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Mohamed Adam 132.2 vs Scott Furney 132.2
Willie Fortune 158.3 vs Gilbert Venegas 156.6
Craig Lewis 231.1 vs Fred Latham 250.7
Jafar Mohammad 122.1 vs Carlos Alcala 122.1
Alejandro Hernandez 152.7 vs Gustavo Rodriguez 152.7
Anthony Sims, Jr TBD vs Dwayne Williams 175.6
Anthony Brown 138.4 vs Matthew Andrew TBD
Eric Moon 179.6 vs PJ Cajigas 178.5
Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: International Banquet Center, 400 Monroe Avenue
Photos: Greg Cohen Promotions
Dennis Hogan 153.5 vs. Tyrone Brunson 153
Ismael Barroso 135 vs. Ira Terry 130.5
Rob Brant 161.5 vs. Dionisio Miranda 165
Jarrell Miller 283.5 vs. Raymond Ochieng 244
Adam Lopez 124 vs. Philip Adyaka 119.5
Joey Abell 239.5 vs. Travis Fulton NA
Van Goodman 299.5 vs. Brett Murphy 316.5
Venue: Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota
Promoters: Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Promotions and produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions
TV: CBS Sports Network (10 pm EST)
Tickets for “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” start at $35 and can be purchased at the Grand Casino Hinckley Box Office from 8 am to 10 pm (1-800-GRAND21) or at all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Sergey Kovalev promoter Kathy Duva/Main Events has called on Adonis Stevenson promoter Yvon Michel to meet, hammer out a deal and make Kovalev-Stevenson happen, with the condition that if anyone wants to fight Kovalev, they must do it on HBO or HBO PPV.
April 16, 2015
I am so happy to hear that you are willing to negotiate. Sergey Kovalev really does want this fight to happen. And I agree that, after Mayweather-Pacquiao, Kovalev-Stevenson is the most important and anticipated bout that could occur.
I am pleased to learn that Adonis is more popular than I had realized. And I wholeheartedly agree that both fighters should maximize their earning potential for this historic event. Just as the year’s biggest fight will take place on PPV, the platform that delivers more revenue to fighters than premium cable or broadcast television rights fees, so should Kovalev-Stevenson. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andrzej Fonfara face off Thursday in Los Angeles.
By Tracy Morin
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
On Thursday, Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov met to preview their much-hyped upcoming matchup at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, New York, on April 18. The junior welterweight bout, scheduled for 12 rounds, is presented by Banner Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions.
Oscar de la Hoya opened by recalling his words upon being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in nearby Canastota—in particular, the vow he made to fans to put ego aside, bring together the best fighters and make the best fights. If prefight fervor is any indicator, this sold-out bout, already being foreseen by media and fans alike as a surefire fight of the year, proves that fans are eager to hop on board.
“You hear that a lot: for the sport of boxing, for the sport of boxing,” Bernard Hopkins admitted. “But we are here to make the best fights the fans want to see. Here we’ll get to see two warriors, two guys who want to prove they’re the standout amongst their division. With the best fighting the best, everybody wins. This is not hype talk; there’s an over 80% chance of this being fight of the year, and [creating] the fighter of the year. I know they’re coming to fight.” (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Toprank
Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) and Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs) faced off for their WBO jr welterweight clash this Saturday at College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Terence Crawford: “Every fight should be tough. The fights get tougher, the camps get tougher…I’m ready. Now. If I had to weigh-in now I’m ready.”
Thomas Delorme: “I’m ready to do anything and everything to bring this title back to Puerto Rico.”
Bob Arum: “There was no way I was gonna miss this fight.”
“Manny is motivated, he’s ready for the fight. I expect a great performance from him,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum on Wednesday. “It’s a very interesting fight because Floyd is a defensive specialist who has a good right hand and picks off his opponents. He’s an extraordinarily good fighter. Pacquiao’s strength is speed, particularly his foot speed and the fact that he throws so many punches and attacks from low angles. He really hits harder than Floyd does, so that’s really what it’s going to be about.
“Floyd has a different defense than Juan Manuel Marquez. His defense is primarily his shoulder roll. A lot of his defense is geared against a right handed fighter. With that said, I think Manny is going to surprise a lot of people with how he is going to be able to reach Floyd. (more…)
Local hero Derry Mathews and Canadian late sub Tony Luis are both promising knockouts ahead of their clash for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title this Saturday night at the Liverpool Echo Arena, live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation. Mathews and Luis met head-to-head Thursday.
Derry Mathews: “First I’ve prepared from a tricky, long-armed, slick Cuban in Abril, then an explosive punching Venezuelan in Barrosa, and now I’ve got an aggressive come forward fighter in Luis. Out of all of them Luis is probably the best choice and suits me my style down to the ground. He’ll walk straight onto my punches and he won’t be able to take that all night. I see myself taking him out in from the sixth round onwards.”
Tony Luis: “I’m here to shock Liverpool and Great Britain with a knockout performance and everyone will have the name Tony Luis on their lips afterwards. I’m fit and ready to fight, I had my fight lined up for this Saturday in America so I’m spot on with my weight, the jet lag isn’t bothering me at all and I’m just looking forward to rolling on Saturday night. Mathews is the hometown kid and he’ll have the fans behind him, but I’m here to do my job and I intend on finishing him off early and getting home.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17 KOs), 117.75, impressively kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he displayed an eye-catching demolition of previously undefeated Argentine Diego Santillan (23-1, 15 KOs) at 0:32 of the seventh session on Thursday in Osaka, Japan. The hard-hitting southpaw Japanese registered his eighth defense by dropping the game challenger twice—each once in the sixth and the fatal seventh—with a lethal left called “God’s left.” Yamanaka, five years his senior at 32, exploded a devastating left to send him badly to the deck, and the bloodied Santillan made no effort to raise himself up only to be counted out by the referee Michael Griffin of Canada. It’s a picture-perfect southpaw left.
This show was presented by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions.
(More to come)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Hogan Photos
Undefeated Nicaraguan WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) will get to display his talent on HBO when he takes on top rated contender Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs) of Mexico City on May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Fightnews.com caught up with “Chocolatito.”
“This fight is an open door of opportunity I am getting. I would like to take full advantage of it for even greater opportunities,” Chocolatito Gonzalez told Fightnews.com
Gonzalez began training for Sosa in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua. “The preparation is coming along well, we are training in Nicaragua but I will train in Los Angeles, one month before the fight. I am training very hard for this fight. Training like if I am looking to win my first world title. I train like I always have and that’s hard — especially with greater challenges ahead we step it up more.” (more…)
Jr welterweight contenders Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov arrived at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY on Wednesday and took some time to do a photo-op at the hotel and answer a few questions about their training camp. Matthysse has been training out his gym in Argentina and Provodinkov has been training out of the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. They collide on Saturday on HBO as part of a split site doubleheader.
Matthysse photo: Golden Boy
Provodnikov photo: Miguel Salazar
By Felipe Leon
With no reason why, super flyweight Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (27-0, 15KO) announced via social media that his fight scheduled for this Friday night in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, has been scratched and now he will be fighting in Polanco, Mexico, on April 24th. Subsequently the whole card was cancelled which also featured middleweight Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez and Marcos “No Money” Rios. Multiple attempts to contact Ivan and his brother Diego Morales, one of the promoters of the event, went unanswered.
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Daniel Geale’s manager Bill Treacy talks to Fightnews about the June 6 Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale WBC middleweight title bout at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn that will be televised on HBO. Treacy says the Cotto camp have made a mistake in selecting Geale as an opponent probably because of his losses to Darren Barker and Gennady Golovkin in fights in the USA. Treacy says Geale has proven he can fight in a champion’s backyard and be successful as he did when he defeated Germans Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm to win IBF and WBA titles. Treacy says he discounts Cotto’s win over Sergio Martinez as the Argentinian went into the fight with injuries and was boxing on one leg basically. Cotto’s clear loss to Austin Trout who is a pure boxer similar to Geale also gives Treacy confidence.
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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the line against also undefeated Argentine Diego Santillan (23-0, 15 KOs) today (Thursday) in Osaka, Japan. The hard-hitting southpaw, making his eighth defense, is favored to defeat the much shorter challenger due to his more substantial career and superior punching power. Yamanaka, 32, tipped the beam at 117.75 to 117.5 for Santillan, five years his junior, yesterday. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Eight division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) held a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California as he gears up for his showdown with current pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs). Pacquiao will face Mayweather Saturday May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO/Showtime Pay per view.
“I am ready for the fight, I’m excited,” Pacquiao told Fightnews.com “Training is very good. I am very happy what we are doing, the training is good,” Pacquiao said. With just over two weeks remaining for the fight, the “Pacman” looked in phenomenal shape as he worked with his long time trainer Hall of Famer Freddie Roach.
“We are in a must win situation for this fight,” Roach said. “I have never seen Manny train as intense like this. I have really prepared my guy to win and I think we will win.” Roach denied rumors that Pacquiao was suffering from leg cramps. “We haven’t had cramps all camp long we did have a blister on the bottom of the foot. I actually thought he had a cramp but then he showed me the blister,” Roach said. (more…)
Things are heating up! Floyd Sr. not pulling any punches.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Trainer Sam Colonna, who started with Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO) eleven years ago and will be in his corner Saturday night when the “Polish Prince” challenges Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1, 32 KO), talks about what it means to fight Chavez Jr. in his backyard, and what Fonfara has to do to beat the former WBC middleweight champion.
Watch LIVE from Hollywood as Manny Pacquiao opens up his training camp to media members around the world. It all leads up to his mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, May 2 live on pay-per-view.
Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions have officially announced that Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), the reigning WBC middleweight champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes, will defend his title against former world champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) of Australia on June 6 in a fight that will be televised live on HBO from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and is presented in association with Gary Shaw Productions. On Thursday Cotto and Geale will attend a press conference in New York City to kick off the promotion.
Today at the Luis Munoz Marin Airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican world title contender Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs) and his team are heading to Arlington, Texas for the biggest fight of Dulorme’s career this Saturday against Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO World super lightweight title. “I’m just two pounds over the weight limit. It is a matter of reaching Texas and continue the work plan for the fight,” said Dulorme. “I will not let my people of Puerto Rico and the Latinos down. This fight is dedicated to all the Latinos and Caribbean people that day after day, and night after night, work very hard in the United States, especially those who work hard in the state of Texas.”
The fight will air live on HBO as part of its series ‘HBO Boxing After Dark’, which starts from 9:45 pm (EST) at the College Park Center, located in University of Texas at Arlington.
Boxing superstar Amir “King” Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) returns to the ring to take on former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on Friday, May 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the main event on a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Spike TV.
Amir Khan: “I have happy memories of New York having made my successful U.S. debut there against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010. I’m delighted to now be fighting there once again against another champion in Chris Algieri. Algieri has shared the ring with some tremendous fighters and shown great skills in those fights so I know I will need to be at my very best when we meet. In all my fights I bring excitement, speed and skill and can guarantee more fireworks on May 29 at Barclays Center.”
Chris Algieri: “I am very excited to get back into the ring and to be fighting here in New York. Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just under a year ago, is an added bonus. Amir Khan is a tested champion and is the matchup that I wanted. I believe this is a fight that will bring the best out of me.”
WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz comments on fighting on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to fight on such an unbelievably huge card. I really want to thank Floyd Mayweather. Any boxer would like to be on this card where millions of people are watching. I’m happy to represent Mexico on this night and on this fight card. I look at it as a key opportunity for me to make an even bigger name for myself, which is my goal because one day I want to become a superstar like Floyd. That’s why I train really hard all of the time.
“There are no little fights for me. I consider every fighter dangerous. You lose when you think a fighter is not on your level and then he comes in hungrier than you. That will never happen to me. I don’t know who I’m fighting yet, but I’m sparring different guys with different styles.
“There’s always a lot at risk for me. People keep talking about all of these big fights, but if I don’t win now, there will be no big fights in the future. I know who I want to fight, but I don’t pick my opponents; I leave it up to my team. They make those kinds of decisions. My job is to fight and win. I have to stay concentrated. I have to maintain focus and concentration. I can’t get ahead of myself. I give 100 percent in training and in the ring. I always want to put on a great fight for the fans.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), from Omaha, NE, hosted a workout and spoke to the media today at the Irving PAL Boxing Gym in his final days of training for his WBO junior welterweight world title rumble against Puerto Rican buzz saw Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), the #2 world-rated contender.
The Crawford-Dulorme world title fight will take place this Saturday at College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Crawford spoke to Fightnews and other media prior to his workout at the Irving PAL Boxing Gym.
On the recent HBO broadcast – 2 Days: Terence Crawford – where it showed how grueling it was to make weight, how has it been for this fight?
This is a piece of a cake, a walk in the park – as you can see I don’t have any problems doing anything. (more…)
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather spoke to reporters Tuesday outside the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Floyd remained low key, as he has been this entire promotion. He then went into the gym and worked out for the press.
[On Pacquiao] “He’s a very, very reckless fighter…I could have had the same type of career but my career wouldn’t have lasted this long.”
[On training camp] “It’s been a smooth, exciting camp. I’m happy. Some of the past camps haven’t been so smooth. But I’ve been very pleased with this camp.
[On the fight] “I don’t think this fight was as big five or six years ago. Me, I was still getting bigger and bigger. The names are much bigger now than they were before. We’re both bigger names now than we were five, six years ago. We’re meeting at the pinnacle of our careers. The time is right.”
[On what’s next] “I don’t enjoy it like I once did. My last fight is in September.” (more…)
Derry Mathews will now face WBA #9 rated Canadian Tony Luis for the WBA interim lightweight championship at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on Saturday night after Ismael Barroso failed to obtain a Visa. This comes after his original opponent Richar Abril twice pulled out of their scheduled WBA title clash and was stripped.
Derry Mathews: “It’s obviously not ideal preparing for three different opponents in one camp, but regardless I will still be capturing a version of the world title this weekend and in my home city and making my life dream come true, I’ve prepared for three different styles so anything he brings shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Luis is a decent operator and was already in camp but I thank him on taking up this opportunity and keeping my dream alive.”
Veteran featherweight Mike Oliver (26-5-1, 8 KOs) has signed an exclusive management deal with Lee Ortega (Team Lees Tribe Management LLC). Ortega is a former fighter himself who once shared the ring with former world champion Paul Williams. Ortega and Williams still maintain a good friendship. Ortega has successfully made the transition to life after boxing. He owns Team Lees Tribe Automotive LLC, but still has a strong passion for boxing. So he has decided to try his hand at managing fighters. Ortega and Oliver have known each other for about 15 years but just recently decided to team up as fighter and manager.
Oliver was written off by many prior to his fight with former world champion Billy Dib in 2013. Even though Oliver was the hometown fighter and fighting Dib in his native Hartford, Connecticut he was still a 10-to-1 betting underdog. Oliver turned the clock back and put on one of the best performances of his career aired live on ESPN 2 Friday Night fights. In the end Dib would escape with a majority decision victory. Unfortunately for Oliver the effort didn’t land him another high profile fight and he sat out the entire year of 2014. Oliver has put all that behind him and expects a resurgence to his once promising career in 2015. (more…)
The show fight fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Boxing City Radio launches on April 15 at 8 p.m. ET with FightNews lead writer Arvin Nundloll and Guardian US deputy sports editor Bryan Graham sharing the mic with special guest Paul “The Punisher” Williams. The 45-minute live broadcast will cover the highs and lows of the sweet science with in-depth analysis and unfiltered thoughts on the action ahead.
For the launch episode, former two-division world champion Paul Williams will join the show to discuss his time away from the sport and how he stays active in boxing with his charity organization, The Paul Williams Foundation.
Boxing City Radio will be available on FightNews.com, www.Boxing.city, Spreaker, SoundCloud and on iTunes. The show is broadcasted on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. ET. (more…)
Swarm. That is most definitely the word to describe how Paige VanZant dealt with Kailin Curran in their Fight of the Night-winning, double UFC debut last November. She swarmed her. And it wasn’t a new strategy, but it’s how “12 Gauge” handles all of her life’s passions – moving forward, attacking it with all she’s got and coming out on top smiling . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Lack of time to obtain proper visas has forced the necessity for two of Greg Cohen Promotions’ (GCP) fighters to switch places on short notice for this weekend. On Saturday, April 18, Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will now face UK veteran Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as the main event of a night of boxing presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
Luis was originally scheduled to face Memphis, Tennessee, veteran Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs) in the televised co-feature of the “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” event, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Promotions and produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions on Friday, April 17, from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.
Unbeaten Venezuelan slugger Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs), who was originally scheduled to face Matthews, was unable to obtain the proper visas in time to fight on such short notice in England. He will now take Luis’ place in Hinckley and will take on Terry in an eight-round attraction this Friday. (more…)
Today we have communicated with the WBC and Yvon Michel. We informed the WBC that, while Sergey Kovalev is more anxious than ever to face Adonis Stevenson in order to become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion by the end of 2015, he will not participate in the purse bid for the unification bout that has been ordered by the WBC.
In a letter to Yvon Michel, we proposed to make a voluntary deal for Sergey to fight Adonis Stevenson on HBO or HBO PPV on a 50/50 basis. In this proposal we have included provisions to determine how the various aspects of the promotion would be decided and conducted. These provisions have worked successfully in the past when Main Events participated in co-promotions of bigger events than this one with Top Rank, Golden Boy and Don King, among many others. Based upon Mr. Michel’s recent statements to the media, we were very happy to learn that no contractual prohibitions exist that would prevent Adonis from fighting Sergey on HBO. So let’s make the fight!
In December, Main Events asked the WBC to make Sergey Kovalev the mandatory challenger for the WBC Light Heavyweight Title because Sergey is quite anxious to win the green belt and become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion. At that time, we believed that such a match would be a major pay-per-view event in the fall of 2015.
Unfortunately, since December, many things have changed. We have learned that there may be tentative plans for three other PPV events during the same quarter. In addition, the fact that lower-than-expected attendance and TV ratings for Adonis Stevenson’s last fight, coupled with Stevenson’s poor track record with PPV and closed circuit in Canada, have given us pause. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and strength coach Justin Fortune for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman talks to Fightnews and says he’s confident that fellow Australian and former IBF/WBA middleweight champion a Daniel “Real Deal” Geale will defeat WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto when they clash for the title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on an HBO-televised promotion on June 6. “[I’ve got] Daniel Geale to win this one,” Soliman said. “Both in speed and defense, Geale is the better boxer of the two. The hometown advantage is the biggest glitch for any fighter who travels. BUT in the middleweight division, Australians are very good at playing the away games. Geale and myself have proven that time and time again!” (Geale and Soliman both defeated Felix Sturm in Germany in WBC and IBF title bouts respectively.)
“Cotto and Geale are equal in strength. Cotto is naturally a bigger puncher in his natural light middleweight division. Geale is a natural middleweight, which gives him size over Cotto. Endurance is equal. Durability equal. Experience is also equal. Geale Has proven he can battle opponents on their soil and beat all odds. He’ll bring the world title for Australia as our new WBC champ.”
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