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A few days before a pivotal fight in his career, one that may determine whether he remains in the heavyweight title picture or tumbles down the top ten, Junior Dos Santos is still smiling. There is no mean mugging described as “focus,” no shutting off of the media covering his Sunday main event in Zagreb, Croatia against Ben Rothwell . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten 20-year-old Japanese enfant terrible, WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3 KOs) announced he’ll relinquish his world belt to move up to the 108-pound category on Thursday in Nagoya, Japan. His manager/promoter and ex-WBC 122-pound titlist Kiyoshi Hatanaka also disclosed that Tanaka will face IBF #9 junior flyweight Rene Patilano (15-1-2, 7 KOs), from Philippines, in Nagoya on May 28. Tanaka, who acquired the world belt in his only fifth pro bout last May, wishes to face WBO junior flyweight ruler Donnie Nietes in quest of his 108-pound throne in the near future.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Joe Koizumi
2012 Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight category, WBC #5/IBF #4/WBO #7/WBA #10 Ryota Murata (9-0, 6 KOs), will participate in his tenth professional bout against Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds in Hong Kong on May 14.
Teiken Promotions announced it on Thursday, and also disclosed that Murata would appear in Los Angles in July. Having improved steadily, Murata, a 30-year-old six footer, is gunning for a world title shot in the near future.
Latasha Burton 159.8 vs. Alicia Napoleon 155
Romarick Ngoula 225.2 vs. Glenn Thomas 227.8
Jose Gonzalez 125.2 vs. Jaxel Marrero 125.4
Malik Jackson 148.6 vs. Peter Dobson 148.6
Rex Jackson 128.6 vs. Jude Franklin 128
Villi Bello 159.6 vs. Michael LeMelle 158.6
Malik Joe 153.6 vs. Matthew Armstrong 152.4
Natalie Gonzalez 108.8 vs. Rachel Sazoff 108
Venue: Five Star Banquet Hall, Long Island City
Promoter: Uprising Promotions
First bell: 7:30 P.M.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC bantamweight champion, unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka was awarded a gorgeous Hublot watch as a token of his ten successful defenses by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman en route to his Asian trip on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The celebrating conference took place at the office of the Japan Boxing Commission before the JBC executive and our press people in attendance. Yamanaka said, “I wished to acquire the WBC green belt since I was a junior high school student. Having kept my belt ten times, I am very happy to have such citations and prizes from the WBC.” The president praised Yamanaka’s achievements, saying, “Yamanaka has defeated all leading available contenders so far and will be eligible to fight in any unification bout with another champion or move up to the higher category. Whatever way he may go, the WBC will support his future as the honor of our organization.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #1 108-pounder Randy Petalcorin (23-1-1, 18 KOs) is in Australia for his April 15 showdown against Omari Kimweri (15-3, 8 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavillion in Melbourne. Petalcorin’s last ring appearance was in April 2015 when he stopped Yi Ming Ma to capture the WBA interim light flyweight title. Tanzania-born Kimweri is coming off a ten round decision victory over Michael Camelion in February. Randy arrived a week ago and staying at manager Peter Maniatis’ house with his coach Renie Gabawa. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:
Gerome Quigley 152 vs. Dennis Sharpe 156
Drayvontay Speed-Rawls 142 vs. Benjamin Olinga 138
Cobia Breedy 129 vs. Stephon McIntyre 131
Francisco Bustos 160 vs. Darryl Watkins 163
Marq Johns 124 vs. Alan Beeman 128
Yurii Polischuk 146 vs. Dustin Caplinger 154
Nick Kisner 199 vs. Dan Shull 197
Colby Madison 233 vs. Dominique Barnes 225
Stevie Weimer 146 vs. Joseph Figueroa 155
Ian Green 162 vs. Gundrick King 162
Zsolt Daranyi, Jr. 153 vs. Marqus Jackson 151
Matthew Griego 111 vs. Jordan Simmons 111
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Tomás Rojas 125.85 vs Prosper Ankrah 125.4
(WBC regional featherweight title)
Juan Hernández 114.85 vs Luis Carrillo 113.3
Eduardo Hernández 129.8 vs Devis Perez 127.6
Yessica Nery 107.6 vs Anely Hernández 108.9
Venue: Auditorio Benito Juarez, Veracruz, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Tommy Karpency 174.6 vs. Paul Gonsalves 175
(WBA NABA-US light heavyweight title)
Jeremiah Karpency 225 vs. Mike Sheppard 224.3
(WBA NABA-US heavyweight title)
Dan Karpency 154.9 vs. Ltorie Woodberry (weight pending)
Anthony Taylor 114.3 vs. Antonio Coniglario 118.1
Boubacar Sylla 144.1 vs. Bobby Watson 145
Venue: Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pittsburgh
Promoter: Matt McGovern
Tickets: $100, $50, $25. Doors open at 6PM, and first bell is at 7PM
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao 145.5 vs. Timothy Bradley 146.5
Arthur Abraham 168 vs. Gilberto Ramirez 168
(WBO super middleweight title)
Oscar Valdez 125.5 vs. Evgeny Gradovich 126
Jose Carlos Ramirez 138 vs. Manuel Perez 137.5
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.5 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 171
Konstantin Ponamarev 147 vs. Brad Solomon 148.5 *2 hours to make weight.
Egidijus Kavauliauskas 146.5 vs. Deniz Ilbay 146
Leon Bauer 165.5 vs. Ilshat Khusnulgatin 167
Devin Haney 130 vs. Rafael Vasquez 132.5
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO PPV
Alexis Santos 218.6 vs. Daniel Martz 242.8
(Vacant IBO International heavyweight title)
Luis Orlando Del Valle 126 vs. Josh Crespo 125.6
Borngod Washington 168 vs. Russell Lamour 165.8
Greg Thomas 161.8 vs. Jaba Khositashvili 166.6
Jason Kelly 156 vs. Casey Kramlich 155.2
Joseph Perez 144 vs. Paul DeSouza TBD
Venue: Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment
Unbeaten cruiserweight Murat “Iron” Gassiev (22-0, 16 KOs) takes on Jordan Shimmell (20-1, 16 KOs) in a twelve-round IBF eliminator on May 17 at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. The Gassiev-Shimmell winner will be in line to face the winner of the unification bout between Ramirez and WBA king Denis Lebedev also taking place in May.
The card will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 and Boxeo De Campeones on Fox Deportes.
The telecast also features an eight-round heavyweight showdown between unbeaten Wes Nofire (19-0, 15 KOs) and former title challenger and Minnesota-native Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (31-9, 29 KOs), plus hometown prospect Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight affair against Olympic Bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs).
In a rematch, unbeaten IBF jr welterweight champion Edward Trojanowski (24-0, 21 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over former champion Cesar Cuenca (48-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Krylia Sovetov in Moscow, Russia. Nifty southpaw Cuenca boxed well early, but Trojanowski bloodied Cuenca’s nose in round three and dropped him in round four. He battered Cuenca to the deck again in round six. Cuenca’s corner finally called off the beating during a pause in the action in round seven. Time was 2:14. After opening his career with 48 straight wins, Cuenca now has two straight losses, both to Trojanowski.
In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Sergey Kuzmin (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a second round TKO over “The Sandman” Konstantin Airich (23-16-2, 18 KOs). Kuzman dropped Airich in round two and the bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:17.
Top Rank has just signed phenom Arturo Marquez, son of champion Raul Marquez. Arturo, a welterweight, is from Houston. He will box on Top Ranks Solo Boxeo Tecate event in Laredo on Saturday, May 21. Arturo is 19.
It is a promoter’s dream when local fighters, making their pro debuts, win before hundreds of their supporters. That is what happened at Thursday night’s Fight Club OC show from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA.
Before a sold out crowd of 1,432, which was the eighth straight Fight Club OC sellout, Santa Ana’s Ricky Frausto scored a UD win over game Steven Chad McKinney. Frausto scored a 1st round knockdown and kept the pressure on Las Vegas based McKinney all night, and fans showed their appreciation by tossing over $100 into the ring. (more…)
Photo: Tobias Hahn
‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (21-1, 10 KOs) is confident of claiming the WBA World Super Welterweight title when he faces Jean Carlos Prada (31-1-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.
‘’I have always dreamed of becoming a World Champion, and now my time has come,’’ said the 30 year-old. ‘’I have trained hard and I’m ready. Nothing will stop me from taking the title!’’
Culcay, a former amateur champion, lands his shot at World honours following a first defence of his interim World title against Dennis Hogan on December 5 at the Inselparkhalle in Hamburg. Now, he must overcome the tough Venezuelan southpaw Prada in order to claim the coveted WBA World title. (more…)
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will have their official weigh-in today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Open to the public, doors will open at 1:00 p.m. with the undercard stepping on the scale beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT. Pacquiao and Bradley will step on the scale at approximately 3:15 p.m.
Photo: Laurence Lustig
Charles Martin 245 vs. Anthony Joshua 244
(IBF heavyweight title)
Note: David Haye and Shannon Briggs were on hand at the weigh-in and created a disturbance. Afterward, Haye announced that there is a deal for Briggs to fight on the undercard of his May 21 bout with Arnold Gjergjaj and if Briggs is licensed and wins, Haye-Briggs is next.
Lee Selby 125.1 vs. Eric Hunter 125.3
(IBF featherweight title)
Jamie McDonnell 117.4 vs. Fernando Vargas (heavy, will reweigh)
(WBA bantamweight title)
Matthew Macklin 159.6 vs. Brian Rose 159.3
George Groves 167.1 vs. David Brophy 167.5
Venue: O2 Arena, London
Promoter: Matchroom Sport
Former champ Paul Spadafora accused of assaulting 63 year old woman
Anthony Joshua reminds one of Mike Tyson . . .
The photo of Nick Blackwell the world wanted to see . . . .
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Two-time world champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his June 24 IBO super middleweight world title challenge at the West Leagues Club in Sydney, Australia. The IBO title is currently vacant and Geale’s opponent will be named soon.
We also spoke with Garrie Francisco, who is Daniel Geale’s matchmaker.
Last we heard of former IBF jr welterweight champion Cesar Cuenca (48-1, 2 KOs), he was trying to match Floyd Mayweather and Rocky Marciano at 49-0. Edward Trojanowski (23-0, 20 KOs) spoiled Cuenca’s plans by dethroning him via sixth round TKO. Due to the controversial nature of that stoppage, however, Cuenca and Troyanovsky are doing it again tonight at the Krylia Sovetov in Moscow, Russia.
The odds on Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley clash in Las Vegas continue to tighten due to a late wave of money on Bradley. At the MGM Grand Race & Sport Book, Pacman has tumbled from a -250 favorite to -220 as of Thursday, while Bradley was at +175. Some online sportbooks had Pacquiao as low as -190, but then that number moved back to -200.
The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter® will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight and strawweight hopefuls. Thirty-two Athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Tyson Fury’s manager and trainer Peter Fury has confirmed Tyson Fury’s rematch with Wladimir Klitschko will July 9 at a venue to be named in Manchester.
9th July @Tyson_Fury vs Klitschko" is coming to Manchester uk. Official announcement coming 12 noon.
— peter fury. (@peterfury) April 8, 2016
WBO #2, WBA #3, IBF #4, WBC #11 super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs) returns March 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup, Denmark. Nielsen returns following a third-round technical knockout victory over his domestic rival Rudy Markussen, and the heavily tattooed 25-year-old is eager to get back in the ring as he moves closer to another world title challenge. Nielsen’s opponent is TBA. Other fighters featured include middleweight Abdul Khattab (14-1, 4 KOs), lightweight Rashid Kassem (11-0, 7 KOs) and female super bantamweight Dina Thorlsund (6-0, 4 KOs).
Professional boxing is back at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, WV, on April 23rd in the Mountaineer Ballroom. In the ten round main event, the WV light heavyweight title will be on the line when Aaron “The Quiet Storm” Quattrocchi (8-0-1, 4 KOs) battles Shawn Laughery (8-2, 4 KOs).
In other bouts, Pittsburgh heavyweight Ed “Black Magic” Latimore (11-0, 6 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in Philadelphia’s Hassan Lee (5-4, 1 KO); cruiserweight Josh “Handsome Hitman” Himes (7-1, 4 KOs) attempts to avenge his only career defeat against Lamont “Too Smooth” Capers (5-7-2, 0 KOs); super lightweight Matt “Sweet Child” Conway (5-0, 3 KOs) meets Isaiah Robinson (3-1, 2 KOs) and Nelson “The Nightmare” Best faces Justin Oaks in a clash between pro debuting heavyweights.
Spring Showcase is presented in association with Made Men Promotions. For all tickets please call-or-text 724-513-1416. Advance prices are $75, $60 and $30. All ages. Free self-parking. First bell 7:00 PM (Doors open 5:00 PM).
By Ricardo Ibarra
Kenny Guzman 124.2 vs. Chris Wheaton 123.4
Pat Ferguson 200 vs. Billy Martin (will weigh later tonight)
Sean Quinnett 138.2 vs. Jaime Miranda 138.2
Venue: Flathead County Fairgrounds Trade Center
Promoter: Hard Knocks Fight Promotions
On January 7, 2016, the WBA Championships Committee issued Resolution No. 201601070612 clarifying the status of the super bantamweight division. The Resolution named Guillermo Rigondeaux as Champion in Recess and authorized WBA champion Scott Quigg to participate in a unification bout with IBF champion Carl Frampton via special permit conditioned on the winner facing Rigondeaux as the next opponent. The Resolution was provided to Frampton’s representatives the following day.
On February 27, 2016, at Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom, Frampton defeated Quigg via split decision to become the WBA and IBF Unified champion of the division.
Two days later, on February 29, 2016, the WBA wrote to Frampton again advising him of his mandatory obligation to face Rigondeaux as his next opponent.
In March 2016, several press releases announced that Frampton did not intend to face Rigondeaux in his next bout.
Timothy Bradley is interviewed inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where it’s all going down Saturday night. Bradley takes on Manny Pacquiao live on pay per view. (Photo: Top Rank)
Photos: Mikey Williams/ Top Rank
WBO super middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham, undefeated contenders Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Óscar Valdez and Jose Ramírez, former world champion Evgeny Gradovich and rugged veteran Manny Perez hosted their final press conference on Thursday for Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view undercard.
Arthur Abraham: I’m very happy to be boxing in America. I want to be the first German boxer to win in Las Vegas. I’ve trained very hard and I’ve given a lot to make sure that I win Saturday.
Zurdo Ramirez: This is my dream. I’m living my dream because when I started in my professional career, I dreamt all the time of this moment, a fight with the champion for the belt. This is the moment. It’s my chance and I want to take it.
Oscar Valdez: I think you win fights in the gym. We’ve done good things in the gym. We’ve worked a lot of strategies and we’re planning to show it April 9. We all know Gradovich is a tough, tough fighter, so I’ve gotta step it up. My dream is to become a world champion and Gradovich is in the way right now.
Evgeny Gradovich: Very big event, great to be part of it and I will do my best.
Jose Ramirez: I have a tough opponent, Manny Perez, who’s a very experienced fighter. I’m sure he’s worked very hard to be ready for me and I expect the best from Manny Perez. I’m excited and I can’t wait.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I just finished a 14-hour day fixing water reservoirs on top of Chicago buildings. Got a couple of hours sleep, start training at Sam Colonna gym. Sometimes I work 60 hours a week, but I still want to knock people out,” said heavyweight Mike Mollo (25-3, 16 KOs) in a Fightnews.com® interview. After a sensational first round KO against undefeated Krzysztof Zimnoch in Poland, “Merciless” will attempt to do the same on May 6 against Andriy Rudenko (27-2, 18 KOs) in Odessa, Ukraine, in a WBC International bout.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Hector Villarreal
Evens Pierre 133.75 vs. Tomas Mendez 135
(WBA Fedelatin lightweight title)
Francisco Contreras 135 vs. Jose Anibal Cruz 138
Raphael Larose 207 vs. Frank Mola 209.5
Juan Carlos Pena 128 vs. Yael Made 128.5
Venue : Karibe Convention Center, Petionville, Haiti
Promotor: Premium Boxing Promotions (Jacques Deschamps)
John Mercurio 184.5 vs Matt Lagler 194.8
Nate Gallimore 152.5 vs Luis Alfredo Lugo 155
Adam Stewart 239 vs Matt McKinney 249
Ricky Frausto 158.5 vs Steven Chad McKinney 159.2
Gabriel Green 154.5 vs Andrew Lagdaan 155
Dakota Walker 211 vs Cashton Young 202.5
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA.
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Time: Show starts at 7pm
By Bill Dwyre
Let’s be realistic. The sports Richter Scale reading for Saturday night’s Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley boxing match is about a 3.1. There are a few jiggles of interest, but nothing is falling off shelves.
But while you are sweating it out with your favorite baseball team or praying for the right draft choice for your NBA favorites, Pacquiao-Bradley is worth a moment of attention. That’s because, while this may turn out to be a really good fight, it has become a model of athletic humanity and sportsmanship in a game that has thrived for years on a blueprint of the opposite.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer and a man of few words, hit it right on the head a few months ago when he said, during yet another stop in a seemingly interminable promotion, “There is no villain in this fight.” (more…)
Photos: Matchroom Boxing
The final press conference for Saturday’s IBF world heavyweight title clash between champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) took place today in London. The collide at the O2 Arena in London with Showtime televising in the USA.
Charles Martin: I’m all geared up and ready. I don’t say too much as I’m a boxer and fighter…“I don’t consider this a risk. The O2 Arena, that’s my arena. I’m comfortable everywhere I go. When eyes are on me, I’m going to perform…I’m here to prove the doubters wrong. When you doubt me, that’s just fuel for my fire.
Anthony Joshua: You know what I’m like, I’m a fighter. I’m not going to go in there and dance around and try to evade punches. I’m going to walk through two to give him five. That’s just how it goes, I’m coming for him…whoever wants it come out on top. That’s as simple as that. Scrap all this 16th fight nonsense and he’s champ. This is just me and Charles going toe-to-toe and the best man will come out on top.
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