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Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

By Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda At a nearly filled to the rafters StubHub Center in Carson, CA, ...

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Crawford explodes on Dulorme, wins by KO6

Crawford explodes on Dulorme, wins by KO6

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence “Bud” Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) scored an explosive sixth ...

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Matthysse defeats Provodnikov in war

Matthysse defeats Provodnikov in war

By Tracy Morin at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman In front of a sold-out crowd at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, ...

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Pacman meets Rocky Balboa

Pacman meets Rocky Balboa

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank 'Reel-life' champion Sylvester Stallone meets 'real-life' champion Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, Saturday ...

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Matthysse-Provodnikov make weight

Matthysse-Provodnikov make weight

By Tracy Morin at the scale Photos: Boxing Bob Newman Lucas Matthysse 139 vs. Ruslan Provodnikov 139.5 Patrick Teixeira 160 vs. Patrick Allotey 157 Lamont Roach ...

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UFC

Anderson Silva Ready to Restart Career, Reinforce Legacy

At the moment of impact – that horrific instant when bone met bone in a gruesome collision – everything suddenly stopped. A fight. A career. Perhaps even the future . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 27th, 2015



Boxing News

Rodriguez-Fajardo rematch on UniMas

UniMas will televise this Saturday night’s big rematch between former IBF and WBO minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (16-2-1, 11 KOs) and Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KOs). The fight is taking place at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. The bout will take place at jr. flyweight.

Rodriguez and Fajardo battled to a ten round draw two months ago in Cebu City, Philippines.

“On that occasion I wasn’t very well prepared, but nevertheless I feel that I won the fight,” Rodriguez said. “What I can say to the fans is that I am not going to disappoint them, nor I am going to disappoint myself, and I will win…I feel very good, I had a very good high-altitude camp and you’ll see a totally different fight. My strategy against Fajardo will be to attack him with hooks to the body.”

Rodriguez vacated the WBO and IBF crowns to move up in weight. Once he settles the score with Fajardo, “Chihuas” wants to fight for the WBO 108lb title.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

WBO cruiser eliminator: Głowacki-Seferi face off in Warsaw

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated, #1 WBO ranked cruiserweight Krzysztof “Head” Głowacki (23-0, 15 KO and Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (35-6, 22 KO) met today for the first time at press conference in Warsaw before Saturday WBO title eliminator in Toruń, Poland. Głowacki-Seferi is a second “semifinal” WBO cruiser eliminator. If everything will go according to the plan, the winner of Saturday’s fight in Poland will met Tony Bellew, who couple of weeks ago in Liverpool defeated his countryman Nathan Cleverly in the first part of WBO cruiserweight semifinal eliminator.

“I know what Seferi can do, but let’s not make him bigger than he is. He already lost two of the most important fights in his career – to Herbie Hyde and Marco Huck. I know also that he’s possibly the best fighter I ever faced. I don’t underestimate him and I will not make any predictions. It’s not my style. And I don’t even want to talk about a possible Marco Huck title fight – first Seferi, then possibly fight in England,” said Głowacki.

Seferi, who prepared for Głowacki working with Juan Carlos Gomez (Głowacki is a southpaw), is quietly confident. “I respect Głowacki and I also understand how hard is to win on the judges cards fighting in his backyard. This is why I hope for a knockout,” – said the “Albanian Tyson,” who after a 2008 loss to Hide won 15 consecutive fights.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Taylor to undergo mental evaluation

A Little Rock, Arkansas judge has OK’d a request to move IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor from jail to an undisclosed “lockdown hospital” for a likely “full mental and health evaluation,” according to Arkansasonline.com.

Taylor’s legal team also asked that the champ then be moved to a treatment center rather than back to jail, which the court will consider at a future hearing. The judge indicated such a move would probably require electronic monitoring and drug testing. It’s not known if Taylor would be allowed to defend his world title under this scenario.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Nielsen: 1.3 million see Rios-Alvarado 3

Per Nielsen Media Research, HBO’s third fight in the trilogy between welterweights Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado averaged 1,252,000 viewers, peaking at 1,316,000 viewers. This was the largest viewership among their three fights – all shown live on HBO. The TV opener between Gilberto Ramirez and Maxim Vlasov averaged 820,000 viewers, and peaked at 946,000 viewers.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Frankie Gavin inked by Matchroom Boxing

Welterweight Frankie Gavin has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and will headline a show at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9. In addition, Gavin will fight under Hearn for the first time on the undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF Welterweight World title defense against Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28 before heading home in May in front of a huge crowd with a brilliant line-up in support. World rated middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he looks to bounce back from defeat to Jorge Sebastian Heiland, unbeaten super flyweight sensation Kal Yafai will be in title action on the card and his brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks. It’s the first major show in the second city for Matchroom Sport for 13 years since Nigel Benn and Prince Naseem Hamed featured on a bill in May 1992, and Hearn is delighted to be bringing big-time boxing back to Birmingham.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Frampton-Avalos will be screened live on ITV

By James Slater

In what is great news for UK fight fans, the upcoming Carl Frampton-Chris Avalos super bantamweight title fight, set for Belfast on February 28th, will be shown live and exclusively on terrestrial TV channel ITV. This will mark the first time since Carl Froch and Jean Pascal engaged in an absolute thriller back in 2008 that ITV has shown live world championship boxing from the UK. Irish hero Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) will be making the first defense of the IBF title he won from Kiko Martinez in a war back in September of last year. Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) and the IBF mandatory challenger, will be having his first crack at a world title, as well as his first fight inside what is likely to be a very hostile Odyssey Arena. The undercard that night will go out on ITV sister channel ITV 4, before the main event action switches to the major channel.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

USA TV Preview for February

By Karl Freitag

HBO has the biggest telecast in the month of February, an afternoon clash with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s title defense against Martin Murray on February 21.

So far, Showtime has officially announced ZILCH for their boxing subscribers in February. There is an expected ShoBox card on February 20, but Showtime Championship Boxing might be on hiatus for a while. Possibly even until an April Adonis Stevenson fight. Let’s hope not.

On Fox Sports 1, IBF bantamweight champion Randy Caballero defends his belt against Alberto Guevara on February 27.

ESPN2 delivers with four Friday Night Fights telecasts during February. February 6 was to be a world title fight between IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and Sergio Mora, however Mora will now face Abie Han after Taylor’s much publicized problems. The opening rounds of the Boxcino tournament will take place on February 13 and 20. The February 27 show is topped by jr lightweight Cletus Seldin against Johnny Garcia.

UniMas has a February 7 telecast featuring unbeaten lightweight prospects Ivan Najera and Saul Rodriguez in separate bouts, then on February 28 hot prospect Felix Verdejo begins his 2015 campaign against Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez.

Azteca America, beIN Sports and ESPN3 often air live boxing with little advance notice. NBC, Spike TV and Telemundo won’t get going until March.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Itskowitch outlines Roc Nation Sports plans for 2015

By Arvin Nundloll

While no one can doubt the impact that Roc Nation Sports made on the boxing landscape with winning the purse bid to promote the mandatory defense of then-WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov (August 2014), many have wondered what’s next for the disruptive promotional outfit from JAY Z. Fresh off the January 9th Roc Nation Sports show at Madison Square Gardens, COO David Itskowitch took time out to discuss what the future holds for Roc Nation Sports and how they’ll continue with the momentum gathered thus far.

Roc Nation Sports had a great premier event. Tell me how it went and what we can expect going forward?

We felt everything went very well. We had a great crowd at The Garden, we had good fights, great press and good reviews and feedback from fans. FOX Sports was very pleased with the quality of the broadcast and production. Overall it was a success. (more…)



January 27th, 2015

UFC

Barnatt Metts Hester in Virginia This April

Former Ultimate Fighter competitor and current middleweight prospect Luke Barnatt will return to the Octagon on Saturday, April 4, as he faces TUF 17 castmate Clint Hester in a UFC Fight Night bout at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

“Jose Sulaiman” Race of Champions Pics

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The second annual “Jose Sulaiman” Race of Champions took place this past Saturday on the famous Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. The event was organized by the World Boxing Council. Close to 7000 runners competed over distances of 6 and 12 kilometres. Special guests in attendance included world champions Julio Cesar Chavez, Jhonny Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, Ibeth Roca Zamora, Jessica Gonzalez, Humberto Gonzalez, Ana Maria Torres, Edgar Sosa, Cristian Mijares, and many others including Miguel Herrera, manager of the Mexican national soccer team.

“It’s a way of sharing between the world of boxing and sports in general,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. “That was the thinking of my father, Jose Sulaiman.” This year, proceeds will be donated to the Angels with Autism Foundation.

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January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

More on Mayweather/Australia situation

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

According to Sydney publicist Max Markson, complications over the visit of WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather have to do with Mayweather’s plans to bring an entourage of 31, including five other boxers. Markson also noted that Mayweather hadn’t yet been granted a visa to enter the country. Mayweather will likely arrive next Monday or Tuesday if he comes at all.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Japan’s carnival of champions announced

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

The national champions, in Japan, are obliged to defend their belts against mandatory challengers in the first defense of the year in January through April, which is called “Carnival of Champions.” The cards of the 36th annual Carnival were announced by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) after the award-giving ceremony at the Korakuen Hall last Friday.

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Go Odaira (11-4-3, 1 KO), fresh from a seventh-round stoppage by compatriot Katsunari Takayama in quest of the vacant IBF/WBO belts, will defend his national title against Yutaka Sowano (9-5-1, 6 KOs) at the Hall, Tokyo, on March 26.

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January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather, Pacquiao Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather’s luxurious lifestyle hits the news again.

Manny Pacquiao gets in on Miss Universe judging action.

NBA fans taunt Mayweather with “We want Pacquiao!” chant

Pacquiao-Amir Khan negotiations continue.



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Castellanos floors Juarez four times to become WBC mandatory featherweight challenger

In a WBC featherweight eliminator, WBC #5 Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (21-10, 13 KOs) punished WBC #4 Rocky Juarez (30-11-1, 21 KOs) over twelve hard fought rounds to become the WBC’s mandatory challenger on Monday night at Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas. Castellanos, who was busier throughout the fight, was credited with a knockdown in round five when he sent an off balance Juarez into the ropes. Castellanos scored three clear knockdowns in round twelve to erase all doubt. Juarez barely survived until the final bell. Scores were 118-106, 118-106, 118-107. Castellanos is now the WBC “silver” champion and mandatory challenger for WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

Unbeaten welterweight KeAndre Gibson (12-0-1, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Nelson Lara (15-7-5, 8 KOs) in a competitive bout. Judges were harsh on Lara as scores were 80-72 on all three cards.

Unbeaten featherweight Javier “Pit Bull” Rodriguez (12-0-1, 2 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Quinice Wesby (2-7, 0 KOs). A left hook to the head laid out Wesby. Time was :49.



January 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxeo TELEMUNDO kicks off on March 6

After a year of breaking records in ratings, Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will kick off their spring series March 6, 2015 from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event local favorite former WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2-15 KO’s) of Mexico City, Mexico will face fellow countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-4-9 KO’s) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight Title.

Hernandez will be making his 9th appearance on the series, he won the WBO interim belt by defeating Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas by decision last June 14, in his last fight November 1, he lost a split decision to champion Tomiki Kameda for the absolute title in a bout televised by Showtime. Casillas lost to David Carmona last year on his debut on the series but rebounded back December 20 by stopping Victor Martinez in the 5th round in Mexico City. ‘Pini” also fought on bouts televised by Televisa and Cadena 3. (more…)



January 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Vargas-Tomlinson set for March 12

Golden Boy Promotions returns to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, March 12 with a special HBO Latino Boxing two-fight live telecast co-promoted by Leija*Battah Promotions. In the headlining bout, 2008 Mexican Olympian, undefeated WBO International and NABF Junior Lightweight Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record and titles on the line when he faces off against Australian “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.

In the evening’s co-main event, Mexican favorite Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) will battle against the Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing.



January 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather Australia trip postponed

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Floyd Mayweather’s visit to Australia has been postponed for one week. He is now scheduled for a February 5 dinner party and separate “after party” in Melbourne, with a repeat performance on February 6 in Sydney. All tickets sold for the original dates will be honored for the new dates.

Does this mean Floyd is remaining in the United States until the end of the month to finalize an agreement to fight Manny Pacquiao? Stay tuned.



January 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notebook

By Karl Freitag

Odds are close for the Fox Sports 1 main event tonight. The Greek sportsbook has Robinson Castellanos -130 and Rocky Juarez +110.

No too many U.S. boxing promoters scheduling action on Super Bowl weekend. We have Main Events’ ESPN2 show on Friday and Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has a show Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Brandon Rios’ purse for Saturday night was $850,000. Mike Alvarado banked $785,000.

Former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1-1, 13 KOs) will kick off his 2015 campaign this Friday night with a 10-round clash against Sandor “Mics K.O.” Micsko (25-7-1, 19 KOs) at the Salle Polyvalente Du Ramier in Blagnac, France.

Happy birthday to HBO’s Harold Lederman, boxing photographer Pepe Rodriguez, and the WBC’s Jill Diamond.



January 26th, 2015

UFC

Cro Cop-Gonzaga II Headlines First UFC Event in Poland

In a landmark announcement the UFC today confirmed the date and venue for the first ever UFC event in Poland and stacked the card with two incredible fights. . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 26th, 2015




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