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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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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

Boxing News

Mayhem: Mayweather-Maidana 2 roundtable

By Rocky Morales

Saturday afternoon at the Carson Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA, Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz and Alfredo Angulo met with the media to discuss their upcoming bouts on the September 13th “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ event to be shown by Showtime PPV.

Here’s what they had to say… (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boytsov set to return Aug 30 after Leapai disaster: “It was embarrassing to lose against such a man”

Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KOs) returns August 30 against Timur Musafarov (6-1, 5 KOs) in the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westfalen, Germany. The bout will be Boytsov’s first fight under trainer Karsten Röwer and his first fight since his upset loss to Alex Leapai last November. “I’m still ashamed of myself for what happened at the end of 2013,” said Boytsov. “I had this objective in mind the whole time: Klitschko vs. Boytsov.” Boytsov claims he wasn’t completely recovered from a knee injury that for forced the fight with Leapai to be postponed for one month. “This was just bad luck. But I didn’t want to make excuses right after the fight. Nevertheless, it was embarrassing to lose against such a man.” (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Jesse Magdaleno

22 year old super bantamweight, Jesse Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KO’s) has created quite a buzz with his impressive performances inside the ring. Magdaleno, considered a blue chip prospect right out of the amateurs, is looking forward to a future full of world title belts and great boxing moments.

Magdaleno, promoted by Top Rank, spoke to us from his home base in Las Vegas where he shared his thoughts on his career and hopes.

Why did you choose boxing as a profession?

I started out as a soccer player and I loved it, but once I got into boxing, I knew this was the sport for me. I like being in the ring one on one. It’s all on you once you’re in there. I also love the ritual of going to the gym and preparing for battle. I love everything about the sport. (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Vasiliy Lepikhin

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Unbeaten Vasiliy Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) is the new light-heavyweight sensation in the professional boxing world. The Russian destroyer impressively made his debut in the USA on the NBC Sport Network ten days ago, stopping KO artist and world ranked Robert Berridge (24-2-1 20 KO) in five rounds to win the WBO Oriental and PABA belts. Vasiliy spoke exclusively to Fightnews from his motherland Russia.

Mr. Lepikhin, did you expect such a convincing win over Berridge, who was on a nine KO win streak?

I never think before my bouts how I will win. The knockout came by itself. I am always looking for the moment. My tactical composure, since the first bell was to be the first one to attack. (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Photo: Team Beltran

NABO lightweight titleholder “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion Terrance Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) for the world title on November 29 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The bout will headline an HBO telecast.

Crawford is coming from a huge win over previous undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa. Raymundo’s last fight was was a ten round unanimous decision against Arash Usmanee on the undercard of Pacquiao-Bradley 2 back in April. Prior to that, he fought a highly controversial split decision draw with then WBO champion Ricky Burns.



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former champ Vinny Paz talks new movie. More

Kell Brook vs. Floyd Mayweather in 2015? More

Omar Figueroa returns to Brownsville, Texas, undefeated. More

Former Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch heads over to Jay Z’s sports agency. More



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2014

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The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2014, all of who will be honored at a banquet October 3rd at Mystic Lake Casino. The banquet is the fifth annual. Boxers Bobby Rodriguez and Al Andrews were selected in the Hall of Fame’s modern category. Jack Gibbons and King Tut were elected from the Old Timer Category, reserved for those who excelled in the sport before 1945. Jim O’Hara and Jim Morgan, two highly-respected individuals in state boxing for decades, represent the Expanded Category.

The Hall of Fame will honor also this year, for the first time, a fighter and a promoter of the year. This year’s honorees are Caleb Truax as outstanding boxer and Tony Grygelko as the year’s outstanding promoter. (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez must face Afolabi next

Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi has been named the mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation (‘IBF’) to cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez. According to the IBF, the world title bout must take place by December 31, 2014. Hernandez, 29-1-0 (14KO’s), won a split decision over Firat Arslan this past Saturday, August 16 in Erfurt, Germany in the fourth defense of his title.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Solis vs. Thompson II announced for October

2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis will get a “last chance” to work his way back to the top of the world rankings. The Cuban defector who suffered a bad knee injury in the first round of his WBC heavyweight championship bout against Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 lost to US ring veteran Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in his last bout in March 2014. Many fans and experts thought that former amateur standout Solis was done after the majority decision loss. But now the 34-year-old wants revenge and will try to get back at Thompson in an October rematch.

“The contracts are signed, we’re ready to go”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Now Solis has to show what he’s made of. I am sure that he can beat Thompson. But their first bout showed that he needs the right attitude and a lot of stamina to do so. This is the last chance for both men. It’s do or die. After beating Solis, Thompson lost to Carlos Takam. Still both men are rated in the WBC top 15. So the winner can move up the rating and get in line for another world title shot – the loser should probably just retire.” (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Trout returns to the ring Friday

Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) sees action in the main televised boxing match of the week. Trout returns against two-time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3-1 (26 KOs) in the main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. After his career highlight win over Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in December 2012, Trout dropped decisions to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. “Between the rest, dealing with everything from last year, I’m ready to get back to work,” said Trout. “I’m ready to get back to the top.” Trout is trained by Louie Burke and advised by Al Haymon.

The Goossen Promotions fight card will be the final FNF telecast of 2014, other than a special Wednesday night telecast on October 1.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Campillo seeking another fight after near-miss clash with Stevenson

Former world light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) is now looking for another fight after a proposed September 27 world title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson failed to come to fruition. Campillo and Umberto Savigne were the names under discussion until the planned Showtime-telecast was scuttled. The IBF #2, WBC #9 rated Campillo is coming off a career-rejuvenating victory over formerly undefeated Thomas Williams Jr., on August 1.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Surprise: Roc Nation Sports wins WBO purse bid for Quillin-Korobov clash

With a bid of $1.9 million, Roc Nation Sports served notice that they are serious about the fight game, surprisingly winning the right to promote the mandatory defense of WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov. The bid of Roc Nation, represented by Dave Itskowitch, was $1,904,840, outdistancing the bids of Quillin’s promoter Golden Boy ($1,207,000) and Korobov’s promoter Top Rank ($515,000). The fight must take place with 90 days.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Jay Z/Roc Nation Sports to enter boxing

Roc Nation Sports, the sports management company founded by rapper Jay Z that represents a number of athletes in baseball, football and basketball, has hired former DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch and plans to get into the boxing promotion business. The company reportedly already has a promoter’s license in New York and Washington DC.



August 18th, 2014




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