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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten Australian 168-pounder Bilal Akkaway (13-0-1, 11 KOs) stopped Francisco Ramon Benitez (15-4, 12 KOs) in round one of scheduled ten round main event at the Entertainment Centre, Hurstville, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Akkaway delivered a perfectly timed left hook to the head of Benitez in round one and the referee called it off at 1:27. The WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title and the WBA Oceania title were up for grabs. Argentina’s Benitez had been to Australia twice in 2015 losing in two rounds to WBO rated Rohan Murdoch and in three rounds to Mike Jiminez. (more…)
Hayemaker Promotions and UKTV have announced that “Haye Day II,” featuring former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye’s quick KO over Arnold Gjergjaj and former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs’ even quicker KO over Emilio Zarate, was part of the “Dave” network’s biggest day in its history. Haye Day II drew a peak audience of 2.5 million with a 14.8% adult audience share, greater than both ITV and C4 and second only to BBC1 at that time. Haye promised Briggs a fight if Briggs won on the undercard, so now the pair will clash potentially in September.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com
Atlantic City middleweight DeCarlo Perez, 15-4-1, 5 KOs, held an open workout for the media and the public, Thursday afternoon at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. The event promoted DeCarlo’s upcoming main event against Dashon Johnson, 20-19-3, 6 KOs, of California. The pair will face off in an anticipated, 164-pound, 10-rounder, at the 2300 Arena on Friday, June 3rd.
The fight tops an 8-bout card, and is nicknamed “He’s Backkkkk!”, a reference to Johnson’s last visit to Philadelphia, when he made an impression on local boxing fans three months ago.
In that fight, Johnson lost a 10-rounder to Philly’s Jesse Hart, but gave the undefeated prospect much more trouble than anyone expected. Johnson floored Hart in the final round and proved himself to be a very tough test.
Perez hopes that his turn against Johnson will be a springboard back to the win column, after losing his last outing, a January fight with Rob Brant. (more…)
WBO light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs) and challenger Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-3-1, 23 KOs) both made weight on Friday for their world title clash on Saturday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, Philippines. Nietes and Garcia both scaled in at the division limit of 108 pounds.
The late wagering line continues to fluctuate for Saturday’s clash between WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan and ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. On Thursday, bettors continued to put money on Avanesyan, driving the number up to -280 for the Russian champion, with Mosley backers getting +240. Then a surge of Mosley money came in to drive the price back to -265 for Avanesyan and +225 for Mosley. At the beginning of the week, Avanesyan was just a slight favorite at -165 with Mosley at +145.
The cause of the uncertainty is the 27-year-old Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) has yet to face a top flight opponent, while 44-year-old future Hall of Famer Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) has beaten many, but not for many years. The Avanesyan-Mosley winner gets the Thurman-Porter winner next.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 33rd IBF awards banquet was held last night in the grand ballroom at the NUO Hotel in Beijing, China. A packed house enjoyed fine dining (including traditional Peking Duck), musical entertainment, acrobatic performances and of course, the presentation of awards for the best of 2015.
Accepting awards were:
Amnat Ruenroeng- Jersey Joe Walcott Award, Most Title Defenses, Championship Ring for 3 or more title defenses
Cecilia Braekhus- Female Fighter of the Year Award
Trent Broadhurst & Rob Powdrill- Pan Pacific Fight of the Year Award
Saita Promotions- Most Active Promoter IBF Female
Jimmy’s Boxing- Most Active Promoter IBF Pan Pacific
Naoko Shibata- Championship Ring for 3 or more title defenses (Saita Promotions accepting)
Ring 44 has announced the 2016 class that will be inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame on September 23rd to be held at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Buffalo. The four new Hall of Fame members to be inducted at Ring 44’s 20th annual dinner and awards ceremony are:
Dave Moretti: Niagara Falls, NY native. Now boxing judge out of Las Vegas. Records indicate began judging in 1977 primarily in Nevada, but has also judged in Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Mexico, Australia and Japan. He has served as professional judge in over 100 World title contests.
Kelly Swanson: Buffalo, NY native. Swanson ranks among boxing’s public relations powerhouses for over 20 years. Clients included Riddick Bowe, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins among others.
Billy Tompkins: Buffalo, NY native. Fought professionally from 1991-1998 with a 14-2 (10 KOs) record. Also had an impressive amateur career representing his hometown.
Top Rank, Inc. is ready to promote “The Heavyweight Debate: Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders.” The idea of the debate was first proposed on Wednesday night when Trump appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Kimmel asked Trump if he would consider it. Trump’s response to Kimmel was “We would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity.”
Enter Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “It’s the debate of the century between two of the top pound for pound politicians in the country — Mr. Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and Senator Sanders, the Democratic candidate,” said Arum, CEO and Founder of Top Rank. “We have two contenders ready, willing and able to go mano a mano over the most important issues facing the United States. And I am ready to promote it.”
Top Rank’s proposal is as follows:
- – Top Rank will negotiate a site fee from a major U.S. venue for the debate
- – Top Rank will produce and distribute the debate live on pay-per-view throughout the U.S.
- – Top Rank will distribute the debate via closed-circuit to establishments in the U.S., including but not exclusive to, bars, restaurants, and movie theater chains
- – 80% of the net proceeds will go to the charity or charities of the candidates’ choice, agreed upon in advance, with a minimum of $20 million being donated
- – The moderator or moderators will be subject to the approval of the candidates
Lucian Bute was informed of the results of the anti-doping test done after his World Boxing Council (WBC) world title fight against Badou Jack, April 30, in Washington, D.C. As reported in a statement sent by the WBC, the Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission informed them that Bute tested positive for Ostarine, in an A sample analysis, after the bout.
“I am surprised and sorry about this. I don’t understand what led to this positive result,” Bute said. “I have always passed every anti-doping test that I was asked to take since I won a world title. More recently for my fight against James DeGale, in Quebec City, last November, I was tested eight times from before my training camp until after my fight. I have never taken any illegal products. I have a complete trust in my team. There will be an analysis of the B sample and I am sure that this result will be negative.”
Bute’s promoter Yvon Michel stated, “GYM has always been strongly in favor of a strict anti-doping policy to keep the sport of boxing clean. We are really surprised by this first result and we now hope that the B sample proves that the first result was wrong. Until then, we support Lucian Bute.”
Jarrell Miller 283 vs. Nick Guivas 229.6
Harmonito Dela Torre 131 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 125.6
Malik Hawkins 148 vs. Richard Hall 143.2
Skender Halili 151.8 vs. Jason Thompson 152.8
Nick Casal 148.6 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 148.4
Saadiq Muhammad 162.2 vs. Eric Plumeri 160
Promoter: Greg Cohen Promotions, Salita Promotions, FightCard Productions and Winner Take All Productions
Venue: Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort
TV: CBS Sports Network (9 PM EST)
The World Boxing Council has been notified by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission about an adverse finding for the banned substance “Ostarine” in the postfight anti-doping test from Lucian Bute. Bute challenged Badou Jack for the WBC super middleweight championship in Washington, D. C. on April 30, 2016, which resulted in a draw .
The D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission will follow its rules and regulations regarding antidoping and will be in consultation with the WBC and its Clean Boxing Program. Further news will be known in the coming days.
A battle between exciting welterweights Phil Lo Greco (27-2, 15 KOs) and Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) will serve as the 10-round main event of PBC’s next Bounce TV card on June 12 from The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL. Televised coverage will also feature unbeaten Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-0, 12 KOs) against Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown.
Isiah Seldon 156 vs Eddie Edmond 158
Chuck Mussachio 183 vs Willis Lockett 205.3
Adrian Wilson 147.3 vs Quan Johnson 148.6
Soloman Maye 226.7 vs Quian Davis 253
LeRoy Davila 116.9 vs Dominic Whitehurst 117.5
Nick Kisner 197.8 vs Lamont Capers 196.2
Promoter: Rising Promotions
Venue: The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) has warned WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) that he will not deny him his dream world title win when they clash for the vacant WBC strap at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Sunday. “There’s nothing he can do to beat me,” said Bellew. “Boxing is a brutal sport and he has to make it as brutal as possible but I don’t believe he has the size and structure to do it. He’s going to come in light which will be a bad mistake. The advantages he usually has in fights are through speed and power – he’s normally faster than his opponents and punches harder than them too.
“In this fight, I don’t think he’ll have those against me. I’ve carried my speed from light heavyweight to cruiserweight, and I don’t think he’s got more power than me. I’ll be the bigger man, I’ll make it show and I am the real cruiserweight. Look at when I am stood next to Johnny Nelson – we’re the same size, and Johnny Nelson was known as one of the monster cruiserweights, well so am I. (more…)
Elite matchmaker Hedi Taouab has passed away after a long illness. A legend in boxing circles, Hedi worked with Universum Box-Promotion and later SES Boxing. He was well-known for decades throughout the world for his enormous personality. The entire team of SES Boxing, in particular Ulf and Peggy Steinforth, are deeply affected by his passing.
“For our athletes and trainers, as a ‘matchmaker’ he put together many big fights, title opportunities and world championships,” said SES in a statement “For SES Boxing, he was one of the key people behind the scenes. His expertise and negotiating skills with promoters, managers and the national and international associations was undisputed and ‘hard,’ but always fair. He leaves a large void in the sport of boxing and will be irreplaceable for many boxers, trainers, managers, and promoters in the world.
“SES Boxing mourns alongside his family in Koblenz. Our sympathies go to all boxers and trainers, for he was an “uncle” to all of us. We in Magdeburg will never forget him. So long “Uncle!”
By Karl Freitag
Four world title bouts are on tap for this Saturday. One in the Philippines, one in the U.S. and two in the U.K.
It all kicks off Saturday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, Philippines, when WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs) defends his 108lb belt against Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-3-1, 23 KOs). In his career, WBO light flyweight world champion Nietes is 14-0-1 against Mexican boxers (with the draw avenged by KO). Can Garcia end the streak?
Later that day at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) tries to become Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion when he takes on #1 rated Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA super lightweight title formerly held by Adrien Broner, who lost the title on the scale.
Saturday action wraps up at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, when WBA interim welterweight champion David Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defends his belt against 44-year-old future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs). The winner will face the Thurman-Porter winner for the full title.
On Sunday, the vacant WBC cruiserweight title will be on the line at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. Local hero Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) meets WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) for the belt vacated by Grigory Drozd, who twice pulled out of fights with mandatory challenger Makabu due to injuries.
Late wagering continues to flow in the direction of WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan. Two days ago, he was a slight -165 favorite against 44-year-old ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Today, the 27-year-old Russian champion has jumped to a -260 favorite. On the other hand, if Mosley wins the payout to his backers has moved from +145 to +220. They collide Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Undefeated WBC #1-ranked lightweight contender Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs) has vowed that he will destroy unbeaten WBC #2 ranked Emiliano Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs) when they meet for the vacant WBC lightweight world championship on June 11 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. “I think those who underestimated me were wrong all along, but I will put some good shots on him and he’ll go down. I will knock him out,” proclaimed Zlaticanin, who hails from the Southeastern European country of Montenegro. “I think they [fans] will cheer for me like I am a home fighter and I will do my best to bring the good fight.”
Regarding Marsali, Zlaticanin stated, “He’s a boxer. He’s smart, but he has no power. He will try to box, keep a distance and use his height advantage. He will use his footwork to keep me at bay, but it won’t work.”
Zlaticanin and Marsili will be fighting for the belt left vacant by the oft-injured Jorge Linares, who was reclassified as “champion in recess” by the WBC as he recovers from a hand injury.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing was a full one. The morning started out with the medical seminar and continued with the judges seminar in the afternoon. Doctors Paul Wallace, Massimilliano Bianco and Rick Weinstein each delivered topics affecting boxers health in fights as well as leading up to the fights. Esteemed judge Steve Weisfeld conducted the judges seminar, utilizing discussion and review of judging criteria and practices, along with practice judging on several video rounds with guest commentary by judges in attendance.
Dr. Wallace’s talk was titled, “Weight Fluctuation- The Dangers of Dehydration and Rapid Weight Gain In Professional Combat Sports.” An ongoing point of contention and controversy, weight loss and the accompanying dehydration and rehydration methods and problems were addressed by Wallace. Water versus electrolyte-filled sports drinks, even the ill effects of Coca Cola on the body were discussed. Wallace stressed the cardiac side effects such as increased muscle contractility and work rate due to fluctuating hydration levels. The increased propensity for swelling or even cutting due to fluctuating levels of hydration can also come into play, as the skin acts differently depending on how much fluid the tissue is holding when struck in a bout. (more…)
The 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom on Wednesday night for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
In the evening’s main event, Philadelphia son “No Smilin” Damon Allen, Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and gave the crowd a thrilling fight with his third-round technical knockout of Reynosa, Mexico’s Danny Montoya (10-4, 7 KOs). Allen, Jr. kept the pressure on Montoya, wearing him down landing a flurry of punches toward the end of round three. (more…)
To say Stan Naccarato was instrumental to the success of Pacific Northwest boxing would be an understatement. A former multiple-time chairman of the Washington State boxing commission and two-time President of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Naccarato was also a long time ring announcer for the 20-year plus “Battle of the Boat” series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, including the inaugural card which took place on July 9, 1997 featuring Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs Scott Lindecker.
“The interest in boxing in the Pacific Northwest was nonexistent twenty years ago,” said Brian Halquist, president of Halquist Productions, the organization which runs the “Battle at the Boat” series. “Stan played an incredibly large role with getting things rolling. We are the nation’s longest-running tribal casino professional boxing series and Stan’s contribution to all of that is enormous.” (more…)
WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15-rated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who is preparing to defend his WBA NABA Heavyweight title against Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) in a ten rounder on Friday night at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on CBS Sports Network, took some time out of his training to make an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Wednesday afternoon.
Back in January, Miller made an appearance at the club prior to his NABA title fight vs. Donovan Dennis and promised the kids he would return after he won the title to show them his title belt. Today they not only got to see his title belt and take pictures with the fighter but they also received 20 donated tickets to Friday night’s fight from Miller, so that kids from the Boys & Girls Club could attend the fight.
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
On Saturday, June 11, former WBO junior welterweight world champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. (28-6, 23 KOs) in what figures to be an entertaining matchup of brawlers at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. On Tuesday, Provodnikov and Molina participated in a Media Workout Day at Fortune’s Gym in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised by Showtime.
Ruslan Provodnikov: I’m expecting him to come to fight. No doubt he’s a fighter, he’s a warrior. For somebody to defeat me is a big motivation and I know he’ll be coming to win. No matter what, he’s going to do anything possible to win this fight. That’s what I expect from people that take a fight with me – that they’ll die in the ring to defeat me because it would be a great accomplishment. So I’m expecting a real war, a real fight.
John Molina Jr: Stylistically I think there are things that I have to my advantage. Stature-wise: my height, my reach. But with that being said, when the fight starts, all of that is going to go out the window and we’re going to fight….we won’t be satisfied with anything less than a victory. I’m not content with getting in these fights because people love to watch me fight. I want to be content with getting these fights because I’m victorious and that’s what we’re planning on doing on June 11. photos
WBC ruling regarding heavyweight division issued by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman: WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder was scheduled to fight Mandatory Challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21, 2016. On May 13, 2016, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (“VADA”) reported that Mr. Povetkin’s “A” Test sample showed an adverse result for the banned substance Meldonium. That result arose in connection with an April 27, 2016, anti-doping test Mr. Povetkin underwent under the WBC Clean Boxing Program. On May 15, 2016, the WBC issued a ruling that the fight would not take place as scheduled.
In relation with Challenger’s Povetkin test result, the WBC is conducting an in-depth investigation and evaluation of the situation. Further WBC ruling(s) will be forthcoming. In the meantime, the WBC hereby rules that in light of the fact that the bout with Challenger Povetkin did not take place as scheduled, WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder has the right to make a voluntary defense of his title as reasonably soon as possible.
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
In a sudden and shocking turn around, John Riel Casimero turned the tables on undefeated defending champ and former conqueror Amnat Ruenroeng in the fourth round on Wednesday night at the Diamond Stadium in Beijing, China. Suddenly, it was if Casimero had taken enough abuse. While in close quarters during a heated exchange, Casimero exploded a short right to the jaw of the defending champ who crashed in a heap to his hands and knees, head down on the canvas. Ruenroeng barely rose and was on unsteady legs while Casimero was celebrating up on the second rope strands in a neutral corner. Referee Tony Weeks allowed the action to continue and Casimero was a tad reckless in trying to finish his stricken foe. For a moment or two, it looked as if Ruenroeng would escape thee round as his legs seemed to gain their spring and his jab and movement began to come into play. Casimero the exploded a vicious left hook the belly and Ruenroeng, in an ever so slightly delayed reaction grimaced and sank to the canvas on his back almost under the ropes. Referee Weeks reached the count of ten for a clean KO at 2:10 of round four.
Casimero rejoiced with revenge in securing his second IBF crown as he improves to 22-3, 14 KOs. Undefeated no longer, Ruenroeng dips to 17-1, 5 KOs and sees his hoped for clash with WBC counterpart Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez evaporate as well. The result was well received by the Chinese fans who know Ruenroeng well from his defeat of Chinese hero and two-time Olympian Zou Shiming last year. Though the bout was short one, Casimero was losing a near shutout, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 at the time of the stoppage. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Stacey Verbeek
It was standing room only in Dallas last night as The Undercard Promotions hosted Fight Night at the Texas Theatre, a fight series designed to build the local talent in the area. The card had historical significance as well, as the Texas Theatre was where the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963. Undefeated featherweight Hector Valdez (6-0, 5KO), one of Dallas’ exciting young fighters, was looking to make his own history in the ring as he took on Naciff Castillo in the main event.
Valdez displayed his blazing hand speed in the opening round as he landed a big left hook and worked the body of Castillo. In the 2nd round, the southpaw Castillo had to be checked by the doctor from an apparent head butt, but was allowed to continue. Valdez kept the pressure on Castillo throughout the fight, who preferred to counter Valdez and fight off the ropes. The fight got chippy at times as Castillo complained to referee Laurence Cole that he was being head-butted by Valdez. Valdez had a point deducted in the 3rd for using his shoulder. (more…)
Yesterday WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan was a slight -165 favorite against 44-year-old ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Today, the 27-year-old Avanesyan has jumped to a -255 favorite. On the other hand, yesterday Mosley backers could get +145, now a Mosley win would pay +215.
Both fighters looked to be in superb condition when they faced off shirtless at their final press conference. The bout takes place Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. CBSSN will televise in the USA, BoxNation will air the fight in the UK.
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In other Mosley-Avanesyan news, the WBA has confirmed that the winner of Saturday’s fight will next face the winner of the clash between WBA world welterweight champion Keith Thurman against Shawn Porter on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC #6 ranked super lightweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (18-0, 15 KOs) will take on Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night, June 17th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The bout will be a 10 round contest as part of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s popular fight series “Rockin Fights.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China opened with the general meeting at 9 a.m. In the grand ballroom at the NUO Hotel. IBF president Daryl Peoples opened the meeting by thanking members of the board and of course IBF China for bringing the convention to Beijing. The customary introductions of every attendant in the room followed as well as a greeting from IBF China president Mr. Ruihang Wang. Wang said, “We will look back to Chinese boxing pioneers and then to the future of Chinese boxing on a world level, thanks to the IBF.”
Board members Roberto Rea (Europe), Linda Torres (Legal Counsel), Glen Hamada, Randy Neumann (Treasurer), Eddie Cotton (Ring Officials) and Anibal Miramontes (Ratings) all gave their report summaries. (more…)
Multi-division former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) and WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) faced off Tuesday at their final press conference before Saturday’s world title showdown at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
David Avanesyan made the effort to speak English and thanked WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and the WBA for giving him the opportunity to fight against a big name like Shane Mosley. He said he respects Mosley, who is a good boxer. He seemed awed by the presence of ring legends Mosley and his trainer Roberto Duran.
Shane Mosley stated, “Anybody who steps in the ring right now, it doesn’t matter if it was David, or if I was fighting Mayweather, or Manny or whoever I was fighting, it doesn’t matter. I’m at the top of my game. I’m sharp, I’m ready to go. I’m the man right now. I feel like that. I feel great. And it’s all because of Roberto Duran…I can feel the fire within myself through him.
“We’re not playing around. We’re not thinking he’s coming here to hand over his title. I hope not. I hope that he comes and he fights to the best of his ability. I thank the WBA, the interim champion and the whole team for taking the opportunity to fight me and to give me the opportunity to be back on top where I was before. Sad to say I’m gonna have to take the title from you. Maybe you’ll put up a good fight where the people will give you another fight with other fighters, maybe Shawn (Porter) or Keith (Thurman) or somebody. But Saturday night, it will be my night. It could be anybody, but it had to be you so I’m sorry.”
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Former Olympian and undefeated welterweight Custio Clayton (8-0 7KO) dominated Emilio Perea (23-7 15KO) Tuesday night at the Casino de Montreal scoring a KO victory at :45 seconds of the 10th and final round. Perea was a tough nut to crack but Clayton utilized a piston type jab from the opening bell and was very fuel efficient in delivering a precise and brutal attack that showed little let-up. Clayton scored knockdowns to end both the 5th and 6th rounds and when he unleashed a right in the 10th, Perea slumped to his knees with very little will to try and get back up. It was the 7th knockout in a row for Clayton and only the second time that Perea has been stopped. The final round stoppage follows a 9th round win the last time and Clayton said he was a lot more patient this time around.
Other winners on the night included Marie Eve Dicaire (UD), Shaklee Phinn (UD), Patrice Volny (UD), Francesco Cotroni (majority decision) and Whitney Baille (UD).
The 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night
Damon Allen 134.4 vs. Daniel Montoya 135
Hector Tanajara 132 vs. Francisco Medel 134.6
Alexis Salazar 155 vs. Hector Velasquez 150.4
Edgar Valerio 125 vs. Harold Reyes ??
Venue: Ray Dolby Ballroom, Hollywood, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Proceeds from the event will support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and their mission to fund life-changing research, care & awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) says he’s focused on breaking the record for most consecutive world title defenses at 154-pounds if he can’t land a big fight. The record, which was set by Gianfranco Rosi with 11 defenses of the IBF title, has stood strong since January of 1993.
“I’m ready to step up and fight anyone in my division or if a big fight can be made at middleweight, I’m willing to be great,” proclaimed Lara. “I’m ready to fight anybody between welterweight and middleweight.
“My first choice is to fight GGG because I feel he’s the toughest opponent and would be a fight that would solidify my legacy. My next choice would be to have a rematch with Canelo because we all know there’s unfinished business with lots of controversy. If either fight can’t be made, then my focus will be to put my name in the record books and defend my titles 12 times to break the record and unify them all at the same time.”
Michael Mazzulli, president of the Association of Boxing Commissions, and head of the Mohegan Department of Athletic Regulation, released information today specifying what will make the upcoming annual ABC Conference the largest in the organization’s history.
“The 28th Annual Association of Boxing Commissions Conference will be held from July 29-August 3 at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. The room block reserved a year ago was based on recent historical evidence (2014 & 2015 attendance), but the entire group of rooms originally reserved were booked over a month ago. The Conference professionals at the Monte Carlo generously added rooms to the block, 28% more than ever reserved before, and there are very few of those left.” (more…)
IBF lightweight champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy and former titleholder Mickey “The Spirit” Bey are deep into training camp and closing in on their Spike TV clash on June 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Both fighters have been training in Las Vegas. Barthelemy with Ismael Salas at the Salas Boxing Academy, Bey with Floyd Mayweather Sr. at the Mayweather Boxing Club.
Rances Barthelemy: I feel I am levels above Mickey Bey in all aspects of the game. I am comfortable with my training and I plan on returning to Miami with my second world title. The adrenaline of fighting in front of my Cuban people will add fuel to my fire and propel me to victory. I am on a mission to be great and leave an imprint in the sport and Mickey Bey is in the way.
Mickey Bey: I bring it all. I can do everything that can be done in the ring. Every single department, period. I do think he’s a good fighter, I give him his props, he’s a two-time world champion, but I don’t think he can do one thing better than me…I’m a better fighter. It’s that simple.
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