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WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is annoyed by insinuations that he won his first fight with Paul Smith by a bad decision rendered by judges Waleska Roldan (117-111), Fernando Laguna (119-109), Zoltan Enyedi (117-111). “King Arthur” says plans to defeat Smith decisively when they meet again on February 21 at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
“I want to clarify once again clearly who is the champion here,” said Abraham. “Paul Smith had a good performance in the first fight, I was just better. Why there was all this whining in the English media about a bad decision I don’t understand. Neither I nor the promoter choose the judges. Like the last time, they are chosen by the world federation.”
As for Smith’s assertion that the immediate rematch was granted because Abraham was ashamed of getting the decision in the first fight, Abraham stated, “That is absolute rubbish! Smith only wants to provoke me. He should train hard because in the rematch I will show no mercy. Actually I just want to prove it to the English press who made the first fight into a scandal.”
By Tracy Morin
Photo: Scott Foster
Last Friday, Alabama-based Deontay Wilder brought his larger-than-life personality (and his sizable 6’7” frame) to nearby Biloxi, Mississippi, for the latest edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Settling comfortably into his new role as the WBC heavyweight champion, Wilder seemed equally content to pose for pictures with lengthy lineups of fans, chat with members of the press, and enjoy every last nontelevised undercard, lingering long after many casual spectators had flocked to the casino floor. After a nonstop night of action inside and outside the ring, Wilder filled in FightNews about his recent whirlwind weeks and what’s ahead for 2015.
What’s life been like since we last saw you in the ring?
Everything’s been going great. My life has definitely dramatically changed due to the fans and the popularity of the sport, so I’m blessed. I’ve been blessed before I got to this position, and I still feel I’ve been blessed—whether win, lose or draw, it still would be a blessing. But it’s just the beginning. Even though my title now says “heavyweight champion of the world,” in my heart I still feel like a contender, and feeling like a contender still keeps me hungry. I know there’s more out there to gain, and I can’t wait for it to happen. (more…)
2008 Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso has signed a managerial contract with Si Stern’s SHS Boxing Management. The 28-year-old heavyweight prospect, who is undefeated in four professional fights, lives in Miami where he is trained by Orlando Cuellar. The 6’5, 235-pound Alfonso’s professional career has been relatively slow to develop because he is a free agent who didn’t defect to the United States until 2011. Alfonso won a decision over United States Olympic super heavyweight Michael Hunter, Jr., 9-1, to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
SHS Management’s boxing clients also include three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey, heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams, middleweight Marcus “Arillius” Upshaw and welterweight Damian “Devo” Frias.
Following a Fight of the Night victory over Tim Gorman in his UFC debut in Brazil last November, Sao Paulo bantamweight Thomas Almeida will take his show on the road on April 25, when he takes on Canada’s own Yves Jabouin in a UFC 186 bout at Bell Centre in Montreal . . . click here for more
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Jimmy Chaichotchuang, Manager of Amnat Ruenroeng welcomed media from China including TV and newspapers from Macau, Hong Kong and China to the Ruenroeng Camp at the Srinakarinvirot University Sport Center, Nakornnayok, Thailand on Monday. Chaichotchuang said Ruenroeng will do his training camp at Srinakarinvirot University which specializes in Sports Science. “The professor in Sport Science will work together with Franciso Jaro, the trainier of Ruenroeng from Philippines, to develop his fitness to fight Shiming. This is one of the biggest fights in Asia. I am sure that the winner will be the next superstar in the flyweight division.”
Ruenroeng said he wants revenge on Zou Shiming who was his rival in the amateurs. “I won once and lost twice in amateur boxing to Shiming but I feel I lost only once. The last fight in the Asian Games 2010 in China, I know from the Chinese fans that I won the fight. I do not worry about fighting in his hometown because the IBF will send the best officials for our fight. I will bring the IBF belt back to Thailand. I am confident I will beat Shiming again.” (more…)
Former world champion Paul Spadafora (49-1-1, 19 KOs) has been added to “The Pride of Pittsburgh III” on February 20th at CONSOL Energy Center, it was announced today by Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions. Spadafora will battle Jake Giuriceo (17-2-1, 4 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio in a scheduled eight round junior welterweight off-TV bout. “We’re very happy to add Paul in a “special attraction” bout to our February 20 event,” said Brown. “For many years he was among the most skilled fighters in the sport and his battle with Giuriceo, a very tough veteran, should be one of the highlights of the evening for the fans in attendance.”
“The Pride of Pittsburgh III” is headlined by a ten round welterweight clash between local fan favorite Sammy Vasquez Jr., (17-0, 13 KOs) and Brooklyn, New York native via Accra Ghana, Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 9 KOs) and will be telecast on ShoBox. (more…)
By Jerry Glick
Photo: Will Hart/ Klitschko Management Group
“It’s good to be back here,” said Bernd Bönte, manager of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) at the Madison Square Garden kickoff press for the champion’s April 25th title defense against challenger Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs). “It’s always something special to promote at Madison Square Garden, where legends such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield stood inside the ring. We are looking forward to another exciting fight and a great event.”
As for the future should Wladimir be victorious against Jennings, Bönte scoffed at fighting former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. “At the moment he’s not on our radar,” he explained. “Because in a perfect world, knock on wood, that everything goes the right way on April the 25th, then we would love to do the fight against (Tyson) Fury, and then a fight against (Deontay) Wilder. It could also be the other way around, but what we heard from Al Haymon (the manager of Wilder) is that they are looking into that fight for Wilder, by the end of this year or maybe next year against Wladimir.”
A Fury fight could take place in the challenger’s country of England. “There’s only a one hour time difference (between England and German),” commented Bönte. “So it doesn’t matter. It could be in England, or it could be in Germany.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras (31-0, 25 KOs) is currently training in the Otomi Ceremonial Center to defend his belt against former WBA champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion (32-3, 23 KOs). Concepción is training in La Chorrera, a city near Panamá City from last two months. The fight will take on March 28 at a site to be named in the state of Mexico. The fight had previously been discussed for Culiacan or Mexico City on various dates. The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico by Televisa. Cuadras won the title last May against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and has defended against Juan Carlos Salgado and Marvin Mabait.
Promoter Ricky Hatton would like to make it clear that negotiations have NOT taken place for a fight between Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne and Russia’s Alexander Ustinov, despite claims made online. “Lucas is willing to fight anyone and, if offered, he would take the Ustinov fight, but at this moment in time we’re looking for opponents with rankings that will help Lucas get a world title shot,” Hatton explained. “Lucas, at number four, is the highest rated available contender of the WBA for Ruslan Chagaev, and he’s also in the top six with the IBF and the WBC so there’s no point in boxing a guy who isn’t ranked. Lucas is eager to fight anyone that mentions his name, but I’ve told him to start looking up rather than down. We’re working on getting him the best fight possible and I think everyone will be happy when we make an announcement.”
On March 14, DiBella Entertainment, Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing will present an exciting night of both professional and amateur boxing, held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, titled “McMayhem in Midtown”. The pro portion of the card will be headlined by Dublin, Ireland’s world-ranked featherweight contender Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (29-1, 13 KOs). Fans in attendance will also be treated to the long-awaited return of popular light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (17-2, 9 KOs). The amateur portion of the card will be made up of fights between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and the Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force who will be making the trip over from Ireland. Tickets for “McMayhem in Midtown” are priced at $100, $65 and $35 and go on sale today.
Boxing has lost another one of it’s good guys. Former NABF president Joe Dwyer passed away this weekend in Long Island, NY. A life long “boxing guy,” Dwyer fought as an amateur in the New York Golden Gloves, amassing an overall record of 56-2, 1 NC. Upon finishing Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton High School in 1956, Dwyer entered the U.S. Navy where he served on the USS Roosevelt and Intrepid with the 74th Fighter Squadron from 1956 – 1959. Dwyer served a thirty four year tenure with the NYPD from 1961-1995, for many years as an investigator of organized crime. With a never ending love for the “Sweet Science” still burning in his heart, Dwyer served as chief inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission for twelve years before joining the IBF as their championship chairman. Dwyer returned to judging fights before joining the WBC, eventually climbing to the presidency of the Council’s North American Boxing Federation in June 2009. Dwyer’s health began to decline in recent years, but he kept in close contact with his boxing “family.” He is survived by his wife Linda, and children Arlene, Kathy and Joe, Jr. FightNews would like to extend it’s condolences to the Dwyers and Joe’s boxing family. R.I.P. to a stand up guy who told it like it was.
One of America’s legendary broadcast voices, Marv Albert, will serve as blow-by-blow announcer for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC, it was announced today. Albert will be joined by analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard for the debut of PBC on NBC in primetime Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Al Michaels will host. Albert will team with six-time world champion and 1976 Olympic gold medalist Leonard on all 11 of the 2015 NBC broadcasts of the Premier Boxing Champions. He previously called boxing on NBC from 1980-2003. Albert’s debut PBC on NBC boxing show on NBC features a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. — live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I’m so thrilled to be part of boxing’s primetime return to NBC, where I’ve had the good fortune to have been ringside for the call of so many exciting moments,” Albert said.
The March 7 primetime debut of the PBC on NBC is the first major boxing match on NBC in primetime since Monday, May 20, 1985. That telecast featured Larry Holmes vs. Carl (The Truth) Williams. Albert also called that fight.
The main event of this past week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi pitted former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) against Abraham Han (23-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant USBA middleweight title.
Though most predicted a come-forward fight from Han, it was Mora taking the initiative for most of the first round, pressing with the jab and right hand though Han set off his own small flurry just before the bell sounded to end the round . . . Click here for more
By Tracy Morin
Photos: Scott Foster
FightNews caught up with Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) this past Friday a couple of hours after he had won a split decision over Abraham Han (23-2, 14 KOs) to capture the vacant USBA middleweight title.
“He was exactly what I expected: a tough guy who takes a good punch and keeps coming forward,” Mora said to FightNews. “He had a good record, with his only loss against a top contender, so I expected what I got — a tough-ass fight! I just didn’t expect to bleed so much; he head butted me twice, but the nose was from a punch, and I had problems breathing and stuff like that. But I thought I won unanimously. I was very surprised at the scorecards. I heard Teddy Atlas had it 117-112 for me, and I had the same score as him. Blood makes people think the other guy’s winning.” (more…)
According to his manager Roland Bebak, former multi-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm will pass on a fight against Hassan N’Dam for the vacant IBF middleweight title formerly held by Jermain Taylor. Sturm will instead concentrate on an all-German showdown with rival and WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham this summer. Abraham will first have a rematch against Paul Smith on February 21 in Berlin.
Sturm moved to the 168b division in his last fight, battling former world champion Robert Stieglitz to an entertaining draw.
Over the last three years, Jim Alers’ passport has been picking up quite a few new stamps. Bahrain. Jordan. Wales. Scotland. Ireland. Abu Dhabi . . . click here for more
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Carson Jones says he will land his first win on UK soil against Brian Rose on Saturday night at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The Oklahoma man is famous on these shores for providing Kell Brook with a real scare when they met in July 2012 in Sheffield, Jones breaking Brook’s nose midway through a titanic tussle that Brook edged via majority decision. Jones returned to England five months later and was slated to meet Lee Purdy in London, but after the Essex man pulled out of the fight, he drew with hungry Irishman Dean Byrne over eight rounds. Jones landed a rematch with Brook in the summer of 2013 and the Sheffield star stopped him inside eight. (more…)
Not a word out of Manny Pacquiao on the Floyd Mayweather showdown.
Showtime not yet in panic mode for Mayweather-Pacquiao.
How ballet helped James Degale in boxing.
Sonny Boy Jaro returns to the ring.
Marvin Sonsona arrives in Las Vegas for training.
Report and photos by Tony Mayger
Dillian Whyte (13-0) was supposed to get a few rounds of boxing on Saturday night in London where he stepped up against durable Brazilian, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (17-8). Back in November last year Nascimento was taken the eight round distance by former world title challenger Eddie Chambers but Whyte needed just two rounds before delivering a sensational knockout in front of a packed Camden Centre. Nascimento was floored mid-way through the opening round with a long left hook but got quickly to his feet to finish the round. Whyte landed the same shot again at the beginning of round two and had the Brazilian touching down with a glove. Around 30 seconds later and Nascimento was on the floor again after Whyte stepped in with the jab and followed it up with an overhand right, buckling Nascimento’s legs. The referee waved off the contest with the South-American unfit to continue. Whyte moves to thirteen unbeaten and his team will now have to think very carefully about who to match him with next.
“I’m not getting ahead of myself, I still make mistakes and there’s a lot of things to learn but I’m finally back boxing and I’m enjoying myself again” said Whyte talking to the media after the show. (more…)
Photo: Alex Roman/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC
Unbeaten jr featherweight Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) and Josean Figueroa (8-3-2, 7 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw on Saturday night in the main event at the Coliseo Guillermo Angulo in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Scores were 76-76, 76-76 and 79-73 for Lopez.
Jose Lopez: “He came strong I didn’t expect that Figueroa was going to come this way. We made the adjustments of our last fight but this is boxing. I keep learning.”
Josean Figueroa: “We came ready for Lopez we knew that he has a powerful left hook and he got me a couple of times but our plan was to break him down we knew that he gets tired. I am happy with today’s performance.” (more…)
Mark Munoz is normally the most thoughtful of interviewees. There are no cliché answers or quick quips. He’ll take what you’re asking him, digest it, and come back with the best response he can . . . click here for more
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Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Super welterweight Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (39-3, 34 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Grady “B.B.” Brewer (32-20, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olympic Coliseum in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 44-year-old Brewer, momentarily rocked Sanchez in round one. Sanchez dropped Brewer twice in round three. After Brewer was wrestled down later in the round the referee abruptly waved it off. Time was 1:21. The crowd loudly booed the stoppage.
In the co-feature, unbeaten featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (17-0, 9 KOs) dropped Rafael Reyes (14-4, 10 KOs) at the end of round three and Reyes didn’t come out for round four.
Former world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (40-7-1, 29 KOs) dropped back down to the super bantamweight division and scored an entertaining ninth round TKO over Juan “El Penita” Jimenez (19-9, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Domo del Palacio Municipal in Chetumal, Mexico. The free-swinging Jimenez seemingly dropped Darchinyan in round three but no count was given. After that, Darchinyan upped the pressure and began to punish Jimenez. Jimenez was down in round seven from a punch that was ruled behind the head. Darchinyan then dropped Jimenez again in round nine to end it.
In the main event, former WBA interim super lightweight champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (28-4-1, 21 KOs) demolished Jorge “Pantera” Silva (20-7-2, 16 KOs) in the first round of a welterweight bout.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Former WBC champ and ex-Olympian, currently WBC#7/WBA#6 super-fly Toshiyuki Igarashi (20-2-1, 11 KOs), 116, was awarded a unanimous technical decision (96-95, 98-94 twice) over Mexican national titlist Efrain Perez (17-6, 12 KOs), 115.5, because of Igarashi’s bad bleeding at 0:20 into the tenth and final session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Igarashi, a fleet-footed southpaw nicknamed “Supersonic” due to his excellent speed on hand and foot, had a tough time coping with the game and gallant Mexican who kept tearing into the footworker with persistent body bombardments. Igarashi responded to his attack by effectively bouncing a southpaw left off his opponent’s head though punching at a time while moving around. The 31-year-old ex-champ sustained a gash over the right eyebrow midway in round six and it became worsened with a head collision in the ninth with the referee Someya declaring a halt to take a technical decision in the final stanza—scoring and including the incomplete tenth. Torres, 25, fought well and showed his heart though he was apparently a slow starter. (more…)
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Unbeaten lightweight favorite Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over iron-jawed Robbie Cannon (14-11-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Najera was the aggressor. He dropped Cannon with a left hook in round five, but Cannon survived the round, then absorbed punishment to the final bell. Scores were 80-71, 80-71, 78-73
Unbeaten welterweight slugger Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (17-0, 12 KOs) was impressive again with a third round TKO over Eduardo Flores (17-17-3, 12 KOs). Saucedo rocked Flores at the end of round two, then knocked down Flores in round three prompting a referee’s stoppage.
Unbeaten welterweight Ricardo Lamas (6-0, 6 KOs) needed just seconds to annihilate Eduardo Alvarado (1-7, 1 KO).
Unbeaten super lightweight prospect Ryan Martin (11-0, 6 Ks) hammered out a six round unanimous nod over Carlos Valenzuela (6-2, 3 KOs). Scores were 59-54, 58-55, 58-55. (more…)
By Robert Coster
In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, two-time cruiserweight world title challenger Francisco “The Wizzard” Palacios (23-2, 14 KOs) made short work of local boy Sandy Soto, laying out his outclassed foe in just 1:58 of the first round. A wicked body shot did the job for Palacios who told Fightnews that he had hoped for a longer fight. “I will be going against unbeaten Dmitry Kubdryashov in Russia on March 28th for the WBA Intercontinental title. I would have liked to go a few more rounds.”
On the undercard, junior middleweight prospect Anthony Castellon (8-0, 7 KOs) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, engaged in a wild brawl with rugged Dominican David Martinez. The give-and-take slugfest ended in the fourth round when Martinez was disqualified for insulting the referee (!). The six bout card was promoted by Domini Boxing Promotions (Jose Rafael Lantigua).
The WBC Board of Governors has issued rulings on the super middleweight and super lightweight divisions.
WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia, who made his last mandatory defense in September 14, will be allowed to fight IBF champion Lamont Peterson in a non-title bout (after negotiating a step-aside agreement with mandatory challenger Victor Postal) under the following conditions:
1) The Garcia/Postol step-aside agreement will be modified and updated to include the new date of the fight and the conditions for the mandatory fight between Garcia and Postol.
2) Lucas Matthysse has been named mandatory contender to fight against the then WBC world champion immediately following the Garcia vs. Postol fight.
3) The sanction fees the Garcia vs. Peterson Special Event generates shall be deposited directly in the “WBC Jose Sulaiman Boxers Fund.”
It was also noted that “The WBC is very happy to participate in the sanctioning of those very important fights, which involve some of the best fighters in the super lightweight division.”
WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell, who won the title in August 2014, will be permitted to make the proposed voluntary defense in the month of April with the winner committed to fight mandatory challenger George Groves without any intervening bouts. The Groves Camp had been pushing for an immediate challenge.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Promoter Antonio Gates, a NFL All Pro nine times in his thirteen years, put on his second boxing show last night in Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple. Everything was peachy until the main go, when local welterweight Ronnie Austion, 8-0, smeared a hapless Charlie Dubray onto the floor for the better part of two ugly rounds, until the Michigan 3-knockout rule interceded and Austion was awarded a TKO win.
The fighter, the trainer, the promoter, the matchmaker echoed the theme: Austion has to step up. Austion is no world-beater, an okay amateur of no great distinction with decent boxing skills, and no great shakes in the power department, but he blew out his man Dubray with such ridiculous ease, getting his man going with a first-round knockdown via a jab.
When he was interviewed after the fight, Austion told the crowd with extreme diplomacy that he appreciated that his opponent had “come to fight,” that “anyone who gets into the ring” deserves respect, and then after thanking everyone in the arena except the house cat for showing up, he launched into the main theme resulting from the fight: “I need to have better opposition.” (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (20-0, 18 KOs) improves to 20-0 with a fourth-round technical knockout victory over Mikheil Avakyan (27-19-4, 12 KOs) tonight at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Commey looked slick, dominating the early rounds and scoring well with heavy shots. Avakyan was deducted a point in the fourth round for excessive holding. Moments later referee Freddy Rafn called a halt to the action, sparing the Georgian any further punishment.
“I’m happy with my performance,” said the current Commonwealth Champion. “He was an awkward opponent. He just wanted to hold and grapple. But as soon as I found my rhythm I was able to start catching him with big shots. It’s great to get another knockout win on my record. Now, I’m looking forward to my next fight on March 21 in South Africa!”
Micki Nielsen W10 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (cruiserweight)s
Anthony Yigit TKO6 Kim Poulsen (welterweight)
Dennis Ceylan TKO7 Cristian Montilla (featherweight)
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