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Photos: All Star Boxing
David Carmona 115 vs. Martin Casillas 115
Daniel Romero 111 vs. Luis Saavedra 113
Uriel Lopez 116 vs. Gabriel Acosta 118
Jorge Rivera 118 vs. Daniel Perez 119
Ernesto Ortiz 141 vs. Erasto Roque 142
Esteban Bermudez 109 vs. Felipe Imbilimbo 109
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo: Lago Andromaco 17 Colonia Ampliacion Granada Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico DF, Mexico
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones
TV: Telemundo Live 11:35 PM (US) & Claro Sports (Latin America)
Ronny Rios 128 vs. Robinson Castellanos 127
Antonio Orozco 141.8 vs. Steve Forbes 142
Diego De La Hoya 123 vs. Luis Ruiz 123.6
Jesus Delgado 134.8 vs. Joan Valenzuela 139.5
Neeco Macias 148.4 vs. Roberto Crespo 147.8
Tony Gutierrez 162 vs. Dashon Johnson 166.8
Santiago Guevara 133.4 vs. Rocco Espinoza 132.8
Oscar Negrete 119.2 vs. Salvador Perez 120
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Since turning pro in 2010, Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs) has become a staple of the Southern California fight scene, packing venues around the area as he made his way up the bantamweight ladder. But “El Matador” was not afraid to leave his comfort zone in April 2014, as he traveled to Kobe, Japan to defeat Kohei Oba via eighth-round technical knockout in an IBF Bantamweight Title elimination bout. The victory earned the 24-year-old Caballero a shot at a world championship on October 25 when he faces England’s Stuart Hall (18-3-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Bantamweight Championship at Salle des’Etoiles in Monte Carlo. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC #2/WBA #3/IBF #4/WBO #2 rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, and undefeated local lightweight prospect Ivan Najera (14-0, 8 KOs) were joined by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum on Thursday at a San Antonio press conference to announce their November 15 boxing tripleheader at the Alamodome. The fights will be televised live exclusively on HBO Latino.
Arum announced that Ramirez will face Fulgencio Zuniga (27-9, 24 KOs) and Valdez will meet Alberto Garza (26-8-1, 21 KOs).
Bob Arum: “November 15 will mark a historic date because we’re bringing to the Alamodome here in San Antonio some of the great, great prospects and future superstars in this sport. Fighters who in years to come will be followed by fight fans all over the world, but particularly for fight fans here in San Antonio, which has become such a hotbed for boxing.”
Gilberto Ramirez: “I want to show you guys what I’m capable of doing. I want my name to be known all over the United States. I feel like I’m ready to fight anyone at 168, including any of the champions, but we have to do first things first. Zuniga is a tough test for me and I’m looking forward to testing him out.”
Oscar Valdez: “This is my first time fighting on an HBO card. I’m fighting an experienced fighter in Alberto Garza. I’ve seen him fight before. He’s a good fighter, hits pretty hard, has a respectable punch, but I’ve got faith in myself.” (more…)
ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates will present live coverage of the 12-round IBF junior middleweight title fight between titleholder Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) of Mexico, and former titlist Cornelius Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs) of Detroit, as part of a special boxing presentation on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The show, from the Grand Oasis Cancun resort in Cancun, Mexico, will also feature a 10-round super featherweight contest between Juan Pablo Sánchez (29-11, 13 KOs) of Mexico and Nicaragua’s René Alvarado (20-3, 14 KOs). Pablo Viruega and analyst Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes, while ESPN3 will utilize the English-language world feed.
Super middleweight James DeGale will face Marco Antonio Periban on the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 22. DeGale is the mandatory challenger for IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch, but the 2008 Olympic gold medallist faces a tough fight in former WBC world title challenger Periban on the undercard of the grudge rematch Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew.
“This is like a second final eliminator as if I don’t beat him, I don’t box for a World title,” said DeGale. “It’s a good test, he took Sakio Bika close and he had J’Leon Love all over the place and should have finished him off. He’s not a typical Mexican, he can box on the back foot and he’s going to come to fight and that will bring out the best in me. I am looking forward to it, it’s on a great show so roll on November 22. (more…)
Matthew Macklin will face Jorge Sebastian Heiland for the WBC International Middleweight title in an official World title eliminator at The 3 Arena in Dublin on November 15. Macklin and Heiland were set to meet in August but the show was cancelled when Macklin’s then-trainer Jamie Moore suffered gunshot wounds. Macklin dusted off the cobwebs in Germany two weeks ago with his first action since December and can take a huge step towards facing WBC champion Miguel Cotto if he can see off Heiland, the 27 year old who is ranked at #4 with the WBC and won the WBC International title in November with a fifth round KO of Billi Godoy in his native Argentina.
Undefeated IBO super featherweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (18-0, 12 KOs) and Philippine contender Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) have finalized their IBF elimination bout scheduled for November 14 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 12-round bout will be televised on DirecTV in Puerto Rico only. Currently ranked WBA #4, WBC #5 and IBF #6, Pedraza will put everything on the line against Farenas, who is currently rated IBF #2, for a chance to fight the current IBF world champion Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs).
Pedraza, who has knocked out five of his last seven opponents, is excited about the opportunity to showcase his talents at home in Puerto Rico where all of his fans will be able to see him fight live. (more…)
Today in Berlin, Sauerland Event signed a new multi-year German TV deal with the ProSieben SAT.1 network after a 14 year run with the ARD network. The deal calls for eight boxing telecasts per year. SAT.1 also televises boxing events promoted by Felix Sturm and SES Boxing.
It was announced that SAT.1 will broadcast all Team Sauerland events, beginning in 2015, thus ARD’s announced intentions to cherry pick the best fights will apparently not include Sauerland-promoted shows.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
(L-R) Undefeated #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico arrived in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday night for their big press conference where they will join Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to announce their upcoming boxing card. The press conference will take place today.
Promoted by Top Rank, Zapari Boxing Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions, in association with Tecate, the Ramirez / Valdez / Najera San Antonio boxing event will take place Saturday, November 15 at the Alamodome. The fights will be televised live exclusively on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
WBO Youth champion David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico takes on countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3, 8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico this Friday. The bout will be scheduled for 10 rounds with only the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. Telemundo Ford with air the main event with the site of the fight being the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City.
Carmona is a very recent familiar face to the Telemundo Network audience. He will be headlining now for his 4th time on Telemundo air in a year and half span. Carmona came up short in his first bid for a world title last December losing to world champion Omar Narvaez. Carmona returned from that loss this past July on Telemundo and rebounded with a solid victory over Ricardo Rodriguez. Carmona is again fighting in front of his home fans and is ready to exciting performance. (more…)
“I’m a band nerd, through and through,” John Crouch declares.
No one would have guessed that this story of a highly-regarded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who currently oversees one of the premier MMA gyms in the United States, a place which boasts an ever-expanding roster of UFC talent, would begin with a proclamation of such curious magnitude . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Tracy Morin at ringside
By Scott Foster
Former middleweight titlist Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) dethroned IBF world middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Underdog Taylor broke open a close fight with knockdowns in rounds seven, eight, nine and eleven. The 40-year-old Soliman injured his left leg on the first knockdown and his movement was heavily hampered the rest of the way. Scores were 116-111, 115-109, 116-109. Taylor, who previously held the IBF belt for a spell nine years ago, is next expected to face mandatory challenger Hassan N’Dam.
America hasn’t been kind to Australian boxers in the second half of 2014 with Daniel Geale, Blake Caparello, Jarrod Fletcher, Sakio Bika, Daniel Dawson and now Sam Soliman absorbing bitter defeats.
Super middleweight contender “The Matrix” Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) scored a sudden and explosive fourth round TKO over Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-3-2, 6 KOs). Southpaw Dirrell staggered Brinson with a straight left, then got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:12.
Cruiserweight BJ Flores (30-1, 19 KOs) rallied back from a surprise knockdown in the final seconds of round one vs. St. Louis fighter Kevin Engel (20-10, 16 KOs), courtesy of a come-from-nowhere uppercut. In round 2, however, Flores was able to re-establish his jab and dominate Engel from a distance–culminating with a right hand and body shot that rendered Engel unable to continue in the third, and earning Flores the KO win. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
The press conference took place Wednesady for this Friday’s Telemundo-televised card at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City with a “Civil War.” In the main event, one of the series favorites, WBO Youth champion David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4-8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico faces countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3-8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. Carmona’s belt will not be as risk. The winner of this bout is expected to face WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano who defeated Jonathan Vidal last Friday in the season opener in front of a sold out crowd and the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa.
By Karl Freitag
Many intriguing story lines surrounding tonight’s ESPN2-televised IBF middleweight clash between champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) and former champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Fight background: Soliman, making his first defense of the belt he won by dethroning Felix Sturm in May, took the fight because 1) It’s a career high payday, and 2) his team sees it as a winnable fight. At this stage of Soliman’s career, it’s all about cashing out in the biggest way possible. Boxing mystery man Al Haymon worked his magic once again in landing this fight for Taylor. Taylor has been blasted in the media as undeserving of a title shot, and it’s true that Taylor hasn’t beaten a world ranked opponent since 2008.
The age factor: The champion Soliman turns 41 next month, while Taylor is just 36. However Soliman has shown few signs of slowing down, whereas Taylor has suffered brutal KO losses, a brain bleed, and hasn’t fought a top level opponent since 2009. (more…)
The latest chapter in the Briggs-Klitschko saga took place today. Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs brought his pursuit of Wladimir Klitschko to the waters off Hollywood, Florida. Klitschko was on a standing paddle board out on the sound between the mainland and the barrier island when Briggs turned up inside a motorboat. Briggs taunted the champ and when Klitschko paddled away, Briggs had the boat circle Wlad creating a wake that knocked Wladimir into the water. The normally reserved Klitschko was quite upset and twice told Briggs he has “crossed the f**king line.”
WBA “interim” middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (14-0-2, 9 KOs) is aiming at a showdown with WBA “regular” champion Daniel Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Dmitry’s brother Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9 KOs) will fight for the WBA “interim” super middleweight title title against Australian Ben McCullough (14-0, 11 KOs) on November 8 in Tyumen, Russia.
The Chudinov brothers, along with former WBA super lightweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev and promoter Vlad Hrunov will be present at a special event on October 27 heralding the arrival of the Russian language version of Mike Tyson’s autobiography “Undisputed Truth.”
The rumored frontrunner for Ruslan Provodnikov’s November fight is Russia is former WBC lightweight champ Jose Luis Castillo.
Terrific send off for promoter Dan Goossen in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Loads of boxing people on hand paying tribute to the colorful promoter who passed away last week. Broadcaster Rich Marotta gave a wonderful eulogy.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson claims he will fight the winner of the Hopkins-Kovalev WBA/IBF/WBO title unification clash taking place November 8 in Atlantic City. “I will be ringside on November 8 for the fight of Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev. I will fight the winner for the unification,” wrote Stevenson on his Facebook page. of course, negotiations between the Stevenson camp and both the Hopkins and Kovalev camps have failed in the past, then there is the issue of which network would televise the bout with Hopkins and Kovalev both currently aligned with HBO, and Stevenson recently jumping from HBO to Showtime.
Undefeated Russian prospect Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs) was scheduled for a 10-round welterweight fight with Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs), of Ghana, as part of a special triple header edition of NBCSN Fight Night on Nov. 8 at Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA, but when Lartey pulled out last week, local fighter Ronald Cruz (20-4, 15 KOs) stepped up to the challenge. The 28-year old Mikhaylenko, who hails from Gelendzhik, Russia, made his US debut Aug. 2 when he defeated Sechew Powell on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev versus Blake Caparello title fight in Atlantic City, NJ. This will be his first appearance on Fight Night.
About the change of opponent Dmitry said: “I do not see any problems switching to another opponent. At this point of my career it really does not matter who will be in front of me. I come to fight and hope my opponent does as well.”
Cruz, a native of Bethlehem, is no stranger to fighting in front of his hometown crowd. This will be his ninth fight at Sands Resort Casino. (more…)
Lee Selby says he’ll prove he can back up the hype around him as he faces Joel Brunker in a final eliminator for the IBF World Featherweight title at The O2 on Saturday night. The Welshman has enjoyed a brilliant 18 months in the ring, beating British rivals Martin Lindsay, Rendall Munroe and Ryan Walsh and overcoming stiff international overseas tests against Romulo Koasicha and Viorel Simeon to be one fight away from fighting for a World title. The 27 year old must see off the dangerous unbeaten Australian to land a shot at IBF king Evgeny Gradovich, and he believes that if he does, he’ll prove that he can be a major force in the 126lbs division.
“This is the one to see if I really am a good fighter or I’m over-hyped like some people have been saying,” said Selby. “I believe that on my day I can beat anyone. If I can take my best into the ring, I don’t think there’s a Featherweight out there that can live with me. I am not saying that based on my last performances, but in sparring and in the gym I believe that if I can replicate that I will prove it, and I need to deliver that tonight. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m ready. This is the best I’ve been prepared for any fight – ever. I do understand if people would make Adamek a favorite because his past accomplishments, but it was all in the past. November 8 in Krakow, everybody will understand that I’m the present and the future of Polish heavyweight division,” said 25-year-old Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO), who month one from now will be challenging 37-year-old former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion and heavyweight title challenger Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29 KO).
Adamek-Szpilka, is the main event of a Polsat Boxing Night that will probably decide both fighters’ futures, because neither Szpilka (lost to Bryant Jennings) or Adamek (lost to Tzar Glazkov) can afford a second straight defeat. Both still believe they could be players on international boxing stage.
Before Jose Aldo began his reign over the UFC’s featherweight division, he went from unknown to champion while fighting in the blue cage of the WEC. As his October 25 rematch with Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 179 approaches, let’s take a look back at his most memorable WEC moments . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Both IBF Middleweight Champion Sam Soliman and challenger Jermain Taylor were respectful to each other and thankful to their teams during a press conference/weigh-in held at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, in advance of tomorrow (Wednesday, October 8) night’s championship fight. Soliman and Taylor are headlining a mammoth 14-fight card that also features Andre Dirrell and a host of up-and-coming prospects and proven contenders. ESPN Wednesday Night Fights will broadcast the two main events and a four-rounder between Ahmed Elbiale and Dakota Dawson live.
Sam Soliman 160 vs. Jermain Taylor 159.8
(IBF World Middleweight Championship)
André Dirrell 169 vs. Nick Brinson 168.8
Ahmed Elbiale 174.6 vs. Dakota Dawson 171.6
Carlos Velásquez 131.6 vs. Jean Javier Sotelo 131.4
Steve Lovett 176 vs. Ricardo Campillo 177
Phillip Jackson Benson 172.2 vs. Michael Gbenga 173.6
Joey Hernández 162 vs. Jose Miguel Rodríguez 157.6
Mario Barrios 125.4 vs. Abraham Rubio 127
Walter Castillo 142 vs. Shad Howard NA
Justin DeLoach 156.2 vs. Joshua Snyder 155
Gervonta Davis 126.8 vs. German Meraz 125
BJ Flores 203.8 vs. Kevin Engel 190.8
Regis Prograis 142.2 vs. Mario Hermosillo 142.2
Erick Bone 142.6 vs. Peter Oluoch 144
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi
Promoters: DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Soliman Stanley Promotions
TV: ESPN Wednesday Night Fights (9 pm EST/8 pm CT)
Tickets: priced at $89.95, $69.95, $49.95 and $29.95, plus tax and service charges, and can be purchased at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office, or through any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 5:00 pm, with the first bout scheduled for 5:30 pm. photos
Photo Credit: Ruben Cortez / Top Rank
World ranked junior lightweight Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas chats with media at the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas.
Diego will box in the main event on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card on Saturday, November 8. The 27-year-old southpaw has won three straight bouts after dropping a narrow split decision in a world title challenge against Rocky Martinez back in April 2013 in Macau, China.
Magdelano’s opponent will be named shortly.
By Bill Green
Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, lead trainer of WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, discusses the champion’s training regimen.
Las Vegas-based cruiserweight contender BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (30-1-1, 19 KOs) will face St Louis, Missouri’s Kevin Engel (20-10, 16 KOs) this Wednesday at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, on the undercard of IBF middleweight champion “King” Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) defending against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs). The 35-year-old Flores says promotional problems stalled his momentum and ground his once-promising career to a halt on more than one occasion. Since he signed with power-manager Al Haymon and advisor Luis DeCubas Jr., last April, however, Flores’ is optimistic.
“2015 is going to be a big year for me,” said Flores. “This will be the year where it all takes off. I signed with Al in late spring and I’ve already fought May 10, June 26 and now October 8. I’m in a perfect position now and I’m ecstatic to have so much opportunity in front of me now, thanks to Al. I can’t wait to show the world how well I can fight.” (more…)
All Star Boxing, Tuto Zabala Jr and Deportes Telemundo continue their fall edition of their successful series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford this Friday at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City with a “Civil War.” In the main event, one of the series favorites, WBO Youth champion David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4-8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico faces countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3-8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. Carmona’s belt will not be as risk. The winner of this bout is expected to face WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano who defeated Jonathan Vidal last Friday in the season opener in front of a sold out crowd and the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa.
First bell at 8:00 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network will televise the main event live at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Salon Jose Cuervo (Lago Andromaco #17, esq. Moliere, Ampliacion Granada, Mexico DF, Tel: 53259000 or at ticketmaster.com.mx. Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
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