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How far can Inoue go with his size

How far can Inoue go with his size

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi There was a medical exam today (Thursday) for the forthcoming WBO/IBF world title doubleheader in Tokyo, Japan. The ...

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Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions The final press conference for Saturday's clash between WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) ...

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Joshua signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Showtime Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime Networks Inc., to be the exclusive ...

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Mexican challengers Carmona, Tecuapetla arrive in Japan

Photos: Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi Most of company men, in Japan, take ten consecutive holidays from April 29 to May 8, but ...

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Golovkin-Wade, Chocolatito-Arroyo Kickoff Presser

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions

Undefeated superstar and unified WBA and IBF middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (34-0, 31 KO’s) had the press all to himself on Tuesday afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live. GGG’s April 23 opponent, undefeated mandatory contender Dominic “Lights Out” Wade, (18-0, 12 KO’s) of Maryland, wasn’t on hand due inclement weather on the D.C. area.

“You ask why Wade? Because he is undefeated and IBF mandatory. A lot of people are excited for this day,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com®. “I heard he had a good amateur career. I’ve watched some tape on him and I’m ready.”

Golovkin’s trainer “Abel Sanchez added, “I’m glad to be part of a card that promises to be a barn burner. Dominic Wade is a guy I followed in the amateurs. He’s had a slow career, but he’s at that point to be the mandatory. He’s a guy we might not know too much about but I know a lot about him. We are going to prepare like if he’s a champion because he’s coming to fight. Gennady is gonna go to camp and he’s gonna concentrate and try to put on the same kind of show he put up last time here at the Forum.” (more…)



February 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Pacquiao in the spotlight

Gay couples are “worse than animals,” says Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao under attack for homophobic rant

Bible-quoting Pacquiao:I am not condemning anyone but …”

What Pacquiao eats for breakfast



February 17th, 2016


UFC

‘Cowboy’ Oliveira always ready for a fight

Some fighters don’t believe in the concept of “short notice.” Donald Cerrone is the most notable. Another “Cowboy,” Alex Oliveira, is cut from the same cloth, so it was no surprise when the Brazilian accepted a welterweight bout with Cerrone a little over two weeks out from the UFC Fight Night main event in Pittsburgh this Sunday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Santiago defeats Ruiz in a war

Photos: Al Powers/Premier Boxing Champions

WBO #5, IBF #10, WBC #14 bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (21-3-1, 8 KOs) extended his win streak to ten with an entertaining ten round unanimous decision over Erik Ruiz (15-5, 6 KOs) on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. It was a slugfest from the opening bell as Santiago and Ruiz traded shots all the way. When the dust cleared, the scores read 100-90, 99-91, 98-92. Santiago’s workrate made the difference.

A knockdown was the difference as light heavyweight Paul “PPV” Parker (8-1, 4 KOs) won a narrow eight round split decision over Lionell “The Great” Thompson (16-4, 10 KOs). Parker floored Thompson with a right hand in round three and went on to win by scores of 76-75, 76-75 on two cards. Thompson was up 76-75 on the third card.

Super middleweight prospect Lanell “KO” Bellows (15-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round knockout over previously unbeaten Antowyan “Iceman” Aikens (10-1-1, 1 KO). A overhand right dropped Aikens for the count. Time was 2:38.

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February 16th, 2016


Boxing News

Horn vs. Bailey Postponed

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #6, WBO #7, WBA #12 welterweight Jeff Horn (13-0, 8 KOs) has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled March 2nd showdown in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, with former IBF world champion Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) after his larynx was fractured during a sparring session. The contest will be rescheduled for April 27. Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan from Duco Events said, “We believe that Jeff is an absolute sensation and future world champion. He won’t be stepping into the ring until he is completely fit again.”



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Kiko Martinez vows to dethrone WBA featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz

Photo: Sampson Boxing Promotions

Photo: Sampson Boxing Promotions


IBF super bantamweight world champion Kiko “Sensación” Martinez (35-6, 26 KOs) warns not to count him out when he challenges unbeaten, defending WBA featherweight super world champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) on February 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“Some people don’t think I can fight because I lost to those guys [Frampton and Quigg], but they are wrong,” said Martinez, who is an 8:1 underdog in the fight. “I am as determined as ever. I’m going to fight a great fight and come out with a victory…I will surprise many people who don’t believe in me. I’m working so hard for this fight. People doubting me has me even more motivated. They will see on February 27 and everyone will change their minds…Leo and I are true warriors so this will be a brutal war. But I have what it takes. I’ve been working very hard with my longtime trainer, Gaby Sarmiento, and I will be victorious.”

Showtime will televise.



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer and Gutknecht exchange words ahead of WBA world title clash

Photos: Sebastian Heger

Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) and Eduard Gutknecht (29-3-1, 12 KOs) came face-to-face at today’s kick-off press conference ahead of their WBA World Light Heavyweight title fight on March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. They meet for a second time following a memorable European title fight in February 2013, which saw Braehmer take the title from Gutknecht with a closely contested points decision. With the roles reversed and Gutknecht now challenging for Braehmer’s belt, it will be a case of repeat or revenge for the battling German fighters.

Juergen Braehmer: When I returned to boxing at the end of 2012, the plan was to take it slow. We had identified one or two building fights, but then the opportunity came to fight Gutknecht for the European title, and the rest is history! Now, I’m the champion, and I’ve gone from the hunter to the hunted. Eddy deserves his shot, but he will not take my title. The fans in Neubrandenburg will see me claim a second victory over him on March 12.

Eduard Gutknecht: I know I can hurt Juergen, and on March 12, I will fulfil my dream of becoming world champion. I still believe I won our first fight, but that’s water under the bridge. It’s about the here and now, and I’m ready for revenge. photos



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Fonfara: Adonis, get ready for the fight!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I just want to fight one guy: Adonis Stevenson. We’ve had some media, twitter wars but I don’t want to be a bad guy. I won’t say that he’s a bum or something… Stevenson is a WBC champ, the best ranking body in the world and I have respect for him. I just want a rematch because it makes so much sense – he dropped me twice, I drop him once, he won the fight but now I’m better fighter. Let’s say 30 percent better. Adonis, don’t look anywhere else. I’m #2 WBC ranked. I’m right here! See you in the ring,” Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara said in a Fightnews.com interview. Fonfara (28-3, 16 KO) is already training with Sam Colonna in his American home away from home – Chicago.

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February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Zab Judah kicks off new Las Vegas boxing series

The D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), along with Neon Star Media and Roy Englebrecht Promotions, have announced the formation of a new monthly boxing series, “Knockout Night at the D.” The series will take place in the DLVEC open air venue, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.).

The inaugural event, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, will be held inside the DLVEC’s 20,000-square-foot tent and headlined by former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs). The Brooklyn native, now fighting out of Las Vegas, returns to the ring after a two-year break from the sport. He faces Albuquerque, NM junior welterweight Josh “Pitbull” Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. (more…)



February 16th, 2016

UFC

Super Spider: Anderson Silva’s Defining Moments

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a man considered by many to be the best mixed martial arts fighter of all-time, returns to the Octagon on Feb. 27 to battle Michael Bisping in the main event of the biggest UFC FIGHT PASS show yet. Will this London battle earn a spot on the following list of Silva’s defining moments? . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Kassem signs new deal with Team Sauerland

Danish lightweight Rashid ‘The Dream’ Kassem (10-0, 7 KOs) has signed a new long-term contract with Team Sauerland and will be back in action at the Nordic Fight Night on March 19 at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen.

‘’I’m very happy to have signed a new deal with Team Sauerland,’’ said the 24 year-old from Copenhagen. ‘’I want to be the best and to do that I need the best team around me. Team Sauerland are the best promoters out there, and with their help, I know I can become World Champion.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’We’re delighted to continue our work with Rashid. He is one of the most exciting fighters in Danish boxing. If he continues to work hard and climb the rankings, it will only be a matter of time before he is challenging for titles.’’ (more…)



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Kindele – Nikarkhoev new main event in Ghent, Belgium

Bilal Laggoune withdrew from the show scheduled for April 29 in Ghent, Belgium. Former EBU challenger Laggoune was set to make his first fight at lightheavy but withdrew as he needs more time to prepare. Promoter Claude Vanden Heede wasted no time to find another fight. Matingu Kindele, 7-4-0(3), will defend his Belgian supermiddleweight title against undefeated 22 year old Timur Nikarkhoev, 8-0-0(7). Nikarkhoev is the current WBC Youth champion.

On the same show Ismail Abdoul will have his farewell bout. Sasha Yengoyan, Stephen Danyo and Jean Pierre Bauwens will all appear on the undercard. Danyo has 2 fights scheduled before the show in Ghent and Jean Pierre Bauwens might fight Franck Petitjean for the vacant WBC Francophone superlightweight title on March 12 on the huge Levallois, France, show.



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Rigondeaux: Nowhere for Frampton-Quigg winner to hide now

Former unified super-bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and popular Brit Jazza Dickens took questions from the world’s media last night ahead of their highly anticipated showdown on March 12, live and exclusive on BoxNation. Rigondeaux, renowned for his devastating hand speed and lightening quick reactions, made it clear that he is gunning for IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg and plans on taking their belts once he has beaten Dickens.

He said: “I’m going over to England to win and then I’m going to beat Frampton and Quigg. I want to make a point that I’m here waiting for them, they know where to find me! I am a warrior and I will fight anywhere; even in their own backyard. I commend Jazza for stepping in the ring with me.”

“This is the best fight for me at the moment. This is the fight that my promoters got me. If the kid has the guts to get in the ring with me then I respect him for doing so. I want to take on the winner of Frampton vs. Quigg, they have both been avoiding the best in their division and there’s nowhere for them to hide now.” (more…)



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Q&A: Orlando Cuellar

By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy Orlando Cuellar

Renown Florida-based trainer Orlando Cuellar, the mentor of six world champions, was in the Dominican Republic this weekend. He was flanked by his latest protege, 21-year-old welterweight Henrique Oliveira. Fightnews took the occasion to talk with the always amicable Cuellar and ask him a few pointed questions about the highs and the lows of his profession.

Orlando, what brings you to the Dominican Republic?

As you can see, I am accompanied by Henrique Oliveira, a young man who is making his pro debut in the Dominican Republic. I have prepared him physically, mentally and technically to take the big plunge into pro boxing. (more…)



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Oliveira featured Saturday in New Mexico

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Photo: Brandon Lluis

Light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) of Brazil will make his 2016 debut this Saturday in New Mexico. Oliveira will take on power punching veteran Michael Gbenga (20-24, 20 KOs) of Ghana. The bout will be a 6 round featured attraction fought at a contracted weight of 182 pounds but Oliveira will be campaigning in the 175 division for other bouts. The show will be promoted by Eric Martinez (IMI Group) and take place at the Camel Rock Casino in Camel Rock, New Mexico. Oliveira’s management stablemate bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (4-1-1, 2 KOs) will be part of an undercard that will also showcase local unbeaten favorite super featherweight Jason Sanchez (5-0, 2 KOs). (more…)



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Mary Kom sees no hope ahead for Indian boxing

Floyd Mayweather to support Uganda’s boxers

Floyd Mayweatherposes for a photo” at the Red Light District in Amsterdam

Freddie Roach sees Manny Pacquiao as senator, boxer in the future



February 16th, 2016

UFC

Reasons to watch Fight Night Pittsburgh this Sunday

Donald Cerrone’s eight-fight win streak may be bookended by a pair of losses to current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but let’s not forget about the star power and stopping power of “Cowboy.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Avni Yilderim on the road to WBC glory

Avni Yilderim with promoter Ahmet OenerWBC #13 Avni Yilderim, 8-0-0(5), will take on WBC #15 Walter Gabriel Sequeira, 17-2-0(12), in a defence of his WBC International Silver title next Friday Feb. 26 at the the Stadthalle of Offenbach just outside Frankfurt, Germany. It’s an interesting fight between two WBC top 15 rated boxer and both seem to have some punch. So it is a make or brake fight for both of them. The winner can go further on his “road to WBC glory”. While the loser will have to start all over again. Sequeira is the current WBC Latino champion.

On the undercard Enad Licina, 28-4-0(17), will have Drazan Janjanin, 10-5-0(9) in the opposite corner who last time out lost at heavyweight against Alexander Dimitrenko. The vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title will be on the line.

Once promising welterweight Selcuk Aydin, 28-3-0(21), now campaigning at superwelterweight, is trying to get his career back on the rails in an 8 rounder against Dmytro Semernin, 10-1-1(4). It is Aydin’s 3rd comeback fight after losing a WBC eliminator against Viktor Postol who went on to win the WBC green and gold belt.

Heavyweight Mohamed Al Zein, 6-0-0(4), faces Gogita Gorgiladze, 28-10-0(23), over 10 rounds in a non-title bout. Robert Filipovic, 1-1-0(1), will try to avenge his defeat against Konstantin Airich, 22-15-2(18). Birkan Akyol and Yusuf Kanguel will complete this 7 bout card promoted by Ahmet Öner of Arena Box-Promotion.



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

FS1 Weights from Las Vegas

Alexis Santiago 120 vs. Erik Ruiz 119.4
Lionell Thompson 177.8 vs. Paul Parker 178.5
Lanell Bellows 169.8 vs. Antowyan Aikens 168
Juan Heraldez 143 vs. Adam Mate 140
Ladarius Miller 137 vs. Rolando Chinea 137
Maurice Lee 142.2 vs. Ronald Rivas 140
Latondria Jones 153.5 vs. Latashia Burton 155.4
Kevin Newman 164 vs. Cory Dulaney 164
Charvis Holifield 143.8 vs. Azriel Paez 145.4
Trakwon Pettis 137.4 vs. Saul Montes 136.2

Venue: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: FS1



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Petrov pulls out of purse bid for IBF eliminator

A purse bid procedure was scheduled tomorrow (February 16) for an IBF lightweight elimination clash for the #1 IBF ranking between #3 Richard Commey and #9 Peter Petrov. However, the purse bid was canceled when Petrov’s team informed the IBF they decided to go in another direction.



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Heavyweight division heating up

There’s more excitement in the heavyweight division at the moment than there has been in years.

The latest development is the April 9 clash between IBF world champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs). To date, neither fighter has a signature pro win on his resume, but that will change April 9. Kudos to both for taking a risky fight.

On March 5, WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs) defends against unbeaten Lucas Browne (23-0, 20 KOs). Chagaev is an experienced top ten-level heavyweight, whereas this is a major step-up fight for Browne, so we’ll see what “Big Daddy” is made of.

On the same date, WBA “interim” champion Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) takes on veteran Tony Thompson. Of all the current top-flight heavyweights, Ortiz had the most impressive KO in 2015 when he stopped Bryant Jennings. The crafty 44-year-old Thompson may still be capable of springing a surprise.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) should be facing mandatory challenger and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) this summer. After three voluntary defenses, this will be by far Wilder’s toughest opponent to date. Povetkin has four straight KOs since being manhandled by Wladimir Klitschko.

Also later this year, WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) will look to prove his upset win over longtime champion Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) wasn’t a fluke. Klitschko, who will be 40 years of age when the bell rings, seeks to show whether or not he still has it.

The X-factor in the division is unbeaten Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs), who has somehow risen to number one in the WBO rankings despite facing no one resembling a legitimate contender. He’s scheduled to return on April 17 against TBA.



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Warrington, Hall land career-defining fights in Leeds

Josh Warrington (22-0, 4 KOs) will defend his WBC International Featherweight title against Hisashi Amagasa (30-5, 20 KOs) and Stuart Hall (19-4, 7 KOs) lands an IBF world bantamweight title final eliminator against Rodrigo Guerrero (24-5, 16 KOs) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, on April 16, live on Sky Sports.

Warrington makes the second defence of his crown at his hometown fortress following his comprehensive win over Joel Brunker in September, and the Leeds star risks his title and unbeaten record against the dangerous Japanese visitor who floored Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in their clash in Osaka in December 2014. Hasegawa brings an ominous 20 KO wins from his 30 triumphs, and bags of experience from his 12 years as a pro. (more…)



February 15th, 2016

UFC

Anderson Silva’s greatest soundbites

Given his past history, in a war of words, soft-spoken former middleweight champion Anderson Silva would likely come out on the losing end to his opponent in the UFC FIGHT PASS main event in London on Feb. 27, the always loquacious Michael Bisping. But fights are won and lost in the Octagon, and that’s where Silva has built a resume marking him as one of the best to ever put on the gloves . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 15th, 2016

Announcement

Promoter Lou DiBella Ring 8 Guest Speaker Tuesday night in NY

ring8One of the most respected, influential and successful boxing promoter’s in the industry, Brooklyn’s Lou DiBella, will be the special guest speaker at Tuesday night’s (17) monthly Ring 8 meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.

“It’s an honor for us to have Lou as our guest speaker,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Lou has done it all in boxing as a promoter, marketing advisor, matchmaker and television distributor. He has been a strong support of Ring 8, as well, for many years. Our members are really excited to hear Lou speak about boxing.” (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

“Lettuce Alone!”

Jose Ramírez: Fighting for Farmers' Water Rights Inside and Outside the Ring

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By Bill Dwyre

Boxing has brought us heroes, cons and legends. Also, more than its share of losers and bums. But not often a pied piper.

Meet Jose Ramírez, a super lightweight. If a fight is scheduled for him, they will hear and follow.

You can almost hear Michael Buffer, intoning: “In the Blue Corner, playing a flute…”

Ramírez is from Avenal in Central California. Five of his last ten fights have been in his home area. All five have sold out. He brought his record to 16-0 with a victory Dec. 5 in Fresno State’s Save Mart Center, capacity 16,182. They turned people away. Where he goes to fight, they will come.

Tim Bradley, who will fight Manny Pacquiao in the main event of an April 9 Las Vegas championship event — where Ramírez will be on the pay per view undercard — went to Fresno to watch that Ramírez fight. When he took a look at the packed house, for an event that didn’t even cause a ripple on the national boxing scene, Bradley’s reaction mirrored a familiar text message of the day: “(OMG) Oh my God.” (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

#1 rated super bantam Magdaleno back Saturday

Unbeaten #1 rated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KOs) of Las Vegas battles Edward Mansito (13-3, 7 KOs) of the Philippines in a scheduled ten round scrap this Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Magdaleno is rated #1 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA, #5 by the IBF and #10 by the WBC. The bout can be seen on the popular UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series at 11PM ET/PT.

Also featured is an eight round light heavyweight clash between unbearen Trevor McCumby (21-0, 16 KOs) of Phoenix and James Freeman (9-7, 7 KOs) of Texas.



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Freddie Roach talks about Bob ArumprotectingTerence Crawford

Former champ Andre Berto offers to help Ronda Rousey

The “muscle” behind Floyd Mayweather

Champion Ahmet Patterson is well read



February 15th, 2016

UFC

Historic Rousey nabs SI Swimsuit Issue cover

Ronda Rousey is a fighter, an actor and now a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model.

The former UFC champion made history Saturday, Feb. 13, when she joined Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson as the first trio of cover models for the annual SI Swimsuit edition. The three different covers were revealed during a television special Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed following the NBA Skills Challenge on TNT . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Undefeated “Big Chief” Fitch rolls at Mountaineer

Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (16-0-1, 7 KOs) rolled to an eight round unanimous decision over a very game Timothy “The Boss” Hall (9-22, 5 KOs) in a fan friendly main wvent battle on Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Final scores were 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. Also, bantamweight prospect Antonio “Carita” Nieves (15-0-1, 8 KOs) won by KO over Tibor Nadori (6-4-1, 3 KOs). (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Hard Rock

By Morrison Brandon at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster

There was certainly no love lost this Valentine’s Day weekend at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, MS. Will Hunter of Rite Hook Promotions brought the Gulf Coast a very entertaining night of boxing, with all of the combatants displaying heart before their skills eventually separated the victors from the defeated, satisfying the lively crowd with sharp boxing, exceptional defense, and several adrenaline-charged knockouts.

In the main event of the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” event, Biloxi native Mike Bisset (10-8, 7 KOs) dominated Rodney Moore (17-11-2, 7 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision in a six-round cruiserweight encounter. The bout started out evenly contested, but in second round Bisset landed a nice left uppercut to set the tone for the round, although Moore valiantly finished strong in the final seconds. Moore seemed to have Bisset in a little trouble at the beginning of round three, as he connected with several looping left hooks. Motivated by his hometown crowd, Bisset stepped it up in the fourth round to land several power punches that appeared to wear Moore down. To make up for a lethargic fifth round, Bisset provided his fans with a walkout highlight when in final seconds of the sixth and last round he dropped Moore to end the contest with an exclamation point. Moore was able to beat the count, but with no time remaining the decision was cast. (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Adam Wows ’em in Royal Oak

By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

Saturday night in the Royal Oak Music Hall, a 5-0 lightweight Muhammad Adam won a unanimous, four-round decision over the 0-5 Carl Currie. It was the main event on a card of four-rounders in the greater Detroit area that hasn’t seen anything beyond a 6-rounder in almost two years. The Greg Ahrens show was assembled by matchmaker Carlos Llinas. The hall got to jumping with a partisan crowd of Arab descent that evoked memories of Olympia Stadium when in late-70s Thomas Hearns rose to prominence.

Most of the attendees were not present when the first of the ten bouts began, an ugly affair pitting a now pot-bellied loser, Rubin Williams, who once fought for a legitimate world title, in a contest against the now 15-4, 41-year-old Scott Conner, South Bend, Indiana. Williams, who has eaten his way through several divisions on his way to a puffy 227, dropped his 22nd bout in succession, the pornographic details of which should not be revealed to children, but will be revealed to the salacious-minded in the next-to-last paragraph of this report. (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Oddsmakers list Joshua as a heavy favorite

Online sportsbooks already have some early betting odds on the just announced world title clash between IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) coming on April 9 in London.

Fighting in his backyard, hometown hero Joshua is a -700 to -800 favorite. Martin backers can get +500.



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Charles Martin to defend IBF heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua

Photos: Emily Harney, Lawrence Lustig

It’s official. IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) will travel to London to make his first defense against unbeaten Olympic star Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) on April 9 at the O2 Arena.

Charles Martin: “I told my Team I wanted the best challenger possible for my first defense and Anthony Joshua’s name kept coming up. I’m coming to the UK to make a statement that I am the best heavyweight in the world and no-one is taking my title. I’m world champion, so that doesn’t mean just sit back and make easy defenses in the US, it means facing the biggest challenges out there. I respect Anthony Joshua and everything he has accomplished, but on April 9 he’s getting knocked out.”

Anthony Joshua: “Fighting for the heavyweight world title has been a dream of mine since I turned professional. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to turn that dream into reality. Not only that, having the chance to fight for it in my home town at The O2 and live on Sky Sports is unbelievably exciting. Charles Martin is a great fighter and a hungry competitor so I am going to have to produce the performance of my career to claim that belt.” (more…)



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Santiago crushes Brown in Ocala, FL

Former world title challenger Danny Santiago (34-7-1, 20 KOs) scored a third round KO over journeyman Galen Brown (43-33-1, 25 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash on Saturday night at the Southeastern Lifestock Pavilion in Ocala, Florida. The bout was waved off as local favorite Santiago bashed Brown to the canvas with a barrage of punches. It was the 41-year-old Santiago’s first fight in more than two years.



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Gutierrez, Periban victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Unbeaten WBC #6 featherweight Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs) was victorious when game Manuel “Terrible” Echenique (14-4, 9 KOs) couldn’t come out for round ten due to cuts on Saturday night at the Palenque El Marqués in Queretaro, Mexico.

In the co-feature, former super middleweight world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban (24-3-1, 16 KOs) dropped Jose Miguel Torres (31-8, 27 KOs) in round four and the bout was abruptly stopped when Torres regained his feet.

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February 14th, 2016




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