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By James Slater
Today, via the official You-Tube channel of his wife, Faryal Makhdoom, Amir Khan announced his next fight, date and hoped for venue: Khan will face former WBO 140-pound ruler Chris Algieri on May 30th with the plan being for “King” Khan to fight in New York (exact venue yet to be finalised).
Khan said Algieri, (20-1 8KOs), who is coming off that heavy, knockdown-filled points loss to Manny Pacquiao, is an “A-class fighter,” who has “decent power.” Khan added how he hopes a win over Algieri – which will take place at 147-pounds – will get him closer to the “big fights” he really wants: against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. (more…)
The WBC and Ring 8 will honor the late Joe Dwyer and Tony Mazzarella at the fourth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 26 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman will make a special presentation to Dwyer’s family. Ring 8 will make presentations to the Dwyer and Mazzarella families. Dwyer and Mazzarella, both longtime Ring 8 members, passed away earlier this year. Dwyer was president of the North American Boxing Federation (NABF). Mazzarella, who served many years as Ring 8’s treasurer, was a major influence in the founding of the NYSBHOF. (more…)
Promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions says there is no possibility of a WBC Interim title being on the line for the upcoming Matthysse-Provodnikov showdown. Pelullo stated to FightNews: “We will not be fighting for the WBC interim title. The fight is contracted for a 12 round bout at 140 Pounds. There is no title on the line.”
Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the April ratings of the WBC Francophone championships.
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By Jose E Santiago
Undefeated light-heavyweight prospect Mike “Cannonhandz” Seals (19-0 14KO) signed a managerial contract with Al Haymon on Wednesday. As the list of Al Haymon fighters continues to grow, it was how Seals reacted in celebration that has social media noticing the undefeated contender. Seals posted the following blurb and video on his Facebook page then took to the streets of Atlanta to feed the needy in an act of gratitude.
As you guys know, I signed my contract with Al Haymon today. So, I was asked how I wanted to celebrate my accomplishment. Party? Nah… Club? Nah… Frivolous spending? Nah. I thought to myself, “Man, God is really blessing me right now.” All I could think about was being a blessing in some else’s life today. So, I went back to give more today. There’s no such thing as giving too much. Treating myself isn’t what makes my heart smile, but giving and seeing how appreciative a person is, not that does it for me every time. When God runs your cup over with blessings, let some spill over into someone else’s life.
Last Thursday night, Seals won his 19th bout with a dominant six round unanimous decision performance over Carlos Reyes on the undercard of the ESPN2 televised card.
Photos: Vitaly Shilnikov
Russian promoter Vladimir Hrunov announced at today’s press conference in Germany that the May 9 clash between former middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KOs) and WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Fedor Chudinov (12-0, 10 KOs) will be for the WBA’s ‘regular’ super middleweight world title. “Just a few hours before the press conference we received confirmation from the World Boxing Association that Fedor Chudinov’s fight with Felix Sturm will be for the full WBA title as Andre Ward and Carl Froch couldn’t agree on a fight in due time,” said Hrunov. Sturm also confirmed that the bout at the Festhalle in Frankfurt will be for the full WBA belt.
Felix Sturm: “Fedor Chudinov is a very worthy opponent. We’ve watched videos of his fights and I can say with confidence that he comes from a very good school of boxing. In spite of all his power and speed, I’m sure that I can defeat him. We chose sparring partners with a style similar to the style of Fedor and I can honestly say I have no doubt of victory.”
Fedor Chudinov: “Felix Sturm is considered as one of the best boxers in Germany, he has a good record, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t win…at the moment I’m in my best shape. I want to show all that I am capable of. And if need be, even more.”
Middleweight Adam Etches has a simple message to the army of fans who turned out in their hundreds to see him lose his unbeaten record last Saturday – “Make no mistake, I’ll be back, only better.” Etches was felled in the fourth round of his clash with Sergey Khomitsky on Saturday at the Sheffield Arena, but the 24-year-old is absolutely convinced he will learn from his split second lapse in concentration and return to the ring both wiser and stronger. (more…)
Undefeated WBO Inter-Continental beltholder Dominic Boesel (18-0, 6 KOs) will take on Norbert Dabrowski (17-2, 6 KOs) and WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) defends against Kali Reis (7-3-1, 3 KOs) topping the SES boxing event on May 2 at the Sparkassen Arena in Jena, Germany. A kick-off press conference took place earlier this week.
Dominic Boesel: That I can box again so quickly is the absolute bomb! To box near my home, already three complete blocks have been sold to my fans. To box against Norbert Dabrowski is very awkward. He’s a southpaw which makes the task more complicated. Since I only recently started training, all I know about him is that he has shorter hair and he comes from Poland. But it’ll all be clear in a few days.
Cruiserweight Micki Nieslen (17-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBC International title against Junior Anthony Wright (13-0-1, 11 KOs) on May 2 at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen. Wright replaces Felix Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KOs) who withdrew from a scheduled bout to take another fight. The American challenger represents a tough test for Nielsen’s first championship defense. Promoted by former professional boxer Dmitriy Salita, the Illinois-native is undefeated in fourteen professional contests and boasts an impressive 78.5% knockout ratio.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
Undefeated Nicaraguan WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) and top rated Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs) of Mexico met Wednesday afternoon at the Palms Restaurant in downtown LA to announce their upcoming May 16 flyweight showdown at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“We are excited to bring this fight. It’s reminiscent of all the fights they’ve had here at the Forum,” K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler said in starting off the press conference. “With all these great fighters on the show and these two great champions this will be a special night.” (more…)
Chris Jenkins will now face Tyrone Nurse for the vacant British light welterweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on April 11, after champion Willie Limond was forced out of his defense against Jenkins with a shoulder injury. Unbeaten Jenkins was set to challenge Limond for the title, but will now face Nurse instead, who was due to fight on the card in an eight rounder.
Also announced was that Bob Ajisafe will face Daniel Wanyonyi for the vacant Commonwealth light heavyweight title on the card.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that there is a strong possibility that the April 18 fight between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov could be for the WBC interim super lightweight world title at Turning Store Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. The current WBC world champion is Danny Garcia, who hasn’t defended the belt in more than a year and will not defend it when he takes on IBF super lightweight world champion Lamont Peterson on April 11th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
After a showreel KO loss last Saturday when he was flattened by Sergey Khomitsky, promoter Dennis Hobson believes middleweight Adam Etches needs to evaluate the setup around him if he is to progress further in the sport. Etches, who had been fed a number of foreign opponents to build his record to 18-0, was horribly exposed against Khomitsky, whose flush right in the fourth that left Adam poleaxed on the canvas.
“Adam is an exciting fighter,” said Hobson, “but when you’ve got people planning your career who don’t quite know what they’re doing then you end up in the wrong fights at the wrong time. That was too dangerous a fight for Adam, there was no gain in it and he simply wasn’t ready for that opponent at that time. It’s so important in boxing to have the right people around you, and that’s a flaw in Adam’s setup.” (more…)
If you listen to the doubters long enough, it’s very easy to start doubting yourself. Gray Maynard isn’t going that route as he approaches his UFC Fight Night matchup with Alexander Yakovlev this Saturday in Fairfax, Virginia. He remains committed to his craft and to the idea that one day he will put a UFC championship belt around his waist, despite the naysayers that are calling this a must-win situation for him after three consecutive losses . . . click here for more
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Arif Magomodev 162.2 vs Derrick Findley 161
Joshua Conley 156 vs Cesar Vila 156
Kevin Watts 138.5 vs Maximilino Beccera 140.2
Reece Bennett 166.8 vs Fernando Najera 166
Mark Anthony Hernandez 151.8 vs Anthony Abrussesse 154
Malcolm McAllister 164 vs Keynoe Menes 164
Leduan Barthelemy 124.6 vs Juan Jose Sandoval 124.8
Matt Martinez 170.4 vs Jakob Stahl 169.2
Venue: The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao sits down with Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric to talk about his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Manny Pacquiao celeb train keeps rolling.
“It’s not about the money,” says Kell Brook about Amir Khan.
Adrien Broner taunts Amir Khan on FaceTime.
Kellie Malone recovers after final sex change operation.
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Julian Ramirez 126 vs. Raul Hidalgo 125
Yamaguchi Falcao 161.6 vs. Deartie Tucker 158
Everton Lopes 139.2 vs. Robert Seyam 139.4
Joet Gonzalez 124 vs. Ali Gonzalez 123.8
Melsik Baghdasaryan 147 vs. Mario Angeles 146.4
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Danny Garcia, 29-0, 17 KOs, held an open workout for the media at his DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The junior welterweight champ looked fit and ready to fight, ten days away from his 12-round non-title 143-pound catch-weight bout with Lamont Peterson, 33-2-1, 17 KOs, at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fight is to be nationally televised during primetime by NBC.
Garcia and his father / trainer Angel Garcia answered questions from the press before zipping through a rigorous workout in front of reporters and photographers.
Angel Garcia: “Peterson, I’m going to give him credit for putting gloves on. I give that to all fighters. I give them respect for putting gloves on. For Peterson, he think in his mind that he’s going to go in there on April 11th and it’s going to be an easy night for him. He already see himself on top of the mountain, but it’s not going to happen like that. I want him (Peterson) to think like that. I want him to come forward. We’re going to ruin his party. Because April 11th, still undefeated… I won’t say champ, because there is no title involved. Undefeated fighter, Danny Garcia wins again.” (more…)
Former lightweight world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) will take on former two-division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) in the main event when Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) returns to CBS on Saturday, May 9 (4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT), at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
In the co-main event, a pair of bantamweight world champions square off when Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) battles Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs).
“I am so excited to be bringing this huge event to my hometown,” said Figueroa. (more…)
Photos: Joel Colon / PR Best
Former two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and world contender McWilliams Arroyo trained this afternoon for the media at the Caimito Municipal Gym in San Juan 10 days before of their fights in “The War” that will take place on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, to be broadcast on Pay Per View in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
The main event will have Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs) facing the Mexican Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs), for the WBO 130-pound belt.
“We’re already down load training this week, but we are 100%,” said Martinez, who worked with Trinidad and head trainer Raul “Papo” Torres today. “We’re fine, yesterday I weighed 136 pounds after training, so I know I’ll make the weight comfortable. I think I found it more difficult before.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former WBO jr welterweight world champion Chris Algieri has been let out of the cage! He has linked up with John David Jackson as his new head trainer and he is chasing down a fight with Amir Khan, which has been talked about in the media. “I absolutely love the fight,” Algieri told Fightnews.com. “I have been hearing that I am the frontrunner for it and I hope that is still the case. I want to show the world that that wasn’t the real Chris Algieri against Pacquiao. Rather than take a soft touch, I want to prove myself against one of the best fighters in the sport. I am an elite fighter and beating Amir Khan cements that.”
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook wants to box as soon as possible after his brutal four-round demolition of Jo Jo Dan in his first defense of his IBF World Welterweight title in Sheffield on Saturday. ‘The Special One’ is enjoying a very short break with his family before getting straight back into the gym.
“Saturday night was fantastic and I want to capitalize on that win,” said Brook. “I came out injury-free and the leg felt great, so I want to box as soon as possible. I said before the fight that I have kept the fans waiting too long – I don’t want that to happen again. The buzz from the fans when I was walking out was amazing, and the roar each time I knocked him down made me feel like a giant. I have told Eddie Hearn to get me out as soon as possible and I want to fight twice before the end of the summer, starting at the end of May.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Carlos Baeza
Undefeated featherweight prospect Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (13-0, 8 KOs) of East L.A. is set to headline Thursday night against rugged Mexican veteran Raul Hidalgo (23-12, 17 KOs) at the historic Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on the Golden Boy Live on Fox Sports 1 main event. We caught up with “El Camaron” (the shrimp). It will be Ramirez’ firs ten rounder.
“It’s going to be a tough fight with Hidalgo. It will be a good fight,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com. He had a solid training camp in Los Angeles at his trainer’s home gym in Pico Rivera in preparation for this fight. In the mornings he doing did conditioning at Mt. San Antonio College, as well as cross training in Chino Hills.
“I have been staying active,” Ramirez said. “Camp was good everything, sparring, conditioning was good. I did good, I made weight easy.” (more…)
Adrian Broner, Keith Thurman, Chris Algieri and Miguel Cotto were named yesterday by Sky Sports as the four leading contenders to fight Amir Khan next, but Eddie Hearn promoter of current IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook isn’t buying it. “I don’t think Amir Khan will fight any of the names mentioned apart from maybe Chris Algieri,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ. “I can’t wait for Kell Brook to knock him out. Khan is under a lot of pressure at the moment because the public want the fight. I’ve been trying for years and years to make the fight and obviously Amir’s always told Kell to go win a world title.
“We’d love to fight Khan now. June 13 at Wembley is there for him but there’s no real interest from Khan in the fight…they aren’t even entertaining any negotiations for this fight but they have to put on a brave public face now because the demand is so strong…right now, Kell is golden and Amir is struggling to find an opponent. Whatever opponent he’ll choose on May 30 isn’t going to be Kell Brook and that’s not what the public want. People will be disappointed with the opponent.”
Tyron Zeuge (16-0, 10 KOs) has it all to prove on April 25 when the hotly tipped German super middleweight prospect defends his IBF International strap against former world title challenger Nikola Sjekloca (28-3, 8 KOs) in front of his home fans at the Columbia Halle in Berlin. The seasoned Sjekloca represents Zeuge’s toughest test to date and has secured the young beltholder his first main event billing. Despite the pressure of headlining at home, the 22 year-old Berliner’s focus remains clear. “For me this is a fight like any other,” said Zeuge. “Whether I’m fighting on the undercard or topping the bill, my objective is the same – I must win!”
Unbeaten pair Scotty Cardle and Craig Evans clash for the vacant British Lightweight crown on Matchroom Boxing’s May 30 bill at The O2 in London. Cardle has been biding his time for a crack at the Lonsdale belt since landing the English title in September with a stunning first round stoppage of Kirk Goodings in Manchester and he will have to see off ambitious Welshman Evans if he wants to join his fellow Joe Gallagher-trained British title winners. (more…)
It’s the oldest cliché in combat sports, and that’s only because it’s true. But when you tell Dustin Poirier that losing is part of the game, he knows it, but he doesn’t want to hear it, and he certainly doesn’t accept it . . . click here for more
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Amir Khan to Kell Brook: “I’ll end your career, if you fight me.”
Muhammad Ali is “Manny Pacquiao all the way.”
Take a tour through Mike Tyson’s old house.
Andre Ward opens doors for Carl Froch rematch in the UK.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Team Szpilka
“Trainer Ronnie Shields is an outstanding man. I loved my first days at the Plex Gym in Stafford. It’s hard, but this is what I wanted all along. They kicked my ass during first conditioning training so much that I just went to sleep right after,” said 25-year-old Polish heavyweight southpaw Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KOs), who just arrived last Sunday from Poland to continue his boxing career in United States.
“This is what I always wanted,” said ‘The Pin’ (this is what Szpilka means in English). “To have a chance to leave and work in US. I know that everything here is harder, competition is the most challenging but the rewards – when you win – are also the biggest.” (more…)
Popular middleweight KO artist Ievgen Khytrov (9-0, 9 KOs) returns to face face fellow unbeaten Aaron Coley (9-0-1, 6 KOs) in the co-feature of an April 10 ShoBox tripleheader at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.
“The Brooklyn Rocky” Frank Galarza (16-0-2, 10 KOs) takes on Sheldon Moore (13-2-1, 9 KOs) in the super welterweight main event and middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3 KOs) battles Alan Campa (13-1, 9 KOs) in the opener. All three bouts are scheduled eight-rounders.
Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on UFC® and other Plaintiffs’ claim that New York’s mixed martial arts (MMA) law is so vaguely written that reasonable people could not understand what it prohibited. (more…)
Light heavyweight Roberto Bolonti, last seen being carried out of the ring on a stretcher against Jean Pascal, will challenge for the IBO light heavyweight world title when he returns to the ring against Tommy Oosthuizen on June 6 in South Africa.
Bolonti’s controversial December 2014 bout against Pascal ended in a no-contest after Pascal fouled Bolonti in a clinch. Bolonti went down in a heap and barely moved. He was repeatedly urged by his manager to stay down, prompting many, including Roy Jones Jr., to accuse Bolonti of faking it to try to steal a DQ win.
By Felipe Leon
After a dormant first quarter in San Diego, Friday night hosted the second boxing event in as many weeks from the comfy confines of one of the many buildings inside the state-run Del Mar fairgrounds in the sleepy beach town of Del Mar, CA, just north of downtown San Diego. Paco Presents along with J&T Gym and Jorge Marron Productions showcased a six-bout fight card titled “Ringside at Del Mar” designed with the majority of the talent from out of town.
Only half of the fights featured a local fighter and none of them from actually San Diego but instead from either Tijuana, Mexico, or from the north county of San Diego. Despite of that, the gathered crowd enjoyed the action including the main event in which Merida, Mexico’s Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (8-1, 4KO) looked impressive in stopping the tough Adan “Borrego” Leal (9-5, 7KO) of Nogales, AZ, in the fourth round of a scheduled middleweight six. (more…)
Roc Nation Sports has announced that the second edition of Throne Boxing is set for April 17 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1. Headlining the event will be undefeated cruiserweight sensation Murat “Iron” Gassiev (20-0, 13 KOs) defending his IBF Intercontinental title against Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KOs) in the twelve round main event.
Supporting the main event are welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (25-0, 13 KOs), super middleweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (6-0, 5 KOs) and super lightweight Wellington “W.A.R.” Romero (5-0-1, 3 KOs) in separate bouts.
Tickets priced at $90, $60 and $30, plus any Ticketmaster charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, foxwoods.com or by calling (800) 200-2882. One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Center.
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