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Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pulled out of his October 29 rematch against former champ Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury being ...

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Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, ...

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Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

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Kalajdzic stops Peterkin; Lippe-Morrison, Baranchyk, Golub also victorious

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Crolla, Linares make weight

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Boxing News

Parker: I’m ready for Takam

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

IBF #4 Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) showed he is ready for the biggest fight of his career today when he met the New Zealand Press in Auckland to discuss his IBF elimination bout with IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) on May 21 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City.

“This is a very, very big challenge,” said Parker. “This guy’s not a joke. He’s come prepared, he’s been in the ring with some big names so I know it’s going to be a big challenge but I know it’s a challenge I’m ready for.”

Carlos Takam also said he is ready for war against the unbeaten Parker. “This is very, very important for me to win the fight,” said Takam. “I come here to New Zealand to win and I’m ready for him. We’re going to make a war.”

IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has admitted he expects to face Parker in the near future and the pair could meet early next year if the New Zealander defeats Takam in front of his home fans.

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May 12th, 2016

Boxing News

David Itskowitch of Roc Nation Sports talks about Friday’s card in D.C., Miguel Cotto and Andre Ward

By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Roc Nation Sports

As Roc Nation Sports prepares for their upcoming throne boxing event at the DC Armory this Friday, FightNews caught up with their COO of Boxing, David Itskowitch, to talk about how much it means to Dusty Hernandez-Harrison as well as the crossroads matchup with Orlando Del Valle vs. Thomas Snow. We also received an update on Miguel Cotto and Andre Ward’s next fights.

Asked about the emergence of Washington, D.C. as a boxing destination due to the influx of shows being put on in the nation’s capital, Itskowitch highlighted the importance of having local fighters along with affordable tickets to let fight fans see the action.

They’ve had three big events since the beginning of March so obviously the appetite is there for boxing.

We saw a unique opportunity in bringing a hometown fighter to D.C. to headline which none of these other shows really did. I was actually looking at the bout sheet today and we have six fighters that are from the D.C. area with the five of our eight fights featuring a D.C. area fighter.

Our top price ticket is $75, so even if you’re paying the top price you’re paying less $10 a fight, you can’t beat that. Our tickets start at $35 so it’s an event that’s within reach for everybody.

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May 12th, 2016


Boxing News

Cook beginning to sizzle

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By Dave Spencer

Top ten super-welterweight (WBA #9) Brandon Cook (16-0) has twice been rebuffed in his attempts to secure a spot opposite interim world champion Jack Culcay of Germany. Cook hopes that a win Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga versus Davide Doria (14-2-1 4KO) will inch him towards the dream of a world title fight and knows that an impressive performance will help serve notice that he is more than ready for the next step.

“They’ve (Culcay) asked to fight me twice but ended up picking someone else,” Cook told Fightnews.com® by phone earlier this week. “We hope that after this fight we can come back quickly and get another win and hopefully secure a shot and a chance to go over there (to Germany).” (more…)



May 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Anthony Crolla and United legend Paul Scholes take to the field to help injured footballer

Nick Durandt despondent with the state of South African boxing

Ivan Morales wants to end Lee Haskins’ reign

Meet Tony Moran, the homeless boxer who became a world champ at 42



May 12th, 2016


Boxing News

Hernandez-Harrison vs. Dallas BET Final Presser

Photos: Roc Nation Sports/Tom Hogan Photography

On Wednesday, May 11, Washington, D.C.’s undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs) and Bakersfield, California’s Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KOs) participated in the final press conference at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. in advance of their May 13 fight at the DC Armory. Hernandez-Harrison vs. Dallas Jr. will headline a throne boxing event in a 10-round welterweight bout that will be televised live on BET.

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison: “I want to thank Mike Dallas Jr. for coming into D.C. He has my respect for coming into my hometown and fighting. I’m really ready for this fight. I may have gotten in the best sparring that any fighter has ever gotten [for a fight]. I went from [sparring with] Canelo and came home to spar with Demetrius Hopkins, Austin Trout and Lamont Peterson. I don’t know if there’s better sparring than that. Camp has been great. I’m definitely ready for the fight. I want to thank FILA and Geico for supporting me. I hope everyone comes out on Friday, May 13 at the DC Armory. I know we will put on a good show.”

Mike Dallas Jr: “I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity and keeping me strong through hard times. I had a good camp. I want to thank BET for having me on. Come Friday, it’s going to be a good fight. I’m mentally and physically there. I dug deep in camp and I’m ready to bring it in this fight. I wish my opponent the best. It’s going to be a tough fight. I’m ready to go in there, give it my all and give you guys a great show. Come and watch the fight on May 13.” (more…)



May 12th, 2016

UFC

Long path to 198 ‘meant to be’ for Werdum

After winning the interim UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 197 a couple of weeks ago, Jon Jones spoke of the belt as if it were a prize found at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jacks . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 198 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



May 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Foley-De Los Reyes rematch on July 2

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Paul Wheatley

Former Australian lightweight champion Darragh Foley (8-2, 6 KOs) will clash with Joebert de Los Reyes (15-6-1, 10 KOs) over ten rounds with the WBA Oceana 140 pound title up for grabs on July 2 at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW Australia. This is a rematch with de Los Reyes scoring a points victory over Foley in 2015.

Promoter Paul Nasari talked to Fightnews.com® and said “The Foley vs. de los Reyes fight will be a great rematch as the Filipino holds a win over Foley. The WBA Oceana title is up for grabs so it is possible the winner will be world rated. Both fighters have lost to world rated boxers recently and are looking to re-establishing their careers with Foley having lost to WBA rated Brendon Ogilvie and de Los Reyes losing to WBA rated George Kambosis. In my opinion the Foley v de Los Reyes is a 50-50 fight.” (more…)



May 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Avni Yildirim says No to Olympic Games

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Fast rising light heavyweight star Avni Yildirim has turned down an offer to represent Turkey at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Turkish Boxing Federation called the 24-year-old former amateur standout and offered him the possibility to participate in a qualification tournament either at 81 or 91 kg.

“We immediately said no,” states promoter Ahmet Oener. “Avni is a prizefighter. He is a professional. His amateur days are over. He has only one goal in his mind – and that is to become WBC World Champion. He wants the Green and Gold belt and doesn’t care about any other medals. The Olympic boxing tournament should be strictly for amateurs as it has always been. Avni is way past that stage and he doesn’t want to take a step back. His plan is to move ahead. There is no point in mixing a guy who has been in ten- and twelve-round wars with amateurs.” (more…)



May 12th, 2016

Boxing News

ESPN to air first boxing show of 2016 on June 4

The ESPN Network will finally present its first boxing telecast of 2016 on June 4 from the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. The PBC card is headlined by a bout featuring light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) against 2008 Argentinean Olympian Ezequiel Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs). In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweight sensation Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs) will face his toughest foe to date when he faces fellow unbeaten southpaw David “Day-Day” Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs).



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder: I’m gonna make sure that I abuse him

By Karl Freitag

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) held an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss his title defense against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) taking place May 21 in Russia.

Deontay Wilder: “This is the heavyweight division, and how I got my name with boxing and to the public is with knockouts. So I’m always thinking, and always looking for a knockout no matter what. This is the heavyweight division. This is what the people are coming to see. That’s why I’m the most exciting heavyweight today. People know that ‘When I go to a Deontay Wilder fight, I’m standing on the edge of my seat because the knockout is going to come. We don’t know when it’s coming’, but it’s comin’.’ Sometimes you’re not gonna knock everybody out, I understand that, but I’m gonna make sure that I abuse him. I’m gonna make sure I punish him enough that even if it goes to the scorecards, it ain’t gonna be split. It’s gonna be unanimous. And we know that that means. Somebody got their ass whooped.”

“I’m going to answer the questions people have about me. The best is yet to come for me…it’s going to be exciting while it lasts.”



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Rodney Berman announces card for June 11

By Ron Jackson

South African promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions released details of the bumper show to take place at Emperor’s Palace near Kempton Park on June 11, at a press conference held at Supersport in Randburg on Wednesday afternoon. Berman announced that the main event on the “Night of Reckoning” bill will be for the vacant IBO minimumweight belt between Eastern Cape rivals Simphiwe Khonco 15-5 who is now being trained by Colin Nathan and the unbeaten Siyabonga Siyo 11-0 from Duncan Village. (more…)



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Top Rank

WBO world champion Terence Crawford and WBC world champion Viktor Postol took part in photo shoot in Los Angeles today. Crawford faces Postol in a mega junior welterweight unification bout on Top Rank’s pay per card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 23.

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May 11th, 2016

UFC

UFC Minute: Unstoppable Continues

We move on from Fight Night Rotterdam to UFC 198, as the Unstoppable tour continues. Don’t miss UFC 198: Werdum vs Miocic for the heavyweight championship on May 14 on Pay-Per-View . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 198 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Throne Boxing media workout

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation

On Tuesday, May 10, Washington, D.C.’s undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs) and Bakersfield, California’s Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KOs) participated in a media workout at Urban Boxing DC in Washington, D.C. in advance of their May 13 fight at the DC Armory. Hernandez-Harrison vs. Dallas Jr. will headline a throne boxing event in a 10-round welterweight bout that will be televised live on BET beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and streamed live on global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL.com. Co-featured fighter Thomas “KO” Snow (18-2, 12 KOs) of Washington, D.C., who faces Dorado, Puerto Rico’s Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle (20-2, 15 KOs), and undercard fighters Mike Balogun (5-0, 4 KOs) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who will fight Capitol Heights, Maryland’s Devon Mosley (0-4-1), and Greenbelt, Maryland’s Sam “Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed (2-0, 1 KO) of who takes on Damion Reed (2-13, 1 KO) of Danville Virginia were also in attendance during the media workout on Tuesday.

After shadow boxing around the ring and a few rounds working the bags, all five fighters participated in interviews with invited media members. (more…)



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Ryad Merhy’s WBC title defence cancelled; fight goes ahead with a WBA regional title.

Unbeaten Belgian top cruiserweight Ryad Merhy, 18-0(15), was scheduled to defend his WBC Intl silver title next May 21 in Charleroi, Belgium against Argentinian Cristian Javier Medina. Unfortunately the latter decided to accept to challenge Noel Gevor last Saturday in Hamburg and lost.

Promoter Alain Vanackere found a late replacement Williams Ocando from Venezuela but was ruled out as WBC Intl Silver challenger.

The fight will now go ahead as a WBA regional title fight.



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Andy Ruiz returns Saturday

UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday night featuring unbeaten lightweight Saul Rodriguez (19-0-1, 14 KOs) of Riverside, California, against Colombian Daulis Prescott (31-3-0, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Rodriguez is coming off a showcase first-round TKO win over Ivan Najera in November. In the TV opener, unbeaten flyweight Carlos Licona is scheduled to face Cesar Sustaita (3-2, 2 KOs).

The off-TV action features a number of interesting fights, including the return of unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (26-0, 17 KOs), whose career has somewhat stalled as of late. Ruiz will take on 45-year-old former world title challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin (29-6-4, 18 KOs) who is returning after a two-plus year layoff. The bout will be an eight-rounder.

Also seeing action is 2012 Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (14-0, 10 KOs), who meets Paul Valenzuela (9-2-1, 6 KOs). Unbeaten super featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (18-0, 12 KOs) faces Orlando Rizo (18-6, 11 KOs). Unbeaten welterweight Arnold Barboza, Jr. (11-0, 4 KOs) battles John Nater (14-7, 10 KOs). And hot junior welterweight prospect Maxim Dadashev (1-0, 1 KO) makes his Top Rank debut after recently signing. He faces Rashad Bogar (4-6-1, 2 KOs).



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Ogogo returns from injury on May 28

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (8-0, 4 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on May 28 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Ogogo’s professional career has been stop-start so far due to injury. He will see his first action since July where he moved to 8-0 with a win in Germany over Ruslan Schelev. It was in that fight where he suffered a dislocated shoulder, fighting for the majority of the bout with just one arm. The fight in Germany was at the time also his return from a sustained period on the sidelines following Achilles problems. But the 27-year-old insists his injury woes are behind him and he’s ready to get his career back on track and make a huge impact in the middleweight division. (more…)



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Zeuge challenges De Carolis for WBA super middleweight title on July 16 in Berlin

Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) will challenge Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) for the WBA world super middleweight title on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. The 23-year-old, who is trained by WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer, takes on the tough Italian, who claimed the WBA strap with an eleventh-round TKO win over Vincent Feigenbutz.

If successful, Zeuge will make history by becoming Germany’s youngest ever world champion, beating Graciano ‘Rocky’ Rocchigiani’s record of 24 years and 73 days by 8 days.



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Frank Bruno spotted at bareknuckle boxing fight

Amir Khan says he’ll never fight Kell Brook because “he isn’t a big name”

Clock’s still ticking on Kell Brook’s next fight

Zimbabwe: the champ is back

‘Undisputed Champions’ boxing program looks to knock out limits



May 11th, 2016

UFC

Fight Pass Spotlight: Preview UFC 198’s Fights

The biggest card the UFC has ever brought to Brazil touches down in Curitiba this Saturday, featuring a host of Brazilian superstars and capped off by a world heavyweight championship fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. But to get things started for UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers at 6:15pm ET / 3:15pm PT, three intriguing bouts will see Brazil take on the world, while one pits welterweight countrymen against each other in a quartet of matchups that will get the Curitiba crowd up and cheering from the time the Octagon door shuts . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Takam arrives in New Zealand for May 21 showdown with Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand for his IBF elimination bout showdown with IBF #4 Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) on May 21 at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City. The winner will receive a world title opportunity against the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale clash on June 25 at the O2 Arena London.

The Cameroon-born and France-based Takam is coming off a eight round decision win over George Arias last November. The 35-year-old Takam’s only losses are to Gregory Tony in 2009 and Alexander Povetkin in 2014. Takam stands 6’3 and weighs 240 pounds

The New Zealand-born and Las Vegas-based Parker is coming off a eight round stoppage over Jason Bergman in January. The 24-year-old Parker has scored a stoppage victory over former champion Frans Botha. He stands 6’4 and also weighs 240 pounds.

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May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

2nd Annual Baseball & Boxing Night in Fort Myers

The Fort Myers Miracle baseball team and the SJC Boxing Club staged another very successful Baseball and Boxing night at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, on Saturday night. Unfortunately, The Miracle had an off night getting drubbed by the St. Lucie Mets 15-5. But the supportive crowd was excited to see several former boxing champions and contenders mingling with the fans, signing autographs and taking pictures.

Former heavyweight champ and Florida Boxing Hall of Famer Pinklon Thomas, future Florida Hall of Famer Glen Johnson, former middleweight title challenger Freeman Barr, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in June, and Florida Hall of Fame announcer Bob Alexander along with several others visited with fans throughout the game. (more…)



May 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Salita and “Detroit Brawl” fighters give back

Tuesday morning at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Promoter Dmitriy Salita and several fighters from his upcoming “Detroit Brawl” event volunteered their time to assist the Forgotten Harvest organization with passing out food to deserving families. The group consisted of Salita, main event participant Demetrius Banks, co-main event fighter James Gordon Smith, James Ballard and Darrell Van Horn.

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Salita’s “Detroit Brawl” is scheduled for Saturday night at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit. The card will feature Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) in the six-round cruiserweight main event against Bronx-based cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs), as well as Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) in the six-round co-main event against Mexico’s Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs). Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago’s Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight scrap, while middleweight Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico’s Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder.



May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford Camp cancels Postol’s stamp

Photo: Mikey Williams

During Tuesday’s Crawford-Postol kick-off presser, WBC super lightweight world champion Victor Postol presented a larger than life commemorative stamp of himself to his opponent WBO jr weterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford. The stamp not only featured Postol’s image but also foreshadowed the result of their upcoming fight, with a caption that included Postol’s record after their fight, complete with projected record and unified titles.

After viewing the artwork, Crawford told Team Postol, “There’s only one place for junk mail and that’s the shredder. I’m going to cancel your stamp and your reign as WBC champion on July 23. The new face of boxing isn’t on that stamp, it’s in front of you.”

Crawford’s trainer Brian “BoMac” Mcintyre then drew an X over Postol’s face with a Sharpie.

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May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford: I’m looking at going in there and destroying this man

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) faced off on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the kick-off press conference for their July 23 pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Terence Crawford: On paper everybody says this is gonna be a 50/50 fight. But in my eyes, I’m looking at going in there and destroying this man right here. I know I don’t say too much to the public because I’m always focused on the task at hand, but when I say this is different for me, this IS different for me. I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance, my first pay-per-view, and I’m looking forward to many more to come. After July 23, my record will be 29-0 with 21 knockouts.

Viktor Postol: I’m sure that I’ll unify the WBC and WBO belt on the 23 of July…it will be a spectacular fight.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, unveiled the entire pay-per-view telecast: WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) makes his first defense against Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs), WBO #1 featherweight and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KOs) will face WBO #2 rated Matias Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) in a bout that could wind up for a world title, and former WBA interim jr welterweight champ Jose Benavidez Jr. (24-0, 16 KOs) meets Francisco Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs).

Also on the card will be welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (34-2, 24 KOs) against Ik Yang (19-1, 14 KOs) and 2012 Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata (9-0, 6 KOs) takes on “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24 KOs).

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May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Warren calls for Flanagan-Crolla unification clash

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has issued a statement on making a potential unification clash between WBO lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan (30-0, 12 KOs) and WBA lightweight king Anthony Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs). “In simple terms, no barriers, no excuses, let’s get it done! The ball is now firmly in Team Crolla’s court. Flanagan is ready and I’m ready and our door is open,” stated Warren.

Quite simply, Flanagan v Crolla has to happen. when has there even been an opportunity to see two world champions from the same city, in fact the same school, attempt to unify their World titles?

Far too often, politics get in the way of making great events, now so more than ever before. During my 35 year career, I have co-promoted countless of events with major promoters in the UK and around the world, including Matchroom so I see no reason why this cannot happen again. (more…)



May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Cruisers showcased on ShoBox Friday

Four young, undefeated cruiserweights from the United States will look to make a name for themselves when they meet in the featured bouts on ShoBox this Friday from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. The cruiserweight division has traditionally been dominated by Europeans boxers. Friday’s U.S.-born ShoBox fighters will be seeking to change that perception. In the main event, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (12-0, 11 KOs) takes on Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (17-0, 11 KOs), while 2012 U.S. Olympian, Michael Hunter (11-0, 8 KOs) faces Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) in the co-feature. (more…)



May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Ruslan Provodnikov Update

Former WBO junior welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky”, Ruslan Provodnikov is deep in training in Indio, Calif. with his trainer Joel Diaz for his June 11 Showtime clash against John Molina Jr. at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.

“Knowing exactly the date and the opponent makes me unstoppable and mentally confident in training,”Provodnikov said. “This fight will start a new page in my career. I want to show the people that have already written me off the books what I can do in the ring. I will be ready for another war on June 11. I am very happy with the way training camp is going. Joel Diaz is a great trainer and is helping me correct some of the bad habits that I had in previous fights.”

Provodnikov-Molina Jr. will headline a tripleheader that will also feature a WBC super welterweight elimination bout between Demetrius Andrade and Willie Nelson, plus a battle for the vacant WBC lightweight world championship that will pit No. 1 Dejan Zlaticanin against No. 2 Emiliano Marsili



May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Updated Crawford-Postol Ticket Info

Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol will collide in a 12-round world title unification fight, to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140-pound division on Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate and the motion picture “Hands of Stone,” tickets to Crawford vs. Postol, priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees, are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849. Tickets will also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or AXS.com.



May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Illinois Commission holds training seminar

The Illinois State Athletic Commission completed a Continuing Education/Medical Training Seminar on Saturday, April 30th at Garfield Park in Chicago. More than 50 judges, referees, and commission inspectors from both boxing and mixed martial arts attended. Also in attendance were instructors Celestino Ruiz, boxing referee, from Chicago, IL, Mike Fitzgerald, boxing judge from Janesville, WI, and Illinois Commission Doctor, Nicholas Rizzo from Chicago, IL. According to one attendee, the seminar was a success with much positive feedback. The seminar was informative and the instructors were knowledgeable and engaging. The Commission looks forward to making this an annual event.



May 10th, 2016

UFC

Sioux Falls and Chicago headliners announced

The summer of UFC continues to heat up, with two July shows getting intriguing main events that were announced Sunday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 198 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Darmani Rock: The newest Philly Heavyweight Hope

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Philadelphia is known for having a rich boxing history. Philly fighters, whether they are champions or not, are known as some of the most memorable warriors to ever lace on the gloves. So it is understandable that the City is buzzing lately, as a new crop of promising boxers embark on their professional careers.

The group includes Jaron Ennis, Joshua Jones, Christian Carto and a few others. All of them have either recently debuted or are on the brink of taking that first step toward their dream of becoming a professional world champion.

Leading the pack of these new young Philly lions is Germantown’s Darmani Rock, a heavyweight who has won almost every trophy, medal and honor available to a young amateur fighter. So for Darmani, it is time to move on to the next level.

“As an amateur, you can’t eat no medals,” Rock said “You can’t feed your family off no medals. It feels good to be pro now and getting paid for it.” (more…)



May 10th, 2016

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McKenzie-Kucher clash for Euro cruiser belt

Cruiserweight Ovill “The Upsetter” McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KOs) will challenge Dmytro Kucher (23-1-1, 17 KOs) for the Vacant European title at London’s famed York Hall on June 10th. It’s a big return for McKenzie, who just missed out on claiming a world title when he pushed IBF ruler Victor Emilio Ramirez to a controversial draw in Argentina last October.

“I’m delighted that Queensberry Promotions won the purse bid today and that I’ll be fighting for the prized European title for the first,” stated McKenzie. “This a fantastic fight to return back into after the disappointment in Argentina when I should have been crowned world champion. However, that’s in the past and now I want that beautiful European belt around my waist and then look at the world title again. Kucher looks dangerous, but he doesn’t have the experience I have and that will be crucial in this fight.”



May 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Inoue’s brother keeps OPBF 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Though WBO junior flyweight champ Naoya Inoue is nicknamed “Monster”, his 20-year-old brother Takuma Inoue (7-0, 2 KOs), 114.75, is also going to follow his footstep as he very impressively retained his OPBF 115-pound belt by disposing of Indonesian national titlist Afrizal Tamboresi (12-5, 6 KOs), 114.25, at 1:40 of the second session on the undercard of his elder brother’s defense on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Takuma, who had won the belt of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) in his fifth pro bout as early as Naoya, displayed his improvement in quickly flooring the more experienced opponent with solid combinations and decking him again with strong rights to prompt the referee’s intervention. (more…)



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