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Chagaev-Pianeta Final Press Conference

Chagaev-Pianeta Final Press Conference

Photos: P. Gercke WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) and challenger Francesco Pianeta (31-1-1, 17 KOs) faced off at their ...

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Huck starts camp in Las Vegas

Huck starts camp in Las Vegas

It is time for business. Marco Huck’s (38-2-1, 26 KOs) preparations for his upcoming fight are well and truly under way. The ...

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Guevara retains WBC 108lb title

Guevara retains WBC 108lb title

Photos: Promociones del Pueblo WBC light flyweight champion Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara (26-1-1, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory ...

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Carmona-Parrenas ends in draw; Alvarez-Gutierrez ends in a no contest

Carmona-Parrenas ends in draw; Alvarez-Gutierrez ends in a no contest

Photos: Zanfer Promotions In a bout for the WBO interim super flyweight title, WBO #1 rated David "Severo" Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs) and ...

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Bronco Billy, 50, wants WBC to force heavyweight contenders to face him

Bronco Billy, 50, wants WBC to force heavyweight contenders to face him

Photo: Team Bronco Billy After recording another first round knockout last Saturday in Bolivia, WBC #16 rated heavyweight Bronco Billy Wright (48-4, 38 ...

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Boxing News

Weights from México City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel

Dante Jardon 139.70 vs. Patricio Moreno 139.70
(WBC International súper featherweight title)

Juan Carlos Salgado 135.75 vs. Jairo “Doberman” Lopez 134.65
Jacky Calvo 111.75 vs. Guadalupe Bautista 109
Diego Cruz 154 vs. Luis Prieto 150

Venue: Arena Coliseo in México City
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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January 31st, 2015



Boxing News

South Africa saddened by Kushner’s death

By Ron Jackson

News of the sudden death of legendary promoter Cedric Kushner on Thursday in New York City came as a shock to the tight-knit boxing community in South Africa. Kushner was involved in many big-time world championship promotions around the world, including joint promotions with top SA promoter Rodney Berman. Among the fighters they promoted were Vuyani Bungu and Welcome Ncita, both world champions. Berman tweeted on Friday: “Very sad to hear about the passing of Cedric Kushner, my larger-than-life friend and co-promoter; one of boxing’s most charismatic figures.”

Kushner, who died of a heart attack, was born in Cape Town in 1949, and became a popular and highly respected promoter after moving to the United States. (more…)



January 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Philadelphia

Prichard Colon 151.4 vs. Hector Munoz 153.8
Stephen Fulton 123.1 vs. Eric Gotay 122.9
Anthony Prescott 150.2 vs. Grayson Blake 146.7
Kyrone Davis 159.8 vs. Jonathan Garcia 160
Raynell Williams 133.9 vs. Ryan Picou 135.5
Jamontay Clark 150.6 vs. Dominique Foster 150.6
Earl Newman 180 vs. Yuwshua Zadok 181.1
Antonio Russell 116.2 vs. Harold Reyes 120

Promoter: King’s Promotions & XFE
Venue: 2300 Arena
1st Bell: 6:45 PM



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Luis upsets IBF #15 rated Dargan; Barrera stops Lacy in four

Photos: Emily Harney

In the first big upset of 2015, Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated IBF #15 rated Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In a bout that could have been fought in a phone booth, 7:1 underdog Luis pressed the action and outworked Dargan all night. Luis should have been credited with a knockdown in round three after putting Dargan down with a left hand. He dropped Dargan officially in round ten to punctuate a 97-92, 99-90, 97-92 win.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over faded former world champion Jeff Lacy (27-6, 18 KOs). Barrera dropped Lacy with a right hand in round one, then punished him until the bout was stopped at 2:05 of round four. Lacy was game, but didn’t look to have much left at age 37.

In a good action fight between New England middleweight rivals, Thomas Falowo (13-3, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Russell Lamour (11-1, 5 KOs). Falowo, who was 1-4 against Lamour in the amateur ranks, was the aggressor and took a deserved 78-74, 77-75, 77-75 nod on the judges’ cards. *Note: Russell Lamour’s official Fight Fax pro record is 14-5, 4 KOs, counting eight World Series of Boxing fights.

Middleweight Shane Mosley, Jr. (3-1, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Rafael Machado (0-3). Mosley knocked down Machado twice before the referee stopped it. photos



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather-Pacquiao done deal?

That’s what TMZ is claiming anyway.

Floyd Mayweather has agreed to fight Manny Pacquiao … multiple sources tell TMZ Sports … who say the two finally came to an agreement moments ago. The two sides had been trying to hammer out a deal for a while to square off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2nd. Manny had agreed to his contract weeks ago … and it was all up to Floyd to sign on the dotted line. But now, after meeting in person at the Miami Heat game earlier this week … we’re told it’s a done deal .. and the two sides will make a formal announcement in the coming days. Story developing …

Multiple sources have denied the report, including Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza.

Update: TMZ now says May-Pac agreement not signed but everyone expects signatures “soon.” Negotiators putting “finishing touches” on the deal.



January 30th, 2015

UFC

UFC 183 at the scales

UFC 183, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz and the welterweight bout between Tyron Woodley and Kelvin Gastelum, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Nick Diaz (185) VS Anderson Silva (186)

PPV MAIN CARD
Kelvin Gastelum (180**) VS Tyron Woodley (170.5)
Al Iaquinta (156) VS Joe Lauzon (156)
Tim Boetsch (185.5) VS Thales Leites (186)
Thiago Alves (171) VS Jordan Mein (169.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Sara McMann (135.5) VS Miesha Tate (135.5)
Ed Herman (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186)
John Lineker (130*) VS Ian McCall (126)
Tom Watson (186) VS Rafael Natal (185.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Jimy Hettes (146) VS Diego Brandao (142)
Ildemar Alcantara (185) VS Richardson Moreira (185.5)
Andy Enz (186) VS Thiago Santos (185.5)

*Lineker did not make weight and will be fined. The fight will proceed as scheduled

** Gastelum did not make weight

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Seferi, Glowacki make weight for WBO cruiser eliminator

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“He was nervous today. I will use that against him Saturday,” said Nuri Seferi (36-6, 20 KOs) after today’s WBO cruiserweight eliminator weigh in in Toruń, Poland. Seferi was just under the cruiserweight limit at 198.4 pounds and hometown hero Krzysztof Glowacki (23-0, 15 KOs), who is almost two inches taller, was the lighter man on the scales with exactly 196 pounds. Głowacki’s response to Seferi? A smile.



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Marcelino “Nino” Lopez

Former WBC Latino Lightweight Champion, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. The 28-year-old from Arribenos, Buenos Aires, Argentina has already has a strong career as a professional boxer in South American, winning and defending several titles and maintaining a near perfect record of 31-1-1 with 15 KOs. Lopez’ one loss was to Pablo Barboza (23-4, 9 KOs) in Argentina last July. He is not currently rated in the top 15 of any of the “big four” sanctioning organizations.

“Golden Boy Promotions continues to strengthen its roster of fighters and adding Marcelino Lopez to the team confirms the great plans we have to find the best talent to put on the best fights for the fans,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

After a marathon fight card a couple of weeks ago that opened up the 2015 season in Tijuana, the first club-level show was celebrated Thursday night at the Rancho Grande Bar on Revolucion Ave in the heart of the border city. Presented by PM Promotions led by former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales, five total fights were presented after a number of amateur bouts that revved up the engine of the healthy fight crowd that made their way to the popular nightclub. In the main event, an unpopular draw was announced between Jesus “Bolitas” Delgado (5-1-1, 2KO) and game Angel “Sinaloa” Aispuro (4-3-2, 1KO), both of Tijuana, in a four round super bantamweight fight. (more…)



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Francisco Rodríguez 110 vs. Jomar Fajardo 110
Aaron Herrera 141 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 141.5
Ramses Agaton 148 vs. Jonathan Durán 150
Martín Tecuapetla 113 vs. Miguel Herrera 113

Venue: Palenque de Gallos de la Feria de Chiapas
TV: TV Azteca, UniMas
Promoter: Zanfer

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January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

FNF: Lamour-Falowo backstory

During their amateur careers New England middleweights Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs), of Portland, Maine, and Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs), of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, met several times, with Lamour defeating Falowo all but once. Now they meet again as pros for hometown bragging rights in their January 31 ESPN Friday Night Fights debut at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.

The undefeated Lamour feels he still has the edge. “In the one loss I had against him it was a close fight. He won by a split decision. My game plan has changed a little since our last meeting because his skill has gotten much better. There are a few small mistakes that we are working on but not too much has changed. To me the number of rounds does not matter. I know him. He will be ready. I will be ready. It will be a great fight. I am just looking to outbox him.”

He added, “His family lives closer to Foxwoods so he will probably have a bigger crowd then I do but if he does, he does. It really doesn’t matter to me. It is not my concern. I will be in the ring doing what I do.

“Although he only beat Lamour once as an amateur, Falowo feels he can defeat Lamour as a pro. “When we fought each other in the amateurs it was four or six rounds, but now that this fight is up to eight rounds it definitely gives me time to break him down. More rounds gives me the advantage because I am a pressure fighter and it definitely takes me awhile to try to get warmed up. I am working on more effective aggressiveness. Lamour likes to move around a lot. He is a boxer-type. I really doubt he is going to stand there and try to trade with me but, if he did, it would be even better for me. He is probably going to try to box me, so I am just going to work on effective aggressiveness and hitting without getting hit so much.”

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “Fights where there is a history and a little bit of animosity between the fighters make great fights in the ring. The Fox Theater at Foxwoods will be packed with Lamour and Falowo fans. Russell tried to downplay his crowd support but his team is literally bringing in busloads of people from Maine! This will be a great start to FNF on January 30.”



January 30th, 2015

UFC

Al Iaquinta: More Dangerous Than Ever

Hair gel. That’s the one thing Al Iaquinta couldn’t imagine traveling without. It took the surging lightweight a few moments to carve out the answer to the lofty question, but when he delivered his response it came with absolute certainty. . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Light welterweight rivals ready for clash tomorrow

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

John Wayne Hibbert (14-2, 8 KOs) defends his WBC International title against Tyler Goodjohn (11-3, 4 KOs) while the vacant English strap is on the line between Tommy Martin (10-0, 3 KOs) and Ricky Boylan (12-1, 4 KOs) tomorrow night on Sky Sports.

The 140lbs division in Britain will have a different complexion once those dust-ups are compete and with plenty of needle in both clashes, excitement is guaranteed in Greenwich.

“Tyler has been saying a lot,” said Hibbert. “The one thing I know is that there’s no way that I am going to lose. True boxing fans know that I am a level above Tyler, he’s come out with a lot of nonsense, there’s no history between us and I like that he’s been chucking banter about, it’s making me train hard and beat him up even more on the night. I’m thick skinned and it goes over my head. He’s improved a lot, don’t get me wrong, I am not underestimating him. (more…)



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Rebrasse-Syroos for WBC Francophone title

WBC #12 Christopher Rebrasse (23-3-3/6) from France will challenge local Seyedin Syroos (15-6-4/7) for the inaugural WBC Francophone supermiddleweight title on March 14 at the Spiroudome of Charleroi, Belgium.
Syroos just won the WBC Mediterranean title stopping compatriot Recloux in 8 rounds. The Iranian born Belgian was the first Iranian to win a WBC belt and vacated this title to challenge former EBU and world rated Rebrasse.
Rebrasse won the EBU title stopping Ali Ndiaye inside 4 rounds but lost it to Georges Groves. He came back with a win last December and is out to impress against Syroos.
On the undercard WBC #7 Alex Miskirtchian will make his long awaited comeback and heavyweight Herve Hubeaux will have an 8 rounder. In case of a win he will fight for the vacant WBC Francophone titlefight on April 25 in Andenne, Belgium.
The show is promoted by Euroboxe Promotion, headed by Alain Vanackere, who will soon announce the full undercard.



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

López, Figueroa public workout

Photos: Cotto Promotions llc

Unbeaten and rising Puerto Rican prospect Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ López (15-0, 11 KOs) and Josean ‘El Tren’ Figueroa (8-3-1, 7 KOs) showed that they are in excellent condition for their anticipated clash on Saturday February 7 at the Guillermo Angulo Coliesum in Carolina, Puerto Rico presented by Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Performing in front of his hometown ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez will make his comeback fight after 5 months of his battle against Mexican warrior Roberto ‘Azabache’ Castañeda on August 16, 2014 in Caguas Puerto Rico.

“I feel in excellent condition, we have learn of our mistakes, I have seen the fight more than 10 times and I learn every time I watch it, this time I will follow the game plan to get the victory,” said Lopez. (more…)



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Braehmer-Krasniqi kick-off press conference

Photos: Sebastian Heger

On March 21, it is ‘The Moment of Truth’ as WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) takes on the WBA number one challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) in an all-German showdown at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Ahead of their world championship clash, the two fighters came face-to-face at a kick-off press conference yesterday in Warnemuende, just a few kilometers away from the arena, where the fight is going to take place.

The Champion, Braehmer appeared in a confident mood, as he prepares to return to the ring following his record-breaking 55 second knockout of Pawel Glazewski in his last world title defense. “Krasniqi has earned his shot,” said the 36 year-old southpaw. “He is number one in the WBA rankings. I’m happy to prove myself against him in this domestic showdown, which will have all of Germany talking. I will as always prepare to for the full 12 rounds, but if the opportunity arises, I will not hesitate to make it another early night.”

Krasniqi is respectful of the champion’s status, but remains eager to claim his first world title and avenge the amateur losses of his coach Dirk Dzemski. “It’s a big honor to share the ring with a prolific fighter like Braehmer,” said the Munich-based boxer. “He was already a top-notch boxer, when I started my professional career. It would mean a lot for me to win and claim my first world championship against him. Especially as my coach Dirk Dzemski was beaten twice by Braehmer in the amateurs – I will avenge those losses for him.” (more…)



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

WBA talks about Mayweather-Pacquiao

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza are in Spain and visited the famed sports media cómpany MARCA. While there they spoke about some current issues in the boxing world.

“The public needs the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight,” said Mendoza. “Mayweather’s running out of opponents and it seems he only has two more fights in his career. The purse is soaring and any other opponent has no meaning for Mayweather. I think that on May 2, Mayweather and Pacquiao will face off. Maybe they’ll announce it next week.”

Note: Pacquiao has never fought for a WBA world title. (more…)



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Abel Ramos headlines in LA on Feb 6

Unbeaten Abel Ramos (10-0-2, 6 KOs) of Arizona makes his 2015 debut February 6th. Ramos will take on Luis Alberto Pelayo (11-5, 7 KOs) of Mexico topping a private show in Los Angeles. The main event bout is scheduled for 6 rounds and just above the junior welterweight limit. Ed Holmes All Star Boxing will promote the show. Ramos’ managerial stablemates former Olympian Isaac Dogboe (5-0, 3 KOs) and Samuel Antwi (1-0, 1 KOs) will be fighting in separate bouts on the undercard. (more…)



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

“Macho” Camacho children’s book coming to PR

By Gabriel F. Cordero

“El Papa Macho,” the children’s book written by Hector Camacho, Jr., son of the late Puerto Rican multi-division world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho, will be available in Spanish for the Puerto Rican market on February 26.

“Macho Dad” was released in English on October 23. It was written by Camacho Jr. and Dustin Warburton. Illustrations are by Dan Monroe. This book is about the life of Macho Camacho and depicts the love between a son and father, and the loss he feels when his father is no longer with him. It was created ​​especially for children who have lost their parents.



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

DiBella on Kushner

By Matt Richardson

Promoter Lou DiBella was close friends with Cedric Kushner, who passed away on Thursday at age 66. As such, DiBella, who knew Kushner both personally and professionally, was in a good position to comment on the legacy of the late promoter.

“He was one of boxing’s great characters,” DiBella explained to Fightnews while promoting the latest edition of his “Broadway Boxing” series on Thursday night in Manhattan. “As a person, I lost a good friend,” he said. “I met Cedric three weeks after I started at HBO and that was more than 25 years ago. I loved the guy. I called him ‘Uncle Ced.’ He was a big part of my life.”

“He was a great international promoter. And, for well over a decade, he was one of the most powerful guys in the whole sport. He was the guy that was the big, local New York promoter before I was. I learned things from him but also he was just a funny guy and a character. He was a self-made man. He had this accent, this South African accent that sounded real educated and aristocratic. But he barely got out of grammar school and he jumped ship and he was shining shoes. He was a pool boy at the Fontainebleau hotel in Florida. From there he became one of the biggest promoters in music and from there, one of the biggest promoters in boxing and started guys like Shane Mosley. (more…)



January 30th, 2015

UFC

Anderson Silva wows at open media workout

Anderson Silva hit pads and grappled with teammates for about an hour just outside the sports book in the MGM Grand casino on Wednesday afternoon to officially kick off fight week with the UFC 183 Open Workouts . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on the Pacquiao-Mayweather hotel talks. And more. And more.

Evander Holyfield recalls road rage incident.

On Jermain Taylor and the ordered mental evaluation. More

The latest Australian showdown: Sonny Bill Wiliams vs. Paul Gallen.



January 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Rosa stops Echevarria in first round

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside

Unbeaten New Haven CT featherweight Luis Rosa knocked down Noel Echevarria before following up with a controversial KO to seal his 18th victory on Thursday night at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Rosa forced to take a knee after enduring an onslaught of hooks to the body. After Echevarria recovered and found his legs, Rosa appeared to have landed a blow on or below the belt and continued to follow up with a barrage of punches while Echevarria turned to complain, resulting in Echevarria tumbling to the floor after taking a solid right cross from Rosa. The referee at ringside stopped the fight immediately with official time recorded at 2:36 of round 1. Rosa picks up another KO and moves to 14-0 with 6 KOs while Echevarria is now 11-5 with 6 KOs.

Super bantamweight Rafael Vazquez delighted his hometown fans with a superb KO win over Joseph Rios. After a cautious opening round, Vazquez floored Rios with a beautifully timed left hook to his chin. Rios showed heart in getting up but shortly tasted the canvas yet again by way of a wide left hook that again landed flush on Rios’ chin. The 3rd round led to more of the same from Vazquez as he went to work on Rios in an attempt to end the fight early. Rios however, survived and decided to enter survival mode in order to see out the round. Rios continued to suffer in the fourth round, going down again after eating a right jab and landing awkwardly on his hip. This also turned out to be the last round of action as shortly after Rios returned to his corner his corner waved off the bout. The official reason was that the ringside doctor halted the bout, therefore a TKO. The official time of the stoppage was the end of round 4. Vazquez lines up his fifth consecutive knockout win and moves to 13-1 with 11 KOs while Rios falls to 13-12-2 with 4 KOs.

In what everyone at ringside would regard as an anti-climax, cruiserweight Travis Peterkin was left confused and shocked as his opponent Julio Garcia failed to come out for the second round and abruptly left. The official verdict given was that the ringside doctor stopped the fight at the end of round #1. Although disappointed, Peterkin still moves to 14-0 (5 KOs) while Garcia falls to 6-8 (3 KOs). (more…)



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

ESPN2 weights from Foxwoods

Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) returns to Foxwoods’ Fox Theatre to face Tony “The Lightning” Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas lightweight championship live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.

Karl Dargan: Tomorrow night they might like “Lighting” but when “Lighting” strikes “Dynamite” it is going to blow up. We will see what happens.

Tony Luis: I am ready to put on the fight of my life.

Karl Dargan 135 vs. Tony Luis 134.2
Jeff Lacy 168.2 vs. Sullivan Barrera 172.4
Russell Lamour 159 vs. Thomas Falowo 158.4
Shane Mosley Jr 161.4 vs. Rafael Machado 161.8

Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: Main Events
TV: ESPN2

More weights and photos…



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

WBO #1 rated “Head” Glowacki media training in Torun

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBO #1 ranked cruiserweight Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (23-0, 15 KOs) with his trainer Fiodor Lapin worked out for fans and media before Saturday night’s WBO title eliminator against Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (36-6, 20 KOs). The fight is promoted by Sferis KnockOut Promotions.



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Matchmaker Eric Bottjer remembers Cedric Kushner

By Flattop

Promoter Cedric Kushner suffered a fatal heart attack Thursday morning. He was 66 years old. Eric Bottjer, the matchmaker for Cedric Kushner Promotions from 1997 thru 2004, had the following to say about working with his former boss and friend.

How was it working with Cedric?: “Number one it was fun. We had a lot of fun. Cedric was a hardworking guy, a gregarious guy. We learned a lot from him. Everyone will tell you that he made the work a lot more enjoyable because of the way he was. He enjoyed himself, the business and the people in the business.”

What were some of the fights promoted by Cedric that you remember the most?: “Shane Mosley defeating Oscar De La Hoya (September 13, 2000). Hasim Rahman’s knockout over Lennox Lewis (April 22, 2001). Ike Ibeabuchi against Chris Byrd (March 20, 1999).”

What do you take away the most from working with Cedric?: “He taught me to be patient with the people in the business, how to deal with the different types of people. He could deal with the executives at HBO and the guys who were four or six round fighters. He was good at making deals and he taught me how to make deals. He was very proud of his business.”



January 29th, 2015

UFC

UFC 183 Fantasy Preview

A legend will return at UFC 183 when Anderson “The Spider” Silva steps back into the Octagon for the first time in over a year following a devastating leg injury that many thought might end his career . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox tripleheader set for Feb 20

High-energy hometown favorite and unbeaten welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. (17-0, 13 KOs) will return to action seeking his 10th consecutive victory by knockout when he takes on fellow southpaw Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ghana, in the 10-round main event of a February 20 ShoBox tripleheader from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

In the co-feature of the Goossen Promotions event, former longtime Cuban amateur star and current third-ranked WBC light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs, 1 NC), of Miami via Guantanamo, Cuba, will take on undefeated Craig Baker (15-0, 11 KOs), of Baytown, Texas, in an 8/10-round bout.

In the opening bout of the telecast, talented southpaw and WBA #7 ranked featherweight Claudio Marrero (17-1, 13 KOs), of Miami by way of the Dominican Republic, will box an opponent to be announced in an eight-round match. (more…)



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

RIP Cedric Kushner

By Karl Freitag

Longtime New York City boxing promoter Cedric Kushner passed away today from a heart attack at the age of 66. Kushner promoted many shows seen on HBO in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He specialized in heavyweight matches. He also did budget pay-per-view telecasts called “Heavyweight Explosion” and promoted an eight-man, one-night heavyweight tournament called “Fistful of Dollars” (won by Tony Thompson). He was the promoter of Hasim Rahman when Rahman won the heavyweight title in 2001 by knocking out Lennox Lewis in South Africa. However Rahman then abandoned Kushner and signed with rival promoter Don King. There was a lawsuit between Kushner and King, with King ultimately retaining the rights to Rahman. Kushner wasn’t actively promoting boxing in recent years.

A South Africa native who moved to the USA in the 70s, Kushner came to boxing from the music industry where he promoted the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Journey and even The Rolling Stones. In addition to Rahman, Kushner promoted Shane Mosley, Joel Casamayor, Shannon Briggs, Jameel McCline, David Tua and Michael Grant and many more. Kushner was popular with the press corps and will be fondly remembered.



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez returns home May 9th, Fresno CA to Selland Arena

WILL DEFEND NABF TITLE ON A TOP RANK CHAMPIONSHIP CARD

USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO’s) will return home to defend his NABF Jr title in the “Fight For Water 4,” Saturday, May 9 at the Selland Arena. The card will be televised nationally at 11p ET/PT on Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on UniMas. Ramirez last fought Oct 25th in his hometown, where a record-setting 10,000 people watched him capture his first title.

“There is no place like home, and I’m ready. It’s an honor to fight in front of my friends, family and community. Nothing is more important than fighting for water,” said Ramirez of defending his belt in Fresno.

The “Fight For Water” series was developed to help bring much-needed attention to the water issues in California. The overall goal of this installment is the same as the previous three: to focus attention on bringing water back to the Central Valley. (more…)



January 29th, 2015

UFC

UFC & SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. announce UFC Fight Night Manila, May 16

The UFC® today announced their inaugural, and much anticipated UFC Fight Night Manila event in partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment inc. The first UFC event in Asia of 2015 will take place in Manila on the 16th May 2015 at the city’s destination venue, SM Mall of Asia Arena.  (more…)



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Marquez: Estrada is here to win

Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez has backed Daniel Estrada to defeat Kevin Mitchell when the pair clash at The O2 on Saturday night. The Mexican legend is part of Team Estrada as he takes on Mitchell for the WBC Silver Lightweight title in a final eliminator the World strap. Estrada challenged Omar Figueroa for that title in August in Los Angeles, giving the champion everything he could handle in an entertaining nine round fight on the undercard of Kell Brook’s World title win over Shawn Porter, and four-weight World king Marquez is backing his man to land a second shot at the crown – but knows that Mitchell poses a tough challenge.

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January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing bracing for millions of new TV viewers

By Karl Freitag

What kind of audiences are we talking about for the two upcoming Al Haymon/Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC and Spike TV?

We can get an idea from the MMA numbers on those networks. UFC’s Saturday night prime time telecasts on FOX generally pull in around three million viewers, so we could expect a somewhat similar audience size when prime time boxing debuts on NBC March 7 with a doubleheader featuring WBA welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr.

There are five prime time boxing telecasts scheduled for NBC, as well as six Saturday afternoon telecasts. Over the last two years, NBC televised several Saturday afternoon cards with very good audiences such as Adamek-Cunningham with 1.6 million viewers (3.2 million peak) and Fury-Cunningham 1.2 million viewers (1.7 million peak). The numbers dropped off for later NBC afternoon cards, but premium-network quality cards will likely once again attract millions.

Spike TV’s MMA shows averaged 727,000 in 2014 and twice peaked over one million viewers. The Premier Boxing Champions show on March 13 featuring Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia will probably do similarly. (more…)



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Chauncy Welliver confident he’ll beat Sonny Bill Williams

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

American heavyweight Chauncy Welliver (55-10-5, 22 KOs) has arrived in Sydney for his scheduled ten round bout against Rugby Union and Rugby League star Sonny Bill Williams (6-0, 3 KOs) on Saturday at the Allphones Arena at Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Welliver talked to Fightnews.com and said he’s “feeling good.”

“In Sydney now and started off very confident, but gaining more confidence as the days go by,” said Welliver. “Ready for the big win Saturday night.”

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On the undercard, hot heavyweight prospect Willis Meehan (2-0, 2 KOs) will clash with American Freddie Miller (3-9, 2 KOs) over six rounds. The 19-year-old Meehan is the son of former world heavyweight contender Kali Meehan.



January 29th, 2015

UFC

Tim Boetsch: Changing the Definition of a Must-Win Fight

Tim Boetsch can breathe a little easier these days. Following a decisive second-round finish of Brad Tavares last August that broke up a 1-3 string, “The Barbarian” doesn’t have to answer the age-old question presented to guys who are 1-3 in their previous four fights . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2015




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