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The UFC will travel to the Netherlands for the first time ever this Sunday with home country favorite Alistair Overeem looking to take one more step towards a title shot as he faces former champion and current teammate Andrei Arlovski . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The final press conference for Saturday’s AWE-televised clash between WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) and Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) took place Thursday in Manchester, England.
Anthony Crolla: “When Barroso put on that performance against Kevin (Mitchell), people thought I wouldn’t take the fight – which got my back up. I will do whatever it takes on Saturday night to win the fight. When I do win, I will stake my claim that I’m the very best lightweight in the world!”
Ismael Barroso: “I think you are talking too much for the time you will spend in the ring. This is going to be a war and I will win. When I knocked Mitchell out I was just getting warmed up. I’m the best Lightweight in the world!”
NABA lightweight titlist Petr Petrov (36-4-2, 17 KOs) is set for his big showdown with NABF lightweight beltholder Marvin Quintero (28-6, 24 KOs) that will take place on Friday at The Toshiba Plaza, adjacent to the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena. The Toshiba Plaza is located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. This event is free and open to the public.
“(Quintero) is a good boxer,” said Petrov. “He is a southpaw who has a lot of experience. He is a slick fighter, but I am experienced as well, and I am ready for anything. This will get us the NABF title and get me ranked in the WBC, so this is the next step to getting closer to a world title. I am 100% ready to get the victory on May 6th. We have to win this fight, and we will be ready for anything else that comes after.”
Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo added “We are very much looking forward to Petr having a great performance on May 6th and that will catapult him to the big opportunity that he has worked very hard to get.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sydney-based lawyer and former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou who extended Saul Alvarez over twelve rounds in 2010 says Canelo will stop Khan early because the extra weight the Englishman is carrying will slow him down and make him a target for the Mexican’s heavy punches in their Las Vegas fight on Saturday. Ndou also believes Canelo will shock Gennady Golovkin when they eventually fight. Also, according to Ndou, Australia’s world rated welterweight Jeff Horn can win a world title following his impressive win over Randall Bailey last week in Brisbane, Australia, and should take a world title opportunity against WBO champion Jesse Vargas who was extended by former Aussie-based Wale Omotoso.
By Bryce Wilson
In boxing when you think of the Light Heavyweight division at present the first word that comes to mind is ‘stacked.’ It may arguably be the most talent laden division in boxing with two of the sports top pound-for-pound protagonists in Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward cautiously lining each other up for a sure fire super-fight in the either this year or in early 2017. Add to that the always explosive WBC champion Adonis Stevenson alongside perennial challengers and former champions such as Jean Pascal, Lucian Bute, Artur Beterbiev and Andrzej Fonfara (even Bernard Hopkins hasn’t officially retired) and you have a roster of exciting boxer/punchers that runs as deep as any weight class in boxing.
Like a few other divisions in and around 175 pounds, Light Heavyweight is a landscape littered with a variety of Eastern European fighters, countries such as Russia, Poland and the Ukraine all having fighters in top 10 with the various sanctioning bodies. Russian fighter Umar Salamov (15-0, 12 KOs) is one such example. (more…)
The way WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez sees it, unbeaten WBA/IBF/WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin doesn’t deserve a shot at his WBC title. “He needs to work his way up, he needs to earn his shot,” Canelo told the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire. “He would have to fight somebody … who has skill, somebody that brings it. Yes, he has all these knockouts, but who has he fought?” The WBC has mandated that Canelo must fight GGG next or be stripped.
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When Stefan Struve burst on to the scene seven years ago, the almost seven-foot striker seemed to be just what the doctor had ordered for the heavyweight division: A young, exciting prospect with an enormous reach who people thought could make it all the way to the top . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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“I am not here looking to see the final round,” proclaimed unbeaten heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale, who had an intense face-to-face meeting with undefeated IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on Wednesday before a contingent of major sports media outlets in London to formally announce their June 25 showdown.
“I’m not here to look at the judges’ scorecards. I am here to knock Anthony Joshua out. Period. I am very excited. I wish this fight was this weekend.”
When asked if he expected to fare better than his counterpart Charles Martin, Breazeale stated “We are two totally different fighters. Anthony Joshua knows he is now getting in there with a beast. He knows he is in for a dogfight. He’s going to hit me and I am going to hit him. And whoever’s will breaks first will lose this fight. Charles Martin wasn’t prepared. He dropped the ball. He fought the wrong fight at the wrong time. He had just won the belt, was excited about that, and he took the wrong fight. I haven’t made that mistake. I won’t make that mistake.”
Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions
The final press conference for Saturday’s clash between WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) took place Wednesday in Las Vegas. Both fighters were brief in their comments.
Amir Khan: Canelo’s a tough guy. He’s strong, but we’re going to be ready for whatever he brings to the table. That’s the reason I chose this fight, because I really do believe I can win this fight. He’s a great champion, he’s a credit to boxing, but this is my time and I’m going to grab it with both hands. It’s been my dream to host a big fight like this in Vegas and I’m not going to let it go.
Canelo Alvarez: There’s not too much more to say. The fight’s near…I’m very happy with the work that I’ve done. I know what Amir Khan brings. He’s a very fast, very elusive, very tricky fighter. But I’m confident in the work that’s been done to be able to go in there and break this down…I’m honored to be opening T-Mobile (Arena), and I’m just anxious for Saturday so that we can all yell from the top of our lungs “VIVA MEXICO!”
Former world champion Paul Butler (21-1, 12 KOs) will face Thailand’s Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18 KOs) in a showdown that will guarantee the winner the mandatory position for the WBO super flyweight title. The bout will act as chief support for WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith’s homecoming world title defense at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
“I’ve not seen him box but what we know is he doesn’t really like to work at a high work rate,” said Butler. “He throws between 30-40 shots per round so we want to take him out of that comfort zone by working him and that means me throwing between 80-100 shots. He’s a very good fighter if he’s getting his own way but we plan on making him work and taking that away from him. This is a massive fight for me as it will get me back to where I belong – the world level and winning a world title.”
Undefeated heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) will appear in a featured bout on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship rematch between unified champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Fury is coming off a technical decision over Fred Kassi to capture the WBO Intercontinental belt.
“Hughie Fury is taking fights that no other heavyweights are taking,” said Peter Fury, his father and trainer. “Forget being built up on handpicked opponents, we’re facing guys that are here to win and give us a hard fight. He’s coming off of back to back tough fights. Look at his career so far compared to other prospects. Last year, we scored a clear win over Andriy Rudenko, who was 25-1 and his only defeat came via controversial decision to current heavyweight champion Lucas Browne. That will give you an idea where he’s at and I believe he’s the next force in the heavyweight division.”
Fury’s opponent will be announced shortly and the bout will be scheduled for either ten or twelve rounds.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Showtime Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime Networks Inc., to be the exclusive U.S. television partner of undefeated heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua. The announcement was made today at the Hilton Syon Park outside London by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Showtime Sports and Eddie Hearn, President of Matchroom Sports.
The multi-fight agreement kicks-off on Saturday, June 25 when Joshua attempts to make the first defense of his IBF Heavyweight World Championship against undefeated American challenger Dominic Breazeale at the sold-out The O2 arena in London. The addition of this heavyweight title fight, airing live on Showtime Networks in the late afternoon, bolsters a big day for boxing as later that evening on CBS, Showtime will present the first live primetime boxing event on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years. (more…)
Photos: Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi
Most of company men, in Japan, take ten consecutive holidays from April 29 to May 8, but boxing people and press people remain hard workers as we keep on working even during national holidays. On this coming Sunday we will see a world title doubleheader featuring title defenses of WBO junior bantam kingpin Naoya “Monster” Inoue (9-0, 8 KOs) and IBF junior flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12 KOs) in Tokyo. The challengers both came from Mexico and arrived in Tokyo on Monday morning. They are WBO#1 115-pound contender David Carmona (20-2-5, 8 KOs) and IBF#10 108-pounder Martin Tecuapetla (13-6-3, 10 KOs).
The ambitious Mexicans participated in public workout for our press on Tuesday and expressed their motivation to dethrone our champions to bring home the belts. Last week we witnessed an unbelievable upset that formidable and unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama, in his twelfth defense of the WBA 130-pound belt, sank so quickly in only two sessions at the hand of unheralded Panamanian Jezreel Corrales. The fallout of the shocker prove that anything can happen in the ring, and even Inoue and Yaegashi, both prefight favorites, may fall if too overconfident and careless.
Carmona, 25, said “Inoue is a strong champion, but I’ve come to win his belt. I’m in perfect shape and will be victorious on Sunday.” Tecuapetla, 26, also boldly said, “Yaegashi is an experienced and strong champion, and is very brave and aggressive. But I’ll dethrone him to bring the belt to Mexico.” After their press interview our journalists might feel another earthquake, which may be overanxious disorder.
Super middleweight Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (15-1, 11 KOs) will be opposed by Juan Camilo “La Boa” Novoa (25-6-1, 23 KOs) and welterweight Sanjarbek “War” Rakhmanov (4-0, 3 KOs) will take on Alfonso Olvera (7-2, 3 KOs) in what is now a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on May 13, live on Showtime from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Gavril-Novoa is a 10-rounder and Rakhmanov-Olvera is a six-rounder.
Four undefeated cruiserweightsn will be featured in previously announced 10-round fights. Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (12-0, 11 KOs) confronts Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) in the main event collision of power punchers. 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (11-0, 8 KOs) will touch gloves with Isiah Thomas (15-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs) in the co-feature.
Dorian Price can be a hard man to find. Marcus Marinelli, owner and head coach of Strong Style Martial Arts and Fitness in Independence, Ohio, found him and brought him home to the United States . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke & U. Koch
On June 4, SES Boxing will return to the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany with not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights. Headlining will be WBO Youth heavyweight champion Tom Schwarz (16-0, 11 KOs) in his second defense against Dennis Lewandowski (9-0, 4 KOs). In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (14-0, 11 KOs) meets Christian Lewandowski (9-0, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at the kickoff press conference in the Jahrtausend-Tower in the Elbauenpark.
Tom Schwarz: “I’m delighted again to box in Magdeburg. Dennis and I also know each other, we’ve seen quite a bit together in boxing and we will show you a beautiful fight. After my last, very short fight, I’m already absolutely top form. To the ‘Baltic Hammer’ Dennis, when he meets ‘Tom’s Hammer,’ this is something else – he doesn’t yet know.”
Dennis Lewandowski: “My brother and I, we want to be the new Klitschkos. Tom Schwarz is a good man, we’re both undefeated. But, the WBO Youth Championship is just a stopover. With my brother, I want to get to the top – like the Klitschkos!” (more…)
Showtime Sports says they have “an exciting boxing announcement” that will be made today during a brief media conference call. Will it be the return of Floyd Mayweather? Probably not. The announcement is expected to be that Showtime has signed a deal with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs). Stay tuned…
AWE TV has added Saturday’s heavyweight contest between former world title challengers Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora in Hamburg, Germany, to the telecast featuring WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla defending his title against Ismael Barroso in Manchester, England.
Greg Cohen Promotions has signed undefeated lightweight Maynard “Mr. Marvelous” Allison (4-0, 3 KOs) to a promotional agreement.
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-division champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) will face off later today at their final press conference in advance of their PPV clash on Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Still no betting line from online sports books on Briggs-Dimitrenko.
If not for the scar on his head, Matt Grice looks like any other member of the Oklahoma City Police Department. And if you didn’t know the story of that scar, of how being rear-ended at a red light by a distracted driver going 65 miles per hour at impact nearly killed him, you might just assume he got that scar during his time as a professional mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time former world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their middleweight championship showdown on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Below is what they had to say:
Canelo Alvarez: “There is a difference between wanting and doing. On Saturday night, we will see who will give who a boxing lesson. I want to thank all of my fans for the support. I am very honored to be celebrating on Cinco de Mayo, and I hope to put on a great show on Saturday night. I’m training hard for twelve rounds, I’m ready to go all of those rounds, and if the knockout presents itself-I’m ready to take it.”
Amir Khan: “All the hard work and training has been done. I have a great team, and I am conditioned and ready to fight and represent my country of England. Mentally, I have prepared by praying, being with my beautiful family, and the support from my fans. Even though Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, we are going to see a lot of British flags come Saturday night. This is a huge fight, as Canelo is a star in Mexico and America. I know I’m here as the underdog, but I’m ready to win and take this WBC belt back to my home in England. I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could take it. I have trained for everything and worked on my speed and my power. A win against Canelo would be one of the biggest wins of my career because he is a superstar, especially on this Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of everyone. I have trained and worked on my speed and my power. The fans will be very happy on Saturday night. I will be the new world champion. I think it will be difficult to knock Canelo out, but I know I can give him a boxing lesson.”
Heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) is back in action on the undercard of the clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title between Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu on May 29 at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England. “It’s a new start for me with a new trainer,” said Price. “The times I’ve slipped up have been on the receiving end of a man on a banned substance, so this is a new start for me.” Price’s opponent is TBA.
Also on the card is Stephen Smith (23-2, 13 KOs), who lost a decision to IBF jr lightweight champion Jose Pedraza a few weeks ago. “It’s great to be coming straight back in. My confidence is good, I think I showed against Pedraza that I belong at world level, so the aim is to get a good ranking in the WBC and then get into line for another go at achieving my dream of winning a world title.” Smith will face TBA for the vacant WBC silver title.
Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that he and the California Legislative Latino Caucus awarded professional boxer and Avenal native, Jose Ramirez with the 2016 Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Athletics. Since 2002 the Latino Caucus has held the special celebration to honor Latino men and women who are pioneers in their respective fields having overcome tremendous obstacles and rising to become role models and community leaders.
“I am proud to have nominated Jose Ramirez for this award and to recognize his tireless efforts in and out of the ring,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “In addition to being a world champion boxer, Jose has been a strong advocate for our community by fighting for water and giving back at our local community events and food banks.” (more…)
Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) almost came to blows at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
During the customary head-to-head photographs, Chisora lived up to his bad boy reputation by grabbing Pulev by the neck and attempting to pull him to the ground.
“I’m not messing around,” said Chisora. “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m here to fight! I’m going to take Pulev to places he’s never been before, and I’m going to make him give up. He’s got nothing I’ve not seen before, and he’s never fought anyone like me. I can tell he’s nervous. He’s out of his depth and he’s going to get knocked out!” (more…)
WBC Silver International Lightheavyweight Champion Avni Yildirim (9-0) is set to make his fourth title defense this Friday (May 6th) in Berlin. The 24-year-old Turk will take on Jackson Junior (20-5) from Brazil who already arrived in Germany and is eager to take the belt home to Sao Paulo.
“I didn’t come all the way just for a pay-check. This is a big chance for me and I want to make my people proud”, said the challenger.
Yildirim who won the vacant title in August 2015 against veteran Glen Johnson in Miami is confident that he will remain champion. “I have faced tougher opponents in my life”, states the champ. “I don’t underestimate anybody but I know that if I show my best performance there is nobody who can beat me. I’m on my way to the top and this fight is just another step towards the World Championship.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at Ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
The world super middleweight picture got a little clearer Saturday night after two very competitive bouts at the DC Armory in Washington, DC in front of a crowd of 4,135.
The main event saw WBC champion Badou Jack “The Ripper” of Las Vegas, NV by way of Stockholm, Sweden battle former world champion Lucian Bute of Laval, Quebec, Canada by way of Romania to a twelve-round majority draw. In the co-feature, IBF super middleweight titleholder James “Chunky” DeGale of Harlesdon, England successfully defended his crown with a tough twelve-round unanimous decision over Rogelio “Porky” Medina of Hermosillo, Mexico.
Last weekend at UFC 197, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his title for the eighth time, scoring a knockout of Henry Cejudo at 2:49 of the first round. That fast finish wasn’t even Johnson’s best with his strap on the line as “Mighty Mouse” delivered a Knockout of the Night of Joseph Benavidez in their December 2013 rematch at 2:08 into the first . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Hayemaker Promotions today confirmed that former WBO Heavyweight World Champion Shannon Briggs will face 6’7 former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) at Haye Day on May 21 at the O2, London. Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) needs a victory to set-up a much anticipated fight with David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye later this year.
Shannon Briggs said, “I don’t care if this guy is tipped for a future world title, I am going to take him down in London. I don’t care if this guy is younger than me, taller than me or hits harder than me. I’m in the best shape of my life and have the experience to take this guy down. I was beating George Foreman when this guy was still learning to read! Once I’ve knocked him out, I’ll focus on taking David Haye down in his home town!
“I’m excited to put on a show for all my fans in the UK. It will be my first time fighting in this great country and the fans really embraced me when I was here earlier this month. This fight is just the warm up. I’ll finish Dimitrenko and I’ll celebrate, but then I’ll be back to finish the Hayemaker! He won’t be able to duck me any longer. Let’s go champ!”
Dimitrenko stated, “Brigg’s is a loud fool, I will do my talking in the ring and he won’t know what’s hit him. The fight will see a former world champion lose in epic style to a future world champion. He is now the champ of Instagram but that’s where his reign ends. Brigg’s is going to learn first-hand what a hard hitter I am!” (more…)
Photo: Tri Nguyen
Amir Khan is using Leicester City’s shock triumph of the Premier League title as inspiration ahead of the biggest fight of his life. The 29-year-old star is moving up two-weight divisions to take on the formidable middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez this Saturday night.
Two-time world champion Khan, however, is undaunted at the prospect of facing the big Mexican puncher but instead is using the fairytale victory of the East Midlands side as proof that the underdog can prevail.
“I’m seen as the underdog in this fight against Canelo but I feel this is the year of the underdog. What Leicester City (a preseason 5000-1 shot) have achieved is absolutely amazing. You would have been called crazy if you thought that Leicester would win the title at the start of the season – it’s such an inspiring story,” said Khan.
“I’m definitely going to use that to help me because it shows that even though people say you have no chance what really matters is how you perform on the pitch, or in the boxing ring in my case. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) returns to the ring against undefeated welterweight Frankie Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs) this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view. We caught up with Herrera, who spoke about his upcoming fight with Gomez.
“I am excited to be back in the ring,” Herrera told Fightnews.com®. “I am facing a tough fighter. This is another guy coming, he’s going to respect me as a fighter. Frankie Gomez is undefeated it’s his biggest test. I hope he’s training hard.”
Herrera held training camp in his hometown of Riverside, California.
“We’ve been working really hard, my team and I. This is a tough fight and we put in the work necessary to come out with the win,” Herrera said. (more…)
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On May 8, the UFC will travel to Rotterdam for its first show in the Netherlands, and while there are no fights in the Octagon this weekend, there are plenty of updates for upcoming shows, starting with UFC Fight Night next Sunday, where the retirement of Paddy Holohan has allowed Japan’s Ulka Sasaki to step in and face Willie Gates in a flyweight bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has been given the go-ahead from the IBF to begin negotiating a world-title fight between his fighter Jonathan Guzman and the promoters for Japan’s Shingo Wake. As per IBF rules for vacant championships, Lewkowicz, representing Guzman, the IBF #2 super bantamweight, and Kyoei Promotions representing IBF #1 Wake were ordered to begin negotiations immediately and have them completed no later than June 2 of this year.
Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hot on the heels of an eight-round stoppage victory over Daniel Rosas last Friday in Atlantic City, in a voluntary eliminator for the #2 spot in the ratings.
Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) earned his number one spot by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Thailand’s Mike Tawatchai last June.
Per IBF rules, neither boxer may compete in another match until they face each other. In the event the camps cannot reach an agreement by June 2, the IBF will call for purse offers to be held to determine who will promote the bout, when and where it will be held.
Will Ruiz and Manny Rivera’s Hard Hitting Promotions has set up what appears to be their best card to date for Saturday May 14th at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia, PA. Headlining the show will be will be an eight round lightweight contest featuring the always exciting Jonathan “La Cobra” Maicello (23-2, 11KOs) as he tangles with dangerous veteran Ramesis Gill (10-14-5, 7KOs). Philadelphia area fans will be fired up for the four round co-feature of evening as former National Amateur champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis (1-0, 1KO) makes his Philly debut against Puerto Rican welterweight Luis Ortiz (0-1). (more…)
Following a year-and-half layoff, middleweight Lamar Russ scored a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout over former two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in front of his hometown fans in North Carolina. Russ (16-2, 8 KOs) was involved in a bad car accident in August of 2015, and took off the rest of the year to recover and get himself back into fighting shape. The once formidable Echols (32-22-4, 28 KOs) suffered his ninth straight KO loss.
By Robert Coster
What drives some people with successful careers to one day lace up the boxing gloves and step into the ring? Such was the case with actor Mickey Rourke or Miami MD Harold Reitman. And such is the case with Joe Fournier, 33 year-old self-made millionaire owner of a string of 11 jet set night clubs under his “Bonbonniere” brand, a man with homes in London, New York, Miami and Greece. The British citizen, born in Monaco, is also a light heavyweight boxer with a record of 4-0, with 4 KOs, and signed by former world heavyweight champion David Haye. Fightnews.com® caught up with Fournier to discuss his improbable foray into pro boxing and its perspectives. (more…)
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