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The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host two of the borough’s favorite sons this Saturday when former five-time, two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah and former two-time, two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi battle to determine who is the true King of Brooklyn.
A former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion known as “The Magic Man,” Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) built an early reputation for talking a good game, but when the bell rang, his skills backed up his boasts. Despite his flashy style in and out of the ring, the 32-year-old has proven himself to be a true warrior, as evidenced by his victories over Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano, and his battles with Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. Coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June, Malignaggi’s return to the ring has him more amped up than ever. (more…)
Top 10 UFC® middleweights take center stage when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. In the night’s main event, former STRIKEFORCE® middleweight champ and current No. 6 contender Luke Rockhold (10-2, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) meets the ninth-ranked Costa Philippou (12-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.) in a five-round bout. (more…)
Boyd Melson 158 vs Gundrick King 158
Luis Rosa 124 vs Andre Wilson 124
Craig McEwan 167 vs Dashon Johnson 166
Bryant Cruz 130 vs Joshua Arocho 129
Travis Peterkin 175.8 vs Tylon Burris 171.5
Antoine Douglas 159 vs Colby Courter 158.5
Junior Younan 166 vs Travis McClaren 166
Neuky Santelises 130 vs Joseliz Cepeda 129
Danny Gonzalez 145.5 vs Kamal Muhammad 147.5
Francy Ntetu 167.5 vs Julio Garcia 167
Jerry Odom 167 vs Eric Moon 168
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club & Grille
Square Ring Promotions and Hrunov Promotions announced today that Roy Jones Jr. (56-9, 40 KOs) would be back in the ring on December 21, 2013 in Moscow, Russia in a 12 round WBU Cruiserweight title fight against Frenchman Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8 KOs).
“Roy is excited to be coming back to Russia to fight, and we are very happy that we were able to put this together so quickly with our good friend and partner Vlad Hrunov,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “We are disappointed that the fight with Bobby Gunn didn’t happen, but there were just too many loose ends, and it was taking far too long. Vlad came forward and closed the deal on Monday. We have a longstanding relationship with him and his team and knew that he could make it happen.”
“I told Bobby that I would fight him. I meant it then and mean it now,” said Roy Jones. “On Saturday, John told me that they were still trying to make changes to the contract, but that he could make a deal with Vlad, so I told him that the first one to close a deal was where I was gonna go and Russia won. That’s why we’re calling this fight ‘Winner Take All.’” (more…)
WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and former WBA jr welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana hosted an international conference call Wednesday in advance of their December 14 grudge match at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Adrian Broner: “I really can’t trash talk with someone who doesn’t speak English. All I can say is that I hope he is at 100%…I don’t watch no tape. I know he’s gonna come to fight and isn’t gonna lay down until I make him lay down!”
Marcos Maidana: “I’m convinced Adrien Broner has never fought someone like me. It won’t be easy for him…the thing I really want in my career is the welterweight belt and it just so happens he has it.”
Heavyweight contender Alex Leapai will jump from #8 to #1 in the December WBO rankings, but does this mean he is mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko? We’ll find out tomorrow.
WBO Ratings Committee voted Leapai #1. Championship Committee has voted on mandatory status, will announce result of that vote tomorrow.
— Paco Valcárcel, Esq. (@PacoValcarcel) December 3, 2013
WBC #6 heavyweight contender Manual Charr (25-1, 15 KOs) announced today on his Facebook page that he will be fighting ring legend James Toney (76-9-3, 46 KOs). He also added “Ich hoffe der zieht sich nicht zurück!” (I hope he doesn’t pull out!). The fight would headline a December 20 show at the Messehalle Schnelsen in Hamburg, Germany and be televised by Eurosport. The 45-year-old Toney competed in the Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament last Month in London, losing to Jason Gavern in the semi-final.
The Hamburg card is confirmed to feature cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (33-6, 20 KOs) against former world champion Steve Herelius (21-4-1, 12 KOs) and heavyweight Christian Hammer (14-3, 10 KOs) against Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-3-1, 14 KOs. (Big Thanks to Andrij)
Following his big win over WBO #1 rated Denis Boytsov, #8 rated heavyweight Alex Leapai will leap past seven fighters into the #1 position in the WBO’s December ratings.
— Paco Valcárcel, Esq. (@PacoValcarcel) December 3, 2013
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Chris Morris
On a beautiful winter day in sunny Colorado, Manny Perez and coach Jake Ramos opened up their training camp to fellow fighters and fans who showed up in force. Fellow Colorado fighters Alfred Romero, Rob Frankel and JC Candelo showed up in support in addition to many ‘Manos’ fans.
First Perez warmed up with some shadow boxing. Next was focus mitt work under the watchful eye of his lead trainer Jacob Ramos.
Perez and top 10 MMA rising star, Justin Gaethje, sparred for the gathering crowd at the Grudge Training Center. Grudge is the home gym of Perez and is ran by world respected trainer, Trevor Wittman. (more…)
Unbeaten WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) will defend against Osumanu Adama on February 1 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Adama has a record of 22-3 with 16 KOs and is currently ranked #14 in the WBA ratings. He previously challenged for the IBF middleweight belt in March 2012, losing a unanimous decision to then champion Daniel Geale in Tasmania, Australia. Adama is promoted by CFC Promotions of Chicago.
Gennady Golovkin: “I’m very happy to return to Monte Carlo and excited to face Adama. I know he’s a very tough opponent and I’m looking forward to putting on another great performance for the fans in Monte Carlo and those watching around the world.”
Osumanu Adama: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to challenge boxing’s best,” said Adama. “I’ve already begun training and I will bring the titles with me back to Chicago on FEBRUARY 1.”
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “Gennady is committed to staying active and fighting the toughest opponents willing to get in the ring with him. He’s anxious to make a quick return to the ring and looking forward to the challenge of defending his titles against Adama in Monte Carlo on February 1. Gennady has distinguished himself as among the most popular and most watched boxers in the world, far surpassing many other world champions in TV ratings this year.”
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves: “Gennady is one of the hottest sporting athletes in the world and we’re honored to promote his return to Monte Carlo. His debut here in March was attended by celebrities from all over Europe including Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco as well as boxing legend Marvin Hagler, who all watched from ringside. With his spectacular power and amazing knockout ratio, Golovkin represents the very best of boxing. I couldn’t think of a more exciting fighter to top the bill in Monte Carlo, particularly as he did so well last time. And credit to the challenger, who is one of the few fighters willing to step in against Golovkin.”
IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) returns December 14 in Neubrandenburg, Germany against 41-year-old Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs). Pulev is mandatory challenger to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Williams is coming off a four-rounder on November 18 in North Carolina after pulling out of the Prizefighter Heavyweight tourney.
Results from the world championship tripleheader at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan are as follows:
In what was supposed to be a WBA/IBF super flyweight unification bout, IBF super flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 10 KOs) lost a twelve round split decision to Liborio Solis (16-3-1, 7 KOs), but retained his IBF title since Solis, who lost his WBA belt on the scale, couldn’t make weight. The WBA title remains vacant. Scores were 115-113 Kameda, 116-112, 116-112 for Solis.
WBO champion bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Immanuel Naidjala (17-1-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 117-111.
IBF minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (26-6, 10 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Vergilio Silvano (17-3-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-108.
Two heavyweights who also happen to be former training partners will lead the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Australia when Mark Hunt fights close to home against former title contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the main event, while Mauricio “Shogun” Rua looks to stop his recent two fight skid when he takes on local fighter James Te Huna . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy of Michael Amoo-Bediako
Ghana is a country that has been prolific in producing talented boxers like Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, David Kotey, Joshua Clottey etc. The latest and most promising boxer to hail from the West African nation is 26-year-old lightweight prospect Richard Commey (16-0, 16 KOs). Not surprisingly, Commey comes from Bukom, a township that has been the birthplace of Ghana’s greatest boxing stars. In March 2014, Commey is scheduled to fight Derry Matthews in the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth title and a victory will no doubt propel him into the world rankings. (more…)
Newly-released images show Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard in upcoming “Hands of Stone” movie. More
Was Derek Chisora’s win over Ondrej Pala his second coming? More
West Virginia boxer Jordan Moore was suspended for one year Monday after testing positive for anabolic steroids. More
Nonito Donaire conqueror Guillermo Rigondeaux says he’s willing to give the “Filipino Flash” another chance, but only if he gets to dictate the terms. More
“Sorry, but I did everything I could,” Tony Bellow is saying after his loss to Adonis Stevenson. More
Future Boxing Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. is definitely not fighting against Bobby Gunn on the December 18 boxing card at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. However, the fight card will go on as scheduled with Bobby Gunn headlining. Word is former world champion Glen Johnson could step in as a replacement for Jones.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced a multi-year renewal with MusclePharm® Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP) a leading international, award-winning sports nutrition company. In addition to branding in the hallowed Octagon®, MusclePharm will be featured in a variety of UFC programming elements ranging from national television broadcasts to Pay-Per-Views and across UFC’s digital platforms. The sponsorship also involves special events and the use of official marks and logos for consumer retail promotions including a special Octagon-shaped Fight Pack. (more…)
This Wednesday, WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will be honored by his home state of Rhode Island for his championship victory over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9th in Corpus Christi, Texas. Andrade, 20-0 will be receiving his recognition at the Rhode Island State house at 4:30 pm eastern.
Amir Khan joins the Showtime announce team as a guest analyst on Saturday, substituting for regular analyst Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi who headlines the event versus Zab Judah. Khan has stopped both fighters.
As far as Khan’s next fight is concerned, Floyd Mayweather remains at the top of the list. “He is undefeated and I want to be the one to defeat him,” Khan was quoted as saying The National. “I have been training very hard for the past 8-10 weeks. My next fight will be in May 2014, and I hope it’s against Mayweather. My team are working to make this happen, but I am not focusing on it. My aim is to focus on my training and get as fitter and stronger as I can.”
Featherweight contender Roberto Marroquin of Dallas will have his Media Day at the Vivero Boxing Gym, 2107 Balboa Drive, Dallas, on Wednesday December 4 to work out and talk about “my biggest fight ever,” a rematch with Daniel Diaz of Managua at the WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Saturday, December 7. Roberto will be in the gym with his famous Texas trainer, Paul Reyes.
“I know what the stakes are in this fight. I must win this one,” Marroquin said from training camp today. “I thought I did enough to beat Diaz the first time but it was scored the other way. Now I must win decisively.”
Marroquin vs Diaz is scheduled for 10 rounds and the fight will be on Solo Boxeo Tecate program televised live on UniMas.
There will be eight bouts on the card. Tickets for the “Red River Rumble” at the WinStar World Casino are $100 VIP, $55, $35 and are available at Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000.
Heavyweight star Dereck Chisora begins his 2014 world title campaign on Saturday 8th February at London’s Copper Box Arena and aims to end the year as world champion. Chisora finished off Czech Ondrej Pala inside three rounds at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday night to successfully defend his WBO Intercontinental belt and add the Vacant WBA International title to add to his European crown.
British Champion David Price is obligated to face Chisora on February 8th at the Copper Box Arena, as per the terms of the purse bid won by promoter Frank Warren, if Price withdraws from the fight then Chisora hopes he can entice rival Tyson Fury into the opposite corner next to avenge his July 2011 points loss. (more…)
This past Saturday light welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) inched closer to a world title shot with a 10-round unanimous decision against Hector Velazquez (55-20-3, 38 KOs), a fight that took place at the Coliseo Guillermo Angulo in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Dulorme who is promoted by Team Puerto Rico, a collaboration of Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions, will likely be in a title elimination bout in his next fight. Rated WBC #6 and WBA #5, Dulorme feels he’s ready to step up. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
The last quarter on 2013 has been one to remember with major televised boxing events every weekend. This weekend is no exception as both HBO and Showtime go head-to-head with world championship boxing, plus Friday night boxing returns with two televised cards.
After dominating Saturday night boxing with ten telecasts over the last eleven weeks, HBO will wrap up its year with a tripleheader featuring the return of WBA/WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux against former champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko. It’s Rigondeaux’s first fight since shocking Nonito Donaire in April. The undercard features a very interesting jr middleweight clash with unbeaten Glen Tapia in tough against James Kirkland, plus middleweight Matthew Macklin vs. Lamar Russ.
Meanwhile, flip the channel to Showtime, which largely conceded the prime boxing months of October and November to rival HBO. CBS-owned premium network finally returns to the airwaves with a quadrupleheader topped by an all-Brooklyn welterweight clash between former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah. The undercard features three world title fights. IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander defends against Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout meet for a vacant WBA interim super welterweight belt, and WBC super middleweight beltholder Sakio Bika defends against Anthony Dirrell. (more…)
Felix Sturm: “I believe I’ll beat him clearly. I have great experience in big fights and I’m in fantastic shape. Trust me, my time is far from over and whoever thinks I’m done is making a big mistake. I re-dedicated myself to the sport I love and it paid off. I had no trouble making weight. I’m as fit as they come. He’ll be in for a surprise on Saturday night. I can’t wait!”
Darren Barker: “There is zero chance I will lose this fight. I know what I have to do to beat Felix, who has been a great champ, but it’s my time. It wasn’t long ago that I won and I’m defending nice and early which is great. I want a long and active reign as champion.”
Fritz Sdunek, Trainer Felix Sturm: “We had a great camp, Felix is in amazing shape. On Saturday, he’ll make history and become Germany’s first four time world champion.”
Tony Sims, Trainer Darren Barker: “The styles are going to gel, they’re both intelligent fighters and Darren is looking forward to his first defence.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan WBA regular super flyweight champion Liborio Solis had his belt stripped after failing to make the weight on Monday. Solis three pounds over the 115 pound limit ahead of his unification bout against Japanese IBF jr bantamweight world campion Daiki Kameda. Solis reweighed later but was still 2.5 pounds heavy. He did not come back for a third time. Kameda can still win the WBA belt on Tuesday if he beats Solis.
World amateur middleweight champion Ievgen Khytrov arrived at JFK this weekend where he was met by his New York promoter Dmitriy Salita. Khytrov will hit the fast track December 18 at Manhattan’s Webster Hall when he makes his pro debut as the main event on Salita’s Star of David card. Khytrov, 25, has over 500 amateur fights starting at age 13. His knockout record is over 80%. The highlight of his career was when he captured the world amateur middleweight championship in 2011 defeating 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata of Japan in the finals.
The low point of his career came in the first round of The London Olympics when he faced British team member Anthony Ogogo. “Ogogo won the first round. I started slow,” said Khytrov. “But I knocked him down in the second and third rounds. When they gave Ogogo the decision, even the local English crowd jeered.”
Salita is very excited about promoting Khytrov. “This guy is such a hard puncher with a thrilling style. We think Ievgen will become extremely popular in a very short time.” (more…)
Light middleweight Jack Culcay (15-1, 10 KOs) is the latest addition to the undercard for the vacant WBA world light heavyweight title clash between Juergen Braehmer and Marcus Oliveira on December 14. The 28-year-old, who regained the WBA Intercontinental Title in October, is set to defend against Dieudonne Belinga (11-3) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
However, there has been one big change in “Golden Jack’s” team: Fritz Sdunek is no longer part of it, replaced by renowned British coach Gary Logan. Moritz Klatten, Culcay’s manager: “Fritz Sdunek is one of Germany’s most respected and successful coaches. Though, due to commitments to other fighters, he could not focus enough on Culcay in the recent past. Therefore, we have split with him by mutual agreement.” According to Klatten, Logan is the perfect replacement to Sdunek. “He has already trained and seconded world-class boxers such as George Groves and David Haye. We believe that Jack will progress under his tutelage.”
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
38-year-old Paul Spadafora (48-1-1, 19 KOs) failed to match Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 unbeaten record as he was outworked and outpointed in a twelve round majority decision loss to Johan Perez (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in a fight for the vacant WBA interim super lightweight championship on Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia. (more…)
Looks like Guillermo Rigondeaux will remain a thorn in Nonito Donaire’s side for some time to come. More
Timothy Bradley? Juan Manual Marquez? Manny’s Pacquiao’s next foe remains up in the air though Bob Arum is throwing around the “Money” name should Pacquiao win his next fight. More
Speaking of Pacquiao, he spent the weekend giving away money and bibles to victims of the recent typhoon disaster. More
Seven fighters joined UFC President Dana White for the TUF 18 Finale post-fight press conference: Nate Diaz, Julianna Pena, David Grant, Jessica Rakoczy, Raquel Pennington, Jessamyn Duke, and Chris Holdsworth . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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It was his biggest challenge to date. But even the most renowned boxing webs concluded that Ondrej Pala’s (32-4) chances for a breakthrough result in his clash with the controversial Briton Dereck Chisora (19-4) were marred in the same controversial fashion when the referee Jan Christensen surprisingly waved the fight off just before the end of the 3rd.
“I don’t want to be a sore loser, as I’m perfectly aware of the mistakes which I’ve made in the fight, but on the other hand, I still think that to end a fight in such a questionable and indefinite manner is something which no fighter on this world deserves,” says the 29-year old Prague fighter from the Medea Boxing Team in his interview with Profiboxing.cz (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Renzo Novara
World ranked Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr (37-4-1, 22KOs) made a triumphant return home to Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, as he jam packed the State Auditorium and gave his hometown a show by stopping the fussy Ivan Hernandez (29-5, 23KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia, in the seventh round of a scheduled ten. The main event capped off a multi-bout fight card witnessed by over a couple of thousand fight fans following the son of the biggest hero to come out of Mexicali, former world champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez Sr. The night was broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel and presented by Zanfer Promotions. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photo: Jeff Julian
Rising heavyweight star Travis “My Time” Kauffman (27-1, 20KOs) barely had time to break a sweat as he dropped late replacement Jason Barnett (14-15, 7KOs), three times en-route to a knockout at 2:09 of the opening round to capture the vacant WBU Intercontinental title on Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA.
“The first Body shot I hit him with hurt him. I knew my power was tremendous going into the fight,” said the satisfied Kauffman afterward. “I was hurting everybody in camp. I hurt Tomas Adamek a couple of times. The ring work with Adamek, really helped me with this fight. I was preparing for Manuel Quesada, but as soon as he was out of the fight and Jason Barnett took it, I thought it was perfect because Jason Barnett uses his jab well just like Adamek does. The body shot was perfect. Of course, Barnett is no Adamek, but I went in there tonight to seek and destroy, and that is exactly what I did.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion and opposition party leader Vitali Klitschko defused a potentially fatal confrontation between protesters and police on Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine. Protesters were planning to storm the Presidential Administration building, but Klitschko forcefully warned the protesters to get back and not fall into a trap. With that, the mob scene broke up. Klitschko is running for president in the next election and showed real leadership here. (Big thanks to Andrij)
During the recent WBC annual convention in Bangkok, Thailand, the World Boxing Cares arm of the WBC visited the Phyathai Home for Babies, an orphanage in the Nonthaburi province on the outskirts of Bangkok. Boxers Manuel Charr, Nigel Benn, Humberto “Chicquita’ Gonzalez, Scott Welch, Jelena Mrdjenovich and Patrick Dobroschi were all on hand to donate gifts and supplies to the orphanage and spend time with the youngsters.
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