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Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

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Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

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Boxing News

DeGale, Bute make weight

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

James DeGale 167.4 vs. Lucian Bute 167.2
(WBC super middleweight title)

Isaac Chilemba 173.4 vs. Eleider Alvarez 174.8
(WBC light heavyweight eliminator)

Amir Imam 139.5 vs. Adrian Granados 139.5
Oscar Rivas 240.5 vs. Joey Abell 236.5

Venue: Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Yvon Michel
TV: Showtime

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November 27th, 2015


Boxing News

Video: Klitschko-Fury Weigh-In

Photos: Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing

There were no theatrics today at Karstadt, Essen when Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury came together one last time before they step into the ring and fight for the heavyweight world title. Initially refusing to shake Klitschko’s hand as the champion arrived, Fury did show respect after the formalities were over and even had a smile for the man he hopes to defeat in his own back yard tomorrow night.

On the scales, Fury tipped in at a lean 246.4lbs while Klitschko registered 245.3lbs. The challenger is confident of making an upset but it’s a massive task in every sense of the word.



November 27th, 2015


UFC

Fight Night Seoul 2015 Fantasy Preview

The international travel of the UFC in November will come to a close this weekend, as Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal headline the first ever card in Seoul, South Korea in a show airing exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT SEOUL is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, November 28 at 8 AM ET/5 AM PT . . . Click here for more



November 27th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC world title twinbill in Japan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Sendai is a beautiful city in northern Japan with a good population of more than a million residents, full of green trees, featuring many sightseeing places including the Aoba (green leaves in Japanese) castle. It is a bit cool in winter, but people here are anticipating hot wars with the WBC belts on the line tomorrow (Saturday). Unbeaten WBC 115-pound champ Carlos Cuadras (33-0-1, 26 KOs), from Mexico, will put his belt on the line against elongated Japanese challenger Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in the main event at the Xebio Arena. The semi-windup will watch another Mexican titlist, Pedro Guevara (26-1-1, 17 KOs) defend his WBC 108-pound title against Japanese speedster Yu Kimura (17-2-1, 3 KOs), ex-national amateur and professional champ.

Today we saw a weigh-in ceremony, where Cuadras and Eto both tipped the beam at 114.5, half a pound lighter than the super-fly limit, while Guevara scales in at the 108-pound light-fly limit to 107.5 for Kimura. (more…)



November 27th, 2015


Boxing News

Klitschko 245.8, Fury 246.9

Photos: Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) weighed in for their clash Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Klitschko weighed 245.8 lbs. (111.5 kilos), while Fury scaled in at 246.9 lbs. (112 kilos). An intense face-off followed lasting 72 seconds before they were separated. During their face-to-face, Klitschko at 6’6 1/2 looked at least as tall as Fury, who is billed as 6’9.

Fury made his entry first, followed by Wlad, who extended his hand to shake with Fury. Fury refused. Wlad attempted again after the face-off, and this time Fury accepted. Now comes the long-awaited ruled meeting where Fury will try on his custom-made Paffen gloves. The Fury camp is still making rumblings about walking if the gloves aren’t to his liking.

Only media were allowed into today’s weigh-in. The reason given is extra security. The fight takes place at the 54,600-seat Esprit Arena, which will have it’s retractable roof closed and the heat turned on for fans attending the event.

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November 27th, 2015

Boxing News

More Thanksgiving Eve boxing from Boston

By Matt Thompson Jr. at ringside

Granite Chin Promotions, in keeping up with their Thanksgiving Eve tradition, kept an audience of nearly 800 entertained with an eight-bout card consisting of four pro fights and four amateur exhibitions at the Teacher’s Union Hall in South Boston, MA. Headlining the professional portion of the show, cruiserweight Chris Traietti (20-3, 16 KOs) from nearby Quincy, MA, made quick work of Adam “The Atom Bomb” Collins (13-11, 8 KOs), from Ironton, OH, dropping Collins three times in the first round with sharp counter rights. Traietti hurt Collins early with a solid left hook to the body, opening the head for an accurate sustained attack, keeping the pressure on to finish the bout at 2:50. (more…)



November 27th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Seoul 2015 at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal and the welterweight bout between Dong Hyun Kim and Dominic Waters, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea at 8am ET / 5am PT. Seven prelim bouts will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 5am ET / 2am PT.

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Jorge Masvidal (170) VS Benson Henderson (170)
Dominic Waters (170) VS Dong Hyun Kim (171)
Alberto Mina (171) VS Yoshihiro Akiyama (170)
Sam Sicilia (146) VS Dooho Choi (146)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Jake Collier (185) VS Dongi Yang (186)
Mike De La Torre (146) VS Yui Chul Nam (146)
Leo Kuntz (156) VS Tae Hyun Bang (156)
Cortney Casey (116) VS Seohee Ham (115)
Fredy Serrano (125) VS Yao Zhikui (126)
Marco Beltran (136) VS Ning Guangyou (134)
Dominique Steele (171) VS “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (170)
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT SEOUL is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, November 28 at 8 AM ET/5 AM PT . . . Click here for more



November 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Only media will be allowed into today’s Klitschko-Fury weigh-in in Dusseldorf, Germany. The reason given is extra security.

Journalist Héctor Villarreal reports that according to promoter Rogelio Espino, Sugar Shane Mosley will fight against TBA in Panama on December 17 on the WBA’s “KO Drugs” card.



November 27th, 2015

Boxing News

“Big Chief” Fitch remains unbeaten

Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (15-0-1, 7 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over wily Venezuelan Marcos “The Terminator” Primera on Wednesday night at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. Also, Josh “The Handsome Hitman” Himes (6-1, 3KO) captured the ABA cruiserweight title defeating Jermaine Walker and unbeaten “The Hyperactive Hillbilly” Johnny Haught (5-0, 0 KO) defeated Corey Budd by majority decision in cruiserweight action.

Other results on the Made Men Promotions card: Matt “Sweet Child” Conway W TKO2 Tomi Archambault (welterweight) and Justin “The Hawk” Steave W UD Cliff Gregory (super welterweight).



November 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Nevin, Jimenez win in Hammond, Indiana

By Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

Chicago promoter Bobby Hitz wrapped up 2015 with a Thanksgiving eve card at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring a cadre of local prospects, a 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, as well as the return of popular local stalwart, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez. Unfortunately, two bouts were scratched in the eleventh hour and the original opponent for Jimenez, Thomas Awimbono of Ghana , never got off the tarmac in Accra due to visa problems. Regardless, the show went on and at the end of the night most fight fans filed out of “The Venue” and into the rainy night seemingly satisfied with the action that had unfolded.

In the night’s lightweight finale, John Joe Nevin, who took home silver while representing his home country of Ireland in the 2012 London Olympic Games, showed there’s much work to be done after a somewhat sloppy six round decision over twenty-fight Detroit veteran, Greg Coverson Jr. Nevin, technically proficient if not a tad mechanical, never abandoned the jab and as the fight wore on increasingly found a home for his left hooks to the head. In the fourth, however, it was two quick right hands that briefly dropped Coverson for what would be the only knockdown of the fight. The final two rounds had Coverson in survival mode and while he ate several more left hooks from Nevin he was never again in any real trouble. All three judges had it 60-53 across the board for Nevin. (more…)



November 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Klitschko-Fury Public Workout



November 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Lara targets Canelo, Cotto or anyone at 154

Photo: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions


“I’ll face anyone they want to put in front of me at 154 lbs, unless it’s Canelo (Alvarez) or (Miguel) Cotto. Then we’ll go up to 160 lbs,” proclaimed WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) after easily dispatching former world champion Jan Zaveck (35-4, 19 KOs) on a rain-soaked Friday night inside an outdoor ring at Miami’s Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

Regarding the fight with Zaveck, Lara commented, “I think I handled the pressure well tonight. I stayed in the pocket and fought my fight. This was a great win for me. (Zaveck) is a former champion and he’s never been knocked out until tonight…I hit him with a great shot to the chin and froze his whole body. He was complaining about pain in his ear and his leg, but the bottom line is I got the win.

“I’m very happy to be back fighting in the Miami area. This is my first time fighting back here since 2009 and I’m glad I was able to put on a good show for the fans. I’m very thankful for the way they showed up to support me tonight.”



November 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Nieves impresses in Erie

By Matt Thompson at ringside

There was a little bit of everything for the fight fans at the Bayfront Convention Center to be satisfied within the six bout card promoted by Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzarro Boxing Promotions on Thanksgiving eve. The highly entertaining card had plenty of action, which included upsets, close fights and ended with a quick knockout to end the show. In the main event of the evening, undefeated super bantamweight sensation Antonio “Carita” Nieves (14-0-1, 7KO’s) needed only 2:34 to stop sixty-seven fight veteran Lorenzo “Explosivo” Trejo (35-31-1, 22KO’s) in the scheduled six round main event of the evening. In the four round co-feature, Nicaraguan welterweight Wilfredo “El Zurdo” Acuna (16-18, 12KO’s) shocked formerly undefeated Wilkins “The Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-1-2, 6KO’s), dropping him twice on his way to a well-deserved six round unanimous decision victory. (more…)



November 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Spence is ready to take on the world

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Premier Boxing Champions

As top welterweight prospect Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (18-0, 15KO) gears up for his hometown fight this Saturday at The Bomb Factory in Dallas against the tough and gritty Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18KO), he can’t help but look to the future and for a potential title fight. “I’ll fight anyone in the top 10. The ranking just came out. I’m ranked in the top ten in all 3 sanctioning bodies, the IBF, WBA and WBC. I’ll fight anybody in the top 10, maybe anybody in the top 15, it doesn’t matter.”

Spence has not been shy about fighting current WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman.

“It’s nothing between me and Keith Thurman, it’s just Keith Thurman said he will fight anybody, nobody wants to fight him, everybody’s ducking him. You know, like he’s a big bad wolf, I’ll come out of the bushes, I’ll fight you. It is what it is. He said 10 million or something like that, people don’t get 10 million to fight Floyd Mayweather, and so I don’t know.” (more…)



November 26th, 2015

UFC

Holly Holm: The Champ Gets Her Just Due

The Hollywood answer to the question “when did you know you had the fight won?” would be “when I signed the contract.”

That’s just not Holly Holm’s style. But it was fairly early on in her UFC 193 bout against Ronda Rousey that “The Preacher’s Daughter” knew that she was on the right track to upsetting the unbeaten Californian and shocking the world . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT SEOUL is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, November 28 at 8 AM ET/5 AM PT . . . Click here for more



November 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Tyson Fury’s rise to the top in photos

Fury gets his gloves of choice vs. Wladimir Klitschko

Fury gets dad in corner, after his prison sentence for gouging man’s eye out

David Haye says he can rule again



November 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Lara destroys Zaveck, retains WBA 154lb title

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

A pouring rain wreaked havoc on an outdoor boxing card Wednesday night at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Miami, Florida. After a long delay, WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (22-2, 13 KOs) and Jan Zaveck (35-4, 19 KOs) entered the ring during a lull in the storm and Lara made quick work of the 39-year-old former IBF welterweight champion. After staggering Zaveck in round two, Lara dealt out more punishment in round three, prompting Zaveck to turn his back. Referee Telis Assimenios waved it off at :41. After the fight, Zaveck said a punch to the neck caused a spasm in his shoulder.

Unbeaten WBA #6, WBC #8 bantamweight Manny “Sensational” Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a dominant seven round TKO over Eliezer Aquino (17-2-1, 11 KOs). Rodriguez dropped Aquino in round three. Aquino was deducted a point in round seven for losing his mouthpiece. The one-sided bout was finally waved off by referee Sam Burgos at 2:44.

Earlier, super welterweight southpaw Daquan Arnett (15-1, 9 KOs) scored a first round KO over former Cuban Olympian Yudel Jhonson (17-3, 9 KOs). Johnson was down twice. Referee James Warring waved it off at 2:47.

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November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Dominguez-Vicente collide Dec 8

Juan Dominguez (19-0, 13 KOs) and Yenifel “Lightning” Vicente (27-3-2, 19 KOs) will meet in a 10-round featherweight showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 December 8 from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Additional televised action features unbeaten cruiserweight Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) battling Garrett Wilson (16-9-1, 9 KOs) and undefeated rising middleweight prospect Immanuwel Aleem (14-0, 9 KOs) facing Carlos Galvan (11-3-1, 10 KOs) in an eight round bout.



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

DeGale on Bute fight: It will be a destruction

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Boldly predicting at least a sixth-round finish against local favorite Lucian Bute, a confident James DeGale held his IBF super middleweight world championship belt high over his head during the main event press conference in advance of Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing event. “Gonna be six rounds, but it may be three,” DeGale repeated over and over as the fighters concluded their final shots for a packed room of media members on Wednesday at the Le Bonne Entente Hotel. DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) defends against the popular former 168-pound world champion Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) this Saturday from the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City.

Also participating in the press conference were the two top ranked light heavyweights facing off in the co-feature. WBC’s #1-ranked 175-pound fighter Isaac Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) meets unbeaten, #2-ranked Eleider Alvarez (18-0, 10 KOs) in a light heavyweight world title eliminator. The winner earns the right to become the mandatory challenger for WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson, who is expected to be in attendance on Saturday night. (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing coming to Historic Horse Racing Track

On December 4th, the very active King’s Promotions will stage a boxing card at the Historic Horse Racing Track in Fort Washington, Maryland. Scheduled to appear in the six round main event will be undefeated 19-year-old Mykal Fox (7-0, 2 KOs). His opponent will be announced shortly. (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Quillin: I’m here to win

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Undefeated former middleweight world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin spoke about his December 5 Showtime clash with WBA middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. “This has been one of the most inspirational camps that I’ve had in my career,” said Quillin during a workout at the 5th Street Gym in Miami. “I’m around great people. I’m in the best shape of my life and as humble as possible. We’re going into this fight with nothing but confidence. I’m mentally and spiritually strong. I’ve been in 33 of these fights in my career. Every one of those guys has said they’re going to beat ‘Kid Chocolate’ but no one has beaten me. I’ve been in with a lot of different guys and I’m yet to be beat. (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Joshua says Klitschko will beat Fury

Heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua believes WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defeat unbeaten Tyson Fury when they collide on Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany. “It will be a great fight and it’s brilliant for boxing both in Britain and on a world stage,” said Joshua. “Tyson and Wladimir are two very different personalities which makes it even more interesting for the neutral [fans]. The result is difficult to call, both have knockouts on their record and anything can happen in heavyweight boxing. The fight will be action packed right from round one. I think Fury will come out with nothing to lose, his style is to throw a lot of punches but ultimately I think Klitschko’s class will shine through and he will win.”



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Granados looks to upset #1 ranked Imam Saturday

Illinois native Adrian Granados (16-4-2, 11 KOs) will take on unbeaten New Yorker and WBC #1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) this Saturday at the Centre Videotron, in Quebec City, Quebec Canada. It will take place on the undercard of the main event featuring IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale vs hometime favorite and ex-champ Lucian Bute. The Granados-Imam fight will be aired on Showtime Extreme.

It has been quite the ride for Granados the last 6 months or so. He signed with Journeyman Management and immediately saw himself on the undercard of the fight of the millennium between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio. He dropped what many felt was a disputed split decision to world ranked Brad Solomon that night. The very next month he upset veteran Jesus Soto Karass on the Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) show in Las Vegas. He followed that up with three straight wins in the boxing ring heading into his showdown with Iman on Saturday. (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez wants to impress against Aquino

By Robert Coster

Red hot bantamweight prospect Emmanuel “Sensational” Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) will be fighting his first bout on US territory and national TV (ESPN) against tough Eliezer Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in Miami tonight. Rodriguez, a former Junior Olympic Champion, has fought all his fights in his native Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He is ranked 6th by the WBA and 8th by the WBC. The Rodriguez-Aquino fight is for the WBA Fedelatin title held by Rodriguez and will be on the undercard of the Lara-Zevcek title clash. Says Rodriguez: “I expect a tough challenge from Aquino. Tapes show that he an offensive-minded boxer, always moving forward, throwing punches. I think my skills will be the difference.”



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Year-end world title bouts in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Everything comes in three, but our year-end world title promotions repeat for more than three years. WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama as well as WBA 112-pound ruler Hiroki Ioka will fight on New Year’s Eve in four consecutive years. Why do our television networks, exactly not our promoters, love to show boxing events in the end of the year? Simply because of getting high TV ratings since people take holidays after the closing of government and industry offices for the year and stay at home to watch television at home box offices. Under recession it might be more economical of time and money to watch TV rather than go out and spend money for gambling or drinking. Housewives also love their husbands to stay at home no matter what they might do rather than go outside for enjoying time of wine and roses. Boxing is interesting enough to attract men to stay at home to kill time during tedious holidays.

As previously, we will see many world championship bouts to be scheduled in the end of the year here in Japan, as follows: (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Antonio DeMarco ready to get back on top

For the better part of four months, Antonio “Tony” DeMarco has been training in Las Vegas for his upcoming fight against Omar “Panterita” Figueroa on Saturday, December 12 in San Antonio, Texas. “It has been a good camp. I feel very much at peace and I am looking forward to putting on a good show for the fans in San Antonio,” said De Marco, while getting ready to spar a few days ago.

DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico will battle Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, in a super lightweight battle that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC in primetime on December 12 from the newly renovated AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas with televised coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

“I had some personal problems that have taken me awhile to come to terms with and after many hours of self-awareness and going to a spiritual retreat and getting away from everything and everyone also helped,” said DeMarco. (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

O’Neil Bell killed in Atlanta

By Jose Santiago

Sad news to report from Atlanta. Former world cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Super Nova” Bell was killed during a robbery according to WSB-TV. The crime took place after Bell and another victim exited a bus around 12:30AM. Bell was shot in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene. He was just 41 years old.



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Kovalev talks Pascal, Beterbiev, Stevenson and Ward

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Emily Harney

WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) of Russia is set to make his next title defense in a rematch against Montreal’s Jean Pascal taking place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on January 30, live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with the “Krusher” as he talked about his upcoming rematch with Pascal, new contract, Adonis Stevenson, and Andre Ward.

“I’m disappointed. It’s hard for me to find a new opponent but we fight anyone who is available,” Sergei Kovalev told Fightnews.com. He scored an exciting eighth round TKO over Pascal this past March and Pascal’s team called for an immediate rematch.

“It was an offer from his team. They thought the fight was stopped early, so I want to put a period to that,” Kovalev said. The champ will go into Pascal’s hometown of Montreal once again. “I’ve fought everywhere. I won my titles against Cleverly in Wales and all of my amateur career I fought in other places,” Kovalev said. “I beat [Pascal] once in Canada and I am going to do it again.” (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Exclusive interview with Francisco Vargas

By Hesiquio Balderas
Photos: Ramiro Gonzalez/GBP

Newly crowned WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas was present Tuesday at Golden Boy Promotions Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Vargas spectacularly defeated Takashi Miura in dramatic fashion last Saturday to become the new 130-pound key holder. It was the fight of the night without a doubt. Cotto vs Canelo was a good tactical battle, but Miura-Vargas was a breathtaking war with an unexpected finish. Just when everything seemed over for the Mexico City warrior, he rose from defeat and defeated the Mexicutioner Miura, who had destroyed all of his previous Mexican opponents, including hard-hitting Yeyo Thompson.

First of all, how does it feel to be called champ? And how does it feel to be on the same list alongside many great and legendary Mexican world champions?

I feel great, the feeling is like no other. I feel very happy to have won this championship and I the way I did it. I have the utmost respect for Miura, it was a thug fight. (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Bobby Hitz scores a knockout in and out of the ring

By Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images.com

Chicago promoter Bobby Hitz was putting the finishing touches on his annual Thanksgiving eve card at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, when FightNews caught up to him at his office located on the outskirts of “The Windy City.” Hitz reflected on his professional boxing career and his transition into promoting, a hat he’s worn for nearly 25 years. Hitz, candid as is his nature, also discussed his successes, disappointments, as well as his ongoing skirmish with the Illinois State Athletic Commission. Whether you agree with him or not (and he could care less if you don’t), there’s no doubt that after spending time with Bobby Hitz that you know exactly where he stands.

The story as to how you got into promoting is interesting and involves some well known people in the business. Can you explain to our readers how Bobby Hitz the fighter transitioned into Bobby Hitz the promoter?

I got what you could say was my Harvard education in boxing during my time in Detroit. I mean here I was, Jackie Kallen’s first fighter, I’m hanging around guys like Emmanuel Steward, a great promoter in Bill Kozerski, you couldn’t ask for a better base to acquire knowledge about the sport than Detroit at that time. So when James Toney became a member of our stable, I really made an effort to learn more of the business side of things because I knew my career was coming to an end. With James Toney, I did a lot of the grunt work, researching his opponents, things like airport pick-ups, making sure everyone got checked into the hotel, had their meal vouchers, things like that. I had a knack for getting things done but I still wasn’t sure at this time where it would lead. (more…)



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

“Big Chief” Fitch highlights tonight’s ‘Feast of Fists’

Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (14-0-1, 7 KOs) returns tonight at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WV when he faces Venezuelan Marcos “The Terminator” Primera (20-32-3, 13 KOs) in a scheduled eight round affair. Fitch is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Dennis Sharpe in September. Primera is best known for his knockout victory over former world title challenger Curtis Stevens.

Presented by Made Men Promotions other bouts include Josh “the Handsome Hitman” Himes vs. Jermaine Walker for the ABA Cruiserweight Title, cruiserweights “The Hyperactive Hillbilly” Johnny Haught vs. Corey Budd, welterweights Matt “Sweet Child” Conway vs. Tomi Archambault, and popular MMA fighter in his second professional boxing start Justin “The Hawk” Steave vs. Cliff Gregory in a super welterweight bout. Prior to the pros, the evening will kick off with a host of amateur bouts. First bell 7:00 PM. Tickets call 724-513-1416.



November 25th, 2015

UFC

Yui Chul Nam: Fighting Fire With Fire

Twelve years into his career as a mixed martial artist, Yui Chul Nam has earned his nickname “The Korean Bulldozer.” That means if opponents are looking for a leisurely, non-taxing three rounds of point fighting, this isn’t the guy they’re looking for . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Erie, Pennsylvania

By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale

Antonio Nieves 118 vs. Lorenzo Trejo 119.4
Wilkins Santiago 146.6 vs. Wilfredo Acuna 148.8
Ray Edwards 250 vs. Grover Young 255
Thomas Mattice 138.8 vs. Ariel Vasquez 142.4
Alexander Dedovets 198 vs. Tahlik Taylor 183.2
Brett Simmons 145.6 vs. Lee Kreisher 146.6

Venue: Bayfront Convention Center
Promoter: Bizzaro Promotions



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

David Haye plots return against Mark de Mori

Who is Mark de Mori?

Floyd Mayweather thanks Holly Holm for “kind words”

Tyson Fury in favor of legalizing doping



November 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Boston

Chris Traietti 186 vs Adam Collins 196
Brandon Montella 173 vs Devonte Hopkins 179
Matt Doherty 140 vs Rafael Francis 140
Antonio Chaves Fernandez 161 vs Greg Thomas 166

Venue: Boston Teacher’s Union Hall (180 Mt Vernon St), Boston, MA
Promoter: Granite Chin Promotions
Tickets: TicketRiver.com (search words: Boston Teacher’s Union Hall)
Doors Open: 6pm



November 24th, 2015


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