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Denis Lebedev 198.6 vs. Youri Kalenga 198.8
(WBA cruiserweight title)
Eduard Troyanovsky 140 vs. Aik Shakhnazaryan 139.5
Dmitry Kudryashov 200 vs. Francisco Palacios 197.75
Rakhim Chakhkiev 200 vs. Valery Brudov 196.5
Manuel Charr 245 vs. Johann Duhaupas 241
Dmitry Bivol 177 vs. Konstantin Piternov 176
Venue: Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: World Boxing
On Saturday night, April 18 at the GPG Event Center (formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey, heavyweight Chazz Witherpsoon (32-3, 24 KOs) will be in action when he takes on Galen Brown (43-29-1, 25 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10-rounds.
In has last bout, Witherspoon stopped Cory Phelps in two rounds at the GPG Event on January 24. Brown is coming off of a 4-round unanimous decision over John Turlington on March 28 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.
Following reports this morning that WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril has withdrawn from his contracted defense against Derry Mathews on April 18th at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, due to illness, Queensberry Promotions has issued this statement.
We have been made aware of Abril’s withdrawal and are in discussions with the World Boxing Association and representatives of Richar Abril as to the current position of the world title as this is the second time he has withdrawn from this fight with less than two weeks before fight night. We expect to hear from the WBA shortly and will make an announcement through this office. However, we fully expect Mathews to contest a version of the WBA World Championship on Saturday 18th April.
There is currently no WBA “super” lightweight champion. Abril is the WBA “regular” lightweight champion. Darleys Perez is the WBA “interim” lightweight champion. It’s possible that Abril could be stripped. Or he could be named WBA lightweight champion emeritus, which would allow Mathews to fight for the vacant “regular” belt. More will be known shortly.
IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has dismissed a career high offer of £1.5 million from Matchroom Sport to fight WBA “regular” champion Scott Quigg as a “publicity stunt.”
Quigg responded to Frampton, “So £1.5m is not enough nor is 60-40 to the winner of the ‘millions’ you say from OUR broadcaster? Do you even want this fight?”
Meanwhile, Gary Hyde, manager of WBA/WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, called on the Quigg camp to fight Rigo instead. “This fight can be signed and sealed today. Let’s get it on Eddie. Flash one of them cheques to us and we got a fight.
“Rigo would fight Quigg AND Frampton for $1.5m US dollars.”
WBO #14 ranked Heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KOs) will face Donovon Dennis (11-1, 9 KOs) of Davenport, Iowa this Friday at the Sands Casino Resort, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in one of the eight round semi-finals of the Boxcino heavyweight tournament. ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will air the fight card.
The Southern California-based Romanian Cojanu defeated a very game and unbeaten Ed Fountain in his last fight. Dennis, like Fountain, is a southpaw so Cojanu continued on with lefty sparring as was the case in his last training camp. Cojanu was very committed to the body his last fight but vows to display more variety this time around. Namely taking advantage of his nearly 6’8 height. (more…)
Pawel Pawlak’s confidence is not wavering in the slightest heading into the UFC’s first event in Poland this Saturday, not even with the prospect of a main card slot in his home country against Sheldon Westcott coming on the heels of the first loss of his pro career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has dismissed a career high offer of £1.5 million from Matchroom Sport to fight Scott Quigg. According to Frampton in his newspaper column, the £1.5 million flat fee is a lot of money, but “the real winner of this fight in monetary terms will be Scott Quigg and Matchroom Sport. Now, it doesn’t seem fair that the legitimate World Champion should travel to the challenger’s backyard, under his team’s terms and fight for considerably less money than him, does it?”
Frampton also said he’s in the driver’s seat, not Quigg. “The bottom line is, without me Scott Quigg has very little options. Without Scott Quigg I have many. I would be very happy to continue my career in front of millions on ITV, with big paydays and perhaps a debut in the USA. However, I really would love to silence Quigg, his team and the hundreds of fans that follow him once and for all. So please, the next time you make an offer, make it a realistic one.”
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Before there was Manny Pacquiao, there was Kid Kulafu
Trainer Freddie Roach cancels Pacquiao sparring session to prevent overtraining
A century before nixing MMA, New York debated boxing
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
While Western people enjoyed Easter holidays, we saw no less than nine shows in Japan—two in Tokyo, six in Osaka and one in Kokura. This reporter hereby describes just important results as there were many preliminary bouts that only our fight fans might pay attention to.
OSAWA FINISHES INDONESIAN CHAMP BLADER
Former OPBF feather champ, WBA world-rated Hiroshige Osawa (27-3-4, 16 KOs), 126, finally demolished a durable Indonesian interim champ Arief Blader (20-16-1), 126, at 2:25 of the ninth round on Friday in Osaka, Japan. Osawa’s vicious body shot after fast combinations to the face was a haymaker. (more…)
Photos: HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) today hosted a media workout in San Antonio in advance of his face-off against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®. In attendance were James Kirkland’s trainers, Bay Bay McClinton and Rick Morones and Leija*Battah Promotions’ Mike Battah in addition to Texas boxing legend Jesse James Leija.
Texas fighters featured in the non-televised undercard for May 9 were also at today’s media workout including James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija; Austin’s Curtis Meeks (9-1-2, 3 KOs), San Antonio’s Cresencio Ramos (2-0, 1 KO), Cut and Shoot, Texas’s light heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (23-3, 18 KOs), Houston lightweight Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6 KOs), and San Antonio’s Joseph Rodriguez (8-0, 2 KOs), all participated in the media workout. (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens/Top Rank
World ranked Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and up and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico have arrived in Laredo, Texas for their bouts this Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center that will be telecast by Unimas on the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series at 11:00 p.m. (East/Pacific).
Magdaleno (20-0, 15 KOs) will take on John Mark Apolinario (18-5-3, 5 KOs) of the Philippines in the main event scheduled for eight rounds in the super bantamweight division.
“I feel that I am very close to fighting for a world championship and want to get the win and look good to show everyone that I ready to challenge for a world title,” said Magdaleno during a media workout here in Laredo.
Valdez (15-0, 13 KOs) will take on the tough Jose Ramirez (25-5-3, 15 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico in an eight round featherweight bout. (more…)
Photos by Joel Colon/PRBBP
Two warriors of the countries with most boxing tradition faces this Saturday, April 11, when the Mexican Orlando “Siri” Salido defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight belt against former two time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, from Puerto Rico, in “The War”, that will be held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer and will be broadcast on Pay Per View in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
The Salido-Martínez clash mark a new chapter in the world battles between Mexico and Puerto Rico, well-known in world boxing history and also this is the return of world boxing at Coliseo de Puerto Rico, which had as its most recent show on July, 2010, when Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez beat the Filipino Bernabe Concepcion with a second round KO. (more…)
WBA #4/WBC #7 super lightweight contender Amir Imam (16-0, 14 KOs) will aim to move one step closer to a world title opportunity when he makes his second start of 2015 against fellow power-puncher Walter Castillo (25-2, 18 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature of Showtime Championship Boxing on Showtime April 18. In the main event from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs) faces exciting brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs), of Chicago by way of Poland, in a 12-round light heavyweight bout. “I know Walter is a tough fighter, he comes forward and throws a lot of punches,” Imam said. “But I will figure him out quickly once I get inside the ring. I’m working on a lot of different things for this training camp, lots of tricky moves that are going to excite the fans. It’s great to fight outdoors at StubHub Center and to showcase my talents on Showtime. I’m here to entertain and prove I’m ready for that title shot.”
Text and pictures: Przemek Garczarczyk
“What kind of sparring partners I had in my camp before the Chavez fight? Guys with big balls, who are not afraid to mix it up. Just like Jr.,” said Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview just 10 days before his April 18 Showtime-televised bout against former WBC super middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1, 32 KOs).
It’s a quiet training camp in Chicago. There’s more behind the scenes stuff from you than from Chavez Jr., but you’ve never been a big fan of this all pre-fight media noise anyway…
Winning counts – nothing else. I’m fighting for my supporters of course, but press conferences and interviews aren’t my thing. I don’t need extra motivation. Being in the ring, fighting – that’s what drives me. (more…)
Everything is always bigger in Texas and that will certainly be the case when it comes to the undercard of one of the most anticipated fights of the year, Canelo vs. Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday, May 9. Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (3-0, 2 KOs), 2012 U.S Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) and top contender Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) will headline the non-televised undercard. In addition, some of Texas’ top talent will be featured on the card as well including the professional debut of welterweight James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija.
In the previously announced main event of the evening, Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will face off against Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), and former three-time world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) will battle unbeaten star Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) in the co-main event, both set to air live on HBO World Championship Boxing ® starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
Photo courtesy WBC
Norwegian undisputed female welterweight world champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus today announced a new management and representation consortium including IMG and K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group (KMG), Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing promotional and management companies. Brækhus’ own promotion and management companies, First Lady Promotions (FLP) and First Lady Sport (FLS), will work alongside IMG and K2 Promotions / KMG.
Brækhus, 33, currently holds the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles simultaneously. The consortium will work together to arrange and promote fights inside and outside of Norway, and optimise her media profile and sponsorship opportunities.
The Norwegian parliament has only recently reinstated boxing as a legal sport in Norway, paving the way for Brækhus to fight in her homeland for the very first time. The sport was banned in January 1982. (more…)
Local favorites and Top-10 contenders Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia and “Irish” Seanie Monaghan will headline an action-packed boxing card to be televised live on truTV at 10 p.m. ET – on Friday, May 8 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against one-time world title challenger Michel Soro of France. Monaghan, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental light heavyweight champion from Long Beach, NY, will risk his undefeated record, title and No. 3 world rating when he battles 2000 Olympian Cleiton Conceição from Brazil.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Tapia vs. Soro / Monaghan vs. Conceicao boxing event will go on sale This Friday! April 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets are available at $105, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable taxes and fees, and may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center’s box office beginning Monday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.
“It will be great to be in New Jersey fighting in front of my hometown fans,” said Tapia. “Freddie Roach and I have been working very hard in training camp to make May 8 a knockout of a homecoming.”
“I am very excited to fight at Prudential Center and live on tru-TV,” said Monaghan. “I am defending my title and I am delighted to fight at a great venue where my army of fans can come support me. I want to fight for a world title this year so watch me bring it on May 8 and show the world why I really deserve a world title shot.” (more…)
In his Dail Mail column, promoter Eddie Hearn says if no fight is made between WBA super bantam champ Scott Quigg and IBF counterpart Carl Frampton, he’s already had talks with Nonito Donaire and Kiko Martinez as the July 18 opponent for Quigg. However Frampton is first choice. “Carl Frampton just has to turn up, fight Scott Quigg and earn £1.5 million,” said Hearn.
Hearn also stated that IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook will likely fight May 30 in London, possibly defending against Frankie Gavin.
As for heavyweight Anthony Joshua, following Joshua’s May 30 fight with Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, Hearn dropped the names of Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, David Price, Tyson Fury and David Haye. “I’d expect those fights to be ticked off in the next 12 months,” said Hearn.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #8, WBA #10 heavyweight Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KOs) has been sparring with IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in South Florida and has apparently held his own against the heavyweight champion who defends the championship on April 22 against Bryant Jennings in New York City. “It doesn’t get any better,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said. “There are lots of big men in the heavyweight division but Klitschko happens to be the very best of them. Joe’s still very much a work in progress. Klitschko and his team have been very complimentary. It’s a huge experience. It’s every bit as much of an experience as I thought it would have been for Joe. We’ve come a long way in the last two years and taken some pretty big steps.” Parker’s opponent for June in New Zealand is still TBA. He and Barry will head back to Las Vegas next week for six more weeks of training before heading home.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC’s special Emerald belt that will be presented to the winner of Mayweather -Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is currently being constructed in two workshops in Mexico.
The special green belt made with “Ferrari” leather will contain 3000 emeralds and a kilo of gold. Almost all of it is handmade and hand detailed. The process for constructing belt is complex because the metal is highly detailed and some pieces require extreme temperatures to mold.
The value of the belt according to the WBC is “priceless” as it will presented to the winner of what is financially the biggest fight in the history of boxing which will break all pay-per-view records and reach a massive global audience.
Wladimir Klitschko gets political about the Ukraine.
Former champ Ike Quartey asserts he’s the man for the job as president of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation.
A post-fight scenario for Mayweather-Pacquiao.
Carl Frampton frustrated with offer to fight Scott Quigg.
Report/Photos by Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko hosted a media workout at the Lucky Street Gym in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday. Klitschko is preparing to defend his 10-year title reign against top rated challenger Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden. The event will be televised live on HBO.
Klitschko patiently answered the same questions over and over for the various media outlets, went through some painful looking stretching exercises, then looked sharp in sparring six rounds. Also on hand was unbeaten New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker, who worked the pads with trainer Kevin Barry. Unfortunately for reporters, Parker didn’t spar against Klitschko on Tuesday.
ESPN has announced that the April 30 ESPN2 FNF (Thursday night) headliner will now be former IBF jr middleweight world champion Ishe Smith vs. TBA. The card at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas was originally slated to feature IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey against Denis Shafikov, but Bey rejected the deal. Bey-Shafikov will now go to a purse bid.
Fight fans wanted it, and now they’ve got it, as all the action taking place inside the Octagon is now available on Xbox One thanks to the arrival of the UFC.TV app for the popular gaming console . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Angela Cranford/Barclays Center
Fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC night of fights participated in a media workout today at Barclays Center in anticipation of their upcoming bouts. PBC on NBC main event bouts at Barclays Center feature undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) facing Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) and the middleweight championship bout between “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) and undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs). The second installment of PBC on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Here are what the fighters had to say at Tuesday’s workout:
“I just want to give the fans a great fight. I want them to see the best Danny Garcia. At the end of the day, this is the fight the fans want to see. My main focus is putting on a great show for the fans. I’ve faced a lot of skillful boxers in my career and I’m still undefeated. That should tell the fans around the world who has more skill. Come April 11 when he’s feeling these two bombs on his face he’s going to forget about his skill. (more…)
Video and photos: Joel Colon / PRBBP
Orlando “Siri” Salido, the WBO junior lightweight champion trained today for the media in Puerto Rico four days before his fight against former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez on “The War”, that will take place on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer, and broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) did a light workout at the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym in Guaynabo saying that “I’m training these days to maintain the weight. I’m comfortable with the training camp for the fight, just waiting for Saturday.” (more…)
Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Boxing announced today that District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order in Oquendo vs. Terek Box Event (Case no. 14-cv-9835) preliminarily enjoining the Defendant from, among other things, “promoting or managing Ruslan Chagaev in any bout for the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) World Heavyweight Championship, unless Mr. Chagaev first shall have defended his WBA heavyweight title against Fres Oquendo or vacated the WBA title.”
“I want to express my profound and sincere thanks to the Court for upholding my rights to a rematch,” said Fres Oquendo. “I went to do the fight in Gronzy last July at a point in time when I was not mentally ready because of medical complications my wife and newborn child were going through, but it was explained to me that this event was very important to the country and so when they promised me more money and an immediate rematch, that induced me to go forward with the fight even though I was not 100%. All I have been seeking in this whole process is what was promised to me. I’ve been training hard and look forward to showing the world what I can do when I am 100%. (more…)
Good guy jr middleweight Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson returns to the ring following a fifteen month layoff when he battles fellow popular New Yorker Mike “El Cangri” Ruiz in the ten round main event of a DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing card Friday, May 8 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.
Out of action since February 2014, Melson has an excellent professional record of 14-1-1 with four wins by knockout. The Manhattan resident, who is one of the biggest box office draws in the Big Apple, was slated to face contender Glen Tapia last June at Madison Square Garden but withdrew after suffering a shoulder injury in training. In his last bout, the 2003 West Point grad outpointed Donald Ward while fighting through a stretched brachial plexus. The injury, which a ringside doctor said he’s never seen in more than 30 years of working with fighters, caused temporary paralysis in Melson’s right arm during the last five rounds of the match. (more…)
The potential “Fight of the Year” candidate between former World Champions Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov, just got more exciting as exciting prospects got added to the non-televised undercard of the split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday, April 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
In the non-televised co-main event of the night, exciting undefeated Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira (24-0, 20 KOs) will compete in a 10-round super welterweight bout against the hard-punching contender Patrick Allotey (30-1, 24 KOs) of Accra, Ghana. Next, Tuapse, Russia’s Fedor “Knockout Man” Papazov (16-1-0, 10 KOs) will fight in an eight-round lightweight match. (more…)
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