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Weights from Fantasy Springs

Weights from Fantasy Springs

Photos: Andrew Yelich / Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Randy Caballero 124 vs. Ruben Garcia 122.8 Frankie Gomez 145 vs. Silverio Ortiz 144 Shane Mosley Jr ...

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Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Photos: James Luedde/Premier Boxing Champions Headlining in his first main event, 20-year-old unbeaten super welterweight Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) was ...

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Barrionuevo crushes Cosio in WBC welterweight tourney

Barrionuevo crushes Cosio in WBC welterweight tourney

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez The WBC Welterweight Tournament continued on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones of the Hotel Azul ...

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Phiri dethrones Rivas, Alvarez stops Winchester

Phiri dethrones Rivas, Alvarez stops Winchester

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman In a shocker, Zambia's Catherine Phiri (11-1, 5KO) was quicker and sharper as she stood ...

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Felix escapes with split decision win

Felix escapes with split decision win

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank IBF #4, WBO #7 lightweight José Felix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs) of Los ...

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Boxing News

Clarkson Dominates in Fort Worth

By Robert Hughes/Ringside
Photos by Stacey Verbeek

Light heavyweight Samuel Clarkson on Saturday made quick work of Rayford Johnson in Fort Worth during the annual ‘Scott Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom’ black-tie fund-raiser for the Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club.

The Main Event looks better than ever and was looking to be tested but Johnson offered up nothing as an opponent.
“I was prepared to go to war, I guess I beat him to the punch,” Clarkson said.

So the Dallas native and local favorite improves his record to (15-3, 9KOs) against Johnson, (11-19, 7 KOs), a man who probably shouldn’t be fighting professionally.

As the opening bell rang The Main Event ran Johnson around the ring for a moment and then quickly into a corner with a flurry of blows, sending him to his knee and forcing an eight-count by referee Robert Chapa. (more…)



August 29th, 2015


Boxing News

Hirsch captures IBU title, Enriquez comes back with win

By Renzo Novara and Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

Borizteca Promotions upped the ante on Friday night, August 28th, on club-level boxing events in Tijuana with a complete show at the Mezzanine Hall featuring fighters from both sides of the border. The whole event was broadcast live on the internet via YouTube. In the main event, Tony “Go Get ‘Em” Hirsh (19-6-2, 8KO) of Oakland, CA, captured the IBU middleweight crown with a unanimous decision over Mexicali, Mexico’s Rolando “Indio” Paredes (9-3-2, 8KO) in a ten rounder.

Paredes was the more aggressive of the two in the first half of the fight, throwing the larger amount of punches and the more effective ones. Left hooks and a straight right hand kept Hirsch at bay for most of the first couple of rounds.

It worked in Hirsch’s favor that Paredes activity tired him out by the middle rounds, scoring with jabs and hooks to the head of the Mexicali fighter. Hirsch kept pushing the fight in the second half but it was more Paredes lack of action than Hirsch increasing punch rate. Never the less, it was Hirsch that battled it out until the end scoring the unanimous decision and capturing the belt. Judge Alejandro Rochin scored it 98-92 while Leo Ibarra saw it 97-93. Benjamin Rendon saw it the closes with a scorecard of 96-92. (more…)



August 29th, 2015


Boxing News

McElroy Impressive After Layoff

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

After a layoff of almost two years, Detroit welterweight William McElroy, who might be said to be the prize product of Jimmy Paul’s Hands On Boxing Gym, (with a very large assist from Dr. Rashad Ali) Paul was able to get McElroy back into action Friday night against a very determined and durable Lionel Jimenez of East Moline, Illinois, at Warren’s DiCarlo’s Convention Center.

The first-time promotion of Ali’s, Bare Knuckle Promotions was a long-time coming, as Ali had intended to promote in the area over a year ago, but he has finally got a start, albeit a rocky one. The program started a full 75 minutes past the start time and the “intermission” between the amateur bouts and the three pro encounters was overly-protracted and loud enough to create vibrations capable of moving one’s drink from one side of the table to the other. A co ordinator was desperately needed.

This was one of the rare pro-am shows that there should be more of in these dog days of Detroit boxing in which there hasn’t been anything more than a 6-round main go in Michigan for almost the last year, or since Tony Harrison took out Bronco McKart in Cobo Hall in just over a minute. (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Maicelo defeats Bennett In DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Boxers from Washington, DC and the state of Ohio were the featured boxers on King’s Promotions’s first promotion in Washington, DC. However, a boxer from New Jersey stole the spotlight in the featured contest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

In the main event, lightweight Jonathan Maicelo of North Bergen, NJ won a 10-round unanimous decision over Brandon “Untouchable” Bennett of Cincinnati, OH. Maicelo, a native of Peru, simply outworked Bennett throughout the contest getting off first in every meaningful exchange. Maicelo, who fought for an interim world title in his previous bout, won this bout by scores of 99-91 and 97-93 (twice) to raise his record to 22-2, 12 KO’s. Bennett’s record fell to 19-2, eight KO’s.

The co-feature saw Landover, MD super middleweight “The Real Deal” Phil Jackson Benson successfully bounce back from a knockout loss in April with a third-round knockout over Jinner Guerrero of Sucumbios, Ecuador. Benson was dominant in this performance knocking down Guerrero twice in the first two rounds. In the third round, Benson battered Guerrero until Guerrero’s camp stopped the bout at 1:08 of the round. Benson is now 16-2, 15 KO’s while Guerrero drops 8-6, four KO’s. (more…)



August 29th, 2015


Boxing News

Weights from Mississauga

Denton Daley 198 lbs. vs Giulian Ilie 192.5 lbs.
Kevin Higson 153 lbs. vs Frank Cotroni 154 lbs.
Vacant Canadian Jr. Middleweight Title
Steven Wilcox 132.5 lbs. vs Luis Juarez 133 lbs.
Ryan Young 153.5 lbs vs Krisztian Santa 154.25*lbs.
Tim Cronin 174.5 lbs. vs. Francois Miville 174 lbs.
Aurey Cox 153.75 lbs. vs Steve Rainford 152.5 lbs.

*Santa was quarter pound heavy and given one hour to lose the excess weight

Venue Hershey Center Mississauga ON
Promoter: United Promotions
First Bell 7PM



August 29th, 2015

UFC

Rousey vs. Holm to now headline UFC 193 on Nov. 14

The UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, originally scheduled for UFC 195 on January 2, will now take place at the 70,000 seat Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on November 14 (November 15 in Australia) . . . Click here for more

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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



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan’s ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in near 100-degree heat outdoors in Las Vegas. “It was great to see heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be — you are hanging on the edge of your seat with every punch,” he said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen, but Trevor Bryan pulled through. He’s only 16-0 but he broke through the door to greatness. That’s the big thing. Now we have to look for him to get a heavyweight championship fight as he goes along.”

“So it was a terrific fight and as a matter of fact it was a terrific night of fights and that’s what it’s all about. People ask me ‘when is the next one?’ people shouting in their seats and tingling. And we did it for the women — fighting for women’s rights — the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Oh man I am so excited. This is what it’s supposed to be.”

The 6-foot-4 Bryan, who turned 26 on August 23, went ten rounds for the first time. A pro since November 2011, he had registered 10 of his 11 knockouts victories in three rounds or less. (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Hammer hammers the “Tank”

Photo: EC Boxing

Photo: EC Boxing

Heavyweight Christian Hammer (18-4, 10 KOs) had no problems against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (37-15-2, 20 KOs) winning a ten round unanimous decision on Friday in Galati, Romania. The three judges scored it 98-92, 98-92 and 100-90. Hammer was coming off a TKO loss to Tyson Fury in February. “I am very satisfied with his performance,” said Hammer’s promoter Erol Ceylan afterward. “He wanted the KO, but Sherman really is a tank.”

In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Adrian Granat (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped “The Sandman” Konstantin Airich (21-13-2, 17 KOs) in round three. Five straight losses now for the Sandman.



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Macklin annihilates Herrmann in one

Former middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin (33-6, 22 KOs) made quick work of Chris Herrmann (19-7-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the H10 Andalucia Plaza in Puerto Banus, Marbella, Spain. Two body shots finished Herrmann after just 76 seconds. Macmillan’s next appearance is October 17 in Birmingham, England. Herrmann suffered his third straight KO loss.



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy

At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to have found the ‘fountain of youth’ and the maturity of boxing since hiring the services of legendary trainer Freddie Roach. Cotto gives Roach all the credit for resurrecting his career.

“Freddie is the person responsible for Miguel Cotto regaining his career,” said Cotto. “He has been dedicated to getting the best out of e that I have. Since we arrived at the gym the first day we have been able to work hard and improve what we have to improve and make the adjustments that we have to do. Freddie has become the main axis of what Miguel Cotto does today in his fights.” (more…)



August 29th, 2015

UFC

UFC 191: Flyweights Focus On Future, Heavyweights Reflect On The Past

Thursday’s UFC 191 media conference call had a very “Old School vs. New School” feel to it, as the four competitors that make up next weekend’s main and co-main event fights pressed pause on their final preparations to discuss their upcoming bouts . . . Click here for more

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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



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Bryan defeats Rossy, Perez and Dawejko also win

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Up-and-coming heavyweight Trevor Bryan (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over game veteran Derric Rossy (30-10, 14 KOs) on Friday night outdoors at “The D” in scalding downtown Las Vegas. Bryan dropped Rossy in round one with a left hook. The knockdown seemed to wake up Rossy and the bout turned into a war. The pace slowed in round four in the near 100-degree temperatures. Bryan landed some big shots in rounds six and seven and did more down the stretch. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 98-91.

Middleweight late sub DeCarlo Perez (15-3-1, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten two-time Dominican Republic Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-1, 16 KOs). Perez outworked Cabrera after the third round and went on to post a 97-92, 98-91, 98-91 verdict. Cabrera was cut over the right eye by a headbutt in round one and was deducted a point in round seven for holding.

Philly heavyweight Joey Dawejko (15-4-2, 8 KOs) needed just 75 seconds to destroy 273-pound Natu Visinia (11-2, 9 KOs). Dawejko dropped Visinia twice before the carnage was halted.

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August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Mosley 159.4, Mayorga 165.4

Shane Mosley 159.4 vs. Ricardo Mayorga 165.4

Mayorga, who was 7.4 pounds heavy, will forfeit a $50K bonus he would have received for making the agreed weight. The official weigh-in took place privately. The fighters then held a mock weigh-in for the fans on Venice Beach.

Ricardo Mayorga: I have the Latin blood. He’s never going to fight again when I’m done with him. In the first round he’s going to die. I’m going to kill him in the first round. Watch the fight. It’s going to be worth it to see the death of an American.

Shane Mosley: It’s going down. It’s down to one now, first he said it’s two, I said it’s two, now he says it’s one. He’s done. I’m going to kill him. You’re going to see blood all over the front row. Come down and check it out.

Other weights:
Joel Diaz Jr 134.8 vs. Luis Arceo 134.8
Maureen Shea 120 vs. Yulihan Luna 121.8

Venue: The Forum, Inglewood, CA
Promoter: GoBox
TV: PPV



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Leo Santa Cruz 124.8 vs. Abner Mares 125.2
(vacant WBA “super” featherweight title)
Hugo Ruiz 121.4 vs. Julio Cesar Ceja 121
(WBC interim super bantamweight title)
Alfredo Angulo 163 vs. Hector Munoz 159.8

Alejandro Luna 135 vs. Sergio Lopez 134.2
Jessie Roman 144.2 vs. Hector Serrano 143.2
Brian Castano 158.4 vs. Jonathan Batista 158.2
Alan Castano 157 vs. Thomas Howard 156.4
Anthony Flores 142.8 vs. Curtis Morton 139.8
Paul Mendez 160 vs. Andrik Saralegui 161
Antonio Santa Cruz 114.4 vs. Isaiah Najera 116.4

Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: ESPN

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August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Jones-Santiago called off again

Saturday’s clash between Roy Jones Jr. (61-8, 44 KOs) and Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago (33-7-1, 19 KOs) in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, has been called off due to the carnage in the Caribbean caused by Tropical Storm Erika. Jones is currently training in his adopted country of Russia for his next fight on September 12 against 42-year-old Tony Moran (15-6, 5 KOs) in Liverpool, England.

This is the second time a bout between Jones and Santiago has been called off. They were originally slated to meet in October 2010 in Jones’ hometown of Pensacola, Florida, however that card was called off when Jones suffered a hand injury.



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Hong Kong

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Brad Hore 113.5 vs. Rex Tso 114
(WBC ABC super flyweight title)
Kerry Hope 159 vs. Petchsuriya Singwancha 166
(WBC ABC middleweight title)
Note: Singwancha failed to move any further weight after a period of two hours. Fight is going ahead with Singwancha unable to claim the title.

Kane Cassells 134 vs. Randy Megrino 134
Rey Megrino 120 vs. Khunsuk Twins Gym 117
Note: Megrino returned to the scale at 118 an hour later.
Tom Taw 165 vs. Fabio Lanzetti 163
Chris Wong 123 vs. Surez Gurung 122
Kenneth Lee 138 vs. Kin Fong Liang 140

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong, China



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez-Crolla 2 set for November 21

WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez will face Anthony Crolla in an immediate rematch at the Manchester Arena on November 21. Crolla and Perez clashed in the same venue in July where Perez kept hold of his title via a majority draw despite a tremendous performance from Crolla and having two points deducted in the second half of the fight for low blows. The WBA granted Crolla a second crack at the Colombian and promoter Eddie Hearn completed the deal to once again give Crolla the hometown advantage.

“I’m so pleased for Anthony that he gets another bite of the cherry on November 21 in his home city,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I haven’t found anyone yet who didn’t feel that he won the first fight but that’s in the past now and he has to make this count. I feel like he is destined to win a world title and on November 21 on a huge night for Manchester and British boxing, I truly believe his dreams will come true.”



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Broner-Allakhverdiev on Showtime

Former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) returns to his hometown looking for a fourth world title as he faces fellow former world champion Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA Super Lightweight world title on Saturday, October 3 live on Showtime from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the co-feature, undefeated IBF junior lightweight world champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against veteran former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs).

Adrien Broner: “I’m excited to be back in Cincinnati taking on a tough world class fighter who is going to bring it. This fight means the world to me. It’s a huge deal to have the chance to be a four-division world champion at 26 years old.”

Khabib Allakhverdiev: “Broner is a good boxer, he is a fast and talented guy, but as a man I don’t have anything good to say about him. I am looking forward to a world championship winning performance and I know that if he tries to do something to get in my head, to approach me or to push me that I will be as restrained as possible and save my anger for fight night.”

Jose Pedraza: “I’m very excited to be back on Showtime defending my title. This is another step in the direction of becoming a superstar in the sport of boxing. I will be victorious and make my island proud.”

Edner Cherry: “I’m in a tough fight on October 3 but I’m very excited for this opportunity. This is nothing new for me. I’m not taking Pedraza lightly. He’s a champion for a reason. This is something that comes once in a lifetime and I’m going all-in to win this title.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and About Billions Promotions, are priced at $154, $104, $79, $54, and $29 and are on sale NOW. Tickets are available at the U.S. Bank Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz vs. Mares: The Battle of L.A.

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California, and former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California, are set for their showdown this Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, live on ESPN.

“This is my dream since I was small. I have always wanted to be the main event. I come well prepared. I know this is the hardest fight of my career. These are the fights I want to fight because this is what the fans wanted,” Leo Santa Cruz said at the final press conference. “I can’t wait for Saturday to give you guys a great show.”

“First of all the press conference is all about talking about the fight but I think I did enough talking already on what I am going to do on why I am going to beat him and how prepared I am,” Mares stated. “It’s time to give you the best fight, the fight of the year and that’s it. I will go in there and have fun. For those who don’t believe in Team Mares, after the fight you will be supporters of Team Mares.” (more…)



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Zab Judah returns September 10

On Thursday, September 10, promoter Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions and Super Judah Promotions, in association with GH3 Promotions and David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, will continue GCP’s “Championship Boxing” series with a world-class event, once again at The Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York. In the night’s 10-round super lightweight main event, five-time world champion and former Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, will face Florida, via Barranquilla, Colombia’s Hevinson Herrera (18-11-1, 12 KOs). This will be Judah’s first fight under his new GCP co-promotional banner.

In the co-main event, women’s multiple-time world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (24-1, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn will face South Carolina’s Angel Gladney (8-11, 6 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder. (more…)



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Mosley-Mayorga: All 24/7 Access

By Karl Freitag

The script leading up to this Saturday’s PPV card headlined by Sugar Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga has been as dramatic as any of the documentary-style preview shows that hype pay-per-view boxing telecasts on HBO and Showtime. Heck, it could even be a movie.

Opening Scene: Mosley and Mayorga seemingly get into a months-long Twitter feud. A rematch is signed.

Kickoff Press Conference: Mosley and Mayorga face off with Mayorga smoking a lit cigarette. Mosley slaps cigarette away. Pushing ensues.

Hall of Fame promoter Don King (who rarely loses in court), sues to stop the fight. Mosley breaks training and flies to Miami to testify. The prospects for the fight look bleak. Mosley lines up a replacement opponent. Then in a stunner, the Court allows the fight to proceed.

At the final press conference, Mosley’s girlfriend Trista bends over to pick up her dropped glasses and Mayorga slaps her read end. An enraged Mosley tries to get at Mayorga. Tempers flare.

Buttslap-gate: Mayorga confesses to Nicaraguan media that the slap incident was staged at Mosley’s request. The WBC condemns Mosley and Mayorga for their “embarrassing fight simulation.”

Plot twist: Sugar Shane learns he was beefing all those months with a Twitter troll and not the real Mayorga, who didn’t even have a Twitter account at the time.

Mosley Team fires back at WBC saying the slap was real and Mayorga made up his confession under pressure from the Nicaraguan President. They demand an apology.

Thursday night Mosley gets into a knockdown, drag out Twitter war with his ex-wife Jin (she deleted a tweet about the “Cream” and the “Clear,” but the other Tweets seem intact – see below).

And we still have the weigh-in and the fight to go. What will happen next? (more…)



August 28th, 2015

UFC

The Decade-Long Road to Arlovski-Mir

I talked to Frank Mir at length about Andrei Arlovski. In 2005.

At the time, Mir didn’t have a fight scheduled, and frankly, he was M.I.A. from the MMA world as he recovered from the motorcycle accident that threatened his life and took his UFC heavyweight title . . . Click here for more

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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



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Tete returns against Ramirez on Sept 4

By Ron Jackson

Former IBF super flyweight champion Zolani Tete returns to action when he meets Diuhi Olguin Ramirez of Mexico over 12 rounds in an international junior bantamweight contest at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday September 4. The talented 27-year-old Tete from Mdantsane who fights from the southpaw stance has a record of 20-3; 17, held the World Boxing Foundation and IBO Africa flyweight titles before winning the IBF super flyweight belt in Kobe, Japan on July 18 2014 when he outpointed Japan’s Teiru Kenoshita over 12 rounds for the vacant title.

On March 6 this year he travelled to Liverpool, England and in an outstanding performance he stopped Paul Butler in the eighth round.

In June this year it was reported that Tete was scheduled to defend his belt against McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico in August. However, when Golden Boy Promotions won the bid of $25 000 (approximately R305 000) of which Tete was only entitled to 75%, he decided to relinquish the belt as he allegedly would only end up with a small purse of R71 000 after deductions, for risking his title. (more…)



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Daley primed for bigger fights

By Dave Spencer

Knocked down a few pegs after his only career loss in a WBA Interim Title match last November, cruiserweight Denton Daley is hopeful that a win Saturday night in Toronto will keep his name in the mix as one of the few North American contenders in a European dominated division where all four champions are Russian or German based.

Daley (13-1 6KO) battles Romanian born Giuliun Ilie (20-9-2 6KO) as the headline bout at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, hoping to use the Italian based fighter as a stepping stone to bigger and better things but knowing he’ll be on the short end of the stick when it comes to experience. “My opponent is an experienced guy but that goes to say with everybody that I fight,” Daley told Fightnews on Thursday. “I would say he’s underrated, as records only tell half the story. You look further and see the guys he’s fought and you know he’s a well-rounded experienced guy. He’s been in there with them all and makes it a tough fight because of that.” (more…)



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Amir Khan and building a boxing legacy in Pakistan

Will Floyd Mayweather drive into the sunset with a 49-0 record? Unlikely.

The Mayweathers and the finish line.

Barry McGuigan talks Josh Taylor



August 28th, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Trevor Bryan 227 vs. Derric Rossy 235.5
Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 160 vs. DeCarlo Perez 160.5
Nat Visinia 273 vs. Joey Dawejko 236.25

Venue: The D Las Vegas
Promoter: Don King
TV: Showtime

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August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

With just days to go until their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown, Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) faced-off at the final press conference at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Thursday before they enter the ring at Staples Center on Saturday. Fighters participating on Saturday night’s undercard were also in attendance at Thursday’s press conference including exciting Mexican brawlers Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KOs) and Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26 KOs) who meet in a super bantamweight world title bout that opens the PBC on ESPN telecast.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

Leo Santa Cruz: “This is my dream since I was small. I wanted to be the main event and I worked hard for it. I never gave up. I’m so excited to be here in my hometown seeing my hard work paying off. I’m well prepared. This is the hardest fight of my career but that’s why I train hard. These are the fights I want because these are the fights the fans want. We’re going to go out with the intention of knocking him out. If we can’t, we’re still going to make a great fight for the fans and find a way to get the victory. I need this win for my legacy and to get to that next level. I’m here to fight the best. Every fighter has a weakness. When we get inside the ring we’re going to find it. We have a great game plan and it’s going to show on Saturday.

“I’m very motivated by keeping my 0 intact. I want to show the world that I deserve to fight the best. If I beat Abner, I can get to that next level. I’m very motivated to go out there and get the win. I think the crowd will be 50-50. We’re both from here so it’s going to be crazy. At the end of the fight it’s going to be rowdy. We’re excited that they’re showing love and we’ll give them a great fight. I can’t wait for Saturday night to give everybody a great show. You don’t want to miss it.”

Abner Mares: “I think I’ve done enough talking. I’ve talked about how I’m going to beat him and I know I’m going to get it done. It’s here. I’m ready to put it to work. I’m going to do what I know how to do, which is fight and give it my all. I’m blessed to be here. I’m excited to be fighting at STAPLES Center. It shows all the hard work I’ve put in. I’m not worried about the crowd and who they’re rooting for. I’m there to make everybody a believer. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere and I can’t wait. I’ve definitely faced tougher opponents than he has. I’ve been in against legitimate champions. I’m taking him to deep waters. My loss is completely forgotten. In life you have obstacles, especially in this sport. I’m over it. I’m back. This is where I want to be. When I fight guys the level of Leo Santa Cruz it brings the best out of me. It’s time. It’s time to give everybody a “Fight of the Year”. There’s no doubt. I’m going to go in there and have fun.” (more…)



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Washington, DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Here is the scale watch for the King’s Promotions card Friday, August 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center:
Brandon Bennett 136 vs. Jonathan Marcelo 135
Phil Jackson Benson 169 vs. Jinner Guerrero 165
Jamel Herring 133 vs. Ariel Vasquez 134
Demond Nicholson 162 vs. Antonio Baker 161
Robert Easter 135 vs. Osumanu Akaba 135
David Grayton 146 vs. Jose Valderrama 147
Kareem Martin 147 vs. Anthony Prescott 147
Raynell Williams 133 vs. Jose Miguel Castro 134
Patrick Harris 134 vs. Irvin Hernandez 134
Leo Hall 176 vs. Edgar Perez 183
Shynggyskhan Tazhibay 147 vs. Coleman Phelps 146

If you can’t make it to the Convention Center, the Boxing Along The Beltway Google App For Android will have the blow-by-blow call of the card beginning at 5:55 PM ET. IOS listeners can hear the call on Spreaker.com by going to this link: https://www.spreaker.com/show/boxing_along_the_beltway or on IHeartRadio by going to this link: http://www.iheart.com/show/22903291/



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Avni Yildirim returns October 11

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Fast rising Turkish light heavyweight prospect Avni Yildirim will be back in action on October 11 in Germany. The unbeaten former amateur standout (six fights, six wins since turning pro in March 2014) scored his biggest win so far by beating former world champion Glen Johnson in Miami on August 15th for the WBC Silver International Championship. Yildirim will make his first title defense in Germany but is also eyeing a return to the US rather sooner than later. “I am ready to fight anywhere at anytime and against whoever has the guts to face me”, says Yildirim. “I am not afraid of anybody.”

Adds promoter Ahmet Oner, “Avni is the most outstanding boxing talent Turkey has ever seen. He will be world champion very soon. The sky is the limit for this kid.”



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Fort Worth, Texas

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Samuel Clarkson 176.25 vs. Rayford Johnson 176
Jesus Gonzales 140 vs. Raul Cespedes 135.75
Justin Jones 237 vs. Roy McCrary 276
Hector Valdez 124.25 vs. Antonio Gutierrez 121
Samantha Salazar 121 vs. Ashley Jamillah King 122.25
Carlos Adame 128.75 vs. Lavale Wilson No Show

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Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

A Disciplinarian, Kronk Trainer was “a good guy”

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By Lindy Lindell

When one of the last of the “old guard” Kronk trainers, Floyd Logan, died on August 8, word did not get out in the boxing community for a week or more—so that the wake and memorial service was not held until August 18.

Thus, when the service was held, it was remarkable that the turnout at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit pulled in champions and support troops alike. Tommy Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Milton McCrory and K9 Bundrage were there as well as other professional fighters such as Anthony “Baby” Jones, Lannie “Blue” Edmond, Michael Dover and Greg Wright. So, too, were others who didn’t turn pro, like John Pearson, and a whole host of family members, and so, too, were folks who knew Floyd as a solid neighbor. Many of those who offered testimony broke down at the podium as they shared recollections. (more…)



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Team Mosley demands WBC apology

Shane Mosley and His VP of Operations Trista Pisani have lashed out at the WBC, which yesterday distributed a press release expressing a “complete rejection concerning the embarrassing fight simulation between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga at their press conference.”

Team Mosley: [The WBC’s] statement was released in regards to the bad judgment exercised by Mayorga who slapped Ms. Pisani on her back side as their final press conference was ending. The notion that the WBC would comment on this terrible act against a woman (in an executive role no less) without first examining the facts and at the very least picking up a phone and calling Team Mosley to hear their side of the story on the events that took place is very disappointing and frankly is appalling.

Mayorga backtracked and said that he was coerced into this vile act only after he received countless negative comments and reactions from the general public and a stern phone call from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

It appears very obvious that the WBC reacted to Mayorga’s interview with the Nicaraguan press after the phone call from his President in which he was reportedly told that he would lose the support of Ortega if he didn’t immediately clean up his act. This type of irresponsible commentary without one shred of fact checking is alarming. It goes without saying that Mayorga has a history of irrational behavior.

When a woman is potentially violated the WBC has a responsibility to tread more carefully and owes Ms. Pisani an apology.



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Don King ShoBox Press Conference Quotes

Photos: Gary Marshall/DKP

Hall of Fame promoter Don King held court at the final press conference for Friday’s ShoBox clash headlined by promising up-and-coming heavyweight Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) against veteran Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs) outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (The ‘D’).

Don King: We are very delighted to be here this morning, this afternoon or whatever time it is. It is D time. What time is it? D time. Before I bring you the main event, I want to bring you the man who had the plan to revitalize downtown Las Vegas. His name is Derek and they call him ‘the D’ and we are the Double D – Derek and Don in a partnership in downtown Las Vegas. So now I bring to you the man who made it possible and I am delighted to be in partnership with him for the betterment of our city and the center of all sports in the world, Las Vegas.

Derek Stephens: We are going to have a great night on Friday night. I have been a boxing fan all my life. When we bought the county courthouse and tore it down to build an events center, one of the foremost thoughts in my mind centered around Don King. Don made fights. I got to see the outdoor matches at Caesars Palace – twenty-five years ago – Bowe-Holyfield, fan man, the whole deal. I just love outdoor boxing and I am glad I am able to bring outdoor boxing to downtown Las Vegas – right downtown. Thank you to Don, all the fighters and all of you people coming out.

Don King: This is a great fight card. You know what they say in boxing – you give the people what they want and they will respond. (more…)



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Flanagan, Magdaleno Conference Call Quotes

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan and mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno participated in a media conference call on Thursday ahead of their highly anticipated showdown on October 10th at the Manchester Arena, England.

Terry Flanigan: [On winning the title} “It was like a man vs a boy. I knew I had the Zepeda fight won. I’m world champion now. I want to prove myself.

“It’s a tough first defense. I’m not taking it lightly, I’ve trained like a machine. I think I’ll come out victorious in front of my fans. To have the backing of the crowd, I remember watching Ricky Hatton I had goose bumps and now for my world title, it’s going to be unreal.”

“I can do a bit of everything. I can fight, I can box. It’s gonna be a tough fight. I’m fit, I’m strong. I’m content in what I can do. I’m comfortable with southpaws. I take no fight lightly. I’m in for a hard fight, and he’s in for an equally hard fight.”

Diego Magdaleno: “I also have a lot to prove. I’ve learned a lot from my defeat in China. Nothing is given to me, I’ve worked for everything.

“I fight better under pressure. The fans won’t be in my favor, I’ll use that as fuel to motivate me. My secret weapon is… my move to Joel Diaz. The power is there, and I’m more than ready for this fight. I always have a great mindset coming in to a fight. I’m a well-rounded fighter, and that’s what I bring to the table.

“That title was basically given to him. What I’ve seen of Terry Flanagan, he’s a solid guy. Look at his record. He can fight, he can punch. I don’t think it’s enough for me. This is more than just a fight.”

Magdaleno’s trainer Joel Diaz: “Diego has always been a hard worker. He’s showed me the determination he has. Since he’s got to our gym he’s improved every day. I told him, ‘I promise you I’m gonna make you a world champion.'”



August 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Don King presents ShoBox at The D in Las Vegas

Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who celebrated his 84th birthday last week, will be promoting a fight card on Friday night at “The D” on downtown Las Vegas. Promising up-and-coming heavyweight Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) faces Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on Showtime. Two-time Dominican Republic Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 16 KOs), will face Decarlo Perez (14-3-1, 5 KOs) in the 10-round super middleweight co-main event and in the TV-opener heavyweight Natu Visinia (11-1, 9 KOs) will face Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Fight fans are invited to attend the official weigh-in at 5PM on the 3rd Street Stage.

Earlier in the week, King paid a visit to the troops stationed at nearby Nellis Airforce Base.

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