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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has reportedly undergone two abdominal surgeries and remains in a Las Vegas hospital after complications. Spinks’ wife told AP that it’s going to be a long road ahead for the ex-champion, but he’s starting to recover.
Please pray for my friend Leon Spinks…facing the greatest fight of his life. He's a gentle and beautiful person.
— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) October 13, 2014
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Here are more details on the scheduled junior middleweight fight between Ahmad Cheikho (16-5-2, 11 KOs) and Travis Hartman (12-20-1, 9 KOs) that fell through last Saturday in Wichita, Kansas. The contract was originally signed for 149 lbs. However last Monday, October 6th, an agreement between Cheikho and Hartman was accepted for the contracted weight to be 154lbs. At the weigh in, Cheikho was 154lbs even and Hartman weighed in at 150lbs, so Cheikho did make the amended weight. Then the morning of the weigh-in, Cheikho was shadow boxing and pulled a back muscle. His promoter Cynthia Tolaymat of CFC Promotions said she immediately notified the card’s promoter Jeff Page of this. Cheikho went through with the weigh-in and Tolaymat followed up with a doctor’s note stating that Cheikho was restricted from boxing or exercise and was given medication, as well. When Cheikho attended a pre-fight physical on the day of the fight, the commission doctor examined Cheikho and determined that he was NOT allowed to participate in the fight. Hartman agreed to a reschedule of the fight as soon as the doctor gives clearance to Cheikho. Even though not required, Tolaymat paid Hartman more than half of his contracted purse and signed an agreement that he will receive the balance of the purse plus $500 extra for his inconvenience.
“With Livvy and Kennedy in Pittsburgh, I miss them dearly,” he said, “but I get paid to do a job and it needs to get done.”
This will be Steve’s second fight in a row in his Philadelphia hometown after spending 11 years (19 bouts) fighting elsewhere. This has made his training easier while he is separated from Kennedy and Livvy. Although Cunningham is not accustomed to fighting in front of his hometown crowd, he has been touched by the outpouring of support for his family from the Philly fans. (more…)
Additional bleacher seats will go on sale tomorrow at Noon PT for “Mexican Style”, the highly anticipated world championship boxing event set for this Saturday, October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Priced at $53 plus applicable service charges, the Bleacher Seating tickets will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at the StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).
“Gennady wanted to do as much as possible to satisfy the tremendous demand for tickets for his West Coast debut and therefore we’ve added an additional 284 bleacher seats on the StubHub Center Concourse,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “Unfortunately, these will be the last tickets we will be able to make available for Saturday night.”
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (11-0, 8 KOs), of Avenal, California, will face David Rodelo (17-9-4), of Oxnard, California, in an eight round jr. welterweight clash on Saturday, October 25th at Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Dubbed “Fight for Water 3,” the event is designed to raise awareness on the Central Valley’s water woes.
Also scheduled on the card are popular unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (22-0, 16 KOs) of Mexicali against Kenny Lemos (12-8-2, 8 KOs) from Denver in a bout scheduled for eight or ten rounds, and unbeaten Las Vegas super bantamweight star Jessie Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KOs) facing Erick Ruiz (13-1, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, California in an eight round showdown. UniMas will televise on their “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.
Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, who had a nine-fight knockout streak snapped in his most recent fight, steps in against Edner Cherry in a 10-round junior lightweight contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Akaba replaces Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, who injured his right wrist in training last Thursday. The Cherry-Akaba bout and the Steve Cunningham-Natu Visinia heavyweight 10-rounder will be televised live by NBCSN on its popular Fight Night series beginning at 9 pm (ET). (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: K2 Promotions
“The proof how good Gennady is isn’t on his record, the list of people he beat, knocked down. The proof is in the names of the fighters who don’t want to go in the ring with him. The proof is Felix Sturm, who refused to fight him. The proof is Sergio Martinez, who would never make a fight with him. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is another good example. Instead of looking at the fighters on his record, look at the fighters are not there – who turned down the opportunity to fight Gennady,” said Tom Loeffler, when Fightnews.com spoke with the K2 Promotions managing director before WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) defends on Saturday against Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6, 51 KOs) at StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The co-feature bout is a featherweight showdown between 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire,(33-2, 21 KO) and undefeated world champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters,(24-0, 20KO) who will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion. Donaire vs. Walters is presented by Top Rank. Both world title bouts will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
For the first time since 2010, the Octagon® makes its way back to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, as former UFC® lightweight champ and current No. 3 featherweight contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar takes on second-ranked Cub Swanson in a five-round main event that could propel the winner into a title shot. (more…)
Middleweight Marcus “Arillius” Upshaw (17-13-2, 8 KOs) plans to jumpstart his career October 23 against fellow gatekeeper and upset specialist, Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KOs), in the 10-round main event on a private (no tickets sold or media coverage) Alarm Charity Boxing fundraiser event at Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. “I’ve fought everybody,” Upshaw said from training camp. “It seems like I’ve fought forever as a super middleweight but I’m a middleweight and this fight is going to help me get a fight against a top middleweight. My mind is right for this fight and I know what I need to do. I’m not going to leave fights in the hands of the judges anymore.”
Beating highly-rated Martin Murray will be a short cut to a world title shot, believes Domenico Spada, who challenges for Murray’s WBC Silver middleweight belt in Monte Carlo on October 25. Ranked #7 by the WBC, Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) has been a perpetual contender in recent years and needs a breakthrough win to force his claims. Defeating Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) would do it. The rugged Italian has been training intensely at his Volcano Gym in Rome under the watchful eye of Valerio Monti. Mornings are occupied by power and resistance training with afternoons spent on technique and sparring.
He claims that a recent defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio, who this weekend fights Gennady Golovkin for the WBA title, has had little impact on his confidence. “Rubio really disappointed me because he was running away a lot and clinching, he acted like a rabbit. I was confident of winning, but the referee’s conduct and the [WBC scoring system] affected me. I paid less attention to my defence which gave him an opportunity for the stoppage.” Had he prevailed, it might have been him facing Golovkin. Instead, it is the Mexican Rubio, who Spada predicts won’t last five rounds. (more…)
Featherweight Lee Selby will watch on with interest when IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich defends his title for fourth time on November 29 against Jayson Velez in Omaha, Nebraska. Selby will challenge the winner after his TKO over Joel Brunker in an IBF eliminator on Saturday in London.
“It was a good performance but there is a lot more to come,” said Selby about Saturday’s win. “I wanted to make a statement and silence the critics, I hardly lose a round in my fights, I can’t remember the last time that I lost one, but I still get criticized, so I thought I would put on a show…Gradovich is perfect for my style and I think I would do a similar job on him. He’s fighting at the end of November and I think he’ll come through in that fight so we can get it on early next year.” (more…)
SES Boxing has acquired the entire boxing video archive of former powerhouse German promoter Universum Box-Promotion, consisting of over 400 world championship fights, plus countless Euro and domestic bouts over a 25 year period including names like Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Darius Michalczewski, Regina Halmich, Jurgen Brähmer, Ralf Roccghiani, Marcos Maidana, Gennady Golovkin and many, many others. “These irreplaceable and rare recordings of German boxing history in the last 25 years are a ‘treasure chest’ and this must be maintained for the German boxing world,” said SES chief Ulf Steinforth. “They say in the media circles ‘Content is King,’ so the content and their rights is in hot demand in the digital media world.”
Combined with SES Boxing’s own video over the last 14 years, Steinforth says he wants to make these videos accessible to all boxing fans, possibly even on a special boxing channel. (more…)
Aussie banger Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne plans on becoming the first man to knock teak tough Chanucy Welliver off his feet when they clash next month. Unbeaten Browne defends his WBC EPBC crown against the New Zealand-based American on the undercard of the Mundine-Rabchenko bill at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne on November 12. As Browne is ranked in the top ten by three of the four main sanctioning bodies, this fight presents a potential banana skin on his route to a world title shot in 2015. Welliver, 55-8-5 (22 KOs), has mixed it with the likes of Odlanier Solis and despite being stopped twice (one retirement), he has never been knocked down.
“I can’t wait to get in there and put on a great performance. People love heavyweight boxing because of the one punch factor. I believe I’ve got the heaviest hands in the sport and the fans seem to enjoy that,” Browne said. “Chauncy has a very good record and I’m told he’s never been knocked off his feet. He’s also been highly ranked before. I’ve got plenty of respect for him, but nothing is going to get between me and the goals I have set for myself. (more…)
Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) has chosen to vacate his European (EU) title as he looks to continue his charge towards world glory. Skoglund, who is undefeated in twenty-one professional contests, has made no secret of his desire to challenge for a world title. The 23 year-old believes that by relinquishing the European (EU) belt he will be better placed to secure a shot at one of the division’s champions in 2015.
‘‘Holding the European title has meant a lot to me,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I have had the belt for just under a year and defended it three times, of that I’m very proud. However it is time for me to move forward, I must test myself against skilled fighters from all over the world. I’ve already proven that I belong at European level and now I will show that I’m ready to face the best in the world.‘’ (more…)
Ballybofey, Ireland middleweight Jason Quigley (2-0, 2 KOs) will continue his professional career with a featured appearance on Golden Boy Promotions’ October 30 card at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first Irish fighter to win a silver medal at the World Amateur Championships last year, Quigley was signed by Golden Boy and has moved his training operations to Los Angeles to take advantage of the outstanding sparring and world-class trainers in Southern California.
“I’m so excited to be fighting in Boston on Oct 30th,” Quigley told Fightnews.com. “Boston is a great town with great fight fans and for me to be fighting my 3rd pro fight at Plymouth Memorial Hall in front of the Irish crowd is fantastic. I will put on a great show for the crowd, I already know it will feel like I’m fighting back home in Ireland. I’ll have goosebumps as I walk to the ring on fight night. I can’t wait!”
Quigley will open the televised portion of the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast.
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Seven days out from their highly anticipated “Mexican Style” showdown on Saturday at StubHub Center, in Carson, CA, WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC Interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio were both within the prescribed limits set forth by the World Boxing Council rules. For the WBC Official 7-Day Weigh-In, Golovkin tipped the scale at 165lbs., while Rubio weighed in at 167.5lbs. “We’re a week out and both fighters appear to be in excellent shape,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
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The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world and currently world ranked Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) has been in the news a lot lately. Briggs’ current campaign to get his elusive world title fight with current world champion Wladimir Klitschko has garnered major attention world wide on social networks and media outlets. This week’s most recent encounter has once again generated more than a million views on YouTube. Of course, there are some who have taken displeasure in Briggs approach and in the last few days Briggs has actually received death threats. Briggs, not one to back down to anyone, responded with the following.
“I take this very serious but at the same time is comical to me. I literally grew up and lived on the rough mean streets of Brownsville. During that time Brownsville was considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York, and in the U.S or world for that matter. There could literally be death all around me at anytime. For those who aren’t familiar with Brownsville, I recommend you google it sometime if you doubt what I’m saying.
“I was an only child so there was no older brother Vitali to fight my battles like Wladimir had. I have never feared anyone on this planet other than my late mother, who to this day I hold the utmost respect. (more…)
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