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In a battle of undefeated fighters, WBO #5 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (17-0, 6 KOs) will face Timy “Albanian Bomber” Shala (19-0-1, 8 KOs) on a March 7 show at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. The card, which is SES Boxing’s milestone 100th event, will also feature WBO middleweight champion Christina Hammer defending her belt against Kali Reis and IBF cruiserweight “junior” champion Dennis Ronert facing TBA.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Plans for boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather’s promotional tour of Australia have been scuttled after the Government rejected Mayweather’s visa application due to Floyd’s history of violence against women. Mayweather, who was to arrive with a 31-person entourage, was scheduled to meet fans at dinner and “after-party” events in Melbourne and Sydney. However, buckling to pressure from anti-domestic violence groups, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash confirmed to the Herald Sun, “a visa has not been granted in this case.”
By Jerry Glick
Photos: Will Hart / Klitschko Management Group
IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and top rated challenger Bryant Jennings hosted a New York City press conference on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden to officially kickoff their upcoming battle at the legendary venue on Saturday April 25.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Let us, Bryant and me, entertain you on April 25th here in New York at Madison Square Garden…I see how Bryant Jennings acts. I see how he walks, I see how he shakes hands, I see how he speaks, he has the qualities of Rocky Balboa from Philadelphia.”
“Thank you to HBO. Eventually you believed in me. I’m back on your network and I’m happy about it.” (more…)
Chris Avalos is wiring in for his title fight, training at the Durango Boxing Club in Lancaster, CA, and sparring twice a week at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Avalos, 25-2, 19 KOs, is getting set to take on IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton in his hometown at the Odyessy Arena, Belfast, on February 28.
“Chris is ready to rock,” said his manager Mike Criscio. “I think Chris will dominate Frampton. Chris is very tough, strong, has a lot of pride and is hungry to win a world championship.”
Avalos, 25, has a record of 25-2, 19 KOs. Frampton is 19-0 with 13 KOs. (more…)
For the first time in its 12-year existence, Broadway Boxing heads north to the suburbs of Westchester County, NY, when DiBella Entertainment stages a February 20 card headlined by undefeated prospects Bryant “Pee-wee” Cruz (13-0, 7KO’s) and Frank “Notorious” Galarza (15-0-2, 9KO’s) in separate eight-round bouts at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Jr middleweight Galarza is set to square off against Michael Finney (12-1-1, 10 KOs), while jr lightweight Cruz faces an opponent to be named.
“This is going to be our first ever Broadway Boxing show in Westchester and we are truly excited about it,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “It allows us to expand the series into a new territory and reach an entirely new fan-base. We anticipate a terrific card from top to bottom and hope that this will be the first of many cards to come in the area.”
Tickets are priced at $100, $60 and $40.
Photos: Will Hart /Klitschko Management Group
IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and top rated challenger Bryant Jennings met for the first time this morning at the Empire State Building in New York City ahead of today’s Press Conference to announce their battle set for Saturday, April 25 at Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
Presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group in association with Gary Shaw Productions, tickets priced at $1000, $600, $300, $200 and $100 can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, www.TheGarden.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.
Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
High action contender Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera of San Antonio said “now the world will see what I am all about” when he makes his main event debut on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at the State Farm Arena on Saturday, Feb 7. Najera, a 15-0, 7 KOs, lightweight, will take on Robbie Cannon, 14-10-1, 6 KOs, of Missouri in an eight round bout. It will be Najera’s first time in a main event which will be televised nationally by UniMas.
“This is what working hard in the gym – and I sparred very hard rounds, over 60 of them – will mean for me when I go into the ring Saturday night. “Fighting in the main event is exciting for me and my team,” said Najera who was born and raised in San Antonio. “They call me Bam Bam. A lot of people think I took that name from Brandon Rios but I didn’t. I was a strong little kid while growing up and it was my parents who called me Bam Bam. I wore it on my trunks as an amateur. It just stuck with me,” Najera said. (more…)
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) is set to make its debut on Spike TV on Friday, March 13 from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. culminating with a welterweight showdown between hard-hitting Andre “The Beast” Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) and the always exciting Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs). The first TV fight of the evening will see the return of former welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-1, 15 KOs) facing off against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs).
Tickets for the live event priced at $150, $100, $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes are on sale now and are available for purchase at www.axs.com. The televised action on Spike TV begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and 6:00 p.m. PT in the arena!
By Peter Fury
Sparring began for real on Monday and it was great to see Tyson and Hughie get put through their paces by a number of quality heavyweights. For this particular camp we’ve got Kevin Johnson, the American heavyweight due to fight Anthony Joshua in April, as well as Marcin Rekowski, who is 15-1, and Sean ‘Sexy’ Turner from Dublin. It’s a nice mix of experience and youth. We’ve had Kevin twice in camp now and it’s always good to have him around. He’s a good lad, Kevin, and he’s the ultimate professional. He does his job properly. When he’s got the bit between his teeth and has a big fight coming up, you get good work out of him. He does what he needs to do and is ideal for what we need.
Not everybody is, though. The likes of Johnson come back to us because they like what they see, we’re fair with them and they want to return. The ones who don’t come back, however, are the ones who come over and don’t perform in sparring. They don’t give me what I want. Some of them come over and think they’re just getting an easy payday. They do the bare minimum and expect that to be enough. Then comes the reality check. We soon get rid of them. (more…)
Welterweight contender Amir Khan isn’t optimistic that the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will come to fruition.
“Honestly that fight will never happen in my opinion,” Khan told BT Sport. “I spoke to Manny Pacquiao and obviously we speak to Mayweather and his team, I can’t really see that fight happening. There’s too much politics in that fight. You have different promotion teams, you have different management teams, and I don’t think they’re gonna let that fight happen.”
If Mayweather-Pacquiao doesn’t happen, Khan could find himself in the ring against one of them next.
Team China Smith held a press conference at Lamborghini Sarasota to announce details of the upcoming Friday Night Fights event scheduled for April 3 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Florida. Jenah Victor of PerfectEnergySports.com, the title sponsor of the event, was on hand along with China “The Dragon” Smith, Aaron “Jedi” Jaco and promoter MarcAnthony Roman.
Heavyweight China Smith, who will be defending his WBF North American belt, noted how important it is for Team China to bring boxing back to Sarasota. “We will be making history by showcasing local talent and hosting two sanctioned title fights in one evening,” stated Smith. “We want to bring boxing back to our hometown and give back to the community at the same time.”
Aaron “Jedi” Jaco shared his enthusiasm for fighting for the WBF super middleweight title in his hometown after taking 6 years off. “This team takes care of the hometown fighters – I’m the oldest guy on the card and I’ve never felt so good and energized to be able to support and entertain the community at this event,” he said.
Promoter MarcAnthony Roman said there will be six fights on the card. 3,500 seats will be available at Robarts Arena. Platinum tickets are already sold out. VIP tickets are $50 and general admission tickets are $25.
IBF #12 rated lightweight Richard Commey (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Mikheil Avakyan (27-18-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Commey has been training at the Pro SW Gym in Loughton, Essex, UK, where he has been sparring with the likes of IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell.
Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) against Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) tops the bill, which also features welterweight Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs) against Anthony Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs), Dennis Ceylan (12-0-1, 6 KOs) against Cristian Montilla (6-3-1, 3 KOs) and rising Danish stars Abdul Khattab (9-0, 3 KOs) and Rashid Kassem (6-0, 3 KOs).
Back in Las Vegas and looking to get back on track to kick off 2015, longtime lightweight standout Gray Maynard will return to the scene of one of his biggest victories, the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 4 to face Russia’s Alexander Yakovlev. . . click here for more
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Saturday’s scheduled nationally televised clash between unbeaten super featherweight Saul Rodriguez and Daniel Diaz at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, is off due to a visa problem with Diaz. Stepping into the open TV slot is unbeaten welterweight slugger Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (16-0, 11 KOs), who will take on Ecuador’s Eduardo Flores (17-16-3, 12 KOs).
In the main event, lightweight Ivan Najera (15-0, 8 KOs) will face Missouri’s Robbie Cannon (14-10-2, 6 KOs). Both bouts are eight-rounders and will air on the UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” weekly show at 11PM ET/PT.
On February 14, Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing will promote a fight card headlined by local heavyweight Derric Rossy at the Resorts World Casino New York City which will be shown live on a network to be announced (known to be CBS Sports Network).
Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs), who is coming off a disputed majority decision defeat to current IBF #2 ranked Vyacheslav Glazkov, will take on undefeated Akhror Muralimov (16-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the IBF North American Heavyweight title.
In the co-feature undefeated “Subway Boxer” Mike Lee (13-0, 7 KOs) will fight Gary Tapusoa (6-3-1, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder for the UBF All Americas light heavyweight title. (more…)
After KO losses to Nicholas Walters and Nonito Donaire at featherweight, former world champion and fan favorite Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KOs) will drop back down to the super bantamweight division. On Saturday, Darchinyan faces Juan “El Penita” Jimenez (19-8, 12 KOs) at the Domo del Palacio Municipal in Chetumal, Mexico, in a bout airing live on Televisa and Fox Deportes.
Headlining the Golden Boy Promotions/Cancun Boxing card is former WBA interim super lightweight champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (27-4-1, 20 KOs) against Jorge “Pantera” Silva (20-6-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. Opening up the telecast is undefeated middleweight Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (17-0-1, 7 KOs) against seasoned fighter Gilberto “Gil” Flores (23-14, 18 KOs) in a six-rounder.
An injury to the left hand of Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo suffered during training forced him to cancel his February 28 bout in Tampa, Florida. The remaining fights on the card will still take place at “The Corral” in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida. It will also still air at 11p ET/PT on “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on the Spanish-language network UniMas.
“I was very happy because I was going to fight for the first time in Tampa, and I know that a lot of people want to see me fight there,” said Verdejo (16-0, 12 KO’s), who’d been scheduled to face Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez (24-5, 15 KO’s) in the main event. “I’ll still be in Tampa on February 28 to support my teammates [Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz and Francisco “Pechuga” Vargas], who will be fighting on the card. I know that I’ll be fighting in Tampa this year, if God permits it.”
An MRI ordered by Dr. Gaspar R Garcia showed Verdejo suffers from swelling of the metacarpal ligament tendon in his left hand. There are no fractures or tears, but Verdejo will be out of action from three to four weeks without any contact, which is why the Lopez fight was canceled. (more…)
50-year-old heavyweight contender “Bronco” Billy Wright (46-4, 37 KOs) will defend his WBC Latin America, Fecarbox, and USNBC titles against 29-year-old challenger Gilberto Matheus “Magico” Domingos (22-2, 20 KOs) of Brazil on March 13 at the We Ko Pa Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wright, who is currently world rated at #18 by the WBC, has a 17-fight winning streak dating back to 1998. He has scored 13 straight wins by KO. He is one month and five days older than Bernard Hopkins.
The co-main event will be a title fight between middleweight Milorac “Hammer Hands” Zizic (11-0, 5 K0s) and Louie Rose (11-2; 3 KOs). They will be fighting for the vacant NABF Middleweight title. The undercard, pending comission’s approval, currently includes Anthoy Villareal vs Jesus Serrano (6 rounds); Demond Brook vs Wilbert Lopez (6 rounds); Emmanuel Nieves vs Rocco Espinoza (4 Rounds) and Jeff Tabriza vs Jose Martell (4 Rounds).
The event, billed as the “Battle of the Belts,” is presented by Roy Jone Jr. Boxing, managed by Keith Veltre and newly licensed by the Arizona Boxing Commission.
Super middleweight James “Chunky” DeGale says it is his destiny to become the first British Olympic Gold medallist to win a World title when he fights for the IBF crown. DeGale will fight for the vacant belt after Carl Froch vacated the title through injury, and promoter Eddie Hearn is engaged in early negotiations with former Froch foe and first available contender Andre Dirrell. DeGale – who turned 29 today – landed the mandatory position in the IBF with a stoppage win over Brandon Gonzales at Wembley Stadium on the undercard of Froch’s KO win over George Groves in May, and demolished Marco Antonio Periban inside three rounds in Liverpool in November. He believes that there is no possible fighter that can stop him winning the title.
“All I want to do is win the world title, it doesn’t matter to me who I have to beat to do it,” said DeGale. “When I first turned pro that was the aim, I now have that chance and I am going to take it with both hands. It’s been a long time but I can make history and I am looking forward to it. Dirrell is a very good fighter, a tricky southpaw and it would be an awkward fight, but anyone you face for a World title is going to be tough. That’s why I will be putting in 12 weeks of hard work to make the night easy. He does the rounds well and he’s technically good, but I could see myself stopping him later in the fight, I am capable of getting in and stopping anyone.” (more…)
Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
When Bryant “BY BY” Jennings, 19-0, 10 KOs, defeated Mike Perez at Madison Square Garden last summer, he earned the right to fight for the WBC heavyweight title. That is, once Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder fought each other first. Jennings waited patiently for his title shot, only to see the Wilder-Stiverne bout delayed over and over again. Of course the fight finally came off a few weeks ago, but by then Bryant Jennings had already moved on. When Wilder lifted the crown from Stiverne’s head, “BY BY” was already deep in negotiations to fight IBF, WBO, WBA, and IBO champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man universally considered to be THE heavyweight champion.
On Wednesday, Jennings and Klitschko will be in New York City to officially announce their world championship fight set for April 25th at Madison Square Garden.
Some believe that Jennings would have been better off waiting for his chance to fight Wilder, rather than taking on the far more formidable Klitschko. But Bryant Jennings doesn’t see it that way. He just doesn’t think like that. (more…)
Carl Froch has vacated the IBF super middleweight title as he recovers from the injury that ruled him out of a clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The four-time World champion will now consider his future before potentially defending his WBA super middleweight title this summer. Mandatory challenger James DeGale will now fight the next available contender for the vacant title, and the IBF will instruct Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport as to who that will be and negotiations will commence immediately.
“It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks with terms agreed for the Chavez fight only for me to be unable to proceed in camp due to injury,” said Froch. “I know what it’s like to wait for a shot and I didn’t want to hold James up in fighting for a world title. James is a great fighter and I hope he can go out and win that title and who knows, we may even meet later in the year.”
“Talks continue with the Chavez camp regarding a summer clash in Las Vegas, and discussions have taken place with Golden Boy Promotions regarding a bumper clash in Nottingham with two-weight World champion legend Bernard Hopkins in the summer,” said Hearn.
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated IBF bantamweight world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) of Coachella, California, is set to make his homecoming when he takes on Alberto “Metro” Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico, on Friday February 27 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. The bout can be seen on a Golden Boy Live telecast on Fox Sports 1. We caught up with the champ as he talked about his preparation and upcoming fight with Guevara. Caballero is preparing with his father/trainer Marcos Caballero in his hometown of Coachella, California the desert valley that has produced fighters such as the Diaz Brothers (Joel, Antonio, former world champion Julio), former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and, of course, most recently Randy Caballero himself.
“Camp is amazing so far. We are training hard now that I have the title. I have to train extra hard to make sure we keep this title,” Caballero said. “Timothy Bradley and myself are bringing it back up, making it a place here for boxing. We are making sure boxing comes here to Indio.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Respected Las Vegas boxing trainer Kevin Barry talks to Fightnews about WBA #10, WBO #11 heavyweight Joseph Parker, who he has trained to world class level. Barry also trained David Tua when he scored his greatest victories and makes a comparison between the two outstanding heavyweights from Samoan parents. Barry also talks on Parker’s victories over Frans Botha, Brian Minto, Sherman Williams and Inneu Beato Costa Jr.
You are the trainer of WBA #10 Joseph Parker. When did you become his trainer?
I began training Joe Parker in April of 2013. We have now had eight fights together
Parker has had impressive victories over Frans Botha, Brian Minto, Sherman Williams and Inneu Beato Costa Junior Can you tell me which was his best performance? (more…)
Welcome back Anderson Silva. For all the post-fight analysis of the Brazilian icon’s performance last Saturday against Nick Diaz, maybe the best course of action is to simply say that it was great to see him back. Fighters, especially 39-year-old ones, don’t generally come back at a high level from an injury similar to the leg break Silva suffered in December of 2013. It just doesn’t happen . . . click here for more
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Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the February ratings of the new WBC Francophone title.
Already several fights are announced to take place in the coming weeks and months with WBC #12 Christopher Rebrasse facing #37 and current WBC Mediterrenean champion Seyedin Syroos for the inaugural supermiddleweight title on March 14 in Charleroi, Belgium.
The full set of ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.
Op-ed on the network politics of Mayweather-Pacquiao.
The Guardian on saving the sport of boxing.
Another piece on boxing’s need for a superfight.
By Karl Freitag
As of now, Carl Froch is still IBF super middleweight champion. Froch was reportedly planning to relinquish his title on Monday rather than to fight mandatory challenger James DeGale. However, now it appears there will be an announcement on Tuesday. Froch, who also shares a version of the WBA super middleweight world title (along with Andre Ward and Fedor Chudinov) has his eye on high profile international clashes against Bernard Hopkins and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., rather than a domestic dustup with DeGale.
Promoter Gary Shaw has broken ties with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports and will reopen Gary Shaw Productions. Shaw will retain his contracts with GSP fighters including unbeaten heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, who will challenge WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 25 in New York City. The Shaw/Roc Nation collaboration lasted less than a month.
Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (8-0, 8 KOs) will square off against unbeaten Dustin Craig Echard (10-0, 7 KOs) this Friday in a six-rounder that will open up the telecast on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Elbiali is advised by Al Haymon.
World ranked welterweight contender Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden is back in Los Angeles to open camp at the Wild Card Boxing Gym under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach. “I’ve spent dozens of rounds sparring with Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez and held my own,” said Van Heerden. “I want to be a world champion and I’m prepared to make the sacrifices and put in the work to make it happen.”
“The Siberian Rocky”, former WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday night to begin preparations for a major Spring bout that will be announced shortly. Provodnikov was greeted by his manager Vadim Kornilov and was joined by Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight participant Andrey Fedosov. They will begin training at the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
It is known that negotiations are currently underway for a showdown between Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse on March 28 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Chris Eubank Jr. came face-to-face with WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov in London today ahead of their huge clash on February 28th at London’s O2 arena. Eubank aims to rebound from his sole career defeat to Billy Joe Saunders last November by winning a portion of the WBA world title that is shared with Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.
Chris Eubank Jr: “I’m glad to have met my adversary face-to-face, man-to-man, for the first time and I know what I’m up against. On paper he’s the interim world champion and the man I must beat to get the belt, but having seen him face-to-face and looked him deep in the eyes, I see a man who is up against insurmountable odds. I think for once in a fight the roles are reversed and I’m coming in the good guy and he’s coming in the bad guy, I just want my country to be behind me and I can’t wait for the day I fight in an opponents backyard. This is now all about me and getting to where I should be. I know that beating Chudinov and getting the title it will open doors for me and one of them could be a rematch Saunders.”
Dmitry Chudinov: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to defeat the son of one of the greats of world boxing. Everyone in Russia knows of Chris Eubank, by beating his son it will turn me into a national hero and then I can go and get the super-fights against Golovkin. Eubank talks a lot, I am a man of few words and I do all my talking in the ring and come February 28th, I will do all the talking with my fists. In my last fight I boxed in front of over 100,000 people in Russia, coming to London will have no worries for me.”
Promoter Frank Warren: “If Chris wants the rematch with Saunders then he knows what he must do, beat Chudinov and he’ll fight the winner out of Andy Lee and Saunders in their WBO World title fight which will be a huge fight.”
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