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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

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Porter speaks about win over Broner

“Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) outworked and out-landed Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision victory on in front of 8,138 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.

“That’s how you beat a great fighter intelligently,” said Porter afterward. “We did everything we needed to do in preparation for this fight. Coming out we wanted to establish the jab and establish that we were the better boxer. I think we did that over the course of the fight, and tried to stick in some pressure, as well. I think I did a good job and accomplished what I wanted to do. There were no surprises out there, I knew he would be quick to counter. We established our dominance and that’s what got us those scores that we got and the win.”

“Honestly my dad (trainer Kenny) wanted a quicker pace, a faster pace. And that’s why you have a corner. I think if I had listened to him better I would have fought a little bit better. There are things you can learn and things you can build upon. We’ll see what happens after this. I made a good statement tonight on NBC and showed what I’m capable of.”

Porter also said he wasn’t hurt when he was knocked down in round twelve and now he wants a fight with Floyd Mayweather.



June 21st, 2015


UFC

UFC: They are fighters. They are fathers.

In a career that spans 21 fights, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne remembers one bout vividly. In the first round against Alistair Overeem in 2013, Browne can still recall the trouble he was in, the vicious knees to the body that sent him to the ground and the right hands by Overeem that he was helpless to stop . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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June 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Pollo Lopez retains WBA interim 130lb belt

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

WBA “interim” super featherweight champion Emmanuel “Pollo” Lopez (19-4-1, 8 kos) retained his title with with a tenth round TKO over Rolando “Tractor” Giono (18-6, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico. The bout was waved off by Texas referee Rafael Ramos at 1:34 to protect Giono from further punishment.

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June 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Lemieux defeats N’Dam to win IBF 160lb title

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Middleweight David Lemieux (34-2 31KO) was dominant, scoring four explosive knockdowns on his way to capturing the vacant IBF world championship 115-109, 115-109, 114-110 over a gutsy and resilient Hassan N’Dam (31-2 18KO) of France on Saturday night at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lemieux scored knockdowns in the second, twice in the 5th, and once more in the 7th. Each knockdown, all more spectacular than the one before, looked like it would be the final in the coffin of N’Dam, but the fighter who was down five times versus Peter Quillin proved nothing could keep him down. Lemieux was strong throughout and by the 9th round looked in full control as his opponent had stopped pressing the action when the local fighter down shifted for a momentary respite. The bout was only the fourth time knockout artist Lemieux has gone to the scorecards.



June 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Ward dominates and stops Smith

By Robert Hough at ringside
Photos: Tri Nguyen

Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA super middleweight world champion Andre Ward dominated Paul Smith on Saturday and earned a 9th-round TKO after Smith’s trainer threw in the towel. Fighting at the Oracle Arena in his hometown of Oakland after a 19-month layoff and fighting at light heavyweight for the first time, Ward looked sharp and strong throughout the fight. Ward (28-0, 15KOs) and Smith (35-6, 20 KOs) started slowly, throwing tentative jabs in the first round. Ward was content to throw punches with both hands and throw them from all angles as Smith took a defense-oriented approach. While Smith blocked a lot of punches as the fight progressed, he took his share to the head and body, and he was cut above his left eye by the eighth round. Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher said after the fight that his fighter was taking too much punishment and blood was pouring into his eye. Smith, who said Ward’s last combination might have broken his nose, called the amount of blood was “unbearable.”

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June 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Porter survives late knockdown, beats Broner

By “Iron Will” MacPherson
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

In a highly-anticipated all-Ohio showdown between former welterweight titleholders, “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a over Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The same pattern held for almost the entire fight. Porter forced the action, while Broner mostly jabbed and held – seemingly content to survive. Broner was finally deducted a point in round eleven for holding by referee Tony Weeks. In round twelve, Broner suddenly came to life and knocked down Porter, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 114-112, 115-111, 118-108 for Porter, who earned Ohio bragging rights with the win.

Unbeaten Olympian welterweight Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over late sub Phil Lo Greco (26-2, 14 KOs). Spence dropped Lo Greco in round three and got the stoppage from referee Robert Byrd with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:50. (more…)



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Ward-Smith Early Results from Oakland

By Bob Hough at ringside

Junior-featherweights Antonio “Carita” Nieves (12-0-1, 6 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, and Stephon Young (13-0-2, 5 KOs) of St. Louis, Mo., fought to an eight-round draw. Scores were 77-75 for Nieves, 78-74 for Young and 76-76. Nieves consistently pressed the action and appeared to out-work Young, who had moments of effectiveness when he stepped it up.Young, though, fought the eighth and last round like he needed it and Nieves fought it like he didn’t. Had Nieves won the final round, he would have won a split decision.

Junior-welterweight Wang Zhimin (10-1, 1 KO) blew away Jose Luis Guzman (6-11-1, 3 KOs) of New York City with a first-round TKO. Zhimin, from Ning Bo, China, attacked with serious intent from the opening bell, dug a left to the body and dropped Guzman in the first minute, dropped him again seconds later with another left to the body and finished it with a left uppercut at 2:23 of the first round in a fight that was scheduled for four.

Cruiserweight Meng “Cold Blood” Fanlong (1-0) from Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, overwhelmed Albert “Romeo” Avina from Stockton, Calif., and earned a second-round TK. Fanlong, who showed off some quick hands and crisp combinations in the first round, opened the second round by unloading with a barrage of lefts and rights to the body and head. Referee Lou Moret stopped the four-round fight at 31 seconds of the second round.

Super-middleweight Aaron Coley (10-1-1, 6 KOs) ground out a unanimous decision over Yosmani Abreu (5-6-2, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas. All three judges had it 60-54, though Abreu landed his share of punches and was more competitive than the scores indicated. Coley, a southpaw from Hayward, California – just a few miles from Oakland – worked effectively off his jab and did damage while working inside. “That’s what I’m trying work on,” the 24-year-old said. “The top fighters can box and they can be effective inside, not just box or hold, so that’s my approach.”

Featherweight Daniel Franco (11-0-3, 7KOs) dominated Jonathan Alcantara (7-14-2, 1 KO), of Los Angeles. Scores were 80-71, 80-71 and 80-72. Franco, from Riverside, Calif., was sharp and focused, both in being aggressive and in responding as Alcantara came forward. Alcantara took lots of big shots in the third round, but he pressed forward in the fourth, landing some of his own as the pace slowed over the last half of the eight-round bout. Franco teed off in head-hunting mode during the last round, but he couldn’t finish it before the final bell.

In the first fight on the undercard of the Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith main event, super-middleweight Luis Arias (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Tony Brinson (4-3-3), of Albany, NY. Arias, from Milwaukee, Wisc., landed lefts and rights to Brison’s body as he pressed the action, scoring second and third-round knockdowns with left hooks to the body before referee Ed Collantes stopped it 2:01 of the third of a scheduled six.



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Lemieux-N’Dam Early Results from Montreal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Former world title challenger Dierry Jean scored a second round knockdown and dominated throughout scoring a 99-90, 99-89, 98-91 over Jerry Belmontes (19-7 5KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas. Jean scored with a series of right hands in the second finishing up with howitzer that finally had the Texas touching down his glove trying to flee the imminent danger in front of him. Jean who went the distance in his only loss versus Lamont Peterson in early 2014 IBF super-lightweight title but has since moved down in weight and is undefeated at lightweight, going 4-0 in that time. The only thing stopping Jean tonight was a low blow delivered in the 4th by Belmontes that was so far south it almost missed low. Jean took some time to recover but went right back to where he left off in dominating Belmontes. Jean tried to finish the show in the 9th as he connected with everything but Belmont’s stood resilient and took everything thrown his way. Jean moves to 29-1 (20KOs) and retains his NABF lightweight belt.

It took Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz all of 2:38 to dispose of 273 pound Byron Polley, scoring 3 knockdowns to get the job done. Ortiz moves to 22-0 with his 19th KO while Polley who proved to offer little in terms of opposition falls to 27-19-1. Ortiz dropped Polley with a left to the chest for his first knockdown and didn’t waste time finishing the job moments later.

Super-middleweight Schiller Hyppolite started strong and survived some difficult middle rounds in posting a 97-93, 97-93, 98-92 over Kevin Thomas Cojean (16-7-1 5KO) of France. Hyppolite dominated the first half of the fight with good body work, some well-placed uppercuts and good ring movement but may have have extended too much energy in the ten round battle. Cojean began connecting in the 6th and managed a knockdown on a jab that was ruled a slip as the the southpaw Hyppolite and Cojean did have their feet get slightly tangled. From that point through till the 9th Hyppolite looked out of gas as Cojean seemed to wobble him with every punch. At times Hyppolite looked as if he might go on the next punch, but the local fighter showed resiliency, particularly in the final round where he regained control. A gutsy win for Hyppolite who moves to 16-1 (10KO) with the victory. (more…)



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

Rances Barthelemy 139.4 vs. Antonio DeMarco 139.4
Sammy Vasquez 146.2 vs. Wale Omotoso 144.8

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: CBS (Sunday afternoon)



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Nielsen shuts out Adamu

Super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (26-1, 12 KOs) pounded on Charles Adamu (23-7, 17 KOs) for twelve one-sided rounds to win a unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Scores were 120-108 on all cards. The mismatch was for Nielsen’s WBA International title.



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Soro KOs Blandamura for Euro middleweight belt

In a clash for the vacant EBU (European) middleweight title, Michel Soro (27-1-1, 17 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Emanuele Blandamura (23-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Teatro Principe in Milan, Italy. A left hook laid out Blandamura. Another impressive win for Soro, who stopped Glen Tapia in his previous bout.



June 20th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin: Joanna Halts Penne in Three

Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk sent yet another message to the strawweight division Saturday at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, successfully defending her UFC 115-pound title for the first time with a one-sided third-round TKO of number three-ranked contender Jessica Penne . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Crusher too much for silver in Berlin co-main | Amirkhani steals prelim show

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June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Russians invade Valencia, Spain

Andrey Tokarev in association with Elvira Bonias of Chute Box Espagna organised last night a successful pro-am event in la pabellon municipal de Sedavi near Valencia, Spain.
Superbantam Erzhan Zalilov had a more difficult task than expected against Mariano Ramos. The Kazakh was handicapped with a large cut from an accidental head-butt in round 4 and won a split decision on scores of 59-55 and 58-56 with the 3rd judge giving it to Ramos by 58-56.
Lightweight Alexander Podolskky made it 2-0 with a wide points decision dropping his vastly experienced opponent Franklin Varela in the closing seconds of the contest.
Valery Tretyakov was the only one stopping his opponent. The Russian, lacking technique but with an always come forward style, was cut in the first round. He had his opponent Hamid Ait Bighrad under heavy pressure from round 4 on and when the local boy was trapped again against the ropes with nothing throwing back the referee had seen enough and waved it off.



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

CSAC Launches Training Programs

According to Andy Foster, Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, the CSAC is launching a new judge training program on June 27 during the Timothy Bradley vs. Jesse Vargas fight for the vacant WBO welterweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Beginning next weekend, in addition to the three boxing judges sitting ringside, 10 idle CSAC judges will be scoring the fights from home and near ringside, using new software created by the Pod Index, LLC. These 10 judges will score the fights in real- time after each round, and the commission will access the results in real-time. Each judge will be required to score a certain number of rounds as a “trail” judge and as a “TV” judge each year as a part of ongoing training and evaluation. (more…)



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Andy Lee announces Sept 19 title defense

WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) announced today that he will next defend his title against unbeaten former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs). The bout will take place on September 19 at Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick, Ireland.

Lee will be making the first defense of his title. He fought to a draw with mandatory challenger Peter Quillin in April, but that bout was changed to a non-title affair after Quillin failed to make weight. Saunders is coming off a split decision win over previously unbeaten Chris Eubank Jr.



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Seldin crushes Ganoy on Long Island

Jr welterweight Cletus Seldin (17-0, 14 KOs) kept his unblemished record intact much to the delight of the home crowd Friday night. “The Hebrew Hammer” lived up to his pre-fight prediction to score a TKO victory over veteran Ranee Ganoy (38-13-2, 32 KO’s) in the 4th round of the scheduled 10-round clash at The Paramount in Huntington in the main event before a packed house. Seldin defended his WBC International Silver junior welterweight title. The Patchoque native, now fighting out of Shirley, put on a show for his Long Island fan base, dropping Ganoy to the canvas in the second round; a second knockdown at 1:15 into the fourth stanza put an end to the contest with his 14th thunderous KO victory fighting under the guidance of promoter Joe DeGuardia.

“Once I got his timing down, I was able to land the hard punches,” said Seldin following another impressive performance. “That’s when I was able to drop him in the second round, and again in the fourth.” (more…)



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Milton Santiago ready for Jose Miguel Castro

Most professional fighters try to make their fight week as uneventful as possible. With the exception of sweating out the final few pounds to make weight and media obligations, boxers tend to stay in their hotel rooms and focus for their upcoming battle.

This week was a little different for undefeated Jr. Welterweight Milton Santiago Jr.

Santiago (10-0, 3 KO’s) who fights Jose Miguel Castro (4-4, 2 KO’s) tonight at the Valley Forge Casino Resort finished his final exams and graduated from William Tennant High School on Thursday. (more…)



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Philly warriors set to clash

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Tonight two of Philly’s most dependable warriors will face off in a 10-round bout for the vacant PA State cruiserweight championship. Kennett Square’s Anthony Caputo Smith and South Philadelphian Garrett Wilson both have earned their reputations as serious crowd pleasers, and pairing them against each other only figures to give local fans exactly what they like in their ring action. There are no guarantees in boxing, but Wilson vs. Smith is about as close as you can get.
The two will top the Kings Boxing card at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, PA with eight additional bouts underneath. (more…)



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Saturday Boxing Round-Up

By Karl Freitag

A number of interesting bouts today, topped by the NBC-televised clash between former welterweight champions Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter from Las Vegas. B-side Porter is a -125 favorite against Broner, who is at +105. The bout is being fought at a Broner-stipulated 144lb catch weight. There is some animosity between the fighters as Broner refused to shake Porter’s hand at yesterday’s weigh-in. On paper, this is the best PBC fight to date.

The vacant IBF middleweight belt formerly held by Jermain Taylor will be up for grabs tonight in Montreal as Hassan N’Dam takes on David Lemieux. Local favorite Lemieux is a -210 favorite, while N’Dam backers can get +175. Fox Sports 2 will televise.

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward finally returns after a 19 month layoff against former world title challenger Paul Smith in a bout at a 172lb catch weight. Ward is a -7000 favorite. Smith, who came in 4.4 lbs heavy, is +3000. BET will televise.

Former heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach stopped Konstantin Airich in round six on Friday night. Airich’s corner stopped it to save their fighter from further punishment. Wach now could be going on to a September 12 clash with super prospect Anthony Joshua. We’ll see.

There was a bit of jawing back and forth between Gennady Golovkin and Floyd Mayweather this week. Probably nothing will come of it. Floyd has also hinted about fighting tonight’s Broner-Porter winner, Andre Berto, Amir Khan and others. His September 12 opponent should be announced soon.

Broner is making $1.35 million tonight. Porter is banking $1 million.

The champion nobody wants to fight, WBA/WBO super bantamweight kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux, is currently training in Miami. Olympic lightweight gold medalist Luke Campbell is also in that camp.



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

“Big Chief” Fitch Returns Tonight

Undefeated prospect “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (12-0-1, 6 KOs) brings the tribe to Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel in Opelousas, LA tonight. Now campaigning in the middleweight division, the descendant of the Houma Indians Fitch looks to continue his rise vs. David Lujan (4-3, 1 KO) in a scheduled six round affair.

Bombs Dropping at the Downs is presented by Boxncar Promotions and also features welterweights Jay Krupp vs. Santos Benavides, lightweights Clay Burns vs. Devin Parker, heavyweights Marlon Williams vs. Dwight Gipson, welterweights Josh Joseph vs. Darrell Jones, lightweights Josh Ross vs. Canton Miller and more. First bell 7:30 PM. Tickets call 985-209-0780.



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Weights for Saturday Night’s King’s Promotions card in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, will feature the State cruiserweight title fight between Garrett Wilson and Anthony Caputo Smith.

Garrett Wilson 195 vs. Anthony Caputo Smith 197.2
(Pennsylvania State Cruiserweight Title)
Milton Santiago 140 vs. Jose Miguel Castro 138
Earl Newman 177.2 vs. Lamont Capers 177
Kevin Garcia 135.4 vs. Jack Grady TBA
Stephen Fulton 123.3 vs. Pablo Cupul 120.1
Erik Spring 153.4 vs. Robert Sweeney 153.4
Hafiz Montgomery 207 vs. Brian Donahue 203
Shiwon Gortman 147.3 vs. Samuel Quinones 148.7
John Magda 167.5 vs. Dionisio Miranda 169.7

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Valley Forge Casino Resort
1st Bell: 7 PM ET



June 20th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin Predictions

Wie geht’s meine Dame und Herren? Stell dir voll? Es ist das Downes Side! The greatest prediction column this side of the Rhein river. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass TODAY, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more
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June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Mijares dropped but defeats Nebran

Former 115-pound titleholder Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (52-8-2, 25 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Filipino slugger Vergel “Pangasinense Superman” Nebran (13-9-1, 8 KOs) in a super featherweight clash on Friday night at the Salon Sinicato Secc 47 de Pemex in Ciudad Del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico. Nebran floored Mijares hard at the end of round two with a flush right hand. Mijares, however, was back in control for the rest of the fight, dropping Nebran in round nine. Nebran did well to survive Mijares’ brutal follow-up assault in the ninth. Scores were 97-91, 98-90, 98-90.



June 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Ward makes catch weight, but Smith is a whopping 4.4lbs over

Video: Roc Nation Sports

Andre Ward 171.8 vs. Paul Smith 176.4

The bout was signed at a 172lb catch weight. Smith weighed 165.5 for his last bout in April, so he’s nearly 11 pounds heavier for this one.

Antonio Nieves 120.6 vs. Stephon Young 122.8
Wang Zhimin 137.6 vs. Jose Luis Guzman 137.6
Meng Fanlong 181.2 vs. Albert Avina 191.8
Aaron Coley 163 vs. Yosmani Abreu 160.8
Luis Arias 161.4 vs. Tony Brinson 161.4
Daniel Franco 125.6 vs. Jonathan Alcantara 126
Sonny Fredrickson 139.8 vs. Juan Santiago 137.6

Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Promoter: Roc Nation Sports
TV: BET

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June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Broner and Porter make weight

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Adrien Broner 143.5 vs. Shawn Porter 144

At Broner’s insistence, there is a 144lb catch weight in place for this bout. Broner was animated during the face-off, talking right in Porter’s face. Porter was silent. Porter extended his hand afterward but Broner refused to shake, instead turning his back and walking off the stage.

Errol Spence 149 vs. Phil Lo Greco 152
Terrell Gausha vs. Luis Grajeda
Robert Easter 135 vs. Miguel Mendoza 136.5
Michael Hunter 201 vs. Deon Elam 197
Kevin Newman 164 vs. Bobby McIntyre 163
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov 143 vs. Brett Simmons 146

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: NBC

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June 19th, 2015

UFC

UFC required to make adjustments to Machida-Romero event

Due to an issue affecting the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs visa system and a technical problem with the Consular Consolidated Database, UFC® is unable to secure entry into the country for 12 of its athletes slated to compete at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO on Saturday, June 27, at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. After reviewing every available option, UFC has committed to moving forward with the fight card in Florida, adding several new bouts to round out the nine-fight card . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Detroit

By Lindy Lindell

Ahmed Mahmood of Dearborn, MI, impressively decisioned a sturdy Joe Luis Araiza of Mexico, with a decisive eight-round unanimous verdict this past Friday in a lightweight bout. The small crowd was very vocal but promoter Antonio Gates of AG Promotions had to be disappointed with the meager turnout given that the same venue, Detroit’s Anthenium Hotel, was packed just a month before. An exhilarated Mahmood (5-0-1) got a big boost in his career by agreeing to box a man with 43 fights: “They told me that they had this guy with 43 fights, and I said that was fine. Bring him on. I’m ready to go twelve rounds. Fifteen rounds. It doesn’t matter.” Mahmood scored a knockdown of Araiza (31-12-1, 22 KOs) with a beaut of a right uppercut in round four en route to a unanimous win by scores of 80-71, 80-72, and 77-74. (more…)



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Lopez, Giono make weight

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Emanuel López 130 lbs. vs. Rolando Giono 130 lbs.
(WBA “interim” super featherweight title)

Miguel Berchelt 131 lbs. vs. Sergio Puente 131 lbs.
Julio Barraza 130 lbs. vs. Oscar Arjona 131 lbs.
Silvia Torres 108lbs. vs. Melba Ucan 108lbs.
Hassam Valenzuela 147 vs. Isidro Toala 146.7 lbs

Venue: Palenque de Gallos de la Feria de Comitán, Chiapas, México
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)



June 19th, 2015

Twitter Watch

Joshua vs. Wach?

By Przemek Garczarczyk

That’s the word from Wach’s promoters…



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

HBO picks up Valdez-Tamayo clash

Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated human wrecking machine Óscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs) will be featured in a 10-round featherweight bout against former world title challenger Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-5-4, 15 KOs) in HBO’s TV-opener for the Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Jessie Vargas WBO welterweight world championship fight next Saturday (June 27) at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The bout was confirmed for television today.

“Fans love to watch him fight because they know he brings dynamite in both fists,” said Top Rank President Todd duBoef about Valdez. “His style of fighting — and winning — has the potential to make him one of the most popular fighters in the world. So far, Óscar has been nothing short of sensational.”



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Happy Birthday Zurdo Ramirez

Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez celebrates his 24th birthday today. He returns to the ring in seven days at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, where he’ll be taking on Dereck “The Black Lion” Edwards in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV.

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June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

N’Dam, Lemieux make weight

Photos: Eye of The Tiger Management

Hassan N’Dam 158.6 vs. David Limieux 160
(Vacant IBF middleweight title)

Dierry Jean 135 vs. Jerry Belmontes 134.4
Luis Ortiz 238 vs. Bryan Polley 273
Schiller Hyppolite 167.5 vs. Kevin Thomas Cojean 166.7
Mian Hussain 148.7 vs. Ivan Pereyra 149.7
Ghislain Maduma 140.9 vs. Michele Focosi 140.1
Steven Butler 151.8 vs. Jaime Herrera 151.7
Ayaz Hussain 143 vs. Miguel Antoine 144.5
Yves Ulysse 143.9 vs. Renald Garrido 142.7
Mathieu Germain 141.4 vs. Richard Horvath 139.5

Venue: Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada
Promoter: Golden Boy/EOTTM
TV: Fox Sports 2

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June 19th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title Fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Penne and the featherweight bout between Dennis Siver and Tatsuya Kawajiri, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany beginning at 3pm ET / 12pm PT. Seven prelim bouts will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT TITLE
Jessica Penne (114) VS Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114)

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Tatsuya Kawajiri (146) VS Dennis Siver (145)
Steve Kennedy (170) VS Peter Sobotta (171)
Lukasz Sajewski (155) VS Nick Hein (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Masio Fullen (145) VS Makwan Amirkhani (145)
Alan Patrick (154) VS Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Arnold Allen (144) VS Alan Omer (146)
Noad Lahat (145) VS Niklas Backstrom (146)
Antonio dos Santos (185) VS Scott Askham (185)
Magomed Mustafaev (155) VS Piotr Hallmann (154)
Ulka Sasaki (135) VS Taylor Lapilus (135)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Timothy Bradley media day

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Former two-division world champion welterweight Timothy Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) is just a little over a week away from his next fight against undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) on June 27 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California, and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Bradley held a media day workout Thursday afternoon at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California.

“Camp is going great. I had a fantastic camp, just went back to the basics,” Bradley told Fightnews.com “I talked with Joel and my dad so I was like let’s go back to the drawing board to what got us to a world championship and incorporate all that got me to the top. This camp is basically dedicated to all that.” (more…)



June 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Big Baby, Mean Joe Greene added to CBSSN card

The next installment of “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network”, scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2015, from the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York, is taking shape. The night’s 10-round main event will feature WBA #11- and IBF #6-rated Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (21-0-1, 7 KOs), making the first defense of his WBA-NABA US Super Welterweight Championship against local favorite Kenny Abril (14-7-1, 7 KOs).

In the co-featured bout, WBA #14-rated Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his highly controversial “loss” to England’s Derry Matthews for the WBA World Championship last April. Luis will take on Edward Valdez (13-10-2, 3 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

And in two added features, heavyweight knockout artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (13-0-1, 10 KOs) will return to the ring just 22 days after his main-event TKO 2 over Damon McCreary to take on local fighter Excell Holmes (2-5-1, 1 KO) of Buffalo in a six-rounder; and former middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene (25-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in over two years to face journeyman Guy Packer (5-39-2, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder.



June 19th, 2015




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