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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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Boxing News

Mayfield Moves Smooth

By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com

Karim Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs), who faces Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) on March 29 talked Thursday of being unconventional in the ring and in life – and backed it up with a high-energy press conference that included a spiritual, rousing introduction by his mother; the junior welterweight calling fans to the stage for a push-up contest after rapping a little; singing the praises of yoga; and working out to the swift, percussive beats of seven drummers.

While there should be joy and style in living, Mayfield believes, the HBO-televised fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ will remind people that he grew up in a tough, violent part of San Francisco, Calif.

“There will be some street-fighting,” he said in front of a raucous, supportive crowd of about 150 supporters at San Francisco City Hall. “I’m from the streets, right?” (more…)



March 20th, 2014



Boxing News

Arce visits former foe Carmona in Colombia

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Photo: Miguel A Guzman

Former multi-division world champion Jorge Arce of Mexico visited former opponent Jose Carmona of Colombia in Cartagenas, Colombia. Carmona endured two brain surgeries after his fight with Arce last November and remains hospitalized but conscious. Arce donated $10,000 to go towards the medical expenses of Carmona.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Photo: All Star Boxing

Photo: All Star Boxing


Jonathan Vidal 117 vs. Antonio Tostado 117
Luis Cruz 138.2 vs. Carlos Velazquez 135.4
Toribio Ramirez 126 vs. Bryan Resto 125.8
Alphonso Black 154.2 vs. Juan Aguirre 151.6
Angel Martinez 163.4 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 164.8
Lenroy Thomas 243 vs. Travis Fulton 243
LeJea Bolden Jr. 125.6 vs. Celiel Castillo 128.6

Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo



March 20th, 2014

UFC

Edgar-Penn 3 set for July 6

After ten rounds, two fights, and one stint coaching against each other on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will settle their score once and for all at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6. Edgar has won the first two bouts of this series, but with the landscape changing to the featherweight division and Penn hungrier than ever for redemption, this five round matchup, which headlines the TUF 19 Finale card, has all the makings of a classic.

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

FBHOF names new board members

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The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its new Board of Directors. President Walter “Butch” Flansburg, CFO Kathy Flansburg and Vice President Steve Canton are set as lifetime board members and Dr. Mel Jurado (Corporate Governance), Bob Alexander (Public Relations/Media), John Daddono (Fundraising/Sales) and Enrique “Rick” Encinosa (Historian) have each been elected to serve one year terms.

“We are very pleased with our selection of new board members, and are very excited as we move ahead in the coming years with the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame,” said President Walter “Butch” Flansburg.

The Induction weekend is set for June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Sheraton Tampa East in Tampa, Florida.

Living inductees for the Class of 2014 include former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, manager Fred Levin, promoters Walter Alvarez, Luis De Cubas and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, and Leo Thalassites. Those inducted posthumously include former world champion Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman. Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra will receive Boxing Achievement Awards.



March 20th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fan Expo Returns to Las Vegas This July During International Fight Week

As part of UFC International Fight Week™, thousands of fans from all over the world will celebrate their passion for mixed martial arts (MMA) during UFC Fan Expo® July 5-6 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. During the two-day event fans will have access to the sport’s biggest names, interact with industry icons and more than 150 vendors, participate in exhibitions, fighter autograph and training sessions, and enjoy other special events and competitions. The UFC Fan Expo will culminate with the exciting conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter® 19 Finale on Sunday, July 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

VIDEO: Briggs disrupts Klitschko training session

By Karl Freitag

The workout of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was disrupted Thursday morning by comebacking former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. As Wlad was having his hands wrapped by assistant trainer Aldo Vetera, Shannon stopped by the Heavyweight Factory Gym in Hollywood, Florida. Briggs was calm and collected at first, but then he started going off on Wladimir. Shannon then ripped off his shirt and told Wladimir that he’s been fighting bums all his career and challenged Wlad to fight right then and there. As he was being held back, Briggs threw his shoe at Wlad, striking him in the chest.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Sabillo: I’m coming to give everything in the ring

Photo: Zanfer

Photo: Zanfer


WBO mini-flyweight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) is in Monterrey, Mexico, where he’ll defend against local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey. The world title bout is the co-feature for the welterweight clash between Jorge “Maromerito” Paez and former world champion Vivian Harris.

“I know little of the Mexican,” said Filipino star Sabillo. “Just that he’s very young. He must have talent to be looking for a world title, but I’m ready. I’m fully confident that I will continue as champion. We had a great camp and even in the backyard of my challenger I’ll defeat him…fights between Mexicans and Filipinos are guarantees of a great fights and Saturday against Rodriguez will be no exception. I’m coming to give everything in the ring.”



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Frans Botha to headline May 1 UAE card

Last December, Edward Mendy’s Lion Heart Boxing promoted the first-ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi history. Mendy will now return to the United Arab Emirates with a May 1 card taking place in Dubai. The event, billed as “May Day Mayhem,” will feature former heavyweight contender Frans Botha (48-11-3, 29 KOs) and take place at the Emirates Golf Club’s “The Lawns” venue. The 45-year-old “White Buffalo” will be looking to snap a six fight losing streak against an opponent to be named.

In the co-feature, 40-year-old former welterweight contender Antonio Mesquita (35-3, 27 KOs) returns against Dubai-based French fighter Nordine Arik (11-2-2, 4 KOs). (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Steve Cunningham media workout

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

With a little more than two weeks remaining before his 10-round nationally televised main event with Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, 20-0, 15 KOs, heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham, 26-6, 12 KOs, held an open media workout today at the Rock Ministries Gym in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Cunningham and Mansour will clash at North Philly’s Liacouras Center on Friday, April 4th, in a fight for Mansour’s USBA title that will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network.

Also participating in the workout were Cunningham’s stablemate, Khalib “Bigfoot” Whitmore, 5-0, 4 KOs, who has a spot on the undercard of the anticipated April 4th card, and the trainer of both fighters, Brother Naazim Richardson.

Steve Cunningham: “This is a special fight for me because Mansour is the powerhouse and they are calling him the next Mike Tyson. He has the USBA title and the fight is in Philly. So great, let’s go. All the negative things being said about me just fuel me up. These things fuel me in camp. Almost every fight in my career, even as a champion, has been about showing these people that I’m supposed to be here.” (more…)



March 20th, 2014

UFC

UFN Natal Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC’s return to Brazil marks yet another opportunity to discover some of the best young talent coming out of the South American country, not to mention the mix of veterans also competing on the undercard who are either looking to bounce back from a recent loss or fight their way onto a main card in the future . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vibe Mag reports on Floyd Mayweather working out to Justin Bieber. More

Can Vanes Matirosyan make a fresh start under Goossen-Tutor? More and More

According to local reports, former boxing champ Holly Holm is out of the running as a possible foe for UFC’s Ronda Rousey.

A new biopic produced in the Philippines will focus on Manny Pacquiao’s childhood and family. More



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Hatanaka: Tanaka may win world belt in third pro bout to tie Saengsak’s record

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Fumika Okuchi

Former WBC super-bantam champ and currently promoter/manager Kiyoshi Hatanaka flamboyantly predicts that his “Dream Boy” Kosei Tanaka (2-0) may win a world championship in his next bout to tie with Saengsak Muangsurin’s record of winning the world belt in his third pro outing. The sensational youngster Tanaka, who defeated a couple of world contenders in as many pro bouts, is still 18 years of age, but his impresario Hatanaka earnestly wishes to make his golden rookie have a world shot as soon as possible. “Tanaka has everything to become a world champion, so I hope he will tie the world record of Muangsuin. Lomachenko lately failed to beat Saengsak’s mark, but Tanaka will tie the record without fail should he be fortunate enough to get an opportunity. As you (press people) watched, Tanaka superbly can punch, box and defend himself. I hope the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF will pave the way for the genius to prove his worth.”

Reviewing boxing history thanks to great statistician Bob Yalen’s list (where so-called “interim” champs aren’t counted), the quickest route to the top was registered by Saengsak Muangsurin of Thailand who dethroned WBC 140-pound champ Perico Fernandez of Spain via eighth round knockout in 1975. The southpaw ex-Muaythai battler won the belt in his “third” international-style fight. The second quickest is also a Thailander named Veeraphol Sahaprom, who gained the WBA bantam belt by dethroning his compatriot Daorung Chuwatana in his “fourth” pro fight in 1995. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

New Telemundo main event: Vidal vs. Tostado

Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will return Friday from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In a new main event Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will face Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico in a bout scheduled for ten Rounds for the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title. This will be another classic battle of the series Puerto Rico vs. Mexico. The original main event fell out when David Carmona reported ill for his fight against Mathew Villanueva. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Rafael Cobos 140.25 vs Adam Gamboa 140.25
Scott Alexander 236 vs Juan Luis Lopez 280
Abraham Cruz 253.5 vs Luis Rodriguez 200.5
Pastor Elenes 147.75 vs Rogelio Arenas 147.75
Francisco Pedroza 116.25 vs David Godinez 115.5
Julio Robles 118 vs Marino Cañete 118.75
Carlos Lopez 157.75 vs Fernando Ramirez 152

When: Thursday, March 20th, 8:30pm
Where: Hangar 27 Nightclub, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Gonzalez Boxing Promotions



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Joseph Parker to face Tank Williams on Klitschko-Leapai undercard

Unbeaten New Zealand heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs) will face Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs) on the April 26 undercard of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s world title defense against Alex Leapai at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Parker is on the fast track, having demolished former contender Frans Botha in two rounds in his sixth fight. He is preparing for the fight in Las Vegas with trainer Kevin Barry.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Horn, Tupou, Hooper victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten London Olympian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (7-0-1, 6 KOs) stopped Rivan Cesaire (11-5-1) in round nine of a scheduled twelve round welterweight main event bout at Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Horn controlled the action in all the rounds and at 1:44 referee Paul Tapley crowned the Australian when Cesaire was dropped and dislocated his shoulder. Horn, regarded as Australia’s best prospect, was coming off a win over two-time world title challenger Noufell Ben Rabah in December 2013. The Cameroon-born Cesaire had extended former world title challenger Lenny Zappavigna in his previous ring appearance.

Former American-based heavyweight Bowie Tupou (24-3, 17 KOs) scored a six round stoppage of Amercan Nick Guivas (7-2-2, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. Guivas visited the canvas in the third, fifth and sixth rounds. Tupou was deducted a point in round five for low blows.

London Olympian Damien “Super” Hooper (7-0, 6 KOs) outscored South Korean Young-Don Um (5-2, 2 KOs) over six rounds of a cruiserweight bout. The visitor proved to be very durable in taking Hooper’s best punches but was outworked in most of the rounds by scores 60-54, 59-55, 59-55. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado

Following a spectacular victory over top featherweight contender Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos in Mexico on February 15, Nicaragua’s Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (20-2, 14 KOs) is now the latest addition to the Golden Boy Promotions roster, as the Los Angeles-based promoter has announced his signing to an exclusive contract.

“Rene Alvarado flew onto our radar with his win over Castellanos last month, and with his skill, determination and warrior spirit, we believe he has all the tools to become a world champion,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “He is a great addition to our team and we’re pleased to be working with him.”

Alvarado is the current WBC silver featherweight champion.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Stivens Bujaj headlines against Victor Barragan this weekend in Tacoma, WA

Unbeaten cruiserweight Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (11-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his next appearance this weekend when he takes on California’s Victor Barragan (12-7, 3 KOs) in the main event of Battle at the Boat 95 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Bujaj is a former two-time New York Golden Gloves champion and won the New York State cruiserweight title in his last bout.

Undercard bouts (all four-rounders):
Jeremy McCleary (2-0) vs. Corben Page (4-8-1) at 128 lbs.
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Juan Carlos Rodriguez (1-2, 1 KO) at 156 lbs.
Jared Teer (1-1) vs. Sean Quinnett (0-1) at 154 lbs.
Harrison Bevens (debut) vs. Josh Solis (0-1) at 161 lbs.
Jon Jackson (debut) vs. Jared Torgeson (debut) at 200 lbs.
Cole Milani (debut) vs. Mark Garcia (1-1) at 161 lbs.

Doors for Battle at the Boat 95 open at 6 PM with the first fight scheduled for 7 PM. You must be 21 years or older to enter the casino. A limited amount of tickets are still available and can be purchased at the EQC box office and online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $25.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Melendez, Verdejo PR press conference

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank

Saturday’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card will take place at the sold out Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and will be broadcast at 12am ET / 11pm PT on UniMas. In the main event, KO artist Jorge Melendez (27-3-1, 26 KOs) will battle Colombia’s Richard Gutierrez (27-12-1, 17 KOs) in a 10 round light middleweight bout.

Also featured on the card is undefeated jr. lightweight Felix Verdejo (10-0) of Puerto Rico, versus Juan Santiago (14-11-1, 8 KOs), of Colorado in a six-round fight.

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March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

N’Jikam and Soro added to King Sports debut card

By Karl Freitag

Former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-1, 18 KOs) and former WBO jr middleweight world title challenger Michel Soro (22-1, 12 KOs) will fight opponents to be named on April 16 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The event will be the debut boxing card presented by King Sports, headed by former TV executive Michael King who is planning four quarterly boxing events at the Barker Hangar.

Other bouts include:
Levan Ghvamichava (11-1, 8 KOs) vs. Yorenis Ugas (15-2, 7 KOs), jr middleweights
Louis Rose (9-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. Mark Heffron (9-0, 7 KOs), middleweights
Chris Van Heerden (20-1, 11 KOs) vs. Ray Nahr (26-4, 21 KOs), welterweights
Charles Martin (15-0, 13 KOs) vs. Alex Flores (14-0, 12 KOs), heavyweights

Tickets are pricey at $150, $175, $200, $250, $300, $400 and $1000, and are available now. Call 1-800-745-3000.



March 19th, 2014

UFC

UFC International Fight Week Returns to Vegas in July

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Las Vegas are teaming up for the third annual UFC International Fight Week™ July 1-6, 2014. The weeklong celebration for fans around the world returns with its biggest plans yet and something for everyone including entertainment, dining, arts, charitable events, shopping and, of course, all things UFC. The event will also feature for the first-time ever, two huge fight cards in one weekend in the UFC’s hometown of Las Vegas – UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter® 19 Finale and multiple events offered around town every day . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham: If I can stop Mansour, I will

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Former cruiserweight champion-turned heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6, 12 KOs) has more motivation than ever to defeat Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs) on Friday, April 4th at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. “This isn’t about a belt or about winning, this time I need this for my family,” said Cunningham. “I need to make money. I have to get a new house for my daughter’s condition. I am fighting for another pay day and to keep going.”

“I know Mansour speaks about how hungry he is and how his time in prison made him so, but I don’t have time to waste either. I am fighting for something much more important.” (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Final four names confirmed for Prizefighter welterweights on April 5

The final four names in the line-up have been named for the Prizefighter Welterweights 4 at the sold-out York Hall in London on April 5. Former European lightweight champion Jason Cook (30-5-1, 16 KOs), unbeaten 20-year-old John Coyle (3-0-1, 2 KOs), Marc Douglas (8-3, 4 KOs) and unbeaten Johnny Garton (11-0, 1 KO) join former British light middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng (14-4, 4 KOs), Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher (4-0, 3 KOs), Sam Eggington (8-1, 3 KOs) and Dean Byrne (17-3-1, 6 KOs) in the hunt for the trophy in the 33rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament.

Topping the bill is middleweight John Ryder (16-1, 9 KOs) as he begins a second assault on the British title with an eliminator against Jez Wilson (11-1-1, 7 KOs). Popular unbeaten light welterweight Ricky Boylan (10-0, 4 KOs) is in eight-round action on the card, which also sees cruiserweight Wadi Camacho (11-2, 7 KOs) face a four-rounder as he ticks over in preparation for his grudge match with Stephen Simmons that is set to be rescheduled for the summer.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Odlanier Solis ready for “epic battle” against Tony Thompson

Photo: digital-sports.tv

Photo: digital-sports.tv


Cuban heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis has spent the last two weeks in Turkey to get ready for his WBC international heavyweight championship bout this Saturday (March 22nd) in Tekirdag against US veteran Tony Thompson. Promoter Ahmet Oner used the long and proud history of his home country to get Solis heated up for the clash of former Klitschko foes.

“We went to the cinema to watch ’300: Rise of an Empire’. The next day I took Solis to ancient graves from the times of the Ottoman empire”, says Oner. “I wanted to show Solis that he is in a country which has seen a lot of big and important battles over thousands of years. I expect him to enter the ring on Saturday with the same attitude of old Ottoman fighters when they went to war. This is a do or die fight. If Solis beats Thompson I will lead him to another world title fight. But if he loses it might be all over.” (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Gary Shaw Productions’ newly signed amateur stars, Luis Paredes and Jean “Chapito” Rivera will be making their pro debuts this Saturday in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the undercard of Jose Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alberto Garza (26-6-1, 21 KOs).

RIP journeyman, ring warrior James Buggs. The Oakland boxer from Kings Gym was KO’d by a heart attack last night. He was 43. Read this touching writeup about him by Jerry Hoffman.

Deepest sympathies to HD Boxing’s Bobby Dobbs, who lost both of his parents in the past 31 days to cancer. “My dad who passed yesterday is the man who gave me my love of boxing and is the reason I do what I do,” Bobby told us.



March 19th, 2014

UFC

UFN Natal Main Event Fantasy Preview

Their first fight is arguably the greatest in UFC history, but once is rarely enough when there’s a chance to do it all over again, so Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will face off for a second time in the UFC Fight Night main event in Natal, Brazil this Sunday . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Hasim Rahman added to Super 8 lineup

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC/IBF heavyweight champion Hashim “The Rock” Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KOs) has joined Samuel Peter, Kali Meehan, Michael Sprott and Martin Rogan in the $500,000 Prizefighter-style “Super 8″ tournament on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. It will be the 41-year-old Rahman’s first fight since a rather bad outing when challenging Alexander Povetkin for the WBA “regular” title in September 2012.

The winner of the tournament will collect $200,000, the runner-up receives $100,000, semi-finalists earn $30,000, and opening round losers bank $15,000. Fighters can receive bonuses for KOs, best fights and fight of the night. The other three “Super 8″ boxers are TBA. If you’re a heavyweight who wants to compete, they are taking applications.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Eric Hunter looks to shake his black cloud in Chester

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

To Philadelphia boxing fans, Eric “Outlaw” Hunter is without question one of the most talented boxers currently on the scene. As an amateur, he was outstanding. He won numerous tournaments, became an Olympic alternate, and amassed an astounding record of 187-4. Coming out of the amateurs, everyone believed that it was just a matter of time before Hunter became a world champion. However, with a 17-3, 9 KOs, record, and after nine years in the professional ranks, many would say that the West Philadelphian has yet to live up to his potential. Some predict that he never will.

On Friday night, Hunter gets another chance to take a step toward reaching his potential. He faces Yenifel Vicente, a Miami-based Dominican, for the vacant USBA featherweight championship. The fight is the 10-round main event on the latest Joey Eye Boxing show at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Clarkson is off Paulie Ayala card as Main Event this Saturday Signs with Top Rank for April 11th

By Jeff Zimmerman

Exciting super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (10-2, 6KO) is no longer the main event on Paulie Ayala’s upcoming show this Saturday, March 22nd at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Top Rank came looking for an opponent for their hot prospect Jesse Hart (12-0, 10KO) for their ESPN card April 11 in Vegas ahead of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley big rematch the following night and found one in the entertaining Clarkson. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxers Adrian Firkins and Ricky Welsby recently fought to a draw in England, then celebrated by proposing to their girlfriends in the ring. More

Former great Evander Holyfield is talking about coming out of retirement to fight Gary Cornish in Scotland. More

Manny Pacquiao vows to show his killer instinct against Timothy Bradley. More

Carlos Molina is not finished, says promoter Leon Margules. More



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Humberto Soto returns Saturday in Los Mochis

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (62-8-2, 35 KOs ) will reappear against undefeated Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (16-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday at the Sports Centenario in Los Mochis in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Soto is the current WBC super lightweight International silver champion and if he beats Abreu, he could be in line for a world title fight. Abreu is managed by Sampson Lewcowickz and was previously training in Mexico City to be one of the participants in the WBC World Cup.

On the same card, local hero and former WBA world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz will meet Ramón “Cobra” Maas in a super bantamweight matchup and Mahonri “Russito” Montes faces Jesús “Cinco” Valenzuela in a super lightweight clash.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Harris predicts KO win over Paez Jr

Photo: Zanfer

Photo: Zanfer


Former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (31-9-2, 19 KOs) has arrived in Monterrey, Mexico for Saturday’s clash with Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr (37-4-1, 22 KOs). In his first meeting with the press, the former world champion appeared confident, despite taking the fight on short notice.

“I’m not without training or anything,” he said. “I was preparing for a fight in the United States on March 29. I’m confident that I’ll silence all the Mexican fans with a knockout.”



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia vs. Herrera draws strong ratings, peaking at 1.1 million viewers

Last Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing telecast continued the flagship series’ upward ratings trend, with the main event between unified super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia and Mauricio Herrera generating a peak audience of 1.1 million viewers. Garcia’s star-power continues to rise with this appearance on SHOWTIME, with Saturday’s bout attracting nearly 20% more viewers than his last appearance on a Showtime telecast (April 27, 2013 against Zab Judah). The Garcia vs. Herrera bout attracted an average audience of 972,000 viewers.



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Freddie Roach: Bradley is still suffering from the concussion Provodnikov laid on him

After completing his first week of training camp at his Hollywood-based Wild Card Boxing Club with Manny Pacquiao, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach had a few observations he wanted to share as they prepare for their rematch challenge of undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. “Manny started the week a little slow due to jetlag but finished off strong on Saturday. He was just brilliant in his sparring on Saturday. His footwork was effortless, his hand speed was blazing and his power is as good as it’s ever been.

“We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time. The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him. Not this time. Our mantra is ‘Close the show. No mercy.’ You don’t have don’t have to be a groundhog to know that Bradley’s days as welterweight champ are numbered. It’s last call for Bradley on April 12. (more…)



March 18th, 2014




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