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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat WBA#4/WBC#11/IBF#6/WBO#7 featherweight Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (28-2-1, 20 KOs), 126, successfully kept his Japanese national 126-pound belt as ...

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Boxing News

Parker returns June 13 against Saglam

By Karl Freitag

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KOs) will return to action on June 13 against Yakup Saglam (34-3, 31 KOs) on June 13 at the Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand. The bout will be a twelve rounder for Parker’s WBO Oriental and PABA belts. Parker was one of world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s primary sparring partners for his recent defense against Bryant Jennings.



May 21st, 2015


Boxing News

WBA #14 Cameron Hammond returns

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Jonathon Searle/Hatton Promotions

WBA #14 welterweight Cameron Hammond (11-0, 5 KOs) will be in action over ten rounds against Fijian Jesse Ravudi (4-1-1, 1 KO) at the Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. The former London 2012 Olympian talked to Fightnews about the Olympic bouts he contested and how he would welcome a bout against fellow world rated Australian Jeff Horn despite them being friends, especially if it was a world title bout. Hammond also thanks his promoter Ricky Hatton and all his team

You are rated WBA #14 welterweight – have you got any rated welterweights on your radar?

No not really, only Jese Ravudi on Saturday night. He’s talked himself up, saying it’s going to be an early night, but I’m happy to let him do the talking and try and convince himself that he has a chance. I’m happy to keep boxing who my management and Ricky Hatton tell me to box. I’m not one of those guys who likes to call out others and try and embarrass them to make a name for myself. I’d prefer to do my talking inside the ropes. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Lemieux: N’Dam has no clue of who he’s going to fight

By Karl Freitag

“Talk is cheap.” That was Quebec power puncher David Lemieux’s message for Hassan N’Dam after N’Dam said Lemieux was lucky and didn’t earn his shot at the vacant IBF middleweight title on June 20 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.

David Lemieux: “That’s only going to make him look foolish when I beat him on the 20th. There’s no luck in boxing. It’s a hard man’s sport and it’s life or death in the ring. It’s not a game and there’s no such thing as luck in boxing.

“I think he has no clue of who he’s going to fight on June 20. It’s just going to be to my advantage. I don’t concern myself about his opinion or what he has to say about who I’ve faced and the challenges I’ve had in my life or my career. Those are my personal issues. June 20 with be the day I prove otherwise. I’m very focused and I’m ready for anything.”



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

IBF Awards Banquet

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Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The IBF awards banquet closed out the evening Wednesday at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Canada during the 32nd annual IBF convention. Live entertainment, fine dining, more guest champs and of course, the annual awards made for a fun-filled event.

After the live music and the main course was completed, IBF president, Daryl Peoples addressed the gathering to signal a moment of silence for members of the IBF and boxing family who passed during the last year- Former president Hiawatha Knight, Barney Harrell, Dan Goossen, Luis Rivera, Joe Dwyer and Dr. Ruben Garcia. In honor of Mrs. Haiwatha Knight, the IBF’s Scholarship fund, known as SARB, was renamed the Knight Educational Fund. Her two children Craig and Allison accepted the declaration certificate. Peoples as well as board members Lindsey Tucker and Anibal Miramontes then bestowed awards for the best of 2014 in the IBF. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

UFC

Josh Burkman: Saving It All For The Fight

After 39 fights, Josh Burkman is finally coming to terms with the fact that mixed martial arts is a professional athletic endeavor, and he’s surrounded himself with professionals going into his UFC 187 fight against one of the best welterweights in the world, Dong Hyun Kim . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Pro Boxing Returns to Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hyannis native Jesse Barboza (9-1-1, 5 KO’s) is coming home to headline a pro boxing event August 8th at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) as he takes on Pennsylvania’s Jesse Oltmanns (10-5, 7 KO’s) in an 8 round fight for the vacant Northeast Heavyweight Championship. Barboza, a 2004 graduate of Barnstable High School where he excelled on the football field as a Fullback and Linebacker for the Red Raiders, will be fighting for the first time as a professional in front of his hometown crowd. It will also be his first main event and first pro fight for a title of any kind. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Ronda Rousey attacks Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence

San Antonio media on the life and death of Tony Ayala Jr.

Former fighter Dingaan Thobela in trouble with the law

Detroit’s Kronk Gym re-opens



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

By Karl Freitag

The WBA Championships Committee has ordered an immediate rematch between WBA “regular” flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka and former champion Juan Carlos Reveco. Ioka won a majority decision over Reveco on April 22 in Japan. They have 30 days to reach a deal or a purse bid will be called with a 60/40 split for Ioka.

Promoter Frank Warren announced today that the clash for the vacant WBO lightweight title (formerly held by Terence Crawford) between WBO #1 rated Terry Flanigan and #2 Jose Zepeda will take place on July 11 at the Manchester Velodrome.

Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza says a welterweight clash between Sammy Vasquez and Wale Omotoso will land on CBS June 21.

Banner Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated and world ranked jr. welterweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy to an exclusive promotional contract. Godoy a record of 19-0 with 8 knockouts and is the current Argentina super lightweight champion and WBO Latino titlist. He is currently ranked #9 by the WBO.

Iron Boy Promotions has signed Tucson-based junior welterweight Alfonso Olvera. Olvera, who fought for Iron Boy Promotions in El Paso last October, joins the up and coming promotional company with a professional record of 3-1, 1 KO.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Dirrell, DeGale workout quotes and pics

DeGale: Dirrell's team is trying to get in my head. They must be scared.

Photos: Carly Gillis Photography

Fighters took part in a media workout at The Ring Boxing Club in Boston Wednesday to kick off fight week for this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card at Agganis Arena that is headlined by Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale.

See here what the participants had to say Wednesday:

Andre Dirrell: “I always knew my day would come. I put in the work, I love this sport so I give it what I owe. I’m happy to get a shot at another title. I’m not going to take it for granted. I’m going to put in my work and perform to the best of my ability and that will make me a world champion.

“I’m glad to be getting in there with somebody who believes he can win. I want someone who will test me like I’ll test them. That’s a real championship fight. I’m much hungrier than I was early in my career and I’m more focused mentally. With age comes wisdom. Everything I went through is all a blessing. My goals are set and I’m going to accomplish every one.”

James DeGale: “Dirrell’s team is trying to get in my head. They must be scared. I’m wound up and I’m ready. I’m obsessed with making history. It’s what drives me to work so hard in the gym and succeed in the ring. It’s been a 16-week camp come fight night, so it’s been a long time. My body and mind feel ready to fight, I am so sharp and in a very good place. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF convention Day 3 – Medical & Judges Seminars

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Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The medical seminar opened the day at the 32nd IBF convention in Montreal. Drs. Paul Wallace, Rick Weinstein, John Neidecker, Massimiliano Bianco and IBF Medical Director Emeritus Dr. William Lathan all delivered informative, if not entertaining talks. The judges seminar capped off the day of meetings. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

UFC

Joseph Benavidez: Same Goal, Different Focus

For the vast majority of fighters, the pursuit of championship gold is what drives them. Sure, there are numerous other internal motivators and secondary goals attached to their efforts, but at the end of the day, the desire to win a UFC title and be recognized as the best in their respective divisions is what gets them out of bed and into the gym each morning, afternoon and evening . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirms possible Froch-Golovkin Wembley blockbuster

By James Slater

In a tantalizing exclusive by Jeff Powell for The Mail it has been revealed how Eddie Hearn, promoter of former WBA and IBF super-middleweight king Carl Froch, is in talks with middleweight terror Gennady Golovkin’s people, with the topic being the possibility of a mega-match to possibly take place at Wembley this year.

Froch, who has not fought since knocking out arch rival George Groves last May (and has been stripped of his IBF and WBA belts as a result of his inactivity) is reportedly “interested” in facing the unbeaten KO artist from Kazakhstan. GGG is so good, and so feared, he is willing to go up to 168-pounds to face Froch in what would be a massive marquee fight; the type of match-up Golovkin craves. Froch is 37 and he has had one eye on retirement for some months now, yet he did say recently how a fight that motivates him will ensure he boxes again before retirement. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

N’Dam: Lemieux didn’t earn this fight

By Karl Freitag

IBF #1 ranked contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) dealt out some pretty good smack talk today to David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs). They collide on June 20 in Montreal for the vacant IBF middleweight belt formerly held by Jermain Taylor.

Hassan N’Dam: “I have a message for David Lemieux. Man you’d better get ready because the challenger’s spot you’re in, you didn’t earn it. You got it by luck. I’m going to prove to you and the entire world that you don’t have the level of a world champion. When you had the chance to be mandatory challenger, you always blew your chances.”

N’Dam also expressed unhappiness about his purse.

“Everyone is talking about the fact that I’m unhappy about the purse I’m getting for this fight. Of course, I’m not very happy because I’ve heard several comments coming from my opponent’s camp saying that he’s gonna have the largest purse in his career. I would like the IBF rules for the purse bid to be respected. And that is for the purse to be split 50/50 and there’s no additional money.”



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar: Lemieux-N’Dam WILL be on U.S. TV

By Karl Freitag

The upcoming IBF middleweight title fight between David Lemieux and Hassan N’Dam on June 20 from the Bell Center in Montreal will air live on Canadian Pay-Per-View, but so far no U.S. network has been locked in. Golden Boy’s regular U.S. broadcast partner HBO, which has cards scheduled for June 6, June 13 and June 27, reportedly passed.

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya told reporters today “We are talking to various networks here in the U.S. and that will be sorted out. We’ll have an announcement very soon. It WILL be on U.S. absolutely.”



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Carmona-Parrenas meet for WBO interim title

The WBO Championship Committee has sanctioned a fight for the interim junior bantamweight title between #2 rated David Carmona and #1 rated Warlito Parrenas to be held in Mexico City. The winner must face Japanese superstar and WBO world champion Naoya Inoue within 90 days from the date of the bout on June 20.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

The Return of the Warriors on Friday in Haiti

Photo: Héctor Villarreal

Photo: Héctor Villarreal


By Héctor Villarreal

Boxe Internationale presented the final press conference for the international boxing event “Retour des Guerriers” in which Haitian Fedelatin WBA champions, Evens Pierre and Azea Augustama, return to Port Au Prince to risk the belts won there by them on November last year. Promoter Jacques Deschamps Fils, Fedelatin President Aurelio Fiengo, the champions and their challengers spoke to the Haitian media reunited at the Royal Oasis Hotel in Petion-Ville.

Pierre (24-1, 17 KOs), who lives in Panama, will put his lightweight title on the line against Mexican Jesus Cruz Bibiano (15-9, 10 KOs). Augustama (18-2, 10 KOs), a resident of Hollywood, Florida, will risk his light heavyweight belt against Eduardo Mercedes (28-12, 24 KOs) from the Dominican Republic.

The card to be held on Friday night at the Karibe Convention Center, includes 6 other fights, three of them professional, including Haitian-born Frankie Gedeon (4-1, 3 KOs) and member of the local amateur team.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Juan Manuel Marquez Update

By Gabriel F Cordero

It’s been known that there’s a strong desire of the Mexico City Government to hold a boxing event between September and the end of the year in the historic and legendary Zocalo. Among the possible headliners is a farewell for four-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s also known that Marquez’ promoter Zanfer Promotions is trying to secure a welterweight title opportunity for his fight, with the names of Kell Brook and Floyd Mayweather mentioned. Marquez continues to rehabilitate his right knee and will celebrate his 42nd birthday in August. In his last fight 12 months ago, Marquez won a unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado in Inglewood, California.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Geale planning to fight his fight

Photos: Ed Mulholland/Roc Nation Sports

Former two-time world champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) hosted a New York City media workout Tuesday afternoon at Mendez Boxing Gym in preparation for his title challenge against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) on June 6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a 12-round fight that will be televised live on HBO. Here’s what Geale, and his American promoter Gary Shaw, had to say:

Daniel Geale: “Cotto has trouble in stages against guys that move and use their reach. He knows that’s what I’m going to be doing and he’s going to be trying to counter that with aggression and coming forward. I’m going to use my abilities and not get caught up in his game plan.” (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Laggoune injured; Francophone title off

Bilal Laggoune injured his right hand while sparring in a Berlin gym. The diagnosis by a local doctor and confirmed by a Belgian doctor is that the hand is not broken but he is not allowed to do any boxing or sparring for 4 weeks.
His upcoming fight against Engin Karakaplan for the vacant WBC Francophone title next week May 31 in Aalst, Belgium had to be canceled. Ryad Merhy, who is fighting on the undercard, has declined the offer to step in on such short notice. The other Belgian cruiserweight, Yves Ngabu, is still recovering from a broken hand.
The show will still go ahead as scheduled.



May 20th, 2015

UFC

John Dodson: The Magician Appears

He’s baaack!

John Dodson is back, and the UFC flyweight division should be shaking in their shorts. It’s been nearly a year since The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner stepped inside the Octagon, but the electric knockout artist known as “The Magician” is fired up and ready to reclaim his spot as the number one contender . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Update on Vinny Paz movie, “Bleed For This

“Fraud” or “Fight” of the Century: MayPac lawsuits numbering 32

Belfast’s Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes show the power of the sport

James DeGale driven by obsession 



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Trevor Bryan headlines in Nashville Friday

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Trevor Bryan (13-0, 10 KOs) will be featured in the main event this Friday in Nashville, Tennessee. Bryan will take on durable veteran Jamal Woods in an eight round heavyweight bout. The 6′4 Bryan is promoted by Don King and has been steadily improving each fight. Woods (6-19-3, 6 KOs) acquitted himself well in a majority decision loss to highly touted seven-footer Taishan Dong on May 9.

The event will be promoted by Arellano Boxing with the site being the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant which is owned by boxing manager Ramon Arellano. Arellano a former pro fighter will fight in an exhibition on the undercard. There will be 7 other fights scheduled to round out the show. Part of the profits will be donated to cancer foundation. Last year Arellano was presented the Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year award presented to him by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. He has received a lot of local support and boxing events are being planned to be held at his venue once a month. There is already a tentative date scheduled for the end of June.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF Convention – Day 2

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Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the 32nd annual IBF convention saw the referees seminar and the ratings meeting fill the schedule with few breaks. Outstanding referee Mark Nelson of Minnesota headed up the referee seminar with recently retired ref and now IBF board member Eddie Cotton assisting.

Ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes conducted the ratings meeting with championship chair Lindsey Tucker assisting. The end of the day saw the board member elections with some surprising results.

The referee seminar got underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Salle de Bal Ouest with a solid representation of refs on hand. Even several amateur refs from the Quebec region attended. Nelson delivered a solid, well detailed Power Point presentation covering everything from fundamentals, knowing the rules of the jurisdiction in which you’re working, and personal pointers. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Z! Promotions shocks Sauerland in purse bid for Price-Teper clash

By Boxing Bob Newman

The purse bid for the vacant EBU (European Boxing Union) heavyweight title was held today in Rome at noon local time. The bout will be contested between former 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist David Price (19-2, 16 KOs) of the UK and Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) of Germany. The winning promoter was Z!-Promotion (Germany) with a bid of €252,500. Z!-Promotions outbid Price’s promoter Sauerland Promotion AG (UK) who offered €231,979.55. Z!-Promotions has two weeks to announce a date for the match, which could very well scuttle a planned June 26 date for Price at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Ironically, or maybe not in boxing- Z!-Promotions managing partner Hagen Doering, who shared the purse bid victory with Fightnews just moments ago, was a longtime matchmaker for Sauerland. The EBU title was vacated by Tyson Fury who is concentrating on his expected clash with WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko, possibly in the Fall.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

DeGale: This ain’t going to be a boxing match

Saturday’s NBC-televised super middleweight showdown for the vacant IBF title between Olympic medalists Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) heated up last week during a conference call with reporters.

“Momentum is a big thing,” said DeGale. “Look at my last two performances against good, quality opponents (Marco Antonio Periban and Brandon Gonzalez) and look his last three (Derek Edwards, Nick Brinson and Vladine Biosse).

“Listen, I come from good pedigree and so does Andre. We’re good, quality, young fighters. But I just think overall, I’m better. I think he struggles. He doesn’t like it when it gets hard in there. He’s a competent fighter, but he likes it when he’s dictating the pace and he’s on the front foot.

“Well listen, I’m not going to let him rest. He thinks this is going to be a boxing match. Well, this ain’t. I’m telling him now. This ain’t going to be a boxing match. I’m going in there and I’m taking the title. I’m taking it. I’m ripping it away from him.”



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

ESPN2 FNF getting ready for the end

By Karl Freitag

When ESPN2 Friday Night Fights presents its final show on Friday, it will mark the end of a long history of weekly Friday night boxing on the network.

ESPN originally aired a weekly show called “ESPN Top Rank Boxing,” that ran from 1980 to 1996. Al Bernstein and Sal Marchiano were the original ringside announcers. After Marchiano left the network, Barry Tompkins eventually stabilized as Bernstein’s regular partner.

In 1998, the network introduced “ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.” The show featured Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas at ringside, with Max Kellerman and Brian Kenny in the studio. Papa eventually gave way to Joe Tessitore. Kellerman and Kenny moved on and were replaced by Todd Grisham. Bernardo Osuna was later added to provide live interviews and reports.

Friday’s ESPN2 telecast will include a special video essay written and voiced by Tessitore in which he will put into perspective what Friday Night Fights has meant to the fan, and he summarizes what the brand has meant to the boxing community over the last 17 years.

Thankfully, two new Friday night boxing series, MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV and PBC on Spike TV will keep Friday nights alive with quality fights.



May 19th, 2015

UFC

Moraga Ready For the Worst To Be The Best

When a fighter’s training is their instinct, even in the worst of times, that’s when they’ve become truly dangerous.

This past December at UFC on FOX: Dos Santos vs. Miocic, the times were looking pretty grim for UFC flyweight John Moraga in the first round against Willie Gates. In front of his hometown crowd in Phoenix, Moraga ate a low kick to the cup and tried to get the referee’s attention for a stop in the action. No break would come, but a straight right from Gates would and it dropped Moraga. In a flash, Gates was on Moraga’s back, threatening a rear naked choke and Moraga needed to get his wits about him quick to fight off the huge upset loss . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez, Valdez headline June 26 on truTV

Undefeated WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #3, WBA #3 super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) will host a press conference in Hidalgo, Texas, on Thursday to discuss his nationally-televised fight on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena. Ramirez’s fight will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. The telecast will open with two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs) risking his undefeated record in a 10-round featherweight bout. Opponents are TBA.

Fight fans are invited to attend. The press conference takes place in the main lobby of State Farm Arena (2600 North 10th St./Highway 336, Hidlago, TX 78557), beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT. Free parking will be available at the front entrance.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

HBO ends torrid 5-week run

On Saturday, HBO ended a spectacular five-week run of fights that pulled in the highest number of viewers in years.

4/17 Matthysse-Provodnikov: 1.47 million viewers
4/25 Klitschko-Jennings: 1.74 million viewers
5/2 Mayweather-Pacquiao: 4.4 million* PPV viewers
5/9 Alvarez-Kirkland: 2.3 million viewers
5/16 Golovkin-Monroe: 1.47 million viewers

Coming in June?

6/6 Cotto-Geale
6/13 Walters-Marriaga
6/27 Bradley-Vargas

* All time PPV record.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Oosthuizen

By Ron Jackson

Roberto Bolonti from the Argentine who was scheduled to challenge Tommy Oosthuizen for the IBO light heavyweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on June 6 has controversially withdrawn from his contract with Golden Gloves Promotions and Oosthuizen will now face Robert Berridge of New Zealand. The 30-year-old Berridge who has a record of 26-2-1; 21 is ranked at number thirty by the IBO in their May rankings. The only name fighters on his record are Serge Yannick whom he stopped in eight rounds and Blake Caperello and Vasily Lepikhin who both outpointed him over ten rounds. (more…)



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

By Karl Freitag

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto told El Vocero that he didn’t watch the Canelo Alvarez-James Kirkland fight because he knew it wouldn’t be competitive.

Still no U.S. TV carrier for the attractive June 20 clash for the IBF middleweight title (formerly held by Jermain Taylor) between Hassan N’Dam and David Lemieux. That bout will be on par-per-view in Canada.

Promoter Frank Warren says he’ll be announcing details of of the clash for the vacant WBO lightweight title (formerly held by Terence Crawford) between #1 rated Terry Flanigan and #2 Jose Zepeda “very soon.”

Whatever happened to the Showtime international boxing telecasts?

Per Matchroom, Michael Buffer calls Anthony Joshua vs. Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on May 30 “a must see heavyweight bout.”



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Bogdan-Monrose clash Friday in Hungary

Unbeaten Hungarian heavyweight prospect Zsolt Bogdan (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on former EBU cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Monrose (27-8-2, 17 KOs) of France in the ten round main event on Friday in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Other action on the Felix Promotion card includes former amateur cruiserweight star Imre Szello (6-0, 3 KOs) versus cuban-born Miguel Velozo (17-3-2, 5 KOs), plus former WBO International light heavyweight beltholder Balázs Kelelemen (24-1, 13 KOs), light heavyweight prospect Richard Baranyi (10-1, 8 KOs) and featherweight Robert Laki (8-0-1, 4 KOs), who’ll fight for the Hungarian national title. The event will be broadcast LIVE by Hungarian National TV.



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC purse bids set for Friday

Barring any last minute deals, this coming Friday there will be the following purse offers at WBC Headquarters in Mexico City:

Badou Jack vs. George Groves
Mandatory defense of champion Jack in the super middleweight division

Hugo Ruiz vs. Nonito Donaire
Final elimination bout in the suber bantamweight division

Pedro Guevara vs. Ganigan Lopez
Mandatory defense of champion GUevara in the light flyweight division



May 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley-Vargas Ticket Alert

Tickets to the June 27 Bradley vs. Vargas WBO welterweight championship event at StubHub Center in Carson, California, go on sale TODAY (Tuesday) at 10:00 a.m. PT. Priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, (plus applicable taxes and fees), tickets can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Suites are available by calling (877) 604-8777. For information on group discounts, please call (877) 234-8425.



May 19th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Manila Talking Points

Mark Munoz’ final trip inside a UFC Octagon was equal parts joyful and tearful. His goodbye could not have been scripted any better . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 19th, 2015




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