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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California, and former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California, are set for their showdown this Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, live on ESPN.
“This is my dream since I was small. I have always wanted to be the main event. I come well prepared. I know this is the hardest fight of my career. These are the fights I want to fight because this is what the fans wanted,” Leo Santa Cruz said at the final press conference. “I can’t wait for Saturday to give you guys a great show.”
“First of all the press conference is all about talking about the fight but I think I did enough talking already on what I am going to do on why I am going to beat him and how prepared I am,” Mares stated. “It’s time to give you the best fight, the fight of the year and that’s it. I will go in there and have fun. For those who don’t believe in Team Mares, after the fight you will be supporters of Team Mares.” (more…)
On Thursday, September 10, promoter Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions and Super Judah Promotions, in association with GH3 Promotions and David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, will continue GCP’s “Championship Boxing” series with a world-class event, once again at The Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York. In the night’s 10-round super lightweight main event, five-time world champion and former Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, will face Florida, via Barranquilla, Colombia’s Hevinson Herrera (18-11-1, 12 KOs). This will be Judah’s first fight under his new GCP co-promotional banner.
In the co-main event, women’s multiple-time world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (24-1, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn will face South Carolina’s Angel Gladney (8-11, 6 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
The script leading up to this Saturday’s PPV card headlined by Sugar Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga has been as dramatic as any of the documentary-style preview shows that hype pay-per-view boxing telecasts on HBO and Showtime. Heck, it could even be a movie.
Opening Scene: Mosley and Mayorga seemingly get into a months-long Twitter feud. A rematch is signed.
Kickoff Press Conference: Mosley and Mayorga face off with Mayorga smoking a lit cigarette. Mosley slaps cigarette away. Pushing ensues.
Hall of Fame promoter Don King (who rarely loses in court), sues to stop the fight. Mosley breaks training and flies to Miami to testify. The prospects for the fight look bleak. Mosley lines up a replacement opponent. Then in a stunner, the Court allows the fight to proceed.
At the final press conference, Mosley’s girlfriend Trista bends over to pick up her dropped glasses and Mayorga slaps her read end. An enraged Mosley tries to get at Mayorga. Tempers flare.
Buttslap-gate: Mayorga confesses to Nicaraguan media that the slap incident was staged at Mosley’s request. The WBC condemns Mosley and Mayorga for their “embarrassing fight simulation.”
Plot twist: Sugar Shane learns he was beefing all those months with a Twitter troll and not the real Mayorga, who didn’t even have a Twitter account at the time.
Mosley Team fires back at WBC saying the slap was real and Mayorga made up his confession under pressure from the Nicaraguan President. They demand an apology.
Thursday night Mosley gets into a knockdown, drag out Twitter war with his ex-wife Jin (she deleted a tweet about the “Cream” and the “Clear,” but the other Tweets seem intact – see below).
And we still have the weigh-in and the fight to go. What will happen next? (more…)
I talked to Frank Mir at length about Andrei Arlovski. In 2005.
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By Ron Jackson
Former IBF super flyweight champion Zolani Tete returns to action when he meets Diuhi Olguin Ramirez of Mexico over 12 rounds in an international junior bantamweight contest at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday September 4. The talented 27-year-old Tete from Mdantsane who fights from the southpaw stance has a record of 20-3; 17, held the World Boxing Foundation and IBO Africa flyweight titles before winning the IBF super flyweight belt in Kobe, Japan on July 18 2014 when he outpointed Japan’s Teiru Kenoshita over 12 rounds for the vacant title.
On March 6 this year he travelled to Liverpool, England and in an outstanding performance he stopped Paul Butler in the eighth round.
In June this year it was reported that Tete was scheduled to defend his belt against McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico in August. However, when Golden Boy Promotions won the bid of $25 000 (approximately R305 000) of which Tete was only entitled to 75%, he decided to relinquish the belt as he allegedly would only end up with a small purse of R71 000 after deductions, for risking his title. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Knocked down a few pegs after his only career loss in a WBA Interim Title match last November, cruiserweight Denton Daley is hopeful that a win Saturday night in Toronto will keep his name in the mix as one of the few North American contenders in a European dominated division where all four champions are Russian or German based.
Daley (13-1 6KO) battles Romanian born Giuliun Ilie (20-9-2 6KO) as the headline bout at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, hoping to use the Italian based fighter as a stepping stone to bigger and better things but knowing he’ll be on the short end of the stick when it comes to experience. “My opponent is an experienced guy but that goes to say with everybody that I fight,” Daley told Fightnews on Thursday. “I would say he’s underrated, as records only tell half the story. You look further and see the guys he’s fought and you know he’s a well-rounded experienced guy. He’s been in there with them all and makes it a tough fight because of that.” (more…)
Amir Khan and building a boxing legacy in Pakistan
Will Floyd Mayweather drive into the sunset with a 49-0 record? Unlikely.
The Mayweathers and the finish line.
Barry McGuigan talks Josh Taylor
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Trevor Bryan 227 vs. Derric Rossy 235.5
Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 160 vs. DeCarlo Perez 160.5
Nat Visinia 273 vs. Joey Dawejko 236.25
Venue: The D Las Vegas
Promoter: Don King
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
With just days to go until their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown, Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) faced-off at the final press conference at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Thursday before they enter the ring at Staples Center on Saturday. Fighters participating on Saturday night’s undercard were also in attendance at Thursday’s press conference including exciting Mexican brawlers Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KOs) and Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26 KOs) who meet in a super bantamweight world title bout that opens the PBC on ESPN telecast.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
Leo Santa Cruz: “This is my dream since I was small. I wanted to be the main event and I worked hard for it. I never gave up. I’m so excited to be here in my hometown seeing my hard work paying off. I’m well prepared. This is the hardest fight of my career but that’s why I train hard. These are the fights I want because these are the fights the fans want. We’re going to go out with the intention of knocking him out. If we can’t, we’re still going to make a great fight for the fans and find a way to get the victory. I need this win for my legacy and to get to that next level. I’m here to fight the best. Every fighter has a weakness. When we get inside the ring we’re going to find it. We have a great game plan and it’s going to show on Saturday.
“I’m very motivated by keeping my 0 intact. I want to show the world that I deserve to fight the best. If I beat Abner, I can get to that next level. I’m very motivated to go out there and get the win. I think the crowd will be 50-50. We’re both from here so it’s going to be crazy. At the end of the fight it’s going to be rowdy. We’re excited that they’re showing love and we’ll give them a great fight. I can’t wait for Saturday night to give everybody a great show. You don’t want to miss it.”
Abner Mares: “I think I’ve done enough talking. I’ve talked about how I’m going to beat him and I know I’m going to get it done. It’s here. I’m ready to put it to work. I’m going to do what I know how to do, which is fight and give it my all. I’m blessed to be here. I’m excited to be fighting at STAPLES Center. It shows all the hard work I’ve put in. I’m not worried about the crowd and who they’re rooting for. I’m there to make everybody a believer. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere and I can’t wait. I’ve definitely faced tougher opponents than he has. I’ve been in against legitimate champions. I’m taking him to deep waters. My loss is completely forgotten. In life you have obstacles, especially in this sport. I’m over it. I’m back. This is where I want to be. When I fight guys the level of Leo Santa Cruz it brings the best out of me. It’s time. It’s time to give everybody a “Fight of the Year”. There’s no doubt. I’m going to go in there and have fun.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the King’s Promotions card Friday, August 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center:
Brandon Bennett 136 vs. Jonathan Marcelo 135
Phil Jackson Benson 169 vs. Jinner Guerrero 165
Jamel Herring 133 vs. Ariel Vasquez 134
Demond Nicholson 162 vs. Antonio Baker 161
Robert Easter 135 vs. Osumanu Akaba 135
David Grayton 146 vs. Jose Valderrama 147
Kareem Martin 147 vs. Anthony Prescott 147
Raynell Williams 133 vs. Jose Miguel Castro 134
Patrick Harris 134 vs. Irvin Hernandez 134
Leo Hall 176 vs. Edgar Perez 183
Shynggyskhan Tazhibay 147 vs. Coleman Phelps 146
If you can’t make it to the Convention Center, the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android will have the blow-by-blow call of the card beginning at 5:55 PM ET. IOS listeners can hear the call on Spreaker.com by going to this link: https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway or on IHeartRadio by going to this link: http://www.iheart.com/show/22903291/
Fast rising Turkish light heavyweight prospect Avni Yildirim will be back in action on October 11 in Germany. The unbeaten former amateur standout (six fights, six wins since turning pro in March 2014) scored his biggest win so far by beating former world champion Glen Johnson in Miami on August 15th for the WBC Silver International Championship. Yildirim will make his first title defense in Germany but is also eyeing a return to the US rather sooner than later. “I am ready to fight anywhere at anytime and against whoever has the guts to face me”, says Yildirim. “I am not afraid of anybody.”
Adds promoter Ahmet Oner, “Avni is the most outstanding boxing talent Turkey has ever seen. He will be world champion very soon. The sky is the limit for this kid.”
Weights/Photo By Robert Hughes/Fightnews.com
Samuel Clarkson 176.25 vs. Rayford Johnson 176
Jesus Gonzales 140 vs. Raul Cespedes 135.75
Justin Jones 237 vs. Roy McCrary 276
Hector Valdez 124.25 vs. Antonio Gutierrez 121
Samantha Salazar 121 vs. Ashley Jamillah King 122.25
Carlos Adame 128.75 vs. Lavale Wilson No Show
Scott Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom
Paulie Ayala Promotions
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas
By Lindy Lindell
When one of the last of the “old guard” Kronk trainers, Floyd Logan, died on August 8, word did not get out in the boxing community for a week or more—so that the wake and memorial service was not held until August 18.
Thus, when the service was held, it was remarkable that the turnout at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit pulled in champions and support troops alike. Tommy Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Milton McCrory and K9 Bundrage were there as well as other professional fighters such as Anthony “Baby” Jones, Lannie “Blue” Edmond, Michael Dover and Greg Wright. So, too, were others who didn’t turn pro, like John Pearson, and a whole host of family members, and so, too, were folks who knew Floyd as a solid neighbor. Many of those who offered testimony broke down at the podium as they shared recollections. (more…)
Shane Mosley and His VP of Operations Trista Pisani have lashed out at the WBC, which yesterday distributed a press release expressing a “complete rejection concerning the embarrassing fight simulation between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga at their press conference.”
Team Mosley: [The WBC’s] statement was released in regards to the bad judgment exercised by Mayorga who slapped Ms. Pisani on her back side as their final press conference was ending. The notion that the WBC would comment on this terrible act against a woman (in an executive role no less) without first examining the facts and at the very least picking up a phone and calling Team Mosley to hear their side of the story on the events that took place is very disappointing and frankly is appalling.
Mayorga backtracked and said that he was coerced into this vile act only after he received countless negative comments and reactions from the general public and a stern phone call from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
It appears very obvious that the WBC reacted to Mayorga’s interview with the Nicaraguan press after the phone call from his President in which he was reportedly told that he would lose the support of Ortega if he didn’t immediately clean up his act. This type of irresponsible commentary without one shred of fact checking is alarming. It goes without saying that Mayorga has a history of irrational behavior.
When a woman is potentially violated the WBC has a responsibility to tread more carefully and owes Ms. Pisani an apology.
Photos: Gary Marshall/DKP
Hall of Fame promoter Don King held court at the final press conference for Friday’s ShoBox clash headlined by promising up-and-coming heavyweight Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) against veteran Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs) outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (The ‘D’).
Don King: We are very delighted to be here this morning, this afternoon or whatever time it is. It is D time. What time is it? D time. Before I bring you the main event, I want to bring you the man who had the plan to revitalize downtown Las Vegas. His name is Derek and they call him ‘the D’ and we are the Double D – Derek and Don in a partnership in downtown Las Vegas. So now I bring to you the man who made it possible and I am delighted to be in partnership with him for the betterment of our city and the center of all sports in the world, Las Vegas.
Derek Stephens: We are going to have a great night on Friday night. I have been a boxing fan all my life. When we bought the county courthouse and tore it down to build an events center, one of the foremost thoughts in my mind centered around Don King. Don made fights. I got to see the outdoor matches at Caesars Palace – twenty-five years ago – Bowe-Holyfield, fan man, the whole deal. I just love outdoor boxing and I am glad I am able to bring outdoor boxing to downtown Las Vegas – right downtown. Thank you to Don, all the fighters and all of you people coming out.
Don King: This is a great fight card. You know what they say in boxing – you give the people what they want and they will respond. (more…)
WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan and mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno participated in a media conference call on Thursday ahead of their highly anticipated showdown on October 10th at the Manchester Arena, England.
Terry Flanigan: [On winning the title} “It was like a man vs a boy. I knew I had the Zepeda fight won. I’m world champion now. I want to prove myself.
“It’s a tough first defense. I’m not taking it lightly, I’ve trained like a machine. I think I’ll come out victorious in front of my fans. To have the backing of the crowd, I remember watching Ricky Hatton I had goose bumps and now for my world title, it’s going to be unreal.”
“I can do a bit of everything. I can fight, I can box. It’s gonna be a tough fight. I’m fit, I’m strong. I’m content in what I can do. I’m comfortable with southpaws. I take no fight lightly. I’m in for a hard fight, and he’s in for an equally hard fight.”
Diego Magdaleno: “I also have a lot to prove. I’ve learned a lot from my defeat in China. Nothing is given to me, I’ve worked for everything.
“I fight better under pressure. The fans won’t be in my favor, I’ll use that as fuel to motivate me. My secret weapon is… my move to Joel Diaz. The power is there, and I’m more than ready for this fight. I always have a great mindset coming in to a fight. I’m a well-rounded fighter, and that’s what I bring to the table.
“That title was basically given to him. What I’ve seen of Terry Flanagan, he’s a solid guy. Look at his record. He can fight, he can punch. I don’t think it’s enough for me. This is more than just a fight.”
Magdaleno’s trainer Joel Diaz: “Diego has always been a hard worker. He’s showed me the determination he has. Since he’s got to our gym he’s improved every day. I told him, ‘I promise you I’m gonna make you a world champion.'”
Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who celebrated his 84th birthday last week, will be promoting a fight card on Friday night at “The D” on downtown Las Vegas. Promising up-and-coming heavyweight Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) faces Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on Showtime. Two-time Dominican Republic Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 16 KOs), will face Decarlo Perez (14-3-1, 5 KOs) in the 10-round super middleweight co-main event and in the TV-opener heavyweight Natu Visinia (11-1, 9 KOs) will face Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Fight fans are invited to attend the official weigh-in at 5PM on the 3rd Street Stage.
Earlier in the week, King paid a visit to the troops stationed at nearby Nellis Airforce Base.
By Karl Freitag
Strangely it turns out this whole Mosley-Mayorga rematch came about because Shane Mosley got into a months long beef with a fake Twitter account pretending to be Ricardo Mayorga. Shane just found out yesterday. Mayorga has now launched a real Twitter account at @ElLOCOMAYORGA.
But Mosley is showing some chops as a promoter and is generating A LOT of publicity for the fight. The mainstream media is buying into Buttslap-gate and the storyline of Shane defending his lady’s honor. The WBC jumping into the fray brought more attention. The court case with Don King also provided many dramatic moments. Shane used the “ending sexism in boxing” angle by adding a women’s fight to the telecast. And he’s really working the social media.
Whether people will fork over $49.95 for Mosley-Mayorga on PPV when it’s competing with a strong fight card down the street on free ESPN remains to be seen. But “Sugar” Shane is getting a lot of milage out of what he has to work with.
Cruiserweight contender Tony Bellew has replaced Callum Johnson on the bill at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England, on September 5. Bellew is hunting a third World title shot and first up at cruiserweight after he gained revenge over bitter foe Nathan Cleverly in a rematch in November and returned to the ring in June with a stoppage victory following a stint in America filming Creed, the latest film in the iconic Rocky series. Bellew takes the place of unbeaten Light Heavyweight Johnson who has been forced to pull out of a clash with Southampton’s Tony Hill with a virus. ‘The Bomber’ has been in camp with trainer Dave Coldwell, who’s duties will be carried out by Tony Sims on fight night with Coldwell in Texas for Jamie McDonnell’s WBA bantamweight title rematch with Tomoki Kameda on September 6.
“Eddie and I have things planned going forward but this outing in Leeds is a bonus for me to stay active and try things out,” said Bellew. “I’d been ill ahead of my last fight, I’m not making excuses, but I just chose to get the rounds in and in the end I did get him out of there. It was good to get that through that return from eight months out and in Leeds it’s another vital building block to another world title shot.” Opponent is the dreaded TBA.
By Karl Freitag
During his media day on Wednesday at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather compared his September 12 PPV challenger Andre Berto to Amir Khan, who had been campaigning to land the fight.
“Berto is two-time world champion,” said Mayweather. “No different than the other guy they talked about me fighting, Amir Khan. He’s two-time world champion also, just like Amir Khan. I think Amir Khan has three losses. Berto has three losses. It doesn’t really matter who I choose. They’re always going to have something to say. And I can only judge a man off his last opponent. And the last time Berto stepped out there, he did what he had to do.
“It doesn’t really matter who the opponent is. They’re always gonna have something to say. First it was ‘he’s scared of Pacquiao.’ Then I beat the guy they said was on such a high plateau. They’re never happy. As long as I’m satisfied, that’s what counts…I fought Cotto, I fought Canelo, Pacquiao, Diego Corrales when he was at the top, may he rest in peace. I fought him when he was undefeated. I fought Ricky Hatton when he was undefeated. I beat all the best fighters in my era.”
For all her accomplishments in the pro boxing world, Holly Holm has to admit that she’s never had a fight announced on Good Morning America . . . Click here for more
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Promising up-and-coming heavyweight Trevor “The Dream” Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) will put his unblemished record on the line when he faces his toughest opponent to date, experienced Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), in the 10-round heavyweight matchup in the main event of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on Showtime
when outdoor boxing returns to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) a.k.a. “The D.”
Bryan is looking to establish himself in the heavyweight division after a standout amateur career in which he won five national championships in just 60 bouts. Since his debut at 22 in November 2011, the 6-foot-4 heavyweight, who recently turned 26, has registered 10 of his 11 knockout victories in three rounds or less.
Here’s what Bryan had to say:
How would you say your career is going?
“My career is going great. I can’t wait for this great heavyweight fight. Rossy is a guy who is on his last leg and I’m a young fighter coming up who is trying to take the old dog out of his misery.” (more…)
Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions has announced the signing of former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt to a promotional contract. Holt (28-6, 16 KOs), from Paterson, New Jersey, hasn’t been in the ring in over two years, but is eager to get back in the swing of things and take on the world’s top welterweights. “I’m excited about having another opportunity to fight and become champion again,” said Holt. “I’m super thankful and grateful to Sarah Fina and Greg Cohen for giving me this opportunity.”
Photos: Suzanne Teresa
Boxing fans and media members gathered at Placita Olvera in Los Angeles Wednesday as fight week kicked-off for Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN headlined by Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs)taking on Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, August 29 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with a super bantamweight world title fight between Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KOs)and Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26 KOs). Mexican brawler and Southern California favorite Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (23-5, 19 KOs)worked out for the fans that came out to Placita Olvera before he takes on Hector Munoz (23-15, 15 KOs) Saturday night. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Cruiserweight contender Denton Daley (13-1 6KO) returns to action in Toronto this Saturday with intentions of forging a road that will lead to Russia and long-time WBA Champion Denis Lebedev and a possible title match-up. Before that though Daley ranked 8th (WBA) will have to crash through division gate-keeper Giulian Ilie and post a victory worthy of having his passport stamped.
Italian-based and Romanian-born, Ilie boasts a rather pedestrian record of just 20-9-2 but has faced mainly undefeated prospects in recent years giving them all rounds along the way. Just 2-5 in his last seven, Ilie’s losses in that stretch came versus an opposition that was a combined 95-7 including world title challenger Pawel Kolodz two current top-ranked fighters and former Olympians, #2 (WBC) Dmitry Kudryashov and #3 Rakhim Chakhkiev, an Olympic Gold Medalist. (more…)
Photos: Wojciech Kubik
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Mexican icon Canelo Alvarez faced off Wednesday at a press conference in New York City. The event was day three of a four-day/four-city press tour to announce their world title PPV clash on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Final stop: Thursday, Caguas, Puerto Rico, fight fans welcome.
By Felipe Leon
Elias Espadas 154 vs Dashon Johnson 154
Roamer Angulo 168 vs Izaak Cardona 168
Alfredo Contreras 168 vs Ulises Sierra 170
Alejandro Vargas 133 vs Emmanuel Ruiz 133
Jonathan Espino 142 vs Julian Bautista 143
Mike Robinson 323 vs Jose Hermosillo 235
When: Thursday, August 27th, 7:30pm
Where: Show Palace, Oceanside, CA
Promoter: Jorge Marron Productions, Paco Presents and A&T Gym
WBC Statement: The World Boxing Council expresses complete rejection concerning the embarrassing fight simulation between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga at their press conference yesterday. In a video that has been spread through media and social networks, a staged fight – previously agreed to – is shown between the fighters. Shane Mosley’s and Ricardo Mayorga’s actions could have generated more serious and unfortunate consequences. These actions are totally unacceptable for our sport. Our Lifetime President, Don Jose Sulaiman (may he rest in peace) suffered for many years after being injured during a fight between the camps of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, a brawl that was previously agreed to without awareness that other people were nearby. The World Boxing Council has a very special esteem for Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga due to their glorious achievements in the ring. But at the same time, we firmly regret these actions that only hurt their image and their legacy.
Last week light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) had a choice between two mandatory offers: one from the WBC and the other from the IBF. The 28-year old from Malawi opted to take the offer from the WBC. Shortly thereafter, the IBF extended the mandatory fight offer to Main Events’ stablemate Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs).
Yesterday, Chilemba formally accepted the the WBC elimination bout against Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (18-0, 10 KOs) of Apartado, Colombia and Yvon Michel, Alvarez’s promoter, formally accepted for Alvarez. The winner of this fight will be poised as the WBC’s mandatory challenger in the light heavyweight division and will have their shot at current WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs).
Last week, Barrera formally accepted his offer from the IBF to face Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) for the mandatory position in the IBF. The winner will face WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs).
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, who promotes Chilemba, Barrera and Kovalev, said, “We’ve been focused on the light heavyweight division for the past few years. I’m delighted that so many of our efforts are paying off at the same time and that Isaac and Sullivan are finally getting the opportunities that they’ve earned and have been waiting for. Yvon (Michel, who promotes both Beterbiev and Alvarez) and I have a lot to talk about! I’ve reached out for him and expect that we’ll begin negotiations over the weekend.”
In a clash of top light heavyweight contenders, Polish hero Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) and former world champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) will meet in a 12-round clash on Spike TV at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, October 16. Fonfara will be fighting at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a stunning performance against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April of this year. He now takes another tough fight against Cleverly.
“I’m excited to return to my hometown of Chicago on this big fight night against a world class fighter like Nathan Cleverly,” said Fonfara. “This will be a tough fight for both of us. Cleverly is a solid fighter and it’s no fluke that he was a world champion and that he defended his belt so many times. Our fighting styles guarantee that everyone can expect fireworks on October 16th. I want this fight to be a quick stop on my way to a rematch with Adonis Stevenson.”
Cleverly stated, “This is a major platform for me to prove that I am more than capable of becoming world champion again. If I beat Fonfara it’s a doorway fight to the world title and establishing myself as one of the best light heavyweights once again. Fonfara is a good fighter. He’s tall, has power and has moved up through the levels in his career. I am looking forward to coming over to Chicago and I am very confident that our styles will blend well for a really exciting fight.”
Former world champion Ricardo Mayorga told Nicaraguan journalists that the altercation with Shane Mosley and his girlfriend Trista during Tuesday’s press conference was preplanned – and that Mosley put him up to it.
“It was all a show,” said Mayorga. “Many people have labeled me as vulgar. It’s true that I gave a slap to the hip of the Mosley woman, but I told them I’m not a vulgar and disrespectful guy, it’s a mistake. I’m a man who admires women. It was part of the television. Mosley told me to do it to sell the fight. Mosley’s father reacted strongly because he was unaware that the stunt had been for publicity. I don’t need to sell the fight in Nicaragua because everyone will see it, but here in the United States they have to do everything. It was already planned that she would bend over and then Mosley would push me aggressively.”
By Karl Freitag
Fightnews.com has obtained a copy of the court ruling written by United States District Judge Kathleen M. Williams denying Don King Productions’ emergency motion for an injunction to stop Saturday’s pay-per-view clash between “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga. That document, summarized below, sheds some light on what went down during testimony in the case.
Hall of Fame promoter Don King didn’t testify. Representing DKP was Dana Jamison, the Sr. Vice President of Boxing Operations. She testified that in July 2014, Mayorga contacted DKP in order to discuss his career. She met with Mayorga in DKP’s offices on July 10, 2014, at which time Mayorga advised her that he wished to come out of retirement. That same day, she and Mayorga signed a Memorandum of Understanding and an Addendum to Mayorga’s Promotional Agreement — both of which were provided to Mayorga in Spanish and in English. The documents were notarized by Florida-licensed notary Grace Johansson.
Mosley and Mayorga made allegations that these documents were forged, however Williams noted that the court accepted the documents as valid. (more…)
By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
By Miguel Cotto’s 25th birthday in 2005, the decorated amateur and Summer Olympian from Caguas, Puerto Rico, was already one of boxing’s brightest stars, having captured and defended his 140 lb. title five times against the likes of Randall Bailey, DeMarcus Corley, and the man who beat him in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Muhammad Abdullaev.
On that same day, October 29, 2005, a precocious 15-year old boy with a distinctive mop of red hair made his professional ring debut before a modest crowd just outside of his hometown Guadalajara, scoring the first of many knockouts on his way to stardom.
Nearly 10 years later, the red-headed youngster has become Mexico’s most popular active fighter, known to boxing fans around the world by the singular moniker, “Canelo.” Meanwhile, the superstar from Puerto Rico became a boxing legend, reinventing himself after a late-career slump to become the lineal middleweight champion of the world and joining the likes of Wilfredo Gomez, Felix Trinidad, and Hector Camacho in the pantheon of Puerto Rican boxing icons.
On November 21, 2015, Miguel Cotto, (40-4, 33 KOs), and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, (45-1-1, 32 KOs), will finally meet in the ring to contest not just Cotto’s WBC middleweight title, but for the status of lineal middleweight champion, which Cotto wrested from Sergio Martinez in 2014. In promotion of the upcoming bout, Cotto met with assembled media at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California, on the first stop of a four-city press tour that will include Mexico City, Puerto Rico, and New York. (more…)
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