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On June 4, SES Boxing will return to the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany with not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights. Headlining will be WBO Youth heavyweight champion Tom Schwarz (16-0, 11 KOs) in his second defense against Dennis Lewandowski (9-0, 4 KOs). In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (14-0, 11 KOs) meets Christian Lewandowski (9-0, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at the kickoff press conference in the Jahrtausend-Tower in the Elbauenpark.
Tom Schwarz: “I’m delighted again to box in Magdeburg. Dennis and I also know each other, we’ve seen quite a bit together in boxing and we will show you a beautiful fight. After my last, very short fight, I’m already absolutely top form. To the ‘Baltic Hammer’ Dennis, when he meets ‘Tom’s Hammer,’ this is something else – he doesn’t yet know.”
Dennis Lewandowski: “My brother and I, we want to be the new Klitschkos. Tom Schwarz is a good man, we’re both undefeated. But, the WBO Youth Championship is just a stopover. With my brother, I want to get to the top – like the Klitschkos!” (more…)
Showtime Sports says they have “an exciting boxing announcement” that will be made today during a brief media conference call. Will it be the return of Floyd Mayweather? Probably not. The announcement is expected to be that Showtime has signed a deal with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs). Stay tuned…
AWE TV has added Saturday’s heavyweight contest between former world title challengers Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora in Hamburg, Germany, to the telecast featuring WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla defending his title against Ismael Barroso in Manchester, England.
Greg Cohen Promotions has signed undefeated lightweight Maynard “Mr. Marvelous” Allison (4-0, 3 KOs) to a promotional agreement.
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-division champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) will face off later today at their final press conference in advance of their PPV clash on Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Still no betting line from online sports books on Briggs-Dimitrenko.
If not for the scar on his head, Matt Grice looks like any other member of the Oklahoma City Police Department. And if you didn’t know the story of that scar, of how being rear-ended at a red light by a distracted driver going 65 miles per hour at impact nearly killed him, you might just assume he got that scar during his time as a professional mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time former world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their middleweight championship showdown on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Below is what they had to say:
Canelo Alvarez: “There is a difference between wanting and doing. On Saturday night, we will see who will give who a boxing lesson. I want to thank all of my fans for the support. I am very honored to be celebrating on Cinco de Mayo, and I hope to put on a great show on Saturday night. I’m training hard for twelve rounds, I’m ready to go all of those rounds, and if the knockout presents itself-I’m ready to take it.”
Amir Khan: “All the hard work and training has been done. I have a great team, and I am conditioned and ready to fight and represent my country of England. Mentally, I have prepared by praying, being with my beautiful family, and the support from my fans. Even though Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, we are going to see a lot of British flags come Saturday night. This is a huge fight, as Canelo is a star in Mexico and America. I know I’m here as the underdog, but I’m ready to win and take this WBC belt back to my home in England. I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could take it. I have trained for everything and worked on my speed and my power. A win against Canelo would be one of the biggest wins of my career because he is a superstar, especially on this Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of everyone. I have trained and worked on my speed and my power. The fans will be very happy on Saturday night. I will be the new world champion. I think it will be difficult to knock Canelo out, but I know I can give him a boxing lesson.”
Heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) is back in action on the undercard of the clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title between Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu on May 29 at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England. “It’s a new start for me with a new trainer,” said Price. “The times I’ve slipped up have been on the receiving end of a man on a banned substance, so this is a new start for me.” Price’s opponent is TBA.
Also on the card is Stephen Smith (23-2, 13 KOs), who lost a decision to IBF jr lightweight champion Jose Pedraza a few weeks ago. “It’s great to be coming straight back in. My confidence is good, I think I showed against Pedraza that I belong at world level, so the aim is to get a good ranking in the WBC and then get into line for another go at achieving my dream of winning a world title.” Smith will face TBA for the vacant WBC silver title.
Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that he and the California Legislative Latino Caucus awarded professional boxer and Avenal native, Jose Ramirez with the 2016 Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Athletics. Since 2002 the Latino Caucus has held the special celebration to honor Latino men and women who are pioneers in their respective fields having overcome tremendous obstacles and rising to become role models and community leaders.
“I am proud to have nominated Jose Ramirez for this award and to recognize his tireless efforts in and out of the ring,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “In addition to being a world champion boxer, Jose has been a strong advocate for our community by fighting for water and giving back at our local community events and food banks.” (more…)
Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) almost came to blows at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
During the customary head-to-head photographs, Chisora lived up to his bad boy reputation by grabbing Pulev by the neck and attempting to pull him to the ground.
“I’m not messing around,” said Chisora. “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m here to fight! I’m going to take Pulev to places he’s never been before, and I’m going to make him give up. He’s got nothing I’ve not seen before, and he’s never fought anyone like me. I can tell he’s nervous. He’s out of his depth and he’s going to get knocked out!” (more…)
WBC Silver International Lightheavyweight Champion Avni Yildirim (9-0) is set to make his fourth title defense this Friday (May 6th) in Berlin. The 24-year-old Turk will take on Jackson Junior (20-5) from Brazil who already arrived in Germany and is eager to take the belt home to Sao Paulo.
“I didn’t come all the way just for a pay-check. This is a big chance for me and I want to make my people proud”, said the challenger.
Yildirim who won the vacant title in August 2015 against veteran Glen Johnson in Miami is confident that he will remain champion. “I have faced tougher opponents in my life”, states the champ. “I don’t underestimate anybody but I know that if I show my best performance there is nobody who can beat me. I’m on my way to the top and this fight is just another step towards the World Championship.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at Ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
The world super middleweight picture got a little clearer Saturday night after two very competitive bouts at the DC Armory in Washington, DC in front of a crowd of 4,135.
The main event saw WBC champion Badou Jack “The Ripper” of Las Vegas, NV by way of Stockholm, Sweden battle former world champion Lucian Bute of Laval, Quebec, Canada by way of Romania to a twelve-round majority draw. In the co-feature, IBF super middleweight titleholder James “Chunky” DeGale of Harlesdon, England successfully defended his crown with a tough twelve-round unanimous decision over Rogelio “Porky” Medina of Hermosillo, Mexico.
Last weekend at UFC 197, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his title for the eighth time, scoring a knockout of Henry Cejudo at 2:49 of the first round. That fast finish wasn’t even Johnson’s best with his strap on the line as “Mighty Mouse” delivered a Knockout of the Night of Joseph Benavidez in their December 2013 rematch at 2:08 into the first . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Hayemaker Promotions today confirmed that former WBO Heavyweight World Champion Shannon Briggs will face 6’7 former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) at Haye Day on May 21 at the O2, London. Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) needs a victory to set-up a much anticipated fight with David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye later this year.
Shannon Briggs said, “I don’t care if this guy is tipped for a future world title, I am going to take him down in London. I don’t care if this guy is younger than me, taller than me or hits harder than me. I’m in the best shape of my life and have the experience to take this guy down. I was beating George Foreman when this guy was still learning to read! Once I’ve knocked him out, I’ll focus on taking David Haye down in his home town!
“I’m excited to put on a show for all my fans in the UK. It will be my first time fighting in this great country and the fans really embraced me when I was here earlier this month. This fight is just the warm up. I’ll finish Dimitrenko and I’ll celebrate, but then I’ll be back to finish the Hayemaker! He won’t be able to duck me any longer. Let’s go champ!”
Dimitrenko stated, “Brigg’s is a loud fool, I will do my talking in the ring and he won’t know what’s hit him. The fight will see a former world champion lose in epic style to a future world champion. He is now the champ of Instagram but that’s where his reign ends. Brigg’s is going to learn first-hand what a hard hitter I am!” (more…)
Photo: Tri Nguyen
Amir Khan is using Leicester City’s shock triumph of the Premier League title as inspiration ahead of the biggest fight of his life. The 29-year-old star is moving up two-weight divisions to take on the formidable middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez this Saturday night.
Two-time world champion Khan, however, is undaunted at the prospect of facing the big Mexican puncher but instead is using the fairytale victory of the East Midlands side as proof that the underdog can prevail.
“I’m seen as the underdog in this fight against Canelo but I feel this is the year of the underdog. What Leicester City (a preseason 5000-1 shot) have achieved is absolutely amazing. You would have been called crazy if you thought that Leicester would win the title at the start of the season – it’s such an inspiring story,” said Khan.
“I’m definitely going to use that to help me because it shows that even though people say you have no chance what really matters is how you perform on the pitch, or in the boxing ring in my case. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) returns to the ring against undefeated welterweight Frankie Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs) this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view. We caught up with Herrera, who spoke about his upcoming fight with Gomez.
“I am excited to be back in the ring,” Herrera told Fightnews.com®. “I am facing a tough fighter. This is another guy coming, he’s going to respect me as a fighter. Frankie Gomez is undefeated it’s his biggest test. I hope he’s training hard.”
Herrera held training camp in his hometown of Riverside, California.
“We’ve been working really hard, my team and I. This is a tough fight and we put in the work necessary to come out with the win,” Herrera said. (more…)
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On May 8, the UFC will travel to Rotterdam for its first show in the Netherlands, and while there are no fights in the Octagon this weekend, there are plenty of updates for upcoming shows, starting with UFC Fight Night next Sunday, where the retirement of Paddy Holohan has allowed Japan’s Ulka Sasaki to step in and face Willie Gates in a flyweight bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has been given the go-ahead from the IBF to begin negotiating a world-title fight between his fighter Jonathan Guzman and the promoters for Japan’s Shingo Wake. As per IBF rules for vacant championships, Lewkowicz, representing Guzman, the IBF #2 super bantamweight, and Kyoei Promotions representing IBF #1 Wake were ordered to begin negotiations immediately and have them completed no later than June 2 of this year.
Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hot on the heels of an eight-round stoppage victory over Daniel Rosas last Friday in Atlantic City, in a voluntary eliminator for the #2 spot in the ratings.
Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) earned his number one spot by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Thailand’s Mike Tawatchai last June.
Per IBF rules, neither boxer may compete in another match until they face each other. In the event the camps cannot reach an agreement by June 2, the IBF will call for purse offers to be held to determine who will promote the bout, when and where it will be held.
Will Ruiz and Manny Rivera’s Hard Hitting Promotions has set up what appears to be their best card to date for Saturday May 14th at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia, PA. Headlining the show will be will be an eight round lightweight contest featuring the always exciting Jonathan “La Cobra” Maicello (23-2, 11KOs) as he tangles with dangerous veteran Ramesis Gill (10-14-5, 7KOs). Philadelphia area fans will be fired up for the four round co-feature of evening as former National Amateur champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis (1-0, 1KO) makes his Philly debut against Puerto Rican welterweight Luis Ortiz (0-1). (more…)
Following a year-and-half layoff, middleweight Lamar Russ scored a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout over former two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in front of his hometown fans in North Carolina. Russ (16-2, 8 KOs) was involved in a bad car accident in August of 2015, and took off the rest of the year to recover and get himself back into fighting shape. The once formidable Echols (32-22-4, 28 KOs) suffered his ninth straight KO loss.
By Robert Coster
What drives some people with successful careers to one day lace up the boxing gloves and step into the ring? Such was the case with actor Mickey Rourke or Miami MD Harold Reitman. And such is the case with Joe Fournier, 33 year-old self-made millionaire owner of a string of 11 jet set night clubs under his “Bonbonniere” brand, a man with homes in London, New York, Miami and Greece. The British citizen, born in Monaco, is also a light heavyweight boxer with a record of 4-0, with 4 KOs, and signed by former world heavyweight champion David Haye. Fightnews.com® caught up with Fournier to discuss his improbable foray into pro boxing and its perspectives. (more…)
Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) will host a press conference next Tuesday in Los Angeles to officially announce their 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division. The Crawford vs. Postol world championship event will take place on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout will be televised by HBO Pay-Per-View.
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-division champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) don’t meet in the ring until Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but there are pre-fight festivities all week long beginning Tuesday with the Canelo vs. Khan “Grand Arrivals.” The event takes place in the MGM Grand Lobby and is open to the public!
12:30 p.m. – Jason Quigley & Diego De La Hoya
12:45 p.m. – Patrick Teixeira & Curtis Stevens
1:00 p.m. – Mauricio Herrera & Frankie Gomez
1:15 p.m. – David Lemieux & Glen Tapia
1:30 p.m. – Amir Khan
2:00 p.m. – Canelo Alvarez
By Arvin Nundloll
Fresh off defending his IBF super middleweight title, world champion James DeGale spoke to Fightnews.com® about the antics of his opponent, Rogellio “Porky” Medina, and if he would want to avenge his only defeat at the hands of George Groves.
Firstly, when made aware of Medina’s admission of spitting at DeGale during the fight, the champion was shocked but not surprised. “I made him look stupid, he was getting frustrated and he couldn’t hit me,” said DeGale.
Having brought up his only defeat in the post-fight press conference, we asked DeGale what he thought about an all British clash against George Groves in order to wipe the slate clean from his only defeat. DeGale however, saw it differently and is looking at a bigger fight against Badou Jack, although he wouldn’t rule out a rematch with Groves. (more…)
Before steping into the Octagon at UFC 200 on July 9, Cain Velasquez makes his big screen debut on April 29 when the movie Term Life opens in theaters. The movie, which features stars Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, Terrence Howard and Jonathan Banks, has the former UFC champion playing the character “Marco.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Hesiquio Balderas
Jessie Magdaleno is rated number one at 122 pounds and is the current mandatory challenger for Filipino star Nonito Donaire. He’s looking foward to the opportunity to get a title shot next.
“I don’t see any problem getting a title shot,” stated Magdaleno. “I’ve worked hard, I’m the mandatory challenger to Nonito’s title, hopefully the politics don’t prevent me for getting what I want.
“I want to fight Nonito. We as a team know that we have the tools to beat him and I want the WBO title. Look at my record, I’m 23-0 with 17 KOs. Donaire is a great fighter and I respect him, but I’m hungry and I believe that this is my time. That’s why I want to challenge him to fight,” continued the undefeated contender Jessie Magdaleno. (more…)
Last night, May 1st, in the most beautiful city of Belgium, Brugge, Arno Casteleyn showed that he is a great prospect in the cruiserweight division. In a hard fought, at high level speed bout, he defeated Cedric Kalonji to stay unbeaten in his 13th pro fight.
Casteleyn use speed and precision to dominate the first 4 round but was briefly in trouble in the 5th when the visitor catched him with some good combinations. Casteley showed that he has the heart and potential to survive a brief difficult moment and came back to win the last round.
Erk Nazaryan made his long awaited comeback on the undercard stopping Janos Olah who was never in the fight…
Hakim Ben Ali came back with a win after losing to Franck Petitjean for the WBC Francophone title. A cautious Ben Ali outpointed Rachid Sali from France over 6 rounds.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
NO, NO, NO AND NO……
It is only natural to resist any type of change. We’re used to doing things one way and one way only. It’s almost impossible to break the paradigms in the daily life, in the common structure. It’s easy to remain passive and simply do what is the usual way. The WBC was founded 53 years and it has been its decision to change and adjust and that has led to so many of today’s boxing rules, procedures, protocols and practices. Such has been a long journey but today it’s clear and certain that boxing is much safer than before.
I am using in this column some of my favorite quotes about “change,” as it reflects the wisdom of some historic figures, which inspires us to continue to implement changes in the boxing world. (more…)
By Marco Bratusch
The European Boxing Union has confirmed that former two-division world champion Paulie “the Magic Man” Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) has formally agreed to become the new mandatory challenger for the European welterweight title. As Fightnews.com® previously reported from ringside, Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) won the vacant Euro crown for the second time in his career last April 22 in Florence, stopping Finnish co-challenger Jussi Koivula in round nine. Malignaggi, a Brooklyn native of Sicilian ancestry, fought twice in late 2015, winning the minor EU belt in London outscoring Antonio Moscatiello, rebounding from his loss to Danny Garcia one year ago. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian boxing great Troy Waters was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and has had massive doses of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from brother Dean and now the cancer is currently in remission. Troy talks to Fightnews.com about his battle with leukemia and also his biggest fights, which include world title challenges against Gianfranco Rosi in 1989, Terry Norris in 1993 and Simon Brown in 1994. Waters dropped Norris in round two of their bout and it received the award for “Round of the Year.” Troy also talks about his bout with former WBC welterweight champion Jorge Vaca and boxing legend Felix Trinidad in Madison Square Garden.
By Julian Burgower
Saturday night’s world championship doubleheader created some unexpected performances and opened the door for the future of the super-middleweight division. Not only in the possibility of a WCB/IBF unification bout but also solidifying the standing of the two fighters on the losing end of the score sheets.
The post-fight press conference commenced deep in the belly of the Washington DC Armory and lasted into the wee hours of the morning with all four warriors making appearances at different times during the proceedings.
First to arrive was tough Mexican challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina, who surprised IBF champion James “Chunky” DeGale with an onslaught of action not expected from a challenger with six defeats already on his record and the number three ranking in his respective sanctioning body. (more…)
Former Pakistani amateur standout Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3 KOs) headlines July 17th at the Pavillion, Far East Square in Singapore. His opponent will be former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines. The show will be promoted by Andy Kim (AK Promotions) & Alexander Shah (Cartel Promotions). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBC Asia Continental flyweight title on the line. (more…)
Amir Khan “fancies his chances” against Conor McGregor in MMA bout
James DeGale and Badou Jack poised for London fight
Anthony Crolla talks about how he can become the world’s best lightweight
Jamie Conlan becomes Commonwealth champion
If you’re a UFC fan, give matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby a round of applause right now because May is one of those months where The 10 could quite easily be The 20 and it’s thanks to the efforts of those two men . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Former world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (36-4-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (46-7-1, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Crafty southpaw Moreno dropped Suriyan in round two en route to a 117-110, 117-110, 116-111 verdict. Moreno won the WBC silver belt, and more importantly is now mandatory challenger for WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, to whom he lost a split decision last September.
In the co-feature, super lightweight Brian Zarza (13-1-2, 7 KOs) scored a third round TKO over WBA #10 rated Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (22-3-2, 14 KOs) in a clash for the WBA Fedelatin title. Zarza dropped Mosquera in round one. In the third round, Mosquera said he couldn’t continue citing a shoulder injury.
By Marco Bratusch
A majority draw left the 154lb European Union title still vacant in Fiumicino (Rome), where local favorite Emanuele Della Rosa (36-2-1, 10 KOs) battled with French opponent Zakaria Attou (22-6-2, 7 KOs) over twelve rounds. The fight was not technically pleasing yet it was fairly balanced and tactically fought by the two fighters from start to finish except for the thrilling last round. (more…)
Sounds like WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury isn’t much enjoying his world title reign. “I’m so sick of it,” Fury told IFL TV’s Kugan Cassius. “I’ve got no motivation to carry it on…basically I’m just doing this next fight to get the equity. I won’t be boxing again. I’m going to go home after the fight, I’m never going back to the gym again. Look how fat my dad is. Look how fat all my brothers are. And that’s how I’m gonna be after this next fight!”
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