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The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2015 will be announced this Saturday at the SJC Boxing Gym (1929 Winkler Ave, Fort Myers, off Cleveland Ave on the west side, across from K Mart). The announcement will be at 3pm and coincides with the annual SJC Boxing Gym open house. The event is free and open to the public. Lots of Hall of Famers and special VIP’s will be on hand to meet the fans, pose for pictures and sign autographs. There will also be a tribute and ten count for Pinklon Thomas’s father who passed away on December 23, 2014. He was seven months short of 101 years old.
Jessie Magdaleno is returning home and will be at a Media Workout at the Top Rank Gym, 3041 Business Lane, Las Vegas on Thursday, January 8. Magdaleno and Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, California will rumble in the main event this Saturday night on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at Texas Station Hotel Gambling Hall and Hotel.
Fight fans are invited to attend to take pictures and get autographs from all of the fighters at the workout inside of the Top Rank Gym.
Noon – Victor Pasillas
12:30 pm – Rodrigo Garcia
1:00 pm – Jessie Magdaleno
Magdaleno, 19-0, 15 KOs, and Ruiz, 13-1, 6 KOs, will box for the Jr NABF Super Bantamweight Championship at 122 pounds. Magdaleno’s world ratings are WBO #2, IBF #4, WBA #7. (more…)
The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its Class of 2015 featuring 20 more inductees. Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF are Bronx-born and Brooklyn resident Saoul Mamby (45-34-6, 19 KOs), a World Boxing Council (WBC) junior welterweight champion (1980-82), Buffalo middleweight Joey Giambra (65-10-2, 31 KOs), Brooklyn light heavyweight and 1961 National Golden Gloves champion Johnny Persol (22-5-1, 7 KOs), two-time world welterweight title challenger Harold Weston (26-9-5, 7 KOs), and World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion (1995-97) and 1992 National Golden Gloves winner Lonnie Bradley (29-1-1, 21 KOs), of Harlem. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has commented on possible super fights in the making between Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez, and between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
“Canelo needs that fight,” said Sulaiman. “After losing against Mayweather and his wins against Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara, [Cotto-Canelo] it’s necessary because experts and fans expect a Canelo with a better standard of boxing and have been wanting a good, more competitive fight.”
The WBC President also commented on the possible showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
“I hope Mayweather-Pacquiao can happen. We understand it’s a business. Personally I feel that egos are the strongest obstacle for the fight. It’s a necessary fight, which should be done soon because the fans may get tired of waiting.”
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Chris van Heerden meets undefeated American Cecil McCalla in a ten round bout for the IBF’s vacant international welterweight title at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Theatre on Friday night. For Van Heerden, nicknamed “The Heat,” this will be his third fight in the United States on a night when the temperature is expected to be well below freezing. McCalla (20-0, 7 KOs), a 29-year-old who hails from Randallstown, Maryland, has been a professional for more than six years, but as of yet has not come up against any “name” fighter.
The 27-year-old Van Heerden is a former SA, African Boxing Union and IBO welterweight champion, who has compiled a record of 21-1, with one draw and 11 shortcut wins, since his professional debut in September 2006. He has fought ten twelve-round bouts in his career with his only defeat against Serbia’s Nikola Stevenovic in 2010 when he ventured out of his division to fight for the vacant IBO international junior middleweight title. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Former WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno appears to be facing a number of personal challenges. On Tuesday night, the 29-year-old Moreno posted a message on his Twitter account announcing an impending divorce with his wife and boxing manager Rouss Laguna de Moreno. Last week Moreno’s lifelong trainer Celso Chavez went public announcing that Moreno still owes him for his last two fights and told Panamanian media that Moreno is facing eviction from his luxury condo in Panama City. (more…)
By James Slater
Boxing icon and all-time great Muhammad Ali has been released from hospital after having beaten yet another rival, this one a severe urinary tract infection. “The Greatest” was admitted to hospital on December 20th, when doctors initially thought he was suffering from pneumonia. Now, having stayed in hospital for almost three weeks, the 72-year-old is said to be in fine spirits.
“He’s in great spirits and is enjoying being back home,” Ali spokesman Bob Gunnell said today. “He’s back in his daily routine.”
Ali’s family has expressed thanks for all the well-wishers who have sent in messages of support. Ali’s family also say they are looking forward to celebrating Ali’s 73rd birthday, which falls on January 17th. Ali himself is looking forward to his birthday. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Unbeaten featherweight Jayson “Maravilla” Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs) could be the next challenger for WBC world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) in February or March at a venue to be determined by Gonzalez’ promoter Promociones del Pueblo. Velez is coming off a draw with IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich in a title shot last November in Omaha, Nebraska, while Gonzalez defended his title and retired Jorge “Travieso” Arce last October in Los Mochis, Mexico.
WBC #12 featherweight Josh Warrington (19-0, 3 KOs) will face unrated Dennis Tubieron (19-3-2, 8 KOs) on April 11 in what promoter Matchroom Sports is claiming is an “official eliminator for the WBC world featherweight title” at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. Warrington-Tubieron will also be for the vacant WBC International crown, which Tubieron previously fought for in December against Carlo Magali with the bout ending in a controversial draw. Warrington will also fight a tuneup on the February 21 undercard of Paul Smith’s world title rematch against Arthur Abraham in Germany.
The April 11 card in Leeds will also feature former world champion Nathan Cleverly’s return to the light heavyweight division.
By Karl Freitag
In the opening bout of Friday’s ShoBox telecast, former amateur world champion Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ukraine, will take on Maurice Louishomme (8-0-1, 4 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in a scheduled eight-round middleweight bout. In the amateurs, Khytrov compiled a 480-20 record with reportedly 80% of those wins coming by KO. His loss to Anthony Ogogo in the 2012 Olympics is widely considered a robbery. In the pros, he has crushed all seven opponents. There is no doubt Khytrov is a massive puncher, maybe even a bigger puncher than world champion Gennady Golovkin.
All of which doesn’t bode well for the 37-year-old Louishomme, who had a five year layoff between 2008 and 2013. “Khytrov is an elite prospect and Louishomme was a great amateur who’s had a strange undefeated career,” promoter Lou DiBella said about the fight. “Louishomme has won three fights in a row on his comeback and, even though his career has been sporadic, he’s always been in the gym sparring with elite U.S. talent like Errol Spence and Marcus Browne. He is the only fighter who sought out this opportunity against Khytrov and I know he is coming to win.”
Perhaps the most interesting matchup on Friday night’s Fox Sports 1 “Thone Boxing” telecast from the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City is the co-featured ten-rounder pitting middleweight contender Tureano Johnson (16-1, 11 KOs) against Alex Theran (17-1, 9 KOs) for the WBC silver and the vacant WBA International middleweight belts.
Both fighters spoke to the press earlier this week.
Theron revealed that this won’t be the first time they have fought. “We did have a match-up in 2008 in an elimination bout for the Olympics and I did beat him,” stated Theron through an interpreter. “I don’t think he has a very strong defense. I have studied his fights and his movements and I am very prepared for him…I watched the fight (between Johnson and Curtis Stevens) and I notice that his technique lacks. I studied that fight and saw he is a slow mover compared to me – I am very quick.”
Although he has three wins since, Johnson’s loss to Stevens still defines his career so far. “The fight with Curtis Stevens indeed, I am not going to say I am pleased with the way it ended,” said Johnson. “The fight in itself was a disaster. It crashed and burned, the biggest accident that ever happened in my life. (more…)
Despite standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing in at 265 pounds, Tim Sylvia always seemed to be the underdog. That never mattered much to “The Maine-iac” though, as he went on to win the UFC heavyweight championship twice over the course of an Octagon career that saw him fight – and beat – the best from 2002 to 2008 . . . click here for more
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Not that we didn’t know, but Showtime has finally officially announced Friday’s ShoBox telecast just three days before airtime. The popular, critically acclaimed boxing series that has produced 57 world champions since its inception in 2001, will kick off the new year with a tripleheader featuring five undefeated fighters from the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California.
In the main event, unbeaten lightweight Ivan Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine, will meet Yakubu Amidu (19-5-2, 17 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Ghana, in a 10-round fight. In the co-feature, undefeated prospects and former amateur standouts Patrick Day (9-0-1, 5 KOs), of Freeport, N.Y., and Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (13-0-1, 4 KOs), of Forestville, Md., will collide in an eight-round junior middleweight scrap. In the opening bout of the telecast, former Ukrainian amateur star Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ukraine, will take on Maurice Louishomme (8-0-1, 4 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colo., in an eight-round middleweight bout.
This will be a free preview weekend, so the card should be available to many viewers even it they don’t subscribe to Showtime.
Photos: Ruben Cortez
Unbeaten lightweight Ivan Najera (15-0, 8 KOs) of San Antonio and unbeaten super featherweight Casey Ramos (19-0, 5 KOs) of Austin took part a Top Rank news conference on Tuesday at the State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas to announce a February 7 Solo Boxeo Tecate event which will be televised on UniMas.
Najera will face Missouri’s Robbie Cannon (14-10-2, 6 KOs), while Ramos’s opponent will be announced soon.
Undefeated #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico will face the toughest challenge of his professional career when he rumbles with once-beaten Top-10 contender Maxim Vlasov from Russia. The 10-round light heavyweight battle will be the co-main event to the final chapter of one of this era’s most exciting trilogies — Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado vs. Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios of Oxnard, Calif. Ramirez vs. Vlasov and the 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight title fight between Alvarado and Rios will headline an all-action card, Saturday, January 24, at the 1stBank Center, located outside Denver in Broomfield, CO. Both fights will be televised live on HBO, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Gilberto Ramirez: “I really appreciate Bob Arum, HBO and my team at Zapari Boxing for giving me this opportunity. I have been waiting so long for this caliber of fight. Vlasov is the biggest test of my career. A victory over him will validate me as a worthy challenger for a world title. I promise to give the fans a very exciting fight on January 24.”
Maxim Vlasov: “I box to live and I live to box. I want this victory very badly. This is my time and I am ready to prove it.”
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zapari Boxing and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event, priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, are available at www.AltitudeTickets.com, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at the Pepsi Center box office.
It was announced today that Saturday’s fight between IBF light flyweight champion Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (22-2-1, 18 KOs) and Mauricio Fuentes (17-3, 11 KOs) at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana will now be a non-title affair. Fuentes previously challenged then-IBF champ John Riel Casimero last May, but Casimero lost his title on the scale after weighing in at a whopping 113.25 (5.25 pounds over the division limit). The fight went on with only Fuentes eligible to win the title, but the much heavier Casimero annihilated him in the first round. Should Mendoza get past Fuentes, his first defense will be against #1 rated Milan Melindo.
In Saturday’s co-feature, undefeated super bantamweight Eduardo “Indio” Ortega (19-0, 10 KOs) will face Cristian “Italiano” Esquivel (27-5, 20 KO’s) for the NABO belt.
Greg Cohen Promotions has announced the signing to an exclusive promotional contract of Long Island, New York’s popular welterweight Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs). The deal comes just a few days before Rainone’s high-profile 10-round main-event showdown against Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs) on music superstar Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports debut boxing card this Friday, January 9, at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City and live on FOX Sports 1.
CES kicks off the new year January 17th with two regional title bouts at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, including what might be the final chapter of one of the region’s most intense trilogies. After fighting to a draw twice in 2014, super featherweight Joseph “Chip” Perez (10-3-2, 3 KOs) and Agustine Mauras (6-0-3, 3 KOs) collide in an eight-rounder for the vacant N.E. title.
In the co-feature, Josh Crespo (3-1-2, 1 KO) faces Jorge Abiague (7-0-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round bout for the vacant N.E. super bantamweight crown. Also former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs) returns against Paul Gonsalves (7-5-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight bout.
Tickets for the event are priced at $40, $65 and $125 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesboxing.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.
An offer to Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Manny Pacquiao in Abu Dhabi this spring for a record-setting purse of $120 million is off the table. M. Akbar Muhammad, president and chief operating officer of Akbar Productions, LLC of New Jersey, said he put Mr. Mayweather on notice approximately one week ago that the offer, made late November by an investment group out of Abu Dhabi, would be rescinded the first week of January.
“We want to deal with serious individuals, individuals who have the ability make a decision,” said Muhammad. “Regretfully, that is not the case with Mr. Mayweather. “The Abu Dhabi group is serious, and I will not allow them to dangle an inordinate amount of time. Now that time has come and the offer is gone.”
Muhammad said he has two take aways from this offer process.
“One, if Mr. Mayweather wishes to pass on, in essence, $120 million net dollars and, instead, fight for hot dog money, all I can say is that ‘The Money Team’ might consider rethinking its nickname,” said Muhammad. “Two, the very best of all time are just that because they overcame adversity; they met and beat their nemeses. That’s (Muhammad) Ali meeting and beating (Joe) Frazier; that’s (Ray) Leonard meeting and beating (Thomas) Hearns. (more…)
Lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell believes he will win a world title in style this year as he prepares to face Daniel Estrada in a final eliminator for the WBC lightweight crown at The O2 in London on January 31. Mitchell meets the Mexican for the vacant Silver belt in the UK capital, and has his sights set on new WBC king Jorge Linares, who picked up the vacant world title in December with a KO win over Javier Prieto.
The London favorite is back in action for the first time since his 11th round stoppage win over Ghislain Maduma at Wembley Stadium in May, and the 30 year old believes he is on the path to landing the world title he desperately craves. “The WBC route is one that I feel I can go down better than any of the others,” said Mitchell. “I know that I can beat Linares, I believe I would knock him out and take that title. Eddie Hearn puts the fighters in front of me and I take them out, that’s the deal. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico is currently preparing for his next fight against fellow Mexican Jesus Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Santa Cruz will take on Ruiz next weekend Saturday January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Showtime Championship Boxing to kick off his 2015 campaign. “The preparation is going great I feel good and I feel strong we have one more week of sparring so we will be prepared to start off the year,” Leo Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com.
We caught up with the champion at his training camp at the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in Industry, California. Training under the watchful eye of his father/trainer Jose as well as his brothers, former world champion Jose Armando and former lightweight Roberto.
“Everything is going great with my dad and my brothers. We started working about two months ago just to be active. Now we are training hard. My dad has been pushing me, he tells me to train as if I’m looking to be world champion with hunger. The mentality is to be hungry,” Santa Cruz said. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian boxing historian Mel Crook has sadly passed away on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast at the age of 73 years. Mel was also a longtime serving member of the New South Wales Veteran Boxer’s association. He was active promoter during the 1990s and managed several professional boxers. Mel also made regular a contribution with reports in the World of Boxing publication during 1992 to 2013 and also Title Fight magazine during 1999 to 2007.
“Mel Crook was a tireless worker for Australian boxing,” said Ray Wheatley. “He was a gentleman who had outstanding knowledge of boxing. Mel will be sadly missed by his wife Fran and sons Jason and Mathew also the Australian boxing fraternity.” Funeral service will be held this Friday (January 9th) at Woronora Crematorium South Chapel (Sutherland) Sydney, at 3PM.
While Daniel Cormier, the earnest challenger to Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title, was backstage Saturday night meticulously going over every last detail in preparation for the most important fight of his life, the champion was casually roaming among the crowd . . . click here for more
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WBA #10, WBO #12 heavyweight Joseph Parker (12-0, 10 KOs) of New Zealand will fight American Jason Pettaway (17-1, 10 KOs) over ten rounds on Thursday, March 5 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand as he begins a busy 2015.
“He’s a big mover, he’s not going to be the sort of guy that’s going to stand in front of Joe and lets Joe tee off on him,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said of Pettaway. “We are going to have to corner this guy, we are going to have to set a fight plan in place of cutting the ring off and keeping the pressure on. What we’ve proven is activity has been helping us in the development of Joe. He’s showing great progress. He’s a very intelligent, very talented fighter with great boxing character and what he needs now is experience.”
Parker, who holds stoppage victories over former world champion Frans Botha and Brian Minto, plans to head to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s training camp for sparring following the fight.
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Welterweight contender, Francisco Santana (21-3-1, 10 KOs) has a new opponent for this Fridays “ESPN Friday Night Fights” show at the Chumash Casino. Santana will now face undefeated prospect Kendal Mena (20-0, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Santana vs. Mena, a 10-round bout, will serve as the co-feature to the 12-round main event featuring WBA Interim lightweight champion Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) vs. Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs).
After an impressive win against Eddie Gomez (17-1, 10 KOs) at super-welterweight, Santana feels he has the talent to become something special in the welterweight division. “I was supposed to fight Sebastian Lujan and then Randall Bailey but both bouts fell out,” said Francisco Santana. “Now I’m fighting Mena who is undefeated, which is a fight I’m looking forward to. A win against Mena will be a nice nod on my record. I’m moving down to 147 for this fight. I know I can make some noise in the welterweight division. Gary Shaw, who is a man of his word, has promised me some big fights, so I’m going to do my best to perform to my best ability.” (more…)
Undefeated prospect from the Top Rank stable, Saul “Kid Dinamita” Rodriquez (15-0-1, 12 KOs), has been added to the TV portion of the January 17th Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas card at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Rodriguez, a Mexican-American born in Los Angeles, trains with 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia at his Boxing Academy in Oxnard. Rodriguez has literally exploded in his last 7 bouts with highlight reel knockdowns and knockouts. Such a display of devastating power has carried Rodriguez to an 80% career knockout win rate in 16 total professional bouts. Fans who attended the April 26, 2014 Boxing By the Beach show at Oceanview Pavilion saw Rodriguez brutally knock out Miguel Zamudio (29-3-1) in the 4th round of a scheduled 8 round bout.
Rodriguez, who stopped all of his opponents within the distance in 2013 and 2014, will look to continue that streak in 2015 with another stern test in Mexico’s Carlos “Coreano” Rodriguez (9-1, 4 KOs). A native of San Buenaventura, Chihuahua, the January 17th bout will mark the U.S. debut for Carlos Rodriguez, who has been successful in every one of his professional bouts except for a loss to highly heralded Robert Manzanarez (29-1, 24KOs) for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight title last February. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Ivan Najera (15-0, 8 KOs) of San Antonio and unbeaten super featherweight Casey Ramos (19-0, 5 KOs) of Austin will be at a Top Rank presser Tuesday at 1pm at the State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas to announce a February 7 Solo Boxeo Tecate event which will be televised on UniMas.
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