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WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 10 KOs) hopes WBA (super) and IBF cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) will go through with a WBA-mandated unification fight this summer. “I have heard rumors that Lebedev doesn’t want to fight me and, if this is true and he relinquishes his WBA super belt, then I want to fight (WBA interim champion Yunier) Dorticos because every organization should only have one champion in each division. I hope this isn’t the case, as I have been waiting to fight Lebedev since I won the WBA interim title (mandatory) back in July of 2015. The WBA has ordered us to fight within 120 days of May 21st. I am ready, willing and able to fight him and I hope he is ready, too.”
When asked if he thinks a deal will be made between his manager Al Haymon and Lebedev’s promoter Andrei Ryabinsky, or will it go to purse bid, Shumenov stated, “It doesn’t concern me, whether it goes to a purse bid, or where the location is. However, I hope the parties can get the best deal worked out for everyone involved.”
Word from the camp of current heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on the passing of the legendary former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali:
By Peter Fury
We, like everyone else, got news of Muhammad Ali’s passing on Saturday morning. It hit us hard. The man was a living legend. It’s always sad to lose a great champion and they don’t come much greater than Muhammad Ali. It was a sad day for everybody in boxing and everybody in the world. As a little lad growing up, we always used to watch Ali on the TV or listen to his fights on the radio. He was a big part of our lives and a great ambassador for the sport; us young kids definitely looked up to him.
Tyson and Hughie also looked up to him the way we did. He was a gift passed down the generations. It didn’t matter whether you watched him during his prime or not. He was the kind of fighter who will never be forgotten. A great fighter and an even greater human being. (more…)
Legendary streetfighter and pro boxer Kimbo Slice, a.k.a. Kevin Ferguson, has died. ET is reporting that the 42-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack. Tweets by Slice’s promoter Gary Shaw and MMA broadcaster Mauro Ranallo were first indicators that Slice had passed. CBS 12 in West Palm Beach then confirmed the sad news. Earlier today, TMZ Sports reported that Slice had been hospitalized in Florida in “dire condition,” and later also confirmed Slice’s death.
Slice first made his name as an Internet streetfighting phenomenon, then as a popular MMA fighter. However, between August 2011 and January 2013, Slice compiled an unbeaten 7-0 record with six knockouts as a heavyweight in the boxing ring. His most recent fight was an MMA scrap against Dada 5000 in February.
We lost a great dear friend.As mean as he was inside the ropes and inside the cage, that is how nice and great he was, as a friend. Miss you
— gary shaw (@boxing1111) June 7, 2016
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) June 7, 2016
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated lightweight prospect and one of the most popular boxers in the Bay Area, Andy “El Tiburon” Vences of San Jose, California, is set to return to the ring on Saturday, July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California in a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” show presented by Top Rank.
Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) will be looking for his second win of 2016 when he takes on Moises Delgadillo (15-15-2, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight round bout.
Vences, 25, last fought on February 13 of this year in Studio City, California and took home a eight round unanimous decision win over Yardley Juarez of Mexico.
“I wanted the knockout and worked hard to get it, but Juarez did not want to fight and was happy to survive. It was frustrating, but as a boxer you know you can’t knock everyone out and at the end of day it was good to go eight rounds and I felt great,” said Vences. (more…)
DiBella Entertainment has announced that it has partnered with Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to stage a summer boxing series. “New England Broadway Boxing” will kick off next month, on Thursday, June 30th, with a card headlined by undefeated, world-rated super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa (22-0, 10 KOs) vs. TBA. The series will follow up with its second installment on Thursday, July 21st. The summer series will close out with its final edition sometime in the second half of August. “Foxwoods is one of the great venues for boxing on the East Coast and our (DBE) home away from home in the New England area. We are thrilled to have partnered with our great friends at the Northeast’s premier resort destination to be doing a summer series, featuring some of boxing’s best talent as well as some of the most promising young fighters out of the New England area,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Aussie lightweight champion Val Borg (12-2, 8 KOs) is a major draw card and talks to Fightnews.com® about wins over IBF #4 Jeff Horn and WBA #13 George Kambosos in the amateur ranks and promises he’ll be back in world ratings soon.
Super middleweight Martin Murray has warned George Groves he’s going to drag him into deep waters and make him crumble when they face-off in a WBA eliminator at London’s O2 on June 25. “I train for fights to go all the way and take my opponents into deep waters,” said Murray. “I’ve shown that I have got a good engine and can sustain a good work rate over 12 rounds. George has stamina issues, that’s well known, the fight favours me late on with him fading and my high work rate over 12 rounds, but it favours him early with his power and I know that, and it makes for an exciting fight.
“I have one of the best defences in world boxing, I’ve been in with better fighters than George who have not been able to get rid of me and I am that confident in this fight that the only way he can beat me is if I lose concentration and get caught with something stupid early. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
There is no other topic that could be proper for this week’s column. Muhammad Ali has gone onto the path of no return and the world’s response is the greatest memorial one could have – the world has crowned him as “The Greatest of All-Time.” The reaction that has taken place is a celebration of life for a man who changed the world of sports both inside and outside the ring, and a man who fought for his convictions, values and principles, who overcame so many obstacles to make a change and leave a better world for many.
My father, Jose Sulaiman, used to tell a story from one conversation with Muhammad. Ali saw humanity as eternal life, comparing it with all the grains of sand in the desert. Ali said he would paint one grain per year he lived, and then throw them into the desert to see his passing through life with colors until the wind of time would blow them away into eternity. Those 74 grains which Ali has dropped into the desert will certainly be seen by generations to come. (more…)
Looks like IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) could be the first top professional boxer to announce his participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Beterbiev’s promoter Yvon Michel has confirmed that Beterbiev has “major interest” in competing in the Olympics. Beterbiev’s trainer Marc Ramsay also stated that he supports Beterbiev 100%. Beterbiev scored a fourth round KO over Ezequiel Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs) last Saturday night at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.
On Monday, Beterbiev tweeted the following message:
By Miguel Maravilla
We already knew WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido were must-see TV. But their awe-inspiring twelve round war for the ages on Saturday night at the StubHub Center (also known as “The War Grounds”), surpassed our wildest expectations.
“Tonight we witnessed the fight of the year,” said promoter Oscar De La Hoya at the post-fight press conference. No one in attendance disagreed. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
“There are so many great fighters in the light heavyweight division that one mistake takes you out of the pack running for the title for a long time,” says trainer Sam Colonna. “Fonfara knows that well preparing for Smith Jr.” Colonna is training “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) to take on little-known Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) on June 18 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion in a clash that will be televised on NBC in primetime.
How difficult is to prepare the #2 WBC-ranked fighter Fonfara against an opponent who has managed to stay out of the limelight?
Not easy, but no one ever told me, or Andrew, that life in boxing is supposed to be easy. It’s just like Andrew said himself, nobody knew who he was before the Glen Johnson bout. One win changes everything. This is the story of boxing anyway. There’s almost nothing about Smith Jr. on the Internet – maybe a couple of rounds on YouTube. I spoke about this guy with some of my friends who did see him fighting live to get more info about what we’re up against. For me, Joe Smith Jr. is a better version of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. – better because Smith is accustomed to fighting at 175, hits harder and will be better prepared. I’m expecting an interesting fight. Somewhat, I’m under the impression that Smith’s people are underestimating what Fonfara can do in the ring. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Hall of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan who called the “Rumble in the Jungle” (Ali vs. Foreman) and the “Thrilla in Manila” (Ali vs. Frazier III) talked to Fightnews.com to pay his respects on the passing of the “Greatest of All-Time”
Muhammad Ali. “It is so humbling to think I will be in the International Hall Of Fame, it is with great sadness that we lay to rest the ‘Greatest Of All Time’ in Muhammad Ali this week,” said the Colonel.
“Within this same week, I will be alongside Ali and so many other greats on the very same ‘Hall Of Fame’ walls. Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston was the very first professional fight I ever saw, when I was asked to sell Coca-Cola at the fight in Miami Beach. As a youngster at that fight, I was so overwhelmed by the man who would become Muhammad Ali along with the entire boxing scene. What an influence Ali had on me. (more…)
Professional boxing is set for Saturday night at the Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie Pa as Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzarro Promotions features the comeback of Lorain, Ohio welterweight sensation Wilkins “The Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-1-2, 2KOs) as he faces Pittsburgh, PA upset artist, Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-14-4) in the six round main event. The nine bout card will also include a six round contest as undefeated lightweight Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice (4-0, 3KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio battles it out with Puerto Rico’s Edgardo Rivera (7-2-2, 5KOs). (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-4, 4 KOs) will take on Johnathan Chicas (14-2, 7 KOs), of San Francisco, California this Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, headlining the 106th installment of the long-running boxing series “Battle at the Boat” presented by Brian Halquist Productions.
Green will look to add his first win since losing to unbeaten prospect Miguel Cruz in a nationally televised bout last December. He had been on a three-fight win streak before facing Cruz and losing via seventh round TKO. (more…)
Three-time junior lightweight world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez will travel to New York on Tuesday to complete his training for his defense against the WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenkot, to be held on Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York televised on HBO. Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, will defend his WBO belt for the second time versus Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time amateur world championships gold medalist. Martinez travels to New York with his team led by his trainer Raul “Papo” Torres and Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).
In 2015, Martinez fought two times against Mexican Orlando “Siri” Salido. The first time, Martinez won a unanimous decision over Salido to become world champion again, while in the second fight the result was a draw.
Lomachenko had two fights in 2015 too. In May, 2015, he beat Puerto Rican Gamalier Rodriguez by KO9, and in November he beat Mexican Romulo Koasicha by TKO10.
By Joe Koizumi
Former world challenger, ex-Japanese national super-feather champ Daiki Kaneko (23-5-3, 15 KOs), 130, proved too sharp and scrappy for elongated compatriot Ribo Takahata, winning a unanimous nod (all 98-91) over ten nearly lopsided rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko once failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Takashi Uchiyama via unanimous decision despite dropping the champ with a furious combination in the tenth on New Year’s Eve in 2013. Though raising his stock in spite of his hard-fought defeat, Kaneko, a well-proportioned boxer-puncher, failed to win the OPBF belt, losing a close but unanimous verdict to Jomthong Chuwatana (whom Uchiyama later dismantled in only two rounds in May 2015) and dropped a split duke to compatriot Masao Nakamura on points –in succession. Kaneko this night regained his form, outpunching the taller foe and downing him to the ropes in round two. Though he positively maintained the pressure, Kaneko failed to score a lethal shot only to go the distance given winning good points. Kaneko’s confrontation with the current national champ Kenichi Ogawa will be greatly anticipated.
Upcoming Masaru Sueyoshi (12-1, 7 KOs), 131.75, upset ex-OPBF challenger and one of Eto brothers, Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9 KOs), 132, by a unanimous decision over eight.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A recent accident was not enough to keep undefeated Gaithersburg, MD super welterweight Gerome “GQ” Quigley from scoring a devastating knockout Saturday night in the main event of the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.
Quigley scored a vicious first-round knockout over veteran Reggie “Two-Gun” Nash of Grand Rapids, MI. Quigley rocked Nash with a right hand on top of Nash’s head that dropped him to his knees. Nash was able to recover from that knockdown but a few seconds later, Quigley landed a powerful left-right combination that sent Nash crashing to the canvas. Referee Freddy Corritone did not have to finish the count before the bout was stopped at 2:33. Quigley remains undefeated with a record of 15-0, 14 KO’s while Nash falls to 10-39-1, two KO’s. (more…)
HBO Sports reflects on the life of the legendary Muhammad Ali. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, produced by Bentley Weiner and written by Aaron Cohen.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights took center stage at the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany.
In the main event WBO #15 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (17-0, 11 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dennis Lewandowski (9-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 99-92. With the win, Schwarz retained his WBO Youth title and added the vacant WBC Youth title to his collection.
In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Christian Lewandowski (9-1, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.
Lightweight Kevin Nieves (10-1-1, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Alex “Perro” Del Bosque (11-3, 8 KOs) in the main event of a card presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions on Saturday night at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Catano, Puerto Rico. Nieves was the winner on all three scorecards by scores of 78-74.
In the co-feature, 18-year old jr welterweight John “E Terrible” Bauza (2-0, 2 KOs) of Catano stopped Mike Erosa (0-8) at the :50 mark of the second round. Bauza had Erosa down in both the first and second round before the referee stopped the fight.
Cruiserweight Kelvin Nunez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Carolina stopped Jonuel Tapia (8-7-1, 5 KOs) in the third round, after stopping him in the fourth round of a bout they had back in February.
Super middleweight Magdiel Cotto (4-0, 4 KOs) stopped Antonio Alicea by first round TKO. Cotto was 167 pounds for this fight but he will now fight at 160 pounds.
Funeral services for legendary three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will take place on Friday morning in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting at 9AM, a procession will bring the champ all over town so people can say their goodbyes. The motorcade will pass by the Muhammad Ali Center and through Ali’s old neighborhood before heading to Cave Hill National Cemetery where Ali will be buried in a private ceremony.
At 2PM, there will be a memorial service at the KFC YUM! Center that will be open to the public and will be streamed live at www.alicenter.org. Later a private reception for friends and guests will be held at the Ali Center. The family is requesting that donations be made to the Ali Center in lieu of gifts and flowers.
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo
Former two-time super flyweight world champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (54-8-2, 26 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over Andres “Jaguarito” Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC silver featherweight title on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Cancun Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. It was a close fight with Mijares emerging victorious by scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 114-113. Only Mijares was eligible to win the belt as Gutierrez came in four pounds heavy.
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Team Salido
Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and Orlando “Siri” Salido promised a war and they delivered a war on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. After twelve rounds of toe-to-two carnage, the judges couldn’t decide a winner. WBC super featherweight world champion Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) retained his belt with a split draw against Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 Vargas. Salido outworked Vargas down the stretch, seemed to land the more damaging blows and seemed to finish in better shape than Vargas but it wasn’t enough to dethrone the champion, who did fight well earlier in the bout.
“I feel really good about this decision,” said Vargas. “I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent; however I didn’t expect for him to head butt me and give me so many cuts to the face. Overall, I’m happy I was able to face this skilled warrior. I used powerful jabs and countered with ruthlessness. Takashi Miura was a much more powerful puncher, but my respects to Salido. He is a very tough fighter and has a very strong chin.”
Salido commented, “It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult fight from beginning to end with a lot of action. It was a great spectacle for all the fans. They got what they wanted. They wanted to see blood and they saw blood. I would welcome another fight with him. I believe that I won by a slight margin, but I would welcome a rematch. I would also accept the fight from Takashi Miura or from Lomamcheko. I’ll fight anyone.”
Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions
IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ezequiel “El Olympico” Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. Beterbiev dropped Maderna twice in round three and two more times in round four before Maderna’s corner threw in the towel. Time was :56
In a clash of undefeated middleweight prospects, Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over David “Day Day” Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs). Parrella rocked Grayton in round two and the bout was waved off as Grayton went to the canvas. Time was 2:19.
Unbeaten super welterweight Jamontay “Quiet Assassin” Clark (10-0, 6 KOs) survived a first round knockdown, then outboxed Edgar “Nene” Ortega (16-6, 10 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 58-55, 58-54, 58-54.
Unbeaten heavyweight Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a first round KO over journeyman Jeremy Bates (26-18-1, 22 KOs). Time was 1:47. (more…)
Hall of Fame two-time former heavyweight world champion George Foreman has commented on the passing of his greatest rival Muhammad Ali.
“They said that Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton and Holmes were all time greats and called our era ‘The Golden Age of Heavyweights.’ But there is no doubt that Ali was the greatest of us all.”
– George Foreman
By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In a clash of unbeaten featherweights, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (21-0-1, 15KO) won a hard fought unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (16-1, 8KO) to win the vacant NABA title. There was a lot of back and forth action and it appeared to be a slightly closer contested match than judged by the referees who scored the bout 97-93, 98-92 and 97-93, all in favor of Lopez who signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions last year after sitting out all 2013 and 2014 due to contractual issues. Ramirez suffered a bad cut over the right eye from a head butt in round six.
In an entertaining ten round middleweight slugfest, Gabriel Rosado edged out a wildly unpopular unanimous decision victory over Antonio Gutierrez (21-2-1, 9 KOs). Gutierrez dropped Rosado hard in the fourth round with a solid one-two combo and was the more aggressive fighter, often chasing a back-peddling or sidestepping Rosado. It was a slugfest, throughout, and a very evenly matched fight. Gutierrez is the hard luck loser while Rosado builds off his recent victory over Joshua Clottey. Judges scored the bout 95-94, 96-93 and 95-94, all in favor of Rosado.
Undefeated lightweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a clear eight round unanimous decision over Jhon Gemino (12-7-1, 5 KOs). The taller Gonzalez pressed the action and landed the harder punches in every round. Judges scored the bout 80-72, 80-72, and 79-71. (more…)
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) retained his title with a second round KO over #11 rated Predrag Radosevic (30-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. In a one-sided fight, Smith dropped Radosevic with a left hook to the body in round two and Radosevic stayed down and watched the referee count him out. Time was 1:34.
After the fight, promoter Frank Warren vowed to get Smith a fight with the biggest name in the division. “We want Canelo and we think Liam Smith is capable of beating him,” said Warren. “He’s capable of beating Cotto and Canelo, that’s the next level fight we want.”
Trainer Joe Gallagher added, “I would want Cotto for him. He’s number one mandatory for Liam. Liam Smith is in the top three or four world champs in this country.” (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Famed boxing referee and judge Richard Steele discusses the passing of ring great Muhammad Ali. “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali – he was The Greatest of All Time,” said Steele. “He was also a great friend, someone I have known since 1961, someone that made me who I am. It was Ali who gave me my first big assignment when I was thinking about becoming a referee. He told the commission that he wanted me to ref these four sparring matches on a football field in East LA. It was packed – no one could get a crowd together like him.
“The first and only time I ever cried at a fight is when he fought Larry Holmes and I was a judge. He was really feeling the punches – it was tough to see. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman were victorious in separate bouts on Friday night as Broadway Boxing returned to the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.
Abril (20-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jerry Belmontes (21-9, 6 KOs) in a junior welterweight showdown. Abril was credited with a knockdown in round one and went on to win a competitive fight by scores of 96-93, 96-93, 95-94. It was Abril’s first fight since he was stricken with dengue fever while training in Cuba to defend his WBA lightweight title against Derry Matthews in early 2015 and was forced to vacate his title
Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Jason Davis (13-12-2, 4 KOs) in a junior middleweight matchup. Foreman dropped Davis three times in round two and the bout was finally waved off by referee Ricky Gonzalez after Foreman resumed his assault. Time was 1:55.
In other action, “Subway Boxer” Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) defeated Mike Snider (10-4-3, 5 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds in a light heavyweight bout. Lee floored Snider in round four en route to a 80-71, 80-71, 79-72 verdict.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Bob Newman
We all knew it was coming. It’s inevitable, right? No one here gets out alive. Not even “The Greatest.” I was asked, to my great honor, to write a piece about Muhammad Ali, in light of his passing last night. There are certainly others who are more equipped to list the facts, a timeline on Ali.
There will be a seemingly ceaseless flood of stories on him in the coming days, especially with the International Boxing Hall of Fame annual induction festivities commencing in less than a week. I’ll be more than content, to share some personal reflections, near misses and thoughts here, on one of the most famous people, certainly in my lifetime. (more…)
Boxing greats react to the death of boxing icon Muhammad Ali:
Manny Pacquiao: “We lost a giant today. Boxing benefitted from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefitted from his humanity. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family. May God bless them.”
Amir Khan: “It is extremely sad to witness the passing of boxing’s greatest fighter and icon Muhammad Ali. I would like to send my deepest condolences and thoughts to his family at this time. No fighter or sportsman will ever reach the level of Muhammad Ali, whose name will continue to echo through the ages. Inspiring, charismatic, a true legend – Ali will never be forgotten. Having the chance to meet the great man will be a memory and privilege I will always hold dear to me – an incredible human being, fighter and role model. Thank you Muhammad for inspiring us all.”
Oscar de la Hoya: “It is with great sadness today that we mourn the loss of the Greatest of All Time – Muhammad Ali. I send my deepest condolences to his family, and pray for strength and peace for them during this difficult time. Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who promoted many of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali’s greatest fights, has commented on the passing of the legendary boxer:
“I loved the man. He was my friend for life. But, Ali will never die. I think we want to celebrate Ali’s life for being the man that he was: A fighter for the people and a champion of the people. He demonstrated the type of character, the intestinal fortitude, the inspiration, the motivation to stand up for what he believed in and say what he means and mean what he says and was willing to take the consequences of his actions. This is really what separates the wheat from the chaff.” – Don King
By Boxing Bob Newman
Undefeated Syracuse, New York super middleweight boxer Martez “The Punisher” Potter lost his life on Wednesday, June 1. The 26-year-old Potter had compiled an 8-0, 1 KO record as a middle and super middleweight. Potter had just come back from a one year layoff to repeat his win over Ahmed Tuba this past February 27 in Syracuse. Potter kept busy between bouts working as a security guard, a personal fitness and boxing trainer and had even taken up acting in the upcoming movie, “The People’s Champ.” Potter entered the paid ranks on September 22, 2012 after winning two New York State amateur titles. He leaves behind his mother Robin, three children, Jada 3, Martez Jr 2, and Anais 4 months. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that ring legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74 in a Phoenix hospital.
“A true great has left us. Muhammad Ali transformed this country and impacted the world with his spirit. His legacy will be part of our history for all time.” – Bob Arum
Arum promoted more Ali fights than anyone. On March 29, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first promotion — Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo. It was also the first fight Arum, ever attended. Ali’s funeral will be in Louisville, Kentucky.
Photos: Leo Wilson / Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated IBF lightweight world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round split decision over former world champion Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (22-2-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night in the Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Bey was fortunate to be credited with a knockdown by referee Sam Burgos in round two when Barthelemy went to the canvas after a head clash. Otherwise Barthelemy was in command. Scores were 117-110, 116-111 for Barthelemy, and somehow 117-110 for Bey.
Undefeated bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Alberto “Metro” Guevara (24-3, 9 KOs). It was a workmanlike performance for Rodriguez, who won by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) impressively took out Carlos Galvan (12-5-1, 11 KOs) with a left hand to the stomach in round four. Time was 1:24.
Undefeated lightweight Gervonta “The One” Davis (16-0, 15 KOs) delivered a quick first round annihilation Mario “Huracan” Macias Rorozco (28-19, 14 KOs).
Comebacking featherweight Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) outpointed Jesus Lule (8-18-2, 1 KO) over six rounds. (more…)
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