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Boxing News

Boxing returns to NBC April 16

PBC on NBC finally kicks off 2016 on April 16 when rising 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) steps up against former world champion Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight showdown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The NBC coverage begins with unbeaten WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs) of Poland squaring-off against former two-time cruiserweight world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) plus 2012 U.S. Olympian and unbeaten light heavyweight “Sir” Marcus Browne (17-0, 13 KOs) against undefeated Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (21-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round battle.



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Hopkins: I want to fight one more time soon

Seemingly ageless future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that he would like one more fight before hanging up his gloves.

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP Let’s talk!!! I’m 51 had a great career. I want to fight one more time soon b4 I shut it down!!!

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP I don’t turn down any fights. I’m old school fighter.

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP I fought @KrusherKovalev he’s a great strong tough fighter!!! He’s a great champ and friend.

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP It’s was talk about me and @GGGBoxing!! I would’ve came down and he would’ve came up. I did accept the fight

BERNARD HOPKINS EX ‏@THEREALBHOP Now this @AdonisSuperman isn’t a real champ!! I said I fight him in Canada. He don’t want to fight me!!! He want to rematch a guy he beat.



February 23rd, 2016


Boxing News

8,000 tix sold for April 23 GGG/Chocolatito card

K2 has announced that two months out, over 50% of the tickets available for the April 23 card at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, featuring Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez are gone. “We’ve sold over 8,000 tickets in just the first week of being on sale,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “This is the best pairing in boxing and fans have seen how fast tickets moved at our past shows in Los Angeles and New York City and don’t want to take a chance on missing out.”

This is the third straight time Golovkin and Gonzalez have been paired up. On October 17, they sold out Madison Square Garden with 20,548 fans in attendance. Last May 16, at the Forum in LA, 12,732 tickets were sold. The event will be televised live on HBO.

WBA/WBO middleweight champion Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) will defend his titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) in the main event, while WBC flyweight champion Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) battles McWilliams Arroyo (16-2 , 14 KOs).



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

TGB wins Selby-Hunter purse bid

A Purse Bid was held today in the IBF Office for the IBF featherweight mandatory between champion Lee Selby and Eric Hunter. There were 2 bidders. TGB Promotions bid $302,990 and Main Events bid $51,000. The split is 85% to Selby and 15% to Hunter. TGB has 90 days to put the fight on.



February 23rd, 2016


UFC

Alves-Barberena set for May 14

Fresh from his upset win over Sage Northcutt, Arizona’s Bryan Barberena will look to add another “0” to his collection when he faces Warlley Alves on May 14 in Brazil . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

More mature Cartagena looking to win second belt

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Philadelphian Miguel Cartagena, 14-2, 5 KOs, won his first regional title belt in his most recent outing, last July. That night, Cartagena won the vacant IBO Latino bantamweight title. Friday night he gets a chance to add another strap to his collection when he faces LA-based Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez, 12-3, 4 KOs, in a 10-round bout for the WBO Latino junior bantamweight title in Palm Bay, FL.

There is no question that Cartagena’s on a nice roll lately. However not long ago, his career path turned into a rocky road that almost became a dead end.

Just a few years ago, if you asked any Philly boxing fan if Cartagena would become a world champion sometime in the near future, the answer would have been a resounding “YES”. Cartagena was one of those super amateurs who won just about everything while still in his teens. So, success in the professional ranks seemed to be a foregone conclusion. (more…)



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Haye launches campaign to get Muhammad Ali knighted

Former two-weight world champion David Haye has launched a petition to grant one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable figures, former three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Muhammad Ali, an Honorary Knighthood. The campaign comes ahead of Ali’s visit to the UK next week where he will officially open ‘I AM THE GREATEST’, an exhibition showcasing his extraordinary life and career at The O2 in London which runs from Friday 4th March until 31 August.

Commenting on the petition, David Haye said: “Like millions of others around the world, Muhammad Ali is a hero of mine and the inspiration that made me want to become a boxer. This may well be The Greatest’s last visit to the UK and he deserves to be recognised formally, not only for his sporting achievements that made him one of the most recognisable people on the planet, but also his amazing humanitarian work over many years that have had an impact across the world.” (more…)



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Interview: Aussie Promoter Paul Nasari

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Top Aussie promoter Paul Nasari talks to Fightnews about his career as a promoter and his March 12 show at Netball Central, Olympic Park Sydney featuring WBA #10 lightweight Brendon Ogilvie vs. Darragh Foley of Ireland.



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton has “many flaws” says Scott Quigg

Vijender Singh’s first pro bout in India set for June 11

Old foe Kiko Martinez in Frampton’s corner

Nigerian boxers advised to “stay away from sex”



February 23rd, 2016

UFC

Pettis vs. Barboza on for April 23

Two of the best strikers in mixed martial arts will square off at UFC 197 on April 23, as former lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis takes on Edson Barboza in a surefire Fight of the Night candidate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Diaz, Alvarado headline March 19 UniMas card

On Saturday, March 19th, UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo” card at 11pm ET/PT featuring former world champions Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (40-4, 19 KOs) and “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) in separate bouts against opponents to be announced soon. Diaz is seeking to reclaim his world title status, while Alvarado hopes to bounce back after his rubber match with Brandon Rios. The card will take place at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas.



February 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Colonna: It was like a doberman vs. a little poodle

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolsk
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“This is boxing; this is not two freaking people playing in the park. Two heavyweights – anything can happen! We did what we were supposed to do – it was like a doberman against a little poodle. This guy was too weak for Mike!” – said esteemed boxing trainer Sam Colonna after his Chicago fighter “Merciless” Mike Mollo (21-5, 13 KOs), fighting first time in 3 years shocked the world (or at least Poland) and knocked out previously undefeated Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-1, 12 KOs) in Legionowo, Poland. Colonna also talks about the April 2nd Tomasz Adamek vs. Eric Molina heavyweight bout for the IBF Intercontinental title (Polsat Boxing Night at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland).



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Terence Crawford Visits MSG for some Hoops

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford visits the world famous Madison Square Garden for an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and visiting Toronto Raptors Monday evening. He also interviewed with Espn’s Dave Rothenberg at halftime.

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February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Keith Thurman car accident forces postponement of title defense against Shawn Porter

Undefeated world champion Keith Thurman sustained an injury as a result of a car accident that has forced his March 12 welterweight title defense against Shawn Porter to be postponed. The announcement was made today by promoter Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment. According to his doctors, Thurman’s injuries are not considered serious and he is expected to be cleared to resume training in the coming weeks. Thurman vs. Porter was the main event of a scheduled two-fight card to be broadcast in prime time on CBS. This fight and the network broadcast will now be rescheduled for a later date.

DiBella Entertainment, Mohegan Sun and Showtime are evaluating the option of continuing with the remainder of the fight card on Saturday, March 12 with a transition of television coverage to Showtime. Complete details are forthcoming.

“While it’s unfortunate that we must temporarily postpone this marquee matchup, a main event of the magnitude of Thurman vs. Porter requires both fighters be healthy and at their best,” said DiBella. “Keith is anxious to resume training as soon he is able and both he and Shawn are looking forward to a new fight date.”



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Orlando Salido looking forward to Francisco Vargas clash in June

If there is one thing that the two-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido knows about boxing, is that nothing comes easy, especially for him. Everything that he has achieved in boxing he has earned the hard way and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I learned to appreciate what I have and I will never take an opponent lightly or disrespect them like so many other boxers who make plans for other fights without having even fought the one that’s in front of them,” said Salido, who is very close to landing a fight against the WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas.

“If I was Rocky Martinez I would be thinking only about his fight against Miguel Berchelt and stop making plans to fight Vargas who already has a partner for June 4. Martinez will be facing a young hungry lion in his hometown and Rocky won’t have the referee and judges to bail him out in Merida,” said Salido. (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Sturm-Chudinov glove controversy erupts; WBA to review scoring; rematch clause in effect

Photo: Sumio Yamada

The Team of former WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov has issued a statement saying that the gloves Chudinov used in his loss to Felix Sturm last Saturday in Oberhausen, Germany, were not up to professional standards, shedding red paint during the bout, and they plan to have the gloves examined. Sturm’s gloves showed no ill-effects in the bout. Grant brand gloves were used by both fighters.

Elvis Grant Phillips, CEO/Founder of Grant Gloves, told Fightnews.com®, “It’s obvious that something not cool went down in that camp with Chudinov’s gloves. Do you have any idea what it takes to make both labels fall off the gloves and the color on tanned leather to come off completely to see the natural skin, all in 36 minutes of use? Sturm told me and his camp that his forehead was burning but he didn’t know why? Hmmmmm.

“We also have the backup gloves that are signed off by Chudinov’s camp and the BDB, so we have our proof with these that there was nothing wrong with the gloves and that they were perfect. We don’t know if a linament was used on Chudinov’s body perhaps or what caused it. We visited the biggest German paper and they gave me some great photos, you can see the gloves look super shiny and wet from the start of the fight. (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Castellanos-Escandon collide for WBC interim belt

After a victory over Rocky Juarez to win the WBC silver featherweight title and a mandatory shot at the world title, Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (23-11, 13 KOs) of Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, will face former WBA interim super bantamweight world champion Oscar Escandon (24-2, 16 KOs) of Ibague, Colombia in a 12-round fight for the WBC interim featherweight world championship on March 5 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The bout will be featured as part of the non-televised portion of the Luis Ortiz vs. Tony Thompson undercard.

Escandon was originally slated to challenge for the full WBC featherweight title against reigning champion Gary Russell Jr. last November, however Russell pulled out of that bout citing a cut in training. However, Russell will now apparently face Patrick Hyland for the Thurman-Porter card on March 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena.



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

ShoBox Full Report and Photo Gallery

By Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

Friday at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (15-0, 9 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title with a hard fought ten round unanimous decision victory over Mario Munoz (16-1-1, 10 KOs) in the main event of a ShoBox “The New Generation” quadruple header. The most impressive fight of the GH3 Promotions card saw super featherweight prospect O’Shanique Foster (9-1, 9 KOs) score an impressive seventh round stoppage of previously undefeated Lavisas Williams (8-1-1, 3 KOs).

The main event was not without its perils as Lopez returned to the east coast for a bout with the tough Mexican combatant Munoz. (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Junior Wright targets WBA champ Shumenov

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WBA #13 cruiserweight Junior Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) got a first round stoppage over Jim Franklin on a show in Iowa, and the Chicago boxer feels he’s building superb momentum, which will soon result in another title shot.

“The fight was over so fast I couldn’t really tell you much about it,” said Wright, laughing. “But I threw a really good body shot to put him down and then afterwards I just threw a lot of combinations when he got up and they stopped it. I feel great about my win. While training for my world title fight with Rakhim Chakhiev in 2015, I had an injury but still went ahead with the fight. After the match I had surgery and now I am 100 hundred percent. I feel ready for all the top cruiserweights in the world, from what I see there is not much out there to worry about in the division. I would love the opportunity to fight Beibut Shumenov for a world title. He is one of the dominant champions and his fights happen in the U.S. so I feel there is no home-turf advantage, no jet leg to worry about. I feel very confident in this fight and my abilities!” (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

UFC

UFC is ‘Unstoppable’ in lead-up to UFC 200

Building off the excitement of UFC® 196, UFC is UNSTOPPABLE from April through June, showcasing eight spectacular events, hailing from new markets such as Croatia and The Netherlands, to fan-favorite cities across the U.S., Brazil and Canada. The momentum all leads us to UFC® 200 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Lundy plans to take Crawford to war

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Junior welterweight contender Hammerin’ Hank Lundy, 26-5-1, 13 KOs, has tons of talent, a hard head, and a boat-load of confidence., and he’s not afraid to spread the word on his own behalf with a lot of brash talk – before, during and after a fight. His hands are fast, but his mouth is probably faster.

Throughout his nearly ten-year professional boxing career, Lundy has always envisioned his eventual rise to world champion status as one of life’s certainties. He has had his ups and downs along the way, but has managed to stay focused on his goal, eagerly awaiting an opportunity back up all of his self-reliant swagger.

Prime opportunities have come his way before, although never one as big as Saturday night’s clash with WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, 27-0, 19 KOs, at Madison Square Garden Theater. The championship fight will be televised live by HBO.

Although Crawford has been avoided by some of today’s top fighters, Lundy jumped at the chance to fight him. No surprise there. Hank is known as a guy who takes on all comers, especially if the fight presents an opportunity to prove something to the world. Lundy exudes confidence. He truly seems to believe that he cannot be beaten. Point to any of his five career setbacks, and Hank can debate away any notion of defeat in all of them. Fighters can be like that, but Hank is convinced that he holds every possible advantage over Crawford, a guy who most of the boxing world thinks will chew Lundy up and spit him out. (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Chocolatito: It motivates me to be on the top of the Pound for Pound list

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions

WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (44-0, 38 KOs) is set to return to LA as he takes on McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KO’s) of Puerto Rico on April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Already at the top of some pound for pound rankings, Chocolatito has won world titles at minimumweight, junior flyweight and flyweight with more to come. “I believe it motivates me to be on the top of the Pound for Pound list. It makes me just work harder and I stay active in the gym,” Chocolatito said. “I’m ready. My goal is to win that fourth world title and fifth if possible.”

Gonzalez begins his training camp this week. “We will begin training for this fight in Nicaragua in the same gym I have been training since I was a kid,” Chocolatito said.

His challenger Arroyo will be getting his second shot at a world title, after coming up just short against current IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng in September of 2014. “McWilliams is a very strong, young, fighter. I feel this will be an excellent fight between the two of us,” Gonzalez stated. (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford to talk training with military vets

Undefeated two-division world champion and 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence “Bud” Crawford will meet with military veterans to discuss and demonstrate boxing training techniques on Tuesday at Gleason’s Gym (77 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 10201), beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. The veterans are members of a New York-based boxing club.

Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., is in town to make his debut at the “Mecca of Boxing ” — Madison Square Garden on Saturday. He’ll be defending his WBO junior welterweight world title against “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The telecast will open with a battle between undefeated lightweights Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo and William”Baby Face” Silva.



February 22nd, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Pittsburgh Post-Fight & Talking Points

Donald Cerrone looked different against Alex Oliveira in Pittsburgh Sunday night: he looked like “Cowboy” again . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also post-fight and bonus recap

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February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Coach Ramey says Lundy fears no man – not even Crawford

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Unlike his fighter Hank Lundy, Coach Charles Ramey is not the trash-talking type. Ramey been in the boxing game for decades, and speaks much softer than his brash boxer. However, he and Lundy share the same confidence and believe that Saturday’s fight with Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden Theater, is one that Lundy will win.

Although Lundy’s staff has been like a revolving door through the years, Ramey was Lundy’s first trainer, and finds himself back in Lundy’s corner for the biggest fight of the 140-pounder’s career. They joined forces the day Hank first entered South Philly’s Marian Anderson Rec Center, fourteen years ago.

“I am the original trainer,” Coach Ramey said. “I had him from the beginning.” (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Rocky Martinez targets Francisco Vargas

WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez says he’s ready for an unification bout against Mexican Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas after his March 12th fight versus Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), who is going to face Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs) in his second defense of the WBO 130-pound belt he won last year against Orlando “Siri” Salido, is confident he will beat Berchelt in March and then he wants to face Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs), the WBC super featherweight king, in the summer.

The timing of the Martinez’ call-out is curious, as negotiations for Vargas to face Salido on June 4 at StubHub Center outside Los Angeles are at an advanced stage. (more…)



February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Sturm-Chudinov official WBA scorecard

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Entering the championship rounds, all three judges had last Saturday’s WBA super middleweight championship bout in Oberhausen, Germany, between defendng champion Fedor Chudinov and challenger Felix Sturm scored even at 95-95. Judge Ignacio Robles (114-114) scored round eleven for Chudinov and round twelve for Sturm, while both Jean-Louis Leglande (115-113) and Giuseppe Quartarone (115-113) gave the last two rounds and the victory to former four-time middleweight champion Sturm.

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February 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Team Crawford arrives in NYC with precious cargo

Photo: Top Rank

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February 22nd, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Pittsburgh: Cerrone Claims Victory in Battle of Cowboys

The battle of the “Cowboys” at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center ended in the favor of former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone Sunday night, as he made his UFC welterweight debut a successful one with a first-round submission win over Brazil’s Alex Oliveira . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also main card coverage

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February 22nd, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Pittsburgh: Strickland, Bamgbose TKO Way to Victories in Prelims

A meeting of welterweight prospects ended in a positive manner for Sean Strickland on Sunday, as he stopped Alex Garcia via strikes in the third round at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also early prelim coverage

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February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Broner-Theophane Title Bout Comes To DC Armory April 1

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Washington, DC has received another nationally-televised card that will have a world-title bout as its main event.

The DC Armory will host a card on Friday, April 1 that will feature WBA super lightweight champion Adrian “The Problem” Broner of Cincinnati, OH defending his title against Ashley “Treasure” Theophane of Las Vegas, NV by way of the United Kingdom. Broner (31-2, 23 KO’s) is making the first defense of the title he won against Khabib Allakhverdiev by 12th round TKO on October 3 in Cincinnati. This is Broner’s first bout in DC but he is no stranger to the area as he has trained with boxers at the Headbangers Gym. Broner has also supported young boxers in the area by attending events such as the Golden Gloves.

Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KO’s) is on a six-bout winning streak that includes a 10-round unanimous decision over Steve Upshur Chambers on September 12 in Las Vegas. This will be the first attempt at a world title for the 35-year old Theophane. (more…)



February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao sparmate arrives

By Nick Giongco

Ghislain Maduma, a 31-year-old Canadian by way of Congo, is already in Manny Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City to begin sparring with the Filipino icon. Maduma arrived in Manila Sunday morning and was joined by trainer Reginald Laguerre after a lengthy flight from Montreal. Pacquiao kicked off training camp almost two weeks ago and is making heads turn lately under Freddie Roach.

Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, told Fightnews that it is likely that sparring will start Thursday after Maduma’s luggage was left in Los Angeles during transit.



February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Sturm considering retirement

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Photo: Sumio Yamada


After winning his fifth world title on Saturday night in Oberhausen, Germany, newly crowned WBA super middleweight champion Felix Sturm isn’t making any long-term commitments. “Maybe today was my last fight,” said the 37-year-old Sturm after the fight. “Once again, I’ve had everything taken out of me and showed everyone that it’s better behind the microphone or on TV!”

[On whether he’ll hang up the gloves] “That decision won’t come today. I’ll let my wounds heal and then discuss it with my family and my team. Maybe I’ll have two or three more fights, maybe I’ll say goodbye.”

If this is the end for Sturm, he would be hard-pressed to go out on a higher note. Then again, there’s always that long overdue showdown with Arthur Abraham.



February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Chudinov: I don’t agree with the decision

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Photo: Sumio Yamada


Former WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) isn’t happy with the result of his rematch against veteran Felix Sturm, which took place Saturday night in Oberhausen, Germany. “Felix fought well, very well,” said Chudinov diplomatically. “There were a few clashes of our heads. Sometimes it was his fault, sometimes mine, but I don’t agree with the decision.”

The punch stats seem to support Chudinov’s conclusion. He outpunched Sturm 1022 to 605 over the twelve rounds, landing 297 punches overall to Sturm’s 184. As for power shots, Chudinov connected on 226 of 698, while the new champion landed 143 of 349.



February 21st, 2016

UFC

It’s always showtime for ‘Cowboy’

A lot of fighters just go through the motions at open workouts. But as UFC fans know, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is not like most fighters and fans in attendance at the Fight Night Pittsburgh Open Workouts in the Stout Training gym on Friday got exactly what they came for . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 21st, 2016




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