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By Robert Coster
Red hot bantamweight prospect Emmanuel “Sensational” Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) will be fighting his first bout on US territory and national TV (ESPN) against tough Eliezer Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in Miami tonight. Rodriguez, a former Junior Olympic Champion, has fought all his fights in his native Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He is ranked 6th by the WBA and 8th by the WBC. The Rodriguez-Aquino fight is for the WBA Fedelatin title held by Rodriguez and will be on the undercard of the Lara-Zevcek title clash. Says Rodriguez: “I expect a tough challenge from Aquino. Tapes show that he an offensive-minded boxer, always moving forward, throwing punches. I think my skills will be the difference.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Everything comes in three, but our year-end world title promotions repeat for more than three years. WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama as well as WBA 112-pound ruler Hiroki Ioka will fight on New Year’s Eve in four consecutive years. Why do our television networks, exactly not our promoters, love to show boxing events in the end of the year? Simply because of getting high TV ratings since people take holidays after the closing of government and industry offices for the year and stay at home to watch television at home box offices. Under recession it might be more economical of time and money to watch TV rather than go out and spend money for gambling or drinking. Housewives also love their husbands to stay at home no matter what they might do rather than go outside for enjoying time of wine and roses. Boxing is interesting enough to attract men to stay at home to kill time during tedious holidays.
As previously, we will see many world championship bouts to be scheduled in the end of the year here in Japan, as follows: (more…)
For the better part of four months, Antonio “Tony” DeMarco has been training in Las Vegas for his upcoming fight against Omar “Panterita” Figueroa on Saturday, December 12 in San Antonio, Texas. “It has been a good camp. I feel very much at peace and I am looking forward to putting on a good show for the fans in San Antonio,” said De Marco, while getting ready to spar a few days ago.
DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico will battle Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, in a super lightweight battle that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC in primetime on December 12 from the newly renovated AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas with televised coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
“I had some personal problems that have taken me awhile to come to terms with and after many hours of self-awareness and going to a spiritual retreat and getting away from everything and everyone also helped,” said DeMarco. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Sad news to report from Atlanta. Former world cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Super Nova” Bell was killed during a robbery according to WSB-TV. The crime took place after Bell and another victim exited a bus around 12:30AM. Bell was shot in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene. He was just 41 years old.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Emily Harney
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) of Russia is set to make his next title defense in a rematch against Montreal’s Jean Pascal taking place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on January 30, live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with the “Krusher” as he talked about his upcoming rematch with Pascal, new contract, Adonis Stevenson, and Andre Ward.
“I’m disappointed. It’s hard for me to find a new opponent but we fight anyone who is available,” Sergei Kovalev told Fightnews.com. He scored an exciting eighth round TKO over Pascal this past March and Pascal’s team called for an immediate rematch.
“It was an offer from his team. They thought the fight was stopped early, so I want to put a period to that,” Kovalev said. The champ will go into Pascal’s hometown of Montreal once again. “I’ve fought everywhere. I won my titles against Cleverly in Wales and all of my amateur career I fought in other places,” Kovalev said. “I beat [Pascal] once in Canada and I am going to do it again.” (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas
Photos: Ramiro Gonzalez/GBP
Newly crowned WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas was present Tuesday at Golden Boy Promotions Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Vargas spectacularly defeated Takashi Miura in dramatic fashion last Saturday to become the new 130-pound key holder. It was the fight of the night without a doubt. Cotto vs Canelo was a good tactical battle, but Miura-Vargas was a breathtaking war with an unexpected finish. Just when everything seemed over for the Mexico City warrior, he rose from defeat and defeated the Mexicutioner Miura, who had destroyed all of his previous Mexican opponents, including hard-hitting Yeyo Thompson.
First of all, how does it feel to be called champ? And how does it feel to be on the same list alongside many great and legendary Mexican world champions?
I feel great, the feeling is like no other. I feel very happy to have won this championship and I the way I did it. I have the utmost respect for Miura, it was a thug fight. (more…)
By Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images.com
Chicago promoter Bobby Hitz was putting the finishing touches on his annual Thanksgiving eve card at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, when FightNews caught up to him at his office located on the outskirts of “The Windy City.” Hitz reflected on his professional boxing career and his transition into promoting, a hat he’s worn for nearly 25 years. Hitz, candid as is his nature, also discussed his successes, disappointments, as well as his ongoing skirmish with the Illinois State Athletic Commission. Whether you agree with him or not (and he could care less if you don’t), there’s no doubt that after spending time with Bobby Hitz that you know exactly where he stands.
The story as to how you got into promoting is interesting and involves some well known people in the business. Can you explain to our readers how Bobby Hitz the fighter transitioned into Bobby Hitz the promoter?
I got what you could say was my Harvard education in boxing during my time in Detroit. I mean here I was, Jackie Kallen’s first fighter, I’m hanging around guys like Emmanuel Steward, a great promoter in Bill Kozerski, you couldn’t ask for a better base to acquire knowledge about the sport than Detroit at that time. So when James Toney became a member of our stable, I really made an effort to learn more of the business side of things because I knew my career was coming to an end. With James Toney, I did a lot of the grunt work, researching his opponents, things like airport pick-ups, making sure everyone got checked into the hotel, had their meal vouchers, things like that. I had a knack for getting things done but I still wasn’t sure at this time where it would lead. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (14-0-1, 7 KOs) returns tonight at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WV when he faces Venezuelan Marcos “The Terminator” Primera (20-32-3, 13 KOs) in a scheduled eight round affair. Fitch is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Dennis Sharpe in September. Primera is best known for his knockout victory over former world title challenger Curtis Stevens.
Presented by Made Men Promotions other bouts include Josh “the Handsome Hitman” Himes vs. Jermaine Walker for the ABA Cruiserweight Title, cruiserweights “The Hyperactive Hillbilly” Johnny Haught vs. Corey Budd, welterweights Matt “Sweet Child” Conway vs. Tomi Archambault, and popular MMA fighter in his second professional boxing start Justin “The Hawk” Steave vs. Cliff Gregory in a super welterweight bout. Prior to the pros, the evening will kick off with a host of amateur bouts. First bell 7:00 PM. Tickets call 724-513-1416.
Twelve years into his career as a mixed martial artist, Yui Chul Nam has earned his nickname “The Korean Bulldozer.” That means if opponents are looking for a leisurely, non-taxing three rounds of point fighting, this isn’t the guy they’re looking for . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Antonio Nieves 118 vs. Lorenzo Trejo 119.4
Wilkins Santiago 146.6 vs. Wilfredo Acuna 148.8
Ray Edwards 250 vs. Grover Young 255
Thomas Mattice 138.8 vs. Ariel Vasquez 142.4
Alexander Dedovets 198 vs. Tahlik Taylor 183.2
Brett Simmons 145.6 vs. Lee Kreisher 146.6
Venue: Bayfront Convention Center
Promoter: Bizzaro Promotions
David Haye plots return against Mark de Mori
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Floyd Mayweather thanks Holly Holm for “kind words”
Tyson Fury in favor of legalizing doping
Chris Traietti 186 vs Adam Collins 196
Brandon Montella 173 vs Devonte Hopkins 179
Matt Doherty 140 vs Rafael Francis 140
Antonio Chaves Fernandez 161 vs Greg Thomas 166
Venue: Boston Teacher’s Union Hall (180 Mt Vernon St), Boston, MA
Promoter: Granite Chin Promotions
Tickets: TicketRiver.com (search words: Boston Teacher’s Union Hall)
Doors Open: 6pm
Undefeated junior welterweight contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez will host the Premiere Night of the blockbuster movie “Creed” at Maya Fresno 16 Cinemas, at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday night, November 25, 2015. Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs) will host a meet and greet with patrons, showing off the actual WBC Continental Americas Championship Belt he will be fighting for against Johnny Garcia (19-3-1, 11 KOs), from Holland, MI, on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at The Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
All patrons attending this showing of “Creed” will be given a FREE ticket voucher to the fight and be able to meet and greet the fighters and see the actual WBC belt. (more…)
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was technically superior and more accurate throwing heavier punches in winning the WBC middleweight crown from Miguel Cotto. Cotto, his team, and some members of the media maintain that Cotto should have been declared the winner. Sulaiman encourages those who saw a different fight to objectively sit down and watch the entire fight once again.
As far as Canelo’s mandatory against WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Sulaiman advises that the WBC will wait until Monday to announce the status, dates and facts.
Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions
Erislandy Lara 153.6 vs. Jan Zaveck 153.2
(WBA super welterweight title)
Emmanuel Rodriguez 118 vs. Eliecer Aquino 116.4
Yasmany Consuegra 234.4 vs. John Wesley Nofire 231.2
Yudel Jhonson 156.4 vs. Daquan Arnett 157
Dennis Galarza 136.4 vs. Juan Ramon Solis 143.6
Jose F. Quezada 140.8 vs. Daniel Lorenzana 139
Gregory Moore 144.2 vs. Jeff Souffrant 145.4
Venue: Hialeah Park, Miami, Florida
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Premier Boxing Champions
While welterweight star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.(18-0, 15KO) prepares to fight Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18KO) this Saturday at The Bomb Factory in Dallas for his first pro fight in his own backyard, he and his trainer Derrick James, also a Dallas native, will have more than just a win riding on this fight. They are looking to bring the whole boxing community of Dallas, from amateur to professional, along for the ride.
Spence stated, “I want to see everybody do well. Just like DC has a hotbed of fighters, you got Cincinnati that has a hot bed of fighters, guys from California Wild Card Gym. I want Dallas to be known as a boxing city and the more boxers that get put in the bright lights and put on TV it’s going to bring boxing to Dallas and a lot of other young amateurs can get signed to top promoters and now top promoters looking at Dallas trying to find that next good boxer from Dallas that’s an amateur.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“There’s no doubt in my mind that if I approach this fight as I approached my fights with Danny Green in Australia or Rakhim Chakhiyev in Russia, Beibut Shumenov should be afraid. But I also know that we have mutual respect for each other,” said former cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-3, 35 KOs), who is training in Poland for his WBA interim title battle against reigning beltholder Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs). “I’m happy with training camp. I was ready before, when helping now WBO champ Krzysztof Głowacki to get prepared, so I had to come back to great form. It will be something special to fight in Las Vegas, in this special atmosphere. I want to be back in Poland as a WBA champ. I’m still hungry. I want to have all three belts,” said “Diablo,” who previously held WBC and IBF world titles.
On December 18 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, the Shumenov-Włodarczyk clash will be part of Premier Boxing Champions/Spike world title doubleheader, with Rances Barthelemy-Denis Shafikov for the IBF lightweight title in the main event.
Super middleweights Anthony Bonsante will be facing Yory Boy Campas on January, 23rd in Butte, Montana. It will be both fighters’ retirement fight.
Mark Taffet, head of HBO PPV, is reportedly leaving the network at the end of the year. This is the second big loss for HBO management in as many months as HBO Sports president Ken Hershman also recently announced he is leaving the network.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin (5-0, 4 KOs) and his team held their second annual Turkey Giveaway this past weekend in Tampa, Florida, over 2500 turkeys were given away to the community. He is scheduled to return in February as part of the All Star Boxing “Boxeo Telemundo” series.
On Saturday in Torino, Italy, Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000 will promote a major show at Le Cupole sports palace with former WBC Silver heavyweight champion Carlos Takam (WBC #7, IBF #10 and WBO #13), current European super middleweight champion Hadillah Mohoumadi (WBC and WBA #7, IBF #15 and WBO #11) and local fan-favorite Andrea Scarpa (18-2) who will fight Lyes Chaibi (France, 14-8-2) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental super lightweight title. Scarpa is a former Italian champion in two weight divisions: super featherweight and super lightweight. Scarpa’s bout will be broadcast in Italy by Deejay Tv, in Poland by FightKlub and in France by L’Equipe 21 TV.
The French network will also broadcast the fights involving the other French boxers: Hadillah Mohoumadi (19-3-1) will fight Eric Torres Marin (Hungary, 8-6-1) in a 10 rounds non-title affair, while Carlos Takam (32-2-1 with 25 KOs) will face George Arias (56-14 with 42 KOs) on the 8 rounds distance. (more…)
Top Mexican welterweights Pedro Campa and Aaron Herrera will collide on a Tripleheader of action on Saturday, December 12 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, and televised live on HBO Latino Boxing (10pm ET/PT). Top Rank, in association with Main Events and Zanfer Promotions made the announcement today.
“Anytime Mexican welterweights with these type of styles faceoff in the LA area, fireworks are bound to happen,” said Carl Moretti, VP, Top Rank.
Campa (18-0, 14 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico will battle Hererra (21-3-1, 12 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico in a 10 round bout. Campa has knockout wins in seven of his last eight bouts. Herrera has been unbeaten for two years.
With the injury to Artur Beterbiev, Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) has regained his shot to fight for the mandatory position in the IBF and now the 33-year old from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will face Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The winner will earn the right to challenge WBO, WBA, and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) for his world titles in 2016. (more…)
WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and unbeaten challenger Tyson Fury faced off at the final press conference before their clash Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Tyson Fury: “I hope Wlad’s trained very hard. I’m not going to go on too much because I don’t want to scare him off again like last time. As we know, if I say a lot of stuff at the press conferences, then we usually don’t have any fights. So I’m gonna wind it back in and just wait for the fight night. I didn’t believe this fight was going to happen for a long, long time. I’m coming very fast for you, Wlad. Old guy, young guy, old champion, new champion. Enough said. Amen.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “This time I have a very colorful guy that is young and wants to have a real challenge. Of course, I heard what he said that he’s nervous, which means he’s well-prepared, which means he’s alert. It’s good to be nervous. I’m nervous before every fight and I always face some new challenges. I’m really happy that this fight is taking place on Saturday night.”
There is still a dispute over the gloves. Fury isn’t happy with the “Paffen Sport” brand gloves he was supplied with. Some custom gloves are being made in Pakistan or India and the Fury camp hopes they arrive by the rules meeting on Friday.
FOX Sports will expand its existing media rights agreement for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) with multiple primetime Saturday evening bouts on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes in 2016.
PBC on FOX debuts Saturday, January 23 (8:00 PM ET) with an action-packed two-hour show headlined by one of the most exciting undefeated fighters in boxing, Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), facing former three-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. That bout, along with others to be announced, airs on the broadcast network and in Spanish on FOX Deportes, The January 23 event is the first of three PBC cards scheduled to appear on FOX in primetime during 2016.
“We’re thrilled to present the first professional boxing on FOX in almost 20 years with Premier Boxing Champions’ exciting primetime Saturday shows,” said David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. “With the success of the PBC’s Tuesday night boxing series on FS1 and FOX Deportes, we knew boxing would make a great addition to FOX alongside the FOX Sports portfolio that includes the world’s premier sports properties.”
Veteran boxing announcer Brian Kenny hosts the inaugural edition of PBC on FOX with Gus Johnson calling the action ringside. On FOX Deportes, former featherweight world champion and 2000 Mexican Olympic team member Daniel Ponce de Leon joins renowned blow-by-blow announcers Jessi Losada and Ricardo Celis to call the action.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan boxer David “Terry,” Acevedo, 23, passed away from injuries suffered in a bout against Nelson Altamirano (9-6-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hotel Xolotlan in Managua, Nicaragua. Acevedo lost by knockout in the last minute of the eighth round and was unconscious in the ring. He was rushed to Hospital Integral in Managua, where he underwent surgery and remained in a coma until he sadly succumbed. According to the family, Acevedo lost 10 pounds in less than 24 hours to make weight. Acevedo had a record 6-5-1 with 4 KOs.
By James Slater
Photos: Warren King Photography
Former cruiserweight king David Haye, also a former WBA heavyweight ruler, today announced his comeback fight: Haye will face Australia’s Mark de Mori at The O2 in London on January the 16th of next year. Now training with Shane McGuigan, Haye told Boxing News “to be ready for another fun-fuelled heavyweight campaign to the very top.”
Haye, now aged 35 and inactive since his July 2012 KO win over Dereck Chisora, may have picked a dangerous foe for his return. De Mori, aged 33 and sporting a 30-1-2(26) pro record can certainly punch, and while he is no giant at 6’2″ tall, at approx 245-pounds, he will out-weigh Haye by a considerable margin. (more…)
Winner of 11 UFC bouts since making his Octagon debut in 2008, South Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim was one of the most underrated welterweights in the world for a long time, but that situation has changed considerably in the last couple years, as the “Stun Gun” has opened up his attack, winning his last three bouts by knockout or submission. This Saturday on UFC FIGHT PASS, Kim fights for the first time in his home country as a UFC fighter when he faces Dominic Waters. Before fight night arrives, here are seven of Kim’s defining moments . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Chicago boxing fans have a big night of boxing to kick off the holiday weekend this Wednesday at the Horseshoe Hammond, when Hitz Boxing presents a special Thanksgiving Eve edition of its long-running series, Fight Night at the Horseshoe. The card features the return of Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (18-1, 12 KOs) against Thomas Awimbono (25-4-1, 21 KOs) in a ten round bout for the NABA and WBC Continental Americas super middleweight titles. It’s Jimenez’s first fight in his hometown of Chicago since facing Jesse Hart on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard, and going “down under” to defeat Francisco Benitez for the UBF All America belt in June.
On the undercard, undefeated Chicago native Nick Ramirez (6-0-1, 2 KOs) faces Agustin Cicero in a six-round welterweight bout. Also, undefeated Irish lightweight John Joe Nevin (6-0, 4 KOs) makes his first Chicago appearance since making his professional debut in August, 2014. The Olympic Silver Medalist is the latest in a string of Irish boxers to fight at a Hitz Boxing event, the most notable being current WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee. (more…)
Over the weekend boxing lost one of its veteran trainers, Joe Quinlan, at the age of 85. Joe was a permanent fixture on the South Florida boxing scene. He worked with Salvador Sanchez, was a trainer for Angelo Dundee and trained the original Team Freedom from Cuba.
Wladimir Klitschko takes heat for labeling Tyson Fury bi-polar
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Photos: Andre Courtemanche/Warriors Boxing
Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) and former world champion Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) took part in a press conference Monday afternoon in Miami as they near their PBC on ESPN showdown taking place Wednesday night from Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.
In the TV opener, undefeated bantamweight prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) goes against Eliver Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KOs).
Here is what the fighters had to say Monday:
Erislandy Lara: “I’ve worked very hard for this fight. I’ve concentrated very hard during training camp because I know how difficult this fight will be. There’s not much to say now, I’m just thinking about making weight and getting in the ring. I’m thrilled to be here in south Florida fighting in front of these great fans. I’m happy to fight for the Cubans and show that we have great boxing fans. (more…)
This Saturday, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) will take on Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (18-0, 10 KOs) for the mandatory position in the WBC at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec; the winner will challenge Adonis “Superman” Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight World Title in 2016.
Chilemba, 28, was born in Blantyre, Malawi one of the poorest regions in the world. He moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004 to pursue a professional boxing career. Over the last ten years since his professional debut, Isaac has very quietly climbed the ranks of the light heavyweight division. Earlier this year, he defeated fellow Main Events’ stablemate Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin in the opening bout of the Kovalev-Pascal telecast on HBO World Championship Boxing to become the WBC’s #1 ranked light heavyweight. (more…)
Undefeated junior welterweight contender, 2012 U.S. Olympian and social activist, Jose Ramirez, and Team Ramirez are taking time out from training camp to team up with County Supervisor Richard Valle for the annual “Operation Gobble,” where they will give away 230 turkeys and food baskets for the town Ramirez was born and raised in — Avenal, Calif. It will take place Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 24 at Avenal Veterans Hall (108 West King St.), beginning at 11:45 a.m. PT.
“Team Ramirez is proud and happy to give back to my home town,” said Ramirez.” Supervisor Valle has done a lot for my city and I hope we can make some families happy this Thanksgiving.” (more…)
Wednesday night, November 25th at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA, Ernie Bizzaro’s Bizarro Promotions has put together another highly anticipated fight card titled “Rumble on the Bay” featuring two of the regions hottest prospects in separate bouts. Bantamweight sensation, Antonio “Carita” Nieves (13- 0-1. 6 KOs) will risk his undefeated record against dangerous veteran and former WBC world minimum weight title challenger Lorenzo “Explosivo” Trejo (35-30-1, 22 KOs) in the six round main event of the evening. Unbeaten welterweight sensation Wilkins “The Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-0-2, 2 KOs) is set for the six round co-feature as he faces thirty-three fight veteran gatekeeper Wilfredo “El Zurdo” Acuna (15-18, 12 KOs). Also, Former Minnesota Viking and Atlanta Falcon, Ray “The Cincinnati Kid” Edwards (10-0, 6 KOs) will tangle with Wiley veteran Grover Young (12-17-2, 8 KOs) in a four round special heavyweight attraction. (more…)
Photo: Philip Sharkey
George Groves will begin his assault on a fourth World title shot at the top of a stacked Matchroom Boxing and Team Sauerland card at the Copper Box in London on Saturday, January 30, live on Sky Sports.
The Hammersmith man lost out in a split decision to Badou Jack for the WBC Super Middleweight title in Las Vegas in September but has ambitions to land his dream World title in 2016.
‘’It’s great to be back,’’ said Groves. ‘’I’m looking forward to boxing in London again. This is a chance for me start the New Year on the front foot. I want to get as many fights as possible and start building momentum as I work my way back into World title contention.’’ (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Ligia Zimmerman
“EJ is blocking those punches,” trainer Derrick James leans over to tell me over the blaring music during a 17 round mega sparring session at his home gym, R&R Boxing Club, in Dallas, Texas. EJ is Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (18-0, 15KO), former U.S. Olympian, undefeated pro and possibly one of boxing’s next superstars who faces Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18KO) in his first hometown fight as a professional as the co-main event of the PBC card on NBC Saturday, November 28th in Dallas at The Bomb Factory. Jermall Charlo will defend his super welterweight title against Wilky Campfort in the main event.
On this chilly October Saturday, just a few weeks out from his Dallas homecoming, Spence Jr has clocked in like another day at the office. For one of boxing’s up and coming superstars, it’s hard to fathom that there is no entourage hanging around the gym, a publicist guarding his every move or obsessed fans lining up outside to catch a glimpse of him. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto arrived back in Puerto Rico early Monday morning. The ex-champ took the loss hard in Las Vegas and wasn’t talking to the press, however, he briefly discussed the fight with Primera Hora. “When you have the opportunity to dominate eight of the twelve rounds, you don’t expect anything less than victory,” he said.
Cotto isn’t alone in his assessment. Mexican commentators on TV Azteca had Cotto winning 117-111. And, the Mexican newspaper La Prensa went with the headline “Robbery in Las Vegas; Champion Canelo.”
Cotto threw more than twice as many jabs as Canelo, connecting on 54 compared to Canelo’s 37, but Canelo had a decisive edge in power shots 118-75.
The official judges scoring the fight weren’t giving Cotto anything. Dave Moretti (119-109) awarded Cotto just one round, Burt Clements (118-110) scored two rounds for Cotto, and John McKaie (117- 111) saw three rounds going Cotto’s way.
Upon hearing the scores, Cotto’s only comment was “Wow!”
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