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WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson walked away from an HBO showdown with WBO champion Sergey Kovalev, jumping ship to Showtime for an expected fight with IBF/WBA champ Bernard Hopkins. However today Hopkins signed to fight Kovalev in November on HBO leaving Stevenson alone at the altar.
“We really thought we were going to go into a fight with Bernard Hopkins, but he was too greedy,” Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel told TVA Sports. Michel stated that Hopkins wanted nearly 75% of the money offered by Showtime. So Stevenson will now fight TBA on September 27th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That card will also feature light heavyweights Tavoris Cloud and Artur Beterbiev in the co-feature.
Apparently food is where you cross the line with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Shannon Briggs stormed into the famous Italian restaurant Mamma Mia’s in Hollywood, Florida, informed the champ that he’ll go wherever Wlad goes, and then grabbed Wlad’s plate and started eating food off it. Wlad asked if he’d like a drink with his food and poured water over Briggs’ head! That’s when all hell broke loose. Briggs grabbed the glass and it broke, cutting Briggs on his hand. Shannon tried to get at Wlad and was retrained by several guys and dragged out of the building apparently through the same broken glass as he cut his foot also. Shannon is currently in the hospital getting stitches.
Judging from the video Klitschko seemed to be favoring his right hand after the melee. He is scheduled to leave Florida to return to Germany on Saturday.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Brandon Rios 147 vs. Diego Chaves 148
Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Anton Novikov 139.4
(WBA super lightweight title)
Jose Ramirez 142.4 vs. Alfred Romero 138.2
Jessie Magdaleno 123 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 123.2
Shane Mosley Jr 159.6 vs. Jerome Jones 161
Cody Crowley 154 vs. Herb Begay 154
Erick De Leon 130.6 vs. Pedro Toledo 134.4
Saul Rodriguez 132.8 vs. Orlando Vazquez 132.2
Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, IBF #7, WBC #8, WBA #13 rated Lucas Browne (21-0, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Andriy Rudenko (24-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, UK. It was a very close fight with Rudenko the busier fighter and Browne landing the heavier shots. Browne was cut over both eyes by accidental head clashes. The heavy handed Browne never rattled Rudenko, but came on late to win by scores of 116-112, 115-113, 117-112. The bout was for the WBC’s EPBC and WBA’s I/C belts.
IBF #3, WBC #4 European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KOs) retained his title with a split decision over previously unbeaten WBA #4, WBO #4, IBF #5, WBC #12 rated Frankie Gavin (19-1, 12 KOs). Bundu dropped Gavin with a boxing shot in round six and won by scores of 114-113, 114-113 for Bundu, 115-112 for Gavin.
A unification fight between WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is reportedly on for November as long as Kovalev wins his defense against Blake Caparello on Saturday night. Both sides have signed.
Fight will be televised by HBO. The IBF exerted pressure on Hopkins to reach a deal by 5 pm or face a purse bid for mandatory challenger.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) August 1, 2014
Photos: Larry Levanti / Main Events
Sergey Kovalev 174 vs. Blake Caparello 174
(WBO light heavyweight championship)
Isaac Chilemba 175.5 vs. Cory Cummings 174
Dmitry Mikhaylenko 153 vs. Sechew Powell 148
Joey Dawejko 236.5 vs. David Williams 233
Adam Kownacki 258 vs. Charles Ellis 233
Decarlo Perez 158 vs. Marcus Willis 158.5
Hakim Bryant 155 Anthony Watson 154
Venue: Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Main Events
Welterweight contender Kell Brook has arrived in Las Vegas where he will complete his preparations for his world title challenge against IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter on August 16 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Brook has shrugged off the disappointment of having three world title dates with former champ Devon Alexander cancelled through injury to both men as he homes in on taking Porter’s title. “It feels unbelievable knowing that all my dreams are going to come true in two weeks’ time,” said Brook. “I am focusing on my dream. People have been writing me off but that has just made me push on even more. All the injuries and speculation was frustrating but I was taking it one day at a time and listening to my team around me. They were telling me that my time would come so I kept moving forward and believing in my team and ticking over in fights, and now I’m in the position I want to be – the big one. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Joseph Parker (9-0, 8 KOs) of New Zealand talks to Fightnews about his recent win over Brian Minto and also about the current world heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko, Bermane Stiverne and Ruslan Chagaev.
You were recently rated with WBO after scoring a sensational win over tough American Brian Minto. He had defeated your countryman, former world rated Shane Cameron. Was that your most outstanding ring achievement? Your thoughts on that fight.
I have valued all of the professional fights that I have had to date as learning experiences, great tests and confidence boosters as I have felt myself become a better fighter with my training, mental and physical preparation and time in the ring. I went into my fight with Minto well prepared knowing he was a step up as an opponent as someone who has skill and maneuvers that can only be gained from years of experience. Winning against Minto and gaining a ranking in the WBO, as well as showcasing myself as a more focused and clinical boxer is definitely the most outstanding ring achievement to date. (more…)
Former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion “The Pride of Las Vegas” Jessie Vargas, and their respective opponents, Diego “La Joya” Chaves and Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov, will have their Official Weigh-In, Today! in Gracia 4 & 8 (Level 3, West End Tower) at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109). Doors will open for media and fans at 2:00 p.m. The fighters will step on the scale beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT.
By Karl Freitag
Top Rank knew they had a winner when they matched Brandon Rios against Diego Chaves to headline the first pro boxing card at “The Chelsea” a dazzling new event center located inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. However things got dicey when Chaves was caught up in the backlog for travel documents due to a “glitch” in the U.S. State Department’s database that has created travel delays for hundreds of thousands of people.
“We went in desperation to Senator Harry Reid’s office because Diego Chaves was one of those people who had been approved for a visa, but the computer wouldn’t spit it out and as days went by, it became doubtful that he could get here in time,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “And thanks to Senator Reid and his fantastic staff, particularly Christina Martinez, we were able to go to the State Department where they worked to go to the Embassy in Buenos Aires and to get the damned computer to spit out the visa so I’m happy to report that the show is on!
“I want to really thank my good friend Harry Reid for making this possible and showing once again that he’ll stop at nothing to help the people of this great State of Nevada.”
Rios-Chaves headlines HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” telecast on Saturday night.
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Following his big win over Ricardo Alvarez on March 8, Mexican super featherweight star Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs) has the opportunity to put himself back in line for a world title shot on Saturday when he faces the Philippines’ Adones “Yamagata” Aguelo (21-9-2, 13 KOs) in a WBC title elimination bout to air live on Televisa and FOX Deportes from Estadio Nachan Kaan in Chetumal, Mexico. The bout will be Thompson’s first in his hometown since October of 2012.
In the co-main event, it’s an all-Mexico slugfest when welterweights Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz (26-14, 14 KOs) and Fernando Castaneda (21-8, 14 KOs) battle it out in a 10-round matchup.
Junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs), who has only fought in his home state three times in 24 pro fights, will be on the road again next Friday when he travels to Fallon, Navada, to headline that evening’s ESPN Friday Night Fights card. The WBC #5-rated Nelson will be facing Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13KO’s) in the 10-round main event. “I have had a great training camp for this fight,” said Nelson. “My elbow is 100% and I am ready to put on an impressive performance next Friday night and move another step closer to challenging for a world title. (more…)
On Sunday, August 3 at the Brooklyn Nets’ Store on Coney Island, former two-division world champion and current Showtime sports analyst Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi will join “Garcia vs. Salka” fighters Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, Edgar “El Camacho” Santana, Sadam “World Kid” Ali, Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa and “Sir” Marcus Browne to greet fans and sign autographs before their respective Saturday, Aug. 9 fights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
2 p.m. ET – Edgar Santana, Sadam Ali & Zachary Ochoa
3 p.m. ET – Daniel Jacobs, Marcus Browne & Paulie Malignaggi
For the first time in two years, junior featherweight prospect Manuel “Tino” Avila (15-0, 6 KOs) will compete in his hometown of Fairfield, California at the Allan Witt Sports Center. Avila will face Sergio “Finito” Frias (15-3-2, 8 KOs) on Friday, August 22. In the co-main event, it’s an eight-round heavyweight showdown when unbeaten Gerald “El Gallo” Washington (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Nagy Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). In the eight-round televised opener, featherweights Guy Robb (13-1, 5 KOs) and Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (14-4-2, 3 KOs) will square off. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will televise.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #3 featherweight Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs) will clash with IBF #6 Lee Selby (19-1, 7 KOs) on October 11 in an IBF elimination bout at the O2 Arena in London. The undefeated Brunker talks to Fightnews to say he is ready to step up and fight the best in the world.
You are going box Lee Selby in an IBF Eliminator on October 11 in London. He holds a win over fellow Australian Corey McConnell by stoppage in five rounds. How good is Selby? Did you see McConnell fight? Your thoughts?
I didn’t see the McConnell fight so I can’t really comment on it. Selby is a great fighter and a big test for me, but I feel I am ready to take that step up and measure myself up against the best boxers in the world. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Professional boxing returns to Lewiston, Maine on Saturday October 11, 2013 at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee with a card promoted by New England Fights (NEF) – in the same building where Muhammad Ali famously scored a 1st round KO of Sonny Liston in a heavyweight title fight in 1965. The card will feature undefeated lightweight Brandon Berry (6-0, 4 KO’s) of West Forks, Maine in the main event and Lewiston’s own undefeated junior middleweight Steven Gamache (4-0, 1 KO) in the co-feature against opponents TBA. Gamache is the son of former two time wold champion Joey Gamache, a Lewiston native who now works a trainer / cornerman for some of the sports most elite fighters including WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachencko.
Tickets for start at just $25 and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:00 am EDT. A special pre-sale will take place beginning on Friday, August 1 at 10:00 am EDT and run through the morning of Monday, August 4 for fans who use promo code NEFBOXING to unlock the sale. Tickets will be available online at www.TheColisee.com or by calling the Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525.
Photos: All Star Boxing
Daniel Lozano 114 vs. Antonio Tostado 114
Andrey Klimov 130 vs. Guillermo Avila 130
Noemi Bosques 112 vs. Yolaine Lin De Lauf 109
Ali Tareh 147 vs. Oscar Gonzalez 145
Aaron Jaco 166 vs. Angel Martinez 168
Nick Ianuzzi 202 vs. Mike Bisset 201
Toribio Ramirez 127 vs. Cesar Cisneros 127
Ricky Tomlinson 131 vs. Lucas Grant 125
Omar Albani 153 vs. Quincy Brown 155
Venue: Ala Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo (11:35PM ET)
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By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson held an open workout at the Headbangers Gym in Washington, DC as he prepares for his title defense against Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana of New York City by way of Puerto Rico on Saturday, August 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Peterson told reporters that he is looking to put out his best for this contest.
“Expect to see the best Peterson you can see,” Peterson said. “Each time, I try to get better. My goal is to always get better every fight, so expect to see a great Lamont Peterson on August 9. ”
Washington, DC native Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO’s) faces a veteran in Santana (29-4, 20 KO’s) who is ranked 13th in the world by the IBF. Peterson says that he definitely respects his challenger.
“I’ve watched him fight. He can fight,” Peterson said. “A lot of people don’t know him so they don’t think he deserves a title shot. He’s been in the game a long time and a lot of people don’t know what it takes to stay in the game for eight, nine, 10 years. He has done that and he’s still here. He’s never had a title shot. I’m glad he’s getting a chance because he can really fight.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We were working, negotiating in Moscow with Andrey Ryabinsky for almost thirteen hours. In the end, we did shake hands, smiling,” said Piotr Werner, co-owner, with Andrzej Wasilewski, of Sferis Knockout Promotions, the Polish promotional company representing former IBF and since 2010 current WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KO) and highly rated cruiserweight contender, Paweł Kołodziej (33-0, 18 KO). Włodarczyk and Kołodziej, on September 27 in Moscow, will challenge Andrey Ryabinsky’s “World of Boxing” promotional company’s best cruiserweight fighters. “Diablo” will defend his title against EBU (European Boxing Union) champion Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KO) and in the co-feature, WBA champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KO) will battle Kołodziej.
“We will have two cruiserweight championship bouts on one great night. A truly special event,” said Werner. For both champions, Włodarczyk and Lebedev, it will be their first chance to present their skills in 2014. There were rumors and even some promoter to promoter talks about matching Włodarczyk in a US-televised event against recently active BJ Flores (30-1, 19 KO) in August, but a Flores hand injury prevented further negotiations. Lebedev was supposed to have a rematch with Guillermo Jones in April of this year, but fight in Moscow was cancelled literally minutes before the opening bell, when WBA president Gilberto Mendoza communicated on “Twitter” that Jones again tested positive for banned substance. “I could not let this bout happen. It would be not fair for my fighter, the spectators” – said Ryabinsky, cancelling the event.
Now it’s official. As we reported yesterday, former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner will return to his hometown arena following a two-year absence to headline a Showtime telecast on September 6 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner will face Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor in a 12-round super lightweight bout. In the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the same weight class, Argentine powerhouse Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse meets unbeaten Roberto Ortiz.
In the opening bout former two-time world welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KO’s) will return to the ring after a one-year layoff and shoulder surgery. The opponent is still TBA.
“It’s always good to fight at home,” said Broner, who, in his last bout at U.S. Bank Arena in July 2012 stopped Vicente Escobedo in five rounds. “It’s overdue. I will not disappoint my Cincinnati fans. I’ll make sure to put up a good show for them. Taylor is a young, talented fighter, but he’s not ready to solve this ‘Problem.'” (more…)
Saturday’s “War in Paradise” professional boxing card featuring Nuvo Champion Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin and Eduardo Mercedes along with the women’s world title contest between “The Scholar” Sonya Lamonakis and Carlette “The Truth” Ewell has been postponed due to the storm conditions expected over the weekend in Sint Maarten. The fight card will be made up at a future date, which will be announced shortly, pending the results of the storm. Tickets can be returned at the point of contact, or they will be honored on the makeup date.
B.O.S.E. Promotions apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused, but their first concern is the safety of the participants and the fans.
Photos: Goossen Promotions
Thomas Williams Jr. 175 vs. Gabriel Campillo 174.8
Andre Dirrell 172 vs. Vladine Biosse 172
Juan Carlos Rojas 162 vs. Immanuel Aleem 162.6
Marcello Gallardo 125.8 vs. Juan Funez 125.8
Epifanio Mendoza 198 vs. Jordan Shimmell 198.6
Hector Lopez 132 vs. Gervonta Davis 132.4
Joaquin Chavez 135 vs. Luis Cruz 133.4
David Grayton 147.4 vs. Eddie Cordova 148
Guadalupe Hudgens 132.8 vs. Leduan Barthelemy 129.2
Milton Nunez 161.3 vs. Wilky Campfort 157.6
Wale Omotoso 148 vs. Eduardo Flores 148.2
Phillip Jackson-Benson 179.6 vs. Thomas Hanshaw 180.6
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, WA
Promoter: Goossen Promotions
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday night’s expected welterweight war between fan-favorite Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs) and ex-champion Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) in the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and on HBO. After finally arriving in Las Vegas after a long trip from Argentina, Chaves was resting at his hotel and unable to attend the press conference.
Brandon Rios: We’re just going to give the fans what they want. They’re going to see a nice little war in the ring as long as it lasts and it’s going to be a tremendous fight. I know he has tremendous skill and punching power, but I have punching power too. And I do have some skills, kind of. But we’re ready 100% …I know this is a do or die fight for me, so I’m going to make it a ‘do’ instead of a ‘die’ and the fans are going to see the old “Bam Bam” back.
Also, on hand was undefeated hometown hero and WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs), who will be defending against Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs).
Jessie Vargas: I look forward to giving you a great fight…come this Saturday I’m going to give it my all…I worked very hard for what I have now and I’m not letting it go.
Anton Novikov: I’m here to take that belt. photos
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