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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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UFC

Wingin’ it with UFC 188: Here’s How

The UFC and chicken wings go together like a punishing Cain Velasquez jab and victory. For over two decades, Wingstop has been a staple for fight fans whenever the UFC hits the airwaves, and this summer, the home of the best wings on the planet will be teaming up with the premier brand in mixed martial arts for a sweepstakes that will get those fans even closer to the action . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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TONIGHT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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 13th, 2015


Boxing News

Lara targets Mayweather, Cotto, GGG

Below are comments made by WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara, Delvin Rodriguez, Artur Beterbiev and Alexander Johnson following their fights on Friday night:

Erislandy Lara: “This was a great performance tonight. I was able to land my left. Delvin was really just trying to survive in there, so I knew what I was doing was working. I was trying to bait him to come in, but it wasn’t working. So I had to get aggressive in there. It’s never a comfortable feeling leaving it up to the judges. I’d like to win every round and get the knockout if possible, but at least I got the win tonight.

“I’m going to sit down with my team and Al (Haymon). The future is clear. We want the best. We want Floyd Mayweather. We want Miguel Cotto. We want Gennady Golovkin at 160 lbs.” (more…)



June 13th, 2015

Boxing News

IBHOF 2015: Day 2 Report

Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Events during day two of the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame festivities managed to go unmarred by the always unpredictable Upstate, New York weather. With severe thunderstorm warnings in effect during the outdoor fist casting event, IBHOF organizers used internet technology to keep fans updates moment to moment. Shortly after the fist casting ended, the skies opened up for nearly 45 minutes, as the crowd dispersed into Graziano’s and other nearby eateries, biding their time until departing for the Night of 15 Rounders event at Rusty Rail party house.

The annual fist casting event for inductees and new boxer visitors to the IBHOF grounds kicked off at 3 p.m. on Friday. Inductees Rafael Mendoza, Steve Smoger, Riddick Bowe, Yoko Gushiken, Nigel Collins and Ray Mancini all took the plunge as it were, thrusting their fists into the now familiar rubber mixture used by dentists for dental molds. In this case the pugilists’ fists will be forever enshrined in the IBHOF museum, painted in bronze. Also getting their dukes cast were former champs Fernando Vargas, Montel Griffin, William Joppy, Ray Mercer, Hasim Rahman, female contender Heather Hardy and 2012 USA gold medalist Claressa Shields. (more…)



June 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Szpilka smashes Quezada; Alvarez destroys Dudchenko

By Craig Wick at ringside

More from Chicago:

Heavyweight Artur Szpilka (19-1, 14 KOs) Wieliczka, Poland had no issues with Manuel Quezada (29-10, 18 KOs) Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, pounding Quezada to the point where he elected to remain on his stool prior to the start of round four. Szpilka, cheered on by a sizable Polish contingent, landed at will on the stationary Quezada, whose mobility mirrored Refrigerator Perry in the off-season.

In a scheduled ten round light heavyweight bout, Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (17-0, 10 KOs) of Apartado, Colombia dispatched Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-4, 13 KOs) of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine by TKO in round two. A left hook-right hand to the head dropped Dudchenko along the ropes early in the second. Upon rising, Dudchenko was still wobbly and the contest was halted at 1:05.



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Lara dominates Rodriguez over 12

By Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

At the UIC Pavilion in Chicago Friday night, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) Houston, TX successfully retained his WBA super welterweight title with a dominating performance over Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) Danbury, CT, after twelve one-sided rounds. Lara controlled the fight’s tempo with his jab and stiff left hands, most of which found the mark on the head of Rodriguez. The challenger was dropped at the end of round six with a left to the chin and continued to absorb punishment for the remainder of the fight. All three judges turned in identical 120-107 scorecards.

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June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Hollywood

Photos: German Villasenor / Bash Boxing

Jose Felix Jr 136.8 vs. Yakubu Amidu 136.2
Heriberto Delgado 125 vs. Carlos Carlson 124.4
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175.2 vs. Michael Gbenga 175.2
Murat Gassiev 207 vs. Rodney Moore 214.4
Daniel Costatino 124.6 vs. Leonardo Chavez 127.2
Zsolt Daranyi 152.6 vs. Antonio Neal 150.6
Israel Duffus 190 vs. Carlos Reyes 191.6
Cem Kilic 161.4 vs. Cole Milani 159

Venue: Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California
Promoter: Top Rank/Bash Boxing
TV: UniMas

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June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Beterbiev KOs Johnson in seventh

By Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

In the Premier Boxing Champions, Spike televised co-feature, Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) Khasavyurt, Russia continued his rampage through the light heavyweight division, knocking out game Alexander Johnson (16-3, 7 KOs) Washington, DC in round seven of a scheduled ten round contest on Friday night at the UCI Pavilion in Chicago. Johnson was game early, occasionally landing straight left hands and right hooks to the head of Beterviev, however the undefeated Russian’s punches carried more authority and resulted in Johnson visiting the canvas on four separate occasions. Beterbiev dropped Johnson twice in round five and the bout was almost stopped. Johnson had a good sixth round after Beterbiev seemingly took his foot off the gas. Beterbiev then dropped Johnson two more times in round seven. The ‘coup de grace’ was a short, crunching right hand that collapsed Johnson against the ropes. Referee Mark Nelson wasted no time in waving matters off, halting the bout at 1:38.

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June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Early Results from Chicago

By Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

Undercard action from tonight’s Premier Boxing Champions on Spike held at Chicago’s University of Illinois Pavilion:

In a lightweight clash, local ticket seller Jose Felix Quezada (7-0, 5 KOs) Alsip, IL stalked Jeffrey Ramos (4-4, 2 KOs) Puerto Rico for six rounds, capturing an easy decision on the judges scorecards (59-54 and 59-53 twice). Quezada was the aggressor throughout and his straight right hands frequently found a home on the chin of the southpaw Ramos. The Puerto Rican fighter’s only offense was an occasional left hand but it simply didn’t have enough pop to deter Quezada’s aggression. Quezada was credited with a dubious knockdown in the third however moments later had a point deducted on his end from what referee Lou Hall ruled an illegal shot to the back of Ramos. Bizarre, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has observed some of Hall’s previous work. (more…)



June 12th, 2015

UFC

UFC 188 at the scales

UFC 188, which is headlined by the UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum and the lightweight fight between Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez, airs live on Pay-Per-View from Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FX at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

Main Event – UFC Heavyweight Championship
Fabricio Werdum (236) VS Cain Velasquez (242)

PPV Main Card
Eddie Alvarez (156) VS Gilbert Melendez (156)
Nate Marquardt (184) VS Kelvin Gastelum (185)
Charles Rosa (145) VS Yair Rodriguez (145)
Angela Hill (115) VS Tecia Torres (114)

FX Prelims
Chico Camus (126) VS Henry Cejudo (125)
Drew Dober (155) VS Efrain Escudero (156)
Patrick Williams (136) VS Alejandro Perez (136)
Johnny Case (155) VS Francisco Trevino (154)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Cathal Pendred (170) VS Augusto “Dodger” Montano (170)
Clay Collard (146) VS Gabriel Benitez (145)
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

World-rated welterweights collide in New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #15, WBO #13 welterweight Jeff Horn (9-0, 7 KOs) will clash with WBA #11 Richmond Djarbeng (19-2-1, 15 KOs) over twelve scheduled rounds on Saturday night with the WBA Pan African, PABA and WBO Oriental titles up for grabs at the Manawatu Arena, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

The Australian-based Horn works as a school teacher in Brisbane and stands 5’9. His last ring appearance was in December 2014 when he scored a fifth round knockout over Robson Assis, who was world rated at that time. Horn represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics

Djarbeng was born and resides in Acra, Ghana. He is coming off a third round stoppage over Sani Yidana Kugbile in January 2015.

Promoter Dean Lonergan and David Higgins of Duco Events
Televised on New Zealand Sky Arena



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Walters fails to make weight, loses WBA featherweight title on the scale

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank


After initially weighing in at 127.4 (1.4 pounds over the featherweight limit), WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters came back to the scale after 90 minutes but was only able to get down to 127. Walters therefore loses the title on the scale.

The bout at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Theater will go on as scheduled on HBO, but only Miguel Marriaga will be eligible to win the title.

Top Rank’s Carl Morreti stated that Walters did what he could to lose the weight. “He put an honest effort into it.”



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Szpilka or Alvarez bout could make Spike telecast

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

The TV opener on tonight’s Spike boxing telecast from Chicago will be light heavyweights Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) against Alexander Johnson (16-2, 7 KOs). If that bout ends early (as all Beterbiev’s other fights have), “Swing Bout 1″ is heavyweight Artur Szpilka (18-1, 13 KOs) against Manny Quezada (29-9, 18 KOs) and “Swing Bout 2″ is light heavyweight Elieder Alvarez (16-0, 9 KOs) against Anatolly Dudchenko (19-3, 13 KOs). One or possibly even both of those bouts could potentially precede the main event between WBA super welterweight champ Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) and Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs).

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June 12th, 2015

UFC

Nate Marquardt: Change is Good

If someone fights long enough, it’s easy to get caught in a routine. Sometimes that’s good, but most of the time, it can catch up to you at the most inopportune times. And when it does, you can either chalk it up to bad luck or a bad night and go back to the same old habits, or you can try something new . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Price-Teper set for July 17 in Stuttgart

Heavyweight David Price (19-2, 16 KOs) will travel to Stuttgart, Germany on July 17 to challenge Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant European title. Contracts have been signed and venue and ticketing details will be announced shortly. Price is currently recovering from a minor neck injury, that left the former British and Commonwealth champion unable to compete in a scheduled ‘homecoming’ fight at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on June 26. The timing of the injury was convenient as his promoter Team Sauerland lost a purse bid to rival Z! Promotions to stage Price-Teper. (more…)



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Parker vs. Saglam picked up by ESPN3

Be prepared to wake up early on Saturday if you live in the U.S. ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage of the 10-round heavyweight bout between undefeated up-and-coming Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KO’s) and Yakup Saglam (34-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET. The fight, from Parker’s home country of New Zealand, will also be available for replay on ESPN3 shortly after its conclusion.



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Arreola added to July 18 CBS telecast

Heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) will be returning to the ring for the first time since March against an opponent to be named on CBS, Saturday afternoon, July 18 from the Don Haskins Center at UTEP in El Paso, Texas. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring and show my skills on CBS,” said Arreola. “I’m about excitement and I know that everyone who comes out in El Paso and everyone watching on television will get an entertaining fight.”

Arreola will be the co-feature when undefeated IBF super bantamweight champ Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) makes his U.S. professional debut against Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-1-2, 15 KOs). “The Nightmare” stepped in when a clash between IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage and Jermall Charlo was postponed due to a cut suffered by Bundrage during training.

The afternoon event is the first of two at Don Haskins Center that day as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. battles Marcos Reyes and McJoe Arroyo takes on Arthur Villanueva for a vacant world title on Showtime that night.



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Walters heavy, Marriaga makes weight

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Nicholas Walters 127.4 vs. Miguel Marriaga 125.2
(WBA featherweight title)
Walters has two hours to lose 1.4 lbs.

Felix Verdejo 133 vs. Ivan Najera 131.4

Sean Monaghan 175.8 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 174.8
George Arias 227.2 vs. Eric Cason 198.2
Mike Reed 140.2 vs. Luis Joel Gonzalez 140.2
Jason Sosa 130.8 vs. Santiago Bustos 129.8
Christopher Diaz 127 vs. Marcello Gallardo 126.4
Darren Goodall 167.8 vs. Dave Tamaso 166.4

Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Molina 10 pounds heavier than Wilder

Photos: Scott Foster

Deontay Wilder 229 vs. Eric Molina 239.25
(WBC heavyweight title)

Jose Pedraza 129.75 vs. Andrey Klimov 129
(Vacant IBF super featherweight title)

Venue: Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime

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June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Record crowd sees big wins on Fight Club OC show

A top prospect had a great pro debut and four other fighters remained undefeated Thursday night, as a record crowd of 1,511 took in all the action at Roy Englebrecht Promotions Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA.

Las Vegas’s Timothy Lee who had a stellar amateur career started his pro career in impressive fashion scoring three knockdowns in the first round against 1-2 Chad McKinney leading to the TKO win. (more…)



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

BKB back on June 27 in Las Vegas

BKB, also known as “Big Knockout Boxing,” returns for a June 27 PPV card at Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. The company’s third event will be highlighted by the inaugural BKB heavyweight championship bout between Julian Pollard (6-0, 6 KOs as a boxer) and MMA fighter Tyrone Spong. A knockout will earn the winner of the title fight a $30,000 bonus.

While the first two events featured some well-known boxers, no big names are confirmed yet for the third event.

The lineup so far:
Heavyweight: Julian Pollard vs. Tyrone Spong
Light Heavyweight: Chris Spang vs. Samuel Horowitz
Jr. Middleweight: Janks Trotter vs. Ed Paredes
Lightweight: Travis Castellon vs. Arturo Quintero
Jr. Middleweight: Anthony Castellon vs. Antonio Johnson



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Periban to return June 27

By Gabriel F Cordero

Super middleweight Marco Antonio Peribán (21-3-1, 13 KOs) to be back in action June 27 facing Argentinian Carlos Adan Jerez (42-18-3, 18 KOs) in Coacalco, Mexico State. Peribán is seeking to become the first Mexican to win the world super middleweight crown and is training in the Pancho Rosales Gym in Mexico City. He also says he wants to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Jerez was a former WBC Youth titlist at welterweight.

That same night, former female world champion Yessica Chavez (22-4-3, 4 KOs) will defend her WBC International flyweight belt against Argentinian Magdalena Rivera (5-2-3, 1 KO). The event is organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico by Televisa Deportes.



June 12th, 2015

UFC

Yair Rodriguez: Driven

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”

The words from Chicago’s Ferris Bueller couldn’t be more fitting for the life of another young man making his home in the Windy City, UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez. Just 23 years old, the native of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico has gone from unknown prospect to Ultimate Fighter Latin America to main card fighter in his home country. It’s something he couldn’t have imagined when he turned pro in 2011 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I’ll move to America for love, and want to go out with Caitlyn Jenner,” says boxing’s Kellie Maloney.

Robert Chartoff, producer of boxing movies “Rocky” and “Raging Bull” has passed away

Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko could land in Chelsea

Supermodels take a spin on boxing



June 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Randall Bailey returns June 20 in Atlanta

Three-time, two division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returns to the ring June 20 after a long absence to fight veteran Gundrick “Sho-Gun” King (18-14, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event at Riverdale Center of Arts in Riverdale, Georgia. Contrary to some erroneous reports and misconceptions, the 40-year-old Bailey never retired. Unfortunately, he hasn’t fought in 1½ years, only four times in nearly five years, due to his well-earned reputation as, pound-for-pound, one of the hardest one-punch boxers in the world.

Bailey, fighting out of Miami, last fought November 23, 2013 in Tampa, after a 13-months of inactivity, defeating Ecuador welterweight Humberto “Bam Bam” Toledo (41-11-2, 25 KOs) by way of an eighth-round disqualification. He will be making his junior welterweight debut against King, launching the final chapter of his storied boxing career.

“I haven’t been sitting out because I wanted to,” Bailey explained. “We’ve tried to get fights but I’ve been frozen out. It’s been rough but I won’t let it bother me. I just go with the flow, what’s been given to me. I couldn’t get the top junior welterweights to fight me; I’m not afraid to move up to junior middleweight, where I hope to fight ‘Canelo ‘(Saul Alvarez) or (Erislandy) Lara. (more…)



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

IBHOF 2015 opening cermony

Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The official opening ceremony of the 26th annual International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend got underway today in Canastota, New York. The bucolic, sun-drenched village saw the boxing fraternity (and sorority) descend upon it’s environs for their annual pilgrimage to witness the enshrinement of the elite of the sport. The stage where the actual inductions will take place on Sunday, was filled with some of this year’s incoming, as well as past and hopeful future inductees. Nearly all of the collective group addressed the crowd with their thoughts on the village, the fans and the moment. The following thoughts were delivered by this year’s inductees and celebrities alike:

2015 Inductees:

Riddick Bowe- This is great, seeing all these fans. I really can’t believe this. Thank you all for coming and God bless!

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini- Are there any people from Youngstown here? By the end of the weekend, this place is gonna be renamed Youngstown, New York! You know it’s been a long time since I’ve been out here for an induction weekend. I’ve been here at other times but I guess (IBHOF director) Ed Brophy figured he’d have to vote me in to get me back here for inductions! (more…)



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Wilder-Molina final press conference

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Two days before the first-ever world title fight in the state of Alabama, undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and challenger Eric Molina participated in a tense final press conference Thursday at Embassy Suites in Birmingham, Alabama.

Deontay Wilder: “People wanted me to rush my career, even I did at some points, but I’m a man who believes in timing and that there’s a moment when things should happen. We have to wait for our time. This is my destiny. Once I had my precious daughter she changed my life forever and she became my motivation to get here. She’s the reason I go hard in the gym, she’s the reason I carry myself the way I do. I worked too hard to get to this position. We’re not planning on this being the end.”

Eric Molina: “Everybody has written me off. I’ve never been undefeated and I’ve always been the underdog. When my dream becomes a reality on Saturday, I’ll come right back here and give Wilder the rematch.” (more…)



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Lara-Rodriguez make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Erislandy Lara 153.6 vs. Delvin Rodriguez 153.4
(WBA super welterweight title)

Artur Beterbiev 175 vs. Alexander Johnson 174.2
Artur Szpilka 231 vs. Manuel Quezada 233.5
Eleider Alvarez 181 vs. Anatoliy Dudchenko 180.4

Venue: UIC Pavilion in Chicago
Promoter: Warriors
TV: Spike



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Queens, New York

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Melissa Hernandez 136 vs. Maria Munoz 136.6
Elton Dharry 118 vs. Miguel Robles 117.2
Gledwin Ortiz 153.4 vs. Julian Valerio 153.6
Victor Benitez 131 vs. Raymond Rivera 132.2

Venue: Amazura Concert Hall
Promoter: Elton Dharry Promotions



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Ward-Smith co-feature announced

The co-feature for the clash between WBA super middleweight world champion and Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) on June 20 in Oakland’s Oracle Arena has been announced. Unbeaten featherweights Antonio Nieves (12-0, 6 KOs) and Stephon Young (13-0-1, 5 KOs) will meet in an eight-rounder. Both bouts will be televised on BET.

Also in non-televised undercard action, undefeated super middleweight Luis “Cuba” Arias (10-0, 4 KOs) faces TBA in a six rounder, jr middleweight Aaron Coley (9-1-1, 6 KOs) takes on Yosmani Abreu (4-9-2) in a six, undefeated junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (10-0-3, 7 KOs) goes against Jonathan Alcantara (7-13-2, 1 KO) in an eight, middleweight Tony Hirsch (18-6-2, 8 KOs) meets TBA in a six, Chinese light heavyweight Meng “Cold Blood” Fanlong (1-0) takes on Albert Avina (0-3) in a four, and Chinese jr welter Wang “Jimmy” Zhimin (9-1) will face Jose Guzman (6-10-1) in a six.



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Danny Garcia vacates WBC super lightweight title

Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol will collide for the vacant belt

WBC super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia has finally abandoned the WBC 140lb world title. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced that Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol will collide for the vacant belt. After two-consecutive over-the-weight non-title fights, Garcia will next take on Paulie Malignaggi in a non-title welterweight fight on ESPN August 1st at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Garcia is also expected to relinquish the WBA 140lb title, which he also holds.



June 11th, 2015

UFC

UFC 188 Fantasy Preview

The heavyweight title will be unified this weekend in the main event of UFC 188 in Mexico City, as incumbent champion Cain Velasquez faces off with interim champ Fabricio Werdum . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 11th, 2015

Feature Story

Photo gallery: Knockout artists and world titles this Saturday at The Garden!

IMG_16APhotos by Peter Frutkoff / PeterFrutkoff.com

This Saturday on HBO, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with top ten contender Miguel “The Scorpion Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The televised co-feature showcases undefeated #3 WBA rated lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs) defending his WBO Latino lightweight title against Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-0, 8 KOs).

 

Click here for more…



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Walters-Marriaga/Verdejo-Najera Final Presser

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Undefeated WBA featherweight world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) of Jamaica, and the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated #3 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs) had their final press conference Thursday. Walters and Verdejo headline, in separate bouts, at the Madison Square Garden Theater on an HBO-televised card in New York City during Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend. Both will be facing undefeated opponents. Walters, who is in the third year of his championship reign, will defend against Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), of Colombia. Verdejo in his live HBO debut, goes against Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-0, 8 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas. They were joined by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Bob Arum: The main event Saturday night is something that anybody who knows anything about boxing is looking forward to. Two undefeated fighters who have made their reputations as punchers. Guys who bang out their opponents. Don’t leave it to the judges, so David (NYSAC chief David Berlin), please we don’t need judges at ringside. We could save a couple of bucks that way.

Nicholas Walters: I know it’s going to be a good fight. I’m ready for the fight. I hope he’s ready for the fight. I know my fans are ready for the fight.

Miguel Marriaga: I come well prepared. I know Walters also comes well prepared. I’m mentally ready and I hope everybody enjoys it…I want to bring this title back to my country.

Bob Arum: The first televised fight is set up to be one of the most exciting fights in boxing. Featuring a Mexican against a Puerto Rican. So many fights over the years have featured representatives of those two countries fighting against each other. When you get a Mexican in the ring against a Puerto Rican, you know you’re going to get a battle on the highest level.

Felix Verdejo: Good afternoon everybody. Thank you for all your support. I want to give you a great fight. That’s all my English for now. …I hope BamBam Najera is ready for a great fight to give the fans what they want. I’m ready and expect a great fight.

Ivan Najera: We’re well prepared to take the fight and to win. Saturday night is going to be a great fight. Explosive. We’re both aggressive come-forward fighters.

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June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Szpilka: Now it’s my turn

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“My last training before Friday night’s PBC bout on Spike. I’m wearing the same gloves I was wearing when I fought and beat Tomek Adamek. It’s like my continuation of what he was doing in the U.S. Now it’s my turn,” said Artur Szpilka (18-1, 13 KO) after his Chicago training with Ronnie Shields.

“He is a crazy guy and this is beautiful to see. All this energy, enthusiasm – how you can not love this guy?” said Shields.



June 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Josean Figueroa headlines in his hometown

Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

Everything is ready for Miguel Cotto Promotions, H2 Entertainment & Roc Nations Sports’ Univision Puerto Rico’s ‘Boxeo Al Maximo’ series this Saturday at the Ismael Delgado Coliseum in Aguada Puerto Rico, when super bantamweight Josean ‘El Tren’ Figueroa (8-3-2, 7 KOs) will headline the card in front of his hometown fans against heavy-handed Jonell Nieves (4-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round fight. (more…)



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