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WBO mandatory middleweight challenger Billy Joe Saunders has agreed to step aside and allow WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee to defend against former titleholder Peter Quillin. According to Saunders he received a six-figure number to step aside and a promise to face the winner. Quillin previously vacated that same belt last year. Lee-Quillin is expected to land on the April 11 Garcia-Peterson card on NBC.
Weights & photos: Phil DiMaria
Ronnie Austion 146.6 vs. Charlie Dubray 143.4
Mike Portillo 147.8 vs. Gustavo Rodriguez 153.2
Ernesto Garza 133.2 vs. Thomas Deleon 135.4
Craig Lewis 222.8 vs. Gary Kelley 359.2
Ed Williams 149.8 vs. Antoine Elerson 148.6
James Lester Jr 134.6 vs. Dwayne Wisdom 130.4
Eric Moon 180.4 vs. PJ Cajigas 178.4
Mohammad Adam 130.4 vs. Mateo Soto 128.8
Ahmed Mahmood 126.4 vs. Carlos Alcala 124.2
Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: Antonio Gates (AG Promotions)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Tickets: ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000
Doors 7 PM, First Bout at 8
Sergio Mora 160 vs. Abie Han 160
(USBA middleweight championship)
Erickson Lubin 153 vs. Michael Finney ??
Ahmed Elbiali 176.2 vs. Dustin Echard 178.8
Domonique Dalton 155.4 vs. Juan Carlos Rojas 155.4
Stephen Lovett 178 vs. James Johnson 178.8
Isiah Thomas 198.8 vs. Brad Austin 179.2
Dennis Galarza 128.4 vs. Manuel De Los Reyes Herrera 130.2
Leo Hall 175.4 vs. Dakota Dawson 173.8
Ryan Karl 146 vs. Brett Simmons 143.2
Justin Deloach 153 vs. Cesar Vila 153.8
Darwin Price 138.2 vs. Christian Steele 139.6
Steven Ortiz 135.2 vs. Evan Woolsey 136
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Undefeated Mexican brawler Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) will have to wait to make his 2015 debut. Orozco was injured on Monday, Feb 2. when he suffered a deep cut near the right eye while sparring during training camp. His personal doctor determined the cut was too deep in dimension and would not heal fast enough for his scheduled bout on March 12. Orozco withdrew from participation as the co-main event for Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) versus “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, March 12th, airing live on HBO Latino. (more…)
Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
Unbeaten welterweight Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo (left) of Oklahoma City and unbeaten main event fighter Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera of San Antonio appeared at today’s Top Rank press conference in Hidalgo, Texas. Saucedo will box Eduardo Flores of Ecuador to open the Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas at the the State Farm Arena. Najera takes on Robbie Cannon in the main event on Saturday night.
World contender Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas today re-signed with Top Rank. Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing Operations at Top Rank, made the announcement today. Diego has a 27-1, 11 KO record and is rated WBO 3, WBA 6 in the junior lightweight division. He is managed by Frank Espinoza and trained by Joel Diaz.
“Top Rank is where I want to be. This is a great day for me and my family,” Diego said.
“It’s great to have Diego re-sign because 2015 is going to be a great year for Diego in both the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions. We plan to announce his next bout shortly,” Moretti said.
It will be standing room only for tonight’s opening night of Fight Club OC’s fifth year in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. A capacity crowd will witness perhaps the best fight show Orange County has seen in years. In the main event, WBC #4 ranked heavyweight in the world Mike Perez brings his 20-1-1, 12 KOs record to The Hangar to face dangerous veteran Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (25-18-3, 21 KOs). Promoter Roy Englebrecht will put 40 Standing Room Only tickets at $30 each on sale this morning and they can be purchased by call 949-760-3131. Doors open tonight at 6:30pm and remember Happy Hour Specials at Baja Blues right next to The Hangar start at 5:30pm.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) and Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) have arrived in Frederikshavn ahead of their WBC International Cruiserweight Championship clash at the Arena Nord on February 7.
On Saturday night, Nielsen has the opportunity to claim his first major title, and in doing so the young Dane aims to silence his critics and prove he is ready for another step up in class.
“I know that there are many people who doubt my boxing ability,” said Nielsen. “They believe that my strength lies only in my punching power. That doesn’t bother me, as I know it’s not true. I know what I’m capable of and I will prove them wrong. (more…)
WBC International Silver super-middleweight champion Luke Blackledge (18-2-2) kicks off his 2015 campaign with a six round contest at Guild Hall Preston on February 28th.
The opponent is yet to be confirmed but after a previous victory over Bulgarian, Konstantin Alexandrov (3-4-0) in Blackburn on November 22nd, Blackledge is hoping for a better test for him on the night.
The fight is part of a VIP Promotions show with headlining fight featuring unbeaten middleweight prospect Ricky Skelton (12-0-0).
Blackledge commented on what will be his 23rd professional contest since joining the paid ranks in 2010, “I think it’s six or an eight rounder on the 28th, still not got an opponent yet. My last fight was basically a last minute step in and ended up being an easy night’s work although they can still be risky those foreign journeymen. I want a harder fight for February.” (more…)
Undefeated Jono Carroll (6-0, 1 KO) and Jeff Saunders have joined Matchroom Sport.
Carroll was catapulted in the limelight after winning Prizefighter in December, entering the tournament as an unbeaten three-fight novice and seeing off Stephen Foster Jr, Gary Buckland and Michael Devine to claim the trophy at York Hall. The 22 year landed the shot in Prizefighter after an exciting win over Declan Geraghty in November in Dublin, and Carroll will appear on the April 11 bill in Leeds live on Sky Sports.
Saunders follows his older brother Bradley into the professional ranks after a glittering amateur career where he claimed a senior ABA title in 2013 and joins the paid ranks after leaving the army. The 23 year old makes his professional debut on Saturday night on a Matchroom Fight Pass show in Gateshead and will appear on the April 4 bill in Newcastle live on Sky Sports alongside his brother and also Olympic gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE. (more…)
By Jerry Glick
Photo: KMG/Will Hart
Proud papa, Wladimir Klitschko, who recently celebrated the birth of his daughter Kaya, was in New York to attend a press conference to announce the April 25th defense of his WBO, IBO, IBF, and WBA Super World Heavyweight titles against the undefeated top contender Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs). Admitting that having a child gives him even more to fight for, he said, “I was talking to another fighter who is a father, my brother (Vitali) who is the father of three,” said Wladimir, (63-3, 53 KOs). “‘You know, I punch even harder now'” said Wladimir quoting his brother. “I said that sounds good to me!”
He admitted that he feels more motivation now than ever before in the ring. “It doesn’t matter what I do, I definitely have more energy. Motivation is part of staying in boxing,” said the champion. “Health too, so April 25th is the next challenge that I’m going to take and I’m back in New York City. I can say it in one line, I’M BACK!” (more…)
WBA #6 heavyweight Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs) is rumored to be in the mix for a showdown with current unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko possibly in September. However Klitschko is first scheduled to face Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
At Wednesday’s press conference, it was Jennings’ promoter Gary Shaw who invoked the same of Shannon Briggs, stating “For the record. Jennings is no Shannon Briggs.”
Briggs responded with the following: “I have known Gary Shaw for many years. I give him a lot of credit for stating on record the obvious truth. That his fighter Bryant Jennings is no Shannon Briggs. Jennings hasn’t faced or defeated any Hall of Famers like I have. I’m a former two-time world champion, 50 knockouts in my 57 victories, and on top of that a large majority of fans by vote wanted me to fight Wlad next. (Note: A poll by German media giant BILD had 72% wanting Klitschko to fight Briggs next). So it appears I’m quite a bit more popular, as well. The reality is that Wlad, a former Olympic gold medalist, world champion for more than a decade, and a veteran of more than 60 pro fights, will next fight Jennings who had like 17 amateur fights total, 19 pro fights, and no disrespect to Jennings but he has no serious following to speak of, let alone in my home state of New York. So the fans have two more months to get excited for this matchup. Thanks for the compliment Gary. Way to tell it like it is. Such honesty is so refreshing in today’s sport of boxing. We are in complete agreement Gary. Bryant Jennings is no Shannon Briggs.”
19-year-old WBO #6 rated super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (18-1, 17 KOs) will take on unbeaten WBO #7 rated Balazs Kelemen (22-0, 13 KOs) on March 21 at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Feigenbutz says after he takes care of the 6’4 Kelemen, he wants to fight for a WBO interim super middleweight title.
In the main event, WBA light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs). Also on the card is a cruiserweight clash between Agron Dzila (21-1, 17 KOs) and Bernard Adie (12-2, 8 KOs).
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Undefeated and promising Mexican prospect, Miguel ‘Zurdo’ Sánchez from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico has signed with Roc Nation Sports and is now a member of the long list of elite boxers and athletes that have signed with the newly developed sports promotional company which was founded by Jay Z in spring of 2013, and launched their boxing division in August of 2014. The 25-year-old Sanchez (9-0, 7 KOs), who is campaigning in the welterweight division, trains at the ‘House of Boxing Training Center’ located in San Diego, California under the tutelage of veteran trainer Carlos Barragan, who also trains the undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco.
“I am very satisfied with my team and with myself because of all the hard work we do,” stated Miguel Sanchez. “In less than a year and with less than 10 fights, I signed with a huge company that is giving me full support and in return I will do the same in the gym by training as hard as I can. I will not disappoint my people or the opportunity that Roc Nation Sports has given me.” (more…)
Floyd Mayweather denied entrance Down Under. More
Zou Shiming and his hopes for a world title shot. More
Just six days after a tough fight, Sonny Boy Williams returns to rugby. More
Ricky Hatton makes a guest appearance at a country club. More
Photo: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Mike Perez 231.6 vs. Darnell Wilson 235
Luis Mora 140.2 vs. Dwain Victorian 139.6
Michael Hunter 218 vs. Avery Gibson237.2
Malcolm McAllister 163.4 vs. David Courchaine 163.6T
Ruslan Madiev 137 vs. Cesar Martinez 137.2
Gabe Lopez 149 vs. Gustavo Lopez 148
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA
Date: Thursday, February 5th, first bout at 7:30pm
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
WBO #12 rated jr flyweight Luis “Gallito” Ceja (26-5-3, 21 KOs) will challenge longtime WBO champion Donnie Nietes (31-1-4, 20 KOs) on March 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The 32-year-old Nietes hasn’t lost in over ten years and has been a world champion in the 105lb or 108lb divisions since 2007. Ceja enters with some shaky credentials, going 5-4 over his last nine fights. In his most recent bout, Ceja won a split decision over a 3-4 fighter in an eight-round affair in his hometown.
In a battle of undefeated fighters, WBO #5 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (17-0, 6 KOs) will face Timy “Albanian Bomber” Shala (19-0-1, 8 KOs) on a March 7 show at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. The card, which is SES Boxing’s milestone 100th event, will also feature WBO middleweight champion Christina Hammer defending her belt against Kali Reis and IBF cruiserweight “junior” champion Dennis Ronert facing TBA.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Plans for boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather’s promotional tour of Australia have been scuttled after the Government rejected Mayweather’s visa application due to Floyd’s history of violence against women. Mayweather, who was to arrive with a 31-person entourage, was scheduled to meet fans at dinner and “after-party” events in Melbourne and Sydney. However, buckling to pressure from anti-domestic violence groups, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash confirmed to the Herald Sun, “a visa has not been granted in this case.”
By Jerry Glick
Photos: Will Hart / Klitschko Management Group
IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and top rated challenger Bryant Jennings hosted a New York City press conference on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden to officially kickoff their upcoming battle at the legendary venue on Saturday April 25.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Let us, Bryant and me, entertain you on April 25th here in New York at Madison Square Garden…I see how Bryant Jennings acts. I see how he walks, I see how he shakes hands, I see how he speaks, he has the qualities of Rocky Balboa from Philadelphia.”
“Thank you to HBO. Eventually you believed in me. I’m back on your network and I’m happy about it.” (more…)
Chris Avalos is wiring in for his title fight, training at the Durango Boxing Club in Lancaster, CA, and sparring twice a week at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Avalos, 25-2, 19 KOs, is getting set to take on IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton in his hometown at the Odyessy Arena, Belfast, on February 28.
“Chris is ready to rock,” said his manager Mike Criscio. “I think Chris will dominate Frampton. Chris is very tough, strong, has a lot of pride and is hungry to win a world championship.”
Avalos, 25, has a record of 25-2, 19 KOs. Frampton is 19-0 with 13 KOs. (more…)
For the first time in its 12-year existence, Broadway Boxing heads north to the suburbs of Westchester County, NY, when DiBella Entertainment stages a February 20 card headlined by undefeated prospects Bryant “Pee-wee” Cruz (13-0, 7KO’s) and Frank “Notorious” Galarza (15-0-2, 9KO’s) in separate eight-round bouts at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Jr middleweight Galarza is set to square off against Michael Finney (12-1-1, 10 KOs), while jr lightweight Cruz faces an opponent to be named.
“This is going to be our first ever Broadway Boxing show in Westchester and we are truly excited about it,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “It allows us to expand the series into a new territory and reach an entirely new fan-base. We anticipate a terrific card from top to bottom and hope that this will be the first of many cards to come in the area.”
Tickets are priced at $100, $60 and $40.
Photos: Will Hart /Klitschko Management Group
IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and top rated challenger Bryant Jennings met for the first time this morning at the Empire State Building in New York City ahead of today’s Press Conference to announce their battle set for Saturday, April 25 at Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
Presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group in association with Gary Shaw Productions, tickets priced at $1000, $600, $300, $200 and $100 can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, www.TheGarden.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.
Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
High action contender Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera of San Antonio said “now the world will see what I am all about” when he makes his main event debut on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at the State Farm Arena on Saturday, Feb 7. Najera, a 15-0, 7 KOs, lightweight, will take on Robbie Cannon, 14-10-1, 6 KOs, of Missouri in an eight round bout. It will be Najera’s first time in a main event which will be televised nationally by UniMas.
“This is what working hard in the gym – and I sparred very hard rounds, over 60 of them – will mean for me when I go into the ring Saturday night. “Fighting in the main event is exciting for me and my team,” said Najera who was born and raised in San Antonio. “They call me Bam Bam. A lot of people think I took that name from Brandon Rios but I didn’t. I was a strong little kid while growing up and it was my parents who called me Bam Bam. I wore it on my trunks as an amateur. It just stuck with me,” Najera said. (more…)
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) is set to make its debut on Spike TV on Friday, March 13 from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. culminating with a welterweight showdown between hard-hitting Andre “The Beast” Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) and the always exciting Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs). The first TV fight of the evening will see the return of former welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-1, 15 KOs) facing off against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs).
Tickets for the live event priced at $150, $100, $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes are on sale now and are available for purchase at www.axs.com. The televised action on Spike TV begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and 6:00 p.m. PT in the arena!
By Peter Fury
Sparring began for real on Monday and it was great to see Tyson and Hughie get put through their paces by a number of quality heavyweights. For this particular camp we’ve got Kevin Johnson, the American heavyweight due to fight Anthony Joshua in April, as well as Marcin Rekowski, who is 15-1, and Sean ‘Sexy’ Turner from Dublin. It’s a nice mix of experience and youth. We’ve had Kevin twice in camp now and it’s always good to have him around. He’s a good lad, Kevin, and he’s the ultimate professional. He does his job properly. When he’s got the bit between his teeth and has a big fight coming up, you get good work out of him. He does what he needs to do and is ideal for what we need.
Not everybody is, though. The likes of Johnson come back to us because they like what they see, we’re fair with them and they want to return. The ones who don’t come back, however, are the ones who come over and don’t perform in sparring. They don’t give me what I want. Some of them come over and think they’re just getting an easy payday. They do the bare minimum and expect that to be enough. Then comes the reality check. We soon get rid of them. (more…)
Welterweight contender Amir Khan isn’t optimistic that the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will come to fruition.
“Honestly that fight will never happen in my opinion,” Khan told BT Sport. “I spoke to Manny Pacquiao and obviously we speak to Mayweather and his team, I can’t really see that fight happening. There’s too much politics in that fight. You have different promotion teams, you have different management teams, and I don’t think they’re gonna let that fight happen.”
If Mayweather-Pacquiao doesn’t happen, Khan could find himself in the ring against one of them next.
Team China Smith held a press conference at Lamborghini Sarasota to announce details of the upcoming Friday Night Fights event scheduled for April 3 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Florida. Jenah Victor of PerfectEnergySports.com, the title sponsor of the event, was on hand along with China “The Dragon” Smith, Aaron “Jedi” Jaco and promoter MarcAnthony Roman.
Heavyweight China Smith, who will be defending his WBF North American belt, noted how important it is for Team China to bring boxing back to Sarasota. “We will be making history by showcasing local talent and hosting two sanctioned title fights in one evening,” stated Smith. “We want to bring boxing back to our hometown and give back to the community at the same time.”
Aaron “Jedi” Jaco shared his enthusiasm for fighting for the WBF super middleweight title in his hometown after taking 6 years off. “This team takes care of the hometown fighters – I’m the oldest guy on the card and I’ve never felt so good and energized to be able to support and entertain the community at this event,” he said.
Promoter MarcAnthony Roman said there will be six fights on the card. 3,500 seats will be available at Robarts Arena. Platinum tickets are already sold out. VIP tickets are $50 and general admission tickets are $25.
IBF #12 rated lightweight Richard Commey (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Mikheil Avakyan (27-18-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Commey has been training at the Pro SW Gym in Loughton, Essex, UK, where he has been sparring with the likes of IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell.
Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) against Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) tops the bill, which also features welterweight Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs) against Anthony Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs), Dennis Ceylan (12-0-1, 6 KOs) against Cristian Montilla (6-3-1, 3 KOs) and rising Danish stars Abdul Khattab (9-0, 3 KOs) and Rashid Kassem (6-0, 3 KOs).
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