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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez hopes to defend his belt in September and possible opponents being mentioned include former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, former world champion Cristian Mijares, Jayson Velez, Ronny Rios and Rocky Juarez. Arce is the preference of Gonzalez’ promoter Promociones del Pueblo, but there is also a proposal on the table from Pepe Gomez/Cancun Boxing to face Mijares. The fight could land on September 20, probably in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

There is also the chance that Gonzalez could be included on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II. Opponents for that fight are Jayson Velez, Ronny Rios and Rocky Juarez.



July 9th, 2014



Boxing News

Brook: I’ll prove I’m the real deal against Porter

Kell Brook has vowed to prove he is a World class fighter by ripping the IBF Welterweight crown from Shawn Porter when they clash at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on August 16. Brook has had to bide his time for his first World title fight with three clashes against previous champion Devon Alexander cancelled through injury to both men.

The unbeaten Sheffield star will travel to America in two weeks’ time to complete his training camp, and Brook says that the time has come to show the world he belongs at the very top.

“I’ve been through the mill the last 18 months but all that is forgotten now,” said Brook. “We’ve got the date and after all the blood, sweat and tears it’s going to be worth it and I will prove to all the doubters that I am the real deal on the big stage when I win the World title on August 16. (more…)



July 9th, 2014


Boxing News

Joseph Diaz Jr. Back in Action

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

2012 U.S Olympian featherweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) of South El Monte, California is set to return to the ring tonight as he takes on Guanajuato, Mexico’s Ramiro Robles (12-1-1, 7 KOs) in a scheduled ten round bout from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas live on Fox Sports Net.

“My upcoming fight against is against a tough opponent it is my first ten rounder, fighting on Fox Sports it’s going to be a learning experience,” Diaz told Fightnews.com. (more…)



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Macklin returns August 30 in Ireland

Middleweight Matthew Macklin has teamed up with Matchroom Sport and will kick off the new season at the National Stadium in Dublin on August 30. Macklin’s opponent will be named at a press conference in Dublin soon. The 32 year old has mixed it with Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin and Felix Sturm for the big prize and is determined to get back into range of another crack at landing a World title crown.

“It’s been four years since I last boxed in the UK and five since I boxed in Ireland so I am really looking forward to boxing this side of the Atlantic again,” said Macklin. “The National Stadium has always been a great traditional venue for Irish boxing and I think the atmosphere on August 30 will be electric.”

Macklin will top an exciting bill in Dublin, with rivals Spike O’Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald clashing on an undercard that sees Olympic gold medal star Anthony Joshua MBE in action.



July 9th, 2014

UFC

Kennedy-Romero heading to Las Vegas

As the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch heads to Las Vegas on September 27, this highly-anticipated event has received another jolt of fistic firepower, as middleweight contenders Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero meet in the Fight Capital of the World this fall . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs officially world ranked

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) has officially been world ranked by the WBA with a ranking of 14. The ranking is significant because upon approval by the sanctioning body, a boxer needs to be ranked at least number 15 to be eligible for a non-mandatory world title defense by the world champion. Briggs was contacted this past Friday to possibly step in to fight now two-time WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) on just two days’ notice. Briggs without hesitation replied immediately that he wanted the fight.

“I’m appreciative to the WBA for the opportunity to fight for their NABA regional title which I won a little over a week ago,” said Briggs. “I’m right on track to where I wanted to be at this point of my current comeback. I was pleasantly surprised when contacted for an opportunity to fight Chagaev last weekend. I didn’t hestitate at all to tell Chagaev’s team that I wanted the fight. I was and still am in excellent condition. I would have beaten Chagaev for sure. I didn’t care if the fight was just on a few days notice or that I would have had to travel half way around the world arriving likely the day before the fight. I’m that serious about this comeback and winning the heavyweight championship of the world. I’m back in training and back in pursuit of Wladimir Klitschko,” said Briggs.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Star of David Promotions inks Junior Wright

Star of David Promotions boss Dmitriy Salita has announced that Junior Wright, an unbeaten cruiserweight from Chicago, has signed a promotional deal. The 27-year-old Wright, a three-time (2006, 2008, 2009) Chicago Golden Gloves champion, came to the attention of Salita when he fought Steve Bujaj on Salita’s May 15 card in Brooklyn. That bout, a ten round draw while the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title was up for grabs, drew buzz for being a Fight of the Year candidate.

“Junior Wright is one of the best cruiserweights in the world,” Salita said. “He is the kind of fighter the sport needs. From the early stages of his career he has shown the desire to fight and beat the best available fighters. His last fight was one of the best live fights I have ever seen.” (more…)



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Geale Trainer Graham Shaw

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Graham Shaw trains former middleweight champion Daniel Geale who will challenge WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on July 26 in Madison Square Garden. Graham talks to Fightnews and explains why he is confident that the former IBF/WBA champion Geale will defeat Golovkin.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Culcay gets REAL challenge on August 16

Having already achieved world champion status as an amateur – now, Jack Culcay (17-1, 10 KOs) has sets his sights on his first major championship in the pro ranks. Following a number of successful defences of the WBA Intercontinental Belt, ‘’Golden Jack’’ will challenge for the European Light Middleweight Title on August 16. Culcay will attempt to dethrone the unbeaten Issac Real (10-0, 5 KOs) at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany. The main event will see Yoan Pablo “Iron Man” Hernandez defending the IBF cruiserweight world championship against former titlist Firat Arslan.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Chris Algieri gets an offer to fight Manny Pacquiao. More

George Groves prepares for Christopher Rebrasse. More

Mardi Gras Casino lands Tyson-promoted title fight. More

Bernard Hopkins goes nude for ESPN Mag’s “body” issue. More

 



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

Alfonso Gomez 150.2 vs. Ed Paredes 150
Joseph Diaz 123.6 vs. Ramiro Robles 124
Diego De La Hoya 124 vs. Miguel Tamayo 122
Oscar Negrete 118.6 vs. Carlos Medina 118.2
Joet Gonzalez 122 vs. David Clark 122.6

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Andy Ruiz to face Nagy Aguilera next

Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, will bring Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas back on August 9. In the main event, rising undefeated Mexican-American heavyweight prospect Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (22-0, 16 KOs) will defend his NABF and WBO Intercontinental heavyweight titles against Nagy Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). Ruiz, the former amateur standout and Mexican Olympic Team member, has quickly ascended the pro ranks in his last three bouts by displaying his speed and explosiveness in early knockouts of Manueal Quezada (28-9), Tor Hamer (21-2) and previously undefeated prospect Joe Hanks (21-0). Ruiz is currently ranked #2 in the world in the WBO and #11 in the world in the WBC. Aguilera gained world recognition in 2009 when he knocked out former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in the first round. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Rios-Chaves kickoff press conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former world lightweight champion and all-action fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, undefeated WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas, his next challenger undefeated contender Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov, and 2012 U.S. Olympian and social activist Jose Ramirez hosted a Los Angeles press conference Tuesday to discuss their upcoming fights, which will headline an HBO boxing event on August 2 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Rios faces former interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, who was not in attendance. Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) will be making his defending his title against Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs). Ramírez (10-0, 8 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round lightweight bout on the non-televised undercard.

Brandon Rios: I’m very exited to be back. It’s been eight months missing in action. People thought I was in Miami, but I wasn’t. I was in my house depressed, crying because I wanted to get in the ring and fight again. That’s what I love to do and I’m just very happy to be back to show everybody that I’m not done yet. The last two fights was, you know, it happened the way it did and that’s alright. Also I’d like to thank the Cosmopolitan for giving me the first fight to fight there and I’m very excited because it’s like breaking into the virginity for the first time, first fight there. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo, Lara grand arrivals

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Fight Week kicked off in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the “grand arrivals” of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Abner Mares, Jonathan Oquendo, Juan Manuel Lopez, Francisco Vargas, Mauricio Herrera and Johan Perez at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.

All eight fighters are appearing on Saturday’s Canelo-Lara PPV telecast.

Photos



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev to B-Hop: Any time, any place

As Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) prepares to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against Blake “Il Capo” Caparello on August 2nd on HBO, there is some media buzz about the possibility of a unification fight between Kovalov and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), after Hopkins called out Kovalev in an interview. “All I want to do is fight the best,” responded Kovalev “I wanted to fight Stevenson but he ran away. I would get in the ring with Bernard Hopkins right now! Any time, any place! But who knows? Maybe he’s just trying to get more money from Showtime? So, I am focused on preparing for my fight on HBO on August 2nd and after we’ll see if Hopkins will really get in the ring with me.”

Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva/Main Events stated that she reached out to the Hopkins’ side but no one knows who would represent Hopkins in negotiations until Hopkins sorts out his promotional situation with Golden Boy.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

DeMarco could return in August

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former Mexican WBC world champion Antonio DeMarco (30-3-1, 23 KOs) is currently training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles with Freddie Roach. DeMarco is expected to fight on a Zanfer Promotions card in Tecate, Baja California in August, possibly against Nigerian-Australian Wale Omotoso (23-1, 19 KOs).



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Jimmy’s Boxing wins IBF flyweight purse bid

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There was a purse bid in the IBF office today for the IBF flyweight championship between champion Amnat Ruenroeng and McWilliams Arroyo. Jimmy’s Boxing bid $202,000 and Golden Boy Promotions bid $70,150. The split is 75% to Ruenroeng and 25% to Arroyo.

Jimmy’s Boxing, headed by Jimmy Chaichotchuang, has 90 days to put the fight on.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Grachev returns Aug 9, new trainer Chris Byrd

Light heavyweight Denis Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs) will look to get back on the winning track when he faces unbeaten Ryno Liebenberg (15-0, 11 KOs). The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds with the WBC International Silver light heavyweight title on the line. Site of the bout will be the Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa with Rodney Berman (Golden Gloves Promotions) promoting.

Grachev, who has lost his last two fights, is training at the well known City Boxing Gym in Downtown San Diego, California. He has brought in former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd to be his head trainer with Baruch Ferreira staying on as the assistant.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Groves opponent named: Christophe Rebrasse

Super middleweight George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) will return on September 20 against WBC #3 and European champ Christophe Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) in a WBC final eliminator on September 20th at Wembley Arena in London. Groves is coming off consecutive KO losses to Carl Froch.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo wants to take back Mexican holiday fight dates from Mayweather

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Felipe Leon

WBC/WBA welterweight and super middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather has essentially taken over the Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day weekends, fighting exclusively on those dates since 2010. However, last week Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez stated he wants to fight on those dates which are so important to Mexico and used to feature fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya.

“I want to retake those dates and bring them back,” said Canelo. “Those dates are Mexican dates! They’re Mexican independence dates, and yes, for next year I will be fighting, I want to be fighting on those dates!”

Canelo’s promoter Oscar de la Hoya commented, “Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has given me strict orders, obviously he wants to follow in the footsteps of the great champions hailing from Mexico like Julio Cesar Chavez, fighters that have started the tradition of fighting Cinco de Mayo, started the tradition of fighting in September. Canelo now being a star of his own and a big draw and a person who the fans adore, me, as his promoter, it is my obligation to do what’s best for the fighter. So we’re obviously focusing 100% on Erislandy Lara and then we will be sitting down with Saul Canelo Alvarez and plan out his future.”



July 8th, 2014

UFC

BJ Penn: A Fighter Retires

There was always a running joke among a couple members of the UFC production team and myself when it came to BJ Penn. Event after event we would trade our war stories, trying to top each other by revealing the journey it took to finally track down the ever-elusive “Prodigy.” After it was all over, we would laugh at the same punchline: “But when we got him, he gave us gold.” . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Gavronski ready for limelight

On Friday, ESPN2 will telecast live from The Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. The ten round main event will be a WBC Continental Americas middleweight title fight between heralded Tureano Johnson (14-1, 8 KOs) and little known Mike Gavronski (14-0-1, 11 KOs). Gavronski is an interesting case. A five-time Washington State Golden Glove champion, Gavronski’s pro career got off to a very slow start. Trouble with local promoters, managers, and trainers seemed to follow the young man around. Eventually Gavronski would gravitate toward Sam DiTusa, a Seattle Policeman who has worked with some of the Northwest’s best fighters. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Cojanu-Pucheta meet July 25 in China

6’8 heavyweight prospect Razvan Cojanu (10-1, 5 KOs) steps up in competition when he meets Manuel Alberto Pucheta (30-9, 30 KOs) of Argentina in a special featured attraction. The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds and the vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title. The bout will take place in Changsha, China with Wu Shi Niu / Liu Gang (Zovi Boxing Promotions) promoting. Also on the card will be Cojanu’s managerial stablemate 2012 Olympian super bantamweight Isaac Dogboe (2-0, 1 KO). The Romanian-born, Southern California-based Cojanu looks to make the transition from prospect to contender with the WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title at stake. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Fujioka keeps WBA female 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese Naoko Fujioka (12-0, 6 KOs), 115, successfully made her initial defense of the WBA female super-flyweight belt as she overcame a five-inch height difference and pounded out a unanimous decision (all 97-93) over OPBF titlist and compatriot Tomoko Kawanishi (9-2, 4 KOs), 115, over ten heats on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The taller challenger made a good start by throwing a long left-right combination to the much shorter champ, who kept moving to-and-fro to feel out Kawanishi’s aggressiveness and stiffness as well. Fujioka, who dethroned compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi last November, regained her rhythm from the second on, precisely landing fast combinations and quickly moving out of the range. Though Kawanishi, eleven years her junior at 27, was in command in round four, when she kept stalking the elusive champ with busy but less accurate combos.

From the fifth on, it became a nearly lopsided affair as Fujioka often had Kawanishi at a standstill with solid roundhouse combinations to the face to sweep all thereafter. The champ’s left hooks repeatedly bounced off the face of the taller upright stylist. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Having fought both, former champ Austin Trout leans toward “Canelo” Alvarez over Erislandy Lara, this weekend in Las Vegas. More

Australian champ Sakio Bika was inspired by arch-rival Carl Froch. More

More on Amir Khan and the dropped assault charges.

Oldest active police officer Leo Thalassites inducted into Florida’s boxing hall of fame. More



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Ricky Hatton

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton talks to Fightnews about London Olympian Cameron Hammond and also IBF #14 middleweight Adam Etches, whose careers are guided by Hatton Promotions. Ricky says his greatest victory in the ring was defeating Kostya Tszyu. He also thinks a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao bout could be a 50-50 fight now that Floyd has had close fight with Marcus Maidana and Pacman had impressive wins over Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley.



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo vs. Lara Grand Arrival Info

Boxing fans are invited to attend the Grand Arrivals for featured fighters on Saturday’s Canelo-Lara PPV telecast from Las Vegas. The festivities begin Tuesday morning at 11AM at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. The schedule is as follows:

11:00 a.m. – Mauricio Herrera & Johan Perez
11:15 a.m. – Juan Manuel Lopez & Francisco Vargas
11:30 a.m. – Abner Mares & Jonathan Oquendo
11:45 a.m. – Erislandy Lara
12:00 p.m. – Canelo Alvarez

While you’re at it, at 6PM you can drop by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the official weigh-in for Wednesday night’s Alfonso Gomez VS. Ed Paredes fight on Fox Sports 1 & Fox Deportes. The weigh-in will be held at The Joint Casino Entrance (between Vinyl & Peacock Lounge).



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF #14 Hogan defeats Moxon

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

IBF #14 light middleweight Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (19-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over former amateur star, Steve Moxon (5-1, 4 KOs) at the Grand Star Receptions, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. Scores Tony Marretta 116-113, Anthony Hibbs 111-118, Wayne Ashdown 115-113. Hogan previously held the national middleweight crown but vacated the title recently to campaign in the light middleweight division

In main supporting bout, super bantamweight Shannon O’Connell (10-3, 5 KOs) clearly outscored Bronwyn Wylie (3-3) over ten rounds Scores 100-90, 100-91, 99-91. O’Connell outworked Wylie in most of the rounds to capture the vacant WIBA Women’s International title (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

London Olympian Hammond stays unbeaten

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

London Olympian Cameron Hammond (10-0, 4 KOs) clearly outscored Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco (11-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds at the
Moree Town Hall, Moree, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92. Blanco’s style was unorthodox but Cameron gained control in round two and outworked his Argentine opponent in most of the rounds to capture the vacant WBA Oceania welterweight title. “Cameron boxed well against a difficult opponent and this was a good learning fight at this stage of his career,” said Ricky Hatton who guides Hammond’s career under Hatton Promotions. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev: This is one of the greatest moments of my life

When he realized that he had really done it again, former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev went down to his knees on Sunday night at Ahmat Arena in Grozny, Russia. It was legendary Michael Buffer who announced Chagaev’s close but well deserved majority decision win (115:113, 115:113, 114:114) over Fres Oquendo which earned the 35-year-old Uzbek the WBA heavyweight championship for the second time in his career. None other than Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was the first to congratulate Chagaev in the ring. While the fight lasted Kadyrov even took charge as chief second coaching “his” champion in the corner. It was the leader of the Chechen Republic who brought this world title fight to Grozny along with promoter Timur Dugazaev (Terek Box Event). Accordingly Chagaev thanked the President for all his help and support.

“Words cannot express my gratitude to Ramzan Kadyrov for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank all people of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, Uzbekisten, Germany and the whole world. This is one of the greatest moments of my life”, said Chagaev immediately after the fight in the ring. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly: One more fight then I beat Bellew again

Former world champion Nathan Cleverly says that beating Alejandro Valori on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool will lead to a massive British grudge rematch with Tony Bellew – and he’ll beat his bitter Liverpool foe again. The Welshman defended his WBO Light Heavyweight crown at the Echo Arena against Bellew back in October 2011 and made three more successful defenses of the title before losing the belt to Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff in August. Cleverly took some time out of the game before deciding like Bellew to move up to cruiserweight and the 27 year old wants the big rematch against Bellew then a shot at a world title.

“I believe at the end of this year, or probably at the start of 2015, I will be in line for a shot at the world title,” said Cleverly. “I want to get this job done on Alejandro Valori and then first and foremost it is important I win that fight in good fashion. Then we will look for that big domestic grudge match between myself and Bellew and when I bash him up we will be looking for the world title fight then. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Press Statement on Amir Khan’s arrest

Amir Khan was arrested during the early hours of Friday 4th July on suspicion of common assault against two youths. Shortly thereafter he was released on police bail pending further enquiries. This was a minor incident involving a misunderstanding between Amir Khan and two other youths. On Monday 7th July Amir was notified by the police that the allegations against him had been withdrawn and the matter would not be pursued any further.



July 7th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Bonus Recap

Anderson and Gordon are TUF 19 Winners

Six fighters joined the UFC president Dana White at the Ultimate Fighter Finale post-fight press conference: Headliners Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, Ultimate Fighter winners Corey Anderson and Eddie Gordon, Dustin Ortiz, and Leandro Issa . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA female 115lb champ Fujioka to collide with Kawanishi today

By Joe Koizumi

Having jumped up three classes to win the WBA super-fly belt, unbeaten Naoko Fujioka (11-0, 6 KOs) of Japan will risk her newly acquired belt against a talented and tall compatriot, OPBF titlist Tomoko Kawanishi (9-1, 4 KOs) on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, a 38-year-old Wilfredo Gomez stylist, kept her WBC 105-pound throne twice after dethroning Mexican Anabel Ortiz by an eighth-round stoppage in 2011. She had a difficulty being matched with any suitable challenger, and finally decided to shift her target to compatriot WBA 115-pound ruler Naoko Yamaguchi, whom she impressively dropped early to win a unanimous nod and capture the belt last November. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Kameda to defend WBO belt on Showtime

As part of the programming in advance of Saturday’s Canelo vs. Lara PPV presentation at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Showtime will televise undefeated WBO bantamweight world champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda defending his title against #1-ranked contender Pungluang Sor Singyu during “Canelo vs. Lara: COUNTDOWN LIVE” (7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT) immediately preceding the live PPV telecast.

Kameda, who turns 23 on the night of the fight, and his two brothers, Koki, 27, and Daiki, 25, recently made boxing history when all three held world titles at the same time. Tomoki is the only current champion in the family.



July 7th, 2014




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