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Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round ...

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

By Felipe Leon Photos: Renzo Novara It was a wild-wild west affair last night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium as a total of twenty ...

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO ordered former featherweight champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-12-2, ...

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Unbeaten welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (25-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard fought but clear cut ten round unanimous ...

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Results from Washington DC

Results from Washington DC

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill Prior to the main event bout at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, ...

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

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Results from Washington DC

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Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Pacquiao-Algieri, Kameda-Payasito, Vera-Rosado, Felix Jr. steps in for Andy Ruiz

According to multiple sources, both sides have comfirmed that a verbal agreement has been reached for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao to defend his title against WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri on November 22 in Macao, China. The bout will be seen on HBO PPV.

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda, who scored a spectacular KO victory on Saturday against #1 rated Pungluang Sor Singyu, will next have to take on WBO interim bantam champ Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez. The WBO has given both camps 30 days to work out an agreement.

Middleweights Bryan Vera and Gabriel Rosado will box in a 17-foot circular “pit” with no ropes on August 16 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The $29.99 PPV bout will be contested over seven two-minute rounds. The fighters will use boxing gloves and the format is approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It’s not yet decided if this style of boxing will be included as an official fight on their Fight Fax records. Former Golden Boy Promotions exec Bruce Binkow is involved in the promotion.

Top Rank reported that super featherweight contender Jose Felix Jr. will be now featured August 9 UniMas card in Glendale, California. Felix replaces heavyweight Andy Ruiz, who had an illness in family.



July 16th, 2014



UFC

Tickets on sale for Dillashaw-Barao II title rematch in Sacramento

In what will be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest upsets, UFC 173 saw 10-1 underdog TJ Dillashaw end the unprecedented nine-year, 35-fight unbeaten streak of Renan Barao to capture the UFC® bantamweight championship. Now, the two meet again in a highly anticipated rematch when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Sleep Train Arena in Dillashaw’s hometown of Sacramento on Saturday, Aug. 30. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Floyd: He knows he can’t beat me … Maidana: I’m going to give him a beating and then I’m going to knock him out

Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

The “MAYHEM” that is the Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana cross-country promotional press tour took center stage in Chicago on Tuesday as both fighters resorted to creative tactics to get under their opponent’s skin as they announce their Sept. 13 PPV rematch taking place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather refused to sit down as Maidana and his trainer, Robert Garcia, took their turn at the podium. Instead, he signed autographs for fans, taunted Garcia and chanted his signature line: “Hard work, dedication.” Not to be outdone, Maidana and Garcia returned the favor when it was Mayweather’s turn on the dais, jetting off stage to greet a large group of “Chino” fans as they chanted “Ole.”

Floyd Mayweather: “Fighting is not all about power. It’s about being smart. I don’t have to change anything. My job is to go out there and do what I am paid to do – that’s be smart and finish first. And I always finish first.

“I’m going to do the same thing I always do. It’s about blood sweat and tears, and nobody does it better than me.

“I’ve had some bumps and bruises, but I always stay on top. His camp needs to make major changes if they want to have a chance.

“My hand got raised so I don’t need to make any adjustments. He needs to make some major changes and probably get a new trainer if he wants to have a chance against me. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Vidal looks to rebound on Telemundo Friday

pitbullvidal300 The silver anniversary year of Boxeo Telemundo Ford continues this Friday. The Kissimmee Civic Center in Central Florida will host the season opener of the summer edition of the series. In the main event, Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-2, 9 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico faces Juan “El Loquito” Kantun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino super flyweight belt on the line.

Vidal is fresh in the mind of the of the Telemundo viewers’ having just fought on the network this past March. He lost a close majority decision to Antonio Garcia. Garcia would go on to challenge for the world title in his very next fight. Fightnews caught up with Vidal as wrapped up the final days of his current training camp. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

UFC

UFN Atlantic City at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the lightweight bouts between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller and Edson Barboza and Evan Dunham, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see the opening prelim bout at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Jim Miller (154.5) VS Donald Cerrone (155)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Evan Dunham (155.5)VS Edson Barboza (155)
Leonardo Mafra (165.5) VS Rick Story (170.5)
Joe Proctor (155) VS Justin Salas (155)
Alptekin Ozkilic (125.5) VS John Lineker (125.5)
Alex White (146) VS Lucas Martins (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Pat Healy (155) VS Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Leslie Smith (135) VS Jessamyn Duke (135.5)
Aljamain Sterling (136) VS Hugo Viana (136)
Jerrod Sanders (155) VS Yosdenis Cedeno (156)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Tina Lahdemaki (115) VS Claudia Gadelha (116)

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia vs. Ramirez for vacant CA state title

Bobby D. Presents jumps back in action for the second time this month after a successful fight card last July 11th at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Last Friday in Indio, Victor Ruiz of Tijuana defeated Timur Shailezov while Chantel Cordova captured the vacant NABF super flyweight title over Patty Alcivar via a unanimous decision in an all-action fight card. On Friday, July 25th, from his home base at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, Bobby D. Presents offers “San Diego Fights: Border Wars II”. In the main event, a very special scheduled eight round bout will be featured between Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (14-3-2, 4KO) of Vista, CA and Tijuana, Mexico’s Danny “Huracan” Ramirez (10-1, 4KO) for the vacant super featherweight California State title. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Elam-Ramirez off again

Cruiserweight Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) has injured his hand in training so his fight with former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2, 15 KOs) this Saturday in Argentina is off. Per Journeyman managment CEO Andrew Zak who manages Elam, the hand is in a splint right now but no word yet if its broken or not. The two were originally scheduled to fight June 6th but Ramirez was forced to pull out due to injury. It’s not known if the fight will be rescheduled again.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Mayweather-Maidana Chicago Presser

Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana rolled into Chicago today to announce their September 13 PPV rematch.

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July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Willie Nelson opponent named: Luis Grajeda

On August 8, DiBella Entertainment and Dynasty Boxing, in association with Rumble Time Promotions, will head to Fallon, NV, to host that week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights/ ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates. Headlining the card will be junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs) taking on Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

In the co-feature, fast-rising 18-year-old phenom Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs) will be looking make a splash in his US debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Lennox Allen (17-0-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup.

Opening up the card will be the highly anticipated pro debut of China’s 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight special attraction.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Parsippany, NJ boxing card postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, All Out Promotions and Edmond’s Promotions have postponed their fight card scheduled for Saturday at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ. New new date is August 9. All tickets purchased for July 19 will be honored on the 9th.

The card, which will still be headlined by welterweight Michael “Slick” Anderson, will have more bouts added and additional information available shortly.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC champ Stiverne laughs off Wilder taunts

WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) says he is amused by comments coming from mandatory, #1 challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs). “He’s not going to get under my skin,” Stiverne said. “I think he’s funny. Maybe he should think about doing a comedy act after I beat him? Friends have sent me stuff he’s said and done. It’s funny. He’s like a little kid who needs attention, so he keeps opening his mouth. His trash talking doesn’t bother me at all. I saw some people who brought up what he’s said. What am I supposed to do, hand my title to him? I guess he wants to entertain his fans. If he thinks his tricks are going to bother me, he’s going to be in big trouble.”

Regarding life after becoming a heavyweight champion, Stivernve said, “My life hasn’t really changed too much other than my popularity growing. My Instagram followers went up from 2,000 to 13,000 from one picture. There hasn’t been one day I haven’t done something in public. I expected change but not like this. People used to look at me and ask if I played in the NFL. I’ve had people tell me they always thought I was a football player until they saw me fight Arreola. Places I used to stand in line to get in, well, I don’t stand in line anymore.”



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Looknongyantoy officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the officials who will work this Saturday in the defense of 122lb WBO/WBA champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux against WBO #5 ranked Sod Looknongyantoy that will take place at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, China, in a Top Rank presentation.The referee will be Mark Nelson from the United States. Judges are Dennis Nelson, John Poturaj and Glenn Feldman, all three from the United States. The WBO supervisor will be Leon Panoncillo.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

More on Mayweather-Maidana press tour

Day two of the four-day, five-city cross-country press tour to officially announce the September 13 PPV rematch between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will feature stops in Chicago and San Antonio. These events are open to the public.

Yesterday the fighters hit New York City, and after a long delay, finally made a late night appearance in Washington DC.

Here are some additional comments from both fighters.

Floyd Mayweather: “Is Maidana a better fighter than Canelo? No. Cotto? No. He’s just a dirtier fighter. I didn’t get a deep gash from a punch; I got it from a head butt…First they [Team Maidana] want to use gloves with no padding, and then they want to use knees, elbows and everything else. My back is always against the wall with Team Maidana.”

Marcos Maidana: “I fight dirty? He’s the king of the elbows.”

Mayweather pushed Maidana to bet his purse if he’s so confident of victory. Maidana responded that he’ll bet “whatever” but asked whether Floyd will let him use his gloves. Before their first fight, Mayweather reportedly paid Maidana an extra $1.5 million to switch to a different model.

Additional information on today’s press stops:

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (50 E Congress Pkwy)
Fan Arrival Time: 11 a.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 12 p.m. CT

Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Lone Star Lil’s Amphitheater, San Antonio, TX
Fan Arrival Time: 6 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 7 p.m. CT



July 15th, 2014

UFC

Phil Harris: Well-prepared for Debut Two

Phil Harris is a fair man. So after seeing his last three fights take place on British soil, he has no qualms about making the trip to Dublin, Ireland to face Irishman Neil Seery on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Luis De La Rosa hits Macao

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Flyweight Luis De La Rosa 23-3-1, 13 KOs) has arrived in Macao, where he will take on two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO) on Saturday night in an HBO2 televised bout. De La Rosa is joined by his team consisting of manager Alberto Agamez, trainer Álvaro Mercado and promoter Félix “Tutiking” Zabala/All Star Boxing.

“Zou Shiming is a great fighter but I’m really experienced. He should fear me, because on July 19, I’m gonna make it a nightmare for him,” warned De La Rosa



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Johnny Britz dies

By Ron Jackson

Former Transvaal heavyweight champion Johnny Britz died at Boksburg on Monday. Britz, who fought from 1969 to 1975, was 65 years old when he passed away at home. Known as one of the hard men of SA boxing, he had 14 fights against SA heavyweight champions. He fought Stoffel Willemse and Japie Pretorius twice each, Chris Roos and Jimmy Richards three times each and Mike Schutte four times.

In an unusual start to his career, he had two fights on the night he made his professional debut on August 18 1969. He was entered for a heavyweight competition at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg and knocked out Jan le Roux in the first round of his first bout. In the second, he lost on points to Jan Delport. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Daniel Geale sparring partner Jake Carr

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian super middleweight Jake Carr (8-0, 3 KOs) is chief sparring partner to former world middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale who will clash with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on July 26 in Madison Square Garden. Carr talks to Fightnews to say he also works with WBC champion Sakio Bika and IBF champ Sam Soliman. Carr departs Sydney for New York on Saturday with Daniel Geale and trainer Graham Shaw for July 26 showdown with Golovkin.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Caparello Conference Call Quotes

On Monday night the media got a chance to engage in a Q & A with Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs), and their respective camps, as they prepare to face-off on August 2 at Revel Casino Hotel for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship.

Below are the highlights from the call:

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev: Thank you to my promoter, Main Events, to my trainer, John David Jackson, and to all my fans. Blake is undefeated. I am taking him serious. Good opponents are getting serious training camp and I know he is. I just get in to box and to win. We are both stepping in the ring to do our job. Blake has an advantage because he is coming to get the title. He is hungry and has nothing to lose. It is my job to keep the title. More pressure on me to defend the title. I don’t know Bernard Hopkins, all I know is my next opponent and his name is Blake Caparello. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The New Yorker takes a look at the boxing business. More

Larry Holmes is bringing “The Soundtrack Of My Life” to the Sands Casino. More

Floyd Mayweather challenges Marcos Maidana to bet his purse on their Sept. 13 rematch. More

Speaking of wagers, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury are betting each other on their July 26 showdown in Manchester. More



July 15th, 2014

UFC

UFCFIGHTPASS.com presents Conor McGregor “On the Fly”

UFC FIGHT PASS™, the UFC’s digital streaming service, is proud to present UFC on the Fly, an original three-part online series which takes viewers deep inside headliner Conor McGregor’s final preparations for this Saturday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN event. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux, Ramirez, Shiming workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated unified Jr. Featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux works out Monday for his upcoming championship defense against top-five contender Sod Looknongyantoy, Saturday, July 19 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Also on hand were two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach for his upcoming 10-round main event against Luis De La Rosa, and undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico, who was preparing for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau. Both fights will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Bergman set to defend NABA-US belt

NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (23-10) is set to defend his title on July 26th at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. A winner of 14 of his last 15 fights, Bergman will battle undefeated Justin Jones (15-0) in the 10 round heavyweight main event. Also in action, former WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy Karpency (22-4) will face spoiler Dahfir Smith (27-24) of Philadelphia over 10 rounds for the vacant NABA-US light heavyweight belt. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

UFC

Nancy Gay joins UFC as Editor-in-Chief of UFC.com

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Nancy Gay has joined the company as Vice President, Editor-In-Chief of UFC.com. In her new role, Gay will develop editorial content for UFC.com and direct the website’s worldwide operation, spanning 16 regions and 9 different languages. Nancy will also oversee web producers and UFC.com writers around the world, working closely with UFC production teams to create exclusive and innovative content for millions of UFC fans . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana kickoff press conference

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Times Square in New York City was the place for Monday’s kick-off press conference for the PPV rematch between WBC/WBA welterweight and WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Marcos Maidana: I think I deserved this rematch. Without a doubt, we’re going to prove who won the first fight in this rematch.

Maidana trainer Robert Garcia: The only question everyone’s asking, and I still don’t know the answer, everybody’s asking about the glove situation and we can’t answer that question. That question you have to ask Mayweather himself.

Floyd Mayweather: Am I fighting a boxer or am I fighting an MMA fighter? I don’t know…elbows…what I can’t believe is this is one of the best trainers in the world but he’s telling his fighter to fight dirty. If he can beat me, do it the honest way, earn it the hard way. But I gotta realize this. I know where I’m at in my career because I was champion when your trainer was champion. It’s been almost 20 years and I’m still here. When your trainer’s career was long gone I’m still here. When I beat you and your career’s over, guess what? I’ll still be right here.

Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. The diamond Gucci belt, it’s official. The Dita glasses, it’s official. The diamonds are always flawless. The style is always flashy. Check the Forbes list. It’s all about “Money May” all day. Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. Get your cameras out and take a picture!!! This is gonna be the last time y’all see a champion like this.

OK, I got something better than that for you, since I know I’m probably making about $70 million. He believes in his skills and I believe in my skills. So however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet you I’ll beat you. That’s how much I believe in myself because I can afford to give up whatever. So if you believe in your skills like you say you believe in your skills, however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet I beat you. Bet the fight! If he believes in his skills bet the fight. Bet the fight! Either you’re going to bet or not. Either you’re going to piss or you’re going to get off the pot. That’s what I’m talking’ about. I played his hole card.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramirez ready for HBO2 clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico greets Venetian Macao team members during a special appearance Monday for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau on the “Champions of Gold” card with the main event return of two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Champions of Gold” will take place Saturday, July 19 and will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora trade words at tense London presser, shake hands on cash bet ahead of July 26th rematch

By James Slater

Rival British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora came face-to-face at a London press conference today, yet another promotional piece to further hype up the rematch that will go down on July 26th in Manchester. And Fury, who out-pointed an admittedly out of shape Chisora back in 2011, was very much in fight mode today; letting loose with plenty of foul language and having to be pulled away from Chisora, who is also up for this fight, a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title, in a huge way. At one point during the proceedings, though, Chisora apologised to the fans for the foul language Fury was letting loose with.

“I don’t give a f**k how many women and children are in the audience,” Fury, sporting a shaven head, shot back. “We’re getting near to the fight and I’m in fight mode, kill mode.” (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara: There is no way I lost to Canelo

WBA “regular” super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs), whose title was not on the line against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs), feels he was robbed in their fight that took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this past weekend.

“Before the decision was announced, I felt 100% confident I won the fight,” said Lara. “The facts don’t lie, I landed more total punches. Looking at it from the punch stats, you’re supposed score based on clean and effective blows landed. Most of the shots that Canelo landed were body blows that didn’t even land cleanly, and most of them came in the round where I got cut. All my punches were clean shots. I out jabbed him and boxed his ears off. The punch stats don’t lie…there is no way I lost to Canelo.” (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux back in action Saturday

Photo: Fightnews.com

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In the biggest fight this week, undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux will defend his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger Sod Looknongyantoy on Saturday at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. The Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing’s top pound for pound fighters, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the WBA and WBO 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire on April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. He then defeated former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko on December 7 via a dominant unanimous decision in Atlantic City. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Usemanee targets Barthelemy

It didn’t take long. New IBF super featherweight champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy is being called out just days after his title-winning decision over Argenis Mendez. Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (21-2-1, 10 KOs) says the new champion has only one thing he can do to prove he deserves his spot on top.

“Barthelemy himself knows he didn’t beat me when we fought,” said Usemanee. “If that fight was anywhere but his backyard, he would have never even gotten the chance to fight for the title. If he’s a true champion, he will face me in his first defense and try to erase what everyone but the three judges saw as a loss for him. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Curtis Stevens vs. Hassan N’Dam in IBF eliminator

A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF middleweight eliminator for #1, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, King Sports World and Main Events. King Sports World bid $80,000 and Main Events bid $62,000. The purse bid split will be 60% to Stevens and 40% to N’Dam.



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Late Results from Fantasy Springs

Report/photos by Matt Thompson

California hall of fame promoter Bobby D. Presents invaded desert one hundred fifty miles north east of their home base of San Diego to presents “Guys and Dolls” at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Event Center in Indio, California. A healthy crowd survived the dry heat even at night to take in six competitive fights headlined by the super flyweight contest between Tijuana’s Victor “Pelon” Ruiz (16-3, 11KO) and Timur Shailezov (17-8-1, 3KO) of Kyrgyzstan in a scheduled ten rounder. Ruiz’s relentless and effective punching gave him the unanimous decision over the game but over matched Shailezov. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

UFC

UFN Atlantic City Prelim Fantasy Review

When the UFC returns to Atlantic City, New Jersey on Wednesday night, there will be a slew of notables on both the main card and the preliminary card with a group of veterans and newcomers hoping to make a big impact early in the night . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Elam ready to upset Ramirez in Argentina

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Former The Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) takes on former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2- 15 KOs) this Saturday. The scheduled for 10 round bout will be for the IBF Latino cruiserweight title. The location will be the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, in Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The bout was originally scheduled for June 6th but was postponed due to an injury suffered by Ramirez. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Witherspoon-Beale Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Comebacking heavyweight Chazz The Gentleman” Witherspoon (31-3, 23KO’s) showed resilience on Saturday night at the spacious Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey as he banged out a hard fought eighth round stoppage of Tyabb Beale (9-5-1, 3KO’s). Not all of the Witherspoon family were as lucky on the six bout Silver Spoon Promotions card. Junior welterweight Tim Witherspoon Jr. (10-5-1, 2KO’s) was outhustled over six rounds by “Relentless” Jeff Lentz and lost a six round unanimous decision by scores of 59-55 across the board. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Full Report

Report/gallery: Canelo vs. Lara

Canelo4ARingside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Mary Ann Owen, BoxinginLasVegas.com

In a fight for honor and glory, Mexican superstar, former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, of Cuba, squared off in front of 14, 239 fans Saturday night the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Contrasting Mexican and Cuban schools of boxing, Canelo stalked the elusive and slick Lara throughout the fight, pulling off a split decision.

Canelo came out pressing with the jab from the start while Lara kept his distance. Later in the round, Alvarez, landing a thudding blow to the body, backed the Cuban to the ropes. In the second round, a stiff straight right from Canelo appeared to stagger Lara early, though it was an entanglement of feet. Lara regained composure quickly, circling the ring and landing his straight left while Canelo sought to cut off the ring . . . click here for full report



July 14th, 2014




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