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Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Images from Wednesday's media workout in conjunction with Friday's fight between Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, ...

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Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo ...

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Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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Just a Sek – Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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JC Payano’s championship status conundrum

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA bantamweight “super” world champion, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno has sent a letter to the World Boxing Association (WBA) to request a rematch against the Dominican champ Juan Carlos Payano, who defeated Moreno on September 26 in Mesquite, Texas, by technical decision in six rounds. According to WBA Executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza the evaluation procedure of the application will take ten days.

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In addition to this situation, there is the question of the championship status of Payano, and whether or not he is the current WBA “super” world champion. There are differing opinions based on the WBA regulations. A source has said that Payano likely will be recognized as “undisputed” world champion.

According to WBA rules, when a boxer holds at least two of the four major belts, that boxer is recognized with special treatment and is referred to as “super” world champion or “undisputed” champion, plus gets a longer period of time to defend his title. Another path to “super” champion status is when a boxer has defended his WBA title for five consecutive bouts he is often awarded a “super belt.”

Whereas Moreno satisfied those requirements, Payano has not. Jamie McDonnell currently holds the WBA “regular” bantamweight belt, while Yonfrez Perejo holds the WBA “interim” bantamweight world championship, so those versions aren’t available. The WBA will clarify the status of Payano shortly.

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Finally, it’s known that the Payano Team would be willing accept a rematch with Moreno for a minimum purse of $350,000.



October 7th, 2014



Boxing News

Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

It has been announced that Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez will not be fighting on the undercard of Pacquiao-Algieri on November 22 in Macao, China. Word is that Top Rank wants to move his planned defense against Diego Magdaleno to February and offered Vasquez a November fight in Texas. However, Vasquez, who had been training in the United States since August, has instead returned to Costa Rica and is now looking making a defense in November or December in Costa Rica.



October 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Rubio confident in a great victory

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is in the final stage of his preparation to face WBA middleweight world champion Gennedy “GGG” Golovkin on October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. “I feel very confident and focused for this fight and training with Robert Garcia gives me the confidence to know that I can have a big win over Golovkin,” said Rubio. “I’m ready to give my best and risk everything at all times.”



October 7th, 2014

UFC

TUF Latin America Episode 7 Preview

The running theme of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America this season has been a running beatdown by Team Velasquez, as they’ve dominated Team Werdum through the team competition to this point in the season. Outside of the upkick from hell that Marlon Vera delivered to Henry Briones in the fifth fight of the season, it’s been a virtual shutout for the Mexican side as the victories just continue to pile up . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“Pacquiao is an easy fight,” says Floyd Mayweather Sr. about the forever-discussed, mythical showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. More

Kell Brook vows to come back stronger. More

Carl Froch will have a Nottingham tram named after him. More

Nonito Donaire is not intimidated by Nicholas Walters’ threats. More



October 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Four unbeaten fighters to headline November 15th Top Rank show in San Antonio

Undefeated #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Óscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, undefeated local lightweight prospect Ivan Najera (14-0, 8 KOs), of San Antonio, and undefeated super featherweight Casey Ramos (18-0, 5 KO), of Austin, Texas, will join Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at a San Antonio press conference on Thursday to announce their November 15 boxing card at the Alamodome. Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Tecate, the Ramirez / Valdez / Najera San Antonio boxing event will be televised live exclusively on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Opponents for the four unbeaten fighters will be named.



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo ankle injury KOs December 6 HBO fight

Due to a persistent ankle injury, Canelo Alvarez must withdraw from his December 6 bout. He thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to big things in 2015 on HBO. Golden Boy Promotions and HBO are reviewing their options for the December 6 date.



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Peltz: Mansour trumps age with big punch

In his last fight in April, heavyweight Amir Mansour, 42, lost a brutally contested unanimous 10-round decision to former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, whom Mansour outweighed, 222.5-to-206. “Amir is an exciting fighter who has just got to get himself back into mix,” said promoter J Russell Peltz of Mansour, who dropped the 38-year-old Cunningham in the fifth only to be later out-hustled and floored in the 10th. “He doesn’t seem to be discouraged by the fact that he’s 42 and that he hasn’t fought since April. That’s just where he stands. We just have to get Amir back into the ring and then he’s just got to get his name back out there by blowing somebody out of the water.”

Mansour (20-1, 15 knockouts) will attempt to do just when he returns to action on Nov. 8 at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., where he will again face a much younger fighter in Fred Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) as part of NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” program that is being promoted by Main Events. (more…)



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Dirrell returns against Brinson on Wednesday

The ten-round co-feature on Wednesday’s ESPN2-televised Soliman-Taylor card at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, will pit super middleweights Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) from Flint, Mich., fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla., against New York’s Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-2-2, 6 KOs). Dirrell, a former super middleweight world title challenger, scored a fifth-round TKO win over Vladine Biosse in his last fight, while Brinson is looking to rebound from a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Dominic Wade.

Dirrell, brother of current WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell, is a 45:1 favorite.



October 6th, 2014

UFC

Heavyweights headline first UFC event in Phoenix

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that its first live event in Phoenix, on Saturday, Dec. 13 at US Airways Center, will be headlined by a pivotal heavyweight clash between former UFC® heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos and fourth-ranked Stipe Miocic. The event will also feature at least five competitors with Arizona ties. (more…)



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham family thanks boxing community

Two-time cruiserweight world champion and current top-10 heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham and his family would like to thank the boxing community for the contributions to the Kennedy Cunningham Fundraiser on www.heartbyfaith.com. Kennedy Cunnungham is the 9 year-old daughter of Steve & Livvy Cunningham and is awaiting a life-saving heart transplant surgery. The fundraiser was set up this summer with the proceeds going to out of pocket expenses for the Cunningham’s which included finding a new home close to the hospital for the potential surgery in Pittsburgh. Within the two months, the goal of $25,000 was reached with most of the donations coming from members of the boxing industry. (more…)



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Muranaka keeps Japanese 112lb belt

Photo by Boxing Beat

Photo by Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

World-rated Suguru Muranaka (21-2-1, 7 KOs), 112, impressively kept his national flyweight belt when he embalmed Yusuke Sakashita (12-5-2, 7 KOs), 112, with a single right shot at 2:42 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. As they furiously exchanged hot rallies from the outset, it became a very competitive affair with the open scoring of all 48-47 in the champ’s favor after the fifth session. Sakashita, much better than expected, rained a barrage of light but sharp straight punches to the champ, who retaliated with more damaging combinations to the face and the midsection. Muranaka, a persistent puncher, finally caught the game challenger with a breathtaking right, which put him prone to the deck with the referee Tsuchiya declaring a stoppage without taking a count (therefore, to be registered as a TKO, not a KO). People hadn’t regarded the champ as a hard-puncher, but he proved he could punch with his astounding power this night, if not compared with newly crowned WBC ruler Roman Gonzalez. Muranaka is currently rated WBC#5/WBA#8/WBO#6/IBF#5.

Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Solis injured, Thompson rematch postponed

The rematch between Odlanier Solis and Tony Thompson originally planned to take place on October 18th at the Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany, has to be postponed after “La Sombra” Solis suffered a sprained ankle in training in Miami. “I flew straight to Miami when I heard of the injury to see how bad it is”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Fortunately, the doctor says that no ligaments have been torn and nothing is broken. Solis has to take a break in training for ten days but can go right back to work after that. So we will definitely do the fight before the end of the year. Right now we are looking at November 22 as new date but we have to reconfirm with all parties involved including team Thompson, the venue, TV etc. We want to keep the show at Castello in Dusseldorf so that the already sold tickets would still be valid.”



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko Back in Training Camp

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is back in training camp, preparing for his fight against Kubrat Pulev on November 15th in Hamburg.



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman a 3:1 favorite to beat Taylor

IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman is a -330 favorite to defeat Jermain Taylor on Wednesday night in a bout televised by ESPN2 from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Taylor backers can get +270. The 40-year-old Soliman will be making a career high payday for the first defense of the belt he won against Felix Sturm in May.

Meanwhile, Taylor, who will be making his first start of 2014, has vowed to upset the odds, proclaiming on video via his Instagram account that he’ll “never lose to another white boy.” Jermain has the added distraction of two pending felony charges stemming from a shooting at his home in August.

Click here for VIDEO



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

HBO/Showtime boxing lineups for the rest of 2014

By Karl Freitag

After a span of 2.5 months without boxing, HBO will be back with one telecast in October, two in November (plus one PPV), and it looks like two in December.

On October 18, the network will televise a doubleheader with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio, plus a terrific WBA featherweight title showdown between Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters.

On November 8, it will be the WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight unification clash between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, plus welterweight contenders Luis Abregu vs. Sadam Ali.

On November 22 is the big Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri PPV event from Macau, China.

On November 29 is WBO lightweight champ Terence Crawford defending against Raymundo Beltran and IBF feather champ Evgeny defending against Jayson Velez.

Expected but still not official are bouts on December 6 between jr middleweights Canelo Alvarez and Joshua Clottey, and on December 13 between welterweights Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves.

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Meanwhile, Showtime’s lineup at the moment has only one confirmed date, a November 1 tripleheader featuring light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara vs. Doudou Ngumbu, a WBO bantamweight title showdown between Tomoki Kameda and Alejandro Hernandez, and super featherweight contender Javier Fortuna against Abner Cotto.

Stephen Espinoza, Executive VP and General Manager of Showtime Sports, has stated that the network may add two more dates.



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Brunker training in NYC for Selby showdown

Unbeaten Australian featherweight “Aussie” Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs) is determined to win his upcoming IBF elimination bout and is willing to go around the world to do it. Brunker, rated IBF #3, will face Selby (19-1, 7 KOs), rated IBF #6, on October 11 at the O2 Arena in London, England, for the right to become the next mandatory challenger to champion Evgeny Gradovich. To ensure himself the best training camp possible, Brunker flew to New York on September 14 and is spending his final month of training in the area’s best gyms. Brunker, a 2004 Olympian, has been working out of Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, House of Pain in Newark and Church Street Gym in Lower Manhattan, among others, sparring with the likes of Wanzell Ellison, Jorge Diaz and Gary Stark Jr.



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Murray-Spada to be televised in the UK

In a major coup for UK boxing fans, October 25’s “Title Tornado” card in Monte Carlo, jointly headlined by the UK’s Martin Murray in a world title eliminator and Stuart Hall in a world title fight, will be broadcast live on Channel Five in Britain. Working in collaboration with leading promoter Mick Hennessy, and Hennessy Sports’ William Storey, Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman has ensured that Murray’s WBC Silver middleweight title defense against Domenico Spada and Hall’s IBF world title fight against undefeated Randy Caballero will be seen by millions of households live on UK terrestrial television.

This is a significant milestone for the sport given that the last major world title fight broadcast live on UK terrestrial television was Carl Froch against Jean Pascal for the WBC title in December 2008, also promoted by Mick Hennessy on ITV.

“I’m delighted,” said Hennessy. “Murray is an elite-level fighter with a huge following at home. The fans deserve to see more of him.” (more…)



October 6th, 2014

Feature Story

Top 10 Mistakes in Training Boxers

By Moritz Klatten
Champ Performance, Hamburg, Germany

Boxing may just be the last frontier in strength and conditioning. You could describe what passes for training in this sport by the children’s game Follow the Leader. Whatever the current champions are doing, especially the popular heavyweights, the contenders are sure to copy.

The problem with that approach is that some boxing champions are champions not because of their unique training methods but in spite of them. Mike Tyson at his best didn’t lift weights, but he had tremendous muscle mass that gave him devastating punching power. As such, we still see boxers running long distance, exercising in sauna suits, and using Spartan training methods to the point of overtraining. As for nutrition . . . well, many fighters see no problem preparing for their training and bouts by consuming a Snickers bar and a can of Red Bull.

It’s impossible for me in one article to clarify all the myths about training boxers, but I can give you an overall perspective based upon my extensive work with professional and amateur boxers. Let’s get started with these 10 common mistakes made in the training of boxers: (more…)



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya eyes Washington D.C. as a fight site. More

Bermane Stiverne patiently awaits his next fight. More

British boxer Shawn Grant faces jail time for drug dealing again. More

Does Josh Warrington have Ricky Hatton-level charisma? More



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Elam-Ramirez on again for third time (Oct 31)

Former The Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) will now take on former world champion Victor Ramirez (20-2- 15 KOs) on October 31st. The scheduled for 10 round bout will be for the IBF Latino cruiserweight title and will take place at the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo, in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina. This is the third time the fight has been scheduled dating back to this past June. Ramirez was forced to pull out the first time due to injury and then Elam was forced to pull out the second time due to injury in July. Both fighters are completely healthy now and ready to square off. A fact that Elam’s team is thrilled about. “Our team is elated this fight is now going to happen. A very special thanks and appreciation to the local Argentinean promoter Osvaldo Rivero (O.R. Promotions) and also matchmaker Henry Rivalta for not giving up on this fight and making it happen. Trainer Buddy McGirt has Deon extremely ready for this fight and were confident he can pull off the upset,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.



October 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Nelson-Belasco Full Report + Photos

By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Jeff Julian

Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino, in Valle Forge, PA, undefeated Philly junior welterweight Naim Nelson (12-0-1, 1KO) was lucky to keep his undefeated record intact as he escaped with an unpopular majority draw with Wilmington, Delaware’s “Rockin” Ryan Belasco (18-6-4, 3KOs) in the tightly contested eight round main event for the vacant UBF All America junior welterweight title. In the co-feature of the five bout card promoted by Kings Promotions and Peltz Boxing, Frankie Santos DeAlba (14-1-2, 5KOs) retained his UBF All America super super featherweight strap with a tough, but well deserved eight round unanimous decision victory over Jesse Carradine (8-4-2, 4KOs). (more…)



October 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo expected to return later this year

Another sensational victory for unbeaten lightweight phenom Felix Verdejo. ‘El Diamante’ laid out Sergio ‘El Cuate’ Villanueva with a counter right hook in round three to thrill a packed house in Orlando on Saturday night. After the fight, Verdejo received a special visit in the locker room from Irma Garcia, mother of Puerto Rican boxing legend Félix ‘Tito’ Trinidad. Doña Irma gave Verdejo her blessing as the next great figure of Puerto Rican boxing and even offered to cook the famous chicken broth she is known for preparing for son to help him refuel after weigh-ins. Verdejo was also visited by Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and by his opponent Villanueva, who congratulated him on his impressive win. The 2012 Olympian, who is now 15-0 with 11 KOs, is expected to have one more bout before the end of the year. Click here to see the brutal KO



October 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Complete Results + Quotes from Foxwoods

Photos: Emily Harney

Rances Barthelemy defended his IBF junior lightweight world championship against Fernando David Saucedowith a dominating unanimous decision, scored 120-108 by all three judges, Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) controlled the bout from the opening bell and was the more active and accurate fighter, throwing 819 punches to Saucedo’s 382. Saucedo (52-6-3, 8, KOs) tried to counter, but he wasn’t quick enough to land anything meaningful against the elusive Cuban. Barthelemy, who landed 50 percent of his power shots, employed a diverse attack of uppercuts, hooks and jabs and fought with his hands down and by his side for most of the fight.

“It was a good fight,” Barthelemy said. “Saucedo is a veteran guy. In one moment, I thought I was going to knock him out, but he knows how to make the fight last. I want Mikey Garcia. They say he’s the best. I say I’m the best. Let’s settle it.”

Saucedo didn’t win a single round and was outclassed in his United States debut. “I did everything I could,” Saucedo said. “We gave it our all but he is just a stronger and bigger guy. He’s a very good fighter, but he’s too big for this weight division.” (more…)



October 5th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Halifax Post-Fight

Six fighters joined UFC Canada Direction of Operations Tom Wright at the Fight Night Halifax post-fight press conference: Mitch Gagnon, Ultimate Fighter Nations’ champions Elias Theodorou and Chad Laprise, batanmweight winner Raphael Assuncao, and headliners Tarec Saffiedine and Rory MacDonald . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez stops Arce in eleventh; Arce retires

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over former multi-division champ Jorge “Travieso” Arce (62-8-2, 49 KOs) on Saturday night at the brand new Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Arce’s hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. After a slow start, Gonzalez threw Arce to the canvas in round three, which caused things to open up. Gonzalez then caught Arce with a left hook at the end of the round and dropped him. Great exchanges in round four. Open scoring had Gonzalez up 39-35, 39-35 on two cards and 37-37 after four. Gonzalez dropped Arce hard again at the end of round five. Another knockdown in round nine as Gonzales patiently broke down Arce. Gonzalez, normally a vicious finisher, almost seemed to be carrying Arce the last few rounds, content to let the veteran warrior end his career on his feet. The bout was finally waved off by referee Johnny Callas at 2:43 of round eleven. The 35-year-old Arce promptly announced his retirement after the bout.

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October 5th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Halifax Main: Rory KOs Saffiedine

Number two-ranked welterweight contender Rory MacDonald won the big one Saturday night at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, knocking out Tarec Saffiedine in the third round to cement his spot as the next man to challenge for the welterweight title Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will battle for in December . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Estrella defeats Caballero in Los Mochis

In the co-feature from the brand new Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, unbeaten super featherweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (19-0, 17 KOs) scored a clear cut twelve round unanimous decision over former former two division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (37-5, 24 KOs). Estrella dropped Cabellero twice in round five and again in rounds ten and eleven. Scores were 115-109, 117-107, 117-107.

Super featherweight Adrian “Chinito” Young (19-1-2, 15 KOs) Edgar Monarrez (18-2-1, 12 KOs) battled to an eight round draw.

Welterweight Mahonri “Ruso” Montes (30-4-1, 21 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Diego Cruz (10-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds.



October 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Barthelemy wins snoozer; Martirosyan defeats Nelson; Karpency upsets Dawson

Photos: Emily Harney

Undefeated IBF jr lightweight champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) won a dull and one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over IBF #3 Fernando David “El Vasco” Saucedo (52-5-3, 8, KOs) on Saturday night inside the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It was pretty much one-way traffic as Barthelemy cruised through all twelve rounds to win 120-108 on all cards.

In a clash of once-beaten jr middleweight contenders, an inspired Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Willie “The Great” Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs). Martirosyan took the fight to Nelson for much of the fight and prevailed by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 96-94. Martirosyan had dedicated the fight to the memory of his promoter Dan Goossen, who passed away during the week. “It’s been a hard week,” said Vanes afterward. “This one is for Dan. We love him and we miss him.”

In his first fight in his home state in five years, former light heavyweight world champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (32-4, 18 KOs) by defeated by Tommy Karpency (24-4-1, 14 KOs) via split decision. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Karpency and 96-94 Dawson. Afterward, Dawson said he injured his left shoulder in the third round and fought most of the fight one-handed. Karpency had some good rounds but didn’t do much late. Dawson entered the bout as a 25:1 betting favorite. photos



October 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo scores explosive KO over Villanueva

By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster

At the sold out Bahia Shrine in Orlando, Florida, undefeated Puerto Rican sensastion Felix “El Diamente” Verdejo took another step towards stardom, as he defeated wily veteran Sergio Villanueva. The Puerto Rican fight fans came out en masse, filling the arena to the brim as dozens of fans had to be turned away. They were in for a treat, as Verdejo made short work of his Mexican opponent in dramatic fashion. The opening roundswere a feeling out period. Both fighters traded jabs, trying to establish themselves and find their distance. Villanueva worked as a counter-puncher, trading single blows with Verdejo to start the bout. Verdejo’s (15-0-0, 11 KOs), 134.8 lbs., hand speed was on display early and proved deadly for Villanueva (26-5-2, 13 KOs), 133.2 lbs. In the third round, Villanueva worked Verdejo against the ropes and threw a left hand at Verdejo. Verdejo avoided the punch masterfully and launched a perfectly placed counter-right hand. Villanueva crashed into the mat, ending the night at the 1:57 mark of the third round. Verdejo continued his winning ways, and can now look forward to a potential title bout in the near future for this popular and exciting Puerto Rican fighter. (more…)



October 5th, 2014


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