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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In a showdown of undefeated welterweights, IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter of Akron, Ohio and top rated welterweight “Special K” Kell Brook of Sheffield, England scrapped it out on in front of 7,025 fans Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. Porter was defending his title for the second time coming off a spectacular knockout win over Paul Malignaggi and Brook made the journey “Across the Pond” with purpose of dethroning Porter. (more…)
WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will defend his world titles against WBC interim middleweight beltholder Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio on Saturday, October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and televised Live on HBO. Presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Promociones Del Pueblo, the scheduled 12-round championship battle will headline a card billed as “Mexican Style.”
“I’m very excited to fight in California,” said Golovkin. “I always enjoy attending fights at the StubHub Center and look forward to a “Mexican style” fight against Marco Antonio Rubio.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has commented to Fightnews.com that WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) has returned to the gym to start getting ready for a possible return to the ring in November. The names of of Ishe Ismith and James Kirkland have been mentioned as possible opponents. Although opinion is split regarding the decision in his July loss to Canelo Alvarez, any notion of a direct rematch seems already discarded.
By Graham Houston
Glyn Leach: Boxing Monthly editor will be missed by all who knew him. It’s been 24 hours since I learned of Glyn Leach’s passing at the far too young age of 54 and I still can’t quite get over it. It’s almost as if I’m expecting the phone to ring and to hear his voice: “Well, what did you make of Kell Brook, then?”
Glyn was more than a colleague of many years standing but a true friend. I worked with him in the original offices of Boxing Monthly at Notting Hill Gate in west London from 1991/92, when I was editing the magazine, but in reality I was helping Glyn to make the transition from assistant editor to editor. Glyn took over when I re-crossed the Atlantic in 1992 and he became perhaps the longest-term editor of a boxing magazine that Britain has ever known — a remarkable 22-year run, although it helped that he was his own boss as co-owner of the magazine, after the original publishing company dissolved. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Professional boxing, after a two-year void, is returning to Fairfield, Calif., with a Friday night nine-bout card at the Allan Witt Sports Center. The show, with Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes’ televising, is backed by the usual trio of promoters who introduced pro boxing to the small Northern California town — Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents and Golden Boy Promotions. In the main event, popular local prospect Manuel Avila (15-0) takes on Sergio Frias (15-3-2) of Mexico in a 10-rounder between junior-featherweights.
Also featured is an eight-round TV bout between featherweight Guy Robb (13-1) of nearby Sacramento and Ronell Green (10-0) of Wheeling, W. Va., plus an eight-rounder between heavyweights Gerald Washington (13-0), an ex-USC football player from neighboring Vallejo, and Nagy Aguilera (19-8) of New York, who in a supposed 2009 tuneup for Oleg Maskaev took out the ex-WBC champ in one round.
The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday. Briggs who is being proclaimed by some now as “America’s champion” is in the fifth fight of his comeback in five different states. Briggs’ opponent will be veteran Cory Phelps (16-6-1, 8 KOs) of Kentucky. Phelps was a very late replacement as original opponents were unable to be secured for various reasons. Winston-Salem, North Carolina will be the location this time around. Briggs has garnered worldwide media attention of late including his recent restaurant face off video with current unified world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The video generated more than 4 million views in just 4 days showing the large following and public interest of Briggs’ current comeback. The large media blitz and Briggs’ superb physical conditioning may have led to many opponents turning down fights with him or simply outpricing themselves. Briggs current comeback has been compared to that of former foe and Hall of Famer George Foreman, although unlike Foreman’s comeback there is no television coverage of Briggs’ current fights.
“It has not been the easiest to secure fights. It seems now to me that many opponents are seeing a fight with me as their lottery winning ticket fight. In any event after this fight I want to fight two more times if possible next month. My goal is still the same to fight Wladimir Klitschko and bring the world titles back to America. Until that happens I want to stay as busy as possible,” said Briggs.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Junior welterweight fan favorite John Molina Jr. (27-4, 22 KOs) of Covina, California is ready to get back in the ring when he takes on former world champion Mexican veteran Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime. Fightnews.com caught up with the slugger at the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in Industry, California as he prepares for the always tough Soto.
“Training is going well, we are working implementing on whatever is necessary for my style,” Molina Jr. told Fightnews.com. He has now relocated his training headquarters from the Goossen Gym in Van Nuys to the Who’s Next Boxing Gym working with his father John Molina Sr. and Jose Santa Cruz, father and trainer of WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and former WBC lightweight champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC interim middleweight world champion Marco Antonio Rubio is already in Oxnard, California to start his preparation for his next fight with trainer Robert Garcia. Rubio is aiming at a possible fight with WBA champion Gennady Golovkin on October 18 in the Los Angeles area, but that bout isn’t yet official. “I want to fight the best,” said Rubio. “I’m ready for the big fights and I’m eager to train and play to win.”
Two Olympic boxing gold medalists, Wladimir Klitschko, Olympic Champion 1996 in Atlanta, and Anthony Joshua, Olympic Champion 2012 in London, are currently in Going, Austria, where Joshua is working as one of Wladimir Klitschko’s sparring partners for his upcoming fight against Kubrat Pulev. In addition to Joshua, Klitschko’s sparring partners include Emmanuel Nwodo, Dorsette Barnwell, Malik Scott, Kevin Johnson, Lago Kiladze, Dellian White and Wladimir Tereshkin.
Klitschko is getting ready for a home match in Hamburg. Klitschko-Pulev will take place at the o2 World, Hamburg, Germany on September 6th.
Let’s talk reach advantage.
Moments prior to a UFC bout, the phrase “Tale of the Tape” is spoken and it is accompanied by a graphic highlighting the two fighters’ age, nationality, height, weight, and reach. On average, a fighter’s height from head-to-toe equals a fighter’s reach, or wingspan from fingertip-to-fingertip. It’s not uncommon to see fighters with lanky arms extending their reach by a few inches more than their given height . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Rocky Morales
Saturday afternoon at the Carson Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA, Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz and Alfredo Angulo met with the media to discuss their upcoming bouts on the September 13th “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ event to be shown by Showtime PPV.
Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
Boytsov set to return Aug 30 after Leapai disaster: “It was embarrassing to lose against such a man”
Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KOs) returns August 30 against Timur Musafarov (6-1, 5 KOs) in the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westfalen, Germany. The bout will be Boytsov’s first fight under trainer Karsten Röwer and his first fight since his upset loss to Alex Leapai last November. “I’m still ashamed of myself for what happened at the end of 2013,” said Boytsov. “I had this objective in mind the whole time: Klitschko vs. Boytsov.” Boytsov claims he wasn’t completely recovered from a knee injury that for forced the fight with Leapai to be postponed for one month. “This was just bad luck. But I didn’t want to make excuses right after the fight. Nevertheless, it was embarrassing to lose against such a man.” (more…)
22 year old super bantamweight, Jesse Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KO’s) has created quite a buzz with his impressive performances inside the ring. Magdaleno, considered a blue chip prospect right out of the amateurs, is looking forward to a future full of world title belts and great boxing moments.
Magdaleno, promoted by Top Rank, spoke to us from his home base in Las Vegas where he shared his thoughts on his career and hopes.
Why did you choose boxing as a profession?
I started out as a soccer player and I loved it, but once I got into boxing, I knew this was the sport for me. I like being in the ring one on one. It’s all on you once you’re in there. I also love the ritual of going to the gym and preparing for battle. I love everything about the sport. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Unbeaten Vasiliy Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) is the new light-heavyweight sensation in the professional boxing world. The Russian destroyer impressively made his debut in the USA on the NBC Sport Network ten days ago, stopping KO artist and world ranked Robert Berridge (24-2-1 20 KO) in five rounds to win the WBO Oriental and PABA belts. Vasiliy spoke exclusively to Fightnews from his motherland Russia.
Mr. Lepikhin, did you expect such a convincing win over Berridge, who was on a nine KO win streak?
I never think before my bouts how I will win. The knockout came by itself. I am always looking for the moment. My tactical composure, since the first bell was to be the first one to attack. (more…)
Photo: Team Beltran
NABO lightweight titleholder “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion Terrance Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) for the world title on November 29 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The bout will headline an HBO telecast.
Crawford is coming from a huge win over previous undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa. Raymundo’s last fight was was a ten round unanimous decision against Arash Usmanee on the undercard of Pacquiao-Bradley 2 back in April. Prior to that, he fought a highly controversial split decision draw with then WBO champion Ricky Burns.
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The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2014, all of who will be honored at a banquet October 3rd at Mystic Lake Casino. The banquet is the fifth annual. Boxers Bobby Rodriguez and Al Andrews were selected in the Hall of Fame’s modern category. Jack Gibbons and King Tut were elected from the Old Timer Category, reserved for those who excelled in the sport before 1945. Jim O’Hara and Jim Morgan, two highly-respected individuals in state boxing for decades, represent the Expanded Category.
The Hall of Fame will honor also this year, for the first time, a fighter and a promoter of the year. This year’s honorees are Caleb Truax as outstanding boxer and Tony Grygelko as the year’s outstanding promoter. (more…)
Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi has been named the mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation (‘IBF’) to cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez. According to the IBF, the world title bout must take place by December 31, 2014. Hernandez, 29-1-0 (14KO’s), won a split decision over Firat Arslan this past Saturday, August 16 in Erfurt, Germany in the fourth defense of his title.
2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis will get a “last chance” to work his way back to the top of the world rankings. The Cuban defector who suffered a bad knee injury in the first round of his WBC heavyweight championship bout against Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 lost to US ring veteran Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in his last bout in March 2014. Many fans and experts thought that former amateur standout Solis was done after the majority decision loss. But now the 34-year-old wants revenge and will try to get back at Thompson in an October rematch.
“The contracts are signed, we’re ready to go”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Now Solis has to show what he’s made of. I am sure that he can beat Thompson. But their first bout showed that he needs the right attitude and a lot of stamina to do so. This is the last chance for both men. It’s do or die. After beating Solis, Thompson lost to Carlos Takam. Still both men are rated in the WBC top 15. So the winner can move up the rating and get in line for another world title shot – the loser should probably just retire.” (more…)
Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) sees action in the main televised boxing match of the week. Trout returns against two-time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3-1 (26 KOs) in the main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. After his career highlight win over Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in December 2012, Trout dropped decisions to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. “Between the rest, dealing with everything from last year, I’m ready to get back to work,” said Trout. “I’m ready to get back to the top.” Trout is trained by Louie Burke and advised by Al Haymon.
The Goossen Promotions fight card will be the final FNF telecast of 2014, other than a special Wednesday night telecast on October 1.
Former world light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) is now looking for another fight after a proposed September 27 world title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson failed to come to fruition. Campillo and Umberto Savigne were the names under discussion until the planned Showtime-telecast was scuttled. The IBF #2, WBC #9 rated Campillo is coming off a career-rejuvenating victory over formerly undefeated Thomas Williams Jr., on August 1.
With a bid of $1.9 million, Roc Nation Sports served notice that they are serious about the fight game, surprisingly winning the right to promote the mandatory defense of WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov. The bid of Roc Nation, represented by Dave Itskowitch, was $1,904,840, outdistancing the bids of Quillin’s promoter Golden Boy ($1,207,000) and Korobov’s promoter Top Rank ($515,000). The fight must take place with 90 days.
Roc Nation Sports, the sports management company founded by rapper Jay Z that represents a number of athletes in baseball, football and basketball, has hired former DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch and plans to get into the boxing promotion business. The company reportedly already has a promoter’s license in New York and Washington DC.
By Robert Coster
The Featherweight division is admittedly one of the most talent-filled and exciting in boxing today. One of its newest talents is WBA (regular) champion Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters. Walters (24-0, 20 KOs), born in Jamaica and based in Panama, is a young man who is starting to make a name for himself since his impressive five round destruction of multi-division champion Vic Darchinyan.
“The Axeman” is currently training in Los Angeles under the guidance of trainer Rudy Hernandez, a move which signals Team Walters’ intention of getting their champion in the best of shape for a scheduled title defense in late October. Onlookers at Walter’s sparring sessions have been impressed by the young Jamaican champion’s strength and power. Fightnews approached Team Walters with pointed questions to manager Jacques Deschamps (flanked by co-manager Maryse Abraham), trainer Hernandez and the champion himself. (more…)
Junior welterweight world champion Danny Garcia has been named the “2013 Philly Fighter of the Year” by PhillyBoxingHistory.com. It is the third consecutive year Garcia has taken the honor. In 2013, Garcia defended his world title twice, including a career-best performance against Lucas Matthysse last September. That upset victory will also earn Garcia a second trophy, the Briscoe Medal, for the “2013 Performance of the Year” at this year’s event.
Garcia and all the other winners will receive their awards on October 19, 2014, at a free event in South Philadelphia. (more…)
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