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Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing Promotion returns tonight to the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The main event will feature former Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-2, 7 KOs) taking on Rafael Valenzuela (8-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico in six round cruiserweight bout. Elam is coming off of a thrilling but short bout with former world champion Victor Ramirez in Argentina this past October. Elam had the ex-champ badly hurt and down twice in round one. Ramirez managed to survive the round and just when it appeared the upset would happen, Elam was caught with a shot by Ramirez and stopped early in round two. (more…)
Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, today thanked the New York State Senate for passing the bill to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York, the last state in the nation where professional MMA remains illegal, for the sixth consecutive year. Fertitta also applauded UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for spending two days lobbying for the bill in Albany and then discussing it with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s “Tonight Show.” . . . click here for more
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By Tracy Morin
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Today at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, the four fighters in Saturday’s main and co-main events shared some final thoughts with the media regarding their upcoming bouts at the Palms’ Pearl Theater on Saturday, March 28.
Jhonny Gonzalez: We are ready for this fight. I prepared myself very well in Mexico City to get ready for this fight. Saturday you will see it in the ring.
Gary Russell, Jr.: We’re ready. We’re in shape. In the ring, I’m omnipresent. (more…)
Audley Harrison quits boxing . . . again.
Nonito Donaire says Prado fight will determine his career.
Freddie Roach says he’ll limit Pacquiao sparring to 100 rounds.
Evander Holyfield picks Pacquiao to beat Mayweather, and talks conspiracy.
Steve Geffrard 185 vs. Reggie Pena 183
Frankie Agnew 126.9 vs. Stephon McIntyre 126.7
Carlos Adame, Jr. 127.5 vs. Joe Estrada 131.5
Raul Cespedes 133.5 vs. Brian Raglin 136.1
Marco Vazquez jr. 152 vs. DeMarcus Oatman 151.1
Fernando Garcia 127.7 vs. Marco Alcaraz 128.3
Radmir Akhmediyev ?? vs. Jason Howard ??
Alberto Fundora 168.1 vs. Philip Lars 162.5
Venue: Diamond Jacks Casino, Bossier City, Louisiana
Promoter: Undercard Promotions
By Dave Spencer
Francis Lafreniere 158.8 vs. Muhamed Akrong 156.6
Tyson Cave 134 vs. Abraham Gomez 140/138.5
Dillon Carmen 233 vs. Benito Quiroz 227
Erik Bazinyan 168.2 vs. Morgan Le Gal 167
Eric Martel 259 vs. Samer Barakat 206
Golden Garcia 129.8 vs. Jessie McMillan 128.6
Dwayne Durel 134 vs. Kyle Marsh 133
Venue: Olympia Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Grant Brothers Boxing and Global Legacy
“Fans are going to find out where I am at on Saturday night,” Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire said at a press conference this week in Cebu. He is taking on William Prado of Brazil for the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship at the historic Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night. The event is called Pinoy Pride 30 – D Day.
Donaire, a five-division world champion, has trained for weeks in the Philippines. After his last bout – a loss to hard-punching featherweight Nicholas Walters, Donaire made a decision to return to the 122 pound weight division. He was in that division when he won the 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Award.
Donaire’s record is 33-3, 21 KOs. Prado is 22-4-1, 15 KOs.
“I know exactly what is at stake in this fight. It’s very important when I get into the ring on Saturday night,” Donaire told reporters here. Donaire was inducted into the prestigious ‘Flash’ Elorde Hall of Fame earlier this week at the historic Manila Hotel.
A questionable knockdown propelled undefeated welterweight Fredrick “General Okunka” Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) to a ten round split decision over Breidis Prescott (27-7, 20 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Miami, Florida. Lawson was credited with a knockdown in round three when Prescott appeared to slip, but otherwise he had all he could handle with Prescott, who had previously handed Amir Khan his first defeat in 2008. After ten tough, gritty rounds, scores were 95-94, 95-94 Lawson, 96-93 Prescott. Without the knockdown it would have been a draw.
Undefeated former junior lightweight titlist Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO against Angino Perez (18-6, 16 KOs). The bout took place at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Miami, Florida. Barthelemy came out strong against Perez in round one, knocking him down twice. Barthelemy knocked down Perez again in round two causing the fight to be waved off by the referee. The time was 15 seconds of round number two.
Light heavyweight KO artist Ahmed Elbiali (11-1, 9 KOs) went the distance against Mike Stafford (13-3, 3 KOs). Stafford got a point off for holding in round six. Scores were 55-54, 60-53, 60-53 all for Elbiali.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
IBF Super Lightweight champion Lamont Peterson continued his preparation for his nationally-televised bout with WBC/WBA champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia in front of the media on Thursday. Despite telling reporters that he is doing “regular training,” Peterson said he has been pleased with training camp thus far.
“Everything is going well,” Peterson said. “I’m not doing anything special. I’m not looking to change anything.”
When asked what will give him the edge of Garcia on Saturday, April 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Peterson simply said, “I’m a better fighter. Overall, skill-wise, I’m a better fighter and you will see that on April 11.” (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Daniel Lozano 115 vs. David Carmona 115
Toribio Ramirez 127 vs. Alcides Santiago 127
Ruben Ozuna 137 vs. Gabriel Diaz 137
Santiago Arroyo 120 vs. Jose Garcia 120
Justin Pauldo 134 vs. Calvin Smith 131
Ramon Luis Nicolas 176 vs. Marvin Jones 177
Edwin Alvarez 254 vs. Shamar Davis 219
Venue: Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, FL
Promoter: “Tuto” Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #13 cruiserweight Anthony McCracken (17-7) and Vaitele Soi (24-1) will be in action over ten rounds on Saturday in the feature event of the Super 8 tournament in Christchurch, New Zealand. “I am looking forward to claiming back the titles for New Zealand and Samoa, and to overcome the man who beat my friend,” Soi said. “It is a matter of personal responsibility that I vanquish McCracken, and restore the honor of my team, my trainer and my friend.” (more…)
The WBC has initiated the free negotiations period for the mandatory title defense between WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, with a purse offer date of April 17 in case there is no agreement between the parties.
WBC Statement: The WBC is extremely proud to continue with the task of securing the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. During the historic 52nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas in December of last year, the WBC voted unanimously in favor of a proposal which would lead to the unification of the light heavyweight division. Since then, Stevenson defended the WBC title in December, and Kovalev defeated Jean Pascal to determine the mandatory challenger with a spectacular victory that was also for the WBC Diamond belt.
Stevenson has a voluntary title defense scheduled for April 4 against former WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika, and Kovalev has his mandatory commitment scheduled for the IBF. These are very exiting times for boxing. The WBC is very happy to be part of them, and is committed to continue this path.
The undercard of the April 11 NBC card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn was announced today. The main undercard bouts features Olympic Gold Medalist for the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz (16-0, 8 KOs) battling Brooklyn-born Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (23-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight contest. Plus, the return of Brooklyn’s own Luis Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs), who will compete in welterweight action against TBA. Also fighting at Barclays Center are a pair of 2012 U.S. Olympians, as undefeated prospect “Sir” Marcus Browne (13-0, 10 KOs) takes on Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KOs) and Browne’s Olympic teammate Errol Spence Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) makes his Brooklyn debut against Samuel Vargas (20-1, 10 KOs). Additionally on the undercard is the highly regarded Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KOs), plus undefeated prospect Prichard “Digget” Colon (13-0, 10 KOs) battles Jonathan Batista (14-5, 7 KOs) and undefeated female prospect Heather “The Heat” Hardy (12-0, 2 KOs) takes on Renata Domsodi (12-6, 5 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout.
The Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC primetime headliners are Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) facing Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) and a middleweight championship bout between “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) and undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).
Jermell’s brother Jermall Charlo and Mayweather Promotions fighter J’Leon Love are in action on the undercard of Saturday’s Showtime-televised clashes between WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) and Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) and top 154-pound contenders Jermell Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs) and Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) .
In off-TV fights, Jermall Charlo (20-0, 16 KOs), looks to keep his undefeated record intact against Michael Finney (12-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout.
J’Leon Love (18-1, 10 KOs), who returns to the ring after suffering his first loss and will look to get back in the win column against Scott Sigmon (24-6-1, 13 KOs) in 10 rounds of super middleweight action. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Looks like WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will likely defend his title against Krzysztof Glowacki on June 12. The bout appears headed toward a Premier Boxing Champions card in either Chicago or New York. Huck, one of the world’s most exciting fighters, is a big star in Europe, but largely unknown to American boxing fans.
Matchroom Boxing announced today that James DeGale will take on Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF super middleweight title in Boston on May 23. The belt was recently vacated by Carl Froch, who still holds a WBA version.
Former heavyweight champion David Haye announced that he will return later this year, but ruled out an immediate fight with Tyson Fury after twice pulling out with injuries. Haye told talkSPORT, “In an ideal world I think the most exciting route would be to work my way up the WBC rankings, having two or three fights against ranked fighters and then get a shot at Deontay Wilder for his WBC title.”
43-year-old former heavyweight contender and Olympic champion Audley Harrison (31-7, 23 KOs) has announced his retirement in a long letter on his website.
Here are some of the highlights:
“My boxing career has come to an end. I am no longer a professional boxer, and that is good with me…So no world title for me as a boxer, but I accept that outcome as my lesson I had to learn I was certainly talented enough to do it, but that ingredient is never enough.
“My desire to control my career and beat the system broke me down, I was desperate to do it, but not for any promotor but own my company A-Force Promotions. So be careful what you put out into the universe, as the Law of Attraction is real.” (more…)
WBC/WBO #7 rated featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) challenges WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) on Saturday night at the The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas live on Showtime. In his second world title shot, Russell is a -185 favorite to tear the WBC belt away from the champion.
“I don’t think that he’s going to be able to deal with my speed,” said Russell earlier this week. “I think we’ll be able to do it with my speed. He’s always been slow in the speed. Even though he’s been a puncher, a lot of punchers have to really sit to actually apply these punches efficiently. I think he lacks the ring generalship as far as the footwork goes that he would need — the foot quickness. And a lot of his shots are a little wide. So, I’ll be about to outpunch him and be able to punch him between his shots.” (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Former world champion Marcos Maidana could return to the ring in August or September this year. Potential opponents include current WBC/WBA super lightweight world champion champion Danny Garcia, WBA “regular” welterweight world champion Keith Thurman and newly crowned WBA “interim” welterweight world champion Andre Berto. After two fights against Floyd Mayweather in 2014, Maidana would likely make his return on one of the various “Premier Boxing Champions” telecasts.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Abel Sanchez, trainer of unbeaten welterweight Fredrick Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs), spoke with Fightnews.com what he expects from his fighter in tonight’s special edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida (ESPN2, 9 ET). Sanchez also talks also about his coaching philosophy and what makes his fighter tough and fearless.
Currently serving as a coach on season two of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, Kelvin Gastelum will get back to his day job on June 13, when he faces Nate Marquardt in UFC 188 action in Mexico City . . . click here for more
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