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Once again, Amir Khan is in the picture as an opponent for Floyd Mayweather . . . as long as he can get by Luis Collazo in May. More
Did Malik Scott throw the fight against Deontay Wilder? Scott addresses rumors. More
Vitali Klitschko faces biggest fight outside the ring – against Vladimir Putin. More
The top boxers of the Philippines will be honored Tuesday night at the 14th Annual Flash Elorde Awards. More
The April 19 Unimas “Solo Boxeo” boxing telecast will take place at the Bahia Shriners Event Center (2300 Pembrook Ave.) in Orlando, Florida. The card features undefeated Puerto Rico Olympian Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) in a six round lightweight bout against Jeremy McLaurin (10-7, 5 KOs), along with former world featherweight title challenger Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) against Gamalier Rodriguez (20-3-1, 10 KOs). The event is promoter by All Star Boxing and Top Rank.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach greeted legendary champions: Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Marco Antonio Barrera at the Wild Card Boxing Club during training for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Pacman also met actor Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen) before his workout.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. photos
Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions along with Roy Jones Square Ring Promotions have announced the signing of jr. middleweight Steven Martinez (14-1, 11 KOs) to a co-promotional contract. Martinez, out of Bronx, NY, is a 3-time New York City Golden Gloves and National Champion. The highly touted prospect returned to the ring February 27th after a 14 month lay off, scoring a sixth round stoppage over Rahman Yusubov (9-14, 7 KOs).
“Steve is a very talented fighter with world class skills. He looked sharp and is ready for top names in the jr. middleweight division,” said Salita
Roy Jones Jr is equally excited about the signing. “Steve’s impressive amateur career and skills as a pro make him one of the best prospects in the world,” said the future Hall of Famer.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBC light heavyweight title challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) will first face off with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) during Thursday’s press conference in Montreal, but he is not wasting any time before May 24. “I’m on schedule, maybe even ahead. Looking forward to see Adonis on Thursday. Look into his eyes. Just extra motivation for me. Starting a three week sparring camp just after that,” said Fonfara, who will fly for press conference with his promoter Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing) and brother/manager Mark Fonfara.
By James Slater
Photos: Scott Raven
Today in his hometown of Bolton at Gloves Gym, Amir Khan held an open workout in front of the media. The big announcement that Khan, the former WBA and IBF 140-pound king, will face former WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo on May 3rd in Las Vegas was followed by Khan hitting the pads, jumping rope and shadow boxing.
Looking in great physical shape having filled out as a welterweight, Khan is excited about putting on a show in his 147-pound debut on the big Mayweather-Maidana card at The MGM Grand.
Both trainer Virgil Hunter and Amir Khan kindly did interviews with Fightnews.com: (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc and “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” return to Mexico with their successful series this Friday, March 28 at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. In the main event WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-1-2, 13 KOs) will face former two time world title challenger and National Champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico (26-10-2, 14 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds with Mabait’s WBO title at stake. “Payasito” is very popular on the series having fought 8 times and this will be be Mabait’s second.
First bell at 7:00 PM, 6 more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM in HD. Tickets are already on sale at Foro Polanco (Moliere #328, Col. Polanco, Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo and also at ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones.
Looks like it might be WBC #3 rated Willie Nelson against James Kirkland on a May 24 HBO Boxing After Dark telecast. The Nelson camp is hoping to have everything thing done this coming week.
Police will not press charges against light heavyweight Jean Pascal in relation to a January 26 incident in which a woman alleged she was the victim of a sexual assault during a party held at Pascal’s home.
Unbeaten featherweight Julian Ramirez (10-0) will return April 14 on Fox Sports 1 against Carlos Rodriguez. By the way, yesterday Julian turned 21. Happy Birthday Julian!
It was announced today that British superstar and former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan faces Brooklyn native aLuis Collazo in the 12-round welterweight co-main event of Mayweather-Maidana” on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Amir Khan: I’m looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention on May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage. Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport.
Luis Collazo: Defeating Victor Ortiz in January was just the beginning. Facing and beating Amir Khan on the biggest stage in the sport is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will take full advantage of this and put myself in the best position to face the winner of the main event. I hope Khan is ready because Brooklyn is coming to take him down.
Richard Schaefer: Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo have made it known that they want a shot at the winner of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, so what better way for them to prove that they’re next in line than by fighting on “The Moment” card on May 3?
The WBC heavyweight championship rematch between top-rated world contenders, Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola taking place on May 10 at the USC Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles will be billed as “Fight for Peace.” Hall of Fame Promoter Don King of Don King Productions and Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions made the announcement jointly today.
“ESPN is in it to win it…and ‘win’ in it they have…hitting a grand slam home run in public opinion in welcoming the prodigal son of the sport of boxing – The WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World Title Event back to America – Halleluiah!” said the ever-enthusiastic Don King, promoter of Bermane Stiverne.
“Fight for Peace” was chosen as an international tribute to the fight for the title previously held by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko who stepped away from boxing officially in December 2013 to focus on the 2014 Ukrainian Presidential Election where he is seeking to become the country’s leader.
“Vitali was a great champion, in and out of the ring, and the winner of this fight will have big shoes to fill wearing the green belt around their waist,” said Dan Goossen promoter of Arreola. “Chris will definitely be going into this fight with his back against the wall. It’s that type of do-or-die situation I believe when he’s the most motivated and dangerous. To top off this history making, and what is sure to be great event, is ESPN’s participation, the home to all major sporting events, putting additional broadcast significance to this Heavyweight World Championship fight.” (more…)
By James Slater
Today at Amir khan’s Gloves gym in his hometown of Bolton it was officially announced how Khan will face former WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana. Khan worked out with trainer Virgil Hunter with gathered members of the media in attendance. An interview with Khan to follow…
The 27th WBO Annual Convention will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 27 to October 31, as announced today the WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. This year the famous Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas will host the traditional WBO Convention after a 2013 when the event took place in Budapest, Hungary. The Convention is back to Las Vegas where it took place in 2005. As always, in the WBO Annual Convention is expected the presence of some of the WBO Champions, former Champions, contenders, prospects, known trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities. At the Congress will be discussed various topics as rules, rankings, among others.
Gary Shaw Productions undefeated middleweight contender, Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs) is training hard for his upcoming bout with Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (26-4-0, 19 KOs) taking place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, April 4th. Johnson vs. Stevens, a ten-round bout, will be will be televised on NBCSN “Fight Night” as the co-feature to Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) vs. Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs). Johnson, who resides in Hollywood, Florida, by way of Nassau, Bahamas, was part of the 2008 Bahamas Olympic Team. After having a decorated amateur career in which he worked alongside the Cuban National Team for the eight years, Johnson has developed into an outstanding professional, winning convincingly in all of his fourteen pro fights. He feels confident in his ability to defeat Stevens, who’s ranked #11 by the WBC and IBF. (more…)
Tyson Fury is backing bantanweight contender Martin Ward to make history on Saturday by becoming the first Traveller to win a world title (Travellers are similar to Gypsies). Ward challenges IBF bantamweight king Stuart Hall at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and unbeaten heavyweight Fury is convinced his fellow Traveller can turn on the style and relieve Ward of the belt.
Tyson Fury: “I met up with Martin last week and we had a good chat. He is looking really, really confident. The travelling community is a closely knit one and we will all be cheering Martin on in what looks like being a terrific contest. He can do it, of course he can. Then I will be following suit when I get my shot at the world heavyweight title.”
The 26-year-old Ward, who has won 18 of his 20 contests, is the Commonwealth champion and is positively oozing with confidence.
Martin Ward: “This is the great chance for me to make history in the travelling community and become a world champion. It would mean so much to be able to go to Appleby Fair this summer with a world title belt, and my stock would rise among my own people. It is a challenge, but I have sparred with Stuey and I know what I have got to do to beat him. Stuey is a terrific fighter with a lot of heart but I know I can beat him. I am raring to go and pick up that belt, believe me.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez could make the first defense of his crown on May 24 in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico against an opponent to be confirmed. Gonzalez had agreed to a rematch with former champ Abner Mares in early 2014, however for various reasons the fight was cancelled. Mares has recently been rumored to be seeking a shot at WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura. Unofficially, possible challengers include WBC #6 Viorel Simion of Romania and WBC #12 Clive Atwell of Guyana.
In a video interview, WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) said he’ll do everything in his power to win “as impressively as possible” in his April 26 fight against WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs). Klitschko described Leapai as “physically and naturally so strong, he doesn’t need technique or strategy. Pure violence, that’s what we’ll see in the ring.” The fight takes place at the König-Pilsener-Arena Oberhausen, Germany.
Undefeated Puerto Rico Olympian Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) will return to the ring on April 19 in a six round lightweight bout against Jeremy McLaurin (10-7, 5 KOs) on a ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ telecast. The card will take place at a venue to be named in Orlando, Florida. Also former world featherweight title challenger Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) is slated to face Gamalier Rodriguez (20-3-1, 10 KOs).
By Karl Freitag
The video of Shannon Briggs’ rant during world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s workout last week in Hollywood, Florida, turned “viral” and has now amassed close to half-a-million views on YouTube (despite being age-restricted for some unknown reason by the powers that be at YouTube). Later that day we managed to track down the still amped up Shannon for this follow up interview.
By the way, although Shannon hasn’t fought since his 2010 fight with Vitali Klitschko, we’re told that Briggs, the last American to hold a heavyweight title belt, has two fights scheduled for next month. April 6 in Raleigh, North Carolina and April 11 in Tampa, Florida.
It wasn’t a repeat of their first meeting over two years ago in terms of a sustained 25 minutes of action, but Sunday, at the sweltering Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil, veteran MMA superstars Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua added another worthy chapter to their series, with “Hendo” emerging victorious once again, snapping a three fight losing streak this time by way of a come from behind third round knockout . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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It took four UFC fights, but hometown hero Jussier Formiga finally showed off the form that had him listed among the best flyweights in the world on Sunday, as he submitted Scott Jorgensen in less than a round in UFC Fight Night action from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Report and photos: Jesse Kelley
Fredrick Lawson (22-0, 20 KO’s) of Chicago, Illinois (by way of Ghana) outlasted Mohammed Kayongo (17-4-1, 12 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN in a slug fest on Friday night at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN. Lawson and Kayongo traded heavy punches from the opening bell until the end which came at 2:47 of round 6.
The action was intense from the opening bell as Kayongo winged power shots and Lawson countered with a strong jab and right hand down the middle. Kayongo snuck in a hard right hand to the jaw of Lawson midway through the first round as he continued to come forward. But from that point on, Lawson began to walk forward, landing hard jabs and rights that snapped the hometown fighters head back as he took the round. (more…)
Photo: Hrunov Promotions
Unbeaten WBA #5 rated super middleweight Fedor Chudinov (10-0, 8 KOs) was victorious when the corner of former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic (28-8, 19 KOs) stopped fight after five rounds on Sunday at the Sports Palace “Znamya” in Noginsk, Russia. With the win, Chudinov, the younger brother of WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov, claimed the WBC CISBB (CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau) super middleweight belt.
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Stacey Verbeek
Heavyweights Darlington Agha (9-0-1, 6KO) and Jamal Woods (4-11-3, 4KO) took center stage last night at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Paulie Ayala’s “Keep it in the Ring” fundraiser benefiting his own Punching out Parkinson’s and NewDay Services, a mission to end domestic violence. Agha and Woods kept it in the ring and after six back and forth rounds the fight ended in a unanimous draw, 57-57 from all three judges. (more…)
Since the history of the written word there has been a fascination with the conflict and passion of a fighter. Authors and poets have romanticized those who step onto the battlefield, through the gates of the arena or into the fire because they seem to possess a factor which separates them from normal men. That intangible spirit or drive is the very detail an author sets out to explain because its very essence is what makes the “gladiator” noteworthy . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. meet face-to-face outside the ring for this exclusive interview with Max Kellerman. Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 happens Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view.
Highly touted prospect from Cuba, Hairon ‘El Maja’ Socarras (11-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a impressive fourth round knockout over Dominican Aneudy Matos (13-11-1, 9 KOs) to grab the vacant WBA Latino super bantamweight belt on Saturday night at the Carlos ‘Teo’ Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Matos, who visited the canvas in the first, and fourth round, left the ring in bad shape.
“My opponent ( Matos ) came to win, to give everything, but I came determined to take the title convincingly because here, I’m not the localist” said Socarrás from Lisa, city of La Havana. (more…)
42-year-old Tony “The Tiger” Thompson remains a factor in the heavyweight division, dashing the hopes of yet another highly regarded heavyweight in Odlanier Solis on Saturday night in Turkey. “For now we’ll enjoy the moment, rest a little bit and then look what offers come,” said Thompson after the fight. “Whoever wants me knows how to reach me. I’m happy and satisfied that everything worked so well and that I got a fair decision. Now let’s see what happens next.”
On the other hand, Solis’ performance left a bitter taste for promoter Ahmet Öner, who signed the former Olympic heavyweight gold medalist out of the amateurs and stood by “La Sombra” his entire pro career. “I’m very disappointed in Solis,” said Öner. “With such a big opportunity I would have expected that he would really give everything and run through a wall, if need be. But he didn’t even knock on the wall. He was lethargic and didn’t deserve to win this fight. Congratulations to Tony Thompson, who had a good performance.”
Former multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (63-8-2, 35 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (16-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Soto scored a knockdown in round six.
Local hero and former WBA world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (34-2, 30 KOs) destroyed Ramon “Cobra” Maas (26-4, 15 KOs) in the first round of a super bantamweight matchup.
Super lightweight Mahonri “Russito” Montes (29-3-1, 21 KOs) won a bloody eight round unanimous decision over Jesus “Cinco” Valenzuela (25-11-2, 17 KOs).
WBA bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (35-2-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Javier “Chispita” Chacon (19-2, 4 KOs) to retain his belt on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Chacon who was coming off three straight six-rounders against fighters with losing records, was no match for Moreno. Moreno dropped Chacon twice in round two and controlled Chacon’s aggression throughout. Scores were 118-108, 117-108, 117.5-109.5.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Unbeaten cruiserweight Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (12-0, 9KOs) won the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) cruiserweight title with a seventh round TKO over Victor Barragan (12-8, 3 KOs) in the main event of Battle at the Boat 95 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Barrigan had some moments early where he trapped Bujaj on the ropes and roughed him up. Those became fewer and farther between as the match wore on. In the middle of the ring, Bujaj used his reach and handspeed to dominate. Bujaj focused on the body in rounds six and seven, finally scoring a knockdown when Barragan collapsed. Barrigan beat the count, but referee Louis Jackvony ruled him unable to continue. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Former world champion Vivian Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs), who took the fight on late notice, won a ten round majority decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (37-5-1, 22 KOs) in the welterweight main event on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Harris, 95-95. Three straight wins now for Harris, who used his experience to not let “Maromerito” fight his fight.
Puerto Rico has a world champion again! Undefeated super featherweight contender, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-7-1, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant International Boxing Organization super featherweight title on Saturday night at the Auditorio Juan Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.
“This was another fight where I went the distance and learned a lot.” said Pedraza. “I’m working on everything each time I step in the ring. I’m feeling more comfortable while I’m honing in on my skills to get better. I feel I’m ready to fight any of the other world champions in my division, but I’m going to leave that up to my promoters, Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo. I’ll fight anyone anywhere. I’m ready to make my people proud. Fighting in Puerto Rico is the best.”
Also, newly signed amateur stars, bantamweight Jean “Chapito” Rivera (1-0) and featherweight Luis Paredes (1-0) were successful, winning their pro debuts convincingly.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
In a stunner, local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (14-2, 10 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO minimumweight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (23-1-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines via tenth round TKO on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The 20-year-old Rodriguez came out strong in round one and continued the assault, dropping Sabillo near the end of the round. The pattern continued as the bout progressed as Rodriguez’ nonstop offensive kept Sabillo from getting anything going. The fight was finally stopped by referee Eddie Claudio in round ten with Sabillo taking heavy fire on the ropes. Time was 1:50.
Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions, LLC
Unbeaten 2012 Olympian lightweight Felix Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) brought the crowd to their feet with an impressive third round TKO over Juan Santiago (14-12-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In round one, Verdejo cut Santiago over the right eye with a sharp jab and continued his brutal assault in round two. Verdejo ended it in round three by dropping Santiago with a hard right hand.
Super welterweight KO artist Jorge Melendez (28-3-1, 26 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over tough veteran Richard Gutierrez (27-14-1, 17 KOs) Melendez came out strong, dropping Melendez at the end of round one. Guttierez, however, wasn’t going anywhere and went the full rounds. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 97-92. photos
Unbeaten super bantamweight Kid Galahad, aka Abdul Barry Awad (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Spaniard Sergio Prado (9-4-1, 3 KOs) to claim the vacant European title on Saturday night at the Ponds Forge Arena Sheffield, England. Galahad dominated the fight with speed and accurate punching but the super tough Prado went the full distance. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 120-108.
Former world champion Junior Witter (42-7-2, 22 KOs) not surprisingly won every second of every round of a jr middleweight fight against journeyman “Mad Max” Maxwell (16-41-3, 3 KOs). The bout went the full six with Witter up 60-54. Witter snapped a two-fight losing streak.
Light heavyweight Travis Dickinson (16-1, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Danny McIntosh (14-6, 7 KOs) to win the vacant English belt. Dickinson dropped McIntosh in round one and twice in round three to end it.
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