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Weights from Morelia, Mexico

Weights from Morelia, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Johnny Gonzalez 129.8 vs. Kazuki Hashimoto 129.3 Yessica Nery Plata 106.5 vs. Esmeralda132 Moreno 107.8 Juan Jose Martinez 134.6 ...

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions Ramses Agaton 154 vs. Ivan Montero 154.5 Carlos Diaz 132.5 vs. Willmank Cano 131.5 Dennis Contreras 119 vs. Sergio Frias 117.8 Rafael Guzman ...

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UniMas weights from Frisco, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Chris Avalos 126.25 vs. Rey Perez 125.25 Casey Ramos 132 vs. Daniel Evangelista ...

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Campbell, Coyle make weight for WBC eliminator

Campbell, Coyle make weight for WBC eliminator

Photos: Lawrence Lustig Luke Campbell 134.3 vs. Tommy Coyle 134 (WBC lightweight eliminator) Brian Rose 157 vs. Carson Jones 157.5 *Rose weighed 159 the first ...

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Unbeaten Casey Ramos in spotlight on UniMas

Unbeaten Casey Ramos in spotlight on UniMas

https://youtu.be/iDOTZPfDW1M Report/Video/Photo by Robert Hughes Undefeated super featherweight Casey Ramos (19-0, 5 KOs) is the latest Top Rank boxer to be given a chance ...

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2014 Briscoe Award Winners Announced

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

2014 was an excellent year for Philadelphia boxing and thus much for this fall’s 8th Annual Briscoe Awards to celebrate. The winners for 2014 include a classic fight, a Herculean performance, a monster KO, a big upset and many other outstanding milestones that will be remembered for many years to come. So with no further ado, here are the winners of the 2014 Briscoe Awards. (more…)



May 4th, 2015


Boxing News

Mayweather-Pacquiao replays on both HBO and Showtime Saturday

Both HBO and Showtime will replay the record-breaking pay-per-view bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at 9PM ET/PT.

On HBO, the replay will be paired with an “HBO World Championship Boxing” doubleheader from Minute Maid Park in Houston headlined by a collision between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland. That event marks Canelo’s 2015 ring debut.

On Showtime, the replay will be immediately followed by the premiere of “Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Epilogue.”



May 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao disappointed in Nevada Commission

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has accused the Nevada State Athletic Commission of sabotaging his fight against Floyd Mayweather. According to a report with video on Rappler.com, Pacquiao told reporters in his hotel room Sunday that not only was he “sabotaged” when the NSAC wouldn’t allow him to take a USADA-approved injection to relieve pain from an injury in his right shoulder, he stated that his vitamin supplements and water were withheld by the Commission from his dressing room. Pacman also suggested Mayweather was tipped off about his injury and Floyd tried to take advantage by pulling his arm during the bout. Pacquiao estimated that he was only at 60% for the fight and wants a rematch at full strength.



May 4th, 2015

UFC

Lawlor returns against Villante in July

Returning to the Octagon for the first time since April of 2013, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor will do so as a light heavyweight on Saturday, July 25, as he takes on New York’s Gian Villante at United Center in Chicago . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT ADELAIDE is live Saturday, May 9 on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: MayPac Aftermath

The almighty dollar flexes its muscle in Pacquiao’s camp

Floyd Mayweather takes his money and runs

Why Mayweather didn’t get a penny from me

Did PPV debacle deal another blow?

Money can’t buy you love, Floyd

Mayweather’s still boxing’s P4P champ, but no role model

Mayweather should fight Amir Khan

Mayweather-Pacquiao was a complete waste of time and money

Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch unlikely



May 4th, 2015

Boxing News

GIANT Mayweather-Pacquiao Photo Gallery

Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Here’s a giant photo essay of the Mayweather-Pacquiao experience on Saturday night in Las Vegas. 16,507 filled the MGM Grand Garden, smashing all live gate records for a highly anticipated boxing match that was five years in the making. The pay-per-view totals are expected to far exceed any previous PPV telecast, even with a record $89/$99 price point.

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May 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

“Hot Rod” Steamrolls at Hard Rock Biloxi

Report/photos: Scott Foster

With the boxing world focused squarely on Las Vegas and the “Fight of the Century,” Southern Mississippi promoter William Hunter and RiteHook Promotions, in conjunction with The Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, produced an entertaining local fight card Saturday night on the gulf coast, punctuated by a live stream of the Mayweather/Pacquiao mega-bout on a massive 35-foot screen.

The main even of the evening featured undefeated Tampa Light Heavyweight prospect Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic [19-0 w/12ko], slated to face overmatched local journeyman William Johnson [10-40 w/3ko]. “Hot Rod” overwhelmed Johnson from the onset, dictating the pace throughout to the durable, albeit limited, Johnson. (more…)



May 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

The Fight of the Century is over. Now what?

Quite a lot actually.

May 8: Amir Mansour vs. Joey Dawejko (ESPN2)
May 8: Glan Tapia vs. Michael Soro (truTV)
May 9: Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland (HBO)
May 9: Omar Figueroa vs. Ricky Burns (CBS)
May 9: Jose Ramirez vs. Robert Frankel (UniMas)
May 9: Felix Sturm vs. Fedor Cudinov (no U.S. TV)
May 9: Anthony Joshua vs. Rafael Zumbano Love (no U.S. TV)
May 15: Reynaldo Ojeda vs. Monty Meza Clay (ESPN2)
May 15: Jose Benavidez Jr. vs. Jorge Paez Jr. (truTV)
May 16: Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr. (HBO)
May 22: Boxcino Final (Last boxing telecast on ESPN2 FNF)
May 22: Richard Commey vs. Bahodir Mamadjonov (CBSSN)
May 22: Eric Hunter vs. TBA (FS1)
May 22: Alexander Povetkin vs. Mike Perez (no U.S. TV)
May 23: James DeGale vs. Andre Dirrell (NBC)
May 29: Amir Khan vs. Chris Algieri (Spike TV)
May 30: Kell Brook vs. Frankie Gavin (no U.S. TV)
June 6: Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale (HBO)
June 12: Marco Huck vs. Krzysztof Glowacki (Spike TV)
June 13: Felix Verdejo vs. Ivan Najera (HBO)
June 20: Adrien Broner vs. TBA (NBC or NBCSN)
June 20: Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith (BET)
June 26: Tony Luis vs. TBA (CBSSN)
June 27: Timothy Bradley vs. Jesse Vargas (HBO)



May 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather says he’s giving up belts

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Emily Harney

WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather announced that he’s relinquishing all his world titles on Monday or within a few weeks and that his final fight in September may be a non-title bout. “I would like to give other fighters chances,” said Floyd at his post fight press conference. “I got the WBC and WBA super welterweight and WBA, WBC, WBO welterweight titles. It’s time for other fighters to fight for those titles.”

“I had a brilliant game plan and remarkable team. Manny Pacquiao is still a champion. He still has a lot left. I was the better man tonight, countering and basically using the jab. I am blessed, Manny is blessed, he’s a hell of a fighter. I knew in my heart I was beating him easy. He was applying pressure, but he wasn’t landing any punches. I was constantly popping the jab in his face.” (more…)



May 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao reveals pre-fight shoulder injury

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Emily Harney

Manny Pacquiao said at the post fight press conference that he was essentially a one-armed fighter for much of his fight against Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao stated he had suffered a shoulder injury during training camp. “One week before the fight my shoulder wasn’t one hundred percent. We had an MRI and there was a tear in my right shoulder,” he said adding that he felt pain from the third round. “I hesitated to be more aggressive because I only had one hand. My right was in pain. It’s hard to fight with one hand.”

It was also revealed that Pacquiao had been denied an anti-inflammatory shot by the Nevada State Athletic Commission prior to the fight even though the shot was approved by USADA during his training camp.

There had been some consideration given to postponing the fight due to the injury but a decision was made not to reschedule. (more…)



May 3rd, 2015

UFC

Lawlor returns against Villante in July

Returning to the Octagon for the first time since April of 2013, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor will do so as a light heavyweight on Saturday, July 25, as he takes on New York’s Gian Villante at United Center in Chicago . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT ADELAIDE is live Saturday, May 9 on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather, Pacquiao Postfight Quick Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Floyd Mayweather: Manny Pacquiao is a tough competitor. He’s a true champion and we were both at our best tonight…My last fight is in September, then it’s time for me to hang it up. I’m almost 40 years old now. I’ve been in the sport 19 years. I’ve been world champion for 18 years. And I’m really, truly thankful and blessed.

Manny Pacquiao: I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do anything. He always ran. I got him many times. I saw the punches and I think I won the fight. It’s not easy to throw a lot of punches if the opponent is moving around. I can handle his power. It’s not like Margarito or Cotto.



May 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather beats Pacquiao in Fight of the Century

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Unbeaten WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) in the richest fight in boxing history on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Floyd won round one EASY and was in command for the first three rounds. Pacquiao rocked Mayweather in round four and unleashed a barrage with Floyd pinned on the ropes. Floyd outboxed Pacquiao in round five. Pac had a good spurt in round six. Mayweather outworked Pacquiao in rounds seven to nine. Pacquiao came on in round ten. Mayweather closed the show to win clearly. Scores were 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.

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May 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Lomachenko KOs Rodriguez in 9th; Santa Cruz dominates Cayetano

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) scored a one-sided ninth round KO over WBO #1 rated Gamalier Rodriguez (25-3-3, 17 KOs). Lomachenko outclassed Rodriguez, displaying the brilliant boxing skills that made him a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Rodriguez was deducted a point for a low blow in round five. Lomachenko dropped Rodriguez with a body shot in round seven. Rodriguez was deducted another point for a low blow in round eight. Lomachenko dropped Rodriguez again in round nine and Rodriguez was counted out by referee Robert Byrd. Time was :50.

 

WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over game but overmatched Jose Cayetano (17-4, 8 KOs) in a non-title featherweight bout. Santa Cruz dominated the bout from the opening bell, but Cayetano fought hard the whole way and was never in danger of being stopped. Scores were 100-90 on all three cards.

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May 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Off-TV Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard bouts

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Undefeated middleweight Chris “Sweet” Pearson (12-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Said El Harrak (12-3, 7 KOs) over ten rounds. In what was a chess match in the early part of the fight Pearson and Harrak sized one another with the jab. Pearson was cut above the right eye in round four as blood trickled. Pearson continued to fight on outslicking and outworking El Harrak. Going all out in the final round both Pearson and El Harrak closed strong. Judges scored the bout 98-92, 99-91, and 99-91.

Undefeated super middleweight Jesse Hart (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage over Mike Jimenez (17-1, 11 KOs) for the NABO, USBA and NABF (junior) super middleweight titles. Hart pounded Jimenez early on connecting with power shots. Finally an accumulation of punches forced referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight at 2:13 of round six.

In the opening bout from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Brad Solomon (25-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Adrian Granados (13-4, 9 KOs) of Cicero, Illinios in a competitive bout. Solomon was on the offensive early on stalking Granados as he circled the ring. Halfway through the fight Granados began to come on. Granados was cut on the left eye late in round eight but that did not stop him from coming after the slick Solomon. Heading to the final round Granados pressed as Solomon kept his distance. Late in the round Solomon appeared staggered as Granados closed strong. Scores were 96-94 on all three cards with Solomon wining on two of them.

First note from ringside. The undercard bout between cruiserweights Andrew Tabiti and Anthony Caputo Smith is off due to a medical issue with Smith.



May 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

WBO #1 Boesel and Hammer win in Germany

Unbeaten WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (19-0, 6 KOs) outpointed Norbert Dabrowski (17-3, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Sparkassen-Arena in Jena, Germany. Boesel retained his WBO Intercontinental belt by scores of 117-110, 115-113 and 116-111.

In the co-feature, WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (18-0, 8 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous nod over Kali Reis (7-4-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 98-91 on all cards.



May 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

NSAC resolves late dispute over gloves

An eleventh hour complaint by the Mayweather camp over Pacman’s Cleto Reyes gloves, which they termed “horse hair style,” has failed according to ESPN’s Joe Tessitore. TMT wanted CBS President Les Moonves to arbitrate, while the Pacquiao camp successfully argued the Nevada State Athletic Commission has jurisdiction. The Mayweather camp eventually withdrew their protest. Both Pacquiao’s gloves and Mayweather’s Grant gloves have been approved and inspected by the Commission, and Manny will enter the fight tonight with his chosen “puncher’s gloves.”



May 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather is a 2:1 favorite, but more bettors wagering on Pacman

As expected, wagering on tonight’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao clash is hot and heavy. Mayweather is currently a -210 favorite, while Pacquiao backers can get +170. 49% of the action is coming in on Mayweather, 51% on Pacquiao.

“We expected this to be our highest bet fight in recent memory and as of today the rate that bets are coming in is astounding and may surpass our expectations,” said Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager at Bovada.lv. “We will know more tomorrow, where we expect to take 50% of the bets on the fight. Even though action is pretty even on the fight itself, our liability on Pacquiao is steadily growing since he is paying just under 2/1. The best case for the book is a Mayweather decision, no surprise there. The worst case is an early Pacquiao KO or even a draw which, I am without words on how much love it is getting from our bettors.”

Typically a bet for a draw on a fight will pay about 33:1. For Mayweather=Pacquiao, a draw is paying 10:1.



May 2nd, 2015

UFC

Jedrzejczyk-Penne new Berlin main event

UFC No.2 light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN main event bout against Glover Teixeira due to injury . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT ADELAIDE is live Saturday, May 9 on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Get the official Mayweather-Pacquiao program

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With less than 24 until the Fight of the Century, Fight Town Gallery has just announced three new limited edition items.

This is your chance to get the official Mayweather-Pacquiao souvenir program, the SAME program available at today’s fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It includes 78 full color pages of photos, statistics and information. The front cover comes with the names in silver foil on gloss paper. Size is approximately 9″ x 12″. Limited quantities. This is destined to become a collector’s item.

Also available is the official Mayweather-Pacquiao Collector’s Poker Chip commemorating tonight’s battle created by the world’s top boxing artist Richard Slone. Limited to only 500.

Finally, there is also a special Mayweather-Pacquiao Poster Combo consisting of:

1 – 20″ x 26″ Official Promotional Poster
1 – 18″ x 24″ Vintage Poster
1 – 18″ x 24″ Sloane Art Poster
1 – 5″ x 7″ Score Card by Fight Town Gallery

Click here to get your Mayweather-Pacquiao gear…



May 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Beltran destroys Ao, WBO title remains vacant

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

The WBO lightweight title formerly held by Terence Crawford, who moved up in weight, will remain vacant as Ray Beltran (30-7-1, 18 KOs) scored a brutal second round TKO over two-time world champion Takahiro Ao (27-4-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Beltran dropped Ao hard with a huge right hand in round two and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Only Ao was eligible to win the title after Beltan was unable to make the lightweight limit. Time was 1:29.

Local WBO #3, IBF #4, WBA #4 rated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (21-0, 15 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Raul Hirales Jr (22-5-1, 11 KOs) of Mexico in a scheduled eight round bout. A right hand by Magdaleno staggered Hirales and Magdaleno followed up dropping Hirales in round two. Hirales was bloodied as Magdaleno continued his attack throughout the fight knocking him down a second time in the final round in route to the decision win. All two judges scored the bout 80-70, and the third had it 80-69.

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May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Alexis Kabore defeats Fassinou again

Alexis Kabore made it 2-1 against Fattiou Fasinou tonight at a full Palais des sports de Ouaga 2000 of Ouagadougou, Burkina faso.
In a clean, hard fought and close contest the local Kabore took the early rounds after a cautious start from both pugilists. The visitor from Benin made it close on the scorecards winning the later rounds. The final scores were a too wide 118-110 from Lateef Muiss. While French Robin Dolpierre scored it a more realistic 116-113 and Sylvain Adote had it 115-113.
Alexis Kabore kept his WBC International superbantamweight title.
WBC Vice President Houcine Houichi supervised the fight.



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Ponomarev defeats Zewski for NABF belt

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Konstantin Ponomarev (28-0, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Mikael Zewski (26-1, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The Abel Sanchez-trained Ponomarev set the tone early, taking the normally aggressive Zewski out of his game with a sharp jab. Zewski landed occasional power shots, but after ten highly tactical rounds, Ponomarev won by scores of 99-91, 97-93, 98-92. With the win, Ponomarev claimed the NABF championship.

In the opening bout, Russian 2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhostev (9-0, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Frenchman Hakim Zoulikha (21-6, 10 KOs). Mekhostev controlled the fight throughout the eight rounds and dominated Zoulikha. All three judges scored the bout 80-72. (more…)



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

GIANT Photo Gallery: Mayweather, Pacquiao make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Emily Harney

Floyd Mayweather 146 vs. Manny Pacquiao 145
(WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight titles)

Note: 11,500+ paid spectators were on hand for Friday’s official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao smiled and said “thank you” to Mayweather during their faceoff. Floyd didn’t respond or break off his steely gaze.

Leo Santa Cruz 124.5 vs. Jose Cayetano 125
(featherweight, non-title)

Vasyl Lomachenko 125.5 vs. Gamalier Rodriguez 126
(WBO featherweight title)

Off-TV fights
Christopher Pearson 154 vs. Said El Harrak 154
Jesse Hart 166 vs. Mike Jimenez 168
Andrew Tabiti 194 vs. Anthony Caputo Smith 195
Brad Solomon 146 vs. Adrian Granados 147

Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions/Top Rank
TV: PPV

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May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

LIVE: Mayweather-Pacquiao Weigh-in



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV debuts tonight with two title fights

truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively present the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV , a new live primetime boxing series debuting tonight at 10 p.m. ET from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with two scheduled matches.

The main event is a twelve round clash for the WBO lightweight world championship between Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs) of Japan and Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Mexico. Only Ao is eligible to win the title as Beltan was unable to make the lightweight limit. In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweights Mikael Zewski (26-0, 20 KOs) of Canada and Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) of Russia collide for the NABF championship.

The network’s presentation will feature the first-ever domestic use of “Spidercam” technology for a live boxing telecast, providing dynamic coverage of this new series. (more…)



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Germany

Photos: Team SES / C. Worsch

Dominic Bösel 173.9 vs. Norbert Dabrowski 172
(WBO intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Christina Hammer 157.75 vs. Kali Reis 155.5
(WBO female middleweight title)

Tom Schwarz 237 vs. Vaclav Pejsar TBA
Moritz Stahl 174.75 vs. Vaclav Polak 170.25
Tom Pahlmann 189.75 vs. Ralf Sawetzki 191
Adam Deines 192.25 vs. Patrick Linkert 188.7
Philipp Schuster 147 vs. Sven Köhler 146.75
Lucie Sedlackova 126.5 vs. Karina Kopinska 128

Venue: Sparkassen Arena in Jena, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: MDR

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May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Latest Mayweather Sr., Roach quotes

Photos: Will Hart/HBO

Photos: Will Hart/HBO


Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach, trainers for Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, respectively, met with the media Thursday to discuss Saturday’s welterweight championship showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao live on pay-per-view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Floyd Mayweather Sr: “To be honest with you, it’s not going to be much of a fight. This fight has already been won. We can beat Manny any day, any time, any year, any moment. Manny’s best performance was when he got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. I think it’s best for Floyd to choose what he wants to do at the end of the year. I think he should retire, because if he sticks around, somebody is going to get you sooner or later.”

Freddie Roach: “We’ve have trained so hard for this fight. This fight has two of the best fighters fighting each other. I’ve been training Manny for this fight for five years. We know all about him, we have covered all the bases. I think we have the winning formula to win this fight. If we were to lose to an undefeated fighter like this, there’s no shame in that. Floyd’s a good fighter, but he has picked his opponents. I don’t think he picked Manny. I think he was forced to take this fight. Manny was down to 143 pounds yesterday, so I told him to eat a good meal and then we will do a light workout later today. Tomorrow he will have breakfast in the morning and then get on the scale.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

WBC Francophone update

Hubeaux and Goles with WBC Francophone beltEarlier this month the first 2 WBC Francophone champions have been crowned.

First to be crowned was Hedi Slimani, who in a splendid battle stopped EBU-EU champion Samir Kasmi of France in the 12th and last round on april 11th in Lichtervelde, Belgium.

Herve “HH” Hubeaux demolished Marino Goles inside 1 round to win the vacant WBC Francophone heavyweight title last April 25 in Andenne, Belgium.

Next up is Bilal Laggoune who will face French Engin Karakaplan on May 31 in Aalst, Belgium for the vacant cruiserweight crown. Followed by Sebastien Madani of France who will have Islam Teffahi in the opposite corner for the vacant superwelterweight crown on June 20th in Rumilly, France.

Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the May ratings of the WBC Francophone championships.

The full set of ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Ex-Olympic Gold Medalist Murata halts Ataide; ex-champ Yaegashi flattens Songsaenlek in two

By Joe Koizumi

Former Olympic middleweight gold medalist, WBC#7/IBF#12 Ryota Murata (7-0, 5 KOs), 161.75, scored his career-best stoppage over WBO#15 Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-2-1, 6 KOs), 161, from Brazil, over ten frames in the main event on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Murata returned his original peek-a-boo style with which he had gained the gold medal in London, and almost perfectly blocked Ataide’s busy combinations and retaliated with heavier punches to the face and the belly. Ataide accelerated his attack to have Murata on the defensive in the third and fourth, but the Japanese, five years his senior at 29, was patient enough to wait for openings to fight back with his powerful rights. Just after the fatal fifth started, Murata exploded a very strong right to the neck under the ear, dropping Ataide on the deck. The Brazilian was on the feet, but Murata furiously swarmed over him and decked him again with a fusillade of punches to have the referee Yuji Fukuchi declare a well-timed halt. It seems the best stoppage that Murata displayed after he began fighting in the paid ranks in August 2013.

Formerly two-class champ Akira Yaegashi (21-5, 11 KOs), 115, returned to ring warfare and showed a breath-taking TKO victory over Thailand’s Songsaenglek Phoswangym (18-12, 5 KOs), 115, at 2:05 of the second round. Yaegashi looked very sharp in countering the taller Thailander with a solid right to floor him in the closing seconds of the opening canto. Songsaenglek had a narrow escape, but the second session witnessed Yaegashi’s right cross over his left hand stretch him with a thud with the ref immediately calling a TKO without counting over the flattened pancake.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Miura stops Dib in three to keep WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Hard-punching southpaw Japanese, WBC super-feather champ Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22 KOs), 130, impressively kept his belt when he dropped ex-IBF feather titlist, WBC#6 Billy Dib (39-4-1NC), 130, from Australia, and halted him at 1:29 of the third round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Miura registered his fourth successful defense since he dethroned Mexican Gamaliel Diaz via ninth round TKO in April 2013. The slick-punching Dib, from the outset, utilized his shifty footwork to avert mixing it up with the Rocky Marciano stylist, and his strategy looked fine in the first two sessions as Miura failed to catch the elusive target.

Miura, however, positively kept stalking the Aussie footworker and finally pinned him to the ropes midway in round three, when he connected with a pulverizing southpaw left that bounced the face off and followed up with another vicious left to the face. Dib sank under the lowest ropes in the neutral corner and his face was almost out of the squared circle—on the apron. The Australian ex-champ barely raised himself up but couldn’t maintain his equilibrium, and the Panamanian referee Hector Afu (Panama) wisely declared a well-received halt then and there.

Miura, nicknamed “Bomber” here, showed his technical improvement while still kept his vaunted power punching, which proved too much for the Australian Billy the Kid.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
WBC supervisor: Bob Logist (Belgium).



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz: The fights the fans want, we’re going to give it to them

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


Undefeated WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) is looking to impress when he takes on unheralded Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight contest in the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV co-feature on Saturday night.

“I know that everybody is here for Mayweather and Pacquiao but there will still be millions seeing me fight and I want to show them who Leo Santa Cruz is so that I can get a lot more fans,” he told reporters on Thursday. “I’m still young and there are many more fights to come. The fights the fans want, we’re going to give it to them. I know those fights are going to happen. I want to look spectacular and I want to get Cayetano out of there really fast.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Lomachenko excited to show what he can do

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


Arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time with two Olympic gold medals and two Amateur world championships, 27-year-old WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) has quickly made his mark in the professional ranks. He will defend his world title for the second time against WBO #1 rated contender Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs) in the TV opener on the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV telecast on Saturday night.

“This is an opportunity to show everyone what I’m capable of doing and for millions of viewers to see that I can do it,” said Lomachenko. “The best fighters get the best opportunities in the ring, there are a lot of great fighters getting those opportunities including myself. It’s always a good feeling when people are saying good things about you. I’m very excited to be involved in a bout such as this one, May 2 will be a big show shown around the world. I’m very happy to be in the opening bout for this huge fight.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Gamalier Rodriguez: I will win, I’m sure of it!

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


WBO #1 rated featherweight Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs) is confident he’ll dethrone world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) when they meet in the TV opener on the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV telecast on Saturday night.

“I will win! I’m sure of it. I will be champion,” declared Rodriguez on Thursday. “All of the attention toward Vasyl Lomachenko gives me motivation. I’ve been a fighter and a boxer since I was young and it’s added motivation to come out on top this weekend. I know that Lomachenko is a good and technical fighter but it doesn’t compare to my hunger and drive to be world champion.

“I wanted to take the opportunity during my speech at the press conference to let everyone know that I came here to fight. It’s going to be a hard fought battle and I’m very confident that I’ll win and become the champion this Saturday.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Cayetano: I feel very strongly that I will win

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Coming off a bad loss to a fighter who lost three straight, the last place unheralded super bantamweight Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) expected to be is in the co-feature for the Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fight of the Century.” However, against all odds, Cayetano now finds himself matched against WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round non-title featherweight contest. “I’m very happy and very grateful and very excited to get into the ring. It’s a huge commitment, the entire world will be watching me but that is why I accepted the fight, I know that if I beat him, bigger and better opportunities will come my way,” Cayetano said Thursday.

“I’m not nervous because it’s not the first time that I’ve faced a tough opponent. I’ve never faced a world champion but I’ve faced opponents that throw hard punches, so I’m not nervous, I’m excited. I know that Leo Santa Cruz is a strong, difficult fighter but he also has weaknesses and that is what we prepared for, to give him a surprise…I’m a man that takes challenges and I’ve been preparing very hard. I’m always prepared for these types of fights. I’m very prepared and I feel very strongly that I will win.”



May 1st, 2015




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