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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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Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) has warned WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) that he will not deny ...

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous

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Ring 8 January Meeting Review & Pictures

Jim Kinney (speaking) made a special presentation to Herschel Jacobs' son (far left).  Ring 8 historian Henry Hascup (white shirt) and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy (far right) also took part in the presentation.

Jim Kinney (speaking) made a special presentation to Herschel Jacobs’ son (far left). Ring 8 historian Henry Hascup (white shirt) and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy (far right) also took part in the presentation.

(All photos courtesy of Stanley Janousek)

Ring 8’s first monthly meeting of 2016 was held this past Tuesday evening at O’Neil’s Restaurant in Maspeth, New York.

International boxing judge John McKaie was the guest speaker. McKaie has judged nearly 800 professional fights, including 23 world championships.

Ring 8 historian Henry Hascup eulogized and made a historical tribute to the late Herschel Jacobs, who passed away this past December at the age of 75 (pictured to right). Jacobs (27-20-2, 11 KOs) fought professionally between 1960 and 1978. His most notable win was a 10-round decision in 1971 against three-time world light heavyweight champion and Hall-of-Famer, Harold Johnson, at the famed Sunnyside Garden in Queens. Jacobs also gave Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (4-0) his first pro loss in 1962 by way of a six-round decision. (more…)



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Sergey Kovalev Media Day

Photos: Jose Pineiro/Main Events

WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev talked about his January 30 grudge rematch against Jean Pascal at a press workout on Thursday at the PAL Gym in Boca Raton, Florida.

Do you want to make him retire?

“I want this, we’ll see. But usually all my opponents stop their career or move their division, but last fight I didn’t finish my job.”

Why fight Pascal again when the first fight seemed so easy?

“First of all, Pascal has said bad things to my side. I have a reason for fighting him. I think Pascal has reason to say thank you to Luis Pabon, the referee for the fight. He forgot to say thank you very much that he saved his health and life maybe. Because he was already “drunk”, you know like spaghetti legs.” (more…)



January 21st, 2016


Boxing News

Pics: Pacquiao-Bradley NYC Press Conference

BOXING: Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley NY Press Conference

Photos: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley reprised their kickoff press conference for the New York City press corps on Thursday. They meet for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

More photos



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Glazkov knee injury update

The radiology report is in and it appears that heavyweight contender Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov suffered a more severe knee injury than originally believed in his bout with Charles Martin on Saturday night.

Dr. Steven Stoller, a, New Jersey Orthopedic Surgeon and who specializes in sports medicine, watched the Glazkov fight live last Saturday night. The doctor said that in the third round, while avoiding a punch, Glazkov’s right knee “pivot shifted,” which in layman’s terms is a partial dislocation of the knee (and is indicative of an ACL injury), when he went down the first time, which the referee ruled a slip. Glazkov continued fighting until presumably injuring his knee further when the bout was called off with 30 seconds remaining in the third round. (more…)



January 21st, 2016


Boxing News

Tyson Fury lashes out at IBF

“You know what the IBF can do…I’ve already put their belt in the toilet,” WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury told Sky Sports. Fury is fuming because he was stripped by the IBF ten days after winning the title from Wladimir Klitschko, whereas newly crowned IBF champion Charles Martin is getting a full year to make a mandatory defense.

“What gets me is why take it off the linear heavyweight champion?” added Fury. “It’s their loss. It’s no longer my concern what they want to do with their belt and who they give it to. But the International Boxing Federation want that title back in America and it’s going to stay there for a while.”

Martin won the vacant IBF title when opponent Czar Glazkov quit in round three due to a torn ACL.



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from London

Ryan Walsh 126 vs. Darren Traynor 125
(British featherweight championship)

Ahmet Patterson 153 vs. Ryan Aston 153
(Vacant IBF International jr middleweight title)

Venue: York Hall, Benthal Green/London
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: Box Nation (UK)



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

“Yori Boy” Campas talks about his career and Saturday’s farewell fight

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photo: Ricardo Ibarra

The long and illustrious career of former IBF jr. middleweight champion Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas (105-17-3, 81 KOs) is finally coming to an end. After nearly three decades as a professional fighter and 125 fights, the man who battled some of the greatest fighters of his era, including Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Fernando Vargas, and Hector Camacho, will fight his farewell fight on Saturday, January 23rd at the Civic Center in Butte, Montana, taking on Anthony Bonsante (34-12-3, 18 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout. Campas recently took some time out of his training schedule to talk with FightNews.com® about Saturday’s “Farewell Fight” and his plans for the future. (more…)



January 21st, 2016

UFC

Lebron James looks to Conor McGregor for inspiration

Conor McGregor’s drive to become a UFC champion has been a source of inspiration for his legion of fans around the world. Including, it seems, one of the greatest NBA players . . . 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 21st, 2016

WBA

WBA KOs EBA

It’s been three years since the European Boxing Association (EBA) filed suit in a Spanish court against the World Boxing Association (WBA) in the amount of 1.5 million euros, the EBA claiming that they were unfairly ousted in 2011 by the larger organization. The EBA was first formed in the late 1990s as the Euro-African Boxing Association. Once the “African” was dropped, the organization found itself at odds with the European Boxing Union (EBU). The EBA maintained its presence with the support of the WBA until 2005, at which time a conflict ultimately resulted in the WBA severing all ties with the association. The initial judgment went against the EBA, and they were ordered to pay the legal expenses incurred by the WBA. This Wednesday, the 20th, the Audiencia Provincial de Ayala, Spain, dismissed the EBA’s appeal. The EBA has 20 days in which to file another appeal.



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao: I chose Bradley because he is a different and improved fighter

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Filipino icon and eight division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) is excited about closing out his career with a rubber match against WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO PPV. “The first two fights there are a lot of questions from the fans,” the future Hall of Famer told Fightnews.com®. “I think it’s good to have the third fight. This is going to be a good fight, better than the last two fights we had. We know Bradley is improving and learning new things.”

[On his fight with Floyd Mayweather] “I never regret anything about that fight. Before the fight, I didn’t feel anything on my shoulder but it happened in the fourth round. I felt something when I threw a combination. I lost my right hand…I think I won the fight. A lot of people think I won the fight. He retired already and I am going to retire after this fight.”

[On his injured shoulder] “I think my shoulder has improved now. I am confidently throwing my right hand.” (more…)



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

JAPAN UPDATE

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

shindoSHINDO WINS VACANT JAPANESE 147LB BELT

Tall southpaw Hiroyuki Shindo (17-3-1, 6 KOs), 147, acquired the vacant Japanese welterweight belt as he outpunched and outclassed shorter puncher Yasuhiro Okawa (14-12-3, 5 KOs), 147, to win a unanimous nod (96-94, 97-94 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Shindo had failed to win the national belt from Suyon Takayama on points in March of the previous year, and was given an opportunity to fight for the vacant throne renounced by his conqueror. Shindo often connected with sharp southpaw lefts, while Okawa, a free-swinging stylist, persistently kept aiming at the midsection with body shots and sometimes doubled him up. The elongated Shindo, however, controlled the second half except in the final session, when Okawa displayed a furious last surge and almost had him in great trouble with the bell coming to his rescue.

EX-CHAMP JARO UNABLE TO MAKE WEIGHT

Former WBC flyweight champ, tough Filipino Sony Boy Jaro (42-13-5, 30 KOs) was scheduled to appear in the semi-final to the Shindo-Okawa title bout for the vacant title, but it finally didn’t take place due to Jaro’s failure to make weight against Yusuke Suzuki (6-2, 4 KOs) for an eight-round bout on Wednesday. Jaro, who had previously couldn’t make weight twice, wasn’t allowed by the JBC to fight this time—third time unlucky—as the Filipino finally scaled in at 119.25—still 2.75 pounds over the contracted weight (116.5 lbs). His manager Aljoe Jaro had a headache in his boy’s oft-failure in weight-making.

okadaOKADA UNIFIES JAPANESE 140LB BELT BY STOPPING INTERIM CHAMP NAKAZAWA

Unbeaten WBO#12 super-light Hiroki Okada (11-0, 9 KOs), 140, successfully unified the Japanese 140-pound belts when he swarmed over interim titlist Masanobu Nakazawa (18-2-1, 7 KOs), 140, from the outset and pummeled him into submission at 0:58 of the third session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Okada was forced to be inactive for ten months since he suffered a right thumb fracture during a sparring session last June, and his mandatory challenger Nakazawa seized the interim belt by squeaking by Masayoshi Kotake last September. Okada’s left uppercut to the face was an effective haymaker.



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing signings

Forth Worth, Texas, middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera Jr (12-0, 7 KOs), coming off an impressive win last Saturday night at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roy Jones Jr Boxing. Vera’s first fight under RJJ will take place February 19th at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa. –Jeff Zimmerman

Golden Boy Promotions has signed top featherweight contender Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (16-3-2, 12 KOs) of Blythe, California. Cancio, 27, was last seen stopping Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado in December of 2015.

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has signed super bantamweight contender Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas to a promotional agreement. Rosas, 26, (20-2-1, 12 KOs), of Mexico City, is a two-time world title challenger.



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Adrian Granados update

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

The career of Adrian Granados (17-4-2, 12 KOs) took a turn for the best in November when he upset the WBC #1 ranked super lightweight contender Amir Imam (17-1, 12 KOs). The eighth round KO over Imam has immediately positioned him for some much bigger fights. Granados spoke with Fightnews.com on what the future possibly holds for him.

What is next for you?

My name has been mentioned for some very good possible opportunities. A matchup with WBC champ Viktor Postol, former champ Ruslan Provodnikov, and a rematch with Amir Imam. There’s nothing official, but they are all really good and realistic opportunities.

If you had your choice who would you want to fight?

I would say the order I gave you the names in your previous question would be about right. The fans have showed me a lot of support since the Imam fight. I would be interested to see who the fans would want me to fight next. That’s very important as well. (more…)



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Bösel, Kelemen ready to collide Saturday

Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke

WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (20-0, 7 KOs) will face Balazs Kelemen (24-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Erdgas Sportarena in Halle, Germany. The fight will be for Bösel’s WBO Intercontinental title and the vacant WBA Continental title. The bout will be televised in Germany and streamed worldwide by MDR.

Dominic Bösel: Kelemen will quickly want to go back to super middleweight back after the fight. With a clear victory, I want to move up in the other world organizations’ ratings. I’m really happy about the fight card here in Halle, it’s a real home game!

Balazs Kelemen: Dominic is a good boxer, but he’ll be in for a surprise. He’s never been in the ring with a boxer like me. The belt goes to Budapest! (more…)



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko gets a date

UK feminists go to war with Floyd Mayweather

Oscar De La Hoya and his two new boxing channels



January 21st, 2016

UFC

Mike Tyson makes his Octagon debut in EA Sports UFC 2

One of the most iconic athletes of all time is coming to EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that Mike Tyson will make his mixed martial arts debut as an unlockable fighter when the game comes out starting March 15, 2016. Fans who pre-order EA SPORTS UFC 2 will get instant day-one access to Tyson, and all players can unlock him by progressing in the game and making it to the Hall of Fame in Career Mode. The former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world packs the strongest punching power of any fighter in the game and will fight across two different weight classes: light heavyweight and heavyweight . . . 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 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Szello headlines Feb 20 in Hungary

Felix Promotion International has renewed its TV contract with Hungarian National TV (MTVA) and will stage its first event of the year on February 20th in Salgotarjan, Hungary. The main event of the evening will feature unbeaten Hungarian cruiserweight champion Imre Szello (10-0, 6 KOs) in an international title fight versus an opponent to be named soon. The opponent short list: Hamilton Ventura (Brazil), Daniel Amman (Australia) and Garrett Wilson (USA).

On the undercard, light heavyweight banger Richard Baranyi (14-1, 11 KOs), hot middleweight prospects Norbert Harcsa (2-0) and Szabolcs Pintye (10-0-1, 4 KOs) and unbeaten domestic featherweight champ Robert Laki (11-0-1, 5KOs) will see action.



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

“Diamante” Estrella returns Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican lightweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (24-1, 22 KOs) reappears on this Saturday against Venezuelan Alfonso Perez (11-7, 8 KOs) thid Saturday at the Dome CARE in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in the first 2016 boxing event organized by Promociones del Pueblo. Estrella is looking for his third straight win following a shock KO loss to Eden Sonsona last May.

In the co-feature, former IBF jr middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (23-6-2, 7 KOs) will face Colombian Jose Agustin Feria (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in search of a new world title opportunity.

Also scheduled are prospects Lourdes Juarez, Alex Reyes and Yudel Reyes in separate bouts.



January 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Danny Garcia, Robert Guerrero speak

Photos: Leonard Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions

“Fight Week on FOX in L.A.” continued on Wednesday as fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes card held a media workout before they enter the ring at STAPLES Center.

Wednesday’s workout featured undefeated star Danny “Swift” Garcia and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero as they prepare for their welterweight world championship showdown. Also in attendance and competing on Saturday are welterweights Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez and Aron Martinez plus heavyweights Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour. Televised fights begin at 4 p.m. PT inside of the arena with the FOX and FOX Deportes broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. PT. (more…)



January 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Rosa headlines Broadway Boxing on Jan 27

Next Wednesday, January 27th, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns to the famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan with a nine-bout card. Headlining the event will be fast-rising super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa (21-0, 10 KOs) as he puts his undefeated record and WBC #12 world-rating on the line against tough Mexican veteran German Meraz (52-36-1, 30 KOs) in an eight-round junior featherweight matchup. Also appearing on the card in separate eight-round feature bouts will be undefeated prospects Louis Cruz (11-0, 5 KOs) and former Olympian Lenin Castillo (12-0-1, 7 KOs). Undefeated middleweight prospect Ian Green (8-0, 6 KOs) will also see action when he squares off against Queens-native Devaun Lee (5-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round middleweight attraction.



January 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Montreal

By Dave Spencer

Custio Clayton 149.9 vs. Stanislas Salmon 150
Erik Bazinyan 167.6 vs. Michal Ludwiczak 170
Dillon Carman 239.4 vs. Eric Barrak 248.2
Lucia Larcinese 127.8 vs. Olivia Gerula 128.6
Dario Bredicean 171 vs.Jaudiel Zepeda 170.8
Marie Eve Dicaire 143.8 vs. Christina Barry 141
Yoni Sherbatov 124.6 vs. Juan Benitez 124

Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter : Yvon Michel (GYM)
First Bell 7pm



January 20th, 2016

UFC

Kavanagh: What Conor does at UFC 197 will never happen again

THIS PAST WEEKEND marked the beginning of Conor McGregor’s eight-week training camp for his next challenge. Less than three months after taking just 13 seconds to take the featherweight belt from Jose Aldo, Conor will face lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197 in Las Vegas on Saturday, 5 March . . . 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 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Helenius to relinquish Euro heavyweight title

Photo: Pasi/Ammattinyrkkeily.net

Photo: Pasi/Ammattinyrkkeily.net


By Pasi Taavitsainen

Undefeated heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (22-0, 13 KOs) is giving up his European Boxing Union title. The 6’6 boxer from Finland won the vacant EBU title on December 19 with a twelve round unanimous decision against Franz Rill in Helsinki.

The EBU named former opponent Dereck Chisora as mandatory challenger and ordered that fight, but Helenius decided to go in a different direction. Instead he plans to attempt to climb in the world rankings and get a shot at the world heavyweight championship.



January 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Bradley: I’m not running from Pacquiao and I’ll do what I want

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Five-time world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) of Palm Springs , California is set take on eight division world champion Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs ) in what will be the third fight of their rivalry on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO PPV. Fightnews.com® spoke to Bradley on his upcoming fight with Pacquiao.

“It’s no different in this fight. I will be ready for every single thing Manny Pacquiao does. This is about legacy,” Timothy Bradley told us.

Bradley is coming off an impressive ninth round TKO over former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios this past November in his first fight under new trainer Teddy Atlas, who he brought out of retirement. (more…)



January 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao and the Long Goodbye

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By Bill Dwyre

Manny Pacquiao’s long goodbye began Tuesday in a plush ballroom of a lush hotel in one of the richest cities in the world. Many would call this grand irony.

When the Congressman from the Sarangani province of the Philippines stood before a packed news conference in the Crystal Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, he was thousands of miles and millions of figurative light years away from where it all began. That was when he was a hungry child, trying to help his mother feed his siblings.

He was in a big city. He sold things on the street. He scrambled for enough food just to live. There was no future beyond tomorrow. He played his game of existence one day at a time. Manny Pacquiao was a tiny Filipino street urchin. Bright lights of fancy hotel ballrooms an ocean away weren’t on his radar. Survival, and helping his family, was.

He is 37 now, so that wasn’t exactly a lifetime ago. (more…)



January 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Brook to defend IBF belt against Bizier

Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier at the Sheffield Arena on March 26. Brook makes the third defense of the crown and his second in his hometown fortress in the Steel City following wins against Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin at The O2 in London. ‘The Special One’ meets his mandatory challenger for the second time since landing the title with a stunning win over Shaun Porter in California in August 2014, and returns to action having shaken off the rib injury that forced him out of a defense against Diego Chaves in October. (more…)



January 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing legend Nigel Benn heads to Barrow

Boxing legend Frank Bruno buys a caravan

David Haye a TV hit on his ring return

Shinsuke Yamanaka to defend title in March



January 20th, 2016

UFC

Frankie Edgar inspiring Rivera in search of UFC glory

As the gold standard for New Jersey MMA, former UFC lightweight champion and current featherweight contender Frankie Edgar’s words hold a lot of weight, especially in the Garden State . . . 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 20th, 2016

Boxing News

James outpoints Molina; Benavidez, Plant stop foes

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

The Fox Sports 1, PBC Toe to Toe Tuesday from Club Nokia in downtown L.A. featured undefeated welterweight Jamal James of Minnesota winning a ten round unanimous decision over 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina of nearby Norwalk. The two fighters exchanged jabs in a fast-paced opening round as they boxed from a distance with Molina landing the cleaner punches. Molina stepped up the aggression in round two as James kept his distance using his height and reach, and closing the round strong. The Olympian countered well in round three as he landed some solid hooks inside on James. In round four James kept Molina at bay with the jab as Molina worked his way in chasing the taller man with big punches. At the halfway mark in round five, Molina fired away with big punches backing James to the ropes to cover.

Halfway through in round six James continued to stick the jab with Molina working his way inside. Later in the round with James against the ropes, Molina landed a huge right hand snapping James’s head back. James had a good seventh round using his distance as Molina appeared to take the round off. In round eight, Molina was cut above the right eye as James stuck the jab and moved. Fighting at a distance in round nine, James used his long reach as Molina threw big punches trying to work his way in. The tenth and final round saw Molina trickle blood from his cut going forward attempting to get inside, while continued to use his biggest asset – the jab – to reach to the final bell.

In the end, the judges scored the fight 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93 for James, who remained undefeated and improved to 19-0, 9 KOs. Molina went to 17-2, 8 KOs. (more…)



January 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Kovalev, Pascal heats up

WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) and his opponent, former world champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs), hosted an international media conference call Tuesday to discuss their HBO-televised rematch on January 30 in Montreal.

Sergey Kovalev: “Why should I think about Pascal? I don’t think about him. I think about me and about my life. I don’t think about what he will bring. I understand that he has more motivation now, he’s got a new coach, but nothing he’ll bring to the ring is new. I should just be ready for everything. He’ll bring something better or not better. For me it doesn’t matter. I just want to go to the fight and kick his ass again.

“Usually who fought against me they are not going on in their careers afterwards. I didn’t destroy him because referee stopped the fight and saved his career. He forgot to say to referee thank you for saving my career. I have to finish my job. It should be a very different fight.”

Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson: “The punishment that Pascal endured in his fight with (Yunieski) Gonzalez on Sergey’s undercard (for Kovalev-Mohammedi), he looked shot. Is there any more he can do? I doubt it.”

Jean Pascal: “Kovalev said I’m talking a lot, but I think he’s the one who’s talking a lot. He said he’s going to end my career. He’s gonna knock me out this time earlier than he did the first time. Me, I’m just minding my own business. I’m training very hard.

“John David Jackson should mind his own business. He is not in my body and in my mind. He doesn’t know shit about me. He doesn’t know shit about my mental condition…I’m still in my prime. The first fight was stopped early. Sergey was winning but I was coming back.”

Pascal’s trainer Freddie Roach: “He’s boxing a lot better. We’re shortening the combinations up. He’s definitively ready to fight. You’ll see a much better fighter this time around. It’s a short amount of time. Jean has picked it up quickly. His power is still there also. If he fights smart, he can win this fight.”



January 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Salita: Detroit an easy choice for boxing series

Promoter Dmitriy Salita says the choice to base his new series of live fights in Detroit was an easy one to make. “Detroit is America’s great comeback city and boxing fans love a comeback,” said Salita. “This city has some of the best homegrown boxers in the country and the world and we plan to highlight those talents throughout this series. I thought it was a natural to run consistent high-class show here. Detroit and the State of Michigan, as a whole, have a rich boxing culture: The boxing fans here will respond positively. And for the local up-and-comers, they will have a place close to home to build a fan base.” (more…)



January 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Mayfield steps in against Mikhaylenko

Last week, Ray Robinson suffered injuries in a car accident which caused him to withdraw from his scheduled fight against undefeated welterweight Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KOs). Today Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) agreed to step in and replace Robinson in the ten-round welterweight co-feature on the Saturday, Jan. 30 HBO World Championship Boxing telecast which features the rematch between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) and Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship. The Mikhaylenko-Mayfield bout will be for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title.



January 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 3 Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

The kickoff press conference for the April 9 clash between boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley took place Tuesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

Manny Pacquiao: I’m so thankful for this great opportunity before I retire. You’re giving me another chance to prove in boxing that I can still fight until the end. This is a great opportunity and privilege to fight Bradley again and I chose Bradley because I believe Bradley is different than before. He’s improved a lot and we saw that it his last fight with Rios.

Timothy Bradley: I heard Manny Pacquiao chose me because he knows me. I think it’s different now. I honestly do. I think this fight will definitely be different than the first two altercations that we had.

Bob Arum: I know that there’s been talk that this may be Manny’s last fight. I can’t believe it. It could be and it may very well be, but when I stand up here to introduce him in this ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel where I’ve done it so many times and so many memories, I can’t come to grips with the fact that it would be the last time. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t, that’s up to Manny…as a fighter, he has brought us great thrills, great excitement, great events, and he’s always given us everything that he had. If this is truly the last time, Manny, it’s been a great ride and I want to thank you for everything. photos



January 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder-Szpilka full report/gallery

By: Arvin Nundloll and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos by: Emily Harney

In his third WBC heavyweight title defense, Deontay Wilder knocked out the ever-resilient Artur Szpilka in the ninth round with a brutal counter right hook that sent Polish combatant tumbling to the floor. Szpilka started strong, controlling the early rounds and frustrating Wilder with his elusive stance and footwork. Szpilka landed punches flush on Wilder but slowed down as Wilder picked up the pace from the seventh round. Wilder, ever-patient, found his opening and closed out the night with a brutal KO in round nine, a counter right hook that sent Szpilka instantly tumbling. The referee immediately waved off the bout at 2:24. The 12,668 in attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn also saw Tyson Fury storm the ring and challenge Deontay Wilder to a unification fight before Wilder proclaimed that he would baptize him. Click here for more details PLUS new, never before published photos.



January 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Paquiao-Bradley 3 Ticket Alert

Tickets for the April 9 clash between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be priced at $1,204, $804, $604, $404, $254,and $154, not including applicable service fees. They go on sale this Friday (January 22) at 1PM ET/10AM PT. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com.



January 19th, 2016




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