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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez WBC #4 light flyweight Juan "Churritos" Hernandez (30-2, 21 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over ...

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Boxing News

Female title fight tops Feb 17 Broadway Boxing card

On Wednesday, February 17th, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns for the second time in three weeks to the famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grille in midtown Manhattan. Headlining the card will be Brooklyn’s two-time world champion Amanda Serrano (26-1-1, 19KO’s) looking to claim her third world title when she takes on Canada’s Olivia Gerula (17-15-2, 3KO’s) for the vacant WBO featherweight championship.

Also seeing action on the card will be undefeated super middleweight contender Lennox Allen (20-0-1, 13KO’s) and a trio of highly regarded undefeated prospects in separate six-round bouts, including Olympian Jonathan Alonso (7-0, 4KO’s), five-time NY Golden Gloves champion Shemuel Pagan (6-0, 3KO’s) and Irish National champion Noel Murphy (4-0, 2KO’s). (more…)



February 5th, 2016


Boxing News

Prospects at the Palace

By Ron Jackson

Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions presents an action-packed ten-bout card of four rounders of young prospects at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Sunday afternoon. Boxing starts at 14h30. Ellis and Berman presented a similar tournament in October last year which was well received and they are expecting a good turnout on Sunday. (more…)



February 5th, 2016


UFC

Road warrior Nelson eager to get back on track at home

Roy Nelson is happy to be home. For the first time since his first-round knockout of Matt Mitrione in December of 2012, “Big Country” will be fighting in his hometown of Las Vegas when he faces Jared Rosholt in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night at the MGM Grand . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas: Point Counterpoint

By Bill Dwyre

The TV images from boxing last Saturday night were of a glassy-eyed Jean Pascal and a worried Freddie Roach.

It was the end of the sixth round of the light heavyweight title fight between Pascal and Sergey Kovalev in Montreal, Pascal’s hometown. They had fought before. Kovalev had destroyed Pascal. Pascal wanted another shot and hired the seven-time trainer of the year to guide him through the firestorm this time.

Now, Roach was doing the only kind of guiding left. No need for instructions about jabbing, nor ducking and countering. In the corner, he was telling Pascal it was over. Roach was doing his best Roberto Duran. No mas, Jean. (more…)



February 5th, 2016


Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Sad to report the passing of famed trainer Richie Giachetti at age 75 in Lodi, Ohio. Giachetti trained 14 world champions including Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. He also managed Holmes’ Hall of Fame career.
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The super bantamweight clash between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg is so hot they’re selling tickets to the weigh-in (limit six per person).
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Not much boxing action this weekend with the Super Bowl stealing the mainstream sports media’s attention.
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Congratulations to Fightnews.com® photographer Emily Harney, who had a nice write-up about her boxing photos in the Boston Globe.
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While most fighters battle to lose weight, British heavyweight Matt Gordon (2-0) has the opposite problem. He says he smashes down 4,000 calories a day to try to keep his weight up. “I don’t like to give away too much of a weight advantage to my opponents because generally, about 240 or 250 is average for a heavyweight. So I’m not trying to gain weight for the sake of it but, as training goes up, the calories have to go up too…but I don’t get sick of eating. It’s a good thing – I love it!”



February 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Jakarta, Indonesia

By Jeff Pamungkas

Weights from Balai Sarbini, Jakarta, Indonesia.

WBO Asia Pacific lightweight title:
Daud Cino Yordan 134.5 vs. Yoshitaka Kato 134.5

WBO Oriental featherweight title:
Defry Palulu 125 vs. Rey Juntilla 124.75



February 5th, 2016


UFC

Fight Night Vegas 2016: Top 5 Media Day Moments

Hear from Mickey Gall, Roy Nelson, Ovince Saint Preux, Zach Makovsky and headliner Stephen Thompson before they get in the Octagon at Fight Night Hendricks vs. Thompson on Feb. 6, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Fantasy Springs

Photos: Andrew Yelich / Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Randy Caballero 124 vs. Ruben Garcia 122.8
Frankie Gomez 145 vs. Silverio Ortiz 144
Shane Mosley Jr 168 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 165.8
Hector Tanajara 131.8 vs. Clay Burns 130.8
Rocco Santomauro 119 vs. Jose Estrella 125
Neeco Macias 152.8 vs. Paul Mpendo 153.2
Alberto Fundora 170 vs. Cesar Ruiz 169
Jesus Sanchez 143.2 vs. Gibran Gutierrez 145

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

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February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley Undercard Presser next week

Undefeated contenders Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Óscar Valdez and Jose Ramírez, former world champion Evgeny Gradovich and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host a Los Angeles press conference next week to officially announce their championship fights on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view undercard.

Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico, co-promoted by Zapari Boxing Promotions, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) #1 super middleweight contender and mandatory challenger, will get his first world title shot when he challenges WBO super middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs), of Berlin Germany. Valdez (19-0, 16 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, the WBO’s #1 featherweight contender, will defend his NABO featherweight title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KOs), a Russian native who lives in Oxnard, Calif. Jose Ramírez (16-0, 12 KOs), of Avenal, Calif., and a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental America super lightweight title against Manny Perez (25-11-1, 6 KOs), of Denver, CO.



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Alex Saucedo and Clarence Booth set for February 13 battle in Studio City

Future stars will collide in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be televised Feb. 13 at 11pm ET/PT on UniMas

Two up and coming rising stars and outstanding prospects will battle in an intriguing match that promises a lot of action, when unbeaten Mexican prospect Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo and the rugged American fighter Clarence ‘The Truth’ Booth clash in the February 13 event that will take place at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City.

Saucedo, a powerful Aztec puncher who has amassed an impeccable record of: 20-0 and 14 knockouts, will face the always-tough and well-trained Booth, who possesses a record of: 13-1 and 7 knockouts, in an eight round welterweight scrap in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be televised at 11pm ET/PT on UniMás.

“I feel very grateful with Top Rank for this big opportunity. I feel blessed. I know that this is a big opportunity for me and this could lead to getting bigger fights, but first I have to win this fight. I am more than ready. I know that I will fight in the main event and I feel very happy and motivated,” said Saucedo. (more…)



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing back in Biloxi, Mississippi

Rite Hook Promotions returns on February 13 at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Topping “Valentines Massacre” is a six round cruiserweight showdown between local hero Mike “Concrete” Bissett (9-8, 7 KOs) and “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-10-2, 7 KOs). The co-featured bout of the evening marks the return of unbeaten middleweight Bobby “The Prodigy” Bryant (15-0, 9 KOs) in an eight round matchup with 42-year-old former Floyd Mayweather opponent Louis Leija (21-15-1, 15 KOs).

Also featured is jr middleweight Manny “Shake Em’ Up” Woods (13-4-1, 5 KOs) against Aaron Anderson (3-38, 1 KO) in a scheduled six rounder. (more…)



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Full Card Announced for Saturday Night’s ‘Detroit Brawl’

The full card has been announced for promoter Dmitriy Salita’s “Detroit Brawl” this Saturday, February 6, at 6:30 pm at the iconic Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

In the night’s main event, WBA #14-ranked cruiserweight Junior “Hurricane” Wright (14-1-1, 11 KOs) of Chicago will face Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Chris “Nightmare” Stallworth (9-3, 3 KOs) in a six-round cruiserweight battle. The powerful 29-year-old Wright has already challenged for a world title and is looking to secure another opportunity.

In the six-round co-main event, undefeated New York (via Kazakhstan) lightweight Dimash Niyazov (8-0-3, 4 KOs) takes on Detroit’s capable James Lester (10-9, 4 KOs). While Niyazov has the unbeaten record, Lester has been in with stronger opposition and always been competitive.

Topping the undercard, Detroit’s undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Saint Paul, Minnesota veteran Antwan Robertson (10-14-1, 6 KOs). (more…)



February 4th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Las Vegas Fantasy Preview

Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will look to get one step closer to another title shot when he faces upstart contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the main event of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Stieglitz back in action March 5

Two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz will headline a March 5 card at the Home Monitoring Arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Now rated #10 by the WBO at light heavyweight, Stieglitz will face an opponent to be named.

In the co-feature, heavyweight Tom Schwarz (15-0, 10 KOs) will make the first title defense of his WBO Youth belt against another TBA.



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Fury: Rematch is nowhere near

Tyson Fury believes his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Wladimir Klitschko will happen but admits the two sides are struggling to settle on a date and venue for the bout.



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

David Haye backs up Frank Bruno’s return

Belfast’s James Fryer moves closer to title shot

New book sheds light on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X’s friendship

Amir Khan can overcome Saul Alvarez’s weight advantage



February 4th, 2016

UFC

Reasons to watch Fight Night Vegas this weekend

Before there was “Super” Sage Northcutt, the resident athletic freak in the UFC was Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Wonderboy has been flying under the radar, fighting only once in the last 16 months. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Freshmart beats Buitrago again, retains WBA 105lb interim belt

In a rematch, unbeaten WBA interim world minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (12-0, 6 KOs) again defeated Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago (28-2-1, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision on Thursday afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand. Buitrago’s best round was round one. After that, Freshmart pretty much took over. Freshmart won their first fight by close unanimous decision in October 2014. This time it was one-sided. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 119-109.



February 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Abraham, Ramirez, Valdez, Gradovich, Ramirez, Perez Super Bowl Predictions

Before they enter the ring for their super brawls, World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham, undefeated contenders Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Óscar Valdez and Jose Ramírez, former world champion Evgeny Gradovich, and dangerous veteran Manny Perez took time out to make predictions on Super Bowl 50, which will pit the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, February 7. The six fighters will be featured in title fights on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley world welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard, Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing back in Greensboro on Saturday

Walter Johnson Promotions and Richard Lide in conjunction with Barrios Boxing bring pro boxing back to Greensboro on Saturday at the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Airport. The main event features North Carolina welterweight Matthew “Mayhem” Strode (22-2, 9 KOs) taking on Lumberton, NC native Andre Baker (10-43-2, 2 KOs) in an eight round contest. In the co-main event, cruiserweight Mitchell Williams (11-4, 6 KOs) meets Gary Lavender (8-18, 7 KOs). In the other co-main event, undefeated welterweight prospect and Greensboro native Joseph Jackson (1-0, 1 KO) faces Jimmy Ellis (1-4, 1 KO). (more…)



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

LaManna, Mayfield top March 19 card

Welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (19-1, 7 KOs) will take part in the main event of a card that will take place March 19 at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. The eight-rounder will be LaManna’s second fight at welterweight after moving down from middleweight. LaManna will be facing TBA.

In the six round co-feature, former IBF cruiserweight world champion Imamu Mayfield (25-9-2, 18 KOs) will be making his long-awaited comeback in a heavyweight bout vs. TBA. The 43-year-old Mayfield will be making his first ring appearance in eight years. (more…)



February 3rd, 2016

UFC

Hendricks still motivated ahead of Thompson fight

Johny Hendricks occupies a unique place in the world of mixed martial arts. Yes, it’s imperative that to be successful, one ideally should be well-versed in all aspects of the sport, but we know that’s usually not the case. Everybody has a favorite, a go-to, a happy place where they would like to keep the fight for 15 (or 25) minutes or less . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Rigondeaux to invade UK on March 12

One of the world’s top pound-for-pound boxing stars Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux will fight in Britain for the first time on March 12 at the Liverpool Echo Arena when he faces local hero Jazza Dickens on the undercard of Terry Flanagan’s WBO lightweight title defense against Derry Mathews. Undefeated Rigondeaux, who fights out of Miami, Florida, is regarded as the world’s best super bantamweight. Many say he has been ducked by British 122lb stars Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, and now he is coming into their backyard.

Jazza Dickens: “He might not have the belts, but he’s still the world champion in my eyes, Frampton and Quigg both didn’t want to know him, but what they see as a threat, I see as an opportunity. We’ve all got weaknesses and Rigondeaux will have his, it’s my job to go out and exploit them and beat him.”



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel collide March 12

Former three-division world champions Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) will square off on March 12 on CBS. Mares and Montiel are two of the most accomplished and entertaining Mexican boxers in the sport today. Mares has held world titles at 118, 122 and 126 pounds, while Montiel has held world belts at 112, 115 and 118 pounds.

In the main event of the first primetime boxing presentation on CBS in nearly 40 years, welterweight knockout artist Keith Thurman will defend his WBA welterweight world championship against former titlist Shawn Porter. The card takes place at Mohegan Sun Casino Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut.



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Gavin McDonnell lands world title eliminator in Manchester

Gavin McDonnell (14-0-2, 4 KOs) can take a huge step towards a World title when he faces Jorge Sanchez for the WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight title and an official eliminator for the WBC World title at the sold-out Manchester Arena on February 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

McDonnell’s clash with Sanchez is reward for his victory over Vusi Malinga in October 2014 for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title before landing the European crown in March against Oleksandr Yegorov and defending it against Jeremy Parodi in October. (more…)



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Frankie Gomez on-weight and focused

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Golden Boy

Undefeated East L.A. welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (19-0, 13 KOs) returns to action Friday against veteran Silverio “Chamaco III” Ortiz (29-16, 15 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico, at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center in Indio, California live on Estrella TV. We caught up with Gomez and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California.

“I’m ready for this fight, I’ve been training hard. Weight has been good,” Gomez told Fightnews.com. “Training is good, working out 2-3 times a day. I’ve been sparring with Joel Diaz Jr. He’s a tough sparring partner.”

Roach added, “I’ve been away, but Marvin (Somodio) has been switching it up, I’ve been in camp a little, for a little bit. Overall everything is going really well. We had a really good workout, he looks sharp. I have been checking on him, I could see him at training through my phone if I’m in Canada or in China. He weighed in at 144 yesterday. He’s happy about that and he’s fighting at where he should be at.” (more…)



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Kevin Hooper’s destiny could be shaped at big Callum Smith fight night

David Haye says he has no problem with Frank Bruno fighting again at 54 – as long as he faced boxers of similar age.

Floyd Mayweather rules out rematch with Manny Pacquiao

Khiary Gray, Freddy Sanchez gear up for next bouts



February 3rd, 2016

UFC

Makovsky gets chance to show championship mettle vs. Benavidez

For a guy nicknamed “Fun Size,” UFC flyweight contender Zach Makovsky sure takes all the fun out of playing the “What If” game should he defeat Joseph Benavidez this Saturday in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Gallimore headlines in LA Friday

Unbeaten middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Illinois by way of Jamaica takes on power punching Roberto Ventura (14-11, 14 KOs) of Mexico topping a private show Friday night in Los Angeles. The main event bout is scheduled for six rounds at a contracted weight of 162 pounds. Ed Holmes All Star Boxing will promote the show. Gallimore’s managerial stablemates Ernest Muhammad Jr., Kelin Sharpe, Joshua Greer Jr. and Fernando Martinez will be fighting in separate bouts on the undercard. (more…)



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Khan set, what about GGG?

So Canelo-Khan is official. What’s next for WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin?

Looks like GGG will face IBF #3 ranked Dominic Wade (18-0, 13 KOs). Negotiations are underway for an April 23 clash, possibly at the LA Forum, to be televised on HBO. Wade is coming off a split decision win against former champ Sam Soliman last June in his only ring action of 2015.



February 3rd, 2016

WBA

Desperately seeking Alexander Ustinov

The World Boxing Association (WBA) announced a resolution earlier this year which ordered a series of bouts for consolidating the heavyweight division, leading a single world champion. One of the bouts planned was between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs). However, Ustinov hasn’t been located so far.

The situation is as follows:

1. A resolution was announced for Ortiz-Ustinov to agree to the fight no later than February 4, 2016.

2. The Russian Federation of Boxing announced that Vlad Hrunov does not have a license endorsed by them to perform the duties of promoter and manager with Ustinov.

3. Consequently, Alexader Ustinov could not be located.

4. No decision will be made in favor of any of the parties until Ustinov is located and confirms whether or not he’s onboard.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

De la Hoya talks exclusively to Fightnews.com® on all subjects regarding Canelo-Khan

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions


By Hesiquio Balderas

Oscar de la Hoya president and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions caught the boxing world by surprise with the announcement that Canelo’s next fight will be at 155 pounds and he will defend his WBC, RING and Lineal middleweight titles against former champion Amir “King” Khan. De la Hoya talked exclusively to fightnews.com about many subjects regarding this mega event.

“I’m very happy to have made this announcement, I promised that I will make the best fights for the public, for the fans and this is a huge fight, Canelo and Khan are great champions and they will give their all on May 7th, Canelo is strong and is the champion and Khan is a very fast fighter that can give Canelo problems, speed is a huge factor and Amir will push Canelo to be faster than ever and to train hard, we know that Khan is a warrior and that Canelo is a warrior, this makes for a great fight.” (more…)



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Showtime adds clash of unbeaten heavyweights

Unbeaten brawlers Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) will meet in a 10-round showdown of rising heavyweights on Saturday, February 27, in the opening bout of a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The telecast also features two world title fights. In the main event, undefeated three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz will make the first defense of his WAB featherweight world championship against former world champion Kiko Martinez. Televised coverage begins with a WBC super bantamweight world title rematch between Mexican power-punchers Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo names surprise opponent: Amir Khan

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will make his first title defense of 2016 against former two-time world champion and resurgent contender Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7, Cinco De Mayo weekend, in a match-up of two of the biggest stars in boxing. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Golden Boy Promotions will exclusively promote the fight. Information regarding, the venue, ticket availability and a press tour for the fight will be announced in the coming weeks.

Canelo Alvarez: “As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport and on Cinco De Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defense of my titles. Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight on May 7.”

Amir Khan: “I know Canelo fights the best and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to face me like others have. My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters that is why I’m excited for this fight. Also, I would like to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I know I have the speed and ability to beat him and will give my fans what they deserve on May 7.”

Oscar de la Hoya: “We are committed to putting on the biggest and best fights in boxing. Canelo is the biggest star in the sport and as he demonstrated against James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto last year, he is only getting better. Those who predicted that he would take an easy fight for his first defense have been proven wrong once again. As for Amir, he has won his last five fights including an incredible performance against Devon Alexander, and now that he is back where he belongs at Golden Boy Promotions, his future is very bright, once again.”



February 2nd, 2016


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