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Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

Japanese genius Tanaka aims to win WBO 105lb belt in 5th pro bout

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ, 19-year-old prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO ...

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Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Martirosyan: I have to make sure Charlo fails the test

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Once-beaten world ranked super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday ...

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Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Jhonny: I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Current WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at the ...

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Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Bryant Jennings preparing for big transitions to come

Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot ...

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Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel Jr welterweight Nery "Pantera" Saguilan (32-4-1, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Boxing News

Moscatiello keeps Italian title

Italian welterweight champion Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (now 18-2-1, 13 KOs) retained his title with a TKO in round 10 against Riccardo Pintuaudi (now 9-1, 7 KOs) Friday night at the re-opening of historical, sold out Teatro Principe in Milan, Italy. It was a great non-stop action fight. Principe Boxing Events (Alessandro Cherchi) and OPI 2000 promoted the show with Rai Sport televising live in Italy.



December 6th, 2014



Boxing News

Masternak thwarts Mormeck

WBA #5 cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (33-2, 24 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority decision over former world champion and WBO #9, WBC #12, WBA #15 ranked Jean Marc Mormeck (37-6, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Scores were 98-92, 99-92, 95-95.



December 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Thunderdome IX: Full Report

By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson / Hitman Photograpy

“The Working Class Man” Vinnie Caruana successfully defended his WA State Light Heavyweight title with a third round stoppage over late sub Moses Ioelu in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IX tonight at the venue that is considered as one of the best in the world to view Boxing, Metro City in Perth Australia.

Caruana looked as if he wanted to stop Ioelu early going after his opponent and landing some good shots, but also looked rash at times as he was flirting with danger and was caught on the counter punch which frustrated trainers Angelo Hyder and “Sugar” Caine Melbourne. (more…)



December 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Hurd still unbeaten

By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History

In the main event at Harrah’s Chester (PA), middleweight Jarrett Hurd, Accokeek, MD, remained undefeated (14-0, 8 KOs) with a 6-round majority decision over Emmanuel Sanchez (5-2, 1KO) of Laredo, TX. The scores were 57-57, 59-55 and 58-56.



December 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scales

Elton Dharry 118 vs. Jose Rios 118
(IBF Inter-Continental bantamweight title)
Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis 248 vs. Carlette “The Truth” Ewell 227.6
(IBO World female heavyweight title)
Dean “Bad Newz” Burrell 137 vs. TBA
Scott “Bang Bang” Burrell 139.6 vs. TBA
Sidney McCow 136 vs. Justin Gogulski 134.6

Promoters: B.O.S.E. Promotions in association with Elton Dharry Promotions
Venue: L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Monterrey

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Arely Muciño 111.75 vs Shindo Go 110.25

Adrian Estrella 130 vs Edwin Lopez 130
WBC super featherweight international title

Miguel Román 136 vs Ricardo Castillo 134.20
Óscar Molina 153 vs Adrián Torres153
Abdiel Ramírez 146 vs Ismael Segovia 144.50
Jairo López 135 vs Randy Lozano 134

TV: Televisa
Venue: Arena Jose Sulaiman in Monterrey
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo

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December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Ewell vs. Lamonakis for the female heavyweight crown

The moment of “Truth” will come Saturday, December 6th for Carlette “The Truth” Ewell (15-7-1, 9 KOs) when she looks for revenge during her rematch with Sonya “The Scholar Lamonakis (9-1-2, 1 KO) for the vacant IBO female heavyweight title on the paradise island of Sint Maarten.

In January 2012, Ewell fought Lamonakis to a draw at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. That was the last fight for Ewell and now – almost three years later – she is glad that her return to the ring is against Lamonakis.

“Whether it comes by knockout, or it goes the distance, I want my revenge and the title,” declared Ewell. (more…)



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Glendale, CA

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Jose Felix Jr 135.5 vs. Luis Solis 136
Brian Viloria 112.4 vs. Armando Vasquez 111.2
Esquiva Falcao 157.8 vs. Lanny Dardar 157.2
Danny Valdivia 154 vs. Tolutomi Agunbiade 153.4
Daniel Franco 127.2 vs. Cesar Martinez 127.4
Saul Rodriguez 132 vs. Juan Solis 131.8
Danny Ruiz-137.4 vs. Gloferson Ortizo 139
Samuel Garcia 146.6 vs. Arnold Barbosa 145.8
Jose Mejia 157.8 vs. Cem Kilic 160

Venue: Glendale Civic Auditorium, Glendale, CA
Promoter: Top Rank/Bash Boxing
TV: UniMas

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December 5th, 2014

UFC

UFC 181 at the scales

UFC 181, which is headlined by the UFC welterweight championship bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler and the UFC lightweight championship bout between Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Robbie Lawler (170) vs. Johny Hendricks (170)

UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Anthony Pettis (154.5)

PAY-PER-VIEW MAIN CARD
Travis Browne (243) vs. Brendan Schaub (244)
Anthony Hamilton (256) vs. Todd Duffee (236.5)
Abel Trujillo (156) vs. Tony Ferguson (156)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Urijah Faber (135.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (135)
Josh Samman (185.5) vs. Eddie Gordon (185.5)
Corey Anderson (204.5) vs. Justin Jones (204.5)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (135.5) vs. Raquel Pennington (136)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Matt Hobar (136) vs. Sergio Pettis (135)
Clay Collard (146) vs. Alex White (145.5)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Montreal

Photo: Interbox

Photo: Interbox


Jean Pascal 179.6 vs. Roberto Bolonti 179
Schiller Hyppolite 168.7 vs. Norbert Nemesapati 167.6
Joel Diaz, Jr. 129.7 vs. Pedro Navarrete 129.5
Steven Butler 151.7 vs. Lyes Chaibi 149.6
Yves Ulysse, Jr. 143.8 vs. Lukasz Janik 145
Bogdan Dinu 237.6 vs. Mikael Vieira 227
David Theroux 141.7 vs. Maurycy Gojko 141.4

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Promoter: Interbox
TV: PPV

Note: Roy Jones Jr. had to break up an intense staredown between Pascal and Bolonti.



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Final Presser for Lemieux vs Rosado

By Jerry Glick
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Golden Boy and Gary Shaw Productions held the final press conference on Thursday at the show’s venue, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Thursday. The main event pits hard hitting David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) against rugged “King” Gabriel Rosado, (21-8, 13 KOs), in what looks like an action packed, fan favorite fight for Lemieux’s NABF Middleweight belt.

The well stocked show which includes Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (21-0,11 KOs) facing James “The King” De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup, and Thomas “El Frances” Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) squaring off with “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant NABF and NABA Junior Welterweight Titles. Also on the show but not televised is rising star Zachary Ochoa (8-0, 4 KOs) who puts his unbeaten record on the line in a six-round super lightweight bout against Puerto Rico’s Jose Miguel Castro (4-1, 2 KOs), plus more.

The three top fights will be telecast on HBO After Dark on Saturday, the sixth. No matter who wins in the main event, the fans are sure to win because Lemieux has the kick of a horse in his fists, and Rosado has a granite chin.

Lemieux appeared calm and confident, while Rosado, was intense, confident, but intense at the final press conference. Rosado’s veteran trainer, Jesse Reed said, “training went exceptionally well. Gabe is very coachable. He’s at a stage in his career where he’s fought all the tough guys and now he’s stepping up and showing his experience.” (more…)



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Kennedy Cunningham Heart Transplant Successful

At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, heavyweight contender and former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham and his wife Livvy were overjoyed this morning to receive the news that their 9 year old daughter Kennedy’s heart transplant surgery was a success. The fearless Kennedy went into surgery around 3:00am. Kennedy’s pre-surgery comment was, “When the clock says it’s about to be fight time, you need to pack up and go. It’s about to be fight time right now.” Kennedy has emerged as the champion in this fight! At 7:30am, the surgeon, Dr. Victor Morell reported that the heart was placed and beating. About an hour and a half later Dr Morell confirmed the surgery went well and the risk factors they were concerned with ended up not being issues at all. The Cunningham’s feel incredibly blessed.

Steve and Livvy issued this statement: “We are so happy to share that early this morning our daughter Kennedy received the gift of life. She received her new heart and is doing very well. This day is so very special to us and the promise of a better and longer life for our daughter trumps any victory boxing could ever give us. This is the ultimate championship right here. We would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support. And most importantly we send our sincere condolences to the donor family that through their extraordinary selflessness made this day possible for our daughter. We are forever grateful!”

(more…)



December 5th, 2014

UFC

Todd Duffee: Restarting a Career Once Thought to be Over

For many athletes, when their career ends is a personal choice. They sit down with their family and survey the landscape, weighing out options and considering factors like age, health and opportunity while struggling to understand that though the competitive fire still burns, it’s not putting out as much heat as it once did . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Browne targets Chisora

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC #5,WBA #5,IBF #7 Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) calls out to former world heavyweight challenger Derrick Chisora to fight him in England in early 2015 and promoted by Frank Warren. Browne also calls out WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev to defend the championship against him. Lucas Browne will be attending the WBC convention that will be held at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas beginning December 12th.



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Brooklyn, New York

Photos: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

David Lemieux 160 vs Gabriel Rosado 159.5
Hugo Centeno Jr. 159.4 vs James De La Rosa 159.8
Thomas Dulorme 139 vs Hank Lundy 140
Eddie Gomez 149.4 vs James Winchester 150.8
Zachary Ochoa 141 vs Jose Miguel Castro 138.4
John Karl Sosa 144.6 vs Jason Thompson 144.8
D’Mitrius Ballard 170.6 vs Tyson Burris 170.4
Lamont Roach Jr. 132.8 vs Alexander Charneco 134

TV: HBO Boxing After Dark
Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions

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December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Oldenburg, Germany

Jürgen Brähmer 173.3 vs Pawel Glazewski 173.3
WBA Light Heavyweight World Title

Karim Merroudj 152.6 vs Jack Culcay 153.9
European Light Middleweight Title

Stjepan Bozic 166.5 vs Tyron Zeuge 167.8
IBF International Super Middleweight Title

Venue: EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Chester, Pennsylvania

Jarrett Hurd 158 vs Emmanuel Sanchez TBA
Omar Douglas 133 vs Osnel Charles 134.5
Milton Santiago Jr. 140.5 vs Travis Thompson 139.5
Caleb Plant 162 vs Darryl Gardner 159.5
Stephen Fulton 124 vs Benjamin Burgos 122.5
Earl Newman 184.5 vs Jade Ealy TBA

Venue: Harrahs Philadelphia
Promoters: King’s Promotions & XFE



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Ward: I will stop Hughes late

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

Martin J. Ward believes he’ll have too much for Maxi Hughes to handle when the pair meet in a British Super Featherweight title eliminator tomorrow night at York Hall, Bethnal Green, live on Sky Sports.

Unbeaten Ward faces the Rossington man at the east London boxing mecca and while he rates his 24 year old opponent, he expects to overpower ‘Maximus’ in the later rounds as he faces his first southpaw in the paid ranks.

“He is an all-round pretty sound pro but he doesn’t have what I have got and I believe I have more than enough in the tank to beat him,” said Ward, who scaled 9st 3 ½lbs today, as did Hughes. (more…)



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Bedak and Pianeta go for WBO Euro titles in Budapest

WBO #3 super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (22-1) will defend his WBO European title against Ruslan Berchuk (10-4). Berchuk is coming off an impressive win versus Raugh Aghayev who held a 14-1
record previous to the fight. Also in action is WBO #9 heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (30-1), who suffered his only loss at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko, who will meet tough Croatian Ivica Bacurin (18-6) for the vacant WBO European title.

The undercard will feature an interesting fight between former IBO world champion Attila Kovacs (34-4) versus rugged Swede Karlo Tabaghua (18-3), and we will see 3-0 Olympian cruiserweight Imre Szello and featherweight prospect Robert Laki (6-0) in separate bouts.

The event will be on Saturday in Budapest and will be televised by Hungarian M1 and German SAT1.



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Laid back press conference for Pascal-Bolonti

Jean Pascal did not get into a war of words with his opponent at Thursday’s press conference in Montreal, two days ahead of his bout against Roberto Bolonti. The 32-year-old Laval resident chose instead to praise the 35-year-old boxer from Argentina, whom he will fight Saturday at the Bell Centre, during a gala presented by InterBox that will feature eight bouts – including one to be shown on a giant screen.

Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO) said that Bolonti (35-3-0, 24 KO) will represent a greater challenge than Donovan George, the opponent he was initially set to face. Bolonti was available because he was supposed to fight Lucian Bute, who had to bow out because of a back injury.”Bolonti has been training for three months, he’s well prepared, contrary to Donovan George, who suffered a slight hand injury in his last fight, and might not have been able to do 10 rounds,” said Pascal, who added that Bolonti’s 35 wins, along with his 12-round performance against WBA world champion Juergen Braehmer in a loss by unanimous decision, on June 7, are proof that the veteran boxer from Argentina “has stamina” and “is coming here to go the distance.”

Pascal has a reputation for trashtalking, but he chose a laidback approach for Thursday’s press conference held at the Bell Centre La Cage aux Sports restaurant. “Everything in its time,” said Pascal when asked about it in a media scrum. “People think I’m unpredictable, but my strategies all well-planned with my sports psychologist. There hasn’t been any battle of wills for this fight, so there’s no point in trying to intimidate my opponent. We have another plan for him.” (more…)



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Hidrogo dominates Escudero in Panama

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By Hector Villareal

Israel “Ricky Hatton” Hidrogo (10-4-1, 2 KOs) won a unnanimous decision over Julio “Kikiriki” Escudero (15-5-1) to claim the National super flyweight championship in the main event of a 7 fights boxing card Thursday night at Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall in Panama City, Panama. Two of the scorecards were 77-74 and the other one 79-73.

Also lightweight Juan “El Olimpico” Huertas (8-1, 7 KOs) scored a brutal KO over Aurelio Acosta (3-6-1, 2 KOs).



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Usyk returns December 13th

Photos: K2 Promotions Ukraine

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Oleksandr Usyk (5-0, 5 KOs) makes his sixth pro start against South African veteran Danie Venter (19-6-0 14 KOs) on Saturday, December 13th at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.

Standing 6’3” tall, the heavy hitting Usyk sparred for two weeks leading up to this fight with former multiple time world title challenger Ola Afolabi in preparation for the 10-rounder to be contested for the World Boxing Organization’s Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title.

He is currently ranked #7 by the WBO sanctioning body.

Usyk is returning to action following a seventh round knockout of Daniel Bruwer (24-6-1, 21 KOs) on October 4th before a massive crowd at the Arena Stadium in Lviv, Ukraine. (more…)



December 5th, 2014

UFC

The Strawweights are coming: 6 set for TUF 20 finale

A Champion Will Be Crowned card at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, December 12 now has six exciting strawweight bouts filling the undercard, with 11 of the 12 combatants hailing from the 20th season of the reality show . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Video: IBHOF Announces 2015 Class of Inductees

By Boxing Bob Newman

IBHOF director Ed Brophy held a press conference today to announce the class of 2015 inductees. Headlining the living boxers were Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, “Prince” Naseem Hamed (all Modern category), Yoko Gushiken (Old Timer). Other living inductees include referee Steve Smoger (Non-participant). manager Rafael Mendoza (Non-participant), broadcaster Jim Lampley (Observer), and editor/journalist Nigel Collins (Observer). The posthumous inductees include former champs Masao Ohba (Old timer) and Ken Overlin (Old timer) and publicist John F.X. Condon (Non-participant).



December 5th, 2014

Boxing News

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December 5th, 2014

Boxing Result

Sanchez defeats Paredes, Tomlinson stops Zamudio

By Felipe Leon

In a technical super middleweight ten rounder, Fairfield, CA’s Alan Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a late last round knockdown to solidify his unanimous decision over Ed “The Lion” Paredes (35-5-1, 23 KOs) in the main event.

Early on both fighters looked for their spots with Sanchez scoring from the outside utilizing his longer reach. It wasn’t until the second half of the fight that things began to heat up as Sanchez began to score more easily and often as Paredes quickly was deteriorating. Paredes did have something left in the tank when he scored a hard right hand that shook up Sanchez in the the ninth and forced him to hold. Sanchez survived the round and near the end of the tenth and final round scored a hard left hook flush to the face of Paredes while his back was against the ropes. Paredes was hurt but was able to survive until the final bell.

After ten rounds of action, judges Jose Cobian and Alejandro Rochin both had it the same with scores of 98-91 while Tony Crebs saw it 97-92.

This card was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Promotions, Paco Presents and Jorge Marron Productions fight card at the Bing Crosby Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds just north of San Diego, CA. The fight was broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. (more…)



December 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley: Chaves is a really dirty fighter

Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. (31-1, 12 KOs) hosted an international media conference call today to discuss his eagerly-anticipated return to the ring. Bradley will face one-time interim welterweight champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves in a 12-round welterweight clash on December 13 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Timothy Bradley: I learned a lot in that Manny Pacquiao fight. I learned I need to be myself in there…I’m sure Diego Chaves is primed and ready to beat me. I’m excited about this opportunity.

[His opinion of Chaves] He’s a dirty fighter man. In the beginning I didn’t think he was, but then I went back and I started watching film on him. He’s a really dirty fighter. Throwing elbows, trying to scrape the eyes with the gloves, pushing down on the head. He does a lot of dirty tactics. Guess what? He hates getting hit to the body. So when I get in close on him I’m going to expect the rough house tactics. Hopefully we’ve got a great ref in there that’s gonna be able to take control. I’m ready for that dirty stuff, I’ve got some dirty tricks of my own and everybody knows what it is. Bring it man, bring it.



December 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Showtime quadrupleheader finalized for Dec 20

Goossen Promotions has announced its return to the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash., on Saturday, Dec. 20 with Little Creek Brawl VI, a Showtime Boxing on SHO Extreme. The late-addition to the 2014 boxing calendar – and the fourth and final of back-to-back SHOWTIME boxing telecasts on consecutive weekends – will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast. Little Creek Brawl VI is headlined by a 12-round battle featuring World Boxing Association (WBA) interim featherweight champion Jesus Andres “El Jinete” Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-4-4, 15 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico

In the co-feature, Anthony Peterson (34-1, 22 KOs) of Washington, D.C., will take on Chicago’s Yakubu “The Black Mamba” Amidu (19-5-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout. World-class prospect Julian “J Rock” Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs), of Philadelphia, will face Torreon, Mexico veteran Edgar “Nene” Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight clash. In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated Julius “The Chef” Jackson (18-0, 14 KOs)of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, will battle once-beaten Jonathan Nelson (20-1, 10 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a 10-round super middleweight attraction. (more…)



December 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Monroe-Vera meet January 16 on ESPN2

On Friday night, January 16, 2015, Willie Monroe Jr. will defend his NABA and NABO Middleweight titles when he takes on Bryan Vera as part of an ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Monroe of Rochester, New York has a record of 18-1 with 6 knockouts and is riding an 8-fight win streak. He is currently ranked number-3 by the WBA and number-7 by the WBO. He catapulted up the rankings on the strength of his Boxcino tournament win where he defeated Donatas Bondorovas, previously undefeated Vitalii Kopylenko and in the finals he won a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Brandon Adams in a bout that took place on May 23, 2014 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino.

“This fight is a step up,” said Monroe. “I have a lot of respect for Bryan Vera. Vera has fought a lot of top contenders. A fight like this will show the boxing world that I belong at the top of the middleweight division.” (more…)



December 4th, 2014

Boxing News

IBHOF 2015 inductees named

By Boxing Bob Newman

The International Boxing Hall of Fame held a press conference today to announce their class of 2015 inductees. IBHOF director Ed Brophy kicked off the presser at 1 p.m. on the IBHOF grounds in the pavilion. The list of inductees in the various categories were as follows:

MODERN:
Riddick Bowe
Naseem Hamed
Ray Mancini

OLD TIMER:
Yoko Gushiken
Masao Oba
Ken Overlin

NON-PARTICIPANT:
John F.X. Condon (Publicist)
Rafael Mendoza (Manager)
Steve Smoger (Referee)

OBSERVER:
Nigel Collins (Editor/Journalist)
Jim Lampley (Broadcaster)

The induction weekend will run from June 11-14, 2015. Video to Follow!



December 4th, 2014




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