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Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ, 19-year-old prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO ...

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Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Once-beaten world ranked super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday ...

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Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Current WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at the ...

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Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot ...

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Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel Jr welterweight Nery "Pantera" Saguilan (32-4-1, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a second round KO over Argentinian Nestor Paniagua (25-8-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hotel Azul Convention Center in Ixtapa, Zijuatanejo, Mexico. Time was 1:16. Vargas is now targeting WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz.

In the co-feature, middleweight Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) overcame a second round knockdown to win an eight round unanimous decision over David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-15-1, 23 KOs). Scores were 77-74 on all cards. photos



January 25th, 2015



Boxing News

Fights at the Fitz Results

By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Brenden Nasianceno

Saturday night in Tunica, Mississippi, Prize Fight Promotions’ long-running series Fights at the Fitz offered up five bouts with a smattering of controversy, a slew of knockdowns, and plenty of action and drama to keep the crowd–including special guest Zab Judah–entertained at the Fitz Casino and Hotel.

In the main event, a six-round cruiserweight bout that went the distance, undefeated Cody Williams (8-0, 3 KOs) found a game and evenly matched opponent in Nathan Bedwell (5-15, 4 KOs), despite the latter not having fought since July 2013. The entertaining scrap began with a center-ring staredown and continued with occasional flurries and moments of success from each fighter, but the first two rounds proved predominantly a technical battle. In the third, action heated up as they traded frequent right hooks, though Bedwell was looking to counter more than press the action. However, in the fourth and fifth, Williams began to find his target more consistently, particularly with right hands and uppercuts on his southpaw opponent (whose output had slowed until he shot out a slight head butt in frustration at the close of the fifth). With back-and-forth action in the final stanza, the crowd on its feet, and Bedwell’s nose bloodied, the two traded shots until the bell. But Williams had found more success, and more consistently, in more of the rounds, leading to the same score on all three judges’ scorecards: 58-56 for Williams. (more…)



January 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Alvarado: I wasn’t prepared as I should have been. That’s what I get

By Bill Green

Mike Alvarado Post-fight Quick Quotes: “I was still getting in my zone, moving and whatnot, but he hit my left eye with an uppercut. I couldn’t see. My vision wasn’t there so I made the call.

“I’m not done yet, at all. I was far from being at my best. I guarantee everybody in this place, I will be back.

“It was all in the preparation of my training. I wasn’t training like I should have been. That’s what I get. I gotta get back to the drawing board and get back on it. I ain’t done yet. I’m not making excuses for myself saying ‘at least I gave it all I got.’ I didn’t give it all I got, so that’s what I get. Whatever…I wasn’t prepared as I should have been. That’s what I get. It is what it is. Whatever.”



January 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Rios: I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I’ll fight anybody

By Bill Green

Brandon Rios Post-fight Quick Quotes: “I knew what I had to do. I had to come prepared because that could have been the end of my career. I don’t want that to happen. I still have a lot of gas in my tank and I did’t want it to end like this. I never thought it was gonna be easy. Alvarado’s a warrior and I knew he could bounce back with good shots. He’s got power in both hands so I had to take my time, be patient, listen to my corner, all the instructions, I followed the gameplan from camp, be disciplined and I came out victorious.

[What’s next] “Whatever (manager) Cameron Dunkin says I’m ready for. I don’t care who it is. The Russian (Provodnikov), Victor Ortiz if he wants to get it on, bad blood, whoever, I don’t care. I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I’ll fight anybody.”



January 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Mendez retains IBA crown

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

A shoulder injury kept Paul Mendez (17-2-2) of Salinas from fighting for nine months, a long wait for a short victory Saturday night at the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif. Resuming his career, the Salinas middleweight needed only three minutes to retain his International Boxing Association title by ruining the U.S. debut of Ernesto Berrospe (13-6) of Mexico when the challenger was unable to answer the bell for the second round. Returning to his corner, Berrospe complained of a possible bicep tear, forcing a halt to the scheduled 10-rounder.

In the semi-main, featherweight Guy Robb (15-1) from neighboring Sacramento won by a seventh-round technical knockout over Jose Silveira (15-13) of Mexico.

Preliminary results from the Don Chargin Productions-Paco Presents card were Andy Vences KO-6 over Cesar Valenzuela, junior lightweights; Arturo Quintero TKO-3 over Mario Hermosillo, junior welterweights; Ryan Bourland UD-4 over Loren Myers, light heavyweights; and Michael Gaxiola UD-4 over Adrian Rodriguez, junior lightweights.



January 25th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Main: Johnson KOs Gustafsson in One!

It was 3:45am local time on Sunday morning when top light heavyweight contenders Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson got down to business in the UFC Fight Night main event at the 30,000-seat Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, but it was only a little over two minutes later that Johnson earned the next shot at 205-pound champion Jon Jones with a stunning first-round TKO that shocked Gustafsson’s hometown fans . . . click here for more

Also see: Mousasi Halts Hendo in One

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Rios destroys Alvarado in three

By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In the rubber match of their trilogy, former world champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs) destroyed hometown favorite Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) in three one-sided rounds in front of 5,988 on Saturday night at the 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado. Rios started fast, and punished Alvarado in every round. Rios seemingly couldn’t miss with the uppercut and finally dropped Alvarado with a left hook in round three. Alvardo survived the round but the fight was stopped after round three. With the win, Rios claimed the vacant WBO International welterweight title.

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January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez still unbeaten, decisions Vlasov

By Bill Green at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In his HBO debut, unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #3, WBO #2 super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) stepped up to the light heavyweight division (171lb catch weight) and pounded out a methodical ten round unanimous decision over world rated Maxim Vlasov (30-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado. Ramirez pressed the action and was more accurate with his punches for the most part. Vlasov had some moments, but not enough. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 97-93.

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January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Witherspoon stops Phelps in two

By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History

In the scheduled 10-round main event at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, NJ, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 32-3, 24 KOs, scored a 2nd round TKO over Cory Phelps, 16-8-1, 8 KOs. Witherspoon dropped Phelps twice in the round. Phelps rose both times, but Referee Benji Esteves did not let him continue after the second knockdown. The time was 1:30 of round two.



January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Gvozdyk, Ponomarev, Lopez win off-TV bouts in Denver

By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In a good action fight, super lightweight Abner “Dagger” Lopez (22-4, 19 KOs) broke down previously unbeaten Aik Shakhnazaryan (15-1, 6 KOs) in taking an eight round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado.. A brutal body attack dropped Shakhnazaryan twice in round six and he really looked finished. However, Shakhnazaryan gutted out the round and the bout went the full eight. Scores were 78-73, 78-73, 76-74.

Unbeaten welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Steve Claggett (20-3-1, 14 KOs). The switch-hitting Ponomarev won by scores of 77-75, 77-75, 78-74. Claggett came on in the late rounds, but too little, too late.

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic light heavyweight bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (5-0, 4 KOs) dropped Cory Cummings (18-8-1, 13 KOs) three times in round two to get an impressive KO win. Time was 1:10. Gvozdyk is trained by Robert Garcia. (more…)



January 24th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Prelims: Tumenov Wins Gritty Decision Over Musoke

Utilizing steady pressure throughout, Russian welterweight prospect Albert Tumenov won an impressive three-round unanimous decision over hometown favorite Nico Musoke in UFC Fight Night prelim action at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden Saturday night . . . click here for more

Also see: Pesta spoils Erokhin Debut

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Having welcomed a golden era of boxing to hold nine world champions, the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) celebrated an award-giving ceremony at the Korakuen Hall before boxing people, journalists and fight fans in attendance on Friday night in Tokyo, Japan. Newly crowned WBO junior bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (just 8-0, 7 KOs), still 21, honorably received the Boxer of the Year award from the commissioner Yuko Hayashi, also the president of Tokyo Dome Co. Ltd. Happy enough, Inoue now had his WBO belt in the ring since WBO representative Leon Panoncillo Jr. flew to Japan to officially present the belt to the sensational titleholder. Truly the hand-delivery of the belt was more certain and prestigious than a Fedex shipment. The jubilant youngster said, “I’m very excited to have my new belt around my waist now. I wish to defend this belt as long as possible to break the national record of Mr. Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen straight defenses. I’d like to fight Roman Gonzalez in the near future should there be an opportunity, hopefully in the end of this year.”

Inoue, last December, greatly shocked the world with a quick second-round demolition and an astounding dethronement of the belt from formidable titlist Omar Narvaez from Argentina. The shocker was unanimously elected the Fight of the Year, and Inoue was also rendered Knockout Award thanks to the electrifying finish. (more…)



January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Pennsauken, NJ

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Chazz Witherspoon 236 vs. Cory Phelps 235
Courtney Blocker 140 vs. Domonic Goode 140
Emmnuel Lipscomb 160 vs. Matthew Gonzalez 160
Travis McClaren 155 vs. Erik Spring 155
Jose Garcia 120 vs. Vidal Rivera 120
Nick Valliere 155 vs. Francisco Cruz 155
Malik Hawkins 141 vs. Josue Rivera 141

Promoters: CMIS & Silver Spoon Promotions
Venue: GPG Event Center, Pennsauken, NJ
1st Bell: 7 PM



January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Delfine Persoon-Nicole Boss goes to purse offers

Next Tuesday noon at the EBU offices in Rome a pursebid will take place for the mandatory defence of the WBC lightweight title actually held by Delfine Persoon. Nicole Boss from Switzerland is the mandatory challenger and all negotiations failed until now. If the pursebid is won by team Persoon the bout might end up on April 6 in Zwevezele. But if the pursebids are won by the Swiss, then the title defence scheduled by Persoon in her hometown looks in jeopardy if no agreement can be reached with Boss. Persoon won the title 1 year ago on April 20 and is now due to make a mandatory defence.



January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Rios a slight favorite against Alvarado tonight

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

By Karl Freitag

After being stopped by Brandon Rios in their first fight, Mike Alvarado found a new tactic midway through their rematch and outboxed the brawling Rios over the second half of the fight to get a decision victory. Alvarado plans to continue where he left off in their rubber match tonight on HBO at the 1STBANK Center in Denver.

“The first fight was a test for that technique – a style against a style,” said Alvarado. “The second fight is where the adjustments come in. Now that I know I was able to adapt to a certain style, I can make the adjustments I need to make to overcome that type of style. I am going to go in there and stick with my game plan.”

Rios doesn’t think it’s that simple. “People always say ‘Brandon can’t fight fighters that box.’ I can’t get too comfortable with one person with one style and I got so comfortable with a guy attacking and putting pressure on – taking a shot to give a shot. I got too comfortable. Earlier in my career, I was moving my head and I was moving around, I was boxing and trading punches when I had to. But I just got too comfortable…I reached deep down inside me and did a soul-search and I am ready for whomever now.”

Oddsmakers have established Rios as a -170 favorite to defeat Alvarado on his home turf. Alvarado backers can get +150.



January 24th, 2015

UFC

Mousasi Eager to Prove He’s Back

Eighty four fights. That’s how many combined battles Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2) and Dan “Hendo” Henderson (30-12-0) have between them, and it’s amazing that they haven’t faced each other before this weekend’s UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Johnson card in Stockholm, Sweden . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT STOCKHOLM is LIVE on FOX TONIGHT at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Brooks, CA (near Sacramento)

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Paul Mendez 160 vs. Ernesto Berrospe 159.5
(IBA middleweight title)

Guy Robb 125.5 vs. Jose Silveira 125
Andy Vences 130 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 130
Ryan Bourland 174.5 vs. Loren Myers 175
Michael Gaxiola 127 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 128
Arturo Quintero 138 vs. Mario Hermosillo 139.5

Venue: Cache Creek Casino
Promoters: Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents
Date: Jan. 24, 2015



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Ixtapa, Mexico

Weight and photos by Gabriel F. Cordero

Rey Vargas 121 vs. Nestor Paniagua 119.75
(WBC super bantamweight Youth title)

Marcos Reyes 165 vs. David López 165
Lourdes Juárez 108 vs. Joselyn Reza 108
Marcos Villasana 147 vs. Paco Valadez 147

Venue: Hotel Azul Ixtapa in Zijuatanejo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Mora-Han now in play for Feb 6

With IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor out of action for perhaps a long time, it looks like IBF #14 middleweight Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) will now face IBF #15 Abie Han (23-1, 14 KOs) on February 6 with the IBF’s vacant USBA title belt on the line. The 12-round championship bout is set take place at MGM Resorts International’s beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Juarez-Castellanos undercard finalized

Before Rocky Juarez (30-10-1, 21 KOs) and Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (20-10, 13 KOs) square off for Juarez’ WBC Silver Featherweight Title and final title elimination bout at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas, the Golden Boy Live! card on Monday night will feature Austin’s own Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (9-0, 9 KOs) in the biggest fight of his young career when he battles Mexico’s Nestor “Baby” Rosas (11-3, 7 KOs). Also, the undefeated KeAndre Gibson (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round televised-opening bout against Nelson Lara (15-6-5, 8 KOs) on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.

Also in action will be San Antonio’s super bantamweight standout Javier Rodriguez (11-0-1, 1 KO) and rising super featherweight from Alice, Texas Arturo Esquivel (9-1, 2 KOs) and several of the Lone Star State’s premier talents as they compete on an eight-bout card.



January 23rd, 2015

Twitter Watch

Canelo says Kirkland fight is on

Not a lot of details yet, but this was posted Friday on the official Canelo Twitter account. It is known that the team of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had been talking with the camp of James Kirkland after negotiations for a fight with WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto fell through. We understand the fight is signed and tentatively scheduled for May 2 on regular HBO and would go head-to-head against any Floyd Mayweather PPV that doesn’t have Manny Pacquiao as the opponent. Canelo will only relinquish the Cinco de Mayo weekend date for Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Update: Bout could land at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas or the Alamodome in San Antonio. Contract weight: 155

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January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

By Bill Green at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Mike Alvarado 146.5 vs. Brandon Rios 146.75
Gilberto Ramirez 170.5 vs. Maxim Vlasov 170
Aik Shakhnazaryan 141.5 vs. Abner Lopez 141
Konstantin Ponomarev 147.5 vs. Steve Claggett 147.5
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175 vs. Cory Cummings 174
Jeremy Ramos 151 vs. Rene Marquez 150
Zsolt Daranyi 152 vs. Luis Marquez 151

Venue: 1stBank Center, Bloomfield, Colorado
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Pacman and Khan meet in London to discuss possible fight

By James Slater

Filipino superstar and pound-for-pounder Manny Pacquiao is currently in London, taking part in a number of activities (yesterday he had dinner with Price Harry), and today at The Fitzroy Lodge Boxing club in London, Pac-Man met up with his friend and former spar-mate Amir Khan.

The two stars briefly discussed the possibility of fighting one another later this year – if neither welterweight can get the mega-fight they really want with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao told Khan he would fight him if Team-Mayweather do not sign the contract on the hoped for May 2nd date that has been well documented.

“Yes, there’s a big possibility, nothing personal, we’re just doing our job in the ring,” Pacquiao said to Sky Sports News on the subject of a possible fight with Khan. “It’s not difficult for us because we respect each other and we are just doing our job in the ring.” (more…)



January 23rd, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm at the scales

Fight Night Stockholm, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson and the middleweight bout between Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi, airs live on FOX from Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Six prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and the first three prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Anthony Johnson (204) VS Alexander Gustafsson (205)

FOX MAIN CARD
Gegard Mousasi (185) VS Dan Henderson (185)
Ryan Bader (205) VS Phil Davis (206)
Sam Sicilia (145) VS Akira Corassani (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Albert Tumenov (170) VS Nico Musoke (171)
Sultan Aliev (170) VS Kenny Robertson (170)
Makwan Amirkhani (145) VS Andy Ogle (146)
Stanislav Nedkov (205) VS Nikita Krylov (205)
Anthony Christodoulou (156) VS Mairbek Taisumov (156)
Paul Redmond (149*) VS Mirsad Bektic (145)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Konstantin Erokhin (229) VS Viktor Pesta (239)
Chris Beal (126) VS Neil Seery (125)

*Redmond will be fined for not making weight; the bout will proceed as scheduled

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT STOCKHOLM is LIVE on FOX Saturday, January 24 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Results from New York City

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Marilyn Paulino

Featherweight Floriano Pagliara (16-7-2, 6 KO’s) easily defeated journeyman Antwan Robertson Thursday night at Webster Hall nightclub in Manhattan, New York. Pagliara rarely took any chances in the eight-round fight, electing instead to punch in spots while Robertson simply ran away from the slightest sign of danger. All three judges submitted identical shutout scores of 80-72. Robertson (9-13-1, 6 KO’s) literally went minutes at a time without throwing punches. The performance by both main event fighters was anticlimactic compared to the action that preceded and even followed it. In the ring after the final bell, Pagliara proposed to his girlfriend (she said yes). (more…)



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Verdejo returns to the ring on February 28 in Tampa

In 2013 and 2014, Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo planted his flag on Floridian soil by conquering Orlando with impressive victories in three visits to “The City Beautiful.” Now, “El Diamante” will try to conquer another Florida city when he fights in Tampa in his first bout of 2015. Verdejo, who is undefeated with a record of 16-0 and 12 wins via knockout, will face Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez (24-5, 15 KO’s) on Saturday, February 28 in the main event of a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card, which will take place at ‘The Corral” in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida.

“I want to give the fans in Tampa a great fight so they can enjoy it just like the fans in Orlando have enjoyed my fights,” said Verdejo. “I’m very grateful for all the love and support that the fans in Florida have given me.” He added, laughing, “I want to see the Orlando fans in Tampa, because is not that far.”

“February 28 marks the start of the 2015 campaign for Felix. We love fighting all over the state of Florida which is obviously becoming a hotbed for Verdejo,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank. “We are hoping to get rounds out of this match with Lopez much like we were trying to get towards the end of 2014. This is the first fight in a big year to come.” (more…)



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

WBO calls purse bid for Lee-Saunders

The WBO have called for purse bids to be held on Tuesday January 27th for the organization’s world middleweight championship between the title holder Andy Lee and mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders stood aside to allow Lee to fight against Russian Matt Korobov for the vacant title on December 6th in Las Vegas on the strict understanding – as ratified by the WBO at their convention – that Saunders would be made the mandatory challenger if he defeated Chris Eubank Jr., then the winner out of Lee and Korobov would have to defend against Saunders next.

Irishman Lee subsequently won the title with a stunning sixth round knockout of Korobov, while Saunders inflicted the first loss to bitter rival Eubank Jr. with a points win in their WBO World Championship Eliminator the week prior at the Excel London. (more…)



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Matthysse renews contract with Golden Boy

Exciting super lightweight contender Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, it was announced today. “As Golden Boy works to put together a 2015 full of huge, fan-friendly fights, Lucas Matthysse is, and will now remain, a core part of our team,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lucas is a strong and powerful fighter, someone the elite of the division have to look out for in the years to come, and we are excited to continue our successful partnership with him.”

“I am excited to continue to work with Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions,” said Lucas Matthysse. “They are my family. They have supported me and built my career from the beginning and I’m loyal to them as they have been to me. I’m looking forward to my future and what 2015 has to offer.”

“We are very happy to continue our relationship with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Mario Arano, Manager of Matthysse. “Golden Boy Promotions has exceeded expectations, and we look forward to what 2015 will hold for Lucas under the tremendous support and guidance of Oscar.”



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Sosa-Aguilar collide March 6 in Philly

Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, riding an eight-fight knockout streak, returns to action Friday​ evening, March 6, when he boxes Bergman Aguilar, of Escazu, Costa Rica, in an eight-round junior lightweight fight at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Sosa-Bergman contest, along with an eight-round heavyweight match featuring Joey Dawejko, of Philadelphia, PA, headlines a seven-fight card which begins at 7pm. (more…)



January 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather’s entry into Australia may hinge on “character test”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to visit to Australia next week. However, according to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, there’s a chance that after making the long flight to down under, Floyd could still be turned away at the airport.

“His history of violence is shocking,” immigration lawyer Martin Salvo told the newspaper. “However, given the short duration of the stay, his high profile and possible indirect positive tourism impacts for Australia, they may not knock him back. However, all visas can be cancelled under the character test once he arrives at the airport. So they can hypothetically approve the visa but then refuse entry by canceling the visa upon arrival.”

Mayweather is scheduled to participate in dinners and after-parties in Sydney and Melbourne.



January 23rd, 2015




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