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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road ...

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated ...

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

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Boxing News

Canelo: Lara disrespected all Mexicans

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara press tour hit New York City on Wednesday to continue to kickoff their July 12 PPV clash in Las Vegas. The fighters faced off for the third day in a row, this time at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Every day things have been getting a little more testy.

Canelo Alvarez: “Lara has talked a lot, [to the fans] you guys asked for the fight, and here it is. What you guys ask from me, I will give you. A lot have asked me, ‘Why did you take this fight?’ I say ‘Why not? I will fight anyone. Style doesn’t matter.’ The reality is that a year ago the fans didn’t really know Lara. Nobody really knew him. But he’s been talking so much that now it’s built up and the fans asked for it so I wanted to give them what they wanted. He disrespected me. But not only me, he disrespected all Mexicans. For him to be saying that he’s going to give me a boxing lesson and he’s going to take me to school…that’s very disrespectful.”

Erislandy Lara: “For the Mexican fans, we have a surprise for you July 12. I came from Cuba where I fought the best. I earned this in the ring, fighting the best in the division, not on a Mexican street corner. July 12 the best man is going to win. I’ve always done my job against the best fighters in the division. I’ve faced a lot of hard punchers so I’m not worried about his power. Canelo knows, just like everyone in the division knows. No one wants to fight me because I’m dangerous and I beat everybody. He took this fight because of the pressure I put on him.” (more…)



May 9th, 2014



Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on the Adrien Broner’s  suspension from the WBC.

WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade talks Floyd Mayweather. More

Manny Pacquiao gets a shot at basketball “playing coach.” More

Russian’s Alexander Povetkin signs a deal to fight Germany’s Manuel Charr on May 30 in Moscow. More



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola heats up

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Emotions were running high at the final press conference for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight championship clash between Bermaine Stiverne and Cris Arreola on Thursday at the USC Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.

After a lengthy Don King introduction (with co-promoter Dan Goossen doing a slow burn next to him), the normally reserved Stiverne started slow, but then ripped into Arreola.

Bermaine Stiverne: Ain’t nobody gonna beat me. They can talk that talk. I don’t talk. I talk in the ring. I let the media talk, even when they talk sh!t, cause most of them never been in the ring. I’m done talking. I do my talking in the ring. I know Cris likes to talk so I’ll give him the mic so he can do what what he does best. Talking. I don’t have any excuses, and if you think for one minute that I couldn’t knock you out the last fight, you’re so wrong. What you didn’t know is that was the plan to whoop your a$$. Not to knock you out but to whoop you. This fight I’m going to drop you. You’re going to get up. I’m going to whoop you, then I’m going to knock you out. You can have that silly face you have right now, that don’t matter. You know what’s gonna happen. Make a show and look at me and sh!t. Stare at me. It don’t matter, cause in the ring I’m going to shut down that mouth of yours. This time ain’t no joke. I’m gonna take your head off!

Dan Goossen: Where the hell were we? Twilight Zone for the last hour? What did we just witness? You don’t talk? You did a little talking there Bermaine.

Cris Arreola: I ain’t scared of you. Nobody’s scared of you. Trust me bro. You’ll see this Saturday. I’m gonna keep coming. I’m gonna f–k this guy up. F–k this guy! Now he’s yapping. Before I had respect for him. He was a quiet dude, but now I’m gonna f–k you up. You’re gonna remember me dog. I promise you.



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Debate breaks out at Crawford-Gamboa press conference in Omaha

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated world champions Terence Crawford and three-division champ Yuriorkis Gamboa, who share identical records of 23-0 with 16 KOs, today officially announced their June 28 clash for Crawford’s newly-won WBO lightweight title at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. In an unusual press conference, Gamboa made his statement, then Crawford spoke. But rather than having things wrap up, Gamboa wanted to come back to the podium to rebut Crawford and the debate was on.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: I came here to prove to everyone, my critics and fans alike that I’m willing to fight Terrance in his own backyard so everyone can witness a great fight.

Terrance Crawford: It’s going to be a good fight. I know that. Gamboa is a truly incredible champion. I have nothing bad to to say about the man. The only thing I can say is he shouldn’t have took this fight.

Bob Arum: OK. This is usually for a debate but I’m willing to go along with it…a rebuttal from the challenger Yuriorkas Gamboa.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: I didn’t make any error in choosing this fight. Before you speak you’ve got to compare the records and look at my record versus yours. Just measure the caliber of fighters you fought versus the caliber of fighters I fought.

Terrance Crawford: One thing. You ain’t fought me yet. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Feature Story

Chris Arreola: I want my revenge!

Arreola3ABy Felipe Leon; photos by Leonso Nunez

Redemption and revenge! The two actions that thirty-three year old hard hitting heavyweight title contender Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) is looking for this Saturday when he has a rematch with Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 2 KOs), the Haitian-born author of his last loss suffered in April 2013.

The bout will be broadcast live from the Galen Center located in the campus of USC in Los Angeles during a special ESPN telecast and presented by Goossen Tutor and Don King Productions. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya pulling no punches in return to spotlight

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Fightnews.com caught up with promoter Oscar De La Hoya Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. The “Golden Boy” spoke about his return to the spotlight after taking time to deal with personal demons, his reconciliation with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, his reaction to Adrien Broner, and…oh yes, Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.

“When I was said I was back, I meant I was off the canvas and up for victory,” said De la Hoya, “everything happens for a reason. Nobody is perfect.”

Oscar is on the upswing now. You can see it in his eyes, words and demeanor. He recently had a new addition to the family as his wife Millie gave birth to their daughter Victoria. “She and all my kids represent everything. They are my life,” he beamed. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF confirms Klitschko has to fight Pulev next

The IBF has stated that Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) must defend his titles against his Berlin-based mandatory from Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) in his very next bout. “That’s what I call a late birthday gift,” says Pulev, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last Sunday. “I was ringside when Wladimir defended his belts a few weeks ago. It was a walk in the park for him against Leapai. When Klitschko meets me inside the ring, I will cause him real problems to say the least. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfill my dream.” (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Sam Soliman at Melbourne Airport

Photo: Team Soliman

Photo: Team Soliman


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #1 middleweight contender Sam Soliman poses with trainers Dave Hedgecock and Boxer John, plus manager David Stanley just before departing Melbourne International Airport bound for Europe via Dubai on an Emirates Airlines flight.

Sam and team will complete their training preparation for the big IBF middleweight challenge and grudge match against world champion Felix Sturm at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany on May 31.



May 8th, 2014

UFC

UFN Cincinnati Prelim Fantasy Preview

The upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Cincinnati has an undercard showcasing some seriously talented fighters, including a pair of flyweights hoping to get into the top 10 with a win, while a former Ultimate Fighter Brazil competitor looks for his second victory inside the Octagon following a very impressive debut . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT is live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Gavin Rees: My career finishes on May 17

Gavin Rees is set to retire after his rematch with Gary Buckland at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on May 17 – and the Welshman says he’ll pour his heart and soul into his last pro performance. The former WBA light welterweight champion brings the curtain down on a 16 year career that has seen him bag British and European honors after landing his world title, with a Prizefighter victory reigniting his career and seeing him grab a shot at becoming a two-weight world champion when he took on Adrien Broner in America for the WBC lightweight belt. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara: We’re going to take Canelo to Cuban school

Photos: Soobum Im – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara press tour hit San Antonio on Wednesday as the fighters faced off for the second day in a row.

Canelo made pretty much boiler plate comments. “I am going to prepare myself like always to give everyone a great fight,” he said. This is the fight the fans have been asking for and I am going to prepare myself for a great victory. I love it here and I’d love to fight in San Antonio later this year.”

Lara upped the trash talk level slightly saying “There’s nothing more to talk about, the fight is made. On July 12 we’re going to take Canelo to Cuban school.”

Canelo’s manager Eddy Reynoso stated “On July 12 all we’re going to do is give this guy here a beating!” (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Fans invited to Crawford-Gamboa presser

Undefeated world champions Terence Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa, who both boast identical 23-0 (16 KOs) records, will host a news conference announcing their world lightweight championship fight TODAY (May 8) at the CenturyLink Center in the Bud Light Zone (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102). The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT, with doors opening at Noon CT. Joining Crawford and Gamboa will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Roger Dixon, President/CEO of the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).

Crawford vs. Gamboa is the first world championship fight the city of Omaha has hosted in 42 years when Joe Frazier defended his World Heavyweight Championship crown against Ron Stander in 1972.



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Takayama keeps IBF 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

IBF minimumweight champ Katsunari Takayama (27-6-1NC), 105, kept his belt as he sent southpaw compatriot Shin Ono (17-6-2, 2 KOs), 105, to the deck in the tenth and final sessions to score a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Eddie Hernandez and Hilton Whitaker (both US) both 115-111, and Pawel Kaldyni (Poland) 117-109, all for the defending titlist. The referee was Larry Doggette (US).

It resulted in a much tougher defense for Takayama, a prohibitive favorite, than we had expected—due to Ono’s puzzling lefty style. Takayama, making his second defense since his third world coronation at the expense of IBF 105-pound champ Mario Rodriguez in Mexico thirteen months ago, made a good start in the opening session, but Ono, ex-OPBF champ, occasionally displayed invisible southpaw lefts to catch the busy-moving champ. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Amnat retains IBF 112lb belt against two-class champ Ioka

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

IBF flyweight titlist Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5 KOs), 112, from Thailand, successfully retained his throne as he displayed superior speed and sharpness to control the contest all the way, winning a lopsided “split” decision over previously unbeaten Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9 KOs), 112, Japan, over twelve fast rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Hilton Whitaker (US) and Pawel Kardyn (Poland) tallied 119-108 and 115-112 respectively for Amnat, but Eddie Hernandez (US) saw it 114-113 for Ioka. The referee was Mark Calo-oy (US). Some 8,000 spectators were in attendance at Bodymaker Coliseum.

Ioka, formerly WBC 105-pound and WBA 108-pound champ, failed to win his third belt in the 112-pound category in his fifteenth pro bout. He suffered his first setback to the Thailander who had beaten him on points in the King’s Cup amateur tournaments in 2008. Amnat, nine years his senior at 34, was a slick-punching footworker that took the initiative with whiplash counters in the opening session and maintained the pace all night. Ioka tried to come close to the shifty champ with a peek-a-boo guard, but Amnat, ex-Olympian from Thailand, was too elusive for him to catch up with. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The “Viking Warrior” is back in the ring: More on the return of Mikkel Kessler.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez sides with Oscar De La Hoya in the Golden Boy power struggle. More

Anthony Ogogo talks future plans and recent Las Vegas win. More  

Speaking of Vegas fights, Ireland’s Jason Quigley looks ahead to a debut in the U.S. More

Ode to former champ Jimmy Ellis: Here and Here



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Ontario, CA on May 16

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing


Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif., on May 16 with a show featuring three title fights. In the main event, lightweight Jose Roman (16-1-1, 12 KOs) meets Luis Solis (12-2-4, 10 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the vacant WBC CABOFE belt. Super bantamweight Juan Reyes (10-1-2, 1 KO) faces Isaac Zarate (7-1, 0 KOs) in an eight-rounder for an NABF Youth title. Also, IBFA female light flyweight titleholder Sindy Amador (11-1, 1 KO) defends her hardware against Maria Suarez (8-0-1, 0 KOs) over ten two-minute rounds.



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Rodriguez opponent named: Raymond Ochieng

By David Finger

Pound 4 Pound Promotions, in association with Nino Bravo Productions, has just announced the main event for their upcoming “Southwest Fight Series” in El Paso on July 18th. The card will feature the comeback for former WBC heavyweight contender David Rodriguez (36-1, 34 KOs) as he takes on 6’4 Kenyan bomber Raymond Ochieng (24-17-3, 19 KOs) in a heavyweight special attraction.

Rodriguez, who hails from El Paso, has not fought in Texas since knocking out Owen Beck for the WBC Mundo Hispano Heavyweight title back in June of 2011 in El Paso. Rodriguez is coming into the fight on the heels of his first ever professional loss, and is eager to make a statement against Ochieng, who has struggled as of late, losing five of his last six. (more…)



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

New date for Orozco-Honario

Originally scheduled to square off on April 26, rising star Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and Mexican veteran Martin Honorio will finally get their chance to take care of business in the ring when they meet in the main event of the special edition of “Ringside at Del Mar” on Thursday, May 15 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif. in the Golden Boy Live! FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast.

The previously announced main event fight between Manuel “Tino” Avila and David “Morita” De La Mora will now be featured in the 10-round junior featherweight co-feature and opening the telecast will be the six-round bantamweight bout between Paramount’s Manuel “Suavecito” Roman and Merida’s Jose “Cacho” Silveira.



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC suspends Adrien Broner and demands he make a public apology

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

WBC Statement: Adrien Broner, former WBC lightweight champion, has offended many persons of the world with his words during the interview after the fight vs Molina.

The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially offensive statements. Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways, the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with his words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be despective and offensive.

Adrien Broner is hereby suspended from participating in any WBC sanctioned championship and will be excluded from the WBC ratings until the time he makes a public apology satisfactorily to the public of the world. Boxing is a great sport, it is a world sport and boxers are honorable and exemplary members of the community. FairPlay and human equality must always be upheld.



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman responds to Sturm: I will defeat you AGAIN

Photo: Werner Kalin

Photo: Werner Kalin


By Ray Wheatley

IBF mandatory middleweight challenger Sam Soliman will depart Melbourne International airport today (Thursday) with his trainer Dave Hedgecock and manager Dave Stanley for a undisclosed European location (not Germany) where Soliman will complete the final training preparation for his challenge to IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturmon May 31 at the Koenig Palast in Krefeld, Germany. Soliman talked to Fightnews.com to say he is much better prepared for the May 31 challenge against Sturm then when he defeated the Croation-born German in their first contest.

“Everything has gone perfectly for me in training for my fight against Sturm and I am ready to fight at a higher work rate then our first fight when I beat him on all three respected IBF judges’ scorecards despite being on the canvas early,” said Soliman. (more…)



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Andre Berto Travels to Haiti with Fellow Professional Athletes and Global Ambassadors

70Haitian Olympian and former two-time World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) is driven to not only rebuild his native Haiti, but also promote the natural beauty and vacation opportunities that exist in the island nation. In an effort to accomplish both of those goals, he joined the Jack Brewer Foundation and several professional athletes for a trip to Haiti, April 26-29, as part of their Global Ambassador Tour.

Berto and his fellow ambassadors made several stops during their four-day trip, connecting with local citizens and young people at every visit. “I plan to have a consistent presence in Haiti, it’s a beautiful place and I want to share everything it has to offer,” Berto said. (more…)



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Amnat Ruenroeng retains IBF 112lb belt against two-class champ Kazuto Ioka

By Joe Koizumi

IBF flyweight titlist Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5 KOs), 112, from Thailand, successfully retained his throne as he displayed superior speed and sharpness to control the contest all the way, winning a lopsided “split” decision (119-108, 115-113 and 113-114) over previously unbeaten Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9 KOs), 112, Japan, over twelve fast rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Ioka, former WBC 105-pound and WBA 108-pound champ, failed to win his third belt in the 112-pound category in his fifteenth pro bout. He suffered his first setback to the Thailander who had beaten him on points in the King’s Cup amateur tournaments in 2008. Amnat, nine years his senior at 34, was a slick-punching footworker that took the initiative with whiplash counters in the opening session and maintained the pace all night. Ioka tried to come close to the shifty champ with a peek-a-boo guard, but Amnat, ex-Olympian, proved too elusive for him to catch up with.



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm: Soliman doesn’t know what’s coming

Photo: Team Sturm

Photo: Team Sturm


IBF World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm is just weeks away from his first title defense on May 31. Sturm will enter the ring at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany, against mandatory challenger Sam Soliman from Australia.

Felix Sturm: “I’m excited about Krefeld. It’s a great arena, the atmosphere will be electric. A lot has happened since I first fought Soliman. I learned from my mistakes and I’m much more disciplined now. I’m not emotional about this fight. I’m just doing my job and I love doing it. I enjoy every day of training and I’m in tip-top shape. Soliman will be surprised. He doesn’t know what’s coming for him. He’s the challenger, I’m the world champion. And I will remain world champion.”

Trainer Fritz Sdunek: “Felix has developed a lot. Especially considering his weight, he’s much more disciplined now. We can focus on the important things. We finished the first couple of sparring days and Felix is in an astonishing shape. Soliman should better be ready.”



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Mikkel Kessler to resume career

Former super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3,35 KOs) has announced that he will resume his career. The 35-year-old Kessler last fought twelve months ago, losing a unanimous decision to Carl Froch. Kessler made the announcement at a press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. He stated that he’s targeting an October or November “big fight” and doesn’t want a tune-up bout. He also stated he would like a rubber match with Froch. They split their first two bouts.

“I’ve thought a lot about whether I should continue my career,” said Kessler. “I became a father and I have a life outside of boxing that I really appreciate. I’ve got a special responsibility. So it was not a decision I took lightly.

“But I still feel I have something to prove. I hate to lose! And I lost my last fight against Carl Froch. Many thought that I would quit, but I owe it to myself and my fans to finish on top. My last performance showed that I still belong at the top. And I know that my fans believe in me.’

“I’ve talked with my team, the people around me, and they are ready to support me on the journey to become World Champion again. (more…)



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Takayama keeps IBF 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

IBF minimumweight champ Katsunari Takayama (27-6-1NC), 105, kept his belt as he sent southpaw compatriot Shin Ono (17-6-2, 2 KOs), 105, to the deck in the tenth and final sessions to score a unanimous decision (115-111 twice and 117-109) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

(More to come)



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Lara: For Honor and Glory

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Mexican superstar former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) and WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) of Cuba met Tuesday at a press conference in Los Angeles to kick off the promotional tour for their July 12 PPV clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Both Alvarez and Lara gave Fightnews.com their perspective on the fight and each other.

“I feel good, relaxed, ready enthusiastic to keep on fighting which is what I do in life – train and fight,” Saul “Canelo” Alvarez told Fightnews.com “He’s a difficult southpaw but we will prepare well. I’ve fought all styles. We’ll be ready. I prepare like a champ to win. I have the qualities and experience to win this fight.”

“I feel good I am happy to be fighting on PPV. It’s an important fight and I’m excited,” Erislandy Lara told us. “He will come aggressive and put a show for the fans but we’ll be prepared for what he brings. My style is rare for him. With my ability there will be no problem on fight night.” (more…)



May 7th, 2014

UFC

UFN Cincinnati Main Card Fantasy Preview

The welterweight division is still searching for a top contender to challenge champion Johny Hendricks in his first defense of the 170-pound title and top 10-ranked fighter Matt Brown wants to put his name on the short list. To get there, Brown will have to get past dangerous Brazilian striker Erick Silva in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Cincinnati airing on FOX Sports 1 . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT is live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Postal-Aydin added to Marquez-Alvarado card

A WBC super lightweight eliminator between WBC #1 rated Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KOs) and #2 rated Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KOs) has been added to the May 17 HBO telecast featuring Juan Manuel Marquez against Mike Alvarado at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The winner will be mandatory challenger for WBC/WBA champion Danny Garcia. “This is Selcuk’s big chance to get back to the top,” said promoter Ahmet Öner. “If he beats Postol, he gets Garcia. But that’s a very hard piece of work and certainly a high-class fight.”



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Ricky Burns opponent named: Dejan Zlaticanin

Former two-weight world champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KOs) is gunning for a return to winning ways on June 27 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns will face unbeaten Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 13 KOs) after the WBC approved the fight for the International lightweight title and as an official eliminator for the world title. Zlaticanin is rated WBC #9, while Burns is currently unrated by the WBC.



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

David Price returns June 7

Heavyweight David Price (17-2, 15 KOs) faces Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (16-6, 14 KOs) in a ten-rounder on June 7 in Schwerin, Germany. The bout will be the co-feature to WBA light heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer’s defense against TBA.

“I feel like I have really benefitted from fighting away from home,” said Price. “There is a lot less pressure and that has given me the opportunity to express myself more in the ring. In my last fight against Pala, I was calm and relaxed, and I was able to enjoy the whole occasion. I have definitely got my mojo back. I can’t wait to get back into the mix with all the big names in the heavyweight division.”



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Memorial piece on the late, great Jimmy Ellis: More

Is a $70 million payday a reality for Floyd Mayweather? More

Commentary on Amir Khan waiting around for Mayweather: More

Heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko and fiance Hayden Panettiere delay their wedding. More



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Da Bomb George to fight for IBO belt in Colombia

Popular super middleweight Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) will get a shot at the vacant IBO super middleweight title on May 17, when he travels to Cartagena, Colombia, to fight Alexander Brand (22-1, 18 KOs) of Bogota, Columbia. George returned to the ring with a sixth round TKO of Troy Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) on April 18, of this year.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Donovan, and he deserves this shot at a world title,” said Bobby Hitz. “He works so hard everyday and it is paying off for him.”

George had been scheduled to headline Hitz Boxing’s June 20th installment of “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” when this bout was presented to his team. (more…)



May 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Harrison-McKart kick off new Motor City boxing series

Report/photos by Bob Ryder

In the lobby of the fabled and newly renovated Cobo Hall, and under the shadow of the imposing statue of Joe Louis, Tony Harrison and Bronco McKart met the press to discuss their May 30th match for the UBO middleweight title. Their contest is the first of a series of fights to be held at this venerable downtown Detroit location, as announced by promoters KP Productions (George & John Kaltsas). The fighters exhibited extreme professionalism and respect for each other although both stated that folks should not misinterpret this as leading to a tame affair. Both predicted an action filled, exciting fight that they both badly want to win.

Tony Harrison: “I’ve been looking forward to this fight ever since I turned pro, being able to fight someone like Bronco McKart here in Cobo Hall. It’s hard to get mad at Bronco, he’s a great guy but come May 30th all that friendship is over. I’m coming to put on a show.”

Bronco McKart: “I’ve never trash talked any opponent throughout my whole career. I admire the way Tony carries himself in and out of the ring, he has great ability and a great future. Some see me getting steamrolled in this fight. I don’t think so. I’ve got a lot left, it will be a great fight.” (more…)



May 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Jones Team requests WBA to open B Sample

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian WBA cruiserweight world champion in recess Guillermo “Felino” Jones has made a formal request to the WBA to open the B Sample taken prior to his aborted fight with WBA cruiserweight world champion Dennis Lebedev on April 25 in Moscow. The WBA Legal Committee will now move ahead with the analysis of Jones’ second blood sample with Jones and his team present. Samples were taken and analyzed by Switzerland Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses for (LAD), two days before the fight, which was called off with both fighters in their dressing rooms moments before the fight due to Jones testing positive for a banned substance for the second consecutive fight.



May 6th, 2014

Boxing News

More bouts added to Marquez-Alvarado card

Boxing’s return to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, will start a little sooner than originally announced. The historic inaugural brawl on May 17, featuring four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Marquez battling former junior welterweight world champion Mike Alvarado in the main event, will now start at a new earlier time — 3:15 p.m. PT, with doors opening at 3:00 p.m. PT.

“We wanted to make boxing’s return to the Forum something special for the fans and the best way to do that was to add more bouts to the undercard. We expect more than 10 bouts on this show,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “However, since Marquez-Alvarado will be televised live on HBO, we needed to push the start time of the undercard up to 3:15 p.m. to accommodate all the fights.”

Other bouts on the card include a ten-rounder between super featherweights Diego Magdaleno (25-1, 10 KOs) and Oscar Bravo (21-3, 9 KOs), and a featherweight clash featuring two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (10-0, 9 KOs). Valdez’ opponent and the rest of the undercard will be announced shortly. (more…)



May 6th, 2014




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