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Showtime Sports garnered a peak audience of 1.34 million viewers for its boxing telecast on Saturday night headlined by newly minted WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder in his breakout win over Bermane Stiverne. The main event ranks as the highest-rated fight on any premium network in the past 12 months while the entire three-fight telecast becomes the highest rated on Showtime in more than two years. The Jan. 17 telecast attracted the second largest audience since 2004 behind the Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout event from Dec. 2012. (*since Nielsen began to separately measure premium television multiplex channels). (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia kicked off its 2015 boxing season with an entertaining seven-bout show on Tuesday night at the 2300 Arena. In the main event, featherweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter, 19-3, 9 KOs, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Rene Alvarado, 21-4, 14 KOs. Before that, junior welterweight Michael Perez, 22-1, 10 KOs, won a grueling and bloody thriller over Miguel Acosta, 29-8-2, 23 KOs, in the 10-round co-feature. Both fights were nationally televised live by Fox Sports 1.
Eric Hunter used his speed and superior boxing skills to stay ahead of his tough opponent throughout the fight. It was a decisive win, but not an easy one. Like his USBA title-winning effort last year, Hunter started the fight as a southpaw against Alvarado, and switched back and forth all night. However, he was smoother far more effective as a righty. (more…)
Heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will face Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14 KOs) on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The heavyweights go toe-to-toe on the undercard of the WBO World Super Middleweight rematch between Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs), live on Sky Sports. Price returns, following a six-month injury lay-off, ready to kick-start his 2015 with a ten-round contest against the 34 year-old Brazilian, Costa Junior. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring and remind everybody what I’m all about,” said the former British and Commonwealth Champion. “Costa Junior is exactly the type of opponent I wanted. He’s got a decent record, similar to my own, with sixteen wins and only two defeats. Last year, he went twelve rounds with Christian Hammer, so we know he’s no mug. It will be another step up, but I think he will bring out the best in me. I’m confident I will get the win.” Costa Junior was stopped in four rounds in New Zealand by world rated Joseph Parker in December.
Ring Oscar De La Hoya will launch a new Spanish-language cable television channel called De La Hoya TV, the “Golden Boy” announced today at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) annual conference in Miami. “The network aims to inspire all to live the life of a champion, delivering exceptional insight into the athletes and featuring entertainment, global destinations, news and more,” said Oscar. De La Hoya TV will launch with Spanish-language content and focus on engaging the U.S. Hispanic market. The network will in the future provide English content.
De La Hoya TV is a partnership between Oscar De La Hoya, businessman and international boxing promoter “Pepe” Gómez and media executive Victor Hugo Montero. Original production for De La Hoya TV will begin in early 2015, with details on programming schedules to be announced soon. The network is based in Miami, Florida.
Argentinian Billi Godoy has replaced Les Sherrington as John Ryder’s opponent in his first defense of his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title at The O2 in London on January 31. Godoy holds a victory over Jorge Sebastien Heiland who stopped Matthew Macklin in November. Godoy claimed the vacant WBC International belt with that win, a title he successfully defended against Mateo Veron, and he has the chance to take Ryder’s belt after Sherrington was forced out of the contest with a foot injury. “Godoy is a great opponent for John,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Billi has operated at a good level, he’s a tough Argentine that will ask John plenty of questions. We are looking to let John off the leash this year, Tony Sims has told me he is in great nick in the gym and I am expecting him to excite the fans on a big night in London.” Ryder’s clash with Godoy is part of a card that includes Kevin Mitchell vs. Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC silver lightweight title and an eliminator for the world title.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather is looking forward to visiting Australia next week according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper. “I’m so excited about coming to Australia on my first ever visit,” Mayweather said. “I want to meet my fans, have some fun and enjoy your beautiful country. What a great way to start the new year.”
Max Markson, who previously organized a Mike a Tyson speaking tour of Australia, is bringing Floyd over for appearances in Melbourne (January 29) and Sydney (January 30). Fans can have dinner with Floyd and/or join Floyd at an “after party” in both cities. Tickets range from $50 to $1000. Visit floydlive.com.au for details.
In a scheduled for six round featured attraction, 2012 Olympian featherweight Isaac “The Royal Storm” Dogboe (4-0, 2 KOs) of Ghana returns to the ring this Friday against durable and upset minded Mexican Alejandro Ochoa (5-9-2, 1 KOs) at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. Ochoa’s record is very deceiving as he is coming off of an upset of an unbeaten fighter and has never been stopped in 16 pro fights. Tough test it appears for Dogboe but one his team feels he will pass. “This is another step up in competition for Isaac but our team feels he is up for the task. Starting with this fight we anticipate a breakout year for Isaac.” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Unbeaten Murat Gassiev (19-0, 13 KOs) of Russia will make his U.S. debut versus Journeyman Terrance Smith of Oklahoma. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the cruiserweight division. The show’s promoter Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing Promotions announced a special guest to appear in none other than WBA/IBO and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (31-0, 28 KOs). “I got confirmation today that GGG will be in attendance. So we’re really excited about that. We have a total of 10 fights scheduled. Tickets are just $50 for general admission and can be purchased at the venue door. I encourage those who can attend to come out,” stated Holmes.
During the month of January, Stockholm, Sweden averages only two hours of daylight and daytime temperatures can fall to -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a challenging environment, but one that has helped to cultivate the UFC’s number No.1 ranked light heavyweight, Alexander Gustafsson . . . click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Alexander Durán 133.75 vs Josué González 133 .25
Eric Walters 134.50 vs Julio Camaño 134.25
Ricardo Núñez 134 vs Barney Argüelles 134.50
Eric Castro 133.50 vs Addir Sánchez 137
Marcos Martínez 146 vs Juan Delgado 143.75
David Wilkins 147 vs Omir Rodríguez 144.25
Jeffrey Rosales 143.25 va Isaías Valencia 145
Jhon Rentería 143.75 vs César Rivas 143.75
José Sulaiman Tournament
Venue: Islas de Atlapa in Panamá City
Promoter: Promociones del Istmo
TV: TV Max
Talks begin for a showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
More on Floyd Mayweather’s trip Down Under
Carl Froch rules out fight with Bernard Hopkins
Arkansas coverage of Jermain Taylor’s arrest
In a war, jr welterweight Michael “The Artist” Perez (21-1, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-7-2, 23 KOs) on Tuesday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Acosta got off to a good start, but Perez turned the tide midway. Perez dropped Acosta in round seven and round ten, then survived a late surge by Acosta to win by scores of 97-94, 96-93, 96-93.
In the main event, hometown featherweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (19-3, 9 KOs) outpointed WBC International silver super featherweight beltholder Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (21-3, 15 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
Unbeaten lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) kept his perfect record intact over Baltimore’s Herbert Quartey (8-11, 7 KOs). Roach dropped Quartey in round one, round three and twice in round four. Time was 2:34.
IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor spoke about the incident at Monday’s Martin Luther King Parade in Little Rock, Arkansas. In a video posted on Facebook that has since been removed, Taylor sitting a bathtub stated:
“Arkansas, I got 24 hours to turn myself in they say. Well let me get a little shit off my chest. I know y’all disappointed in me. I’m sorry if I let anybody down or hurt anybody. I make mistakes too.
“The Martin Luther King Parade. Little kids didn’t even have no candy. Tell them to get it together, had my little girl out there, nobody had no candy. I think y’all can do better with the parade. So if you’re disappointed in me, I’m disappointed in you too, because that’s Martin Luther King. So get that together too if you’re disappointed in me. What else? That’s about it. But please do better next year with the Martin Luther King Parade, even if I don’t be there to watch it, God forbid, but I haven’t missed one yet. Thank God.
“To my fans, I love you, sorry, if I gotta go to jail I’m gonna sit my ass in there. But I’m not gonna say I got no problem with no drugs to get out of jail. No I’m not gonna do that. I’m not gonna say I’m a drug addict. I worked too hard for my life to put that in it. So you can kiss my ass.
“Alright, I love you Arkansas. Champ baby. Fuck them. That boy had no business fucking with us. That’s OK you ugly bastard, scratch that part.”
By Karl Freitag
Former world champions “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss the impending conclusion of their epic trilogy, which will take place on Saturday. Alvarado-Rios I and II were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Joining the fighters on the call was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Brandon Rios: “We’re cool outside the ring but once we get into the ring we want to kill each other…we both have a lot on the line right now. This fight is pretty much judging our careers. I’m so focused and ready for this fight that it’s unbelievable. I had a tremendous training camp and I know what’s gonna happen. And I know what could happen if we lose and what could happen if we win. My mind is set on the prize and look for the glory. I’m still young in the sport and still have a lot to give to it.”
Mike Alvarado: “There has to be a winner to this. It’s a trilogy. We have to figure out who wins this. I’m just gonna get in there and do what I do…I know I need this win. We’re going to go in there and we’re going to fight our hearts out. That’s just the kind of fighters we are.”
Bob Arum: “The previous two fights were classics. This one will probably top them all.”
Roc Nation Sports has confirmed an agreement for newly signed boxer Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) to face heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) on April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bryant Jennings: “This is the moment I have been waiting for. Now it’s time to bring the belts home.”
Gary Shaw, Roc Nation Sports boxing executive: “Roc Nation Sports is proud to present Jennings with the opportunity to win the heavyweight unified title of the world.”
Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) an unbeaten Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and will face off in an eight round light heavyweight clash on the undercard of the Dargan-Luis card on January 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Lacy and Barrera were originally slated to fight last June, but Lacy pulled out the week of the fight.
Jeff Lacy: “I’m looking forward to this fight with Barrera. I am sure that by him wanting this fight with me he is too, and that is what hungers me more!”
Sullivan Barrera: “I’ve been in camp since the week after my last fight in November. Camp was excellent. I had the chance to work on a lot of different things. I want to thank my team members, including the one and only GGG [Gennady Golovkin], who’s taught me a lot.”
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva: “After 14 fights, it’s time for Sullivan to start stepping up. Jeff Lacy was with Main Events early in his career. He’s a former world champion and a tough competitor. This is the right fight for Sullivan at this point in his career and an opportunity for Jeff to jump-start his own. We’re looking forward to a big year for Sullivan Barrera and it starts on January 30!”
By Gabriel F Cordero
Five World Boxing Council regional titles will be on the line February 22 in Kunming, China, the city that will host the WBC’s 53rd annual Convention in 2015. The event will be presented by Chinese promotional firm Zovi Boxing with super bantamweight Qiu Xiao Jun (14-2, 6 KOs) facing Sylvester Lopez for the WBC 122lb silver title in the main event.
The biggest name on the card is former WBC champion minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (24-6-1, 14 KOs), who faces Hiroya Yamamoto for the vacant WBC International 105lb belt. Zhong was the first ever professional boxing champion from China. (more…)
Pacman on a roll today. Let’s see if Floyd responds.
I can easily beat @FloydMayweather, I believe that.
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) January 20, 2015
If you really care about the fans, you will fight. If you care about yourself… you won't fight. #MannySmile
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) January 20, 2015
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) January 20, 2015
Promoter Dmitriy Salita and his headliner Junior Wright on Thursday’s pro boxing card at Webster Hall in Manhattan are teaming up to honor the memories of the two NYPD officers slain last month in a tragic incident. N.Y.P.D. officers who attend Thursday night will receive a half-price ticket. “We will also have a ceremonial 10 count for the fallen heroes before the main event,” said Salita.
“I heard about the two New York City police officers that were ambushed in December and all the trouble that’s been going on,” said unbeaten cruiserweight Wright (12-0, 10 KOs). “I grew up in Chicago and all that comes with it. All my dealings with the police have been above board. They’ve helped me a lot with my career.” (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
The World Boxing Association has ordered the camps of regular cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) and interim champion Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs) to commence negotiations for a 30 day period. If no agreement is reached by February 20, the WBA will call a purse bid.
IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has been released on $50,000 bail after pleading “not guilty” to five counts of aggravated assault, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana.
Taylor is accused of pulling a gun on a family of five after one of their three small children dropped Taylor’s belt while posing for a photo. A man claims Taylor “put the gun upside my head. He shot the gun upside my head.” At the time the man says he was holding a one-year-old child.
It was officially announced by Klitschko Management Group Tuesday that IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 54 KOs) will defend his titles on April 25th against unbeaten Philly fighter Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City. Seven years after his first unification fight at MSG, Klitschko will finally fight on US soil again. Klitschko has been world champion since 2006 and is now second to the legendary Joe Louis, the longest reigning world champion in heavyweight history.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I do have great respect for Bryant Jennings and his achievements. He has good movement in the ring and good technique. I know this will be a tough challenge. I am extremely happy to fight in New York again. I had my first unification fight here and a lot of great heavyweight matches have taken place at Madison Square Garden. It will definitely be a great fight night and I will do everything for it from my side.”
Bernd Bönte, CEO of the Klitschko Management Group (KMG): “For the fourth time Wladimir will be boxing in the world’s most famous arena. It’s always something special to promote at Madison Square Garden, where legends such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield stood inside the ring. We are looking forward to another exciting fight and a great event.” (more…)
Fury-Hammer Press Conference – Warren says he’d pay Hammer step aside money if Deontay Wilder agreed terms to fight Fury next
By James Slater
Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Christian Hammer came face to face today at a press conference in London to further promote their February 28th fight dubbed “Risky Business.” Both guys engaged in the traditional stare-down pose and both men looked to be in good physical shape; though both fighters were sensibly wrapped up well to shield them from the cold.
Inside the venue, before the photos were taken, both Fury, unbeaten at 23-0(17) and the European champion and Hammer, 17-3(10) sounded ultra-confident.
“A lot of people think I’m crazy to fight Tyson Fury because they think it’s too early for me,” Romanian-born Hammer stated. “But I’m ready to win. Tyson has picked the wrong opponent. I’m coming here to win. I’ll be the one who gets the world title fight with either Klitschko or Wilder.”
Fury then had some things to say:
“This is a risky fight for me. I’m not even thinking about Klitschko or Wilder,” Fury said. “[But] If I get through Christian Hammer, I’ll gladly fight Wilder before Wladimir Klitschko.” (more…)
Heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) is back in action on the Abraham-Smith II undercard at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany on February 21. “It’s great to be fighting on the undercard of such a big show,” said Price. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and reminding everyone what I’m all about. 2015 is going to be a big year for me. It’s important I get off to a good start on February 21.” An opponent for Price will be announced shortly.
Several sources in Belgium mention that Sasha Yengoyan (31-1-1/21) will not be able to appear on the big April 3 show in Ghent, Belgium as he is due to defend his WBF superwelterweight title against Dejan Zavec, better known as Jan “Mr Sympaticus” Zaveck (34-3-0/19).
Fight date would be mid-April in either Germany or Slovenia. Anyway too close for Yengoyan to appear in his adopted hometown of Ghent.
Zaveck is the current WBO European champion. A title he won against modest Ferenc Hafner. Big puncher Sasha Yengoyan, who won the title against defending champion Anderson Clayton, will be a huge step up in opposition. At 38 it might be the last chance for Zaveck to compete at this level.
Now that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. appears out of the picture for the time being, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch told the Daily Mail that he’s “very interested” in a fight with 50-year-old former light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins would down to super middleweight for the fight.
However, that information was contradicted by a report in the Telegraph where Froch ruled out a fight with Hopkins and saying he’s “not really interested” in Hopkins and is “prepared to wait” for Chavez Jr. in the summer.
DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) popular and longstanding Broadway Boxing series returns on Thursday, January 29, with a nine-bout card held at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Headlining the event will be Brooklyn light heavyweight prospect “Notorious” Travis Peterkin (13-0, 5 KOs), who has been a fixture on the series since signing with DBE in 2012. Peterkin’s opponent is TBA.
In the co-feature, WBA #6 rated super bantamweight Rafael Vazquez (12-1, 10 KOs) mixes it up with Joseph Rios (13-11-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder. (more…)
Do anything long enough and it can become tedious, even when it’s something you love.
No matter your profession – plumber or president of a company, waitress or writer – everyone eventually hits a point where going to work each day can feel like a chore. The trick is finding a way to recharge your batteries, rekindle your passion and remember the elements that made you fall in love with your chosen career in the first place . . . click here for more
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Delfine Persoon, Slimani and Ngabu vs Merhy
In the main event in Zwevezele, Belgium, Belgian female star Delfine Persoon will make a voluntary defense of her WBC lightweight title against a soon to be announced opponent. Persoon won the title last year against Erica Farias and succesfully defended it against Diana Prazak. Persoon will have an 8 rounder warm-up fight on Feb 28 on the undercard of Bauwens – Casal at the Ghelamco football stadium, Ghent.
Hedi Slimani will continue his progress and will fight for the new WBC Francophone lightweight title. Slimani was holding the WBC Mediterranean title and now steps to the next level.
Most interesting fight on the undercard is for sure the vacant Belgian cruiserweight titlefight between two Yves Ngabu and Ryad Merhy. Both are unnbeaten and have a high KO ratio.
Boussaidi and Steen complete the card.
Laggoune vs Monrose, Baghouz vs Abdoul and Elfi Philipps
On the big show in Ghent promoted by Claude Vandenheede, not less than 3 titlefights are scheduled.
Undefeated heavyweight Ali Baghouz (8-0-1/5) makes his ring return after 17 months of inactivity. He will face experienced Ismail Abdoul (55-32-2/20) for the vacant Belgian heavyweight title. It is not known if Baghouz will have a warm-up before facing the local veteran from Ghent, who for the occasion, moves up from cruiserweight.
In the main event undefeated cruiserweight Bilal Laggoune (18-0-1/9) makes a voluntary defense of his European Union title against former French champion Jean-Marc Monrose (27-8-0/17).
Elfi Philipps (4-2-2) will fight on the same card for the vacant Belgian female lightweight title
New Dutch star Stephen Danyo will appear in an 8 rounder at welterweight.
LA Times on the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations
Nicholas Walters appeals for help
Kell Brooks on a hometown defense
Two nights after being hospitalized following his loss to unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder on Showtime from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne, his Hall of Fame promoter, Don King, and his trainer, Don House, hosted a press conference late Monday at the MGM Grand.
Here’s what they had to say:
Promoter Don King: “We called this press conference because the Bermane we saw on Saturday night was not the Bermane we all know. Deontay Wilder did a very good job; this is not a press conference for excuses, it is for fact. The doctors at the hospital of the UMC said that he had a severe case of dehydration. His muscles were not working and they thought he had blood in his urine, so they took some tests and held him in the hospital until this morning.
“We want to applaud Deontay Wilder for doing his job, but the man before him was handicapped and unable to do his job, but that should not take anything away from his victory. Deontay performed and did a great job. It is unfortunate, but Bermane will have to do it another day. Knowing the champion we have in Deontay has so eloquently stated that he will take on anybody, I am certain without any equivocation he would grant a rematch with the real Bermane than the man who was handicapped in the ring, not taking away the victory he had and the way he shined. (more…)
Eric Hunter 125.8 vs. Rene Alvarado 125.9
Michael Perez 140.8 vs. Miguel Acosta 139.3
Ray Serrano 144.9 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 144.7
Lamont Roach Jr 131.5 vs. Herbert Quartey 133.4
Avery Sparrow 134.2 vs. Pedro Andres 135.6
Robert Sweeney 151.4 vs. Gilbert Alex Sanchez 153.6
Timothy McNair 132.8 vs. Carlos Rosario 132.9
Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Done deal.. I'm fighting Andrzej Fanfora April 18..
— Julio Cesar Chavez (@jcchavezjr1) January 20, 2015
Fonfara about Chavez: “Julio is making a mistake. I hit harder that regular light heavyweights. It’s who punches last wins the fight.”
— przemek garczarczyk (@garnekmedia) January 20, 2015
IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is being questioned by police for allegedly discharging a firearm on Monday during a Martin Luther King Parade in Little Rock, Arkansas. According to arkansasonline.com, a witness said police removed a gun from Taylor’s vehicle, then Taylor stepped out of the vehicle and was handcuffed by authorities.
KARK 4 News reporter Hilary Hunt tweeted that Taylor is being charged with five counts of aggressive assault, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana.
In other Jermain Taylor news, KARK 4 News reporter Brittney Johnson tweeted that Taylor’s February 6 title defense against Sergio Mora in Biloxi, Arkansas, will be postponed after a cracked rib suffered by Taylor was detected. Sparring partners were sent home Saturday and Taylor is expected to be out for two months.
Manny Pacquiao is pressing Floyd Mayweather to make a decision on their proposed May 2 super fight.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Pacman stated “My promoter and I, we’ve already agreed to the terms and conditions of whatever he wants. We’re just waiting on the signed contract from him. That’s the hard part – if they will fight or not. We have to know soon, because if they will not fight, we can move on and choose another opponent. We have a deadline … this month.”
Last month, Floyd said he wanted the fight. Let’s see if it happens.
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