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Klitschko defeats Jennings by decision

Klitschko defeats Jennings by decision

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously ...

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Jack rips WBC 168lb title from Dirrell; Jacobs stops Truax in 12 to retain WBA 160lb belt

Jack rips WBC 168lb title from Dirrell; Jacobs stops Truax in 12 to retain WBA 160lb belt

By Craig Wick at ringside Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions Badou Jack "The Ripper" (19-1, 12 KOs) won the WBC super middleweight title with ...

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Terence Crawford receives 2014 BWAA fighter of the year honors in New York City

Terence Crawford receives 2014 BWAA fighter of the year honors in New York City

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank 2014 BWAA Fighter of the year Terence Crawford received the Sugar Ray Robinson Memorial Fighter of The ...

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Klitschko outweighs Jennings by 14.8 lbs.

Klitschko outweighs Jennings by 14.8 lbs.

Photos: Emily Harney Wladimir Klitschko 241.6 vs. Bryant Jennings 226.8 (IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight championship) Sadam Ali 146.8 vs. Francisco Santana 146.4 Venue: Madison Square Garden Promoter: K2 TV: HBO

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Pacquiao Workout: 9 Days Out

Pacquiao Workout: 9 Days Out

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Klitschko defeats Jennings by decision

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Terence Crawford receives 2014 BWAA

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Boxing News

Roc Nation Boxing Buzz

By Karl Freitag

Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch announced today that the company has signed unbeaten welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison. Hernandez-Harrison headlines the debut Roc Nation card against local favorite Tommy Rainone on Friday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Middleweights Alex “El Principe” Theran and Tureano Johnson meet in the MSG co-feature. Both fighters are promoted by Gary Shaw Productions. Shaw wouldn’t comment on reports that he is selling his company to Roc Nation Sports.
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Gus Johnson will call the blow-by-blow for the FOX Sports 1 telecast. Rich Marotta will provide analysis. Roc Nation is bringing in Michael Buffer to handle the ring announcing.
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Hip hop superstar Jay Z, owner of Roc Nation Sports, is said to be “involved in every decision” and plans to be at Thursday’s weigh-in, as well as the fight.
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Itskowitch stated there are two additional FOX Sports 1 telecasts in the queue with dates to be announced shortly.



January 5th, 2015



Boxing News

Report: Alvarado arrested on gun charge, released on bail

By Karl Freitag

Former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado was arrested Saturday night after Denver Police found a handgun in his vehicle after he was stopped at 4:15AM due to an expired registration. He was released after posting $41,000 bail according to the Denver Post.

Alvarado is scheduled to face arch rival Brandon Rios for the third time on January 24 in a highly ancipated HBO-televised boxing match in Denver.



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Salita inks Olympian heavyweight Perea

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced that his Star of David Promotions team has signed Ytaleo Perea, a heavyweight from Ecuador, who fought in the 2012 Olympics and won the Pan American gold for the second time at age 18. Perea, will scrap on the next Star of David show, which will unfold on January 22, at Webster Hall in New York City.

“Perea is extremely talented and owns incredible achievements which are very impressive for such a young athlete ” said Salita. “This includes Pan Am Games gold medal wins, wins over Cuban world champions, gold at Americas Olympic qualifiers participation in the Olympics and highlight reel knockouts on an elite level, all under the age of 19. He has tremendous potential. With the right training and fight schedule I expect him to excel in the pro ranks. The huge Spanish-speaking community in NYC will be very excited to follow this fighter who could be a future star. We are very excited to add him to our talent roster.”



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Dargan-Luis set for Jan 30 on FNF

Undefeated lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) returns to the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to face Tony “The Lightning” Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas lightweight belt on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on January 30. In the co-feature, middleweight Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) will square off against undefeated Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs) for eight rounds.

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva commented, “We’re very excited to be working with ESPN and with Foxwoods again. Dargan had a big 2014 and we expect 2015 to be even bigger. With this fight, he’ll have another opportunity to pick up a regional title and move up in the lightweight rankings, but it won’t be easy. (more…)



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Briggs makes his case to fight Klitschko next

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On April 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is planning to fight in the United States for the first time since 2008. There has been talk of Klitschko facing Bryant Jennings, but with negotiations apparently hitting a snag, WBA #6 heavyweight Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs), who has been in dogged pursuit of a fight with Wlad, is making it known that from both a logical and business standpoint he should be the one to fight Klitschko next.

“I really believe that Briggs-Klitschko April 25th at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York should happen. I mean, I literally was born and raised in the same neighborhood as the site of the fight,” said Briggs. “This is a business. Viewership is a very important part of it. Nobody he can fight right now is going to do the ratings that he and I will do. My pursuit of Klitschko in 2014 alone has in essence turned out to be a pre-promotion for the fight. I have already got the promotional ball rolling by myself. (more…)



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

2014 Philly Boxing Year in Review

Story and Photos by John DiSanto
PhillyBoxingHistory.com

When we look back on 2014, local boxing fans won’t necessarily be talking about Philly boxing’s two top dogs of the moment. Champions Bernard Hopkins and Danny Garcia both fought twice and made their share of history, but 2014 was a year that set up numerous Philly boxers for possible future glory. In addition, last year showed a glimmer of hope that the local fight scene – I’m talking about fights in Philadelphia – was not dead.

Philadelphia hosted eleven shows within the city limits in 2014, as many as the previous two years combined. This was still a far cry from Philly’s glory days – or even more recent times when an average of about two shows per month was the norm. 2014 showed improvement, and that’s a good sign.

Of course nearby “out of town” shows in Chester, Atlantic City, Bethlehem, Delaware, and other places helped to pick up the slack and keep our local fighters busy. (more…)



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz: I’m not scared of Rigondeaux, he was just talking

By Miguel Maravilla

Just recently prior to his fight last week against Hisashi Amagasa, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux stated to the media that he would be willing to fight WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in January on just over two weeks’ notice. Rigondeaux went on to stop Amagasa in a tougher than expected fight, but not until after he was dropped twice himself in the bout.

When asked by Fightnews.com about the comments from Rigondeaux, Santa Cruz gave us his feedback. “I heard about his last fight. I saw a little bit of previews. He is a really good fighter. I want to fight him and please all the fans. I’m not scared of him. He was just talking. Nobody can be ready in two weeks, because if I was to beat him he would say he wasn’t ready. I would want him to be 100 percent ready,” said Santa Cruz.

Full interview with Leo Santa Cruz coming soon…



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Ryder-Sherrington added to Jan 31 London card

Middleweight John Ryder will defend his WBO inter-continental title against Australian Les Sherrington at London’s O2 Arena on January 31. Ryder’s clash with Sherrington is part of a line-up at The O2 that includes Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua against Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson. Joshua has a perfect ten KO wins from ten pro fights, and aims to be the first to stop Johnson, who has taken Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora the distance.



January 5th, 2015

UFC

Pettis vs. Dos Anjos headlines UFC 185 in Dallas

The UFC will return to American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, March 14, and it’s bringing the big guns for the main event of UFC 185, as UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis defends his crown for the second time against surging Brazilian contender Rafael dos Anjos . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxers in Uganda look forward to a big 2015. More

Former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe gets on the charity bandwagon. More

Unbeaten “Wonder Kid” Rex Tso Sing-yu has tied the knot. More

Former champ Charles Manyuchi calls it quits for boxing. More



January 5th, 2015

Boxing News

First world title fight of 2015

IBF light flyweight champion Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (22-2-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico will defend his title against Colombian Mauricio Fuentes (17-3-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California. It will be the first defense for Mendoza, who won the vacant belt against Ramon “Principe” Garcia last September. Mendoza trained for the fight at the Zona Norte Gym in Tijuana. The winner must face Filipino mandatory challenger Milan Melindo.



January 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Finally, live boxing back on TV this week

By Karl Freitag

After a long three-week lull, live pro boxing will be back on TV in a big way this coming weekend.

It all starts on Friday night with three live telecasts. On ESPN2, WBA interim lightweight titleholder Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) defends his belt against Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). On FOX Sports 1, unbeaten welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs) meets Tommy Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs) on Roc Nation’s long awaited debut boxing card. Showtime brings a tripleheader topped by unbeaten lightweight Ivan Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs) against Yakubu Amidu (21-5-2, 19 KOs).

On Saturday night, UniMas will televise unbeaten super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KOs) against Erik Ruiz (13-1, 6 KOs).



January 4th, 2015

UFC

UFC 182 Post-Fight Highlights

Hear from UFC 182 headliners Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier following their main event brawl. Jones relishes in victory while Cormier reflects on another opportunity lost . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing returning to NBC in March

There was a short boxing commercial aired during Saturday’s NBC telecast of the NFL playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The spot announced that boxing was coming to the network in March.

It’s well known that manager/advisor Al Haymon and NBC have entered into a multi-fight deal. Haymon oversees the careers of more than 100 top boxers including Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Deontay Wilder, Adonis Stevenson, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Abner Mares, Peter Quillin, Jermain Taylor, Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, Lamont Peterson, Erislandy Lara, Omar Figueroa, Daniel Jacobs, Leo Santa Cruz and Paulie Malignaggi among others, so it looks like some big name fighters could be coming soon to free network TV.



January 4th, 2015

UFC

UFC 182 Main: Jones Decisions Cormier, Bad Blood Still Boils

Some may not like UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, others may paint him as the “bad guy,” but there is no denying how good, or even great, he is, as evidenced again on Saturday night, as he settled his score with heated rival Daniel Cormier by way of unanimous decision in a grueling UFC 182 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . click here for more

Also see: Cowboy hands Jury first loss

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Taylor to defend against Mora on FNF

ESPN has announced that IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) is scheduled to defend his title against Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) on the February 6 edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” The site will be the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Taylor will be making the first defense of the belt he won from Sam Soliman at the same venue in October. Both fighters are with manager/advisor Al Haymon.



January 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Budler to face Silvestre in Monte Carlo

By Craig Simeon

WBA and IBO minimumweight champion Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler (27-1, 9 KOs) of South Africa will defend against big punching Mexican Jesus Silvestre (30-5, 22 KOs) in the co-main event on February 21 at the Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Budler’s last two contests have been in Monte Carlo so he is no stranger to the place. The main event will see Englishman Martin Murray challenge fearsome WBA, IBO and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan. Murray is coming off a technical decision win over Italian Domenico Spada where he looked good in parts. Golovkin, on the other hand, is coming off a crushing knockout victory over Marco Antonio Rubio.

Other contests on that bill include bantamweight Lee Haskins (30-3, 13 KOs) against Omar Lamiri (13-1, 5 KOs) for the vacant European title, and heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (14-0, 8 KOs) against Andriy Rudenko (24-1, 16 KOs) in his first scheduled ten-rounder.



January 3rd, 2015

UFC

UFC 182 Prelims: Felder Shocks, KOs Castillo

Unbeaten Paul Felder shocked longtime lightweight standout Danny Castillo in UFC 182 prelim action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night, scoring a spectacular second round knockout . . . . Click here for more

Also see: Akhmedov Edges Nilsson

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 3rd, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Pass adds eight fight libraries for 2015

A year after its launch, UFC FIGHT PASS isn’t resting on its laurels, as UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik announced Saturday that the UFC’s digital streaming service has obtained the rights to the fight archives of eight more mixed martial arts organizations, adding approximately 6,500 hours and over 13,000 fights to a library that already includes the archives of several prominent MMA promotions . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Norberto Jimenez clamors for rematch

Photo: Maximiliano Peguero

Photo: Maximiliano Peguero


By Robert Coster

Dominican super flyweight contender WBA #5 Norberto Jimenez returned to his native soil, receiving a hero’s welcome after his controversial draw against WBA Champion Kohei Kono in Tokyo on December 31th. A point deducted by referee Rafael Ramos in the sixth round allowed the champion Kono to retain his title via the above-mentioned draw decision. Flanked by his manager Belgica Pena (Shuan Promotions) and his father, the 23-year-old Norberto proudly wrapped himself with the Dominican flag and declared himself ready for an encore battle with the Japanese titlist. “I feel that I am the uncrowned world champion,” declared Jimenez upon his arrival in Santo Domingo. “Kono was the bull but I was the bullfighter. I really gave him fits with my mobility and outboxed him.”

Pena informed that she had in fact, received the assurance of a rematch “within four months” from the WBA supervisor of the fight, in this case Gilberto Mendoza Jr. The colorful Jimenez (20-8-4, 10 KOs) started his career with a 2-8-1 record before turning things around and has now a streak of 21 fights without a loss.



January 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez opens Big Bear camp

Photos: Top Rank

Unbeaten world rated super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez (30-0, 24 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico opened his Big Bear training camp today to prepare for his big HBO debut against Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15 KOs) from Russia.

Ramirez put it seven hard rounds sparring with Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at Abel Sanchez’ Summitt Training Center. Manager Jesus and trainer Hector Zapari were pleased with Ramirez’ conditioning and predicted he would be at his career best for the fight January 24 in Denver, Colorado. More photos…



January 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Andrey Klimov resurging at 130

Photo: Team Klimov

Photo: Team Klimov


Jr lightweight contender Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs) of Russia is a prime example that one loss doesn’t necessarily break a boxer’s career. In October of 2013, an unbeaten Klimov squared off with the then-world ranked contender Terrance Crawford (21-0, 16 KOs) on HBO. Both fighters entered the bout unbeaten and coming off of big wins. Crawford had previously dominated Alejandro Sanabria (34-1-1, 25 KOs) of Mexico in route to the sixth round TKO Victory and won his first major regional title (NABO). Klimov had just upset the then heavily favored world ranked John Molina. Crawford would go on to defeat Klimov by unanimous decision. (more…)



January 3rd, 2015

UFC

In a Lifetime of Challenges, Daniel Cormier Confronts the Fight of His Life

Daniel Cormier knows the moment is coming. At some point, inside the Octagon against Jon Jones, his world will be rocked. He will be caught with a punch or vicious elbow. Maybe he gets trapped in a submission hold . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Maicelo: The WBA interim championship is mine for the taking

Photo: Team Maicelo

Photo: Team Maicelo


One week before his showdown with WBA interim lightweight champion Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs), Peruvian contender Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs) discussed on his training camp and the upcoming fight.

The 12-round bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California and air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” on January 9. Maicelo is rated WBA #7, WBO #13 and WBC #22.

(more…)



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Mendez-Berrospe collide at Cache Creek

Middleweight Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (15-2-2, 6 KOs) returns to Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, California, to defend his IBA title for the fifth time against Mexico’s Ernesto Berrospe (13-5, 8 KOs) on January 24th. Mendez, who hasn’t fought since April due to a shoulder injury, is managed by the popular boxing’s grandmother Kathy Garcia and trained by Max and Sam Garcia. This will be Berrospe’s first time fighting in the United States.

Jr lightweight Guy Robb (14-1, 6 KOs) will star in the co- main event against an opponent to be determined. The show is presented by Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents Boxing and Cache Creek Casino Resort. Tickets, priced at $65, $95 and $125, are on sale now.



January 2nd, 2015

UFC

UFC 182 at the scales

UFC 182, which is headlined by the UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier and the lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Daniel Cormier (205) VS Jon Jones (205)

PPV MAIN CARD
Myles Jury (155.5) VS Donald Cerrone (155.5)
Nate Marquardt (185.5) VS Brad Tavares (185)
Louis Gaudinot (125) VS Kyoji Horiguchi (125)
Josh Burkman (171) VS Hector Lombard (170.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Danny Castillo (156) VS Paul Felder (156)
Cody Garbrandt (135.5) VS Marcus Brimage (136)
Jared Cannonier (235) VS Shawn Jordan (261)
Rodrigo Damm (156) VS Evan Dunham (155.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Mats Nilsson (171) VS Omari Akhmedov (170.5)
Marion Reneau (135.5) VS Alexis Dufresne (138*)

*Dufresne missed weight and will be fined 20% of her purse. The fight will go on as scheduled.

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Battle at the Boat 99 set for January 9

By Sam DiTusa

Brian Halquist’s “Battle at the Boat” boxing series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington returns January 9th. The 99th installment of the series promises to be a barnburner with local middleweight favorite Mike Gavronski (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the ten round main event against crafty Louis Rose (12-2-1, 3 KOs) out of Lynwood, California. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

UFC

Nate Marquardt: A Veteran Back in Top Form

Nate Marquardt’s latest victory in June over the heavy-handed James Te Huna was a long time coming. How long, you ask? . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Rigondeaux back in Miami

Photos: JC Photographer

Undefeated WBA/WBO super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) has returned home to Miami, Florida. The Champion and Team Rigondeaux were welcomed by fans, friends and media at Miami International Airport after following his TKO victory over Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19 KOs) in the main event at the Bodymaker Coliseum in Osaka, Japan on Wednesday night (New Years Eve). The was aired live by TBS-Japan Television with a viewership audience of 30 million according to Team Rigondeaux. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Inoue-Narvaez Full Report, Post-fight Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten sensation Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), 115, very impressively and astoundingly captured the WBO super-flyweight belt when he scored a stunningly quick knockout over formidable defending champ Omar Narvaez (43-2-2, 23 KOs), 114.5, at 3:01 of the second round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue (pronounced E-No-Woo-Yay) quickly dropped the champ twice in the opening session, and followed up his furious attack to floor Narvaez twice more to see him counted out on the deck. A vicious body shot was a haymaker. It was a fantastic finish that showed Inoue must be a genius as well as “Monster” as nicknamed. Inoue established the new ring record of having acquired the two belts in just eight bouts. Inoue may be going to be an international superstar.

Regardless of some foreign odds that had favored Inoue to win in his ambitious crack, Narvaez logically should have been the prefight favorite thanks to his previous mark of having defended the WBO 112-pound belt sixteen times and the WBO 115-pound throne eleven times to his credit. The underdog Naoya said just after his invaluable victory in the ring, “I had been once obsessed with mental pressure by Narvaez’s superior career, but I was then convinced of my youth and vigor overcoming the difference of career.” His dream and conviction came true as we witnessed with our admiration.

Why did such a confrontation of the formidable 115-pound champ and the up-and-coming but still less experienced youngster (who, however, already had the WBC 108-pound belt in his sixth pro bout) happen? A certain Japanese matchmaker representing Inoue, on September 20, sent an initial offer to Mr. Osvaldo Rivero, a very influential Argentine promoter/manager, for WBA flyweight titlist Juan Carlos Reveco to defend his belt against Inoue on the eve of the last day of the year. Reveco was then scheduled to make a mandatory defense against WBA interim titlist Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep in Argentina in the end of October. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz opponent named: Jesus Ruiz

Crowd-pleasing WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) puts his title and unbeaten record on the line in a 12-round bout against Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs). Plus promising world-ranked undefeated junior welterweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (15-0, 13 KOs) will face Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight on January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime.

The “Return To Glory” fight card co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions is highlighted by a heavy-duty main-event matchup between defending WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Haiti, against unbeaten mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“2015 is going to be a huge year for boxing and Golden Boy’s opening act in Las Vegas will get things started with a bang,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Walters KO5 Darchinyan named Fightnews.com’s “KO of the Year” for 2014

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

In a year filled with sensational knockouts, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters distinguished himself with two spectacular KOs that made our year-end list. Walters’ stoppage of Nonito Donaire in October was impressive enough, but his KO over Vic Darchinyan last May in Macao, China, was even more savage. After dropping Darchinyan in round five, the hard-charging Jamaican world champion followed up by blasting “The Raging Bull” into next week with a massive left hook on the chin.

Other “KO of the Year” contenders (and all were terrific) included:

Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2
Alexander Povetkin vs. Carlos Takam
Andy Lee vs. John Jackson
Amir Mansour vs. Frederic Kassi
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev
Nicholas Walters vs. Nonito Donaire
Rey Loreto vs. Nkosinathi Joyi
Marvin Sonsona vs. Akifume Shimoda
Tomoki Kameda vs. Pungluang Sor Singyu
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

McCalla ready to shine on FS1

Welterweight Cecil McCalla (20-0, 7 KOs) takes on South African Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden (21-1-1, 11 KOs) January 9th. Adding some spice to the scheduled ten-round bout is that the IBF international welterweight title will be on the line. The bout will be aired on Roc Nations Sports’ debut “Throne Boxing” card from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Maryland native McCalla opened some eyes with his stellar performance against late sub Oscar Godoy this past July on ShoBox. McCalla put on a boxing clinic in route to an eight round unanimous decision. Ironically McCalla was supposed to fight Van Heerden that night, but Van Heerden pulled out. Now the two will finally square off once and for all. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

UFC

Predictions: UFC 182

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for the first Downes Side of 2015! Much like all your New Year’s resolutions, it’ll be well-intentioned and overly optimistic. Unlike your pledges to eat better and lose weight, it’ll actually be successful . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

WBC Francophone title

At the last WBC Convention in Las Vegas the Board has accepted a new title: WBC Francophone. It covers at the moment 57 countries from different parts in the world and the chairman will be the WBC Vice President Mr Houcine Houichi from Tunisia. There seems to be a big interest for the new title as already several promoters have applied to promote the first titles and 2015 looks to be busy. Here you can consult their first ratings.



January 2nd, 2015




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