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DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions James DeGale told Andre Dirrell he is ready for war as the pair meet for the IBF World ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

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Dirrell-DeGale final press conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions The final press conference for Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card took place today at historic Fenway ...

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Ramirez opponent named: Derek Edwards

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank Unbeaten WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #3 super middleweight contender Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) of Mexico announced ...

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IBF Awards Banquet

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Boxing News

Amir Khan rejects Kell Brook fight

Former world champion Amir Khan has turned down a summer all-British showdown with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. “It’s all about timing. If I’ve got a different route and I want to face the likes of the Mayweathers and Pacquiaos out there, then Kell Brook will have to wait,” Khan told Sky Sports News. “We don’t want to rush this fight because it is going to be a big fight. It’s going to be a huge fight but it’s all about the timing.” Khan also stated that his next fight will be announced “in the next couple of days.”



March 31st, 2015



Boxing News

Report: Cotto-Heiland announcement imminent

The June 6 clash in New York City between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Jerge Sebastian Heiland could be announced as soon as today or tomorrow according to a report by El Vocero. The Puerto Rican newspaper cites a source in Argentina as saying the fight is almost certain, and although HBO isn’t interested in the fight, they’re willing to accept Cotto-Heiland under the condition that there is a preliminary agreement in place for Cotto to face Canelo Alvarez later in the year. Heiland is currently rated #1 at middleweight by the WBC and has a record of 25-4-2, 13 KOs.



March 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Ryan-Hibbert rematch added to May 30 card

Dave Ryan will defend his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert on the huge May 30 bill at The O2 in London. The show already boasts two World title clashes plus a huge fight for Heavyweight favorite Anthony Joshua, and fight fans will be licking their lips as the in-form Ryan and Hibbert clash in a rematch.

Ryan landed the Commonwealth crown by taking talented Tyrone Nurse’s unbeaten record in Leeds in October, a result that followed his win over former world title challenger Paul McCloskey. Hibbert’s confidence is sky high after two great wins at The O2, landing the WBC International title in October with a fifth round stoppage of Leonardo Gonzalez and then defending it in style in January by stopping Tyler Goodjohn in eight rounds. (more…)



March 31st, 2015

UFC

Ron Stallings: Marching To His Own Beat

Like jazz music, mixed martial arts has a rhythm and sound that is often improvised on the spot. Fighters can come in to a bout with a strategy and a game plan but when your game plan isn’t working, you’ve got to be able to jam to a different tune, and Ron Stallings understands this better than anyone . . . click here for more

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March 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Beat

The Wall Street Journal on Boxing’s magic number: 147

Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao skips a training run due to a minor injury.

Jermain Taylor pleads not guilty, says “I’m no terrorist”

Kazakhstani boxer Isa Akberbayev on the rise



March 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Adonis Superman Stevenson public media workout

Photos: Amanda Kwok / PBC on CBS

Light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson held a public media workout on Monday at Place Fleur de Lys, a large mall in Quebec City, Canada. The hard-hitting Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) will defend his 175-pound title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) in the featured attraction of the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on CBS Television Network this Saturday, April 4 (3 p.m. ET, Noon PT).

In the co-main event from The Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, promising undefeated light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) faces his toughest test when he takes on former light heavyweight world champion Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Figueroa-Burns lands in Hidalgo, Texas

Undefeated former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa will host a press conference in Hidalgo, Texas to officially announce his showdown with two-time world champion Ricky Burns that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on CBS (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) on Saturday, May 9 from State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Run Manny Run

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao goes thru early morning drills with strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune in Los Angeles for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Happy Birthday WBA President Mendoza

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Today marks the 72nd birthday of Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association since 1982. The WBA is the oldest world sanctioning institution in boxing.

In recent months Dr. Mendoza has been working with the World Boxing Council and International Boximg Federation to seek better conditions for the fighters and fans. He also continues the WBA’s charity work with the popular WBA KO to Drugs Festivals in various countries.



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Fahlan Sakkreerin: I will bring my father’s belt back to Thailand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Fahlan Sakkreerin Junior IBF#9 (27-3-1, 15KOs) will challenge the IBF Mini flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (28-7-1, 11KOs) on April 22, 2015 at Body Maker Coliseum, Osaka, Japan. Sakkreerin Junior scored the upset of the year in Osaka, Japan in 2013 by knocking out former WBA champion Ryo Miyazaki (22-1-3) in round three on December 31, 2013. Sakkreerin Junior said. ” My father Fahlan Sakkreerin (54-4-3, 23KOs) was former IBF Champion at 105 lbs in 1990-1992. This is my dream to bring my father’s belt back to Thailand and it will belong to me. ”

Jimmy Chaichotchuang the manager of Sakkreerin Junior said. “I am proud to have been the promoter of Fahlan’s father and also Sakkreerin junior. I am excited to see Sakkreerin Junior will make his dream come true. This is a history making in the world of boxing when Father and Son become champion in same division in same belt. Takayama is a great champion who was former WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO in 105 lbs and IBF title holder three times. This is showdown at the little giant weight class.”



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Matthysse, Provodnikov quick quotes

Junior welterweight stars Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) participated in an international media conference call on Monday to talk about their April 18 showdown at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Their twelve-round fight will be televised live as part of a split site doubleheader on HBO.

Lucas Matthysse: “I’m glad to be facing fighters of the caliber of Ruslan Provodnikov…I’m ready to fight a tough fight.”

“Come April 18 the world will know that the best 140-pounders will be fighting that night.”

Ruslan Provodnikov: “I’m not saying I’m better than Matthysse or anyone else. I just know I can beat anybody…I’m going to do my talking in the ring.”

[On Freddie Roach not being in his corner on fight night] “Everything is fine. It’s not the first time Roach will not be in my corner for a fight.”



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

truTV & Top Rank partner to exclusively televise live Friday night primetime boxing series

Series Premieres with Two Title Fights on Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET from The Chelsea Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year. The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.

The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship. The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action – Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia – in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for McWilliams Arroyo

Puerto Rican contender McWilliams Arroyo will fight against a new Mexican opponent in “The War” when he faces Ismael “Sapito” Garnica on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico on the show presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will air on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all cable TV and satellite systems.

Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) was to face former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in the card, headlined by WBO jr lightweight champion, Orlando “Siri” Salido, and two-time former champion 130-pound WBO Roman “Rocky” Martinez, but Garcia Hirales group decided to take a fight in Mexico this Saturday and not travel to Puerto Rico for the April 11 bout. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

New main event for April 17 ESPN2 show

The previously announced April 17th ESPN Friday Night Fights card has shaken up a bit. The card at the beautiful Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, was originally slated to be headlined by Sergey Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3 KOs) taking on Elvin Ayala (27-6-1, 12 KOs). With Ayala facing a legal situation, promoter Lou DiBella has elected to replace the feature bout, moving Derevyanchenko over to his April 10th ShoBox card, and sliding in red-hot undefeated junior middleweight Tony Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs) into the main event slot. Harrison is set to square off against Mexico’s Pablo Munguia (20-6, 11 KOs) in the 10-round feature bout. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: New Legend’s “International Fight Night”

By Jerry Glick at ringside

A packed house at Resorts Casino in Queens, NY, watched nine competitive fights, promoted by New Legend, with an assist from DiBella Entertainment and Star of David promotions on Saturday night during the latest installment of “International Fight Night” series.

In a main event, undefeated junior featherweight prospect Antonio Nieves (11-0, 5 KOs) of Cleveland, OH was the busier man in his toe-to-toe brawl with journeyman Saul Tejada (5-4-2, 1 KO) of Leon, Spain. Nieves was able to land fast whipping hard lefts to the body and more punches overall throughout the eight round encounter. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Smith-Cummings collide April 18

Light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (17-1, 14 KOs) will battle Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (18-8-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder headlining the 18th installment of the “Rockin Fights” series on April 18th from The Paramount in Huntington, NY. This will be the first main event for Smith at The Paramount. Hailing from nearby Mastic, Smith will have a large throng of supporters on hand as he steps up in class against Cummings.



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Stevenson set to face Bika on CBS Saturday

By Karl Freitag

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) and challenger Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) had a conference call last week to discuss Saturday afternoon’s CBS-televised world title clash at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. However questions addressed to Stevenson repeatedly had to do with rival IBF/WBO/WBA champion Sergey Kovalev rather than his fight with Bika. “I’m very focused on Bika right now,” said Stevenson over and over. “Bika is in my face now. I don’t see Kovalev or anybody in my face now, just Bika.”

Bika’s trainer Kevin Cunningham finally commented “I want to thank the media on this conference call for getting my fighter fired up. I don’t have to do it because you guys have done it for me. He feels disrespected. He doesn’t even see the reason he needed to be on this conference call because the conference call was basically about Stevenson and Kovalev. So you guys have helped me out in terms of motivating my fighter and I appreciate it.” (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report from Hammond, Indiana

By Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes/Hitz Boxing

High drama and higher stakes were on the line at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN Saturday night as veteran Chicago fight promoter, Bobby Hitz, presented a ten-bout card that had major implications for local favorite and headliner, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez. A win by Jimenez, taking on the dangerous Kevin Engel, garnered him a coveted slot on the undercard of the May 2nd Mayweather vs Pacquiao blockbuster. An upset loss however would not only dash a career best payday, not to mention future big fight opportunities, but would relegate Jimenez back to Midwest, main- event status, taking on the kinds of opponents who aren’t household names even in their own households. High stakes indeed. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

WBA treasurer Alberto Sarmiento passes

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA treasurer Alberto Sarmiento passed away last Saturday in his native Venezuela at the age of 73. Sarmiento was always recognized as a friendly and respected representative of the WBA, which he joined the early 70s after working in boxing in Caracas, Venezuela. He was WBA supervisor for 30 world title fights. Fightnews.com joins in the condolences for the loss of a great man of boxing.



March 30th, 2015

UFC

This Month in UFC History: April’s Finest Fights

Some of the best, most important and most memorable fights in UFC history have taken place in the month of April. With four events rapidly approaching next month, here’s a look through the history books at 10 classics that truly stand out . . . click here for more

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March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Maruki wins WBC Youth 154lb belt to follow his father’s footsteps

Report and photos by Joe Koizumi

Japanese challenger Ryosuke Maruki (9-3-1, 7 KOs), 153.75, impressively captured the WBC Youth super-welterweight belt when he scored a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of defending champ Petchsuriya Singwangcha (22-12, 9 KOs), 153.75, from Thailand, at 1:20 of their rematch on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. It was a grudge fight since Petchsuriya defeated him by a hard-fought majority decision last July. Ryosuke, who celebrated his birthday on this fight day, is a son of his manager/trainer Takao Maruki, former world title challenger who unfortunately failed to win the WBA junior feather belt from Samuel Serrano via unanimous decision in Nagoya in 1978. Takao now handles Ryosuke as well as his elder brother Kazuya (18-3, 12 KOs), now JBC’s #11 super-light contender. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Gonzalez thrashes Austin

Light heavyweight Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs) remained undefeated as he demolished Brad Austin (10-17, 7 KOs) with a 3rd round stoppage at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday night. Gonzalez dropped Austin three times, once in each round, before the referee finally called an end to the bout in the 3rd round. Gonzalez, a former Cuban amateur star, is promoted by Star Boxing, trained by Orlando Cuellar and managed by Michael Luzbeth. (more…)



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Tupou defeats Sam

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australia-based Tongan heavyweight Bowie Tupou (25-3, 17 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over former Australian champion Hunter Sam (11-5-2, 4 KOs) on Friday to capture the WBO African title at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Scores Max Murphy 96-94, Gary Dean 97-95, Kevin Hogan 93-99.

Tupou was based in the USA from 2007 to 2012 scoring victories over Chris Koval, Alexis Meijas, Manuel Quezada and Donnell Holmes but suffered losses to Demetrice King, Malik Scott and Bryant Jennings.



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Egberime manager Father Dave Smith

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Father Dave Smith who manages world class welterweight Solomon Egberime talks to Fightnews about Egberime’s recent victory over Gerardo Cuevas and his future boxing in the USA under Joseph Horn and trainer Luis Tapia.. Father Dave is Anglican Priest whose church in in Sydney and he talks further about his own boxing career and his trips to Syria with Egberime when they trained children on how to box which can be seen on YouTube.



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Kell Brook gives Amir Khan 48 hours to decide on a showdown for the “Battle of Britain.”

Manny Pacquiao’s recurring calf cramps causing concern.

Former champ Carl Froch expecting third child.

Nonito Donaire eyes championship fight at 122.



March 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Pressure mounting on Amir Khan to take all-British mega-fight with Kell Brook

By James Slater

Aside from a super-bantamweight unification meeting between rival champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, an Amir Khan-Kell Brook showdown is arguably the most talked about all-British super-fight that could be made this year. IBF welterweight champion Brook – who looked sensational in becoming the first man to halt Jo Jo Dan in last night’s Sheffield homecoming – again called out former 140-pound king Khan, suggesting the fight would “sell out Wembley” if it happened this June.

Brook, however, says he is sure he would KO Khan were the fight to happen and that the only way Khan will take the fight is if the Bolton man buckles under public demand for the fight.

“I don’t know why he hasn’t taken the fight. It baffles me,” Brook told Sky Sports News on the subject of a clash with Khan. “He knows he’s delicate around the whiskers, as I keep saying. It’s just a matter of time before he’s forced into that fight because of the public demand, and we’ll see him on the canvas once again.” (more…)



March 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Quigley captures Virginia Welterweight title; Jeter scores second-round knockout in Springfield, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

The promotional combination of Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions brought a standing-room only crowd to the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA Saturday night to witness 11 exciting bouts.

The main event saw undefeated Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome “Showstopper” Quigley score a fifth-round knockout over Richard “Tiger” Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC to win the Virginia State welterweight title. Quigley was very precise with his jab and that set up his power shots including a vicious counter left hook that dropped Hall for the knockout at 2:30 of the fifth round. Quigley is now 7-0, six KO’s while Hall’s record drops to 10-23-3, six KO’s. Despite neither man hailing from Virginia, both men have competed in the Commonwealth in their careers, making them eligible for the state title. (more…)



March 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Nieves dominant in NYC debut

On Saturday night, New Legend Boxing hosted the 16th installment of its popular International Fight Night series, held at the Resorts World Casino New York City. The event was headlined by Cleveland, Ohio’s super bantamweight prospect Antonio “Carita” Nieves (11-0, 5 KOs) making his New York debut. Nieves won an eight-round unanimous decision over the very game Saul Tejada (5-4-2, 1 KO). Nieves dropped his opponent with a left hook to the chin in the sixth and went on to win 79-72 on all three cards.

In a showdown between former female world champions, Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano (22-5-3, 10 KOs) and Fatuma Zarika (24-9-2, 14 KOs) battled to a six round draw in a lightweight contest. Scores were 58-56 Serrano, 58-56 Zarika and 57-57. (more…)



March 29th, 2015

UFC

Gilbert Melendez: The Heart of a Warrior

The measure of a fighter’s heart is something that always comes into question when adversity comes to call. When the proverbial hammer becomes the nail and the waters get choppy, how a fighter reacts is a tell tale sign of what beats inside of their chest and pulses through their veins . . . click here for more

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March 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Gavronski wins on 100th Battle at the Boat

After more than 18 years of showcasing the best up and coming boxing talent in the Northwest, promoter Brian Halquist’s 100th “Battle at the Boat” show took place Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.

In the main event, middleweight Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (17-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Maurice Louishomme (8-2-1, 4 KOs). (more…)



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