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Another notable addition to Friday’s world championship card at the US Airway Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Unbeaten local favorite Abel Ramos (11-0-2, 6 KOs) will face Angel Martinez (14-5-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico in an off-TV six rounder at a contracted weight of 142 pounds. Ramos burst on to scene about a year ago with his spirited effort vs fellow unbeaten Maurice Hooker aired live on ShoBox. Ramos closed the fight strong pulling out a draw. That fight was his first fight with Andrew Zak’s Journeyman Management, which has kept him quite active since. Martinez enters with the better opposition having fought the likes of Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana.
The new truTV boxing series, produced in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will feature a 12-round bout for the WBA interim world super lightweight title between champion Jose Benavidez, Jr. (22-0-0, 15 KOs), fighting in his hometown against Jorge Paez, Jr. (38-5-2, 23 KOs) of Mexico. Additionally, Antonio Orozco (21-0-0, 15 KOs) will meet Emmanuel Taylor (18-3-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout.
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KO), WBA/IBO middleweight champion pulled no punches when he worked out with his trainer Abel Sanchez at the Wild Card West Gym in Santa Monica. “Do you want me to hit it harder?” asked GGG working pads with Sanchez, after hitting so hard that Sanchez lost his mitts. “Can you? Really?” jokingly asked Sanchez, who insists that his fighter hits even harder that even before. “He’s always been strong enough, but now he has better technique,” said Sanchez working with his fighter in the ring surrounded by reporters.
Golovkin’s opponent this coming Saturday night at The Forum, Willie “Mongoose” Monroe Jr (19-1, 6 KO), decided that he would just show his speed and ring movement. “I don’t need to knock Golovkin out. I just have to be smarter and faster,” stated Monroe Jr.
It’s official. Middleweight contenders Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) and David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) collide for the vacant IBF world title, formerly held by Jermain Taylor, on June 20 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout was announced today.
Also on the card will be Quebec boxers Dierry Jean (28-1, 20 KOs), Schiller Hyppolite (15-1, 10 KOs) Ghislain Maduma (16-1, 10 KOs), Steven Butler (11-0, 9 KOs), Mian Hussain (11-0, 6 KOs), Ayaz Hussain (5 -0, 3 KOs), Yves Ulysse Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs) and Mathieu Germain (1-0).
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
truTV and Top Rank will exclusively present the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, a live primetime boxing series on Friday, May 15, at 10 p.m. ET from the US Airway Center in Phoenix. The new boxing series, produced in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will feature a 12-round bout for the WBA interim World Super Lightweight title between champion Jose Benavidez, Jr. (22-0-0, 15 KOs), fighting in his hometown against Jorge Paez, Jr. (38-5-2, 23 KOs) of Mexico. Additionally, Antonio Orozco (21-0-0, 15 KOs) will meet Emmanuel Taylor (18-3-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout. (more…)
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Former two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) held an open workout at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn Wednesday. Now a popular boxing comentator, the 34-year-old Malignaggi returns to the ring for the first time since his brutal TKO loss to Shawn Porter 13 months ago against Danny O’Connor (25-2, 9 KOs) on Spike TV live from Barclays Center.
“There was a good six months where I didn’t really care about coming back,” said Paulie. “I was satisfied. But then I just started to miss being a competitor. I was keeping busy but the competition was missing in my life. Once I got back in the gym and started hitting the bag and I felt good I knew I wanted to get back out there. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, WBC #9 contender Eric Molina (via Skype) and executives from DiBella Entertainment, the City of Birmingham, the Alabama Athletic Commission and Bruno Event Team will hold a press conference Thursday to officially announce Wilder’s first title defense against Molina on June 13 at the Bartow Arena. Showtime will televise.
Note: Molina just moved up to #9 in the latest WBC ratings, making him the top available challenger for Wilder. #1 Alexander Povetkin and #2 Mike Perez meet next week in a WBC eliminator. #3 Tyson Fury is the WBA and WBO mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko. #4 Vyacheslav Glazkov is the IBF mandatory for Klitschko. Wilder just fought #5 Bermane Stiverne in his last fight. #6 Anthony Joshua has made it clear he’s only fighting journeymen in the immediate future. #7 Bryant Jennings fought Klitschko less than three weeks ago. #8 Lucas Browne is on the shelf waiting for a mandatory challenge against WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev, who already has another fight scheduled (Browne took step-aside money).
Super welterweight prospect Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (19-3, 9 KOs) will face Antonio Escalante (29-7, 20 KOs) on May 22 in a 10-rounder televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Also on the card, 7-foot heavyweight Taishan (4-0, 2 KOs), will face an opponent yet to be named in a four-round opening televised bout. Taishan is fresh off his win against Jamal Woods at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May 9 as part of the undercard for Canelo vs. Kirkland.
Undefeated super bantamweight Juan “Baby Tito” Dominguez (18-0, 12 KOs) will now take on Mario Antonio Macias (26-15, 13 KOs) in a bout scheduled eight-rounder on May 22, boxing at the Claridge in Atlantic City. Dominguez was originally slated to face Jonathan Perez (33-10, 27 KOs).
There will be three eight-round co-features that will highlight a nine fight undercard:
Bryant Perella (11-0, 7 KOs) will battle German Perez (11-1-3, 3 KOs) in a welterweight bout, John Magda (9-0, 6 KOs) will fight Miguel Angel Manguia (31-32-1, 25 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Gervonta Davis (10-0, 9 KOs) will take on Alberta Mora (5-3, 1 KO) in a featherweight bout.
The card is promoted by King’s Promotions in association with DeeLee Promotions. Tickets are $100, $75 and $50.
Shane Mosley talks to Boxing City Radio (hosted by Arvin Nundloll and Bryan Armen Graham) immediately after the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and we go over Canelo Alvarez’s TKO over James Kirkland, Omar Figueroa’s victory over Ricky Burns and Gennady Golovkin’s upcoming fight vs. Willie Monroe Jr.
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBA, IBO, WBC Interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) of Kazakhstan and middleweight contender Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KOs) of Ithaca, New York held their final press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Westin Hotel LAX. Golovkin and Monroe will square off this Saturday at the Forum of Los Angeles live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“You have two of the best pound for pound fighters in the world it’s really a throwback show in honor of all the great fights they have held at the Forum,” K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler said in opening up the press conference. “We are proud to present “GGG” Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr. for the middleweight championship. We are really excited about this show.” (more…)
Anthony Crolla will make an emotional return to the ring when he challenges WBA world lightweight champion Darleys Perez at the Manchester Arena on July 18, on a huge night of boxing live on Sky Sports. The Manchester man has been given the all-clear to box again by doctors following the horrific attack he suffered when bravely tackling burglars that attempted to break into his neighbor’s house in December. Crolla suffered a fractured skull when he was struck over the head by a concrete slab and broke his ankle in the attack that cruelly robbed him of the chance to face Richar Abril for the world title in January. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez discusses GGG’s fight with Willie Monroe Jr.
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Former featherweight boxer, Frankie Sodano died Monday, May 11, 2015, at age 84. Sodano had a solid professional career as a prize fighter, but the greatest glory of his boxing life came in the amateur ranks where he won multiple tournaments and represented the USA at the 1948 London Olympics. Sodano was born on March 10, 1931 in South Philadelphia. He attended Furness Jr. High School and Southern High School where he was an outstanding gymnast as a teenager. Eventually he became an amateur boxer, training and fighting out of the 33rd PAL at 15th & Snyder. (more…)
Super lightweight Emanuel “The Tranzforma” Talor (18-3, 12 KOs) will provide undefeated “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (21-0, 15 knockouts) with a stern threat in the 10-round co-main event this Friday night at the US Airways Centre in Phoenix, Arizona. TruTV will televise live beginning at 10:00 PM/ET. The Orozco-Taylor tilt will be on the undercard of undefeated WBA interim super lightweight world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr. in his first title defense, against Mexican standout Jorge “Maromerito” Paez, Jr.
Taylor and Orozco were originally slated to fight on March 12th in San Antonio, but Orozco had to withdraw in February when he suffered a cut over his right eye in training. (more…)
The term SuperFight is bandied about often, but rarely do all the stars align to make one happen.
On May 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines, a SuperFight will take place between former world champions Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar in the first-ever UFC event in the Southeast Asia country . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Super flyweight Ivan Morales (27-0, 15 KOs) will face Danny “Venado” Flores (14-6, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super flyweight bout featured on the non-televised undercard of Golovkin-Monroe this Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Morales is the younger brother of ring legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales, while Flores is co-trained by Erik’s former archrival Marco Antonio Barrera.
WBA “regular” super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, June 12 to defend against veteran Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) as Premier Boxing Champions heads back to Spike TV. Additionally, light heavyweight knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) is set to square off against the ring-savvy Doudou Ngumbu (34-6, 13 KOs).
Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the World Famous Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California, brings Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas to “Tinseltown” on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:00pm. The May 30th show will mark the ninth installment of the Hollywood Fight Night series.
The main event is currently scheduled to be a battle of two 22-year-old unbeaten super featherweight prospects as Saul “El Dinamita” Rodriguez (16-0, 13KOs) faces off against Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6KOs). Since 2013, Riverside’s Rodriguez has disposed of his last 8 opponents by stoppage, including some highlight reel knockouts on UniMas. Capulin makes his California debut after fighting his entire career in his home state of Texas. (more…)
After an electrifying night at Minute Maid Park in Houston where more than 31,000 fans gathered to watch live on May 9, Canelo vs. Kirkland brought in a stunning number of viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing (WCB) with an average viewership of 2,146,000 for the live, first-time airing on HBO and peaked at 2,296,000 viewers. Canelo vs. Kirkland is the top-performing bout on HBO’s flagship boxing platform since the Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight title battle delivered 2,460,000 viewers in 2006. This also marked the Mexican superstar’s first appearance as a headliner on the HBO WCB platform.
Tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga/Verdejo vs. Najera HBO-televised world championship boxing event on June 13 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC, will go on sale this Friday (May 15) at Noon ET. Priced at $205, $105 and $55, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former middleweight boxing star of the 80s Tony “El Torito” Ayala Jr. was found dead Tuesday at the Zarzamora Street Gym in San Antonio, Texas. Ayala was just 52 and is believed to have passed away from a heart attack. He had a record of 31-2, 27 KOs. His promising career was interrupted by a 16 year prison sentence.
Photos: P. Gercke/SES Boxing
The world heavyweight title clash between WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2, 20 KOs) and #13 rated Francesco Pianeta (31-1-1, 17 KOs) was officially announced today during a press conference in the garden of the 900-year-old “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” Art Museum in Magdeburg, Germany. The bout will take place July 11 at the GETEC Arena.
Ruslan Chagaev: “I’ve boxed in many cities in Germany, but it will be my first time here in Magdeburg. With Francesco Pianeta I have a great challenger who had a very good performance in his world title fight against Klitschko and, of course, wants my title. I will do everything possible to win. It’s certainly a good fight. We have two southpaws boxing against each other, but for me that’s not a big challenge. I can box well against both styles.”
Francesco Pianeta: “This fight is very big for me. I could be the first German world champion since Max Schmeling and are also the first world heavyweight champion for SES. For this big challenge, I’ll give everything. It is a difficult task, but I can do it. Ruslan boxed Valuev very smart tactically and really impressed me, like all fans of boxing. Ruslan is a major hurdle for my dream to become a world champion, but I like to take on great challenges!”
In other heavyweight bouts, German champion Michael Wallisch (14-0, 9 KOs), German International champion Steffen Kretschmann (19-2, 17 KOs), unbeaten prospect Tom Schwarz (12-0, 8 KOs) and German #5 Edmund Gerber (24-2, 15 KOs) will face opponents to be named.
The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.
The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Premium Boxing Promotion
Lightweight contender WBA #8 Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre is returning to his homeland of Haiti to defend his WBA Fedelatin title against Mexican challenger Jesus Cruz Bibiano on May 22nd at the Karibe Convention Center in Petionville. Pierre (24-1, 17 KOs), a lanky boxer-puncher, has fought most of his career in Panama and it will be his only third appearance in front of his Haitian home crowd. According to sources, his opponent Cruz Bibiano (15-9,10 KOs) sports a deceptive record, having been on the wrong end of questionable decisions more than once. (more…)
Photos: Mark Robinson
Just announced. WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against former IBF champion Kiko Martinez (32-5, 24 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on July 18, live on Sky Sports in the UK.
Quigg was sidelined with a hand surgery following his last fight, and the 26 year old says that time out of the ring has made him hungrier than ever. “I was very busy and the break has done me good – I am refreshed,” said Quigg. “We know what Kiko brings, he’s been in everyone’s backyard and this is the toughest fight of my career – but there’s one thing I know, I will beat him on July 18. (more…)
Photo: Brandon Lluis
Light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) will face unbeaten Trevor McCumby (18-0, 14 KOs) this Saturday night at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds with Top Rank promoting. McCumby is a local favorite and the promoter’s fighter, so Oliveira feels that he’ll have to win decisively to leave Phoenix with the victory. He says he’s up for the challenge.
Oliveira was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil but has lived in the U.S. for about five years. He was initially living in Florida while being promoted by Don King Productions but has since moved to Southern California following his departure from DKP. It’s now a fresh start for Oliveira who recently signed with Andrew Zak’s Journeyman Management. (more…)
Welterweight standouts Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Kenny Robertson will be heading to the Windy City on July 25 to meet up in an important matchup at United Center in Chicago . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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