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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan's ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in ...

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz 124.8 vs. Abner Mares 125.2 (vacant WBA "super" featherweight title) Hugo Ruiz 121.4 vs. Julio Cesar Ceja ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Trevor Bryan 227 vs. Derric Rossy 235.5 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 160 vs. DeCarlo Perez 160.5 Nat Visinia 273 vs. Joey Dawejko 236.25 Venue: ...

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Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions With just days to go until their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown, Leo "El Terremoto" Santa ...

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Rousey beats Mayweather for ESPY

UFC superstar Ronda Rousey received the Best Fighter ESPY on Wednesday night, beating out Floyd Mayweather. “I can’t help but really say that I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” said Rousey when presented with the award. “I’d like to see you pretend not to know who I am now!”

Rousey picked up a second award from ESPN, also capturing Best Female Athlete. Click here for more. 



July 15th, 2015


Boxing News

McJoe Arroyo Workout

Photos: PR Best

Unbeaten McJoe Arroyo today had a light workout in El Paso, Texas, for his fight against Arthur Villanueva for the vacant IBF super flyweight belt this Saturday, July 18, at the Don Haskins Center, live on Showtime at 10:00 pm. The 2008 Olympian from Puerto Rico, Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs), did several rounds of shadowboxing, hit the mitts with his trainer Anthony Otero, the punching bag, and jumped rope. His brother McWilliams trained too at the Redstar Fitness in El Paso. “These days we are working this way because we are close to the weight and mostly work for weight maintenance,” said McJoe, who is between 116 and 116 ½ pounds. “This morning we ran, and came into the gym in the afternoon to do the rest of the training.”

The bout between McJoe Arroyo, the IBF superflyweight #1 ranked, and Villanueva (27-0, 14 KOs), ranked #3, is the co-feature this Saturday. The feature fight is the former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) against Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs). The opening bout on Showtime at 10:00 p.m., is between Amir Imam (17-0, 14 KOs) and Fernando Angulo (29-9, 16 KOs).

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July 15th, 2015

UFC

Holly Holm: The Winner

Holly Holm wants to win. Always.

It’s easy to become preoccupied pontificating on a fighter’s motivation heading into a bout. Any bout. The belt could be on the line, they could be one impressive performance away from battling for the belt, they’re bouncing back from a loss or trying to keep a streak alive. With one’s most important fight always being their next one, a fighter makes the walk to win . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Berto comments on possible Floyd fight

Current WBA “interim” welterweight champion Andre Berto has commented on a rumored September 12 clash with WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. The proposed bout would reportedly be on CBS, not Showtime PPV.

“I’m happy to be in the running for this fight and am definitely up for the challenge,” said Berto. “I know it will be a great fight if it happens.”



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Kovalev rips Pascal: I want to kick his a– again

WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev had the media all to himself when challenger Nadjib “Irondjib” Mohammedi was a no-show on an international conference call to promote their fight on July 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Kovalev, who is a 100:1 favorite at some online sportsbooks to beat Mohammedi, was more animated when speaking about former opponent Jean Pascal, who is fighting on the undercard.

“I don’t want to speak about Pascal because he does not deserve to get attention,” said Kovalev. “He lost my respect for him even before the fight. I cannot respect even his team. He is piece of sh!t. Same as Stevenson. I think all fighters make terrible fighters in Canada. I don’t respect and I want to kick his ass again and much, much bigger this time. If it will happen rematch, he will sleep in four rounds because he is a piece of sh!t.”



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Beibut Shumenov Pics and Quotes

Photos: Esaiah Gomez/Mayweather Promotions

Former world champion Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) hosted a media workout at a private gym in Las Vegas on Tuesday as he prepares for his Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN showdown with B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday, July 25 live from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Here is what Shumenov had to say on Tuesday:

Beibut Shumenov: “B.J. Flores is a good, tough cruiserweight who has a lot of good experience. I am prepared to fight with any style and against any style. I’m ready for anything in the ring and I want to make it a great fight for the fans.

[On working with head trainer Ismael Salas for a second fight] “Ismael is the coach I dreamed about fighting. We have a lot of similarities in our boxing backgrounds. I learned in the Soviet Union system and the Cuban system that Ismael teaches is very similar. Me and Ismael had great chemistry right away from the first day of training.”

[On fighting at cruiserweight] “All I thought about was making weight when I fought at 175. There was too much stress on my body to lose weight and it was also affecting me psychologically because all I thought about was losing weight. Now, as a cruiserweight, I have no problems making weight. There is no stress at all.”

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July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Viloria set for July 25 return

Hollywood Fight Night makes another quick return to the world famous Florentine Gardens Nightclub on Saturday, July 25, 2015. The 11th installment of the series will mark three shows in less than three months as Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas returns to Tinseltown.

The Solo VBoxeo Tecate main event on Unimas will feature former WBC and IBF Junior Flyweight and WBO and WBA Flyweight World Champion, Brain “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (35-4, 21 KOs). The Filipino-American superstar and longtime Freddie Roach trainee went undefeated in three bouts last year and will make his 2015 debut on July 25th. Viloria will take on former four-time world title challenger Omar “Lobito” Soto (23-11-2, 15 KOs) in a rematch of a 2010 fight that saw Soto lose a 10 round split decision in the Philippines. Soto is no stranger to upsetting Filipino boxers as he has a win over Glenn Donaire (15-4-1) for the WBC’s Latino Flyweight title and was the long-time holder of the WBC’s FECARBOX Flyweight title. (more…)



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Crolla: I’m ready to become world champion

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Crolla says he knows he has to put in the performance of his life to take Darleys Perez’s WBA lightweight title from him on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena – and has promised his fans that he will deliver. Crolla had a January world title shot at Richar Abril cruelly taken from him when he was brutally attacked when interrupting burglars at his neighbour’s home in Chadderton in December, with the fractured skull and broken ankle destroying that fight. It has been a gruelling road back from ‘Million Dollar,’ but he returned to the gym and moulded himself into the best shape of his life ahead of his clash with the classy Colombian, and the 28 year old believes he will grab his destiny with both hands on Saturday night.

“I need a career-best performance on Saturday night to win,” said Crolla. “But the way I have prepared and the way I feel physically and mentally, I know I can bring that performance out of myself. (more…)



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham and Stieglitz ready for final showdown

Actions speak louder than words – at least that was the motto at today’s final press conference ahead of the ‘Final Showdown’ between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) and Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Summarizing the fighter’s fourth world championship contest, promoter Kalle Sauerland put it aptly. “This is not a fight that needs to be hyped,” said Sauerland. “You need only look at the first three fights between Arthur and Robert to know what we have in store for Saturday night. I’m expecting another entertaining battle and a fitting end to their epic rivalry.”

Following their three previous encounters, Abraham holds the advantage, with two wins to one defeat. As the fourth fight approaches, the defending champion made clear his intention to claim a conclusive third victory. “This is the end,” said the 35 year-old. “There will be no fifth fight. I’ve trained extremely hard and I’m ready for whatever Robert has to offer. After Saturday, there will be no questions remaining. I will prove once and for all that I’m the better boxer.”

The challenger from Magdeburg remained unfazed by his opponent’s comments instead renewing his promise to regain the WBO crown. “I know how to beat Arthur and I’m ready to settle the score,” said Stieglitz. “In my opinion the verdict from our last fight was unjust, but it’s not about the past. It’s about the here and now, and on Saturday I will become world champion again!”



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia ready for USA debut on Telemundo

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The Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford Summer Season Series opener will feature Aaron “Timmy” Garcia (14-3-1, 10 KOs) of Guadalajara Mexico, Mexico against Daniel “El Duro” Rosario (10-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico. The two will square off Friday in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino super welterweight title on the line in another edition of the famed Mexico vs Puerto Rico boxing rivalry. Garcia will enter this fight as the underdog fighting Rosario in a very pro-Puerto Rican venue. But he’s not fazed by this and would rather just focus on Rosario. (more…)



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Inside Team Fury

By Peter Fury

So it’s on – Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko, for the heavyweight championship of the world. It’s nice to be so far out from the fight, with all the politics and business side of it behind us, and know exactly where we stand. We’re absolutely delighted. The business side of making fights like this is the worst part of boxing, so it’s great to get it all out of the way and put it to the back of our minds; both camps know what they’ve got to do and they can just concentrate now on the boxing side of it.

As for Tyson, he’s totally motivated for this fight. No surprises there. This is his fourth week in, his weight is coming off nicely and we’re very happy with him. I just can’t wait for it to come round now. It’s a massive occasion and it makes us all determined to go that extra mile. (more…)



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

France’s Future: Soro, Jacob, Legrand

By Robert Coster

France is one country which presently doesn’t have a world champion. Nowadays, the sweet science is scarcely mentioned in the French press and absent from national TV. Things may change however in the land of Marcel Cerdan as three talented young boxers are positioning themselves in the ratings to challenge for a world title in the near future. This trio is composed of jr middleweight Michel Soro, jr lightweight Romain Jacob and flyweight Vincent Legrand. Here are profiles of these three young men. (more…)



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Coney Island

NYC boxing promoter Dmitriy Salita and his Brooklyn Brawl series will heat up Coney Island on August 25 at MCU Park, the home of baseball’s Brooklyn Cyclones. The last professional boxing event at the venue occurred 14 years ago when Hector Camacho Jr. defeated Jesse James Leija via a controversial, referee-halted TKO. Headlining will be featherweight Alex Miskartachian (25-3-1), a world-rated former world title challenger and two-time European champion from Armenia. Miskartachian will take on Cornelius Lock (22-7-2).

“I am very excited to bring the Brooklyn Brawl series to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island,” said Salita, who fought out of Flatbush, Brooklyn, as a professional. “Coney Island is a world-famous gathering place and a hub in New York City, where people come to get rest and relaxation and fabulous entertainment. August 25 will be a historic event that will feature world-class boxing in a festive atmosphere. I encourage everyone to ‘punch up’ their summer plans and join us!” (more…)



July 15th, 2015

UFC

Marion Reneau’s Bantamweight Blitz

“I am on a charge,” bantamweight Marion Reneau said, and she is not kidding . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Terence Crawford hits LA for the ESPYs

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford has arrived in Los Angeles. On Tuesday night, the pride of Omaha accepted the Leadership award from The Shadow League in Beverly Hills. Crawford is in town for the ESPY awards on Wednesday where he is nominated in the “best fighter” category.

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July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Carl Froch

More on Carl Froch’s retirement

Five fights that defined Carl Froch

Editorial: Froch deserved to bow out on his own terms

Video: Highlights of Froch’s career



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz-Mares Kickoff Presser

Photos: Craig Bennett

Mexican boxing stars Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) met today at Plaza Mexico to officially announced their Saturday, August 29 Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN showdown taking place at Staples Center. The fighters hosted an open-to-the-public press conference and fan rally to discuss their upcoming bout with media members and met with fans to sign autographs and take pictures. Hundreds of fans attended the event at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood and the fighters stayed to sign autographs for over two hours afterwards.

Here’s what the two fighters and their trainers had to say:

Leo Santa Cruz: “I want to thank all of the fans who are here and I appreciate the support. We always train 100 percent like we’re fighting for a championship. I think the fans are the ones who are going to win on August 29th. They are going to get a great fight out there. It’s going to be a war. I don’t care what he said about my competition. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time, this going to be a great fight. He likes to talk about different things. I’m not going to talk as much. I’m going to be prepared on August 29th and I’m going to be victorious. No one wants to lose and may the best man win.”

Abner Mares: “I want to thank everybody who made this fight possible. Leo Santa Cruz is a fighter who has fought nothing but C-level fighters. Now he’s fighting an A-level fighter. I’m going to show him what an A-level fighter does and that’s win. I pushed for this fight, he never really wanted to face me. I’ve wanted to fight him for a while. We fought on the same card at Stapes Center and I wanted to fight him since then. We sparred a while back, about 30 rounds, but I don’t put much into the sparring. We’re both different fighters now. This is a great fight for the fans and I look forward to the whole world being able to watch. I’m going to beat Leo Santa Cruz come May 29th, don’t miss the fight.” (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Arroyo hits El Paso

Photo: PR Best

Photo: PR Best


IBF #1 ranked super flyweight McJoe Arroyo, traveled today to El Paso, Texas, where this Saturday he’ll face #3 ranked Arthur Villanueva for the vacant IBF title at the Don Haskins Center. Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs), a former Olympian of Puerto Rico in 2008, went along his twin brother McWilliams (IBF #4 and WBO #6 flyweight world ranked), trainers Anthony Otero and Alex Caraballo, his manager Orlando Piñero and Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).

“McWilliams and McJoe be together in this world fight. Last year, when McWilliams fought for the world title, McJoe could not travel, because the journey was long and McJoe was training, but now it is a more comfortable ride and they will be together on this important date for both. In addition, there is the possibility that McWilliams fight this Saturday also. We are looking for an opponent,” Peter Rivera said.

Arroyo-Villanueva is the co-feature this Saturday. The main event of the night will be between former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marcos Reyes in a 10 rounder.



July 14th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night San Diego at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Todd Duffee and the lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Josh Thomson, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and two early prelims may be viewed on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7pm / 4pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Todd Duffee (241) VS Frank Mir (262)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Tony Ferguson (156) VS Josh Thomson (155.5)
Marion Reneau (134.5) VS Holly Holm (135)
Manny Gamburyan (135) VS Scott Jorgensen (135)
James Moontasri (155) VS Kevin Lee (156)
Matt Dwyer (169) VS Alan Jouban (170.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Yaotzin Meza (145.5) VS Sam Sicilia (146)
Sarah Moras (135.5) VS Jessica Andrade (134.5)
Masanori Kanehara (136) VS Rani Yahya (135.5)
Sean Strickland (171) VS Igor Araujo (171)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Ildemar Alcantara (185.5) VS Kevin Casey (185.5)
Lyman Good (170) VS Andrew Craig (170.5)
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July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Bute headlines August 15 NBCSN card

Former world champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) returns to the ring to face Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa (17-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight showdown on Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN on Saturday, August 15 from the Bell Centre in Montreal with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Another televised bout will pit a pair of undefeated light heavyweights against each other as 2008 Colombian Olympian Eleider Alvarez (17-0, 10 KOs) takes on Paraguayan knockout artist Isidro Ranoni Prieto (24-0-3, 20 KOs) in a 12-round battle. Additionally, 2008 Colombian Olympian Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will compete on the card.

“I’m ready and looking forward to going back in the ring,” said Bute. “I have not lost my passion and I train six days a week, twice a day. I am excited to perform on the big stage on August 15.”



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Numbers in for ESPN primetime boxing debut

The debut of ESPN’s new Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN presented by Corona Extra (PBC on ESPN) series—featuring Keith “One-Time” Thurman vs. Luis Collazo and Willie Nelson vs. Tony Harrison—on Saturday, July 11, peaked with nearly 1.2 million viewers according to Nielsen. The main event (10:15-11 p.m. ET) delivered an average of nearly one million viewers. The two-hour telecast (9-11 p.m.) was seen by an average of nearly 800,000 viewers—about double of 2015’s Friday Night Fights telecasts, which averaged 381,000 viewers. FNF had a paltry budget compared to the first class, multi-million dollar PBC production.



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Boxing promoter 50 Cent has filed for personal bankruptcy protection. He previously filed for bankruptcy for his boxing company SMS Promotions. His biggest boxing star is Yuriorkis Gamboa. In May, Forbes magazine listed 50’s net worth at $155 million. He says he’s just taking precautions after losing two multimillion dollar lawsuits.

Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and former three-division world champion Abner Mares will host a press conference and open-to-the-public fan rally today to officially announce their August 29 featherweight clash on ESPN at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Festivities start at 4:30PM at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California.

IBF bantamweight world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero and newly crowned NABF super lightweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera will host a special fan meet and greet today starting at 2:30PM at the 14th Annual Desert Showdown World Amateur Boxing Championships hosted by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions announced that it has joined forces with Arizona-based Iron Boy Promotions to present top-quality boxing events in Arizona, beginning with “the Battle of the Unknown,” on August 15th at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. The headliner is middleweight Louis “The Unknown” Rose (12-2, 4 KOs) against Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (9-1, 1 KO).

Joe DeGuardia’s Rockin’ Fights 20 (scheduled for Friday July 17th) featuring Joe Smith has been postponed due to an injury to Joe Smith. Joe will be ready to return to the ring on the new Rockin Fights 20 date of September 11th, 2015.

The fight card originally scheduled for August 1 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, has been postponed. Hall of fame promoter Don Chargin and Paco Damian will soon announce a later date. “We are working on an even better presentation and will have an updated announcement soon,” says Chargin.



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez: there’s no way I’m going back to Colombia without my World title

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

Darleys Perez says he will destroy the World title dreams of Manchester hero Anthony Crolla when he defends his WBA Lightweight title for the first time at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night (July 18) live on Sky Sports.

Perez crosses the Atlantic for the first time in his pro career to face ‘Million Dollar,’ who has recovered from a life threatening attack in December to land his first World title shot.

The Colombian was elevated to full champion in April after Richar Abril was stripped of the title and the 31 year old is aiming to build on an impressive year having landed the interim title last June against Argenis Lopez and made two impressive defences before his promotion, stopping Jaider Parra halfway through his first defence on home soil in October and registering a landslide points victory over Jonathan Maicelo in January in California. (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Browne relinquishes Commonwealth belt

Australia’s Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has relinquished his Commonwealth heavyweight title with immediate effect. Browne became the first fighter from Down Under to hold the crown in 122 years when he stopped Canada’s Eric Bahoeli in April 2014. But he has now decided to give it up in order to pursue other titles. “Holding the Commonwealth title was a huge honour for me and I do not relinquish the belt easily,” Browne said. “However, I’m currently the mandatory challenger to Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA heavyweight title and that is now my focus. I am on the verge of becoming Australia’s first ever heavyweight world champion and I cannot wait to win that in the near future”.

Browne’s manager Matt Clark added, “Lucas has accomplished something that will go down in Australian boxing folklore. We are relinquishing the title to keep it active and allow “Big Daddy” to focus on securing the world title. We didn’t want to hold up the Commonwealth belt and Lucas is relinquishing it to allow for activity. We sincerely thank the Commonwealth Boxing Council for all their support.”



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Rosario returns on Telemundo summer season opener

The Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford Summer Season Series opener will be this Friday and features another edition of the famed Mexico vs Puerto Rico boxing rivalry. The main event has Daniel “El Duro” Rosario (10-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico vs Aaron “Timmy” Garcia (14-3-1, 10 KOs) of Guadalajara Mexico, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino super welterweight title on the line.

Rosario was dealt his first loss as a professional in his Telemundo network debut nearly a year ago. He made a good account of himself but in the end the official judges had him losing a majority decision. Rosario has reeled off two consecutive wins by knockout since the loss. He is now ready to get his first win on the network in a main event.

You suffered your first loss as a professional in your Telemundo network debut last year. What did you learn from that loss?

You know when they always say, it’s only gonna be me and my opponent fighting on that ring? Well, I learned that sometimes you’re fighting against him, the judges, and even the referee on that ring. I went to Mexico to fight a Mexican, knocked him down and it was ruled a trip, had the referee on my ass for the full ten rounds, all in an altitude of 3,000 meters, and finally they stole that win from me. The Telemundo commentators still talk about how that fight and championship was stolen from me. I learned a lot about myself. But I also learned to come back stronger. I’ve had two knockout wins since. I learned how much my team believes in me and how passionate they are about my career. And last but not least, I learned patience. (more…)



July 14th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night San Diego Fantasy Preview

It’s always a fun night when the heavyweights are in the main event, and this time around it’s former champion Frank Mir looking to build momentum from his last win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva when he faces heavy-handed striker Todd Duffee in a five-round fight from San Diego . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Baleni stops Mgema in the fourth round

By Ron Jackson

Siphamandla Baleni from Mthatha retained the Eastern Cape minimumweight title when he completely outclassed Iviwe Mgema of Mdantsane before the fight was stopped in the fourth round of a scheduled ten at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old Baleni who improved his reported record to 7-1-1; 3 dominated from the opening bell and Mgema who now has a reported record of 2-1-1, was never in the fight and was taking punishment before his corner threw in the towel in the fourth round. (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Carl Froch announces retirement from boxing

Four-time World Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch has today announced that he is retiring from boxing and will join Sky Sports. Carl has brought down the curtain on a sensational career during which he twice won the WBC title, as well as the WBA and IBF belts. In 35 fights, Carl was the victor in 33 with 24 by knockout.

His final fight was his most memorable, defeating arch-rival George Groves in a rematch in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium.

Nicknamed the Cobra, Carl will now join Adam Smith, Johnny Nelson and other expert analysts as part of Sky Sports’ unrivalled boxing coverage. Fight fans can enjoy up to 120 fight nights over the next six years on Sky Sports including coverage of Anthony Joshua MBE, James DeGale MBE, Kell Brook and Scott Quigg.

Carl Froch said: “I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves. I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself. Sky Sports is the home of boxing and has followed me throughout my career. I can’t wait to join the team and help bring fans the best fighters, the best contests and the best analysis. Nothing can replace the thrill of stepping into the ring, but with Sky Sports I’ll be doing the next best thing.” (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“Stop playing mind games,” Amir Khan says to Floyd Mayweather

Former boxing promoter and rapper 50 Cent files for bankruptcy . . . Also see: Is 50 cent really broke? . . . And, for best headline of the day: 50 Cent says he ain’t worth a dime

Anthony Crolla says he’s in the best shape ever

Keith Thurman calls out Mayweather



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Darleys Perez in England

WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) arrived in England over the weekend giving himself roughly one week to settle into a new country and time zone before defending his world championship against Anthony Crolla (29-4-2, 11 KOs) in Crolla’s hometown of Manchester this Saturday, July 18. Since losing a close decision to Yuriorkis Gamboa two years ago, Perez has won four in a row. During that span, Perez, who is from Colombia, won the interim title against Argenis Lopez last June. He followed up that win with two successful title defenses, the most recent coming in January against Jonathan Maicelo. With WBA belt holder Richar Abril not able to fight, Perez now holds the full title, while Abril is the champion in recess.

As for fighting Crolla in his hometown, Perez stated, “He’ll have everyone in the arena rooting for him. He’ll have the full support of the crowd, but none of that bothers me. I know what I have to do to win and there’s no way I’m going back to Colombia without my world title.”



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Golden Boy backs Brawl At City Hall

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Boxing Team presents the inaugural Brawl At City Hall 2015, on Saturday, July 18, a fun and exciting charity boxing event to benefit the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. In the past, charity boxing events presented by the LAPD Boxing club in association with other law enforcement clubs throughout California have been a tremendous success with outstanding officers giving their best performance. (more…)



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Lomachenko in the works

Irishman Gary Hyde, the manager of unified super bantamweight (122 lbs.) world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), has accepted in principal the offer made by Egis Klimas, manager of World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 lbs.) champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), for a Super Fight. Rigondeaux is the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) Super, WBO and The Ring magazine’s super bantamweight champion.

Cuban-native Rigondeaux, who now lives in Miami, and Ukrainian-born Lomachenko are both two-time Olympic gold medalists. (more…)



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Tarver talks Cunningham, gives Fury “no chance in hell” vs. Klitschko

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“[Steve Cunningham] fought them all. Tomasz Adamek, they had some great wars, he fought Tyson Fury, had him down and out, unfortunately he didn’t win that fight. He’s a very tough opponent for anybody, and I know I had my hands full, but if I’m ever gonna become heavyweight champion, I gotta be able to beat guys like Cunningham. They’re not gonna give it to me. I’m gonna have to earn it,” said former world champion Antonio Tarver in a Fightnews.com interview.

“The Magic Man” – as always – is not shy to voice a strong opinion about other pugilists. When asked about Tyson Fury’s chances against WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Tarver responded in style: “C’mon man, really? Are you kidding me? I give him no chance in hell to beat Klitschko!”

Tarver vs Cunningham will be part of the Premier Boxing Champions on Spike broadcast on August 14 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo returns Friday

Everything is set for the start of the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford Summer Season Series this Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In the main event Daniel “El Duro” Rosario of Caguas, Puerto Rico faces Aaron “Timmy” Garcia of Guadalajara Mexico, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino super welterweight title at stake. Rosario, (10-1, 9 KOs) has fought 3 times on the series having won two and lost one. Garcia, (14-3-1, 10 KOs) is the FECOMBOX Mexican Champion and will be making his debut in US soil.

Also in action, hard hitting undefeated cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (18-0, 17 KOs) of Havana, Cuba returns to action to face Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (40-30-25 KO’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds. (more…)



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Video: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. workout

Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. works out for the media at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy in Riverside, California, in advance of his bout on Saturday at the Don Haskins Center In El Paso, Texas. Junior’s fight against Miguel “Dorado” Reyes will air on Showtime.


Video: Showtime



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