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Pacman joins Algieri in San Francisco

Pacman joins Algieri in San Francisco

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao speaks with San Francisco Chronicle newspaper executive editorial staff during an interview, Thursday ...

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Edis Tatli gearing up for world title clash

Edis Tatli gearing up for world title clash

Report/Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen Unbeaten lightweight Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs), who will challenge WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) on ...

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Andre Berto ready for Steve Chambers

Andre Berto ready for Steve Chambers

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TRAPPFOTOS Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) and his team are preparing to close training camp on ...

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Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

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Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

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Boxing News

Provodnikov-Algieri Final Presser Quotes

The final press conference for Saturday’s WBO junior welterweight title fight between defending world champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov and local scholar/brawler Chris Algieri took place Thursday in the Geico Atrium at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the co-main event, undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade makes his first title defense against mandatory challenger Brian Rose.

Here’s what they had to say:

Ruslan Provodnikov: On June 14 in the ring it will be the same hungry fighter who has nothing to lose and is willing to do anything to win this fight. I’m not afraid to lose this fight or any other fight because I know the title or the win doesn’t get you the money or the respect or the popularity. Boxers, including Chris, are making a mistake thinking a title is going to get you any of that. What I have, even if you were to beat me, you can’t take it away from me…the support of all my fans, you can’t take that away from me.

Chris Algieri: The hard work is done. It’s time to go out there and fight. I’m sure Ruslan can agree with me on that. The time for talk is over. I’m fully prepared to be here. This is a dream come true and we’re ready to rock.

Demetrius Andrade: And still…and still…and still…and still…still WBO champion of the world! I’ve been doing this all my life. I take joy in fighting. I live it, I love it. Come Saturday night, hopefully Brian Rose does bring the best out of Demetrius Andrade so the world can see.

Brian Rose: I want to take him to a place he’s never been before on Saturday, and we’re just going to see how good Demetrius Andrade is…I believe I’ve got the tools. I’ve got the grit and determination to beat Demetrius Andrade…I’ve got no doubt I’m gonna win this world title.

The Provodnikov-Algieri card will take place Saturday night on HBO at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.



June 13th, 2014



Boxing News

Hurd Battles Robertson June 13 at Rosecroft

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd will headline the next Keystone Boxing card on Friday, June 13 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Hurd (11-0, six KO’s) will battle Joshua “Juice” Robertson of Lynchburg, VA (6-5, two KO’s) in a six-round battle.

Hurd is coming off a tough six-round split decision win over Chris Chatman on January 17 at Rosecroft. This will be Hurd’s 11th appearance on a Keystone Boxing card moving him past former world title contender Lamont Pearson for the most appearances on a Keystone card. Robertson scored a first-round TKO over fellow Lynchburg boxer Jamaal Davis on April 26 in Springfield, VA. (more…)



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs fitness superb ahead of next bout

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The most recent U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (54-6-1, 48 KOs) is currently in phenomenal shape ahead of his next bout. Briggs will take on former world ranked heavyweight Raphael Zumbano Love (34-7-1, 27 KOs) of Brazil in a scheduled for 12 round featured attraction with the WBA’s NABA heavyweight title at stake. Site of the bout will be Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with HD Boxing promoting.

It’s no secret that Briggs’ ultimate goal is a showdown with unified heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko, but Briggs’ is currently dialed in and not looking past Love. who was world ranked last year. While Briggs’ bulging muscular physique has garnered a lot of attention lately, he has seriously dedicated himself to strengthening his stamina as well . Aside from logging major miles daily with hard runs on the beaches in Miami, Florida, he is equally putting in the work on the bike. Briggs physical trainer, pro cyclist Geraldo Gomez from Lagos, Mexico, is pushing Briggs to the max with drills designed to build and maintain his stamina.



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Minnesota

By Jesse Kelley

Corey Rodriguez 153.2 lbs vs. Stephen Watt 153.4 lbs
(Vacant MN State jr. middleweight title bout)

Rob Brant 166.6 lbs vs. Mickey Scarborough 165
Delorien Caraway 146.6 vs. Rickey Smith 148.6
Van Goodman 301 vs. James Roe 208
Carl Deaton III 155 lbs vs. Starr Roberts 155.8
Nick Whitting 199.8 vs Rich Miller 200.2

Venue: The Muse in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Sterling Entertainment Group/Driller Promotions

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Al Sands 200 vs. Harley Kilfian: 191
(MN State cruiserweight title)

Markus Morris 154 vs. Jeremy Marts: 154.5
Kou Lee 135 vs. Duarn Vue 134

Promoter: Jungle Boy Boxing
Venue: Grandma’s Sports Garden, Duluth, MN



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Brian Rose says he’s going to shock the world by beating Demetrius Andrade: More

The Philippines Senate gives Nonito Donaire praise: More

Martin Murray may get a shot at newly-crowned IBF middleweight champ Sam Soliman. More

A PacquiaoMayweather fight in Dubai? Promoter Bob Arum is skeptical. More

Former champ Scott Harrison gets the thumbs-up for a return. More



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Al Haymon Signs Michigan’s Shimmell

Photo: Bob Ryder

Photo: Bob Ryder


By Bob Ryder

Jordan Shimmell has joined the ever growing list of fighters signing on with Al Haymon. Haymon is now contracted to act as an advisor to the undefeated cruiserweight from the Grand Rapids area according to a press release by Team Shimmell. Former national amateur champion Shimmell has made rapid strides since turning pro two years ago in compiling a 15-0, 13 KO’s mark, winning the USBO title, and securing a current number two ranking in the United States. According to Shimmell’s team, after reviewing several other offers, it was decided to sign with Haymon as the most logical next step in advancing his career.



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Gamboa looks sharp in Florida workout

Report and photos by Karl Freitag

Undefeated multi-division world champion Yuriorkis “The Cyclone of Guantanamo” Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) held an open media workout today at Iron Mike Promotions Gym in Deerfield Beach, Florida to promote Gamboa’s June 28 HBO-televised world title fight against WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Gamboa looked quick and powerful in four fast paced rounds of sparring with welterweight Prince Doku Jr.

Gamboa stated that his gameplan against Crawford will be “to attack from the start, be on the defensive, and develop the fight from there.” He is not at all worried about Crawford’s technical boxing skills. “Coming from Cuba, the guys were technical and had size, and I fought them a lot. Me, I’ve perfected my strategy to fighting these type of fighters.”

Gamboa’s promoter 50 Cent stated “Gamboa has been with me from the beginning. I got the opportunity to see his talents early on. He’s here in Miami training hard and this is going to be a great fight.”

More photos…



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Billy Dib returns July 2nd

Photo: Werner Kalin

Photo: Werner Kalin


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (36-3, 21 KOs) returns to ring action on July 2nd against Mexico’s Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-7-1, 21 KOs) over ten rounds at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Dib is coming off a nine round stoppage loss to current IBF 126 pound champion Evgeny Gradovich in 2013. Dib captured the IBF title by outscoring Jorge Lacierva in 2011 and defended the title successfully against Alberto Servidei and Eduardo Escobedo in 2012. Garza is coming off a twelve round decision loss to Jose Pedraza in March 2014 for the IBO 130 pound title. Also in 2014 he scored a KO in seven rounds over Eduardo Rios and in 2014 lost to WBA champion Nicholas Walters in four rounds.



June 12th, 2014

UFC

Rafael Feijao: Not Like the Others

There are two camps when it comes to discussing who is more dangerous in a prizefight, the competitor who has to fight, or the one who wants to . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Ronald Ellis 172 vs Guillermo Garcia 169.75
Fernando Fernandez 370.5 vs Juan Luis Lopez 282.25
Jonathan Jackson 153.25 vs Jorge Calderon 151
Miguel Sanchez 147 vs Jose Luis Vazquez 148.5
Angel Lopez 126 vs Hector Barragan 126
Pedro Hacha 109.25 vs Alvaro Diaz 109.25
Jesus Briceno 114.75 vs Bernardino Guevara 114.75
Alejandro Hernandez 121.25 vs Javier Castro 121.25
Jorge Sillas 124.5 vs Mario Diaz 122.75

When: Thursday, June 12th, 8:00pm
Where: Hangar 27 Nightclub, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Gonzalez Boxing Promotions



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Alfonso Gomez returns July 9

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series returns to Las Vegas on July 9 with a card featuring former two-time world title challenger and season one contestant on the popular boxing reality series “The Contender” Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs) against Ed Paredes (35-3-1, 23 KOs) in the 10 round junior middleweight main event along with rising stars Joseph Diaz Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) and Diego De La Hoya (5-0, 4 KOs) who will both compete in televised bouts at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This will be Gomez’ first fight in two years following consecutive losses to Canelo Alvarez and Shawn Porter. The tripleheader will kick off the mega fight week featuring Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara three days later at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and televised live on PPV.



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez final recap

Ringside Report: Jose E. Santiago
Photos by Emily Harney

On Saturday night in Madison Square Garden in New York Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) made history by dethroning the lineal middleweight kingpin Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (52-3-2 28 KOs) with a brilliant boxing performance for the ages. PPV recap plus exclusive new never before seen photos



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis-Earl Rematch Update

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Two-time world champion Michael Katsidis (29-6, 24 KOs) will take on former world champion Graham Earl (26-4, 12 KOs) in a rematch of their explosive knockdown-filled first fight. The highly anticipated match up will take place in Toowoomba on July 4. The pair first met in 2007 when the then WBO world lightweight #2 ranked Michael Katsidis, travelled to London England to defeat local hero and then WBO world #1 Graham Earl for the vacant WBO lightweight world interim championship. This will be the 35-year-old Earl’s first fight in five years.

Fightnews.com caught up with promoter Brendon Smith. (more…)



June 12th, 2014

UFC

UFC 174 Prelim Fantasy Preview

UFC 174 lands in Vancouver this week and the preliminary card will showcase a mix of former Ultimate Fighter talent as well as a pair of bantamweights looking to get back into contention starting on Saturday night . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 12th, 2014

Feature Story

Algieri is Ready for a World-Class Rumble!

Gym workout for Fightnews.comPhoto gallery by Peter Frutkoff

“The Pride of Huntington” Chris Algieri recently allowed FightNews to photograph his workout at his gym in Bellmore, NY.

Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) has over the last 18 months elevated himself to a world-class contender after accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and most recently highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor in February.

He’s as much a scholar as he is a brawler. He graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology . . . Click here for more



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Browne targets Klitschko

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Browne

IBF #9, WBC #9, WBA #13 heavyweight, Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (20-0, 18 KOs), who captured the Commonwealth title in 2014 by stopping Canada’s, Eric Martell Bahoeli and in 2013 dominated former world heavyweight champion James Toney and is now totally focused on a world heavyweight showdown against WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fightnews talks with Browne and his manager Matt Clark about their thoughts on a world title opportunity against Klitschko.

“I’m now ranked 9th in the world by the IBF. Not bad for an Aussie boy with no skill and who’s too slow,” said Browne with a laugh. “I’m climbing my way to the top and I’m thankful for all the support I’ve had along the way. (more…)



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on Manny Pacquiao’s basketball coaching aspirations: More

Interesting piece on the ancient art of Nigerian Dambe boxing: More

Ruslan Provodnikov and Chris Algieri is a clash of opposites . . . More

Pro Calgary champion Albert Onolunose has been charged in connection with an alleged lottery scam. More



June 12th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC, WBA, WBO & IBF to meet in June in Cancun

By Gabriel F Cordero

The presidents of the four major world boxing governing bodies will meet on June 22 and 23 in Cancun, Mexico. The WBC’s Mauricio Sulaiman, WBO’s Francisco Valcarcel, WBA’s Gilbertico & Gilberto Mendoza and IBF’s Daryl J. Peoples will have no set work schedule, but it’s known that seeking one recognized champion for each division will be a topic of discussion.



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo, Lara explain nicknames

Junior middleweights Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara discuss their nicknames in advance of their July 12 PPV showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “My nickname was given to me by my trainer Jose ‘Chepo’ Reynoso when I first started training at Reynoso’s Gym because of my red hair. First called me “Canelito” [Little Cinnamon] because I was still very young, around 12- or 13-years-old. As I grew older, it changed to ‘Canelo.’ Since I started fighting in the U.S. as a professional on U.S. television, I dropped the ‘Saul’ all together because it has become a brand name and is my persona in the ring and out of it. What some people may not know is that I named my daughter Canela and I told her: ‘Once you grow up, you will understand what your name means and you will be proud of it.’”

Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara: “I thought of the name ‘The American Dream’ with my co-manager Luis Decubas Jr., because I defected from Cuba to achieve my dreams. Since I’ve been living in the United States, my family and I have truly been living the American Dream. (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Mendez-Barthelemy II set for July 10 in Miami

Iron Mike Promotions (IMP) is bringing “Judgment Day” to Miami as International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Lightweight Champion Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defends his world title Thursday night, July 10, in a rematch of a controversial fight last January against undefeated #1 contender Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs). Barthlemy knocked out Mendez with punches illegally thrown after the bell ending the second round. Mendez’ promoter, IMP, appealed the decision and the fight was ruled a “no contest” with the IBF mandating a rematch. IMP won the IBF purse bid to promote Mendez-Barthelemy II, which will air July 10 on Fox Sports 1 live from American Airlines Arena in Miami.

“You don’t always get a second chance to correct a mistake, but we were able to get Argenis a rematch,” promoter “Iron” Mike Tyson said. “Hopefully, he will take advantage of this opportunity.” (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

After a decade of waiting, Fres Oquendo poised to become WBA heavyweight world champion

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It’s more than 10 years since my last fight for world heavyweight championship. I waited long enough for my chance and want to be a champ NOW,” said Fres Oquendo from his Chicago training camp in a Fightnews.com interview. “I know that Chagaev is a good fighter, that he also wants this WBA belt, but I want it more. I will prove that in Grozny!” The previously postponed fight for WBA regular belt between Fres Oquendo (37-7, 24 KOs) and former champ Ruslan Chagaev (32-2, 20 KOs) will happen in Grozny, Chechnya on July 6.



June 11th, 2014

UFC

Rankings: Bendo Surges Past Melendez

Gilbert Melendez has a guaranteed shot at the UFC lightweight title waiting for him after he finishes coaching against current lightweight king Anthony Pettis on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. But Melendez is no longer the No. 1 ranked 155-pounder in the official UFC rankings . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 11th, 2014

UFC

Tickets for Aldo-Mendes II in Los Angeles on sale this Friday!

UFC® returns to Los Angeles on Saturday August 2 at STAPLES Center with a world title bout featuring the only 145-pound champion the Octagon® has ever known – Brazilian superstar Jose Aldo – as he defends his title against No. 1 contender Chad Mendes in the most highly anticipated rematch in featherweight history. (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov:If I have to die in the ring to win, that is what I will do. Is Algieri willing to do the same?

Fight Week for the WBO world junior welterweight championship fight between defending champion Ruslan Provodnikov and undefeated scholar-brawler and Long Island native Chris Algieri continued Wednesday with a media workout at the Everlast Lab in Hoboken, NJ. Provodnikov, his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, Algieri, WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose and female star Heather “The Heat” Hardy where among those on hand.

“The Siberian Rocky” had a chilling message for unbeaten challenger Algieri.

Ruslan Provodnikov: Algieri seems like a smart man and I expect him to be a smart boxer. We’ll see how practical his boxing theories are in the ring on Saturday. If I have to die in the ring to win, that is what I will do. Is Algieri willing to do the same? He had better or he will not defeat me. I do not like fighting boxers who do not engage, like Algieri, but I am used to it. I will chase him and hunt him down. I am a hunter when I am in the ring. (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin-Geale LA Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Kazakhstan’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) and former two time world champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) of Australia continued their press conference tour Tuesday afternoon at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport. The two will square off Saturday July 26 for Golovkin’s titles at the Mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden in New York live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

The press conference began as K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler welcomed everyone in attendance and talked about the upcoming showdown. “I am thankful for Daniel Geale for taking this fight, this will be a very intriguing fight Daniel is clearly the most accomplished best known performer,” Loeffler said. “I feel it’s big time now, especially at the big arena in Madison Square Garden.” (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather again named highest-paid athlete

Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather has once again been named the highest-paid athlete in sports by Forbes. Mayweather, who made $105 million net revenue in the September 2013 to 2014 calendar year, also topped the list in 2012 with $85 million, ousting Tiger Woods who had held the distinction from 2001-2011.

Mayweather’s $105 million earnings follows two extremely successful fight promotions in the past year – his September 2013 pay-per-view revenue record-breaking bout against Canelo Alvarez and his most recent fight against Marcos Maidana this past May. Woods is the only other athlete that has earned over $100 million in a year’s time, a feat that Mayweather achieved with no endorsements. (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Humberto Soto returns Saturday

Photo: Alma Montiel

Photo: Alma Montiel


By Gabriel F Cordero

Mexican three-division world champion Humberto Soto (63-8-2, 35 KOs) reappears Saturday against Colombian Wilfrido Buelvas (15-1, 9 KOs) at the Explanada Municipal in Tlalnepantla,Mexico topping an event billed as “Furia in Tlalnepantla” presented by Promociones del Pueblo Promotions and broadcast on Televisa. Soto, currently rated WBC #5, indicated that he wants a title shot against the current world champion Danny Garcia.

On the same night, undefeated local prospect Rey Vargas (19-0, 16 KOS) defends his WBC Youth super bantamweight belt against the Filipino Vergel “Superman” Nebran (12-7-1, 8 KOs).



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Hobson clarifies Jamie McDonnell situation

Dennis Hobson can confirm that, as the registered British Boxing Board of Control manager of Jamie McDonnell, the only offer received regarding a potential unification clash with new world champ Paul Butler, has come from Frank Warren. Butler claimed the IBF world bantamweight title last Saturday with a points victory over former holder Stuart Hall. And, with Doncaster’s McDonnell recently becoming the WBA champion, speculation has naturally followed regarding a potential all-British clash between the pair.

Hobson though, has moved to clarify recent developments. “I have read in the press that Eddie Hearn says he has put in an offer for a Jamie McDonnell versus Paul Butler fight, but the only offer that has been lodged in accordance with the BBBoC rules so far is an offer from Frank Warren,” explained Hobson. (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Bonus Boxing Buzz

Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon will headline a July 12 card at the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford, NJ.

Boxing manager Cameron Dunkin has signed Jack Loew-trained Youngstown-based jr middleweight contender Willie Nelson (21-1-1 12 KOs) and amateur welterweight standout Zsolt Darayni.

DiBella Entertainment has inked undefeated middleweight prospects Eduardo Alicea (6-0, 3 KOs) and Paul Littleton (8-0-1, 5 KOs) to his ever-growing middleweight stable.

Happy Birthday to boxing promoter Vlad Hrunov.

Undefeated multi-division world champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson (9-0-1, 1 KO) will defend her WIBA welterweight belt against Nicole Woods (11-13-3, 3 KOs) on June 28 in the main event of a Ponytail Promotions card at the Du Burns Arena.



June 11th, 2014

UFC

UFC 174 Main Card Fantasy Preview

The UFC will make its long awaited return to Vancouver this weekend as flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson looks to continue his reign of terror over the 125-pound division when he takes on Dagestani fighter Ali Bagautinov in the main event, while hometown favorite Rory MacDonald will try to take another step in his quest to earn a welterweight title shot as he faces Tyron Woodley in the co-main event . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman: I would defeat Cotto and GGG

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman talks to Fightnews to say he doesn’t think his fight against Felix Sturm was his best performance and that he would be confident in defeating Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin and Martin Murray..

You boxed at your brilliant best to defeat Felix Sturm to capture the IBF title in Germany. Was that your best ever performance?

The win over Felix Sturm was one of my best but I regard my performance in winning over Raymond Joval better. He was IBO champion and I defeated him by scores of 120-108. Sturm has been a great world champion and defended the title successfully many times. He was also unlucky when he boxed Oscar De La Hoya in losing by disputed decision when most thought he won. (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Israel Vasquez’ WBC belt defaced by Mexican singer

By Miguel Maravilla

Former two-time world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vasquez (44-5, 32 KOs) of Mexico City is now retired has been enjoying life outside the ring for the last four years. Known for the classic fights against countryman Rafael Marquez that defined his career, Vasquez has continues to work in boxing as a trainer coaching young amateurs, filling in as an expert TV commentator at ringside, and attending special events as an ambassador for the sport. This past weekend Vasquez once again fulfilled his duties as an ambassador of boxing attending a charity event for cancer for the Junior Foundation Charities held at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. During the event Vasquez met with popular Mexican recording artist Larry Hernandez who without permission snatched Vasquez’ WBC green belt and autographed it with a Sharpie Permanent Marker causing an uproar.

“I was there attending representing the WBC, which is why I had my belt in the first place. He asked me three times to sign it and I told him not to,” Vasquez told Fightnews.com. “We ran into each other moments later. He then grabbed my belt and signed it.” (more…)



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Arroyo headed to Mexico to face Marquez

Undefeated super flyweight McJoe Arroyo (14-0, 7 KOs) will travel to Mexico today, where this Saturday he’ll face former world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (37-4, 26 KOs) in an IBF 115lb elimination bout that will take place at the Arena Jorge Cuesy in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Arroyo will be accompanied by his manager Orlando Piñero, trainer Anthony Otero, also trainer Alex Caraballo and PRBBP Vice-President Peter Rivera. The Arroyo-Marquez clash will be for the IBF #2 ranking. Arroyo is currently ranked #10 and Marquez is ranked #9 by the IBF. The IBF world title is vacant.

In the main event, multi-time former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (63-7-2, 48 KOs) will face Jorge “Baby Face” Lacierva (41-9-6, 27 KOs) at featherweight in a ten-rounder, and in the other co-main bout, Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (27-10-2, 15 KOs) and Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (17-1-1, 11 KOs) meet for the WBO interim bantamweight belt.



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Watch Joe Calzaghe’s acceptance speech at the International Boxing Hall of Fame: More

Is Ireland’s Andy Lee headed for a world title shot? More

The Wall Street Journalreports on Manny Pacquiao’s new role in basketball. More

Will WBC Lightweight Champ Omar “Panterita” Figueroa ever have another fight on home turf? More

China “The Dragon” Smith stirs up the local scene in Bradenton, Fla. More



June 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri: Many people will be shocked when I win / Provodnikov: He should be more worried about me

Photos: Claudia Bocanegra

Photos: Claudia Bocanegra

This past Saturday, WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and undefeated challenger Chris Algieri met with journalists at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse in New York City to talk about their June 14 title bout at Barclays Center. Their world title bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.

Ruslan Provodnikov: My job on June 14 is to chase Algieri and hunt him down. He should be more worried about me. His style of fighting is not my favorite. I prefer an opponent who likes to engage and fight toe-to-toe, not a runner. I don’t have trouble with runners. They have trouble with me.

Chris Algieri: I was in a couple camps with Marcos Maidana and Brandon Rios, sparring for weeks. Both of them, like Ruslan are aggressive, very strong fighters who I had success against in training.

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June 10th, 2014




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