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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux is looking forward to defending his WBA and WBO 122lb world titles in September. Rigondeaux is hoping that his promoters Top Rank and Caribe Promotions can make a fight with Golden Boy’s WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares. Golden Boy, according to the Nevada Athletic Commission, paid Mares $350,000 for his victory over Ponce de Leon on the undercard of Mayweather/Guerrero. “It was an easy night’s work beating the 2012 fighter of the year Nonito Donaire on April 13th but beating Mares will be even easier,” said Rigondeaux. “I have already beaten Mares in the Pan American Games by a wide points margin of 17-7 but with the headgear off and these small gloves I will knock him out. However, if he wants to step up to the big time he should take this challenge. I’m sure my promoters can make it financially worthwhile for him and for Golden Boy. Of course, if he simply wants to be an undercard fighter and not rise to this challenge, that is his right but all will know then that he is afraid to fight me.”
By Robert Coster
Photo: Dario Figueredo
When Dominican Oxandia Castillo won the female WBO jr midlleweight title by stopping favored Hanna Gabriel in Costa Rica on February 28th of this year, she became at 18 boxing’s youngest current world titleholder, male or female. The previously unknown Castillo (12-0-2, 9 KOs) was given a hero’s welcome in her homeland. Many Dominican boxing fans identified with Oxandia, a young girl that overcame poverty and a difficult family situation through effort and determination. Says manager Jose Rafael Lantigua, “There are other girls here that have won world titles but Oxandia, in particular, touched a soft spot with the fans.” Fightnews caught up with the teenage champion flanked by her manager and trainer Alcibiades to know more about her and her Cinderella story. (more…)
The bill for the “Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four” final, a partnership between South Africa’s Golden Gloves and the Monte-Carlo SBM Group, was announced in Monaco this morning. The tournament takes place at the glittering Salle des Etoiles on the Monte Carlo beachfront on July 13. Highly-rated Edwin Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs) of the US and Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KOs) of Russia will meet in the “Super Four” final for a US $1-million purse, to be split 60/40.
Co-headlining this international event will be a world championship fight between WBA and IBO light-welterweight holder Khalid Allakhverdiev (18-0, 8 KOs) and former champion Suleymane M’Baye (40-4-1, 22 KOs).
On the undercard, highly-rated European middleweight champion Max Bursak (26-1-1, 12 KOs) will defend his crown against the UK’s Prince Arron (23-4-1, 5 KOs), while big punchers Ilunga “Junior” Makabu (13-1, 13 KOs) and undefeated Dmytro Kucher (21-0, 15 KOs) will fight for Kucher’s WBC International cruiserweight belt. (more…)
Photos: Joel Colon / PR Best
Puerto Rican Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez trained today in Glasgow, Scotland, for his fight against the World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KOs), this Saturday, May 11, at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, in a Matchroom Boxing presentation.
Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KOs), the #1 WBO ranked and WBO Latino champion in the lightweight division, made a hard training today with his team lead by trainer Roberto Nevarez, manager Andres Ortiz and also trainer Jose Cintron at the Morrison’s Gym.
Tomorrow, at 12:00 pm, Gonzalez will have a work out for the media there at the Morrison’s Gym in Glasgow. photos
Handing it to Mayweather: Looks like Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s injured paw has checked out fine. He is expected to return Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I would live to fight him,” Amir Khan is telling anyone who will listen, in regard to the aforementioned pound-for-pound king, Mayweather. More
Holly Holm will be fighting her final boxing match this Saturday night in Albuquerque, against Mary McGee. After hanging up the gloves, Holm will go full-time in the cage as an MMA fighter.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Brico Santig of Highland Boxing Promotion
Rex Wao Singwancha (7-0,6 KOs) successfully grabbed the WBC ABCO interim 122lb title as he stopped Danilo Gabisay (reportedly 4-1) on Saturday night at La Trinidad Municipal Gym in Benguet, Philippines. The source reported that Wao survived from a knockdown in round one to aggressively attack Gabisay with flurry of strong and heavier punches on the head and body, finally forcing referee Virgilio Garcia to stop the fight at 1:47 of round two. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao will reportedly face Brandon Rios on November 24 (November 23 in the USA) at the Venetian Resort in Macao, China. Promoter Bob Arum confirmed the fight Monday saying fans want to see guys mix it up.
“There’s a school of fan who want to see artistic fights with fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Guillermo Rigondeaux,” Arum told the L.A. Times, “but we felt they also want to see a knock-down, drag-out action fight, and that’s what we’re going to give them.”
Top Rank has scheduled a “kick off” press conference on Thursday to officially announce the clash between unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) and two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2 , 30 KOs) on June 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. HBO will televise. The event is promoted by Top Rank in association with PR Best Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has updated Fightnews.com on the status of the super welterweight division. “Floyd (Mayweather) has never been stripped of the title of WBA super champion. This condition is not automatic with unification. We refer to rule #6 definitions, specifically for unified champions, and rule #18 which establishes the powers of the presidency to create these super championships.”
According to Mendoza, Mayweather asked special permission to maintain his status and the Alvarez-Trout was approved under special conditions that the WBA will explain later. More to come…
By Karl Freitag
Just looked over the official scorecard for Saturday’s defense by WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Francesco Pianeta and thought it was interesting to note that two judges scored round five 10-9 despite Klitschko scoring an official knockdown. It all became academic the following round when Klitschko dropped Pianeta for a third time and the fight was stopped.
Mayweather still “super champion” in WBA ratings, no “super champion” status for WBC/WBA champ Canelo or WBA/WBO champ Rigondeaux
By Karl Freitag
Although WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather recently stated that he had been stripped of his WBA super welterweight “super” title, that appears to not be the case. Mayweather is still listed as super champion in the new WBA ratings released today.
Meanwhile, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was named WBA boxer of the month, but did not receive the “super champion” status the WBA created especially for champions who hold the title of two or more organizations recognized by the WBA. Guillermo Rigondeaux, who unified the WBA and WBO titles against Nonito Donaire, also did not receive super champion status. Both are listed as “unified” champions along with WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada.
WBA super champions include Wladimir Klitschko, Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather, Danny Garcia, Chris John, Anselmo Moreno and Roman Gonzalez. Of that group only Klitschko and Garcia currently hold belts from multiple organizations.
Atlanta attorney and boxing promoter Adrian Patrick has announced that former world title challenger Randy “The Gentleman” Griffin (25-3, 13 KOs) and undefeated super middleweight prospect Jeffery ‘TNT’ Spencer (3-0, 1 KO) will fight Thursday at a private event (The Real Estate Council Foundation) at The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Griffin will battle against undefeated Medzhid Bektemirov (11-0, 9 KOs) for the WBC/USNBC light heavyweight title in a 10 round bout. Spencer from Gary, Indiana will face Jas Phipps (3-0, 1 KO) from Killeen, Texas in a 4 rounder.
“We would like to thank promoter Stephen Crosson for giving us this opportunity” stated Adrian L. Patrick, CEO of KO Kings Promotions “Jeffery Spencer, Randy Griffin, and KO KINGS are committed on making the sacrifices necessary to bring excitement back to boxing, we will energize the crowd on fight night.”
Frank Warren has made an offer to Golden Boy for a Deontay Wilder-Dereck Chisora clash in UK this summer
By James Slater
Like a number of fans, Hall of Fame British promoter Frank Warren wants to see unbeaten “KO King” Deontay Wilder tested. Over the weekend, as he revealed in his regular boxing column, Warren wrote of his recent offer to Wilder’s U.S promotional outfit Golden Boy to try and make a fight between Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) and former British champ Dereck Chisora (16-4, 10 KOs).
Warren feels an on-his-game Chisora can upset “The Bronze Bomber’s” progress towards stardom.
“Wilder is being hailed across The Pond as the saviour of the division,” Warren wrote. “But he is yet to be seriously tested. There isn’t a real name of substance on his CV, he looks crude and open. I’d heavily back a fit and fired up Dereck Chisora to tame him and have already made the Yanks a substantial offer to return here this summer.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
There’s a near record setting $23 million purse for a heavyweight superfight between WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA regular champ Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) later this year in Moscow. However, forgotten by many is the fact that this extravaganza will be possible only if Povetkin beats undefeated Polish fighter Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KOs) on May 17.
The 6’9 Wawrzyk has his owns ideas. “As an amateur, Povetkin won everything, he’s a very good fighter, world champion, but he’s not in a class of Klitschko brothers,” said Wawrzyk. “For the last 2-3 years everybody is hearing about Klitschko versus Povetkin but this fight just could not happen for one reason or another. My role is to make it deosn’t happen again by beating Povetkin in Moscow on May 17. I know that he would like to makes this a brawl and although my best tactics will be not to engage, use my movement and speed, if I have to trade punches, prove myself – I will. I’m not flying to Moscow thinking that I have to knock him out to win. I want to bring WBA belt to Poland, whichever way possible. All my friends, fighters from Ullrich Knockout Promotions will there with me. We will be ready to conquer Moscow,” said Wawrzyk.
His trainer, Fiodor Tapin is also confident that Wawrzyk will be able to “use his speed, movement and youth” to defeat Povetkin.
Photos: Photo Wende
There is definitely no love lost. Britain´s Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) did say he would hug and shake hands with his opponent Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) after their WBO Title Fight on June 8 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany – but the attending members of the press were not really convinced after the pair´s previous war of words during Monday’s press conference.
Before Afolabi started his attempt to calm things down, current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck and the Interims Titlist were involved in a heated exchange of words. The first one to trade verbal blows was the 28-year-old German. “Afolabi is starting to get on my nerves. I beat him in December 2009. After I fought Alexander Povetkin for the WBA Heavyweight Crown, it was difficult for me to find the right motivation for my rematch with Afolabi in May last year. However, I believe that I actually won that bout, even though it was scored as a majority draw. That won’t happen again. I will win in my own backyard. We won’t be playing cat and mouse anymore. This will be a war – I won’t be holding back.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs), 130, kept his WBA super-featherweight belt as he sank previously undefeated challenger Jaider Parra (20-1-1 10 KOs), 129.75, a Venezuelan jabber, in agony with a single body shot at 2:15 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was Uchiyama’s seventh successful defense with six within the distance. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Venezuelan Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 115, unified the WBA super-flyweight belt as he, WBA interim ruler, defeated WBA regular champ Kohei Kono (28-8, 11 KOs), 115, by a majority decision (115-111, 114-112, 113-113) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kono floored Solis with a countering right in round two, but the Venezuelan dropped the Japanese back with a vicious left hook in round eight in a give-and-take total war. (More to come)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Undefeated Mexican bantamweight Julio “Pollito” Ceja (24-0, 22 KOs) travelled Saturday to Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, where he will meet Jamie McDonnell (20-2-1, 9 KOs) on May 11 at Keepmoat Stadium for the vacant IBF bantamweight title formerly held by Leo Santa Cruz.
“I’m undertaking the most important journey of not just my boxing career, but of my whole life. I have the opportunity to be crowned world champion and I will not waste it,” proclaimed Ceja, who is trained by Hall of Famer Nacho Beristain.
Photo: Joel Colon/PR Best
The #1 World Boxing Organization (WBO) ranked in the lightweight division, Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, hasarrived in Glasgow, Scotland, where this Saturday he will challenge the WBO 135 pound champion Ricky Burns at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, in a Matchroom Boxing presentation.
The Puerto Rican Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KOs), the WBO Latino champion, is acclimating to complete his training for the fight against Burns (35-2, 10 KOs), a native from Scotland.
By Peter Czymbor
Pro Boxing Returns to Boston on Friday May 24th at 7PM to the National Guard Armory at 70 Victory Road in Dorchester. It will be an evening of live fights and raffles to support donations to the One Boston Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the Dorchester Boxing Club. Prize items include autographed photos and gloves from Manny Pacquiao, Roy Jones Jr. and Shannon Briggs.
In the heavyweight main event, undefeated Alexis Santos (8-0, 7 KOs) faces the stiffest test of his career in a 6 round bout against Alabama’s Keith Thompson (6-1, 4 KOs). Santos, from nearby Lawrence, has been seen as a hidden gem on the American heavyweight scene. Thompson is trained by Jay Deas, who is the lead coach for heavyweight contender and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder. (more…)
Thirty-six-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather may yet grow old.
But last night was not his time to do so.
Needing just two rounds to expel the specters of rust and age, Mayweather proved the naysayers wrong, yet again, by defending his pound-for-pound crown and one of the welterweight belts with a one-sided spanking of Robert “Ghost” Guerrero. The challenger proved dreadfully ineffectual against the drearily masterful, transforming what was a hoped-for war, into something of a sparring session, which evoked sporadic waves of boos from an anxious crowd . . . Click here for full report
In what should cement him a high pound-for-pound ranking, and the man to beat in the 120s, three-division world champ Abner Mares, 26-0-1, 14 Kos, moved up to 126 to dethrone WBC Featherweight Champ Daniel Ponce De Leon, 44-5, 35 Kos. Weathering the champ’s battering ram of a left hand, Mares unraveled his sparmate and friend, dropping him not once but twice en route to a knockout win in round nine . . . Click here for more
The fight is expected to take place in Mexico City.
Aug 3rd on HBO main event against Chavez jr #winning#shock the word
— BRYAN VERA (@BVWARRIOR) May 5, 2013
Not sounding like a fighter who believes he was dominated, four-division champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero says he wants another piece of Floyd Mayweather. “I’m gonna keep fighting,” he stated. “I’m going to get back into position and hopefully before Floyd Mayweather retires I’ll get that shot again.”
“He was barely slipping by the punches,” Guerrero commented on assessing the fight. “I landed some good shots on him. He’s a great fighter. He’s got a great defense. He’s slick, he’s quick. He came out and did his thing. He was a little better than I thought. I thought I was going to catch him. He was on his game tonight.”
Guerrero’s father/trainer was a little more blunt in his assessment, telling press row “Mayweather’s a chicken. He ran all night.”
Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (19-0-1, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Venezuelan Jaider Parra (20-0-1, 10 KOs) tomorrow (Monday) in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama, making his seventh defense, respects his challenger’s unbeaten mark and hopes to concentrate on his successful defense. In a companion title bout, newly crowned WBA super-fly titlist Kohei Kono (28-7, 11 KOs) will make his initial defense against interim champ, another Venezuelan Liborio Solis (14-3-1, 7 KOs) over twelve frames. It will be a highly competitive contest as their previous ledgers indicate. It is the first time that our champs risk the belts against Venezuelan challengers in a world title twinbill.
Postfight press report by Chris Cozzone
Photo by Mary Ann Owen
A new, old blueprint might’ve blackened the hopes of a war and bored a crowd to booing, but no one could deny that age-defying Floyd Mayweather Jr. had retained his pound-for-pound supremacy with yet another virtuoso performance.
Before a crowd of 15,880 at the MGM, the unbeaten Mayweather, 44-0, 26 Kos, pulled on Robert Guerrero’s strings, pot-shotting him repeatedly throughout most of the fight, resulting in a lopsided unanimous decision scored 117-111 across the board. Surprised, disappointed and somewhat shell-shocked, the “Ghost,” 31-2-1, 18 Kos, endured a phantasmagoric evening, losing for the first time in eight years . . . Click here for full report
Shortly after his stoppage win over Daniel Ponce De Leon, Abner Mares met with the media at the post fight press conference.
“All I have to say is I am blessed,” said Mares. “I am happy we had a plan and we put it to work. He was the aggressor and we had to be the smarter fighter.”
In the fight, a left hook-right cross combination by Mares dropped De Leon late in round two. Mares continued his attack and he cornered his foe in the ninth, landing a series of punches that prompted referee Jay Nady to call it quits at 2:20. (more…)
WBC #10 rated featherweight Alex Miskirtchian from Belgium is set to defend his European (EBU) title on June 21 against Italian Davide Dieli.
The 27 year old Miskirtchian, 22-2-1(8), born in Tbilisi (Georgia), will make the 3rd defense of his EBU title he won against Sofiane Takoucht from France in Sept 2011 and made since 2 successful defenses against Philippe Frenois in April 2012 and stopped Andreas Evensen in Feb of this year.
The 33 year old Dieli, currently rated #6 by the EBU, is 12-3-0(4) and lost a split decision to Sofiane Takoucht for the EBU-EU title.
The EBU clash will take place in the Octave Henry Hall of Namur near Miskirtchian’s home town of Dinant and the show is promoted by his manager Alain Vanackere CEO of Euroboxe Promotion.
By James Slater
It may come as no real surprise to fight fans, but it seems Amir Khan’s days as a 140-pounder have come to an end. The former WBA/IBF light-welterweight champ, in speaking with Steve Lillis of BoxNation, said he is looking at moving up to 147 and challenging the winner of May 18th’s clash between IBF welterweight champ and British challenger (and replacement for the injured Kell Brook) Lee Purdy.
As fans may have read, Khan’s ultimate goal is a massive fight with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior, and a win over Alexander or Purdy might well get Khan what he wants. (more…)
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Floyd Mayweather: “I feel bad I didn’t get a knockout tonight. I was looking for it, but I hurt my right hand.”
On a possible September showdown with Canelo Alvarez:
“We don’t know who we’re going to fight right now. Let me go home and rest up first and talk it over with Al (Haymon), talk it over with Leonard (Ellerbe) and see what we come up with.”
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Unbeaten boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) defended his WBC welterweight belt with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Southpaw Guerrero didn’t come out as aggressive as expected and Mayweather landed a few pot shots in round one. Slow pace in round two where neither did much. Mayweather connected with some lead rights in round three. Mayweather repeatedly beating Guerrero to the punch in round four. Mayweather’s right continued to pick Guerrero apart while Guerrero was unable to apply meaningful pressure. Guerrero was cut over the left eye in round eight, motivating Floyd to become more aggressive. Floyd continued to put rounds in the bank until round twelve when he mostly stayed out of range. Scores were 117-111 on all cards.
Unbeaten two-division world champion Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KOs) scored dethroned WBC featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-5, 35 KOs) by ninth round TKO. Not the all action fight people expected. Mares dropped Ponce de Leon at the end of round two then mostly put on a boxing clinic before dropping the champion again in round nine. Mares then finished Ponce de Leon with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:20. (more…)
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) scored a brutal sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Francesco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Klitscho shook Pianeta with a right hand early in round one. More big power shots landed by Klitschko in rounds two and three. Klitschko floored Pianata with a right hand in round four. A left hand put Pianeta down in the fifth. The end came in round six when Klitschko put Pianeta on the deck again. Time was 2:52.
Former female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (14-0, 7 KOs) “hammered” out a ten round unanimous decision to dethrone previously unbeaten WBF female super middleweight titleholder Zita Zatyko (15-1-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 100-89, 99-90, 99-90. Hammer also claimed the vacant WBO women’s title.
Unbeaten heavyweight Mike Perez (19-0, 12 KOs) won an uneventful ten round unanimous decision over Travis Walker (39-10-1, 31 KOs).
Story by Miguel Maravilla
A June 22 showdown between WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) and Adrien “The Problem” Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) was announced today by Golden Boy at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, resulting in a back-and-forth bashing session.
“These are the two biggest talkers in the sport,” was the opening understatement by Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer. “We can imagine the kind of fireworks we will see here. This is champion against champion.” (more…)
Video: iFilm London
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