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Fighters appearing on Saturday night’s fight card at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany converged on the local Karstadt department store to show their skills to an admiring public. Headliner and former world champion Robert Stieglitz had a light workout with trainer Dirk Dzemski. His opponent Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky merely did some brief shadowboxing. “‘The Ghost’ trains so mysteriously,” said Stieglitz. “He probably doesn’t want to show anything. But I’ve seen so much material on him that he can no longer surprise me.” (more…)
Former IBF world bantamweight champion Stuart Hall has promised to repay the faith shown in him by promoter Dennis Hobson by becoming a two-time world champion. Hall lost his crown in his second defense after a split-decision reverse to Paul Butler in June. With Butler subsequently moving down in weight, and Hobson beating off the purse-bid challenge from Stateside promoters Golden Boy, ‘Stuey’ will now face American Randy Caballero for the vacant title on home turf later this year.
“I’m so thankful to Dennis for what he’s done,” explained Stuart. “He’s pulled it right out of the bag and got me home advantage, which is unbelievable. When I fought [Vusi] Malinga to win the title and it ended up a war, the crowd really got behind me when things got tough. Going to America would have meant less time to prepare for the fight, because I think they [Caballero's camp] already had their game set. So Dennis has pulled it put of the bag and I’m going to return the favor and win that title back.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Unbeaten heavyweight Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs), described by his promoter Gary Shaw as “not only a great fighter but also a deep, deep person” offered some insight before his WBC elimination fight against Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs). “I know that he has a lot, he’s a Cuban fighter and I know he will fight to the death. I already know that. But there’s a one thing that they may not know: I will fight to the death as well. He has a great story coming from Cuba; I have a great story coming from Philly” said Jennings. Perez-Jennings will be part of HBO’s Saturday night telecast from Madison Square Garden with WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO) and Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO) meeting in the main event.
The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continues this Friday night on Boxeo Telemundo Ford from the popular Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Mexico city natives David Carmona (16-2-4, 3 KOs) and Ricardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KOs) meet in a scheduled ten rounder with the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight title on the line.
This will be first fight for Carmona since his world title challenge last December against WBO champion Omar Narvaez. Though he was unsuccessful in his title attempt, Carmona is more determined than ever to position himself for another opportunity. Fightnews spoke with Carmona as he is now just days from the fight. (more…)
You couldn’t take the smile off Vitor Belfort’s face if you tried. Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the former light heavyweight champion and current middleweight contender was granted a conditional license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete in the state, beginning with a December 6 title fight against Chris Weidman . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #2 middleweight Jarrod Fletcher talks to Fightnews to say he is expecting the toughest fight of his career when he will clash with WBA #4 Daniel Jacobs on August 9 for WBA 160 pound title. Fletcher also says his win over Max Bursak was his best ring achievement and that he thinks Daniel Geale can defeat Gennady Golovkin on Saturday and he expects to fight Geale or Sam Soliman one day.
Fightnews: You defeated former world middleweight title challenger Max Bursak in your most recent bout. Was Bursak your best win?
Fletcher: The win over Bursak is definitely my best win as a professional. It was a tough fight. He was a hard fighter who kept walking up but I got the job done and defeated him clearly. (more…)
Boxing legend Mike Tyson will appear live at Toronto’s Air Canada Center on September 10th, 2014. This time, he will be throwing the kind of verbal punches that can match the terrifying haymakers that laid waste to the best fighters of his era. Co-promoted by Choko Boxing and Maple Leaf Sports And Entertainment, the controversial former heavyweight champion will perform MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH, his critically acclaimed one-man Broadway show during the festivities at the Toronto International Film Festival. (more…)
More on Floyd Mayweather and his newly acquired license in Nevada. More
Mayweather moves closer to being a major promotional power. More
Gennady Golovkin looks to draw a crowd against Daniel Geale. More
Speaking of Golovkin, he’s also looking to get a shot against Canelo Alvarez. More
By Jerry Glick
K2 Promotions – along with co-promoters, Gary Shaw Promotions, and GGG Promotions – held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon for the July 26th showdown at Madison Square Garden between WBA Super World/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and two-time World champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale. Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) is currently riding a seventeen fight knockout streak and may be the most dominant middleweight in decades, but he refused to predict that he will extend it to eighteen this Saturday on HBO against challenger Geale (30-2, 16 KOs).
Golovkin is a first-class act admitting that he will be facing a first-class fighter. “He is a good fighter, firstly,” he outlined. “I think this is an interesting fight for us, for the people, and for everybody because he has a lot (on the line) for this fight. He is ready, I saw him, he’s serious. He understands this business.”
Asked by FightNews to make a prediction, Golovkin said simply, “I can’t, I can’t, this is boxing, I don’t know, this is boxing.”
Asked if he will knock his opponent out? “I hope so.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Junior lightweight Patrick Hyland defeated Noel Echevarria in four lopsided rounds in the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series on Wednesday night at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York City.
Hyland (28-1, 13 KO’s) was the more aggressive and accurate fighter and it showed from the beginning. He hurt Echevarria in the third round with right hands connected in the corner. Echevarria (11-4, 6 KO’s) shook off the punches as best the could but soon got hurt again in the fourth. This time, the signs of fatigue and dismissal were clear in his face. A wink and a nod by Echevarria to referee Benji Esteves signaled that he was done fighting and Esteves stepped in to call a halt to the bout with Echevarria still standing. Time of the stoppage was 54 seconds of the fourth.
The victory will keep Hyland in the hunt for bigger pay days and likely tougher fights. Once promoted by reality TV star “Snooki,” he could parlay his win here into better things. He could also fight again soon as the damage inflicted on him from Echevarria was minimal. (more…)
No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has suffered a knee injury that has forced him to withdraw from his UFC 178 bout with champion Jon Jones. As a result, No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier will challenge Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
Photo: Marco Chiesa
Last Saturday night in Casteggio, Pavia, Italy, Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (now 25-1, 22 KOs) won the vacant WBA Continental title by TKO in round seven against the game Englishman Stevie Williams (now 15-3, 5 KOs). Giacon knocked down Williams in the second round. Williams didn’t come out for round eight.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Sportitalia and Sportklub televised live in Italy and Poland.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut in a ten-round welterweight main event against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves of Buenos Aires, Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200.
The last card Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank presented a card in Caguas, a sold out crowd of more than 4,000 fans filled the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum. This time, looking for more capacity, the company will move to the nearby Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum for the August 16 event, Future Stars. “Last time at the Roger Mendoza was a little small”, said promoter Hector Soto, “the Sola Bezares is a more comfortable venue and will be ready to receive the fans in Caguas.”
Like in the last card, the special attraction of the event will be Top Rank’s super prospect, Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, who will be fighting in a eight round bout against an opponent soon to be determined in his first fight since he knocked out Mexico’s Engelberto Valenzuela to improve his record to 13-0, 10 KOs on the June 7 card at Madison Square Garden where Miguel Cotto defeated Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.
“It’s getting difficult to find rivals,” said his trainer Ricky Marquez. “Top Rank matchmakers just sent me a list of over 40 fighters that declined to take the fight.” (more…)
The UFC® announced that former champion Vitor Belfort was granted a license to compete in the state of Nevada at a commission hearing held today. A winner of three straight, Belfort will now face UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 6. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
By Karl Freitag
Mayweather Promotions was approved Wednesday for a Nevada promoters license at the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe appeared in person before the commission. Speculation that Floyd would be “grilled” about brushes with the law or personal financial information proved unfounded as commissioners quickly and unanimously approved the application leaving Floyd unscathed. Mayweather Promotions was also recently approved for a promoters license by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Mayweather’s September 13 rematch against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand will again be under Golden Boy’s license, but after that Floyd will be free to promote his own fights in Nevada without enlisting outside help.
The UFC®returns to Connecticut for the first time in nearly a decade on Friday, September 5 at Foxwoods® Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. with a five-round main event pitting two of the best middleweights against one another as fourth-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza takes on seventh-ranked Gegard Mousasi in a bout that could determine the division’s next title contender. The UFC’s last visit to the state saw Andrei Arlovski knock out Paul Buentello in just fifteen seconds of the very first round to defend the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 55 on October 7, 2005. (more…)
In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four TV fighters, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale, Bryant “By By” Jennings and Mike “The Rebel” Perez went through one of their final workouts prior to the “G4″ event this Saturday night, July 26 at Madison Square Garden.
Gennady Golovkin: “This is a very important fight for me to fight in the big arena at Madison Square Garden. I’m really looking forward to it. Daniel Geale is a great fighter, he throws a lot of punches and has a different style being from Australia. I saw the Barker fight and know what a very good body puncher he is. I love Madison Square Garden and love coming to New York City. Right now my focus is on 160 and unifying the titles.”
Daniel Geale: “I’m very confident going into this fight, Golovkin is one of the best fighters in the world but I can beat him. We have a game plan and I know what I need to do on Saturday night to be victorious. I’ve fought all over the world so I have no problem fighting in Madison Square Garden against Golovkin. I want the titles and he’s got two of them. I always wanted to fight him and I’m ready to win on Saturday night.”
Bryant Jennings: “It was tough to have the fight postponed but I’m ready to fight Perez right now. I can’t speak about why Perez looked different against Takam, maybe he had a bad day. I don’t worry about Perez, I’m focused on being the best I can be. I’m not preparing any differently, I’m going to fight my fight and win on Saturday night. Not sure how but I’m going to win.”
Mike Perez: “Yes, it’s a big deal fighting as a heavyweight at Madison Square Garden. I want to add my name to the champions who have fought there. He needs to be ready for me, because I’m ready for him. He’s a little taller than me but that won’t matter during the fight. My prediction is that I’m going to win.”
It’s hard to imagine that there will be a more exciting matchup than the headliner for this weekend’s card in San Jose, as noted knockout artist Robbie Lawler takes on Matt Brown, who is currently riding a seven-fight win streak, with six of those coming by way of knockout. These are two of the most devastating finishers in the UFC, not to mention that the winner earns a title shot at welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, so there’s plenty at stake in this one . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Tyson Fury will face big-hitting Belarusian Alexander Ustinov – the 6’7, 300lb giant who Dereck Chisora broke his hand against in sparring – this Saturday at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester. Fury was left disappointed when Chisora withdrew from their fight yesterday after breaking his hand against Ustinov in their final sparring session, but promoter Frank Warren has moved quick to ensure all Fury’s hard training hasn’t gone to waste and secured him world ranked Ustinov.
From Minsk, Ustinov has been at Chisora’s North London gym for the last two weeks helping him to prepare for Fury, but now finds himself the man in the opposite corner with the chance of causing a huge shock and inflicting the first loss on the Wilmslow giant’s record. (more…)
Randy Caballero’s first title fight will not be at home but in England. More
Hall of Fame promoter Don King is talking about a heavyweight title fight for the “King of the Nile.” More
Oddsmakers labeling Pacquiao-Algieri a “mismatch.” More
Daniel Geale gears up for the Garden. More
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, challenger Daniel Geale, and heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez worked out for the media today at the Mendez Boxing Gym on 26th Street in New York City. Both bouts can be sen on HBO from Madison Square Garden.
The UFC® announced today that the highly anticipated rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 27. Jones defeated Gustafsson by unanimous decision in the 2013 Fight of the Year. Now, the two will meet again in what could be the biggest fight of 2014. (more…)
Shortly after Fightnews.com reported that Dereck Chisora has been forced to withdraw from his showdown against Tyson Fury this Saturday, one of the first names considered was the last U.S. heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs). Fightnews caught up with Briggs who was in the gym at the time to get the information directly from the source.
“I just want to be clear regarding why I am making this comeback in boxing,” said Briggs. “I have stated from the beginning that the only big fight that I’m interested in is with Wladimir Klitschko. Yes, I was willing to take the fight with now two-time WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) but that was a very special case. That would have a been a very lucrative world title fight and one I would have won. Chagaev had not been all that active of late which would have leveled out the playing field aside from my long travel. Those who saw the fight saw how bad Chagaev looked. It was a close decision for Chagaev and he deserved the decision but it was more of what Fres Oquendo didn’t do than what Chagaev did. He was not even close to the condition I am in and I had fought just days earlier. Anyways defeating Chagaev would have made a fight with Wladimir Klitschko a unification and much bigger fight.
“I was asked if I had any interest in fighting Tyson Fury on just a few days’ notice this Saturday. The answer is no. Why would I take a fight with Fury on that kind of notice? It’s not a world title fight. It would not have been anywhere near as lucrative as the fight with Chagaev. I would be fighting Fury in his country. He is young prime fighter who has been training hard for months for a fight. I mean it sounds like a real good deal — if you’re a part of Team Fury. Why would I put myself at that much of a disadvantage? (more…)
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