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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME J'Leon Love 167.5 vs. Porky Medina 168.6 Badou Jack 169.4 vs. Jason Escalera 169.2 Ronald Gavril 166 vs. Thomas Falowo 166 Venue: Palms ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs

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Boxing News

Michael Katsidis decisions Graham Earl in rematch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Ben Hohn

In a rematch of their classic 2007 war, former world champion Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ (30-6, 24 KOs) scored a less than classic one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Graham ‘The Duke of’ Earl (26-5, 12 KOs) in a light welterweight bout on Friday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Australia. Scores were 120-108, 120-109, 119-109 as Katsidis claimed the vacant WBU belt (German version). Earl came out of a five year retirement to take this bout.

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July 4th, 2014



UFC

TUF 19 Finale Main Card Fantasy Preview

Less than 24 hours after the action ends at UFC 175, The Ultimate Fighter season 19 finale will hit the Octagon, where two new winners from the long standing competition will be crowned, along with the five-round featherweight main event pitting Frankie Edgar against BJ Penn for the third time . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Coachella, Calif. fighter Randy Caballero braces for a title fight. More

Carl Frampton banking on Belfast crowd support for a victory over Kiko Martinez. More

Former Gloucester, England fighter Johnny Melfah, who took on Chris Eubank, is looking for help. More

Ricky Burns’ promoter says Scott Harrison might be an option: More



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Parker weighs in 15.4 pounds heavier than Minto

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

The weigh-in took place Friday for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between unbeaten Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.

Parker weighed in at 226.1 lbs., while Minto scaled in at 210.7 lbs. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds.

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July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Gomez-Paris collide July 25

Unbeaten junior welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (17-0, 13 KOs) will face his toughest challenge yet when he meets Vernon Paris (28-1, 16 KOs) on July 25 in the 10-round main event of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

In the co-feature, rising bantamweight star Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (25-0, 14 KOs) is featured in a 10-round battle against an opponent to be determined. As a special treat for fans in attendance, Ivan’s older brother, the legendary Erik “El Terrible” Morales, will meet and greet fans throughout the evenings.



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

The Ultimate Fighter 20 Cast Revealed!

For the first time in history, the new season of The Ultimate Fighter® will feature an all-female cast and will have a UFC® championship title on the line. The storied reality series will feature a women’s 115-pound tournament to determine the first ever UFC® women’s strawweight champion. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 2-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, will serve as coaches and meet in a championship showdown of their own at the conclusion of the season . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Brian Viloria workout

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Three-time world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria works out for his upcoming 10-round feature fight against Jose Alfredo Zuniga of Mexico at the Wild Card Boxing Club.

Viloria will be a featured fight on the “Champions of Gold” card with the main event return of two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, PS4, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, Champions of Gold will take place Saturday, July 19. photos



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fury: Chisora will be like a bug on windscreen

Tyson Fury is pushing himself to the physical limits as he prepares for his showdown with rival Dereck Chisora on July 26 at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester. The Manchester giant has been pushing a three and half ton tractor at his Bolton training camp to build up his strength and power to meet Chisora head-on in the biggest heavyweight grudge match in recent years. Fury, 25, who inflicted the first defeat to Chisora’s record in July 2011, is not taking any for granted this time around and is preparing even harder with so much on the line in the crucial rematch. The winner will get the WBO number one spot to challenge reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko, plus Chisora’s European title and the Vacant British title are both up for grabs. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

Outside the Octagon: Rousey Brings Women to New Heights

“Grapple Girl” nearly got it right. “The sport is growing by leaps and bounds,” Michelle “Grapple Girl” Farrow once told me, referring to the topic of women’s MMA. “It is starting to get more recognition all the time. Most shows are trying to have a women’s fight on their card. I think that within the next five years it will be accepted almost as much as the men.” . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

WBO orders Quillin-Korobov clash

The WBO has sent a letter to Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank ordering the rival promotional firms to begin negotiating a fight between WBO middleweight championship Peter Quillin and mandatory challenger Matt Korobov. If an accord is not reached within 30 days, a purse bid will be ordered. If it goes to purse bid, the minimum acceptable bid for the middleweight division is $200,000. Either party may call for a purse bid at any time during the negotiation process.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy Returns to the Barclays on Aug 9

By Jerry Glick
Photos: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy

The presser for Golden Boy’s exciting show scheduled for August ninth at Brooklyn, New York’s sports centerpiece, the Barclays Center, and will be broadcast on ShowTime, was held at the fight venue with an exuberant Oscar De La Hoya introducing the headliners to the media. On hand were Sadam Ali, Daniel Jacobs, Danny Garcia (along with trainer/father Angel), Edgar Santana, and Lamont Peterson, among others.

Headliner, Danny Garcia, who will defend his unified 140 pound titles against Rod Salka in the main event, handles adversity as well as he handles good news. In his last fight against tough Southern California challenger, Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico Garcia had a close call winning by a majority decision. He took that less than stellar performance well, “I thought it was a good fight. It wasn’t my best performance and the guy came to fight. He had a good game plan. I was in shape, but every fight can’t be pretty. Every fight can’t be a Lucas Matthysse fight because styles make fights.” (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fielding: Weight issue is behind me

Super middleweight Rocky Fielding insists his that making weight will not be a problem ahead of his WBA Inter-Continental title clash with Noe Gonzalez Alcoba at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12. Fielding failed to make the weight for his Commonwealth title battle with Charles Adamu in March, and the 26 year old says the first thing he did after the fight was address those issues.

“The last fight there were a few things that didn’t go my way,” said Fielding. “I changed my diet around, my hand went in sparring in the build-up and I had a change of opponent more than once, so it was a tough, but I’ve got no excuses. I had two weeks off after the fight and I sat down with James Morton who is Liverpool Football Club’s nutritionist and I am working with him and with a company called MealTek on my food so I am right on track – the weight is coming off correctly and I am eating well. I have a good opponent and plenty of notice for the fight so that has given me great focus and hopefully it will show on the night that knuckling down and doing the weight properly will improve my performance.”



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

‘The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned’ Cast Revealed

For the first time in history, the new season of The Ultimate Fighter® will feature an all-female cast and will have a UFC® championship title on the line. The storied reality series will feature a women’s 115-pound tournament to determine the first ever UFC® women’s strawweight champion. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 2-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, will serve as coaches and meet in a championship showdown of their own at the conclusion of the season. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Nick Casal comeback fight set for Aug 15

By Bob Caico

Hard luck Niagara Falls welterweight Nick “Hands of Gold’ Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) hopes three times is a charm as he is scheduled to fight in the co-main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on August 15th at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. He will take on Francisco Santana (20-3-1, 9 KOs) of Santa Barbara, California baring any unforeseen misfortune.

In June of 2012, in a gutless attack Casal suffered severe head wounds that caused the cancellation of his ESPN2 light welterweight bout against Ruslan Provodnikov. This past February Nick was to fight in his hometown but two opponents both failed pre fight physicals at the last moment and he was again denied his return to the ring. Now after an almost three year layoff, Casal hopes to secure a win over a tough opponent and finally get chance to prove that he is a worthy title contender.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Jeff Lacy to face WBC #3 Humberto Savigne

WBC #3 light heavyweight contender Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) will battle former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) next Thursday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida and live on FOX Sports 1. Promoter Mike Tyson claims former Cuban national team member Savigne can beat both Sergev Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson. The bout is the co-featured attraction to the IBF super featherweight title rematch between Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez and Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy. The TV-opener is welterweight prospect Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin clashing with Mexican veteran Noe “Platanito” Bolanos.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Christodoulou to ref Chagaev-Oquendo clash

68-year-old South African Stanley Christodoulou will be the referee for the WBA heavyweight championship fight between Fres Oquendo and Ruslan Chagaev on Sunday at the 30,000-seat Ahmat Arena in Grozny, Russia. Judges will be Panamanians Guillermo Perez Pineda and Alex Marin, along with Nicaraguan Jarquin Gustavo. WBA supervisor will be Renzo Bagnariol.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Opponent named for Subway boxer Mike Lee

Popular Chicago native and Notre Dame graduate Mike Lee’s opponent has been announced for his July 25 ring return to the Windy City’s UIC Pavilion. Scheduled to open the night’s ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast in a light heavyweight six-rounder, Lee (12-0, 7 KOs) will face Paul Gonsalves (7-3, 3 KOs). Lee has been featured as a boxer in a nationwide ad campaign for the Subway sandwich chain.

The card will also feature rejuvenated welterweight contender Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) taking on Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) in the night’s 10-round main event; as well as a 10-round middleweight co-feature between USBA Middleweight Champion and WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) and Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-6, 26 KOs).



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

McMann vs. Murphy set for Maine

Former world title challenger Sara McMann returns to the Octagon on August 16 to face unbeaten newcomer Lauren Murphy in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Bangor, Maine . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs still eyes showdown with Wladimir Klitschko

Photo: HD Boxing

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) is fresh off of his dominating unanimous decision victory over formerly world ranked Raphael Zumbano Love (34-8-1, 27 KOs) of Brazil. Briggs went a complete 12 rounds for the first time since his launching his comeback. The special feature attraction took place at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with HD Boxing promoting. The bout was for the vacant NABA heavyweight title. Fightnews caught up with Briggs at his home in South Florida. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Prelim Fantasy Preview

When UFC 175 lands in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the main card will get a lot of attention, but the preliminary portion of the show has a number of good fights as well, including former WEC champion Urijah Faber headlining the show against former Ultimate Fighter hopeful Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Inside the Mayweather Gym

Photos & Text: Mary Ann Owen

Look who was training on Wednesday at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Middleweight Sena Agbeko (15-1, 14 KOs) is living in Vegas no. His trainer is Rafael Ramos. Sena is the younger (22 year old) brother of Joseph Agbeko. His promoter is Banner Promotions. Sena told me that he is looking forward in fighting in the USA. Most of his fights were in Ghana and with only one in the USA, which was his last fight in the Boxcino Tournament which unfortunately he lost to Raymond Gatica in the fourth round by TKO. Sena told me he blames himself for leaving the fight in the gym, he did not give himself time for recovery. Sena is 6’1 and very strong . Will he shake up the 160 lb weight divison, it will be interesting to see what he does.

Bantamweight Alex “Beaver” Santiago, 23 yrs old, record 23-3, 7 KOs, is training at Mayweather gym for his up and coming fight with Emmanuel Rodriquez for the WBO Latino championship on August 2 in Puerto Rico. It will be televised on Direct TV. Santiago is from Arizona and fights for Iron Boy Promotions. photos



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Ricky Hatton headed down under

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will be at ringside at the Moree Town Hall, Moree, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday when London Olympian, Cameron ” The Hammer” Hammond (9-0) will clash with Alfredo Blanco (11-1) over ten rounds with the WBA Oceania welterweight title up for grabs. Also in attendance will be international matchmaker for Hatton Promotional Group, Phillipe Fondu. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis, Earl make weight for rematch

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Former world champion Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ and Graham ‘The Duke of’ Earl made the light-welterweight limit ahead of their WBU world title bout on Friday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Australia.

At their weigh-in face-off, Earl and Katsidis were separated by two security guards after their press conference scuffle yesterday.

The fight is a rematch of their classic 2007 war in London, which was won by Katsidis.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Brian Minto has raised concerns about the referee chosen for his fight with Kiwi Joseph Parker. More

Paul Butler will relinquish the belt he just won a month ago. More

Carl Frampton warns Kiko Martinez ahead of their fight Sept. 6. More

Boxing promoter Barry Hughes gets a prison term reduced to a fine. More



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Farenas TKOs Davis in IBF eliminator

In an IBF world title eliminator, former super featherweight world title challenger Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (38-4-4, 30 KOs) scored an impressive eight round TKO over previously undefeated jr. lightweight Mark “Too Sharp” Davis (18-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Farenas cut Davis over the right eye with a punch in round one. The Filipino continued the attack in round two landing some big shots. Farenas continued to bring the power against Davis’ speedy flurries. Farenas staggered Davis in round five and connected with a number brutal shots in round six. After a close look by the ring doctor, Davis was allowed to come out for round seven and managed to stay on the ouside and avoid taking any big shots. Referee Steve Smoger waved it off in round eight after Farenas sent Davis reeling into a corner. Time was :59. Farenas will now be rated #2 in the IBF.

Now fighting in the jr. lightweight division, former IBF featherweight titlist Billy “The Kid” Dib (37-3, 21 KOs) outworked former featherweight world title challenger Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-8-1, 21 KOs) over ten competitive rounds. Dib pulled away to a 98-91, 96-93, 96-93 win. Garza was deducted a point for holding in round six. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya discusses the Golden Boy Shakeup

By Jerry Glick
Photo: David Doonan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Golden Boy will return to the Barclays Center on August 9th with a show featuring three world title fights plus a deep undercard. Unified super-lightweight champion, the unbeaten Danny “Swift” Garcia, will defend against tough “Lightning” Rod Salka, IBF junior-welterweight belt holder Lamont Peterson will defend against veteran New Yorker Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs will face Australia’s Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher for the vacant WBA world middleweight title. Also competing on this well stocked show will be Lamont’s brother Anthony Peterson, “The World Kid” Sadam Ali, and hot prospect Zachary Ochoa.

Golden Boy head man Oscar De La Hoya manned the lectern alone, without his longtime former CEO Richard Schaefer. The two, who have banged heads recently, parted company a few weeks ago, followed by a purge of executives supposedly loyal to Schaefer, just days ago.

This reporter had the opportunity to talk to De La Hoya at a press conference held at the venue and I asked about the recent shakeup at his promotional company. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Walters: I’m challenging you, Nonito. The Axman is going to chop you down.

Courtesy of Premium Boxing Promotion

Courtesy of Premium Boxing Promotion


By Robert Coster

One of those present at the XXIX WBA KO to Drugs card in Santo Domingo was WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs). “I wanted to show my support to the WBA and for the worthy cause it defends,” said Walters, “and I cannot forget that I won my title in a KO to Drugs card held in Jamaica.” The Jamaican-born, Panama-based champion was gracious enough to take time to sit down with Fightnews. Flanked by his manager Jacques Deschamps, Walters issued a challenge to Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Airtight Boxing Presents ‘So You Wanna Fight?’

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing

Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas and Airtight Boxing are back with another show to be held on Friday, July 25th at the Salon Madrid in Commerce City, Colorado. This card is entitled ‘So you wanna fight?’ in tribute to Mestas’ old trainer and trainer of Steve ‘Lil But Bad’ Johnston, Scott Audrey. After winning a tough man contest, Audrey gave the trophy to Mestas. It said ‘So you wanna fight?’. “I always remember that, it was so cool to me, so I wanted to name the card after it,” said Mestas.

The main event should be a tough match up as once beaten welterweight Raul ‘Chino’ Carrillo, 13-1, 7KOs, from Longmont’s Ghost Town Gladiators will take on House of Pain’s Carlos ‘El Gallo’ Sanchez, 6-6, 2KOs, but there’s a catch. This fight will be fought at the middleweight limit. This will even the playing field a bit for Sanchez and should make for an interesting fight. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

UFC

Lyoto Machida: His Own Fighter

You know the answer before the question is even asked, but you ask Lyoto Machida anyway, wondering if he thinks about the possibility of becoming only the third man in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes if he defeats middleweight champion Chris Weidman this Saturday in the UFC 175 main event . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

200th ShoBox episode lands at Turning Stone

The parade of high-profile nationally televised boxing events will continue at Turning Stone Resort Casino, when Showtime produces the landmark 200th episode of “SHOBOX – The New Generation,” on July 25 in the resort’s Event Center. This will also mark Turning Stone’s 12th nationally televised boxing event in less than two years, helping establish the resort as a mecca for world-class televised fights. The July 25 event will be headlined by a 10-round main event in the middleweight division, as Antoine “Action” Douglas (14-0) returns to Turning Stone to face Michel Soro (23-1, 13 KOs) for the WBA International belt. In the co-main event, the WBC Fecarbox super middleweight title will be on the line, as knockout artist Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KOs) of Bowie, MD squares off against Vilier Quinonez (8-0, 5 KOs) in a bout set for eight rounds.

The SHOBOX telecast will also feature two additional bouts. Junior middleweights will tangle in a matchup set for eight rounds, as John Thompson (14-1, 5 KOs) meets Steve Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs) and welterweights will collide in an eight-rounder, when undefeated Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs) takes on Chris van Heerden (21-1-1, 11 KOs) of South Africa. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo, Lara Teleconference Quick Quotes

Former WBA/WBC super welterweight champion Canelo Alvarez and current WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara hosted an international media conference call to discuss their PPV showdown taking place July 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez: I pick the most dangerous fighters that will give the best fights, because at the end of the day I fight for the fans…This is real and very personal. He offended me and Mexican boxing so this is very personal.

[About not fighting for Lara's 154lb WBA title] He has an interim title. This fight isn’t about a title. It’s about pride & honor.

Erislandy Lara: We’ve been asking for this fight against Canelo for 2 years! That’s why we pressured him everywhere…I’m focused on Canelo, it doesn’t matter who I’ve faced in the past. What’s important now is that our styles mesh well…I saw the Canelo-Angulo fight, it was nothing special. My main focus is dominating Alvarez on July 12.



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Butler vacates IBF bantamweight belt, returns to super flyweight division

Paul Butler will relinquish his IBF World Bantamweight title and return to the super-flyweight division as he aims to become Britain’s first boxer to win a second world title at a lighter weight in over a century. The Ellesmere Port ace took the title from Stuart Hall last month in Newcastle, and now looks to join British legend Bob Fitzsimmons, who won the world title at heavyweight and then at light-heavyweight.

Although sad to give up his world title belt, undefeated Butler, who won the world title in only his 16th fight – the quickest ever by an English boxer – is excited at the prospect of carving out a piece of modern boxing history in his quest to become a British great. “It’s a beautiful belt and it’s hard to relinquish it seeing as it’s the first world title that I’ve won, but I knew that it was always going to be the case if I won it I’d have to return it and go back to down to super-flyweight,” said Butler. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

UFC

UFC Ultimate Media Day to be broadcast LIVE on UFC Fight Pass tomorrow

For the first time ever, the UFC’s digital streaming service UFC® FIGHT PASS™ will broadcast UFC’s Ultimate Media Day live from Las Vegas ahead of the star-studded weekend of fights at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Hosted by Karyn Bryant, with UFC analysts Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz, the exclusive coverage begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT. Click HERE for the link to the broadcast (subscription required). (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Lucas Browne to face unbeaten Andriy Rudenko

Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (20-0, 18 KOs) will take on unbeaten Ukrainian puncher Andriy Rudenko (24-0, 16 KOs) at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on August 1. The heavyweight pair will contest the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title as well as Browne’s WBC EPBC crown. Rudenko, promoted by the Klitschko brothers’ K2 Ukraine, is arguably Browne’s toughest test to date. For Browne, the fight presents an opportunity to press further towards a world title fight. The heavy handed Aussie is ranked in the top ten by the WBC and IBF and currently placed at number 12 by the WBA.

“I’ve never seen Rudenko, but if the Klitschko’s believe in him then he must be a good fighter,” Browne said. “This is the sort of the opponent I need now. I want to fight for a world title in the next 12 months and to get a shot you’ve got to beat these kinds of guys. “He’s got 16 knockouts so he can obviously crack, but I’m not worried. I can take a shot and I know if I catch any heavyweight on the chin, he’s going to sleep.” (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez media work out

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

For the second time in his career former WBA and WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KO) has entrenched himself in the hills of Del Mar, California, just north of San Diego to get ready for battle. The first time last March he was making his return trip to the ring after losing a lopsided twelve-round decision to the considered pound for pound king of the sport Floyd Mayweather Jr. In that comeback fight Alvarez took care in a dominating fashion of fellow Mexican Alfredo “Perro” Angulo in ten rounds. The bout held in Las Vegas was the first of a promised three this year by Alvarez of Guadalajara, Mexico, of Pay-Per-View caliber. His next on Saturday, July 12th, will be against Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KO) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and distributed live by Showtime PPV. The event billed as “Honor and Glory” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

Just like in his fight with Angulo earlier this year, Team Canelo, including trainers Chepo and Eddie Reynoso, brother Ricardo Alvarez, a number of hanger-ons as well as promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy matchmaking duo of Eric Gomez and Roberto Diaz, took over the House of Boxing Training Center located about twenty miles south of Del Mar to meet with the assembled media and put on display the improvements that Alvarez mentioned he had been working on. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014




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