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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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Boxing News

Oquendo on his way to the airport! Team Oquendo says “the fight is a go!”

By Flattop

In a shocking turn of events, promoter Bobby Hitz revealed that heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo is still in Chicago but – as of 3:15p CT – the legendary promoter received a text from the Oquendo camp stating “The fight is a go!” and that the fighter is on his way to the airport.

The rumor is a private jet is fueled and ready to fly team Oquendo to Warsaw, Poland, and then to the city of Grozny in the Chechen Republic for his showdown with former champion Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight championship.

Oquendo and Chagaev are scheduled to go toe-to-toe this Sunday at the 30,000-seat Ahmat Arena in Grozny. Over 30,000 fans are anticipated. (more…)



July 4th, 2014



Boxing News

Chagaev to face Petkovic?

By Karl Freitag

Still a lot of unanswered questions about Sunday’s WBA world heavyweight title fight in Grozny, Russia. Ruslan Chagaev is good to go. Fres Oquendo isn’t. Organizers reached out to former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, however, this being Friday afternoon and the fight being Sunday, logistics dictate that the possibility of a Europe-based fighter facing Chagaev are becoming more likely by the minute — if the event isn’t postponed.

The one name that has been mentioned is Germany-based Bosnian Alexander Petkovic (49-4-4, 27 KOs), who is not currently rated by the WBA but is available to fight. As of now, the WBA hasn’t sanctioned a Chagaev-Petkovic fight.

However, German promoter Rainer Gottwald has posted the following on his Facebook page: “For Alexander Petkovic a dream come true! On July 6 in Grozny, Russia he’s boxing against Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight championship. This is a surprise, you never would have thought. We have our fingers crossed for Alexander. Chagaev will have to go through hell to win. Yesterday we confirmed that Oquendo is not boxing and Alex gets the chance. So, keep your fingers crossed.”



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Michael “Slick” Anderson returns July 19

Welterweight up and comer Michael “Slick” Anderson (13-2, 10 KOs) of Newark returns to the ring Saturday, July 19 at the Parsippany Police Athletic League when he battles an opponent to be named in an eight round contest. A former New Jersey Golden Gloves Champion and President of the “Show Off Riders” Motorcycle Club, Anderson is backed by a strong local following in the Garden State. Last November, Anderson, who spoke at multiple schools in Newark as part of the “Fight for Attendance” initiative, scored a spirited split decision against hard-hitting George Sosa.

In the chief supporting bout, popular unbeaten super middleweight John Magda puts his 8-0 record on the line in a six round contest. Magda, who is one of power broker Al Haymon’s newest signees, is fresh off a dramatic fourth round stoppage of Taneal Goyco on June 27. The East Rutherford, NJ native will face an opponent to be named. (more…)



July 4th, 2014

UFC

Predictions: UFC 175

That’s right boys and girls, Tom Cruise was born on the Fourth of July, and so was the Downes Side! [Editor’s note: neither one of those facts are true]. Even if you aren’t a citizen of the United States of America, strap yourself in for the only MMA predictions column that combines the leadership of George Washington, the ruggedness of Davy Crockett and the masculinity of Christian Bale. Who could be more American than Batman? . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Oquendo out; Briggs in negotiations for world title fight with Chagaev THIS WEEKEND!

It’s been officially confirmed that the last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) is currently in talks with the team of former world champion Ruslan Chagaev (32-2-1, 20 KOs) to challenge for the vacant WBA Title this Sunday. The original opponent Fres Oquendo has pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons. Briggs has erased all doubts of just how serious he is about this current comeback, willing to take a fight of this magnitude on just days notice.

Briggs in anticipation that the fight will indeed happen immediately headed to the gym for some very last minute preparation. Fightnews caught up with Briggs moments ago at the gym where he issued the following statement: “I was contacted with the offer to fight Chagaev just last night and I’ve been informed that there is a very big financial backing behind this event and they want badly for the show not to be cancelled. So I’m preparing like it’s going to happen. My goal for the past year while getting in shape was to fight Wladimir Klitschko and it still is. However, if they want to pay me the millions that a fight of this magnitude rates on this kind of notice for a former world champion like myself then I’m ready to board the flight today headed to Grozny, Russia to knock out Chagaev. Then it’s on to chasing Wladimir Klitschko to do the same to him.”



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Huck opponent named: Mirko Larghetti

Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) will be facing Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) for “The Captain’s” WBO Cruiserweight World Championship on August 30. The Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany will play host to Huck’s 13th defense of the title he acquired back in August of 2009. If successful, the protégé of coach Ulli Wegner will equal Johnny Nelson’s record for the most title defenses in the cruiserweight division.

However, Larghetti has other plans. The Italian is still fuming over the cancellation of his title bid on March 29, which saw Huck injuring the thumb of his right hand in preparation of their fight. “I was ready back then and I am even more ready now,” said the 31-year-old, adding: “Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time. I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign.” (more…)



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Michael Katsidis decisions Graham Earl in rematch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Ben Hohn

In a rematch of their classic 2007 war, former world champion Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ (30-6, 24 KOs) scored a less than classic one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Graham ‘The Duke of’ Earl (26-5, 12 KOs) in a light welterweight bout on Friday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Australia. Scores were 120-108, 120-109, 119-109 as Katsidis claimed the vacant WBU belt (German version). Earl came out of a five year retirement to take this bout.

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July 4th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Finale Main Card Fantasy Preview

Less than 24 hours after the action ends at UFC 175, The Ultimate Fighter season 19 finale will hit the Octagon, where two new winners from the long standing competition will be crowned, along with the five-round featherweight main event pitting Frankie Edgar against BJ Penn for the third time . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Coachella, Calif. fighter Randy Caballero braces for a title fight. More

Carl Frampton banking on Belfast crowd support for a victory over Kiko Martinez. More

Former Gloucester, England fighter Johnny Melfah, who took on Chris Eubank, is looking for help. More

Ricky Burns’ promoter says Scott Harrison might be an option: More



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Parker weighs in 15.4 pounds heavier than Minto

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

The weigh-in took place Friday for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between unbeaten Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.

Parker weighed in at 226.1 lbs., while Minto scaled in at 210.7 lbs. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds.

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July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Gomez-Paris collide July 25

Unbeaten junior welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (17-0, 13 KOs) will face his toughest challenge yet when he meets Vernon Paris (28-1, 16 KOs) on July 25 in the 10-round main event of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

In the co-feature, rising bantamweight star Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (25-0, 14 KOs) is featured in a 10-round battle against an opponent to be determined. As a special treat for fans in attendance, Ivan’s older brother, the legendary Erik “El Terrible” Morales, will meet and greet fans throughout the evenings.



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

The Ultimate Fighter 20 Cast Revealed!

For the first time in history, the new season of The Ultimate Fighter® will feature an all-female cast and will have a UFC® championship title on the line. The storied reality series will feature a women’s 115-pound tournament to determine the first ever UFC® women’s strawweight champion. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 2-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, will serve as coaches and meet in a championship showdown of their own at the conclusion of the season . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Brian Viloria workout

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Three-time world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria works out for his upcoming 10-round feature fight against Jose Alfredo Zuniga of Mexico at the Wild Card Boxing Club.

Viloria will be a featured fight on the “Champions of Gold” card with the main event return of two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, PS4, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, Champions of Gold will take place Saturday, July 19. photos



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fury: Chisora will be like a bug on windscreen

Tyson Fury is pushing himself to the physical limits as he prepares for his showdown with rival Dereck Chisora on July 26 at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester. The Manchester giant has been pushing a three and half ton tractor at his Bolton training camp to build up his strength and power to meet Chisora head-on in the biggest heavyweight grudge match in recent years. Fury, 25, who inflicted the first defeat to Chisora’s record in July 2011, is not taking any for granted this time around and is preparing even harder with so much on the line in the crucial rematch. The winner will get the WBO number one spot to challenge reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko, plus Chisora’s European title and the Vacant British title are both up for grabs. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

Outside the Octagon: Rousey Brings Women to New Heights

“Grapple Girl” nearly got it right. “The sport is growing by leaps and bounds,” Michelle “Grapple Girl” Farrow once told me, referring to the topic of women’s MMA. “It is starting to get more recognition all the time. Most shows are trying to have a women’s fight on their card. I think that within the next five years it will be accepted almost as much as the men.” . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

WBO orders Quillin-Korobov clash

The WBO has sent a letter to Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank ordering the rival promotional firms to begin negotiating a fight between WBO middleweight championship Peter Quillin and mandatory challenger Matt Korobov. If an accord is not reached within 30 days, a purse bid will be ordered. If it goes to purse bid, the minimum acceptable bid for the middleweight division is $200,000. Either party may call for a purse bid at any time during the negotiation process.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy Returns to the Barclays on Aug 9

By Jerry Glick
Photos: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy

The presser for Golden Boy’s exciting show scheduled for August ninth at Brooklyn, New York’s sports centerpiece, the Barclays Center, and will be broadcast on ShowTime, was held at the fight venue with an exuberant Oscar De La Hoya introducing the headliners to the media. On hand were Sadam Ali, Daniel Jacobs, Danny Garcia (along with trainer/father Angel), Edgar Santana, and Lamont Peterson, among others.

Headliner, Danny Garcia, who will defend his unified 140 pound titles against Rod Salka in the main event, handles adversity as well as he handles good news. In his last fight against tough Southern California challenger, Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico Garcia had a close call winning by a majority decision. He took that less than stellar performance well, “I thought it was a good fight. It wasn’t my best performance and the guy came to fight. He had a good game plan. I was in shape, but every fight can’t be pretty. Every fight can’t be a Lucas Matthysse fight because styles make fights.” (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fielding: Weight issue is behind me

Super middleweight Rocky Fielding insists his that making weight will not be a problem ahead of his WBA Inter-Continental title clash with Noe Gonzalez Alcoba at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12. Fielding failed to make the weight for his Commonwealth title battle with Charles Adamu in March, and the 26 year old says the first thing he did after the fight was address those issues.

“The last fight there were a few things that didn’t go my way,” said Fielding. “I changed my diet around, my hand went in sparring in the build-up and I had a change of opponent more than once, so it was a tough, but I’ve got no excuses. I had two weeks off after the fight and I sat down with James Morton who is Liverpool Football Club’s nutritionist and I am working with him and with a company called MealTek on my food so I am right on track – the weight is coming off correctly and I am eating well. I have a good opponent and plenty of notice for the fight so that has given me great focus and hopefully it will show on the night that knuckling down and doing the weight properly will improve my performance.”



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

‘The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned’ Cast Revealed

For the first time in history, the new season of The Ultimate Fighter® will feature an all-female cast and will have a UFC® championship title on the line. The storied reality series will feature a women’s 115-pound tournament to determine the first ever UFC® women’s strawweight champion. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 2-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, will serve as coaches and meet in a championship showdown of their own at the conclusion of the season. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Nick Casal comeback fight set for Aug 15

By Bob Caico

Hard luck Niagara Falls welterweight Nick “Hands of Gold’ Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) hopes three times is a charm as he is scheduled to fight in the co-main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on August 15th at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. He will take on Francisco Santana (20-3-1, 9 KOs) of Santa Barbara, California baring any unforeseen misfortune.

In June of 2012, in a gutless attack Casal suffered severe head wounds that caused the cancellation of his ESPN2 light welterweight bout against Ruslan Provodnikov. This past February Nick was to fight in his hometown but two opponents both failed pre fight physicals at the last moment and he was again denied his return to the ring. Now after an almost three year layoff, Casal hopes to secure a win over a tough opponent and finally get chance to prove that he is a worthy title contender.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Jeff Lacy to face WBC #3 Humberto Savigne

WBC #3 light heavyweight contender Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) will battle former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) next Thursday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida and live on FOX Sports 1. Promoter Mike Tyson claims former Cuban national team member Savigne can beat both Sergev Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson. The bout is the co-featured attraction to the IBF super featherweight title rematch between Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez and Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy. The TV-opener is welterweight prospect Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin clashing with Mexican veteran Noe “Platanito” Bolanos.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Christodoulou to ref Chagaev-Oquendo clash

68-year-old South African Stanley Christodoulou will be the referee for the WBA heavyweight championship fight between Fres Oquendo and Ruslan Chagaev on Sunday at the 30,000-seat Ahmat Arena in Grozny, Russia. Judges will be Panamanians Guillermo Perez Pineda and Alex Marin, along with Nicaraguan Jarquin Gustavo. WBA supervisor will be Renzo Bagnariol.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Opponent named for Subway boxer Mike Lee

Popular Chicago native and Notre Dame graduate Mike Lee’s opponent has been announced for his July 25 ring return to the Windy City’s UIC Pavilion. Scheduled to open the night’s ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast in a light heavyweight six-rounder, Lee (12-0, 7 KOs) will face Paul Gonsalves (7-3, 3 KOs). Lee has been featured as a boxer in a nationwide ad campaign for the Subway sandwich chain.

The card will also feature rejuvenated welterweight contender Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) taking on Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) in the night’s 10-round main event; as well as a 10-round middleweight co-feature between USBA Middleweight Champion and WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) and Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-6, 26 KOs).



July 3rd, 2014

UFC

McMann vs. Murphy set for Maine

Former world title challenger Sara McMann returns to the Octagon on August 16 to face unbeaten newcomer Lauren Murphy in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Bangor, Maine . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs still eyes showdown with Wladimir Klitschko

Photo: HD Boxing

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) is fresh off of his dominating unanimous decision victory over formerly world ranked Raphael Zumbano Love (34-8-1, 27 KOs) of Brazil. Briggs went a complete 12 rounds for the first time since his launching his comeback. The special feature attraction took place at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with HD Boxing promoting. The bout was for the vacant NABA heavyweight title. Fightnews caught up with Briggs at his home in South Florida. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014




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