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- Satchell wins Euro flyweight belt
- WBC confirms Stiverne-Wilder agreement
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- Weights from North Bergen, NJ
- Santillan still unbeaten
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- Perez retains WBA interim lightweight belt
“We’ve done everything we can to make it happen,” trainer Freddie Roach talks about the impossibility of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. More
Shooting of boxing Jamie Moore linked to a gangland hit. More
Belfast media takes a hit at SKY’s failure to report Carl Frampton’s greatest win to date. More
Speaking of Frampton, Scott Quigg says he would relish a shot at him. More
Ode to ’40s and ’50s fighter Frank Johnson. More
The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) has made a major addition to his team. Former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd will now train Briggs. The pair recently begin training together in sunny South Florida. Briggs has excelled offensively for years where Byrd was seen by many as a defensive specialist during his two reigns as world champ. Byrd himself is in superb physical shape scaling near a slim but fit 185 pounds. Both former world champs shared their thoughts on teaming up.
“Throughout my career I have been known for and successful with my offense,” said Briggs. “However, I will be the first to admit that defense has never been my strong point. I have been boxing professionally for over 20 years but I feel it’s never too late late to learn. (more…)
A PPV billed as “Clash of the Cruiserweights” features two cruiserweight world title fights on September 27 from the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) defends against Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) in the main event and in the co-feature WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) puts his belt on the line versus undefeated Pawel “Harnas” Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs).
This Thursday night at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) will fight against fellow undefeated Luis Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) for the WBA interim heavyweight title. The fight will headline a card that will be televised on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 9:30 PM ET. Kayode has been training hard for this major opportunity under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Roach is very optimistic about his fighter’s chances of joining Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev as WBA heavyweight champion.
Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will kick off their Fall Series Friday, October 3rd, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event local favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida will face Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds for the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title. Lozano #15 WBO and interim champion won the belt last August 1 on the last series by stopping Antonio Tostado, this will be his 8th bout at the A La Carte having lost only once. Vidal #7 WBO and Latin Champion won the belt last July 18 by coming from behind and stopping Juan “Loquito” Kantun in 8 rounds, the winners of last series now meet for the absolute title and a change to fight for the world title. (more…)
Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather hosted international media conference call in advance of his SHOWTIME PPV rematch against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Floyd discussed his feud with 50 Cent, his camp’s objection to referee Tony Weeks, his differences with Maidana trainer Robert Garcia, his relationship with Alex Ariza, the first fight with Maidana, the reason for the immediate rematch, and much more.
Do you think that 50 Cent crossed the line by suggesting that you have trouble reading in that Instagram video that he posted?
My thing is this, I try to focus on Maidana. I don’t really focus on that. I think people can believe whatever they want to believe. Intelligence and education are two different things. I’m happy with my career and I wish 50 Cent nothing but the best; when I’m in training camp I try to focus on my training. You have to realize that the circus is for clowns and my job is just to focus on my job, which is boxing. I know what I can and I can’t do, so I can care less. (more…)
Today it gets serious for WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham as trainer Ulli Wegner arrives at his Zinnowitz, Germany training camp. Abraham is preparing for his September 27 title defense against Paul Smith in the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel. Smith says he’s certain he’ll bring the belt back to England, but King Arthur says no way. “He can forget that,” said Abraham. “The belt and title will naturally stay with me in Germany!”
Open-to-the-public fight week activities for “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ commence on Tuesday with fighter grand arrivals taking place at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.
Below is the schedule:
1:45 p.m. – Humberto Soto & John Molina Jr.
2:00 p.m. – Alfredo Angulo & James De La Rosa
2:15 p.m. – Miguel Vazquez & Mickey Bey
2:30 p.m. – Leo Santa Cruz & Manuel Roman
2:45 p.m. – Marcos Maidana
3:00 p.m. – Floyd Mayweather
By Robert Coster
Colorful WBO #7 strawweight Ali Raymi has announced (in his own unique way) that he’s moving up to flyweight after compiling a 22-0 record with 22 KOs, including a record 21 straight first round knockouts in the 105-pound division.
As the reigning alpha male on the planet today, I can’t allow top P4P stars Roman Gonzalez, Naoya Inoue and 3 time Gold Medalist Olympic legend Zho Shiming to cartel glory for themselves at 112, while I am comfortable in 105, a division I subdued with ease (with exceptional respect for multi-time champion Kastunari Takayama and unified IBO/WBA champion Hekkie Budler who were willing to fight me but failed to do so due to factors out of their hand). (more…)
Juan Carlos Pelayo, the director of the Tijuana Boxing Commission who also oversees professional wrestling and mixed martial arts in the border city, was accused of corruption during a press conference last week by pro wrestling promoter Jose Luis Magaña. Magaña mentioned that his scheduled September 5th wrestling show set for the Municipal Auditorium was cancelled by orders of Pelayo after Magaña refused to purchase a plane ticket for a personal trip planned by Pelayo. Magaña also mentioned that he has filed a lawsuit against the commission and Pelayo since the director’s actions are obstruction with his business.
The position of commission executive director in the city is an appointed one with the director usually falling within the party line of the newly appointed city mayor. Usually appointed for three year stints, Pelayo is in his second term as executive director after the reigning PRI party retained the mayoral office. (more…)
When you think of Irish MMA, the first name to come to mind is that of “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. Close behind will likely be Cathal Pendred and probably Patrick Holohan. But the next name from the Emerald Isle that fight fans will be talking about is the first one who was in Dublin’s Straight Blast Gym – Aisling Daly, whose road to the UFC begins on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Alexey Lezin is the only man to beat both Wladimir and Vitaly Klitschko. The Russian is well known in the amateur boxing world. He won the World super-heavyweight (+91 kg) title in Berlin 1995 and was three times European champion. Lezin finished in third place at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, where was beaten in the semifinal by Wladimir Klitschko. Also among his victims is another former heavyweight champ Nikolay Valuev, who was beaten twice by Alexey Lezin. The former boxing star, now 41, is not involved in boxing anymore. He is working as head engineer in Ulyanovsk.
Mr. Lezin, your last win against Wladimir Klitschko was during the European championships in Vejle, Denmark, in 1996 (6:1). What do you remember from this fight?
It wasn’t the only time I fought with him. We have four fights and the verdict is two wins and two losses. When I beat him, I did just what I was able to and it was a success. (more…)
Is Carl Frampton destined to be “the best Irish fighter who ever lived?” More
Trainer Barry McGuigan calls Frampton “twice the fighter I was.” More
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Unbeaten lightweight prospect Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo has an opponent for his October 4 fight at the Bahia Shriners Auditorium & Event Center in Orlando, Florida. “This will be my third time fighting in Orlando and I’m happy to return once again. It feels good to know that I can count with the support of the fans in Orlando. It feels like home,” said the former Olympian.
Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs), who will fight for the second time in his young career to the eight round limit, will face Mexico’s Sergio ‘El Cuate’ Villanueva (26-4-2, 12 KOs). The rugged Mexican fighter has battled eight times at the 8-round limit and in four occasions in 10-rounders.
“I don’t know much about my opponent. But we know that Mexican fighters always come well prepared to leave it all in the ring. I will also be well prepared. Like my trainer says, I’m going to pay the price in the gym, where fights are really won,” said Verdejo. (more…)
By Robert Coster
At the gigantic World Trade Center in Dubai on Friday, WBO #2, IBF #4 Filipino contender Arthur Villanueva (26-0, 14 KOs) and Henry Maldonado (19-4, 15 KOs) of Nicaragua faced off for the vacant IBF international super flyweight title with Villanueva winning a 12 round split decision (117-110, 114-113, 113-114) in a dramatic and bloody scrap. The 5,000 strong audience gave both warriors a well-deserved standing ovation.
On the undercard, promising IBF #9 super bantamweight Genesis Servania (25-0, 11 KOs) of the Philippines won a 10 round technical stoppage over game Mexican Jose Cabrera (22-5-2, 10 KOs), while veteran Filipino super featherweight Rey Bautista (36-3, 25 KOs) won a seven round technical decision over Juan Jose Martinez (19-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico in another close, competitive battle. The entertaining five fight card was promoted by ALA Boxing.
Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson looked every inch a superstar in the making, as she ripped apart teak-tough challenger Yasuko Tamada in the main event of Invicta FC 8 at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The “Karate Hottie” scored a standing TKO in the final few seconds of the third round, showing no ring-rust despite over a year away from action . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Argentinean power-puncher Lucas Matthysse scored a quick and somewhat unsatisfying knockout of previously undefeated Roberto Ortiz on Saturday night in Cincinnati. In round two, Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) landed a short left hook to the body that sent Ortiz to a knee to catch his breath. The Mexican spit out his mouthpiece and appeared to be working the count until the final split seconds. But referee Benjy Esteves halted the contest at the count of 10 despite the fact that Ortiz was on his feet and proceeding to stand up straight.
“I did get him really good on the body,” Matthysse said through a translator. “But if he was ready to get up I was ready to fight. It was not what I expected, but this is what I have now.”
Ortiz (31-1-1, 24 KOs) disagreed with the ref’s count. “I thought I was up at nine,” Ortiz said through a translator. “He definitely hit me with a good shot, but I was up at nine. I could have got up at seven. I was just, as you said, milking it. I was in good position to continue this fight and I want a rematch.”
SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray asked Esteves his thoughts on the stoppage. Esteves, who did not want to make a comment on camera, told Gray that he thought Ortiz was OK to continue but that he did not beat the count.
By James Slater
Last night in Doncaster, England, late replacement foe Ross Burkinshaw made the absolute most of his big chance and out-pointed local man Jason Cunningham to take the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight crown. Stepping in for an ill Martin Ward, 28-year-old Burkinshaw of Sheffield went to war with southpaw Cunningham, prevailing via a thrilling 12-round split decision. Scores were 116-112 and 116-113 for Burkinshaw, and 115-113 for Cunningham. (more…)
By James Slater
Unbeaten star Carl Frampton has wasted no time in calling out his next opponent. The new IBF super-bantamweight ruler courtesy of last night’s magnificent performance against Kiko Martinez, “The Jackal” told BBC Sport he wants Scott Quigg, the “regular” WBA super-bantam champ next.
Frampton and Quigg have been embroiled in a war of words for some months now, and Frampton says he will fight Quigg “anywhere.”
“The only man I want to fight is Scott Quigg,” Frampton said. “I’ll fight him in Manchester, I’ll fight him anywhere. What Eddie Hearn needs to remember is I’m the one with the legitimate belt.” (more…)
“I ain’t trying to call out nobody. I said my next fight should be Matthysse. and he CAN get it,” said former three division world champion Adrien Broner after his twelve round unanimous decision win over a determined Emmanuel Taylor in front of 8,115 hometown fans at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. “If it was up to me I’d fight him with this cut on my eye tonight and I’ll beat his ass too.”
Matthysee, who scored a second round KO over Roberto “Massa” Ortiz earlier in the evening, stated after the fight, “I challenge Danny Garcia to stop being a chicken, to stop fighting little boxers and come and fight me. If Garcia doesn’t come then I’ll have Adrien Broner. I’ll have anybody.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Mexican female boxing star Mariana “Barby” Juarez (40-7-3, 16 KOs) beat Argentinian Carla Weiss (9-3-1, 0 KOs) by TKO in four rounds to retain her WBC International super flyweight crown on Saturday night at the Miguel Hidalgo Gym in Puebla, Mexico in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa. Juarez is now looking for a rematch with Ava Knight.
Upcoming super featherweight world title challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman (47-11, 36 KOs) prepped for WBC champ Takashi Miura by scoring a third round TKO over Juan Jose Farias (16-7-1, 11 KOs).
2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina (9-0, 7 KOs) outpointed Luis Donaldo Prieto (8-3, 4 KOs) in a junior middleweight six rounder.
2008 Olympian welterweight Javier “Intocable” Molina (15-1, 7 KOs) knocked out Jorge “Tigre” Pimentel (28-23, 22 KOs) in the third round. photos
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (27-2, 20 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over former world champion Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura (32-4-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Estrada’s reach, movement and crisp combinations paid dividends as he largely neutralized Segura’s pressure and dominated the fight. The bout was stopped in round eleven to save Segura from further punishment. Time was 1:33.
Earlier, female boxing legend Jackie “Princesa Azteca” Nava (30-4-3, 13 KOs) scored a majority decision over 47-year-old WBC female super bantamweight champion Alicia “Slick” Ashley (21-9-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 95-95, 97-93. photos
By Bob Ryder at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions
Former world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner had almost more than he bargained for in the person of a gritty and determined Emmanuel Taylor as a big left hook knockdown in the fight’s fading seconds sealed a close win for Cincinnati’s favorite son. Taylor continually chugged forward never giving Broner a respite. By spending too much time along the ropes allowing Taylor to fire away,Broner gave the huge pre fight underdog a chance that he readily took advantage of. Broner landed the cleaner shots but Taylor never wavered from his plan to press forward. Broner suffered a cut eye in the 11th round but it was not a factor at the late stage of the fight. Taylor seemed to be out hustling Broner in the final round when Adrien landed the nice left hand that dropped Taylor and locked up the fight. Scores were 115-112 and 116-111 x 2. No title on the line in this one as Broner advances to (29-1, 22 KO’s) while Taylor off a great effort goes to (18-3, 12 KO’s).
Lucas Matthysse exposed the undefeated Roberto Ortiz with an easy albeit slightly controversial KO win at 2:45 of round two. After a slow feel ‘em out first round, the light welterweights started to get down to business in the second. Matthysse seemed to be trying to time the slightly awkward style of his Mexican opponent when he unloaded a solid punch to the gut that dropped Roberto. Although certainly hurt by the shot, Ortiz looked able to get up as he watched the referee’s count. Whether stunned or simply misreading the ref’s signals, he failed to stand prior to the ten count. Replays showed he may have been rising before the fatal ten but the referee had already waved it over. Ortiz suffers his first loss at (31-1-1, 24 KO’s). Matthysse takes the WBC Silver title and is now (36-3, 34 KO’s).
Andre Berto, loser in his last two fights, got back in the win column with a solid performance against Steve Upsher Chambers. Berto landed the harder shots throughout. Chambers managed to get in some solid punches of his own but did not have the power to disrupt Berto’s attack. Chambers’ eyes began to show swelling as early as the fourth round and by the bouts end his face was badly swollen. Berto was too strong and stayed in control the whole way. Chambers put in a game effort but he was totally outgunned in this one as he falls to (24-4-1, 6 KO’s). Welterweight Berto with this much needed win moves up to (29-3, 22 KO’s) (more…)
Photos: Ruben Cortez
Former unified world lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (35-4-1, 19 KOs) scored an entertaining ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Cardenas (21-9, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. As always, Diaz applied the pressure and unleashed a barrage of non-stop punching, but Cardenas was more than willing to fire back. In the end, scores were 97-93, 98-92, 99-91 for the “Baby Bull.”
Unbeaten welterweight Brad Soloman (23-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former world title challenger Freddy “Riel” Hernandez (30-8-0-1, 20 KOs). The bout was stopped due to a cut over Hernandez’ right eye caused by a Soloman left hook. Time was 1:36. Hernandez has now lost seven of his last eight fights, all against top competition with the win coming against Luis Collazo.
2012 London Olympics light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (5-0, 5 KOs) impressively destroyed veteran Samuel Miller (28-9, 25 KOs). Mekhontsev dropped Miller in rounds two and three and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage in round three. Time was 2:11. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
On Saturday New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri concluded a 27, 273-Mile world-media tour for his upcoming championship fight with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. Algieri ended the tour by attending a parade as Grand Marshall, bringing his title belt to his fans in Huntington, Long Island. Algieri also stopped by a local health fair and spoke to kids about the benefits of eating right.
The 13-day Pacquiao-Algieri media tour, that began on August 25 included stops in Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. photos
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