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British superstar and former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan and former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” made their ‘Grand Arrivals’ and performed a light workout on Wednesday at MGM Grand, just three days before their welterweight showdown this Saturday. Khan (29-3, 19 KOs), of Bolton, England, and Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs), of St. Louis, will square off in the 12-round main event of a Showtime quadrupleheader from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Amir Khan: “I love these kinds of events, to be near the fans, because the fans are the ones who make you. On Saturday, you’re going to see an aggressive, disciplined boxer-puncher. It’s always been my dream to headline in Las Vegas and to be the main attraction at MGM Grand is a great motivation for me. People believe in me. Las Vegas believes in me. My career has gone by so fast. I’ve fought some of the biggest names and I’ve learned so much. But I’ve never had the focus and vision I have going heading into Saturday. I feel stronger and wiser and better than I did when I was 25. The stakes are so enormous. I am not looking ahead. There is no way I’m taking him lightly. He’s not a champion any more so I expect him to be even more motivated. This is going to be a great fight on Saturday.”
Devon Alexander: “I’m so excited about fighting this Saturday. Finally fighting in Las Vegas is a dream come true. What’s better than this? He is good, but I am going to expose him with my speed and quickness. He’s fast, but I’m fast too. He’s got quick hands, but I’ve got quick hands too. I’m going to stay in the pocket and fight. I am so confident. The time is perfect for this fight. I would love to spoil Khan’s plans for the future. In fact – I’m looking forward to it. This is a high-stakes matchup that will take me one step closer to the top of the list.” (more…)
Weights and photos by Bob Ryder
Ali Mansour 255.5 vs. Damon McCreary 224.3
Willie Fortune 159.3 vs. Sklyar Thompson TBD
Anthony Barnes 166.9 vs. Craig Schwallier 166.7
Darryl Cunningham 162.9 vs. Bruce Rumbolz 164.8
Jerry Waterson 291.1 vs. David Mbah 221.6
Garvin Crout 135.1 vs. Ramon Guevara 134
Joel Scullin 123.9 vs. Carlos Alcala 123.9
Craig Lewis 222.3 vs. Milton Jennings 204.7
Jeff Kugel 278.3 vs. Michael Lunsford 335.2
Promoter: Ahrens Promotions (Greg Ahrens)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: MotorCity Casino-Hotel
Tickets: ticketmaster.com $20-$100
Doors: 7PM, First Fight: 7:30.
Key figures in the sports and entertainment worlds have been speaking out on the incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., over the past two weeks and former two-time world champion Andre Berto is taking steps to make sure that the boxing community makes their voices heard as well. With two major boxing cards taking place this weekend on the Las Vegas strip, Berto saw the opportunity to bring everyone in the sport together for Black Out Boxing – A Rally for Justice on Friday following the two event weigh-ins.
“We want to show the world that the boxing community supports this cause and this is a great opportunity for all of us to come together and make our voices heard,” Berto said. Scheduled to join Berto at the rally are Peter Quillin, Shawn Porter, Zab Judah, Jermall Charlo, Jarmell Charlo, and Errol Spence as well as trainer Virgil Hunter.
The rally is open to the public and anyone who will be in the Las Vegas area is welcome to join this group of boxing stars at 4 p.m., on Friday at the Las Vegas sign south of Mandalay Bay. Everyone who is attending is encouraged to wear black.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former two-division champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley looked ripped to the bone while working out during media day Wednesday for his upcoming return to the ring to battle Diego Chaves in a 12-round welterweight collision, on Saturday inside the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Chaves also worked out for the media.
“Chaves in the ring changes so much,” said Bradley. “He has speed, steps in, gets out, can double up with his left hand. He has a complete arsenal. Will he get dirty? I think so particularly when we get close to each other. I have no problem with whatever he brings. I like to brawl and actually look forward to doing it. He’s a tough guy yes, but not as mean as Ruslan Provodnikov. I am only thinking winning. That’s all that is on my mind – use my skills, beat Chaves, anyway I can.”
Chaves stated, “Bradley is one of the three best fighters in the world – Pacquiao, Mayweather and Bradley. To beat Bradley it will take intelligence, movement and hard punches to the body which really bothers him. This fight will be a boxing match and not so rough as the one with Rios who is very dirty. I was surprised and hurt when my fight with Rios was stopped. I really thought Rios was disappointed in the way he fought that night and that really caused all of that commotion. What happened to me that night was very unfair.” (more…)
The full card has been announced for Friday’s marathon 14-fight “Holiday Boxing Bash” event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In the main, featured bouts, popular local prospect Jose Felix Quezada (4-0, 3 KOs) of Alsip, Illinois will face Marlon Lewis Memphis, Tennessee (6-5-2, 3 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder; undefeated Eddie Ramirez will face 34-fight veteran Dedrick Bell of Memphis in a super lightweight six-rounder; and promising Patryk Szymanski (11-0, 6 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will take on Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s more experienced Gundrick King (18-13, 11 KOs) in a super welterweight eight-rounder. In the night’s main event, three-time Olympian and 2007 World Amateur flyweight champion Rau’shee Warren (12-0, 3 KOs) of Cincinnati will take on Buena Park, California’s Javier Gallo (21-10-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled-for-10 bantamweight duel. (more…)
Former IBF World super Bantamweight Champion Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez and former WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo will return to action in their home countries of Spain this Friday, December 12, at the Palau Olímpic Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona.
The IBF #8- and WBO #11-rated Martinez (31-5, 23 KOs) will drop back down to his natural weight of 118 lbs. to face French southpaw Amor Belahdi Ali (13-3-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round battle. Meanwhile, Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs), continuing to stay busy while waiting for another high-profile showdown, will face Czech veteran Tomas Adamek (21-10-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout. (more…)
Heavyweight prospect, Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (12-0, 11 KO’s) returns to action tomorrow evening in an eight-round bout at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California versus heavy-handed Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza (40-19, 34 KO’s) of Columbia. Breazeale, who is coming off a second round knock-out of his opponent this past August, is ready to get back in the ring and prove why he continues to be a promising young contender.
Breazeale’s early success is due not only to his amazing athletic ability and great work ethic, but also to a great team. Breazeale is advised by the highly recognized Al Haymon, and trained by world-renowned trainer, John Bray. For the past couple of months, Breazeale has trained diligently at Cross Roads Boxing Gym while awaiting details on his next bout. The uncertainty of not knowing when a fighter’s next bout will be can take a toll on a boxer in training camp, but Breazeale handled it with the skill and finesse of a seasoned veteran. (more…)
Welterweight Amir Khan has denied claims by former trainer Freddie Roach that he was knocked down in sparring by Manny Pacquiao. “No way Manny outclassed me in sparring,” Khan told the Daily Mail. “Perhaps I should send Freddie some videos to remind him of that. But I don’t want to get into an argument about whether Manny knocked me down. Perhaps Freddie said it because he was hurt that I left him for Virgil Hunter – who everyone says is making me a better fighter – but I want there to be respect when I meet him and Manny somewhere down the road.”
Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) has all the motivation he needs to beat Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. The legendary Jamaican boxer knows that victory over the rising Swedish star will put him back on the path to world glory. “Erik is a strong opponent,” said Johnson. “He is a very good boxer with great potential, but I’ve not travelled all the way to Denmark to lose! As a young boxer you want to achieve something and you want to measure yourself against the best. Erik will be motivated to prove he belongs on the world stage, but I’ll be even more motivated to show the world that I’m still able to get the job done. I still have a lot more to offer.”
Johnson, a former IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion, has shared the ring with many of the biggest names in modern boxing including Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch and Roy Jones Jr. At 45 years old, the ‘Road Warrior’ is not yet ready to give up on his dream of reclaiming a world title. “I take care of myself. I treat my body well,” said Johnson. “Age is just a number. I still have the motivation to carry on. I feel great, and as long as I feel this way I will continue. I can’t say for how long, but I’m not fighting just to fight. My goal is to become world champion again.”
Friday: Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas
Erislandy Lara -1375 vs. Ishe Smith +900
Saturday: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Timothy Bradley -850 vs. Diego Chaves +575 (welterweight)
Matt Korobov -450 vs. Andy Lee +360 (WBO middleweight title)
Mauricio Herrera vs. Jose Benavidez (WBA interim 140lb title)
==> No line yet on Herrera-Benevidez
Saturday: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Amir Khan -240 vs. Devon Alexander +200 (welterweight)
Keith Thurman -1375 vs. Leonard Bundu +900 (WBA interim welter title)
Jermall Charlo -3000 vs. Lenny Bottai +1500 (jr middleweight)
Abner Mares -3750 vs. Jose Ramirez +1500 (featherweight)
Victor Ortiz -2600 vs. Manny Perez +1200 (welterweight)
Saturday: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia
Felix Verdejo -11,000 vs. Karim El Ouazghari +3000
Lukasz Wawrzyczek (20-3-2, 3 KOs) believes the pressure will prove too much for Patrick Nielsen (22-1, 11 KOs) when the pair meet on Saturday at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. Nielsen returns following an unsuccessful interim WBA World title challenge against Dmitry Chudinov in Moscow. Wawrzyczek claims the Danish middleweight will be unable to cope with the pressure of coming back from defeat to fight in front of his hometown fans.
“I’m not worried about fighting Nielsen in his hometown,” said the 30-year-old Pole. “I don’t think it gives him an advantage, in fact I think it will be a disadvantage. Patrick will be under huge pressure. He knows he cannot afford to lose again. I think that the pressure may prove to be too much for him. (more…)
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Former two-division champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley has arrived in Las Vegas for ‘fight week’ for his upcoming return to the ring to battle Diego Chaves in a 12-round welterweight rumble on Saturday, December 13, inside the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Promoted by Top Rank in association with Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, Bradley vs Chaves will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #4 168 pounder Ben McCulloch ( 14-0, 11 KOs) returns to the ring on Thursday when he will clash with WBA #2 Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant interim WBA championship at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia. The Australian is a former amateur star who in recent years has been a regular sparring partner of former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale and former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika who both predict McCulloch has the skills to be successful against Chudinov.
“Ben has the ability to defeat the best super middleweights,” said Bika. “We have sparred many rounds and he has gave me some very tough workouts.”
WBA #9 Daniel Geale, who defeated Jarrod Fletcher last week, said “Ben has world class skills and sparring against him has helped me in several of my world title bouts.”
Former world champion Kostya Tszyu also weighed in on the fight. “On December 11, we’ll see two equally strong boxers in the ring. I was born in Russia, and spent a considerable amount of time and had lived in Australia, but, of course, in spirit I’ll be rooting for Fedor Chudinov. That evening all viewers will see a true boxing classic.”
McCulloch is 32 years old and stands 6’1 with Chudinov at 27 years is 5’9. The Russian is a former world amateur champion.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets to the January 24 final chapter of the epic trilogy between “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios taking place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, Colorado, will go on sale just in time for the holiday gift giving season — this Friday! December 12, at 10:00 a.m. MT. Priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, tickets will be available at www.AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 866-461-6556. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pepsi Center box office, beginning on Saturday, December 13.
The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance — the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina
Former world champions and “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted a Denver news conference Tuesday to announce the final chapter of their epic trilogy. Each fighter owns a victory in the series — both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Brandon Rios: World War III baby! We’ve got round three going on, it’s going to be a great fight. I’m very excited, just can’t wait. We’re ready to let it all out in the ring. We’re ready again. He was saying this is like a marriage, so will you marry me? See you on January 24, Alvarado-Rios, here we go at it again baby!
Mike Alvarado: I’m ready for this trilogy. It’s here. It’s been inevitable since the first two fights. We never knew when this fight was gonna happen. I know it was just destined to happen. Our destiny is here now. I’m just excited about it. It’s going to be a great and classic fight.
Top Rank President Todd duBoef said the fight will be billed as Alvarado-Rios rather than Rios-Alvarado based on a vote by the fans in an online poll. Alvarado-Ríos III will take place Saturday, January 24 at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield, Colorado and will be televised live on HBO.
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez
Following international media tour stops in Monte Carlo, Astana and London, WBA/IBO and WBC interim middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin made the fourth stop on his five-city international press tour at the Hotel Camino Real in Mexico City on Tuesday, hosted by the World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman. Golovkin was presented with the WBC green interim belt, which he won on October 18th with a second round knockout against Marco Antonio Rubio before a record setting crowd at the StubHub! Center in Carson, California. Golovkin will return February 21st against Martin Murray in Monte Carlo.
Roc Nation Sports and FOX Sports have reached an agreement on a three-event boxing package, the first ever presented by the promoter, under the throne boxing banner. The announcement was made by Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch and Patrick Crakes, Senior Vice President, Programming Research and Content Strategy, FOX Sports. The first event is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2015 and airs on FOX Sports 1, live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (10:00 PM ET/7:00PM PT).
In the 10-round main event, undefeated Washington, DC native Dusty Hernandez-Harrison battles Tommy Rainone of Plainview, New York in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship. The January 9 edition of throne boxing also features live performances by key Roc Nation artists.
“All of us at Roc Nation Sports are thrilled to announce our first boxing event along with our first series and television deal,” said Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch. “The January 9th event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden will be an event unlike anything boxing fans have experienced in the past whether they’re at The Garden or watching at home on FOX Sports 1. An evening of exciting fights, great music and fantastic entertainment will be a fitting way to kick off throne boxing, a series that will stand alone on the boxing landscape.” (more…)
As fight week begins, Golden Boy Promotions’ Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera is winding down his training camp before he faces Jose Benavidez Jr. on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Chaves fight on Saturday at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Take a look below at how Herrera’s training camp has gone and what to expect:
Tell us a little bit about your training camp? Where are you training and with whom? How long have you been training together for this fight?
I’ve been training in Riverside, Calif. at the same gym I trained at for my last fight, Capital Punishment Boxing Club. I’ve been training for about eight weeks and it’s been going great. I sparred today for 12 rounds. Alan Sanchez has been helping out a lot, as well as my brother, Albert. We’ve been switching it up though. My head trainer is Jose Torres and we’ve been putting in a lot of work. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Edsel Palermo
For 21-year-old Welterweight Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (13-0, 10 KOs), combat is a way of life. The young prospect from Lynn, Massachusets, started in karate before moving into boxing, joining brother Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (an unbeaten young pro) and sister Rashida, an amateur standout and Olympic hopeful.
“Yes, says Speedy, we are a fighting family. We train together, we strategize together and we try not to miss each others fights.”
Rashidi turned pro in 2013 with impressive amateur credentials, spotting a 60-11 record, winning the PAL National title and three New England Golden Gloves titles. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I have to re-find myself. This fight with Mariusz Wach is a new start,” said heavyweight Travis Walker (39-12, 31 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview before his Friday Tymex Boxing Promotion/Global Boxing main event against former WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach (28-1, 15 KOs) bout in Radom,Poland. “Wach is jumping in the Walker ring,” said Walker. “I will control the ring, I will control this fight.”
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Former World Lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard, California, arrived in Denver on Monday night for a Tuesday press conference to announce his upcoming third fight against Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado. Accompanying Rios was superstar trainer Robert Garcia.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the 12-round Alvarado-Rios 3 trilogy fight will take place Saturday, January 24 at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield,Co. and will be televised live on HBO
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By Bill Green
On January 24th, 2014, Top Rank Promotions and HBO Sports will ring in the new year with one of the most talked about trilogies in boxing. History has given us Leonard-Duran, Ali-Frazier, Gatti-Ward, Bowe-Holyfield, Barrera-Morales and now Alvarado vs Rios. Mike “Mile High” Alvarado 34-3 (23),of Thornton, Colorado, will face Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios 32-2-1 (23), of Oxnard, California, in a scheduled 12 round welterweight slugfest. A press conference to officially announce Alvarado-Rios III is scheduled for today.
The HBO televised bout will take place at the 1st Bank Center, Bloomfield, Colorado. The two fighters each have a win against each other with Alvarado winning the last meeting back in March 2013 via unanimous decision. Recently, Fightnews sat down with Mike Alvarado and discussed his much anticipated rubber match with Rios. (more…)
Unbeaten world ranked bantamweight Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (27-0, 15 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision over Timur Shailezov (17-9-1, 4 KOs) on Monday night at the Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Scores were 97-92, 96-93 and 97-92. Working in Morales’ corner was his famous brother, multi-time world champion Erik “Terrible “Morales.
Ringside Report by Jerry Glick and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
NABF middleweight champion David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) had too many guns for brave Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) stopping him at one minute and fourth-five seconds into the tenth round in the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night in front of 6,532 screaming fans.
Venezuelan lightweight terror Ismael Barroso (16-0-2, 15 KOs) continued his winning streak by defeating Mexican veteran Maximiliano Galindo (12-18-5, 3 KOs) in three rounds last Friday night.
Fighting in Galindo’s hometown of Sinaloa, Mexico, Barroso dropped Galindo in the first and second rounds and then twice more in round three, the final time for good.
Barroso’s promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions says that his fighter was typically impressive. “Galindo had fought some decent foes but no one is ready for the kind of power my fighter brings to the table. He’s punching lightweights with the power of a heavyweight.”
Barroso, from El Tigre, Venezuela, is 31 and ready for his prime time debut on the near future.
“It’s time to unleash him on the US,” continued Cohen. “He’s a terrific talent from South America and pretty soon he’ll be known all over the world. We’re putting together a series of fights for Ismael that will land him at the top of boxing, where a fighter with his power belongs.”
Sad to report that former NABF heavyweight champ and top 12 contender Robert Davis passed away on November 26 at age 43. Details are sketchy, but according to Davis’ former manager Steve Munisteri, the funeral service was held December 6th. “Davis started his career off at 22-0 and had nice wins over Canadian heavyweight champ Tom Glesby, world title challenger and at time undefeated fellow prospect Charles Shufford (winning every round and dropping him), Terrance Lewis and went the distance and had competitive fights with Michael Moorer and Monte Barrett. Although he never made it to a title, his many TV fights were always action packed and he gave it his all,” said Munisteri.
By Karl Freitag
Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan” and former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” hosted an international media conference call on Monday to discuss their welterweight showdown taking place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Amir Khan: “I’m in great shape, weight is on point, and I’m very focused & ready…as long as I stick to the way I fight I don’t think anyone can beat me. I have the fastest hands in boxing and I have probably the best boxing skills in the world so if I just be smart and stick to those skills I don’t think I’ll have a problem with anyone.”
Devon Alexander: “I don’t see anything special from Amir Khan, he’s fast but that’s it…everybody can be beat. It’s about the team coming up with the game plan to get it done…I definitely need to win and want to look good doing it.”
Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) today announced multi-fight agreements with five fighters across several different weight classes. The fighters are jr welterweight Gabe Duluc (9-1, 1-0/BKB), jr welterweight Javier Garcia (10-3-2, 1-0/BKB), jr welterweight Herbert Acevedo (11-2, 1-0/BKB), jr middleweight Khurshid Abdullaev (6-1-1, 1-0/BKB) and cruiserweight Anthony Johnson (8-0, 1-0/BKB). BKB’s next event is planned for Spring 2015. The organization uses a variation of the traditional boxing rules. The combatants use conventional boxing gloves, however they box in a 17 foot diameter pit with no ropes. Rounds are two minutes each and bouts are five or seven rounds.
Former world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) won’t be concerned about rust this Thursday night when he fights for the first time in more than a year against veteran Johnathan Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs). Tarver-Banks is a 10-round heavyweight fight, presented on a Goossen Promotions card, airing live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Tarver suffered a now-fully-healed fractured thumb to his left hand, closer to the wrist, postponing the original September 29th fight date versus Banks. The 1996 U.S. Olympian has had only five fights in the last six years.
“I’m not concerned with rust,” the cagey southpaw said. “If I’m rusty, it will only be until I’m hit. I’ve been trying to wear off ring rust with intelligent sparring but that’s not like getting reps of a fight. I have to beat a solid heavyweight with power like Banks to get where I want to be. I will become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history! He will be surprised by a lot of what I bring into the ring.”
Tarver has been training at the Brazilian Rocky Fight Club in Miami for the past three months to prepare for Thursday’s fight with Banks, who trained world heavyweight champion Wladmir Klitschko for his recent knockout win over Kubrat Pulev. (more…)
Photo: Ed Keenan/Top Rank
Fightnews.com wishes Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum a happy 83nd birthday! Bob is gearing up to promote another big fight card this weekend in Las Vegas. The Top Rank CEO has been at the pinnacle of the sport ever since he got into it in 1966 by presenting a world heavyweight championship fight featuring ring legend Muhammad Ali in his promotional debut.
Since then, Top Rank, under Arum’s leadership, has promoted roughly 11,500 fight cards around the globe featuring fighters like Oscar De la Hoya, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, and of course, Manny Pacquiao.
Arum spends 83rd birthday working on next Pacquiao fight, two shows this weekend, and upcoming HBO. Had to remind him to take lunch break.
— Bruce Trampler (@BruceTrampler) December 8, 2014
It was a good night for all the undefeated boxers on the final 2014 installment of Fight Club OC last Thursday, as a capacity crowd of 1,312 saw all five fighters stay perfect in their young careers.
The fight of the night saw the return to the ring of LA’s 4-0 Luis Mora in an absolute war with San Francisco’s 1-1 Jhonnathan Zamudio. Mora who has been out of the ring for the past two years finishing up his bachelor’s degree at Cal State Los Angeles was rusty over the first two round with Zamudio pretty much landing at will, but it was the four round that had the crowd on their feet as Mora plummeted Zamudio for the entire round, which was enough to pull out a 38-38 draw. As is a Fight Club OC tradition the crowd threw nearly $300 into the ring which was distributed equally to both fighters. (more…)
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