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Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Images from Wednesday's media workout in conjunction with Friday's fight between Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, ...

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Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo ...

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Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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Just a Sek – Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Kameda, Fonfara, Fortuna headline Nov 1

Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will make the third defense of his title against interim titlist and mandatory challenger Alejandro Hernandez on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the co-feature of a Showtime Boxing: Special Edition.

In the main event of the tripleheader, popular light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara will return to his adopted hometown against experienced veteran Doudou Ngumbu in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown from UIC Pavilion at University of Illinois in Chicago.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated super featherweight contender and former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Javier Fortuna will take on twice-beaten Puerto Rican Abner Cotto in a 10-round super featherweight bout. The event, titled “The Homecoming,” is promoted by Warriors Boxing. (more…)



October 2nd, 2014



Boxing News

Eleider Alvarez ready to show he belongs

Canadian-based light-heavyweights are on a roll and the next one to come off the production line is threatening to do so in explosive style at Monte Carlo’s “Title Tornado” event on October 25.

Eleider Alvarez, who was born in Colombia, has been based in Montreal since his professional debut in 2009. He challenges South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg for the WBC Silver belt in a rare battle of unbeaten fighters. (more…)



October 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Huck to leave Sauerland, takes aim at Klitschko

Photo: HSP

Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) will take on future challenges independently. The current WBO-Champion announced on Wednesday, that he will not be renewing his current contract with Sauerland Event, which ends on December 31. Instead the newly founded company Huck Sports Promotion in cooperation with UFA Sports will manage all promotional aspects of his future fights.

“The days when promoters had long lasting deals with German TV broadcasters are over,” explained the 29-year old. “TV Stations have become more selective when it comes to deciding which fights they want to air. The attraction of the main fight, meaning the names of the two opponents, will be the decisive factors. Therefore the promoter I am signed with is not as important anymore as it used to be.” (more…)



October 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman wrapping up training in NYC

IBF middleweight world champion “King” Sam Soliman is wrapping up his training in New York City this week in preparation for his title defense against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor set for Wednesday, October 8th from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“I’ve trained in New York City numerous times, I love it here, there’s an electricity and energy that can’t be matched” said the Australian native. “The fans and boxing community have always been very welcoming to me.”

“I’ve got one more sparring session today and then we’re leaving for Biloxi on Friday for the fight.” (more…)



October 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Vidal ready for Telemundo super flyweight tourney finale Friday

pitbullvidal300#8 WBO world ranked Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico will face #15 WBO world ranked Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) this Friday in the Telemundo super flyweight finale. The main event bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and will take place at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. Boxeo Telemundo Ford will air the event kicking off the fall season.

Vidal entered his last bout coming off of back-to-back losses. Where this might have shook some fighters, it was not the case with Vidal. He responded in a major way stopping Juan Katun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) in a bout aired on Boxeo Telemundo Ford July 18th. The fight garnered the largest ratings in the history of any fight aired on Telemundo. However, Vidal wont be content until he gets that elusive world title fight. He is determined more than ever to win this tournament finale in hopes that it gets him that chance. (more…)



October 2nd, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC’s return to Sweden this Saturday night will showcase several local fighters and some top up and comers as the preliminary bouts run deep with seven fights in total. At the top of the card is Magnus Cedenblad taking on top-rated prospect Scott Askham, who makes his UFC debut with a perfect 12-0 record thus far in his career. Also fighting on Saturday on the preliminary card is Nico Musoke, who takes on Alexander Yakovlev . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. STORY is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 4 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Iron Mike inks Monte Meza Clay

World ranked lightweight MOnty Meza Clay (36-3, 22 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing legend Mike Tyson and his Iron Mike Productions it was announced today. “We’re thrilled to bring Monty aboard to our team. His fight against Allan Herrera in August was one of the most valiant performances I’ve seen in many years,” said Tyson. “He’s exactly the type of all-action warrior that we love to promote.”

Stated Clay, “I’m honored to join Mike and the team at Iron Mike Productions. I can’t wait to get back into the ring in Pittsburgh on November 14th.” Currently ranked #15 by the World Boxing Council, Clay will face “Lightning” Rod Salka next at the CONSOL Energy Center.



October 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

From boxing champ to activist: Find out what Dariusz Michalczewski has been up to. More

Gloucester boxing legend Hal Bagwell memorialized. More

Kristian Laight still “hungry” after losing 183 fights. More

Things get wild for Andre Berto at an after-fight party. More



October 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

N’Dam dominates Stevens in IBF eliminator

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18KO) won a clear cut unanimous decision victory over tough, but limited, challenger, Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20KO) on Wednesday night at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Stevens had his moments but was dropped in the eight round by a perfect right cross counter and was simply outboxed all night by the former WBO middleweight champion, N’Dam. Scores were 116-111, 116-111, 119-108. With the victory, N’Dam becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Sam Soliman.

Undefeated power puncher, Frederick Lawson (23-0, 20KO) battered slick, but aging, 36 year old veteran, Ray Narh (26-6, 21KO). Narh was put on the canvas in the second round by a left hook, again in the eighth round by a left hook counter and punished until the final bell. Lawson showed no compassion for his fellow Ghanian countryman and easily won by unanimous decision with scores of 99-89, 95-93 (inexplicably by Judge Gwen Adair) and 99-89. (more…)



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Woodhouse signs with Hobson

Former British light-welterweight champion Curtis Woodhouse has turned his back on retirement and signed a three year managerial deal with promoter Dennis Hobson. Woodhouse, who gave up a lucrative career in top-flight football to become a paid fighter, lost his crown in June after an enthralling tussle with Scotland’s Willie Limond, and decided to call it a day shortly after.

However, the 34-year-old has since had a change of heart and believes his partnership with Hobson – who has guided the likes of Clinton Woods and Stuart Hall to world honours – will bring more title glory. (more…)



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Dan Goossen’s Funeral Information

Funeral services for promoter Dan Goossen will be held on Tuesday, October 7, beginning at
6 p.m. PT, at St. Francis DeSales (13360 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91423.) http://www.sfdsparish.com/contact-us/ In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dan’s memory to the charity he established to honor his late brother — The Greg Goossen ’64 Scholarship Fund at Notre Dame High School.

Checks can be made payable to NDHS Goossen Fund and mailed to NDHS, 13645 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Contributions also can be made online by visiting www.ndhs.org. All gifts are tax deductible. The Goossen Family will be notified of all contributions.



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

N’Dam, Stevens collide tonight

Photo: Karl Freitag

Photo: Karl Freitag


By Karl Freitag

Middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) is set to take on former WBO middleweight beltholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (30-1, 18 KOs) tonight in an elimination contest, with the victor to face the winner of the October 8th IBF middleweight title fight between defending champion Sam Soliman and challenger, ex-middleweight king Jermain Taylor.

N’Dam was the more talkative fighter at the final press conference, noting that Stevens’ fight against Gennady Golovkin was stopped with Stevens still on his feet. “He doesn’t have the mentality for a champion,” said N’Dam. “I’ve already been a champion. Tomorrow will be fun.”

Stevens simply stated he’ll do his talking in the ring.

Only a handful of sportsbooks are handling the fight with N’Dam a slight -150 to -175 betting favorite. Stevens backers can get +120 to +137.

The bout will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and will be televised by ESPN2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The event is promoted by King Sports.



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Knockout CP Freshmart wins WBA interim belt

Thai fighter Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago (27-1-1, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) interim minimumweight world title on Wednesday at the I-Mobile Football Stadium in Buriram, Thailand. Freshmart prevailed 115-113 on all three scorecards. The WBA also recognizes South African Hekkie Budler as world champion in the division.



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Heather Hardy headlines Oct 15 on NYC

On Wednesday, October 15, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will return to NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for the latest edition of its Broadway Boxing series, hosting a special event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in which Everlast will be donating pink and black boxing gloves to show their support. Once dubbed “a female Arturo Gatti” by promoter Lou DiBella, the always-exciting Heather “The Heat” Hardy (10-0, 2KO’s) will headline a seven-bout card, facing off against Crystal Hoy, of Las Vegas, in a 10-round junior featherweight contest. (more…)



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez to be honored at football game and will give tickets away to his fight

USA Olympian and undefeated (11-0, 8 KO’s) professional Top Rank boxer Jose Ramirez will be honored for his achievements and to announce his Central Valley Fight For Water 3, Saturday, Oct 25 at the Selland Arena. Ramirez, a Fresno State alum will be brought on the field at Bulldog Stadium during Fresno State’s nationally televised football game against the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday, October 3. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 pm local time.

To celebrate this event Ramirez is giving away a free ticket to his fight at all of the Stadium’s 180 concessions outlets during the game. No purchase is necessary. (more…)



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Lozano seeks KO in Telemundo super flyweight tourney final Friday

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WBO #15 ranked super flyweight Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) continues his march toward a world title fight this Friday at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. Lozano, a local favorite from nearby Bowling Green, Florida will take on Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in the final of the Telemundo super flyweight tournament running this year.

Entering his last bout, Lozano was coming off of his first career loss and responded with a devastating knockout of Antonio Tostado broadcast on Telemundo August 1st. Lozano senses he is close to his goal of winning a world title and knows a win this Friday is a must for that opportunity to happen sooner rather than later. Fightnews spoke with Lozano now just days away from his biggest fight to date. (more…)



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Tete: I want to punish this young boy

IBF World Super-Flyweight Champion Zolani Tete said he’ll end challenger Paul Butler’s dream of making history by being the first British boxer in over a 100 years to win a second world title at a lighter weight. The tough South African puts his title on the line against Butler at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 25th.

Tete claimed the world title in his last fight when he travelled to Japan and faced unbeaten Teiru Kinoshita in his backyard, outclassing the home fighter to win on points and says he won’t be losing it in his first defense. (more…)



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly-Bellew undercard is loaded

Tony Bellew will finally seek his revenge against arch rival Nathan Cleverly when the pair meet in the hugely-anticipated grudge match on November 22 at the Echo Arena in Bellew’s home town of Liverpool. In early confirmed undercard fights, Scott Quigg will defend his WBA world super bantamweight title for the fifth time against an opponent to be named shortly and Jamie McDonnell defends his WBA world bantamweight title against Walberto Ramos – with the winner of that fight facing WBO champion Tomoki Kameda in a unification clash. Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Michael Sprott in a British heavyweight title eliminator, unbeaten Liverpool sensation Callum Smith meets Nikola Sjekloca in an official eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title, and promoter Eddie Hearn is set to announce more big fights soon with James DeGale MBE and Stephen Smith set to feature.



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Thoughts on the WBC Female Convention

By Boxing Bob Newman

A who’s who of women in boxing, as well as the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, speak their thoughts on the first ever Female Boxing convention in Playa del Carmen on 9-25-14.



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford vs Beltran Kickoff Presser

By Bill Green
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

On Tuesday, Top Rank in association with Tecate officially announced what is expected to be an exciting lightweight title fight between current undefeated born-and-raised in Omaha, Nebraska, WBO world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) against the #1 ranked WBO contender Ray Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) of California on November 29 at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha. (more…)



October 1st, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Main Card Fantasy Preview

This weekend the UFC returns to Sweden with a card headlined by the biggest welterweight prospect since a guy named Georges St-Pierre debuted back in 2004. Grappling prodigy Gunnar Nelson was long talked about as a fighter that could one day develop into something pretty special, and thus far in his UFC career, he hasn’t disappointed one bit . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. STORY is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 4 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on the near death of former champ Jamie Moore.

Filipino Michael Farenas to fight Jose Pedraza. More

“Pacquiao’s already in great shape,” says Freddie Roach. More

Paul Smith: Judge’s scorecard was “screwed up.” More



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag

Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8
(IBF middleweight eliminator)

Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6
Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher Martin 125.8
Isa Akberbayev 193.8 vs. Geovanni Sarran 205.2
Sergiy Derevyanchenko 164.2 vs. Laatekwei Hammond 162

Venue: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California
Promoter: King Sports
TV: ESPN2

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September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

N’Dam-Stevens undercard lineup

Three fights will be featured on tomorrow night’s ESPN Wednesday Boxing Special headlined by the IBF middleweight eliminator between former WBO champion Hassan N’Dam and Curtis Stevens at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

The 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated welterweight Fredrick “General Okuna” Lawson (22-0, 20 KOs) of California against New York’s Ray “The Emperor” Narh (26-5, 21 KOs). In his last outing, Lawson scored a sixth-round TKO win over Mohamed Kayongo, while Narh is looking to rebound from a 10-round split decision loss to Chris van Heerden.

The show will open with an eight-round bout between undefeated featherweight Miguel Marriaga (18-0, 16KOs) of Colombia and Californian Chris Martin (28-3-3, 9 KOs).



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gradovich to defend IBF belt against Velez

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum today announced a second world title fight on the November 29 Crawford-Beltran card at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will defend against #12 rated Jayson “Maravilla” Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) in an attractive battle of unbeaten fighters.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Crawford-Beltran

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, will make an encore hometown title defense on the heels of his wildly successful victory over previously undefeated world champion and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa. Crawford will defend his title against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at
10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran world lightweight championship event will go on sale this Friday (October 3) at 10:00 a.m. CT. Reserved seat tickets start at $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52, $77 and $127. They will be available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000. To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted a news conference Tuesday in Omaha announcing their November 29 HBO showdown at the CenturyLink Center. Joining Crawford and Beltran was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Ray Beltran: Three years ago it was a different story. I was going through a lot of downs, but I always believed God had a plan for me. Like you heard I went to Scotland and didn’t get the decision, but I still believed God had a different plan for me and now I’m fighting Terence Crawford, a great champion, a classy guy, a very good person and I respect him. This fight is even bigger. Not just about the title, but it’s a very dangerous fighter, very skillful. So it’s a bigger risk, but bigger reward.

Terence Crawford: This fight is gonna be a tough fight I can tell. Ray Beltran is a good, crafty fighter. Everyone knows, including me, that he went over there and won that belt. He feels that he’s coming back to get what belongs to him so he’s gonna be fighting with a chip on his shoulder. But for me, I can’t let that happen.

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September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Arce WBC officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American John Callas will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) defends for time against his compatriot challenger and multiple division former champ Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) on Saturday at Cancha de Usos Múltiples, Pradera de Villas in Los Mochis, Sinaloa in Mexico. The three judges are Rey Danseco (Philippines), Thomas Nardone and Mike Ross, both from the U.S.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gang, Sun, Lee capture vacant Korean titles

By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

At the first event held under the auspices of the newly reestablished Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) led by former two-time world champion (in two weight classes) Soo-Hwan Hong, Korean boxing fans were treated to an afternoon of spirited bouts culminating in three vacant Korean National Title matches. Although Myung-Woo Yuh was only the second Korean boxer to be inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame (in 2013), many would argue that Soo-Hwan Hong is as (if not more) deserving. In Korea and Asia as a whole, there is little doubt that Hong is more well-known and celebrated for his accomplishments in the ring. To see why, watch his incredible 1977 bout in Panama against Hector Carrasquilla. (more…)



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Camps: N’Dam to box, Stevens looking for KO

Both camps are confident in advance of tomorrow night’s ESPN2-televised 12-round IBF eliminator between middleweight contenders Hassan “El Fenómeno” N’Dam (30-1, 18 KOs) and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The winner of the bout will earn the right to fight for the IBF Middleweight title, currently held by Australia’s Sam Soliman. The card is promoted by King Sports.

N’Dam’s manager Gary Hyde stated, “I think Curtis Stevens is a great fighter – he’s unbelievably strong and can knock you out with either hand. But, I think he’s limited when it comes to fighting a boxer like Hassan. I think the key to this fight is just Hassan being himself. He’s got lovely lateral movement and he’s a fantastic boxer. He’s got the Ali-Leonard style, and that’s what he should stick with against Stevens.”

Stevens’ trainer Andre Rozier countered, “I really expect Curtis to be super explosive. He knows that this is a title eliminator which will bring him to fighting the winner of the Jermain Taylor-Sam Soliman fight. So he’s literally right back in the title hunt with two steps to go – two really very short steps. I think we’re going to see a very explosive performance that ends in a big knockout.”



September 30th, 2014




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