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on Saturday night, ‘Saint’ George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) returns following his Wembley Stadium blockbuster and is straight back on the World title trail with a European championship challenge and WBC world title final eliminator against Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Alongside the ‘Return of the Saint’, fans can look forward to an undercard featuring up=and-coming talent. (more…)
Boxing returns on Saturday at Resorts World Casino New York City. The card which is promoted by New Legend Boxing will feature unbeaten jr middleweight Frank Galarza (14-0-2, 9 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY against Jhonathan Batista (14-3, 7 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Galarza, who has appeared twice this year on Showtime ShoBox series, won the NYS title in 2013 and the WBC Latino title in 2014. Also being featured on the card will be junior middleweight Altantez Fox (12-0-1, 4 KOs) of Forestville, Maryland and super bantamweight Danny Aquino (15-2, 10 KOs) of Meriden, Connecticut (by way of Mexico). Both fighters were recently signed to a co-promotional agreement between New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum says WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is losing his fan base. “His PPV numbers have been going down considerably,” Arum told the South China Morning Post. “For example his numbers from the Maidana fight were considerably less than the first fight and less than Pacquiao did when he fought Bradley. What that tells us is that people are getting disgusted with Mayweather and his base is eroding, particularly his urban base in the United States because he’s fighting with very popular rap stars, the urban population is not happy with a lot that goes on in his personal life.”
Arum also stated Mayweather should consider fighting Manny Pacquiao in Macau. “Top Rank would be amenable to Macau but whether Mayweather would agree to have it in Macau that’s something I rather doubt because Mayweather is not the most sophisticated guy. In his mind, all Asians are the same, doesn’t matter whether you’re Chinese, Japanese or Filipino, you’re Asian and you’re the same. In his mind, fighting Manny in Macau would be like fighting on Manny’s home court.”
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Amanda Serrano 125.6 vs. Jackie Trivilino 125
Junior Wright 197 vs. Kamarah Pasley 198.2
Dimash Niyazov 136.8 vs. Jamell Tyson 137
Gary Beriguette 142.8 vs. Rapahel Luna 141.8
Peter Reyes 163 vs. Maurice Amaro 161
Peter Dobson 147 vs. Mack Babb 146.8
Promoter: Star of David Promotions
Venue: Master Theater in Brooklyn, NY
1st Bell: 7:45 PM ET
Chris Gilbert 147 vs. Steven Matthews 158
Mark DeLuca 163 vs. Gundrick King 165
Russell Lamour 167.5 vs. Dennis Ogboo 171
Brandon Berry 141.5 vs. Theo Desjardin 137
Venue: Verizon Wireless Center, Manchester, New Hampshire
Promoter: 13th annual Fight To Educate Pro-Am Boxing
Proceeds will benefit SEE Science Center, The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education, and New Horizons for New Hampshire.
New York Golden Gloves heavyweight gold medalist George Arias of the Bronx, N.Y. will turn pro on Top Rank’s big fight card Saturday, October 4 at Bally’s Park Place, Atlantic City, N.J. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made the announcement today. Arias, an explosive puncher, will fight on an event headlined by Glen Tapia of Passaic, N.J. Tapia will take on Donatas Bondoras of Lithuania. In the co-feature, popular super middleweight Jesse ‘Hard Work’ Hart of Philadelphia will face Roberto Acevedo of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Arias, whose favorite fighters are Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier, is trained and handled by Leon Washington of New York. “My father (Leon) and myself know Bruce Trampler at Top Rank. We called Bruce and told him George is prepared and ready for professional boxing,” said Washington. “We call him ‘Gentleman George’ because he smiles and shakes everyone’s hands going into the ring. But then he goes in and destroys, shaking hands again as he walks down the ring steps.” (more…)
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather sounds like he’s about to clean house. Mayweather told Fighthype that he and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe are “outgrowing” each other and “no longer on the same page mentally.” Floyd also stated that there are issues with longtime cutman Rafael Garcia and he’ll have “a totally new team” in May. Whether Ellerbe is out or simply “on punishment” from Floyd remains to be seen, as they have patched up differences before. Ellerbe was unavailable for comment.
Also the presence of former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer looms as a possible replacement if something can be arranged with Golden Boy, which claims to have Schaefer under contract until 2018. Schaefer attended Mayweather-Maidana as Floyd’s guest.
We do know that at least one member of the Money Team is safe. Floyd confirmed “Al Haymon ain’t going nowhere.”
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) is gearing up for his clash with Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday’s special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night which will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The 26 year old southpaw from South Africa, grew up watching his father, also a boxer, in the gym. Wanting to be just like Dad, Thabiso literally mirrored his father’s moves, leaving the right-handed would-be-boxer with a lefty’s stance. By the time Thabiso started boxing at eight years old, the southpaw style had stuck – it was too late to make the adjustment back to an orthodox stance. “I watched him hit the bag and then I started doing my shadow boxing,” explained Mchunu, “I am actually right-handed, but only in boxing am I a lefty because of how I started boxing. Then I just stayed as a lefty. By the time they started to teach me to be a righty, it was too late and they said I must stay a lefty. I think I did the right thing because I love being a southpaw.”
Sometimes referred to as the “200 Pound Mayweather”, Thabiso is not short on confidence. “The Rock” likes the comparison to Floyd saying, “I think it is good for boxing and especially for me to be compared to the greatest boxer in the world. Sometimes I wish we were in the same division so I could face him because I believe I am smarter than him.” (more…)
Chicago’s Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas (10-1-1, 4 KOs) looks to hand Rafael Hernandez (8-0, 5 KOs) of Grand Rapids, MI, his first defeat when the two square off in eight round welterweight bout during Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” at The Venue on Friday night. “I work very hard in the gym and I am well prepared so stepping in the ring is the easy part,” said Canas. “Now its time to give Hernadez his first defeat and bring home the win.”
Canas, who is emerging as Chicago’s best 140 pounder, has developed a reputation as a hard worker who is not afraid to take on tough opponents. “Antonio is one of the hardest workers out there and unlike many, he takes the hard fights,” said Bobby Hitz. “By facing an undefeated boxer like Hernandez he is showing the boxing world that he needs to be taken seriously.” Rita “La Guera” Figueroa, who trains Canas alongside the legendary Sam Colonna, added, “Antonio is one of the hardest working fighters out there and he keeps getting better and better,” said Figueroa. “He is easy to train because he always listens.”
Tickets for “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” are available at hitzboxing.com and at The Venue Box office. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the first fight is at 7:30 PM.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) answers questions in advance of his title defense against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland at the final press conference before their clash on. The interview is followed by a special media workout where both fighters demonstrate their skills for the press.
Unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero steps out of the shadows next month when he fights former champion Stuart Hall for the IBF championship on the Golden Gloves “Title Tornado” tournament in Monte Carlo on October 25. Just 23, the American (21-0, 13 KOs) has already stepped into dangerous territory, having stunned Kohei Oba in an official IBF eliminator in Japan in April. This time it is all on the line as he seeks to deliver on the rich promise he showed as an amateur when he won numerous US national championship titles and captured bronze at the world championships.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the Golden Boy fighter from his home in Coachella Valley, California. “I’ve seen Hall fight, he’s been a world champion, but his time is done. It’s time for me to come up. I’m a young fighter and I’m ready to put on a show in Monte Carlo.” (more…)
The undercard has been announced for the September 27 pro boxing card at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City. Former winner of “The Contender” and well-known Okalahoma-based jr middleweight spoiler Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (31-19, 16 KOs) of Lawton, Oklahoma, will take on veteran “Prince” Said Ouali (29-4, 21 KOs) of Las Vegas via Belgium/Morocco in an eight-round showdown. Also unbeaten welterweight Juan Alejandro “Alex” Saucedo (14-0, 10 KOs) will face TBA in an eight-rounder.
In the featured bouts, former two-division world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) faces Allen “Funky Cole” Medina (9-23-1, 1 KO), former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs) meets Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (12-3, 12 KOs) and former IBF jr middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas (102-17-3, 79 KOs) battles Julio Cesar Lanzas (8-19-6, 1 KO).
2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr (11-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on September 29, to face Mexico’s Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (21-11, 16 KOs) in a 10-round co-main event featherweight bout on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
In the 10-round heavyweight main event, former light heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver meets top contender Johnathon Banks in a matchup of veterans looking to make their case for a shot at a world title.
Also in action in a non-televised bout will be unbeaten San Antonio prospect Joseph “Texas Mongoose” Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs). He’ll be taking on Corpus Christi’s Jeremy Longoria (6-4, 1 KO) in an All-Texas showdown scheduled for six rounds in the junior featherweight division.
World Boxing Association super flyweight world champion Kohei Kono and the second rated contender Koki Kameda have reached an agreement to avoid a purse bid summoned for today in Panama. Both the Kono and Kameda teams decided to negotiate according to an official announcement made by Watanabe Promotions and Kameda Promotions. The Japanese Boxing Commission had previously come out against this fight so it’s unlikely these two Japanese stars will be facing each other in Japan if the bout comes to fruition since Kameda has had his license revoked.
Photos: Philip Sharkey
Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) has arrived in London ready to defend his European Super Middleweight crown in a WBC World title final eliminator against George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs).
Today at a media workout at Stonebridge Boxing Club the Frenchman shared his thoughts ahead of Saturday night’s fight at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Christopher Rebrasse: “I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to Saturday night. Groves is a good boxer but I am ready to do whatever it takes to get the win. I cannot say whether I will beat Groves inside the distance or after the final bell but I am confident I will win. I’ve come to London as the champion and I will be leaving as the champion.” (more…)
Photo: Digital Sports
On July 6th, Ruslan Chagaev won the WBA world heavyweight championship for the second time by outscoring Fres Oquendo in Grozny (Chechnya). After a long summer vacation with his family, Chagaev returned to the gym this week to prepare for his first title defense.
“I feel great after taking so weeks off and I am looking forward to getting back into the ring”, says Chagaev. Date, place and opponent for his first title defense haven’t been set. “We are starting negotiations now”, states Chagaev’s manager Timur Dugazaev. “Ruslan will probably be back in action end of November in Germany.” Word is that a rematch with Oquendo might be on the horizon after Chagaev won the first fight in July only by split decision.
Both Chagaev and Dugazaev – who is a fight himself besides being the champion’s manager – have picked up training and have joined forces with one of the best and most experienced German coaches. Fritz Sdunek will take over the role as head coach for the WBA world heavyweight champion.
Sdunek had already been in Chagaev’s corner in Grozny but only joined Artur Grigorian as second and cutman. Now the 67-year-old will take the lead after he split up with former middleweight champion Felix Sturm this summer.
“We are very happy to work with Fritz. He is the best trainer in Germany, he knows Ruslan very well and he worked with lots of great fighters and champions”, adds Dugazaev.
European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight king Kid Galahad tackles South American opposition this Saturday night at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, when he meets heavy-handed Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos for the vacant IBF Youth title. Yet, while his next opponent has Galahad’s full and complete focus, that hasn’t stopped the Sheffield favorite casting an eye over the exploits of his two major domestic rivals, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, both of whom were recently involved in world title action.
“Quigg put on a good performance and did what he had to do, but his opponent (Stephane Jamoye) isn’t even really a European-level fighter, at least not at super-bantamweight,” said Galahad. “He was a lot smaller than Quigg and didn’t come with anything to hurt him. But you can only beat the person put in front of you and Quigg did well under the circumstances. The thing is, I don’t think Scott Quigg has boxed anybody world-class yet. I personally think Jazza Dickens would beat Scott Quigg if they fought. I wouldn’t even be that competitive.” (more…)
Former middleweight champion Felix Sturm just tweeted that he will be facing former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz on November 8 in Stuttgart, Germany.
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Bob Ryder
In the Part 1 of our Q&A with Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs), we saw how the preparation is going for his ring return against Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) on September 29 in Hidalgo, Texas. He also revealed what exactly happened with Wladimir Klitschko’s injury that forced his bout with Kubrat Pulev to be postponed from September 6 to November 15. Here is the second part of the interview.
Do you remember the moment when Wladimir Klitschko asked you to be his head coach, what he said to you and how much time you needed to answer him?
I was in Detroit getting ready to walk into the Kronk Gym and he called me. I said “Wlad, what’s up?” He said “I want you to be my coach.” I said “Okay.” He said: “Huh?” I said “Okay!” He said, “That’s all you’r gonna say?” I said, “What do you want me to say? Ok, you want me to do what I do, no problem.” He said, “Okay.” (more…)
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