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- Quigley-Doyle postponed due to cut
- Amanda Nunes: On the Road to Rousey
- More on Canelo's return to HBO
- Diablo: WBC belt will stay in Poland / Drozd: I never fought a man who hits so hard
- All Star Boxing, Golden Boy go to mediation in Canelo tortious interference case
- Abraham: I'm ready to defend my title
- Crawford-Beltran kickoff presser next week
- Rios-Castellanos moved from Oct 9 to Oct 10
- New Hatley opponent named
- Shindo has WBC female 112lb belt reinstated to defend it in Mexico
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto looked sharp during a media workout on Wednesday at the Everlast Lab in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Puerto Rican idol is putting the finishing touches on preparations for his eagerly-anticipated world title clash against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on Saturday at New York City’s Madison Square Garden live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
“Everything is ready for this Saturday and it’s only a matter for the bell to ring to put all this work and strategy to use in the ring,” said Cotto. “I know I have a strong challenge this Saturday and that’s why I worked so hard these last ten weeks. Preparation is the key to victories on the day of the fight and this will not be the exception. I hope provide a good show for all my fans.”
Cotto’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach added, “This second camp was much better than the first now that we know each other better and I believe that we’ve achieved everything we wanted to do for this fight. Miguel is strong, has plenty of experience in big fights and will come out with his arm raised.”
With WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin being elevated to super champion, Jarrod Fletcher will now face Daniel Jacobs for the WBA “regular” world title. “We’ve had Murray, Chudinov and now Golovkin all pull out of either contracted or mandated fights for their own reasons, fortunately Max Bursak and now Daniel Jacobs have both stepped up to take the challenge” Said Adam Wilcock from FightCard Promotions, manager of Fletcher. “Ultimately without the backing of HBO, Golovkin brings little to the table for Jarrod. Yes there’s the title there, and we wanted that opportunity for Jarrod. But we can’t force his camp to take the fight and they obviously have their own agenda for sidestepping Fletcher. The team around Golovkin are continually in the media saying they will fight anyone in the division, but here we have a boxer that’s been WBA top 5 for the last 15 months knocking on the door for that whole time and they keep avoiding us. Says everything I think. The WBA have been great in finding a workable solution to the problems and we look forward to seeing Jarrod crowned as the new WBA world champion.”
While the last details of date and venue are in the final stages of being put together, Fletcher will continue his full time training out of the Fortitude Gym in Brisbane under the watchful eye of head trainer Steve Deller.
The WBA has elevated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to “super champion” status and granted Golovkin’s request for an exception, allowing Golovkin to defend his title against Daniel Geale on HBO July 26. Golovkin had been previously ordered to face #2 Jarrod Fletcher.
Pound for pound king and two-division unified champion Floyd Mayweather has been forced to call off a UK visit scheduled for later this month after UK authorities refused to grant him a visa for unspecified reasons according to the Daily Mail. Mayweather was slated to make six appearances on his UK tour, including one in Amir Khan’s hometown of Bolton.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
It’s been more than a week since he fought WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) in Montreal, but Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) still hasn’t watched his 12-round bout with ‘Superman.’ “I plan to do this, but family, spending time with friends comes first. Stevenson is not going anywhere,” said ‘The Polish Prince’ talking to Fightnews.com in Chicago. Asked to rank best light heavyweights in the world, Fonfara rates Stevenson as #1, giving him a decisive nod in an expected clash with IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and also predicting Stevenson a winner in a tougher fight against WBO beltholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev.
Hasim Rahman 253 vs. Antz Nanzen 237.4
Alonzo Butler 296 vs. Brice Ritani-Coe 260
Kali Meehan 243 vs. Hunter Sam 230
Michael Sprott 247 vs. Martin Rogan 234
The “Super 8″ is a Prizefighter-style tournament taking place Wednesday night in Auckland, New Zealand. The winner of the tournament will collect $200,000, the runner-up receives $100,000, semi-finalists earn $30,000, and opening round losers bank $15,000. Fighters can receive bonuses for KOs, best fights and fight of the night.
By Karl Freitag
It didn’t take long for the fallout to hit after long time Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced he was leaving the company effective immediately. Shortly after, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN that Golden Boy Promotions will no longer be co-promoting Floyd Mayweather’s megafights. Ellerbe later tweeted “There’s many moving pieces that play an integral part in the success of any event, but ‘your people are your most valuable resource.'” For the last seven years, all of Floyd’s fights had been presented under Golden Boy’s promoter’s license and with Golden Boy’s team primarily handling the logistics.
Golden Boy did not issue a statement on the Schaefer situation, and there was nothing from Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya, who is normally quite active on Twitter. However, de la Hoya’s lawyer Bert Fields released a statement to the Los Angeles Times indicating that Schaefer is contractually bound to Golden Boy until 2018 and that contract will be enforced.
De la Hoya will be in Canastota, New York, this weekend for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Schaefer isn’t expected to attend.
Also See: Richard Schaefer’s official statement
By Brett Bonetti
Looks like former WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KO’s) will face Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3 -1, 26 KOs) in a possible WBA light middleweight title eliminator. The bout will likely take place at the StubHub Centre in Los Angeles in early August. Trout at present holds the WBA #7 world rating and Dawson is currently ranked WBA #13. Trout won his first 26 professional fights including a victory over Miguel Cotto, but has since lost his last two fights via unanimous decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara and is now looking to get back on track with a victory over Dawson. (more…)
Memories of former 60s fighter Ralph Dupas . . . More
Satisfied with his victory over George Groves, retirement is an option for Carl Froch. More
An unsatisfied Nonito Donaire wants a better, more convincing win. More
Carl Froch “unofficially” proposes to girlfriend Rachel Cordingly in the ring. More
Is James DeGale next in line for Froch? More
After scoring an impressive knockout over multi-division former world champion Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 Kos) last Saturday in Macau China, to defend his WBA featherweight belt for the second time, Jamaican Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) arrived in Panama along with his trainers and members of his managerial team.
“I’ll spend a few days at home before traveling with my father to Jamaica to celebrate this important victory with my many fans in the island but first will visit my manager Jacques Deschamps in Haiti who was unable to be in Macau with me in China,” said Walters, who recognizes Darchinyan as a tough opponent. “One thing is watching him on tape and another very different one facing him in the ring. He is fast, accurate and very strong and I have to recognize that his complicated style gave me problems to set my strategy in the early rounds.” (more…)
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Official Statement: “After more than ten years with Golden Boy, it is time to move on to the next chapter of my career. This decision has required a great deal of personal reflection, but ultimately I concluded that I have no choice but to leave. I have succeeded in banking and I have succeeded in boxing, and I look forward to the next opportunity. I am proud to remain a shareholder, so I have a strong interest in the continued success of the company. I am proud of what we have accomplished at Golden Boy, but I now look forward to new challenges.”
There will be no further comments at this time.
Carl Froch says his fantastic KO win over George Groves at Wembley Stadium connected by EE has still not sunk in – and The Cobra is urging British boxing to capitalize on its greatest night. Froch secured back to back wins over Groves and retained his WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles again with a stunning eighth round knockout, in front of 80,000 fans at the national stadium live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Nottingham star penned his finally fight diary entry in the Evening Standard today reflecting on the biggest night of his career, and confirming that while he will bide his time over his next step, he has the itch to go over to Las Vegas and sample the bright lights. “The support for the event was incredible, not just for me but for every fighter on the bill,” wrote Froch. “British boxing has been longing for a big night like that; there were some great fights and boxers on the undercard and I closed the show in dramatic, brutal and conclusive fashion – and I think there’s more to come from me and the sport. (more…)
Photos: Ed Mulholland / Top Rank
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez posed at the top of the Empire State Building Monday for their eagerly-anticipated world middleweight championship.
Earlier, Martinez worked out for the public at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square.
Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto-Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and is produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
TUF Smashes competitor Richie “Vas” Vaculik will be back in the Octagon on Saturday, June 28 when he faces UFC newcomer Roldan “The Executioner” Sangcha-an of the Philippines in a UFC Fight Night flyweight bout in Auckland, New Zealand . . . Click here for more
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The live fight event capping the premiere season of NUVOtv’s boxing competition television series “Knockout” will take place on Saturday at Casino Miami Jai-Alai in Miami, Florida. The fighters scheduled to fight during the event include:
Dennis Douglin (16-3, 10 KOs) vs. Charles Whittaker (40-15-2, 24 KOs) (10 Rounds)
Azea Augustama (16-1, 9 KOs) vs. Cory Cummings (17-5, 13 KOs) (8 Rounds)
Justin Mayweather Jones (1-0, 1 KOs) vs. Luis Garcia (1-1) (4 Rounds)
Ahmed Elbiali vs. Yuwshua Zadok (4 Rounds)
Idel Torriente vs. Jason Leon (4 Rounds)
By James Slater
According to The Liverpool Echo, 39-year-old Courtney Fry will challenge living legend and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr for the former multi-weight king’s lightly regarded WBU cruiserweight title in Latvia on July 26th. Fry’s manager, Neil Marsh told the publication that his fighter, a Londoner but based in Liverpool, will face the 45-year-old great in front of an expected 10,000 fans at the Skonto Stadium. According to James Toney’s FaceBook page, Toney, also aged 45, will fight Evgeny Orlov up at heavyweight on the same card. (more…)
Saad Muhammad’s funeral arrangements:
Thursday, June 5th
Enon (West) Tabernacle Baptist Church
230 W. Coulter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
By Ron Jackson
Ali Funeka the former SA junior lightweight and WBF junior welterweight champion knocked out Mzolisi Yoyo in the fourth round in East London at the weekend to add the SA junior welterweight title to his collection. Their clash for Yoyo’s title was the main bout of the tournament at the Orient Theatre, where five title fights took place. The taller Funeka improved his record to 34-4-3, including 28 wins inside the distance. He took control in the first round and knocked Yoyo down early in the fourth round. The champion beat the count but another right to the head sent him down again and out for the count. His record fell to 21-6, with 5 shortcut wins. (more…)
Dennis Hobson Promotions has announced that IBF #7 rated Lee Haskins will not be fighting IBF #6 Sergio Perales in an IBF world bantamweight title eliminator after the American pulled out injured. The pair were due to clash at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7, on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s IBF world title defense against Paul Butler. However, after the Texan injured a hand in training the contest has been forced off the bill.
“It’s disappointing,” explained promoter Dennis Hobson. “It’s a fight we were all looking forward to, and it would have been an excellent contest. Unfortunately though, Perales’ team have informed us of his injury and we haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement in time. Hopefully it’s a fight we can arrange again for a future show. The card is still top quality though. Hall versus Butler, Jon-Lewis Dickinson against Ovill Mckenzie, Bradley Saunders in his first title fight, and Dave Allen trading heavy blows with Larry Olubamiwo will all be great fights, and the rest of the card is shaping up into a fantastic evening of boxing.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Soliman
Newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman has WBA 160-pound champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in his sights after dethroning Felix Sturm in Germany on Saturday winning a clear decision by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 117-111. Soliman is confident he can now defeat Golovkin and has talked with Fightnews saying “Boxing is all about styles and I have the style to defeat Golovkin. Triple G Baby – here I come!
“I know all my friends will say ‘Sammy take it easy. You’ve got the title, don’t risk it against the big names’ but realistically I’ve only got another four or five fights and I want to test myself against the very best. That’s the way I’ve always been and I’m not going to change now that I’m world champion.
“I’m just so glad that this fight was shown in America because Golovkin will have seen it. Now he’ll know who he’s dealing with.” (more…)
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will conduct a public workout at 12:30PM at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square (234 West 42nd Street). The first 50 fans to buy a boxing glove at the Modell’s workout will get an autograph from Martínez. Also, fans who take a photo of Sergio working out and post it on Instagram or Twitter, will be eligible for a random drawing with the winner receiving a $100 Modell’s gift card from the champ.
Martinez defends his world title against Puerto Rico boxing icon Miguel Cotto on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, where there are still a few seats left, available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
By Dave Spencer
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Jelena Mrdjenovich is undeniably the Queen of Canadian, if not all of North American boxing. She headlines to packed houses in her hometown of Edmonton and fights up to four cards a year. She is a six time world champion and currently owns the WBC Featherweight World Title. Despite a willingness to fight, owning a recognized championship belt, and having the house to stage major fights, the 31-year-old is often frustrated as she tries to move forward in her so far stellar career. While she still retains the green belt, defending it has not been easy, her last 3 fights have been of the non-championship variety despite a willingness and eagerness to make fights happen.
“The fact of the matter is nobody wants to fight,” Mrdjenovich told Fightnews, “That’s where I’m disappointed and frustrated.”
So if the reigning royalty is disheartened and disappointed, where does that leave the mere bourgeoisie of the sport to ply their trade, hoping for at least some crumbs in a trickle down effect of boxing riches?
The answer? Not very far apparently. (more…)
By Robert Coster
On Felix Sturm’s side, the 35-year-old German boxer can claim the unlikely honor of having been the WBO, WBA and IBF world middleweight titleholder in successive fashion. Will Sturm now challenge for the WBC belt, the only one missing in his collection?
By Johnny B’
Gary Joseph Pliner (Chub’s) age 73, of Janesville Wisconsin, passed away Friday May 30, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Gary devoted much of his life to helping youth achieve their goals, through foster parenting troubled youth via amateur boxing. He was also one of the presidents in the early years of the International Boxing Organization (IBO). (more…)
WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (13-0-2, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Patrick Nielsen (22-1, 11 KOs) on Sunday night at the Mytishchi Arena in Moscow, Russia. Chudinov was the aggressor, often bulling Nielsen back into the ropes. Nielsen didn’t seem to have any answers for Chudinov’s strength and pressure, although he was never in any danger of being stopped. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-113.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian super featherweight champion Billel “Baby Face” Dib (14-1, 5 KOs) clearly outscored Brent Elliott (11-5-3) over twelve rounds to capture the interim WBO Oriental title at the Emporium Function Centre, Bankstown, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Scores Mick Heafey 118-110, Brian McMahon 118-110, Bernie McMahon 119-109. Dib’s suffered his his only loss to Dylan Sendeckyi in a 2012 Australian title bout but reversed that loss in 2013 to capture the national crown.
In main supporting bout, light middleweight Ahmed Dib (14-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Michael Dan (3-10-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds in NSW state title bout. Scores 77-75, 80-72, 78-75. (more…)
Boxing’s marketing men served up a dish with Froch-Groves rematch: More
Former heavyweight champ turned politician Vitali Klitschko goes to work in Kiev. More
Just how good was Carl Froch’s knockout punch? More
Froch-Groves II is proof that boxing captivates masses: More
Froch ponders big money Vegas fight after Groves victory. More
Froch’s knockout punch defines a legacy: More
David Haye planning September or October ring return. More
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Using a venue rarely seen for Tijuana boxing, sporadic promoter Round 13 Promotions gathered a solid audience at the Parque Morelos Palenque to enjoy live music, amateur fights and then a solid seven-bout fight card that maybe be the best of the year so far for the border city. The eight round main event between local super bantamweights Reynaldo “Rey” Russell (13-2-1, 6KO) and Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (7-3, 6KO) is without a doubt the best local fight of year. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Jim Wyatt
In many ways boxing is a game of chance. Doesn’t matter how much you prepare, some times events don’t go as planned. That never showed true for southern California promoter Bobby D. Presents this past Friday when two of their six fights planned fell out the week of the event. First, the opponent for local junior flyweight Amaris Quintana, Susana Uribe, went by the wayside when her trainer suffered a stroke on travel day. The second was when a fighter who was to face off against the popular Adrian Vargas did not pass one of his medical exams and was ruled unable to participate. Despite the streak of bad luck on one show, the worst suffered in thirty years by California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis, the show still must go on. It did with four all-action bouts that kept the respectable crowd inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Valley on the edge of their seats for most of the night. In the six-round main event, Tijuana’s Victor Capaceta (4-6-3, 2KO) took a razor thin split decision over the valiant “Smoking” Joe Perez (4-1-1, 3KO) of Chula Vista, CA, who suffered his first defeat. The bout was fought in the featherweight division. The all-out brawl was a rematch of their first war in November of last year in which they walked away with a draw. (more…)
Seven fighters joined UFC Brazil managing director Grace Tourinho at the UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo post-fight press conference: Antonio Cara de Sapato, Warlley Alves, Kevin Souza, Ricardo Abreu, Demian Maia, Marcos Rogerio de Lima, and headliner Stipe Miocic . . . Click here for more
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By James Slater
Having improved to 6-0(6) with a quick, 1st-round stoppage of Matt Legg on last night’s massive show at Wembley, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua is all set for his next pro outing. According to The Mail and other reports, Joshua will face former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion Matt Skelton on July 12th in Liverpool. Skelton, 28-8(23) was as durable as they come back in his best days, when he was beating Danny Williams and Michael Sprott, yet he is now aged 47 and has not won a fight since 2012. Loser of his last two, when he was stopped in a couple of rounds by David Price and then out-pointed by John McDermott, Skelton has not boxed since March of last year. The Skelton of 2008 or 2009 would likely have given Joshua a stern test, but these days, some think it’s doubtful “The Bedford Bear” can extend Joshua past the 2nd-round, something no-one has yet done at pro level.
Recent world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (30-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a first round KO over Mickael Vieira (14-4-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the WBO European belt, headlining SES Boxing’s innovative all heavyweight card before a crowd of 3,500 on Friday at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden, Germany. The bout ended suddenly after an exchange when Viera went down in pain holding his left arm. It was later diagnosed as a broken elbow.
In the co-feature, Steffen Kretschmann (18-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Özcan Cetincaya (21-9-2, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant International German belt. Kretschmann battered Cetincaya from the opening bell until it was waved off.
The four-man Prizefighter-style heavyweight tournament was won by 19-year-old Tom Schwartz (7-0, 5 KOs) with two first round TKOs. Schwartz needed just 90 seconds to smash Luke Filka (6-4, 5 KOs) in one semi, while Ante Verunica (2-1, 1 KO) outpointed Andre Bunga (1-2, 1 KO) in the other. Schwartz then thumped Verunica in the final in just 2:04. (more…)
Belgian Herve “HH” Hubeaux retained last night in Brussels his WBC Youth heavyweight title with a wide unanimous decision over Hungarian Tibor Balogh. It was a workmanlike performance by the local Hubeaux with his new trainer Saber Gasmi in the corner. Hubeaux’s technique and boxing skills seemed to have improved under Gasmi but he still lacks a lot of stamina as he faded from round 6 on and had to give away the final round. It was scored 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.
In the co-main even Sanae Jah won the EBU female light-flyweight title with an unanimous decision against Romanian Corina Carlescu. The visitor was the better boxer but was overwhelmed by the untidy local Jah who deserved the win.
IBF #6 jr welterweight “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy improved to 25-3-1, 12 KOs with a second round TKO over Pipino Cuevas Jr. (17-12, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Cuevas was deemed unable to continue after being knocked down. Time was 2:23. This makes three straight wins for Lundy, while Cuevas has now dropped four of his last five.
“I am ready for anyone,” said Lundy. “135 is where I want to be but if I have to go up to 140 or even 147, I don’t care, I want a world title belt around my waist.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Not since a fictional Chino killed Tony at the end of West Side Story has someone with that moniker shocked so many people.
Veteran and former world title contender Cosme “Chino” Rivera of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico shocked hundreds of partisan fans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC Saturday night by scoring a devastating ninth-round knockout over hometown hero and card promoter Ty Barnett. The bout was the main event on Barnett’s Top Flight Promotions card. The win was particularly upsetting to one attendee who attacked Rivera in the ring after the bout was over. (more…)
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