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By Dave Spencer
Undefeated cruiserweight Denton Daley told the near-capacity crowd after his dominating February NABA defence that when he returned to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga Ontario, he hoped to do so in a world-title shot that Toronto starved boxing fans were so desperately craving. The affable 32-year-old has made good on that promise.
It’s been a long 4-1/2 years since the city has seen any form of world championship boxing, but Daley (12-0 6KO) hopes to make title fights a regular occurrence if he successful in his November 15th upcoming bid for the interim WBA world title versus current title holder Youri Kalenga (20-1 13KO) of Congo and now residing in the historic city of Gravelines France, home of many a historic battle.
Kalenga captured the vacant interim title in June in a close split-decision win over higher ranked and more experienced Mateusz Masternak (now 33-2 24KO) in what was viewed as an upset in a weight division largely dominated by Europeans and seemingly wide open these days. Daley who has fought all of his fights in his five year career in his home province of Ontario hopes to bring back a portion of 200-pound championship that has seen very little in terms of North American participation in recent years. (more…)
Winning streaks are difficult to come by at the top level of MMA, and Neil Magny has earned every step of his.
The Ultimate Fighter season 16 alum has had an incredible campaign in 2014 as he’s found victory in all four of his showings in the calendar year. While four wins in a year would be enough for most fighters to stop and appreciate, the 26-year-old Colorado transplant isn’t done yet. He’s going into territory few of his peers have traveled and will get his fifth fight within a 12-month period. Furthermore, he will tie a benchmark if he’s successful in getting his fifth consecutive win in 2014, and it will make an impressive statement in the process . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the line against official challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16 KOs) from Thailand tomorrow (Wednesday) in Tokyo, Japan. Yamanaka, making his seventh defense, has iced the latest six men with only an exception of a decision win over Vic Darchinyan (then still fresh and ferocious) in his initial defense in April 2012. The lefty upright stylist, whose straight left is a trademark haymaker, is gunning to score his seventh straight within the distance with his throne at stake. Suriyan, former WBC 115-pound ruler, forfeited his first belt to Yota Sato here in Tokyo in March 2012, but has registered seventeen victories straight in two years since to zoom up to the WBC top rank. Yamanaka is a prefight favorite, but Suriyan boldly predicts, “I’ve a secret to solve Yamanaka’s southpaw style.” Whether it may be secret or not, it will be proved against the formidable champion Yamanaka tomorrow. (more…)
Golden Boy President and Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar de la Hoya promised to end the boxing cold war and now he is making good on that promise, working with Top Rank as well as with both HBO and Showtime.
On December 6, Golden Boy is planning an HBO-televised card featuring middleweight David Lemieux against Gabriel Rosado at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Also scheduled is a jr middleweight clash between James De la Rosa and Hugo Centeno.
On December 13, Golden Boy has a SHOWTIME-televised card in the works at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with ex-world champions Amir Khan against Devon Alexander colliding in a welterweight battle, plus WBO jr middleweight king Demetrius Andrade defends against Jermell Charlo and WBA interim welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman will see action vs. TBA.
Also on December 13, Golden Boy fighter Mauricio Herrera defends his WBA interim super lightweight belt against Jose Benavidez on Top Rank’s competing HBO-televised show down the street at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against WBA #8 Jarrod Fletcher who he says he can stop Geale inside the distance. Geale also mentions he would defeat IBF champion Jermain Taylor and WBC champion Miguel Cotto, and believes a Hopkins vs. GGG fight would be interesting.
You are scheduled to clash with WBA #8 Jarrod Fletcher on December 3rd in Sydney. You know him well as a regular sparring partner since you were both outstanding amateurs. Are you confident of victory?
I know a Jarrod Fletcher very well. We have been sparring each other since our amateur days at the Institute of Sport and I remember we had the conversation recently that we could meet in a world title bout or a very important contest. We have always sparred hard and not just going through the motions. It must be in the hundreds of rounds. We always knew we had to push ourselves in sparring and I’m confident of winning on December 3rd. He is rated WBA #8 and I am WBA #9. We are both in the process of rebuilding our careers after world title bout setbacks. (Geale lost to Gennady Golovkin and Fletcher to Daniel Jacobs.) (more…)
On November 13, Greg Cohen Promotions will present a card at the luxurious The Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York. The event will feature Plainview, New York’s Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (21-5-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the WBC Fecarbox welterweight title. On the undercard, Ireland’s hottest new boxing export, “Hurricane” Dennis Hogan (19-0- 1, 7 KOs), the undefeated junior middleweight sensation from Kildare, Ireland, will fight in an eight-rounder. Brooklyn, New York via Puerto Rico’s WBO world female lightweight champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (21-1-1, 16 KOs), will appear in an eight-round bout; and undefeated heavyweight KO artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (9-0-1, 9 KOs) will go 6 rounds.
In legal news, Andre Ward won’t have to arbitrate his fight with the late Dan Goossen, a federal judge has ruled. More
Speaking of legal matters, Manny Paquiao is being told to be more active as a congressman and lawmaker, in the Philippines. More
Speaking of Pacqiuao, his basketball debut was not quite a knockout. More
Speaking of the Philippines, Michael Farenas keeps his world title dream alive. More
Colombian-born local welterweight favorite Samuel Vargas (19-1-1, 9KOs) takes on Fouad El Massoudi (11-4, 1 KO) of France this Saturday at the Mattamy Events Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds and a contracted same day weigh-in max weight of 154lbs. Vargas’ managerial stablemate Mario Perez (15-6-4, 9KOs) will take on former world title challenger Jerome Arnould (25-6-1, 15 KOs) of France in a scheduled for 6 round featherweight bout. (more…)
Professional boxing will return to the legendary Sportsmen’s Lodge in honor of Dan Goossen on Thursday, November 20th. Presented by Goossen Promotions in association with the world famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California, advance tickets for “live at the Lodge” priced at $104 (VIP), $53 (Ringside) and $33 (General Admission) are now on sale through the Goossen Promotions’ Office at (818) 817-8001.
Stated Craig Goossen, son of Dan, “My Dad was the ultimate San Fernando Valley guy and the continuation of this series is the perfect way to honor his devotion to the sport and passion for the Valley. “Live at the Lodge” will be a key ingredient to his legacy.”
Tom Brown, Dan’s brother in law and longtime matchmaker said, “Dan loved promoting high quality shows in his hometown. He’s been a staple in the Southern California boxing community going all the way back to the Reseda Country Club, where he first made his mark, up to major championship bouts at Staples Center.”
Headlining will be undefeated junior welterweight contender Lydell “Hackman” Rhodes of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 27-year-old Rhodes, 22-0-0 (11KO’s), will be making the fourth start of his 2014 campaign most recently stopping John Nater on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and undefeated contender Jose Benavidez, Jr. hosted a Los Angeles press conference Monday to discuss their upcoming fights on December 13 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Bradley, who will be making his ring comeback against one-time interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), stated “I’m very happy to be back. I’m very happy to be fighting against another tough guy. Bring him on man…I’m very highly motivated!” Chaves, from Argentina, wasn’t present.
Herrera and Benavidez collide in the co-feature.
Herrera said, “I’m going to show everybody what the true Maestro does. I figure you out an I get my way…he has a great style, but I give problems to all the conventional boxers and he’s going to figure it out that day. It’s gonna be a great fight.”
Benavides commented, “Mario’s a tough guy, he’s been fighting tough opponents, but I think I’m ready for this….I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube, a lot of blogs saying Mario’s gonna take me to school…we’ll see who’s gonna take who to school that night.” photos
Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. returns to the ring where he will battle one-time interim welterweight world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves in a 12-round welterweight clash on December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109). The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The telecast will open with World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera defending his title against undefeated contender Jose Benavidez, Jr.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez world championship event go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Priced at $40, $60, $100, $125 and $150, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com/. Room/ticket packages will also be available.
The UFC® announced that the groundbreaking season of The Ultimate Fighter®: A Champion Will Be Crowned will come to an explosive finish in the season finale on Friday, Dec. 12 at Palms Casino Resort. The two finalists will battle it out to become the inaugural UFC 115-pound champion in the five-round main event. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, the undisputed best heavyweight in the world, spoke at length with Polish sports commentator Mateusz Borek. There were no taboo questions. Dr Steelhammer voiced his opinions about his next opponent Kubrat Pulev and Pulev’s demands for Olympic drug testing, Wladimir also detailed his wishes to fight for the WBC belt, the development of Deontay Wilder, his motivation to stay on the top of the division, admiration for his brother Vitaly and the antics of Shannon Briggs. Video courtesy of Polsat TV and polsatsport.pl
By Boxing Bob Newman
With 2014 coming to a close, the last of the sanctioning body annual conventions will take place in Las Vegas at the WBC holds it’s 52nd such gathering at the Mirage Hotel and Casino rom December 14-20. As with the last time the WBC held court in Vegas, 2011, fans will be invited to attend all meetings and functions during the convention. There will be a great opportunity to meet the 60+ champions expected to attend thi year’s convention. One of the highlights will be the honoring of the 34 current WBC champions (male and female) by issuing new WBC belts- unique to each of the 17 weight classes. Tables will be set up for photo and autograph opportunities with many of the champs, old and new. Fans can access convention info and reservations by clicking here.
On December 13, the night before the convention commences there are two major fight cards planned. Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr, meets former world champion Diego Chaves and WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera defends against undefeated contender Jose Benavidez at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The same night, former world champion Amir Khan is expected to headline a card at Mandalay Bay.
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions team is set to bring another night of boxing action to the famous Schuetzen Parkon on Saturday night in North Bergen, New Jersey with an action packed show featuring the return of Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a six round light heavyweight battle against the hard hitting Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-7, 13 KOs). In the co-feature of the card titled “Boxing at the Park III,” welterweight prospect Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr (11-1, 5 KOs) looks to bounce back from his first loss as a professional, when he takes on undefeated Philadelphian Greg Jackson (3-1, 1 KO) in a six round clash. (more…)
Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez (9-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico takes on Edwin “El Puto” Rodriguez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico this Friday in the Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event. The bout is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBC FECARBOX title. Site of the bout will be the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In his last bout, Rodriguez impressed the Telemundo viewers with his game effort against David Carmona. Carmona had nearly twice as many pro fights as Rodriguez plus the experience of fighting for a world title, but Rodriguez lost a hard fought but respectable decision. He feels the experience gained from his last fight will only help him moving forward. Though his Telemundo main event debut didn’t end with a victory, Rodriguez is ready to seize the opportunity the second time around. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA/IBF súper featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-3-1, 16 KOs) is in Tokyo, Japan to face local former WBC super featherweight champ Takahiro Aoh on Wednesday at Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium. “I’m ready to this new difficult fight five years after beating local ídol Jorge Linares and now I could beat Aoh,” said Salgado. “I’m training very hard for this fight because Aoh is a good fighter and former champ. I have to return to a top world rating and this is my chance. I know my last two fights were bad and sad nights but now is my new chance to clear these losses and I will not fail.”
Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle say that the pressure is on them to claim big wins at the Ice Arena in Hull on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports – so they can set up a huge clash in the city next summer.
The Lightweight duo face big step-up fights on Saturday night, with Coyle meeting former World champion Michael Katsidis and Campbell facing Argentine Daniel Brizuela, who shared a rollercoaster war with Coyle in February.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has made no secret that a clash between the two at Hull City’s KC Stadium next summer would be a huge event for the city and for British boxing, and both men believe that if they keep winning, a fight is inevitable, and Campbell would love to box outside in his hometown for the second time having made his professional debut last July at Hull KR’s Craven Park. (more…)
Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new lands, rising boxing star Gennady “GGG’ Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) planted his flag on the West Coast Saturday night when he captured the interim WBC middleweight title to go along with his WBA and IBO titles, knocking out Mexican Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) in the second round. Broadcast live on HBO, a sold-out crowd of nearly 9,000 fight fans packed into the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, to witness the U.S. West Coast debut of undefeated Golovkin of Karaganda, Kazakhstan . . . Click here for more
Jason Mertlich likes the number 47. Many believe 47 is the universe’s quintessential random number. It’s a prime, a safe prime, a supersingular prime, a Lucas prime and an Eisenstein prime for starters . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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