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PBC on FOX Weights from Carson, California

PBC on FOX Weights from Carson, California

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Weights from Germany

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Jack, Bute, DeGale, Medina all make weight

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Boxing News

Boxing back in Toronto tonight

Boxing returns to Toronto tonight at the Mattamy Events Center with the second promotional event presented by local businessman Lee Baxter. Baxter’s debut show took place this past August. “We had a good draw the first time around. I wasn’t surprised as Toronto fans are very passionate about sports. I will do my part to continue that trend for fans with boxing in Toronto,” said Baxter, whose famed tattoo parlor FY Ink’s celebrity client list includes such names as Justin Bieber, Drake, NBA basketball star Chris Bosh, and many more.

The main event will feature local favorite Samuel Vargas (22-2-1, 12 KOs) taking on Robson Assis (15-1, 8 KOs). It’s scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBA-NABA interim welterweight title on the line. The co-feature will have unbeaten Brandon Brewer (16-0-1, 8 KOs) vs local favorite Junmar Emon (6-2, 2KOs) in an 8 round junior middleweight bout. Also lightweight Mario Perez (18-7-4, 11 KOs) faces Joel Montes de Oca (18-4, 10 KOs) in an eight round bout.

Baxter’s famed tattoo parlor FY Ink’s celebrity client list includes such names as Justin Bieber, Drake, NBA basketball star Chris Bosh, and many more.



December 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Kevin Barry high on WBO #15 Izuagbe Ugonoh

Photo: Dave Cameron

Photo: Dave Cameron


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Trainer Kevin Barry has been doing a great job with heavyweight contender Joseph Parker, but Barry also high on another heavyweight: WBO #15 heavyweight Izuagbe Ugonoh (15-0, 12 KOs) who stopped Mexico’s Vicente Sanchez (15-5, 10 KO’s) in one round of a scheduled ten round bout at Hamilton, New Zealand last Saturday. Ugonoh, 6’5, was born in Szczecin, Poland in 1986 and is now based in Las Vegas, living with Barry and Parker.

“Izu is a tremendous talent,” said Barry. “A former world kickboxing champion. I first met him in Las Vegas when he came to spar with Joseph Parker. He was training with different trainers and not getting any fights – he had no direction. He came to see me – I had a very good thing going with Joseph – I wanted to be careful that if I was going to bring someone into our training camp and into my house that they had to have the right chemistry and be the right person. Things have worked out incredibly well. Izu had his first fight for me in October of 2014 and has had six fights in New Zealand and now rated WBO #15. He is a very gifted athlete with very long arms. I’m excited about Izu and attribute much of the rise and success of Joseph Parker to the day to day training with Izu.”



December 11th, 2015


UFC

Rockhold and Weidman Ready to Make Noise

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman sat quietly as question after question was directed toward UFC 194 headliners Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor during the final press conference for Saturday’s event at MGM Grand . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Jason “Black Hammer” Radebe dies

By Ron Jackson

Former South African black lightweight champion Jason “Black Hammer” Radebe died in Alexandra near Johannesburg last Sunday after a short illness. He was 82. He never rose to great heights, but he was on his way to the top when his career ended unexpectedly. Known as a devastating body puncher, Radebe was respected by opponents and admired by boxing enthusiasts during the 1950s in what was then known as Transvaal. (more…)



December 11th, 2015


UFC

Fight Night Las Vegas 2015: Namajunas Wins By Submission

Rose Namajunas got the submission win by rear naked choke at 2:25 in the 5th Round – dominating the fight from the outset. But what heart from Paige VanZant, who survived eight takedowns and five submission attempts, including several armbars that saw her arm twist and turn in several directions . . . Click here for full results

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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Think Tyson Fury’s views are offensive? Try Boxing

Muhammad Ali takes on Donald Trump

Believe in Jesus,‘ says Fury, as gay comment row grows

Manny Pacquiao and the Blow by Blow show



December 11th, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox weights from Houston

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Regis Prograis 140 vs. Abel Ramos 139
Bryant Cruz 132.75 vs. Dardan Zenunaj 131.5
Steed Woodall 159.25 vs. Steve Rolls 159.5
Ivan Baranchyk 139.25 vs. Shadi Shawareb 141.75

Venue: Bayou City Event Center, Houston, Texas
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment/Savarese Promotions
TV: Showtime

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December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Jose Benavidez Jr Calls Out Terence Crawford

“Let’s Get It On, Terence Crawford.” That’s what Jose Benavidez Jr., the interim WBA super lightweight champion, said today at a Media Day inside the Undisputed Gym and Fitness Center here in Tucson. “I want Crawford in the ring. Let’s make it happen,” said Benavidez Jr.

Benavidez, Jr., 23-0, 16 KOs, of Phoenix is here to take on Sidney Siqueira, 22-9-1, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in an opening bout on Top Rank’s ‘Homecoming’ fight card which features unbeaten two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in the main event on Saturday night. Benavidez vs Sigueria will open the Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas.

Benavidez said “I’m undefeated, young, ready to take on Crawford. Let’s see if he accepts the challenge,” Benavidez Jr said. (more…)



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Valdez, Benavidez Tucson workout Pics

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBA super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez worked out at a Media Day event held Thursday at the Undisputed Fitness Gym in Tucson. Jose Benavidez Jr (23-0, 16 KOs) is taking on Sidney Siqueira (26-10-1, 17 KOs) in the opening bout of the UniMas telecast while in the main event Oscar Valdez (18-0 15 KOs) goes toe to toe versus Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs).

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Tickets are $75, $50 and $25 and will be available at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster location, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 800 745-3000.

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December 10th, 2015

UFC

The Ultimate Fighter Finale at the scales

The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, which is headlined by a featherweight fight between Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes as well as TUF championship bout between Artem Lobov and Ryan Hall, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm/7pm ETPT. There are four preliminary bouts that are set to begin at 8pm/5pm ETPT.

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Frankie Edgar (145.5) vs. Chad Mendes (146)
Artem Lobov (155) vs. Ryan Hall (155)
Edson Barbosa (155.5) vs. Tony Ferguson (156)
Joe Lauzon (155.5) vs. Evan Dunham (156)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (146) vs. Jason Knight (145)
Julian Erosa (155) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (155)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Gabriel Gonzaga (263) vs. Konstantin Erokhin (230)
Ryan LaFlare (171) vs. Mike Pierce (170.5)
Joby Sanchez (126) vs. Geane Herrera (125)
Abner Lloveras (155) vs. Chris Gruitzemacher (156)

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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Arreola-Kaufmann heats up at PBC presser

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

As fight night nears, the fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC and NBCSN cards held a final press conference Thursday in San Antonio before their respective showdowns at the AT&T Center. The main event pits undefeated star Omar “Panterita” Figueroa takes on former world champion Antonio DeMarco. As expected, the fight between heavyweights Charles Martin and Dominic Breazeale is off after Martin pulled out to fight Czar Glazkov for the vacant IBF title. Televised coverage begins with heavyweights Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola and Travis “My Time” Kauffman, who had a heated exchange when they faced-off Thursday.

Chris Arreola: “I’ve made all of my opportunities and earned them. I’ve made every fight worth my while. Nothing was given to me. Kauffman and I have sparred many times. For him it’s been a paid vacation. I’ve been lazy sometimes and Kauffman knows that. He didn’t have to really work against me. Let’s look at who Kauffman has fought, he’s fought a bunch of nobodies. He’s taken care of those guys, but I wouldn’t even use them for sparring

“I was terrible my last two fights. None of those fights woke me up. I didn’t train hard enough and I blame myself. It showed in my performance. The fact that Kauffman wanted to fight me makes sense. He thinks I’m done and that I party too much. After this Saturday, I’m going to party after I beat him down. This is not a cakewalk, I trained so hard because I know Kauffman is a great fighter. He is not going to make a name with me. I’m the Grinch, I’m going to steal his Christmas.”

Travis Kauffman: “I want to thank everyone for this opportunity. Chris and I go way back. At least 10 years. We were in camp with Hasim Rahman and we are personal friends, but come Saturday night it’s business, there are no friends. Chris has had many opportunities and knocked at the door. But he hasn’t taken advantage of it. This is a huge opportunity and I’m going to take advantage. (more…)



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Szpilka about Wilder: “I will be there to beat him!”

Report/Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

“It will be a great fight for the fans. Wilder has a very open style, I will try to shorten the distance, get close, hit him with combinations, we will see what happens. I will be there to beat him, take risks” – said Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO), Polish 26-year old, flamboyant southpaw, who will try to dethrone reigning WBC champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO). Wilder – Szpilka main event, on January 16 at Barclays Center in New York City, live on Showtime, is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing and Sferis Knockout Promotions.

“I will not be afraid of Wilder. I will be close enough to hit him. I will not wait, because he can hit really hard with his right hand. Even if I lose by KO, I will fight until the end. I will not go in the ring against Wilder just to survive – I will be there to beat him, take risks. I was already in training, getting ready to face Amir Mansour. There was practically no downtime, I was in the gym every day,” said Szpilka in an interview just after he accepted Deontay Wilder championship bout offer. (more…)



December 10th, 2015

UFC

Rockhold Confident It’s His Time to Shine

The walls of the sprawling American Kickboxing Academy are lined with poster-size photographs of fighters. They are among the baddest men on the planet. Most strike intimidating poses as they glare back at the world, fists-raised . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2015 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Thursday, December 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs Josenilson Dos Santos 134

Nonito Donaire 122 vs Cesar Juarez 122
(WBO jr featherweight world title)

Jerry Guevara 125.8 vs Christopher Diaz 126.6
Josue Declet 123 vs Jean Carlos Rivera 122
Jose Cruz 148 vs Nicklaus Flaz 151
Luis Lebron 127.6 vs Harold Reyes TBA
Jean Carlos Torres 140 vs Bryan Montalvo 142
Derrieck Cuevas 142 vs Anthony Mercado 142
Jonathan Perez 133 vs Gamalier Rodriguez 133
William Silva 135.8 vs Bayan Jargal 135.2

TV: truTV
Venue: Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Top Rank



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Joshua: Whyte’s amateur win means nothing

Anthony Joshua has told Dillian Whyte that his amateur win will count for nothing when they clash on a packed bill at The O2 on Saturday night. Joshua and Whyte clash for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles with Tyson Fury’s World title win firmly shifting the power-base of the division to the UK – both men know a win will put themselves into a great position for major fights in 2016.

Whyte’s approach in the ring might not be different from the 14 men that Joshua has KO’d inside three rounds in the paid ranks so far, but outside the ring it’s been a different story.

The Brixton man has reminded Joshua of the amateur win he holds over him at every opportunity, suggesting that the Watford hero has taken the role of good guy in the clash and digging up an interview with Boxing News back in 2009 with comments he made about Whyte’s ban for failing a drugs test – but Joshua says mind-games and memories of the past won’t help Whyte. (more…)



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Idris Erba/Premier Boxing Champions

Former world champions Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, KOs) faced off Wednesday afternoon at the Conga Room at L.A. Live announcing their January 23 showdown at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and live on FOX.

Robert Guerrero: “Its going to be a great fight. A lot of people are writing me off because of my last fight. It’s one of those things you have to come out and make it happen, fight, come in 100 percent prepared that’s what I will do.I have a lot of respect for Danny and his father but come fight night I am coming to fight January 23rd. It’s going to be awesome.”

Danny Garcia: “I believe we will see the best of Danny Garcia come January 23rd. I want to thank California for accepting me and giving me the chance to showcase my skills at the Staples Center. Training camp has been going great. I feel a lot stronger at 147 pounds. We will see the best of Danny Garcia at 147. Fresher, faster, stronger, a lot smarter. I am from Philadelphia, but I feel I’m from California because this is where the stars come. Come January 23rd Danny Garcia will give the fans a great fight.” (more…)



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Darchinyan returns Friday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF, WBC, WBA champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (41-8-1, 30 KOs) returns to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Cris “The King”Paulino (14-2, 4 KOs) over ten rounds with the WBC regional super bantamweight title up for grabs at the Alexandria Basketball stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australian. Darchinyan scored a second round stoppage over Prayoot Yaijam in October but lost a WBA featherweight challenge in June when he lost in eight rounds to Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar at the Stub Center, Carson, California. The 39-year old, Darchinyan best victories in world title bouts were against Irene Pacheco for the IBF flyweight title, Dmitry Kirillov for the IBF super flyweight title, Cristian Mijares for the WBC, WBA super flyweight title and Jorge Arce for WBA, WBC, IBF titles.



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao revives fabled TV show

By Nick Giongco

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao is at the forefront of reviving Blow-by-Blow, the classic Philippine TV program that launched his career in the 1990s. Joining hands to make this possible are Pacquiao, former North Cotabato Gov. and ex-sportswriter Manny Pinol, seasoned boxing promoters Lito Mondejar and Gerry Garcia and TV5. The pilot episode will be shown on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. (Manila time) with the bloody brawl between Mark Anthony Geraldo and Jilbert Gomera in an eight-round super-fly match held recently in Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City.

During the formal launch at the Sala Bistro at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, TV5 sports chief and former national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes was on hand to drumbeat the show alongside Pinol and Mondejar.Pinol said Pacquiao himself will make sure the best performers in his cards will be given priority to showcase his wares abroad. After General Santos City, Pinol said Blow-by-Blow will go to Davao City, another boxing hotbed, for a Dec. 19 promotion.

Pacquiao made a name for himself when he regularly appeared on Blow-by-Blow when it was still being managed by the late Rod Nazario, who eventually led him to bigger things in the US. The new group is positive that the country’s newest boxing hero will come from Blow-by-Blow.



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Jones-Maccarinelli Open Workout Photos

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. and Enzo Maccarinelli showed their skills in an open workout before their showdown on Saturday at the VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia. This will be Jones’ first bout since obtaining Russian citizenship.

“I’m fit, strong and ready to go on Saturday,” said Maccarinelli, a former WBO world cruiserweight champion. “I absolutely love fighting away from home, it gives me that sharper edge to my performance when I’m outside my comfort zone and I’m up against it, that’s when the real Enzo Maccarinelli comes out. Roy Jones has been adopted by the people in Russia so he’s their man, he’s their hero, so I know that I’m coming into this fight as the enemy. At the end of the day, I’m not here to make any friends. I’m here to smash up Jones and get the win.

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December 10th, 2015

UFC

UFC 194 Fantasy Preview

The battle nearly a year in the making will finally go down this weekend, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo puts his title on the line against interim belt holder Conor McGregor in the main event of a star-studded UFC 194 event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2015 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Thursday, December 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Yet more Tyson Fury in the news:

Fury snubbed from Sports Journalist Association awards

Fury to be quizzed by police regarding homosexual hate crime complaint

Kellie Maloney on Fury: ‘He must be punished

BBC and Fury’s SPOTY nomination



December 10th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Nica Concepcion: Tyson Marquez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Promociones y Eventos del Istmo and Promociones Zanfer have announced that WBA interim super flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion will now face Hernan “Tyson” Marquez on the December 17th WBA KO Drugs card at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Concepcion was originally slated to face Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura, who pulled out to make himself available for a possible fight against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Concepcion and Marquez have met twice previously and Marquez won by KO both times.



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Deontay Wilder says Artur Szpilka doesn’t have heart when it gets tough

Undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) plans to make challenger Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs) quit when he makes his third defense of the title on January 16 in Brooklyn, NY.

“I’m excited about coming to New York City, I’m excited about displaying my talents and I’m excited about fighting at Barclays Center,” said Wilder. “I want to thank my opponent Artur Szpilka for accepting this opportunity that I’m giving him. I wish him luck – he’s going to need it. I look forward to winning over the Polish fans after I beat him. I know he’s a southpaw and he tends to give up when things get tough in the ring, going off the fight he had with Bryant Jennings. He doesn’t have heart when it gets tough. I look forward to giving the fans plenty of action and excitement on January 16.” Showtime will televise.



December 9th, 2015

UFC

Zen-like Approach as Conor, Jose Meet

The talk is over … almost. With their long-awaited UFC featherweight title unification bout on Saturday drawing nearer, the incendiary back-and-forth between champion Jose Aldo and interim titleholder Conor McGregor settled to a slow boil Wednesday at the final UFC 194 press conference at MGM Grand . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2015 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Thursday, December 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Fans invited to fighter workout for Saturday’s HBO Latino boxing card

In anticipation of the biggest professional boxing card to ever hit the City of Glendale, California, all six boxers set to appear on HBO Latino Boxing will take part in an open workout on Thursday (December 10th) at the World Famous Glendale Fighting Glub (GFC), located at 601 S. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, California.

Both fans and media alike are invited to the Open Workout, hosted by event promoters, Top Rank, Main Events, and Bash Boxing.

The Open Workout schedule is as follows:

12:00pm – Jonathan Tavira
12:30pm – Arif Magomedov
1:00pm – Sullivan Barrera
1:30pm – Karo Murat
2:00pm – Aaron Herrera
2:30pm – Pedro Campa

The Open Workout will prelude a stacked 10 bout card this Saturday, December 12th at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, featuring a televised tripleheader on HBO Latino Boxing. (more…)



December 9th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Las Vegas 2015 at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the strawweight bout between Rose Namajunas and Paige VanZant and the lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa and Jim Miller, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm/7pm ETPT. There are eight preliminary bouts that are set to begin at 6:45pm/3:45pm ETPT.

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Rose Namajunas (115.5) vs. Paige VanZant (115.5)
Jim Miller (155.5) vs. Michael Chiesa (156)
Sage Northcutt (155.5) vs. Cody Pfister (156)
Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Thiago Santos (185)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Tim Means (170) vs. John Howard (170)
Omari Akhmedov (170) vs. Sergio Moraes (171)
Antonio Carlos Junior (185) vs. Kevin Casey (185)
Aljamin Sterling (135) vs. Johnny Eduardo (135)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (170) vs. Andreas Stahl (171)
Danny Roberts (169.5) vs. Nathan Coy (170)
Zubaira Tukhugov (145) vs. Phillipe Nover (145)
Kailin Curran (115) vs. Emily Kagan (115)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2015 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Thursday, December 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Main Events Attorney on mandatory fights

By Patrick English, Esq.

In 1990 Evander Holyfield was the mandatory contender for the Heavyweight Title then held by Mike Tyson. Though Tyson’s title defense was overdue, Tyson was permitted to engage in an optional title defense with James Buster Douglas. As we all know, Douglas won by knockout. Thereafter all hell broke loose. Don King, at the time Douglas’ promoter, and one of the ratings organizations wanted a rematch, avoiding Holyfield. The other organizations were prepared to follow their rules and directed that the Holyfield mandatory take place. Litigation ensued. Holyfield prevailed and fought James Buster Douglas. Holyfield’s career turned out to be legendary.

Now, 25 years later there is the identical scenario. (more…)



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

It’s official: Wilder vs. Szpilka

Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will make the third defense of his title against brawling Polish contender Artur Szpilka on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 12-round Showtime Championship Boxing main event between the power-punching Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs), of Wieliczka, Poland, will be the first heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn since James Jeffries knocked out James Corbett in the 23rd round on May 11, 1900, on Coney Island. It will be Wilder’s first fight in New York and his ninth overall on Showtime Networks. Wilder is the first United States-born heavyweight champion since 2007.



December 9th, 2015

UFC

Means: From Breaking Bad to Making Good

Tim Means’ back story is a bit like “Breaking Bad”. There’s meth, guns, violence – and it takes place in New Mexico. I won’t recount it again as it’s been covered many times before and the details are out there for the curious. In fact, Tim’s Wikipedia page has a nice summary if you’re pressed for time . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2015 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Thursday, December 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
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TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, December 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more
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UFC 194 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, December 12 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Donaire-Juarez elevated to world title fight

WBO President Paco Valcárcel announced today that Friday’s clash between former world champion and WBO #2 rated Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and #1 world-rated contender Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) will now be for the vacant WBO junior featherweight world title, rather than the WBO International belt. Donaire-Juarez will take place at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and be televised in the USA on truTV.

Friday’s twinbill also features popular former Olympian Felix Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) against Josenilson Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs) in a lightweight clash.



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF Statement on Heavyweight title

The IBF Heavyweight World Title, which was won by Tyson Fury on November 28, 2015 when he beat the reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in an optional defense of this title, was vacated on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by the IBF as Tyson Fury is unable to make the mandatory defense of the IBF title against challenger Vyacheslav Glaskov because he is contractually obligated to a rematch with Klitschko, which is in direct violation of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests.

On November 30, 2015, the IBF reminded Tyson Fury via an email in care of Hennessy Sports that the bout on November 28 was considered a mandatory defense of both the WBA and WBO Heavyweight titles and that his next bout was to be the IBF mandatory defense against Vyacheslav Glazkov, the #1 contender and the leading available contender for the IBF mandatory defense. This bout was due next in the rotation of mandatory defenses of the titles. Furthermore, Fury was informed that negotiations with Glazkov should commence immediately and be concluded by December 30, 2015. He was advised that if an agreement was not reached between the two parties by December 30, 2015, the IBF would call for a purse bid. Glazkov’s promoter Main Events was copied on this letter. (more…)



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Looks like WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be defending his title against Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs) on January 16 in Brooklyn. The bout will be televised on Showtime. Szpilka is rated #8 by the WBC and has won four straight.

Top Rank will be announcing Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent on Friday’s truTV telecast headlined by Felix Verdejo and Nonito Donaire in separate fights. Pacman vs. Timothy Bradley seems to be the frontrunner, but we’ll find out for sure on Friday.

The return of former world champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (30-5-2, 23 KOs) against Gilberto Sanchez Leon (33-13-2) can be seen Saturday on NBCSN.

Future Hall of Famers Roy Jones Jr. and Sugar Shane Mosley will both see both see action in the coming days. Jones faces Enzo Maccaranelli in Moscow on Saturday, while Mosley takes on Patrick Lopez the following Thursday in Panama City.



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Chisora returns on one week rest

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora has replaced Josh Warrington on Saturday’s bill in London on Saturday night – and he’s hunting the winner of the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in the main event. ‘Del Boy’ will be returning on seven days rest after fighting Saturday night in Hamburg. Warrington was forced out of his fight with a virus.



December 9th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC judges to test noise-reducing headphones

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that in this Saturday’s fight in Mexico City between WBC female flyweight champion Yessica Chavez and former world champion Simona Galassi, judges will use special headphones to reduce noise and distractions near the ring. “We will try this project so that judges are not distracted and can maintain their concentration, avoiding the cheers of the fans and communication between those of the corners of the boxers. They’ll just watch the fight and we’ll see if we obtain better results and greater objectivity,” stated Sulaiman.



December 9th, 2015

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Ramos returns to ShoBox Friday

Photo: Stacey Verbeek

Unbeaten Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) of Arizona returns to ShoBox after nearly 2 years. Ramos will take on fellow unbeaten Regis Prograis (15-0, 12KOs). The super lightweight bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be the main event aired on Showtime’s ShoBox series. The site location will be the Bayou Event Center, in Houston, Texas, which also happens to be the hometown of Prograis. Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment), Lou Savarese (Savarese Promotions), and Alex Khanas (Fight Promotions Inc) will promote the event.

Ramos’ first big opportunity came in January 2014 on ShoBox. He was an unknown 8-0 fighter who had not even fought past 4 rounds at that time. He took on an unbeaten Maurice Hooker who had almost twice as many professional fights. If that wasn’t enough to overcome Ramos also took the fight on just days notice. Ramos ignored all of these obstacles and fought Hooker to a very respectable draw. (more…)



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