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As a consequence of a high court judgement in the Frank Warren v. Ricky Burns litigation, Frank Warren’s solicitors lodged a claim with Burns’ Trustee in Bankruptcy in the sum of £447,000 plus interest. Lawyers acting for the Trustee in the bankruptcy of the estate of Mr. Burns have now confirmed that they have withdrawn the appeal lodged by Mr. Burns against the Judgment and Mr Warren is now pursuing the recovery of sums due to him . In the Judgment, the court found in Mr. Warren’s favour that he was owed management commission arising out of Mr. Burns’ contests and was criticised for the manner in which he sought to walk away from his promotional agreement with Frank Warren Promotions.
In a separate ruling, Paul Smith has today been ordered to pay 100% (£48,000) of Mr. Warren’s costs for including him as a party in a misguided court application. Smith had sought to remove the British Boxing Board Of Control’s jurisdiction over a contractual dispute between himself and Mr. Warren. The dispute is now proceeding under the Board’s rules and regulations.
By Joe Koizumi
Japan-based Filipino banger, JBC#8/OPBF#12 lightweight Mondo Harada (AKA Ricky Sismundo; 29-8-2, 13 KOs), 134.5, scored a fine come-from-behind victory in a grudge fight when he survived a third-round visit to the canvas and dropped Japanese lefty Kazuya Nakano (8-5-1, 7 KOs), 134.5, twice and halted him at 2:10 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. They fought to a technical draw in the first round due to an accidental headbutt this May, and the rematch had been greatly anticipated by our fight fans. The game Japanese, in the third, landed a vicious southpaw left to the button of Sismundo, flooring him on the seat of trunks. His punishment was such that we thought it would be a night for Nakano, but the tide turned against him in the next session. Sismundo exploded a three-punch combination to the face and badly decked the Japanese southpaw, and floored him again with a wicked left hook. As Sismundo furiously followed it up, the referee Fukuchi promptly intervened to raise the Filipino’s arm. (In this case, the ref’s halt is regarded as the third knockdown in the same round, which has the JBC’s result registered as knockout, not TKO.)
Promoter: Hideki Todaka Promotions.
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Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison (8-0, 8 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, is now training under Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. “Freddie and I connected well during our first session,” said Lippe-Morrison, who was previously trained by fellow legend Jesse Reid before logistics amicably ended their relationship. “It means the world that Freddie wants to work with me because I’m only 8-0. The majority of his fighters are at the championship level and I’m not there yet. I expect to get great sparring at the Wild Card Gym and receive constant feedback from the training staff.”
“I’m really looking forward to working Trey’s corner for the first time later this month,” said Roach. “He has tremendous power in both hands. We’re going to knock a lot of people out!” Lippe-Morrison’s first match under the tutelage of Roach comes against Corey Phelps (16-8-1, 8 KOs) on August 29 at Memorial Hall in Joplin, MO. (more…)
Following the record $89.95/$99.95HD pay-per-view price for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao megafight in May, Showtime is rolling back the price for Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto. Fight fans can see what is being advertised as Floyd’s final fight for $64.95/$74.95HD. The pricing matches the price for Floyd’s fights against Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. Mayweather-Guerrero was $59.95/$69.95HD.
There are a number of early lines posted on the just announced September 12 PPV clash between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Andre Berto.
As expected, Floyd is a prohibitive favorite. The Greek makes Floyd a -4000 (40:1) favorite, bet365.com has Floyd at -8000 (80:1), SkyBet has Floyd favored -6600 (66:1), several others list Floyd at -10000 (100:1). According to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Steve Carp, the hosting MGM Resorts Sportsbook has Mayweather opening as a -5000 (50:1) favorite.
By David Finger
Former WBO and WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (32-4-1, 28 KOs) has just been added to the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing promoted fight card on August 15th in Fort McDowell, Arizona. Segura will be taking on another former world champion in Juan Palacios (29-5-2, 22 KOs) in a fight that promises fireworks. Although Palacios is winless in his last four fights (going 0-2-2) he is still regarded as a competent contender with the punching power to derail Segura’s comeback. Segura is best remembered for his stunning upset over Ivan Calderon to win the WBO and WBA world titles and is widely regarded as one of the hardest punching smaller men in the sport. However, the 34-year old Nicaraguan is still considered a viable and dangerous opponent with the tools to upset Segura. Palacios is best remembered for winning the WBC interim minimumweight title in 2008 against Omar Soto. He also won the WBA interim minimumweight title in 2011. (more…)
The second edition of ESPN’s Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) series—featuring Danny García vs. Paulie Malignaggi and Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora—on Saturday, Aug. 1, delivered the largest boxing audience on ESPN since 1998 (5/22/98 Bronco McKart vs Ronald Weaver). An average audience of 1,073,000 viewers (P2+) watched the event – up 34 percent and 55 percent among P25-54 from the July 11 PBC on ESPN event. The telecast also peaked during the main event with nearly 1.5 million viewers according to Nielsen.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Showtime Sports chief Stephen Espinoza have weighed in on the just announced September 12 PPV clash between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Andre Berto.
Leonard Ellerbe: ‘Money’ Mayweather is back and the whole Mayweather Promotions team is ready to build off of the incredible record-breaking May 2 event. It’s a pleasure to bring this great fight, plus the incredible undercard of action, to the fans in Las Vegas at MGM Grand. Andre Berto is a powerful fighter who presents a real danger to Floyd. He will have to use all of his skills to slow Berto down.
Stephen Espinoza: When Showtime Networks and Floyd Mayweather teamed up for the first time in 2013, it was called a record-breaking deal – and that’s exactly what it has been. Through five fights of the six-fight term, the results have exceeded our grandest expectations. Floyd has never hesitated to take on the best of the best in his division. In Andre Berto, Floyd has chosen an opponent who always comes to fight and always entertains. Berto’s power and athleticism make him a legitimate threat against any opponent, and against Floyd, we expect Berto to be as aggressive as ever.
Andre Berto: I’m coming to kick Floyd’s ass on September 12. Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do. Somebody is getting knocked out and it won’t be me. You don’t want to miss this.
Floyd Mayweather: I’m ready to get back in the ring on September 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m ‘The Best Ever.’ I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception. He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before and on September 12, I’m going to make it 49.
Two world championship fights have been announced for the Mayweather-Berto pay-per-view telecast.
Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) will risk his WBO junior lightweight title in a rematch against the boxer he dethroned, four-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs). In addition, Badou Jack “The Ripper” (19-1-1, 12 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBC super middleweight world title against mandatory challenger “Saint” George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs). A fourth fight on the pay-per-view telecast will be announced soon.
Floyd Mayweather just announced via Instagram that he is fighting Andre Berto on September 12 on Showtime PPV. The bout will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. If triumphant, Floyd would match the record of the late heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who retired in April 1956 with a record of 49-0. Ticket pricing and on sale information is forthcoming later this week.
46-year-old future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (61-8, 44 KOs) will square off against Billy Bailey (12-19-4, 4 KOs) on August 16 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The 37-year-old Bailey is hoping to get back on track against Jones after a 2-14 run dating back to 2010. The bout will be featured on the NUVOtv-televised live finale of the reality series “Knockout,” which Jones hosts. The show follows nine boxers trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr., “Sugar” Shane Mosley and John “Iceman” Scully.
By Gabriel F Cordero
There is a strong possibility that Mexican former two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez could be on still unannounced September 12 Floyd Mayweather card in Las Vegas. According to Gonzalez, Promociones del Pueblo is looking to get him on that card following his comeback win last weekend. Jhonny claimed the WBC international super featherweight belt by beating Kazuki Hashimoto by second round TKO in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.
FOX Sports today announced that it has reached a multi-year, multi-platform agreement to telecast Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), under which it will be the exclusive boxing program for FOX Sports 1, with content also going to FOX Deportes. The announcement was made by David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. FOX Sports 1 premieres “Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays,” a new, live primetime boxing series on Tuesday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM ET), which continues for a total of 21 shows through the end of June, 2016. The fights are simulcast on FOX Deportes, under a series name to be determined soon.
The show kicks off on FOX Sports 1 on Sept. 8, with a super welterweight bout between former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) and Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (24-3, 14 KOs). The co-main event features a junior featherweight bout between undefeated Jorge Lara (27-0-1, 19 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Jesus Rojas (21-1, 15 KOs).
After the series debut, the punches keep coming on Tuesday, Sept. 15 (9:00 PM ET), when undefeated welterweight Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez (19-0, 13 KOs) faces Jose “Piston” Lopez (25-3, 15 KOs) in the headlining event. Light heavyweights Thomas Williams (18-1, 12 KOs) and Umberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs) are featured in the co-main event.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, undefeated rising star Julian “J-Rock” Williams (20-0-1, 12 KOs) tests his skills against Luciano Cuello (35-3, 17 KOs) in a super welterweight battle. Also featured that night, Moises Flores (23-0, 16 KOs) fights to stay undefeated against Luis Emmanuel Cusolito (21-1, 19 KOs) in a junior featherweight bout.
Super featherweight world champion Javier Fortuna (28-0, 20 KOs) puts his belt on the line Tuesday, Sept. 29 against 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Velazquez (19-1, 12 KOs) in the night’s main event. The co-main event features a battle of unbeaten super welterweight fighters when Detroit’s Domonique Dolton (17-0, 9 KOs) faces 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unheralded Takahiro Yamamoto (16-4, 13 KOs), 118, dramatically captured the OPBF bantamweight belt when he overcame his visit to the deck and finally halted defending titlist Yu Kawaguchi (23-7, 10 KOs), 118, at 0:50 of the seventh round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. It was such a give-and-take affair as the champ hit the canvas in the second, but the challenger was also sent to the deck in round three. The champ Kawaguchi, in round two, sustained a bad laceration over the right eyebrow, which became a great nuisance for him to go on. The seventh witnessed the champ Kawaguchi hit the deck again and bleed so profusely that the third man didn’t hesitate to declare a halt. The victor Yamamoto had lost a split duke to Kawaguchi in their first encounter with the vacant OPBF belt at stake this April, but he avenged his close defeat with such a see-saw triumph that had the crowd into frenzy.
Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
PhillyBoxingHistory.com announced today that the 8th Annual Briscoe Awards, an annual celebration of the Philadelphia fight scene, will move to an exciting new venue this year. XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, the central hub of Philly’s sports stadiums, becomes the new home of the Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October 18, 2015, 1-4pm. The Briscoe Awards, named after legendary middleweight Bennie Briscoe, honors the biggest accomplishments of the Philadelphia fight year and brings together the local community to celebrate everything Philly boxing. This free event is open to the public and is regularly attended by the award winners, their families, past and present boxers, fight fans, and other boxing people. Everyone is welcome.
Bryant Jennings will take home the “2014 Philly Fighter of the Year” award in October. Jennings won two bouts in 2014, and in the process, earned a shot at the world heavyweight title. Jennings has won Briscoe Awards in the past, but this is his first as “Fighter of the Year.”
The thrilling USBA heavyweight title brawl between Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour was named the “2014 Philly Fight of the Year”, and both combatants will receive their Briscoe Awards at the October 18th event. (more…)
WBO champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (29-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City will face countryman Humberto “Chato” Morales (14-11-4, 8 KOs) of Cancun, this Friday at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds and the vacant Mexican jr. featherweight title is up for grabs. The bout will be the Boxeo Telemundo Ford summer season finale.
Hernandez was able to win an interim WBO title, but has come up short in three attempts at winning the full version of a world title. He turned professional at just 15 years of age nearly 13 years ago. He’s still only 29 years old, relatively young considering all of his experience. Currently ranked #8 by the WBO, and #9 by both the WBC and WBA, “Payasito” is aiming to get himself in position for one more challenge for a world title. (more…)
With former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski surging back into title contention, the dream fight fans have wanted to see for over a decade will become a reality on September 5 when the two veteran stars meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a pivotal UFC 191 matchup . . . Click here for more
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron
WBO #8, WBA #10 Joseph Parker (15-0, 13KOs) will clash with former world heavyweight challenger Kali Meehan (42-5, 32 KOs) over twelve rounds on October 15 at The Trust Arena, Auckland, New Zealand with WBA and WBO regional titles up for grabs. Parker scored a sensational 63 second knockout over WBO #13 Bowie Tupou on Saturday but will have the acid test against Meehan, who soundly defeated former world title challenger Shane Cameron in November 2014. Meehan was a split decision loser to Lamont Brewster in a WBO challenge in 2004. “Win, lose or draw, this is going to be my last fight and I want to it to end where my career began in West Auckland,” said the 45-year-old Meehan. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know a young fighter like Joseph will be instructed to tire someone like me out, but I am ready for war. I’m prepared for 12 rounds and want to end on a high.”
“Initially I thought Kali offered nothing because of massive expectations on the size of his purse,” said Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, who talked to Fightnews today. “World rated Australian welterweight Jeff Horn will be also on the same promotion against a rated welterweight. Jeff Horn was impressive on Saturday in defeating IBF #10 Viktor Plotnykov. We will be matching Horn against a rated opponent.”
By Joe Koizumi
Japan’s #8 ranked super-light Kazuya Maruki (19-3, 12 KOs), 149.5, kept jabbing all the way and pounded out a unanimous decision (98-93 twice and 100-92) over Indonesian 140-pound ruler Heri Andriyanto (20-19-2, 10 KOs), 143.5, over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. Despite the wide difference on points it wasn’t so lopsided a fight as the scores indicated as the winner had the face badly swollen down the stretch. Andriyanto kept stalking the Japanese jabber and occasionally scored with a solid right at a time, while Maruki, the elder brother of former world junior light challenger Takao Maruki, kept sticking and moving to counter the onrushing Indonesian. Heri almost stunned Kazuya with a vicious right midway in round four, but the Japanese desperately fought back hard to regain the initiative and then pile up points in later rounds. Kazuya is the brother of former WBC youth 154-pound champ Ryosuke who had kept his belt a week before.
Promoter: Heiwa Promotions in association with Tenyu Maruki Gym.
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Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc summer series will conclude this Friday at their new home, the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO #8, WBC and WBA #9 bantamweight contender and former WBO champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (29-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City will face countryman Humberto “Chato” Morales (14-11-4, 8 KOs) of Cancun, in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds for the vacant jr. featherweight Mexican title.
Hernandez, 29, won the WBO interim title in June of last year beating Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas by decision and in November dropped a split decision to then champion Tomoki Kameda. He bounced back with a decision win over Martin Casilla on the Boxeo Telemundo spring series and captured the WBC Latin title. Morales, 25, on the other hand is coming off a highly disputed draw with world ranked contender Edgar “Power” Jimenez last February and has not tasted defeat in his last 7 outings.
Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:00 PM. Telemundo Network will televise in the US starting at 11:35 PM. Claro Sports televises in Mexico and Latin America. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Producciones Deportivas. Blackberry Auditorium is located at Avenida Insurgentes Sur 453, Esq. Tlaxcala, Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF, MX. Tel: 55 64 12 94. For tickets www.ticketmaster.com.mx
Former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico will take on undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in a 10-round super lightweight showdown as the co-main event for Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol on Saturday, Oct. 3 from StubHub Center televised live on HBO.
“I feel very excited for my next fight. They always say third time is the charm and after two cancelled fights, I’m getting anxious for my return to the ring,” said Soto. “I’m used to fighting often, but now it’s been almost a year without fighting and as everyone knows, I couldn’t fight in Houston [on May 9] since my opponent was overweight. Then, the opportunity to fight for a new world title and an issue with my knee forced me to decline the fight. I’ve felt frustrated because I had been training really hard.
“Now, we have Antonio Orozco. I haven’t seen much of his fights, but from what I’ve heard I know he’s very dedicated and holds a winning mentality. Orozco is young, undefeated, and he has to show everyone how far he wants to get in this sport. I’m his test, but I have the experience, and I have to make a statement as to why I’ve been a three-time world champion. I’ll show that I’m ready for this opportunity and for another world title.”
By Karl Freitag
On Sunday night’s Bounce TV telecast, former world champion Adrien Broner stated that his next fight will be on October 3rd. The name of Ruslan Provodnikov has been mentioned as a possible foe. In any event, AB could end up going head-to-head with Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol scheduled for the same night on HBO.
Tyson Fury’s trainer Peter Fury tweet over the weekend: “Call just came in from USA asking @hughiefury to fight Wilder in 4 weeks…if @hughiefury gets 8 weeks we will take it 1000%. We don’t do bottle jobs in this camp!!” The 20-year-old Hughey Fury is 16-0, 8 KOs, but currently not in the WBC top 15. WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder is looking for a September 26 opponent.
Still no new developments on Floyd Mayweather’s planned September 12 fight in Las Vegas, which is a little over a month away.
Yes, FoxSports.com really did publish a piece calling for a Mayweather-Rousey fight. The last man vs. woman boxing match was in 1999 when Margaret McGregor fought Loi Chow in Seattle. The woman won that one.
Polish contenders Artur Szpilka (19-1, 14 KOs), Maciej Sulecki (20-0, 5 KOs) and Kamil Laszczyk (20-0, 5 KOs) highlight a full night of undercard action at Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, August 14. Heavyweight Szpilka will face Cuban born, but fighting out of Miami, 31-year-old Yasmany Consuegra (17-1, 14 KOs). Middleweight Sulecki of Warsaw, Poland, will fight in the US for the second time, in a 10-round middleweight bout vs. TBA. Featherweight Kamil “Little Tyson” Laszczyk meets the unbeaten Dominican Queens-resident Oscauris Frias (16-0, 6 KOs).
Popular heavyweight Travis Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs), of Reading, PA, who will step back into the ring following an injury-induced layoff, jr middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (15-0, 9 KOs), light heavyweight prospect Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs), world-ranked super bantamweight Luis Rosa (20-0, 10 KOs) and jr welterweight Mikkel “Slikk Mikk” LesPierre (9-0, 4 KOs) will all face TBA.
The headlining event of the evening is a Premier Boxing Champions on Spike doubleheader featuring Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) facing Philadelphia’s Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in 12-rounds of heavyweight action, with cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) defending his title against Polish contender Krzyzstof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs) in the co-feature.
Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions has announced the signing of former world champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, to a co-promotional agreement, along with Judah’s Super Judah Promotions. Judah, 37, will compete in the super lightweight division and his first appearance under the new promotional banner will be in September, on a GCP televised card.
“I am overjoyed to be adding a superstar of Zab’s caliber to my promotional roster,” said Greg Cohen. “Zab has been in with every great fighter of this era and beaten many of them. He is a Brooklyn boxing legend and still a force to be reckoned with at 140 lbs. We will feature Zab on our Championship Boxing series and keep him active. He still has the speed and reflexes of a top fighter and after a few comeback appearances, he will be ready for another assault on the current kings of the division.”
By James Slater
As fans know, former “Contender” winner Sergio Mora traded first-round knockdowns with defending WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs this past Saturday in New York and a great fight was shaping up. Then Mora suffered an ankle injury and was unable to continue. Currently very disappointed, Mora says he is aiming for a rematch and wants the 2nd-round TKO win that was awarded to Jacobs changed to a No-Contest.
Here Mora speaks exclusively with Fightnews:
First of all, Sergio, how is your ankle right now?
“My ankle is fractured. I will be seeing the orthopaedic specialist this Wednesday. I also had some liquid in my right knee, which is a sign of trauma. But the main injury was my ankle. I’m taking pain medication right now.” (more…)
Advance tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the highly anticipated World Middleweight Title Unification battle between Boxing superstar, WBA, IBO and WBC “Interim” Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF Middleweight Champion, Montreal power-puncher David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), set for Saturday, October 17 at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.
By Robert Coster
The future of Puerto Rican boxing rests on the shoulders of super-talented young men, Jose Pedraza, Felix Verdejo and Emmanuel Rodriguez. Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) is the least known of the trio having fought only in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but the 23-year-old bantamweight is already ranked 7th by the WBO and 14th by the WBA. Rodriguez turned pro at the end of 2012 after a stellar amateur career in which he racked up a 160-11 record. At 17, he was already a member of the Puerto Rican Amateur team; he won a silver medal at the AIBA Youth World Champion in Baku 2010 and the gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Last week, WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade was stripped by the WBO for failing to defend his title for 13 months. On July 29, Andrade’s promoters Star Boxing and Banner Promotions filed a $20 million lawsuit against rival promoter Roc Nation, Jay Z and boxing attorney Jeffery Fried, alleging that Roc Nation tortiously interfered with their exclusive promotional agreement with Andrade.
The lawsuit alleges that on September 23, 2014, Roc Nation brought the Andrade Team to their Manhattan corporate headquarters for a meeting and subsequently offered Andrade $550,000 if Andrade would refuse a fight against Jermell Charlo that Star Boxing and Banner Promotions had negotiated with Showtime, and claimed that Roc Nation was planning to buy Andrade’s contract and move him to HBO. Andrade did reject the Charlo fight, but was never paid the $550,000, nor were serious efforts made to purchase Andrade’s exclusive promotional rights. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“During the last teleconference, Marco Huck said that ‘the biggest problem for Głowacki is that…he’s fighting Marco Huck,’ and I believe him. Głowacki is a very good fighter, but Huck is a very big step up for him. From fighting ordinary cruiserweights to fighting a top one is a big step up. But make no mistake, Głowacki is a legitimate underdog, but he’s an underdog with a chance,” said promoter Lou DiBella in a Fightnews.com interview about the August 14 WBO cruiserweight championship clash between defending champ Marco Huck (38-2, 26 KOs) and Krzysztof Głowacki (24-0, 15 KOs). Huck-Glowacki will be part of a Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV event (August 14, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ), with Antonio Tarver (31-6, 22 KO) vs. Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13 KO) heavyweight main bout of the evening. (more…)
Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren spoke after Payano’s 12-round split decision win in the debut of PBC on Bounce TV. Payano retained his WBA “undisputed” bantamweight title.
Juan Carlos Payano: “I feel strong. Every now and then he hit me with something that affected me, but I feel good. All of the cuts on my face are from headbutts. Warren is one of the best in this division, but there are lots of other good fighters in this division. I’ll fight any of them. I think the decision was fair. I don’t think we’ll do a rematch with Warren next, but my manager will decide.”
Rau’Shee Warren: “The one judge had it heavily for me, so I don’t know what was up with the others. I think the point deductions really hurt me. (Payano) said I hit him while he was down and it cost me. He was strong in the first four or five rounds, but then I figured him out. I want a rematch. I’ll be back strong.”
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
WBC heavyweight title-holder Deontay Wilder is preparing for his next move.
Wilder (34-0, 33 KO’s) is coming off of his inaugural title defense on June 13 against Eric Molina and will likely return to the ring on September 26 on NBC. No opponent has been confirmed although there is a possibility it will be former title-challenger Chris Arreola.
For Wilder, who was ringside for the Danny Garcia-Paulie Malignaggi fight on Saturday in Brooklyn, the name isn’t as important as just getting back into the ring.
“If it’s meant to be, it’s going to happen,” he told an assembled group of media before the fight. “I’m not scared of no one. Once I became champion I said I’m going to be an active champion. I don’t want to fight anyone who wants money. I want to fight someone who wants to come take that belt. We’re always looking for a step above the next opponent. No opponent is out of the running. The only thing I could do is be me and train hard for whatever name is taken out of the hat.” (more…)
At the UFC 190 post-fight press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UFC President Dana White announced that veteran superstars Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson will attempt to break their 1-1 tie when they meet for the third time in the main event of the UFC Fight Night event in Sao Paulo on November 7 . . . Click here for more
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