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JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be “a fight of the year type war”

JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be a fight of the year type war

Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido Three-time world champion in two division Orlando "Siri" Salido and WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco "Bandido" Vargas ...

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA interim welterweight champion David "Ava" Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous ...

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former IBF lightweight champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs), now fighting at 144lbs., scored a ten round ...

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez In an upset, local lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (19-6, 11 KOs) surprised WBC #4 rated Nery "Pantera" ...

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo took a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training ...

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Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. will fight a fan on March 20

47-year-old former world champion Roy Jones Jr. isn’t hanging up the gloves just yet. Jones (62-9, 45 KOs) will step into the ring against a selected boxing fan on a March 20 pay-per-view event with $100,000 on the line. If you’re interested, submit up to a 90-second video explaining why you’re worthy of stepping into the ring with Roy. If you knock him out, you get the $100,000.



February 13th, 2016

Boxing News

New opponent for Tatli: Massimiliano Ballisai

Report/Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen/Ammattinyrkkeily.net

European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (26-1, 9 KOs) will now defend against Massimiliano Ballisai (20-2, 12 KOs) on March 18 at the Espoon Metro Arena in Espoo, Finland. Tatli was originally slated to face Kevin Mitchell, but Mitchell abruptly pulled out of the fight and retired.

Also featured on the card is unbeaten WBC female super featherweight champion Eva Wahlström (16-0-1, 3 KOs) defending against Dahiana Santana (35-7, 14 KOs).

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February 13th, 2016


UFC

Silva, Bisping trade barbs with fight nearing

Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva are in the homestretch for UFC FIGHT PASS main event in London on Feb. 27, and they hugged it out in front of cameras and reporters at the UFC Gym here on Thursday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 13th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #14 Roman KOs Robles

WBA #14 ranked super bantamweight Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Ramiro Robles (12-5-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Roman, who won his tenth straight fight, made his second successful defense of the NABA title he won last year. Robles missed weight and the title would have become vacant had he upset Roman.



February 13th, 2016


Boxing News

Weights from Detroit

Weights/Photos: Brad Snyder, The Undercard

Mohammad Adam 134.8 vs Carl Currie 133.8
Winford Harris 151.8 vs Antoine Elerson TBD
Clarence Dubose 195 vs Dave Mbah 194.4
John Chalbeck 156.6 vs Dean Walsh 151.6
Scott Conner 268 vs Rubin Williams 227
Ryan Pokryfky 268 vs Cassius Anderson 232
Anthony Simms 183.8 vs Eric Moon 179.6
Brian Jackson 168 vs Deandre Ware 168
Michael Shipp Hernandez 183.2 vs Joe Louis Jones 187.4
Christopher Johnson 138.6 vs Alden Wattley 137.8

Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre
Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Tickets: AXS.com, Royal Oak Music Theatre Box Office
Doors: 7 PM, First Bout: 7:30

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February 12th, 2016

WBA

200 million see Qiu Xiao Jun win WBA Int’l belt

Photo: WBA

Friday afternoon at Olympic Park Arena in Lu Zhou, China, Qiu Xiao Jun (20-2, 19 KOs), aka The Dragon, from Suzhou, China, won a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA Pan-Africa Super bantamweight champion Raymond “Chorkor Banku” Commey (13-3, 7 KOs), from Accra, Ghana, to win the WBA International super bantamweight title. All three judges scored the bout 118-109.

It was Zhou’s first defense of the title he won stopping Amor Belahdj Ali three months ago in Monte Carlo. “I gave my best to get this win and I did,” he said. “Now I want the black and gold belt.”

The main event scored a 5.9 rating, the highest among all CCTV channels in China and the 3rd in all China. A total of 200 million people tuned in to watch the Chinese prospect. (more…)



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Studio City, California

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Alex Saucedo 141.6 vs. Clarence Booth 142.6
Andy Vences 130.2 vs. Yardley Suarez 132
Toka Kahn Clary 127 vs. Gabino Cota 127.4
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.6 vs. Mike Snider 170.4
Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146.4 vs. Prenice Brewer 147
Bryan Flores 155.4 vs. Rudy Lozano 154
Jessy Martinez 150 vs. Jared Teer 149

Venue: Sportsmans Lodge, Studio City, California
Promoter: Top Ranak
TV: UniMas

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February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Eddie Gomez re-signs with Golden Boy

Eager to resume his quest for a world championship in 2016, the fighting pride of the Bronx, Eddie “Eboy” Gomez (18-1, 11 KOs), will do so with Golden Boy Promotions in his corner once again. The highly-regarded 23-year-old super welterweight, has re-signed with boxing’s premier promoter, guaranteeing that the world will continue to see his talent on the sport’s biggest stages.

“2016 is going to be a big year for all of us and I am glad that Golden Boy Promotions will continue to be on my side,” said Eddie Gomez. “I am looking forward to taking on any challenges to gain a championship title and I know I can trust the team at Golden Boy to guide me in the right direction, they have my loyalty.” (more…)



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Obregon

Fernando Cárcamo 144 vs. Daniel Echeverría 144
Julio Barraza 131 vs. Edson Ramírez 130
Gilberto Parra 111.5 vs. Esteban Bermúdez 111
David Sánchez 118.5 vs. Eleazar Valenzuela 120
Hassam Valenzuela 150 vs. Lizandro de los Santos 147
Juan Montiel 160 vs. Adrián Reyes 160

Venue: Centro de Usos Múltiples in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México
Promotor: Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7, Azteca América/beIN Sports



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Colonna: Fonfara is the hardest hitting puncher I’ve ever worked with

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Everyone wants to see a Stevenson-Fonfara bout and we should be next in line to fight him! We’re ready to go. It’s already in Andrew’s head. And he already hits so hard! I’ve trained many, many fighters, and pound for pound, he’s the hardest hitting puncher I’ve ever worked with. Both hands. No matter if he hits you with left or right hand. Uppercuts, jab… his jab hits harder than most fighters’ right hand,” said Sam Colonna, trainer of #2 WBC rated light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara 28-3, 16 KO). Colonna, who has worked with “Polish Prince” since his first pro fight, also voiced a very strong opinion about boxing and social media…



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

McGuigan warns Joshua: Don’t fight Martin

By Karl Freitag

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua is rated WBC #2 (behind only Alexander Povetkin), WBO #2 (behind only Joseph Parker), and IBF #4 (behind only Erkan Teper who is currently suspended for PEDs, and with the one and two ratings vacant).

However, BoxNation boxing analyst, Carl Frampton’s manager/promoter and former world champion Barry McGuigan warns Joshua to steer clear of a proposed bout with largely unproven IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin. Even though McGuigan believes Joshua well might get past Martin and become heavyweight champion, he could pay a heavy price down the line by having to defend against better quality opponents than he’s ready for.

The question is, if the #2 fighter with three of the four major sanctioning bodies isn’t ready for a world title shot, who is? Conversely, if Joshua isn’t ready (and granted he has never faced a top ten fighter), why is he rated so highly?



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Barnett Returns to Face Veteran Attah Feb 27 in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The first of two straight Saturday night boxing cards in the Nation’s Capitol will take place on February 27th when King’s Promotions will bring a card to the Washington Convention Center.

Headlining the card will be the return of DC lightweight Ty Barnett who will be in an eight-round main event bout against former world title challenger Daniel “The Prophet” Attah of DC. Barnett (22-4-1, 14 KO’s) has not fought since suffering a ninth-round TKO loss to Cosme Rivera on May 31, 2014 at the Washington Convention Center. Attah (28-21-1, 11 KO’s) will be looking to break an eight-bout losing streak including a fourth-round stoppage loss to Ayaz Hussain on December 4 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (more…)



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Queretaro

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez WBC

Andrés Gutiérrez 129.8 Manuel Echenique 127
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Marco Antonio Periban 176 vs José Miguel Torres 170.5
Yessica Nery 105.6 vs Anahi Torres 106.7

Venue: El Marqués, Querétaro
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Tv: Televisa

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February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Chocolatito added to Golovkin-Wade card

WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) will defend his title against world-ranked Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 13 KOs) on April 23 at the Fabulous Forum in the co-featured bout to the world middleweight clash between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Dominic “Lights Out” Wade, it was announced today by K2 Promotions. Both bouts will be televised Live on HBO.

This is the third straight card pairing top pound-for-pound candidates Golovkin and Gonzalez. Arroyo is the twin brother of IBF super flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo.

Tickets for the April 23rd event priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, will go on-sale Tuesday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office.



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Hunter, Mendez, Marrero added to Feb 27 card

Unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (10-0, 7 KOs), middleweight contender Paul Mendez (20-2-2, 10 KOs) and featherweight contender Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (19-1, 14 KOs) will compete in separate bouts highlighting undercard action on Saturday, February 27 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The event is headlined by a Showtime-televised tripleheader featuring undefeated three-division world champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz making his first featherweight world title defense against former world champion Kiko Martinez.In the co-feature bout, Mexican warriors Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz will meet again in an awaited super bantamweight world title rematch and opening the telecast, heavyweights Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington and Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas will put their unblemished records on the line in a 10-round matchup. (more…)



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Arthur Tunstall Passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian Olympic Games boxing manager, Arthur Tunstall has passed away at his son’s residence on the South Coast of New South Wales on Thursday at the age of 93 years. He was the honorary secretary/treasurer of the Amateur Boxing Union of Australia for 46 years, from 1953 to 1999. He was Australia’s Olympic boxing team manager at the Games in 1960, 1968, 1976 and 1980; a boxing technical delegate at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics; a boxing jury member at the 1984 and Sydney 2000 Games. (more…)



February 12th, 2016

UFC

The 10: Greatest UFC fights in England

With the Octagon set to return to London on Feb. 27 for a UFC FIGHT PASS event headlined by former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and England’s top UFC export, Michael “The Count” Bisping, it only seemed fitting to comb the record books to come up with a list of the top UFC fights to take place on British soil . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley Undercard Mexico City Presser Pics

Photos: Zanfer

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, WBO #1 super middleweight contender and mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, WBO #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, and unbeaten Olympian junior welterweight Jose Ramírez were in Mexico City Thursday to discuss their upcoming fights on the April 9 Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard. Joining them Zanfer President Fernando Beltran.

CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA DE BOX AZTECA

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February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Filipino Rivera wins vacant OPBF 140lb belt by stopping ex-champ Iwabuchi

rivera-bb300aBy Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

An unheralded and unknown Filipino youngster named Al Rivera (15-2, 13 KOs), 140, stunned the crowd on Thursday at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, where he seized the vacant OPBF super-lightweight belt by a unexpectedly lopsided stoppage of ex-Japanese national titlist Shinya Iwabuchi (26-6-1, 22 KOs), 140, at 1:25 of the seventh round in a scheduled twelve. It was third-time unlucky for Iwabuchi, formerly national champ having defended three times, to have failed to win the OPBF belt on as many occasions as he lost to Korean Min-Wook Kim on points in 2013 and was flattened by compatriot Keita Obara in the twelfth and final canto in 2014.

Obara had renounced the regional belt in order to pursue the IBF world throne after he battled to a hard-fought draw with Walter Castillo in Miami, Florida, last November, and his previous victim thus participated in the OPBF title go for the vacant championship. (more…)



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Pungluang retains WBO bantamweight title

WBO bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (52-3, 35 KOs) retained his belt with a seven round technical decision over Jetro Pabustan (26-2-6, 7 KOs) on Friday in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Heads clashed numerous times in the fight and the bout was eventually halted due to a bad cut suffered by Pabustan. Scores were a 70-63 clean sweep for Pungluang, who was making his first defense of the belt.



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Cunningham scolds Tarver over drug test claims

Former world champion Steve Cunningham delivered a scathing rebuke to Antonio Tarver’s allegations that he was framed with a rigged drug test in connection their fight last year.

Response to @antoniotarver .

Posted by Steve Cunningham on Thursday, February 11, 2016



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Black History Month: celebrating black boxers in New York

More on the 50 Cent vs. Billy Dib war

Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg mind games heat up

Ants are good boxers, video shows



February 12th, 2016

UFC

Breese turns from UFC student to fighter

It’s a long time removed from his upcoming UFC FIGHT PASS bout in London against Keita Nakamura on Feb. 27, but Tom Breese still remembers that his mother wasn’t too pleased when he announced to her that he’d leave the lecture hall for sweaty mats and a steel cage . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Ontario, Calif.

Danny Roman 122 vs. Ramiro Robles 123.9
LaRon Mitchell 247 vs. Juan Manuel Dominguez 210
Fernando Fuentes 126.6 vs. Jorge Ruiz 127
Rudy Puga 166 vs. Alejandro Osuna 162.7
Miguel Trejo 153.1 vs. Thomas Howard 155.8
Jhordy Ramirez 119.9 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 120

Note: Danny Roman is making the second defense of his NABA 122-pound title, however Robles weighed in over the contract weight at 123.9. As a result, Robles will not be eligible for the championship should he upset Roman.

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, Calif.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing



February 12th, 2016

Boxing News

Carcamo-Echeverria on beIN SPORTS Saturday

beIN SPORTS en Español will air the welterweight clash between the pride of Obregon, Fernando “Guerrero Yaqui” Carcamo (20-6, 15 KOs) and Durango’s Daniel “Tocado” Echeverria (19-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday from Obregon, Mexico. Carcamo was runner-up in the 2014 Boxcino tournament.

The co-main event highlights Hermosillo’s Julio Barraza (13-0, 9 KOs) against Mexico City’s Edson “Buba” Ramirez (13-2, 5 KOs) in a 10 round super featherweight showdown.



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Smelts, Belts and Jose Ramírez

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By Bill Dwyre

Wednesday brought another boxing news conference and another masterpiece of salesmanship and jaw-dropping from the master of that, Bob Arum.

Arum is the chief executive of Top Rank Promotions. He is 84 years old, going on 52. He seems to have the energy of a ten-year-old with attention deficit disorder. Think of him as ADD Bob.

In late March, he will have been in the boxing promotion business for 50 years. He is basically a New York lawyer who lost his way early in life and is proud of it. He has promoted the likes of Muhamad Ali, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Any similarity among those three has yet to be found. Ali was the greatest, Mayweather the loudest and Pacquiao the nicest.

Arum navigates all that like a motorcycle rider on the 405 freeway at rush hour. He zips in, zips out and makes lots of loud noises along the way. (more…)



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Tarver: I did nothing wrong

Former world champion Antonio Tarver says he was framed and challenges the validity of a failed drug test in connection his fight with Steve Cunningham last year. Tarver, 47, was fined $50,000 and suspended today by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Mollo: Who does Zimnoch thinks he is? Mike Tyson?

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Heavyweight Mike Mollo (20-5, 12 KO) isn’t skipping a day (even though today is his birthday) of training with Sam Colonna. “No birthday cake for me,” said always ready to brawl Merciless Mike, who on February 20 in Legionowo, Poland will challenge undefeated Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-0, 12 KO). “Sam and Rita (Figueroa) did a great job by pushing me to the limits. Sam is a great trainer – he knows what to do it and when. Zimnoch is saying that I won’t see a second round? Who does he thinks he is? Mike Tyson? He can say whatever he wants. God bless him. I’ll be ready.”



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Ortiz-Thompson/Ali-Vargas Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag

WBA interim heavyweight world champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) and Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) held an international media call on Thursday ahead of their HBO-televised world title bout at the DC Armory in Washington D.C. on March 5.

Luis Ortiz: I admire Tony Thompson for taking the fight. Nobody else wanted to take it. I’m going to come and do my job on March 5. I’m going to show Tony what I do.

[On the five heavyweights who turned down the fight] I don’t understand the ones who don’t want to fight me. This is boxing. Why would they avoid me? There’s no reason to avoid another man.

Tony Thompson: My whole career has been a span of short notice fights. This is nothing new to us. And before you ask me, no, I wasn’t in the gym. It don’t matter because I’m working my a– off and I didn’t want to talk myself into this fight to get embarrassed in my home town or HBO. I’ve only been on HBO one time. They never invited me back, so I’m out to prove not only to my hometown that I’m a live candidate in this division, but to HBO or any other television network that chose to leave me off for whatever reason.

Also on the call were WBO #1 welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) and WBO #4 Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) who collide for the vacant WBO welterweight world title in the co-feature.

Jessie Vargas: He’s not on my level. And on March 5th I’m gonna show it…He doesn’t have the experience that I have. He’s never had to dig deep. He hasn’t been in those wars…I’m coming back with a vengeance to take what’s mine!

Sadam Ali: This is my chance. He had his. Well, he has another. That’s good for him. But I’m ready…People say I run. I box. I move. I fight smart…I’m going to be WBO champ and I’m excited about that.



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Fabrica de Campeones first show of the year on Friday

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Pascual Campomanes

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico has always been a hotbed for boxing, but in the last couple of years the city has turned up the heat with over sixty fights cards last year and with 2016 gearing up the same. Five different club-level type promoters will be throwing their hat in the ring this month of February and this upcoming Friday, February 12th, it is the Fabrica de Campeones (Champion Factory) turn to put up their best effort.

The promotional company is headed by Romulo Quirarte Jr, chief trainer of Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, and the son of legendary Mexican trainer Romulo Quirarte Sr. Mr. Quirarte Sr. is best known for making champions of the late great Juan Jose “Dinamita” Estrada, Raul “Jibaro” Perez and Julio Cesar Chavez. He has also taken to world title best former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco and former flyweight female champion Kenia Enriquez. Mr. Quirarte Sr. has also worked the corner of the aforementioned “Zorrita” Soto, Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr among countless others. The fight card on Friday will mark the third fight card for the promotional company since its debut in the summer of 2015. (more…)



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Orozco-Acosta clash March 25

IBF #4/WBC #5 rated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (23-0, 15 KOs) is ready to gain a shot at a world title in 2016, but first he takes on faded former WBA super lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-8-2, 23 KOs) on March 25 on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV, from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

In the co-main event, newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter, Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (16-3-2, 12 KOs) will fight in a 10-round featherweight fight. Hoping to make air time on Estrella TV, Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (5-0, 3 KOs) will be participating in a six-round swing bout. (more…)



February 11th, 2016

UFC

Danho’s long journey finally leads to UFC

Chances are you would have guessed it without him mentioning it, but Jarjis Danho loves eating. That’s not the only reason why the UFC’s newest heavyweight prospect – who makes his Octagon debut on UFC FIGHT PASS on Feb. 27 – packs a whopping 290 pounds into a 6-foot-3 frame, but the love for food did save the former powerlifter’s family’s life in a way . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Saucedo-Booth showdown on UniMas Saturday

On Saturday night, the scene shifts to the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California for Valley Fight Night 6 and another installment of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas. In the eight round welterweight main event, 21-year-old Oklahoma prodigy Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (20-0, 14 KOs) takes on the toughest challenge of his young career against Florida’s Clarence Booth (13-1, 7 KOs).

Saucedo introduced himself to Southern California fight fans last year with a spectacular fourth round KO of Jake Giuriceo. But the powerful Booth is riding an 11 bout win streak, with his only professional loss coming at the hands of another undefeated prospect Cletus Seldin. (more…)



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez: Gradovich is a big step up

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Two-time Mexican Olympian featherweight Oscar Valdez (18-0, 16 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico, will have the biggest test of his career when he takes on former world champion Evgeny Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KOs) of Russia, on the April 9 Pacquiao-Bradley PPV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. We caught up with Valdez on Wednesday.

“I am pretty excited for this fight for a lot of reasons,” Valdez told Fightnews.com. “Going on a big card like Pacquiao-Bradley means a lot to me. I know a lot of people are going to be there to watch that fight and they will have to see me first. This is a good opportunity for me to show, who Oscar Valdez really is.”

Valdez has been gearing up for the last three weeks, working with his trainer Manny Robles at the Rock Gym in Carson, California. “We’ve been training really hard, Manny and I, sparring with fighters from our gym. We’re going to be ready for the fight,” Valdez said. (more…)



February 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Badou Jack?

Looks like former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could return to the ring in April against WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack. According to the WBC, the Badou Jack vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. title bout was proposed during the Annual WBC Convention in Kunming, China. Accordingly, Julio has started to train for that bout in Los Angeles, California.



February 11th, 2016




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