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Donald Cerrone is determined to leave his mark on the sport of MMA as a fighter who was willing to fight anyone, anytime and anywhere. With “Cowboy” being one of the best lightweights in the world and competing at the highest level of the game, being willing to throw down at every turn is a tall task to live up to . . . click here for more
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Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York offered a hot alternative to the frozen climate of Upstate, New York with ESPN2’s second Friday Night Fights installment of 2015 as Willie Monroe, Jr. battled Bryan Vera to a unanimous decision victory in defense of his NABA & NABO middleweight belts. Monroe, Jr’s last foe Brandon Adams also heated things up with a second round destruction of Lekan Byfield to bounce back nicely from that Boxcino finals loss eight months ago. (more…)
The real knockouts of women’s boxing, and how the sport’s champions have trouble making a living without turning themselves into sex symbols. More in the Atlantic
There’s talk of Floyd Mayweather visiting Australia to meet with Anthony Mundine. More
Flashback to 1990 when Larry Holmes served as a commentator at the Cooney-Foreman fight. More
Amir Khan disses Mayweather with a mask prank. More
By Joe Koizumi
The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) has announced that it celebrates newly crowned WBC lightweight champion, Japan-based Venezuelan Jorge Linares in veneration of his third coronation in as many categories under the name of the commissioner Yuko Hayashi. Linares, now 29, came to Japan at the age of sixteen to belong to Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions since and seized three world belts—WBC feather, WBA super-feather and WBC light championships. He lately acquired the vacant WBC 135-pound belt by dismantling Mexican Javier Prieto by an eye-catching fourth-round knockout on December 30. Linares is one of the most outstanding boxers in Japan as he has been warmly supported by great many fight fans here. He has remarkably shown his fistic improvement as well as his linguistic excellence as he can speak Japanese very fluently at the press conference. How popular Jorge is here in Japan is beyond description. Congratulations.
Chip Perez 132.5 vs. Agustine Mauras 133
Josh Crespo 122 vs. Jorge Abiague 121.75
Elvin Ayala 170 vs. Aaron Mitchell 171
Jimmy Williams 159 vs. Jose Felix 161
Briam Granado 138 vs. Theo Desjardin 137
Khiary Gray-Pitts 159.25 vs. Jake Constant 162.25
Meng Fanlong 179.5 vs. Marcellus Yates 178
Wang Zhimin 138.75 vs. Kin Moy 140.25
Zhang Zhilei 260 vs. TBA
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: CES Boxing
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Boxcino 2014 middleweight winner Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Brian Vera (23-9, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Turning Stone in Verona, NY. Monroe scored a flash knockdown in round five (when Vera’s glove touched the canvas) en route to scores of 98-91, 97-92, 99-90. Nine straight wins for Monroe, who is the son of former middleweight contender Willie Monroe. He is rated WBA #3, WBO #7 and WBC #13.
Boxcino 2014 middleweight finalist Brandon Adams (15-1, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Lekan Byfield (6-6-2, 1 KO). Adams dropped Byfield in round one, then floored him twice in round two to get the stoppage. Time was 1:58. The bout replaced Friday night’s previously scheduled TV matchup between Petr Petrov and Hank Lundy that was canceled due to Lundy missing weight.
Welterweight Greg Jackson (4-1-1, 2 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to stop Cornelius Whitlock (3-2-2, 2 KOs) in round three. The bout was waved off at 1:27.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
OPBF top ranked super-feather contender, ex-Japanese national champ Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14 KOs) will have an ambitious shot at the OPBF 130-pound titleholder Jomthong Chuwatana (8-0, 4 KOs), from Thailand, tonight (Saturday) in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first show staged at the Korakuen Hall this year, and our fight fans greatly expect a hot competition between the young, stylish and hard-punching rivals. Kaneko, 26, raised his stock despite his defeat at the hand of WBA champ Takashi Uchiyama in a quest for the belt as he floored the titlist in the tenth and showed a very good performance in December 2013. Kaneko, as the national ruler, had demolished four challengers in as many title defenses to display his strength prior to his relinquishment before the WBA title crack. (more…)
Boxcino Junior Middleweight Quarterfinals
February 13, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
Cleotis Pendarvis (17-4-2) vs. Ricardo Pinell (10-1-1)
Stanyslav Skorohod (8-0) vs. Michael Moore (13-0)
Brandon Adams (14-1) vs. Alex Perez (18-1)
Vito Gasparyan (14-3-5) vs Simeon Hardy (13-0)
Boxcino Heavyweight Quarterfinals
February 20, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY
Donovon Dennis (10-1) vs. Steve Vukosa (10-0)
Razvan Cojanu (12-1) vs. Ed Fountain (10-0)
Andrey Fedesov (25-3) vs. Nate Heaven (9-1)
Mario Heredia (9-1) vs. Lenroy Thomas (18-3)
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Jose Zepeda 140.6 vs. Orlando Vazquez 141
Saul Rodriguez 132.6 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 133.2
Daniel Franco 127 vs. Sergio Najera 126
Arnold Barboza 146 vs. Taif Harris 146.8
Luis Sedano 130.4 vs. Ali Gonzalez 131.4
Abraham Lopez 146.2 vs. Bilal Mahasin 146.8
Venue: Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme, California
Promoter: Top Rank
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
WBC heavyweight champion Bermaine Stiverne weighed in 239lbs at for his initial world title defense against unbeaten #1 challenger Deontay Wilder on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Wilder scaled in at 219. Intense 25 second staredown, Wilder looked away first.
Stiverne: Eyes don’t lie. I could see in his eyes, he’s not ready for this.
Wilder: I’m going to beat him to within an inch of his life.
Leo Santa Cruz 121.5 vs. Jesus Ruiz 122
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 139 vs. Amir Imam 140
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 177 vs. Garrett Wilson 178
Cesar Quinonez 139 vs. Joan Valenzuela 141.5
Eric Molina 241.5 vs. Rapahel Zumbano 241
Note: Two other bouts fell through.
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Don King
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme
Early today, in a ceremony held at El Zipperle restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel honored Russian champion, Sergey Kovalev, awarding him the WBO’s Light Heavyweight Super Championship.
“The title of Super Champion is one of great significance. Iván Calderón, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Wladimir Klitschko and Joe Calzaghe are among the elite few who have received this distinction. Sergey Kovalev is a complete fighter with big punching power and great boxing skill. He is a dedicated family man and a gym enthusiast. He will defend his championship on March 14 and as you can see he is almost at his fight weight. We are honored to have him as our champion. He is undoubtedly one of the best fighters in the history of his division”, stated President Francisco Valcárcel. (more…)
On February 27, Mexicali’s Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) makes his move up to fight in his first eight-round bout in the evening’s co-main event when he faces Los Angeles’ Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Plus, Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) opens up the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes telecast in a four-round bout against Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs) of Houston. Also, newcomer Nick Arce (1-0, 1 KO) competes in his second professional match in a four-round super featherweight bout hoping to make airwaves and undefeated Oscar Negrete (7-0, 3 KOs) will compete in non-televised six-round bantamweight bout, both against opponents yet to be announced.
In the previously announced main event, IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against Alberto “Metro” Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
It is very astounding that formerly two-time world champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), a Japanese southpaw veteran, announced on Wednesday that he would go on fighting to look for another belt in the featherweight category. People here believed that Hasegawa, now 34, was completely through after his unsuccessful crack at WBA 122-pound champ Kiko Martinez, losing via seventh round TKO in April of the previous year. Hasegawa hasn’t fought since then, so our fight fans thought he would hang up gloves for good after his Martinez TKO defeat.
Reviewing his career, he has made some mistakes as follows: (1) Hasegawa, after his ten successful defenses of the WBC bantam belt, underestimated WBO ruler in the same category Francisco Montiel and suffered an abrupt fourth-round TKO defeat in April 2010. (2) It was also his fault that he mistakenly decided to move up to the feather division (126-pounds) and acquired the vacant WBC feather belt by decisioning Juan Burgos in November 2011. Hasegawa, without making even a single defense, forfeited the WBC 126-pound belt to Jhonny Gonzalez’s single right hook in just four rounds in April 2011. (more…)
By James Slater
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was briefly re-hospitalised yesterday, for follow-up care that was needed after his initial December stay in hospital due to a severe urinary tract infection, but he is now back at home and looking forward to celebrating his birthday tomorrow. Ali turns 73 tomorrow, January 17th and his spokesman, Bob Gunnell says “The Greatest” plans to spend his day watching basketball, when the University of Louisville will play against Duke. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management have joined together as Canadian fan favorite and tour de force David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs), has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. After his explosive headlining debut in the U.S. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Dec. 6, the beloved Montreal native not only retained his NABF middleweight title, but proved to critics that he is a powerful force in the 160 pound class.
Lemieux impressed as he knocked down Gabriel “King” Rosado in the third round and won by technical knockout in the tenth round when the medical examiner stopped the fight due to Rosado’s terribly swollen left eye. ESPN’s Dan Rafael said “there is no doubt that David belongs to the elite, he has a couple of losses but many others after losses have had great careers such as Wladimir Klitschko. He has a lot of potential.” (more…)
The PacMan was out in NYC with his crew this morning when we asked if there was anything he could say to Floyd … what would it be? His answer — “Sign the contract.”
Pacquiao and his team have already agreed to terms for a May 2nd fight with Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Vegas … though Floyd has yet to sign off on his end of the deal. Mayweather has not issued an official comment on where they stand — but his lawyers have indicated there are still issues with the deal. If the two do strike a deal … it’s expected to be the highest grossing fight in the history of the sport … with experts saying it could make more than $150 MILLION in pay-per-view revenue alone.
UFC announces David Allen as senior vice president & general manager of Europe, Middle East & Africa
The UFC® today announced the appointment of David Allen as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Allen first joined the UFC in December of 2013 as Director of Events, Marketing and Communications for EMEA. Throughout his 13 months with the organization, Allen has helped grow and develop the organization’s London office, and provided valuable leadership during a busy year for the region highlighted by sold out shows in London and Dublin in 2014. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman took time this morning to “weigh in” on a “heavy” topic, despite the Council’s heavyweight title being contested some thirty six hours from now. Sulaiman had some heavy words concerning the aborted weigh-in attempt by their #4 ranked lightweight Hank Lundy yesterday at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, ahead of his now scrapped lightweight bout against Petr Petrov. Lundy weighed in a whopping four pounds over the lightweight limit at 139 lbs. To add insult to injury, he chugged water afterward, posed in a face off with Petrov, then left the weigh-in room without trying to reduce any more weight or salvage the fight.
Why Sulaiman cares is because Lundy was ranked #4 during the WBC’s 52nd convention in late December. With previous #1 Jorge Linares annexing the vacant WBC title (champ Omar Figueroa is in recess due to medical reasons), Linares’ opponent for that title fight- #2 ranked Javier Prieto losing, that only left #3 Dejan Zlaticanin ahead of Lundy. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said on Friday that Floyd Mayweather “is running like a thief” as the Top Rank chief expressed disenchantment that the brash US fighter refuses to sign his name above the dotted line. Arum said his fighter, Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, is already on board, having agreed to bow down to Mayweather’s demands.
“When push comes to shove, he (Mayweather) backs down,” added the 83-year-old Arum. Still, Arum is not pulling the plug on his bid to get the fight done although he a solid backup plan is in place. If Mayweather doesn’t fight Pacquiao, Arum said a ring return for the eight-division champion will take place in late-April or sometime in May.
Arum had discussed with Pacquiao what’s down the road when they met in Los Angeles.
Heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs) is close to being ready for action following knee surgery. “I can not wait to get back in the ring,” said Kauffman, who has been off for a year as he injured his knee in the spring and had surgery. He has been rated as high as WBA #4 and is still rated WBA #9.
“When I get back it will be “My Time” and I am looking to fight the best out there. I will be very prepared as I have what I believe is the strongest team in the division which is my father Marshall Kauffman, Naazim Richardson and my manager Al Haymon.”
Karl Freitag (Wilder): “On Jan. 17, we’ll find out whether Wilder is real or not when he steps up in class to challenge WBC champion Stiverne. How big of a step up is it? Setting aside his two fights with Chris Arreola, Stiverne’s resume isn’t that much different than Wilder’s and the champ has been kayoed by journeyman Demetrious King and fought to a draw with journeyman Charles Davis. It says here that Wilder is real enough to go to 33-0, 33 KOs and take home the WBC belt.”
Matt Richardson (Stiverne): “I am super excited for this fight for one reason: it all but guarantees a good, old-fashioned heavyweight slugfest. Someone is definitely getting knocked out. And while I think it would be better for boxing if Wilder — a heavy-hitting, American Olympian who actually comes in shape — won the fight, I don’t think he will. There has to be a reason why he has fought so many Tijuana cab drivers and that’s probably because he has a Michael Grant-level chin. Against Stiverne that will be evident pretty quickly. Maybe I’m wrong and Wilder will be the next big American heavyweight star but I don’t think I will be. Stiverne will win an exciting fight, definitely by knockout, probably within four rounds.”
James Slater (Wilder): “This is the acid test for Wilder. His power is frightening but we don’t know how well he takes a good shot himself. Also, how will Wilder’s stamina hold up if the more experienced Stiverne can take him into the later rounds? It looks like Wilder’s fight early, Stiverne’s late. I go for Wilder to score another sizzling KO inside five rounds.”
Miguel Maravilla (Wilder): “This will definitely be an explosive, exciting heavyweight fight reminiscent of the 70’s, 80,’s, and 90’s. Both fighters have a high KO percentage and promise to bring it. I see Wilder’s height and reach being a problem for Stiverne, who will be coming at the taller Wilder setting himself up for a stoppage. Wilder by stoppage 5th or 6th round.”
David Finger (Wilder): “The thing about Stiverne is that he really raises his game to another level against top level opposition, and I feel Wilder is hands down the best fighter he has ever stepped into the ring against. So we will be seeing the Stiverne who fought Arreola as opposed to the one who struggled with Willie Herring and Charles Davis. There is no way Stiverne will come into this fight mentally unprepared. That said, I really think there is something special about Wilder. Although some have questioned the caliber of his opposition, nobody is questioning his punching power. I think we will see a new superstar explode onto the scene on Jan. 17. Wilder by fifth round TKO.”
When asked how he would hype his co-main event clash against Donald Cerrone this Sunday night, former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson answers succinctly that it’s my job to perform on the page and his to inside the Octagon . . . click here for more
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Top Rank’s future star and power puncher Saul ‘Kid Dinamita’ Rodriguez of Riverside, Ca. is looking for a big win to launch “a real big 2015″ here Saturday night at the Oceanville Pavillion in Port Hueneme, California. His trainer Robert Garcia says “Saul wants to win Saturday and show he is ready to step up to the big fights against top quality contenders this year.”
Saul, 15-0-1, 12 KOs is taking on super featherweight Carlos Rodriguez, 9-1, 4 KOs, of Mexico to open Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card which will be televised by UniMas at the Oceanview Pavillion. In the main event, super lightweight Jose Zepeda, 21-0, 18 KOs, of LaPuente, Ca, is taking on Orlando Vazquez, 15-5-1, 9 KOs, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Top Rank is promoting with Bash Boxing.
Saul said he sparred with former champ Mikey Garcia to wire in for this fight at the Garcia Gym in Oxnard. Ca. (more…)
Just one more times, says former champ Virgil Hill. More
Doubt it’ll happen, says Oscar De La Hoya, on Mayweather-Pacquiao. More
Britain’s Lee Noble comes out fighting in a battle against leukemia. More
Heavyweight showdown looks to restore glory to division. More
By Jerry Glick
There is some excitement happening in the world of female boxing. Her name is Heather Hardy, a thirty-two year old professional boxer, determined to stir the pot among female fighters so that maybe one day they will have financial parity with their male counterparts. She is unbeaten with an impressive 12-0 record with two wins by knockout. A single mother of a ten year old daughter named Annie, Hardy is crafting a career that she hopes will lead to financial independence and self satisfying success. Hardy stayed busy in 2014, winning all five of her bouts along with capturing the WBC International super bantamweight title.
She is also the subject of a documentary film, titled “HARDY” that will be screened this Sunday and next Tuesday at the Irvine International Film Festival in Laguna Hills, California. “HARDY” is a film about her life in and out of boxing. (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
There is no love lost between WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne and unbeaten #1 contender Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, who didn’t mince words while participating in often tense, trash-talking-filled volatile final press conference Thursday for the “Return to Glory: Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder” fight card taking place this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The hard-hitting Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, defends his title against the unbeaten knockout specialist Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala.,- in two days, but if they had their way they’d fight tonight.
Bermane Stiverne: I’m gonna keep his record clean, because he isn’t getting past four rounds.
Deontay Wilder: I’ve never been so ready to whoop a man. I don’t play games. It doesn’t get any realer than this.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The Hammer came down on “Hammerin” Hank Lundy when he failed to make weight by a whopping four pounds. After stepping off the scale, Lundy drank from a water bottle and apparently “had no intention of making weight” stated Alex Camponovo of Petrov’s camp.
As a result, the Petrov-Lundy bout is scrapped, Last year’s Boxcino Middleweight finalist Brandon Adams and opponent Lekan Byfield will be moved to the semi-main event and the Cornelieus Whitlock-Greg Jackson fight will make air time as well.
Here are all the weights from Verona, New York:
Willie Monroe, Jr. 160 vs. Bryan Vera 160
NABA & NABO Middleweight titles
Petr Petrov 133.5 vs. Hank Lundy 139
NABA & NABO Lightweight title
Taras Shelestyuk 148 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 146
Brandon Adams 160 vs. Lekan Byfield 158
Cameron Allen 172 vs. Borngod Washington 172
Cornelius Whitlock 145 vs. Greg Jackson 145.5
Vitor Jones Freitas 132 vs. Michael Doyle 126
Promoter- Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions)
TV- ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights
Matchmaker- Eric Bottjer
First bell- 7 p.m., Airtime- 9 p.m.
By Karl Freitag
Fight Club OC returns on February 5th with WBC #4 ranked heavyweight Mike Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) facing veteran Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (25-18-3, 21 KOs), in the eight round featured bout at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Perez is getting in some work before a spring showdown with Alexander Povetkin in a WBC title eliminator.
“OK I have been guilty of some hyperbole over the years, and yes I have embellished a few fight shows now and then, but believe me when I say our Thursday, February 5th Opening Night show to kick off year five of Fight Club OC is literally the best show ever!” proclaimed promoter Roy Englebrecht.
By Karl Freitag
Unbeaten WBO #7 and IBF #12 super lightweight Jose “Chon” Zepeda (22-0, 19 KOs) will now face Orlando Vazquez (15-5-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oceanview Pavillion in Port Hueneme, California. Zepeda was originally slated to face Rafael Cobos. The bout will be televised on Solo Boxeo Tecate and will air on UniMas.
The official weigh-in for Saturday’s “Boxing By The Beach” card will be held Friday at 3:00pm at La Fonda Del Rey Restaurant and Bar (formerly Sugar Beets), located at 455 South A Street in the heart of downtown Oxnard. Boxing fans are invited to attend.
By Gabriel F Cordero
Former WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could be looking for another opponent for his next fight, which is tentatively scheduled for May 2. We’ve been told that Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya has spoken with Top Rank’s Bob Arum about other potential foes, such as former world champion Timothy Bradley. Alvarez has expressed frustration over WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s unwillingness to commit to the fight, which would be one of the most attractive boxing matchups in 2015.
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