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Former world champion Amir Khan has turned down a summer all-British showdown with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. “It’s all about timing. If I’ve got a different route and I want to face the likes of the Mayweathers and Pacquiaos out there, then Kell Brook will have to wait,” Khan told Sky Sports News. “We don’t want to rush this fight because it is going to be a big fight. It’s going to be a huge fight but it’s all about the timing.” Khan also stated that his next fight will be announced “in the next couple of days.”
The June 6 clash in New York City between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Jerge Sebastian Heiland could be announced as soon as today or tomorrow according to a report by El Vocero. The Puerto Rican newspaper cites a source in Argentina as saying the fight is almost certain, and although HBO isn’t interested in the fight, they’re willing to accept Cotto-Heiland under the condition that there is a preliminary agreement in place for Cotto to face Canelo Alvarez later in the year. Heiland is currently rated #1 at middleweight by the WBC and has a record of 25-4-2, 13 KOs.
Dave Ryan will defend his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert on the huge May 30 bill at The O2 in London. The show already boasts two World title clashes plus a huge fight for Heavyweight favorite Anthony Joshua, and fight fans will be licking their lips as the in-form Ryan and Hibbert clash in a rematch.
Ryan landed the Commonwealth crown by taking talented Tyrone Nurse’s unbeaten record in Leeds in October, a result that followed his win over former world title challenger Paul McCloskey. Hibbert’s confidence is sky high after two great wins at The O2, landing the WBC International title in October with a fifth round stoppage of Leonardo Gonzalez and then defending it in style in January by stopping Tyler Goodjohn in eight rounds. (more…)
Like jazz music, mixed martial arts has a rhythm and sound that is often improvised on the spot. Fighters can come in to a bout with a strategy and a game plan but when your game plan isn’t working, you’ve got to be able to jam to a different tune, and Ron Stallings understands this better than anyone . . . click here for more
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The Wall Street Journal on Boxing’s magic number: 147
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao skips a training run due to a minor injury.
Jermain Taylor pleads not guilty, says “I’m no terrorist”
Kazakhstani boxer Isa Akberbayev on the rise
Photos: Amanda Kwok / PBC on CBS
Light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson held a public media workout on Monday at Place Fleur de Lys, a large mall in Quebec City, Canada. The hard-hitting Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) will defend his 175-pound title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) in the featured attraction of the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on CBS Television Network this Saturday, April 4 (3 p.m. ET, Noon PT).
In the co-main event from The Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, promising undefeated light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) faces his toughest test when he takes on former light heavyweight world champion Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout. (more…)
Undefeated former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa will host a press conference in Hidalgo, Texas to officially announce his showdown with two-time world champion Ricky Burns that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on CBS (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) on Saturday, May 9 from State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao goes thru early morning drills with strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune in Los Angeles 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.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today marks the 72nd birthday of Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association since 1982. The WBA is the oldest world sanctioning institution in boxing.
In recent months Dr. Mendoza has been working with the World Boxing Council and International Boximg Federation to seek better conditions for the fighters and fans. He also continues the WBA’s charity work with the popular WBA KO to Drugs Festivals in various countries.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Fahlan Sakkreerin Junior IBF#9 (27-3-1, 15KOs) will challenge the IBF Mini flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (28-7-1, 11KOs) on April 22, 2015 at Body Maker Coliseum, Osaka, Japan. Sakkreerin Junior scored the upset of the year in Osaka, Japan in 2013 by knocking out former WBA champion Ryo Miyazaki (22-1-3) in round three on December 31, 2013. Sakkreerin Junior said. ” My father Fahlan Sakkreerin (54-4-3, 23KOs) was former IBF Champion at 105 lbs in 1990-1992. This is my dream to bring my father’s belt back to Thailand and it will belong to me. ”
Jimmy Chaichotchuang the manager of Sakkreerin Junior said. “I am proud to have been the promoter of Fahlan’s father and also Sakkreerin junior. I am excited to see Sakkreerin Junior will make his dream come true. This is a history making in the world of boxing when Father and Son become champion in same division in same belt. Takayama is a great champion who was former WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO in 105 lbs and IBF title holder three times. This is showdown at the little giant weight class.”
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