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By Nick Giongco
GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The life of Rolando Navarrete, once the toast of Philippine boxing, is in a total mess. Navarrete, now 57, says he makes both ends meet working at the city’s fish port but wouldn’t say how. “Dumidiskarte lang, (I am just being resourceful),” said Navarrete during a chance encounter with the ex-WBC super-featherweight king.
Navarrete has been retired from the sport for over 20 years now and relies heavily on a government monthly assistance worth P2,000 ($45) so he could bring food to the table.
But he no longer has a wife and takes care of two kids, both fighters, but with no solid promotional connections.
On this particular day, Navarrete stood just outside the main door where Manny Pacquiao would come out, hoping that the world welterweight titlist would see him and even slip in a few bills. (more…)
Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes
WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs) was dethroned by veteran Pablo “El Sepulturero” Munguia (20-5, 11 KOs) via ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the popular Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. The much shorter Munguia pressed the action and earned a clear cut ten round unanimous decision by scores of 98-90, 98-90 and 95-93.
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Steve Cunningham 205 vs. Natu Visinia 278
Edner Cherry 132.5 vs. Osumanu Akaba 134.5
Tyrone Brunson 158 vs. Decarlo Perez 158
Victor Vasquez 136.5 vs. Gerald Smith 140
Ryan Bivins 174 vs. Darryl Gause 169.5
Roberto Lopez 159 vs. Robert Sweeney 155
Anthony Abbruzzese 150 vs. Anthony Prescott 147.5
Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #8 super flyweight Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11 KOs) clearly outscored Fernando Ocon (13-8, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Samor controlled most of the rounds as he outworked the southpaw Filipino to win by scores of 118-110, 116-112, 116-112. Ocon came to Thailand with good credentials and was coming off a KO win over Juren Labordo in July. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Samor performed well today against Ocon who had lost a disputed twelve split decision against world class Tommy Seran. Samor is very popular with Thailand boxing fans with all his bouts are televised nationally.” (more…)
The 7th Annual Briscoe Awards will again honor the best of the Philadelphia fight scene, Sunday afternoon, October 19th, 1:00-4:00 pm, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar, 26 E. Oregon Avenue, in South Philly. This year’s recipients include Danny Garcia (Fighter of the Year & Performance of the Year), Julian Williams (Prospect of the Year), Manny Folly (Rookie of the Year), Tevin Farmer (Breakout Fighter of the Year), Julio De Jesus (KO of the Year), Stephen Fulton, Jr. (Amateur of the Year), Anthony Caputo Smith vs. Dhafir Smith (Local Fight of the Year) and Dylan Price (Everett Brothers Award).
The Briscoe Awards are named for legendary Philadelphia middleweight Bennie Briscoe. The awards given out are statuettes and medals cast in Briscoe’s likeness. Each year, these awards are presented to the standouts of Philadelphia-area boxing, and the free event is a celebration for both fighters and fans alike. Sunday’s awards are for the 2013 fight year.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call 609-377-6413.
Hasim Rahman Jr. and his brother Sharif Rahman have filed a lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, Mayweather Boxing Club and Showtime. Sharif Rahman alleges that he was never told his sparring session with Donovon Cameron would be recorded for “Showtime All Access” and he was forced to fight 5/6/7 minute rounds despite a request to fight 3 minute rounds.
Hasim Rahman Jr. maintains his fight with Cameron went 31 minutes straight with no break and he was later informed there large amounts of money wagered.
The lawsuit further states that Mayweather “misrepresented facts” while testifying on front of the NSAC and falsely testified that the 31-minute fight depicted on “Showtime All Access” didn’t happen.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
Promoter Tom Loeffler has just announced that WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio failed to make weight for Saturday’s clash against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Loeffler said Rubio will be fined $50,000 per pound over limit, a $100,000 overall purse penalty, but Rubio does not have cut the weight. Rubio lost his WBC interim belt at the scale at 161.8 and failed to make weight in the allotted two hours. Golovkin can still add the green belt to his WBA and IBO belts with a victory.
Another super flyweight battle will headline the 4th show of the fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford next Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL. Originally featherweight Orlando Cruz was scheduled to face Ruben Tamayo, but today it was announced that undefeated superfly Edwin “El Puto” Rodriguez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico will face Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez (9-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBC FECARBOX title.
In the co-feature Daniel Rosario Cruz (8-1, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico will battle Mexican Jose Alberto “El Flaco” Leal (9-5-1, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Videos: Przemek Garczarczyk
Gennady Golovkin 159 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 161.8
(WBA middleweight title)
Rubio came in, stripped naked, and weighed 161.8. He has two hours to lose 1.8 pounds.
Nonito Donaire 125.6 vs. Nicholas Walters 125.6
(WBA featherweight title)
Edwin Rodriguez 174.8 vs. Azea Augustama 175.8
Marcos Reyes 160.8 vs. Abie Han 160.4
Jamie Oceguda 139.6 vs. Moris Rodriguez 138
Ruslan Madiyev 136.6 vs. Oscar Rojas 135
Walter Sarnoi 123.4 vs. Sergio Najera 121.2
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: K2/Top Rank
Undefeated light heavyweight contender Sean Monaghan (22-0, 14 KOs) and multi-media personality Bobby Cassidy Jr. were guest speakers at last night’s Ring 8 monthly meeting, held for the first time at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBA bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos Payano has been hailed as a national hero in the Dominican Republic for his great victory against Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo Moreno on September 26 in Mesquite, Texas. Payano arrived Thursday afternoon at Cibao International Airport in Santiago from the United States where he was received by his mother, friends and family, along with hundreds of fans and the general public who celebrated the feat of their compatriot. Thousands of people lined the streets as his convoy drove through the city.
“I want to thank my hometown and my second city Santiago where I learned and trained because they made me what I am today and all those who in different ways have supported me. I was a little poor boy and I’m telling the young people that they can achieve the best,” said Payano.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Legendary promoter Bob Arum talks with Fightnews.com about great promoters working together, the loaded with talent middleweight division, Gennady Golovkin’s options if he beats Marco Antonio Rubio this Saturday, and the business side of making great events.
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez will have a chance at his first title and do it at home. The undefeated prodigy (11-0-1) will compete for a NABF Junior title in the super lightweight division when he takes on David Rodela in the main event of a nationally televised Top Rank fight card at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California on Saturday, October 25.
“I am sure that October 25 will be the first of many title fights for future superstar Jose Ramirez,” said Hall of fame promoter Bob Arum.
“It’s a honor for me to have this opportunity and even more, to do so in front of the fans at home,” said Ramirez. He was born and raised in Avenal, CA. (more…)
An an exciting boxing event on Saturday, December 13, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be officially announced on Monday in Los Angeles. Headlining is former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr (31-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., making his ring comeback against one-time interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, in a 12-round welterweight clash. In the co-feature, World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., will be making his first title defense against Jose Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, both fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to present another installment of the popular “Rockin Fights” series on Saturday, December 20th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The main event will feature undefeated jr. welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (14-0, 11 KOs) Shirley, NY in a ten-round grudge return match with Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal, 17-5-3 11 KOs, Arlington, VA for a regional title that will be announced shortly. Seldin and Jargal hooked up at The Paramount on July 18th of this year in a feature bout televised on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” series. The bout was stopped after three rounds due to a cut over Jargal’s eye that also caused severe swelling and ruled a technical draw. This time each combatant promises a more definitive ending.
The semi-final 8 round bout will feature new Star Boxing acquisition, light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr., 16-1 13 KOs, Shirley, NY in his first appearance at The Paramount against an opponent to be named shortly.
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, junior middleweight John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-2, 15 KOs) will return to action on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Quorum Córdoba Hotel in Cordoba, Argentina, against hometown veteran Carlos Adan “El Malevo” Jerez (40-17-3, 18 KOs). Jackson-Jerez will serve as one of the main supporting bouts for a night of boxing headlined by Carolina Marcela Gutierrez (22-4-1, 13 KOs) taking on Yulihan Luna Avila (11-2, 1 KO) for the vacant IBF World female super bantamweight title.
25-year-old Jackson says his fight against Jerez will serve two purposes: First, Jerez was the first fighter to pin a loss on his cousin, Samuel Rogers and so some family-style revenge is on the menu. Secondly, this will be Jackson’s first fight since his shock KO loss to Ireland’s Andy Lee last June at Madison Square Garden.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins/Hoganphotos, K2 Promotions
WBC interim champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) of Coahuila, Torreon, Mexico is ready for his showdown with undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) of Kazakhstan taking place this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with the champion Rubio at the Manhattan Beach Marriot in Manhattan Beach, California.
“The time is here. We are fighting the best middleweight pound for pound,” Rubio told Fightnews.com. “I am happy for this opportunity fighting in LA on this card. Winning this fight will benefit me.”
Rubio had a solid training camp in Oxnard, California with his trainer Robert Garcia preparing a total of eight weeks. Under trainer Robert Garcia, Rubio has won four straight bouts and shown slight improvement in boxing more as Rubio’s style has always been to pressure and come forward.
“Robert and I had a great camp. We worked for eight weeks on a lot of details and learning to box more. I was more of brawler but Robert has taught me to be more patient. This is my fifth fight with Robert and the things he does with his fighters are very different from other trainers, he likes to take care of his fighters and prepare them to be at their best,” Rubio commented. (more…)
The UFC® returns to movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT, as Fathom Events and the UFC® bring UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM, the UFC’s first-ever event in Mexico, to the big screen. Fans will have a front-row Octagon® view of all the action when heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez collides with no.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in the five-round main event on November 15. Broadcast live from the sold-out Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, audiences will witness the culmination of 12 weeks of rivalry and competition built up between these two heavyweight coaches on The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America, the UFC’s famed reality television series . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Rocky Morales
Photo: Gene Blevins/Hoganphotos, K2 Promotions
The Manhattan Beach Marriott played host to the final press conference for “Mexican Style”, the middleweight showdown between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio. Golovkin will be defending his WBA and IBO middleweight world titles against Rubio, the WBC interim middleweight champion. Golovkin (30-0, 27KO) has stayed busy in 2014 and will be defending his titles for the third time in just the past 8.5 months against the solid Rubio (59-6, 53KO) who has won six in a row and whose only loss in his last 17 bouts was a decision loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Golovkin will enter the fight as the world champion with the highest knockout percentage, 90%, and has knocked out his most recent 17 opponents in a row.
In Golovkin’s most recent fight, just 12 weeks ago, a title defense against former IBF middleweight champion, Daniel Geale, Golovkin was able to walk right through Gaele and destroy him inside of three rounds. Meanwhile, in what was his third attempt at a world title, Rubio finally won a world title in his 66th career bout, with a tenth round knockout of Italian contender, Domenico Spado, to earn the WBC interim middleweight championship.
This fight will mark the west coast debut for Golovkin whose only other five fights on American soil were all on the east coast. Nevertheless, tickets reportedly sold out a month ago for this fight and it will be the largest attendance ever at the Carson Stub Hub Center to see a fight. (more…)
By David Finger
Boxing returns to Hobbs New Mexico next weekend as local prospect Edgar Zubia (4-2-1, 3 KOs) takes on takes on Jose “Shorty” Salinas (5-1, 3 KOs) from Las Cruces, New Mexico. The six round junior welterweight fight is one of the toughest of Zubia’s career and is very much a “must win” fight for the Hobbs native. With two losses in seven fights, Zubia’s hopes to emerge as a legitimate national prospect very much hinge on this fight. Salinas, who also has aspirations to emerge as a world class prospect, is also looking to bounce back from his only professional loss: a tough fifth round TKO to undefeated El Paso native Oscar Valenzuela. Despite the loss, many boxing insiders regard Salinas as a legitimate prospect nonetheless. However a loss to Zubia would all but end the talk of Salinas as a serious prospect, something that the Las Cruces native is keenly aware of. (more…)
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
“One of the reasons why Gennady is promising his fans a great show on Saturday, is because he co-promotes as GGG Promotions. He made it clear to everybody that he wanted a great show,” said Abel Sanchez in a Fightnews.com interview. “What is a Mexican Style for me? It’s hard work, close distance, timing, power and strategy. It’s not dancing. Just fight, a true fight,” stated Golovkin. The Golovkin-Rubio WBA/IBO middleweight title fight and Donaire-Walters WBA featherweight bout from sold out StubHub Center in Carson, CA will be televised live on HBO, starting at 10 PM ET/PT.
Beginning October 19, undefeated light welterweight world champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), from Huntington, New York, on Long Island, will begin training at The Palazzo for his upcoming fight against defending WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. Algieri will train in a custom gym at The Palazzo through November 13 and is giving boxing fans the ultimate opportunity – the chance to watch training sessions. “The Palazzo has rolled out the red carpet for me,” said Algieri. “From the custom training room to the accommodations, I feel completely at home here and I know this training camp will prepare me for the upcoming bout against [Manny] Pacquaio at The Venetian Macao on November 22.”
On Tuesday nights while Algieri is training The Palazzo, fans will be able to hear how training is going when he speaks with The Palazzo’s very own Ken Thomson on Yahoo! Sports Radio from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The broadcast is live from Lagasse’s Stadium, giving fans an opportunity to catch a glimpse of Algieri outside of training.
On Saturdays fans will get an inside look when the doors to Algieri’s training camp are open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will be the only resorts on the Las Vegas Strip broadcasting the fight live. With a viewing party in the Palazzo Ballroom, as well as Lagasse’s Stadium – The Venetian and The Palazzo will be the only place for fight fans to be on November 22. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to Venetian.com or call the box office at 866-641-7469.
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (Left) and WBC Interim Middleweight Champion Marco Antonio Rubio (Right) pose in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 2014 at the press conference for their October 18, 2014 fight at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California and televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Golovkin and Rubio face off during today’s press conference in LA
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBA Super World Featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and WBA Regular World Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters of Jamaica pose at the final press conference Thursday for their upcoming WBA title unification bout, Saturday Oct. 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson,Calif. on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Promoted by K2 Promotions, GGG Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo while Donaire vs. Walters is presented by Top Rank.
Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes
Edgar Ortega 147 Vs. Pablo Munguia 147
(10 Rounds WBO Latin Welterweight Title)
Francisco Avila 124 Vs. Edwin Palomares 125
Antonio Moran 134 Vs. Adrian Rodriguez 135
Giovanny Andrade 111 Vs. Daniel Garcia 111
Sergio Fabian 132 Vs. Hugo Ledezma 133
Carlos Chavarria 160 Vs. Israel Ramirez 159
Luis Vidales 148 Vs. Hugo Pacheco 152
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo , Mexico DF
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones
TV: Telemundo 11:35 PM (US) Claro Sports (Latin America)
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx or at the door
First fight: 8PM
Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Kathy Duva, Main Events’ CEO: This is our 21st show in the series which will end with its 22nd show on NBCSN on November 8. It has been the greatest privilege of my life putting on a series like this. We got to build stars. We started building stars from the very beginning. It is fitting that it is going to end on the same day that Sergey Kovalev is fighting in the biggest fight of the year. Steve was already a world champion but we got the opportunity to introduce him to the United States because he fought mainly overseas. This is the last show I am going to be at for this series. I am not going to be able to attend the last fight of the series because I will be at the Kovalev fight. It feels like high school graduation. It is bitter sweet and sad, but I am also excited about what is going to come ahead. I am also very proud of everyone who has worked on this series. This fight is no doubt going to live up to expectations. In his last fight, Steve put on the best fight of the series. It was about as perfect as you can get. (more…)
The Thursday, November 13 edition of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, will feature super bantamweight 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs), featherweight Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (12-0, 7 KOs) a great nephew of the late former world champion Genaro Hernandez, super bantamweight Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs) the cousin of “The Golden Boy” himself Oscar De La Hoya, and seven-foot Chinese heavyweight Taishan (1-0, 1 KO) in separate bouts. Opponents for Diaz, Ramirez, De La Hoya and Taishan will be announced shortly.
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