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Scott Alexander 232 vs Rodney Hernandez 245
Leon Spinks III 136.5 vs Cesar Garcia 143
Ernesto Martinez 167.5 vs Jose Alvarez 170
Ngoc Truong 140.5 vs Miguelito Marti 133
Isaac Freeman 150 vs Jeff Tabrizi 150
When: Friday, March 20th, 7:30PM
Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents
Ticket Info: SanDiegoFights.com or (619) 420-8866
The Huffington Post on the richest man in boxing
Floyd Mayweather hires a chef for $1,000 a plate
Trainer Freddie Roach laughs at Mayweather’s chef
Speaking of $1,000 … more on the tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao
The camp of Manny Pacquiao is miffed that Floyd Mayweather pushed for stringent drug testing, but wouldn’t agree to a $5 million penalty if either side tests dirty. “I’m a little puzzled and a little dismayed that they wouldn’t agree to something this simple,” Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe responded that the drug testing conditions were “rigorously negotiated for weeks” and “if you’re supposed to be the manager, you need to read the language in the contract before you let your fighter sign. That’s why, in my opinion, Michael Koncz is the biggest idiot in all of boxing.”
After dominating the amateur ranks during two entire Olympic cycles, Russian prospect Artur Beterbiev is now ready for pro boxing’s elite, even though he has only fought seven times as a professional. The Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) jewel will continue his journey April 4 in Quebec City, airing live on CBS and TVA Sports, against former world champion Gabriel Campillo, of Spain. “The journalists won’t be happy since I did not KO anybody today,” laughed Beterbiev after a public training session today in Quebec City. He demonstrated his skills with his sparring partners, Englishman Bob Ajisafe and Australian Blake Caparello.
“I really think it will be a short night for Campillo,” Caparello said after sparring Beterbiev. “This guy has some incredible brute force. He could even chase and hunt down a strong Sergey Kovalev in the ring.”
Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOa) will face former WBA light heavyweight world champion Campillo (25-6-1, 11 KOa), a slick 6’2 southpaw who has fought 211 rounds as a professional, in a preliminary bout before the WBC light heavyweight world title fight between defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Sakio Bika. (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Alfonso Gomez 149.2 vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai 149.6
Ronny Rios 127 vs. Sergio Frias 125.8
Jamie Kavanagh 135.6 vs. Miguel Zamudio 135.6
Jason Quigley 161.8 vs. Tolutomi Agunbiade 162
Rafael Gramajo 123.6 vs. Salvador Perez 127.4
Abraham Lopez 128 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Alberto Herrera 148 vs. Jose Marrufo 146.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Photos: All Star Boxing
“Payasito” Hernandez 118 vs. Martin Casillas 118
Eric Andres Cruz 118 vs. Temoatzin Landeros 118
Daniel Garcia 110 vs. Luis Fernandez 113
Gabriel Acosta 118 vs. Luis Angel Delgadillo 118
Julio Cesar Juarez 126 vs. Sebastian Diaz 126
Javier Sanchez 119 vs. Pedro Castillo 114
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing
Big fight card on tap for May 30 at the O2 Arena in London. WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares will defend his title against Kevin Mitchell, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich defends his title against Lee Selby, and unbeaten heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua faces Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson in their rescheduled encounter. Olympic gold medal hero Joshua also has a fight scheduled in Newcastle on April 4 ahead of the May 30 clash.
“This is a huge night for British boxing and today’s announcement is just the beginning,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I’m delighted to deliver shots for Kevin and Lee in the UK and they have every chance of becoming world champions on May 30. Linares is an incredible fighter, a three-weight world ruler, but Kevin has been exceptional with us and I truly believe he is going to do it. Lee has been virtually punch-perfect over the last few years but now it’s his moment against one of the best fighters in the division in Gradovich. Kevin is a big step for Anthony Joshua and signifies his first real challenge in the pro ranks, he brings personality and attitude as well as plenty of ring craft – I’m buzzing for this show already and fans can expect plenty of other major announcements for the card.”
By David Finger
Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Goldenboy Promotions
For a fighter as popular and well liked as Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) there certainly was an easier road to a world title fight. But if there is anything we have learned about Gomez after an exciting career that has thus far spanned nearly fourteen years it is this: he has never shied away from a challenge. Gomez is looking to position himself for one more title fight in 2015, and he is not afraid to get his hands dirty on the way to the top as he takes on hard punching Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) tomorrow at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
HASEGAWA TO MAKE A RISKY COMEBACK
Former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), 34, will make a comeback against strong criticisms and face unbeaten Mexican, WBC#9 super-bantam Horacio Garcia (29-0, 21 KOs), ten years his junior, in Kobe, Japan, on May 9. It was announced by Shinsei Promotions presided by Masato Yamashita. Asked why he dares to meet such a dangerous youngster, Hasegawa replied, “I don’t like to fight an easy opponent but a strong foe that will test my current power, which will certainly motivate me to work hard.” Having been demolished by Kiko Martinez in quest of the IBF 122-pound belt at stake in April of the previous year, Hasegawa, after a one-year hiatus, will risk his fistic future against the up-and-coming Mexican handled by Canelo Promotions. Good luck, ex-champ. (more…)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
Here are quotes from Wednesday’s final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s all-German WBA world light heavyweight championship clash between champion Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) and #1 challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany.
Juergen Braehmer: Krasniqi is a young ambitious fighter who wants to take my title away from me. But that’s not going to happen. As always, I will defeat my opponent and retain my title.”
[On the possibility of an early KO] “Sometimes a single punch is all it takes. Whether this comes in the first round or twelfth round, it’s impossible to predict at this level. But when the opportunity does come, I will take it!”
Robin Krasniqi: “This is the most important fight of my life! A win on Saturday would change everything and I can write sports history. I would be the first professional boxing world champion from Munich and Bavaria and also in the countries where I come from, Kosovo and Albania.
[On his unsuccessful attempt at the WBO belt in 2013] “That opportunity may have come to soon for me. But now, I’m ready for the perfect match!” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“I think after this fight I’m going down to 168 and stay at that weight for one or two years rather than move to 175 right now,” former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. told reporters yesterday. “I don’t think my body is 175. Now my body is 168, but after one year off that’s why we’re fighting at 172.”
Junior said he’s going to make 172 for sure because otherwise he’d have to pay $100,000 per pound if he’s heavy. “I’ve never been more than 172 in a fight. The only fight at 172 was with Bryan Vera the first fight. In all my career, in all my championship bouts I never missed 160, and I don’t know why I’d miss 172. I never missed making weight in 12 years. I don’t have a problem. If he doesn’t make the weight, maybe we’ll have $100,000.”
Fanfara said he expects to make the weight also.
“I’m a light heavyweight fighter,” said Fonfara. “Because I’m fighting with Chavez, that’s why we have that catch weight, that’s why I go down….it’s not tough for me to go two or three pounds down. When I fought Stevenson last year I was 173.”
Chavez and Fonfara collide on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, live on Showtime.
Local unbeaten and ShoBox alumni Abel Ramos (10-0-2, 6KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona will face Luis Alberto Pelayo (11-5, 7 KOs) of Mexico this Friday. Ramos opened a lot of eyes with his valiant effort vs fellow unbeaten Maurice Hooker on ShoBox about a year ago. Ramos closed the fight strongly to salvage a draw. Ramos and Pelayo were originally to have fought last month in Los Angeles. They will now square off at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, in Glendale, Arizona. The show will be promoted by Fighthard Promotions (Rigo Ledezma and Sonny Gutierrez). The bout will be a special six round featured attraction at a contracted max weight of 142 pounds. (more…)
This could have been a different conversation. If things went well for Amanda Nunes in rounds two and three of her UFC 178 bout against Cat Zingano, we might have been talking about her as the top contender for the women’s bantamweight crown, or perhaps even as champion if she, and not Zingano, got the February crack at Ronda Rousey’s title . . click here for more
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Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius’ agent Kari Uoti has informed the organizers of GIGA Estonian Boxing Night, that the Åland Islands Court decided to dismiss Sauerland Event’s claims and the therefore Helenius has no obstacles stepping into the ring in Tallinn, Estonia on Saturday. According to Uoti, Sauerland issued a claim to prevent Helenius from fighting in Tallinn, but the Åland Islands Court did not see a reason to institute the proceedings.
Helenius arrived in Tallinn on Monday and will appear in the ring today for a press workout. Also, today is the day everybody will get to see Helenius’ opponent Hungarian Andras Csomor, as well as WBO Europe middleweight champion Artur Akavov and his opponent Davit Makaradze. (more…)
The MGM Grand Garden Arena as witness to the Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown May 2.
Manny Pacquiao’s reaction to Floyd Mayweather’s wood-chopping.
“No room for error,” says Freddie Roach on Pacquiao.
Two week deadline for Carl Frampton to accept Scott Quigg offer.
By Karl Freitag
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is expected to make an announcement shortly on who his opponent will be on June 6 in New York City. According to some sources, IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage is the opponent, either way it should be official soon.
Here’s another reason to be at the Forum in Inglewood, California on May 16. WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) says he will be defending on that card against former world champion Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs). Of course, the main event is WBA/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) against Willie Monroe Jr (19-1, 6 KOs).
Popular lightweight contender Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) has announced via social media that he will face Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO title on May 1. The bout is expected to take place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the eve of the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight.
Th WBA has announced that the camps of WBA cruiserweight champion Dennis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) and interim champ Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs) have reached an agreement thus avoiding a purse bid. The fight will take place on April 10 in Moscow, Russia.
A WBO purse bid is scheduled for March 24 in Hungary for the WBO cruiserweight title clash between champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) and mandatory challenger Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs). Minimum bid is $300,000.
Photos: Joel Colon/PRBBP
Roman “Rocky” Martinez trained today for the media in Puerto Rico focused in his new title shot against WBO junior lightweight champion, Orlando “Siri” Salido, in “The War”, to be held on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Zanfer Promotions which will be broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs), who reigned twice in the WBO junior lightweight division, works every day with his coach Raul “Papo” Torres at the Dorado Municipal Gym, where they worked also with trainer Freddy Trinidad.
“This has been the best training of my career. I know that I will face a strong rival, who comes to fight, who falls and rises, so I have to be in the best condition,” Martinez said after his training. “I’m getting ready to win by knockout or decision. If he drops and I don’t knock him out, I’ll be ready to win by decision.” (more…)
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) and former world title challenger Andzrej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) participated in an international media conference call Wednesday to discuss their Showtime-televised fight on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “I feel great right now and 172 is no problem for me. I am in the gym working hard on my skills. I am pretty confident. I’m ready to win another world title…I’m doing more physical training than I’ve ever done and I’m going to be in great shape.”
“It feels great to get back in the ring. I have a tough fight in front of me and that’s all I’m focused on right now.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr: “I did not want this fight for my son. Fonfara is very strong. But Julio wants to show how good he is”
Andrzej Fonfara: “I’m ready for Chavez. I always train hard. When I go to the gym, I give it my all…I lost the fight to Adonis Stevenson, but I showed my heart and skill. I’ve trained much harder and I’m a better boxer now.”
Sounds like Sauerland Event has put the brakes on the planned comeback of unbeaten former European heavyweight champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The 31-year-old Helinius, once considered a possible threat to heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, has been out of the ring for two years in a bitter contract dispute with the Germany-based promotional company. It was announced that 6’6 Helenius would resume his career in a six-rounder against Andras Csomor (11-4-1, 9 KOs) under the EST Promotions banner, however, today Sauerland tweeted:
Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is once again is a hit at the box office in Los Angeles with first day sales of over 2,500 tickets for his upcoming world title defense against #2 rated challenger Willie Monroe Jr. set for Saturday, May 16 at the Forum.
“It’s very similar to GGG’s last fight at the StubHub Center in October which sold out three weeks before the fight” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “We had a tremendous response from the media at the press conference yesterday and the fans are thrilled that he is fighting once again in his new hometown of Los Angeles.”
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has commented on the TMZ report that Mayweather had hired Las Vegas-based Chef Q to provide services 24/7 – at $1,000 per meal. “Whatever it is, it sure sounds expensive,” said Roach. “I hope she knows how to make crow and soft foods palatable because after he faces Manny that is all Mayweather will be eating…thousand dollar meals, give me a break.”
ESPN reaches multi-year agreement to televise Premier Boxing Champions series, ESPN2 FNF boxing series to end on May 22
ESPN will televise Premier Boxing Champions, a series created for television by Haymon Boxing, featuring top-level fights between many of boxing’s biggest names. The multi-year agreement was announced today. The first of 12 two-hour annual live Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) telecasts is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (not ESPN2) and ESPN Deportes. ESPN telecasts will air live in primetime. ABC broadcasts will air on Saturday afternoon, with further details to be announced at a later date.
Card details of the first PBC on ESPN telecast and subsequent shows will be announced at a later date. After 17 years, ESPN2’s long-standing Friday Night Fights series will air its last show Friday, May 22 with the finals of the Boxcino 2015 tournament. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The distaff side of the sweet science will be the main focus of a Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz card on Friday, March 20 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD . There will be three female title bouts on the card. In the main event, undefeated five-time world champion and two-time Beltway Boxer of the Year Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA will move to the super welterweight division and challenge Kita Watkins of Tyler, TX for the vacant UBF (Universal Boxing Federation) title. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank
The wildly popular Florida welterweight Clarence ‘Son of St. Pete’ Booth, of St. Petersburg has signed with Top Rank. He has eight straight wins and is 10-1 with 7 KOs.
“Clarence Booth has great size with power and speed,” said Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing at Top Rank. “He should be a force in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. His fan base in the Tampa – St. Petersburg areas will make him into a major attraction.”
Manager Pat Lynch said “Clarence is a great young prospect with a very bright future. He’s an extremely hard worker with a great attitude.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan / Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
WBA, IBO, WBC Interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) is set to face middleweight contender Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. We caught up with “GGG” at the kickoff press conference announcing this fight as he talked about his upcoming match with Monroe.
“This is my second fight this year. Why Monroe? He is a southpaw. Everyone has problems with southpaws,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com “Sergio Martinez is a southpaw, Floyd is number one pound-for-pound in the world and he had trouble with Judah – a southpaw, Miguel Cotto against Trout, Canelo-Lara, everyone has problems with a southpaw and it’s a challenge.”
“It’s a unique style that Monroe brings to the table that Gennady has never seen before. A southpaw style, fast with great boxing skill,” Golovkin’s promoter K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler told Fightnews.com. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After an intense voting week, boxing fans have chosen. The winner of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao megafight will triumphantly hold aloft the WBC’s specially designed emerald belt. It was a very close decision, as fight fans voted in the emerald belt by the margin of 53% against the 47% for a proposed onyx belt.
By David Finger
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
For a fighter nobody knows much about, Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) is certainly creating quite a buzz this side of the Atlantic. Despite his lack of name recognition in America, many boxing fans nonetheless recognize that the Japanese welterweight contender has the power and the tools to push the cagy veteran Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) this Friday when the two clash at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. And even if there are questions about Kamegai, there no question about what happens whenever a fighter pushes Gomez…fans get a war. In fact, many insiders recognize that the Kamegai-Gomez fight has all the makings of a “fight of the year.” Both fighters have shown tremendous heart and exceptional power, and both have a history of gritty performances. In Kamegai’s biggest fight to date, he lost a decision to Robert Guerrero in a fight that earned him a level of respect and admiration from boxing fans. He showed heart. He showed toughness. But he also showed his inexperience. (more…)
Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico begins his journey for a fourth opportunity at a world title this Friday. He will face tough countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (26-0, 9 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico. Site of the fight will be the Auditorio Blackberry, in Mexico City, aired live on Telemundo. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds with the interim WBC FECARBOX bantamweight title at stake. Hernandez is just 28 years of age but already has had three different cracks at world titles. Hernandez gave a very good account of himself in all those opportunities but came up short each time. He is determined to get another opportunity and win it all the next time out. He also knows that his opponent for this Friday Casillas is just as hungry to pull off the upset and create his own opportunity for a world title shot. Hernandez is determined not to let that happen. (more…)
Do you like karate kicks?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: You’re going to love Katsunori Kikuno.
“Just like the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the past, if I have a skill that my opponent has no knowledge of, then my skill becomes very effective,” Kikuno said . . click here for more
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By Karl Freitag
Hot super middleweight Jason Quigley (4-0, 4 KOs), who just scored a KO1 two weeks ago, will glove up again on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA. “I’m really excited to be back in the ring so soon,” said the 23-year-old. “The plan is to keep me busy; the busier I am and the more fights I have the more I learn the more experience I gain and climb my way closer to fulfilling my dreams!”
Keep an eye out for light heavyweight Darren “Venom” Goodall (1-0, 1 KO). The enterprising 24-year-old sold over 200 tickets to his pro debut last Saturday night at the Jersey City Armory and just opened his own gym called Venom Fitness in NJ. He has 35,000 followers on Instagram.
This past Friday night at the Charles Doyle Convention Center in Texas City, Texas, light heavyweight Medzhidm “B-52″ Bektemirov (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round stoppage over James Johnson (28-45-4, 17 KOs). “I believe we have the next Sergey Kovalev,” says co-promoter Gary Shaw. Bektemirov is trained by Ronny Shields.
Roc Nation Sports heavyweight prospect Zhang Zhelei (3-0, 2 KOs) won a four round decision over Eric George (2-9, 0 KOs). Jr welterweight Wang Zhimin (2-0, 1 KO), another Roc Nation fighter, outpointed Jesus Lule (7-11, 1 KO) over six. Both bouts occurred on the above mentioned Jersey City Armory card.
26-year-old two-time Olympian lightweight Everton Lopes (1-0) is back in action on April 2 at the Belasco Theater in downtown LA.
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