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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Boxing News

Unfinished business for Marcus Upshaw

Modern day road warrior Marcus “Hurelius” Upshaw (15-9-2, 7 KOs) has unfinished business to take care of this Saturday night as the 32-year-old Floridian ventures to Minnesota for a rematch against “Sir” Carresso Fort (16-1-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bout at Black Bear Casino. Upshaw and Fort fought September 9, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The fight somehow ended in a six-round split draw with Upshaw winning on two of three judges’ scorecards (58-56, 58-56) with the other a draw (57-57).

“I won the fight, two of the judges had me winning, but I guess they didn’t want to give him (Fort) his first loss and it was called a draw,” Upshaw said. “It’s just going to be me and him in the ring and this time it isn’t going to go the distance. I should have gotten him out the last time. I don’t know why I didn’t win a split decision. (more…)



July 1st, 2013



Twitter Watch

Cryptic Klitschko message deciphered

False alarm: We’ve been informed that this is a promo for H.I.S. Jeans, which has a five year business partnership with Wladimir Klitschko. Big thanks to @BoxingUkraine.

What is this supposed to mean? Will Vitali vacate his WBC belt? Will Wladimir will not fight against Povetkin?



July 1st, 2013


Boxing News

Geale talks about 2001 amateur bout with Golovkin

Photo: Ray Wheatley

Photo: Ray Wheatley


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale remembers his amateur bout with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in Osaka, Japan at the 2001 East Asian Games in the welterweight division. Geale had defeated Naoki Hirata of Japan before meeting Golovkin. He cannot remember Golovkin as a power puncher and is confident he can defeat Golovkin in the professional ranks.

“It was at the East Asian Games in Japan and he beat me on points,” Geale said. “To be honest I fought like crap. I think he got me 15-3, so it was just a fight to forget for me. That fight wouldn’t carry any weight at all if we fought as professionals – I can hardly even remember it. At that tournament the Kazakhstan fighters all had good footwork, and good power and the thing I really noticed at the time was that they really used the distance well in their fights. That’s something that I’ve learnt over the years. A hell of a lot has changed since we met as amateurs.” Daniel Geale will defend the IBF middleweight title against Darren Barker in Atlantic City on August 17



July 1st, 2013

Boxing News

Video: Mayweather vs. Canelo Atlanta Press Tour

By Jose E. Santiago

“The One” Press Conference in Atlanta featuring Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.



July 1st, 2013

UFC

Anderson Silva by the numbers

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July 1st, 2013

Boxing News

Is it the end for Joan Guzman?

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By Robert Coster

Joan Guzman did it again. Last week in Kissimmee, Florida, Guzman came 8.2 pounds overweight for his WBA interim 140lb title fight against Vicente Mosquera and was not allowed to fight his much lighter opponent who made the weight. Coming in overweight and out of shape has become a recurrent problem for Guzman in a career that has been on a downward spiral for the past five years. Last December, in a losing effort for the vacant WBA title against Khabib Allakhverdiev, Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) did make the weight but looked drained and listless. After the latest giant misstep on Friday, the question has to be asked: is it the end of the road for the former two division (WBO jr featherweight and WBO jr lightweight) champion? If such is the case, it will be a sad end for a boxer who in the opinion of many experts had the talent to be a boxing superstar. (more…)



July 1st, 2013

Boxing News

Bika wants to defend title in Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Newly crowned WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika is disappointed at the lack of recognition he has received in his adopted country of Australia after capturing the vacant WBC title recently and would like to defend at home. Bika became the first boxer from Cameroon to hold a world boxing title and missed the birth of his third child while training in the USA for the title fight against previously undefeated Marco Antonio Periban.

“I won this world title and there was just a little bit in the paper,” Bika said. “For me it was a big disappointment. Overseas in America, I am big. Wherever I go people always know of Sakio Bika. In Australia I never get recognized because the media have never really got behind me and said ‘this guy has fought the best.’ (more…)



July 1st, 2013

Boxing News

Golovkin-Macklin: Full Report and Giant Photo Gallery

By Matt Richardson
Photos by Emily Harney

WBA/IBO middleweight title-holder Gennady Golovkin continued to dismiss his critics and scare his future opponents on Saturday night when he stopped Matthew Macklin in the third round of the main event of a six-bout card at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut. Click here…



July 1st, 2013

Boxing News

July is a big month for Midwest middleweights

By Johnny B’

Summer is generally slow for boxing, but the middleweight division looks to heat up in the summer months in the Midwest portion of the USA. Action begins July 6th in Carlton, Minnesota, featuring 160-pounder Cerresso Fort (16-1-1, 11 KOs) from St. Paul, MN.

Davenport, Iowa, follows on Saturday July 13th as undefeated Illinois middleweight George Carter Jr. (9-0, 5 KOs) heads that ten bout card.

Next up is the July 19th show in Cicero, Illinois, featuring middleweight Ronald Hearns of Detroit (26-4, 20 KOs) in the main event.

July features more middleweight action in Cicero, on the 26th as Osumanu Adama (21-3, 15 KOs) from Ghana, now living and fighting out of Joliet, Illinois will headline that card.

Two of these middleweight contests are expected to be for regional title belts as the USA Midwest and Mid-American middleweight titles are both currently vacant.



July 1st, 2013

Boxing News

World rated Bennett stops Lamptey; Butterbean loses to 1-1 fighter

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #7, WBA #13 jr welterweight Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (32-4-3, 23 KOs) stopped Ghana’s Ebenezer Lantel Lamptey (22-2, 17 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout on Saturday with WBA and WBO regional titles up for grabs at the Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Bennett dropped Lamptey in round three and the referee crowned the Australian in round five to save the import from further punishment. Bennett’s promoter Vlad Wharton is chasing a title shot for Bennett with WBO champion Juan Marquez or WBA champion Danny Garcia.

Also, famed 46-year-old American heavyweight Eric “Butterbean” Esch (77-10-4, 58 KOs) suffered a stoppage loss to Aussie Kirk Lawton (2-1, 2 KOs). Butterbean injured his shoulder in round one and retired in his corner at the end of the round.

Promoter was Vlad Wharton of Millenium Events.



June 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Maidana survives car crash unscathed

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana was involved in a serious car accident in Argentina and is being taken to a hospital for a medical examination. Maidana was riding in the passenger seat when the vehicle he was in overturned and was totaled near the town of Avellaneda. Luckily “El Chino” seemingly escaped any serious injuries although he did suffer a trauma to the chest that is being checked out.



June 30th, 2013

Boxing Result

Ex-champ Harry Simon, 41, remains unbeaten after KO win over Kiss

Still undefeated 41-year-old former WBO jr middleweight and middleweight champion Harry Simon (28-0, 21 KOs) returned Saturday night to obliterate Zoltan Kiss Jr (28-15-3, 12 KOs) in two rounds at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino in Windhoek, Namibia. Simon hurt Kiss in round one and dropped him twice in round two before the bout was waved off. Simon is expected to return July 27 for an IBF International title fight against TBA.

A boxing icon in Namibia, Simon lost his title and had his career derailed when an auto accident in 2002 left him badly injured and three tourists dead. He eventually spent two years in prison due to the incident for “culpable homicide.” Since 2002, Simon fought once in 2007, twice in 2010 and once in 2012. This was his first bout in over a year.



June 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Floyd: I was born a winner, I’m gonna die a winner

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

In front of thousands at Sunday’s press conference in Mexico City, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather was asked if he was afraid of losing to Saul Canelo Alvarez.

“I’m not afraid of nuthin’,” said Mayweather. “Floyd Mayweather will win September 14th. I’m not worried about nuthin’. I’m not nervous. I can fight. If I can’t do nuthin’ else, I can fight. I’m the champ. Pound-for-Pound I’m the best and September 14th you’ll see….Right now I just can’t be beat. Maybe 20 years from now, but not right now. It’s just another day for me, September 14th. I never had no worries.”

Canelo stated, “There are a lot of people who don’t think I’m going to win, but on September 14, you’ll see that I will win. I’ve always wanted to be the best in the sport and I’m on my way. I couldn’t let this opportunity go by and I will take advantage of it on September 14. I’m always training. I never stop. To win we have to prepare well and not ignore the little things.” photos



June 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former pro footballer Leon McKenzie won his pro debut this weekend at York Hall, stopping John Mason in two rounds.

Yet another boxing hall of fame has been formed. This one honors Las Vegas and is located at the Luxor. More

The Sun on a contract sent to Tyson Fury to fight David Haye in Manchester: More



June 30th, 2013

UFC

New City, New Team, New Leben

For a while, Chris Leben’s move to Hawaii in 2007 was the ideal situation for the Ultimate Fighter season one veteran. Forget the weather and idyllic views; “The Crippler” appeared to be at peace after a series of ups and downs in his career and life. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman is LIVE on PPV from Las Vegas on Saturday, July 6 at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT. Click here for more



June 30th, 2013

Twitter Watch

Macklin: GGG is by far the best I’ve ever been in a ring with



June 30th, 2013

Twitter Watch

Haye’s manager: We have sent Fury the contract

Former world champion David Haye’s manager Adam Booth confirmed to THE SUN “We have sent Fury the contract.” The document, calling for a September 28 date an the Manchester Arena, was sent to the Fury camp on Friday. Fury claims he’ll sign.



June 30th, 2013

Boxing Result

WBO #1 Fuentes defeats Verde; Lecona upsets De la Mora in Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Former WBO minimumweight champion and current WBO #1 rated jr flyweight Moises “Moi” Fuentes (17-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Gerardo “Diablito” Verde (18-6-1, 14 KOs) in a jr flyweight clash on Saturday at the Foro Tecate installed in the parking lot of Casino Caliente in Tijuana. Scores were 99-91 on all cards.

In the co-feature, bantamweight upset artist Jonathan “Zurdo” Lecona (14-13-2, 5 KOs) did it again. Lecona scored an eighth round TKO over two-time world title challenger David “Morita” de la Mora (25-4-1, 18 KOs). Lecona dropped de la Mora in round one and twice more in round eight. Time was 2:27. (more…)



June 30th, 2013

Boxing Result

Mbamba-Briones fight to a draw for WBF belt

By Ron Jackson

In a rather untidy brawl Evans Mbamba of South Africa and Mario Brones from Mexico fought to a 12 round majority draw for the vacant World Boxing Federation junior featherweight belt at the Graceland Hotel & Casino in Secunda on Saturday night. Two judges scored it 114-114 and the third judge had it a rather way out 117-111 for Mbamba. The southpaw Mbamba (55.34kg) appeared rather unfortunate not to come away with a close decision as he scored with right and lefts to the head throughout. However, Mbamba spent too much time with his back against the ropes while allowing Briones (55.24kg) to throw combinations at him, most of which landed on the South Africans arms and gloves. The 31-year-old Mbamba takes his record to 18-4; 9 and Briones, 27, goes to 24-3-2; 18. (more…)



June 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Serrano gets TKO win over Olivo

Brooklyn female sensation, by way of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (18-1-1, 13 KOs) demolished by third round TKO, Dominga Olivo (8-8-1, 0 KOs) in a 6 rounds Main Event, super featherweight division bout at the Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York. Early in the first round, both boxers began traiding hard shots but the stronger Serrano was landing the most acurates with solid combitations to the head and body. In round 2, Olivo began to fade with two look a like knockdowns that were ruled slips. Serrano continued the assault in round 3, until Olivo’s corner stopped the fight at 1:18. (more…)



June 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Golovkin says his dream is to fight Mayweather

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBA middleweight champio Gennady “GGG” Golovkin talks to reporters after knocking out Matthew Macklin at Foxwoods.



June 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Gennady Golovkin post fight press conference at Foxwoods

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, his trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter/K2 managing director Tom Loeffler answer questions after GGG knocked out Matthew Macklin at Foxwoods.



June 30th, 2013

Boxing Result

Golovkin shows he’s for real; crushes Macklin in three.

By Matt Richardson and Mark Vaz at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

IBO/WBA middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) annihilated Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) with a crushing body shot in round three on Saturday night at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. A left hook to the liver put Macklin down for the count and more. Time was 1:22.

“I told you this is just a regular fight, not the biggest challenge,” said Golovkin afterward. “This is just a regular fight because I’m champion today….I want this fight (vs. Sergio Martinez). I felt great in the ring, he never hurt me. It was an easy fight for me. I want to fight against soon. Any top fighter, any champion, any belt holder….anywhere.”

Macklin, who was supposed to be Golovkin’s toughest test yet, stated “He’s the best I ever fought. He never really let me get started. It was a great shot he landed, the left hook to the body is personally one of my favorites. I tip my hat to him; he’s a great champion. He has clubbing, solid power and you can feel the weight of every punch he throws.”

Unbeaten IBO super middleweight titleholder Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (21-0-2, 13 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (17-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to a ten round draw in a non-title bout. A late rally by Oosthuizen allowed him to salvage his ‘0.’ Scores were 98-92 Gonzalez, 96-94 Oosthuizen and 95-95.

Jr middleweight prospect Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KOs) scored an unpopular ten round unanimous decision over Luciano Cuello (32-3, 16 KOs). Nelson was able to use his height advantage to compile rounds in workmanlike fashion, although Cuello staggered him several times with aggressive power punching. Nelson seemed ready to go in the last round, but was able to survive until the final bell. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 96-94. (more…)



June 29th, 2013

Boxing Result

Marroquin upset by Diaz; Ramirez stays unbeaten

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

In an upset, super featherweight Daniel Diaz (20-5-1, 15 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over recent WBA world title challenger Roberto Marroquin (23-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma. Diaz dropped Marroquin twice in round one and Marroquin came up limping. Good two-way action the rest of the way with Diaz prevailing 96-92, 96-92 on two cards. Marroquin was ahead on the third card 95-93.

Unbeaten Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (4-0, 3 KOs) annihilated Christopher Williams (1-2, 0 KOs) in round one. Body shots made Williams turn his back and the bout was stopped. Time was 1:30.

Unbeaten lightweight prospect Ivan Najera (11-0, 8 KOs) hammered out a hard fought six round unanimous decision over tough guy Alexander Lopez (6-5, 1 KO). Scores were 58-56, 58-56, 59-55.

Unbeaten welterweight Brad Solomon (20-0, 8 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over Henry Auraad (14-8-1, 11 KOs). Solomon scored 3 knockdowns in the bout. (more…)



June 29th, 2013

Boxing Result

Rivas retains IBF female belt against Miyoshi

IBF female bantamweight world champion Yazmin “La Rusita” Rivas (28-7, 9 KOs) defended her crown with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision against Kimika Miyoshi (8-6-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday at the Adolfo Lopez Sport Center in Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico. Scores were 100-90 on all cards.

In a second female championship bout, Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora (18-5, 8 KOs) kept her WBC female junior flyweight title when Maricela “La Baby” Quintero (11-4-1, 0 KOs) remained on her stool at the beginning of round nine.



June 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Zurdo Ramirez feels at home in California

Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank

World ranked middleweight, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico is making himself at home in Southern California. He and his team have been working in Big Bear at the Summit Boxing Center for the past three weeks and today he worked out at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. “It has a very great experience for me and a great way to get ready for my next fight,” said Ramirez, who is 25-0 with 20 KOs and will be fighting his second fight for Top Rank on August 17 in Laredo, Texas in a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card to be telecast by UniMas.

Ramirez and his team led by Jesus and Hector Zapari are happy with the improvement they have seen from their fighter and the support that Bob Arum and Top Rank have given his young charge. Arum was present at the Wild Card today. “I want you to keep working and improving because I want you to fighting for a world championship next year,” Arum told Ramirez. (more…)



June 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Charles Manyuchi win and Alexis Kabore retains ABU titles

Yesterday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Charles Manyuchi stopped defending champion Patrice Sou Toke in the 5th round to win the ABU welterweight title.
On the same card promoted by Esaie Kabore at the Palais des sports de Ouaga 2000, Alexis Kabore won a hard fought split decision against Prosper Ankrah to keep his ABU super bantam title on scores of 115-113 and 115-111 (Kabore). 113-115 Ankrah.
ABU Chairman and WBC Vice-President Houcine Houichi supervised the 2 titlefights.



June 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Bilal Laggoune defeats Christophe Dufaux.

Tonight in Ninove, Belgium, local star Bilal Laggoune won every round against defending champion Christophe Dufaux to win the Belgian national cruiserweight title. Dufaux had won the title stopping Geoffrey Battelo and it was his first defense. Laggoune’s training camp in Miami proved very succesful as we saw a complete different Laggoune then in his last fight. He was very mobile working behind a nice left jab and followed up with right uppecut whom often caught Dufaux. Laggoune was much too quick and pricise for Dufaux. Dufaux wobbled at the end of round 6 from a right hook to the chin. The bout almost ended with a brawl at the end of round 9 when both boxers continued throwing punches after a break command. Referee Philippe Wouters could quickly restore the order in the ring and after a stiff lecture to both boxers the bout could continue. According to Azzedine Laggoune, brother of Bilal, he would now like to challenge Russian Murat Gassiev for the WBC Youth title or Ivica Bacurin for the WBC Mediterranean. (more…)



June 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Gavin Rees loses again, Anthony Crolla takes majority decision

In his first fight since losing to Adrien Broner in a bout for the WBC lightweight title, former Euro titleholder Gavin Rees (37-3-1, 18 KOs) was defeated again. Anthony Crolla (26-4-1, 9 KOs) won a hard fought and bloody twelve round majority decision upset over Rees on Saturday night at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, England. A late surge by Crolla pulled it out. Scores were 115-113, 116-113 115-115.

In a rematch, super middleweight Paul Smith (33-3, 19 KOs) scored a sith round TKO over Tony Dodson (29-8-1, 14 KOs) to reclaim the vacant British title. Smith floored Dodson in round three but after barely beating the count Dodson fought back furiously. Dodson also suffered a bad cut over his left eye. The bout was stopped in round six to protect Dodson who was reeling from some big shots. Time was 2:31. Smith won the first fight by unanimous decision.

In his debut under the Matchroom Sport banner, unbeaten WBA interim super bantamweight beltholder Scott Quigg (26-0-1, 19 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over William Prado (21-4-1, 14 KOs). Quigg dropped Prado at the end of round two and finished him with a big right hand in round three.

2012 Olympian jr welterweight Thomas Stalker (5-0, 2 KOs) dropped Gyula Vajda (11-3, 7 KOs) three times in a first round KO.

Jr middleweight Brian Rose (24-1-1, 7 KOs) outpointed Alexey Ribchev (14-7-1, 6 KOs) over ten rounds by a score of 99-93.



June 29th, 2013

Boxing Result

Gatica wins in Arlington, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

At the immaculate University of Texas at Arlington Event Center last night, Raymond Gatica (13-1, 8KO) dominated Juan Manuel Reyna (4-2, 2KO) throughout the fight, finally stopping him in the 4th and final round. The card was promoted by Standing 8 Promotions as part of their Bud Light Pro Fight Series. (more…)



June 29th, 2013

Column

Golovkin going to have a real fight on his hands tonight against Macklin

By Graham Houston


WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has established himself as one of boxing’s biggest hitters, but Matthew Macklin is the type of fighter who will face anyone, anywhere, and promises to be punching right back at Golovkin in Saturday’s middleweight title bout at the Foxwoods resort in Connecticut (TV coverage on HBO). The scene is set, then, for what should be a gruelling, give-and-take fight with almost a 1950s feel to it. Golovkin the former world amateur champion from Kazakhstan, has blasted his way to 26 consecutive wins with 23 opponents stopped. He hasn’t had to go the full distance in the last five years.

Macklin, from Birmingham in the English midlands but with ancestral roots in Ireland, will be making his third middleweight title bid in two years. He fought courageously against Felix Sturm in Germany and Sergio Martinez at the Madison Square Garden theatre, battling Sturm to a draw and leading on points in the early rounds against Martinez before being worn down and stopped late in the fight.

While Golovkin is the prohibitive favourite in the betting, Macklin has a point when he says that he is the biggest, strongest fighter that Golovkin has fought. Macklin certainly looks in superb physical trim, with a ripped physique. “I’ve never seen him look like this,” his New York promoter Lou DiBella told the U.S. media this week. (more…)



June 29th, 2013

Boxing Result

Toney awarded decision over Lemos after initially being announced as the loser

Former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (75-8-3, 45 KOs) won a bizarre eight round unanimous decision over 291-pound Colorado fighter Kenny Lemos (12-8-2, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Sky Ute Casino Event Center in Ignacio, Colorado. The 44-year-old Toney won a mostly uneventful fight by scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 79-73, however Lemos was initially announced as the winner and the scene turned into a near riot when the decision was corrected and Toney was called back to the ring to be proclaimed the winner. Toney had to be held back from attacking a heckler at one point.

On the undercard: Geraldo Quintana (3-0-1, 2 KOs), of Hobbs, and Cris Leyva (2-0) fought a five-round draw; Colorado’s Zamir Young (0-1) won a unanimous decision over Grant John (1-1) of Shiprock, N.M.; Jazzma Hogue (3-5-1) of Fruitland, N.M., ended his five-bout losing streak with a five-round unanimous decision over Denver’s Raymond Nichol (3-2-1, 2 Kos); Shiprock’s Steve Victor (1-3-1) dropped a five-round split decision to Denver’s Carlos Sanchez (6-4, 2 Kos); and Denver’s Ronnie Reams (2-2) won a five-round unanimous decision over Suanitu Hogue (0-3).



June 29th, 2013

Full Report

Report/gallery: Gomez-Cabral

Fight card June 28, 2013 at the Convention Center in Albuquerque.Ringside report by Chris Cozzone and Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Proving no cat’s paw for undefeated Cristian “El Puma” Cabral, veteran Joe “Ironman” Gomez wielded a heavy, iron hand last night in Albuquerque. Silencing Cabral’s cabal and taming the wildcat that had gone undefeated in six bouts, Gomez showed a loud crowd of 500 at the Convention Center the value of experience, by stopping his younger, faster foe inside five frames.

With just four bouts on the card, billed as “Aztec Warriors,” the Chavez Promotions billing might’ve been a bare bones show, but the main event was the first true pick ‘em fight of the year in New Mexico. The local showdown between a veterano and an unbeaten comer became the talk of the town – well, in the fight community anyway. Renewing a commitment to stage competitive bouts, Chavez upheld his end of the bargain, at least in three of the four fights . . . Click here for more



June 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Golovkin: The Macklin fight is just a regular fight, nothing special for me

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBA/IBO champ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin talks 24 hours before his title defense against Matthew Macklin tonight at Foxwoods.



June 29th, 2013

Boxing News

O’Connor back in the ring tonight at Foxwoods

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney


By Matt Thompson

Jr. welterweight contender Danny O’Connor (20-1, 7 KOs) continues his campaign toward a shot at the world title as he takes on tough Albuquerque native Hector Munoz in an off-tv bout this Saturday on the undercard of the Matthew Macklin-Gennady Golovkin middleweight title fight at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. O’Connor, who last fought in January at the Boston Garden, is excited to be back in the ring, especially close to home.

“I’ve been in training camp in Houston for two months so I’m very happy to be coming home to fight,” said O’Connor. “I injured my elbow in the Silveira fight at the Boston Garden in January, and had surgery. It was eight weeks of recovery and physical therapy, then off to camp to get ready for Foxwoods. It’ll be great fighting here, so close to home. Nothing makes me happier than to have my fans, friends, and family be able to come to my fights.”

O’Connor, a member of the 2008 US Olympic Team, has boxed at a steady pace since turning pro in 2009, with this being his longest layoff. O’Connor hopes to keep busy through 2013 and soon break the top ten. (more…)



June 29th, 2013




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