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Liam Smith: Canelo ducked GGG “massively”

Liam Smith: Canelo ducked GGG massively

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions WBO junior middleweight champion Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) didn't pull many punches when he hosted an AMA ...

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Guerrero-Peralta Flash Quotes

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By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions Robert Guerrero: "We started off the year good with the Garcia fight. I thought I won ...

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Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton, Neo Nostalgia WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was unusually blunt during a media workout at The ...

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Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated super middleweight prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision ...

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Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

By Boxing Bob Newman Photo: Bob Newman Until April 15, 2016, barely anyone in the boxing world knew who Mason Menard was- that is, ...

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Boxing News

Crolla: Barroso is the most dangerous lightweight on the planet

WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla says he is taking on the most dangerous lightweight on the planet when he defends his WBA World title against Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on May 7. The unbeaten Venezuelan made it 18 KO wins from 19 fights in the paid ranks with a brutal win over Kevin Mitchell at The O2 in December, a win that landed him the interim title and a shot at Crolla.

The champion and challenger met at a press conference in Manchester yesterday and Crolla was quick to pour scorn over both suggestions that he would swerve the dangerous visitor and that he should vacate the title to meet WBO champion Terry Flanagan, with the immediate clash with the mandatory part of the deal to land the rematch with Perez after their controversial first meeting. (more…)



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Frank Warren drops guard to get Terry Flanagan a date with Anthony Crolla

Ricky Burns faces Michele Di Rocco for world super-lightweight title

Legend Les Darcy’s gloves on display

Nonito Donaire talks Pacquiao-Bradley III



March 16th, 2016


UFC

Reasons to watch Fight Night Brisbane Saturday

Before Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz broke records at UFC 196, Frank Mir was one half of the biggest fight of all time against Brock Lesnar . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Lipinets KOs Ghvamichava in five

Photos: Dave Nadkarni – Premier Boxing Champions

Unbeaten junior welterweight Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) of Martuk, Kazakhstan thrilled the packed venue at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California on Tuesday night with a dramatic fifth-round knockout of Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes.

Stalking Ghvamichava from the opening bell, Lipinets found success with a range-finding jab combined with methodical and effective power shots to offset his opponents’ inconsistent attack.

Closing the gaps even narrower between himself and Ghvamichava, Lipinets continued to successfully walk down the Georgian (Russia) native in the fourth round who was unable to avoid the punishing assault.

Lipinets struck gold in the fifth, dropping Ghvamichava with a brutal left hand to the body resulting in a knockout victory at the 1:40 mark of the round. Scores at the time of the stoppage were 39-37 and 38-38 twice for the scheduled ten-rounder. (more…)



March 15th, 2016


Boxing News

Barrios fight off after foe doesn’t make weight

Due to his opponent Erick Martinez failing to make weight, undefeated super-featherweight contender, Mario Barrios (14-0, 8 KOs) will not fight in tonight’s scheduled co-main event showdown on Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays PBC on FS1. Martinez was four and a half pounds over the contracted weight of 132 pounds.



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Paul Williams returns to boxing as a trainer

"I'm scared all over again, like this is my first fight." – Paul Williams

Former two-time world champion Paul Williams, who’s pro career came to a sudden and tragic end when he was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle accident in May 2012, is back in boxing as a trainer. The popular Williams will work the corner of once-beaten Justin DeLoach (13-1, 7 KOs) when DeLoach faces undefeated super welterweight and local favorite Dillon Cook (16-0, 6 KOs) in the opening eight-round bout of what is now a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on March 25 from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

DeLoach is the first boxer to be trained by Williams, the former 154-pound southpaw who has been confined to a wheelchair since the accident.

“I guess I was being selfish at first,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to deal with the fight game. I wanted to be the one fighting. But that changed.”

Williams was reluctant to train fighters for a long time. It was George Peterson, who managed and trained Williams from the time the boxer was a skinny kid with little amateur experience until his career ended, that helped persuade “The Punisher” to return to the ring. Williams trains his pupil at a private gym in his hometown of Aiken, S.C. (more…)



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Gilberto Ramirez: This is the fight I have wanted all my life

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated super middleweight Gilberto “El Zurdo” Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico is set to challenge hard-punching WBO super middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs), of Berlin, Germany by way of Armenia on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View. We caught up with Ramirez this past weekend.

“I’m happy to be fighting for a world title. I’m ready, there is four weeks to go for this fight and I am really anxious more than anything,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com. “This is the fight I have wanted all my life. We are going for that world title and coming out winning,”

Ramirez has been in camp training in Southern California with his team Jesus and Hector Zapari and getting quality sparring at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and The Rock Gym in Carson to prepare for the champ Abraham.

The WBO world champion Abraham is a two-division world champ who has been in the ring with the likes of Jermain Taylor, Carl Froch, Andre Ward, Robert Stieglitz and most recently he pulled off a split decision over tough Englishman Martin Murray. (more…)



March 15th, 2016

UFC

Brown gets call to face Patrick in Brisbane

Brisbane’s own Damien Brown will get the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when he makes his UFC debut against Alan Patrick at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 20 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Pulev and Chisora to meet in IBF eliminator

Heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) will meet in a European title fight and IBF world title eliminator on May 7 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. IBF #8 Pulev has recorded back-to-back victories over George Arias and Maurice Harris since failing to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, while #9 rated Chisora has beaten Andras Csomor, Jakov Gospic, Peter Erdos, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento and Beka Lobjanidze following his November 2014 loss to Tyson Fury.

Kubrat Pulev: This is a very important fight for me. I learnt a lot from the Klitschko fight, but now I’m back and stronger than ever. Dereck is a good boxer, but I’m better and I know I can beat him. I’m looking forward to the challenge and the chance to win back the European title. I’m sure the arena in Hamburg will be full of Bulgarians cheering me to victory. I know I have what it takes to be world champion, and next time I’ll be successful, but for now, all my focus is on May 7 and Chisora. This is a fight I can’t afford to lose!

Dereck Chisora: Pulev has been on my radar for a while now. He’s a great athlete and he has my respect, but come fight night, I’m not messing around. I’m coming to mess this guy up. I’m going to outwork him and out strength him. I’ll be all over him from the first bell. I’m excited for the opportunity. This is a chance for me to prove myself against one of the top fighters in the division and get back into a position to challenge for the world title. I’m in great shape. I’m training harder than ever and I’m ready to go. This is going to be one my best fights ever!



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

“MadTown MayHem” in Madison, Wisconsin

By Craig Wick

On Saturday “Supreme Hits Promotions” held a press conference at the Mi Pueblo Restaurant in Waukegan, IL to formally announce their May 7th card, ‘MadTown MayHem’ to be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Murid Muhammad, President and CEO, was on hand to introduce several of the fighters who will be seeing action that night. Also in attendance were Juan Curiel, President of the American Boxing Organization (ABO), whose organization will have two of their titles contested in Madison, and former super middleweight contender Anwar Oshana, currently an ABO executive. ESPN Deportes carried the press conference live.

Duarn “The Storm” Vue (8-0-2, 3 KOs) fighting for the vacant ABO American Super Featherweight National Title – “I want to thank ESPN Deportes, FightNews, the ABO, the UBF and WBF, and come May 7th fans can expect a storm, fireworks. Winning the ABO title will be an inspiration for the Hmong people who have supported me.” (more…)



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Eubank Jr. ready to dethrone “bland” Blackwell

Chris Eubank Jr. believes British champion Nick Blackwell is merely keeping the throne warm and that on March 26 he will be relieved of his duties and a superior division ruler will be crowned. Blackwell and Eubank Jr. collide at The SSE Arena, Wembley, and the challenger, a former WBA interim world middleweight champion in his own right, is adamant it’s high time for a changing of the guard.

“I don’t care about Nick Blackwell,” he said. “I only care about the British title he possesses. That’s the only reason I’m fighting him.

“He doesn’t impress me as a fighter and he doesn’t excite me as an opponent. I think he’s a very bland character. He’s someone who is not really doing British boxing or the British title any justice whatsoever. It’s not good for boxing if he’s the British champion. They need someone who is really going to fly the flag and inspire and excite people. That’s not him. I’m going to take the belts from him and make the British public proud.” (more…)



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Burns-Di Rocco WBA world title fight is official

Matchroom has officially announced that former two-division world champion Ricky Burns will face Michele Di Rocco for the vacant WBA world super lightweight title on May 28 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns is looking to add a world title in the 140lb division after previously reaching the top in the 130lb and 135lb weight classes.

“This is a huge fight and a massive opportunity for me to make history,” said Burns. “It feels like a long time coming returning to Glasgow and I feel this is the perfect opportunity for me to grab another world title in front of my loyal supporters. It’s been a frustrating few years but I felt showed against Figueroa last summer that I can still mix it with the very best at world level. Di Rocco is a tough guy and he will bring the best out of me – but it’s a fight I’m so confident I will win and give my fans a great show. (more…)



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Q&A: Teddy Atlas

Photo: Top Rank

Photo: Top Rank


Timothy Bradley trainer Teddy Atlas discusses the April 9 PPV showdown between Bradley and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Do you think Bradley won the first meeting?

When I first watched the fight in a room full of people and not giving full concentration I thought Tim lost. But having watched it again, with full concentration, I thought Tim won at least six rounds.

What did you see in the first two Bradley fights with Pacquiao you’d like to change in the third fight?

Eliminate situations where Timmy is hit with lefts – either off the jab or leads. In the second fight, although I know Tim was injured, Pacquiao was able to walk him down and we can’t allow that. (more…)



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton says he’s got ten fights left in him — then he’s buying a caravan in Portrush

Floyd Mayweather in Miami

Terry Flanagan no nearer a super-charged fight

David Lemieux’s lack of discipline weighs on boxing career



March 15th, 2016

UFC

10 best UFC fights in Australia

On March 20 (airing March 19 in the U.S.), the UFC returns to Australia for the ninth time when Mark Hunt faces Frank Mir at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane. The card promises to be another exciting one, and when the dust settles, we may see another fight or two earn a spot on the list of the best fights to take place on Aussie soil . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

FS1 Weights from Nice, California

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions

Sergey Lipinets 141 vs. Levan Ghvamichava 140.4
Mario Barrios 131.4 vs. Erick Daniel Martinez 136.2
Sergiy Derevyanchenko 167.6 vs. Mike Guy 166.8
Kevin Watts 139.6 vs. Michal Chudecki 140.8
Leduan Barthelemy 123 vs. Pedro Melo 123

Venue: Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, Nice, California
Promoter: TGB
TV: Fox Sports 1

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March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Las Vegas to honor welterweight champion Jesse Vargas

Two-time world champion Jessie Vargas, coming off his March 5 TKO victory over Sadam Ali, will be recognized by the Clark County Commission on Tuesday, March 15 at 9 a.m. for his work improving the lives of Las Vegas-area at-risk youth.

The WBO welterweight champion has been a driving force behind the creation of a boxing program serving youth detained at Spring Mountain Youth Camp. The program, created in January 2015, aims to boost the teens’ confidence, discipline and sense of accomplishment to help prepare them for a smooth transition into the community, where they can live productive lives. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Shot of the Day: Tactical fight talk in Bradley camp

Photo: Top Rank

Teddy Atlas and Tim Bradley talk about the upcoming PPV clash with Manny Pacquiao on April 9.

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March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Guzman-Rosas to clash in IBF eliminator

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has announced that the IBF has agreed to sanction a super bantamweight voluntary elimination fight between IBF #7 contender Jonathan Guzman (20-0, 20 KOs) and #14 rated Daniel Rosas (20-2-1, 12 KOs) for the #2 position in their ratings. They will collide on April 29 in Atlantic City. Both fighters are promoted by Sampson Boxing and contracts have already been signed. “I am excited about the opportunity for both my fighters,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “My congratulations to both of them. May the best man win and take over the #2 spot with a great organization like the IBF.”



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna media day workout

This past Saturday at Victory Boxing and Fitness, welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (19-1, 7 KOs) held a media workout in advance of his eight round main event bout with Kendal Mena (20-3, 11 KO’s) that will take place this Saturday at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.

Also see workout footage



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Ward-Barrera undercard coming together

A slate of six non-televised undercard bouts will serve as support when former world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) faces undefeated and #1 rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a twelve round IBF eliminator for the mandatory position at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California on March 26. Opening the HBO telecast will be Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jayson Velez in a ten round fight NABF featherweight title fight.

The off-TV bouts are: Unbeaten NABO junior welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (19-0-2, 14 KOs) against Wilfrido “La Roca” Buelvas (17-5, 11 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Undefeated featherweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (12-0-3, 7 KOs) versus veteran German “Panteonero” Meraz (52-37-1, 30 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Unbeaten middleweight Rudy “The Revelation” Puja. Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs) against Carlos “Kalimba” Lozano (7-5, 4 KOs) in a six-round bout. Also, undefeated super middleweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (7-0, 6 KOs) against Cristian Solorzano (4-7, 3 KOs), 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (7-0, 4 KOs) versus TBA in a heavyweight clash, and local junior middleweight Aaron Coley (12-1-1, 6 KOs) against Urmat Ryskeldiev (11-3-2, 7 KOs).



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Diaz/Foreman media day tomorrow

Former lightweight world champion Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz and heavyweight legend ‘Big George’ Foreman, will host a huge media day workout tomorrow at noon at the George Foreman Youth Center (2202 Lone Oak Rd, Houston, TX) as a prelude to the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be held on Saturday March 19th at the Arena Theatre in ‘Space City.’

Boxing fans are invited to attend the workout.

Diaz (40-4, 19 KOs) is scheduled to rumble against Mexico’s Fernando Garcia (30-7-2, 19 KOs) in the main event of the card that will take place in front of his hometown fans. Also on the card, former welterweight world titlist ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) will battle against Saul Corral (19-6, 10 KOs) in the bout that will open the March 19 UniMas telecast. The fights will be televised in the United States at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate.’

Presented by Top Rank, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions, remaining tickets ($100, $60 and $30, plus applicable charges) for the March 19 ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ event can be purchased at the Arena Theatre’s box office, on www.ArenaHouston.com or by calling 713-772-5900.



March 14th, 2016

UFC

No secret what Garbrandt wants: Lineker

Prior to stepping into the Octagon in Pittsburgh last month, Cody Garbrandt was going a bit stir crazy sitting on the sidelines . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Brook plans to take frustration out on Bizier

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook says he’s going to take his frustrations out on Kevin Bizier when he defends his world title at the Sheffield Arena on March 26. Brook makes the third defense of the crown he landed in August 2014, and the second against a Canadian mandatory challenger, as Bizier follows Jo Jo Dan in trying to wrestle the title from the unbeaten Sheffield star, who returns to action for the first time in ten months after injury ruled him out of a winter clash with Diego Chaves.

“You cannot take your eye of the ball,” said Brook. “Kevin is the mandatory challenger, he’s worked hard to get that shot and he deserves it. If I had looked past him and cut corners, you get found out. This is my belt, no-one is taking it from me and I have to be at my best. It’s all well and good saying that I want the big names but without putting on an explosive masterclass against Bizier I won’t get those fights. This is my hometown, my arena and my fans – no-one packs an Arena like I do here with those great fans, and I am going to make sure that my return to this place is going to be stylish. He’s getting in with the best and he’s got his work cut-out. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

JoJo Diaz: In this fight there is a lot at stake for both of us

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

2012 U.S. Olympian and current NABF featherweight champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (19-0, 11 KOs) of South El Monte, California, will take the next step in his career when he faces Puerto Rican star Jayson Velez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) on March 26 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California live on HBO. We caught up with a very excited Diaz as he talked about his next fight and opportunity to fight on HBO.

“This next fight is my biggest fight to date,” Joseph Diaz told Fightnews.com®. “I know he’s bringing it all and I know I’m going to be at 110 percent.”

Diaz has been going at full force training for this fight in his hometown of South El Monte, California with his trainer Ben Lira and father Joseph Diaz. “I’ve been training really hard three times a day. I’m very focused and very determined,” Diaz said. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

IBF #10 Onaga defeats OPBF #15 Pael in Okinawa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Recently upcoming Japanese southpaw, IBF#10/OPBF#6 junior bantam Go Onaga (27-2-2, 18 KOs), 115, proved too sharp and speedy for OPBF#15 Filipino prospect Renoel Pael (19-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, as he beautifully dropped him with a countering left shot in the fifth and often had him at bay to pound out a nearly shutout decision (100-90, 99-90 twice) over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan. Onaga, formerly three-time national high school champ, failed to win the national 115-pound belt, losing a split decision to Teiru Kinoshita (who couldn’t wrest the IBF belt from Zolani Tete in 2014) in 2012, but has registered ten consecutive victories since.

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Moving smoothly and throwing solid southpaw lefts, Onaga maintained the initiative from the outset and made Pael cover himself up like a shell all the way. The fifth witnessed his well-timed left counter deck the Filipino, who absorbed much punishment with Onaga’s furious assault to try to finish the affair then and there. Onaga, in the second half, had him defensive and gave him a good lesson, steadily piling up points in every round. The promoter and ex-WBA junior welter champ Akinobu Hiranaka said, “Onaga’s near-future target is the OPBF super-fly belt, and upon his acquisition he will also pursue a world championship here in Okinawa.” (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Announcement

Trainer Tommy Gallagher Ring 8 Guest Speaker Tuesday night

Veteran boxing trainer Tommy Gallagher will be Ring 8’s guest speaker at Tuesday night’s (Mar. 15) monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Muhammad Ali cancels UK tour due to health concerns

Last ditch effort to save Crolla-Flanagan world title fight

David Haye looks to secure title fight with Lucas Browne

‘I have to be here,’ David Lemieux says after missing catch-weight



March 14th, 2016

UFC

Two changes to Brisbane card

The UFC’s return to Brisbane, Australia on March 20 has seen two changes to the fight card. In the flyweight division, an injury to Justin Scoggins has forced his bout against Ben Nguyen to be called off. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 14th, 2016

WBA

Mendoza Farewell in Venezuela

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman


Saying goodbye can be one of the most difficult things in life. However, there are people who are able to overcome the earthly and keep in mind the road they have traveled together.

This Sunday in Caracas, Venezuela, we said “See you soon” to Gilberto Mendoza, President Emeritus of the World Boxing Association, because each person he met, and each person who came to celebrate his life with a holy funeral mass earlier today, carries a part of him in his or her heart.

After asking the Lord for the eternal peace for Sr. Mendoza, he was paid a well-deserved tribute in which boxers, journalists, promoters and family participated. The first to speak at the moving ceremony was former WBA featherweight champion, Venezuelan Antonio Esparragoza.

“We have not lost,” he said. “Today we are going to plant a seed that will grow in our hearts and minds for all our life.” Esparragoza also stressed that boxing is Venezuela’s most important sport and thanks to Gilberto Mendoza, many great champions have come from Venezuela. (more…)



March 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Hyppolite looking for a fight

By Dave Spencer

“We’re ready for a fight,” promoter Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management proclaimed to Fightnews following a thrilling performance where Schiller Hyppolite survived two knockdowns to emerge victorious over veteran Darnell Boone.

“(Lucian) Bute, Jean Pascal, whoever wants to take it, we’re here, we’re ready.” Both Montreal rivals seem unlikely candidates for the foreseeable future with Bute signing on to fight for the WBC 168 pound championship versus Badou Jack. Bute somehow finds himself behind Hyppolite in the WBC rankings at #8 while the upstart 29 year-old Haitian fighter finds himself one spot higher at #7. As for Pascal, it would seem doubtful on many levels including that the former champ campaigns at light-heavy and would benefit little going against a relative unknown. Pascal also holds a victory over upset-minded Boone, virtually sweeping the scorecards of fight ten years ago. (more…)



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Ogedengbe defeats Havea

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott

English-born heavyweight Paul Ogedengbe (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Moses Havea (2-7, 1 KO) in round five of a scheduled eight round New South Wales State title bout in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Ogedengbe dominated Havea dropping him twice when the referee called it off at :51 of round five. Former WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika was in the corner of Ogedengbe.

Before coming to Australia, Paul Ogedengbe was attending university in England and was so unfit that he once got out of breath running for the bus. It was the wake-up call he needed to change his habits. “I thought ‘I need to do something to get fit.’ I went to the soccer team and it was totally full. They said there’s a boxing coach if you want to do boxing,” said Ogedengbe. “I just loved it as soon as I started. It builds character and discipline. (I love) both the fitness element and the skill. You’ve got to be in the right frame of mind as you box.” (more…)



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Hyppolite wins Rocky type battle

By Dave Spencer at ringside

With the main event scrubbed as former middleweight champion David Lemieux tipped the scales heavy, negating his scheduled battle with James De La Rosa, boxing fans still got their money’s worth with a barn-burner at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal. In the co-main event, #7 ranked (WBC) super-middleweight Schiller Hyppolite (20-1 13KO) survived two knockdowns, including a rare double knockdown in the 5th round to eek out a very close 95-93, 95-93, 96-93 decision over master gatekeeper Darnell Boone (23-23-4 12KO).

“When they both went down, I thought I was seeing a repeat of Rocky II,” Hyppolite’s trainer Jean Francois Bergeron told Fightnews immediately after the contest. “It was Apollo and Rocky and I knew Schiller was hurt and I was kind of hoping Boone was too. Honestly, it was a good thing it was the end of the round and that we were able to get out of it. He was still hurt and hurt the round afterwards. Boone tried everything he could to stop him but Schiller hung on and hung on and Boone eventually wore himself out and Schiller was able to box like he could box.” (more…)



March 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Roach: “Playing fireman” won’t protect Atlas & Bradley

Photo: Top Rank

Photo: Top Rank


“We had a strong camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning, and very motivated,” said Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach after Team Pacquiao landed at Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal on Saturday. “The real business begins for us on Monday at Wild Card. We have great sparring waiting for Manny. I know that ESPN announcer [Teddy Atlas] who is coaching Bradley is a good story teller and likes acting. Let’s see how well they do when we go off script and hit them with a dose of reality TV. Playing ‘fireman’ isn’t going to protect them from the nuclear assault Manny will be launching.”



March 13th, 2016

UFC

Dana White: New Jon Jones is scary; DC has opportunity of a lifetime

The UFC has roughly 40 fight cards tentatively scheduled for 2016. Big fight after big fight, they just keep coming, especially in the current seasonal campaign “Unstoppable,” which features some of the biggest matchups of the year . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



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