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Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Werner Kalin WBO#11, WBA#13 super middleweight Zac Dunn (18-0, 15 KOs) outpointed Max Bursak (31-4, 14 ...

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Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (16-0, 5 K0s) retained his title by twelve round unanimous decision in his IBF mandatory ...

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Bradley defeats Vargas to win WBO interim welterweight title

Bradley defeats Vargas to win WBO interim welterweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve ...

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Mighty Mo wins vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title in Dallas

Mighty Mo wins vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title in Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos by Stacey Verbeek It has been a long, winding and at times hard road for Dallas native jr ...

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Wade-Soliman Full Report: Bundu, Chavez, Herring win off-TV fights

Wade-Soliman Full Report: Bundu, Chavez, Herring win off-TV fights

By Ricardo Ibarra at ringside Photos: Mike Blair/boxingprospects.net In a fight that had a major implications for both combatants' respective careers, unbeaten Middleweight prospect ...

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Boxing News

New co-feature on UniMas Saturday: Saucedo-Flores

Saturday’s scheduled nationally televised clash between unbeaten super featherweight Saul Rodriguez and Daniel Diaz at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, is off due to a visa problem with Diaz. Stepping into the open TV slot is unbeaten welterweight slugger Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (16-0, 11 KOs), who will take on Ecuador’s Eduardo Flores (17-16-3, 12 KOs).

In the main event, lightweight Ivan Najera (15-0, 8 KOs) will face Missouri’s Robbie Cannon (14-10-2, 6 KOs). Both bouts are eight-rounders and will air on the UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” weekly show at 11PM ET/PT.



February 4th, 2015



Boxing News

Rossy, Lee headline Feb 14 in NYC

On February 14, Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing will promote a fight card headlined by local heavyweight Derric Rossy at the Resorts World Casino New York City which will be shown live on a network to be announced (known to be CBS Sports Network).

Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs), who is coming off a disputed majority decision defeat to current IBF #2 ranked Vyacheslav Glazkov, will take on undefeated Akhror Muralimov (16-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the IBF North American Heavyweight title.

In the co-feature undefeated “Subway Boxer” Mike Lee (13-0, 7 KOs) will fight Gary Tapusoa (6-3-1, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder for the UBF All Americas light heavyweight title. (more…)



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Darchinyan returns Saturday in televised bout

After KO losses to Nicholas Walters and Nonito Donaire at featherweight, former world champion and fan favorite Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KOs) will drop back down to the super bantamweight division. On Saturday, Darchinyan faces Juan “El Penita” Jimenez (19-8, 12 KOs) at the Domo del Palacio Municipal in Chetumal, Mexico, in a bout airing live on Televisa and Fox Deportes.

Headlining the Golden Boy Promotions/Cancun Boxing card is former WBA interim super lightweight champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (27-4-1, 20 KOs) against Jorge “Pantera” Silva (20-6-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. Opening up the telecast is undefeated middleweight Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (17-0-1, 7 KOs) against seasoned fighter Gilberto “Gil” Flores (23-14, 18 KOs) in a six-rounder.



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Verdejo off Feb 28 Tampa card due to injury

The remaining fights on the UniMas-broadcasted event will go on as planned at The Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

An injury to the left hand of Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo suffered during training forced him to cancel his February 28 bout in Tampa, Florida. The remaining fights on the card will still take place at “The Corral” in the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida. It will also still air at 11p ET/PT on “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on the Spanish-language network UniMas.

“I was very happy because I was going to fight for the first time in Tampa, and I know that a lot of people want to see me fight there,” said Verdejo (16-0, 12 KO’s), who’d been scheduled to face Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez (24-5, 15 KO’s) in the main event. “I’ll still be in Tampa on February 28 to support my teammates [Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz and Francisco “Pechuga” Vargas], who will be fighting on the card. I know that I’ll be fighting in Tampa this year, if God permits it.”

An MRI ordered by Dr. Gaspar R Garcia showed Verdejo suffers from swelling of the metacarpal ligament tendon in his left hand. There are no fractures or tears, but Verdejo will be out of action from three to four weeks without any contact, which is why the Lopez fight was canceled. (more…)



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Ageless “Bronco” Billy Wright returns March 13

50-year-old heavyweight contender “Bronco” Billy Wright (46-4, 37 KOs) will defend his WBC Latin America, Fecarbox, and USNBC titles against 29-year-old challenger Gilberto Matheus “Magico” Domingos (22-2, 20 KOs) of Brazil on March 13 at the We Ko Pa Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wright, who is currently world rated at #18 by the WBC, has a 17-fight winning streak dating back to 1998. He has scored 13 straight wins by KO. He is one month and five days older than Bernard Hopkins.

The co-main event will be a title fight between middleweight Milorac “Hammer Hands” Zizic (11-0, 5 K0s) and Louie Rose (11-2; 3 KOs). They will be fighting for the vacant NABF Middleweight title. The undercard, pending comission’s approval, currently includes Anthoy Villareal vs Jesus Serrano (6 rounds); Demond Brook vs Wilbert Lopez (6 rounds); Emmanuel Nieves vs Rocco Espinoza (4 Rounds) and Jeff Tabriza vs Jose Martell (4 Rounds).

The event, billed as the “Battle of the Belts,” is presented by Roy Jone Jr. Boxing, managed by Keith Veltre and newly licensed by the Arizona Boxing Commission.



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

DeGale: I could see myself stopping Dirrell

Super middleweight James “Chunky” DeGale says it is his destiny to become the first British Olympic Gold medallist to win a World title when he fights for the IBF crown. DeGale will fight for the vacant belt after Carl Froch vacated the title through injury, and promoter Eddie Hearn is engaged in early negotiations with former Froch foe and first available contender Andre Dirrell. DeGale – who turned 29 today – landed the mandatory position in the IBF with a stoppage win over Brandon Gonzales at Wembley Stadium on the undercard of Froch’s KO win over George Groves in May, and demolished Marco Antonio Periban inside three rounds in Liverpool in November. He believes that there is no possible fighter that can stop him winning the title.

“All I want to do is win the world title, it doesn’t matter to me who I have to beat to do it,” said DeGale. “When I first turned pro that was the aim, I now have that chance and I am going to take it with both hands. It’s been a long time but I can make history and I am looking forward to it. Dirrell is a very good fighter, a tricky southpaw and it would be an awkward fight, but anyone you face for a World title is going to be tough. That’s why I will be putting in 12 weeks of hard work to make the night easy. He does the rounds well and he’s technically good, but I could see myself stopping him later in the fight, I am capable of getting in and stopping anyone.” (more…)



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Bryant Jennings happy to take the harder road to heavyweight title

Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

When Bryant “BY BY” Jennings, 19-0, 10 KOs, defeated Mike Perez at Madison Square Garden last summer, he earned the right to fight for the WBC heavyweight title. That is, once Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder fought each other first. Jennings waited patiently for his title shot, only to see the Wilder-Stiverne bout delayed over and over again. Of course the fight finally came off a few weeks ago, but by then Bryant Jennings had already moved on. When Wilder lifted the crown from Stiverne’s head, “BY BY” was already deep in negotiations to fight IBF, WBO, WBA, and IBO champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man universally considered to be THE heavyweight champion.

On Wednesday, Jennings and Klitschko will be in New York City to officially announce their world championship fight set for April 25th at Madison Square Garden.

Some believe that Jennings would have been better off waiting for his chance to fight Wilder, rather than taking on the far more formidable Klitschko. But Bryant Jennings doesn’t see it that way. He just doesn’t think like that. (more…)



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Froch vacates IBF title

Carl Froch has vacated the IBF super middleweight title as he recovers from the injury that ruled him out of a clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The four-time World champion will now consider his future before potentially defending his WBA super middleweight title this summer. Mandatory challenger James DeGale will now fight the next available contender for the vacant title, and the IBF will instruct Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport as to who that will be and negotiations will commence immediately.

“It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks with terms agreed for the Chavez fight only for me to be unable to proceed in camp due to injury,” said Froch. “I know what it’s like to wait for a shot and I didn’t want to hold James up in fighting for a world title. James is a great fighter and I hope he can go out and win that title and who knows, we may even meet later in the year.”

“Talks continue with the Chavez camp regarding a summer clash in Las Vegas, and discussions have taken place with Golden Boy Promotions regarding a bumper clash in Nottingham with two-weight World champion legend Bernard Hopkins in the summer,” said Hearn.



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Randy Caballero: We are ready to take over

Photo: Gene Blevins-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Photo: Gene Blevins-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy


By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated IBF bantamweight world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) of Coachella, California, is set to make his homecoming when he takes on Alberto “Metro” Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico, on Friday February 27 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. The bout can be seen on a Golden Boy Live telecast on Fox Sports 1. We caught up with the champ as he talked about his preparation and upcoming fight with Guevara. Caballero is preparing with his father/trainer Marcos Caballero in his hometown of Coachella, California the desert valley that has produced fighters such as the Diaz Brothers (Joel, Antonio, former world champion Julio), former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and, of course, most recently Randy Caballero himself.

“Camp is amazing so far. We are training hard now that I have the title. I have to train extra hard to make sure we keep this title,” Caballero said. “Timothy Bradley and myself are bringing it back up, making it a place here for boxing. We are making sure boxing comes here to Indio.” (more…)



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Trainer Kevin Barry

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
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Respected Las Vegas boxing trainer Kevin Barry talks to Fightnews about WBA #10, WBO #11 heavyweight Joseph Parker, who he has trained to world class level. Barry also trained David Tua when he scored his greatest victories and makes a comparison between the two outstanding heavyweights from Samoan parents. Barry also talks on Parker’s victories over Frans Botha, Brian Minto, Sherman Williams and Inneu Beato Costa Jr.

You are the trainer of WBA #10 Joseph Parker. When did you become his trainer?

I began training Joe Parker in April of 2013. We have now had eight fights together

Parker has had impressive victories over Frans Botha, Brian Minto, Sherman Williams and Inneu Beato Costa Junior Can you tell me which was his best performance? (more…)



February 3rd, 2015

UFC

UFC 183 musings

Welcome back Anderson Silva. For all the post-fight analysis of the Brazilian icon’s performance last Saturday against Nick Diaz, maybe the best course of action is to simply say that it was great to see him back. Fighters, especially 39-year-old ones, don’t generally come back at a high level from an injury similar to the leg break Silva suffered in December of 2013. It just doesn’t happen . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Latest WBC Francophone ratings.

Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the February ratings of the new WBC Francophone title.
Already several fights are announced to take place in the coming weeks and months with WBC #12 Christopher Rebrasse facing #37 and current WBC Mediterrenean champion Seyedin Syroos for the inaugural supermiddleweight title on March 14 in Charleroi, Belgium.
The full set of ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.

ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Op-ed on the network politics of Mayweather-Pacquiao.

The Guardian on saving the sport of boxing.

Another piece on boxing’s need for a superfight.

Yet another.

 



February 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

By Karl Freitag

As of now, Carl Froch is still IBF super middleweight champion. Froch was reportedly planning to relinquish his title on Monday rather than to fight mandatory challenger James DeGale. However, now it appears there will be an announcement on Tuesday. Froch, who also shares a version of the WBA super middleweight world title (along with Andre Ward and Fedor Chudinov) has his eye on high profile international clashes against Bernard Hopkins and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., rather than a domestic dustup with DeGale.

Promoter Gary Shaw has broken ties with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports and will reopen Gary Shaw Productions. Shaw will retain his contracts with GSP fighters including unbeaten heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, who will challenge WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 25 in New York City. The Shaw/Roc Nation collaboration lasted less than a month.

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (8-0, 8 KOs) will square off against unbeaten Dustin Craig Echard (10-0, 7 KOs) this Friday in a six-rounder that will open up the telecast on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Elbiali is advised by Al Haymon.

World ranked welterweight contender Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden is back in Los Angeles to open camp at the Wild Card Boxing Gym under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach. “I’ve spent dozens of rounds sparring with Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez and held my own,” said Van Heerden. “I want to be a world champion and I’m prepared to make the sacrifices and put in the work to make it happen.”



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Provodnikov hits LA to prepare for next fight

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“The Siberian Rocky”, former WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday night to begin preparations for a major Spring bout that will be announced shortly. Provodnikov was greeted by his manager Vadim Kornilov and was joined by Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight participant Andrey Fedosov. They will begin training at the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

It is known that negotiations are currently underway for a showdown between Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse on March 28 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Eubank Jr-Chudinov London Presser Quotes

Chris Eubank Jr. came face-to-face with WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov in London today ahead of their huge clash on February 28th at London’s O2 arena. Eubank aims to rebound from his sole career defeat to Billy Joe Saunders last November by winning a portion of the WBA world title that is shared with Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.

Chris Eubank Jr: “I’m glad to have met my adversary face-to-face, man-to-man, for the first time and I know what I’m up against. On paper he’s the interim world champion and the man I must beat to get the belt, but having seen him face-to-face and looked him deep in the eyes, I see a man who is up against insurmountable odds. I think for once in a fight the roles are reversed and I’m coming in the good guy and he’s coming in the bad guy, I just want my country to be behind me and I can’t wait for the day I fight in an opponents backyard. This is now all about me and getting to where I should be. I know that beating Chudinov and getting the title it will open doors for me and one of them could be a rematch Saunders.”

Dmitry Chudinov: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to defeat the son of one of the greats of world boxing. Everyone in Russia knows of Chris Eubank, by beating his son it will turn me into a national hero and then I can go and get the super-fights against Golovkin. Eubank talks a lot, I am a man of few words and I do all my talking in the ring and come February 28th, I will do all the talking with my fists. In my last fight I boxed in front of over 100,000 people in Russia, coming to London will have no worries for me.”

Promoter Frank Warren: “If Chris wants the rematch with Saunders then he knows what he must do, beat Chudinov and he’ll fight the winner out of Andy Lee and Saunders in their WBO World title fight which will be a huge fight.”



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Viedas, Spinks III, Albonica win in Tijuana

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

With only a month into the 2015 boxing season, the city of Tijuana is in full swing with two fight cards presented just this week. The second of the two went down this past Saturday night at the Municipal Gymnasium of the Colonia Independencia just a few minutes from the famous Avenida Revolucion. The eleven-bout fight card was the first of the year for Gonzalez Boxing Promotions in association with Round 13.

In the four round super featherweight main event, Luis “Bofo” Viedas (12-9-1, 5KO) earned a unanimous decision over late-sub Jorge “Metralletas” Sillas (2-16, 2KO), both of Tijuana. Viedas was originally slated to face Rosalio “Aspid” Rios but that fighter was not medically approved after it was found he had kidney stones. Sillas, as he has done before, stepped in on late notice to face Viedas. (more…)



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather a 3:1 favorite over Pacquiao

The fight isn’t finalized, but online sportsbook Bovada.lv has already released the following odds:

Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr is a -300 favorite to defeat Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who is at +230.

Odds are -300 that the fight will go the distance and +200 that the fight doesn’t go the distance.

The over/under on total PPV buys is a whopping 3.15 million.



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Dawejko to face Umohette on March 6 in Philadelphia

Heavyweight prospect Joey Dawejko, who has scored three straight one-round knockouts, takes on Enobong Umohette, of Nigeria, in an eight-round fight Friday evening, March 6, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Dawejko-Umohette match, as well as the eight-round junior lightweight contest between Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, and Bergman Aguilar, of Escazu, Costa Rica, top a seven-bout card which begins at 7pm

Dawejko, 24, had a big year in 2014, going 5-0 and beating fringe contender Derric Rossy, of New York, to break onto the heavyweight scene 12 months ago. A pro since 2009, Dawejko, also known as The Tank, is 13-3-2, 6 K0s. In his last three fights, neither David Williams, of Philadelphia, Yohan Banks, of Redwood City, CA, nor Rayford Johnson, of Longview, TX, were able to survive the first round. Dawejko also defeated then-unbeaten Philadelphia Mark Rideout in 2014. (more…)



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Former Philly bantamweight Baby Kid Chocolate passes

By John DiSanto

North Philadelphia bantamweight of the 1970s, Baby Kid Chocolate passed away Friday, January 30th. He was 57 years old. Chocolate was born Ronnie Walker in 1957, and once told Nigel Collins that he took his ring name because he believed he was a dead ringer for the original “Kid”, the great Cuban Bon Bon, Eligio Sardinias. Whatever physical similarities the two may have shared, their boxing styles were quite different.

Philly’s Kid Chocolate was like a tiny-Joe Frazier or mini-Curtis Parker. He was five-feet, five-inches, and 118 pounds of forward-moving energy. He went 25-3 as an amateur, and then started his professional career with a sparkling 18-0, 8 KOs, winning streak. Along the way, Chocolate beat Billy Wade, Carlos Zayas, James Martinez, Francisco Cruz, Tony Rocha and Socrates Batoto. (more…)



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

2015 Illinois BHOF Inductees

IBO founder and Chairman John W. Daddono, trainer Peter George and the late former heavyweight champion Ernie Terrell will be inducted into the boxing category of the Illinois MMA/Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2015.

Daddono, who formed the IBO in 1988 at the age of 25, is the youngest founder of any of boxing’s governing bodies.

George trains several of Illinois top professionals along with his son, world rated Don “Da Bomb” George.

Terrell, who passed away in January, was a former WBA heavyweight champion who lived on Chicago’s far south-side. He promoted multiple Illinois pro boxing cards in the 1970s and 80s. Ernie will always be remembered for his grueling decision loss to Muhammad Ali.

They join past inductees trainer Sam Colonna (2013) and referee Pete Podgorski (2014). The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday April 4 in Homewood, Illinois.



February 2nd, 2015

UFC

Rousey-Zingano new UFC 184 main event after Weidman injury

Due to a rib injury, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 184 main event bout against Vitor Belfort on February 28 . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Lonergan: SBW will not fight Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

New Zealand boxing promoter Dean Lonergan, who helps guide the career of WBA #10,WBO #11 heavyweight Joseph Parker and London Olympian WBA #14, WBO #11 welterweight Jeff Horn talked to Fightnews about a possible Joseph Parker vs. Sonny Bill Williams fight and what is scheduled for Parker and Horn in 2015

“Sonny Bill Williams would never fight Joe as he gets knocked out in one or two rounds. I have been chasing Lucas Browne for two years. It’s fair to say he is elusive,” said Lonergan.

“We are very, very excited by the prospects of both Jeff Horn and Joseph Parker this year. It’s going to be a massive and challenging year for both of them. We intend to push them both hard up the ranking by testing them against the best we can secure. In the second half of the year.”



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Browne: I would bash Sonny Bill Williams

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #4, IBF #5, WBC #7 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) talks with Fightnews and says he would welcome a bout with Sonny Bill Williams, who defeated Chauncy Welliver on Saturday night. Browne also says Bryant Jennings cannot defeat Wladimir Klitschko, and says he has the power to be the first heavyweight to put WBC champion Deontay Wilder on the canvas.

“Always keen to bash Sonny Bill Williams and get a pay day,” said Browne. “I think Jennings will get his ass handed to him against Klitschko – not enough size or power.

“I would love to put Wilder on his ass for the first time and take that title.”



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Luis-Dargan Giant Photo Gallery

Photos: Emily Harney

Canadian lightweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (28-5, 18 KOs) handed Philadelphian Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs) his first career loss on Friday night at Foxwoods. Click here for report and many previously unpublished exclusive photos…



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Another article on – what else? – Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: more

“Don’t take me lightly,” says Keith Thurman. More

The Source on American heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder. More

Donnie Nietes and Nonito Donaire honored in the Philippines. More



February 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Evander Holyfield Road Rage

A message to think twice and avoid getting involved in road rage – because you never know what the consequences might be.



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Statement from Mikkel Kessler strongly suggests the Danish warrior is retired

By James Slater

Danish superstar and former super-middleweight king Mikkel Kessler has taken to Twitter and Facebook to release statements that suggest the 35-year-old possible future Hall of Famer has fought his last fight. Recently, Kessler – who has not boxed since losing a rematch to British warrior Carl Froch in May of 2013 – talked of his hopes of getting a third fight with Froch and/or a second fight with the soon-to-return Andre Ward. Now, however, with neither fight materialising, Kessler seems content to call it a day on his great career.

“I have thought long and hard over the options, which have been made available, but none of these options are enough to get me motivated,” Kessler wrote on his Facebook page. “I need big events to make me train to get me to the standard that I have been used to presenting my fans with. I said I would like nothing more, than to avenge my loss against Andre Ward and also to have the decider with Carl Froch. These are fights that motivate me but for one reason or another, they do not want to fight me. I am always in training, it is part of my life, but I consider myself in a state of retirement.” (more…)



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Welliver ponders boxing future

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Heavyweight Chauncy Welliver spoke to Fightnews.com after his decision loss to Sonny Bill Williams.

[Regarding Sonny Bill Williams] Athletically, he’s on top. I feel his legs are great. I never came close. He was smart. So long as he keeps his team of the Mundines and Khodar, he’ll be moved properly as he’s built to a title shot.

[On Sonny Bill Williams vs. Lucas Browne] It’s hard to say on Lucas Browne verdict, as SBW is still growing. This second Browne smashes him. A year from now, who knows? I love this kid’s potential.

[On his boxing future] I will have a bout sometime in New Zealand then retire. I’m finished. I see shots coming and can’t get outta the way. I love boxing and will only hurt my beautiful sport if I keep the route I am. I will start training fighters at my gym BoxFit in Spokane. I love helping out the next generation.



February 1st, 2015

UFC

Henderson steps up for Broomfield main event

Eager to get back in the Octagon after his controversial decision loss to Donald Cerrone last month, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will make his UFC welterweight debut on February 14 when he steps in for the injured Stephen Thompson against Brandon Thatch in the UFC Fight Night main event in Broomfield, Colorado . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Chaichotchuang receives Doctorate

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading Thai promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang has received a Doctorate in Sports Management from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. Chaichotchuang is the manager and promoter of several of the most outstanding boxers in Thailand including the current IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and IBF #3 super bantamweight Mike Tawatchai, IBF #8 light welterweight Patomsuk Pathompothong and IBF #8 light flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, who is son of former IBF mini-flyweight champion Fahlan Sakkreerin.

“I would like to thank my teacher at the University who helped me obtain the diploma in Sports Management,” Chaichotchuang said. “It will help me in the great sport of boxing.”

Ruenroeng will defend the IBF flyweight title against Zou Shiming on March 7th in Macao, China



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

OPBF 122lb champ Wake to defend belt against Filipino Paipa

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

Japanese boxing fans jokingly say, “If Hisashi Amagasa could knock down Guillermo Rigondeaux twice, Shingo Wake might be able to drop him three times to capture his belt.” It is because WBC#3/WBA#3 Wake, OPBF champ, is regarded as a better 122-pounder than Amagasa, a legitimate 126-pounder who had the OPBF feather belt prior to his ambitious and unexpected crack at The Jackal on New Year’s Eve. For Rigondeaux, his visits to the deck in the unlucky seventh round were just a nightmare or a careless mistake, but his stock apparently dropped here since the Cuban southpaw revealed his vulnerability.

This isn’t a note on the Rigondeaux-Wake confrontation, but is on an announcement by Wake (17-4, 10 KOs), a tall fast Japanese southpaw, that he will defend his OPBF super-bantam belt against Filipino Jimmy Paipa (16-2-1, 6 KOs), at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, on this coming February 27. (more…)



February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Jardon, Lopez victorious in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

Boxing was back in Mexico City on Saturday night at the famed Arena Coliseo. In the main event, local super lightweight Dante “Crazy” Jardón (25-5, 20 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Patricio “Picudo” Moreno (15-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 99-92, 98-92 and 97-92. The bout was for the WBC Fecarbox belt.

The co-feature was a war between lightweights Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (17-3, 11 KOs) and two-time former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-5-1, 16 KOs) that ended in a split decision going the way of Lopez. Salgado suffered his fourth straight loss.

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February 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez defeats Fajardo in rematch

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Former IBF and WBO minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (17-2-1, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jomar Fajardo (14-6-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Now the WBO’s #1 junior flyweight, “Chihuas” dropped Fajardo in round two and went on two win by scores of 99-90, 97-92 and 100-92.

The two battled to a ten round draw two months ago in Cebu City, Philippines. Rodriguez, who vacated the WBO and IBF crowns to move up in weight, now wants to fight for the WBO jr. flyweight title currently held by Donnie Nietes.

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February 1st, 2015

UFC

UFC 183 Main: Silva Returns With Win Over Diaz

It may not have been the Anderson Silva of old Saturday night in the UFC 183 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but after more than a year removed from the sport due to a broken leg, the fans of the Brazilian icon will be satisfied that it wasn’t an old Anderson Silva who scored a near-shutout unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz in an emotional victory for the 39-year-old . . . click here for more

Also see: Woodley Wins But Others Steal Show

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BROOMFIELD on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



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