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Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Photo: Daryl Bughman/Main Events NBC Sports Group's Fight Night presents its first afternoon broadcast of the year on NBC this Saturday, September ...

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Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat In Japan there are many so-called or self-proclaimed geniuses, and we wonder who really the genius is. ...

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Abril-Tatli final press conference

Abril-Tatli final press conference

By Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat If you now weigh 160 pounds, how long will you take to gain 40 pounds to become ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Boxing News

Willie Nelson opponent named: Luis Grajeda

On August 8, DiBella Entertainment and Dynasty Boxing, in association with Rumble Time Promotions, will head to Fallon, NV, to host that week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights/ ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates. Headlining the card will be junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs) taking on Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

In the co-feature, fast-rising 18-year-old phenom Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs) will be looking make a splash in his US debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Lennox Allen (17-0-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup.

Opening up the card will be the highly anticipated pro debut of China’s 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight special attraction.



July 15th, 2014



Boxing News

Parsippany, NJ boxing card postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, All Out Promotions and Edmond’s Promotions have postponed their fight card scheduled for Saturday at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ. New new date is August 9. All tickets purchased for July 19 will be honored on the 9th.

The card, which will still be headlined by welterweight Michael “Slick” Anderson, will have more bouts added and additional information available shortly.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC champ Stiverne laughs off Wilder taunts

WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) says he is amused by comments coming from mandatory, #1 challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs). “He’s not going to get under my skin,” Stiverne said. “I think he’s funny. Maybe he should think about doing a comedy act after I beat him? Friends have sent me stuff he’s said and done. It’s funny. He’s like a little kid who needs attention, so he keeps opening his mouth. His trash talking doesn’t bother me at all. I saw some people who brought up what he’s said. What am I supposed to do, hand my title to him? I guess he wants to entertain his fans. If he thinks his tricks are going to bother me, he’s going to be in big trouble.”

Regarding life after becoming a heavyweight champion, Stivernve said, “My life hasn’t really changed too much other than my popularity growing. My Instagram followers went up from 2,000 to 13,000 from one picture. There hasn’t been one day I haven’t done something in public. I expected change but not like this. People used to look at me and ask if I played in the NFL. I’ve had people tell me they always thought I was a football player until they saw me fight Arreola. Places I used to stand in line to get in, well, I don’t stand in line anymore.”



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Looknongyantoy officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the officials who will work this Saturday in the defense of 122lb WBO/WBA champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux against WBO #5 ranked Sod Looknongyantoy that will take place at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, China, in a Top Rank presentation.The referee will be Mark Nelson from the United States. Judges are Dennis Nelson, John Poturaj and Glenn Feldman, all three from the United States. The WBO supervisor will be Leon Panoncillo.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

More on Mayweather-Maidana press tour

Day two of the four-day, five-city cross-country press tour to officially announce the September 13 PPV rematch between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will feature stops in Chicago and San Antonio. These events are open to the public.

Yesterday the fighters hit New York City, and after a long delay, finally made a late night appearance in Washington DC.

Here are some additional comments from both fighters.

Floyd Mayweather: “Is Maidana a better fighter than Canelo? No. Cotto? No. He’s just a dirtier fighter. I didn’t get a deep gash from a punch; I got it from a head butt…First they [Team Maidana] want to use gloves with no padding, and then they want to use knees, elbows and everything else. My back is always against the wall with Team Maidana.”

Marcos Maidana: “I fight dirty? He’s the king of the elbows.”

Mayweather pushed Maidana to bet his purse if he’s so confident of victory. Maidana responded that he’ll bet “whatever” but asked whether Floyd will let him use his gloves. Before their first fight, Mayweather reportedly paid Maidana an extra $1.5 million to switch to a different model.

Additional information on today’s press stops:

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (50 E Congress Pkwy)
Fan Arrival Time: 11 a.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 12 p.m. CT

Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Lone Star Lil’s Amphitheater, San Antonio, TX
Fan Arrival Time: 6 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 7 p.m. CT



July 15th, 2014

UFC

Phil Harris: Well-prepared for Debut Two

Phil Harris is a fair man. So after seeing his last three fights take place on British soil, he has no qualms about making the trip to Dublin, Ireland to face Irishman Neil Seery on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Luis De La Rosa hits Macao

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Flyweight Luis De La Rosa 23-3-1, 13 KOs) has arrived in Macao, where he will take on two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO) on Saturday night in an HBO2 televised bout. De La Rosa is joined by his team consisting of manager Alberto Agamez, trainer Álvaro Mercado and promoter Félix “Tutiking” Zabala/All Star Boxing.

“Zou Shiming is a great fighter but I’m really experienced. He should fear me, because on July 19, I’m gonna make it a nightmare for him,” warned De La Rosa



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Johnny Britz dies

By Ron Jackson

Former Transvaal heavyweight champion Johnny Britz died at Boksburg on Monday. Britz, who fought from 1969 to 1975, was 65 years old when he passed away at home. Known as one of the hard men of SA boxing, he had 14 fights against SA heavyweight champions. He fought Stoffel Willemse and Japie Pretorius twice each, Chris Roos and Jimmy Richards three times each and Mike Schutte four times.

In an unusual start to his career, he had two fights on the night he made his professional debut on August 18 1969. He was entered for a heavyweight competition at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg and knocked out Jan le Roux in the first round of his first bout. In the second, he lost on points to Jan Delport. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Daniel Geale sparring partner Jake Carr

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian super middleweight Jake Carr (8-0, 3 KOs) is chief sparring partner to former world middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale who will clash with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on July 26 in Madison Square Garden. Carr talks to Fightnews to say he also works with WBC champion Sakio Bika and IBF champ Sam Soliman. Carr departs Sydney for New York on Saturday with Daniel Geale and trainer Graham Shaw for July 26 showdown with Golovkin.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Caparello Conference Call Quotes

On Monday night the media got a chance to engage in a Q & A with Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs), and their respective camps, as they prepare to face-off on August 2 at Revel Casino Hotel for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship.

Below are the highlights from the call:

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev: Thank you to my promoter, Main Events, to my trainer, John David Jackson, and to all my fans. Blake is undefeated. I am taking him serious. Good opponents are getting serious training camp and I know he is. I just get in to box and to win. We are both stepping in the ring to do our job. Blake has an advantage because he is coming to get the title. He is hungry and has nothing to lose. It is my job to keep the title. More pressure on me to defend the title. I don’t know Bernard Hopkins, all I know is my next opponent and his name is Blake Caparello. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The New Yorker takes a look at the boxing business. More

Larry Holmes is bringing “The Soundtrack Of My Life” to the Sands Casino. More

Floyd Mayweather challenges Marcos Maidana to bet his purse on their Sept. 13 rematch. More

Speaking of wagers, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury are betting each other on their July 26 showdown in Manchester. More



July 15th, 2014

UFC

UFCFIGHTPASS.com presents Conor McGregor “On the Fly”

UFC FIGHT PASS™, the UFC’s digital streaming service, is proud to present UFC on the Fly, an original three-part online series which takes viewers deep inside headliner Conor McGregor’s final preparations for this Saturday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN event. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux, Ramirez, Shiming workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated unified Jr. Featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux works out Monday for his upcoming championship defense against top-five contender Sod Looknongyantoy, Saturday, July 19 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Also on hand were two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach for his upcoming 10-round main event against Luis De La Rosa, and undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico, who was preparing for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau. Both fights will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Bergman set to defend NABA-US belt

NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (23-10) is set to defend his title on July 26th at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. A winner of 14 of his last 15 fights, Bergman will battle undefeated Justin Jones (15-0) in the 10 round heavyweight main event. Also in action, former WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy Karpency (22-4) will face spoiler Dahfir Smith (27-24) of Philadelphia over 10 rounds for the vacant NABA-US light heavyweight belt. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

UFC

Nancy Gay joins UFC as Editor-in-Chief of UFC.com

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Nancy Gay has joined the company as Vice President, Editor-In-Chief of UFC.com. In her new role, Gay will develop editorial content for UFC.com and direct the website’s worldwide operation, spanning 16 regions and 9 different languages. Nancy will also oversee web producers and UFC.com writers around the world, working closely with UFC production teams to create exclusive and innovative content for millions of UFC fans . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana kickoff press conference

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Times Square in New York City was the place for Monday’s kick-off press conference for the PPV rematch between WBC/WBA welterweight and WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Marcos Maidana: I think I deserved this rematch. Without a doubt, we’re going to prove who won the first fight in this rematch.

Maidana trainer Robert Garcia: The only question everyone’s asking, and I still don’t know the answer, everybody’s asking about the glove situation and we can’t answer that question. That question you have to ask Mayweather himself.

Floyd Mayweather: Am I fighting a boxer or am I fighting an MMA fighter? I don’t know…elbows…what I can’t believe is this is one of the best trainers in the world but he’s telling his fighter to fight dirty. If he can beat me, do it the honest way, earn it the hard way. But I gotta realize this. I know where I’m at in my career because I was champion when your trainer was champion. It’s been almost 20 years and I’m still here. When your trainer’s career was long gone I’m still here. When I beat you and your career’s over, guess what? I’ll still be right here.

Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. The diamond Gucci belt, it’s official. The Dita glasses, it’s official. The diamonds are always flawless. The style is always flashy. Check the Forbes list. It’s all about “Money May” all day. Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. Get your cameras out and take a picture!!! This is gonna be the last time y’all see a champion like this.

OK, I got something better than that for you, since I know I’m probably making about $70 million. He believes in his skills and I believe in my skills. So however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet you I’ll beat you. That’s how much I believe in myself because I can afford to give up whatever. So if you believe in your skills like you say you believe in your skills, however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet I beat you. Bet the fight! If he believes in his skills bet the fight. Bet the fight! Either you’re going to bet or not. Either you’re going to piss or you’re going to get off the pot. That’s what I’m talking’ about. I played his hole card.

El (Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe), get up here and talk about this bum! photos



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramirez ready for HBO2 clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico greets Venetian Macao team members during a special appearance Monday for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau on the “Champions of Gold” card with the main event return of two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Champions of Gold” will take place Saturday, July 19 and will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora trade words at tense London presser, shake hands on cash bet ahead of July 26th rematch

By James Slater

Rival British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora came face-to-face at a London press conference today, yet another promotional piece to further hype up the rematch that will go down on July 26th in Manchester. And Fury, who out-pointed an admittedly out of shape Chisora back in 2011, was very much in fight mode today; letting loose with plenty of foul language and having to be pulled away from Chisora, who is also up for this fight, a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title, in a huge way. At one point during the proceedings, though, Chisora apologised to the fans for the foul language Fury was letting loose with.

“I don’t give a f**k how many women and children are in the audience,” Fury, sporting a shaven head, shot back. “We’re getting near to the fight and I’m in fight mode, kill mode.” (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara: There is no way I lost to Canelo

WBA “regular” super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs), whose title was not on the line against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs), feels he was robbed in their fight that took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this past weekend.

“Before the decision was announced, I felt 100% confident I won the fight,” said Lara. “The facts don’t lie, I landed more total punches. Looking at it from the punch stats, you’re supposed score based on clean and effective blows landed. Most of the shots that Canelo landed were body blows that didn’t even land cleanly, and most of them came in the round where I got cut. All my punches were clean shots. I out jabbed him and boxed his ears off. The punch stats don’t lie…there is no way I lost to Canelo.” (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux back in action Saturday

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In the biggest fight this week, undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux will defend his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger Sod Looknongyantoy on Saturday at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. The Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing’s top pound for pound fighters, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the WBA and WBO 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire on April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. He then defeated former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko on December 7 via a dominant unanimous decision in Atlantic City. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Usemanee targets Barthelemy

It didn’t take long. New IBF super featherweight champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy is being called out just days after his title-winning decision over Argenis Mendez. Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (21-2-1, 10 KOs) says the new champion has only one thing he can do to prove he deserves his spot on top.

“Barthelemy himself knows he didn’t beat me when we fought,” said Usemanee. “If that fight was anywhere but his backyard, he would have never even gotten the chance to fight for the title. If he’s a true champion, he will face me in his first defense and try to erase what everyone but the three judges saw as a loss for him. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Curtis Stevens vs. Hassan N’Dam in IBF eliminator

A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF middleweight eliminator for #1, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, King Sports World and Main Events. King Sports World bid $80,000 and Main Events bid $62,000. The purse bid split will be 60% to Stevens and 40% to N’Dam.



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Late Results from Fantasy Springs

Report/photos by Matt Thompson

California hall of fame promoter Bobby D. Presents invaded desert one hundred fifty miles north east of their home base of San Diego to presents “Guys and Dolls” at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Event Center in Indio, California. A healthy crowd survived the dry heat even at night to take in six competitive fights headlined by the super flyweight contest between Tijuana’s Victor “Pelon” Ruiz (16-3, 11KO) and Timur Shailezov (17-8-1, 3KO) of Kyrgyzstan in a scheduled ten rounder. Ruiz’s relentless and effective punching gave him the unanimous decision over the game but over matched Shailezov. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

UFC

UFN Atlantic City Prelim Fantasy Review

When the UFC returns to Atlantic City, New Jersey on Wednesday night, there will be a slew of notables on both the main card and the preliminary card with a group of veterans and newcomers hoping to make a big impact early in the night . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Elam ready to upset Ramirez in Argentina

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Former The Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) takes on former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2- 15 KOs) this Saturday. The scheduled for 10 round bout will be for the IBF Latino cruiserweight title. The location will be the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, in Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The bout was originally scheduled for June 6th but was postponed due to an injury suffered by Ramirez. (more…)



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