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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia ...

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater Photos: Scott Raven Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed "Rampage" bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face ...

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

By Karl Freitag Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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AWE TV

Weights from Cardiff, Wales

Lee Selby 125.5 vs. Rendall Munroe 124.3
(EBU/British featherweight title)

Gavin Rees 135 vs. Gary Buckland 134.8
Anthony Joshua 244 vs. Dorian Darch 238

Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: AWE TV



January 31st, 2014



Boxing News

Chicago’s 2014 Boxing Comeback

By Sam Geraci

To say that Chicago’s 2014 boxing scene is going through a renaissance might be an overstatement, but after a review of the 2014 schedule along with talks involving boxing insiders, it’s clear that Chicagoland promoters and fighters are going to be major players in deciding how 2014 is going to be remembered. In the next 30 days alone, Chicagoland will host three cards. Two of those cards will be televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights, February 7 and February 28, while one of those cards will be tonight at the Belvedere Events & Banquets in Elk Grove Village, IL, featuring the return of local fan favorite Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez who recently returned from sparring at the Wildcard in Hollywood, CA. (more…)



January 31st, 2014

UFC

The Jersey Devil Ready to Emerge From Purgatory

New Jersey’s own Nick Catone faces Tom “Kong” Watson this weekend at UFC 169 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and for the hometown fighter, it’s a chance to put his recent performances in the rear view and start 2014 off on a right note . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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January 31st, 2014

Twitter Watch

Oscar’s advice to Victor Ortiz: Call it a day

After some lively feedback, Oscar later clarified his comment, tweeting: “Call it a day, not a career @VICIOUSortiz he needs a good long rest because if you remember his fights are always exciting.” And later Oscar added “GoldenBoy will always stand with victor.”



January 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin-Adama to be telecast in over 100 countries, but the USA isn’t one of them

By Karl Freitag

Saturday’s big Gennady Golovkin-Osumanu Adama WBA/IBO world middleweight championship fight in Monte Carlo will be shown in over 100 countries, it was announced Friday by the promoters of Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza. Boxing fans in Australia, Austria, the Baltic States, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France/Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latin America, the Middle East, Poland, Russia, Scandinavia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, can all see the fight, but unless something changes very quickly, American fight fans will be left out in the cold.

HBO, the network that has Golovkin under contract, opted to show another replay of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” rather than pick up the live international feed of Golovkin-Adama. Considering that Golovkin’s most recent fight against Curtis Stevens was HBO’s third highest rated boxing match for 2013 averaging 1.4 million viewers, it’s hard to fathom why the network would reject this chance to showcase one of its biggest stars.



January 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Collazo: I want Floyd here in New York

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Photo: Ed Mulholland

After his shock KO of Victor Ortiz, welterweight Luis Collazo says he wants to face Floyd Mayweather. “I want what the fans want,” commented Collazo in the ring after the fight. “I want Floyd here in New York. Bring Floyd here to New York. He stays in Vegas. I’m tired of going to Vegas. I would love for him to come in NYC, here in Brooklyn at the Barclay. Floyd, if you’re watching let’s make it happen man!”

Regarding his big win, Collazo stated “I’m not a big puncher, but a hook on a hooker is deadly. A lot of people say I can’t punch, but I dunno.”

Meanwhile Victor Ortiz stated, “I’m good. I got caught. No big deal. It happens. I put my heart out there.”



January 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from West Orange, NJ

Elvir Muriqi 171.8 vs. Blake Caparello 174.5
Dusty Harrison 146.2 vs. Tim Witherspoon Jr 146.5
Luis Rosa 122.1 vs. Jorge Diaz 121.7
Mike Faragon 142.5 vs. Ivan Zavala 145.5
Louis Cruz 135.5 vs. Jose Santiago 134.8
Patrick Day 154.2 vs. Guillermo Ibarra 152
Wanzell Ellison 130.9 vs. Esteban Villalba 134.2
Patrick Farrell 202 vs. Lucas St. Claire 185.3
Samuel Teah 138.5 vs. Andrew Bentley 133
Junior Younan 166.5 vs. Thomas Allen 160

Venue: Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, NJ
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN2



January 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Tony Harrison, arguably the most talented in Detroit, says he wants to win a world title by representing the Motor City. More

Angelo Prospero of Summerville, N.Y. will be inducted into the New York Boxing Hall of Fame. More

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn returns to Cardiff with a May lineup. More

Former champ Mike Alvarado has been linked to an SUV crash in Denver. More



January 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Monthly Sands Bethlehem series begins Feb 22

Hall of Famer “Iron” Mike Tyson has announced a new monthly boxing series, “KO Kings of Tomorrow,” starting February 22, at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. WBA #9 featherweight Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (14-1, 11 KOs) takes on Mexican invader Jose Angel “Pepe” Beranza (36-28-2, 28 KOs) in the 10-round main event, while two-time Dominican Republic Olympian Juan Carlos Payano (14-0, 8 KOs) faces battle-tested Mexican veteran German “Panteonero” Meraz (46-28-1, 25 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature.

Tyson also announced that he will perform his acclaimed one-man show, “Undisputed Truth,” on Feb. 20 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center. (more…)



January 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Hitz Boxing returns to the Belvedere

The crowd-pleasing series “Hitz Boxing’s Fight Night at the Belvedere” returns tonight to the Belvedere Events & Banquets in Elk Grove Village, IL. Super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (11-0, 8 KOs) of Chicago tests his undefeated record against Rockford veteran Skylar Thompson (12-10, 10 KOs) in main event. In a special feature attraction, heavyweights with perfect records will go toe-to-toe as Simon “The Punisher” Buettner (5-0, 3 KOs) of Carpentersville, IL takes on Waterloo, Iowa’s Greg Sykes (3-0, 2 KOs). (more…)



January 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Collazo KOs Ortiz in round two; Gomez tops Arnett; Russell KOs Tamayo

By Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland

In front of 8,050 of his hometown fans at the Barclays Center, former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) scored the most impressive victory of his career, destroying what was left of “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KOs) with a picture perfect counter right hook to the chin in round two that caused the Mexican American to stagger towards the red corner where he would take a knee for a ten count. Ortiz came out aggressively in round one, attempting to impose his physical strength while landed a few body shots. Collazo’s defensive prowess was in display, as he made Ortiz miss but was unable to land anything of significance in return. Ortiz, fighting for the first time since breaking his jaw in a ninth round TKO loss to Josesito Lopez in June 2012, won the close round with his aggression. (more…)



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramirez-Mouton presser

Photos: Top Rank

U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez, undefeated WBC #3 ranked Middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Laredo mayor Raul G. Salinas, George Foreman Jr., Don Mouton and Javier Perez attend the press conference for their upcoming feature fights on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate card, televised on UniMas, Saturday, Feb 1 from the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas. Gilberto Ramirez takes on Don Mouton in the main event and Jose Ramirez battles Javier Perez in a 6-round feature bout. Top Rank is promoting in association with Foreman Brothers Promotions. photos



January 30th, 2014

UFC

Bisping cleared for Kennedy fight on April 16

They’ve been battling it out for months on social media, but on April 16 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy will settle their score for real in the Octagon. UFC President Dana White announced today that Bisping, who was recovering from a detached retina, was medically cleared for the bout, which will headline a card which also features the Ultimate Fighter Nations final.

In addition to Bisping-Kennedy and the TUF Nations finals at welterweight and middleweight, coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will meet at 170 pounds, and in preliminary card action, lightweights KJ Noons and Sam Stout square off in a strikers’ duel, and Toronto’s Mark Bocek takes on Evan Dunham. Plus, TUF 18′s Tim Gorman makes his UFC debut against Mitch Gagnon. The event will air on FOX Sports 1.

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FOX UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Newark, NJ Click here for more info



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Mundine still chasing Mayweather fight despite inability to stop late sub

38-year-old former world champion Anthony Mundine said he was disappointed he didn’t stop little known late sub Gunnar Jackson on Wednesday night but will likely return in April to continue to chase big fights with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez.



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

A new music video from the British band Rudimental features the pro boxer Burrell Brothers and a cameo by the IBF belt. 119,730 YouTube views to date. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0ak-Y60RoM

L.A. pop music group ZupaNova will perform at Hollywood Fight Night 7 on February 6 at the famed Florentine Gardens Hollywood located at 5955 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California. The Florentine Gardens card will also feature the world’s shortest ring card girl Elena Petite, who is 4’4″ tall.



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Argenis Mendez regains IBF title when KO loss is changed to a no decision

By Karl Freitag

The January 3 IBF jr lightweight fight between Rances Barthelemy and Argenis Mendez in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has officially been changed to a “no decision,” and as a result Mendez will be given back his IBF title. The Minnesota Office of Combative Sports now reflects the result change on their website. Barthelemy dropped Mendez near the end of round two, then connected with a clean combination just after the bell that knocked Menedez out. Barthelemy was announced as the new champion, but the Mendez camp successfully protested and the result was thrown out.

According to the official ruling issued by Ken B. Peterson, Commissioner of the Minnesota Depertment of Labor & Industry, “both parties agree that at least one punch was thrown after the bell signaling the end of round 2,” and “the referee’s ruling that Mr. Mendez had been legally knocked out was inadvertent through what can only be considered human error. Referee Podgorski acknowledges that he was getting into position, but the bell sounded while he was circling so his decision was based upon what he could hear and see at the time.”

In conclusion, the ruling states:

“The law requires that a Commissioner overrule the referee and enforce the plain language of the rules. For the purposes of the State of Minnesota, the boxing contest between Mr. ndez and Mr. Barthelemy is a No Decision.

“The State of Minnesota is indifferent regarding the issue of who is the holder of the Super Featherweight title of the International Boxing Federation as a result of this decision. The International Boxing Federation, not the State of Minnesota, has authority over its titles.”



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez-Kolodziej face-off in Berlin

By Przemek Garczarczyk

IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (21-1, 14 KOs) and Polish #1 IBF challenger Paweł Kołodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) faced off today at press conference in Berlin to announce their world championship fight on March 8.



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Frampton faces Cazares in WBC eliminator

Irish super bantamweight contender Carl Frampton is one step away from a mega-money showdown against Mexican superstar Leo Santa Cruz. The undefeated super-bantamweight ace will first have to get past Hugo Cazares on April 4th in a showdown at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The show, billed as ‘This is Belfast’, will see Frampton take on the former two-time world champion in front of what is expected to be yet another sold out arena.

“Hugo Cazares is a former two-weight world champion from Mexico who brings a lot of experience and skill with him,” said Frampton. “I can’t wait to get back in front of the amazing Belfast crowd and secure my shot at the WBC world title. I have progressed so much in the last twelve months both in the boxing ring and out of it, and I believe that the next twelve months will bring me even more success and more importantly the world title. It’s fantastic to be boxing at home for the fourth consecutive time and to be fighting a former two-weight world champion in a final eliminator for the world title,” he said. (more…)



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Alvarado accused of driving SUV into lake

Bizarre news report out of Denver says police believe former world champion Mike Alvarado intentionally dumped a damaged SUV into a lake. Alvarado’s trainer Henry Delgado says “Mile High Mike” was not involved in the incident.



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Freddie Roach says his former charge Amir Khan can upset Mayweather

By James Slater

The fight has still not been announced as official yet, but most boxing people seem to think superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr WILL do as expected and next fight British star Amir Khan. Boxing fans are waiting patiently for Mayweather’s announcement, and maybe over the Super Bowl weekend, Floyd will put an end to any and all speculation. But one man has a very good idea of what will transpire in the ring if Mayweather does indeed fight Khan on May 3rd: Khan’s former trainer Freddie Roach. Roach was a guest on Sky Sports’ Ringside: Toe to Toe podcast this week and he said he feels his former pupil can cause the shock and upset Mayweather “if he fights the correct fight.”

“That’s not an easy fight,” Roach said of Mayweather Vs. Khan. “I’ve always said Amir has the right style to beat Floyd if he fights correctly and doesn’t stay in the pocket too long. I always thought he could beat him with his speed. I think he’s faster than Mayweather and that’s what it takes to beat him. Floyd might have his hands full on the night.” (more…)



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF ruling on Groves-Froch purse split

Earlier today the IBF/USBA Board of Directors reviewed the arguments of George Groves and his attorney to increase his percentage of a potential purse bid split for the rematch with Carl Froch from the standard 15% for the boxer rated #3 or below to 25% . Carl Froch and his attorneys argued to maintain the standard split of 85% to the Champion and 15% to the challenger. The Board voted unanimously to maintain the 85%-15% split.



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Decision on WBC Presidency coming in February

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC will seek to decide its next president on February 11 to replace the recently deceased Jose Sulaiman, who headed the organization for 38 years. In addition to odds on favorite Mauricio Sulaiman, Rex Walker, General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, Bob Logist, Mauro Betti, Houcine Houichi and Charles Giles are also candidates. The choice will come from a vote shaped by 26 members representing 10 WBC confederations (each having two votes) plus the vote of the six vice presidents. The new president must get 75 percent of the vote, representing 19 to 19.5 of the 26 available votes. The election will be held at the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City. The WBC Board of Governors has not yet decided if the press will be admitted. Regardless of the winner, there are indications that the WBC wants to keep its headquarters in Mexico City.



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Maduma returns February 5 in Montreal

Undefeated NABF lightweight champion Ghislain “Mani” Maduma (15-0, 9 KOs) will make his first NABF title defense on Wednesday night, February 5 against Mexican knockout artist John Carlo Aparicio (26-7, 21 KOs) on an already sold out private show held at New City Gas in Montreal, Canada. World-class welterweight Antonin Decarie (28-2, 8 KOs) faces Cesar “El Dolar” Chavez (21-5, 9 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature. The undercard will showcase super middleweight Schiller Hyppolite (8-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout; light middleweight Mian Hussain (7-0, 4 KOs) and lightweights Ibrahim “Fireman” Kamal (9-1, 6 KOs), Michael “L’Unique” Gadbois (9-0-2 (3 KOs) and Chris Plaitis (5-0-1) in separate six-round fights; and welterweight Mitch Louis-Charles (2-1-1, 1 KOs) and light heavyweight Erik Bazinyan (2-0, 2 KOs) in four-round matches. All opponents will soon be announced.



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Vinsanity returns Feb 27 in Niagara Falls

Report & Photos: Bob Caico

At the end of 2011 welterweight Vincent Arroyo (12-1, 7 KOs) of Amherst, NY was a hot topic in boxing circles. He had just won his second fight in a row as the headliner on ShoBox defeating Hector Sanchez. Five months earlier he decisioned unbeaten Willie Nelson, knocking him down three times in the process. In his last four fights his opponents were 57-1-2, he registered three wins and in his lone loss he had the then undefeated Mike Dallas almost out in the last round.

So here we are in the beginning of 2014 and we haven’t seen “Vinsanity” since. “I had some complications, the people I was working with were preventing me from fighting so I had to handle that the best possible way,” explained Arroyo. “Now Vincent Arroyo is back to put Buffalo back on the map and this is where I belong.” The 26-year old fighter had a bright future after his last win and he believes he still is on track for greatness. “It definitely set me back, but I assure you it’s in the past and there is more to come and I am excited for the future.” (more…)



January 30th, 2014

UFC

UFC 169 Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC 169 preliminary card airing on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass will showcase a slew of up and comers plus a few notable veterans, all vying for a shot at the main card with an impressive win on Saturday night. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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FOX UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Newark, NJ Click here for more info



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

PA State cruiserweight title fight expected to be a war

Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Joey Eye Boxing returns to Harrah’s Chester Friday night with another promising boxing show that pits two of his regular performers against each other in what figures to be a testy 10-rounder for the Pennsylvania state cruiserweight championship. Tony Ferrante, 12-4, 7 KOs, 1 NC, and Anthony Caputo Smith, 14-2, 10 KOs, have both headlined previous Joey Eye cards before. But on Friday, the Philly-area boxers will square off for local bragging rights, a state title belt, and their Italian pride. Who knows which of these is most important to the fighters?

Ferrante makes his first appearance in the ring since his incredible KO of Isa Akberbayev in New York one year ago. That outrageous upset was ultimately changed to a No Contest after the Philadelphian “failed” a post fight drug test. Ferrante and his team were shocked by the test results and have claimed them to be bogus ever since. (more…)



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Caparello ready to make U.S. debut Friday night

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Australian light heavyweight Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (18-0-1, 6 KOs) will make his debut on American turf Friday when he will headline on ESPN Friday Night Fights against veteran Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriq (40-5, 24 KOs) in the ten round main event at the Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, New Jersey. Caparello, 27 years, has been made a solid favorite to defeat Muriqi with Australian betting agencies. The Australian was impressive in his most recent ring outing in scoring a dominant twelve round decision over formerly world-rated American Alan Green who he defeated to capture the IBO world 175 pound title during October 2013. (Caparello religuished the IBO title recently.)

Other American light heavyweights who have been defeated by the 6.1″ Aussie southpaw are Aaron Pryor jnr, Kevin Engel and Dante Craig, all three fights in 2012. Caparello’s toughest fight was against New Zealand 175 pounder Robert Berridge who he outscored over ten rounds in 2012. (more…)



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin-Adama presser and GGG workout

Video: GGG Promotions
Photos: Abel Sanchez

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is finalizing preparations for his tenth world title defense this Saturda against world ranked challenger Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo. Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) will defend his titles in the main event of Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza for his return to Monaco at the Salles des Etoiles.

In March 2013, Golovkin knocked out former world champion Nobuhiro Ishida in the third round in Monaco. Golovkin has stopped 15 opponents in a row and holds the highest KO percentage among all active world champions in boxing in addition to the highest in middleweight division history. Adama (22-3, 16 KOs), has previously challenged then IBF middleweight titlist Daniel Geale in March 2012, losing a close decision in Australia.

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January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing legend Larry Holmes responds to Metta World Peace allegations about “bringing down black people.” More

Photos of Carl Froch are the subject of a Nottingham, UK exhibit. More

Tallahassee boxer Robert Davis faces his toughest test after being diagnosed with leukemia. More



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Hawaiian Gardens, California

The first big boxing show of the year comes to greater Los Angeles as top contenders and 2012 medal-winning Olympian Esquiva Falcao of Brazil are in action on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate series live on UniMas at the Robert Lee Activity Center in Hawaiian Gardens on Saturday, February 15. In the main event, Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas will take on Ernie Sanchez of the Philippines in a 10 round lightweight bout. Magdaleno, trained by Joel Diaz, has a record of 24-1, 9 KOs. Sanchez is 14-5-1, 5 KOs.

Diego’s younger brother Jessie, 17-0, 13 KOs, of Las Vegas will face Roger Castaneda, 20-5-1, 15 KOs of Mexicali in an eight round super bantamweight bout. Jessie is also trained by Joel Diaz. Diego and Jessie are handled by manager Frank Espinoza.

The televised broadcast will open with the big debut of Olympian Esquiva Falcao of Brazil. Falcao, 23, won the silver medal in the middleweight division in the 2012 Olympics in London. He lost his gold medal bid in a 14-13 loss to Japan’s Ryota Murata who is also signed with Top Rank. Here, Falcao will take on Paul Harness, 4-4-1, 3 KOs. Falcao has been training for weeks at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Falcao vs Harness is scheduled for six rounds.

The arena is at 21815 Pioneer Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens, Ca. Tickets are $100, $75, $50. First bell is 5:30 pm. To purchase tickets, call 562-652-4424 or 323-866-9943.



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN FNF announces boxing tournament

ESPN will televise a new boxing tournament presented by Banner Promotions that will air on ESPN Friday Night Fights and ESPN Deportes. The tournament will take place in the lightweight and middleweight divisions and include a quarterfinal round, semifinals and finals in each division, which will take place throughout the Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates season. The competition will be a single-elimination. Each quarterfinal round will feature four six-round bouts. The winners will move on to the semifinals, which will be eight-round bouts. The finals will each be 10 rounds. At the conclusion of the tournament, the champion in each weight division will receive a belt. The first of five shows will be held February 21 at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Matchups will be announced on this week’s edition of Friday Night Fights.

The fighters are as follows:

Lightweight Division:
Yakubu Amidu: Los Angeles (22-4-1, 18 KOs)
Fernando Carcamo: Ciudad Obregon, Mexico (15-5-0, 12 KOs)
Miguel González: Cleveland (22-3-0, 16 KOs)
Miguel Angel Mendoza: Aguascalientes, Mexico (21-2-2, 21 KOs)
Samuel Neequaye: Accra, Ghana (21-0-0, 15 KOs)
Fedor Papazov: Russia (14-0-0, 9 KOs)
Petr Petrov: Madrid, Spain (32-4-2, 15 KOs)
Chris Rudd: Covington, Tennessee (12-1-0, 8 KOs)

Middleweight Division:
Brandon Adams: San Diego, California (12-0-0, 7 KOs)
Sena Agbeko: Accra, Ghana (15-0-0, 15 KOs)
Donatas Bondorovas: Chicago (18-4-1, 6 KOs)
Daniel Edouard: West Palm Beach, Florida (23-4-2, 12 KOs)
Cerresso Fort: St. Paul, Minnesota (17-2-1, 11 KOs)
Raymond Gatica: Austin, Texas (13-1-0, 7 KOs)
Willie Monroe, Jr.: Rochester, New York (15-1-0, 6 KOs)
Vitalii Kopylenko: Kiev, Ukraine (22-0-0, 12 KOs)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Lopez ready for Soto

Photos: Cotto Promotions, LLC

Unbeaten and local star Edgardo “Sasso” Lopez (8-0-1, 4KOs) is ready to make his first CABOFE title defense against hard hitting Miguel “Mikito” Soto (11-1, 11KOs) this Saturday, February 1st. This will be the main event and broadcast on Boxeo Boricua WAPA 2 Deportes and WAPA America brought to you by Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment in association with Top Rank.

“I am (more) ready than ever, I want to thank all my team for supporting me and pushing me to be in my best condition ever,” Sasso Lopez remarked. “I know what Makito will bring, but he will fail in this test.”

“I only want to say that people can say what they will do before the moment comes. You can never talk about the river without feeling the water. I am ready for Sasso and on Saturday night I will become the WBC’s CABOFE champion,” Mikito stated. (more…)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

All set for ‘Kings and Queens’ in Tijuana this Friday

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

Tijuana’s own Mayen Promotions held its first press conference of the New Year to present their kick-off fight card “Reyes y Reinas (Kings and Queens)” in which the event is split down the middle between male and female bouts. Just like it is expected on Friday night at the Tecate Box Tour in the parking lot of the historic Caliente Racetrack, the females took over the press conference with all the participants of the three female fights present while only one of the “Kings” made it to the media event held at the popular billiard hall “Perro Salado”.

“This is a traditional fight card for our city and this is the second edition where the men share the night with the females,” promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen announced to open up the conference. “We expect a historic year for Tijuana with more fights than last year.” (more…)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Gilberto ” Zurdo” Ramirez media day

Photos: Top Rank

Undefeated WBC #3 ranked Middleweight Gilberto ” Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico works out Wednesday during media day at the Canizales Boxing Gym in Laredo ,Texas for his upcoming 10-round feature fight against Don Mouton of Houston. Ramirez and Mouton will battle on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate card on UniMas , Saturday, Feb 1 from the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo,Texas. photos



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Statement on Adrien Broner

WBC Statement: Adrian Broner has been a pride of the WBC, being a former World Youth Champion, a former USNBC Champion, and WBC lightweight world champion. The WBC offered full support to him during his quest to campaign in the welterweight division. During the period of time that Adrian Broner competed as a welterweight, the WBC ordered an interim championship and Omar Figueroa dramatically won the interim belt. The WBC wishes to express to Adrien Broner our sincere wishes for his success in the future, as he will continue competing in different weight divisions. He will always have the doors open in the WBC. The WBC is proud to ratify Omar Figueroa as the undisputed WBC lightweight champion.



January 29th, 2014




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