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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In what was an upset from the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Special Events Center in Indio, California, Mexican veteran Robinson Castellanos of Guanajuato, Mexico scored a fifth round stoppage over previously undefeated super featherweight Ronnie Rios of Santa Ana, California on the Golden Boy Live on Fox Sports 1 main event. The two fighters did not take a step back as they came out banging in the opening round. Trading away in round two Rios appeared to be stunned as moments later a short right hand dropped Rios as he got up staggered fighting on and making it through the round. Castellanos appeared to be cut above the left eye in round three but that did not stop him from coming forward landing the right hand on Rios numerous times. Castellanos continued to apply pressure in round four outworking Rios as once again he was saved by the bell. However the following round Castellanos came out walking up to Rios connecting with a solid right hand followed by a barrage of punches as referee Ray Corona stops the fight at 11 seconds of round five. Castellanos pulls the upset as he improves his record to 20-10, 13 KOs handing Rios his first defeat as he goes to 23-1, 10 KOs. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins / Sacramento Bee
Brandon Adams 148 vs. Will Walters 149
Devonte Donaldson 137.5 vs. Moises Benitez 139
Loren Myers 164 vs. Aaron Coley 163 (main event)
Blanca Raymundo 111 vs. Casey Morton 112
Dara Ny 134 vs. Eric Altamirano 135
Mario Aguirre 145.5 vs. Rudy Macedo 145
Venue: Red Lion Woodlake Hotel
Promoter: Square Vision Entertainment
Photos: All Star Boxing
Former super flyweight title challenger David “El Duro” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. Carmona dropped Casillas in round one, but was forced to go the full ten. Scores were 99-90, 98-91, 97-92.
Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. plans to next match Carmona against WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano.
Jeff Page Jr 174 vs Maxell Taylor 183
Emmanuel Thompson 163 vs Keith Collins 166
Jeremiah Page 159 vs Jose Brewr 163
Robbie Seyam 147 vs Marvell Fight 148
Michael Glenn 211 vs Wayne Heath 265
Travis Hartman 149 vs Ahmad Chiehko 154
Venue: Beech Activity Center, Wichita, Kansas
Note: The UBF Inter-Continental belt on the line for Page only. This is the second fight in a row Taylor came in overweight.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Former WBC #1 contender Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (20-10, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Castellanos pressed the action but was cut over the left eye in round one by an accidental headbutt. Castellanos dropped Rios in round two and battered him from pillar to post. Castellanos continued to punish Rios until the bout was waved off by referee Ray Corona. Time was :11.
Undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) was extended the full eight rounds by former world champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-14, 11 KOs). It was a valuable learning experience for Orozco against a savvy veteran. Scores were 80-72 on all three cards. Forbes has now lost six straight.
Unbeaten featherweight Diego De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs), cousin of Oscar de la Hoya, scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Luis Ruiz (5-3-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
No weigh-in problems for either IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) and challenger and former champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs), who meet Saturday night at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Molina weighed 152.7, while Bundrage scaled in at 154. This will be Molina’s first defense since dethroning Ishe Smith 12 months ago in Las Vegas. Molina tried to defend the belt against Jermall Charlo in March, however that bout was scuttled due to legal difficulties which ultimately led to Molina’s deportation to Mexico. The bout will be televised in the USA on ESPN Deportes and streamed on ESPN3.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Jorge Páez Jr. 144 lbs, Aarón Herrera 144 lbs
Miguel Berchelt 131 lbs, Antonio Escalante 130.7 lbs
Ivan Montero 154 lbs, Julio Ávalos 154 lbs
Eduardo Torres 134 lbs, Marcos Cárdenas 133 lbs
Venue: Coliseo Yucatán
Promoter: Zanfer, Max Boxing
TV: TV Azteca
By James Slater
Moments ago on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on BoxNation, unbeaten European middleweight ruler Billy Joe Saunders was a studio guest and he was talking, of course, about his upcoming November 29th Grudge-Match with fellow unbeaten Chris Eubank Junior. As fans know, there is no love lost between these two, and Saunders said he has taken, and is taking, absolutely no shortcuts in training ahead of this fight, one he says he will definitely win.
Billy Joe says he doesn’t in any way need to fight the still largely unproven Eubank Jr, but that he wants the fight because the public wants to see it. But why has Eubank Junior taken it, Saunders was asked?
“They’ve taken this fight for the money,” Saunders said of Team-Eubank. “I think his dad needs the money more than him to be honest. He’s going to get his boy hurt and I can’t wait to do it. I’m not underestimating anyone, I’m training very hard in the gym every day. I’m going to Marbella (the MGM Gym) tomorrow. I’m serious about this fight, I’ve done everything right; eating, drinking, sleeping, training. And once I beat him I want him to say that Billy Joe Saunders is the better man. I don’t want any excuses, like it was too early.” (more…)
Anthony Joshua MBE and Lee Selby are ready for their crucial clashes at The O2 in London tomorrow night. Joshua meets Denis Bakhtov in his first title fight as a professional and if he can land the vacant WBC International title, the 24 year old will cap a fine first year in the paid ranks at the venue he made his debut in on October 5 2013. Bakhtov is just shy of 50 pro fights and 247 rounds of action in his 15 year career, the Russian is expected to provide a stern test of Joshua’s ambitions and the Olympic gold medal hero knows he will have to be at his best to make it nine KO wins in a row.
“I’ve spoken to people about Bakhtov and the hardcore boxing fans know he’s a test,” said Joshua. “It’s quite interesting and all it says is that I am fighting people who have operated at a good level. Tyson really started to arrive after 16 or 17 fights; that shows there’s no rush. I need to get more fights and more rounds under my belt and I am happy to do that. I like sparring with the champs, I hope to be able to do more with Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
Mentally Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) had to fight his share of demons entering the ring this past Wednesday. The struggles were well-publicized: Bleeding on the brain after his 2009 loss to Arthur Abraham. A two-year layoff. Legal battles outside of the ring. And many saying he didn’t deserve a world title shot considering his recent in-ring opposition. But halfway through his fight with IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, it was the champion fighting the uphill battle. More + tons of never before published photos
Lee Selby 125.6 vs. vs. Joel Brunker 125.4
(IBF featherweight eliminator)
Anthony Joshua 236.5 vs. Denis Bakhtov 226
(WBC International heavyweight title)
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
By Jerry Glick
I have seen many documentaries and films about Muhammad Ali so when I was invited to watch a preview of the latest about The Greatest, titled “I Am Ali”, I confess I was skeptical. I said to myself, “Oh boy, here comes yet another version of the same scenes that I’ve seen so many times before.”
While there were segments that we are all familiar with – Muhammad Ali the fighter, beating and taunting different opponents including Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and others – the documentary also showed a very loving Ali the father as he gently taught his young children to read and to understand who their father was, and how that will affect their lives. Most impressive and ingenious was when he recorded many of those moments, telling little Hana, and Maryam, to play them years in the future when they are adults. (more…)
Tickets to Top Rank’s big November 15 Ramirez-Zuniga / Valdez-Garza HBO Latino show at the Alamodome in San Antonio will go on sale TODAY at 10AM CT. Tickets are priced at $100, $50, $35 and $20, plus applicable convenience and facility fees. VIP Tables are also available. They can be purchased at the Alamodome Box Office, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. They are also available by phone at: (toll free) 1-800-884-3663 or (local) 210-207-3663.
Undefeated #2 rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist “scar Valdez will headline. Ramirez, of Mazatlan, Mexico, will be defending his NABF and WBO International super middleweight titles in a 10-round battle against four-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga of Barranquilla, Colombia. Valdez, of Nogales, Mexico, will battle one-time world title challenger Alberto Garza of Mexico City in an eight-round featherweight rumble. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT
The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated Texans Ivan Najera of San Antonio and Casey Ramos of Austin, in separate eight-round lightweight bouts, and 2012 Russian Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev of Asbest, Russia, in an eight-round light heavyweight fight.
The event is promoted by Top Rank, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate.
WBA World Champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) aims to see out the year in style with a third defense of his light heavyweight title on December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. Braehmer returns against a yet unnamed opponent following his unanimous decision points victory Roberto Bolonti in June. ”I’ve kept in great shape since my last fight,” said the 36 year-old. ”I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring and defending my title for a third time. It is not just about the victory for me. I want to prove that I am the best fighter in my weight category. I will put on a great show for the fans in Oldenburg and show everyone that I am the man to beat at 175lbs.”
Having recently signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland, the two-time world champion will continue his successful collaboration with the European powerhouse promoter. (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) has joined the German Boxing Commission (BDB). Huck met up with the President of the BDB this Thursday at their headquarters near Hamburg, Germany. The two discussed some last details whilst Huck filled out the required forms. The decision to become a member of the BDB was an easy one for the 29-year-old who plans to promote his own fights from here on out. “I am a world champion from Germany”, explained Huck. “It only makes sense for me to have German Commission license. I know that I can count on Thomas Puetz and the BDB to have my back and fight for my best interests 100%.”
The president of the German Boxing Commission, who has been part of the domestic and international boxing scene for decades, could only agree with the comments of his newest member. “We will back Marco all the way”, said Puetz. “The BDB and I will stand by his side and we are very excited to be working with him.”
While fighting under the Sauerland Event banner, Huck’s fights were sanctioned by the Austrian Boxing Commission.
The champion wouldn´t give too much away about what is still to come, but boxing fans around the world can expect big things. A deal with the ARD network perhaps?
Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3-8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico will make his Telemundo Ford network debut tonight. Casillas will take on countryman David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4-8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. The venue will be the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. Casillas is very familiar with his opponent Carmona. The two have shared the ring sparring together. Casillas is anxious to show what he can do.
You had your six fight win streak snapped in your last fight (against unbeaten Nikolay Potapov). This was your first fight outside of Mexico. What can you tell us about that experience?
I wasn’t overwhelmed by fighting in Russia. I had sparred outside of Mexico before in other countries. The long travel and time difference didn’t bother me. I honestly felt the fight was much closer than it was scored. I’m not down at all about the loss. I actually think I will be better from the experience. (more…)
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By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Tony Tolj
Ben Page 175.0 vs Ryan Heck 175.2
Cruiserweight WA State Title Bout
Sam Hogan 153.2 vs Terry Dehaan 153.6
Pat Eneanya 217.6 vs Thomas Peato 258.8
Paul Wisby 175.5 vs Darren Allison 169.9
(Super Middleweight WA State Title)
BoutLuke Sharp 166.8 vs Sapapetch Sakaorat 166.4
Jacob McBride 129.6 vs Daniel Williams 130.0
Jacob Santoro 151.4 vs Yingyai Sitadara 152.5
Dan Carter 131.2 vs Thongthai Rajanondh 152.5
Jayden Prescod 172.1 vs Kalolo Faatua 175.0
Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VIII
Friday 10th October, 2014
Venue: Perth Metro City, Perth, Western Australia
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Photos: All Star Boxing
David Carmona 115 vs. Martin Casillas 115
Daniel Romero 111 vs. Luis Saavedra 113
Uriel Lopez 116 vs. Gabriel Acosta 118
Jorge Rivera 118 vs. Daniel Perez 119
Ernesto Ortiz 141 vs. Erasto Roque 142
Esteban Bermudez 109 vs. Felipe Imbilimbo 109
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo: Lago Andromaco 17 Colonia Ampliacion Granada Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico DF, Mexico
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones
TV: Telemundo Live 11:35 PM (US) & Claro Sports (Latin America)
Ronny Rios 128 vs. Robinson Castellanos 127
Antonio Orozco 141.8 vs. Steve Forbes 142
Diego De La Hoya 123 vs. Luis Ruiz 123.6
Jesus Delgado 134.8 vs. Joan Valenzuela 139.5
Neeco Macias 148.4 vs. Roberto Crespo 147.8
Tony Gutierrez 162 vs. Dashon Johnson 166.8
Santiago Guevara 133.4 vs. Rocco Espinoza 132.8
Oscar Negrete 119.2 vs. Salvador Perez 120
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Since turning pro in 2010, Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs) has become a staple of the Southern California fight scene, packing venues around the area as he made his way up the bantamweight ladder. But “El Matador” was not afraid to leave his comfort zone in April 2014, as he traveled to Kobe, Japan to defeat Kohei Oba via eighth-round technical knockout in an IBF Bantamweight Title elimination bout. The victory earned the 24-year-old Caballero a shot at a world championship on October 25 when he faces England’s Stuart Hall (18-3-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Bantamweight Championship at Salle des’Etoiles in Monte Carlo. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC #2/WBA #3/IBF #4/WBO #2 rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, and undefeated local lightweight prospect Ivan Najera (14-0, 8 KOs) were joined by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum on Thursday at a San Antonio press conference to announce their November 15 boxing tripleheader at the Alamodome. The fights will be televised live exclusively on HBO Latino.
Arum announced that Ramirez will face Fulgencio Zuniga (27-9, 24 KOs) and Valdez will meet Alberto Garza (26-8-1, 21 KOs).
Bob Arum: “November 15 will mark a historic date because we’re bringing to the Alamodome here in San Antonio some of the great, great prospects and future superstars in this sport. Fighters who in years to come will be followed by fight fans all over the world, but particularly for fight fans here in San Antonio, which has become such a hotbed for boxing.”
Gilberto Ramirez: “I want to show you guys what I’m capable of doing. I want my name to be known all over the United States. I feel like I’m ready to fight anyone at 168, including any of the champions, but we have to do first things first. Zuniga is a tough test for me and I’m looking forward to testing him out.”
Oscar Valdez: “This is my first time fighting on an HBO card. I’m fighting an experienced fighter in Alberto Garza. I’ve seen him fight before. He’s a good fighter, hits pretty hard, has a respectable punch, but I’ve got faith in myself.” (more…)
ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates will present live coverage of the 12-round IBF junior middleweight title fight between titleholder Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) of Mexico, and former titlist Cornelius Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs) of Detroit, as part of a special boxing presentation on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The show, from the Grand Oasis Cancun resort in Cancun, Mexico, will also feature a 10-round super featherweight contest between Juan Pablo Sánchez (29-11, 13 KOs) of Mexico and Nicaragua’s René Alvarado (20-3, 14 KOs). Pablo Viruega and analyst Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes, while ESPN3 will utilize the English-language world feed.
Super middleweight James DeGale will face Marco Antonio Periban on the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 22. DeGale is the mandatory challenger for IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch, but the 2008 Olympic gold medallist faces a tough fight in former WBC world title challenger Periban on the undercard of the grudge rematch Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew.
“This is like a second final eliminator as if I don’t beat him, I don’t box for a World title,” said DeGale. “It’s a good test, he took Sakio Bika close and he had J’Leon Love all over the place and should have finished him off. He’s not a typical Mexican, he can box on the back foot and he’s going to come to fight and that will bring out the best in me. I am looking forward to it, it’s on a great show so roll on November 22. (more…)
Matthew Macklin will face Jorge Sebastian Heiland for the WBC International Middleweight title in an official World title eliminator at The 3 Arena in Dublin on November 15. Macklin and Heiland were set to meet in August but the show was cancelled when Macklin’s then-trainer Jamie Moore suffered gunshot wounds. Macklin dusted off the cobwebs in Germany two weeks ago with his first action since December and can take a huge step towards facing WBC champion Miguel Cotto if he can see off Heiland, the 27 year old who is ranked at #4 with the WBC and won the WBC International title in November with a fifth round KO of Billi Godoy in his native Argentina.
Undefeated IBO super featherweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (18-0, 12 KOs) and Philippine contender Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) have finalized their IBF elimination bout scheduled for November 14 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 12-round bout will be televised on DirecTV in Puerto Rico only. Currently ranked WBA #4, WBC #5 and IBF #6, Pedraza will put everything on the line against Farenas, who is currently rated IBF #2, for a chance to fight the current IBF world champion Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs).
Pedraza, who has knocked out five of his last seven opponents, is excited about the opportunity to showcase his talents at home in Puerto Rico where all of his fans will be able to see him fight live. (more…)
Today in Berlin, Sauerland Event signed a new multi-year German TV deal with the ProSieben SAT.1 network after a 14 year run with the ARD network. The deal calls for eight boxing telecasts per year. SAT.1 also televises boxing events promoted by Felix Sturm and SES Boxing.
It was announced that SAT.1 will broadcast all Team Sauerland events, beginning in 2015, thus ARD’s announced intentions to cherry pick the best fights will apparently not include Sauerland-promoted shows.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
(L-R) Undefeated #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico arrived in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday night for their big press conference where they will join Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to announce their upcoming boxing card. The press conference will take place today.
Promoted by Top Rank, Zapari Boxing Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions, in association with Tecate, the Ramirez / Valdez / Najera San Antonio boxing event will take place Saturday, November 15 at the Alamodome. The fights will be televised live exclusively on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
WBO Youth champion David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico takes on countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3, 8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico this Friday. The bout will be scheduled for 10 rounds with only the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. Telemundo Ford with air the main event with the site of the fight being the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City.
Carmona is a very recent familiar face to the Telemundo Network audience. He will be headlining now for his 4th time on Telemundo air in a year and half span. Carmona came up short in his first bid for a world title last December losing to world champion Omar Narvaez. Carmona returned from that loss this past July on Telemundo and rebounded with a solid victory over Ricardo Rodriguez. Carmona is again fighting in front of his home fans and is ready to exciting performance. (more…)
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No one would have guessed that this story of a highly-regarded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who currently oversees one of the premier MMA gyms in the United States, a place which boasts an ever-expanding roster of UFC talent, would begin with a proclamation of such curious magnitude . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Tracy Morin at ringside
By Scott Foster
Former middleweight titlist Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) dethroned IBF world middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Underdog Taylor broke open a close fight with knockdowns in rounds seven, eight, nine and eleven. The 40-year-old Soliman injured his left leg on the first knockdown and his movement was heavily hampered the rest of the way. Scores were 116-111, 115-109, 116-109. Taylor, who previously held the IBF belt for a spell nine years ago, is next expected to face mandatory challenger Hassan N’Dam.
America hasn’t been kind to Australian boxers in the second half of 2014 with Daniel Geale, Blake Caparello, Jarrod Fletcher, Sakio Bika, Daniel Dawson and now Sam Soliman absorbing bitter defeats.
Super middleweight contender “The Matrix” Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) scored a sudden and explosive fourth round TKO over Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-3-2, 6 KOs). Southpaw Dirrell staggered Brinson with a straight left, then got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:12.
Cruiserweight BJ Flores (30-1, 19 KOs) rallied back from a surprise knockdown in the final seconds of round one vs. St. Louis fighter Kevin Engel (20-10, 16 KOs), courtesy of a come-from-nowhere uppercut. In round 2, however, Flores was able to re-establish his jab and dominate Engel from a distance–culminating with a right hand and body shot that rendered Engel unable to continue in the third, and earning Flores the KO win. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
The press conference took place Wednesady for this Friday’s Telemundo-televised card at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City with a “Civil War.” In the main event, one of the series favorites, WBO Youth champion David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4-8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico faces countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3-8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. Carmona’s belt will not be as risk. The winner of this bout is expected to face WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano who defeated Jonathan Vidal last Friday in the season opener in front of a sold out crowd and the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa.
By Karl Freitag
Many intriguing story lines surrounding tonight’s ESPN2-televised IBF middleweight clash between champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) and former champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Fight background: Soliman, making his first defense of the belt he won by dethroning Felix Sturm in May, took the fight because 1) It’s a career high payday, and 2) his team sees it as a winnable fight. At this stage of Soliman’s career, it’s all about cashing out in the biggest way possible. Boxing mystery man Al Haymon worked his magic once again in landing this fight for Taylor. Taylor has been blasted in the media as undeserving of a title shot, and it’s true that Taylor hasn’t beaten a world ranked opponent since 2008.
The age factor: The champion Soliman turns 41 next month, while Taylor is just 36. However Soliman has shown few signs of slowing down, whereas Taylor has suffered brutal KO losses, a brain bleed, and hasn’t fought a top level opponent since 2009. (more…)
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