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Parker, Pettaway ready for March 5th clash

Parker, Pettaway ready for March 5th clash

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron WBA#10, WBO#12 heavyweight Joseph Parker (12-0, 10KOs) will clash with Jason Pettaway (17-1, 10KOs) ...

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Zou Shiming workout

Zou Shiming workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and No. 1 world-rated flyweight contender Zou Shiming works out with Hall ...

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Amnat Ruenroeng hits Macau’s Venetian

Amnat Ruenroeng hits Macau's Venetian

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Employees of the Venetian Macau welcome undefeated IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), from ...

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Zou Shiming workout

Zou Shiming workout

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and No. 1 world-rated flyweight contender Zou Shiming works out during ...

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McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Female flyweight "Mighty" Melissa McMorrow (9-5, 1 KO) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO champion Kenia Enriquez (13-1, 6 KOs) by ten ...

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Interview: WBO atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama

By David Finger

Although the career of Bernard Hopkins may be coming to an end in 2014, boxing fans who love seeing “father time” on the ropes need not fret. Because in the most unlikely place, a boxer is quickly emerging as the “Alien of the East” and exciting boxing fans with both her quick fists and her improbable ability to prove once and for all that forty is not the end of the line in boxing. WBO women’s atom-weight champion Nao Ikeyama (15-3-1, 4 KOs) is already emerging as one of the most talked about boxers in Japan after winning the title back in May of this year against heavily favored undefeated prospect Jessebelle Pagaduan. The 45-year old champion (yes, you read that correctly) then successfully defending it against Masae Akitaya back in September. Not bad for a fighter who first stepped into the boxing ring at the advanced age of 34.

“At first I went to the gym for my health,” Ikeyama told Fightnews through her translator, “I practiced boxing every day and wanted to test my ability in the ring. But I couldn’t enter amateur boxing due to my age. So I started my pro career.” (more…)



December 17th, 2014



UFC

Mike Rhodes: Three the Hard Way

To use language that refers back to Mike Rhodes’ time on the hardwood as a point forward for Ellsworth Community College, the Roufusport product hasn’t exactly had a bunch of open layups since getting the call to the Octagon . . . click here for more

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December 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Kominisi retains IBO featherweight belt

By Ron Jackson

In a rather low key performance Lusanda Komanisi from Mdantsane retained his IBO featherweight belt on a split 12 round points decision against Roli Gasca of the Philippines at the Orient Theatre in East London on Monday night. The scores were 116-112 and 115-111 for Komanisi and 116-112 for Gasca. Komanisi who fights out of Johannesburg won the IBO belt in sensational style in July this year when he stopped knockout artist Macbute Sinyabi in the fifth round. However, he failed to impress against the Filipino in a poor fight. (more…)



December 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

What are the most embarrassing moments in boxing history? The Guardian explores.

Former British champion Anthony Smalls has been arrested and is being charged with aiding terrorists. More

The fight financials of a Pacquiao-Mayweather match: More

Andy Lee sets his sights on defending on home turf. More



December 17th, 2014

Boxing News

De La Hoya, Chavez, Cotto and Mayweather speak at 52nd WBC convention

By Boxing Bob Newman



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

FBHOF Class of 2015 to be named Jan 10

The 5th Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser is set for Saturday January 10, 2015 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM. As part of the festivities, the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will be announcing the new inductees for the Class of 2015. Many of the new inductees and past inductees will be on hand to meet everyone.

Class of 2015 Induction Weekend is June 19-21 at the Holiday Inn at 700 N. Westshore Blvd. in Tampa (previously Wyndham Hotel).



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin opens camp for Feb 21 defense

Following a world wind International Press Tour with stops in Monte Carlo, Astana, London and Mexico City, WBA/IBO and WBC ‘Interim’ Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has opened training camp in Big Bear Lake, California for his upcoming world title defense against two-time world title challenger Martin Murray, the WBC’s #1 ranked middleweight.

Under the watchful eye of longtime trainer Abel Sanchez, Golovkin is slated to defend his titles on February 21st at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.

“It was a very busy time these last few weeks but I liked spending time with the media and fans all over the world,” said Golovkin on Monday, speaking from the World Boxing Council Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I look forward to starting training camp with my coach and putting on another great show in Monte Carlo.” (more…)



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson-Sukhotskiy Press Conference Quotes and Photos

Superman: I'm going to win by knockout.

Photos: Amanda Kwok/Showtime

WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Russian challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy held a main event final press conference on Tuesday in Quebec City, Canada, as they prepare for their showdown on Showtime on Friday. Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) and Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs) will square off in the 12-round main event from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec.

Joining the main event fighters at Tuesday’s press conference was super middleweight contender Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), who will face Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs) in a 12-round IBF super middleweight elimination bout. (more…)



December 16th, 2014

UFC

Reebok delivers one-two punch signing UFC champions Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones

Reebok today announced partnerships with two of the top Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes in the world, UFC® World Champions Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey. The signings of Jones and Rousey follow the recent announcement of Reebok’s groundbreaking partnership with UFC, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, taking the global fitness brand’s commitment to the sport to an entirely new level. (more…)



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC awards banquet

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The WBC Awards banquet took place at the Mirage Monday night in Las Vegas as part of their convention. A who’s who of champions past and present along with over 1600 guests packed the banquet hall to capacity. As guests filed into the vast hall over a period of an hour, so too did the fighters, and no fighter made a buzz nor had an entourage like “The Money Man,” Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd was directed immediately to a makeshift ESPN set where he was interviewed by hall of fame referee Joe Cortez about the possible Pacquiao fight. Though it was tough to get close enough to hear, it was discernible that Floyd isn’t happy that he has been made out to be the bad guy in the stalled negotiations over several years.

As the father & son relationship between the late Jose Sulaiman and his son, current WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman is well known, It was decided to create and present the first WBC Father-Son award. This inaugural award went to three generations of Calzaghes- Enzo, Hall of Fame champion son Joe and his son Joe. (more…)



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux public workout Wednesday in Miami

Caribe Promotions & Versailles Cuban Restaurant will host an open workout for media and fans on Wednesday from 12pm to 2PM for two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA/WBO jr. featherweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux is preparing to defend his undefeated and undisputed record against Hisashi Amagasa on December 31st in Osaka, Japan.

Versailles Cuban Restaurant is located at 3555 SW 8th in Miami, Florida.



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao: Money is not the issue

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has responded to the comments made by WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather last Friday night on Showtime.

In a statement on his official website, Pacman stated, “Mayweather can get the amount he wants. As early as January this year, I challenged him to a charity fight. Until now, he has not agreed to it. So, money is not the issue in our fight. This fight is about legacy, this is about making the fans happy and, above all, this is for the good of boxing.”



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Video: 51 belted champions at 52nd WBC Convention

By Boxing Bob Newman

The WBC belted 51 of its greatest past and present champions in all weight classes during its 52nd Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas.



December 16th, 2014

UFC

Weekend musings

One of the greatest takeaways I had from my brief (very brief) amateur boxing stint was that what you saw on television wasn’t as easy as you may have thought it was before. As an example you can try at home, stand up and put your hands up in a defensive posture and hold them there for three or five minutes. Not easy, right? Now do that while moving around a ring or Octagon with someone trained to beat you swinging at your head. It’s why, despite the keyboard warriors’ insistence otherwise, there are no cowards in combat sports. Then again, there are those who seemingly have an extra chamber in their heart, a reserve that makes them push beyond what any of us civilians would want to in the name of sport. Junior Dos Santos and Stipe Miocic fit that description. For 25 minutes on Saturday night, they put on a grueling, sometimes brutal, display of what heart means in a fight. Dos Santos got the victory, some said it could have gone Miocic’s way, and it was so close that it could have gone to either fighter, but the lasting impression of their fight was just that – the fight – and it was an honor to watch it . . . click here for more

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December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

We go to the scorecards … Uh oh!

By Graham Houston

Disputed decisions have long been a part of boxing but they seem to coming thick and fast these days.

Some of these controversies are, I believe, TV-driven in that fans just go along with the commentaries.

I think too much attention is paid to the punch stats. These don’t measure the effectiveness of a blow and, as Al Bernstein has pointed out more than once, if a boxer lands several more punches in, say, three rounds, but his opponent outlands him significantly in another round, the stats are going to be skewed.

Commentators — Al Bernstein is an exception — don’t remind viewers often enough that the judges might be seeing a different fight to the one the commentators are describing. I liked it when Max Kellerman alerted HBO viewers to the possibility that the Timothy Bradley-Diego Chaves fight might be close on the cards. As Kellerman noted, there were a couple of early rounds that were hard-fought and could have gone to Chaves. With Chaves coming on strongly at the end, Kellerman suggested — correctly — that the fight could be a lot tighter than the commentary made it appear to be.

I thought Bradley won, but he finished the welterweight fight looking the worse for wear, with his left cheek a misshapen lump after a second-round head clash started the problem.

When a fighter is damaged like this it has a two-fold effect. One boxer is fighting under a handicap. His opponent is energised. No matter how tough things might be for the opponent, he will have the thought in mind: “If I hang in there, maybe the guy’s eye will close completely and I will get a TKO win.”

Julie Lederman’s score of 116-112 in favour of Chaves surprised me, but Lederman was in agreement with at least one of the other two judges in every round, so from a judging-seminar perspective Lederman’s score would have been 100 per cent. (more…)



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Daud Yordan starts mission for the WBO title

By Jeff Pamungkas

IBO lightweight champion Daud Yordan of Indonesia is now chasing a world rating in that division with the WBO in order to challenge the champion of the division. To start the mission, Yordan (32-3, 23 KOs) is in the final preparation to fight for the WBO Asia Pacific interim title against durable Filipino Ronald Pontillas (17-6-3, 8 KOs) on December 20 at Pontianak City, West Borneo Province in Indonesia,

“I’m well prepared for this bout, and I will win this fight,” promised Yordan. Yordan’s only losses have been against Celestino Caballero in Florida April 2010, legendary Chris John for the WBA featherweight title, and after becoming IBO featherweight champion, Yordan was dethroned by Simpewe Veteka of South Africa. He then moved up and became the IBO champion in the lightweight division until today.



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Questionable scoring in Las Vegas this weekend? More

Along those lines: Did Timothy Bradley get “hosed?” More

Scotland hopeful Charlie Flynn made the transition from amateur to pro this weekend. More

How much of a threat now is Amir Khan to Mayweather or Pacquiao? More



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 FNF kicks off January 9

Gary Shaw Productions’ super-welterweight contender Francisco Santana (21-3-1, 10 KOs) returns to the ring against Sebastian Lujan (43-8-2, 26 KOs) on January 9, 2015 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The 10-round bout will serve as the co-feature to the Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) vs. Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). Both fights will air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”.



December 16th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC 52nd convention day 1

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Some two hundred judges packed the Montego room in the Mirage hotel and casino for Part 1 of the ring officials seminar at the WBC convention this afternoon. WBC Ring official chairman Hubert Minn presided with assistance from Steve Morrow, Craig Metcalfe, and others.

Following the norm, several rounds of boxing were viewed, scored and discussed with a focus on complex rounds, multiple knockdowns, volume punching versus hard punching, wide an close margins of scoring.

Matt Podgorski also introduced his POD Index System to the assembled officials- a first for a WBC gathering. The POD Index assess the consistency of judges against each other as well as patterns in judging, if an official has judged a specific fighter more than once and many other criteria. The service is offered to promoters, sanctioning bodies and state commissions. Nevada has signed on and Podgorski is looking to work with all the sanctioning organizations as well. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Puerto Rico Saturday

The full undercard is set for Saturday’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight elimination bout between contenders McJoe Arroyo and Mark Anthony Geraldo at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, to be broadcast on DIRECTV Pay Per View. In the main event, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Arroyo (15-0, 8 KOs), the #2 IBF ranked at 115 pounds against Filipino Geraldo (31-4-3, 14 KOs ) who is ranked #9 by the IBF.

There are two main support bouts. Former two-time WBO junior lightweight king Roman “Rocky” Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) will face an opponent to be announced in a 135 pound 10 rounder. Also former world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) meet Antonio Joao Bento (27-14-2, 15 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBO Latino lightweight title. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC 52nd convention opening ceremonies

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The opening ceremonies of the 52nd WBC annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada were held today at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. A capacity crowd of nearly 1600 delegates, including over 90 champions present took in the pageantry, pomp and circumstance that has become synonymous with WBC events. Convention organizer Chuck Williams was the first to take the microphone and welcome everyone. He soon turned over the mic to event emcee and hall of fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr.

The theme was an expected one- paying homage to WBC president for life, Don Jose Sulaiman Chagnon who passed away at the beginning of the year on January 16th at the age of 82. NABF president Duane Ford paid tribute to the fallen WBC leader with the biblical tale of Jacob and the quote, “Look for the light.” Ford related the Sulaiman had shown the light in boxing and that his path will continue to be followed in the WBC, led by Mauricio Sulaiman. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Virginia

This past December 6 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia, Featherweight Glenn Dezurn Jr. (6-0 4 KOs) remained perfect with a 1st round stoppage over debuting Ronald McGriff (0-1).

Dezurn Jr. is promoted by Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Burns to appeal

Having successfully defended a claim of nearly £2m by Frank Warren last month, Ricky Burns was disappointed to have been ordered to pay an element of costs towards Warren in relation to the far smaller award in Warren’s favour for unpaid management commission. Burns will be appealing the decision to the Court of Appeal.

Whilst the Judge did not believe Burns should be responsible for Warren’s costs of nearly £800,000, he did, however, require Burns to pay £100,000 to Warren as an interim payment. It is hoped that this sum will be set off against the monies due to Burns from Warren once the matter has been dealt with by the British Boxing Board of Control. Burns remains owed the sum of £102,000 from his fight against Kevin Mitchell over two years after Frank Warren’s wife put his promotional company, Frank Warren Promotions Limited, into Administration.



December 15th, 2014

Feature Story

“Tapia” a knockout!

TAPIA HBO POSTER OVERSIZED 121014Review by Matt Richardson
Photos by Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Marvin Hagler once said that if you cut open the top of his head, you would find a boxing glove where his brain should be.

When it came to Johnny Tapia, no such procedure would’ve been necessary. Tapia was a fighter through and through and you saw it just by looking at him. His emotions weren’t on his sleeve; they were tattooed on his body.

The tragic former multi-division champion who died May 2012, is the subject of the HBO Sports documentary “Tapia” which the network premieres Tuesday, December 16th at 11 PM ET. The film documents Tapia’s highs and lows; from the murder of his mother as a child to his nights thrilling fans in the ring. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

“Battle of the Losers”

By Robert Coster

It happened on a boxing card Saturday in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital. Two of Dominican boxing’s most popular perennial losers squaring off over four rounds. 38-year-old Rafael De La Cruz, a record of 3-65, going against 39-year-old Joselito Del Rosario, a record of 2-67, in the welterweight class. Says promoter Jose Rafael Lantigua (Papin) with a chuckle “The fans actually flocked to see that one fight, not the main event. And I can tell you that the bets were going strong.”

Both veterans gave it their all to please their followers and at the end of the four rounds, Joselito Del Rosario got the nod. One extra factor was added to spice up the fight as both parties agreed that the loser of this “Battle of the Losers” would hang up the gloves. And true to his word, Rafael De la Cruz tearfully announced his retirement, putting an end to a 14 year career that saw him fight from the featherweight to the super middleweight class.



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Court awards Warren damages from Burns

The Court today confirmed that boxing promoter Frank Warren won his claim against boxer Ricky Burns. The Judge found that there was no basis for Burns to walk away from his promotional and management agreements. Rival promoter Eddie Hearn advised Burns that Warren had no claim at all, saying last March, “we’ve been provided with a letter from Burns as confirmation that he has terminated his agreement… We have advice from our lawyers and I’m very comfortable. There is no contract now.”

However this advice proved costly to Burns who must now pay £200,000 of his own legal fees and a further £170,000 by the end of January to pay Warren’s damages and costs, with other substantial sums to follow.



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Sityatha retains IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Despite being ill in the dressing room before going into the ring, Lwandile Sityatha from Mdantsane near East London managed to retain his IBO junior bantamweight belt on a 12 round split decision against Filipino Michael Dasmerinas at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The judges scored it 118-110 for Dasmerinas and 116-112 on the other two scorecards for Sityatha. In a closely fought contest Sityatha managed to win some of the early rounds but as he tired towards the end the southpaw Dasmarinas came back into the fight to score with counter punches. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Controversially dethroned WBA Interim Super Lightweight champ Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera is still trying to figure out how he is without his belt after it was slipped from around his waist and adorned around that of his opponent on Saturday night- Jose Benavidez. In a questionably scored bout that raised the eyebrows of many- Herrera lost a unanimous decision by scores of 116-112 twice and 117-111 to the undefeated Benavidez. A dejected Herrera graciously took the time to talk to Fightnews at the Japonais Restaurant in the Mirage Hotel and Casino nearly twenty four hours after his fight.

Mauricio, thank you or taking the time to talk to Fightnews after your controversial loss to Benavidez. What are you thoughts about how the fight went at this point?

I was feeling sad. I don’t know why, but I had a feeling that something was gonna go wrong when they announced the score cards. Then they announced Benavidez…I heard “Jose Benavidez,” and I wasn’t angry, I was just numb. I just, I’ve been there like three times in my career- three robberies-I was just shocked. I didn’t know how to react. It hurt me. It hurt me more than feeling angry. It hurt me to hear them call his name, he won the belt, they were screaming. I didn’t know what to think. I was speechless. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Aussie 2014 Review

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Review of Australian activity during 2014 of Australia’s world rated boxers also prospects and leading promoters “Down Under.”

IBF #5, WBC #5, WBA #5 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) was in action three times during 2014, capturing the Commonwealth title in April stopping Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli in five rounds before outpointing previously unbeaten Andriy Rudenko in August.Former WBC rated Chauncey Welliver was stopped in five rounds in November.Promoted by Ricky Hatton and trained by Jeff Fenech. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Boxing Manager Egis Klimas

By Robert Coster
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich – a trio of talented young boxers and world champions hailing from the former Soviet Union. And behind them, their mentor and manager Egis Klimas, born in Lithuania. Klimas himself was never a boxer but he certainly was a lover of boxing, who at one point in his life decided that he wanted to guide the careers of young boxers. As Klimas tells it, his ascent as a manager was a mix of great luck, opportunity, human touch and good business sense. Fightnews had the pleasure to meet up with Egis Klimas and have him tell the story of his rise as one of boxing’s most successful boxing managers.

Egis, a couple of weeks ago, your boxer IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich was held to a controversial draw by Jayson Velez. What’s your reaction to this verdict?

It was a ridiculous decision. Verdicts like that are really bad for boxing. Everybody knows who really won that fight. (more…)



December 15th, 2014




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