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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check ...

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank In his first ten-rounder, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) went the ...

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Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a first round KO over ...

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Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

Photos: Scott Foster Super flyweight Jonathan "Pitbull" Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Juan "El Loquito" Kantun (21-7-3, 15 ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa,

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Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

Rigondeaux annihilates Looknongyantoy

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Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

Vidal KOs Kantun in Kissimmee

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Boxing News

Abraham, Sjekloca confident of victory on May 3

Photo: Team Sauerland

Photo: Team Sauerland


Here are the main quotes from today’s kick-off press conference ahead of the fight between WBO Super-Middleweight World Champion Arthur Abraham and Nikola Sjekloca on May 3 at the Velodrom Berlin, Germany, which will host its first ever world title fight.

Nikola Sjekloca: “I am going to dethrone the ‘King’ Arthur and take his title away. Last year, I had a competitive fight against Sakio Bika, who went on to win the WBC Belt. Now I want to win the WBO Title and unify against Bika in a rematch. I do not underestimate Abraham as I am following his career since he had his first world championship fight. I studied his style in detail and know how to beat him.”

Arthur Abraham: “To study my style by watching videos is one thing, to step into the ring against me the other. I am leaving for training camp tomorrow morning. I know for a fact that my coach Ulli Wegner will come up with the right game plan for me to be victorious on May 3. I am really looking forward to defend the WBO World Championship in my hometown of Berlin.”



April 8th, 2014



Boxing News

More Results from Super Sunday in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

It was a crazy Sunday with too many important bouts in Japan. In Tokyo, Naoya Inoue, a 20-year-old Japanese youngster, so brilliantly wrested the WBC 108-pound belt with such a fine demolition of Adrian Hernandez in six lopsided rounds, while WBC flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi kept his throne by a one-punch knockout of game and gallant Mexican Odilon Zaleta in nine competitive rounds.

The undercards were also entertaining contests with future champs therein. Former two-time national high school champ Takuma Inoue (just 2-0), 110, amazingly defeated WBA #4/WBC #5/IBF #5 Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-3, 15 KOs), 110, by a very unanimous decision (all 79-73) over eight. The 18-year-old brother of the newly crowned WBC champ Naoya also looked so talented and gifted that he beat up the more experienced son of the ex-world titlist from Thailand, battered him with more powerful combinations and piled up points very steadily. We look forward to the growth of Takuma Inoue as well as Kosei Tanaka of Nagoya, both of whom were good rivals in many amateur tournaments. (more…)



April 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Toronto

By Dave Spencer

Sebastien Gauthier 129.6 vs. Tyson Cave 129.8 **

Sam Vargas 149.6 vs. Tebor Brosch 146.6
Abokan Bokye 197.2 vs. Lyndon Chambers 198

**Results of Ontario same day weigh-in. Both weighed in yesterday for the NABA Canadian Title with Cave coming in at 122 pounds and Gauthier 121.4.

Location: Royal York Hotel
First Bell: 8:45



April 8th, 2014

UFC

Lou Lauria Joins Ultimate Fighting Championship as Vice President, Governing Body Relationships and International Fight Week

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Lou Lauria has joined the company as Vice President, Governing Body Relationships and International Fight Week. In this role, Lauria will oversee the company’s relationships with national, continental, and international sports federations. He will also spearhead the UFC’s global expansion and influence during International Fight Week™ in Las Vegas. (more…)



April 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao to make his grand arrival today

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who returns to a U.S. ring for the first time since 2012, will kick off Fight Week with his Grand Arrival today inside the main lobby of the MGM Grand. Pacquiao, his Hall of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of his team, will arrive at 1:30 P.M. PT in a bus custom-designed with Pacquiao’s image. Fans are invited to attend and give boxing’s only eight-division world champion a boisterous welcome as he attempts to regain the WBO welterweight title from the undefeated defending champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. This will be the first time Pacquiao has ever challenged to regain a world title he formerly held.

As for Bradley? He will break camp today, then head to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles this evening to appear on TNT’s Lakers-Rockets telecast before heading to Las Vegas.



April 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Sony announces PlayStation deal with Top Rank

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced they are the official gaming partner of Top Rank Boxing, the PlayStation brand and the PlayStation4 system (PS4) will be highlighted at several of Top Rank’s premier events, including the highly anticipated world welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on Saturday. In addition, the PlayStation brand will be integrated into the June 7 pay-per-view match-up at Madison Square Garden between three-division champ Miguel Cotto and reigning middleweight champ Sergio Martinez. Additional events to feature PlayStation integration include the May 17 bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado at the Forum in Los Angeles and several UniMas events. (more…)



April 8th, 2014

Boxing News

British Eurosport to show Klitschko-Leapai in UK

By James Slater

Fight fans who have access to British Eurosport are in luck, as the TV network will carry live coverage of the Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai fight on April 26th. David Kerr, managing director of British Eurosport said moments ago that “It’s fantastic to be broadcasting this high profile world heavyweight title clash in the classic Saturday night slot.” Most people feel 38-year-old Klitschko, 61-3(51) and the holder of the Ring Magazine, WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles, will be too much for the 30-4-3(24) Samoan. Still, 34-year-old Leapai can punch and he earned his shot by upsetting Denis Boytsov back in November of last year. Leapai is a huge underdog, yet he believes in his power and feels he has the stuff to cause an even bigger upset.

RTL will televise the fight in Germany. As of yet, no U.S. TV outlet has announced live coverage of the world heavyweight championship fight, so like in the recent Golovkin-Adama fight, Americans could be on the outside looking in.



April 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

How does Manny Pacquiao spend a day off? More

Enzo Calzaghe has opened up a memorabilia shop to share memories of Joe Calzaghe. More

“I try to focus on just Floyd,” Floyd Mayweather talks about his upcoming fight with Marcos Maidana and the Pacquiao-Bradley II match this weekend. More

Barry McGuigan looks to prepare Carl Frampton for an eventual showdown with Leo Santa Cruz. More



April 8th, 2014

UFC

UFN Abu Dhabi Main Card Fantasy Preview

Roy Nelson has talked for years about how much he loved the glory days of PRIDE Fighting Championships and his desire to one day face the legends who helped rule the roost in the Japan-based promotion. Now Nelson will get his chance to face one of the most iconic champions from that time when he takes on Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in the main event of the UFC’s upcoming return to Abu Dhabi this Friday . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Charr-Johnson heats up

Photo: Diamond Boy Promotions

Photo: Diamond Boy Promotions


On Saturday night heavyweights Manuel Charr and Kevin Johnson collide in the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. They faced off Monday at the final press conference.

Kevin Johnson: Maybe you don’t know this yet, but Germany is my country. I don’t feel like an ‘away’ boxer here. At least when I’ve kicked Manuel Charr’s a** and beat him the Germans will love me!

Manuel Charr: For me, a lot is at stake. This is a big and important fight. But I’m sure that I will be the first to knock out Kevin Johnson.



April 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Geale-Macklin set for HBO May 24

A showdown between former middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) and former title challenger Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) is on for a May 24 HBO date at a venue to be named. Also on that telecast, unbeaten heavyweights Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) and Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) meet in a WBC eliminator.

That telecast will go head-to-head with Showtime’s presentation of the WBC lightweight heavyweight title fight between former HBO fighter Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara.



April 8th, 2014


Boxing News

Clottey Camp confident of win over Mundine

Photo: Star Boxing

Photo: Star Boxing


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

New York boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing ,is confident that his boxer and former IBF welterweight champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) can upset WBA #3 Anthony” The Man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) at the Entertainment Centre, New South Wales, Australia on Wednesday night and then receive an opportunity to challenge for the WBA light middleweight title held by boxing’s best pound for pound boxer Floyd Mayweather. DeGuardia said, “I’m looking forward to the Mundine–Clottey fight. It’s an important fight for both of them and at this stage in their careers could very well mean the world championship next for the winner, and retirement for loser.”

Clottey has excellent credentials having defeated Zab Judah in 2008 to capture the IBF welterweight title and in 2009 dropped a split decision to Miguel Cotto in WBO welterweight title challenge. However his last significant fight was back in 2010 against Manny Pacquiao. The promoters of the Mundine vs. Clottey are Boxa Promotions and Star Boxing. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Main Event.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Chaichotchuang says Takuma Inoue will be a future superstar like his brother

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading IBF Asian promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang says that Japanese flyweight Takuma Inoue (2-0) is a future superstar after defeating WBA #4, IBF #5, WBC #5 Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (23-3, 15 KOs) on Sunday in Ota-City, Japan. On the same promotion Takuma’s brother Naoya captured the WBC 108 pound crown in only his sixth professional fight. “Takuma Inoue is a future superstar after showing amazing skills in defeating my experienced world rated 108 pound boxer, Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr in Japan on Sunday,” said Chaichotchuang. “Also his brother Naoya won the WBC world title in only his sixth fight. They are both outstanding boxers. Takuma was a successful amateur who has made the transition to the professional ranks perfectly to defeat a world rated opponent. Fahlan was impressive in 2013 on first trip to Japan when he scored a third round KO over former WBA mini flyweight champion Ryo Miyazaki. In the future I will keep Fahlan Sakkreerin boxing in the correct division which is jr flyweight (108) not as a flyweight (112). I am confident Sakkreerin will learn from this loss to Inoue and will go on to be a world champion at 108 pounds.”



April 7th, 2014

UFC

UFC to make San Antonio debut June 28

For the first time in company history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® will come to San Antonio on Saturday, June 28 at AT&T Center. The main event will feature a five-round featherweight bout between two of the division’s top contenders and most exciting strikers in Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Campillo on Stevenson-Fonfara

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“The most important weapon in Andrzej Fonfara’s arsenal is not his right hand – against Adonis Stevenson it will be his jab,” said former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (22-6, 9 KOs) after the first sparring session with the Polish WBC title challenger in Chicago. “Gabriel is a very smart, very efficient fighter who doesn’t waste his punches,” commented Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) who will be sparring with Campillo and two other fighters for the next three weeks and then move his camp to Big Bear. Fonfara and Stevenson collide on May 24 in Montreal.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao: Last day at the Wild Card

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao worked out at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood during the final day of training camp Monday before heading to Las Vegas for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

More photos…



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez targets Erislandy Lara

Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) is taking aim at WBA “regular” super welterweight beltholder Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) as his next opponent. “My next fight will be on July 12 at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada,” said Canelo via his Instragram page. “We have several options for opponents, and one name is top is Lara. It has already been offered to him. He only needs to accept and stop talking so much!”

Lara is currently scheduled to defend his WBA title against Ishe Smith on May 2, so if he accepts Canelo’s offer, he would be back in the ring nine weeks after that fight.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Caballero speaks about big win in Japan

Fighting outside of the United States for the first time, and only the third time outside of his native California, Coachella’s Randy “El Matador” Caballero scored the biggest win of his pro career last Friday in Kobe, Japan, as he stopped Kohei Ohba in eight rounds to earn a mandatory shot at IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall.

“This was a big win for me, and I thank my team, my promoter, and my friends, family, and fans for all their support,” said Caballero. “I didn’t care where the fight was, I was going to win and leave no doubts. Now it’s on to a world title fight, and I can’t wait for my shot at Stuart Hall.” (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Toronto

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Sebastien Gauthier 121.4 lbs. vs Tyson Cave 122 lbs.

NABA “CANADA” super bantamweight title
Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Other participants weigh in day of the fight.

After a week of heated words, Canada’s two best super-bantamweights faced off against each other in advance of tomorrow’s 29th annual Shaw Festival at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Both posted wins against each other as amateurs and have been on a collision course as pros over the past eight years.

There certainly isn’t any love lost between the pair, “He never got better, never was able to sit down on his punches and never had the guts to pull those power punches,” Gauthier (22-4-1 14KO) told FightNews. “It’s time for him to pay the price, the running is going to go on for a few rounds but at some point he’s going to have to sit down and feel the leather.”

Cave (23-2 8KO) was just as adamant in his assessment of Gauthier, “Who wants to see him fight? Who wants to see him walk around like a robot, throw big punches and get tired after the fifth round? Nobody. He can’t win the big fights. I want Sebastien to call me or email me to say thank you, for me making him relevant again, because I’m the guy who’s relevant, not him.”



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs returns Friday

Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is scheduled to make his return to the ring on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. This will be Briggs’ first ring action since his fight against Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. The last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title, Briggs is facing TBA. Also featured on the Alessi Promotions card is jr middleweight Manny Woods (11-3-1, 4 KOs). Tickets are $25-$75. Call 813-348-0128.

By the way, a YouTube video of the recent gym altercation between Briggs and heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko recently surpassed the 500,000 mark on views, indicating there is still significant interest in Shannon Briggs.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cornelius Lock headlines May 9 at Dover Downs

Popular featherweight Cornelius Lock (22-6-2, 14 KOs) will take on William Gonzalez (26-5 22 KOs) in the May 9 main event ain the in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The undercard features Philadelphia welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson (17-2, 7 KOs), super featherweight Omar “Super O” Douglas (11-0), lightweight “Jolt’n” Joey Tiberi (12-1), cruiserweight Alex Guerrero (10-0-1), light heavyweight Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (14-4-1) and cruiserweight Earl Platt (4-1). Tickets are on sale at noon on April 8 for $45-$200. Call 800-711-5882 or visiting doverdowns.com.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Martirosyan added to May 10 Stiverne-Arreola card

World-ranked junior middleweight contender and Southern California fan favorite Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan will return to the ring on Saturday, May 10 at the USC Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, it was announced today by his promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions. Following his outstanding performance in a ten round decision on March 21 over Mario Aguila, Martiroysan will see action in a scheduled eight-round clash. “Vanes made it very clear upon signing he wanted to stay busy and grow his fan base here in California; the added benefit is his desire to work in the gym under his new trainer, Joe Goossen,” said Dan Goossen. “The combination of learning new things with Joe, and staying busy, will allow Vanes to better utilize improved skills in real action.”



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Mediterranean ratings as of April

The chairman of the WBC Mediterranean championships, Mr Houcine Houichi, has just released the latest ratings as of April 2014.
Click here to view the ratings



April 7th, 2014

UFC

Bruce Lee Steps Into the Octagon for the First Time with EA SPORTS UFC Launching June 17

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) announced today that Bruce Lee, “The Father of Mixed Martial Arts”, will make his historic first step into the Octagon® in EA SPORTS™ UFC, launching June 17, 2014. Fans can pre-order today to get instant day-one access to Bruce, or they can complete the game’s career mode at Pro difficulty to unlock him. Players can fight with the legend across four different weight classes and test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC. To see Bruce Lee realized in game, watch the EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series: Bruce Lee Reveal, the first cinematic trailer from EA SPORTS UFC that was released today. For more information on the Bruce Lee pre-order offer, please visit http://o.ea.com/20562 (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Team Skipp Scott files protest over controversial KO loss to Gerald Washington

Hall of Fame Trainer Jessie Reid and promoter Kerry Daigle of Keeppunching Entertainment say the California Boxing Commission has a clear duty to correct the mistake made by referee Lou Moret in the Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott vs. Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington fight, held on Thursday, April 3, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. With the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes cameras rolling, Reid, who served as co-trainer for Scott, watched as his fighter was dropped to a knee by a legitimate right hand and then knocked out by a hard body shot a full second after his fighter had clearly taken a knee. The “knockout” victory for Washington came at 1:40 of round two, but according to Reid, the result is clearly in need of fixing. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson, Holyfield, Leonard, Duran, Hearns meet 700 fans at the Steiner Store in NY

Photos: Tyson Sports Memorabilia

Mike Tyson hasn’t been in the ring in nearly a decade, but his popularity hasn’t waned. You would have thought that he had a championship fight on the horizon when 700 fans of the “Sweet Science” flocked to meet the former heavyweight champ at the Steiner Store on Saturday (April 5) in Garden City on Long Island. It took 12 security guards to escort “Iron Mike” from the signing because a massive crowd had gathered in Roosevelt Field Mall. The Tyson fans paid from $149 for a photo op to $2,000 for a VIP package with all five former champs. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

HBO to air “Road to Marquez/Alvarado”

HBO Boxing presents “Road to Marquez/Alvarado,” a special examining the upcoming welterweight encounter between legendary champ Juan Manuel Marquez and all-action former junior welterweight title-holder Mike Alvarado. The two are set to meet in one of the year’s most anticipated showdowns Saturday, May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” special will premiere Saturday, April 19 at 12:45 a.m. ET/PT on HBO. It will preview the fast-approaching contest between these two ring warriors who are meeting for the first time ever in this high stakes battle.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cave-Gauthier heats up

By Dave Spencer
Photo by Paul Adams

Toronto’s Shaw Festival is an annual tradition that is now in its 29th year and is set to go Tuesday with super-bantamweights Tyson Cave (23-2 8KO) and Sebastien Gauthier (22-4-1 14KO) Held in the historic Royal York Hotel, a location that has housed Royalty and dignitaries alike, it is a key annual fundraiser for the arts. Packed with Toronto’s business elite, the event hosts over 700 CEO’s and senior executives from the countries top companies including those in the financial, legal and real-estate sectors. Patrons dress to the nines in the finest tuxedos and partake in the finest brandies and at one time, smoked the finest cigars. A philanthropic event that helps fund a summer arts festival producing the works of George Bernard Shaw, a wordsmith who donned the gloves himself back in the day.

In short, it is by and large, a gentleman’s event.

While Shaw may have introduced some memorable protagonists and antagonists to the public in his many works, it’s doubtful he have picked two that are more colourful than headliners Cave and Gauthier who headline the main event of the three bout card tomorrow.

No sooner than Gauthier’s interview had hit the pages of Fightnews, Cave was on the phone firing back shots of his own in rapid succession. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC presents green belt to Hakamada, the “Japanese Hurricane Carter”

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC gave an honorary world belt to the “Japanese Rubin Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former Japanese fighter released last week, 48 years of being sentenced to death. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented the green belt to the eldest sister of the 78-year-old Hakamada, who is recovering in a hospital after being on death row for four-and-a-half decades. A court ordered that Hakamada be released after DNA analysis suggested that the evidence against him was tampered with. He will finally get the retrial he and his supporters have sought since 1968.



April 7th, 2014

UFC

Newcomer White subs for Brown vs. Payan

Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown has been pulled from his April 19 matchup with Estevan Payan in Orlando due to injury, opening the door for UFC newcomer Alex White to make his Octagon debut against “El Terrible.”

Unbeaten in nine pro fights, Farmington, Missouri’s White is known for his striking, but that hasn’t stopped him from submitting five of his opponents. Former Strikeforce standout Payan is ready for anything though, especially as he seeks his first UFC win.

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 2: Fight week is upon us

By Karl Freitag

Entering fight week, many Sportsbooks have Manny Pacquiao set as a solid -200 favorite to avenge his loss to Timothy Bradley, when they collide Saturday in Las Vegas on PPV. As for method of victory, Pacquiao by decision is by far the expected outcome, paying about even money. Bradley is +250 to win via the decision route. Manny by KO is at +350, while Bradley by KO is as much as +750.

As for fight week festivities, it all kicks off Tuesday at 1:30PM as fight fans are invited to Pacquiao’s and Bradley’s “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.

Coinciding with the big Pacquiao-Bradley fight weekend, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is holding a “Party With Boxing’s Legends” fund-raiser on Friday night at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The event will be a combination ‘meet and greet’, autograph and photo session. Among those confirmed to attend are Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley, Clarence “Bones” Adams, Richard Steele, Kenny Bayless, Miguel Diaz, Al Bernstein, Harold Lederman and Colonel Bob Sheridan. The event starts at 8pm with tickets priced at $35 presale and $45 at the door.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham-Mansour/Stevens-Johnson Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer

The fans at the Liacouras Center at Temple University witnessed a classic crossroads battle of wills, as Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12KO’s) got off the canvas twice to win a come from behind ten round unanimous decision victory over the hard punching Amir “Hardcore Mansour (20-1, 15Ko’s), for the coveted USBA Heavyweight title. The seven bout card promoted by Main Events saw WBC #11 ranked middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20KO’s) snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, with a late tenth round stoppage of Tureano “The Bull” Johnson in the co-feature of the evening. The card was televised live nationally on the NBC Sports Fight Night. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Segura-Salguero/Rosas-Cobrita Jr. Full Report

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

A night of upsets and great fights were lived this past Saturday night in Tijuana when Zanfer Promotions brought their show home and presented yet another marathon fight card with eleven bouts scheduled at the Tecate Tour tent located at the Caliente Racetrack in the heart of the city. A nearly packed house were present to catch former title challenger and homegrown son Felipe Salguero (19-6-1, 14KOs) give everything he had but still fall against former world champion Giovanni Segura (32-3-1, 28KOs) in the ten round super flyweight main event which was broadcast live in all of Mexico by the Azteca network.

Segura is in line for a title shot against current reigning WBO and WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada and took the stay busy fight in Tijuana while he waits for Estrada to face him. Segura nearly got more than he could handle when Salguero, no stranger to big stages as he has challenged for a world title before including last October when he faced IBF champ Johnriel Casimero in Manila, Philippines, at times looked to be in control of the action. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Escalante-Ruiz Full Report

By Robert Hough
Photo: Mariano Serrano

Bruno Escalante battled through fighting with a damaged left hand for eight rounds and scored a unanimous decision on Saturday over Victor Ruiz to retain his IBA Continental junior bantamweight belt. Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs), a southpaw, said he had to adjust as he struggled even to keep his left up and strong to block punches as Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) fought aggressively throughout the 10-round bout at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.

“I had to use my feints and movement, and try to use my right more,” a visibly discomforted Escalante said after the fight, which headlined a card co-promoted by Paco Presents and Don Chargin Productions. “I had to change things a lot because I have power in both hands, but my left is my best. I saw he was focusing on my right as the fight went on so I had to put my left out there some, but not with anything on it.” (more…)



April 7th, 2014




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