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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8 (IBF middleweight eliminator) Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6 Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher ...

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted ...

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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Statement from the Goossen Family: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications ...

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Report/photos by Bob Ryder Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win ...

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Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Photo: Sebastian Heger WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Paul Smith (35-4, 20 ...

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Weights from Santa Monica

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

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Boxing News

Kovalev delivers KO ratings

HBO Boxing delivered again in the ratings Saturday night with a live Boxing After Dark tripleheader.

Per Nielsen Media Research, 175-pound title-holder Sergey Kovalev’s second round TKO of Blake Caparello on Saturday night in Atlantic City produced the eighth top performing live bout on cable TV this year. 990,000 viewers tuned in for the live, first-time airing on HBO. The audience peaked at 1,052,000 viewers.

Kovalev, who is signed to fight fellow title-holder and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins in early November in a blockbuster light heavyweight unification showdown on HBO, last fought in March when he headlined a card from Atlantic City. In the main event on March 29, Kovalev’s win over Cedric Agnew registered 1,006,000 viewers on HBO, making it the sixth most watched fight of the season. In the middle bout of a tripleheader on Aug. 2, Kovalev registered essentially the same viewership.

All of the top ten fights televised live on cable TV this year have aired on HBO.



August 5th, 2014



UFC

Tickets on sale this Friday for Jones vs. Cormier at UFC 178 in Las Vegas

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones looks to extend his historic reign over the talented 205-pound division Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when he takes on bitter rival and No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier. Jones will look to make his record eighth light heavyweight title defense against the two-time U.S. Olympian Cormier. (more…)



August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Ortega-Cruz update

All Star Boxing, Tuto Zabala Jr and Deportes Telemundo closes the summer edition of their successful series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford this Friday, August 8, 2014 at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City with a boxing classic Mexico vs Puerto Rico.

In a clash of young upcoming prospects Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (14-1-10 KOs) of Torreon Coahuila, Mexico faces undefeated Daniel Rosario Cruz (8-0-7 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a bout schedule for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latin Welterweight Title at stake. Rosario is trained by Evangelista Cotto. “This is a great match up between two upcoming welterweight prospects, it will be an all out war, when you have two young warriors from Mexico and Puerto Rico the results are guaranteed” said Zabala.

First bell at 8:00 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network will televise the main event live at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Salon Jose Cuervo (Lago Andromaco #17, esq. Moliere, Ampliacion Granada, Mexico DF, Tel: 53259000 or at ticketmaster.com.mx. Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.



August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Salka: No win situation vs. nothing to lose

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: John DiSanto

When Danny Garcia and Rod Salka face off Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, they couldn’t be in more diverse positions. One fighter doesn’t figure to win, even though he’s almost guaranteed a victory. The other isn’t given a snowball’s chance in the fight, but should find himself in a better position, no matter how bad he may lose.

Since it was announced, the fight, which will be televised live on Showtime, has gone through quite a few growing pains. What was originally scheduled as a 12-round junior welterweight world title fight, was rejected for sanction by the WBA and WBC, shrunken to 10 rounds, and then bloated to a 142-pound catch-weight bout. To say that this fight has had a rocky road would be an understatement.

“To me, it doesn’t really matter if this is a title fight or not,” Garcia said. “It’s my show. I’m going to put on a great performance. I’m going to go out there and give the fans a great fight. So don’t worry about it not being a title fight because it’s still a fight.” (more…)



August 5th, 2014

UFC

Chas Skelly: The Scrapper Heads to Tulsa

Throughout the history of combat sports, different regions have been known to produce a certain type of fighter. Industrial footholds churn out gritty, blue-collar types, while fighters from coastal areas seem to possess a particular brand of finesse. While there are exceptions to every archetype, the rule has usually remained consistent . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Lozano-Vidal in Telemundo tourney final Oct 3

The Fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford will kick off on October 3rd. In the main event, local favorite Daniel Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) will meet Jonathan Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the WBO Latino super flyweight title. The Location will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions and Pier 6. (more…)



August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Quigg meets Ambunda in WBA defense on Sept 13

Scott Quigg will defend his WBA world super bantamweight title against former world champion Paulus Ambunda in Manchester at the Phones 4u Arena on September 13. Quigg defends the title for the third time against the current WBA and IBF International super bantamweight champion who claimed those titles in May in his first fight at 122lbs since stepping up from bantamweight where he won the WBO world title in March 2013.

Akso, lightweight Anthony Crolla takes on former world champion Gamaliel Diaz, Scotty Cardle takes on Kirk Goddings in a British title final eliminator. Sam Eggington will face Denton Vassell in a British Welterweight title eliminator with Sam Hyde, Gamal Yafai, Jack Massey and Liam Hanrahan all set for action.



August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson Update

Still no opponent for WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, who will return on September 27 in a Showtime-televised bout from Montreal. However, regardless to who ends up in the other corner, Stevenson is already making long term plans. “Next fight after September 27 is a unification for the WBA title against Juergen Braehmer in December or January,” said Stevenson Monday on his Facebook page. “After this fight, I’ll take the winner between Hopkins and Kovalev.”



August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former European champion Jamie Moore was the victim of a shooting. More

The Huffington Post reports on Daniel Jacobs and his bout with cancer. More

Michael Farenas ordered to defend against Diego Magdaleno. More

Amir Khan talks Mayweather and Pacquiao. More



August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Rod Salka

By Matt Thompson
Photo: Showtime

After the conclusion of his camp to prepare for 140 kingpin Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0) this Saturday on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3) sat down with Fightnews for an exclusive Q&A.

How have you prepared for your major fight this Saturday in Brooklyn versus undefeated Ring Magazine, WBC and WBA 140 pound champion Danny Garcia?

I have had a great 8 week camp in California, Pennsylvania. Many miles of roadwork throughout the hills here and several solid sparring partners have prepared me to be in the best shape of my career. The watchful eye of my trainers Buzz Garnic and Paul Spadafora have not only sharpened me physically, but their tutelage has also kept me mentally sharp, too. (more…)



August 5th, 2014

Boxing News

WBO orders Rigondeaux-Avalos

The WBO has given the camps of WBA/WBO super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBO #1 rated Chris Avalos 30 days to negotiate Rigondeaux’s next defense of the WBO belt. If no deal is reached, a purse bid will be ordered. Minimum acceptable bid is $100,000. Rigondeaux is coming off a first round KO of Sod Kokietgym on July 19 in Macao.



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Ali Raymi takes aim at Hekkie Budler

By Robert Coster

Unbeaten record-setting boxer Ali Raymi, currently rated #7 by the WBO, says there is a big money offer on the table if WBA/IBO strawweight champion Hekkie “The Hex-ecutioner” Budler will face him in Yemen. Raymi had the following message for Budler’s trainer Colin Nathan:

“Budler gets $100,000 to fight me in Yemen,” said Raymi. “The sponsor offer in Yemen pays better than in South Africa or Monte Carlo, so it’s good for me and Budler. I am the only name that can get Budler a big fight. If somehow you have a better venue that you prefer I will still KO him anywhere you want. It’s better in Yemen so he can blame the loss on being far away from home. (more…)



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Main Events drops Stevenson-Kovalev lawsuit

Having achieved its goal of making a light heavyweight unification fight for Sergey Kovalev, Main Events filed paperwork in the Southern District of New York today formally dropping their lawsuit against Groupe Yvon Michel, Inc., Yvon Michel, Adonis Stevenson, Al Haymon, Showtime, Golden Boy Promotions, Inc., and Richard Schaefer. With the announcement of the upcoming unification bout between WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) and WBA/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), Main Events succeeded in obtaining the result it sought for Kovalev.

Main Events filed the lawsuit in April after Groupe Yvon Michel and Stevenson failed to honor an agreement for a scheduled bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs). Now that Kovalev is scheduled for a unification bout with Hopkins, Main Events decided to drop the suit without prejudice, retaining the right to reinstate the litigation in the event the fight between Hopkins and Kovalev does not proceed as scheduled. (more…)



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis targets Diaz, Rios, Mathews

Former world champion and current WBU junior welterweight champion Michael Katsidis “The Great”, is once again ready to take on the world. Fresh off his 12 round victory over long time rival Graham Earl for the WBU crown, his second fight back after a brief break from the sport, Katsidis is eyeing off potential match ups with Englishman Derry Mathews, former lightweight champ and foe Juan Diaz and hard hitting warrior Brandon Rios. (more…)



August 4th, 2014

UFC

Carlos Juarez Joins UFC as Vice President of Spanish Language Production

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Carlos Juarez has joined the company as Vice President, Spanish Language Production. In his role, Juarez will oversee all Spanish-language productions and direct overall content execution from inception to delivery. He will also be responsible for all domestic and international studio television and digital production, as well as live and taped Pay-Per-View and television shows. (more…)



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Randall Bailey: I’ll Fight Alfonzo Gomez for Free!

Former two-time world champion Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) is having trouble finding opponents. “I hit too hard for most guys to take the risk,” admits the 39-year-old Bailey. “If I get a fight, it’s because there’s no way around it. They have to fight me. Nobody is picking me. Nobody says ‘you know what? I want to fight someone tough.’ If it’s not a mandatory and they can get around me, they all do.”

“I always get the runaround,” continued Bailey. “I sent an offer to a promoter the other day and they basically told me they don’t want to match me with their guy and because I’ll beat him and they’re trying to make their money back they put into him. Or I get a fight and they shut the show down. I had a fight scheduled for June 7. They tried to get out of it, but the IBF made them take the fight. So, then they went all the way up to the week of the event and canceled it. Then they rescheduled the event and didn’t put me on the show. My fight disappeared somehow.” (more…)



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins-Kovalev officially announced

The IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight titles are all on the line when Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins takes on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev meet in November at an East Coast venue to be named. Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events officially announced the fight today. Hopkins, incredibly just two months short of his 50th birthday, will be seeking to add the WBO light heavyweight belt to his collection of IBF and WBA belts. Kovalev, who burst on the scene just a year ago, has never lost a fight and has won 23 of his 25 victories by knockout.

“Everything I do at this point in my career affects my legacy,” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) said. “I’ve set and broken many records, but becoming the oldest undisputed light heavyweight world champion is the goal and Kovalev stands in the way of that goal. He’s another young, hungry fighter and just like the ones that came before him, he will leave the ring beltless.”

“I respect Bernard Hopkins for taking this fight,” said the 31-year-old Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs). “When I came to America, it was dream to fight the best and now I am fighting, I have my chance. He says he is alien. He punch, I punch, then we see who is gonna go to Mars.” (more…)



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Late results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Last night at the famed Tijuana Palenque, Round 13 Promotions along with Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presented a lively club-level fight card with live music, ten professional fights and started it off with ten amateur fights focusing on the growing female boxing contingent in the city. Out of the ten amateur fights presented, five were between young women and out of the ten pro bouts, the main event featured local fighting teenager Tania Enriquez (4-0, 2KO) as she quickly stopped over matched first timer Ana “Kika” Perez (0-1) both of Tijuana in the first round of a scheduled flyweight four.

After an impressive forty-fight amateur career, Enriquez went pro late last year with a first round knock out of Dulce Galaviz. Six months later Enriquez came back to go four round to earn a unanimous decision over the experienced Diana “Mamba Negra” Gonzalez and in June had an easier time beating Gonzalez again in Ensenada. (more…)



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Zeuge to face Barakat

Unbeaten super middleweight prospect Tyron Zeuge (14-0, 8 KOs) will vacate his WBO Youth title in order to challenge for the vacant IBF International belt against journeyman Baker Barakat (40-16-4, 27 KOs) on August 16 at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany. “Barakat is a very experienced boxer,” said Zeuge’s coach Karsten Roewer. “He has beaten Khoren Gevor, who had challenged Arthur Abraham and Felix Sturm in world championship fights. This will be a good test for Tyron.”

Topping the bill will be the IBF world cruiserweight championship clash between Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Firat Arslan.



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxers invade Coney Island

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Junior welterweight contender Edgar Santana, undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali, middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs, undefeated light heavyweight and 2012 U.S.Olympian Marcus Browne, former two-division world champion/Showtime sports analyst Pauli Malignaggi and undefeated super lightweight prospect Zachary Ochoa participated in an autograph session on Sunday at the famous Coney Island in New York.

This Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Santana will challenge IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson and Jacobs will face Jarrod Fletcher for the vacant WBA middleweight world title as part of a Showtime tripleheader. Ali faces Jeremy Bryan, Browne will face Paul Vazquez and Ochoa will face Luis Cervantes on the undercard.

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August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: WBO #9 light heavyweight Robert Berridge

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Berridge

WBO #9, WBA #12 light heavyweight Robert” The Butcher” Berridge (24-1, 20 KOs) talks to Fightnews to say he is looking forward to making his American debut on August 9 against Vasily Lepkhin (15-0, 8 KOs) at the Sands Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The bout will be televised in the U.S. on the NBC Sports Network.

You are scheduled to make USA debut when you clash with unbeaten Russian, Vasily Lepikhin on Saturday. Have you watched tapes of him? Is he a dangerous opponent? Are you confident of victory?

I have to be honest, I usually don’t study my opponents videos. I may see their videos once or twice but that is do that I can put a face to my next opponent. Every unbeaten opponent is a dangerous opponent. I have trained hard and I’m ready to leave a mark on the USA fight scene. (more…)



August 4th, 2014

UFC

Ben Kenney’s Fab Five

Ben Kenney has spent his entire life playing music.

Over the past two decades, the New Jersey native has forged a versatile arsenal of skills that has taken him from his early days in Race Car, to an acclaimed stretch with Philadelphia’s musical institution The Roots, to behind the bass guitar for the multi-platinum modern rock staple Incubus. Kenney’s musical talents have taken him around the world and back ten times over, and while chords, beats, and harmonies are his first love, he’s always held a special place for mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Rios-Chaves DQ: You could see it coming

By Graham Houston

There are fouls that are so blatant that a disqualification is not only warranted but indeed is the only sensible recourse for a referee — think of Andrew Golota’s low-blow barrages in the two fights with Riddick Bowe or Mike Tyson’s ear-biting against Evander Holyfield. Other DQs come into the “grey area” category. Still others have you thinking: “What was that all about?”

Brandon Rios’s DQ win in the ninth round against Diego Chaves in Las Vegas on Saturday had elements of all of the above.

The disqualification at that particular juncture was puzzling, to me and I am sure to many others, because there seemed no obvious foul when referee Vic Drakulich waved his arms in the “fight’s over” gesture. (more…)



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former boxer James Stokes talks about finding himself homeless. More

There’s “fire in my belly,” says Alabama’s Keith Thompson about fighting New Zealander Joseph Parker. More

Melbourne, Australian Blake Caparello talks loss to Sergey Kovalev. More

Speaking of Kovalev, Sergey talks of meeting Bernard Hopkins. More



August 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Kaneko stops Filipino Espino

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Having dropped unbeaten WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama despite a defeat on points in a quest for the belt last December, highly expected super-feather Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14 KOs) showed his strength in halting a game Filipino Cirilo Espino (19-14-3, 12 KOs) at 1:10 of the fourth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko, an upright stylist, sank the shorter infighter on the deck with a well-timed right uppercut midway in round three, though the Filipino beat the count and resumed fighting positively. In the fatal fourth Kaneko’s overhand right connected with the optic of Espino, who claimed that his vision wasn’t clear and complete. The ref declared a halt to save the quitter from further punishment. (more…)



August 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Koseki, Shibata keep WBC, IBF female belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBC female 102-pound champ Momo Koseki (19-2-1, 6 KOs) kept her belt for the fourteenth time as she halted WBC#2 Denise Castle (2-1, 2 KOs) of UK at 2:09 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a very lopsided contest as all the officials had identically tallied 70-63 prior to a well-received stoppage by the referee Fukuchi, who saw the British girl unfit to go on due to her too much absorption of punishment by the Japanese southpaw champ. Koseki, reigning for six years, registered the most number of defenses as world titlist, surpassing ex-WBA 108-pound ruler Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen defenses, though they couldn’t be compared actually in terms of the quality of opposition. (more…)



August 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Malignaggi/Garcia-Salka undercard Meet & Greet

Today at the Brooklyn Nets’ Store on Coney Island, former two-division world champion and current Showtime sports analyst Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi will join “Garcia vs. Salka” fighters Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, Edgar “El Camacho” Santana, Sadam “World Kid” Ali, Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa and “Sir” Marcus Browne to greet fans and sign autographs before their respective fights on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Schedule:
2 p.m. ET – Edgar Santana, Sadam Ali & Zachary Ochoa
3 p.m. ET – Daniel Jacobs, Marcus Browne & Paulie Malignaggi



August 3rd, 2014

UFC

Cathal Pendred: Reflections on Dublin

“There’s not many things in life that are perfect, but that pretty much was the perfect debut,” says Cathal Pendred, shortly after winning his UFC debut in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion in front of a rabid crowd inside the O2 Arena in Dublin . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Rios wins when Drakulich DQs Chaves

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

A very brutal and exciting welterweight clash between former world champions Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) and Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) was cut short when when referee Vic Drakulich disqualified Chaves in round nine on Saturday night in front of 2,000 inside the sold out new “Chelsea” venue at the luxurious Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. As advertised, both fighters went right at each other. By round three, Rios seemed to have the upper hand pressuring Chaves backward but the rounds were close and hard fought. Referee Drakulich played a major role by deducting a point from Chaves for holding at the end of round three, taking a point from Rios for wrestling Chaves to the ground in round five, taking another point from Chaves for putting his glove in Rios’ face during a break in round eight, and ultimately disqualifying Chaves in round nine, apparently for holding. Time was 1:26.

At the time of the stoppage, the entertaining slugfest was still in the balance. Chaves was ahead 75-74 on two cards, Rios was ahead 75-74 on the third card.

“This is not the way I wanted to win,” said Rios afterward. “I’m not happy with the way it went.”

“I think it was unjustified the way I was disqualified,” stated Chaves. “This is a disgrace what they did to me.” photos



August 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Thompson beats Aguelo in WBC eliminator

In a fight billed as a WBC super featherweight eliminator, WBC #2 rated local favorite Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over unrated Filipino Adones “Yamagata” Aguelo (21-10-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Nachan Kaan in Chetumal, Mexico. Thompson dropped Aguelo at the end of round six with a big right hand en route to a 96-93, 97-92, 96-93 verdict on the scoercards.



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev annihilates Caparello; Hopkins is next

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events

In the latest in a string of exciting stoppage victories, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev rose from a first round knockdown to stop unbeaten Blake Caparello in the second round Saturday night at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) dropped Caparello with a painful body shot in the second round that almost left the Aussie on the canvas permanently. Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KOs) rose grimacing but was soon knocked down twice more; once to a knee after taking a right in the corner and, finally, halfway through the ropes after taking a combination before the fight was called off at the 1:47 mark. (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Vargas retains WBA 140lb belt

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Anton Novikov (29-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 2,000 inside the sold out new “Chelsea” venue at the luxurious Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Vargas started well, but Novikov upped his workrate and the pressure bothered Vargas. It was a very tough, gritty fight after that. In the end, the hometown favorite won by surprisingly wide scores of 118-111, 118-111, 117-111.

Unbeaten middleweight Shane Mosley Jr (2-0, 2 KOs) made quick work of Jerome Jones (1-1-1, 1 KO), finishing him in the first round. (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Aftermath of Klitschko-Briggs restaurant showdown

By Karl Freitag

Video of a restaurant confrontation between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and former champion Shannon Briggs posted yesterday on YouTube by Fightnews.com has gone viral and generated well over one million views in less than 24 hours.

The champion, who is scheduled to travel back to Germany today to begin training in Going, Austria, for his September 6 defense against Kubrat Pulev, was unavailable for comment. However Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told BILD “The antics of Mr. Briggs had been always quite funny – but now the fun is slowly ending.”

Briggs, who was wearing flip-flops during the incident, later went to the local Emergency Room where he refused anesthetic and helped the doctor dig out shards of glass from both feet (see photo).

“This was 100% real, not staged,” stated Briggs, who has been publicly challenging Klitschko to fight in both the U.S. and Germany. (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov eyes tonight’s HBO card with great interest

The “Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) will be watching tonight’s HBO’s Boxing After Dark card from Las Vegas with a added interest as a potential fall opponent could emerge from the two fights that will be held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. In the opening bout, WBA Super Lightweight champion Jesse Vargas (24-0, 9 KO’s) will defend his title against Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KO’s) while in the main event Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) Squares off with Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) in a welterweight bout.

“I look forward to this Saturday’s fight card on HBO. I know that there is a possibility that I will be back in the ring in November and the opponents being considered are the winner of Rios vs. Chaves, the winner of Vargas vs. Novikov, as well as a rematch with Timothy Bradley. All these are great options for me and I’m curious to see who the winners are this weekend,” said Provodnikov.



August 2nd, 2014

UFC

Two Bantamweight Bouts Set for September

A pair of intriguing bantamweight battles have been added to the September schedule, as Hawaii’s Dustin Kimura faces fellow submission specialist Ian Entwistle at UFC Fight Night in Connecticut on September 5, and longtime lightweight and featherweight standout Manvel Gamburyan makes his 135-pound debut against Cody Gibson at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on September 27 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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