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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8 (IBF middleweight eliminator) Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6 Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher ...

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted ...

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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Statement from the Goossen Family: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications ...

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Report/photos by Bob Ryder Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win ...

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Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Photo: Sebastian Heger WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Paul Smith (35-4, 20 ...

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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

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Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

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Boxing News

Tello, Petalcorin make weight

Walter Tello (20-7, 8 KOs) and Randy Petalcorin (21-1-1, 16 KOs) both easily made weight for their WBA interim light flyweight title fight on Tuesday at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai. Petalcorin weighed in at 105.6 pounds and Tello scaled in at 105.3 pounds.

The referee for the bout will be Raul Caiz Sr (US). Judges are Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand), Derek Milham (Australia) and Pinit Prayasab (Thailand). WBA supervisor is Yang Sup Shim.



August 25th, 2014



Boxing News

Injury delays Klitschko defense against Pulev

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has postponed his IBF title bout with Kubrat Pulev. During sparring Wlad suffered a torn muscle fibre in his left biceps. The fight is now likely to be held before the end of the year in Hamburg. Klitschko will have to miss four weeks of training. “I am very disappointed the fight will not go ahead,” Klitschko said. “So far I have been in top shape and had a great training camp. I am sorry for my fans as well as my opponent Kubrat Pulev, who has surely prepared just as intensely.” A new date will be announced shortly.



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Minnesota

Story and photos by Jesse Kelley at ringside

Rondale “Give Em Hell” Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KOs) of Moorhead, MN won the vacant Minnesota State Junior Welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over RJ “T-Rex” Laase (12-2, 8 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.

Both fighters traded staggering shots throughout in what turned out to be an exciting fight while the packed arena of just over 2000 people cheered on. Hubbert ran out of his corner at the opening bell and unloaded hard and wild punches that backed Laase up. Hubbert latter explained the strategy, saying that he wanted to show Laase he was there to fight. It was a risky strategy to fight with such reckless aggression on Hubberts part not only to start the fight but as he did many times throughout because of the chance to punch himself out. But it turned out to be what banked him the rounds he won in the end. (more…)



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview with Lamon Brewster, part 1

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today

Lamon Brewster (35-6, 30 KO) is the last man, who beat WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The American knockout machine met the Ukrainian in April 2004. Klitschko was knocked out in the end of the fifth round. 10 years later Fightnews speaks with Brewster about the bout.

Mr. Brewster, you are the last man, who beat Wladimir Klitschko. How would you describe that fight?

It was a fight, that I recognized, I wouldn’t be let to win on scorecards. I knew, that if the bout would go to distance, he would be heavily favorised. So, I made a plan to go near. Not to win the fight early, but to make him use as much energy as possible. I knew that he has stamina problems. Wladimir is the best fighter in heavyweight division and if you let him sit back and allow him to fight in his own rhythm, he is almost unbeatable. I wanted to go out there and to break his rhythm, to pressure, to pressure, to make him hold, to make him fight. To do everything that he didn’t want to do, by making him uncomfortable. I prepared myself for this kind of fight with non-stop boxing at high attitude, so I can be strong enough to go to the later rounds, making him fight like that. As a result I was able to defeat him. (more…)



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

More Pacquiao-Algieri Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO jr welterweight champion Algieri will announce their November 22 world championship fight during a two-week 27,273-mile international media tour, which kicked off Monday with a press conference at the fight location, The Venetian Macao. The tour will include stops in Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. If you plan on attending live, tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. August 29 (details later in this report).

Manny Pacquiao: “Chris Algieri fought an exceptional fight in June to win the world title from Ruslan Provodnikov. I am impressed and intrigued by his scientific approach to training and boxing. He may be the smartest and the fittest athlete I have ever faced and that makes him the most dangerous. I worked hard to reclaim my welterweight title and I will work harder to make sure I keep it on November 22. As always, I dedicate this fight to my fellow Filipinos around the world and to bring glory to the Philippines. ”

Chris Algieri: “It is a real honor to fight a future Hall of Famer like Manny Pacquiao and I am looking forward to being introduced to a whole new market and fan base in the Far East. My last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov got the world’s attention, now I am going to show what I can really do. I have the utmost respect for Manny and his great team, but make no mistake — I am here to win and I have nothing on my mind but beating a legend.” (more…)



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Trout-Dawson: Full Report

By David Robinett and Felipe Leon at Ringside
Photos by Jennifer Arredondo

Winless in the nearly two years since his surprising upset over Miguel Cotto in 2012, former WBA light middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout survived two early knockdowns against Australia’s Daniel Dawson to grind out a hard fought ten-round unanimous decision victory at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Since his signature win against Cotto, Trout (27-2, 14 KOs) lost his next two fights against Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, the latter of which raised serious doubts about his viability as a top-flight boxer. Coming into Friday’s bout, Trout acknowledged the importance of re-establishing his former position among the division’s elite. (more…)



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Local favorite De Alba defends UBF title

King’s Boxing and Peltz Boxing return October 4th to the Valley Forge Casino Resort with a big night of boxing that will be headlined by rising jr. lightweight Frankie De Alba in a eight-round jr. lightweight bout against an opponent TBD.

The eight-round co-main event features undefeated jr. welterweight Naim Nelson against Ryan Belasco.

DeAlba, from nearby Reading, is the UBF All America jr. lightweight titleholder. He has won 11 consecutive fights and is unbeaten in his last 15 which has raised his record to 13-1-2 with 5 knockouts.

At 12-0 with 1 knockout, Nelson is not a power puncher but he makes up for his lack of power with superior boxing skills. Belasco will be his toughest test. Belasco (18-6-3, 3 KOs) dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Rod Salka (17-2). , Salka, back on August 9th, fought WBA/WBC jr middleweight champion Danny Garcia.

The undercard will feature heavyweight Maurice Byarm (13-2, 9 KOs) against Mark Rideout (4-1-2, 1 KO) in a six-round clash; Christian Molina (2-0, 1 KO) fights Josue Rivera (2-5, 2 KOs) in a welterweight four rounder; Anthony Prescott (3-3-2, 1 KO) does battle with Shawn Sutton (0-2-1) a jr. middleweight encounter; Travis Thompson (5-11-3, 3 KOs) squares off with Benjamin Burgos (1-8-1) in a lightweight four rounder; and lightweight Sultahn Staton (3-0, 2 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with an opponent to be named in a four round lightweight bout.

Tickets are $125, $75 or $45 and available by calling 610-587-5950 or 215-765-0922.



August 25th, 2014

UFC

Jackson Called to the Bigs for UFC 177

Damon “The Leech” Jackson got the call all fighters wait for, and after an injury to Justin Edwards forced the Ultimate Fighter veteran’s withdrawal from August 30th’s UFC 177 card in Sacramento, the unbeaten Texan will make his Octagon debut on the event’s main card in a lightweight bout against Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, August 30 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao and Algieri face off in Macau

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The kickoff press conference for the November 22 clash of champions between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri took place Monday at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China.

“This fight is going to be a good fight,” promised Pacquiao. “Algieri is undefeated, he’s a good boxer, I saw his last fight with Ruslan. He took a lot of punches but he’s a very tough boxer and fought back…my opponent is tough and I like that. The last fight that we had here with Brandon Rios we did a good job, but Algieri’s different than Rios. He’s faster than Rios, he’s taller than Rios, so it will give me a hard time.

“It’s been a long time that the fans of Manny Pacquiao have been expecting a knockout. This fight I’m going to try to do my best to make the fans happy and if the knockout comes it’ll come, but what I’m trying to do is focus and win the fight.”

Algieri was very gracious toward the Pacquiao Team for accepting the fight and stated he deserved this chance. “I earned the right to be here,” said Algieri, who is significantly taller than Pacman. “I bled for this. I trained for this my whole life. This opportunity means the world to me. I’m going to prepare myself the best I possibly can…I will give it my absolute all, just like I showed in my last fight and every fight before that.”

Pacquaio’s trainer Freddie Roach said Manny’s training camp will be held in General Santos City, Philippines. “I know Chris has a master’s degree,” commented Roach. “But Manny has a Ph.D in boxing.”



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Lomachenko to fight on Pacquiao-Algieri card

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today that WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) will defend his title against #1 rated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33 KOs) on the November 22 Pacquiao-Algieri card in Macao, China. It will be the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s first world title defense.

Also two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) will fight in a twelve round WBO eliminator against Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express (27-0-2, 12 KOs) with the winner getting a February world title shot.

Another world title fight will be announced next week.



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Algieri Macau kick-off press conference

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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach pose for media at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China, Monday on ‘day one’, the start of their worldwide media tour with New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri. Pacquiao and Algieri , along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., embark on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, beginning on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

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August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The argument for Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan. More

WBO champ Peter Quillin and wife are expecting. More

Is Floyd Mayweather distracted for his rematch with Marcos Maidana? More

Carl Froch talks about the pressure of TV shows. More



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Executive Board member Claude Jackson passes

Photo: NABF

Photo: NABF


By Boxing Bob Newman

The boxing world has lost another of it’s truly “good guys.” Claude Andrus Jackson passed in his sleep this morning at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX. He had been hospitalized with serious medical complications back in April of this year and had struggled with his recovery ever since.

Jackson was a former NABF president (2001-2005) and has been an active member of the NABF and WBC for the past two-plus decades. In addition to his term as president, he was Vice-President for 4 years and a member of our Executive Committee for the past 16. Jackson led the NABF ratings committee for 15 years and has been a member of the WBC ratings committee for 13 – the past 7 as vice-chairman.

He served as WBC International Secretary for 6 years and as a member of the Continental Americas Championships committee for 10, being interim chair for a period of 7 months following the death of that group’s longtime president Roy Van Putten. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs-Phelps Video Highlights

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) destroyed veteran Cory Phelps (16-7-1, 8 KOs) in round one on Saturday night in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Briggs retained the WBA’s NABA heavyweight title and claimed the vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title.



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Nicholson Remains Perfect With Stoppage In Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

In the main event of the Hardwork Promotions card at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD, undefeated and highly-touted Laurel, MD middleweight prospect Demond “D’Best At It” Nicholson saw one streak end and one continue. For the first time in his young career, Nicholson was taken past the first and second rounds of a bout. Nicholson stopped his previous seven opponents in the first round. However, Nicholson kept his overall stoppage streak alive by scoring a TKO over a very tough Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA at the end of the fourth round.

The stoppage came with a bit of controversy. Late in the fourth, Nicholson dropped Goyco with a quick right hand. As the bell sounded to end the round, Goyco walked unsteadily to his corner, which happened to be where the ringside doctors were sitting. Chief Physician Dr. John Stiller took a look at Goyco on his stool and immediately told referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout. The Goyco corner was furious but Stiller was very adamant about his decision.

Nicholson remains perfect at 9-0, nine KO’s. Goyco is now 6-8-1, three KO’s. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

DeMarco-Tyner full report

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

The small mountainous enclave of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico was the host to an electrifying crowd of about two thousand in an arena erected by Zanfer Promotions in the heart of the town. The fight night, which was broadcast live in Mexico by Azteca, was brought to the small town as part of the seventy year celebration of the founding of the Tecate beer company. In the main event, former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (31-3-1, 23KO) came back from a six-month long hiatus to score a unanimous decision over late-sub Lanardo Tyner (31-11-2, 20KO) in a ten round bout contested in the welterweight division. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

George-Davis Full Report/Photos

By Sam Geraci and Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

In the main event of “B96’s Boxing at the Ballpark” at US Cellular in Chicago, Chicago’s Donovan “Da Bomb” George (26-4-2, 22 KOs) muscled out a unanimous decision over Dyah “Ali” Davis (22-5-1, 10 KOs) of Coconut Creek, FL, to win the super middleweight IBO championship. Scores were 115-113 (twice) and 116-112.

“This is the greatest day of my life…I thought that maybe I’d win a regional title or something like that but I never thought I’d win a world championship. I went to jail and was a loser but now I’m here and I’m a world champion,” said an emotional George after the bout.

George also stated that he broke his hand a couple days before the fight but could not back out. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao hits Macau

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) arrives in Macau, China, Sunday night and greets Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum for the start of his worldwide media tour with New York’s undefeated WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0).

Pacquiao and Algieri, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., embark on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, beginning on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Louis Rose defeats Dashon Johnson at the Queen

By Shamus Young at ringside

Super Welterweight Louis Rose (11-1-1) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson (15-16-3) Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The fight was a late addition to the card, which may explain why the fighters seemed to be coasting through the fight, which drew lusty boos from the crowd. For most of the fight, Johnson covered up and moved backwards, while Rose tapped him with light punches on the arms and gloves. Johnson occasionally would throw a wild, wide punch to remind us he was there. In the fourth and ninth rounds, Johnson put together several flurries that won those rounds. Scores were 98-92 twice and 99-91. Fightnews scored the match 98-92. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Filipinos outscore Japanese by 3 to 1

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

In a ballyhooed confrontation of each four Japanese and Filipino warriors, the game and gallant visitors outscored our young boys by three to one on Friday in Kobe, Japan. All games were hot and competitive crowd-pleasers. Unbeaten ex-amateur prospect, OPBF#9 super-bantam Jun Kubo (5-0, 4 KOs), 121.75, was only a Japanese victor as he utilized his southpaw stance plus advantageous height and reach, and overwhelmed Filipino Renren Pasegnahin (6-4-1, 2 KOs), 121.5, with his speed and skills en route to a fine stoppage at 2:37 of the fourth session in a scheduled eight. Cleverly outpunching and outlegging the Filipino visitor, Kubo, an upright southpaw footworker, turned loose and connected with solid and sharp combinations, dropping him so badly that the referee didn’t hesitate to call a halt in the fatal fourth. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Tulsa Post-Fight

Seven fighters joined UFC Sr. Director of Public Relations Dave Sholler on the stage for the press conference following UFC Fight Night Tulsa, which eminated from the Bank Of Oklahoma Center. Those fighters were Rafael dos Anjos, Benson Henderson, Thales Leites, Jordan Mein, Max Holloway, Ben Saunders, and Chas Skelly . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, August 30 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Nica Concepcion triumphs in Panama

By Gabriel F.Cordero

Former WBA interin flyweight champion Luis “Nica” Concepción (32-3, 23 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Duvan Hernández (12-2-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Durán in Panama City, Panama. Concepcion retained his WBC silver super flyweight belt.

In other action, minimumweight Carlos Ortega outpointed Leroy Estrada to claim the vacant WBC silver 105lb title.



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Quigg in search of new challenger

By James Slater

Unbeaten Scott Quigg, the reining WBA super-bantamweight champ (Guillermo Rigondeaux is the “super” WBA champion of course) is in need of a new opponent for his fast approaching September 13th defence in Manchester. Original foe, Paulus Ambunda, had to pull out due to suffering a hamstring injury in training. Quigg, who wants the big fights, will no doubt be hoping his promoter Eddie Hearn can find him a formidable and challenging opponent. But Hearn does not have long, with the card at The Phones 4 U arena just under three weeks away.

One week before Quigg boxes, potential rival Carl Frampton meets IBF king Kiko Martinez in a rematch in Ireland. Quigg and Frampton may well meet in a huge unification some time next year should they both emerge with a victory next month. At least, this is a fight all fans want to see come to fruition.



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Rochester, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

A partisan crowd at Rochester, New York’s Main Street Armory got their money’s worth in a night of upsets and wars, despite a dreadful main “un-event” as Serbian transplant Milos Pantelic barely kept his undefeated record intact via a majority draw against journeyman Leo Pla over eight nonthreatening cruiserweight rounds. (more…)



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from México

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez & Alma Montiel

WBC Youth super bantamweight Rey Vargas (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a second round KO over Daniel Ferreras (13-9-2, 4 KOs) to retain the title on Saturday night at the Convention Center Surman in Villa de Las Flores, México State.

In an interesting female fight, lightweight Jessica “Kika” Chávez (21-3-3, 4 KOs) retained her silver belt against Melisa McMorrow (9-5-3, 1 KO) over ten competitive rounds. Scores were 97-94, 97-93 and 96-94.

The card was promoted by Promociones del Pueblo. photos



August 24th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Tulsa Main: Dos Anjos Stops Henderson in Stunner

The first thing Rafael Dos Anjos said after his stunning first-round stoppage of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson Saturday at the BOK Center reflected the thoughts of fight fans around the world. “I have no words,” said the Brazilian contender, who scored the biggest win of his career in the UFC Fight Night main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, August 30 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

De Marco gets past Tyner

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

In an entertaining fight, former world lightweight champion Antonio De Marco (31-3-1, 23 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to defeat Lanardo Tyner (31-11-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casa Social de la Cervecería in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Tyner floored De Marco in round one with a big right hand and showed little respect for the ex-champion as he often made faces and gestures. Despite taking a lot of hard punches, De Marco did enough to win by scores of 98-92 on all cards.

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August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

George Wins IBO super middleweight championship

By Sam Geraci and Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

In the main event of “B96’s Boxing at the Ballpark” at US Cellular in Chicago, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (26-4-2, 22 KOs) muscled out a unanimous decision over Dyah “Ali” Davis (22-5-1, 10 KOs) of Coconut Creek, FL, to win the super middleweight IBO championship. Scores were 115-113 (twice) and 116-112.

“This is the greatest day of my life…I thought that maybe I’d win a regional title or something like that but I never thought I’d win a world championship. I went to jail and was a loser but now I’m here and I’m a world champion,” said an emotional George after the bout.

George also stated that he broke his hand a couple days before the fight but could not back out.

At light heavyweight, Chicago fan favorite Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (15-0, 10 KOs) muscled out a six round unanimous decision against an overweight but game Maxell Taylor (18-8-1, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, MD. Scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.



August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Immediately following his victory Saturday night, the last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) took center ring with the microphone and addressed the crowd.

“I was not too familiar with ALS before seriously reading up on it recently. This is a very serious disease and sadly claiming the lives of many people the world over. I advise everybody to please educate yourself on it as I have. We can beat this together,” stated Briggs.

Briggs then took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice. As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year.

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August 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs demolishes Phelps in North Carolina

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The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) destroyed and stopped veteran Cory Phelps (16-7-1, 8 KOs) of Kentucky in round one. The bout took place in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Briggs blitzed Phelps from the opening bell dropping him inside the first minute of the fight. Phelps was game and got up but was dropped again for a second time. Briggs put him down for the third and final time with a body shot. Phelps showing his heart got up again but this time the referee waved the bout off. Briggs who is being proclaimed by some now as “America’s Champion,” continued his victory tour in winning the fifth fight of his comeback in five different states. He retained the WBA’s NABA heavyweight title and claimed the vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title against Phelps, who was a last resort opponent after original foes fell out for various reasons. Quotes, photos and video to follow.



August 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Huge Upset: Mike Jones defeated by Jaime Herrera in comeback fight

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night at Ballys Atlantic City, New Jersey, welterweight Jamie Herrera (12-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to outwill the formerly ranked IBF #2 contender Mike “Machine Gun” Jones (26-2, 19 KOs) en-route to a seventh round TKO victory. Jones, who has always been known for his powerful hooks and hand speed, was in control in the early going as he had Jamie Herrera backing up and badly hurt in the second. Herrera tried fight back but got caught with a big left hook and was sent to the canvas just as the bell sounded. Herrera rose to his feet and was on unsteady legs as referee Earl Brown almost stopped it.

Jones looked to finish the show in the third and went for it with a multiple punch combination that had Herrera again touching the canvas. This time though Jaime Herrera was in better shape and fought back hard. Both fighter clashed heads during an exchange that opened a cut on the left eye of Jones who fought carefully and tentatively in the closing moments of the round.

Herrera seemed to gain confidence and began to apply the pressure as the rounds progressed. By round six Jones was game and fading. Herrera’s flurries were doing their damage and his right hands had nearly closed Jones left eye. Jones was hurt several times and fading quickly. Herrera seized the opportunity and continued to batter Jones throughout the seventh round. Jones looked beaten and his left eye was closed as the bell sounded to end the round. The ringside Physician took a look in the corner at Jones and had the referee wave the fight off giving Jaime Herrera the well-deserved upset victory at the three minute mark of the seventh round. (more…)



August 23rd, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Tulsa Prelims: Killer Return for Killa B

Welterweight veteran Ben Saunders wasn’t able to get a knockout in his first UFC fight since 2010, but he was spectacular nonetheless Saturday at the BOK Center, as he delivered the first omoplata submission finish in UFC history, with newcomer Chris Heatherly being the first-round victim in UFC Fight Night prelim action . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, August 30 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Hallbach, Corley score KOs

By Christopher Cook at ringside
Photos by Neal Nachman

Former champions Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback and De’Marcus “Chop Chop” Corley scored knockout victories and claimed the WBF belt at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. “Thunder at the Forum: Round 2″ presented by Panda 5 Star Entertainment brought two championship fights along with a handful of local fights back to the Tampa Bay area. Hallback headlined the night, squaring off against an old nemesis in Victoria Cisneros for the WBF world belt, while Corley battled a last minute replacement for the WBF North American belt. (more…)



August 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Another first round KO for Hooker

By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Super lightweight [jr. welterweight] Maurice ‘Mo’ Hooker is wasting no time piling up wins. Including Friday night’s knock out of undefeated Carlos Valenzuela four of his past seven matches have ended in the first round. The tall bomber from Dallas is a rising star at 140 pounds steadily climbing the ranks while looking for some worthy competition.

“We’re looking for the best opponent we can find,” was the response from Hooker’s camp when asked how hard they are pushing the 25-year-old.

During Friday night’s Scott G. Sherman Boys and Girls Club benefit fundraiser in downtown Fort Worth, Hooker [15-0-2, 11 KO] hoped he had a solid test with the also undefeated [6-0] Valenzuela of Ciudad Obregon in Sonora, Mexico. But after about 90 seconds of pushing around his opponent with a quick left hand Mighty Mo quietly dropped Valenzuela. Referee Laurence Cole counted him, gave him a fighter’s benefit of the doubt and sent him back to work. Less than a minute later a flurry of combos and a hard right put ‘El Guerrero’ on his knee and removed all doubt. (more…)



August 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs-Phelps collide tonight in North Carolina

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) returns to the ring tonight against veteran Cory Phelps (16-6-1, 8 KOs) at the Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Two regional belts will be on the line as Briggs defends his NABA belt and the vacant WBC Latino title is also up for grabs. Briggs weighed in at 257 and Phelps scaled in at 222. This will be Briggs’ fifth fight in his comeback.



August 23rd, 2014


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