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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1) turned in a career best performance in winning ...

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Persoon defends against Hamadouche Nov. 11

Delfine Persoon - Nicole BossWBC female lightweight champion Delfine Persoon from Belgium will defend her title against the current EBU lightweight champion Maiva Hamadouche on Nov 11 in Zwevezele, Belgium.
Persoon will defend her title she won from Erica Farias for the 3rd time. She successfully defended against Diana Prazak, WTKO09, and last time out against Nicole Boss, WTKO09. Persoon will have a warm-up fight on Sept 26 against Jane Kavulani in Gits, Belgium.
The undercard will see 3 other WBC fights, all for WBC Francophone, with Yves Ngabu fighting for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title against French Engin Karakaplan. Ngabu wants to show that he is one of Belgium’s talented cruiserweights along with Riad Merhy, Bilal Laggoune, Ismael Abdoul and Joel Tambwe Djeko. Laggoune is fighting for the vacant EBU cruiserweight title against hard punching Dmytro Kucher of Ukraine on Oct 9 in Ghent, Belgium.
Top Belgian lightweight Hedi Slimani is defending his WBC Francophone title. One of the potential opponents is George Ashie from Ghana. Jean Pierre Bauwens has declined the offer and will risk his EBU-EU title in Rome against Manuel Lancia on Oct 3.
The 3rd WBC Francophone championship is for the interim superwelterweight title between Ahmed Boussaidi and Sasha Yengoyan. The winner will have to face the winner of current champion Islam Teffahi who will probably defend his title on Nov 1 in Izegem.



August 20th, 2015


Boxing News

Gonzalez-Oquendo added to Mayweather-Berto

Former three-time world champion and Mexican power-puncher Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) will take on Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (25-4, 16 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight showdown that will open up the Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto four-fight PPV on September 12 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“This will be an attractive fight for the fans as we all know that the sporting rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico always generates great battles,” said Gonzalez. “Oquendo is a fighter who always goes forward and who likes to exchange blows. I will demonstrate that I have the desire to return to the top and fight for a world championship. Participating on a Floyd Mayweather event is a great opportunity for me and I will make the most of it.”

The full PPV lineup is:

Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto (WBC/WBA welterweight titles)
Rocky Martinez vs. Orlando Salido (WBO jr lightweight title)
Badou Jack vs. George Groves (WBC super middleweight title)
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Jonathan Oquendo (jr lightweight ten-rounder)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Crawford to defend against Jean on Oct 24

Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, Terence “Bud” Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, and one-time world title challenger and current #2 world-rated contender, Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean, will host a news conference announcing their World Junior Welterweight Championship fight This Monday! August 24, at the CenturyLink Center, in the Bud Light Zone (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102). The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 1:00 p.m. CT, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. CT. Joining Crawford and Jean will be Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

The press conference will be streamed live, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT, via www.toprank.tv.

Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) will be making the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title. It will be the third time Omaha has hosted a world title fight for its hometown hero Crawford. Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), from Montréal, Québec, Canada, returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak, three of those victories coming by way of knockout, since losing a 12-round decision to world champion Lamont Peterson last year. (more…)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

More on Mosley-King dispute

Sugar Shane Mosley and famed promoter Don King (who is celebrating his 84th birthday today) are expected to face off in court today in Miami. King is seeking an injunction to stop “Mosley Vs. Mayorga 2” pay-per-view event on August 29 at the Forum. King claims Mayorga is under a promotional agreement the boxer signed in 2009 and reaffirmed in 2014 with a Memorandum of Understanding.

“The truth is King is a semi-retired millionaire who wants to prevent Ricardo Mayorga and me from earning a living,” said Mosley. Mosley’s legal team is disputing DKP’s lawsuit. A letter issued to King by Mosley’s legal team states “there is doubt to the legitimacy of Mayorga’s signatures on the provided King documents” and “that Mayorga himself did not sign the promotional contracts.” Additionally, the letter states that the Notary Public who stood witness to the signatures is also being called into question. (more…)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz-Mares undercard set

Mexican power-punchers Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 30 KOs) and Julio Cesar Ceja (28-1, 26 KOs) square off in a super bantamweight world title match as the televised opener for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on Saturday, August 29 from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The evening’s main event features the highly anticipated featherweight showdown between undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs).

Also featured will be popular Mexican star Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (23-5, 19 KOs), who will compete in a middleweight bout against Hector Munoz (23-15-1, 14 KOs). (more…)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Buglioni dreams of unifications vs. Groves & DeGale

Super Middleweight Frank Buglioni, who faces Russian WBA world super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov on September 26th, believes a world title win at Wembley Arena could set up an all British unification fight with either George Groves who challenges for the WBC world super middleweight title against Badou Jack on September 12th or reigning IBF world champion James DeGale.

“Once I pick up a world title belt all those big domestic clashes open up for me,” said Buglioni. “I see myself on a level with those guys and a win against Chudinov will prove that. However I am not looking past Chudinov. I’m expecting the toughest fight of my career, but you will see a career best Frank Buglioni on the 26th September, my preparations so far have been excellent.” (more…)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Upshaw revives career with KO

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Fighting in his home state for the first time in 2½ years, 35-year-old middleweight/super middleweight journeyman Marcus Upshaw (18-14-4, 9 KOs) surprisingly knocked out previously undefeated Turkish prospect and reigning WBC Youth titleholder Bugra Oner (9-1, 3 KOs) at Wynwood Stadium in Miami, to capture the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) interim Mediterranean super middleweight title.

Upshaw admitted considering retirement after his previous fight, in which he dropped Las Vegas hometown favorite Lanell Bellows (12-1-1) three times yet lost an eight-round decision. “I’ve been the gatekeeper for so long but I finally opened the gate,” Upshaw said. “This fight felt awesome, especially after my long, long journey. I was stressed out after my last fight. I beat myself up and felt there was no reason for me to continue my boxing career. I felt used and was ready to quit, but I was convinced to give it one more shot. I was ready to put my life on the line, going for it and not worrying about getting hit or hurt. (more…)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing back in Hammond, Indiana, on Saturday

This Saturday, at the Horseshoe Hammond, Hitz Boxing presents the latest in its long-running series “Fight Night at the Horseshoe”, showcasing the some of Chicago’s hottest boxing talent. The show is headlined by a rematch between Chicago’s Genaro Mendez (9-2-1, 6KO) and Agustin Cicero (5-7-3, 4KO). After their first bout in 2012, Cicero hit the road, facing tough opponents in their back yards. Never one to shy away from a fight, Cicero knows that Mendez will be facing a different fighter than the one he was when the two met at the Horseshoe three years ago. Boxing fans will be treated to a real grudge match, as Cicero will bring to the ring the valuable experience gained by his loss to Mendez and his subsequent fights on the road. For his part, Mendez will be fighting for the first time this year, and will be looking to keep the UBF Midwest Welterweight Title in Chicago, in front of his hometown fans. (more…)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Lemieux: I want to shock the world

Photos: Jean-Yves Ahern/Hoganphotos/K2/Golden Boy

There was no face-off Wednesday when the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. David Lemieux press tour rolled into Montreal. Golovkin arrived 90 minutes late so Lemieux had the media all to himself. “Many have a crush on Golovkin, but I promise that soon he will be struck by lightning!” said Lemieux. “I will prove to the people what I’m capable of…I’m not going there to fight against him, I’m going there to win against him.”

“This is a great opponent,” said GGG. “Probably the most dangerous of my career, and I respect him. We will have to cross a big step October 17. We both have a chance to win. We are two champions and we’ll see in the arena which is the best middleweight.”

The last question while GGG was at the podium was ‘Gennady, who do you think will win Cotto-Canelo?’ Golovkin smiled and thought for a moment, smiled again and said “The fans.”

The 3-day, 3-city press tour ends today in Los Angeles.

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August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Estrella returns to action Saturday in Juarez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican star Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (22-1, 20 KOs) looks to get back in the win column on Saturday night against Colombian Alexander Monterrosa (23-11-3, 15 KOs) at the Josue Nery Santos Gym in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Estrella returns after suffering a shock knockout loss against Filipino Eder Sonsona in his last fight. Estrella-Monterrosa will be a ten rounder at lightweight. The main event will be a clash between Mexican Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (33-4-1, 12 KOs) American former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (42-23-1, 25 KOs). Also in action is local hero and world ranked lightweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (51-11, 38 KOs) facing Filipino Leonardo Doronio (14-10-3, 9 KOs). The card, presented by Promociones del Pueblo, will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.

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August 20th, 2015

UFC

Magny eager to start a new winning streak

No matter the sport, no matter the level, a lot of coach-speak favorites are transferable. From everyone working together to accomplish the same goal to different riffs on putting too much pressure on yourself, the classics play on the ice just as well as they do on the hardwood and are easily applicable to what transpires inside the UFC Octagon as well . . . Click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT SASKATOON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, August 23 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeaten Matsumoto to face NABF champ May

Report & Photo by Joe Koizumi

We will see a very competitive confrontation of world-rated contenders tonight (Thursday) in Tokyo, Japan, as unbeaten WBC#10/WBA#11/IBF#8/WBO#11 Ryo Matsumoto (14-0, 12 KOs) will square off against current NABF bantam ruler, WBC#10 Luis May (17-8-1, 7 KOs), from Mexico, over an eight-round competition beneath a national feather title bout. Matsumoto, 21, is a tall hard-puncher who once took the national high school championship prior to his entry into the paid ranks. Since his pro debut under Ohashi Promotions, the explosive thin man registered seven knockouts in a row and acquired the OPBF super-fly belt by dispatching the world-rated Thailander Rusalee Samor in the twelfth and final session last December. He renounced the regional belt to pave the way for his club-mate Takuma Inoue, who gained it by beating Filipino lefty Mark Anthony Gerald this July. Matsumoto, a lanky aggressive puncher, loves swapping punches toe-to-toe with his opposition, and defeated former world challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka on points in his tenth pro bout in April of the previous year. The youngster then quickly demolished ex-world titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit last September. He is going to be a bright prospect. (more…)



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Golden Boy has partnered up with PeeqSee

Jersey showcases local talent

Who’s afraid of ‘GGG?’ Not David Lemieux

Danny Green still talking possible Anthony Mundine showdown



August 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Yaegashi to appear in tune-up bout against Indonesian Said

Report & Photo by Joe Koizumi

Why is Akira Yaegashi so popular among fight fans here in Japan? It’s because of his tremendous gameness and fighting spirit shown in every fight, regardless of result. Unlike our world champs such as Uchiyama, Yamanaka, Ioka and Inoue who are scientific hard-punchers of hitting without getting hit, Yaegashi recklessly mixed it up to exchange hot rallies with Roman Gonzalez, Pedro Guevara, Kazuto Ioka and Pornsawan Porpramook. Whenever you come and see his fight, you will get your money’s worth in watching his do-or-die performance even against formidable opposition. That’s Yaegashi, two-time world champ who had acquired the world belts in the 105-pound and 112-pound categories. The 32-year-old veteran’s unfinished business is to obtain the 108-pound throne to be a triple-crown winner before hanging up gloves for good. (more…)



August 20th, 2015

UFC

Etihad Stadium to host historic UFC event

After years of anticipation, Australia’s sporting capital will play host to the biggest combat sports event the country has witnessed, as UFC® 193: LAWLER vs. CONDIT finds a home at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium. In an Australian first, a UFC® championship belt will go on the line in the main event with welterweight champion Robbie Lawler slated to defend his title against former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit on Sunday, November 15, 2015 . . . Click here for more

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August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Don King could torpedo Mosley-Mayorga PPV

By TMZSports.com

“Sugar” Shane Mosley is power-dialing his travel agent right now to get on a flight to Miami … in a last ditch effort to take down Don King in court — and save his comeback fight. TMZ Sports has learned Mosley got bad news from Wednesday’s hearing in a Miami federal court — where King is trying to shut down Mosley’s Aug. 29 bout with Ricardo Mayorga. Shane is not only the main event, he’s also promoting the fight — but King claims Mayorga is still one of his fighters. Our Mosley sources say after today’s hearing … Shane’s legal team feels like King is making headway, and could succeed in stopping the fight. We’re told Shane is trying to get on a flight, and plans to testify in court on Thursday. Should be interesting — we’re told King will also be in court.



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Maniatis: Danny Green is back

Photo: Green Machine

Photo: Green Machine


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Promoter Peter Maniatis has commented on Danny Green’s ten round decision victory over Roberto Bolonti on Wednesday night in Melbourne, Australia. “It was a great night again for Australia boxing with a crowd of 8,800 and also over 40 Million people watching on CCTV in China,” said Maniatis. “Danny Green is back that is the best performance I have seen from a 42-year-old boxer for a very long time. He reminded me a lot of Bernard Hopkins. The game plan was excellent set up by the professor Angelo Hyder.”

“The fights on the undercard were worthy of main events on other cards, and co-promoting with Green Machine Promotions was an awesome experience! The team are real pros.”



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Vasquez-Lopez FS1 clash lands in Pittsburgh area

Undefeated hometown favorite Sergeant Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (19-0, 13 KOs) will enter the ring in his own backyard as he battles it out with Jose “Piston” Lopez (25-3, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight match-up on the September 15 edition of FS1’s Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays. The event will air live from the California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center in California, PA (36 miles south of Pittsburgh) with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

This fight is the second installment of Premier Boxing Champions’ FOX Sports 1 series. The co-main event on September 15 will see a 10-round light heavyweight clash between Thomas Williams (18-1, 12 KOs) and Umberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs).



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Minto targets Green

Brian “The Beast” Minto has entered into a management contract with Australian-based Xcite Fight Promotions. The rugged Pennsylvanian has immediately set his sights on Australia’s Danny Green. Green, who was victorious in his overnight victory against Argentina’s Roberto Balonti by way of points, competes in the cruiserweight division.

“Firstly, I’m very excited to be teaming up with Matt Clark and Xcite Fight and getting myself back into the mix,” said Minto. “I’ve been wanting more direction in my career and I’m joining a team that is moving forward. I’ve fought all over the world and I would have no problems in facing Green in Australia. Danny is a tough guy and I respect him immensely. It’s great to see him back in the ring and it’s good for boxing in that part of the world. We both have a great win against Shane Cameron and we are both aggressive come forward boxers. I’ve fought in New Zealand on three separate occasions and I’ve beaten a couple of other Aussies already in my career. It’s a fight that will put bums on seats, have the interest of television and it’s a guaranteed war. I congratulate Danny on his recent win but he’s in my sights”.



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

McWilliams Arroyo pulls out of Saturday fight

Flyweight world contender McWilliams Arroyo will not fight this Saturday in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, because he is heading to an IBF elimination bout against Johnriel Casimero soon in the United States. Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) was supposed to fight an eight round bout this Saturday at the Tomas Dones Coliseum, but the IBF ordered an elimination fight with the #1 ranked Johnriel Casimero, and the 2008 Olympian will go to that fight instead.

“We were negotiating several things for McWilliams, one of which was the possibility of facing world champion Chocolatito Gonzalez but that didn’t materialize, also this IBF elimination. We wanted McWilliams active in August, but the IBF ordered this bout with the number one ranked and we are going to this opportunity,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions. McWilliams is currently ranked number four in the IBF and in 2014 lost a close and controversial split decision to IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Thailand. (more…)



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Jones Jr meets Putin in Crimea

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. met today with Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight in Sevastopol, Crimea. Jones Jr., from Pensacola, Florida, and asked Putin for a Russian passport. Putin stated that if Jones plans to have a significant part of his life related to activities in Russia, he would he happy to grant Roy’s request for citizenship.

“I am very excited after meeting with the Russian president and determined to get a Russian passport,” said Jones. Promoter Vladimir Hrunov stated that Jones will compose an application for Russian citizenship to Putin tomorrow at a media event. “I believe that this precedent will create a bridge for Russian-American relations,” said Hrunov.

Jones is in town to attend a fight card on Sunday headlined by the comeback of former WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov against Adrian Luna Flores.

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August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Wilder-Duhaupas co-feature set

The September 26 WBC heavyweight championship fight between world champion Deontay Wilder and Johann Duhaupas will be officially announced Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. It was also confirmed today that the co-feature will match former world champions Omar Figueroa Jr. against Antonio DeMarco. NBC will televise from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham.



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

DiBella inks Olympian Ischenko

DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions have signed 2012 Olympian Pavlo Ischenko. Ischenko joins fellow 2012 Olympic stable-mate Ievgen Khytrov, as well as the already world-rated, red-hot Sergey Derevyanchenko, Ivan Golub and Ivan Baranchyk. The 22-year-old Ischenko, now living and training in Brooklyn, is set to make his official pro debut in the coming months.

“Not only is Ischenko a tremendous talent with unlimited potential, but he has a colorful persona that can make him a real attraction. He is the latest great amateur fighter from the Ukraine to migrate here, and we are looking forward to growing his popularity in the U.S.,” stated Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Trainer Freddie Roach prefers Danny Garcia to Amir Khan for Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather Promotions insists: Floyd will retire after Berto fight

Boxing legend Howard Davis returns to Long Island for fundraiser

“If it was up to me . . . .” Andy Lee explains fight locale switch



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Green shuts out Bolonti in ring return

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Comebacking former world champion Danny Green (34-5, 28 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Roberto Bolonti (36-3, 25 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 42-year-old Green, making his first start since 2012, won by scores of 100-90 on all three cards.

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August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Smith-Boschiero set for IBF eliminator

Stephen Smith will face Devis Boschiero in a final eliminator for the IBF super featherweight title at the Liverpool Olympia on September 19, live on Sky Sports in the UK. Smith and Boschiero are hunting a world title shot against IBF king Jose Pedraza. Boschiero is a former European champion who was edged out in a WBC title challenge in Japan in 2011 via a controversial split decision against Takahiro Ao. Stephen Smith is part of boxing’s famous Smith family, which also includes pro boxer brothers Paul, Callum and Liam.

Scotty Cardle provides the chief support with a first defence of his British lightweight title and faces a stiff test against tough Welshman and former British Super Featherweight champion Gary Buckland.



August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Abner Mares: I will show you that I am better than Leo Santa Cruz.

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Abel Madrid

“I have nothing personal against Leo Santa Cruz, but the night of the fight I am swinging with bad intentions,” former three-division world champion Abner Mares told Fightnews.com on Tuesday. “I am more than ready for Leo.”

Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California, by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, worked out for the media at his gym the Del Mares Boxing Gym in Bell Gardens, California. He is gearing up for his August 29 showdown against crosstown rival and undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles live on ESPN.

Working with his trainer Clemente Medina at his private headquarters as Mexican band “Banda Culiacancito” played, Mares seems at his peak. He has also been working with his longtime strength and conditioning coach Luis Garcia.

“Camp has been great. I can’t complain. I am excited, ready, focused and looking forward to it,” Mares stated. “Sparring is great, work is done, we have less than two weeks away from this fight I am just focused,” Mares commented. (more…)



August 19th, 2015

UFC

Cirkunov: A Journey Ends, Another Begins

There are no hard and fast timetables for how long it will take an emerging talent to make his or her way through the regional circuit and on to the big stage of the UFC. Truth be told, there are no guarantees that it will ever happen, given the unpredictable nature of the sport, the prevalence of injuries and the scores of aspiring fighters that burn out or fade away before reaching the highest level in the sport . . . Click here for more

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August 19th, 2015

Boxing News

GGG, Lemieux ready for October clash

By Matt Richardson
Photos: Wojciech Kubik

A funny thing is occurring this year in boxing.

The fights the fans and media want to see happen are actually being made.

Imagine that, right?

No nonsense, no tune-ups, no “fight and beat this guy now to get the better fight down the line.”

No. Instead, boxing is again providing good, old-fashioned professional prizefighting between evenly matched fighters and it’s happening often.

Whether it was the long awaited showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in May, an upcoming clash between heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury or an unofficial tournament at middleweight with some of the best fighters in the world, boxing fans are starting to get what they want.

One of the major fights fans have been clamoring for was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (more…)



August 18th, 2015

Boxing News

DiBella inks unbeaten Kalajdzic

DiBella Entertainment has announced the addition of highly regarded light heavyweight prospect Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (19-0, 12 KOs) to their ever-growing stable. “We’re pleased to be working with ‘Hot Rod’ Kalajdzic,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He’s more than just a great nickname, he’s one of the best light heavyweights in the world. At just 24 years old, his future is very bright and big fights are on the horizon.” Look for an official announcement on Kalajdzic’s DBE debut coming very soon.



August 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Lewkowicz inks second cousin of Manny Pacquiao

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has announced the signing of Pacquiao’s second cousin, Jonel “The Kid Pacquiao” Dapidran to a long-term promotional contract. 17-year-old Dapidran (6-0, 3 KOs) is an undefeated lightweight prospect from Digos City in the Philippines. Manny Pacquiao’s maternal grandfather and Junel’s father are brothers.

“A San Francisco attorney named Sydney Hall brought Manny Pacquiao to my attention 15 years ago,” said Lewkowicz. “None of the major promoters paid attention, but we saw what a talent he was. I was working as a matchmaker for (then promoter) Murad Muhammad, and I convinced him to sign Manny and bring him to America. Now, as a promoter, I am bringing his close family here for the first time and I strongly believe this young man will make a big statement in our sport.”

As soon as Dapidrani’s visa is finalized, he will live in Las Vegas, sharing an apartment with former world champion Jonriel Casimero. He will also share a trainer with Casimero and join the stable of trainer Jun Agrabio.



August 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Australia

By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos: Regina Magner Karon – Karon Photography

Danny Green 187.3 vs Roberto Bolonti 186.8
Yang Xin Xin 146.8 vs Jack Brubaker 146.8
Andre Meunier 241.2 vs Hemi Ahio 245.4
Jason Moloney 121.7 vs Danilo Gabisay 122.6
Jayde Mitchell 166.7 vs Paul Morison 167.8
Andrew Moloney 118.3 vs Ronerex Ralut 114.1
Manny Vlamis 174.2 vs Eric Diamandstein 172.1

Promoter: Peter Maniatis and Green Machine Boxing
Venue: Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia
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August 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Tim Bradley-Kell Brook a possibility for October; Hearn and Arum currently in talks

By James Slater

Kell Brook, the undefeated IBF welterweight ruler, has always made it clear he wants the big fights. Tim Bradley, the current WBO welterweight champion, has never shirked a big fight in his life. And now, if promoters Bob Arum and Eddie Hearn can thrash out a deal, the two could meet in October in what would be a big and almost certainly exciting unification clash.

Arum is currently in the UK, talking to Hearn, about a possible Bradley-Brook showdown amongst other things. And, in speaking with the paper that broke this story, The Daily Mail, Hearn said Bradley is the man his fighter Brook really wants barring an all-British battle with Amir Khan. (more…)



August 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin-Lemieux kickoff presser quotes

Photos: Wojciech Kubic

The kickoff press conference for the October 17 unification PPV between WBA, IBO and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) took place Tuesday at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Gennady Golovkin: This is amazing history for everybody…I promise an amazing show.

David Lemieux: I’m not here to be his friend, I’m here to be his opponent. On the 17th we’re going to fight. There will be blood.

Joel Fisher (MSG) announced that more than 15,000 tickets have already been sold.

K2’s Tom Loeffler confirmed there is no Golovkin-Lemieux rematch clause either way.

HBO’s Tammy Ross announced that the Golovkin-Lemieux PPV price will be $49.95

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World ranked contenders Murat “Iron” Gassiev and Konstantin Ponomarev have opened camp with world renowned trainer Abel Sanchez at The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear Lake, California. Cruiserweight Gassiev, 22-0 with 16 knockouts, is currently world ranked #3 by the IBF, #8 by the WBC and #11 by the WBO. Welterweight Ponomarev is rated #7 in the WBC, #8 by the WBO and #9 by the IBF. Manager Leo Khorolinsky plan to announce fights for both in the very near future.

Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (18-0-0, 12 KOs) faces Alejandro Emilio Valori (17-7, 13 KOs) on September 12 at the Nordic Fight Night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. In the main fights, super middleweights Patrick Nielsen and Rudy Markussen meet separate foes.

On Saturday in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 41-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (42-23-1, 25 KOs) will take on WBC #7 lightweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilán (33-4-1, 12 KOs).



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