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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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Boxing News

Stars meet up

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao trades CDs with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and author Ashanti who will sing the National Anthem at the rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Ashanti’s latest album, “Braveheart” was just released on her label Written Entertainment, where she is the CEO. Pacquiao who is in training at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his eagerly-anticipated showdown against Bradley, gave Ashanti a copy of his album “Sometimes When We Touch.”

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. photos



March 14th, 2014



UFC

UFC 171 at the scales

UFC 171, which is headlined by the UFC welterweight championship bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, and the welterweight bout between Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also watch the first four prelim bouts only on UFC Fight Pass at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Robbie Lawler (170) VS Johny Hendricks (170*)

PPV MAIN CARD
Tyron Woodley (170) VS Carlos Condit (170.5)
Myles Jury (156) VS Diego Sanchez (155)
Hector Lombard (170) VS Jake Shields (171)
Nikita Krylov (205) VS Ovince Saint Preux (205)

FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Rick Story (170.5) VS Kelvin Gastelum (170***)
Jessica Andrade (135) VS Raquel Pennington (135.5)
Jimy Hettes (145.5) VS Dennis Bermudez (146)
Alex Garcia (170.5) VS Sean Spencer (170)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Francisco Trevino (155) VS Renee Forte (156.5**)
Justin Scoggins (125) VS Will Campuzano (125.5)
Sean Strickland (185) VS Bubba McDaniel (184.5)
Robert Whiteford (145) VS Daniel Pineda (145)

*Hendricks made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 171.5

**Forte initially weighed in at 157 pounds. He made a second attempt (156.5) and will now forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent. The fight will go on as scheduled.

***Gastelum initially weighed in at 172.5 pounds. He made a second attempt (172.25) and hit 170 pounds on his third try.

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Video/Photos: Garcia, Herrera make weight

Video: Joel Colon
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Danny Garcia 139.75 vs. Mauricio Herrera 139.25
(WBC/WBA super lightweight title)

Deontay Wilder 227 vs. Malik Scott 238
Scott weighed in and faced off with Wilder with a paper bag over his head with the words “Get Ya Popcorn Ready!!” written on it.

Juanma Lopez 129 vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon 128.5
Daniel Jacobs 161.5 vs. Milton Nunez 161.9
Jose Gonzalez 139.4 vs. Ramesis Gil 137.3
Ed Paredes 150.8 vs. George Sosa 150
Prichard Colon 153.3 vs. Shad Howard 151.3
John Karl Sosa 142.8 vs. Antonio Sanchez 140.6
Pedro Vicente 127.7 vs. Karl Garcia 128.8

Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime

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March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Chiapas, Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Fernando Montiel 128 vs. Cristobal Cruz 128.5
Miguel Berchelt 130.5 vs. Luis Eduardo Flores 130.5
Joselyn Arroyo 112 vs. Leidis Martinez 112.5
Ivan Montero 154 vs. Ivan Ramirez 154.3
Miguel Herrera 112 vs. Elias Hernandez 112
Sergio Frias 119 vs. Alberto Pacheo 119

Venue: Auditorio Palenque, Chiapas
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7 and Unimas

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March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Vivian Harris to face Jorge Paez Jr

Experienced former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (31-9-2, 19 KOs) will face Jorge “Maromerito” Paez (37-4-1, 22 KOs) on March 22 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Harris is the third scheduled opponent for Paez, who was originally slated to face Mexican ring legend Erik Morales. Morales, however, pulled out with an injury. It was then announced that Paez would face Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott, however Prescott decided to take another fight. Now Harris, who is coming off a nice upset win over hot prospect Danny O’Connor last October, steps in on one-week notice.



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA #12 Dominguez headlines at Resorts World Casino New York City

WBA #12 super bantamweight Juan “Baby Tito” Dominguez (16-0, 11 KOs) will face German Meraz (46-30, 25 KOs) in a ten round clash on April 5 at Resorts World Casino New York City in the main event of a card presented by New Legend Boxing. The venue is located next door to the famed Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, NY.

The the co-featured bouts, WBA #14 super bantamweight Rafael Vazquez (10-1, 8 KOs) will fight in an eight-rounder against TBA. Also undefeated jr middleweight prospect Frank Galarza (12-0-2, 8 KOs) meets Franklin Gonzalez (16-12, 10 KOs) in another eight-rounder. (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Jessica Sanchez to sing Philippines national anthem before Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2

American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez is confirmed to sing the National Anthem of the Philippines before the world welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Sanchez sang the U.S. National Anthem before Pacquiao vs. Bradley in 2012 and the National Anthems of the U.S. and the Philippines last November before Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios in Macau, China . During Pacquiao-Rios Fight Week, Jessica released her single, “Lead Me Home,” and announced that all the proceeds would be donated to Typhoon Relief. Immediately following the Pacquiao-Rios fight, she embarked on a two-week charity trip to the Philippines with the Starkey Foundation where Pacquiao joined her.



March 14th, 2014

UFC

How to watch UFC 171

International broadcast listings for UFC 171: Hendricks vs Lawler
Saturday, March 15th

UFC 171 Early Prelims – 6pm ET / 3pm PT / 10pm GMT

Online Airings
Brazil and Latin America – Blocked
All other countries– Fight Pass on UFC.TV (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Angulo does ‘well over 350,000 buys’

Last Saturday’s SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Canelo vs. Angulo generated well over 350,000 buys, Showtime Networks Inc. and event promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, announced today.

“We are thrilled with the numbers from Saturday’s event,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “March 8 was the first time Canelo Alvarez headlined his own pay per view, and he decisively proved that he was ready to carry a pay per view card. These results are especially impressive in comparison to the pay per view performances of other boxing events over the past few months. Add in the near sellout crowd and there is no doubt this event was a huge success for Canelo, Golden Boy Promotions, MGM Grand, SHOWTIME and boxing as a whole.”

“The fans have spoken,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Canelo is without a doubt the brightest young star in the sport today. He’s been a huge star in Mexico for quite some time. Now there is no denying that he is a star in the United States as well. We’re already in discussions with Canelo to find the next opportunity to bring another exciting event to boxing fans worldwide.”



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF light heavy eliminator moved to June 21

The fight originally scheduled for April 4th between #2-ranked Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotsky (21-2-0, 16 KOs) and #4-ranked Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2-0, 13 KOs) has been postponed. Sukhotsky has pulled out of the eliminator and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3-0, 20 KOs) has agreed to participate in his place. The bout is tentatively scheduled to be part of the card on the June 21st event at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA on NBCSN Fight Night. (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Moscow, Russia

Drozd, Ouanna, Chakhiev and Haapoja make weight

Chakhiev vs Haapoja
12×3: Rakhim Chakhkiev, 17(13)-1(1)-0, 89,7 vs.Juho Haapoja, 20(13)-4(1)-1, 89,5
vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight

Drozd vs Ouanna
12×3: Grigory Drozd, 37(26)-1(1)-0, 90,6 vs. Jeremy Ouanna, 14(3)-8-0, 90,1
EBU cruiserweight title (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Liverpool

Tony Bellew 197.5 vs. Valery Brudov 192.25
Kell Brook 151.3 vs. Alvaro Robles 151
Kevin Mitchell 139 vs. Mikheil Avakyan 138.7
*Rocky Fielding 174.75 vs. Charles Adamu 166
Erick Ochieng 151.5 vs. Neil Perkins 152.75
Robbie Davies 143 vs. Mark McKray 143

*Fielding announced as six-plus pounds overweight for his Commonwealth title fight.

Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Promoter: Matchroom



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis wins in comeback fight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Wildman Photography

In his comeback fight, 34-year-old former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis “The Great” returned to the ring for the first time in nearly two years on Friday night at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Katsidis (29-6, 24 KOs) scored two knockdowns in a third round TKO over journeyman Eddie Comaro (27-18-5, 11 KOs) in a one-sided fight.

“It’s good to be back,” Katsidis said afterward. “It’s been two years. I lost big fights and I lost friends, but I learned a lesson in life. I now know where my real friends are and it’s back here in Toowoomba. It’s great to be back here surrounded by them again and to know I can still fight. I just want to thank everyone for their support. Now I can start going forward from here.” (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Kissimmee, Florida

Photos: Telemundo

Jonathan Oquendo 124 vs. Guillermo Avila 124
Luis Olivares 138.4 vs. Jeffrey Ramos 137.8
Emanuel De Jesus 147.4 vs. Luis Torres 146.4
Luis Garcia 139.6 vs. Juan C. Castillo 142
Jayro Santiago 122.2 vs. Jason Vera 122.8
Howard Reece 153 vs. Burthin Rousseau 148.2
Steed Woodall 164.6 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 162.6

Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Time: Doors Open @ 7:30 PM & First Fight 8:30 PM
Tickets: 407-935-1412

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March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Jose Sulaiman tribute in Tamaulipas, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Members of the Sulaiman family, champions and former world champions were on hand Thursday at the Amalia G. Castillo Ledón Theatre in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, for a tribute to former WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who passed away in January. “It’s a very special time to be here, the first time not with my Dad,” said Mauricio Sulaiman, new president of the World Boxing Council. “I’m grateful that in Ciudad Victoria, where my dad was born, they have this recognition.” Among the dignitaries present were former world champions Julio Cesar Chavez, Ultiminio Ramos, Jose Antonio Aguirre, Edgar Sosa, Humberto Gonzalez, Pipino Cuevas, female world champions Zulina Muñoz, Ibeth Zamora and Jessica Gonzalez, and Olympic medalist Carlos Mercenario, and Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantú. (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten Ceylan returns April 12

Unbeaten featherweight Dennis Ceylan (10-0, 5 KOs) will look to continue his ascension in the European rankings when he takes on former EU title challenger Francisco Urena (17-9-1, 6 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg on April 12th. Ceylan picked up a slight hand injury in his last outing, a victory over Daniele Limone (11-2, 4 KOs) in February, but has now fully recovered and is ready for action.

Also scheduled is a Scandinavian showdown between undefeated Dane Kasper Bruun (19-0-1, 4 KOs) and his Swedish rival Anthony Yigit (9-0-1, 3 KOs), as well as the return of rising star Torben Keller (9-0-1, 2 KOs) and local hero Peter Gram (2-0, 2 KOs).



March 14th, 2014

UFC

Raquel Pennington: One Hundred Percent Fighter

You’ve seen it dozens of times in combat sports. A fighter either accepts or refuses a bout because it’s “good business.” It’s why you see boxers compiling 25-0 records before fighting someone with even the remotest chance of beating them, or mixed martial artists padding their resumes on the local scene, hoping to attract enough attention to get a call from the UFC . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

July to face unbeaten Graves April 12

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July returns to action on his latest self-promoted (Hardwork Promotions) card on Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD. July (16-1-2, six KO’s) has won three straight contests since his TKO loss to Edwin Sanchez in February of 2013 at the DC Armory. This includes a six-round unanimous decision over Sevdail Sherifi on January 24 in Atlantic City, NJ.

July will take on undefeated Quantis Graves of Beaumont, TX in an eight-round main event encounter. Graves (9-0-1, four KO’s) fought to a six-round majority draw in his last outing against the very same Sherifi on November 16 in Verona, NY. (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayen Promotions announces upcoming bouts

Report & photos: Felipe Leon

Yesterday afternoon, the most prolific Tijuana promoter in the last couple of years, Guillermo “Memo” Mayen, held a special press conference at the only federally funded high school in Mexico, Lazaro Cardenas High School, to announce two important bouts featuring a couple of the most promising fighters in the stable of Mayen Promotions. The first will be in across the border in San Diego, California, when #7 WBC ranked flyweight Kenia Enriquez (10-0, 5KOs), a senior at the school, will drop four pounds to face veteran Jolene Blackshear (8-4, 3KOs) of San Diego for the vacant NABF junior flyweight title. The championship eight rounder will be the main event of Bobby D Presents”San Diego Fights: Border War” on Friday, April 4th at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

St. Paddy’s Day Punch-Out

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing

For over a decade now, Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith, the Irishman from Brooklyn relocated to Colorado, has been putting on his annual ‘St. Paddy’s Day Punch-Out’ fight card to coincide with the holiday. In all Smitty has promoted over 180 fight cards, mostly in Colorado, and he estimates he has promoted over 1200 bouts. He has been the backbone of Colorado boxing since the beginning and before Colorado had a commission. This edition of the St. Paddy’s Day Punch-Out will be held at the Denver Athletic Club and is a fundraiser for the ‘Squash for Kids’ charity. (more…)



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Montiel-Cruz Final Press Conference

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Former world champions Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (50-4-2, 38 KOs) and Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (40-15-3, 24 KOs) faced off at the final press conference before they collide Saturday night in a ten round featherweight clash at the Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico. The bout will be televised on UniMas.

Fernando Montiel: I’m going to demonstrate that Kochulito will still be around for a while and I’m going for my fourth title in different divisions. I respect Cruz, it will be in front of his people, but I’m here to win.

Cristobal Cruz: We have no problem with the weight, we did a first class preparation and are going to win in a clear way. Montiel believes I’m slipping but he’s in for a surprise.

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March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Las Vegas gaming executive Anthony Marnell III has been named to the Nevada Athletic Commission. More

Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder labels Tyson Fury a clown. More

Is this the “strategy to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.? More

UFC’s Dana White is meeting with former women’s boxing champ Holly Holm about a possible first bout with the UFC.



March 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Adamek-Glazkov Final Press Conference

Photos: Main Events/Larry Levanti

This afternoon at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA members of the media gathered for the press conference for this Saturday’s fight between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek and Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov on NBCSN Fight Night at 9:00 PM ET.

Below are highlighted quotes and photos from the press conference.

Tomasz Adamek: “I am very happy I come back to Sands Casino. We had a good camp. I’m healthy. I believe we make a good fight with Glazkov for fans and for everybody. My dream is to be heavyweight champion.”

Czar Glazkov: “I am very glad our bout is finally going to happen. I am ready for it 100% and I am ready to show good boxing.” [Czar regarding sparring with Adamek] “It was long ago when we were in the ring (sparring). When we go in the ring this time it will be a war. I’ve had that experience before when I was fighting in the amateurs with my friends and my close team mates. It’s not news to me.” (more…)



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Herrera Final Press Conference

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera, WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion Deontay “Bronx Bomber” Wilder, Malik “King” Scott, Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs spoke to themedia during an open workout at Amelia Municipal Boxing Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in advance of their respective fights this Saturday, March 15 bouts at Cloliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, which will air LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and SHOWTIME EXTREME.

Below is what the fighters had to say just two days away from fight nigh:

Danny “Swift” Garcia, unified super lightweight world champion: “I’ve never really had my own dates it’s always been on another guy’s date. We’re focused, I know he’s going to come to fight but we’re going to get the job done. This is a dream come true, I’ve received a very warm welcome.

[On whether or not there is a language barrier] “I understand Spanish, but it took me coming here to get my confidence up and it’s bringing me closer with my culture. I just want to keep the Puerto Rican tradition of champions alive. I’m going to win this fight for Puerto Rico. I train hard and had a great camp and I’m going to bring it for Puerto Rico. I sparred with all undefeated prospects, a bunch of tough kids. They kept me working and getting better. (more…)



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Hamilton Township, New Jersey

santiago-bryant
William Santiago 174.5 vs. Rowland Bryant 176
Fred Jenkins Jr. 159 vs. Gilbert Alex Sanchez 159
Mikayla Nebel 115 vs. Christina Fuentes 116
Rami Ibraham 140.5 vs. Jayson Sia 139
Patrick O’Conner 235 vs. Aaron Leonard 215
Hector Perez 201 vs. Terrance Forbes 198
Jeff Lentz 150 vs. Shakir Aquel Dunn 151
Samuel Teah 138 vs Deshawn Debois 141

Promoter: Nedal Promotions
Venue: Hamilton Manor



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Legends meet at the Wild Card

Photo: Team Pacquiao

Music legend and fight aficionado Bob Dylan paid a visit to Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. to watch Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao’s sparring session. Pacquiao is preparing for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez photo shoot

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina pose during a commercial shoot Thursday in Los Angeles,Ca. for their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.

Tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event go on sale Wednesday, March 12, at Noon ET / 9:00 AM PT. Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. photos



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara elevated to WBA 154lb champ

Super Welterweight sensation, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) has been elevated to World Champion by the WBA (World Boxing Association) after successfully defending his interim title against Afredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) and Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOs). The Cuban born fighter, who now resides in Houston, Texas, is happy that the WBA has made their decision to make him a World Champion.

“I applaud the WBA for their decision to make me a world champion and I want to send a special thank you to a good friend of mine Gilberto Mendoza from the WBA,” said Erislandy Lara. “I’ve never had anything come easy to me. I’ve fought everyone that has been offered to me with no hesitation. All I want is an opportunity to prove I’m the best fighter in the division. I’ve worked my entire life to become a world champion and now the dream has come true. I’m truly living the American Dream and I love this country that I now call home.”



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Opponents announced for March 21 Broadway Boxing card

Next Friday, DiBella Entertainment’s popular Broadway Boxing series returns to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, for an eight-bout card headlined in separate eight-rounders by undefeated female attraction Heather “The Heat” Hardy (8-0, 2 KOs) and middleweight contender Lamar Russ (14-1, 7 KOs). Hardy is set to square off against Bronx’s Nydia Feliciano (7-4-3) in their female junior featherweight matchup, while Russ takes on Tony Hirsch (15-6-2, 6 KOs).

Returning to action for the third time in just four months since signing with DBE will be hard-hitting light heavyweight Joe Smith (14-1, 11 KOs) against Newton Kidd (8-8-2, 5 KOs). Another featured bout on the card will see highly regarded junior lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (14-0, 12 KOs) put his undefeated record on the line against 37-year-old veteran Jose Angel Beranza (36-26-2, 28 KOs). (more…)



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” fighters face-off

By Przemek Garczarczyk

NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” main attractions, light heavyweights Issac Chilemba (21-2, 9 KOs) and Denis Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs) and “crossroads” main event heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) and Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0, 11 KOs) faced off after their press conference in the Sands Casino in Bethlehem. PA. The sold out event is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Ziggy Promotions and available live only on NBC Sports Network, Saturday night starting 9PM ET/6PM PT.

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March 13th, 2014

UFC

UFC 171 Prelim Fantasy Preview

Former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum will try to keep his undefeated record intact when he faces the ultra tough Rick Story in the featured fight of the UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler preliminary card on Saturday. . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Marquez-Alvarado lands at the Forum in LA

Word is that the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado fight, which was confirmed by Zanfer last night for May 17th, will take place at the iconic Forum in in Inglewood, California, which has recently been refurbished. The bout will have a 143-pound catchweight and the winner has been promised a shot at the Pacquiao-Bradley winner for the WBO welterweight champion.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Daniel Ponce de Leon: I am here to fight and it will be a fight

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Mexican slugger and former two-division world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KOs) is ready for his shot at redemption as he takes on former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) in a rematch on Saturday from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. We caught up with Ponce De Leon at his gym the Ponce De Leon Boxing Club in Montebello, California when he was the final stages of camp in preparation for the fight.

“Everything is going well. We have done a great preparation. I have been training hard for six weeks,” Ponce de Leon told Fightnews.com. “This time I was relaxed in training camp. The last time I fought him, I overtrained. That is the error I have made in some fights. Now I am much more experienced. Now I work more on strategy. I’m up early in the morning at 5 am doing my conditioning, running the mountains, as well as doing my gym work.” (more…)



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Dino Duva launches Dynasty Boxing

Photo: Teddy Blackburn

Boxing promoter Dino Duva has announced the launch of Dynasty Boxing, his latest promotional venture. Duva will be joined by the brothers Tommy and Terry Lane, sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane, as partners in the enterprise.

Zhang Zhilei, the 6’6 Chinese super heavyweight who captured the Olympic Silver Medal in Beijing in 2008 and also participated in the 2012 games, will be the first fighter to be promoted by Dynasty. For Duva, it has been a long journey of four years, hundreds of flights, and thousands of miles traveling between his New Jersey home base and China to cultivate the relationships with the Chinese Boxing Federation. Dynasty Boxing will announce additional signings in the coming weeks, with the major focus being to develop Chinese boxers and the Chinese market.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Carlos Abregu to return on April 4th

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #1 world ranked welterweight Carlos “El Potro” Abregu (35-1, 28 KOs) of Argentina is expected to return to the ring on April 4 against unbeaten #12 rated Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada (30-0-1 21 KOs) at a venue TBA. It will be Abrgu’s first fight since April 2013 when he defeated Canadian Antonin Decaire for WBC silver belt at the Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires.



March 13th, 2014




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