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Boxing News

Hart gets past Johnson in South Philly

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Before a jam-packed, standing room only crowd in Friday night’s main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, super middleweight Jesse Hart, North Philly, 20-0, 16 KOs, won a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over a stubborn Dashon Johnson, 19-19-4, 6 KOs, of Escondido, CA. The fight was a dramatic war, with Hart controlling much of the action but Johnson giving him all he could handle. The underdog took everything Hart threw at him, and came back with his own shots that had Hart hurt a few times during the second half. In the tenth and final round, Johnson cut Hart over the left eye and dropped him to the mat with a trio of right-hand slams to the head. Hart got to his feet, and Johnson ran out of time to do more damage. It was a thrilling and dramatic fight that had the big crowd in a frenzy by the end. The three official scores all favored Hart, 98-91, 97-92 and 95-94.

In the walkout bout, junior welterweight Mike Reed, Waldorf, MD, 18-0, 10 KOs, beat Baltimore’s Samuel Amoako, 17-9, 1; KOs, by six round unanimous decision. All scores were 60-54. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Houston

Photos: Liz Kreutz / Top Rank

Juan Diaz 136.4 vs. Fernando Garcia 136.4
Mike Alvarado 147.2 vs. Saul Corral 146.2
Esquiva Falcao 162 vs. Joe McCreedy 159.2
Jesse Garcia 130.6 vs. Christopher Turton 129.2
Justin Henderson 146.2 vs. Arturo Marquez 146
Billy Colon 173.8 vs. Steven Nelson 174.6

Juan Diaz: “After a seven year absence, I feel very happy of fighting once again in Houston in front of my family, friends and fans. I want to thank all the people for the support that they have showed and that I know I will receive tomorrow.”

Mike Alvarado: “I’m motivated. I have been training for a long time. I’m happy and thankful for the opportunity to showcase my abilities once again and for the opportunity of fighting again. I’m ready to show why they brought me back. My goal is to return to the same place I was before. I want to fight with top level fighters.”

Venue: Arena Theatre, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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March 18th, 2016


UFC

Fight Night Brisbane at the scales

UFC Fight Night Brisbane, which is headlined by the UFC heavyweight clash between Mark Hunt and Frank Mir, and the welterweight fight between Hector Lombard and Neil Magny, airs live on FS1 from Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, March 19 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 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.

Main Event – UFC heavyweight five-round fight
Mark Hunt (264) vs Frank Mir (260)

FS1 Main Card
Hector Lombard (170) vs Neil Magny (170)
Jake Matthews (155) vs Johnny Case (155)
Daniel Kelly (186) vs Antonio Carlos Junior (186)
James Te Huna (205) vs Steve Bosse (204)
Bec Rawlings (116) vs Seohee Ham (115)

FS1 Prelims
Brendan O’Reilly (168) vs Alan Jouban (171)
Dan Hooker (146) vs Mark Eddiva (145)
Leslie Smith (134) vs Rin Nakai (135)
Rich Walsh (170) vs Viscardi Andrade (171)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Ross Pearson (155) vs Chad Laprise (156)
Alan Patrick (156) vs Damien Brown (155)

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Metepec

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Ibeth Zamora 107.5 vs Mary Ando 106.7
(WBC female light flyweight world title)

Saul Juárez 104.9 vs Osvaldo Novoa 104.5
(WBC minimumweight eliminator)

José Vernaza 125.6 vs Enrique Angeles 126.7

Venue: Recinto Ferial del Palenque de Metepec
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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March 18th, 2016


Boxing News

Tatli, Wahlström victorious in Finland

Report/Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside

EBU (European) lightweight champion Edis Tatli (27-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title against Massimiliano Ballisai (20-3, 12 KOs) via hard fought twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Espoon Metro Arena in Espoo, Finland. Tatli was very sharp throughout the bout, landing hard uppercuts near the end of the fight that gave Ballisai lots of problems. Ballisai’s best moment came in round three when a hard right uppercut seemingly put Tatli on the canvas, but the referee ruled it a slip. Scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 118-110.

Unbeaten WBC female super featherweight world champion Eva Wahlström (17-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dahiana Santana (35-8, 14 KOs). Wahlström landed a sharp left jab all night that Santana had no answer for. Scores were 99-91, 99-92 and 99-91.

After the fights, Eva said she wants more belts. Tatli stated that WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla could be next! He added that he might go to England to watch Crolla’s next fight.

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Final Farewell to Don Gilberto Mendoza

By Juan Francisco Arias

On Thursday, March 17, at the Metropolitan Cemetery in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Don Gilberto Mendoza, President Emeritus of the World Boxing Association, who died a week ago, was taken to his final resting place. Friends and former boxers accompanied the Mendoza and Alvarado families during this difficult time and paid tribute to a man who gave his best in all aspects of life, but especially to the world of boxing. Before the funeral, after the Mass, those in attendance said goodbye to Gilberto Mendoza to the words of a poem by Antonio Machado and popularized as a song by Joan Manuel Serrat.

Throughout the week posthumous tributes resounded in memory of Gilberto, who began his journey in Barquisimeto on March 30, 1943. He had a difficult childhood, with few creature comforts, but thanks to his perseverance and dedication he achieved much and left a mark on all those who knew him.



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Salazar to defend WBC heavyweight title tonight

Photos: WBC

WBC female heavyweight champion Martha “The Shadow” Salazar (13-4, 3 KOs) defends her title for the first time tonight against unbeaten Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez (5-0, 4 KOs) at the Oasis Arena Grand Hotel Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. In 2013, following a six-year break from the sport, the 46-year-old Salazar defied the odds to win the WBC world title. The 10-round heavyweight championship bout will air live on FOX Deportes.

In the co-main event, former WBC silver super lightweight beltholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (33-1-1, 25 KOs) goes against Pascual Salgado (12-6, 8 KOs). Opening up the telecast is Ricardo “Torito” Perez (9-2, 8 KOs) versus Mauricio Fuentes (18-5, 12 KOs) for the WBC silver light flyweight belt.

Weights:
Martha Salazar 238.8 vs. Alejanda Jimenez 225
(WBC female heavyweight championship)

Roberto “Massa” Ortiz 142.8 vs. Pascual Salgado 142.6
Ricardo Perez 107.8 vs. Mauricio Fuentes 108.8

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Team Bradley Camp Update

Photos: Top Rank

“Teddy Atlas really cares for me as a fighter and about me and my family as well,” said former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley today at his training camp in Indio, California. Tim takes on Manny Pacquiao on April 9 at the MGM Grand Hotel, live on pay per view.

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Eubank Jr: Blackwell doesn’t really want to fight me

Chris Eubank Jr. says British middleweight champion Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell will go the same way as his last opponent, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, when the pair meet on March 26 at The SSE Arena, Wembley. Three months ago Eubank Jr. settled a bitter feud with O’Sullivan by stopping the Irishman in seven rounds, and next weekend, he looks to do the same to Blackwell, a man who has claimed Eubank Jr. has been avoiding him for much of his career.

“It’s laughable for him to say I’ve been avoiding him,” said Eubank Jr. (21-1, 16 KOs). “He’s a boring guy. He has to say something to try and get some attention. His stories about me avoiding him are fantasy. He wants to get under my skin by saying I’m scared and have been dodging him. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

UFC

Antonio Carlos Junior, always evolving, ready for Kelly on enemy soil

They say anything can happen inside the Octagon, and sometimes that includes an 11-second no contest via accidental eye poke . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Teddy Atlas and Freddie Roach: The Write Stuff

pacquiao-bradley3By Bill Dwyre

Boxing writers tend to look toward the event they are covering differently than you might think.

Lousy fight? That’s O.K., as long as the people fighting, or the people promoting, or the people training, are good talkers. Great reading does not come from bland descriptions of left hooks and fancy footwork. Nor does it come from rehashing ticket prices and statistics.

We need fresh. We need new, different, something articulate or even quirky. We need to give the reader that special thing that brings him or her to the point in the story where we are embraced with the ultimate approval when they say, “Hey, I didn’t know that.”

So, on behalf of my boxing-writer brethren, I kneel today and look heavenward in gratitude for Teddy Atlas and Freddie Roach.

Atlas trains Tim Bradley. Roach trains Manny Pacquiao. Bradley and Pacquiao will fight April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Odds are, it won’t be a lousy fight. Thanks to Atlas and Roach, it won’t be a lousy promotion. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Moloney Brothers in action Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Maniatis Promotions

Australian promoter Peter Maniatis talked to Fightnews about Saturday’s promotion featuring outstanding prospects Andrew and Jason Maloney who will be in action over ten rounds against importations at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria. “Tomorrow night is the biggest fight to date for former outstanding amateur gold medalist Andrew Moloney as his Japanese opponent, Ryohei Takajashi, is a rated boxer in Japan and comes from a very strong stable,” said Maniatis. “Also Jason Moloney fights for a WBA Oceania title. Both Moloneys could get a WBA world ranking if they win impressively on Saturday. Terry Tzouramanis vs Cameron Eyes will be a cracker fight as well for the Victorian title.”

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Saunders wants Golovkin after Bursak

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is eyeing up a huge Wembley summer showdown with pound-for-pound megastar Gennady Golovkin should he get past ‘Mad’ Max Bursak on Saturday April 30 at London’s Copper Box Arena.

Billy Joe Saunders: “Now I’ve become a world champion I’ve grown in myself and grown in my beliefs. Nobody is invincible, you only have to look at Tyson Fury who went over and done Klitschko in his back garden. If I could get Golovkin at Wembley Stadium, which would be a massive fight, I’d show the world I can beat the best.”



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

Photo: All Star Boxing

Former WBO interim world champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (30-11-2, 16 KOs) and Isao Carranza (15-6-1, 9 KOs) both weighed in at 121 pounds for tonight’s Boxeo Telemundo clash at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The scheduled ten-rounder will air at 11:35PM ET/PT.

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Teddy Atlas comments on dispute with Freddie Roach

Photo: Top Rank

Photo: Top Rank


By Karl Freitag

Timothy Bradley’s trainer Teddy Atlas recently traded words with Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach (the most interesting moments so far in the lead up to the April 9 Bradley-Pacquiao fight). We asked Teddy if having a beef with the opposing camp helps in any way.

Teddy Atlas: “No, I don’t think any of that stuff helps. It comes down to the professionalism of the fighters. They are the ones that the focus should be on. I didn’t ask for this to come about or to grow into the ways that it has. I made myself a promise and that was to be as restrained as I could be and with it when it was appropriate. When it was appropriate to respond, I responded but I did not fire the first shot across the bow and I waited awhile before I responded. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Telemundo favorite “Payasito” returns tonight

Former WBO interim world champion and current contender Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (30-11-2, 16 KOs) continues his world title quest tonight at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. Hernandez will rematch countryman and current WBC Latino champion Isao Carranza (15-6-1, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder that is also the spring season finale for Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc.

Hernandez has practically grown up on the Telemundo network spanning back nearly a decade. His victories there have landed him three world title fights albeit unsuccessful. He did win an interim world title in 2014 but isn’t satisfied. “Payasito” is determined to get back into the world title picture this year and win it this time around.

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March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Who hits hardest? George Groves, Bayo Akinfenwa and Nick Easter take on UFC’s Luke Rockhold and “Big Nog”

Carl Frampton goes for a spin at Circuit of Ireland rally’s test day

Former WBC Super featherweight Champion, Azumah Nelson has been unveiled as the Brand Ambassador of GOIL at a ceremony in Accra

Muslim female boxers featured in documentary



March 18th, 2016

UFC

Fighter, model, actor – meet Alan Jouban

The bio on Alan Jouban’s Twitter page wasn’t written haphazardly. It reads “UFC fighter, model, actor.”

That’s Jouban’s story, and he’s sticking to it. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Pro Boxing comes to Crandon, Wisconsin on April 2

By Johnny B’

Crandon, Wisconsin, a slightly obscure location about 100 miles north of Green Bay, will host professional boxing on April 2 as promoters Beto Serrano and Salomon Becerra team up to bring a night of anticipated hard hitting action. The main event features unbeaten 24-year-old super lightweight Ed “Bad Boy” Brown (17-0, 15 KOs) from Chicago Illinois. The co-feature showcases power-punching cruiserweight Shawndell Terell Winters (7-0, 6 KOs), a bit of a mystery at 35 years of age. (more…)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Clayton dominates Munoz; Olubowale seeks Cdn unification after KO win

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Former London 2012 Olympian Custio Clayton (7-0 6KO) dominated last minute opponent Hector Munoz (23-18-1 15KO), hammering away at the 37-year-old throughout the contest until finally scoring the TKO victory at 2:54 of the ninth round of a scheduled ten at the Casino de Montreal Thursday night. It was the first time the 28-year-old super-welterweight who had ended his last five fights within two rounds has been past four rounds in his young career. After hammering the Albuquerque New Mexico boxer every which way and not seeing him hit the canvas, Clayton finally managed to end things with what certainly looked to be a low blow and while Munoz looked for some kind of justice from the referee, instead received a scorching right hand to the jaw that put him down hard to the canvas where the bout was finally called.

“From what I saw, his cup was high and I don’t think that was a low blow,” Clayton told Fightnews afterwards. “I hit him just below the belt, right here, and the referee told me that by here, by the belt, was good, and that’s where I hit him.” (more…)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Korea

Muhammad Waseem 115 vs. John Bajawa 115

Venue: Myoung Boxing World B1, Seoul, South Korea
Promoter: Andy Kim (AK Promotions)



March 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights From Philadelphia

Jesse Hart 167 vs. Dashon Johnson 166.7
Mike Reed 140.8 vs. Samuel Amoako 139.8
Carlos Garcia 154.3 vs. Ismael Garcia 153.8
Victor Vasquez 135.6 vs. Ramesis Gil 135.3
Jules Blackwell 132.2 vs. Jerome Conquest 132
Scott Kelleher 139.3 vs. Josue Rivera 139.9
Gledwin Ortiz 146.5 vs. Greg Jackson 145.7
LeShawn Rodriguez 156.9 vs. Jose Cortes 156.1
Kareem Gladney 154.1 vs. Isaiah Wise 156.9

Venue: 2300 Arena, 7 pm
Promoters: Peltz Boxing, Top Rank, BAM Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions
Tickets: Completely Sold Out



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Yuriorkis Gamboa signs with BB Promotions

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BB Promotions in Barcelona, Spain, has announced its first signing: former world champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclón de Guantánamo” Gamboa.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: “I want to thank to BB Promotions for making this new stage possible, in which I am sure that some important fights will be coming my way. I feel like a real part of this excellent team, it was such an experience to visit Barcelona, where I hope to base my future training. Until now I had never seen a promoting company work like this. I want to extend my thanks to all my fans for their support,” said Gamboa during the photoshoot.

David Bogajo (Chairman of BB Promotions): “We have been working a long time, we contacted several world-famous boxers as Rigondeaux, but we finally chose Gamboa because his brilliant career and style, also appreciated by the public. This project starts hand in hand with a major fighter and we hope for this to provide a huge boost. We want to popularize boxing in Spain, and we will work with Gamboa to achieve this goal. We expect this agreement to be the first of a long and successful relationship between both sides. We will keep working to sign the best available boxers. BB Promotions is a worldwide company, and even though we are new in this sector we have an excellent team full of hope, willing to work with everyone to reach the top.”



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Amir Khan Training Camp

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Former two-time former world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) opened training camp to the media in Oakland this week in preparation for his May 7 PPV world title challenge against WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“Camp is going great and I’m feeling really good,” said Khan. “I’ve exceeded a lot of the targets that I set myself at this stage and am well on course. Virgil Hunter is happy with how things are going, and come May 7, I’m going to be in the best condition, physically and mentally, that I can be.

“I’m getting ready to give the fans a very exciting fight at the T-Mobile Arena,” Khan continued. “We’re working on the perfect game plan for this fight and that is what is going to win it for me. I don’t put too much emphasis on one individual thing, whether that’s speed or power, it’s about having all the boxes ticked going into the fight. I know what Canelo does well, and his key attributes, so we’ll be looking to nullify those. I’m going to keep pushing myself hard in training and will be ready to give everything come fight night.”

“I’m pleased with how our training camp is going,” said Virgil Hunter, trainer to Amir Khan. “Amir is very focused, and he is aware of the challenge that lies before him. We have seen a lot of Canelo and know what to expect so we’ll have the right game plan to overcome him.” photos



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Canelo Alvarez Training Camp

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) opened training camp to the media in San Diego this week in preparation for his May 7 PPV clash against Amir Khan at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“I train hard to fight hard, and I am focused this training camp to be prepared to win on May 7 and maintain my status as the champion,” said Canelo Alvarez. “Amir Khan is a talented fighter and though I know I will be triumphant as the victor on May 7, I will not underestimate the challenge he poses to me in the ring.”

“Training for this fight is off to a great start,” said Eddy Reynoso, trainer for Canelo Alvarez. “We have been in camp for a few weeks and actually started in Mexico before the press tour. We are taking the fight against Amir Khan very seriously and want to be prepared for anything on May 7. We expect Canelo to train very effectively as he always does. He is very dedicated and serious about the sport.”

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March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Budler to make first defense of super belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Hekkie Budler makes the first defense of his “super” WBA minimumweight belt when he faces Byron Rojas from Nicaragua at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. He will also be defending his IBO minimumweight belt. Budler, 27, has made five successful defenses of his WBA belt and was elevated to super champion by the WBA on January 20 this year to become South Africa’s first super champion.

He won the vacant IBO minimumweight belt on September 24 2011 at Emperors Palace which has become his favorite fight venue, when he outpointed Michael Landero over 12 rounds. He has now made nine defenses of the IBO belt and has taken his record to 29 wins with nine coming inside the distance and only one loss, against Gideon Buthelezi in January 2011.

Very little is known about Rojas, 27, who is ranked at number eight by the WBA and twelve by the IBO; who will be having his first fight outside his home country. (more…)



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Crolla-Barroso on U.S. TV

Awe TV has picked up the May 7 clash from the UK featuring WBA lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) against undefeated challenger Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The afternoon bout (U.S. time) will serve as a prelude to the PPV encounter that night between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan.



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Chocolatito moves camp to Costa Rica

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WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) has moved his training camp from Managua, Nicaragua to Costa Rica this week as he continues preparation for his world title defense against former world title challenger McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) on the HBO-televised April 23 Golovkin-Wade undercard at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, California.

“This is a big opportunity for Arroyo,” said Chocolatito. “He feels like he should already be champion from his close, split decision loss to Amnat Ruenroeng and I know how strong and well prepared he will be for this fight. This is a big test and very important fight for me. Moving camp to Costa Rica at this time makes sense, the sparring there is better and the location allows me to completely focus on the fight without any distractions.” (more…)



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Ortiz-Berto collide again on April 30

Former welterweight world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) and Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) will meet again in a twelve round welterweight rematch in primetime on April 30 as PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes comes to StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Victor Ortiz: “I know I’m in for another war. I’ve always been open to a rematch because Berto has a big mouth and something to prove. After our fight, he went on a losing streak, because I gave his opponents a blueprint on how to beat him. My losses have been unfortunate, but I wouldn’t want to come up against me at this stage in the game. My name is Victor and that’s no coincidence.”

Andre Berto: “This is the fight the people have been waiting for and it’s time to give it to them. I’m in a good place mentally, physically and spiritually. I’ve never wanted my story to be perfect, that’s boring. Life is filled with ups and downs and I’ve embraced them all in my career. Everything I’ve been through has turned me into a savage. It’s time to close this chapter once and for all. I want his head!”

The telecast will also feature two ten round undercard fights: Light heavyweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) takes on Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (19-1, 13 KOs) and former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) faces unbeaten brawler Jorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs) in a featherweight battle.



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Hennessy says he’s still promoter of Hughie Fury

In light of today’s news regarding Hughie Lewis Fury’s appearance on a Frank Warren/BoxNation show on April 30, Hennessy Sports would like to clarify that Mick Hennessy remains Fury’s promoter and manager and will continue to guide the unbeaten heavyweight’s career alongside Hughie’s father and trainer, Peter Fury. An opportunity for Hughie to box in the chief-support slot on April 30 at the Copper Box Arena was presented to both Mick Hennessy and Peter Fury (on the proviso Hughie isn’t cut or injured during his next fight on March 26) and they agreed it was one worth pursuing. Furthermore, they are receptive to other opportunities in the future.

“We have long considered Hughie Lewis Fury to be one of the hottest young talents in world boxing – a future superstar of the sport – and it’s encouraging to know other people in boxing are now realising what we have known and been saying since day one,” said Hennessy. “Hughie Lewis Fury is a special fighter and, like Tyson, his cousin, he’s going all the way to the top.”



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

George Groves’ opponent named: David Brophy

Three-time super middleweight world title challenger George Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) will face David Brophy (16-0-1, 1 KO) in a twelve-rounder on the undercard of the IBF heavyweight title fight between Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua at The O2 in London on April 9. Groves returned to the ring in style in January, stopping Andrea Di Luisa inside five rounds at the Copper Box Arena in east London in his first fight with new trainer Shane McGuigan, and ‘Saint’ George’s promoters Sauerland are in talks with Eddie Hearn for a summer showdown with Martin Murray, but must get past the little known Brophy first.



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Weigh-ins from Helsinki

By Pasi Taavitsainen

The main event is an EBU (European) lightweight title clash between Edis Tatli (26-1, 9 KOs) and Massimiliano Ballisai (20-2, 12 KOs). Tha card also features a WBC female super featherweight world title fight between unbeaten Eva Wahlström (16-0-1) and Dahiana Santana (35-7)



March 17th, 2016

UFC

Healthy Smith ready to avenge last Octagon appearance

“Puedo pelear, no me duele, tengo mis manos y mis ojos.”

At UFC 180, those were the Spanish phrases UFC women’s bantamweight Leslie Smith yelled to the Mexico City crowd as the Octagonside doctor called a premature end to her fight against Jessica Eye . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Photo of the Day

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Photo: Top Rank

Timothy Bradley stretches to get ready for a hard day of training at his camp. Bradley takes on Manny Pacquiao on April 9 at the MGM Grand Hotel, live on pay per view.



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Frank Warren signs Hughie Fury

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (18-0, 10 KOs) has signed a promotional agreement with Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren and will have his first fight under the new deal on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO middleweight title defense against “Mad” Max Bursak on April 30 at the Copper Box Arena in London.

The 21-year-old, who is the younger cousin of unified world heavyweight Champion Tyson, has a fight lined up first at Wembley Arena against Nagy Aguilera where he aims to take his perfect record to 19-0 and then it’s full steam ahead as he works towards a world title to join Tyson. (more…)



March 17th, 2016




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