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By Boxing Bob Newman
Aleem Whitfield 188 vs. Eric George 189.2
Martez Potter 155.8 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 155
Tony Brinson 172 vs. Donovan Scott 171.6
Joe Shell 133.8 vs. Dante Palmer 133
Brandon Williams 132.6 vs. Joe Gbolo 135.2
Paul DeLong 296 vs. Ray Santiago 234
Usiel Hernandez 132.4 vs. Tyrell White 134.8
Venue: Holiday Inn Liverpool, NY
Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m. First Bell: 7 p.m.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, in Toronto for his acclaimed one-man show, didn’t like like the direction this live TV interview was taking. WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE
The WBO World Championship Committee has announced that WBO #1 ranked contender Matt Korobov and WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will fight for the belt formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title rather than face Korobov. Andrade was chosen over WBO #2 contender Billy Joe Saunders, whom the WBO noted has never faced a top 15 opponent. Both sides have 15 days to reach an agreement or a purse bid will be called.
Photos: Joel A. Colon-PRBB
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and former champion Marcos Maidana faced off at the final press conference on Wednesday for their showdown on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The mood seemed somewhat muted due to heat Floyd has received from some in the press over comments he made on the Ray Rice situation. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe admonished the press over the treatment Floyd’s been getting.
Leonard Ellerbe: He’s become a guy who wears a target on his back. No matter what he says, no matter what he does, people form an opinion, they tend to take things out of context. But it just comes with the territory. When you’re on top and you’ve been on top for so many years people are gunning at you. And the least little thing you say or do, no matter how you feel, things get taken out of context. This guy’s had a phenomenal career, he’s beat everybody we put in front of him, he’s been the best fighter in the world. He’s been world champion ever since 1998 when he defeated Hernandez in a wonderful, wonderful fight, he’s gone on to beat a number of world champions, and he still tends to this day to get criticized for his work inside the ring, which is mind-boggling. In my eyes he will go down as the best ever to do it, and no matter what anyone says he can only fight and beat the fighters in his era…all this hating and criticism about this and that, you guys need to stop! Just cut it out…the reason that boxing hasn’t crossed over into a mainstream sport as a whole is because we’re too hard, we’re always trying to find ways to denigrate, to down and criticize people’s accomplishments and a lot of times it’s done by people who’ve never boxed before and don’t know what it means to be in his shoes.
Floyd Mayweather: “I’ve had a remarkable training camp…truly unbelievable…it’s all about blood, sweat and tears and that’s what the fans will see Saturday night…the first fight was very interesting. Hopefully this one is even more exciting. He deserves the rematch. A true champion never backs down so I accepted the rematch.”
Marcos Maidana: I’m ready to make history.
With a stacked card coming to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this Thursday, Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz, Lateef “Power” Kayode, Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez sat down with the media in Las Vegas to discuss their respective title bouts airing live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
Here is what the fighters said Thursday:
Luis Ortiz: “I have worked very hard for this fight and it’s a great opportunity and I’m not going to waste it. I have seen one or two of Kayode’s fights and I am prepared. You will see my preparation materialize in the ring on Thursday night. Kayode is a trash talker and I take that as a sign of weakness. A lot of heavyweight fighters are in Cuba in amateur competitions, but I take pride in knowing that I am a professional Cuban heavyweight. I am going to continue working and doing my part and fight whoever steps up. I am the next heavyweight champion. I am going to keep doing my part so I can get there. When I need to be a power puncher, I will do it. When I need to box, I will do it. When I need to be defensive, I will do it. When I need to attack and get the job done, I will do it. If there is a specific name for all of those styles – then that is the kind of fighter I am.”
Lateef Kayode: “I feel as good as I did at cruiserweight, I’m still the same powerful guy. My trainer Freddie Roach has spent a lot of time in the gym with me. He has taught me a lot about my opponents and how to take advantage of them. I notice the difference when Freddie tells me things to adjust my game. He helped me with my footwork and positioning. He taught me new ways to make my opponents pay. Freddie told me that if I listen to him I will have no problem with this guy. He’s there to make life easier for me. I will be able to keep composure and keep calm in the ring. It’s not an easy task to fine-tune my brute force and strength but I feel great about where I am. After I knock Ortiz out or whatever I do to him, after that I will leave it up to my manager to try to get me a fight with Klitschko. I’m not scared to fight anybody.”
Jesus Cuellar: “I feel good and ready. I have been training with Robert Garcia for this fight and we had a great camp. I feel blessed that the Latino fans especially the Mexican fans have been following me and giving me the support I need. I know that this is going to be a hard fight. I’ve been training hard for it in intense camp and I’m here to do my job and take the victory home. The fans expect me to show how I box and I am prepared to go the distance but I am also ready for it if it goes faster than that.
Juan Manuel Lopez: “This is a difficult fight but I’ve been a two-division world champion, and I wasn’t going to take easy fights that the public and my fans wouldn’t respect. We know 100 percent that my career is at stake and I can’t afford a loss, but that’s why we came ready and in the best possible shape. I don’t want my career to end on a note like the Francisco Vargas loss. We know what’s ahead of us and what this fight means. It’s very important for me. The person who I thought would have tried to convince me to retire was my mother. She’s been my biggest supporter and my biggest fan. She was there at the Vargas fight, and I really thought she was going to try to convince me to stop boxing. But she’s continued supporting and backing me 100 percent. Of course, I want to go for one big payday and retire. That’s every fighter’s dream, to get the biggest payday and retire. I always said at 32 I’d like to retire, but things happened to stall that a little bit. But I’m not going to go past 34. I want to retire before then. I see a very strong fighter in Jesus Cuellar. I see a young fighter that wants to be the best in the world and a champion. That makes him very dangerous. My advantage is that I’ve been here on this stage and the experience that I have at this level, you cannot buy it.”
The Ultimate Fighter season 20’s Heather Jo Clark isn’t a name dropper, and that’s probably a good thing, because if she ran down the litany of standout fighters and coaches she’s worked with over the years, she might have a tough time finding opponents. But if she won’t run down that list, I will . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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PR Best Boxing Promotions, promoter of the flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo, will submit a formal protest to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) regarding his split decision defeat against the 112lb IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng this morning in Thailand. Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PRBBP, said that in the protest will demand an immediate rematch between Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) and Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), who won a close decision over Arroyo by scores of 115-114, 114 -113 for him and 114-113 for Arroyo. “We will file a formal protest to the IBF because the outcome of the fight could have been different if the referee (Pat Russell) would have acted differently and not let the fight out of his hands,” Rivera said. “We will demand an immediate rematch before the end of the year.”
During the fight, Arroyo dropped Ruenroeng in round six. But Ruenroeng was holding the entire fight and sent Arroyo to the canvas several times, always holding and pushing him. “I think the fight got out of the hands to the referee. He (Russell) warned Ruenroeng several times, but did not deduct points for holding and pushing,” added Rivera. “Also (Russell) stopped the action in several rounds before the three minutes.”
Meanwhile, Arroyo, who lost for the second time in his career, showed his displeasure for not winning the title, but also said that he is determined to achieve his dream of becoming world champion. “I’m a little sad because I could not get the win, but I’m positive and ready to continue my career and fulfill my dream of becoming world champion,” said Arroyo. “We did everything I could, but my opponent was holding and pushing all the fight.”
By Jerry Glick
Photos by Peter Frutkoff/PeterFrutkoff.com
Chris Algieri is just what boxing needs.
He has it all! He is a thoroughbred, he is a classy boxer, he’s educated, highly intelligent, well spoken, polite, and professional, with movie star looks.
He and his next opponent, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) are likeable, humble, and respectful of each other. They will clash on November 22nd in Macao, China, on a Top Rank/Star Boxing promoted show, televised live on HBO PPV, in a fight between two WBO World Champions: Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is the junior welterweight title holder and he is challenging the Pacman for his welterweight championship.
Their two-week 27,000-plus mile international media tour to hype the “Champion vs. Champion” event ended last week in New York City. (more…)
Tyson Fury’s path has been cleared for his showdown with rival Dereck Chisora after he was fined £15,000 today by the British Boxing Board of Control on a charge of misconduct for swearing at a press conference. The pair will now finally settle unfinished business at the ExCeL London in a WBO World Heavyweight title eliminator with the European and Vacant British titles also on the line. Promoter Frank Warren will hold a press conference on Monday in London with Chisora and Fury in attendance.
Two of the biggest punchers in the heavyweight division collide at UFC® FIGHT NIGHT BRASILIA this Saturday, and fans around the world can catch the action live and on-demand on UFCFIGHTPASS.com, the UFC’s digital streaming service. (more…)
In recent weeks, Former Jr. Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and his team at Golden Boy Promotions have been going over potential opponents for Canelo’s expected return to the ring this fall.
Three names that are allegedly on a short list include undefeated current WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs), former Welterweight champion Joshua Clottey and James Kirkland.
But according to Andrade’s father and trainer Paul Andrade, no formal talks have ever taken place and Andrade went on to say he feels that inclusion of Demetrius name is only to bolster Canelo. (more…)
European super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) travels to London to face George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) in a final eliminator for the WBC title on September 20 at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Victory will earn the Frenchman a shot at the newly crowned champion Anthony Direll and bring him a step closer to achieving his ultimate ambition. Rebrasse has worked his way up the world rankings with a series of impressive performances, culminating in a successful European title challenge in March. Currently ranked number three by both the WBC and IBF, the 28 year-old believes he is now ready to make his mark on the world scene. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that IBF President Daryl J. Peoples and WBA President Gilberto Mendoza will meet on September 24 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico to continue the work they started from the historic first WBC/WBA/IBF Summit Meeting last June in Cancun, Mexico. “There are several topics which have been agreed upon and some that are still up for discussion,” said Sulaiman. “But the important matter is the fact that we are all willing to participate, make our own changes and adjustments in our rules and policies, to cooperate with what is best for the sport.” Immediately following the meeting, the WBC’s first female boxing world convention will commence.
Anthony Joshua says sparring with heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko has him fired up for his clash with Konstantin Airich at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday. The London 2012 Olympic star spent ten days with the IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO title holder and 1996 Olympic champion in Austria ahead of Klitschko’s now-rearranged title defense against Kubrat Pulev. Joshua has yet to go beyond two rounds in the paid ranks but German-based Kazakh Airich brings a wealth of experience to Lancashire this weekend with 17 KO wins and 153 rounds in the bank – so Joshua expects his time with Klitschko to be invaluable.
“I felt I belonged there but Wladimir is different to everyone else,” said Joshua. “He’s been the champ for ten years, he’s in a league of his own. For me to be where Wladimir Klitschko is there’s a lot of work to be done. I can see myself potentially being there, but to own it and make it look easy, there’s a little bit of work to be done. I feel I am talented enough to become the World champion, but to stay there for as long as he has, keep defending the titles and stay hungry for it, that’s what I need to learn.” (more…)
“Whether you pay to see me win or pay to see me lose, I’m the smart one at the end of the day,” says Floyd Mayweather, “because you pay me.”
Before he gets into the ring Saturday, The Washington Post’s Rick Maese writes that everything about Mayweather screams of insecurities: the way he flashes money, plays for cameras, seeks attention. But he says he’s completely comfortable with who he is, with what he has and with what he doesn’t. The real Mayweather is “a family man,” he says, “a person who likes to give back, a great heart, loyal and honest.” The cocky, flashy portrayal the world sees is apparently just a carefully crafted projection.
“You have Floyd Mayweather and then you have Money Mayweather,” Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s friend and longtime business associate, explained. “Money Mayweather is what the fans see.”
It’s difficult to reconcile the two, a truth Mayweather seems to acknowledge. Floyd and Money have had multiple run-ins with the law. They’ve created enemies. They’ve been accused multiple times of domestic violence and abuse (just last week, a former fiancee sued him, alleging assault and battery, among other charges.) They’ve shown little remorse or regret. They spent two months in a county jail for fighting an ex-girlfriend in front of Mayweather’s children.
His track record is unlike that of any other major sports celebrity. For Mayweather, his star only seems to shine brighter. Whether it’s his true person or a heavily produced persona, Mayweather seems to adore the black hat. Continue reading at the Washington Post
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
“Super 8″ heavyweight tournament winner Kali Meehan (41-5, 32 KOs) will return on November 22 against Shane Cameron (29-4, 22 KOs) at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland New Zealand. The bout will be a ten-rounder for the WBA Oceania heavyweight title.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight David Aloua (11-1, 8 KOs) meets Daniel Baff (16-2-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the WBO Asia Pacific, WBA Pan African and OPBF belts.
Also there will be an eight-man, one night “Super 8″ cruiserweight tournament featuring Oceania-based talent. Brad Pitt (14-1, 12 KOs), Daniel Ammann (29-7-1, 6 KOs) and Monty Filimaea (9-10-1, 5 KOs) are already onboard with five more fighters to be announced.
The UFC lands in Brasilia, Brazil this weekend for a UFC Fight Night card topped by heavyweights Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski in a rematch of a bout the pair had in 2010 while under the Strikeforce banner . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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In the third major flyweight world title fight in the last six days, unbeaten IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) scored a tight split decision over #1 ranked, McWilliams Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) on Wednesday night at Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The first five rounds were close, but Arroyo dropped Ruenroeng in round six. The knockdown seemed to wake up the champ who became even more aggressive the rest of the way. The second half of the bout was marred by continual holding. The scrap ended appropriately with both fighters wrestling. Scores were 115-114, 114-113 Ruenroeng, 114-113 Arroyo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras will defend his belt for the first time against Mexican compatriot and former WBA world champion José Sugar Salgado on September 20th in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo, Salvador Briman, Taiken Promotions and Cancun Boxing. Cuadras is preparing in Culiacan with trainer Rodolfo Chavez, brother of famed ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez. Salgado trains at legendary Romanza Gym in Mexico City where he is trained by his father.
Light middleweight Attila Kovacs (33-4, 19 KOs) will headline the show promoted by Ferobox Event on September 20 in Szentes, Hungary. A former IBO light middleweight world champion, Kovacs is 7-0 since he hooked up again with his former promoter Felix Racz. Dieudonne Belinga (12-4-1) from France gave a tough fight to Jack Culcay in Germany last year and he promised the same to Kovacs. “Last year I lost the WBA Int. title in Germany cause of my inexperience. I have learned from my mistakes and this time I will leave the ring with the WBO Europe belt, that’s for sure!” The event, which will be televised in Hungary by the national TV (MTVA1), will also feature WBO #4 super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak, WBO #8 super middleweight Balazs Kelemen and former Olympian Imre Szellő.
On Thursday night, fan favorite Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-4, 31 KOs) will attempt to make history again by taking a world title back home to Puerto Rico. Already a two-division world titleholder who has thrilled fans for years, Juanma will challenge Argentinian Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar (24-1, 18 KOs) for his WBA interim featherweight belt at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Despite brutal stoppage losses in two of his last three fights, Lopez believes he has another great fight in him heading into his bout against Cuellar, who defeated Rico Ramos in May at this same venue. The bout will be the co-feature to the clash between heavyweights Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz and Lateef “Power” Kayode, who meet for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight world title. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will televise.
Former World Champion Joachim Alcine (32-7-2, 21 KOs) confirmed to Fightnews that he would be fighting Charles Hatley (23-1-1, 16 KOs) September 26th at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas. The junior middleweight bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be the televised co-main event to be aired on FOX Sports 1. Alcine was all nearly all but written off about a year ago after dropping his fifth consecutive fight. Shortly afterwards he signed with Journeyman Management who took a chance on the former champ. After two tuneup bouts he stepped up majorly in class and took on former multi-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez. Rodriguez entered the bout as a huge favorite but it was Alcine who stepped up and nearly pulled off the upset but had to settle for a respectable draw. Alcine feels that he is still a force to be reckon with at 154 coming off his last fight. (more…)
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Mary Kom documentary receiving gobs of attention. More
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME and Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions
“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ fight week is officially here as Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and all the fighters on Saturday’s PPV made their grand arrivals at a jam-packed lobby at MGM Grand this afternoon. Here is what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:
Floyd Mayweather: “It’s all about excitement. Saturday is about giving the fans what they want to see. It could be round one or round 13, but it’s all about the fans. I’m pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout. I’m going for the knockout so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we’ll see how it plays out Saturday.
[On what the fans should expect Saturday] “Blood, sweat and tears.”
Marcos Maidana: “It feels great to be back here. I’m planning on winning on Saturday and I’d like to dedicate my future victory to all my fans out there, especially to all my Latino fans. I have 12 more rounds to finish the job, that’s what I’m here for. I’m well prepared and ready to show that Mayweather isn’t all that everyone thinks he is. When I first analyzed Mayweather I thought he would be too fast to hit. But that wasn’t the case during the fight, I was able to hit him and keep him against the ropes and I plan on doing the same thing again. I’m definitely going to look for the knockout like I always do but I will take the victory any way I can.” (more…)
The Jersey Boy, super welterweight contender Glen Tapia of Passiac, N.J., returns to the ring at Bally’s Park Place on Saturday, October 4. Tapia, 21-1 with 13 knockouts, will take on Donatas Bondorvas, 18-5-1, 6 KOs, of Lithuania in the 10 round main event.
Tapia, 24, is coming off a powerful performance here at Bally’s, blasting out Keenan Collin in one round several months ago. “I want to entertain. This is what I live for, I love boxing. I like being inside the ring more than anything,” Tapia said. Tapia is handled by Pat Lynch, the longtime manager of former superstar champion Arturo Gatti of New Jersey. (more…)
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