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By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I know what to expect from Seferi. I know his style. He’s a tough, going forward fighter, likes to throw lot of punches but I will be ready,” said WBO #1 ranked cruiserweight Krzysztof Głowacki (23-0, 15 KOs) during an open training at the KnockOut Gym. On January 31, Glowacki will be challenged by Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (36-6, 20 KOs) in a WBO world title eliminator and European title bout in Toruń, Poland.
“I’m very satisfied with my training camp. It was tough time but I’m confident that my hard work will pay off,” said Głowacki who was sparring with Łukasz Rusiewicz (Poland), Juho Happoia (Finland) and Andres Taylor (USA). “I realize that Seferi could be the toughest fighter I ever fought, that it will be a tough test but I’m ready to bang for the full 12 rounds if necessary. I can’t wait!” said Głowacki.
Spike TV is in the boxing business. The network announced a multi-year agreement with Haymon Boxing Management on Thursday to present the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series one night per month on free cable television. The new series will air on Friday nights and debut on March 13 at 9PM ET/PT with two high-octane welterweight matchups: Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia.
“We share the vision of the Premier Boxing Champions series to put the fighters first,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV. “The fighters are the stars, and we will give them a platform to demonstrate why they are among greatest and most exciting athletes in the world.” Spike’s on-air team will be announced at a later date. The Executive Producers for PBC on Spike include Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Programming, Scott Fishman, and Kay.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
On Thursday in Denver, Colorado, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum along with former world champions “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted the final press conference for “Alvarado-Rios 3,” the final chapter of their epic boxing trilogy. The twelve round welterweight clash will take place Saturday at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield and will be televised live on HBO.
Bob Arum: Everyone who follows boxing has been waiting for this rubber match of what is the best trilogy of our time. Not since Gatti and Ward fought three great fights has anything like this happened in boxing, and on Saturday night we’re going to see the rubber match between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Each has one victory and based on the previous two fights, everybody knows that this last third fight will be a classic.
Brandon Rios: Everything’s great. I’m ready. I’m pretty sure they’re ready too. We’re just ready to go out there and give the Denver fans a great show…weight’s perfect, I’ve been disciplined, and come fight night everyone is going to see a new and rejuvenated Brandon Rios. I’m back to my old self and I’m ready to get back to the top baby.
Mike Alvarado: This is going to be a very classic fight that’s gonna go down in history. I’m ready for it. I’m ready to perform and put on a great show. The trilogy is here. I’m just looking to fight the way I do every time I get in that ring and that’s to win.
Joining Alvarado and Rios at the press conference was undefeated #2 super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (who spoke English) and once-beaten Top-ten contender Maxim Vlasov, who will be featured in the co-main event in a 10-round light heavyweight battle.
By Gabriel F Cordero
A source informed Fightnews.com that while in Miami to announce the new “De La Hoya TV” network, Mexican promoter Pepe Gomez mentioned a possible fight between WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KOs) and former world titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) could land in Cancun, Mexico. Gamboa fought in Cancun last November defeating local favorite Joel Montes de Oca. Linares has also fought in Cancun a number of times, most recently in March 2013 against David Rodela.
By Gabriel F Cordero
Looks like WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) could be defending his title against Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) on a date to be named in the United States. Previously mentioned possible opponents for Gonzalez included Abner Mares, Jayson Velez and Leo Santa Cruz. A source informed Fightnews.com that Gonzalez-Russell could land on the proposed April 18 card topped by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Andrzej Fonfara. Gonzalez’ promoter Promociones del Pueblo says Gonzalez will defend his title three times in 2015.
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will defend his IBF Welterweight World title against #1 mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook ripped the belt away from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August with a career-best performance and will make his hotly anticipated first defense. “I feel so emotional right now,” said Brook. “I laid in the hospital thinking I might not walk again – now I am defending my belt at home. I am looking to get my mandatory out the way and get the big fights. He has worked hard to get his shot and he’ll give it his all. I am not looking past him, I was a mandatory too like he is. But I am going to work even harder to keep the belt that I earned.”
Also on the card, super bantamweight Gaviv McDonnell challenges Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European title and middleweight Adam Etches defends his IBF International belt against Sergey Khomitsky.
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented WBA executive Gilberto Jesús Mendoza with a WBC green and gold championship belt as sign of brotherhood between the two world sanctioning organizations on Wednesday in Panama City.
Sulaiman and Mendoza met at WBA Headquarters where they reportedly discussed several outstanding key issues and reaffirmed their goal to improve boxing for the boxers and the world fans. A third Summit Meeting is in the works to bring together the leadership of the WBC, WBA and IBF.
Haymon Boxing will reportedly announce a new boxing series on Spike TV later today in Los Angeles. The first card will be March 13 featuring former welterweight world champions Andre Berto and Shawn Porter against separate opponents. Berto meets Josesito Lopez while Porter takes on Roberto Garcia. The series debuts just six days after another Haymon boxing series debuts on NBC.
Photo: Brandon Lluis
Heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (12-1, 7 KOs) will take on unbeaten Ed Fountain (10-0, 4 KOs) in the opening round of The Boxcino 2015 tournament February 20th. The six round bout will be held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY and be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. When Fightnews last spoke with Cojanu, he was on on his way to China to fight veteran Manuel Pucheta of Argentina for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title this past July. Cojanu went on to win the fight and title by way of seventh round TKO. The nearly 6’8 Romanian-born and Southern California-based Cojanu also earned a WBO #15 world ranking shortly afterwards. Instead of basking in his success Razvan continued his training throughout entire winter holiday season. Whether it was putting in his roadwork or hours on end in the gym there was no holiday vacation for Cojanu.
The field of the Boxcino tournament was announced last and seems to be very evenly matched on paper. With a win over Fountain, Cojanu would face the winner between Donovon Dennis (10-1, 8 KOs) and Steve Vukosa (10-0, 4 KOs) in the heavyweight semifinals, which will take place April 10 at a location to be determined. Team Cojanu is confident their guy will be the last man standing. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The boxing scene in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia moved to great heights in 2014, earning the theme “The Year Of Advancement.” Many boxers in the Beltway Region did exactly that — advance to a higher level of performance. The young talent in the area progressed to a point where they became household names not only at home but throughout the boxing world.
In 2014, Beltway Boxers appeared on national television in the United States 30 times. To put this stat another way, a Beltway Boxer appeared on national TV at least once in nine out of 12 months. In January, there were seven appearances by locals and six appeared in August.
Gary Russell, Jr., Thomas Williams, Jr. and Emanuel Taylor had the most national TV appearances with three. The Peterson Brothers, Dusty Harrison, Immanuwel Aleem, Bayan Jargal, and Antoine Douglas all had two appearances. James Stevenson, Samuel Neequaye, Daniel Attah, Alexander Johnson, Andrew Farmer, Danny Kelly, Fernando Guerrero, Dominic Wade, Cory Cummings, Cecil McCalla and Jerry Odom all had one TV appearance.
Three of our boxers appeared on TV in other locations around the world — Tony Thompson in Germany, Tony Jeter in Denmark and Jessie Nicklow in Japan. (more…)
The next challenger to the UFC light heavyweight title will be determined this weekend as Alexander Gustafsson goes home to Sweden to face Anthony Johnson in a five-round main event on FOX to determine who will face Jon Jones later this year . . . click here for more
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT STOCKHOLM is LIVE on FOX Saturday, January 24 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
A fight between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland, May 2 in San Antonio, Texas, does not mean Floyd Mayweather on that same date in Vegas. More
Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder comes home. More
Speaking of Wilder, is he the answer to the so-called “Klitschko Snorefest?” More
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard visits the UK. More
Junior Wright 199.2 vs. Rayford Johnson 198.8
Floriana Pagliara 125.4 vs. Antwan Robertson 123.4
(WBU Americas Featherweight title)
Ytalo Perea 237.8 vs. Emilio Salas 207.2
Akil Frederick-Auguste 159.2 vs. Eddie Edmond 158.6
Gary Beriguette 145.2 vs. Rafael Luna 148.2
Tre’Sean Wiggins 145.6 va Ilyas Aksabaev 145.2
Marcos Suarez 137.4 vs. Micah Branch 130.8
Damien Yero 154 vs. Mack Babb 151.6
Promoter: Dmitry Salita’s Star of David Promotions
Venue: Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street)
Doors open at 7 PM ET, tickets start at $40
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (30-0, 24 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico checks out the snow after arriving in Denver for his upcoming 10-round televised battle against top-10 contender Maxim Vlasov of Russia.
In the main event, it will be Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and former World Lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. who are just 3 days away from the third chapter of their epic trilogy.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, the 12-round Alvarado-Rios 3 trilogy fight will take place Saturday, January 24 at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield,Co. and will be televised live on HBO®. photos
Thirty days out from their highly anticipated world middleweight championship Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Martin Murray have both weighed in within the World Boxing Council’s (‘WBC’) required limits heading into their February 21 clash in Monte-Carlo. From his training camp in Big Bear Lake, California, Golovkin, the WBA/IBO and WBC ‘Interim’ Middleweight Champion weighed in at 172lbs. while top rated challenger Murray hit the scale at 169lbs. on Wednesday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa. For middleweight world title fights, the WBC mandates that fighters must be no more than 176lbs. thirty days prior to the fight.
A short list of rumored boxing matches that may or may not be happening:
Kell Brook vs. Andre Berto (announcement tomorrow)
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto
Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan
Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara
Carl Froch vs. Bernard Hopkins
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs (in September)
IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor turned himself in to authorities at 2:32pm local time and is now in custody at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Taylor was released on $50,000 bond after pleading not guilty to eight felony gun counts at Monday’s MLK Parade, however his bond was revoked and a felony Contempt Of Court charge was added as the new charges violated the terms of Taylor’s release in relation to an already pending charge over the shooting of his cousin. Taylor’s next court date is March 20.
Showtime Sports garnered a peak audience of 1.34 million viewers for its boxing telecast on Saturday night headlined by newly minted WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder in his breakout win over Bermane Stiverne. The main event ranks as the highest-rated fight on any premium network in the past 12 months while the entire three-fight telecast becomes the highest rated on Showtime in more than two years. The Jan. 17 telecast attracted the second largest audience since 2004 behind the Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout event from Dec. 2012. (*since Nielsen began to separately measure premium television multiplex channels). (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia kicked off its 2015 boxing season with an entertaining seven-bout show on Tuesday night at the 2300 Arena. In the main event, featherweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter, 19-3, 9 KOs, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Rene Alvarado, 21-4, 14 KOs. Before that, junior welterweight Michael Perez, 22-1, 10 KOs, won a grueling and bloody thriller over Miguel Acosta, 29-8-2, 23 KOs, in the 10-round co-feature. Both fights were nationally televised live by Fox Sports 1.
Eric Hunter used his speed and superior boxing skills to stay ahead of his tough opponent throughout the fight. It was a decisive win, but not an easy one. Like his USBA title-winning effort last year, Hunter started the fight as a southpaw against Alvarado, and switched back and forth all night. However, he was smoother far more effective as a righty. (more…)
Heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will face Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14 KOs) on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The heavyweights go toe-to-toe on the undercard of the WBO World Super Middleweight rematch between Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs), live on Sky Sports. Price returns, following a six-month injury lay-off, ready to kick-start his 2015 with a ten-round contest against the 34 year-old Brazilian, Costa Junior. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring and remind everybody what I’m all about,” said the former British and Commonwealth Champion. “Costa Junior is exactly the type of opponent I wanted. He’s got a decent record, similar to my own, with sixteen wins and only two defeats. Last year, he went twelve rounds with Christian Hammer, so we know he’s no mug. It will be another step up, but I think he will bring out the best in me. I’m confident I will get the win.” Costa Junior was stopped in four rounds in New Zealand by world rated Joseph Parker in December.
Ring Oscar De La Hoya will launch a new Spanish-language cable television channel called De La Hoya TV, the “Golden Boy” announced today at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) annual conference in Miami. “The network aims to inspire all to live the life of a champion, delivering exceptional insight into the athletes and featuring entertainment, global destinations, news and more,” said Oscar. De La Hoya TV will launch with Spanish-language content and focus on engaging the U.S. Hispanic market. The network will in the future provide English content.
De La Hoya TV is a partnership between Oscar De La Hoya, businessman and international boxing promoter “Pepe” Gómez and media executive Victor Hugo Montero. Original production for De La Hoya TV will begin in early 2015, with details on programming schedules to be announced soon. The network is based in Miami, Florida.
Argentinian Billi Godoy has replaced Les Sherrington as John Ryder’s opponent in his first defense of his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title at The O2 in London on January 31. Godoy holds a victory over Jorge Sebastien Heiland who stopped Matthew Macklin in November. Godoy claimed the vacant WBC International belt with that win, a title he successfully defended against Mateo Veron, and he has the chance to take Ryder’s belt after Sherrington was forced out of the contest with a foot injury. “Godoy is a great opponent for John,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Billi has operated at a good level, he’s a tough Argentine that will ask John plenty of questions. We are looking to let John off the leash this year, Tony Sims has told me he is in great nick in the gym and I am expecting him to excite the fans on a big night in London.” Ryder’s clash with Godoy is part of a card that includes Kevin Mitchell vs. Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC silver lightweight title and an eliminator for the world title.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather is looking forward to visiting Australia next week according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper. “I’m so excited about coming to Australia on my first ever visit,” Mayweather said. “I want to meet my fans, have some fun and enjoy your beautiful country. What a great way to start the new year.”
Max Markson, who previously organized a Mike a Tyson speaking tour of Australia, is bringing Floyd over for appearances in Melbourne (January 29) and Sydney (January 30). Fans can have dinner with Floyd and/or join Floyd at an “after party” in both cities. Tickets range from $50 to $1000. Visit floydlive.com.au for details.
In a scheduled for six round featured attraction, 2012 Olympian featherweight Isaac “The Royal Storm” Dogboe (4-0, 2 KOs) of Ghana returns to the ring this Friday against durable and upset minded Mexican Alejandro Ochoa (5-9-2, 1 KOs) at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. Ochoa’s record is very deceiving as he is coming off of an upset of an unbeaten fighter and has never been stopped in 16 pro fights. Tough test it appears for Dogboe but one his team feels he will pass. “This is another step up in competition for Isaac but our team feels he is up for the task. Starting with this fight we anticipate a breakout year for Isaac.” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Unbeaten Murat Gassiev (19-0, 13 KOs) of Russia will make his U.S. debut versus Journeyman Terrance Smith of Oklahoma. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the cruiserweight division. The show’s promoter Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing Promotions announced a special guest to appear in none other than WBA/IBO and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (31-0, 28 KOs). “I got confirmation today that GGG will be in attendance. So we’re really excited about that. We have a total of 10 fights scheduled. Tickets are just $50 for general admission and can be purchased at the venue door. I encourage those who can attend to come out,” stated Holmes.
During the month of January, Stockholm, Sweden averages only two hours of daylight and daytime temperatures can fall to -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a challenging environment, but one that has helped to cultivate the UFC’s number No.1 ranked light heavyweight, Alexander Gustafsson . . . click here for more
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT STOCKHOLM is LIVE on FOX Saturday, January 24 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Alexander Durán 133.75 vs Josué González 133 .25
Eric Walters 134.50 vs Julio Camaño 134.25
Ricardo Núñez 134 vs Barney Argüelles 134.50
Eric Castro 133.50 vs Addir Sánchez 137
Marcos Martínez 146 vs Juan Delgado 143.75
David Wilkins 147 vs Omir Rodríguez 144.25
Jeffrey Rosales 143.25 va Isaías Valencia 145
Jhon Rentería 143.75 vs César Rivas 143.75
José Sulaiman Tournament
Venue: Islas de Atlapa in Panamá City
Promoter: Promociones del Istmo
TV: TV Max
Talks begin for a showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
More on Floyd Mayweather’s trip Down Under
Carl Froch rules out fight with Bernard Hopkins
Arkansas coverage of Jermain Taylor’s arrest
In a war, jr welterweight Michael “The Artist” Perez (21-1, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-7-2, 23 KOs) on Tuesday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Acosta got off to a good start, but Perez turned the tide midway. Perez dropped Acosta in round seven and round ten, then survived a late surge by Acosta to win by scores of 97-94, 96-93, 96-93.
In the main event, hometown featherweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (19-3, 9 KOs) outpointed WBC International silver super featherweight beltholder Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (21-3, 15 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
Unbeaten lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) kept his perfect record intact over Baltimore’s Herbert Quartey (8-11, 7 KOs). Roach dropped Quartey in round one, round three and twice in round four. Time was 2:34.
IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor spoke about the incident at Monday’s Martin Luther King Parade in Little Rock, Arkansas. In a video posted on Facebook that has since been removed, Taylor sitting a bathtub stated:
“Arkansas, I got 24 hours to turn myself in they say. Well let me get a little shit off my chest. I know y’all disappointed in me. I’m sorry if I let anybody down or hurt anybody. I make mistakes too.
“The Martin Luther King Parade. Little kids didn’t even have no candy. Tell them to get it together, had my little girl out there, nobody had no candy. I think y’all can do better with the parade. So if you’re disappointed in me, I’m disappointed in you too, because that’s Martin Luther King. So get that together too if you’re disappointed in me. What else? That’s about it. But please do better next year with the Martin Luther King Parade, even if I don’t be there to watch it, God forbid, but I haven’t missed one yet. Thank God.
“To my fans, I love you, sorry, if I gotta go to jail I’m gonna sit my ass in there. But I’m not gonna say I got no problem with no drugs to get out of jail. No I’m not gonna do that. I’m not gonna say I’m a drug addict. I worked too hard for my life to put that in it. So you can kiss my ass.
“Alright, I love you Arkansas. Champ baby. Fuck them. That boy had no business fucking with us. That’s OK you ugly bastard, scratch that part.”
By Karl Freitag
Former world champions “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss the impending conclusion of their epic trilogy, which will take place on Saturday. Alvarado-Rios I and II were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Joining the fighters on the call was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Brandon Rios: “We’re cool outside the ring but once we get into the ring we want to kill each other…we both have a lot on the line right now. This fight is pretty much judging our careers. I’m so focused and ready for this fight that it’s unbelievable. I had a tremendous training camp and I know what’s gonna happen. And I know what could happen if we lose and what could happen if we win. My mind is set on the prize and look for the glory. I’m still young in the sport and still have a lot to give to it.”
Mike Alvarado: “There has to be a winner to this. It’s a trilogy. We have to figure out who wins this. I’m just gonna get in there and do what I do…I know I need this win. We’re going to go in there and we’re going to fight our hearts out. That’s just the kind of fighters we are.”
Bob Arum: “The previous two fights were classics. This one will probably top them all.”
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