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Light Heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (17-2, 13 KOs) returned to the winning column Saturday night at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel in Miami, Florida. After consecutive defeats to former world champ Jean Pascal and undefeated contender Vyacheslav Shabransky, Gonzalez scored an explosive first round KO over Brazilian Jackson Junior (21-7, 19 KOs). Under new trainer Pedro Diaz, Gonzalez came out fast and furious and dropped Junior three times causing a rapid halt to the bout.
Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, 17-1, 5 KOs as a pro and rated #6 by the WBO at flyweight, outscored Argentinian amateur Ignacio Perrin 3-0 in a lightweight preliminary matchup at the Rio Olympic Games.
Also during the Sunday afternoon session, Irish lightweight David Oliver Joyce defeated Andrique Allisop of Seychelles 3-0.
Super bantamweight Tyson Cave (29-3, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over journeyman Javier Franco (25-19-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Lebrun Arena in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cave put Franco on his knees for the count with a cracking right to the jaw. Time was 1:20.
In the co-feature, Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon Carman (10-2, 9 KOs) demolished Julien Collette (8-5, 6 KOs) in the first round.
Another spectacular knockout for rising super featherweight Alberto ‘Explosivo’ Machado (15-0, 13 KOs), this time in the second round against Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo in Catano, Puerto Rico. Honoring is nickname ‘Explosivo’; Machado began landing bombs in the very first round hurting Suarez with powerful combinations that drop him down after a vicious left straight hand. Suarez survived the first round but the end came at 2:43 of the second round when Machado went after him and showed why once again he belongs to top elite Boricua prospects. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 35-3, 27 KOs, crushed Michael Marrone, 21-6, 15 KOs, in round two of a scheduled 6-rounder Saturday night in Bristol, PA. The bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by D and D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions, at the Grundy Arena, a local hockey venue in the historic little Bucks County town. This was the second-ever boxing event at the site.
Witherspoon, fighting for the first time in a year, wasted no time is securing his 35th professional victory. He moved out toward Marrone at the sound of the bell and began testing the former cruiserweight title challenger immediately.
About half-way through the round, Witherspoon flicked a right hand at Marrone, which landed around the temple and put him on the deck, near a neutral corner. Marrone hauled himself to his feet, and referee Hurley McCall sent him back into the fight. (more…)
No American Olympic boxers in action today in Rio.
In Sunday morning’s session, UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi stopped Ugandan Kennedy Katende in round three for the first KO of Rio 2016.
Irish welterweight Steven Gerard Donnelly outpointed Algerian Zohir Kedache 3-0.
In today’s late session, former IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand takes on Argentina’s Ignacio Perrin in a lightweight clash.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
WBC #2 lightweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (30-5, 23 KOs) scored an exciting tenth round stoppage of Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (37-7-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. In the tenth round, both fighters hit the canvas, Jardon went down first, but recovered and sent Saguilan to the canvas twice. The bout was halted at 2:58 of round ten. The bout was for the WBC Lightweight International silver title.
In the co-feature, super lightweight Luis Vidales (10-4, 5 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Shoki Sakai (21-6, 13 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 76-76 and 78-74.
On Saturday, November 19, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion, and Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) the former super middleweight world champion and “Super Six” winner, officially announced their long-awaited showdown following Ward’s victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion of the live HBO telecast Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take place November 19 on HBO Pay-Per-View. Additional details for the event, including ticket information, will be released shortly.
Live on HBO tonight, when asked about whether or not Ward is ready to face him Kovalev said, “I think he is ready. I am ready too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he proved this today. I just want to say, let’s do it November 19 on HBO.”
Ward responded, “I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I got past this step. He got past his step. We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1.”
Former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (42-4, 20 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over Cesar Vazquez (28-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Diaz was very active as always. Vazquez tried his best to keep up with him. As the bout progressed, Diaz’ non-stop punches had Vazquez’ head bouncing around like a bobblehead doll. The referee called a halt to the fight in round eight at 2:09.
Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports
Former super middleweight champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Ward was in command from the get-go. The much bigger Ward pressed the action and outclassed the game 39-year-old Brand. In round seven Brand suffered a cut on his right eyelid. After twelve uneventful rounds, the scores were 120-108 across the board.
With the win, Ward setup a PPV showdown with WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who was at ringside scouting Ward.
By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History
Photo: Darryl Cobb
In the scheduled six-round main event at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA, Chazz Witherspoon (35-3, 27 KOs) easily stopped Michael Marrone (21-6, 15 KOs) in their heavyweight contest. Witherspoon dropped Marrone twice in the first round, but ran out of time to finish the job.
However, Chazz managed to finish off Marrone midway through the next round. A left-right combination sent Marrone to the canvas for a third time. He did get up and referee Hurley McCall allowed him to continue. However after a few more seconds, Marrone’s corner asked the ringside doctor to stop the fight. He stepped up on the ring apron and waved the white towel. Referee McCall immediately called an end of the bout at 1:31 of round two.
In the co-feature, jr welterweight Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (20-4, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO over Carlos Aguilera (10-18, 4 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) had all he can handle in an eight round majority decision draw against Alexander Johnson (16-4-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Scores were 78-74 Mekhontsev, 76-76, 76-76. Unexpectedly hard and competitive fight for Mekhontsev, as Johnson entered having dropped three of his last four.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (23-0, 18 KOs) battered journeyman Dion Savage (12-10, 16 KOs) for four rounds and the bout was stopped after four by Savage’s corner.
Unbeaten super welterweight Alexander Besputin (4-0, 4 KOs) made quick work of Kevin Womack (7-11-3, 2 KOs) in a one round blowout. The bout was stopped at 2:08.
Super lightweight Alfonso Olvera (8-2, 3 KOs) outpointed Jose Marufo (8-5-2, 0 KOs) over six.
Unbeaten WBO #9, IBF #12 jr welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) scored a wicked first round KO over Ty Barnett (23-6-1, 15 KOs). Hooker dropped Barnett with a left hook, then got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:17. Hooker retained his NABO title.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over late sub Jinner Guerrero (8-7, 6 KOs). A crushing left hand laid out Guerrero.
Unbeaten heavyweight “Rock Solid” Darmani Rock (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time, outpointing Mike Kyle (1-3-1, 1 KO) over four rounds. Rock dropped Kyle in round four. Scores were 40-35, 39-36, 39-36.
Unbeaten junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (14-0-3, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Marcelo Gallardo (7-4-2, 3 KOs). Franco dropped Gallardo in the opening moments of the first round with a right hand, and floored him again in the fifth round. The bout was halted at the 2:16 mark of the stanza.
By Karl Freitag
In a shocking light heavyweight opening round upset, former WBA and WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs as a pro), who is currently rated WBO #6 at middleweight, was eliminated from Olympic competition by 25-year-old Brazilian amateur Michel Borges via three round unanimous decision. N’Dam not happy afterward with the scoring favoring hometown fighter Borges.
N’Dam N’Jikam stopped Tomasz Gargula in seven rounds just seven days ago in a pro bout at Le Cannet, France. The 32-year-old will now go back to his pro career, where he was removed from the WBC and IBF ratings for violating those organizations ban on professionals competing in the Olympic games.
By Karl Freitag
Both USA boxers seeing action were victorious on the first day of Olympic boxing competition. USA lightweight Juan Zenon Balderas Jr. defeated Berik Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan and USA light flyweight Miguel Nico Hernandez topped Italian Manuel Cappai. Scores were 3-0 in both matches.
In other notable matches, UK boxers went 3-0 on the day. UK light flyweight Galal Yafai beat Cameroon’s Simplice Fotsala 3-0, UK lightweight Joseph Cordina edged Filipino Charly Coronel Suarez 2-1; and UK heavyweight Lawrence Okolie defeated Igor Pawel Jakubowski of Poland 3-0.
Also, unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs as a pro) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, defeated Mexico’s Lindolfo Delgado 3-0 in a lightweight match; Brazilian heavyweight Juan Nogueira defeated Australian Jason Eric Whateley 3-0; and power-punching Colombian light heavyweight Juan Carlos Carrillo defeated Srkin Adylbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan 3-0.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
The two main bouts, Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, were both high-end, nationally televised, beat downs that brought plenty of action and drama to the overheated live crowd as well as the TV audience watching at home.
Undefeated super middleweight, David Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) overwhelmed a game Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the tenth and final round of their ESPN-broadcast main event. Prior to that, Alejandro Luna, 21-0, 15 KOs, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Naim Nelson, 13-2, 1 KO, in a brutal, over the limit junior welterweight fight that was pulled together on one day’s notice after each of the two combatant’s opponents had fallen out at the last minute.
The main event was a grueling, fast-paced battle with southpaw Denis Douglin, Marlboro, NJ, jumping out to a quick start, before Benavidez, Phoenix, turned the tide beginning in round three with his heavier punches. Benavidez hurt Douglin twice in the third, but Douglin kept coming. He stayed busy throughout the fight, rarely retreated, but slowly wore down as the rounds went by. (more…)
Former two-time world champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) has remained a whopping 85:1 favorite all week at 5dimes to defeat Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) tonight on HBO from Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Euro sportsbooks have Ward and even wider favorite at -10000, that is bet $10,000 to win $100.
The more interesting play for this fight is the over/under of 9.5 rounds. “Over” is -120, while “under” is +100. Ward has gone the distance in seven of his last nine, but he looked much bigger than the 39-year-old Brand at the weigh-in, so a Ward KO could well be in in the cards.
With a win, Ward would setup a showdown with WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who will be at ringside scouting Ward. Ward, on the other hand, said he didn’t even watch Kovalev’s recent fight against Issac Chilemba on TV.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen gave a classic exhibition of boxing to win the IBO junior lightweight belt when he beat Jack Assis on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Friday night. The 35-year-old Klassen dominated through the first eight rounds as he used all his boxing skills and educated left jab to keep the Australian based Filipino on the outside. However, the South African began to tire in the last four rounds as he let the 33-year-old Assis back into the fight. Klassen could have been pulling weight as he arrived late for the weigh-in, siting car trouble, but who knows? Klassen improved his record to 33-6-2, 17 KOs, and Assis saw his record drop to 35-19-6, 18 KOs. Assis was making the first defense of his belt. (more…)
Unbeaten WBA #4, WBO #7 rated middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (21-0, 14 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, outclassed Cleveland’s Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-5, 6 KOs) in a three-round blowout on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Brant dropped Fitzpatrick in round two and decked him again in round three. The bout was waved off by referee Edward Hernandez after the second knockdown. Time was 1:18. After the fight Brant called out WBA “regular middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs. Brant’s promoter Greg Cohen added that Brant would go after WBA “interim” middleweight world champion Alfonso Blanco if necessary to force a mandatory clash against Jacobs.
Super welterweight slugger Skender Halili (11-1, 11 KOs) of Fort Worth, Texas, blasted out Silver Springs, Maryland-based Ghanian journeyman Ben Odamattey (16-16-3, 9 KOs) in the first round. Halili dropped Odamattey, then got a referee’s intervention with his follow up barrage. The bout lasted 77 seconds.
Undefeated middleweight and former amateur world champion Cem Killic (6-0, 3 KOs) of Sherman Oaks, California, via Frankfurt, Germany, scored a second round TKO over debuting Jerhed Fenderson of Las Vegas. A left hand from the much more experienced Killic dropped Fenderson in round two and the referee waved it off. Time was 1:50.
Welterweight prospect Malik Hawkins (9-0, 7 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, topped Portland, Oregon’s Sean Gee (3-5) over four rounds by scores of 40-36 across the board.
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Junior featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (14-1-3, 6 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Cuban Luis “La Estrella” Franco (14-1-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 96-94. “The Solution,” who got off to a shaky start in his career with a loss and three draws in his first four fights, won his 14th straight bout and claimed the vacant NABA title.
Unbeaten featherweight Joet Gonzalez (14-0, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Sergio Lopez (19-12-1, 12 KOs). The fight was a slugfest with both fighters connecting hard and often. Scores of 100-90, 99-91, 98-92 didn’t reflect the competitiveness of the fight.
Debuting jr middleweight Angel Bojado defeated Euris Silverio (0-4) by four round unanimous decision. Bojado is the brother of former jr welterweight contender Francisco “Panchito” Bojado.
Photos: Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Benavidez dropped Douglin in round nine and got a referee’s stoppage in round ten. Time was :35.
Unbeaten IBF #10 lightweight Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (21-0, 15 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over late sub Naim Nelson (13-2, 1 KO). Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 97-93. Nelson replaced former European lightweight champion Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) of Ireland, who weighed in a whopping 4.5 pounds heavy.
Chazz Witherspoon 235 vs. Mike Marrone 243.2
Emanuel Taylor 140.8 vs. Carlos Aguilera 137.6
Samuel Teah 139 vs. Samuel Amoako 138.6
Mike Hilton 196 vs. Cortez Reed 197
Elijah Vines 152.2 vs. Julian Valerio 155.2
LeShawn Rodriguez 160.6 vs. Jason Wahr 153.8
Jaron Ennis 144.8 vs. Matt Murphy 143.4
Alberto Martinez 134.6 vs. Luis Perozo 132
Promoters: D and D Promotions & Silver Spoon Promotions
Venue: Grundy Arena, Bristol, PA
1st Bell: 6 PM
By Marco Bratusch
This afternoon at 3PM local time, the purse bid for the next EBU light-heavyweight title was held at the European Boxing Union’s offices in Rome, Italy. German promoter Ulf Steinforth, owner of “SES Boxing”, earned the right to stage the contest between French titleholder Mehdi Amar (33-4-2, 16 KOs) and mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz (49-5-1, 29 KOs), by presenting an offer of 85,620 Euro. French entrepreneur and former boxer Malamine Koné of “MK Events,” who promotes Amar, offered 45,000 Euro. SES Boxing’s team is already working on a suitable date and will very likely set the fight in Germany the next Autumn, possibly in Magdeburg where the company usually sets several boxing events.
Former long-time WBO super middleweight champion Stieglitz will fight for the third time after the KO loss suffered against Arthur Abraham last year, a fight that concluded their four-fight rivalry. Stieglitz has since then come back winning two fights inside the distance. 34-year-old champion Amar, from Marseille, won the vacant EBU 175 lb. title outboxing Sergey Demchenko last May in Paris.
Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz 134.6 vs. Cesar Vazquez 135.4
Trevor McCumby 177.2 vs. Dion Savage 179
Egor Mekhontsev 174.4 vs. Alexander Johnson 174.6
Alfonso Olvera 140 vs. Jose Maruffo 142
Alexander Besputin 151 vs. Kevin Womack 148.6
Gerardo Avila 129.8 vs. Jensen Ramirez 130.8
Albert Alvarez 163.4 vs. Yomi Heredia 164.6
Jesus Arevalo 130.2 vs. Manual Lopez 132.4
Mike Martinez 114.4 vs. Jesse Ruiz 114.2
Venue: Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ
Promoter: Top Rank
Tickets: This Event Is Sold Out
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Dante Jardon 135 vs Nery Saguilan 135
WBC Lightweight International silver title
Shoki Sakai 140 vs Luis Vidales 140
Jacky Calvo 112 vs Jazmín Ortega 111
Germán Rafael 176 vs Mario Baeza 181
Venue: Arena Coliseo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) has returned to the US following his unanimous decision victory over Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba in his home country of Russia on July 11 in Ekaterinburg.
Before heading to Oakland, California this Saturday for a ringside seat to watch two-time world champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward’s (29-0, 15 KOs) battle with Alexander Brand at the Oracle Arena, Kovalev spent some time in Miami, Florida with ESPN Deportes and in New York, New York with SI Now.
Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports
Andre Ward 175 vs. Alexander Brand 173.2
Maurice Hooker 139.6 vs. Tyrone Barnett 142
Junior Younan 172.8 vs. Genar Guerrero 171.6
Darmani Rock 246 vs. Mike Kyle 222
Daniel Franco 126 vs. Marcello Gallardo 126
Raquel Miller 164.2 vs. Gabriel Holloway 160
Bilal Mahasin 146 vs. Luis Alfredo Lugo 146
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Promoter: Roc Nation
Unbeaten lightweight contender Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) has a new opponent in tonight’s ESPN co-feature. Local Philly fighter Naim Nelson (13-1, 1 KO) will step in for former European lightweight champion Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) of Ireland, who weighed in a whopping 4.5 pounds heavy. The fight has been cut from ten rounds to eight rounds.
In the main event at the 2300 Arena, rising super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) faces Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in a ten round clash.
Photos: EC Boxing
Former heavyweight title challenger Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (21-3, 14 KOs) returned to action for the first time in 18 months with a second round KO over journeyman Milos Dovedan (2-26, 2 KOs) on Thursday night at the ECB Boxgym in Hamburg, Germany. Rebounding from two consecutive losses to Tony Thompson, Solis entered the ring at a lean and trim (for him) 240 pounds, some 25 pounds less than in recent fights. He dropped the overmatched Dovedan twice with body shots in round two to end it. The 36-year-old Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is now fighting under the banner of Erol Ceylan of EC Boxing. He will return September 17 on the undercard of Firat Arslan vs. Nuri Seferi in Göppingen, and Ceylan says Solis will have a big fight by the end of the year.
Rob Brant 159.2 vs. Chris Fitzpatrick 157.4
Skender Halili 153.2 vs. Ben Odamattey 153.2
Malik Hawkins vs. Sean Gee 145.6
Cem Kilic 169 vs. Jerhad Fenderson 164.6
Roberto Meza 124.6 vs. Jose Fabian Naranjo 124.6
Jarico O’Quinn 116.4 vs. Johnathan Quiroz 116.4
Danny Adujo 113.4 vs. Israel Hernandez 114.8
Erick Fowler 132.8 vs. Will Davis 133.8
Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Promoter: Greg Cohen
David Benavidez 167.8 vs. Denis Douglin 168.8
Alejandro Luna 144 vs. Naim Nelson 143.5
Tyrone Brunson 157.5 vs. Carlos Garcia 154.3
Jerome Conquest 134.5 vs. Victor Vazquez 135.3
Kieran Hooks 156.5 vs. Miguel Martinez 158.2
Edward Jeramie Ortiz 161.5 vs. Darryl Bunting 166
Jeffrey Torres 136.2 vs. Mariano Rolon 136.4
Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Kings Boxing
Former lightweight world champion and proven in-ring warrior, Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz has the hunger to capture a world title once again and he knows that to get even closer to that precious championship opportunity he will have to surpass the test that he will have in front of him this Saturday, August 6, in front of a sold out crowd on the ‘Solo Boxeo Unimas’ card that will take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in the city known as ‘The Sunshine Factory.’
Diaz (41-4, 20 KOs), from Houston, Texas, who has been crowned on multiple occasions as lightweight king, hopes to continue his steady pace towards the opportunity to fight for a world title once again when he battles against Mexico’s ‘Cesar Vazquez (27-3, 16 KOs) – a former world title challenger – in a ten-round bout on the main event of the card that will be televised this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/PT in the United States by UniMás. (more…)
Photos: Roc Nation Sports/Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos
Roc Nation Sports hosted the final press conference on Thursday for two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) and Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) at Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland, California in advance of their HBO-televised August 6 fight at Oracle Arena in the same city.
Andre Ward: “I’ve gotten a lot of heat in the press about fighting here but I won’t apologize. I dreamed about fighting here and being a headliner. We’re going to continue to headline. I’m excited about the future. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world, a two-division champion. Everyone knows that, but it’s impossible for me to overlook this man (Brand). I’m not built like that. I wasn’t raised like that. I wasn’t groomed like that. As a young fighter, I don’t operate like that. This man is coming, this is his super bowl. Because this is his super bowl, it has to be my super bowl. My ribs are showing, I’m hungry. I’ll see you all Saturday night.”
Alexander Brand: “I want to thank you all for being here today. It’s a pleasure for me to be in this wonderful city. All I want to do is give a good show and make sure that I give that to my fans here in Oakland. I want to have a good fight and work hard. It’s really a true honor to be in the ring with a champion like Andre Ward.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sent senior special advisor, Penny Moore, to kick off the press conference with an official proclamation declaring August 4 as Andre Ward Day. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said by Twitter on Thursday that nothing is official regarding a Manny Pacquiao vs. Jesse Vargas fight. Yesterday the LA Times quoted Pacquiao manager Michael Koncz as saying that “the essence” of Arum’s meeting with Pacquiao in the Philippines is deciding whether the November 5 fight would be in Las Vegas or Dubai. “Not choosing the opponent. That’s already been done.”
Nothing is official regarding @MannyPacquiaoTR's next fight until all aspects are discussed next week in the Philippines.
— Bob Arum (@BobArum) August 4, 2016
Carlos Morales 126.9 vs. Luis Franco 129.4
Joet Gonzalez 124.6 vs. Sergio Lopez 125
Angel Bojado 154 vs. Euris Silverio 153
Pablo Rubio 122.4 vs. Michael Gaxiola 122.8
Jousce Gonzalez 129.8 vs. David Montes 128.8
Francisco Esparza 125.6 vs. Noe Munoz 124.4
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
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