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UFC

Fight Night London at the scales

UFC Fight Night London, which is headlined by the UFC middleweight grudge match between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping, and the middleweight fight between Gegard Mousasi and Thales Leites, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from The O2 in London on Saturday, February 27 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT.

Nine prelim bouts will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 12:45pm ET / 9:45am PT.

Main Event – UFC middleweight five-round fight
Michael Bisping (185) vs Anderson Silva (186)

UFC FIGHT PASS Main Card
Thales Leites (186) vs Gegard Mousasi (185)
Keita Nakamura (170) vs Tom Breese (171)
Brad Pickett (136) vs Francisco Rivera (136)

UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims
Makwan Amirkhani (145) vs Mike Wilkinson (145)
Marlon Vera (135) vs Davey Grant (136)
Chris Dempsey (185) vs Scott Askham (185)
Yaotzin Meza (144) vs Arnold Allen (145)
Krzysztof Jotko (184) vs Bradley Scott (186)
Rustam Khabilov (155) vs Norman Parke (155)
Jarjis Danho (261) vs Daniel Omielanczuk (254)
Thibault Gouti (155) vs Teemu Packalen (156)
Martin Svensson (154) vs David Teymur (155)

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON 2016 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton and Quigg make weight

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

Carl Frampton 121.7 vs. Scott Quigg 121,6
(WBA/IBF super bantamweight unification)

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sho Extreme

“I am better than him,” said Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), who blew a kiss to his rival before breaking away from the stare-down. “I have the power to knock him out, from the first round to the last round, and I’ve also got the boxing brain to comprehensively beat him on points.”

“I respect him as a fighter, but the best Carl Frampton can’t touch the best Scott Quigg,” said Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs).

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February 26th, 2016


Boxing News

Dunn destroys Damasco in one

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #10, WBO #10, WBA #12, WBC #14 168-pounder Zac Dunn (20-0, 16 KOs) demolished Rogerio Damasco (22-4-2, 19 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. A single overhand right finished Damasco seconds into the fight.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Cartagena debuts on Telemundo tonight

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Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford kicks off their 2016 Spring Season tonight. The event is being billed “Showdown at the Bay IV” and is presented by Tuso Zabala Jr/All Star Boxing in association with Florida’s Space Coast, the City of Palm Bay and the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. The main event will feature another classic battle of Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico as Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-2, 5 KOs) will take on Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs). The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title on the line.

Cartagena entered the professional highly touted after a stellar amateur career. He won his first 12 fights as a pro but has dropped two of his last four. Cartagena is not focusing on his losses but more so on what a win over Rodriguez can do for his career. He has fought on big fight cards before, but this time he’ll be the center of the attention. Cartagena will have family and many from the heavily populated Puerto Rican community in attendance supporting him. He says he’s ready for the task at hand. (more…)



February 26th, 2016


Boxing News

WBC criticizes AIBA Olympic Games project

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke with Fightnews.com by telephone about plans of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to allow professional boxers to participate in the Olympics Games.

“The World Boxing Council is really sad, disappointed and dismayed with the level at which the actions of AIBA has reached the lowest point in the history of Olympic boxing. Demonstrating their failure as a sanctioning body, the AIBA has announced its intent to allow the participation of professional boxers in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. They’ve had amateur boxing in a constant crisis in many countries including Mexico. For boxer safety, limits and procedures exist between amateur boxing and professional boxing but they seek to omit these circumstances because their interests lie beyond the safety of the boxer,” said Sulaiman.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Scott Quigg’s trainer convinced Carl Frampton will crack under pressure

Editorial: Manny Pacquiao offers us another lesson

Was an LA waiter cheated of a finder’s fee for setting up Mayweather-Pacquiao?

Tomi Tatham to fight in Lancaster for first time



February 26th, 2016

UFC

London primed for UFC’s return

London is set to host the biggest fight in the history of UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday night, as the greatest mixed martial artist England has ever produced, Michael Bisping, takes on the most spectacular proponent the sport has boasted, Anderson “The Spider” Silva . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON 2016 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Yildirim and Sequeira make weight in Offenbach, Germany

Avni Yildirim make weight in Offenbach, GermanyFast-rising Turkish star Avni Yildirim is looking to defend his WBC Silver International Lightheavyweight Championship against Argentina’s Walter Sequeira this Friday (Feb. 26th) in Offenbach, Germany. 24-year-old Yildirim is already ranked on #13 in the WBC World Ratings after only eight fights (eight wins, five of them inside the distance) while Sequeira who has a record of 17 wins (with 12 KOs) and only two very close decision losses is ranked on no #15. The winner of this huge crossroads fight will surely enter the top 10. At today’s official weigh-in both contenders tipped the scale exactly at the limit of 79.3 kg (175 lbs.).

In two other featured title fights Serdar Sahin (23-2 / 78.2 kg / 172.5 lbs.) takes on Beka Aduashvili (16-3 / 76.8 kg / 169.5 lbs.) for the vacant EPBC Lightheavyweight Championship and Enad Licina (28-4 / 90.2 kg / 199 lbs.) faces Drazan Janjanin (10-5 / 89.7 kg / 198 lbs.) for the vacant WBC Mediterranean Cruiserweight title.

The event billed as “Road to WBC Glory” is promoted by Ahmet Oner and will be broadcasted live in Germany (sportdigital), Turkey (NTV Spor) and Argentina (TyC Sports).



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Telemundo Weights from Palm Bay, FL

Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena 113 vs. Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriquez 114
Alex “Flash” Roman 122 vs. Oldier Landin 121
Luis Lebron 127 vs. Joshua Santos 125
Fadoul Louis 160 vs. Todd Manuel 156
Ryan Allen 123 vs. Brian Santos 124
Alex Centeno 145 vs. Abdel Vera 154
Michael Davis 159 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 162

Venue: Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr/All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo
Tickets: 321-951-9998

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Koncz: Official Statement on Hollywood Waiter

By Nick Giongco

Mike Koncz has released an official statement regarding a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, Keith Davidson and CBS filed by a Hollywood waiter …

First and foremost, Manny or I do not know or have never spoken to this waiter Gabriel Salvador. Furthermore, we have no knowledge of this alleged meeting between Salvador, Roach and Moonves other than what we have recently read in the media nor was anybody authorized on Manny Pacquiao’s behalf to participate.

The statement made by Salvador that “Keith Davidson, an attorney for Manny, tried to strong arm him” is a flagrant misrepresentation of fact as Keith Davidson is not Manny Pacquiao’s attorney and or business associate.

The claims asserted by this waiter against Manny Pacquiao are a total shakedown and amount to nothing more than extortion which will be vigorously defended in a court of law by our attorney David Marroso of O’Melveny & Myers. Moreover, we shall seek all damages incurred to Manny Pacquiao by these frivolous and meritless allegations made against him by Salvador.

Mike Koncz, Advisor to Manny Pacquiao



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz-Martinez/Ceja-Ruiz Press Conference

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and Kiko “Sensacion” Martinez went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their Showtime-televised WBA featherweight world title showdown on Saturday from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Also in attendance Thursday were Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz, who will enter the ring in a WBC super bantamweight world title rematch. The previously announced opening bout between undefeated heavyweights Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and Oscar Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) was cancelled due to Rivas being unable to pass a mandatory eye-exam.

Leo Santa Cruz: I’m glad that Kiko has come prepared because we’re ready for a great fight. People are saying that I should walk through Kiko Martinez, but I don’t listen to that. I look at Kiko the same way I look at any other opponent. When we step inside the ring, we are equals. At the end of the day, the winner will be the fighter who has prepared more and who has imposed his will on the other man.

Kiko Martinez: I have faced much stronger boxers than Leo and come Saturday, all of those who did bet on me for this fight, I am going to make you a lot of money…I feel that Leo Santa Cruz is a great fighter, he has beat some incredible fighters. He’s a great athlete and boxer. Sometimes people will try to make him out to be more than he actually is but they are mistaken with what they see in me. I am not to be mistaken as the underdog here.

Julio Ceja: We have both trained even harder than last time and we’re more prepared physically and mentally. I’m going to give everybody a great fight just like last time. I’m walking into the ring knowing my opponent very well. We’ve been to war. I know what to expect from him…I’m ready. He’s not taking my belt away from me.

Hugo Ruiz: If you liked the first fight between us, then you are going to love this one. I’m excited to be fighting once again in Southern California. I’ve trained very hard and I have prepared myself for this world title opportunity.

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Avila-Alvarado set for April 1

Former NABF super bantamweight beltholder Manuel “Tino” Avila (19-0, 8 KOs) is ready for a showdown to defend his undefeated record as he moves up to featherweight to face off against Nicaraguan warrior and former WBC Silver featherweight titlist Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (23-6, 16 KOs) in a 10-round main event on April 1 at The Belasco Theater and live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV.

In the televised co-main event, Mexican warrior Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (25-3, 21 KOs) of Mexico City will return to make his second showing at “LA Fight Club” to compete in an eight-round super lightweight bout against an opponent to be named soon.



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton-Quigg final press conference

Undefeated 122-pound world champions Carl Frampton (IBF) and Scott Quigg (WBA) had to be separated at their final press conference on Thursday in Manchester, England, as they faced-off for the long-awaited super bantamweight unification showdown this Saturday at Manchester Arena. The unification between Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, and Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs), of Lancashire, United Kingdom will be televised live on Sho Extreme. After jawing over who deserves the home dressing room at the sold-out, 21,000 seat Manchester Arena, the 122-pound rivals had to be separated by Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan and promoter Eddie Hearn.

Carl Frampton: I’m better in every department, plain and simple. Because of the magnitude of this fight, everything had to be perfect. I’ve done everything right this time. This means so much; there is a lot at stake. It’s more than titles – it’s pride and bragging rights. It’s proving who is the best. Reputation is a big deal, so there is so much on the line. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to win. I’ve punching power to KO him in any round and I’ve the boxing brain to win on points. I’ve spent 17 weeks in camp, the longest ever. I missed my son’s first steps and both my kids’ birthdays. I did that because this could be my toughest fight. I’m not going to let Scott Quigg make all that be for nothing. It’s going to be a great fight, one for the ages. I’ll win. It doesn’t matter how, KO or clear points decision.

[On the home-team dressing room] I’m contractually the A-side. It’s a question of principle.

Scott Quigg: Nobody does what I do in terms of dedication to the sport. I’ll win because of boxing brain and ability. It’ll mean everything to win. Since the age of 15, all I have done is eat, sleep and train. Saturday is my moment of destiny and, believe me, I will win this fight. I’ve put in too much for anyone to stop me. Tune in for a great fight. I’m going to prove I’m the best super bantamweight. I’m going to win by knockout.

[On the home-team dressing room] It’s my arena, I’m the home fighter. I want the home dressing room.

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February 25th, 2016

UFC

Under-the-radar London fights

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles is here to preview some of the fights at Fight Night London you may not have your eye on yet. Don’t miss the action this Saturday starting at 12:45pm/9:45am ETPT live and only on UFC FIGHT PASS . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON 2016 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford-Lundy erupts at press conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated junior welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and challenger “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy got into it during the face off for their HBO-televised world championship fight on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC. After some jawing by both fighters, Crawford gave Lundy a big shove and the fighters were separated.

Terence Crawford: I’m excited, real excited. The whole camp I’ve been telling Bo-Mac I can’t wait for this fight to happen. It’s like a countdown. It’s like just waiting for that moment. Today I woke up so relaxed. This dude don’t know what he got himself into. Everyone says ‘I’m gonna do this to him, I’m gonna do that to him, I see a flaw in this, I see a flaw in that…’ But when you get in front of me you see a different thing. I’ve gotta admit, when you opened your mouth today, that was the best speech you gave the whole time. And I respect that, because deep down in his heart, he knows what he’s up against come Saturday. If he doesn’t respect me now, he’ll respect me Saturday. Don’t blink, because it might be a quick one!

Hank Lundy: Listen. This fight is going to be electrifying. I just can’t wait until Saturday night. I know Terence has been training hard, we’ve been training hard. I’ve been training since December. When they announced this fight, I was already on weight preparing to defend my WBC Continental title. Now it’s for the world title. This is what I’ve been fighting for. To give my family and kids a different lifestyle and life. It’s gonna be war, man. I’m coming to win this world title. Every punch I hit you with, you’re gonna feel Philadelphia. You’re gonna feel my pain, my struggle. You’re gonna feel Hammerin’ Hank. And guaranteed, that night I will be the new WBO world champion!

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February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye Day 2 fight card shaping up

After the first “Haye Day” promotion in January attracted 16,000+ boxing fans to the O2 Arena in London, former WBA heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye returns to the same ring on May 21. No opponent for David yet, but it was announced that the co-feature will be “Smokin’ Joe Mullender against Lee ‘Banjo’ Markham for the English middleweight title.

“The first Haye Day was an overwhelming success but we’ve listened to the fans and, in association with Goodwin Promotions, we are working on an action-packed undercard to ensure both hard-core boxing fans and those new to the sport are left on the edge of their seats,” said Haye. Tickets are already on sale.



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Potter-Tuba To Rematch This Saturday in Syracuse One Year Later

By Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing returns to the Syracuse, NY suburb of Liverpool for the first time in a year this Saturday at 7 p.m., February 27th. Once again JKJ Championship Promotions will bring their “Finding The Next Champion” series back to the Holiday Inn. Headlining the show will be local middleweight talent Martez “The Punisher” Potter in a rematch with Nazareth, Israel’s Ahmed Tuba, scheduled for six. The two fought a heated, rough-n-tumble battle last February 28th, with Martez coming out on top in a close but unanimous six round decision.

The co-feature will see undefeated prospect Brandon Williams of Rochester, NY taking on Darryl Hayes in a scheduled six round Super Featherweight contest. Williams has been idle for nine months and is looking to spark his previous momentum once again. (more…)



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Rodriguez looks to rebound on Telemundo Friday

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Super flyweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs) returns to action this Friday. He will take on Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-2, 5 KOs) in the Telemundo main event. Once again the famed boxing rivalry of a Mexican fighter versus a Puerto Rican fighter will continue on. The two will square off for the WBO Latino title. The site of the fight will be the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The bout will be the debut of Telemundo’s first boxing telecast of 2016. Tuto Zabala Jr.’s All Star Boxing, Inc. is promoting the show.

The Telemundo viewing audience is very familiar with Mexico City’s Rodriguez,who scored two big victories on both the spring and summer series editions in 2015. He closed the year out on the fall series edition in a rematch with David Carmona. It was an all action filled fight that saw Carmona again decisioning Rodriguez like the year before. Rodriguez is not down at all about the loss and expects 2016 to be a big year for him. (more…)



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Scott Quigg adds spice to unification bout, says Carl Frampton

Ronda Rousey no longer a Manny Pacquiao fan after his gay slur

David Kelly sees Frampton outboxing Quigg

Isaac Dogbe looking forward to fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux

 



February 25th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London Fantasy Preview

It’s the biggest main event in UFC FIGHT PASS history this Saturday when former middleweight champion and arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time – Anderson Silva – meets Michael Bisping in London . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON 2016 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

IBF orders Parker-Takam eliminator

The IBF has ordered a heavyweight eliminator between #6 rated Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) and #5 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) with the winner to get a shot at the world title against the winner between current IBF champion Charles Martin and Olympic star Anthony Joshua, who collide April 9 in London. The camps have opened negotiations with an eye toward a May bout in New Zealand.



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Khan Press Tour Dates Set

The boxing world was shocked when Golden Boy Promotions announced that WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) would make his first title defense of 2016 against Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on Cinco de Mayo weekend at the new T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas. Now Canelo and Khan will kick-off a three city, international press tour in London on Feb. 29 that will travel to New York on March 1 and end in Los Angeles on March 2. Fight fans are invited to attend.

Monday, February 29 – London, United Kingdom
Location: The Park Plaza Riverbank London – Ballroom
18 Albert Embarkment
SE1 7TJ London, UK
Fan Arrival Time: 11:00 a.m. GMT
Press Conference Begins: 12:00 p.m. GMT

Tuesday, March 1 – New York, New York
Location: Hard Rock Café New York – Live Venue
1501 Broadway New York, NY 10036 (Corner of Broadway and 43rd St.)
Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, March 2 – Los Angeles, California
Location: Universal CityWalk – Five Towers Stage
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (Adjacent to AMC Theaters)
Fan Arrival Time: 3:00 p.m. PT
Press Conference Begins: 6:00 p.m. PT



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

World-rated Dunn in action Friday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #10, WBO #10, WBA #12, WBC #14 168-pounder Zac Dunn (19-0, 15 KOs) returns to ring action against Rogerio Damasco (22-3-2, 19 KOs) on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Dunn was last in action at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York, last October 24 when he won a crowd pleasing ten round split decision over veteran Derrick Findley. Damasco was born and resides in Brazil is 32 years and is coming off a victory over Jesus Rodrigues Chaves in December, 2015. Promoter is former IBF 130 pound champion Barry Michael.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford, Verdejo look sharp in workout

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO jr welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and Puerto Rican sensation Felix “Diamante” Verdejo hosted an open media workout this afternoon at Mendez Gym in New York City.

The workout also featured Top Rank’s Seannie Monaghan, Julian “Hammerhands” Rodriguez, and Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz.

They take over Madison Square Garden Saturday February 27 live on HBO boxing promoted by Top Rank.

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February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton, Quigg heating up

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

Undefeated 122-pound world champions Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) and Scott Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs) held media workouts on Tuesday in Manchester, England, as they finalize preparation for their super bantamweight unification showdown this Saturday at Manchester Arena. The bout will be televised in the USA on Sho Extreme.

Here’s what Frampton and Quigg had to say as they approach Saturday’s fight:

Carl Frampton: “I won my world title on a massive stage, Scott Quigg was handed his title after a draw. He has fought on big cards but not as a bill-topper and I genuinely don’t know if he will be able to handle this level of pressure. I’m going to use all of my experience to outbox, outfight and outgun Scott Quigg.

Scott Quigg: “This is the perfect time now for this fight. We’re both world champions, we’re both undefeated, and I believe this is the perfect time for me to go out there and do a job on him…I’ve always wanted the chance to prove I’m the best. Now the fight’s been made, I’m one million per cent confident that I’m going win in spectacular fashion. I can win on points, but I will knock out Carl Frampton.

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February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

March 12 Mohegan Sun show completely canceled

After extensive discussions between DiBella Entertainment, Showtime Networks and Mohegan Sun, it was announced that the March 12 boxing event at Mohegan Sun Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, has been canceled.

Following the injury to Keith Thurman and the postponement of the Thurman vs. Porter bout, organizers evaluated several options for salvaging the card, including shifting the telecast from CBS to Showtime with WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. facing Patrick Hyland in the main event. Ultimately it was decided that various factors prevented the parties involved from pulling it off.

The featherweight bout between fellow three-division world champions Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel will remain paired with the Thurman vs. Porter welterweight world championship event, which is being rescheduled for a later date on CBS. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Zlaticanin, Marsili collide for WBC interim 135lb title

Jorge Linares, the WBC lightweight champion of the world, fractured his hand and will be out of action for some time. As a result, the WBC has ordered #1 rated mandatory contender Dejan Zlaticanin, from Montenegro and #2 rated Emiliano Marsili, from Italy, to fight for the WBC interim lightweight championship. Free negotiations have begun and if there is no agreement the WBC will hold a purse offer on March 4. Linares, who was not stripped of the title as some boxing media had reported, will be monitored regarding his medical status and the interim champion must fight Linares whenever he is ready to return to the ring.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Broner: Ashley Theophane is one of the best

Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) defends his WBA super lightweight 140-pound world title against Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs) Friday, April 1 on Spike from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. During the negotiations for the fight, Broner told Theophane’s promoter Mayweather Promotions, “You put Ashley on one of your private jets. Bring him to come see me and I bet I bring the girl out of that boy like Bruce Jenner.”

However, since then, Broner has a newfound respect for Theophane. “Ashley Theophane is a world class fighter and this is going to be a tough fight for me,” Broner stated. “I’m very excited to fight in Washington, D.C. My following is huge in D.C., it’s my second home, and I think we’re going to give the fans what they’re looking for. I want to fight the best in the 140-pound weight division and Ashley Theophane is one of the best.”



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

The Book of Arum

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By Bill Dwyre

Unlike many of the boxers he has promoted, Top Rank’s Bob Arum never goes down for a ten count.

Last week, his prized fighter and current main meal ticket, Manny Pacquiao, hit Arum with one of the most vicious left hooks he has ever thrown. It was a figurative punch, certainly, as well as a possible crippling shot to a fight promotion. Arum would much rather have taken a real one, directly on the chin.

Nevertheless, like everything else in his amazing 84 years on this planet and 50 years promoting boxers of varying skill and character, Arum has once again refused to stay on the canvas.

The story goes as follows:

Pacquiao told a TV interviewer in the Philippines that he was adamantly against gay marriage. If we had been paying close attention, we pretty much knew that. But he carried his opinion into characterization and foolishly elaborated that, because gay and lesbian people had sex with their like gender, they were “worse than animals,” who never did that. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

UFC

Nate Diaz replaces RDA in UFC 196 main event

Perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz had plenty of words for UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor after his win over Michael Johnson in December. Now on Saturday, March 5, the Stockton native will get to fight “The Notorious” one in the five-round main event of UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON 2016 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Undercard for Friday’s “Road to WBC glory” in Offenbach, Germany

Full card of Offenbach, GermanyPromoter Ahmet Oener an his matchmaker Vlad Eliseev have released the full undercard for next Friday’s card in Offenbach, Germany.

In the main event undefeated WBC #13 Avni Yilderim, 8-0-0(5), will defend his WBC Intl Silver lightheavyweight title against #15 Walter Gabriel Sequeira from Argentina, 17-2-0(12).

Two othe WBC regional title will complete the main fights. Enad Licina will face Drazan Janjanin for the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title and Serdar Sahin wil have Beka Aduashvili in the other corner for the vacant WBC EPBC lightheavyweight title.

Robert Filipovic will try to avenge his defeat against Konstantin Airich and Selcuk Aydin will try to continue his winning road against Adnan Zilic. Both fights are scheduled over 8 rounds.

Mohamed Al Zein, Brkan Akyol, Emil Markic, Tahir Kahrovic and Yousuf Kanguel will appear on this loaded show this Friday Feb 26 in the Stadthalle of Offenbach, near Frankfurt, Germany.

The fights will be televised in Turkey and Argentina.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford: Lundy is getting the same as Jean, getting what he’s looking for

By Bill Green
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

This Saturday night, current WBO super lightweight champion and top 10 P4P boxer, the Pride of Omaha, Terence “Bud” Crawford 27-0 (19) defends his title against brash talking world ranked contender “Hammerin” Hank Lundy 26-5-1 (13), of Philadelphia, PA. The 12 round title bout will be televised live on HBO and will take place in the historical Madison Square Garden in New York. Top Rank Promotions will promote the Crawford vs Lundy main event along with lightweight Puerto Rico knockout sensation Felix Verdejo 19-0 (14) of San Juan, PR, as he faces fellow undefeated Brazilian lightweight contender William “Babyface” Silva 23-0 (14) of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a co-main event that promises to be instant fireworks. Verdejo vs Silva will be for the WBO Latino lightweight title while Crawford vs Lundy will be for the WBO super Lightweight Title. The telecast is scheduled to begin at 9pmCT, this Saturday, Feb 27th, 2016, in what possibly shows fight fans a real look into the next superstars of the sport for years to come.

Fightnews caught up with both boxer and coach as they make final adjustments before Saturday night. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Unbeaten welterweight Jorge “Chino” Garcia Perez (17-0-1, 15 KOs) signed a contract Monday with Zanfer Promotions.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has signed undefeated super bantamweight prospect Vladimir Tikhonov (13-0, 7 KOs) to a promotional contract.

Four-time national amateur heavyweight champion Pano Tiatia, 19, has signed with boxing manager Cameron Dunkin. Tiatia’s pro debut will soon be announced, Dunkin said.

Here is a link to a stream for a live chat that Crystina Poncher will host with Julian Rodriguez today at 3pM ET.



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo Ready to kick off spring series

The #1 Boxing Program on Spanish TV in the US, Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford its ready to kick off their 2016 Spring Season this Friday, February 26 from the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The event is being billed “Showdown at the Bay IV” and is brought in association with Florida’s Space Coast, the City of Palm Bay and the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. In the main event Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-2-5 KO’s) of Puerto Rican descent from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will face season favorite Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3-4 Ko’s) of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title on the line in another classic battle of Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico.

Rodriguez arrived Tuesday in Miami with his trainer Rodrigo Mosquera in anticipation of his showdown against Cartagena and will be a special guest today (Wednesday) on the popular Telemundo show Titulares y Mas at 11:30 PM live. (more…)



February 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala: Parkinson’s has no respect for people

By Jeff Zimmerman

This Saturday, February 27th at The Ashton Depot in Fort Worth, Texas, 2X former world champion Paulie Ayala will host his 4th annual Punching Out Parkinson’s fundraiser event benefitting his 70+ students stricken with the dreadful disease of Parkinson’s. This year’s event is fittingly named Mission Possible, as the keynote speaker will be Rich Clifford, former NASA Astronaut who had a secret battle with Parkinson’s during his space travels.

Ayala created Punching Out Parkinson’s using non-contact boxing exercises just like the ones he mastered as a prizefighter, such as punching the heavy bag and hitting the mitts, to help his students or champions as he calls them, regain strength, flexibility and balance with the hope of fending off this debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system.

Ayala’s program now has a waiting list for new members and it still amazes him so many people are inflicted with Parkinson’s. (more…)



February 24th, 2016




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