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Do not make the mistake of being fooled by his nickname, “Big Baby.” Heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller possesses adult-sized power, and he’s the one making opponents cry when he steps in with them, and starts unloading power shots. The 6-4, 260 pound Brooklyn-based boxer gloves up Thursday in Brooklyn on a show promoted by Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions. Miller, age 26, faces off with Michigan’s Damon “Bulldog” McCreary, who sports a 15-4 record.
Miller offered his prediction of what will go down on Thursday night at the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater. Or, rather, who…
“I will win by first round knockout,” Miller stated. “The jab will be the key. McCreary is a jittery fighter. The jab will calm him down and then I will bring the power.” (more…)
Photos: Hector Santos / Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports
Preparing for his 2015 debut, Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) looks sharp training for his upcoming fight against former champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs). Cotto, 34, is coming off a knockout victory over middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez, which ended his opponent’s nearly five-year reign as middleweight champ. The June 6 bout, Cotto’s first at Barclays Center, marks his 21st appearance on HBO.
Eye of the Tiger Management and Golden Boy Promotions in association with King Sports Worldwide and Evenko are excited to announce the U.S. broadcast of the highly anticipated vacant IBF Middleweight World Championship match-up between the Quebec power puncher David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) and number one contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes on June 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
The FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes triple-header will also feature the return of the undefeated Cuban heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) in the eight-round televised opener. In the co-main event, Dierry “All In” Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Quebec, Canada will face Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (19-6, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas in a 10-round fight for the NABF Lightweight title.
By Karl Freitag
When asked whether he can be bigger for boxing than Floyd Mayweather, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stated today “Most definitely, and I say that with high confidence because the heavyweight division is the cream of the crop in the first place. The things that I bring, the charisma, the excitement, the personality that I have, everything about me is all me. It’s totally me. Some guys when they have cameras in their face they presume to be a certain type of person or the persona about them changes, but when the camera is off they’re a totally different person. I don’t have split personalities. I’m not a fake person. Everything about me is real. Everything you see on All-Access is me. Nothing is scripted, nothing is planned up, nothing is nothing. I can’t sit back and let somebody script something out about my life because it’ll be fake and I won’t be to go through with it because it wouldn’t be me. So I think I bring a lot of excitement to the division. I’ve woken up a lot of people…I’m looking to be the biggest thing in boxing – period!”
As far as being heir apparent to IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Wilder stated “Last time I checked, I have the most prestigious belt, most well known, most precious, most beautiful belt in all of boxing, something that’s been around for a very long time and that’s the WBC crown, something that everybody wants. So I’m not worried about anything else.” He stated that Wlad will get his chance.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen could face a tough encounter when he defends his IBO light heavyweight belt against Robert Berridge of New Zealand at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night in a battle of southpaws. The 30-year-old Berridge comes into the fight as a late replacement for Roberto Bolonti who withdrew from the bout under controversial circumstances, and will be viewed as a significant outsider.
Berridge who is only ranked at number thirty by the IBO in their May rankings does not possess a fearsome reputation at world level, but could hold an advantage as an unknown surprise package and a knockout ratio of 81%. Oosthuizen’s defence is not always watertight.
The New Zealander has fought mainly in his home country, after making his debut in April 2007. He has compiled a record of 26-2-1, 21 KOs mostly against low key opposition. (more…)
Special guest and nutritionist, Francisco Guzman, joins Boxing City Radio to discuss how fighters make weight and where they go wrong along with the common misconceptions by fans.
Also on the show is coverage of the Cotto vs. Geale fight, Khan vs. Algieri, Brook vs. Gavin and DeGale vs. Dirrell.
UFC® announced today the unveiling of its new, ground-breaking Athlete Marketing and Development program, introduced to provide athletes with programs and tools to help them maximize their careers and succeed long-term, both inside and outside the Octagon®. In coordination with key organizations such as the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Fusionetics, and EXOS, UFC continues to be at the forefront of athlete development, making a significant investment into the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) and, most importantly, the athletes who step into the Octagon. (more…)
Regardless of what goes on in a New York courtroom, WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) is planning to defend his title against Francesco Pianeta (31-1-1, 17 KOs) in 37 days on July 11 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany.
Chagaev is currently preparing for the fight at the Mundo Boxing Gym in Miami, Florida, under the direction of trainer Pedro Diaz, the Cuban “boxing professor.”
Pianeta is preparing in Munich, Germany with trainer Dirk Dzemski.
The rest of the card is an all heavyweight affair featuring German champion Michael Wallisch (14-0, 9 KOs), International German champion Steffen Kretschmann (19-2, 17 KOs), Tom Schwarz (12-0, 8 KOs), Edmund Gerber (24-2, 15 KOs) and Apti Davtaev (8-0-1, 8 KOs) against separate opponents.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Mateusz Masternak (35-2, 25 KOs) is oozing with confidence ahead of his ten round cruiserweight clash with Johnny Muller (18-4-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng, South Africa.
Accompanied by his training team of Georg Bramowski and Ralf Lewandowski, Masternak arrived in the South African province on Monday, giving the Polish-puncher optimum time to adjust to the change in climate and altitude.
‘’I like it here in South Africa,’’ revealed the 28 year-old. ‘’Everyone is very friendly, and my team and I feel very comfortable. The weather is similar to Germany, there’s no time difference and I’ve had enough time to adapt to the slightly different climate and high altitude. I feel great and will definitely be in top form on Saturday night.’’ (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya is ramping up a new line of “crazy” Golden Boy merchandise, which will compete with Floyd Mayweather’s TMT line.
The WBC is OK with the catch weight agreement between Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated that the middleweight division has 160 lbs as a limit for an official fight, any weight less than 160 is official. “Those are commercial contracts between the two fighters which we have no control over.”
The camps of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury are unlikely to reach an agreement and a purse bid is a likelihood.
Wlad says he’s open to a rematch with Alexander Povetkin, but this time the fight has to be in Kiev.
About Deontay Wilder’s allegations of steroid use by WBC mandatory challenger Povetkin, Povetkin’s trainer Ivan Kirpa fired back saying, “We didn’t expect such words from Wilder. Such statements speak only about his weakness, but in general we don’t care what he thinks.”
Team Sauerland has lodged an official application with the Swedish Boxing Federation for Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) to box twelve rounds in a defense of his IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title against Oleksander Cherviak (15-4-1, 5 KOs) on September 19 at the Nyköpings Arenor in Nyköping, Sweden. Pro boxing was banned in Sweden from 1969 to 2007, and since its reinstatement, the country only allows six rounds or less.
Japanese star Ryosuke Iwasa heads to Bristol this week ahead of his June 13 battle with Lee Haskins for the IBF interim world bantamweight championship and is determined to return to the Land of the Rising Sun with the belt around his waist. “There is no doubt this is the biggest fight of my career,” said Iwasa, 19-1 (12 KOs). “I have watched a few of Haskins’ videos – the fight with Stephane Jamoye and a few others – and my first impression was that his style reminded me of ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed. He’s a very difficult fighter to figure out. His awkward and tricky style is something that has made him who he is.
“(Shinsuke) Yamanaka is the best opponent I have faced so far in my career, but I’m expecting Haskins to be better, stronger and tougher than him. I have improved so much since then, though. The Yamanaka fight was four years ago for a domestic title. Now I’m fighting at the world-class level.
“Haskins gets careless at times, but I expect him to be fully focused on June 13. My speed and sense of distance will be the difference, though.” (more…)
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto talks about his special relationship with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
“Freddie brings the confidence back to Miguel. He comes every day no matter what he feels and gives his best to me. When you have this kind of person in front of you giving you his best and making sure that you are going to do your best, the only way you can pay him back is bringing your best too. We only talk about boxing when we are in the gym. He’s my trainer there, but as soon as we finish our training session, he’s my friend.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF and WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale is poised to upset Miguel Cotto and become the new WBC champion on June 6 at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn according to the Australian’s manager Bill Treacy.
“Daniel Geale has shown he is at his best with sensational sparring sessions with world rated welterweight Francisco Santana, world rated light middleweight Dennis Hogan and world ranked middleweight Tureano Johnson,” said Treacy, who is in New Jersey with Geale. “Santana, Hogan and Johnson agreed that Geale has the skills to defeat Cotto next Saturday. Geale has his weight right and there will be no problem for him to make the 157 pound limit. Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw has never seen his charge in better physical or mental shape with no injuries at all.. The sparring sessions have finished and he will be now tapering down and come it at his absolute best at the Barclay Centre to score an upset victory. We are very confident that Daniel Geale will be bringing the WBC belt back to Australia the same way he did when he defeated Sebastian Sylvester for the IBF belt and Felix Sturm for the WBA belt. Freddie Roach is a great trainer, but he has made a mistake in selecting Daniel Geale for Miguel Cotto.”
This next generation of mixed martial artists is savage, and ready to lead its charge is Brian Ortega.
At 24, Ortega is an undefeated pro making his second Octagon appearance, he’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from the legendary Gracie Academy and he’s been helping the famed Rener Gracie teach self defense to law enforcement for the past seven years. If that wasn’t enough, “T-City” believes his UFC Fight Night opponent Thiago Tavares is part of the “old school” that needs to step aside for the young guns . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Heavyweights Trey Lippe-Morrison and Kenzie Witt, both sons of the late great heavyweight Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, remained unbeaten on Saturday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Lippe-Morrison (8-0, 8 KOs), with trainer Jesse Reid in his corner for the first time, scored a second round stoppage of Thomas Jones (3-3, 1 KO). Witt (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time with a four round unanimous decision over Lucas Overcast (1-2). Witt is the half brother of Lippe-Morrison.
Super bantamweight Danny Roman (14-2, 5 KOs) scored a one-sided, eight round unanimous decision over Christopher Martin (28-6-3, 9 KOs) Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Scores were 80-71 across the board.
Carl Froch ready to shelf retirement plans for British showdown with James DeGale
Will it be Amir Khan or Juan Manual Marquez for Floyd Mayweather?
Celebrating Sergio Martinez
Yes, they’re still talking about it: Don’t blame Pacquiao for fighting with injured shoulder, says Ray Mancini
British welterweight star Amir Khan says a fight with Floyd Mayweather fight is very close. “Who else is out there for Floyd Mayweather to fight?” Khan stated in a BBC interview. “Floyd wants the fight to happen, I want the fight to happen, so I hope we get it done now.”
As for IBF champion Kell Brook? “I’ve got no interest in Kell Brook just yet. If I’m calling out the likes of Floyd Mayweather, then how would I be scared of Kell Brook?”
Regarding his harder than expected win over Chris Algieri. Khan stated he overtrained and entered the ring “very flat.” He also stated there are a few things he’s going to change, such was not having such a long training camp. He emphasized that Virgil Hunter was still his trainer.
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Daniel Geale faced off at today’s final press conference in advance of their HBO-televised clash on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Miguel Cotto: I think people are making a big issue that doesn’t need to be a big issue. A catch weight is nothing I made up. In 2009, Freddie (as Manny Pacquiao’s trainer) made me go down from 147 to 145. Did anyone hear Miguel Cotto disagreeing with the catch weight? No, I was a gentlemen the whole way. Catch weight was our main point to make this fight happen. They knew. His group had agreed to go down to 157 and I hope he can be at 157 on Friday.
Freddie Roach: Gary’s making a big deal about the catch weight, but they’ve been around for a long, long time and he knows how to read a contract and he’d had that contract for a long, long time now. So I don’t think it’s an issue.
Daniel Geale: I can’t wait to walk away with another title. I’m going in there very confident. I know a lot of people aren’t giving me much of a chance, but I’m very excited. I have a huge amount of confidence in myself knowing that I’ve done a great training camp and knowing I put everything I possibly could into it.
Gary Shaw: I’d like to do away with catch weights. They’re fine if there’s not a title, make up whatever fight you want. But to me there’s enough confusion in boxing without further confusing the boxing fan as to what they’re watching.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez works out for his upcoming all-action card which he will headline on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Ramirez will be taking on DERECK “The Black Lion” EDWARDS in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.
Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Nord Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions, tickets to the Ramirez-Edwards boxing event are priced at $35, $25, $15, plus VIP tables of ten (10) at $800, $650 and $550, tickets can be purchased at the State Farm Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (956) 843-6688.
Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., deep in training for his June 27 clash with undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas for the vacant WBO welterweight world title, will host an open workout for fans and media this Saturday (June 6) at Bradley’s Gym (45090 Golf Center Dr., Unit C, Indio, Calif. 92203), beginning at 10AM. Joining Bradley will be his trainer Joel Diaz and his father Ray Bradley.
WBA/IBO middleweight champion and WBC interim beltholder Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) will travel to New York City this weekend to watch Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale fight for the WBC middleweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Golovkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBC middleweight title, which Cotto will be defending.
“I want to watch this fight in person and look forward to fighting the winner to show who the real WBC middleweight champion is,” said Golovkin. “A unification fight with the winner is very important to me.”
After the South African Zolani Tete vacated the IBF super flyweight title, #1 ranked McJoe Arroyo, from Puerto Rico, will face #3 ranked Arthur Villanueva, from the Philippines, for the vacant belt, possibly on July 18 in the United States.
Tete (20-3, 17 KOs) would defend his belt against Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) this summer, but negotiations were unsuccessful and after an IBF purse bid held recently- won by Golden Boy Promotions- the African boxer didn’t accept the terms for the fight and vacated the title.
“We are already negotiating with the promoter of Villanueva (ALA Promotions), with whom we have already worked before and there should be no problem for the fight to take place,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), company representing Arroyo, who is also ranked number seven by the WBO in the super flyweight division. “We have a tentative date, which is July 18 in the United States, which is what we are working.” (more…)
This past Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino of Tacoma, WA, Tacoma’s own Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski continued to build on his career momentum with a resounding ninth round stoppage over former foe Tyrell Hendrix of Los Angeles. The two had fought to a draw four years ago (April 15, 2011) and tension between the fighters had continued to grow over the years, leaving a need to settle the dispute of who was the better fighter.
Gavronski was able to settle that argument, leaving no doubt. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
When WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto defends his title against Daniel Geale on HBO Saturday, according to the contract neither fighter can weigh over 157 lbs. Geales’ promoter Gary Shaw isn’t a fan of the arrangement.
“The catch weight for this fight is 157,” said Shaw. “We agreed to that in order to make the fight. I as a promoter do not believe in catch weights. I believe if you’re a middleweight, you can fight at whatever weight you want to, but the other fighter should be allowed to fight at middleweight, which is 160 pounds. And that goes for jr middleweight, welterweight, whatever. We wonder what’s wrong with the sport. It’s because we confuse people.
“I just read an article quoting Freddie Roach, and I have a world of respect for Freddie as a person and as a trainer, but he said “it’s part of a new world of boxing.” I don’t believe that for one minute. I just don’t think there should be catch weights unless the sanctioning bodies want to change the rules that they fight under.
“Daniel will make 157 on Friday, the day of the weigh-in.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Lake Elsinore’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) is set to face super lightweight contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia on July 11 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in headlining live on HBO Latino. We caught up with “El Maestro” as he talked about last year, training camp and upcoming fight with Lundy.
“This is a great matchup coming at a perfect time both me and Lundy have similar careers. We are both at our peak, this is to show who is who to establish something at 140,” Mauricio Herrera told Fightnews.com.
Herrera has been training in his hometown of Lake Elsinore in preparation for Lundy. (more…)
Ten years ago, 15-year-old Terry Flanagan sneaked into ringside for Ricky Hatton’s epic fight against Kostya Tszyu and he now looks to be crowned world champion himself. Flanagan challenges for the vacant WBO lightweight title against Jose Zepeda on July 11 at the Manchester Velodrome (National Cycling Centre).
Flanagan tells how he attended Hatton-Tszyu. “There was absolutely no way I could have bought tickets as they were too expensive for a 15-year-old kid!” said Flanagan. “But it was a fight that I had to be at, no matter what, and I made it my target to get into the M.E.N Arena so I said ‘I’ve got to try and get in.’ I went down with a mate of mine and I managed to get inside the entrance which was the first obstacle out of the way, but I lost my mate and from then on it was a solo mission. (more…)
Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas, plans to surprise a lot of people when he challenges unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) on Showtime June 13 at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. “We’ve studied a lot of Wilder, and expect a very physical fight,” said Molina. “I think a lot of people are underestimating my strength and power. They know Wilder can punch but they are underestimating the power that I possess.
“We know it’s going be a hostile environment, fighting in basically his backyard, but he’s now the champion and with that he gets an opportunity in his optional title defense (to fight who he wants, where he wants). He gets to enjoy those opportunities, but that’s where I come in.
“Of course, I’m confident I can win the title. I think people look at my record and think this or that, but I don’t feel they understand my entire career, the things I have gone through and overcome, the different angles of boxing that more than meets the eye.
“Nothing against Deontay, who has worked hard to get to where he is, but he doesn’t represent the kind of fighter, in general, that I am.”
It was a bittersweet week for Team Shogun on the last episode of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4. After winning their sixth straight fight, as Joaquim Silva defeated Team Nogueira fighter Erick da Silva, the group also had to say good bye to Giovanni “Soldado” Santos after a litany of injuries prevented the Brazilian from staying in the competition any longer . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee
The sunny spirits of boxing fans were in harmony with the temperate weather this weekend at the Outdoor Music Hall in Dongducheon, South Korea for the first open-air boxing show of the year. Prior to the main event, Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) Chairman Soo-Hwan Hong entered the ring to address the crowd. Many local fans were no doubt surprised when former WBA bantam and super bantam titlist Hong broke into fluent English to extend a special welcome to members of the American military from nearby Camp Casey. Although this was a small show featuring five out of ten boxers making their pro debuts, there was a palpable atmosphere of renewal here amidst the unprecedented third KBC show of the month. Other boxing luminaries in attendance included former IBF flyweight champion Soon-Chun Kwon and former IBF super bantamweight Champion Sung-In Suh. (more…)
Nick Blackwell targets Jamie Cox for British title
Anthony Joshua is on a roll
Can Amir Khan tempt Floyd Mayweather?
Or is Amir Khan running scared from Kell Brook?
Unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will make the first defense of his title when he meets Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas, on June 13 at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. “We have a lot of other opponents, but Molina was the one to understand the opportunity that lies at hand,” said Wilder. “Some people can price themselves out and some teams make it so difficult that the fight won’t happen. They can really block themselves out from getting the fight. You can have the money or the opportunity. Molina understands what the situation is, and he stepped up to the plate and understands the opportunity at hand to be the world heavyweight champion.
“My last fight I proved to everyone what I was capable of. I can go 12 rounds and take a punch. I can be just as fresh in the 12th round as the 1st. The sky’s the limit in what we’re trying to do. I represent the state. Even though I’m from Tuscaloosa, it’s not just where my gym is in Northport or Coffeeville. I represent the state of Alabama. I need a home territory and a home state not only where we can bring in local people, bring in the nation, but also bring in the whole world.”
No televised boxing on Friday night this week, but SPIKE returns to the airwaves next Friday (June 12) when WBA “regular” super lightweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) faces Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Additionally, light heavyweight knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) is set to square off against Doudou Ngumbu (34-6, 13 KOs) in the co-feature.
Last week’s Khan-Algieri fight on SPIKE averaged 772,000 viewers. The first PBC show on SPIKE (Josesito Lopez-Andre Berto) did 869,000 viewers in March, then Badou Jack-Anthony Dirrell drew 569,000 viewers in April.
On June 20, King’s Boxing will present a boxing card at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In the main event, Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-9-1, 7 KOs) will take on Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the Pennsylvania cruiserweight championship.
In the 8-round co-feature, Keenan Collins (15-9-3, 10 KOs) will take on Pavel Miranda (19-10-1, 6 KOs) in a middleweight bout.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia says that Chris Algieri “clearly established himself as a legitimate contender” in the welterweight division in spite of the 12-round decision loss to Amir Khan last Friday night (May 29) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. In the most aggressive performance of his 22-fight professional career, Algieri was moving forward throughout the 12-round tilt, putting the pressure on Khan from the outset. In Khan’s unanimous decision win, judges Joe Pasquale and Benoit Roussel both scored the fight 117-111. But Don Ackerman’s card had it much closer at 115-113, and many ringside observers, and those watching on television, also scored it close (Spike TV televised as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) is training hard in preparation for the defense of his WBA featherweight title against Miguel Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 13th. In 2014, the Jamaican-born Walters burst into the boxing limelight with brutal knockout victories over Vic Darchynian and Nonito Donaire. Now, “The Axeman” will be facing the challenge presented by the Colombian Marriaga, who is little-known but said to be extremely dangerous. It will be a showdown between two unbeaten KO artists. It will also be a grudge fight in view of the fact that Walters lost to Marriaga in the pre-Olympic trials in 2008. Fightnews asked Walters a few pointed questions regarding the upcoming battle. (more…)
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