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West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road this week to face southpaw Tommy Karpency, 22-4-1, 14 KOs, and another set of officials potentially from Karpency’s home-region. “I don’t worry about the fighter,” Smith said. “I just worry about the judges. That’s all I worry about, just getting a fair decision.”
It seems to be the story of Smith’s career, hitting the road, fighting in hostile territory, and doing his best to scratch out a victory. It hasn’t been an easy road, as his record indicates, but this is business as usual for the fighter they call “No Fear”.
“I won some big fights already, but I just don’t get (key opportunities),” Smith said. “Umberto Savigne (L10). I beat Curtis Stevens, they robbed me (L10). The list goes on and on. I don’t understand. I’m ready to fight… I’m ready to fight.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On Thursday in the MSG “Legends Room,” Abel Sanchez, trainer of WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and Graham Shaw, trainer of two-time world champion Daniel Geale met with reporters to talk about Saturday’s challenge and their fighter’s future.
“You never win a belt just running away,” said Shaw when discussing the aggressive style his fighter wants to bring into the Madison Square Ring on Saturday.
“I agree with Graham that we will have two very intelligent fighters in the ring. I hope that maybe Geale will be able to push Gennady into the later rounds, but I doubt it,” said Sanchez. GGG’s trainer had also some names in mind for future fights, with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr being a clear favorite. When asked about a potential fight with Andre Ward, Sanchez punched hard: “We are ready to fight Andre Ward, but only if he will understand that Gennady is a bigger star, bigger draw.”
GGG promoter Tom Loeffler mentioned that Gennady is fighting for the first time since his Dad passed away and this fact could influence his performance on Saturday.
Frankie Gomez 140 vs. Vernon Paris 139.2
Terrell Gausha 157 vs. Ronnie Warrior Jr 164.2
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 176.8 vs. Demetrius Walker 174.8
Neeco Macias 151.6 vs. Robert Hill 153.2
Daquan Arnett 156 vs. Angel Hernandez 155.8
Bryant Perrella 146 vs. Christian Steele 145.4
Caleb Plant 161 vs. Ryan True 161.8
Damian Sosa 136.8 vs. Ryan Picou 136.2
Mario Barrios 125.8 vs. Salvador Perez 123.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Roberto Garcia 146 vs. Breidis Prescott 146.5
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Derek Ennis 160
Mike Lee 178 vs. Paul Gonsalves 176
Alex Martin 148 vs. Alfred Hall 143
Jaime Sandoval 146 vs. Aaron Steadman 146
Eddie Ramirez 139.5 vs. Alexis Del Bosque 138
Jose Felix Quesada 134.8 vs. Jose Romero 135
Semajay Thomas 144.5 vs. Charon Lamour Spain 146.2
Kristin Gearhart 139.5 vs. Ashleigh Curry 140
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoters: Warriors Boxing, 8 Count Productions, Seconds Out Promotions and Marines Promotions
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Tickets: Priced at VIP $151, VIP Ringside $101, Mezzanine $51 and General Admission $31
Photos: All Star Boxing
David “Severo” Carmona 115 vs Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez 115
Ricardo Banuelos 152 Vs. Irving Cruz 150
Uriel Del Valle 112 Vs. Miguel Angel “Chelito” Vazquez ???
Javier Ortega 174 Vs.Luis Angel “El Jugos” Moreno ???
Irving Marin 126 Vs. Jesus Christopher Flores 126
Javier “Polvotita” Quiebra 112 Vs. Hector Fidel Garcia 114
Francisco “Paco” Rojo 135 Vs. Francisco Barrios 135
Venue: El Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4 Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF,MX)
First Fight: 8:00 PM
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) & Claro Sports (Mexico & Latin America)
Weights/Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Antoine Douglas 155.5 vs. Michel Soro 157
(WBA International Middleweight title)
Jerry Odom 167 vs. Vilier Quinones 167
(Interim WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight title)
Cecil McCalla 147 vs. Oscar Godoy 146
Wanzell Ellison 133 vs. Tony Luis 135
Jorge Diaz 133.5 vs. Ramon Ellis 134.5
Samuel Teah 136 vs. Lavisas Williams 134
Glenn Dezurn, Jr. 130.5 vs. Andre Canada 132
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoters: Vito Mielniki (GH3 Promotions), Greg Cohen (Greg Cohen Promotions)
Matchmaker: Eric Bottjer
Doors open at 7 p.m., first bell at 8 p.m., T.V. airtime 10 p.m.
NABA-US Heavyweight champ, 6’2 245 pound, Jason “The Iron Man” Bergman (23-10, 16 KOs) will now face fellow heavyweight KO artist, 6’0 240 pound, undefeated Ahkror “Aha” Muralimov (15-0, 12 KOs) over 10 rounds Saturday at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. Originally scheduled to meet undefeated Justin Jones (15-0) who withdrew with an injury on Tuesday, Bergman aims to make the 2nd defense of his title which was won (KO1) in October 2013 over previously undefeated John L. Smith, 13-0 at the time, and defended (TKO3) in March of this year versus former U.S. Olympian Devin Vargas, 18-2 at the time. Bergman has 14 of his last 15 fights. (more…)
Fury, Ustinov come face to face at press conference, Fury calls Saturday’s fight “50-50″ yet still vows to score KO over late replacement foe
By James Slater
Tyson Fury and Alexander Ustinov came face to face in Manchester today, in the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s card at The Phones 4U Arena in the city. Fury, understandably angry over original opponent Dereck Chisora’s withdrawal due to injury, was at times aggressive, at times funny and at times bored-looking today, during what must have seemed like the umpteenth press conference he has attended over recent weeks.
Fury, who was shirtless during the proceedings, and looking in good physical condition (Ustinov wore a sweat shirt), said the fight with Ustinov is “no pushover” and is a “fifty-fifty” affair.
“I’ve had no sparring for this fight,” Fury said. “I was fighting a man who is six-foot and 17-stone (Chisora), now I’m fighting a man who is six-foot, eight and 21-stone – a totally different style. He [Ustinov] is ranked in the top-ten in two organisations. It is what it is, it’s who gets who out of there. He didn’t come here to lay down, he came here to win and hit the jackpot. But when I beat Ustinov, I want my world title shot next, and it’s coming – 100-percent, don’t worry about that.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Mike Perez’ ability to make people miss at various distances is incredible. Even in the heat of the battle, in the eye of the storm, his eyes never move from the place they need to be. No other fighter has that,” said trainer Adam Booth in a Fightnews.com interview. Booth is very confident his fighter will deliver the W on Saturday against fellow undefeated Bryant Jennings. “Mike has incredible movement for his physical stature. He is a brutal puncher as well. I did see a nastiness in him in the gym, in the sparring, that you want to see if you got a fight.”
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
Fighters appearing on Saturday night’s fight card at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany converged on the local Karstadt department store to show their skills to an admiring public. Headliner and former world champion Robert Stieglitz had a light workout with trainer Dirk Dzemski. His opponent Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky merely did some brief shadowboxing. “‘The Ghost’ trains so mysteriously,” said Stieglitz. “He probably doesn’t want to show anything. But I’ve seen so much material on him that he can no longer surprise me.” (more…)
Former IBF world bantamweight champion Stuart Hall has promised to repay the faith shown in him by promoter Dennis Hobson by becoming a two-time world champion. Hall lost his crown in his second defense after a split-decision reverse to Paul Butler in June. With Butler subsequently moving down in weight, and Hobson beating off the purse-bid challenge from Stateside promoters Golden Boy, ‘Stuey’ will now face American Randy Caballero for the vacant title on home turf later this year.
“I’m so thankful to Dennis for what he’s done,” explained Stuart. “He’s pulled it right out of the bag and got me home advantage, which is unbelievable. When I fought [Vusi] Malinga to win the title and it ended up a war, the crowd really got behind me when things got tough. Going to America would have meant less time to prepare for the fight, because I think they [Caballero's camp] already had their game set. So Dennis has pulled it put of the bag and I’m going to return the favor and win that title back.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Unbeaten heavyweight Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs), described by his promoter Gary Shaw as “not only a great fighter but also a deep, deep person” offered some insight before his WBC elimination fight against Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs). “I know that he has a lot, he’s a Cuban fighter and I know he will fight to the death. I already know that. But there’s a one thing that they may not know: I will fight to the death as well. He has a great story coming from Cuba; I have a great story coming from Philly” said Jennings. Perez-Jennings will be part of HBO’s Saturday night telecast from Madison Square Garden with WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO) and Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO) meeting in the main event.
The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continues this Friday night on Boxeo Telemundo Ford from the popular Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Mexico city natives David Carmona (16-2-4, 3 KOs) and Ricardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KOs) meet in a scheduled ten rounder with the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight title on the line.
This will be first fight for Carmona since his world title challenge last December against WBO champion Omar Narvaez. Though he was unsuccessful in his title attempt, Carmona is more determined than ever to position himself for another opportunity. Fightnews spoke with Carmona as he is now just days from the fight. (more…)
You couldn’t take the smile off Vitor Belfort’s face if you tried. Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the former light heavyweight champion and current middleweight contender was granted a conditional license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete in the state, beginning with a December 6 title fight against Chris Weidman . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #2 middleweight Jarrod Fletcher talks to Fightnews to say he is expecting the toughest fight of his career when he will clash with WBA #4 Daniel Jacobs on August 9 for WBA 160 pound title. Fletcher also says his win over Max Bursak was his best ring achievement and that he thinks Daniel Geale can defeat Gennady Golovkin on Saturday and he expects to fight Geale or Sam Soliman one day.
Fightnews: You defeated former world middleweight title challenger Max Bursak in your most recent bout. Was Bursak your best win?
Fletcher: The win over Bursak is definitely my best win as a professional. It was a tough fight. He was a hard fighter who kept walking up but I got the job done and defeated him clearly. (more…)
Boxing legend Mike Tyson will appear live at Toronto’s Air Canada Center on September 10th, 2014. This time, he will be throwing the kind of verbal punches that can match the terrifying haymakers that laid waste to the best fighters of his era. Co-promoted by Choko Boxing and Maple Leaf Sports And Entertainment, the controversial former heavyweight champion will perform MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH, his critically acclaimed one-man Broadway show during the festivities at the Toronto International Film Festival. (more…)
More on Floyd Mayweather and his newly acquired license in Nevada. More
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Gennady Golovkin looks to draw a crowd against Daniel Geale. More
Speaking of Golovkin, he’s also looking to get a shot against Canelo Alvarez. More
By Jerry Glick
K2 Promotions – along with co-promoters, Gary Shaw Promotions, and GGG Promotions – held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon for the July 26th showdown at Madison Square Garden between WBA Super World/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and two-time World champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale. Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) is currently riding a seventeen fight knockout streak and may be the most dominant middleweight in decades, but he refused to predict that he will extend it to eighteen this Saturday on HBO against challenger Geale (30-2, 16 KOs).
Golovkin is a first-class act admitting that he will be facing a first-class fighter. “He is a good fighter, firstly,” he outlined. “I think this is an interesting fight for us, for the people, and for everybody because he has a lot (on the line) for this fight. He is ready, I saw him, he’s serious. He understands this business.”
Asked by FightNews to make a prediction, Golovkin said simply, “I can’t, I can’t, this is boxing, I don’t know, this is boxing.”
Asked if he will knock his opponent out? “I hope so.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Junior lightweight Patrick Hyland defeated Noel Echevarria in four lopsided rounds in the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series on Wednesday night at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York City.
Hyland (28-1, 13 KO’s) was the more aggressive and accurate fighter and it showed from the beginning. He hurt Echevarria in the third round with right hands connected in the corner. Echevarria (11-4, 6 KO’s) shook off the punches as best the could but soon got hurt again in the fourth. This time, the signs of fatigue and dismissal were clear in his face. A wink and a nod by Echevarria to referee Benji Esteves signaled that he was done fighting and Esteves stepped in to call a halt to the bout with Echevarria still standing. Time of the stoppage was 54 seconds of the fourth.
The victory will keep Hyland in the hunt for bigger pay days and likely tougher fights. Once promoted by reality TV star “Snooki,” he could parlay his win here into better things. He could also fight again soon as the damage inflicted on him from Echevarria was minimal. (more…)
No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has suffered a knee injury that has forced him to withdraw from his UFC 178 bout with champion Jon Jones. As a result, No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier will challenge Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
Photo: Marco Chiesa
Last Saturday night in Casteggio, Pavia, Italy, Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (now 25-1, 22 KOs) won the vacant WBA Continental title by TKO in round seven against the game Englishman Stevie Williams (now 15-3, 5 KOs). Giacon knocked down Williams in the second round. Williams didn’t come out for round eight.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Sportitalia and Sportklub televised live in Italy and Poland.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut in a ten-round welterweight main event against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves of Buenos Aires, Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200.
The last card Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank presented a card in Caguas, a sold out crowd of more than 4,000 fans filled the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum. This time, looking for more capacity, the company will move to the nearby Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum for the August 16 event, Future Stars. “Last time at the Roger Mendoza was a little small”, said promoter Hector Soto, “the Sola Bezares is a more comfortable venue and will be ready to receive the fans in Caguas.”
Like in the last card, the special attraction of the event will be Top Rank’s super prospect, Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, who will be fighting in a eight round bout against an opponent soon to be determined in his first fight since he knocked out Mexico’s Engelberto Valenzuela to improve his record to 13-0, 10 KOs on the June 7 card at Madison Square Garden where Miguel Cotto defeated Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.
“It’s getting difficult to find rivals,” said his trainer Ricky Marquez. “Top Rank matchmakers just sent me a list of over 40 fighters that declined to take the fight.” (more…)
The UFC® announced that former champion Vitor Belfort was granted a license to compete in the state of Nevada at a commission hearing held today. A winner of three straight, Belfort will now face UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 6. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
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