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By Rocky Morales
Saturday afternoon at the Carson Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA, Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz and Alfredo Angulo met with the media to discuss their upcoming bouts on the September 13th “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ event to be shown by Showtime PPV.
Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
Boytsov set to return Aug 30 after Leapai disaster: “It was embarrassing to lose against such a man”
Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KOs) returns August 30 against Timur Musafarov (6-1, 5 KOs) in the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westfalen, Germany. The bout will be Boytsov’s first fight under trainer Karsten Röwer and his first fight since his upset loss to Alex Leapai last November. “I’m still ashamed of myself for what happened at the end of 2013,” said Boytsov. “I had this objective in mind the whole time: Klitschko vs. Boytsov.” Boytsov claims he wasn’t completely recovered from a knee injury that for forced the fight with Leapai to be postponed for one month. “This was just bad luck. But I didn’t want to make excuses right after the fight. Nevertheless, it was embarrassing to lose against such a man.” (more…)
22 year old super bantamweight, Jesse Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KO’s) has created quite a buzz with his impressive performances inside the ring. Magdaleno, considered a blue chip prospect right out of the amateurs, is looking forward to a future full of world title belts and great boxing moments.
Magdaleno, promoted by Top Rank, spoke to us from his home base in Las Vegas where he shared his thoughts on his career and hopes.
Why did you choose boxing as a profession?
I started out as a soccer player and I loved it, but once I got into boxing, I knew this was the sport for me. I like being in the ring one on one. It’s all on you once you’re in there. I also love the ritual of going to the gym and preparing for battle. I love everything about the sport. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Unbeaten Vasiliy Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) is the new light-heavyweight sensation in the professional boxing world. The Russian destroyer impressively made his debut in the USA on the NBC Sport Network ten days ago, stopping KO artist and world ranked Robert Berridge (24-2-1 20 KO) in five rounds to win the WBO Oriental and PABA belts. Vasiliy spoke exclusively to Fightnews from his motherland Russia.
Mr. Lepikhin, did you expect such a convincing win over Berridge, who was on a nine KO win streak?
I never think before my bouts how I will win. The knockout came by itself. I am always looking for the moment. My tactical composure, since the first bell was to be the first one to attack. (more…)
Photo: Team Beltran
NABO lightweight titleholder “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion Terrance Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) for the world title on November 29 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The bout will headline an HBO telecast.
Crawford is coming from a huge win over previous undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa. Raymundo’s last fight was was a ten round unanimous decision against Arash Usmanee on the undercard of Pacquiao-Bradley 2 back in April. Prior to that, he fought a highly controversial split decision draw with then WBO champion Ricky Burns.
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Former Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch heads over to Jay Z’s sports agency. More
The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2014, all of who will be honored at a banquet October 3rd at Mystic Lake Casino. The banquet is the fifth annual. Boxers Bobby Rodriguez and Al Andrews were selected in the Hall of Fame’s modern category. Jack Gibbons and King Tut were elected from the Old Timer Category, reserved for those who excelled in the sport before 1945. Jim O’Hara and Jim Morgan, two highly-respected individuals in state boxing for decades, represent the Expanded Category.
The Hall of Fame will honor also this year, for the first time, a fighter and a promoter of the year. This year’s honorees are Caleb Truax as outstanding boxer and Tony Grygelko as the year’s outstanding promoter. (more…)
Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi has been named the mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation (‘IBF’) to cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez. According to the IBF, the world title bout must take place by December 31, 2014. Hernandez, 29-1-0 (14KO’s), won a split decision over Firat Arslan this past Saturday, August 16 in Erfurt, Germany in the fourth defense of his title.
2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis will get a “last chance” to work his way back to the top of the world rankings. The Cuban defector who suffered a bad knee injury in the first round of his WBC heavyweight championship bout against Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 lost to US ring veteran Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in his last bout in March 2014. Many fans and experts thought that former amateur standout Solis was done after the majority decision loss. But now the 34-year-old wants revenge and will try to get back at Thompson in an October rematch.
“The contracts are signed, we’re ready to go”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Now Solis has to show what he’s made of. I am sure that he can beat Thompson. But their first bout showed that he needs the right attitude and a lot of stamina to do so. This is the last chance for both men. It’s do or die. After beating Solis, Thompson lost to Carlos Takam. Still both men are rated in the WBC top 15. So the winner can move up the rating and get in line for another world title shot – the loser should probably just retire.” (more…)
Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) sees action in the main televised boxing match of the week. Trout returns against two-time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3-1 (26 KOs) in the main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. After his career highlight win over Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in December 2012, Trout dropped decisions to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. “Between the rest, dealing with everything from last year, I’m ready to get back to work,” said Trout. “I’m ready to get back to the top.” Trout is trained by Louie Burke and advised by Al Haymon.
The Goossen Promotions fight card will be the final FNF telecast of 2014, other than a special Wednesday night telecast on October 1.
Former world light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) is now looking for another fight after a proposed September 27 world title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson failed to come to fruition. Campillo and Umberto Savigne were the names under discussion until the planned Showtime-telecast was scuttled. The IBF #2, WBC #9 rated Campillo is coming off a career-rejuvenating victory over formerly undefeated Thomas Williams Jr., on August 1.
With a bid of $1.9 million, Roc Nation Sports served notice that they are serious about the fight game, surprisingly winning the right to promote the mandatory defense of WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov. The bid of Roc Nation, represented by Dave Itskowitch, was $1,904,840, outdistancing the bids of Quillin’s promoter Golden Boy ($1,207,000) and Korobov’s promoter Top Rank ($515,000). The fight must take place with 90 days.
Roc Nation Sports, the sports management company founded by rapper Jay Z that represents a number of athletes in baseball, football and basketball, has hired former DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch and plans to get into the boxing promotion business. The company reportedly already has a promoter’s license in New York and Washington DC.
By Robert Coster
The Featherweight division is admittedly one of the most talent-filled and exciting in boxing today. One of its newest talents is WBA (regular) champion Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters. Walters (24-0, 20 KOs), born in Jamaica and based in Panama, is a young man who is starting to make a name for himself since his impressive five round destruction of multi-division champion Vic Darchinyan.
“The Axeman” is currently training in Los Angeles under the guidance of trainer Rudy Hernandez, a move which signals Team Walters’ intention of getting their champion in the best of shape for a scheduled title defense in late October. Onlookers at Walter’s sparring sessions have been impressed by the young Jamaican champion’s strength and power. Fightnews approached Team Walters with pointed questions to manager Jacques Deschamps (flanked by co-manager Maryse Abraham), trainer Hernandez and the champion himself. (more…)
Junior welterweight world champion Danny Garcia has been named the “2013 Philly Fighter of the Year” by PhillyBoxingHistory.com. It is the third consecutive year Garcia has taken the honor. In 2013, Garcia defended his world title twice, including a career-best performance against Lucas Matthysse last September. That upset victory will also earn Garcia a second trophy, the Briscoe Medal, for the “2013 Performance of the Year” at this year’s event.
Garcia and all the other winners will receive their awards on October 19, 2014, at a free event in South Philadelphia. (more…)
British Eurosport will show live and exclusive coverage of reigning WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight title defense against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on September 6th. The bout will take place at the o2 World Hamburg, Germany. This is the second consecutive Klitschko world title fight to be shown on British Eurosport, the channel having shown the Ukrainian’s previous title defense against Australian Alex Leapai in April. IMG Media, a division of IMG, the global, sports, fashion and media company, negotiated the deal on behalf of the Klitschko Management Group. Still no coverage of the Klitschko-Pulev fight has been announced for the USA.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Light Welterweight “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker (14-0-2, 10KO) out of Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas will face Carlos Valenzuela (6-0, 3KO) from Sonora, Mexico in a 6 round affair as the headliner for the Scott G Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom on Friday, August 22nd at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. This annual event is promoted by Paulie Ayala Productions, led by 2x World Champion Paulie Ayala, and is aptly named after Ayala’s late manager Scott Sherman. The proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. (more…)
Story and file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
If anyone asked me a year, or even six months ago, if I ever expected to see Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones back in the ring again, I would probably have said ‘no’. It’s been more than two years since his last fight, and that fight had the look of a career-killer. Randall Bailey knocked Jones cold with a right uppercut and obliterated his championship dreams in an instant. It was a devastating loss, and he hasn’t fought since. As the months, and years passed by, it seemed more and more certain that Mike Jones was gone for good.
However this weekend, Jones, 26-1, 19 KOs, will finally reappear at Bally’s Atlantic City, in a 10-round welterweight fight against Jaime Herrera, 11-2, 6 KOs, promoted by Peltz Boxing. I can’t wait to see this comeback. After that loss and the long layoff that followed, questions about Jones abound. Can he come back? What does he have left? Where is his head? And especially, two years after the Bailey fight, who is Mike Jones?
Since we saw him last, he’s done his best to change everything. So it remains to be seen what – and who – he’ll be on Saturday night. (more…)
Former multi divisional world champion Joan Guzman (32-1-1, 20 KOs) has signed a multi year exclusive management deal with Ramon Arellano. Arellano has previously worked with the likes of former world champions Oliver McCall, Tony Tucker, and the late Greg Page. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico he has been in Nashville, Tennessee for over a decade where he is a successful businessman and owns the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. Arellano a former pro boxer himself knows first hand how important it is to have a plan for life after boxing. Something he plans to help Guzman achieve. Guzman and Arellano have known each other for years and both are thrilled that they will finally be working together.
“I have all the confidence in the world Joan Guzman,” said Arellano. “I’m not interested in any negative talk about his past. For me the past is the past. Our partnership is starting off fresh. He is committed to boxing right now and ready to become world champion at 147. (more…)
Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has further staked his claim for a fight with KO artist Deontay Wilder after watching the Bronze Bomber’s fight against common foe Jason Gavern on Saturday night. “I think the Gavern fight showed that Wilder may not be all people say he is,” stated Browne, 21-0 (18 KOs). “Gavern wasn’t in great shape and it took Wilder four rounds to get rid of him. When I boxed Gavern he was younger and fitter and I still took him out earlier and in better fashion. I know comparing results doesn’t tell the full story, but I honestly believe I hit harder than Wilder and I could knock him out. (more…)
The moment Alexander Gustafsson heard the news that Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier was off after Jones suffered a leg injury, the former light heavyweight No. 1 contender took immediately to social media to express his interest in fighting Jones . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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One of boxing’s midwest giants Peyton Sher, who guided careers of Tim Austin, Frankie Randall, Ivy Brown, Tony Chiviarini, started heavyweights James Buster Douglass and Tommy Morrison among others, passed away on Saturday in the evening, losing a battle with pneumonia. He was 90+ and was a “legend” in the mid-west. “He guided early careers of many great ones and we brought him in as an outside consultant with Don King Productions back in the 70′s and he remained there until recently,” said Bob Goodman, who worked around him for over 50 years. “He was a great friend and someone we could trust to get the job done. Peyton was one of the best boxing men I ever knew.
“He was a pioneer not only for boxing but football in the Kansas City area. When the Dallas team moved to Kansas City, they had to make a deal with Peyton, who had a semi-pro team called the Kansas City Chiefs. He knew how to make matches and knew how to bring a fighter along, mixing up the styles continually upgrading the competition. A lot of young kids who went on to become world champions, owe that early guidance to Peyton. I’m going to miss a dear friend and boxing will miss one of its “treasures.”
By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos by Michael Dubicki
Clevelander Antonio Nieves, 8-0, showed the look and class of being the area’s first sub-featherweight (he’s a 122-pounder) in a couple of decades; he pounded out a solid, if not sensational, 6-round win over Grandville, Michigan’s Justin Lopez, who sustained his first loss, 5-1.
Nieves trains in a gym overseen by attorney Joe Delguyd. Delguyd, who was in Nieves’ corner, has the reputation of having respect of longtime matchmaker-promoter Tom Vacca, who told me a decade and more ago, when I was looking for a Delguyd-fighter to box in Detroit (that fighter didn’t show), “Joe won’t let his guy fight if he isn’t in shape.” (more…)
By Chris Morris and Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran at ringside
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas
Rick Lopez, Devin Lopez and Alex Medina are the lead men at New Generation Fight Promotions and they put on a nice club show on Saturday night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The card showcased some great talent from around the country, albeit against soft opposition. In the main event Ricky Lopez stopped Antoine Knight in the second round while the co-main event saw Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez taken the distance against Puerto Rico’s Alexis Diaz. (more…)
Former boxing manager Frank Maloney makes his first boxing appearance – in a “sophisticated blue dress and a blonde wig.” More
Flint, Michigan’s Anthony Dirrell comes home a world champion. More
Former boxer Jeremy Bates becomes a TV monster hunter. More
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