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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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Boxing News

Ruslan Chagaev aims to become heavyweight champion again with win over Oquendo this Sunday

By James Slater

Set to face “Fast” Fres Oquendo for the “regular” WBA heavyweight strap on July 6th, former “real” WBA boss Ruslan Chagaev says he is looking forward to ruling again at the age of 35. Still, the experienced southpaw with the 32-2-1(20) record says he expects a tricky night against Oquendo this coming Sunday in Grozny.

Chagaev, as translated by his manager Timur Dugazaev, had the following things to say:

What are you expecting from the fight with Oquendo, how much do you know about him?

“Fres Oquendo is a very experienced fighter. He has an odd style and he will use his experience to avoid getting hit too hard. But I think I’ll be able to find a way to deal with him.” (more…)



July 1st, 2014



Boxing News

Chilemba-Cummings added to Kovalev-Caparello

Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs), the 27 year old light heavyweight from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa will return to Atlantic City to face Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) as the co-feature of the August 2nd fight between fellow Main Events’ stablemate Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs). Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “This fight will not be televised in the United States, so we have a really nice light heavyweight double header exclusively for the fans in attendance at Revel on August 2nd. Issac Chilemba is a piece of our plan for the division and I’m excited to see what he can do against a big puncher like Cummings.”



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana II headed to Brooklyn?

Mayweather Promotions is in the final stages of receiving a promoter’s license from the New York State Athletic Commission according to an article by David Mayo at mlive.com. The company’s CEO Leonard Ellerbe would not confirm Floyd Mayweather’s revelation that Marcos Maidana would be Floyd’s next opponent or that the fight would land at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 13. Ellerbe also stated that Mayweather Promotions is now working with former Golden Boy COO Bruce Binkow, who was Richard Schaefer’s right hand man. Mayweather Promotions doesn’t have a promoter’s license in Nevada, the state in which Mayweather has fought exclusively since 2005.



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

HBO draws big numbers for Crawford-Gamboa

HBO Boxing scored again in the ratings Saturday night. Per Nielsen Media Research, Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa attracted an average audience of 1,208,000 viewers, making it the second most-watched bout on cable TV so far this year. The slugfest registered a peak viewership of 1,286,000 viewers. This event marked the first time Crawford headlined a fight card on HBO. He fought three times on the network in 2013.

The undercard fight of Matt Korobov vs. Jose Uzcategui – both making their HBO debut – registered 929,000 viewers. The fight peaked with 1,066,000 viewers.

HBO Boxing has now delivered the top eight performing fights on cable television for 2014.



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather says he’s fighting Maidana again on September 13; Maidana confirms talks

“September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana-Floyd Mayweather Part II,” Floyd said during a pre-BET Awards interview in Los Angeles. He added, “Then in May, I’m fighting in May, I’ll have a big surprise for y’all.”

Maidana has confirmed via Twitter that negotiations are underway.

Here is Floyd announcing the fight.



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Joshua: Skelton will test my chin in Liverpool

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua MBE expects the toughest test of his professional career on July 12 when he faces Matt Skelton at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Joshua has raced to 6-0 with all six wins coming inside the first two rounds and now the Olympic gold medal star steps into his first scheduled eight-round contest against the former British, European and Commonwealth champion and World title challenger. The 47-year-old Skelton (28-8, 23 KOs) has lost two straight against John McDermott and David Price. (more…)



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Promoter Joe DeGuardia

By Robert Coster

It has been a very special year for Star Boxing, the New York-based promotional company, with two world champions with national TV coverage. Star Boxing is on a roll with Chris Algieri’s upset victory over Ruslan Provodnikov and Demetrius Andrade, its other young champion, who appears destined to boxing stardom. Fightnews sat down with Star Boxing’s president and founder Joe DeGuardia who talked to us about the history of Star Boxing, from the difficult and humble beginnings of the company to its present success and what lays ahead. (more…)



July 1st, 2014

UFC

Alex Caceres: Making Every Second Count

You don’t often get what you ask for in this world. Yet Alex Caceres knows that if you don’t at least ask, you’ll really be left in the cold. So when he found out that top bantamweight contender Urijah Faber was looking for someone to fight on his week’s UFC 175 card in Las Vegas, he figured he had as much right as anyone to ask for the bout, given his five-fight Octagon unbeaten streak . . . More
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July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Tidbits from the WBA KO to Drugs card

By Robert Coster
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

The XXIX WBA “KO to Drugs” in Santo Domingo started at 6.30 PM on June 28th and finished at 4AM on May 29th, an almost 8 hour marathon with two world titles and five regional titles at stake. Manager Jacques Deschamps summed the feelings of many of those present. “The WBA overdid itself this time and should be congratulated. It was a mammoth effort and a great night of boxing.” For the local Dominican hosts, it was a mixed bag in terms of results. Local prospect Argenis Lopez failed to win the vacant WBA interim world title in the lightweight class against Colombian Darleys Perez but Dahianna Santana won the WBA female featherweight title. Young jr featherweight prospect Juan Carlos Pena was stopped by Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico in a violent battle but local bantamweight Norberto Jimenez outboxed tough Julio Escudero of Panama for the WBA Fedelatin crown. Fightnews got comments from some of the victors in Saturday’s night of boxing. (more…)



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Anthony Dirrell of Flint, Mich., gets a rematch with Sakio Bika. More

‘I’m not thinking about Nathan Cleverly, insists Tony Bellow. More

Floyd Mayweather gets dissed by Tiny at the BET Awards. More

Is it the hour for New Zealand’s Anthony Taylor? More



July 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC and Fox Sports terminate broadcasting agreements with Chael Sonnen

The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.
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July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Berchelt back in action Saturday

Lightweight prospect Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (22-1, 19 KOs) will be in action Saturday against Carlos Manuel Reyes (24-2-1, 16 KOs) in a ten round bout at the Auditorio de la Unidad Deportiva “Victor Cervera Pacheco” in Merida, Yukatan, Mexico. It will be Berchelt’s second fight since having his career derailed by a shock first round KO loss to Colombian Luis Eduardo Flores in March.

Berchelt stated, “I learned a lot from the defeat against the Colombian, far from having any effect on me, it has benefited me, it’s for the good…I would like a rematch soon, but if not, we’ll continue with the objective of being world champion.”



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Report: Heads roll at Golden Boy

ESPN is reporting that Golden Boy Promotions has terminated deputy COO Armando Gaytan, executive vice president Raul Jaimes and vice president of marketing Nicole Sparks. All were close with former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who left the company on bad terms in early June.



June 30th, 2014

UFC

Extra tickets to UFC Dublin announced

Extra tickets to The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC®) highly anticipated Dublin event are to go on sale Tuesday 1st July, following an unprecedented demand which saw the arena sell out in a matter of minutes . . . More
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June 30th, 2014

UFC

10 Reasons to Attend International Fight Week!

Have you ever experienced International Fight Week? Whether you have or not, the 2014 edition is sure to peak your interest. Where else can you meet all your favorite fighters, experience Las Vegas like never before, and be in town for the the two biggest events in one weekend in UFC history? We have everything you need to know about International Fight Week, so we hope to see you in Vegas! . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Late Results from Ontario, CA

Welterweight Artemio Reyes (22-2, 18 KOs) needed two rounds to dispatch Abraham Alvarez (16-5-1, 7 KOs) on Friday in the 10-round main event promoted by Southern California-based Thompson Boxing Promotions. Reyes dropped Alvarez three times. “I knew I hurt him in the first, the way he was wincing after taking a shot,” said Reyes, who fights out of nearby Riverside, Calif. and is trained by Joel Diaz. “My team and I never go in searching for a knockout, but if it presents itself early, like it did tonight, we’ll take it any day of the week.”

The co-main event featured junior welterweights Giovani Santillan (13-0, 7 KOs) topped Joaquin Chavez (7-14-3, 2 KOs) over eight by scores of 79-72, 78-73, 77-74).

Super bantamweight Danny Roman (9-2-1, 4 KOs) topped Jonathan Arellano (13-3-2, 3 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 79-71, 80-72 twice.



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

O.R. Promotions wins Narvaez-Orucuta purse bid

O.R. Promotions won today the purse bid for the fight between WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez and the #1 ranked Felipe Orucuta. Narvaez (42-1-2, 23 KOs) promoters, O.R. Promotions, represented by Sebastian Rivero, won the purse bid over All Star Boxing, represented by Felix “Tutico” Zabala, who offered $301,000. The minimum for the purse bid was $100,000. The purse bid was held at the WBO headquarters in San Juan and presided by WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel.

Narvaez, a former WBO flyweight champion with 16 defenses, is going to defend his 115lb belt for the 11th time against Orucuta (29-2, 24 KOs). These fighters previously met on May 25, 2013 and Narvaez won a split decision. The promoters proposed August 30 and September 6 in Argentina for the Narvaez-Orucuta fight.



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Caparello, DiBella discuss Aug 2 Kovalev clash

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Caparello

Australian 175 pounder Blake Caparello (18-0, 6 KOs) will clash with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) on August 2nd at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is confident he can upset the fearsome and heavy punching Florida-based Russian. Fightnews talks to Caparello and his American promoter Lou DiBella.

You are challenging WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. How are you feeling?

Blake: “Yeah feeling great and looking forward to the challenge. I want to thank my managers Sam Labruna and Brendan Bourke along with Promoter Lou DiBella and Ron Rizzo and the team from DBE for putting in the hard yards and getting me this title fight.” (more…)



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Notable boxing action this week

By Karl Freitag

While there is an abbreviated boxing schedule this week due to the World Cup and a holiday weekend in the U.S., there are still a number of interesting fights around the world we’ll have our eye on.

July 2 – Michael Farinas vs. Mark Davis
IBF junior lightweight title eliminator
Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut

July 4 – Michael Katsidis vs. Graham Earl
Rematch of the classic 2007 world title fight
Rumours International, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

July 5 – Joseph Parker vs. Brian Minto
Big step up in class for unbeaten heavyweight Parker
Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

July 6 – Ruslan Chagaev vs. Fres Oquendo
Vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title on the line
Ahmat Arena, Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Gamboa Notables & Quotables

By Bill Green

Fightnews: Congrats champ, we heard rumors all week on this being possibly your last fight at 135. You remain the WBO lightweight champ of the World. Will we see you next at 140?

Crawford: “I don’t know. I mean that’s mostly a decision for my management and team. We will just see how things materialize.”

Fightnews: Gamboa was very strong early, and his hand speed was a problem. At what point did you know you could hurt him and turn things around?

Crawford: “We trained extremely hard for this fight. I always believe in my skills. Adjusting to different styles is what we thought would work. We trained for different scenarios. We knew he would be tough. Basically, we just stuck to the game plan and were able to come out on top.” (more…)



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Charkey Ramon

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian Boxing Great Charkey Ramon was WBA #1 light middleweight in 1974. Charkey talks to Fightnews about fights with Englishman Pat Dwyer, Canada’s Donato Paduano, Frenchman Jacques Kechechian and Mexico’s Manual Fierro.



June 30th, 2014

UFC

Meet the Strawweights: Emily Kagan

“I’ve traveled a lot, I’ve been in groups with people who were petty and chose who they wanted to be friends with and who they didn’t,” said Emily Kagan. “I’ve been away from home a lot, and I’ve had a lot of experiences that allow me to be very flexible in new and uncomfortable experiences.” . . . More
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June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Glen Johnson TKO’d by world rated cruiser Makabu

WBC #3, WBA #2, WBO #9 cruiserweight contender Ilunga “Junior” Makabu (17-1, 16 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO against 45-year-old former world champion Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Hôtel de Kinshasa in Kinshasa, Congo. The bout was waved off with Makabu battering Johnson on the ropes. This was only the second time in the “Road Warrior’s” long career that he has been stopped, the first being 17 years ago against Bernard Hopkins.



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Graham Earl hits Australia for Katsidis rematch

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Lightweight Graham Earl (26-4, 12 KOs) touched down in Australia today ahead of his much anticipated rematch with former two-time WBO world champion, Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ (29-6, 24 KOs) on Friday night at Rumours International convention centre in Toowoomba. A fit and hardened Earl today declared “Its only days until I bring back bragging rights for the whole of England as I claim my victory that I should of had in 2007, when we traded blows before. Michael has said there will be no trilogy and he is correct when he says that, as once we box I will make it his last fight and retire him from boxing. This fight has been burning inside me ever since the last fight in 2007 and I’m determined to make this right.”

The pair originally met in 2007 in London when Katsidis stopped Earl in a five round war for the vacant WBO lightweight world interim championship. This will be the 35-year-old Earl’s first fight in five years.



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Suleymanov-Quevedo headline in Montebello

Former world ranked contender Khabir Suleymanov (16-4, 6 KOs) will look to rebound when he takes on tough Mexican veteran Daniel Quevedo (13-15-3, 8 KOs) July 18th at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The super bantamweight main event bout is scheduled for 6 rounds. The Southern California based Suleymanov fought valiently in his last bout dropping a decision to world ranked unbeaten Roman Morales this past March. James “Buddy” McGirt is training Suleymanov for this next bout. (more…)



June 30th, 2014




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