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The kick-off press conference took place Wednesday for the November 12 European light heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Mehdi Amar and Robert Stieglitz at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Two-time world super middleweight champion Stieglitz is moving to light heavyweight and will immediately challenge for the Euro title. MDR will televise the fight live in Germany.
Robert Stieglitz: “I’m excited because I haven’t had this title. Of course, it’s an advantage for me to box at home and I hope for the support of the Magdeburg boxing fans. At super middleweight I was long tormented with making weight. Now I have no problem and I’m always in a good mood. I want to win this fight to bring the European light heavyweight title back to Germany. I still lack the European championship belt in my collection.”
Mehdi Amar: “I know Robert Stieglitz very well. He’s a high quality opponent. I respect him, but I’m going to win and keep the title. My battle cry is ‘Victory or Death.'” (more…)
The kick-off press conference took place Wednesday for the November 12 European light heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Mehdi …
Boxing superstar Adrien Broner will not be prosecuted for allegedly pulling a gun on a man and violently robbing him earlier this year … TMZ Sports has confirmed … Broner was charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery after allegedly getting into a fight over a bet at a Cincinnati bowling alley back in January. A jury trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but according to a Hamilton County court clerk, the prosecutor’s witness was a no-show … so the judge dropped the charges. Broner was present in court with his lawyer.
It seems like AB is completely off the hook in this case — the alleged victim dropped his civil suit against him a few months ago. A rep for the boxer tells us, “We are happy that the charges were dropped. It was a major setback, but we’re glad we can move on from this and focus on getting AB back in the ring.”
By TMZSports.com Boxing superstar Adrien Broner will not be prosecuted for allegedly pulling a gun on a man and violently …
Denis Lebedev will defend his WBA Super World and IBF World cruiserweight titles over a scheduled 12 rounds against Murat Gassiev in Moscow (the exact venue to be determined) on Saturday, December 3.
The 37-year-old Russian champ is a 15-year pro, though out of the ring from ’05 to ’07 (29-2, 22 KOs), who won the interim WBA World cruiserweight title in November 2011 by beating James Toney via unanimous decision. The southpaw was upgraded to “regular” championship status in October 2012. He lost the title in May 2013, kayoed by Guillermo Jones in the 11th, but was awarded the belt after Jones was stripped five months later. Upon stopping Victor Emilio Ramirez by second-round TKO this May, Lebedev was declared “super” champion, gaining the IBF strap at the same time. (more…)
Denis Lebedev will defend his WBA Super World and IBF World cruiserweight titles over a scheduled 12 rounds against Murat …
Trey Lippe Morrison is 11-0 with 11 knockouts. He is the son of the late former world heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison and is trained by Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym. This Friday, the 26-year-old Morrison makes his television debut when he faces fellow unbeaten and Roc Nation prospect Ed Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs) on Showtime’s ShoBox quadrupleheader from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
“He inherited his father’s punch,” said Roach. “He’s a big puncher. He’s learned how to box and is getting better every day. He tries hard. I like the way he’s progressing. He holds his own with some of the veteran guys here at the gym and is doing very well. (more…)
Trey Lippe Morrison is 11-0 with 11 knockouts. He is the son of the late former world heavyweight champion Tommy …
DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has added undefeated light heavyweight prospect Joseph Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, to its stable of boxers. “Having seen Williams fight a few times, I am very impressed,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “He is a big, strong kid and has tremendous power in both hands. He is managed by my good friend David McWater and we feel that Joseph has the potential to do big things in his career.”
The signing of Williams adds to a formidable roster of light heavyweights for DBE, which includes Edwin Rodriguez (28-2, 19 KOs), Cedric Agnew (28-2, 14 KOs), Radivoje Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs), Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs), Luis Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs).
DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has added undefeated light heavyweight prospect Joseph Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, to …
Streaking junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, and Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, will meet in a scheduled eight-round contest Friday evening, Oct. 14, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Farmer-Rizo bout is a major added attraction to the card which already features junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson, of North Philadelphia, against Ismael “Tito” Garcia, of Vineland, NJ, in an eight-round match.
Farmer, 26, is riding a 15-fight win streak and he is the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champ at 130 pounds. He is coming off the best performance of his career, a 10-round whitewashing of highly touted lightweight Ivan Redkach, of Los Angeles, CA, on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (more…)
Streaking junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, and Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, will meet in a scheduled …
Ricky Hatton has backed WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla to triumph his world title clash with Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night. Hatton will be at ringside for the fight in the same arena where he won his first world title against Kostya Tszyu a decade ago. “Where Anthony has come from is a great example,” said Hatton. “It’s not where you start in boxing, it’s where you finish. He lost a six rounder early in his career and to Derry Mathews later on, everyone wrote him off and to achieve what he has is a test of his character. I’m very proud of him. (more…)
Ricky Hatton has backed WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla to triumph his world title clash with Jorge Linares at the …
Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala on October 28 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden has been postponed.
‘’Sadly the fight between Erik Skoglund and Timy Shala has been postponed due to a failed application with the Kampsportsdelegationen (Swedish Martial Arts Delegation),’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.
‘’Obviously we are disappointed, but laws are laws and we have to be respectful of the Swedish laws when it comes to boxing. There was a mix up with the application, which meant it was submitted too late, and we will now be addressing this issue to see how it happened, and to ensure it never happens again.
‘’Unfortunately this means we will have to postpone our scheduled event on October 28 at Rosvalla Arena, but we will announce a new date shortly.’’
A new date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. Alternatively fans should contact Biljettforum to receive a full refund.
Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala on October 28 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, …
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
Former unified world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs) announced at a press conference that he will return to the ring on October 8 in at the Francisco León García Baseball Stadium in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Estrada said he is fully recovered from the injury to his right hand that sidelined him for over a year and he’s ready to face Filipino Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round clash at super flyweight.
Estrada acknowledged that he has renounced both the WBA and WBO flyweight titles and in 2017 will be looking to land fights with super flyweight world champions Román “Chocolatito” González, Naoya Inoue and Nica Concepcion.
Photo: Zanfer Promotions Former unified world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs) announced at a press conference that …
Photo: Mark Robinson Photography/Matchroom Boxing
WBC lightweight champion in recess Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) has promised to bring war against reigning WBA lightweight king Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on Saturday. Last time he fight in the UK, Linares stopped fan favorite Kevin Mitchell in round ten at the O2 Arena in London in May 2015. Linares will challenge for Crolla’s WBA belt with a ceremonial WBC diamond belt also on the line. The winner must face WBC interim champion Dejan Zlaticanin.
“I’m excited to be here,” said Linares. “Believe it or not, I feel like I’m at home because the fans received me well. We’ve been here before, on a similar stage, when we fought Kevin Mitchell. Manchester is different, but the love and respect I’m getting is admirable. (more…)
Photo: Mark Robinson Photography/Matchroom Boxing WBC lightweight champion in recess Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) has …
A WBO heavyweight final eliminator is off between WBO #3 Andy Ruiz and WBO #5 heavyweight Hughey Fury slated for October 29 on the Fury-Klitschko undercard in Manchester, England. Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren announced the fight in his weekly Daily Star column on September 3. However, today Fury’s father and trainer Peter Fury tweeted:
A WBO heavyweight final eliminator is off between WBO #3 Andy Ruiz and WBO #5 heavyweight Hughey Fury slated for …
Responding to recent statements made to the media by Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller that he is a free agent, Dmitriy Salita (Salita Promotions) has responded by confirming that his company’s promotional agreement with Miller is valid and subsisting. Salita also wishes to remind would-be promoters of the valid promotional contract he has with the red-hot heavyweight contender.
In part due to his excellent work, Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) finds his name on lips of boxing fans and experts worldwide, while riding an ever-increasing wave of forward momentum as the next great fighter from Brooklyn to fight for and win the heavyweight championship.
“Unfortunately, this is what happens in boxing,” said Salita. “You bring a guy up from the ground level and when he starts getting up there, the wolves start whispering in his ear.” (more…)
Responding to recent statements made to the media by Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller that he is a free agent, Dmitriy …
In his farewell fight, heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto scored a fifth round TKO over Hungarian Andre Csomor (17-12-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Kelly Automotive Park in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. The 41-year-old Minto ends with a career mark of 42-11 with 27 KOs. Despite being an undersized heavyweight, Minto thrilled boxing fans with his always aggressive style. Good luck to Brian in his future endeavors.
In his farewell fight, heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto scored a fifth round TKO over Hungarian Andre Csomor (17-12-1, 14 …
Ovill McKenzie has been forced to withdraw from his challenge for the IBO World Cruiserweight Championship against Marco Huck on medical grounds. Mckenzie, 36, was due to face Germany’s Huck this Saturday at the Festhalle Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.
“Naturally I am absolutely gutted that I have been forced to pull out of my challenge for the IBO world title,” said McKenzie. “I had been training harder than ever and was in the shape of my life but unfortunately these things happen in boxing…I am sorry to all of my fans who booked tickets, flights and hotels to watch me fight. Medical advice from health professionals cannot be ignored and I believe that we have made the correct decision to withdraw. I hope the fight can be rescheduled.”
Huck is looking for a new opponent. The name Enad Licina has been mentioned as a possibility.
Ovill McKenzie has been forced to withdraw from his challenge for the IBO World Cruiserweight Championship against Marco Huck on …
The first-ever Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round on Bounce TV to take place in Las Vegas hit the jackpot ratings-wise. Last Friday’s show headlined by Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith against Frank “Notorious” Galarza drew a combined 1.3 million viewers during the live telecast and immediate replay.
The normally super-active PBC currently only has one fight card on its upcoming TV schedule, an FS1 show featuring a welterweight clash between Bryant Perrella and Yordenis Ugas. Hopefully more fights will be announced soon.
UniMas will air an October 14 “Solo Boxeo” card featuring Mexico’s Jose Felix Jr. (34-1-1, 26 KOs) vs. Alan “El Explosivo” Herrera (33-8-0, 21 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout at Sportmans Lodge in Studio City, California.
UniMas will also air an October 28 show featuring Detroit super featherweight Erik De Leon (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Brazil’s Aldimar Santos (19-10, 12 KOs). Also on the card: Brazilian Olympian and middleweight Esquiva Falcao (14-0, 11 KOs) vs. TBA. The venue is the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas.
After his win over Gabriel Rosado, middleweight contender Willie Monroe, Jr. is taking aim at a fight against Canelo Alvarez or a shot at the WBO middleweight title.
The first-ever Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round on Bounce TV to take place in Las Vegas hit the …
In a clash of unbeaten super featherweight prospects, Andy Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) will face Casey Ramos (23-0, 6cKOs) in the main event of a ‘Solo Boxeo’ card in Las Vegas at Treasure Island on November 4th, the day before the Manny Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas pay-per-view clash. The fight will be for the WBC Continental Americas title and will be promoted by Top Rank.
The San Jose, California-based Vences trains at Los Gallos Boxing Academy with coach Gabe Flores Sr. in Stockton, CA and travels over a hour one-way to train multiple times a week.
Ramos is also currently running for city council in his hometown of Austin, Texas, as well as attending college while training for this fight on November 4th.
The co-main event is welterweight Alex Saucedo taking on Robert Guerrero sparring partner Raymond Serrano. Also featured on the card is Seanie Monaghan, Steve Nelson and Jesse Hart.
In a clash of unbeaten super featherweight prospects, Andy Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) will face Casey Ramos (23-0, 6cKOs) in …
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) has distributed the following statement to the press:
To quote my attorney, Leon Margules, Esq. from a letter which he addressed to Dmitriy Salita from Star of David Promotions a/k/a Salita Promotions “You are hereby notified that due to your clients’ breaches and its continued and persistent wrongdoings, the Promotional Agreement dated March 15, 2014 with Jarrell Miller is terminated and he is free to seek other opportunities in furtherance of his career”.
After defeating Fred Kassi on August 19, 2016 on ShoBox, my success clearly should have been a time of celebration with the eyes of the boxing world tuned into a coming out party for the future heavyweight champion of the world. Instead, I was forced into the unwanted position of having to consult legal counsel on my promotional status. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) has distributed the following statement to the press: To quote …
Anthony Crolla says Jorge Linares is the best fighter he’s faced – but believes there are flaws he can exploit as they clash for the WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports. Crolla welcomes Linares into his hometown fortress where he’s been victorious in his last two outings.
Linares wowed UK fight fans with his rollercoaster battle with Kevin Mitchell at The O2 last May, climbing off the canvas in the fifth round before stopping the Londoner in the tenth.
“I rate Linares very highly,” said Crolla. “He’s technically brilliant. Everyone in the gym loves to watch him fight, and he’s the kind of fighter young kids should watch.
“He likes to fight at his pace and I can’t allow that. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ve got to take advantage of some weaknesses that I think I’ve seen there. I’m confident I can do that. (more…)
Anthony Crolla says Jorge Linares is the best fighter he’s faced – but believes there are flaws he can exploit …
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Featherweight Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) will face Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez (34-1, 24 KOs) in the co-feature on the October 8 PPV showdown between former world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Also appearing on the card is hard-hitting junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (18-0-1, 14 KOs), who will reappear after a prolonged absence of a couple of years. Opponent TBA.
Previously, Black Tiger Promotions announced that former Olympian flyweight Jantony Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) will return for the first time since August 2015.
Tickets are already on sale.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Featherweight Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) will face Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez (34-1, 24 …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
6’7 giant Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) says he’s confident of victory when he faces IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) on October 1 over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.
“I’m looking forward to winning this fight,” commented the 34-year-old Dimitrenko. “I have nothing to lose in this fight. The pressure is on him, not me. I’m really relaxed. I enjoy being the underdog.”
Dimitrenko also stated that in his opinion Carlos Takam defeated Parker earlier this year. “If the fight was in France then the fight would have gone to Takam,” he said. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron 6’7 giant Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) says he’s confident …
PR Sports in association with Bash Boxing, K-2 Promotions and MainEvents is set to feature their second event on Saturday night at the LA Badminton Club in El Monte California. The 15 bout fight card features a blend of local and international talent pools. The main event features Danish welterweight Kim Poulsen (27-3, 7 KOs) taking on Japanese southpaw Gaku Takahashi (14-6-1, 6 KOs), while the co-main pits former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (25-5, 12 KOs) of nearby Pico Rivera against Ghanese fighter Prosper Ankrah (24-8, 15 KOs). Also, local super welterweight Bryan Flores (5-0, 1 KO) meets Brian True (1-4-1, 1 KO). For ticket information call 714-487-3741 or go to www.labattleclub.com.
PR Sports in association with Bash Boxing, K-2 Promotions and MainEvents is set to feature their second event on Saturday …
Mike McNamara, the Co-Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, has announced the Hall’s 2016 class of inductees. As was the case with the Hall’s first class in 2015, this year’s inductees include a wide range of participants and contributors to boxing in Illinois.
Muhammed Ali – The Greatest! Ali was a resident of Chicago during his most productive professional years and was a huge contributor to the local boxing community.
Jesus Chavez – AKA Gabriel Sandoval, “The Matador” was the former IBF World Lightweight Champion and a 44-8 pro. (more…)
Mike McNamara, the Co-Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, has announced the Hall’s 2016 class of inductees. As …
Unbeaten junior welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (12-0, 11 KOs) returns for the third straight time to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, on Friday night. And he will be looking for this fourth straight knockout over an unbeaten fighter when he takes on Zhimin Wang (7-0, 3 KOs) in a Showtime-televised ten-rounder. The bout will be for the USBA 140lb title (and a world ranking).
Buffalo Run Casino fight fans previously saw Baranchyk destroy unbeaten Nicholas Givhan in 21 seconds, then demolish another unbeaten fighter in Eliseo Cruz Sesma in less than three rounds. “The fans here fell in love with Ivan,” said Promoter Tony Holden, who has promoted fights for more than 25 years. “He’s got a great style that can win over a crowd that may not have known much about him and that’s exactly what he did in his last two fights.”
In August, Holden signed Baranchyk to a co-promotional agreement, working in association with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Friday’s event is already sold out.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (12-0, 11 KOs) returns for the third straight time to the Buffalo Run …
Top Rank has signed two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan to a promotional contract. The 24-year-old Conlan, who fights at bantamweight, won an Olympic bronze in 2012, an amateur world championship in 2015, and was ousted from the 2016 Olympics on a very controversial decision, after which he gave the finger to the officials and blasted corruption in amateur boxing.
— Bob Arum (@BobArum) September 19, 2016
Top Rank has signed two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan to a promotional contract. The 24-year-old Conlan, who fights at bantamweight, …
Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Liam “Beefy” Smith to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on September 17, 2016.
After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Canelo does not need surgery and the prognosis is excellent.
Canelo’s hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016.
According to Golden Boy Promotions, this does nothing to Canelo’s plans to move up and take on the best in the middleweight division next year.
Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory …
Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, professional matchmaker Don Elbaum, along with boxing celebrities and the World Boxing Council have announced the October 1st pro boxing event “Fight For Flint.”
The World Boxing Council, led by President, Mauricio Sulaiman, has donated all services and waived all fees, to put on Alicia Ashley’s World Championship title defense to raise money and awareness for one of the most challenged areas in the USA.
Fight For Flint will bring vital hope and support to individuals and families, served through Catholic Charities’ three community-based Soup Kitchens, three sandwich programs and a large Community closet of personal care, household, clothing and linen items for anyone in need of immediate support. (more…)
Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, professional matchmaker Don Elbaum, along with boxing celebrities and the World Boxing Council have announced …
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
The WBC believes in transparency and administrative disclosure. WBC annual convention meetings determine world rankings and the mandatory status of each division in open floor meetings in which all parties have the opportunity to discuss and present their cases for consideration, analysis, and voting by the WBC Board of Governors. The WBC began to report this information in 2015 to bring clarity and transparency to the WBC’s administration for the public, and to provide clear reports from what is agreed and what happens during the course of each year.
This report presents:
- The actual minutes with all agreements from the open floor meeting at the 2015 WBC convention in bold letters.
- Specific events throughout the year in “bullet” format.
By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son The WBC believes in transparency and administrative disclosure. WBC annual convention …
Due to an injury, Ruben Garcia has withdrawn from his September 24th showdown with WBO International Featherweight champion Mark Magsayo (14-0, 11 KOs) of Tagbilaran City, Philippines. Magsayo will now be challenged for his title by slick southpaw Ramiro Robles (13-5-1, 8 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico.
The Magsayo-Robles matchup is the co-main event for the “Philippines vs Mexico” card at the StubHub Center.
In the main event, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion and former WBO jr flyweight titleholder Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KOs) will move up to 112 pounds to battle former world champion Edgar Sosa (52-9, 30 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight title. Sosa is the #5 ranked flyweight contender by the WBC. (more…)
By Flattop Due to an injury, Ruben Garcia has withdrawn from his September 24th showdown with WBO International Featherweight champion …
By Ron Jackson
Warren Joubert retained his South African junior welterweight title on a split points decision over 12 rounds against Tshifhiwa Munyai in a contest that never rose to any heights at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto on Sunday afternoon. The scores were 116-112 and 116-113 for Joubert and 116-112 for Munyai. Through the first six rounds there was very little action from both fighters who were rather tentative in what looked like a sparring match at times. However, Joubert (63.20kg) possibly did enough to take a slight lead. Munyai weighed in at 62.55kg.
From rounds nine to twelve the 35-year-old Joubert began to tire and allowed the now confident 28-year-old Munyai back into the fight. The fight was much closer than shown on the judges scorecards in a lacklustre performance by both fighters. Joubert improved his record to 26-4-5, 11 KOs and Munyai’s reported record dropped to 7-5, 2 KOs. The referee was Thabo Spampool.
By Ron Jackson Warren Joubert retained his South African junior welterweight title on a split points decision over 12 rounds …
Already the trainer of current world champion Tyson Fury, along with talented son Hughie, it’s fair to say trainer Peter Peter knows a good heavyweight when he sees one – and Con Sheehan has got him excited. Fury is urging fans to get over to the Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester on October 1 to watch him in action. Standing at 6’5, the athletic Irishman from Clonmel is currently 1-0 as a pro after a January Los Angeles debut that saw him record a points win over Jonathan Rice. “Con Sheehan is going to explode on the pro scene,” said Fury, “having enjoyed a long and successful amateur career that gave him 12 international titles from over 270 fights.”
Already the trainer of current world champion Tyson Fury, along with talented son Hughie, it’s fair to say trainer Peter …
Super bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (9-1-1, 3 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois faces fellow Illinois native Adan Ortiz (9-2, 8 KOs) on October 1st. The 8 round main event bout will take place at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago at a contracted weight of 121 pounds. The show will be promoted by Warriors Boxing.
Greer Jr. suffered his first defeat nearly a year ago, a close decision to an unbeaten local fighter. He has since roared back with 6 straight wins and ready to perform in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a pro. (more…)
Super bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (9-1-1, 3 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois faces fellow Illinois native Adan Ortiz (9-2, 8 KOs) …
Integrated Sports Media has secured the pay-per-view rights to for the showdown between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, headlining “Guerra En El Clemente” on October 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Suggested retail price is $29.95. Additional pay-per-view fights will be announced soon.
“We’re excited to bring North American boxing fans a true grudge match between former world champions Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel Lopez,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s also a crossroads fight with the winner most likely back as a legitimate world title contender and the loser possibly facing retirement. They really don’t like each other and sparks will be flying from the opening bell.”
Integrated Sports Media has secured the pay-per-view rights to for the showdown between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. …
By Matt Thompson at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan of Cork, Ireland, outslugged game Costa Rican Jaime Barboza over eight rounds to win a unanimous decision in the main event of a seven-bout Murphys Boxing event at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH. Barboza, fighting in the US for the first time, showed up to win, constantly winging overhand rights at the aggressive O’Sullivan. However the body punching O’Sullivan throughout the contest took enough starch out of the wild shots of Barboza to prevent them from doing any damage.
After three one-sided rounds, the initial onslaught of O’Sullivan slowed slightly to an inside slugfest, with both men trying to push the other back. It was the subtle head movement of O’Sullivan and his accuracy that made the difference when he dropped Barboza on the seat of his trunks with a perfectly placed counter right in the sixth. Barboza immediately jumped to his feet, feigning injury, but O’Sullivan stuck to his game plan, stuffing a hard jab in to set up body shots throughout the remainder of the bout.
The scores were 80-71 on one card and 79-72 on the other two. O’Sullivan improves to 23-2 and Barboza drops to 19-9. (more…)
By Matt Thompson at ringside Photos by Emily Harney Middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan of Cork, Ireland, outslugged game Costa …
45-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (38-8-2, 23 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Nuri Seferi (37-8, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the EWS Arena in Göppingen, Germany. Scores were 118-111, 115-113, 115-113. With the win, Arslan claimed the vacant WBO European title.
Former IBF light heavyweight title challenger Karo Murat (30-3-1 19 KOs) stopped Yevgeni Makhteienko (8-5, 7 KOs) in the twelfth round. Murat dropped Makhteienko three times in the bout and finally got the referee to wave it off with 14 seconds remaining in the bout. Murat claimed the vacant WBA International title.
WBA #7 rated heavyweight Manuel Charr (30-4, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sefer Seferi (21-1, 19 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International title. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 96-93.
Former 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier Solis (22-3, 14 KOs) struggled to a disappointing eight round points win over journeyman Aleksandar Todorovic (8-10-1, 7 KOs).
45-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (38-8-2, 23 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Nuri Seferi …
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Robert Hughes
Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was victorious Saturday night as he scored an impressive ninth round knockout over Liverpool England’s Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Canelo and Smith both spoke with media at the postfight press conference.
Oscar De La Hoya: Tonight we witnessed the biggest star in boxing. We witnessed that Canelo is the real deal. 51,000 came to see Canelo because he always delivers to his fans. I didn’t want to talk about any other offers because we respect Liam Smith because it was going to be a tough fight.
Canelo Alvarez: Thank you all for being here. We had a big victory for Mexico. It was a big motivation. Texas fans are the best. I felt comfortable on the ropes we trained for that in the gym. We knew he was tough. He was a champ for a reason and came to fight which is good because we were able to give the fans a great fight. When I hit him to the body I knew I hurt him…I hope everything is OK with my thumb. I injured it in round two. Tomorrow I’ll see the doctor…I will sit with my team. This might be my last fight at 154. We have made Golovkin a good offer. It’s all on him now. I saw the Golovkin fight last week, it was nothing different. This is my era and my time now. I want to fight the best and keep making history. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Robert Hughes Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was victorious Saturday night as he …