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By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m ready for a long battle. I would have to be very naïve to believe that I could destroy a world champion like Włodarczyk inside five rounds,” said Russian European Boxing Union cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) before his Saturday fight against Poland’s Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk, this Saturday in Moscow. The Włodarczyk-Drozd WBC title and Denis Lebedev-Paweł Kołodziej WBA cruiser title fights, promoted and organized by Andrey Ryabinskiy’s “World Boxing”, will be available live in US as PPV event with live viewing starting at 12PM ET/9AM PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand, Dish and Vuboquity on Saturday, September 27.
“We were waiting for this opportunity for a very long time,” said Drozd during a Monday press conference in Moscow. “I had a great career with many heights, but after my only loss on the record, I took a really long time to have chance like this. On September 27, I will prove to everybody that I deserved this chance. I’m 35, mentally ready to be a champion. What could I say about Diablo? There’s of course a respect, and Włodarczyk is not a fighter who tries to provoke me with his words – I’m thankful for that. I’m ready for a long battle. I would have to be very naïve to believe that I could destroy world champion like Włodarczyk inside 5 rounds. He never avoided a tough fight. Some of the champions just protect themselves but Diablo takes risks. I probably never fought a man who hits as hard, is so physically strong, but how I will deal with that, you will all see on Saturday. I will do my best to make him fight my kind of boxing.”
For Włodarczyk, WBC champion since 2010, the Drozd fight will be a seventh title defense and fight in Moscow is just another battle he wants to win. “There’s a pressure on me, because I’ve had this belt for so long. I don’t care how this fight will go, how hard it will be – I brought my WBC belt to Russia and want, and will, bring it back to Poland. I like fighting away, when there’s a ‘he’s the enemy’ atmosphere. It makes me fight better.”
On Friday, a mediator in Miami will try to resolve the lawsuit filed by All Star Boxing against Saul Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions. All Star Boxing is seeking punitive damages against Golden Boy for tortious interference involving Golden Boy’s signing of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez while Canelo was still under a promotional contract with All Star Boxing. A trial date of December 8 will commence if the parties have not resolved their differences.
WBO world super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) and challenger Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) treated fans to a public workout today at the CITTI-PARK shopping centre ahead of their world title fight on Saturday night at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany.
The challenger was up first joined by coach Joe Gallagher. “This is the fight I have been dreaming of,” said Smith. “Now I’m here in Germany, I’m not going to let this opportunity pass me by. This is my time! I will be bringing the belt back to England with me.”
Abraham received a hero’s welcome when he entered the ring alongside legendary coach Ulli Wegner. “I have not underestimated Smith,” said ‘King Arthur’. “If anything, I have overestimated him. I always expect to face the best when I step into the ring and prepare accordingly. I’m in top shape and ready to defend my title on Saturday night.”
Polish cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak and former world title challenger Matthew Macklin could also be seen at today’s public workout. Both men are in action on Saturday night on a bumper bill featuring a host of Europe’s hottest boxing talents.
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran, of Mexico, will host a news conference announcing their world lightweight championship fight next Tuesday, September 30, at the CenturyLink Center in the Grand Ballroom (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102). The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT, with doors opening at Noon CT. Joining Crawford and Beltran will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Crawford successfully defended his title on June 28, at the CenturyLink Center, knocking out previously undefeated world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in front of an energized crowd. The fight, a candidate for Fight of the Year honors, was televised live on HBO, and according to Nielsen Media Research, garnered an average audience of 1.208 million viewers to the live, first-time airing, making it the second most-watched fight of the year so far. Crawford vs. Gamboa was the first world championship fight the city of Omaha had hosted in 42 years when Joe Frazier defended his world heavyweight championship crown against Ron Stander in 1972.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the Crawford vs. Beltran World Lightweight Championship event will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center. It will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
The previously scheduled fight night featuring Ronny Rios vs. Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos has been moved from Thursday, Oct. 9 to Friday, Oct. 10. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will broadcast the Friday night edition of Golden Boy Live! as the series returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In the 10-round junior lightweight main event, Santa Ana’s Rios puts his perfect 23-0 record on the line against former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Robinson Castellanos. Plus, undefeated welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego meets former World Champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes in the 10-round co-main event. Also in action will be unbeaten phenom Diego De La Hoya who will make his fourth appearance in Indio in a six-round opening televised fight against Merida, Mexico’s Luis “Lichito” Lizarraga Jr. (more…)
Popular Dallas middleweight Charles “The Future” Hatley (23-1-1, 16 KOs) will now face battle tested Columbian veteran Richar “La Lamina” Gutierrez (28-13-1, 17 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of “Big Texas Throwdown” this Friday, September 26th at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Hatley’s original opponent, former world title challenger Joachim Alcine was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury.
By Joe Koizumi
You love me, and I love you. You don’t like me, and I don’t like you. There’s only a fine line between love and hatred. WBC female flyweight champ Go Shindo (14-2, 9 KOs) of Japan perennially had a managerial problem with her mentor/manager/promoter Tetsuya Harada of Kuratoki Boxing Club, and finally moved to Green Tsuda Gym last Thursday (September 18). Although Harada taught her how to box and cultivated her to a world championship, what she returned to him was shamefully hatred and ingratitude. The WBC ordered Shindo and its official challenger Arley Mucino of Mexico to face off in a mandatory defense and declared a purse bidding to be held between both parties at the end of July. On July 25, Harada (not Fighting Harada) announced that he has no intention to participate in the purse offer and Shindo’s belt would be renounced to the WBC through the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). The story wasn’t over then and there. Shindo flew to Mexico City with her attorney to claim her reinstatement to the president Mauricio Sulaiman in August, and the WBC accepted her intention to keep her belt and fight Mucino in Mexico in October.
Unfortunately Shindo wasn’t square as she had suffered Gender Identity Disorder (GID) for a long time since she was a junior high school student. Standing 5’6″, she has a muscular and athletic physique so that she had played well in various sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball, etc. prior to her entry into the paid ranks. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion as well as licensed promoter Floyd Mayweather appeared at Tuesday’s NSAC meeting to provide “information of importance” to the Commission in connection to scenes from Episode Two of the recent Showtime “All Access” series.
Regarding an alleged non-stop 31 minute “doghouse rules” round between pro boxer Hasim Rahman Jr. and amateur Donovan Cameron seen on “All Access,” Mayweather stated that there were indeed breaks and the claim of 31 straight minutes seen on “All Access” was false. It was also stated by the Mayweather Team that the gambling on sparring and marijuana use (allegedly with “prop” marijuana) seen on the so-called “reality show” were staged for the Showtime cameras.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and attorney Shane Emerick accompanied Floyd to the meeting.
Golden Boy Promotions Founder Oscar de la Hoya, superstar boxer Canelo Álvarez and HBO Sports President Ken Hershman will announce a newly signed agreement to bring the boxer’s fights to the HBO Sports network later today during a press conference at Golden Boy Promotions headquarters. The longterm deal is expected to commence in December.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has ordered WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion as well as licensed promoter Floyd Mayweather to appear at today’s meeting to provide “information of importance” to the Commission regarding Episode Two of the recent Showtime “All Access” series.
Of particular interest are two scenes. The first shows Mayweather overseeing gym fights using “dog house rules” which the Commission believes could be endangering the health of the fighters (7:24).
The other shows Floyd hanging out with some ladies smoking marijuana, which is illegal in Nevada (19:00).
Promoter Peter Maniatis has confirmed that unbeaten 22-year-old middleweight Michael Zerafa 15-0 takes on fellow unbeaten Russian Arif Magomedov who is also 22 years old for the WBO World youth title and the WBO Asia pacific title in Moscow Russia October 24th. Zerafa has defeated Rey Anton Olarte which was voted fight of the year in Victoria in 2013 and also fought on Randy Petalcorin’s undercards while Petalcorin was campaigning in Australia for a few bouts. Zerafa is a flashy boxer nicknamed “Prettyboy.”
The mail event will be fought between Russian Alexander Povetkin and Cameroon/France’s Carlos Takam for the WBC heavyweight silver title. (more…)
Four weeks into The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, and outside of a three-round fight between Alejandro Pena and Fredy Serrano, Team Velasquez has been absolutely dominating the competition. The Mexican side of the tournament was stronger from the very first day they entered The Ultimate Fighter house, and it’s clear the losses that are piling up are starting to bother Latin America head coach Fabricio Werdum . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The featherweight bout between former world ranked Khabir Suleymanov (17-4-1, 6 KOs) and unbeaten Jonathan Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic initially announced on Fightnews for October 4 is off for undisclosed reasons. The bout was scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 123 pounds. Site was to be the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Shortly after the bout was scrapped a frustrated Suleymanov decided to hang up the gloves. It was a surprising turn of events as Suleymanov under his management team Journeyman Management was world ranked earlier this year losing just once in his last 5 fights during this time. The loss in a valiant effort in a nationally televised fight this past March against (17-0) Roman Morales. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Sad to announce the recent loss of a good boxing man, Louis ‘Louie’ Rivera, a former professional boxer, referee and judge. Louis was originally from Puerto Rico but lived most of his adult life in New York. As a professional boxer, Louie fought some top professionals such as former middleweight world champion Vito Antuofermo, who Louie took the distance in losing a majority decision to. Louis was a member of most of the world organizations, primarily the WBA and IBF.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that middleweight champion Chris Weidman has suffered a hand injury in training and has been forced out of his fight with Vitor Belfort on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. The fight will be rescheduled to a later date. (more…)
The scheduled for 10 round junior middleweight bout between former world Champion Joachim Alcine (32-7-2, 21 KOs) and Charles Hatley (23-1-1, 16 KOs) is off for this Friday at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas. The bout was scheduled to be the televised co-main event and aired on FOX Sports 1. Alcine is scheduled to have immediate corrective eye surgery but is expected to return to the ring after the mandated recovery time from his doctor. “Joachim trained really hard for this fight and by no means was he avoiding Charles Hatley. These things happen in boxing sometimes and you have to take the necessary precautions. Our team looks forward to Joachim’s full recovery and return to the ring,” said his manager, Journeyman Management CEO Andew Zak.
No word on if a late replacement for Alcine will be made. Iron Mike Productions in association with Mario Davila Media and Big Card Promotions are presenting the “Big Texas Throwdown.” In the main event WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (35-2-1, 12 KOs) of San Miguelito, Panama will defend against two-time Olympian and #1 ranked contender Juan Carlos Payano (15-0, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic.
Two-time light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) making his long-awaited return to his home state for the first time in five years on October 4th at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn. Dawson will be facing former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-rounder. “It means a lot to me to be back fighting in front of my hometown fans, to be back on the East coast and not in enemy territory,” said Dawson. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance in front of my fans, friends and family in attendance.”
Since losing to Nathan Cleverly for the WBO title and Andrzej Fonfara for the IBO belt, both in 2012, Karpency has won two straight. In January of this year, Karpency avenged a previous defeat by unanimously outpointing Rayco Saunders (23-24-2, 10 KOs), and then picked up the NABA light heavyweight strap with a victory over Dhafir Smith (27-25-7, 4 KOs) in July. “I’ve watched my opponent, Tommy Karpency, and I know he’s a hungry guy,” said Dawson. “He won’t be in there just for a paycheck, but I am prepared for whatever he brings.”
The card is headlined by undefeated IBF champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (20-0-0-1NC, 12KO’s) defending his super featherweight title against former world title challenger and IBF #3-rated Fernando Saucedo (52-5-3, 8KO’s). The event will air live on Showtime.
By Robert Coster
On Sunday evening at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Flyweight prospect Gregorio Lebron (13-2, 11 Kos) assured himself a spot in the WBA rankings by winning the WBA Fedelatin title with a four round knockout of fellow countryman Angelo Munoz (10-2, 4 KOs). Lebron initially had problems with Munoz who moved and jabbed effectively. By the third round however Gregorio was cutting off the ring better and catching his taller foe with looping right hands. And it was such a punch that sealed the victory for Lebron in the fourth round, catching Munoz flush on the chin and sending him to the canvas for the full count.
In a feature co-main event, popular bantamweight and WBA #7 Norberto Jimenez (20-8-3, 10 KOs) won the DQ in the first round over Aneudy Matos (14-12, 6 KOs). Jimenez was the victim on three occasions of repeated low blows by Matos. The colorful Norberto’s story is strange and compelling: he was 1-7 at the beginning of his career before turning things around and his win last night was his 17th consecutive victory.
In an exciting bout for the Dominican middleweight title, Melvin Betancourt (29-1, 23 KOs) stopped veteran Jose Vidal Soto (25-16-2) in 4 rounds
In another fight, visiting American heavyweight Trevor Bryan (11-0, 9 KOs) halted hapless Sandy Soto in the first round.
The 10 bout card card co-promoted by Domini Boxing and Shuan Boxing Promotions.
Thirty days out from their highly anticipated “Mexican Style” showdown, WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio were both within the prescribed limits set forth by the World Boxing Council rules. For the WBC official 30-day weigh-in, Golovkin tipped the scale at 165 lbs., while Rubio weighed in at 174.5 lbs. Golovkin is currently training with Abel Sanchez at The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear Lake, CA while Rubio is in Oxnard, California with Robert Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.
The co-feature bout on October 18th is a featherweight showdown between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, 33-2 (21 KOs) and undefeated Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters, 24-0 (20 KOs) who will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion. Donaire vs. Walters is presented by Top Rank.
Photos: Iron Mike Productions
Undefeated and heralded Mexican featherweight prospect Moises “Chuky” Flores will make his highly anticipated United States debut at “Big Texas Throwdown” this Friday, September 26th at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, just outside of Dallas.
Flores, (20-0, 15KOs), will fight in a six round special feature attraction against Pablo Batres (7-10-1, 2 KOs) of Nogales, MX in a bout presented by Boxing Legend Mike Tyson and Iron Mike Productions in association with Mario Davila Media and Big Card Promotions.
Known in his native Mexico for his show stopping knockouts, the heavy handed Flores will be making the first start of his 2014 campaign following a trail of destruction south of the border. (more…)
By Leann Perez/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas
On an already warm Friday night, Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing, turned the heat up inside Salon Madrid for some very entertaining boxing in the Mile High City. Nine bouts completed the “Art of War” card, all fights were fairly matched, and exciting to the end. Many fighters making their pro debut on Friday night, eager to start their careers, and picked an excellent night to do so.
‘Crossroads’ is a term we continue to use when mentioning this light welterweight fight. Robert Rodriguez (7-4, 3KOs), with the will to continue on his career, and Rob Frankel (33-15, 6KOs) eager to show that his career is not over. Both men met in the middle to give fight fans one exhilarating fight.
Frankel established a good strong jab early in the fight, keeping the brawler Rodriguez at the end of his punches. Frankel’s footwork and defensive movement allowed him to use all corners of the ring, and setting the tempo for the first few rounds of the fight. Rodriguez finally stepping on the gas, was able to catch Frankel in moments and throw hard shots to the body, trying to slow down his moving opponent. When Rodriguez was able to put both his hands together, he was effective and delivered quite the power. Frankel showed a great display of boxing, throwing a good 1-2 and quickly stepping to the side, frustrating his opponent who was eager to exchange. Rodriguez capitalized on the moments he could walk Frankel backwards to the ropes, keep him there with combination after combination, until Frankel stepped around to put the fight back into the center of the ring. After eight hard hitting rounds, the fight went to the scorecards. Judges scoring the bout 79-73, 75-74, 78-74 for the unanimous decision victory for Rob “Red Hot” Frankel. (more…)
Today’s special edition of the UFC Minute breaks big news regarding Invicta FC’s next two live events on UFCFightPass.com. Host Lisa Foiles has details of the next Invicta FC event, including the Championship main event and, then, also breaks big news regarding Cris “Cyborg” Justino. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes (32-1, 24 KOs) will be on the undercard of the October 18 “Mexican Style” event topped by stablemate and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio against WBA middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Reyes will face Lithuanian Virgilijus Stapulionis (23-3-1, 16 KOs) in a ten-rounder. For several weeks, Reyes has been with the team of Rubio in Oxnard, California, training with Robert Garcia. “I love to focus on California and train with Robert Garcia,” said Reyes. “I’m ready for this big fight and I just want opportunities to be a strong challenger in this division with the support of my youth and physical condition that can become world champion.” Reyes has victories over the likes of Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas, Amilcar Funes, Jose Luis Zertruche, Julio Cesar Garcia and Rogelio “Porky” Medina. He is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo.
In protest of a £15,000 fine levied by the British Boxing Board of Control for a profanity-laden tirade at a press conference in June, Tyson Fury wore tape over his mouth and didn’t utter a word during Monday’s press conference in London promoting his November 29 clash with Dereck Chisora. “The Board wanted us to tone it down so here’s Tyson – the Board dummy,” said Tyson’s trainer Peter Fury.
Chisora stated, “What he’s doing is right. If I was being charged what he’s being charged, I’d do the same…I think we should put a wager on. Will he keep the tape on for the whole 8 weeks? I will knock him out, plain and simple. I’m not saying what round, all I’m saying is he’s going to be knocked out. Bring on November 29th, I’ll show everyone what I would have done to him in July. I’ll be in fantastic shape come fight night and he’s looking in good shape himself so the better man will win and that will be me.”
Fury was asked to express with his hands how many rounds the fight will last, and he put up his middle finger. Chisora and Fury clash with the European, vacant British and eliminator for the WBO world championship all on the line.
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