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Lopez-Reynoso draw, Odom KOs Jackson

Lopez-Reynoso draw, Odom KOs Jackson

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Undefeated WBA #5 super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) and Roman Reynoso (18-1-2, 7 KOs) ...

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Crawford, Postol, Valdez, Rueda make weight

Crawford, Postol, Valdez, Rueda make weight

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Terence Crawford 140 vs. Viktor Postol 139.5 (WBO/WBC jr welterweight unification) Oscar Valdez 126 vs. Matias Rueda 125 (WBO featherweight ...

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Full Report: Guzman wins vacant IBF 122lb belt

Full Report: Guzman wins vacant IBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the vacant IBF junior featherweight ...

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Derevyanchenko decimates Soliman; Khytrov dominates Mendez

Derevyanchenko decimates Soliman; Khytrov dominates Mendez

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Sam Soliman (44-14, 18 KOs) once in the 1st round and twice ...

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Boxing News

WBO #1 Boesel faces KO artist Liebau on April 30

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (21-0, 7 KOs) risks his lofty world ranking and WBO Intercontinental belt against KO artist Denis Liebau (19-0, 18 KOs) in a clash of unbeatens on April 30 at the Jahrhunderthalle in Spergau/Leuna, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Boesel and Liebau faced off at Thursday’s kickoff press conference.

Dominic Boesel: Denis Liebau has been a great record, but he can’t get past my boxing skills – I fence with my fists! Liebau is extremely fit and always seems dangerous, but I have always looked good against these types of opponents in the last two years and I won’t let him take my title.

Denis Liebau: I want to quickly get to the top, whether against Bösel or any other of the world’s best – I’ll put my fists through a wall! Any of the German light heavyweights in my way, Boesel, Stieglitz or all the others, I want them all!” (more…)



March 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Crolla to defend against Barroso May 7

WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) will defend his WBA World Lightweight title against Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on May 7.

Crolla won the belt in stunning style at the vaunted Manchester venue in November, folding Darleys Perez in the fifth round of their rematch for the Colombian’s title, capping a fairy tale comeback from the life-threatening injuries he suffered in December 2014 when confronting burglars at his neighbours home and then his first fight with Perez ending in a controversial draw in July. (more…)



March 11th, 2016


Boxing News

First Lady of South African Boxing passes

Shona MacTaggartBy Ron Jackson

Shona MacTaggart who has spent a lifetime around boxing died at her home in Midrand, Gauteng on Thursday. She was 70 years-old and had been ill for more than a year. In the 1980s Shona was involved in the staging of Gymkhana’s and worked with Russell MacMillan at the Sun City gambling resort. He soon recognised her outstanding organising ability and roped her into the staging of boxing tournaments at Sun City.

She subsequently joined the Golden Gloves Boxing Promotions organisation and was Rodney Berman’s “right hand man.”

Shona was a tireless worker arranging the hospitality for foreign fighters and their entourage and making sure that their transport, hotel accommodation and training facilities were in order. She also travelled extensively around the world wherever Golden Gloves were promoting fights. (more…)



March 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Montes de Oca ready for Ruiz tonight

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Mexico city super featherweight Joel “Jooe” Montes de Oca (18-5, 10 KOs) will look to upset WBO Latino champion Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2-1, 6 KOs) when they collide tonight at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The main event will be another edition of the Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing “Civil War ” series. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. Both fighters hail from Mexico City and will be making their debuts on the network.

Montes de Oca was on a 14 fight win streak when he was matched with former world champion Yiorkis Gamboa in 2014. Montes de Oca was soundly beaten as expected but is by no means down about the loss. He knows his chances are much better versus Ruiz and is focused on the task at hand. (more…)



March 11th, 2016


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Ode to boxing trainer Joe DeGuardia

Anthony Crolla pays emotional visit to former trainer

Sheffield’s Kid Galahad awaits word of early return

Carl Frampton has no sympathy for Maria Sharapova



March 11th, 2016

UFC

Shogun out, Teixeira in for Evans bout

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been forced to withdraw from his April 16 bout in Tampa against Rashad Evans due to injury. Replacing him in the FOX-televised bout will be number four-ranked contender Glover Teixeira . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Rosales upsets De Jesus in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Panamanian welterweight Jeffrey “El Merenguero” Rosales (7-2-2) won a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Emmanuel “El Pirata” De Jesus (16-1) from Puerto Rico on an international boxing card presented by Promociones del Istmo at Hotel El Panama. After 8 rounds of action judges Aida Tejada and Pablo Brands scored 77-75 and Jesus Aleman 78-75 all in favor of the local fighter.

In other results: Lightweight Addir Sanchez (11-10-1) stopped Julio Camaño (10-17-1) by TKO in 2; Fermin Garcia (3-1-2) and Elvis “El Leon” Saldaña ( 5-5-3) fought to a 6 rounds draw; John Valencia debuted with a draw against Carlos Montenegro (1-0-1)



March 11th, 2016

Boxing News

Telemundo Weights from Mexico City

Photos: All Star Boxing

Carlos “Fino” Ruiz 130 vs. Joel “Jooe” Montes de Oca 129
Hugo “Anestesiador” Warneros 111 vs. Juan “El Potro” Hernandez 114
Gabriel Perez 135 vs. Jerson Aguilar 133
Ricardo “Ricky” Banuelos 153 vs. Juan “Marciano” Lopez 153
Miguel “Gerrerito” Luna 105 vs. Alejandro “Gemelo” Cruz 105
Martin Jimenez 117 vs. Eric Cruz 117

Venue: Auditorio Blackberry Insurgentes Sur No. 453 (acceso por Tlaxcala No. 160) Tel: 52648859
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing in Association with Producciones Deportivas
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) & MVS Channel 52 11:30 OM (Mexico)
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx or at door
First Fight: 8:00 PM

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March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

“Turf Wars” return to St. Petersburg, FL

Promoter Joey Orduna of Mad Integrity Fight Sports presents “Bombs Away 5: Turf Wars” at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday, April 2nd.

Headlining the card is an eight round Sunshine State showdown between popular welterweight Ali Tareh (13-11-5, 5 KOs) of Tampa and Juan Aguirre of Jacksonville. Tareh – the owner of Fight Fitness Center in nearby Pinellas Park – has won four of his last six bouts but is coming off a decision loss to Javier Garcia last July. Aguirre – originally from Guatemala – is a veteran of 23 fights who has a reputation for fearlessness and durability. In his most recent fight, Aguirre extended unbeaten prospect Armando Alvarez the distance while making him work from bell to bell. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Mayweather Promotions inks Sharif Bogere

Mayweather Promotions has announced the signing of lightweight contender Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs). The 27-year-old trains in Las Vegas with legendary trainer Kenny Adams. He turned pro in 2008 and earned a 2013 world title shot against Richar Abril, in a fight that he dropped by a narrow decision. Bogere has won his last four fights by knockout and is eager to return to the ring with the support of his new promoter.



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA suspends Caballero after drug arrest

The World Boxing Association has temporarily suspend former three-time world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero from his position as deputy director of the Committee for Integral Development & Security after Caballero was arrested by authorities in Panama for alleged drug possession.

“We deeply regret the situation that ‘Pelenchin’ is in and hope it’s a misunderstanding and that he can move forward, but as an organization that has fought against drugs and these types of situations, we must remove him from office until the situation is resolved,” said WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.

Caballero, 39, who retired from boxing last year, was arrested Thursday morning with ten packages believed to be cocaine inside his vehicle.



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Lemieux-De La Rosa Press Conference

Photos: Eye of the Tiger Management

Former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) and his opponent San Benito, Texas’ “King” James De La Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs) hosted a final press conference, yesterday, ahead of their 10-round middleweight showdown on March 12 at Montreal’s Olympia Theatre.

David Lemieux: “I’m just coming back from a big fight, but I’ve moved on. I am ready to step into the ring to win. I’m glad to be back home with all the fans who have supported me throughout my career. People who see this fight will get their money’s worth, it’s going to be an exciting fight.”

James De La Rosa: “I am here to fight. I had a great training camp and feel confident that on fight night I will be the best.”

Camille Estephan (Promoter): “We have done our work in and out of the ring and we are happy to announce that everything is set in motion for a wonderful gala this Saturday at the Olympia. We also look forward to watch our young and fierce future champions on the undercard take on some serious opponents and of course happy to have David with his home fans.”

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March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Gilberto Ramirez excited as championship bout nears

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For Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez the excitement of his first world championship fight continues to grow as the bout nears. The hard punching lefty is a little over a month away for facing legendary champion Arthur Abraham for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) on April 9 in the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley Pay per view card in Las Vegas.

“This camp has really gone fast. We have work really hard, with a lot of intensity, but the excitement for the fight has made this camp fun too. We are focused and putting in the work and we will be ready on April 9 to become world champion,” said Ramirez.

Ramirez has been training in Long Beach, California for the fight and has been sparring with young contender David Benavidez and has also travel to the Wild Card in Hollywood to get some sparring in Freddie Roach gym. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Fans invited to Diaz/Foreman media day

Former lightweight world champion Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz and heavyweight legend ‘Big George’ Foreman, will host a huge media day workout this Tuesday at noon at the George Foreman Youth Center (2202 Lone Oak Rd, Houston, TX) as a prelude to the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be held on Saturday March 19th at the Arena Theatre in ‘Space City.’ Fans are invited to attend the workout.

Diaz (40-4, 19 KOs) is scheduled to rumble against Mexico’s Fernando Garcia (30-7-2, 19 KOs) in the main event of the card that will take place in front of his hometown fans. Also on the card, former welterweight world titlist ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) will battle against Saul Corral (19-6, 10 KOs) in the bout that will open the March 19 UniMas telecast. The fights will be televised in the United States at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate.’

Presented by Top Rank, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions, remaining tickets ($100, $60 and $30, plus applicable charges) for the March 19 ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ event can be purchased at the Arena Theatre’s box office, on www.ArenaHouston.com or by calling 713-772-5900.



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Off-TV lineup for Burbank UniMas card

While boxing fans from around the world witness the main event on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo on Unimas, the undercard of Valley Fight Night should also deliver on its share of excitement. Here’s a preview of some of the notable bouts TV viewers might miss out on but fans at the Burbank Marriott Events Center will enjoy.

Miguel Marriaga (21-1, 18KOs) vs. Adones Aguelo (24-12-2, 16KOs) – 8 Rounds
Columbia’s world-ranked Miguel Marriaga comes into every bout with relentless pressure and aggression that only few boxers can handle. But Filipino Adones Aguelo has hung around with the best of them and has only been stopped in two professional bouts while showing a proficiency to get the better of most of his opponents. This bout will be a classic battle of wills that will likely be decided in the later rounds. But not before what is sure to be several rounds of fireworks from both combatants. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Former Amateur star Joey Alday signs with Montoya-Ruibal Boxing Management

Photo:  Porfirio C. Barron Jr.

Photo: Porfirio C. Barron Jr.


By Jeff Zimmerman

Former amateur sensation Joey Alday out of Odessa, Texas, has signed with longtime Dallas boxing backer Michael Montoya and his business partner Mike Ruibal under the banner Montoya- Ruibal Boxing Management.

Alday amassed over 200 wins with only 25 losses as an amateur. He was the #1 ranked 152-pounder in the nation three years in a row with over 45 international bouts. He was hoping to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics this summer however his dream came to an end as he lost at the Trials, but his future is bright. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

UFC

Weidman taking positives, learning from defeat

Chris Weidman rolled into UFC 194 as the undisputed middleweight champion, the man that ended Anderson Silva’s long reign over the division before tacking on three more impressive victories to cement his standing as the best in the 185-pound ranks . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Patrick Nielsen: My little brother is ready for the big time

Photo: Team Sauerland

Patrick Nielsen says his little brother Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs) can prove he is ready to face the best in the division by defending his WBC International Cruiserweight title against Mirko Larghetti (24-1, 16 KOs) on March 19 at the Albertslund Musikteatret.

Micki Nielsen faces the toughest test of his career against the former World title challenger Larghetti, who has suffered just one defeat in his twenty-five-fight career, inflicted by former WBO World Champion Marco Huck in August 2014.

‘’It will be a tough fight, but Micki is ready,’’ says Nielsen. ‘’I’ve been with him in the gym and I’ve seen him spar, and he’s in the best shape of his life.’’

The southpaw siblings are both trained by former two-time World Champion Joey Gamache, and while the focus has been on the younger of the two Danish boxing brothers, Patrick has been a constant figure in the gym offering his little brother support and encouragement. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Ruiz looks to shine on Telemundo tomorrow

Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing continue the spring season this Friday in Mexico City. The main event will feature local junior lightweights Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2-1, 6 KOs) against Joel “Jooe” Montes de Oca (18-5, 10 KOs) in a ten-rounder for Ruiz’ WBO Latino title. The site of the fight will be the Blackberry Auditorium.

Ruiz stepped up his game in his last two fights traveling abroad for the first time as a professional. He split those fights and feels the experiences will be favorable for him versus Montes de Oca. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer and Gutknecht exchange words

Photo: Team Sauerland

Things are heating up ahead of Saturday night’s WBA World Light Heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) and Eduard Gutknecht (29-3-1, 12 KOs) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The domestic rivals do battle for a second time following a closely contested European title fight in February 2013, which saw Braehmer take the belt from Gutknecht with a closely contested points decision.

With the rematch approaching, the fighters wasted no time trading verbal jabs at the final pre-fight press conference, where there was one notable absentee, the coveted WBA title, which had mysteriously disappeared. Gutknecht, who is aiming to get his hands on the missing belt, hit back at claims from Braehmer’s camp that he is a ‘dirty fighter,’ and said his ‘hunger’ will prove the difference in their World Championship bout. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Jesse Hart vows to bring championship boxing back to Philadelphia

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

Super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 19-0, 16 KOs, held a media workout today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia to publicize his upcoming fight against Dashon Johnson, 19-18-3, 6 KOs. The 10-round bout for Hart’s NABO and USBA 168-pound title belts is scheduled for Friday, March 18th at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.

Ticket sales have been brisk ever since the moment they went on sale. In fact, if you don’t already have your tickets, the best you can do now is to try for one of the limited “standing room only” tickets that have just been announced – but you better not delay.

“This event right here sets me apart,” Hart said. “Sold Out. We have standing room only tickets. This is what sets us apart from any Philadelphia fighter you can name. Jesse sold the Arena out. Nobody else is fighting here. If you look at any other top fighter from Philadelphia, they all fighting in different places. None of them brought it here. I told Bob (Arum) and Carl Moretti that I wanted to fight here and they made it happen.” (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Selby to defend belt against Hunter

Lee Selby will defend his IBF World Featherweight title against mandatory challenger Eric Hunter at The O2 in London on April 9. Selby will be his first defence on British soil after he made his maiden defense against Fernando Montiel in Arizona in October, defeating the three-weight World champion on points. He now faces his first mandatory defence in the shape of Philadelphia’s Hunter.

“I can’t wait,” said Selby. “I’ve always wanted to box on April 9 and I’ve been working towards that and my head’s been on it, so now it’s confirmed its great news. Hunter looks decent and it will be a good fight, but I am more than ready for this one. It’s always nice to fight in front of your home fans so it will be great to have my second defence in front of my own people. (more…)



March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

An evening with “Dark Destroyer” Nigel Benn

Hungarian boxer Alexander Horvath gorges on snake blood to prepare for Vijender Singh

Derry Matthews talks about his rough ride to the top



March 10th, 2016

UFC

‘Mystic Mac’ knows who will win Cruz-Faber

The UFC’s next trilogy fight is scheduled as Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will fight for the bantamweight belt at UFC 199. Hear from Faber and what’s and a special prediction from Conor McGregor in this edition of the UFC Minute . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Nonito Donaire Update

Photos: Top Rank

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) is preparing at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas for his April 23 world title defense at the Cebu City Sports Complex in Cebu, Philippines. “The Filipino Flash” will risk his belt against #4 rated Zsolt Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs) of Hungary.

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March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

It’s official: Wilder-Povetkin headed to Russia

No surprise. The fight between the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin will be held in Russia. This was officially announced by promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, head of World of Boxing. Ryabinsky, who won a purse bid to host the match, had 14 days to decide on the date and venue. At the end of the allotted period, it was determined that the fight will take place in Russia with the exact date and city to be announced in the near future.



March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Teddy Atlas GOES OFF on Freddie Roach

While Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley are keeping it low key, their trainers Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas aren’t holding back.

Teddy and Tim are training in the blazing desert heat of Palm Springs, Calif. Freddie and Manny are scheduled to begin training at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. on Monday, March 14.



March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Spence: I know I’ll be the next big star in boxing / Algieri: Spence hasn’t fought anyone

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and former world champion Chris Algieri went face-to-face for the first time Wednesday at a press conference at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in Manhattan as they discussed their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC showdown taking place Saturday, April 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Also in attendance Wednesday was former world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham, who takes on cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Glowacki, and undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne, who faces undefeated Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic.

Some of the highlights:

Errol Spence Jr: “A lot of people have been asking me when I was going to fight top competition. When you look good in the ring, nobody wants to fight you. Established guys don’t want to fight you, so I want to thank Chris Algieri for taking this fight. It would be a major statement if I could stop Chris Algieri.

Chris Algieri: “Spence hasn’t fought anyone. I don’t think he’s fought a guy who’s tried to win. To label me as a gatekeeper against someone who hasn’t made real fights isn’t really a fair distinction. He’s done all his work against guys who were tailor made for him to beat up. He hasn’t fought a guy with footwork or a guy who can box. He hasn’t fought many guys who were in there to win. It will be a really eye-opening experience for him and a lot of people on April 16.”

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March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Rigondeaux returns to Miami – Dickens fight is OFF

Warren: "We have yet to establish how and why he flew to the USA and further, how he managed to fly anywhere when the normal practice is, when applying for a Visa, that you hand your passport in and get it back when the Visa is issued."

Frank Warren Statement: Following various and conflicting reports as to the situation regarding Guillermo Rigondeaux, Queensberry Promotions (“QP”) would like to state the facts as to why Rigondeaux will NOT be arriving in the UK to take part in his contracted fight against British Champion Jazza Dickens at the Echo Arena, Liverpool as chief support to the WBO world title fight between Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews this Saturday (12th March).

QP have been working closely throughout with Dino Duva and his team at Roc Nation Sports (“RNS”) who are all experienced boxing people and who promote Rigondeaux alongside Caribe Promotions. RNS were made aware very early in the negotiation process that Rigondeaux, being a Cuban national, would need an entry Visa in order to travel to the UK, but would not need a work permit, due to his international sporting status and this being a singular international event. Accordingly, QP issued the necessary supporting documentation for his application and accordingly, the Visa was correctly applied for by Team Rigondeaux.

QP was informed on 29th February that Rigondeaux had travelled to Russia to set up a training camp alongside his trainer Pedro Diaz, who was there preparing Ruslan Chagaev for his WBA World Heavyweight title fight against Lucas Browne last weekend. Therefore, his Visa was applied for at the UK Visa Application Centre in Moscow and following the application, his appointment took place on the 29th February, after which we were advised that “all papers were filed and being processed.” (more…)



March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Ronnie Shields: Molina a very risky fight for Adamek

adamek-molina-promoBy Przemek Garczarczyk

“Tomek Adamek will do everything he can – he promised that – to make this an exciting, offensive fight. Adamek going forward, exchanging punches is the worst possible way to fight vs. Molina. Eric knows how to play possum… and explode with hard punches. Not one punch – whole combinations,” said highly regarded trainer Ronnie Shields discussing the upcoming IBF Intercontinental title bout between #8 WBC ranked Tomasz Adamek (50-4, 30 KO) and Eric Molina (24-3, 18 KO) in a Fightnews.com® interview.

Ronnie – you’re in a unique position to voice an opinion about the upcoming (April 2, Krakow, Polsat Boxing Night) Tomasz Adamek-Eric Molina clash. You worked with Adamek and Eric Molina was one of the main sparring partners for your new protégé Artur Szpilka before the Deontay Wilder WBC championship fight.

Don’t forget that Szpilka also fought Adamek. And won. To be honest, I was surprised when this fight was announced. I learned a lot about Eric Molina when he was sparring with “The Pin” Szpilka. I have a lot of respect for his power, work ethic, and ring intelligence. One of the toughest matchups for Adamek to go back to the heavyweight elite. Very risky bout for Tomek – it’s very possible that he’ll be knocked out in his home country. (more…)



March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Chavez Jr. injury KOs Badou Jack challenge

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has reportedly pulled out of a proposed April 30 fight against WBC super middleweight world champion Badou Jack, citing an injury to his left heel. Chavez will not be able to train for three weeks. No decision has been made on whether the fight will be rescheduled or if Jack will now go a different direction.



March 9th, 2016

UFC

Paige VanZant draws Dancing With The Stars assignment

Following in the footsteps of UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, strawweight contender Paige VanZant will be the third UFC fighter to grace the dance floor when she competes on season 22 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which premieres on March 21 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Santos-Martz rematch set for April 9

Boxing returns to Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire, on April 9 when New England heavyweight beltholder Alexis Santos (15-1, 13 KOs) takes on Daniel Martz (14-3-1, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder for a WBA regional belt. The bout will be a rematch with Santos looking to reverse his only career loss. Referee Steve Smoger has been booked to be the third man in the ring for the bout. Hall of Famer Russell Peltz is the matchmaker for the Big Six Entertainment card. In addition to the live action, the evening will also feature a tribute to New Hampshire boxing legend and former heavyweight world champion Jack Sharkey, and following the main event, ticketholders can see a closed circuit live simulcast of Pacquiao-Bradley 3. . “For boxing fans, this event has everything; a heavyweight championship, the Pacquiao-Bradley fight and the best local professional boxing in New England. This event at The Rock signifies the role that New Hampshire plays in bringing world class boxing to the region,” said Al Valenti, event coordinator.

Tickets go on sale Saturday March 12 and are $35 (general admission), $45 (reserved) and $75 (ringside seating), and parking at the racetrack is free.



March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Caveat Emptor: Boxing and the NFL

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By Bill Dwyre

Over the years, as a sports columnist for The Los Angeles Times, I received no fewer than 200 emails that asked a version of the same question: How can you write so favorably and passionately about boxing when you keep ripping the NFL and its concussions. Isn’t that two-faced, unfair? Aren’t boxers concussed as much as football players?

The emails added up to 200 guilt trips. When you have a quick and logical answer for a reader, you fire off an explanatory response and feel fine. When 200 readers seem to have a point, you squirm.

I don’t deny that I like boxing, nor that I am fascinated by its people and its never-ending story lines.

The NFL? Not so much. I always despised its control-freak approach to everything, its holier-than-thou attitude. I covered enough Super Bowls to learn how to join the media crowd, click my heels and say “Moo, Moo.” (more…)



March 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Opponent named for Roy Jones Jr.

47-year-old former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (62-9, 45 KOs) will step into the ring against a selected boxing fan on a March 20 pay-per-view event with $100,000 on the line. Fans were asked to submit up to a 90-second video explaining why they’re worthy of stepping into the ring with Roy. Over 1500 entries were received. The winner was 33-year-old Vyron Phillips of St. Paul, Minnesota. Phillips is listed as having an amateur boxing record of 6-1 and he is currently an MMA fighter. If he defeats Jones in a boxing match, he’ll earn $100,000.



March 9th, 2016




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