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Guevara: I will knock out Ganigan Lopez

Guevara: I will knock out Ganigan Lopez

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez WBC light flyweight champion Pedro "Pedrin" Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) and mandatory challenger Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 15 ...

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Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Werner Kalin WBO#11, WBA#13 super middleweight Zac Dunn (18-0, 15 KOs) outpointed Max Bursak (31-4, 14 ...

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Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (16-0, 5 K0s) retained his title by twelve round unanimous decision in his IBF mandatory ...

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Bradley defeats Vargas to win WBO interim welterweight title

Bradley defeats Vargas to win WBO interim welterweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve ...

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Mighty Mo wins vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title in Dallas

Mighty Mo wins vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title in Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos by Stacey Verbeek It has been a long, winding and at times hard road for Dallas native jr ...

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Boxing News

Lara-Rodriguez on Spike TV

WBA “regular” super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, June 12 to defend against veteran Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) as Premier Boxing Champions heads back to Spike TV. Additionally, light heavyweight knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) is set to square off against the ring-savvy Doudou Ngumbu (34-6, 13 KOs).



May 12th, 2015



Boxing News

Unbeaten super featherweights collide May 30

Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the World Famous Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California, brings Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas to “Tinseltown” on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:00pm. The May 30th show will mark the ninth installment of the Hollywood Fight Night series.

The main event is currently scheduled to be a battle of two 22-year-old unbeaten super featherweight prospects as Saul “El Dinamita” Rodriguez (16-0, 13KOs) faces off against Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6KOs). Since 2013, Riverside’s Rodriguez has disposed of his last 8 opponents by stoppage, including some highlight reel knockouts on UniMas. Capulin makes his California debut after fighting his entire career in his home state of Texas. (more…)



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

2.2 million see Canelo-Kirkland on HBO

After an electrifying night at Minute Maid Park in Houston where more than 31,000 fans gathered to watch live on May 9, Canelo vs. Kirkland brought in a stunning number of viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing (WCB) with an average viewership of 2,146,000 for the live, first-time airing on HBO and peaked at 2,296,000 viewers. Canelo vs. Kirkland is the top-performing bout on HBO’s flagship boxing platform since the Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight title battle delivered 2,460,000 viewers in 2006. This also marked the Mexican superstar’s first appearance as a headliner on the HBO WCB platform.



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Walters-Marriaga/Verdejo-Najera Ticket Alert

Tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga/Verdejo vs. Najera HBO-televised world championship boxing event on June 13 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC, will go on sale this Friday (May 15) at Noon ET. Priced at $205, $105 and $55, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Tony “El Torito” Ayala passes away

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former middleweight boxing star of the 80s Tony “El Torito” Ayala Jr. was found dead Tuesday at the Zarzamora Street Gym in San Antonio, Texas. Ayala was just 52 and is believed to have passed away from a heart attack. He had a record of 31-2, 27 KOs. His promising career was interrupted by a 16 year prison sentence.



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Chagaev-Pianeta kickoff press conference

Photos: P. Gercke/SES Boxing

The world heavyweight title clash between WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2, 20 KOs) and #13 rated Francesco Pianeta (31-1-1, 17 KOs) was officially announced today during a press conference in the garden of the 900-year-old “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” Art Museum in Magdeburg, Germany. The bout will take place July 11 at the GETEC Arena.

Ruslan Chagaev: “I’ve boxed in many cities in Germany, but it will be my first time here in Magdeburg. With Francesco Pianeta I have a great challenger who had a very good performance in his world title fight against Klitschko and, of course, wants my title. I will do everything possible to win. It’s certainly a good fight. We have two southpaws boxing against each other, but for me that’s not a big challenge. I can box well against both styles.”

Francesco Pianeta: “This fight is very big for me. I could be the first German world champion since Max Schmeling and are also the first world heavyweight champion for SES. For this big challenge, I’ll give everything. It is a difficult task, but I can do it. Ruslan boxed Valuev very smart tactically and really impressed me, like all fans of boxing. Ruslan is a major hurdle for my dream to become a world champion, but I like to take on great challenges!”

In other heavyweight bouts, German champion Michael Wallisch (14-0, 9 KOs), German International champion Steffen Kretschmann (19-2, 17 KOs), unbeaten prospect Tom Schwarz (12-0, 8 KOs) and German #5 Edmund Gerber (24-2, 15 KOs) will face opponents to be named.

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May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao event shatters records for PPV buys, PPV revenue, live gate and more

Generates 4.4 million PPV buys, total revenues of $500 million+

The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013. (more…)



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Evens Pierre will headline card in Haiti

By Robert Coster
Photo: Premium Boxing Promotion

Lightweight contender WBA #8 Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre is returning to his homeland of Haiti to defend his WBA Fedelatin title against Mexican challenger Jesus Cruz Bibiano on May 22nd at the Karibe Convention Center in Petionville. Pierre (24-1, 17 KOs), a lanky boxer-puncher, has fought most of his career in Panama and it will be his only third appearance in front of his Haitian home crowd. According to sources, his opponent Cruz Bibiano (15-9,10 KOs) sports a deceptive record, having been on the wrong end of questionable decisions more than once. (more…)



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Quigg opponent named: Kiko Martinez

Photos: Mark Robinson

Just announced. WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against former IBF champion Kiko Martinez (32-5, 24 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on July 18, live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Quigg was sidelined with a hand surgery following his last fight, and the 26 year old says that time out of the ring has made him hungrier than ever. “I was very busy and the break has done me good – I am refreshed,” said Quigg. “We know what Kiko brings, he’s been in everyone’s backyard and this is the toughest fight of my career – but there’s one thing I know, I will beat him on July 18. (more…)



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Oliveira looks to upset McCumby Saturday

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Light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) will face unbeaten Trevor McCumby (18-0, 14 KOs) this Saturday night at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds with Top Rank promoting. McCumby is a local favorite and the promoter’s fighter, so Oliveira feels that he’ll have to win decisively to leave Phoenix with the victory. He says he’s up for the challenge.

Oliveira was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil but has lived in the U.S. for about five years. He was initially living in Florida while being promoted by Don King Productions but has since moved to Southern California following his departure from DKP. It’s now a fresh start for Oliveira who recently signed with Andrew Zak’s Journeyman Management. (more…)



May 12th, 2015

UFC

Robertson battles Killa B in Chitown

Welterweight standouts Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Kenny Robertson will be heading to the Windy City on July 25 to meet up in an important matchup at United Center in Chicago . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing hysteria settles down in the Philippines

What we learned from Canelo vs. Kirkland

Does Manny Pacquiao have a legal case to answer to?

Ricky Hatton slams Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan focused on Chris Algieri but keeping options open for Mayweather



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

The Mongoose Has Landed

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WBA number-two ranked contender Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr. has arrived at LAX with his team for Saturday’s middleweight title fight against Gennady Golovkin, that will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California and will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.

Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs) will be looking to end Golovkin’s 18 fight knockout streak as he challenges for GGG’s World Boxing Association, International Boxing Organization and “Interim” World Boxing Council belts. Co-featured on the telecast is 12-round junior flyweight matchup between World Boxing Council Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) and #2 ranked challenger and former world champion Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs).



May 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley-Vargas is official

Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) will host a Los Angeles press conference next Monday (May 18) in Los Angeles to officially announce their upcoming 12-round welterweight battle scheduled for June 27 at StubHub Center in nearby Carson. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the Bradley vs. Vargas welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Heavyweight Denis Boytsov in coma

Former WBO #1 rated heavyweight Denis Boytsov (36-1, 27 KOs) has been seriously injured in a non-boxing incident. According to the Berliner Kurrier, the 29-year-old Boytsov is now in an induced coma in a Berlin hospital. He was found in a subway tunnel between stations with serious head injuries and a hand injury. Police are not commenting on the incident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” said his promoter Sauerland Event in a statement.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Report: Broner-Porter on June 20

Adrien Broner will face Shawn Porter on June 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The bout will take place at a catch weight around 144-145 lbs., and will air on NBC. Broner is from Cincinnati and Porter is from Cleveland, but the clash for Ohio bragging rights ended up 2000 miles west.

The Times also reports that former world champions Antonio DeMarco and Rances Barthelemy will meet in a CBS-televised card on June 21 at the same venue.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Lee defeats Ford

By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

Despite the ongoing factionism that has resulted in a flabbergasting proliferation of governing bodies (KBC, KBF, two KBAs and a KPBF) in this dark age of Korean boxing, former WBA Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight world champion and current Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) Chairman Soo-Hwan Hong continues to do his best to lead Korean boxing back into the light. Also on hand lending support this fine Spring day in Gwangyeong (near Gimpo Airport) were former WBC Flyweight champion Chan-Hee Park (who vanquished both Guty Espadas and Miguel Canto), former Olympian and WBC bantamweight champion Jung-Il Byun (color commentator), and former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Sung-In Suh. (more…)



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Gennady Golovkin “Haters” Interview

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“The haters interview” idea is to put together as many constantly repeated negative comments and present them to people who are willing to actually answer them. “I always have a good answer for haters’ comments. Let’s clear some air,” said Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director and promoter of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) when confronted with this idea. Here we go…

Hey GGG: you’re fighting a lot, it’s good, but when you will fight some real opponents?

TL: As soon as real opponents will agree to fight Gennady. The difference between Gennady and other champions is that GGG knocks people out. This is why other fighters, with something to risk, avoid him at all costs. Even with offers from HBO, their budget, we still are not able to get so-called “big names.” I think it will change this year. We see a lot of action in the middleweight division, we’ll see what will happen with Canelo. Short answer is – too much risk. (more…)



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

“Maravilla” Martinez says his knee is shot

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez says he is close to announcing his retirement from professional boxing. Martinez told La Nación that his knee is shot, but he still has a meeting with doctors before making an official announcement. “I feel good, very happy in spite of having lost my last fight and having a destroyed leg.”



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Kayode back in action May 29 on CBSSN

Undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) returns to cruiserweight against once-beaten “Slick” Nick Kisner (14-1-1, 5 KOs) on May 29 at the WC Handy Pavilion on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. The ten rounder will air live on CBS Sports Network. In the co-feature, WBO #10 lightweight Josh King (19-3, 9 KOs) of Australia will make his US television debut in a regional title fight against Rogelio Casarez (9-3, 4 KOs). Also featured in televised action that night will be female super featherweight star Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) in a showcase, as well as super middleweight Derrick “Take It to The Bank” Webster (18-0, 9 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line. The card is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions, in association with GH3 Promotions, Prize Fight Promotion and Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Productions, produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Guerrero, Arreola, Angulo top June 6 NBC show

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring as he squares off against Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday afternoon, June 6 as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.

Also featured on the card are perennial stars Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-5, 18 KOs) who will compete in separate bouts. Rounding out action is a sure to be action packed featherweight showdown as Jesus Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) battles Vic Darchinyan (40-7-1, 29 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Laggoune – Karakaplan for WBC Francophone title

Laggoune versus KarakaplanChairman Houcine Houichi has confirmed the fight for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title between unbeaten Belgian star Bilal Laggoune, 19-0-1(9), and French champion Engin Karakaplan, 14-5-1(6). It will be the 3th WBC Francophone championship since it was launched on January 1, 2015 and several others are already scheduled for this attractive WBC regional title.
Promoter Ezzedine Laggoune, brother of Bilal, has an exciting seven-bout undercard. Topping the undercard will be local Elfi Philips who is fighting for the vacant Belgian female lightweight title. Ryad Merhy, the other Belgian cruiserweight prospect will also be in action. Sauerland protégé Arman Torosyan, last seen in Ghent, will probably face Mazen Girke. Popular Ismael Abdoul will have Tomislav Rudan in the other corner. Diego Velardo, Arsen Goulamirian and Bert Van Mechelen will complete this promising event.
The show will take place on Sunday May 31 at the Forum in Aalst, Belgium and will start at 5pm, doors 4pm.



May 11th, 2015

UFC

TUF Brazil 4 – Episode Six Preview

It’s been a rough start to the season for the blue team better known as Team Nogueira and after losing the first few fights in the team competition on season four of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, they are looking for a way to turn things around as they enter the next bout this week . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. honored

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By Gary “Digital” Williams

A sizable group of fans came to the District Heights Municipal Center in District Heights, MD on Saturday to honor the new WBC Featherweight Champion “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. during a festive outdoor ceremony. Fans were able to get autographs and pose for pictures with the new champion who won his title in March with a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez.

Representatives from both the governments of District Heights and nearby Capitol Heights, MD (where Russell grew up) presented proclamations and Russell also received a congratulatory letter from Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council. (more…)



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Molina says he’s fighting Wilder on June 13

Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) says he’s fighting WBC champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) on June 13. “For about two weeks prior to then we kind of had an idea that I was one of three guys Wilder was looking at,” Molina told South Texas newspaper The Monitor. “We got together with him and his people (in Las Vegas), and it became apparent that it would be me.” The bout is expected to take place at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Showtime, which currently has no upcoming fights announced, is expected to televise.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham-Stieglitz IV confirmed for July 18

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) is set to reignite his feud with rival and mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Abraham and Stieglitz first met in August 2012, where a points decision earned Abraham the WBO strap. In a March 2013 rematch, Stieglitz got his revenge with a fourth-round technical knockout victory. The belt once again changed hands in March 2014 with Abraham flooring Stieglitz on his way to a split decision win. The stage is now set for a fourth battle between ‘King Arthur’ and Stieglitz.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeaten Rey Vargas returns May 23

By Gabriel F Cordero

undefeated Mexican prospect Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) will return May 23 at the Palenque de Metepec in Mexico State in defense of his WBC international super bantamweight title against Filipino Edward Mansito (13-1-2, 7 KOs) in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and televised live on Televisa. In the co-feature, WBC female light flyweight world champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (22-5, 8 KOs) will face Jelena Blackshear (9-6, 4 KOs).



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Benavidez Jr. set for first WBA title defense

Phoenix’s favorite son and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr. will be making his first title defense against Mexican buzzsaw Jorge “Maromerito” Paez, Jr. on Friday at US Airways Center, in Phoenix live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. In the televised co-main event, undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco takes on power-punching Emmanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor in a 10-round super lightweight rumble. Remaining tickets for the world championship event, priced at $100, $75, $60, $40 and $20.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

“The Pin” Szpilka getting ready for Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

26-year-old Polish southpaw heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (18-1, 13 KOs) can’t wait to be in the ring again. “Fighting in Chicago is almost like fighting in Poland. The best place to be,” said Szpilka, who will be back in action on a June 12 Premier Boxing Champions Spike TV event in the Windy City.

“I’m getting better not every week, but every day working with Ronnie Shields in the “Plex” Houston gym. My promoters are telling me that I have to be patient, but if you ask me I’m ready to fight the best in the world right now. Give me the best, give me WBC champ Deontay Wilder – why not?” stated always very confident Szpilka, whose rival for Chicago will be announced shortly. It won’t be the “Bronze Bomber” Wilder. Not yet.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

More Canelo-Kirkland notes from Houston

Next up could be Canelo-Cotto. Promoter Oscar de la Hoya said he’ll be looking very closely at the Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale fight on June 6 in New York City.

Canelo pledged to fight in Texas once a year from now on.

Kirkland was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and didn’t attend the post-fight press conference.

Kirkland promoter 50 Cent: “I’m proud of him, he’s a true warrior and I’m going to get him back with Ann Wolfe.”

Joshua Clottey promoter Joe DeGuardia: “We definitely want to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez…I believe Josh deserves this opportunity.” (Clottey won a decision on the undercard).

Official attendance was 31,588.



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Post-fight comments from Frankfurt

By Tony Mayger

Felix Sturm vs. Fedor Chudinov post fight reactions:

Fedor Chudinov, Dmitry Chudnov, Kalle Sauerland, Tobias Drews and Vlad Hrunov discuss the win for Chudinov over Sturm, making him the new WBA super middleweight world champion.

Jack Culcay vs. Maurice Weber post fight reactions:

Post fight reactions from Jack Culcay, Maurice Weber and promoter Kalle Sauerland after Culcay wins by unanimous decision at the Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. Culcay becomes the interim world super welterweight champion.



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

WBA champ Walters plans to settle score with Marriaga

Photo: Premium Boxing Promotions

Photo: Premium Boxing Promotions


By Robert Coster

HBO announced it officially. On June 13th at the Madison Square Theatre WBA featherweight “super” champion Nicholas “the Axeman” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) will square off against Colombian phenom Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) in an explosive matchup between the two unbeaten KO artists. Walters holds a grudge against Marriaga, who thwarted his Olympic dreams by beating him (via 14-9 decision) at the pre-Olympic trials in 2008. The 27 year-old Colombian, a “big” (5’7 1/2), brawny featherweight like Walters, is considered by many pundits to be a hidden gem in the talent-filled 126lb class. In his only appearance in the United States in October of 2014, Marriaga was extremely impressive, scoring a six round stoppage of wily contender Christopher Martin. Of his 18 KO victories in 20 fights, Marriaga has 13 KOs in three rounds or less.

For his part, “the Axeman” Walters hasn’t fought since his brutal demolition of Nonito Donaire last year. The Jamaican-born champion told Fightnews that he is eagerly looking for a payback against his Colombian challenger. “Yes, he did beat me in 2008 but that was seven years ago and in the amateurs. Come June 13th, I’m settling the score with Miguel.”



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lb belt against Akitaya

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Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC female mini-flyweight champ Yuko Kuroki (13-4-1, 6 KOs), 104.75, a Japanese southpaw, kept her belt for the second time when she outscored compatriot Masae Akitaya (9-6-2, 3 KOs), 105, by a unanimous decision (97-92 twice and 98-92) over ten hot rounds on Sunday in Toyonaka, Japan. Akitaya, in her fourth attempt to win the world belt, took the initiative with her aggressiveness in earlier rounds, but Kuroki found her rhythm and range to overcome her early deficits on points and had the leadoff down the stretch. The referee was Stephen Blea (US) who handled busy exchanges of the Japanese girls who temporarily forgot their usual friendship and swapped punches all the way. (more…)



May 10th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Adelaide Post-Fight

Robert Whittaker, James Vick, Daniel Hooker, and Alex Chambers were named as the performance bonus winners of Fight Night Adelaide following the event. Each fighter earned an additional $50k . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo: This was one of the best KOs of my career

In front of more than 31,000 raucous fans Minute Maid Park in Houston, super welterweight star Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) knocked out all action brawler James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) with a thunderous right hand in the middle of the third-round.

Canelo Alvarez: “This was one of the best knockouts of my career. He came out with a little bit of a different style than I was expecting, but I was able to adjust and get the knockout. I knew he was strong fighter but he surprised me with his aggressiveness in the first and second round. I fight for the fans, and I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.”

James Kirkland: “I didn’t know I was knocked out. I had him trapped and hurt in the corner in the first round but he escaped, I had him hurt in the second also. He’s a great champion, I’m proud that I was able to compete in such a terrific event, and I hope to fight him again someday. I’m a warrior, I’ll be back.”



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