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Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Suzanna Teresa/PBC WBA "undisputed" bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos "Baby Pacquiao" Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) retained his title with ...

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Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/PBC Juan Carlos Payano 117.6 vs. Rau'shee Warren 117 (WBA "undisputed" bantamweight title) Yudel Jhonson 153.2 vs. Jorge Cota 154.2 John Jackson 153.4 ...

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Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank IBF #9 ranked super bantamweight Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (26-3, 19 KO) stepped ...

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Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

By Gabriel F Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Kazuki Hashimoto (11-5, ...

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Jacobs stops Mora in two

Jacobs stops Mora in two

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions Well, it was fun while it lasted. That was the immediate takeaway of the co-featured ...

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Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt

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Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

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Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco,

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Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

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Jacobs stops Mora in two

Jacobs stops Mora in two

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Ronda Rousey attacks Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence

San Antonio media on the life and death of Tony Ayala Jr.

Former fighter Dingaan Thobela in trouble with the law

Detroit’s Kronk Gym re-opens



May 21st, 2015


Boxing News

Boxing Notes

By Karl Freitag

The WBA Championships Committee has ordered an immediate rematch between WBA “regular” flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka and former champion Juan Carlos Reveco. Ioka won a majority decision over Reveco on April 22 in Japan. They have 30 days to reach a deal or a purse bid will be called with a 60/40 split for Ioka.

Promoter Frank Warren announced today that the clash for the vacant WBO lightweight title (formerly held by Terence Crawford) between WBO #1 rated Terry Flanigan and #2 Jose Zepeda will take place on July 11 at the Manchester Velodrome.

Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza says a welterweight clash between Sammy Vasquez and Wale Omotoso will land on CBS June 21.

Banner Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated and world ranked jr. welterweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy to an exclusive promotional contract. Godoy a record of 19-0 with 8 knockouts and is the current Argentina super lightweight champion and WBO Latino titlist. He is currently ranked #9 by the WBO.

Iron Boy Promotions has signed Tucson-based junior welterweight Alfonso Olvera. Olvera, who fought for Iron Boy Promotions in El Paso last October, joins the up and coming promotional company with a professional record of 3-1, 1 KO.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Dirrell, DeGale workout quotes and pics

DeGale: Dirrell's team is trying to get in my head. They must be scared.

Photos: Carly Gillis Photography

Fighters took part in a media workout at The Ring Boxing Club in Boston Wednesday to kick off fight week for this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card at Agganis Arena that is headlined by Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale.

See here what the participants had to say Wednesday:

Andre Dirrell: “I always knew my day would come. I put in the work, I love this sport so I give it what I owe. I’m happy to get a shot at another title. I’m not going to take it for granted. I’m going to put in my work and perform to the best of my ability and that will make me a world champion.

“I’m glad to be getting in there with somebody who believes he can win. I want someone who will test me like I’ll test them. That’s a real championship fight. I’m much hungrier than I was early in my career and I’m more focused mentally. With age comes wisdom. Everything I went through is all a blessing. My goals are set and I’m going to accomplish every one.”

James DeGale: “Dirrell’s team is trying to get in my head. They must be scared. I’m wound up and I’m ready. I’m obsessed with making history. It’s what drives me to work so hard in the gym and succeed in the ring. It’s been a 16-week camp come fight night, so it’s been a long time. My body and mind feel ready to fight, I am so sharp and in a very good place. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF convention Day 3 – Medical & Judges Seminars

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Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The medical seminar opened the day at the 32nd IBF convention in Montreal. Drs. Paul Wallace, Rick Weinstein, John Neidecker, Massimiliano Bianco and IBF Medical Director Emeritus Dr. William Lathan all delivered informative, if not entertaining talks. The judges seminar capped off the day of meetings. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

UFC

Joseph Benavidez: Same Goal, Different Focus

For the vast majority of fighters, the pursuit of championship gold is what drives them. Sure, there are numerous other internal motivators and secondary goals attached to their efforts, but at the end of the day, the desire to win a UFC title and be recognized as the best in their respective divisions is what gets them out of bed and into the gym each morning, afternoon and evening . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirms possible Froch-Golovkin Wembley blockbuster

By James Slater

In a tantalizing exclusive by Jeff Powell for The Mail it has been revealed how Eddie Hearn, promoter of former WBA and IBF super-middleweight king Carl Froch, is in talks with middleweight terror Gennady Golovkin’s people, with the topic being the possibility of a mega-match to possibly take place at Wembley this year.

Froch, who has not fought since knocking out arch rival George Groves last May (and has been stripped of his IBF and WBA belts as a result of his inactivity) is reportedly “interested” in facing the unbeaten KO artist from Kazakhstan. GGG is so good, and so feared, he is willing to go up to 168-pounds to face Froch in what would be a massive marquee fight; the type of match-up Golovkin craves. Froch is 37 and he has had one eye on retirement for some months now, yet he did say recently how a fight that motivates him will ensure he boxes again before retirement. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

N’Dam: Lemieux didn’t earn this fight

By Karl Freitag

IBF #1 ranked contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) dealt out some pretty good smack talk today to David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs). They collide on June 20 in Montreal for the vacant IBF middleweight belt formerly held by Jermain Taylor.

Hassan N’Dam: “I have a message for David Lemieux. Man you’d better get ready because the challenger’s spot you’re in, you didn’t earn it. You got it by luck. I’m going to prove to you and the entire world that you don’t have the level of a world champion. When you had the chance to be mandatory challenger, you always blew your chances.”

N’Dam also expressed unhappiness about his purse.

“Everyone is talking about the fact that I’m unhappy about the purse I’m getting for this fight. Of course, I’m not very happy because I’ve heard several comments coming from my opponent’s camp saying that he’s gonna have the largest purse in his career. I would like the IBF rules for the purse bid to be respected. And that is for the purse to be split 50/50 and there’s no additional money.”



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar: Lemieux-N’Dam WILL be on U.S. TV

By Karl Freitag

The upcoming IBF middleweight title fight between David Lemieux and Hassan N’Dam on June 20 from the Bell Center in Montreal will air live on Canadian Pay-Per-View, but so far no U.S. network has been locked in. Golden Boy’s regular U.S. broadcast partner HBO, which has cards scheduled for June 6, June 13 and June 27, reportedly passed.

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya told reporters today “We are talking to various networks here in the U.S. and that will be sorted out. We’ll have an announcement very soon. It WILL be on U.S. absolutely.”



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Carmona-Parrenas meet for WBO interim title

The WBO Championship Committee has sanctioned a fight for the interim junior bantamweight title between #2 rated David Carmona and #1 rated Warlito Parrenas to be held in Mexico City. The winner must face Japanese superstar and WBO world champion Naoya Inoue within 90 days from the date of the bout on June 20.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

The Return of the Warriors on Friday in Haiti

Photo: Héctor Villarreal

Photo: Héctor Villarreal


By Héctor Villarreal

Boxe Internationale presented the final press conference for the international boxing event “Retour des Guerriers” in which Haitian Fedelatin WBA champions, Evens Pierre and Azea Augustama, return to Port Au Prince to risk the belts won there by them on November last year. Promoter Jacques Deschamps Fils, Fedelatin President Aurelio Fiengo, the champions and their challengers spoke to the Haitian media reunited at the Royal Oasis Hotel in Petion-Ville.

Pierre (24-1, 17 KOs), who lives in Panama, will put his lightweight title on the line against Mexican Jesus Cruz Bibiano (15-9, 10 KOs). Augustama (18-2, 10 KOs), a resident of Hollywood, Florida, will risk his light heavyweight belt against Eduardo Mercedes (28-12, 24 KOs) from the Dominican Republic.

The card to be held on Friday night at the Karibe Convention Center, includes 6 other fights, three of them professional, including Haitian-born Frankie Gedeon (4-1, 3 KOs) and member of the local amateur team.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Juan Manuel Marquez Update

By Gabriel F Cordero

It’s been known that there’s a strong desire of the Mexico City Government to hold a boxing event between September and the end of the year in the historic and legendary Zocalo. Among the possible headliners is a farewell for four-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s also known that Marquez’ promoter Zanfer Promotions is trying to secure a welterweight title opportunity for his fight, with the names of Kell Brook and Floyd Mayweather mentioned. Marquez continues to rehabilitate his right knee and will celebrate his 42nd birthday in August. In his last fight 12 months ago, Marquez won a unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado in Inglewood, California.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Geale planning to fight his fight

Photos: Ed Mulholland/Roc Nation Sports

Former two-time world champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) hosted a New York City media workout Tuesday afternoon at Mendez Boxing Gym in preparation for his title challenge against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) on June 6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a 12-round fight that will be televised live on HBO. Here’s what Geale, and his American promoter Gary Shaw, had to say:

Daniel Geale: “Cotto has trouble in stages against guys that move and use their reach. He knows that’s what I’m going to be doing and he’s going to be trying to counter that with aggression and coming forward. I’m going to use my abilities and not get caught up in his game plan.” (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Laggoune injured; Francophone title off

Bilal Laggoune injured his right hand while sparring in a Berlin gym. The diagnosis by a local doctor and confirmed by a Belgian doctor is that the hand is not broken but he is not allowed to do any boxing or sparring for 4 weeks.
His upcoming fight against Engin Karakaplan for the vacant WBC Francophone title next week May 31 in Aalst, Belgium had to be canceled. Ryad Merhy, who is fighting on the undercard, has declined the offer to step in on such short notice. The other Belgian cruiserweight, Yves Ngabu, is still recovering from a broken hand.
The show will still go ahead as scheduled.



May 20th, 2015

UFC

John Dodson: The Magician Appears

He’s baaack!

John Dodson is back, and the UFC flyweight division should be shaking in their shorts. It’s been nearly a year since The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner stepped inside the Octagon, but the electric knockout artist known as “The Magician” is fired up and ready to reclaim his spot as the number one contender . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Update on Vinny Paz movie, “Bleed For This

“Fraud” or “Fight” of the Century: MayPac lawsuits numbering 32

Belfast’s Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes show the power of the sport

James DeGale driven by obsession 



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Trevor Bryan headlines in Nashville Friday

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Trevor Bryan (13-0, 10 KOs) will be featured in the main event this Friday in Nashville, Tennessee. Bryan will take on durable veteran Jamal Woods in an eight round heavyweight bout. The 6′4 Bryan is promoted by Don King and has been steadily improving each fight. Woods (6-19-3, 6 KOs) acquitted himself well in a majority decision loss to highly touted seven-footer Taishan Dong on May 9.

The event will be promoted by Arellano Boxing with the site being the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant which is owned by boxing manager Ramon Arellano. Arellano a former pro fighter will fight in an exhibition on the undercard. There will be 7 other fights scheduled to round out the show. Part of the profits will be donated to cancer foundation. Last year Arellano was presented the Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year award presented to him by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. He has received a lot of local support and boxing events are being planned to be held at his venue once a month. There is already a tentative date scheduled for the end of June.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF Convention – Day 2

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Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the 32nd annual IBF convention saw the referees seminar and the ratings meeting fill the schedule with few breaks. Outstanding referee Mark Nelson of Minnesota headed up the referee seminar with recently retired ref and now IBF board member Eddie Cotton assisting.

Ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes conducted the ratings meeting with championship chair Lindsey Tucker assisting. The end of the day saw the board member elections with some surprising results.

The referee seminar got underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Salle de Bal Ouest with a solid representation of refs on hand. Even several amateur refs from the Quebec region attended. Nelson delivered a solid, well detailed Power Point presentation covering everything from fundamentals, knowing the rules of the jurisdiction in which you’re working, and personal pointers. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Z! Promotions shocks Sauerland in purse bid for Price-Teper clash

By Boxing Bob Newman

The purse bid for the vacant EBU (European Boxing Union) heavyweight title was held today in Rome at noon local time. The bout will be contested between former 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist David Price (19-2, 16 KOs) of the UK and Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) of Germany. The winning promoter was Z!-Promotion (Germany) with a bid of €252,500. Z!-Promotions outbid Price’s promoter Sauerland Promotion AG (UK) who offered €231,979.55. Z!-Promotions has two weeks to announce a date for the match, which could very well scuttle a planned June 26 date for Price at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Ironically, or maybe not in boxing- Z!-Promotions managing partner Hagen Doering, who shared the purse bid victory with Fightnews just moments ago, was a longtime matchmaker for Sauerland. The EBU title was vacated by Tyson Fury who is concentrating on his expected clash with WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko, possibly in the Fall.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

DeGale: This ain’t going to be a boxing match

Saturday’s NBC-televised super middleweight showdown for the vacant IBF title between Olympic medalists Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) heated up last week during a conference call with reporters.

“Momentum is a big thing,” said DeGale. “Look at my last two performances against good, quality opponents (Marco Antonio Periban and Brandon Gonzalez) and look his last three (Derek Edwards, Nick Brinson and Vladine Biosse).

“Listen, I come from good pedigree and so does Andre. We’re good, quality, young fighters. But I just think overall, I’m better. I think he struggles. He doesn’t like it when it gets hard in there. He’s a competent fighter, but he likes it when he’s dictating the pace and he’s on the front foot.

“Well listen, I’m not going to let him rest. He thinks this is going to be a boxing match. Well, this ain’t. I’m telling him now. This ain’t going to be a boxing match. I’m going in there and I’m taking the title. I’m taking it. I’m ripping it away from him.”



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

ESPN2 FNF getting ready for the end

By Karl Freitag

When ESPN2 Friday Night Fights presents its final show on Friday, it will mark the end of a long history of weekly Friday night boxing on the network.

ESPN originally aired a weekly show called “ESPN Top Rank Boxing,” that ran from 1980 to 1996. Al Bernstein and Sal Marchiano were the original ringside announcers. After Marchiano left the network, Barry Tompkins eventually stabilized as Bernstein’s regular partner.

In 1998, the network introduced “ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.” The show featured Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas at ringside, with Max Kellerman and Brian Kenny in the studio. Papa eventually gave way to Joe Tessitore. Kellerman and Kenny moved on and were replaced by Todd Grisham. Bernardo Osuna was later added to provide live interviews and reports.

Friday’s ESPN2 telecast will include a special video essay written and voiced by Tessitore in which he will put into perspective what Friday Night Fights has meant to the fan, and he summarizes what the brand has meant to the boxing community over the last 17 years.

Thankfully, two new Friday night boxing series, MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV and PBC on Spike TV will keep Friday nights alive with quality fights.



May 19th, 2015

UFC

Moraga Ready For the Worst To Be The Best

When a fighter’s training is their instinct, even in the worst of times, that’s when they’ve become truly dangerous.

This past December at UFC on FOX: Dos Santos vs. Miocic, the times were looking pretty grim for UFC flyweight John Moraga in the first round against Willie Gates. In front of his hometown crowd in Phoenix, Moraga ate a low kick to the cup and tried to get the referee’s attention for a stop in the action. No break would come, but a straight right from Gates would and it dropped Moraga. In a flash, Gates was on Moraga’s back, threatening a rear naked choke and Moraga needed to get his wits about him quick to fight off the huge upset loss . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez, Valdez headline June 26 on truTV

Undefeated WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #3, WBA #3 super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) will host a press conference in Hidalgo, Texas, on Thursday to discuss his nationally-televised fight on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena. Ramirez’s fight will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. The telecast will open with two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs) risking his undefeated record in a 10-round featherweight bout. Opponents are TBA.

Fight fans are invited to attend. The press conference takes place in the main lobby of State Farm Arena (2600 North 10th St./Highway 336, Hidlago, TX 78557), beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT. Free parking will be available at the front entrance.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

HBO ends torrid 5-week run

On Saturday, HBO ended a spectacular five-week run of fights that pulled in the highest number of viewers in years.

4/17 Matthysse-Provodnikov: 1.47 million viewers
4/25 Klitschko-Jennings: 1.74 million viewers
5/2 Mayweather-Pacquiao: 4.4 million* PPV viewers
5/9 Alvarez-Kirkland: 2.3 million viewers
5/16 Golovkin-Monroe: 1.47 million viewers

Coming in June?

6/6 Cotto-Geale
6/13 Walters-Marriaga
6/27 Bradley-Vargas

* All time PPV record.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Oosthuizen

By Ron Jackson

Roberto Bolonti from the Argentine who was scheduled to challenge Tommy Oosthuizen for the IBO light heavyweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on June 6 has controversially withdrawn from his contract with Golden Gloves Promotions and Oosthuizen will now face Robert Berridge of New Zealand. The 30-year-old Berridge who has a record of 26-2-1; 21 is ranked at number thirty by the IBO in their May rankings. The only name fighters on his record are Serge Yannick whom he stopped in eight rounds and Blake Caperello and Vasily Lepikhin who both outpointed him over ten rounds. (more…)



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

By Karl Freitag

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto told El Vocero that he didn’t watch the Canelo Alvarez-James Kirkland fight because he knew it wouldn’t be competitive.

Still no U.S. TV carrier for the attractive June 20 clash for the IBF middleweight title (formerly held by Jermain Taylor) between Hassan N’Dam and David Lemieux. That bout will be on par-per-view in Canada.

Promoter Frank Warren says he’ll be announcing details of of the clash for the vacant WBO lightweight title (formerly held by Terence Crawford) between #1 rated Terry Flanigan and #2 Jose Zepeda “very soon.”

Whatever happened to the Showtime international boxing telecasts?

Per Matchroom, Michael Buffer calls Anthony Joshua vs. Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on May 30 “a must see heavyweight bout.”



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Bogdan-Monrose clash Friday in Hungary

Unbeaten Hungarian heavyweight prospect Zsolt Bogdan (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on former EBU cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Monrose (27-8-2, 17 KOs) of France in the ten round main event on Friday in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Other action on the Felix Promotion card includes former amateur cruiserweight star Imre Szello (6-0, 3 KOs) versus cuban-born Miguel Velozo (17-3-2, 5 KOs), plus former WBO International light heavyweight beltholder Balázs Kelelemen (24-1, 13 KOs), light heavyweight prospect Richard Baranyi (10-1, 8 KOs) and featherweight Robert Laki (8-0-1, 4 KOs), who’ll fight for the Hungarian national title. The event will be broadcast LIVE by Hungarian National TV.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC purse bids set for Friday

Barring any last minute deals, this coming Friday there will be the following purse offers at WBC Headquarters in Mexico City:

Badou Jack vs. George Groves
Mandatory defense of champion Jack in the super middleweight division

Hugo Ruiz vs. Nonito Donaire
Final elimination bout in the suber bantamweight division

Pedro Guevara vs. Ganigan Lopez
Mandatory defense of champion GUevara in the light flyweight division



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley-Vargas Ticket Alert

Tickets to the June 27 Bradley vs. Vargas WBO welterweight championship event at StubHub Center in Carson, California, go on sale TODAY (Tuesday) at 10:00 a.m. PT. Priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, (plus applicable taxes and fees), tickets can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Suites are available by calling (877) 604-8777. For information on group discounts, please call (877) 234-8425.



May 19th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Manila Talking Points

Mark Munoz’ final trip inside a UFC Octagon was equal parts joyful and tearful. His goodbye could not have been scripted any better . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Gennady Golovkin has opportunity to become one of the best

Floyd Mayweather’s weekend betting earns him $800K

Reporter recalls Ali-Liston 50 years ago

Mixed emotions for Ilugna Makabu’s win



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF 32nd Convention: Meet The Champions

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Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The very popular “Meet the Champions” event capped off the opening day of the 32nd annual IBF convention on Monday evening in Montreal. A packed Foyer Salle de Bal at the Centre Sheraton held the event. Delegates dined, drank, and mingled with champs past and present, Canadian and international, all while being entertained by live jazz.

On hand were David Lemieux (contesting the vacant IBF middleweight title on June 20th here in Montreal), former IBF title challenger Dierry Jean, NABF lightweight champ Ghislain Maduma, former NABF welter champ Antonin DeCarie, former two-time IBF Jr. feather champ Steve Molitor, current IBF Jr. Feather champ Carl Frampton, former WBA feather champ Barry McGuigan, current IBF mini flyweight champ Katsunari Takayama, former IBF Jr. middleweight champ Matthew Hilton, IBF youth middleweight champ Jan Meiser, female IBF bantamweight champ Carolina Rodriguez and female IBF light fly champ Naoko Shibata. (more…)



May 18th, 2015

Full Report

Report/gallery: Golovkin vs. Monroe

GGG_Monroe23ARingside by Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

Boxing was back Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California as the WBA, IBO, and the WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin from Kazakhstan went toe-to-toe with contender Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe Jr. of Ithaca, New York. As promised Golovkin delivered a “Big Drama Show” with his sixth round stoppage of a game opponent in front of 12,372 fans.

The slick southpaw Monroe popped the jab, sticking and moving right from the opening bell as Golovkin stalked his way closer to land hard compact punches. Golovkin cut off the ring as Monroe was on the move in round two and dropped Monroe with a huge left hook on the inside. Golovkin continued the attack as soon as Monroe recovered and connected with a right hand that sent him to the canvas for a second time. Monroe got up and survived the round . . . click here for more



May 18th, 2015

Boxing News

ESPN picks up Povetkin-Perez clash

While ESPN2 is going out of the weekly “Friday Night Fights” business, it will still televise boxing matches. The network announced today that it will televise the WBC heavyweight eliminator between Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez taking place on Friday in Moscow. The fight will stream live on ESPN3 and air on ESPN2 after a brief delay. Excellent news for U.S. fight fans since this shapes up as the best fight of the week.



May 18th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF 32nd Convention Opening Session

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Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Business officially got underway Monday at the 32nd annual IBF convention in Montreal, Canada. The day started with a three-hour city tour via two luxury coaches- taking in Old Montreal, Mount Royal Park, Olympic Stadium and the Pier.

The opening session and general assembly convened at 2 p.m. with the IBF board and all delegates on hand in the Salle de Bal Ouest at the host Sheraton hotel. President Daryl Peoples made opening remarks outlining the schedule for this session as well as touching on subsequent topics and meetings in the coming days of the convention. Peoples also made several notes on the current status of IBF world activity, finances, legal standing and more:

While activity has waned dramatically in South Africa, an area that was once an IBF stronghold, it has begun to boom in China in the past year. Efforts are being spearheaded to make inroads back into South Africa and the IBF’s presence in that county, as well as the entire African continent. (more…)



May 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley-Vargas for WBO welterweight title

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Promoter Bob Arum announced today that the June 27 clash between former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. and undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas will be for the vacant WBO welterweight championship. That belt was last on the line when Floyd Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao on May 2. After the fight, Mayweather accepted the belt, but it was agreed beforehand that should he win the title would be vacant. Bradley-Vargas takes place under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, California, and will be televised live on HBO.

Tim Bradley: I think this fight might be a candidate for fight of the year. I’m already calling it right now. A lot of you out there see this fight on paper and you guys are like ‘It’s an easy fight for you Bradley.’ And I’m like ‘Y’all crazy. What do you mean easy fight for Bradley?’ This fight is not easy whatsoever…I call StubHub ‘The War Ground,’ because overtime there’s a fight there, there’s always a war. And I think this fight’s gonna be a war.

Jessie Vargas: Everyone is expecting a great fight. We know that Timothy Bradley and myself always give it our all in the ring. We have the heart of a lion. On June 27th we both have to dig very deep and we’ll see who comes out with the victory.

Bob Arum: Tickets are on sale tomorrow. I don’t know why we’re not waiting for the week of the fight to put them on sale.

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May 18th, 2015




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