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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Robert Stieglitz 167.7 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 166.6 (WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title) Robin Krasniqi 173 vs. Oleksandr Cherviak 172.8 (WBO ...

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Golovkin and Geale make weight

Golovkin and Geale make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: HBO/Will Hart Gennady Golovkin 159.8 vs. Daniel Geale 159.2 (WBA middleweight championship) Bryant Jennings 222.6 vs. Mike Perez 242.2 Ola Afolabi 198.6 vs. ...

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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road ...

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated ...

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four ...

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Boxing News

Bellew and Cleverly share top billing in Liverpool

Bitter rivals Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly will take another step closer to a rematch as they share top billing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12. Bellew and Cleverly clashed in October 2011 for the Welshman’s WBO Light Heavyweight title at the same venue, and their bitter rivalry has continued to grow after the Liverpool man dropped a majority decision in his challenge and a rematch never transpired. Opponents for both men will be named by Eddie Hearn at a press conference next Tuesday. The pair made successful debuts at cruiserweight earlier in the year, with Bellew first to step up to 200lbs with an 11th round stoppage win over Valery Brudov in March, and Cleverly followed him in May with a two-round demolition job over Shawn Corbin.

“July 12 promises to be a great night in Liverpool – as we sign off for the summer with a bang,” said Hearn. “There’s real animosity between Tony and Nathan as they aim to overcome one final hurdle before they meet in October.”

Tickets go on sale at midday on June 10 priced £30, £40, £60 and ringside seats at £100 available from the Echo Arena on 0844 8000 400 and at www.echoarena.com



June 5th, 2014



Boxing News

Upcoming IBO World Title Fights

Super Middleweight — Donavan George (U.S.) vs. Dyah Davis (U.S.) — August 23, 2014 Chicago
Middleweight — Gennady Golovkin (U.S.) vs. Daniel Geale (Australia) — July 26, 2014 New York
Welterweight — Rico Mueller (Germany) vs. Rafal Jackiewicz (Poland) — July 19, 2014 Germany
Featherweight — Macbute Sinyabe (S. Africa) vs. Lusanda Komanisi (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Super Bantamweight — Thabo Sonjica (S. Africa) vs. Toto Helebe (S. Africa ) — June 8, 2014 S. Africa
Super Flyweight — Edrin Dapudong (Philippines) vs. Lwandile Sityatha (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Strawweight — Hekkie Budler (S. Africa) vs. Pigmy Kokietgym (Thailand) — June 21, 2014 Monaco



June 5th, 2014

UFC

UFN Albuquerque Prelim Fantasy Preview

The prelims for the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov card only go five fights deep, but there are some great matchups to keep an eye on as the night gets started . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

New date for WBA world heavyweight championship fight between Chagaev and Oquendo

The fight for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight world championship between Ruslan Chagaev (32-2-1, 20 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-7, 24 KOs) will now take place on July 6 in Grozny, Chechnya, instead instead of the originally planned June 7 date. The Chagaev-Oquendo winner will share a portion of the WBA heavyweight championship with Wladimir Klitschko, who holds the “super” version.

The reason for the four week postponement was to give all parties more time to prepare. The new date falls on a Sunday because that day is the day between the quarter-and semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil. “In consultation with the team of Fres Oquendo and the WBA, we had to put the fight back a bit,” said promoter Timur Dugazaev. “We are planning a mega event and want everything to be perfectly prepared. This also gives us more time to look after the invitations and visas to the many guests of honor.” (more…)



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

A Conversation with Mike Tyson & Larry Holmes

Photo: Turning Stone Resort Casino

Turning Stone hosted “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes” today in advance of this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights promoted by Iron Mike Productions, at the resort casino in upstate New York. Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliguin, served as the moderator, asking the two Hall of Famers and world heavyweight champions a series of questions, before the floor was opened for the many fans in attendance to ask Tyson and Holmes questions.

Poliguin opened by noting Tyson and Holmes had a combined career record of 119-12, including a total of 44 world title fights between them. In 1988, Tyson, 21, stopped Holmes, 38, in the fourth round in Atlantic City for the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. (more…)



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Tommy Brooks: This time next year Price will be ready for Klitschko

Trainer Tommy Brooks knows a thing or two about heavyweights, having trained a who’s who of heavyweight greats including Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers. Brooks’ latest charge is British heavyweight star David Price (17-2, 15 KOs). Brooks has been overseeing the rebuilding process for the Olympic Bronze medalist, following back-to-back defeats to Tony Thompson. The rebuilding process continues for Price when he takes on the hard-hitting Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (16-6, 14 KOs) at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany on Saturday. (more…)



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Tevin Farmer continues resurgence tonight

Tonight at the House of Blues in Boston, super featherweight Tevin Farmer (15-4-1, 3 KOs) will be in the main event when he takes on undefeated Emanuel Gonzalez (14-0, 7 KOs) in a 10-round fight that will headline a card that is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1. Farmer has been on a a roll as he has won eight consecutive fights since hooking up with Mark Cipparone and Club 1957 Management. This fight, Farmer will be in a much better position to win then the last time he was seen on national television when he was stopped in eight rounds by Jose Pedraza. At that point of his career, Farmer was treating his career as a journeyman by taking fights on short notice. In fact, he took the Pedraza fight on a few days and did not have the adequate recuperation for the former amateur star from Puerto Rico. (more…)



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Will the Golden Boy shake-up affect the long-awaited Pacquiao-Floyd fight? More

Ode to Gary “Chubs” Pliner and the Chub’s Boxing Gym. More

“Stay away from Pacquiao,” is the advice Juan Manual Marquez is getting. More

Carl Frampton to fight for world title in Belfast. More



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Navarro KOs WBC #7 Mosquera

charlie-navarro300In a big upset, Venezuelan welterweight puncher Charlie Navarro (24-7, 18 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten WBC #7 rated Panamanian Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (21-1-2, 14 KOs) at 0:23 of the ninth round on the main event of an exciting card presented by Promociones del Istmo at Hotel RIU Plaza in Panama City, Panama. Two of the judges had Navarro ahead by two points after eight rounds and the other one had the fight even. At the beginning of round nine, Navarro hit Mosqueras’ right eye with a powerful left hook which affected his vision, forcing him to back off. The Venezuelan attacked with combinations until the defending champion fell in his own corner for the final count. After the fight, the new WBC FECARBOX welterweight titlist received a challenge from Panamanian Miguel Callist for a third and definitive clash between them.



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Brandon Rios says he’s returning Aug 2

Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2, 23 KOs) just announced on his Facebook place that his comeback fight will be against former WBA interim welterweight titleholder Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) on August 2 in Las Vegas.



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya Statement

Statement of Oscar De La Hoya: Golden Boy Promotions is moving ahead on all fronts. We look forward to continuing and expanding our key position in the boxing world and to providing the public with the very best the sport has to offer.



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Final Knockouts final presser

Story and photos by Phil Doherty

The Mayweather family surname is synonymous with elite-level boxing. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is universally acknowledged as the best pound-for-pounder in the sport and his father is one of the most sought-after trainers.

Truth-be-told, they also give some pretty entertaining press conference quotes as Floyd Sr. demonstrated for this afternoon’s final press conference for Saturday night’s “Final Knockouts” card from Casino Miami Jai Alai.

The six-bout card caps the inaugural season of NuvoTV’s “Knockout” boxing reality show starring Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah—all fathers and trainers of some pretty accomplished pro fighters. For this series (the brainchild of Steven Marcano and NuvoTV’s executive VP of programming, Rene Aguirre) the trainers try their luck with some down-on their-luck fighters in an elimination-style tournament. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Boston

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Photos: Emily Harney

Emanuel Gonzalez 130 vs. Tevin Farmer 129
Alexis Santos 223 vs. Daniel Martz 255
Jamie Kavanagh 135 vs. Michael Clark 135
Danny Kelly 242 vs. Eric Newell 265
Mark DeLuca 160 vs. Dustin Caplinger 165
Gary O’Sullivan 164 vs. Jose Medina 164.5
Lamont Roach 133 vs. Miguel Rodriguez 134

Venue: House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

More Cotto-Martinez Press Conference Quotes

FREDDIE ROACH: “Winning this fight will be bout ring generalship. Miguel must keep himself in good position and control the ring. This is what we have worked on for nine weeks in training camp. Miguel never knew how to do this before we began working on it. Miguel will have to cut the ring off, stay off the ropes and stay out of the corners. He now knows how to do it. He is a great student and one of the most disciplined fighters I have ever trained. Sergio is in over his head on this one. We worked on fighting southpaws and have it down to a science now. Miguel will have no trouble with Sergio’s style. Working opposite Miguel with Manny Pacquiao gave me great insight to Miguel’s flaws. It taught me his weaknesses and during this camp I was able to eliminate them. The wear and tear of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight ruined Martinez. He has nothing left. Miguel is the fresher fighter.” (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Martinez-Frampton for IBF title on September 6

By Gabriel F. Cordero

IBF super bantamweight world champion Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs) will his crown against the star prospect Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KOs) on September 6 at a venue to be named in Northern Ireland. Frampton previously defeated Martínez by 9th round TKO in February 2013 in Belfast. “For me this is a greater motivation than the possibility of unifying belts,” said Martinez. “I will never forget and I want to prove that the defeat was just a bad day.”



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez bout order set

Below is the running order of bouts for Saturday’s big boxing event at Madison Square Garden. The first bell is at 6:10PM local time, with the pay-per-view telecast commencing at 9PM ET, 6PM PT.

Jantony Ortiz (0-0) vs. Elio Ruiz (1-4, 0 KOs), flyweights
Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Darryl Cunningham (29-6, 11 KOs), super welterweights
Jose Pedraza (16-0, 10 KOs) vs. Arturo Uruzquieta (15-5, 6 KOs), super featherweights
Jose Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Raul Hidalgo (21-10, 16 KOs), super bantamweights
Felix Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) vs. Engelberto Valenzuela (9-1, 3 KOs), lightweights

—–PPV Bouts—–
Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) vs. John Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs), super welterweights
Jorge Melendez (28-3-1, 26 KOs) vs. Javier Maciel (28-3, 20 KOs), super welterweights
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (23-3-1, 19 KOs) vs. Marvin Sonsona (18-1-1, 15 KOs), featherweights
Sergio Martines (51-2-2, 28 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), WBC middleweight championship



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Beltway Boxers on the Move; Corley is a Free Agent at 40; Area Promoter Passes

By Gary “Digital” Williams

A number of boxers from the Washington, DC area will be on the road this week in some interesting scheduled bouts. Here is the rundown.

DC heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly and Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will be on a card at the House of Blues in Boston, MA on Thursday, June 5. Kelly (5-0-1, four KO’s) will face Eric Newell of Bethlehem, PA (7-2-2, five KO’s) in a six-round encounter while Roach (1-0) faces Miguel Rodriguez of Mexico (1-6) in a four-round bout.

On Friday, June 6, DC heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-4, 26 KO’s) travels to the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine in France for a 12-round contest against Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KO’s) of France for the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight title. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez Press Conference Quotes & Photos

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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez hosted their final press conference Wednesday to talk about their eagerly-anticipated PPV world title collision taking place on Saturday night at the “Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Sergio Martinez: I come prepared. I come to box. I come to fight. I come to be in a war. On Saturday we’ll finish the talking and see the reality.

Miguel Cotto: I’m prepared for a war. It’s good for us to hear Sergio is ready for a war too, because that’s what people are gonna see. A real war.

Martinez trainer Pablo Sarmiento: I’m sorry Freddie, but for the second time in a row, you’ll be 0-2 (against Sergio Martinez).

Cotto trainer Freddie Roach: Miguel is the most disciplined fighter that I have ever trained…I’d like to wish Martinez good luck, he’s gonna need it.

More photos…



June 4th, 2014

UFC

Celebrate Fourth of July with UFC International Fight Week

Celebrate Fourth of July underneath the Viva Vision canopy with UFC International Fight Week™ and Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series featuring rockers Papa Roach, P.O.D. and Lit. Downtown Las Vegas gets in on the UFC International Fight Week action as several events takeover the Fremont Street Experience including an Ulti-man™ 5k run, meet-and-greets and autograph signings with UFC® fighters and Octagon Girls® and a special concert. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Lartey-Forbes collide Saturday at the Boat

Welterweights Emmanuel “Ice Cold” Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) and former IBF super featherweight champion Stevie “Two Pound” Forbes (35-12, 11 KOs) headline Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 96 card on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA.

Six undercard fights will feature Northwest boxing talent.

Jeremy McCleary (3-0) vs. Napoleon Mathews (1-3, 1 KO) at 128 Lbs.
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Daryl Gardner (1-2, 1 KO) at 160 Lbs.
Kolt Thompson (pro debut) vs. Mike Hayes (pro debut) at Heavyweight
Ricardo Maldonado (3-0) vs. Manuel Mandez (2-1-1) at 136 Lbs.
Harrison Bevens (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Cole Milani (1-0, 1 KO) at 161 Lbs.
Jared Teer (2-1) vs. Marcelino Pineda (3-0, 3 KOs) at 147 Lbs.

Tickets for Battle at the Boat 96 are still available and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices start at $25.



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

El Paso boxing card postponed

Iron Boy Promotions’ card in El Paso, Texas, scheduled for Friday at Buchanan’s Event Center, has been postponed until August 8th after main and co-main event fighters being unable to be cleared medically. Ticket holders should return to point of purchase for a refund. Iron Boy Promotions has previously promoted twelve professional boxing events in Phoenix. This was slated to be their debut in Texas.



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Manage a fighter at Fight Club OC

Southern California-based fight promoter Roy Englebrecht has announced his latest promotion to get fight fans more involved than ever before. Titled MANAGE A FIGHTER FOR A NIGHT, fans will have the opportunity to pretty much experience everything a fighter and their corner goes through on the night of a fight, except actually fighting. It all kicks off at the next Fight Club OC show on June 19th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.

The $500 package allows four fans ($125 each) to participate up close and personal for one bout, with two fans in the Red Corner and two fans in the Blue Corner. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

UFC

UFN Albuquerque Main Card Fantasy Preview

The UFC lands in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the first time ever this week, with a star-studded UFC Fight Night card featuring former lightweight champion Benson Henderson against fast rising star Rustam Khabilov.. . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Meehan beats Sprott to win Super 8; Rahman, Butler eliminated in opening round

Kiwi hope Kali Meehan (41-5, 32 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Britain’s Michael Sprott (42-22, 27 KOs) to win the inaugural “Super 8″ one night, eight-man Prizefighter-style heavyweight tournament on Wednesday night at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Meehan dropped Sprott, a former two-time Prizefighter champion, twice in round one and referee Brad Vocale waved it off at 2:53. It was the 44-year-old Meehan’s first ring action in more than two years as he picked up the $200,000 winner’s check. Sprott pocketed $100,000 as the losing finalist. Semi-final losers earned $30,000, and opening round losers banked $15,000 in the richest tournament of this type to date.

Semi-final results

Kali Meehan (40-5, 31 KOs) won a three round unanimous decision over Brice Ritani-Coe (4-3-1, 3 KOs). Meehan laid a beating on Ritani-Coe in round one, dropping him midway through the round. Ritani-Coe showed great toughness the rest of the fight and gave as good as he got in round three.

Michael Sprott (42-21, 27 KOs) scored a one-sided three round unanimous decision over Hasim Rahman-conqueror Antz Nansen (4-3, 1 KO).

Quarter-final results

In his most embarrassing performance to date, 41-year-old former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (50-9-2, 41 KOs) was defeated by little-known novice journeyman Antz Nansen (4-2, 1 KO) of New Zealand via three round unanimous decision. Rahman’s previous fight was for the WBA world heavyweight title as mandatory challenger. Nansen had lost to an 0-10 fighter in his previous fight.

The upsets kept coming as 290lb American Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (30-3-1, 22 KOs) dropped a split decision to Kiwi novice Brice Ritani-Coe (4-2-1, 3 KOs).

Former world title challenger Kali Meehan (39-5, 31 KOs) defeated cruiserweight Hunter Sam (11-3, 4 KOs) by three round split decision. Sam was a replacement fighter for injured Samuel Peter.

In a clash of former Prizefighter winners, Michael Sprott (41-21, 27 KOs) won a close majority decision over Martin Rogan (16-5, 8 KOs). Both battled tooth and nail for all three rounds.



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Hall: I really want to stop Butler

IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall is clock-watching until fight night. Hall makes the second defense of his IBF belt at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday and he doesn’t remember wanting a fight to come so soon. Up against arch-rival Paul Butler, it’s fair to say little love is lost between the pair. Butler has been vocal ahead of the contest, insisting he got the better of Hall in sparring and claiming he is relishing traveling to the North East to take the champion’s belts away in front of his home fans and family. With just days to go until the eagerly-anticipated clash, ‘Stuey’ insists Butler is in for a rude awakening and that he will return to Liverpool with his unbeaten record in tatters. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

“The Brick City Bullet” is back

By Lou McLaughlin at ringside
Photo courtesy of George Jimenez of Geo Imagez Photography

Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions presented an exciting night of boxing featuring local rising talent this past Saturday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ. In the eight round welterweight main event, Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) of Newark, NJ stopped Jeremiah Wiggins (10-3-1, 5 KOs) of Newport News, VA. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Sonjica to defend IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

In an all South African match-up Thabo Sonjica from Duncan Village makes the first defence of his IBO super bantamweight belt when he faces Toto Helebe of Cape Town at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The southpaw Sonjica, 25 , who has a record of 18-2; 13 won the vacant belt in East London on July 6 last year when he stopped Filipino Silvester Lopez in the sixth round. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Pacquiao camp eyes the Golden Boy split: More

New Zealand fight promoter looks to bring back David Tua. More

Joe Calzaghe prepares for International Boxing Hall of Fame induction. More

Former heavyweight great Joe Bugner talks Henry Cooper. More

Mikkel Kessler on the Carl Froch warpath again. More



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs back in action June 28

Shannon Briggs (54-6-1, 48 KOs), the last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world, returns to the ring on June 28th. Briggs will take on formerly world ranked heavyweight Raphael Zumbano Love (34-7-1, 27 KOs) of Brazil in a scheduled for 12 round featured attraction. A regional title from one of the major sanctioning bodies will be at stake. Site of the bout will be Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with HD Boxing promoting. Briggs grabbed headlines worldwide last month when he crashed the Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Lepai final press conference. A YouTube video generated well over 300,000 within days of it happening. After Klitschko dominated Leapai in route to a stoppage win, the crew on ESPN Sportscenter expressed interest in seeing Briggs get an opportunity against Klitschko. Klitschko is said to be defending his titles again before the year is out and with a statement win and a major regional title (and a world ranking coming with it), Briggs could find himself in the hunt for a crack at Klitschko.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin-Geale Ticket Alert

It’s official. WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will battle two-time world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale in Madison Square Garden on July 26 on HBO. The bout was announced today by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Grange Old School Boxing. Golovkin has previously fought in the Garden’s smaller “Theater” but this is his first bout in the Garden’s main arena.

Gennady Golovkin: “I’m happy to be fighting at Madison Square Garden once again. Fighting in front of the great fans in New York City for the third time is an honor for me and I will train hard to defend my titles in style by giving the fans an exciting show. Daniel Geale has a lot of world championship experience, is a big international name and I look forward to this challenge.”

Daniel Geale: “I’m pleased to be making my way back to HBO against Gennady Golovkin, a fighter who everyone thinks is invincible. A victory will get me back to where I want to be. The people of Australia believe in me and that’s what drives me, my countrymen. I want to show them they have a great champion. On July 26th the world will see me back on top.”

Advance tickets priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 can be purchased starting at 10:00 a.m. ET starting next Tuesday at 12 noon 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.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto is ripped and ready

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto looked sharp during a media workout on Wednesday at the Everlast Lab in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Puerto Rican idol is putting the finishing touches on preparations for his eagerly-anticipated world title clash against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on Saturday at New York City’s Madison Square Garden live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“Everything is ready for this Saturday and it’s only a matter for the bell to ring to put all this work and strategy to use in the ring,” said Cotto. “I know I have a strong challenge this Saturday and that’s why I worked so hard these last ten weeks. Preparation is the key to victories on the day of the fight and this will not be the exception. I hope provide a good show for all my fans.”

Cotto’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach added, “This second camp was much better than the first now that we know each other better and I believe that we’ve achieved everything we wanted to do for this fight. Miguel is strong, has plenty of experience in big fights and will come out with his arm raised.”

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June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fletcher to fight Jacobs for WBA middleweight title

With WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin being elevated to super champion, Jarrod Fletcher will now face Daniel Jacobs for the WBA “regular” world title. “We’ve had Murray, Chudinov and now Golovkin all pull out of either contracted or mandated fights for their own reasons, fortunately Max Bursak and now Daniel Jacobs have both stepped up to take the challenge” Said Adam Wilcock from FightCard Promotions, manager of Fletcher. “Ultimately without the backing of HBO, Golovkin brings little to the table for Jarrod. Yes there’s the title there, and we wanted that opportunity for Jarrod. But we can’t force his camp to take the fight and they obviously have their own agenda for sidestepping Fletcher. The team around Golovkin are continually in the media saying they will fight anyone in the division, but here we have a boxer that’s been WBA top 5 for the last 15 months knocking on the door for that whole time and they keep avoiding us. Says everything I think. The WBA have been great in finding a workable solution to the problems and we look forward to seeing Jarrod crowned as the new WBA world champion.”

While the last details of date and venue are in the final stages of being put together, Fletcher will continue his full time training out of the Fortitude Gym in Brisbane under the watchful eye of head trainer Steve Deller.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

WBA names Golovkin super champion, allows exception for GGG to face Geale

The WBA has elevated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to “super champion” status and granted Golovkin’s request for an exception, allowing Golovkin to defend his title against Daniel Geale on HBO July 26. Golovkin had been previously ordered to face #2 Jarrod Fletcher.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

UK won’t let Floyd Mayweather enter

Pound for pound king and two-division unified champion Floyd Mayweather has been forced to call off a UK visit scheduled for later this month after UK authorities refused to grant him a visa for unspecified reasons according to the Daily Mail. Mayweather was slated to make six appearances on his UK tour, including one in Amir Khan’s hometown of Bolton.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fonfara talks about his future, rates Stevenson, Kovalev and Hopkins

By Przemek Garczarczyk

It’s been more than a week since he fought WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) in Montreal, but Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) still hasn’t watched his 12-round bout with ‘Superman.’ “I plan to do this, but family, spending time with friends comes first. Stevenson is not going anywhere,” said ‘The Polish Prince’ talking to Fightnews.com in Chicago. Asked to rank best light heavyweights in the world, Fonfara rates Stevenson as #1, giving him a decisive nod in an expected clash with IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and also predicting Stevenson a winner in a tougher fight against WBO beltholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev.



June 3rd, 2014


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