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It was a good day to be a fighter from Orange County as two local prospect scored nice victories in front of a near capacity crowd of 1,243 inside The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA.
Running his record to 5-0, but losing his KO streak at four, Westminster featherweight Humberto ‘Filly’ Rubalcava scored a UD win over very game Jose Fabian Naranjo who drops to 3-4.
Training out of the La Habra Boxing Club and under the guidance of Dave Martinez, lightweight Israel Mercado made his pro debut a winning one by stopping 0-1 Phillip Percy who did not come out for the third round.
In a bout that went the distance Laguna Hill’s Justin Governale lost a close decision split decision to 6-1 Jordan Winski out of Wisconsin.
The fight of the night which saw close to $100 thrown into the ring, Abel Sanchez trained Ruslan Madiyev scored a UD over a very solid Baltazar Ramirez. Ramirez was cut in the second round and bled the entire bout but gave as much as he took. Madiyev improves to 8-0 and Ramirez drops to 3-2.
The final Fight Club OC show of 2016 is Thursday, December 8th with tickets at www.fightcluboc.com.
NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will defend his junior welterweight title against Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) in a ten-round bouton the televised undercard of Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
“I want to thank my team at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Roc Nation Sports and HBO for giving me the opportunity to show the world a ‘Mighty Mo’ performance on the undercard of the ‘Fight of the Year’,” said Hooker. “For my part, I promise to put on a show for the fans in Las Vegas and the Pay-Per-View audience at home. No one punches like me. It’s going to be lights out.” (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Dennis Ceylan 125.5 vs Ryan Walsh 125.9
Rashid Kassem 134.9 vs Joe Murray 133.6
Abdul Khattab 161.8 vs Bartlomiej Grafka 160.5
Dina Thorslund 122.1 vs Oksana Romanova 123.2
Mikkel Nielsem 153.2 vs Andrei Dolhozhyieu 149.5
Patrica Berghult 138.2 vs Lela Terashvili 137.8
Promoter Team Sauerland
Venue Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a major upset, Australian 168 pounder Renold Quinlan (11-1, 7KOs) stopped former IBF/WBA 160 pound champion, Daniel Geale (31-5, 16 KOs) in round two of a scheduled twelve round IBO world title bout at the Silverdome basketball stadium, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia on Friday. Referee Gary Ingraham crowned Quinlan at 1:14.
Geale was stopped by Miguel Cotto in four rounds in 2015 and Gennady Golovkin stopped Geale in three rounds in 2014. Geale captured the IBF middleweight title in 2011 by defeating Sebastian Sylvester and in 2012 captured the WBA crown by outscoring Felix Sturm in Germany
10rds, superlightweight: Jean Pierre Bauwens, 63.2 versus Steve Jamoye, 63.3
Scoring referee: Toni Tiberi (Lux), judges: Gerard Stuyfzand (Nl) and Alain Hemeleers (Bel)
Vacant BeNeLux superlightweight title
10rds, superlightweight: Meriton Karaxha, 62.4 versus Ahmed El Hamwi, 63.3
Referee: Daniel Van de Wiele, judges: Philippe Verbeke, Olena Pobyvailo and Flor Vandeverre.
Supervisor: Marie-Noëlle Franck
Vacant Belgian superlightweight title
8rds, superwelterweight: Sasha Yengoyan, 70.6 versus Giuseppe Lauri, 70.5
6rds, lightheavyweight: Denis Rosescu, 80.5 versus Toni Bilic, 89.7
6rds, superwelterweight: Islam Teffahi, 71.0 versus Houssain Ghulian, 69.5
4rds, cruiserweight: Amine Boucetta, 88.5 versus Tibor Laczo, 91.2
Promoter : Claude Van den Heede
Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
First bell @ 7pm
Live coverage on Sport 40 @ 9:30pm
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has told boxing fans to put their money on 9:1 underdog B.J. Flores to rip Tony Bellew’s WBC World Cruiserweight title from him when they meet at the Echo Arena in Liverpool tomorrow night, live on Sky Sports. Bellew has called for a showdown with Haye. The ‘Hayemaker’ says he’s open to talks if Bellew can beat Flores.
“I don’t think Tony is going to win the fight,” said Haye. “B.J. is a big cruiserweight. Look at them next to each other, there’s not a lot in it at first sight but Tony is tall and skinny whereas B.J. is wide and thick set and can punch. B.J. is very underrated, he hasn’t perhaps performed to the nest of his ability in his big fights but he’s been boxing since his was six, has great amateur pedigree boxing all over the world and I think Tony has underestimated him. (more…)
Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (14-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico takes on Puerto Rico’s David “Dabo” Quijano (16-6-1, 9 KOs) tonight on Telemundo. The 10 round main event will be for Rodriguez’ WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title. The site location will be the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The card is presented by promoter Tuto Zabala Jr.’s All Star Boxing and will be televised by Telemundo. The bout will be a rematch from this past which Rodriguez won by decision. Rodriguez vows that he wont be overconfident event though he won the first encounter between the two.
Your opponent Quijano feels that the first bout between you two could have been a draw. How did you see the fight?
It was a very tough fight. He can really take punch but I feel that I won the fight.
Photos: All Star Boxing
Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez 115 vs. David “Dabo” Quijano 115
Joebert “Little Pac Man” Alvarez 117 vs. Edwin “Puto” Rodriguez 117
Farid Aghayev 163 vs. Romon Barber 160
Javier “El Dragon” Garcia 148 vs. Audrey Byrd 146
Botirali “Hulk” Mamajonov 182 vs. Larry “Pac Man” Harris 181
Promoter: All Star Boxing
Venue: Palm Bay Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida
By Héctor Villarreal
Panamanian super featherweight Jaime “Little James” Arboleda (9-0) stopped Colombian challenger Eder Espitia (10-2-4) at 2:06 on the fifth round to successfully defend his WBA Fedelatin regional championship in the main event of an exciting boxing card presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo at Vasco Nuñez de Balboa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama.
In the co-feature, Venezuelan super bantam Franklin Manzanilla scored a brutal KO over Panamanian Jorge “Buffalo” Sanchez at 0:40 on the second round.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Jose Felix 136.8 vs Alan Herrera 136.6
Egidijus Kavaliaskus 147 vs Cameron Krael 146.6
Maxim Dadashev 140 vs Eddie Diaz 139.8
Ryan Garcia 134 vs Mario Aguirre 135
Alejandro Guerrero 131.8 vs Manuel Lopez 131.4
Rudy Macedo 146.6 vs Hugo Padilla 146
Alberto Fundora 168 vs Tommy Turner 167.2
Oleg Zubenko 153.6 vs Roberto Yong 154.6
Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: Sportsmans Lodge, Studio City, California
Photo: Darryl Cobb
Jose Aaron Herrera 145 vs Mike Reed 141.9
Ismael Garcia 154.7 vs Tyrone Brunson 155.1
Tevin Farmer 132.6 vs Orlando Rizo 131.4
Victor Vasquez 136.5 vs Osnel Charles 135.7
Anthony Burgin 135.3 vs Gerald Smith 134.2
Kevin Womack 149.6 vs Hasan Young 152.7
Steven Ortiz 135.2 vs Daniel Tran 136.6
James Robinson 155 vs Isaiah Wise 154.8
Ibrihim Shabazz 158 vs Fred Jenkins, Jr 157.3
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia
The World Boxing Council has launched a concerted legal plan of action, in order to eradicate the sale of fake memorabilia including unauthorized WBC Championship belts. This is after the WBC detected these products being sold in several places on the Internet, mainly in Pakistan and Thailand.
“The WBC World Championship Belts have never been, nor will ever be for sale!,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. “They are sacred for us. The belts are icons and the WBC will use all available legal procedures to stop unauthorized sales, including pirated and illegal products.”
Boxing fans can purchase official WBC replica belts (8% smaller with your own photo) and/or mini belts in the WBC official store. (http://www.wbcboxing.com/merchandise-pagina.html).
The 1017 IBF/USBA 34th Annual Convention will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront from May 21-25, 2017. IBF President Daryl Peoples stated, “we are optimistic that our convention in St. Petersburg will be as successful as those of the past few years and look forward to connecting with our members and the members of the boxing community in Florida.”
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront is located in Downtown St. Petersburg on beautiful Tampa Bay. (more…)
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr/dcobbjr.com
Undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia hosted a Philadelphia press conference Thursday as he announced his hometown bout against Colombia’s Samuel Vargas Saturday, November 12 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Also in attendance and participating on the televised undercard are Jarrett Hurd, who takes on once-beaten contender Jorge Cota, and undefeated prospect Omar Douglas, who battles former world champion Javier Fortuna, with televised coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank
On March 13, 2014, Fighter of the Decade Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was visited by music legend Bob Dylan while Pacquiao was training at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. for his rematch with then-undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. Who would dream that 31 months later, Dylan would be awarded a Nobel Prize in literature and Pacquiao would become the first Senator to challenge for a world title? Pacquiao challenges two-division world champion Jessie Vargas in a 12-round battle for Vargas’ World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown on Saturday, November 5. It will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (more…)
Undefeated 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will face upset-minded Jaime Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.
Shelestyuk was a member of a 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team that included featherweight gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and heavyweight gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk.
In the co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs) and Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles. (more…)
Th UK’s Ian John-Lewis will be the third man in the ring when WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) defends against BJ Flores (32-2-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Judges are Alejandro Rochin (Mexico), Rey Danseco (Philippines) and Victor Loughlin (Scotland). WBC supervisor is Houcine Houichi (Tunisia).
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
A clash between former WBO junior lightweight champion, Román “Rocky” Martinez (29-3-3, 17 KOs) and undefeated Rey Ojeda (18-0, 9 KOs) is allegedly is brewing for December 3 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Martinez has not fought since June 11 when he was knocked out by Vasyl Lomachenko when he defended his belt at Madison Square Garden, New York. Meanwhile, Ojeda last fought in November 2015 and a few months ago announced his retirement, apparently due to trouble getting fights. It would be Martinez’ official debut at lightweight in an attempt to get another world title shot.
In the co-feature, Alberto Mercado (13-0-1 and 3 KO’s) will defend his regional FECARBOX and Latino 130lb belts against Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (23-3-1. 16 KOs).
Jean Pierre Bauwens jr will face Steve Jamoye tomorrow in the Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Ghent, Belgium with Sasha Yengoyan versus Giuseppe Lauri and Meriton Karaxha versus Ahmed El Hamwi as co-headliners for this 18th edition of the “Gents Boksgala” promoted by Claude Vandenheede.
Vastly experienced Bauwens, 39-2-1(23), is a former EBU-EU champion. He lost that title to Manuel Lancia. His only other defeat was against Ruben Nieto from Spain. His opponent Steve Jamoye is 19-3-1(3) and on 2 consecutive defeats against Sandor Martin and Nicolas Gonzalez. But the fight is for sure a very interesting matchup. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds with a regional title at stake. Tomorrow we will know who the actual best superlightweight is in Belgium!
Another interesting fight is between Meriton Karaxha, 10-2-1(4) and Ahmed El Hamwi, 12-8-2(1) for the vacant Belgian superlightweight title. Karaxha lost a close decision to Bauwens and the fight against El Hamwi is a rematch of their Sept 2015 fight closely won by Karaxha. Frenchman El Hamwi is Belgian licensed and eager to avenge this defeat and to win the Belgian 140lbs title. In his last fight he lost for the Belgian 147lbs title to Jessy Petit-Jean.
Hard hitting Sasha Yengoyan, 37-2-1(25), will face 40 year old Kosovo licensed Italian via Hungary Giuseppi Lauri, 55-18-0(33). Yengoyan is looking for his 26th stoppage win.
Former WBC Intl Silver and WBC Francophone champion Islam Teffahi, Denis Rosescu and Amine Boucetta will face selected opponents on the undercard.
First bell at the Topsporthal Vlaanderen Ghent, Belgium at 7pm.
Sport 40 will transmit from 9:30pm
Queensberry Promotions received news today that WBO World Middleweight Champion, Billy Joe Saunders had suffered a muscle injury and would be unable to defend against Artur Akavov on 22nd October at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. Unfortunately, on the same day British Super-Welterweight Champion, Liam Williams also suffered an injury in sparring that prevents him from defending his British title against Ahmet Patterson on the same bill.
Consequently, postponement was the only option to maintain the strength of the card, and as such the event will now take place on Saturday 26th November at the same venue.
Promoter Frank Warren said: “We have obviously not had a lot of luck with this event, first of all being let down by Chris Eubank Jnr and now the two main fights on a card falling out on the same day. We have no choice but to postpone the card to a month later so everyone is given time to recover. (more…)
Popular ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones has created an Anti-Bullying public service announcement featuring DC boxing stars Daryl Tyson (former NABF & WBC Continental Americas champion), DeMarcus Corley (former WBO world champion), Darrell Coley (former NABF champion), and Vincent Pettway (Former IBF champion). Jones is trying to get it aired nationally.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Former Pacific Northwest amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) will take on journeyman Leo Bercier (8-19-1, 4 KOs) this Saturday at the Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston, Idaho. Ferguson will meet Bercier in the eight round main event of Beat Boxing Promotions’ inaugural show, capping off what is expected to be a stacked ten bout card.
Ferguson has been on a four fight knockout spree since turning pro in April of this year when he stopped Billy Martin in the second round. The young fighter from Spokane, Washington, who in 2015 claimed the USA National amateur heavyweight title, recently handed former world title challenger Rubin Williams a loss, stopping him in the first round this past August. (more…)
Adrien Broner’s close friends are worried he may kill himself — and have contacted police to check in on the boxer after he went to social media and strongly implied he was going to take his own life. Broner began posting early Wednesday morning — apologizing to his family and friends and saying, “I don’t want to be here no more this s**t too much.”
He then posted a photo of a handgun inside of a vehicle and wrote, “I’m going home I love y’all.”
We tried to reaching out to Broner to no avail — but several of his friends told us they’re extremely concerned and at least one friend says he’s contacted police to help.
Tyson Fury has this evening announced that he has voluntarily vacated his WBO, WBA and IBO World Heavyweight titles with immediate effect to fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery.
Tyson defeated the then linear world champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany last November in one of the biggest ever upsets in sporting history to claim the unified world titles. However, due to a serious medical condition, Tyson was forced to withdraw from defending his titles against Klitschko in the rematch scheduled for October 29th in Manchester.
Tyson values the rich and treasured history of the heavyweight division which has had countless legendary champions and believes that the titles should be kept active. Therefore out of respect for the governing bodies, the sport of boxing and the heavyweight division, Tyson has made the difficult decision to vacate the belts. This will also allow him the time and space to fully recover from his present condition without any undue pressure and with the expert medical attention he requires and his close family support.
“I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko,” said Tyson. (more…)
Photo: Associated Press
Sherman Oaks, California based TGB Promotions has signed heavyweight contender Iago Kiladze, (24-1-0, 16 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract, it was announced today by Tom Brown, the company’s president.
A native of Ukraine, Kiladze has been living in the Los Angeles area and training with the renowned Joe Goossen at the world famous Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California for most of 2016.
“We’re excited to start working with Iago, he’s a very hard working fighter who is looking to make his mark in the heavyweight division.” said Brown. “He’s been training with Joe and they’ve really formed a great fighter/trainer relationship.” (more…)
Photo: TGB Promotions
World ranked heavyweight contender Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) is headed to the world’s foremost tourist destination, Monte Carlo, on Saturday, November 12 to face feared, undefeated and #1 ranked “King Kong” Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) at the Salle des Etoiles for the vacant World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title.
“This is the fight I wanted, I picked him,” said Scott. “I told my promoter Tom Brown one of the three, either Anthony Joshua, David Haye or Luis Ortiz.”
“After Ortiz beat Bryant Jennings the media starting talking about his invincibility and that he was the most feared heavyweight and I immediately wanted to fight him. There’s no such thing as unbeatable and I welcome the challenge to prove it.” (more…)
Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta (14-0, 14 KOs) will face Luis Armando Ceja (28-5-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, November 12. This will be a ten round bout which will headline the DirecTV Boxing Nights series at the Complejo Ferial in Ponce, Puerto Rico and will be presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, in collaboration with Roc Nation Sports and H2 Entertainment.
“A win over Ceja, and getting the Latino title, will place Acosta within the top ten of the WBO,” said promoter Hector Soto. “The plan is that it can be fighting for the world title for the middle of next year.”
Fighting on the co-feature is unbeaten super flyweight Jose ‘Chiquiro’ Martinez (18-0, 11 KOs), from Las Marias, Puerto Rico who will face Dominican warrior Juan Guzman (22-6, 12).
And in another match Emanuel ‘Bebo’ Rivera (16-1, 11 KOs) from Toa Baja will meet with Josean ‘Tren’ Figueroa (11-4-1, 5 KOs) from Aguada in an eight round bout.
Jaime Arboleda 128.5 vs Eder Espitia 129
Jorge Sanchez 121 vs Franklin Manzanilla 121.25
Cesar Rivas 147 vs Marcos Martinez 155.25
Yaditza Perez 105 vs Monique Sciberras 103.25
Juan Delgado 151.75 vs Edwin Gamboa 152.25
Marlene Aguilar 123.5 vs Marcela Nieto 119.5
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Venue: Vasco Nuñez de Balboa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama
Undefeated welterweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia will host a Philadelphia press conference to announce his Saturday, November 12 non-title fight against Colombia’s Samuel Vargas that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Garcia’s fight against Vargas is the final hurdle before his highly anticipated welterweight world title unification showdown against undefeated champion Keith Thurman planned for the first quarter of 2017.
Garcia will also detail a charity partnership as he looks to give back to his hometown throughout the promotion. Information about specific events and how you can join Garcia in supporting the city of Philadelphia will be announced at the press conference.
In addition to Garcia and Vargas, undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd, unbeaten prospect Omar Douglas and local prospects Thomas Velasquez, Jeffrey Torres, Kyrone Davis, Milton Santiago and Antonio Dubose will be in attendance at Thursday’s press conference.
The possible purse bid between WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA World middleweight champion and Daniel Jacobs will remain at the original split of 75-25 in favor of the champion (Golovkin) and not the 60-40 split requested by the challenger (Jacobs).
The WBA World Championships Committee voted and agreed to maintain the original 75-25 purse bid split, as stipulated in Article 9, Section D of the WBA rules.
Section C, Article 46 of the WBA rules specifies that “… the strict application of the rules can be modified when the WBA can justify accommodating special circumstances. In such a case, the WBA will consider a request for special permission or exception.” (more…)
Photo: All Star Boxing
WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Champion and WBO #7 contender Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez arrived today in Miami, Florida where he will be a special guest of the popular show Titulares y Mas on Telemundo with hosts Karim Mendiburu and Edgar Lopez at 11:35 PM tonight to talk about his upcoming rematch this Friday, October 14 against David Quijano at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The weight in which is open to the public will start at 4:00 PM tomorrow at Space Coast Harley Davison 1440 Sportsman Ln NE, Palm Bay. The clash will be televised live by Telemundo Deportes at 11:35 PM.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
South Philly lights up again Friday night with another boxing show stacked with local talent. New venues and new promoters have given Philadelphia a shot in the arm in 2016. Friday’s event, however, comes from the most established of local promoters, Peltz Boxing (with BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions – plus visiting DiBella Entertainment), at the City’s most established boxing venue, the 2300 Arena.
Like most Peltz cards, this show is loaded with local fighters and strong, intriguing matches. Headlining on Friday is a tasty 8-round clash between two junior middleweights, Tyrone Brunson and Ismael “Tito” Garcia. However, the card offers eight other fights featuring young rising talent (Isaiah Wise, Anthony Burgin, Steven Ortiz), tried and true vets (Victor Vasquez, Fred Jenkins Jr., Osnel Charles), a returning favorite (Hasan Young), a promising undefeated out-of-towner (Mike Reed), and a streaking local on the brink of a title shot (Tevin Farmer).
The main event presents the ring recipe preferred my most boxing fans. Tyrone Brunson, 23-6-1, 22 KOs, is a puncher, and Tito Garcia, 10-0, 4 KOs, is a boxer. On paper, that’s usually all you need to know. But this fight is interesting not only for its potential fireworks. It is also a crossroads fight for both boxers. (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) and Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) both appeared in a confident mood at the final press conference ahead of their European Featherweight title fight on Saturday at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.
Ceylan is aiming to become Denmark’s first European Champion for over ten years, while Walsh will be hoping to upset the home fighter and add the European strap to his collection of English and British titles.
Speaking to the media today at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel, Ceylan said he has had the best preparations of his career, and believes he is ready to write a new chapter in Danish boxing history. (more…)
Photo: Mark Robinson
Derry Mathews believes he has the power to break the heart of Luke Campbell MBE and KO him when they clash for Campbell’s WBC Silver Lightweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Mathews comes into the fight on the back of a crack at WBO champion Terry Flanagan here in March in his 50th pro outing, and the Liverpool favourite believes his power and experience, coupled with the vulnerabilities he’s seen with the Olympic gold medal man hitting the canvas in recent fights, will see him destroy Campbell’s World title dreams and set himself up for another shot.
“Everyone knows Luke was a great amateur but there are flaws in him,” said Mathews. “Anyone who knows boxing can see that. I know I’m going to go in there and break his heart. I can and I will beat him tonight. He’s never been in with anyone like me before and he will get exposed. (more…)
As WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and former Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) prepare for their epic “Pound For Pound” showdown scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, fans, media, experts and odds-makers around the world are split on who will be the favorite to win this virtually even-money battle.
Jay Rood, Vice President of Race & Sports for MGM Resorts International, provides his expert analysis of the match-up:
“I really believe this could end up being a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. Usually fighters in good form don’t meet up. Because of that, this fight opened close, has remained so and, most likely, will close so. It’s not very often that a fight in Las Vegas that’s this significant is this close in terms of odds. Ward opened at -145 and he now is at -150. I don’t believe it will change much from here.” (more…)
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