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Wilder plans next move

Wilder plans next move

By Matt Richardson Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com WBC heavyweight title-holder Deontay Wilder is preparing for his next move. Wilder (34-0, 33 KO’s) is ...

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Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Suzanna Teresa/PBC WBA "undisputed" bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos "Baby Pacquiao" Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) retained his title with ...

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Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/PBC Juan Carlos Payano 117.6 vs. Rau'shee Warren 117 (WBA "undisputed" bantamweight title) Yudel Jhonson 153.2 vs. Jorge Cota 154.2 John Jackson 153.4 ...

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Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank IBF #9 ranked super bantamweight Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (26-3, 19 KO) stepped ...

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Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

Gonzalez crushes Hashimoto in two

By Gabriel F Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Kazuki Hashimoto (11-5, ...

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Wilder plans next move

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Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt with split decision over Warren

Payano retains WBA bantamweight belt

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Payano, Warren weigh-in photos

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Avalos, Ramos victorious in Frisco, Texas

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Boxing News

New Pacquiao Foot Locker Commercial

Specialty athletic retailer Foot Locker today debuted a new television spot starring Manny Pacquiao in advance of the highly-anticipated and long-awaited Mayweather-Pacquiao bout on Saturday, May 2.



April 23rd, 2015


Boxing News

More on Ward-Smith

BET Networks will air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of Roc Nation Sports throne boxing events over the next 18 months, starting with WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward against Paul Smith on June 20, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Tickets priced at $250, $125, $90, $60 and $30 go on sale Friday.

Andre Ward: “I’m very excited to be coming back on June 20 at Oracle Arena in my hometown of Oakland which has been a long time coming. I’m equally excited to be fighting on BET in front of a potential viewership of over 90 million homes. As a fighter, this diversifies my portfolio and puts me in front of a whole different audience. I have an extremely tough fighter in front of me in Paul Smith who’s looking to pull the upset, but I can’t let that happen. I have to be on my best game to turn Smith away and beat him the way I want to beat him. As always, I’m ready to put on a tremendous performance in front of my hometown fans and those watching on BET. This is a fight you don’t want to miss.”

Paul Smith: “I cannot wait to get back in the ring and test myself against a class act like Andre Ward. I proved that I belong at the top level with my performances against Arthur Abraham and this is a challenge that I am relishing. Andre is a top pound-for-pound fighter and someone I respect a lot, but he has only boxed once in almost three years and I will give it everything I have got. I am fresh and confident going into this fight. It’s a massive opportunity for me and one that I took with both hands when it was offered. I have spent a lot of time boxing in the United States and I look forward to returning for this fight.”



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: Takayama keeps IBF 105lb belt on technical decision

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

IBF 105-pound titlist Katsunari Takayama (29-7-1NC, 11 KOs), 104.75, barely kept his belt as he was awarded a unanimous technical decision over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (27-4-1, 15 KOs), 104.5, Thailand, due to the champ having suffered bad cuts over the eyebrows at 2:19 of the ninth session on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

The official tallies including the incomplete ninth round read: Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan) 80-71, Kyoung-Ha Shin (Korea) 87-84, Cherdchaichanon Sricharat (Thailand) 86-85, all in favor of Takayama. The referee was Katsutoshi Nakamura (Japan).

It wasn’t an easy triumph for Takayama at all despite the unanimous scores, although the 31-year-old veteran champ lopsidedly controlled the contest with his non-stop rallies. Fahlan Jr., the son of ex-IBF minimum champ in 1990’s, occasionally scored with a solid right uppercut at a time, and it was Takayama that was bleeding from bad gashes over both optics (given having been caused by accidental butts) and from the nostrils at the termination on a technical decision. (more…)



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: Ioka dethrones WBA 112lb champ Reveco

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Two-time world champ Hiroki Ioka (17-1, 10 KOs), 112, captured the WBA flyweight belt as he scored a majority decision over defending titlist Juan Carlos Reveco (35-2, 19 KOs), 112, Argentina, over twelve close rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. For the Japanese sharpshooter Ioka, it was his third coronation in as many categories, and he acquired it in the eighteenth pro bout, surpassing Jeff Fenech’s previous mark of gaining his third in the twentieth outing.

Carlos Sucre (US) and Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) saw the hard-fought contest 116-113 and 115-113 respectively for Ioka, and Raul Caiz Sr. (US) had it 114-114. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand).

It was a close affair, but Ioka looked superior in terms of precision since he connected with sharp short punches more accurately than the free-swinging Argentine. Ioka, five years his junior at 26, made a good start, positively throwing good jabs and combinations upstairs and downstairs to dominate the first two rounds comfortably. Reveco, making his ninth defense since dethroning Jean Piero Perez in 2011, turned loose to be in command in round three, when he energetically kept punching and stalking the elusive footworker. (more…)



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Photos: Pacman on Kimmel show

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao made a guest appearance on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, Wednesday night to promote his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather. Pacman also trained with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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April 23rd, 2015

UFC

Laprise Promising A Show For His Hometown Fans

Over the past decade there has been a stigma that has been known to follow fighters who emerge into the UFC ranks after competing on The Ultimate Fighter, and Chad Laprise is eager to show he’s not that easy to categorize. Where some of his fellow winners of the reality-based fighting program have struggled to gain traction once they are official members of the UFC roster, the undefeated Ontario native is determined to show fight fans that he’s cut from a different cloth . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 186 is live on PPV on Saturday, April 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Klassen and Mcotheli meet for vacant IBO title

By Ron Jackson

Xolani Mcotheli and former multi-titled champion Malcom Klassen from Toekomsrus meet for the vacant IBO Intercontinental super featherweight title at the Orient Theatre on Friday night. The odds are stacked against Mcotheli (11-1, 8 KOs) who won the title on December 13 last year when he outpointed Marbon Bodiongan.

The 34-year-old Klassen who made his debut on May 22 1999 has compiled a record of 29-6-2, 15 KOs in an outstanding career that has seen him win the South African featherweight, WBF super featherweight, WBO International lightweight and IBF super featherweight title on two occasions. He suffered three defeats early in his career but his only other losses have come against Mzonke Fana, Roberto Guerrero and Will Tomlinson in “world” title fights.

The champion Mcotheli has not fought at the same level as Klassen and he suffered his only against Jasper Seroka in March last year in a clash for the vacant South African super featherweight title when he was outpointed over 12 rounds. (more…)



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Ward to face Smith on BET

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) will return against Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) on June 20 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The bout will be televised on BET. It will be Ward’s first bout since November 2013. Smith is coming off consecutive WBO title losses to Arthur Abraham. This will be the first telecast in a long term TV deal between Roc Nation Sports and BET.



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

WBO says no to Kameda-McDonnell

Manny Pacquiao endorsements = big bucks

Does referee Kenny BaylessfavorFloyd Mayweather?

UFC’s Alistair Overeem rooting for Paquiao over Mayweather

Wladimir Klitschko talks tough ahead of Jennings fight



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather-Pacquiao Tix on sale TODAY!

Tickets for the highly anticipated world championship showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao taking place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be available today (Thursday) for both in-arena and closed circuit viewing.

Tickets for the live event priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500, not including applicable service charges, go on sale today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Tickets are limited to four (4) per household. To charge by phone or with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The closed circuit telecast will be available at all MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas. General admission tickets for closed circuit viewing will be $150, not including handling fees, and will go on sale today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Tickets will be available for purchase at the individual property’s box office outlets, by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711 or through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Closed circuit tickets are limited to eight (8) per household.



April 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather Conference Call Quotes

“I know it’s the biggest fight in boxing history, but I’m not going to put that pressure on myself. I will be at my best.”

“At the end of the day it comes down to the two fighters in the ring not what Freddie Roach says or thinks.”

“My only job is to be the best, to be the best in the sport of boxing.”

“I’ve always had a big mouth and I’m not being quiet or holding back for any reason’s but that I’ve matured. I done all the trash talking already. I am at a point where I know what I bring to the table.”



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao Workout: 10 Days Out

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao runs at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, Wednesday morning as he prepares for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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April 22nd, 2015

UFC

Sarah Kaufman: Making Up For Lost Time

Given the intense and bloody battle Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis went through in their 2012 Strikeforce rematch, don’t expect Kaufman to be too jazzed about a repeat this Saturday in Montreal . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 186 is live on PPV on Saturday, April 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Rumor: Mayweather-Pacquiao Tickets On Sale Soon

Looks like Top Rank and Mayweather Promotions have resolved their differences and the snafu over tickets for the fight and closed circuit showings. Tickets should be available shortly.

At the moment the fight card looks like this:

Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao
(WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight titles)
Leo Santa Cruz vs. TBA (likely Anthony Settoul)
(featherweight non-title)
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gamalier Rodriguez
(WBO featherweight title)

Christopher Pearson vs. Said El Harrak (super welterweight)
Jesse Hart vs. Mike Jimenez (super middleweight)
Andrew Tabiti vs. Anthony Caputo Smith (cruiserweight)
Brad Solomon vs. Adrian Granados (super welterweight)



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Dawejko to get trimmed before he fights Mansour

Amir Mansour may not get his way completely, but his comments that Joey Dawejko has to cut off his beard before their May 8 showdown at the 2300 Arena have not fallen on deaf ears. “The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has directed the (Joey) Dawejko camp that Dawejko’s beard must be neatly cropped in accordance with the athletic commission rules,” said promoter J Russell Peltz.

Mansour recently claimed that Dawejko’s beard could be used against him (Mansour) in clinches. “(Dawejko) can rub that beard in your face and irritate the skin,” Mansour said. “I want it shaved; I want him uncomfortable.” (more…)



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

PBC on Spike Chicago Presser

Video: Przemek Garczarczyk

Anthony Dirrell, Badou Jack, Daniel Jacobs, Caleb Truax, Maciek Sulęcki and Artur Szpilka were part of today’s PBC on Spike Chicago press conference.



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Haye targets Wilder, wants to fight in Las Vegas

By James Slater

Fully healed and fit to fight again, former cruiserweight and heavyweight ruler David Haye has put his shoulder problems behind him – a serious shoulder injury came close to ending Haye’s career some months back – and he is looking at potential big fight options in the sport’s glamour division. Haye was recently in Las Vegas and whilst there he spoke with The Independent and one of the names he mentioned as being on his radar as far as a future opponent goes was unbeaten “Bronze Bomber,” WBC heavyweight boss Deontay Wilder. Haye says he has never before boxed in Las Vegas and that the thought of doing so against the latest KO king gets him very excited.

“I have never fought in Vegas,” Haye said to Kevin Garside. “That’s something I’d love to do. It’s the capitol of our sport. If you regard yourself as a headline act then you have to fight in Vegas. Now there is an opportunity.”

Haye then spoke in glowing terms about former Olympian and unbeaten banger Wilder, the man who could provide him with that opportunity:

“He’s a guy who’s unbeaten. He’s fighting on network TV in America, becoming a household name so hopefully that’s a deal that can be done. All the dimensions are there. He has an aura about him. If I turned up half-hearted when we were sparring then I’d be sleeping. He’s not a sparring partner who goes through the motions. He’s trying to punch holes in your head from the first bell. Everyone who has seen the footage of us sparring has said how good it would be if we were to get it on for real.” (more…)



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Arena Coliseo in Mexico City

By Gabriel F Cordero

Professional boxing returns to the legendary Arena Coliseo in Mexico City on April 25 with the main event between local favorite Dante ‘Crazy’ Jardón (25-5, 20 KOs) against Filipino Jeffrey Arienza (12-3-1, 7 KOs) for a WBC regional lightweight title on an event promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa. In the co-featured bout, world-ranked super featherweight Miguel ‘Micky’ Román (49-11, 37 KOs) faces Edgar Puerta (23-5-1, 19 KOs).



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Fielding to face Vera this summer

Super middleweight Rocky Fielding will face Brian Vera on a date and an venue to be confirmed next week, as Fielding looks for a big win on his resume to serve notice of his intentions at world level. Fielding returned to action in March in Hull after damaging his hand in his destructive dismissal of former world title challenger Noe Gonzalez Alcoba in July in Liverpool, and the 27 year old will take a big step-up in class when he meets the 33-year-old Vera, who holds impressive wins over Andy Lee, Sergio Mora and Serhiy Dzinziruk as well as taking Julio Cesar Chavez Jr the distance twice. Promoter Eddie Hearn believes that the fight will represent a watershed night in Fielding’s rise to the top. “I have been working on getting Brian over here for a while and I think it’s the perfect test for Rocky,” said Hearn. “Brian has mixed at top level and is always in all action fights. We are working on the date now and this will be confirmed next week.”



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Ioka dethrones WBA 112lb champ Reveco

By Joe Koizumi

Japan’s Kazuto Ioka captured the WBA flyweight belt by scoring a majoirity decision (115-113, 116-113, 114-114) over defending champ Juan Carlos Reveco from Argentina over twelve close rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

For Ioka, it was his third coronation in as many categories.



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Takayama keeps IBF 105lb belt on technical decision

By Joe Koizumi

IBF 105-pound champ Katsunari Takayama, Japan, kept his belt as he was awarded a unanimous technical decision (80-71, 87-84, 86-85) over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. of Thailand due to the champ’s bad cuts over eyebrows midway in the ninth round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Klitschko: The demand is here

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By Matt Richardson

It’s been seven years since heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko fought in the United States. In February 2008 Klitschko unified his title against Sultan Ibragimov in an extremely dull fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fight was so insipid, in fact, that Ibragimov never even fought again and Klitschko wound up returning to Europe to ply his trade and defend his titles.

With the stench of that fight subsided and the subsequent confirmation that Klitschko is indeed one of the better heavyweight champions in the history of the sport, the fighter will make his return to the same ring in the same venue on Saturday night in a fight to be televised by HBO. The opponent this time, American Bryant Jennings, promises to deliver a better challenge than Ibragimov and, as such, has intrigued the champion as he prepares to defend his belts.

“I had an exciting seven years of absence in Europe. It was absolutely exciting,” Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO’s) stated on Tuesday afternoon prior to the final press conference for the fight.

“I had great fights on pay-per-view in Europe with big arenas filled with over 60,000 people. I think it was like six, seven or eight stadiums in a row. I definitely had exciting times. The demand was so powerful and stronger on the European side. Now the demand is here. People want to see a Klitschko fight here…a world championship fight here. I’m sure that on fight night the Garden is going to be sold out. I’m sure that the HBO rating is going to be good enough because that’s one week before the mega fight with Pacquiao and Mayweather. That’s why I call it the right timing, absolutely.” (more…)



April 22nd, 2015

UFC

Alexis Davis: The Road Back Begins

It’s been over nine months since Alexis Davis graced the Octagon, but don’t assume that she went away and requested a long break after her UFC 175 loss to women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. That’s not how the number three-ranked contender is built. In fact, she cornered UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby right after the Rousey fight with a request for a quick return . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 186 is live on PPV on Saturday, April 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Petalcorin in China for first title defense

WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin and his team arrived Monday in Beijing China. Randy’s weight was 109 pounds Tuesday morning before training. He has to weigh in at 108 pounds on Thursday to defend his WBA belt on Friday night. Petalcorin has sparred a total of 118 rounds for this fight and Coach Renie Gabawa is very happy. “Randy is 100% Fit and happy,” said Coach Renie along with Jim Claude Manangquil who has mapped out all of Petalcorin sparring partners and training.

“This is a statement fight for Petalcorin as our critics want to see more. I know how good Petalcorin can be and really believe he can be the next star of world boxing in the lighter weights,” said manager Peter Maniatis. “Ma Yi Ming has had by all reports had a very good training camp in the mountains of Dalian China and employed sparring partners. This is his big chance to be the first WBA world champion out of China, so Randy will be on his toes ready for anything Ma Yi Ming throws at him on Friday night. We would like to thank Top Rank & SECA Group and also Ultratune CEO Sean Buckley as Randy sponsor.”



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Tony Tubbs son gets first pro win

By Clint Caulkins

Antwaun Taylor, son of former World Heavyweight Champion Tony “TNT” Tubbs, gained his first professional boxing victory with a 4 round unanimous decision over Andrew Peurifoy in the cruiserweight division. The 4 round bout took place April 18th on the undercard of Chazz Witherspoon’s fifth stoppage defeat of Galen Brown at the GPG Events Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey.



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Still no tickets on sale yet for Mayweather-Pacquiao

The rise of Manny Pacquiao: Vagabond Hotel

Amir Khan facing probe after posting selfies while driving

Pacquiao is fighting a lot more than Mayweather



April 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao Workout: 11 Days Out

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and assistant Marvin Somodio , Monday at the Wild Card Boxing Club as he prepares for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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April 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Cuellar says he’s defending against Darchinyan

WBA interim featherweight champion Jesus “Forastero” Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) has announced his next fight on his Facebook page.

Next Fight: June 6th against Armenian Vic Darchinyan for the WBA featherweight championship. City to be determined.



April 21st, 2015

Boxing News

WBO rejects Kameda-McDonnell unification

The World Boxing Organization has informed WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda that he may be stripped of the title if he goes through with a clash against WBA “regular” titlist Jamie McDonnell.

The WBO World Championship Committee will not authorize your proposed bout with Jamie McDonnell as a Unification Contests, as it our position not to recognize the “secondary titlists” of organisms that opt to have more than one champion per division— as is the case with the WBA, which has Juan Carlos Payano as its so-called “Super Champion” in the Bantamweight division and Yonfrez Parejo as its “Interim” titleholder. Simply put, the WBO only recognizes the “highest” titleholder of other sanctioning organisms as legitimate champion for unification purposes (in this case Payano). In addition to this, the WBO World Championship Committee may only sanction contenders to the WBO World Championship title that are rated within the top 15 of the WBO. In this case, McDonnell does not meet the criteria of the WBO Ratings Committee and is not rated.

Finally, please note that should you decide to participate of the aforementioned bout in spite of this warning and without our authorization, this Committee may order you to show cause as to why the WBO Bantamweight Championship of the World should not be declared vacant or, in the alternative, it may declare the title vacant without further hearing you.



April 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Luis says Mathews didn’t do enough to win

Canadian lightweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) was a good sport after his controversial unanimous decision loss last weekend to Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) for the interim WBA Lightweight title in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, but back home on Canadian soil, Luis is changing his tune. “I can’t say I feel good,” said Luis, “this was my shot and I didn’t get the decision, but I know with my performance, I’ll get another one. Most of the press and the fans, especially in North America, know what’s up and saw the fight for what it really was. Derry did what he had to do to survive but not enough to win. He was cagey and made the fight look more competitive than it was, and that’s what a veteran is supposed to do.” (more…)



April 21st, 2015

Boxing News

WBC unveils Mayweather-Pacquiao emerald belt

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

The WBC emerald belt to be presented to the winner of the megafight between world champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao was unveiled Tuesday in Mexico City by the president of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaiman. The belt is made out of a kilo of gold and 3000 emeralds by Mexican artisans. Legendary former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson were on hand at the ceremony.

“This fight shows that promoters and broadcasters can make big fights like Mayweather and Pacquiao. My father always wanted this fight,” said Sulaiman.

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April 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Fight Promotions inks Olympian Ischenko

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Fight Promotions, Inc., promoter of undefeated contenders Ievgen Khytrov and Sergey Derenchyncho, has signed 2012 Olympian Pavlo Ischenko to a long term promotional contract. Ischenko was a member of the 2012 Ukranian Olympic Team which included Gold Medalist and current WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, Gold Medalist and now undefeated cruiserweight contender Oleksandr Usyk, bronze medalist and unbeaten jr middleweight Taras Shelusteyuk, and undefeated knockout artist Khytrov, who was robbed of a medal.

Max Alperovich, president of Fight Promotions, said “This kid is only 22 years old and has devastating power in both hands that cannot be matched with anyone in the junior lightweight division. After several months of fine tuning with his American trainers, he will be on the short path to becoming a champion.”

Ischenko, who was defeated by American Jo Jo Diaz in the first round of the 2012 Olympics, will look to make his pro debut this in July.



April 21st, 2015

UFC

Kyoji Horiguchi: Sting Like A Bee

What he hits, he hurts.

A flyweight knockout artist sounds anachronistic until one sees Kyoji Horiguchi in action. He doesn’t jab, he doesn’t paw, he doesn’t slap. Japan’s 125-pound wunderkind attacks in explosions with both fists and feet, which drop and stop those unfortunate enough to receive them . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 186 is live on PPV on Saturday, April 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo, Kirkland Teleconference Quick Quotes

Canelo Alvarez and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland participated in an international media conference call to discuss their May 9 HBO-televised super middleweight clash at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Canelo Alvarez: “I’m going to do my part on May 9 and hope the fans enjoy the show…Kirkland is one of the most dangerous in the divison, that’s why I wanted to face him.”

[On a showdown with Cotto later in the year] “For me there is nothing at this time other than James Kirkland, other things are not confirmed.”

James Kirkland: “I’m a fighter. I feel like I have the power, the will, speed, and determination to beat Canelo. I have the whole package…I’m going to bring a lot more to the table that I need to bring. That’s what made me change trainers…I’ve been taking care of business as far as the training part. I’m on weight and I’m going to prove that I’m a warrior May 9.”



April 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Steve “USS” Cunningham signs with adviser Al Haymon

Former two-time world cruiserweight champion and current Heavyweight contender, Steve “USS” Cunningham has signed with adviser Al Haymon.

“I’m looking forward to working with Al, he’s a genius at what he does. I’ve been watching him for several years and seeing all that he accomplishes for his fighters but have always been on the outside looking in due to contractual obligations. It finally lined up to where we can work together and it’s going to great. I believe my best fights have yet to be seen,” said Cunningham

Cunningham is coming off a controversial split decision defeat to Vyacheslav Glazkov on March 14 in Montreal.



April 21st, 2015




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