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JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be “a fight of the year type war”

JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be a fight of the year type war

Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido Three-time world champion in two division Orlando "Siri" Salido and WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco "Bandido" Vargas ...

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA interim welterweight champion David "Ava" Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous ...

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former IBF lightweight champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs), now fighting at 144lbs., scored a ten round ...

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez In an upset, local lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (19-6, 11 KOs) surprised WBC #4 rated Nery "Pantera" ...

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo took a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training ...

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Scott Quigg adds spice to unification bout, says Carl Frampton

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February 25th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London Fantasy Preview

It’s the biggest main event in UFC FIGHT PASS history this Saturday when former middleweight champion and arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time – Anderson Silva – meets Michael Bisping in London . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 25th, 2016


Boxing News

IBF orders Parker-Takam eliminator

The IBF has ordered a heavyweight eliminator between #6 rated Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) and #5 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) with the winner to get a shot at the world title against the winner between current IBF champion Charles Martin and Olympic star Anthony Joshua, who collide April 9 in London. The camps have opened negotiations with an eye toward a May bout in New Zealand.



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Khan Press Tour Dates Set

The boxing world was shocked when Golden Boy Promotions announced that WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) would make his first title defense of 2016 against Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on Cinco de Mayo weekend at the new T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas. Now Canelo and Khan will kick-off a three city, international press tour in London on Feb. 29 that will travel to New York on March 1 and end in Los Angeles on March 2. Fight fans are invited to attend.

Monday, February 29 – London, United Kingdom
Location: The Park Plaza Riverbank London – Ballroom
18 Albert Embarkment
SE1 7TJ London, UK
Fan Arrival Time: 11:00 a.m. GMT
Press Conference Begins: 12:00 p.m. GMT

Tuesday, March 1 – New York, New York
Location: Hard Rock Café New York – Live Venue
1501 Broadway New York, NY 10036 (Corner of Broadway and 43rd St.)
Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, March 2 – Los Angeles, California
Location: Universal CityWalk – Five Towers Stage
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (Adjacent to AMC Theaters)
Fan Arrival Time: 3:00 p.m. PT
Press Conference Begins: 6:00 p.m. PT



February 24th, 2016


Boxing News

World-rated Dunn in action Friday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #10, WBO #10, WBA #12, WBC #14 168-pounder Zac Dunn (19-0, 15 KOs) returns to ring action against Rogerio Damasco (22-3-2, 19 KOs) on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Dunn was last in action at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York, last October 24 when he won a crowd pleasing ten round split decision over veteran Derrick Findley. Damasco was born and resides in Brazil is 32 years and is coming off a victory over Jesus Rodrigues Chaves in December, 2015. Promoter is former IBF 130 pound champion Barry Michael.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford, Verdejo look sharp in workout

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO jr welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and Puerto Rican sensation Felix “Diamante” Verdejo hosted an open media workout this afternoon at Mendez Gym in New York City.

The workout also featured Top Rank’s Seannie Monaghan, Julian “Hammerhands” Rodriguez, and Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz.

They take over Madison Square Garden Saturday February 27 live on HBO boxing promoted by Top Rank.

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February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton, Quigg heating up

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

Undefeated 122-pound world champions Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) and Scott Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs) held media workouts on Tuesday in Manchester, England, as they finalize preparation for their super bantamweight unification showdown this Saturday at Manchester Arena. The bout will be televised in the USA on Sho Extreme.

Here’s what Frampton and Quigg had to say as they approach Saturday’s fight:

Carl Frampton: “I won my world title on a massive stage, Scott Quigg was handed his title after a draw. He has fought on big cards but not as a bill-topper and I genuinely don’t know if he will be able to handle this level of pressure. I’m going to use all of my experience to outbox, outfight and outgun Scott Quigg.

Scott Quigg: “This is the perfect time now for this fight. We’re both world champions, we’re both undefeated, and I believe this is the perfect time for me to go out there and do a job on him…I’ve always wanted the chance to prove I’m the best. Now the fight’s been made, I’m one million per cent confident that I’m going win in spectacular fashion. I can win on points, but I will knock out Carl Frampton.

Click here for more quotes and photos.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

March 12 Mohegan Sun show completely canceled

After extensive discussions between DiBella Entertainment, Showtime Networks and Mohegan Sun, it was announced that the March 12 boxing event at Mohegan Sun Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, has been canceled.

Following the injury to Keith Thurman and the postponement of the Thurman vs. Porter bout, organizers evaluated several options for salvaging the card, including shifting the telecast from CBS to Showtime with WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. facing Patrick Hyland in the main event. Ultimately it was decided that various factors prevented the parties involved from pulling it off.

The featherweight bout between fellow three-division world champions Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel will remain paired with the Thurman vs. Porter welterweight world championship event, which is being rescheduled for a later date on CBS. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Zlaticanin, Marsili collide for WBC interim 135lb title

Jorge Linares, the WBC lightweight champion of the world, fractured his hand and will be out of action for some time. As a result, the WBC has ordered #1 rated mandatory contender Dejan Zlaticanin, from Montenegro and #2 rated Emiliano Marsili, from Italy, to fight for the WBC interim lightweight championship. Free negotiations have begun and if there is no agreement the WBC will hold a purse offer on March 4. Linares, who was not stripped of the title as some boxing media had reported, will be monitored regarding his medical status and the interim champion must fight Linares whenever he is ready to return to the ring.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Broner: Ashley Theophane is one of the best

Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) defends his WBA super lightweight 140-pound world title against Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs) Friday, April 1 on Spike from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. During the negotiations for the fight, Broner told Theophane’s promoter Mayweather Promotions, “You put Ashley on one of your private jets. Bring him to come see me and I bet I bring the girl out of that boy like Bruce Jenner.”

However, since then, Broner has a newfound respect for Theophane. “Ashley Theophane is a world class fighter and this is going to be a tough fight for me,” Broner stated. “I’m very excited to fight in Washington, D.C. My following is huge in D.C., it’s my second home, and I think we’re going to give the fans what they’re looking for. I want to fight the best in the 140-pound weight division and Ashley Theophane is one of the best.”



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

The Book of Arum

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By Bill Dwyre

Unlike many of the boxers he has promoted, Top Rank’s Bob Arum never goes down for a ten count.

Last week, his prized fighter and current main meal ticket, Manny Pacquiao, hit Arum with one of the most vicious left hooks he has ever thrown. It was a figurative punch, certainly, as well as a possible crippling shot to a fight promotion. Arum would much rather have taken a real one, directly on the chin.

Nevertheless, like everything else in his amazing 84 years on this planet and 50 years promoting boxers of varying skill and character, Arum has once again refused to stay on the canvas.

The story goes as follows:

Pacquiao told a TV interviewer in the Philippines that he was adamantly against gay marriage. If we had been paying close attention, we pretty much knew that. But he carried his opinion into characterization and foolishly elaborated that, because gay and lesbian people had sex with their like gender, they were “worse than animals,” who never did that. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

UFC

Nate Diaz replaces RDA in UFC 196 main event

Perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz had plenty of words for UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor after his win over Michael Johnson in December. Now on Saturday, March 5, the Stockton native will get to fight “The Notorious” one in the five-round main event of UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Undercard for Friday’s “Road to WBC glory” in Offenbach, Germany

Full card of Offenbach, GermanyPromoter Ahmet Oener an his matchmaker Vlad Eliseev have released the full undercard for next Friday’s card in Offenbach, Germany.

In the main event undefeated WBC #13 Avni Yilderim, 8-0-0(5), will defend his WBC Intl Silver lightheavyweight title against #15 Walter Gabriel Sequeira from Argentina, 17-2-0(12).

Two othe WBC regional title will complete the main fights. Enad Licina will face Drazan Janjanin for the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title and Serdar Sahin wil have Beka Aduashvili in the other corner for the vacant WBC EPBC lightheavyweight title.

Robert Filipovic will try to avenge his defeat against Konstantin Airich and Selcuk Aydin will try to continue his winning road against Adnan Zilic. Both fights are scheduled over 8 rounds.

Mohamed Al Zein, Brkan Akyol, Emil Markic, Tahir Kahrovic and Yousuf Kanguel will appear on this loaded show this Friday Feb 26 in the Stadthalle of Offenbach, near Frankfurt, Germany.

The fights will be televised in Turkey and Argentina.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford: Lundy is getting the same as Jean, getting what he’s looking for

By Bill Green
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

This Saturday night, current WBO super lightweight champion and top 10 P4P boxer, the Pride of Omaha, Terence “Bud” Crawford 27-0 (19) defends his title against brash talking world ranked contender “Hammerin” Hank Lundy 26-5-1 (13), of Philadelphia, PA. The 12 round title bout will be televised live on HBO and will take place in the historical Madison Square Garden in New York. Top Rank Promotions will promote the Crawford vs Lundy main event along with lightweight Puerto Rico knockout sensation Felix Verdejo 19-0 (14) of San Juan, PR, as he faces fellow undefeated Brazilian lightweight contender William “Babyface” Silva 23-0 (14) of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a co-main event that promises to be instant fireworks. Verdejo vs Silva will be for the WBO Latino lightweight title while Crawford vs Lundy will be for the WBO super Lightweight Title. The telecast is scheduled to begin at 9pmCT, this Saturday, Feb 27th, 2016, in what possibly shows fight fans a real look into the next superstars of the sport for years to come.

Fightnews caught up with both boxer and coach as they make final adjustments before Saturday night. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Unbeaten welterweight Jorge “Chino” Garcia Perez (17-0-1, 15 KOs) signed a contract Monday with Zanfer Promotions.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has signed undefeated super bantamweight prospect Vladimir Tikhonov (13-0, 7 KOs) to a promotional contract.

Four-time national amateur heavyweight champion Pano Tiatia, 19, has signed with boxing manager Cameron Dunkin. Tiatia’s pro debut will soon be announced, Dunkin said.

Here is a link to a stream for a live chat that Crystina Poncher will host with Julian Rodriguez today at 3pM ET.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo Ready to kick off spring series

The #1 Boxing Program on Spanish TV in the US, Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford its ready to kick off their 2016 Spring Season this Friday, February 26 from the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The event is being billed “Showdown at the Bay IV” and is brought in association with Florida’s Space Coast, the City of Palm Bay and the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. In the main event Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-2-5 KO’s) of Puerto Rican descent from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will face season favorite Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3-4 Ko’s) of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title on the line in another classic battle of Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico.

Rodriguez arrived Tuesday in Miami with his trainer Rodrigo Mosquera in anticipation of his showdown against Cartagena and will be a special guest today (Wednesday) on the popular Telemundo show Titulares y Mas at 11:30 PM live. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala: Parkinson’s has no respect for people

By Jeff Zimmerman

This Saturday, February 27th at The Ashton Depot in Fort Worth, Texas, 2X former world champion Paulie Ayala will host his 4th annual Punching Out Parkinson’s fundraiser event benefitting his 70+ students stricken with the dreadful disease of Parkinson’s. This year’s event is fittingly named Mission Possible, as the keynote speaker will be Rich Clifford, former NASA Astronaut who had a secret battle with Parkinson’s during his space travels.

Ayala created Punching Out Parkinson’s using non-contact boxing exercises just like the ones he mastered as a prizefighter, such as punching the heavy bag and hitting the mitts, to help his students or champions as he calls them, regain strength, flexibility and balance with the hope of fending off this debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system.

Ayala’s program now has a waiting list for new members and it still amazes him so many people are inflicted with Parkinson’s. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Hot Prospect Iwan Zoda Faces Unbeaten Foe in Borneo Title Clash

Indonesian flyweight puncher Iwan Zoda (8-1, 7 KOs) emerged as one of boxing’s most exciting prospects in 2015. In his break-out performance in October, 19-year-old Zoda traveled to Thailand and avenged his only professional loss in a thrilling fight-of-the-year candidate against previously unbeaten Petchchorhae Kokietgym. He followed the knockout win with a third-round destruction of Phupha Por Nobnom.

On April 2nd Zoda will face another unbeaten opponent as he clashes with Hungarian Szilveszter Kanalas (8-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth World title. The 12-round flyweight contest will take place in Pontianak on the island of Borneo. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

David Haye launches petition for boxing legend Muhammad Ali to receive honorary knighthood ahead of London visit

Amir Khan packs on the pounds as boxer begins to bulk up ahead of middleweight clash with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May

Manny Pacquiao plays basketball in Nikes

Carl Frampton video: “I’m from T-Bay, that’s the ghetto-mate . . . “



February 24th, 2016

UFC

UFC superstar Conor McGregor set to appear on SI cover

Already a global fighting and fitness icon, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s image now graces the cover of Sports Illustrated . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Takayama wins interim OPBF 147lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Sumio Yamada

Former Japanese champ Suyon Takayama (24-1, 8 KOs), 147, seized the interim OPBF welterweight belt when he disposed of game Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (19-24-3, 7 KOs), 142.25, with a vicious body shot at 2:53 of the sixth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Following the relinquishment of ex-champ Yoshihiro Kamegai, Australian Jack Brubaker acquired the vacant legitimate regional belt by finishing Chinese Xing Xin Yang in four rounds last August. Having retained his national 147-pound belt on six occasions, Takayama renounced it and participated in a title bout for the vacant interim OPBF throne. Dela Cruz, despite his mediocre credentials, fought well, exchanging hot rallies toe-to-toe in the close quarter, but Takayama had the upper hand, piling up points steadily. After the fourth, the open scoring system showed Takayama leading: 40-36 twice and 39-37. The sixth witnessed the Japanese dig a wicked right uppercut to the belly of Dela Cruz, who succumbed on all fours in agony for the count. A Brubaker-Takayama OPBF unification bout will be anticipated in the near future.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Lipinets-Ghvamichava meet March 15 on FS1

Unbeaten 140-pounder Sergey Lipinets (8-0, 6 KOs) will take on Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (16-1-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight showdown that headlines PBC Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 March 15 from the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Where is Nice? About 150 miles north of San Francisco.

2012 Olympic Silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (4-0, 4 KOs) faces hard-punching Brooklyn’s Rafael Vazquez (16-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round featherweight TV opener.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Terence Crawford with wounded vets; Felix Verdejo with School Children in New York

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and Top Prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo both did their part in helping the community today in New York to kick off fight week as they prepare for their well-anticipated bouts inside the world famous Madison Square Garden this Saturday on HBO. Crawford visited Gleason’s gym and helped out wounded veterans with their boxing skills, while Verdejo inspired young boxers and school children at Betances Community Center in The Bronx.

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February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford on the Chris Mannix NBC network radio show in New York City.

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February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing returns to NBC April 16

PBC on NBC finally kicks off 2016 on April 16 when rising 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) steps up against former world champion Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight showdown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The NBC coverage begins with unbeaten WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs) of Poland squaring-off against former two-time cruiserweight world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) plus 2012 U.S. Olympian and unbeaten light heavyweight “Sir” Marcus Browne (17-0, 13 KOs) against undefeated Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (21-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round battle.



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Hopkins: I want to fight one more time soon

Seemingly ageless future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that he would like one more fight before hanging up his gloves.

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP Let’s talk!!! I’m 51 had a great career. I want to fight one more time soon b4 I shut it down!!!

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP I don’t turn down any fights. I’m old school fighter.

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP I fought @KrusherKovalev he’s a great strong tough fighter!!! He’s a great champ and friend.

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP It’s was talk about me and @GGGBoxing!! I would’ve came down and he would’ve came up. I did accept the fight

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP Now this @AdonisSuperman isn’t a real champ!! I said I fight him in Canada. He don’t want to fight me!!! He want to rematch a guy he beat.



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

8,000 tix sold for April 23 GGG/Chocolatito card

K2 has announced that two months out, over 50% of the tickets available for the April 23 card at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, featuring Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez are gone. “We’ve sold over 8,000 tickets in just the first week of being on sale,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “This is the best pairing in boxing and fans have seen how fast tickets moved at our past shows in Los Angeles and New York City and don’t want to take a chance on missing out.”

This is the third straight time Golovkin and Gonzalez have been paired up. On October 17, they sold out Madison Square Garden with 20,548 fans in attendance. Last May 16, at the Forum in LA, 12,732 tickets were sold. The event will be televised live on HBO.

WBA/WBO middleweight champion Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) will defend his titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) in the main event, while WBC flyweight champion Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) battles McWilliams Arroyo (16-2 , 14 KOs).



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

TGB wins Selby-Hunter purse bid

A Purse Bid was held today in the IBF Office for the IBF featherweight mandatory between champion Lee Selby and Eric Hunter. There were 2 bidders. TGB Promotions bid $302,990 and Main Events bid $51,000. The split is 85% to Selby and 15% to Hunter. TGB has 90 days to put the fight on.



February 23rd, 2016

UFC

Alves-Barberena set for May 14

Fresh from his upset win over Sage Northcutt, Arizona’s Bryan Barberena will look to add another “0” to his collection when he faces Warlley Alves on May 14 in Brazil . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

More mature Cartagena looking to win second belt

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Philadelphian Miguel Cartagena, 14-2, 5 KOs, won his first regional title belt in his most recent outing, last July. That night, Cartagena won the vacant IBO Latino bantamweight title. Friday night he gets a chance to add another strap to his collection when he faces LA-based Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez, 12-3, 4 KOs, in a 10-round bout for the WBO Latino junior bantamweight title in Palm Bay, FL.

There is no question that Cartagena’s on a nice roll lately. However not long ago, his career path turned into a rocky road that almost became a dead end.

Just a few years ago, if you asked any Philly boxing fan if Cartagena would become a world champion sometime in the near future, the answer would have been a resounding “YES”. Cartagena was one of those super amateurs who won just about everything while still in his teens. So, success in the professional ranks seemed to be a foregone conclusion. (more…)



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Haye launches campaign to get Muhammad Ali knighted

Former two-weight world champion David Haye has launched a petition to grant one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable figures, former three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Muhammad Ali, an Honorary Knighthood. The campaign comes ahead of Ali’s visit to the UK next week where he will officially open ‘I AM THE GREATEST’, an exhibition showcasing his extraordinary life and career at The O2 in London which runs from Friday 4th March until 31 August.

Commenting on the petition, David Haye said: “Like millions of others around the world, Muhammad Ali is a hero of mine and the inspiration that made me want to become a boxer. This may well be The Greatest’s last visit to the UK and he deserves to be recognised formally, not only for his sporting achievements that made him one of the most recognisable people on the planet, but also his amazing humanitarian work over many years that have had an impact across the world.” (more…)



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Interview: Aussie Promoter Paul Nasari

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Top Aussie promoter Paul Nasari talks to Fightnews about his career as a promoter and his March 12 show at Netball Central, Olympic Park Sydney featuring WBA #10 lightweight Brendon Ogilvie vs. Darragh Foley of Ireland.



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton has “many flaws” says Scott Quigg

Vijender Singh’s first pro bout in India set for June 11

Old foe Kiko Martinez in Frampton’s corner

Nigerian boxers advised to “stay away from sex”



February 23rd, 2016

UFC

Pettis vs. Barboza on for April 23

Two of the best strikers in mixed martial arts will square off at UFC 197 on April 23, as former lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis takes on Edson Barboza in a surefire Fight of the Night candidate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Diaz, Alvarado headline March 19 UniMas card

On Saturday, March 19th, UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo” card at 11pm ET/PT featuring former world champions Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (40-4, 19 KOs) and “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) in separate bouts against opponents to be announced soon. Diaz is seeking to reclaim his world title status, while Alvarado hopes to bounce back after his rubber match with Brandon Rios. The card will take place at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas.



February 23rd, 2016




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