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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a ...

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 heavyweight Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32KO) kept ...

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

By Rocky Morales at ringside Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions In a hard fought IBF welterweight championship bout, Kell "The Special ...

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KO), by way of unanimous ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title,

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains

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Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo Ford Summer Season kicks off July 18

The successful series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford returns with its summer series starting July 18 from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, in the main event another classic battle between Puerto Rico and Mexico when Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-2, 9 KOs) takes on Juan “Loquito” Kantun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) with the WBO Latin super flyweight title at stake scheduled for 10 rounds.

The series continues July 25 from the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, a Civil War; former world title challenger David “El Duro” Carmona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) faces fellow countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3, 8 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds for the WBO Latin interim super flyweight title.

“We start the summer series with two very competitive super flyweight fights, the winners will meet on our fall series for the absolute WBO Latin belt and a possible world title opportunity,” said Tuto Zabala, Jr, President of All Star Boxing, Inc.

On August 1 the series lands in A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida and closes August 8 at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, both main events will be announced shortly. Telemundo Network will televise the main events live at 11:35 PM in the United States and by Claro Sports in Mexico and all of Latin America.



June 18th, 2014



Boxing News

Lomachenko Media Day

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko put in some work today at the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Lomachenko will take on undefeated Gary Russell Jr. for the vacant WBO world featherweight championship on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, televised on Showtime.

The bout will be a rare showdown between a Top Rank fighter and a Golden Boy fighter. photos



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: Joel Colon / PR Best

McWilliams Arroyo 112 vs. Froilan Saludar 111.3
(IBF flyweight title eliminator)

Cesar Seda 121 vs. Alex Rangel 120
Prichard Colon 148 vs. Carlos Garcia 149
Milton Santiago 139 vs. Carlos Lopez 140
Jose Lopez 134 vs. Rafael Vazquez 134
Rafael Gonzalez 143 vs. TBA
Miguel Canino 137 vs. Luis Ortiz 141
Jean Carlos Lopez 118 vs. Juan Figueroa 119

Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Golden Boy/PR Best
TV: Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes

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June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Monte Carlo ‘KO at the Casino’ Presser Quotes

The boxers at the “KO at the Casino” bill in Monte Carlo came face to face for the first time this afternoon at the glittering casino venue ahead of Saturday’s showdown. All eight fighters were on hand for what promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves called “a historic event.” The tournament is headlined by Martin Murray’s WBC silver middleweight bout against Max Bursak of Ukraine It’s Murray’s first fight in the principality and Bursak’s third, having previously both own and lost in Monaco.

“I’ve had some good days here, some bad,” said a philosophical Bursak, who remarked that he had done tremendous work in the gym and in the mountains in preparation for Saturday. Refusing to dwell on past ill fortune in fights against world champions Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez, Murray said that he wanted to produce a fight that reflected what excellent condition he is in. “We are both in great shape, but I’m a level above Bursak and I will show that.” (more…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Gary Russell Jr. hits LA

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Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. and his team arrived in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday night for his WBO Featherweight title fight with two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine on June 21. Russell traveled to California with his father and trainer Gary Russell, Sr., and three younger brothers, Gary Allan III, Gary Antonio and Gary Antuanne for his first title shot on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and live on Showtime. The Russells recently made history by becoming the first set of four brothers to win National Golden Gloves titles and his three younger siblings will be ringside on Saturday as Gary Jr. competes for a world championship.



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Rios-Chaves Ticket Alert

Tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event go on sale This Friday!

Former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. makes his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut when he takes on one-time interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle, Saturday, August 2, in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The telecast will also include the first title defense of WBA super lightweight champion “The Pride of Las Vegas” Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) against undefeated contender Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs) of Kopeysk, Russia. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. PT with the first bout beginning at 4:00 p.m. PT. The HBO telecast, a split-site tripleheader, will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event go on sale This Friday! June 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200. Room / ticket packages will also be available. (more…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Fury: I’d knock out Chisora and Wach on the same night

Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury says that he could knock out Dereck Chisora and his sparring partner Mariusz Wach on the same night. The Manchester giant was enraged after Polish star Wach, Chisora’s chief sparring partner, said yesterday that the Finchley banger could knock out Fury early when they clash at the Phones 4 U Arena on Saturday 26th July. Chisora and Fury collide in the biggest domestic heavyweight rematch in recent years with the winner securing the WBO number one spot to world champion Wladimir Klitschko, plus the Vacant British title and Chisora’s European title are on the line.

Big-hitting and hard-talking Fury has fired back at Wach and said that Team Fury heavyweight Eddie Chambers is also ready and prepared to take him on.

“Frankly it’s laughable that Wach seriously believes that Chisora could knock me out. I don’t know if Wach is hitting the Polish vodka a bit heavy, but to come out with a statement like that, he must be drunk!” said Fury. “Let’s get real, Chisora couldn’t get near me in the first fight so what makes anyone think he’s going to knock me out this time around. So he’s had a few wins since we met, big deal, knocking out eastern European cab drivers does not suddenly make him super-human or a knock-out king.” (more…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Mike Jones ends two-year layoff on Aug. 23

Former world-title challenger Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, ends his 26-month layoff Saturday evening, Aug. 23, when he boxes Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL, in the scheduled 10-round welterweight main event in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Jones, 31, has not boxed since June 9, 2012, when he was stopped late in the 11th round by Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in their contest for the vacant IBF welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, NV. At the time of the knockout, Jones was far ahead on all three scorecards.

Since that loss, Jones has relocated to Henderson, NV, and has been training in various gyms in Las Vegas, working with different trainers: Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Miguel Diaz.

“Two years late for work but it’s better late than never,” Jones said. “I’m excited to be back in action at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 23. I can’t wait to show the fans something special. (more…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN FNF back in Chicago July 25

Rejuvenated welterweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) will look to continue his hot streak by taking on Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) on July 25 in a ten round ESPN2-televised main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. In a companion ten, USBA middleweight beltholder and WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) will face Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-6, 26 KOs) in a non-title fight. Opening the telecast will be the return of “Subway Boxer” and Notre Dame grad Mike Lee (12-0, 7 KOs) against an opponent to be announced in a six-round light heavyweight bout.



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero ready for comeback fight

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Former four-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero spoke to reporters in advance of Saturday’s Showtime-televised fight against Yoshihiro Kamegai at StubHub Center in Carson, California. It will be Guerrero’s first fight since losing a one-sided fight against Floyd Mayweather in May 2013. “I’m excited to come back again and I can’t wait,” said Guerrero. “It’s been a year already, so it’s way overdue. I had a good rest and during that downtime while I was resting I was keeping in shape. Now I’ve joined up with CrossFit and my conditioning is incredible. I’m feeling great, feeling strong and I’m excited to be back in the ring.”

When asked the reason for taking a 13 month layoff, Guerrero stated that it was because of three tough fights (Aydin, Berto and Mayweather) back-to-back.

When asked about his well publicized attempt to break his Golden Boy contract during this time period, he stated “you have the legal actions too, and you want to take care of that. My management took care of a lot of stuff at the same time. Taking a little bit of time off helps your body recuperate.” (more…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC, WBA & IBF will meet in Cancun, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has confirmed to Fightnews.com via telephone that three of boxing’s four major sanctioning bodies will meet this weekend’s Boxing Summit Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Joining Sulaiman will be WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and IBF President Daryl J. Peoples. Topics up for discussion include seeking unity in the names of the weight divisions, rules, medical and safety, ratings and even talk of one “champion” recognized for each division.

“The official meeting will be on Monday in Cancun,” said Sulaiman. “The intention is to seek agreements and a way to have frequent and open communication for the good of boxing. We need to work to find a way to avoid the confusion that exists in boxing, and part of that is in the names of the divisions, as some call them “super” (eg super lightweight) and others call them “junior” (eg junior welter instead of super lightweight). We’re going to work on many issues and it’s important that there’s good will, respect and reciprocity.”

Sulaiman also commented on the absence of the WBO. “The World Boxing Organization, which is led by Francisco Valcarcel, will not be present at the meeting. He was invited and there was no positive response. It’s very unfortunate that they can’t be present, but also they are respected and appreciated,” Sulaiman concluded.



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

New Generation Fight Promotions brings new attitude

By Chris Morris

There’s a new promoter in town and he’s not talking the same old story. This writer has covered Colorado boxing for over a decade and I’ve seen many a promoter come and go. They all seem to have the same spiel. “We are taking over boxing in Colorado. Watch how many people are at MY show. We are going to put on the best fights ever. We are going to be the premiere boxing company in Colorado.” I’ve heard it all and it usually sounds the same and has the same outcome.

Not so when speaking with Rick Lopez Sr. who will be heading the New Generation promotional team. (more…)



June 18th, 2014

UFC

EA Sports UFC: The Review

In the midst of all the excitement about the release of EA Sports UFC for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 today, I must first address a gripe to the game’s Ultimate Fighter coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber: Did you have to pick me last? . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more 



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Hogan comments on working with Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #14 154 pounder Dennis Hogan (18-0-1, 7 KOs) will be working as a sparring partner with former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) while Geale is preparing to clash with WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) on July 26 at Madison Square Garden. Hogan, who was born in Kildare, Ireland but turned professional in Australia, stated “I love working and training with Daniel and it fills me with great confidence that he specifically asked for me to spar with. My last week with Daniel was a great experience for me but also cemented my thinking that I belong with the Daniel Geale’s of this world. Daniel is also great with passing on feedback and tips on what improvements I should be looking at.” Hogan is scheduled to collide with Steve Moxon over ten rounds on July 6 in Melbourne.



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Budler to make second defense of WBA belt

By Ron Jackson

Hekkie Budler makes the second defense of his WBA minimumweight belt when he faces the vastly experienced Pigmy Kokietgym from Thailand at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco on Saturday night. His IBO belt will also be at stake. The 26-year-old Budler has developed into a competent all-round fighter since he turned professional in July 2007, compiling a record of 25-1, including 8 wins inside the distance. Sporting a whole exhibition of tattoos and multi-coloured hair, he has a crowd-pleasing style that has made him one of South African’s favorite boxers – and well respected abroad. (more…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Drian Francisco returning as a bantamweight

Former world title challenger Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco (24-2, 19 KOs) returns back to the ring after a year lay off on August 2nd at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. He returns after a close loss in WBO title eliminator bout between Chris Avalos. Francisco, who has spent his career fighting naturally bigger fighters at super bantamweight will be returning at bantamweight, a weight that Francisco feels will be ideal for his frame and ability to be physically dominate over foes.

In the co-main event, Virgil Hunter-trained light welterweight Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (11-1-1, 8 KOs) will face undefeated Chris Singleton (12-0, 5 KOs).

Also seeing action will be junior middleweight Aaron “Heavy Metal” Coley (8-0-1, 5 KOs) and junior welterweight Bilal Mahasin (4-1) will see action in separate bouts.



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing historian Simmy Lewis dies

By Ron Jackson

Well-known boxing writer and ring historian Simmy Lewis has died in Cape Town. Lewis, who would have been 97 years old on July 4, served on the selection panel for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. He wrote, for many years, feature articles and a monthly column, Worldwide Fight Review, for the local Boxing World magazine. (more…)



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather a racist? The media piles it on: More

Monroe, Michigan, boxer Bronco McKart retires from boxing. More

Is Chris Algieri the new frontrunner for Manny Pacquiao? More

Speaking of Algieri, more on his ratings on HBO and his victory over Ruslan Provodnikov. More



June 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos from the Mayweather Gym, Chad Dawson, Shane Mosley Jr and Sr

Photos & Text: Mary Ann Owen

After a year layoff, former Lt Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson was at the Mayweather gym today in Las Vegas finishing up his training & has returned to trainer Eddie Mustfa Muhammad. Dawson will be facing George “Honey Boy” Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on the Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai undercard at the Saturday 21 June 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California.

Former Champ Shane Mosley was at the Mayweather gym today training his son Shane Jr 1-0, 1 KO preparing him for his next fight. Shane Sr was trained by his Father Jack so naturally I had to ask Shane how it felt to be training his son and does he get nervous watching him fight, Shane replied ” No, I don’t get nervous because he has a good chin and knows what to do. I have confidence in him & his training.” photos



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Lara officials selected/Broner lectured

By Karl Freitag

Officials were selected today by the Nevada State Athletic Association for the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara PPV clash on July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The referee will be Robert Byrd. Judges are Dave Moretti, Jerry Roth and Levi Martinez.

The commission also approved the date request for Top Rank’s August 2 HBO card at the Cosmopolitan Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas for the Brandon Rios against Diego Chaves.

The last item on the agenda, Adrien Broner was called in and lectured about offensive post-fight comments he made during a Showtime interview on the May 3 Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Broner apologized profusely and said he wouldn’t do it again.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Chad Dawson: I’m back to ‘Bad Chad’

Can Chad Dawson be “Bad” again? Can the former two-time light heavyweight world champion bounce back from two consecutive knockout losses and look sharp after a one-year hiatus? Can he regain his status in the division he once dominated? As announced earlier, Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) will take George “Honey Boy” Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday. Dawson, 31, relocated to Las Vegas from Connecticut to train and has reunited with former trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. While questions about his career trajectory abound, Dawson still feels there’s much “Bad” Chad to be had.

Chad Dawson: I’m coming off losses in my last two fights, but nothing’s changed. I’m just back to being myself. I’m working hard with Eddie and doing the right things. I’ve been training for this fight for about two months….I’m getting ready for the second chapter of my career. I’m back to ‘Bad Chad.’



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri-Provodnikov is third top performing bout on cable television in 2014

Per Nielsen Media Research: Saturday’s fight action from Barclays Center in Brooklyn was highlighted by the WBO jr welterweight title fight where Long Island challenger Chris Algieri rallied to score a split decision upset of champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia. The fight on the HBO Boxing After Dark series produced the third top performing bout on cable television in 2014. The HBO audience for the live, first-time airing of the bout from Brooklyn averaged 1,046,000 viewers. The audience for Provodnikov vs. Algieri peaked at 1,110,000 viewers.

HBO’s overall boxing event Saturday averaged 954,000 viewers. That number makes it HBO’s most watched Boxing After Dark event of the year. The opening bout of Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose registered 882,000 viewers. Andrade kept his world title belt with a decisive win. Leading off the telecast was the replay of Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto. The HBO audience for Cotto’s world middleweight title triumph was 970,000 viewers. The audience peaked at 1,126,000 viewers for the fight.

The top seven fights on cable TV so far in 2014 have all been on HBO.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

K2 wins Klitschko-Pulev purse bid

The IBF held a purse bid at IBF Headquarters in Springfield, NJ today for the heavyweight mandatory defense between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. K2 Promotions bid $7,250,131 and Sauerland Event bid $5,290,144. K2 has 90 days to put the fight on. It’s known that K2 has already reserved the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany for September 6. The purse will be split 80/20 for Klitschko.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Mendez-Barthelemy II in Miami July 10

FOX Sports teams with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions for the first time on Thursday, July 10 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. The day before, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Live! delivers a pair of bouts. “Our commitment to the sweet science is stronger than ever and we’re excited to deliver boxing fans back-to-back nights of fights,” said FOX Sports SVP, Programming, Research & Content Strategy Patrick Crakes.

Iron Mike Productions’ Thursday show features IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) making his third title defense and looks to redeem himself against Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 13 KOs) in Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Barthelemy KO’d Mendez in January but Mendez got the belt back a month later when the Minnesota Combat Sports Commission ruled that the knockout took place after the bell, overturning the original ruling. In the co-main event, light heavyweight fighter Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) takes on an opponent to be named. (more…)



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko-Pulev IBF purse bid today

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will likely defend his title against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev on September 6 at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, if K2 Promotions is successful at today’s IBF purse bid at IBF Headquarters in Springfield, NJ. The arena is already reserved, however the bidding is open to all registered promoters. Pulev’s promoter is Sauerland Event. It is confirmed that the split will be 80-20 in favor of Klitschko.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Russell-Lomachenko officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO featherweight world title between #1 ranked Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) and the #4 ranked Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) to take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The referee will be Jack Reiss.Judges are Lisa Giampa, Pat Russell and Max De Luca. The WBO supervisor is Richard De Cuir.

The WBO featherweight title became vacant last March 1, 2014, when Lomachenko challenged then champion Orlando Salido, who didn’t make the weight for the fight losing the belt at the scales. Then, Salido beat Lomachenko by split decision.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Stieglitz will fight Buglioni-conqueror Khomitsky

Former two-time WBO super middleweight champion and current WBO #4 Robert Stieglitz will face WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) on July 26 at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Khomitsky made headlines two months ago when he knocked out the previously unbeaten and highly regarded Frank Buglioni in London. Can the 39-year-old Belorussian make it two upsets in a row? The fight will be for the WBO Inter-Continental title.

Also on the SES-promoted card, are former light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi and light heavyweight Dominic Boesel in separate fights. Opponents will be announced.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Masternak coach: It will be war from the first minute

Mateusz Masternak’s (32-1, 23 KOs) coach Piotr Wilczewski has predicted war from the first minute when ‘’The Master’’ faces Youri Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs) for the interim WBA World Cruiserweight title on June 21st at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. Following his loss to Grigory Drozd, Wilczewski has guided Masternak to back-to-back victories against Sandro Siproshvili and Stjepan Vugdelija. In their third fight together the pair face their toughest assignment, an interim WBA World Cruiserweight showdown with the hard-hitting Youri Kalenga. (more…)



June 17th, 2014

UFC

Jake Matthews: Dedicated to the Dream

“I always say that with hard work and focus, dreams do come true. I believe that if you implement those two things, it’s inevitable that you’re going to succeed.” . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more 



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Chad Dawson opponent named: George Blades

Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) will return against former world title challenger George Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday’s Showtime Extreme telecast preceding the regular Showtime Championship Boxing show from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Dawson, who signed with manager Al Haymon earlier this year, returns after a twelve month layoff and consecutive KO losses to Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward. The 39-year-old Blades has had just five over the last seven years, going 2-3 in that span.

Also on Shwotime Extreme is a clash between former U.S. Olympians as 2012 team member Dominic Breazeale (10-0, 9 KOs) meets 2004 team member Devin Vargas (18-3, 7 KOs) in a 10 round match-up.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Congressman Manny Pacquiao gets some political opposition by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines . . . More

Speaking of Pacquiao, Chris Algieri is talking about an eventual showdown. More

Former Florida heavyweight Jose Ribalta gets state hall of fame recognition. More

A biopic on the late Johnny Tapia begins production next month. More



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Trial to commence October 13

A trial date of October 13 has been set in Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the All Star Boxing lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions over Golden Boy’s signing of Canelo Alvarez in January 2010. All Star Boxing, headed by Tuto Zabala Jr., is seeking punitive damages against Golden Boy alleging tortious interference involving Golden Boy’s signing of Alvarez while Canelo was still under a promotional contract with All Star Boxing.



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Witherspoon to promote his own comeback fight

On July 12, heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes part in an 8-round bout at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.

“I feel good and rejuvenated after the layoff,” said Witherspoon. “I haven’t been out this long because I wanted to. I had several fights fall through, so I decided to start my own company and do my own shows and I can’t wait until July 12 to put on a great event not far from where I live,” said Witherspoon.

Witherspoon will name his opponent shortly.

In the six-round co-feature, undefeated middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (14-0, 7 KOs) will be back in action against TBA.



June 16th, 2014

UFC

UFC brings first live event to Maine

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that Bangor, Maine, childhood home of UFC® president Dana White, will host the state’s first ever UFC event at Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, August 16. UFC® Fight Night will showcase local talent, in addition to some of the sport’s top contenders. The five-round main event will be announced in the coming days. (more…)



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Dudchenko and Mohammedi fighting for title shot and public recognition

By Karl Freitag

Saturday’s night’s NBCSN Fight Night telecast from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania features a fight between two fighters who are basically unknown to the mainstream boxing fan. But promoter Kathy Duva believes the public will soon know all about light heavyweights Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs), who meet in a twelve-round eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF.

“Nobody knew who Sergio Kovalev was, nobody knew who Bryant Jennings was, nobody knew who Curtis Stevens was, I could go on an on,” said Duva. “Gabriel Rosado, Soto-Karass, the heavyweights we’ve been working with that have made an impact, Glazkov, the resurgence of the careers of guys like Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek. There are so many fellas who have become world known, contenders, and real forces in the boxing business whether it’s a world champion like Kovalev or guys that keep coming back because they make great fights like Rosado. I think the next guy in that line is gonna be in this fight.” (more…)



June 16th, 2014


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