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JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be “a fight of the year type war”

JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be a fight of the year type war

Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido Three-time world champion in two division Orlando "Siri" Salido and WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco "Bandido" Vargas ...

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA interim welterweight champion David "Ava" Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous ...

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former IBF lightweight champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs), now fighting at 144lbs., scored a ten round ...

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez In an upset, local lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (19-6, 11 KOs) surprised WBC #4 rated Nery "Pantera" ...

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo took a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training ...

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Boxing News

Flanagan injured, title defense postponed

An injury to WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan has forced his world title defense against Derry Mathews to be rescheduled from February 13th to March 12, still at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Manchester’s Flanagan has suffered severe tendonitis in his left foot that has left him unable to train for the big shoot-out against his Liverpool rival. The 28-year-old will immediately start specialist physiotherapy treatment to ensure that he will be fit and ready for the new date. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Big Daddy Bowe backs Big Daddy Browne

Former heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe believes boxing fans will be hailing a new “Big Daddy” on March 5. He’s tipping Australia’s Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne to follow in his footsteps by halting reigning WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya. “I’m throwing my support behind Lucas Browne, the Thunder from Down Under! To have the “Big Daddy” nickname live on is something that I’m really happy about,” Bowe, 48, said. “Lucas is going to rock Ruslan Chagaev with that big right hammer of his and get hold of the WBA belt that I once proudly owned.”

Browne said: “Of course, I share the same nickname as Riddick and I’m hoping I can emulate him on March 5 and become heavyweight champion.”



January 27th, 2016


Boxing News

Mexican Government pays homage to José Sulaimán

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel WBC

Mexico paid homage to the late Don Jose Sulaiman, winner of the 2915 National Sports Merit Award, during a special ceremony led by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and held on the esplanade Francisco I. Madero at the official Government residence of Los Pinos. In turn, the WBC presented a WBC green belt to President Peña Nieto.

Martha Saldivar (Sulaiman’s widow) and boxing legends such as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Roberto Duran and Don King were on hand along with world champions as Juan Manuel Marquez, Carlos Zarate, Rafael Herrera, Carlos Cuadras, Pipino Cuevas, Daniel Zaragoza, Lupe Pintor, Francisco Vargas, Pipino Cuevas, Julio Ceja, Ibeth Zamora and others. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Di Luisa: Groves is not the fighter he was

Super middleweight Andrea di Luisa says he’ll prove that George Groves is past his best when they clash at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on January 30. The Italian is Groves’ first opposition since Badou Jack edged him out of their WBC world title clash in September in Las Vegas, with the Londoner looking to rebuild and land a fourth world title shot.

Di Luisa believes that the Jack fight – along with Groves’ two titanic tussles with Carl Froch – has taken the best out of ‘Saint’ George and he’ll stop the 27-year-old’s latest charge for world honours at the first hurdle.

“I don’t believe George is the same fighter as he was before those fights against Froch and Jack,” said Di Luisa. “Only George knows how he feels. I can only comment from my point of view. On Saturday we will see how it goes – I do have a good punch.

“George is a good boxer, a good fighter. He’s had a few chances to be a World champion but hasn’t succeeded. He’s a good fighter and a hard puncher but I’m ready for anything. I’m in London to win.”



January 27th, 2016


Boxing News

Unbeaten Horn to face KO King Bailey March 2

Australian Olympian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (13-0-1, 8 KOs) will take on big-punching former world champion Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) on March 2 at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The bout will be a twelve-rounder with the IBF Inter-Continental, WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental welterweight titles on the line. The 27-year-old Horn is rated #8 by the IBF and #7 by the WBO. The 41-year-old Bailey is rated #10 by the WBO.



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I’ll win a title for Ghana this year,” says Joseph Agbeko.

Former boxer Audley Harrison attends Isle of Man awards

Barry McGuigan raves about David Haye

Billy Joe Saunders or Chris Eubank Jr for GGG?



January 27th, 2016

UFC

Dos Anjos vows to show McGregor ‘bad side’ of fighting

After an intense opening press conference in Las Vegas filled with a few more-than-expected barbs from Conor McGregor, UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos landed in Brazil for a media tour and tirelessly discussed his upcoming fight with the Irishman at UFC 197 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Team Delfine Persoon on their way to the 2nd WBC Female Convention in Tijuana, Mexico

Delfine PersoonThe WBC is bringing the Female boxing world together in Tijuana, Mexico. Tomorrow Thursday January 28 we are celebrating the Official Opening of the Second WBC Female Convention at beautiful Gran Hotel Tijuana with guests from all continents. Managers, promoters, ring officials, commissioners, journalists and many, many active and legendary fighters from Asia, Oceania, Europe, North and South America will discuss the past, present and future of our wonderful sport.
Eleven reigning World Champions from seven different countries have already confirmed their attendance: Martha Salazar (heavyweight / USA), Nikki Adler (supermiddleweight / Germany), Mikaela Lauren (superwelterweight / Sweden), Erica Anabella Farias (superlightweight / Argentina), Delfine Persoon (lightweight / Belgium), Alicia Ashley (superbantamweight / USA), Yazmin Rivas (bantamweight / Mexico), Zulina Munoz (superflyweight / Mexico), Jessica Chavez (flyweight / Mexico), Ibeth Zamora (lightflyweight / Mexico) and Yuko Kuroki (minimumweight / Japan).

One of them will be Belgium’s female sportswoman of the year and current WBC lightweight title holder Delfine Persoon along will long-time trainer and partner Filiep Tampere. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Weights from NYC

All of the fighters for tomorrow’s Broadway Boxing card at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill weighed in earlier today.

Louis Cruz 139.4 vs. Michal Chudecki 139
Luis Rosa Jr. 125.4 vs. German Meraz 124.8
Michelle Vincent 125.8 vs. Renata Domsodi 124.4
Valentyn Golovko 139.6 vs. Jerry Belmontes 138.6
Ian Green 160 vs. Devaun Lee 160
Lenin Castillo 175.2 vs. Marcelo Tavares 173
Derrick Murray 125.8 vs. Darryl Hayes 125.4



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Galarza-Molnar added to Bounce TV card

Featherweight prospect Dennis Galarza (11-1, 8 KOs) will enter the ring in an eight-round bout against Hungarian Bence Molnar (14-6, 7 KOs) as part of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Roundon Bounce TV Sunday, January 31 from Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in Immokalee, Fla. The telecast is headlined by undefeated rising star Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin taking on Mexican brawler Jose De Jesus Macias in a 10-round super welterweight battle while welterweights Alex “El Pollo” De Jesus and Joseph Elegele meet in an eight-round showdown.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez ready to shine in 2016

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank


For world-ranked Oscar Valdez, last year was a very successful and satisfying year, but now the two-time Mexican Olympian is pointing to 2016 as the most important year of his professional career as he sets on the road to become a world champion. “Last year was a big one for my career, but I am now looking at 2016 as my year. I know everything I worked for the last few years is within my grasp and I will continue to work very hard to reach my goal of becoming a world champion,” said Valdez, who is managed by Frank Espinoza of Espinoza Boxing.

In 2015, Valdez won his four fights, appeared on HBO and truTv and closed the year with two sensational knockouts over Chris Avalos in September in Las Vegas and over Ernie Sanchez in December in Tucson, Arizona. (more…)



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Freddie Roach harkens back to De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao and the making of a superstar

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By Bill Dwyre

It was just before a news conference in New York City last week, and Freddie Roach had that glint in his eye. If you write about boxing, the moment you see the glint, you look to the heavens in gratitude. Roach was about to tell a story. They aren’t all great, just 99% of them. A Roach story is like the Super Bowl — much anticipated and not to be missed.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will fight Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. April 9 in Las Vegas. That’s why we were all gathered in the Big Apple. The hype had begun.

Roach’s story had nothing to do with the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. And everything. (more…)



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

David Haye’s next fight set for May 21st – opponent to be announced

By James Slater

David Haye will fight the second fight of his comeback on May 21st at the site of his January 16th destruction of Mark de Mori, The O2 in London. The former WBA heavyweight champion ended a three-and-a-half year hiatus with the first-round obliteration of de Mori and, as he said he would, he is keeping busy; although it was initially thought Haye would embark of phase-two of his return in April.

Four months on from his comeback – one that almost sold out the 16,000 capacity O2 and drew over 3 million viewers on terrestrial TV channel Dave – Haye will likely be hoping to get some rounds in in his next outing. The May opponent is still TBA, but bookmakers William Hill in the UK have Malik Scott, at 4/1, the favourite to be Haye’s dance partner. Other possible opponents, all significant outsiders according to William Hill, include Shannon Briggs, Antonio Tarver and Bermane Stiverne.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

George Groves: Shane McGuigan can lead me to a world title

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

George Groves believes a change in trainer to Shane McGuigan can be the missing piece in his world title jigsaw as he returns to action against Andrea di Luisa on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Groves was edged out by Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September in their WBC super-middleweight clash, climbing off the canvas in the opening round to push the Swedish-American the distance. One judge gave the decision to Groves, but Jack held onto the title he took from Anthony Dirrell in April thanks to the other two cards.

That was Groves’ third world title fight after his two KO losses to Carl Froch in Manchester and London, and the Londoner had Paddy Fitzpatrick in his corner for them all. Following the loss in Las Vegas, Groves has turned to McGuigan to guide his latest charge to a world title, and Groves says life with the trainer of Carl Frampton and old Adam Booth gym-mate David Haye has started well. (more…)



January 26th, 2016

UFC

Dana White: Here’s what makes ‘Super Sage’ stand out

Burgeoning UFC superstar Sage Northcutt is up again at Fight Night Newark, ready to compete in his third fight in less than four months . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #4 flyweight Lebron heading to Thailand

By Robert Coster

On Monday, WBA #4 flyweight contender Gregorio Lebron (13-3,11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic headed to Thailand where he’ll face 18-year-old WBA interim flyweight champion Stamp Kiatniwat (14-0, 6 KOs) on February 5. It will be a rematch of their war last August 29th that saw local boy Kiatniwat win the title via a controversial majority decision. Even though the young Thai scored two knockdowns against his Dominican foe, the visiting boxer seemed to dominate the action for most of the bout. Lebron’s trainer “Miracle Man” Angel “Chicho” Castillo is not afraid of fighting the return bout in Thailand. “This time we are not leaving it in the judge’s hands. Gregorio is winning by knockout!”

Should Lebron indeed cause the upset, it would be the Dominican Republic’s fourth WBA world titlist. For his part, Kiatniwat is Thailand’s boxing prodigy, becoming a world champion at age 17 years, 8 months, 28 days – the second youngest world champion in boxing history after Wilfredo Benitez. He is hugely popular in his native land. The much anticipated rematch is scheduled for February 5th in Bangkok, the Thai capital.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Fitch headlines Feb 13 at Mountaineer Resort

Live professional boxing returns to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort with “Cupid’s Knockouts” on February 13th in the Mountaineer Ballroom featuring undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in the main event vs. TBA. The card is presented by Made Men Promotions. For tickets call 724-513-1416.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Signings

Boxing manager Peter Kahn has signed Australian middleweight Satali Tevi-Fuimaono to a management agreement. Tevi-Fuimaono won gold at the World Junior Championships two years ago as a 16-year-old and had an accomplished career as an amateur. He was Australia’s best chance for a medal at the summer Olympic games in Brazil until he suffered a freak injury prior to the Olympic box-offs in December. No date or venue has been set yet for Tevi-Fuimaono’s pro-debut.

Southpaw amateur standout Alexis Rocha of Santa Ana, Calif. has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions and will make his pro debut on the March 4 edition of LA Fight Club in downtown Los Angeles. The six-time national champion will be following in the footsteps of older brother Ronny Rios, who signed on with Golden Boy Promotions early in his career in 2009.

Danish female super bantamweight Dina Thorslund (5-0, 3 KOs) has signed a long-term promotional contract with Team Sauerland. The 22-year-old from Copenhagen will fight on Sauerland’s March 19 card at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen, Denmark.



January 26th, 2016


UFC

Miocic more than ready for the chance of a lifetime

Like most sports fans, Stipe Miocic was sitting back and enjoying the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots game on Sunday afternoon when UFC President Dana White called . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Zou Shiming returns Saturday in Shanghai

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming (6-1, 1 KO) returns to face unbeaten Natan Coutinho (12-0, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. Zou will return for the first time since his lone pro loss–a hard-fought decision against IBF world champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Macao last year. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO International flyweight title.

In the co-feature, Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (8-0, 5 KOs) goes Argentinian Gaston Vega (24-10-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round middleweight clash.

Other scheduled bouts:
Zulpikar Maimaitiali (4-0-1, 2 KOs) vs. Steve Moxon (5-2, 4 KOs) – super middleweight
Ma Yiming (12-6, 7 KOs) vs. Jayar Diama (7-5-5, 3 KOs) – flyweight
Qu Peng (9-1-1, 6 KOs) vs. Aaron Lai (7-3, 6 KOs) – light heavyweight
Andrey Kalyuzhnyy (9-1-1, 6 KOs) vs. Abdallah Paziwapazi (9-3, 8 KOs) – super middleweight
Msg Qing Xian (0-0) vs. Marjo Borres (6-5, 1 KO) – featherweight
Asaidula Musha (0-0) vs. Chaoqun Dong (3-1, 1 KO) – super middleweight
Joseph Omana (12-4-1, 6 KOs) vs. Qiang Liu (1-1, 0 KOs) – super lightweight



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Amir Khan Calls Out Mayweather: You’re Afraid of Me

By TMZSports.com

Boxing superstar Amir Khan has a message for Floyd Mayweather — STOP BEING A CHICKEN AND FIGHT ME!!! Khan — who was in L.A. to see the Danny Garcia fight — tells TMZ Sports Floyd’s been ducking him like a chump … and it’s all because Mayweather’s afraid of taking his first L. “It seems to me that Mayweather’s afraid and he might just not ever want to fight me,” Khan said.

“People need to know that he’s avoiding Amir Khan.”

Amir says he’s hoping to fight Garcia next … and plans to deliver such an epic beatdown, that Floyd would have no choice but to come out of retirement and prove his mettle. We’ll see …



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

José Sulaimán Race to support Prichard Colón

By Gabriel F. Cordero

More than 40,000 people and about 10,000 runners gathered last Sunday at the third annual “Race of Champions” held in honor of the late former president of the World Boxing Council Jose Sulaiman. Proceeds will go toward the medical expenses of the Puerto Rican boxer Richard Colón, who is in a coma after the injury he had in the fight with Terrel Williams last October in Virginia. Roberto” Manos de Piedra” Duran, Pipino Cuevas, “Chiquita” Gonzalez, “Bandido” Vargas, Carlos Cudras and many champions were on hand, along with WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, to show support. (more…)



January 25th, 2016

UFC

Secret to Success: Inside Look at Sage Northcutt’s Fighting Style

Undefeated Sage Northcutt was finally in some danger in his second UFC fight. But the young Texan was able to overcome an early takedown by Cody Pfister before pulling off his seventh-straight professional finish . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Kell Brook hosts press conference in Sheffield ahead of IBF title defence against Kevin Bizier

By James Slater
Photos: Scott J. Raven

Today in his hometown on Sheffield, at The football ground of Sheffield United, IBF welterweight king Kell Brook engaged in a press conference ahead of his next fight, a mandatory defence of his title against Canada’s Kevin Bizier on March 26th.

The fight will take place at The Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, and promoter Eddie Hearn told the gathered media today how he is looking forward to another great Kell Brook night. Hearn began by jokingly saying there was a sweep, which would contest who would utter a certain fighter’s name first:

“I’ll win it for you – Amir Khan!” Hearn said, and Khan’s name was indeed mentioned a lot today, what with this on/off/on/off British super-fight being one both Brook and Hearn badly want. (more…)



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer-Oosthuizen collide on March 12

WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) will climb back into the ring on March 12, defending his title against South African Thomas Oosthuizen (25-0-2, 14 KOs) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Originally, the Braehmer-Oosthuizen was scheduled for Monaco last November, but Braehmer suffered a hand injury while training and had to postpone. “I am delighted that my injury is completely healed and we now can do the bout,” says Braehmer, who is currently preparing for the fight in his hometown of Schwerin. “His height doesn’t bother me. I have always done well against taller opponents. Enzo Maccarinelli was a similar size and I stopped him inside the distance. Regardless of his size, whether by KO or points – I will be sending the South African home empty-handed.”

Oosthuizen stated, “It is great news that the fight is going ahead. Let’s hope Braehmer doesn’t come up with another excuse not to fight me! I’m definitely going to cash in on my skill, speed, youth, power and agility to win the fight. I’ll put him away for sure. You’ll hear nothing from the scorecards.”



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

2nd WBC Female Convention starts Wednesday

By Boxing Bob Newman

The WBC is bringing the Female boxing world together in Tijuana, Mexico. Wednesday, January 27th will celebrate the official opening of the Second WBC Female Convention at beautiful Gran Hotel Tijuana with guests from all continents. Managers, promoters, ring officials, commissioners, journalists and many active and legendary fighters from Asia, Oceania, Europe, North and South America will discuss the past, present and future of the female side of the sport of boxing.

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January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Campas-Bonsante Full Report

Story and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

The legendary career of former Jr. middleweight world champion Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas finally came to an end on Saturday night at the Butte Civic Center in Butte, Montana, and although the brawler from Navajoa, Sonora, Mexico will go out with a win on his record, it was not the way his team envisioned his final fight as a professional fighter would end. After a fast-paced battle that saw both men have their moments, Minnesota’s Anthony Bonsante was disqualified in the sixth round for committing a foul against Campas that caused an injury to his knee, leaving him unable to continue. (more…)



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: All About Amir Khan

Amir Khan slams Floyd Mayweather over Danny Garcia fight

Amir Khan accuses Kell Brook of running from showdown

Manny Pacquiao blames “middle men” for collapse of Amir Khan fight negotiations.

Does win over Robert Guerrero pave way for a Danny Garcia-Amir Khan rematch?



January 25th, 2016

UFC

Ronda Rousey hosts Saturday Night Live

UFC superstar Ronda Rousey made her SNL debut Saturday night, becoming only the third female athlete in history to host the prestigious comedy episodic TV giant . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne: I Want Wilder, Haye and Martin

Photo: Hatton Promotions

Photo: Hatton Promotions


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #3 heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) comments on the recent knockout victories of WBC champion Deontay Wilder against Artur Spzilka and former WBA champion David Haye against Mark de Mori. Browne also mentions new IBF champion Charles Martin. Any of the three could be a future opponent for “Big Daddy” if he dethrones WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev on March 5 in Grozny, Russia.

“Wilder was his usual self,” said Browne. “Not all that impressive and showing that he has a lot to learn about boxing – especially after he made himself fall to the ground after swinging a punch too hard.

“Haye was impressive but didn’t really have to do much against an out of shape and scared looking de Mori.

“Martin was fighting well, but I had neither of them winning at the time of Glazkov’s injury and would’ve liked to have seen some more rounds.

“I’d love to fight and unify against all of them.”



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Joshua rejects Parker challenge

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who promote WBO #3, IBF #7, WBC #7, WBA #11 heavyweight Joseph Parker issued a challenge to the management of WBC #2, WBA #12, IBF #5, WBO #2 Anthony Joshua, but Lonergan says the former Olympic champion wants no piece of the fast-fisted Kiwi. “We desperately want to fight Joshua, we’ve put challenges to him,” Lonergan said. “I was in England two months ago, I was trying to get a meeting through my boxing connections who know the Hearn camp intimately. Eddie Hearn (Joshua’s promoter) turned me down flat.”

Joshua extended his record to 15-0, 15 KOs, with a seventh-round stoppage of fellow Brit Dillian Whyte last month, but only after being rocked in the second round. Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) scored an eight round stoppage of American Jason Bergman (25-12-2, 16 KOs) in Samoa on Saturday.



January 25th, 2016

UFC

Miocic replaces Velasquez in UFC 196

A back injury has forced former two-time heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez out of his UFC 196 main event rematch against Fabricio Werdum on Feb. 6 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Amir Mansour update

Heavyweights Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, (22-2-1, 16 KOs) and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs) went to war for five rounds, with the aggressive 43-year-old Mansour scoring a knockdown and generally getting the better of it. Following the fifth round, however, Mansour said he couldn’t continue. Turns out he bit through his tongue and suffered a jaw injury. At the time of the stoppage, Mansour was ahead on all three cards 48-46, 48-46 and 49-45.



January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Jackson talks about Kovalev training methods

Former world champion John David Jackson, trainer of WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, says his man has a unique way of getting prepared for Saturday’s HBO-televised rematch with Jean Pascal in Montreal. “He has a great work ethic,” said Jackson during last week’s media day. “He kind of choreographs his fights. It’s funny how he does it. It works for him. I let him do what he wants to do. It makes him feel comfortable. He has a routine where he tries to mimic the fight how [he thinks] it’s gonna go about [sic].”

“We put a game-plan together, but he swears up and down there’s no game-plan. We devise a strategy that works for him…his physical training and conditioning prior to coming to the gym enables him to go the rounds that he goes and the pace that he sets.”



January 24th, 2016




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