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Chazz Witherspoon 236 vs. Cory Phelps 235
Courtney Blocker 140 vs. Domonic Goode 140
Emmnuel Lipscomb 160 vs. Matthew Gonzalez 160
Travis McClaren 155 vs. Erik Spring 155
Jose Garcia 120 vs. Vidal Rivera 120
Nick Valliere 155 vs. Francisco Cruz 155
Malik Hawkins 141 vs. Josue Rivera 141
Promoters: CMIS & Silver Spoon Promotions
Venue: GPG Event Center, Pennsauken, NJ
1st Bell: 7 PM
Next Tuesday noon at the EBU offices in Rome a pursebid will take place for the mandatory defence of the WBC lightweight title actually held by Delfine Persoon. Nicole Boss from Switzerland is the mandatory challenger and all negotiations failed until now. If the pursebid is won by team Persoon the bout might end up on April 6 in Zwevezele. But if the pursebids are won by the Swiss, then the title defence scheduled by Persoon in her hometown looks in jeopardy if no agreement can be reached with Boss. Persoon won the title 1 year ago on April 20 and is now due to make a mandatory defence.
By Karl Freitag
After being stopped by Brandon Rios in their first fight, Mike Alvarado found a new tactic midway through their rematch and outboxed the brawling Rios over the second half of the fight to get a decision victory. Alvarado plans to continue where he left off in their rubber match tonight on HBO at the 1STBANK Center in Denver.
“The first fight was a test for that technique – a style against a style,” said Alvarado. “The second fight is where the adjustments come in. Now that I know I was able to adapt to a certain style, I can make the adjustments I need to make to overcome that type of style. I am going to go in there and stick with my game plan.”
Rios doesn’t think it’s that simple. “People always say ‘Brandon can’t fight fighters that box.’ I can’t get too comfortable with one person with one style and I got so comfortable with a guy attacking and putting pressure on – taking a shot to give a shot. I got too comfortable. Earlier in my career, I was moving my head and I was moving around, I was boxing and trading punches when I had to. But I just got too comfortable…I reached deep down inside me and did a soul-search and I am ready for whomever now.”
Oddsmakers have established Rios as a -170 favorite to defeat Alvarado on his home turf. Alvarado backers can get +150.
Eighty four fights. That’s how many combined battles Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2) and Dan “Hendo” Henderson (30-12-0) have between them, and it’s amazing that they haven’t faced each other before this weekend’s UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Johnson card in Stockholm, Sweden . . . click here for more
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Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Paul Mendez 160 vs. Ernesto Berrospe 159.5
(IBA middleweight title)
Guy Robb 125.5 vs. Jose Silveira 125
Andy Vences 130 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 130
Ryan Bourland 174.5 vs. Loren Myers 175
Michael Gaxiola 127 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 128
Arturo Quintero 138 vs. Mario Hermosillo 139.5
Venue: Cache Creek Casino
Promoters: Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents
Date: Jan. 24, 2015
Weight and photos by Gabriel F. Cordero
Rey Vargas 121 vs. Nestor Paniagua 119.75
(WBC super bantamweight Youth title)
Marcos Reyes 165 vs. David López 165
Lourdes Juárez 108 vs. Joselyn Reza 108
Marcos Villasana 147 vs. Paco Valadez 147
Venue: Hotel Azul Ixtapa in Zijuatanejo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
With IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor out of action for perhaps a long time, it looks like IBF #14 middleweight Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) will now face IBF #15 Abie Han (23-1, 14 KOs) on February 6 with the IBF’s vacant USBA title belt on the line. The 12-round championship bout is set take place at MGM Resorts International’s beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Before Rocky Juarez (30-10-1, 21 KOs) and Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (20-10, 13 KOs) square off for Juarez’ WBC Silver Featherweight Title and final title elimination bout at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas, the Golden Boy Live! card on Monday night will feature Austin’s own Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (9-0, 9 KOs) in the biggest fight of his young career when he battles Mexico’s Nestor “Baby” Rosas (11-3, 7 KOs). Also, the undefeated KeAndre Gibson (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round televised-opening bout against Nelson Lara (15-6-5, 8 KOs) on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
Also in action will be San Antonio’s super bantamweight standout Javier Rodriguez (11-0-1, 1 KO) and rising super featherweight from Alice, Texas Arturo Esquivel (9-1, 2 KOs) and several of the Lone Star State’s premier talents as they compete on an eight-bout card.
Not a lot of details yet, but this was posted Friday on the official Canelo Twitter account. It is known that the team of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had been talking with the camp of James Kirkland after negotiations for a fight with WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto fell through. We understand the fight is signed and tentatively scheduled for May 2 on regular HBO and would go head-to-head against any Floyd Mayweather PPV that doesn’t have Manny Pacquiao as the opponent. Canelo will only relinquish the Cinco de Mayo weekend date for Mayweather-Pacquiao.
Update: Bout could land at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas or the Alamodome in San Antonio. Contract weight: 155
By Bill Green at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Mike Alvarado 146.5 vs. Brandon Rios 146.75
Gilberto Ramirez 170.5 vs. Maxim Vlasov 170
Aik Shakhnazaryan 141.5 vs. Abner Lopez 141
Konstantin Ponomarev 147.5 vs. Steve Claggett 147.5
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175 vs. Cory Cummings 174
Jeremy Ramos 151 vs. Rene Marquez 150
Zsolt Daranyi 152 vs. Luis Marquez 151
Venue: 1stBank Center, Bloomfield, Colorado
Promoter: Top Rank
By James Slater
Filipino superstar and pound-for-pounder Manny Pacquiao is currently in London, taking part in a number of activities (yesterday he had dinner with Price Harry), and today at The Fitzroy Lodge Boxing club in London, Pac-Man met up with his friend and former spar-mate Amir Khan.
The two stars briefly discussed the possibility of fighting one another later this year – if neither welterweight can get the mega-fight they really want with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao told Khan he would fight him if Team-Mayweather do not sign the contract on the hoped for May 2nd date that has been well documented.
“Yes, there’s a big possibility, nothing personal, we’re just doing our job in the ring,” Pacquiao said to Sky Sports News on the subject of a possible fight with Khan. “It’s not difficult for us because we respect each other and we are just doing our job in the ring.” (more…)
Fight Night Stockholm, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson and the middleweight bout between Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi, airs live on FOX from Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Six prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and the first three prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT.
Anthony Johnson (204) VS Alexander Gustafsson (205)
FOX MAIN CARD
Gegard Mousasi (185) VS Dan Henderson (185)
Ryan Bader (205) VS Phil Davis (206)
Sam Sicilia (145) VS Akira Corassani (145)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Albert Tumenov (170) VS Nico Musoke (171)
Sultan Aliev (170) VS Kenny Robertson (170)
Makwan Amirkhani (145) VS Andy Ogle (146)
Stanislav Nedkov (205) VS Nikita Krylov (205)
Anthony Christodoulou (156) VS Mairbek Taisumov (156)
Paul Redmond (149*) VS Mirsad Bektic (145)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Konstantin Erokhin (229) VS Viktor Pesta (239)
Chris Beal (126) VS Neil Seery (125)
*Redmond will be fined for not making weight; the bout will proceed as scheduled
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By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Marilyn Paulino
Featherweight Floriano Pagliara (16-7-2, 6 KO’s) easily defeated journeyman Antwan Robertson Thursday night at Webster Hall nightclub in Manhattan, New York. Pagliara rarely took any chances in the eight-round fight, electing instead to punch in spots while Robertson simply ran away from the slightest sign of danger. All three judges submitted identical shutout scores of 80-72. Robertson (9-13-1, 6 KO’s) literally went minutes at a time without throwing punches. The performance by both main event fighters was anticlimactic compared to the action that preceded and even followed it. In the ring after the final bell, Pagliara proposed to his girlfriend (she said yes). (more…)
In 2013 and 2014, Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo planted his flag on Floridian soil by conquering Orlando with impressive victories in three visits to “The City Beautiful.” Now, “El Diamante” will try to conquer another Florida city when he fights in Tampa in his first bout of 2015. Verdejo, who is undefeated with a record of 16-0 and 12 wins via knockout, will face Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez (24-5, 15 KO’s) on Saturday, February 28 in the main event of a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card, which will take place at ‘The Corral” in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida.
“I want to give the fans in Tampa a great fight so they can enjoy it just like the fans in Orlando have enjoyed my fights,” said Verdejo. “I’m very grateful for all the love and support that the fans in Florida have given me.” He added, laughing, “I want to see the Orlando fans in Tampa, because is not that far.”
“February 28 marks the start of the 2015 campaign for Felix. We love fighting all over the state of Florida which is obviously becoming a hotbed for Verdejo,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank. “We are hoping to get rounds out of this match with Lopez much like we were trying to get towards the end of 2014. This is the first fight in a big year to come.” (more…)
The WBO have called for purse bids to be held on Tuesday January 27th for the organization’s world middleweight championship between the title holder Andy Lee and mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders stood aside to allow Lee to fight against Russian Matt Korobov for the vacant title on December 6th in Las Vegas on the strict understanding – as ratified by the WBO at their convention – that Saunders would be made the mandatory challenger if he defeated Chris Eubank Jr., then the winner out of Lee and Korobov would have to defend against Saunders next.
Irishman Lee subsequently won the title with a stunning sixth round knockout of Korobov, while Saunders inflicted the first loss to bitter rival Eubank Jr. with a points win in their WBO World Championship Eliminator the week prior at the Excel London. (more…)
Exciting super lightweight contender Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, it was announced today. “As Golden Boy works to put together a 2015 full of huge, fan-friendly fights, Lucas Matthysse is, and will now remain, a core part of our team,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lucas is a strong and powerful fighter, someone the elite of the division have to look out for in the years to come, and we are excited to continue our successful partnership with him.”
“I am excited to continue to work with Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions,” said Lucas Matthysse. “They are my family. They have supported me and built my career from the beginning and I’m loyal to them as they have been to me. I’m looking forward to my future and what 2015 has to offer.”
“We are very happy to continue our relationship with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Mario Arano, Manager of Matthysse. “Golden Boy Promotions has exceeded expectations, and we look forward to what 2015 will hold for Lucas under the tremendous support and guidance of Oscar.”
Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, riding an eight-fight knockout streak, returns to action Friday evening, March 6, when he boxes Bergman Aguilar, of Escazu, Costa Rica, in an eight-round junior lightweight fight at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Sosa-Bergman contest, along with an eight-round heavyweight match featuring Joey Dawejko, of Philadelphia, PA, headlines a seven-fight card which begins at 7pm. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to visit to Australia next week. However, according to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, there’s a chance that after making the long flight to down under, Floyd could still be turned away at the airport.
“His history of violence is shocking,” immigration lawyer Martin Salvo told the newspaper. “However, given the short duration of the stay, his high profile and possible indirect positive tourism impacts for Australia, they may not knock him back. However, all visas can be cancelled under the character test once he arrives at the airport. So they can hypothetically approve the visa but then refuse entry by canceling the visa upon arrival.”
Mayweather is scheduled to participate in dinners and after-parties in Sydney and Melbourne.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Undefeated IBF bantamweight world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) and Alberto “Metro” Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs)held a press conference at Golden Boy Headquarters Thursday afternoon to talk about their upcoming fight. Caballero and Guevara will square off Friday February 27 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California live on Fox Sports 1.
“Homecoming consists of Randy Caballero having to go to Monte Carlo and win the title to defend it here in his hometown,” Promoter Oscar de la Hoya said. “We have a terrific fight. Randy is a young champion and has always represented Nicaragua just like Alexis Arguello. Alberto is the challenger with experience that is hungry to win that world title.”
Alberto Guevara: “I come very well prepared motivated and excited. February 27, God willing we will win. I want to be world champion, I deserve to be champion. I think I have done a lot, it’s my time, I’m ready.”
Randy Caballero: “I want to thank Alberto for taking this fight. It’s going to be a war. I will give the fans what they want. I just won this title and I’m not letting it go.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has informed Fightnews.com that there is a possibility that the third Summit meeting between the leadership of the WBC, WBA and IBF could take place in Panama City with a venue and date to be determined. There were two Summit meetings in 2014, both in Mexico. The initial Summit took place in Cancun during June, while Summit 2 took place in Playa del Carmen in September.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza met this week in Panama City.
For a young fighter, leaving a stable career path to pursue mixed martial arts takes courage, particularly when you have to break the news to your parents.This has been true for the Czech Republic’s Viktor Pesta, who fights Konstantin Erokhin this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Johnson in Stockholm, Sweden at the 30,000 capacity Tele2 Arena. Even though he’s reached the highest level of MMA, the heavyweight fighter’s parents would still rather see him in school . . . click here for more
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Photos: SES Boxing
SES Boxing will present its milestone 100th boxing event on March 7 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. The show will also mark the 15th anniversary for SES Boxing, as well herald the arrival of a new TV deal with the MDR network. SES is also working with SAT.1.
The card will feature three title fights, topped by world champion Christina Hammer and WBO Inter-Continental champion Dominic Boesel. Also IBF junior world cruiserweight champion Dennis Ronert will defend his belt. Team Germany fighters Tom Schwarz, Moritz Stahl, Domenic von Chrzanowski, Tom Pahlmann and Felix Lamm will also see action. Opponents will be named.
The possibilities of a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. More
Pacquiao taunts Mayweather, plays basketball . . . More
Is 2015 going to be a good year for boxing? More
Andre Ward prepares for a comeback. More
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I know what to expect from Seferi. I know his style. He’s a tough, going forward fighter, likes to throw lot of punches but I will be ready,” said WBO #1 ranked cruiserweight Krzysztof Głowacki (23-0, 15 KOs) during an open training at the KnockOut Gym. On January 31, Glowacki will be challenged by Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (36-6, 20 KOs) in a WBO world title eliminator and European title bout in Toruń, Poland.
“I’m very satisfied with my training camp. It was tough time but I’m confident that my hard work will pay off,” said Głowacki who was sparring with Łukasz Rusiewicz (Poland), Juho Happoia (Finland) and Andres Taylor (USA). “I realize that Seferi could be the toughest fighter I ever fought, that it will be a tough test but I’m ready to bang for the full 12 rounds if necessary. I can’t wait!” said Głowacki.
Spike TV is in the boxing business. The network announced a multi-year agreement with Haymon Boxing Management on Thursday to present the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series one night per month on free cable television. The new series will air on Friday nights and debut on March 13 at 9PM ET/PT with two high-octane welterweight matchups: Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia.
“We share the vision of the Premier Boxing Champions series to put the fighters first,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV. “The fighters are the stars, and we will give them a platform to demonstrate why they are among greatest and most exciting athletes in the world.” Spike’s on-air team will be announced at a later date. The Executive Producers for PBC on Spike include Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Programming, Scott Fishman, and Kay.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
On Thursday in Denver, Colorado, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum along with former world champions “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted the final press conference for “Alvarado-Rios 3,” the final chapter of their epic boxing trilogy. The twelve round welterweight clash will take place Saturday at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield and will be televised live on HBO.
Bob Arum: Everyone who follows boxing has been waiting for this rubber match of what is the best trilogy of our time. Not since Gatti and Ward fought three great fights has anything like this happened in boxing, and on Saturday night we’re going to see the rubber match between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Each has one victory and based on the previous two fights, everybody knows that this last third fight will be a classic.
Brandon Rios: Everything’s great. I’m ready. I’m pretty sure they’re ready too. We’re just ready to go out there and give the Denver fans a great show…weight’s perfect, I’ve been disciplined, and come fight night everyone is going to see a new and rejuvenated Brandon Rios. I’m back to my old self and I’m ready to get back to the top baby.
Mike Alvarado: This is going to be a very classic fight that’s gonna go down in history. I’m ready for it. I’m ready to perform and put on a great show. The trilogy is here. I’m just looking to fight the way I do every time I get in that ring and that’s to win.
Joining Alvarado and Rios at the press conference was undefeated #2 super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (who spoke English) and once-beaten Top-ten contender Maxim Vlasov, who will be featured in the co-main event in a 10-round light heavyweight battle.
By Gabriel F Cordero
A source informed Fightnews.com that while in Miami to announce the new “De La Hoya TV” network, Mexican promoter Pepe Gomez mentioned a possible fight between WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KOs) and former world titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) could land in Cancun, Mexico. Gamboa fought in Cancun last November defeating local favorite Joel Montes de Oca. Linares has also fought in Cancun a number of times, most recently in March 2013 against David Rodela.
By Gabriel F Cordero
Looks like WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) could be defending his title against Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) on a date to be named in the United States. Previously mentioned possible opponents for Gonzalez included Abner Mares, Jayson Velez and Leo Santa Cruz. A source informed Fightnews.com that Gonzalez-Russell could land on the proposed April 18 card topped by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Andrzej Fonfara. Gonzalez’ promoter Promociones del Pueblo says Gonzalez will defend his title three times in 2015.
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will defend his IBF Welterweight World title against #1 mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook ripped the belt away from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August with a career-best performance and will make his hotly anticipated first defense. “I feel so emotional right now,” said Brook. “I laid in the hospital thinking I might not walk again – now I am defending my belt at home. I am looking to get my mandatory out the way and get the big fights. He has worked hard to get his shot and he’ll give it his all. I am not looking past him, I was a mandatory too like he is. But I am going to work even harder to keep the belt that I earned.”
Also on the card, super bantamweight Gaviv McDonnell challenges Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European title and middleweight Adam Etches defends his IBF International belt against Sergey Khomitsky.
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented WBA executive Gilberto Jesús Mendoza with a WBC green and gold championship belt as sign of brotherhood between the two world sanctioning organizations on Wednesday in Panama City.
Sulaiman and Mendoza met at WBA Headquarters where they reportedly discussed several outstanding key issues and reaffirmed their goal to improve boxing for the boxers and the world fans. A third Summit Meeting is in the works to bring together the leadership of the WBC, WBA and IBF.
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