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Fonfara, Kameda workouts

Fonfara, Kameda workouts

Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images Hometown favorite Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara, France’s Doudou Ngumbu, WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki Kameda and Interim ...

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Soliman: I will be back early in 2015

Soliman: I will be back early in 2015

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman spoke to Fightnews.com and revealed that he ...

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Vazquez Jr. and Arellano ready for UniMas clash

Vazquez Jr. and Arellano ready for UniMas clash

Photos: Cotto Promotions, LLC Former super bantamweight world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is back and ready to take his career to another level. ...

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Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

Photos: Rich Kane - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Golden Boy Promotions returns to its East Coast home - Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December ...

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day One Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day One Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel Colon/WBO The World Boxing Organization 27th Annual Convention kicked off in full force this morning at Caesars Palace in ...

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Soliman: I will be back

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Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

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Boxing News

Algieri pumped for press tour with Pacquiao

Early Friday morning, WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri begins his cross-world trek for a two week press tour to announce his fight with WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in a fight that will take place on November 22 in Macao, China. Algieri is excited to embark on this journey and in the below video interview, he talks about what he expects on the tour that will span over 27,000 miles.



August 21st, 2014



Boxing News

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Photo: Sebastian Hagler

On September 27 in Kiel, Germany, Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) puts his WBO World Super Middleweight title on the line against Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs). The champion and challenger came face-to-face for the first time at today’s kick-off press conference at the Sparkassen-Arena.

The champion, ”King Arthur”, is anticipating a British invasion on September 27, with Smith having reportedly already sold 2,000 tickets to his travelling fans. ”It’s great that Smith is bringing so many fans to Kiel,” said the hard-hitting 34 year-old. ”English fans always create a good atmosphere – even when they know their fighter will lose. This will be my fourth fight in Kiel and my fourth victory. Anybody who wants to celebrate with me on September 27 should get their tickets now before they sell out.” (more…)



August 21st, 2014


Boxing News

Irish Boxing Review 2014 – a great read

By James Slater

The fourth installment of the popular Irish Boxing Review book series is now available in paperback or to download free via our website. The 2014 version once again covers all of the talking points and events from across the Irish boxing scene and beyond. Reports, news, articles, features, previews and photographs, plus much more.

All major shows are covered and fighters featured, including: Carl Frampton, Matthew Macklin, Andy Lee, Jamie Conlan, Eamonn O’Kane, Brian Magee, Marc McCullough, Gary O’Sullivan, Anthony Fitzgerald, Willie Casey, Martin Rogan, Luke Wilton, Mike Perez, Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom, Mark Dunlop, Alan Wilton and Gary Hyde. (more…)



August 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Miguel Vazquez: I know it will be a test

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Ricardo Conde

IBF lightweight champion Miguel “El Titere” Vazquez (34-3, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico is ready for the big stage against Cleveland’s Mickey Bey (20-1-1, 10 KOs) on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. We caught up with Vazquez as he talked about his training camp, changes in his team and upcoming fight.

“First of all thank you for the time, we are getting ready for our next fight which is next month. Things are going well,” Vazquez told Fightnews.com. He’s currently training for the slickster Bey at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California, working with hard nose trainer Javier Capetillo, the trainer infamous for his role in Antonio Margarito’s hand wrap controversy. “We are training hard. We’ve had tough sparring, Capetillo is pushing me as always in the gym. I am very grateful for that.”

Capetillo told us, “This is one of his best preparations he has had training for his next fight. He will come in 120 percent in shape. We’re focusing on fighting a little more. He’s a boxer and likes to move so we’ll work on attacking and pressuring the opponent. I know Miguel is a complicated fighter with lots of ability.” (more…)



August 21st, 2014

Boxing News

‘Buffalo’ Botha in Ballito bash

By Ron Jackson

Another box-and-dine tournament will be held in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday night. Promoters Francois “White Buffalo” Botha and Hardy Mileham are determined to restore boxing’s popularity in the province and have put together a tournament comprising eight four-round fights to be held in Ballito on Friday night. Among the boxers to be seen in action is middleweight Marcel Botha, son of the former heavyweight champion. Botha Jr is scheduled to fight Khumbulani Mdletshi. Another local fighter, David Rajuili of Ringside Boxing Gym, will take on Mthunzi Dlamini in a lightweight bout. Rajuili has a record of 4-2-1 and Dlamini stands at 3-2. Featherweight Ricardo Hiraman faces Bongimuso Ndwandwe and Botha Sr will get back into the ring to face a local radio DJ, Darren Maule in an exhibition bout. International Hall of Fame referee Stanley Christodoulou will be doing commentary and some boxing memorabilia will be auctioned in aid of charity. The promoters are planning to present a tournament as a tribute to Tap Tap Makhthini in July.



August 21st, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Macao Main Card Fantasy Preview

The UFC returns to Macao, China this weekend with a top-heavy main card as well as some former Ultimate Fighter China participants looking to make an impact on a growing roster of international competitors . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, August 23 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT . . . Click here for more

On the same night: UFC FIGHT NIGHT TULSA is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1on Saturday, August 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former champ James Page gets sentenced to six years for robberies. More

Possible showdown between Kell Brook and Amir Khan at Wembley would be as big as Froch-Groves. More

Ricky Burns moves up to light welterweight. More

Nonito Donaire and his unique ice bucket challenge. More



August 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Fight Club OC Show Weights

Kevin Watts 139.8 vs Larry Ventus 140
Daniel Kim 133.4 vs Sopaun Rin 132.8
Tevin Watts 149.6 vs opponent to weigh in Thursday am
Nadja Ropac 121.6 vs Kirstie Simmons 119
James Thomas 134.2 vs Oscar Santana 133.6
Izic Fernandas 138.8vs Jose Huerta 134
Tony Thompson 150.8 vs David Lopez 149.6

Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Doors open at 6:30pm, first bout 7:30pm



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Happy Birthday Don King

Legendary boxing promoter Don King turned 83 today. He is celebrating his birthday at home with family and friends.



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Philippine Supreme Court issues temporary restraining order in Pacquiao tax case

The Philippine Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the enforcement of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ruling which ordered Saranggani Congressman Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee to post a cash bond in the amount of P3,298,514,894.35 (US$74.9 Million) or a surety bond in the amount of P4,947,772,341.53 (US$112.4 Million), as a condition for suspending the collection of alleged deficiency 2008 and 2009 income tax and value added tax by the Bureau of Internal Revenue while their appeal is still being heard. The CTA (First Division) was further ordered to proceed with CTA Case No. 8683 with “deliberate dispatch”.

The Supreme Court likewise enjoined the BIR from issuing, executing, enforcing, implementing, or otherwise giving effect to any Warrant of Distraint and/or Levy, Warrants of Garnishment, and Notice of Tax Lien, and from attempting to collect any tax on the basis of the deficiency income tax and VAT assessments against petitioners for the years 2008 and 2009. (more…)



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Quotes for Ortiz-Kayode heavyweight title clash

Just five days after heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to defend his “super” version of the WBA heavyweight title against Kubrat Pulev, unbeaten heavyweights Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode will meet September 11 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to battle for the WBA’s vacant “interim” heavyweight world title. Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions officially announced the FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes-televised fight today.

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya: “The heavyweight championship has long been the most prestigious title in all of boxing and Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode will be bringing it in order to win that belt and put their names in the history books. This is the perfect way to kick off a great weekend of boxing in Las Vegas.”

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe: “We are happy to work with Golden Boy to continue the tradition of not one but two fights in Las Vegas the week of a Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view event. We want to keep the fans who come from near and far entertained all week long and there is no better way to do that than with a heavyweight title fight.” (more…)



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Andre Ward’s Lawsuit Against Goossen Dismissed

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig issued a ruling yesterday dismissing Andre Ward’s latest attempt to terminate his contract with promoter Dan Goossen. The Court ruled that Ward had not stated any basis upon which to invalidate the contract. Ward had contended that his contract with Goossen violated California Labor Code Section 2588. The Court further noted that the California State Athletic Commission had already ruled against Ward in two separate arbitrations pertaining to the contract.

The Ward-Goossen dispute isn’t resolved yet, however. Ward still has a pending federal lawsuit against Goossen citing alleged violations of the Muhammad Ali Act. Goossen responded with a $10 Million defamation suit against Ward.



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana 2 undercard quick quotes

Two-division world champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, bantamweight Miguel “Suavecito” Roman, IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez, lightweight contender Mickey “Spirit” Bey, and middleweights Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and James De La Rosa hosted an international media conference call to discuss their PPV bouts on the September 13 Mayweather-Maidana 2 undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV.

Leo Santa Cruz: “I need to look spectacular September 13 because I’m the co-main event and millions of people will be watching…I have known Manuel for a long time. He is a good, hungry fighter. Those are the most dangerous.”

Manuel Roman: “I am inspired. Just to have this opportunity means the world to me…I know Leo Santa Cruz is a warrior, that’s why I’m training so hard too. I’m ready.”

Miguel Vazquez: “I know Mickey Bey is a good, strong fighter. I’m confident that I will win…My style is what made me a world champion. That’s how I remain victorious.”

Mickey Bey: “I think I have way more tools than Vazquez. He’s going to have to figure me out, no one knows all that I do…I feel like I’m better than him, he just has a bigger name than me.”

Alfredo Angulo: “I don’t feel any pressure at all. September 13 I’ll be a strong fighter, I’ll give the fans a great comeback…I can make 154 pounds but not comfortably. It’s time to move up to 160 pounds…I didn’t learn anything from the Canelo fight because that night I wasn’t me, I wasn’t there.”

James De La Rosa: “I’m looking to come out and put on a show in Vegas and come out with the win.”



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Donovan “Da Bomb” George: I’m a sicko! I love to hit and get hit

By Sam Geraci
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

On August 23, Chicago boxing returns to US Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox) when perennial contender and Chicago fan-favorite Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) challenges Dyah “Ali” Davis (22-4-1, 10 KOs) for the IBO super middleweight championship in “B96 Boxing at the Ballpark” presented by ‘B96′, Round 3 Productions, Hitz Boxing and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (‘ISFA’).

In the following interview, George discusses the event, the matchup, his career, the most important qualities of a fighter and what’s left of his career after ten years fighting and sparring the best. (more…)



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri challenges Pacquiao to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

WBO Jr. Welterweight champion has upped the ante to his opponent on November 22. Algieri has challenged WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao to take to ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge. The Challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice. As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year.



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Algieri gear up for two-week 27,273-Mile Int’l Media Tour

Boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, defends his WBO welterweight title against New York’s undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Pacquiao (56-4-3) and Algieri (20-0) along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., will embark on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, beginning on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao, the 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

New trainer confident in Mike Jones return this Saturday

Photos by Mary Ann Owen

Former world-title challenger Mike Jones wrapped up his preparations yesterday at the Top Rank Gym here for Saturday’s 10-round comeback fight against Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL, at Bally’s Atlantic City. It has been more than two years since Jones last fought. He was stopped in the 11th round of his IBF world welterweight title fight with Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. That was June 9, 2012.

Since then, Jones, 31, moved from Philadelphia, PA, to Las Vegas, was idle for two years while working out daily in Las Vegas gyms, and now is trained by Ismael Salas and Miguel Diaz.

“Boxing is a mental game just as much as a physical one,” said Salas, pictured above with Jones, Diaz and Richie Sandoval. “When we first worked with Mike for this fight, we talked for a long time and worked on renewing his fighting spirit. He is a great fighter and he needs to think that when he walks into the ring he will be a powerful force. (more…)



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy Live! hits one year milestone

One year ago yesterday, Golden Boy Promotions kicked off its Golden Boy Live! series on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, an undertaking that led to 24 fights in a single year featuring hundreds of fighters in front of thousands of fans from numerous venues across the United States and Puerto Rico. After kicking off the series in the Big Apple, Golden Boy Live! events landed in 13 different markets in 15 different venues.

“When we created Golden Boy Live!, our goal was to showcase up-and-coming fighters to fans eager to see the next generation of superstars,” said Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotions. “We have been thrilled by our partnership with FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes and look forward to continuing our collaboration for many years to come.”

The series continues this Friday from the Allan Witt Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. featuring Manuel “Tino” Avila vs. Sergio Frias in the main event.



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Dawejko headlines Sept 19 at Harrahs Philadelphia

On Friday, September 19, Heavyweight Joey Dawejko will headline in an 8-round bout at Harrahs Philadelphia. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Dawejko of Philadelphia has a record of 11-4-2 with 4 knockouts and is on a three fight winning streak. Dawejko’s opponent will be announced shortly. (more…)



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Kell Brook set to receive hero’s welcome

Newly crowned IBF welterweight king Kell Brook will return to Sheffield to a hero’s welcome on Friday as he celebrates his stunning world title win. Brook travelled to California to rip the IBF Welterweight crown from Shawn Porter via a majority decision and the 28 year old will address fans and media at the Winter Garden in Sheffield from 1pm on Friday afternoon.

The Sheffield star has been invited to a civic reception along with his family. Members of Team Brook will be greeted by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Peter Rippon, at the Town Hall at lunchtime, before addressing the public and the press at the Winter Garden alongside promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Dominic Ingle. He will also give interviews and sign autographs.

“I am so proud to be bringing the title back to Sheffield,” said Brook. “The people have always supported me so passionately from day one, and I am sure that they all stayed up to see me win the title. I am looking forward to thanking them on Friday and I hope there’s a great turn-out.”



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Dawson seeks to break Aussie losing streak

Australian boxers Daniel Geale, Blake Caparello, Jarrod Fletcher and Sakio Bika have all fought in major fights in the U.S. over the past few weeks and all four tasted bitter defeats. Two-time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3-1, 26 KOs) hopes to reverse that trend when he meets former super welterweight world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

“It’s an opportunity that I’ve worked very, very hard to get back to,” said Dawson who is currently rated #15 by the WBA and is unbeaten since 2010. “I believe we can take this victory back home to Australia.” Oddsmakers, however, are not in agreement. They have made Trout a prohibitive 20:1 favorite in the bout.



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Antonio De Marco returns Saturday

Former world lightweight champion Antonio De Marco (30-3-1, 23 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday against Orlen Padilla (20-5-1, 18 KOs). The bout will be a ten round super lightweight affair and take place at the Casa Social de la Cervecería in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. In the co-feature, unbeaten super bantamweight Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (18-0-1, 9 KOs) takes on Rey “Flash” Perez (19-5, 4 KOs) in another ten round bout. The card is presented by Zanfer Promotions.



August 20th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Tulsa Main Card Fantasy Preview

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has been flawless since dropping the title last year to Anthony Pettis and there’s no way to get back to another shot at the belt than to keep putting on performances like he has. He’ll get the chance to get another win over a top 10 opponent when he faces Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos this weekend as the UFC makes its return to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the first time since 1994 with a stacked UFC Fight Night card airing on FOX Sports 1 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, August 23 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT . . . Click here for more

On the same night: UFC FIGHT NIGHT TULSA is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1on Saturday, August 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Late Results from San Diego

Unbeaten jr welterweight Giovani Santillan (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Osenohan Vazquez (7-2-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Harley-Davidson Dealership in San Diego. Santillan took home the vacant NABF Jr. 140 lb. title.

In the co-main event, veteran super bantamweight Chris Martin (28-3-3, 9 KOs) registered a much-needed eight round unanimous decision (77-75 x3) win over Giovanni Caro (24-15-4, 19 KOs).



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The PBA bends rules for Manny Pacquiao. More

Fans who’ve bet on the never-officially-announced Khan vs. Mayweather bout are now refusing their money back from bookies. More

Dedication to longtime matchmaker/promoter Peyton Sher from the KC Star. More

HBO hoping to boost boxing ratings with more knockouts. More



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Porter-Brook Full Report

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In a showdown of undefeated welterweights, IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter of Akron, Ohio and top rated welterweight “Special K” Kell Brook of Sheffield, England scrapped it out on in front of 7,025 fans Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. Porter was defending his title for the second time coming off a spectacular knockout win over Paul Malignaggi and Brook made the journey “Across the Pond” with purpose of dethroning Porter. (more…)



August 20th, 2014

Boxing News

It’s official! Golovkin-Rubio on October 18

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will defend his world titles against WBC interim middleweight beltholder Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio on Saturday, October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and televised Live on HBO. Presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Promociones Del Pueblo, the scheduled 12-round championship battle will headline a card billed as “Mexican Style.”

“I’m very excited to fight in California,” said Golovkin. “I always enjoy attending fights at the StubHub Center and look forward to a “Mexican style” fight against Marco Antonio Rubio.” (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Erislandy Lara Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has commented to Fightnews.com that WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) has returned to the gym to start getting ready for a possible return to the ring in November. The names of of Ishe Ismith and James Kirkland have been mentioned as possible opponents. Although opinion is split regarding the decision in his July loss to Canelo Alvarez, any notion of a direct rematch seems already discarded.



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Glyn Leach: A big man in all ways

By Graham Houston

Glyn Leach: Boxing Monthly editor will be missed by all who knew him. It’s been 24 hours since I learned of Glyn Leach’s passing at the far too young age of 54 and I still can’t quite get over it. It’s almost as if I’m expecting the phone to ring and to hear his voice: “Well, what did you make of Kell Brook, then?”

Glyn was more than a colleague of many years standing but a true friend. I worked with him in the original offices of Boxing Monthly at Notting Hill Gate in west London from 1991/92, when I was editing the magazine, but in reality I was helping Glyn to make the transition from assistant editor to editor. Glyn took over when I re-crossed the Atlantic in 1992 and he became perhaps the longest-term editor of a boxing magazine that Britain has ever known — a remarkable 22-year run, although it helped that he was his own boss as co-owner of the magazine, after the original publishing company dissolved. (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Fairfield, CA

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Professional boxing, after a two-year void, is returning to Fairfield, Calif., with a Friday night nine-bout card at the Allan Witt Sports Center. The show, with Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes’ televising, is backed by the usual trio of promoters who introduced pro boxing to the small Northern California town — Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents and Golden Boy Promotions. In the main event, popular local prospect Manuel Avila (15-0) takes on Sergio Frias (15-3-2) of Mexico in a 10-rounder between junior-featherweights.

Also featured is an eight-round TV bout between featherweight Guy Robb (13-1) of nearby Sacramento and Ronell Green (10-0) of Wheeling, W. Va., plus an eight-rounder between heavyweights Gerald Washington (13-0), an ex-USC football player from neighboring Vallejo, and Nagy Aguilera (19-8) of New York, who in a supposed 2009 tuneup for Oleg Maskaev took out the ex-WBC champ in one round.



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs fighting in North Carolina Saturday

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday. Briggs who is being proclaimed by some now as “America’s champion” is in the fifth fight of his comeback in five different states. Briggs’ opponent will be veteran Cory Phelps (16-6-1, 8 KOs) of Kentucky. Phelps was a very late replacement as original opponents were unable to be secured for various reasons. Winston-Salem, North Carolina will be the location this time around. Briggs has garnered worldwide media attention of late including his recent restaurant face off video with current unified world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The video generated more than 4 million views in just 4 days showing the large following and public interest of Briggs’ current comeback. The large media blitz and Briggs’ superb physical conditioning may have led to many opponents turning down fights with him or simply outpricing themselves. Briggs current comeback has been compared to that of former foe and Hall of Famer George Foreman, although unlike Foreman’s comeback there is no television coverage of Briggs’ current fights.

“It has not been the easiest to secure fights. It seems now to me that many opponents are seeing a fight with me as their lottery winning ticket fight. In any event after this fight I want to fight two more times if possible next month. My goal is still the same to fight Wladimir Klitschko and bring the world titles back to America. Until that happens I want to stay as busy as possible,” said Briggs.



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

John Molina Jr. Gearing Up for Humberto Soto

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Junior welterweight fan favorite John Molina Jr. (27-4, 22 KOs) of Covina, California is ready to get back in the ring when he takes on former world champion Mexican veteran Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime. Fightnews.com caught up with the slugger at the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in Industry, California as he prepares for the always tough Soto.

“Training is going well, we are working implementing on whatever is necessary for my style,” Molina Jr. told Fightnews.com. He has now relocated his training headquarters from the Goossen Gym in Van Nuys to the Who’s Next Boxing Gym working with his father John Molina Sr. and Jose Santa Cruz, father and trainer of WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and former WBC lightweight champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz. (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC interim champ Rubio starts training camp

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC interim middleweight world champion Marco Antonio Rubio is already in Oxnard, California to start his preparation for his next fight with trainer Robert Garcia. Rubio is aiming at a possible fight with WBA champion Gennady Golovkin on October 18 in the Los Angeles area, but that bout isn’t yet official. “I want to fight the best,” said Rubio. “I’m ready for the big fights and I’m eager to train and play to win.”



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Double Gold: Klitschko sparring with Joshua

Photo: KMG

Two Olympic boxing gold medalists, Wladimir Klitschko, Olympic Champion 1996 in Atlanta, and Anthony Joshua, Olympic Champion 2012 in London, are currently in Going, Austria, where Joshua is working as one of Wladimir Klitschko’s sparring partners for his upcoming fight against Kubrat Pulev. In addition to Joshua, Klitschko’s sparring partners include Emmanuel Nwodo, Dorsette Barnwell, Malik Scott, Kevin Johnson, Lago Kiladze, Dellian White and Wladimir Tereshkin.

Klitschko is getting ready for a home match in Hamburg. Klitschko-Pulev will take place at the o2 World, Hamburg, Germany on September 6th.



August 19th, 2014

UFC

Neil Magny: Reaching for the Sky

Let’s talk reach advantage.

Moments prior to a UFC bout, the phrase “Tale of the Tape” is spoken and it is accompanied by a graphic highlighting the two fighters’ age, nationality, height, weight, and reach. On average, a fighter’s height from head-to-toe equals a fighter’s reach, or wingspan from fingertip-to-fingertip. It’s not uncommon to see fighters with lanky arms extending their reach by a few inches more than their given height . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, August 23 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT . . . Click here for more

On the same night: UFC FIGHT NIGHT TULSA is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1on Saturday, August 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 19th, 2014




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