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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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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

Report / Photos by Boxing Bob Newman There was high drama in the main event of the Shobox 200 card at Turning Stone ...

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UniMas Weights from Phoenix

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Jose Benavidez 145.8 vs. Henry Aurad 146 Oscar Valdez 125.6 vs. Juan Ruiz 125.4 Trevor McCumby 173.8 vs. Michael ...

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Terence Crawford hits New York City

Terence Crawford hits New York City

Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" visited the Veterans Hospital in New York City, Friday ...

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Robert Stieglitz 167.7 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 166.6 (WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title) Robin Krasniqi 173 vs. Oleksandr Cherviak 172.8 (WBO ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

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UniMas Weights from Phoenix

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

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Terence Crawford hits New York City

Terence Crawford hits New York

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

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Boxing News

Gesta returns July 18

Top lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta returns to the Bay Area when he headlines the Friday, July 18 edition of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! in a 10-round bout against Luis “El Vampiro” Arceo at Long Shoremen’s Hall in San Francisco. In the co-main event, San Francisco’s own Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas looks to extend his five-fight winning streak against Emanuel “Renegade” Robles and highly touted Chinese heavyweight Taishan will make his professional debut against Ronny Hale in the 4 round televised opening bout.



June 20th, 2014



Boxing News

Witherspoon opponent named: Tyabb Beale

On July 12, heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes on Tyabb Beale in an 8-round bout at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions. Beale of Newark, New Jersey has a record of 9-4-1 with three knockouts and is 7-1-1 over his last nine bouts.

“I take Tyyab Beale very serious as an opponent, and that is the same way I feel about all my opponents,” said Witherspoon. “He’s a big strong guy that weighs about 245 pounds, and from what I’ve seen of him he has a particular skill set that he brings to the table. I know I am the most experienced person that he has faced thus far in the ring, and I will look to utilize that to my advantage. I believe it’s going to be an exciting action packed fight. I feel great after the long layoff, and even though I haven’t been fighting regularly, I’ve still been in the gym the whole time. I actually believe that I am returning to the ring stronger, faster, & smarter than I was before I had the layoff.”

In the six-round co-feature, undefeated Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna of Millville, NJ will take on Zain Shah (5-3, 3 KOs) of Centerville, VA in a middleweight bout.



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Dominicans gearing up for WBA KO To Drugs card

By Robert Coster

Dominican boxing fans are gearing up for the WBA KO to Drugs card on June 28th, an event that has been called “historic” by local sportscasters and newspapers. Two WBA interim crowns will be disputed on that day. In the main event, local favorite Argenis Lopez (19-0, 8 KOs) will face Darleys Perez (29-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia for the WBA interim 135lb title. Also the WBA female interim featherweight belt will be up for grabs between Dominican Dahianna Santana and Colombian Francia Bravo. (more…)



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero-Kamegai Final Press Conference

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) met with the media Thursday afternoon for the final press conference at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They will headline the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader taking place Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

“Guerrero is back, we are really excited to bring you this card, all our matchups Saturday are exciting from top to bottom,” proclaimed promoter Oscar de la Hoya. “We have an unbelievable history of staging fight-of-the-year candidates at StubHub. If you’re a boxing fan and you love action-packed, competitive fights, the StubHub Center on Saturday will be a good place to be.” (more…)



June 20th, 2014

UFC

Top 10 Reasons to Attend UFC Fan Expo 2014

Fans of the fastest growing sport in the world have another can’t-miss item to add to their UFC International Fight Week™ bucket list: the UFC Fan Expo® 2014. The two-day UFC Fan Expo is on Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. PT at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Single and two-day event tickets are available at UFCFanExpo.com. (more…)



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

2014 Annual Ali-King Essay Contest Winners

On June 14, Sartonk, together with the Gleason’s Gym community, recognized the winners of its Ali-King Award. The winners were selected based on their submitted essays, by a panel of four distinguished judges. Essay topics ranged from the autobiographical to comparative analyses of Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr., after whom the contest is named. (more…)



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Chicago

Photo: Tom Barnes/Hitz Boxing

Photo: Tom Barnes/Hitz Boxing


Dimar Ortuz, 199.6 vs. Daniel Allotey, 209.6
Frankie Scalise, 137 vs. Justin Gauthier, 140
Nick Asberry, 238 vs. James Shorter, 216.4
Sam Horowitz, 176.6 vs. Warren Snapp, N/A
Will Coix, 145.8 vs. Thomas Amaro, 148.6
Russell Fiore, 135.4 vs. Tim Carrizales, 135.4
Adan Ortiz, 124 vs. Antoine Knight, 125
Simon Buettner, 176.6 vs. William Chouloute, 172.2

Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN
Promoter: Hitz Boxing/Round 3 Productions
Doors 6:30pm, First bout 7pm



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA Vice President graduates from law school

By Hector Villarreal

WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza reached another milestone on his life´s journey by obtaining a degree in Law and Political Science on the 45th promotion of the Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University (USMA), the oldest, largest and most highly regarded private university in Panama.

In the graduation ceremony of 589 new professionals, held at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Mr. Mendoza received a recognition as a member of the Cum Laude Chapter of Honor.



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Weight scare in Monte Carlo

All eight boxers made the weight just before noon on Friday for Saturday’s “KO at the Casino” tournament in Monte Carlo, but not before a few scares, chiefly for WBA and IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler and WBC Silver middleweight title holder Max Bursak. With a large crowd thronging the Monte Carlo Casino for the weigh-in, the aforementioned pair came in 200g and 300g over the limit respectively. Given two hours to shed the weight, they comfortably did so. (more…)



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas has plans to bring boxing back to their venue this summer. More

Undefeated Filipino Froilan Saludar nears a title shot. More

Upcoming Florida prospect Tommy Logan signs with Al Haymon. More

St. Louis’ Stephon “The Show Stopper” Young gets a chance to shine on ESPN2 next week. More



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Congratulations to WBA vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who has earned a law degree in Panama.

Happy Birthday to middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico, 23 yrs old today

Fabian Maidana, 21, brother of former two-division world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana, will make his pro debut Saturday on the Guerrero-Kamegai undercard. –Gabriel F. Cordero



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Arroyo annihilates Saludar in IBF eliminator

In an IBF flyweight title eliminator, McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over previously unbeaten Froilan Saludar (19-1-1, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A left hook laid out Saludar for the full ten. Time was 2:25.

In the co-feature, junior featherweight Cesar Seda (26-2 2 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Alex Rangel (15-3-2, 9 KOs). Rangel was holding his ground throughout the fight but Seda landed all of the power punches, skillfully controlling each round. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 in favor of Seda

Junior middleweight KO artist Prichard Colon (10-0, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Carlos Garcia (7-13-1, 7 KOs). Colon outboxed Garcia and dominated the rounds. Garcia went down once in round three and twice in round five, ending with a right to the chin. Time of the stoppage was 2:24.



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Novikov update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles King’s star defenseman Slava Voynov visits undefeated contender and fellow countryman Anton Novikov as he trains at Hall of Famer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Ca. for his upcoming world title fight. Novikov will be challenging undefeated WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas, the “Pride of Las Vegas,” Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Both Voynov and Novikov, hail from Chelyabinsk,Russia. Vargas vs Novikov will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark®, along with the 10-round welterweight main event featuring former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter Brandon ” Bam Bam” Rios of Oxnard, Calif., making his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut, against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves of Buenos Aires. (more…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Lomachenko-Russell final presser

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

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.

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June 19th, 2014

UFC

New series debuts on UFCFightPass.com

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…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Lundy, CES score victory over ex-manager in court

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…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Dudchenko-Mohammedi Final Presser

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…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley and Williams guest speakers at Ring 8 meeting

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…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Perth, Australia

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

Follow Brett Bonetti on Twitter @brettbonetti

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

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June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Caparello Ticket Alert

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.



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight Club OC Weights

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



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero-Kamegai Media Workout

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…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Official Announcement: Wladimir Klitschko defends IBF-title against Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg

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…)



June 19th, 2014

UFC

Outside the Octagon: There will only be one Chael Sonnen

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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Coming up next:  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 



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

One on One with heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings

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…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Sharp ready for Thunderdome VI

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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…)



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

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



June 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo Ford Summer Season kicks off July 18

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.



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Lomachenko Media Day

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.

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June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

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

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June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Monte Carlo ‘KO at the Casino’ Presser Quotes

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…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Gary Russell Jr. hits LA

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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.



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Rios-Chaves Ticket Alert

Tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event go on sale This Friday!

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…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Fury: I’d knock out Chisora and Wach on the same night

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…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Mike Jones ends two-year layoff on Aug. 23

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…)



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