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Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing has announced a May 30 show at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany featuring four ...

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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he ...

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). ...

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Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC

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Boxing News

Northwest Fight Scene: Year End Awards

By Sam DiTusa

2013 came in like a lamb but went out with a bang, leaving a promise for an exciting 2014. A special thanks to all the promoters and venues which have persevered through the tough fiscal times to keep our great sport alive.

Brian Halquist and the Emerald Queen Casino’s “Battle at the Boat” series is now the oldest running show in the Northwest. Their commitment to the “Sweet Science” sustained many fans through lean years, and has remained a constant for hard core fight fans. Their signing of Zahir Raheem (35-3) has provided EQC fans with some much deserved excitement.

Likewise Ringside Ticket and Patrick Ortiz have resumed the great shows at the Seven Feathers casino in Roseburg,Oregon, as well as continuing the successful shows at the new arena at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington. (more…)



January 20th, 2014



Boxing News

Jennings focused on the future

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

Now that Artur Szpilka’s visa issues have been resolved and he’s successfully entered the United States, Philadelphian Bryant Jennings can fully focus on his upcoming HBO debut. Then again, Jennings barely took notice of his opponent’s problems while preparing for the biggest opportunity of his three-year career. He always keeps his nose to the grindstone.

“I trained,” Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, said a few days before it was clear that Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KOs, would be available to fight. “I’m fighting on January 25th. I haven’t even given it a thought.”

The anticipated 10-rounder between the two undefeated rising heavyweights happens at Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night, just before the Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos championship main event. The fight could help to determine a future force in the heavyweight division, or at the very least, clarify the next generation of contenders that could make a run at a title shot. (more…)



January 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Arum: Garcia is an American star

By Matt Richardson
Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank

One of the problems with potential boxing superstars, if you can call it a problem, is that they can’t even begin the assignment in front of them before talk inevitably leads to the next biggest challenge. Junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, clearly one of the the best talents in the sport currently, is already suffering from this conundrum. “Mikey is one of the few American stars in boxing,” Garcia promoter Bob Arum explained last week on a teleconference call with reporters. “We have Mikey and Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather and Timothy Bradley and there are not many other Americans who qualify as superstars. Mikey is taking on a lot of these non-Americans in really big fights and where that takes him I am not sure.”

Saturday night should serve as a decent measuring stick as Garcia headlines a card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in a HBO-televised bout. Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) will defend his WBO belt against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KO’s). If Garcia is able to defeat the tough but limited Burgos he could move straight up in weight to bigger and better challenges. (more…)



January 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Ruenroeng-Fuentes update

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Former Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng (11-0, 5KOs) will clash with Rocky Fuentes (35-6-2, 20KOs) over twelve rounds at the Lippatapanlop Hall, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Wednesday. The vacant IBF flyweight title is up for grabs after the former champion Moruti Mthalene suddenly vacated the title on January 13. Ruenroeng was scheduled to meet Mthalene for the IBF title when the South African vacated the championship just nine days before there showdown but IBF #5 Rocky Fuentes, who had been training for eight weeks for another fight which was cancelled, stepped in as a replacement. IBF #7 Ruenroeng has an excellent amateur pedigree having been a bronze medalist in the world championships in Chicago in 2007, a Quarter finalist in world championships in Milan in 2009, bronze medalist at the Asian Games in China in 2010. At Beijing 2008 Olympic Games won two fights before losing in Quarter Final. Ruenroeng has had only eleven professional bouts against the experienced Fuentes who has only lost six of forty-three professional fights. (more…)



January 20th, 2014

UFC

Walt Harris: A Different Kind of Heavyweight

Patience. They say knockouts cannot be forced. You should never chase them. A finishing blow is about timing most of all and that can’t be rushed. One must wait for the opening to materialize, recognize the opportunity, and capitalize with devastating power and precision . . . More

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January 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Ferrante-Caputo Smith Press Conference

Over the weekend in South Philadelphia, cruiserweights Tony Ferrante and Anthony Caputo Smith met the media in advance their January 31st Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title fight at Harrahs Philadelphia. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions and XFE. Fighters on the card that were present included lightweights Naim Nelson and Chris Steele (who will compete in the co-feature) jr. lightweight Tevin Farmer, super middleweight Derrick Webster, featherweight Robert Irrazary and welterweight Anthony Prescott.



January 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Pascal-Bute: Full Report and Quotes

By Dave Spencer

They’ve both been two trains running a parallel course their entire careers, both drawing full houses and gaining their own audiences, both have risen to the top and most recently have found themselves former world champions looking up in the division to yet another Montreal light-heavyweight, Adonis Stevenson.

Saturday night in a fight that was announced nearly a year ago and had been both boxer’s destiny their entire careers, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) and Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) stopped running alongside each other and finally collided head-on in front of 20,479 very loud, very ravenous, very passionate Bell Centre fans with Pascal steamrolling his local rival for close to the duration of the twelve round affair.

Pascal scored a dominating 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 unanimous decision win that was even more convincing in the ring than it was on paper. The former WBC champion dictated the pace, fought when he wanted to and had his opponent gun shy for the duration of the bout which captured Pascal the NABF light-heavyweight belt that previously belonged to Bute to go along with a Diamond Belt from the seemingly endless supply of trinkets from the WBC prize closet. (more…)



January 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Augustama-Mackey: Full Report

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Teresa Giordano and Oscar Palomino

Light heavyweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (16-1, 9 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC FECARBOX belt and a valuable lesson in proper pacing during his eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey (18-7, 14 KOs) last night at Casino Miami Jai Alai.

Augustama, the thirty-year old former 2008 Haitian Olympian and Golden Gloves champion, led the offense with higher volume and occasionally higher velocity on his shots against the flat-footed, arm-punching southpaw Mackey. After starting strong in the first three rounds behind double and triple jabs, left hooks to the body and straight rights down the pike, Augustama started to slow, allowing Mackey to mount a minor counterattack in the middle rounds.

Despite his apparent fatigue and a warning from referee Sam Burgos, Augustama accelerated again to score his biggest round in the fifth. A left-hook, straight right, left-hook combination dazed the resilient Mackey and he backed to the ropes in search of a brief reprieve. Sensing an opportunity, the “Hitman” started hitting with a blistering flurry of shots which racked up points but failed to floor the Bahamian. Reinvigorated after withstanding Augustama’s best, Mackey started digging blows to his opponents body to begin the sixth in an attempt to earn back lost momentum. (more…)



January 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Worcester’s Bobby Harris III follows in his old man’s footsteps. More

Who’s paying for Floyd Mayweather’s trip to South Africa? More

Espanola, NM’s Monica Lovato makes a return to the boxing ring. More



January 19th, 2014


Boxing News

Reed, Hurd victorious in Fort Washington, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Two highly-touted Maryland prospects continued their journey toward national prominence with solid victories Friday night during the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

In the main event, Undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed scored a fifth-round TKO over a very game Jorge Marquez of Phoenix, AZ. The two men battled each other on the outside and especially on the inside throughout the contest. Reed’s speed may have given him the edge throughout the contest. (more…)



January 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Carson Jones pulls out of Anthony Mundine clash

Jr middleweight Carson Jones has pulled out of his scheduled January 29 fight against Anthony Mundine citing the flu. According to news.com.au, promoter Khoder Nasser received an email from the Jones camp that included a doctor’s certificate. Nasser is desperately looking for another suitable opponent for Mundine and hopes he can salvage the Brisbane, Australia, card, which is just ten days away.



January 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Murata, Falcao reunion at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Pete Susens

Middleweight prospects Esquiva Falcao of Brazil and Ryota Murata of Japan bumped onto each other Saturday at The Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas as they prepare for their upcoming bouts. Murata and Falcao have some history as they met for middleweight gold in the 2012 London Olympics.

Now stablemates, Falcao is making his US debut February 15th in Hawaiian Gardens, California and Murata is taking on Carlos Nasciemento on February 22nd in Macao, China.

Om Saturday, Falcao sparred with Jessie Vargas and Murata worked with Brian Finney at The Top Rank Gym.

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January 19th, 2014

Boxing Result

Tornado Sanchez wreaks havoc on Demecillo

WBA #3, WBO #5 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez (24-2-2, 19 KOs) of Mexico scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Filipino Marcos Demecillo (19-2-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Estado in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Sanchez dropped the game Demecillo at the end of round four. Demecillo got about halfway up and then collapsed back to the canvas. Time was 2:56. With the win, Sanchez claimed the vacant WBA International super flyweight belt.



January 19th, 2014

Boxing Result

Pascal defeats Bute, Perez and Takam draw

By Dave Spencer at ringside

In front of more than 20,000 spectators, former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) in an all-Canadian light heavyweight showdown at the at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal rocked Bute in round two with a right hand and was able to impose his will with wild flurries and relentless aggression that overshadowed Bute’s moments. Bute came out second best in virtually every exchange until round twelve when Bute somehow battered Pascal but couldn’t get the stoppage. Scores announced by ring announcer Michael Buffer as 116-112, 117-110, 117-111, however HBO later announced that the official judges scorecards were read incorrectly on-air and the revised final scoring totals were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111.

In his first fight since his brutal war against Magomed Abdusalamov in November, heavyweight Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) was lucky to get a ten round draw against underdog Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KOs). Perez suffered a bad cut over the left eye from an accidental headbutt in round three, but trainer Abel Sanchez was able to halt the bleeding. Takam clearly outworked Perez down the stretch. Scores were 96-94, 95-95, 95-95. Ring announcer Michael Buffer never identified who the 96-94 card winner. (more…)



January 19th, 2014

Boxing Result

Augustama outpoints Mackey

By Phil Doherty at ringside

Light heavyweight prospect Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (16-1, 9 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC Fecarbox belt by way of an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Bahamian Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey (18-7, 14 KOs) from Casino Miami Jai Alai tonight. Augustama was the busier man throughout, mixing up the velocity and volume of his power shots to keep Mackey behind on all three judges cards. The final tally read 80-72 and 79-73 (twice) for the thirty-year-old Augustama.



January 19th, 2014

Boxing Result

Garcia stops Lumacad in one

Unbeaten Mexican super bantamweight Horacio “Violento” Garcia (25-0, 17 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Filipino veteran Fernando “Trigger” Lumacad (29-6-3, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Complejo Panamericano de Voleibol in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The end came when a punch by hometown hero Garcia injured Lumacad’s left wrist and he couldn’t continue. Garcia claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas belt.

In the co-feature, former super flyweight and bantamweight female world champion Yazmin “La Rusita” Rivas (29-8, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Calixta “Cali” Silgado (11-2-2, 8 KOs).



January 18th, 2014

Boxing Result

Odaira wins vacant Japanese 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Fast-moving southpaw Go Odaira (9-3-3, just a KO), 105, seized the vacant Japanese 105-pound belt as he defeated taller and more hard-punching Masashi Tada (11-4-1, 7 KOs), 105, by a unanimous decision (99-92 and 98-92 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The national title had been recently vacated by undefeated world contender Ryuji Hara, to whom Odaira lost in a four-round bout three years ago. It’s his last setback and Odaira had been unbeaten in seven bouts since. Odaira, a shifty southpaw, made good use of his footwork, kept his distance and scored with sharp southpaw lefts, piling up points steadily. Tada, in round two, badly hurt his foe with good shots, but he couldn’t display his expected aggressiveness again only to lose points in almost every round thereafter. (more…)



January 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Redkach-Luis: Full Report

By Tracy Morin/MemphisBoxing.com at ringside
Photos by JD Meredith

On January 17 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, ShoBox launched its first The New Generation program of the year by testing the mettle of eight up-and-coming boxers (seven of them putting undefeated records on the line) and showcasing a host of local favorites in undercard fights. The main event saw a competitive, back-and-forth battle between Ukrainian southpaw Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) and Canada’s Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) for the USBA Lightweight Championship. More…



January 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Jose Sulaiman farewell continues

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Legends of boxing like Julio Cesar Chavez, Don King and the Japanese promoter Ahikiko Honda were on hand Saturday at the French Cemetery in Mexico City to say goodbye to Jose Sulaiman, the former president of the World Boxing Council since 1975. “We came for the greatest leader who helped so many people and did so much for boxing with his rule changes,” said Chavez. “Without him, we would not have had so many world champions and successful Mexican boxers.”

“I lived with a great man in his time,” said King. “Jose Sulaiman was a great man, a great man and he fought for peace and humanity.”

Sulaiman’s body will be cremated on Sunday around noon and on Monday a massive Mass in the Basilica of Guadalupe will be offered. photos



January 18th, 2014

Column

Pascal-Bute: Questions will be answered tonight

By Graham Houston

In America they call it “neighbourhood rivalry”, in Britain “local derby”, but whatever you call it, a fight between two boxers with sizeable followings from the same city always attracts keen interest, and such is the case when former champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute collide at the Bell Centre in Montreal tonight. The two meet for the NABF light-heavyweight title, TV coverage on HBO in the U.S., Sky Sports in the U.K., and there are doubts hovering over both men, Pascal due to injury problems, Bute simply because his defeat against Carl Froch in May 2012 was the type of battering that can undermine a boxer’s self-belief.

Bute has the height (just under 6ft 2ins) and the frame to box successfully as a light-heavyweight. In his heart, I am not sure that Bute believed he could beat Froch in a rematch. Pascal is a different proposition, though. Bute and his team will see this as a winnable fight.

The fight is intriguing because Bute has a slightly “damaged goods” look about him while Pascal has a history of injuries. (more…)



January 18th, 2014

UFC

Top 10: Down-Two-Rounds Countdown

Inspired by Wednesday’s Fight of the Night-winning, come-from-behind win by UFC middleweight Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero over Derek Brunson in Atlanta, we looked back at some other bouts that were all but over… until they weren’t. Here are ten fights where a fighter had dropped the opening two (or more) rounds and needed a stoppage to seal the deal — and did just that . . . More

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January 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Pascal a slight favorite over Bute tonight

Former WBC light heaveyweight champion Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KOs) is a -150 favorite to defeat former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs), when they collide tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bute backers can get +125 in the HBO-televised fight that is expected to draw more than 20,000 spectators.

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Bute promised Pascal’s “destruction” during Friday’s weigh-in, while Pascal wasn’t talking and literally had a piece of tape over his mouth during their face-off.

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HBO commentator Roy Jones Jr. will work the TV opener between heavyweights Mike Perez and Carlos Takam from his normal perch at ringside, but then will work as a cornerman for Pascal in the main event.



January 18th, 2014

Boxing Result

Redkach defeats Luis, stays unbeaten

By Tracy Morin/MemphisBoxing.com at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

After more than a month’s hiatus, the first Showtime boxing telecast of 2014 took place Friday night at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

In the main event, hard-hitting lightweight Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach (16-0, 13 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact with a ten round unanimous decision over the very game Tony “Lightning” Luis (17-2, 7 KOs). Redkach scored a flash knockdown at the end of round one. Luis was rocked in round six and his face was covered in blood after he sustained a cut on the forehead from an unintentional headbutt. Scores were 99-90, 97-92, 97-93. It was a good action fight. (more…)



January 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Jose Sulaiman farewell commences

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Thousands of people including world champion boxers and boxing fans flocked Friday to the Panteon Frances in Mexico City to start the Goodbye activities for Don Jose Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council (WBC) for four decades. Sulaiman, a Mexican of Lebanese descent, died Thursday at age 82 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where he had been hospitalized since early October after undergoing heart surgery. World champions like Adrian Hernandez, Ibeth Zamora, Ana Maria Torres, Johnny Gonzalez, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Ultiminio Ramos and others fondly remembered Sulaiman, who always looked out for the physical protection of the boxers. (more…)



January 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Rubio vs. Spada title clash lands in Mexico

After tense negotiations between promoters Oswaldo Küchle and Giulio Spagnoli, and thanks to the support of Televisa, both parties have reached an agreement and the WBC interim world championship fight between Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and Domenico “Vulcano” Spada will take place on April 5. No site has been been named as of now, but Küchle said he’s looking to stage the fight in Rubio’s hometown of Torreon. Contracts have been signed. The interim title was allowed by the WBC due to the extended layoff of current WBC champion Sergio Martinez.



January 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Szpilka finally arrives in Chicago

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Report & photo Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m ready to prove to you all that the Jennings fight will be just a formality. I can’t wait to be in Madison Square Garden in New York City. This is my kind of place. And of course: a big thank you to all the people who helped me to be here, my promoters and the U.S. ambassador in Warsaw who believed in me. I’m an athlete. I want to compete, want to fight,” said 24-year-old Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs) after arriving in Chicago Friday night. Szpilka was stopped last Sunday by Homeland Security at O’Hare Airport and had to fly back to Poland to receive all the necessary documents to enter U.S. On January 25, Szpilka will fight another undefeated heavyweight in Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs).



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Miami

By Phil Doherty

Azea Augustama 173.1 vs Jermain Mackey 171.1
Hairon Socarras 125.5 vs Jamal Parram 123.75
Ahmed Elbiali 175 vs Tom Brown 172
Vilier Quiñonez 175 vs Jerrod Caldwell 175
Chaen Chess 221 vs Hector Hodge 227
Thanasis Michaloudis 221 vs Willie Chisolm 247

Venue: Casino Miami Jai Alai
Promoter: Tiburon Promotions



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Hermosillo

Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer

David Sánchez 115 vs. Marco Demecillo *115
Felipe Orucuta 115.7 vs. Efraín Pérez 116
Francisco Rodríguez 112.4 vs. Ernesto Guerrero 113
Gerardo Verde 108 vs. Angel Montes 109 lbs
Jesús Ortega 116.4 vs. Josué Valenzuela 116.4
Luis Castro 112.9 vs. Gilberto Rodríguez 114.2
Jonathan Sánchez 116.9 vs. Víctor Contreras 117.9
José Luis Castillo Jr. 124.1 vs. Pedro Almidon 126

*Second try

Venue: Gimnasio del Estado de Hermosillo
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: UniMas

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January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Official Alvarez vs Angulo anouncement

Four-Fight Pay Per View Event also includes Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cristian Mijares, Omar Figueroa vs. Ricardo Alvarez, Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo

Former World Champion and Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring on Saturday, March 8 to face the fierce and rugged Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the headline attraction of a stacked four-fight event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, presented live on SHOWTIME PPV.

Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, the pay-per-view card offers matchups that promise to be exciting, all-action bouts. The most anticipated match of the night features Canelo, as he looks to reassert himself as the best young fighter of this era. Rounding out the card are three outstanding 12-round world title fights: Two-Division World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title against former Two-Time World Champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs); exciting young star Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 17 KOs) will risk his WBC Interim Lightweight Title against Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 14 KOs) and “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) will defend his IBF Junior Middleweight Championship against undefeated Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs).

In main attraction preceding the pay-per-view telecast, former two-time World Champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (35-3, 23 KOs) will face Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight clash.

Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $600, $400, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2014.

Living inductees include former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, promoters Walter Alvarez, Luis De Cubas and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, Fred Levin and Leo Thalassites.

Those inducted posthumously include former world champion Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman.

Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra will receive Boxing Achievement Awards. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Szpilka Clears Up Immigration Troubles, Fight vs. Jennings IS ON

The United States Embassy in Poland has granted heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs) the proper visa to enter the United States, and he will be landing in Chicago this evening. Szpilka had been denied entry on his first attempt to enter the country for his 10-round showdown against Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) on January 25 in New York at Madison Square Garden Arena. Promoters Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions and Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing are both breathing a sigh of relief, now that fight will proceed as scheduled. The undefeated pair will both be making their HBO debuts in a televised doubleheader, headlined by “Mikey” Garcia’s first defense of his WBO super featherweight championship. Philadelphia’s Jennings is currently ranked #5 in the WBA and #4 in both the WBC and IBF. Szpilka, of Warsaw, Poland, is currently rated WBA and WBC #14.



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Fonfara to Fight Stevenson, Agnew Moves Into IBF Final Eliminator

By Sam Geraci

Andrzej Fonfara has notified the IBF that he will be fighting WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson instead of IBF #2 Dmitry Sukhotsky for the IBF Final Eliminator. As a result, the IBF will order the next highest rated available boxer, Cedric Agnew, to fight Sukhotsky for the new IBF #1 and mandatory challenger.

“On Wednesday night I was notified that Fonfara was not going to fight Sukhotsky but instead is fighting WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson. Now that I know Fonfara is out, the IBF will order the next highest rated available boxer to fight Sukhotsky for the new #1 and mandatory challenger. We will start with #3, Cedric Agnew to see if he is available,” said Lindsey Tucker, chairman of the IBF championship committee.

Although Agnew’s promoter, Malcom Garret, has not yet heard from the IBF, he is optimistic about Agnew’s prospects. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Montreal

Jean Pascal 175 vs. Lucian Bute 173.6
Mike Perez 231.2 vs. Carlos Takam 256.2

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Interbox/GYM
TV: HBO



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on UFC’s Dana White and his upcoming reality TV show on Boston boxing. More

Sight isn’t everything: A blind boxer from Kampala is making headlines. More

Boxing stages a big return in Taranaki, New Zealand on St. Valentine’s Day. More

Does boxing need a makeover? More



January 17th, 2014




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