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Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com After dipping his toe into the post-140-pound pool in his past two catch-weight starts, former ...

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Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron WBO #8, WBA #10 Joseph Parker (14-0, 12 KOs) will clash with WBO #13 ...

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Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC youth super-welterweight champ Ryosuke Maruki (10-3-1, 7 KOs), 149, successfully kept his belt when he kept ...

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Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In main event action, four-time world champion, Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (36-4, 21KO) annihilated ...

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Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

By Edgar DeGrass Photos: Suzanne Teresa / PBC Former WBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-1, 10 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous ...

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Joshua vs. Wach?

By Przemek Garczarczyk

That’s the word from Wach’s promoters…



June 19th, 2015


Boxing News

HBO picks up Valdez-Tamayo clash

Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated human wrecking machine Óscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs) will be featured in a 10-round featherweight bout against former world title challenger Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-5-4, 15 KOs) in HBO’s TV-opener for the Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Jessie Vargas WBO welterweight world championship fight next Saturday (June 27) at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The bout was confirmed for television today.

“Fans love to watch him fight because they know he brings dynamite in both fists,” said Top Rank President Todd duBoef about Valdez. “His style of fighting — and winning — has the potential to make him one of the most popular fighters in the world. So far, Óscar has been nothing short of sensational.”



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Happy Birthday Zurdo Ramirez

Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez celebrates his 24th birthday today. He returns to the ring in seven days at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, where he’ll be taking on Dereck “The Black Lion” Edwards in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV.

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June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

N’Dam, Lemieux make weight

Photos: Eye of The Tiger Management

Hassan N’Dam 158.6 vs. David Limieux 160
(Vacant IBF middleweight title)

Dierry Jean 135 vs. Jerry Belmontes 134.4
Luis Ortiz 238 vs. Bryan Polley 273
Schiller Hyppolite 167.5 vs. Kevin Thomas Cojean 166.7
Mian Hussain 148.7 vs. Ivan Pereyra 149.7
Ghislain Maduma 140.9 vs. Michele Focosi 140.1
Steven Butler 151.8 vs. Jaime Herrera 151.7
Ayaz Hussain 143 vs. Miguel Antoine 144.5
Yves Ulysse 143.9 vs. Renald Garrido 142.7
Mathieu Germain 141.4 vs. Richard Horvath 139.5

Venue: Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada
Promoter: Golden Boy/EOTTM
TV: Fox Sports 2

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June 19th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title Fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Penne and the featherweight bout between Dennis Siver and Tatsuya Kawajiri, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany beginning at 3pm ET / 12pm PT. Seven prelim bouts will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT TITLE
Jessica Penne (114) VS Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114)

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Tatsuya Kawajiri (146) VS Dennis Siver (145)
Steve Kennedy (170) VS Peter Sobotta (171)
Lukasz Sajewski (155) VS Nick Hein (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Masio Fullen (145) VS Makwan Amirkhani (145)
Alan Patrick (154) VS Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Arnold Allen (144) VS Alan Omer (146)
Noad Lahat (145) VS Niklas Backstrom (146)
Antonio dos Santos (185) VS Scott Askham (185)
Magomed Mustafaev (155) VS Piotr Hallmann (154)
Ulka Sasaki (135) VS Taylor Lapilus (135)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Timothy Bradley media day

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Former two-division world champion welterweight Timothy Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) is just a little over a week away from his next fight against undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) on June 27 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California, and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Bradley held a media day workout Thursday afternoon at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California.

“Camp is going great. I had a fantastic camp, just went back to the basics,” Bradley told Fightnews.com “I talked with Joel and my dad so I was like let’s go back to the drawing board to what got us to a world championship and incorporate all that got me to the top. This camp is basically dedicated to all that.” (more…)



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Big Baby, Mean Joe Greene added to CBSSN card

The next installment of “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network”, scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2015, from the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York, is taking shape. The night’s 10-round main event will feature WBA #11- and IBF #6-rated Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (21-0-1, 7 KOs), making the first defense of his WBA-NABA US Super Welterweight Championship against local favorite Kenny Abril (14-7-1, 7 KOs).

In the co-featured bout, WBA #14-rated Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his highly controversial “loss” to England’s Derry Matthews for the WBA World Championship last April. Luis will take on Edward Valdez (13-10-2, 3 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

And in two added features, heavyweight knockout artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (13-0-1, 10 KOs) will return to the ring just 22 days after his main-event TKO 2 over Damon McCreary to take on local fighter Excell Holmes (2-5-1, 1 KO) of Buffalo in a six-rounder; and former middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene (25-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in over two years to face journeyman Guy Packer (5-39-2, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder.



June 19th, 2015

UFC

Kawajiri refuses to surrender the dream

After 15 difficult years, one of Japan’s most revered prizefighters senses the clock is ticking on his glorious career. Every time Tatsuya Kawajiri steps into the Octagon, he knows the journey could be his last. The veteran heads to UFC Berlin this weekend aware that defeat against Dennis Siver could spell the end for his featherweight title dreams. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Zeuge signs contract extension with Sauerland

Rising super middleweight star Tyron Zeuge has signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland, which will keep him tied to the powerhouse promoters until 2019. Considered to be one of the brightest talents in German boxing, the 23 year-old Berliner is undefeated in seventeen professional contests and is the current IBF International Champion.

“Tyron has all the makings of a future world champion,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “We’re delighted that he has committed his future to us and together we will continue our journey to the very top of the sport.”

Zeuge will continue to train with coach Karsten Roewer, alongside WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer and Enrico Koelling, Stefan Haertel and Burak Sahin. “Tyron is an exceptional talent,” said Roewer. “If he continues to work hard and focus, he will become an unstoppable force!”



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Nieves looking to make a statement Saturday

Former amateur star and undefeated Antonio “Carita” Nieves (12-0, 6 KOs) of Cleveland, OH will be taking a big step in his career as he takes on fellow undefeated prospect Stephon Young (13-0-1, 5 KOs) of St. Louis, MO on the Andre Ward-Paul Smith undercard promoted by Roc Nation Sports in Oakland, CA. In a battle of unbeaten fighters, the eight round super bantamweight bout will be Nieves’ second bout in two weeks. Just a week and half ago, Nieves scored a first round knockout over Hungarian champion, Gabor Molnar and just got the call for the bout against Young and jumped at the chance to fight on television.

“When my manager David McWater called me and asked if I wanted the fight, I didn’t hesitate,” said Nieves. “This is a fight that I had discussed with my trainers, and we always said if it was ever offered on neutral grounds, we would take it. A win can change my life and put me on the map as one of the best up and coming fighters in the country!” (more…)



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Andre Ward slams “disrespectful” Carl Froch

The Floyd Mayweather and Adrien Bronercomedy roadshow

WBC monitoring talks for Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez, with winner looking at “GGG”

Mayweather hints at Oscar De La Hoya fight



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Broner: It’s like I’m fighting his dad because the check comes in his dad’s name, then he pays Shawn

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

An animated Adrien “The Problem” Broner held court for several minutes Thursday, as a calm “Showtime” Shawn Porter delivered his own strong message in advance of the exciting weekend of Premier Boxing Champions action at MGM Grand.

In a different role than his usual one as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather helped run the press conferences alongside Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

On the Saturday, June 20 PBC on NBC show, Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) will take on Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) after Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) battles Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs). Televised coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Long Island

Cletus Seldin 139.2 vs. Ranee Ganoy 140.4*
Note: Ganoy returned to the scales less than an hour later, and had dropped the necessary ounces.

Rich Neves 154 vs. Alex Mancera 154.6
Daniel Gonzales 140.8 vs. Carl McNickles 140.8
Johnny Hernandez 126.2 vs. Angel Suarez 127
Terrell Bostic 138.8 vs. Makashi Aida 142.2

Venue: The Paramount in Huntington, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Pedraza: I plan on reigning for many years to come

This past Saturday, Puerto Rico’s Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza fulfilled a lifelong dream when he picked up the vacant IBF super featherweight championship against once-beaten contender Andrey Klimov. “Words cannot express how happy I am right now,” said Pedraza, who moved to 20-0, 12 KOs). “I have sacrificed my life for the last 14 years to become a world champion. This was a long, hard road, but it is a dream come true. Every fighter thinks about this day, and now that I am here, I plan on reigning for many years to come. I want to thank my manager Al Haymon, my father, and my promoters for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Video: Wach-Airich weigh-in

By Przemek Garczarczyk

6’7 Polish heavyweight Mariusz “Viking” Wach (30-1, 16 KOs) will be facing Germany’s Konstantin Airich (21-10, 17 KOs) on Friday, but he wants to get back to being a championship contender. “Not this year. For now I’m ready to to get better, climb in rankings. But having a rematch with Wladimir Klitchko, fighting for the heavyweight championship is still my goal,” said Wach. “Viking’s” only loss (he was later disqualified for illegal substances) was on points against WBA/IBF/WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko in 2012.

Wach weighed 260.1 pounds, Airich was 231.4.



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Ortiz-Polley added to Lemieux-N’Dam telecast

Former WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) returns to the ring in an anticipated comeback fight against Brian “The Bear” Polly (27-18-1, 12 KOs) of St. Joseph, Missouri in a heavyweight bout on the undercard of the IBF Middleweight World Championship fight between Montreal’s David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) and number one contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) on June 20. Ortiz scored a first round KO over Lateef Kayode last September to win the WBA belt, but then tested positive for steroids, was stripped of the title and suspended for eight months. This is his first bout since.

Ortiz vs. Polley will be featured as the U.S. televised opening bout in a scheduled FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes tripleheader presented by Eye of the Tiger Management and Golden Boy Promotions in association with King Sports Worldwide and Evenko. In the main event David Lemieux will take on Hassan N’Dam in a 12-round bout for the IBF Middleweight World Championship. In the co-main event, Dierry “All In” Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Quebec, Canada will face Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (19-6, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas in a 10-round fight for the NABF Lightweight title.



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Spence: Phil Lo Greco

Welterweight contender Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs) will now face Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) in the televised opener of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC on Saturday, June 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with coverage beginning on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Spence’s original opponent Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia has withdrawn from the fight due to personal reasons.



June 18th, 2015

Announcement

George Mitchell & Patrick Day Ring 8 Guest Speakers Thursday night in New York

ring8Veteran cut-man “Big” George Mitchell and junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day (10-1-1, 6 KOs) are scheduled guest speakers at tomorrow night’s (Thursday, June 18) Ring 8 monthly meeting at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square, New York.

The evening kicks-off at 7 p.m. ET with a hot-and-cold buffet, followed an hour later with the start of the Ring 8 meeting. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Brisbane

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Matt Clark

Kerry Hope 159.8 vs. Gunnar Jackson 159.1
(WBO Oriental middleweight title)

Liam Hutchinson 153.7 vs. Wade Ryan 152.3
(WBA Oceania super welterweight title)

Trent Broadhurst 174.3 vs. Reece Papuni 173.7
(WBA Oceania light heavyweight title)

Venue: Brisbane Convention Centre, S. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Promoter: Kane Pearson



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Mauricio Herrera: Forget the past…people know what I’m about

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) of Lake Elsinore, California, worked out for the media Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles in preparation for his upcoming bout with super lightweight contender “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia. Herrera-Lundy will take place Saturday July 11 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena live on HBO Latino.

“Training camp has been long, but we’re almost done, the fight is almost here, we’re ready to go,” Herrera told Fightnews.com. “We didn’t over train, sparring is great, we’ve been getting southpaws, just different tricks, styles, and boxers. Lundy comes with everything, he can try to be flashy and try to box at first, but the guy is from Philly so he will sit there and exchange.” (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Ward-Smith Final Press Conference

By Bob Hough
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

Andre Ward says he’ll take what Paul Smith gives him.

Ward will get hell and the fight won’t go 12, Joe Gallagher, Smith’s trainer said Wednesday at a press conference to discuss Saturday’s fight.

“We’re not going to get a points win over Andre Ward,” he said after the event in downtown Oakland, Calif., to discuss the match at Oracle Arena, also in Oakland. “He’s very, very good at what he does; everyone knows that, but he’s not perfect, he hasn’t fought in a year and a half and there will be opportunities for Paul. He’ll have to recognize them and take advantage.”

Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) faces Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) after a 19-month layoff due to litigation with his former promoter, the late Dan Goossen. The fight’s the first for Ward with his new promoter, Roc Nation Sports, which is adding music to boxing shows. The event starts at 3 pm on Saturday; in addition to seven other fights, there will be a musical performance by Nipsey Hussle and DJ Franzen will add to the audio entertainment. The fight will be televised on BET and streamed live on tidal.com.

“If you’ve been to see boxing, you’ve never seen anything like this,” Roc Nation Sports COO David Itskowitch said at the press conference.

Roc Nation has done two shows with fights and music, he added, and the response has been tremendous. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Berlin Fantasy Preview

For the first time ever on UFC FIGHT PASS, a title will be up for grabs, as women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her crown against Ultimate Fighter semifinalist Jessica Penne in Berlin, Germany this Saturday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Chauke defends SA feather title; Mhlongo challenges for WBU middle belt

By Ron Jackson

Oscar Chauke puts his South African featherweight title on the line against the relatively inexperienced Prince Ndlovu at the Giyani Community Hall on Saturday night. Both fighters are from Malamulele, and the 34-year-old Chauke who has a record of 33-9-3, 11 KOs, has held the South African and World Boxing Foundation junior featherweight titles and also the IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title in a 16 year professional career.

The challenger who has a reported record of 8-1-4, 3 KOs since making his professional debut in March 2010 has fought at a much lower level than the champion. However, he does have a victory over former South African featherweight champion Sydney Maluleka and is the Limpopo featherweight champion. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Smith and Ward: relaxed, respectful and ready

By Robert Hough

Paul Smith soaked up a little sun on Wednesday while he sat outside in downtown Oakland, Calif., before a press conference to discuss his fight on Saturday with Andre Ward.

“We’re here to win and this is a win that would change my life, but the weather’s great, I’m here with lots of my family and we’re enjoying this,” Smith, from Liverpool, England, said before the event. “I have a shot at one of the best fighters in the world, I’ve been active so I’ve felt extremely sharp in training, the weather’s gorgeous, Ward’s a class act, I think he’s a credit to boxing and I’d like to think I am, too, so this couldn’t be better. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing News

Mayweather team shrugs off Gennady Glolovkin

Movie review of boxing flick “Southpaw”

Sammy Vasquez Sr. talks Sammy Vasquez Jr.

Andre Ward talks return and legal disputes



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Floyd oversees Broner, Porter workouts

Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

With pound-for-pound king and President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather looking on, fighters competing on this weekend’s Premier Boxing Champions cards at MGM Grand, participated in a media workout Wednesday at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mayweather made the most of his time at the gym, staying for nearly two hours to talk with the media, give the fighters insight and advice and sign autographs for fans. Both Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) were among those on hand.

Floyd Mayweather: “You’ve got two guys this weekend in Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter who have the right teams around them. If they continue to win and we bring their personality out of them, we’ll see what happens. Shawn Porter has been a champion before. He only has one loss and Adrien only has one loss. So I think this is a good matchup.

Adrien Broner: “Porter can’t beat me, it’s not going to happen. I will not be the next Floyd Mayweather. I will be the first and only Adrien Broner. I don’t know why I would be terrified of Porter. I’m not terrified of anything. He can talk, it’s all okay. I’m going to give my dad a great Father’s Day present this weekend when I get that victory Saturday night. Everyone has to tune-in to see AB on NBC, it’s going to be a show just like every time I step into the ring.”

Shawn Porter: “I feel great. My weight is great and that’s all that matters. That’s the first small battle and the next battle will come on Saturday night. I think Broner thought that if he gets me drained it would be a problem for me, but it’s not going to be. That’s not the Porter way. We’ve done everything right to this point. Broner keeps saying that he hopes I’m ready to bring it, but I don’t really understand what he means because everyone knows I’m ready and everyone knows I always bring it. You don’t have to ask that of Shawn Porter. He’s a talker, he likes to run his mouth but it’s all good. We’re just going to do our thing on Saturday night. This is going to be a good one. Certainly a crowd pleaser. Old or new to boxing, this is going to be good for you. Broner has skills, but I have skills too. It’s going to be a magnificent fight on Saturday night.”

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June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Six cards in six weeks: Boxing Fever hits El Paso

By David Finger

Nobody would ever mistake El Paso, Texas for Las Vegas, Nevada. But for six weeks in July and August, the West Texas border town will launch a major challenge to Vegas as the most exciting boxing city in the world as six world class fight cards will take place over a six-week time frame.

The fireworks will kick off over the Fourth of July weekend, when two separate competing boxing cards will take place on the evening of July 3rd. At Buchanan’s Event Center the WBC #4 ranked super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (50-11, 37 KOs) takes on an opponent to be named later in a ten round affair. Roman, winner of twelve straight, is poised to fight for a world title before the end of the year and is hoping for an explosive performance to bump him to the top of the world rankings. On the undercard of the Tejanito Promotions card will be popular local boy Carlos Villa (8-2-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round super lightweight fight as well as hard punching Mexican Victor Pasillias (8-6-2, 5 KOs) from Juarez who will be fighting in another eight round super flyweight fight. Also featured on the card will be an interesting six round female fight in the minimumweight division as Juarez’s undefeated Angelica Rascon (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Susana Uribe (3-3, 1 KO) who also hails from Juarez. Four other fights will round off the undercard, which will feature Colorado’s Armando Rodriguez (3-2), light heavyweight Tim Meeks (2-2-1), lightweight Alan Lerma (1-1) and debuting Milton Gomez. Tickets to the Tejanito Promotions card start at $15 with ringside going for $55 and can be obtained by calling 1-915-803-6632. Doors open at 5PM with the first fight starting at 6:30PM. (more…)



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Melson to speak at Congressional Briefing

Since meeting Christian Zaccagnino in 2002, the goal of jr middleweight boxer Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (15-1-1, 4 KOs) has been to see her walk again. In order to spearhead his efforts, Melson’s raised a significant amount of money by donating 100% of his fight purses to Team Fight to Walk while also helping run two successful charity galas.

On Tuesday, June 23, Melson will have the opportunity to lobby congress when he serves as a speaker at an upcoming Congressional Briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Dr. Wise Young, a Neurosurgeon and world leading Spinal Cord regeneration researcher, will also be attending to discuss the progress and promise of clinical trials before Congressman Chaka Fattah. The trials could take place if all goes as planned. (more…)



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Gilberto Ramirez & Diego Magdaleno Fight Week Festivities Open to the Public

Fight fans in the in the Texas boxing hotbed of the Rio Grande Valley have a full plate of free fight week activities in store in connection with next week’s MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout telecast on truTV featuring #2 world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and and Diego Magdaleno in separate bouts. The card takes place on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

Fight Week Media Schedule
(All Times Are Central Daylight Time)

Tuesday, June 23
Media Workouts (Open to the Public)
Bad Boyz Gym
4300 North Bicentennial
McAllen, TX 78504
2:00 P.M. Gilberto Ramirez
2:30 P.M. Diego Magdaleno

Wednesday, June 24
Final Press Conference – Open to the Public!
State Farm Arena
2600 North 10th Street/Highway 336
Hidalgo, TX 78557
2:00 P.M. Press conference begins

Thursday, June 25
Official Weigh-In – Open to the Public!
Doubletree Suites Hotel – Main Ballroom
1800 South 2nd Street
McAllen, TX 78503
2:00 P.M. Fighters step on the scale

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June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

“Cornflake” LaManna returns July 25

On July 25, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (16-1, 7 KOs) will be back in action as Rising Star Promotions presents a night of professional boxing at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. LaManna will headline a 9-bout professional card when he takes part in a Jr. Middleweight bout scheduled for 8-rounds. LaManna is eager to get back in the ring following his first professional setback. That happened on March 13 when he was stopped by undefeated prospect Antoine Douglas in a bout that was nationally televised on Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox series.

LaManna wasted no-time in getting back in the gym in an effort to redeem himself and has been training diligently between his home in Millville, New Jersey and New York City. “I have a chip on my shoulder and feel that I have something to prove to my fans, family, friends and most importantly myself. My last fight doesn’t define who I am as a fighter but it defined me as man. I stepped up in competition and faced in my mind the best prospect in boxing. I came up short but took it as a learning lesson and not a defeat,”said LaManna. “What better place to have my comeback fight than right in my hometown of Millville. This will be a great show.”

LaManna’s opponent will be announced shortly.

In the six-round co-feature, John Lennox (13-2, 5 KOs) of Carteret, New Jersey will see action in a cruiserweight bout.



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Yildirim crushes Kroekel – Next Stop: Glen Johnson

Fast-rising light heavyweight prospect Avni Yildirim scored another impressive quick TKO victory over German journeyman Steve Kroekel on Tuesday night in Dusseldorf, Germany. Kroekel tried to put pressure on the 23-year-old Turk but Yildirim fought back and dropped his opponent twice with hard body shots forcing referee Arnold Golger to stop the fight. It was the fifth win in as many fights for the former amateur standout who will face the biggest challenge of his pro career so far on August 15th when he travels to Miami to take on veteran Glen Johnson for the WBC Silver International Light Heavyweight Championship.

“Avni is an outstanding talent”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “I am sure that he will be World Champion. 175 lbs. is a very exciting division at the moment and Avni got what it takes to play with the big boys.”



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Jacobs to defend WBA belt against Mora

WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) returns to the ring in his hometown of Brooklyn to take on former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) as the televised opener of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN primetime Saturday, Aug. 1 at Barclays Center.

This fight will precede the showdown between undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) and Brooklyn’s own Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs).



June 17th, 2015

Feature Story

Andre Ward-Paul Smith workout photogallery

AndreWard12Photos by Tri Nguyen/Tri NguyenPhotography.com

This Saturday WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) returns to the ring after a 19-month absence to defend his crown against former two-time world title challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The June 20th Ward versus Smith world championship contest is promoted by Roc Nation Sports and will be televised live on BET Networks and streamed globally on TIDAL.com beginning at 10p ET/7p PT.  . . . Click here for more



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Guevara, Lopez set for July 4 clash

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) will defend against fellow Mexican Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 16 KOs) on July 4 in the Centro de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Both fighters met with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who stated the match will feature the division’s two best fighters and will be full of emotions. Guevara, who is preparing in the mountains at Otomi Ceremonial Center, stated “I feel I have power in my fists to finish the fight early but I’m ready to fight twelve rounds.” Lopez stated that he’d been waiting for this opportunity throughout his career. “I have enough experience to win in the ring,” he commented. The event will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Adamu vows to finish Nielsen in five

Ghanian super middleweight Charles Adamu (23-6, 17 KOs) has issued a warning to Danish star Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) ahead of their WBA International title fight on Saturday at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. “I’m coming to Copenhagen take his title,” said the former Commonwealth champion. “Patrick is a good fighter but I have fought and beaten better men than him. I’m like a lion, I’m fearless and I never give up. He will not be able to last more than five rounds with me! I will not reveal my game plan but what I will say is that the fans can expect fireworks. It’s going to get too hot for Patrick to handle. After I knock him out, the belt will be coming back to Ghana with me.” (more…)



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