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Austin Trout has landed today in Houston, Texas to begin training for his fight against Erislandy Lara. Trout vs. Lara will on be the undercard of the Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight on December 7th in Brooklyn, NY. Austin is looking to get back on the winning track after losing a decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez earlier this year in San Antonio, Texas. Trout is originally from El Paso, Texas, but now resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (17-0-1, 6 KOs) will challenge Allan Green (32-4, 22 KOs) for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Thursday. Officials who have been appointed to work the IBO title bout are referee Phil Austin (Australia), judges Dave Moretti (USA), Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines) and Adam Height (Australia). IBO Supervisor is Frank Hadley (Australia).
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Unbeaten super weltereight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (17-3-1, 2 KOs) on Monday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. After nine mostly tactical rounds Charlo finally forced the ref to give Rodriguez a standing eight count in round ten and the bout was waved off during Charlo’s follow up barrage.
Puerto Rican lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez (13-0, 10 KOs) dropped Mexican Gerardo Zayas (20-22-2, 12 KOs) with a bruising left hook to the body at 1:09 of the fourth round in their scheduled six-round swing bout from the BB&T Center in Sunrise FL. Zayas managed to drop Fontanez in the third but the Puerto Rican came back with a vengeance, repeatedly landing to Zayas’ midsection to earn the KO win. (more…)
Boxing’s popular new fight series Golden Boy Live! is back at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. on Tuesday, November 26 with a card featuring the return of former world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) facing West Virginia veteran Mike Sheppard (21-15-1, 9 KOs) in the 10 round heavyweight main event which will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Also, featured on the card will be the Golden Boy Promotions debut of undefeated Cuban heavyweight star Luis “El Mercedez” Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) against a fighter to be announced in the co-featured fight that will get Florida fight fans up and cheering from bell to bell.
“I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring and showing the world that the ‘Magic Man’ is better than ever and ready for the big fights,” said Tarver. “This is the perfect opportunity to make a statement at home and I can’t wait.”
“Beating someone like Antonio Tarver would be career-altering for me,” said Sheppard. “I know what he’s accomplished in the sport, but I’m hungry for this and you’re going to see the best Mike Sheppard yet.” (more…)
By Ingo Rohrbach & Steffen Soltau
Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs), reigning and defending WBO super middleweight champion of the world, will defend his title Saturday October 19th against WBO #7 ranked Nigerian contender Issac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs) in Leipzig, Germany. The super middleweight championship fight will be shown live in Germany on TV SAT.1.
The first-ever live professional boxing event scheduled for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, is being postponed. Event promoter Lion Heart Boxing Productions forced to reschedule the October 17 event due to unavoidable circumstances beyond its control. Says, CFO Edward Mendy, “Though we had several other issues, we had no choice but to postpone the show as four African fighters on the card did not get visas. The UAE has one of the easiest visa application processes in the world. Typically, a visa takes two days unless complicated by the applicant’s CID investigation. Thus, we did not worry about the visas, did not apply for visas sufficiently early and were blindsided by Eid. All government offices in the UAE are closed October 10 through October 20 for Eid. The visa issue cost us both main events. The opponent for Williams (Mazur Ali) is from Egypt and while the opponent for Ouali (Ebenezer Lamptey) is from Ghana. Additionally, we lost two other fights (the Braxton and Mesquita fights). Thus, We decided to reschedule rather than put on a subpar show with only local fighters since we had major television with ESPN3, Abu Dhabi Sports and several other TV channels contracted to air the fights.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBO jr welterweight world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) and #1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) just hosted an international media conference call to discuss their HBO-televised showdown on Saturday night in Denver.
Mike Alvarado: “This fight has ‘war’ written all over it…there’s a chance this fight could turn into that. I have a good game plan. I know I’m going to box the way I need to to win this fight, but you never know. This fight could always turn into a crazy war.”
Ruslan Provodnikov: “I am ready for anything. I can also box. I don’t think anybody can run from me and I don’t think he will box as well as he thinks.”
Bob Arum: There’s not much I can say as a promoter. I don’t have to sell this fight. Anyone that knows anything about boxing knows that going in this fight is going to be a candidate for fight of the year. Two great warriors, two guys that entertain the public, you don’t need a sales pitch for this one.
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Gary Purfield
The 6th Annual Briscoe Awards acknowledged the best of the 2012 Philly fight scene on Sunday afternoon at the VBA Club in Philadelphia. Fans, current boxers, former local legends, and other boxing people came out in droves to celebrate the top accomplishments by amateur and professional boxers of the Philly area. The event was presented by PhillyBoxingHistory.com.
Top honors went to junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who was named the “Philly Fighter of the Year” for the second year in a row. On Sunday, Garcia was en route to Lima, Peru for the WBA Convention, and was not in attendance. DSG Gym trainer Jose Figueroa accepted the award for Garcia.
Bryant Jennings and Maurice Byarm took home Briscoe Awards for their “2012 Philly Fight of the Year”, a 10-round heavyweight battle at the Asylum Arena on January 21, 2012. Jennings took a close decision and the PA State Heavyweight Championship in the hotly contested bout. (more…)
Featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) has been designated as the mandatory challenger for the WBO featherweight title and he looks forward to challenging the WBO champion for the title belt within the next 180 days. “On October 9th, my team received written confirmation from the WBO that I am the mandatory challenger for their featherweight world title,” Russell said. “I’m ready for my first world title fight and cannot wait for the fight to get made.”
Russell, who owns two unanimous decision victories in 2013, has been ranked second in the WBO’s featherweight rankings since March. The 2008 Olympian recorded his first victory of the year in early March in a one-handed win over Vyacheslav Gusev. His second victory came in August with a 10-round win over Juan Ruiz. Russell looks forward to stepping up his level of opposition in his first title fight.
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price has officially hooked up with London-based trainer Adam Booth in an attempt to rebuild his career and climb the heavyweight ladder. The move comes following back-to-back defeats to American Tony Thompson, and Price believes he has now found the man to unlock his undoubted potential.
“It’s a fresh start,” he said. “I can leave behind what has happened but know that I’ve learnt from it. I’ve got the passion back now and am looking forward to getting in shape and putting a few things right. (more…)
In an effort to make attending the Fight Promoter University IX session set for December 4-6 in Southern California more attractive, FPU founder and fight promoter Roy Englebrecht announced that he has compressed the teaching curriculum into three days and lowered the tuition cost for FPU IX. Fight Promoter University IX the only fight promotions teaching seminar of its kind anywhere, and has already seen over 150 future fight promoters attend from all over the world, and FPU IX is now set for December 4-6, 2013 at the Hilton Orange County Airport in Irvine, California. Plus all students attending FPU IX will get to work the sold out Fight Club OC show on Thursday, December 5th. (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has just announced that Dereck Chisora will face Arnold Gjergjaj for the European title subject to final confirmation and contract on November 30 at the Copper Box Arena in London. Gjergjaj, who hails from Switzerland, has a record of 22-0 with 16 KOs. 21 of his 22 fights have been in Switzerland. Chisora is his first “name” opponent.
Undefeated Aussie Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is about to once again invade the United Kingdom when he faces Richard Towers on November 2nd in Hull, England. The bout is a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title, a belt that no Australian has held since Peter Jackson in 1892. Browne 17-0 (15 KO) departs Australia on October 20th, giving him plenty of time to acclimatise and to also fine tune at Ricky Hatton’s Hyde Gym.
“I can’t wait to get over to the UK and perform. I’ve got plenty of British and Irish fans following me on twitter and facebook and I hope they either come on the night or tune into Sky Sports. Richard and I are good friends, but this is strictly business. He’s standing in the way of my goals, so I need to take care of that.” (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: ESPN 30 for 30
Nothing captured the nation more so than the intense rivalry between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard. ESPN decided to find out what happened during the rematch between Duran and Leonard and the infamous words, No Mas.
The documentary, produced by Eric Drath, takes viewers on Sugar Ray Leonard’s journey to Panama to uncover the truth behind Roberto Duran’s decision to quit abruptly during their eagerly anticipated rematch. The film covers the buildup to their second fight and the factors surrounding Duran during his preparation.
Drath gives the audience versions of events from the media, celebrities and even a passionate Iron Mike Tyson. Visiting Panama for the first time, Leonard discusses that controversial in New Orleans where Leonard humiliated and destroyed Duran and eventually made him quit in the eighth round. (more…)
At UFC 166 on Saturday, October 19, the world heavyweight title is on the line when Cain Velasquez defends his crown against Junior dos Santos in the third meeting between the two heavyweight stars. Read on for their thoughts on their stellar careers . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas
Ruslan ‘The Siberian Rocky’ Provodnikov finished up his training camp in the Rockies at the Grudge Training Center in Denver, Colorado. He looked very explosive and sharp in his final sparring session with Giovanni Merceron on Saturday. Provodnikov sparred with Merceron and Manny Perez on Tuesday and then Merceron again on Thursday in addition to Saturday, getting acclimated to the elevation in the Mile High City. Merceron did well to hold his own but Provodnikov is relentless in his attack and he generates great power with his hooks and right cross.
When asked about Provodnikov’s power Merceron replied, “Oh yeah, you can feel his power, even on shots you catch. He missed with a left hook and I felt the wind of the punch and was glad I had gotten out of the way. He can punch.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Former super flyweight champion and now boxing jack-of-all trades Diego “Pelucho” Morales dusted off his promotional license once again and presented a low-key for Tijuana standards club show on Saturday night. With the Bradley-Marquez fight as the hook to bring people into the famous Olivaritos Restaurant and Bar in the center of Tijuana’s downtown district, PM Promotions staged three amateur fights and five pro bouts featuring a number of the city’s start ups. In the main event, Tijuana light welterweight Rafael Cobos (13-4-5, 3KOs) reappeared to take a hard earned unanimous decision against journeyman Cesar “Calibre” Sanchez (3-13-3) in a six rounder.
Cobos, who looks to soon be fighting under the Thompson Boxing banner, had not fought since scoring a controversial draw against 14-1 Alberto Beltran in a eight rounder that many saw the Tijuana fighter win last May.
This time he took on Sanchez who despite his less than desirable record is known as one of the city’s toughest outs. Cobos came out quick and hard at the starting bell trying to take advantage of the short notice Sanchez had for the fight. Cobos was able to push his opponent against the ropes but Sanchez was able to score well despite retreating. The pace was a quick one as Cobos kept pushing forward looking for the knock out as Sanchez used his experience to survive. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Babilon Promotion
“For the last five years, the “Underground Boxing Show,” 400 feet deep in the old salt mine is my special project. Something unique, that can happen only here in Wieliczka,” says Tomasz Babilonski, CEO of Babilion Promotions, before his signature event on October 19.
This year’s edition will receive Guinness Book of Records certification and – among 6 other bouts – will feature undefeated heavyweight prospect Krzysztof Zimnoch (16-0, 12 KOs) against Canada’s Art Binkowski (16-3, 11 KOs) and WBO #6 rated cruiserweight Krzysztof Głowacki (19-0, 12 KOs) against former WBA champion, Richard Hall (30-13, 28 KO). The “Underground Boxing Show” is co-promoted by Ulrich KnockOut Promotions. (more…)
Professional boxing makes a comeback in Albany, New York, after a year-and-a-half. More
Is Timothy Bradley worthy of a shot at Floyd Mayweather? The LA Times takes a look. More
Philly pride Danny Garcia no longer an underdog: More
Former champ Nathan Cleverly considers moving up to cruiserweight. More
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that Top Rank will present an HBO-televised tripleheader from Atlantic City on December 7. The show will be headlined by WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) against former IBF champion Joseph “King King” Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs). The other bouts feature a great jr middleweight showdown between unbeaten Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs) and all action slugger James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs), plus middleweight Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs against Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KOs).
Bt Phil Doherty
Photos: Kareen Murray
Jermell Charlo 153.8 vs Jose Angel Rodriguez 151.6
Jeffrey Fontanez 138 vs Gerardo Zayas 136
Errol Spence Jr 146.8 vs Emmanuel Lartey 147
Rau’shee Warren 122.8 vs Jhon Molina 123.8
Willie Jones 145.8 vs Jose Angel Segura 147.8
Martin Lagunas Jr 142.2 vs Larry Yanez 144.6
Venue: BB&T Center, Sunrise FL
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Heavyweight Hughie Fury (11-0, 6 KOs) won a six round decision over late sub Hrvoje Kisicek (4-6, 1 KO) Sunday at Hermitage Leisure Centre, Whitwick, Leicestershire, England, on a Mitchell Sports Promotions card. The 19-year-old was back in the ring just two weeks after outclassing Dorian Darch. Targeting the famous record of Mike Tyson to become the youngest ever world heavyweight champion, Hughie has been training and sparring the likes of his older cousin Tyson Fury, former IBF world cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham and “Fast” Eddie Chambers. Fury is scheduled to return November 8.
He’s at the top of the heavyweight mountain, and on Saturday, October 19, Cain Velasquez will look to stay there when he faces Junior Dos Santos for the third time. Before this highly-anticipated UFC 166 rematch takes place, let’s look back at how Velasquez got here . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.
By Miguel Maravilla
All three judges agreed that WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley won rounds two, five, six and seven, and that Juan Manuel Marquez won round nine. Judge Robert Hoyle (115-113 Bradley) gave seven of the first eight rounds to Bradley, then gave the last four to Marquez. Judge Patricia Morse Jarman (116-112 Bradley) and Glenn Feldman (115-113 Marquez) scored all but one round the same through nine rounds and had the fight close. Feldman had Marquez up 86-85 and Jarman had Bradley up 86-85. Feldman gave rounds ten and eleven to Marquez and round twelve to Bradley. Jarman gave the last three rounds to Bradley. Entering the last round, Bradley was ahead 106-103 on two cards and Marquez was ahead 106-103 on the third card, so even a knockdown in the final stanza wouldn’t have changed the outcome.
Bradley: I don’t think the fight was close / Marquez: The judges did it again, when you come to Vegas you need a KO
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
“I was able to control him with my jab. I like to fight but I had to listen to my corner. I had to stay smart. I had to box to get the win,” WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley said at the post fight press conference following his split decision win over Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
“Marquez is a big puncher,” continued Bradley. “I felt his punch in the first round when he dazed me with a left hook. He made adjustments landing that right hand…I didn’t think the fight was close. I felt I controlled the fight. I was confident about getting my hand raised for the most part.”
Marquez stated, “Once again we came prepared to give a good fight. I think the people saw a good performance and the judges did it again. We are happy with the performance. When you come to Vegas you need to get a knockout. The judges are more dangerous than the opponents. I want to thank all the Mexican people who came.” (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Manuel Rose (4-0) of San Leandro posted a six-round unanimous decision over Moris Rodriquez (4-3-1) of Chico in their junior-welterweight main event Saturday night at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. The card — Roseville’s Placer County Fairgrounds being the other — was one of two neighboring shows featuring largely Northern California preliminary-level prospects.
Other Red Lion results: Rod Hernandez UD-4 over Kevin Howard, heavyweights; Edward Ramirez TKO-1 over Ojayland Brown, heavyweights; Ryan Bourland TKO-2 over Albert Avina, cruiserweights; Christian Navarro MD-4 over Mario Ayala, bantamweights. Unbeaten lightweight Max Becerra of Vacaville, advertised for a highlight bout, was left idle, according to promoter Nasser Niavaroni, because when his scheduled opponent missed the weigh-in and no substitute could be found.
In Roseville, it was Aaron Coley (8-0) of Hayward TKO-3 over Mike Alexander (2-9-3) of Antioch in the main event, junior-middleweights; LaRon Mitchell KO-1 over Blue DeLong, heavyweights; Alberto Torres TKO-3 over Percy Peterson, junior-lightweights; Aldwayne Simpson UD-4 over Luis Lugo, junior-welterweights; Miguel Lopez majority draw-4 with Luis Cruz, junior-middleweights; John Abella TKO-4 over Christian Cartier, featherweights.
Southpaw Jason Bergman (21-10 14 KOs) captured the vacant NABA-US Heavyweight Title by 1st round knockout over previously unbeaten John L. Smith (13-1-1) Saturday night at the Green Tree Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bergman landed a looping left dropping Smith early in the initial stanza. After Smith beat the count, Bergman proceeded to land a barrage of punches sending Smith to the canvas again for several minutes. The official time of the stoppage was 1:59.
WBA #15 “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-2) defended his NABA-US lightweight strap via a ten round unanimous decision over Ryan Belasco (18-6). Scores were 99-91, 97-93, 96-94; no knockdowns were recorded. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over 40-year-old four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. In a tactical battle between counter punchers, the younger, quicker Bradley usually able to get off first. Marquez did well in exchanges, which were far fewer than he wanted. Marquez had his best round in round nine as he rattled Bradley. Marquez continued to come on down the stretch, but it was too little, too late. Bradley almost floored Marquez with a left hook in a late flurry in the waning seconds. Scores were 115-113 Marquez, 116-112, 115-113 Bradley.
“I came to win,” said Marquez after the fight. “I felt that I did win. The judges took it away from me. I did my job. I’ve been robbed six times in my career.”
In a clash for the vacant WBO featherweight title, former champion Orlando Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) to regain the belt. Salido was in command all the way as he aggressively pressured the fleet-footed Cruz, who made worldwide headlines as the first openly gay pro boxer. Salido finally laid out Cruz in round seven with an overhand right. Time was 1:05.
In his pro debut, two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO) scored an impressive fourth round KO over world rated Jose Ramirez (25-3, 15 KOs). Southpaw Lomachenko had Ramirez on the deck with a body shot in the first minute and was in command until he dropped Ramirez with another body shot for the count in round four. Lomachenko wins the WBO International featherweight title and is aiming to fight for a world championship in his next fight. Time was 2:59. (more…)
WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (32-1, 17 KOs) retained his title by eighth round technical decision “Matemático” Núñez (26-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Gustavo Toro Rodriguez in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina. The bout was sent to the cards after Reveco sustained a deep cut over his right eye in round eight. Scores were 80-71, 80-71, 80-71, all for Reveco.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world title challenger Julio “Pollito” Ceja (25-1, 23 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Juan José “Goofy” Montes (23-4-2, 14 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC bantamweight silver belt on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
In other action, former female world champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (38-7-3, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Buakaew Onesongchaigym (6-2-1, 0 KOs) in a fight for the WBC international female super flyweight belt and light flyweight Juan “Churritos” Hernandez (23-3, 16 KOs) stopped Saul “Baby” Juarez (18-3, 11 KOs).
In yet another scoring travesty in Pennsylvania, Vivain Harris won a split decision much to the surprise of the sold-out crowd at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia over Danny O’Connor. O’Connor, (23-2, 7 KOs) pressed the action throughout, working behind a jab and showed outstanding defense, picking off or slipping the single shots thrown by Harris, (31-9, 19 KOs). Although O’Connor was never able to hurt Harris, his effective aggression and accuracy appeared to be enough to win easily. Once again, very odd scoring was the case with one judge giving O’Connor the fight by a 100-90 shutout, a second 99-91 for Harris with the deciding vote 96-94 for the jubilant Harris, who entered the bout with a 1-6-1 record in his last eight. (more…)
In a clash of unbeaten fighters, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) will be back in the ring on Monday against fellow undefeated welterweight Emmanuel “Ice Cold” Lartey (16-0, 8 KOs) in the Golden Boy Live! eight-round co-main event on the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Unbeaten junior middleweight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (21-0, 10 KOs) faces southpaw Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (17-2-1, 2 KOs) as previously announced in the ten round main event.
Also on six-bout card are Spence Jr.’s Olympic teammate Rau’shee Warren (15-0, 3 KOs), who will face Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-3-1, 3 KOs) in an eight-round contest, and undefeated hot prospect Jeffrey Fontanez (12-0, 9 KOs) vs. TBA. Willie Jones (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Jose Angel Segura (2-4-2, 1 KO) and Martin Lagunas Jr. (0-0) vs. Larry Yanez (3-6-2) will complete the action in a pair of welterweight four-rounders.
The event will also feature a special guest appearance by boxing superstar and former world champion Roy Jones Jr.
By Karl Freitag
After hitting it out of the park with the Mayweather-Alvarez pay-per-view on September 14th, Showtime Boxing has largely conceded the prime boxing months of October and November to rival HBO, which is currently on a sensational run of ten boxing telecasts in eleven weeks. Showtime, on the other hand, is in the midst of a nine week dry spell with only one announced boxing telecast (Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat on October 26). The CBS-owned premium network will, however, finally awaken from their slumber to close the year strong with three straight shows beginning November 30, with at least two of those telecasts going head-to-head with HBO.
November 30 – Showtime
Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cesar Seda
Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas
December 7 – Showtime
Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi
Erislandy Lara vs. Austin Trout
Sakio Bika vs. Anthony Dirrell
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
December 14 – Showtime PPV
Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana
Carlos Molina vs. Victor Ortiz
Keith Thurman vs. Jesus Soto Karass
Alfredo Angulo vs. Jorge Melendez
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photo: Bob Barton
Friday night the crowd was on the edge of their seats at St. Charles, Mo’s Ameristar Casino and Spa as Rumble Time Promotions presented a fight card featuring some of the St. Louis region’s finest talent.
Stephon Young, a featherweight amateur phenom, stayed undefeated as a professional, scoring a four round decision victory over a game Zach Hubbard. Now 6-0-1 with 2 KOs, Young used his superior hand speed to keep Hubbard (0-1) off-balance for most of the contest. Flashing a lightning-quick lead left, Young put his punches together in combination and continually popped his opponent in the midsection with a stinging right hook. The solid performance won over all three judges, each of them turning in a score of 40-36. (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
In the lead up to tonight’s pay-per-view showdown with four-division champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez, unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs), trainer Joel Diaz and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum participated in a teleconference to discuss the fight with reporters. Topics discussed included the residual effects of Bradley’s previous life-and-death fight with Ruslan Providnikov, why Bradley chose to fight Marquez rather than a more lucrative fight with Manny Pacquiao, concerns over the judges, sparring with Lucas Matthysse, random drug testing and much more. Continued…
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