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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez WBC #4 light flyweight Juan "Churritos" Hernandez (30-2, 21 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over ...

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Fight Club LA Results

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Unbeaten featherweight Diego de la Hoya (12-0, 7 KOs) won the vacant WBC Youth title via ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (32-7-5, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Scores were 100-90 twice and 99-91.

Two-time Brazilian Olympian Everton Lopes (4-0, 1 KOs) was dropped twice, but somehow escaped with a majority decision over previously undefeated Omar Tienda (13-1, 8 KOs) in a super lightweight fight. Lopes was down in round two and again in round five. Scores were 75-74 for Lopes on two cards, and 75-75.

Unbeaten featherweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs) impressed again with a second round KO over late sub Luis Lizarraga Jr. (5-6-1, 2 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Lizarraga hard in round two with a left hook and Llzzaraga’s corner entered the ring to stop the fight. Time was 2:09. (more…)



September 4th, 2015


Boxing News

SA boxers shine in East London

From Ron Jackson

Zolani Tete, Xolisani Ndongeni and Nkosinathi Joyi produced world-class performances in winning their fights in East London, South Africa, on Friday night. Tete, a former IBF super-flyweight champion, demolished Mexican Diuhl Olguin in the eighth round of what was scheduled as a ten-round bout at the Orient Theatre. Lightweight Ndongeni knocked out Miguel Angel Escalada in the second round and Joyi beat Sinethemba Magibisela in the fifth round of a light-flyweight bout. (more…)



September 4th, 2015


UFC

UFC 191 at the scales

UFC 191, which is headlined by the UFC flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson and the heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

Main Event – UFC flyweight title
John Dodson (125) VS Demetrious Johnson (124.5)

Pay-Per-View Main Card
Frank Mir (266) VS Andrei Arlovski (237.5)
Jimi Manuwa (204) VS Anthony Johnson (205)
Corey Anderson (205) VS Jan Blachowicz (205)
Alex Chambers (115) VS Paige VanZant (116)

FOX Sports 1 Prelims
Paul Felder (155.5) VS Ross Pearson (155.5)
John Lineker (135.5) VS Francisco Rivera (136)
Jessica Andrade (134.5) VS Raquel Pennington (136)
Clay Collard (146) VS Tiago Trator (146)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Ron Stallings (184) VS Joe Riggs (187.5*)
Nazareno Malegarie (156) VS Joaquim “Netto BJJ” Silva (154.5)

*Riggs has one hour to make weight

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 191 IS LIVE on PPV on Saturday, September 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Legendary Heavyweights Prepare for Photo

Former Heavyweight Champions gathered for a historic and exclusive group photo, dressed to the nines in tuxedos, positioned along a Fight Night backdrop inside the ballrooms at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.



September 4th, 2015


UFC

UFC’s ‘GO BIG’ goes live!

The UFC will GO BIG, with the announcement of its new seasonal campaign, showcasing a series of can’t-miss fights on its upcoming live event schedule . . . Click here for more

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September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Former middleweight champion Darren Barker is to publish his autobiography “A Dazzling Darkness: The Darren Barker Story” which will be available in bookshops and on Amazon from September 16.

Kenny Bayless will be the third man in the ring for Mayweather-Berto. It will be the third straight Mayweather fight that Bayless has worked. Judges are Adalaide Byrd, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld.

Two cruiserweight belts will be on the line when Roy Jones Jr faces Tony Moran at Aintree Equestrian Centre, in Liverpool on September 12th. The WBF Intercontinental and the MBC International titles are up for grabs.



September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Fury says he’ll quit boxing if he loses to Klitschko

By James Slater

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury says a lot of things, as even casual boxing fans are well aware, and the self-assured fighter has made a verbal promise to retire from boxing if he does not defeat heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko when he challenges him in Dusseldorf, Germany on October 24th.

Speaking with Sky Sports News, Fury said he will defeat Klitschko and rid the division of his “boring” style.

“If I can’t knock him out then I must be useless,” Fury said today. “If I can’t beat a 40-year-old man (Wladimir is actually 39), I need banning from boxing. If I can’t, then I won’t be boxing on because I won’t be able to achieve and get my goals. He’s been a great champion but [he has] not fought anyone of note. That’s where I come into it. I’m a 6ft 9inch man who can move and throw different shapes around the ring. He’s fought big men who can’t move and small men who are small and can’t get to him. (more…)



September 4th, 2015

UFC

Frank Mir: The Old Dog Barks and Bites

Ricky Lundell is a problem solver. Not any kind of problem, but the ones which would keep mere mortals up at night for weeks at a time. He’s a figure out a Rubik’s Cube in two minutes kind of guy, so when he put his thinking cap on to figure out the riddle of Frank Mir, he had quite the task ahead of him . . . Click here for more

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September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

SECA, Top Rank launch “League of Fists”

Chinese sports marketing/management company SECA has started a new Chinese professional boxing venture with Top Rank. A new professional boxing league, “League of Fists” officially launched today. “League of Fists is aiming to build a league that consists of high level boxing matches in order to provide Chinese boxers and boxing fans not only a sophisticated league system but also developing their boxing experience, as well as helping Chinese boxers compete on the international stage.” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank.

For the past three years, Arum has been promoting world championship boxing events featuring Chinese boxers Zou Shiming and Ik Yang. He has made a huge contribution to the development of professional boxing in China. These efforts have set a solid foundation in building up professional boxing in mainland China. Both Top Rank and SECA acknowledge that there are many world class boxers in China. However, Chinese professional boxing lacks a systematic, scheduled, professional platform to allow more and more boxers to grow. As a result, the League of Fists was developed. (more…)



September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Braehmer, Konrad make weight

Photos: Sebastian Heger

Juergen Braehmer 173.9 vs. Konni Konrad 174.2
(WBA “regular” light heavyweight title)
Noel Gevor 197.3 vs. Daniel Sanabria 198.9
Mateusz Masternak 198.5 vs. Carlos Nascimento 195.6
Agron Dzila 195.8 vs. Grigol Abuladze 197.1
Stefan Haertel 168.7 vs. Ivan Jukic 168.9
Leon Bauer 165.8 vs. Darko Knezevic 160.5

Venue: Energie Verbund-Arena, Dresden, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event

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September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Dirrell, Rubio, McDonnell, Kameda Workout

Photos: SKIP Entertainment

Premier Boxing Champions on CBS fighters were joined by media and fans Thursday at a workout at the PAL Gym in Corpus Christi as they prepare for their Sunday, September 6 showdowns at American Bank Center. The event is headlined by former world champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) taking on Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) and features the rematch between bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and exciting brawler Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs).

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September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

LA Fight Club Weights

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Diego De La Hoya 122 vs. Jesus Ruiz 121.6
Everton Lopes 136 vs. Omar Tineda 136
“Chimpa” Gonzalez 131 vs. Luis Lizarraga Jr. 131.4
Ivan Delgado 130.6 vs. Thomas Herrera 130.4
Rafael Gramajo 121.6 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 122
Jonathan Navarro 140.2 vs. Gibran Gutierrez 140

Venue: Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

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September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Bizzarro Promotions returns to Erie, PA on Saturday

Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzaro Promotions returns to Erie, PA with a night of outdoor boxing that is set for Saturday, September 5th at the Presque Isle Downs Casino featuring unbeaten bantamweight Antonio Nieves (12-0-1, 6 KOs) of Cleveland, OH against South Korea’s Tae Woong Jung (3-2-2, 3 KOs) in an eight round contest. Nieves looks to bounce back from his nationally televised draw on BET against the more experienced and highly touted former amateur star Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6 KOs). Standing in his way will be Jung who is making his first appearance on US soil.

It will be a homecoming for Nieves who knocked Hungarian Gabe Molnar (16-7, 10 KOs) in just a minute and fifty seven seconds in the main event of the inaugural Presque Isle Downs Casino and Bizzarro Promotions card back in June.

In the six round co-feature, lightweight knockout artist and Erie resident, Ramiro Hernandez (5-0, 5 KOs) looks to remain perfect as he takes on thirty-one fight veteran DeWayne Wisdom (6-24-1, 3 KOs) of Indianapolis, IN. (more…)



September 4th, 2015

UFC

UFC 191 Fantasy Preview

Demetrious Johnson will look to make his seventh successful title defense this weekend at UFC 191 when he faces possibly his toughest challenge to date in John Dodson, who looks to avenge an earlier loss while claiming the 125-pound title . . . Click here for more

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September 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Holyfield tells “Tyson Bite Fight” Story

Evander Holyfield tells Michael Moorer and Wladimir Klitschko the story about the famous Tyson “Bite” fight.



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Latest Klitschko-Briggs confrontation

Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer were chatting it up today at the Lucky Street Gym when Shannon Briggs joined in.



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley vs. Rios on November 7?

That what Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia briefly announced on his Twitter feed. The tweet was pulled after 30 minutes. Terrific fight if it happens.

Robert Garcia Boxing @GarciaBoxing It’s official @Brandon_Rios1 vs @Timbradleyjr in Las Vegas November 7 at the Thomas & Mack center . #RGBA #TeamRios pic.twitter.com/vySOBGajtt 4:44 PM – 3 Sep 2015



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Lamont Peterson returns Oct 17 against Felix Diaz

Former world champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) will return to the ring near his Washington D.C. home as he takes on 2008 Olympic Gold medalist from the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz Jr. (17-0, 8 KOs) in a 12-round bout on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC on Saturday afternoon, October 17 from EagleBank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The televised co-main pits Olympic Bronze medalist Andre “The Resurrected” Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) against Australia’s Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (21-1-1, 6 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight bout.

“I’m very excited to be back in the ring, especially close to home in Virginia and fighting on NBC,” said Peterson. “I’m happy just to be doing what I love to do. I’ve been in the gym and I’ve stayed ready so I’m prepared to give the fans the kind of show they deserve.” (more…)



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Petrov-Walsh set for WBO eliminator

Boxcino 2014 winner Petr “Zar” Petrov (36-4-2, 17 KO’s) will fight undefeated Liam Walsh (19-0, 13 KO’s) in a WBO Lightweight elimination bout on October 10th in Manchester, England. The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the WBO lightweight title bout between Terry Flanagan and Diego Magdaleno, which will take place on the same card. Also on the card, Petrov’s Banner Promotions stablemate and 2015 Boxcino winner John Thompson will challenge for the WBO junior middleweight title against Liam Smith.

“Fighting Liam Walsh on his home turf will be tough,” said Petrov. “But at this point in my career there is no cutting corners. Walsh is in my way, and I must beat him to achieve my goals. He is a young, strong fighter, but he has never seen anybody like me inside the ring.”



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Joel Diaz comments on split with Bradley

Trainer Joel Diaz, who has trained current WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley from day one before surprisingly being let go by Bradley over the weekend, has commented on the split via Instagram:

Joel Diaz: Don’t judge Tim for the decision he made. I knew it was not him making those changes, and he is right he would never disrespect me and my family. I got much respect for him and his father and mother. We started this together and we created something big together along with the team that started with us, but along the road people jump in the bus and change everything. Tim is a great person at heart, and he’s very humble, but it’s out of his hands. Too many negative approaches around him. God bless Tim Bradley. Wish you nothing but the best.



September 3rd, 2015

UFC

Arlovski 2.0 Is Enjoying The Moment

Andrei Arlovski would probably welcome a fight against someone he really doesn’t like – or at least doesn’t like him – but given the respect “The Pit Bull” has earned over the course of his career, that may be difficult . . . Click here for more

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September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Groves: This is a one-sided fight

By Karl Freitag

WBC super middleweight world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper” and top 168-pound contender “Saint” George Groves hosted international media conference call Thursday in advance of their September 12 world championship showdown on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto PPV undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was a tame call with both fighters politely expressing their confidence in victory. Groves, a slight -140 betting favorite, threw the best verbal jabs when the fighters discussed their respective losses.

Badou Jack: “I think I’m a smarter fighter than George Groves. The aim of the game is to hit and not get hit. It’s a 50/50 fight…the fight I that I lost was more like bad luck. I got caught with a good shot, a lucky punch, whatever you want to call it in the first round when I was cold. I threw a lazy jab and – things happen. I called my old trainer Lou Del Valle, former world champion, that’s a very good defense trainer…I added him to my team. Him and Eddie Mustafa are doing a very good job and I’m just believing in myself. I know that was just some bad luck. Things happen in boxing. You can never overlook an opponent and one shot can end the night. But I bounced back well. I’m strong mentally. I don’t need to need to talk all that trash and stuff to build confidence. I don’t do that.

George Groves: I haven’t had to justify ‘I got caught cold’ or ‘it was a lucky punch’ whatever. I’ve faced it. Dealt with it head-on, addressed it, corrected it. This isn’t a 50/50 fight. This is a one-sided fight. I don’t need to trash talk to build false confidence. I am confident. I know what I’m capable of. I’m confident in my abilities because of that. I look forward to being in a fight. Yeah, sure, Badou Jack concentrates on defense, but his defense isn’t impenetrable because he’s been knocked out and he still gets caught a lot…we’re very excited about the fight and can’t wait to get in there and get the job done.



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Smith to face Savage on Sept 11

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents another installment of the popular “Rockin’ Fights” series Friday, September 11th, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Headlining once again will be the hard hitting, hard charging, Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (18-1 15KO’s), Mastic, NY taking on veteran spoiler Dion Savage, (12-7 6KO’s), Flint, MI in a scheduled 10 round Light Heavyweight matchup. (more…)



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Trout-Hernandez undercard announced

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (11-0, 10 KOs) takes on Brazil’s Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena (11-2-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout while undefeated welterweight Eddie Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs) faces former world champion Cristobal Cruz (40-17-3, 24 KOs) in exciting undercard action live from the Hollywood Palladium on Tuesday, September 8.

The September 8 event is headlined by the inaugural installment of TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FOX Sports 1 featuring a 10-round junior middleweight showdown between Austin “No Doubt” Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) and Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 KOs) in addition to the televised opener which pits Jorge Lara (27-0-1, 19 KOs) against Jesus Rojas (22-1-1, 15 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight attraction. (more…)



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Zamora-Moreno trilogy on Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

WBC female light flyweight world champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (23-5, 9 KOs) and WBC world champion in recess Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno (31-7-1, 10 KOs) will square off for the third time in their careers in an event called “Joyas Mexiquenses” on Saturday at the Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial in Metepec, Mexico State on a card staged by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa Deportes.

Zamora won the first bout by split decision in Mexico City in August 2007 and Moreno won a majority decision the second bout in February 2008 in San Cristobal Huichochitlan in Zamora’s backyard.

Also in action, unbeaten Mexican sensation Rey Vargas (24-0, 20 KOs) will go against the Dominican Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (21-8-2, 5 KOs). Vargas is the closest challenger to newly crowned WBC interim super bantamweight beltholder Julio Ceja. “I’m ready to look for the world title and that time is coming. I have shown sufficient merit and qualities to be world champion,” said Vargas.

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September 3rd, 2015

UFC

‘Big Nog’ Set to Mentor Future of UFC

Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has always been at home in the Octagon. As he walked away in retirement on Tuesday, “Big Nog” contemplated if he is really prepared to hang up his gloves . . . Click here for more

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September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I caught my girlfriend in be with another guy,” says former champ Joshua Clottey

Meet the world’s worst boxer

Samir Mouneimne focused on winning British title



September 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs Media Day Quotes

Shannon Briggs: “Never before in history has this been done. You are talking about twenty-some former heavyweight champions of the last forty years are coming together for one big family reunion. All the champs: Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko and The Champ Shannon Briggs – two-time heavyweight champion.

“On Saturday night expect action. There are eight heavyweight fights with all of the former heavyweight champions sitting around the ring. You see Holyfield sitting right there, then you see Tony Tucker over there, Tony Tubbs, Chris Byrd, Hasim Rahman – this is unreal. It’s never been done before. Thanks to Kris Lawrence of the Heavyweight Factory and the Hard Rock Hotel it is happening.

“I was fat. I was going to Publix every day and eating fast food, fried chicken, ice cream and was in a depression. Then it hit me one day, I said ‘man, I am the champ. Get it together.’ I weighed 380 lbs. Close to 400, sitting on the couch fat and depressed. Everybody that saw me just laughed. I knew I had to do something about it. Look good feel good. So I started changing my diet and I started working out and I started walking – every day. Then I said to myself “Let’s go champ,” then boom it came to me. (more…)



September 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather: I’m not going to overlook this guy

Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions


By Karl Freitag

During a conference call with media, Floyd Mayweather again insisted that his September 12 pay-per-view clash against Andre Berto will be his last fight. Floyd also stated that he’s training harder for this fight than he did for his record-breaking showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd Mayweather: When you have a guy put in a situation with nothing to lose, that makes him work that much harder because he’s got a chance to be one of the top guys in the sport when I’m through. Is he trying to dethrone Floyd Mayweather? Absolutely. Like they say in football, ‘any given Sunday,’ I say ‘any given Saturday.’ Anything can happen, so I’m prepared mentally and physically. I’m in top shape, I’m sure he’s in top shape and he’s ready. But I’m not going to overlook this guy…I’m looking at it just like this. I want to win just like he wants to win, so I’m pushing myself everyday. As I get older, I’m working harder. Actually I think this camp I sparred a lot more, I think I worked harder for this fight than the Pacquiao fight.

Of course it’s always about self-preservation. I come first, but I appreciate the fans.



September 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Jesse Hart looking for a knockout against another famous son

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./Top Rank

Super middleweight prospect Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 17-0, 14 KOs, the son of Philly boxing legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, faces Aaron Pryor, Jr, 19-8-1, 12 KOs, the son of Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor, next Friday night (September 11th), at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in a 10-round bout for Hart’s USBA title belt. The fight will be televised live by TruTV.

Hart held an open media workout Wednesday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. He leaves for Las Vegas on Monday.

As if the stakes weren’t high enough – the USBA title, career momentum, and perhaps a future world title bout hanging in the balance – both fighters will be looking to defend their individual family legacies and claim the unusual bragging rights as the “best son of a former great”.

“I think it’s great,” Hart said of fighting another boxing legend’s son. “But I also think that we’re making our own legacy. But you have two fighters’ sons that come from that 15-round era. You got bloodlines that come from that 15-round era of fighting. That’s remarkable in itself. Aaron Pryor comes from that 15-round era. My dad comes from that 15-round era. Anytime you’ve got two sons coming from that 15-round era, you can always expect fireworks. You got to expect that.” (more…)



September 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Tim Bradley splits with trainer Joel Diaz

WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley has confirmed that he has parted ways with longtime trainer Joel Diaz, who had been in his corner his entire career.

Timothy Bradley Statement: I would like to take the time to clarify the conflicting media publications. First of all I am a man that would never disrespect any other man whom I’ve worked with for 10 years. I know this decision came as a shock to many that I would be making changes to my team, but with that being said I want everyone to know that I took the time to meet with Joel Diaz in person to directly communicate with him that I would be making a change. The message that Joel is referring to was a voice message that I left for him after we spoke in person to reconfirm to him that my decision was made. Joel chose not to answer my call. I thank Joel Diaz for his time and efforts and know that he and I have accomplished great things together. I wish him nothing but success and blessings for him, his family and team.



September 2nd, 2015

UFC

Johnson’s Legacy On Line At UFC 191

Hate is such a strong word. Demetrious Johnson would never go there.

So let’s just say he and John Dodson are polar opposites, like oil and water. Their lives and their personalities run in different directions. Johnson would prefer to cross the street than meet Dodson on the sidewalk . . . Click here for more

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September 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Arum: Manny Pacquiao will retire next year

By TMZSports.com

Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career is on its last legs … with his promoter saying the fighter will retire next year — to focus on becoming President of the Philippines! Bob Arum was out at Craig’s Tuesday night when he told us Manny is planning to fight again next year once he heals up — but that’s probably the very last bout for the 36-year-old.

“He’s gonna fight again next year but his goal is to become a senator in the Philippines, which he will be next year, and then to be president.”

Arum added, “I think Manny will retire once he’s elected to the Senate of the Philippines which is next year … he’s gonna hang up the gloves.”

Manny has been involved in politics for years in the Philippines — and as been elected to Congress twice before.



September 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

McDonnell: I want Quigg after I beat Kameda

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig


Jamie McDonnell says he will KO Tomoki Kameda in their WBA world bantamweight title rematch in Texas on Sunday before moving up to Super Bantamweight to face WBA champ Scott Quigg. McDonnell defends his belt against Kameda in a rematch of their gripping encounter in May, where McDonnell climbed off the canvas in the third round to outpoint the previously unbeaten Japanese star. The 29-year-old says he will make a big statement at the American Bank Center before returning to the UK to seek out an all-British World title bash with Manchester favourite Quigg.

“This is a massive fight and one I really wanted before looking at that move up to Super Bantamweight,” said McDonnell. “The plan is to beat him again and then move up and I’d love the Scott Quigg fight; that would be a massive night. I’ve already proved that I belong at the elite level and it’s only four pounds, it’s not a massive difference and I am a big Bantamweight. I feel I am hitting harder, I’ve been working on my power in the gym and I feel it’s going to pay off. I’m always in great shape and I’ve been flying in the gym, I am really looking forward to this one, I feel I have a lot to prove still even though I am a two-time World champion. We’re here and we’ve settled quickly and I am just going to soak it all up and I really feel that I am going to destroy him on Sunday.

“We know each other inside out because we’ve done 12 rounds. I can’t be sloppy, I’ve got to stay focused. I’ve got to forget the first fight because he’s going to bring his A-game to the table and so I am so it could be a totally different fight to the first one. I think it will be a fast paced fight, I started too slowly last time so I don’t want that to happen again. I believe I will stop him late on, I took him into the trenches last time but I didn’t put it on him enough. I think I will make that big statement and then move up.”



September 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Brook to defend against Chaves

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against former interim WBA champion Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, on October 24. Brook makes the third defense of his crown at his hometown fortress after ‘The Special One’ forced mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan to retire after four rounds of his first defence there in March and then faced Frankie Gavin in his second defence in London in May, ending the Birmingham man’s challenge in the sixth round at The O2.

“I’ve seen some of Chaves’ quotes and it’s interesting to see he thinks he can walk me down and over-run me,” said Brook. “I don’t think some fighters realize how big I am and how sharp and accurate I punch and I’m looking to make a major statement against him. If he does what he promises it’s going to be one hell of a fight. I’m so excited about boxing in my hometown of Sheffield again. London last time out was a great experience fighting in front of nearly 20,000 but I’m excited to be back there – it is my home. I’m looking to excite like I always do and light up the Motorpoint Arena on October 24.”

“We know Brook is a tough fighter, very technical,” said Chaves. “He is a linear fighter, very frontal. He’s not a fast fighter. He is easily bothered by body punches, and that is one of our strengths. And I believe he has problems going backwards. We saw that in his fight against Shawn Porter. When Porter charged forward, Brook had trouble adjusting to that. But we know that he is a great fighter to face, and we are going to test his punching power too, because the opponents he chose so far have not been such great punchers as the ones I have faced lately. I feel that my confidence grows with this challenge, knowing that I will have to face a champion like Kell Brook in his home country in England. This raises the stakes for me, going up there as an Argentine, and as a huge underdog. We know all the bad blood that exists between Argentina and England, and this will give me much more strength. I will be making history if I defeat an Englishman in his own country.”



September 2nd, 2015




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