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Delvin Rodriguez returns with win

Delvin Rodriguez returns with win

Photos: Emily Harney Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing put on a five-bout card on Saturday night at The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. ...

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Maidana, Castano, Figueroa remain unbeaten

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Crawford dominates Postol to unify WBO and WBC 140lb titles

Crawford dominates Postol to unify WBO and WBC 140lb titles

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Valdez destroys Rueda in two to win WBO featherweight title

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Full Report: LaManna, Meng, Zhilei victorious

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Lundy: I’m in his head. I have him!

WBO jr welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford may be a 48:1 favorite, but challenger Hammerin’ Hank Lundy says he has the champ right where he wants him. “He can’t take the pressure,” said Lundy after he goading Crawford into pushing him during their final press conference. “I’m in his head. I have him. I’m going to beat his ass and he is going to feel these hammers.”

Crawford stated, “Lundy’s trash talk makes me laugh But I don’t think he’ll laughing too much on Saturday night.…I’m going to show him that punches hurt a lot more than words…I need to look out for head butts, low blows and elbows. He’s going to get rough in this one. But once he gets careless, and he will, he’s going down!”

Crawford and Lundy collide tonight on HBO in The Theater at Madison Square Garden



February 27th, 2016

UFC

Overeem and Arlovski to headline UFC debut event in the Netherlands

UFC® today confirmed that No.3 heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem will take on No.5 heavyweight Andrei Arlovski in the main event for the organisation’s debut event in The Netherlands on Sunday, May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 27th, 2016


Boxing News

“Meserito” Rodriguez defeats “No Fear” Cartagena

Photos: All Star Boxing

Super flyweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4 KOs) won a clear ten round unanimous decision over Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Rodriguez dropped Cartagena hard with a huge left hook in round six and a buzzed Cartagena barely survived the round. Rodriguez jumped on Cartagena in round seven, but Cartagena got a long break from referee Telis Assimenios after a low blow. Rodriguez was then all over him again. The hostility level went down a notch for the rest of the fight as Rodriguez won going away 99-90, 98-91, 99-90. Rodriguez claimed the vacant WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title.

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Lomachenko-Walters in the works

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told reporters in New York City that a clash between WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) and former champion Nicholas “Axeman” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) is in the works for April 30. Surprisingly, new HBO boxing chief Peter Nelson apparently isn’t too enamored with the fight, and there is talk of Top Rank bringing the fight to rival network Showtime. Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza stated via Twitter “We’ve always been open to all promoters,” but he added that as of yet the fight hasn’t been proposed (at least officially).

It was noteworthy that when closing Thursday’s Crawford-Lundy HBO press conference, Arum mentioned on the dais about how 30 years ago one of his fights, Hagler-Mugabi, launched boxing on Showtime. Nelson, sitting on stage about six feet away, maintained a poker face but the message was received loud and clear. However this plays out, the network that lands Lomachenko-Walters will be getting a terrific fight.



February 27th, 2016


Boxing News

Weights from Washington, D.C.

Daniel Attah 136.4 vs. Ty Barnett 138.2
Claudinel Lacerda 141 vs. Mykal Fox 139.2
Wesley Triplett 213 vs. Alando Pugh 238
Demond Nicholson 163.5 vs. Jose Valderrama 162.2
Sam Crossed 192 vs. Martez Williamson 186
Antonio Magruder 140 vs. Terrell James 138
Jordan Shimmell 195 vs. Willis Lockett 197
Patrick Harris 138 vs. Christopher Russell 134
Luther Smith 216 vs. Charlemagne Jones 230

Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Promoter: King’s Promotions



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC getting tough on rabbit punches

The WBC, through the Ring Officials Committee is advising to the boxing industry the immediate implementation starting on March 1 of zero tolerance for rabbit punches. All referees officiating in any WBC affiliated bout must adhere to the following:

1. Immediately stop the action and warn and offending boxer who punches in the back of the head (rabbit punch). It is common to see fighters rabbit punch during clinches, which is absolutely prohibited.

2. After the first warning, any continuous action by the same offending boxer or by retaliation must be immediately addressed by the referee with a hard warning or a point deduction.

3. Referees have the authority under his discretion to warn, to take away points or to disqualify offending fighters.

This guideline is for the use of referees officiating in WBC sanctioned bouts; however, the WBC encourages any boxing jurisdiction to implement this guideline in all fights.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Syracuse, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman

Martez Potter 167.6 vs. Ahmed Tuba 166.6
Brandon Williams 127.8 vs. Darryl Hayes 127.6
Jimmy Garcia 154.6 vs. James Robinson 153.2
Luis Vargas 153.4 vs. Phillip Legrand 154.6
Lawrence Gabriel 207.4 vs. Ruben Ortiz (hasn’t still enroute from Rhode Island)
Chad Hayden 168 vs. Sean Nurse 165.8
Usiel Hernandez 134.4* vs. Rakym Dyer 140.6*
Eric Abraham 186.4 vs. Damien Lewis 184.4

*Unofficial weights for Hernandez & Dyer are 6.2 lbs. apart, beyond the 5 lb. limit established by the NYSAC. Both parties are still deciding on whether to attempt to get their weights within the limit or scratch the bout.

Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Venue: Holiday Inn Ballroom Liverpool
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m. First Bell: 7 p.m.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Dib and Hamdan victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib and former world super middleweight challenger Nader Hamdan were both victorious on Friday night at the Emporium Function Centre in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Dib (40-4, 23 KOs) outscored Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-5, 8 KOs) in an untidy lightweight bout over eight rounds. Dib was unexpectedly extended by the aggressive Thai who came to fight and forced the action in all the rounds but it was the accurate left hand of the classy Aussie that won most of the rounds. Both boxers were thrown to the canvas, several times during the contest. Referee Pat O’Connor deducted a point from Kietyongyuth in round nine for repeated infringements. Scores were Anthony Shipley 79-72, Ray Wheatley 79-73, Kevin Hogan 79-72. (more…)



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz, Martinez, Ceja, Ruiz make weight

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Leo Santa Cruz 125 vs. Kiko Martinez 125.4
(WBA featherweight title)
Julio Ceja 121.4 vs. Hugo Ruiz 122
(WBC super bantamweight title)

Rey Vargas 122.4 vs. Christian Esquivel 123.4
Michael Hunter 197.2 vs. Phil Williams 198
Claudio Marrero 127.6 vs. Jonathan Arrellano 127.4
Ceferino Rodriguez 146 vs. Edgar Riovalle 147.2
Min Wook Kim 139.4 vs. Alvaro Ortiz 138.6
Anthony Flores 142 vs. Carlos Aguilera 140.4
Antonio Santa Cruz 117.2 vs. Jorge Perez 117

Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Promoter: TGB Boxing
TV: Showtime

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Yamanaka, Kimura look sharp in public workout

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Joe Koizumi

WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17 KOs) showed a public workout on Tuesday and proved he was in very good shape before many press people at the Teiken Gym in Tokyo, Japan. Yamanaka, making his tenth defense, will participate in a voluntary defense with Venezuelan Liborio Solis (23-3-1, 10 KOs) in Kyoto on March 4. His pulverizing left hand, called “God’s Left,” is expected to explode within the distance to produce his seventh knockout in defending his WBC belt.

On Wednesday, WBC 108-pound champ, newly crowned Japanese Yu Kimura (18-2-1, 3 KOs), Yamanaka’s stablemate, also displayed a fine public workout prior to his initial defense with Mexican Ganigan Lopez (26-6, 17 KOs) in a twinbill along with Yamanaka.

The doubleheader will be staged by Teiken Promotions, and it is already reported that all tickets have been sold out because of Yamanaka’s popularity at his native district.

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Monica Bradley: Managing the Family Business

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By Bill Dwyre

It is conceivable that Monica Bradley has the second toughest job in the world. Give Barack Obama the nod for No. 1.

Bradley is the wife of world-class boxer Tim Bradley. She is also his manager. She has given birth to his children and felt a different kind of pain, no less intense, as she watched him get hit in the face, time after time, until she wasn’t sure, at the end of the fight, she’d even have a husband.

There have been women in prominent roles in the macho sport of boxing over the years. For five decades, Aileen Eaton ran boxing at the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium like no male could. Every male she worked with says so. Kathy Duva has battled through cancer and the death of her husband, Dan, to carry on successfully at Main Events Promotions. She is tough and smart, a true survivor.

But Monica Bradley has, somewhat quietly, moved into a position of both control and emotional connection not often seen in the sport. It’s not that her situation, and success in that situation, has gone totally unnoticed. She was one of four nominees by the Boxing Writers Association of America for 2015 manager of the year. (more…)



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford, Lundy make weight

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Hank Lundy 138.2
(WBO jr welterweight title)

After yesterday’s scuffle at the press conference, Crawford and Lundy didn’t face off after they weighed in.

Felix Verdejo 135 vs. William Silva 134.4
(WBO Latino lightweight title)

Julian Rodriguez 141.6 vs. King Daluz 140.4
Seanie Monaghan 179.8 vs. Janne Forsman 177
Christopher Diaz 127 vs. Angel Luna 126.8
Mike Reed 141.8 vs. Marco Antonio Lopez TBA
Emmanuel Taylor 143.8 vs. Wilfredo Acuna 144.4
Jean Carlos Torres 136.4 vs. Miguel Gloria 136

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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February 26th, 2016

UFC

45 fights in, Mousasi feels like he’s in his fighting prime

With 45 pro mixed martial arts fights already under his belt, it’s impossible to believe that Gegard Mousasi is still only 30 years old . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder-Povetkin likely headed to Russia

Today in Miami, the WBC conducted a purse bid for the WBC heavyweight championship with champion Deontay Wilder facing mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinski/World of Boxing won with a bid $7,150,000, outbidding Wilder’s promoter DiBella Entertainment by more than $2 million. The bout must take place within 90 days.

The WBC has instituted a new rule that for all WBC bouts that go to purse bid, 10% of the total amount is reserved to be paid as a bonus to the winner of the fight.

The total amount of the winning bid will be divided as follows:

• 10% of the total amount ($715,000) will be reserved in escrow and will be awarded to the winner of the fight.

• The remaining 90% of the total bid ($6,435,000) will be divided 70% for champion Wilder ($4,504,500) and 30% for mandatory challenger Povetkin ($1,930,500).

Billionaire Ryabinski previously brought then-world champion Wladimir Klitschko to Russia to face Povetkin with a purse bid in excess of $23 million.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Huck, Afolabi make weight

Marco Huck 198.4 vs. Ola Afolabi 200
(IBO cruiserweight title)

Huck and Afolabi meet for the fourth time. Huck, 2-0-1 in the previous three Afolabi fights, returns after losing his WBO world title by KO to Krzysztof Glowacki last August in Newark, NJ.

Cecilia Braekhus 146.8 vs. Chris Namus 146.4
(WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO female welterweight titles)

Venue: Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Germany
Promoter: Huck Promotions, K2 Promotions
TV: RTL (Germany), Box Nation (UK)



February 26th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London at the scales

UFC Fight Night London, which is headlined by the UFC middleweight grudge match between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping, and the middleweight fight between Gegard Mousasi and Thales Leites, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from The O2 in London on Saturday, February 27 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT.

Nine prelim bouts will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 12:45pm ET / 9:45am PT.

Main Event – UFC middleweight five-round fight
Michael Bisping (185) vs Anderson Silva (186)

UFC FIGHT PASS Main Card
Thales Leites (186) vs Gegard Mousasi (185)
Keita Nakamura (170) vs Tom Breese (171)
Brad Pickett (136) vs Francisco Rivera (136)

UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims
Makwan Amirkhani (145) vs Mike Wilkinson (145)
Marlon Vera (135) vs Davey Grant (136)
Chris Dempsey (185) vs Scott Askham (185)
Yaotzin Meza (144) vs Arnold Allen (145)
Krzysztof Jotko (184) vs Bradley Scott (186)
Rustam Khabilov (155) vs Norman Parke (155)
Jarjis Danho (261) vs Daniel Omielanczuk (254)
Thibault Gouti (155) vs Teemu Packalen (156)
Martin Svensson (154) vs David Teymur (155)

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton and Quigg make weight

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

Carl Frampton 121.7 vs. Scott Quigg 121,6
(WBA/IBF super bantamweight unification)

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sho Extreme

“I am better than him,” said Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), who blew a kiss to his rival before breaking away from the stare-down. “I have the power to knock him out, from the first round to the last round, and I’ve also got the boxing brain to comprehensively beat him on points.”

“I respect him as a fighter, but the best Carl Frampton can’t touch the best Scott Quigg,” said Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs).

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Dunn destroys Damasco in one

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #10, WBO #10, WBA #12, WBC #14 168-pounder Zac Dunn (20-0, 16 KOs) demolished Rogerio Damasco (22-4-2, 19 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. A single overhand right finished Damasco seconds into the fight.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Cartagena debuts on Telemundo tonight

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Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford kicks off their 2016 Spring Season tonight. The event is being billed “Showdown at the Bay IV” and is presented by Tuso Zabala Jr/All Star Boxing in association with Florida’s Space Coast, the City of Palm Bay and the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. The main event will feature another classic battle of Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico as Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-2, 5 KOs) will take on Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs). The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title on the line.

Cartagena entered the professional highly touted after a stellar amateur career. He won his first 12 fights as a pro but has dropped two of his last four. Cartagena is not focusing on his losses but more so on what a win over Rodriguez can do for his career. He has fought on big fight cards before, but this time he’ll be the center of the attention. Cartagena will have family and many from the heavily populated Puerto Rican community in attendance supporting him. He says he’s ready for the task at hand. (more…)



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC criticizes AIBA Olympic Games project

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke with Fightnews.com by telephone about plans of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to allow professional boxers to participate in the Olympics Games.

“The World Boxing Council is really sad, disappointed and dismayed with the level at which the actions of AIBA has reached the lowest point in the history of Olympic boxing. Demonstrating their failure as a sanctioning body, the AIBA has announced its intent to allow the participation of professional boxers in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. They’ve had amateur boxing in a constant crisis in many countries including Mexico. For boxer safety, limits and procedures exist between amateur boxing and professional boxing but they seek to omit these circumstances because their interests lie beyond the safety of the boxer,” said Sulaiman.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Scott Quigg’s trainer convinced Carl Frampton will crack under pressure

Editorial: Manny Pacquiao offers us another lesson

Was an LA waiter cheated of a finder’s fee for setting up Mayweather-Pacquiao?

Tomi Tatham to fight in Lancaster for first time



February 26th, 2016

UFC

London primed for UFC’s return

London is set to host the biggest fight in the history of UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday night, as the greatest mixed martial artist England has ever produced, Michael Bisping, takes on the most spectacular proponent the sport has boasted, Anderson “The Spider” Silva . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Yildirim and Sequeira make weight in Offenbach, Germany

Avni Yildirim make weight in Offenbach, GermanyFast-rising Turkish star Avni Yildirim is looking to defend his WBC Silver International Lightheavyweight Championship against Argentina’s Walter Sequeira this Friday (Feb. 26th) in Offenbach, Germany. 24-year-old Yildirim is already ranked on #13 in the WBC World Ratings after only eight fights (eight wins, five of them inside the distance) while Sequeira who has a record of 17 wins (with 12 KOs) and only two very close decision losses is ranked on no #15. The winner of this huge crossroads fight will surely enter the top 10. At today’s official weigh-in both contenders tipped the scale exactly at the limit of 79.3 kg (175 lbs.).

In two other featured title fights Serdar Sahin (23-2 / 78.2 kg / 172.5 lbs.) takes on Beka Aduashvili (16-3 / 76.8 kg / 169.5 lbs.) for the vacant EPBC Lightheavyweight Championship and Enad Licina (28-4 / 90.2 kg / 199 lbs.) faces Drazan Janjanin (10-5 / 89.7 kg / 198 lbs.) for the vacant WBC Mediterranean Cruiserweight title.

The event billed as “Road to WBC Glory” is promoted by Ahmet Oner and will be broadcasted live in Germany (sportdigital), Turkey (NTV Spor) and Argentina (TyC Sports).



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Telemundo Weights from Palm Bay, FL

Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena 113 vs. Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriquez 114
Alex “Flash” Roman 122 vs. Oldier Landin 121
Luis Lebron 127 vs. Joshua Santos 125
Fadoul Louis 160 vs. Todd Manuel 156
Ryan Allen 123 vs. Brian Santos 124
Alex Centeno 145 vs. Abdel Vera 154
Michael Davis 159 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 162

Venue: Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr/All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo
Tickets: 321-951-9998

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Koncz: Official Statement on Hollywood Waiter

By Nick Giongco

Mike Koncz has released an official statement regarding a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, Keith Davidson and CBS filed by a Hollywood waiter …

First and foremost, Manny or I do not know or have never spoken to this waiter Gabriel Salvador. Furthermore, we have no knowledge of this alleged meeting between Salvador, Roach and Moonves other than what we have recently read in the media nor was anybody authorized on Manny Pacquiao’s behalf to participate.

The statement made by Salvador that “Keith Davidson, an attorney for Manny, tried to strong arm him” is a flagrant misrepresentation of fact as Keith Davidson is not Manny Pacquiao’s attorney and or business associate.

The claims asserted by this waiter against Manny Pacquiao are a total shakedown and amount to nothing more than extortion which will be vigorously defended in a court of law by our attorney David Marroso of O’Melveny & Myers. Moreover, we shall seek all damages incurred to Manny Pacquiao by these frivolous and meritless allegations made against him by Salvador.

Mike Koncz, Advisor to Manny Pacquiao



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz-Martinez/Ceja-Ruiz Press Conference

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and Kiko “Sensacion” Martinez went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their Showtime-televised WBA featherweight world title showdown on Saturday from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Also in attendance Thursday were Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz, who will enter the ring in a WBC super bantamweight world title rematch. The previously announced opening bout between undefeated heavyweights Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and Oscar Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) was cancelled due to Rivas being unable to pass a mandatory eye-exam.

Leo Santa Cruz: I’m glad that Kiko has come prepared because we’re ready for a great fight. People are saying that I should walk through Kiko Martinez, but I don’t listen to that. I look at Kiko the same way I look at any other opponent. When we step inside the ring, we are equals. At the end of the day, the winner will be the fighter who has prepared more and who has imposed his will on the other man.

Kiko Martinez: I have faced much stronger boxers than Leo and come Saturday, all of those who did bet on me for this fight, I am going to make you a lot of money…I feel that Leo Santa Cruz is a great fighter, he has beat some incredible fighters. He’s a great athlete and boxer. Sometimes people will try to make him out to be more than he actually is but they are mistaken with what they see in me. I am not to be mistaken as the underdog here.

Julio Ceja: We have both trained even harder than last time and we’re more prepared physically and mentally. I’m going to give everybody a great fight just like last time. I’m walking into the ring knowing my opponent very well. We’ve been to war. I know what to expect from him…I’m ready. He’s not taking my belt away from me.

Hugo Ruiz: If you liked the first fight between us, then you are going to love this one. I’m excited to be fighting once again in Southern California. I’ve trained very hard and I have prepared myself for this world title opportunity.

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February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Avila-Alvarado set for April 1

Former NABF super bantamweight beltholder Manuel “Tino” Avila (19-0, 8 KOs) is ready for a showdown to defend his undefeated record as he moves up to featherweight to face off against Nicaraguan warrior and former WBC Silver featherweight titlist Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (23-6, 16 KOs) in a 10-round main event on April 1 at The Belasco Theater and live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV.

In the televised co-main event, Mexican warrior Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (25-3, 21 KOs) of Mexico City will return to make his second showing at “LA Fight Club” to compete in an eight-round super lightweight bout against an opponent to be named soon.



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton-Quigg final press conference

Undefeated 122-pound world champions Carl Frampton (IBF) and Scott Quigg (WBA) had to be separated at their final press conference on Thursday in Manchester, England, as they faced-off for the long-awaited super bantamweight unification showdown this Saturday at Manchester Arena. The unification between Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, and Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs), of Lancashire, United Kingdom will be televised live on Sho Extreme. After jawing over who deserves the home dressing room at the sold-out, 21,000 seat Manchester Arena, the 122-pound rivals had to be separated by Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan and promoter Eddie Hearn.

Carl Frampton: I’m better in every department, plain and simple. Because of the magnitude of this fight, everything had to be perfect. I’ve done everything right this time. This means so much; there is a lot at stake. It’s more than titles – it’s pride and bragging rights. It’s proving who is the best. Reputation is a big deal, so there is so much on the line. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to win. I’ve punching power to KO him in any round and I’ve the boxing brain to win on points. I’ve spent 17 weeks in camp, the longest ever. I missed my son’s first steps and both my kids’ birthdays. I did that because this could be my toughest fight. I’m not going to let Scott Quigg make all that be for nothing. It’s going to be a great fight, one for the ages. I’ll win. It doesn’t matter how, KO or clear points decision.

[On the home-team dressing room] I’m contractually the A-side. It’s a question of principle.

Scott Quigg: Nobody does what I do in terms of dedication to the sport. I’ll win because of boxing brain and ability. It’ll mean everything to win. Since the age of 15, all I have done is eat, sleep and train. Saturday is my moment of destiny and, believe me, I will win this fight. I’ve put in too much for anyone to stop me. Tune in for a great fight. I’m going to prove I’m the best super bantamweight. I’m going to win by knockout.

[On the home-team dressing room] It’s my arena, I’m the home fighter. I want the home dressing room.

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February 25th, 2016

UFC

Under-the-radar London fights

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles is here to preview some of the fights at Fight Night London you may not have your eye on yet. Don’t miss the action this Saturday starting at 12:45pm/9:45am ETPT live and only on UFC FIGHT PASS . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford-Lundy erupts at press conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated junior welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and challenger “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy got into it during the face off for their HBO-televised world championship fight on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC. After some jawing by both fighters, Crawford gave Lundy a big shove and the fighters were separated.

Terence Crawford: I’m excited, real excited. The whole camp I’ve been telling Bo-Mac I can’t wait for this fight to happen. It’s like a countdown. It’s like just waiting for that moment. Today I woke up so relaxed. This dude don’t know what he got himself into. Everyone says ‘I’m gonna do this to him, I’m gonna do that to him, I see a flaw in this, I see a flaw in that…’ But when you get in front of me you see a different thing. I’ve gotta admit, when you opened your mouth today, that was the best speech you gave the whole time. And I respect that, because deep down in his heart, he knows what he’s up against come Saturday. If he doesn’t respect me now, he’ll respect me Saturday. Don’t blink, because it might be a quick one!

Hank Lundy: Listen. This fight is going to be electrifying. I just can’t wait until Saturday night. I know Terence has been training hard, we’ve been training hard. I’ve been training since December. When they announced this fight, I was already on weight preparing to defend my WBC Continental title. Now it’s for the world title. This is what I’ve been fighting for. To give my family and kids a different lifestyle and life. It’s gonna be war, man. I’m coming to win this world title. Every punch I hit you with, you’re gonna feel Philadelphia. You’re gonna feel my pain, my struggle. You’re gonna feel Hammerin’ Hank. And guaranteed, that night I will be the new WBO world champion!

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February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye Day 2 fight card shaping up

After the first “Haye Day” promotion in January attracted 16,000+ boxing fans to the O2 Arena in London, former WBA heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye returns to the same ring on May 21. No opponent for David yet, but it was announced that the co-feature will be “Smokin’ Joe Mullender against Lee ‘Banjo’ Markham for the English middleweight title.

“The first Haye Day was an overwhelming success but we’ve listened to the fans and, in association with Goodwin Promotions, we are working on an action-packed undercard to ensure both hard-core boxing fans and those new to the sport are left on the edge of their seats,” said Haye. Tickets are already on sale.



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Potter-Tuba To Rematch This Saturday in Syracuse One Year Later

By Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing returns to the Syracuse, NY suburb of Liverpool for the first time in a year this Saturday at 7 p.m., February 27th. Once again JKJ Championship Promotions will bring their “Finding The Next Champion” series back to the Holiday Inn. Headlining the show will be local middleweight talent Martez “The Punisher” Potter in a rematch with Nazareth, Israel’s Ahmed Tuba, scheduled for six. The two fought a heated, rough-n-tumble battle last February 28th, with Martez coming out on top in a close but unanimous six round decision.

The co-feature will see undefeated prospect Brandon Williams of Rochester, NY taking on Darryl Hayes in a scheduled six round Super Featherweight contest. Williams has been idle for nine months and is looking to spark his previous momentum once again. (more…)



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Rodriguez looks to rebound on Telemundo Friday

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Super flyweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs) returns to action this Friday. He will take on Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-2, 5 KOs) in the Telemundo main event. Once again the famed boxing rivalry of a Mexican fighter versus a Puerto Rican fighter will continue on. The two will square off for the WBO Latino title. The site of the fight will be the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The bout will be the debut of Telemundo’s first boxing telecast of 2016. Tuto Zabala Jr.’s All Star Boxing, Inc. is promoting the show.

The Telemundo viewing audience is very familiar with Mexico City’s Rodriguez,who scored two big victories on both the spring and summer series editions in 2015. He closed the year out on the fall series edition in a rematch with David Carmona. It was an all action filled fight that saw Carmona again decisioning Rodriguez like the year before. Rodriguez is not down at all about the loss and expects 2016 to be a big year for him. (more…)



February 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

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February 25th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London Fantasy Preview

It’s the biggest main event in UFC FIGHT PASS history this Saturday when former middleweight champion and arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time – Anderson Silva – meets Michael Bisping in London . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON 2016 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



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