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Canelo Alvarez 154.5 vs. James Kirkland 154.5
Note: Co-feature fighter Humberto Soto weighed in at 142.5, while Frankie Gomez scaled in at 147.5. Gomez said he had been sick for four days and couldn’t make the 140lb limit. It was decided to call the fight off.
Joshua Clottey 153.8 vs. Jorge Silva 154.8
Jo Jo Diaz 125.5 vs. Giovanni Delgado 125.5
Taishan Dong 289 vs. Jamal Woods 248.5
Jesse James Leija Jr 144 vs. TBA
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
Light heavyweights Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17 KOs) and Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) enter the ring on Saturday, May 23 in Boston as part of a special Memorial Day weekend edition of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. The live PBC on NBC event starts at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT and goes until 6:00 pm. ET/3:00 p.m. PT when the action switches over to NBCSN from 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT until 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
Further undercard action pits a pair of junior lightweights as Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and Bryan Vazquez (34-1, 18 KOs) do battle at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. These undercard bouts will support the super middleweight contest between Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs).
By Hesiquio Balderas
He won’t stop working, it doesn’t matter what time it is, if he doesn’t sleep that’s OK with him as long as he get things done. “It’s all about the fans. We have to work for them. As a promoter I have a responsibility to treat each fan with respect and take care of them, so we reach the people, the regular fans and the hardcore boxing fans, on the daily basis. We reach them by email or by phone, we want to make sure our costumers are happy and taken care of,” says Mike Battah, president of Leija*Battah Promotions.
Battah owns a large wholesale distribution service and sells to big corporations all over the world so he knows business, but what does he know about boxing? (more…)
By James Slater
In a big exclusive by Gareth A Davies of The Telegraph, Wladimir Klitschko’s American advisor Shelley Finkel says he is “sure” the heavyweight king will next face WBO mandatory challenger, the unbeaten Tyson Fury. Finkel, in speaking to Davies, says Wladimir is keen to silence Fury, who has been calling out and disrespecting Klitschko for some months now.
“There’s a very good chance [of it taking place] in the UK,” Finkel told The Telegraph. “I’m sure Wlad is going to fight Fury in September of October. There’s a very good chance of Wembley Stadium or Manchester. It’s that big a fight, we believe. Two weeks ago Wladimir fought at Madison Square Garden and nobody knows Bryant Jennings but it was the highest-rated HBO fight in three years. That gives you some idea. And Fury is the big mouth from England. Of course we’d love to shut him up once and for all.”
Fury, already the WBO mandatory challenger, has just been elevated to the WBA mandatory, making the showdown all the more likely, according to Finkel. (more…)
IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev will defend against IBF mandatory Nadjib Mohammedi on July 18 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight will be televised on HBO.
Nadjib Mohammedi: “My Time has come to show the world who I am. I let Kovalev beat some guys but now I will show he ain’t no Krusher. I am smarter, faster, and I’m the next generation of light heavyweight. I will become champion July 18th.”
Anthony Joshua 248 vs. Rafael Zumbano Love 236
Sam Eggington 146.5 vs. Joseph Lamptey 144.75
Matthew Macklin 165 vs. Sandor Micsko 158.5
Callum Smith 172.25 vs. Oleg Fedetovs 170.25
Luke Campbell 138 vs. Aboubeker Bechelaghem 137.25
Kal Yafai 116.25 vs. Isaac Quaye 112.25
Venue: Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England
TV: Sky Sports (UK)
Report/photos by Tony Mayger
Ahead of their WBA super middleweight workd title fight in Frankfurt, Germany, Felix Sturm and Fedor Chudinov both weighed in today within the 168lb limit. The regular title became available after Britain’s Carl Froch was stripped of the belt this week
Chief support Jack Culcay and Maurice Weber also came in within the limit for their WBA super welterweight interim title clash. Alex Born, Adnan Redzovic, Konni Konrad and Andreas Reimer are on the undercard and all weighed in successfully in the garden of Roomers Hotel.
Chudinov 166.4lbs (75.5kg)
Sturm 166.8lbs (75.7kg).
Jack Culcay 153 (69.4kg)
Maurice Weber 153.2lbs (69.5kg)
Frank Buglioni 168 vs. Lee Markham 167
(WBO European super middleweight title)
Bradley Skeete 146 vs. Brunet Zamora 146
(WBO European welterweight title)
Mitchell Smith 129.5 vs. Cristian Palma 128.1
(WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title)
Venue: Wembley Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: BoxNation (UK)
Unbeaten light heavyweighr Trevor McCumby (18-0, 14 KOs) will risk his perfect record vs Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) on May 15 at the US Airway Centre in Phoenix, Arizona. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. Oliveira is not to be confused with Kansas-based Marcus Oliveira (25-1-1 , 20 KOs) who unsuccessfully challenged world champion Jurgen Brahmer in 2013 and hasn’t fought since. Both Oliveiras have similar records and ironically were both promoted by Don King at one time. (more…)
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The World Boxing Association Championships Committee made official several announcements related to the 168-pound division, regarding its super champion Andre Ward, its regular champion Carl Foch and the interim champion of the division Fedor Chudinov.
Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) received the approval for a special permit to fight a non-title bout with Paul Smith. Also, the WBA Championships Committee withdrew champion recognition of its 168-pound champion Carl Froch due to the absence of defenses. Froch will be the mandatory challenger for Ward after his fight against Smith. Should Ward lose against Smith, he will lose recognition as super champion.
The interim champion, Russian Fedor Chudinov (12-0, 10 KO) and the former world titlist Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KO) will fight for the vacant title on Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany.
“More than a puncher’s chance,” is what James Kirkland gives himself this weekend
Fighters line up for a chance to take over hype of MayPac
Frankie Gomez ready to turn heads this weekend
Blame Manny Pacquiao, says this columnist, for the fiasco of MayPac
Boyd Melson 153.4 vs. Mike Ruiz 153.8
(WBC USNBC super welterweight title)
Alexander Vanasse 207.2 vs. Raymond Santiago 234.2
Maxito Sainvil 146.8 vs. Anton Williamson 146.6
Max Tassy 169.6 vs. Ralph Johnson 171.2
Rafael Vazquez 122.6 vs. Pedro Melo 122.8
Serhiy Fedchenko 140.4 vs. Renald Garrido 139.6
Jonathan Alonso 141.2 vs. Jose Guzman 138.4
Francy Ntetu 167.6 vs. Milton Nunez 167.4
Venue: The Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Benjamin Capps 153.5 vs. Anthony Buttigieg 153.4
Sylvia Schiavoni 114.3 vs. Marnelle Verano 112.8
Dwight Ritchie 161.3 vs. Joseph Rea 161.9
Mitchell Middleton-Clark 169.4 vs. Hong Yoo 167.5
Shadey Souied 138.0 vs. Terry Tzouramanis 139.5
Stephen Attard 155.4 vs. Joe Camilleri 158.9
Abdoulah Hamden 179.6 vs. Lucas Miller 177.2
Venue: La Mirage Receptions & Convention Centre
Promoter: Jake Ellis Promotion
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Unbeaten super bantamweight Manuel “Tino” Avila (17-0, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Erik Ruiz (13-3, 6 KOs) on Thursday night at the beautiful Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Avila won by scores of 100-90 on all three cards, but seemed to injure his right hand in the fight.
In a walkout bout, local featherweight Nicholas Arce (3-0, 2 KOs) destroyed Marco Alcaraz (0-6). Arce dropped Alcaraz four times before referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 2:04 of round two.
Undefeated featherweight Diego de la Hoya (10-0, 6 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over super game Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles (12-3-1, 6 KOs). Robles survived a furious de la Hoya barrage in round one to go the full route. Scores were 80-72 on all cards.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Oscar “El Jagura” Negrete (9-0, 3 KOs) dominated faded former world champion Luis “Titi” Maldonado Jr. (38-14-1, 29 KOs), winning a five round technical decision. The bout was halted early due to a Maldonado cut from a headbutt. Scores were 50-46, 50-45, 50-45. (more…)
Photos: Juan DeLeon – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions
Canelo Alvarez and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland hosted the final press conference in Houston on Thursday, May 7 ahead of their showdown on May 9 at Minute Maid Park and live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Here is what the fighters and the promoters had to say at the press conference:
Oscar de la Hoya: “Some people weren’t too content with the May 2 performances but one thing is for sure: people are very excited to watch some action with Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland on May 9.
Bernard Hopkins: “This will be the shortest comment I’ve ever made: Canelo, you’re healthy, right? (nod) Kirkland, you’re healthy, right? (nod) Then, we’re going to fight, ya’ll.”
Canelo Alvarez: “It’s very easy to say words, but once we are in the ring, let’s let the fists do the talking.”
James Kirkland: “I have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. We had this fight set up once before but it was canceled due to an injury.”
By Bob Ryder
Masedonio “Nune” Molina 185 vs Thad Berkhausen 185
Tyler McCreary 139 vs Donny Miller 143
Angelo Snow 154 vs Landon Simmons 154
Deandre Ware 169 vs Roland Saucedo 168
Jeremy Caughhorn 147 vs Darius Estell 147
Contest between Antonio Gonzales and Andrew Kaufman was scratched as Kaufman failed to make weight.
Venue: Grand Plaza Hotel, Downtown Toledo
Promoter/Matchmaker: Fred Vallejo (RISE Fighting)
Doors: 6:30 PM
First Fight: 8 PM
Amir Mansour 210.5 vs. Joey Dawejko 230.5
Jessie Nicklow 161.3 vs. DeCarlo Perez 158.9
David Gonzales 140 vs. Ryan Belasco 141
Ismael Garcia 154 vs. Tommy Ayers 153.5
Nathaniel Rivas 148 vs. Kevin Womack 149
Edgardo Torres 131.9 vs. Gang-YongKim 131.3
Venue: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing,Joe Hand Promotions
First bout 7.30 p.m.
ESPN2: 9 p.m.
Photos: Marty Solis
Super lightweight Rob Frankel of Denver says he is the “better fighter.” Frankel’s manager/trainer Steve Mestas says “Bob Arum may not like what he will see on Saturday night.” Frankel is in town taking on hometown USA Olympian Jose Ramirez of Avenal, Ca. before an expected crowd of 10,000 at the Selland Arena. Frankel describes Ramirez, trained by Freddie Roach, as a fighter who has “good hand speed, a good left hook and is a decent fighter.”
“It’s just that I am a 12-round level fighter and he isn’t,” said Frankel, 33-15-1 with 6 KOs. Ramirez, a 2012 USA Olympian, is 13-0 with 10 KOs.
The main event is scheduled for eight rounds in the super lightweight division and will be televised by Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will be at ringside here Saturday night. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray sat down with Floyd “Money” Mayweather for an exclusive and candid interview late Tuesday night. Mayweather addressed the claim made by Pacquiao’s camp that Pacman sustained an injury to his right shoulder that hampered his ability during the bout. Mayweather also discussed the possibility of a rematch with Pacquiao and fighting beyond his next scheduled event in September.
“Absolutely not,” Mayweather told Gray when asked if he could detect a problem with Pacquiao’s shoulder during the bout. “He was fast. His left hand was fast. His right hand was fast and he was throwing them both fast and strong.
“Excuses, excuses, excuses,” continued Mayweather. “I’m not going to buy into the bullshit…and I don’t want the public to buy into the bullshit. He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”
Mayweather went on to address the possibility of a rematch.
“Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I changed my mind,” said Mayweather. “At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward… If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.'”
The interview will air immediately following the SHOWTIME premiere of the welterweight world championship unification bout at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The interview will be immediately followed by the premiere of INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO Epilogue, the acclaimed original documentary series from SHOWTIME Sports.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Glen Tapia 155 vs. Michel Soro 153
Sean Monaghan 174 vs. Cleiton Conceicao 173
Julian Rodriguez 141 vs. Peter Oluoch 141
Esquiva Falcao 157 vs. Paul Harness 156
Mike Reed 143 vs. Osenohan Vazquez 140
George Arias 229 vs. Glenn Thomas 238
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Promoter: Top Rank
Photos: Esther Lin/PBC on CBS
Fight week for Premier Boxing Champions on CBS continued Thursday as televised fighters Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Ricky Burns, Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda, Jamie McDonnell and Austin “No Doubt” Trout spoke to the media at the final press conference before their respective bouts taking place Saturday, May 9 at State Farm Arena.
Omar Figueroa: “I haven’t seen any film of Ricky Burns. Haven’t watched him at all. But from what I’ve heard he’s a tough fighter in great shape, so if we go 12 rounds it’ll be a good 12 rounds. I’m going to go out there and give it my all and win in the most impressive way possible.”
Ricky Burns: “Some people think I’ve come over here just to be an opponent but that’s not the case. I had a bad year but it’s all behind me. I’m going to get back to my winning ways.”
Tomoki Kameda: “McDonnell is a good boxer. He knows how to box and knows his way inside the ring. Most British fighters do that, move around a lot. Its not an easy style to face, but my team and I have a great strategy and we are going to win, we are going to win by knockout.”
Jamie McDonnell: “I think Kameda is a bit scared and a bit intimidated by my size. I genuinely believe I am going to knock him out. I’m too big and too strong.”
Austin Trout: “As far as my opponent dropping out at the last minute, disappointment is kind of an understatement. But I’m trying to keep it classy, so I’ll stick with disappointed. I’m not surprised though.”
Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (28-2, 15 KOs) will now face Luis Galarza (21-3, 15 KOs) in super welterweight action on Saturday afternoon at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Trout was originally slated to face Anthony Mundine. The fight will support the Premier Boxing Champions on CBS show featuring undefeated star Omar “Panterita” Figueroa battling former world champion Ricky Burns and the bantamweight showdown between Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) and Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs). (more…)
Photo: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya promises that Saturday’s showdown between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland will deliver what the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao largely failed to do last weekend. “This fight is what the fans have been waiting for,” said Oscar. “Action in the ring, top fighters going for it, not afraid to fight.
“There will be no running in the ring on May 9, that’s for sure. Once that first bell rings, fans watching the action live from Minute Maid Park and on HBO World Championship Boxing won’t be able to look away until it’s over, whether by knockout or decision.”
The fight will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Texas. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. CT and first bout starts at 11:10 a.m. CT, the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Ronnie Abrams) issued a Temporary Restraining Order yesterday enjoining Ruslan Chagaev’s Promoter, Terek Box Event, from “commencing or continuing any legal action in Moscow, Russia with respect to the July 6, 2014 bout for the WBA World Heavyweight Championship between [Fres Oquendo] and Ruslan Chagaev.”
On April 7, 2015, the Court had issued a preliminary injunction after a full trial on the merits enjoining Terek Box Event from “promoting or managing Ruslan Chagaev in any bout for the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) World Heavyweight Championship, unless Mr. Chagaev first shall have defended his WBA heavyweight title against Fres Oquendo or vacated the WBA title.”
Subsequently, on April 17, 2015, Timur Dugazaev, the principal of Terek, issued a press release stating “I don’t know how Oquendo can sue me in New York . . . Actually, I sue him in Moscow for returning the purse as stated in the contract.” (more…)
Photos: Top Rank
World rated jr middleweights Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia and Michel Soro engaged in a media workout on Wednesday, in advance of Friday’s truth-televised showdown from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO title against one-time world title challenger Soro of France.
Also in action on the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV is light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan, who risks his undefeated record, #3 world rating when he battles 2000 Olympian Cleiton Conceição from Brazil.
73-year-old German trainer Ulli Wegner has guided six fighters to world titles, including the undefeated former IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Sven Ottke and the current WBO super middleweight king Arthur Abraham. The latest prospect to receive Wegner’s golden touch is former amateur world champion Jack Culcay (19-1, 10 KOs), who on Saturday night can bring the coach his seventh world title success when he faces Maurice Weber (21-1-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim jr middleweight belt at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
“Jack is a diamond in the rough,” said Wegner. “With the skills he has, I have no doubt that he will follow in the footsteps of our other great German champions. But like all diamonds, he just needs a little polishing!” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super middleweight contender Marco Antonio Peribán (21-3-1, 13 KOs) will reappear against an opponent to be named on May 16 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Periban, who lost a majority decision against Sakio Bika for the vacant WBC super middleweight title and battled current world champ Badou Jack to a draw, recently signed a multi-year contract with Promociones Del Pueblo and is looking to get a big promotional push in his career to get a new world title opportunity.
“I am preparing very well for my fights, which is most important for my immediate future,” said Periban. “I have a great team. From here I’m headed to the world championship nothing and nobody can stop me. I want the big names in the sport to show what I’m made of!”
It’s very easy to forget that Jake Matthews is not yet 21 years old. Despite being just two fights into his UFC career – and only nine bouts deep as a pro – the lightweight prospect approaches the sport with a veteran’s mindset and understanding, a outlook he attributes to his father and coach, Mick . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Olympic super heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua (11-0, 11 KOs) will continue terrorizing journeyman heavyweights when he faces Rafael Zumbano Love at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday. Joshua returned from five months out a stress fracture in his back with a third round KO win over gutsy Jason Gavern in April, and has another experienced operator in his way on Saturday in 48-fight veteran Love. He is already scheduled to fight again on May 30 against Kevin Johnson in London.
“Everyone wants to fight me and I want to fight everyone,” says Joshua, “but I can’t fight them all at once. This is not WWE wrestling, this is boxing – we’ll do it at the right time and one at a time. There’s pressure on every fight so I just take it all in my stride as right now I am a prospect with nothing to defend. Early on in your career you rack them up one after the other. I’m not taking shots, I’m not going past three rounds and my hands aren’t hurt, so we’re fighting a lot. (more…)
On May 30, Prize Promotions presents their first professional boxing card at the Danbury Arena, in Danbury, Connecticut. The event will be headlined by undefeated faetherweight Tramaine “Mighty Midget” Williams (8-0, 2 KOs) out of New Haven, CT. Legal issues in 2013 halted Williams’ career, but after over a year and a half layoff he’s , back in action. Promoter A.J. Galante was happy to give Williams a second chance. (more…)
Report and photos: Tony Mayger
The Pankra Gym in Hildesheim, Germany hosts it’s second professional boxing night this weekend, May 9th. Headlining the event is Australian heavyweight Mark de Mori (28-1-2) in his 5th defense of the WBU world title he won in 2013, facing veteran Bosnian, Goran Delic (26-1-0). Delic is a durable foe and has a respectable record of 26 wins with just a single defeat, coming at the hands of Juan Carlos Gomez in Russia last year.
De Mori is still under a long-term promotional contract with flamboyant promoter Don King having had his exceptional talent identified early on in his career. He is currently ranked #8 with the WBA and #15 with the WBC. Discussions have already been held with the Klitschko management group as well as the management of the reigning WBC champion, Deontay Wilder about the possibility of a world title challenge. (more…)
Boxing and horse racing aren’t coming back . . . but they won’t go away.
More on the class-action suit against Manny Pacquiao
More on a possible 2016 rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao
Jamie Foxx blames off-key anthem during MayPac on “being black“
Photo: Emily Harney
News Flash: Manny Pacquiao is out of surgery. Surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache said he could not be “more pleased with the results” and fully expects Manny to make a full recovery.
Pacman went under the knife in Los Angeles to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He is expected to be able to return to training in six months after rehab and could be back in the ring as soon as February 2016.
Manuel Avila 122.4 vs. Erik Ruiz 123
Diego De La Hoya 123.6 vs. Ramiro Robles 122.4
Oscar Negrete 119.4 vs. Luis Maldonado 120
Nicolas Arce 125.4 vs. Marco Alcaraz 125.2
Jesus Delgado 133.6 vs. Benjamin Vinson 136
Emilio Sanchez 124.4 vs. Elizier Agosto 124.6
Zachary Cooper 147 vs. Diego Padilla 145
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
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