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Terence “Bud” Crawford mulls over options at 140

Terence Bud Crawford mulls over options at 140

By Bill Green Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank Omaha, Nebraska's world lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) is planning his next move.... only ...

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Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Promociones del Pueblo Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a second round KO ...

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Rios destroys Alvarado in three

Rios destroys Alvarado in three

By Bill Green at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank In the rubber match of their trilogy, former world champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, ...

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Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Having welcomed a golden era of boxing to hold nine world champions, the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) ...

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Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

By Bill Green at the scale Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Mike Alvarado 146.5 vs. Brandon Rios 146.75 Gilberto Ramirez 170.5 vs. Maxim Vlasov 170 Aik Shakhnazaryan ...

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Boxing News

New Hatley opponent named

Popular Dallas middleweight Charles “The Future” Hatley (23-1-1, 16 KOs) will now face battle tested Columbian veteran Richar “La Lamina” Gutierrez (28-13-1, 17 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of “Big Texas Throwdown” this Friday, September 26th at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Hatley’s original opponent, former world title challenger Joachim Alcine was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury.



September 23rd, 2014



Boxing News

Shindo has WBC female 112lb belt reinstated to defend it in Mexico

Photo by Boxing Beat

Photo by Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

You love me, and I love you. You don’t like me, and I don’t like you. There’s only a fine line between love and hatred. WBC female flyweight champ Go Shindo (14-2, 9 KOs) of Japan perennially had a managerial problem with her mentor/manager/promoter Tetsuya Harada of Kuratoki Boxing Club, and finally moved to Green Tsuda Gym last Thursday (September 18). Although Harada taught her how to box and cultivated her to a world championship, what she returned to him was shamefully hatred and ingratitude. The WBC ordered Shindo and its official challenger Arley Mucino of Mexico to face off in a mandatory defense and declared a purse bidding to be held between both parties at the end of July. On July 25, Harada (not Fighting Harada) announced that he has no intention to participate in the purse offer and Shindo’s belt would be renounced to the WBC through the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). The story wasn’t over then and there. Shindo flew to Mexico City with her attorney to claim her reinstatement to the president Mauricio Sulaiman in August, and the WBC accepted her intention to keep her belt and fight Mucino in Mexico in October.

Unfortunately Shindo wasn’t square as she had suffered Gender Identity Disorder (GID) for a long time since she was a junior high school student. Standing 5’6″, she has a muscular and athletic physique so that she had played well in various sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball, etc. prior to her entry into the paid ranks. (more…)



September 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather tells Nevada Commission that All Access reality show was staged

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone

WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion as well as licensed promoter Floyd Mayweather appeared at Tuesday’s NSAC meeting to provide “information of importance” to the Commission in connection to scenes from Episode Two of the recent Showtime “All Access” series.

Regarding an alleged non-stop 31 minute “doghouse rules” round between pro boxer Hasim Rahman Jr. and amateur Donovan Cameron seen on “All Access,” Mayweather stated that there were indeed breaks and the claim of 31 straight minutes seen on “All Access” was false. It was also stated by the Mayweather Team that the gambling on sparring and marijuana use (allegedly with “prop” marijuana) seen on the so-called “reality show” were staged for the Showtime cameras.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and attorney Shane Emerick accompanied Floyd to the meeting.



September 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez returns to HBO

Golden Boy Promotions Founder Oscar de la Hoya, superstar boxer Canelo Álvarez and HBO Sports President Ken Hershman will announce a newly signed agreement to bring the boxer’s fights to the HBO Sports network later today during a press conference at Golden Boy Promotions headquarters. The longterm deal is expected to commence in December.



September 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather to face NSAC Commission today

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has ordered WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion as well as licensed promoter Floyd Mayweather to appear at today’s meeting to provide “information of importance” to the Commission regarding Episode Two of the recent Showtime “All Access” series.

Of particular interest are two scenes. The first shows Mayweather overseeing gym fights using “dog house rules” which the Commission believes could be endangering the health of the fighters (7:24).

The other shows Floyd hanging out with some ladies smoking marijuana, which is illegal in Nevada (19:00).



September 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Zerafa to fight for WBO Youth title in Moscow

Promoter Peter Maniatis has confirmed that unbeaten 22-year-old middleweight Michael Zerafa 15-0 takes on fellow unbeaten Russian Arif Magomedov who is also 22 years old for the WBO World youth title and the WBO Asia pacific title in Moscow Russia October 24th. Zerafa has defeated Rey Anton Olarte which was voted fight of the year in Victoria in 2013 and also fought on Randy Petalcorin’s undercards while Petalcorin was campaigning in Australia for a few bouts. Zerafa is a flashy boxer nicknamed “Prettyboy.”

The mail event will be fought between Russian Alexander Povetkin and Cameroon/France’s Carlos Takam for the WBC heavyweight silver title. (more…)



September 23rd, 2014

UFC

TUF Latin America: Episode 5 Preview

Four weeks into The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, and outside of a three-round fight between Alejandro Pena and Fredy Serrano, Team Velasquez has been absolutely dominating the competition. The Mexican side of the tournament was stronger from the very first day they entered The Ultimate Fighter house, and it’s clear the losses that are piling up are starting to bother Latin America head coach Fabricio Werdum . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 178: JOHNSON VS. CARIASO is LIVE on PPV on  Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Suleymanov-Guzman off; Suleymanov retires

The featherweight bout between former world ranked Khabir Suleymanov (17-4-1, 6 KOs) and unbeaten Jonathan Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic initially announced on Fightnews for October 4 is off for undisclosed reasons. The bout was scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 123 pounds. Site was to be the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Shortly after the bout was scrapped a frustrated Suleymanov decided to hang up the gloves. It was a surprising turn of events as Suleymanov under his management team Journeyman Management was world ranked earlier this year losing just once in his last 5 fights during this time. The loss in a valiant effort in a nationally televised fight this past March against (17-0) Roman Morales. (more…)



September 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Louie Rivera R.I.P.

By Johnny B’

Sad to announce the recent loss of a good boxing man, Louis ‘Louie’ Rivera, a former professional boxer, referee and judge. Louis was originally from Puerto Rico but lived most of his adult life in New York. As a professional boxer, Louie fought some top professionals such as former middleweight world champion Vito Antuofermo, who Louie took the distance in losing a majority decision to. Louis was a member of most of the world organizations, primarily the WBA and IBF.



September 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Tyson Fury shows up at a press conference with his mouth taped shut. More

Anthony Ogogo is ready to silence the critics. More

Carl Froch laughs off George Groves’ hopes. More

Alex Ariza signs two-year contract with Floyd Mayweather. More



September 23rd, 2014

UFC

UFC 181 now headlined by Hendricks-Lawler III

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that middleweight champion Chris Weidman has suffered a hand injury in training and has been forced out of his fight with Vitor Belfort on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. The fight will be rescheduled to a later date. (more…)



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Alcine-Hatley off for this Friday

The scheduled for 10 round junior middleweight bout between former world Champion Joachim Alcine (32-7-2, 21 KOs) and Charles Hatley (23-1-1, 16 KOs) is off for this Friday at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas. The bout was scheduled to be the televised co-main event and aired on FOX Sports 1. Alcine is scheduled to have immediate corrective eye surgery but is expected to return to the ring after the mandated recovery time from his doctor. “Joachim trained really hard for this fight and by no means was he avoiding Charles Hatley. These things happen in boxing sometimes and you have to take the necessary precautions. Our team looks forward to Joachim’s full recovery and return to the ring,” said his manager, Journeyman Management CEO Andew Zak.

No word on if a late replacement for Alcine will be made. Iron Mike Productions in association with Mario Davila Media and Big Card Promotions are presenting the “Big Texas Throwdown.” In the main event WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (35-2-1, 12 KOs) of San Miguelito, Panama will defend against two-time Olympian and #1 ranked contender Juan Carlos Payano (15-0, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic.



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Dawson to face Karpency on Showtime

Two-time light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) making his long-awaited return to his home state for the first time in five years on October 4th at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn. Dawson will be facing former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-rounder. “It means a lot to me to be back fighting in front of my hometown fans, to be back on the East coast and not in enemy territory,” said Dawson. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance in front of my fans, friends and family in attendance.”

Since losing to Nathan Cleverly for the WBO title and Andrzej Fonfara for the IBO belt, both in 2012, Karpency has won two straight. In January of this year, Karpency avenged a previous defeat by unanimously outpointing Rayco Saunders (23-24-2, 10 KOs), and then picked up the NABA light heavyweight strap with a victory over Dhafir Smith (27-25-7, 4 KOs) in July. “I’ve watched my opponent, Tommy Karpency, and I know he’s a hungry guy,” said Dawson. “He won’t be in there just for a paycheck, but I am prepared for whatever he brings.”

The card is headlined by undefeated IBF champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (20-0-0-1NC, 12KO’s) defending his super featherweight title against former world title challenger and IBF #3-rated Fernando Saucedo (52-5-3, 8KO’s). The event will air live on Showtime.



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Lebron wins WBA Fedelatin belt

By Robert Coster

On Sunday evening at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Flyweight prospect Gregorio Lebron (13-2, 11 Kos) assured himself a spot in the WBA rankings by winning the WBA Fedelatin title with a four round knockout of fellow countryman Angelo Munoz (10-2, 4 KOs). Lebron initially had problems with Munoz who moved and jabbed effectively. By the third round however Gregorio was cutting off the ring better and catching his taller foe with looping right hands. And it was such a punch that sealed the victory for Lebron in the fourth round, catching Munoz flush on the chin and sending him to the canvas for the full count.

In a feature co-main event, popular bantamweight and WBA #7 Norberto Jimenez (20-8-3, 10 KOs) won the DQ in the first round over Aneudy Matos (14-12, 6 KOs). Jimenez was the victim on three occasions of repeated low blows by Matos. The colorful Norberto’s story is strange and compelling: he was 1-7 at the beginning of his career before turning things around and his win last night was his 17th consecutive victory.

In an exciting bout for the Dominican middleweight title, Melvin Betancourt (29-1, 23 KOs) stopped veteran Jose Vidal Soto (25-16-2) in 4 rounds

In another fight, visiting American heavyweight Trevor Bryan (11-0, 9 KOs) halted hapless Sandy Soto in the first round.

The 10 bout card card co-promoted by Domini Boxing and Shuan Boxing Promotions.



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin currently at 165, Rubio is 174.5

Thirty days out from their highly anticipated “Mexican Style” showdown, WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio were both within the prescribed limits set forth by the World Boxing Council rules. For the WBC official 30-day weigh-in, Golovkin tipped the scale at 165 lbs., while Rubio weighed in at 174.5 lbs. Golovkin is currently training with Abel Sanchez at The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear Lake, CA while Rubio is in Oxnard, California with Robert Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.

The co-feature bout on October 18th is a featherweight showdown between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, 33-2 (21 KOs) and undefeated Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters, 24-0 (20 KOs) who will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion. Donaire vs. Walters is presented by Top Rank.



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

“Chuky” Flores ready for US debut

Photos: Iron Mike Productions

Undefeated and heralded Mexican featherweight prospect Moises “Chuky” Flores will make his highly anticipated United States debut at “Big Texas Throwdown” this Friday, September 26th at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, just outside of Dallas.

Flores, (20-0, 15KOs), will fight in a six round special feature attraction against Pablo Batres (7-10-1, 2 KOs) of Nogales, MX in a bout presented by Boxing Legend Mike Tyson and Iron Mike Productions in association with Mario Davila Media and Big Card Promotions.

Known in his native Mexico for his show stopping knockouts, the heavy handed Flores will be making the first start of his 2014 campaign following a trail of destruction south of the border. (more…)



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Frankel-Rodriguez

By Leann Perez/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas

On an already warm Friday night, Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing, turned the heat up inside Salon Madrid for some very entertaining boxing in the Mile High City. Nine bouts completed the “Art of War” card, all fights were fairly matched, and exciting to the end. Many fighters making their pro debut on Friday night, eager to start their careers, and picked an excellent night to do so.

‘Crossroads’ is a term we continue to use when mentioning this light welterweight fight. Robert Rodriguez (7-4, 3KOs), with the will to continue on his career, and Rob Frankel (33-15, 6KOs) eager to show that his career is not over. Both men met in the middle to give fight fans one exhilarating fight.

Frankel established a good strong jab early in the fight, keeping the brawler Rodriguez at the end of his punches. Frankel’s footwork and defensive movement allowed him to use all corners of the ring, and setting the tempo for the first few rounds of the fight. Rodriguez finally stepping on the gas, was able to catch Frankel in moments and throw hard shots to the body, trying to slow down his moving opponent. When Rodriguez was able to put both his hands together, he was effective and delivered quite the power. Frankel showed a great display of boxing, throwing a good 1-2 and quickly stepping to the side, frustrating his opponent who was eager to exchange. Rodriguez capitalized on the moments he could walk Frankel backwards to the ropes, keep him there with combination after combination, until Frankel stepped around to put the fight back into the center of the ring. After eight hard hitting rounds, the fight went to the scorecards. Judges scoring the bout 79-73, 75-74, 78-74 for the unanimous decision victory for Rob “Red Hot” Frankel. (more…)



September 22nd, 2014

UFC

Breaking News: Invicta Returns to FightPass

Today’s special edition of the UFC Minute breaks big news regarding Invicta FC’s next two live events on UFCFightPass.com. Host Lisa Foiles has details of the next Invicta FC event, including the Championship main event and, then, also breaks big news regarding Cris “Cyborg” Justino. (more…)



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Mexican “Dorado” Reyes ready for U.S. invasion

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes (32-1, 24 KOs) will be on the undercard of the October 18 “Mexican Style” event topped by stablemate and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio against WBA middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Reyes will face Lithuanian Virgilijus Stapulionis (23-3-1, 16 KOs) in a ten-rounder. For several weeks, Reyes has been with the team of Rubio in Oxnard, California, training with Robert Garcia. “I love to focus on California and train with Robert Garcia,” said Reyes. “I’m ready for this big fight and I just want opportunities to be a strong challenger in this division with the support of my youth and physical condition that can become world champion.” Reyes has victories over the likes of Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas, Amilcar Funes, Jose Luis Zertruche, Julio Cesar Garcia and Rogelio “Porky” Medina. He is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo.



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Fury speechless about upcoming Chisora fight

In protest of a £15,000 fine levied by the British Boxing Board of Control for a profanity-laden tirade at a press conference in June, Tyson Fury wore tape over his mouth and didn’t utter a word during Monday’s press conference in London promoting his November 29 clash with Dereck Chisora. “The Board wanted us to tone it down so here’s Tyson – the Board dummy,” said Tyson’s trainer Peter Fury.

Chisora stated, “What he’s doing is right. If I was being charged what he’s being charged, I’d do the same…I think we should put a wager on. Will he keep the tape on for the whole 8 weeks? I will knock him out, plain and simple. I’m not saying what round, all I’m saying is he’s going to be knocked out. Bring on November 29th, I’ll show everyone what I would have done to him in July. I’ll be in fantastic shape come fight night and he’s looking in good shape himself so the better man will win and that will be me.”

Fury was asked to express with his hands how many rounds the fight will last, and he put up his middle finger. Chisora and Fury clash with the European, vacant British and eliminator for the WBO world championship all on the line.



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Galarza Wins by DQ

By Jerry Glick at ringside

With the cancelation of the Star of David show two days before, a couple of the fights that were scheduled for the undercard were switched to Saturday’s New Legend Boxing card at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. In the main event, popular Brooklyn junior middleweight Frank “Notorious” Galarza (15-0-2, KOs) looked impressive out classing and frustrating Jhonathan Batista (14-3, 7 KOs). The first two rounds were competitive however Galarza dropped Batista in the third round of with a heavy left hook to the ribs. After the knockdown, Batista got desperate, losing a point in the fourth for rabbit punching then getting DQ’d for intentionally hitting behind the head in the same round by referee Harvey Dock. Time of the end came at 45 seconds of round four. (more…)



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Mchunu-Wilson: Full Report and photo gallery

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by: Emily Harney Fightography.com

South African cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu won a ten-round unanimous decision over Philadelphian Garrett Wilson to retain his NABF 200-pound title Saturday afternoon at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The fight was the main event of a nationally televised doubleheader by NBC. Click here for more…



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Hungary

In front of a full house in Szentes, Hungary, Attila Kovacs (34-4, 19 KOs) won the vacant WBO European light middleweight title with a hard fought ten round majority decision over the always tough Dieudonne Belinga (12-5-1, 0 KOs).

Former Olympian Imre Szello (2-0) won the Hungarian cruiserweight title in only his second fight, knocking down the now former champion Gyula Bozai (12-7-2, 9 KOs) in the tenth and final round. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 100-87.

WBO #4 rated super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (22-1, 8 KOs) defeated Georgi Gachechiladze (15-13-1, 8 KOs) over six rounds in a rematch. After the fight, Gachechiladze was hospitalized during the night but now he’s OK.

Promoted by Ferobox Event.

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September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Main Event Announced for Oct 11th in Lewiston, ME

By Matt Thompson

The main event has been announced for the October 11th boxing event taking place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine – the same building where Muhammad Ali famously scored a first round TKO over Sonny Liston. Undefeated West Forks, ME native Brandon Berry (7-0, 5 KOs) will vie for the vacant Northeast Junior Welterweight Championship vs. Pittsburgh’s Eric Palmer (4-3-3). Tickets are available at NewEnglandFights.com or by calling 207-783-2009 Ext. 525.



September 22nd, 2014

UFC

Cody Gibson: No Room For More Regrets

Getting the call to fight in the UFC is not only the culmination of a dream for every fighter, but it also serves as an opportunity for many of the newcomers to commit themselves to their craft full-time . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 178: JOHNSON VS. CARIASO is LIVE on PPV on  Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

George Groves has showdown with Anthony Dirrell in sights. More

Local coverage from Orlando on Francisco Palacios return to the ring. More

LVRJ of Floyd Mayweather on being a cheap tipper. More

Possible showdown between Mayweather and Amir Khan threatened again? More

Kalle Sauerland on signing George Groves. More

Deepest condolences to Fightnews.com Editor-In-Chief Karl Freitag whose mother passed away on Friday.



September 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Funeka retains S. A. junior welterweight title

By Ron Jackson

South African junior welterweight champion Ali Funeka from East London retained his title for the second time when he stopped the gutsy Boitshepo Mandawe of Meadowlands, Soweto in the eighth round on Sunday afternoon at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London. The 31-year-old Mandawe (63.50kg) made a fast start as he took the fight to the taller champion through the first three rounds. However, he sustained a cut above the right eye in the second round that appeared to have come from a punch and his corner battled to stop the bleeding. Funeka (63.40kg) using his longer reach and educated jab took control from the fourth round as he outboxed the challenger and scored with left and right combinations to wear down Mandawe. In round seven Boitshepo began to ship punishment as he was backed up against the ropes and it came as no surprise when referee Allen Matekane stepped in at 1 minute 10 seconds into the eighth round to wave the fight off. Funeka, 36, improves his record to 35-4-3, 29 KOs and Mandawe’s reported record drops to 14-5, 10 KOs. (more…)



September 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara

It was a wild-wild west affair last night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium as a total of twenty knockdowns, seven in the main event, were witnessed by a nearly sold out enthusiastic crowd. Two world titles were contested in an event presented by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast live by the Azteca channel in Mexico and BEIN Sports in the U.S. In the main event, former featherweight champ Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-12-2, 29KO) captured the interim WBO 130lb title with an eleventh round KO win over the tough as nails Terdsak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33KO) in rough and tumble fight of the year candidate. Both men went down multiple times as they left it all in the ring in a fight that ignited the crowd and made Kokietgym a local hero for his display of grit and heart, two virtues Mexican fight fans love.

Salido lost his featherweight title in his last fight by coming in overweight in his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko last March. Salido gave Lomachenko a rude welcoming to the pro ranks as he beat him via a split decision. Salido quickly after announced his graduation to the 130-pound division with a direct shot at the interim title. The championship bout marked only the fourth time he traveled outside of Asia. The three times before he faced top-level opposition and came up short against Joan Guzman, Juan Manuel Marquez and Steven Luevano. His last loss was two years ago when he challenged Japanese Takahiro Ao for the WBC title. (more…)



September 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Palacios wins in comeback fight

Cruiserweight star Francisco “Wizard” Palacios looked masterful in dominating hard-hitting contender Epifanio Mendoza of Colombia over eight rounds yesterday evening at the Mela Room in Orlando, FL. Inactive for two years due to promotional difficulties, Palacios surprisingly showed no ring rust. Throughout the contest, the Orlando based Puerto Rican used his technical skills and ring generalship to control Mendoza. Scores were 80-71 three times. With the victory, Palacios, who co-promoted the card under the Worldwide Elite Entertainment banner, ups his professional ledger to 22-2 with 13 KO’s. Mendoza is now 39-19-1 (34 KO’s).

“I’m happy with my performance and want to thank my new trainer John Scully for helping me stay sharp,” said Palacios. “This was an excellent opponent for me to comeback against because Mendoza is no joke and I’m setting my sights at getting another world title shot in the near future.” (more…)



September 21st, 2014

Boxing News

George Groves calls for third go at Carl Froch, “The Cobra” says no thanks

By James Slater

George Groves returned to winning ways last night, in picking up the WBC mandatory position with a wide points win over Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley – the scene of his painful KO defeat at the hands of bitter rival Carl Froch. Now in line to challenge WBC super-middleweight ruler Anthony Dirrell, Groves, 20-2(15) is also keen on getting a third crack at Froch.

“You stopped me twice, Carl, but I still think I can beat you and everyone will laugh but so be it, maybe we can do it again,” Groves told Sky Sports. “I tip my hat to you, Carl, immense respect, [a] punch from the Gods. I’d love to have another crack. If you’re up for it, maybe next year, who knows? They might have to build a news stadium for us.”

The first two Froch-Groves battles were huge events, the rematch especially, but with Froch winning the return so decisively, would the public show as much interest in a third clash? Froch doesn’t seem to be too interested in fighting Groves again, stating how he would prefer a rubber-match with Mikkel Kessler. (more…)



September 21st, 2014




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