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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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Boxing News

Tyson Fury apologizes, retracts statements made towards the WBC

Undefeated heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury has apologized to the WBC for any offense they may have taken regarding his recent comments.

“I would like to apologize to the WBC for the comments I made and any implications that resulted from them,” Tyson said. “Through no fault of my own I have been unable to fight since April with fights in September and February being cancelled. The entire situation and inactivity has left me extremely frustrated. The WBC title has meant a lot to me since I was a kid and I always wanted to fight for that green WBC belt and put my name with the greats like Ali, Leonard, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis who have held it. That passion to hold that belt and the frustration of being forced to be inactive for so long sometimes leads me to say things that I shouldn’t and I would like to take this opportunity to retract those comments I made. I do not believe that the WBC or any of its members acted improperly in the heavyweight division, but having fought a WBC eliminator (which I know and understand was not a final eliminator), and with the title being vacated, I genuinely believe I am the best heavyweight and deserving of a shot.”



January 16th, 2014



Boxing News

Ricardo Mayorga joins reality show cast

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Flamboyant three time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga has officially joined the cast of NUVOtv’s Knockout boxing reality show. Mayorga will make his return to the ring after a three year absence. The 40-year-old tried his hand at mixed martial arts but is happy to be returning to the sport that he loves. “I had a great time in MMA. It was something that I always wanted to do but boxing is my first love. I want to make one last run in boxing and I am now working with Ivaylo (Gotzev) and he will help get me to the championship fights. I will start by winning this television show,” said Mayorga.

The highly anticipated show highlights the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight class. World class trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., Yoel Judah, and Ruben Guerrero will lead the fighters into competition against each other and the winners will then step up and fight a top 20 contender or blue chip prospect.



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez Jr Arrives in San Antonio

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr arrived in San Antonio for his big press conference Thursday 2 pm to announce his rematch with Bryan Vera at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Chavez Jr vs Vera II is set for March 1, live on HBO.



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

California Commission punts Golden Boy-Guerrero dispute to the State of New York

The California State Athletic Commission has sided with Golden Boy Promotions regarding the request for arbitration filed by former world champion Robert Guerrero in his attempt to break his promotional contract. The commission agreed with Golden Boy’s contention that the dispute must be decided in the state of New York as per the contract, rather than in California where both Golden Boy and Guerrero are based.



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Majewski ready to face Stevens

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik

Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (21-2, 13 KO) held an open workout at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen (NJ) before his January 24 clash against Curtis “Showtime” Stevens {25-4, 18 KO) at Resorts International and Casino . “Atlantic City is my American home. I work and train here and I know what I have to do to beat Curtis,” said Majewski. “My training for Stevens was about becoming a better boxer and accomplished just that.”

The main event and co-feature (cruiserweights Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu vs. Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola for the vacant NABF Cruiserweight Title) will be broadcast 10:00 PM ET on NBC Fight Night on NBCSN. photos



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Bernard Hopkins says he’ll fight WBA champ Beibut Shumenov next, either in Atlantic City or Brooklyn. More

2008 Olympic gold medal winner James DeGale is just one bout shy of a world title fight. More

Ruslan Provodnikov likes his chances against Manny Pacquiao in a possible April face-off in Las Vegas. More

Derric Rossy returns to the ring in Atlantic City. More



January 16th, 2014

UFC

UFC Atlanta: Rockhold Flawless in TKO of Philippou

It was a longer wait than he wanted, but at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold got his first UFC win, bouncing back from his May 2013 loss to Vitor Belfort with an impressive first round stoppage of Costas Philippou in Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night main event . . . More

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FOX UFC SATURDAY: Henderson vs. Thomson is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 and UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 78 PM ET/5 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Miami “Freedom Fights” Presser

Report/photos: Phil Doherty

Tiburon Promotions held the final press conference for this Saturday’s six-bout “Freedom Fights” card today from Casino Miami Jai Alai. Promoter Al Bonanni took the podium to recognize his own family’s Civil Rights struggles during the sixties in this very Miami neighborhood, thanking the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. for his own legendary freedom fight. Bonanni also announced the eight-round main event between Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) and Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey will be for the vacant WBC Fecarbox light heavyweight title.

Twenty-year old Cuban prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (9-0-1, 6 KOs) fought his own fight just to get to the press conference as Florida Statutes do not allow anyone under twenty-one into a casino. Fortunately, the fleet-footed Cuban found a way in through the kitchen just in time to promise fans a spectacular showing in his six-round co-main event against Jamal “The Mailman” Parram (7-9-1, 5 KOs). (more…)



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Redkach-Luis final presser

Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Earlier today at Memphis’ famed Jerry Lee Lewis Café in downtown, lightweights Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13KOs) and Tony Luis (17-1, 7KOs) met face-to-face at the final press conference before the two square off this Friday night in their 10-round lightweight showdown. The match-up will be the headlining bout on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation premiere card of the 2014 season.

In co-featured televised bouts, 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 up-and-coming prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) fellow undefeated prospect Abel Ramos (8-0, 4KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. The exciting four-fight telecast will be aired live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Jesse Hart media day

Photos: Tom Briglia / Top Rank

Powerful undefeated Super Middleweight Jesse Hart works out during media day in Philadelphia, Pa. in preparation for his upcoming feature fight against Derrick Findley, Saturday, January 25 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark.

The Hart – Findley bout will be featured on the undercard of main event Mikey Garcia – Juan Carlos Burgos world championship fight, promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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January 15th, 2014

UFC

UFC 171 Tickets on Sale Friday

Even Ultimate Fighting Championship® title fights are bigger in Texas! Having been narrowly defeated by Georges St-Pierre in one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history, Johny Hendricks returns to face hard-hitting Robbie Lawler for the UFC welterweight championship. After a five-year reign that saw Georges St-Pierre atop the welterweight division, the champion relinquished the belt, electing to take personal time away from competition. Now the top fighters in the division square off and a new champion will be crowned at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, March 15 . . . More

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FOX UFC SATURDAY: Henderson vs. Thomson is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 and UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 78 PM ET/5 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings works out for media while opponent battles for US visa

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Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, held an open workout for the media today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Jennings kept the blinders on and continued to prepare for his January 25th HBO debut, despite reports that his opponent, Artur Szpilka, continued to obtain the proper clearance to enter the United States. Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KOs, was denied entrance over the weekend. “I haven’t even given it a thought,” Jennings said when asked about the possibility that Szpilka may not be available to fight. “We’ve kept our regular program. I’m not nervous at all. I do care deeply (about Szpilka’s status), but I just want to leave all that to the other side.”

Jennings gave interviews, posed for photos and went through a light workout with his trainer Fred Jenkins at the open media day. (more…)



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Szpilka working out waiting for US visa

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated Polish heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) held a surprising open workout today at the Knockout Gym in Warsaw. Szpilka hopes to receive all necessary entry documents in the next day to fly again to the U.S. and challenge Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) on Top Rank’s show in Madison Square Garden Theatre on January 25. Jennings-Szpilka will be televised live on HBO on the Garcia-Burgos championship event.



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Bernard Hopkins hits 49 today

Current IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins turns 49-years-old today. He is currently the oldest champion in any major sport and one year shy of 50.

Hopkins’ biggest birthday wish: “My birthday wish is to be the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world. I want big fights in 2014. I want to fight twice this year. I know I can do it and be victorious.”



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Kiko Martinez to face former champ Hasegawa in second title defense

With contracts signed and only the date and exact venue left to finalize, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Maravilla Box Promotions and Sampson Boxing have announced that IBF junior featherweight champion Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) will make the second defense of his title in April against former two-time world champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan. 27-year-old Martinez became the country of Spain’s first-ever world champion at 122 pounds by rising from obscurity to stop heavily favored Jonathan Romero in dramatic fashion in August of 2013. In his first defense, he announced his rightful place among the elite by defeating also-favored South African Jeffrey Mathebula by ninth-round knockout. A hero in his homeland despite the nation’s refusal to televise his fights, Martinez is managed World Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, no relation. 33-year-old southpaw Hasegawa, a former champion at featherweight and bantamweight, will be dropping down in weight to face Martinez and vie for his coveted third world title. He won the WBC bantamweight championship in 2005 and made 10 successful defenses, and then picked up the WBC featherweight championship in 2010. The exact date and venue will be announced very shortly.



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Mikey Garcia mocks Gamboa; vows to beat Burgos on January 25 at MSG

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank

Oxnard’s unbeaten WBO junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) is set to take on Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico on Burgos on Saturday, January 25 from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden live on HBO Boxing. We caught up with Mikey as he worked out with his trainer’s brother Robert and his father Eduardo Garcia at the Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California.

“Training is going very well we have a very good camp. Hard work like always. I am motivated for this fight,” Garcia told Fightnews.com. (more…)



January 15th, 2014

UFC

Luke Rockhold: No One’s Second Fiddle

It would be easy, almost too easy, to look at Luke Rockhold, assume that he’s a California “surfer dude” and expect him to take a cavalier attitude toward his fighting career . . . 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 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Darren Barker Retires From Boxing

‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker has announced his retirement from boxing. The popular Londoner topped the World in 2013 when he climbed off the canvas to rip the IBF belt from Daniel Geale in Atlantic City. Barker’s glorious night crowned his professional achievements adding the top honour to British, European and Commonwealth titles and his Commonwealth Games triumph in 2002. Barker defended his title against Felix Sturm in Stuttgart in December, but his old hip injuries flared up during the contest and the 31 year old has taken the decision to bow out from the sport – and dedicated his success to his family, friends, fans and his late brother, Gary.

“I’m so proud and happy at what I’ve achieved when I won my first national title as a kid I could have retired a happy boy then so to have won all the major titles possible for me I’m a very, very happy man,” said Barker. “I did this all for my brother Gary – we did it mate! I’m now looking forward to sitting back and being a keen fan and wishing all my fellow countrymen all the best in their careers. (more…)



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez set to defend IBF Belt against Kolodziej

First voluntary title defense for Yoan Pablo Hernandez! However, the task ahead for the IBF cruiserweight world champion is anything but easy. At the famous Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany, Hernandez will collide with Pawel Kolodziej. “Since becoming a world champion, Pablo exclusively had to fight the top-rated contenders of the IBF,” said Hernandez coach Ulli Wegner, adding: “With Kolodziej you can add number four to that list!” The challenger from Krynica Zdroj, Poland, is unbeaten in 33 fights with 18 wins by KO to his name and is currently ranked at number two by the IBF, with the first spot being vacant. Wegner believes this is a first: “I cannot remember a champion who was set to defend his world title back to back against the best placed contenders.” Hernandez had three mandatories in succession since winning the IBF-Belt against Steve Cunningham in October of 2011.



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramos ready for ShoBox showcase against Hooker

Unbeaten Arizona-based junior welterweight prospect Abel Ramos (8-0, 4 KOs) looks to make the most of his national television debut when he takes on fellow unbeaten Maurice Hooker (12-0, 9 KOs) of Dallas, Texas this Friday. The eight round welterweight bout will be the Shobox-televised opener from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Southern California-based Journeyman Management, who recently signed Ramos, showed their confidence in him by immediately securing this high profile TV fight for Ramos without hesitation. Fightnews caught up with Ramos prior to his flight departure from Arizona to Tennessee. (more…)



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Lundy: A lot of guys are scared to fight me

“Hammerin’” Hank Lundy finds himself searching for an opponent, and, as usual, the Philadelphia slugger isn’t choosy about who he steps in the ring with. “Whoever is out there, I’m ready,” said Lundy, currently ranked among the top 15 in the 140-pound division in two of boxing’s major sanctioning bodies, “but a lot of guys are scared to fight me right now. On any given day, I can end a fighter’s career, so what they’re doing now is running, but, at the end of the day, they’ll have to fight me.”

It’s been five months since Lundy’s last fight, an impressive, unanimous-decision win over Ajose Olusegun on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) was so dominant he earned a shutout on one of the scorecards, snapping a two-fight losing streak and putting him back in the conversation among the elite 140-pounders. (more…)



January 15th, 2014

UFC

UFC Atlanta at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bouts between Luke Rockhold and Costas Philippou and between Brad Tavares and Lorenz Larkin, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and the opening two prelim bouts may be seen on UFC Fight Pass at 4pm ET / 1pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Costas Philippou (185) VS Luke Rockhold (185)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Brad Tavares (185) VS Lorenz Larkin (185)
Mike Easton (135) VS TJ Dillashaw (135)
Derek Brunson (185) VS Yoel Romero (185)
Dustin Ortiz (124) VS John Moraga (126)
Sam Sicilia (145) VS Cole Miller (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Justin Edwards (155) VS Ramsey Nijem (155)
Elias Silverio (155) VS Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155)
Brian Houston (185) VS Trevor Smith (186)
Louis Smolka (125) VS Alptekin Ozkilic (125)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Garett Whiteley (156) VS Vinc Pichel (155)
Beneil Dariush (156) VS Charlie Brenneman (155)

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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 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Espinoza signs Jesse Magdaleno

Frank Espinoza Sr. has just confirmed to Fightnews the signing of undefeated Top Rank promotions prospect Jesse Magdaleno (17-0, 13 KO’s) to a management contract. Magdaleno, a former amateur star, is considered a blue chip prospect with a bright future. The 22 year old Junior featherweight is the younger brother of Diego Magdaleno who is also managed by Espinoza. “This is a great signing for us. It makes Espinoza Boxing an even stronger stable,” said Espinoza from Las Vegas where he signed the deal. “Jesse is a great kid. I’m confident he he’ll be a world champion. We’re extremely happy and proud he’s part of our team.”



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Felix “Diamante” Verdejo Media Day

Photos: Joel A Colon / Peter Amador – Top Rank

After a forced break due to injury, undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (9-0, 6 KOs) looked to be in great physical condition during a media workout in Puerto Rico. Verdejo is preparing for his ring return on January 25 in New York City on the undercard of Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos.

“Thank God Ifeel great. The rest did me good, helped me to recover from the injury to my left hand suffered in the last fight and now I come with more energy to start again this year in which I hope to continue achieving great victories for my country. I am very happy for the opportunity to fight for the fans in New York,” stated the former Olympian.

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January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mikey Garcia media day

Photos: Gene Blevins – Top Rank

Undefeated WBO Jr. Lightweight champion and 2013 Fighter of the Year nominee Mikey Garcia works out during his media day at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard,Ca. for his first defense of his new world title against two-time world title challenger and current No. 1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos of Tijuana,Mexico. Garcia is joined at his open workout by his brother/trainer, Robert , 2012 Trainer of the Year, and his father/trainer Eduardo. Garcia vs Burgos will take place on Saturday,January 25 and wil be televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark.

The Garcia – Burgos world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (86-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. photos



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcias, Burgos speak about MSG showdown

By Matt Richardson

Unbeaten junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) and challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KO’s) spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon in advance of their showdown next Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

“I’m just starting as a world champion,” Garcia, who is fighting just two months after his last fight, explained. “I still have more to prove.”

Burgos, meanwhile, is trying to secure his first win following back to back split draw decisions. “That’s a closed chapter in my book,” he said on the teleconference. “The only thing I’m focusing on is my future fight with Mikey Garcia on the 25th.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said he could potentially see Garcia moving up in weight to bigger and better things (assuming he wins against Burgos). “A lot of stuff is happening in boxing and it’s happening quick,” Arum said. “There are not that many other Americans (besides Garcia) that qualify as superstars.” Arum also spoke of potential fights down the line between Garcia and Manny Pacquiao or even against former two-time gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (if Lomachenko is successful in a title tilt against former Garcia victim Orlando Salido). More details to follow…



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Eddie Chambers moving back to heavyweight

Former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers has joined Team Fury and is planning to resume his career as a heavyweight after a disastrous attempt to go down to cruiserweight. Chambers will now be fighting on the same cards as Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury and will be trained by Peter Fury. It looks like Chambers could be back in the ring on February 15 at the Copperbox in London.



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mike Perez: I Will Dedicate This Fight to Magomed

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight contender Mike “The Rebel” Perez (20-0, 12 KOs) is ready to step back into the ring against Carlos Takam (29-1, 23KOs) of France by way of Cameroon on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal to kick off the HBO Boxing season. “I am ready for Montreal and ready to fight,” Perez told Fightnews.com. Perez wrapped up his training camp last week working with respected trainer Abel Sanchez and assistant trainer Ben Lira up in the mountains in Big Bear, California along with stable mate WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin who is also preparing for his upcoming bout.

“Training has been marvelous, magnificent, I finished up my camp,” Perez said. “I have a great team we all work together, Gennady and I. Coach Abel has showed me and perfected my skills that I have based on his knowledge as well as experience. Everything is going well.” (more…)



January 14th, 2014

Feature Story

Frank Galarza 2.0 Enters the Spotlight

Boxing:By Mariano A. Agmi; photos by Ed Mulholland

Undefeated junior middleweight prospect “The Notorious” Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) is not your typical boxer, not by a long shot.

In his 28 years of life, the Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican descent has experienced the passing of both of his parents, is cultivating a burgeoning boxing career, and is running a non-profit organization for at risk youth while holding down a day job as a personal trainer.

This Friday, from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee, Galarza embarks on his biggest fight to date when he faces fellow undefeated prospect John “The Apollo Kid” Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) on a ShoBox telecast. (more…)



January 14th, 2014

UFC

Mike Easton: Let’s Rumble

If you’re ever wondering if Mike Easton is at a fight, don’t bother looking for the bantamweight contender. Just open your ears and you’ll probably hear him. From Octagonside to the rafters, “The Hulk” has an uncanny way of making himself heard. Case in point, his coaching of teammate James Vick – from the stands no less – during The Ultimate Fighter alum’s win over Ramsey Nijem in August . . . 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 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mijares signs new promotional deal

Former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares, who is in the midst of a campaign to challenge WBC super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz signed yesterday with promoters “Cancún Boxing” and “Boxing Time Promotions”, headed by Pepe Gómez and Guillermo Rocha respectively.

“I definitely took the decision to sign with Pepe and Memo because I know that they have the resources to take me to a reconquest of a world championship,” said Mijares.



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Brooklyn Brawl invades Millennium Theater Feb 27

On Thursday night, February 27th at the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn, New York (1029 Brighton Beach Ave), Dmitry Salita’s Star of David Promotions will be back with another edition of the Brooklyn Brawl series. In the main event undefeated cruiserweight Steve Bujaj (10-0, 6 KOs) is primed to stay undefeated as he fights in his first 8 round fight. The native New Yorker is coming off an impressive performance on December 18th, when he stopped Mike Bissett in five rounds at Webster Hall. Steve is looking for another stoppage. Trainer of champions Billy Jilles said that the former Golden Gloves champions is “the best prospect in NYC.” (more…)



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Ivan Redkach Set for ShoBox Debut

By Miguel Maravilla

Unbeaten Ukrainian hard hitting lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13KOs) is set to take on Tony Luis (17-1, 7KOs) of Canada. This Friday live on ShoBox: “The New Generation” from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. We caught up with Redkach as he wrapped up his training camp last week preparing for this fight at the Ponce De Leon Gym in Montebello, California.

“I did three months I feel good with my power and strength I am in good physical condition, very bad ass,” Redkach told Fightnews.com via interpreter. Redkach will be headlining the first telecast of the year on Showtime to kick off the 2014 Showtime year of boxing. “I am ready for the fight I can’t wait for Friday 17th to be here, I am happy and ready to be fighting on ShoBox,” Redkach said. (more…)



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Ex-154lb champ Ishida to invade heavyweight class

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Do you know French superstar Georges Carpentier (88-14-6, 57 KOs) fought from the flyweight division up to the heavyweight category? Carpentier battled Jack Dempsey in the first Million Dollar Gate in 1921, but it was in the 112-pound class that he, at only fourteen, started his professional campaign in 1908. The vastly talented Carpentier grew up fast and captured the national welterweight belt by finishing Robert Eustache in sixteen rounds when only sixteen. Carpentier amazingly acquired the European welter, middle, light heavy and heavyweight belts in succession to his credit prior to his sensational encounter with Manassa Mauler.

We, in Japan, have a campaigner that attempts to follow the footstep of the Orchid Man by fighting from the flyweight to the heavyweight categories. It is ex-WBA 154-pound interim champ Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10 KOs), who previously upset James Kirkland via first round stoppage, but lost to Paul Williams and failed to win the world 160-pound belt from Dmitry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin. The elongated Japanese started his amateur career as a flyweight boy and gradually moved up to the middleweight division, and very lately announced to try to move up to the heavyweight division. (more…)



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Official Chavez-Vera II announcement

Former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez Jr., his opponent, Top-Five contender and tough Texan Bryan Vera, Houston’s former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz, Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum, Zanfer Promotions’ Fernando Beltran, two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman and Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions, will host a news conference announcing the eagerly-awaited rematch — Chávez Jr. vs. Vera II — This Thursday! January 16, in the Alamodome (Stadium Floor – South end.) Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. CT with the news conference beginning at 2:00 p.m. CT.

The press conference will be open to the public. (more…)



January 14th, 2014




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