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“Fans are going to find out where I am at on Saturday night,” Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire said at a press conference this week in Cebu. He is taking on William Prado of Brazil for the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship at the historic Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night. The event is called Pinoy Pride 30 – D Day.
Donaire, a five-division world champion, has trained for weeks in the Philippines. After his last bout – a loss to hard-punching featherweight Nicholas Walters, Donaire made a decision to return to the 122 pound weight division. He was in that division when he won the 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Award.
Donaire’s record is 33-3, 21 KOs. Prado is 22-4-1, 15 KOs.
“I know exactly what is at stake in this fight. It’s very important when I get into the ring on Saturday night,” Donaire told reporters here. Donaire was inducted into the prestigious ‘Flash’ Elorde Hall of Fame earlier this week at the historic Manila Hotel.
A questionable knockdown propelled undefeated welterweight Fredrick “General Okunka” Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) to a ten round split decision over Breidis Prescott (27-7, 20 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Miami, Florida. Lawson was credited with a knockdown in round three when Prescott appeared to slip, but otherwise he had all he could handle with Prescott, who had previously handed Amir Khan his first defeat in 2008. After ten tough, gritty rounds, scores were 95-94, 95-94 Lawson, 96-93 Prescott. Without the knockdown it would have been a draw.
Undefeated former junior lightweight titlist Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO against Angino Perez (18-6, 16 KOs). The bout took place at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Miami, Florida. Barthelemy came out strong against Perez in round one, knocking him down twice. Barthelemy knocked down Perez again in round two causing the fight to be waved off by the referee. The time was 15 seconds of round number two.
Light heavyweight KO artist Ahmed Elbiali (11-1, 9 KOs) went the distance against Mike Stafford (13-3, 3 KOs). Stafford got a point off for holding in round six. Scores were 55-54, 60-53, 60-53 all for Elbiali.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
IBF Super Lightweight champion Lamont Peterson continued his preparation for his nationally-televised bout with WBC/WBA champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia in front of the media on Thursday. Despite telling reporters that he is doing “regular training,” Peterson said he has been pleased with training camp thus far.
“Everything is going well,” Peterson said. “I’m not doing anything special. I’m not looking to change anything.”
When asked what will give him the edge of Garcia on Saturday, April 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Peterson simply said, “I’m a better fighter. Overall, skill-wise, I’m a better fighter and you will see that on April 11.” (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Daniel Lozano 115 vs. David Carmona 115
Toribio Ramirez 127 vs. Alcides Santiago 127
Ruben Ozuna 137 vs. Gabriel Diaz 137
Santiago Arroyo 120 vs. Jose Garcia 120
Justin Pauldo 134 vs. Calvin Smith 131
Ramon Luis Nicolas 176 vs. Marvin Jones 177
Edwin Alvarez 254 vs. Shamar Davis 219
Venue: Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, FL
Promoter: “Tuto” Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #13 cruiserweight Anthony McCracken (17-7) and Vaitele Soi (24-1) will be in action over ten rounds on Saturday in the feature event of the Super 8 tournament in Christchurch, New Zealand. “I am looking forward to claiming back the titles for New Zealand and Samoa, and to overcome the man who beat my friend,” Soi said. “It is a matter of personal responsibility that I vanquish McCracken, and restore the honor of my team, my trainer and my friend.” (more…)
The WBC has initiated the free negotiations period for the mandatory title defense between WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, with a purse offer date of April 17 in case there is no agreement between the parties.
WBC Statement: The WBC is extremely proud to continue with the task of securing the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. During the historic 52nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas in December of last year, the WBC voted unanimously in favor of a proposal which would lead to the unification of the light heavyweight division. Since then, Stevenson defended the WBC title in December, and Kovalev defeated Jean Pascal to determine the mandatory challenger with a spectacular victory that was also for the WBC Diamond belt.
Stevenson has a voluntary title defense scheduled for April 4 against former WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika, and Kovalev has his mandatory commitment scheduled for the IBF. These are very exiting times for boxing. The WBC is very happy to be part of them, and is committed to continue this path.
The undercard of the April 11 NBC card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn was announced today. The main undercard bouts features Olympic Gold Medalist for the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz (16-0, 8 KOs) battling Brooklyn-born Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (23-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight contest. Plus, the return of Brooklyn’s own Luis Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs), who will compete in welterweight action against TBA. Also fighting at Barclays Center are a pair of 2012 U.S. Olympians, as undefeated prospect “Sir” Marcus Browne (13-0, 10 KOs) takes on Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KOs) and Browne’s Olympic teammate Errol Spence Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) makes his Brooklyn debut against Samuel Vargas (20-1, 10 KOs). Additionally on the undercard is the highly regarded Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KOs), plus undefeated prospect Prichard “Digget” Colon (13-0, 10 KOs) battles Jonathan Batista (14-5, 7 KOs) and undefeated female prospect Heather “The Heat” Hardy (12-0, 2 KOs) takes on Renata Domsodi (12-6, 5 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout.
The Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC primetime headliners are Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) facing Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) and a middleweight championship bout between “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) and undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).
Jermell’s brother Jermall Charlo and Mayweather Promotions fighter J’Leon Love are in action on the undercard of Saturday’s Showtime-televised clashes between WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) and Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) and top 154-pound contenders Jermell Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs) and Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) .
In off-TV fights, Jermall Charlo (20-0, 16 KOs), looks to keep his undefeated record intact against Michael Finney (12-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout.
J’Leon Love (18-1, 10 KOs), who returns to the ring after suffering his first loss and will look to get back in the win column against Scott Sigmon (24-6-1, 13 KOs) in 10 rounds of super middleweight action. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Looks like WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will likely defend his title against Krzysztof Glowacki on June 12. The bout appears headed toward a Premier Boxing Champions card in either Chicago or New York. Huck, one of the world’s most exciting fighters, is a big star in Europe, but largely unknown to American boxing fans.
Matchroom Boxing announced today that James DeGale will take on Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF super middleweight title in Boston on May 23. The belt was recently vacated by Carl Froch, who still holds a WBA version.
Former heavyweight champion David Haye announced that he will return later this year, but ruled out an immediate fight with Tyson Fury after twice pulling out with injuries. Haye told talkSPORT, “In an ideal world I think the most exciting route would be to work my way up the WBC rankings, having two or three fights against ranked fighters and then get a shot at Deontay Wilder for his WBC title.”
43-year-old former heavyweight contender and Olympic champion Audley Harrison (31-7, 23 KOs) has announced his retirement in a long letter on his website.
Here are some of the highlights:
“My boxing career has come to an end. I am no longer a professional boxer, and that is good with me…So no world title for me as a boxer, but I accept that outcome as my lesson I had to learn I was certainly talented enough to do it, but that ingredient is never enough.
“My desire to control my career and beat the system broke me down, I was desperate to do it, but not for any promotor but own my company A-Force Promotions. So be careful what you put out into the universe, as the Law of Attraction is real.” (more…)
WBC/WBO #7 rated featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) challenges WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) on Saturday night at the The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas live on Showtime. In his second world title shot, Russell is a -185 favorite to tear the WBC belt away from the champion.
“I don’t think that he’s going to be able to deal with my speed,” said Russell earlier this week. “I think we’ll be able to do it with my speed. He’s always been slow in the speed. Even though he’s been a puncher, a lot of punchers have to really sit to actually apply these punches efficiently. I think he lacks the ring generalship as far as the footwork goes that he would need — the foot quickness. And a lot of his shots are a little wide. So, I’ll be about to outpunch him and be able to punch him between his shots.” (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Former world champion Marcos Maidana could return to the ring in August or September this year. Potential opponents include current WBC/WBA super lightweight world champion champion Danny Garcia, WBA “regular” welterweight world champion Keith Thurman and newly crowned WBA “interim” welterweight world champion Andre Berto. After two fights against Floyd Mayweather in 2014, Maidana would likely make his return on one of the various “Premier Boxing Champions” telecasts.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Abel Sanchez, trainer of unbeaten welterweight Fredrick Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs), spoke with Fightnews.com what he expects from his fighter in tonight’s special edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida (ESPN2, 9 ET). Sanchez also talks also about his coaching philosophy and what makes his fighter tough and fearless.
Currently serving as a coach on season two of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, Kelvin Gastelum will get back to his day job on June 13, when he faces Nate Marquardt in UFC 188 action in Mexico City . . . click here for more
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By Johnny B’
The professional boxing show, scheduled for this Friday (March 27th) in Cicero Illinois, promoted by S.M. Promotions, has been cancelled. The show was to be headlined by light-heavyweight Grezegorz Soszynski (21-1-1, 10 KOs_ in the main-event. Supporting bouts included Ricardo Chavez a heavyweight with a 5-1, 3 KOs record and super featherweight Russell Fiore (13-2-1, 9 KOs). No details were given for the cancellation of the event.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao sat down with cable and satellite TV crews during training at the Wild Card Boxing Club to promote his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV on Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
How Justin Beiber crashed the Mayweather-Pacquiao press conference.
Deontay Wilder jumps into the fund-raising game.
Manny Pacquiao undergoes third drug test for his fight against Mayweather.
What does religion have to do with Pacquiao and Tim Tebow?
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Warriors Boxing
Fredrick Lawson 146.2 vs. Breidis Prescott 146.2
Rances Barthelemy 137.4 vs. Angino Pérez 137.6
Ahmed Elbiali 175.2 vs. Michael Stafford 173.4
Kamil Laszczyk 128.6 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 129
Patryk Szymanski 165.6 vs. Yoryi Estrella 168.2
Antonio Tarver Jr. 154.4 vs. Bruce Lutchmedial 156
Yasmany Consuegra 229.6 vs. Taurus Sykes 251.2
Robert Alfonso 241 vs. Raymundo Lopez 252.6
Michael Seals 175.2 vs. Carlos Reyes 183.2
Daquan Arnett 156.4 vs. Travis Hartman 153.2
Wilky Campfort 152.8 vs. Devon Moncrieff 155
Venue: Hialeah Park, Hialeah, Florida
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
On Saturday night, April 18 at the GPG Event Center (Formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey. In the main event, heavyweight contender Chazz Witherpsoon will be in action.
The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.
Witherspoon (32-3, 24 KO’s) of nearby Paulsboro, New Jersey established himself as one of the top American Heavyweights as the St. Joseph’s University graduate won his first twenty-three bouts with wins over the likes of Michael Alexander (11-0), Talmadge Griffis (24-6-3), Jonathan Haggler (18-1) before suffering his 1st defeat to future two-time world title challenger Chris Arreola via controversial disqualification.
Witherspoon went on to win three win a row which was highlighted by an entertaining 8th round stoppage over Adam “The Swamp Donkey” Richards (21-1). That fight was voted Ring Magazine’s 2008 Heavyweight Fight of the Year. Witherspoon then dropped a fight to future two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson. (more…)
Report/Photo Héctor Villarreal
Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs) arrived Panama on Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to attend the medical test and then have dinner with living legend Roberto Duran at “La Tasca de Durán.”
WBA #6 rated Briggs will face 48-year-old Hungarian Zoltan Petranyi (51-21-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night in Panama City.
Kell Brook steps between the ropes for the first time as a World champion on Saturday night as he defends his IBF Welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield against Jo Jo Dan in ‘Unbreakable’ presented by FX World, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on SHOWTIME in the US – after fearing he may never walk again after the shocking attack he suffered on holiday in Spain in September.
Brook ripped the title from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August with a stunning performance in the American’s backyard, but just two weeks after that win, Brook was fighting for his life in hospital after a machete attack whilst on holiday in Spain. (more…)
Happy Birthday to IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who turned 39 years old today. For nearly nine years, “Dr. Steelhammer” has reigned supreme atop the heavyweight division. He will be making his 18th world title defense on April 25 against Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He also had five successful defenses of the WBO title in 2001-2002. Joe Louis (25) and Larry Holmes (20) are the only heavyweight champions to hold the belt for more consecutive defenses than Wlad.
Undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (21-0, 13 KOs) goes against Francisco “Chia” Santana (22-3-1, 11 KOs) in a ten-rounder at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden on April 25 as the co-feature to “The Champion Returns”, the world heavyweight championship between heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and top-rated challenger Bryant Jennings. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras (31-0, 25 KOs) will be risking his title against WBC #1 rated Luis “Nica” Concepcion (32-3, 23 KOs) on April 4 at the Auditorio Municipal de Metepec, in Estado de Mexico. Both fighters are already getting into the smack talk. Cuadras vowed that he will win by knockout and send Concepcion home empty-handed. Nica proclaimed that he will leave Cuadras crying like a child without his toy and put the belt around his waist where it belongs.
In the co-feature, former world champion and current IBF #8 light flyweight Ramon “Principe” Garcia (20-5-1, 12 KOs) meets WBC #3, IBF #4, WBO #6, WBA #10 Jonathan “Lightning” Taconing (20-2-1, 17 KOs) in a clash that could lead to a world title fight.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Well known American heavyweight Brian Minto is now down to cruiserweight poundage and is looking to redeem himself in front of the New Zealand fans in the SUPER 8 cruiserweight “last man standing” tournament in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on Saturday. Named as the international wildcard for the knockout showcase, the man who stopped Shane Cameron for the WBO oriental crown will return to the weight at which he challenged Marco Huck for the WBO world title in 2010.
“I have major point to prove after the Joseph Parker loss. I broke my nose a week out and couldn’t get the fight rescheduled. I put the money first,” said Minto. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Ricky Burns reportedly has assets of just £228 after a legal battle with former promoter Frank Warren drove him into bankruptcy. According to the Daily Mail, Burns was ordered to pay £200,000 in legal fees plus £170,000 to cover Warren’s damages and costs. Burns now under the promotional banner of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, is scheduled to fight on May 9 at a site to be named in Texas against former world champion Omar Figueroa.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Formerly American-based Tongan heavyweight Bowie Tupou (24-3, 17 KOs) returns to ring action on Friday after twelve months of inactivity when he will clash with former Australian champion Hunter Sam (11-4-2, 4 KOs) over ten rounds with the WBO African title up for grabs at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
The 32 year-old Tupou is coming off a six round stoppage win over Kansas heavyweight, Nick Guivas in March 2014 at Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia. (more…)
A Brazilian reporter asked Conor McGregor which chant would reverberate loudest in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, when the Irishman challenges Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title . . . click here for more
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Square Ring Promotions and Island Fights Championships announced Tuesday that Roy Jones, Jr. (60-8, 43 KOs) would be back in the ring Saturday in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida, against Paul Vasquez (10-6-1, 3 KOs) at the Pensacola Bay Center. “I want to stay active and continue on my path towards a fight with Marco Huck later this year,” said Jones. “I’ve been working on some different things and the fights I’ve been doing are helping me hone these. I haven’t fought here in Pensacola for 6 years and I really am looking forward to seeing all my fans Saturday night. Pensacola in the house . . . Body-Head!”
McGee Wright, Jones’ longtime manager, added, “I encouraged Roy to take this fight. Roy has won his last 6 fights in a row, and his last 3 by stoppage. The stuff he has been working on is really starting to pay off and this is a process that we are going through on purpose to get him ready both physically and mentally for the Huck fight.”
Vasquez, who is known for donating his purse to Children’s Hospitals, is planning to do the same for this fight. “I jumped at the chance to fight Roy Jones. It’s truly an honor for me, but make no mistake, I’m coming to win.”
“It’s about legacy and history – not money,” says Sugar Ray Leonard, about Mayweather-Pacquiao.
UFC’s Dana White dares Laila Ali to call him about fighting Ronda Rousey.
One reporter explains why he’s going to skip Mayweather-Pacquiao.
Miguel Cotto says he likes Pacquiao’s chances.
Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (60-8, 43 KOs) returns to action Saturday night in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Jones will defend a fringe cruiserweight world title against Paul Vasquez (10-6-1, 3 KOs) at the Pensacola Bay Center. The 46-year-old Jones, whose previous fight was just three weeks prior, is looking for his seventh straight win. Meanwhile, after losing four of his last five, Vasquez is looking to turn his career around by both defeating a future Hall of Famer and winning his first world championship.
When Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) steps into the ring this Saturday against defending IBF welterweight champion and hometown hero Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs), Dan will be entering into hostile confines. The 10-thousand-seat Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, will be sold out. Other than a small Dan entourage of roughly 10 of his closest friends and family members, all in attendance will be screaming for the local star Brook. While this might make your ordinary boxer uncomfortable to say the least, Dan is not just your ordinary fighter.
“You can call me the Road Warrior I guess,” said Dan. “This is nothing new to me. It doesn’t bother me one way or the other. If you think about it, all the pressure is now on Brook to perform. I am fully aware that he has the home advantage with the fans behind him, but I plan to make them my fans with my performance. Inside the ring, it is just us and the referee. When they cheer for him, it pushes me to do better. I had a nine-week training camp for this fight, by far my best one ever. I am well prepared. On March 28th, I will be 100% ready for this challenge.” (more…)
Interview/Photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
This Thursday’s ESPN2 card from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami, Florida is headlined by a welterweight fight between Breidis Prescott (27-6, 20 KOs) and Fredrick Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs) but there are also two interesting unbeaten prospects on the card promoted by Warriors Boxing: 24-year-old featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (19-0, 7 KOs) and 21-year-old super welterweight Patryk Szymanski (12-0, 7 KOs). Both hail from Poland and are working with accomplished Florida trainer Chico Rivas. Rivas spoke with Fightnews.com about his fighters and his expectations. (more…)
2012 Brazilian Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (4-0, 2 KOs) has been added as the co-main event for the April 2 LA FIGHT CLUB event, live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Falcao will fight in a six-round middleweight bout against an opponent soon to be announced. Also, rising featherweight and Los Angeles fan favorite Nick Arce (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight in a four-round match hoping to make airtime against Bell’s Carlos Gonzalez (1-6).
The April 2 installment of Golden Boy Live!, LA FIGHT CLUB at The Belasco Theater headlined by East Los Angeles native and boxing legacy Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (13-0, 8 KOs) facing off against Casas Grandes, Mexico’s Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (23-12, 17 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. Opening up the telecast, two-time Brazilian Olympic team member Everton Lopes (1-0) will make his second professional appearance in a six-round lightweight bout. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ, 19-year-old prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO mini-flyweight belt lately vacated by ex-titlist Katsunari Takayama against Mexican Julian Yedras (24-1, 13 KOs) in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on May 30. Should the youngster be victorious and successful, he will break the current Japanese record of quickest acquisition of a world championship now held by Naoya Inoue who seized the WBC 108-pound belt by demolishing Adrian Hernandez in his sixth bout last year.
Who is Kosei Tanaka? Tanaka, born on June 15, 1995, started to learn karate as a kindergarten student, and entered an amateur boxing gym with his brother when in the fifth grade of elementary school. Tanaka became national high school champ on four occasions and registered an amateur mark of 46-5, 18 stoppages. While he was still a high school student, he entered Hatanaka Gym (presided by ex-WBC super-bantam champ Kiyoshi Hatanka) to turn professional at the age of eighteen. (more…)
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