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Huck to leave Sauerland, takes aim at Klitschko

Huck to leave Sauerland, takes aim at Klitschko

Photo: HSP Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) will take on future challenges independently. The current WBO-Champion announced on Wednesday, that he ...

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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8 (IBF middleweight eliminator) Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6 Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher ...

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted ...

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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Statement from the Goossen Family: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications ...

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Report/photos by Bob Ryder Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win ...

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Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The New Yorker takes a look at the boxing business. More

Larry Holmes is bringing “The Soundtrack Of My Life” to the Sands Casino. More

Floyd Mayweather challenges Marcos Maidana to bet his purse on their Sept. 13 rematch. More

Speaking of wagers, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury are betting each other on their July 26 showdown in Manchester. More



July 15th, 2014



UFC

UFCFIGHTPASS.com presents Conor McGregor “On the Fly”

UFC FIGHT PASS™, the UFC’s digital streaming service, is proud to present UFC on the Fly, an original three-part online series which takes viewers deep inside headliner Conor McGregor’s final preparations for this Saturday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN event. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux, Ramirez, Shiming workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated unified Jr. Featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux works out Monday for his upcoming championship defense against top-five contender Sod Looknongyantoy, Saturday, July 19 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Also on hand were two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach for his upcoming 10-round main event against Luis De La Rosa, and undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico, who was preparing for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau. Both fights will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Bergman set to defend NABA-US belt

NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (23-10) is set to defend his title on July 26th at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. A winner of 14 of his last 15 fights, Bergman will battle undefeated Justin Jones (15-0) in the 10 round heavyweight main event. Also in action, former WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy Karpency (22-4) will face spoiler Dahfir Smith (27-24) of Philadelphia over 10 rounds for the vacant NABA-US light heavyweight belt. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

UFC

Nancy Gay joins UFC as Editor-in-Chief of UFC.com

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Nancy Gay has joined the company as Vice President, Editor-In-Chief of UFC.com. In her new role, Gay will develop editorial content for UFC.com and direct the website’s worldwide operation, spanning 16 regions and 9 different languages. Nancy will also oversee web producers and UFC.com writers around the world, working closely with UFC production teams to create exclusive and innovative content for millions of UFC fans . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana kickoff press conference

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Times Square in New York City was the place for Monday’s kick-off press conference for the PPV rematch between WBC/WBA welterweight and WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Marcos Maidana: I think I deserved this rematch. Without a doubt, we’re going to prove who won the first fight in this rematch.

Maidana trainer Robert Garcia: The only question everyone’s asking, and I still don’t know the answer, everybody’s asking about the glove situation and we can’t answer that question. That question you have to ask Mayweather himself.

Floyd Mayweather: Am I fighting a boxer or am I fighting an MMA fighter? I don’t know…elbows…what I can’t believe is this is one of the best trainers in the world but he’s telling his fighter to fight dirty. If he can beat me, do it the honest way, earn it the hard way. But I gotta realize this. I know where I’m at in my career because I was champion when your trainer was champion. It’s been almost 20 years and I’m still here. When your trainer’s career was long gone I’m still here. When I beat you and your career’s over, guess what? I’ll still be right here.

Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. The diamond Gucci belt, it’s official. The Dita glasses, it’s official. The diamonds are always flawless. The style is always flashy. Check the Forbes list. It’s all about “Money May” all day. Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. Get your cameras out and take a picture!!! This is gonna be the last time y’all see a champion like this.

OK, I got something better than that for you, since I know I’m probably making about $70 million. He believes in his skills and I believe in my skills. So however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet you I’ll beat you. That’s how much I believe in myself because I can afford to give up whatever. So if you believe in your skills like you say you believe in your skills, however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet I beat you. Bet the fight! If he believes in his skills bet the fight. Bet the fight! Either you’re going to bet or not. Either you’re going to piss or you’re going to get off the pot. That’s what I’m talking’ about. I played his hole card.

El (Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe), get up here and talk about this bum! photos



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramirez ready for HBO2 clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico greets Venetian Macao team members during a special appearance Monday for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau on the “Champions of Gold” card with the main event return of two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Champions of Gold” will take place Saturday, July 19 and will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora trade words at tense London presser, shake hands on cash bet ahead of July 26th rematch

By James Slater

Rival British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora came face-to-face at a London press conference today, yet another promotional piece to further hype up the rematch that will go down on July 26th in Manchester. And Fury, who out-pointed an admittedly out of shape Chisora back in 2011, was very much in fight mode today; letting loose with plenty of foul language and having to be pulled away from Chisora, who is also up for this fight, a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title, in a huge way. At one point during the proceedings, though, Chisora apologised to the fans for the foul language Fury was letting loose with.

“I don’t give a f**k how many women and children are in the audience,” Fury, sporting a shaven head, shot back. “We’re getting near to the fight and I’m in fight mode, kill mode.” (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara: There is no way I lost to Canelo

WBA “regular” super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs), whose title was not on the line against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs), feels he was robbed in their fight that took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this past weekend.

“Before the decision was announced, I felt 100% confident I won the fight,” said Lara. “The facts don’t lie, I landed more total punches. Looking at it from the punch stats, you’re supposed score based on clean and effective blows landed. Most of the shots that Canelo landed were body blows that didn’t even land cleanly, and most of them came in the round where I got cut. All my punches were clean shots. I out jabbed him and boxed his ears off. The punch stats don’t lie…there is no way I lost to Canelo.” (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux back in action Saturday

Photo: Fightnews.com

Photo: Fightnews.com


In the biggest fight this week, undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux will defend his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger Sod Looknongyantoy on Saturday at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. The Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing’s top pound for pound fighters, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the WBA and WBO 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire on April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. He then defeated former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko on December 7 via a dominant unanimous decision in Atlantic City. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Usemanee targets Barthelemy

It didn’t take long. New IBF super featherweight champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy is being called out just days after his title-winning decision over Argenis Mendez. Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (21-2-1, 10 KOs) says the new champion has only one thing he can do to prove he deserves his spot on top.

“Barthelemy himself knows he didn’t beat me when we fought,” said Usemanee. “If that fight was anywhere but his backyard, he would have never even gotten the chance to fight for the title. If he’s a true champion, he will face me in his first defense and try to erase what everyone but the three judges saw as a loss for him. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Curtis Stevens vs. Hassan N’Dam in IBF eliminator

A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF middleweight eliminator for #1, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, King Sports World and Main Events. King Sports World bid $80,000 and Main Events bid $62,000. The purse bid split will be 60% to Stevens and 40% to N’Dam.



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Late Results from Fantasy Springs

Report/photos by Matt Thompson

California hall of fame promoter Bobby D. Presents invaded desert one hundred fifty miles north east of their home base of San Diego to presents “Guys and Dolls” at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Event Center in Indio, California. A healthy crowd survived the dry heat even at night to take in six competitive fights headlined by the super flyweight contest between Tijuana’s Victor “Pelon” Ruiz (16-3, 11KO) and Timur Shailezov (17-8-1, 3KO) of Kyrgyzstan in a scheduled ten rounder. Ruiz’s relentless and effective punching gave him the unanimous decision over the game but over matched Shailezov. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

UFC

UFN Atlantic City Prelim Fantasy Review

When the UFC returns to Atlantic City, New Jersey on Wednesday night, there will be a slew of notables on both the main card and the preliminary card with a group of veterans and newcomers hoping to make a big impact early in the night . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Elam ready to upset Ramirez in Argentina

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Former The Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) takes on former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2- 15 KOs) this Saturday. The scheduled for 10 round bout will be for the IBF Latino cruiserweight title. The location will be the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, in Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The bout was originally scheduled for June 6th but was postponed due to an injury suffered by Ramirez. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Witherspoon-Beale Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Comebacking heavyweight Chazz The Gentleman” Witherspoon (31-3, 23KO’s) showed resilience on Saturday night at the spacious Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey as he banged out a hard fought eighth round stoppage of Tyabb Beale (9-5-1, 3KO’s). Not all of the Witherspoon family were as lucky on the six bout Silver Spoon Promotions card. Junior welterweight Tim Witherspoon Jr. (10-5-1, 2KO’s) was outhustled over six rounds by “Relentless” Jeff Lentz and lost a six round unanimous decision by scores of 59-55 across the board. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Full Report

Report/gallery: Canelo vs. Lara

Canelo4ARingside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Mary Ann Owen, BoxinginLasVegas.com

In a fight for honor and glory, Mexican superstar, former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, of Cuba, squared off in front of 14, 239 fans Saturday night the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Contrasting Mexican and Cuban schools of boxing, Canelo stalked the elusive and slick Lara throughout the fight, pulling off a split decision.

Canelo came out pressing with the jab from the start while Lara kept his distance. Later in the round, Alvarez, landing a thudding blow to the body, backed the Cuban to the ropes. In the second round, a stiff straight right from Canelo appeared to stagger Lara early, though it was an entanglement of feet. Lara regained composure quickly, circling the ring and landing his straight left while Canelo sought to cut off the ring . . . click here for full report



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Kamanga, Mandawe meet for vacant WBA Pan African title on Tuesday

By Ron Jackson

Exciting young prospect Paul Kamanga faces the toughest test of his career when he meets Boitshepo Mandawe for the vacant WBA Pan African junior welterweight title at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. The 20 year-old Kamanga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who now fights out of Anton Gilmore’s Rosettenville gym, has never been tested in compiling an unbeaten record of 11 wins with 8 wins coming inside the distance. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Felix Verdejo has eye on a lightweight championship. More

Tony Bellow wants another shot at Nathan Cleverly. More

Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao still a “congressional flyweight” as a politician in the Philippines. More

Canelo Alvarez celebrates win over Lara with soccer stars of Mexico. More



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Bellew and Cleverly heats up

Tempers flared when British cruiserweight rivals Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly were interviewed after their wins on Saturday at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to stage a grudge rematch between the two contenders later this year.

This is the type of prefight banter that sells fights. These two really don’t like each other!



July 13th, 2014

UFC

Nijem vs. Ferreira lands in Sacramento

Fresh off first-round finishes in their recent bouts, lightweight up and comers Ramsey Nijem and Carlos Diego Ferreira will collide in UFC 177 action in Sacramento on August 30 . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Lara post fight presser quotes

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Following their showdown Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara spoke to media at the post fight press conference at the MGM Grand. Also present were promoter Oscar De la Hoya and the winners from the pay per view undercard.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “You all saw the fight. We knew what type of fight to bring. We would bring pressure but we didn’t expect a marathon. I wanted to give a better fight there is saying, you need a partner to make love and in boxing you need a good partner for a better fight. The first couple of rounds I was trying to cut the distance. The plan was to cut off the ring. I threw the harder punches and that’s what did it. I will fight whoever. I wanted this fight because you all said I didn’t want it and that he was going to take me to school. I don’t think anyone wants to go to his school. I want to let everyone know I will take any fight.”

Erislandy Lara: “I did my job. It’s disgraceful what they did. There are no words to explain the judge that had it 9-3. Oscar has been robbed before he knows and Canelo knows I won. We want a rematch!

Oscar De la Hoya: “What I heard nobody wants a rematch. There are ten guys in line and now Lara has to wait in line. Canelo won tonight and we have to move on.” (more…)



July 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Chazz Witherspoon wins in comeback fight

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) made an impressive comeback scoring an eighth round TKO over a very motivated Tyyab Beale (9-5-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. It was a back and forth affair. Witherspoon finally began to overpower Beale and in the eighth and final round he rock Beale with a right hand. Beale slid into the ropes and Witherspoon then landed a series of unanswered punches prompting referee Allan Huggins to halt the bout. Time was 1:58.

Afterward, Witherspoon stated that Beale was tougher than he expected but he was satisfied with his performance and thankful to get the victory. It was Witherspoon’s first fight in over two years.

In the co-feature, welterweight “Relentless” Jeff Lentz (4-0, 1 KO) pulled the upset, outwilling Tim Witherspoon Jr (10-5-1, 2 KOs). Lentz was just a busier fighter in winning 59-55 across the board.



July 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo wins split decision over Lara

By Butch Gottlieb and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

In a non-title grudge match fought at a contract weight of 155 lbs, former world champion Saul Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) scored a split decision over reigning WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 14,239 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Southpaw Lara mainly jabbed and moved. Canelo pressed the action but didn’t land much early. Lara made Canelo miss badly in round three. Canelo started working the body more in round four. The body attack paid dividends as Lara’s movement slowed dramatically by round six. Canelo cut Lara over the fight eye with an uppercut in round seven. Canelo punished Lara with hard shots in rounds eight and nine. Lara then seemingly got a second wind and the last three rounds were close. Scores were 115-113 Lara, 117-111, 115-113 Canelo.

“I came to fight,” said Canelo after the fight. “If he wants to run then go to a marathon. You don’t win a fight by running…when he learns how to fight, I’ll give him a rematch.”

Lara stated, “I did my fight and I won this fight. I made him look bad in front of his crowd…I still have no respect for him and I want a rematch.”



July 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Mares wins snoozer; Vargas TKOs Juanma in 3; Herrera wins WBA interim 140lb belt

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


By Butch Gottlieb and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over former two-division world champion Juanma Lopez (34-4, 31 KOs) in a super featherweight bout. Vargas staggered and dropped the game but smaller Lopez in a wild round three as both fighters went to-to-toe. Lopez’ corner stopped the bout between rounds.

Former three division world champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) returned from his KO loss to Jhonny Gonzalez 11 months ago to outpoint Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (24-4, 16 KOs) in a rather dull ten round super featherweight bout. Mares, now with trainer Viril Hunter in his corner, was cut over the left eye in round four and referee Kenny Bayless ruled the cut was caused by a punch. Mares, however, then outboxed Oquendo the rest of the fight. Scores were 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.

Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) claimed the WBA interim super lightweight title with a twelve round majority decision over reigning beltholder Johan “El Terrible” Perez (19-2-1, 13 KOs). Herrera won an entertaining and competitive fight full of sizzling exchanges and two-way action. Scores were 114-114, 116-112, 116-112. In his previous fight Herrera dropped a close decision to WBC/WBA world champion Danny Garcia, now “El Maestro” can claim a portion of Garcia’s WBA world title.



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Kameda retains WBO bantam title with brutal KO

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


By Butch Gottlieb and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Undefeated WBO bantamweight world champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular seventh round KO over #1-ranked contender and former champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pungluang rocked Kameda in round four, but Kameda ended a competitive fight with a devastating left hook to the liver that sent Pungluang down like a ton of bricks. Time was 1:35.

Kameda, who turned 23 today, and his two brothers, Koki, 27, and Daiki, 25, recently made boxing history when all three held world titles at the same time. Tomoki is the only current champion in the family.



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Abril to defend belt against Tatli in Finland

By Pasi Taavitsainen

Word out of Finland today is that WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) will defend his title against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on September 20. The bout will take place at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Abril will finally be making his first defense of the vacant belt he won against Sharif Bogere in March 2013. Tatli has fought all but one of his previous bouts in Finland.

The last time a world championship fight was held in Finland was in 1962. Promoter Pekka Mäki’s father Olli Mäki fought for the world featherweight title against world champion Davey Moore at the Olympic Stadium. Moore successfully defended his belt by second round TKO.



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Lara off-TV results from Las Vegas

By Butch Gottlieb at ringside

Middleweight Yamaguchi Falcao (2-0) the 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist dominated Jesus Cruz (1-2-1) over three rounds with Cruz’s corner stopping the fight at the end of the third round giving Falcao the TKO victory.

Ireland’s new middleweight sensation Jason Quigley (1-0, 1KO) made his pro debut a very successful one as he dropped Howard Reece (2-7, 1 KO) after 45 seconds and then landed a barrage of punches forcing referee Jay Nady to stop the bout at 1:22.

Jr. featherweight Enrique Quevado (16-7-1, 10KOs) came to fight as he dropped previously unbeaten Yoandris Salinas (20-1-2, 13 KOs) in round four and twice in round five, leaving referee Russell Mora no choice but to stop the bout at 2:56 with Salinas on the canvas.

In a very competitive fight, jr. welterweight John Karl Sosa (12-0, 6 KOs) remained undefeated winning a split decision over Luis Bello (5-2, 2 KOs). Final scores were 59-55, 59-55 both for Sosa and 59-55 for Bello.



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Bellew, Cleverly KO foes to set up grudge rematch

Former world title challenger Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KOs) scored an explosive fifth round KO over Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-3, 23 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. A left hook took out Dos Santos. Time was 1:17. Bellew is now aiming at a rematch with former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.

On the undercard, Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs) easily stopped Alejandro Emilio Valori (15-5, 11 KOs) in the fourth round of a cruiserweight contest. Cleverly dropped Valori in round two with a body shot and finished him in the fourth round with more body work. Time was 1:16.

2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs) quickly annihilated 47-year-old Matt Skelton (28-9, 23 KOs). Joshua dropped the Skelton twice in round two and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:33. (more…)



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Lacy claims opponent switch on televised fight

By Chris Morris
Photo: Oscar Palamino, IMP

Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff ‘Left Hook’ Lacy was on the comeback trail after being away from the ring for over three years. He took a tune up type bout last year and this was his first fight of 2014. Lacy was knocked down in the first and stopped in round two by once beaten Cuban light heavyweight Umberto Savigne in an Fox Sports 1-televised fight. Lacy has now made a claim, via his Facebook page, that the opponent who weighed in on Thursday was NOT the man he fought in the ring on Friday.

The following is verbatim from Lacy’s Facebook page:

Jeff Left Hook Lacy: “Ok when I was doing all the weekly stuff trust me I been in this business over 2 decades!!! An the person I was sizing up durning the week an the person I got into the ring with, I was in total shock on a lot I saw. I’m not taking anything from what happened but I had to say what I feel was such a huge difference!!!”

Jeff Left Hook Lacy: “Now remember this kid is from Cuba. It would b hard to findout if he has a twin or older brother on any Btothers.” (more…)



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Explosive wins for Jantony and Freddy Ortiz

Photos: Alex Roman/Cotto Promotions

In a full house at the Humacao Arena in Humacao, Puerto Rico, top prospects Jantony Ortiz and Freddy Ortiz scored big wins in front of their hometown fans. After making his professional debut in the big stage at Madison Square Garden on the Cotto vs. Martinez undercard, super flyweight Jantony Ortíz (2-0, 2 KOs) landed a perfect left hook to the chin that had Edwin Rosado down for several minutes. Super bantamweight and former amateur star Freddy Ortiz, won his first professional fight annihilating Alex Adorno with a powerful combination in the first round. In the main event, a “Fight Of The Year” candidate for Puerto Rico, welterweight Jovanie Santiago (3-0-1, 1 KO) upset the local favorite and previously unbeaten Antonio “Cacique” Ortíz (6-1, 3 KOs) by winning a six round split decision. (more…)



July 12th, 2014

UFC

Holly Holm, the Preacher’s Daughter is here

After Ronda Rousey finished Alexis Davis in 16 seconds last Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 175 in Las Vegas, some wondered if there was anyone out there to seriously challenge the unbeaten women’s bantamweight champion . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Spadafora victorious in comeback fight

Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (49-1-1, 19 KOs) rebounded from his first defeat with an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Hector Velazquez (56-22-3, 38 KOs) on Friday night in a welterweight bout at the Rivers Casino in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 80-72. Spadafora suffered his only career loss last November against Johan Perez in a bout for the WBA interim super lightweight title.



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Lara: Long, tense fight looks likely

By Graham Houston

Saturday’s big PPV fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara should tell us a lot about Canelo. The ginger-haired Mexican superstar was disappointing against Floyd Mayweather Jr. but came back to beat up Alfredo Angulo. If Canelo is destined for greatness he should be able to win this 12-round junior middleweight match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Canelo opened as just a -140 favourite but money has been coming in on him and his current price is around -200. I agree with the Canelo money. While this fight is intriguing and evenly matched, I’m going with Canelo.

I respect Lara and I know there are many who feel that the slick-boxing Cuban southpaw is going to be too skilled and too slippery for Canelo, and Canelo certainly was made to look ordinary and one-dimensional in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Yet while Canelo was disappointing, the loss was forgivable. Canelo was outboxed, outsmarted and frankly outclassed, but I think that we can put this defeat down to inexperience. Even though Canelo had boxed 41 times as a professional he was going up against the most talented boxer plying his business today. Mayweather had been winning big-event fights for years. Canelo could never quite get started, spending too many rounds trying to work out how best to attack Mayweather instead of, well, simply attacking him. (more…)



July 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana Press Tour Info

Eleven-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and former world champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana are hitting the road on a four-day, five-city cross-country press tour to officially announce their championship rematch which will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV. All events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Monday, July 14 (Afternoon)
New York City
Location: Times Square
Pedestrian Walk on Broadway Between 42nd & 43th Streets
New York, NY 10036
Fan Arrival Time (Times Square): 12 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 1 p.m. ET

Monday, July 14 (Evening)
Washington, D.C.
Location: DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Fan Arrival Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 7:15 p.m. ET
**NOTE: A special performance by rapper and D.C. native Wale will follow the press conference.

Tuesday, July 15 (Afternoon)
Chicago, IL
Location: Auditorium Theatre
50 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60605
Fan Arrival Time: 11 a.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 12 p.m. CT

Tuesday, July 15 (Evening)
San Antonio, TX
Location: Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Lone Star Lil’s Amphitheater
17000 IH-10 West
San Antonio, TX 78257
Fan Arrival Time: 6 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 7 p.m. CT

Thursday, July 17
Los Angeles, Calif.
Location: Pershing Square
532 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, Calif. 90013
Fan Arrival Time (Pershing Square): 12 p.m. PT
Press Conference Begins: 1 p.m. PT



July 12th, 2014




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