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Caballero, Gomez victorious at Fantasy Springs

Caballero, Gomez victorious at Fantasy Springs

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan – HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Former IBF bantamweight champion Randy Caballero, (23-0, 14 KOs), made ...

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Weights from México City

Weights from México City

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez Mariana Juárez 115 vs. Noemi Bosques 115 Juan Hernández 115 vs. Jesús Silvestre 115 Isaac Muñoz 225 vs. Cristian ...

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“Detroit Brawl” Weights

Detroit Brawl Weights

Weights and photos: Bob Ryder Junior Wright 200 vs Chris Stallworth 183.8 (Due to weight differential both will weigh again tomorrow) James Gordon Smith ...

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Weights from Fantasy Springs

Weights from Fantasy Springs

Photos: Andrew Yelich / Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Randy Caballero 124 vs. Ruben Garcia 122.8 Frankie Gomez 145 vs. Silverio Ortiz 144 Shane Mosley Jr ...

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Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Photos: James Luedde/Premier Boxing Champions Headlining in his first main event, 20-year-old unbeaten super welterweight Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) was ...

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Caballero, Gomez victorious at Fantasy

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Detroit Brawl Weights

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UFC

UFC 192 Fantasy Preview

Daniel Cormier will put his light heavyweight title on the line for the first time at UFC 192 when he faces perennial contender Alexander Gustafsson in the main event from Houston . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 2nd, 2015


Boxing News

Gushiken’s pupil Eto to face WBC 115lb Champ Cuadras in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Formerly WBA interim flyweight champ Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13 KOs), an elongated pupil of ex-WBA junior fly titlist Yoko Gushiken, will have a good opportunity to seize a world throne again as he will have an ambitious crack at the WBC super-fly belt against unbeaten Mexican Carlos Cuadras (33-0-1, 26 KOs) in Sendai city, Japan, on November 28. It was announced yesterday (Thursday) by Teiken Promotions and WOWOW Television. Koki, the eldest of three brothers (with Taiki and Shingo), 27, once acquired the WBA interim belt by upsetting Kompayak Porpramook via hairline decision thanks to a miraculously come-from-behind last-round knockdown in Thailand in August 2013, but forfeited the interim title to Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep by a twelfth round TKO also in Thailand in November that year. Since then, the thin man scored three wins all within the distance, winning the vacant OPBF 112-pound belt by finishing Filipino champ Arden Diale in the eighth canto to register a couple of successful defenses. Though standing nearly 5’8”, Koki isn’t a boxer but a puncher who loves recklessly swapping punches toe-to-toe with his opposition. The 60-year-old ex-champ and latest Hall of Famer, Gushiken eagerly wishes his pupil’s coronation, saying “I wish him to win the world belt for Okinawa as well as Japan.” Both Eto and Gushiken comes from Okinawa, a southern island that has often become a political issue. (more…)



October 2nd, 2015


Boxing News

Klitschko-Fury rescheduled for November 28th

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Tyson Fury on November 28 at ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf. Tickets keep their validity. Originally scheduled on October 24th the fight has been postponed due to an injury of Wladimir Klitschko. After a comprehensive medical examination, the champion has been given a green light today for the fight to proceed at the end of November.

“My injury will heal quickly enough for me to enter the ring on November 28. I will promptly continue my training camp preparations and, of course, I am very happy to still be fighting this year, especially for my fans who have already bought their tickets,” said Klitschko.



October 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Postol Camp out for revenge against Matthysse

Not only are the handlers of Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) looking to help their man claim the vacant WBC world super lightweight championship against Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs), they’re looking for REVENGE!

Postol’s manager Vadim Kornilov stated “This is a revenge fight for our team after Lucas defeated Ruslan Provodnikov earlier this year. We know he can brawl with Postol, and we will be ready for that. I think our team can be victorious because we will be prepared for whatever he has in the ring. He was afraid to brawl against Provodnikov, and we are going to force him to brawl on Saturday night.”

Marvin Somodio, assistant trainer for Freddie Roach, added “Freddie Roach is not here today so I’m still in charge. This is going to be the second time our team has faced Lucas (after facing him earlier this year on Provodnikov’s team). On Saturday night, we are not going to let Lucas win again.”



October 2nd, 2015


Boxing News

Stafford: Broner is at his weight class this time

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime


Adrien Broner isn’t talking before facing Khabib Allakhverdiev for the WBA super lightweight world title this Saturday in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. However, AB’s trainer Mike Stafford had some comments about the fight.

“Adrien is at his weight class this time,” said Stafford. “We have been fighting at 146 and 147, he’s had the title at 147, but now he is back at his weight. He is mean and lean. Adrien knows how important this is. He knows Khabib is a great former champion. We thank you for coming to our city. Not too many people would come into this situation.

“We thank our families and friends and without these guys wouldn’t be up here. These are a great bunch of guys. I am like a stand-in father to all of them and I appreciate you supporting them.”

Broner is looking to win a world title in a fourth weight division. He has previously held titles at super featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.



October 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Lopez-Roman to clash for WBA interim title

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Emmanuel “Pollo” Lopez (19-4-1, 8 KOs), the current interim super featherweight champion of the World Boxing Association, will defend his crown on October 24 against Miguel “Mickey” Roman (52-11, 39 KOs) in Mexico at a location to be determined in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa.

In the co-feature, lightweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (23-1, 21 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined.



October 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

McKenzie ready to cook up storm in Argentina

Photo: Frank Warren Promotions

Photo: Frank Warren Promotions


Underdog Ovill McKenzie aims to serve up an upset tonight in Argentina when he takes on IBF World Cruiserweight Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez for his title. McKenzie was only given eleven days notice for the fight after he replaced original opponent Yoan Pablo Hernandez, who was the IBF Champion, but was stripped of the title due to injury and Ramirez declared the new Champion. That is a luxury for some of the fights he has taken, but he is intent on derailing the Pampas hardman Ramirez.

The “Upsetter” has settled into his surroundings since arriving in Buenos Aires on Monday and, as always, is in perfect physical condition, weighing in yesterday some eight-plus pounds under the 200lb limit and ready for action at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club.

McKenzie, 36, even to stopped off at a local steakhouse to cook-up some famous Argentinean steak after the weigh-in and has promised to cut into Ramirez. (more…)



October 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Pedraza looking to upstage Broner on Saturday

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime


While three-division workd champion and hometown hero Adrien Broner’s battle against Khabib Allakhverdiev for the vacant WBA world super lightweight title is getting the lion’s share of the attention, undefeated IBF junior lightweight world champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) is aiming to steal the show when he makes his first defense against IBF #14-rated Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs) in the co-feature.

“We train hard all the time, we are in great shape and we prepare for every fight like the opponent is the champion,” said Pedraza. “Edner Cherry is a very experienced fighter. He is a strong guy and good puncher. I am in great shape and I’m ready to fight 12 rounds. This could very well be the toughest fight of my career. He hasn’t lost in seven years, but we are very prepared, studied the fight well and are ready to go come Saturday. My youth will play a huge part in this fight. I’m much younger than him and, without a doubt, I will win this fight. I can’t wait for the fans to watch this fight and if they can’t be here, then I hope they watch on Showtime. It will be a great fight.” (more…)



October 2nd, 2015

UFC

Fighters React as Jon Jones Looms Over 192

Jon Jones loomed large on Wednesday at UFC 192 Open Workouts as the top four fighters in the division he once conquered took center stage on day one of fight week . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Forty years after the Thrilla in Manila

Amir Khan reaffirms his home in Bolton

Pro boxing returns to Bendigo



October 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Philadelphia

Photo: Peltz Boxing Promotions

Photo: Peltz Boxing Promotions


Jason Sosa 130.6 vs. Jorge Pazos 129.7
Victor Vasquez 134 vs. Tyrell Samuel 132.9
Jerome Rodriguez 135.1 vs. Avery Sparrow 134.8
David Gonzales 141.6 vs. Ryan Belasco 140.8
Ismael Garcia 161.1 vs. Fred Jenkins, Jr. 163.6
Edgar Cortes 121.8 vs. Antonio Conigliaro 120.3
Albert Manuykan 137.4 vs. Scott Kelleher 139.4

Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing, Top Rank, Joe Hand Promotions
First Bout: 7pm, tickets available at $50 & $75



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Allakhverdiev: Broner is a scared nervous clown / Broner: I won’t do any interviews or talk

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Two days before Adrien Broner goes for his fourth world title in his hometown, Broner and his opponent Khabib Allakhverdiev participated in a final press conference Thursday at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Former three-division world champion Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) faces Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA super lightweight world title this Saturday on Showtime.

Adrien Broner: “I told you I wouldn’t do any interviews or talk. Nothing has changed. I just want to thank everyone for coming. I will be victorious on Saturday night, October 3.”

Khabib Allakhverdiev: “I don’t talk too much. I am ready to fight Saturday. He [Broner] is nervous. That’s why he’s acting like a clown. This is his hometown. It’s his last chance for a world title and he shows up late and makes it look like he’s joking around with everybody and doesn’t care. I’ve seen fighters do this before and it’s because he is scared. He knows what will happen on Saturday. He can clown around all he wants, but that won’t help him when we are in the ring. I feel great seeing him nervous. For me, this is just another fight and just another win and that’s what it will be. A win for me over this nervous clown. I am going to beat him in front of all his friends.”

Khabib’s promoter Vlad Hrunov: Why do we still not sell out if we are in your hometown? (more…)



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Matthysse-Postol Final Presser Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) and Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) faced off Thursday at the final press conference for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Lucas Matthysse: I’m very excited. Can’t wait. Very happy to come back to Carson, fighting at the StubHub. We worked very hard. We’re very well prepared and we’re coming. We’re coming like always to give war.

Viktor Postol: I’ve been waiting for the opportunity for a very long time. I’ve been getting ready for this fight like no other…I’ve had a great camp. Training in Hollywood for the last two years, I’ve sparred with Manny Pacquiao and many other great fighters coming out of the Wild Card Gym. I have all the experience now that a lot of people might underestimate. I’ve been in there with the best and I’m ready to fight the best.

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October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

LA Fight Club weights

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Patrick Teixeira 156 vs. Don Mouton 156.2
Zachary Ochoa 141.2 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 141
Antonio Gutierrez 156.8 vs. Victor Fonseca 159.4
Francisco Ochoa 132.6 vs. Isaac Avalos 131.8
Pablo Rubio 121.8 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 119.4
Joshua Franco 114.6 vs. Saul Hernandez 113.2
Abraham Lopez 139.6 vs. Andrew Gomez 139.6

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

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October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez, McKenzie make weight

IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Ramirez outweighed challenger Ovill McKenzie by more than eight-and-a-half pounds at the official weigh-in for their world title clash on Friday night in Benavides, Argentina.

Victor Ramirez 199.9 vs Ovill McKenzie 191.3
(IBF cruiserweight title)

Venue: Villa La Ñata Sporting Club in Benavídez, Argentina
TV: TyC, BoxNation



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Darchinyan returns Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF, WBC, WBA, IBO champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (40-8-1, 29 KOs) will be in action on Saturday against Mongkoichai Lookmuangkanch (12-4, 7 KOs) of Thailand over ten rounds at the Alexandria Basketball Stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australia. In the 39-year-old Darchinyan’s most ring appearance against Jesus Cuellar the Australian-based, Armenian-born Darchinyan suffered an eight round stoppage in a WBA featherweight challenge. (more…)



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Dunn-Douglin set for October 24

Star Boxing’s just-signed Zac Dunn (18-0, 15 KOs) will defend his IBO super middleweight world championship and put his unbeaten record on the line against Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin (19-4, 12 KOs) on October 24th at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, it was announced today by Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia.‎‎ The bout is the main event in the next installment of Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights series.‎ “This will be an action fight from the opening bell,” said DeGuardia. “Both fighters are crowd-pleasers with their propensity for the knockout. All but three of Zac’s wins have been by KO, and Douglin has won almost 60 percent of his fights via knockout. It’s a great fight for boxing enthusiasts.”‎‎



October 1st, 2015

UFC

It’s Time For Sage Northcutt

When UFC President Dana White first saw Sage Northcutt (an encounter featured on the pilot episode of Dana White: Looking for a Fight on UFC FIGHT PASS), he made fun of his surfer dude good looks and his tan. Yet by the time the Texan executed a double-leg slam takedown en route to a rear naked choke finish, White wasn’t laughing anymore . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Ex-champions collide: “Titere” Vazquez returns against Mendez

Former world champions Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (35-4, 13 KOs) and Argenis Mendez (22-3-1, 12 KOs) will meet in a 10-round lightweight clash Tuesday night on FS1 and FOX Deportes from The Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. A IBF lightweight champion, the 28-year-old Vazquez retained his title six times during his championship reign (all by decision) before losing a controversial split decision against Mickey Bey. He is currently rated IBF #5, WBA #6 and WBC #9. Mendez, who previously held the IBF super featherweight title, is rated IBF #11.

The October 6 event is headlined by undefeated power-puncher Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) squaring off against the exciting Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (23-1, 19 KOs) in a 12-round super middleweight clash.



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Randall Bailey media day in Korea

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Photo: Hyun Tae Bae

Former two-division world champion Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (45-8, 38 KOs) met with a large local group of media today in Seoul, Korea. The gathering took place at the AK Boxing Gym owned by Bailey’s promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions). Kim started on his current quest about a year ago to bring boxing back to Korea as it was in years past. His timing seems to be right on point as there is speculation of a multi-billion dollar project in development locally that could have a major positive impact on his plans for boxing in Korea.



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Pro boxing returns to Hyannis, Massachusetts

Professional boxing will return to Cape Cod for the second time this calendar year on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Barnstable High School. In the main event, Northeast heavyweight champion Jesse Barboza (10-1-1, 6 KOs) will put his title on the line in an eight-round fight against an opponent to be named at a later date. Barboza, a 2004 graduate of Barnstable High School and former team football captain, is excited about the opportunity to compete at his alma mater. (more…)



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez ready to defend IBF title against McKenzie

By Karl Freitag

IBF cruiserweight champion Víctor “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramírez (22-2, 17 KOs) makes the first defense of his belt against #14 rated Ovill McKenzie (25-12, 13 KOs) on tomorrow night at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club in Benavídez, Argentina. Ramirez was recently elevated from interim to full IBF champion when Yoan Pablo Hernandez was unable to defend the belt due to a string of injuries.

The 35-year-old McKenzie took the fight on short notice and will be fighting in a hostile arena. Ramirez is currently an 8:1 favorite, but beating the odds is nothing new for McKenzie, whose nickname is “The Upsetter.” He lost six of his first eleven pro bouts, then turned his career around to eventually become British and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion.



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Ozozco: This is the biggest fight of my career so far

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

For 27-year-old undefeated super lightweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15KO) his whole career, maybe his life, has been leading up to this Saturday night. Taking on grizzled veteran Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35KO) in the semi-main event to Lucas Matthysse vs Viktor Postol live on HBO, Orozco is more than aware the outcome of this fight will change his and his family’s life.

“This is the most important fight of my career to this point,” he said. “I have the mentality that it’s a make it or break it kind of fight.”

Unlike his opponent who traveled south and up to the mountains of central Mexico, Orozco, father of three, decided to stay in San Diego, California, for camp tweaking his team a bit but leaving the core, trainer Carlos Barragan Jr and Sr, intact. “We haven’t really added anything new, we have our strength and conditioning coach and I started working with a sports therapist mostly on post-training recovery. For example, after sparring, he gives me a rub-down, a massage and just helps me recuperate better and faster.” (more…)



October 1st, 2015

UFC

Homesick Rodriguez Focuses on Bright Future

Every day, Yair Rodriguez feels the distance that separates him from his family.

He’s homesick. Time and distance can do that to a 22-year-old kid living in another country, speaking another language, trying to assimilate to a new culture . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

WBC Francophone ratings as of Oct 2015

wbcfrancophone100The WBC Francophone title will be very active in the autumn and winter season with several title fights scheduled.

The full set of WBC Francophone ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.

ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS




October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Anthony Mundine chases just one more big fight

Aussie captures all-action video of two kangaroos boxing

The threat of concussions and boxing at military academies

Vijender Singh gets opponent for pro debut



October 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Allakhverdiev speaks, Broner silent at Cincinnati media workout

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) and Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) held a media workout at The Punch House in Cincinnati on Wednesday as they prepare for this Saturday’s WBA super lightweight world championship at U.S. Bank Arena. Allakhverdiev had the media all to himself as Broner continued his vow of silence.

Khabib Allakhverdiev: “I expect Broner to try to play his game, but we will play our game. The experience I gained after losing the title in my last fight [against Jesse Vargas] is that I really understand the opportunity that I am being given going into this fight. I am not worried about fighting in Broner’s hometown. I have fought many fighters in their own cities and it doesn’t bother me. On Saturday night, I will show the fans a great fight and come out with the victory.” (more…)



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Matthysse-Postol final media workout

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Just days ahead of his October 3 battle against Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship, Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout at The Rock Gym in Carson, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. He was joined by his promoter, the Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya along with co-main event fighter and former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico; and fighters featured on the non-televised undercard including former Lightweight World Title contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-2, 16 KOs) and Los Angeles fan-favorite Nick Arce (4-0, 4 KOs).

In the co-main event on Oct. 3, Soto will take on undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in a career defining 10-round super lightweight showdown. (more…)



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Gamboa looking to terminate contract with 50 Cent

By TMSports.com

Another huge blow to 50 Cent’s boxing promotion company — because the organization’s biggest boxing star, Yuriorkis Gamboa, officially wants out … TMZ Sports has learned. The former WBA and IBF featherweight champ says he’s had issues with SMS Promotions for months … claiming the company was contractually obligated to deliver 3 fights per year ever since he came on board in 2012 … but SMS has FAILED miserably. In fact, Gamboa only fought once in 2013, twice in 2014 … and has no fights in 2015.

It’s all outlined in court docs filed by Gamboa in Connecticut and obtained by TMZ Sports …in which Gamboa says his team contacted SMS to negotiate the termination of his contract earlier this year, but he got no response. Now, he wants a judge to force 50’s company to answer the phone and let Gamboa know if they’re gonna let him go … or try to deliver the fights.

It’s a far cry from what Gamboa said back in May — when he pledged to stick by 50 Cent after the company filed for bankruptcy. There’s more … another SMS fighter, Ryan Martin, has also filed docs claiming SMS failed him too … so he wants out. We reached out to 50 Cent for comment — so far, no word back.



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Former College Boxing Star Passes

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Jim Flood, who along with the late Terry Smith, won national amateur titles for Sacramento State during a 1956-1960 era when boxing was an NCAA sport on campuses, died Monday (Sept. 28) after an extended illness. He was 80. Former teammate Norm Tavalero said Flood, a two-time champion at 156 and 165 pounds in 1957-58, and Smith at 156 pounds in 1959, were local residents who became the pride of a nationally-ranked Hornets boxing program in California prior to brief pro careers. (more…)



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Peltz Boxing Celebrates 46th Year Anniversary

Photo: Peltz Boxing

Photo: Peltz Boxing


While preparing for Friday’s Puerto Rican Boxing Classic at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, promoter J Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall of Fame, class of 2004, recalls his start in boxing 46 years ago.

Today I celebrate – or perhaps observe – the 46th anniversary of my first fight as a boxing promoter. I could have waited another four years to write this story, but that seems like a long time from now and an even longer bet to reach that milestone.

I saw only a few minutes of my first boxing card. It was Sept. 30, 1969, at the Blue Horizon-not yet legendary-and I was busy in the box office with mom, selling tickets to the last of the 1,606 people we squeezed in there that night to watch middleweight Bennie Briscoe destroy Tito Marshall in their rematch. We actually turned people away that night and that’s something I would never do again. What was I thinking?

There was a miscommunication with the union that supplied the ticket sellers so when they failed to show, I hired mom-gratis, of course-and she helped to sell the tickets.

I was 22 years old, 15 months after graduating from Temple University and less than 30 days removed from working full-time on the sports staff at The Evening Bulletin. I had coveted the boxing beat at The Bulletin, but I got impatient when Jack Fried, the boxing writer, got an extension on his mandatory retirement at age 65 and I wasn’t about to hang around waiting for him to retire or, as dad would say, kick the bucket.

So I did what every 22-year-old college grad who was raised on the prestigious Main Line would do – I became a boxing promoter. (more…)



September 30th, 2015

UFC

Gustafsson Overcomes Setbacks For Title Shot

In the small hours of Jan. 25, Alexander Gustafsson walked out to a huge roar from 30,000 fans at the Tele 2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. It was an historic event for the UFC, the biggest ever in Europe and the promotion’s second biggest attendance to date . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Jacobs-Quillin is official for December 5

In a highly anticipated showdown between two Brooklyn favorites, WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) will take on former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) on December 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Showtime will televise.

Daniel Jacobs: “There is no doubt this is going to be one of the biggest fights Brooklyn has ever seen. Peter and I go back a long time, but this is business. I’m the champion and he’s the challenger. I’m going to do everything I can to win on December 5 and show the world that I’m the best Brooklyn has to offer.”

Peter Quillin: “The fans have waited a long time for this fight and now it’s finally here. I was back in the gym on Monday after my fight against [Michael] Zerafa preparing for December 5. I know there is so much at stake for me — a belt and Brooklyn bragging rights. It’s going to be a night to remember for me and for all of Brooklyn.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. ET.



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto arrives in Los Angeles for training camp

Photos: Hector Santos Guia/Roc Nation Sports/Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC
Video: Team Cotto/Roc Nation Sports

Reigning WBC middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) has arrived in Los Angeles to begin training camp at Wild Card Boxing Club with trainer Freddie Roach ahead of his Saturday, Nov. 21 pay-per-view showdown against former WBC and WBA super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) at The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Below is what Cotto and Roach had to say about the start of camp:

Miguel Cotto: “I am more than ready to get to work and am fully confident that the plan Freddie Roach has in place for our team is going to ensure that I am prepared to lock in this victory on November 21.”

Freddie Roach: “The energy at Wild Card is at an all-time high. Miguel is one of the hardest working men I know and he did not waste any time getting into the ring with me. I know that we have the tools we need for a successful training camp that will put Miguel in the best position possible to beat Canelo.”

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September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Broner: You have to learn from your mistakes

Video/Photo: Showtime

During a lengthy interview at HeadBangers Gym in Washington, D.C., former world champion Adrien Broner spoke candidly about his approach to the sport and learning from past mistakes. Broner faces Khabib Allakherdiev for the vacant WBA “regular” super lightweight world championship this Saturday live on Showtime from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

“You have to learn from your mistakes,” said Broner. “When you understand and you know why you’re losing, then you can fix it. This next half of my career I’m going to be the AB that’s about business and about boxing.”



September 30th, 2015




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