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By Karl Freitag
The new Al Haymon boxing series “Premier Boxing Champions” was officially announced at a press conference this morning in New York City.
The opening show is on March 7 is WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina in the co-feature. That NBC show will be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
On April 11, NBC will televise Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson in a jr welterweight unification clash. Site is TBA.
PBC boxers will be subject to year round random drug testing.
Overall there will be 20 “PBC on NBC” telecasts in 2015.
5 Saturday primetime shows on NBC
6 Saturday afternoon shows on NBC
9 Saturday primetime shows on NBCSN
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Newly crowned, unbeaten two-class world champ in only eight professional bouts, WBO junior bantam kingpin Naoya Inoue, just 21, was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by Japan Boxing Commission and Sports Writers Club. Inoue, in the amazing 2014, seized the WBC 108-pound belt by disposing of Adrian Hernandez in his sixth bout in April and jumped up two categories to dethrone formidable WBO defending titlist Omar Narvaez in just two sessions last December. Inoue was also rendered Knockout award thanks to his three KO wins in as many games—all with the world title at stake in the previous year.
His title-winning fight with Narvaez was elected Fight of the Year due to the shockingly quick demolition by the enfant terrible. Inoue, trained by his father, took only three holidays after his triumph over Narvaez and returned to his routine gym work at Ohashi Gym as usual. The sensational champ may grow stronger and smarter. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #5, WBA #5, WBC #7 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) has targeted the vacant WBA interim title now that Luis Ortiz will be stripped for taking performance enhancing drugs. Browne also predicts that Bermane Stiverne will defeat Deontay Wilder for WBC title in Las Vegas on Saturday but is confident he can beat both heavyweights. Big Daddy talks about his stoppage win over Chauncy Welliver in November and mentions that Hughie Fury has a tough opponent in Andriy Rudenko in February. Lucas talks about attending the recent WBC convention in Las Vegas where he met many boxing greats including Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler and Oscar de la Hoya and was also presented with an award.
The first emotion is concern as Lorenz Larkin describes his cut from middleweight to welterweight for Sunday’s bout against John Howard in a low, somewhat defeated voice . . . click here for more
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By Karl Freitag
WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) will defend his title against top-rated challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) on March 21. The bout will take place in Rostock, Germany and be televised on SAT.1. This will be Braehmer’s fourth defense of the title.
According to multiple reports, the long awaited clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is getting closer to fruition. Both sides have apparently agreed on terms including the venue and drug testing and now it’s up to HBO and Showtime to hash out the PPV details.
Warriors Boxing has signed undefeated Mobile, Alabama, light heavyweight Michael Seals (18-0, 14 KOs).
WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee will probably make his first defense in Dublin, Ireland. Likely dates are March 14 or 21.
Looks like the March 7 Al Haymon show on NBC will feature WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina. Nothing wrong with those fights.
Congratulations to Fightnews.com Feature Writer Matt Richardson who has been elected VP of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
How many days did Manny Pacquiao report to Congress in 2014? Four
Former champ Ricky Hatton to be a guest speaker at Pirelli Stadium. More
Dmitriy Salita goes from boxer to promoter. More
How much of a menace is American heavyweight Deontay Wilder? More
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Stiverne vs. Wilder fight week is officially here as WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne, undefeated #1 challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, Hall of Fame promoter Don King, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz and all the fighters on the Showtime tripleheader this Saturday made their grand arrivals at MGM Grand this afternoon.
Here’s what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:
Bermane Stiverne: “I really don’t feel any emotions towards Deontay Wilder. The most important thing is for me to defend my world title. All the trash talking that he does doesn’t worry me. He doesn’t have anything that I want. I am the champ. This is fighting, this is boxing, this is for real. I keep my concentration on the fight. We trained like he was the champion. We didn’t talk about his past experience. We trained like he has gone 12 rounds before. I’m here to fight for the people. I fight to inspire people anywhere in the world, that’s my responsibility since I am the world champion.”
Deontay Wilder: “I need to let this beast inside of me out. I am so ready for this fight. We are bringing back the heavyweight division. Once I knock this guy out it will be on to the next guy for me. He will definitely go down, I’m going to hurt him bad. He has never faced someone with my athletic skills. My athleticism alone is going to hurt him. There is no better place to have a fight of this magnitude than in Las Vegas. The fight will be explosive, exciting and I will be bringing this heavyweight belt back to America. When you have so much animosity towards someone it makes for a great fight. Everything that I’ve said about him and all he has said about me will be settled on Saturday.” (more…)
The New York Times has announced details of the upcoming Haymon Boxing series on NBC and NBC Sports. The series will commence March 7. The NBC network will televise eleven shows, with nine additional shows on NBCSN. Haymon Boxing is purchasing the time on the networks. Among the fighters as headed to NBC as listed by the Times are Adrien Broner, John Molina, Robert Guerrero, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Al Michaels and Sugar Ray Leonard are named as part of the broadcast crew.
Elvin Ayala took some time away from boxing following a devastating loss at the hands of Curtis Stevens in January of 2013. Looking back on it, Ayala says he should’ve taken that hiatus long before the bell rang. “Mentally, I just wasn’t there,” Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs) said Tuesday, just four days before his return to the ring on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The 33-year-old Ayala, a former world-title challenger living and fighting out of New Haven, Conn., appeared on the surface to have everything a contender could ask for — a loyal manager, promoter, adoring fans, a hard-working training staff and a steady source of income, but as the expectations continued to rise he found himself trapped in a world where he was constantly chasing dollars instead of his dream. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) believes he should be given a shot at the WBA interim heavyweight title or even regular champion Ruslan Chagaev in the wake of the Luis Ortiz doping scandal. Browne is ranked number five by the WBA, but with Bryant Jennings likely to face Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin and Tyson Fury exploring options with other sanctioning bodies, the hard-hitting Aussie is the highest available contender.
“I’m so close to landing a huge fight, I can almost touch it,” Browne said. “I’m crossing my fingers that I’m going to land a title fight early this year and I’ll make sure that I grab the opportunity with both hands, if it eventuates. (more…)
The WBC and the WBA have agreed to having the same names for all 17 weight divisions, and final confirmation is pending from the IBF. This move is designed to eliminate the different names currently used for many divisions which create confusion among fans, commissions, media, and all involved in the boxing industry.
Official Names for Boxing Weight Divisions in 2015
2. Light Flyweight
4. Super Flyweight
6. Super Bantamweight
8. Super Featherweight
10. Super Lightweight
12. Super Welterweight
14. Super Middleweight
15. Light Heavyweight
By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee
The George Foreman of Korean boxing, “Thomas” (Kyunghoon) Lee—who became Korean Middleweight Champion in 2005 at the age of 40—ushered in the Korean fistic New Year by promoting the first bouts of the year near his home base in Chuncheon, where he owns and operates three “Art Boxing” gyms. As the name of his gym suggests, Mr. Lee—also an eminent trainer and manager—emphasizes skill, imagination and technique in his instruction and promotion of pugilism. Thanks to his promotional efforts, fans here in Gapyeong were treated to an inspiring display of fistic passion and craft. (more…)
Unbeaten cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) can claim his first major regional title when he faces Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) for the WBC International title on February 7 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Nielsen impressed in his last outing, dominating former world title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo to score a unanimous points victory.
“This will be a tough test, but one I’m ready for,” said Nielsen. “Winning the WBC International title would be the perfect start to the New Year. I want to be the best and challenge for world titles. This is the next step for me! I can’t afford to take anything for granted. Dos Santos is a strong opponent, with a good record, but I’m confident that I have what it takes to win. I will work hard in the gym, and I know my coach Joey Gamache will come up with the perfect game plan. (more…)
Rising heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury aims to make up for recent inactivity with an impressive performance against Ukrainian puncher Andriy Rudenko February 21 in Monte Carlo on the undercard of Golovkin-Murray. Hughie, cousin of Tyson, has been sidelined since May due to illness, but is now back firing on all cylinders and ready for the biggest test of his 14-bout professional career.
“I’m just delighted to be back training and to have a big fight on the horizon,” the 20-year-old said. “The last eight months have absolutely killed me really. I’ve spent my days doing nothing and just getting really bored. I was basically watching films all the time. I was out of the gym completely. All I could do was swim. I had to stick to the medication and do exactly as I was told. (more…)
Kell Brook will make the first defense of his IBF World Welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in March, and he and promoter Eddie Hearn will announce the opponent and date at a press conference in Sheffield next Monday (January 19). The Sheffield star claimed the title by outpointing Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August to rip the belt from the Ohio favorite. Brook’s first defense has been delayed following a stabbing incident in Spain the following month, but back to full fitness and currently training in Tenerife ahead of his maiden defense. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Lightweight contender and 2014 Boxcino Tournament lightweight tournament winner Peter “Czar” Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KOs) of Spain by way of Russia looks to successfully begin his 2015 campaign this Friday. Petrov will take on “Hammering” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. “This fight with Hank Lundy is a good test. We have had a great camp getting ready to get back in the ring,” Peter Petrov told Fightnews.com.
We caught up with Petrov at the Santa Fe Springs Boxing Gym. Working with his trainer Daniel Zamora, Petrov trained a total of two months. He began his camp in Spain and resumed his camp in LA spending the Christmas and New Year holiday on the grind. (more…)
Stiverne-Wilder Fight Week festivities kick off today with the official “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. The event is open to the public.
1:00 p.m. – Fidel Maldonado Jr.
1:10 p.m. – Amir Imam
1:20 p.m. – Jesus Ruiz
1:30 p.m. – Leo Santa Cruz
1:45 p.m. – Deontay Wilder
2:00 p.m. – Bermane Stiverne
Saying New England has a rich fighting history doesn’t quite cover it. From “The Boston Strong Boy” John L. Sullivan and Rocky Marciano to “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler and “Irish” Micky Ward, the area has produced a collection of fighters that even the most casual boxing fans recognize right away . . . click here for more
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WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne talks about Saturday Night’s first defense of his world title against unbeaten #1 Contender Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on Showtime.
Ode to Long Island boxing trainer Bernie Lenahan. More
If Pacquiao-Mayweather happens, it’s looking like MGM Grand. More
Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield says if Pacquiao-Mayweather happens, outcome will reveal officials’ corruption. More
Heavyweight Anthony Crolla talks about how he almost died. More
By Karl Freitag
After a number of delays, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has changed the result of last September’s WBA interim heavyweight title fight between Luis Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) and Lateef Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) to a no decision. Ortiz had scored a first round TKO in the bout. Ortiz, who tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone after the fight, was fined 10% of his purse ($8000 + $450 testing fee), suspended for eight months from the fight date, undergo random testing for one year, do 15 hours of community service, and of course, with the result overturned he will most certainly lose his claim to the WBA’s interim belt.
Stiverne: I represent the country I was born in, Haiti, and then Quebec, but I also love the United States
Although he has lived in Las Vegas for the past decade, Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) is extremely proud to be the first world heavyweight champion from his native Haiti, as well as the first from the Province of Quebec to hold that coveted title. “I’ve lived here in the United States since 1988,” Stiverne said. “My parents moved to Miami and then back and forth between Miami and Montreal. After school, when I was older, I moved to Las Vegas to pursue my boxing career.
“I represent the country I was born in, Haiti, and then Quebec, but I also love the United States. But, first, I’m from Haiti and I want to give hope to those Haitians who don’t have a lot. I want to inspire people there by letting them know it doesn’t matter where you are born, that dreams can come true like it has for me. There aren’t a lot of opportunities there and I hope Haitians pursue their dreams like I did.”
Stiverne makes the first defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title against undefeated, mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs)on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Officials have been named for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title showdown between between champion Bermaine Stiverne and challenger Deontay Wilder. The referee will be Tony Weeks. Judges are Adelaide Byrd, Jerry Roth and Craig Metcalfe.
Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the main event for his January 22nd card at Webster Hall in New York City. Cruiserweight prospect Junior Wright (10-0-1, 10 KOs) will face Rayford Johnson (10-16-6, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout. “Junior was in camp with Adonis Stevenson for Adonis’ fight on December 19, and Junior is ready to challenge the best in world,” Salita said. “He’s looking to make a statement. Johnson is still buzzed from beating 16-1 Vincent Miranda last September so Wright will need to be on message.”
In the co-feature, lightweight Dimash Niyazov (6-0-3, 4 KOs) meets former NYS lightweight champion Ariel Duran (7-7-1, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 6-rounds.. “That will be Dimash’s toughest test,” Salita promised.
Heavyweight Anthony Joshua MBE has been forced out of his fight with Kevin Johnson at The O2 on January 31 after aggravating a back injury. The Olympic gold medal hero has a Pars Stress Fracture in his back which required immediate medical attention and subsequent physiotherapy. On the advice of his medical team and trainer he has been ordered to rest before resuming training to appear on the Newcastle bill on April 4.
Joshua was left disappointed by the news he could not face ‘Kingpin.’ “I trained so hard over Christmas and the press conference with Johnson was so lively that I was really looking forward to putting in a great performance,” said Joshua on the postponement. “It’s bad news for myself and for the fans that have bought tickets. I hope to be able to put on a fan zone at the weigh-in and the fight itself to meet the fans. I will be competing many times this year but this injury is something that I need to get sorted as soon as possible.” The O2 show will go ahead without Joshua.
After insulting rapper/promoter Jay Z and music megastar Rihanna last week, former world champion Adrian Broner has issued an apology.
Ringside Report by Arvin Nundloll
Photos: Emily Harney
The first ever boxing card by Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports delivered great entertainment and value for all those in attendance at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. Knockouts, controversy and even a guest performance from Fabulous ensured that the night was memorable and showed what is to come from future Roc Nation events. Click here for full report and MANY previously unpublished photos
By Gabriel F Cordero
Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (22-0, 19 KOs) returns to action on January 24 against the Argentinian Nestor Paniagua (25-7-2, 17 KOs) in an event billed as “Peligro en el Paraíso” (Danger in Paradise) at the Convention Center in Hotel Azul Ixtapa in Zijuatanejo, Mexico presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Paniagua has previously faced world champions Yuriorkis Gamboa, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and Alberto Rossel.
Vargas is preparing for the fight in Mexico City’s Romanza Gym under Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain who says Vargas has all the tools to be world champion. “I am in great physical shape,” said Vargas. “I have followed my work plan according to the instructions and I am ready for the challenge that comes. I know I can’t think beyond January 24, but each victory puts me nearer to a title fight world and fulfilling my dream.”
The co-feature will be a very interesting middleweight crossroads showdown between Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (32-2, 24 KOs) and David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-14-1, 23 KOs). Reyes is rebounding from a decision loss to Abie Han in October, while Lopez was stopped by Jose Uzcategui last March.
By Karl Freitag
Entering fight week, online sportsbooks continue to list WBC heavyweight champion Bermaine Stiverne as a slight underdog against unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder is running as a -140 to -200 favorite to defeat Stiverne, whose backers can get “plus” money ranging from +120 to as much as +160 with a Stiverne win.
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