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Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ, 19-year-old prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO ...

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Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Once-beaten world ranked super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday ...

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Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Current WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at the ...

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Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot ...

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Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel Jr welterweight Nery "Pantera" Saguilan (32-4-1, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Boxing News

New opponent for Zepeda on UniMas

By Karl Freitag

Unbeaten WBO #7 and IBF #12 super lightweight Jose “Chon” Zepeda (22-0, 19 KOs) will now face Orlando Vazquez (15-5-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oceanview Pavillion in Port Hueneme, California. Zepeda was originally slated to face Rafael Cobos. The bout will be televised on Solo Boxeo Tecate and will air on UniMas.

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s “Boxing By The Beach” card will be held Friday at 3:00pm at La Fonda Del Rey Restaurant and Bar (formerly Sugar Beets), located at 455 South A Street in the heart of downtown Oxnard. Boxing fans are invited to attend.



January 15th, 2015



Boxing News

Cotto-Alvarez Update

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could be looking for another opponent for his next fight, which is tentatively scheduled for May 2. We’ve been told that Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya has spoken with Top Rank’s Bob Arum about other potential foes, such as former world champion Timothy Bradley. Alvarez has expressed frustration over WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s unwillingness to commit to the fight, which would be one of the most attractive boxing matchups in 2015.



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Colonna: I expect more, and the Polish Prince can deliver

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Trainer Sam Colonna, who started WBC #4 ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) ever since the “Polish Prince” arrived in the US, discusses with Fightnews.com Fonfara’s plans for 2015 and his expectations. “Fonfara is an elite fighter but the thing that’s holding him back is that he’s cruising through this guys instead just explode. I think that he’s got in him as much as any champion right now. I truly do.”



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Crolla back on his feet, aiming for May return

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig


Lightweight contender Anthony Crolla was forced to pull out of his WBA lightweight title clash with Richar Abril on home turf on January 23 after sustaining a fractured skull and ankle when he chased two burglars who had broken into his neighbors’ house. Crolla’s trainer Joe Gallagher said his fighter was lucky to be alive following the attack, but after leaving hospital and returning home, ‘Million Dollar’ is optimistic he’ll be lacing up the gloves again in the first half of 2015.

“At first we were aiming for July, then we cut it back to June – I honestly think I can be ready for May, late May,” said Crolla. “We’ll see. I really believe that. Because I’ve gone through this and suffered this bit of heartache, I’ll be even more focused than before.” (more…)



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Lundy: Hammerin’ Hank is right here and ready for a world title shot

Photo: Will Paul/CES

Photo: Will Paul/CES


Less than five weeks after his loss to Thomas Dulorme, WBC #4 lightweight “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) will step back into the ring Friday night at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in the 10-round co-feature of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights against hard-hitting Russian Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KOs).

“They think they’re catching me off guard,” Lundy said. “I just fought December 6th on HBO and put on one hell of a performance. I’m looking forward to coming back to ESPN and doing the same thing…Petrov likes to fight on the inside. He likes to come forward and throw a lot of uppercuts and right hands. I’m going to display to the whole world once again that ‘Hammerin” Hank is right here and ready for a world title shot. After we clean this guy up, we can’t denied.” (more…)



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Happy 50th Birthday Bernard Hopkins

Photo: Greg Gorman

Ring legend Bernard Hopkins is known by many names – “The Executioner,” “The Alien” and “B-Hop” to name a few. Beginning today, he will have yet another moniker – “50-year-old.” This is an important milestone in the life of the future Hall of Famer. He is celebrating a birthday that for most athletes comes long after their retirement. It is remarkable that he is not only still active, but just months removed from fighting at the very pinnacle of his sport.

Hopkins is a surefire first ballot addition to the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) when he becomes eligible. His decade-long run as world champion, combined with unifying all of the belts in the division, gives him a claim to being the greatest middleweight of all time. The fact that he put together a second-career that saw him unify light heavyweight titles lends credence to Hopkins’ claims that he is “not of this world.”

“I come from an old school of boxing where you fight the best out there and prove yourself,” said Hopkins. “I want to be an example for the young fighters coming up that in order to be successful in the sport, you have to protect yourself at all times. That means in and out of the ring. I’ve been able to do that as I am still fighting while also celebrating my 50th birthday. This is my testament to success.” (more…)



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Mathews set for title shot against Abril

Lightweight Derry Mathews has been handed a dream world title shot in his home city on March 6th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Mathews will challenge WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril* for the crown alongside Paul Butler’s attempt to win the IBF world super flyweight belt from champion Zolani Tete on Frank Warren’s card that also includes Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Jazza Dickens, Jack Catterall.

Mathews, who won the WBA Continental title in his last fight against Adam Dingsdale in October and is currently ranked number nine with the governing body, said, “It’s a dream come true for me to finally fight for the world title, but to have the opportunity to do it in my home city is unbelievable and I thank Frank Warren, who promised he’d get me a crack at the world title when I rejoined him, for delivering me my chance. Whereas other fighters from the city have had to go overseas for their chances, Frank has got me mine on my own door step and now it’s down to me to deliver the goods on my side and win the title.”

“I’m not underestimating Abril one bit, he’s the world champion, but I’m confident in my own abilities and I believe that I have the tools to end Abril’s reign and take the world title from him. He’s not a huge puncher, he’s 34 now, and I believe that it’s my time to take over.” (more…)



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Stiverne-Wilder public workout pics

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, and undefeated knockout specialist and #1 contender, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., engaged in a public media workout on Wednesday next to the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book in Las Vegas. Joining the two heavyweights were WBC super bantamweight champ Leo Santa Cruz, his challenger Jesus Ruiz and super lightweights Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Amir Imam.

Stiverne and Wilder clash in the most significant world heavyweight title fight in the United States in years on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME.

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January 15th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Boston Fantasy Preview

The city of Boston has been very good to the UFC through two shows in the historic city and the expectations are just as high for the third card landing in Beantown this weekend as featherweight superstar Conor McGregor faces Dennis Siver in the headline bout on Sunday . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Venezuela Friday

By Gabriel F Cordero

Current WBA interim female bantamweight world champion Mayerlin Rivas will defend her crown against Calista Silgado on Friday at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. The event is billed as “The Challenge III” and presented by Jupiter Fight Boxing. Rivas was originally slated to face world titleholder Irma Garcia but Garcia recently suffered a hand injury and instead will be at the event as a TV commentator. Rivas must face Garcia within 120 days.

In the co-feature, local WBA super lightweight world champion Johan Perez returns against Humberto Gutierrez for the NABA welterweight title.

Three-division world champion Jorge “El Niño” Linares will travel to Venezuela especially to attend the event.



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Glen Tapia prepares for first bout in what he calls “a big year.” More

Former British fighter Paul “Silky” Jones gets back into the ring to fight the war on obesity. More

The LA Times on the progress of Mayweather-Pacquiao: More

Boxing commentator Colonel Bob Sheridan on whether Floyd Mayweather remains “unbeatable.” More



January 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Guevara receives WBC Belt in Mexico

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By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented WBC light flyweight world champion Pedro Guevara with his green belt at the weekly meeting at the Martes de Cafe. “Let me kiss my belt,” said Guevara. “Thanks to everyone who believed in me. Today my biggest dream is true, a goal that I set the first time I set foot in a boxing gym.” Guevara is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and hopes to defend his title shortly with an eye on becoming one of the big stars of Mexican boxing.



January 14th, 2015

UFC

Reebok partners with featherweight contender Conor McGregor

Continuing to empower fitness enthusiasts around the world through its tough fitness approach, Reebok announces today its partnership with UFC featherweight contender, Conor McGregor. The signing follows the recent announcement of Reebok’s groundbreaking partnership with the UFC, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, and builds upon the global fitness brand’s impressive roster of UFC athletes which includes UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, and former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks amongst others. (more…)



January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Alvarado-Rios Media Day

Photos: Michael V. Ornelas/Top Rank

Just 10 days before they write the final chapter of their epic trilogy, former world champions and co-stars of one this era’s most intense and exciting boxing rivalries, Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios of Oxnard, Calif., met with the media Wednesday at a media workout at Alvarado’s Denver-based gym. Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) and Rios (32-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., who each own a victory in the series — both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013 — discussed the upcoming Alvarado-Rios 3, which is scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight championship on the line.

Taking place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO, Alvarado-Rios 3 will be televised live on HBO, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance — the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

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January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Kovalev, Pascal NYC press conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events

WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) and Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), along with their camps, addressed the U.S. media at a special press conference in New York City in advance of their HBO-televised March 14 fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Sergey Kovalev: For me, it doesn’t matter where I fight. A true champion fights everywhere….I never say I will win. I never say never because this is boxing. Anything can happen.

Jean Pascal: This fight was a easy fight to make because titles, money comes and goes. History don’t….I know the odds are 4:1, but I love to be the underdog.

In the co-featured IBF heavyweight eliminator, Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) faces unbeaten Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 KOs).

Steve Cunningham: I’m finally getting on HBO. I’ve been fighting for 14 years and I finally gave up fighting on HBO or Showtime….we’ve built up some steam now and I’m excited and happy that I’m going to be on HBO finally.

Vyacheslav Glazkov: Cunningham is a great fighter and this will be his last chance. I want to show that I’m better.

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January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Thurman-Guerrero, Broner-Molina official

By Karl Freitag

The new Al Haymon boxing series “Premier Boxing Champions” was officially announced at a press conference this morning in New York City.

The opening show is on March 7 is WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina in the co-feature. That NBC show will be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

On April 11, NBC will televise Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson in a jr welterweight unification clash. Site is TBA.

PBC boxers will be subject to year round random drug testing.

Overall there will be 20 “PBC on NBC” telecasts in 2015.

5 Saturday primetime shows on NBC
6 Saturday afternoon shows on NBC
9 Saturday primetime shows on NBCSN



January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Naoya Inoue Named Japan’s Boxer of the Year

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Newly crowned, unbeaten two-class world champ in only eight professional bouts, WBO junior bantam kingpin Naoya Inoue, just 21, was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by Japan Boxing Commission and Sports Writers Club. Inoue, in the amazing 2014, seized the WBC 108-pound belt by disposing of Adrian Hernandez in his sixth bout in April and jumped up two categories to dethrone formidable WBO defending titlist Omar Narvaez in just two sessions last December. Inoue was also rendered Knockout award thanks to his three KO wins in as many games—all with the world title at stake in the previous year.

His title-winning fight with Narvaez was elected Fight of the Year due to the shockingly quick demolition by the enfant terrible. Inoue, trained by his father, took only three holidays after his triumph over Narvaez and returned to his routine gym work at Ohashi Gym as usual. The sensational champ may grow stronger and smarter. (more…)



January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Interview: Lucas Browne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #5, WBA #5, WBC #7 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) has targeted the vacant WBA interim title now that Luis Ortiz will be stripped for taking performance enhancing drugs. Browne also predicts that Bermane Stiverne will defeat Deontay Wilder for WBC title in Las Vegas on Saturday but is confident he can beat both heavyweights. Big Daddy talks about his stoppage win over Chauncy Welliver in November and mentions that Hughie Fury has a tough opponent in Andriy Rudenko in February. Lucas talks about attending the recent WBC convention in Las Vegas where he met many boxing greats including Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler and Oscar de la Hoya and was also presented with an award.



January 14th, 2015

UFC

Lorenz Larkin: Time To Be The Big Guy

The first emotion is concern as Lorenz Larkin describes his cut from middleweight to welterweight for Sunday’s bout against John Howard in a low, somewhat defeated voice . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Braehmer-Krasniqi set for March 21

By Karl Freitag

WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) will defend his title against top-rated challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) on March 21. The bout will take place in Rostock, Germany and be televised on SAT.1. This will be Braehmer’s fourth defense of the title.



January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

More Boxing Buzz

According to multiple reports, the long awaited clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is getting closer to fruition. Both sides have apparently agreed on terms including the venue and drug testing and now it’s up to HBO and Showtime to hash out the PPV details.

Warriors Boxing has signed undefeated Mobile, Alabama, light heavyweight Michael Seals (18-0, 14 KOs).

WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee will probably make his first defense in Dublin, Ireland. Likely dates are March 14 or 21.

Looks like the March 7 Al Haymon show on NBC will feature WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina. Nothing wrong with those fights.

Congratulations to Fightnews.com Feature Writer Matt Richardson who has been elected VP of the Boxing Writers Association of America.



January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

How many days did Manny Pacquiao report to Congress in 2014? Four

Former champ Ricky Hatton to be a guest speaker at Pirelli Stadium. More

Dmitriy Salita goes from boxer to promoter. More

How much of a menace is American heavyweight Deontay Wilder? More



January 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Stiverne-Wilder Grand Arrivals

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Stiverne vs. Wilder fight week is officially here as WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne, undefeated #1 challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, Hall of Fame promoter Don King, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz and all the fighters on the Showtime tripleheader this Saturday made their grand arrivals at MGM Grand this afternoon.

Here’s what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:

Bermane Stiverne: “I really don’t feel any emotions towards Deontay Wilder. The most important thing is for me to defend my world title. All the trash talking that he does doesn’t worry me. He doesn’t have anything that I want. I am the champ. This is fighting, this is boxing, this is for real. I keep my concentration on the fight. We trained like he was the champion. We didn’t talk about his past experience. We trained like he has gone 12 rounds before. I’m here to fight for the people. I fight to inspire people anywhere in the world, that’s my responsibility since I am the world champion.”

Deontay Wilder: “I need to let this beast inside of me out. I am so ready for this fight. We are bringing back the heavyweight division. Once I knock this guy out it will be on to the next guy for me. He will definitely go down, I’m going to hurt him bad. He has never faced someone with my athletic skills. My athleticism alone is going to hurt him. There is no better place to have a fight of this magnitude than in Las Vegas. The fight will be explosive, exciting and I will be bringing this heavyweight belt back to America. When you have so much animosity towards someone it makes for a great fight. Everything that I’ve said about him and all he has said about me will be settled on Saturday.” (more…)



January 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Report: NBC to televise 11 boxing cards

The New York Times has announced details of the upcoming Haymon Boxing series on NBC and NBC Sports. The series will commence March 7. The NBC network will televise eleven shows, with nine additional shows on NBCSN. Haymon Boxing is purchasing the time on the networks. Among the fighters as headed to NBC as listed by the Times are Adrien Broner, John Molina, Robert Guerrero, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Al Michaels and Sugar Ray Leonard are named as part of the broadcast crew.



January 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Ayala ready for comeback fight

Elvin Ayala took some time away from boxing following a devastating loss at the hands of Curtis Stevens in January of 2013. Looking back on it, Ayala says he should’ve taken that hiatus long before the bell rang. “Mentally, I just wasn’t there,” Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs) said Tuesday, just four days before his return to the ring on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The 33-year-old Ayala, a former world-title challenger living and fighting out of New Haven, Conn., appeared on the surface to have everything a contender could ask for — a loyal manager, promoter, adoring fans, a hard-working training staff and a steady source of income, but as the expectations continued to rise he found himself trapped in a world where he was constantly chasing dollars instead of his dream. (more…)



January 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Browne takes aim at WBA interim belt

Unbeaten heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) believes he should be given a shot at the WBA interim heavyweight title or even regular champion Ruslan Chagaev in the wake of the Luis Ortiz doping scandal. Browne is ranked number five by the WBA, but with Bryant Jennings likely to face Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin and Tyson Fury exploring options with other sanctioning bodies, the hard-hitting Aussie is the highest available contender.

“I’m so close to landing a huge fight, I can almost touch it,” Browne said. “I’m crossing my fingers that I’m going to land a title fight early this year and I’ll make sure that I grab the opportunity with both hands, if it eventuates. (more…)



January 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Names of 17 boxing weight divisions unified

The WBC and the WBA have agreed to having the same names for all 17 weight divisions, and final confirmation is pending from the IBF. This move is designed to eliminate the different names currently used for many divisions which create confusion among fans, commissions, media, and all involved in the boxing industry.

Official Names for Boxing Weight Divisions in 2015

1. Minimumweight
2. Light Flyweight
3. Flyweight
4. Super Flyweight
5. Bantamweight
6. Super Bantamweight
7. Featherweight
8. Super Featherweight
9. Lightweight
10. Super Lightweight
11. Welterweight
12. Super Welterweight
13. Middleweight
14. Super Middleweight
15. Light Heavyweight
16. Cruiserweight
17. Heavyweight



January 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Jung turns tables on Kim, captures Korean super bantamweight crown

By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

The George Foreman of Korean boxing, “Thomas” (Kyunghoon) Lee—who became Korean Middleweight Champion in 2005 at the age of 40—ushered in the Korean fistic New Year by promoting the first bouts of the year near his home base in Chuncheon, where he owns and operates three “Art Boxing” gyms. As the name of his gym suggests, Mr. Lee—also an eminent trainer and manager—emphasizes skill, imagination and technique in his instruction and promotion of pugilism. Thanks to his promotional efforts, fans here in Gapyeong were treated to an inspiring display of fistic passion and craft. (more…)



January 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Nielsen can claim WBC Intl belt on February 7

Unbeaten cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) can claim his first major regional title when he faces Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) for the WBC International title on February 7 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Nielsen impressed in his last outing, dominating former world title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo to score a unanimous points victory.

“This will be a tough test, but one I’m ready for,” said Nielsen. “Winning the WBC International title would be the perfect start to the New Year. I want to be the best and challenge for world titles. This is the next step for me! I can’t afford to take anything for granted. Dos Santos is a strong opponent, with a good record, but I’m confident that I have what it takes to win. I will work hard in the gym, and I know my coach Joey Gamache will come up with the perfect game plan. (more…)



January 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Hughie Fury returns Feb 21 against Rudenko

Rising heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury aims to make up for recent inactivity with an impressive performance against Ukrainian puncher Andriy Rudenko February 21 in Monte Carlo on the undercard of Golovkin-Murray. Hughie, cousin of Tyson, has been sidelined since May due to illness, but is now back firing on all cylinders and ready for the biggest test of his 14-bout professional career.

“I’m just delighted to be back training and to have a big fight on the horizon,” the 20-year-old said. “The last eight months have absolutely killed me really. I’ve spent my days doing nothing and just getting really bored. I was basically watching films all the time. I was out of the gym completely. All I could do was swim. I had to stick to the medication and do exactly as I was told. (more…)



January 13th, 2015




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