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Alvarado edges Torres, Korobov defeats Vera

Alvarado edges Torres, Korobov defeats Vera

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In his 2nd comeback fight, former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) had ...

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Joshua KOs Breazeale in seven, retains IBF heavyweight title

Joshua KOs Breazeale in seven, retains IBF heavyweight title

By Karl Freitag Photos: Matchroom Sport IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Dominic ...

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Thurman edges Porter, retains WBA welterweight title in one to remember

Thurman edges Porter, retains WBA welterweight title in one to remember

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney For the last year Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman have tried to get it on in ...

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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Photos: Scott Foster In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito" Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City ...

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Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. hits back at critics

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. is taking some heat from fans and media for choosing a boxing fan as his next opponent. But, Roy says the criticism doesn’t bother him.

“I don’t really give into the critics because critics are always going to criticize and what have they done?” Jones told cbssports.com. “A person who has never done nothing can’t really care nothing about doing something. So as far as the critics, I don’t care what they think. I don’t have time to give to critics. If I spent my career responding to critics, I’d never be where I’m at right now.”

Tonight at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, Jones Jr. (62-9, 45 KOs) will step into the ring against 33-year-old Vyron Phillips of St. Paul, Minnesota. Phillips was selected from over 1500 entries from fans wanting to fight Roy. If Phillips beats Roy, he’ll earn $100,000.



March 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Golovkin to attend NASCAR race

Who knew? Turns out WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is a big NASCAR fan. GGG will be taking some time away from training camp to attend today’s NASCAR Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Gennady will be a special guest of auto racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Earnhardt has arranged for Gennady to meet many of the other drivers. This will be his first live auto race for Golovkin, who will be joined by trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler.



March 20th, 2016


Boxing News

WBA 130lb super champ Uchiyama to headline WBA tripleheader

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japan’s Boxer of the Year, WBA 130-pound super champ Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KOs) will headline a WBA tripleheader featuring as many world title bouts of his stablemates in Tokyo, Japan, on April 27. Uchiyama will face WBA interim titlist, Panamanian Jezreel Corrales (19-1, 7 KOs) in the main event, and the other two will be title defenses of WBA super-fly ruler Kohei Kono and WBA light-fly titleholder Ryoichi Taguchi in companion title goes.

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Uchiyama, making his twelfth defense, was originally supposed to face Nicholas Walters in the US, since he has been eager to try his fists and prove his strength outside of Japan. The WBA, however, abruptly made an order for Uchiyama to face the regular champ Javier Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs), a southpaw speedster hailing from Dominican Republic, but the negotiation reportedly fell through at the last minute and the interim ruler Corrales eventually replaced Fortuna with the special permit submitted by Watanabe Promotions to the Association. Uchiyama, 36, is aiming to break the record of thirteen defenses registered by WBA 108-pound kingpin Yoko Gushiken in 1980’s. People here pay great attention to our outstanding champ Uchiyama’s activity of this year.



March 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Baby Juarez punches ticket to world title fight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a rematch, WBC #1 rated minimumweight Saul ‘Baby’ Juarez (22-4-1, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over #5 rated former world champion Oswaldo ‘Gallito’ Novoa (17-7-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Recinto Ferial in Metepec, Mexico. Scores were 97-92, 99-91 and 98-91. With the win, Juarez earned a shot at WBC world champion Wanheng Menayothin of Thailand. Juarez-Novoa I, last December, lasted less than a minute, ending in a technical draw due to a head clash.

Also seeing action, WBC female flyweight champion Ibeth ‘Roca’ Zamora (25-5, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Mari Ando (12-9, 5 KOs).



March 20th, 2016


UFC

Fight Night Brisbane: Hunt hits walk-off KO against Mir

Continuing to amaze at the age of 41, heavyweight contender Mark Hunt did it again at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in the main event of UFC Fight Night, knocking out former two-time champion Frank Mir to put together his first two-fight winning streak in the Octagon since 2011 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also: Magny, Matthews, Kelly all score comeback victories

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March 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Diaz and Alvarado score KOs in Houston

By Byron Spurlock at ringside
Photos: Liz Kreutz / Top Rank

Former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (41-4, 20 KOs) scored a hard fought ninth round KO over Fernando Garcia (30-8-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at The Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas. Diaz and Garcia went right at it from the opening bell and pretty much didn’t stop. “The Baby Bull’s” attack was relentless, but Garcia was able to absorb hundreds of clean shots and kept firing back. Diaz finally dropped Garcia with a barrage of punches in round nine, and got a stoppage from referee Laurence Cole with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:24.

“I felt good, maybe a little bit of rust because of the inactivity, but I give myself a B+,” said Diaz afterward. “I’m ready to fight again and become a world champion.”

Former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs) bounced back from his loss to Brandon Rios 14 months ago with an exciting third round knockout of game Saul Corral (19-7, 10 KOs). As usual, the aggressive Alvarado was more than willing to take some shots to land his, and a crushing right hand laid out Corral. Time was 1:25.

“I’m back! This is what I have worked for since last year,” stated Alvarado. “I finally feel at peace. I feel like I cleansed myself spiritually, mentally and physically. I’m ready to fight the best.” (more…)



March 20th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Brisbane: Jouban, Hooker with impressive quick wins

Welterweight action hero Alan Jouban impressively rebounded from his October loss to Albert Tumenov in UFC Fight Night prelim action, finishing Brisbane’s Brendan O’Reilly via strikes in the first round at Brisbane Entertainment Centre . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also: Pearson gets close victory over Laprise on UFC Fight Pass Brisbane prelims

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ZAGREB is LIVE on Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Shocker: Rojas upsets Budler to win WBA and IBO belts

By Ron Jackson

Byron Rojas from Nicaragua beat South Africa’s Hekkie Budler on a unanimous 12 rounds points decision in a major upset to win the WBA and IBO minimumweight belts on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. All three judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of the Nicaraguan.

In a closely fought contest, Budler made Rojas miss throughout and scored with cleaner punches, but he slowed down in the last three rounds to allow the challenger to come back into the fight.

However, Budler who was cut on the right eye early in the fight, appeared rather unfortunate to lose his titles. (more…)



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Moloney Brothers win WBA Oceania belts

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former amateur star Andrew Moloney (6-0, 3 KOs) outscored Ryohei Takajashi (8-2-1, 1 KO) of Japan via unanimous ten round decision to capture the vacant WBA Oceania bantamweight title at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria on Saturday Maloney controlled the bout in most of the rounds.

In other action Jason Moloney (6-0, 6 KOs) stopped Junior Bajawa (14-7, 6 KOs) of Indonesia in four rounds of scheduled ten round bout with the WBA Oceania super bantamweight belt up for grabs. Bajawa removed his boxing boots during the contest as they lacked traction. The referee called it off in round four. Bajawa had lost to former world title challenger, A J Banal on points in 2015. (more…)



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Nielsen, Commey triumph in Denmark

Unbeaten IBF #5, WBO #12 cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #3 rated former World title challenger Mirko Larghetti (20-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the MusikTeatret in Albertslund, Denmark. Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 117-112.

In other action, unbeaten IBF #3, WBC #7 lightweight contender Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Anzor Gamgebeli (27-14-3, 12 KOs).



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Baby Bull, Alvarado back in action tonight

UniMas will air an attractive “Solo Boxeo” doubleheader tonight at 10:55PM ET featuring Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (40-4, 19 KOs) and “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) in separate fights. The Houston-based vet Diaz is seeking to reclaim his world title status by getting past Mexico’s Fernando Garcia (30-7-2, 19 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Still only 32 years of age, the “Baby Bull” returned to the ring in 2013 after a three year retirement and has rattled off five straight wins.

Alvarado hopes to bounce back after his non-performance in a rubber match with Brandon Rios 14 months ago by defeating Mexico’s Saul Corral (19-6, 10 KOs) in an eight round scrap. “Mile High” Mike says he’s taking this comeback seriously. “I’m motivated,” he proclaimed this week. “I’ve been training for a long time.”



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Saint Patrick’s Clash at the House of Blues in Boston

By Matt Thompson

Stephen “The Rock” Ormond, (20-2, 11 KOs) of Dublin, Ireland stepped on the scale at 134.5, outweighing Puerto Rico’s Marcos Leonardo Jimenez (21-6, 14 KO’s) by a half a pound as the fighters squared off at the weigh-in for their IBF Intercontinental lightweight title contest tonight at the House of Blues in Boston. Ormond vs. Jimenez is the main event on Murphys Boxing’s “St Patrick’s Clash” card. Ormond, in his third fight under the Murphys Boxing banner, is looking forward to the opportunity to capture the IBF Intercontinental belt, a distinction which will move him up in the IBF’s world rankings.

“I’ve worked harder in preparation for this bout than any in my career,” explained the amiable Dubliner to FightNews following a workout at TNT Boxing earlier in the week. “Ken Casey and his team at Murphys Boxing have been a great pleasure to work with, my goal is to bring them with me to the world championship.” (more…)



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. to fight a fan tomorrow night

Sunday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, 47-year-old former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (62-9, 45 KOs) will have the most unusual boxing match in his career. The future Hall of Famer will step into the ring against a boxing fan on an event that can be seen on pay-per-view.

Fans were asked to submit up to a 90-second video explaining why they’re worthy of stepping into the ring with Roy. Over 1500 entries were received. The winner was 33-year-old Vyron Phillips of St. Paul, Minnesota. Phillips is listed as having an amateur boxing record of 6-1 and he is currently an MMA fighter. If he defeats Jones, he’ll earn $100,000.



March 19th, 2016

UFC

Cerrone vs. Cote heads to Ottawa

The UFC’s first visit to Ottawa on June 18 has received another jolt of high-level welterweight action, as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone faces surging Canadian veteran Patrick Cote in UFC Fight Night action . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

KO for Waseem in Korea

Photo by MK Sports

Former amateur standout Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan stopped the more experienced John Bajawa (11-13, 7 KOs) of Indonesia in round 6. The scheduled for 8 round main event took place today in Seoul, South Korea at Myoung Boxing World B1. The show was promoted by Andy Kim (AK Promotions).

Waseem dropped Bajawa in round 5 with a body shot and finished him off with the same punch the next round. Waseem seemed very sharp and chisled for the fight following his training camp in Las Vegas, with Jeff Mayweather at the famed Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing Club.



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Battling Nielsen aims at Battling Nelson’s record

Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs) dreams of equaling legendary Danish boxer ‘Battling’ Nelson’s record as the country’s youngest world champion. “My dream is to become a world champion before turning 24,” said Nielsen. In 1905, Danish-born Oscar Mathaeus Nielsen claimed the world lightweight championship at the age of 23 years and three months. The charismatic fighter, better known as ‘Battling Nelson,’ had migrated to the United States and made a big name for himself and earning a spot in boxing’s Hall of Fame.

A name Micki Nielsen encountered when he, at the beginning of his career, sat down with his manager, and played with the idea that Micki one day could be known as ‘Battling Nielsen.’

“I’ve read about ‘Battling Nelson’. He was one of the toughest and most durable boxers in history, so obviously it would be great to get a world title as quickly as he did,” he says. (more…)



March 19th, 2016

UFC

Miesha Tate gives her prediction for Fight Night Brisbane

Hear new UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate talk about and preview the Fight Night Brisbane main event between Mark Hunt and Frank Mir. Tate also gives her prediction for the fight: “someone’s going down.”. . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Atlantic City

Thomas LaManna 150 vs. Kendal Mena 149.7
Imamu Mayfield 232 vs. Dan Pasciolla 248
(Garden State Heavyweight Title)
Tommy Rainone 150 vs. Maurice Chalmers 147.5
Hakim Bryant 157 vs. Rick Graham 156
Isiah Seldon 165 vs. Michael Mitchell 165
(Garden State Super Middleweight title)
Alvin Vermall 196 vs. D’Quan Morgan 190
Quian Davis 259 vs. Corey Morley 283
Omar Brito 132 vs. Bienvenido Diaz 129
Darryl Bunting 164 vs. Darryl Watkins 163.5

Promoters: Rising Promotions and Vincent M. Ponte’s Gulfstream Promotions
Venue: The Claridge Hotel
1st Bell: 7 PM ET



March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Payasito Hernandez defeats Carranza again

Photos: All Star Boxing

Former WBO interim world champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-2, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Isao “Kato” Carranza (15-7-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. Carranza was game and aggressive, but Payasito was simply several levels better. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 99-91. Hernandez claimed the vacant Mexican domestic super bantamweight title with the victory. The bout was a rematch. Hernandez previously defeated Carranza on points two years ago.

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March 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Jimenez dethrones Salazar to win WBC female heavyweight title

Unbeaten Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez (6-0, 4 KOs) dethroned WBC female heavyweight champion Martha “The Shadow” Salazar (13-5, 3 KOs) by ten round majority decision on Friday night at the Oasis Arena Grand Hotel Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The 46-year-old Salazar, who weighed in at 236.8 pounds, seemed to give at least as good as she got, but two of the judges didn’t see it that way. Scores were 95-95 and 96-94, and a very questionable 98-93 for the 28-year-old 225 pound Jimenez.

Former WBC silver super lightweight champion Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (34-1-1, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Pascual Salgado (12-7, 8 KOs). An Ortiz uppercut put Salgado down for the count at 1:27.

Unbeaten lightweight Joseph Aguirre (12-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Oscar Arjona (9-5, 5 KOs). Arjona down twice, the second time for the count.

Super bantamweight Pedro Tut (9-1, 0 KOs) outpointed Alfredo Cupido (8-14-2, 6 KOs) over six forgettable rounds.



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Hart gets past Johnson in South Philly

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Before a jam-packed, standing room only crowd in Friday night’s main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, super middleweight Jesse Hart, North Philly, 20-0, 16 KOs, won a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over a stubborn Dashon Johnson, 19-19-4, 6 KOs, of Escondido, CA. The fight was a dramatic war, with Hart controlling much of the action but Johnson giving him all he could handle. The underdog took everything Hart threw at him, and came back with his own shots that had Hart hurt a few times during the second half. In the tenth and final round, Johnson cut Hart over the left eye and dropped him to the mat with a trio of right-hand slams to the head. Hart got to his feet, and Johnson ran out of time to do more damage. It was a thrilling and dramatic fight that had the big crowd in a frenzy by the end. The three official scores all favored Hart, 98-91, 97-92 and 95-94.

In the walkout bout, junior welterweight Mike Reed, Waldorf, MD, 18-0, 10 KOs, beat Baltimore’s Samuel Amoako, 17-9, 1; KOs, by six round unanimous decision. All scores were 60-54. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Houston

Photos: Liz Kreutz / Top Rank

Juan Diaz 136.4 vs. Fernando Garcia 136.4
Mike Alvarado 147.2 vs. Saul Corral 146.2
Esquiva Falcao 162 vs. Joe McCreedy 159.2
Jesse Garcia 130.6 vs. Christopher Turton 129.2
Justin Henderson 146.2 vs. Arturo Marquez 146
Billy Colon 173.8 vs. Steven Nelson 174.6

Juan Diaz: “After a seven year absence, I feel very happy of fighting once again in Houston in front of my family, friends and fans. I want to thank all the people for the support that they have showed and that I know I will receive tomorrow.”

Mike Alvarado: “I’m motivated. I have been training for a long time. I’m happy and thankful for the opportunity to showcase my abilities once again and for the opportunity of fighting again. I’m ready to show why they brought me back. My goal is to return to the same place I was before. I want to fight with top level fighters.”

Venue: Arena Theatre, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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March 18th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Brisbane at the scales

UFC Fight Night Brisbane, which is headlined by the UFC heavyweight clash between Mark Hunt and Frank Mir, and the welterweight fight between Hector Lombard and Neil Magny, airs live on FS1 from Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, March 19 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

Main Event – UFC heavyweight five-round fight
Mark Hunt (264) vs Frank Mir (260)

FS1 Main Card
Hector Lombard (170) vs Neil Magny (170)
Jake Matthews (155) vs Johnny Case (155)
Daniel Kelly (186) vs Antonio Carlos Junior (186)
James Te Huna (205) vs Steve Bosse (204)
Bec Rawlings (116) vs Seohee Ham (115)

FS1 Prelims
Brendan O’Reilly (168) vs Alan Jouban (171)
Dan Hooker (146) vs Mark Eddiva (145)
Leslie Smith (134) vs Rin Nakai (135)
Rich Walsh (170) vs Viscardi Andrade (171)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Ross Pearson (155) vs Chad Laprise (156)
Alan Patrick (156) vs Damien Brown (155)

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Metepec

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Ibeth Zamora 107.5 vs Mary Ando 106.7
(WBC female light flyweight world title)

Saul Juárez 104.9 vs Osvaldo Novoa 104.5
(WBC minimumweight eliminator)

José Vernaza 125.6 vs Enrique Angeles 126.7

Venue: Recinto Ferial del Palenque de Metepec
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Tatli, Wahlström victorious in Finland

Report/Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside

EBU (European) lightweight champion Edis Tatli (27-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title against Massimiliano Ballisai (20-3, 12 KOs) via hard fought twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Espoon Metro Arena in Espoo, Finland. Tatli was very sharp throughout the bout, landing hard uppercuts near the end of the fight that gave Ballisai lots of problems. Ballisai’s best moment came in round three when a hard right uppercut seemingly put Tatli on the canvas, but the referee ruled it a slip. Scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 118-110.

Unbeaten WBC female super featherweight world champion Eva Wahlström (17-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dahiana Santana (35-8, 14 KOs). Wahlström landed a sharp left jab all night that Santana had no answer for. Scores were 99-91, 99-92 and 99-91.

After the fights, Eva said she wants more belts. Tatli stated that WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla could be next! He added that he might go to England to watch Crolla’s next fight.

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Final Farewell to Don Gilberto Mendoza

By Juan Francisco Arias

On Thursday, March 17, at the Metropolitan Cemetery in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Don Gilberto Mendoza, President Emeritus of the World Boxing Association, who died a week ago, was taken to his final resting place. Friends and former boxers accompanied the Mendoza and Alvarado families during this difficult time and paid tribute to a man who gave his best in all aspects of life, but especially to the world of boxing. Before the funeral, after the Mass, those in attendance said goodbye to Gilberto Mendoza to the words of a poem by Antonio Machado and popularized as a song by Joan Manuel Serrat.

Throughout the week posthumous tributes resounded in memory of Gilberto, who began his journey in Barquisimeto on March 30, 1943. He had a difficult childhood, with few creature comforts, but thanks to his perseverance and dedication he achieved much and left a mark on all those who knew him.



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Salazar to defend WBC heavyweight title tonight

Photos: WBC

WBC female heavyweight champion Martha “The Shadow” Salazar (13-4, 3 KOs) defends her title for the first time tonight against unbeaten Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez (5-0, 4 KOs) at the Oasis Arena Grand Hotel Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. In 2013, following a six-year break from the sport, the 46-year-old Salazar defied the odds to win the WBC world title. The 10-round heavyweight championship bout will air live on FOX Deportes.

In the co-main event, former WBC silver super lightweight beltholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (33-1-1, 25 KOs) goes against Pascual Salgado (12-6, 8 KOs). Opening up the telecast is Ricardo “Torito” Perez (9-2, 8 KOs) versus Mauricio Fuentes (18-5, 12 KOs) for the WBC silver light flyweight belt.

Weights:
Martha Salazar 238.8 vs. Alejanda Jimenez 225
(WBC female heavyweight championship)

Roberto “Massa” Ortiz 142.8 vs. Pascual Salgado 142.6
Ricardo Perez 107.8 vs. Mauricio Fuentes 108.8

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Team Bradley Camp Update

Photos: Top Rank

“Teddy Atlas really cares for me as a fighter and about me and my family as well,” said former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley today at his training camp in Indio, California. Tim takes on Manny Pacquiao on April 9 at the MGM Grand Hotel, live on pay per view.

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Eubank Jr: Blackwell doesn’t really want to fight me

Chris Eubank Jr. says British middleweight champion Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell will go the same way as his last opponent, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, when the pair meet on March 26 at The SSE Arena, Wembley. Three months ago Eubank Jr. settled a bitter feud with O’Sullivan by stopping the Irishman in seven rounds, and next weekend, he looks to do the same to Blackwell, a man who has claimed Eubank Jr. has been avoiding him for much of his career.

“It’s laughable for him to say I’ve been avoiding him,” said Eubank Jr. (21-1, 16 KOs). “He’s a boring guy. He has to say something to try and get some attention. His stories about me avoiding him are fantasy. He wants to get under my skin by saying I’m scared and have been dodging him. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

UFC

Antonio Carlos Junior, always evolving, ready for Kelly on enemy soil

They say anything can happen inside the Octagon, and sometimes that includes an 11-second no contest via accidental eye poke . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Teddy Atlas and Freddie Roach: The Write Stuff

pacquiao-bradley3By Bill Dwyre

Boxing writers tend to look toward the event they are covering differently than you might think.

Lousy fight? That’s O.K., as long as the people fighting, or the people promoting, or the people training, are good talkers. Great reading does not come from bland descriptions of left hooks and fancy footwork. Nor does it come from rehashing ticket prices and statistics.

We need fresh. We need new, different, something articulate or even quirky. We need to give the reader that special thing that brings him or her to the point in the story where we are embraced with the ultimate approval when they say, “Hey, I didn’t know that.”

So, on behalf of my boxing-writer brethren, I kneel today and look heavenward in gratitude for Teddy Atlas and Freddie Roach.

Atlas trains Tim Bradley. Roach trains Manny Pacquiao. Bradley and Pacquiao will fight April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Odds are, it won’t be a lousy fight. Thanks to Atlas and Roach, it won’t be a lousy promotion. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Moloney Brothers in action Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Maniatis Promotions

Australian promoter Peter Maniatis talked to Fightnews about Saturday’s promotion featuring outstanding prospects Andrew and Jason Maloney who will be in action over ten rounds against importations at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria. “Tomorrow night is the biggest fight to date for former outstanding amateur gold medalist Andrew Moloney as his Japanese opponent, Ryohei Takajashi, is a rated boxer in Japan and comes from a very strong stable,” said Maniatis. “Also Jason Moloney fights for a WBA Oceania title. Both Moloneys could get a WBA world ranking if they win impressively on Saturday. Terry Tzouramanis vs Cameron Eyes will be a cracker fight as well for the Victorian title.”

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Saunders wants Golovkin after Bursak

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is eyeing up a huge Wembley summer showdown with pound-for-pound megastar Gennady Golovkin should he get past ‘Mad’ Max Bursak on Saturday April 30 at London’s Copper Box Arena.

Billy Joe Saunders: “Now I’ve become a world champion I’ve grown in myself and grown in my beliefs. Nobody is invincible, you only have to look at Tyson Fury who went over and done Klitschko in his back garden. If I could get Golovkin at Wembley Stadium, which would be a massive fight, I’d show the world I can beat the best.”



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

Photo: All Star Boxing

Former WBO interim world champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (30-11-2, 16 KOs) and Isao Carranza (15-6-1, 9 KOs) both weighed in at 121 pounds for tonight’s Boxeo Telemundo clash at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The scheduled ten-rounder will air at 11:35PM ET/PT.

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Teddy Atlas comments on dispute with Freddie Roach

Photo: Top Rank

Photo: Top Rank


By Karl Freitag

Timothy Bradley’s trainer Teddy Atlas recently traded words with Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach (the most interesting moments so far in the lead up to the April 9 Bradley-Pacquiao fight). We asked Teddy if having a beef with the opposing camp helps in any way.

Teddy Atlas: “No, I don’t think any of that stuff helps. It comes down to the professionalism of the fighters. They are the ones that the focus should be on. I didn’t ask for this to come about or to grow into the ways that it has. I made myself a promise and that was to be as restrained as I could be and with it when it was appropriate. When it was appropriate to respond, I responded but I did not fire the first shot across the bow and I waited awhile before I responded. (more…)



March 18th, 2016




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