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Super featherweight Tyler Asselstine (14-1, 7 KOs) takes on unbeaten Joel Diaz Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) this Friday at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The scheduled ten round clash will be the main event on Showetime’s popular Shobox fight series. You could say this is a bit of unfinished business. Asselstine and Diaz were scheduled to fight a little over a year ago but Diaz pulled out a about a week before the fight with hand injury he suffered from a fall. (more…)
At least according to Wikipedia, the sheer amount of nicknames is impressive: JoJo, Cyborginho, Dr. Kneevil. But the best moniker for The Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood may be one not even listed on her Wiki page: . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Visual Delight/Danian Brierty
As announced Tuesday, WBA #2 middleweight Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher was named as mandatory challenger for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. The WBA has given the camps of both boxers 30 days to agree to terms for a fight to be scheduled within 120 days.
Upon hearing the news, Fletcher was upbeat on the prospect of facing a boxer regarded as one of the hottest properties in the world right now. “I believe in myself, always have and I’ve been waiting for my chance. To prove I’m the best in the world I need to beat those at the top, whether that be Martinez, Geale, Sturm or Golovkin. I know I’ve got what it takes and I will now prove it,” vowed Fletcher. (more…)
Has Nonito Donaire reached his full potential? More
The legacy of Jimmy Ellis: More
Update on Kelly Pavlik’s impaired-driving trial. More
Remembering Joe Louis: More
Get ready for big names and/or world title fights every weekend in June. Here’s the scheduled lineup:
June 7 — PPV
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez
(WBC middleweight title)
June 14 — HBO
Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri
(WBO jr welterweight title)
Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose
(WBO jr middleweight title)
June 21 — Showtime
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gary Russell
(WBO featherweight title)
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai
Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto Karass
June 28 — HBO
Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
(WBO lightweight title)
Finally! The all-action fights of exciting WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) could soon be enjoyed by boxing fans in the United States. HBO Sports president Ken Hershman recently met with “Kapt’n Huck” and his promoter Kalle Sauerland in Hamburg, Germany, and Hershman is very interested in bringing Huck to the U.S. market. According to Sauerland, plans call for Huck to make a few more cruiserweight defenses before moving up to heavyweight. In Huck’s one heavyweight fight to date, he lost a very close majority decision to then WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.
The WBA has ordered the camp of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) to start negotiations for his next mandatory fight against #2 rated Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) of Australia. The parties will have 30 days to reach an agreement or the WBA will call a purse bid. There were serious negotiations for a pay-per-view clash between Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., however Junior balked at the terms of the deal, which included a contract extension with Top Rank.
Former heavyweight world champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Mike Tyson will return to Turning Stone Resort Casino on June 6 for an ESPN Friday Night Fights event promoted by Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions. Tyson will participate in a series of on-site events at Turning Stone in the lead-up to the fights. The upcoming ESPN event will be Tyson’s second at Turning Stone over the last year. He made national headlines last August when he debuted as a promoter and provided intensely personal revelations at the event’s press conference.
The two main events at Turning Stone’s June 6 ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast will be a 10-round light middleweight bout featuring Yudel Jhonson (15-1, 9 KOs) and an 8-round welterweight bout featuring Sammy Vasquez Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs). The June 6 event will also feature a special attraction with Ievgen Khytrov (4-0, 4 KOs) in an 8-round middleweight bout.
Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster, and by visiting the Turning Stone box office or calling (315) 361-7469.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico signs gloves during a conference call Tuesday for his upcoming 12-round welterweight battle against former jr. welterweight champion Mike Alvarado of Denver, Colorado. Promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing and Tecate, Márquez and Alvarado will collide at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday live on HBO. Tickets are still available and are priced at $400, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $35. Tickets can be purchased at the Forum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-745-3000), and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com. (more…)
The Pod Index, LLC conducted an official scoring review of the April 16th WBC lightweight title bout between Omar Figueroa and Jeremy Belmontes in Carson, California. The three assigned officials scored the fight as follows…
Hubert Minn: 115-113 for Belmontes
Burt Clements: 116-112 for Figueroa
David Mendoza: 118-110 for Figueroa
Five experienced championship judges were asked to score the fight on TV with the sound muted. The chart below compares the scores of all eight judges. All five review judges, who shall remain nameless, scored the fight extremely close, with no margin of victory greater than one round.
Overall, the median average score of the eight judges was 114-114. Hubert Minn’s 115-113 score for Belmontes was the closest to that average. David Mendoza’s 118-110 score for Figueroa was the farthest from the average of the eight scores.
UFC GYM® is pleased to announce the opening of a 24-hour gym in Sunnyvale, Calif. offering the community a fresh new for way people to approach fitness and TRAIN DIFFERENT®. A preview center will begin enrolling members on Thurs., May 15th at 858 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94087 (corner of S. Wolfe and El Camino Real). Memberships will be offered at special pre-opening rates. The permanent gym will serve the Silicon Valley community located at 733 S. Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086 and is scheduled to open for workouts in early Fall 2014. To find out more about UFC GYM Sunnyvale call (408) 913-9800 or visit www.ufcgymsunnyvale.com . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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IBF light middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) has signed a managerial contract with Al Haymon and is temporarily training in Mexico City, while promoter and attorney Leon Margules sorts out his immigration issues. 30-year-old Molina, originally from Michoacán, Mexico, says he’s excited to have aligned himself with one of boxing’s most high-profile managers and is looking forward to returning to the ring.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to fighting the best out there,” said Molina. “Al Haymon has a history of getting the big fights for guys and that’s what I wanted. He will make a great addition to my team, which already includes Warriors Boxing and Leon and Luis (De Cubas Sr.), who have always done right by me in my career.” (more…)
This past Saturday night at the USC Galen Center, junior welterweight Abel Ramos of Phoenix, Arizona showed his true mettle as the 22-year-old top prospect battled through a series of severe injuries to settle for a six round draw with veteran Levan Ghvamichava of Miami, Florida. The outstanding bloody battle between the undefeated Ramos, now 9-0-2 (5 KOs), and Ghvamichava took place immediately following the WBC heavyweight championship between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola.
“Ramos suffered a terrible cut over his right eye in the first round from an elbow thrown by Ghvamichava that required fourteen stiches” said Andy Zak of Journeyman Management Team. “As if the cut wasn’t enough to overcome, in the second round, he also sustained a broken left hand. Despite these horrific injuries to a young fighter, he acted as a true veteran valiantly battling to the end in a fight that many ringsiders thought he won.” (more…)
Mexican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, former jr welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss their HBO showdown on Saturday as boxing returns to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California.
Juan Manuel Marquez: Mike Alvarado is a strong fighter. He likes to fight. I like to fight. It should be a great fight…I need to use all of my experience in the ring. This fight will be a war.
We all want the fifth title. It’s very important to all of us. That’s the motivation now to keep going…the first thing is Alvarado, but we know that the fifth fight with Pacquiao is a possibility.”
Mike Alvarado: Style-wise, I feel that Marquez is tailor-made. He’s a legend. He’s made his mark in the sport. He’s not a very hard man to figure out. Coming off a loss for him it’s going to be a very interesting fight. We’ll see how Marquez has left in his career. I’m going exploit every weakness and see how much he has left in him.
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said tickets to Marquez-Alvarado have passed the 10,000 mark and will probably reach 12,000.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s WBO super flyweight title fight between champion Omar Andres Narvaez (41-1-2, 22 KOs) and #7 ranked Antonio “El Tostado” Garcia (13-1, 5 KOs) to be held at the Anfiteatro Municipal in Villa Maria, Cordoba, Argentina, in an O.R. Promotions presentation. The referee will be Celestino Ruiz (USA) and judges are Levi Martinez (USA), Marcial Perez (Paraguay), and Ramon Cerdan (Argentina).
Narvaez, a WBO world champion since 2002, is going to make his 10th defense of the WBO super flyweight crown against the Garcia. He is also a former WBO flyweight champion with 16 successful defenses of the 112lb belt.
WBA cruiserweight champion (in recess) Guillermo “Felino” Jones’ “B Sample” will be opened next week. Jones has been given a choice of Tuesday or Thursday. Jones has until until this Thursday to respond, otherwise the Swiss Laboratory will conduct the test next Tuesday. Jones tested positive for a banned prior to his rematch with WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, which led to the cancellation of that bout.
Photos: Top Rank & DiBella Entertainment
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, opened up his Miami training camp yesterday and held an intense, two plus hour open media workout before a throng of media ahead of his June 7 world title defense against three-division world champion Miguel Cotto.
“This training camp has been tremendously efficient. Everything has exceeded all of my expectations,” stated Martinez. “The Miami weather and atmosphere has made this his most memorable camp in recent history. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone thus far. I feel great. The time off has allowed my injuries to properly and fully heal and my entire body has never felt better.
“I know that Cotto is working very hard for this fight with Freddie Roach but there is no doubt in my mind that this will definitely be his farewell fight to what was a great career.” (more…)
By James Slater
It’s no secret British welterweights Amir Khan and Kell Brook have shared some angry words over the months. Unbeaten Brook has repeatedly claimed he would KO Khan should the fight ever take place, while Khan has responded by stating how Brook has not fought anyone of his calibre yet and is not on his radar.
But recently, Khan has gone further, stating how Brook, the mandatory challenger for IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter, will not take the fight with Brook as he “lacks the bottle.”
Speaking with Ben Dirs of BBC Sport, Khan said he is convinced Brook-Porter will not happen. “Brook-Porter is not going to happen because Kell doesn’t think he can win it,” Khan said. “I don’t think Kell has got the bottle to take a big fight like that – he’s always been all talk when it comes to the big fights. Some fighters are like that.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of heavyweight ring legend Joe Louis. It was May 13, 1914, when Joseph Louis Barrow was born in Lexington, Alabama. The “Brown Bomber” overcame the racial prejudice of the time to win the heavyweight title and hold it for 12 years, defending the belt a record 25 times. He compiled a career record of 66-3 with 52 KOs, with the last two losses coming during the twilight of his career in comeback attempts. Louis died at the age of 66 on April 12, 1981. He is recognized as one of the greatest boxers of all time, leaving a legacy that may never be matched.
Nathan Cleverly says a rematch with bitter rival Tony Bellew is ‘inevitable’ as he prepares to make his debut at cruiserweight on Saturday night from the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff – and he’ll repeat his win when they meet again. Cleverly faces Trinidad’s Shaun Corbin in his first fight at 200lbs and lands in the division two months after Bellew made his bow at the weight, stopping Valery Brudov in the 12th round at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. That was the venue in October 2011 where Cleverly defended his WBO Light Heavyweight title against the hometown favorite, retaining the belt against his bitter foe with a majority decision. Both men have trod a different path since but as the look to bounce back from world title reverses, Cleverly believes they are destined to renew hostilities later in the year to get back into the World title mix. (more…)
Romulo Koasicha is coming to Great Britain to end Lee Selby’s winning streak. More
Ode to Anthony Villanueva, the first Filipino Olympic silver medalist. More
Former European boxing champ Rendall Munroe switches from the fight game to bodybuilding. More
Celebrating Joe Louis’ 100th birthday. More
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has booked September 6 at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Wlad has made it known that he wants to get the WBC title “back in the Klitschko family” after it was relinquished by his brother Vitali. That belt was claimed on Saturday night by Bermaine Stiverne.
While it’s possible that a unification between Klitschko and Stiverne could be made in September, both sides have mandatory defenses due. Klitschko has to face IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev, while Stiverne must meet WBC mandatory Deontay Wilder. Barring some type of step-aside arrangements, those fights are likely next before any unification fight.
Romulo Koasicha has warned Lee Selby he’ll end his winning streak when the pair meet in a WBC world featherweight title eliminator at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday. The bout will be televised in the USA on the AWE network. Koasicha juggles his studies for a degree in mechanical engineering with his blossoming career in the ring and is aiming to land the vacant WBC International belt and catapult his name into the world title mix in the process.
The Mexican began his professional career in 2008 at the age of 17 after amassing what he describes as “around 100″ amateur bouts in his native land. In 2012 he managed to capture his first title, the WBC’s United States Featherweight belt. After two successful defences he lost on a majority decision but then regained the title in his very next bout after the belt became vacant. His last fight was as recent as February in a unanimous decision win over countryman Marcos Cardenas. Since then he has been training for his encounter with Lee Selby, and sees a chance to add the vacant WBC International title to his name.
“I’m very happy and motivated as it’s a very important fight,” said Koasicha. “I’m excited to fight in Great Britain and out of Mexico for the first time. We’re going there to win. (more…)
Heavyweight boxing star Tyson Fury, along with trainer Peter Fury, undefeated cousin Hughie and other members of the Team Fury entourage will all be on hand to open their brand new Bolton boxing HQ on Wednesday May 14. Developed in conjunction with the Platinum Sports and Events Management Company headed by Asif Vali, The Platinum Community Centre will boast state-of-the-art training facilities to help develop future amateur and pro champions. “We’re really excited about getting this Team Fury gym up and running,” said Peter Fury recently. “It’s been a lot of hard work in the making but we’re there now and the set-up is fantastic. Tyson and the rest of the team will be based there and hopefully the gym will soon have its first world champ.”
Miguel Cotto Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing will present three ten-rounders which will be featured on the pay-per-view undercard headlined by the Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez world middleweight championship. The Cotto-Martinez will take place on June 7 at Madison Square Garden. The pay-per-view telecast will open with one-time world title challenger Andy Lee and top-five contender John Jackson in a middleweight rumble, followed by a junior middleweight battle between rising contender Jorge Melendez and former world champion Yuri Foreman, who is on the comeback trail. The final bout before the main event will pit former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and Marvin Sonsona in a long-awaited rematch, this time in a featherweight fight.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The WBC has ordered an elimination bout between Mexican former world champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KOs) and Puerto Rican Jayson ‘La Maravilla’ Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) with the winner will be the official challenger for featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez, the Sport Press has learned. Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions have 30 days to negotiate and reach a satisfactory agreement for both sides, otherwise the WBC will hold a purse bid on May 29 in Mexico City.
KEA Boxing Promotions is proud to announce the signing of light heavyweight veteran Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (31-7, 17 KO’s) of Philadelphia to an exclusive promotional contract. “Mack is a veteran and seasoned warrior in the sport and we are excited to have him part of the KEA team. He defended his USBA title against Omar Sheika on one of our shows and we saw his potential. We believe he still has something to prove to the boxing world, and hope to have him back in the rankings by the end of 2014.” Says Andre Kut-President of KEA Boxing Promotions. (more…)
The non-televised Marquez-Alvarado/Postal-Aydin card at the Fabulous Forum offers a total of eleven bouts. The off-TV highlights include former super featherweight world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (25-1, 10 KOs) vs. Oscar Bravo (21-3, 9 KOs), two-time Mexican Olympian super featherweight Oscar Valdez (10-9, KOs) vs. Noel Echevarria (11-2, 6 KOs), unbeaten welterweight Brad Soloman (21-0, 8 KOs) vs. Armen Ovsepyan (14-3, 11 KOs), plus six more scheduled bouts.
Raul Hirales vs. TBA (super flyweight)
Gabino Saenz vs. Cesar Martinez (featherweight)
Yuri Trogiyanov vs. Edwin Solis (featherweight)
Zachary Wohlman vs. Eddie Cordova (super lightweight)
Pedro Duran vs. Dominic Coca (super featherweight)
Manuel Lopez vs. Cameron Kreal (super lightweight)
ESPN’s live telecast of the Saturday, May 10, WBC world heavyweight championship fight between Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) delivered a 0.8 overnight rating according to Nielsen, making it the highest-rated fight on any ESPN network since 2003 (Monte Barrett vs. Eric Kirkland delivered a 1.3 overnight rating on October 3, 2003, on ESPN2). Stiverne defeated Arreola by TKO in the sixth round, making him the first boxer of Haitian descent to win a heavyweight title. (more…)
Fight Week is finally here for boxing’s triumphant return to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California. Saturday’s big fight card will feature four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) and former world junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) in a WBO welterweight title elimination bout with the winner emerging as the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
The fight will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing. The telecast will open with Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KOs) and Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KOs), rated #1 and #2 by the WBC, battling in a 12-round WBC super lightweight title elimination bout.
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer’s (43-2, 32 KOs) next opponent has been finalized. Braehmer will defend his belt against WBA #14 Roberto “La Bestia” Bolonti (35-2, 24 KOs) on June 7 at Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin, Germany. “He likes to put a lot of pressure on his opponents and I am a counter-puncher,” said 35-year-old Braehmer. “His style will play into my hands – I will tame ‘La Bestia’!”
Bolonti, also 35, thinks different, referring to the German’s loss against his compatriot Hugo Hernan Garay in 2008. “It will be no different come June 7. The beast will be hungry – hungry to win the WBA Championship!” Braehmer answered Bolonti’s claims: “I was sick when I fought Garay. Bolonti should be prepared for a fit and ready version of Juergen Braehmer – the version that has never lost a fight before!”
Unbeaten WBO Youth Champions Tyron Zeuge (13-0, 7 KOs) and Noel Gevor (11-0, 6 KOs) as well as light heavyweight talent Enrico Koelling (13-0, 4 KOs) will be showcased on the undercard of Braehmer vs. Bolonti.
Once heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) landed that devastating right hand early in the sixth round, you could hear a pin drop inside the beautiful Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. Most of the 3,992 in attendance found it hard to believe their warrior Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-4, 31KOs) was struggling to get to his feet. Another knockdown and then a barrage of punches forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest making the Haiti-born Stiverne the first crowned heavyweight world champion from the tiny Caribbean island as he captured the vacant WBC title . . . Click here for more
Ahead of their IBF world bantamweight title fight showdown, world champion Stuart Hall has rubbished claims by opponent Paul Butler’s camp that he has been reluctant to fight. In an intriguing Northeast versus Northwest encounter; champion Hall makes the second defense of his crown against Butler at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7. And with friction between the pair evident, Stuart insists he cannot wait for the chance to silence his rival.
“I was holding out for more money,” explained Hall, whose first defence against Martin Ward ended early after the County Durham man sustained a bad cut. “I’ve won the world title now and it’s all about trying to earn as much as I can for my family. He also made it public before I’d even agreed the fight, and who is he to say he’s fighting me when I hadn’t agreed it. So that’s all it was. Of course I want to fight him; I’m not bothered about Paul Butler. He’s an easier fight than [mandatory opponent – Randy] Caballero.” (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
On Sunday, May 18th, the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame will induct a new class of ten outstanding boxing people in their annual banquet event. This year’s class includes six boxers – both living and deceased, three storied corner men, and one beloved Philadelphia sports writer.
Leading the class is star trainer Brother Naazim Richardson, the coach of current light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and USBA heavyweight champion Steve Cunningham. Amateur coach Mitch Allen, a trainer for more than 60 years who produced 21 national amateur champions during the stretch, is also slated for induction, along with legendary cut man Leon Tabbs, who also worked with Bernard Hopkins for many years. (more…)
Belgian heavyweight Herve “HH” Hubeaux, 16-1-0(7), will defend for the first time his WBC Youth world heavyweight title he won on Oct. 5, 2013, against Tibor Balogh from Hungary. Hubeaux was previously the WBC Youth intercontinal champion a title he won in April 2012.
He lost it in his first defense against Toni Visic and regained it in a close fight in the rematch. Hubeaux recently changed his management and training and is hoping that this will give his career a new dimension. (more…)
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