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UniMas Weights from Studio City, California

UniMas Weights from Studio City, California

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Alex Saucedo 141.6 vs. Clarence Booth 142.6 Andy Vences 130.2 vs. Yardley Suarez 132 Toka Kahn Clary 127 vs. ...

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Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Cinco de Mayo comes one month early with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship pay-per-view ...

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Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

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Boxing News

Quigley scores second-round stoppage In DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Undefeated Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome “GQ” Quigley has had an almost perfect pro career, knocking out every opponent in his path except one — veteran Dontre “Pound For Pound” King of Cambridge, MD . The two men met in August of 2014 in Fort Washington, MD with Quigley winning a four-round unanimous decision.

Saturday night at North Hall at Eastern Market in Washington, DC, Quigley looked to obtain the knockout he didn’t get against King a year ago. Quigley accomplished the goal in the main event, stopping King at 19 seconds of the second round.

Quigley nailed King with two left hands to the face in the first and second rounds, dropping King twice to the canvas. On the first knockdown, King reacted as if he had been thumbed in the eye. The second knockdown was a clear punch to the same location. King could not beat referee Marshall Cunningham’s count and the bout was stopped. (more…)



August 23rd, 2015


Boxing News

Sauerland gives Sturm an ultimatum

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland wants to make the long awaited all-German showdown between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and former middleweight champion Felix Sturm. The fighters have been rivals for years. “The fight must happen this year,” Sauerland told Bild am Sonntag. “Because after that, Arthur Abraham has other commitments. He has a mandatory defense and that takes precedence. It’s already late for the fight between Abraham and Sturm – but not too late. If it doesn’t take place in 2015, then it probably never will.”

Meanwhile, Abraham posted a message to Sturm in German on Twitter saying “Come on already @SturmBoxing – now or never!”



August 23rd, 2015


Boxing News

Q&A: WBO bantam champ Pungluang Sor Singyu

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: OneSongchai Promotions

Pungluang Sor Singyu recently captured the WBO bantamweight crown for the second time when he stopped Japanese contender Ryo Akaho in two rounds on August 7 in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The big punching Thai raised his record to 51-3, 35 KOs with the win. Pungluang took some time to talk with Fightnews about recapturing the crown, his past losses, fighting abroad and his future in the ring.
(A special thanks to Dr. Siraphop Ratanasuban of One Songchai Promotions for his assistance with translating for the champ!)

Pungluang, congratulations on regaining the WBO Bantamweight title. How does it feel to be a world champion for the second time?

I am very happy.

Did you expect to score such a quick KO against your recent foe Ryo Akaho in winning the belt again?

No, Ryo is a good boxer. I just got lucky. (more…)



August 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Maniatis: Zerafa has a great opportunity against Quillin

Photo: Werner Kalin

Photo: Werner Kalin


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Melbourne-based middleweight Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs), who is trained by Joe Nader, will be in action on September 12 against former WBO champion Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) in the biggest challenge of his career, but the Australian has many supporters “Down Under” who believe he could upset the former champion.

Australian promoter Peter Maniatis, who has promoted most of Zerafa’s fights, said “I think this will be a interesting fight with Peter Quillin and Michael. Zerafa has proved he is world class when he fought Arif Magomedov in Moscow for the WBO Youth Title last October. Team Zerafa have a great opportunity in this fight. I have also seen Quillin fight and I was very impressed with him. He’s a super talent. Zerafa needs to stay tight defense early in the fight and slowly build momentum using his jab. Credit to Zerafa for accepting the fight.”



August 23rd, 2015


UFC

Max Holloway: A Contender Emerges

It was only five minutes into the event, but Max Holloway already knew something different was happening in his career. Media circled and began throwing questions at the 23-year-old Hawaiian featherweight just as they did his upcoming opponent, Cub Swanson. The long-standing perennial contender and the surging up-and-coming talent were slated to square off in just a few days, and a crucial position in the 145-pound ranks hung in the balance . . . Click here for more

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August 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez stops Rangel, still unbeaten

Photos: Esdel Palermo

Unbeaten bantamweight Emmanuel “Manny el Sensacional” Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Alex Rangel (16-5-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Tomas Dones in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The bout was for the vacant WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino belts.

In the co-feature, 2012 Olympian super middleweight Enrique “Kikin’ Collazo (7-0-1, 6 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Henry Beckford (3-4, 1 KO). Scores were 60-54 across the board.

In a clash between unbeaten jr welterweights, Jose “Chino” Lopez (5-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Ryan Pino (2-1, 1 KO) in round two.

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August 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Briedis face-plants Charr in five

Unbeaten heavyweight Mairis Briedis (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over former world title challenger Manuel Charr (28-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, Russia. A right-left combination to the jaw by Briedis put Charr down face first and out cold, draped over the bottom rope.



August 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez and Pasillas still unbeaten

Unbeaten lightweight Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (18-0-1, 13 KOs), of Riverside, California, hammered out an eight round unanimous decision against Ramsey Luna (12-4, 5 KOs), of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Saturday night at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Good action fight. The Robert Garcia-trained Rodriguez won by scores of 79-73, 78-74, 80-72.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Victor Pasillas (11-0, 4 KOs) from East Los Angeles, scored a third round TKO over Andres Tapia (8-5-2, 2 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in an eight-rounder. Southpaw Pasillas dropped Tapia in round one. He then battered Tapia to a knee in round three. Tapia was kept on his stool after round three.



August 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Saguilan barely gets past ex-champ Corley

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #7 lightweight Nery “La Pantera” Saguilan (34-4-1, 12 KOs) scored an unpopular unanimous decision over former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (42-24-1, 25 KOs) at the Josue Nery Santos Gym in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. The 41-year-old southpaw Corley came out aggressively and outworked Saguilan in round one. Saguilan upped the pressure in round two, but Corley still held his own and did more for the first four rounds. Saguilan started coming on in round five, but Corley had more left in the late rounds. Scores were 115-114, 115-113, 115-113 for Saguilan. We had Corley a clear winner. Both fighters entered the ring and faced off before the opening bell wearing masks.

Lightweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (23-1, 21 KOs) got back into the win column with a fourth round KO over Alexander Monterrosa (23-12-3, 15 KOs). Time was 1:41. It was Estrella’s first fight since suffering a shock knockout loss against Filipino Eder Sonsona in May.

Local hero and world ranked lightweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (52-11, 39 KOs) scored a third round KO over Filipino Leonardo Doronio (14-10-3, 9 KOs).

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August 23rd, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Saskatoon at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira and the welterweight bout between Neil Magny and Erick Silva, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and two early prelims may be viewed on UFC FIGHT PASS at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Charles Oliveira (145.5) VS Max Holloway (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Erick Silva (171) VS Neil Magny (170.5)
Josh Burkman (170) VS Patrick Cote (170)
Francisco Trinaldo (155.5) VS Chad Laprise (155.5)
Tony Sims (155.5) VS Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155)
Valerie Letourneau (116*) VS Maryna Moroz (115)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Frankie Perez (155.5) VS Sam Stout (155)
Felipe Arantes (135.5) VS Yves Jabouin (135.5)
Nikita Krylov (205.5) VS Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205)
Chris Beal (126) VS Chris Kelades (125.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Elias Silverio (154.5) VS Shane Campbell (155)
Misha Cirkunov (205) VS Daniel Jolly (204)

*Letourneau made weight on her second attempt after initially weighing in at 117 pounds

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August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Roy Jones, Jr. responds to Ukraine’s blacklisting

"I know the Klitschko brothers have been itching to fight me, and it could be that this is their way of calling me out."

Today in the disputed territory of Crimea, boxing legend Roy Jones, Jr. responded to recent reports that he has been blacklisted by Ukraine and included into the “Peacemaker” database as a violator of the state border.

“I came to Russia with peace in mind as I have been doing regularly for the past 4 years. I didn’t come here to offend nobody. I’ve boxed here, I’ve performed my music here, and my company, Square Ring Promotions, promotes or co-promotes fights and fighters here, including current IBO Champion Eduard Troyanovski. And over this time, I have seen how these people love Roy Jones and I love it when people love me,” said Jones.

“Our friend, Vlad Hrunov, who we do a lot of boxing business with, said he had a boxing event this weekend and asked if I would come and perform some of my music at his show. I have a new album that just came out on iTunes so it made sense to me because Russia is a huge market for my music. He also said that there might be the chance to meet President Putin which was a huge honor for me. (more…)



August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

DC Hosts Two Boxing Cards in Six Days

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The Nation’s Capital will be a hotbed of pro boxing action in the next six days as Washington, DC hosts two boxing cards in a six-day period. That period will begin on Saturday with an eight-bout card at North Hall at Eastern Market and will continue on Friday, August 28 with a card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Saturday’s card, promoted by the partnership of Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions, will feature, for the third consecutive time, undefeated Montgomery Village welterweight Gerome “GQ” Quigley in the main event.

Unlike his last two events, Quigley (8-0, seven KO’s) will not be in a Virginia State Welterweight title bout. However, the reigning champion will be facing an opponent he knows well. Quigley will be in a six-round rematch against the only boxer to take him the distance — Dontre “Pound For Pound” King of Cambridge, MD. The two men met on April 18, 2014 in a four-round bout at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Quigley won the bout by a shutout on all three cards (40-36). (more…)



August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez-Luna on UniMas tonight

Unbeaten lightweight Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (17-0-1, 13 KOs), of Riverside, California, takes on Ramsey Luna (12-3, 5 KOs), of Corpus Christi, Texas, in an eight-round bout topping tonight’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” telecast on UniMas at 11PM ET/PT. The Top Rank/Let’s Get It On Promotions card is billed as “The Rural Rumble” and will take place at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. The Robert Garcia-trained Rodriguez is looking to continue his rise up the ranks in the lightweight division.

In the co-fearure, unbeaten super bantamweight Victor Pasillas (10-0, 3 KOs) from East Los Angeles, faces Andres Tapia (8-4-2, 2 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in an eight-rounder.



August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Browne out of action with broken thumb

Doctors have confirmed that heavyweight Lucas Browne sustained a broken thumb in his fight with Julius Long last week, but that isn’t going to put him off his pursuit of the WBA heavyweight crown. The Aussie suffered the break in the first round and was forced to box one-handed until he knocked out Long in the ninth.

Lucas is the current mandatory challenger for Ruslan Chagaev’s title and expects to get his shot either in late 2015 or early 2016. Chagaev is currently obligated to defend against Fres Oquendo due to an earlier court case and has been warned that he will be stripped if he fails to accommodate Browne immediately afterwards.

“Well the bad news is that it was a crack in the bone,” Browne explained. “I broke it with the first right hand I threw. I felt it straight away. Luckily the doctor has said an operation isn’t necessary. I’ve got the thumb in a splint and it’s just a matter of resting it for four weeks or so and letting it heal completely. (more…)



August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Brooklyn Brawl lineup set

The full lineup is set for promoter Dmitriy Salita’s Brooklyn Brawl on Tuesday at MCU Park, the home of baseball’s Brooklyn Cyclones. The show brings pro bouts to the Coney Island boardwalk for the first time in 14 years. The last professional boxing event at the venue occurred on July 8, 2001, when Hector Camacho Jr. defeated Jesse James Leija via a controversial, referee-halted TKO.

In the main event, former world title challenger Alex Miskirtchian (25-3-1, 9 KOs) tops the slate against former NABO champion and well-known Brooklyn battler Cornelius Lock (22-7-2, 14 KOs) in a featherweight clash scheduled for 10 rounds. Cruiserweight title challenger Junior Wright (13-1, 11 KOs), coming off a solid showing in a world title challenge in Russia, meets rugged Michigander Harvey Jolly (14-22, 7 KOs) in a bout scheduled for six rounds. By way of Kazakhstan, and now making his home in Marine Park Brooklyn, Bakhtiyar Eyubov (6-0, 6 KOs) looks to impress his new hometown fans with another knockout performance as he faces Cory Vom Baur (2-3) of Spokane, Wash, also in six. (more…)



August 22nd, 2015

UFC

Erick Silva’s Patience and Progress

There are many contradictions that naturally occur when a fight goes live. Rising resistance is conquered in both the physical and mental plains as the focus locks in and the battle of wills begins and muscle memory and reflex reactions carry onward. The mind may and body may not readily agree with the conflict, but once the action begins something – or someone – else shines through to meet the challenge straight on . . . Click here for more

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August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Is Alejo next for Nietes?

By Nick Giongco

Long-reigning Filipino world champion Donnie Nietes will defend his World Boxing Organization light-flyweight crown for the eighth time on Oct. 17 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, and one of the names being looked at as challenger is Juan Alejo of Mexico. Michael Aldeguer, who runs ALA Boxing, told Fightnews yesterday afternoon that whether Nietes (36-1-4 with 21 KOs) will face Alejo (21-3 with 13 KOs) will be known in the next few days.

Dubbed “Filipinos Contra Latinos,” the show will also feature fast-rising super-bantam Prince Albert Pagara and his elder brother Jason and featherweight hotshot Mark Magsayo. Aldeguer said that if Alejo won’t be available, Nietes will pick on another Hispanic fighter on the list, probably heavy-handed Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (20-2 with 17 KOs) or some other Hispanic puncher in the ratings.

Nietes, who has made it a habit to repulse every Mexican challenger thrown at him, is coming off a rousing victory over Mexican Francisco Rodriguez and is raring to return to action. Most of the Mexicans in the top 15 of the WBO have been beaten by Nietes.

ALA Boxing’s foray into the US market will be the 33rd edition of the highly-successful Pinoy Pride series in partnership with giant network ABS-CBN.



August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Jimenez upsets Morales in Playa de Carmen

In a stunner, bantamweight Edgar “Power” Jimenez (20-11-2, 14 KOs) hammered out a ten round majority decision over previously unbeaten Ivan Morales (28-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 95-95. Morales, the younger brother of ring legend Erik Morales, entered the bout rated WBA #8, WBC #10 and IBF #11 at super flyweight.

WBC #7 light flyweight Ricardo “Torito” Perez (9-2, 8 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to stop Noe Medina (5-3, 1 KO) in round nine. Perez claimed the vacant WBC silver title.



August 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Fallon, Nevada

Photos: Eric Killin / Top Rank

Saul Rodriguez 130.8 vs. Ramsey Luna 131.4
Vic Pasillas 121.8 vs. Andres Tapia 123.8
Luis Ramos Jr. 139.2 vs. Sergio Villanueva 135.4
Oscar Vasquez 113 vs. Jose Toribio 113
Rafael Busuioe 128.4 vs. Xavier Martinez 130
Christian Silva 123.8 vs. Michael Gaxiola 124.4
Jesus Sanchez 151.8 vs. Quontez McRath 160

Venue: Churchill County Fairgrounds, Fallon, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Browne, Centeno added to Quillin-Zerafa card

Undefeated light heavyweight rising star “Sir” Marcus Browne (15-0, 11 KOs) will take on former world champion Gabriel Campillo (25-7-1, 12 KOs) while undefeated middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (22-0, 12 KOs) battles Poland’s Lukas Maciec (22-2-1, 5 KOs) as part of the featured undercard bouts on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC event on Saturday, September 12 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Both fights are ten-rounders.

The September 12 card is headlined by undefeated middleweight star Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) taking on Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs) in a 12-round middleweight matchup, while super welterweight world champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) defends against undefeated rising star Jermall Charlo (21-0, 16 KOs) in the co-main event. Live coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on NBC.



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Chiriqui, Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Bryan De Gracia 125.25 vs Samuel Moreno 124.75
Jonathan Arias 114 vs Israel Hidrógo 114
Félix Montenegro 118 vs Iván Trejos 118
Gilmer Baúles 125.25 vs Roberto Palacios 127
Fernando Martínez 131 vs Cristian Castillo 131.75
Reymon Reynoso 144 vs Alvín Zapata 150

Venue: Gimnasio La Basita in David, Chiriqui
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
TV: TV Máx



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Mosley: My fight’s not dead yet – but I’m worried

By TMZSports.com

Shane Mosley tells TMZ Sports he sees the writing on the wall — acknowledging that Don King might TKO his fight with Ricardo Mayorga next week unless his lawyers can pull off a miracle. As we previously reported, King claims he has the rights to Mayorga and never signed off on the August 29 fight with Mosley. Shane went to court in Miami hoping to stop King from blocking the fight, but Shane doesn’t think it’s going his way.

“I feel that it’s gonna be kind of hard for the fight to take place … but there’s some things that my legal team said that we can do to make it where we can actually get the fight,” Mosley said.

Shane says if the fight DOESN’T happen, not to fear — “I hear there’s other fights, pretty good fights out there as well on the same day. We’re gonna see how things go.” Unclear if he means HE’LL try to set up another fight for that night … or sit back, relax and watch some other people duke it out.



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Juárez

By Gabriel F Cordero

Nery Saguilan 136.5 vs. Demarcus Corley 136.5
Adrian Estrella 134 vs. Alexander Monterrosa 132.5
Miguel Roman 134.2 vs. Leonardo Doronio 131

Venue: Gimnasio Municipal Josué Nery Santos in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua;
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Looks like former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be out of action for the rest of 2015 after an operation on his left hand. He currently has a large cast immobilizing his left arm. At the earliest, it would be three months before he can resume punching with the hand. Junior hurt the hand in his last fight on July 18 against Marco “Dorado” Reyes in El Paso, Texas. The injury wasn’t believed to be serious, but a month later it was still bothering him and doctors decided to operate.



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Wlodarczyk to Huck: Fight me, if you dare!

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By Przemek Garczarczyk

“For so many years you fought only on German TV with sympathetic judges and referee. Your myth died when you had to prove yourself on US soil against my countryman Krzysiek Glowacki who just brutally knocked you out!” said former long time WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-3, 35 KO) when issuing an open challenge to dethroned WBO champion Marco Huck (38-3, 26 KO). “You were lying so many times about our sparring sessions. You never wanted to challenge me. Now we both are without championship belts – we can fight, just you and me just for a more important thing – honor. Can you win outside Germany? Can you prove that?”

Huck vs Wlodarczyk is something that Diablo’s promoters Andrzej Wasilewski and Tomasz Babilonski are very interested in. “It would be a sensational battle,” said Wasilewski. “For many years Huck was protected by his promoters, but now with a new team around him, I don’t think it should be a problem. Let’s do this on neutral ground in the United States! I will soon send Huck a very interesting proposal – to fight Wlodarczyk even this year. I doubt he will accept our challenge. He’s too devastated after his Glowacki beating, probably looks for easy money, easy opponents. But who would watch that?”



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Wilder-Duhaupas Presser Quotes

Photos: Heather Durham

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) hosted a press conference Thursday to formally announce his NBC bout taking place Saturday, September 26 against Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Johann Duhaupas: “I’m excited to be making my US debut and fighting for a heavyweight world title in the same night. This is the biggest opportunity of my career and I’m going to take advantage of it. Deontay is a huge competitor, but I’m coming into this fight prepared to make things very difficult for him. I plan on bringing the title back home to France.”

Deontay Wilder: “He’s never been knocked out until now. That’s always the ultimate goal when I’m in there with my opponent, to take them down. That’s how my name has gotten out there, through knockouts, and I want to keep that legacy going. It was big for me to knock my last opponent out and now I’m on a knockout spree. My hometown fans give me the momentum and the energy to continue to be great at what I do. This is a different ballgame when you’re dealing with the heavyweights. Everybody’s coming to get what I have. I like it. I love it actually. I like being the world’s most wanted, in a positive way.

“At the last fight, the energy was electrifying in there. It was so loud. People were so hyped and you could feel the wind from people’s voices traveling around when they shouted my name. And that’s one of the things when you have a fighter fighting at home. You have so much love and support.” (more…)



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Velazquez stops Alonso, Campos goes six with Africano

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Just like Revolution Avenue in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, is a magnet for action in the border city, it also attracts boxing and less than week since the last fight card was held on the major through fare, Velazquez Boxing Promotions brings its monthly fight card once again to the Rancho Grande Bar. Featuring ten professional fights, the main event saw the return to his hometown of veteran Hector “Charro Negro” Velazquez (57-26-3, 39KO) over journeyman Alejandro Alonso (2-22-2, 1KO) of Rosarito, Mexico in a welterweight eight.

With nearly ninety fights under his belts, Velazquez has scored pretty much everybody that is anybody in the last ten years. Velazquez has faced the likes of Kevin Kelley, Israel Vazquez, Rocky Juarez, Manny Pacquiao, Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares and Thomas Dulorme among others. He owns wins over former champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez and Bobby Pacquiao. Alonso has a similar career but he has lost to all the up and coming local fighters like Jose Uzcategui, Jose “Chon” Zepeda, Abner Lopez and Armando “Chato” Robles. (more…)



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Hosono, Yaegashi, Matsumoto victorious

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBA#4/WBC#11/IBF#6/WBO#7 featherweight Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (28-2-1, 20 KOs), 126, successfully kept his Japanese national 126-pound belt as he effectively battered Tatsuya Otsubo (8-7-1, 3 KOs), 125.25, nearly all the way, winning a lopsided decision (99-91 twice and 99-92) over ten hard-fought rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the world belt three times from Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (L12), Celestino Caballero (L12) and Chris John (TD3 due to the champ’s bleeding after an accidental butt), Hosono, now 31, is still gunning for a fourth shot at the belt. Regarded as a mismatch, it wasn’t so easy for Hosono since Otsubo took the initial round with his opening attack and then showed his heart despite losing round after round thereafter. Hosono had him at bay with vicious body bombardments in round seven, but couldn’t bring home the bacon early. (more…)



August 21st, 2015

UFC

Ronda Rousey defends against Holly Holm on Jan. 2

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will kick off the New Year for the UFC on Saturday, January 2, as she defends her title for the seventh time against unbeaten Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 195 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more

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August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. signs Russian citizenship application

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr., from Pensacola, Florida, has signed his application for Russian citizenship before more than 100 members of the media at a press conference in Yalta, Crimea. “I’ve flown 11 times to Russia, I love this country,” said Jones at a news conference. “I want to become an active member of Russian society. I love the Russian society and it likes me. I’m sure Russian citizenship would facilitate the task of building a bridge between the countries of Russia and America.”

Jones Jr., is seeking dual citizenship and a Russian passport. Promoter Vladimir Hrunov stated that he plans to stage a Roy Jones Jr. fight in Moscow in November.

Jones is in town to attend a fight card on Sunday headlined by the comeback of former WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (14-1-2, 9 KOs) against Adrian Luna Flores (18-3-1, 11 KOs), plus a clash between Stanislav Kashtanov (33-1, 19 KOs) and Felix Valera (12-0, 12 KOs) for the WBA interim light heavyweight title. Due to a forecast of torrential rains, that card has been moved from the annual Open-Air Bike Show in Sevastopol, Crimea, to the concert hall of the Rixos Mriya Resort in Yalta, Crimea.

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August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin-Lemieux Los Angeles Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Boxing superstar WBA, IBO, and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada wrapped up a three-city press conference tour Thursday afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Golovkin and Lemieux spoke about their upcoming showdown as the two will clash in a middleweight unification bout live on HBO Pay Per View Saturday October 17 from the mecca of boxing in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Gennady Golovkin: “This is the biggest present for everyone, for the fans, TV and us, of course. It’s an amazing time for us. Much respect for Bernard. I understand his situation. Pay per view, unification, a great opponent, this is an amazing time. October 17 will be a great day for sports and boxing. Everybody look for a new story October 18. I welcome you all to Madison Square Garden or watch it on TV.”

David Lemieux: “I believe I can win. I understand what I need to do. I’m not a dreamer, I’m a realist. I am here today because of my great determination. With that I have come a long way. I like Golovkin, he is a good man, a good champion but in the ring nobody likes anybody. We are going to give the world what they want to see. October 17th you will see something great make sure you watch.”

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August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto-Canelo press tour launches next week

Now that the three-city Golovkin-Lemieux press tour has wrapped up, brace yourself for a four-city Cotto-Canelo press tour next week.

The tour will begin in Los Angeles on Monday, August 24; will continue in Mexico City on Tuesday, August 25; New York City on Wednesday, August 26 and conclude in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Thursday, August 27. The press conferences are open to the public and fans are welcome to attend. Further details regarding all tour stops will be announced soon.

Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) defends his WBC middleweight title against Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on PPV November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.



August 21st, 2015

UFC

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August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Fitch back in action Sept 6 in Weirton, WV

Fan favorite “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (13-0-1, 7 KOs) makes his return to the tri-state area ring the night before Labor Day (Sunday, September 6th) at the Serbian American Cultural Center. Now campaigning at middleweight and coming Off Of a spectacular KO victory Over David Lujan in June, Fitch is set to face Dennis “Razor” Sharpe (17-15-2, 4 KOs) of Tampa, FL.

The card also features heavyweight prospect Ed Latimore (8-0, 5 KOs), WV State light heavyweight champion Aaron Quattrocchi (6-0-1, 3 KOs), popular super lightweight Bill “Hutch” Hutchinson (8-1-4, 4 KOs), heavyweight Josh “The Handsome Hitman” Himes (4-1, 3 KOx), welterweight prospect Matt “Sweet Child” Conway (2-0, 2 KO), and the pro debut of heavyweight Branko Busick. The card is presented by Made Men Promotions. (more…)



August 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Corona, California

Carlos Carlson 118 vs. Pedro Melo 117
LaRon Mitchell 243.9 vs. Curtis Lee Tate 225.8
Fernando Fuentes 127.6 vs. Erik Ruiz 127
Miguel Trejo 156.1 vs. Brahmabigi Montgomery 157.8
Manuel Mendez 137.9 vs. Luis Silva 137.5
Joseph Rios 143.3 vs. Jose Mejia 144.3

Venue: Omega Products Outdoor Arena, Corona, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing



August 21st, 2015




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