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At 9:23 PM ET on Saturday, May 14, the newest member of the Fightnews family was born. Aiden Matthew Richardson weighed in at a ready 9 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. Mom is doing well and Dad is doing even better!
A member of Team Pulver on season five of The Ultimate Fighter, a season that pitted his coach Jens Pulver against BJ Penn, Cole Miller will get a chance to face Penn on Saturday, June 4, when he replaces the injured Dennis Siver on the UFC 199 card in Inglewood, California . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Local favorite Abel Ramos (15-1-2, 10 KOs) will be featured this Friday in Phoenix, Arizona. He will take on unbeaten Juarez, Mexico, native Dario Ferman (13-0, 10 KOs) in a bout is scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 144 pounds. The site will be the famous Celebrity Theatre.
Ramos was handed his first professional loss this past December in a bout aired on ShoBox, but he rebounded with a win last month. (more…)
We were told Monday by a source with knowledge of the situation that possible interim fights before the Canelo-GGG super fight were being discussed. Now we’re hearing from another credible source that the topic of interim fights before the big middleweight unification showdown hasn’t been discussed. In any event, Canelo-GGG is already the most anticipated fight in boxing, so let’s hope the fight is made as soon as possible.
Murat Gassiev 199.2 vs. Jordan Shimmell 196
(IBF cruiserweight eliminator)
John Wesley Nofire 231.2 vs. Joey Abell 257.2
Danny Kelly 232.4 vs. Stephan Shaw 252.2
Leduan Barthelemy 128.6 vs. Rafael Eduardo Reyes 129.8
Deonte Wilson 144.2 vs. Gilbert Venegas 146.6
Ramiro Carrillo 139.6 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 143.4
Jose F Quezada 140.8 vs. Ariel A Vasquez 141.8
Mengistu Zarzar 193.4 vs. John Moxey 211
Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: Fox Sports 1
Heavyweight stars David Haye and Shannon Briggs showed their form and thrilled local boxing fans at a public workout on Monday at Manchester’s Jubilee Place in advance of their respective fights on Saturday’s card at the Manchester Arena. Haye is facing Arnold Gjerjaj, who also worked out. Briggs’ announced opponent Alexander Dimitrenko wasn’t in attendance, and is rumored to not be fighting at all. No mention of Dimitrenko was made during Briggs’ public interview. If both Haye and Briggs are victorious, they are expected to clash in September. Stay tuned.
It will be a battle of the Boxcino champions when former world title challengers when 2014 Boxcino winner Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs) and 2105 winner John Thompson (17-2, 6 KOs) square off in a ten round middleweight bout in the June 11 feature on Sho Extreme at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. In the Sho Extreme co-feature, Boxcino 2015 heavyweight champion Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KOs) will face Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KO) in a ten round heavyweight bout.
The Sho Extreme bouts will precede a Showtime tripleheader that will feature former junior welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov taking on John Molina Jr.
Negotiations are ongoing between the camps of WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA/IBF/WBC interim champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Fightnews.com® has learned that one of the proposals being discussed is that both fighters agree to have at least two or three interim fights each before they clash. If both sides agree to it, Canelo’s next foe could be either David Lemieux or Curtis Stevens. GGG could face Daniel Jacobs. The reasoning for the additional time is to let the fight marinate and become bigger and bigger so the fighters (Canelo and GGG) can make the most money when they finally do meet. Stay tuned…
WBA/WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has issued an apology to anyone offended by controversial comments made by him in a recent video interview posted online.
Tyson Fury: “I said some things which may have hurt some people – which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do. I apologize to anyone who may have taken offense at any of my comments. Though it is not an excuse, sometimes the heightened media scrutiny has caused me to act out in public. I know more is expected of me as an ambassador of British boxing and I promise in future to hold myself up to the highest possible standard. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am in no way a racist or bigot and I hope the public accept this apology.”
Fury’s statement prefaced Fury’s quotes by pointing out that a man of Traveller heritage, Fury has suffered bigotry and racial abuse throughout his life and as such would never wish anyone to suffer the same. He has many friends of a wide range of backgrounds and races and wishes no ill to anyone of any race, religion or sexual orientation. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
TOURNAMENTS IN BOXING
Boxing is a great sport and it will always exist because it’s one of the few sports which is out there as a lending hand to the youth of the world, mostly from humble beds, to become someone in life and have success proudly representing their family, their neighborhood, state and country.
The WBC believes that tournaments bring an additional interest to the fans and also creates a competitive format to find the best of the best.
In boxing´s recent history there have been some very important tournaments which led to iconic figures. In the 1980s, Don King with HBO created the heavyweight tournament which led to Mike Tyson becoming the undisputed champion in the heavyweight division. Don King also put together a tournament in the middleweight division and Bernard Hopkins emerged as the undisputed champion and did it with the historic KO victory over Tito Trinidad. Then came the Super 6 tournament by Showtime, which had many sensational champions fighting and Andre Ward was the ultimate winner. Showtime also did a tournament at bantamweight and Abner Mares was the winner. (more…)
By David Finger
The WBO world rankings for the month of May were released late last week and although there were no changes at the top, where all of the champions retained their belts, there were nonetheless a fair share of shakeups in the rankings.
In the heavyweight division Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) continued to have the week from hell as he not only saw his WBC title fight cancelled at the last minute due to a positive test for a banned substance but also saw his WBO ranking disappear as well. Povetkin dropped out of the rankings entirely (he had been the third ranked heavyweight). Taking his place at #3 was Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) who moved up from #4. Takam is scheduled to fight the #1 ranked heavyweight Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) of New Zealand and the #2 ranked heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko (64-4. 53 KOs), is scheduled to fight the champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) in July so there is a real possibility that either Parker or Takam will emerge as the mandatory this summer. (more…)
Alexander Povetkin promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy held a press conference on Monday in Moscow to address the current status of the troubled Wilder-Povetkin fight.
Andrey Ryabinskiy: “If we don’t come to an agreement about the fight with Wilder’s team, we are ready to meet them in court. The fight is not cancelled but postponed, we are discussing a new date. There are no legal barriers for the fight. The official Wilder-Povetkin fight status is “postponed.” Everything else is just thoughts of some persons…All claims against Povetkin are legally unsound. This is just an inflated press story.
“Povetkin didn’t fail a doping test. He has 15 times lower meldonium concentration than the limit established by WADA. Now we need to pass additional tests, then we will set a new date of the fight and do it.”
Alexander Povetkin: “I have nothing to fear, I am a clear fighter and I have not been taking meldonium since it was prohibited. I was perfectly ready for the fight and I am very upset with its postponement. I don’t want to say anything bad about Wilder and his team. Russian people don’t like such things.”
WBC #1, IBF #5, WBA #6, WBO #7 super middleweight Callum Smith (19-0, 14 KOs) is back in action at Goodison Park in Liverpool on May 29. Smith is making a quick return after he landed the mandatory position in the WBC with a first round KO over European champion Hadillah Mohoumadi at the Echo Arena on April 2. “As soon as this event was announced it was one that I was desperate to be a part of it – everyone in Liverpool is buzzing about May 29,” said Smith. “I’m always in the gym and I don’t want to sit around and do nothing, I should be active at my age and at this stage of my career, and I want to keep winning and keep learning so I ready for that world title fight when it comes. (more…)
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UFC 198 came to a dramatic end on Saturday night, as Stipe Miocic silenced 45,207 fans in Brazil with a stunning first-round knockout to finish Fabricio Werdum and win the UFC heavyweight title . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
In a bout billed as last night’s co-main event, Detroit bantamweight James Smith shut out his adversary Pablo Cupul from Mexico’s Yucatan by 60-53 on all three cards. But that doesn’t come close to telling the story. Until the seventh fight on promoter Dimitri Salita’s second Motown promotion, it was good-guys vs. bad guys, with the losers not winning a single round.
The scoring didn’t change in the Smith-Cupul bout, but this fight initiated a wake-up call. This is what the crowd came for—give-and-take action that reached a high pitch in most rounds and definitely in the final three of the six-rounder. To use an expression among fight buffs, Cupul “wouldn’t go away.” After dropping Cupul in the second (a definite knockdown that may have been aided by a stuck tennis shoe in the canvas), it appeared that Smith, who thanks to promoter Salita, is finally getting back into action (10 fights now in six years). Smith moved in for the kill after the knockdown, but it wasn’t to be. (more…)
By David Finger at ringside
It took just over forty years, but boxing returned to Clovis, New Mexico yesterday at the Clovis Civic Center in what boxing fans are hoping will prove to be the rebirth of the sweet science in the Eastern New Mexico city. Although boxing once was a staple for sports fans in Clovis, it had disappeared completely after local super lightweight Brooks Byrd took on a Texas brawler named Rocky Ramon in July of 1975.
But thanks to School of Hard Knocks Promotions and promoter Isidro Castillo, boxing didn’t just come back to Clovis…it scored a knockout.
Not bad considering the card suffered a series of last minute cancellations that seriously threatened the event, with three of the six scheduled fights getting scrapped at the last minute. (more…)
Promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy, lead promoter for the troubled Wilder-Povetkin fight, made a point of saying that the fight will “take place, but on a different date.” However, Lou DiBella, promoter of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, isn’t onboard with that.
“Based upon Povetkin’s positive test for meldonium, and with the health and safety of Deontay Wilder the paramount consideration, this fight could not take place next Saturday,” said DiBella. “As a result of Povetkin’s use of a banned substance and breach of contract, Deontay Wilder was deprived of an opportunity to defend his title as he was prepared to – on an even playing field. He and his team have suffered substantial damages as a result. Any talk of rescheduling by Mr. Ryabinskiy at this point is unfounded and premature. Team Wilder will await further communications from the WBC and will weigh all our options given what has transpired.”
Povetkin, the WBC #1 heavyweight championship contender, tested positive for the substance in a urine test conducted by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on April 27.
In the wake of the news on Friday that Alexander Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and his representatives have been made aware of the WBC’s decision on Sunday that the fight will not occur in Moscow on May 21.
“I’m very disappointed that due to Povetkin’s failed drug test the fight is not going to happen on May 21 in Moscow,” said Deontay Wilder. “I had worked very hard to prepare myself for this important title defense, spending the last two weeks training in England to get accustomed to fighting in Europe. I wanted to give the fans a great show, but we understand the WBC’s position that the fight occur on an even playing field.”
The 30-year-old Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) and his team were supposed to fly to Moscow on Sunday for a week of preparation and promotion leading up to the fight. Now, Wilder will return home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and await further information from the WBC.
“This is a huge disappointment and a setback to my goals in boxing. I want to be an active heavyweight champion and it is still my goal to collect all the belts and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Wilder said.
The Wilder-Povetkin fight is postponed, but the rest of next Saturday’s big boxing card in Moscow presented by promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy’s World Boxing will go on as scheduled with the cruiserweight unification clash between WBA world champion Denis Lebedev (28-1, 21 KOs) and IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) as the new main event.
In other notable fights, cruiserweight contender Dmitry Kudryashov (18-1, 18 KOs) faces Julio Cesar dos Santos (30-5, 27 KOs), cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (24-2, 18 KOs) meets Tamas Lodi (18-6-2, 15 KOs), WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Felix Valera (13-0, 12 KOs) defends against Dmitry Bivol (6-0, 6 KOs), Umar Salamov (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on Bob Ajisafe (16-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title and light heavyweight Stanislav Kashtanov (34-2, 20 KOs) battles Tomasz Gargula (18-1, 5 KOs).
The World Boxing Council is diligently addressing the positive test result from the Clean Boxing Program from mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Keeping the priority of safety and also the principle of justice, the WBC is continuing the investigation of the case. Consequently, the Wilder vs. Povetkin fight scheduled for May 21 in Moscow is hereby officially postponed. The WBC will be informing in the coming days the final ruling on the matter.
By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
The WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title remains vacant after Chicago’s Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (19-1, 13 KOs) and Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-9-2, 12 KOs) Cincinnati, OH, fought to a ten round draw Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The Jimenez-Pryor Jr. contest headlined a nine bout card presented by Chicago promoter, Bobby Hitz.
Make no mistake about it, Aaron Pryor Jr. came to Hammond to win. Mike Jimenez, fighting on the eve of his birthday, was hell-bent on seeing that it didn’t happen. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis “Seveer” Reeves scored an eighth-round technical knockout over Frederick, MD’s Larry “Hitman” Pryor to win the vacant Maryland State Cruiserweight title in the main event of the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The bout was moved to a cruiserweight title because both men weighed in over the light heavyweight limit.
Reeves was very aggressive throughout the contest repeatedly pushing Pryor up against the ropes. Reeves, however, was smothering his punches in the early part of the contest. In the seventh round, Reeves received credit for a knockdown as he found his distance and landed a crushing overhead right to Pryor’s face. The punch made Pryor stumble against the ropes. Referee Brent Bovell ruled a knockdown for Reeves as the ropes kept Pryor from hitting the canvas. Finally, Reeves landed a series of right hands that forced Pryor into a neutral corner. Pryor could not defend himself and Bovell stopped the contest at 42 seconds. (more…)
Photos by Emily Harney
Report: Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett
On May 7, in what was the first boxing event at the new T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scored a spectacular sixth round knockout over Amir “King” Khan of Bolton, England.
It was a banner night for Brazil as the UFC took over Curitiba for one night to showcase the biggest stars and the greatest legends the country has to offer . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #4 Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) is trained by Kevin Barry, who knows his charge will have to be at his best next Saturday to be victorious in his IBF elimination bout against IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City. The winner will earn an IBF championship title bout.
“There’s a lot of interest. We’ve had a growing interest with Joseph in the UK in the last 12 months,” said Barry. “It’s very important for us to not only look good, but to look good and win because then we’re setting ourselves up for the title fight against Joshua at some stage.”
But Barry emphasised the dangers of thinking too far ahead and says the challenge of Takam is enormous. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
After losing two of his last three and coming with a coming within a hair’s breadth of winning both, super-lightweight Guislain “Mani” Maduma (18-2-11KO) got exactly what he was looking for Friday night at Club Metropolis in Montreal. Most importantly, the 31 year-old got back into the win column with a 80-71, 80-71, 80-70 decision over rugged Argentine Cesar Inalef (20-6-2 6KO) scoring a knockdown along the way.
“It was phenomenal effort,” promoter Camille Estephan told Fightnews. He was very calm in the ring, it’s the best I’ve seen him fight.”
“I needed rounds,” Maduma told Fightnews after the contest feeling that lack thereof may have cost him in his last contest, a split decision loss to the hands of Maurice Hooker for the NABO title on the undercard of Glolovkin-Lemieux last October. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African non-White junior lightweight champion Evans Gwiji, who fought as a professional from 1974 to 1982, passed away on May 10 after suffering a stroke nine days earlier. He was 61. Gwiji, who was born in Johannesburg on December 9, 1954 made his professional debut on August 30, 1974 at Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando, Johannesburg and knocked out Philemon Tshabalala in the first round. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Mark Ruddick
Undefeated junior middleweight Brandon Cook (17-0 10KO) fought through a badly cut left eye but managed to convincingly sweep the scorecards in a ten round headline bout at a packed Hershey Centre in Mississauga Saturday night retaining his WBA Inter-Continental belt. The #9 (WBA) ranked fighter clashed heads with opponent Davide Doria (14-4-1 4KO) in the second round opened a cut that was nicely taken care of by his corner but produced a sense of urgency for the local fighter who was over-anxious in looking to finish things before they got any worse.
“I was just trying to knock him out,” Cook said after the fight. “I didn’t listen to my corner and after about the 5th round I started boxing a bit more. I was looking for the big power shot as usual, every fight you learn something about yourself and I just got to throw my punches a bit better to get results.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Former world lightweight title challenger Jonathon “The Last Inca” Maicelo (24-2-1, 12 KOs) moved a step closer to another world title shot, flooring veteran Ramesis Gil (10-15-5, 7 KOs) on his way to a one-sided eight round unanimous decision victory by scores of 79-72 X2 and 80-71 respectively
Former National Golden Gloves champion and highly touted Philly welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis (2-0, 2KOs) needed just twenty-three seconds and a heavy right hook to break the nose of Luis Ramos (0-2), forcing him to the canvas for the TKO victory in his Philly debut. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
In an exciting fight that kept the crowd on its feet, unbeaten super featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (20-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dallas fighter Roberto Marroquin (26-4-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio UAT in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, directly across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. Both fighters visited the canvas in the third round. Two judges scored it close at 96-94 and 96-95, while the third was way off at 98-91.
A bantamweight clash between former female world champion Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) and Ana Maria “Manal” Lozano (12-4-1, 9 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after Rivas suffered a nasty cut over the left optic from an accidental head butt.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten lightweight Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round KO over Daulis Prescott (31-4, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Rodriguez ended a good scrap by dropping Prescott twice in round seven. Time was 2:37.
Unbeaten super featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (19-0, 13 KOs) kept his “0” intact with a fourth round KO over Orlando Rizo (18-7, 11 KOs).
Unbeaten welterweight Arnold Barboza, Jr. (12-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round KO over John Nater (14-8, 10 KOs). Time was :49.
Unbeaten flyweight Carlos Licona (7-0, 2 KOs) hammered out a six round unanimous decision over Cesar Sustaita (3-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54 across the board.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Quetzalcoatl” Periban (25-3-1, 16 KOs) scored a hard fought eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten German “Hombre Lobo” Rafael (10-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in a light heavyweight clash at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. The bout featured good two-way action with Periban winning 79-73, 78-74 on two cards. The third card read 76-76.
WBC International female super flyweight beltholder Mariana “Barby” Juarez (43-8-4, 17 KOs) swept past Tamao Ozawa (10-3, KOs) over ten rounds by scores of 100-90, 3x.
Fabricio Werdum entered the Octagon smiling for his UFC 198 main event Saturday night at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, but it was Stipe Miocic who had the last laugh, as he knocked Werdum out in the first round to win the UFC heavyweight championship . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Craig Wick at ringside
Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (19-1-1, 13 KOs) and Aaron Pryor, Jr. (19-9-2, 12 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw in a bout for the WBC Continental Americas title on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Pryor, the son of Hall of Fame boxer Aaron Pryor, Sr., boxed well throughout and seemed to have the edge, however the late charge of Jimenez kept it close. Scores were 96-94 Pryor Jr. and 95-95 twice.
Unbeaten Chicagoland cruiserweight Tommy Zbikowski (6-0, 4 KOs) needed just 35 seconds to demolish Albert Harkins (1-13, 1 KOs). No competition for former Notre Dame and NFL star Tommy Z as Harkins suffered his 12th KO loss.
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