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WBC middleweight champion Miguel has confirmed El Vocero that he will be entering an alliance with Roc Nation Sports, headed by rapper Jay Z. Cotto is currently in New York City where the deal will be officially announced. As far as Cotto’s next opponent, he is still considering various options. Cotto will be the second major boxing star on the Roc Nation Sports roster. The company signed Andre Ward earlier in the year.
One month, two events, 10 fights – welcome to the March 2015 edition of The 10, our look at the top matchups hitting the Octagon in the month ahead . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
WBA #10, WBO #12 heavyweight Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided fourth round KO over Jason Pettaway (17-2, 10 KOs) on Thursday at the Vodafone Events Centre outside Auckland, New Zealand. Parker was in command from the get-go, putting Pettaway down in round three and flooring him again in round four.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and #1 world-rated flyweight contender Zou Shiming and undefeated IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), from Chonburi, Thailand faced off during the final press conference Thursday at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China for their upcoming title fight.
“This is a very important fight for me,” said Shiming. “We came through the same background. We’re now chasing our own dream of proving ourselves as pro boxers.”
Amnat Ruenroeng stated he hopes to make a billion Chinese fans cry when he beats Zou Shiming on Saturday.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, Shiming-Ruenroeng will take place Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena and be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.
WBA interim minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (10-0, 5 KOs) retained his title by twelve round unanimous decision over 44-year-old former IBF and WBA minimumweight champion Muhammad Rachman (65-12-5, 35 KOs) on Thursday night in Freshmart’s hometown of Bangkok, Thailand. Freshmart pretty much had it his way in the second half of the fight.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated top-rated super flyweight contender Rex Tso (L) signs with Top Rank as Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum shakes hands with him. If Tso is successful this Saturday against Michael Enriquez, he will fight for a world title in the near future. Tso fights on the undercard of the Zou Shiming-Amnat Ruenroeng card.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming – Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will take place Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena and televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Bob Arum talks about future plans for Nonito Donaire.
The camp of Freddie Roach is already accusing Floyd Mayweather of “dirty tricks.”
Speaking of Roach and the Wild Card Gym, it’s going to be closed doors for Pacquiao training.
Update on Jermain Taylor and the OK for a transfer to a substance-abuse center.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
BWAA fighter of the Year, Terence Crawford, and Thomas Dulorme arrive in Arlington Texas for the official Press Conference, held on March 5, 2015 at the University of Texas Arlington to announce their April 18th bout for the vacant WBO 140lb title. Photo by Mikey Williams / Toprank Boxing
The camp of undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) continues to call out WBA titlist Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) for a unification title fight in April or May. In a statement, Lara said Andrade turned down an ESPN2 fight with him and that he “whooped that ass for free in the amateurs.” Lara also questioned who, in comparison, Andrade has fought and said Andrade pulled out of the biggest fight of his career against Lara’s stablemate, Jermell Charlo.
Farris stated, “First of all, when did Lara ever whoop Demetrius’ ass? Does Lara mean in the amateurs when he ran away from him for three rounds? Their five-year age difference was significant in the amateurs because Demetrius was still a teenager and, even then, Lara needed overseas judges to steal that decision. Lara landed something like nine total punches during the entire fight. If that’s an ass kicking, well, count us in!” (more…)
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham, 28-6, 13 KOs, held an open workout for the media at the Shuler Boxing Gym in West Philadelphia today, in advance of his 12-round IBF elimination fight with Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov, 19-0-1, 12 KOs, scheduled for March 14th. The two heavyweights clash on March 14th at the Bell Centre in Montreal with a #1 ranking and a mandatory shot at the IBF heavyweight title at stake. The fight will be broadcast live by HBO.
Cunningham went through a brisk workout with trainer Brother Naazim Richardson and took questions from the media. Both fighter and trainer appeared focused on Glazkov, despite the fact that a potential bout with Wladimir Klitschko could come their way if they are successful in Montreal.
“I’m not worried about none of that,” Cunningham said. “I just got to get in there and handle this business. I’m coming to do what Steve Cunningham does. I come to kick butt. I come to win. I come to walk out of there with my hands raised. I’m excited to be fighting in Canada. It’s my first time, and the fans in Montreal are crazy for boxing. So I’m excited.” (more…)
Two time world title challenger Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs) will fight Victor Ramirez (21-2, 17 KOs) for the IBF interim World cruiserweight title. The bout will take place April 10th in Argentina. The IBF Champion Yoan Hernandez is injured which is the reason for the interim world title fight. The winner will fight Hernandez once he is back from injury.
Photo: Dan Grant
Fighting for the first time since losing his IBF Jr. Lightweight title in July 2014, Algenis (correct spelling) Mendez, from the Dominican Republic, has come with a new mindset: to use his natural boxing skills to apply a more aggressive style when he steps into the ring. During his 16-month title reign, the tall and lanky fighter had struggled to make the 130lbs. jr. lightweight limit, another factor which hampered his performances. He will now be competing in the lightweight division.
The road back to a championship started on Feb. 20, when he faced the tough Mexican Daniel Evangelista (17-4-1, 13 KOs) on the ShowBox card headlined by Sammy Vasquez vs. Emmanuel Lartey at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Heading into preparations for the fight, trainer Marc Farrait made it clear this would not be Algenis’ typical training camp. “We started working late in the fall of last year,” explained Farrait. “I told him the passive style he had grown accustomed to is not going to work if he wants to win another world title and fight on major TV networks. No more pitty-pat punches and standing in front of his opponent admiring his work.” (more…)
Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, brings Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas back to the “Jewel City” on Saturday, March 14. Following up two sold out events in August and December, Glendale Fight Night Vii will once again feature prospects from the Top Rank stable as well as some of the Los Angeles area’s most promising pugilists in what is sure to be another capacity crowd at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
Two 8 round super featherweight bouts will be part of the televised broadcast of the Solo Boxeo Tecate series live on Unimas, as undefeated prospect Toka Khan Clary (14-0, 9KOs) takes on spoiler Edwin “Tiburon” Solis (6-2-3, 4KOs) and Sergio “Tarasco” Nunez (12-1-1, 8KOs) faces off against Angel “Humilde” Rodriguez (11-1, 5KOs).
Also local fight fans will be treated to unbeaten light heavyweight Egor Mekhontsev (7-0, 6 KOs), the 2012 London Olympics gold medalist, facing his toughest professional challenge to date against two-time world title challenger and former USBA and NABA beltholder Yusef Mack (31-8-2). (more…)
Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland hosted press conferences on Tuesday in Houston and San Antonio to announce details for their 12-round super welterweight showdown at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May 9. Below is what Canelo Alvarez, James Kirkland, Oscar De La Hoya, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson and their teams had to say during the press conferences.
Canelo Alvarez: “I want to thank everyone for coming out today. As always you guys are very good to me you have always supported me. First of all I want to thank all the people; I feel like home every time I come to Texas. This is the first time that I am anxious to fight here and I am looking forward to fighting Kirkland. He is coming to fight. He is dangerous and powerful. I am also powerful and aggressive and I can guarantee you, this is going to be an explosive fight. I am very happy to be with Golden Boy Promotions, they want to make the best fights and so do I. I want to give fans an exciting night of boxing on May 9.
James Kirkland: “I want to thank HBO Championship Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, SMS Promotions for giving me this opportunity. I’m ready to put my life on the line and give it everything I’ve got. I want to show my fans what I’ve really come to do. May 9, we’re here. Team Kirkland!” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
John Wirt, attorney for Andriey Riabinsky/Word of Boxing, promoter of WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, has withdrawn a request for a WBA special permit to face Lukasz Janik and called for immediate negotiations to commence for a mandatory showdown between Lebedev and Youri Kalenga.
Re: Special Permit Request of World of Boxing for Lebedev vs. Janik
On behalf of our client, World of Boxing, LLC (“WOB”), please be advised that WOB is hereby withdrawing the above-referenced special permit request provided that the WBA schedule today a purse bid for the Lebedev vs. Kalenga bout (the “Bout”) to take place on March 16, 2015 with the condition that such purse bid will be cancelled if WOB and King Sports Enterprises (“KSF”) notify the WBA on or before March 13, 2015 that WOB and KSE have reached an agreement for the Bout.
We look forward to receiving the notice of the purse bid by the close of business today.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and No. 1 world-rated flyweight contender Zou Shiming makes his “Grand Arrival” Wednesday at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China for his upcoming challenge of undefeated IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), from Chonburi, Thailand.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Zou Shiming – Amnat Ruenroeng World Flyweight Championship fight will take place Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao’s Cotai Arena and televised via same-day delay on HBO2®, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.
WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman aims to send challenger and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero home with his first KO loss on Saturday night when they headline Saturday night’s NBC boxing card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“We’re going to show him that he never should have signed this contract. There’s a different side of Keith Thurman inside that ring and he’s going to learn the hard way…he hasn’t fought anyone with extreme power like me.
“I’ll be honest, I’m going to stand there and exchange with him for six rounds, and if he’s still standing there we’ll see. With my punching power the KO can come at any time with that one punch. If he walks into it or I lunge at him…it can even be a body shot. I’m just looking to get him out of there. I’m going to do what I need to do to stay a champion and we’re looking to move on past March 7 with a victory.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated super lightweight Ik Yang (18-0, 13 KOs) of China by way of Anyang, South Korea, is ready to showcase himself this Saturday when he takes on Patomsuk Pathompothong (29-2-1, 18 KOs) of Thailand at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian in Macao, China on UniMas. We caught up with Yang during camp as he talked about his upcoming bout. “This is a ten round fight and I am fighting for a title eliminator,” Ik Yang told Fightnews.com
Training at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California, Yang made his way to the United States after spending his pro career in South Korea and China is now working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
“It’s a really good experience. Freddy’s skills and technique has helped me a lot,” Yang said. “The difference in training here and in China is the coach. Freddie is much more knowledgeable.” (more…)
Featherweight Gabino “Flash” Cota (17-3-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonara, Mexico will make his U.S. debut this Friday vs Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (24-4, 16 KOs) of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. Their main event bout will be the season opener for the spring series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL. The WBO Latino title will be on the line The Oquendo-Cota bout is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with PR Best Boxing.
Cota had his 13 fight win streak snapped last year. He will look to start a new one beginning with defeating Oquendo. This will be the first fight for Cota in 2015, in the U.S. and fighting on Telemundo. A trifecta that he can achieve with a victory. Tall task fighting Oquendo at the Civic Center where he has never lost and has a big Puerto Rican following. Cota is very aware of this but still confident he can pull off the upset. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super middleweight contender Marco Antonio Peribán (20-3-1, 13 KOs) will reappear March 14 in Naucalpan, Mexico State on an event billed as “Samurai Challenge” featuring former WBC female world champions Mariana “Barby” Juarez and Noaki Fujioka.
Periban wil face Fernando “Huracan” Castañeda in an eight rounder. Periban recently signed a multi-year contract with Promociones Del Pueblo and is looking to get a big promotional push in his career to get a new world title opportunity.
Let’s be honest, whether in mixed martial arts or boxing, pound-for-pound rankings mean nothing. Originally created to judge who the best boxer was outside of the heavyweight division, the rankings have morphed into something that exists to start fights – not in the Octagon, but on Twitter, on message boards and in barrooms . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Jo Jo Dan has told Kell Brook that his reign as IBF World Welterweight title will end on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Mandatory number one challenger Dan travels to the Steel City as Brook’s first opponent for the belt he won in style in California against Shawn Porter in August. Brook is looking to land a major fight in the summer as he looks to stamp his authority on the lucrative 147lb division – but the 31 year old Canada-based Romanian has other ideas.
“Kell has not fought anyone like me,” said Dan. “I believe in myself and I don’t think he can bring anything I can’t deal with on fight night. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA #10, WBO #11 heavyweight Joseph Parker and American Jason Pettaway weighed in for Thursday’s ten round bout in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker weighed 235 lbs and Pettaway scaled in at 220 lbs.
“We’ve had a tremendous training camp and we’re not at all concerned by the weight,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said. “Joseph has just got stronger and stronger. I expect him to be quick and explosive and throw a lot of punches in this fight.”
Parker said he’d been given license to “let my hands go” by Barry during the bout. “It’s going to be a busy fight,” he said.
Photos: Tony Bullard and Soobum Im
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Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland hosted not one, but two press conferences in Texas on Tuesday, both open to the public. The first at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, then the pair did it again at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio.
Along with promoter Oscar de la Hoya Texas boxing legend Jesse James Leija, Canelo and Kirkland kicked off the build up for their May 9 super welterweight showdown at Minute Maid Park in Houston, to be televised live on HBO.
WBA “super” super middleweight champion Andre Ward has responded to the comments of WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Carl Froch via Twitter.
UFC champ Ronda Rousey scores a free ticket to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
You need a knockout to win, says Nonito Donaire on Manny Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.
Why isn’t Freddie Roach in L.A. to train Pacquiao yet?
How Carl Frampton is saving boxing in Belfast.
Light heavyweight contenders Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba and Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin, along with Lepikhin’s manager Egis Klimas, and Main Events CEO Kathy Duva hosted an international conference call to talk up Chilemba and Lepikhin’s March 14 fight for the NABF belt as the opening bout of the Kovalev-Hopkins live HBO World Championship Boxing telecast.
[On his shorter training camp] First of all, I thank God for this opportunity. I am fighting on HBO and it is a dream come true. When I am back home, I always keep in shape so training in the United States is just a tune up for me before the fight. I am really looking forward to next week.
[On his game plan for Lepikhin] I am always ready for anything. We prepare for anything that might possibly happen in the ring. Lepikhin is a good fighter. He has good movement. He has a good jab. That is what training is there for. I don’t see anything to cause a problem in the fight. We will deal with what he brings us. (more…)
Former world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner had a few comments about Saturday’s showdown with John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr., whom he faces on the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC fight card on Saturday night.
“John Molina Jr. is a true warrior,” said Broner. “His nickname suits him. He’s like a punching bag that can hit back with power. He’s a deadly fighter. It can only take a second for a fight to change dramatically with a guy like that, so I’m taking this fight very seriously. I’ll be ready though…There’s going to be lots of heavy hitting. I’m looking forward to stopping John Molina Jr., and if I don’t stop him it will be a bloody massacre.”
The following is a response to WBA Super Welterweight champion Erislandy Lara from Paul Andrade, the father/trainer of undefeated WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade:
Dear Mr. Erislandy Lara:
In response to your comments, whoever wrote your response should get their facts correct.
When we listen to you, we see the final triumph of stupidity in this world. You are the only boxer that successfully brainwashed himself with false facts. (more…)
50-year old WBC #17 heavyweight contender, “Bronco” Billy Wright (46-4, 37 KOs), is less than two weeks away from his upcoming 10-round main event bout with Gilberto Matheus Domingos (22-2, 20 KOs). The bout takes place at the We Ko Pa Casino in Fort McDowell, Arizona on the RJJ Boxing Promotions card March 13.
“At this age I feel stronger then I was when I was younger,” said Wright. “It’s that old man strength I guess you can call it. I’m smarter, wiser and more disciplined at this stage in my career. I have a goal to become the heavyweight champion of the world and motivation is greater than ever. A lot of these top contenders are shying away from fighting me. I just want to earn my opportunity and fight the best.”
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