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Jr welterweight contenders Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov arrived at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY on Wednesday and took some time to do a photo-op at the hotel and answer a few questions about their training camp. Matthysse has been training out his gym in Argentina and Provodinkov has been training out of the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. They collide on Saturday on HBO as part of a split site doubleheader.
Matthysse photo: Golden Boy
Provodnikov photo: Miguel Salazar
By Felipe Leon
With no reason why, super flyweight Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (27-0, 15KO) announced via social media that his fight scheduled for this Friday night in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, has been scratched and now he will be fighting in Polanco, Mexico, on April 24th. Subsequently the whole card was cancelled which also featured middleweight Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez and Marcos “No Money” Rios. Multiple attempts to contact Ivan and his brother Diego Morales, one of the promoters of the event, went unanswered.
The next contender for the middleweight title will likely be decided in the main event of the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card from New Jersey when Lyoto Machida meets Luke Rockhold in a pivotal matchup at 185 pounds . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Daniel Geale’s manager Bill Treacy talks to Fightnews about the June 6 Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale WBC middleweight title bout at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn that will be televised on HBO. Treacy says the Cotto camp have made a mistake in selecting Geale as an opponent probably because of his losses to Darren Barker and Gennady Golovkin in fights in the USA. Treacy says Geale has proven he can fight in a champion’s backyard and be successful as he did when he defeated Germans Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm to win IBF and WBA titles. Treacy says he discounts Cotto’s win over Sergio Martinez as the Argentinian went into the fight with injuries and was boxing on one leg basically. Cotto’s clear loss to Austin Trout who is a pure boxer similar to Geale also gives Treacy confidence.
Ricky Hatton: “Amir Khan could beat Floyd Mayweather”
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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the line against also undefeated Argentine Diego Santillan (23-0, 15 KOs) today (Thursday) in Osaka, Japan. The hard-hitting southpaw, making his eighth defense, is favored to defeat the much shorter challenger due to his more substantial career and superior punching power. Yamanaka, 32, tipped the beam at 117.75 to 117.5 for Santillan, five years his junior, yesterday. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Eight division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) held a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California as he gears up for his showdown with current pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs). Pacquiao will face Mayweather Saturday May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO/Showtime Pay per view.
“I am ready for the fight, I’m excited,” Pacquiao told Fightnews.com “Training is very good. I am very happy what we are doing, the training is good,” Pacquiao said. With just over two weeks remaining for the fight, the “Pacman” looked in phenomenal shape as he worked with his long time trainer Hall of Famer Freddie Roach.
“We are in a must win situation for this fight,” Roach said. “I have never seen Manny train as intense like this. I have really prepared my guy to win and I think we will win.” Roach denied rumors that Pacquiao was suffering from leg cramps. “We haven’t had cramps all camp long we did have a blister on the bottom of the foot. I actually thought he had a cramp but then he showed me the blister,” Roach said. (more…)
Things are heating up! Floyd Sr. not pulling any punches.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Trainer Sam Colonna, who started with Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO) eleven years ago and will be in his corner Saturday night when the “Polish Prince” challenges Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1, 32 KO), talks about what it means to fight Chavez Jr. in his backyard, and what Fonfara has to do to beat the former WBC middleweight champion.
Watch LIVE from Hollywood as Manny Pacquiao opens up his training camp to media members around the world. It all leads up to his mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, May 2 live on pay-per-view.
Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions have officially announced that Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), the reigning WBC middleweight champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes, will defend his title against former world champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) of Australia on June 6 in a fight that will be televised live on HBO from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and is presented in association with Gary Shaw Productions. On Thursday Cotto and Geale will attend a press conference in New York City to kick off the promotion.
Today at the Luis Munoz Marin Airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican world title contender Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs) and his team are heading to Arlington, Texas for the biggest fight of Dulorme’s career this Saturday against Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO World super lightweight title. “I’m just two pounds over the weight limit. It is a matter of reaching Texas and continue the work plan for the fight,” said Dulorme. “I will not let my people of Puerto Rico and the Latinos down. This fight is dedicated to all the Latinos and Caribbean people that day after day, and night after night, work very hard in the United States, especially those who work hard in the state of Texas.”
The fight will air live on HBO as part of its series ‘HBO Boxing After Dark’, which starts from 9:45 pm (EST) at the College Park Center, located in University of Texas at Arlington.
Boxing superstar Amir “King” Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) returns to the ring to take on former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on Friday, May 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the main event on a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Spike TV.
Amir Khan: “I have happy memories of New York having made my successful U.S. debut there against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010. I’m delighted to now be fighting there once again against another champion in Chris Algieri. Algieri has shared the ring with some tremendous fighters and shown great skills in those fights so I know I will need to be at my very best when we meet. In all my fights I bring excitement, speed and skill and can guarantee more fireworks on May 29 at Barclays Center.”
Chris Algieri: “I am very excited to get back into the ring and to be fighting here in New York. Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just under a year ago, is an added bonus. Amir Khan is a tested champion and is the matchup that I wanted. I believe this is a fight that will bring the best out of me.”
WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz comments on fighting on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to fight on such an unbelievably huge card. I really want to thank Floyd Mayweather. Any boxer would like to be on this card where millions of people are watching. I’m happy to represent Mexico on this night and on this fight card. I look at it as a key opportunity for me to make an even bigger name for myself, which is my goal because one day I want to become a superstar like Floyd. That’s why I train really hard all of the time.
“There are no little fights for me. I consider every fighter dangerous. You lose when you think a fighter is not on your level and then he comes in hungrier than you. That will never happen to me. I don’t know who I’m fighting yet, but I’m sparring different guys with different styles.
“There’s always a lot at risk for me. People keep talking about all of these big fights, but if I don’t win now, there will be no big fights in the future. I know who I want to fight, but I don’t pick my opponents; I leave it up to my team. They make those kinds of decisions. My job is to fight and win. I have to stay concentrated. I have to maintain focus and concentration. I can’t get ahead of myself. I give 100 percent in training and in the ring. I always want to put on a great fight for the fans.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), from Omaha, NE, hosted a workout and spoke to the media today at the Irving PAL Boxing Gym in his final days of training for his WBO junior welterweight world title rumble against Puerto Rican buzz saw Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), the #2 world-rated contender.
The Crawford-Dulorme world title fight will take place this Saturday at College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Crawford spoke to Fightnews and other media prior to his workout at the Irving PAL Boxing Gym.
On the recent HBO broadcast – 2 Days: Terence Crawford – where it showed how grueling it was to make weight, how has it been for this fight?
This is a piece of a cake, a walk in the park – as you can see I don’t have any problems doing anything. (more…)
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather spoke to reporters Tuesday outside the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Floyd remained low key, as he has been this entire promotion. He then went into the gym and worked out for the press.
[On Pacquiao] “He’s a very, very reckless fighter…I could have had the same type of career but my career wouldn’t have lasted this long.”
[On training camp] “It’s been a smooth, exciting camp. I’m happy. Some of the past camps haven’t been so smooth. But I’ve been very pleased with this camp.
[On the fight] “I don’t think this fight was as big five or six years ago. Me, I was still getting bigger and bigger. The names are much bigger now than they were before. We’re both bigger names now than we were five, six years ago. We’re meeting at the pinnacle of our careers. The time is right.”
[On what’s next] “I don’t enjoy it like I once did. My last fight is in September.” (more…)
Derry Mathews will now face WBA #9 rated Canadian Tony Luis for the WBA interim lightweight championship at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on Saturday night after Ismael Barroso failed to obtain a Visa. This comes after his original opponent Richar Abril twice pulled out of their scheduled WBA title clash and was stripped.
Derry Mathews: “It’s obviously not ideal preparing for three different opponents in one camp, but regardless I will still be capturing a version of the world title this weekend and in my home city and making my life dream come true, I’ve prepared for three different styles so anything he brings shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Luis is a decent operator and was already in camp but I thank him on taking up this opportunity and keeping my dream alive.”
Veteran featherweight Mike Oliver (26-5-1, 8 KOs) has signed an exclusive management deal with Lee Ortega (Team Lees Tribe Management LLC). Ortega is a former fighter himself who once shared the ring with former world champion Paul Williams. Ortega and Williams still maintain a good friendship. Ortega has successfully made the transition to life after boxing. He owns Team Lees Tribe Automotive LLC, but still has a strong passion for boxing. So he has decided to try his hand at managing fighters. Ortega and Oliver have known each other for about 15 years but just recently decided to team up as fighter and manager.
Oliver was written off by many prior to his fight with former world champion Billy Dib in 2013. Even though Oliver was the hometown fighter and fighting Dib in his native Hartford, Connecticut he was still a 10-to-1 betting underdog. Oliver turned the clock back and put on one of the best performances of his career aired live on ESPN 2 Friday Night fights. In the end Dib would escape with a majority decision victory. Unfortunately for Oliver the effort didn’t land him another high profile fight and he sat out the entire year of 2014. Oliver has put all that behind him and expects a resurgence to his once promising career in 2015. (more…)
The show fight fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Boxing City Radio launches on April 15 at 8 p.m. ET with FightNews lead writer Arvin Nundloll and Guardian US deputy sports editor Bryan Graham sharing the mic with special guest Paul “The Punisher” Williams. The 45-minute live broadcast will cover the highs and lows of the sweet science with in-depth analysis and unfiltered thoughts on the action ahead.
For the launch episode, former two-division world champion Paul Williams will join the show to discuss his time away from the sport and how he stays active in boxing with his charity organization, The Paul Williams Foundation.
Boxing City Radio will be available on FightNews.com, www.Boxing.city, Spreaker, SoundCloud and on iTunes. The show is broadcasted on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. ET. (more…)
Swarm. That is most definitely the word to describe how Paige VanZant dealt with Kailin Curran in their Fight of the Night-winning, double UFC debut last November. She swarmed her. And it wasn’t a new strategy, but it’s how “12 Gauge” handles all of her life’s passions – moving forward, attacking it with all she’s got and coming out on top smiling . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Lack of time to obtain proper visas has forced the necessity for two of Greg Cohen Promotions’ (GCP) fighters to switch places on short notice for this weekend. On Saturday, April 18, Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will now face UK veteran Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as the main event of a night of boxing presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
Luis was originally scheduled to face Memphis, Tennessee, veteran Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs) in the televised co-feature of the “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” event, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Promotions and produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions on Friday, April 17, from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.
Unbeaten Venezuelan slugger Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs), who was originally scheduled to face Matthews, was unable to obtain the proper visas in time to fight on such short notice in England. He will now take Luis’ place in Hinckley and will take on Terry in an eight-round attraction this Friday. (more…)
Today we have communicated with the WBC and Yvon Michel. We informed the WBC that, while Sergey Kovalev is more anxious than ever to face Adonis Stevenson in order to become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion by the end of 2015, he will not participate in the purse bid for the unification bout that has been ordered by the WBC.
In a letter to Yvon Michel, we proposed to make a voluntary deal for Sergey to fight Adonis Stevenson on HBO or HBO PPV on a 50/50 basis. In this proposal we have included provisions to determine how the various aspects of the promotion would be decided and conducted. These provisions have worked successfully in the past when Main Events participated in co-promotions of bigger events than this one with Top Rank, Golden Boy and Don King, among many others. Based upon Mr. Michel’s recent statements to the media, we were very happy to learn that no contractual prohibitions exist that would prevent Adonis from fighting Sergey on HBO. So let’s make the fight!
In December, Main Events asked the WBC to make Sergey Kovalev the mandatory challenger for the WBC Light Heavyweight Title because Sergey is quite anxious to win the green belt and become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion. At that time, we believed that such a match would be a major pay-per-view event in the fall of 2015.
Unfortunately, since December, many things have changed. We have learned that there may be tentative plans for three other PPV events during the same quarter. In addition, the fact that lower-than-expected attendance and TV ratings for Adonis Stevenson’s last fight, coupled with Stevenson’s poor track record with PPV and closed circuit in Canada, have given us pause. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and strength coach Justin Fortune for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman talks to Fightnews and says he’s confident that fellow Australian and former IBF/WBA middleweight champion a Daniel “Real Deal” Geale will defeat WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto when they clash for the title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on an HBO-televised promotion on June 6. “[I’ve got] Daniel Geale to win this one,” Soliman said. “Both in speed and defense, Geale is the better boxer of the two. The hometown advantage is the biggest glitch for any fighter who travels. BUT in the middleweight division, Australians are very good at playing the away games. Geale and myself have proven that time and time again!” (Geale and Soliman both defeated Felix Sturm in Germany in WBC and IBF title bouts respectively.)
“Cotto and Geale are equal in strength. Cotto is naturally a bigger puncher in his natural light middleweight division. Geale is a natural middleweight, which gives him size over Cotto. Endurance is equal. Durability equal. Experience is also equal. Geale Has proven he can battle opponents on their soil and beat all odds. He’ll bring the world title for Australia as our new WBC champ.”
Kovalev-Stevenson Update: IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and his promoter Main Events have pulled out of Friday’s scheduled purse bid to face WBC champion Adonis Stevenson. Surprising since the Kovalev camp aggressively sought the WBC’s mandatory challenger status. Network commitment to HBO cited as the main issue. Kovalev still must face IBF #1 Nadjib Mohammedi before facing any other opponent.
Looks like tickets will be sold for the Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in on May 1. Details not yet available.
Friday’s Chavez Jr-Fonfara official weigh-in will be at the Crowne Plaza LAX in Salon C at 1PM. It will be open to the public.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC#12/IBF#13 OPBF super-lightweight champ Keita Obara (14-1, 13 KOs), 140, successfully kept his belt as he registered his twelfth consecutive stoppage by halting southpaw compatriot Yuya Okazaki (11-8-1, 4 KOs), 139, at 1:51 of the sixth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. For the champ, it wasn’t an easy defense at all, as Obara occasionally absorbed Okazaki’s sharp southpaw lefts to the face even though he responded to the challenger’s fast combinations with solid combos. Okazaki, who was much better than his credentials indicated, turned loose in round six, but the champ displayed a furious retaliation by continually battering him so lopsidedly that the referee Fukuchi finally called a halt to help the game challenger from further punishment. Obara wasn’t so good at coping with the southpaw opponent, but overwhelmed the taller foe with his superior power. (more…)
Watch LIVE from Las Vegas as Floyd Mayweather opens up his training camp to media members around the world. It all leads up to his mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao Saturday, May 2 live on pay-per-view.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao waves at two generations of Pacman fans as he passes them on his morning run in preparation for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Canada’s world rated and fast-rising lightweight star Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will step in to face UK veteran Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship on Saturday. The pair will meet at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as the main event of a night of boxing presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
Luis, promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions, is in shape and was scheduled to fight Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota, when the call came after unbeaten southpaw slugger Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs) had visa problems.
The fight against Matthews is being mandated by the WBA because of an ongoing illness to current champion Richar Abril that has rendered him unable to train. Abril will still be the “Champion in Recess.”
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