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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime Local lightweight favorite "Lightning" Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round ...

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

By Bob Caico at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ...

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

By Gary Digital Williams at the scale Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4 (IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles) Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie ...

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

Photos: Mpsportimages.com Gamalier Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8 (NABO featherweight title) Note: Cruz' final Weight was 126 Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Ivan Zavala 139.2 Matt Korobov ...

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today ...

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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin,

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

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Boxing News

January 25 PR Best card is off

The January 25 PB Best card in Puerto Rico that was to feature the return of former lightweight world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) plus flyweight contender McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (20-2, 16 KOs), has been postponed for the second time. The card was originally scheduled for December 7, 2013. There is no new date for the card, which was to be a pay-per-view telecast in Puerto Rico.



January 10th, 2014



UFC

Sam Sicilia: Learning on the Fly

On his LinkedIn page for life, UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia should be endorsed for skills such as “strategy,” “Octagon experience,” and “getting things done” . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly to return on March 1 now

After two false starts, former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly finally makes his long-awaited cruiserweight debut on promoter Frank Warren’s March 1 show at the historic Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Cleverly pulled out of a November fight in London citing a back injury, then pulled out of a February 1 card in Monte Carlo claiming an undisclosed “minor injury.”



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Bursak replaces Murray on Monte Carlo card

Middleweight Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12 KOs), ranked in the top 10 of the WBC, WBA and WBO, has replaced Martin Murray as WBA #3 rated Jarrod Fletcher’s opponent on the Golden Gloves’ Monte Carlo boxing card on February 1. The headliner features undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in defense of his titles against Osumanu Adama. The bout will be for Bursak’s WBA Continental middleweight belt, not the WBA interim middleweight title. “I’m very satisfied with him as a replacement,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “I had an inkling Murray would pull out, probably for fear of losing to Fletcher, who is dangerous.” Fletcher (17-1, 10 KOs) has accepted the change with good grace and is said to be training up a storm in Australia.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

New opponent for Price, Airich replaces Orlov

David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) will face Konstantin Airich (19-7-2, 15 KOs) in Stuttgart on January 25. The German heavyweight replaces Evengy Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs), who was originally billed as the opponent for Price’s ring return. Price, who will be making his debut under the Team Sauerland promotional banner, will be the co-feature to the much-anticipated rematch between WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs). Airich has dropped three straight, most recently a 44 second KO loss to Manuel Charr. Price re rebounding from consecutive KO losses to Tony Thompson.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Condolences to trainer Dan Birmingham

Sad to report the passing of James Birmingham, 85, the father of top trainer Dan Birmingham. “My father passed away on Monday at home in Youngstown, Ohio,” said Dan. “He was an avid boxing fan, traveling to my fighters fights. I will miss him very much, he was my hero and the greatest man I’ve ever known, raising five boys by himself.” Fightnews.com staff sends our sympathies to the Birmingham family.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Paterson, N.J.’s Ossie Duran is relevant again at the age of 36. More

Freddie Roach is hoping for Manny Pacquiao to face Robert Guerrero before Floyd Mayweather. More

Trainer Johnny Lewis talks Garth Wood vs. Daniel Geale. More



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez vs. Gonzalez on Feb 7 FNF

ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights returns to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on February 7 with a ten-round middleweight main event as Puerto Rico’s undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) faced Monterrey, Mexico’s Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs). In the 10-round, televised co-featured bout, red-hot undefeated featherweight prospect Kamil Laszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, takes on Managua, Nicaragua’s Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-5-1, 14 KOs).

Opening the telecast will be high-profile 18-year-old welterweight prospect Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs), the 2012 National Golden Gloves gold medal winner and former Team USA’s #1 overall prospect for the 2016 Olympics before recently turning professional under the Iron Mike Productions promotional banner.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tacoma, Washington

Yenifel Vicente 129 vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez 129
Contract Weight: 130

Zahir Raheem 139 vs. Bayan Jargal 139
Contract Weight: 140

Lateef Kayode 222 vs. Jonte Willis 219.5
Contract Weight: Heavy

Undercard
Jeremy McCleary 126.5 vs. Gerardo Reyes 129
Contract Weight: 129

Jared Teer 153.5 vs. *Cameron Sevilla – Rivera 156
Contract Weight: 154

Eduardo Alicea 166.5 vs. Jas Phipps 164
Contract Weight: 167

* Rivera weighed heavy, but Teer’s camp still agreed to the fight

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino. Tacoma, Washington
Promoter. Brian Halquist
TV: ESPN2



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

Lanardo Tyner 146 vs Angel Hernandez 145.8 (WBU World Title)
Dwayne Williams 177.8 vs Terry Van Every 170.8
Ronnie Austion 142.4 vs Namah Daghir 137.6
Thad Berkhousen 190.6 vs Darius Harris 196
Rick Graham 152.6 vs Will Hill 156.2
Christopher Franks 153.8 vs Mponda Kalunga 153.8

Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: Darkside Boxing (Nasser Beydoun)
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Doors, 6 PM, First Bell, 7:30

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January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Javier Molina fractures right hand

Highly regarded welterweight prospect Javier Molina suffered a fractured right hand in sparring on Wednesday afternoon and has withdrawn from his ESPN Friday Night Fights appearance on January 24 with former world champion Kendall Holt it was announced today by Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions. The new main event for the ESPN Friday Night Fights/”Little Creek Brawl IV” event at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, will be a ten round NABO light heavyweight championship clash between top undefeated prospect Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. of Fort Washington, Maryland and Houston based world-contender Cornelius White.

“It’s truly an unfortunate situation for Javier who has been saddled with hand injuries since the beginning of his professional career,” said Goossen. “This is the fourth fracture of his hands he’s had to endure. I feel terrible with what this good young man has had to overcome so early in his career.” (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Tijuana named as host for the first ever all-female convention

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Renzo Novara

This coming June the city of Tijuana will make history when it hosts the first ever all-female dedicated boxing convention hosted by the World Boxing Council. Some of the topics to be discussed are better purses for the fighters, round duration from two minutes to three and for title fights to be pushed from ten to twelve rounds with a focused emphasis on medical issues.

A big catalyst for Tijuana to be chosen as the first host city falls on the shoulders of local club promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen of Mayen Promotions. Mayen made his name in the sport in the 80’s and after a hiatus came back a couple of years ago with a monthly series of boxing events with a special focus on female bouts. In the twenty-four months, Mayen has promoted twenty-three female fights from which world recognized talent has emerged like the WBC #7 rated flyweight Kenia Enriquez as well as the #25 Brenda Flores. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson, Jean Quick Quotes

IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson, top-rated junior welterweight contender Dierry Jean, USBA Junior Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo and top junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado hosted an international media conference call to discuss their January 25 bouts which will take place at the DC Armory.

Dierry Jean: I’m in the best shape of my life. We’re going to go out there are do the job. We are on a mission to go out there and win the belt…I think in his mind he’s not 100% OK, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to strike him again to remind him of the nightmare he took last time.

Lamont Peterson: Who cares about the the knockout? It’s part of boxing. That’s what happened. You pick yourself up and you move on. At this point, it’s in the past. Who cares? As a fighter, you have to block it out you keep moving. I’m a fighter.

Jermell Charlo: I’m hitting everything…not just his eye. I’m coming to destroy and demolish.

Gabriel Rosado: It’s no secret, I gotta knock Charlo out, and that’s what’s going to happen.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

“Wizard” Palacios is back

wizardorlando300 By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Legacy Fitness Former two-time WBC belt cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-2, 13 KO) will be back in the ring on January 25 at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. “The Wizard,” whose two 12-round losses are against very hard hitting former IBF and current WBC champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs), hopes that with new management, Victory Sports & Entertainment, he can quickly be back in the mix for championship fights. “I know what I can do. I know who the champions are. January 25 will be just a beginning of the road back,” said Palacios, whose name is mentioned as a possible opponent for April fight in Poland against #3 WBO/#7 IBF ranked Krzysztof Głowacki (21-0, 14 KOs).



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm: No offer made for Martin Murray fight

IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm has denied a report by the Daily Mail that Martin Murray has been offered a rematch after Murray pulled out of a February 1 fight against Jarrod Fletcher in Monte Carlo. “There is no truth to the current rumor that an offer was made to someone for my next fight,” stated Sturm via Twitter.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Ring of Gold fighters invade the Wild Card

Photos: Pete Susens

It was a star-studded day with an Asian flair on Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Flyweight Zou Shiming, a two-time Olympic gold meadlist, did some spirited sparring with former world champion Brian Viloria, while lightweights Dennis Shafikov and Stan Martniouk did some good work and super welterweight Ik Yang traded leather with with Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez. Also making an appearance was WBA super lightweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

Shiming, Shafikov and Yang will all appear on Top Rank’s February 22nd “Ring of Gold” card at Cotai Arena at The Venetian Casino Resort in Macau, China. Shafikov is preparing for a world title battle against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Angel Vazquez, Yang meets Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan, and Chinese boxing icon Shiming headlines against Yokthong Kokietgym.

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January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Nick Casal ready to make ring return

Niagara Falls, NY boxer Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) returns to the ring on February 27 after a 28-month layoff. Casal had a fight lined up against Ruslan Provodnikov in June of 2012 but a vicious, cowardly attack not only cost him an important bout but almost cost him his life. The 28-year-old is now poised and ready to step back into the squared circle. “I was back in the gym a month after the incident, have no hesitation and I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said Casal.

Ray Casal, the fighter’s father and trainer, has typical mixed feelings, “As a father I have concerns, but as a trainer none because I have seen him training, I have seen him spar, seen his reaction time and I don’t see any difference. He has been cleared by doctors so we have no concerns.” The injuries while severe did not take two years to heal, more misfortune has led to this extended layoff. “I had a few matches tentatively scheduled last year but they ended up falling through,” he explained. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

UFC

Trevor Smith: Ready for Battle

There are plenty of factors that can create a sense of turbulence in a fighter’s career. In a contact sport such as mixed martial arts, injuries lurk around every corner, and rough patches can keep the bigger picture from ever coming into sharp focus . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC #3 Zurdo Ramirez Wild Card workout

Photos: Pete Susens

WBC #3 middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (25-0, 20 KOs) got in a good days work Wednesday at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Ramirez sparred with Shane Mosley, Jr. and Chicago’s Mike Jimenez in preparation for his fight February 1st at The Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas.

Ramirez will face power punching Don Mouton (12-7-1, 10 KOs) of Houston in the main event of the UniMas televised event.

Also, USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) will also see action in a special six round feature bout against Javier Perez from Miami. photos



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Braehmer returns April 5

WBA light heavyweight champion Jürgen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) will his defend world title on April 5 in Rostock, Germany. “The Hundred Year Talent” will be making the first defense of the vacant belt he won in December. The opponent will be announced shortly.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former boxer Steven Gamache, son of former champ Joey Gamache, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge. More

Tyson Fury has signed with Frank Warren and is being lined up for a showdown with Dereck Chisora. More

Brit Enfield Guglioni is focusing on boxing full-time now. More



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero makes move to bolt from Golden Boy

It’s being widely reported that Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has made a move to break his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Legal representation of “The Ghost” have filed for arbitration with the California State Athletic Commission. Golden Boy, however, disputes whether the California Commission has jurisdiction in the matter. Guerrero, who signed a contract extension with Golden Boy last year, is rumored to be seeking a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

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Meanwhile, Guerrero and the City of Hollisterwill join forces on Saturday to help save lives by adding people of all races to the “Be The Match” marrow registry. The event will take place at The Vault located at 452 San Benito St. in Hollister California from 3:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. The goal is to register as many people as possible and raise money in a quest to save the lives of patients with diseases like leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell anemia. Robert Guerrero was the 2013 “Ambassador of Hope” for Be The Match, a nonprofit organization that connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Suleymanov-Morales March 7th FNF

World ranked bantamweight Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6 KOs) will look to put the first blemish on unbeaten Ramon Morales (17-0, 9 KOs) when the two will square off March 7th in the state of Washington on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. The super bantamweight bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. Suleymanov has done a 180-degree turn in his career after losing three of five and has now won three in a row. This is in large part due to support from his new upstart manager Journeyman Management, based out of Southern California and new trainer Phil Paolina. Paolina himself has been on a streak lately of reviving careers. Just recently it was Paolina who was intensely training former cruiserweight world champion Juan Carlos Gomez near Los Angeles resulting in a nice Gomez weight loss prior to his recent return to Germany and constantly pushing him to return to cruiserweight to become relevant in boxing again.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC responds to Tyson Fury’s defamatory statements

WBC Statement: It is unacceptable to allow defamatory statements to remain unanswered. The WBC therefore must provide the facts regarding false and defamatory statements made by Tyson Fury.

The facts in Mr. Fury’s case are plain and simple:

• Hennessy Promotions requested the WBC’s support to officially sanction an elimination fight between Tyson Fury, then WBC ranked #3, vs. Kevin Johnson, who was then ranked only #32 by the WBC.

• The WBC accepted to support this promotion with the clear understanding that this was in no way a final elimination, nor would there be any specific implications for the winner.

• Fury won by unanimous decision in 12 rounds on December 12, 2012, more than 12 months ago.

• Fury then proceeded to fight Steve Cunningham, but in an official elimination for the #2 spot in another organization, the IBF.

• Tyson Fury has been inactive since the Cunningham fight in April 2013.

• Tyson Fury is currently ranked only #8 by the WBC.

• Tyson Fury’s appeal to the WBC Ratings Appeals Committee to be moved from #8 to #2 was not approved. His current rating is based on his relative inactivity and lesser quality of opposition, noting that he could have been excluded for unavailability based upon his competing for another organization.

While these facts are clear, according to press reports and audio recordings, this week Tyson Fury falsely stated and implied that the WBC acted improperly in the heavyweight division, specifically because “someone’s paying a lot of money to somebody.” The WBC has notified Mr. Fury that his defamatory and insulting statements violate the WBC Constitution’s prohibitions on using the communications media to defame other members of the boxing community and thereby damage the sport itself. Further, the WBC Rules & Regulations specifically subject boxers and their representatives to discipline for slurring, insulting, or bringing disrepute to the WBC or the sport of boxing. The WBC has advised Mr. Fury that absent a specific retraction and apology, the WBC will proceed with imposing disciplinary sanctions against him, including potential suspension, fine, and withdrawal from the WBC ratings.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Geale returns Feb 19 against Wood

Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) will return on February 19 against Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It will be Geale’s first fight since losing the world title to Darren Barker last August. Wood is best know for knocking out Anthony Mundine in 2010. He worked as Geale’s sparring partner last year.

The Geale camp claims they have already have an agreement for an April/May fight with WBA middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Hooker to face unbeaten Ramos; Jan 17 ShoBox quadrupleheader now complete

On January 17, DiBella Entertainment will present the premiere show of the 2014 ShoBox: The New Generation season with a quadrupleheader filled with hot prospects. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) going against Abel Ramos (8-0, 4 KOs) in an attractive eight-round clash between unbeaten junior welterweights.

Headlining the card will be lightweight Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs), who takes on once-beaten Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. In the co-features, unbeaten junior middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) collide in an eight-round matchup and fast-rising and highly regarded prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown.

The card will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Adama is getting hot in frozen Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

There was enough snow and bitter 35 degrees below zero temperatures to stop WBA/IBO title challenger Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KOs) from flying from Chicago to California for a press conference and first face-to-face showdown with middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) but not enough to stop training. Adama, with his trainer Joseph Awinongya, spent more than 2.5 hours working out and sparring in the Windy City in preparation for his February 1 fight against Golovkin in Monte Carlo. “Everything works fine, we are getting ready for the GGG challenge. There’s not much more to say. Talk is cheap,” said Awinongya.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Caparello replaces Erdei on Jan 31 FNF

On Friday, January 31, DiBella Entertainment, in association with GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions, will host that week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra from the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, NJ. The card, which will be taking place on the much anticipated Super Bowl weekend at MetLife Stadium, will be headlined by highly regarded undefeated Australian light heavyweight contender Blake Caparello (18-0-1, 6KOs) squaring off against former world title challenger and longtime contender Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24KO’s) in a 10-round light heavyweight matchup. Caparello stepped in to replace former world champion Zsolt Erdei, who pulled out.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Frank Warren announces deal with Tyson Fury

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury has agreed to a promotional deal to fight on promoter Frank Warren’s February 15 Copper Box Arena show in London. Warren stated “We’re looking for an eliminator fight between [Dereck] Chisora and Fury in June, to be in a football stadium…We look forward to working with Tyson, Peter Fury, Mick Hennessey, Hughie Fury and the rest of the team.” Fury previously outpointed an out of shape Chisora in July 2011, however Chisora displayed a newfound dedication in 2013, going 4-0 with 4 KOs. Del Boy will defend his European heavyweight title against Andriy Rudenko on the Copper Box show. Hughie Fury also features on the card.

The deal however is not done. After the announcement, Tyson’s manager/trainer Peter Fury tweeted “Our promotor is still Mick Hennessy!! We are currently awaiting the contract in a co-promotion with Boxnation. Only then the deal is done!!”



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Juan Carlos Gomez targets Yoan Pablo Hernandez

Last year former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez successfully returned to his old weight division at 200 lbs. after campaigning at heavyweight for more than 10 years. Now “The Black Panther” is eyeing another world title shot for 2014. “I would love to fight against Marco Huck because I think he is the best cruiserweight in the world right now – at least until I beat him,” states Gomez. Because Huck is set to defend his WBO championship against Firat Arslan on January 25 in Stuttgart, Gomez is now calling out fellow Cuban defector and IBF titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez. “I heard that Hernandez is looking for an opponent,” says Gomez. “His search is over. I’m right here. The ‘Black Panther’ is hungry for gold. It’s Showtime!” (more…)



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin, Perez LA Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

K2 Promotions held a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the View Restaurant at the Manhattan Beach Marriott in Manhattan Beach, California. WBA/IBO middleweight champion Kazakhstan’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) and unbeaten Cuban heavyweight contender Mike “The Rebel” Perez (20-0, 12KOs), were on hand to speak with media on their upcoming bouts. The press conference began as K2 Promotions Managing Director Tom Loeffler welcomed media and discussed the matchup.

“I will like to welcome you all to today’s media luncheon for Gennady’s upcoming bout with Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo. He made such a splash in Monte Carlo last year in his fight with Ishada they wanted him back,” Loeffler said. “The purpose of this fight is stay active. Adama is a very credible challenger. He is number three in the world by the IBO. We are looking capitalize on what Gennady did last year. He really had a breakout year in 2013. With the help of HBO, we are looking to build on what he accomplished in 2013 and move forward to 2014.” (more…)



January 8th, 2014

UFC

Ten Best: The UFC Fighters of 2013

The highly unofficial awards season concludes with the top fighters of 2013…

10 – Jon Jones: Ascending to the top of the pound-for-pound throne in 2013, light heavyweight boss Jon Jones had another big year with a first round romp over Chael Sonnen in April and a classic gut check win over Alexander Gustafsson in September which made it clear that even though Jones is human, he’s still the best in the game at the moment. – Watch on UFC Fight Pass . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Abril to defend WBA lightweight belt in Moscow

Promoter Vladimir Hrunov has announced that WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) will defend his 135lb world title against Eduard Troyanovsky (17-0, 14 KOs) on March 15. The bout will take place in Moscow. It will be the 31-year-old Abril’s second defense. The 33-year-old Troyanovsky, who enters with seven straight KOs, is rated WBA #4.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Martin Murray pulls out of WBA interim defense

WBA #3 middleweight Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher announced on his Facebook page that WBA interim beltholder Martin Murray has pulled out of their scheduled February 1 clash in Monte Carlo. Fletcher will now apparently face TBA for the vacant WBA interim middleweight belt, which Murray went 14 months without defending. “I’m a little disappointed but there is no point in getting down,” Fletcher commented. “I’m still fighting which is the main thing. I just have to focus on my preparation which is going well. Just over 3 weeks to go until fight time. It doesn’t matter who I fight, I’m focused and ready for this!”

It was the second major pullout to plague the card in as many days, coming on the heels of Nathan Cleverly’s abrupt withdrawal from his fight against Junior Makabu. WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defends against Osumanu Adama in the main event.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Yamanaka named Japan’s Boxer of the Year

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), in association with Sports Writers Club, selected our outstanding boxers to be awarded various citations for their excellent performance in the previous year on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka was named Boxer of the Year by a unanimous decision (Yamanaka 21, Uchiyama 11 and Ioka 2 out of 34 total votes) because of his three successful defenses all within the distance. (more…)



January 8th, 2014




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