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Romulo Koasicha 126 vs Guillermo “Borrego” Avila 126
Martin “Pini” Casillas 120 vs Roberto “Escorpion” Pucheta 120
Daniel “Coloradito” Garcia 112 vs Giovanni “Pajarito” Andrade 110
Esteban “Petunia” Zambrano 135 vs Rafael “Sonrisas” Lopez 134
Eduardo “Lalo” Vargas 143 vs Miguel Angel “Conejo” Maritnez 139
Marco Antonio “Travieso” Ramirez 149 vs Alberto “Italiano” Pacheco 148
Promoter: All Star Boxing
Venue: Blackberry Auditorium, Tlaxcala, Colonia Condesa, Mexico
In addition to the super flyweight clash between former world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (35-4, 21 KOs) and Omar Soto (23-11-2, 7 KOs), this Saturday’s Hollywood Fight Night 11 card at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California, will feature two recent signees by Top Rank, Guy Robb (15-1, 7KOs) and William Silva (21-0, 12KOs), attempting to impress their new promoter.
Sacramento’s Robb was a standout amateur and has already built up a reputation as an aggressive, fan-pleasing pugilist who is always in exciting fights. Since his lone loss in an entertaining bout with fellow blue chip prospect Joel Diaz Jr., Robb has won 8 bouts in a row.
Sao Paulo’s Silva carries the nickname “Baby Face”, but it is the Brazilian’s tough and rugged style that intrigued Top Rank to have him join Olympic medalist and fellow Brazilian Esquiva Falcao in their stable. A heralded amateur, Silva also captured the WBO Latin American lightweight and Brazilian featherweight titles. Silva will look to impress his new promoter against an equally motivated Adam Mate (15-4, 8KOs). After 19 bouts in Europe, Mate has made the long trip from Hungary to also make a name for himself in the States. (more…)
Things got testy on an international media conference call with Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) and Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) to promote their August 14 heavyweight battle from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Nothing was out of bounds as these two went at it verbally tooth and nail. Let’s hope the fight is as good as the talk.
Fight day is getting closer. In just over three weeks Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) will step into the ring for the 42nd time during his professional career. August 14 will see the reigning WBO cruiserweight champion take on mandatory challenger Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The 30-year-old German has been training intensely for the past four weeks. But Huck took some time out of his busy schedule to give his thoughts on his US debut, new coach Don House and a record-breaking 14th defense of the cruiserweight title.
Marco Huck, you have been in training camp since June 25. How has it been going so far?
I have to admit that the heat was pretty draining to begin with. I caught myself wondering if this would end well for me. But after three days my body started adjusting to the extreme conditions and it became clear that the surroundings are benefiting my training. If I can manage to get through this I can get through anything. (more…)
Photos: Tri Nguyen Photography
Power punching super featherweight Andy Vences, who has a hard left hook and a wicked straight right, has signed with Top Rank. Andy has a (12-0, 8 KOs) pro record He is from San Jose.
“Andy is special. He has a great skillset, fights hard and has a great fan following. We are all excited about him at Top Rank,” said Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler.
Manager Herb Stone said he first spotted Andy at the 3rd Street Gym in San Francisco.
“We brought Andy in to spar one of our fighters,” said Herb. “Andy got into the ring and fired off some hard left hooks and a hard right. I knew instantly he could fight on a high level.” (more…)
FightNews talked with Michigan cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) in advance of his Saturday showdown with Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs) at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. Shimmell versus Thomas is for the vacant USBA belt and is the televised co- feature for the Beibut Shumenov vs BJ Flores main event. Both contests are presented by Premier Boxing Champions and will be televised live by NBCSN.
FightNews: Jordan, this is your first national TV fight and you are fighting for a belt, describe what this opportunity means to you at this stage of your career?
Jordan Shimmell: It’s my biggest fight so far of course. I want to look good, get attention by doing so, and continue building my career. I also hope to get some new fans based on them being able to see me on TV for the first time. (more…)
Unbeaten 6’9 heavyweight Tyson Fury is talking up a good game in advance of his October 24 clash with long time WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko before 55,000 plus in Düsseldorf, Germany. “I always knew I’d one day fight for and win the heavyweight championship of the world – it was just a matter of time,” said Fury. “I had to work my way into a mandatory position to force the issue because no 40-year-old champion is going to volunteer to fight someone as big, skillful and dangerous as me. You have to force them into taking the fight. That is what I have done with Wladimir Klitschko and, on October 24, the world will see why the late, great Emanuel Steward said, ‘Tyson Fury will be the next heavyweight champion of the world.’
“I’m a bigger man than Wladimir in height, weight and natural size. I’m also 13 years younger than him. I’m fresh, I’m hungry, I’m talented and I’m a fighting man. There’s no way I’m losing to a 40-year-old. This is my destiny – to become heavyweight champion of the world – and it’s time for the title to change hands. Wladimir has held on to the belt for many years now – and he’s done a good job of holding on to it – but I’m here to rip it from him.”
By Ron Jackson
Two title fights with a lot of crowd-pleasing potential headline a tournament in East London on Friday night. Veteran Ali Funeka is set to defend his IBO welterweight belt against Tsiko Mulovhedzi, and Lwandile Sityatha will try to retain his IBO super-flyweight title against former champion Gideon Buthelezi.
The tournament, presented by Xaba Promotions, will take place at the International Convention Centre and could well warm up what has been a rather cool city for the past few days. (more…)
No matter how hard a fighter works in the gym, or how much natural talent he possesses, the only way to acquire experience in the fight game is to step out under the bright lights and go to battle. Furthermore, there are certain times in every fighter’s quest for experience that become turning points in a fighter’s trajectory, and can be revisited as the evolutionary process continues . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Former pro boxer Exum Speight pleads no contest to killing manager
Los Angeles will have two big fight cards going head-to-head on the same night. Shane Mosley has announced that his August 29 PPV clash with Ricardo Mayorga will take place at The Forum. That same night, Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz collide at Staples Center.
We have another head-to-head situation this Saturday in Las Vegas. WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev defends against IBF mandatory Nadjib Mohammedi, while a few blocks away Beibut Shumanov face BJ Flores for a WBA interim cruiserweight belt.
Former pro heavyweight Exum Speight pleaded “no contest” to one count of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Speight was stopped by current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Wlad’s second pro fight.
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has signed welterweight Ceferino “Ferino V” Rodriguez (19-1, 10 KOs) to a co-promotional agreement, along with former champion Sergio Martinez’s Maravilla Box Promotions. He will be trained by Gabriel Sarmiento.
The August 1st Rising Star Promotions fight card at the Vandetta Boxing Club in Vineland, New Jersey has been postponed. Rising Star Promotions is already hard at work on a Fall date to be announced shortly. All tickets may be refunded at the point of purchase.
By Karl Freitag
Looks like attempts by WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) to defend his title against former two-time super middleweight titlist Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) in Australia were all for naught. WBO Presdent Paco Valcarcel today put the kibosh on that fight. Andrade is very close to being stripped of the WBO title due to inactivity over the past 13 months.
— Paco Valcárcel, Esq. (@PacoValcarcel) July 22, 2015
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Danny Garcia and Steve Cunningham held adjoining media workouts Wednesday in advance of their separate nationally televised PBC fights, both scheduled for August. The double-exhibition was held at Garcia’s DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Cunningham, 28-7, 13 KOs, a former two-time cruiserweight champion, faces former multi-champion Antonio Tarver, 31-6, 22 KOs, in a 12-round heavyweight fight on August 14th, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The fight will be broadcast live by Spike TV.
Steve Cunningham: “My back is to the wall. I want to be heavyweight world champion. I got to make money for my family. I’m trying to be great in this sport. Beating guys like this makes me great. My back has always been against the wall; even with two world titles…I just prepare. What we’ve done is prepare for the best Tarver that we’ve ever seen. That’s the Tarver I’m expecting to see. The best Tarver that we know is the Tarver that stopped Roy Jones. If that’s not the Tarver we see, then he’s in trouble, plain and simple.”
Former junior welterweight champion, Danny Garcia, 30-0, 17 KOs, appeared next. Garcia faces former champion Paulie Malignaggi, 33-6, 7 KOs, on August 1st, at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY, just days before he’s scheduled to become a new father. The fight, televised by ESPN2, will be Garcia’s first foray into the ring as a full-fledged welterweight and his fifth appearance at Barclay’s.
Danny Garcia: “August is a big month for me. So, I’m just preparing myself mentally and physically for the best. First I’ve got Paulie Malignaggi on August 1st. I’m training hard and I’m prepared. And then a couple of days later – hopefully the baby don’t come the day of the fight, hopefully it comes on August 11th, when it’s supposed to come – I’ll become a father. The sky is the limit at 147 for me. I feel a lot stronger. Before at 140, I’d be coming to the gym just to lose weight, checking my weight three, four times a day. Feeling weak, pushing myself, feeling hungry. But now I’m able to eat the right nutrition. My legs are there. I’m a lot faster. I have more agility, and I’m able to think more. So, I think it’s all going to fall into place on August 1st.”
Undefeated light heavyweight Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs) is ready to burst onto the scene when he takes on former WBC light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) in a ten-rounder on Saturday night at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The bout will be telecast live on HBO and serve as the opener to the Sergei Kovalev-Nadjib Mohammedi light heavyweight championship bout. Gonzalez, currently rated #13 by the WBC has been in intensive training for this bout under the watchful eye of veteran trainer Orlando Cuellar in Miami, Florida. He was a decorated amateur in his homeland of Cuba amassing close to 400 amateur fights and was a member of the Cuban national team. Like many other Cuban refugees, Gonzalez defected on a small boat in 2009 and eventually found his way to Miami where he was signed by manager Michael Luzbet and turned pro in December of 2010.
Although Gonzalez has been mostly matched soft in his first sixteen fights, but that will not be the case against Pascal, who has mixed with the best. “We are looking forward to showing the boxing world an exciting fighter and hope a new star will be born on July 25th on HBO,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia. “I am excited for this fight and I know that Gonzalez has tremendous confidence and that he expects to be successful when he steps into the ring with Jean Pascal.”
Oddsmakers are showing Gonzalez some respect. Pascal is only a 3.5 to 1 favorite in the fight. In comparison, Kovalev is a 100 to 1 favorite to beat Mohammedi in the main event.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Professional boxing makes its first appearance at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, MD on Friday, July 24. The card will also be the debut venture for a new promotion — District Sports Promotions. The main event will feature Alexandria, VA welterweight “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Yurii Polischuk in a six-round contest against Anthony Prescott of Cherry Hill, NJ. Polischuk (6-1-1, two KO’s) makes his first appearance of 2015. In his last outing, Polischuk won a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Olinga for the Virginia State Lightweight title on October 11 in Springfield, VA. Prescott (5-5-2, two KO’s) has lost two straight unanimous decisions including a six-round loss to Grayson Blake on January 31 in Philadelphia, PA. (more…)
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing says his fighter, former IBF and WBO light flyweight champion Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero, will not pursue an immediate rematch against IBF flyweight titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng, but will instead look to face Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo in a non-title fight. Calling it the “business-wise career path,” Lewkowicz says a rematch against Ruenroeng will have to be put on hold temporarily. Casimero lost an ugly foul-filled 12-round decision to Ruenroeng at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 27. Arroyo, who lost a split decision to Ruenroeng in Thailand last year, and Casimero will instead face off at a soon-to-be-announced time and place later this year, with the winner looking for a rematch with Ruenroeng in the United States.
Arroyo’s twin brother McJoe Arroyo won the vacant IBF super flyweight belt last Saturday in El Paso.
beIN Sports en espanol has picked up the U.S. rights to televise the big boxing card on Saturday night at Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Mexico. In the main event, former IBF super flyweight champion and WBO #2, WBC #9 rated Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (20-3-1, 9 KOs) faces WBO #6 Cesar Juarez (16-3, 13 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the WBO international super flyweight belt.
Two former minimumweight world champions meet in the co-feature, as Moises “Moi” Fuentes (21-2-1, 11 KOs) battles Oswaldo Novoa (14-5-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the NABO flyweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras will defend his belt for the fourth time on August 15 against the Nicaraguan challenger Dixon Flores in a match that will be broadcast on Televisa Deportes and presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Cuadras is preparing for the fight at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the State of Mexico, more than 3200 meters above sea level, under trainer Lorenzo Lopez.
Former world title contender Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-1-2, 14 KOs) of Miami is set to face undefeated standout Manuel “Tino” Avila (17-0, 7 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. for the vacant interim NABF Super Bantamweight Title as the new co-main event for Johan Perez vs. Dmitry Mikhaylenko on Aug. 8. The 10-round super bantamweight bout will be televised live on HBO Latino Boxing from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. It replaces a clash between undefeated heavyweight Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) and Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (30-3-1, 22 KOs). (more…)
Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. said today via social media that he hopes to be back in the ring in September.
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
William Silva, a tough, rugged undefeated lightweight contender from Brazil, h as signed with Top Rank. He has been training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas and will be action on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate – UniMas card this Saturday, July 25 at The Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, Califo rnia.
Silva, from Sao Paulo, has a record of 21-0, 12 KOs. He is handled by Adriano Dos-Santos and trained by his father Alvisio Silva and Gabriel Oliveira
“We expect big things from Silva in the lightweight division,” said Brad Goodman, Top Rank matchmaker. “With Silva and Esquiva Falcao we expect big things in boxing in Brazil.”
Silva is 28 and ready for big fights. He is called ‘Baby Face’ in Brazil. Silva is a former WBO Latin American lightweight champion and a former Brazilian featherweight champion. As an amateur he was a gold medalist in the 2004 South American Junior Championships as a featherweight. In 2005 Silva was a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the Jose Cheo Aponte Tournament.
On Saturday, Silva will take on Adam Mate, 15-4, 9 KOs, of Budapest in a lightweight bout which is scheduled for eight rounds.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Craig Bennett
Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will finally have the chance to step in the ring with undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico on Saturday August 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles live on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN main event.
We caught up with the former world champion Mares at the press conference to announce this fight at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California. “Leo Santa Cruz is not a guy known to hold, with boxing skill. He just comes forward and throws a high volume of punches. On my side, I am known as a warrior, a guy that has been in many wars,” Mares told Fightnews.com. “You put two styles like that it turns out to be one of the best fights in decades, a Gatti-Ward type of fight.” (more…)
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has a Ph.D. in sports science, takes credit for making David Haye “a better person” and promises he will also help Haye’s compatriot Tyson Fury.
“Tyson Fury is 26 and he definitely says things or does things that maybe later on he is going to regret,” Klitschko told SkySports after Tuesday’s press conference. “But I see it as therapy. David Haye was one of them and I promised people that David Haye was going to be a better person after the fight and that is exactly what happened. I’m really proud of my performance and proud of David that he became a better person and I think that with Tyson it’s going to be pretty much the same therapy.”
Featherweight Romulo Koasicha (15-3, 12 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, will face Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (15-3, 12 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico this Friday for the vacant Mexican featherweight title at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The bout will be televised in the USA on Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford.
You enter Friday’s fight riding a three fight win streak. Your last loss was on the road in the United Kingdom against Lee Selby, who has recently become world champion. How much do you think that experience will help you in this fight?
Yes I do feel this experience will help and motivate me, as well. Selby is a world champion now and I went twelve full rounds with him. It was my first time fighting out of Mexico and I competed to the best of my abilities with a solid effort as a result. (more…)
Just because the concept of it being difficult to get to the top and harder to stay there may sound cliché doesn’t take away from the truth involved . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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British heavyweight Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) resumes his career after an eight-month hiatus this Friday at the SSE Arena in London. Chisora will take on Beqa Lobjanidze (13-3, 11 KOs). “British boxing needs me back,” declared Del Boy, who lost to Tyson Fury at the ExCeL Arena in November. After suffering his fifth defeat – and second to Fury – many expected Chisora to drift quietly off into the sunset.
“Retire?! How old do you think I am? I’m just 31, just starting out. I never announced my retirement. I’ve a long, long time left,” he insists. “Look, Tyson thumbed me in the first round, then thumbed me in the third round. My eye closed and I couldn’t see. Trust me, in time, Tyson and me are gonna bump it again. ‘Del Boy’s’ a long way from finished. My goals now are exactly the same as they were when I first started out as a pro; to be in great fights against other great fighters. I’m an entertainer, I deliver the fans what they want. I create a jolly!” (more…)
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The war of words continue between representatives of WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) and former two-time super middleweight titlist Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs).
Team Andrade issued a press release last Saturday night regarding an agreement it alleged Team Mundine had reneged on for a fight between the two aforementioned fighters next month in Australia. Team Mundine issued a statement yesterday, in which it claimed it had never agreed to a deal, largely because it included a three-fight option on Mundine. Today, Team Andrade said the Mundine people are lying about the options demand.
“Let’s make this perfectly clear,” Andrade’s manager Ed Farris said. “Mundine’s side is bending the facts and hiding the truth in an attempt to back out of the fight. Their recent press release about our side asking for three options on Anthony Mundine isn’t true. I just discussed this with Demetrius’ promoters (Joe DeGuardia, Star Boxing & Artie Pelullo, Banner Promotions) and there was never a three-fight option on Mundine in the proposed contract. (more…)
Sounds like WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko plans to stick around for a while. The champion signed a new five-fight agreement with German television network RTL, whom he has been with since 2006. The first fight in the new deal is his October clash with Tyson Fury.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m really happy that we can celebrate our tenth anniversary together with RTL in the coming year. I’ve never seen better world boxing telecasts than those of RTL. Now we’ll work together in the long term and deliver to the fans at home many high class fights.”
Former World Champion Rico Ramos (24-4, 12 KOs) takes on Claudio Marrero (18-1, 13 KOs) in a featherweight battle on Saturday, July 25 at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The bout is part of the card headlined by a 12-round cruiserweight showdown between Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) and B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs). Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 10-round contest between undefeated cruiserweights Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) and Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).
Also seeing action are knockout artist Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (10-0, 10 KOs) against Roberto Santos (12-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight bout, 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (8-0, 5 KOs) against Michael Bissett (9-7, 7 KOs) in 10-rounds of heavyweight action and Ladarius “Memphis” Miller (7-0, 1 KO) in a six-round super lightweight contest against Sean Gee (2-0).
The WBO has ordered WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade to show cause as to why the title should not be declared vacant. Andrade has not defended the belt in 13 months and has no fights scheduled. The Andrade camp recently accused Anthony Mundine of reneging on a fight and also named Floyd Mayweather, Miquel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara as fighters they have been unable to lure into the ring.
WBO World Championship Committee Chairman Luis Batista Salas informed the Andrade camp:
“…the WBO has been more than lenient with Mr. Andrade, but he has clearly been inactive and the WBO must enforce its rules. For this reason please be advised that you have a period of ten (10) days upon receipt of this communication to show cause as to why Mr. Andrade has not defended his belt under the terms of the Championship Regulations. Failure to comply with this requirement will immediately result in the WBO Jr. Middleweight Title being declared vacant, without further hearing you.”
This past Saturday in Macao, China, IBF #1 ranked lightweight contender Denis Shafikov improved to 36-1-1, 20 KOs, with a third round knockout of Roy Mukhlis at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. “I felt terrific from the start, I was too strong for him and my body punches hurt him,” said Shafikov. “I’m glad to get the win and I look forward to fighting for the world title in my next fight. I’m getting better in each camp with my trainer Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California.”
The IBF stripped titlist Mickey Bey of its lightweight title after he twice refused to face Shafikov over the last three months. Bey initially agreed to defend his title on April 30 and again this past Saturday, however Shafikov will now follow the instructions of the IBF to face junior lightweight titlist Rances Barthelemy for the vacant title.
“We will immediately start on Denis’s world title fight with Barthelemy,” said Leo Khorolinsky, manager of Shafikov. “Mickey Bey wasted our time this year with his unprofessional conduct, he never wanted to face Denis in a fight that he knew he couldn’t win. We’re very happy that Denis’ promoter Top Rank was able to have him fight on this card and we look forward to working with them and Ural Boxing Promotions on the world title fight against Barthelemy. We feel Denis is the best lightweight in the world and look forward to giving him the opportunity to prove that.”
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory WBA and WBO challenger Tyson Fury today officially kicked off their October 24 clash at ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Every time I have faced new challenges I haven’t seen before. I believe that Tyson Fury is really meaning what he’s talking about here. He’s not just coming to be present on the canvas. He is coming to win the championship fight.”
Tyson Fury: “He’s never faced someone like me before. There’s never been anyone like me in history. There’s never been a fighter like me – a fighter like me only comes around every 1000 years. I’m just wondering does Klitschko’s TV deal roll over to me when I beat him?”
Heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne believes a fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola would be bad for heavyweight boxing. Browne is set to face Argentina’s Gonzalo Basile in Melbourne next month and will turn his attention to his mandatory shot at WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev afterwards. But he’s hopeful of getting Wilder in the ring before the end of the year and feels it will be a barnburner with potentially two belts on the line.
Wilder is expected to defend his WBC crown against fellow American Chris Arreola in the winter. Browne, however, believes the match-up would do little for the Alabama –native’s reputation and he should instead give fans the fight they really want to see.
“Nobody wants to watch Wilder vs. Arreola,” Lucas said. “Even if they were giving tickets away, hardly anyone would turn up. (more…)
Super middleweight Frank Buglioni takes on Mexican Fernando “El Huracán” Castaneda (23-9, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA intercontinental title this Friday (July 24th) at the SSE Arena in London. Buglioni was due to face WBA champion Fedor Chudinov, but that fight was put on hold when the Russian broke his nose in sparring. Buglioni will get to face Chudinov in the Autumn when the fight is rescheduled shortly, but in the meantime it’s crucial that he defeats Castaneda to keep on track.
Also on the card, middleweight Billy Joe Saunders takes on Frenchman Yoann Bloyer over ten rounds before his WBO title showdown against Andy Lee, and heavyweight Dereck Chisora returns to the ring for the first time since his loss to Tyson Fury in November and goes in over ten rounds against Georgia’s Beqa Lobjanidze.
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