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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas commenced with a jam-packed mandatory defenses ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Undefeated heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz takes on former WBO heavyweight champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the ...

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Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best World boxing is back to Puerto Rico this Saturday, December 20, with Triple Crown presented by DIRECTV ...

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Robin Krasniqi workout

Robin Krasniqi workout

Report and photos by Tony Mayger This weekend light heavyweight hopeful Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0, 16 KOs) could take a giant stride towards a ...

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2014 WBC Convention Day 2

2014 WBC Convention Day 2

Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas was chock full of competing ...

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Boxing News

Casimero-Santos flyweight eliminator tomorrow

A world title shot will be on the line at the Salon Las Palmas in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday, December 13, when Mexico City’s Armando “Cobra” Santos (14-3-1, 8 KOs) faces Filipino star John Riel “Cuadro Alas”Casimero (20-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round IBF flyweight title eliminator that will air on FOX Deportes at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

In the co-main event, unbeaten Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KOs) battles Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Genaro “Duro” Camargo (39-15, 32 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.

Also in action will be lightweight contender Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (28-1, 24 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Adan “Speedy” Mares (12-0-1, 3 KOs).



December 12th, 2014



Boxing News

37-0 Jonak comes back in Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated light middleweight Damian Jonak (37-0, 21 KOs), one year ago ranked in the top 5 in the world by all sanctioning organizations, will be making his return to the ring tonight in Poland after more than a 12 month hiatus versus tough Bradley Pryce (35-18, 19 KOs) from Wales. Pryce, who went full distance with names like Frankie Gavin, Sergey Rabchenko, Chris Eubank Jr and Billie Joe Sanders, does not have a lot of respect to his rival. “Yes, he’s got a world class record, but this is it. Just names,” said very confident Pryce in a Polsat TV interview.



December 12th, 2014


Boxing News

More on the Escandon-Cave controversy

By David Robinett and Felipe Leon

The scorecard for Thursday night’s WBA interim super bantamweight title fight between Columbia’s Oscar Escandon and Canadian Tyson Cave sparked outrage over social media and had television analyst Teddy Atlas frothing at the mouth. Atlas scored the bout 118-110 for Cave, however judges Raul Caiz Jr. (117-111) and Tony Crebs (115-113) scored the bout for Escandon giving him what many consider an unjust win. Judge Max DeLuca had Cave winning 115-113 on the third card.

The bout will certainly be protested by the Cave camp and reviewed by the WBA. Sampson Lewkowicz, who promotes both fighters, stated “I will see what the WBA does before I make the next move with either fighter. And then either they will fight again to prove one clear winner or one will go after (WBA Champ) Scott Quigg and I will find the other another big fight.”

Below is the controversial scorecard:

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December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

South African Boxing Update

By Ron Jackson

Boxing fans can watch live coverage of two tournaments on SuperSport on Sunday. In addition to blow-by-blow footage of the fight between Amir Khan and Devon Alexander on Sunday morning, SuperSport will broadcast action from East London (South Africa) in the afternoon, when Nkululeko Mhlongo takes on Yanga Phetani in an SA title bout. Coverage of the tournament in Las Vegas, where Khan and Alexander clash for the WBC silver welterweight title, starts on SuperSport 7 at 4am (SA, CAT, GMT+2). And the action in East London will be shown live on channel 210, starting at 2pm (SA, CAT, GMT+2). (more…)



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Former champ Garcia returns tonight

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (35-3, 22 KOs) will reappear tonight against Andrés “Bombita” Garcia (9-3-3, 3 KOs) at the Municipal Auditorium in Los Cabos in Baja California Sur. The two fighters previously met early in their careers with “Rayito” winning an eight round decision. He later went on to capture both the IBF and WBO minimumweight titles in becoming one of the most technical and spectacular Mexican boxers. The Promociones del Pueblo card will be televised in Mexico on Saturday night on Cadena Tres.



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Abraham vows “no mercy,” Price added to undercard

Heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) is the first big UK name confirmed for the Abraham-Smith II undercard at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany on February 21. Price’s addition was announced Thursday at a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool, where Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith came face-to-face for a second time this week to promote their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch.

“It’s great to be fighting on the undercard of such a big show,” said Price. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and reminding everyone what I’m all about. 2015 is going to be a big year for me, its important I get off to a good start on February 21.” An opponent for Price will be announced shortly.

Meanwhile super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham vowed “on February 21 I will show no mercy. I will deliver a clear result – then there will be no further discussions!”



December 12th, 2014

UFC

Anthony Birchak: This Time It’s Going Down

There is a lot of emotion that goes into fighting, and keeping those emotions in check is something every fighter will tell you is a crucial element to success on fight night. Now, when you consider an athlete making their official UFC debut, everything that comes along with testing your mixed martial arts skills against another worthy adversary is amplified tenfold . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more . . . Then, on Saturday, Dec. 13, on FOX, UFC FIGHT NIGHT PHOENIX airs at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boesel, Krasniqi in action December 20

Unbeaten WBO #6 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (16-0, 5 KOs) takes on Mohamed Merah (12-1-3, 4 KOs) on December 20 at the Dolce Hotel Munich, in Munich, Germany. Bösel will be making the second defense of his WBO Intercontinental belt.

Also in action is former world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (42-3, 16 KOs). With possible world title shots against either WBA champion Jürgen Brähmer or WBO/IBF/WBA champ Sergey Kovalev on the horizon, Krasniqi is risking his #2 rating with both the WBA and WBO against the once-beaten Dariusz Sek (21-1-1, 7 KOs).

SES prospects Tom Schwarz (heavyweight), Moritz Stahl (super middleweight), Tom Pahlmann (cruiserweight) and Domenic von Chrzanowski (middleweight) are scheduled, as well.



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Tarver TKOs Banks, Trout stops Grejeda, Escandon edges Cave on marathon card at Pechanga

Other winners include: Dominic Breazeale, Edwin Rodriguez, Sergio Mora, Terrell Gausha, Rico Ramos, Gerald Washington, Marcus Browne...

By Felipe Leon and David Robinett at ringside

In a fight so tactical it would have made Bernard Hopkins blush, faded heavyweights Antonio Tarver and Johnathon Banks stared each other down for six rounds before the 46-year old Tarver exploded, relatively speaking, to score a seventh round knockout and stay relevant amongst the shallow pool of American heavyweight talent. The opening rounds were painfully slow, with Tarver winning the first two stanzas by virtue of landing one good punch in each, a left hook in round one and a straight left that snapped Banks’ head back in round two. The action did not begin in earnest until round five, after which the southpaw Tarver sought to control the action with his right jab while sneaking in some quick left hands while Banks mixed in the occasional right hand with his sporadic left jab.

Banks, (29-3-1, 19 KOs), never found an answer for Tarver’s left hand and paid the price in round seven, when Tarver threw his first combinations of the fight. Midway through the round, Tarver nailed Banks with a straight left and sent him down with the follow up right hook. Banks rose on unsteady legs and, failing to defend himself from Tarver’s newfound aggression, referee Jack Reiss stepped in to halt the bout at 2:25 of the round. Tarver, (31-6, 22 KOs), was in the ring for only the second time since his suspension in 2012 for a positive steroid test and appeared in less than peak condition. Nevertheless, while he clearly is no longer a threat to the top of the weight class as he was in his Mason Dixon days, Tarver still has enough remaining talent to compete with the Union Canes of the heavyweight division and lives to fight another day. (more…)



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing News

Amir Khan talks Pacquiao vs. Mayweather ahead of Devon Alexander fight. More

50 Cent criticizes Jay Z‘s boxing promotion. More

Is Floyd Mayweather avoid Manny Pacquiao? More

Devon Alexander representing St. Louis vs. Khan. More



December 12th, 2014

UFC

The Ultimate Fighter Finale at the scales

The Ultimate Fighter Finale, which is headlined by the UFC strawweight championship bout between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas and the featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Charles Oliveira, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC STRAWWEIGHT TITLE
Rose Namajunas (115) VS Carla Esparza (115)FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Charles Oliveira (147*) VS Jeremy Stephens (146)
Daron Cruickshank (156) VS KJ Noons (156)
Yancy Medeiros (155.5) VS Joe Proctor (156)
Randa Markos (116) VS Jessica Penne (115.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Lisa Ellis (115) VS Felice Herrig (115)
Heather Jo Clark (115.5) VS Bec Rawlings (116)
Seohee Ham (114.5) VS Joanne Calderwood (116)
Angela Magana (115.5) VS Tecia Torres (115.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Alex Chambers (114.5) VS Aisling Daly (118*)
Angela Hill (115.5) VS Emily Kagan (116)

*Daly and Oliveira each have one hour to make weight

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COMING UP NEXT: TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more . . . Then, on Saturday, Dec. 13, on FOX, UFC FIGHT NIGHT PHOENIX airs at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley-Chaves Quotes and Photo Gallery

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The final press conference took place today for Saturday’s Top Rank card at the Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas featuring former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. against one-time interim world champion Diego “la Joya” Chaves in a 12-round welterweight clash. The co-main events will feature two world championship battles — World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Mauricio “el Maestro” Herrera defends his title against undefeated Jose Benavidez, Jr. and Matt Korobov and Andy Lee collide for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight crown.

Timothy Bradley: Diego’s a tremendous fighter. He’s had a couple of opportunities here on USA soil. One against Keith Thurman which he was doing very well in the fight until Keith Thurman found that key and ended the night, but he put up one heck of a fight against Keith Thurman. The other one against the rugged, I call him rugged because he ain’t no joke, Brandon Rios, where many felt he was unfairly treated in that fight and disqualified. But as boxing fans we all know that this guy can really fight…Diego Chaves brings a lot to the table. He’s a power puncher. You know the Argentinian fighters, Floyd Mayweather just fought one. He’s tough, I know his background, and I know Saturday night’s gonna be a rough night, but I’m prepared at my very best right now.

Diego Chaves: We know Tim is a very respectful boxer. He’s very strong, one of the best and we will do our best. Because we came from an unfair defeat against Brandon Rios we want to make a good fight on Saturday. (more…)



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

“Popo” Freitas talking comeback

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former two-division world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas last Friday confirmed his plans return to boxing next year. “I will not return to boxing for the money. I will return because it’s a very personal desire and the desire to make a joyful moment for my Brazilian people who still believe that I can be world champion again,” said Freitas. “My preparation will be a long time but I must face it and accept it. I will prepare in Belem this beautiful city that supported me and I hope to fight back here.” According to a latest information, it has been found that the return of Freitas could be in May 2015 at the opening of Mangueirinho Gym to 12,000 people in that city.



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan-Alexander Quotes and Photo Gallery

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

The final press conference took place today for Saturday’s Golden Boy card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas featuring former champions Amir Khan versus Devon Alexander in a welterweight clash plus, WBA interim welterweight Keith Thurman against Leonard Bundu, former world champion Abner Mares against Jose Ramirez in a featherweight bout and Jermall Charlo against Lenny Bottai in an IBF jr middleweight eliminator.

Amir Khan: I’m not taking this fight lightly because I know it’s going to be a very tough fight…I’ve learned from my losses but I’ve come back stronger and I’ve learned from that…My dream was always to fight in Vegas, now I’m here so it’s like a dream come true.

Devon Alexander: My resume speaks for itself, I don’t face the easiest fights only for money. I fight the toughest and top guys, I come to fight every time. Thanks to Amir Khan for taking a challenge…A lot of my UK fans want me to beat Amir Khan. I don’t know what’s happening over there, but thanks for the support guys.

Keith Thurman: I would really like to be fighting Amir Khan or Devon Alexander, but that’s not going to happen this time. But I told my team, it doesn’t matter where you get him from, I just want to fight undefeated guys. I like fighting undefeated fighters, I don’t know how many it’s been, I’m just going through them. Leonard Bundu is an Olympian, I’m excited to showcase my skills against an Olympian. It’s one time, every time. KOs for life. Don’t blink. (more…)



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Chudinov destroys McColloch to win WBA interim belt; Ustinov defeats Welliver

In a clash for the vacant WBA interim super middleweight title, Fedor Chudinov (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a devastating second round knockout over Ben McCulloch (14-1, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. A crushing right hand knocked McCulloch out cold. Chudinov is the younger brother of WBA interim middleweight beltholder Dmitry Chudinov.

In an entertaining fight between BIG heavyweights, 6’8 Alexander Ustinov (30-1, 21 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Chauncy Welliver (55-10-5, 22 KOs). Ustinov dropped Welliver in round five, but the rugged 300-pounder Welliver went the full eight.



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

“Freight Train” Walker heavier than “Viking” Wach

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Mariusz “Viking” Wach (28-1, 15 KO) is three inches taller than heavy hitting “Travis “Freight Train” Walker (39-12, 31 KOs) but he was lighter on the scales tonight in Radom, Poland. Wach, who wants to be more mobile than usual against Walker, was 250.6 pounds. Walker, who wants to be a stronger man in the ring, was 257.9. The Wach-Walker fight is promoted by Tymex Boxing Promotions/Global Boxing and will be broadcast live on Polsat TV.



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara, Smith make weight

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
and Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) scaled in at the division limit of 154 pounds for his title defense against former IBF jr middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 12 KOs). Smith was a half-pound lighter at 153.5. The bout takes on Friday night at the Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Showtime will televise.

Other weights:
Badou Jack 169.5 vs. Francisco Sierra 172.5
Chris Pearson 155.75 vs. Steve Martinez 154

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December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Legal/boxing drama in Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It was a very simple case for me. If Wach is on the scales as scheduled, the fight is on. If he is not, the fight is off. No drama from me. Happy that Wach and his colleague is out, and ready to do my job on Friday,” said Travis Walker (39-12, 31 KOs) after a 24-hour real legal drama, involving his Friday opponent in Radom, Poland, Mariusz Wach (28-1, 15 KOs), up and coming world ranked featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (18-0, 7 KOs) and their trainer Piotr Wilczewski.

As reported by Fightnews.com yesterday, the Polish trio on their way to Wednesday’s official press conference, were stopped and then detained by Polish police on suspicion of transporting illegal substances. All of them spent a night in police custody, 40 miles from the fight site, with no word to event organizer Mariusz Grabowski from Tymex Boxing Promotions about their status for today’s weigh-in or Friday’s nationally televised boxing event on Polsat TV.

None of fighters, nor trainer admitted that almost 200 grams of methamphetamine secured in the car belonged to them, and the fighters were able to arrive in Radom today – just in time for the weigh in. The legal situation of their trainer is being currently being discussed with prosecutors by Piotr Wilczewski’s lawyers.



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF #11 Hosokawa in action Friday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Japanese IBF #11 light middleweight Takayuki Hosokawa (25-10-3) will be in action on Friday against Indonesian Moses Seran (24-18) at the Thonburi University, Bankok, Thailand with the IBF Asia title up for grabs.

In other action, IBF #4 jr featherweight Mike “Tyson” Tawatchai (34-7-1) will clash with Hendrik Barongsay (26-19-3) over ten rounds.

Also, IBF #15 jr flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin (25-3-1) will be in action against Filipino Armando Dela Cruz (25-13-3) over twelve rounds for the vacant IBF Asia championship. Sakkreerin scored his best win in 2013 in Japan when he scored a third round KO over former WBA 105 pound champion Ryo Miyazaki

Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “I’m sure this will be a very exciting promotion with special interest in the world rated Japanese light middleweight Hosokawa. World rated Mike Tawatchai is always in very good fights and is popular with Channel Seven television boxing fans.” photos



December 11th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Phoenix Prelims Fantasy Preview

The UFC’s debut in Phoenix this weekend for UFC Fight Night will feature several top 10 ranked fighters on the preliminary card, including former title contender John Moraga taking on upstart newcomer Willie Gates . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more . . . Then, on Saturday, Dec. 13, on FOX, UFC FIGHT NIGHT PHOENIX airs at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara, Smith quotes and workout pics

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
Idris Erba/ Mayweather Promotions

The six boxers who will fight Friday on Showtime’s tripleheader participated in an open media workout Wednesday at Champion Fit Gym in San Antonio, Texas.

In the main event from The Illusions Theater at The Alamodome, current WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) puts his title on the line against former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) in a 12-rounder.

“People make excuses [for not wanting to fight me],” commented Lara on Wednesday. “It has a lot to do with my style. I’m a crafty fighter but I can also punch. I look at it as excuses. Look at my record, look at all the styles I have fought. In 23 fights, there is not one guy in the sport who has fought all the guys that I have fought. I have fought [Carlos] Molina, Paul Williams, Alfredo Angulo, Canelo [Alvarez], [Austin] Trout. That’s six top 10 guys in 23 fights. Not even Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao have fought that type of opposition in 23 fights. (more…)



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Vetyeka returns, challenges for vacant WBA Pan African title

By Ron Jackson

Popular Simpiwe Vetyeka, a former triple “world” champion, returns to the ring in East London on Friday night. Vetyeka, who has not fought for six months, takes on Arturo Santos Reyes of Mexico at the Orient Theatre. The vacant WBA international featherweight title is at stake. Vetyeka, the only South African who has won a WBA “super” title, turns 34 on Christmas Eve and brings a professional record of 26-3, including 15 wins inside the distance, to the ring in which he has fought so often. He made his professional debut in January 2002 and has won the SA and IBO bantamweight titles, as well as the IBO featherweight, WBC international super-bantamweight and WBA “super” bantamweight titles.

He stopped longtime world champion Chris John in six rounds last December, handing the future Hall of Famer his only career defeat, and is coming off a technical decision loss to Nonito Donaire in May. (more…)



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo ready to rock Philadelphia

Photos: Ed Keenan/Top Rank

Lightweight sensation Felix Verdejo, the latest in a long line of outstanding Puerto Rican boxers, makes his Philadelphia debut on Saturday when he takes on Karim El Ouazghari, of Barcelona, Spain, in the scheduled eight-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Verdejo-Ouazghari fight, along with an eight-round super middleweight contest featuring Jesse Hart, of Philadelphia, will be televised as part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate series on UniMas.

Verdejo turned pro late in 2012 and is 15-0, 11 K0s. He boxed eight times in 2013 and this will be his seventh fight in 2014. “I want to be a role model for the kids, the same way Felix Trinidad was for me,” Verdejo said.

The 34-year-old Ouazghari is 16-5-2, 4 K0s. In his most ambitious start, he lost a 12-round decision to John Murray for the European lightweight title in London.

Click here for GIANT photo gallery of Verdejo’s workout on Wednesday



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Venter meets Usyk for WBO regional belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Danie Venter, who holds the WBF cruiserweight belt, meets Oleksandr Usyk of Russia in a bout for the WBO intercontinental cruiserweight title. The 34-year-old Venter, a former Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, has been a professional boxer since March 1 2003. He won the SA junior heavyweight title when he stopped Earl Morais in the first round on July 29 2006. (more…)



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Staten Island fighter Marcus Browne making local news. More

Amir Khan hoping for “father’s day” when he takes on Devon Alexander. More

Speaking of Khan, looks like he’ll be wearing $50,000 shorts when he steps into the ring this weekend. More

Carl Frampton to defend against Chris Avalos. More



December 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Pechanga

Photos: Carlos Baeza

Austin Trout 156 vs. Luis Grajeda 155.6
Tyson Cave 121.8 vs. Oscar Escandon 121.6
(WBA interim super bantamweight title)
Antonio Tarver 225.6 vs. Johnathon Banks 211.8
Marcus Browne 177 vs. George Blades 196.6*
Edwin Rodriguez 177 vs. Derrick Findley 173.4
Sergio Mora 161.8 vs. Dashon Johnson 164.2
Dominic Breazeale 261 vs. Epifanio Mendoza 221
Gerald Washington 250 vs. Mike Sheppard 235
Terrell Gausha 153.8 vs. Cesar Vila 154.8
Rico Ramos 130.4 vs. Juan Ruiz 126.4
Ahmed Elbiale 176.4 vs. Lawrence Blakey 175.8
Vatche Martirosyan 142.2 vs. Eddie Diaz 142.6
Malcolm McAllister 164 vs. Fernando Najera 165.4

*Note: Blades 19.6 pounds over the contract weight

Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Promoter: Goossen Promotions
TV: ESPN2

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December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan-Alexander workout quotes and Pics

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

British superstar and former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan and former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” made their ‘Grand Arrivals’ and performed a light workout on Wednesday at MGM Grand, just three days before their welterweight showdown this Saturday. Khan (29-3, 19 KOs), of Bolton, England, and Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs), of St. Louis, will square off in the 12-round main event of a Showtime quadrupleheader from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Amir Khan: “I love these kinds of events, to be near the fans, because the fans are the ones who make you. On Saturday, you’re going to see an aggressive, disciplined boxer-puncher. It’s always been my dream to headline in Las Vegas and to be the main attraction at MGM Grand is a great motivation for me. People believe in me. Las Vegas believes in me. My career has gone by so fast. I’ve fought some of the biggest names and I’ve learned so much. But I’ve never had the focus and vision I have going heading into Saturday. I feel stronger and wiser and better than I did when I was 25. The stakes are so enormous. I am not looking ahead. There is no way I’m taking him lightly. He’s not a champion any more so I expect him to be even more motivated. This is going to be a great fight on Saturday.”

Devon Alexander: “I’m so excited about fighting this Saturday. Finally fighting in Las Vegas is a dream come true. What’s better than this? He is good, but I am going to expose him with my speed and quickness. He’s fast, but I’m fast too. He’s got quick hands, but I’ve got quick hands too. I’m going to stay in the pocket and fight. I am so confident. The time is perfect for this fight. I would love to spoil Khan’s plans for the future. In fact – I’m looking forward to it. This is a high-stakes matchup that will take me one step closer to the top of the list.” (more…)



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Weights and photos by Bob Ryder

Ali Mansour 255.5 vs. Damon McCreary 224.3
Willie Fortune 159.3 vs. Sklyar Thompson TBD
Anthony Barnes 166.9 vs. Craig Schwallier 166.7
Darryl Cunningham 162.9 vs. Bruce Rumbolz 164.8
Jerry Waterson 291.1 vs. David Mbah 221.6
Garvin Crout 135.1 vs. Ramon Guevara 134
Joel Scullin 123.9 vs. Carlos Alcala 123.9
Craig Lewis 222.3 vs. Milton Jennings 204.7
Jeff Kugel 278.3 vs. Michael Lunsford 335.2

Promoter: Ahrens Promotions (Greg Ahrens)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: MotorCity Casino-Hotel
Tickets: ticketmaster.com $20-$100
Doors: 7PM, First Fight: 7:30.

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December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Berto spearheads protest in Las Vegas

Key figures in the sports and entertainment worlds have been speaking out on the incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., over the past two weeks and former two-time world champion Andre Berto is taking steps to make sure that the boxing community makes their voices heard as well. With two major boxing cards taking place this weekend on the Las Vegas strip, Berto saw the opportunity to bring everyone in the sport together for Black Out Boxing – A Rally for Justice on Friday following the two event weigh-ins.

“We want to show the world that the boxing community supports this cause and this is a great opportunity for all of us to come together and make our voices heard,” Berto said. Scheduled to join Berto at the rally are Peter Quillin, Shawn Porter, Zab Judah, Jermall Charlo, Jarmell Charlo, and Errol Spence as well as trainer Virgil Hunter.

The rally is open to the public and anyone who will be in the Las Vegas area is welcome to join this group of boxing stars at 4 p.m., on Friday at the Las Vegas sign south of Mandalay Bay. Everyone who is attending is encouraged to wear black.



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley, Chaves ripped and ready

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former two-division champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley looked ripped to the bone while working out during media day Wednesday for his upcoming return to the ring to battle Diego Chaves in a 12-round welterweight collision, on Saturday inside the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Chaves also worked out for the media.

“Chaves in the ring changes so much,” said Bradley. “He has speed, steps in, gets out, can double up with his left hand. He has a complete arsenal. Will he get dirty? I think so particularly when we get close to each other. I have no problem with whatever he brings. I like to brawl and actually look forward to doing it. He’s a tough guy yes, but not as mean as Ruslan Provodnikov. I am only thinking winning. That’s all that is on my mind – use my skills, beat Chaves, anyway I can.”

Chaves stated, “Bradley is one of the three best fighters in the world – Pacquiao, Mayweather and Bradley. To beat Bradley it will take intelligence, movement and hard punches to the body which really bothers him. This fight will be a boxing match and not so rough as the one with Rios who is very dirty. I was surprised and hurt when my fight with Rios was stopped. I really thought Rios was disappointed in the way he fought that night and that really caused all of that commotion. What happened to me that night was very unfair.” (more…)



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Full lineup announced for Chicago boxing card

The full card has been announced for Friday’s marathon 14-fight “Holiday Boxing Bash” event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In the main, featured bouts, popular local prospect Jose Felix Quezada (4-0, 3 KOs) of Alsip, Illinois will face Marlon Lewis Memphis, Tennessee (6-5-2, 3 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder; undefeated Eddie Ramirez will face 34-fight veteran Dedrick Bell of Memphis in a super lightweight six-rounder; and promising Patryk Szymanski (11-0, 6 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will take on Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s more experienced Gundrick King (18-13, 11 KOs) in a super welterweight eight-rounder. In the night’s main event, three-time Olympian and 2007 World Amateur flyweight champion Rau’shee Warren (12-0, 3 KOs) of Cincinnati will take on Buena Park, California’s Javier Gallo (21-10-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled-for-10 bantamweight duel. (more…)



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Kiko Martinez, Gabriel Campillo update

Former IBF World super Bantamweight Champion Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez and former WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo will return to action in their home countries of Spain this Friday, December 12, at the Palau Olímpic Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona.

The IBF #8- and WBO #11-rated Martinez (31-5, 23 KOs) will drop back down to his natural weight of 118 lbs. to face French southpaw Amor Belahdi Ali (13-3-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round battle. Meanwhile, Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs), continuing to stay busy while waiting for another high-profile showdown, will face Czech veteran Tomas Adamek (21-10-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout. (more…)



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Breazeale back in action Thursday night

Heavyweight prospect, Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (12-0, 11 KO’s) returns to action tomorrow evening in an eight-round bout at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California versus heavy-handed Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza (40-19, 34 KO’s) of Columbia. Breazeale, who is coming off a second round knock-out of his opponent this past August, is ready to get back in the ring and prove why he continues to be a promising young contender.

Breazeale’s early success is due not only to his amazing athletic ability and great work ethic, but also to a great team. Breazeale is advised by the highly recognized Al Haymon, and trained by world-renowned trainer, John Bray. For the past couple of months, Breazeale has trained diligently at Cross Roads Boxing Gym while awaiting details on his next bout. The uncertainty of not knowing when a fighter’s next bout will be can take a toll on a boxer in training camp, but Breazeale handled it with the skill and finesse of a seasoned veteran. (more…)



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan denies he was knocked down by Pacman

Welterweight Amir Khan has denied claims by former trainer Freddie Roach that he was knocked down in sparring by Manny Pacquiao. “No way Manny outclassed me in sparring,” Khan told the Daily Mail. “Perhaps I should send Freddie some videos to remind him of that. But I don’t want to get into an argument about whether Manny knocked me down. Perhaps Freddie said it because he was hurt that I left him for Virgil Hunter – who everyone says is making me a better fighter – but I want there to be respect when I meet him and Manny somewhere down the road.”



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Glen Johnson: My goal is to become world champion again

Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) has all the motivation he needs to beat Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. The legendary Jamaican boxer knows that victory over the rising Swedish star will put him back on the path to world glory. “Erik is a strong opponent,” said Johnson. “He is a very good boxer with great potential, but I’ve not travelled all the way to Denmark to lose! As a young boxer you want to achieve something and you want to measure yourself against the best. Erik will be motivated to prove he belongs on the world stage, but I’ll be even more motivated to show the world that I’m still able to get the job done. I still have a lot more to offer.”

Johnson, a former IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion, has shared the ring with many of the biggest names in modern boxing including Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch and Roy Jones Jr. At 45 years old, the ‘Road Warrior’ is not yet ready to give up on his dream of reclaiming a world title. “I take care of myself. I treat my body well,” said Johnson. “Age is just a number. I still have the motivation to carry on. I feel great, and as long as I feel this way I will continue. I can’t say for how long, but I’m not fighting just to fight. My goal is to become world champion again.”



December 10th, 2014


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