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Weights from Fantasy Springs

Weights from Fantasy Springs

Photos: Andrew Yelich / Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Randy Caballero 124 vs. Ruben Garcia 122.8 Frankie Gomez 145 vs. Silverio Ortiz 144 Shane Mosley Jr ...

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Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Photos: James Luedde/Premier Boxing Champions Headlining in his first main event, 20-year-old unbeaten super welterweight Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) was ...

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Barrionuevo crushes Cosio in WBC welterweight tourney

Barrionuevo crushes Cosio in WBC welterweight tourney

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez The WBC Welterweight Tournament continued on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones of the Hotel Azul ...

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Phiri dethrones Rivas, Alvarez stops Winchester

Phiri dethrones Rivas, Alvarez stops Winchester

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman In a shocker, Zambia's Catherine Phiri (11-1, 5KO) was quicker and sharper as she stood ...

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Felix escapes with split decision win

Felix escapes with split decision win

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank IBF #4, WBO #7 lightweight José Felix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs) of Los ...

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Boxing News

Andrade: I’m going to show that I’m the best 154-pounder in the world

Last night at Big Six Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, undefeated super welterweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) hosted an open media workout in advance of his October 17th 10-round main event fight versus Dario Fabian “El Gallo” Pucheta (20-2, 11 KOs) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Stripped earlier this year of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title due to inactivity, Andrade will face Pucheta for WBO and WBA international titles, marking his first fight in 16 months.

“This turnout (of public) shows the support I have in Rhode Island. It’s been a while since they’ve seen me in the ring, but they’re going to start seeing me in big fights,” said Andrade. “The cream always rises to the top. I’m going to show that I’m the best 154-pounder in the world.” (more…)



October 9th, 2015


Boxing News

Ghent, Belgium: Laggoune–Kucher ends in split draw

Local star Bilal Laggoune stayed unbeaten when he was awarded a controversial split draw against Ukrainian visitor Dmytro Kucher tonight in the Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Ghent, Belgium. Laggoune did much better than many people expected against the experienced and dangerous puncher Kucher.
Kucher took the initiative from the start chasing cautious Laggoune for the first 4 rounds. Then Laggoune took more and more over in the middle rounds but the visitor found his second breath in the second half of the fight. Laggoune clearly won the 11th but had to give away the last. Kucher looked a comfortable winner despite having shown some ring rust and it seems that he has not the punching power anymore from a couple of years ago. Russian Alexander Kalinkin scored it 118-112 for Kucher, Smail Alitouche from France saw it a draw with 114 each but German Arnold Golger somehow had Laggoune the winner with 115-113. Igor Mazurov from Russia supervised the fight.
The title stays vacant and the EBU will most likely order a rematch.

Sasha Yengoyan scored another inside the distance win but it was much harder than expected. La bestia del Este stopped Fouad El Massoudi by TKO in the 7th. Yengoyan started well winning the first 2 round as the French visitor was very cautious. El Massoudi was closely winning rounds 3, 4 and 5. Yengoyan’s punches missed a lot their target or felt short but he took over again in the 6th to make it level. In the 7th El Massoudi was caught with big left which made him reeling against the ropes. Yengoyan went for the finish and in the follow up barrage of punches the referee waved it off. El Massoudi did not go down and was furious at the stoppage. But he was at that time suddenly taking a lot of punishment without firing back.
On the undercard Ismail Abdoul WUD06 Sylvain Luce, Sebastiaan Steen WUD06 Aurelien Lecocq and Elfi Philips stopped Daniele David by TKO03.

Claude Van den Heede of International boxing event promoted the show which was shown live on Sport 40 and AVS.



October 9th, 2015


Boxing News

Washington-Mansour undercard set

2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (9-0, 6 KOs) and power-punching light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (12-0, 11 KOs) will compete in separate bouts on Tuesday night at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Hunter will take on Jason Douglas (11-5, 4 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight attraction while Elbiali faces Mariano Hilario (12-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight bout.

The PBC/FS1-televised card is headlined by a heavyweight battle between Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washingon (16-0, 11 KOs) and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs).

In off-TV action, local cruiserweight favorite Mike Gavronski (19-1-1, 12 KOs) will face off against heavy-handed Jamie Campbell (11-8, 8KOs), super welterweight contender Phil Lo Greco (26-2, 14 KOs) who takes on Pablo “Sepulturero” Munguia (21-8, 12 KOs) and welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (25-2, 21 KOs) faces Javier Molina (15-1, 7KOs).



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Los Cabos, México

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mariana Juarez 114.80 vs Vanessa Taborda 114
WBC international superflyweight title

Alberto Guevara 121 vs Rolando Magbanua 121
Luis Ceja 111.50 vs Valentin Leon 113.50

Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Los cabos, Baja California
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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October 9th, 2015


Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Ramón Alvarez 156 vs. Ben Tackie 154
Francisco Rodríguez 113 vs. Ronald Ramos 112
Alejandro Barrera 147 vs. José de Jesús Macías 147.2
Édgar García 113.1 vs. Martín Tepacuetla 114.3

Escenario: Arena Ciudad de México, México, D.F.
Promotor: Zanfer
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA) Azteca 7 (Mexico)

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October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Interview: Avni Yildirim

Turkish rising star Avni Yildirim is taking the fast track to the top. Less than two months after winning the WBC Silver International light heavyweight championship by unanimous decision against former world champion Glen Johnson in Miami, the 24-year-old returns to the ring this Sunday (Oct. 11) in Herne, Germany, to defend his title against Bernard Donfack. Fightnews.com® met Yildirim for an exclusive interview.

Avni, you have had quite an impressive year with already five wins in 2015 so far and your next fight just around the corner. How do you feel after this extraordinary level of activity?

I am young and hungry and would fight every other week if I could. My first four wins this year were fast KOs so it wasn’t really hard work. But even after going ten rounds with Glen Johnson in my last fight I still felt great and wanted to fight again as fast as possible. I am lucky, very happy and proud to have a great promoter who gives me the opportunity to fight a lot. (more…)



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

NBCSN Weights from Lowell, Massachusetts

Photos: Emily Harney

Danny O’Connor 146.2 vs. Gabriel Bracero 146.8
Jonathan Guzman 121.6 vs. Danny Aquino 121.6
Ryan Kielczewski 125.8 vs. Rafael Vazquez126
Adam Kownacki 261.2 vs. Rodney Hernandez 240
Gary O’Sullivan 172.6 vs. David Toribio 174.2
Patrick Hyland 128.4 vs. David Martinez 128
Stephen Ormond 139 vs. Michael Clark 140.6
Titus Williams 131.2 vs. Arthur Parker 134.6
Fernando Saucedo 134.8 vs. Carlos Fulgencio 134

Venue: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: NBCSN

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October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Flanagan, Magdaleno, Smith, Thompson all make weight in Manchester

Terry Flanagan 135 vs. Diego Magdaleno 134.75
(WBO lightweight title)

Liam Smith 153.5 vs. John Thompson 152.25
(Vacant WBO jr middleweight title)

Luke Blackledge 167.5 vs. vs. Lee Markham 166.75
Jack Catterall ?? vs. Jarkko Putonen ??
Tom Stalker 134.6 vs. Craig Evans 134
Jimmy Kelly 152.75 vs. Martin Fidel Rios 154
Adrian Gonzalez 134.25 vs. John Kays 134.5
Ryan Burnett 117.5 vs. Robert Kanalas ??
Vijender Singh 164.6 vs. Sonny Whiting 165.7

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: beIN Sports (USA, BoxNation (UK)



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Linares, Cano make weight in Venezuela

Jorge Linares 133.8 vs. Ivan Cano 134.6
(WBC lightweight title)

Mayerlin Rivas 117.4 vs. Galina Ivanova 117.2
(WBA female bantamweight title)
Sergey Khomitsky 158.4 vs. Alfonso Blanco 159.8
(WBA interim middleweight title)
Alexander Ustinov 285.4 vs. Maurice Harris 238.2
Robert Barrera 107 vs. Carlos Canizales 107

Venue: El Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela
TV: ESPN3

Note: The winner of the above Sergey Khomitsky vs. Alfonso Blanco bout will be crowned as a second WBA “interim” middleweight world champion, joining the current WBA “interim” middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr. who defends his belt against Tony Jeter in two weeks. Also, WBA “super” middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin fights next week in a unification clash with IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux, and WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs defends against Peter Quillin on December 5. photos



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed returns Nov 7 in Las Vegas

On November 7, 22-year-old Top Rank light welterweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (16-0, 9 KOs) will take on Oscar “Raton” Cortes (25-2, 13 KOs) in an 8-round fight at The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Reed-Cortes is promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate. The HBO-televised main event will feature Timothy Bradley defending his WBO welterweight world championship against Brandon Rios, and in the co-main event, Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his WBO featherweight title against Romulo Koasicha.



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox quadrupleheader lineup for Oct 23

ShoBox: The New Generation returns on October 23 with a quadrupleheader. In the main event at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., undefeated Rob “Bravo” Brant (17-0, 11 KOs, 0-3 in World Series of Boxing) faces Louis “The Unknown” Rose (13-2-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title.

In the televised co-features (all eight-rounders), unbeaten Harmonito “El Huracan de Gensan” Dela Torre (16-0, 11 KOs) will make his U.S. debut against Angel “El Gato” Luna (12-1-1, 7 KOs), undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (14-0-1, 12 KOs) will face Akhror “Aha” Muralimov (14-1, 11 KOs), and light heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (15-1, 8 KOs) will face southpaw Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (16-3, 10 KOs). All but Clarkson will be making their ShoBox debuts.



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Barby-Taborda rematch Saturday

barbyrematch
By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC female world champion Mariana “Barby” Juarez (41-8-3, 17 KOs) will fight for the WBC International super flyweight belt against Argentinian Vanesa Taborda (8-4-1, 0 KOs) in a rematch on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. Barby was awarded a split decision over Taborda in July, but that decision was overturned by the WBC and the judges were suspended. “I trained hard. Vanessa is a boxer who had her night but it won’t be repeated. This will be the night of Barby. I’ll leave with my arm raised.”

In the co-feature, world ranked bantamweight Alberto “Metro” Guevara (21-2, 8 KOs) meets Filipino Rolando “Smooth Operator” Magbanua (25-3, 17 KOs) in a ten rounder. Also Luis “Gallito” Ceja (27-5-3, 22 KOs) will face the experienced Valentin “Picoco” Leon (38-30-3, 21 KOs) in a flyweight clash.

The event presented by Promotions del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Kalenga-Bolonti is signed for Monte Carlo

Former world title challengers Youri Kalenga and Roberto Bolonti will do battle in a cruiserweight 10-rounder on the undercard of the Monte Carlo “Night of Champions” tournament on November 7. The card is topped by WBA light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer’s title defence against Tommy Oosthuizen. It will be Kalenga’s second fight in Monaco, having beaten fellow contender Mateusz Masternak in the principality last year.
Kalenga (21-2, 14 KOs) is fresh off a decision loss in a challenge for the WBA title against Denis Lebedev, while Bolonti (36-4, 25 KOs), in his first fight at cruiserweight, dropped a decision to Danny Green in August.



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Danny O’Connor Gets His Rematch

By Matt Thompson; photos by Emily Harney

It’s a fight Danny O’Connor has wanted since the final bell in his decision loss to Gabriel Bracero back in April 2011, and he will get that opportunity to avenge his first loss this Saturday at the Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA as the headliner of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on the NBC Sports Network.

“We’ve both changed,” explained O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) from his Framingham, MA home. “This is a whole new fight, both very different guys.”

One big change for O’Connor was when his wife, Diane, gave birth to their second son, Keegan, on September 21st. Coincidentally, his first son, Liam, was just three weeks old the first time O’Connor fought Bracero (now 23-2, 4 KOs).

O’Connor admits that he was overwhelmed with the stress and pressure of a new family back then but not this time around. (more…)



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing back in Green Bay tonight

The unbeaten Green Bay Packers have been grabbing the bulk of attention in Wisconsin since the NFL season started, but tonight professional boxing returns to Titletown, USA as a bit of an appetizer to the big game on Sunday. The middleweight headliner will feature local favorite Ricky Smith vs Journeyman Management’s Kelin Sharpe. The bout is a scheduled for five rounds. Sharpe’s management stablemates Joshua Greer Jr., Ernest Muhammad Jr., and Vernon Brown round out the undercard. The show is promoted by Salomon Becerra (Rough House Promotions).



October 9th, 2015

UFC

Alvarez Ready For Statement-Making Season

When your name is Eddie Alvarez, you carry a ton of expectations around with you.

After spending more than a decade collecting titles on various stages around the sport, where he defeated every established name he could get his hands on outside of the UFC, the fighter widely recognized as one of the best lightweights in the world finally found himself inside the Octagon. As he stood across from perennial contender Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 in September of 2014, the moment fight fans around the world had been waiting for was about to jump off . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN is LIVE ON UFC FIGHTPASS on Saturday, October 24 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame Update

By Johnny B’

In 2004, a group in Illinois started a Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2013, they decided to add Boxing as one of the categories. After seeing plenty of interest, and realizing the countless outstanding boxing candidates in Illinois, and those that often competed in Illinois, the group unanimously voted to create a separate Boxing Hall of Fame. Finally, the creation of the long-awaited Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame.

On November 14th 2015 a total of 26 inductees will join the current members in the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame at the Abbington Banquets Hall 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL. (more…)



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Kissimmee, Florida

Photos: All Star Boxing

Orlando Cruz 129.6 vs. Gabino Cota 130
(WBO Latin Jr Lightweight title

Emanuel De Jesus 147 vs. Cosme Rivera 146.9

Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr/All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo

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October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Rochester, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Andy Newman

Mercedes Vazquez Simmons’ Pretty Girl Promotions put on an eight-fight card billed as “Latin Explosion – Thursday Throwdown 2” in Downtown Rochester, NY at the Radisson Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Local boy Lavisas “Red” Williams took it to Czech Republic’s Michal Dufek all night long to win an eight round decision. Former WBC champ Melissa “Hurricane” Hernandez took out Gina Chamie at the bell ending the first round and Emanuel Colon remained unbeaten as he blitzed out Jose Marrufo also in the opening stanza.

Unbeaten lightweight Lavisas “Red” Williams took on Prague, Czech Republic’s Michal Dufek in his first scheduled eight rounder. “Red” utilized his Southpaw stance and speed to befuddle his diminutive foe. While being pot-shotted along the ropes, Dufek would dip so low on defense, it often looked as if he’d take a knee or go down. But Dufek would spring off the ropes from his crouch to try and mount a counter attack, with mixed results. Southpaw left uppercuts, snappy jabs, hooks to the body and lead lefts from Williams kept Dufek in “Czech” throughout the bout. A hard left to the jaw had Dufek reeling in the eighth and final round, causing him to lose his mouthpiece. But the final bell sounded with both fighters still on their feet along with the crowd. Finals scores were 80-72 across the board all for Williams, now 8-0-1, 3 KOs. Dufek goes to 17-10-1, 12 KOs. (more…)



October 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Trainer Joel Diaz discusses new union with Ruslan Provodnikov

World renowned trainer Joel Diaz has been named the new trainer of former junior welterweight world champion, Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov. Diaz, who has guided many world champions, will train Provodnikov in Indio, California as Provodnikov prepares for his next bout, which will be announced shortly.



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Murat agrees to face Beterbiev in IBF eliminator

Promoter Yvon Michel announced today that unbeaten IBF #2 light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will face former world title challenger Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs) in an IBF eliminator to take place November 28 at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City. Murat stepped in after IBF #11 rated Yuniesky Gonzalez refused the fight. Murat previously challenged Bernard Hopkins for the same title in October 2013. If the parties fail to agree on terms, there will be a purse bid in 10 days.



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

DeGale-Bute 2-City Press Tour Wraps Up

"My journey is just beginning, his will be ending." - James DeGale

Photo: Stevens Leblanc/Québécor Media

Super middleweight world champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs), of England, and former world champion Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs), of Montreal, completed a two-city, two-country kickoff press conference Thursday in London to formally announce their Nov. 28 showdown in the main event on Showtime from the Vidéotron Centre of Quebec City. There also was a press conference Tuesday in Quebec City.

Below is what DeGale and Bute and the executives had to say on Tuesday at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City and Thursday at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London:

James DeGale: “I am excited to face an elite fighter like Lucian, who was champion for five years. He is still a good boxer and he told me he wants the belt back. But trust me; I am too young, too fresh and just too good. The way I’m feeling, mentally and physically, I’m in fantastic shape. It’s going to be very hard to beat me. My journey is only just starting, his is about to end in November. The way I am training, nobody will beat me. You can see my character just by the fact I accepted to come here and take that fight. Be ready for a furious and spectacular fight. There is no one in this division who can beat me. I’m willing to box anyone. I want to fight all the big fighters in the biggest fights.” (more…)



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Barrera: Beterbiev’s trainer knew to avoid me

Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera is still very upset that an IBF final eliminator bout against Artur Beterbiev has been derailed by his visa issues. Barrera, who is ranked #8 by the IBF (and also rated in the WBO and WBA’s top 10), said that he didn’t hesitate when the fight was offered to him. “I accepted the fight less than 5 minutes after my team offered it to me. This is what I have worked my entire life for. I want to be world champion and Beterbiev was my opportunity to get to Kovalev,” Barrera explained. (more…)



October 8th, 2015

Scale Watch

Ghent, Belgium: Laggoune – Kucher make weight

Gentsboksgala Round XVI
12rnds, Vacant EBU Cruiserweight title
Bilal Laggoune,BE, 19-0-1(9), 90,250
versus
Dmytro Kucher,UA, 23-1-0(17), 89,700

Referee: Robin Dolpierre (FR)
Judges: Arnold Golger (DE), Smail Alitouche (FR), Alexander Kalinkin (RU)
Supervisor: Igor Mazurov (RU)

8rds, superwelterweight:
Sasha Yengoyan,BE, 32-2-1(21), 70,000 vs Fouad El Massoudi,FR, 13-5-0(1), 69,500
6rds, cruiserweight:
Ismail Abdoul,BE, 56-36-2(20), 89,000 vs Sylvain Luce,FR, 8-9-0(1), 88,500
6rds, lightweight:
Sebastiaan Steen,BE, 6-0-0(1), 63,500 vs Aurelien Lecocq,FR, 1-18-1(0), 62,500
6rds, superlightweight:
Elfi Philips,BE, 5-2-3(1), 62,700 vs Daniela David,RO, 4-23-1(1), 62,500

Date: Oct 9, 2015
Place: Ghent, Belgium
Arena: Topsporthal Vlaanderen
Promoter: Claude Van de Heede, International boxing event
TV: Sport 40 / AVS



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

JoJo Diaz, Pitbull Gomez headline at Fantasy Springs

Boxing returns to the famed Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on October 23 with undefeated featherweight sensation Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) against Mexican brawler Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-6-4, 15 KOs) in a 10-round main event. In the co-main event of the evening, Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) is set to face Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-9-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight fight.

Boxing Hall of Famer Michael Spinks will host a special meet and greet at the Special Events Arena from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fans with tickets to the event will be able to meet the 1976 Olympic medalist and former two division world champion, before televised fights on Estrella TV.



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

LA Fight Club card set for November 6

Unbeaten Mexican super lightweight Pedro “Roca” Campa (18-0, 14 KOs) will make his U.S. and LA Fight Club debut on November 6 against Angeleno Miguel Angel “El Anestesista” Huerta (28-13-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round main event bout at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles live on Estrella TV. In the co-main event, local favorite and rising star Joet Gonzalez (12-0, 5 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round super bantamweight clash. Opening the telecast, newly signed prospect Hector “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) meets TBA in a six-round lightweight bout.



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

beIN Sports picks up Flanagan-Magdaleno, Smith-Thompson world title twinbill

beIN SPORTS, the international sports network, will televise, in USA and Canada, Saturday’s world title doubleheader event, “World War III”, live from Manchester, England. Headlining will be two world title bouts, both of which will pit the UK versus the USA. Manchester’s WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (28-0, 11 KO) makes his first title defense against Diego Magdaleno (28-1, 12 KO) of Las Vegas, and Liverpool star Liam Smith (20-0, 10 KO) faces New Jersey banger John Thompson (17-1, 6 KO) with the vacant WBO world super welterweight title on the line. The card will air live at 4pm ET / 1pm PT LIVE on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Evans replaces Gavin for Eggington clash

Dale Evans (10-2, 3 KOs) will challenge Sam Eggington (16-2, 9 KOs) for the British and Commonwealth Welterweight titles at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday October 17, live on Sky Sports. Evans replaces the injured Frankie Gavin for the bout and lands a golden opportunity to get his hands on Eggington’s belts, and will be raring to go having been set to box this weekend in Newport.

Eggington and Evans met in a thrilling toe-to-toe Prizefighter quarter-final in Wolverhampton in January 2013, where the Welshman came out on top. The champion is eager to host his former foe in his first defence of the British belt and second of his Commonwealth strap – and warned ‘Big Boy’ that he’s a different beast from the loss he suffered in Prizefighter.

“I’m pleased to still be able to get another notch on the Lonsdale belt and happy to give Dale Evans this opportunity,” said Eggington. “He’s beat me but I was so young when he fought then and it was my first time making the weight or being on television, so it felt like a bit of a whirlwind. I’m a completely different animal know and Dale will see the difference in there.” (more…)



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Verdejo back in action on October 31

Red hot lightweight contender Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) will return to the squared circle on October 31 at the Exhibition Center Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The unbeaten Olympian will be defending his WBO Latino title against Brazilian Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3, 17 KOs) in a bout to be televised on UniMas. Verdejo is returning just three months after undergoing surgery on his left hand to repair an injury suffered in his June win against Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera in New York City. Tickets, priced at $67 and $35, go on sale Sunday at 10AM at the the Silver Spurs Arena box office and Ticketmaster.

“I’m more than happy to come back here, where I have been treated so well,” said Verdejo. “I want Florida to be one of our places to fight, along with Puerto Rico and New York. I hope with the warmth my people give me that I’ll be able to give back all the love with a big win. Thank God my hand is better every day. And by the 31st it’ll be stronger than ever, so I’m dying to get back to being healthy and ready to continue give joy to my people.”



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Magdaleno ready for Flanagan

Diego Magdaleno explains what makes his scrap with Terry Flanagan fan-friendly. The Flanagan-Magdaleno WBO world lightweight title bout happens Saturday at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Cruz’ title quest begins Friday on Telemundo

Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford’s fall season opener begins Friday with another edition of the famed Puerto Rico versus Mexican Rivalry. The main event has former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (21-4-1, 11 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico vs Gabino “Flash” Cota (18-4-1, 16 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for the 10 rounds with the WBO Latino junior lightweight title on the line. The show will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Cruz made world news headlines with his initial announcement on Fightnews that he “is a proud gay man.” He is the first ever openly gay active boxer in the history of the sport. It took a lot of courage by Cruz to make an announcement especially in such a macho sport as boxing. Cruz has handled the situation very professionally and even got his chance to fight for a world title. He came up short but is determined more than ever to fight and win the title the next go round. (more…)



October 8th, 2015

UFC

Rousey on SportsCenter; Rousey on Jimmy Fallon

Bristol, CT - October 7, 2015 - Studio X: Lindsay Czarniak (l) and Ronda Rousey on the SportsCenter set. (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Bristol, CT – October 7, 2015 – Studio X: Lindsay Czarniak (l) and Ronda Rousey on the SportsCenter set. (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Photos by Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to talk about her feud with Floyd Mayweather, her upcoming battle against Holly Holm at UFC 193 and more Tuesday night . . . click here for more at UFC.com

Today, Rousey was the first female athlete to guest host ESPN’s SportsCenter. Check out photos from this historic event! (more…)



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin, Lemieux Conference Call Quotes

By Dave Spencer

Just ten days in advance of their middleweight unification fight taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, both the camps of WBA, IBO and WBC (Interim) champ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0 30 KO) and newly crowned IBF kingpin David Lemieux (34-2 31KO) got together on a conference call to discuss the HBO pay-per-view event. 3000 miles separated the pair with Golovkin speaking from California and Lemieux from Montreal who should have no problem finding each other when they meet in the ring Saturday October 17. Following are some highlights from the participants.

Oscar De La Hoya (Lemieux’s promoter): Thank you very much to Gennady Golovkin for taking this huge chance against David Lemieux. Trust me, you’ll get your money’s worth. David Lemieux and Gennady Golovkin represent what I feel is the next generation of talented champion fighters in our sport. These guys don’t hold back in the ring and it is guaranteed action from the first bell. It will be bombs away. The fans will be the real winners here. (more…)



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

George Groves says he’s not retiring

Groves also splits with trainer, on the lookout for something new

Bradley Saunders says he is pondering retirement

Manny Pacquiao also brings up the ‘R’ word

 



October 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Cruz stops Vazquez, stays unbeaten

On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd. Headlining the card was undefeated Bronx junior welterweight prospect Louis Cruz in his ring return following a 10-month absence related to a hand injury. Now fully recovered, the 24-year-old Cruz, 139¾, impressively dispatched of southpaw Ariel Vazquez, 137½, Managua, Nicaragua, in the sixth of a scheduled eight-rounder. (more…)



October 8th, 2015




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