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Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is once again is a hit at the box office in Los Angeles with first day sales of over 2,500 tickets for his upcoming world title defense against #2 rated challenger Willie Monroe Jr. set for Saturday, May 16 at the Forum.
“It’s very similar to GGG’s last fight at the StubHub Center in October which sold out three weeks before the fight” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “We had a tremendous response from the media at the press conference yesterday and the fans are thrilled that he is fighting once again in his new hometown of Los Angeles.”
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has commented on the TMZ report that Mayweather had hired Las Vegas-based Chef Q to provide services 24/7 – at $1,000 per meal. “Whatever it is, it sure sounds expensive,” said Roach. “I hope she knows how to make crow and soft foods palatable because after he faces Manny that is all Mayweather will be eating…thousand dollar meals, give me a break.”
ESPN reaches multi-year agreement to televise Premier Boxing Champions series, ESPN2 FNF boxing series to end on May 22
ESPN will televise Premier Boxing Champions, a series created for television by Haymon Boxing, featuring top-level fights between many of boxing’s biggest names. The multi-year agreement was announced today. The first of 12 two-hour annual live Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) telecasts is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (not ESPN2) and ESPN Deportes. ESPN telecasts will air live in primetime. ABC broadcasts will air on Saturday afternoon, with further details to be announced at a later date.
Card details of the first PBC on ESPN telecast and subsequent shows will be announced at a later date. After 17 years, ESPN2’s long-standing Friday Night Fights series will air its last show Friday, May 22 with the finals of the Boxcino 2015 tournament. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The distaff side of the sweet science will be the main focus of a Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz card on Friday, March 20 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD . There will be three female title bouts on the card. In the main event, undefeated five-time world champion and two-time Beltway Boxer of the Year Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA will move to the super welterweight division and challenge Kita Watkins of Tyler, TX for the vacant UBF (Universal Boxing Federation) title. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank
The wildly popular Florida welterweight Clarence ‘Son of St. Pete’ Booth, of St. Petersburg has signed with Top Rank. He has eight straight wins and is 10-1 with 7 KOs.
“Clarence Booth has great size with power and speed,” said Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing at Top Rank. “He should be a force in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. His fan base in the Tampa – St. Petersburg areas will make him into a major attraction.”
Manager Pat Lynch said “Clarence is a great young prospect with a very bright future. He’s an extremely hard worker with a great attitude.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan / Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
WBA, IBO, WBC Interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) is set to face middleweight contender Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. We caught up with “GGG” at the kickoff press conference announcing this fight as he talked about his upcoming match with Monroe.
“This is my second fight this year. Why Monroe? He is a southpaw. Everyone has problems with southpaws,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com “Sergio Martinez is a southpaw, Floyd is number one pound-for-pound in the world and he had trouble with Judah – a southpaw, Miguel Cotto against Trout, Canelo-Lara, everyone has problems with a southpaw and it’s a challenge.”
“It’s a unique style that Monroe brings to the table that Gennady has never seen before. A southpaw style, fast with great boxing skill,” Golovkin’s promoter K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler told Fightnews.com. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After an intense voting week, boxing fans have chosen. The winner of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao megafight will triumphantly hold aloft the WBC’s specially designed emerald belt. It was a very close decision, as fight fans voted in the emerald belt by the margin of 53% against the 47% for a proposed onyx belt.
By David Finger
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
For a fighter nobody knows much about, Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) is certainly creating quite a buzz this side of the Atlantic. Despite his lack of name recognition in America, many boxing fans nonetheless recognize that the Japanese welterweight contender has the power and the tools to push the cagy veteran Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) this Friday when the two clash at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. And even if there are questions about Kamegai, there no question about what happens whenever a fighter pushes Gomez…fans get a war. In fact, many insiders recognize that the Kamegai-Gomez fight has all the makings of a “fight of the year.” Both fighters have shown tremendous heart and exceptional power, and both have a history of gritty performances. In Kamegai’s biggest fight to date, he lost a decision to Robert Guerrero in a fight that earned him a level of respect and admiration from boxing fans. He showed heart. He showed toughness. But he also showed his inexperience. (more…)
Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico begins his journey for a fourth opportunity at a world title this Friday. He will face tough countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (26-0, 9 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico. Site of the fight will be the Auditorio Blackberry, in Mexico City, aired live on Telemundo. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds with the interim WBC FECARBOX bantamweight title at stake. Hernandez is just 28 years of age but already has had three different cracks at world titles. Hernandez gave a very good account of himself in all those opportunities but came up short each time. He is determined to get another opportunity and win it all the next time out. He also knows that his opponent for this Friday Casillas is just as hungry to pull off the upset and create his own opportunity for a world title shot. Hernandez is determined not to let that happen. (more…)
Do you like karate kicks?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: You’re going to love Katsunori Kikuno.
“Just like the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the past, if I have a skill that my opponent has no knowledge of, then my skill becomes very effective,” Kikuno said . . click here for more
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By Karl Freitag
Hot super middleweight Jason Quigley (4-0, 4 KOs), who just scored a KO1 two weeks ago, will glove up again on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA. “I’m really excited to be back in the ring so soon,” said the 23-year-old. “The plan is to keep me busy; the busier I am and the more fights I have the more I learn the more experience I gain and climb my way closer to fulfilling my dreams!”
Keep an eye out for light heavyweight Darren “Venom” Goodall (1-0, 1 KO). The enterprising 24-year-old sold over 200 tickets to his pro debut last Saturday night at the Jersey City Armory and just opened his own gym called Venom Fitness in NJ. He has 35,000 followers on Instagram.
This past Friday night at the Charles Doyle Convention Center in Texas City, Texas, light heavyweight Medzhidm “B-52″ Bektemirov (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round stoppage over James Johnson (28-45-4, 17 KOs). “I believe we have the next Sergey Kovalev,” says co-promoter Gary Shaw. Bektemirov is trained by Ronny Shields.
Roc Nation Sports heavyweight prospect Zhang Zhelei (3-0, 2 KOs) won a four round decision over Eric George (2-9, 0 KOs). Jr welterweight Wang Zhimin (2-0, 1 KO), another Roc Nation fighter, outpointed Jesus Lule (7-11, 1 KO) over six. Both bouts occurred on the above mentioned Jersey City Armory card.
26-year-old two-time Olympian lightweight Everton Lopes (1-0) is back in action on April 2 at the Belasco Theater in downtown LA.
Trainers of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao happy to exchange words before the May 2 showdown.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will be able to, literally, walk home from his next fight, April 11 at the Barclays.
Mitt Romney will step into the ring against former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield
Wladimir Klitschko gets political on Vladimir Putin
Photos: Tom Hogan / Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
WBA and WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Willie Monroe Jr. kicked off the build-up for their May 16 HBO clash at the Forum in Los Angeles at a press conference today. Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) will be making his 14th world title defense and is looking for his 20th straight knockout. Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs), winner of the 2014 Boxcino tournament, is currently ranked #2 by the WBA, #5 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC. He is the son of former contender Willie Monroe, and the great nephew of Philly ring great Willie “The Worm” Monroe. The opening line for the bout is set at 100:1 for Golovkin at some online sportsbooks.
“I’m very excited to fight again in Los Angeles where I now live” said Golovkin. “Monroe is a skilled southpaw and I look forward to the test he will provide. I promise my fans another ‘Big Drama Show.'”
Said Monroe, “Its going to be one of those fights; speed vs. power, slickness vs. aggressiveness and the bull vs. the matador. I am ready. I’ve been in training already for three weeks before we even got this fight. We will be more than ready on May 16.”
“We commend Willie Monroe Jr. for accepting the challenge of fighting Gennady, which many other contenders and even title holders are unwilling to even consider,” said Tom Loffler of K2 Promotions.
WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) had his first day of sparring on Tuesday as he prepares for his May 2 welterweight world championship unification battle against undefeated WBC/WBA king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao went five hard rounds against two different sparring partners.
“After 13 days of strength and conditioning and boxing drills at Wild Card plus weeks more of working out in the Philippines in February, it was great to finally put on the headgear and spar,” said Pacquiao. “My sparring partners gave me good work today. They were perfect for testing the strategy Freddie and I have developed to beat Floyd Mayweather . I was very happy with my stamina and speed today.”
Trainer Freddie Roach added, “Manny looked so fresh today. I’m very happy with what he showed me. You couldn’t tell he had been away from the ring since the Algieri fight in November. Manny is on fire in the gym.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., the Mayweather-Pacquiao live pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV and HBO Pay-Per-View.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is currently preparing for his clash with Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika airing April 4 live on CBS from the Pepsi Coliseum in in Quebec City. “My dream is to unify all the titles and become the first fighter from Quebec to do so,” Stevenson said. “But I’m fully focused on Bika. I know he’s training hard to steal my belts. Yes, it goes through my mind, but I have to beat Bika and he (Kovalev) has an IBF mandatory defense before it can happen. And to be honest, his performance versus Jean Pascal did not impress me at all.”
For head trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill, to waste time thinking about a Kovalev fight during training camp to fight Bika is simply unthinkable. “We don’t talk about Kovalev in camp,” assured Hill, “only Bika!” (more…)
While many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today, middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) is hard at work at his training camp in Monte Carlo with trainer Adam Booth as he prepares to defend his world title against former champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, April 11. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Lee vs. Quillin will air live on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET, along with the eagerly anticipated non-title contest between 140lb world champions Danny “Swift” Garcia and Lamont Peterson, as part of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series.
“I love St. Patrick’s Day,” said Lee. “It’s a day for all Irish men and women to be proud and celebrate our history and culture. Unfortunately, for me this year there’ll be no Guinness as I’ll be in the gym, but I look forward to celebrating with all the Irish people after I win on April 11! Training is all going according to plan. My coach Adam Booth is putting me through my paces and we’re working hard together to ensure that I beat Quillin and retain my title. I’m feeling very strong and sharp. I’ve been sparring with three undefeated fighters, Miles Shinkwin, Rocky Fielding and Deion Jumah. I’m looking forward to coming to Brooklyn and defending my title in front of everyone in attendance and those watching on NBC.” (more…)
Cunningham: he really had no answer for what I was doing to him… When will the fans get tired of all these bad decisions
In the aftermath of his IBF elimination bout this past Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, former two-time cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham wants to state his case to what the boxing world saw, and that is the wrong man had his hand raised.
The viewing public saw that Cunningham controlled the bout and out landed Vyacheslav Glazkov in eight of the twelve rounds with jabs being virtually even and Cunningham landing more power shots to the tune of 123-84.
In total, Cunningham out threw Glazkov by 208 punches and out landed him 180-144 over the twelve round battle.
“The numbers, the perception, the video, none of it lies,” said Cunningham. (more…)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
On Saturday night, Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Ahead of their sell-out world championship clash, both fighters took part in public workout today at the Ostsee-Park.
In his last championship defence, Braehmer set a record for the fastest knock out in a light heavyweight title fight since the formation of the major alphabet organisations, with his opponent Pawel Glazewski lasting just fifty-five seconds in the ring.
Today in Rostock, Krasniqi may have set a record for the shortest public workout in history. Having greeted the crowd and laced his gloves, the Munich fighter lasted only ten seconds before making his excuses and leaving the ring. (more…)
World ranked flyweight McWilliams Arroyo will face former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in one of the TV battles of “The War,” the show headlined by the world title bout between Orlando “Siri” Salido and Roman “Rocky” Martinez on April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will be broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada on all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
This new Puerto Rico vs Mexico clash between Arroyo and Garcia Hirales will be a ten rounder for the WBO Latino flyweight title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Ex-Japanese lightweight champ Akihiro Kondo (21-5-1, 10 KOs), 138, returned to ring warfare after an eight-month hiatus and decked a fine TKO victory over former OPBF ruler, southpaw Filipino Jimrex Jaca (39-8-4, 22 KOs), 138, at 2:45 of the fourth session in an eight-round main event on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kondo, 29, dethroned by Yoshitaka Kato in 2012, displayed a good form as he had Jaca reeling to the ropes and floored him there early in the fatal fourth. Jaca, who abruptly became a mellow jelly after his absorption of punishment, tried to withstand Kondo’s onslaught, but his apparent helplessness caused the referee Yoshida’s well-received halt. Jaca, 31, is a strange boxer who cannot show his potential strength when fighting in Japan, probably because Japan is located in an unlucky direction to Jaca.
Promoter: Ichiriki Promotions.
It’s official. Heavyweights Amir “Hard Core” Mansour, of Wilmington, DE, and Joey “The Tank” Dawejko, of Philadelphia, will collide in the most anticipated local showdown in years when they battle over 10 rounds—or less—for the vacant Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Title on Friday evening, May 8, at the 2300 Arena. The Mansour-Dawejko contest, which will be televised live by ESPN 2, tops a seven-bout card.
Mansour, a powerful southpaw, is one of the most feared heavyweights in the world and constantly has been avoided by the big names in the division. At 42, and with time running out, he makes his ESPN debut after piling up a record of 21-1, 16 K0s. A former USBA heavyweight champion, Mansour lost that belt to Steve Cunningham, who survived a pair of fifth-round knockdowns last year to earn a 10-round decision in Philadelphia. (more…)
Per Nielsen, Saturday’s epic clash on HBO between IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former champ Jean Pascal peaked at 1.2 million viewers. That number would have been higher if viewers didn’t have to endure 22 rounds of sleep-inducing prelims that even had the HBO announcers cringing. The full card averaged 956,000. Kovalev’s previous HBO appearance against Bernard Hopkins last November peaked at nearly 1.4 million, so “The Krusher” is deservingly getting to be a big star in boxing.
Olympian/NABF Champion Jose Ramirez returns Saturday to Avenal, CA for 1000 kids and won’t be empty handed
USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) will return home to Avenal, Ca this Saturday March 21st to team up with RAP (Responsible Athletes Program) to give back to his community and stress the importance of the program he once was in. Ramirez will give a motivational speech and coach an all-star team this night as well as help make a few lucky winners dream come true and take them out to spend the day with the champion and buy them the equipment they need in their related sports and some words of wisdom.
“RAP keeps kids in school, out of gangs and provides guidance for the entire area for anyone that needs it, I am honored to be involved and help out with this amazing program,” said Ramirez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a clash of former “world” champions Paulus Moses from Windhoek makes the fourth defence of his WBO International lightweight title against Malcolm Klassen of Johannesburg over 12 rounds at the Ramatex Hall near Katura in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday. The 36-year-old Moses who has a record of 35 wins and 2 losses, with 22 wins coming inside the distance was originally scheduled to meet the unbeaten Carlos Portillo of Paraguay who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to family problems. (more…)
Super featherweights Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (17-4-1, 6 KOs) and Carlos “Batey” Padilla (15-1-1, 9 KOs) will collide for the vacant WBA super featherweight title formerly held by Takashi Uchiyama, who was promoted to WBA 130lb super champion status in February. The bout will take place during the WBA “KO Drugs” event in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, and be televised on the popular Unimas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.
There will also be two WBA female world title fights on the card. WBA female flyweight champion Joselyn “Princess Tapatia” Arroyo (17-0, 7 KOs) will defend against Maribel “Pantera” Ramirez (9-7-2, 3 KOs). Also, Dahiana Santana (34-6, 14 KOs) meets Maria Elena “Mary” Villalobos (13-12-1, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim female featherweight title. (more…)
Bantamweight Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-4, 9 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico looks to upset former WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City on Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry, in Mexico City, aired live on Telemundo. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the interim WBC FECARBOX bantamweight title at stake. When the Telemundo viewing audience last saw Casillas he gave a strong effort but dropped a decision to David Carmona. Casillas has had one fight since then which he won and he feels he can beat the odds and defeat Hernandez. The bout seems like a can’t miss thriller as both fighters like to come forward and let their hands go. (more…)
Photo: OPI 2000
26-year-old Italian/Spanish knockout artist Luca Giacon (26-2, 23 KOs) has long been regarded as one of the top European prospects and a future world champion. Professional since 2007, his only defeat was against Emiliano Marsili for the vacant European lightweight belt. Since then, Giacon won and defended the WBA Continental super lightweight title. On March 21, at the Principe Theater in Milan (Italy) he will challenge unbeaten Belgian Steve Jamoye (16-0-1) for the vacant WBC Silver super lightweight title.
“We are confident that Luca will emerge victorious,” promoter Alessandro Cherchi said, “because he has the power, the experience and he is at his best in the super lightweight division.”
Giacon sounds confident too. “I’m in top condition. I’ve been training with my coach Orlando Soto for a long time and now I feel great. We are getting close to the fight, so we are slowing down our training sessions. We started doing 15 rounds, now we are doing 6 and in the next few days we’ll do just 4. Orlando tells me to save energy for the fight and I agree with him.” (more…)
That’s why they fight the fights. That was the prevailing thought throughout Saturday’s Master Class by Professor Rafael dos Anjos against Anthony Pettis. As I wrote last night, dos Anjos had plenty of respect from the MMA world and was expected to be a threat to Pettis, but not enough of one to actually win the fight. Well, those of us who picked against RDA were wrong – in a big way . . click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Brazilian former two-division world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs) will return to ring on June 6 against an opponent to be named at Arena Santos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now 39, Freitas retired in 2007, then returned in 2012 for a single bout against Michael Oliveira, which he won by knockout.
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