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WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather sounds like he’s about to clean house. Mayweather told Fighthype that he and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe are “outgrowing” each other and “no longer on the same page mentally.” Floyd also stated that there are issues with longtime cutman Rafael Garcia and he’ll have “a totally new team” in May. Whether Ellerbe is out or simply “on punishment” from Floyd remains to be seen, as they have patched up differences before. Ellerbe was unavailable for comment.
Also the presence of former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer looms as a possible replacement if something can be arranged with Golden Boy, which claims to have Schaefer under contract until 2018. Schaefer attended Mayweather-Maidana as Floyd’s guest.
We do know that at least one member of the Money Team is safe. Floyd confirmed “Al Haymon ain’t going nowhere.”
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) is gearing up for his clash with Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday’s special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night which will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The 26 year old southpaw from South Africa, grew up watching his father, also a boxer, in the gym. Wanting to be just like Dad, Thabiso literally mirrored his father’s moves, leaving the right-handed would-be-boxer with a lefty’s stance. By the time Thabiso started boxing at eight years old, the southpaw style had stuck – it was too late to make the adjustment back to an orthodox stance. “I watched him hit the bag and then I started doing my shadow boxing,” explained Mchunu, “I am actually right-handed, but only in boxing am I a lefty because of how I started boxing. Then I just stayed as a lefty. By the time they started to teach me to be a righty, it was too late and they said I must stay a lefty. I think I did the right thing because I love being a southpaw.”
Sometimes referred to as the “200 Pound Mayweather”, Thabiso is not short on confidence. “The Rock” likes the comparison to Floyd saying, “I think it is good for boxing and especially for me to be compared to the greatest boxer in the world. Sometimes I wish we were in the same division so I could face him because I believe I am smarter than him.” (more…)
Chicago’s Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas (10-1-1, 4 KOs) looks to hand Rafael Hernandez (8-0, 5 KOs) of Grand Rapids, MI, his first defeat when the two square off in eight round welterweight bout during Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” at The Venue on Friday night. “I work very hard in the gym and I am well prepared so stepping in the ring is the easy part,” said Canas. “Now its time to give Hernadez his first defeat and bring home the win.”
Canas, who is emerging as Chicago’s best 140 pounder, has developed a reputation as a hard worker who is not afraid to take on tough opponents. “Antonio is one of the hardest workers out there and unlike many, he takes the hard fights,” said Bobby Hitz. “By facing an undefeated boxer like Hernandez he is showing the boxing world that he needs to be taken seriously.” Rita “La Guera” Figueroa, who trains Canas alongside the legendary Sam Colonna, added, “Antonio is one of the hardest working fighters out there and he keeps getting better and better,” said Figueroa. “He is easy to train because he always listens.”
Tickets for “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” are available at hitzboxing.com and at The Venue Box office. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the first fight is at 7:30 PM.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) answers questions in advance of his title defense against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland at the final press conference before their clash on. The interview is followed by a special media workout where both fighters demonstrate their skills for the press.
Unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero steps out of the shadows next month when he fights former champion Stuart Hall for the IBF championship on the Golden Gloves “Title Tornado” tournament in Monte Carlo on October 25. Just 23, the American (21-0, 13 KOs) has already stepped into dangerous territory, having stunned Kohei Oba in an official IBF eliminator in Japan in April. This time it is all on the line as he seeks to deliver on the rich promise he showed as an amateur when he won numerous US national championship titles and captured bronze at the world championships.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the Golden Boy fighter from his home in Coachella Valley, California. “I’ve seen Hall fight, he’s been a world champion, but his time is done. It’s time for me to come up. I’m a young fighter and I’m ready to put on a show in Monte Carlo.” (more…)
The undercard has been announced for the September 27 pro boxing card at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City. Former winner of “The Contender” and well-known Okalahoma-based jr middleweight spoiler Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (31-19, 16 KOs) of Lawton, Oklahoma, will take on veteran “Prince” Said Ouali (29-4, 21 KOs) of Las Vegas via Belgium/Morocco in an eight-round showdown. Also unbeaten welterweight Juan Alejandro “Alex” Saucedo (14-0, 10 KOs) will face TBA in an eight-rounder.
In the featured bouts, former two-division world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) faces Allen “Funky Cole” Medina (9-23-1, 1 KO), former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs) meets Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (12-3, 12 KOs) and former IBF jr middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas (102-17-3, 79 KOs) battles Julio Cesar Lanzas (8-19-6, 1 KO).
2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr (11-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on September 29, to face Mexico’s Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (21-11, 16 KOs) in a 10-round co-main event featherweight bout on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
In the 10-round heavyweight main event, former light heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver meets top contender Johnathon Banks in a matchup of veterans looking to make their case for a shot at a world title.
Also in action in a non-televised bout will be unbeaten San Antonio prospect Joseph “Texas Mongoose” Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs). He’ll be taking on Corpus Christi’s Jeremy Longoria (6-4, 1 KO) in an All-Texas showdown scheduled for six rounds in the junior featherweight division.
World Boxing Association super flyweight world champion Kohei Kono and the second rated contender Koki Kameda have reached an agreement to avoid a purse bid summoned for today in Panama. Both the Kono and Kameda teams decided to negotiate according to an official announcement made by Watanabe Promotions and Kameda Promotions. The Japanese Boxing Commission had previously come out against this fight so it’s unlikely these two Japanese stars will be facing each other in Japan if the bout comes to fruition since Kameda has had his license revoked.
Photos: Philip Sharkey
Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) has arrived in London ready to defend his European Super Middleweight crown in a WBC World title final eliminator against George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs).
Today at a media workout at Stonebridge Boxing Club the Frenchman shared his thoughts ahead of Saturday night’s fight at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Christopher Rebrasse: “I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to Saturday night. Groves is a good boxer but I am ready to do whatever it takes to get the win. I cannot say whether I will beat Groves inside the distance or after the final bell but I am confident I will win. I’ve come to London as the champion and I will be leaving as the champion.” (more…)
Photo: Digital Sports
On July 6th, Ruslan Chagaev won the WBA world heavyweight championship for the second time by outscoring Fres Oquendo in Grozny (Chechnya). After a long summer vacation with his family, Chagaev returned to the gym this week to prepare for his first title defense.
“I feel great after taking so weeks off and I am looking forward to getting back into the ring”, says Chagaev. Date, place and opponent for his first title defense haven’t been set. “We are starting negotiations now”, states Chagaev’s manager Timur Dugazaev. “Ruslan will probably be back in action end of November in Germany.” Word is that a rematch with Oquendo might be on the horizon after Chagaev won the first fight in July only by split decision.
Both Chagaev and Dugazaev – who is a fight himself besides being the champion’s manager – have picked up training and have joined forces with one of the best and most experienced German coaches. Fritz Sdunek will take over the role as head coach for the WBA world heavyweight champion.
Sdunek had already been in Chagaev’s corner in Grozny but only joined Artur Grigorian as second and cutman. Now the 67-year-old will take the lead after he split up with former middleweight champion Felix Sturm this summer.
“We are very happy to work with Fritz. He is the best trainer in Germany, he knows Ruslan very well and he worked with lots of great fighters and champions”, adds Dugazaev.
European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight king Kid Galahad tackles South American opposition this Saturday night at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, when he meets heavy-handed Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos for the vacant IBF Youth title. Yet, while his next opponent has Galahad’s full and complete focus, that hasn’t stopped the Sheffield favorite casting an eye over the exploits of his two major domestic rivals, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, both of whom were recently involved in world title action.
“Quigg put on a good performance and did what he had to do, but his opponent (Stephane Jamoye) isn’t even really a European-level fighter, at least not at super-bantamweight,” said Galahad. “He was a lot smaller than Quigg and didn’t come with anything to hurt him. But you can only beat the person put in front of you and Quigg did well under the circumstances. The thing is, I don’t think Scott Quigg has boxed anybody world-class yet. I personally think Jazza Dickens would beat Scott Quigg if they fought. I wouldn’t even be that competitive.” (more…)
Former middleweight champion Felix Sturm just tweeted that he will be facing former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz on November 8 in Stuttgart, Germany.
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Bob Ryder
In the Part 1 of our Q&A with Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs), we saw how the preparation is going for his ring return against Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) on September 29 in Hidalgo, Texas. He also revealed what exactly happened with Wladimir Klitschko’s injury that forced his bout with Kubrat Pulev to be postponed from September 6 to November 15. Here is the second part of the interview.
Do you remember the moment when Wladimir Klitschko asked you to be his head coach, what he said to you and how much time you needed to answer him?
I was in Detroit getting ready to walk into the Kronk Gym and he called me. I said “Wlad, what’s up?” He said “I want you to be my coach.” I said “Okay.” He said: “Huh?” I said “Okay!” He said, “That’s all you’r gonna say?” I said, “What do you want me to say? Ok, you want me to do what I do, no problem.” He said, “Okay.” (more…)
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By Jerry Glick
Dmitriy Salita – former junior welterweight world title challenger and now the promoter of Star of David Promotions – once again brings his “Brooklyn Brawl” series back to Brighton Beach at the Master Theater (formerly the Millennium Theater) with an exciting lineup of top local talent and rising stars. The main event features a rematch between WBO female lightweight champion Amanda Serrano (21-1-1, 16 KOs) against tough veteran Jackie Trivilino (9-8-3, 1 KO) in a non-title, featherweight eight-round affair. In the co-feature, Junior Wright (11-0-1, 9 KOs), who has signed to work under the Star of David banner, will face tough journeyman Kamarah Pasley (6-7-2, 2 KOs) in a six round cruiserweight encounter.
Serrano – who has won belts at 126, 130 and 135 pounds – is considered one of the top female fighters in the world. Ironically, Serrano and Trivilino fought each other in their pro debut on March 20, 2009. Serrano won a majority decision and the rest is history. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Joe Hand Promotion in association with D and D Management presented their second installment of the Tuesday night fights at the Arena in South Philadelphia, featuring some of the top amateurs and local professionals trying to make their mark on the way up. The main event featured a foul prone four round junior middleweight contest as Philly Donte Wright (1-0) squeezes out a sluggish majority decision over New York’s hard luck Lionel Charles (0-4). (more…)
Warren Buffett on Floyd Mayweather: “My job is easy compared to his.” More
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Australian Lucas Browne continues to climb the rankings. More
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two former world champions and a couple of local matchups highlight the GFS Entertainment Promotions card on Saturday, September 20th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Former IBF Super Middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy of St. Petersburg, FL will headline the card in a 10-round bout against Rayco “War” Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA. Lacy (26-5, 18 KO’s) is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Umberto Savigne on July 10 in Miami, FL. Saunders (23-24-2, 10 KO’s) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak.
One of the two all-local bouts will be between two DC veterans who, amazingly in their 18-year careers, have never fought each other. Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley will take on former world title contender Daniel “The Prophet” Attah in a 10-round lightweight battle. (more…)
No official announcement yet, but after brutal stoppage losses in three of his last four bouts, former two division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has indicated that he’s about to announce his retirement from the ring at the age of 31. “Sunday, talking with ‘Juanmita’ (his youngest son), I told him jokingly that I would prepare to fight within six months,” Juanma told El Vocero. “He is my biggest fan and he told me ‘Dad, I don’t want you to fight any more.’ Coming from my son who is a huge boxing fan, that creates a big weight on me. If I had any doubts, my son has removed those doubts from me.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel
On Tuesday in México City at a special WBC event, unbeaten three-division world champion Román “Chocolatito” González received his WBC flyweight belt after his stoppage triumph over Akira Yaegashi on September 5 in Tokyo, Japan. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and Boxing Hall of Famer Humberto “La Chiquita” González presented the belt to “Chocolatito” in a afternoon media conference.
“I’m very happy to be here in México, now as WBC champion. It’s a Dream to be WBC champion, same as my hero Alexis Arguello and many other of the biggest legends. I feel great with this belt in my boxing career and I want to defend against the best,” said González.
Mark Cipparone’s Club 1957 Management has announced the signing of jr. welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano to an exclusive managerial contract. Serrano of Philadelphia has a record of 18-2 with 8 knockouts. He will be looking to get back in the win column after a 19-month break following consecutive losses against Karim Mayfield and Emmanuel Taylor. “I am looking to get back in an eight-round fight. I am looking to have one or two tune up fights and then looking to step back up to the level of fights where I was,” said Serrano, who is trained by Chino Rivas and is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Two world champions, two title defenses against top contenders – this is the premise of “Clash of the Cruiserweights,” another boxing extravaganza by World Boxing Promotions owner and businessman Andrey Ryabinsky on September 27 at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow. Ryabinsky, who did not blink and offered WBA/IBF Wladimir Klitschko more than 23 million dollars to come to Moscow and defend his title against Alexander Povetkin (who later signed with Ryabinsky), does it again. World Boxing recently signed European Boxing Union champion Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) to a promotional contract, and now Drozd will to face WBC champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk. In the co-main event, WBA champion (and Ryabinsky protégé), Denis Lebedev will defend his belt against undefeated Paweł Kołodziej (33-0, 18 KOs).
WBC cruiserweight champion “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs) is getting ready for his eighth title defense against Drozd at the famous mountain resort in Zakopane, Poland. “Of course I’m going to Moscow to beat Drozd. I like my green belt too much to just give it to him,” said ‘Diablo.’ “I like Moscow, I like my experiences there and just like I beat Chakhiyev, I want to beat Drozd.”
Asked about the Chakhiyev-Drozd comparison, Włodarczyk said: “They’re both very good fighters, but different ones. Chakhiyev likes close combat. Drozd prefers to keep the distance. They’re fast, they like to finish fights with a KO.” (more…)
The last time Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) fought he had less than three days’ notice on a special broadcast NBC edition of Fight Night. Garrett was called on to fill in, at a higher weight class, for Tomasz Adamek who fell ill just days before his fight with Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov. Wilson jumped at the chance and managed to go the distance with the undefeated heavyweight but ultimately lost a unanimous decision. The 32-year old cruiserweight from Philadelphia wanted another chance at Fight Night fans when he accepted a fight earlier this year with Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs). In another twist of fate, Wilson had to pull out of the fight with Mchunu due to an injury to his Achilles’ tendon. Now Wilson finally has his chance, he is healthy, has had a regular training camp and is poised to take on Mchunu this Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino on another special afternoon broadcast edition of NBC Fight Night.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Friday and Saturday in the super flyweight and junior lightweight world title bouts, that will take place in Argentina and Mexico, respectively.
This Friday, September, 19, at the Anfiteatro Municipal de Villa Maria in Cordoba, Argentina, the WBO super flyweight (115 pounds) champion Omar Narvaez (42-1-2, 23 KOs), from Argentina, will defend his belt for the 11th time against the #1 ranked Felipe Orucuta (29-2, 24 KOs), from Mexico, in a O.R. Promotions presentation. For the fight Narvaez-Orucuta, the referee will be Celestino Ruiz, from the United States, while the judges are Patrick Russell, Dennis Nelson and Robert Hecko, all three from the United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jorge Molina. This is a rematch between Narvaez, a former WBO flyweight (112 pounds) champion with 16 defenses, and Orucuta. These boxers fought for the WBO supe flyweight crown on May 25, 2013, and Narvaez won a split decision over Orucuta.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, September 20, at the Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the former WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs), from Mexico, and Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33 KOs), from Thailand, will fight for the interim WBO junior lightweight (130 pounds) title. The referee for the Salido-Kokietgym bout will be Eddie Claudio, from the United States, and the judges are also from the United States are Patricia Morse Jarman, Robert Hoyle and John Madfis. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be the WBO Ratings Committee Chairman, Luis Perez. Salido is ranked #1 and Kokietgym is the #2 ranked for the WBO at 130 pounds. The champion is Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia.
Colorful WBO #7 strawweight Ali Raymi who recently announced that he’s moving up to flyweight after compiling a 22-0 record with 22 KOs, including a record 21 straight first round knockouts in the 105-pound division, says he’s ready to take on WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez after a proposed November 22 fight between Gonzalez and WBC #1 super flyweight Luis “Nica” Concepcion failed to come together.
“Roman Gonzalez woke up with no opponent for November 22 after journeyman Luis Concepcion cancelled, the same Luis Concepcion that Roman Gonzalez used as an excuse to not face me on November 22,” said Raymi, who is becoming one of the fight game’s more entertaining personalities. “So there are no more excuses today, I am available and ready to KO Roman Gonzalez in front of a record crowd of Nicaraguan potential mistresses.” (more…)
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