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Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) weighed in for their fight that will take place Friday (November 28) at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.
Ruslan Provodnikov 140 vs. Jose Luis Castillo 139.5
Mickey Rourke 179.25 vs. Elliot Seymour 179.25
Dmitry Kudryashov 199 vs. Juan Carlos Gomez 206
Rakhim Chakhkiev 197 vs. Jackson Junior 183.8
Eduard Troyanovsky 140 vs. Jose Agustin Feria 139.7
Andrey Klimov 129.8 vs. Gabino Cota 129.4
Egor Mekhontsev 174.3 vs. Joey Vegas 177.25
Promoter: World of Boxing/Banner Promotions
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“There’s no doubt that I’m ready, with probably my best conditioning and sparring camp ever,” said Paweł Glazewski (23-2, 5 KOs), who on December 6 will challenge WBA light heavyweight WBA champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KO) for the world title in Oldenburg, Germany. “Braehmer is a good fighter, with always good conditioning and powerful left hand, but I’m ready to fight for full 12 rounds on full speed,” stated the Polish fighter. “All my sparring partners, with heavy hitting Samy Anouche, helped me tremendously. I know that this is the most important fight in my life, the fight that I was waiting for. There’s no time to wait anymore, I’m ready to take this opportunity now.”
Glazewski, who is training in his hometown Bialystok “Gladiator” Boxing Club, added “Some fans are saying that I cannot win in Germany, that this is mission impossible, but I don’t look at this fight like that. If I have to win championship belt in Germany, I will. Braehmer supporters will be my enemies, but this only will give me an additional boost to be better in the ring. And of course, I know that I can count on Polish fans in Oldenburg, they’re everywhere. I value what Braehmer brings to the table – power in both hands, mobility, precision – but I see things, that I can exploit. Movement will be the key against Braehmer.”
The heavyweight rematch between Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis and US ring veteran Tony Thompson is scheduled for January 24th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Promoter Ahmet Oner announced the new date today after the fight had to be postponed twice after Solis suffered an ankle injury in training. “It was not easy to keep Tony Thompson and his team calm and convince them to postpone again but we found an agreement and I am happy that the fight can finally take place in January”, said Oner. “Unfortunately, Solis’ injury took longer than expected to heal because he started training too early. But now he’s back on track again and the fight on the new date is a done deal.” (more…)
WBA #7 junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (21-0, 5 KOs) remained unbeaten with a third round TKO over Ernesto Guerrero (17-14, 11 KOs) on Wednesday night at the at Quincy Armory in Quincey, Massachusetts.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Chris Traietti (17-3, 13 KOs) scored a second round nd round KO over Rafael Valenzuela (8-4, 1 KO).
Unbeaten heavyweight Steve Vukosa (10-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Solomon Maye (1-4, 1 KO) over six. Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 (twice).
In other action, cLight heavyweight Ralph Johnson (1-3, 1 KO) halted Dennis Ogboo (7-9, 6 KOs) in round one and middleweight Antonio Chaves Fernandes (5-20-2) won a four-rounder against Saul Almeida (0-7).
Photos: Pascual Campomanes
A special Wednesday mid-day press conference was organized by Mayen Promotions as well as her U.S. promoter Bobby D. Presents to thank the local Tijuana press in their help in promoting the newly crowned WBO female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (13-0, 6KO) at a local restaurant bar in the heart of Tijuana. At the conference Enriquez also spoke of her plans for the up coming year in and outside the ring. (more…)
Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora met head-to-head at today at the London’s Imperial War Museum for their final press conference before Saturday’s WBO elimination clash at the ExCeL Arena.
Tyson Fury: When it comes to the mental side, I’m concrete. There’s nothing I can do about the cancellations…I’ve done talking. I’ve done no talking. We don’t have to sell this fight. I believe it’s the best bill all year. He’s got arms and a pair of gloves on. It’s a 50/50.
[sporting heavy beard growth] Maybe I can get a sponsorship from Gillette to shave my beard and my pubes at the same time.
Dereck Chisora: Me and the big man are ready to roll. When we glove up, it’s fight time.
[on Fury’s beard] I didn’t even notice it.
Promoter Frank Warren: I think it’s going to be one of the best nights we’ve seen in a long, long time. The fight is completely sold out. I think this is a very big moment for British boxing. The winner of this will face Wladimir Klitschko.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina (9-0, 7 KOs) returns December 6 at the Don Jose Sulaiman Arena in Monterrey, Mexico. “I love fighting in Mexico,” stated Molina. “I feel the support of my people and give my all in the ring. Here in California there is very good sparring and we’re looking to raise my level. I’m in excellent physical shape. My dream is getting closer and I think that adding ten wins next year I hope to try for an international championship besides gaining experience.” Molina will appear on an event called “Boxing for a Better Mexico,” presented by Promociones del Pueblo and the World Boxing Council with the Mexican government. The card will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute addressed the media in Montreal on Wednesday, discussing his future plans. Bute, who suffered a back injury while training with Freddie Roach in the Philippines, stated that he has no plans to retire and intends to remain with Roach. He added that he’s still having back problems and won’t return until he’s 100% sometime in 2015.
Images from Wednesday’s media workout in conjunction with Friday’s fight between Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) that will take place on this Friday, November 28 at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.
Also included are images of Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, who at age 62 will be appearing on the card as well.
Within 61 seconds of fight time, 24 significant strikes were landed, two takedowns were scored, a TKO stoppage was called and The Ultimate Fighter winner was crowned . . . click here for more
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Popular junior middleweight contender Glen Tapia will spend his day today at the first annual Jersey Boy Foundation Thanksgiving Dinner from 1-4PM at St. Anthony’s Church located at 101-103 Myrtle Ave., Passaic. Approximately 800 needy people are expected at the free event.
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By David Finger
Photo: Zef Ramirez
Former WBA junior welterweight champion Vivian Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs) arrived in Pachuca, Mexico yesterday, days ahead of his scheduled clash with top ranked Ramon Alvarez (20-4-2, 12 KOs) this Saturday. The #13 ranked Harris is looking to move up the rankings, and many insiders recognize that a win over Alvarez would do just that. The popular Mexican is coming into the fight on the heels of an upset win over Omar Chavez in his last fight, and will have the benefit of fighting in friendly territory. However Harris has already scored the upset in Mexico over Jorge Paez Jr. in his last fight in Nuevo Leon Mexico back in March, and he is confident of a big win over Alvarez. (more…)
Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for Friday’s showdown at the Luzhniki GCKZ ‘Russia’ Arena in Moscow. It will be Provodnikov’s first fight in his native Russia since December 5, 2011.
Also fighting on the card is 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke (6-0, 4 KOs), who will be fighting for the first time in over 20 years against 29-year-old Elliot Seymour (1-9, 1 KO).
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran faced off Wednesday at their final news conference before they fight for Crawford’s world title on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Also on hand was undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich, who defends his belt against unbeaten contender Jayson Velez.
Terence Crawford: Come Saturday I’m gonna be ready. I know Team Beltran are ready. They trained hard. They’re gonna bring 110%, 120%, that night they’re gonna bring it all. But it’s my job to bring 200% to make sure I keep my title and get that Ring belt. But it’s not all about that Ring belt, it’s about me being the best I can be and continuing to be successful in this game that I love to do…come Saturday I’m going to lay it all on the line like I do every other time.
Ray Beltran: I’m fighting Terence Crawford, a very difficult fighter, a good champion. I’m dedicating this fight to the 43 students that got executed in Mexico…I’m ready, thank God, for this great opportunity. I’m in great shape, I feel good, I’m ready, so motivated. I hope I give Omaha, all the people a good show Saturday night. I’m ready, I can’t wait!
Evgeny Gradovich: I hope it’ll be a good fight. Thanks to my team for a good training camp at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.
Jayson Velez: I don’t have too much to say. This is a great fight. The “Mexican-Russian is a great fighter, but I’m Boriqua. This is gonna be a war. I’ve been training very hard. I know what Gradovich is capable of. You have two young, undefeated fighters who throw many punches. This is gonna be a great, great fight.
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Derrick Webster, Glassboro, NJ, brought an abrupt halt to a very long evening of boxing at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia Tuesday night, when he finished his main event bout against Obodai Sai in just 22 seconds. The scheduled 6-round super middleweight fight was the final attraction in 13-bout pro & amateur show put on by Joe Hand Promotions and D&D Management.
Webster, a six-foot-four-inch southpaw, came out in round one and before you knew it, landed an unassuming right hook to the head of Sai. The Ghanaian fighter absorbed the punch, took two steps back, and then collapsed in his own corner, partially held up by the corner pad. Sai remained frozen in that position while referee Shawn Clark completed the 10-count. The total elapsed time of the bout was 22 seconds – including the count!
ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round Heavyweight rematch between British contenders Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs), which will take place at the ExCel Arena in London on Saturday, November 29. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO Heavyweight title. ESPN3’s coverage of the card will begin at 3:40 p.m. ET.
Prior to the main event, ESPN3 will feature the 12-round Welterweight contest between Frankie Gavin (20-1, 13 KOs) and Bradley Skeete (18-0, 7 KOs) and the WBO Middleweight world title eliminator bout between Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (17-0, 12 KOs). Saturday’s card is promoted by Queensberry Promotions.
Looking forward to the big men settling their score on Saturday and deciding who gets a shot at Wladimir! pic.twitter.com/LQN8zx6Qfp
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) November 26, 2014
Former WBA junior welterweight champion Vivian Harris travels to hostile territory on Saturday night when he takes on popular Ramon Alvarez (brother of Canelo Alvarez) at the Modulo Comude in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs), coming off an upset of Jorge Paez Jr. last March in Mexico, will be looking to do it again against the WBO #9 rated Alvarez (20-4-2, 12 KOs). The bout will be televised in the United States on Fox Deportes.
Five years after their first meeting at lightweight in 2010, current featherweight contenders Nik Lentz and Thiago Tavares will battle it once more in a UFC Fight Night bout on February 14 in Broomfield, Colorado . . . click here for more
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2012 Olympian Isaac ‘The Royal Storm’ Dogboe (3-0, 2 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday. Dogboe will take on Wilberth Lopez (5-3, 1 KO) of Tuscon, Arizona. The bout is a scheduled for 6 round super featherweight contest. Site location will be the elegant Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Ed Holmes (All Star Boxing) will promote the approximately ten bout card. Dogboe represented his native Ghana in the 2012 Olympics in London, Great Britain. Dogboe has flashed serious power early in his career either stopping or dropping all of his opponents thus far. Its a quick turn around time for Dogboe who is fresh off of a knockout win in his U.S. debut last month in San Diego. Even more so is the fact that it appears to be a solid opponent on paper in front of him. His management doesnt see the short notice as an issue for their young charge. “One thing about Isaac is he stays in excellent shape and ready to fight. Our team fully expects him to take care of business Saturday night,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
By John DiSanto at ringside
Super middleweight Derrick Webster, 18-0, 9 KOs, blasted out Obodai Sai, 23-2, 17 KOs, in just 22 seconds in the scheduled 6-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly on Tuesday night. Webster caught his opponent with a right hook and Sai took the full 10-count from referee Shawn Clark.
Fres Oquendo’s team responded today with explosive allegations against Timur Dugazaev, promoter of WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Yesterday Dugazaev issued a press release announcing that Oquendo failed a drug test administered by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) following his July 6 majority decision loss to Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia.
“People in the sport need to know that this guy, Timur Dugazaev, he can’t speak a word of English yet he has his co-hort Malte make up all these quotes and lies,” stated Tom Tsatas, Oquendo’s long-time advisor. “They are both wannabes in boxing and Timur is only a servant to President Kadyrov from whom he pilfered Oquendo’s purse money. I suspect that once all of this comes to light, both he and Malte will be called to task. Their story is nothing but a ploy to try and justify their keeping Fres’ money and lying to the President.”
“The stuff that happened to us over there is really unbelievable,” continued Tsatas. “Timur orchestrated the kidnapping of Oquendo to forcibly take him back to the arena from the hospital to make him take the RUSADA drug test against his will. Fres’ trainer was threatened in an elevator that if Fres knocked out Chagaev none of us would leave Grozny (which by the way, is a worry that also concerned Gilberto Mendoza regarding the WBA judges). Timur then tried to extort money from us after our passports supposedly went ‘missing’ at the airport while the aircraft was on the runway about to take off. No, this is not a scene from the movie Argo or some cold war spy novel, but what our team actually experienced during our 3 days there. These facts are backed up by not just me, but also Oquendo himself, John Wirt, long time CEO of Square Ring Promotions, George Hernandez who is a well-respected boxing trainer and Vietnam Veteran, Dino Spencer, who co-owns the 5th St Gym with me and was a student of Angelo Dundee and Nate Jones who is a US Olympic Bronze medalist and Floyd Mayweather’s co-trainer.” (more…)
Derrick Webster 163.5 vs. Obodai Sai 162
Antonio Dubose 131 vs. Arturo Santiago 129.5
Avery Sparrow 131.5 vs. Jesus Lule 127
Blair Cobbs 143 vs. Julian Sanchez 142.5
Jerome Conquest 135 vs. Piotr Apostle 133.5
PLUS 8 AMATEUR BOUTS
1ST BOUT: 7:00 PM
Promoters: Joe Hand Promotions & D and D Management
Venue: 2300 Arena
With the holiday season fast approaching, boxing fans will have plenty to celebrate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 13, as the star-studded “Royal Battle: Khan vs. Alexander” has grown to a quadrupleheader. Added to the previously announced Showtime telecast will be a 10-round featherweight bout featuring former three-division world champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) against Mexico’s Jose Ramirez (24-3-2, 15 KOs), and opening the telecast will be a 12-round IBF title elimination bout between unbeaten Jermall Charlo (19-0, 15 KOs) and Italy’s Lenny Bottai (22-2, 9 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford, “the Pride of Omaha” gives away free Thanksgiving turkeys with the help of Omaha mayor Jean Stothert to hundreds of Omaha residents on Tuesday. Crawford is ready for his upcoming world title defense against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran of Mexico.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, Crawford vs. Beltran will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE. It will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s title defense of lightweight champion Terence Crawford against Mexican Raymundo Beltran, that will take place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The referee will be Mark Nelson, from United States. The judges will be Adalaide Byrd and William Lerch, both from United States, and Cesar Ramos, from Puerto Rico. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Heavyweight Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs) returned to Bulgaria after his fifth round KO loss from Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) in Hamburg on November 15. Few days after the defeat, the former title challenger spoke in front of national media. The briefing was broadcast live by two television networks and gathered more than 50 journalists. Here is what Pulev said on the most important topics:
On the loss:
The reason is probably the lack of experience. Now I earned much, which will be needed in the future. There were some speculations about my injuries and fractures. As you may see, there aren’t such on my face. Otherwise I must be Batman or Superman to recover so fast.
The conclusions of the fight will be made for a long time ahead. The first feeling is the most true one. I made a mistake because my defense wasn’t on the required level. I didn’t show what we trained for. A super fighter was against me. He is the number one in the division. I was well trained and it was tough for him.
My biggest fault was letting his left hook connect. It’s a hole in my game for many years. Wladimir strikes perfectly with the left hook. I knew he didn’t attack with many punches. He’s got three weapons – left jab, left-right and left hook. My left jab is better than his. I proved it in the first round when I stunned him. The clinches were trained for by me as you saw. (more…)
IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez has pulled out of his December 6 clash with mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi due to cartilage splintering in his right elbow. “After sparring on Thursday I had minor complaints. But when it got worse on Friday and I couldn’t stretch my right arm properly, I went to the doctor immediately,” stated Hernandez. It was decided on Tuesday that Hernandez can’t fight on December 6. Sauerland Event is looking to reschedule the fight in early 2015.
The December 6 show in Oldenburg, Germany, will go on as scheduled, headlined by WBA light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer defending against Pawel Glazewski.
NABF Champ & Olympian Jose Ramirez and team to distribute 500+ Thanksgiving Dinners to residents in his home town
Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle, (District 2) Jose Ramirez and his team get together to knock out hunger TODAY (Tuesday, Nov 25) with “Operation Gobble,” a program to provide Thanksgiving turkeys and dinners to Avenal, California families in need.
Location: Avenal Veterans Hall, 108 W. King St.
Event starts 2:00 PM
Cars will start lining up at 1:15 PM
In what has become an annual tradition for District 2, Valle, Ramirez and his team plan to give away approximately 520 turkeys and dinners to families throughout the district at events in Corcoran, Home Garden, Avenal, and Kettleman City. The CrisCom Company, Western States Petroleum Association, and Waste Management, contributed to the effort. (more…)
By Bill Green
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
With the Holidays right around the corner, Top Rank and HBO are providing a full course meal featuring Omaha Nebraska’s own WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) versus WBO #1 ranked contender Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs). The card will take place at the Century Link Center in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska, this Saturday.
Hello champ, it seems like it all comes down to a way familiar question. The critics always say he fought and beat Burns, but Beltran broke Burns’ jaw and was cheated on the scorecards. Critics go on to say that the belt belongs to Beltran. This is a tough fight against a strong veteran of the sport, you are fighting again at home with all the distractions and pressure. Do you have to justify your title win by fighting this man?
It’s the right thing to do. I felt like he won. I went out and captured the title. It’s only fitting to give him a shot at it. It’s simple…it’s the right thing to do, he earned it. (more…)
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