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Weights from Hermosillo, Mexico

Weights from Hermosillo, Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Ramon Alvarez 154 vs. Richard Gutierrez 154 David Carmona 115 vs. Warlito Parrenas 113 (WBO interim super flyweight title) Hernan Marquez 116 vs. ...

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Guevara, Lopez make weight

Guevara, Lopez make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Cesar Ceron Pedro Guevara 107.8 vs. Ganigan Lopez 107.8 (WBC light flyweight title) Alberto Guevara 118.1 vs. Oscar Blanquet 119 Mario Lozano ...

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Guevara: I will knock out Ganigan Lopez

Guevara: I will knock out Ganigan Lopez

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez WBC light flyweight champion Pedro "Pedrin" Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) and mandatory challenger Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 15 ...

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Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Werner Kalin WBO#11, WBA#13 super middleweight Zac Dunn (18-0, 15 KOs) outpointed Max Bursak (31-4, 14 ...

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Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (16-0, 5 K0s) retained his title by twelve round unanimous decision in his IBF mandatory ...

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Boxing News

Brandon Adams: The ‘Cannon’ will be the ‘Cannon’

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Sometimes getting a second chance makes you want to work even harder. For Los Angeles’ Brandon “The Cannon” Adams (15-1, 10KO), his second chance comes this Friday night when once again he is part of the Boxcino tournament broadcast live as part of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Presented by Banner Promotions, the first round will be held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Adams will be facing Alex “The Break City Bullet” Perez (18-1, 10KO) of Newark, New Jersey, in a six rounder in the first phase of the tournament.

Last year with only twelve pro fights under his belt and not that many more as a amateur, Adams was the least experienced participant in the first edition of the tournament held in the middleweight division but for Brandon, the married father of an eight month old son, in his mind all the combatants were the same. “It never bothered me, it didn’t really cross my mind,” Adams said calmly as he rested after an intense training session under the tutelage of his trainer Dub Huntley. “Going into the tournament, I just thought as all us being beginners in the tourney, it was our first fight. I knew that they had more experience but in the tournament, we were all starting from the same place.” (more…)



February 11th, 2015



UFC

Makovsky looking for rebound in Valentine’s Day bout

After suffering a unanimous decision loss in his fight against the veteran Jussier Formiga last summer, Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky found himself out of the contender conversation as quickly as he entered it . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Berman: Murray is Golovkin’s first real test

Having spent time with Martin Murray in Johannesburg at the weekend, South African promoter Rodney Berman says he expects a fierce contest when Murray and Gennady Golovkin square off on February 21 in Monte Carlo for Golovkin’s WBA super, WBC interim and IBO middleweight titles. Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) is on a record 18 consecutive knockouts and will be seeking another against Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs), The WBC’s #1 contender. Golovkin is a 25:1 favorite.

“Obviously Martin is in the best shape he’s ever been, having worked incredibly hard in the summer heat down here,” said Berman. “He’s pretty much in a no-lose situation because of the aura around Golovkin. If he goes the distance and doesn’t get the decision, that’s okay based on the reputation of Golovkin. But if Martin wins the world will be his oyster.”

According to Berman, “this is Golovkin’s first real test. He’s fighting a guy who, to all intents and purposes, is unbeaten. He’s bigger and he can handle himself. Murray also won’t freeze. He’s known dark times and dealt with trauma, fighting a man with two arms, like him, holds no fears.”



February 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Thompson-Solis rematch in trouble (again)

By Karl Freitag

Looks like the February 27 rematch between heavyweights Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis slated for February 27 at Millenaris Park in Budapest, Hungary, will be cancelled. Word is local promoter Felix Racz (Felix Promotion) pulled the plug on the event after several payment deadlines were missed by the card’s Hungarian financial backers. The bout was to be televised live on Sport TV (Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic) and on Eurosport March 10th.

It’s possible that lead promoter Ahmet Oener (Arena Box-Promotion) can find another venue and/or date for the fight, but February 27 in Hungary is off as of now. Solis-Thompson II had already been postponed three times previously. The bout was originally scheduled for October 18 before Solis twisted his ankle. A rescheduled November 22 date couldn’t take place because Solis’ injury took longer than expected to heal. A January 24 date in Dusseldorf, Germany, also fell through. Now we have this latest setback.

Thompson upset Solis in their first fight last March in Turkey when he won by split decision. This is an important crossroads fight for both fighters if it ever happens.



February 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Smith 100% confident of beating Abraham

Paul Smith can settle the score with Arthur Abraham in their WBO world super middleweight championship rematch on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. Smith was left disappointed after finding himself on the wrong end of a unanimous points decision in his first attempt to dethrone the German champion. The 32 year-old is aware he may face an even tougher task in the repeat of their September showdown, but he is certain he can bring the belt back to Britain. “I’m extremely confident,” said Smith. “I went into the first fight believing I could beat Abraham, this time I go into the fight knowing I can beat him. I know what I am in with now and I’m 100% confident I will win. He won’t be able to rely on the judges this time.

“I do believe Abraham will be fitter this time, he will come to fight and that is exactly what I’ve prepared for. I’m certainly fitter and better than last time too, and I‘ve improved technically. The first fight for me was a chance to prove that I belong at world level. Although, I didn’t get the decision, I felt I beat him and I got a massive confidence boost from that. I now know I belong at world level and I know I can mix it with the best.”



February 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More Mayweather-Pacquiao stuff: Arum working hard to close deal . . . . WBO prez doubts showdown possibility . . . Pacquiao hopeful . . . . Brandon Rios predicts Mayweather win

Amir Khan says Kell Brook fight not big enough

Card captures classic Detroit boxing

Buster Douglas still connecting with fans

 



February 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Naito barely defeats Ito to keep Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

A confrontation of unbeaten young prospects sounds good enough to attract a sellout crowd at the Korakuen Hall. Unbeaten Japanese super-featherweight champ Rikki Naito (12-0, 5 KOs), 130, barely kept his national belt as he eked out a hairline majority decision (96-95, 97-94, 95-95) over previously unbeaten ex-WBC youth titlist Masayuki Ito (16-1-1, 7 KOs), 129.75, over ten see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Rikki, the 23-year-old son of former Orient middle champ Junichi “Cassius” Naito, utilized his southpaw jabs and fast footwork, and overcame Ito’s smashing rights to the face. We saw good rallies of the excellent speedsters, each of whom repeatedly hit the air due to the counterpart’s good mobility. After the fifth, the interim tallies were announced: 48-48, 48-47 (Naito) and 49-47 (Ito). Naito, from the sixth, turned loose to pile up some more points as he became aggressive with quick combinations, while Ito, 24, only kept throwing a solid right at a time. The southpaw champ seemingly took three rounds from the sixth, which carried him to a very close victory. (more…)



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Caballero injured, withdraws from IBF title defense, Feb 27 event to go on

Randy “El Matador” Caballero suffered an ankle injury during training camp and will not be able to defend his IBF bantamweight world title scheduled for Feb. 27 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The Feb. 27 event will proceed as scheduled, with a new main event to be announced shortly to be featured on the live FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes telecast.

“I was very excited to bring my first title defense to my hometown for all my fans, friends and family who have been on this journey with me from the beginning,” said Caballero. “I am devastated that this injury is stopping me from continuing this journey; however I expect to make a full recovery from surgery and will be ready to face any opponent that wants to stand in my way. I promise my fans that I will back and better than ever!” (more…)



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo-Kirkland to land in San Antonio

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya has reportedly selected the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas as the site for the showdown between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland. Canelo previously drew 39,472 boxing fans to the venue when he fought Austin Trout there in April 2013. The date will be May 2, unless Mayweather-Pacquiao takes place on that date.



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Estrella and Roman return Saturday in Los Mochis

By Gabriel F Cordero

Mexican super featherweight stars Adrian “Diamante” Estrella and Miguel “Mickey” Roman will be back in action on Saturday against separate opponents at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Estrella (20-0, 18 KOs) will take on Filipino Adones “Yamagata” Aguelo (23-10-2, 15 KOs) for the WBC International super featherweight championship, while Roman (48-11, 37 KOs) will seek his eleventh consecutive knockout against Adrian Verdugo (22-9-1, 19 KOs). It will be Roman’s 60th professional fight. The event is presented by Promocionea del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico by Televisa.



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Fonfara training camp in full swing

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Team Fonfara

“10, maybe 12 weeks of training and sparring – just like I like it,” said Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) who is in full beast mode before his scheduled April 18 clash against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1, 32 KOs). “Right hand, after surgery is about 90 percent OK, so for now I’m trying to knock out my trainer Sam Colonna just with my jab. I will have both hands ready for Julio,” said a smiling Fonfara, who next week will start his conditioning in Houston.



February 10th, 2015

UFC

Nogueira named new coach of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4

The UFC® announced today that Brazilian legend Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira will join the cast of The Ultimate Fighter® Brazil 4, the organization’s signature television reality series, as coach following the departure of UFC middleweight Anderson Silva . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Salka targets Linares, Bey, Miura

After a 2014 that began and ended on high notes, WBC #14 world ranked lightweight “Lightning” Rod Salka (20-4, 3 KOs) aims for a title shot in 2015.

Starting last April, Salka won the WBC Fecarbox lightweight title with a dominating performance over previously unbeaten, WBC world ranked, Cuban Alexei Collado in a televised main event on Showtime. Collado was 18-0 at the time. Following his impressive win over Collado, Salka stepped up two weight classes to face unified WBC/WBA 140 pound kingpin Danny Garcia (29-0) in a non-title, welterweight bout last August in Brooklyn. “The size difference was way too much. After the stoppage loss to Garcia at welterweight, I vowed never to fight again above 130-135 pounds,” stated Salka. After the setback to Garcia, Salka quickly rebounded by defending his WBC Fecarbox lightweight title versus WBC world ranked Monty Meza Clay (36-3) in another nationally televised fight dominated by Salka by wide margins in November. (more…)



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham: Smith will not see the 12th round

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is annoyed by insinuations that he won his first fight with Paul Smith by a bad decision rendered by judges Waleska Roldan (117-111), Fernando Laguna (119-109), Zoltan Enyedi (117-111). “King Arthur” says plans to defeat Smith decisively when they meet again on February 21 at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.

“I want to clarify once again clearly who is the champion here,” said Abraham. “Paul Smith had a good performance in the first fight, I was just better. Why there was all this whining in the English media about a bad decision I don’t understand. Neither I nor the promoter choose the judges. Like the last time, they are chosen by the world federation.”

As for Smith’s assertion that the immediate rematch was granted because Abraham was ashamed of getting the decision in the first fight, Abraham stated, “That is absolute rubbish! Smith only wants to provoke me. He should train hard because in the rematch I will show no mercy. Actually I just want to prove it to the English press who made the first fight into a scandal.”



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Deontay Wilder Wants Fury, Klitschko

By Tracy Morin
Photo: Scott Foster

Last Friday, Alabama-based Deontay Wilder brought his larger-than-life personality (and his sizable 6’7” frame) to nearby Biloxi, Mississippi, for the latest edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Settling comfortably into his new role as the WBC heavyweight champion, Wilder seemed equally content to pose for pictures with lengthy lineups of fans, chat with members of the press, and enjoy every last nontelevised undercard, lingering long after many casual spectators had flocked to the casino floor. After a nonstop night of action inside and outside the ring, Wilder filled in FightNews about his recent whirlwind weeks and what’s ahead for 2015.

What’s life been like since we last saw you in the ring?

Everything’s been going great. My life has definitely dramatically changed due to the fans and the popularity of the sport, so I’m blessed. I’ve been blessed before I got to this position, and I still feel I’ve been blessed—whether win, lose or draw, it still would be a blessing. But it’s just the beginning. Even though my title now says “heavyweight champion of the world,” in my heart I still feel like a contender, and feeling like a contender still keeps me hungry. I know there’s more out there to gain, and I can’t wait for it to happen. (more…)



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Stern inks Cuban Olympian heavyweight Alfonso

2008 Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso has signed a managerial contract with Si Stern’s SHS Boxing Management. The 28-year-old heavyweight prospect, who is undefeated in four professional fights, lives in Miami where he is trained by Orlando Cuellar. The 6’5, 235-pound Alfonso’s professional career has been relatively slow to develop because he is a free agent who didn’t defect to the United States until 2011. Alfonso won a decision over United States Olympic super heavyweight Michael Hunter, Jr., 9-1, to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

SHS Management’s boxing clients also include three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey, heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams, middleweight Marcus “Arillius” Upshaw and welterweight Damian “Devo” Frias.



February 10th, 2015

UFC

Unbeaten Almedia seeks win against Jabouin in Montreal

Following a Fight of the Night victory over Tim Gorman in his UFC debut in Brazil last November, Sao Paulo bantamweight Thomas Almeida will take his show on the road on April 25, when he takes on Canada’s own Yves Jabouin in a UFC 186 bout at Bell Centre in Montreal . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao talks faith and Floyd and politics. More

Belfast hopeful James Tennyson gets a spot on Frampton bill. More

Promoter Frank Warren pays tribute to Khan trainer Dean Powell. More

Brandon Rios talks  Pacquiao. More



February 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Ruenroeng: I will bring the IBF belt back to Thailand

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Jimmy Chaichotchuang, Manager of Amnat Ruenroeng welcomed media from China including TV and newspapers from Macau, Hong Kong and China to the Ruenroeng Camp at the Srinakarinvirot University Sport Center, Nakornnayok, Thailand on Monday. Chaichotchuang said Ruenroeng will do his training camp at Srinakarinvirot University which specializes in Sports Science. “The professor in Sport Science will work together with Franciso Jaro, the trainier of Ruenroeng from Philippines, to develop his fitness to fight Shiming. This is one of the biggest fights in Asia. I am sure that the winner will be the next superstar in the flyweight division.”

Ruenroeng said he wants revenge on Zou Shiming who was his rival in the amateurs. “I won once and lost twice in amateur boxing to Shiming but I feel I lost only once. The last fight in the Asian Games 2010 in China, I know from the Chinese fans that I won the fight. I do not worry about fighting in his hometown because the IBF will send the best officials for our fight. I will bring the IBF belt back to Thailand. I am confident I will beat Shiming again.” (more…)



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Spadafora returns Feb 20 in off-TV bout

Former world champion Paul Spadafora (49-1-1, 19 KOs) has been added to “The Pride of Pittsburgh III” on February 20th at CONSOL Energy Center, it was announced today by Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions. Spadafora will battle Jake Giuriceo (17-2-1, 4 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio in a scheduled eight round junior welterweight off-TV bout. “We’re very happy to add Paul in a “special attraction” bout to our February 20 event,” said Brown. “For many years he was among the most skilled fighters in the sport and his battle with Giuriceo, a very tough veteran, should be one of the highlights of the evening for the fans in attendance.”

“The Pride of Pittsburgh III” is headlined by a ten round welterweight clash between local fan favorite Sammy Vasquez Jr., (17-0, 13 KOs) and Brooklyn, New York native via Accra Ghana, Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 9 KOs) and will be telecast on ShoBox. (more…)



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Bernd Bönte: It’s good to be back here!

By Jerry Glick
Photo: Will Hart/ Klitschko Management Group

“It’s good to be back here,” said Bernd Bönte, manager of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) at the Madison Square Garden kickoff press for the champion’s April 25th title defense against challenger Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs). “It’s always something special to promote at Madison Square Garden, where legends such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield stood inside the ring. We are looking forward to another exciting fight and a great event.”

As for the future should Wladimir be victorious against Jennings, Bönte scoffed at fighting former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. “At the moment he’s not on our radar,” he explained. “Because in a perfect world, knock on wood, that everything goes the right way on April the 25th, then we would love to do the fight against (Tyson) Fury, and then a fight against (Deontay) Wilder. It could also be the other way around, but what we heard from Al Haymon (the manager of Wilder) is that they are looking into that fight for Wilder, by the end of this year or maybe next year against Wladimir.”

A Fury fight could take place in the challenger’s country of England. “There’s only a one hour time difference (between England and German),” commented Bönte. “So it doesn’t matter. It could be in England, or it could be in Germany.” (more…)



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Cuadras-Concepcion date is set

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras (31-0, 25 KOs) is currently training in the Otomi Ceremonial Center to defend his belt against former WBA champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion (32-3, 23 KOs). Concepción is training in La Chorrera, a city near Panamá City from last two months. The fight will take on March 28 at a site to be named in the state of Mexico. The fight had previously been discussed for Culiacan or Mexico City on various dates. The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico by Televisa. Cuadras won the title last May against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and has defended against Juan Carlos Salgado and Marvin Mabait.



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Hatton shoots down Browne-Ustinov rumors

Promoter Ricky Hatton would like to make it clear that negotiations have NOT taken place for a fight between Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne and Russia’s Alexander Ustinov, despite claims made online. “Lucas is willing to fight anyone and, if offered, he would take the Ustinov fight, but at this moment in time we’re looking for opponents with rankings that will help Lucas get a world title shot,” Hatton explained. “Lucas, at number four, is the highest rated available contender of the WBA for Ruslan Chagaev, and he’s also in the top six with the IBF and the WBC so there’s no point in boxing a guy who isn’t ranked. Lucas is eager to fight anyone that mentions his name, but I’ve told him to start looking up rather than down. We’re working on getting him the best fight possible and I think everyone will be happy when we make an announcement.”



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Rosinsky, Hyland top March 14 MSG Theater card

On March 14, DiBella Entertainment, Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing will present an exciting night of both professional and amateur boxing, held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, titled “McMayhem in Midtown”. The pro portion of the card will be headlined by Dublin, Ireland’s world-ranked featherweight contender Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (29-1, 13 KOs). Fans in attendance will also be treated to the long-awaited return of popular light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (17-2, 9 KOs). The amateur portion of the card will be made up of fights between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and the Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force who will be making the trip over from Ireland. Tickets for “McMayhem in Midtown” are priced at $100, $65 and $35 and go on sale today.



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

NABF/WBC’s Joe Dwyer passes

Photo: Bob Newman

Photo: Bob Newman

By Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing has lost another one of it’s good guys. Former NABF president Joe Dwyer passed away this weekend in Long Island, NY. A life long “boxing guy,” Dwyer fought as an amateur in the New York Golden Gloves, amassing an overall record of 56-2, 1 NC. Upon finishing Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton High School in 1956, Dwyer entered the U.S. Navy where he served on the USS Roosevelt and Intrepid with the 74th Fighter Squadron from 1956 – 1959. Dwyer served a thirty four year tenure with the NYPD from 1961-1995, for many years as an investigator of organized crime. With a never ending love for the “Sweet Science” still burning in his heart, Dwyer served as chief inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission for twelve years before joining the IBF as their championship chairman. Dwyer returned to judging fights before joining the WBC, eventually climbing to the presidency of the Council’s North American Boxing Federation in June 2009. Dwyer’s health began to decline in recent years, but he kept in close contact with his boxing “family.” He is survived by his wife Linda, and children Arlene, Kathy and Joe, Jr. FightNews would like to extend it’s condolences to the Dwyers and Joe’s boxing family. R.I.P. to a stand up guy who told it like it was.



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Marv Albert to call bouts on NBC

One of America’s legendary broadcast voices, Marv Albert, will serve as blow-by-blow announcer for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC, it was announced today. Albert will be joined by analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard for the debut of PBC on NBC in primetime Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Al Michaels will host. Albert will team with six-time world champion and 1976 Olympic gold medalist Leonard on all 11 of the 2015 NBC broadcasts of the Premier Boxing Champions. He previously called boxing on NBC from 1980-2003. Albert’s debut PBC on NBC boxing show on NBC features a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. — live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of boxing’s primetime return to NBC, where I’ve had the good fortune to have been ringside for the call of so many exciting moments,” Albert said.

The March 7 primetime debut of the PBC on NBC is the first major boxing match on NBC in primetime since Monday, May 20, 1985. That telecast featured Larry Holmes vs. Carl (The Truth) Williams. Albert also called that fight.



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Gallery/report: Mora vs. Han

foster.mora-9By Tracy Morin at ringside; photos by Scott Foster

The main event of this past week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi pitted former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) against Abraham Han (23-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant USBA middleweight title.

Though most predicted a come-forward fight from Han, it was Mora taking the initiative for most of the first round, pressing with the jab and right hand though Han set off his own small flurry just before the bell sounded to end the round . . . Click here for more



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Mora speaks about his victory, Jermain Taylor and the future

By Tracy Morin
Photos: Scott Foster

FightNews caught up with Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) this past Friday a couple of hours after he had won a split decision over Abraham Han (23-2, 14 KOs) to capture the vacant USBA middleweight title.

“He was exactly what I expected: a tough guy who takes a good punch and keeps coming forward,” Mora said to FightNews. “He had a good record, with his only loss against a top contender, so I expected what I got — a tough-ass fight! I just didn’t expect to bleed so much; he head butted me twice, but the nose was from a punch, and I had problems breathing and stuff like that. But I thought I won unanimously. I was very surprised at the scorecards. I heard Teddy Atlas had it 117-112 for me, and I had the same score as him. Blood makes people think the other guy’s winning.” (more…)



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Sturm will pass on IBF middleweight title fight; takes aim at WBO 168lb champ Abraham

According to his manager Roland Bebak, former multi-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm will pass on a fight against Hassan N’Dam for the vacant IBF middleweight title formerly held by Jermain Taylor. Sturm will instead concentrate on an all-German showdown with rival and WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham this summer. Abraham will first have a rematch against Paul Smith on February 21 in Berlin.

Sturm moved to the 168b division in his last fight, battling former world champion Robert Stieglitz to an entertaining draw.



February 9th, 2015

UFC

Hello America, My Name is Jim Alers

Over the last three years, Jim Alers’ passport has been picking up quite a few new stamps. Bahrain. Jordan. Wales. Scotland. Ireland. Abu Dhabi . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Jones: Rose will be my first UK victim

Carson Jones says he will land his first win on UK soil against Brian Rose on Saturday night at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The Oklahoma man is famous on these shores for providing Kell Brook with a real scare when they met in July 2012 in Sheffield, Jones breaking Brook’s nose midway through a titanic tussle that Brook edged via majority decision. Jones returned to England five months later and was slated to meet Lee Purdy in London, but after the Essex man pulled out of the fight, he drew with hungry Irishman Dean Byrne over eight rounds. Jones landed a rematch with Brook in the summer of 2013 and the Sheffield star stopped him inside eight. (more…)



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Not a word out of Manny Pacquiao on the Floyd Mayweather showdown.

Showtime not yet in panic mode for Mayweather-Pacquiao.

How ballet helped James Degale in boxing.

Sonny Boy Jaro returns to the ring.

Marvin Sonsona arrives in Las Vegas for training.



February 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Whyte floors Nascimento three times en route to knockout win

Report and photos by Tony Mayger

Dillian Whyte (13-0) was supposed to get a few rounds of boxing on Saturday night in London where he stepped up against durable Brazilian, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (17-8). Back in November last year Nascimento was taken the eight round distance by former world title challenger Eddie Chambers but Whyte needed just two rounds before delivering a sensational knockout in front of a packed Camden Centre. Nascimento was floored mid-way through the opening round with a long left hook but got quickly to his feet to finish the round. Whyte landed the same shot again at the beginning of round two and had the Brazilian touching down with a glove. Around 30 seconds later and Nascimento was on the floor again after Whyte stepped in with the jab and followed it up with an overhand right, buckling Nascimento’s legs. The referee waved off the contest with the South-American unfit to continue. Whyte moves to thirteen unbeaten and his team will now have to think very carefully about who to match him with next.

“I’m not getting ahead of myself, I still make mistakes and there’s a lot of things to learn but I’m finally back boxing and I’m enjoying myself again” said Whyte talking to the media after the show. (more…)



February 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Wonder Boy, Figueroa battle to draw

Photo: Alex Roman/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

Unbeaten jr featherweight Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) and Josean Figueroa (8-3-2, 7 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw on Saturday night in the main event at the Coliseo Guillermo Angulo in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Scores were 76-76, 76-76 and 79-73 for Lopez.

Jose Lopez: “He came strong I didn’t expect that Figueroa was going to come this way. We made the adjustments of our last fight but this is boxing. I keep learning.”

Josean Figueroa: “We came ready for Lopez we knew that he has a powerful left hook and he got me a couple of times but our plan was to break him down we knew that he gets tired. I am happy with today’s performance.” (more…)



February 8th, 2015

UFC

Mark Munoz hopes for a date in Manila

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February 8th, 2015




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