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Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, who had a nine-fight knockout streak snapped in his most recent fight, steps in against Edner Cherry in a 10-round junior lightweight contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Akaba replaces Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, who injured his right wrist in training last Thursday. The Cherry-Akaba bout and the Steve Cunningham-Natu Visinia heavyweight 10-rounder will be televised live by NBCSN on its popular Fight Night series beginning at 9 pm (ET). (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: K2 Promotions
“The proof how good Gennady is isn’t on his record, the list of people he beat, knocked down. The proof is in the names of the fighters who don’t want to go in the ring with him. The proof is Felix Sturm, who refused to fight him. The proof is Sergio Martinez, who would never make a fight with him. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is another good example. Instead of looking at the fighters on his record, look at the fighters are not there – who turned down the opportunity to fight Gennady,” said Tom Loeffler, when Fightnews.com spoke with the K2 Promotions managing director before WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) defends on Saturday against Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6, 51 KOs) at StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The co-feature bout is a featherweight showdown between 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire,(33-2, 21 KO) and undefeated world champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters,(24-0, 20KO) who will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion. Donaire vs. Walters is presented by Top Rank. Both world title bouts will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
For the first time since 2010, the Octagon® makes its way back to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, as former UFC® lightweight champ and current No. 3 featherweight contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar takes on second-ranked Cub Swanson in a five-round main event that could propel the winner into a title shot. (more…)
Middleweight Marcus “Arillius” Upshaw (17-13-2, 8 KOs) plans to jumpstart his career October 23 against fellow gatekeeper and upset specialist, Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KOs), in the 10-round main event on a private (no tickets sold or media coverage) Alarm Charity Boxing fundraiser event at Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. “I’ve fought everybody,” Upshaw said from training camp. “It seems like I’ve fought forever as a super middleweight but I’m a middleweight and this fight is going to help me get a fight against a top middleweight. My mind is right for this fight and I know what I need to do. I’m not going to leave fights in the hands of the judges anymore.”
Beating highly-rated Martin Murray will be a short cut to a world title shot, believes Domenico Spada, who challenges for Murray’s WBC Silver middleweight belt in Monte Carlo on October 25. Ranked #7 by the WBC, Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) has been a perpetual contender in recent years and needs a breakthrough win to force his claims. Defeating Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) would do it. The rugged Italian has been training intensely at his Volcano Gym in Rome under the watchful eye of Valerio Monti. Mornings are occupied by power and resistance training with afternoons spent on technique and sparring.
He claims that a recent defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio, who this weekend fights Gennady Golovkin for the WBA title, has had little impact on his confidence. “Rubio really disappointed me because he was running away a lot and clinching, he acted like a rabbit. I was confident of winning, but the referee’s conduct and the [WBC scoring system] affected me. I paid less attention to my defence which gave him an opportunity for the stoppage.” Had he prevailed, it might have been him facing Golovkin. Instead, it is the Mexican Rubio, who Spada predicts won’t last five rounds. (more…)
Featherweight Lee Selby will watch on with interest when IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich defends his title for fourth time on November 29 against Jayson Velez in Omaha, Nebraska. Selby will challenge the winner after his TKO over Joel Brunker in an IBF eliminator on Saturday in London.
“It was a good performance but there is a lot more to come,” said Selby about Saturday’s win. “I wanted to make a statement and silence the critics, I hardly lose a round in my fights, I can’t remember the last time that I lost one, but I still get criticized, so I thought I would put on a show…Gradovich is perfect for my style and I think I would do a similar job on him. He’s fighting at the end of November and I think he’ll come through in that fight so we can get it on early next year.” (more…)
SES Boxing has acquired the entire boxing video archive of former powerhouse German promoter Universum Box-Promotion, consisting of over 400 world championship fights, plus countless Euro and domestic bouts over a 25 year period including names like Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Darius Michalczewski, Regina Halmich, Jurgen Brähmer, Ralf Roccghiani, Marcos Maidana, Gennady Golovkin and many, many others. “These irreplaceable and rare recordings of German boxing history in the last 25 years are a ‘treasure chest’ and this must be maintained for the German boxing world,” said SES chief Ulf Steinforth. “They say in the media circles ‘Content is King,’ so the content and their rights is in hot demand in the digital media world.”
Combined with SES Boxing’s own video over the last 14 years, Steinforth says he wants to make these videos accessible to all boxing fans, possibly even on a special boxing channel. (more…)
Aussie banger Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne plans on becoming the first man to knock teak tough Chanucy Welliver off his feet when they clash next month. Unbeaten Browne defends his WBC EPBC crown against the New Zealand-based American on the undercard of the Mundine-Rabchenko bill at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne on November 12. As Browne is ranked in the top ten by three of the four main sanctioning bodies, this fight presents a potential banana skin on his route to a world title shot in 2015. Welliver, 55-8-5 (22 KOs), has mixed it with the likes of Odlanier Solis and despite being stopped twice (one retirement), he has never been knocked down.
“I can’t wait to get in there and put on a great performance. People love heavyweight boxing because of the one punch factor. I believe I’ve got the heaviest hands in the sport and the fans seem to enjoy that,” Browne said. “Chauncy has a very good record and I’m told he’s never been knocked off his feet. He’s also been highly ranked before. I’ve got plenty of respect for him, but nothing is going to get between me and the goals I have set for myself. (more…)
Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) has chosen to vacate his European (EU) title as he looks to continue his charge towards world glory. Skoglund, who is undefeated in twenty-one professional contests, has made no secret of his desire to challenge for a world title. The 23 year-old believes that by relinquishing the European (EU) belt he will be better placed to secure a shot at one of the division’s champions in 2015.
‘‘Holding the European title has meant a lot to me,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I have had the belt for just under a year and defended it three times, of that I’m very proud. However it is time for me to move forward, I must test myself against skilled fighters from all over the world. I’ve already proven that I belong at European level and now I will show that I’m ready to face the best in the world.‘’ (more…)
Ballybofey, Ireland middleweight Jason Quigley (2-0, 2 KOs) will continue his professional career with a featured appearance on Golden Boy Promotions’ October 30 card at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first Irish fighter to win a silver medal at the World Amateur Championships last year, Quigley was signed by Golden Boy and has moved his training operations to Los Angeles to take advantage of the outstanding sparring and world-class trainers in Southern California.
“I’m so excited to be fighting in Boston on Oct 30th,” Quigley told Fightnews.com. “Boston is a great town with great fight fans and for me to be fighting my 3rd pro fight at Plymouth Memorial Hall in front of the Irish crowd is fantastic. I will put on a great show for the crowd, I already know it will feel like I’m fighting back home in Ireland. I’ll have goosebumps as I walk to the ring on fight night. I can’t wait!”
Quigley will open the televised portion of the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast.
Coming off a stretch where the UFC rolled out 10 events over eight weeks, capped by Rory MacDonald’s blistering third-round finish of Tarec Saffiedine last Saturday night in Halifax, the current two-week break is a chance to do two things . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Seven days out from their highly anticipated “Mexican Style” showdown on Saturday at StubHub Center, in Carson, CA, WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC Interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio were both within the prescribed limits set forth by the World Boxing Council rules. For the WBC Official 7-Day Weigh-In, Golovkin tipped the scale at 165lbs., while Rubio weighed in at 167.5lbs. “We’re a week out and both fighters appear to be in excellent shape,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
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The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world and currently world ranked Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) has been in the news a lot lately. Briggs’ current campaign to get his elusive world title fight with current world champion Wladimir Klitschko has garnered major attention world wide on social networks and media outlets. This week’s most recent encounter has once again generated more than a million views on YouTube. Of course, there are some who have taken displeasure in Briggs approach and in the last few days Briggs has actually received death threats. Briggs, not one to back down to anyone, responded with the following.
“I take this very serious but at the same time is comical to me. I literally grew up and lived on the rough mean streets of Brownsville. During that time Brownsville was considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York, and in the U.S or world for that matter. There could literally be death all around me at anytime. For those who aren’t familiar with Brownsville, I recommend you google it sometime if you doubt what I’m saying.
“I was an only child so there was no older brother Vitali to fight my battles like Wladimir had. I have never feared anyone on this planet other than my late mother, who to this day I hold the utmost respect. (more…)
Argentinian domestic heavyweight champion Matias Vidondo (20-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a second round TKO over 44-year-old former WBC cruiserweight champion Marcelo “Gordo” Dominguez (47-8-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Club Atletico Independiente in Neuquen, Argentina. The bout was stopped when a left hook by Vidondo tore open a bad cut over the right eye of Dominguez. The former champ had won six straight after returning to the ring last year following a seven year layoff.
By Chris Morris
Rick Lopez Sr. and his sons Ricky and Devin have their next show lined up for November 1st at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The card is filled with local talent and the main event is a very good match up. Manny ‘Manos’ Perez, 21-10-1, 4KOs, takes on Cesar Holguin, 10-4-2, 3KOs, in the ten round main event contracted at 145 pounds. This fight has fireworks written all over it.
The co main will see the continuing comeback of featherweight Ricky Lopez, 12-3, 5KOs, as he takes on New Jersey’s Osnel Charles, 10-11-1, 1KO in an eight rounder for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) All American featherweight title. Lopez is two fights into his comeback while Charles is 1-8-1 in his last 10 starts. (more…)
Holly Holm, the former world boxing champion who stood atop the pound-for-pound rankings for much of her career in the ring, will make her long-awaited Octagon debut at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 when she faces The Ultimate Fighter 18 alum Raquel Pennington . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
By James Slater
Twice beaten British heavyweight contender David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) was a most interested observer/pundit at last night’s Anthony Joshua-Denis Bakhtov clash at The O2 in London. There primarily to give his expert opinion on the fight – won in crushing style by A.J, inside two-rounds – Price also gave his thoughts on what might happen if promoter Eddie Hearn does what he alluded to and matches Price and Joshua together next year some time. Price, who has been beaten only by Tony Thompson and who has won three comeback fights since suffering the back-to-back stoppage defeats to the cagey southpaw, said he would be coming to “take his head off” should he get in there with the 9-0, 9 KOs star in the making.
“I’m not this durable fighter, who comes in to get rounds in,” Price said, in reference to last night’s opponent for Joshua, the tough and durable Bakhtov. “I’ll be going in to take his head off his shoulders type of thing, without sounding too manic. I’ll be going out with the same intentions as Anthony Joshua. It will be an explosive fight.”
Joshua is next set to face another Brit in 39-year-old Michael Sprott, but a clash with Price would be a genuinely intriguing match-up. Hearn has also spoken about the possibility of matching Joshua with former WBA champ David Haye, also next year some time. Hearn has stated his belief that his heavyweight sensation “will go through everyone at heavyweight.” The fans are starting to believe him.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Jeff Page Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) defeated Maxell Taylor (18-9-1, 8 KOs) via fifth round KO on Saturday night at the Beech Activity Center in Wichita, Kansas. The UBF Inter-Continental belt on the line for Page only in this bout as this was the second fight in a row Taylor came in overweight. (more…)
On Saturday night, New England Fights (NEF) held its first professional boxing event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. A crowd of approximately 1,100 was on-hand to witness the first professional boxing event held in Lewiston since September 2004. All bouts went to the judges’ scorecards. Lewiston’s own Stevie Gamache picked up the fifth victory of his career to remain undefeated over Damon Antoine (11-56-2, 5 KOs) in a jr middleweight bout. In the main event of the evening, undefeated Brandon Berry (8-0, 5 KOs) became the Northeast junior welterweight champion with a unanimous decision win over Eric Palmer (4-4-3, 0 KOs). (more…)
Photo: Lee Samuels
Unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Chris Algieri with belt by his side (in a small suit case) has arrived in Las Vegas to continue his training for November 22 showdown with WBO welterweight champion and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. Algieri will train in Vegas till ten days out, then head to Macao, China where he will face Pacman in an HBO Pay-Per-View clash at the famed Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight contender Joe Bugner who clashed with Muhammad Ali twice and gave Joe Frazier one of his toughest fights, is recovering from a heart attack. on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is determined to regain his health and be more careful on what he eats. “I’m not about to hang my gloves up,” Aussie Joe said from his hospital bed at Griffith University on Saturday. “I’m 64 but there’s still a few years left in me yet.” Bugner was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes last year, a condition that led to the heart disease. “I’ve just got to be careful with what I eat and drink,” he said. “Any heart attack is serious but I’m not about to give up on my life.” Bugner was inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC interim middleweight champion: Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio conducted his WBC-mandated one week pre weigh-in and scaled in at 167.5 pounds in advance of next Saturday’s clash with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“I’m ready for this great night called ‘Mexican Style.’ I’m a brave warrior and world champion. Golovkin is a prestigious champion but I have many reasons and styles to beat him on Saturday night,” said Rubio.
By Hector Villarreal
WBA featherweight champion, Jamaican Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 Ko’s) completed his preparation in Panama and will hit Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon to face super champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-2, 21 Ko’s) on Saturday October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
“The Axeman” travels with his main trainer Celso Chavez and his father Job Walters who is very confident about his son’s chances to confirm his quality and become the true WBA feather king. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
At Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, Brandon Adams won 4-round unanimous decision over Will Walters, welterweights; Eric Altamirano won 2nd-round TKO over Dara Ny, lightweights; Rudy Macedo won 2nd-round KO over Mario Aguirre, welterweights; Casey Morton won 4-round unanimous decision over Blanca Raymundo, flyweights; Moises Benitez won 4th-round TKO over Daro Donaldson, junior welterweights; Aaron Coley won 5th-round KO over Loren Myers, super middleweights (main event).
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
“The Baby-Faced Assassin” Yurii Polischuk of Alexandria, VA won a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga of Washington, DC in front of a packed house at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The junior welterweight bout was the main event of the joint promotional card put on by Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions. Polischuk simply landed the harder and crisper punches against the game Olinga. Polischuk won the bout by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54. Polischuk is now 6-1-1, two KO’s. Olinga is now 1-9. This was the second time Polischuk has defeated Olinga after winning a four-round unanimous decision on April 26 in the same building. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
A clash between welterweights Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (44-5-2, 22 KOs) and Aaron “La Joya” Herrera (32-3-1, 19 KOs) ended in a sixth round technical draw on Saturday night at the new Coliseo Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. An exciting fight was cut short when Herrera was unable to continue after taking a punch to the back of the head.
In the co-feature, world rated super featherweight Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a third round demolition over Antonio “Tony” Escalante (25-7, 20 KOs). Escalante was down twice.
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos by Damon Gonzalez
Headlining the exciting night of boxing at the Orlando Live Event Center in Orlando, Florida, Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart destroyed Marlon Lewis within two minutes of the opening bell. The shortened main event highlighted another great night of boxing for Central Florida presented by One Punch Boxing Promotions. In the co-main event bout, Moises Carrasquillo won via technical knockout against Arnold Hill.
Cowart (10-0-1, 8 KOs), 133.8 lbs., of Leesburg, Florida, obliterated Marlon Lewis (6-5-2, 3 KOs), 134 lbs., in the first round of their eight round contest. Cowart took little time in showing his superior boxing skills, landed solid shots on the Memphis, Tennessee native. Cowart got inside on Lewis in the middle of the round and landed a solid right uppercut and dropped Lewis for the ten count. With the impressive one-punch knockout, Amos Cowart earned his third straight knockout win. (more…)
In an upset, 41-year-old former champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) outworked and dethroned IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Bundrage went right at Molina, dropping him with a right hand in round one. In most rounds, Bundrage was busier than the lackluster champion. In round eight, Bundrage staggered Molina with a right hand, but had a point deducted for holding behind the head. Bundrage then hurt Molina again at the end of the round. Molina upped the pace in round nine and Bundrage looked gassed after the round. Bundrage, however, landed some big shots in round ten and dropped Molina for the second time. Scores were 116-109, 117-106, 115-110.
Super featherweight Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) rebounded from his loss to Rocky Juarez in May to defeat WBC International silver beltholder Juan Pablo “Largarto” Sanchez (29-12, 13 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. Scores were 116-112, 115-114, 115-113.
NABF Junior heavyweight champ “The Mountain” Daniel Martz (12-1, 9 KOs) dominated former IBF world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-25, 16 KOs) in the scheduled 8 round main event Saturday night at the Falcon Center of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia. 6’8, 256 pounds, Martz used his superior size, power and skill to systematically dismantle Williams from the outset dropping Williams twice in the first round and again in the second before referee Mike Napple halted the contest at 1:15 of round 2.
In the co-feature, undefeated heavyweight Jeremiah “Bo” Karpency (11-0) used effective combinations and counter punching to cruise over journeyman Justin Novaria (4-17) in the scheduled 6 rounder by scores of 60-54 on all cards. Karpency is the younger brother of former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (24-4) who defeated Chad Dawson last Saturday on Showtime. (more…)
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