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Maidana: I won the first fight and I’ll win again

Maidana: I won the first fight and I'll win again

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Argentinian slugger and former world champion Marcos "Chino" Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) held an open media workout Tuesday ...

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Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Filipino light flyweight Randy Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Panamanian Walter Tello (20-8, 8 KOs) to claim ...

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Huck: I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti

Huck: I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti

Photo: Gerry Weber World WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) and challenger Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) met in the ...

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Results from Minnesota

Results from Minnesota

Story and photos by Jesse Kelley at ringside Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KOs) of Moorhead, MN won the vacant Minnesota ...

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More Pacquiao-Algieri Quotes

More Pacquiao-Algieri Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO jr welterweight champion Algieri will announce their November 22 ...

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Huck: I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti

Huck: I will make spaghetti

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Results from Minnesota

Results from Minnesota

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Boxing News

Former WBC/WBA cruiserweight champ Jean Marc Mormeck stops Tamas Lodi in 4th round

By James Slater

Tonight in Asnieres, France, former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champ Jean Marc Mormeck ended a two-year layoff with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of a game Tamas Lodi. Mormeck, now aged 42 and last seen being crushed inside four-rounds by heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, improved to 37-5, 23 KOs with the win which came at 2:32 of the fourth. Lodi fell to 13-3-1, 11 KOs.

Mormeck had a good look at his 24-year-old opponent in the opening couple of rounds, no doubt shedding some ring-rust, before he upped the work-rate in the third. Constantly throwing punches as he walked his Hungarian opponent down, Mormeck, looking in great physical shape, attacked both head and body. The fourth saw Mormeck land a big right hand to the head, putting Lodi down hard. The younger man bravely beat the count and fought on, but he was being battered by a relentless former champion who is hungry for more gold. Finally, the referee came in and saved Lodi from further punishment.

Mormeck says he wants to challenge for one of the cruiserweight world titles before the end of this year, and fights with the likes of Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and the other big names of the 200-pound division would certainly prove interesting. The two year break looks to have done Mormeck the power of good.



June 26th, 2014



Boxing News

Crawford-Gamboa Final Press Conference

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

The final press conference for world championship boxing’s return to Omaha for the first time in 42 years, between undefeated WBO lightweight world champion Terence Crawford and unbeaten three-division champion Yuriorkis Gamboa took place Thursday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The press conference was hosted by Top Rank VP Carl Moretti.

Terence Crawford: Saturday is going to be a great fight. I never overlook an opponent. I train my heart out because you never know with boxing. Anything might happen but I assure you that I trained the hardest. I’m just ready for whatever he brings to the table.

Yuriorkis Gamboa: My congratulations to the USA soccer team for advancing to the knockout stage of the World Cup…I’d like to thank Terence and his team for accepting this challenge and I look forward to fighting on the 28th.

Also on hand were undefeated top-five middleweight contenders Matt Korobov and Jose Uzcategui who open the HBO telecast.

Matt Korobov: I’m more than ready and looking forward to showing my best.

Jose Uzcategui: I’m looking forward to showing what I can do.

Local boxing hero Ron Stander, who challenged legendary heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in Omaha for the heavyweight title in 1972, was invited to the podium.

Ron Stander: 42 years ago when I had my chance, Frazier didn’t beat me. The doctor stopped the fight because I got a couple of little cuts. I was ready to go all night, inside, outside, the alley, whatever.

Carl Moretti: Those doctors!!! photos



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Andre Ward is Nominated for a 2014 ESPY

Reigning super middleweight champion and number two pound-for-pound boxer in the world Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) has been nominated for a 2014 ESPY award following his outstanding return to the ring last year. Ward is one of five nominees in the Best Fighter category, which includes athletes in both boxing and UFC. It is the second ESPY nomination in three years for Ward who was also honored for his outstanding performance in the ring in 2012. (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara: Canelo is a very insecure fighter who knows he’s going to lose; he’s lost and confused

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

WBA “regular” super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara worked out for the media and talked about his upcoming PPV main event against Mexican-superstar Canelo Alvarez on July 12 in Las Vegas. Lara’s WBA belt will not be on the line.

Lara on if he was surprised that Canelo took the fight… “Originally I thought he would never take the fight because I confronted him in person and he said, ‘No this is not how you make fights.’ Then after the fans saw that he was ducking me on Twitter, he had no choice but to be a man and take the challenge.” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

California politicians honor Oscar

California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez and State Senator Kevin de León today honored Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya for his many accomplishments in boxing and business, and contributions to the California community. Assembly Speaker Emeritus Pérez and Senator de León recognized De La Hoya from the senate and assembly floors during a presentation at the California State Capitol.

De La Hoya thanked his family, friends, fans, and community in brief remarks from the California State Senate and Assembly floors following the recognition presentation.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition in my home state of California,” De La Hoya said during the presentation. “I’m proud to represent my hometown of East Los Angeles today. I wouldn’t be standing here without the continued support of my family, friends, mentors, and amazing fans.” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Pulev demands that Klitschko take doping test

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Public Address

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev met for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference in Hamburg, Germany to kick off their September 6 clash. Pulev was on the attack, demanding that Klitschko do pre-fight drug testing. The Klitschko camp maintains Wlad will only undergo doping tests in accordance with the requirements of the German Boxing Federation, which are post-fight only.

Wladimir Klitschko: “For a heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev got the right size, weight, and also technique. In addition, he is very motivated. Pulev has already defeated boxers who were taller than me. He is the best heavyweight boxer after the champion.”

Kubrat Pulev: “I am tested for the use of illicit substances at least six times a year. It’s unfair if Klitschko won’t pass the same tests that I do…if you don’t take the test, you’re not a correct person.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “If you don’t want to fight, you can stay at home.”

Note: The current TV contract Pulev’s promoter Sauerland Event has with German network ARD requires that all Sauerland fighters undergo random drug testing. Klitschko’s TV deal with RTL has no such requirement. RTL will televise the bout by virtue of Klitschko’s company K2 Promotions winning an IBF purse bid.

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June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Burns, Zlaticanin make weight

Rickey Burns 134.75 vs Dejan Zlaticanin 134
(Vacant WBC International title)

Venue: Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky (UK)

Ricky Burns: “I am under no illusions that I have to perform and look good tomorrow night. The last three fights have been tough and culminated in losing my world title belt, which was devastating of course. I am proud of my reign as a world champion and not being a world champion anymore hurts, so I want to get back there as soon as possible, and that starts tomorrow with a great performance.”



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Nelson defends WIBA welterweight title against ‘Notorious’ Woods June 28 in Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Just 41 days after successfully defending her WIBA Welterweight championship, undefeated Tori “ShoNuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA once again puts her title on the line against “Notorious” Nicole Woods of Stone Mountain, GA in a 10-round contest on Saturday, June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The card is being promoted by Ponytail Promotions. (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev spars with Chechen President

Former world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is wrapping up training camp for his July 6th WBA world championship bout against Puerto Rican veteran Fres Oquendo on Grozny, Russia. The “White Tyson” has done most of his preparation in the Chechen capital training not only with head coach Artur Grigorian and his manager Timur Dugazaev but also with a “political heavyweight”: Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov who is a huge boxing fan and used to be a decent amateur fighter himself.

Kadyrov is one of the main factors of the world title fight landing in Chechnya. The President and his government support the promotion and are turning Grozny into a huge boxing ring for the event. “We have 50 feet high posters and banners all over the city plus huge sandbags, ring ropes between streetlights and many other spectacular advertisements”, says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “This will be the biggest boxing show in the world. We have Michael Buffer coming in as ring announcer and I am pretty sure that even he will say that he has never seen anything like that – despite his 30 years experience and all the huge Klitschko shows he worked on.” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

UFC

Outside the Octagon: Cub Swanson

In his seminal reports in the 1800s, Pierce Egan referred to boxing as the “sweet science of bruising,” a phrase – at least the sweet science part – that has stuck to the sport ever since. And as anyone who has practiced it will tell you, it is a science, a chess match with gloves that despite what that drunk guy on the barstool next to you might think, not everyone can do . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: 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  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

IBF Welterweight champ Shawn Porter still “same tough kid.” More

Former champ Ricky Burns brushes off warning from promoter. More

Former champ Paul Spadafora returns to the ring on July 11 following his first pro loss. More

El Paso’s Jennifer Han eyes a world title fight: More



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Syracuse, NY

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Martez Potter 165.8 vs. Maurice Amaro 167.2
Aleem Whitfield 175.4 vs. Michael Mitchell 167
Jimmy Garcia 153.4 vs. Mike Black 151.2
Louis King 175.8 vs. Chad Campeau 179.2
Ray Santiago 233.6 vs. Eric George 203
Joe Shell 134 vs. Dwayne Holman Jr. 135.8
Luis Vargas 145.2 vs. Josue Rivera 146.8

Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Venue: Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY
Doors Open: 6 p.m.
First Bell: 7 p.m.



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Osamu Sato-Chris John Reunion in Tokyo

john-sato300By Jeff Panungkas

Former WBA featherweight Chris John met his former foe, Osamu Sato, the former WBA super featherweight at Suidobashi Gloves Boxing Bar, Tokyo, June 22, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their stunning match at Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, June 4, 2004. At that time John defeated the handsome champion Sato, who is now a popular TV star in Japan. Chris John himself is now also a TV commercial star and a business man in Indonesia during his retirement from the square ring following to his loss from South Africa’s Simpewe Vetyeka on December 2013. (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Paul Spadafora returns July 11

Coming off his first career loss, former IBF world champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (48-1-1, 19 KOs) will return to action against veteran three-time world title challenger Hector Velazquez (56-21-3, 38 KOs) on Friday, July 11 at the Rivers Casino Amphitheater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old “Pittsburgh Kid” is looking to get back in the title picture after a disputed majority decision loss for the WBA interim world title against champion Johan Perez.

“Pittsburgh—this is your one opportunity to witness one of the best prizefighters ever from the Steel City, and first world champion since the original Pittsburgh Kid Billy Conn, in 1941,” said future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr., who is promoting the show in association with TNT Promotions. “Believe me, you won’t find a more picturesque venue in this country than Rivers Casino!” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Injury KOs Hernandez-Ruelas clash

One of the most highly anticipated local fights in recent Arizona boxing history has been canceled. Andrew Hernandez (6-0-1-1, 1KO), who was slated to fight the also undefeated Joey Ruelas (8-0-1, 3KO), has withdrawn from the fight, citing a broken hand. The card is still on, with undefeated Phoenix-based prospect Jose Benavidez, Jr. headlining and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in the co-main event bout. Undefeated prospect Trevor McCumby (15-0, 12KO) is also on the card. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA #9 Amonsot, Carr victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Australian super middleweight champion Jake Carr (8-0, 3 KOs) outscored Dane Mulivai (4-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to retain the title in the main event at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday which was televised nationally on Foxtel cable television network. Scores James Boland 100-90, Samantha Bulner 100-91, Aneeka Williams 100-90. Carr controlled the action as he connected consistently with accurate combinations. Mulivai proved durable and never looked in danger of visiting the canvas. Carr has worked as a sparring partner to WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika. He is the son of Rod Carr who was a world rated 168 pounder during the 1980s.

WBA #9 light welterweight Czar Amonsot (27-3-3, 17 KOs) stopped Thong Por Chokchai (23-9-1, 15 KOs) in round four of scheduled twelve. Amonsot is 28 years old and was born in the Philippines but now resides in Campbelltown, NSW, Australia since 2011. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto belted in Puerto Rico

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Héctor Santos Guia / Cotto Promotions

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto was presented with his official green WBC championship belt by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on Wednesday in San Jose, Puerto Rico.

Cotto claimed the title on June 7 with a career-best performance against long time middleweight champion Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden. During his illustrious career, Cotto has won world titles in four weight divisions. This is his first WBC world title belt. photos



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Parker-Minto heats up New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

Things are heating up in advance of the clash between unbeaten heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and veteran Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs), who meet July 5 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.

Parker claims Minto is spreading false rumors about him being knocked down in sparring and still not being recovered from an eardrum injury. He also vowed to “hurt” Minto to avenge Minto’s win over Kiwi Shane Cameron. Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry has pushed for a drug test which will be administered to both fighters in front of the media Thursday. There is also a glove controversy, with Minto balking at Parker’s horsehair and foam “cheater’s gloves.” (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford of Omaha works out during media day Wednesday for his upcoming world title defense against powerful Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba, Saturday, June 28 at the Centurylink Center in Omaha. Both fighters share identical undefeated records of 23-0.

This HBO Boxing After Dark televised fight will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted in 42 years. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Gamboa media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Powerful Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba works out during media day Wednesday for his upcoming world title fight against WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford of Omaha , Saturday, June 28 at the Centurylink Center in Omaha. Both fighters share identical undefeated records of 23-0.

This HBO Boxing After Dark televised fight will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted in 42 years. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Korobov-Uzcatequi Media Workout

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

#1 WBO ranked undefeated (23-0) Middleweight Matt Korobov of Russia and world-ranked undefeated (22-0) Middleweight Jose Uzcatequi of Mexico worked out during media day Wednesday for their upcoming WBO International title fight on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs Yuriorkis Gamboa this Saturday at the Centurylink Center in Omaha on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, tickets to Crawford vs. Gamboa start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52 and $102, and are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

UFC

UFN San Antonio Main Card Fantasy Preview

The next top contender in the featherweight division will be crowned on Saturday night in San Antonio when Cub Swanson meets Jeremy Stephens in a five-round main event with title implications on the line . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: 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  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Spence, Cruz, Wade, Brinson Quotes

In a night of “step-up” fights from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. In the co-feature, Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (15-0, 11 KOs) meets Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-1-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight clash.

Errol Spence: “This is a 10-rounder, so I’m just doing a lot more rounds of sparring now, like 10 or 12 rounds. I think Ronald Cruz is a good, durable boxer. He comes forward with his hands up, tries to counter a little bit. But I fight guys like that all the time, I spar guys like that all the time. I won’t have to look for him because he’s going to be right there in front of me. I’ll just counter off his shots and look for openings.”

Ronald Cruz: “I’ve got a good trainer that has shown me all the tricks to beat a southpaw, so it’s no big deal – I actually like it better. Not only my right hand, but my left hook works better on a southpaw. He’s young, he’s obviously hungry and he’s on his way to being a world champion. I just feel they took this fight at the wrong time. It’s too soon, too early for him.”

Dominic Wade: “I don’t think too highly of him. He just throws those little punches in bunches, but they are all wild. I plan on keeping it short and simple.”

Nick Brinson: “…there are a lot of things he doesn’t do that I do well. He’s the favored fighter and I don’t want to take anything from him because I want all the credit when I beat him.”

Showtime will televise.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Gamboa, Crawford Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag

Undefeated world champions Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa, both 23-0 with 16 KOs, hosted an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their HBO-televised world lightweight championship fight on Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: I’m very anxious to get to the fight. Throughout training camp I met all the objectives I needed for a game plan for this fight and I’m just excited to get back into the ring this Saturday.

[On Crawford's height advantage] Just going back through my professional history, I’ve been pretty much the smaller guy in most of my fights. So I really don’t think it’s something that’s going to affect much. I know how to adjust. I know how to come with a game plan and it’s something I’ve been dealing with ever since my amateur career. I’ve always been the smaller guy.

Terence Crawford: The guys he’s probably fought and seen, I’m pretty sure that they don’t have the same style as me. They probably have similar styles, but I don’t feel there’s anyone out there with the same, exact style as me, so we’re just gonna see Saturday

[On distractions fighting in his hometown]: I don’t have none of that. No selling tickets, no shirts, no nothing, they can’t call me for nothing. So I’m not worried about the distractions around…we’ve been keeping a low profile.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Amagasa retains OPBF 126lb belt

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

Slow and steady wins the race. Slow-punching and least skillful, WBC#10/WBA#14/IBF#8/WBO#10 Hisashi Amagasa (26-4-2, 18 KOs), 126, barely kept his OPBF featherweight belt when he had a difficulty coping with a shorter and overmatched Thailander named Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (14-5, 3 KOs), 126, missed plenty of punches into the air but finally halted him at 1:51 of the eighth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The more aggressive Amagasa, an elongated awkward stylist, failed to catch the intimidated and inferior challenger in every round and was severely jeered by the crowd. The poor champ finally pinned the fading Thailander to the ropes and whipped him with inaccurate combinations, which caused the referee’s generous but unwelcomed stoppage. It was a lousy bout, and some wondered why Amagasa really reigned as the OPBF champ. He looked so poor, so inaccurate and so terrible. Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Danny Garcia opponent update

Update: looks like the WBC has signed off on Rod Salka as Danny Garcia’s opponent as they are now listing it on their web page.

Yesterday Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime announced that WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia was facing “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) topping a world championship tripleheader on August 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. However, on their website today, the WBC announced that Garcia would be facing Gabriel Bracero (23-1, 4 KOs) on August 9.

Barcero is rated #13 by the WBC and not rated by the WBA.

Salka is not currently rated by either the WBC or WBA. He has been a lightweight most of his career and is currently the WBC FECARBOX lightweight titleholder.

The WBC also dispelled rumors that Garcia was facing IBF champion Lamont Peterson on that date. Yesterday Golden Boy and Showtime announced that Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) will be facing Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (29-4, 20 KOs) on the same card.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Full card announced for Friday’s ESPN show

Headlining this week’s ESPN2 FNF card at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, will be red-hot lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (16-0, 13KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KOs) in the 10-round main event of the evening.

In the eight-round co-feature bout, WBA #11-rated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (19-0, 4KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Ramsey Luna (12-1, 4KOs).

Opening up the card will be promising hometown favorite Stephon Young (9-0, 4KOs), from nearby St. Louis, MO, looking to improve to a perfect 10-0 when he squares off against Vicente Alfaro (6-3, 1KO) in a six-round junior featherweight showdown. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

UFC

Marquardt’s Faith Puts Him Back at 185

“Nate Marquardt has a number of reasons for going back to the middleweight division. One of those reasons, he says, was a message from above . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: 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  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker to Brian Minto: “I’m going to hurt you.” More

Ricky Burns is fighting for his career and livelihood now. More

Why Floyd Mayweather won’t rematch Miguel Cotto? More

Says Chris Algieri: Fans are tired of Pacquiao-Marquez fights. More

Happy (late) Birthday to Butch Gottlieb and Mary Ann Owen! Mary Ann is the author of “Extraordinary Women Of The Ring” and the chief photographer for BoxingInLasVegas.com. Butch is a former Nevada State Athletic Commission official and the webmaster of BoxingInLasVegas.com.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Glen Tapia returns July 26

Top junior middleweight prospects will square off on the undercard of the “G4″ boxing extravaganza set for July 26 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. “Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (21-1, 13 KOs), favorite son of Passaic, New Jersey, will clash with Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (14-1-1, 4 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York in an eight round battle.

Also added to the undercard is undefeated and all-action junior welterweight newcomer Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey in a scheduled four rounder against an opponent to be announced.

The card is headlined by WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and two-time world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale. Co-featured is a WBC world heavyweight title eliminator between undefeated and top rated heavyweights Bryant “By By” Jennings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mike “The Rebel” Perez of Cork, Ireland.



June 24th, 2014

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WBO President comments on Boxing Summit



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction

Photos: Damon Gonzalez

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction weekend was another rousing success. The beautiful Sheraton East in Tampa was the site of the 6th induction weekend for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame June 20-22, 2014. Living inductees for the Class of 2014 included former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, manager Fred Levin, promoters Walter Alvarez, and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, and Leo Thalassites. Posthumous inductees included all-time-great Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman. Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra received special achievement awards. (more…)



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Shot of the Day

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

World champion Terence Crawford of Omaha made a special guest appearance on Tuesday at the Cox Communications call center in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford is in final preparations for his upcoming first title defense of his WBO lightweight belt against powerful Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba on Saturday at the Centurylink Center in Omaha. Both fighters share identical undefeated records of 23-0.

This HBO Boxing After Dark televised fight will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted in 42 years. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, tickets to Crawford vs. Gamboa start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52 and $102, and are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

More photos…



June 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC returns to Macao

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Cotai Arena in Macao on August 23 with a middleweight showdown pitting two of the division’s elite against one another as No. 8-ranked Michael “The Count” Bisping takes on former Strikeforce champion, Cung Le. With contrasting styles and 26 finishes between them, this bout has the potential to be a classic. (more…)



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Update: WBC/WBA/IBF Summit in Cancun

The historic meeting of three major boxing organizations wrapped up today in Cancun, Mexico with agreements and common ground on many areas of great importance to the sport. Some of the topics Mauricio Sulaiman, Daryl Peoples and Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Presidents of the WBC and IBF, and Vice President of the WBA respectively) discussed included:

- Standarization of instant replay procedures and guidelines
- Standardizing anti-doping testing protocols and substances
- PED testing
- General policies for world title unifications
- Glove brands certification
- Weigh-in monitoring (30 day, 7 day, day before and day of (to monitor gained weight)
- Establishing programs based on nutrition to educate trainers and boxers
- Standardizing division names
- Reciprocity on suspensions
- Joining forces on retired fighters’ aid and funds
- Joint force to address AIBA’s monopolistic attempts.
- Proposal of a tournament between champions to determine a sole world champion.

The meeting’s atmosphere was very positive and constructive. The leaders of the three organizations that attended the historic gathering all expressed their hope that the meeting set the groundwork for multilateral agreements on many areas of benefit to boxing and, above all, boxers. They agreed to appoint committee to enhance the organizations’ communication and to address specific topics of discussion. Announcements on agreements will be forthcoming. The leaders of the WBC, IBF and WBA will meet again on September 24th in Cancun.



June 24th, 2014




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