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Warriors Boxing has announced the signing of bantamweight Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales to a co-promotional deal, along with Marines Promotions. 27-year-old southpaw Perales (24-2, 15 KOs) is a native of Brownsville, Texas, with an aggressive fan-friendly style, fast hands and good power. He turned professional at age 20 and had over 100 fights as an amateur. Currently ranked #5 in the IBF, Perales was scheduled to participate in an IBF bantamweight eliminator against IBF #3 Ryosuke Iwasa to decide the mandatory challenger against Randy Caballero, however Perales pulled out two weeks ago after suffering a knee injury in training.
The UFC’s Memorial Day weekend event on Saturday, May 23 is shaping up to be one for the ages, with the Wednesday announcement of several exciting matchups, including two championship bouts that will headline the card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada . . . click here for more
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Legendary boxers Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson headline the 21-person 2015 Class of Inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. It is a star-studded cast which includes many of the finest boxers in the sport’s history. Rich Marotta, the Hall’s founder and chief executive officer, made the announcement Thursday during a news conference at the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas.
Nevada-resident boxers: Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia
Non-Nevada resident boxers: Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Marco Antonio Barrera, Felix “Tito” Trinidad, Gene Fullmer
Pioneer category: James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jack Johnson, Joe Gans, Tex Rickard
Non-boxer participants: Lee Samuels, Pat & Dawn Barry, Steve Sneddon, Dr. Donald Romeo, Chuck Hull, Dr. Robert Voy
Former undisputed world light-heavyweight champion Harold Johnson passed away this morning at the age of 86. Promoter J Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2004, recalls his days with one of boxing’s all-time greats.
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Harold Johnson was my boyhood hero. My friends would dream about being Mickey Mantle or Tommy McDonald or Wilt Chamberlain, but for me, Harold Johnson was The Bomb. It got to the point that when I was in high school, I would get my hair cut so short, just like Harold’s, that my head looked like a dirty tennis ball. Friends would yell “there goes Peltz with his Harold Johnson haircut.”
His passing this morning leaves me empty and comes at a time when I am questioning my own future in the sometimes wonderful, sometimes wretched world of professional boxing.
Harold was the light-heavyweight champion of the world when, as he would remind me, there was only one world, not a conglomeration of close to 70 belt holders. Rarely were there more than eight world champions in Harold’s time.
There are so many Harold Johnson stories I could tell that would fill up an entire book. Here’s one of them! (more…)
Undefeated light heavyweight standout Vyacheslav “Lion Heart” Shabranskyy (12-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring on Thursday, March 12 to put his undefeated record on the line when he takes on Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena (11-0-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event for Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) versus “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, televised live on HBO Latino.
Shabranskyy-Pena is the third announced co-feature for the card. Originally jr welterweights Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor were to collide in a ten-rounder, but Orozco was injured. Then welterweight Frankie “Pit Bull” Gomez was to go against an opponent yet to be announced.
Spike TV has added some extra punch to their “Premier Boxing Champions” series announce-team. Five-time, two-division world champion boxer Antonio Tarver and former professional MMA fighter, Jimmy Smith, will serve as color analysts for Spike TV’s inaugural season of “Premier Boxing Champions.” Spike TV’s first “Premier Boxing Champions” event will take place on Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. The event will showcase two marquee match-ups including Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Robert Garcia. Tarver and Smith complete Spike’s “Premier Boxing Champions” announce team which includes Dana Jacobson as host and Scott Hansen as play-by-play announcer.
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
We just received the very sad news that former world light heavyweight champion Harold Johnson passed away this morning (Feb. 19) at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 87.
Johnson, a stylish technician who fought the very best of his era during his 25-year professional career, won his first share of the title in 1961, unified the crown in 1962, compiled an overall record of 76-11, 32 KOs, and entered the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. He was not only one of Philly’s very best, he was truly one of the very best boxers of all time.
Details regarding his death or funeral services have not been released yet.
By James Slater
Welterweight contender and former 140-pound world champ Amir Khan is amongst those people in boxing who feel superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior will at last get it on this coming May. Fight fans the world over are constantly checking the web sites to see if there are any new developments regarding the fight being announced as official, but as of today, we are all still waiting in hope.
Khan though, thinks the fight will happen and he says he wants it to, even if it will mean he loses out on his dream of taking on Mayweather. Talking to Sky Sports today, Khan said he hasn’t given up complete hope of getting the call to fight Mayweather, but that it doesn’t look too likely now. (more…)
The purse bid for Evengy Gradovich vs. Lee Selby for the IBF Championship mandatory defense scheduled for today at the IBF office in Springfield, NJ has been cancelled. IBF Championships Chairman, Lindsey Tucker, received notice late yesterday that both parties had reached an agreement and the fight will take place in London, England on April 25.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Super welterweight Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (22-1, 14 KOs) of New Jersey was on hand at Tuesday’s media workout at the Wild Card gearing up for his next fight against Australia’s Glen “The Rock” Dawson (40-4-1, 26 KOs). The bout will take place in Macao on the Shiming-Ruenroeng undercard in a scheduled ten rounder opening up the HBO2 telecast.
“I feel really good, I mean HBO,” said Tapia. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring. This is the best training camp I ever been in. I’m with Freddie Roach, he is a great coach.”
Tapia has won two straight since suffering his lone defeat against James Kirkland. He is coming off a fourth round TKO over Donatas Bondorovas in his last fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) will challenge Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) for the WBC light heavyweight championship on April 4 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Bika talked to Fightnews to say he is thrilled to be challenging Stevenson for the WBC crown “I am happy and confident I will defeat Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight title on April 4 in Canada,” Bika said. “I am training at Kostya Tszyu’s gym at Rockdale in Sydney today but I will be traveling to America next week to train with Kevin Cunningham. Kevin has arranged for world class sparring partners. I will be WBC champion on April 4. I want to thank my manager Al Haymon for this great opportunity!” (more…)
Paul Smith says that the confidence from his first clash with Arthur Abraham and the improvements in the gym means he will be taking the WBO world super middleweight title back to Liverpool after the pair rematch on Saturday at O2 World in Berlin.
“I am ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get the win,” said Smith. “I am fit, I am strong and I have sparred very well; I know I have got what it takes to defeat him. He can be fitter and stronger this time around, but he cannot add anymore strings to his bow, he’s not that type of fighter, that type of man or that type of guy in the gym. What he does in incredibly effective, it’s won him many, many world title fights and I respect him massively, but there’s not going to be anything new from him. (more…)
As the UFC embarks on another trip to Brazil in 2015, the heavyweight main event features a former title contender against a legendary former champion as Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva faces off with submission specialist Frank Mir in a five-round headline bout . . . click here for more
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WBO #15 ranked Heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (12-1, 7 KOs) has arrived to the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. It is there he will face unbeaten Ed Fountain (10-0, 4 KOs) in the opening round of the Boxcino 2015 heavyweight tournament on Friday. The bout will be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
The nearly 6’8 Romanian-born and Southern California-based Cojanu is one of the favorites to win the tournament and is not lacking for confidence. “I know who I’m fighting but I don’t know anything about him,” said Cojanu. “I have no worries. Buddy McGirt and John Arthur have me 100% physically and mentally ready. In my country, when the subject of boxing is brought up they immediately mention former world champion Lucian Bute. I hope to earn that same respect he has from our countrymen in the ring.” (more…)
Muhammad Ali signs a deal with Under Armour.
Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini lands a weekly radio show.
Ricky Burns lands a fight in the U.S. against Omar Figueroa.
Tyson Fury vows a short night vs. Christian Hammer.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Originally scheduled to participate in an IBF bantamweight eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger against Randy Caballero, IBF#3 and ex-OPBF titlist Ryosuke Iwasa, Japan, pitifully realized his counterpart #5 Sergio Perales, US, became unavailable as he suffered a knee injury in training just two weeks before the greatly publicized event. Iwasa (19-1, 12 KOs), 119.75, squared off against an emergency substitute, Filipino Ricardo Roa (12-10-2, 4 KOs), 119.25, and decked a fine stoppage with sharp southpaw lefts at 2:55 of the second session on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov, 19-0-1, 12 KOs, #2 in IBF heavyweight rankings and Steve “USS” Cunningham, 28-6-0, 13 KOs, USBA Heavyweight Champion, will be the co-feature on the Saturday, March 14 Kovalev vs. Pascal light heavyweight championship from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The twelve-round heavyweight fight is for the mandatory position in the IBF and the USBA Heavyweight Title. The fight will be the co-feature on the Kovalev vs. Pascal light heavyweight championship from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The HBO World Championship Boxing live triple header telecast will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Earlier today Glazkov and Cunningham took part in an international conference call to discuss their upcoming fight. (more…)
Photo: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME
Hometown favorite and unbeaten welterweight Sammy Vasquez held a media workout on Wednesday at South Park Boxing Club as he prepares to face fellow southpaw Emmanuel Lartey in the 10-round main event on Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Vasquez (17-0, 13 KOs) is aiming for his 10th consecutive knockout against Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ghana.
“Lartey has never been knocked out, but I definitely think I have the power to take him out,” said Vasquez. “It’s more of the plan of setting it up — I’m going to set it up and put him in positions that he hasn’t been in before to make him uncomfortable. I want to make him throw punches that he normally doesn’t throw so I can open him up and capitalize on his mistakes.” (more…)
Today DIRECTV announced the main event matchup, and majority of its fight card for the second BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) event at Mandalay Bay on April 4th. The event will be headlined by BKB middleweight champ Gabe Rosado defending his title against New York middleweight slugger Curtis Stevens, and it will be broadcast via national PPV across all cable and satellite providers.
Other fights include:
Jesus Soto Karass vs. Ed Paredes (jr moiddleweight)
David Estrada vs. Khurshid Abdullaev (jr middleweight)
Anthony Johnson vs. Joe Montoya (cruiserweight)
Javier Garcia vs. Jonathan Chicas (welterweight)
Herbert Acevedo vs. William Hutchinson (jr welterweight)
Gabe Duluc vs. Antonio Canas (jr welterweight)
Julian Pollard vs. Elijah McCall (heavyweight)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) came face-to-face at today’s final press conference ahead of their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch on Saturday night at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany.
“I know what I need to do,” announced the reigning WBO Champion Arthur Abraham. “On Saturday night, I will get the job done. My hand will be raised and the title will remain round my waist! Smith fought well in our last fight, but can he do it again? I’ve trained harder this time round. I’m in better shape and will show my true potential. He is going to be in for a tough night. I can’t promise a knockout, but I can promise that I will do everything in my power to give the fans a spectacular finish.” (more…)
Photos: Will Hart/HBO
Middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and top rated challenger Martin Murray give their final thoughts at today’s final press conference. Golovkin vs. Murray takes place this Saturday, February 21 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte-Carlo and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 5:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Gennady Golovkin: Martin Murray is a great fighter, he looks strong here today. He is the biggest test of my career. Thanks to everyone for putting this event together, it’s great to be back in Monte Carlo, I love fighting here. Thanks to my team and my coach Abel Sanchez. I promise a great fight on Saturday night and a big drama show. Welcome to my fight!
Martin Murray: Gennady Golovkin is one of the best fighters in the world, but this Saturday I will beat him. We had a great camp, six weeks in England followed by five in South Africa. I’ve done everything I need to beat him, this is the hardest fight of my life but I’m ready for it.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Attorney Patrick English, representing mandatory WBA cruiserweight contender Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs), strongly disagrees with special permit status requested by WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev’s promoter Andriey Riabinsky/World Boxing to fight Poland’s Lukasz Janik instead of Kalenga. Fightnews.com obtained a copy of English’s strongly worded letter directed to Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, World Boxing Association Executive Vice President and Championship Committee Director.
The letter reads as follows:
We are in receipt of a copy of a request ﬁled by World of Boxing, Mr. Lebedev’s promoter, for a Special Permit to ﬁght Lukasz Janik. Please accept this response on behalf of Interim WBA Cruiserweight Champion Youri Kalenga and his manager, Gary Hyde.
This office has seen many requests for Special Permit over our 30 plus years of representing fighters and promoters. We have never seen one with less merit to it. Apparently Mr. Lebedev’s promoter feels that the submission of the Special Permit fee (We are unclear whether a fee of Twelve Thousand Dollars ($12,000.00) or of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20.000.00) was submitted.) is sufficient, in and of itself, for there is absolutely no argument on the merits in the application we have received. (more…)
Main Events and Interbox announced today that the NABF Light Heavyweight Title fight between Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba vs. Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin will be the opening bout of the HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader featuring the Unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal in the main event and heavyweights Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov vs. Steve “USS” Cunningham in the co-feature on Saturday, March 14 live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina
Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist flyweight Zou “Fist of Gold” Shiming (6-0, 1 KO) worked out for media Tuesday afternoon at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California in preparation for his upcoming title shot against undefeated IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) of Si Racha, Thailand. Shiming and Ruenroeng will square off Saturday March 7 at the Venetian in Macao’s Cotai Arena live on HBO 2.
“I am really excited for this fight I can’t wait to get in the ring,” Zou Shiming told Fightnews.com. Training with his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in their seventh fight together, Shiming looked solid hitting the heavy bag Tuesday as media members looked on. Roach however has taken some brief time off during this camp due to back surgery and his assistant Marvin Zamudio has taken over during Roach’s absence.
“I have been preparing for this fight two months. Freddie has a good game plan for me,” Shiming said about his camp. “From my first professional fight to my title shot after I win the title you will see how I have progressed.”
“He is doing well. I just had back surgery, I might have to send Marvin (Zamudio) to his fight,” Freddie Roach told Fightnews.com “Marvin does his job well.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #8 lightweight Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (35-4-3, 26 KOs) will clash with Pablo Martin Barboza (23-4, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBO world title on March 20 at the Wests New Lambton club, New Lambton New South Wales, Australia. Bennett is coming off a four round stoppage victory over Padjai Yongyuthgym (18-1-2) in December 2014. He also stopped Stevi Ongen Fernandus (15-6-1) in five rounds and well credentialed Tony Fernandez (35-0) in six rounds in 2014 fights. The 41-year-old Bennett was born and also resides in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Barboza scored a ten round points decision over Sergio Javier Escobar (26-22-3) in September 2014. He also outscored over ten rounds formerly unbeaten Marcelino Nicolas Lopez (29-0-1) in July 2014. The 30-year-old Barboza was born and also resides in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.
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