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WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir wants to reclaim the WBC title formerly held by brother Vitali Klitschko. “It is of course my goal is bring the WBC title back to the Klitschko family,” Wlad told BILD. However first he has to make mandatory defenses of his WBO and IBF titles against Alex Leapai and Kubrat Pulev, as Wlad does not plan to relinquish any of the heavyweight titles he holds. After that, probably in the Fall, Wlad can take aim at whoever holds the WBC belt.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Mike Tyson has come full circle.
Once universally feared and reviled, “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” who infamously threatened to eat another fighter’s children, finds himself back in the public consciousness with his one-man stage show, autobiography and HBO Special “Undisputed Truth.” However, it is in his newfound role as boxing promoter for Deerfield Beach FL-based Iron Mike Promotions that Tyson truly seems at home. Tyson spent Tuesday afternoon at the brand new gym within the former Acquinity Sports headquarters catching up with his young, talented stable of fighters.
Tyson witnessed some tough training from the likes of newly-signed Erickson Lubin, the eighteen- year old whose recent signing to Iron Mike Promotions ruffled feathers with Team USA Boxing. However, it became immediately apparent Tyson was here to impart invaluable knowledge, teaching Lubin the intricacies of the bobbing style that allowed Tyson to become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time. (more…)
On Saturday, December 28, UFC 168 will feature two highly-anticipated rematches, as Chris Weidman battles Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey takes on Miesha Tate. If we’re lucky, these showdowns will join the ten return bouts below as two of the best in UFC history . . . Click here for more at UFC.com.
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Ievgen Khytrov 165 vs. Christian Nava 166
Michael Chudecki 135.5 vs. Joshua Nieves 136.5
Peter Reyes 159 vs. Ruben Ortiz 161
Jarrell Miller 266 vs. Sylvester Barron 235
Dimash Niyazov 137 vs. Rapahel Luna 139
Akil Aguste 160 vs. Jermaine king 161
Stevens Bujaj 199 vs. Mike Bissett 196
Glenford Nickey 133 vs. Rigoberto Miranda 131
Wesley Ferrer 135 vs. Richard bonds 137
Promoters: Star Of David Promotions & Fight Promotions Inc.
Venue: Webster Hall
1st Bell: 7pm
Bantamweight Stuart Hall has said he is prepared to go through hell in order to reign victorious in his hunt for world title glory this weekend. Hall makes his bid for the vacant IBF crown against the seasoned South African Vusi Malinga on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The British bantamweight champion is looking to end the year on a high for British boxing, and has admitted that he will do whatever is necessary to make sure he achieves a lifelong ambition by winning the IBF world title.
“I can’t believe that the time is near at hand,” admitted Hall. “I’ve been working and preparing for this opportunity for so long and to get the chance of getting my hands on a world title is a dream come true. I’m ready for this fight and whatever it takes, even if it means going through hell and back, then I’m willing to do that. I have everything in my favour and feel this is my time now, I want to go out there and do myself and the country proud,” he said. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Bobby Gunn 195.3 vs. Glenn Johnson 193.5
Miguel Cartagena 112 vs. Eduardo Valenzuela 114.9
Eric Newell 257.5 vs. Mark Rideout 248
Dante Selby 215.5 vs. Randy Easton ***
Travis Thompson 135.7 vs. Julius Leegrand 132
***Randy Easton will weigh in at 9AM
Venue: Sands Casino Bethlehem
Promoter: XFE Promotions
Matchmaker: Don Elbaum
By Ron Jackson
Thabiso Moorosi knocked out defending champion Mfundo Gwayana in the fourth round to win the South African junior flyweight title and also the vacant WBF Intercontinental light flyweight belt at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Monday. Gwyana 17-7-3; 8 from Mdantsane was making the first defence of his SA title that he won in October this year. Moorosi 8-3-2; 6 from Ficksburg in the Free State who is ranked at number seven by Boxing SA dominated from the opening bell before he scored the knockout at 1 minute 49 seconds into the fourth round.
Heavyweight great Evander Holyfield calls amateur great Mary Kom “great, amazing.” More
A June 7 showdown between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez is in the works for New York City. More
“I’m not in boxing for profile and fame,” says Brit Frankie Gavin. More
Tax issues and a U.S. fight in April has Manny Pacquiao sending adviser Mike Koncz to the states. More
Faryal Makhdoom, wife to Amir Khan, shows off her baby bump. More
Adam Berlin – the brother of boxing attorney David Berlin – recently won the prestigious Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for his novel Both Members of the Club, a story of friendship and ambition and violence set against the world of boxing. The main character is Billy Carlyle, a professional fighter who cuts too easily and is starting to lose. Berlin’s novel has already received praise from ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas, sports writer Mark Kriegel and award winning boxing writer Tom Hauser. For more visit http://adamberlin.com/ or buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Both-Members-Club-Adam-Berlin/dp/1937875474
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as a man of peace; heroically pushing the U.S. forward towards racial equality. Next month, the country celebrates Martin Luther King Day on January 20th. In Miami, Tiburon Promotions brings a spirited January 18th boxing card to Casino Miami Jai Alai filled with fighters who left oppressive circumstances in their home countries to hold America true to her promise of “…liberty and justice for all.”
The fights will be headlined by thirty-year old former Golden Gloves champion light heavyweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) looking to continue his six-fight win streak in the scheduled ten-round main event. Augustama, now ranked number seven in the USBA, takes on Thomas Brown (14-4-2, 8 KOs) of South Carolina.
The co-main event showcases the very busy twenty-year old Cuban super bantamweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (9-0-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six-round contest for his fifth fight this year alone. Socarras, fresh off a first-round knockout victory last Saturday night, squares off against Jamal “The Mailman” Parram (7-9-1, 5 KOs). (more…)
An arm injury has forced Wanzell Ellison (9-0-1, 5 KOs) to withdraw, forcing the cancelation of his scheduled 10-round main event fight this Friday night against undefeated beaten junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz, Jr. (13-0, 11 KOs), on the SMS Promotions-presented “Big Apple Boxing” card at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York. The 10-round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) junior welterweight title, matching undefeated Amir “Young Master” Imam (11-0, 10 KOs) against Mexican veteran Sergio “Sirenito” Perez (28-15, 9 KOs), has been elevated to the main event.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the LA Times that former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto likely is headed toward a clash with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on June 7 in New York City on the weekend of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. “I’m optimistic that fight is going to happen. It isn’t done yet, but there’s some magic in Miguel fighting in the New York area that weekend,” Arum told The Times. Cotto has passed on a proposed March fight with Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas. The WBC has mandated that Martinez defend against Marco Antonio Rubio next, but with Martinez out of action since April with injuries, Rubio may fight for an interim belt instead.
The Texas Boxing Commission is now analyzing video of the fight which some say shows Maidana taking what looks like a pill during the WBA welterweight championship fight last Saturday. The rules are so strict …even water needs to be tested prior to a fight before the boxer can consume it. Pills and any other substance for that matter are off limits. Broner — who was previously undefeated — says the loss hasn’t shattered his ego … he’s confident the investigation will prove Maidana cheated. We’re told the boxing commission will reveal the results of the investigation in 1-2 days.
Showtime Sports continued with significant gains in viewership on its flagship series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Dec. 14, drawing 1.3 million viewers to an action-packed main event featuring the welterweight world championship, Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana. The dramatic bout, the final match on the 2013 boxing calendar, is a late contender for boxing’s coveted Fight of the Year honor.
The audience performance during the main event ranks as the third-highest audience on record for live boxing on Showtime since the network began tracking individual bouts in 2009.
The average viewership across the entire event, a four-fight, four-hour telecast, brings the series’ 2013 average up 24 percent and a remarkable 64 percent over 2011. (more…)
By Robert Coster
In an interesting night of boxing Monday night at the Casa de los Clubes in Santo Domingo, Dominican, WBA #8 lightweight Argenis Lopez (19-0, 7 KOs) displayed some power his fans are not accustomed to see in a two round blow-out of countryman Ricardo Veras (17-6, 14 KOs). Lopez scored a knockdown in the first round with a well-timed uppercut but Veras was able to beat the count. In the second round, Argenis ended the fight with a short right cross that sent his opponent to the canvas for the full count. With this victory, Lopez retains his WBA Fedelatin title.
On the undercard, in the junior middleweight class, unbeaten Kazakhstan Olympian Kanat Islam (16-0, 14 KOs) had his hands full with game local fighter Baslio Silva (17-12, 15 KOs). Silva showed no respect for the favored visitor and the fight turned into a give-and-take battle royale that had the fans on their feet. Islam was cut over the right eye in the fourth round and had to dig deep to finally get the better of Silva, forcing the referee to stop the fight in the seventh round as the exhausted Dominican was no longer able to protect himself against the Kazakh boxer’s powerful punches.
There were 10 other interesting bouts on the card featuring young boxers versus veterans. Promoters were Manguita Promotions and Shuan Boxing.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Promoter Gary Shaw, president of Gary Shaw Promotions and promoter of heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings spoke about the mouth-watering January 25 HBO clash between unbeaten 29-year-old Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) and unbeaten 25-year old Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) in the MSG Theater.
“This fight was about putting two exciting, undefeated fighters on HBO, in Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Szpilka brings an undefeated record, big heart, charisma and fanatical Polish fans. Jennings brings hard work, dedication, mental toughness…and #4 WBC heavyweight ranking. It means a lot when you realize that after the WBC decision. The heavyweight throne is empty,” said Shaw in a Fightnews.com interview. (more…)
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-1, 18 KOs) will return against Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights January 31st at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, NJ. The 39-year-old Erdei is coming off his first career loss, a split decision against Denis Grachev last March in Monte Carlo. After dethroning Julio Gonzalez for the WBO light heavyweight title in 2004, Erdei made 11 successful world title defenses. Erdei then dethroned Giacobbe Fragomeni for the WBC cruiserweight title in 2009, but gave up that title without defending it. He has been relatively inactive since.
In the co-feature, unbeaten super bantamweight Luis Rosa (15-0, 7 KOs) meets Jorge Diaz (17-2, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder.
A press conference was held on Monday at Taras Bulba Restaurant in New York City in conjunction with Wednesday night’s fight card at Webster hall that will feature the pro debut of former amateur world champion Ievgen Khytrov, who will make his long awaited professional debut when he takes on Romon Bareber in a six round super middleweight bout. The much heralded Khytrov was a 2012 Olympian from Ukraine and has been been compared to WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin due to his prodigious punching power. Ievgen has been training at the legendary Gleason’s Gym under the of eye of the trainer of champions, Buddy McGirt. Barber has a record of 4-6 with 3 KOs. (more…)
Lee Selby will face Rendall Munroe for the vacant European Featherweight title at the top of Matchroom Sport’s card at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on February 1. Selby will also defend his British title in the Welsh capital, on a show which also sees Gavin Rees in a domestic dust-up with former British Super Featherweight champion Gary Buckland, who steps up to Lightweight for the clash.
Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua fights in the fourth time as a professional on the bill, with Dorian Darch providing opposition for the exciting Heavyweight.
The undercard will also feature Erick Ochieng vs. Dale Evans, Welsh Middleweight Kerry Hope, Liverpool’s Thomas Stalker, Prizefighter Light Welterweight champion Chris Jenkins, Jason Cook and Tony Pace.
Delfine Persoon secured her WBC lightweight fight against champion Erica Annabella Farias by stopping Lucia Morelli @ 1:19 in the 10th and last round of their WIBF/WBF/WIBA title fight last Friday in Gent, Belgium. Morelli was down in round 6 and 9 and Persoon was deducted a point for hitting when Morelli was down in the 9th. Boxrec World #1 lightweight Delfine Persoon, and by far the best European female lightweight, will now take a rest and then fully concentrate on Farias, a bout which will take place in March-April in Belgium with Hedi Slimani on the undercard for the WBC Mediterranean title.
The day after Myriam Delhalle won a hairline 96-95 unanimous decision against strong Italian Anita Torti in Aulnay, France. The fight was a war from the beginning till the end and both girls had their moment. It was very close and many rounds hard to score and as the result could have gone either way, a rematch would be justified. Delhalle won the vacant WBC International lightweight title.
As one of the top tight ends in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Marcedes Lewis isn’t one to get star struck too often, if at all. But then UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell walked into one of his MMA training sessions with FOX’ NFL insider (and UFC analyst) Jay Glazer and all bets were off . . . Click here for more at UFC.com.
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Boxing on U.S. television has wrapped up 2013 in spectacular fashion with twelve consecutive weeks of big fights every weekend.
Here is a look at the schedule for early 2014 (with more events to be announced):
January 3 / ESPN2 / Minneapolis, MN
Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bathelemy
January 10 / ESPN2 / Tacoma, WA
Arash Usmanee vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez
January 17 / Showtime / Memphis, TN
Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis
January 18 / HBO / Montreal
Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute
January 24 / NBC Sports Network / Atlantic City
Curtis Stevens vs. Patrick Majewski
January 24 / Fox Sports 1 / Indio, Calif
Cornelius Bundrage vs. Joey Hernandez
January 24 / ESPN2 / Shelton, WA
Javier Molina vs. Kendall Holt
January 25 / HBO / New York City
Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos
Bryant Jennings vs. Artur Szpilka
January 25 / Showtime / Washington DC
Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean
January 25 / No USA TV / Stuttgart, Germany
Marco Huck vs. Firat Arslan
January 29 / No USA TV / Brisbane, Australia
Anthony Mundine vs. TBA
January 30 / Fox Sports 1 / Brooklyn
Victor Ortiz vs. Luis Collazo
January 31 / ESPN2 / West Orange, NJ
Elvir Muriqi vs. Zsolt Erdei
February 1 / HBO / Monte Carlo
Gennady Golovkin vs. Osamanu Adama
February 15 / Showtime / Los Angeles
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Abner Mares
Standing 8 Promotions presents The Bud Light Pro Fight 6 Christmas Boxing Bash on Friday at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall at the landmark Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The main event will feature a Texas super welterweight title bout between DFW’s own Texas title holder Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez (11-1, 2 KOs) and challenger Anthony Lenk (14-2, 7 KOs) from Las Vegas.
In addition to the main event, undefeated and hard punching featherweight James DeHerrera (3-0, 3 KOs) battles fellow undefeated Jon Baladez (3-0 1KO) in a four rounder. Other matches include a four round middleweight clash between Joey “Panama Flash” Dunmoodie (5-2-2, 2 KO’s) and Larry Smith (10-18-1, 7 KOs). Two six-round bouts have been added. Tony Lopez (7-0 3 KOs) will go against Robert DeLuz (14-43, 9 KOs) and heavyweight Thanasis Michaloudis (6-0 6 KOs) takes on Tobias Rice (4-9, 2 KOs). Tickets range from $30 to $75. Call 817-335-9000.
The Nordic Fight Night will return to the MusikTeatret in Albertslund, Denmark on February 15. WBO #3/WBA #4/IBF #6/WBC #14 middleweight Patrick Nielsen (21-0, 10 KOs) will headline a show that will also feature his younger brother Micki Nielsen (11-0, 9 KOs). An opponent for the 22-year-old Nielsen is yet to be announced. As always the Nordic Fight Night undercard will feature Danish, Swedish and Norwegian boxing talent.
By Johnny B’
It appears that the State of Illinois has reinstated assistant boxing commissioner Joel Campuzano back in his original position with the Illinois Boxing Commission. Campuzano was put on paid administrative leave in March of 2011 after a series of allegations were made by Illinois referee John O’Brien. None of those complaints were proven and the Illinois Professional Boxing Officials Association (IPBOA) and the Illinois boxing community welcomes Campuzano back with open arms.
Sylvester Stallone is telling the press that he’s both embarrassed and unworthy to have been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. More
Will it be Amir Khan or Manny Pacquiao next up for Floyd Mayweather? More
If it was up to Joe Calzaghe, he’d like to see a Froch-Groves rematch. More
Showtime’s first ShoBox telecast of the year will be on January 17 with unbeaten lightweight Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) against Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) in the main event. Unbeaten jr middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) collide in the opener. Site is the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
By Graham Houston
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
The word “exposed” is over-used in situations such as this. Still, that’s the word that inevitably springs to mind when we think of Adrien Broner’s defeat against Marcos Maidana. I would say that Adrien Broner was exposed to an extent in Saturday’s fight on Showtime, exposed in the sense that he isn’t as good as he seemed to think he was — not even close.
That said, Broner is still, to me anyway, a good fighter. He came back from the rocky first two rounds to back up the more experienced Maidana. He couldn’t maintain the momentum, though. They say with unbeaten fighters that you never know for sure how good they are until they lose. Now we know about Broner.
Broner could hurt opponents as a lightweight. He hasn’t brought that same degree of firing power up in weight with him as a welterweight, unlike, say Roberto Duran, who after a one-fight stopover at junior welter, knocked out the very capable veteran Monroe Brooks in a welterweight fight and knocked down the extremely tough Carlos Palomino. (more…)
Undefeated two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) returns to the stage where he won his first world title 12 months earlier — The Theater at Madison Square Garden — only this time he’ll be defending his second world championship belt in as many weight classes. Garcia will put his WBO junior lightweight title on the line against two-time world title challenger and current #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1,2, 20 KOs). Garcia vs. Burgos will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, Saturday, January 25, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with a 10-round battle between undefeated heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs). (more…)
Walter Johnson Promotions in association with White Gold Promotions presented a seven fight card in Oak Ridge, North Carolina on Saturday. In the main event, Josh Tufte (15-0, 6 KOs) defended his USBO heavyweight championship by boxing beautifully against game Richard Carmack (12-3, 10 KOs). With new trainer Jonathon Banks added to his team, Tufte pitched a near shut out against the heavy handed Carmack. Tufte consistently used his jab both upstairs and down stairs and his combination punching to keep Carmack at bay for the entire fight. Scores were 100-90, 99-91 twice.
Heavyweight Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (30-2-1, 22 KOs) continued his comeback with a first round knockout over normally durable Louis Monaco 17-34. A short left hook at the 2:24 mark of the first round ended it.
In other Action:
Dorsett Barnwell 11-0 UD6 Earl Ladson 15-22 (heavyweight)
Jerry Odem 7-0 TKO1 Marcus Brooks 8-15 (super middleweight)
James Hammortree 4-0 KO1 Judidas Williams 0-3 (heavyweight)
Joe Jones 3-0 KO1 Dominique Winstead 0-4 (light heavyweight)
Kimdo Boykin 7-1 WMD6 Brad Austin 8-12 (heavyweight)
Khan says fight with Mayweather “very close,” hopes for an official announcement “within the next couple of weeks”
By James Slater
Who will superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior fight next? Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Keith Thurman or someone else? Mayweather is set to box again in May and Britain’s Amir Khan seems to be the frontrunner to land the next shot at Floyd. And, as quoted by Sky Sports’ website today, Khan says a fight between he and Mayweather is “very close now.” Khan said he is hoping official confirmation of his big chance will come in a couple of weeks time.
“It’s the fight I’ve always been after and we’re very close now, not too far away,” Khan said. “Hopefully something is going to be announced within the next couple of weeks.” (more…)
VITALI KLITSCHKO: WBC CHAMPION EMERITUS AND CHAMPION OF LIFE!
The WBC is proud and honored to confirm the status of Vitali Klitschko as WBC Heavyweight World Champion Emeritus. Undoubtedly, Vitali has earned that distinction through his actions inside and outside the ring.
Vitali Klitschko is fighting the fight of his life, this time outside the ring. Vitali is showing to the world what is the true heart of a champion by leading his countrymen to battle in the streets in their search of human equality, rights and peace for the great country of the Ukraine.
Vitali Klitschko announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the Ukraine, which election will take place in 2015. Vitali believed he would be able to defend his WBC Heavyweight World Championship, and wanted to do so against the WBC mandatory contender Bermane Stiverne. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
“The only one I want to fight is Mayweather,” Maidana told the press at the airport. “Nothing has been discussed yet. Now we’re going to take a vacation and rest, but the only one that I will go back and fight with is Mayweather.”
“I never feared [Broner] and I showed that I deserve to be part of the biggest events.
“He said that he was going to hit me so much that I would leave speaking English after the fight but it seems to me he’s now speaking Spanish!”
The Board Meeting of the WBC and its president Jose Sulaiman have decided to appoint Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) as Champion Emeritus. The WBC gave its full support to Vitali Klitschko in his political activities in his home country Ukraine and understands that he is unable to defend his title inside the ring in the foreseeable future. Therefore the WBC appointed Klitschko Champion Emeritus and thus gives him the opportunity to decide at a later point whether he wants to resign from professional boxing or fight for the WBC heavyweight title again.
Vitali Klitschko: “I want to thank the WBC and its president Don Jose Sulaiman for the support in our fight for democracy and freedom in the Ukraine. It was and is a great honor to hold the WBC title and I’ve always done it with pride. The offer of the WBC gives me the theoretical possibility to return to the boxing ring which I cannot imagine at all to the current state. Right now, my full concentration is on politics in Ukraine, and I feel that the people need me there. My brother Wladimir will ensure more sporting success and I will – as always – support him as much as he currently supports me in my political fight.”
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