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Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

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Mexican challengers Carmona, Tecuapetla arrive in Japan

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De Leon annihilates Navarrete, Korobov wins

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Lightweight Erick De Leon (12-0, 6KO) came out on fire in the main event at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas, as he went right after Fidel Navarrete with vicious combinations that sent Navarrete to the ropes. De Leon was too fast and too skilled for Navarrete as he tried to counter with combinations of his own. De Leon caught Navarrete with a short, right hook that sent Navarrete to the canvas and finished him off. Referee Laurence Cole called the fight as Navarrete tried to get to his feet and De Leon came away with the devastating knockout at 2:18 of the very 1st round of the scheduled 8.

Middleweight and former 2008 Olympian Matt Korobov (25-1, 14KO) had trouble cracking the code of the lanky, awkward Josue Obando (12-9-1, from Guadalajara, Mexico but when he did he landed his power left hand to the head. The fight got chippy at times as Korobov tried to get inside and would get tied up by the long arms of Obando. It even caused Referee Robert Chapa to deduct point from Obando in 8th and final round. Korobov had his best round in the 5th when a left hand sent Obando back to the ropes. He followed up with a double left hand and a right that rocked Obando. Obando could only occasional land a flicking jab and an occasional right hand on Korobov. All judges agreed and scored the fight 80-71 in favor of Korobov for the unanimous decision.

Bantamweight Oscar Mojica (9-1, 1KO) out-boxed Johnny Determan Jr (10-1, 8KO) over six rounds to win a unanimous decision. Mojica followed Determan around the ring and landed combinations while Determan preferred to counter when possible. Mojica was busier throughout the fight and came away with scores of 60-54, 59-55, 58-56 on all scorecards. (more…)



January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Off-TV Results from Brooklyn

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside

Polish heavyweight Adam Kownacki kept his fans roaring with an entertaining but ultimately one-sided breakdown of Washington, D.C.’s Danny Kelly. Kownacki (13-0, 10 KO’s) won a unanimous eight-round decision via two shut-out scores of 80-72. A third judge gave Kelly one round, scoring it 79-73. There were no knockdowns although Kelly (9-2-1, 8 KO’s) had his right eye almost completely swollen shut by fight’s end. It was a fun fight but Kownacki dominated.

Notre Dame alum and proclaimed “Subway” boxer, Mike Lee, demolished Joseph Gardner within 43 seconds of round 3 in a scheduled 8 round cruiserweight bout. Lee knocked down Gardner twice in round 2 before finishing the job early in round 3, using his hooks to the body to slow Gardner down before following up with a combination upstairs that forced the referee to step in to prevent Gardner from suffering any further damage. Lee is now 16-0 with 10 KOs while Gardner returns to Woonsocket, RI with 11-9-1, 1 KO. (more…)



January 16th, 2016


UFC

Fight Night Boston at the scales

UFC Fight Night Boston, which is headlined by the UFC bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz and the lightweight clash between Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez, airs live on FS1 from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, January 17 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FS 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first five prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.

Main Event – UFC Bantamweight Championship
TJ Dillashaw (135) vs Dominick Cruz (135)

FS1 Main Card
Anthony Pettis (155.5) vs Eddie Alvarez (155.5)
Travis Browne (238) vs Matt Mitrione (249)
Ross Pearson (155) vs Francisco Trinaldo (155.5)

FS1 Prelims
Patrick Cote (171) vs Ben Saunders (170)
Tim Boetsch (206) vs Ed Herman (204.5)
Chris Wade (155.5) vs Mehdi Baghdad (156)
Maximo Blanco (146) vs Luke Sanders (145.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Paul Felder (155.5) vs Daron Cruickshank (155)
Ilir Latifi (205) vs Sean O’Connell (205.5)
Charles Rosa (145.5) vs Kyle Bochniak (145)
Rob Font (135) vs Joey Gomez (135)
Francimar Barroso (205) vs Elvis Mutapcic (201)

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January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Showtime to air Frampton-Quigg and Santa Cruz-Martinez on February 27

Showtime has acquired the U.S. television rights to the February 27 super bantamweight world championship unification bout between IBF champion Carl Frampton and WBA titlist Scott Quigg. That bout will air live on Showtime from Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The precise telecast time is to be announced.

In addition, tonight it will be officially announced that undefeated three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz will make the first defense of his WBA featherweight title against 29-year-old former super bantamweight world champion Kiko Martinez on February 27, live on Showtime from Honda Center in Anaheim, California.



January 16th, 2016


Boxing News

Haye destroys de Mori in one

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Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) made his long-awaited comeback with an impressive first round KO over world rated Mark de Mori (30-2-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England.

In his first ring appearance in three-and-a-half years, Haye showed zero ring rust as he stalked and dominated de Mori from the opening bell, demolishing the Australian with a barrage of hard shots that put him down and out. Time was 2:11.

After the fight, Haye said he doesn’t expect he’ll land a fight against current WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. “I said I’ll work my way up the rankings,” Haye commented. “He said even if I do so he’ll relinquish the belts, so why bother? Why not go for the bigger, better fights? I think a fight between myself and Anthony Joshua would be way bigger than a fight between me and Tyson Fury!”



January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Johnson-Cardona Full Report

By Ricardo Ibarra at ringside
Photos: Mike Blair/BoxingProspects.net

Current WBA-NABA US super middleweight title holder Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (19-19-3, 6 KOs) claimed his first victory of the new year in a ten round non-title bout Friday night, defeating Colorado Springs, Colorado’s Izaak Cardona (14-4, 14 KOs) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Fighting in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 104, Johnson overcame the hard-hitting, long range power of Cardona to take a split decision win

Cardona had a good start to the bout, stalking patiently behind his jab and stepping in with thudding rights and hard hooks to the body . The strength of Cardona, who has scored all of his wins inside the distance, was evident and seemed to put Johnson on the defensive and unwilling to commit to a substantial attack. For the first two rounds Cardona controlled the tempo of the fight, landing often on his shorter opponent. (more…)



January 16th, 2016

UFC

Jackson gets chance of a lifetime in Octagon

As a longtime MMA correspondent in Texas, Mike Jackson is usually the one asking the questions, so it was no surprise to hear him turn the tables on his own interview and ask another regarding his UFC debut on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder, Haye are heavy favorites, Glazkov-Martin is a virtual pick ’em

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Wojciech Kubik

Three major heavyweight bouts are on tap today

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder is a -750 favorite to retain his title against challenger Artur Szpilka tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Szpilka backers can get +525.

On the same card, Czar Glazkov is a slight -125 pick to edge out Charles Martin +105 for the vacant IBF heavyweight title stripped from Tyson Fury.

In tonight’s third big fight, former WBA heavyweight David Haye returns for the first time in three-and-a-half years against Mark de Mori at the O2 Arena in London. Haye is a -3000 favorite to get past de Mori, who is +1500.

Over/Unders

On over/under propositions, oddsmakers expect Wilder-Szpilka and Haye-de Mori to go short and Glazkov-Martin to go long.

Wilder-Szpilka is +265 to go over 9½ rounds and -325 to go under. Glazkov-Martin is -175 to go over 9½ rounds and +145 to go under. Haye-de Mori is +265 to go over 6½ rounds and -325 to go under.



January 16th, 2016

WBA

WBA KO to Drugs Festival Results

Colombian bantamweight Dayana “El Diamante” Cordero (13-5-2, 10 KOs) won the vacant interim WBA female bantamweight title with a fourth round KO over Panamanian Sayda “La Bomba” Mosquera (8-3-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Centro de Convenciones Cifco, in San Salvador, El Salvador. The bout headlined the WBA’s “KO to Drugs” Festival in the Salvadoran capital.

In the co-feature, Colombian Robert Barrera (13-1, 7 KOs) won a hard fought nine round unanimous decision over Nicaraguan Julio Mendoza (10-4, 3 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Fedebol light flyweight crown. Scores were 86-84, 86-84, 88-83.

Undefeated Nicaraguan welterweight Roberto Arriaza (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Aristides Quintero (20-6-1, 17 KOs) of Panama to claim the vacant WBA Fedecentro title. Arriaza, who flattened Quintero with a left hook, was just signed yesterday by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions to an exclusive promotional contract.

Former WBA interim bantamweight and super bantamweight champion Neohmar Cermeno (23-5-1, 13 KOs) of Venezuala scored a nine round unanimous decision over Nicaraguan Lester Medrano (15-8-3, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Fedecentro featherweight title.

In his professional debut, Salvadoran Olympian Juan Carlos “Speedy” Flores needed just 46 seconds to demolish Nicaraguan Ricardo Lopez.



January 16th, 2016

UFC

Dillashaw, Cruz discuss importance of title fight

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles gets us up close and personal as we hear from Fight Night Boston headliners TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz before Sunday night’s fight on FS1 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Johnson victorious again in Tacoma, WA

Super middleweight Dashon Johnson defeated Izaak Cardona by split decision in the main event of Battle at the Boat 104 Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Johnson, who captured the WBA-NABA United States middleweight championship during his last appearance at the Emerald Queen, won his fourth consecutive bout and improved to 19-18-3 with the victory. Cardona dropped to 14-4. The scorecards were 98-92, 92-98, 98-92. More to come.



January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Three WBC title fights in Munich on Saturday

Kraft in MunchenPromoter Alexander Petkovic (Petko’s Box Promotion) presents three WBC title fights and a German Championship on Saturday (January 16th) in Munich, Germany.

In the main event and co-feature two brothers try to make history when James and Toni Kraft simultaneously try to become Youth World Champions. “This would be the first time ever in Germany for two brothers to win a world title on one night at the same show”, states Petkovic. “The Klitschkos have never done it, Torsten and Ruediger May couldn’t do it and there is no other pair of brothers to achieve this!”

19-year-old James (78.5 kg / 173 lbs.) is fighting for the vacant WBC Youth World Light Heavyweight title against Petr Orlik (78.0 kg / 172 lbs.) while his slightly older brother Toni (80.9 kg / 178.3 lbs.) will go for the vacant WBC Youth World Cruiserweight Championship against Ferenc Albert (80.8 kg / 178.1 lbs.).

It the third WBC title fight of the night Vartan Avetisyan (77.5 kg / 170.8 lbs.) wants to capture the vacant Eurasia Pacific Light Heavyweight title against Balaszh Horvath (77.2 kg / 170.1 lbs.). The fights will be streamed live on ranFIGHTING.de.



January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Valdez-Gradovich lands on Pacquiao-Bradley undercard

Espinoza Boxing, manager of unbeaten two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, has announced that as of this morning ‏Team Valdez has accepted a fight against former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. The bout will take place April 9th on the PPV undercard of Pacquiao-Bradley in Las Vegas.



January 16th, 2016

Boxing News

UniMas weights from Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scales
Photos: Christian Inoferio

Erick De Leon 129 vs. Fidel Navarrete 128.75
Matt Korobov 163.75 vs. Josue Obando 163.5

William Johnson 164 vs. John Vera 160.75
Alexander Besputin 149.25 vs. K’Lon Spencer 151.5
Oscar Mojica 118.5 vs. Johnny Determan 118.5
Amon Rashidi 147.25 vs. Marquis Hawthorn 145.75
Jarvis Sheppard 153.25 vs. Nubian Houston 151.75

Venue: Bomb Factory, Dallas Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 3: Analyze This!

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By Bill Dwyre

With the Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao – Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. fight on the horizon, doctors who make their living listening to people on couches will have their ears perked.

This may be a boxing match less about fists than minds. Were he alive, Sigmund Freud would become an instant fight fan, just for this one.

These are veteran combatants. They have history in the sport and history against each other. The attempts of their trainers — Freddie Roach for Pacquiao and Teddy Atlas for Bradley — will be to keep the focus on jabs and footwork. But the clouds of the past that will drift overhead in the months ahead, as they train for this April 9 meeting in Las Vegas, will be hard for either to dismiss. That’s especially true because, unlike so many of their peers, Pacquiao and Bradley have retained sharp brain function.

What will end in a boxing “trilogy” in three months began on June 9, 2012.

That was Pacquiao-Bradley I, with the usual expectations that the Filipino hero was there merely to add another notch to his boxing belt and cash another big check. He had won 15 in a row at that point. He WAS boxing. His fights were exciting, often brawling. His opponents had a hard time disliking him or even pretending to diss him, even after he had pounded them to pulp or left them flat on their back, seeing stars. (more…)



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Video: Wilder-Szpilka, Glazkov-Martin weigh-in

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Deontay Wilder 228.75 vs. Artur Szpilka 233.2
(WBC heavyweight championship)

Czar Glazkov 218 vs. Charles Martin 249
(IBF heavyweight championship)

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime from Barclays Center



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye-de Mori on YouTube worldwide

In a worldwide first for the sport of boxing, the comeback fight of former two-weight world champion David Haye will be screened live on YouTube to a global audience. Hayemaker Promotions and Salter Brothers Entertainment have agreed a deal with YouTube that will see the ‘Haye Day’ event from The O2 in London live streamed outside of the UK for free*.

The Hayemaker’s YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks-off at 4pm ET and will deliver the feed from UK host broadcaster Dave, part of UKTV, which will run until 6pm ET.

Commenting on the announcement Haye said: “I’m delighted that my fans around the world will be able to watch my first fight in three-and-a-half years on YouTube for free, the world’s largest content distribution platform. When I knew I was making my return the ring I wanted to ensure that my first fight would be accessible everyone, young and old, to help inspire people and engage as wide an audience as possible with boxing – this deal is key to that aim.” (more…)



January 15th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Boston Fantasy Preview

This Sunday at TD Garden in Boston, UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw looks to make his third successful defense when he takes on the former king of the division, Dominick Cruz, who returns to action following knee surgery that kept him out of action for the past year . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

February 19 ShoBox card announced

ShoBox: The New Generation returns on Friday, February 19, with a quadrupleheader from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

The lineup is as follows:

Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (14-0, 7 KOs) vs. Mario “Yayo” Munoz (16-0-1, 10 KOs)
(super bantamweight, 10 rounds)

Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Jerry Odom (13-2, 12 KOs)
(super middleweight, 8 rounds)

Keenan Smith (9-0, 3 KOs) vs. Wellington Romero (9-0-1, 4 KOs)
(welterweight, 8 rounds)

Lavisas “Red” Williams (8-0-1, 3 KOs) vs. O’Shaquie Foster (8-1, 5 KOs)
(super featherweight, 8 rounds)



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA Visits SOS Children’s Village in El Salvador

Photos: WBA

At its inception, the purpose of the WBA KO Drugs campaign was to combat the scourge of illegal drug use by young people ​​throughout the world. That mission continues to expand and includes promoting proper values in our young people as it relates to their education, their families, and their communities.

Earlier today Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the WBA, and Salvadoran champion Carlos “El Famoso” Hernandez visited SOS Children’s Village in El Salvador, one of five homes in the country that provides family support to 384 teenagers. They came to share with the young residents of this community a positive message as to how they can improve their lives.

“This is the first time I have come to your beautiful country,” said Mendoza to the dozens of young boys and girls who came to meet him and the former champion, “and I am blessed to share with you some of the ways you can build your self-esteem. By avoiding drugs you can avoid falling into a trap from which it is very hard to escape. It may seem difficult at times, but it can be done. Others have succeeded. You can succeed as well.” (more…)



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Parker-Bergman New Zealand press conference

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

WBO #3, IBF #7, WBC #10, WBA #12 Joseph Parker (17-0, 15 KOs) and Jason Bergman (25-11-2, 16 KOs) faced off at a press conference in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday to kickoff their January 23 clash in Samoa. “Rumble in Paradise” will be a twelve rounder with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs at the Faleata Sports Complex in Apia, Samoa.

Jason Bergman: “I believe Joseph Parker is very well-rounded. He’s quick, smooth, has a good amateur background. The only thing that I do doubt, to be honest, is he hasn’t fought no one. I’ve been in the ring with three world champions and I did the best in every camp I’ve ever been in. I believe I will be his greatest achievement yet if he beats me. I hope he’s feeling 100% ready to go to war on January 23 because it will be a fight. I feel it’s going to be a very competitive fight and I’ve come here to win not for the paycheck. I’m going to shock the world and I’m going to be ready to die in that ring and I hope he is too. (more…)



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye-de Mori weights from London

David Haye 227.3 vs. Mark de Mori 243.5

Venue: 02 Arena, London, England
Promoter: Hayemaker Boxing
TV: DAVE (UK)



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Aron Martinez: I’ve always been the underdog

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

East L.A. welterweight Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs) will be on the spotlight once again when he takes on undefeated prospect Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (20-0, 14 KO’s) of Pittsburgh Saturday January 23 at the Staples Center live on FOX. We caught up with Martinez as he talked about his preparation and upcoming fight with Vasquez.

“It’s going to be a great show. I am ready for this. This is my hometown and I’m ready to put on a great show for everyone here at Staples Center,” Martinez told Fightnews.com®.

Martinez has been training at the Azteca Boxing Gym in the blue collar city of Bell, California, with his trainer Yuca Morales in preparation for Vasquez. Along with his training, Martinez has been spending time up on Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains working his strength and conditioning. (more…)



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

The Pin Szpilka: Night Training in Brooklyn

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO) is not wasting a minute before his heavyweight clash with WBC champ Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) on Saturday night. “This is a big fight, but the pressure is still on him, not me. I’m happy to show everyone in the Barclays Center and all over the world that I belong on the biggest world championship stage,” said Szpilka in Fightnews.com® interview.



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

David Haye fights to show he still has hunger for boxing

Vijender Singh makes pro boxing debut in India in July

Even with retirement, speculation continues for Floyd Mayweather not “lasting two minutes against an elite MMA fighter”

Joseph Parker in hot demand



January 15th, 2016

UFC

Ed Herman has gone back to basics in return to light heavyweight

As his Sunday bout with Tim Boetsch approaches, Ed Herman is back in the Pacific Northwest and back in the light heavyweight division. About the only thing missing is a throwback fight in the Sport Fight promotion . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA KO to Drugs XXXIII weights

Dayana Cordero 117.6 vs. Sayda Mosquera 117.6
(WBA female interim bantamweight title)
Robert Barrera 108 vs. Julio Mendoza 108
(WBA Fedebol mini-flyweight title)
Aristides Quirero 146.6 vs. Roberto Arrianza 147
(WBA Fedecentro welterweight title)

Venue: Centro de Convenciones El Cifco in El Salvador
Promoter: Sergio Chams/Cuadrilatero



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Battle at the Boat 104 Weights

Dashon Johnson 166 vs. Izaak Cardona 167
Jeremy McCleary 133 vs. Marco Cardenas 132
Rob Diezel 126 vs. Marcelo Gallardo 126
Zach Cooper 147 vs. Will Fernandez 145.5
Andre Keys 157 vs. Lexus Pagampao 157
Isaiah Najera 113.5 vs. Nestor Hernandez 111.5

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

“Fly Boy” Johnson returns against Cardona Friday

By Ricardo Ibarra

Super Middleweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson is set to return to the ring this Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In his first fight back since his winning effort against Mike Gavronksi last November, Johnson will headline Brian Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 104” as he takes on the hard hitting Izaak Cardona in the ten round main event.

A long time journeyman with a wealth of experience against top-tier opposition, Johnson (18-19-3, 6 KOs), of Escondido, California, recently overcame a six fight losing streak, racking up three wins in a row, two of those wins against notable opponents. His successful run began last May when he won a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Chris Aucoin. He followed that up in August with an eight round unanimous decision victory over Mexican prospect Elias Espadas to claim the California State Jr. Middleweight title. His unbeaten run culminated in November when he stopped rising prospect Mike Gavronksi in the eighth round, avenging an earlier defeat to the Tacoma native. It was a career-reviving win for Johnson and one that had eluded him for some time. Johnson will look to add another victory to this recent streak when he faces the hard-hitting Cardona. (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder-Szpilka Final Presser Quotes

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

A dramatic fight week continued Thursday as WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and bruising Polish contender Artur Szpilka participated in the final press conference before they enter the ring this Saturday live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:

Deontay Wilder: “People who know me know that if I say I’m going to do something, I’m doing it. I am hungry. I am determined. I’m not playing with anybody in 2016. I don’t say things just to sound good. My actions will speak for themselves. This is a great card. Two heavyweight title fights in one night. It doesn’t get much better than that. The heavyweight division is exciting again. Having someone like me, it’s only going to get better. I take pride in what I do and what I have. I’m very honored to have the WBC belt. I even have the belt tattooed on my body. It’s not going anywhere. But there are more belts that I want. It’s going to be a long journey and a tough path to fulfill. But I’m that man. When people say the heavyweight champion of the world, I want one person to be recognized. I wish my opponent and all future opponents good luck, cause they’re going to need it.

Artur Szpilka: “I know you have to have a great respect for your opponent and I used to have respect for him. But after what he has said about me, I have a problem. You have to prove it in the ring. He has to do it in the ring, not outside the ring. He can say whatever he wants, but we will see it in the ring. I will fight hard and after the fight you will hear ‘The New Heavyweight Champion of the World.’ ”

Charles Martin: “I’m happy and excited. I’m looking forward to this fight on Saturday and taking what’s mine. I’m so sick of talking about what Glazkov does well, I just want to see if he can do it well against me.”

Vyacheslav Glazkov: “Everything is in place for me to become world champion. Charles is a big guy. He’s a lefty but he hasn’t fought good opponents. He’s a big strong guy, but it’s the heavyweight division. Everyone is strong. This will be a good fight. All of my past fights have helped me get ready for this one. I want all of the belts. This is the first step towards my dream.” (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Sulaiman: Wilder-Szpilka will be about heart

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“(Size) is irrelevant. Mike Tyson was very short. Rocky Marciano was very short. If you know how to use this to your advantage, these circumstances (being smaller), could be your advantage, not disadvantage. It will be all about the heart in the ring,” says World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman, when asked about how decisive the height and reach advantage of Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) could be when defending his WBC title vs. Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO) this Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Robert Guerrero Media Day

Photos: Brett Ostrowski / Mario Serrano Team Guerrero

With fight week just days away, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero hosted a media workout in the Bay Area Wednesday to discuss his primetime welterweight world title showdown with Danny “Swift” Garcia on Saturday, January 23 that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The card features a welterweight battle between undefeated Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez and Los Angeles’ Aron Martinez plus a heavyweight attraction pits 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale and rugged contender Amir “Hardcore” Mansour. Televised bouts begin at 4 p.m. PT inside of the arena.

The media day took place at the Hollister Boxing Gym and featured Guerrero’s father and trainer Ruben Guerrero. Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:

ROBERT GUERRERO

“All the hard work is done. We got one more day of sparring before we head out to Los Angeles next week. My dad and I are putting the final touches of our game plan together. We had great sparring and everyone is going to see a great fight on FOX January 23. (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 3 press tour next week

Tuesday, January 19 -- Los Angeles, Thursday, January 21 -- New York

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, will begin their promotional roadwork next week when they announce their world championship showdown at press conferences in Beverly Hills, Calif., and New York City. The two fighters will be joined by their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, collides with five-time world champion Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., in a 12-round welterweight championship battle. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Pacquiao vs. Bradley will take place Saturday, April, 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Ex-champ Carlos Molina returns January 23

Former IBF junior middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (23-6-2, 7 KOs) returns to the ring January 23 at the Domo CARE in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Molina will face Colombian Agustín Feria (20-2-1, 13 KOs). Molina grew up in Chicago, but was deported to Mexico in 2014 after some legal problems. He has fought in Mexico ever since. “I will go out looking to make an offensive fight,” said Molina. “Always with a winning mentality, trying for a knockout while paying close attention to my defense. I’m proud to fight in Mexico again and defend my flag in a fight of international character. I know very well this could be the ticket to a fight for the championship, so this must be the best version of Carlos Molina on January 23.”



January 14th, 2016

UFC

Rosa still prospect with plenty of upside despite 1-2 UFC record

A record without context never tells the whole story.

Alexander Gustafsson is 1-3 in his last four fights, but just from those results, you wouldn’t know that the talented Swedish light heavyweight lost to the top three fighters in the weight class, losing a pair of close decisions in championship fights that could very well be the two best fights in the history of the division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



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