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Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Promociones del Pueblo Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a second round KO ...

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Rios destroys Alvarado in three

Rios destroys Alvarado in three

By Bill Green at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank In the rubber match of their trilogy, former world champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, ...

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Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Having welcomed a golden era of boxing to hold nine world champions, the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) ...

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Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

By Bill Green at the scale Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Mike Alvarado 146.5 vs. Brandon Rios 146.75 Gilberto Ramirez 170.5 vs. Maxim Vlasov 170 Aik Shakhnazaryan ...

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Results from New York City

Results from New York City

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Marilyn Paulino Featherweight Floriano Pagliara (16-7-2, 6 KO’s) easily defeated journeyman Antwan Robertson Thursday night at Webster Hall ...

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UFC

Lyoto Machida: No Time to Waste

One more round. That’s all Lyoto Machida may have needed to dethrone Chris Weidman in their UFC 175 fight for the middleweight championship of the world . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 20th, 2014



Boxing News

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over WBC #5 challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-3, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. 21:1 favorite Stevenson was credited with a knockdown in round two, but it was more of a push. There were no questions in round five as Stevenson brutally dropped Sukhotskiy three times to end it. It was the first time Sukhotsky has been stopped. Time was 2:42. Stevenson will have time for one more voluntary defense before being required to make a mandatory title defense against the winner of the March fight between WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal.

In an IBF welterweight eliminator for #1, Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over Kevin Bizier (23-2, 16 KOs) to become mandatory challenger for IBF champion Kell Brook. Bizier dropped Dan in round seven, but Dan came away with 115-112, 114-113 scores on two cards, Bizier was up 114-113 on the third card. It was the second time Dan has defeated Bizier.

In an IBF super middleweight elimination bout for the #2 position, Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs). Darrell dominated the first eleven rounds, Edwards came on in the final round, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 119-107.

Two-time Olympian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) scored a TKO over Jeff Page (15-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night in Quebec City, Canada. It was a brawl from the beginning. Page knocked Beterbiev down in round one but Beterbiev returned strong in round two, knocking Page down three times to win by TKO. Time of the stoppage was 2:21. (more…)



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Cuellar, Tamayo make weight

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

The eight fighters who will compete on Showtime Extreme Saturday night all made weight at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. The card is promoted by Goossen Promotions.

Jesus Andres Cuellar 126 vs. Ruben Tamayo 124.8
(WBA interim featherweight title)

Gary Russell Jr. 126.6 vs. Chris Martin 126
Julian Williams 153.8 vs. Jamar Freeman 153.2
Julius Jackson 168 vs. Jonathan Nelson 167.6

Off-TV fights:
Anthony Peterson 138.8 vs. Hector Velasquez 138.8
Tony Harrison 154.8 vs. Tyrone Brunson 156.2
Yasmany Consuegra 239.2 vs. Byron Polley 259.8
Fabian Maidana 152.4 vs. Omar Avelar 154.6
Miguel Flores 126.4 vs. Jose Araiza 125.8
Dominic Wade 162 vs. Eddie Hunter TBA

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December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Reveco retains WBA flyweight title in thriller

WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1, 19 KOs) of Argentina retained his title in spectacular fashion by way of fifth round TKO over mandatory challenger Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (34-3, 20 KOs) of Thailand on Friday night at the Polideportivo Gustavo Toro Rodriguez in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina. Vor Saengthep got off to a good start, dropping Reveco in round two with a straight right. The enthusiatic hometown crowd got behind Reveco as he rose to his feet. Reveco didnt appear seriously hurt but definitely showed respect for Vor Saengthep’s power. Rounds three and four were fought fairly evenly. In round five, Reveco caught Vor Saengthep with a vicious body shot. Vor Saengthep beat the count but it was obviously he didnt catch his breath. He tried to fend off Reveco, who was firing upstairs and down with rapid and accurate forceful punches. The referee had seen enough at that point and waved the fight off at 40 seconds of round five.



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Vazquez loses WBA interim belt on the scale

WBA interim super featherweight champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vazquez of Costa Rica lost his title on the scale after weighing three pounds over the 130 pound division limit on Friday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. He opted not to try to lose the excess weight and never returned to the scale.

Local favorite Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson weighed 129.2 pounds and will be eligible to win the now vacant interim title with a win on Saturday over Vazquez.



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Ruiz outweighs Liakhovich by 36 pounds

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Andy Ruiz Jr 267.8 vs. Siarhei Liakhovich 231.1
(NABF and WBO I/C heavyweight titles)

Daniel Echeverria 139.5 vs. Noe Lopez 136.5
Trevor McCumby 171.5 vs. Milton Nunez 168.7
Oscar Valdez 129.3 vs. Jean Javier Sotelo 129.3
Joet Gonzalez 121.9 vs. Jaime Gutierrez 121.4
Erick De Leon 131.7 vs. Juliano Sarinana 133.6
Francisco De Vaca 124.2 vs. Jesus Navarro 127.2
David Benavidez 167 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 166.1
Juan Carlos Dias 115.1 vs. Alexis Zazueta 116.6
Victor Serrano 127.4 vs. Pedro Duran 127.6

Venue: Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Long Island

Cletus Seldin 139.2 vs. Bayan Jargal 139.4
Joe Smith Jr. 178.8 vs. Maxell Taylor 181.2
Anthony Karperis 135 vs. Ian James 136.2
Constantin Bejenaru 217.2 vs. Jon Bolden 223.4
Johnny Hernandez 133.4 vs. Jack Grady 133.8
Wendy Toussaint 146.8 vs. Malik Jackson 145.6

Venue: Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
Promoter: Star Boxing



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best

Mark Geraldo 115 vs McJoe Arroyo 114.7
Hebert Quartey 133 vs Roman Martinez 135
Antonio Joao Bento 134 vs Jose Gonzalez 135
Paty Ramirez 152 vs Hanna Gabriel 152
Jonathan Garcia TBA vs Rodrigo Garcia 150
Roberto Rivera 133 vs Edgardo Rivera 133
Felix Perez 121 vs Jean Carlos Lopez 118
Alexis Diaz 110 vs Roy Mendez 110

Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc.
Venue: El San Juan Resort and Casino, Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico
TV: Direct TV PPV

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December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Jessie Magdaleno Headlines January 10 in Las Vegas

Jessie Magdaleno will return home to take on Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, Ca. at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino in Las Vegas on a big Top Rank boxing card on Saturday, January 10. Magdaleno, 19-0, 15 KOs, has been training in Palm Springs, Ca. with Joel Diaz who also is the chief trainer for Timothy Bradley. Magdaleno is managed by Frank Espinoza in California. Ruiz has a record of 13-1, 6 KOs. Magdaleno vs Ruiz will headline a seven-bout card.

“Jessie Magdaleno is among the best worldwide in his division (super bantamweight),” Diaz said. “He’s explosive, has power in both hands and has great defense. He is getting close to fighting for a world title.” (more…)



December 19th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Barueri at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Lyoto Machida and CB Dollaway and the bantamweight bout between Renan Barao and Mitch Gagnon, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
CB Dollaway (186) VS Lyoto Machida (185)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Mitch Gagnon (136) VS Renan Barao (136)
Patrick Cummins (206*) VS Antonio Carlos Junior (205)
Rashid Magomedov (155) VS Elias Silverio (155)
Mike Rhodes (171) VS Erick Silva (171)
Antonio dos Santos (186) VS Daniel Sarafian (186)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Igor Pokrajac (206) VS Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205)
Renato Moicano (146) VS Tom Niinimaki (146)
Darren Elkins (145) VS Hacran Dias (146)
Ulka Sasaki (135) VS Leandro Issa (136)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Tim Means (171) VS Marcio Alexandre (171)
Jake Collier (185) VS Vitor Miranda (185)

* Cummins made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 206.8

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Munich

Weights and photos by Tony Mayger

The weigh-in for the light heavyweight clash between Munich’s Robin Krasniqi and Dariusz Sek of Poland was held at the Dolce Munich Hotel today in Unterschleissheim.

Both fighters came in under the 175lb weight limit, Krasniqi tipped the scales at 79,1kg (174lb 6.2oz) while Sek registered his weight at 79,2kg (174lb 9.7oz).

The undercard fighters’ weights are below:

Tom Pahlmann 82,8kg v Stanislavs Makarenko 86,2kg
Moritz Stahl 79,3kg v Varol Vekiloglu 79,0kg
Tom Schwarz 106,4kg v Adnan Buharalija 102,5kg
Domenic von Chrzanowski 72,3kg v Eduards Gerasimovs 71,6kg
Dominic Bösel 79,15kg v Mohamed Merah 77,4kg

A win for Krasniqi tomorrow will set up a world title challenge with fellow German Juergen Braehmer who has held the WBA belt since defeating Marcus Oliveira one year ago.

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December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Looking fit and trim, Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, 52, sparred four rounds in a boxing exhibition at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. “El Gran Campeón Mexicano” first went two rounds with businessman Vicente Sagrestano Alcaraz, then stepped it up with two rounds against cruiserweight Luis “Indio” Garcia. Chavez thrilled the crowd of 3000+ by landing several thudding hooks to the liver, the trademark punch that made him a Hall of Famer.

“I’m too old,” said Chavez, “but I still have a little left. Thank you all for coming and supporting us with a toy for underprivileged children. After ten years without doing it in the ring. I got tired and my reflexes are gone, but I gladly took the risk for the benefit of the children.”

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December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

By Karl Freitag

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against WBC #5 challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs) tonight at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. “I’m going to win by knockout,” promised Stevenson. “Emanuel (Steward) always told me that knockouts sell, so I’m going to win by knockout. It’s going to be a short night on Showtime.”

To date, the 33-year-old Sukhotsky has never been stopped. He previously challenged for the WBO title, losing a hard fought unanimous decision to Jurgen Braehmer in 2009. His other defeat was a one-sided points loss to Cornelius White in 2012. His TKO2 win over Kovalev’s current IBF mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi in 2011 is his most impressive win.

If the 37-year-old Stevenson is victorious tonight as expected, he will have time for one more voluntary defense before being required to make a mandatory title defense.

Interestingly, in an unprecedented move earlier this week, the WBC announced that Stevenson’s mandatory challenger will be none other than the winner of the March fight between WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal.

“My plan is to face Kovalev in 2015. But first we need to focus and win this fight. Then we can talk 2015,” commented Stevenson, who is a huge -2150 favorite to defeat +1300 outsider Sukhotsky. The over/under is 9.5 rounds. “Over” is +135, “Under” is -155.



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Saunders and Joshua headline April 4

Bradley Saunders and Anthony Joshua will headline a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England on April 4. Saunders will take on Dave Ryan for the Commonwealth light welterweight title, while Joshua will be fighting in his 12th pro fight vs. TBA.

Joshua is also scheduled to face former world title challenger Kevin Johnson for the WBC International heavyweight title in London next month.



December 19th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Barueri Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC’s final trip to Brazil in 2014 goes down this Saturday night and the preliminary card will feature a number of local fighters looking to make an impact in front of a home country crowd . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Bergman Returns Saturday

Former NABA-US heavyweight champion Jason “The Ironman” Bergman (23-11, 16 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday at Wheeling Isle Casino in West Virginia. A winner of 14 of his last 16 fights, the 6’2 240 pound, heavy hitting Bergman will battle durable American veteran Robert Hawkins (23-22, 7 KOs) in the main event. In the co-feature, undefeated Wesley Tucker (5-0) faces veteran Marteze Logan (26-59) in a six round welterweight scrap. On the undercard, super welterweight Brandon Brewer (11-0), welterweight Josh Baker (2-0) and super middles Ian Green (1-0) and Shakeel Phinn (debut) will appear in separate bouts.

The 10 bout Pro/Am card is being presented by MadeMen Promotions with the first fight hitting the bell at 7:30pm. Tickets $30 (general admission) and $50 (reserved) are available by calling (304)670-9406.



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson Camp Refutes Amidu Camp Claims

By Gary “Digital” Williams

A Hitz Boxing statement that appeared on Fightnews.com said that Washington, DC lightweight Anthony Peterson and his camp refused to take a bout against Yakubu Amidu on Saturday at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA. According to that document, Peterson trainer Barry Hunter did not want Peterson to fight Amidu and “has been trying to get out of the bout since we signed the bout contract,” stated to Amidu’s promoter, Bobby Hitz.

According to a source close to the Peterson camp, Hitz’s claim is absolutely bogus.

“We have not turned down, and wouldn’t turn down, any opponent who wants to fight us,” the source told Fightnews. “We are ready to go against anyone. ”

The Peterson representative also refutes the claim that Amidu had a signed contract to face Peterson. “His name did not come up in negotiations,” the source said. “We were getting ready to fight someone else and he was injured. The next name that came up was Hector Velazquez.” Velazquez will be Peterson’s opponent on Saturday night.

“What was put out in the press release is totally without merit,” the source said.



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Philippine Coast Guard makes Manny Pacquiao a “one-star general.” More

Former great Evander Holyfield calls Pacquiao-Mayweather a “toss-up.” More

Video: Andy Lee “blown away” by hometown reception on return. More

Speaking of hometown reception, Amir Khan was honored in Boulton. More



December 19th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC closes 52nd annual convention

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

A busy final day of topics took place in Las Vegas today at the Mirage Hotel and Casino as the WBC wound down it’s 52nd annual convention. The day opened up with a mini birthday celebration for WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman (December 30). Legal counsel Robert Lenhardt presented the early birthday boy with some mementos of his favorite NFL team- a Dallas Cowboys spit bucket, Dallas Cowboys box of tissues (to drown his sorrows) and a rosary to pray for the last two weeks of the season that could’ve been!

Referee Frank Garza of the WBC Low Blow Band which performed at last night’s talent show, presented his own personal guitar- signed by nearly twenty world champions to the birthday boy, who in turned pledged $15,000 toward the WBC retirement fund for boxers.

Kunming, China has been all but confirmed as the the site of the 2015 WBC convention. Chinese Boxing Federation president Lin Tao accepted the passing of the WBC flag as representative of the next host city (much like the Olympic tradition). (more…)



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Tarver calls out David Haye

All five-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) wants for Christmas is a signed contract to fight former two-division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), ideally, during the first-quarter of 2015. Tarver had been sending direct tweets for the past six months to Haye, who hasn’t fought in more than two years, without receiving a response. Coming off last week’s impressive seventh-round knockout of veteran Johnathan Banks (29-3-1, 19 KOs), Tarver has taken off the proverbial gloves and he is now publicly calling out Haye, who insists, once again, that he is coming out of retirement. (more…)



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson, Sukhotskiy make weight

Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME

Adonis Stevenson 174.5 vs. Dmitry Sukhotskiy 173.5
(WBC light heavyweight world championship)

Jo Jo Dan 146.75 vs. Kevin Bizier 146.75
(IBF welterweight title eliminator for #1 spot)

Andre Dirrell 167.75 vs. Derek Edwards 167
(IBF super middleweight eliminator for #2 spot)

Artur Beterbiev 174.5 vs. Jeff Page Jr. 174.25

Venue: Pepsi Coliseum In Quebec City, Canada
Promoter: GYM
TV: Showtime

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December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne, Wilder heats up

WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and undefeated heavyweight contender and mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) participated in an international media conference call to discuss their eagerly anticipated heavyweight world title fight on January 17 on Showtime from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Bermane Stiverne: “Nobody is going to beat me. This belt is going no where! January 17 will be a short night. A short, painful night. Instead of telling you about it here, I will show you…Don’t blink!”

Deontay Wilder: “It’s my time to make history. I’m giving American their next heavyweight world champion. I’m on my way to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, I’ve had to work hard for it and it’s my time…I have heard nothing but excuses for my 32 wins by KO and when I get 33, I don’t want to hear anything about it!”



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Roy Jones Boxing inks Joseph Agbeko to three year deal

By David Finger
Photo: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing

Roy Jones Jr. and Roy Jones Jr. Boxing CEO Keith Veltre have announced the signing of former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (29-5, 22 KO’s) to a three year deal. “Joseph is a great addition to the RJJ Boxing family,” Veltre said of the signing, “He is already TV worthy and possess the talent to regain a world title.”

The three year deal includes two fights in the United States and one fight in Ghana. Agbeko is tentatively scheduled to fight for the IBF Intercontinental title in March in Ghana. “We have big plans for him in America and in Ghana,” Veltre added. “We plan to hold one fight a year in Ghana (for Agbeko).” (more…)



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Frampton-Avalos erupts at kickoff press conference

By Pat Hamilton

IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton and challenger Chris Avalos both predicted a knockout in a feisty press conference for their February 28th clash at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Europa Hotel in Belfast was the location as promoters Blaine and Barry McGuigan, trainer Shane McGuigan, Carl Frampton, Chris Avalos and Alvalos’ manager Mike Criscio set the stage for a fight dubbed “The World is Not Enough.”

McGuigan opened proceedings by announcing that Cyclone Promotions has teamed up with CWM FX, claiming it would take Cyclone Promotions to the “next level” although he chose not to elaborate further. He thanked Carl Moretti of Top Rank for making the fight so easy to make and said that Frampton was ready to take the “next step” in his career and that 2015 would be “huge” for the ‘Jackal.’ (more…)



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Roc Nation Sports Jan 9 undercard announced

The undercard is set for January 9 Fox Sports 1-televised Roc Nation Sports debut card headlined by welterweights Dusty “The Beltway Boricua” Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs) vs. Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs) in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. In the co-featured bout, 2008 Olympian Tureano Johnson (16-1, 11 KOs) and Alex “El Principe” Theran (17-1, 10 KOs) will battle it out over 10 rounds. In another welterweight clash, Cecil McCalla (20-1, 7 KOs) takes on South Africam Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder. 2008 Beijing Olympic Silver Medalist Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (1-0, 1 KO) is an imposing figure at 6’6″ and 250 lbs. will face Kaleb Slaughter (Pro Debut) in a four-round bout. (more…)



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Wladimir Klitschko Update

Congratulations to WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and actress Hayden Panettiere on the birth of their daughter, Kaya.

Wlad will reportedly be defending his belt next in a voluntary defense at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 25. The opponent is still TBA. Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings is the likely challenger, but the camps are said to be still far apart on negotiations for Jennings’ purse. With the fight taking place in the hometown of Klitschko’s YouTube nemesis Shannon Briggs, could Briggs be K2’s backup plan?



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Boxing Manager Frank Espinoza

It’s been another busy year for manager Frank Espinoza. Not only does he have several undefeated top prospects under his helm, Espinoza is always on the search for new talent and business opportunities for his existing talent.

We caught up with the well known L.A. businessman and manager for a few moments and he shared with us his outlook for 2015. (more…)



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Bowe gets rebelted by WBC at annual talent show

Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman

In what has become the most entertaining tradition of the annual WBC conventions, the talent show was held in the Beatles Revolution Bar Wednesday night at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Acts included the standard WBC Low Blow Band (referee Frank Garza, judge Craig Metcalfe alternating on drums with Mauricio Sulaiman), Paris St. John (Mia’s daughter), Victor Duran (Roberto’s son), The Mighty Sensations (Referees Tony Weeks, Russell Mora, Kenny Bayless and judge Robert Hoyle) and Elvis impersonator and as always the comedy stylings of WBC legal counsel Robert Lenhardt.

Victor Duran performed wonderful Spanish ballads accompanied by acoustic guitar. Paris St. John reprised her talents from Tuesday evening’s Mia St. John Foundation where she entertained, by again knocking out some righteous blues tunes while playing bass, backed up on drums by WBC member Mikhail Denisov. (more…)



December 18th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Cares visits Richard Steele’s Boxing Club

Report & Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The WBC’s World Boxing Cares arm paid a visit to hall of fame referee Richard Steele’s Boxing Club today with it’s customary band of champions in tow to brighten the day of the gym’s youth members. Champs such as Marvin Camel, Iran Barkley, Michael Spinks, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Wilfredo Gomez, John H. Stracey, Humberto “Chicquita” Gonzalez, Edgar Sosa, Jelena Mrdgenovich, Klara Svensson, Markus Beyer, Chauncey Welliver, “Bronco” Billy Wright and Laura Serrano posed for photos, signed autographs and handed out T-shirts, hats, key chains and WBC stickers to the gym’s youth members.

While the various champs arrived, a mariachi band entertained the attendees with traditional music, and refreshments were served. (more…)



December 18th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Barueri Main Card Fantasy Preview

The final UFC card of 2014 takes place with a trip to Brazil this weekend, as former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida takes on CB Dollaway in the main event. Machida returns after losing a decision to middleweight champ Chris Weidman in July while Dollaway has won four out of his last five fights as he makes his first career push into the top 10 of the division . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



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