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Report/photos: Przemek Garczarczyk
When WBC challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) last saw former WBA champion Gabriel Campillo (22-6, 9 KOs) it was August 2013 and both men were in the middle of the ring at US Cellular Field, usually home of the Chicago White Sox. Fonfara won the fight after hard battle with his power but the southpaw from Spain proved why he is considered one of the slickest, most accurate punchers in the game. “Gabriel, like my other sparring partners before the Adonis Stevenson fight, works hard, give me all they have during sparring,” said Fonfara. “He never wastes his punches, has a very elusive style and I need to be my best. This exactly what I want from my sparring partners.” On May 24, the “Polish Prince” will face WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) in Montreal. photos
Great Britain’s unbeaten middleweight star and 2012 Olympic medalist Anthony Ogogo (5-0, 2 KOs) will make his debut in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, on Saturday, May 3 when he faces an opponent to be named on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME PPV mega-event “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Official Statement: TDLR (Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation) is happy to have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Richard (Dickie) Cole. Dickie is retiring on April 30th of this year after 21 years in the Combative Sports program with the state of Texas! His legacy is the safe and organized combative sports events that are seen across the state. Throughout the years, he has been recognized for his dedication to combative sports and has provided opportunities and mentoring for many young men and women to become referees, judges, promoters, and seconds. His care and concern for the sport of boxing has been a lifelong passion that will continue to influence the industry for years to come. We are proud to have worked with Dickie, and to have been recipients of his wisdom and knowledge. He will be missed but not forgotten. We wish him well and thank him for his decades of service to the state of Texas.
Greg Alvarez has been named interim Combative Sports program manager. Alvarez has been a member of the TDLR team for 13 years.
Undefeated prospect and top 15 world-ranked lightweight Jose “El Chon” Zepeda (18-0, 16 KOs) has been added to the TV portion of the April 26th Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas card at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Zepeda, a devastating puncher who holds a nearly 90% knockout rate and is riding a 12-bout knockout streak, will face off against perennial spoiler Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (32-14-1, 6 KOs). Zepeda is a Southern California native, born in Long Beach and residing in La Puente. He is trained by Robert Alcazar, former trainer of Oscar de la Hoya.
Yesterday it was officially announced by Oswlado Küchle, director of Promociones Del Pueblo, that the opponent in the first defense of WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez will be undefeated WBC #12 ranked Clive Atwell (12-0-1, 7 KOs) of Guyana. The fight will be May 24 in Acapulco.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 52nd annual WBC convention was officially announced this week. In a surprise move, Las Vegas has once again landed the coveted role of hosting the annual gathering. It was only in 2011 that the WBC last held their annual convention in the desert oasis. Now, three years later, The Mirage Hotel will do the honors from December 14-19, 2014. This event will mark the first convention under the reign of newly elected president Mauricio Sulaiman, son of the legendary Don Jose Sulaiman Chagnon. The elder Sulaiman passed away on January 16, 2014, after a heroic struggle following a complicated cardiac surgery. While Mauricio oversaw the 51st convention in Bangkok, Thailand as his father remained hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Don Jose was still officially president for life. Details on the 2014 convention will be forthcoming at the WBC website over the coming months at WBCBOXING.com.
WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) poses with sparring mate Razvan Cojanu (9-1, 4 KOs) from his training camp in Australia. Lepai will challenge WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) on April 26th in Germany.
The 6’8 Southern California-based Cojanu is said to be giving Lepai very good work ahead of the extremely tough task ahead of him with Klitschko. Cojanu is unbeaten since signing on with Journeyman Management including avenging his only defeat.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has announced that his next fight will not be televised by the Mexican broadcast network Televisa, whom he has been with throughout his boxing career. Through his Instagram account, CaneloPower, Alvarez made the announcement: “Good morning, for the date of July 12, it has been decided that it will not be televised by Televisa due to work and personal issues. Thank you for your support and we’ll find the best for you and me, have a great day, regards.”
A source close to Alvarez told Fightnews.com the following: “Televisa hasn’t treated Alvarez as the great global star he is. Although many think he’s the darling of the network, the truth he is not … it’s not official yet, but it appears that Alvarez wishes to take a different path and now could listen offers of the other broadcasters.”
Canelo Alvarez is the owner of the TV rights for Mexico. Promoter Golden Boy Promotions has the U.S. TV rights.
WBO jr. welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) arrived from Moscow late Monday night in Los Angeles to begin preparations for his June 14 title defense that will be televised live on HBO against an opponent to be named. The name at the top of the Provodnikov camp’s short list is said to be Long Island contender Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs), who is rated WBO #13.
Also on the telecast will be the first defense of WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) against WBO #1 rated Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs).
The card is expected to land in the New York area.
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.”
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…)
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
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…)
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.
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…)
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.
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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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
The chairman of the WBC Mediterranean championships, Mr Houcine Houichi, has just released the latest ratings as of April 2014.
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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…)
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…)
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