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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (45-5, 27 KOs) will be in action Wednesday when clashes with New Zealand middleweight Gunnar Jackson (18-4-3, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. “I’m always getting belittled within the Australian media for my achievements,” Mundine said. “It doesn’t bother me none, but I think it would have more effect if I don’t say much and let my hands do the talking.
“I really want to go for the 154-pound WBA championship. Obviously I want the biggest fights in the world but that doesn’t happen if they don’t choose you. You have to put yourself in a position to get those fights. That’s my mentality and that’s where I want to go. Last year, I had 10 months between fights. I was chasing the big fights, I was chasing the dream. But when you do that, you’re stalling your momentum. I need to build that back up again. (more…)
Espinoza boxing has announced that former world champions Daniel Ponce de Leon and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez will collide on March 15 in Puerto Rico. Also expected to land on the Showtime-televised Golden Boy Promotions show is a heavyweight clash between Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott and WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia defending against Mauricio Herrera.
Urging that 2014 be the year New York joins all other 49 states in legalizing professional mixed martial arts (MMA), officials and athletes from The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) were joined by the two prime sponsors of the legislation – Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Oneida County) – as well as other legislators and MMA supporters to kick off the effort to legalize and regulate professional MMA in New York . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and mandatory challenger Arthur Abraham had the kickoff press conference today to announce the third fight in their trilogy on March 1 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Both fighters have one win apiece.
Arthur Abraham: “On March 1, I’m getting back my title belt. There’s nothing more to say. The talking is done.”
Robert Stieglitz: “2013 was my year. I got back my “loaned” championship belt and twice successfully defended it. Now I want to successfully defend my title again. I will remain a world champion. I am really happy about being able to write boxing history. Three times against the same opponent in a world title fight – that has never happened before in Germany.” [Editor's note: apparently he forgot about the recent Huck-Afolabi trilogy.]
Promoter Ulf Steinforth: “Robert Stieglitz against Arthur Abraham – that was the ‘Fight of the Year.’ The second fight between the two in 2013 was one of the most moving moments of my life.”
Former WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy Karpency (21-4) returns to action this Friday at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. Karpency will face veteran, fellow light heavy Rayco Saunders (23-21) in the main event of the 8 bout Pro/Am card promoted by Dyer Promotions. In the co-feature, Karpency’s 23 year old brother, Jeremiah, aims to raise his undefeated heavyweight record to 10-0 as he battles former IBF world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-22) in an 8 rounder. Another heavyweight fight will pit rising 6’7 250 pound Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (9-1-1) versus former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (20-18). In addition, Dan Karpency (1-0) will face Philly’s Greg Thomas (0-1) in a 4 round super welterweight bout. For tickets or table info, call Dyer Promotions at (724)880-3812.
Boxing Buzz: Cotto-Martinez, WBC election, Golovkin odds, Arslan plans, Floyd Super Bowl wager, NSAC update
Apparently the camps of Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez are near an agreement and an announcement could be coming shortly. The fight date is June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The WBC Board of Governors is planning a February 11 meeting in Mexico City, at which they are expected to elect the next WBC President. Mauricio Sulaiman is the frontrunner.
43-year-old cruiserweight Firat Arslan says despite his TKO loss to WBO champion Marco Huck he will continue his career if future fights could lead to another world championship. Meanwhile, Huck’s trainer Ulli Wegner has proclaimed that Huck would knock out heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
The big fight of the week is WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo. Still no U.S. TV for that one. Golovkin is a -7000 favorite to retain his belt. Adama is +3000. The over/under is set at 8 1/2 rounds with “over” at +180 and “under” at -240.
A rumor is being widely reported that Floyd Mayweather allegedly bet $10 million on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
The Nevada Athletic Commission will likely not select a successor for former executive director Keith Kizer until April. The next big Las Vegas fight card is Canelo-Angulo on March 8. By the way, if you’re interested in the job, it pays $97,901 plus benefits. Here are the details.
Former Indiana pro Slammin’ Sammy Nesmith passed away earlier this week of an apparent heart attack in his home town of New Jersey. Sammy began his professional boxing career as a middleweight in 1973-1984. Training at the Indianapolis Pal Club on Washington Street. This was back in the same era as locals, Marvin Johnson, Gary Guiden, JB Williamson, and Marion Thomas. He had an impressive record of 38-7, 34 by KO. When he caught you with an uppercut or hook, it was lights out baby. After retiring from boxing, Sammy drove a truck for Coke, then moved to New Jersey and was involved in the horse racing business. He loved country music. Sammy was funny and always made people laugh.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank
Mexican middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (26-0, 20 KOs) of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico takes on Houston’s Don Mouton (12-7-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday’s Solo Boxeo telecast on UniMas from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Fightnews.com recently caught up with Ramirez at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California where he trained and prepared for this fight. Ramirez told Fightnews.com that he is ready after a hard two month training camp. “It is one more step in my career I am motivated I will give it a hundred percent in this fight,” Ramirez said. “I had some good sparring at the Wild Card a few weeks ago I have also been at the Rock gym, I always look for the best sparring possible. I’m also sparring with a light heavyweight,” Ramirez added.
Mouton has some quality opponents on his resume as he has been up against solid prospects in his last three fights going the distance with Anthony Dirrell, Badou Jack, and Brandon Gonzalez. The three have a combined record of 52-0. He has also taken on former world title challenger Curtis Stevens, so Ramirez will be up against a solid durable opponent. (more…)
Super bantamweight Jazza Dickens aims to get back on track for a shot at the British title when he features on the Aintree Racecourse boxing show on March 1. Dickins, the former English champion, was last in action in September when he challenged Sheffield’s Kid Galahad for the Vacant British title, but was stopped in the tenth round of an enthralling fight. He’ll face George Gachechiladze over six rounds. He joins fellow Merseyside stars Thomas Stalker, Ryan Farrag and Stephen Lewis. Headlining will be undefeated super flyweight Paul Butler who defends his WBO & WBA Intercontinental titles against Dominican Republic challenger Diego Liriano, plus Kevin Satchell who defends his Commonwealth flyweight title against Ghanian Issac Quaye.
The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the boxer and mixed martial arts athlete, has released a consensus statement on therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replace therapy in professional combat sport athletes, as follows:
The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.
Mind over matter. From the very beginning, debuting UFC middleweight Andy “Lionheart” Enz has held a particular mindset that has kept him moving forward, progressing, and on the right path to his moment of fighting inside the Octagon. It’s a way of thinking that has helped Enz persevere, refuse to quit, pick himself up when he’s fallen, and go to the gym to push himself to get better for the next go around. Actually, it’s incredibly simple – Enz wants to make his dad proud . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Luis Collazo feels good about where he is in his career. There was a time when the former WBA welterweight champion had to travel to his opponent’s backyard for a title shot or a lucrative bout on television. When such a high profile fight was unavailable, the Brooklyn native sat on the shelf for months at a time waiting for a fight to be offered. In fact, Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) did not see a squared circle unless he was a spectator for all of 2010 despite being injury-free.
A lot has changed since those days. Signed by Golden Boy Promotions in 2011, Collazo is now fighting for the fourth time in fifteen months. He is also headlining a main event on Thursday against a high profile opponent at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. (more…)
Farewell piece on Jersey City boxing legend Jimmy Dupree. More
Nice retro piece on Montana boxing and John L. Sullivan. More
Has Manny Paquiao lost his killer instinct? Timothy Bradley thinks so. More
An arrest has been made in the death of aspiring 19-year-old boxer Jahmeer Alphonso in Philadelphia. More
Because of an injury forcing Jonathan Gonzalez to withdraw, tough veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (33-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, via Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, will step in to face Monterrey, Mexico’s Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs) in the Friday Night Fights-televised 10-round middleweight main event on Friday, February 7 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Garcia vs. Gonzalez will also feature a 10-round, televised co-feature between undefeated featherweight prospect Kamil Laszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, and Nicaragua’s Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-5-1, 14 KOs), plus 18-year-old welterweight prospect Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs) opening the telecast in a four-rounder vs. TBA.
Hall of Fame promoter Don King has announced that he is back with former three time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, who recently announced that he has decided to return to boxing. King is looking forward to meeting with Mayorga in the next few weeks to plan out his return.
King has already met with his partner Vlad Hrunov to negotiate Mayorga’s fight with Dmitry Chudinov in Russia. “I can’t wait to get the Matador back in action,” said King. “I love Ricardo Mayorga and I am very happy to see him come out of retirement. I believe he can become the people’s champion again. He is one of the most promotable fighters in the world and I look forward with great anticipation on promoting him and the great people of Nicaragua.
Former WBC middleweight champion and “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is now the #1 rated super middleweight in the latest WBC ratings, moving up from the #2 spot after #1 Marco Antonio Periban was dropped to #4. Neither fighter fought in December.
In September Chavez was rated at #2 in the middleweight division. He was unable to make weight for a September 28 bout with Bryan Vera, eventually weighing in at 172.4 lbs. In the November and December ratings, Chavez was placed at #2 in the super middleweight division before ascending to the top spot. He is scheduled to face Vera in a rematch on March 1 on HBO.
Also, Adrien Broner was finally stripped of the WBC lightweight belt after leaving the division. Omar Figueroa is taking over as 135lb champion.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Legendary former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe (43-1, 33 KOs) was in attendance Saturday night in New York City for the big fight card at the Madison Square Garden Theatre. “Big Daddy” spoke with Fightnews.com about the future of American heavyweights and, of course, Andrew Gołota…
European lightweight champion, IBF #4 and WBC #9 Emiliano Marsili (28-0-1, 12 KOs) defended his last title by twelve round unanimous decision against Pasquale Di Silvio (17-6-1, 5 KOs) last Saturday night in Tolfa (Rome). The scores were 116-111 twice and 115-112. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) in collaboration with A&B Events promoted the show with Italia 2 televising the main event live in Italy.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed that the eagerly awaited The Ultimate Fighter® Brasil: Team Wanderlei vs Team Sonnen season will be available exclusively on the organization’s new digital subscription service UFC® Fight Pass™. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Robert Hughes
Although this past Saturday night was full of world title fights in the ring, an inspirational night outside the ring and with bigger fights at stake, took place at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas at Meet The Champions II benefiting Paulie Ayala’s Punching Out Parkinson’s (www.punchingoutparkinsons.org). A full house of Parkinson’s sufferers and non-sufferers alike gathered together with the sole purpose of raising funds for this dreaded disease. The theme of the evening that was echoed throughout was “never give up.”
The Punching Out Parkinson’s boxing program is the brainchild of former 2X World Champion Paulie Ayala that began about two years ago with four patients suffering from the disease to 50 plus currently. Ayala uses the same boxing fitness program that he teaches his amateur and pro fighters and calls these fighters “his champions.” (more…)
Top super featherweight contender Gary “The Lion” Russell Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) will kick off the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes telecast live from Barclays Center on Thursday when he faces Obregon, Mexico’s Miguel “Yaqui” Tamayo (14-7-2, 12 KOs) in the opening televised bout on the fight card headlined by the WBA International welterweight title fight between “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Luis Collazo.
The eight-round super featherweight bout will air beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT followed by the 10-round super welterweight co-featured bout between unbeaten prospects Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez and Daquan “King” Arnett. Also added to the undercard are bouts featuring top local standouts “Sir” Marcus Browne, Emmanuel “Manny” Gonzalez, Zachary Ochoa, Rafael Vazquez and Steven Bujaj.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
It was a Sunday to remember at Mexico City’s Chapultepec Forest and Paseo de la Reforma with thousands of runners and boxing fans gathered to participate in the first edition of the “Jose Sulaiman Race of Champions.” Runners ran alongside boxing champions and former champions in 6K and 12K races. Julio Cesar Chavez, Edgar Sosa, Daniel Zaragoza, Humberto Gonzalez, Jhonny Gonzalez, Jose Luis Bueno, Pablo Cesar Cano, Ibeth Zamora, Zulima Muñoz, Jessica Gonzalez, Mariana Juarez, Irma Garcia and Jessica Chavez among many others participated in the race. Instead of a starting gun, the races commenced with ring bell sounds, the song “Eye of the Tiger” and a minute’s applause in memory of former WBC President Jose Sulaiman passed away on January 16. At the finish line was a photo of Sulaiman thanking the thousands of participants for being part of “the 12 rounds of his life.” Fightnews.com participated in the marathon running in the 12K race. photos
It was announced today at a press conference in London that heavyweight contender Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora will face Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson on February 15th at the Copper Box Arena in London. Chisora will share the bill with Tyson Fury with an eye on meeting Fury in a rematch in the summer. Promoter Frank Warren stated that he would like Fury-Chisora to be a WBO title eliminator and stage the bout at West Ham’s Upton Park stadium. Chisora and Fury were complimentary to each other, but Fury had harsh words for ex-world champion David Haye, who twice pulled out of fights against him. “He’s a f—ing b–ch and he wouldn’t fight,” stated Fury. Chisora’s opponent Johnson is coming off a poor performance against Christian Hammer in December. Fury’s foe is Gonzalo Omar Basile of Argentina.
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events
After losing his unbeaten record in a controversial decision last March in Chicago, 26-year-old Puerto Rican boxer Roberto Acevedo (8-1, 5 KOs) came back in a big way last Friday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, proving he’s one of the top prospects in the light heavyweight division. Acevedo looked strong in his debut after moving up from super middleweight as he blew away highly touted and previously undefeated WBA #14 rated Ilshat Khusnulgatin (11-1, 6 KOs).
“I felt strong. My hands went well and I could hurt him and finish him off. Thank God we could do the work and show we are here to stay,” said Acevedo, who took the fight on only 7 days notice. Roberto, who is managed by Boxing Free Agent Management, will be returning to the ring in March looking for a regional title.
A new reality series called “Welcome to Los Vargas” following the life of retired three-time world boxing champion Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas and his family, aired Sunday night on the mun2 network. In the premiere episode, viewers met the family and learned that Fernando has started a new career – as a boxer trainer. When Fernando and his wife Martha go to a concert in downtown Las Vegas, they leave Grandpa in charge of the kids. Martha receives a surprise from Frankie J.
Known for competitive fight cards and his “Boxing at its Best” motto, California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis closed off his 2013 season last November with the best night of professional boxing San Diego, CA, had seen in a long time. A night of knockouts, back and forth action and an all-out night of club fights atmosphere was lived by the nearly sold out crowd. DePhilippis together with his outfit Bobby D Presents and in association with Caribe Promotions are committed to keep it going with a mega-fight card that guarantees to start the New Year with a bang in their first fight event of 2014 in their running boxing series “San Diego Fights” all set for Friday, February 28th, at the new home for San Diego live professional boxing, the Crown Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Jeff Julian
9th ranked WBA contender Travis “My Time” Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs) captured the WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA with laborious one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over Vincent Thompson. Travis targeted the body and landed several hard shots up top, but Thompson fought throughout the fight in survival mode with small combinations while clinching constantly, which led to a less than exciting fight. All three judges had it heavily in favor of Travis Kauffman by scores of 98-92 and 100-90 x 2 for the unanimous decision victory. (more…)
Gavin Rees says that defeat against Gary Buckland at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday (February 1) would spell the end of his career. The former WBA world light welterweight champion was stopped by Adrien Broner in Atlantic City for ‘The Problem’s’ WBC lightweight crown in February and followed that with a slender defeat to Anthony Crolla in Bolton in June. The 33 year old now tackles his fellow Welshman in an eliminator for the British title live on AWE TV, but there’s more than just a shot at the title on the line for ‘The Rock’.
“If I lose to Gary I think that would be the end of the road for my career,” said Rees. “It’s all on the line for me, if I lose its curtains. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO junior lightweight champion Miguel Angel (Mikey) Garcia continued to burnish his credentials as one of the best fighters in the world Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, bouncing back from a brief second-round scare to win a unanimous decision against top contender Juan Carlos Burgos. The fight was the main event of a double-header televised by HBO. (more…)
Gary Shaw Productions and Antonio Leonard Promotions have just signed two of the top U.S. amateur boxers in Kenneth Sims Jr. and Eduardo Martinez. Both fighters who hail from Chicago, IL, were brought to the professional ranks by manager James Prince and are trained by Kenneth Sims Sr. “These two kids have remarkable talent,” said Gary Shaw. “I want to thank my good friend James Prince for bringing me these two top fighters from the amateurs. Antonio Leonard, James and I will once again start another journey together as we did in the past with the late Diego Corrales and many others. We will go far with these two young men.”
By Tracy Morin/MemphisBoxing.com at ringside
The first 2014 edition of Fights at the Fitz in Tunica, Mississippi, drew an enthusiastic crowd to support local fan favorites pitted against time-tested veterans, plus adopted son Tony Mack facing a young undefeated in the card’s main event. Full story…
As we reported, the highly publicized pro debut of 2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (4-2, 0 KOs) against Fidel “El Terrible” Rios (9-0-2, 3 KOs) in Brazil ended prematurely when, thanks to some overzealous refereeing, both fighters were disqualified for hitting after the bell. Interestingly, according to Falcao’s official Fight Fax record, he already has had six pro fights, including two losses. This is courtesy of his six paid bouts on the controversial “World Series of Boxing” circuit that occurred prior to his participation in the Olympics.
Falcao-Rios was supposed to air on FOX Deportes on Saturday night, but in the U.S. we ended up with replays of classic fights instead. However, video of Falcao-Rios has popped up on YouTube, so here’s what went down…
Although he was the winner in his first fight with Manny Pacquiao, current WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley sounds like a man looking for redemption when he faces Pacquiao again on April 12 on a PPV megacard in Las Vegas. “This fight is to get the credit I didn’t get the first time,” Bradley told boxing scribe Leighton Ginn of the Desert Sun. “In this fight, I have to beat him as convincingly as I beat Marquez.”
Bradley said that it “feels great” to get the rematch. “I’m happy to have this opportunity to get rid of this dark cloud that has been looming over me since 2012.” He also stated that he’s expecting a more aggressive Pacman. “I’m ready for whatever Pacquiao brings. I’m ready basically to win and get the credit I deserve that I didn’t get in the last fight!”
Lamont Peterson sets his sights on Danny Garcia for a possible junior welterweight unification fight, after his weekend win. More
Police searched the home of champ Jean Pascal in connection to a possible sexual assault, over the weekend. More
Amir Khan is expected to know if he’s won the boxing lottery with a Floyd Mayweather showdown, next week. More
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