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Algieri hits Macau

Algieri hits Macau

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri (R) and his trainer Tim Lane (L) arrive in ...

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Weights from Coacalco, Mexico

Weights from Coacalco, Mexico

By Gabriel F.Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodríguez Jessica Chávez 108 vs Melissa McMorrow 108 (WBC light flyweight silver title) Rey Vargas 121.50 vs Daniel ...

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Weights from Tecate

Weights from Tecate

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Antonio De Marco 146.6 vs. Lanardo Tyner 147 Edivaldo Ortega 126 vs. Rey Pérez 126 Rafael Guzmán 140 vs. Sergio Ortega 140 Eduardo ...

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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor...for Bernard

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo courtesy Team Soliman IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) talks to Fightnews to ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

Photo: Goossen Promotions Austin Trout 154 vs. Daniel Dawson 154 Mahonri Montes 142.5 vs. Erick Bone 143 Micheal Hunter 205 vs. Harvey Jolly 194 Juan Funez ...

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Algieri hits Macau

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UFC

Cerrone: The Cowboy Goes His Own Way

There are particular sacrifices one makes to have a career as a professional fighter. The daily grind of a six to eight week training camp taxes the body at a level beyond measure, and when paired with strict diets and nutritional game plans, it’s easy for the zest to be zapped out of life in the lead up to a fight. These things are done to ensure a fighter will be in peak condition when fight night rolls around, and they are commitments most make because they believe that brand of discipline is necessary for success to be achieved . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 18th, 2014



Boxing News

Stars come out for Boxing at the Barker

By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Drews Photography w StephanieDrews.com

Wednesday night’s inaugural “Boxing at the Barker” show, promoted by television mogul Michael King’s King Sports Worldwide, wasn’t just a boxing card. This was a spectular event. A first class Hollywood production complete with celebrities, sports legends and even a red carpet ceremony. Actor/comedian Dave Pollack served as master of ceremonies. The UCLA Marching Band kicked things off and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones played the national anthem. In attendance at ringside were the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wayne Knight from Seinfeld, former HBO commentator Larry Merchant, Showtime Boxing commentator Mauro Ranallo, attorney/fight fan Robert Shapiro as well as boxing greats former world champions Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, and James “Buddy” McGirt to name a few.

The show took place inside the huge Barker Hangar located on the south side of the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California. In an attractive main event between two undefeated Southern California heavyweights, Carson’s Charles Martin squared off against Alex Flores of Los Angeles with the vacant NABO heavyweight title on the line. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

McDonnell faces Rachawat for WBA belt May 31

Jamie McDonnell will face Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the vacant WBA “regular” bantamweight title at Wembley Stadium on May 31. McDonnell faces the Thai star on the undercard of Carl Froch’s blockbuster rematch for the WBA and IBF world super middleweight titles against George Groves. Na is rated WBA #3 while McDonnell is WBA #4. The WBA also has a long reigning “super” champion in the division in Anselmo Moreno. McDonnell previously held the IBF version of the belt but was stripped for not making his mandatory defense.

McDonnell’s clash with Na Rachawat joins a top-class undercard on May 31 with James DeGale MBE facing Brandon Gonzales in a final eliminator for the IBF crown contested by Froch and Groves while Olympic Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua faces a step-up in his sixth pro fight.
A further allocation of tickets will be released on sale soon.



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Munyai set to challenge for WBA superbantam belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Tshifhiwa Munyai was handed an early birthday present when he was offered a crack at England’s Scott Quigg for his WBA regular super bantamweight belt when they meet on Saturday afternoon at the Manchester Arena in England. Munyai who will celebrate his 29th birthday on May 8 came in as a substitute when the number one contender Nehomar Cermeno from Venzuela was forced out with Visa issues. Quigg, 25, from Bury, Lancashire has a record 27-0-2 with 20 wins inside the distance.

Guillermo Rigondeaux from Cuba who is the real WBA super bantamweight champion was recently elevated to “super” champion, thus allowing Quigg to be elevated to the regular champion. Rigondeaux also holds the WBO belt. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Idaho boxer Kenny Keene, retired since 2006 with a record of 51-4, is an Idaho State Lottery winner. More

Glen Hagler, Jr. may have the last name but will he have the skills when he turns pro? More

More on Russell Peltz signing Philly fighter Thomas LaManna. More

San Antonio’s Raul Martinez looks to extend his career. More



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins-Shumanov Press Conference

By Julian Burgower
Photos: Mike Greenhill

Bernard Hopkins wanted to make something very clear today at the final press conference for his light heavyweight title unification showdown with fellow champion Beibut Shumenov- he is not just fighting for a belt. Hopkins has been fighting for glittery trinkets to hang around his waist since the Kazakh Olympian was a mere 10 years old. What he fights for is legend.

“This is really a defense of my legacy. Yes, belts are nice. They are nice when you are younger because you have to establish that foundation. My foundation has been laid down years ago. And you build off the foundation. You get what you put in most of the time and then you have the time when you have to fight for what you want. So I just want everybody to know that this is an opportunity for me to show that no matter what age, even though age is a factor a lot of ways in sports, but to represent the 40 and up club which is very much alive in the world…to have a fan base with the 40 and up club, boxing fans and non-boxing fans- they are backing me. They’re supporting me. They’re praying for me. So I go and train understanding that it’s not just for me and not just for my family or my bank account or any of the things that I have already achieved almost two decades ago. I ask you to enjoy everything that’s going to take place while it’s taking place. A lot of times we even take our personal achievements for granted. Relationships, sports, jobs, good friends, good people, good business people, and we don’t really appreciate it until we get treated the opposite way. So I feel like everybody should know that come April 19th, you will be inspired by me.” (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Syracuse, NY

By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

A seven-bout card was held at the Holiday Inn in Syracuse, NY Thursday night on a show hosted by new promoter Jay Johnson of JKJ Championship Promotions. A capacity crowd was on hand for the first of a series of cards planned for Syracuse.

The six-round main event of the evening featured Middleweight Martez Potter of Syracuse up against Joe Yerdon of Berlin, NY. Feeding off the frenzied crowd Potter landed a combination that shook Yerdon soon after the opening bell. From there Potter scored with his quickness and counter punch ability to take rounds two and three. A right-left counterpunch in round four had Yerdon hurt at the bell. In the fifth Potter landed several counter rights that had Yerdon backing up. Yerdon was game throughout the fight but he ate too many counter rights and left hooks against the quicker foe. Potter improves to 4-0 while Yerdon slides to 3-7 after identical 59-55 scores from each judge. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Undefeated Reed headlines card in Fort Washington MD April 18

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Mike Reed 141.5 vs. Regino Canales 142.5
Terron Grant 130 vs. Alberto Candaleria 132
Gerome Quigley 148.5 vs. Dontre King 148
Mykal Fox 137.5 vs. David Ruiz 138.5
Rodrigo Gabriel 118.5 vs. Gabriel Braxton 118.5
Tyrone Wright 135.5 vs. Enrique Vargas 135.5

While most of the boxing world will focus on the world title tripleheader in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 19, there will be a card 20 miles south of the Nation’s Capitol at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on Friday, April 18 and the main event on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card features a prospect that many people are keeping their eye on. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights

Photos: Stephanie Trapp /SHOWTIME

It turns out promoter Mike Tyson can stir the pot almost as much as heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. Almost. Tyson seemed right at home in his new role as promoter Thursday as he guided his Iron Mike Productions fighters through the final press conference and weigh-in for tomorrow’s ShoBox: The New Generation event. Tyson egged on his fighters, enticed trash talking and did his best to create some controversy during the presser before the official weigh-in. In other words, typical Tyson.

“Listen, I don’t want to hear you guys talk about respect for each other,” Tyson said. “I want to hear what you guys are going to do to each other tomorrow night. I want to hear that you’re going to knock him out. Don’t worry about making weight. Listen, we’re only talking about a few pounds here. I fought as a heavyweight and it didn’t matter. This is boxing. We’re here to see some people beat each other up tomorrow. Weight doesn’t matter; we’re here to watch you fight. I’m excited to have such a great card and exciting event for my return to SHOWTIME. We’re a very young organization but we’re moving pretty fast.”

Alexei Collado 131.6 vs. Rod Salka 132.6
Felix Diaz 139.6 vs. Emmanuel Lartey 142.7
Sammy Vasquez, Jr. 146.8 vs. Juan Rodriguez, Jr. 148
Ryan Martin 136 vs. Misael Chacon 135.6

Venue: Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA
Promoter: Iron Mike Productions
TV: Showtime

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April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Chicago

Donovan George 171 vs. Troy Lowry 172
Andrey Fedosov 227 vs. Maurice Harris 242.6
Mike Jimenez 168.75 vs. Lester Gonzalez 169
Antonio Canas 141.5 vs. Rynell Griffin TBA
Eddie Ramirez 140 vs. Greg Coverson 136.2
Will Coix 145.25 vs. Justin Gauthier 144.2
Fidel Navarette 129.2 vs. Tim Carrizalez 130.2
Dimar Ortuz 195.6 vs. Mitch Williams 194.4
Roy Navarro 146.6 vs. Ricky Smith 147.6

Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing/Round 3 Productions



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Verona, NY

By Bob Caico
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Brandon Adams 161 Raymond Gatica 158
Vitaliy Kopylenko 160 Willie Monroe, Jr 160
Donovan Dennis 226 Nate Heaven 233
Simeon Hardy 155 Rahman Mustafa Yusubov 155
Cecil McCalla 149 Antonio Chaves Fernandez 150
Raphael Luna 152.5 Marcus Hall 153
Cornelius Whitlock 145 Greg Jackson 144

Promoter: Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions)
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
TV: ESPN 2

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April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Peltz Boxing inks Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna

Peltz Boxing Promotions, of Philadelphia, and Gulfstream Co., LLC., of Jersey City, NJ, today announced the formal signing of junior middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna to an exclusive promotional agreement. “Young prospects like Thomas LaManna are the reason I’m still in this business, said J Russell Peltz, president of Peltz Boxing. “LaManna is coming off the biggest win of his career and I’m looking forward to working with him and his dad, Vinny, and his trainer, Hassan Hamed-El.”

LaManna, 22, of Millville, NJ, is 14-0, 7 K0s. A three-year pro, he scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Ahsandi Gibbs, of Tampa, FL, on April 12 at Bally’s Atlantic City. It was LaManna’s first fight in more than six months and his first scheduled eight-rounder. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Jean Pascal with Gym and Interbox

This afternoon at La Cage aux Sports Boucherville, Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox announced that they had reached an agreement with Jean Pascal Promotions to ensure the services of the NABF Champion and WBC Diamond Belt light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). The multi-fight agreement was signed last Saturday. WBC #1 contender Pascal became a promotional free agent after his fight with Lucian Bute this past January 18 before 20,000+ in Montreal. The objective is to make two more fights in 2014 for Jean Pascal, the next scheduled for September. Discussions on the potential opponent are already underway and those for a U.S. broadcast will follow.



April 17th, 2014

UFC

Five must-see features on UFC’s fan app, powered by MetroPCS

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced a number of new updates to its mobile UFC Fan App, Powered by MetroPCS®. Available for free worldwide, UFC’s Fan App is designed to enhance the way fans around the world watch fights and interact with the UFC. As the ultimate all-in-one fight night companion, the app helps fans to enhance the fight night experience no matter if they are watching at the arena, at home, at a bar or somewhere else around the world. Fans can download the UFC Fan App for free on Android devices in Google Play and on iPhone or iPad devices in the App Store. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Rodriguez Jr. ready to unleash “The Beast”

Undefeated welterweight sensation Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (11-0, 5 KOs) is ready to make a splash on the national scene on tomorrow night at the Convention Center in Monroeville PA, when he faces Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (13-0, 9 KOs) in an eight round contest that will be televised live on Showtime. “It feels great that I am going to be able to show the world my skills on Showtime tomorrow night,” said Rodriquez. “It has been my training camp ever. I am prepared to put on a show for the world. I am bringing the excitement. That is why they call me ‘The Beast.’” (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight Club OC Weights

Photos: Roy Englebrecht Promotions

Julian Cruz 151.8 vs. Neeco Macias 150.6
Jesse West 214 vs. Giovanni Sarran 228
Tony Thompson 157 vs. Elliot Seymour 157.8

Venue: The Hangar OC Fair & Event Center
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
All tickets are priced at $55 and are available at www.fightcluboc.com or by calling the box office (909) 744-4867. Hangar doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:35pm. The Hangar is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.

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April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings/Perez, Geale/Macklin HBO twinbill lands in Corpus Christi, Texas

Undefeated and top rated heavyweights Bryant “By By” Jennings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mike “The Rebel” Perez, fighting out of Cork, Ireland will clash in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator on May 24, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The winner of the 12-round bout will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title, which was vacated by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko earlier this year. Jennings and Perez are currently ranked #4 and #5, respectively by the sanctioning body.

Opening the telecast is a 10-round middleweight battle between two-time former world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale and perennial contender Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Why are boxing’s “crossroads fights” so alluring? More

California hopeful Randy Caballero is on the rise as a title challenger. More

Enzo Maccarinelli says to brace yourself for a shocking rematch. More

Undefeated Sammy Vasquez Jr.is ready for a battle of undefeateds against Juan Rodriguez Friday night. More

 



April 17th, 2014

UFC

Edson Barboza: Will a Star be Born?

When you’re a flashy knockout artist, the kind of fighter that fills highlight reels again and again, the assumption is that when the going gets tough, that guy gets going…and not in a good way. But after a rough first round against Danny Castillo last December, Edson Barboza was faced with such a dilemma, though it wasn’t a dilemma to the Brazilian standout . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Quigg-Munyai press conference

Promoter Eddie Hearn presents the final ‘Rise Up’ press conference from Manchester Town Hall. WBA “regular” super bantamweight titleholder Scott Quigg defends against late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai in the main event.



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Fonfara handicaps Hopkins-Shumenov

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs), who on May 24 in Montreal will challenge current WBC champ Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) will be watching when Bernard Hopkins tests Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO) this Saturday for WBA/IBF belts. “I’m always watching other fighters, especially when they’re in my weight class and could be my next opponents.” said Fonfara, who had just finished his daily six mile morning run in Chicago. “It’s a good fight, with Hopkins being my favorite. Maybe 60-40 odds for ‘The Executioner’ because of his activity, championship level of competition.” (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Bahoeli: Beating Browne can change my career

Canadian heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3, 7 KOs) believes his Commonwealth title fight with unbeaten Lucas Browne (19-0, 17 KOs) will open the door to the big time. The heavyweights clash at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England next Saturday, with the winner likely to surge up the world rankings. Bahoeli, 32, accepts he will be a huge underdog come fight night, but says he needs to cause an upset in order to progress his career. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Travieso Arce-Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and multiple former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce have exchanged messages on their Twitter stating they would like to meet in the ring. The problem is that Arce fights for Zanfer Promotions which has a partnership with TV Azteca, and Gonzalez is with Promociones del Pueblo, which has a partnership with rival network Televisa. There’s no doubt that an Arce-Gonzalez would be one of the biggest all-Mexican fights ever and ideal for a mega-event during the September Mexican independence celebrations. Promociones del Pueblo says the fight could be possible but since Gonzalez is the champion the fight should go to Televisa. In any event, Gonzalez first must win his May 24 defense in Acapulco against Clive Atwell.



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Orlando Cruz: This is my time right now!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


By Karl Freitag

Fightnews.com spoke to former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) shortly after his arrival in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night. Cruz, who is coming off a loss in a world title challenge against then-WBO world champion Orlando Salido last October, has a chance to get back into title contention if he can defeat WBO #6 rated Gamalier Rodriguez (23-2-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida.

“It’s a big opportunity in my life,” Cruz told Fightnews.com. “Gamalier Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican guy, he’s a good boxer, but Orlando Cruz is back!

“I’m more hungry, more dedicated, more focused for my victory,” he continued. “I’m very happy for this opportunity. I thank Top Rank, I thank All Star Boxing. I’m very happy. This is my chance. This is my time right now!”

Cruz added that he feels his style matches up well against Rodriguez, who will be defending his NABO featherweight title. Cruz-Rodriguez will be televised on UniMas Network’s popular Solo Boxeo Tecate series.



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Fired up Chisora says he’ll KO Fury in one round

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora turned up the heat on Tyson Fury by telling his fierce rival he’ll be knocked out inside a round at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on July 26. Londoner Chisora, the European Heavyweight Champion, defends his title against Fury with the vacant British title up for grabs and the fight is also a final eliminator for the WBO world heavyweight championship for the right to face reigning king Wladimir Klitschko.

The 29-year-old Cisora was at the talkSPORT studio yesterday on the popular Hawksbee and Jacobs show and said he’s looking to do a job on undefeated Fury, even though the Manchester fighter has already beaten Chisora in July 2011. “I’m not going to cry over spilt milk,” he said. “I’m looking to the future now. He’s going to get knocked out. He said he’s going to knock me out in round five but he’s going to get knocked out in the first round.”



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Knockout boxing reality series now airing

By Karl Freitag
Photos by Mary Ann Owen

Last night I caught up on the first two episodes of NUVOtv’s boxing reality series “Knockout,” starring trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah. A brief synopsis: In episode one, the cast of nine boxers were introduced. In episode two, the three trainers chose their respective teams, which consist of one fighter in each of the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight divisions.

Among the boxers, by far the best known is former world champion and famous PPV foil Ricardo Mayorga (29-8, 23 KOs). The others are Dennis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (15-3, 8 KOs), Marc Salser (15-1, 9 KOs), Said Quali (29-4, 23 KOs), Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs), Jose Angel Rodriguez (17-3-1, 2 KOs), Martin Wright (11-1-2, 5 KOs), Juanito Garcia (19-3, 8 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-4, 5 KOs). (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Martin KOs Flores to win NABO heavyweight title; N’Dam N’Jikam defeats Zuniga

By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

“Prince” Charles Martin (16-0, 14 KOs) impressively dismantled and knocked out previously undefeated Alexander “The Great” Flores (14-1, 12 KOs) to win the vacant NABO heavyweight title on Wednesday night at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. Martin was in command from the beginning and dropped Flores hard at the end of the third round with a straight left cross. Martin then finished Flores off with a hard left cross to the body followed by a right hook that crumpled Flores to the canvas where he was counted out at 1:14 of the fourth round.

Former WBA/WBO middleweight titlist, Hassan N’Dam N’Jimkam (30-1, 18KO) used his superior hand speed and footwork to win a unanimous decision victory over three time world title challenger, Fulgencio Zuniga (26-9-1, 23KO). Zuniga proved to be a tough customer but the Colombian also showed every bit of his 36 years of age in dropping the fourth of his last five bouts. N’Dam N’Jimkam, meanwhile, wins his third fight in a row following losing his middleweight title to Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of the Cameroonian fighter, N’Dam N’Jikam. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins, Shumenov workout quotes

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

Several of the featured fighters for Saturday’s “History at the Capitol” event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. worked out for media members at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. The Showtime tripleheader headlined by future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins against Beibut Shumenov in a light heavyweight world championship unification.

WBA super light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov: “I’m feeling great, most of the work has been done. I cannot wait to show what I am capable of. To show the world that I am the best light heavyweight in the world. I haven’t missed any days of training. Every day after my workout my body was exhausted and the next day I was always excited to go to the gym. Every day was valuable for me, every day I saw improvement. It made me happy to go to the gym.”

IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins: “I’ll say that Shumenov is saying the right things because anything else contrary to that would hurt the fight and will not help ticket sales. People want to see you when you’re still relevant, so to me this is the time to show and perform on a worldwide stage. Shumenov wants to make a name for himself by defeating me. All the young guns want to make it big, and beating me would do that for Shumenov, but that’s not going to happen. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs returns Saturday in Minnesota

Just 8 days after destroying Maurenzo Smith in his first fight since 2010, former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) will be back in action this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota. Briggs, the last American to hold a world heavyweight championship, will be facing Francisco Mireles (17-8, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten round special featured attraction.

In the main event, cruiserweight Al Sands (12-1, 11 KOs) faces Keith Barr (12-5, 3 KOs) for vacant NABA USA cruiserweight title. The card is presented by Zach Walters’ Jungle Boy Promotions.



April 16th, 2014

UFC

Whoa Canada: Theodorou and Laprise win TUF

After a little over nine years, Canada finally has an Ultimate Fighter winner. Actually, after wins by Elias Theodorou and Chad Laprise, the country has two, as both Team Canada members emerged victorious in their TUF Nations final bouts Wednesday night at the Colisee Pepsi, joining the line started by Forrest Griffin on April 9, 2005 . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Cletus Seldin headlines April 24

Long Island fan favorite Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (12-0, 9 KOs) will return to battle against hard hitting Nicaraguan Wilfredo “El Zurdo” Acuna on April 24 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The Seldin-Acuna eight round junior welterweight clash headlines “Rockin Fights 13″ another installment of the acclaimed professional boxing series presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. “Cletus has improved with each fight, from his knockout power to the terrific boxing skills he displayed going the distance against Venegas” said DeGuardia. “We’re looking for spectacular things from him this year and look forward to his bout with the tough Nicaraguan Acuna on April 24.”

The 32-year-old southpaw Acuna (15-13, 12 KOs) is well known to Long Island boxing fans having battled Chris Algieri this past September 14 in front of a packed house at The Paramount. In Acuna’s last fight on December 20 in Honduras, he snapped a six fight losing streak by demolishing winless Freddy Madrigal (0-6) in the third round.

Advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 13,” starting at $50 are available now. The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York.



April 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight Club OC kicks off 4th year in The Hangar Thursday

With a record 423 Fight Club OC Season Seats sold for Southern California’s only fight series, it will be opening night of Season 4 for Roy Englebrecht Promotions when Fight Club OC kicks things off Thursday evening in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. As always, Fight Club OC boxing matchmaker Whit Haydon has assembled a card featuring some of the best young fighters So Cal has to offer, including four fighters from Orange County. Unbeaten heavyweight Jesse West (3-0, 1 KO) from Fruit Heights, Utah will be meeting Giovani Sarran (4-6, 1 KO). Unbeaten jr middleweight Neeco “The Rooster” Macias (3-0, 1 KO), who has one of the most unique fighter walk-ins in the sport, will face Julian Cruz (2-3). Also Tony Thompson makes his pro debut at 154 pounds against Elliot Seymour (1-6).

Thursday will also be “Fight Club OC Poster Night” with all fans receiving a full color 18×24 inch 2014 Fight Club OC poster. In addition the new Fight Club OC walk-in t-shirts which were designed by Unanimous Clothing will be worn by all Fight Club OC fighters. All tickets are priced at $55 and are available at www.fightcluboc.com. Hangar doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:35pm. All Fight Club OC shows take place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.



April 16th, 2014

Scale Watch

Weights from Syracuse, NY

Story and photo by Boxing Bob Newman

Marteze Potter 161.4 vs. Joe Yerdon 160.4
Jimmy Garcia 152.4 vs. Ahmed Tuba 154.8
Will Madera 137.4 vs. Oscar Diaz 137.4
Dequan Burgos 170 vs. Donnie Dukes 168.8
Chad Heydon 169.2 vs. Dave Tamaso 170.8
Mikey Rycraft 166.4 vs. Pedro Gonzalez 165.4
Frank Alagna 166 vs. On’Rey Towns 164.6

Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Venue: Holiday Inn
Doors Open at 6 pm, First Bell at 7 pm



April 16th, 2014

UFC

KJ or KO? Noons Halts Stout in 30

In a TUF Nations Finale prelim bout changed on fight week from lightweight to welterweight, KJ Noons showed impressive power at the new weight in stopping durable Sam Stout in less than a minute on Wednesday at the Colisee Pepsi . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 16th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN to televise Klitschko-Leapai

Good news for U.S. fight fans. It was announced today that the ESPN network has reached an agreement to pick up the rights to televise the April 26 world heavyweight title defense of unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany.

Just two weeks later, ESPN will also televise the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola from Los Angeles.



April 16th, 2014




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