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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Trevor Bryan 227 vs. Derric Rossy 235.5 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 160 vs. DeCarlo Perez 160.5 Nat Visinia 273 vs. Joey Dawejko 236.25 Venue: ...

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Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

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Don King ShoBox Press Conference Quotes

Photos: Gary Marshall/DKP Hall of Fame promoter Don King held court at the final press conference for Friday's ShoBox clash headlined by promising up-and-coming ...

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Santa Cruz-Mares public workout

Santa Cruz-Mares public workout

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Cotto aims to beat Canelo and win over fans

Cotto aims to beat Canelo and win over fans

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UFC

Ben Saunders: A Killa B in the Windy City

No matter how hard a fighter works in the gym, or how much natural talent he possesses, the only way to acquire experience in the fight game is to step out under the bright lights and go to battle. Furthermore, there are certain times in every fighter’s quest for experience that become turning points in a fighter’s trajectory, and can be revisited as the evolutionary process continues . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 23rd, 2015


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Ricky Hatton swaps boxing ring for darts to raise money for charity

Nonito Donaire talks about his best opponent

Give Carl Frampton a break, says Barry McGuigan

Former pro boxer Exum Speight pleads no contest to killing manager



July 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Los Angeles will have two big fight cards going head-to-head on the same night. Shane Mosley has announced that his August 29 PPV clash with Ricardo Mayorga will take place at The Forum. That same night, Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz collide at Staples Center.

We have another head-to-head situation this Saturday in Las Vegas. WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev defends against IBF mandatory Nadjib Mohammedi, while a few blocks away Beibut Shumanov face BJ Flores for a WBA interim cruiserweight belt.

Former pro heavyweight Exum Speight pleaded “no contest” to one count of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Speight was stopped by current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Wlad’s second pro fight.

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has signed welterweight Ceferino “Ferino V” Rodriguez (19-1, 10 KOs) to a co-promotional agreement, along with former champion Sergio Martinez’s Maravilla Box Promotions. He will be trained by Gabriel Sarmiento.

The August 1st Rising Star Promotions fight card at the Vandetta Boxing Club in Vineland, New Jersey has been postponed. Rising Star Promotions is already hard at work on a Fall date to be announced shortly. All tickets may be refunded at the point of purchase.



July 23rd, 2015

Twitter Watch

WBO says no to Andrade-Mundine

By Karl Freitag

Looks like attempts by WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) to defend his title against former two-time super middleweight titlist Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) in Australia were all for naught. WBO Presdent Paco Valcarcel today put the kibosh on that fight. Andrade is very close to being stripped of the WBO title due to inactivity over the past 13 months.



July 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia and Cunningham hold joint media workout

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Danny Garcia and Steve Cunningham held adjoining media workouts Wednesday in advance of their separate nationally televised PBC fights, both scheduled for August. The double-exhibition was held at Garcia’s DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Cunningham, 28-7, 13 KOs, a former two-time cruiserweight champion, faces former multi-champion Antonio Tarver, 31-6, 22 KOs, in a 12-round heavyweight fight on August 14th, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The fight will be broadcast live by Spike TV.

Steve Cunningham: “My back is to the wall. I want to be heavyweight world champion. I got to make money for my family. I’m trying to be great in this sport. Beating guys like this makes me great. My back has always been against the wall; even with two world titles…I just prepare. What we’ve done is prepare for the best Tarver that we’ve ever seen. That’s the Tarver I’m expecting to see. The best Tarver that we know is the Tarver that stopped Roy Jones. If that’s not the Tarver we see, then he’s in trouble, plain and simple.”

Former junior welterweight champion, Danny Garcia, 30-0, 17 KOs, appeared next. Garcia faces former champion Paulie Malignaggi, 33-6, 7 KOs, on August 1st, at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY, just days before he’s scheduled to become a new father. The fight, televised by ESPN2, will be Garcia’s first foray into the ring as a full-fledged welterweight and his fifth appearance at Barclay’s.

Danny Garcia: “August is a big month for me. So, I’m just preparing myself mentally and physically for the best. First I’ve got Paulie Malignaggi on August 1st. I’m training hard and I’m prepared. And then a couple of days later – hopefully the baby don’t come the day of the fight, hopefully it comes on August 11th, when it’s supposed to come – I’ll become a father. The sky is the limit at 147 for me. I feel a lot stronger. Before at 140, I’d be coming to the gym just to lose weight, checking my weight three, four times a day. Feeling weak, pushing myself, feeling hungry. But now I’m able to eat the right nutrition. My legs are there. I’m a lot faster. I have more agility, and I’m able to think more. So, I think it’s all going to fall into place on August 1st.”



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Gonzalez ready to step up in class

Undefeated light heavyweight Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs) is ready to burst onto the scene when he takes on former WBC light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) in a ten-rounder on Saturday night at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The bout will be telecast live on HBO and serve as the opener to the Sergei Kovalev-Nadjib Mohammedi light heavyweight championship bout. Gonzalez, currently rated #13 by the WBC has been in intensive training for this bout under the watchful eye of veteran trainer Orlando Cuellar in Miami, Florida. He was a decorated amateur in his homeland of Cuba amassing close to 400 amateur fights and was a member of the Cuban national team. Like many other Cuban refugees, Gonzalez defected on a small boat in 2009 and eventually found his way to Miami where he was signed by manager Michael Luzbet and turned pro in December of 2010.

Although Gonzalez has been mostly matched soft in his first sixteen fights, but that will not be the case against Pascal, who has mixed with the best. “We are looking forward to showing the boxing world an exciting fighter and hope a new star will be born on July 25th on HBO,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia. “I am excited for this fight and I know that Gonzalez has tremendous confidence and that he expects to be successful when he steps into the ring with Jean Pascal.”

Oddsmakers are showing Gonzalez some respect. Pascal is only a 3.5 to 1 favorite in the fight. In comparison, Kovalev is a 100 to 1 favorite to beat Mohammedi in the main event.



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Pro Boxing Makes Debut at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino July 24

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Professional boxing makes its first appearance at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, MD on Friday, July 24. The card will also be the debut venture for a new promotion — District Sports Promotions. The main event will feature Alexandria, VA welterweight “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Yurii Polischuk in a six-round contest against Anthony Prescott of Cherry Hill, NJ. Polischuk (6-1-1, two KO’s) makes his first appearance of 2015. In his last outing, Polischuk won a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Olinga for the Virginia State Lightweight title on October 11 in Springfield, VA. Prescott (5-5-2, two KO’s) has lost two straight unanimous decisions including a six-round loss to Grayson Blake on January 31 in Philadelphia, PA. (more…)



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Casimero targets Arroyo, not Ruenroeng rematch

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing says his fighter, former IBF and WBO light flyweight champion Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero, will not pursue an immediate rematch against IBF flyweight titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng, but will instead look to face Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo in a non-title fight. Calling it the “business-wise career path,” Lewkowicz says a rematch against Ruenroeng will have to be put on hold temporarily. Casimero lost an ugly foul-filled 12-round decision to Ruenroeng at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 27. Arroyo, who lost a split decision to Ruenroeng in Thailand last year, and Casimero will instead face off at a soon-to-be-announced time and place later this year, with the winner looking for a rematch with Ruenroeng in the United States.

Arroyo’s twin brother McJoe Arroyo won the vacant IBF super flyweight belt last Saturday in El Paso.



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Sanchez-Juarez/Fuentes-Novoa on beIN Sports

beIN Sports en espanol has picked up the U.S. rights to televise the big boxing card on Saturday night at Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Mexico. In the main event, former IBF super flyweight champion and WBO #2, WBC #9 rated Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (20-3-1, 9 KOs) faces WBO #6 Cesar Juarez (16-3, 13 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the WBO international super flyweight belt.

Two former minimumweight world champions meet in the co-feature, as Moises “Moi” Fuentes (21-2-1, 11 KOs) battles Oswaldo Novoa (14-5-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the NABO flyweight title.



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Cuadras to defend WBC title on August 15

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras will defend his belt for the fourth time on August 15 against the Nicaraguan challenger Dixon Flores in a match that will be broadcast on Televisa Deportes and presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Cuadras is preparing for the fight at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the State of Mexico, more than 3200 meters above sea level, under trainer Lorenzo Lopez.



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Salinas-Avila replaces Ortiz-Butler clash

Former world title contender Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-1-2, 14 KOs) of Miami is set to face undefeated standout Manuel “Tino” Avila (17-0, 7 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. for the vacant interim NABF Super Bantamweight Title as the new co-main event for Johan Perez vs. Dmitry Mikhaylenko on Aug. 8. The 10-round super bantamweight bout will be televised live on HBO Latino Boxing from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. It replaces a clash between undefeated heavyweight Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) and Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (30-3-1, 22 KOs). (more…)



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Chavez Jr. wants to fight again in September

Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. said today via social media that he hopes to be back in the ring in September.

I would like to thank the best manager in the world. I hope all Latinos recognize him, he has done a lot for me, my brother and father. A big thanks to Showtime too. I’m very happy with Robert Garcia and all my team and I know that we will do big things in boxing. I think that now I have a team with who I can do big things in my career. In three weeks I will be ready to punch. I will like to stay active and recover from those two lost years. I hope to fight sometime in September. Blessings to everyone and thank you for following my career.



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Top Rank signs unbeaten William Silva of Brazil

Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank

William Silva, a tough, rugged undefeated lightweight contender from Brazil, h as signed with Top Rank. He has been training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas and will be action on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate – UniMas card this Saturday, July 25 at The Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, Califo rnia.

Silva, from Sao Paulo, has a record of 21-0, 12 KOs. He is handled by Adriano Dos-Santos and trained by his father Alvisio Silva and Gabriel Oliveira

“We expect big things from Silva in the lightweight division,” said Brad Goodman, Top Rank matchmaker. “With Silva and Esquiva Falcao we expect big things in boxing in Brazil.”

Silva is 28 and ready for big fights. He is called ‘Baby Face’ in Brazil. Silva is a former WBO Latin American lightweight champion and a former Brazilian featherweight champion. As an amateur he was a gold medalist in the 2004 South American Junior Championships as a featherweight. In 2005 Silva was a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the Jose Cheo Aponte Tournament.

On Saturday, Silva will take on Adam Mate, 15-4, 9 KOs, of Budapest in a lightweight bout which is scheduled for eight rounds.

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July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Abner Mares: Santa Cruz is not on my level

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Craig Bennett

Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will finally have the chance to step in the ring with undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico on Saturday August 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles live on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN main event.

We caught up with the former world champion Mares at the press conference to announce this fight at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California. “Leo Santa Cruz is not a guy known to hold, with boxing skill. He just comes forward and throws a high volume of punches. On my side, I am known as a warrior, a guy that has been in many wars,” Mares told Fightnews.com. “You put two styles like that it turns out to be one of the best fights in decades, a Gatti-Ward type of fight.” (more…)



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Dr. Klitschko prescribes beatdown for Fury

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has a Ph.D. in sports science, takes credit for making David Haye “a better person” and promises he will also help Haye’s compatriot Tyson Fury.

“Tyson Fury is 26 and he definitely says things or does things that maybe later on he is going to regret,” Klitschko told SkySports after Tuesday’s press conference. “But I see it as therapy. David Haye was one of them and I promised people that David Haye was going to be a better person after the fight and that is exactly what happened. I’m really proud of my performance and proud of David that he became a better person and I think that with Tyson it’s going to be pretty much the same therapy.”



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Koasicha ready for Telemundo debut Friday

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Featherweight Romulo Koasicha (15-3, 12 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, will face Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (15-3, 12 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico this Friday for the vacant Mexican featherweight title at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The bout will be televised in the USA on Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford.

You enter Friday’s fight riding a three fight win streak. Your last loss was on the road in the United Kingdom against Lee Selby, who has recently become world champion. How much do you think that experience will help you in this fight?

Yes I do feel this experience will help and motivate me, as well. Selby is a world champion now and I went twelve full rounds with him. It was my first time fighting out of Mexico and I competed to the best of my abilities with a solid effort as a result. (more…)



July 22nd, 2015

UFC

Jim Miller: As Tough As They Come

Just because the concept of it being difficult to get to the top and harder to stay there may sound cliché doesn’t take away from the truth involved . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Chisora: Retire?! How old do you think I am?

British heavyweight Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) resumes his career after an eight-month hiatus this Friday at the SSE Arena in London. Chisora will take on Beqa Lobjanidze (13-3, 11 KOs). “British boxing needs me back,” declared Del Boy, who lost to Tyson Fury at the ExCeL Arena in November. After suffering his fifth defeat – and second to Fury – many expected Chisora to drift quietly off into the sunset.

“Retire?! How old do you think I am? I’m just 31, just starting out. I never announced my retirement. I’ve a long, long time left,” he insists. “Look, Tyson thumbed me in the first round, then thumbed me in the third round. My eye closed and I couldn’t see. Trust me, in time, Tyson and me are gonna bump it again. ‘Del Boy’s’ a long way from finished. My goals now are exactly the same as they were when I first started out as a pro; to be in great fights against other great fighters. I’m an entertainer, I deliver the fans what they want. I create a jolly!” (more…)



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Why Manny Pacquiao moved his family back to General Santos City

Carl Frampton taking criticism on the chin

Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney hits the beach in a stylish one-piece

Cuba still won’t give female boxers a chance



July 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Andrade camp says Mundine camp lying about options; Boo Boo still hopeful fight will go on

The war of words continue between representatives of WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) and former two-time super middleweight titlist Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs).

Team Andrade issued a press release last Saturday night regarding an agreement it alleged Team Mundine had reneged on for a fight between the two aforementioned fighters next month in Australia. Team Mundine issued a statement yesterday, in which it claimed it had never agreed to a deal, largely because it included a three-fight option on Mundine. Today, Team Andrade said the Mundine people are lying about the options demand.

“Let’s make this perfectly clear,” Andrade’s manager Ed Farris said. “Mundine’s side is bending the facts and hiding the truth in an attempt to back out of the fight. Their recent press release about our side asking for three options on Anthony Mundine isn’t true. I just discussed this with Demetrius’ promoters (Joe DeGuardia, Star Boxing & Artie Pelullo, Banner Promotions) and there was never a three-fight option on Mundine in the proposed contract. (more…)



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Klitschko inks 5-fight deal with RTL

Sounds like WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko plans to stick around for a while. The champion signed a new five-fight agreement with German television network RTL, whom he has been with since 2006. The first fight in the new deal is his October clash with Tyson Fury.

Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m really happy that we can celebrate our tenth anniversary together with RTL in the coming year. I’ve never seen better world boxing telecasts than those of RTL. Now we’ll work together in the long term and deliver to the fans at home many high class fights.”



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Shumenov-Flores undercard announced

Former World Champion Rico Ramos (24-4, 12 KOs) takes on Claudio Marrero (18-1, 13 KOs) in a featherweight battle on Saturday, July 25 at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The bout is part of the card headlined by a 12-round cruiserweight showdown between Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) and B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs). Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 10-round contest between undefeated cruiserweights Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) and Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).

Also seeing action are knockout artist Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (10-0, 10 KOs) against Roberto Santos (12-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight bout, 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (8-0, 5 KOs) against Michael Bissett (9-7, 7 KOs) in 10-rounds of heavyweight action and Ladarius “Memphis” Miller (7-0, 1 KO) in a six-round super lightweight contest against Sean Gee (2-0).



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

WBO poised to strip Andrade

The WBO has ordered WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade to show cause as to why the title should not be declared vacant. Andrade has not defended the belt in 13 months and has no fights scheduled. The Andrade camp recently accused Anthony Mundine of reneging on a fight and also named Floyd Mayweather, Miquel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara as fighters they have been unable to lure into the ring.

WBO World Championship Committee Chairman Luis Batista Salas informed the Andrade camp:

“…the WBO has been more than lenient with Mr. Andrade, but he has clearly been inactive and the WBO must enforce its rules. For this reason please be advised that you have a period of ten (10) days upon receipt of this communication to show cause as to why Mr. Andrade has not defended his belt under the terms of the Championship Regulations. Failure to comply with this requirement will immediately result in the WBO Jr. Middleweight Title being declared vacant, without further hearing you.”



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Shafikov looks ahead to world title fight next

This past Saturday in Macao, China, IBF #1 ranked lightweight contender Denis Shafikov improved to 36-1-1, 20 KOs, with a third round knockout of Roy Mukhlis at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. “I felt terrific from the start, I was too strong for him and my body punches hurt him,” said Shafikov. “I’m glad to get the win and I look forward to fighting for the world title in my next fight. I’m getting better in each camp with my trainer Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California.”

The IBF stripped titlist Mickey Bey of its lightweight title after he twice refused to face Shafikov over the last three months. Bey initially agreed to defend his title on April 30 and again this past Saturday, however Shafikov will now follow the instructions of the IBF to face junior lightweight titlist Rances Barthelemy for the vacant title.

“We will immediately start on Denis’s world title fight with Barthelemy,” said Leo Khorolinsky, manager of Shafikov. “Mickey Bey wasted our time this year with his unprofessional conduct, he never wanted to face Denis in a fight that he knew he couldn’t win. We’re very happy that Denis’ promoter Top Rank was able to have him fight on this card and we look forward to working with them and Ural Boxing Promotions on the world title fight against Barthelemy. We feel Denis is the best lightweight in the world and look forward to giving him the opportunity to prove that.”



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Klitschko, Fury kickoff press conference quotes

IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory WBA and WBO challenger Tyson Fury today officially kicked off their October 24 clash at ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Wladimir Klitschko: “Every time I have faced new challenges I haven’t seen before. I believe that Tyson Fury is really meaning what he’s talking about here. He’s not just coming to be present on the canvas. He is coming to win the championship fight.”

Tyson Fury: “He’s never faced someone like me before. There’s never been anyone like me in history. There’s never been a fighter like me – a fighter like me only comes around every 1000 years. I’m just wondering does Klitschko’s TV deal roll over to me when I beat him?”



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Lucas Browne: I’ll fight Wilder now

Heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne believes a fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola would be bad for heavyweight boxing. Browne is set to face Argentina’s Gonzalo Basile in Melbourne next month and will turn his attention to his mandatory shot at WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev afterwards. But he’s hopeful of getting Wilder in the ring before the end of the year and feels it will be a barnburner with potentially two belts on the line.

Wilder is expected to defend his WBC crown against fellow American Chris Arreola in the winter. Browne, however, believes the match-up would do little for the Alabama –native’s reputation and he should instead give fans the fight they really want to see.

“Nobody wants to watch Wilder vs. Arreola,” Lucas said. “Even if they were giving tickets away, hardly anyone would turn up. (more…)



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Buglioni to face Castaneda

Super middleweight Frank Buglioni takes on Mexican Fernando “El Huracán” Castaneda (23-9, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA intercontinental title this Friday (July 24th) at the SSE Arena in London. Buglioni was due to face WBA champion Fedor Chudinov, but that fight was put on hold when the Russian broke his nose in sparring. Buglioni will get to face Chudinov in the Autumn when the fight is rescheduled shortly, but in the meantime it’s crucial that he defeats Castaneda to keep on track.

Also on the card, middleweight Billy Joe Saunders takes on Frenchman Yoann Bloyer over ten rounds before his WBO title showdown against Andy Lee, and heavyweight Dereck Chisora returns to the ring for the first time since his loss to Tyson Fury in November and goes in over ten rounds against Georgia’s Beqa Lobjanidze.



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Avila back on Telemundo Friday

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Featherweight Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (15-3, 12 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico will take on Romulo Koasicha (15-3, 12 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico this Friday. The two countrymen will square off in the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford main event. The theme of the fight is “Civil War.” The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant Mexico featherweight title at stake.

Avila is a very familiar face to the Telemundo audience. This will be his fourth time fighting on the network in less than 18 months. He was unsuccessful in his last three attempts but fought very tough competition. One of those names was former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Avila accounted for himself well in that fight as well as the other two. Avila has reeled off three consecutive wins since his losses and is seeking out his first win the network’s airways. (more…)



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Tarver: Cunningham can’t stop me and neither can Wilder

Five-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) honestly believes that he is destined to become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history. Before he gets a world title shot, Tarver has to get past former two-time IBF champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in their 12-round heavyweight showdown August 14 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. WBA #9 Tarver vs. IBF #6/WBC #14 Cunningham is the main event on a Premier Boxing Champions series show airing live on Spike TV, the same network Tarver serves as its boxing color commentator.

“I know my purpose will set me apart from some great champions,” Tarver remarked. “I am supposed to be world heavyweight champion. I don’t know how but I will be world heavyweight champion. I truly believe that it is my destiny. Cunningham can’t stop me and neither can (Deontay) Wilder; he can’t learn enough to beat me. I’ll knock him out and get the one guy I really want to fight, Klitschko. When I beat him it’ll be the greatest story in boxing history. All the disbelievers will have to believe in ‘Magic Man!’ (more…)



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Crawford Gives Southpaw Movie “5-Star Rating”

BWAA Fighter of the Year and ESPY nominated Terence Crawford said the new Southpaw movie “…is really great. I give it a 5-star rating” which is Crawford’s highest rating. He watched a premiere viewing of Southpaw before a jammed AMC Theatre on Broadway on Monday night here in New York City. Southpaw opens to a worldwide release on Friday.



July 21st, 2015

UFC

Dillashaw preparing for better Barao in Chicago

The first time, TJ Dillashaw fought the perfect fight.

He had the perfect game plan, the perfect execution, even the perfect preparation. Could he have done something better? Possibly, but there was no arguing with the result.

The question is, can he do it again? . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Was El Paso a wake-up call for Carl Frampton?

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal talks about body transformation for boxing pic Southpaw

I’m in “self-rehab,” Manny Pacquiao tells Bob Arum

Former boxer Dingaan Thobela is back in court



July 21st, 2015

Boxing News

#1 Magdaleno headlines Aug 1 in Frisco, Texas

World rated and undefeated contenders Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Casey Ramos of Austin, Texas, will headline a Top Rank doubleheader at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas (28 miles north of Dallas) on Saturday, August 1. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement. The fight card will be on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing series on the UniMas network. First bell for the 7 bout card is 7:00 pm.

The #1 world ranked Magdaleno, 21-0, 15 KOs, will take on Rey Perez, 19-6, 4 KOs, of the Philippines in a 10 round super bantamweight bout. Ramos, 19-0, 5 KOs, faces Daniel Evangelista, Jr. of Mexico City. Evangelista Jr. has a record of 17-5-1, 13 KOs. The super featherweight bout is scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)



July 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes: Ward tells GGG “Let’s make it happen”

By Karl Freitag

Middleweight Peter Quillin will headline a Sunday, September 6 CBS telecast. Opponent is TBA. This is the week before the NFL kicks off the 2015 season.

A TV audience of 3.61 million tuned into Saturday’s Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz fight on SAT.1 in Germany.

An official announcement on November’s Cotto vs. Canelo PPV clash could come as soon as this week.

19-year-old Vincent Feigenbutz, who won the WBA “interim” super middleweight title on Saturday against a questionable opponent is expected to face WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov later this year.

Meanwhile WBA “super” super middleweight champion Andre Ward dropped by ESPN studios earlier today and said he’s currently weighing “about 180.” No current fight is scheduled, but the champ talked about a potential big fight with Gennady Golovkin.

“Andre Ward is available and we can make it happen….they want Golovkin to smile and wave and be the pretty boy and the promoters do the tough talk. If I respond, then I’m the villain…if GGG wants to fight, come from behind the promoter, come from behind the trainer, tell them to call HBO. I’ve already done this before the show because I knew you guys were going to ask me this, and let’s make it happen!”



July 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Mundine camp responds to Andrade

The Team of Anthony “The Man” Mundine has denied that Mundine has reneged on an agreement to challenge WBO jr middleweight champ Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) next month in Australia.

We have never said we have accepted the terms given to us by Andrade’s team.

Team Andrade may have accepted the terms of Mundine’s promoter to fight in Melbourne Australia, but the terms given to Mundine by Andrade’s promoter have not been agreed. We are unsure what Team Andrade want to achieve from their claims, however, we are disappointed their one-sided portrayal of the situation has positioned Anthony in the wrong way. We have given some time for Team Andrade to clarify the media statement as we feel a professional approach in our negotiations is always preferred. Especially when they were in progress.

According to the Mundine camp’s statement, the Andrade camp wants to lock “The Man” into options for three fights with “below average financial benefit” to fight Andrade for the WBO belt. Mundine wants a fight-by-fight deal.



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