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By Karl Freitag
The belated ruling by the AIBA allowing professional boxers to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, which came after most countries were deep into their qualification process, has sent a handful of pros scrambling for Olympic spots.
Unbeaten WBO #7 heavyweight contender Michael Wallisch (16-0, 10 KOs) has applied to the German Amateur Boxing Federation for a place on the German Olympic team. The problem is for Wallisch is that AIBA boxer and 2012 Olympian Erik Pfeifer long ago qualified for the Rio Games in 2015.
GB Boxing, the British amateur boxing ruling body, has rejected WBA #2, WBC #3, IBF #6 middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) for their team in favor of amateur boxer Anthony Fowler, who has already qualified for the Rio Games.
As previously reported, it looks like IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) will likely land a spot on the Russian Olympic team.
USA Boxing, which governs amateur boxing in the United States, announced in a press release that they “appreciate AIBA’s continuing efforts toward the evolution of international boxing, and we recognize that the admission of professional boxers is an inevitable development. However, USA Boxing’s Olympic Selection procedures, on which our amateur athletes have relied for the past two years, preclude us from making the last minute changes that would be required to invite professionals to compete.” So no U.S. pros will be competing.
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Three-time WBO jr lightweight champion champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) looked sharp in a media workout on Wednesday at the Mendez Gym in New York City. They collide Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in a bout televised by HBO. Also showing their skills furing the workout were WBO #2 lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs), his opponent J.J. Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs), two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou SHiming, unbeaten featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz, unbeaten super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (12-0, 9 KOs), and unbeaten super lightweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (18-0, 10 KOs). photos
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WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman opened training camp to media Wednesday in St. Petersburg as he prepares to defend his title against former world champion Shawn Porter on June 25 on Showtime at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Thurman worked out at St. Pete Boxing Club along with longtime trainer Dan Birmingham.
Keith Thurman: “I’m ready for Shawn Porter. We’re going to box harder, box stronger and box better. I will be the better man. Training is the fundamentals of getting one prepared. We’ve always known that Shawn Porter was going to come into this fight in tremendous shape. That’s what his training methods are all about. But the Energizer Bunny has never been hit by Keith Thurman, and I’m pretty sure I could stop it in its tracks.
“I’m going for the knockout. I’ve stated it before. My hands are itching for a knockout. I’m ‘One Time,’ all the time. That’s my philosophy. Every single time I step into the ring I’m looking for the knockout. We don’t get paid for overtime. I want to be the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. That’s my ultimate goal. There have only been so many in the history of boxing. I want to be a part of that history.” (more…)
Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime
“The guys I’m sparring with now are 10 times better than Anthony Joshua himself,” says undefeated heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) participating in an open media workout at Crossroads Boxing Gym in Ontario, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon. Breazeale challenges IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on June 25 from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME.
“I think that it’s going to be one of those situations that it is not going to be a difference of size or weight,” stated the 6’7 Breazeale. “It’s going to be the difference of skill and experience. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA#13 lightweight George Kambosos (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Isa Nampepeche (23-6-4, 10 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round Pan Asian Boxing Association title bout at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Kambosos controlled the fight as he scored with accurate left jabs and powerful right hands on his mobile opponent. Kambosos stepped up the pace in round four and visibly hurt the Tanzanian with solid combinations. At the conclusion of the round the cornerman of Nampepeche retired their charge.
Kambosos said “I’m ready to fight the best lightweights in world. I would like to thank former world champion Lovemore Ndou who has helped me with excellent sparring session for the past two months.” (more…)
Bounce TV will carry Muhammad Ali’s farewell procession through the streets of Louisville and his memorial service live, uninterrupted and commercial-free this Friday. Bounce TV’s coverage will begin at 9AM ET with the procession, which will take Ali on a final journey through his beloved hometown of Louisville, passing memorable landmarks in his life, including his childhood neighborhood and the Muhammad Ali Center. Bounce TV will also air the memorial service scheduled for 2PM ET, which will include eulogies by former President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
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IBF top ranked 122-pound contender, Japan’s stylish southpaw Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) will face unbeaten KO artist, IBF#2 Jonahan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs), from Dominican Republic, in quest of the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt vacated by Carl Frampton in Osaka, Japan, on July 20. It was announced by Kyoei Promotions on Monday. Wake, whose trademark is well-decorated regent hair, said, “Before my hair gets disheveled I wish to finish Guzman.” Guzman’s nickname is Solomon King. Where will the crown go, either on Solomon King’s head or over Wake’s regent hair?
On the same show, WBA flyweight champ Hiroki Ioka (19-1, 11 KOs), an excellent boxer-puncher, will defend his belt against Nicaraguan Kyvin Lara (18-1-1, 6 KOs) in the main event under the co-promotion of Ioka Promotions at Edion Arena Osaka.
By Marco Bratusch
The IBF has officially informed that undefeated #2 rated Errol Spence Jr (20-0, 17 KOs) and #7 Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) have agreed to fight each other in an eliminator bout to become the new IBF mandatory welterweight challenger. Bundu was the highest ranked available contender to express his interest to face Spence for the #1 spot. Italian sources have confirmed to this writer that negotiations between Spence manager Al Haymon and Bundu promoter Mario Loreni are already progressing toward a deal, with a fight between the two possibly landing in the USA in August. The camps will have until June 22 to finalize a private deal to avoid a purse bid. (more…)
Maynard Communications has been hired by Hennessy Sports to provide PR support to the world heavyweight championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 at the Manchester Arena. Mick Hennessy CEO of Hennessy Sports and co-promoter K2 Promotions are promoting the super-fight titled “Repeat or Revenge,” with HBO televising in the U.S. and BoxNation broadcasting in the UK. Richard Maynard, owner of Maynard Communications, previously worked for 17 years under Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren until his departure last month to create a specialist boxing and sports PR agency.
Due to visa problems, Guillermo Rigondeaux was unable to arrive in the UK to take part in his contracted fight against British champion Jazza Dickens on March 12 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Seems like it all worked out for the better though. Since that time, Rigondeaux has been reinstated as WBA super bantamweight world champion, and according to the Miami El Nuevo Herald, Rigo has his UK visa in hand and a July 16 date to finally fight Dickens at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales. And this time the bout will be for a world title.
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “El Zurdo” Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico is set to make the first defense of his title when he takes on Dominik Britsch (32-1-1, 11 KOs) of Germany on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO PPV. “I’m happy to be defending my title. I know nothing about my opponent, all I know is that I am training really hard for this fight,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com®.
After winning the title this past April, Ramirez went back to train in his hometown of Mazatlan, then resumed his camp in Southern California working with his longtime team of Jesus and Hector Zapari in preparation for the German challenger.
“I am training here in the area in Long Beach for this fight,” Ramirez said. “This preparation will be like every other. Training really hard to be ready for what my opponent has.” (more…)
Super middleweight contender George Groves believes he will beat Martin Murray and send him into retirement when the pair clash in an eliminator for the WBA title at London’s O2 Arena on June 25. Murray has lost in four world title shots – three at middleweight and one at super middleweight – and Groves has failed in three cracks at the super middleweight crown. Groves was quick to point out that Murray had been hand-picked for his shots, and he believes he’ll beat Murray and leave his career in tatters.
“I think if he loses he will think about packing it in,” said George. “I can’t speak for Martin but he’s older than me and he’s exhausted all the natural things that a fighter can do to win a world title. He didn’t pull it off at middleweight, he’s moved up to super middleweight and he’s had a crack at Arthur Abraham, and I think he let himself down there. He’s got the domestic dust-up that he’s craved and that’s what is motivating him for this fight, if he doesn’t win then I don’t know where he goes from there. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (60-10, 50 KOs) will face Christopher Martin (29-7-3, 9 KOs) on June 18 at the Deportivo Agustin Ramos Millan in Toluca, Mexico. The WBC #5 super featherweight Gonzalez figures to be a big favorite over Martin, but the San Diego fighter has promised to bring it. “Jhonny is a fighter with lots of experience,” said Martin, “he has faced tough opponents, he’s intelligent and very fast, but don’t think that I’ll hold back. Tell him to be careful because if the knockout is there, I’ll go for it!” Gonzalez is the current WBC International Silver super featherweight beltholder, but that title might not be on the line since Martin has lost four of his last five.
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Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and undefeated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo both arrived at the hotel in New York City at the same time on Tuesday. WBO #2 rated Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs) faces Juan Jose ‘Piquet’ Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) in Saturday’s HBO co-feature in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Vasyl Lomachenko meets Rocky Martinez for the WBO jr lightweight world title in the main event. Roach trains two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming of China, who tops the undercard lineup and will be making his U.S. debut.
Roach and Shiming later visited Associated Press Headquarters, then worked out at Mendez Boxing Gym in Manhattan. More photos…
HBO Sports returns to Russia for the first time since 2013 to present world light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s title defense against challenger Isaac Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) on Monday, July 11 from the DIVS Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The bout will be tape delayed and air at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Two days earlier, the network will televise the rematch between WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former titlist Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester, England. That bout will be shown live.
A Team Promotions hosted an open media workout on Monday at Bix Six Academy in Providence for undefeated former world champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), who is finalizing preparations for this Saturday’s 12-round WBC super welterweight eliminator against Willie “The Great” Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, in one of three fights on Showtime from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
“I’m putting myself in the best position to fight for the WBO or WBC title,” said Andrade. “There are rumors of Canelo fighting (WBO champion Liam) Smith. Let me fight Smith and the winner gets Canelo. Or let me fight Canelo with the winner getting Smith…I’m going to knock out the Charlo twins. Both guys have fought on Showtime, so those fights shouldn’t be too difficult to make. Once I take care of business with the Charlo twins, I’ll fight Lara (WBA champion) to clean up the division.” (more…)
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Undefeated Ghanaian star Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) is set to face Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Lightweight title.
The often-avoided fighter, who is mandatory challenger for the IBF strap, was anticipating a showdown with champion Rances Barthlemey, and was ringside to watch the Cuban defend his title against Mickey Bey last Friday.
However, yesterday the IBF announced that Barthlemey has opted to vacate the title rather than face Commey, and have now ordered the 29 year-old to meet Easter Jr, the next highest ranked contender, for the vacant belt.
Both parties have agreed to the fight in writing and have until July 6 to come to an agreement before the IBF calls for purse bids.
Speaking today at a press conference at the Kempiski Hotel in Accra, Ghana, Commey expressed his delight at landing his long-awaited World title shot. (more…)
“Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will kick off its Summer Season Friday, June 24 from the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. The main event will feature a clash between world ranked contenders when WBO Latin super flyweight Champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez of Mexico City, Mexico faces interim Champion David “Gabo” Quijano of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds. Rodriguez (26) ranked #15 WBO, is a series favorite having fought 6 times only losing twice to world ranked contender David Carmona in highly competitive encounters and has a pro record of 13-3, 4 KOs. Quijano (29) on the other hand is ranked #14 WBO, in his last fight defeated Daniel Lozano in the same ring at the A La Carte to capture the interim title and his right to face Rodriguez bringing his record to 16-5-1, 9 KOs. (more…)
Spain isn´t used to seeing big names in their rings. But, on June 18th, Fight Club Albacete in association with Punch Boxing Promotions will present an interesting event at the Pabellón de la Feria in the city of Albacete, with six professional fights including the comeback of welterweight Thomas Dulorme (22-2, 14 KOs) after his defeat against Terence Crawford last year. The Puerto-Rican star is currently training in Spain and wants to reboot his career after more than a year of inactivity. Dulorme will face Jesús “Pantera” Gurrola (22-8-3, 10 KOs) in an eight rounder.
In other action, super lightweight Aik Shakhnazaryan (17-2, 8 KOs) faces Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (24-8-2, 24 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the WBA International belt. Lightweight Vage Sarukhanyan (13-1-1, 2 KOs) meets former world champion Gamaliel “El Plátano” Díaz (39-14-3, 18 KOs). And unbeaten super lightweight Manvel Sargsyan (12-0, 8 KOs) will fight against Texan Juan Ocura (11-4, 4 KOs).
Former world champion Canelo Alvarez took the stand Monday in Miami to testify in the trial over a long simmering contractual dispute. Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. of All Star Boxing is seeking damages from Canelo for breach of contract and from Golden Boy Promotions for tortious interference by signing Canelo when he was still under contract. Canelo acknowledged he signed the document presented in court, but testified he didn’t understand it since it was written in English. Zabala, who is seeking $27 million in damages, testified last week.
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (51-7, 33 KOs) will face Dmytro Kucher (23-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant EBU European cruiserweight title on Friday night at the famed York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. Maccarinelli is coming off the back of a brutal knockout win over Roy Jones Jr. in Moscow last December.
The same night, super lightweight Kristian “Mr Reliable” Laight (11-225-7, 0 KOs) could be eyeing a rare win when he faces Andy “Thunder” Harris (3-33-1, 0 KOs) at the Grange Leisure Centre in Swindon, England.
WBO #15 super middleweight Jürgen Doberstein (20-2-1, 6 KOs) will take on #5 rated Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) on July 15th at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbrücken, Germany. Both the WBA and WBO Inter-Continental titles will be at stake. Also on the card is local flyweight Mirco Martin (5-0, 1 KO).
Just one week after a loss to Jon Kays, welterweight ‘Smokin’ Ibrar Riyaz (4-98-4, 2 KOs) moved closer to the 100 loss club with a six round decision setback to Tommy Tear (12-1, 1 KO) last Saturday in London. The quite active Riyaz has now fought nine times in 2016.
Did anyone actually believe all that talk of Floyd Mayweather fighting UFC star Conor McGregor?
Strength and conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia says welterweight Phil LoGreco (27-2, 15 KOs) is ready for Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) this Sunday on BounceTV in Lakeland, Florida. “He’s ready, he’s on weight, and I don’t see any problems at all. I’m 100% confident he will be victorious Sunday night.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO jr welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, will have his toughest test when he takes on undefeated WBC champion “The Ice Man” Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine, in a unification bout on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
“It’s going to be big. I’m going in there and putting on a spectacular show and showing everybody that I belong here,” Crawford told Fightnews.com®. “I have to make a statement on July 23rd.”
Crawford will be training for the fight in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska under the watchful eye of his longtime trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre. (more…)
WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 10 KOs) hopes WBA (super) and IBF cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) will go through with a WBA-mandated unification fight this summer. “I have heard rumors that Lebedev doesn’t want to fight me and, if this is true and he relinquishes his WBA super belt, then I want to fight (WBA interim champion Yunier) Dorticos because every organization should only have one champion in each division. I hope this isn’t the case, as I have been waiting to fight Lebedev since I won the WBA interim title (mandatory) back in July of 2015. The WBA has ordered us to fight within 120 days of May 21st. I am ready, willing and able to fight him and I hope he is ready, too.”
When asked if he thinks a deal will be made between his manager Al Haymon and Lebedev’s promoter Andrei Ryabinsky, or will it go to purse bid, Shumenov stated, “It doesn’t concern me, whether it goes to a purse bid, or where the location is. However, I hope the parties can get the best deal worked out for everyone involved.”
Word from the camp of current heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on the passing of the legendary former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali:
By Peter Fury
We, like everyone else, got news of Muhammad Ali’s passing on Saturday morning. It hit us hard. The man was a living legend. It’s always sad to lose a great champion and they don’t come much greater than Muhammad Ali. It was a sad day for everybody in boxing and everybody in the world. As a little lad growing up, we always used to watch Ali on the TV or listen to his fights on the radio. He was a big part of our lives and a great ambassador for the sport; us young kids definitely looked up to him.
Tyson and Hughie also looked up to him the way we did. He was a gift passed down the generations. It didn’t matter whether you watched him during his prime or not. He was the kind of fighter who will never be forgotten. A great fighter and an even greater human being. (more…)
Legendary streetfighter and pro boxer Kimbo Slice, a.k.a. Kevin Ferguson, has died. ET is reporting that the 42-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack. Tweets by Slice’s promoter Gary Shaw and MMA broadcaster Mauro Ranallo were first indicators that Slice had passed. CBS 12 in West Palm Beach then confirmed the sad news. Earlier today, TMZ Sports reported that Slice had been hospitalized in Florida in “dire condition,” and later also confirmed Slice’s death.
Slice first made his name as an Internet streetfighting phenomenon, then as a popular MMA fighter. However, between August 2011 and January 2013, Slice compiled an unbeaten 7-0 record with six knockouts as a heavyweight in the boxing ring. His most recent fight was an MMA scrap against Dada 5000 in February.
We lost a great dear friend.As mean as he was inside the ropes and inside the cage, that is how nice and great he was, as a friend. Miss you
— gary shaw (@boxing1111) June 7, 2016
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) June 7, 2016
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Undefeated lightweight prospect and one of the most popular boxers in the Bay Area, Andy “El Tiburon” Vences of San Jose, California, is set to return to the ring on Saturday, July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California in a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” show presented by Top Rank.
Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) will be looking for his second win of 2016 when he takes on Moises Delgadillo (15-15-2, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight round bout.
Vences, 25, last fought on February 13 of this year in Studio City, California and took home a eight round unanimous decision win over Yardley Juarez of Mexico.
“I wanted the knockout and worked hard to get it, but Juarez did not want to fight and was happy to survive. It was frustrating, but as a boxer you know you can’t knock everyone out and at the end of day it was good to go eight rounds and I felt great,” said Vences. (more…)
DiBella Entertainment has announced that it has partnered with Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to stage a summer boxing series. “New England Broadway Boxing” will kick off next month, on Thursday, June 30th, with a card headlined by undefeated, world-rated super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa (22-0, 10 KOs) vs. TBA. The series will follow up with its second installment on Thursday, July 21st. The summer series will close out with its final edition sometime in the second half of August. “Foxwoods is one of the great venues for boxing on the East Coast and our (DBE) home away from home in the New England area. We are thrilled to have partnered with our great friends at the Northeast’s premier resort destination to be doing a summer series, featuring some of boxing’s best talent as well as some of the most promising young fighters out of the New England area,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Aussie lightweight champion Val Borg (12-2, 8 KOs) is a major draw card and talks to Fightnews.com® about wins over IBF #4 Jeff Horn and WBA #13 George Kambosos in the amateur ranks and promises he’ll be back in world ratings soon.
Super middleweight Martin Murray has warned George Groves he’s going to drag him into deep waters and make him crumble when they face-off in a WBA eliminator at London’s O2 on June 25. “I train for fights to go all the way and take my opponents into deep waters,” said Murray. “I’ve shown that I have got a good engine and can sustain a good work rate over 12 rounds. George has stamina issues, that’s well known, the fight favours me late on with him fading and my high work rate over 12 rounds, but it favours him early with his power and I know that, and it makes for an exciting fight.
“I have one of the best defences in world boxing, I’ve been in with better fighters than George who have not been able to get rid of me and I am that confident in this fight that the only way he can beat me is if I lose concentration and get caught with something stupid early. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
There is no other topic that could be proper for this week’s column. Muhammad Ali has gone onto the path of no return and the world’s response is the greatest memorial one could have – the world has crowned him as “The Greatest of All-Time.” The reaction that has taken place is a celebration of life for a man who changed the world of sports both inside and outside the ring, and a man who fought for his convictions, values and principles, who overcame so many obstacles to make a change and leave a better world for many.
My father, Jose Sulaiman, used to tell a story from one conversation with Muhammad. Ali saw humanity as eternal life, comparing it with all the grains of sand in the desert. Ali said he would paint one grain per year he lived, and then throw them into the desert to see his passing through life with colors until the wind of time would blow them away into eternity. Those 74 grains which Ali has dropped into the desert will certainly be seen by generations to come. (more…)
Looks like IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) could be the first top professional boxer to announce his participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Beterbiev’s promoter Yvon Michel has confirmed that Beterbiev has “major interest” in competing in the Olympics. Beterbiev’s trainer Marc Ramsay also stated that he supports Beterbiev 100%. Beterbiev scored a fourth round KO over Ezequiel Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs) last Saturday night at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.
On Monday, Beterbiev tweeted the following message:
By Miguel Maravilla
We already knew WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido were must-see TV. But their awe-inspiring twelve round war for the ages on Saturday night at the StubHub Center (also known as “The War Grounds”), surpassed our wildest expectations.
“Tonight we witnessed the fight of the year,” said promoter Oscar De La Hoya at the post-fight press conference. No one in attendance disagreed. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
“There are so many great fighters in the light heavyweight division that one mistake takes you out of the pack running for the title for a long time,” says trainer Sam Colonna. “Fonfara knows that well preparing for Smith Jr.” Colonna is training “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) to take on little-known Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) on June 18 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion in a clash that will be televised on NBC in primetime.
How difficult is to prepare the #2 WBC-ranked fighter Fonfara against an opponent who has managed to stay out of the limelight?
Not easy, but no one ever told me, or Andrew, that life in boxing is supposed to be easy. It’s just like Andrew said himself, nobody knew who he was before the Glen Johnson bout. One win changes everything. This is the story of boxing anyway. There’s almost nothing about Smith Jr. on the Internet – maybe a couple of rounds on YouTube. I spoke about this guy with some of my friends who did see him fighting live to get more info about what we’re up against. For me, Joe Smith Jr. is a better version of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. – better because Smith is accustomed to fighting at 175, hits harder and will be better prepared. I’m expecting an interesting fight. Somewhat, I’m under the impression that Smith’s people are underestimating what Fonfara can do in the ring. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Hall of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan who called the “Rumble in the Jungle” (Ali vs. Foreman) and the “Thrilla in Manila” (Ali vs. Frazier III) talked to Fightnews.com to pay his respects on the passing of the “Greatest of All-Time”
Muhammad Ali. “It is so humbling to think I will be in the International Hall Of Fame, it is with great sadness that we lay to rest the ‘Greatest Of All Time’ in Muhammad Ali this week,” said the Colonel.
“Within this same week, I will be alongside Ali and so many other greats on the very same ‘Hall Of Fame’ walls. Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston was the very first professional fight I ever saw, when I was asked to sell Coca-Cola at the fight in Miami Beach. As a youngster at that fight, I was so overwhelmed by the man who would become Muhammad Ali along with the entire boxing scene. What an influence Ali had on me. (more…)
Professional boxing is set for Saturday night at the Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie Pa as Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzarro Promotions features the comeback of Lorain, Ohio welterweight sensation Wilkins “The Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-1-2, 2KOs) as he faces Pittsburgh, PA upset artist, Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-14-4) in the six round main event. The nine bout card will also include a six round contest as undefeated lightweight Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice (4-0, 3KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio battles it out with Puerto Rico’s Edgardo Rivera (7-2-2, 5KOs). (more…)
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