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Ricky Hatton says Kell Brook will shine in his first IBF World Welterweight title defense and land the big-money fights he is chasing as he takes on number one mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28, live on Sky Sports in the UK and SHOWTIME in the US.
Brook defends the belt he ripped from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles last summer, and former two-weight World champion Hatton has added his name to the list of fighting stars impressed with ‘The Special One’s win. (more…)
On Friday night in Milan at Fausto Colato’s showroom, the weigh-in took place for the fighters who will square-off on Saturday’s card promoted by OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events at the Principe Theater in Milan, Italy.
Luca Giacon 139.3 vs. Steve Jamoye 138.6
(WBC interim silver super lightweight title)
Anita Torti 133.3 vs. Maiva Hamadouche 132.2
Niklas Rasanen 173 vs. Marko Benzon 173
Matteo Rondena 200 vs. Aleksandar Petrovic 190.6
Silvia La Notte 110.2 vs. Mirela Barudzic 108
Catalin Paraschiveanu 160.7 vs. Goran Milenkovic 164.2
The card will be broadcast live by Kombat Sport in France, Digi Sport in Romania and FightKlub Polska in Poland. Giacon-Jamoye will be broadcast in Italy by national network Italia 1 with a short delay.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Nkosinathi Joyi goes into a make or break fight when he meets IBO light flyweight champion Rey Loreto from the Philippines in a return match at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. In a battle of southpaws Joyi, 31, and Loreto, 24, met for the vacant IBO light flyweight title at Monte Carlo in February last year and in a big upset the underdog Loreto knocked out Joyi at 2 minutes 32 second into the third round.
Joyi 24-3-1nc (17) a former IBO strawweight and IBF mini flyweight champion has not fought since the loss to Loreto, who has had a non-title fight against Henri Amol (35-19-4) in October last year, winning on a seventh round knockout. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz Promotions card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD:
Tori Nelson 147 vs. Kita Watkins 152 ½
Tyrieshia Douglas 110 ½ vs. Maria Suarez 110 ½
Jennifer Salinas 130 vs. Angel Gladney 130
Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Edgar Perez 175
Travis Reeves 193 vs. Lamont Capers 194
Joshua Davis 131 vs. Hilario Medina 128 ½
Devin Butcher 165 vs. David Rohn 165
Kwame Ritter 182 vs. Santos Martinez 184
Devar Ferhadi’s bout with Rashad Jones has been scratched because Jones weighed in 23 pounds over the contracted weight for the bout. Promoters are trying to find a late replacement opponent.
By Karl Freitag
WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia and IBF super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson spoke to reporters Thursday about their upcoming NBC bout taking place April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fighters gave their take on the bout being at a 143lb catch weight rather than a unification clash.
Danny Garcia: In order for the fight to be done in the time we had for it to be done, that’s the weight we had to fight at. At the end of the day, I feel that this is still a fight that the fans want to see. This is still a big fight, no matter with the belts or without the belts. I think if the media just lets it go already and just accepts that it’s gonna be a big fight without the belts, come April 11 I guarantee you the media and the fans won’t even be talking about that because the fight will be so good.
[On whether he can still make 140] I’m not saying I can’t make 140 again, but with the time off since August, I don’t want to cheat the fans. I want to give them my best.
[On vacating the WBC and WBA belts] Right now I have to stay focused on April 11. I’m not really worried about what’s gonna happen next. Either I’m gonna defend them in the summertime or vacate them.
Lamont Peterson: I’m cool with it. There’s too many belts, too many titles. At the end of the day you have two young top fighters who are willing to fight each other. I know a lot of times the fans want it their way, but sometimes you just gotta chalk it up and look at it. It’s a good matchup. We know what this fight means and I hope they can just push that aside and enjoy the fight and not worry about it.
[On their common opponent Lucas Matthysse, whom Garcia defeated and Peterson was stopped by in another non-title bout] “It makes no difference.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Michael Katsidis “The Great” (31-7, 24 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Rodynie Rafol (12-7-2, 5 KOs) in Thursday night at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia. Scores were 58-56, 59-55, 58-56. The 34-year-old Katsidis was returning from a TKO loss against Tommy Coyle in the UK last October. He’s planning to be back in the ring in May.
By Karl Freitag
Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda 31-0, 19 KOs) will meet on May 9th in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s a huge fight, a unification fight for the WBO and WBA titles,” Hearn told SKY Sports.
However, it appears unlikely the WBO will accept the bout as a unification clash since McDonnell is only WBA “regular” world champ with the WBA “unified” world champ being Carlos Payano. It’s not clear what gives Payano the “unified” designation as he only has the one world title. WBO President Paco Valcarcel tweeted “Not sure why there’s talk about Kameda-McDonnell. McDonnell not even ranked by WBO. The WBO recognizes Payano as the WBA champ.”
McDonnell-Kameda will be the co-feature for the jr welterweight clash between former world champions Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs). Both fights will be televised by CBS on an afternoon card starting at 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT.
Later the same night on HBO, Canelo Alvarez meets James Kirkland 200 miles east in Houston.
Boxing is back in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, March 28th at the Belle of Baton Rouge. Unbeaten Justin Thomas (11-0, 6 KOs), who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, tops the card, facing Athens, Georgia’s Timothy Hall, Jr. (9-19, 5 KOs) in an eight round super middleweight contest. In the co-feature, Baton Rouge native Chris Singleton (14-1, 7 KOs) faces Fort Worth’s Jose Hernandez (14-9-1, 6 KOs) in a six round lightweight bout.
“Every boxing event we’ve had at the Belle has sold out,” said promoter Matt McGovern. “We’re going to see a lot of great fighters coming out of Baton Rouge in the years to come. The kids fighting in the amateurs see the professional fighters on the big stage, and they want to stay in the gym and work hard to get there as well.”
Photos by Pete Susens
Undefeated Greek heavyweight Thanasis Michaloudis (8-0, 7 KOs) fighting out of Roaton, Honduras will meet Mexican Vicente Sandez (12-4, 8 KOs) tonight at The Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City tonight with the vacant WBO Latino heavyweight title on the line.
Both weighed in at Thursday at The Distrito Federal Boxing Commission. Michaloudis scaled 235 and “Bufalo” Sandez weighed 237.
In the main event, Payasito Hernandez takes on Martin Casillas for the WBC Latino Bantamweight title over ten rounds. The card is promoted by Felix “Tutico” Zabala of All Star Boxing and the Hernandez fight is televised on the Telemundo Network.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
American boxing manager Joseph Horn is now guiding the career of former Australian super lightweight champion Solomon Egberime (23-4-1, 11 KOs) who defeated Gerardo Cuevas (17-13, 15 KOs) over ten rounds at Fort McDowell, Arizona, last Friday. Egberime who was born in Nigeria but has been based in Sydney, Australia for several years and was coming off a ten round points loss to former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora in 2012 but scored a one-sided eight round decision over Cuevas who is the son of Mexican great Pipino Cuevas.
“I signed Solomon to a management contract and brought him to train with world renowned trainer Luis Tapia,” Horn said. “In 10 weeks we had Sol in top form and ring ready for his battle with rugged Gerardo Cuevas, known for his knockout power. The goal has always been to bring Solomon to the USA and expose some of the 140-147 lb fighters who hold themselves out as a top contenders. It is our plan to know match Stylin’ Sol with these fighters and work our way into title contention shortly.” (more…)
As far as auditions go, this wasn’t one for the memory book, though Andre Fili doesn’t forget October 2, 2010.While not an official tryout by any means, Fili, then 20 years old, wanted to train with the Team Alpha Male squad in Sacramento, just 20 minutes away from where he lived and home – even back then – to the top lighter weight fighters in the game . . . click here for more
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Scott Alexander 232 vs Rodney Hernandez 245
Leon Spinks III 136.5 vs Cesar Garcia 143
Ernesto Martinez 167.5 vs Jose Alvarez 170
Ngoc Truong 140.5 vs Miguelito Marti 133
Isaac Freeman 150 vs Jeff Tabrizi 150
When: Friday, March 20th, 7:30PM
Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents
Ticket Info: SanDiegoFights.com or (619) 420-8866
The Huffington Post on the richest man in boxing
Floyd Mayweather hires a chef for $1,000 a plate
Trainer Freddie Roach laughs at Mayweather’s chef
Speaking of $1,000 … more on the tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao
The camp of Manny Pacquiao is miffed that Floyd Mayweather pushed for stringent drug testing, but wouldn’t agree to a $5 million penalty if either side tests dirty. “I’m a little puzzled and a little dismayed that they wouldn’t agree to something this simple,” Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe responded that the drug testing conditions were “rigorously negotiated for weeks” and “if you’re supposed to be the manager, you need to read the language in the contract before you let your fighter sign. That’s why, in my opinion, Michael Koncz is the biggest idiot in all of boxing.”
After dominating the amateur ranks during two entire Olympic cycles, Russian prospect Artur Beterbiev is now ready for pro boxing’s elite, even though he has only fought seven times as a professional. The Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) jewel will continue his journey April 4 in Quebec City, airing live on CBS and TVA Sports, against former world champion Gabriel Campillo, of Spain. “The journalists won’t be happy since I did not KO anybody today,” laughed Beterbiev after a public training session today in Quebec City. He demonstrated his skills with his sparring partners, Englishman Bob Ajisafe and Australian Blake Caparello.
“I really think it will be a short night for Campillo,” Caparello said after sparring Beterbiev. “This guy has some incredible brute force. He could even chase and hunt down a strong Sergey Kovalev in the ring.”
Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOa) will face former WBA light heavyweight world champion Campillo (25-6-1, 11 KOa), a slick 6’2 southpaw who has fought 211 rounds as a professional, in a preliminary bout before the WBC light heavyweight world title fight between defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Sakio Bika. (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Alfonso Gomez 149.2 vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai 149.6
Ronny Rios 127 vs. Sergio Frias 125.8
Jamie Kavanagh 135.6 vs. Miguel Zamudio 135.6
Jason Quigley 161.8 vs. Tolutomi Agunbiade 162
Rafael Gramajo 123.6 vs. Salvador Perez 127.4
Abraham Lopez 128 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Alberto Herrera 148 vs. Jose Marrufo 146.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Photos: All Star Boxing
“Payasito” Hernandez 118 vs. Martin Casillas 118
Eric Andres Cruz 118 vs. Temoatzin Landeros 118
Daniel Garcia 110 vs. Luis Fernandez 113
Gabriel Acosta 118 vs. Luis Angel Delgadillo 118
Julio Cesar Juarez 126 vs. Sebastian Diaz 126
Javier Sanchez 119 vs. Pedro Castillo 114
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing
Big fight card on tap for May 30 at the O2 Arena in London. WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares will defend his title against Kevin Mitchell, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich defends his title against Lee Selby, and unbeaten heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua faces Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson in their rescheduled encounter. Olympic gold medal hero Joshua also has a fight scheduled in Newcastle on April 4 ahead of the May 30 clash.
“This is a huge night for British boxing and today’s announcement is just the beginning,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I’m delighted to deliver shots for Kevin and Lee in the UK and they have every chance of becoming world champions on May 30. Linares is an incredible fighter, a three-weight world ruler, but Kevin has been exceptional with us and I truly believe he is going to do it. Lee has been virtually punch-perfect over the last few years but now it’s his moment against one of the best fighters in the division in Gradovich. Kevin is a big step for Anthony Joshua and signifies his first real challenge in the pro ranks, he brings personality and attitude as well as plenty of ring craft – I’m buzzing for this show already and fans can expect plenty of other major announcements for the card.”
By David Finger
Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Goldenboy Promotions
For a fighter as popular and well liked as Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) there certainly was an easier road to a world title fight. But if there is anything we have learned about Gomez after an exciting career that has thus far spanned nearly fourteen years it is this: he has never shied away from a challenge. Gomez is looking to position himself for one more title fight in 2015, and he is not afraid to get his hands dirty on the way to the top as he takes on hard punching Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) tomorrow at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
HASEGAWA TO MAKE A RISKY COMEBACK
Former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), 34, will make a comeback against strong criticisms and face unbeaten Mexican, WBC#9 super-bantam Horacio Garcia (29-0, 21 KOs), ten years his junior, in Kobe, Japan, on May 9. It was announced by Shinsei Promotions presided by Masato Yamashita. Asked why he dares to meet such a dangerous youngster, Hasegawa replied, “I don’t like to fight an easy opponent but a strong foe that will test my current power, which will certainly motivate me to work hard.” Having been demolished by Kiko Martinez in quest of the IBF 122-pound belt at stake in April of the previous year, Hasegawa, after a one-year hiatus, will risk his fistic future against the up-and-coming Mexican handled by Canelo Promotions. Good luck, ex-champ. (more…)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
Here are quotes from Wednesday’s final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s all-German WBA world light heavyweight championship clash between champion Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) and #1 challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany.
Juergen Braehmer: Krasniqi is a young ambitious fighter who wants to take my title away from me. But that’s not going to happen. As always, I will defeat my opponent and retain my title.”
[On the possibility of an early KO] “Sometimes a single punch is all it takes. Whether this comes in the first round or twelfth round, it’s impossible to predict at this level. But when the opportunity does come, I will take it!”
Robin Krasniqi: “This is the most important fight of my life! A win on Saturday would change everything and I can write sports history. I would be the first professional boxing world champion from Munich and Bavaria and also in the countries where I come from, Kosovo and Albania.
[On his unsuccessful attempt at the WBO belt in 2013] “That opportunity may have come to soon for me. But now, I’m ready for the perfect match!” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“I think after this fight I’m going down to 168 and stay at that weight for one or two years rather than move to 175 right now,” former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. told reporters yesterday. “I don’t think my body is 175. Now my body is 168, but after one year off that’s why we’re fighting at 172.”
Junior said he’s going to make 172 for sure because otherwise he’d have to pay $100,000 per pound if he’s heavy. “I’ve never been more than 172 in a fight. The only fight at 172 was with Bryan Vera the first fight. In all my career, in all my championship bouts I never missed 160, and I don’t know why I’d miss 172. I never missed making weight in 12 years. I don’t have a problem. If he doesn’t make the weight, maybe we’ll have $100,000.”
Fanfara said he expects to make the weight also.
“I’m a light heavyweight fighter,” said Fonfara. “Because I’m fighting with Chavez, that’s why we have that catch weight, that’s why I go down….it’s not tough for me to go two or three pounds down. When I fought Stevenson last year I was 173.”
Chavez and Fonfara collide on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, live on Showtime.
Local unbeaten and ShoBox alumni Abel Ramos (10-0-2, 6KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona will face Luis Alberto Pelayo (11-5, 7 KOs) of Mexico this Friday. Ramos opened a lot of eyes with his valiant effort vs fellow unbeaten Maurice Hooker on ShoBox about a year ago. Ramos closed the fight strongly to salvage a draw. Ramos and Pelayo were originally to have fought last month in Los Angeles. They will now square off at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, in Glendale, Arizona. The show will be promoted by Fighthard Promotions (Rigo Ledezma and Sonny Gutierrez). The bout will be a special six round featured attraction at a contracted max weight of 142 pounds. (more…)
This could have been a different conversation. If things went well for Amanda Nunes in rounds two and three of her UFC 178 bout against Cat Zingano, we might have been talking about her as the top contender for the women’s bantamweight crown, or perhaps even as champion if she, and not Zingano, got the February crack at Ronda Rousey’s title . . click here for more
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Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius’ agent Kari Uoti has informed the organizers of GIGA Estonian Boxing Night, that the Åland Islands Court decided to dismiss Sauerland Event’s claims and the therefore Helenius has no obstacles stepping into the ring in Tallinn, Estonia on Saturday. According to Uoti, Sauerland issued a claim to prevent Helenius from fighting in Tallinn, but the Åland Islands Court did not see a reason to institute the proceedings.
Helenius arrived in Tallinn on Monday and will appear in the ring today for a press workout. Also, today is the day everybody will get to see Helenius’ opponent Hungarian Andras Csomor, as well as WBO Europe middleweight champion Artur Akavov and his opponent Davit Makaradze. (more…)
The MGM Grand Garden Arena as witness to the Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown May 2.
Manny Pacquiao’s reaction to Floyd Mayweather’s wood-chopping.
“No room for error,” says Freddie Roach on Pacquiao.
Two week deadline for Carl Frampton to accept Scott Quigg offer.
By Karl Freitag
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is expected to make an announcement shortly on who his opponent will be on June 6 in New York City. According to some sources, IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage is the opponent, either way it should be official soon.
Here’s another reason to be at the Forum in Inglewood, California on May 16. WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) says he will be defending on that card against former world champion Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs). Of course, the main event is WBA/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) against Willie Monroe Jr (19-1, 6 KOs).
Popular lightweight contender Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) has announced via social media that he will face Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO title on May 1. The bout is expected to take place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the eve of the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight.
Th WBA has announced that the camps of WBA cruiserweight champion Dennis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) and interim champ Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs) have reached an agreement thus avoiding a purse bid. The fight will take place on April 10 in Moscow, Russia.
A WBO purse bid is scheduled for March 24 in Hungary for the WBO cruiserweight title clash between champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) and mandatory challenger Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs). Minimum bid is $300,000.
Photos: Joel Colon/PRBBP
Roman “Rocky” Martinez trained today for the media in Puerto Rico focused in his new title shot against WBO junior lightweight champion, Orlando “Siri” Salido, in “The War”, to be held on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Zanfer Promotions which will be broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs), who reigned twice in the WBO junior lightweight division, works every day with his coach Raul “Papo” Torres at the Dorado Municipal Gym, where they worked also with trainer Freddy Trinidad.
“This has been the best training of my career. I know that I will face a strong rival, who comes to fight, who falls and rises, so I have to be in the best condition,” Martinez said after his training. “I’m getting ready to win by knockout or decision. If he drops and I don’t knock him out, I’ll be ready to win by decision.” (more…)
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) and former world title challenger Andzrej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) participated in an international media conference call Wednesday to discuss their Showtime-televised fight on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “I feel great right now and 172 is no problem for me. I am in the gym working hard on my skills. I am pretty confident. I’m ready to win another world title…I’m doing more physical training than I’ve ever done and I’m going to be in great shape.”
“It feels great to get back in the ring. I have a tough fight in front of me and that’s all I’m focused on right now.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr: “I did not want this fight for my son. Fonfara is very strong. But Julio wants to show how good he is”
Andrzej Fonfara: “I’m ready for Chavez. I always train hard. When I go to the gym, I give it my all…I lost the fight to Adonis Stevenson, but I showed my heart and skill. I’ve trained much harder and I’m a better boxer now.”
Sounds like Sauerland Event has put the brakes on the planned comeback of unbeaten former European heavyweight champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The 31-year-old Helinius, once considered a possible threat to heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, has been out of the ring for two years in a bitter contract dispute with the Germany-based promotional company. It was announced that 6’6 Helenius would resume his career in a six-rounder against Andras Csomor (11-4-1, 9 KOs) under the EST Promotions banner, however, today Sauerland tweeted:
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