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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

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By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

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Martinez, Salido, Jack, Groves, Gonzalez, Oquendo, Smith, Martirosyan Presser Quotes

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

The fighters who will appear on the Mayweather vs. Berto” PPV undercard this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena took part in their final press conference Thursday at MGM Grand.

Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) will defend his WBO junior lightweight title in a rematch against four-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs).

Roman Martinez: “I want to continue to be a world champion for all of Puerto Rico. I’m in peak condition and I’m ready to get the win. Salido can say whatever he wants. I know him and I was able to knock him down in the first fight. I’m confident I can go finish him. I understand why this fight is happening. Who wouldn’t want to see us go at it again? But I thought I clearly won the first time, and I am confident I will win again on Saturday.”

Orlando Salido: “You saw what happened the last time we fought. You know this is going to be a spectacular matchup. I know Rocky very well and I know he is a smart fighter. Last time I got out of my game plan. This fight, I’m focused and looking forward to a great fight. I’m a better fighter than he is. I know that Martinez is going to run, but I’m in great condition to seek him and get the victory. It’s about getting on the inside for me. Martinez is an intelligent fighter and he knows how to use his reach. If I can get inside his chest and attack the body I will get the win. It’s going to be the best fight of the night. We’re going to exchange blows and pick up where we left off. I’m treating this like it is the biggest fight of my career and I can’t wait to demonstrate my skills one more time.” (more…)



September 11th, 2015


Boxing News

Injury KOs Zeuge-Gutknecht

Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge has been forced to withdraw from his WBO Intercontinental title fight with Eduard Gutknecht on September 26 having suffered a foot injury in a traffic accident. The fight was scheduled to take place on Team Sauerland’s 35th Anniversary show at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin but will now be postponed to a later date.

“Luckily for Tyron this is just a minor injury,” explains Zeuge’s coach Karsten Roewer. “However it has left him unable to train and therefore unable to compete on September 26.”

Team Sauerland’s 35th Anniversary show will continue as planned with Jack Culcay topping the bill with a first defence of his interim WBA world light middleweight title against Dennis Hogan.



September 11th, 2015


UFC

Almeida clashes with Birchak on Nov. 7

Unbeaten Brazilian phenom Thomas Almeida will get a home game after fighting his last two bouts in North America, as he battles Anthony Birchak in bantamweight action at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo on November 7 . . . . Click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT JAPAN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, September 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Brækhus faces Kühne on Klitschko-Fury undercard

Undisputed WBC/WBA/WBO/IBO and IBF Female World Welterweight Champion Cecilia Brækhus (27-0-0, 7 KOs) wants to kick off her K2 Promotions/IMG collaboration with a bang, when she takes on German triple-title holder Ramona “Wild Dragon” Kühne (23-1-0, 8 KOs) at the Klitschko vs Fury world title clash on October 24 in Düsseldorf. ”The First Lady of Boxing” returns to the ring 11 months after successfully defending her fourth world championship title against IBO title-holder Jennifer Ratzke in an unanimous points victory.

“This will be a great challenge for me after my injury and great fight for the both of us. Kühne is a very skilled boxer and she’s fast. It motivates me a lot. But I’m much more powerful than her. I can promise a fight worth seeing, but there’s no doubt she’ll end up in lots of trouble,” Brækhus said. (more…)



September 11th, 2015


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather on Brit’s best, Amir Khan & Kell Brook:Not suitable

Amir Khan and five contenders to take up Mayweather’s welterweight crown

Did Mayweather use banned drugs prior to Pacquiao fight?

Johnny Tapia’s gym in Albuquerque out of business



September 11th, 2015

Twitter Watch

Teddy Atlas to train Tim Bradley

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley has just announced that he will be trained by Teddy Atlas for his November 7 HBO clash against Brandon Rios in Las Vegas. Bradley recently parted ways with Joel Diaz, who had been his trainer since day one. Atlas hasn’t been an active trainer in recent years. He last worked with heavyweight Alexander Povetkin, splitting in January 2012.



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

truTV Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Oscar Valdez 126.8 vs. Chris Avalos 126.8
Jesse Hart 167.2 vs. Aaron Pryor Jr 167.4
Alberto Torres 126 vs. Cristian Silva 127.2
Egor Mekhontsev 175.6 vs. Jackson Junior 177
Mike Reed 140 vs. Antonio Canas 140
Erick De Leon 130.4 vs. Angel Hernandez 129.4
Frankie Winton 127.4 vs. Thomas Smith 126.8

Venue: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: truTV

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September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Jackson-Uzcategui on FS1 October 6

Undefeated power-puncher Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, squares off against Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (23-1, 19 KOs) in an 12-round super middleweight clash on FS1 and FOX Deportes Tuesday, October 6 from The Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. “With my father being who he is, my dream has always been to reach this level and then surpass this level,” said Jackson. “I’m working extremely hard for this opportunity and I’m ready for my shot.”

“I’m so excited for an opportunity to fight in the U.S. again and I plan on making the most of it,” said Uzcategui. “I will leave everything in the ring and give the fans a great show in San Antonio.”



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Long Island

Joe Smith Jr. 174 vs. Dion Savage 175
Anthony Karperis 130.4 vs. Jose Morales
Johnny Hernandez 126.8 vs. Helario Medina 126
Ronica Jeffrey 128.4 vs. Celene Roman 128
Courtney Pennington 153.2 vs. Rich Neves 155

Venue: Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
Promoter: Star Boxing



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Scuffle KOs Zab Judah comeback

Tonight’s scheduled jr welterweight clash between former world champion Zab Judah and Hevinson Herrera is off after the fighters had an altercation while waiting to do their pre-fight medicals. Herrera claimed he was injured and the fight was cancelled. The Greg Cohen/Super Judah Promotions/GH3 Promotions/Winner Take All Productions fight card at The Space at Westbury, NY, will go ahead without the Judah-Herrera main event. The 37-year-old Judah was returning to the ring for the first time since dropping a unanimous decision to Paul Malignaggi in December 2013.



September 10th, 2015

UFC

TUF 22: Episode 1 Recap

The new season of The Ultimate Fighter is officially underway after 16 fights took place on the debut episode Wednesday night. When the dust settled, eight Americans and eight Europeans became the latest cast of the show under the guidance of coaches Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber . . . . Click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT JAPAN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, September 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Stevenson, Karpency make weight

By Dave Spencer

Adonis Stevenson 175 vs. Tommy Karpency 174.5
(WBC light heavyweight championship)

Errol Spence 146.5 vs. Chris van Heerden 146.5
Prichard Colon 149 vs. Vivian Harris 149
Dillon Carman 234 vs. Razor Ruddock 242.5
Sandy Tsagouris 128 vs. Shannon O’Connell 127

Venue: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Promoter: GYM
TV: Spike (USA), PPV (Canada)



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Dillian Whyte launches verbal assault on Anthony Joshua at today’s press conference

By James Slater

Today in London, a final press conference took place to further promote/hype this Saturday’s card at The O2, headlined as it is by unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua against fellow unbeaten Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth title and co-headlined by another unbeaten heavyweight contender in Dillian Whyte against late-replace foe Brian Minto.

However, the fight everyone is talking about is the pencilled in December clash between Joshua and Whyte, who will meet providing they both come through their respective challenges on Saturday. (more…)



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather denies drug testing violations

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


“As already confirmed by the USADA Statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines. I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing. Let’s not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights. As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before. I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.”
–Floyd Mayweather



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez: This is going to be a test and I know I can pass the test

By Miguel Maravilla

2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs) is ready for his return to the ring as he takes on former world title challenger Chris Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs) this Friday night on the Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout on TruTV at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

“I am excited finally people are saying I am going up against a good fighter. This is a good fight for me. I am excited,” Valdez told Fightnews.com. “It’s a great opportunity, fighting a main event, Vegas, Tru TV…”

The 24-year-old held his camp at the Rock Gym in Carson, California with his trainer Manny Robles in preparation for Avalos. Valdez also did his roadwork in the Southern California Mountains on Mount Baldy. “We did a great, great job. I ran half a marathon and there was good sparring. Training camp has been going excellent. We did a great job in the gym and we are going to prove it!” (more…)



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Stevenson aiming to knock out Karpency

“I want to win by knockout because knockouts sell,” proclaimed WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (26-1-0, 21 KOs) at the final press conference for Friday’s defense against WBC #9 rated Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs) in Toronto. “Emanuel (Steward) always told me that. Knockouts sell. So when I get in the ring I’m going to try to win by knockout. If not, I can box. It’s not a problem for me.”

The bout will be televised in the USA on Spike TV.



September 10th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fallout: DJ, VanZant Move Up Ranks

The latest UFC rankings are out – and it looks like Paige VanZant and Demetrious Johnson are the biggest winners to emerge from UFC 191. . . . Click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT JAPAN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, September 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

David Beckham takes up boxing

Former HBO boxing exec Kery Davis named Director of Athletics at Howard University

Adonis Stevenson looking to get back on top



September 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Former HBO Boxing Executive Kery Davis Named Athletic Director at Howard University

By Gary “Digital” Williams

A former HBO programming executive who negotiated some of the biggest boxing bouts in the sport’s history has been named the athletic director at Washington, DC’s Howard University. Kery Davis, 57, spent 14 years at HBO where he helped put together bouts featuring some of the biggest names in the boxing business, including Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones, Jr.

Davis, who played college basketball at Dartmouth College, leads a university athletic program for the very first time. Davis told the New York Post that Howard offered a very unique opportunity. (more…)



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Complete lineup set for Friday’s Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas card

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Seven undefeated fighters will be tested on Top Rank’s boxing card this Friday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

In the truTV-televised ten round main event, unbeaten two-time Mexican Olympian featherweight Oscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs). In the co-feature unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (17-0, 14 KOs) battles Aaron Pryor Jr (19-8-1, 12 KOs) in a ten round clash for the NABO and USBA titles. Hart is the son of Philly boxing legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, and Pryor is the son of Boxing Hall of Famer Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor.

Undefeated 2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (9-0, 7 KOs) meets Jackson Junior (18-3, 16 KOs) in a battle of explosive KO artists scheduled for eight.

Undefeated super lightweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (15-0, 8 KOs) goes against Antonio “The Aztec God of War” Canas (10-1-1, 4 KOs) in an interesting eight-rounder. (more…)



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Hunter: It’s personal / Floyd & Berto: No it’s not!

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


By Karl Freitag

At Wednesday’s Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto press conference, Berto’s trainer Virgil Hunter stated “There’s some personal stuff going on here. I’ve been around a long time and I know when something is personal. I don’t know what it has to do with, but I can take a wild guess. ‘Been there, done that!'”

Afterward, both Mayweather and Berto were asked about Hunter’s comments.

Floyd Mayweather: It’s nothing personal with me, it’s always business.

Andre Berto: Realistically it’s not anything personal on my end. I’m just coming for my respect. I’m coming for everything I deserve at the end of the day.



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Floyd looking for KO against Berto?

Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions


By Karl Freitag

“We’re going for the knockout,” proclaimed Floyd Mayweather after Wednesday’s press conference for Saturday’s PPV clash against Andre Berto in Las Vegas. “I’m pretty sure he’s gong for the knockout also. We’re going out there and we’re going to oppose the pressure from the gate.”

Interestingly, Showtime All-Access writer Mark Kriegel stated he believes Berto was hand-picked to be knocked out. “I think it’s going to be a knockout,” stated Kriegel. “I think this will address the one hole in Floyd’s recent career since 2011, the lack of a knockout. I think that he sees something in Berto that says ‘I will be able to knock him out and Berto will make me look good in knocking him out!'”

Mayweather to win by KO is +175 at sports books.



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

LIVE FEED: Mayweather-Berto Final Presser

Live coverage from the final press conference for Mayweather vs. Berto. Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto faceoff for the media before they square off on PPV Saturday.



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Jose Ramirez out for 26th; undefeated Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz steps in for main event in title fight at Tachi Palace

Fight Fans Will Be Getting a Major Suprise on Fight Night

USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) is injured and will return to action December 5 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. Andy Ruiz, the undefeated Mexican heavyweight (24-0, 14 KOs) and NABF, WBO Inter-Continental Champion will replace Ramirez in a title bout at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 26.

Ramirez said “I will be back strong and ready in five weeks. This card is stacked with great local boxers. I will be at the fight doing meet and greets, hanging out with fans and look forward to watching a night of world class boxing at Tachi Palace. As a gift we will be giving a FREE ticket to my return fight at Save Mart Center on December 5, to all who attend the fights. (more…)



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Sosa celebrates IBF ranking, signs new contract with Peltz Boxing/Top Rank

Hard-hitting junior lightweight contender Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, has signed a new promotional agreement, this one with Peltz Boxing and Top Rank, Inc., as he prepares for his Oct. 2 fight with Jorge Pazos, of Guamuchil, Mexico, on Friday evening, Oct. 2, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The 27-year-old Sosa also has moved into the No. 10 slot among junior lightweights (130 pounds), according to the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

“This is a big day for me,” said Sosa, who has knocked out his last 12 opponents. “This motivates me to do bigger and better things in my career as a professional boxer. I am more than happy and blessed to have signed a new agreement with Peltz Boxing and Top Rank. With that being said, I am very excited knowing I am ranked No.10 in the world.

A pro since 2009, Sosa is 17-1-3, 13 K0s, including the big one in his last fight, a first-round blowout of former world-title challenger Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, on Aug. 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. (more…)



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather-Berto Notes

Source: Ticketmaster

Source: Ticketmaster


By Karl Freitag

Still plenty of seats in most price categories for this weekend’s PPV clash between Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto. Looks like all the $150 tickets are gone, but Ticketmaster still lists tickets in the $300, $500, $750, $1,000 and $1,500 price categories, limit eight per household. If you can’t make it, the PPV telecast is available for $64.95/$74.95 HD.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe is on the record stating that this is “100%” Floyd’s last fight.

Today will be the final Mayweather-Berto press conference. There will also be undercard fighter workouts and autograph signings on the MGM Grand casino floor (next to the MGM Grand Sports Book) starting at 3PM.

Mayweather is a 100:1 favorite at most the Euro sports books. Berto is +1600.



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Trout: My best is yet to come

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Photo: Big Joe Miranda

“Truly my best is yet to come. At the age of 29, I am a better fighter than I’ve been and I will continue to be a better fighter than I was tonight,” said former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-2, 17 KOs) after his sixth round knockout over Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (24-4-1,14 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring. I would like it to be before the end of the year against a world champion or top name in the division.”

“We got a good win with a knockout. I’m happy to be here. I want to thank the fans for showing up. If you didn’t come for me this time, you will next time. I’m trying to be the best in my class. I think it’s me and if people don’t believe it, they will.

“I thought I was breaking him down. I was watching his body language and there was no doubt I was wearing him down.”

(On the body slam) “He wasn’t winning. So it wasn’t like there was a need for the flash. He was getting desperate. Maybe he was hoping I got hurt with the body slam but that wasn’t the case.”



September 9th, 2015

UFC

Demetrius Johnson’s rival? History

Appreciating the artistry that is Demetrious Johnson requires nothing more than a keen eye and a sense of beauty. Like a painter, Johnson uses simple, concise strokes. He breaks down opponents with pace and speed; he applies flawless technique and non-stop pressure. . . . Click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT JAPAN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, September 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Is Mayweather-Berto a box-office flop?

Badou Jack keeps press at bay ahead of George Groves showdown

Groves climbing mountains in preparation of Jack



September 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Trout KOs Hernandez in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Former junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-2, 19 KOs) systematically dismantled Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (24-4-1, 14 KOs) before finally stopping him with a perfectly placed right hook to the body to drop him at the end of the sixth round on Tuesday night at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. Hernandez struggled to his feet but not until referee Jack Reiss reached a ten count and waved off the bout. Trout controlled the action, throughout, but Hernandez had his moments and landed a few good counter shots as Trout was willing to mix it up in spots. In the fourth round, Hernandez, frustrated with Trout leaning on him, looked nothing like his Twinkle Fingers nickname as he was able to execute a perfect professional wrestling style bodyslam of Trout, as good a bodyslam as one will ever see in a boxing ring. Reiss, however, was neither impressed nor amused, and deducted a point from Hernandez and that was Hernandez’ final bright spot before being stopped at 3:00 of the sixth round. With the victory, Trout puts himself back into title contention with hopes of becoming a world champion once again.

In a walkout bout, Eddie Ramirez (10-0, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision victory over 60 fight veteran and former world champion, super scrappy Cristobal Cruz (40-18-3, 24KO). Ramirez dropped Cruz in the first round and won every round of the six round super lightweight contest. All three judges scored the bout 60-53 in favor of Chicago native, Ramirez.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (12-0, 11 KOs) demolished Fabiano Pena (11-3-1, 8 KOs), dropping him with a clubbing right cross in the opening round. Pena made it to all fours but seemed in no condition to continue leading the referee to halt the bout at 1:15 of the first round of a scheduled 10 rounder. The likeable Elbiali keeps his perfect record intact with the victory. (more…)



September 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather, Berto grand arrivals

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

The countdown to Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Andre Berto” continued Tuesday afternoon as Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto and undercard fighters made their Grand Arrivals at MGM Grand in Las Vegas before their pay-per-view fight this Saturday.

Floyd Mayweather: “To become great, you have to follow greatness. To become a great leader you have to be a great follower. I want every fighter to stay focused and on a parallel path. I’ve done a lot for this sport. Everyone used to be focused on heavyweights. My ultimate goal was to have everyone focus at whatever weight class I was, in my weight class. I’ve always been able to make noise at whatever weight class I was in. We want Andre to believe in himself and his skills. Every fighter that I’ve ever faced had the remedy to beat me, but the results have always been the same. I don’t overlook anyone, he’s a tough competitor, and we will just have to see what happens on Saturday. My ultimate goal is that we can find another Floyd Mayweather. When I turned professional I was a teenager and the MGM was Mike Tyson’s building. I’m just blessed and I feel like I was dealt a royal flush.”

Andre Berto: “I had a tremendous training camp. I am in better shape than I’ve been in years. I’m looking forward to making history on Saturday. I don’t know anything about any code that Mayweather has. When I want to walk through a door I just break through.”

Badou Jack: “This is my first defense so I’m excited and absolutely ready for Saturday. He says he is going to win, but we’ll see how it goes on fight night. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to knock him out.”

George Groves: “I’m feeling great, really focused and had a great camp. On Saturday all I have to do is be myself and I will get the job done. Jack is a good opponent but he is not as good as me. I appreciate all the support I am getting from the Brit fans, some of whom are here today. This is going to be a good week.”

Roman “Rocky” Martinez: “I am very proud to be on this card and what better way to be a part of it than against Salido again. We all know Salido’s style: he falls and is used to getting up and continuing to fight. This is going to be a tough fight like our last one. But I am going to do my best and do what I can to win again.”

Orlando Salido: “I’m ready to bring on the war, give it everything I’ve got and looking for a big win. I know I made a lot of mistakes in the last fight but I’m confident I corrected them. A big difference in this fight is that it is not in Puerto Rico like our first one, this one’s at a neutral site the United States. Whether it’s a decision or a knockout, I’m coming to win.”

Jhonny Gonzalez: “Oquendo is a great, tough fighter but I am ready to take him on. I expect this to be a great fight on Saturday and I will leave everything in the ring. This is going to be a hard fight. I’m coming here to win.”

Jonathan Oquendo: “Jhonny Gonzalez is a champion of the world. We know he’s a powerful, dangerous fighter. But I’m here to fight and give my daughter a gift on Saturday. But this fight is for all the fans of Mexico and Puerto Rico.”

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September 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Stevenson-Karpency undercard set

Rising undefeated star Prichard “Digget” Colon (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on former world champion Vivian Harris (32-10-2, 19 KOs) in undercard action on Friday, September 11 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

The September 11 Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike headliningfight features light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) as he defends against Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs) plus 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated rising welterweight star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) battling slick-southpaw Chris “The Heat” van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs) in the televised opener at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Also featured are undefeated prospects Immanuwel “The Chosen One” Aleem (13-0, 9 KOs) and Jamontay “Quiet Assassin” Clark (6-0, 3 KOs).

Further undercard action will see welterweight contender Jo Jo Dan (34-3, 18 KOs) stepping into the ring against Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo (17-4-1, 4 KOs), Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon “Big Country” Carman (8-2, 7 KOs) taking on former heavyweight title contender Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (40-5-1, 30 KOs) in a 10-round bout and Tyson “Prince of Ali” Cave (27-3, 10 KOs) battling Nestor Hugo “El Torito” Paniagua (26-8-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout. (more…)



September 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez ready for Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico is in Las Vegas with his team and super motivated after an intense preparation for his fight this Saturday against Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the undercard of Mayweather-Berto. “I had a very strong training camp and now I’m focused on maintaining my weight and physical condition,” said Gonzalez. “I’m back in the U.S. with my promoter (Promociones del Pueblo) to get another world title opportunity and face the best.”



September 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley-Rios official announcement coming next week in Los Angeles

Two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., (32-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., both who have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively, will host a news conference next week in Los Angeles announcing their rumble for Bradley’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world title. Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and reigning WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will also be on hand.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, the Bradley vs. Rios world welterweight championship event will take place on Saturday, November 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.



September 8th, 2015

Boxing News

“Cornflake” Lamanna headlines Sept 26

Jr middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (17-1, 7 KOs) headlines “Boxing by the Beach” on September 26 in Beach Haven Memorial Park in Beach Haven, New Jersey. LaManna will face TBA in a scheduled six-round bout. Fighting in the four-round co-feature will be heavyweight “Brutal” Brendan Barrett (0-0-1).

Also seeing action in a six-rounders will be super middleweight Ian Green (6-0, 4 KOs), welterweight Keenan Smith (8-0, 3 KOs) and jr lightweight O’Shanique Foster (7-0, 4 KOs) against opponents to be named.

In four-rounders, welterweight Arturo Trujillo (6-0, 3 KOs) will fight TBA and jr lightweight Bienvenido Diaz (2-0, 2 KOs) will face Joshua Arocho (3-10-4, 2 KOs).

H.I.T.M Promotions will present will present eight professional boxing matches that will take place approximately one block from the beach.



September 8th, 2015




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