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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is weeks away from his showdown with eight-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs). Taking place Saturday November 22 from the Cotai Arena at the Venitian, Macao, China live on HBO Pay per view. Fightnews.com caught up with Algieri, Thursday afternoon at his farewell press conference the Conga Room in LA Live before leaving to Macao. The champ spoke to us about his opportunity in facing the Filipino icon and what lies ahead.
“The opportunity came up to fight Manny Pacquiao and I jumped at it, just like the Provodnikov fight. The Provodnikov fight was a chance to get into the mainstream. This fight came up and I get to fight the best ever,” Chris Algieri told Fightnews.com “Pacquiao is a legend everyone knows about Manny Pacquiao I have to out there and be whoever I am.”
Algieri and Pacquiao completed a 2 week long international media tour to announce their fight making stops in Shagahai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York before Algieri hit training camp to prepare. “The tour was fun. I loved to travel, that was fun for me,” Algieri said. (more…)
In one of the toughest divisions in the UFC, middleweight Clint Hester has the quietest win streak. Unbeaten in four Octagon outings, the 27-year-old from Atlanta has won seven straight overall, making him not just a fighter to watch, but a young man on the verge of big things if he happens to extend that winning streak to eight with a victory over Robert Whittaker this Friday night in Sydney . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Earlier this week, former two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz did a public training session in Stuttgart’s freshly opened “Milaneo” shopping center.
Joining Stieglitz were SES colleagues Steffen Kretschmann, Tom Pahlmann and Domenic von Chrzanowski, the latest addition to the “Team Germany.”
Stieglitz faces Felix Sturm in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on Saturday.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat, OR Promotions of Argentina
Unbeaten ex-WBC 108-pound champ, Japan’s Naoya Inoue (only 7-0, 6 KOs) will jump up two categories and have a very ambitious crack at WBO 115-pound belt against Omar Narvaez (43-1-2, 23 KOs), the pride of Argentina, in Tokyo, Japan, on December 30. It was announced yesterday by former WBC/WBA 108-pound champ and Inoue’s promoter Hideyuki Ohashi of Ohashi Promotions. It must be the most sensational matchup here in Japan this year, and our aficionados have been stunned by this startling news even though Inoue, still 21, had a weight problem and outgrew the light-flyweight division by renouncing the WBC throne this Monday. (more…)
Boxing legend Leon Spinks is finally walking, talking and smiling again … after a medical scare stemming from a chicken bone accident … TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, Spinks was hospitalized — and was in pretty bad shape — after swallowing a chicken bone … which got lodged in his intestine. We spoke with Leon’s attorney Steve Pacitti who tells us the former champ is still in the hospital — but he’s making tremendous progress. “He’s healing. He’s on the road to recovery,” Pacitti tells TMZ Sports … “I went to see him the other night and when I walked in he flashed a huge smile. He’s in great spirits.” Pacitti says he’s unsure when “Neon Leon” will be discharged from the hospital — but says things are looking good. “He’s up and walking … he’s talking.”
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By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Leonso Nunez
After a more than a month long hiatus of professional boxing in Tijuana, the border city is in full swing with two fight cards in the last two weeks. Last night it was Gonzalez Boxing Promotions in association with Round 13 to put on an entertaining seven-bout fight card at the Hangar 27 nightclub in the heart of the gastronomical district of Tijuana. In the main event, returning Tijuana favorite Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez (21-2, 17KO) made quick work of the highly overmatched Hiram “Nugget” Lopez (3-4, 1KO) also of Tijuana in the first round of a scheduled six.
Martinez had not seen action since February went he traveled to Phoenix, AZ, to give local fighter Alexis Santiago all he could handle in a much closer ten round scrap than the unanimous decision announced as the decision. Martinez suffered an injury to his right orbital bone that put him out of action until last night. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Sun City is one of the world’s poorest, crime- and disease-ridden places. A sprawling shanty-town on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, hope seems to have no place in this wretched, forbidden area of the Earth. But, on Saturday night, the people of Sun City will be hoping and praying for their native son, lightweight Evens Pierre (23-1, 16 KOs), who will be facing the toughest fight of his career when he battles touted former title contender Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6-1, 23 KOs) of Nicaragua for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title.
Says promoter Jacques Deschamps, “It’s a huge challenge for Evens, whose career has been guided in Panama facing boxers who, honestly speaking, don’t have the pedigree of Chirizo Gonzalez.”
On the same card, dubbed “National Pride,” which will be held at the Karibe Convention Convention Center in Petionville, Haiti this Saturday, two former world champions will see action. Edgar Sosa of Mexico faces Carlos Melo of Panama and Alicia Ashley of Jamaica goes against Grecia Nova of the Dominican Republic. Also, another WBA Fedelatin title will at stake when Azea Augastama (17-2, 9 KOs) meets Dominican KO artist Andy Perez (19-1, 18 KOs).
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After pair of stunning upset victories in his last two fights, the WBO #13 ranked welterweight now finds himself in a fight that could literally put him back into championship title fight in 2015. Not bad for a fighter considered finished just two years ago.
“Vivian is already ranked by the WBO,” Harris’s advisor, Zef Ramirez, said of the resurgent welterweight’s career. “And we have been told that a win over Alvarez here would not only put him in the IBF rankings, but also the WBC rankings. We know a win over Alvarez would put us in line for another world title fight.”
The popular Alvarez, brother of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, is currently ranked #17 by the WBC. (more…)
Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events
The final press conference for the last NBCSN Fight Night telecast of 2014 took place today at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennslyvania. In the main event, heavyweights Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) and Fred “Big Fred” Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) will square off for 10 rounds.
J Russell Peltz, Hall of Fame Matchmaker: “I would like to welcome everyone to the press conference for the final NBCSN Fight Night card of the year. Two 40+ athletes are fighting Saturday night on the East Coast and I guarantee we have the more exciting one here. We have a great international card with fighters from the United States, Russia, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Vasily Lepikhin fought here in August and knocked out Robert Berridge and earned himself a world ranking at light heavyweight. I saw Dmitry Mikhaylenko in August against Sechew Powell and I have never saw a fighter throw more punches from more angles. He is like the Energizer Bunny; I think he would throw punches as he was going down. Ronald Cruz is the reason we first came to Bethlehem. We had our first fight in the summer of 2011 in a make-shift tent and sold every ticket in a matter of weeks. Ronald has had a tough year. He fought Kermit Cintron in a tough battle in March and more than a few people thought he should have walked away with the victory. Fred Kassi is the mystery man at heavyweight. We could not find a single video of a Kassi fight. I called people in Louisiana who do and do not like him and could not find any footage of him. He has never been stopped. He is a tough guy and is always in shape. He wanted to wait for the right opportunity. The only man here who has been in boxing longer than I have is Joe Hand and he is making a comeback now as manager of Amir Mansour. If Saturday’s fight is half as exciting as Amir Mansour’s last fight in April against Steve Cunningham we are all in for a treat. It was a razor-close decision.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO jr welterweight world champion Chris Algieri broke camp in Las Vegas to make a quick stop in Los Angeles for a press conference. Joining Algieri at the press conference were WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas and his new trainer Roy Jones, Jr., Chinese flyweight star Zou Shiming and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. All of them will be headed to The Venetian Macao for Top Rank’s big Pacquiao-Algieri Pay Per View event on November 22.
Chris Algieri: Training camp has been going fantastic. I’m feeling even more confident and as you know I’m a very confident guy to begin with, but training camp has been above and beyond what I expected. We’ve had great work. The energy in camp has been incredible…On November 22, it’s not going to be my “Rockyesque” performance that’s going to win the day. It’s going to be my smart technical boxing skills and my strategy and my mental and physical preparation…I’m looking to be the new WBO welterweight world champion. photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #13 super middleweight Rohan Murdoch (16-1, 13 KOs) stopped former WBA champion Manny Siaca ((25-8, 20 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a nationally Foxtel televised scheduled ten round bout at Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Siaca was dropped in round one and retired at the conclusion of round six. Siaca was coming off a eight round points victory over Milton Nunez in 2013. He suffered his previous loss in Australia when Danny Green stopped him in three rounds of a IBO cruiserweight contest. Siaca captured the WBA super middleweight title in 2004 by defeating Anthony Mundine. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
IBF and WBA light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev faced off Thursday inside Caesars Atlantic City’s Circus Maximus Theater for their final press conference before their unification showdown on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Kovalev was brief in his comments, while Hopkins rambled for more than 16 minutes.
Sergey Kovalev: This is a huge fight in my career, in my life, against Bernard Hopkins. Bernard Hopkins is a legend. He’s a professor of professional boxing. This fight is dangerous for me but this fight is also dangerous for him…I hope this fight will be very fair, very clean and very honest.
Bernard Hopkins: When I hear ‘You didn’t have to take this fight,’ you think I’m a charity case? …I have no secrets. I’m the cleanest athlete in any sport that’s ever been…I don’t look for favors from nobody, even if I was fighting in Philadelphia. I don’t look for nobody to do nothing for me in this business. I was against the grain from day one in this business and everybody knows. That’s one thing we can’t dispute.
[To kovalev] Trust me. You will never win.
[On Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson, who Hopkins TKO’d in 1997] The teacher says he knows more about Bernard Hopkins than Bernard Hopkins knows, but the teacher flunked the test! photos
“World of Boxing” Promotions has officially announced that former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) will return against 40-year-old two-time former lightweight king Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) on November 28 at the State Central Concert Hall “Russia” at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Provodnikov is preparing for the fight in the United States. “I am very glad that I will fight in Moscow,” stated ‘The Siberian Rocky.’ “This will give an opportunity for many fans to attend the match. I want to win and give this country some truly spectacular boxing.”
The undercard will feature Euro cruiserweight titleholder Rakhim Chakhkiev (20-1, 15 KOs) and heavyweight Dmitry Kudryashov (15-0, 15 KOs) in separate bouts.
By Gabriel F Cordero
According to a source, multi-division former world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has received an inquiry about fighting in England against current IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook with a possible date of March 7 at the Sheffield Arena in an event presented by HBO. Several weeks ago Marquez commented that he was still thinking about whether to continue in boxing or retire, but with the opportunity to fight and win a fifth world crown, plus his legendary trainer Nacho Beristain liking the idea of a possible fight against Brook, the 41-year-old Marquez could very well return to the ring.
Photo: Photo Wende
Dennis Ceylan (12-0-1, 6 KOs) has vowed to punish Spanish rival Cristian Montilla (6-3-1, 3 KOs) when the pair meet at the Albertslund MusikTeatret on December 13 in a repeat of their unresolved August showdown.
“It will be an exciting fight. I’m expecting another close match, but this time I will be declared the winner,” said Ceylan, who was held to a draw in their first encounter following an entertaining eight rounds of back and forth action.
“I’ve prepared well. I’ve had some great sparring and now I begin my training camp to hone the finer details. This time round I’m going to give Montilla a completely different fight. I’m fresh, I’m in super shape and I’m out for revenge. (more…)
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is currently running as a -250 favorite to defeat 49-year-old WBA/IBF champion Bernard Hopkins in their unification clash on Saturday in Atlantic City. B-Hop backers can get +210. Over/Under is 9.5 rounds. “Over” is -130, “Under” is +110.
There are also a number of other notable closely matched bouts this coming weekend. In Krakow Poland, heavyweight veteran Tomasz Adamek is -210 to defeat young gun Artur Szpilka +175, and in an essentially pick’em fight in Stuggart, Germany, ex-world champs Felix Sturm -105 and Robert Stieglitz -115 meet in a super middleweight collision.
One of the most heated rivalries in the UFC comes to a head this Friday (Saturday in Australia) when Luke Rockhold meets Michael Bisping in the UFC Fight Night main event in Sydney . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Undefeated minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin (36-0, 12 KOs) dethroned reigning WBC 105lb champion Oswaldo “Gallito” Novoa (14-5-1, 9 KOs) by ninth round TKO on Thursday afternoon in Chonburi, Thailand. It was brutal and wide-open affair. Novoa didn’t come out for round ten.
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By Gary “Digital” Williams
Tori Nelson 144 vs. Lucretia Meacham 143 1/2
Melissa St. Vil 137 vs. Ashleigh Curry 140 1/2
Rolando Chinea 136 vs. Evan Woolsey 136
Joshua Robertson 166 vs. James Robinson 160 1/2
Willie Williams 188 vs. Michael Gutrick 188
Two women’s bouts will be the feature attractions for the ninth annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation charity boxing card on November 6 at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD. The foundation, named after the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, assists young people in disadvantaged communities develop self esteem through athletics and education. (more…)
On Tuesday night, November 25 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Joe Hand Promotions and D & D Management will present the 3rd installment of Parx Casino Tuesday Night Fights. In the main event, undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (17-0, 8 KOs) will see action in a six-round bout. The 32-year-old Webster, who recently signed a promotional contract with GH3 Promotions, has been upping his competition and has had several high profile fights fall through due to opponent fall outs. He will be making his 4th start of 2014 against an opponent will be named shortly. (more…)
Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME
WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) attended a jam-packed press conference at NRJ Bell Media building in Montreal to officially announce his December 19 defense against Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs) at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. The Showtime telecast will include three other fights: former world title challenger and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), of Flint, Mich., will box an opponent to be announced in the co-feature, Kevin Bizier (23-1, 16 KOs), of Quebec, will rematch Canadian-based Romanian Jo Jo Dan (33-2, 18 KOs), in an IBF welterweight elimination fight and undefeated contender and two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) will face fellow unbeaten Jeff Page Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) of Andover, Kan., in a 10-round light heavyweight match.
Sukhotskiy wasn’t present at the presser, but here’s what Stevenson, Bizier, Dan, Beterbiev and Page had to say on Wednesday: (more…)
Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
Lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas, NV worked out during media day for his upcoming feature fight on Top Rank’s UniMas telecast of “Solo Boxeo Tecate” this Saturday, November 8, at the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas.
Magdaleno takes on Heivinson Herrera of Columbia in what looks like an exciting ten round match.
The stars of the UFC® will converge in Las Vegas alongside UFC President Dana White to launch an incredible slate of upcoming events. THE TIME IS NOW launch will feature the largest compilation of champions, contenders and main event headliners on the same stage. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts at 2 p.m. PT on Monday, Nov. 17, and will be streamed live on www.ufc.com. (more…)
Showtime Sports will close out its 2014 boxing calendar with the return of WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson as he defends his title against top-10 ranked Russian challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy on Friday, December 19. Stevenson will once again headline in his adopted home province of Quebec for his ninth consecutive fight and his fourth world title defense. The showdown will originate from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
In the co-feature of the stacked quadrupleheader, former world title challenger and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) will return to Showtime for the first time since appearing in the Super Six World Boxing Classic in 2010. Dirrell will face an opponent to be announced in the super middleweight division.
Once-beaten welterweight Kevin Bizier (23-1, 16 KOs) will face the only man to defeat him, fellow contender Jo Jo Dan (33-2, 18 KOs), in a rematch of their 2013 split-decision showdown. The winner of Bizier-Dan II will determine the mandatory challenger to IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook.
In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated light heavyweight contender and two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) will face fellow unbeaten Jeff Page Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round 175-pound bout.
Super-featherweight contender Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (18-0, 12 KOs) is wrapping up his final days of training camp as he prepares for his upcoming IBF elimination bout against Filipino contender Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) on November 14 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “I’m ready to show the world that I’m ready to take on all comers and on November 14 I will showcase my skills and qualities in the ring,” said Pedraza. “The training is done and now it’s time to focus on making weight. Farenas represents exactly what we wanted. He is a strong, world-class opponent. I will use every weapon in my arsenal to come out on top. I will give all Puerto Rico a great victory.”
Promoter Gary Shaw feels Pedraza is on the verge of super stardom. “I believe Jose Pedraza is the best 130 pounder in boxing,” proclaimed Shaw. “He has all the ability to fight against any style. He’s very popular in his native land of Puerto Rico and I feel he’s on the threshold of some really big fights. Farenas is a big step up but I know Pedraza will be ready for the challenge.”
2014’s final edition of NBCSN Fight Night on Saturday at the Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA, will feature heavyweights Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) and Fred “Big Fred” Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round main event. The middle bout of the telecast is a 10-round welterweight clash between Dmitry Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs) and local favorite Ronald Cruz (20-4, 15 KOs). The TV opener is a 10-rounder between undefeated light heavyweights Vasiliy Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs), rated WBO #10, and Jackson Junior (15-0-1, 13 KOs).
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva discussed the telecast. “The Mansour-Kassi fight is a throwback to the heavyweights of the past. Mansour fights every fight like his life depends on it and I have no doubt that Kassi will be ready for a dogfight. Mikhaylenko-Cruz is a dream fight for fans. These two guys have similar styles – their defense is their offense. Lepikhin is a fighter to watch after coming to the US and dominating a highly-regarded and ranked contender in Robert Berridge. He could be something special, but he has to get by a very hard-hitting Jackson Junior first.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I will shock everybody on Saturday with my performance against Tomek Adamek. I can win every round, but I hope to knock him out,” said 25-year-old Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs) during his open workout in his hometown Wieliczka, just 15 miles from Krakow where he will face Tomasz Adamek. It will be also first fight ever in Poland for former European champion and middleweight title challenger Grzegorz Proksa (29-3, 21 KO) who will face Maciej Sulęcki (18-0, 3 KO).
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