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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
IBF #4 heavyweight Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) and IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) met at a South Auckland restaurant for their final press conference before they clash in an IBF elimination bout at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand on Saturday.
Joseph Parker: “I have a lot of respect for Carlos and what he’s done in his career. He’s been in the ring with some big names. The plan is not to get hit, but with boxing, if you have a guy like Carlos who’s prepared to give me a good fight, who is confident in himself and who has trained the house down, then you’re definitely going to take some punches. I’m definitely excited about fighting someone like Carlos, who is going to be a good name on my record if I beat him.”
Carlos Takam: “With time, he’s going to be one of the best. But right now, I’m here to win.”
The promoter is Duco Events and the bout will be televised on the Foxtel Cable Television Network throughout New Zealand and Australia.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (13-0, 7 KOs) will look to add a fourteenth consecutive victory to his unblemished record this Saturday, May 21st at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Wilson, who is quickly becoming one of the top draws in the Pacific Northwest, will take on Mike “Concrete” Bissett (10-8, 7 KOs) in a six round bout, headlining White Delight Promotions’ six bout “Rogue Valley Rumble 4” card. (more…)
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) has announced the launch of Live Event Competitions, a brand new competitive experience in EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 Live Events mode. Starting on Saturday, May 14, fans around the world can play the qualifiers in the Live Event Competition to compete for a chance to earn Ultimate Team rewards and a trip to the live finals coinciding with the UFC Fan Expo®, part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, and UFC® 200: CORMIER vs. JONES 2 in Las Vegas. The winner of the grand final match, taking place on Friday, July 8, at the UFC Fan Expo, will receive $10,000 USD* and walk away with the belt as the EA SPORTS UFC 2 world champion . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions
In an IBF cruiserweight world title eliminator, unbeaten knockout artist Murat “Iron” Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) of Vladikavkaz, Russia, annihilated Jordan Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. Gassiev, rated #3 by the IBF with the #1 and #2 spots vacant, detonated a left hook on the jaw that put the IBF #10 Shimmell on his back unconscious. Time was 2:54. Thankfully Shimmell appears to be OK.
In the co-feature, veteran heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (32-9, 30 KOs) scored an explosive third round TKO over previously unbeaten Oklahoman Wes Nofire (19-1, 15 KOs). Southpaw Abell, bloodied by a cut caused by a headbutt, dropped Nofire with a barrage of punches at the end of round two. Abell then dropped Nofire in twice more in round three and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:12. (more…)
Undefeated identical twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo have the opportunity to become boxing’s first twins to hold world championships in the same weight class when they enter the ring this Saturday on Showtime from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall will defend his title against former champion Austin Trout, while unbeaten Jermell will battle fellow contender John Jackson for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship.
While they definitely have their similarities – look the same, have one letter different in their first names, have the same dreams and goals in the same sport – like any sibling relationship, they also have their differences. One likes the color black and while the other likes white. One likes horse racing, one likes basketball. However, one of the things they agree on most, is their desire to make history. (more…)
By David Finger
They say politics make strange bedfellows, particularly in an election year. But for fans of the Sweet Science, that quote could just as easily be applied to the sport of boxing. Sometimes the biggest surprise doesn’t come inside the ring and odds are that this Friday night in Las Vegas the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing promoted fight card featuring Hanzel Martinez will be hard pressed to top the surprising news as to who is now partnering with Roy Jones…James “Lights Out” Toney.
Two Hall of Fame fighters, whose dislike for each other was so palpable that their 1994 showdown was billed “The Uncivil War,” are now co-promoting fights together, starting with the Martinez fight on Friday. (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas
Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has been sometimes critical and sometimes supportive of current boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. Yesterday during his ESPN Deportes TV show “A Los Golpes,” Chavez was both when he discussed the Canelo-GGG situation.
“If the fighter wants to fight someone, the fight gets made,” stated Chavez. “For example, when I was offered the Camacho fight, I took it. When they offered me the Haugen fight, I took it. And the Meldrick Taylor fight, and the Whitaker fight, I took them. Don King sometimes didn’t want the fights, but I told him that I wanted to fight them and the fights got made.
“I don’t think Canelo is afraid and I also think that Canelo has more than a good chance to beat Golovkin. Canelo keeps getting better. To me, Canelo is a natural middleweight. Canelo is a much better boxer than Golovkin, but Golovkin is a bigger puncher than Canelo. Honestly, I think Canelo has the skills to make a good fight and he can beat Golovkin.” (more…)
WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (22-0-1, 12 KOs) has called for a domestic showdown with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) after he’s dealt with Predrag Radosevic on June 4 in Liverpool in the third defense of his world title. “I’m going to be brutally honest,” said Smith. “Kell Brook is the fight I want. I would bite your hand off for that fight. Kell is a nice lad and I get on with him but it’s a fight that people would love to see.
“Frank [Warren] made an offer and started the ball rolling. If they were keen on that fight they could have easily had it. Don’t talk about dominating 147lbs and 154lbs and then fight an opponent at 140lbs. If you’re going do it do it and fight one of the champions at 147lbs or 154lbs!”
Heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius is travelling today with his coach Johan Lindström to Holland for a three-week long training camp with the current world champion Tyson Fury, who is preparing for his much-anticipated rematch against Wladimir Klitschko in July. “I have to train with the best to be the best,” says Helenius in an exclusive interview with his sponsor Paf. “I want to kick-start my own motivation and inspiration from how they train and set up their workouts. The more training I get, the better it is for me.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi
WBC#11 unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shun Kubo (10-0, 7 KOs), 122, successfully made his initial defense of the OPBF super-bantam belt when he defeated Filipino Benjie Suganob (10-5-1, 5 KOs), 121.5, by a unanimous decision (117-113, 115-112, 115-113) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Kobe, Japan. Kubo, a tall puzzling lefty, had him at bay with solid southpaw lefts in round six, and took the initiative to have the interim open scores leading after the eighth: 78-73, 78-74, 77-75, all for the defending champ. Though Suganob showed his last surge in the last four sessions, the champ Kubo managed to maintain his lead on the scores to carry himself to a unanimous victory.
OPBF ranked minimumweight Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3 KOs), 105, impressively halted Thailander Toedkiad Weerachon (7-5, 1 KO), 104.5, at 1:23 of the third round in a scheduled eight.
Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.
New York State Boxing Hall-of-Famer Edwin Viruet will be Ring 8’s guest speaker at Tuesday night’s (May 17) monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
“Edwin was inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2016,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “He was unable to attend the induction ceremony, so we will present him with his Hall of Fame belt at our meeting. Edwin embodies what the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) is all about in terms of his overall achievements and accomplishments as a New York State fighter. We’re very happy that Edwin will have this opportunity to be honored and we’re all interested in hearing him speak about his boxing career.” (more…)
The Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup has been postponed due to an injury sustained by WBO #2, WBA #3, IBF #3 super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs), who was set to face Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental title. While sparring, Nielsen suffered a broken metacarpal and a scaphoid wrist fracture for which he must undergo surgery. The 25-year-old from Albertslund is expected to be out of action for 8-12 weeks. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Scott Hirano/Showtime/Premier Boxing Champions
Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will get another crack at a world title when he takes on hard-hitting WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 20 KOs) of Argentina. They collide on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on CBS.
Fightnews.com® spoke with Mares as he gears up for the fight. “This fight against Cuellar, June 25 in Brooklyn, New York, I’m really excited for three reasons. One, I am finally going to New York. I have never been there in my life. Two, God willing I’ll become a world champion. Three, I am definitely fighting a top level fighter. I like to fight this type of fight. Against Cuellar you will see a different type of Abner Mares. Now with Robert Garcia as my coach, I have the slight advantage that he once trained Cuellar.”
Mares parted ways for a second time with longtime trainer Clemente Medina before acquiring the services of two-time Trainer of the Year Garcia, whom he’s now working with at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
‘The Pride of Providence’ Peter Manfredo, Jr. (40-8, 21 KOs) battled ‘Mr. Providence’ Vladine Biosse (16-7-2, 7 KOs) to an unpopular draw over eight rounds at super middleweight in his comeback fight after a three-year layoff last Saturday night.
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Darryl Bunting back in the ring at age 44
Paddy Gallagher and Conrad Cummings on track for British title
Uganda’s female slum boxers
Lee Haskins eyes Stuart Hall fight.
At 9:23 PM ET on Saturday, May 14, the newest member of the Fightnews family was born. Aiden Matthew Richardson weighed in at a ready 9 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. Mom is doing well and Dad is doing even better!
A member of Team Pulver on season five of The Ultimate Fighter, a season that pitted his coach Jens Pulver against BJ Penn, Cole Miller will get a chance to face Penn on Saturday, June 4, when he replaces the injured Dennis Siver on the UFC 199 card in Inglewood, California . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Local favorite Abel Ramos (15-1-2, 10 KOs) will be featured this Friday in Phoenix, Arizona. He will take on unbeaten Juarez, Mexico, native Dario Ferman (13-0, 10 KOs) in a bout is scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 144 pounds. The site will be the famous Celebrity Theatre.
Ramos was handed his first professional loss this past December in a bout aired on ShoBox, but he rebounded with a win last month. (more…)
We were told Monday by a source with knowledge of the situation that possible interim fights before the Canelo-GGG super fight were being discussed. Now we’re hearing from another credible source that the topic of interim fights before the big middleweight unification showdown hasn’t been discussed. In any event, Canelo-GGG is already the most anticipated fight in boxing, so let’s hope the fight is made as soon as possible.
Murat Gassiev 199.2 vs. Jordan Shimmell 196
(IBF cruiserweight eliminator)
John Wesley Nofire 231.2 vs. Joey Abell 257.2
Danny Kelly 232.4 vs. Stephan Shaw 252.2
Leduan Barthelemy 128.6 vs. Rafael Eduardo Reyes 129.8
Deonte Wilson 144.2 vs. Gilbert Venegas 146.6
Ramiro Carrillo 139.6 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 143.4
Jose F Quezada 140.8 vs. Ariel A Vasquez 141.8
Mengistu Zarzar 193.4 vs. John Moxey 211
Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: Fox Sports 1
Heavyweight stars David Haye and Shannon Briggs showed their form and thrilled local boxing fans at a public workout on Monday at Manchester’s Jubilee Place in advance of their respective fights on Saturday’s card at the Manchester Arena. Haye is facing Arnold Gjerjaj, who also worked out. Briggs’ announced opponent Alexander Dimitrenko wasn’t in attendance, and is rumored to not be fighting at all. No mention of Dimitrenko was made during Briggs’ public interview. If both Haye and Briggs are victorious, they are expected to clash in September. Stay tuned.
It will be a battle of the Boxcino champions when former world title challengers when 2014 Boxcino winner Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs) and 2105 winner John Thompson (17-2, 6 KOs) square off in a ten round middleweight bout in the June 11 feature on Sho Extreme at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. In the Sho Extreme co-feature, Boxcino 2015 heavyweight champion Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KOs) will face Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KO) in a ten round heavyweight bout.
The Sho Extreme bouts will precede a Showtime tripleheader that will feature former junior welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov taking on John Molina Jr.
Negotiations are ongoing between the camps of WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA/IBF/WBC interim champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Fightnews.com® has learned that one of the proposals being discussed is that both fighters agree to have at least two or three interim fights each before they clash. If both sides agree to it, Canelo’s next foe could be either David Lemieux or Curtis Stevens. GGG could face Daniel Jacobs. The reasoning for the additional time is to let the fight marinate and become bigger and bigger so the fighters (Canelo and GGG) can make the most money when they finally do meet. Stay tuned…
WBA/WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has issued an apology to anyone offended by controversial comments made by him in a recent video interview posted online.
Tyson Fury: “I said some things which may have hurt some people – which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do. I apologize to anyone who may have taken offense at any of my comments. Though it is not an excuse, sometimes the heightened media scrutiny has caused me to act out in public. I know more is expected of me as an ambassador of British boxing and I promise in future to hold myself up to the highest possible standard. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am in no way a racist or bigot and I hope the public accept this apology.”
Fury’s statement prefaced Fury’s quotes by pointing out that a man of Traveller heritage, Fury has suffered bigotry and racial abuse throughout his life and as such would never wish anyone to suffer the same. He has many friends of a wide range of backgrounds and races and wishes no ill to anyone of any race, religion or sexual orientation. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
TOURNAMENTS IN BOXING
Boxing is a great sport and it will always exist because it’s one of the few sports which is out there as a lending hand to the youth of the world, mostly from humble beds, to become someone in life and have success proudly representing their family, their neighborhood, state and country.
The WBC believes that tournaments bring an additional interest to the fans and also creates a competitive format to find the best of the best.
In boxing´s recent history there have been some very important tournaments which led to iconic figures. In the 1980s, Don King with HBO created the heavyweight tournament which led to Mike Tyson becoming the undisputed champion in the heavyweight division. Don King also put together a tournament in the middleweight division and Bernard Hopkins emerged as the undisputed champion and did it with the historic KO victory over Tito Trinidad. Then came the Super 6 tournament by Showtime, which had many sensational champions fighting and Andre Ward was the ultimate winner. Showtime also did a tournament at bantamweight and Abner Mares was the winner. (more…)
By David Finger
The WBO world rankings for the month of May were released late last week and although there were no changes at the top, where all of the champions retained their belts, there were nonetheless a fair share of shakeups in the rankings.
In the heavyweight division Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) continued to have the week from hell as he not only saw his WBC title fight cancelled at the last minute due to a positive test for a banned substance but also saw his WBO ranking disappear as well. Povetkin dropped out of the rankings entirely (he had been the third ranked heavyweight). Taking his place at #3 was Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) who moved up from #4. Takam is scheduled to fight the #1 ranked heavyweight Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) of New Zealand and the #2 ranked heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko (64-4. 53 KOs), is scheduled to fight the champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) in July so there is a real possibility that either Parker or Takam will emerge as the mandatory this summer. (more…)
Alexander Povetkin promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy held a press conference on Monday in Moscow to address the current status of the troubled Wilder-Povetkin fight.
Andrey Ryabinskiy: “If we don’t come to an agreement about the fight with Wilder’s team, we are ready to meet them in court. The fight is not cancelled but postponed, we are discussing a new date. There are no legal barriers for the fight. The official Wilder-Povetkin fight status is “postponed.” Everything else is just thoughts of some persons…All claims against Povetkin are legally unsound. This is just an inflated press story.
“Povetkin didn’t fail a doping test. He has 15 times lower meldonium concentration than the limit established by WADA. Now we need to pass additional tests, then we will set a new date of the fight and do it.”
Alexander Povetkin: “I have nothing to fear, I am a clear fighter and I have not been taking meldonium since it was prohibited. I was perfectly ready for the fight and I am very upset with its postponement. I don’t want to say anything bad about Wilder and his team. Russian people don’t like such things.”
WBC #1, IBF #5, WBA #6, WBO #7 super middleweight Callum Smith (19-0, 14 KOs) is back in action at Goodison Park in Liverpool on May 29. Smith is making a quick return after he landed the mandatory position in the WBC with a first round KO over European champion Hadillah Mohoumadi at the Echo Arena on April 2. “As soon as this event was announced it was one that I was desperate to be a part of it – everyone in Liverpool is buzzing about May 29,” said Smith. “I’m always in the gym and I don’t want to sit around and do nothing, I should be active at my age and at this stage of my career, and I want to keep winning and keep learning so I ready for that world title fight when it comes. (more…)
UFC 198 came to a dramatic end on Saturday night, as Stipe Miocic silenced 45,207 fans in Brazil with a stunning first-round knockout to finish Fabricio Werdum and win the UFC heavyweight title . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
In a bout billed as last night’s co-main event, Detroit bantamweight James Smith shut out his adversary Pablo Cupul from Mexico’s Yucatan by 60-53 on all three cards. But that doesn’t come close to telling the story. Until the seventh fight on promoter Dimitri Salita’s second Motown promotion, it was good-guys vs. bad guys, with the losers not winning a single round.
The scoring didn’t change in the Smith-Cupul bout, but this fight initiated a wake-up call. This is what the crowd came for—give-and-take action that reached a high pitch in most rounds and definitely in the final three of the six-rounder. To use an expression among fight buffs, Cupul “wouldn’t go away.” After dropping Cupul in the second (a definite knockdown that may have been aided by a stuck tennis shoe in the canvas), it appeared that Smith, who thanks to promoter Salita, is finally getting back into action (10 fights now in six years). Smith moved in for the kill after the knockdown, but it wasn’t to be. (more…)
By David Finger at ringside
It took just over forty years, but boxing returned to Clovis, New Mexico yesterday at the Clovis Civic Center in what boxing fans are hoping will prove to be the rebirth of the sweet science in the Eastern New Mexico city. Although boxing once was a staple for sports fans in Clovis, it had disappeared completely after local super lightweight Brooks Byrd took on a Texas brawler named Rocky Ramon in July of 1975.
But thanks to School of Hard Knocks Promotions and promoter Isidro Castillo, boxing didn’t just come back to Clovis…it scored a knockout.
Not bad considering the card suffered a series of last minute cancellations that seriously threatened the event, with three of the six scheduled fights getting scrapped at the last minute. (more…)
Promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy, lead promoter for the troubled Wilder-Povetkin fight, made a point of saying that the fight will “take place, but on a different date.” However, Lou DiBella, promoter of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, isn’t onboard with that.
“Based upon Povetkin’s positive test for meldonium, and with the health and safety of Deontay Wilder the paramount consideration, this fight could not take place next Saturday,” said DiBella. “As a result of Povetkin’s use of a banned substance and breach of contract, Deontay Wilder was deprived of an opportunity to defend his title as he was prepared to – on an even playing field. He and his team have suffered substantial damages as a result. Any talk of rescheduling by Mr. Ryabinskiy at this point is unfounded and premature. Team Wilder will await further communications from the WBC and will weigh all our options given what has transpired.”
Povetkin, the WBC #1 heavyweight championship contender, tested positive for the substance in a urine test conducted by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on April 27.
In the wake of the news on Friday that Alexander Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and his representatives have been made aware of the WBC’s decision on Sunday that the fight will not occur in Moscow on May 21.
“I’m very disappointed that due to Povetkin’s failed drug test the fight is not going to happen on May 21 in Moscow,” said Deontay Wilder. “I had worked very hard to prepare myself for this important title defense, spending the last two weeks training in England to get accustomed to fighting in Europe. I wanted to give the fans a great show, but we understand the WBC’s position that the fight occur on an even playing field.”
The 30-year-old Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) and his team were supposed to fly to Moscow on Sunday for a week of preparation and promotion leading up to the fight. Now, Wilder will return home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and await further information from the WBC.
“This is a huge disappointment and a setback to my goals in boxing. I want to be an active heavyweight champion and it is still my goal to collect all the belts and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Wilder said.
The Wilder-Povetkin fight is postponed, but the rest of next Saturday’s big boxing card in Moscow presented by promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy’s World Boxing will go on as scheduled with the cruiserweight unification clash between WBA world champion Denis Lebedev (28-1, 21 KOs) and IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) as the new main event.
In other notable fights, cruiserweight contender Dmitry Kudryashov (18-1, 18 KOs) faces Julio Cesar dos Santos (30-5, 27 KOs), cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (24-2, 18 KOs) meets Tamas Lodi (18-6-2, 15 KOs), WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Felix Valera (13-0, 12 KOs) defends against Dmitry Bivol (6-0, 6 KOs), Umar Salamov (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on Bob Ajisafe (16-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title and light heavyweight Stanislav Kashtanov (34-2, 20 KOs) battles Tomasz Gargula (18-1, 5 KOs).