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Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) has warned WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) that he will not deny ...

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Provodnikov, Molina media workout

Provodnikov, Molina media workout

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME On Saturday, June 11, former WBO junior welterweight world champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and John ...

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Casimero dethrones Ruenroeng, gains vengeance with fourth round KO in China

Casimero dethrones Ruenroeng, gains vengeance with fourth round KO in China

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside In a sudden and shocking turn around, John Riel Casimero turned the tables on ...

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IBF 33rd Convention Day 3 Report

IBF 33rd Convention Day 3 Report

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China opened with the general meeting at ...

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Parker-Haumono Quotes & Photos

Parker-Haumono Quotes & Photos

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron As previously reported, IBF heavyweight mandatory title challenger Joseph Parker’s next fight will take ...

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Boxing News

Las Vegas to honor welterweight champion Jesse Vargas

Two-time world champion Jessie Vargas, coming off his March 5 TKO victory over Sadam Ali, will be recognized by the Clark County Commission on Tuesday, March 15 at 9 a.m. for his work improving the lives of Las Vegas-area at-risk youth.

The WBO welterweight champion has been a driving force behind the creation of a boxing program serving youth detained at Spring Mountain Youth Camp. The program, created in January 2015, aims to boost the teens’ confidence, discipline and sense of accomplishment to help prepare them for a smooth transition into the community, where they can live productive lives. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Shot of the Day: Tactical fight talk in Bradley camp

Photo: Top Rank

Teddy Atlas and Tim Bradley talk about the upcoming PPV clash with Manny Pacquiao on April 9.

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March 14th, 2016


Boxing News

Guzman-Rosas to clash in IBF eliminator

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has announced that the IBF has agreed to sanction a super bantamweight voluntary elimination fight between IBF #7 contender Jonathan Guzman (20-0, 20 KOs) and #14 rated Daniel Rosas (20-2-1, 12 KOs) for the #2 position in their ratings. They will collide on April 29 in Atlantic City. Both fighters are promoted by Sampson Boxing and contracts have already been signed. “I am excited about the opportunity for both my fighters,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “My congratulations to both of them. May the best man win and take over the #2 spot with a great organization like the IBF.”



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna media day workout

This past Saturday at Victory Boxing and Fitness, welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (19-1, 7 KOs) held a media workout in advance of his eight round main event bout with Kendal Mena (20-3, 11 KO’s) that will take place this Saturday at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.

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March 14th, 2016


Boxing News

Ward-Barrera undercard coming together

A slate of six non-televised undercard bouts will serve as support when former world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) faces undefeated and #1 rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a twelve round IBF eliminator for the mandatory position at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California on March 26. Opening the HBO telecast will be Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jayson Velez in a ten round fight NABF featherweight title fight.

The off-TV bouts are: Unbeaten NABO junior welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (19-0-2, 14 KOs) against Wilfrido “La Roca” Buelvas (17-5, 11 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Undefeated featherweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (12-0-3, 7 KOs) versus veteran German “Panteonero” Meraz (52-37-1, 30 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Unbeaten middleweight Rudy “The Revelation” Puja. Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs) against Carlos “Kalimba” Lozano (7-5, 4 KOs) in a six-round bout. Also, undefeated super middleweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (7-0, 6 KOs) against Cristian Solorzano (4-7, 3 KOs), 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (7-0, 4 KOs) versus TBA in a heavyweight clash, and local junior middleweight Aaron Coley (12-1-1, 6 KOs) against Urmat Ryskeldiev (11-3-2, 7 KOs).



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Diaz/Foreman media day tomorrow

Former lightweight world champion Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz and heavyweight legend ‘Big George’ Foreman, will host a huge media day workout tomorrow at noon at the George Foreman Youth Center (2202 Lone Oak Rd, Houston, TX) as a prelude to the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be held on Saturday March 19th at the Arena Theatre in ‘Space City.’

Boxing fans are invited to attend the workout.

Diaz (40-4, 19 KOs) is scheduled to rumble against Mexico’s Fernando Garcia (30-7-2, 19 KOs) in the main event of the card that will take place in front of his hometown fans. Also on the card, former welterweight world titlist ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) will battle against Saul Corral (19-6, 10 KOs) in the bout that will open the March 19 UniMas telecast. The fights will be televised in the United States at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate.’

Presented by Top Rank, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions, remaining tickets ($100, $60 and $30, plus applicable charges) for the March 19 ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ event can be purchased at the Arena Theatre’s box office, on www.ArenaHouston.com or by calling 713-772-5900.



March 14th, 2016

UFC

No secret what Garbrandt wants: Lineker

Prior to stepping into the Octagon in Pittsburgh last month, Cody Garbrandt was going a bit stir crazy sitting on the sidelines . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Brook plans to take frustration out on Bizier

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook says he’s going to take his frustrations out on Kevin Bizier when he defends his world title at the Sheffield Arena on March 26. Brook makes the third defense of the crown he landed in August 2014, and the second against a Canadian mandatory challenger, as Bizier follows Jo Jo Dan in trying to wrestle the title from the unbeaten Sheffield star, who returns to action for the first time in ten months after injury ruled him out of a winter clash with Diego Chaves.

“You cannot take your eye of the ball,” said Brook. “Kevin is the mandatory challenger, he’s worked hard to get that shot and he deserves it. If I had looked past him and cut corners, you get found out. This is my belt, no-one is taking it from me and I have to be at my best. It’s all well and good saying that I want the big names but without putting on an explosive masterclass against Bizier I won’t get those fights. This is my hometown, my arena and my fans – no-one packs an Arena like I do here with those great fans, and I am going to make sure that my return to this place is going to be stylish. He’s getting in with the best and he’s got his work cut-out. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

JoJo Diaz: In this fight there is a lot at stake for both of us

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

2012 U.S. Olympian and current NABF featherweight champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (19-0, 11 KOs) of South El Monte, California, will take the next step in his career when he faces Puerto Rican star Jayson Velez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) on March 26 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California live on HBO. We caught up with a very excited Diaz as he talked about his next fight and opportunity to fight on HBO.

“This next fight is my biggest fight to date,” Joseph Diaz told Fightnews.com®. “I know he’s bringing it all and I know I’m going to be at 110 percent.”

Diaz has been going at full force training for this fight in his hometown of South El Monte, California with his trainer Ben Lira and father Joseph Diaz. “I’ve been training really hard three times a day. I’m very focused and very determined,” Diaz said. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

IBF #10 Onaga defeats OPBF #15 Pael in Okinawa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Recently upcoming Japanese southpaw, IBF#10/OPBF#6 junior bantam Go Onaga (27-2-2, 18 KOs), 115, proved too sharp and speedy for OPBF#15 Filipino prospect Renoel Pael (19-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, as he beautifully dropped him with a countering left shot in the fifth and often had him at bay to pound out a nearly shutout decision (100-90, 99-90 twice) over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan. Onaga, formerly three-time national high school champ, failed to win the national 115-pound belt, losing a split decision to Teiru Kinoshita (who couldn’t wrest the IBF belt from Zolani Tete in 2014) in 2012, but has registered ten consecutive victories since.

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Moving smoothly and throwing solid southpaw lefts, Onaga maintained the initiative from the outset and made Pael cover himself up like a shell all the way. The fifth witnessed his well-timed left counter deck the Filipino, who absorbed much punishment with Onaga’s furious assault to try to finish the affair then and there. Onaga, in the second half, had him defensive and gave him a good lesson, steadily piling up points in every round. The promoter and ex-WBA junior welter champ Akinobu Hiranaka said, “Onaga’s near-future target is the OPBF super-fly belt, and upon his acquisition he will also pursue a world championship here in Okinawa.” (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Announcement

Trainer Tommy Gallagher Ring 8 Guest Speaker Tuesday night

Veteran boxing trainer Tommy Gallagher will be Ring 8’s guest speaker at Tuesday night’s (Mar. 15) monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Muhammad Ali cancels UK tour due to health concerns

Last ditch effort to save Crolla-Flanagan world title fight

David Haye looks to secure title fight with Lucas Browne

‘I have to be here,’ David Lemieux says after missing catch-weight



March 14th, 2016

UFC

Two changes to Brisbane card

The UFC’s return to Brisbane, Australia on March 20 has seen two changes to the fight card. In the flyweight division, an injury to Justin Scoggins has forced his bout against Ben Nguyen to be called off. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 14th, 2016

WBA

Mendoza Farewell in Venezuela

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman


Saying goodbye can be one of the most difficult things in life. However, there are people who are able to overcome the earthly and keep in mind the road they have traveled together.

This Sunday in Caracas, Venezuela, we said “See you soon” to Gilberto Mendoza, President Emeritus of the World Boxing Association, because each person he met, and each person who came to celebrate his life with a holy funeral mass earlier today, carries a part of him in his or her heart.

After asking the Lord for the eternal peace for Sr. Mendoza, he was paid a well-deserved tribute in which boxers, journalists, promoters and family participated. The first to speak at the moving ceremony was former WBA featherweight champion, Venezuelan Antonio Esparragoza.

“We have not lost,” he said. “Today we are going to plant a seed that will grow in our hearts and minds for all our life.” Esparragoza also stressed that boxing is Venezuela’s most important sport and thanks to Gilberto Mendoza, many great champions have come from Venezuela. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Hyppolite looking for a fight

By Dave Spencer

“We’re ready for a fight,” promoter Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management proclaimed to Fightnews following a thrilling performance where Schiller Hyppolite survived two knockdowns to emerge victorious over veteran Darnell Boone.

“(Lucian) Bute, Jean Pascal, whoever wants to take it, we’re here, we’re ready.” Both Montreal rivals seem unlikely candidates for the foreseeable future with Bute signing on to fight for the WBC 168 pound championship versus Badou Jack. Bute somehow finds himself behind Hyppolite in the WBC rankings at #8 while the upstart 29 year-old Haitian fighter finds himself one spot higher at #7. As for Pascal, it would seem doubtful on many levels including that the former champ campaigns at light-heavy and would benefit little going against a relative unknown. Pascal also holds a victory over upset-minded Boone, virtually sweeping the scorecards of fight ten years ago. (more…)



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Ogedengbe defeats Havea

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott

English-born heavyweight Paul Ogedengbe (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Moses Havea (2-7, 1 KO) in round five of a scheduled eight round New South Wales State title bout in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Ogedengbe dominated Havea dropping him twice when the referee called it off at :51 of round five. Former WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika was in the corner of Ogedengbe.

Before coming to Australia, Paul Ogedengbe was attending university in England and was so unfit that he once got out of breath running for the bus. It was the wake-up call he needed to change his habits. “I thought ‘I need to do something to get fit.’ I went to the soccer team and it was totally full. They said there’s a boxing coach if you want to do boxing,” said Ogedengbe. “I just loved it as soon as I started. It builds character and discipline. (I love) both the fitness element and the skill. You’ve got to be in the right frame of mind as you box.” (more…)



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Hyppolite wins Rocky type battle

By Dave Spencer at ringside

With the main event scrubbed as former middleweight champion David Lemieux tipped the scales heavy, negating his scheduled battle with James De La Rosa, boxing fans still got their money’s worth with a barn-burner at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal. In the co-main event, #7 ranked (WBC) super-middleweight Schiller Hyppolite (20-1 13KO) survived two knockdowns, including a rare double knockdown in the 5th round to eek out a very close 95-93, 95-93, 96-93 decision over master gatekeeper Darnell Boone (23-23-4 12KO).

“When they both went down, I thought I was seeing a repeat of Rocky II,” Hyppolite’s trainer Jean Francois Bergeron told Fightnews immediately after the contest. “It was Apollo and Rocky and I knew Schiller was hurt and I was kind of hoping Boone was too. Honestly, it was a good thing it was the end of the round and that we were able to get out of it. He was still hurt and hurt the round afterwards. Boone tried everything he could to stop him but Schiller hung on and hung on and Boone eventually wore himself out and Schiller was able to box like he could box.” (more…)



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Roach: “Playing fireman” won’t protect Atlas & Bradley

Photo: Top Rank

Photo: Top Rank


“We had a strong camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning, and very motivated,” said Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach after Team Pacquiao landed at Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal on Saturday. “The real business begins for us on Monday at Wild Card. We have great sparring waiting for Manny. I know that ESPN announcer [Teddy Atlas] who is coaching Bradley is a good story teller and likes acting. Let’s see how well they do when we go off script and hit them with a dose of reality TV. Playing ‘fireman’ isn’t going to protect them from the nuclear assault Manny will be launching.”



March 13th, 2016

UFC

Dana White: New Jon Jones is scary; DC has opportunity of a lifetime

The UFC has roughly 40 fight cards tentatively scheduled for 2016. Big fight after big fight, they just keep coming, especially in the current seasonal campaign “Unstoppable,” which features some of the biggest matchups of the year . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Berchelt KOs Jupp in six to claim WBO interim jr lightweight title

Photos: Zanfer

WBO #1 rated mandatory junior lightweight challenger Miguel Berchelt (29-1, 26 KOs) scored a brutal sixth round KO over #3 rated George Jupp (13-2, 4 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO interim 130lb title on Saturday night at the Polyforum Zamná in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Berchelt was in command from the opening bell. He dropped Jupp in rounds four and five, then finished him with a third knockdown in round six. Time was 1:55.

Berchelt was originally scheduled to challenge WBO champion Rocky Martinez, but Martinez pulled out with an injury. Jupp, who was already preparing for an April 2 fight in England, stepped in on short notice.

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March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Butler, Hyppolite win in Montreal

The middleweight clash between David Lemieux and James de la Rosa was scrapped, but the the show went on as scheduled on Saturday night at the Casino de Montreal.

In the new main event, undefeated super welterweight Steven “Bang Bang” Butler (15-0-1, 12 KOs) battered and stopped previously unbeaten Sladjan “The Tiger” Janjanin (13-1, 11 KOs) in round three to claim the vacant IBF Youth title. After two knockdowns in round two, the bout was waved off by the referee to protect Janjanin from receiving further abuse. Time was 2:13.

In the co-feature, super middleweight upset artist Darnell “Deezol” Boone (23-23, 12 KOs) nearly surprised local favorite Schiller “Batman” Hyppolite (20-1, 13 KOs). Boone dropped Hyppolite in both rounds five and six and had him in lots of trouble, but Boone then ran out of gas. Hyppolite won by scores of 95-93, 96-93, 95-93.



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Ramos dominates Perez, wins technical decision

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated lightweight Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (22-0, 5 KOs) of Austin, Texas, won an eight round technical decision over veteran Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (35-14, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Burbank Marriott Events Center in Burbank, California. After to a slow start, Ramos used the jab while Perez attempted to work his way in. Measuring with the jab in round two, Ramos dropped Perez with a counter left hook in round two. Ramos stuck to the jab and fired away one-two combinations in round three as Perez kept coming. In round four, a clash of heads caused a cut over Ramos’ right eye. The doctor took a look at Ramos’ cut and let him continue. Halfway through in the sixth round, Ramos connected with a huge right to start the round. He continued to outbox Perez with blood flowing from the cut. In round eight, referee Raul Caiz took Ramos to the corner and the ring doctor determined Ramos couldn’t continue. The bout went to the scorecards where all three judges scored the bout 80-71. (more…)



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Legendary Cleto Reyes opens boxing gym in San Diego

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

The legendary boxing glove company Cleto Reyes presented an entertaining and well-received event on Saturday morning, March 12th, just south of San Diego, California, where they inaugurated their brand new gym “KO World”. Raffles, sparring exhibitions and contests where presented as part of the festivities with a number of former champions in attendance to celebrate with the iconic company which celebrates its seventieth year in providing the boxing world with their knockout gloves.

Before the likes of world champions Jackie Nava, Israel Vazquez, Victor Burgos, Kenia Enriquez, Manuel “Mantecas” Medina and Daniel Ponce De Leon as well as Alfonso Gomez were introduced, a special ten-count was performed for the recent passing of long-time WBA president Gilberto Mendoza. (more…)



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Manny Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles

Photo: Tristan Bellisimo Williams/Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao was mobbed by his adoring fans upon arrival at LAX Saturday evening. Pacman will be training at the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood for his bout with Timothy Bradley on April 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #10 lightweight Brandon Ogilivie victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Warren Suen

WBA #10 Brandon “Brilliant” Ogilivie (15-1, 7 KOs) outscored Darragh Foley (8-2, 6 KOs) over ten rounds of a scrappy fight to retain the WBA Oceania lightweight crown at the Netball Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday Southpaw Foley was dropped in round one from a solid right hand. Referee Gary Dean, deducted two points from the English-born Foley for infringements. Scores: John Gauchi 96-92, Ray Wheatley 98-89, Justin Kennedy 98-96.

Welterweight prospect, Jack “The Ripper” Brubaker (10-1, 5 KOs) stopped Paddy Murphy (11-2-2, 5 KOs) in round six of a scheduled ten round OPBF title bout. Irish-born Murphy was on the canvas in rounds three and five. In round six, referee John Cauchi called it off. Brubaker is a former world WBC Youth champion. Doctor Nasser Cruz from the Games and Amusement Board of the Philippines, presented the championship belt. (more…)



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Hassan N’Dam victorious in Paris

Former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (32-2, 18 KOs) outpointed journeyman Patrick Mendy (16-10-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France. Scores were 80-71, 79-72, 79-72.

EBU super welterweight champion Cedric Vitu (44-2, 18 KOs) retained his title with a fourth round TKO over Ruben Varon (43-9, 20 KOs).

EBU light heavyweight champion Igor Mikhalkin (17-1, 9 KOs) won an uneventful twelve round unanimous decision over Patrick Bois (14-5-1, 3 KOs).

Lightweight contender Yvan Mendy (34-4-1, 16 KOs) stopped Samir Kasmi (19-12-1, 5 KOs) in round nine.



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

LIVE FEED: Manny Pacquiao LAX Arrival



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer beats Gutknecht again to retain WBA light heavyweight title

By Karl Freitag

In his 50th pro fight, WBA regular light Heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Eduard Gutknecht (29-4-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Southpaw Braehmer, who previously defeated Gutknecht on points three years ago, had a distinct power edge in the fight and landed the more effective blows. Gutknecht either threw punches in bunches trying to keep Braehmer from getting off or tried to fight in close quarters. When Braehmer had his distance, he cracked Gutknecht with punishing straight lefts. Gutknecht was deducted a point in round ten by referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. Scores were 116-111, 116-111, 118-110.



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Flanagan shuts down Mathews, retains WBO lightweight title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (30-0, 12 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over domestic rival Derry Mathews (38-10-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Both fighters had their moments, but Flanagan boxed well enough to avoid the exchanges hometown hero Mathews wanted. Flanagan was deducted a point for an elbow in round eight, but dominated the fight after that. Scores were 117-110, 115-112, 117-110. Flanagan had previously outpointed Mathews in a three-round Prizefighter tournament fight.

Former bantamweight world champion Zolani Tete (23-3, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jose Santos Gonzalez (22-4, 12 KOs). Tete dropped Gonzalez in round seven, then got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:37.

Former world bantamweight champion Paul Butler (21-1, 12 KOs) stopped Sebastian Sanchez (12-2, 9 KOs) with a body shot in round seven of a super flyweight bout. (more…)



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye looking to lure WBA champ Browne to London

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has tonight confirmed via his Facebook page that he is negotiating with current WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne, regarding a possible title shot at The O2 Arena in London on May 21st.

“I do have an opponent, but I am holding off a few days to try and secure Lucas Browne,” said Haye. “It seems after speaking to Team Hatton that the possibility of Lucas Browne being available to fight on May’s Haye Day show against myself is a possibility. That possibility comes down to a few things and top of that list is money. Next week I will be getting some numbers from terrestrial television stations, hopefully those numbers will be attractive enough to lure Brown back to the UK, to allow me to challenge for his WBA Championship, my old WBA Championship. So I am really excited about it. Nothing is done until it is done. (more…)



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne responds to call-outs

WBA regular heavyweight champion Lucas Browne has fired back at rivals he says are looking to gain publicity off the back of his stunning world title victory over Ruslan Chagaev. “I’ve hardly slept a wink since winning the title as my media commitments have been nothing short of incredible. It’s beginning to sink in that I’ve created Aussie sporting history and I’m still buzzing,” Lucas said. “I’ve been reading all the call outs but it’s simple, I’m the WBA heavyweight champion of the world and I’m involved in the WBA tournament. My next fight will be Fres Oquendo. Let’s hope it is in Australia! I’ll leave all that to my manager Matt Clark and promoter Ricky Hatton.

“Everyone else needs to concentrate on earning a shot like I did. I had to travel all around the world to get an opportunity to make history and these ‘boxers’ think they can jump the queue by throwing out insults.” (more…)



March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten super welters collide tonight in new Montreal headliner

The middleweight clash between David Lemieux and James de la Rosa was scrapped, but the rest of the card at the Casino de Montreal will continue as scheduled with Steven “Bang Bang” Butler (14-0-1, 11 KOs) taking on Sladjan “The Tiger” Janjanin (13-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant IBF Youth super welterweight title in the new ten round main event. In the co-feature, super middleweight Schiller “Batman” Hyppolite (19-1, 13 KOs) faces Darnell “Deezol” Boone (23-22, 12 KOs). Both bouts will be broadcast live in the U.S. by FOX Deportes.



March 12th, 2016

UFC

Jon Jones excited to be back to work

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles catches up with former UFC champion Jon Jones about his return to the Octagon and his rivalry matchup with Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Francisco Gilberto Mendoza Remembered

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

After a nearly decade long battle with Cancer, WBA President Emeritus Gilberto Mendoza has passed away at age 74.

I first met then World Boxing Association President Francisco Gilberto Mendoza in 1998 at the association’s convention in Bangkok, Thailand. While the “meeting” consisted of a simple handshake and cursory introductions, Mendoza’s genuine warmth and bright smile instilled a sense of acceptance in me, as well as, it appeared, in everyone else he met. It was as if you were family.

“Engineer” Mendoza was a driven man, always seeking betterment for himself and his family, that drive carried over into his love for boxing. The Mendoza family moved from their native Venezuela to Toldeo, Ohio in the early eighties where Mendoza earned his Master’s degree. It was during that time, after several years of holding various offices within the World Boxing Association, Mendoza ascended to the presidency at the 1982 convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico during a hotly contested election. He would reign for the next thirty-three years, making innovative changes in the sport along the way. (more…)



March 12th, 2016

UFC

UFC reporter delivers on bet with Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz was quick to soundoff when he heard UFC reporter John Anik said he would get a “209” tattoo – the area code of Diaz’s hometown of Stocktown, Ca. – if Diaz were to beat Conor McGregor at UFC 196 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 12th, 2016




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