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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Boxing News

Russell-Lomachenko officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO featherweight world title between #1 ranked Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) and the #4 ranked Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) to take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The referee will be Jack Reiss.Judges are Lisa Giampa, Pat Russell and Max De Luca. The WBO supervisor is Richard De Cuir.

The WBO featherweight title became vacant last March 1, 2014, when Lomachenko challenged then champion Orlando Salido, who didn’t make the weight for the fight losing the belt at the scales. Then, Salido beat Lomachenko by split decision.



June 17th, 2014



Boxing News

Stieglitz will fight Buglioni-conqueror Khomitsky

Former two-time WBO super middleweight champion and current WBO #4 Robert Stieglitz will face WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) on July 26 at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Khomitsky made headlines two months ago when he knocked out the previously unbeaten and highly regarded Frank Buglioni in London. Can the 39-year-old Belorussian make it two upsets in a row? The fight will be for the WBO Inter-Continental title.

Also on the SES-promoted card, are former light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi and light heavyweight Dominic Boesel in separate fights. Opponents will be announced.



June 17th, 2014


Boxing News

Masternak coach: It will be war from the first minute

Mateusz Masternak’s (32-1, 23 KOs) coach Piotr Wilczewski has predicted war from the first minute when ‘’The Master’’ faces Youri Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs) for the interim WBA World Cruiserweight title on June 21st at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. Following his loss to Grigory Drozd, Wilczewski has guided Masternak to back-to-back victories against Sandro Siproshvili and Stjepan Vugdelija. In their third fight together the pair face their toughest assignment, an interim WBA World Cruiserweight showdown with the hard-hitting Youri Kalenga. (more…)



June 17th, 2014

UFC

Jake Matthews: Dedicated to the Dream

“I always say that with hard work and focus, dreams do come true. I believe that if you implement those two things, it’s inevitable that you’re going to succeed.” . . . More on UFC.com

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June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Chad Dawson opponent named: George Blades

Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) will return against former world title challenger George Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday’s Showtime Extreme telecast preceding the regular Showtime Championship Boxing show from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Dawson, who signed with manager Al Haymon earlier this year, returns after a twelve month layoff and consecutive KO losses to Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward. The 39-year-old Blades has had just five over the last seven years, going 2-3 in that span.

Also on Shwotime Extreme is a clash between former U.S. Olympians as 2012 team member Dominic Breazeale (10-0, 9 KOs) meets 2004 team member Devin Vargas (18-3, 7 KOs) in a 10 round match-up.



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Congressman Manny Pacquiao gets some political opposition by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines . . . More

Speaking of Pacquiao, Chris Algieri is talking about an eventual showdown. More

Former Florida heavyweight Jose Ribalta gets state hall of fame recognition. More

A biopic on the late Johnny Tapia begins production next month. More



June 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Trial to commence October 13

A trial date of October 13 has been set in Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the All Star Boxing lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions over Golden Boy’s signing of Canelo Alvarez in January 2010. All Star Boxing, headed by Tuto Zabala Jr., is seeking punitive damages against Golden Boy alleging tortious interference involving Golden Boy’s signing of Alvarez while Canelo was still under a promotional contract with All Star Boxing.



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Witherspoon to promote his own comeback fight

On July 12, heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes part in an 8-round bout at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.

“I feel good and rejuvenated after the layoff,” said Witherspoon. “I haven’t been out this long because I wanted to. I had several fights fall through, so I decided to start my own company and do my own shows and I can’t wait until July 12 to put on a great event not far from where I live,” said Witherspoon.

Witherspoon will name his opponent shortly.

In the six-round co-feature, undefeated middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (14-0, 7 KOs) will be back in action against TBA.



June 16th, 2014

UFC

UFC brings first live event to Maine

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that Bangor, Maine, childhood home of UFC® president Dana White, will host the state’s first ever UFC event at Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, August 16. UFC® Fight Night will showcase local talent, in addition to some of the sport’s top contenders. The five-round main event will be announced in the coming days. (more…)



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Dudchenko and Mohammedi fighting for title shot and public recognition

By Karl Freitag

Saturday’s night’s NBCSN Fight Night telecast from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania features a fight between two fighters who are basically unknown to the mainstream boxing fan. But promoter Kathy Duva believes the public will soon know all about light heavyweights Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs), who meet in a twelve-round eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF.

“Nobody knew who Sergio Kovalev was, nobody knew who Bryant Jennings was, nobody knew who Curtis Stevens was, I could go on an on,” said Duva. “Gabriel Rosado, Soto-Karass, the heavyweights we’ve been working with that have made an impact, Glazkov, the resurgence of the careers of guys like Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek. There are so many fellas who have become world known, contenders, and real forces in the boxing business whether it’s a world champion like Kovalev or guys that keep coming back because they make great fights like Rosado. I think the next guy in that line is gonna be in this fight.” (more…)



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Jeff Lacy pulls out of clash against Sullivan Barrera

Hot Cuban light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera (11-0, 6 KOs) will now face off against Lee “The Silverback” Campbell aka Alpha Male (7-0, 3 KOs) of Larinburg, NC in an eight-round light heavyweight battle. Campbell, who upset Roberto Acevedo by eight-round majority decision in April, replaces former world champion Jeff Lacy who was originally scheduled to take on Barrera but pulled out due to managerial complications.

About the change of opponents the undefeated Barrera said, “I just want to fight. I am grateful that Campbell stepped in so I can keep this opportunity to fight on June 21. I am ready for whoever steps in the ring against me.”

Campbell, also undefeated, replied, “I thank God for the opportunity to fight Barrera. Secondly, I want to thank Main Events for their support. I pray that all fighters exit the ring without serious injury. I am confident in my coach and team that we will give the fans a great show. I look forward to future opportunities.”



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri-Provodnikov recap + new photos

Ringside Report by: Matt Richardson
Photos by: Peter Frutkoff

Well, not too many people saw that coming. In what is undoubtedly going to go down as one of the bigger upsets in boxing for 2014, local junior welterweight Chris Algieri earned the victory of a lifetime on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York when he defeated WBO titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov by 12-round split decision. More



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings shifts training camp to Las Vegas

Heavyweight contender, Bryant “By-By” Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs), has set up training camp in Las Vegas for two weeks before his upcoming WBC title elimination bout against Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs). Jennings, who hails from Philadelphia, PA, left home for two weeks to avoid the distractions that go along with training near family and friends. In the biggest fight on his career, he chose Las Vegas, to train in high elevation for a couple of weeks, before returning home to finish out camp.

“I wanted to come out to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks and train in high elevation,” said Jennings. “I’ve been running up at Mt. Charleston in high elevation, training alongside Erislandy Lara. Leaving Philly for a couple of weeks is only going to help me focus on getting fully prepared for Perez. I’ll head back home to finish out camp after this week.” (more…)



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri: Resolute and Remarkable

By Graham Houston

Ruslan Provodnikov landed the heavier blows but the name of the game is still boxing, and Chris Algieri boxed his way to a split but deserved victory in Saturday night’s junior welterweight title fight. This was a resolute and remarkable performance by the former kickboxing champion from Long Island, NY. Down twice in the first round, his right eye swelling shut from below, nose bloody, Algieri had about the worst start to a fight imaginable.

Yet by the second round Algieri was boxing, moving and scoring points as if nothing had happened. Scoring points. That was the key. Algieri looked beaten up but he was throwing and landing more punches than his opponent.

Algieri wasn’t exactly tapping his way to victory, either. Some of his jabs were knocking Provodnikov’s head back. Algieri ripped some hurtful-looking hooks to the body and landed some solid-looking right hands. He is an excellent instinctive fighter. Even with his right eye compromised, Algieri seemed to be seeing the punches coming until almost the last moments of the contest.

The fight-plan was perfect. Provodnikov — strong, tough, relentless, heavy-handed — just couldn’t pin down Algieri long enough to have a chance of overwhelming him. “When he thinks you’re going to move this way, move that way,” seemed to be part of the instruction from Algieri’s trainer. It worked. Provodnikov was the hunter but the quarry was elusive — and hitting back. (more…)



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Journeyman Perez upsets undefeated Harvell

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

In the co-feature of Saturday’s Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA, journeyman light heavyweight Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL by way of Puerto Rico scored two knockdowns en route to a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell of Atlantic City, NJ.

Perez, who had a 10-bout losing streak coming into the contest dropped Harvell twice with crushing right hands. The first knockdown came late in the first round and the second came with about a minute left in the third. Harvell was pretty dominant in the second half of the bout as he moved the tiring Perez around the ring with his punches. However, the deficit caused by the knockdowns was too big for Harvell to overcome on the scorecards. Perez won by scores of 57-55 (twice) and 56-55 and received a bonus of $500 from the promoters for his accomplishment.

Perez is now 6-10, three KO’s while Harvell loses for the first time in his career and is now 13-1, seven KO’s. (more…)



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Page wins UBF Inter-Continental title; targets Subway boxer Mike Lee

By Joseph Abboud

As the boxing scene continues to grow at an explosive rate in the state of Kansas, one promoter is pushing harder than most in the Midwest. Jeff Page president of SKC Promotions has been a big provider of a constant feed of boxing in Wichita, Kansas, averaging ten shows a year. What makes Page’s story unique is that not only is he a promoter/manager he is also the father of light heavyweight prospect Jeff Page Jr, who fights almost every other month on all of his father’s cards.

Saturday night in the main event of the evening undefeated Jeff Page Jr (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over fellow Kansas resident Dominique Alexander (25-17-1, 12 KOs). (more…)



June 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Cermeño-Zambrano for WBA title in Peru?

By Gabriel F Cordero

A source has told Fightnews.com that the current WBA interim world super bantamweight titleholder Nehomar Cermeño (22-5-1, 13 KOs) of Venezuela could defend his crown against unbeaten Peruvian challenger Carlos “Mina” Zambrano (23-0, 11 KOs) on July 19 at a venue to be determined in Peru. Zambrano is the grandson of the legendary local idol and former light heavyweight contender Mauro Mina, who defeated the great Bob Foster at the National Stadium in Lima before more than 40,000 fans back in 1963. Mina never did get a world title fight as he was forced to retire due to an eye injury in 1965 with a record of 52-3-3 with 25 KOs.



June 15th, 2014

UFC

UFC 174 Post-fight

Six fighters joined Director of Operations, UFC Canada Tim Wright at the UFC 174 post-fight press conference: Rory MacDonald, Demetrious Johnson, Ryan Bader, Ali Bagautinov, Ovince Saint Preux, and Andrei Arlovski . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more 



June 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov lashes out after losing title

Algieri-Provadnikov-decision
Photo: Peter Frutkoff

In the ring after losing his world title to underdog challenger Chris Algieri, former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov seemed to accept the defeat and conceded several times that Algieri had the “worst style” for him. However, by the postfight press conference, the “Siberian Rocky’ was pretty upset about the outcome of the fight.

“To me it feels like he was running all night and just jabbing,” said Provodnikov. “You can see the way I look, you can see the way he looked, I don’t see how you can win a fight just running all night…we all saw what happened. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. HBO gave like nine more rounds to me, one of the judges gave six or seven more rounds to me. The local judges give it the other way. On top of that his eye was closed. It’s dangerous to fight like that. He could have gotten killed. If my eye was like that, they would have stopped the fight the round it started closing. I think it’s not fair!”

Algieri stated, “There was a lot of doubters going into this fight about how much I really wanted it. Ruslan talking about he would die in the ring, would I be willing to do that? I think I showed that I belong there, as well.”



June 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Official Algieri-Provodnikov Scorecard

By Matt Richardson

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June 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Soto decisions Buelvas

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) dropped Wilfrido “Roca” Buelvas in round one, but had to go the full twelve to win by scores of 118-108, 118-106 and 118-106 on Saturday night at the Explanada Municipal in Tlalnepantla, México. 18,000+ were on hand to see Soto retain his WBC international silver super lightweight belt. Soto is hoping to land a title shot later this year.

WBC Youth super bantamweight beltholder Rey Vargas (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Vergel “Superman” Nebram (17-8, 8 KOs). Both fighters were down in the fight.

Flyweight Luis “Gallito” Ceja (26-5-3, 21 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Juan “Dinamita” Hernandez.

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June 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Arce gets past Lavierva; Arroyo stops Tyson Marquez; Payasito claims WBO bantam belt

Photos: Zanfer

Former multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) had to use all his experience to defeat Jorge Lacierva (42-10-6, 27 KOs) in the eighth round before a sellout of 5,000 fans at the Arena Metropolitana “Jorge Cuesy” in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Arce dropped Lacierva in round four with a hook to the liver, but was deducted two points in round five. Arce was also cut over both eyes. In the eighth round, Lacierva complained of an injury in his right shoulder and could no longer go out to fight. With the win, Arce could face WBC featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez in September.

In an IBF flyweight eliminator, unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (15-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive eleventh round TKO over former world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (38-5, 26 KOs). Arroyo floored Marquez in the first, fourth, eighth and eleventh rounds.

Bantamweight Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-10, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (18-2-1, 11 KOs) to claim the WBO interim bantamweight title. Hernandez dropped Rosas and almost stopped him in round three. Scores were 116-111, 114-113 and 117-110.

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June 15th, 2014

UFC

UFC 174 Main: Mighty Mouse Beats Ali, Retains Title

Continuing to show himself to be a step ahead of the rest of his peers at 125 pounds, Demetrious Johnson retained his UFC flyweight title for the fourth time Saturday night at Rogers Arena, winning a workmanlike five-round unanimous decision over game challenger Ali Bagautinov in the main event of UFC 174 . . . Click here for more

CO-MAIN: If there were any demons left in Rogers Arena for Rory MacDonald – who lost the first fight of his career in this building to Carlos Condit in 2010 – he eliminated them completely Saturday night, winning a shutout three-round unanimous decision over fellow welterweight contender Tyron Woodley in the UFC 174 co-main event . . . More on co-main

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June 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri wins controversial split decision over Provodnikov; Andrade dominates and stops Rose

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Peter Frutkoff

WBO junior welterweight title-holder Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) lost a surprise split decision in the inaugural defense of his belt with a much tougher than anticipated 12 rounder against Long Island’s Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) in the main event of an HBO televised card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Provodnikov knocked Algieri down twice in the first but could never knock him down again. Algieri boxed well throughout the encounter despite a badly bruised and swollen right eye to tighten up the scores down the stretch. Algieri landed more punches, Provodnikov landed the harder punches. Judges scores were all over the place: 114-112 (twice) for Algieri and 117-109 for Provodnikov.

WBO junior middleweight title-holder Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) made the first defense of his belt a successful one as he stopped Brian Rose in seven dominant rounds. Andrade dropped Rose (25-2-1, 7 KOs) in the first round and again in the third before Rose’s corner called a halt in the seventh. Rose was busted up at that point and bleeding from an injury to his nose. Time of the stoppage was 1:19. (more…)



June 15th, 2014

UFC

UFC 174 Prelims: Kiichi Krushes, Subs Sarafin in One

Japanese welterweight Kiichi Kunimoto spoiled the 170-pound debut of Daniel Sarafian in UFC 174 prelim action at Rogers Arena Saturday night, submitting the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 1 finalist in the first round . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more 



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Tapia annihilates Collins in Atlantic City

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, super welterweight Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (21-1, 14 KOs) sent his hometown fans home happy with a quick first round stoppage of Keenan Collins (15-9-3, 10 KOs). Tapia looked to bounce back from his devastating sixth round stoppage loss at the hands of James Kirkland. The heavy handed Tapia came out strong right from the opening bell and Collins didn’t have a chance as he was immediately stunned in the corner from a six punch combination. Collins covered his face, but dropped to the second rope and it was called a knockdown. The badly stunned Collins was immediately forced again to the corner. This time he was standing straight up with his hands covering his face, so Tapia sent him to the canvas with a devastating right uppercut. Collins rose to his feet, but Tapia would not let him breath as he battered him mercilessly in the corner with a series of unanswered shots underneath. Referee Earl Brown had seen enough carnage and waived the bout off at 1:22 of the opening round. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev opponent named: Blake Caparello

Undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) returns to HBO Boxing After Dark and Atlantic City on August 2nd to defend his against undefeated Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) at Revel Casino Hotel. Kovalev, 31, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia and now residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will defend his WBO title for the third time since taking it by force from Nathan Cleverly in a four round TKO victory in Cleverly’s hometown of Cardiff, Wales on August 17, 2013. Renowned for his ability to knockout anyone who dares to step in the ring with him, Krusher has an astonishing 91% knockout-to-win ratio. This will be his fourth fight on HBO and his second in Atlantic City.

Caparello is a former IBO titleholder. He outpointed Elvir Muriqi in his last fight in January and has gone the distance in six straight outings. He isn’t listed in the most recently published WBO ratings. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Usmanee wins majority decision over Diaz

By Doug Rowe

Red Deer Boxer Arash Usmanee experienced the frustration, and discovered why so many former world champions and top contenders have failed to stop California’s Juan Ruiz, in the main event of the KO boxing card in Edmonton, Friday night.

“He is a vet, and he knew every little trick in there,” said Usmanee, 21-2-1. “He was low blowing me all day, and doing little dirty tricks in there but he is a veteran. I had to roll with him. I knew he was awkward but it is a different thing once you’re in the ring though.” (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Donovan “Da Bomb” George public workout today

This afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m. CT the B96 Summer Bash/Pre-Bash Party at Chicago’s Toyota Park, Windy City fan favorites Donovan “Da Bomb” George, “Hollywood” Mike Jimenez, Frankie “Time Bomb” Scalise, Fidel “Feroz” Navarette and Sergio Montes De Oca will display their talents in a public workout ahead of this summer’s “Boxing at the Park” at U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, August 23. Fans are encouraged to attend with no admittance fee to the B96 Summer Bash/Pre-Bash, which will be held in the VIP Parking Lot of Toyota Park. Doors open at 12:00 p.m. CT. For more information and directions please visit the TOYOTA PARK website at www.ToyotaPark.com and www.B96.cbs.local.com.

“Boxing at the Park”, headlined an IBO super middleweight world championship battle between George and Dyah “Ali” Davis is presented by B96, the Illinois Sports Facility Authority, Round 3 Productions and Hitz Boxing.



June 14th, 2014

UFC

Kajan Johnson: The Struggle and the Glory

Note to the UFC PR department: Kajan Johnson is ready for you. “This is what I was born for,” said the lightweight newcomer, who makes his UFC debut Saturday night in Vancouver against Tae Hyun Bang. “This is my destiny. There are not a lot of people that have the package that I can put forth or that can grind and hustle and do all these other little things that a lot of fighters neglect – social media, marketing yourself, interviews, etc. I will do all of that because I remember what it was like to be starving and to be working my ass off and to have absolutely nobody even caring or wanting to interview me. So I’ll do all the interviews; give them all to me. I want as many people to know me . . . Click here for more

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June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Wichita

Jeff Page Jr 174 vs. Dominique Alexander 172
(UBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title)

Ahmad Cheikho 148 vs. Kelley Wright 149
* Wright is coming into the fight with 12 losses in a row.

Manny Brown 145 vs. Andrew Carrillo 148
Thomas Jones 246 vs. Mikey Glenn 210
Robbie Seyam 147 vs. Marvell Fight 147
Fernando Serrano 146 vs. Chuka Willis 147

Venue: Beech Activity Center
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rose: Andrade the weakest of the 154lb champions

Photo: Ed Robinson/Sky Sports

Jr middleweight Brian Rose says he will prove he belongs at world level when he challenges Demetrius Andrade for the WBO title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight on HBO. Rose enters his first world title fight and first pro contest outside of the UK in great form having landed the mandatory position for Andrade’s crown with a gutsy win over Javier Maciel in October that followed a final round stoppage triumph over former World champion Joachim Alcine.

Unbeaten Andrade makes the first defense of the title he won in November, climbing off the canvas in the opening round to beat Vanes Martirosyan via a split decision in Texas, and Rose insists he can upset the odds in the Big Apple.

“Out of all of them, Andrade is the weakest of the world champions at light middleweight – but he is a world champion,” said Rose. “I have a chance in this fight and I haven’t come over here to get beat and just make up the numbers. I’m here to take the chance that I have earned and I am positive that I am going to come home with a world title. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Hurd stops Robertson in one

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo: Wallace Barron

Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd made short work of Joshua “Juice” Robertson of Lynchburg, VA with a first-round stoppage in front of a packed house at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The bout was the main event of the Keystone Boxing Promotions card. Both men fought very tactfully in the first half of the round until Hurd landed a solid right hand that backed Robertson against the ropes. Hurd quickly swooped in and finished the work with repeated hard blows until referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 1:51 of the first round. Hurd is now 12-0, seven KO’s while Robertson’s record evens at 6-6, two KO’s. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico State

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez

Humberto “Zorrita” Soto 140 vs. Wilfrido Buelas 139
(WBC super lightweight international silver title)
Rey Vargas 121 vs. Vergel Nebran 120
(WBC super bantamweight youth title)
Luis Ceja 112 vs. Juan Hernández 112

Venue: Explanada Municipal, Tlalnepantla, México,
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa
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June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

China Smith decisions Mike Sheppard

Heavyweight China “The Dragon” Smith (35-4, 27 KOs) took another step back towards the top on Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, when he beat Mike Sheppard (21-17, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision for the vacant WBF North American heavyweight title. This was Smith’s second fight back after a six and a half year lay-off. Against Sheppard, “The Dragon” had to work hard for all ten rounds. (more…)



June 14th, 2014




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