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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1) turned in a career best performance in winning ...

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan's ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in ...

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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May 1st, 2015


Boxing News

MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV debuts tonight with two title fights

truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively present the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV , a new live primetime boxing series debuting tonight at 10 p.m. ET from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with two scheduled matches.

The main event is a twelve round clash for the WBO lightweight world championship between Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs) of Japan and Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Mexico. Only Ao is eligible to win the title as Beltan was unable to make the lightweight limit. In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweights Mikael Zewski (26-0, 20 KOs) of Canada and Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) of Russia collide for the NABF championship.

The network’s presentation will feature the first-ever domestic use of “Spidercam” technology for a live boxing telecast, providing dynamic coverage of this new series. (more…)



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Germany

Photos: Team SES / C. Worsch

Dominic Bösel 173.9 vs. Norbert Dabrowski 172
(WBO intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Christina Hammer 157.75 vs. Kali Reis 155.5
(WBO female middleweight title)

Tom Schwarz 237 vs. Vaclav Pejsar TBA
Moritz Stahl 174.75 vs. Vaclav Polak 170.25
Tom Pahlmann 189.75 vs. Ralf Sawetzki 191
Adam Deines 192.25 vs. Patrick Linkert 188.7
Philipp Schuster 147 vs. Sven Köhler 146.75
Lucie Sedlackova 126.5 vs. Karina Kopinska 128

Venue: Sparkassen Arena in Jena, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: MDR

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May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Latest Mayweather Sr., Roach quotes

Photos: Will Hart/HBO

Photos: Will Hart/HBO


Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach, trainers for Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, respectively, met with the media Thursday to discuss Saturday’s welterweight championship showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao live on pay-per-view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Floyd Mayweather Sr: “To be honest with you, it’s not going to be much of a fight. This fight has already been won. We can beat Manny any day, any time, any year, any moment. Manny’s best performance was when he got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. I think it’s best for Floyd to choose what he wants to do at the end of the year. I think he should retire, because if he sticks around, somebody is going to get you sooner or later.”

Freddie Roach: “We’ve have trained so hard for this fight. This fight has two of the best fighters fighting each other. I’ve been training Manny for this fight for five years. We know all about him, we have covered all the bases. I think we have the winning formula to win this fight. If we were to lose to an undefeated fighter like this, there’s no shame in that. Floyd’s a good fighter, but he has picked his opponents. I don’t think he picked Manny. I think he was forced to take this fight. Manny was down to 143 pounds yesterday, so I told him to eat a good meal and then we will do a light workout later today. Tomorrow he will have breakfast in the morning and then get on the scale.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

WBC Francophone update

Hubeaux and Goles with WBC Francophone beltEarlier this month the first 2 WBC Francophone champions have been crowned.

First to be crowned was Hedi Slimani, who in a splendid battle stopped EBU-EU champion Samir Kasmi of France in the 12th and last round on april 11th in Lichtervelde, Belgium.

Herve “HH” Hubeaux demolished Marino Goles inside 1 round to win the vacant WBC Francophone heavyweight title last April 25 in Andenne, Belgium.

Next up is Bilal Laggoune who will face French Engin Karakaplan on May 31 in Aalst, Belgium for the vacant cruiserweight crown. Followed by Sebastien Madani of France who will have Islam Teffahi in the opposite corner for the vacant superwelterweight crown on June 20th in Rumilly, France.

Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the May ratings of the WBC Francophone championships.

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



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Ex-Olympic Gold Medalist Murata halts Ataide; ex-champ Yaegashi flattens Songsaenlek in two

By Joe Koizumi

Former Olympic middleweight gold medalist, WBC#7/IBF#12 Ryota Murata (7-0, 5 KOs), 161.75, scored his career-best stoppage over WBO#15 Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-2-1, 6 KOs), 161, from Brazil, over ten frames in the main event on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Murata returned his original peek-a-boo style with which he had gained the gold medal in London, and almost perfectly blocked Ataide’s busy combinations and retaliated with heavier punches to the face and the belly. Ataide accelerated his attack to have Murata on the defensive in the third and fourth, but the Japanese, five years his senior at 29, was patient enough to wait for openings to fight back with his powerful rights. Just after the fatal fifth started, Murata exploded a very strong right to the neck under the ear, dropping Ataide on the deck. The Brazilian was on the feet, but Murata furiously swarmed over him and decked him again with a fusillade of punches to have the referee Yuji Fukuchi declare a well-timed halt. It seems the best stoppage that Murata displayed after he began fighting in the paid ranks in August 2013.

Formerly two-class champ Akira Yaegashi (21-5, 11 KOs), 115, returned to ring warfare and showed a breath-taking TKO victory over Thailand’s Songsaenglek Phoswangym (18-12, 5 KOs), 115, at 2:05 of the second round. Yaegashi looked very sharp in countering the taller Thailander with a solid right to floor him in the closing seconds of the opening canto. Songsaenglek had a narrow escape, but the second session witnessed Yaegashi’s right cross over his left hand stretch him with a thud with the ref immediately calling a TKO without counting over the flattened pancake.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Miura stops Dib in three to keep WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Hard-punching southpaw Japanese, WBC super-feather champ Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22 KOs), 130, impressively kept his belt when he dropped ex-IBF feather titlist, WBC#6 Billy Dib (39-4-1NC), 130, from Australia, and halted him at 1:29 of the third round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Miura registered his fourth successful defense since he dethroned Mexican Gamaliel Diaz via ninth round TKO in April 2013. The slick-punching Dib, from the outset, utilized his shifty footwork to avert mixing it up with the Rocky Marciano stylist, and his strategy looked fine in the first two sessions as Miura failed to catch the elusive target.

Miura, however, positively kept stalking the Aussie footworker and finally pinned him to the ropes midway in round three, when he connected with a pulverizing southpaw left that bounced the face off and followed up with another vicious left to the face. Dib sank under the lowest ropes in the neutral corner and his face was almost out of the squared circle—on the apron. The Australian ex-champ barely raised himself up but couldn’t maintain his equilibrium, and the Panamanian referee Hector Afu (Panama) wisely declared a well-received halt then and there.

Miura, nicknamed “Bomber” here, showed his technical improvement while still kept his vaunted power punching, which proved too much for the Australian Billy the Kid.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
WBC supervisor: Bob Logist (Belgium).



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz: The fights the fans want, we’re going to give it to them

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


Undefeated WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) is looking to impress when he takes on unheralded Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight contest in the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV co-feature on Saturday night.

“I know that everybody is here for Mayweather and Pacquiao but there will still be millions seeing me fight and I want to show them who Leo Santa Cruz is so that I can get a lot more fans,” he told reporters on Thursday. “I’m still young and there are many more fights to come. The fights the fans want, we’re going to give it to them. I know those fights are going to happen. I want to look spectacular and I want to get Cayetano out of there really fast.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Lomachenko excited to show what he can do

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


Arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time with two Olympic gold medals and two Amateur world championships, 27-year-old WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) has quickly made his mark in the professional ranks. He will defend his world title for the second time against WBO #1 rated contender Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs) in the TV opener on the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV telecast on Saturday night.

“This is an opportunity to show everyone what I’m capable of doing and for millions of viewers to see that I can do it,” said Lomachenko. “The best fighters get the best opportunities in the ring, there are a lot of great fighters getting those opportunities including myself. It’s always a good feeling when people are saying good things about you. I’m very excited to be involved in a bout such as this one, May 2 will be a big show shown around the world. I’m very happy to be in the opening bout for this huge fight.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Gamalier Rodriguez: I will win, I’m sure of it!

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


WBO #1 rated featherweight Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs) is confident he’ll dethrone world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) when they meet in the TV opener on the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV telecast on Saturday night.

“I will win! I’m sure of it. I will be champion,” declared Rodriguez on Thursday. “All of the attention toward Vasyl Lomachenko gives me motivation. I’ve been a fighter and a boxer since I was young and it’s added motivation to come out on top this weekend. I know that Lomachenko is a good and technical fighter but it doesn’t compare to my hunger and drive to be world champion.

“I wanted to take the opportunity during my speech at the press conference to let everyone know that I came here to fight. It’s going to be a hard fought battle and I’m very confident that I’ll win and become the champion this Saturday.”



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Cayetano: I feel very strongly that I will win

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Coming off a bad loss to a fighter who lost three straight, the last place unheralded super bantamweight Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) expected to be is in the co-feature for the Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fight of the Century.” However, against all odds, Cayetano now finds himself matched against WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round non-title featherweight contest. “I’m very happy and very grateful and very excited to get into the ring. It’s a huge commitment, the entire world will be watching me but that is why I accepted the fight, I know that if I beat him, bigger and better opportunities will come my way,” Cayetano said Thursday.

“I’m not nervous because it’s not the first time that I’ve faced a tough opponent. I’ve never faced a world champion but I’ve faced opponents that throw hard punches, so I’m not nervous, I’m excited. I know that Leo Santa Cruz is a strong, difficult fighter but he also has weaknesses and that is what we prepared for, to give him a surprise…I’m a man that takes challenges and I’ve been preparing very hard. I’m always prepared for these types of fights. I’m very prepared and I feel very strongly that I will win.”



May 1st, 2015

UFC

Rumble not rattled by opponent switch

Outside of Jon Jones, no one was more interested and invested in finding out the fate of the now former UFC light heavyweight champion after his recent arrest in Albuquerque than the man who was supposed to fight him on May 23 in Las Vegas, Anthony Johnson . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT AUSTRALIA is live Saturday, May 9 on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Hunter headlines May 22 at Fantasy Springs

Kicking off the Memorial Day holiday weekend, super welterweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (20-3, 10 KOs) will return to the ring on Friday, May 22 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Hunter is scheduled to fight in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be announced shortly.

In the co-main event, unbeaten featherweight Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (17-0-1, 12 KOs) will face a yet to be named opponent in a 10-rounder. Tickets for the May 22 event are on sale now.

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will televise the Golden Boy Live event. For fans in attendance, former IBA and WBC world champion Mia “The Knockout” St. John will host special meet and greet at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center prior to the bouts from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m.



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Arum:Everybody’s” coming to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

HBO/Showtime launch legal action against illegal streams of MayPac

Gambling expected to be heavy for MayPac

Keys to victory for MayPac

Profile of boxing’s bad guy, Mayweather



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Meet Manny Pacquiao’s official artist

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While you’re in town for this weekend’s superfight, here’s another fight week special event to check out.

Jun Aquino, official artist for Manny Pacquiao, will be appearing live this weekend at the Fight Town Gallery located at 3623 Las Vegas Blvd. South #800 in Las Vegas.

For the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao taking place on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Aquino has created a vibrant limited edition print dramatically depicting both future Hall of Famers in action. There are only 50 prints available, which you can acquire in person at Fight Town’s Las Vegas store or online. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.

Click here for more details.



May 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Smith defeats McCalla, Theophane survives Montes

Two days before the much-anticipated welterweight unification title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the boxing weekend kicked off with a Mayweather Promotions card at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

In the main event, former world titleholder and hometown hero Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (27-7, 12 KOs) hammered out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Cecil McCalla (20-2, 7 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 98-92.

Light-welterweight Ashley Theophane (38-6-1, 11 KOs) scored a split decision over Mahonri Montes (29-5-1, 20 KOs). During round 10, the last round of the fight, Montes knocked down Theophane. Two judges scored 96-93 for Theophane and the last judge scored it 96-93 for Montes.



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Gesta and Molina battle to a draw

By David Robinett at ringside

In a spirited, back and forth contest, super lightweight Mercito Gesta, (28-1-2, 16 KOs), battled Carlos Molina, (17-2-2, 7 KOs), to a split decision draw in the main event of the FOX Sports 1 telecast Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Although the scores of the bout were widely divergent after the 95-95 scorecard, with one judge scoring the fight 98-92 for Molina and the other judge scoring the fight 96-94 for Gesta, all three scores could be considered legitimate, as Molina clearly landed the heavier punches while Gesta controlled long stretches of each round with his jab and quick combinations while keeping just out of Molina’s range, though less so as the fight wore on.

This was a proverbial crossroads fight, with the loser likely to be relegated to an afterthought in the division, and Molina in particular fought with great urgency, eschewing the traditional glove tap to start the fight with a quick left hook to Gesta’s head. Gesta, whose only loss came in an unsuccessful title challenge in 2012 to Miguel Vasquez, had most of his success standing in the center of the ring, darting in and out to land quick combinations before Molina could counter. However Molina, whose only losses were to Amir Khan and Adrian Broner, had some success timing Gesta coming in, particularly with his left hand, and clearly landed the heavier blows when the two combatants traded blows in the pocket. Gesta was able to limit the sustained combat in the early rounds but as the bout wore on the two fighters spent more time trading punches, which presumably secured the draw for Molina. (more…)



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Tino Avila

Golden Boy Promotions has announced that unbeaten super bantamweight Manuel “Tino” Avlia (16-0, 7 KOs) will now take on Erik Ruiz (13-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout on May 7 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. Ruiz replaces previously announced main event fighter Rolly Lunas, who had to withdraw from the fight due to a severe undisclosed injury.



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Ao makes weight, Beltran fails on two attempts

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Ray Beltran 136 vs. Takahiro Ao 134.8
(vacant WBO lightweight title)

Beltran returned to the scale and failed to make weight on his second attempt, weighing in at 135.4. As a result, only Ao will be eligible to win the vacant lightweight championship belt tomorrow. If Beltran is victorious, the title will remain vacant.

Mikael Zewski 146.8 vs. Konstantin Ponomarev 146.6
(NABF welterweight title)

Jessie Magdaleno 123.8 vs. Raul Hirales 126
Egor Mekhontsev 174.5 vs. Hakim Zoulikha 174
Vic Pasillas 122.6 vs. Marcello Gallardo 123.8
Abraham Lopez 139.4 vs. Alfonso Olivera 139

Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: truTV

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April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Mayweather undercard presser

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Great” Lomachenko and Gamalier Rodriguez of Puerto Rico pose during the press conference for the fights on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao.

Jesse Hart of Philadelphia, Pa. and Mike Jimenez pose during the press conference for the fight on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao.

Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

StubHub: Most expensive Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket sold so far is $40,955. No takers for the $351,005 tix.

Below are updated figures from StubHub regarding tickets sold for Saturday’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The highest current listed price (not yet sold) is $351,005, with $3,398 on the lower end.

The highest price anyone has actually paid for a #MayPac ticket is $40,955. The lowest price sold is $2,959.

4/30/15 2:00PM PST
948 listings
Average Price Sold: $6,200
Cheapest Available: $3,398
Geo: CA 17%, TX 11%, NY 9%, FL 7%, London 4%

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The average price ticket sold for tomorrow’s WEIGH-IN is $165, with all profits made by StubHub going to charity. Proceeds will be split evenly between Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (Pacquiao’s charity) and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation (Mayweather’s charity).



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar hopes Mayweather-Pacquiao is exciting

Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya has issued a statement on Mayweather vs. Pacquaio and Canelo vs. Kirkland over the next two weeks.

“The week around Cinco De Mayo will serve as perhaps the most exciting seven-day stretch in the great history of boxing, launching with the May 2 super-fight between the biggest stars of today and closing with the May 9 Texas battle featuring the biggest star of tomorrow, Canelo Alvarez. As for my May 2 prediction, my head says Mayweather, but my heart goes with Pacquiao. Whoever wins, my ultimate hope is that the fight is exciting for the millions of fans tuning in. They waited far too long for this match, and they deserve to see something dazzling in the ring. One week later, fans will get what they always get with Canelo — an action-packed fight against a fellow top contender in James Kirkland. I am hopeful and confident that this incredible week of boxing will attract a whole new wave of fans and catapult boxing back to a place of prominence among the world’s sports fans.”



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

WBO backs investigation of Haymon

“I’m in agreement with the ABC’s request to the US Attorney General to investigate Haymon,” said WBO president Paco Valcarcel on Thursday via Twitter. “The time is right to investigate him and all of us! The World Boxing Organization is willing to cooperate with any investigation of the US Attorney General for the betterment of the sport of boxing. As discussed in our WBO Convention in October, Ali Act should define the “advisor” figure and penalties increased to 5 years in prison/250k.”



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao’s mystery sponsor revealed

At Wednesday’s press conference, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hinted about a new mystery sponsor for Manny Pacquiao. Turns out that it’s electronics giant Samsung, which has been behind the scenes with Manny all week. The deal was negotiated by Lucia McKelvey, executive vice president of Top Rank.

The video below was captured with the Samsung Galaxy S 6 edge phone.

“I thought it was important for me to give the fans this access into my Fight Week life because they made this fight happen,” said Pacquiao. “They waited five years for this fight. I truly believe they willed this fight to happen. They deserve to see how I am preparing myself for an event that has captured the world’s attention. I am so grateful to Samsung for giving me this incredible technology so that I am able to share my experiences with the fans. It has really been a lot of fun.”



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather, Pacquiao predictions

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Photo: Naoki Fukuda


Just two days away from the “Fight of the Century. Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao meet Saturday in the most eagerly awaited showdown in years – and the richest fight in boxing history.

Floyd Mayweather: “This fight is about one fighter who is at the top fighting another fighter who is at the top. It’s about giving you guys excitement. We don’t know how this fight is going to play out, but I believe in my skills. I believe I am going to be victorious.”

Manny Pacquiao: “I don’t have a prediction, but I’m excited. I’m confident and I feel for the first time that I’m ready for the fight. I’m so happy because that feeling and that focus that I had many years ago, is back. I’m confident and relaxed.”



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Boesel, Hammer open workout

Photos: Sandra Krille/SES Boxing

It was an entertaining afternoon at the Goethe Gallery in downtown Jena, located in the east-central portion of Germany, as the fighters participating in Saturday’s SES boxing event engaged in an open workout.

First Adam Deines, Tom Pahlmann, Moritz Stahl and Tom Schwarz from Team Germany worked the pads with trainer Dirk Dzemski. Then came the featured fighters WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer and her challenger Kali Reis from Florida, followed by Nobert Dabrowski and WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel, who meet in the main event. More photos



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Ojeda-Meza Clay tops next-to-last FNF telecast

On Friday, May 15th, 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Universal Promotions, will present that week’s exciting edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. Headlining the card will be undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight Reynaldo Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) taking on longtime contender Monty Meza Clay (36-4, 22 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

In the co-feature bout of the evening, Connecticut’s own fast-rising and world-rated contender Luis Rosa (19-0, 9 KOs), who will put his undefeated record and world rating on the line an eight-round super bantamweight matchup. An opponent for Rosa will be announced very shortly.

The weekly ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecasts will end the following week with the Boxcino finals. Al Haymon’s PBC will begin a monthly boxing show on the flagship network ESPN starting on July 11.



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Miura to collide with Dib tomorrow; Murata to face Ataide

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBC super-featherweight champ Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), a Japanese southpaw hard-puncher, will square off against ex-IBF titlist Billy Dib (39-3-1NC), from Australia, to risk his belt tomorrow (Friday) at Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. Miura, 30, scaled in at the 130 pound class limit, as Dib, 29, did.

Former Olympic middleweight gold medalist, WBC#7/IBF#12 Ryota Murata (6-0, 4 KOs) will face WBO#15 Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-1-1, 6 KOs), from Brazil, over ten frames in the main event. Murata tipped the beam at 161.75 to 161 for Ataide.

This show will be presented by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions.



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Ouagadougou: Kabore and Fassinou at the scales

Kabore versus Fassinou
Today at the Ran hotel in Ouagadougou, WBC International super-bantamweight champion Alexis Boureima Kabore from Burkina Faso and his challenger Fatiou Fassinou from Benin both made weight.

Current WBC International Silver champion Fatiou Fassinou, 22-3-1/10, tipped the scales at 53,800kg while the defending WBC International full title holder Kabore, 24-1-0/6, was slightly heaver at 54,000kg

Undercard:
6rds, superlightweight: Sie Palenfo (Burkina Faso) 62,000 versus Ezekiel Afellah (Ghana), tba
8rds, lightheavyweight: Jules Kabore (Burkina Faso), 83,500 versus Kwabena Yaro (Ghana), 77,000
8rds, middleweight: Patrice Sou Toke (Burkina Faso), 71,000 versus Charles tetteh (Ghana), 70,000
8rds, lightheavyweight: Boniface Kabore (Burkina Faso), 78,500 versus Joe Saabah (Ghana), 76,000

The show will take place tomorrow at the palais des sports Ouaga 2000 of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Floyd Sr: Pacquiao can’t punch, I’m going to have Floyd walk him down

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


While Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has been making daily headlines, Floyd Mayweather’s trainer and father Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been less vocal. Senior didn’t speak during Wednesday’s final press conference, but he did get in a few digs afterward.

“Whatever happens on Saturday, it’s going to be one-sided,” said Mayweather Sr. “Pacquiao is going to sleep. I’m a trainer, I know what’s going on with fighters. Pacquiao doesn’t have it. Everybody can say what they want to say. I’ve said it before, Pacquiao can’t punch. I’m not worried about it. I’m going to have Floyd walk him down.”



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Roach: I think we will win a decision and outpoint this guy

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


“When this fight was announced, Manny’s training level went way up,” said Freddie Roach, trainer of Manny Pacquiao. “He’s really excited about this fight. I think we will win a decision and outpoint this guy. If the knockout comes then that will be a bonus.

“I think Manny likes to be the underdog. We like pulling upsets and doing things we’re not supposed to do. Manny is going to be that guy.

“We will put a lot of pressure on Floyd. Manny likes to exchange and with his hand speed, this fight will go in our favor. Manny is reckless, but that’s his style. He tries to win fights and people enjoy his fights. He gives it his all and sometimes you get knocked out, that’s part of boxing.”



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

4th annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction dinner honors Class of 2015 plus the late Joe Dwyer & Tony Mazzarella

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(Photo by Peter Frutkoff / Ring 8; Seated (L-R) – Lonnie Bradley, Bruce Silverglade, Tommy Gallagher, Joey Giambra and Saul Mamby;  Standing (L-R) Bob Duffy, Bob Miller and Harold Weston) More than 300 people attended this past Sunday afternoon’s fourth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. (more…)



April 30th, 2015

UFC

Urijah’s Fab Five

On May 16, the UFC will travel to the Philippines for the first time, and the fans in Manila couldn’t have a more appealing main event than the SuperFight between Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar. With the fight just around the corner, we revisit the fights that made “The California Kid” who he is today . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT AUSTRALIA is live Saturday, May 9 on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Filipino boxers try to follow Pacquiao’s path out of poverty

12 reasons why Mayweather will beat Pacquiao

12 things you didn’t know about Pacquiao

Filipino lawmakers flock to Vegas for Pacquiao fight

Bob Ware: The man in charge of Floyd’s hands



April 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Beltran poised for title shot

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Ray Beltran from Los Mochis, Mexico winds down training camp as he prepares to take on Takahiro Ao from Chiba, Japan in the main event, a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship , Friday, May 1st. truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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April 29th, 2015




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