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Ortiz-Berto Final Press Conference

Ortiz-Berto Final Press Conference

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions Former world champions "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Andre "The Beast" Berto, fighters participated in a final press conference on ...

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Fury-Klitschko press conference erupts in Manchester - Fury in fine form!

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Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama ...

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Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

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Boxing News

LA Fight Club returns January 29

Kicking off 2016, the first “LA Fight Club” of the new year will feature East L.A’s undefeated Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (15-0, 8 KOs) in a 10 round featherweight bout headlining the live event on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV on January 29 from downtown LA’s Belasco Theater. Undefeated featherweight standout Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (19-0-1, 14 KOs) will also make his first 2016 ring appearance in a 10-round featherweight televised co-main event. Additional fighters on the undercard will be announced soon.



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Sellout Crowd Sees Night of Fireworks

It might be the Christmas season but it was a Fourth of July feeling on Thursday night inside The Hangar at the final Fight Club OC show of 2015. Five big time knockouts, a favorite beaten, and money thrown into the ring after three fights told the whole story as another sellout crowd of 1,432 watch the fireworks on the 11 bout card. Knockout winners were Olympic Silver Medalist Tugstsogy Nyambayar, Virgilijus Stapulionis, Ruben Martinez, Flavio Rodriguez, and Stephan Shaw. Three times during the show fans showered the ring with over $200 in cash to show their appreciation for super efforts by Adan Mares vs Pedro Lopez who fought to a majority draw, for Envincii Dixon who at 5-12 upset 6-2 Luis Bello in a SD win, and Ruslan Madiye 7-0 taking a UD win over a very game Thomas Herrera. Fight Club OC kicks off 2016 on February 18th.



December 4th, 2015


Boxing News

Chisora ​​boxing in Hamburg tomorrow

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora ​​(22-5, 14 KOs) has cleared all obstacles and will appear on Saturday night’s boxing card in Hamburg. In his Team Sauerland debut, Chisora will take on Peter Erdos (9-8-4, 3 KOs) of Hungary.



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Jacobs, Quillin, Cuellar, Oquendo make weight

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Daniel Jacobs 159.5 vs. Peter Quillin 159
(WBA regular middleweight title)

Jesus Cuellar 125.25 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 125.25
(WBA regular featherweight title)

Chris Algieri 145.8 vs. Erick Bone 148.8
Marcus Browne 177.4 vs. Francisco Sierra 183
Heather Hardy 127.7 vs. Noemi Bosques 122.2
Will Rosinsky 173.6 vs. Joe Smith Jr 173.4
Yuri Foreman 153.4 vs. Lenwood Dozier 152
Luis Garcia 187.8 vs. Willie Williams 184.6
John Hernandez 138.4 vs. Jack Grady 140.4
Titus Williams 126 vs. Emmanuel Castro 127.2

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime, Sho Extreme

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December 4th, 2015


Boxing News

Culcay, Hogan make weight

Jack Culcay 152.8 vs. Dennis Hogan 153.7
(WBA interim super welterweight title)

Kubrat Pulev 248 vs. Maurice Harris 228.6
Ismail Özen 168.7 vs. Mihai Macovei 168
Adrian Granat 264.6 vs. Michael Sprott 239
Enrico Kölling 178.6 vs. Serhiy Demchenko 174.8
Freddy Kiwitt 147 vs. Andrei Dolhozhyieu TBA
Gökalp Özekler 165.8 vs. Adnan Hadzihajdic 154.3
Wanik Awdijan 160.1 vs. Bronislav Kubin 159

Venue: Inselparkhalle, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Interview: Kevin Barry

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Kevin Barry, who trains world rated heavyweights, WBO #5, WBC #11, WBA #12, Joseph Parker and WBO #15 Izuabe Ugonoh, talks to Fightnews about the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko world heavyweight title bout and the plan for both Joseph Parker and Izuabe Ugonoh in 2016.



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Interview: Colonel Bob Sheridan

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan talks to Fightnews about New Zealand world rated heavyweight Joseph Parker (16-0, 14 KOs) who will be in action against American Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (14-2-1, 11 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday at the Clauderlands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. The Colonel also talks about new WBA, WBO,IBF champion Tyson Fury and world heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua. The Colonel says that Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua will eventually rule the heavyweight division.



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Andy Ruiz has big challenge tomorrow

Unbeaten world rated heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz (26-0, 17 KOs) will face a big test on Saturday night. Literally. Ruiz will be taking on 6’7 former world title challenger “Big” Michael Grant (48-5, 36 KOs) in an eight round clash at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California. Ruiz was originally slated to face veteran Jason Gavern (27-19-4, 12 KOs), but he will now face the 43-year-old Grant, who challenged Lennox Lewis for the heavyweight championship in 2000.

The UniMas televised card is headlined by U.S. Olympian and current NABF champion Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs) against Johnny Garcia (19-3-1, 11 KOs) in an eight round lightweight clash.

Other notable eight-rounders on the card include super featherweight Andy Vences (13-0, 9 KOs) facing Manuel Rojas (12-2, 4 KOs) and featherweight Guy Robb (16-1, 7 KOs) versus Juan Ruiz (24-19, 7 KOs). Both

The rest of the lineup (all four round bouts) features unbeaten local fighters:

Joe Louie Lopez (6-0, 3 KOs) vs. Dave Courchaine (2-6, 2 KOs) (middleweight)
Alex Rojas (1-0-1, 1 KO) vs. Emilio Hernandez (2-2, 2 KOs) (super lightweight)
Saul Lomas (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. Eduardo Dominguez (2-0, 1 KO) (lightweight)
Eric Altamirano (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. Ricardo Maldonado (5-3, 0 KOs) (lightweight)



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Fox Headlines Card in Maryland tonight

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Pro boxing returns to Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD tonight with a King’s Promotions card that will not have one boxer on the card with a losing record.

In the main event, undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox will make his King’s Promotions debut in a six-round contest against Adam “Bad Boy” Mate of Sopron, Hungary. Fox (7-0, two KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Juan Carlos Castillo on July 18 in Washington, DC. Fox signed with King’s Promotions in October. Mate (18-6, 11 KO’s) has won three of his last four bouts and makes his second appearance in the United States. On July 25, Mate lost by fifth-round TKO to William Silva on a nationally-televised (UniMas) card in Hollywood, CA. (more…)



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Hernandez-Harrison

Due to a visa issue, Canada’s Steve Claggett will be unable to participate in Saturday’s televised co-feature bout against Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (28-0, 15 KOs). Hernandez-Harrison will now face Ammeth Diaz (32-12, 23 KOs) of Panama City, Panama in the ten-round welterweight bout which will be the chief support to former WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-1-5, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico against Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (20-0-2, 14 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. Opening the HBO Latino Boxing series televised event, which will air live from Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida, will be a ten-round light heavyweight bout featuring Colombian slugger Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KOs) and Russian knockout artist Medzhid Bektemirov (16-0, 12 KOs).

Diaz, a former world title challenger who has won five of his last seven bouts, will look to put a blemish on Hernandez-Harrison’s undefeated record this Saturday. The Panamanian has held both the WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino Lightweight titles and owns a win over Raymundo Beltran. (more…)



December 4th, 2015

UFC

Northcutt Talks Training With GSP

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles catches up with Sage Northcutt ahead of his Fight Night USA bout on December 10 to talk about his training session with George St-Pierre and also the haters out there in the MMA world . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Thailand

Muhammad Waseem 115 vs. Suparyanto Doglo 115

Event: King’s Cup 2015
Venue: Sanam Luang Bangkok, Thailand
Promoter: Andy Kim (AK Promotions), Onesongchai Promotions



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Fort Washington, MD

Mykal Fox 139 vs. Adam Maté 139
Thomas Snow 118½ vs. Tibor Nadori 116
Santario Martin 156½ vs. Nicolas Hernandez 158½
Sam Crossed 190½ vs. John Felty 197
Junior Castillo 157½ vs. Roland Nagy 152½
Chris Warden 139½ vs. Bernardo Rodriguez, Jr. 134

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Rosecroft Raceway
1st Bell: 8 PM ET



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Tyson Fury’s controversial “homophobic” interview

Wladimir Klitschko confirms rematch with Fury

Jermain Taylor faces 54 years in prison

Ricky Hatton’s ex-trainer goes to trial



December 4th, 2015

Boxing News

LA Fight Club Weights

Christian Gonzalez 130.4 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 134
Oscar Negrete 117.6 vs. Ernesto Guerrero ??
Ivan Delgado 130.8 vs. Luis Lizarraga Jr 130.4
Nicolas Arce 126.8 vs. Ali Gonzalez 127.4
Emilio Sanchez 125.6 vs. Juan Hernandez 125.8
Joshua Franco 114.4 vs. Leonardo Reyes 114.4

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez: This Is My Biggest Fight On December 5

Photos: Carl Klingenberg

With over 10,000 fans expected on Saturday night USA Olympian Jose Ramirez said today “this is my biggest fight,” at a press conference in Fresno, California. Ramirez, 15-0, 12 KOs, will take on Johnny Garcia, 19-3-1, 11 KOs, of Holland, Michigan for the vacant WBC Continental Americas super lightweight belt on a Top Rank event titled ‘Fight For Water 5’ at the Save Mart Arena.

“It’s been my dream to fight at the Save Mart Arena, the biggest arena in Fresno and Top 10 in the United States,” Ramirez said. “We are having our biggest crowd so I will give it my all. I am sure Johnny Garcia feels the same way. All of this is very exciting.”

Garcia said he spotted Ramirez at the famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood two years ago.

“I was there working with trainer Eric Brown. I saw Jose who was with Freddie Roach but we never spoke. Little did I know we would someday be fighting on such a big card.” (more…)



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Benavidez looks sharp in workout

Photos: Rhonda Costa

Jose Benavidez Jr of Phoenix shook out today at the Benavidez Boxing Gym to wire in for his big bout on Top Rank’s ‘Homecoming’ fight card at the Tucson Arena on December 12.

Benavidez Jr., the interim WBA welterweight champion, will take on Sidney Siqueria of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Benavidez Jr has a record of (23-0, 16 KOs), Siqueria is (21-9-1, 13 KOs).

Hall of Famer Michael Carbajal was also at Media Day. He is managing and training flyweight phenom Johnny Tijerina of Phoenix. He will make his pro debut against Luis Espinoza of Phoenix. Luis is also in his pro debut.

Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez will take on Ernie Sanchez of the Philippines at the Tucson Arena. Oscar, who was born in Mexico, then moved to Tucson where he grew up, returns home for his ‘Homecoming’ bout. photos



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Jennings: I am going to shut down Ortiz

Former world title challenger Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) and recently crowned WBA interim world heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs) held an international media conference call today to discuss their upcoming anticipated 12-round championship title fight on Dec. 19. The event will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino, in Verona, New York and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Below is what the fighters and their teams had to say on today’s conference call:

Bryant Jennings: “This is Ortiz’s first real fight as a professional. You will see no other person in boxing that comes close to my stature. The training has been different but not difficult. You are building a machine. Once the person puts the wheels and gears on, they are done. Then you polish it and put it up for display. That’s where I am at in my career now. We are going to show you that this training addition has worked. (more…)



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Jacobs-Quillin Final Press Conference

Video courtesy SHOWTIME
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Middleweights Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin spoke to the media for the final time Thursday at a press conference in Manhattan before they enter the ring Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The WBA middleweight title showdown headlines a Showtime Championship Boxing telecast with WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar battling Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo in the co-feature.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday:

Daniel Jacobs: “A lot of people have said this won’t go 12 rounds. But you never know how a fight will go. Sometimes a war is expected and a boxing match breaks out. You never know how a fight will go. We’re prepared for the best Peter Quillin, whether he’s coming forward, backwards or side-to-side we do what we have to do to get the victory…Peter Quillin said he didn’t want to fight me, years ago. Because of our personal relationship he said he didn’t want to fight me. I respected his opinion but I didn’t agree. This was back when he was a champion. I feel like I have the skill to be the best out there. When I get this victory I want to keep fighting bigger and better opposition.”

Peter Quillin: “I’m fit. I’m ready to go. The training has been A-1, steak sauce. The steak is nothing with out the A-1. I’m blessed and motivated. I’m so fired to get in there. Danny and I very cordial, but when I step into that ring I want to bring harm to him and he wants to do the same to me. So I don’t know if you can consider us friends if we want to do that to each other. I can talk about my game plan but I just want to fight. I’m smart. I can only win one round and one minute at a time. I’m learning everything about Danny right in that moment. Every second counts.” (more…)



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Glazkov passing on Wilder fight

A representative from Main Events has confirmed that they are not be going forward with a Vyacheslav Glazkov vs. Deontay Wilder fight. Main Events is passing on the proposed January 16 Glazkov-Wilder fight in order to pursue the IBF mandatory against world champion Tyson Fury. An IBF purse bid is already scheduled for December 11 at IBF Headquarters. With Fury obligated to face Wladimir Klitschko again, the IBF title will likely be vacated, leaving Glazkov to fight the leading available contender for the vacant title.



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez-Fuentes collision on beIN Sports Espanol

Airing exclusively in the USA on beIN SPORTS en Español is the highly anticipated bout between Mexican jr flyweight powerhouses Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez and Moises “Moi” Fuentes this Saturday from the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Municipal Gym in Tecate, Baja California. Rodriguez and Fuentes will compete for the chance to challenge the WBO flyweight legend Donnie Nietes. Saturday marks an especially crucial bout for “Chihuas,” currently ranked #6 by the WBO, who failed to conquer the WBO Mini-Flyweight Title against Nietes earlier this year. Rodríguez faces his opponent, “Moi,” currently ranked #2 by the WBO and recognized as the last boxer close to dethroning Nietes in 2013. Since then, “Moi” has achieved three consecutive victories.

The co-main event highlights another intense battle as the #5 WBC bantamweight Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta and #9 WBO José “El Tigre” Cayetano go head-to-head.



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Koelling and Gevor sign contract extensions with Team Sauerland

Rising German stars Enrico Koelling (19-1, 6 KOs) and Noel Gevor (19-0, 10 KOs) have signed contract extensions with Team Sauerland, which will keep them tied to the powerhouse promoter for another two years.

‘’We’re delighted that Enrico and Noel have signed contract extensions,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’They are two of the brightest boxing talents Germany has to offer and an important part of our future plans.

‘’Enrico is an exemplary athlete and a real role model to aspiring boxers – he has overcome adversity and shown that despite suffering from diabetes he is able to compete at the highest level, while Noel is undoubtedly Germany’s best cruiserweight talent, and next year, I can see him challenging for big titles.’’ (more…)



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Jennings in top shape for Ortiz

Photo: Team Jennings

Photo: Team Jennings

Heavyweight Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) is preparing in Miami for his December 19th WBA title showdown with interim beltholder Luis Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. This week, trainer John David Jackson put Jennings through an intense sixteen round sparring session, where Bryant sparred with four different opponents.

“To see Bryant Jennings spar sixteen rounds with four different guys was an amazing feat to watch,” marveled Jennings’ promoter Gary Shaw. “I’ve been around this sport for many years and I’m telling you, Jennings is one of the best athletes I’ve ever promoted. The fact that he was able to handle all the fresh sparring partners that were rotating in was unbelievable. John David Jackson is a great coach and both he and Jennings are working extremely well together. Everyone will see a much more improved fighter when Jennings steps in the ring on December 19th.” (more…)



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Klitschko opens as slight favorite in Fury rematch

Within hours of Wladimir Klitschko’s announcement that he has decided to exercise the contractual option for a rematch against Tyson Fury, oddsmakers had established an early line. Bovada.lv initially made Klitschko a -130 favorite to avenge his loss to Fury (even). That has now tightened up to -125 for Wlad, -105 for Fury. Klitschko was a -500 favorite for the first fight.



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Jacobs-Quillin, Cuellar-Oquendo officials named

Officials have en appointed for Saturday’s two WBA world title fights on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The referee for the clash between WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and unbeaten former WBO champ Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KO) will be Harvey Dock. Judges are Larry Hazzard Jr., Tom Schreck and Don Trella.

The third man in the ring for WBA “regular” featherweight Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) against Jonathan Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs) referee Ricky Gonzalez. Judges are Kevin Morgan, John McKaie and Robin Taylor.



December 3rd, 2015

UFC

All Eyes on 145

The biggest fight of 2015 is right around the corner, yet while Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor finally settle their business in the main event of UFC 194 on December 12, the rest of their featherweight division is also likely to get a shakeup over the course of nine days this month . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Frank Bruno opens up about depression 

Joseph Parker gets on the “I can beat Tyson Fury” bandwagon

Chris Eubank confirms desire for third fight with Nigel Benn



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Jacobs vs. Quillin Brooklyn Media Workout

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Before they enter the ring at Barclays Center, fighters competing on Saturday’s card headlined by the middleweight title showdown live on SHOWTIME® between Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin held a media workout Wednesday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. In attendance at the workout were both main event fighters, co-main event participants Jesus Cuellar and Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo along with Chris Algieri, Erick Bone and “Sir” Marcus Browne, who will have their fights aired on Sho Extreme.

Competing in separate undercard fights and also in attendance at Gleason’s Wednesday were Heather “The Heat” Hardy, Yuri Foreman, Will Rosinsky and Joe Smith Jr.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday: (more…)



December 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley named ‘Fighter of the Year’ by Ring 8

Two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., in his second reign as World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion, has been named the 2015 Ring 8 Fighter of the Year. Bradley will personally accept the award from his trainer, Teddy Atlas, at the 29th Annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards ceremony on Sunday, December 13, at Russo’s on the Bay (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, NY 11414), from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. ET. Bradley will be flying in from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he will be the expert analyst on the broadcast team for the December 11 edition of MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. The live truTV telecast will feature the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated Top-Five world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, and former five-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, in separate title bouts. (more…)



December 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Usyk returns December 12 against Rodriguez

#1 Ranked Cruiserweight Contender Oleksandr Usyk, (8-0, 8 KOs), will return to battle on Saturday, December 12 against world ranked, once beaten Pedro “El Reguilete” Rodriguez, (21-1, 19 KOs), of Miami, Florida in a scheduled 12-round battle for the vacant WBO inter-continental cruiserweight title at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. “I’m thrilled to be fighting again in the capital of Ukraine,” said Usyk, who earned a Gold Medal for Ukraine at the 2012 Olympics in London. “Rodriguez is a very tough Cuban and the biggest puncher of my young career but I’ll be well prepared for victory as I head towards my goal of becoming the cruiserweight champion of the world.”

The 29-year-old Usyk is coming off a third round stoppage of Johnny Muller on August 29 In Kiev. He is currently world ranked #1 by the WBO and #8 by the WBC.

Also 29-years-old, Rodriguez has won fourteen bouts in a row since suffering his only loss in 2012. He will be making his seventh start of 2015, most recently stopped Roberto Jimenez on September 4 in the Dominican Republic.



December 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

12 bout card closes 2015 for Fight Club OC

Twelve pro bouts featuring nine undefeated fighters close out the 2015 season for Fight Club OC, Thursday night in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. With 70 rounds of fighting in store for So Cal sports fans, Fight Club OC promoter Roy Englebrecht is opening the Hangar doors at 3:45pm with the first bout scheduled to walk at 4pm. Fans attending will see some top prospects such as Olympian silver medalist Tugstgogy “King Tug” Nyamabaya (3-0) from Mongolia, Triple G’s stablemate and fellow countrymen Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Madiyev (6-0 and trained by Abel Sanchez), top Lithuania boxer Vigilijus Stapulionis (24-3 and training at Wild Card Gym), Adan Mares (14-1 and will have his brother Abner at ringside), and undefeated local prospects 6-0 Malcolm McAllister, 9-0 Kevin Watts, 5-0 heavyweight Stephen Shaw, 4-0 Tevin Watts, and 3-0 Ruben Martinez. Only 60 tickets are left for the show and are available at www.fightcluboc.com or by calling 949-760-3131.



December 2nd, 2015

UFC

UFC Breaks Ground on New Global HQ

UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta was always optimistic that the mixed martial arts brand he bought with his brother Frank Fertitta III and friend Dana White in 2001 was going to change the sporting landscape, but nearly 15 years ago, breaking ground on a 184,000 square foot campus for his company wasn’t on the radar . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Culcay confident ahead of interim WBA World title defense

Photo: Team Sauerland

The stage is set for Saturday night’s World Championship boxing in Germany, where ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (20-1, 10 KOs) will defend his interim WBA World Light Middleweight title against the unbeaten Irishman Dennis Hogan (22-0-1, 7 KOs).

Culcay claimed the interim WBA belt with a unanimous points decision over Maurice Weber in May, and is now looking for a first successful defence at Hamburg’s Inselparkhalle.

‘’It’s great to be back in Hamburg,’’ said the reigning champion at today’s final pre-fight press conference. ‘’This is where I started my pro career, and where I used to live and train before moving to Berlin earlier this year. (more…)



December 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Malignaggi: Euro title shot is a dream come true

Paulie Malignaggi says he will fulfil a lifelong dream when he challenges Gianluca Branco for the European Welterweight title at The O2 on December 12. The Italian-American was born in Brooklyn but spent the his early years in Siracusa, Sicily before returning to the Big Apple, where he has become one of America’s most popular fighters. Malignaggi won World titles at Super-Lightweight in 2007 and at Welterweight in 2012, and the ‘Magic Man’ is no stranger to boxing in the UK and Europe, having defended his Super Lightweight belt at the City of Manchester Stadium (now the Etihad Stadium) in a rematch with Lovemore N’Dou in May 2008 and winning his Welterweight strap against Vyacheslav Senchenko in the Ukraine in April 2012.

Branco makes the first defence of the title he won last November against Rafal Jackiewicz to become a two-weight European champion, but Malignaggi intends to make his reign a short one and achieve his European title goal at the first attempt. (more…)



December 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Klitschko decides on contractual rematch with Fury

After his defeat against Tyson Fury four days ago Wladimir Klitschko decided to exercise his contractual option for a rematch against Fury.

Wladimir Klitschko: “I was really frustrated directly after the fight but after some short nights I now know that I want to show that I am much better than my performance on Saturday. I couldn’t show my full potential at any time. This is what I want to change in the rematch – and I will. Failure is not an option.”

Bernd Bönte, CEO Klitschko Management Group (KMG): “There will be a huge worldwide interest in this fight which already can be billed as the fight of the year in 2016. We received so many questions from fans and journalists after last Saturday. The new champion and his challenger will answer all of them inside the ring.”

K2 Promotions and KMG will get in touch with Tyson Fury’s promoter Hennessy Sports to discuss the next steps, such as the venue and the date of the rematch.



December 2nd, 2015




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