WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion ...

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Caballero to fight in Panama?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian two-division former world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs) could face Romanian Viorel Simion (16-0, 7 KOs) on March 30 in Panama City in an elimination bout for the WBC featherweight title as well as to claim the vacant WBC featherweight Silver title. Unofficially word is there’s a good possibility that the fight will take place in in the new Hard Rock Cafe Hotel in Panama.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Panamanian two-division former world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs) could face Romanian Viorel Simion …


Boxing News

Colorado boxing card announced

Ghost Town Promotions presents a boxing card on February 16 at the Longmont Athletic Club in Longmont, Colorado (about 40 miles north of Denver). Headlining is an eight round welterweight clash between hometown fan favorite Raul “EL Chino” Carrillo (10-1, 6 KOs) and Cesar “The Rattlesnake” Holguin (9-3-1, 3 KOs). The card is co-headlined by a six round welterweight tilt between John Ryan Grimaldo (8-2, 5 KOs) and Juan Santiago (13-9-1, 8 KOs). The undercard will feature separate bouts involving welterweight veteran Marvin Cordova Jr. (21-2-1, 11 KOs), cruiserweight Carlos Raul Ibarra (7-3-1, 4 KOs) and lightweight Daniel Calzada, (5-6-1, 2 KOs). Tickets are priced at $45, $35 and $25, and may be purchased by calling 720-296-6176 or 303-772-4700.

Ghost Town Promotions presents a boxing card on February 16 at the Longmont Athletic Club in Longmont, Colorado (about 40 …



Boxing News

Juanma looks sharp in media workout

Photos/Video: Joel Colon/PR Best

Former two time world champion Juan Manuel ”Juanma” Lopez had a media day today where he showed his great condition in his training for his return to the ring against Aldimar Silva Santos on February 2, 2013, at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation. “I’m totally in focus for this fight because I’m going to show that I have a lot of boxing to become a world champion again, Lopez said before his training at the Jose “Cheo” Aponte Gym in Caguas. I’ve been training since August, training hard with my team (Alex Caraballo and Orlando Pinero) at the Cheo Aponte Gym and with Freddy Trinidad in the Caimito Gym, where we are working on something new.” (more…)

Photos/Video: Joel Colon/PR Best Former two time world champion Juan Manuel ”Juanma” Lopez had a media day today where he …


Boxing News

Yuri Foreman returns Jan 23 in NYC

Former world champion Yuri Foreman (28-2, 8 KOs) will make his first comeback fight on the DiBella Entertainment promotion taking place January 23 at New York City’s famed BB King Blues Club. Yuri won the WBA World light middleweight title from Daniel Santos in 2009. He lost the title to Miguel Cotto a year later in the new Yankee Stadium and then was stopped by Pawel Wolak in March 2011. Foreman’s opponent is TBA.

Former world champion Yuri Foreman (28-2, 8 KOs) will make his first comeback fight on the DiBella Entertainment promotion taking …




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Pacman gets Parkinsons warning

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Neurologist Dr Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, appearing on ABS-CBN DZMM Radio in the Philippines, called on Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao to retire, claiming Pacman may be showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease. “Even though his reflexes are quick, I noticed the movement – it’s just another view, my personal view – but it seems like there are early signs,” stated Jimenez, who has never examined Manny in person. Pacquiao, who is coming off a brutal KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December, is expected to face Marquez again later this year in a huge megafight. Parkinsons is a neurodegenerative disorder that Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and all time great Muhammad Ali suffer from.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Neurologist Dr Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, appearing on ABS-CBN …


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Best in the Beltway for 2012

By Gary “Digital” Williams

In 2012, professional boxing in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia turned out to be a year of great possibility and missed opportunity.

The year began with the area basking in the glow of Lamont Peterson’s world championship win over Amir Khan last December. The glow, however, faded through the first few months of the year as allegations of a mystery man at the title bout in DC gave way to Peterson testing positive for synthetic testosterone, which forced the cancellation of the Peterson-Khan rematch. The WBA stripped Peterson of their title but the IBF allowed Peterson to keep their belt. Peterson was inactive in 2012 as negotiations for a defense against Zab Judah fell through and one against Kendall Holt were ongoing. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams In 2012, professional boxing in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia turned out to …


Boxing News

Heavyweights Headline Jan. 25 in Dover

By Rick Scharmberg

Boxing returns in a big way to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on Friday, January 25, when heavyweights top the show. The long running “Friday Night Fights” series continues with big-punching Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (16-0, 12 KOs) taking on veteran Dominique Alexander (23-15-1, 11 KOs) in the ten round main event. In the co-feature, Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (18-2-2, 13 KOs) takes on Mark “Oak Tree” Brown (15-4, 7 KOs) in an eight round bout. (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Boxing returns in a big way to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on Friday, …


Boxing News

Mean Joe Greene returns

Welterweight contender Joe Greene (24-1, 16 KOs) will Headline a big night of boxing on Thursday January 10th at the Cordon Bleu in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York. Greene of the nearby Jamaica section of Queens will take on Calvin Odom (15-12, 11 KOs) in the eight round main event promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions. In the four round co-feature, former amateur standout Antoine Douglas (2-0, 2 KOs) will see action against TBA. Ticket Prices are $125 (VIP with Dinner) and $40 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Elite Heat Boxing Gym (130 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Newark, NJ). The doors open at 6pm with first bell at 7:30 pm.

Welterweight contender Joe Greene (24-1, 16 KOs) will Headline a big night of boxing on Thursday January 10th at the …



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Q&A: Bill Treacy, manager of Daniel Geale

Interview and photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Fightnews talks to leading Australian promoter Bill Treacy, who is the manager of IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale. Treacy says Geale next fight against Anthony Mundine will be a stepping stone to a super fight with Sergio Martinez and rates Geale as Australia’s greatest ever. Treacy also says working with top USA promoter Gary Shaw has been very important to Geale’s career.

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will defend the title against Anthony Mundine in a rematch on January 30 in Syndney, NSW, Australia. Mundine was awarded twelve round split decision over Geale in an IBO title bout in 2009. Were you happy with the officiating in their 2009 IBO title fight?

Both Mundine and Geale boxed well that night but we knew the referee and judges would lean Mundine’s way. We thought Daniel deserved the decision even though Mundine scored a knockdown – we thought we were hard done by the referee and two of the judges. (more…)

Interview and photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Fightnews talks to leading Australian promoter Bill Treacy, who is …


UFC

UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn retires

His last trip to the Octagon as an active fighter was against Pedro Rizzo in September of 2000, but UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn wasn’t done competing yet. In fact, “The Beast” went on to fight for 12 more years, and after announcing his retirement from the sport on New Year’s Day at the age of 54, it was with a remarkable record of 101-19-7 . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

His last trip to the Octagon as an active fighter was against Pedro Rizzo in September of 2000, but UFC …


Boxing News

One more time: Golota returns vs. Saleta

By Johnny B’

Longtime Polish heavyweight stars Andrew Golota, 45, and Przemyslaw Saleta, 44, are scheduled to meet February 23 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, in a ten round bout. Four-time heavyweight title challenger Golota (41-8-1, 33 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since a KO loss to Tomasz Adamek in October 2009, while former European titleholder Saleta (43-7, 21 KOs) has been inactive since 2006. This could be a flip of the coin bout, but Golota would be the favorite if he comes to into the bout in shape and in the right frame of mind.

By Johnny B’ Longtime Polish heavyweight stars Andrew Golota, 45, and Przemyslaw Saleta, 44, are scheduled to meet February 23 …


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Mancini, Polis boxing bios are a good read

By Graham Houston

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was one of the gamest crowd-pleasers in recent boxing history and his life and career has been done justice by Mark Kriegel’s excellent biography The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. The book is almost as much about Mancini’s relationship with his father, the former lightweight contender Lenny “Boom Boom” Mancini, and their hometown of Youngstown, OH, as it is about the fighter, which I believe lifts it to a level above the standard boxing biography.

Lenny’s presence looms large, while images are evoked of the blue-collar town that the Mancinis called home, with mob figures prevalent and the underlying theme of struggle as factories closed and working people saw an old way of life fading into history. (more…)

By Graham Houston Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was one of the gamest crowd-pleasers in recent boxing history and his life …



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Matthysse-Dallas Ticket Alert

Tickets for the January 26 clash between WBC interim super lightweight world champion Lucas Matthysse defending his belt against Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will go on sale Friday at noon. Tickets are priced at $150, $100, $75, $50 and $25 along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $125.

In co-featured bouts, welterweights Selcuk Aydin and Jesus Soto Karass will collide in a significant non-title attraction while rising undefeated junior middleweight contender Jermell Charlo takes on an opponent to be named in a 10-round junior middleweight attraction. Also featured in a non-televised bout will be a 12-round WBO Asia Pacific Junior Welterweight title fight between champion Chad Bennett and challenger Ben Ankrah.

Tickets for the January 26 clash between WBC interim super lightweight world champion Lucas Matthysse defending his belt against Mike …


Boxing News

Weights From Miami

By Robert Coster

Rances Barthelemy 128.75 vs. Arash Usmanee 128.75
(IBF World Title Elimination Bout)
Jonathan Gonzalez 152.75 vs. Derek Ennis 161
(Note: contract weight was 154)
Radivoje Kalajdzic 180 vs. Grover Young 189.5
Roberto Acevedo 166.75 vs. Francisco Gil 165.75
Hairon Socarras 122 vs. Josh Bowles 121.75
Keith Tapia 204 vs. Rafael Valenzuela 198
Yuri Ramanau 138 vs. Jeremy Bryan 140

Promoters: Warriors Boxing Promotions & Bad Dog Production
Venue: Magic City Casino, Miami
TV: ESPN2

By Robert Coster Rances Barthelemy 128.75 vs. Arash Usmanee 128.75 (IBF World Title Elimination Bout) Jonathan Gonzalez 152.75 vs. Derek …


Boxing News

Adonis Stevenson Update

Update: All parties involved have stated that IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has agreed to fight Adonis Stevenson. Stevenson responding to FightNews’ story on Facebook stated, “Adonis is going for the title shot with Carl Froch. The press conference is Friday.”

Meanwhile TVA reporter Nancy Audet spoke with Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn who said he expected a Froch-Stevenson in April or May. Bryant had been agreed to as an opponent for Stevenson when it looked that Hearn had secured an exemption from the IBF and by-passing his mandatory and going straight to a rematch with the Mikkel Kessler. So far Stevenson-Froch is anything but a done deal while the British promoter continues lobbying for an exemption from the IBF so his fighter could face off against Danish fighter. More is expected to be revealed at tomorrow’s press conference featuring Stevenson.

By Matt Casavant

Fightnews Canada has learned that middleweight knockout artist David Lemieux (28-2, 27KOs) is out of the ESPN Friday Night Fights main event scheduled for February 8th due to a hand injury. Lemieux was expected to headline GYM’s Fast & Furious card at the Bell Centre versus Jose Miguel Torres (26-5, 23KOs). (more…)

Update: All parties involved have stated that IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has agreed to fight Adonis Stevenson. Stevenson responding …


Announcement

Boxing returns to Sky Ute Casino

Sky Ute Casino in association with Prize Fight Boxing announce “Rumble in the Rockies” featuring an 8-round junior middleweight main event between home town favorite Elco Garcia (26-8, 12 KOs) squaring off against heavy handed Russian Rahman Yusubov (9-9, 6 KOs). (more…)

Sky Ute Casino in association with Prize Fight Boxing announce “Rumble in the Rockies” featuring an 8-round junior middleweight main …



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Austin Trout Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Reliable sources have informed Fightnews.com that El Paso police didn’t file charges against current WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout. It was initially reported by local press that Trout was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and Trout was detained for several hours. Trout said the incident was all a misunderstanding, telling the El Paso Times “I don’t fight for free.” He also told the paper that a May 4 unification bout with WBC champ Canelo Alvarez is “close.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero Reliable sources have informed Fightnews.com that El Paso police didn’t file charges against current WBA super …


AWE TV

DeGale-Zuniga replay on WealthTV Fight Night

Tonight’s WealthTV “Fight Night” (10PM ET/7PM PT) will present an encore performance of the James DeGale vs. Fulgencio Zuniga contest that originally aired December 8. The card also featured Kid Galahad’s victory over Ivan Ruiz Morote and Chris Eubank Jr.’s victory over Olgs Fedotovs.

WealthTV is available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing via computer and numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.

Tonight’s WealthTV “Fight Night” (10PM ET/7PM PT) will present an encore performance of the James DeGale vs. Fulgencio Zuniga contest …


Boxing News

Gomez-Lane collide on Super Bowl eve

Golden Boy Promotions will promote its debut event at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the eve of the Super Bowl, Saturday, February 2, with a tripleheader featuring a host of rising stars looking to make an immediate impact in their first bouts of 2013. Headlining the card in a 10-round welterweight bout between unbeaten power puncher Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (14-0, 11 KOs) and Lanard Lane (13-2, 8 KOs). Plus, Mayweather Promotions’ undefeated junior welterweight prospect Mickey Bey Jr. (18-0-1, 9 KOs) and 2012 United States Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (1-0, 0 KOs) kick off 2013 in separate televised matchups. Opponents for Bey Jr. and Diaz Jr. as well as a full slate of undercard fights will be announced at a later date. The FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes bi-lingual simulcast will air live at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT.

Golden Boy Promotions will promote its debut event at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the eve of the Super …


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Price training hard for Thompson showdown

Famed British promoter Frank Maloney says David Price and his trainer Franny Smith are two of the best professionals he has ever worked with. The British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion faces world ranked American Tony Thompson at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on February 23rd in a 12 round international heavyweight contest that can be seen on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.

Despite training for four twelve-round contests last year, 6ft 8in Price (15-0) took just a week off following November’s win over Matt Skelton. Maloney said, “David and Franny are a dream team and stayed in the gym over Christmas and New Year. After the Skelton fight they asked if the Thompson fight could be delayed until March to allow David a longer rest. We tried to switch the date, but the venue had no available dates and there were no complaints from them. They just said ‘okay,’ and got on with it like the true professionals that they are. Some fighters you have to be calling up and checking what they are doing, but I can rest knowing David is doing everything correct.” (more…)

Famed British promoter Frank Maloney says David Price and his trainer Franny Smith are two of the best professionals he …


Boxing News

Juanma opponent named

Brazilian Aldimar Silva Santos will be the opponent of former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in his return to the ring on February 2, 2013, at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation. “Silva Santos will face Juanma Lopez on February 2. This will be a good return fight for Juanma after his biggest absence of the ring. We are going to see how Juanma look after almost 11 months without a fight”, Peter Rivera, PRBBP Vice-President, said. “Juanma is training hard because he wants to win a world championship again.” Silva Santos (18-3, 9 KOs) fought last December 29, 2012, winning a six rounds decision over Rodolfo Franz in Brazil. (more…)

Brazilian Aldimar Silva Santos will be the opponent of former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in his …


Boxing News

Q&A: Danell Nicholson

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Former IBO heavyweight champion and world title contender Danell Nicholson is preparing Mike Mollo (20-3, 12 KOs) for his upcoming fight against highly rated Polish prospect Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (12-0, 9 KOs). The fight will take place February 1 in Chicago’s UIC Pavillion during the non-televised portion of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” but will be televised live in Poland.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Former IBO heavyweight champion and world title contender Danell Nicholson is preparing Mike Mollo (20-3, 12 KOs) …


UFC

Ten Best – 2012 Newcomer of the Year

UFC 155 is in the books, and another year in the UFC has come to an end. So without further ado, the 2012 unofficial awards season begins with the best newcomers of the year . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

UFC 155 is in the books, and another year in the UFC has come to an end. So without further …


Boxing News

Unbeaten Muwendo back in action

Minnesota’s next wave of fast rising, young, boxing stars will be on full display Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The card is spearheaded by a featherweight clash for the ABO Mid-America title between the explosive Ismail Muwendo (11-0, 9 KOs) and Anthony Napunyi (14-11, 7 KOs). Muwendo is coming off of a second round knockout of Leon Bobo in October, while Napunyi is looking to halt a seven fight losing streak. In the co-feature, Minneapolis based welterweight Jamal James (8-1, 5 KOs) will be back against Patrick Boozer (5-1, 2 KOs).

Minnesota’s next wave of fast rising, young, boxing stars will be on full display Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency …


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Rocky Martinez workout

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank

Two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martínez is in deep training for his January 19th WBO super featherweight title defense against #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos on the Orlando Salido vs Mikey Garcia card at Madison Square Garden on HBO Boxing After Dark, Saturday, January 19, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Also on this “World Title Tripleheader” card, Orlando “Siri” Salido will defend his WBO featherweight title against undefeated #1 contender Mikey Garcia and undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will look to extend his reign into its third year against world-rated contender “King” Gabriel Rosado. (more…)

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank Two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martínez is in deep training for his January 19th …


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Tempers flare at Barthelemy-Usmanee presser

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By Robert Coster

Super featherweights Rances Barthelemy and Arash Usmanee will be risking their unbeaten records and their world rankings on Friday’s ESPN2-televised card at the Magic City Casino in Miami. Warriors Boxing Promotions and Bad Dog Productions, co-promoters of the card, held a press confrence this afternoon at Magic City where Miami-based local favorite and IBF #6 rated Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) faced off with WBA #10, IBF #14 Usmanee(20-0, 10 KOs), the Afghan-born Canadian invader.

While both boxers professed respect for each other’s ability, sparks flew between Barthelemy manager Henry Foster and Douggie Berneche of the opposite camp. Foster took the mic to declare that Usmanee and Rances had once been sparring partners and that Arash “had to be rescued more than once because of the drubbing he was getting.” The Usmanee camp retorted that “Henry is getting old and confuses fantasy and reality.” Arash himself stated, “Henry is not the one doing the fighting. I will be setting the record straight come Friday night.”

Another interesting bout on the 7 fight card will pit Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0-1, 13 KOs) against Philadelphia’s Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KOs), in a junior middleweight clash of styles: the hard-punching Gonzalez against the quick and slick Ennis.

By Robert Coster Super featherweights Rances Barthelemy and Arash Usmanee will be risking their unbeaten records and their world rankings …


Boxing News

Austin Trout arrested after late night brawl

WBA super welterweight champion champ Austin “No Doubt” Trout was arrested on New Year’s Eve on suspicion of public intoxication following after a brawl at a fast food joint in El Paso, Texas. He was released several hours later after posting bail. According to the El Paso Times, Trout allegedly exhibited “slurred speech and unsteady balance.”

In an interview with Newschannel 9, Trout stated that he was not involved in the incident, wasn’t drunk, and expects the charges to be dropped.

WBA super welterweight champion champ Austin “No Doubt” Trout was arrested on New Year’s Eve on suspicion of public intoxication …


AWE TV

WealthTV Makes Major Strides in Boxing

WealthTV’s live boxing programming efforts for 2012 have been recognized by the Boxing Writers Association of America, BWAA, and by ESPN’s Dan Rafael. The BWAA recently nominated six fights for Fight of the Year candidates. Two of the six fights were featured live on WealthTV, namely Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria v. Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez v. Juan Francisco Estrada. (Of the remaining four fights, one was featured on Showtime and three were featured on HBO, including the Manny Pacquiao v. Juan Manual Marquez IV fight.) The BWAA also nominated world champion Brian Viloria for Fighter of the Year. Viloria, who was featured on WealthTV’s Fight Night on November 17, unified the WBO and WBA Flyweight World Championship with a victory over Hernan Marquez.

According to Jack Hirsch, president of the Boxing Writers Association of America, “When people think about great fights they usually associate them with only HBO and Showtime. However, one look at the Boxing Writers Association of America’s ballot for the 2012 Fight of the Year should dispel that. Two of the six contests on the ballot (Roman Gonzalez – Juan Francisco Estrada and Brian Viloria – Hernan Marquez) were telecast by WealthTV.” (more…)

WealthTV’s live boxing programming efforts for 2012 have been recognized by the Boxing Writers Association of America, BWAA, and by …


Boxing News

Rosado rejects catch weight: “We’re fighting at 160”

World ranked challenger “King” Gabriel Rosado was incredulous when he discovered that his world championship bout against WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin set for January 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City would be fought at a catch weight of 158. “The first I heard about the catch weight was at the media lunch on December 1, I never asked for it, that was my advisor Russell Peltz’s idea” said Rosado. “I’m happy Russell is looking out for my best interests but we’re fighting at 160.”

“Golovkin is the champion and out of respect to him and towards the sport of boxing we will fight at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds. When I beat him, I don’t want any excuses about the extra two pounds he had to lose. I will beat him at his best, fair and square.” Even though Rosado looks physically much bigger than Golovkin, he has fought the majority of his professional bouts at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds. “The old-timers didn’t need any catch weights, they were real men. Middleweight champions fight at 160 and that’s what I want.” (more…)

World ranked challenger “King” Gabriel Rosado was incredulous when he discovered that his world championship bout against WBA/IBO Middleweight World …


Boxing News

Hanks headlines Feb 2 in Albany

On February 2, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will return to the Times Union Center in Albany, NY with “Battle Of The Undefeated Heavyweights” featuring a ten round showdown between Newark’s Joe “The Future” Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs) and Richard “Silverback” Carmack (12-0, 8 KOs) for the vacant NABA heavyweight title. Hanks is currently ranked #13 by the WBO. Local fighters Vincent Miranda and Shawn Miller see action in separate undercard bouts. Advance tickets priced at $75, $50, $35. Call 718-823-2000.

On February 2, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will return to the Times Union Center in Albany, NY with “Battle Of …


Boxing News

“Paper Tiger III”

Former NYSAC Commissioner and former CKP matchmaker Ron Scott Stevens, who is also a talented playwright, has written a new play titled “Paper Tiger III.” The play is a two-character dramedy about a former loan shark who has resumed the street life to the chagrin of his wife. The first reading of the play will take place January 15th at the Polaris North in New York City. “I am fortunate to have two wonderful actors, Diane Tyler and Robert Adrian along with director Leslie Lynn Meeker and technical director and discussion leader Walter Thinnes to help bring Paper Tiger III: Lady Luck to life for the first time,” said Stevens. Polaris North is located at 245 West 29th Street (between 7th & 8th), 4th floor. Seating is limited. For more information, call 718-875-9866.

Former NYSAC Commissioner and former CKP matchmaker Ron Scott Stevens, who is also a talented playwright, has written a new …


Boxing News

Wilfredo Benitez back home

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Benitez is back at home after spending several days at the Presbyterian Hospital in Condado, Puerto Rico. It was originally feared that the three-time world champion had suffered a stroke, but a raft of medical tests have ruled that out. Benitez apparently suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a form of dementia pugilistica. Benitez fought as a pro from 1973 to 1990.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Benitez is back at home after spending several days at the …


Boxing News

IBF Purse Bid Results

There were two purse bids held at IBF Headquarters today:

Alejandro Lopez vs. Jhonatan Romero for the vacant IBF jr. featherweight championship was won by Sampson Boxing with a bid of $132,000. Gary Shaw Productions bid $122,200. The split is 50% to 50%.

Johnriel Casimero’s mandatory defense of his IBF jr. flyweight world championship against Luis Rios was also won by Sampson Boxing with a bid of $132,000. Promociones Y Eventos Del Istmo bid $95,000. The split is 75% to 25% in favor of the champion.

The promoter has 90 days to put the fight on.

There were two purse bids held at IBF Headquarters today: Alejandro Lopez vs. Jhonatan Romero for the vacant IBF jr. …


Boxing News

Orlando Cruz sets camp in Buffalo, NY

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Featherweight contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz ranked #2 by the WBO has left the comfort of a tropical climate in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a sometimes unforgiving climate in Buffalo, New York. Cruz has started road work along with strength and conditioning under the watchful eyes of his trainers Juan De Leon and former cruiserweight world champion Carlos “Sugar” De Leon. Cruz is scheduled to return to the ring in March at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. His promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. is looking to keep Cruz active until his title opportunity arises.

“I chose to train here in Buffalo because I want to focus and not have any distractions, I love being in Puerto Rico but at the same time I’m a professional and it’s time to get back into my office which is the ring,” said Cruz. (more…)

Featherweight contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz ranked #2 by the WBO has left the comfort of a tropical climate in …


UFC

Ten Best – 2012 Upsets of the Year

One of mixed martial arts’ most appealing qualities is that on any given night, the underdog can bite back and take out a favored opponent. 2012, like every year, was filled with its share of upsets, and here is this scribe’s unofficial list of the ten best . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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