WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Akhundov-Khatsyhau Kiev Presser

By Alex Potapov

On Thursday in Kiev, organizers held a press conference for the showdown between WBF Intercontinental featherweight beltholder Timur Akhundov (14-2-1, 5 KOs) and Belorussian Khavazhy Khatsyhau (10-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBF featherweight title. This fight will take place on Saturday night at the AKKO International, Kiev, Ukraine.

Timur Akhundov: “I know my opponent’s style. He’s very experienced and a strong contender. I am very well prepared for this fight, which is the most important fight of my career. I have no room for error. I promise that I do the best I can and will try to please the fans. For me, I don’t care how I win, knockout or decision.” (more…)

By Alex Potapov On Thursday in Kiev, organizers held a press conference for the showdown between WBF Intercontinental featherweight beltholder …


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Joel Diaz Jr. set for return

Unbeaten jr lightweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) is healthy and ready to make his 2013 debut on April 4th at the Bayou Event Center in Houston, Texas against Victor Sanchez (4-5-1, 1 KO). Diaz was scheduled to face Tyler Asselstyne on February 8th in the co-feature of ESPN Friday Night Fights until he was sidelined with a wrist injury. The injury is healed and Diaz is ready to resume his career.

Unbeaten jr lightweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) is healthy and ready to make his 2013 debut on …



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Broadway Boxing: Complete Card

On Thursday, April 4, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns to Roseland Ballroom in New York City with a stacked 10-bout card featuring an array of talent from top to bottom. As previously announced, the card will feature former WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (29-2, 8KO’s), and top contenders Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-1, 11KO’s), WBC #6-rated welterweight Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (30-2, 17KO’s) and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (21-1, 4KO’s).

Foreman will square off against Gundrick King (18-9, 11KO’s) in a six-round junior middleweight matchup, while Del Valle, now training with Hall-of-Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, will see action against Andre Wilson (13-5, 11KO’s) in an eight-round featherweight contest.

Ion is set to meet Damian Frias (19-6-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round welterweight showdown, while Bracero squares off against Pavel Miranda (19-9-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. (more…)

On Thursday, April 4, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns to Roseland Ballroom in New York City with a stacked …


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Boxing Buzz

A report on Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields that aired on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” back in February 2012, has recently won the prestigious Peabody Award for public radio production.

Promoter Don King won the first round in a nine-year legal dispute stemming from the sale of a Palm Beach County estate. The Florida Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-1 in favor of King. More

An appeal by British heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte to lift a two-year ban for failing a drugs test was denied this week by the National Anti-Doping Panel. More

A report on Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields that aired on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” back in February …




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Wilfredo Gomez Health Improving

By Eliud Vazquez Torres

Wilfredo Gomez began to show signs of improvement. This morning an artificial respirator was disconnected. Gomez, who was admitted to a hospital in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico yesterday due to respiratory failure, still has a tube inserted but has been in good countenance and alert. It is expected that the hall of fame fighter’s health will continue to improve in the next few hours.

By Eliud Vazquez Torres Wilfredo Gomez began to show signs of improvement. This morning an artificial respirator was disconnected. Gomez, …


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Weights from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Christian Bojorquez 122 vs. Cesar De La Mora 123
Jesus Briseño 118 vs. Marino Cañete **
Pastor Elenes 150 vs. Adrian Gonzalez 150
Jose Toribio 113.5 vs. Cristian Ciciliano 118
Ulises Sierra 170 vs. Jose Luis Esparza 183
Prince Smalls 123 vs. Jose Hernandez 123
Rolando Perez 138 vs. Julio Cesar Nario 141
Erick Maderos 141 vs. Jose Arteaga 143
Angel Ramos 111 vs. Nolberto Espinoza 111

** = Cañete will weigh in morning of fight.

When: Friday, January 29th, 7:30pm
Where: Tijuana Municipal Auditorium
Who: V&B Promotions

Tickets are still available at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium box office.

By Felipe Leon Christian Bojorquez 122 vs. Cesar De La Mora 123 Jesus Briseño 118 vs. Marino Cañete ** Pastor …


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Weights from Verona, New York

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Brian Vera 160 vs. Donatas Bondorovas 159
Jackson Junior 175 vs. Umberto Savigne 175
Ryon McKenzie 173 vs. Steven Tyner 174
Taras Shelestyuk 152 vs. Kamal Muhammad 153
Evgeny Chuprakov 131 vs. Micah Branch 131
Lavais Williams * vs. Calvin Pritchard 143
Antoine Douglas 161 vs. John Worthy 159

*Lavais Williams late arrival, will weigh in later tonight

Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoters: Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions) & Greg Cohen (Greg Cohen Promotions)
Matchmaker: Eric Bottjer
T.V.: ESPN2 9:00 PM
Doors open: 6:30 PM
First bell off T.V.: 7:30 PM

Weights and photo by Boxing Bob Newman Brian Vera 160 vs. Donatas Bondorovas 159 Jackson Junior 175 vs. Umberto Savigne …


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Golden Boy Promotions Statement on Lamont Peterson’s February 22 post-fight drug test

Contrary to earlier erroneous media reports, Lamont Peterson did not fail a post-fight drug test following his successful IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship defense against Kendall Holt on Friday, February 22 in Washington, DC. In fact, Peterson tested negative for all banned substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Full Menu as well as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and luteinizing hormone (LH).

“We are very pleased that there has been clarification that Lamont Peterson did not test positive for any banned substances as reported inaccurately earlier today,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Today’s incident exemplifies the importance of accurate fact checking prior to reporting news. Golden Boy Promotions looks forward to Lamont Peterson’s next fight and furthering his career.”

Contrary to earlier erroneous media reports, Lamont Peterson did not fail a post-fight drug test following his successful IBF Junior …



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Joint Statement from Team Guerrero, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions

Early this morning Six-Time and Four Division World Champion Robert Guerrero was checking in his luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, bound for Las Vegas, and, as he was doing so, made sure to advise the authorities that they needed to be aware that he had a firearm, which was unloaded and in a locked safe box with his luggage to be checked. Guerrero was carrying no ammunition and was within his legal right to possess such firearm in the state in which he resides. He was then arrested. At an arraignment held before the New York State Supreme Court for Queens County, the court, after hearing the pertinent facts of the case, released Guerrero on his own recognizance. The next hearing in this matter is scheduled for after Robert’s May 4 fight against Eight-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

We are very pleased Robert Guerrero was released on his own recognizance this afternoon in the wake of this incident and that he is on his way back to Las Vegas to continue training for his highly anticipated May 4 bout against Mayweather.

Early this morning Six-Time and Four Division World Champion Robert Guerrero was checking in his luggage at John F. Kennedy …


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Rios, Alvarado Press Conference

Photos: Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com

Undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “bam Bam” Rios (31-0, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and top-rated contender “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs), of Denver, hosted their final press conference on Thursday for Saturday night’s showdown at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Brandon Rios: We’re going to be in the ring, toe-to-toe, man-to-man. We’re going to do it again. It’s gonna be another great fight for the fans, TV…another tremendous win on my behalf and I’m ready for this.

Mike Alvarado: I had an awesome camp, great strength and conditioning. I’m here. We’re ready to do it again. We’re gonna put on a great show like we did the first fight. I’m here to redeem myself.

Promoter Bob Arum (noting the absence of anyone from the Nevada commission): They’re probably out spending Chavez Jr’s fine money. photos

Photos: Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com Undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “bam Bam” Rios (31-0, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and …


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Santana-Cardenas collide April 12 in Las Vegas

Undefeated lightweight Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-0, 11 KOs), from Miami, Fla., will face Carlos Cardenas (20-6-1, 13 KOs), from Barinas, Venezuela, for the WBA interim lightweight championship, and undefeated super lightweight prospect Amir “Young Master” Imam (8-0, 7 KOs), from Albany, N.Y., meets Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (16-2, 7 KOs), from Paterson, N.J., in the co-feature on Friday, April 12 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). It will take place in the Treasure Island Ballroom and is promoted by Don King Productions in association with Treasure Island. (more…)

Undefeated lightweight Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-0, 11 KOs), from Miami, Fla., will face Carlos Cardenas (20-6-1, 13 KOs), from …


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Guerrero charged with felony; facing jail time

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

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Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that current WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero has been arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged with illegally traveling with an unloaded pistol and three unloaded high capacity bullet magazines. The weapon and 15-bullet clips were discovered during a routine pre-flight check-in this morning.

District Attorney Brown said, “I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks. For anyone who hasn’t gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon – loaded or unloaded – into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.”

The District Attorney continued, “Earlier this year, New York State enacted the nation’s toughest gun restrictions – the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE ACT). One provision of that law is that the penalty for possessing an unloaded firearm is raised from being a Class A misdemeanor to being a Class E felony. It is therefore more important than ever that if a passenger chooses to travel with a weapon, they should first acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements. Otherwise, they may find themselves being arrested and charged with a felony – as is what occurred in this case.” (more…)

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that current WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero has been …



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Lamont Peterson Update

Earlier today it was reported by several boxing media outlets that IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson had tested positive for the drug HCG after his fight with Kendall Holt, launching a firestorm on social media. However it turns out that the information was incorrect and Peterson tested clean. He is slated to face Lucas Matthysse on May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Earlier today it was reported by several boxing media outlets that IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson had tested positive …


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Guerrero arrested for gun possession

Update: WABC-TV is reporting that Guerrero was arrested after he attempted to declare the weapon at the Delta Airlines counter.

The New York Daily News is reporting that WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero was arrested at JFK Airport for trying to bring an unloaded handgun aboard a flight from New York City to Las Vegas. Guerrero was on the East Coast making promotional appearances for his May 4 fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

Update: WABC-TV is reporting that Guerrero was arrested after he attempted to declare the weapon at the Delta Airlines counter. …


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Haye to fight on June 29; no opponent named

Unable to land a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, former WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye announced today in London that that he will fight on June 29 fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Haye said he wants to fight twice this year to make himself mandatory challenger and force a fight with one of the Klitschkos. Five opponents are being considered and manager Adam Booth will announce the name “in the near future.”

Earlier this week Vitali Klitschko told BBC Ukraine that Haye turned down a fight with him last year and now he must wait. “Last September I gave a proposal to David Haye to fight me in Moscow,” said Klitschko. “David Haye had a contract and didn’t want to do that and instead of fighting me he fought Chisora. How long [should] I have to wait for David Haye? I gave him a proposal and he didn’t take it.” Booth complains that the Klitschko camp ignored his emails.

Unable to land a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, former WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye announced today in …


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Bellew, Chilemba ready for war

Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew takes on Isaac ‘Goldenboy’ Chilemba this Saturday with the victor guaranteed a shot at the WBC light heavyweight world title. In video interviews recorded during Wednesday’s press conference, both fighters discussed the bout which can be LIVE seen on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.

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Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew takes on Isaac ‘Goldenboy’ Chilemba this Saturday with the victor guaranteed a shot at the WBC light …



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Abner Mares begins training for Ponce De Leon

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Unbeaten Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens is in the opening phases of training camp as he prepares for his featherweight title showdown against WBC featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I haven’t changed my routine for training camp. I have been doing three-a-days for my last five fights. Run in the morning, gym in the afternoon, and gym in the evening. We know it’s a hard fight so we have to train hard,” Mares told Fightnews.com on his preparation.

Business as always in the gym, Mares and trainer Clemente Medina are working together at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs. Medina who at one time trained Ponce de Leon knows what Mares is up against on May 4. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Big Joe Miranda Unbeaten Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens is in the opening …


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16 Bizarre Moments in UFC History

Here are some of the craziest UFC occurences — in typically haphazard order. It was the world’s first exposure to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in November of 1993, and what an impression it was, as Gerard Gordeau sent Teila Tuli’s tooth flying from his mouth with a kick (while Tuli was down, no less) that let everyone know that this wasn’t some gimmick – this event was for real . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Here are some of the craziest UFC occurences — in typically haphazard order. It was the world’s first exposure to …


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Sturm-Soliman airing on WealthTV Fight Night

Tonight’s WealthTV “Fight Night” (10PM ET/7PM PT) will present the IBF eliminator between longtime former middleweight champion Felix Sturm and perennial contender Sam Soliman that took place February 1 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The big surprise was Soliman defeating Sturm by unanimous decision, however Soliman later tested positive for a designer performance enhancing drug (this is disputed by the Soliman camp).

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Tonight’s WealthTV “Fight Night” (10PM ET/7PM PT) will present the IBF eliminator between longtime former middleweight champion Felix Sturm and …


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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Looks like former WBC world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is eyeing a comeback fight on June 22 in Mexico City. Possible opponents include Brian Vera and Matthew Macklin, among others. Junior could possibly train in the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the State of Mexico and there’s even a chance that he could continue training with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Looks like former WBC world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is eyeing a comeback fight on …


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Q&A: Azea Augustama

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By Phil Doherty

Fresh starts are usually hard to come by. Literally. They usually force themselves upon us due to difficult and unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Such is the case with the two men at the head of next Saturday’s “The Homecoming” boxing card at Casino Miami Jai Alai. Longtime boxing matchmaker and trainer Al Bonanni re-established his former promotional company Tiburon Promotions last December after being successively fired by boxer Tavoris Cloud and promoter Don King. His first acquisition, twenty-nine year old cruiserweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (13-1, 8 KOs) also found a need to change direction due to managerial changes and inactivity.

Augustama, the 2008 National Golden Gloves winner and Haitian Olympian, took some time out from training for his scheduled ten-round main event against David Lee McNemar to speak with Fightnews. (more…)

By Phil Doherty Fresh starts are usually hard to come by. Literally. They usually force themselves upon us due to …


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Sauerland Events denies Povetkin-Oquendo

WBA #5 heavyweight Fres Oquendo informed media in Puerto Rico that he is fighting WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin on May 17 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. However, this has been strongly denied by Sauerland Events, Povetkin’s promoter. “This is complete rubbish, Povetkin is a Sauerland fighter and no deal reached. We have an offer but not decided.”

WBA #5 heavyweight Fres Oquendo informed media in Puerto Rico that he is fighting WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin on …


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FightNews photojournalist Chris Cozzone wins writing award

FightNews photojournalist Chris Cozzone’s “Requiem for a Hometown Champion,” published in FightNews.com and NewMexicoBoxing.com on June 1, 2012, has received a “Bernie” award from the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). The column – which tied for second place – praises the life and career of Johnny Tapia, who passed away last year on May 27.

Chris also received an honorable mention for his photography in the feature category. It is the second year that Chris has placed in both writing and photography. He remains the only journalist to do so since the BWAA started their awards in 1972.

The FightNews family extends our congratulations to Chris!

FightNews photojournalist Chris Cozzone’s “Requiem for a Hometown Champion,” published in FightNews.com and NewMexicoBoxing.com on June 1, 2012, has received …


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Golovkin: I’m ready to go

Gennady Golovkin is in peak physical condition ahead of the seventh defence of his WBA and IBO middleweight titles in Monte Carlo on Saturday. The unbeaten Kazakhstani yesterday went through his paces during a public 45-minute workout at the suitably grand Monte Carlo Casino. With his shirt off, he looked lean and ripped as he worked the pads with top trainer Abel Sanchez. “I’m ready to go,” said Golovkin. “I had an eight-week camp and all has gone according to plan.”

He defends against Nobuhiro Ishida, a fighter he isn’t underestimating. “We’re expecting a hard fight,” said manager Tom Loeffler. “Ishida is tall and has some power, but Gennady is in tremendous shape.”

Earlier, Ishida worked out and looked sharp and relaxed ahead of the biggest fight of his career. (more…)

Gennady Golovkin is in peak physical condition ahead of the seventh defence of his WBA and IBO middleweight titles in …


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Boxing Buzz

Detroit boxer J’Leon Love lost his older brother, Gerald Bernard Love, to a shooting in the Motor City last night.

The British newspapers are reporting that Wladimir Klitschko is engaged to 23-year-old actress Hayden Panettiere. More

Longtime promoter Bobby Hitz is making noise in the Chicagoland area, demanding that Gov. Pat Quinn replace Nancy Illg as head of the Illinois Athletic Commission. More

 

Detroit boxer J’Leon Love lost his older brother, Gerald Bernard Love, to a shooting in the Motor City last night. …


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Vargas-Aguiniga at the Cosmopolitan

Kicking off the Cinco de Mayo celebration and a weekend of legendary boxing, all eyes will be on the battle waged between unbeaten contenders Francisco Vargas and Jose Aguiniga when they collide at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, May 3 for the vacant NABF Super Featherweight title. On the eve of the world-recognized event Mayweather vs. Guerrero, the 10-round championship bout pitting 2008 Olympian Vargas against 33-0 Aguiniga is destined to shake up the 130-pound division. The event will be televised on FOX Sports Networks, FOX Deportes and FUEL TV. Plus, 2012 United States Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. returns to make his second appearance at The Cosmopolitan in a six-round junior featherweight fight. (more…)

Kicking off the Cinco de Mayo celebration and a weekend of legendary boxing, all eyes will be on the battle …


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Undercard for ESPN FNF at Turning Stone

The undercard for the Friday, March 29 ESPN Friday Night Fights event at Turning Stone Resort Casino will feature local sensation, light heavyweight Ryon McKenzie, who calls Canastota, New York home. Junior middleweight Taras Shelestyuk, of Ukraine, will also be on the card, making his professional debut. Shelestyuk captured the bronze medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. He also won the gold medal at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships. (more…)

The undercard for the Friday, March 29 ESPN Friday Night Fights event at Turning Stone Resort Casino will feature local …


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Rodriguez-Takayama collide in Sinaloa on Saturday

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

This Saturday, Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez will defend his IBF minimumweight crown at home against former world champion Katsunari Takayama in an event called “Operación Dragón” presentated by Promociones del Pueblo, Goossen Tutor and Box Latino Promotions at the Francisco Carranza Limon Baseball Stadium in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. The co-feature will be a bout for the WBC silver light flyweight title between former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia and Pedro Guevara. Also 2012 Olympian Oscar Molina reappears just three weeks after his on March 9 in California.

By Gabriel F. Cordero This Saturday, Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez will defend his IBF minimumweight crown at home against former world …


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Dawson in training to face Stevenson June 8

By Butch Gottlieb and Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

WBC light heavyweight champion “Bad Chad” Dawson will be defending his title on June 8th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada against Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. Dawson was originally supposed to defend his title in a rematch against Jean Pascal but Pascal pulled out to meet fellow Canadian Lucian Bute for the NABF title. The fight has been confirmed by Dawson’s trainer, former world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. “We are working hard and putting in the road work on Mt. Charleston and we are looking for a victory upon fight time,” said Mustafa. His comments on Stevenson? “Very durable. He will have to be able to take a whole lot of punishment because we are going to be dishing it out from round one until the end of the fight!”

By Butch Gottlieb and Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com Photo: Mary Ann Owen WBC light heavyweight champion “Bad Chad” Dawson will be …


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“Atomic Bull” McCall and son Elijah will fight in Poland

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Text and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk

Former heavyweight WBC champion Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall (56-12, 37 KOs) will test the skills and chin of young, 26-year-old undefeated Polish heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (14-0, 11 KOs) on May 18 in Legionowo, near Warsaw. Zimnoch, whose biggest amateur success was defeating Deontay Wilder during World Championship is considered as one of the new wave of Polish heavyweights, but McCall was not impressed. “I fought the best, and I’m not talking ancient history here. Francisco Pianeta, who will fight against Wladimir Klitschko, survived the tenth round only because referee did not let me finish him off. And I had only eight days to prepare for him – now I have five weeks to get ready for Zimnoch. What do you think can happen?” The fight card in Poland will be a family affair – on the undercard of Zimnoch-McCall, the 22-year-old son of the former champ, heavyweight Elijah McCall (11-2, 10 KO), will present his skills.

Text and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk Former heavyweight WBC champion Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall (56-12, 37 KOs) will test the …


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Wilfredo Gomez Hospitalized in P.R.

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Gomez is in critical but stable condition in Auxilio Mutuo hospital in San Juan after suffering respiratory failure on Tuesday evening. Gomez was admitted after he suffered an infection affecting his breathing. Gomez also suffers from obstructive sleep apnea. Wilfredo had just been admitted during the weekend but had been discharged. We only know that Gomez has a respiratory infection, which led to respiratory failure. The next 72 hours will be crucial for his recovery. The former three-division world champion is 56 years of age.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Gomez is in critical but stable condition in Auxilio Mutuo hospital …


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Rios, Alvarado media day

Photos: Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com

Undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-0, 22 KOs) and top-rated contender “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) were at the Rank Gym in Las Vegas Wednesday for a scheduled media workout in advance of Rios-Alvarado II on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Rios didn’t work out, but did pose for photographers. The WBO interim junior welterweight championship will be at stake.

The HBO telecast will also include undefeated Terence Crawford (19-0, 15 KOs) in an important ten-round junior welterweight clash with Breidis Prescott (26-4, 20 KOs). Former U.S. Olympian Jose Ramírez (1-0, 1 KO) will be featured on the undercard. More photos…

Photos: Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com Undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-0, 22 KOs) and top-rated contender “Mile …


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Repeat or Revenge? Price-Thompson II is on

David Price will meet Tony Thompson in a rematch at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 6th July. Secret negotiations between Price’s promoter Frank Maloney and the Washington DC southpaw have been going on for two weeks. Contracts for the big 12 round international heavyweight return were finally signed late on Tuesday night. When the pair clashed last month, two-time world title challenger Thompson caused a monumental upset stopping the 6ft 8in scouser in the second round.

Maloney said, “There was a rematch clause in the original contract, but it was still far from easy to make it happens. Because it was such a big win for Thompson there was a lot of interest in him from rival promoters, but we got there and he has signed. There were other options for David also, but he and his trainer Franny Smith were adamant they wanted Thompson again. (more…)

David Price will meet Tony Thompson in a rematch at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 6th July. Secret negotiations between …


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Braehmer and Culcay opponents named

Juergen Braehmer (39-2, 30 KOs) and Jack Culcay (14-0, 10 KOs) are looking forward to fighting at the Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany putting their respective titles on the line on April 27. During today´s press conference, the opponents were announced. Braehmer will take on Tony Averlant (18-7-2, 4 KOs) for the European Light Heavyweight Championship while Culcay wants to defend his WBA-Intercontinental Light Middleweight Championship against Guido Nicolas Pitto (17-1, 7 KOs) from Argentina. (more…)

Juergen Braehmer (39-2, 30 KOs) and Jack Culcay (14-0, 10 KOs) are looking forward to fighting at the Sporthalle Hamburg, …


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Amir Khan excited to see who the world’s number-one 140-pounder is: looking ahead to Golden Boy tourney

By James Slater

Former WBA/IBF 140-pound king Amir Khan is eagerly looking ahead to the planned mini-tournament Golden Boy have planned for the light-welterweights. Khan, speaking with Sky Sports’ new Toe To Toe podcast, spoke of the in-the-works five man tourney and the fact that, by year’s end, the 140-pound division will have a recognised number-one champion.

Khan, who faces former lightweight champ Julio Diaz on April 27th, says he is set to watch Danny Garcia-Zab Judah unfold (also on April 27th), then Lamont Peterson-Lucas Matthysse on May 18th, with the two winners to then meet at a date TBA, with the winner of that fight to then face Khan himself by the end of 2013. (more…)

By James Slater Former WBA/IBF 140-pound king Amir Khan is eagerly looking ahead to the planned mini-tournament Golden Boy have …










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