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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Team Fonfara
“It was a great experiment coming to Texas before my fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Different ideas, everyone wants to help. In a couple of days I’ll be back in Chicago to start my sparring sessions in the best possible physical shape,” light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara said in a Fightnews.com interview.
Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO) will meet former WBC middleweight champ, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1, 32 KO) on Showtime April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The bout will be at a 172lb catch weight. Fonfara said he’s “not giving away anything” fighting below the 175 light heavyweight limit and offered an interesting story from Houston… (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions today announced an updated card for LA FIGHT CLUB for the premiere of the sold-out FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes series on Friday, March 6 at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining the night, undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) is scheduled for 10-rounds against new opponent, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez (17-4-1, 9 KOs) in the night’s main event. Fight fans can still catch all the action live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes (10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT).
Pablo Cesar Cano 147.6 vs. Juan Carlos Abreu 147.4
Diego de la Hoya 121.4 vs. Manuel Roman 122
Nick Arce 127.4 vs. Lyonell Kelly 129
Taishan 282 vs. Roy McCrary 269
Everton Lopes 134.2 vs. Evan Woolsey 135.2
Neeco Macias 151 vs. Tavorus Teague 151
Oscar Negrete vs. Fernando Fuentes
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Venue: Famtasy Springs Resort Casino
TV: FOX Sports 1
Photos: Jose A Pineda/Main Events
This fight preparation was totally hard, it’s hot because it is Miami. It’s hard work in the gym and obviously it’s hot outside. Every day is good. Every fight preparation for me is very important whether it is title fight or not.
[About being favored to win] I am not worried at all about this because if favorite or not favorite, underdog or not underdog, it doesn’t matter. I don’t care about it.
I have to focus for all fight and getting prepared for all 12 rounds because who knows what will be inside the ring or what will he bring? I don’t know how ready he will be. It’s difficult to say ‘I will do’ because nobody knows what we do tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. We will see in the ring who will be best and who will win.
As a fighter he is a very dangerous fighter. He has a punch, he can punch hard. I am very interested to fight with him and see what I can do in the ring against Jean Pascal because every fight is something new; it’s like a new test. For me it’s very important this fight. He’s a very good fighter, smart. He has a lot of power. It’ll be a very interesting fight, believe me, because I will be there! (more…)
On March 14, DiBella Entertainment, Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing will present a boxing show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The card, entitled “McMayhem in Midtown”, will feature both professional and amateur bouts, and is headlined by former world title challenger Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (29-1, 13 KO’s) taking on Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-15-1, 15KO’s) in an eight-round featherweight matchup.
The co-feature sees the return of popular light heavyweight Will “Power” Rosinsky (17-2, 9KO’s) squaring off against Paul Gonsalves (7-5-1, 3KO’s) in another eight-rounder matchup. The amateur portion of the card will mark the third meeting between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force.
Despite having only six professional fights under his belt, Zou Shimiing, the two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion is ready for his close-up. Just 23 months removed from his professional debut, WBO #1 Zou (6-0, 1 KO) will challenge amateur rival and defending IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.
“Expect me to be champion,” said Shiming during a recent media workout at Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. “This will be the biggest test for me. I am very calm, not nervous. I have been prepared for this moment for a long time. I am focused on myself — on executing Freddie’s gameplan. I felt a lot more pressure when I was in the Olympics. This time the pressure is on Ruenroeng. I feel very confident with the professional fighting style now. In my last fight, which went 12 rounds [12-round unanimous decision victory over Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym], I really felt like a professional fighter. That was a turning point for me — a landmark fight. (more…)
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto says he will not be pressured into a fight. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated this week that “Miguel Cotto may have a voluntary defense. He can choose his opponent, but the winner will have to face Golovkin.”
However Cotto told elnuevodia.com. “No organization owns my career. I will do what is best for me and what I want to do.”
The Puerto Rican superstar hasn’t made a decision on his next fight yet but said “everything points to June.”
As to picking a Mayweather-Pacquiao winner, Cotto said “Both camps know what they have to do. They will put it into practice and we will see a great fight.” He added that he will be in training and will not attend that fight in person.
The Boxcino 2015 jr. middleweight & heavyweight semifinals will take place on April 10th at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
In the Jr. Middleweight division:
Brandon Adams (16-1, 11 KOs) will fight Vito Gasparyan (15-3-5, 8 KOs) while Stanyslav Skorokhod (9-0, 7 KOs) battles John Thompson (15-1, 5 KOs).
In the Heavyweight division:
Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 21 KOs) will take on Lenroy Thomas (19-3, 9 KOs) and Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KOs) squares off with Donovan Dennis (13-2, 10 KOs).
The show will be televised live on ESPN2.
Heavyweight division world champion Wladimir Klitschko would be an “easy fight” according to brash-talking Tyson Fury. The Manchester heavyweight takes on Christian Hammer this weekend at the O2 Arena in London, live and exclusive on BoxNation, and has claimed that a matchup with Klitschko would be a straightforward affair. 26-year-old Fury is the mandatory challenger for Klitschko’s WBO belt, and is expected to face the Ukrainian legend in his next bout, should he prevail this Saturday night.
The heavyweight division has seen a resurgence of late following the crowning of a new champion in WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, with the charismatic American keen to share the ring with Fury, who has his own thoughts on how he wants the coming year to turn out. “To be honest I’m the man in the division to beat. Everyone wants to fight me because they know I generate interest. People are interested in me probably for the wrong reasons, or the right reasons, but they’re still interested – that’s why people want to fight,” said Fury.
“They want to come to the UK to fight me. [Deontay Wilder’s] the world champion but he’s the guy who first said he wants to fight Tyson Fury after winning the title. So I must be doing something right, I must be on the right track. I would like to fight Wladimir [Klitschko] first because number one he’s my mandatory, number two he’s the best in the division and number three because he is an easy fight. Then I’ll fight Wilder. I won’t be taking any interim fights I’ll unify straight away,” Fury said. (more…)
The most dominant woman in sports returns to action at UFC 184 as Ronda Rousey looks to defend her bantamweight title once again when she takes on undefeated contender Cat Zingano . . . click here for more
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Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland will host back-to-back Texas press conferences in Houston and San Antonio on Tuesday, March 3 to discuss their 12-round super welterweight showdown at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on May 9 to be televised live on HBO. Oscar de la Hoya and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson will be in attendance along with Texas boxing legend Jesse James Leija.
The Houston press conference will take place at noon at Minute Maid Park with gates open to the public at 11AM. The San Antonio presser will be at the Bexar County Courthouse at 5PM with fan arrival beginning at 4PM.
On February 3, 2015, the IBF ordered #1 ranked Super Middleweight contender James DeGale and #2 ranked Super Middleweight contender Andre Dirrell to begin negotiations for the vacant IBF super middleweight title. The IBF received written certification on February 26, 2015, from Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport on behalf of DeGale indicating that they were no longer willing to negotiate and requested an immediate Purse Bid in compliance with rule 10.A. of the IBF Rules Governing Championship Contests. Therefore, the IBF is calling for Purse Bids to be held at the IBF office in Springfield, NJ on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12 Noon. Bids must be submitted by 11:45 AM and will be promptly opened at 12 Noon.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton said he was confident WBA#4 Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19KOs) will dethrone WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 2KOs) when they fight for the WBA title. The WBA championships committee has ordered that negotiations for their mandatory fight should begin. If no agreement is reached within 30 days, the fight will go to purse bid.
“I’m delighted that Lucas has been made the WBA’s mandatory challenger,” his promoter Ricky Hatton said. “Chagaev has shown that he’s one of best heavyweights around, but Lucas is a massive puncher and can knock him out. (more…)
Story and photo by Boxing Bob Newman
It’s safe to say that every boxer embarks on his or her journey through the ropes and into the ring in search of a world title. For Troy, New York’s Shawn Miller, it is no different. An all around athlete, Miller embarked on a mission in the ring after having success in several other sports, including football at both the collegiate and semi-pro levels. With older brother Shannon, a heavyweight of note and father Bob, a well respected “Jack of all trades” in boxing circles, it was only natural that Shawn try his hand(s) on the sport as well. This Saturday, February 28th, Miller (14-1-1, 5 KOs) departs for France where he will challenge for his first “world” title – the WBF version, against champion Tony Averlant (20-8-2, 4 KOs) at the Salle du Palais des Sports, Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France next Friday, March 6th.
Miller took time from his final state-side preparations to talk with Fightnews.com about his big opportunity abroad. (more…)
Photos: Star Boxing
Johnny Garcia 139.2 vs Cletus Seldin 139.4
WBC Super Lightweight International Belt
Jeremy Bryan 145 vs Raymond Serrano 145
Osumanu Akaba 133.2 vs Luis Franco 132
Jemall Tyson 136.2 vs Alan Gotay 136
Rigoberto Miranda 127.6 vs Johnny Hernandez 125.8
Ken Alvarez 140.8 vs Danny Gonzalez 140.4
Promoter: Star Boxing
Venue: Paramount, Huntington, New York
Photo: Photo Wende
Swedish light welterweight Anthony Yigit (12-0-1, 5 KOs) will go toe-to-toe with Germany’s Timo Schwarzkopf (14-0, 8 KOs) on March 21 at the StadtHalle in Rostock. The undefeated boxers will meet on the undercard of the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship clash between Juergen Braehmer and Robin Krasniqi.
Yigit returns following the sixth-round destruction of Kim Poulsen at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn, Denmark earlier this month, which saw the Stockholm fighter claim the WBC Baltic Welterweight title. Yigit outworked and outclassed his Danish opponent, flooring Poulsen with a vicious body shot in the fifth-round, before an explosive uppercut put an end to the action in the sixth. (more…)
IBF jr featherweight champion Carl Frampton and challenger Chris Avalos faced off Thursday before Saturday’s upcoming title clash at the Odyssey Arena in Frampton’s hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to be televised in the U.S. on AWE – A Wealth of Entertainment.
Carl Frampton: “I believe Chris Avalos is better than Scott Quigg. He’s a tough guy and I prepared real hard for him.”
Chris Avalos: “I’m going to take that belt back home. I ain’t come the whole way out here to lose.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Former three division world champion Abner Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Mexico held a media workout Wednesday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California for his upcoming fight next Saturday (March 6) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on NBC. “It’s exciting for me to be on this card. To be the opener I have to give the people a hell of a fight, so I am looking forward to showcasing my talent,” Mares told Fightnews.com.
The former world champion Mares worked with his longtime trainer Clemente Medina. “Preparation was good, just a different type of training because I have my own gym. Clemente and I have been working really hard. Luis (Garcia) my strength and conditioning coach has done his part in making sure I’m in shape and on track with my weight,” Mares said. (more…)
Photo: K9 Global Boxing Promotions
Now that he has his world title back, IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage is determined to make every move a wise one. Bundrage now has his own promotional company, K9 Global Boxing Promotions. His wife Shawana is now officially his manager. Bill Waller is the COO of the company. Bundrage says he’s rejected some fights, not so much for the money but more over promotional issues. “I’m not looking to just come in on somebody else’s show, then have no say at all in the promotion and lose my title for a paycheck. That’s not the plan at all,” said Bundrage.
However there are two fights that have piqued his interest. Timothy Bradley or Miguel Cotto.
The Bradley fight at the moment seems to be the more promising and there have been some promising preliminary talks between both sides. The Cotto fight could be more difficult to make in terms of both sides coming to agreements on promotional sticking points, not to say it can’t happen.
By Joe Koizumi
Japan’s Boxer of the Year, sensational WBO 115-pound champ Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs) will have his first defense scheduled in May postponed for some months due to his hand injury that he had suffered in his title-winning competition with Argentine Omar Narvaez a day before New Year Eve in Tokyo. It was announced on Tuesday by Hideyuki Ohashi, the manager/promoter of the newly crowned titleholder and former WBC/WBA minimumweight champ. On Wednesday, however, Inoue showed four-round sparring sessions by using only the left hand before press people and looked very sharp in beating up the sparring partner. His handler Ohashi says Inoue will have a thorough examination on the right hand next week and decide when he will be available. We wish his speedy recovery since he is one of the brightest stars out of Japan.
There are never enough hours in the day, certainly not for a single mom with an 8-year-old son and a stressful, demanding job. But Cat Zingano embraces every precious moment . . . click here for more
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By Ron Jackson
Ginger Nel, a talented boxer who was known as one of the fastest telex operators in South Africa, has died. Nel, an outstanding amateur who also fought as a professional in the featherweight and lightweight divisions from 1949 to 1953, died at the Union Hospital in Alberton on Wednesday. He was 85. (more…)
Legendary boxer John “The Beast” Mugabi returns home after 26 years.
Pressure is the key, say the camp of Manny Pacquiao on Mayweather fight.
A death in the house of former champ Herbie Hide remains unsolved.
More on the possibility of an Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook fight.
By Karl Freitag
Promoter Yvon Michel, President and General Manager of Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), today filed a lawsuit against middleweight contender David Lemieux, Camille Estephan/Eye of the Tiger Management, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO seeking $1,350,000 in damages. Michel, who had promoted Lemieux since 2007, alleges that Estephan and accomplices Golden Boy and HBO abused his trust and squeezed him out on the sly.
Lemieux is currently the top rated fighter available to face #1 rated Hassan N’Dam for the vacant IBF middleweight world title formerly held by Jermain Taylor. This issue could put Lemieux on the shelf until it’s resolved, opening the door for a possible title fight between N’Dam and former champ Sam Soliman.
Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland have issued comments on their May 9 super welterweight showdown at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, which will be televised live on HBO.
Canelo Alvarez: “I’m very happy that my upcoming fight with James Kirkland will air on HBO; it will be exciting, explosive and should not be missed. Kirkland is a dangerous fighter who is coming prepared for a tough night and this fight, without a doubt, will be one to remember. I promise my fans I will be victorious and invite everyone to come out and join us at Minute Maid Park on May 9. They will not be disappointed.”
James Kirkland: “This is the fight I’ve been waiting for. Canelo is the opponent I get asked about more than any other fighter. I’m ready to show my skills to the world and shut down the people who doubt me. Come fight night you will see a great fight between two warriors and I know at the end of the night my hand will be raised in victory.”
The WBA Championships Committee has ordered Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas Browne to begin negotiations for their mandatory fight. If no agreement is reached within 30 days, the fight will go to purse bid. Chagaev has held the WBA “regular” world championship belt since July 6 when he defeated Fres Oquendo. Browne, the highest rated available contender, is 22-0, 19 KOs, while the champion has a record of 33-2-1, 20 KOs.
Here are more details on the March 13 ShoBox quadrupleheader taking place at The Space at Westbury in Westbury, NY. In the main event, Antoine “Action” Douglas (16-0-1, 10 KOs) will meet Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (16-0, 7 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight scrap. In the co-feature, unbeaten lightweight Ismael Barroso (16-0-2, 15 KOs) faces Issouf “Volcano” Kinda (17-2, 7 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the NABO title. In an eight-round super middleweight rematch, Jerry “The King’s Son” Odom (12-1, 11 KOs) will try and avenge his lone loss when he takes on Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (8-0-1, 1 KO). And in the TV opener, unbeaten super bantamweights Adam Lopez (9-0, 4 KOs) and Pablo Cruz (11-0, 3 KOs) clash in an eight-round battle.
What does Tony Ferguson think of his upcoming opponent? He’s next. “Yancy Medeiros was supposed to be next, but now Gleison Tibau is next,” Ferguson said. “I never look past my opponent, I look through them. Conor McGregor took my quote. I said that when I was getting ready for [Danny] Castillo and I said it when I was getting ready for [Abel] Trujillo. My wife wrote it on the calendar on the 28th, and it’s something I say all the time. ‘What sounds better than 7-1? 8-1!’” . . . click here for more
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Photo: Paul Gallegos
California boxing hall of fame promoter and the NABF female promoter of the year Bobby D. Presents led by its CEO Bobby DePhilippis has launched its opening salvo of the 2015 boxing season with “Road to Redemption” a seven-bout fight card headlined by the grandson of former heavyweight champion “Neon” Leon Spinks, lightweight Leon “3rd Generation” Spinks III (10-1-1, 6KOs) in a six rounder against an opponent named. Spinks III is also the great-nephew of former champ Michael Spinks and the nephew of former undisputed super welterweight champion Cory Spinks. The event will take place at the now classic San Diego boxing venue of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in the suburb of Kearny Mesa. Also featured on the card will be a slew of local fighters in their first fight of the year.
The southpaw Spinks III was active in 2014 with four fights in the last twelve months. The year didn’t begin all that great with Spinks III suffering his only professional loss. The affable Spinks III bounced right back and put three wins on his ledger with two of them inside the distance. Spinks III already scored a win this year over the tough Tijuana brawler Daniel “Piernas” Ahumada stopping him in four. Now Spinks III will look to continue the win streak as he looks into moving up in competition. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman believes that the May 2 showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will to prove who is the best fighter beyond the world titles. “The fight comes at a good time,” said Sulaiman. “Mayweather and Pacquiao have put their legacy into play to find out who is the best of these times. Floyd will defend his welterweight title, the super welter title has not been discussed, but as we said from the beginning, this organization will not hinder.”
Last night the WBO notified SES Boxing and Sauerland Event to commence negotiations for the mandatory defense of WBO world champion Arthur Abraham against his mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz. The bout must take place within 90 days of the completion of the negotiations.
Robert Stieglitz: “Finally everything is definite! Short and clear. Dear Arthur: There is only one goal – to earn my championship belt back again!”
SES promoter Ulf Steinforth: “After the three previous fights, Robert Stieglitz is now for the first time in the role of mandatory challenger. We are ready and excited about Robert Stieglitz vs. Arthur Abraham IV. All boxing fans know this weill be an exciting and dramatic duel in the fourth edition!”
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Former heavyweight world champion and ring legend Mike Tyson is back in the cinema in the Algerian film “Gates of the Sun,” playing himself. The movie is an action flick scheduled for a March release. Tyson’s previous film credits include The Hangover I and II.
Lightweight Luke Campbell has decided to box on March 7 at the Ice Arena in Hull, UK. The Olympic gold medal hero pulled out of the show earlier in February due to the ill health of his father, who had been moved to Dove House Hospice after a period of intensive care. Campbell is targeting a summer showdown with fellow prospect Tommy Coyle and despite initially pulling out of the show, the 27-year-old stayed in the gym and as a result, he’s back on the bill and wants to fight for his father. “After talking with my dad and my family I’ve decided to box on March 7,” said Campbell. “It’s been a difficult time for me but everyone wants me to crack on and succeed and I want to keep my momentum going as I approach an important phase of my career. I’m excited to box again in Hull on March 7.” Coyle tops the March 7 bill in a clash against former British champion Martin Gethin.
Ronda Rousey came home from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games the proud bearer of a bronze medal in judo and, at age 21, no freaking idea what the hell she was going to do with the rest of her life . . . click here for more
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