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Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) will defend his British title against unbeaten Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) at The O2 in London on June 25. Eubank Jr makes the first defense of the Lord Lonsdale belt he won against Nick Blackwell in March, taking on Doran on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first defense of his IBF World Heavyweight title.
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Fight week kicked off Wednesday with media workouts at the UNLV Boxing Gym for the six fighters competing in the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader of 154-pound world title fights this Saturday from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Working out Wednesday and headlining the event were WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage also features IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC super welterweight world title.
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:
Erislandy Lara: I felt that I was a better fighter than him the first time and I’m a little better in almost every area since. One of the most important things is my way of training and my way of getting prepared. I feel that I am much more mature…after I win Saturday, I would love to fight GGG or Canelo, but I would prefer GGG. It’s not frustrating that I’m not fighting the biggest names all the time. I’m a headliner.
Vanes Martirosyan: This is going to be a tough fight. I hope he comes to me. It makes for a good fight. Actually, I think he is going to come forward a little more than people expect, but I’m prepared to chase him. Whatever it takes to be effective. If he is aggressive, once he feels my power, he is going to go back to what he does best – running. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBC super featherweight world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) hosted an international media conference call ahead of their upcoming 12-round championship bout on June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Vargas’ positive test for clenbuterol was a major topic on the call. Vargas was allowed to keep his WBC title and the California State Athletic Commission issued Vargas a probationary boxing license contingent on further testing. Salido, who was stripped of his IBF featherweight title and suspended by the Nevada Commission after testing positive for nandrolone ten years ago, stated “If it would have been me that came up positive, the fight would have been canceled and it would have been all over. It would have been done with. Is that justice? I don’t know. That’s all I have to say about that. They would have never given me an opportunity to prove otherwise.”
Vargas said “I have always been a clean fighter. I’m going to continue to be a clean fighter. We’re the ones that requested the testing.” He reiterated that the banned substance entered his body via some beef stew his mother made him. (more…)
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Felix Rácz/Felix Promotion will promote their next event on May 21st in Cegled, Hungary, where local hero and former Hungarian cruiser champ Imre Szello (12-0) will take on Uganda-born Hamza Wandera (19-9-3). The card will also feature Hungarian light heavyweight champ Robert Baranyi (16-1), who will take on Georgian Beka Aduashvili (17-4), middleweight prospect Norbert Harcsa (4-0) will fight experienced German Chris Herrmann (21-9-1) and Szabolcs Pintye (12-0-1) meets Szabolcs Szabó (11-2-2) in a long awaited Hungarian middleweight title fight scheduled for ten rounds. The event will be broadcast live by M4 Sport (Hungarian National TV).
Top Turkish prospect Avni Yilderim, now 10-0-0(6), the current WBC Intl Silver lightheavyweight champion is training hard under the guidance of Ahmet Oener, for his next fight on Monday May 23 at Petkos Gym in Dachau, Germany. The team has decided to drop a division and give it a try in the supermiddleweight division.
His opponent will be experienced Hungarian Zoltan Sera, 23-8-0(14). If successful and impressive, Yilderim will continue his career in that division.
It will be a quick return to the ring for Yilderim as he was last seen in the ring on May 6 in Berlin, Germany, stopping Jackson Junior in 2 rounds.
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
It’s official. No more “interim” moniker for Gennady Golovkin, who is now the unified WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight world champion.
WBC Statement: The WBC has received official confirmation from Golden Boy Promotions with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ decision to vacate the WBC middleweight world championship. Gennady Golovkin is hereby recognized as the undisputed WBC middleweight champion of the world. The WBC wishes Canelo Alvarez great success in his career, and will certainly look forward to see Golovkin vs. Alvarez materialize in the future.
Canelo to vacate WBC title: I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines
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WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez today issued the following statement:
“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”
Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya today issued the following statement:
“There is no denying that Canelo is the biggest star in the sport of boxing. He is eager to get in the ring with ‘GGG’ to show the world that he is also the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but we won’t negotiate under a forced deadline. Now that the WBC title is off the table, I am hopeful that ‘GGG’ and his promoter K2 Promotions will come to the table in good faith and get this deal done.”
WBA interim cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) makes his first title defense this Saturday night against WBA #11-rated Junior “Hurricane” Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) at The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. By becoming the WBA interim beltholder, Shumenov also became the #1 ranked mandatory challenger for WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in Russia against IBF champion Victor Emilio “El Tyson de Abasto” Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in a unification match.
The WBA has already mandated that the Lebedev-Ramirez must fight Shumenov within 120 days. The Shumenov camp is very vocal in criticizing a WBA “regular” cruiserweight world title fight this Friday night in France between #2 Yunier Dorticos and #5 Youri Kalenga, after announcing that it would work this year to have only one world champion in each weight class.
The 12-round Shumenov vs. Wright title fight is on the non-televised portion of The Cosmopolitan show.
Featherweight contender Ronny Rios (25-1, 10 KOs) will make his LA Fight Club debut on June 3 against Efrain Esquivias (17-4-1, 10 KOs) in the ten round main event at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Belasco Theater to be televised on Estrella TV. It will be Rios’ first fight since defeating Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez on the Cotto vs. Canelo undercard last November. Also on the telecast, unbeaten super lightweight prospect Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (14-0, 6 KOs) will face Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-3-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder and female flyweight Seniesa Estrada (6-0, 1 KO) meets TBA.
The event kicks off an exciting weekend of fistic action in the Los Angeles area that will be capped off by the June 4 showdown between WBC world super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) at StubHub Center in Carson.
The World Boxing Association has notified that the teams of WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) that an agreement has been reached to fight, possibly this summer. As a result, the purse bid scheduled for Thursday, May 19, at the WBA headquarters in Panama has been canceled. According to Golden Boy Promotions, HBO is interested in airing the Ortiz-Ustinov fight. The WBA Championships Committee had ordered the heavyweight title fight earlier this year to comply with a tournament to establish a single champion in the division.
Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) has signed a new promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and will box at The O2 Arena in London on June 25. Full details of his first fight back with promoter Eddie Hearn will be announced at a press conference on Thursday morning in London. Eubank cut ties with Matchroom last December after they lost a purse bid to rival promoter Mick Hennessy. Eubank fought Nick Blackwell under Hennessey’s banner and Blackwell suffered a severe head injury in that bout. Headlining the June 25 card is IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defending against unbeaten Dominic Breazeale.
By Karl Freitag
It was confirmed at today’s press conference in London that former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs WILL NOT be fighting Alexander Dimitrenko as previously announced. When asked who his opponent will be on Saturday, Briggs stated “I’m not sure yet. I was supposed to fight Dimitrenko. He pulled out. I had a tougher opponent that he (David Haye) is fighting and I took it hands down. I want David Haye. I want to take the shine off of him. Everything he’s got is mine.”
Haye added, “Dimitrenko pulled out. He agreed to the fight and didn’t clear it with the manager. Apparently he did this in the fight before as well. So right at the moment we’re looking at opponents for Shannon. He said he’ll fight anyone, so we’re trying to find someone suitable.”
The name of Croatian Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs) has been mentioned as a possible Briggs foe. An official announcement could come later today.
Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Murat “Iron” Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) scored a fearsome knockout victory over Jordan Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs) on Tuesday night’s PBC telecast from Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, MN. “It wasn’t the most powerful punch but I snapped it pretty well. I was ready to keep going but that punch was enough,” said the Russian fighter, who trains with Abel Sanchez alongside GGG. “I am extremely happy he got up and I hope he is okay. I never want to hurt anybody. I just want to win the fight.”
Video: Premier Boxing Champions
Gassiev is now in line to face the winner of Saturday’s cruiserweight unification fight in Moscow between IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez and WBA champion Denis Lebedev. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
IBF #4 heavyweight Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) and IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) met at a South Auckland restaurant for their final press conference before they clash in an IBF elimination bout at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand on Saturday.
Joseph Parker: “I have a lot of respect for Carlos and what he’s done in his career. He’s been in the ring with some big names. The plan is not to get hit, but with boxing, if you have a guy like Carlos who’s prepared to give me a good fight, who is confident in himself and who has trained the house down, then you’re definitely going to take some punches. I’m definitely excited about fighting someone like Carlos, who is going to be a good name on my record if I beat him.”
Carlos Takam: “With time, he’s going to be one of the best. But right now, I’m here to win.”
The promoter is Duco Events and the bout will be televised on the Foxtel Cable Television Network throughout New Zealand and Australia.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (13-0, 7 KOs) will look to add a fourteenth consecutive victory to his unblemished record this Saturday, May 21st at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Wilson, who is quickly becoming one of the top draws in the Pacific Northwest, will take on Mike “Concrete” Bissett (10-8, 7 KOs) in a six round bout, headlining White Delight Promotions’ six bout “Rogue Valley Rumble 4” card. (more…)
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Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) has announced the launch of Live Event Competitions, a brand new competitive experience in EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 Live Events mode. Starting on Saturday, May 14, fans around the world can play the qualifiers in the Live Event Competition to compete for a chance to earn Ultimate Team rewards and a trip to the live finals coinciding with the UFC Fan Expo®, part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, and UFC® 200: CORMIER vs. JONES 2 in Las Vegas. The winner of the grand final match, taking place on Friday, July 8, at the UFC Fan Expo, will receive $10,000 USD* and walk away with the belt as the EA SPORTS UFC 2 world champion . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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In an IBF cruiserweight world title eliminator, unbeaten knockout artist Murat “Iron” Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) of Vladikavkaz, Russia, annihilated Jordan Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. Gassiev, rated #3 by the IBF with the #1 and #2 spots vacant, detonated a left hook on the jaw that put the IBF #10 Shimmell on his back unconscious. Time was 2:54. Thankfully Shimmell appears to be OK.
In the co-feature, veteran heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (32-9, 30 KOs) scored an explosive third round TKO over previously unbeaten Oklahoman Wes Nofire (19-1, 15 KOs). Southpaw Abell, bloodied by a cut caused by a headbutt, dropped Nofire with a barrage of punches at the end of round two. Abell then dropped Nofire in twice more in round three and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:12. (more…)
Undefeated identical twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo have the opportunity to become boxing’s first twins to hold world championships in the same weight class when they enter the ring this Saturday on Showtime from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall will defend his title against former champion Austin Trout, while unbeaten Jermell will battle fellow contender John Jackson for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship.
While they definitely have their similarities – look the same, have one letter different in their first names, have the same dreams and goals in the same sport – like any sibling relationship, they also have their differences. One likes the color black and while the other likes white. One likes horse racing, one likes basketball. However, one of the things they agree on most, is their desire to make history. (more…)
By David Finger
They say politics make strange bedfellows, particularly in an election year. But for fans of the Sweet Science, that quote could just as easily be applied to the sport of boxing. Sometimes the biggest surprise doesn’t come inside the ring and odds are that this Friday night in Las Vegas the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing promoted fight card featuring Hanzel Martinez will be hard pressed to top the surprising news as to who is now partnering with Roy Jones…James “Lights Out” Toney.
Two Hall of Fame fighters, whose dislike for each other was so palpable that their 1994 showdown was billed “The Uncivil War,” are now co-promoting fights together, starting with the Martinez fight on Friday. (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas
Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has been sometimes critical and sometimes supportive of current boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. Yesterday during his ESPN Deportes TV show “A Los Golpes,” Chavez was both when he discussed the Canelo-GGG situation.
“If the fighter wants to fight someone, the fight gets made,” stated Chavez. “For example, when I was offered the Camacho fight, I took it. When they offered me the Haugen fight, I took it. And the Meldrick Taylor fight, and the Whitaker fight, I took them. Don King sometimes didn’t want the fights, but I told him that I wanted to fight them and the fights got made.
“I don’t think Canelo is afraid and I also think that Canelo has more than a good chance to beat Golovkin. Canelo keeps getting better. To me, Canelo is a natural middleweight. Canelo is a much better boxer than Golovkin, but Golovkin is a bigger puncher than Canelo. Honestly, I think Canelo has the skills to make a good fight and he can beat Golovkin.” (more…)
WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (22-0-1, 12 KOs) has called for a domestic showdown with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) after he’s dealt with Predrag Radosevic on June 4 in Liverpool in the third defense of his world title. “I’m going to be brutally honest,” said Smith. “Kell Brook is the fight I want. I would bite your hand off for that fight. Kell is a nice lad and I get on with him but it’s a fight that people would love to see.
“Frank [Warren] made an offer and started the ball rolling. If they were keen on that fight they could have easily had it. Don’t talk about dominating 147lbs and 154lbs and then fight an opponent at 140lbs. If you’re going do it do it and fight one of the champions at 147lbs or 154lbs!”
Heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius is travelling today with his coach Johan Lindström to Holland for a three-week long training camp with the current world champion Tyson Fury, who is preparing for his much-anticipated rematch against Wladimir Klitschko in July. “I have to train with the best to be the best,” says Helenius in an exclusive interview with his sponsor Paf. “I want to kick-start my own motivation and inspiration from how they train and set up their workouts. The more training I get, the better it is for me.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi
WBC#11 unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shun Kubo (10-0, 7 KOs), 122, successfully made his initial defense of the OPBF super-bantam belt when he defeated Filipino Benjie Suganob (10-5-1, 5 KOs), 121.5, by a unanimous decision (117-113, 115-112, 115-113) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Kobe, Japan. Kubo, a tall puzzling lefty, had him at bay with solid southpaw lefts in round six, and took the initiative to have the interim open scores leading after the eighth: 78-73, 78-74, 77-75, all for the defending champ. Though Suganob showed his last surge in the last four sessions, the champ Kubo managed to maintain his lead on the scores to carry himself to a unanimous victory.
OPBF ranked minimumweight Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3 KOs), 105, impressively halted Thailander Toedkiad Weerachon (7-5, 1 KO), 104.5, at 1:23 of the third round in a scheduled eight.
Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.
New York State Boxing Hall-of-Famer Edwin Viruet will be Ring 8’s guest speaker at Tuesday night’s (May 17) monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
“Edwin was inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2016,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “He was unable to attend the induction ceremony, so we will present him with his Hall of Fame belt at our meeting. Edwin embodies what the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) is all about in terms of his overall achievements and accomplishments as a New York State fighter. We’re very happy that Edwin will have this opportunity to be honored and we’re all interested in hearing him speak about his boxing career.” (more…)
The Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup has been postponed due to an injury sustained by WBO #2, WBA #3, IBF #3 super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs), who was set to face Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental title. While sparring, Nielsen suffered a broken metacarpal and a scaphoid wrist fracture for which he must undergo surgery. The 25-year-old from Albertslund is expected to be out of action for 8-12 weeks. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Scott Hirano/Showtime/Premier Boxing Champions
Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will get another crack at a world title when he takes on hard-hitting WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 20 KOs) of Argentina. They collide on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on CBS.
Fightnews.com® spoke with Mares as he gears up for the fight. “This fight against Cuellar, June 25 in Brooklyn, New York, I’m really excited for three reasons. One, I am finally going to New York. I have never been there in my life. Two, God willing I’ll become a world champion. Three, I am definitely fighting a top level fighter. I like to fight this type of fight. Against Cuellar you will see a different type of Abner Mares. Now with Robert Garcia as my coach, I have the slight advantage that he once trained Cuellar.”
Mares parted ways for a second time with longtime trainer Clemente Medina before acquiring the services of two-time Trainer of the Year Garcia, whom he’s now working with at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
‘The Pride of Providence’ Peter Manfredo, Jr. (40-8, 21 KOs) battled ‘Mr. Providence’ Vladine Biosse (16-7-2, 7 KOs) to an unpopular draw over eight rounds at super middleweight in his comeback fight after a three-year layoff last Saturday night.
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Darryl Bunting back in the ring at age 44
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Lee Haskins eyes Stuart Hall fight.
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A member of Team Pulver on season five of The Ultimate Fighter, a season that pitted his coach Jens Pulver against BJ Penn, Cole Miller will get a chance to face Penn on Saturday, June 4, when he replaces the injured Dennis Siver on the UFC 199 card in Inglewood, California . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Local favorite Abel Ramos (15-1-2, 10 KOs) will be featured this Friday in Phoenix, Arizona. He will take on unbeaten Juarez, Mexico, native Dario Ferman (13-0, 10 KOs) in a bout is scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 144 pounds. The site will be the famous Celebrity Theatre.
Ramos was handed his first professional loss this past December in a bout aired on ShoBox, but he rebounded with a win last month. (more…)
We were told Monday by a source with knowledge of the situation that possible interim fights before the Canelo-GGG super fight were being discussed. Now we’re hearing from another credible source that the topic of interim fights before the big middleweight unification showdown hasn’t been discussed. In any event, Canelo-GGG is already the most anticipated fight in boxing, so let’s hope the fight is made as soon as possible.
Murat Gassiev 199.2 vs. Jordan Shimmell 196
(IBF cruiserweight eliminator)
John Wesley Nofire 231.2 vs. Joey Abell 257.2
Danny Kelly 232.4 vs. Stephan Shaw 252.2
Leduan Barthelemy 128.6 vs. Rafael Eduardo Reyes 129.8
Deonte Wilson 144.2 vs. Gilbert Venegas 146.6
Ramiro Carrillo 139.6 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 143.4
Jose F Quezada 140.8 vs. Ariel A Vasquez 141.8
Mengistu Zarzar 193.4 vs. John Moxey 211
Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: Fox Sports 1
Heavyweight stars David Haye and Shannon Briggs showed their form and thrilled local boxing fans at a public workout on Monday at Manchester’s Jubilee Place in advance of their respective fights on Saturday’s card at the Manchester Arena. Haye is facing Arnold Gjerjaj, who also worked out. Briggs’ announced opponent Alexander Dimitrenko wasn’t in attendance, and is rumored to not be fighting at all. No mention of Dimitrenko was made during Briggs’ public interview. If both Haye and Briggs are victorious, they are expected to clash in September. Stay tuned.
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