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Wilder plans next move

Wilder plans next move

By Matt Richardson Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com WBC heavyweight title-holder Deontay Wilder is preparing for his next move. Wilder (34-0, 33 KO’s) is ...

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Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Suzanna Teresa/PBC WBA "undisputed" bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos "Baby Pacquiao" Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) retained his title with ...

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Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/PBC Juan Carlos Payano 117.6 vs. Rau'shee Warren 117 (WBA "undisputed" bantamweight title) Yudel Jhonson 153.2 vs. Jorge Cota 154.2 John Jackson 153.4 ...

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Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank IBF #9 ranked super bantamweight Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (26-3, 19 KO) stepped ...

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Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

By Gabriel F Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Kazuki Hashimoto (11-5, ...

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Chagaev: I feel like my mid-20s

36-year-old WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev feels rejuvenated after hooking up with trainer Pedro Diaz (following the sudden death of his longtime trainer Fritz Sdunek). After eight weeks of preparation in Miami, the “White Tyson” is now training in Hamburg for his world title defense against Francesco Pianeta on July 11 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. “I feel in top shape,” said Chagaev. I haven’t felt this good in a long time – probably since ten years ago in my mid-20s. I’m looking forward to the fight. After almost a year break, I’m hungry and want to show my fans what I can do. I’m sorry for Francesco Pianeta that he’s facing me precisely at this stage of my career. He doesn’t stand a chance. He won’t know what hit him.”



June 16th, 2015


Boxing News

Quigg vows to ‘do a number’ on Martinez

WBA “regular” super bantamweight titleholder Scott Quigg says he will produce a devastating performance defense against Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena on July 18. “It’s a fight that we want to go out and make a real statement,” said Quigg. “I’m confident that I can go out there and do a number on him. We’ve been preparing for what we expect Kiko to bring – we aren’t leaving anything to chance…I’m expecting him to come out all guns blazing from the off – he will get a massive shock when I return fire. Kiko doesn’t like being backed up and that’s something I’m confident I can do throughout.”

If Quigg produces the dominant performance he is promising the fans, then talk of a clash with rival Carl Frampton is certain to be revisited. Frampton took the IBF title from Martinez in September and defends it for the second time on the same night in Texas against Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr.



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Late Results from Arizona

Local junior welterweight favorite Abel Ramos (13-0-2, 8 KO) of Arizona remained unbeaten with a devastating second round knockout of Roberto Ramirez (13-2, 10 KOs) of Mexico last Saturday at The Renaissance Hotel in Glendale, Arizona. Ramos ended matters with a short left hook that sent Ramirez down and out. Ramirez only had lost once previously and that was by split decision.

Also, Ramos’ Journeyman Management stablemate middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (5-0, 4 KOs) was extended the full distance for the first time. He won a dominant six round unanimous nod over Yosmani Abreu (4-10-2, 0 KOs) of Mexico.

The card was promoted by Fighthard Promotions (Rigo Ledezma & Sonny Gutierrez).



June 16th, 2015

UFC

UFC brings event to Monterrey in November

Following two star-studded events in Mexico City, the UFC will continue its tour of Mexico on Saturday, November 21, with a UFC Fight Night card to be held at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former British champ Anthony Small sells career memorabilia to fight jihad in Syria

Amir Khan continues to prod Floyd Mayweather for showdown

Wilder’s days are numbered, says Aussie Lucas Browne

Speaking of heavyweights, does Joseph Parker have what it takes?



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Roy Englebrecht Promotions signs top female prospect

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Continuing what he started 20 years ago when he promoted first female boxing bout, promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has signed 4-0 Southern California female boxer Seniesa Estrada to a promotional contract. Estrada who turns 23 this June is a former National Amateur Champion winning the Junior Olympics in 2007 and was the #1 ranked female amateur boxer in the USA when she won the 2009 USA National Championship in Colorado Springs. Her amateur record was an astonishing 97 wins and 4 losses.

“Having promoted more female boxing bouts than any other promoter in the history of the sport, I am thrilled to have Seniesa and her team join Roy Englebrecht Promotions,” said Englebrecht. “With her skills in the ring, her large Southern California following, and her inner and outer beauty, she is a promoter’s dream.” (more…)



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Zurdo Ramirez at ESPN Deportes

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez makes a special guest appearance, Monday on the “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show with hosts: legendary champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. , Bernardo Osuna and David Faitelson at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles.

Ramirez will headline an all-action card, Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. where he will be taking on DERECK “The Black Lion” EDWARDS in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Nord Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions, This live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports.

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June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

July 17 ShoBox quadrupleheader set

On Friday night, July 17 undefeated middleweight Antoine “Action” Dougas (17-0-1, 11 KOs) will headline a televised quadrupleheader when he takes on fellow undefeated Istvan Szili (18-0-2, 8 KOs) in a ten round bout from the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation.

In the ten round co-feature, it will be a battle of undefeated middleweights as Derrick Webster (19-0, 10 KOs) will fight Arif Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs).

In an eight round super bantamweight bout, unbeaten Adam Lopez (12-0, 6 KOs) will take on fellow undefeated Eliecer Aquino (17-0-1, 11 KOs).

Opening the telecast will be super middleweight banger Jerry Odom (13-1, 12 KOs) against Samuel Clarkson (14-3, 8 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.

The show is promoted by GH3 Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, Main Events and King’s Promotions. Ticket Information will be announced shortly.



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Gausha tops Saturday’s NBCSN telecast

Undefeated 2012 Olympian Terrell Gausha (14-0, 8 KOs) will take on Mexican brawler Luis Grajeda (18-4-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout to headline Premier Boxing Champions coverage on NBCSN beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 20, following the PBC on NBC telecast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Also in action on NBCSN is undefeated Robert Easter Jr. (13-0, 10 KOs) who will face Miguel Mendoza (21-5-2, 21 KOs) in a lightweight bout. Depending on timing, the Gausha vs. Grajeda bout could begin on NBC before switching over to NBCSN. (more…)



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Porter ready for Broner at 144lb catch weight

By Karl Freitag

Former world champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter had the media all to himself today when his opponent Adrien Broner was a no-show for an international media conference call on Monday. To make this fight, Broner insisted on a catch weight of 144 lbs., which the Porter camp agreed to. However, Porter isn’t happy about Broner trying to hush up the catch weight issue in the media.

“We’ve known for weeks now that the contracted weight is supposed to be 144,” said Porter. “Here we are doing everything we need to do as professionals to be on weight, be on point, be 100% and the ‘kid’ who chose to make the contracted weight 144 wishes not to talk about the contracted weight, wishes not to talk about any rehydration clause, wants to avoid any conversation involving weight limits or anything like that. And the more and more we talk about it, the more and more the animosity sets in because I’m a professional doing what I do at this high level for so long and my weight class is 147 for so long. You want to move up into my weight, then move up! Don’t be scared. Don’t be worried. Don’t be afraid. Put your skill on the line along with your record. Put it all on the line at 147. Don’t put it at 144, then not want to talk about it.”

The Broner-Porter clash takes place Saturday night on NBC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Ward, Smith Conference Call Quotes

By Karl Freitag

Roc Nation Sports hosted an international media conference call on Monday with Olympic Gold Medalist and reigning WBA super middleweight world champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) and former world title challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) gave their thoughts on Saturday night’s non-title clash at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. It will be Ward’s first ring appearance in 19 months.

Paul Smith: I’ve got all the respect in the world for Andre Ward and I thank him for giving me this shot, but I’m here to win…inactivity isn’t good for any fighter. Any fighter will tell you that. You have to stay active, you have to stay busy. All the training in the world in the gym is totally different…Andre Ward’s inactivity is what I can capitalize on Saturday night.

Andre Ward: It’s a beautiful thing when you come to fight week and you know that you haven’t cut any corners. I didn’t cut corners on any running. I didn’t cut corners on any sparring session. Every round for me counted. Every day counted. I’m more than prepared for anything Paul Smith brings to the table and I think this fight isn’t going to go the way he anticipates it…he’s gonna be hit early, he’s gonna be hit often, and he’s gonna realize very quick that ‘Man, this isn’t the guy that we scouted on paper.’



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing back in Greensboro, North Carolina

Unbeaten welterweight Ty-Keem “The Zombiemaker” Sadler (6-0, 5 KOs) faces Maurice “Mo Badd” Chalmers (14-11, 6 KOs) in an eight round contest on Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. In the co-feature, middleweight Scott Sigmon (25-6, 13 KOs) meets veteran Jonathon Reid (39-18, 16 KOs). Also unbeaten heavyweight prospect Trevor Bryan (16-0, 13 KOs) takes on journeyman spoiler Stacey Frazier (17-15, 13 KOs). Tickets are on sale at the Coliseum box office and at Ticketmaster online. Doors open at 7:30pm first fight is at 8:15pm.



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Florida poised for FBHOF Weekend

The seventh annual Florida Boxing Hall of Fame celebration is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 19, 20 and 21, 2015. It begins at 6:00 pm with a “Meet the Inductees Social Gathering” followed by an exciting evening of amateur boxing on Friday. Saturday morning will feature several book signings, in-ring workouts by boxers, fist castings of the inductees, and two interesting discussions hosted by Don Cogswell, Steve Canton, Tommy Torino and Enrique Encinosa. The Gala Dinner is Saturday night along with the popular “Silent Auction.” The weekend wraps up on Sunday morning with “Breakfast with the Inductees” and the formal induction ceremony. (more…)



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia, Malignaggi is official

Undefeated former jr welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs), who just relinquished the title, will take on Brooklyn’s own Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) in a welterweight clash at Barclays Center as Premier Boxing Champions will be live in primetime on ESPN on Saturday, August 1.

Danny Garcia: “It’s going to be a great fight against Paulie on August 1st. I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again, in my fifth appearance at Barclays Center, and putting on a great show for the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over the world. By the end of the night, I will still be the undefeated Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia. To all of the fans that love me, I love you too. This is for you.”

Paulie Malignaggi: “Although I have a ton of respect for Danny and his father Angel, both for what they’ve accomplished in the ring as well as the bond they share as father/son, I, like them, am a competitor through and through and in this sport it’s all about testing yourself against the elite. So I look forward to defending my home turf of Brooklyn and matching my skills against Danny’s at Barclays Center on August 1.”



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

GIANT Walters-Marriaga/Verdejo-Najera Report/Gallery

By: Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos by: Peter Frutkoff /Peterfrutkoff.com

Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters scored a unanimous decision over WBA #7 Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. In the co-feature, WBO Latino lightweight champion Felix Verdejo defeated Ivan Najera over ten hard-fought rounds in another Mexico vs. Puerto Rico war. Click here for report and MASSIVE gallery of previously unpublished photos



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Photogallery: Wilder stops Molina; Pedraza captures jr lightweight title

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In the first world title fight in the state of Alabama, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) had to work harder than expected before dismantling Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-3, 17 KOs) with a ninth round knockout Saturday.

Hometown hero Wilder, who was born and still resides just 60 miles down the road in Tuscaloosa, dropped Molina, of Lyford, TX, with a straight right hand 63 seconds in the ninth round, prompting referee Jack Reiss to call the fight off as a result of Molina’s fourth and final knockdown of the evening in front of a raucous sold out crowd of 9,347 at Bartow Arena on the campus of University of Alabama Birmingham . . . Click here for more 



June 15th, 2015

UFC

UFC 188 Talking Points: Werdum Assumes Throne

Was it the altitude? The long layoff? A superior opponent?

It’s difficult to really know what happened to Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 Saturday night in Mexico City, but it might have been a combination of all of those . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

2015 IBHOF Induction Wrap Up

Report/Video/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

An enthusiastic crowd lucked out with the weather yet again on this IBHOF induction weekend, as the final threat of inclement weather was averted until 30 minutes after the final acceptance speech was delivered. Eight living inductees were enshrined (seven in attendance) as well as three posthumous recipients of boxing’s highest honor.

Among the deceased inductees were two champions and a publicist in the non-participant category. (more…)



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Opinion: How to deal with overweight cases

By Joe Koizumi

Nicholas Waters failed to pass the weigh-in of the contracted and stipulated 126-pound, forfeited his WBA featherweight belt on the scale, but actually defeated the slated challenger Miguel Marriaga on Saturday in New York. It’s a shameful incident against the weight category system of boxing, since boxing should basically depend on the weight of the contestants. Obviously it is because the heavier weight, the greater power—in general—though there had been such rare exceptions as Henry Armstrong, Manny Pacquiao, etc. Should a boxer be heavier, he should logically have more quantity of muscles that can produce physical power which is essential and fundamental in boxing. (more…)



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Teen prospect Hwan aims to ignite Korean boxing

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Highly touted South Korean prospect Hwang Gyu Hwan (1-0, 1 KOs) will be in the main event on Sunday afternoon July 12th at the Inchon Seonhak Boxing Stadium in Inchon City, South Korea. Hwan will face countryman Park Chan Hee (5-5-1) for the Korean Boxing Comission (KBC) super welterweight title. KBS N Sports will televise the show on tape delay locally. In just his second pro fight, Hwan is in his first ten-rounder and title fight. He is only 18 years old, but had a solid amateur career and there are high hopes for him to be his country’s next world champion.

There has been quite a boxing drought in South Korea. The country’s last world champion was In-Jin Chi way back in 2006. He twice won the WBC featherweight title and may be best known for his exciting decision loss to Erik Morales in Los Angeles in 2001. (more…)



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Unnoticed at home, Prince Naseem Hamed gets inducted into the Hall of Fame

What’s next for Deontay Wilder?

Puerto Rico has new shining star in Felix Verdejo

Stars come out for big Ricky Hatton celebration bash in Manchester



June 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Luis DeCubas: Lara is the only one who could beat GGG

By Przemek Garczarczyk

When asked about a possible fight between WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin after Lara’s destruction of Delvin Rodriguez in Chicago, longtime boxing manager Luis DeCubas told Fightnews.com: “Of all the fighters, from 154 to 160, I believe that Erislandy Lara is the only one who has the shot against Gennady Golovkin. He is very difficult to hit. Lara fought a lot of Russians, fought them at their backyard, has 500 amateur fights and has the WBA title. Pressure doesn’t bother Lara – last time he had 15,000 Mexicans against him when he fought Canelo. Most of the press had him winning the fight.”



June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Puerto Rican Day Parade with Felix Verdejo

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

After successfully defending his title against Ivan Najera last night at Madison Square Garden, Felix Verdejo’s celebration continues through the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NY Sunday afternoon.

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June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Full Results from Hollywood, California

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

After a sellout show just two weeks ago, Hollywood Fight Night was back at the world famous Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California as IBF #8 lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Ghana’s Yakubu Amidu in a clash that saw both men on the canvas. The bout was televised nationally on UniMas Solo Boxeo.

Also scoring victories on the card were unbeaten 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr Gvozdyk, WBC #12 ranked bantamweight Carlos “Memin” Carlson and unbeaten IBF #3, WBC #8, WBO #12 cruiserweight Murat “Iron” Gassiev. (more…)



June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

European Roundup: Takam, Helenius, Sillakh

Heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (32-2-1, 25 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over veteran Michael Sprott (42-24, 17 KOs) in Paris, France. That’s two straight wins for Takam after his KO loss to Alexander Povetkin last October. Three straight KO losses now for the 40-year-old former Euro champ Sprott.

Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (21-0, 13 KOs) continued his comeback with a third round KO over Beka Lobjanidze (12-3, 10 KOs) in Vaasa, Finland. “The Nordic Nightmare” scored one knockdown in each of the three rounds. Formerly WBO #1 rated Helenius is 2-0 with 2 KOs since resuming his career in March following a promotional dispute that kept him out of action for two years.

Former light heavyweight title challenger Ismayl Sillakh (22-2, 17 KOs), in his first fight since a KO2 loss to world champion Sergey Kovalev in November 2013, outpointed journeyman Arturs Kulikauskis (16-24-5, 8 KOs) over eight rounds in a cruiserweight bout in Budivelnik, Ukraine.



June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Figueroa victorious in his hometown

Saturday night at the Ismael Delgado Coliseum in Aguada, Miguel Cotto’s ‘Boxeo Al Maximo’ series brought pro boxing to the west area of Puerto Rico. In the main event, local fan favorite Josean ‘El Tren’ Figueroa (9-3-2, 7 KOs) won a eight round unanimous decision in a brutal battle with Jonell Nieves. Figueroa was more active and sharp for the first two rounds, but in the middle of round three, a accidental head bunt cut Figueroa’s right eyebrow which Nieves took advantage of. “I was feeling great the first two rounds but I got cut and it took my rhythm away for a moment. I was landing my best shots and setting up the pace. Nieves came here to fight and he showed a lot of heart. It was a great win for me tonight.” Figueroa said. (more…)



June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

IBHOF Report Day 3

Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

It was another beautiful day in “Title Town USA,” Canastota, New York, home of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the 2015 inductions. Saturday is without a doubt the busiest day of the four day induction weekend with events scattered throughout the town from morning to night.

The morning began with the 5K run through the streets of the village. The annual celebrity golf tournament saw great conditions enjoyed by the participants at Castle Wood golf course, which was followed on site by a BBQ cookout. Throughout the day, the boxing collector and card show was held at Canastota High School. The collectors show featured everything boxing related from magazines, on-site programs and posters, fight worn trunks and robes, gloves, autographed photos and assorted boxing knick knacks. While fans strolled by the dealer tables in the gymnasium, inductees and former champs took turns signing autographs at one end of the gym. Throughout the day, several fighters held court giving ringside lectures on the museum grounds. 2015 inductee Ray ‘Boom Boom” Mancini and “The Fighter” Micky Ward talked and answered questions from fans about the Sweet Science, past and present. (more…)



June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Sergio Martinez announces retirement from boxing at IBHOF gala banquet

Report/Photo by Boxing Bob Newman

Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez made the final speech at the IBHOF gala banquet Saturday night by officially announcing his retirement from the sport of boxing. Surrounded by Team Maravilla promoter Lou DiBella, advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, and Nathan Lewkowicz, Martinez thanked his supporters and fans over his twenty years in the ring. He also thanked his parents for their undying love and support. An all around athlete, excelling in soccer and cycling, Martinez turned to boxing at a late age, beginning his amateur career at twenty years old, turning pro at twenty two. Reeling off a record of 16-0-1, Martinez was momentarily derailed with a TKO7 loss to future champ Antonio Margarito. Martinez went another twenty nine fights without a loss before engaging in a knockdown swapping, close decision loss to Paul Williams. He fought so well, despite the loss, then middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik gave Maravilla a shot at his two belts. The WBC super welterweight champ completely dominated Pavlik, snatching his belts in the process.

A rematch with Williams in his first defense saw Martinez remove any doubts with a highlight reel one-punch knockout, leaving Williams unconscious, face first on the canvas. A total of six defense in all occurred before Martinez much publicized knee problems, and a resurgent Miguel Cotto caught up with him, forcing a tenth round surrender, and the loss of his middleweight crown one year ago on June 7. Martinez finishes with a career record of 51-3-2, 28 KOs.



June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Accolades for Sergio Martinez

Comments on the retirement of former world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez…

Ken Hershman (President, HBO Sports): “Like millions of boxing fans around the world who have enjoyed watching his spectacular career, everybody at HBO Sports will miss Sergio’s professionalism and elite fighting skills. What we will do is celebrate a career that is full of accomplishments by one of the most determined athletes of this generation. Watching Sergio win the lineal world middleweight championship on HBO was a landmark moment in the sport’s history. More importantly, our respect and admiration for Sergio as an individual is unmeasurable. His decision to be an activist and campaign against bullying is just one example of how he has taken his celebrity and used it as a positive force to make the world a better place. We will be forever grateful to Sergio and his team for allowing HBO to chronicle his remarkable journey to the top of the sport.”

Lou DiBella (Promoter): “Sergio Martinez was an extraordinary athlete and boxer. His remarkable accomplishments were primarily as an aging athlete with chronic pain, yet he never complained and he appreciated every opportunity he had to shine. His career was as remarkable as a champion outside of the ring as it was within. He was a champion for those bullied and for women victimized by domestic violence; he was a champion for underdogs. I have valued his loyalty and his personal excellence. It was an honor to have been his promoter. It is an even bigger honor to remain his friend.”



June 14th, 2015

UFC

UFC 188 Main: Werdum Stuns Velasquez, Owns Undisputed Title

In his first fight since winning the UFC interim heavyweight title last November, Fabricio Werdum made that title undisputed Saturday night at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, submitting and dethroning Cain Velasquez in the third round of the UFC 188 main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Gastelum back on track, stops Marquardt . . . And A star is born: Rodriguez rocks Rosa

Watch the post-fight press conference following the fights

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Felix Jr. defeats Amidu

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Super lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr (30-1-1, 24 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over the rugged Yakubu Amidu (21-7-2, 19 KOs) in a super lightweight bout on Saturday night at the Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California. Both fighters were down in a wild round nine. Felix prevailed by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 98-92.

Featherweight Carlos Carlson (18-1, 12 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Heriberto Delgado (11-3, 6 KOs). Carlson dropped Delgado twice in round four to end it. Time was 1:43.

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June 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Walters defeats Marriaga

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

After losing the WBA featherweight title on the scale, Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) stayed unbeaten and avenged an amateur loss with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #7 Miguel Marriaga (20-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Cautious fight between two old rivals although both landed big bombs throughout. Walters dropped Marriaga in round nine and went on to win 118-109, 117-110, 119-108.

Only Marriaga was eligible to win the WBA belt, so the title remains vacant with the Walters victory.

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June 14th, 2015

Twitter Watch

Sergio Martinez announces retirement

Former world champion Sergio Martinez officially announced his retirement today at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.



June 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Wilder batters Molina, gets KO9

Photos: Scott Foster

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) thrilled his hometown fans with a ninth round knockout over WBC #7 Eric Molina (23-3, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Molina’s best moment was when he buzzed Wilder with a left hook in round three. Wilder dropped Molina with a left hook in round four. The champion scored two more knockdowns in round five. Molina, however, hung tough until he was knocked out in round nine.

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June 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Verdejo defeats Najera

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

In his toughest fight to date, unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Verdejo looked very sharp against the super game Najera. Verdejo dropped Najera with a left uppercut in round five and with a left hook in round seven and went on to win by scores of 100-88, 100-88, 99-89. With the win, Verdejo retained the WBO Latino lightweight title. Verdejo apparently suffered an injury to his left hand.

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