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Hopkins, Shumenov workout quotes

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Boxing News

Mendez, Barthlemy make weight

By Jesse Kelley at the scale
Photo: Jesse Kelley

Rances Barthelemy 129 vs. Argenis Mendez 128.5
(IBF junior lightweight championship)

Caleb Truax 163 vs. Ossie Duran 161.5
Tony Lee 134.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 134.5
Javontae Starks 154 vs. Limberth Ponce 154.5
Trevor Marmon 135 vs. Adrian Martinez 135
Nate Richardson 151.5 vs. Damien Hill 153
Dennis Galarza 123.5 vs. Celiel Castillo 123.5
Erickson Lubin 147 vs. Luis Santiago 147

Television: ESPN2
Venue: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Promoters: Seconds Out, Warriors Boxing, Iron Mike Productions



January 2nd, 2014



Boxing News

Mike Tyson — Boxing Event Turns Violent … Tyson Plays Peacemaker

By TMZSports.com

A fight broke out at a media event for a fight … with Mike Tyson caught in the middle … but this time, the legendary boxer wasn’t escalating the situation, he was trying to quash it. TMZ Sports obtained footage of Tyson promoting an event called “Friday Fight Nights” in Minnesota on Thursday … when two of the young boxers started going at it right on the stage. It started to feel like shades of the infamous Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis media event back in 2002, when they started brawling at a news conference. But this time, Tyson got right in between the two guys — who were pushing and cussing at each other — and eventually broke the whole thing up.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Leapai camp still in negotiations with Klitschko

By David Finger

Reports that Alex Leapai’s camp have rejected the seven figure offer from heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko appear to be premature. “We have not rejected the offer as of yet,” Noel Thornberry, manager of Alex Leapai, told Fightnews, “we are still in negotiations with Shelly Finkel.” On December 4th the WBO gave both camps 30 days to reach an agreeement.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne ready for Arreola: I will knock his a– out!

On his mission to become the first Haitian-born heavyweight champion of the world, World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1, 20 KOs) still doesn’t know exactly when and where he will be fighting for the vacant WBC heavyweight world title. After patiently waiting 2 ½ years as the mandatory challenger, though, the 34-year-old Stiverne understands that he will be in his first world title fight sometime during the first-quarter of 2014 – date, place and network to be determined – in a rematch with Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs).

Once Vitali Klitschko finally announced his retirement, the WBC mandated a title fight between its top two rated heavyweights, #1 Stiverne and #2 Arreola, ordering their respective promoters, Don King Productions and Goossen-Tutor Promotions, to begin negotiations. Stiverne-Arreola will go to a WBC purse bid in Mexico if an agreement is not reached by the January 17. (more…)



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Utah’s West headlines pro card in Ogden

Undefeated Utah cruiserweight Jesse West headlines a pro/am boxing card Saturday night in Ogden, Utah, at the Summit Hotel ballroom. West, 2-0, will fight Elmer Rivera. Last year West, of Fruit Heights, Utah, competed as a heavyweight and reached the quarterfinals of the national Golden Gloves championships. He has chosen to fight at 195 to 200 pounds as a pro.

In other scheduled pro fights, Lee “Golden” Tibbitts meets Francisco Jelel Lopez and Isaac Aguilar meets Suanitu Hogue. The fights start a 7 p.m. at the Summit, 247 24th Street. Tickets are $25 and $15. All Heart Boxing Foundation and Total Mayhem are the promoters.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Chisora to face mini “Klitschko clone” on Feb 15

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora swill face unbeaten, but untested Andriy Rudenko on February 15th at London’s Copper Box Arena. Chisora, 30, who holds the European title, turned his career around last year and won all four fights by stoppage and aims to continue his KO run into 2014 as he targets a second shot at the world title. “Klitschko clone” Rudenko, 30, is just over six foot tall and unbeaten in 25 fights with 16 KOs and in the last five years has knocked-out all but one of his opponents with ten coming inside three rounds.

Chisora, however, is relishing his first challenge of the new year – which is expected to be confirmed as a European title defense shortly – and knows he needs another powerful showing to keep in line for a future world title shot. (more…)



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Leapai poised to reject Klitschko offer and try to bring the fight down under

Heavyweight mandatory challenger Alex Leapai is likely to reject a seven-figure offer from WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko tomorrow to take his title fight to a “purse bid,” reports Grantlee Kieza of heraldsun.com.au. Hoping to being the fight to Australia, Team Leapai has aligned themselves with Russian promoter Vladimir Hrunov, who surprisingly snatched Wlad’s last fight against Alexander Povetkin at a purse bid with a near record $23.2 million bid.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Kasper Bruun to face Michal Dufek on February 1

Jr. welterweight Kasper Bruun (18-0-1, 4 KOs) is set to make his Nordic Fight Night debut on February 1st. Bruun will take on Michal Dufek (11-5-1, 7 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. The card features female welterweight Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) defending her WBA, WBO & WBC titles against Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs), Swedish light-heavyweight Erik Skoglund (18-0, 9 KOs) defending his EU title against Adasat Rodriguez (9-2-1, 6 KOs) and rising Danish stars Dennis Ceylan (9-0, 5 KOs) and Micki Nielsen (11-0, 9 KOs).



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ossie Duran: It’s a short notice but it’s going to be an upset

Despite losing three of his last four fights, Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) says he’s well prepared to upset hometown hero Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) on ESPN Friday Night Fights this Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 36-year-old Duran accepted the fight against Truax on two weeks’ notice after original opponent Derek Ennis pulled out. “I’m always in the gym training and working,” said Duran. “I train some guys too, so I’m always ready to go. I can’t wait for Friday, you know? I can’t wait to jump in the ring and do what I got to do. It’s a short notice but it’s going to be an upset. That’s why I have been training so hard: for a chance like this. Beating this guy will put me back where I want to be. I just have to go grab it.”



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Anthony Mundine vs. Carson Jones is official

Coming off his win over future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley, it looks like jr middleweight Anthony Mundine will next face Carson Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) on January 29 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Jones was stopped in eight rounds by welterweight Kell Brook in his last fight.

According to Team Mundine: “Whilst other options within the top ten had significantly out-priced themselves, Carson Jones offers the best possible opportunity within a tight timeframe to prepare for the January 29th show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia.”



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

First weigh-in of 2014 today in Minneapolis

None other than all-time-great heavyweight champion and event promoter Iron Mike Tyson will host Thursday’s weigh-in for the first world championship fight of 2014. The weigh-in will be held at “The Pourhouse” in Minneapolis on the main floor at 5PM. IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs), challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) local middleweight favorite Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) will be among those hitting the scale.

The general public is invited to attend the official weigh-in for a $7 admission and their first cocktail is complimentary.

The ESPN Friday Night Fights card will take place Friday night at the Target Center.



January 2nd, 2014

UFC

Patience is Max Holloway’s New Virtue

Hawaii’s Max Holloway used to be the new kid on the block. Now at 22, he’s no longer the youngest fighter currently on the UFC roster (he’s the fourth), and with six Octagon bouts under his belt, you could call him a seasoned veteran as he heads into his Saturday bout in Singapore against newcomer Will Chope . . . More

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UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT from Singapore. Click here for more info



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Ioka defeats Alvarado to keep WBA 108lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Japanese speedster Hiroki Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs), 106.5, successfully kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he proved too smart, sharp, speedy, smooth and skillful for previously unbeaten Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (18-1, 15 KOs), 106.75, overcome the challenger’s constant aggressiveness with his “Mantequilla” defense and “Miguel Canto” counters, winning a unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Carlos Sucre (Venezuela) 119-110, Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) 119-109 and Sergio Caiz (US) 115-113, all for Ioka (pronounced E-Oh-Car). The referee was Eddie Claudio (US).

This reporter celebrates his 50th anniversary in writing boxing reports in 2014. A seventeen-year-old fan in Japan sent a letter to “Mr. Boxing” Nat Fleischer, the founder and editor of The Ring Magazine (then called “The Bible of Boxing”) to point out some minor mistakes in his writing on Asian boxing scene. Mr. Fleischer kindly replied to my humble letter, saying, “How about reporting results in Japan to contribute to The Ring?” Since then, he kindly coached and advised me how to write boxing reports by sending back my poor reports with red ink. Almost fifty years have passed, and my reports might have improved a little better than the young fan started writing. Graham Greene wrote a novel titled “England Made Me” but it is true that Nat Fleischer made Joe Koizumi in Japan. (more…)



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Ex-WBA 105lb champ Miyazaki KO’d

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Previously unbeaten ex-WBA minimum champ Ryo Miyazaki (20-1-3, 11 KOs), 108, engaged in a non-title bout after his latest relinquishment of the belt but suffered a shocking knockout defeat by WBA#6 minimum Thailander Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-2, 15 KOs), also 108, at 2:22 of the third round in a scheduled ten beneath the WBA light-fly title bout on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

His weight problem made Miyazaki renounce the WBA 105-pound belt and it was his first appearance since. It was ballyhooed as a tune-up bout prior to his next shot at any of world light-fly championships. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Kakutani wins in comeback fight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Having been demolished by Mexican Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez with the WBC light-flyweight belt at stake in Mexico, Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7 KOs), 111.5, returned to action and dropped Thailand’s #1 ranked 108-pound contender Thaminkhao Sor. Tharnthip (12-10-1, 5 KOs), 110.75, three times en route to a fine knockout win at 2:22 of the second round in a scheduled eight beneath a world title show on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. Kakutani, however, floored Confesor in the opening session despite his defeat. The Osaka resident was fresh and furious enough to batter the Thailander and bring home the bacon early. Kakutani is gunning for a shot again either in the 108-pound or 112-pound category.

Hard-hitting ex-OPBF super-feather champ, IBF#6 ranked Masao Nakamura (18-1, 18 KOs), 134.5, one of the brightest prospects in Osaka, was also an easy TKO victor over Thailand’s Fasaghan Or Benjamad (17-14, 7 KOs), 134.5, at 2:11 of the second session in eight. Nakamura once held the OPBF belt but lost it via first round demolition by Filipino southpaw Ronald Pontillas in the first round in 2011. But the 25-year-old hard-puncher scored five wins all within the distance since. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC launches UFC Fight Pass

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization announces the launch of UFC Fight Pass™, the new digital subscription service which is a must-have for mixed martial arts fans. Unveiled with a two-month free trial, UFC Fight Pass delivers a minimum of 10 exclusive live events per year, exclusive live prelims, newly created and exclusive content in addition to unprecedented on-demand access to parent company Zuffa’s vast mixed martial arts video library. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Uchiyama survives a knockdown to retain WBA 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17 KOs), 129.75, impressively kept his WBA super-featherweight throne as he controlled the affair, survived a surprising visit to the deck in round ten, had game compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-3-3, 12 KOs), 130, at bay down the stretch, winning a unanimous decision (all 117-110) over twelve furious rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It must be a strong candidate for Japan’s Fight of the Year with the champ and the challenger having fully displayed what they had to greatly entertain the audience and TV watchers on the last day of the year.

Looking at the identical 117-110 tallies, you may suppose it was a lopsided affair, but it isn’t right as it was locally competitive almost in every round but eventually unanimous. Kaneko, nine years his junior at 25, fought much better than some cynic experts had predicted by comparing the quality of their previous opposition. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC Singapore Prelim Fantasy Preview

There will be quite a few new faces to learn when watching the upcoming UFC Fight Night card from Singapore on UFC Fight Pass this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of talent stacking the preliminary portion of the show . . . More

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UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT from Singapore. Click here for more info



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Miura stops Jardon to keep WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC super-feather champ, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs), 130, impressively retained his belt as he overwhelmed WBC#2 ranked Mexican Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-4, 20 KOs), 130, from the outset, badly floored him in the fifth, accelerated his persistent attack and finally decked him again to prompt the referee’s intervention at 0:55 of the ninth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was more lopsided than people had expected, as Miura maintained the pressure from the start and kept battering the breadbasket of Jardon, who desperately withstood the champ’s persistent attack. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 40-36 by all the judges, and after the eighth, 80-71 twice and 80-70, all in favor of the pugnacious champ.

The fatal ninth saw Miura swarm over the exhausted Mexican with a barrage of punches to have him down again, when the referee declared a well-received halt. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

#2 Kono, #1 Cuadras victorious in Tokyo

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBA #2 ranked ex-world super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono (29-8, 12 KOs), 117, decked a tune-up bout prior to his already sanctioned WBA elimination bout with WBA interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit of Thailand here this March, when he showed his superior power in disposing of Thailand’s Dawut Manopkarnchang (8-7-1, 3 KOs), 115.5, at 0:50 of the third round beneath the WBC and WBA world title doubleheader on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kono, an aggressive infighter, once captured the WBA throne by upsetting Tepparith Kokietgym via fourth round knockout just a year ago, but forfeited it in his initial defense to WBA interim champ Liborio Solis by a controversial majority verdict last May. Since the overweight Venezuelan lost his title on the scale in his ill-fated unification bout with IBF ruler Daiki Kameda this December, the WBA throne logically became vacant with the leading available contenders (Denkaosen and Kono) to square off in a quest for the belt. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Aussie Roundup 2013

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australia’s only currently world champion was WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika.

Australian-based boxers who were world rated during 2013 are…

Heavyweight: Alex Leapai, Lucas Browne, Mark de Mori
Cruiserweight: Danny Green, Daniel Baff, Brad Pitt
Super middleweight: WBC champ Sakio Bika, Ben McCulloch, Junior Talipeau
Middleweight: Sam Soliman, Daniel Geale, Garth Wood, Jarrod Fletcher, Les Sherrigton
Light middleweight: Anthony Mundine and Daniel Dawson
Welterweight: Naoufell Ben Rabah
Light welterweight: Lenny Zappavigna, Chad Bennett
Super featherweight: Will Tomlinson, Matt Garlett
Featherweight: Billy Dib, Joel Brunker
Super bantamweight: Vic Darchinyan
(more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Roy Jones, Jr: I’m my own man!

Interview and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk

Just hours before end of 2013, Fightnews.com caught up with Roy Jones, Jr. to discuss his upcoming plans in light of Anderson Silva breaking his leg in UFC 168 and the numerous Internet reports regarding other potential RJJ opponents. “The end of the year is a great time to clarify some things,” said the legendary fighter.

What are your plans for your next fight?

Obviously I’m disappointed that my fight with Spider will not come off for a while. I visited him in the hospital on Sunday and wished him a speedy recovery. McGee [Wright, RJJ's manager] and I have had several meetings with Dana [White] and he was open to that fight. At the end of the day, it’s going to be Dana’s call, but both Spider and I wanted the fight. With the leg injury, a boxing match may now be actually easier to make, although it won’t happen until Anderson is completely recovered and can properly train. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

2013 Boxing in the USA

By Johnny B’

Recently, I took on the task of taking a look at the health of professional boxing in the United States as I did in 2011. My goal, to see which states are surviving the unrest in our economy and the effect of both the shrinking dollar and the increase of MMA shows in the last several years. I have completed a review of the professional boxing shows in the United States for 2013. Here are the results.

As in both 2011 and 2012 California heads the healthy list, as they held ninety (90) professional boxing shows for 2013. Texas is the runner-up was with boxing thriving as they held 68 shows. Over to the east coast, New York not far behind held 51 pro cards.

There is a slight drop after that, Pennsylvania 34 shows, Florida 27, West Virginia 24, North Carolina 21 and the onetime thriving states, Nevada and New Jersey with only 20 and 19. (more…)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Photos: Ioka keeps WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada / WBA

Unbeaten Japanese Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs), 106.5, kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (119-109, 119-110, 115-113) over previously unbeaten Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (18-1, 15 KOs), 106.75, over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

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December 31st, 2013

UFC

Anderson Silva: When Can I Train Again?

Like a great fighter, Dr. Steven Sanders is always thinking two steps ahead. So when one of those great fighters, Anderson Silva, fell to the canvas in pain after breaking his leg in his UFC 168 bout against Chris Weidman last Saturday, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon wasn’t gasping or staring in shock . . . More

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UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT from Singapore. Click here for more info



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Uchiyama survives a knockdown to retain WBA 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17 KOs), 129.75, impressively kept his WBA super-featherweight throne as he controlled the affair, survived a surprising visit to the deck in round ten, had game compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-3-3, 12 KOs), 130, at bay down the stretch, winning a unanimous decision (all 117-110) over twelve furious rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be a strong candidate for Japan’s Fight of the Year with the champ and the challenger having fully displayed what they had to greatly entertain the audience and TV watchers on the last day of the year.

(More to come)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Miura stops Jardon to keep WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBC super-feather champ, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs), 130, impressively retained his belt as he overwhelmed WBC#2 ranked Mexican Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-4, 20 KOs), 130, from the outset, badly floored him in the fifth, accelerated his persistent attack and finally decked him again to prompt the referee’s intervention at 0:55 of the ninth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was more lopsided than people had expected, as Miura maintained the pressure from the start and kept battering the breadbasket of Jardon, who desperately withstood the champ’s persistent attack. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 40-36 by all the judges, and after the eighth, 80-71 twice and 80-70, all in favor of the pugnacious champ.

The fatal ninth saw Miura swarm over the exhausted Mexican with a barrage of punches to have him down again, when the referee declared a well-received halt.

(More to come)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Shocker: Ex-WBA 105lb champ Miyazaki KO’d

By Joe Koizumi

Previously unbeaten ex-WBA minimum champ Ryo Miyazaki (20-1-3, 11 KOs), 108, engaged in a non-title bout after his latest relinquishment of the belt but suffered a shocking knockout defeat by WBA #6 minimum Thailander Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-2, 14 KOs), also 108, at 2:22 of the third round in a scheduled ten beneath the WBA light-fly title bout on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

His weight problem made Miyazaki renounce the WBA 105-pound belt and it was his first appearance since. It was ballyhooed as a tune-up bout prior to his next shot at any of world light-fly championships.

Miyazaki breathlessly made the contract weight of 108 pounds, but temporarily collapsed at the scale because of his dehydration. It was reported that Miyazaki didn’t have a good condition for this fight. (More to come)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Danny Williams defeated by Tomas Mrazek (9-45) in Prague

By Antonín Vavrda/Štefan Moravčík
Photos: Filip Škeřík

A great main event could be seen at the sold-out Lucerna Palace in Prague as the Czech heavyweight warrior Tomas Mrazek (9-45-6, 5 KOs) eventually managed to beat his more famous British opponent Danny Williams (45-20-0, 34 KOs) in a fiercely contested battle via a close split decision. Boxing in front of two thousand enthusiastic local fans, the 40-year old Williams began the bout in a crushing manner, showering his eight-year younger opponent Mrazek with a flurry of body punches. Mrazek, however, wasn’t rattled, as he began to work with his jab, leaving his rival simply standing in the center of the ring and eating them one by one.

In the beginning of the second, it seemed as if he was a bit wobbled by a jab from Williams to the body, but he managed to get out of trouble, handing his favored opponent a knockdown himself in the third (which, though, wasn’t a regular one, as the Briton simply slipped and then fell onto the ropes). (more…)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao credited his successful ring return in 2013 to diehard fans. More

Bolton boxing superstar Amir Khan had a memorable 2013 despite just one outing in the ring . . . More

Floyd Mayweather Sr. gave Pacquiao props for his return in November, but with Brandon Rios, he was less than impressed. More



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Mares II to be postponed

The rematch between WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and former champion Abner Mares scheduled for February 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles will reportedly be postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Mares. Gonzalez also sustained a hand injury in training. No new date as of yet.



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Khan says he’s signed to fight Mayweather, but if Floyd doesn’t commit he’s willing to face Pacquiao

Amir Khan told the UK’s Daily Mail that he has signed a contract to fight Floyd Mayweather and is waiting for Floyd. “I am the one who signed the contract, I’ve signed my part of the contract, they’ve not signed theirs,’ he said. ‘If he wants to fight Amir Khan then he should sign it…if he wants to face someone I’ve beaten (Maidana) then so be it.”

“I’d fight Manny,” he continued “Look, it’s business. We are friends and respect each other, but I would definitely consider the fight, and I am sure he would too.”



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Podgorski to ref first world title fight of 2014 on Friday night in Minneapolis

IBF officials have been named for Friday’s IBF jr. lightweight mandatory defense of champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) against unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The referee will be Pete Podgorski (Illinois), judges are Denny Nelson (Minnesota), Ricardo Ocasio (Nevada) and Gary Merritt (Indiana). IBF Supervisor is Hiawatha Knight.



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Who is Kazuto Ioka?

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBA light-flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, an unbeaten 24-year-old Japanese youngster, became a two-class world champ last December, and is one of the best boxers here along with WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama and WBC bantam kingpin Shinsuke Yamanaka in Japan where we currently possess nine male champs and six female titlists. It was in June 2012 that the baby face Kazuto, then WBC 105-pound champ, engaged in a unification bout with WBA counterpart Akira Yaegashi, a much more experienced compatriot, winning a close but unanimous verdict to unify the 105-pound belts to his credit.

Ioka then renounced both belts and acquired the second throne—the WBA 108-pound belt—by impressively halting Mexican Jose Rodriguez in six frames on the last day of the previous year. It was only in his eleventh pro bout that he remarkably registered an achievement. How has he climbed up to the top so quickly? (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Ricky Burns-Terence Crawford official for March 1st in Glasgow

By James Slater

It’s official: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his belt against unbeaten Terence Crawford on March 1st in Glasgow. Burns, who suffered a broken jaw in his last fight – a hugely controversial draw with Raymundo Beltran that took place in September – knows he has a point to prove against the 22-0 (16) Crawford.

“I have a point to prove,” Burns said. “I’ve had two bad performances, we’ve made a few changes and some adjustments, we’re going to be doing things differently, and fingers crossed we see a new Ricky Burns on March 1st. Everybody is writing me off again with Terence but that doesn’t bother me, I like being the underdog and I can’t wait to get back out there again in front of another great Glasgow crowd.”

Burns, 36-2-1 (11) says he “went into survival mode” against Beltran and didn’t even care about the decision such was the pain in his broken jaw. Crawford says Burns will “have to walk to hell and back” in the upcoming fight. (more…)



December 30th, 2013




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