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Lebedev, Jones make weight

Lebedev, Jones make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Hrunov Promotions Denis Lebedev 198.6 vs. Guillermo Jones 200 (WBA cruiserweight world title) Venue: Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, ...

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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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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

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“Nothing can stop me,” says Lucien Bute about his upcoming bout against Jean Pascal, Saturday night. More

Washington DC’s Lamont Peterson looks to get back in the win column when he takes on Dierry JeanJan. 25 in Atlantic City. More

Is the UFC more exciting than boxing? More competitive? More

Kell Brook looks to keep the rust off ahead of a 2014 showdown against champ Shawn Porter. More



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Lamont Peterson workout quotes & pics

Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson held a media workout ahead of his January 25 title bout against Dierry Jean, which will take place at the DC Armory and headline a live Showtime telecast.

Lamont Peterson: “I intend to continue to be the champion after my fight on January 25. I don’t worry about comments from him [Dierry Jean]. At the end of the day he’s got to get in the ring with me. He can say whatever he wants, but he’ll see when he gets in there that it’s not an easy task. It’s always a great thing to fight at home. When the crowd is cheering for you, it gives you the extra energy to pull out the close rounds and close fights. I’m glad to be fighting at home. I never really left the gym since my last fight. I’ve been doing a lot of strength and conditioning, although at this point it’s mostly boxing. Right now, I’m working on the game plan and making sure I execute when I get in the ring.

“I try to put that [loss] behind me. Boxing is for a thinking sportsman. [Boxing] It’s not a sport where you should be letting those things get to you. You have to fight smart and the best way to do that is to clear your mind. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

New opponent for “Tornado” Sanchez

WBA #3 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez (23-2-2, 18 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico will now face Marcos Demecillo (19-1-1, 14 KOs) of Iligan City, Philippines, in Saturday’s UniMas-televised main event. The twelve round bout for the WBA International super flyweight championship will take place at the State Gym in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Demecillo steps in for WBA #14 rated Breilor Teran.



January 13th, 2014

UFC

UFC on FOX hits Orlando in April

The UFC returns to the The Sunshine State on April 19 for a FOX UFC Saturday event at the Amway Center in Orlando. Two bouts have been confirmed for the just-announced card: Second-ranked heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum will face third-ranked heavyweight contender Travis Browne with the winner likely securing a heavyweight title shot. Plus second-ranked bantamweight Miesha Tate takes on seventh-ranked Liz Carmouche in a battle of women’s MMA stars. Tickets for the event are expected to go on sale February 14. More details will be available in coming weeks on UFC.com.

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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 13th, 2014

Boxing Result

“Tremendo” Delgado Stops Alvarez, “Memin” Defeats Mendoza

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

This past Friday night Tijuana, Mexico, one of the busiest fight towns in Mexico if not the world, opened up their 2014 season with a club level show presented by PM Promotions led by former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales. The seven-bout fight card was everything but competitive as five fights ended in the first round and another in the second. Only one of the contests went the distance and in fact was the best fight of the night.

In the main event, rumored recent signee to southern California’s Thompson Boxing Promotions’ Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (10-0, 6KOs) of Tijuana earned an easy win with a TKO over unskilled Hector Alvarez (0-1), also of Tijuana, in the first round of a scheduled six. Delgado, a pro since the summer of last year, has never faced an opponent record with a winning record. In a busy 2013, he scored six wins, four of them within the distance, against overmatched opposition and Friday night was no exception. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Orozco-Huerta undercard announced

The full undercard lineup for the Jan. 24 installment of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! Series headlined by Antonio Orozco vs. Miguel Angel Huerta has been announced. The night of fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. will feature featherweight phenomenon Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez in a co-main event matchup against the always tough Derrick Wilson in an 8 round fight, as well as undefeated heavyweight prospects Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale in the televised opener against Homer Fonseca and in non-televised action, the popular and exciting Gerald Washington will also be featured in undercard action. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero ready to return

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a phone conversation, Panamanian former WBA and IBF world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero spoke to Fightnews.com about his current and future situation in boxing. Caballero stated that he maintains a promotional contract with TMT, but hasn’t had a fight or any communication with them in a long time. The 37-year-old Caballero has only been able to fight five times in the last 36 months, during which he had a controversial situation where he should had defended his WBA world title against WBA mandatory challenger Mikey Garcia, but wouldn’t sign for the fight after Sampson Boxing (which won a purse bid) was unable to stage the fight by the original deadline and was granted an extension by the WBA.

“At the moment I only ask for a chance to fight with any company that can give me the opportunity and show my ability as unified world champion and two-division world champion. I need to fight and want the promoters give me a chance. I’m aware of my age but I take care of myself and try to stay near the gym. I hope to return to the top and become world champion,” said Caballero.

Caballero doesn’t have any fight scheduled for the in the first six months of 2014. He’s looking for any chance to fight in Panama or abroad and hopes to begin talks to get back in the ring soon. His last fight was in Colon, Panama on November 30 when he won by TKO 2 against the Nicaraguan Jimmy Aburto in a bout for the WBC Latino featherweight title.



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Hollywood Fight Night returns Feb 6

The 2014 opener to the “Hollywood Fight Night” pro boxing series will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the intimate and historic Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California. The February 6th show will mark the seventh installment of the Hollywood Fight Night series. Highlighting one of the most internationally diverse fight cards in years will be the U.S. debut of current IBO welterweight champion, South African Chris Van Heerden (19-1-1, 10 KOs), and the return of undefeated British prospect, Sheer Management’s Johnny Quigley (10-0, 2 KOs). (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Eddie Hearn says Froch-Groves II could sell out 80,000 arena in UK – says Froch-Ward II, Froch-Golovkin, Froch-Chavez Jr also possibilities

By James Slater

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn spoke with Sky Sports today, on the subject of whether or not we will see a return bout between bitter British rivals Carl Froch and George Groves. Fans everywhere have craved a sequel ever since the November clash between the two super-middleweights thrilled and then ended controversially, with Froch retaining his super-middleweight titles via what was widely viewed as a premature 9th-round TKO.

Hearn says he feels a return will take place. “I think there’s a great chance,” Hearn told Sky Sports on the possibility of a Froch-Groves II. “I think it comes down to pride and ego at the end of the day, and of course a lot of money. As a fan and a promoter it’s the biggest fight out there. I know we could have this at a huge stadium and have 60, 70, 80,000 people. It was a tremendous fight last time and taking away the controversy, it was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. A rematch could be even bigger. If I was a betting man I think we are going to get there. I hope we do.” (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Kiko Martinez: I’d love to fight Donaire and Rigondeaux

By Robert Coster
Photo: Tundra Promotions

In a span of four months, Spanish boxer Kiko Martinez has emerged from relative obscurity to becoming the IBF super bantamweight champion with a recent successful title defense. Certainly, Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) had held the European title on two occasions and was seen as a strong puncher. However, he had been stopped by Englishman Carl Frampton and when he traveled to the United States to face unbeaten IBF champion Jhonathan Romero, he was the underdog in that fight. On August 13th in Atlantic City, Martinez dominated and kayoed Romero in six rounds. Last December 21st, the 27-year-old champion defended his title against touted former titleholder Jeffrey Mathebula in Alicante, Spain. Again, Kiko was not the favorite but he stopped his opponent in nine rounds, proving the pundits wrong and showing that he is a force to be reckoned with the 122lb division. Fightnews reached Kiko Martinez – the new kid on the block – to ask him a few pointed questions. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Mendoza: The purpose of the super champions

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA executive vice president Gilberto J. Mendoza discusses the topic of world champions and the state of boxing.

What do you think of the current state of boxing?

It the past, boxing was appreciated a a noble art, the art of punching and defending. In this time it’s more about entertainment to make large profits. Boxing is actually in the middle between marketing and sensationalism. The scenario is similar to the environment of the Roman Coliseum where each group defends its own interests.

What about the champions?

There is a perception in some journalistic sectors and many diehard fans, who criticize the existence of more than one champion in a division. To some extent I understand and respect the position, but their reasons are rigid and inflexible. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

UFC

UFC Atlanta Prelim Fantasy Preview

The undercard for the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou show is filled to the brim with former Ultimate Fighter competitors, Strikeforce veterans and returning fighters all looking to make a big impression come Wednesday night in Atlanta . . . 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 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Michaloudis added to “Freedom Fights” card

Tiburon Promotions chief Al Bonanni confirmed the addition of undefeated Greek heavyweight Thanasis Michaloudis (7-0, 6 KOs) to this Saturday’s “Freedom Fights” card from the Casino Miami Jai Alai. Born in the birthplace of democracy, the twenty-five year old Greek prospect now based in Florida fought all seven of his professional bouts last year. He is slated for a six-round contest against an opponent to be named.

Headlining the show is thirty-year old light heavyweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) against Bahamian southpaw former super middleweight Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey (18-6, 14 KOs) for eight rounds. The co-feature will showcase twenty-year old Cuban prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (9-0-1, 6 KOs) against lefty Jamal “The Mailman” Parram (7-9-1, 5 KOs) of St Louis in a six-round super bantamweight battle. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

New foe named for Makabu

Argentine puncher Ruben Angel Mino has answered the call to fight WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Junior Makabu in a cruiserweight 10-rounder on the Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza bill in Monte Carlo on February 1. Promoter Rodney Berman was forced to scramble to find a replacement for Nathan Cleverly after a succession of potential opponents backed out. “I had agents all over the world working on this, but it seems almost no-one is willing to fight a banger like Makabu,” said Berman. “His reputation makes it increasingly difficult to match him.” Mino (20-0, 20 KOs) turned professional three years ago, but hasn’t wasted time in gaining experience. Last year alone, he had 10 bouts, cutting a swathe through the division in South America. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Jorge “Travieso” Arce Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has told Fightnews.com about the possibility that the Mexican former multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will return to the ring on March 8 in Nogales, Sonora. According to the source, Arce is seeking a new opportunity in the super bantamweight or featherweight divisions. Apparently for Arce, this would be his last year in boxing and he expects two to three fights in 2014, although he had previously announced his retirement from boxing. There are rumors of a potential Arce vs Juanma Lopez on the Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez card if that event comes together in June.



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero tight-lipped on promotional situation

By Robert Hough

Robert Guerrero, who is attempting to terminate contract with Golden Boy Promotions, repeatedly refused to comment about his decision. Guerrero, who appeared at a weekend event to encourage people to register as possible bone marrow donors, will have an arbitration hearing with the California State Athletic Commission in an effort to end his business relationship with the Los Angeles-based promoter because, his attorney has said, the contract is invalid under California law.

“I can’t say anything,” Guerrero said at the event in Hollister, Calif., some 100 miles southeast of San Francisco. “My lawyer has said everything.”

Attorney Bruce Zabarauskas has said the contract is too long to be valid under California law, but Golden Boy has said the contract is valid because it was signed and filed in New York and complies with that state’s requirements. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings Camp hopeful Szpilka can resolve visa problems

Gary Shaw Productions, Antonio Leonard Promotions and Team Bryant Jennings are all hoping Artur Szpilka can resolve his visa problems as the Polish fighter was deported back to his native land after he was stopped by the Department of Homeland Security at O’Hare International Airport. Bryant Jennings is scheduled to face Artur Szpilka on HBO January 25th. “Team Jennings along with myself and Antonio Leonard are well aware of the visa problems Szpilka is having at the moment,” said Gary Shaw. “We are monitoring the situation very closely with Warriors Boxing Promoter Leon Margolis and hope this problem can get resolved very fast. This is a great fight between two undefeated ranked heavyweights and it would be disappointing if they are not able to fight. We are working endlessly to get Artur’s proper documents approved so they can meet January 25th on HBO.”



January 13th, 2014




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