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Boxing News

Ramirez beats Martin at LA Fight Club

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

East LA’s undefeated prospect Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (16-0, 8 KOs) won an impressive unanimous decision over the seasoned Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (28-7-3, 9 KOs) of San Diego in a scheduled ten rounder for the vacant WBC silver youth featherweight title on Friday night at the sold out Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Ramirez got off first in the opening round as he landed a solid straight left backing Martin to the corner. The straight left found its mark once again for Ramirez in round two as he staggered Martin. Attacking the body early in round three, Ramirez was the aggressor backing Martin to the ropes. In round four the two fighters fought at close quarters on the inside. Ramirez continued to outwork Martin through five rounds.

Halfway through in round six, Ramirez landed a series of combos attacking Martin but a short right inside stopped Ramirez’s momentum. Ramirez continued his aggression in round seven pressing forward jabbing and outworking Martin. The body attack continued for Ramirez in round eight as he tagged Martin with big shots. In round nine Ramirez kept his distance from Martin but continued to mix in big punches. The tenth and final round, Ramirez closed the show strong and flashy connecting and staying inside displaying good movement in route to a unanimous decision as the judges scored the bout 100-90, 99-91, and 99-91. (more…)



January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Burbank, Calif.

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Top Rank’s lightweight world title contender Jose “Josesito” Felix Jr. and unbeaten prospect Arnold Barbosa Jr. (9-0, 3 KOs), from Los Angeles weighed in this afternoon at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank California. Felix weighed in at 135.2 and will face Ricky Sismundo from Japan in the main event Saturday night at the Marriott Hotel Events center in Burbank, California. Barboza who weighed in at 143.2 will go toe to toe against a tough rugged fighter in Robbie Cannon in the co-main event. Also featured on the undercard are Daniel Valdivia (9-0 3 KOs) who weighed in at 155 as he goes eight rounds in a middleweight scrap against Kenneth Council. Egor Mekhontsev (10-0, 7 KO’s) also will see some action from Burbank, as he faces Felipe Romero in a light heavyweight battle. Mekhontsev weighed in at 175.2.

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Venue: Marriott Covention Center, Burbank, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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January 29th, 2016


Boxing News

Weights from Ixtapa, Mexico

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodríguez

Nery Saguilan 135 vs. Leonardo Doronio 134
(For a regional WBC belt)

Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo 146.3 vs. Azael Cosio 146
(WBC welterweight tournament eliminator)

Miguel “Micky” Roman 134 vs. Yogli Herrera 134
Jaky Calvo 113 vs. Elosa Martinez 114.4

Venue: Hotel Ixtapa Azul
Promoter: Promociones Del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana, BCN, Mexico

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Yazmin Rivas 117 vs Catherine Phiri 117
WBC Female Bantamweight title
Raja Amasheh 111.5 vs Eileen Olszewski 111.5
WBC Silver Flyweight title
Ana Arrazola 108 vs Anely Hernandez 108
WBC Silver Light Flyweight title
Ramon Alvarez 154 vs James Winchester 154
NABF Super Welterweight title

Elvis Torres 129 vs Rosalio Rios 129
Sandra Robles 106.25 vs Luz Rodriguez 106
Silvia Torres 105.5 vs Joselyn Reza 105.5
Luis Smith 123.9 vs Dilan Valdez 124.6
Javier Gonzalez 119 vs Javier Miranda 119.5

Promoter: Zanfer Promocciones (Fernando Beltran)
Venue: Convention Center, Rosarito, BCN, Mexico
TV: Azteca

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January 29th, 2016


UFC

Fight Night New Jersey at the scales

UFC Fight Night New Jersey, which is headlined by the UFC light heavyweight fight between No. 2 Anthony Johnson and No. 4 Ryan Bader and the heavyweight clash between No. 8 Josh Barnett and No. 7 Ben Rothwell, airs live on FOX from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey Saturday, January 30 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

Six prelim bouts will air live on FS 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT.

Main Event
Anthony Johnson (205) vs. Ryan Bader (205)

FOX Main Card
Josh Barnett (241) vs. Ben Rothwell (265)
Iuri Alcantara (135) vs. Jimmie Rivera (135)
Sage Northcutt (170) vs. Bryan Barberena (170)

FS1 Prelims
Tarec Saffiedine (169) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs. Diego Ferreira (156)
Rafael Natal (185) vs. Kevin Casey (185)
Dustin Ortiz (125) vs. Wilson Reis (126)
George Sullivan (171) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (171)
Alex Caceres (145) vs. Masio Fullen (145)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Matt Dwyer (169) vs. Randy Brown (171)
Damon Jackson (145) vs. Levan Makashvili (145)
Tony Martin (155) vs. Felipe Olivieri (155)

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from London

Photos: Alan Walter

George Groves 170.25 vs. Andrea Di Luisa 170
John Ryder 159.1 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 159.25
John Wayne Hibbert 138.6 vs. Tommy Martin 137.3
Leon Mckenzie 166.3 vs. Kelvin Young 167.5
Kris Agyei-Dua 153 vs. Ben Hall 154

Venue: The Copper Box, London
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky (UK)

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January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Former champ Imamu Mayfield, 43, primed for comeback

Almost 19 years ago, a 24-year-old Imamu Mayfield climbed to the top of the boxing’s mountain when he won the IBF cruiserweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Uriah Grant in Las Vegas. That bout took place on a big show that was headlined by the rematch that saw Evander Holyfield defeat Michael Moorer.

Mayfield would make once defense before being stopped by Arthur Williams. Mayfield would go on to have some success by winning the USBA Cruiserweight title, but all and all he was just 7-7-2 since losing the title which includes losing his last three bouts (two to future world champions Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Alexander Povetkin).

That was in 2008, fast forward 8-years and the now 43-year-old native of Freehold, New Jersey is planning a comeback. (more…)



January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Maldonado-Clark collide tomorrow in NM

Hometown favorite Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr., (20-3, 17KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M, who will be moving to the lightweight division, will return to The Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino, in Santa Fe, N.M. this Saturday, Jan. 30. Maldonado Jr. is scheduled to face former 1 contender Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (44-14-1, 18 KOs) of Columbus, Ohio in an eight-round battle in front of a sold out crowd. This will be the second time “The Atrisco Kid” will fight at the resorts after a first-round knockout victory over Lowell Brownfield in September 2015. The 42-year-old Clark enters with six straight KO losses, five of which came in the first round.



January 29th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night New Jersey Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, you’re about to get hit with a blizzard of knowledge known as the Downes Side! Since I’ve been living in Southern California the last couple years, I don’t really know what a blizzard looks like anymore. But “blizzard” still sounds cooler than “moderately sunny day of knowledge.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Kovalev, Pascal make weight

Photos: David Spagnolo / Main Events

Sergey Kovalev 174.6 vs. Jean Pascal 174.3
(WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight championship)

Dmitry Mikhaylenko 146.7 vs. Karim Mayfield 147
(USBA welterweight title)
Renan St Juste 159.3 vs. Francis Lafreniere 158.2
(IBF International middleweight title)
Cassius Chaney 242 vs. Zoltan Csala 244
Steven Butler 153.6 vs. Antonio Hoffmann 151.3
Virgilijus Stapulionis 155.4 vs. Laszlo Fazekas 153.3
Sebastien Bouchard 147.7 vs. Damian Mielewczyk 146.1
David Theroux 141.6 vs. Juan Armando Garcia 144.2
Joel Diaz Jr 142.4 vs. Abraham Gomez 140.2
Vislan Dalkhaev 121.5 vs. Alan Salazar 121

Venue: Bell Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Main Events/Interbox
TV: HBO

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January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Shanghai, China

Weights and Photos: Sumio Yamada

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming (6-1, 1 KO) returns to face unbeaten Natan Coutinho (12-0, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. Zou will return for the first time since his lone pro loss–a hard-fought decision against IBF world champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Macao last year. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO International flyweight title.

In the co-feature, Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (8-0, 5 KOs) goes Argentinian Gaston Vega (24-10-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round middleweight clash.

Weigh-in Results:
Zou Shiming 111.1 vs. Natan Santana 111.4
Ryota Murata 160 vs. Gaston Vega 162

Zulpikar Maimaitiali 165 vs. Steve Moxon 166
Ma Yiming 110 vs. Jayar Diama 112
Qu Peng 175 vs. Aaron Lai 173
Andrey Kalyuzhnyy 166 vs. Abdallah Paziwapazi 167

Venue: The Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China
Promoter: Top Rank

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January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Pedraza-Salido possible, but Smith looms first

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

A bout between IBF jr lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (21-0, 12 KOs) against former WBO champion Orlando “Siri” Salido is not ruled out by his trainer and father, Luis Espada. Salido was supposed to fight current WBO 130b champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez on March 12 in a third clash between the two, but negotiations allegedly failed and now the Martinez will face top rated Miguel Berchet.

“And if in Puerto Rico, we’re open to fighting any challenger where we can reach the next level and is an attraction for television and fans,” said Espada. “We have Salido. It’s possible. Sure. Let’s see if they can make the fight. This is a business and we must take care of not only the health of Pedraza, but also the economic side.” (more…)



January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao steps up training for Timothy Bradley

Gennady Golovkin believes George Groves remains capable of winning a world title – as long as he can rediscover the aggression and power he used to show.

Jelena Mrdjenovich gets second shot at Argentinian

Former Gary boxing phenom Charles “Duke” Tanner has won his bid to reduce his life sentence, but he still must serve 30 years in prison.



January 29th, 2016

UFC

Northcutt proving he’s no one-hit wonder

Sage Northcutt isn’t used to losing. At anything. In karate, his exploits and dozens of titles earned him an induction to the Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame in 2012 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Female Convention: Day 2

Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The 2nd annual WBC Female convention officially opened on Thursday morning at the Gran Hotel Tijuana in standard WBC fashion. Flags from member nations were paraded, a children’s chorus serenaded, opening remarks were made and awards were presented. Hall of Fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. and Azteca TV boxing commentator Rodolfo Vargas shared emcee duties throughout the opening ceremonies, providing bilingual intros and commentary.

First up was WBC female president Malte Müller-Michaelis who welcomed the delegates and female champions alike. WBC Female VP Jill Diamond Chastain spoke of the late Jose Sulaiman’s eventual embracing of female boxing and the realization of his dream of equality for female boxing being well on its way to coming true. (more…)



January 29th, 2016

Boxing News

LA Fight Club Weights

Julian Ramirez 127.4 vs. Chris Martin 125.4
Abraham Lopez 126 vs. Carlos Valcarcel 125.4
Jonathan Navarro 142 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 142
Edgar Valerio 125 vs. Justin Lopez 123.2
Joshua Franco 117.2 vs. Juan Benavides 117.4
Pablo Rubio Jr 120.6 vs. Bryan Perez 121.4

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV



January 28th, 2016

WBA

WBA names “Pelenchin” Caballero as Director of Development

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the WBA, told members of the Panamanian media this Wednesday that former WBA super bantamweight and featherweight champ Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero, who fought out of Panama City, has been appointed the sanctioning body’s Director of Development.

“My goal is to help the World Boxing Association and Gilberto Jesus Mendoza in finding the best way to have one champ per division,” a primary goal of the sanctioning body, said Caballero.

Mendoza also announced that Gustavo Padilla and Octavio Rodriguez, both of Panama, have been named, respectively, Secretary General and Deputy Director of the Committee of International Officials. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Jose Felix Jr. wants to demonstrate he is ready to fight for a world title

World title contender and one of Mexico’s brightest rising stars, José ‘Josesito’ Félix Jr. knows that his opportunity to fight for a world title is very close, that’s why the fighter from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, sacrificed himself training during the Christmas festivities and made the adjustments to his preparation that he felt where necessary before the assignment he has in the ring this Saturday, January 30, in the city of Burbank.

Félix Jr., who possesses a record of 32-1-1 and 25 knockouts, will put his winning streak on the line against Philippines’s Ricky Sismundo (30-8-2, 13 KO’s) in a ten-round lightweight bout that will be the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be televised this Saturday at 11pm ET/PT by UniMas and will take place at the Marriott Hotel Convention Center in Burbank. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao, Bradley, Roach, Atlas, Crawford, Verdejo, Lundy, Silva Super Bowl Predictions

Before they enter the ring for their super brawls, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., Terence “Bud” Crawford and Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, who are headlining upcoming world championship events, took time out to make predictions on Super Bowl 50, which will pit the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers on February 7. Also adding their two cents were trainers Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas, who will be facing each other from opposing corners for the first time, with Pacquiao and Bradley, respectively, Top-10 contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy and undefeated Brazilian buzz saw William “Baby Face” Silva, the respective opponents of Crawford and Verdejo. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

PBC’S debut on FOX draws 3 million viewers

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) brought championship boxing back to FOX in prime time Saturday night after an almost 20-year absence and delivered PBC’s best audience since April 2015. PBC on FOX averaged a 1.5/3 household rating/share with 2.5 million viewers from 8:00 – 10:37 PM ET, according to Nielsen, +36% in rating and +39% in audience compared to PBC’s last primetime telecast (1.1/2, 1.8 million viewers on NBC, 12/12/15).

Ratings and viewership built throughout the evening’s broadcast. FOX’s first bout featuring a heavyweight bout between Dominic Breazeale and Amir Mansour delivered a 1.3/2 with 2.2 million viewers, while ratings increased slightly for Sammy Vasquez’s TKO win over Aron Martinez with a 1.4/2, with 2.2 million viewers. Ratings then jumped for Danny Garcia’s spirited win vs. Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision that averaged a 1.8/3 with 3.0 million viewers.



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Derry Mathews: Silly mind games won’t work on me

A furious Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) has accused WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan of playing mind games after their massive title showdown at the Liverpool Echo Arena was pushed back a month to Saturday 12th March. Manchester’s Flanagan has suffered severe tendonitis in his left foot that has left him unable to train ahead of the big fight but Mathews believes his bitter rival is running scared.

The 32-year-old said: “He doesn’t fancy this fight in Liverpool, even his manager didn’t fancy it and come fight night there’ll be nowhere for him to run. It’ll be just me and him in that ring. He’s trying to pull a fast one pretending he’s injured but he’s just delaying the inevitable. I’m taking that belt with both hands. If he is genuinely injured then I wish him all the luck with his recovery but if he’s trying to play mind games then he’s picked the wrong man to play them with. I’ve got the strongest mind in the business and I’ve seen it all before. Silly mind games won’t work on me, I’m fully focused on becoming the new champion in my hometown. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Groves: I’ll fight any Brit Super-Middleweight

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

George Groves says he’s ready to meet his domestic rivals at Super-Middleweight as he returns to action at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, live on Sky Sports – if the clashes lead to World title fights.

Groves faces Andrea di Luisa in east London in his first fight since his slender loss against Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September, and the three-time World title challenger accepts that it’s going to take a few fights to get back to the level he wants to operate at. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

“Rogue Valley Rumble 3” this Saturday in Central Point, Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra

For the third time in nine months, undefeated cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson will fight in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, headlining a stacked seven-bout card on Saturday, January 30th at the Jackson County Expo. The popular fighter will take on Adam Collins of Ironton, OH, in the six round main event of White Delight Promotions’ third “Rogue Valley Rumble” card. (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Fury apologizes to BBBofC for intolerant remarks

WBA/WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was given a lecture by the British Boxing Board of Control on Tuesday, but avoided a fine or suspension after apologizing for comments he made about women and gay people. The BBBofC had previously fined Fury over some tweets he made on Twitter.

BBBofC Statement: The Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have interviewed Tyson Fury on Tuesday, 26th January 2016 following recent comments made in the media.

Tyson Fury has made comments in the media that have caused offence to members of our society. However, there is no suggestion that he has broken the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression. In such circumstances, the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control have been advised that it cannot interfere with his basic human rights.

Having said that, the Stewards of the Board have made it clear to him that as World Heavyweight Champion, arguably the holder of the most prestigious title in sport, there are heavy responsibilities upon him to avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments. He has assured the Stewards that he understands the responsibilities upon him and has expressed regret that he has caused offence to others, which was never his intention.



January 28th, 2016

Twitter Watch

Opponents scarce for Luis Ortiz

Golden Boy Promotions is having a tough time finding an opponent for WBA interim heavyweight world champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs). Ortiz is scheduled to headline a March 5 card in Washington, DC, but who will be willing to fight the big-punching 36-year-old Cuban for a world title on HBO?



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

How Nigeria’s next generation of boxers will emerge

54-year-old Frank Bruno shows off his ripped physique

Welterweight Garvey Kelly calls it quits

Muhammad Ali may be going to London



January 28th, 2016

UFC

Anthony Johnson ready to beat Ryan Bader up in New Jersey

Whether it’s called a title eliminator or not, when two of the very best in the division are fighting – a win is one step toward the belt and a loss is one step away . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Female Convention: Opening Cocktail in Tijuana

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

An informal opening cocktail kicked things off for the second annual WBC Female Convention at the Gran Hotel Tijuana on Wednesday night.
Scores of delegates, ring officials, female champs and contenders as well as media descended upon this Mexican border city just south of San Diego.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman greeted and mingled with guests along with WBC female division president Malte Müller-Michaelis. The party was held at the lobby bar and lounge, complete with hors d’oeuvres, local wines and a special birthday cake for Jill Diamond Chastain, WBC Female VP and head of World Boxing Cares, the benevolent arm of the WBC. Lonnie Ali, wife of “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali was also on hand as she will participate in the opening ceremonies Thursday morning, and receive an award for her contributions to the sport.

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January 28th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night New Jersey Fantasy Preview

The next challenger for the light heavyweight crown could be determined this weekend, as Anthony “Rumble” Johnson takes on Ryan Bader in a pivotal main event that headlines the UFC’s return to FOX on Saturday night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Rosa dominates Meraz on Broadway Boxing

On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd.

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican New Haven, CT, resident and featherweight contender Luis Rosa, 125½, challenged Mexican veteran German Meraz, 124¾, in a scheduled eight-round bout. Switching between his natural orthodox stance and southpaw throughout the opening frame, Rosa began digging left hooks to the body. He continued to apply pressure and land hooks downstairs weakening Meraz’s legs. The Mexican subsequently began slipping to the canvas throughout the ensuing rounds resulting in a point deduction in round five. It was also in that frame that Rosa felled Meraz with a devastating right uppercut. Rosa scored a second knockdown in the seventh en route to winning a unanimous decision on scores of 80-68 and 79-69 twice. Ranked #12 by the WBC, Rosa improved his resume to 22-0 (10 KOs) while Meraz dropped to 48-37-1 (29 KOs). (more…)



January 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Ceja-Ruiz rematch set for Feb 27

Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz will compete in a rematch of their exciting 2015 super bantamweight world title fight on February 27, live on Showtime from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The telecast will be headlined by undefeated three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, who’ll be making the first defense of his Featherweight World Championship against former world champion Kiko Martinez.

“I’m very happy to fight again in Southern California on such a fantastic card,” said Ceja. “In the first fight with Hugo Ruiz we had a sensational battle which ended with me coming out victorious and I’m very confident that I will win again. I look forward to putting on another great show on February 27.”



January 27th, 2016

UFC

Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson now headlines UFC Fight Night on FS1 Feb. 6 in Las Vegas

UFC® announced today that its card on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will now air live on FS1 and be headlined by a five-round welterweight bout between former champion Johny Hendricks and the dynamic Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Originally scheduled as UFC 196 live on Pay-Per-View, the fight card was moved to FS1 following the loss of the heavyweight title fight between champion Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez, as both competitors were forced out of the bout due to injuries. (more…)



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

“Yori Boy” Campas Injury Update

By Ricardo Ibarra

On Saturday night former Jr. middleweight world champion Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas suffered an injury in his farewell fight against Anthony Bonsante when in the sixth round, an increasingly frustrated Bonsante lifted Campas up on his shoulder and threw him down hard, causing Campas to land awkwardly and sustain an injury that kept him from continuing in the bout. Bonsante was disqualified for the infraction.

On Wednesday, manager/trainer Joe Diaz elaborated on Campas’ current condition. “The day after the fight, he had to stay laid up in the hotel. All day on Sunday, he couldn’t move his neck to the left or to the right, and when he went in to see the doctor on Monday, he was stiff as a board and having problems with his vision. At first, I thought it was just his leg, but the doctor sent us to a specialist because he thought there was a problem with his spine. So yesterday the specialist said that the top disk was out, damaged. We went to a chiropractor and they snapped his neck into place. You could hear Yori scream in China when they did it. All of a sudden his vision was back and he could turn his head. We’re going back tomorrow. The doctor called it a dislocated disk and said some ligaments in his leg were torn. But he’s resting and healing now. He’s on very strong medication. We’ll see how he’s doing six months from now and see if the injury doesn’t result in something else.”

As for any repercussions against Bonsante, Diaz said, “Bonsante has been suspended indefinitely by the commission and he was fined. I don’t know the amount of the fine.”



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Cosio-Barrionuevo meet in WBC welter tourney

The WBC Welterweight Tournament will continue on Saturday, January 30, when Azael “Turbo” Cosio (20-3-2, 17 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama, faces Cesar Miguel “El Zurdo” Barrionuevo (28-3-2, 19 KOs) of Catamarca, Argentina. The winner of this fight will face Pennsylvania’s Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez in the semi-final in late Spring.

Promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Reginaldo and Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo, the 12-round Cosio vs. Barrionuevo showdown will be held at Hotel Ixtapa Azul, in Guerrero, Mexico, and will be televised live on Mexico’s Televisa and TyC Sports of Argentina.

According to Lewkowicz, in the other leg of the tournament, new WBC Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia has been mandated to face Amir Khan. The winner of that fight will then face the winner of the Cosio/Barrionuevo vs. Vasquez semi-final fight.

“This tournament is a great move by the WBC,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “I’m very happy for the great opportunity that the WBC has given all the participants to compete for the prestigious green belt.”



January 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Abner Cotto is back

Lightweight Abner Cotto did not make a conscious decision to take a year off, but after some difficult fights one after the other, no one would have questioned the lay-off. In three of the last five fights for the native of Caguas, who was raised and developed in Aguas Buenas, he faced Omar Figueroa, Francisco Vargas, and Javier Fortuna, losing two by knockout and the other one by points, leaving his record at 18-3 and eight knockouts. “All three of them became world champions after facing me,” said Cotto, 28, who will return in the co-feature of a boxing card promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions on Saturday February 6 at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas. Cotto will battle Alvaro Ortiz (7-6-1, 4 KOs) of Mexico in an eight round bout. (more…)



January 27th, 2016




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