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Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs) will be stepping into the ring tonight with a heavy heart just five days after the death of his promoter Dan Goossen, brother of his trainer Joe Goossen. Martirosyan faces Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round collision of once-beaten junior middleweights at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn.
“We have a good game plan put together with Joe [Goossen]. We’re ready to box or brawl if we need to. We’ll just take it from there. We’re ready for whatever he brings and we’re just going to be on top of him the whole fight, stated Martirosyan. “We’ve been heartbroken since we’ve heard the news [that Dan passed]. Especially because they kept it away from me the whole training camp. It was a big surprise to us. The second we heard it we all, my wife, my mother, we all started crying. But, in a way, we’re happy that we get to fight Saturday night and dedicate this victory to Dan Goossen. It gives me more motivation to fight and make him proud because I know he’s going to be looking down on us. On Saturday we get to thank him. I think this will make me stronger. The last thing, boxing-wise, that Dan said to Joe was, ‘make sure Vanes wins.’ I’m taking that in the ring with me. He’s going to be watching me from above so we’re going to put on a good performance for him. I’m going to win by knockout. I have too much happiness and too much strength going into the ring that I will win by knockout.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
“Donaire is going to realize from round one that he is in the wrong division fighting the wrong guy. Come October 18th, Christmas is coming early for me: I’m knocking out Donaire in round five or six,” so says WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) about his upcoming showdown against WBA super champion Nonito Donaire, a fight that seems to be gathering more enthusiasm than the main event match between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio. The Jamaican-born Walters has won 10 0f his last 11 fights by knockout and is counting on his size, youth and power to overwhelm the multi-division Filipino champion.
Photo: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME
“I beat the scale and tomorrow night we’ll go out and win the fight,” stated former world champion ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson after weighing in at 173 for his clash with Tommy Karpency tonight on Showtime. “I know that I have to go out and perform. I have to let the world know that I’m the same fighter, that I’m still one of the best fighters in the world. If anything, I think I’m wiser and that makes me a better fighter. I’m going to go out there and do what I do best, use my jab, use my hand speed. People underestimate my jab, but I have one of the best jabs out there. I just need to use my size and win the fight. Hopefully within the next two fights I’ll get a world title shot. We want to get another fight after this, hopefully in December, and then sometime early next year I’ll be fighting for another world title. (more…)
Local super flyweight favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round KO over Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-3, 10 KO’s) on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Lozano dropped Vidal in round two and finished him in round four with a body shot to claim the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title.
Frank De Alba 129.6 vs. Jesse Carradine 129.4
Naim Nelson 138.4 vs. Ryan Belasco 138.8
(UBF All America’s Jr. Welterweight title)
Christian Molina vs. Josue Rivera 140.2
Shawn Sutton 146 vs. Anthony Prescott 148
Travis Thompson 132.4 vs. Benjamin Burgos 127
Venue: Valley Forge Casino Resort
Promoters: King’s Boxing & Peltz Boxing
1st Bell 7:30 PM
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Argentina’s Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) works out during training at the Wild Card Boxing Club ,Friday for his upcoming co-feature against Brooklyn’s Sadam “World Kid” Ali (20-0, 12 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 8.
In the other co-feature is the light heavyweight title unification showdown between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Ali vs. Abregu is a 10-round welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank and will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT. photos
Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime
Rances Barthelemy 130 vs. David Saucedo 130
(IBF junior lightweight title)
Vanes Martirosyan 153 vs. Willie Nelson 153
Chad Dawson 173 vs. Tommy Karpency 173
Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
Unbeaten welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez, the pride of East Los Angeles and exciting future prospect, renewed his promotional contract today with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, the leading boxing promoter based in Los Angeles, California. “Frankie Gomez is a natural talent and that’s why I have no doubt that he’ll be the next super star and next world champion from East Los Angeles”, said Oscar de la Hoya, president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “The truth is that we are very happy to continue promoting Frankie and help him to continue on his quest for a world title,” he added. (more…)
OPI 2000’s European super lightweight champion WBC and IBF #7 Michele Di Rocco (38-1-1, 16 KOs) retained his title by unanimous decision moments ago in Madrid, Spain against previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Ruben Nieto (15-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 114-113 twice and 114-112.
Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank
Glen Tapia 156 vs. Donatas Bondorovas 155
Mikael Zewski 150 vs. Roberto Ventura 150
Jesse Hart 168 vs. Roberto Jose Acevedo 168
Mike Reed 140 vs. Osnel Charles 138
Toka Kahn Clary 128 vs. Jose Del Valle 129
Julian Rodriguez 140 vs. Christian Steele 138
George Arias 221 vs. Edwin Ranquillo 238
Venue: Bally’s Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Top Rank
Johhny González 126 vs. Jorge Arce 126
(WBC world featherweight title)
Celestino Caballero 130 vs. Adrian Estrella 130
Juan Carlos Sánchez 123 vs. Gregorio Torres 124
Adrian Young 130 vs. Edgar Monarrez 130
Venue: CUM, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Promociones del Pueblo
TV: beIN Sports Espanol, Televisa
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
As current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev prepares for the fight of his life against Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins next month, he is on the precipice of a life-altering event as his wife, Natalya, is moments away from giving birth to their first child. The Kovalevs are expecting their son any day now, with the official due date scheduled for October 17. Despite the stress and distractions that come with expectant-parenthood, the 31-year-old Kovalev assured everyone at his media day at Wolf Total Fitness in Big Bear City, Calif. yesterday that his focus is still fixated 100 percent on Hopkins, “I’m living for this fight. Only for this fight. I’m leaving for Florida when my [first] baby is due. I’ll be in training camp in Florida because this is the most important thing in my life right now.”
Sergey is scheduled to conclude his strength and conditioning training in Big Bear on October 9, then he will return to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to begin the sparring portion of his training with his trainer two-division world champion John David Jackson. With this schedule, there is a very good chance he will not be with his wife in Los Angeles when she goes into labor. (more…)
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine and the bantamweight bout between Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.
Tarec Saffiedine (170) VS Rory MacDonald (170)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Bryan Caraway (135) VS Raphael Assuncao (135)
Yosdenis Cedeno (155) VS Chad Laprise (155)
Bruno Santos (185) VS Elias Theodorou (185)
Li Jingliang (170) VS Nordine Taleb (170)
Roman Salazar (135) VS Mitch Gagnon (135)
FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Daron Cruickshank (155) VS Anthony Njokuani (155)
Jake Lindsey (156) VS Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155)
Paul Felder (155) VS Jason Saggo (155)
Patrick Holohan (125) VS Chris Kelades (126)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Matt Dwyer (169) VS Albert Tumenov (170)
Jerrod Sanders (135) VS Pedro Munhoz (135)
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Tickets to the Terence “Bud” Crawford vs. Ray Beltran WBO lightweight championship fight have been flying out the window — literally — since going on sale today at 10AM CT. Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), Omaha’s favorite son, will be defending his world title against #1 contender Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., Saturday, November 29 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. “In just the four hours of being on sale, we are close to selling out the ringside seats and the next highest priced tier tickets sales are not too far behind that,” said Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum. “Terence’s fans are taking no chances on missing the opportunity of seeing their world champion defend his title live. The atmosphere on fight night is going to be even more electric than his last fight!”
Promoted by Top Rank remaining tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran world lightweight championship event, priced at $127, $77 and $52 and $27, are available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000. To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.
By James Slater
After days and days of doubt that seemed to turn to a definitive negative, the British middleweight grudge-match that is Billy Joe Saunders Vs. Chris Eubank Junior is finally a done deal, signed and sealed for its originally announced date and venue of November 29th at The ExCel in London. Rewind to a week ago, to September 25th, to when Eubank Jr had failed to show up to sign the fight contract on promoter Frank Warren’s deadline of 5PM U.K time, and many fans thought his no-show had killed the fight, and immediately the accusations of Eubank Jr having “bottled it” began. It may have looked like that, but today the unbeaten 25-year-old son of former WBO middle and super-middleweight ruler Chris Eubank Senior singed the contract – to the delight of European middleweight king Saunders. (more…)
Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank
Felix Verdejo 134.8 vs. Sergio Villanueva 133.2
Gamalier Rodríguez 129 vs. Martin González 128.4
Esquiva Falcao 158.2 vs. Austin Marcum 158
Jantony Ortiz 114.2 vs. Gilberto Mendoza 112.8
Christopher Diaz 125.8 vs. Francisco Camacho 126.6
Anthony Mercado 141.6 vs. Esteban Villalba 140.2
Nelsan Machado 125 vs. Stephon McIntyre 123.8
Jovan Perez 139.6 vs. Berthin Rousseau 138
Venue: Bahia Shrine in Orlando, Florida
Promoter: Top Rank
The rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew on November 22 has become the fastest selling sporting event at Liverpool’s Echo Arena after selling out in under 48 hours. The bitter rivals return to the venue of their first clash in 2011 to finally face each other once again, and fight fans have snapped up all of the tickets on sale inside 48 hours. Their explosive second encounter, this time at cruiserweight, is supported by an undercard featuring Scott Quigg defending his WBA World Super Bantamweight title and Jamie McDonnell defending his WBA Bantamweight strap against Walberto Ramos.
Olympic gold medal sensation Anthony Joshua MBE taking on Michael Sprott in a final eliminator for the British Heavyweight title, unbeaten world-rated Liverpool Super Middleweight prospect Callum Smith facing Nikola Sjekloca in an official eliminator for the WBC Super Middleweight title, and promoter Eddie Hearn set to announce more big fights soon with James DeGale MBE and Stephen Smith set to feature in crunch clashes. (more…)
On the non-televised undercard of Monday’s Jo Jo Diaz vs. Raul Hidalgo fight in Hidalgo, Texas, 26-year-old Antonio Tarver, Jr. won his pro debut, scoring a fourth-round technical knockout over Zachary Briones (1-2). His father, former light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs), was supposed to headline against Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs), however, a fracture of his hand forced Tarver to withdraw from the fight but he did work his son’s corner.
Father and son will be traveling this weekend from Tampa to Miami to start working Monday with trainer Orlando Cuellar at Brazilian Rocky Fight Club.
Former WBC middleweight champion and “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. believes his contract with Top Rank has ended and he says he’s now a free agent. However, Top Rank attorney Daniel Petrocelli tells ESPN Deportes that Junior is bound to the company until at least April 2016. Ultimately a federal court will likely decide the situation. Chavez Jr. has been out of the ring since March.
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