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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.
Tyson Fury shows up at a press conference with his mouth taped shut. More
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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.
By Jerry Glick at ringside
With the cancelation of the Star of David show two days before, a couple of the fights that were scheduled for the undercard were switched to Saturday’s New Legend Boxing card at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. In the main event, popular Brooklyn junior middleweight Frank “Notorious” Galarza (15-0-2, KOs) looked impressive out classing and frustrating Jhonathan Batista (14-3, 7 KOs). The first two rounds were competitive however Galarza dropped Batista in the third round of with a heavy left hook to the ribs. After the knockdown, Batista got desperate, losing a point in the fourth for rabbit punching then getting DQ’d for intentionally hitting behind the head in the same round by referee Harvey Dock. Time of the end came at 45 seconds of round four. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by: Emily Harney Fightography.com
South African cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu won a ten-round unanimous decision over Philadelphian Garrett Wilson to retain his NABF 200-pound title Saturday afternoon at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The fight was the main event of a nationally televised doubleheader by NBC. Click here for more…
In front of a full house in Szentes, Hungary, Attila Kovacs (34-4, 19 KOs) won the vacant WBO European light middleweight title with a hard fought ten round majority decision over the always tough Dieudonne Belinga (12-5-1, 0 KOs).
Former Olympian Imre Szello (2-0) won the Hungarian cruiserweight title in only his second fight, knocking down the now former champion Gyula Bozai (12-7-2, 9 KOs) in the tenth and final round. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 100-87.
WBO #4 rated super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (22-1, 8 KOs) defeated Georgi Gachechiladze (15-13-1, 8 KOs) over six rounds in a rematch. After the fight, Gachechiladze was hospitalized during the night but now he’s OK.
Promoted by Ferobox Event.
By Matt Thompson
The main event has been announced for the October 11th boxing event taking place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine – the same building where Muhammad Ali famously scored a first round TKO over Sonny Liston. Undefeated West Forks, ME native Brandon Berry (7-0, 5 KOs) will vie for the vacant Northeast Junior Welterweight Championship vs. Pittsburgh’s Eric Palmer (4-3-3). Tickets are available at NewEnglandFights.com or by calling 207-783-2009 Ext. 525.
Getting the call to fight in the UFC is not only the culmination of a dream for every fighter, but it also serves as an opportunity for many of the newcomers to commit themselves to their craft full-time . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Local coverage from Orlando on Francisco Palacios return to the ring. More
LVRJ of Floyd Mayweather on being a cheap tipper. More
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Kalle Sauerland on signing George Groves. More
Deepest condolences to Fightnews.com Editor-In-Chief Karl Freitag whose mother passed away on Friday.
By Ron Jackson
South African junior welterweight champion Ali Funeka from East London retained his title for the second time when he stopped the gutsy Boitshepo Mandawe of Meadowlands, Soweto in the eighth round on Sunday afternoon at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London. The 31-year-old Mandawe (63.50kg) made a fast start as he took the fight to the taller champion through the first three rounds. However, he sustained a cut above the right eye in the second round that appeared to have come from a punch and his corner battled to stop the bleeding. Funeka (63.40kg) using his longer reach and educated jab took control from the fourth round as he outboxed the challenger and scored with left and right combinations to wear down Mandawe. In round seven Boitshepo began to ship punishment as he was backed up against the ropes and it came as no surprise when referee Allen Matekane stepped in at 1 minute 10 seconds into the eighth round to wave the fight off. Funeka, 36, improves his record to 35-4-3, 29 KOs and Mandawe’s reported record drops to 14-5, 10 KOs. (more…)
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