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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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Boxing News

Stieglitz ‘Bauhaus’ Press Conference

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

SES Boxing held a press conference Monday in the unlikely location of the world famous “Bauhaus” in Dessau, Germany, once the worldwide center of modern art, design and architecture. The presser was called to officially announce two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz’ July 26 clash against WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) at the Anhalt Arena. It was also announced that female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) will move down to jr middleweight to fight female star Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3, 23 KOs) for the vacant WBO title. Also, former light heavyweight title challenger and WBO #3, WBA #7 rated Robin Krasniqi (41-3, 16 KOs) will face WBA #8 Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1, 4 KOs) and WBO #8 light heavy Dominic Boesel (15-0, 5 KOs) va. TBA. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014



Boxing News

Burns taking aim at WBC champ Figueroa

Ricky Burns believes he can become a World champion again by the end of the year as he takes on Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC International Lightweight title at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Friday night. Burns meets the unbeaten Montenegrin in an eliminator for the WBC title and the Scot is keen to get right back on the world title trail after losing is WBO crown to Terence Crawford in March.

The 31 year old has never fought for the coveted green of the WBC, and while his focus is on Zlaticanin, he says a good performance can land him a shot at Omar Figueroa, a champion he believes he could beat. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 FNF returns/Q&A Ivan Redkach

Photos: DiBella Entertainment

After a two week hiatus due to the ongoing World Cup tournament, ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will finally return to the airwaves this week from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. Headlining the card will be red-hot lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (16-0, 13 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KO’s) in the 10-round main event of the evening.

Redkach recently took time out of his busy training schedule to sit down and answer a few questions about his upcoming fight on Friday night as well as his career. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Omaha gets its first world title fight in 42 years on Saturday

World Championship Boxing returns to Omaha for the first time in 42 years this week when undefeated world champions Terence Crawford, the Pride of Omaha, and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa, who share identical 23-0 (16 KOs) professional ring records, battle for Crawford’s newly-won WBO lightweight title on Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

This will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted since Joe Frazier successfully defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-own Ron Stander in 1972. It will also be a professional homecoming for Crawford, who has not fought in his home state since 2011.

The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, in its first-ever visit to Omaha. The telecast will open with undefeated top-five contenders Matt Korobov and Jose Uzcategui battling in a 10-round rumble for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title.



June 23rd, 2014

UFC

Gian Villante Inspired to Win in New Zealand

It’s Monday night and Gian Villante is settling in to watch the United States soccer team take on Ghana for the third time in as many World Cup tournaments. The first two didn’t go so well for the red, white and blue, and Villante is nervous, despite an early 1-Nil lead for the Americans . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more 



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Sam Soliman’s manager Dave Stanley

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

Dave Stanley manager of Sam Soliman talks to Fightnews to say they have had several offers from USA and Europe for Soliman, but not from the management from Martin Murray as was reported. Stanley says he has talked to Gennady Golovkin’s management and is interested in a Miguel Cotto fight also. Stanley predicts Daniel Geale will give GGG his toughest fight and that Sam Soliman will make a decision when he should hang up the gloves. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford: You will hear the words ‘and STILL’

By Bill Green/BG Sports Entertainment
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Fight week has arrived and WBO lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, took time out of his busy training routine to discuss his much talked about world title defense against fellow undefeated former champion and Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) live on HBO Boxing After Dark this Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center located in Omaha, Nebraska. The event is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Bay area boxing fans cheer on Robert Guerrero’s return to the ring. More

Donnie Nietes chases “Flash” Elorde’s legacy. More

Sheffield, England’s Nadeem Siddique shrugs off five years of rust with a KO return. More

Retro piece on New Orleans boxing history and Joe Dorsey: More



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Karpency, Bergman return July 26

Former WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy Karpency (22-4) returns to the ring on July 26 at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. Karpency will face Philly’s Dafir Smith (27-24) over 10 rounds for the vacant NABA-US light heavyweight title. Also in action, NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (23-10) will defend his strap against undefeated Justin Jones (15-0) in the featured heavyweight main event. Bergman has won 14 of his last 15 fights. (more…)



June 22nd, 2014

UFC

Smith: From Base Camp to Training Camp

When The Ultimate Fighter 16 winner Colton Smith welcomes UFC newcomer Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens in San Antonio on June 28, in a way he will also be making his own UFC debut . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more 



June 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

WBC President arrives in Cancun

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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has arrived in Cancun for the Boxing Summit talks. Sanctioning body leaders will meet for two days to discuss the state of world boxing.

“I am very happy to be again in this beautiful place and ready to begin this important event,” said Sulaiman. “I am certain that the heads of the three most important organizations in boxing, the WBC, WBA and IBF will meet with open mind and good will to make great things happen.”



June 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Lomachenko-Russell Scorecard

By Miguel Maravilla

New WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko swept the last three rounds on all three scorecards to secure his majority decision win over Gary Russell Jr.

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June 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero wins war against Kamegai; Lomachenko defeats Russell for WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Former four-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) returned from a 13-month layoff to win a twelve round war with Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KOs) in a welterweight bout on Saturday night at the outdoor StubHub Center in Carson, California. Coming his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Guerrero engaged in a thrilling toe-to-toe slugfest with brawler Kamegai. “The Ghost” usually got the better of it, but a Kamegai uppercut in round six left Guerrero’s left eye closing rapidly. In the end, Guerrero’s better skills and combinations carried him to a 116-112, 117-111, 117-111.

“It was a rough fight,” Guerrero said. “I didn’t want to get caught into his style, but right out of the gate I did. I’m not a runner, I will fight. He is a tough, great fighter. I want to give the fans what they want.”

lomachenkowinstitle300Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) scored a twelve round majority decision over previously undefeated Gary Russell Jr. (24-1, 14 KOs) to win the vacant WBO featherweight world championship. Lomachenko outworked Russell in rounds one and two, while Russell was busier in rounds three and four. Lomachenko had a big round five. After that Russell was able to keep Lomachenko at bay at times with non-stop punching, but the Ukrainian came on strong down the stretch. Scores were 114-114 (Lisa Giampa), 116-112 (Pat Russell), 116-112 (Max DeLuca). Lomachenko ties the record of Thailand’s Saensak Muangsurin in winning a world title in his third pro fight.

“I am very happy and excited to be a world champion,” stated Lomachenko. “The plan built by our team was great, I was trying to land the punches and I did. I landed punches very well. I started from the body and went to the head.”

Russell commented after his first pro defeat. “It was a fair decision. It’s disappointing to lose, but we’re warriors and we will go back to the drawing board. He had real good lateral movement, we tried to close the distance with the jab but he was moving well. I tip my hat to him.” (more…)



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Mijares KOs Rodriguez in Cancun

Former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares (50-8-2, 24 KOs) scored win number 50 with a seventh round KO against Daniel “Chucky” Rodriguez (20-6-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hotel Grand Oasis in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Mijares is hoping to land a fight with WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

Junior bantamweight Jose “Sugar” Salgado (33-2-1, 27 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to win a twelve round unanimous decision over Oscar “De La Renta” Blanquet (32-7-1, 23 KOs) in an NABF title fight.



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Mohammedi punishes Dudchenko, Hopkins next?

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events


By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

In a light heavyweight eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF, Nadjib Mohammedi (35-3, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided seventh round TKO over Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Mohammedi pressed the action against Dudchenko and methodically broke him down round by round. The one-sided battering was waved off in round seven. Time was :37. Mohammedi is now the IBF mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Bernard Hopkins.

In an All Philly showdown, unbeaten lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (16-0, 8 KOs) looked good in stopping Anthony Flores (11-5-1, 6 KOs) in round five to retain his USBA Atlantic Coast Region title. (more…)



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Budler KOs Kokietgym; Kalenga edges Masternak; Murray wins snoozer against Bursak

WBA/IBO minimumweight champion Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler (26-1, 8 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over Pigmy Kokietgym (52-6-2, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Budler scored a knockdown in round four when Pigmy’s glove touched the canvas. Budler scored a harder knockdown in round seven with a body shot. Budlet then swarmed Kokietgym with body shots in round eight and put him down twice to end it. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. counted out Pigmy at 1:06.

Former middleweight title challenger Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Max Bursak (29-3-1, 12 KOs) to claim the WBC silver middleweight title. A workmanlike and uneventful fight which Murray won by scores of 119-109, 117-112, 119-109.

In a clash for a vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title, #7 rated Youri Kalenga (20-1, 13 KOs) pounded out a twelve round split decision over #6 rated Mateusz Masternak (32-2, 23 KOs). Kalenga took the fight to Masternak to build up an early lead en route to a 116-112, 115-113 edge on two cards. Masternak was up 115-113 on the third card.



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Estrella upsets Hernandez in Ensenada; Enriquez dominates Gonzalez again

Report and photos by Felipe Leon

From the parking lot of the classic San Nicolas hotel in the seaside port of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, new on the scene Coronel Promotions offered an eight-bout fight card on a Friday night. Not known as a boxing hotbed, the small town about seventy-five miles south of Tijuana does host a number of quality up and coming fighters and some veterans including former champion Roberto “Mako” Leyva. A former title challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez presides over the local commission and which needed to sharpen up their skills since no scores were ever announced but only the decision for those fights that went the distance. A slight upset was witnessed in the main event when Tijuana super featherweight Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (19-6-2, 11KO) came to town and out-boxed the much more experienced but war-torn Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (23-7-1, 15KO) of Ensenada to take an announced split decision over ten rounds. (more…)



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A Lovemore Ndou

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former two-division world champion Lovemore Ndou discusses Miguel Cotto, Saul Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather and Paul Malignaggi. Ndou also talks about his new career as a lawyer in Sydney, Australia courtrooms.



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Lomachenko nearly a 2:1 favorite

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Odds have been slowly shortening on two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko all week for tonight’s showdown against unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Gary Russell Jr. tonight at the StubHub Center and televised on Showtime. The Top Rank-promoted Ukrainian star is currently a -190 favorite against Golden Boy fighter Russell, who is at +165. The over/under is 9.5 rounds with “over” at -370, the “under” is +310.

Lomachenko-Russell is the most compelling bout on a card that also features the return of former world champion Robert Guerrero after a long layoff against hand-picked opponent Yoshihiro Kamegai and former world champion Devon Alexander against divisional gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass.

During a workout earlier in the week, Russell stated he views Lomachenko as a mere stepping stone. (more…)



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Warren: Price won’t be facing winner of Chisora-Fury

Heavyweight David Price will not be in the running to fight the winner out of Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury said promoter Frank Warren. Price’s promoter Kalle Sauerland had said that it was ‘inevitable’ that Price would face the winner of Chisora and Fury, but Warren has said that won’t happen. Bitter rivals Chisora and Fury clash in the biggest domestic heavyweight showdown in recent years at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on Saturday 26th July, with the winner securing the WBO number one spot to challenge reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko.

And once Klitschko has made his mandatory IBF title defence against Kubrat Pulev on September 6 in Germany, he’ll have to face either Chisora or Fury to defend his WBO title. “Chisora and Fury are both well past Price at this point,” said Warren. “This is a real fight between Chisora, the European Champion, against Fury, the undefeated challenger, and the man who comes out on top gets the number one position for the right to fight Klitschko for the WBO world title, Price doesn’t even come into the equation.” (more…)



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Sharp wins at Thunderdome IV

By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson

Luke “Razor” Sharp (9-1-2) bounced back to the winners circle in fine style with a tough unanimous points decision victory over Wade Ryan (5-2, 1 KO) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VI tonight at Metro City Perth, Australia. After a close first round, Sharp won the second round by getting off his punches first and covering up well by taking Ryan’s hits on the gloves. Ryan landed his best punch of the fight in a close third round. But from rounds 4 to 6, Sharp took over the fight by pushing the pace and landing the cleaner shots to cruise to the win on points. Judges scored the fight 59-55, 59-56 and 59-56 all for Sharp. (more…)



June 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Complete Guerrero-Kamegai weights

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Robert Guerrero 146 vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai 146.7

Gary Russell Jr 125.5 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 125.5
(WBO featherweight championship)

Devon Alexander 148.25 vs. Jesus Soto Karass 148
Chad Dawson 182.8 vs. George Blades 177.5
Dominic Breazeale 251.6 vs. Devin Vargas 234
Sharif Bogere 136 vs. Miguel Zamudio 137
Michael Hunter 207.2 vs. Jerry Forrest 224.5
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 175.25 vs. Michael Gbenga 172.75
Fabian Maidana 144.3 vs. Eddie Diz 149.8
Mark Anthony Hernandez 149.4 vs. Dante Stowers 151.25

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme

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June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Zubov victorious at Fight Club OC

Cruiserweight KO artist Alexey Zubov went to 4-0, 4 KOs with a third round TKO of game Brent Urban (7-6-1, 5 KOs) at Thursday night’s sold out Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Alexey just had too much firepower and hurt Urban in all three rounds. A series of eight unanswered blows had Urban’s corner seeing enough and they threw the towel into the ring.



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF #11 Samor stops Manufoe

By Raymond Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

In a promotion televised throughout Thailand on Channel seven television network, IBF#11 super flyweight Rusalee Samor (23-5-2,11 KOs) stopped Ricky Manufoe (23-21-2) in round four of scheduled twelve round bout with IBF Asia title up for grabs in Pabon City, Phatalung, Thailand on Thursday. Manufoe came to fight and swapped heavy blows with Samor in round one. In round four Samor had his Indonesian opponent in trouble after connecting with effective body punches and referee Somsak Sirianant crowned Samor at 2:15.

Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Samor is ready to challenge for IBF title. He is very popular in Thailand where he fights on nationally televised promotions on a regular basis.” (more…)



June 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Dudchenko, Mohammedi make weight

Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Anatoliy Dudchenko 175 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 171.5
(IBF light heavyweight eliminator)

Karl Dargan 134.5 vs. Anthony Flores 134
Sullivan Barrera 174.5 vs. Lee Campbell 172.5
Erik Spring 151 vs. Jamil Gadsden 152.5
Wellington Romero 140 vs. Mack Babb 142
Hakeem Bryant 154.5 vs. Al Johnson 154

Venue: Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBCSN

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