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury today announced his retirement from boxing on his Twitter feed. Few take this announcement seriously, but we have to report it nonetheless.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
After the confrontation between the camps earlier in the day, there was tension in the air when Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios faced off at today’s final press conference before their big pay-per-view showdown on Saturday night in Macau.
Manny Pacquiao: “Let everybody finish in the ring and no trash talk. It’s not a good example for all the people that are admiring boxing…Brandon Rios is saying he’s hungry to win this fight and I’m also saying I’m hungry to win this fight because I’ve been losing twice last year. To all the people and families who were affected by the storm, this fight is for you!”
Brandon Rios: “Anybody that thinks I’m just a tuneup fight, I’m nobody’s tuneup fight. I’m nobody’s sparring partner. I’m nobody’s punching bag. A punching bad don’t punch back. On Sunday a new star is on the rise. I’m a monster!”
Bob Arum: “Referring to the incident this morning there is a controversy and it has to be decided. So I asked my wife Lovee to call our friend Judge Judy and we’re going to do some something on Skype and each will present a case and Judy will decide. I don’t know, do you Chinese people know who Judge Judy is?”
Robert Garcia: “We had plenty of camera crews, photographers, reporters there. I don’t see why none of them are putting out exactly what happened.” [Garcia then directed reporters toward what he called the only media that "dared" to report the whole incident.] “There are plenty of reporters and plenty of photographers that were putting pictures up that are making our team look bad.”
Freddie Roach: “Go watch that website because that’s his friend and he edited it for him. How dumb is that?”
Photos by Team Sturm
3-Time World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm invited selected media members to his training camp in Cologne, Germany, today for an exclusive press workout. Sturm, who is preparing to face IBF Middleweight king Darren Barker on December 7 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, gave an insight into his vicious strength and conditioning routine.
Accompanied by light middleweight prospect and long-time friend Maurice Weber, he impressed the media with a hard-as-nails training session. “I’m in great shape”, Sturm said. “I don’t have to make weight anymore, I’m already at 160. I changed lots of things before my last fight against Predrag Radosevic and it paid off. Now, I’m even better. I will make history and become Germany’s first 4-time world champion on December 7.” (more…)
WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) will be back in the ring on January 18 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to Frederikshavn. At Arena Nord, the undefeated Norwegian will headline a card that also features Swedish EU Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund (18-0, 9 KOs) and rising Danish Olympian Dennis Ceylan (9-0, 5 KOs). The opponents will be announced shortly.
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Dereck Chisora will now face the Ondrej Pala on Saturday 30th November at London’s Copper Box Arena. he Finchley puncher headlines the multi-title show alongside Nathan Cleverly challenging for the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title, plus London stars Frank Buglioni and Bradley Skeete both in title action. Chisora’s original opponent, Italian Matteo Modugno, was forced to withdraw from the fight over the weekend because he broke two ribs in sparring. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao talks with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China, Wednesday during training for his upcoming mega fight against former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. The workout took place shortly after an altercation between Roach and Rios’ Team over the use of the gym.
Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
WARNING: Contains strong language
Former world champion Jeff “Left Hook Lacy will return to the ring on Saturday, November 30 against Martin Verdin in a scheduled eight round super middleweight clash at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I’m anxious to get back in the ring,” said Lacy. “I’ve been training diligently for this fight and see this as the first step to becoming a world champion again.”
Fighting out of his longtime home of St. Petersburg, Florida, Lacy (25-4, 17 KOs) returns following an almost three-year layoff, which commenced after his disappointing loss to Dhafir Smith on December 11, 2010.
Local fan favorite Verdin (20-16-2, 11 KOs) will be fighting for the fifth time in 2013 (2-1-1). He comes off a decision win over Rayford Johnson on October 5 in Louisiana.
By Nick Giongco
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
A fight broke out at the gym in Macau involving Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza on Wednesday.
The fight started when Roach walked inside the gym at around 11:08 am and asked Garcia to leave since it was already the time of Manny Pacquiao to train. Garcia said he “aint going nowhere” because Brandon Rios was still working out.
Pacquiao wasn’t there when the incident took place. Security had to restrain the them. Pacquiao faces Rios this Sunday noon at the Venetian (9PM ET/6PM PT on Saturday night U.S. time).
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
While WBA cruiserweight world champion Dennis Lebedev is mandated to make his next defense against former world champion Guillermo Jones, contrary to reports the WBA has not called a purse bid for December 9 according to WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who stated that he will be consulting with his WBA advisory team before making any further moves.
At the WBA annual convention in Lima, Peru, the Championships Committee stripped the cruiserweight belt from Jones and returned it to Lebedev after Jones failed a doping test. Jones was also given a retroactive six-month suspension which ended last Sunday.
The IBF junior welterweight championship bout between the current champion Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) and the #1 ranked challenger, Montreal Quebec’s, Dierry Jean (25-0, 17 KOs) will take place D.C. Armory in Washington DC on Saturday, January 25th. “He’s been in the ring with many good fighters, but he hasn’t been in the ring with me,” stated Jean. “I worked hard for this over a long time. I already started training camp and am in great shape. I just want to bring that belt home to Quebec where it belongs.”
California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis is all set for this Thursday night’s “San Diego Fights” fight card at the new home for “America’s Finest City” boxing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at the famed Hotel Circle in Mission Valley in mid-town San Diego. The night will mark the last show of the season for Bobby D Presents, one of southern California’s longest running live boxing promoters. Known for competitive fights and striving in presenting “Boxing at its Best”, this last show of the season is no exception as it features a slew of local talent headlined by Vista, CA’s own Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (12-3-2, 3KOs) as he takes on hard hitting Kevin Hoskins (7-2, 5KOs) in a six round super featherweight clash.
Garcia has put together a solid run this year with a first round knockout win over Ensenada’s Cesar Garcia back in May and in July a lopsided shut out unanimous decision over journey man Johnny Frazier. All this after a two-year hiatus due to a shoulder injury after his close and controversial split decision loss to Bernabe Concepcion for a regional title that many saw Garcia win. The thirty-one year old Garcia knows that the clock is ticking and that he must make a statement against the durable Hoskins if he is to have any chance of a world ranking next year. The night will mark the second time Hoskins visits San Diego and he is looking to repeat the dose he administered on Eduardo Rivera, a previous undefeated 130 pounder who he impressively stopped in the first round last February. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF officials appointed to the IBF featherweight title bout featuring champion Evgeny Gradovich and challenger Billy Dib in Macau, China on undercard to Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios on November 23 are:
Aaron Kizer (USA) Supervisor
Allen Huggins (USA) Referee
Glenn Trowbridge (USA)Judge
Robin Taylor (USA) Judge
Chris Flores (USA) Judge
It’s not very often that two solid boxing prospects, that are undefeated, and that are trained by two former So Cal prospects, agree to put it all on the line at such an early stage in their careers. But fans that will be at the Thursday, December 5th Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, will witness just that, as Anaheim’s 3-0 Dwain Victorian meets Norwalk’s 3-0 Danny Ramirez. Fight Club OC fans have seen steady progress for Victorian in his three Hangar bouts with him getting is first KO win on October 3 over Juan Zuniga. For Ramirez who will be making his first OC visit, he’s scored two KO wins in his three bouts, over Ignacio Mondragon and Justin Santistevan. (more…)
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
George Groves believes he has the measure of Carl Froch ahead of their clash for Froch’s WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles at the sold-out Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday (November 23), live on AWE and AWEtv.com.
Unbeaten Groves fights in his first World title contest in the North West, as Froch dons the gloves for his 11th fight in a row with a coveted strap on the table. ‘The Saint’ has been bullish in the build-up and has been awarded victory by many in the verbal battle between him and the champ – and the popular Londoner says the time is right for him to defeat Froch.
“This is the fight I have always wanted,” said Groves, speaking at his public work-out at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush. “I respect Carl Froch for achieving what he has in the sport, and I know he’s a tough fighter, but I also believe he is beatable and that I have the style to cause him nightmares. I think he knows it, too, and because of this he resents having to defend his belts against me. This is a risky, horrible style match-up for him, and he realises there’s every chance he gets taken to school and stopped for the first time in his career. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA bantamweight champ Koki Kameda (32-1, 17 KOs), 118, very barely kept his belt as he was awarded a highly controversial split decision over #14 Korean Jung-Oh Son (20-5-2, 6 KOs), 117.75, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Cheju, Korea.
The scorecards were as follows: Carla Caiz (US) 114.5-114, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 115-112, both for Kameda, Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) 115.5-113.5 for Son. The referee was Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand).
Kameda made a good start, but Son became aggressive as the contest progressed. It was Kameda that suffered a sole knockdown in the contest midway in round ten. Son fought much better than people had expected.
(More to come)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios makes his ‘Grand Arrival’ at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China, Tuesday for his upcoming mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao makes his ‘Grand Arrival’ with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China, Tuesday for his upcoming mega fight against former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
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