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Golden Boy Promotions returns to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on Monday, Oct.14, for the latest edition of Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes featuring unbeaten junior middleweight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo against New York City southpaw Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez. The event will also feature a special guest appearance by boxing superstar and former World Champion Roy Jones Jr.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Chairman Bill Brady says there will be more NSAC scrutiny of officials assigned to high profile fights, starting with the officials working the October 12 clash between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. “There will be more questions asked, and Keith [Kizer] will be held accountable for his recommendations,” he told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “We won’t be a rubber stamp anymore.”
Brady also told the paper he has apologized to Nevada Governor Rick Sandoval for any embarrassment to the State caused by controversial the Mayweather-Alvarez scorecard submitted by Commission-appointed judge C.J. Ross, who is now taking an indefinite leave of absence and unlikely to return. Brady said Sandoval expressed his concerns and informed him he “wants things done right.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Las Vegas Review Journal and KLAS-TV reported that controversial boxing judge C.J. Ross will be leaving boxing indefinitely. Ross, under fire for scoring Floyd Mayweather’s one-sided win over Canelo Alvarez as a draw, wrote an email to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer saying “I’m taking a break from boxing, but I’ll keep in touch.” The 64-year-old female boxing judge, who was paid $8,000 to work the Mayweather-Alvarez clash, told KLAS she may not return. She will step down after 22 years as a boxing judge with the Nevada Commission. Her scoring of the Mayweather-Alvarez fight was preceded by another high profile scoring snafu 15 months ago when she had Timothy Bradley winning against Manny Pacquiao in a bout most felt clearly went the other way.
Former WBA world heavyweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye plans to destroy Tyson Fury on September 28 in Manchester, and believes his roster of sparring partners would do a similar job, too. Just days from wrapping up camp ahead of the all-British showdown, Haye says he has enjoyed some of the best sparring of his career, and that each of the men brought over to help fine-tune his skills would have their way with Fury in a competitive fight. “I have no doubt whatsoever that the guys brought over for me to spar would do a number on Fury in a fight,” he said. “That’s what has made this camp so great. Rather than bringing over the typical sparring partners – guys used to just taking punishment – I have brought over a load of top-ten heavyweights, some of them unbeaten, with lots of ambition and pride.
“I have also brought over big, big punchers. So while Tyson Fury is falling into a false sense of security by sparring the likes of Steve Cunningham and Eddie Chambers – powderpuff punchers – I am testing myself against men who clearly hit a lot harder than Fury does.” (more…)
The blessing or the curse of mixed martial arts – depending on which side of the win-loss equation you’re standing on – is that there are no shortcuts. Unless you are fortunate enough to leave the Octagon with a 30 second knockout or submission, what you did in training will show up on fight night. And when it does, all the talent in the world won’t save you if you didn’t train for a 15 or 25 minute fight . . . More at UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Danie Venter has his second crack at trying to win a “world” title when he meets Shown Cox of Barbados for the vacant World Boxing Federation cruiserweight belt at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria on Saturday night. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
2012 Fighter of the Year and former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan ran into each other upon their arrival in Corpus Christi, Texas for a press conference Wednesday at the American Bank Center to announce their upcoming grudge rematch as part of an exciting world championship tripleheader on Saturday, November 9.
Also spotted were undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia and brother/trainer Robert Garcia. Garcia will be challenging two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez. (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens
Former World Featherweight Champion Orlando “Siri” Salido is training hard in the intense summer heat at Arena Osuna Boxing Gym in his native Ciudad Obregon, Mexico Salido is preparing for battle against Puerto Rican Olympian and top contender, Orlando Cruz, on October 12th at The Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The pair will be fighting for the Vacant WBO World Featherweight Title and are the semi final to legendary Juan Manuel Marquez who will be facing Timothy Bradley for the welterweight title in the main attraction.
“I am ready and as positive as I have ever been,” said Salido. “I want my title back.” He is in camp with trainer Santos Moreno and manager Sean Gibbons. More photos…
Philly boxing champ Danny Garcia returns home a hero, after his smashing victory over Lucas Matthysse. More
Carl Froch vows to put on a show against George Groves. More
UFC champ Jon “Bones” Jones says he’s “open” to fighting one of the Klitschkos. More
Boxing legend Carmen Basilio is honored in Canastota, N.Y. More
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. on September 27 with another “Path to Glory” card headlined by junior welterweights Mauricio Herrera (19-3, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. and former title holder Miguel Angel Huerta (27-10-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 8-rounds and is set at a catch weight of 142 pounds. (more…)
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Former WBO super bantamweight champion and Son of a Legend Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez held an open media workout Today at Walter Alvarez Cross Fit/Miami Fight Gym in Miami, Florida in anticipation of his return to the ring in “Road To Rempdetion” as he returns home to the Kissimmee Civic Center this Friday September 20. His Father and Trainer Wilfredo Vazquez worked with his son alongside of Cuban Professor Roberto Quesada. Vazquez Jr. also participated in Telemundo’s popular program Titulares y Mas and other network programs. (more…)
The WBC has announced a multi-platform agreement that brings the recently created, 24-card “WBC World Cup of Professional Boxing” to the FOX Sports family of networks. The deal grants exclusive broadcast rights in the U.S., where fights air on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes on Friday nights. Exclusive rights also apply in the Caribbean through FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes, while non-exclusive rights apply in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
The elimination-style event brings together champions from across 10 related intercontinental federations, plus the Silver and International Belts, in four weight classes: feather, light, welter and heavy. Broken into an elimination phase, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, the first 20 broadcasts include two main events and have a two-hour window, while the finals are scheduled for 90 minutes. Fight nights take place in the U.S. (10), Mexico (10) and four international venues yet to be determined. (more…)
With six shows under their belt for 2013, Bobby D Presents, San Diego’s most decorated live professional boxing promoter, is gearing up for what looks like their best edition of “San Diego Fights” yet scheduled for Thursday, September 26th. Programmed for the recognized home of San Diego live boxing, the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa, the evening like always will feature a number of local as well as national recognized talent putting on an explosive night of prize fighting.
The main event will feature hard hitting undefeated Brandon “Cannon” Adams (11-0, 7KOs) of Watts, CA, in his stiffest test to date when he faces the experienced Francisco “Panchito” Rios (18-19, 12KOs) Gil of Yavaros, Sonora, Mexico. (more…)
Former U.S. amateur standout Derrick Wilson (10-4-2, 3 KOs), coming off a sensational upset of previously unbeaten prospect Braulio Santos this past June, has the opportunity of his young professional career this Saturday night in Tulum, Mexico, challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver featherweight champion Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (18-9, 11 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
Wilson, fighting out of Fort Myers (FL), was a 2004 National Silver Gloves champion, winning 50 of 57 amateur bouts with all of his losses coming in national competition. The 24-year-old resurrected his boxing career by upsetting Santos (10-0), something he’s become quite adept at having shocked Charlie Huerta (11-0) in 2009, by way of a first-round knockout. (more…)
It’s just 25 days until undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Márquez, both coming off Fight of the Year performances, collide in a battle for Bradley’s world title. The only two fighters to have defeated Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in the past seven years, Bradley vs. Márquez will take place Saturday, October 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
The undercard includes #1 contender Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), boxing’s first openly gay fighter, against former two-time featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) for the vacant WBO featherweight title, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Great” Lomachenko making his professional debut in a 10-round featherweight bout against WBO #7 rated Jose Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs), and undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Americas light heavyweight champion “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs) risking his title, undefeated record and top-10 rating against Anthony Caputo-Smith (14-1, 10 KOs).
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Four boxing organizations chairmen – Daryl Peoples (IBF), Gilberto Mendoza (WBA), Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel (WBO) and Ed Levine (IBO) will be among distinguished guests of event organizer Andrey Ryabinsky, CEO of investment and construction company “MIC” , vice-president of Russian Professional Boxing Federation when WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champ Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO) defends against WBA regular beltholder Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO) mega-fight on October 5 in Moscow.
Ryabinsky also added another big name to his already impressive list of heavyweight Olympic champions in Moscow’s Olympic Stadium (Klitschko and Povetkin in the ring, Lennox Lewis as a guest). Legendary George Foreman (76-5, 68 KO), who just started “Foreman Boys Promotions,” the oldest professional heavyweight world champion and of course Olympic gold medalist from Mexico in 1968, will be in Russia cheering for both fighters in just a couple of weeks. Klitschko-Povetkin will be televised live in US by HBO.
By Ron Jackson
Thompson Mokwana regained the South African lightweight title when he stopped Patrick Malinga in the eleventh round in a clash for the vacant title over the past weekend at the Orient Theatre in East London. Mokwana was behind on points going into the eleventh round but came out with a two-fisted attack and put Malinga down and out. This was the fourth meeting between the two with Mokwana having won the first two and fighting to a draw in the third match. (more…)
Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions
Thompson Boxing Promotions signed undefeated bantamweight prospect Carlos “Memin” Carlson (11-0, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico to an exclusive promotional contract, the Southern California-based promotional company announced today.
“Roberto Sandoval, our top boxing agent in Mexico, turned us on to Carlos Carlson, and once we watched him live, we knew it was only a matter of time before we brought him into the fold,” said Alex Camponovo, general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing Promotions. “At five-foot-seven, Carlos has great size for the division. He carries power in both hands, which boxing fans love because it makes for entertaining fights.” (more…)
#1 ranked cruiserweight Ola Afolabi gets his first IBO world title opportunity amid the bright lights in Manhattan on Novenber 2, when he faces once-beaten Polish export Lukasz Janik in the final undercard feature to the Gennady Golovkin middleweight championship bout at Madison Square Garden. A 33-year-old London native who now lives in Los Angeles, Afolabi is 19-3-4 in 11 years as a professional, which have included two narrow losses and a draw against WBO title-holder Marco Huck since 2009. Against opponents not named Huck, Afolabi is unbeaten since 2003, with the only loss coming to imminent IBO light heavyweight challenger Allan Green. Afolabi has beaten a list of familiar names, including former world championship claimants Orlin Norris (TKO 7), Enzo Maccarinelli (KO 9) and Valery Brudov (TKO 5). Janik enters the bout with a single loss in 27 fights since turning pro in 2006. He’s won 11 straight fights since 2009 while scoring six wins inside the distance and fighting an average of 4.5 rounds per outing.
Unbeaten Australian star Blake Caparello will meet his toughest professional opponent and vie for his first career world title on the same Oct. 17 night, when he meets veteran slugger Allan Green for the vacant IBO light heavyweight championship at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Australia. The 27-year-old Aussie turned pro in 2009 and has since gone 17-0-1 in 18 fights, while claiming the Australian title and other regional title belts along the way. He defeated former IBO middleweight title challenger Aaron Pryor Jr. in October 2012 and has won three more fights since. The 33-year-old Green is perhaps best known for his participation in the 168-pound “Super Six” tournament put on by Showtime. He lost a 12-round decision to the ultimate winner of the event, Andre Ward. Green’s last fight was Nov. 3, 2012 and ended with him winning by seven-round stoppage over Canadian star Renan St. Juste in Montreal.
Main Events announced today that they have signed light heavyweight boxer Lionell Thompson, 14-2, 9 KOs, to a promotional contract. Thompson, an exciting boxer-puncher from Buffalo, NY, was a five time New York State Golden Glove Champion before turning professional in 2009 with a first round KO of Zaid Malik at the Buffalo Convention Center. The quick win was the start of 12-bout winning streak that included eight knockouts over a three year stretch that took him up and down the East Coast, as well as to Canada and the UK.
In 2012, Thompson lost two bouts, a controversial decision to Canadian Nicholson Poulard, then 17-3, 8 KOs, for the vacant NABA title, and Russian Sergey Kovalev, then 18-0-1, 17 KOs, who three fights later, won the WBO light heavyweight world title. This year, Thompson bounced back from those setbacks with an explosive TKO of tough Chuck Mussachio in February, and a measured unanimous decision over then-undefeated Yathomas Riley, in his most recent start. Each victory highlighted a different side of Lionell’s impressive skill set. (more…)
#1 contender Orlando Cruz, boxing’s first openly gay fighter, and former two-time featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido hosted an international media conference today to discuss their upcoming world championship fight on the pay-per-view undercard of the Bradley-Marquez WBO welterweight championship fight on October 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Orlando Salido: I see this as one of the last opportunities of my career. I’m not going to waste it…don’t miss this fight. As always it’ll be a war between Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Orlando Cruz: I’m sure this will be my year, sure of my victory and I will be world champion…I dedicate this fight to Emile Griffith, my [LGBT] community, and all the people who believe in Orlando Cruz.
There was a purse bid in the IBF Office today for the IBF cruiserweight championship mandatory defense between champion Yoan Hernandez and #1, Alexander Alekseev. There were two bidders, Sauerland Event GmbH and EC Box Promotions GmbH. Sauerland won with a bid of $555,414 and EC Box Promotion bid $ 212,000. The purse bid split will be 75% to Hernandez and 25% to Alekseev. Sauerland has 90 days to put the fight on.
By James Slater
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is looking forward to another sold out event featuring his super-middleweight star Carl Froch. Earlier this year “The Cobra’s” rematch with Mikkel Kessler did huge business and Hearn has just Tweeted how Froch’s upcoming November 23rd clash with fellow Brit George Groves has sold over 18,000 tickets, this just eleven minutes after going on sale. The fight will take place inside what is almost certainly going to be a crammed Manchester Arena (now named Phones 4U Arena) next month. Groves, unbeaten at 19-0(15) has stated how he believes he has the beating of the vastly experienced Froch and that he has known for some time he has what it takes to upset the IBF/WBA 168-pound king.
Of added interest to the big card is the news that Anthony Crolla has just been signed by Hearn’s promotional outfit. Crolla, 26-4-1(9) and coming off that big win over Gavin Rees in June, will face a TBA on the Nov. 23rd show. The Manchester Evening News has a piece that suggests Crolla may face recent Ricky Burns challenger (and victim of that controversial draw) Raymundo Beltran. That would be some excellent supporting feature to the main event.
Boxing returns to The Little-Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington this Saturday night, September 21st and it is shaping up to be Washington’s boxing card of the year as rising Middleweight star Mike Gavronski (12-0-1, 9 KOs) headlines against Tristin Todd (9-3, 5 KOs) for the GBO 168 lb title. Gavronski has quietly improved every time out in building his perfect record. He is a favorite in Washington as well as his adopted home of Chicago, and combines great boxing skill with KO power in both hands. Tristin Todd is coming in from Memphis and is a heavy handed puncher and will be Gavronski’s toughest opponent yet. (more…)
For brand-new IBF junior middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs), reaching one goal just means moving onto the next one. “Now that I’m home, I want to start defending my belt right away, before the end of the year if possible.” Molina continued. I want (Saul) Canelo Alvarez or (Miguel) Cotto next. Beating either of those guys is the fastest way to Floyd Mayweather, so that’s who I want to fight.” (more…)
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