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Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com After dipping his toe into the post-140-pound pool in his past two catch-weight starts, former ...

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Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron WBO #8, WBA #10 Joseph Parker (14-0, 12 KOs) will clash with WBO #13 ...

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Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC youth super-welterweight champ Ryosuke Maruki (10-3-1, 7 KOs), 149, successfully kept his belt when he kept ...

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Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In main event action, four-time world champion, Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (36-4, 21KO) annihilated ...

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Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

By Edgar DeGrass Photos: Suzanne Teresa / PBC Former WBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-1, 10 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous ...

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Inside Team Fury

By Peter Fury

So it’s on – Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko, for the heavyweight championship of the world. It’s nice to be so far out from the fight, with all the politics and business side of it behind us, and know exactly where we stand. We’re absolutely delighted. The business side of making fights like this is the worst part of boxing, so it’s great to get it all out of the way and put it to the back of our minds; both camps know what they’ve got to do and they can just concentrate now on the boxing side of it.

As for Tyson, he’s totally motivated for this fight. No surprises there. This is his fourth week in, his weight is coming off nicely and we’re very happy with him. I just can’t wait for it to come round now. It’s a massive occasion and it makes us all determined to go that extra mile. (more…)



July 15th, 2015


Boxing News

France’s Future: Soro, Jacob, Legrand

By Robert Coster

France is one country which presently doesn’t have a world champion. Nowadays, the sweet science is scarcely mentioned in the French press and absent from national TV. Things may change however in the land of Marcel Cerdan as three talented young boxers are positioning themselves in the ratings to challenge for a world title in the near future. This trio is composed of jr middleweight Michel Soro, jr lightweight Romain Jacob and flyweight Vincent Legrand. Here are profiles of these three young men. (more…)



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Coney Island

NYC boxing promoter Dmitriy Salita and his Brooklyn Brawl series will heat up Coney Island on August 25 at MCU Park, the home of baseball’s Brooklyn Cyclones. The last professional boxing event at the venue occurred 14 years ago when Hector Camacho Jr. defeated Jesse James Leija via a controversial, referee-halted TKO. Headlining will be featherweight Alex Miskartachian (25-3-1), a world-rated former world title challenger and two-time European champion from Armenia. Miskartachian will take on Cornelius Lock (22-7-2).

“I am very excited to bring the Brooklyn Brawl series to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island,” said Salita, who fought out of Flatbush, Brooklyn, as a professional. “Coney Island is a world-famous gathering place and a hub in New York City, where people come to get rest and relaxation and fabulous entertainment. August 25 will be a historic event that will feature world-class boxing in a festive atmosphere. I encourage everyone to ‘punch up’ their summer plans and join us!” (more…)



July 15th, 2015

UFC

Marion Reneau’s Bantamweight Blitz

“I am on a charge,” bantamweight Marion Reneau said, and she is not kidding . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Terence Crawford hits LA for the ESPYs

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford has arrived in Los Angeles. On Tuesday night, the pride of Omaha accepted the Leadership award from The Shadow League in Beverly Hills. Crawford is in town for the ESPY awards on Wednesday where he is nominated in the “best fighter” category.

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July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Carl Froch

More on Carl Froch’s retirement

Five fights that defined Carl Froch

Editorial: Froch deserved to bow out on his own terms

Video: Highlights of Froch’s career



July 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz-Mares Kickoff Presser

Photos: Craig Bennett

Mexican boxing stars Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) met today at Plaza Mexico to officially announced their Saturday, August 29 Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN showdown taking place at Staples Center. The fighters hosted an open-to-the-public press conference and fan rally to discuss their upcoming bout with media members and met with fans to sign autographs and take pictures. Hundreds of fans attended the event at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood and the fighters stayed to sign autographs for over two hours afterwards.

Here’s what the two fighters and their trainers had to say:

Leo Santa Cruz: “I want to thank all of the fans who are here and I appreciate the support. We always train 100 percent like we’re fighting for a championship. I think the fans are the ones who are going to win on August 29th. They are going to get a great fight out there. It’s going to be a war. I don’t care what he said about my competition. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time, this going to be a great fight. He likes to talk about different things. I’m not going to talk as much. I’m going to be prepared on August 29th and I’m going to be victorious. No one wants to lose and may the best man win.”

Abner Mares: “I want to thank everybody who made this fight possible. Leo Santa Cruz is a fighter who has fought nothing but C-level fighters. Now he’s fighting an A-level fighter. I’m going to show him what an A-level fighter does and that’s win. I pushed for this fight, he never really wanted to face me. I’ve wanted to fight him for a while. We fought on the same card at Stapes Center and I wanted to fight him since then. We sparred a while back, about 30 rounds, but I don’t put much into the sparring. We’re both different fighters now. This is a great fight for the fans and I look forward to the whole world being able to watch. I’m going to beat Leo Santa Cruz come May 29th, don’t miss the fight.” (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Arroyo hits El Paso

Photo: PR Best

Photo: PR Best


IBF #1 ranked super flyweight McJoe Arroyo, traveled today to El Paso, Texas, where this Saturday he’ll face #3 ranked Arthur Villanueva for the vacant IBF title at the Don Haskins Center. Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs), a former Olympian of Puerto Rico in 2008, went along his twin brother McWilliams (IBF #4 and WBO #6 flyweight world ranked), trainers Anthony Otero and Alex Caraballo, his manager Orlando Piñero and Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).

“McWilliams and McJoe be together in this world fight. Last year, when McWilliams fought for the world title, McJoe could not travel, because the journey was long and McJoe was training, but now it is a more comfortable ride and they will be together on this important date for both. In addition, there is the possibility that McWilliams fight this Saturday also. We are looking for an opponent,” Peter Rivera said.

Arroyo-Villanueva is the co-feature this Saturday. The main event of the night will be between former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marcos Reyes in a 10 rounder.



July 14th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night San Diego at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Todd Duffee and the lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Josh Thomson, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and two early prelims may be viewed on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7pm / 4pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Todd Duffee (241) VS Frank Mir (262)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Tony Ferguson (156) VS Josh Thomson (155.5)
Marion Reneau (134.5) VS Holly Holm (135)
Manny Gamburyan (135) VS Scott Jorgensen (135)
James Moontasri (155) VS Kevin Lee (156)
Matt Dwyer (169) VS Alan Jouban (170.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Yaotzin Meza (145.5) VS Sam Sicilia (146)
Sarah Moras (135.5) VS Jessica Andrade (134.5)
Masanori Kanehara (136) VS Rani Yahya (135.5)
Sean Strickland (171) VS Igor Araujo (171)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Ildemar Alcantara (185.5) VS Kevin Casey (185.5)
Lyman Good (170) VS Andrew Craig (170.5)
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July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Bute headlines August 15 NBCSN card

Former world champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) returns to the ring to face Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa (17-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight showdown on Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN on Saturday, August 15 from the Bell Centre in Montreal with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Another televised bout will pit a pair of undefeated light heavyweights against each other as 2008 Colombian Olympian Eleider Alvarez (17-0, 10 KOs) takes on Paraguayan knockout artist Isidro Ranoni Prieto (24-0-3, 20 KOs) in a 12-round battle. Additionally, 2008 Colombian Olympian Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will compete on the card.

“I’m ready and looking forward to going back in the ring,” said Bute. “I have not lost my passion and I train six days a week, twice a day. I am excited to perform on the big stage on August 15.”



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Numbers in for ESPN primetime boxing debut

The debut of ESPN’s new Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN presented by Corona Extra (PBC on ESPN) series—featuring Keith “One-Time” Thurman vs. Luis Collazo and Willie Nelson vs. Tony Harrison—on Saturday, July 11, peaked with nearly 1.2 million viewers according to Nielsen. The main event (10:15-11 p.m. ET) delivered an average of nearly one million viewers. The two-hour telecast (9-11 p.m.) was seen by an average of nearly 800,000 viewers—about double of 2015’s Friday Night Fights telecasts, which averaged 381,000 viewers. FNF had a paltry budget compared to the first class, multi-million dollar PBC production.



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Boxing promoter 50 Cent has filed for personal bankruptcy protection. He previously filed for bankruptcy for his boxing company SMS Promotions. His biggest boxing star is Yuriorkis Gamboa. In May, Forbes magazine listed 50’s net worth at $155 million. He says he’s just taking precautions after losing two multimillion dollar lawsuits.

Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and former three-division world champion Abner Mares will host a press conference and open-to-the-public fan rally today to officially announce their August 29 featherweight clash on ESPN at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Festivities start at 4:30PM at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California.

IBF bantamweight world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero and newly crowned NABF super lightweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera will host a special fan meet and greet today starting at 2:30PM at the 14th Annual Desert Showdown World Amateur Boxing Championships hosted by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions announced that it has joined forces with Arizona-based Iron Boy Promotions to present top-quality boxing events in Arizona, beginning with “the Battle of the Unknown,” on August 15th at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. The headliner is middleweight Louis “The Unknown” Rose (12-2, 4 KOs) against Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (9-1, 1 KO).

Joe DeGuardia’s Rockin’ Fights 20 (scheduled for Friday July 17th) featuring Joe Smith has been postponed due to an injury to Joe Smith. Joe will be ready to return to the ring on the new Rockin Fights 20 date of September 11th, 2015.

The fight card originally scheduled for August 1 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, has been postponed. Hall of fame promoter Don Chargin and Paco Damian will soon announce a later date. “We are working on an even better presentation and will have an updated announcement soon,” says Chargin.



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez: there’s no way I’m going back to Colombia without my World title

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

Darleys Perez says he will destroy the World title dreams of Manchester hero Anthony Crolla when he defends his WBA Lightweight title for the first time at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night (July 18) live on Sky Sports.

Perez crosses the Atlantic for the first time in his pro career to face ‘Million Dollar,’ who has recovered from a life threatening attack in December to land his first World title shot.

The Colombian was elevated to full champion in April after Richar Abril was stripped of the title and the 31 year old is aiming to build on an impressive year having landed the interim title last June against Argenis Lopez and made two impressive defences before his promotion, stopping Jaider Parra halfway through his first defence on home soil in October and registering a landslide points victory over Jonathan Maicelo in January in California. (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Browne relinquishes Commonwealth belt

Australia’s Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has relinquished his Commonwealth heavyweight title with immediate effect. Browne became the first fighter from Down Under to hold the crown in 122 years when he stopped Canada’s Eric Bahoeli in April 2014. But he has now decided to give it up in order to pursue other titles. “Holding the Commonwealth title was a huge honour for me and I do not relinquish the belt easily,” Browne said. “However, I’m currently the mandatory challenger to Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA heavyweight title and that is now my focus. I am on the verge of becoming Australia’s first ever heavyweight world champion and I cannot wait to win that in the near future”.

Browne’s manager Matt Clark added, “Lucas has accomplished something that will go down in Australian boxing folklore. We are relinquishing the title to keep it active and allow “Big Daddy” to focus on securing the world title. We didn’t want to hold up the Commonwealth belt and Lucas is relinquishing it to allow for activity. We sincerely thank the Commonwealth Boxing Council for all their support.”



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Rosario returns on Telemundo summer season opener

The Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford Summer Season Series opener will be this Friday and features another edition of the famed Mexico vs Puerto Rico boxing rivalry. The main event has Daniel “El Duro” Rosario (10-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico vs Aaron “Timmy” Garcia (14-3-1, 10 KOs) of Guadalajara Mexico, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino super welterweight title on the line.

Rosario was dealt his first loss as a professional in his Telemundo network debut nearly a year ago. He made a good account of himself but in the end the official judges had him losing a majority decision. Rosario has reeled off two consecutive wins by knockout since the loss. He is now ready to get his first win on the network in a main event.

You suffered your first loss as a professional in your Telemundo network debut last year. What did you learn from that loss?

You know when they always say, it’s only gonna be me and my opponent fighting on that ring? Well, I learned that sometimes you’re fighting against him, the judges, and even the referee on that ring. I went to Mexico to fight a Mexican, knocked him down and it was ruled a trip, had the referee on my ass for the full ten rounds, all in an altitude of 3,000 meters, and finally they stole that win from me. The Telemundo commentators still talk about how that fight and championship was stolen from me. I learned a lot about myself. But I also learned to come back stronger. I’ve had two knockout wins since. I learned how much my team believes in me and how passionate they are about my career. And last but not least, I learned patience. (more…)



July 14th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night San Diego Fantasy Preview

It’s always a fun night when the heavyweights are in the main event, and this time around it’s former champion Frank Mir looking to build momentum from his last win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva when he faces heavy-handed striker Todd Duffee in a five-round fight from San Diego . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Baleni stops Mgema in the fourth round

By Ron Jackson

Siphamandla Baleni from Mthatha retained the Eastern Cape minimumweight title when he completely outclassed Iviwe Mgema of Mdantsane before the fight was stopped in the fourth round of a scheduled ten at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old Baleni who improved his reported record to 7-1-1; 3 dominated from the opening bell and Mgema who now has a reported record of 2-1-1, was never in the fight and was taking punishment before his corner threw in the towel in the fourth round. (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Carl Froch announces retirement from boxing

Four-time World Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch has today announced that he is retiring from boxing and will join Sky Sports. Carl has brought down the curtain on a sensational career during which he twice won the WBC title, as well as the WBA and IBF belts. In 35 fights, Carl was the victor in 33 with 24 by knockout.

His final fight was his most memorable, defeating arch-rival George Groves in a rematch in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium.

Nicknamed the Cobra, Carl will now join Adam Smith, Johnny Nelson and other expert analysts as part of Sky Sports’ unrivalled boxing coverage. Fight fans can enjoy up to 120 fight nights over the next six years on Sky Sports including coverage of Anthony Joshua MBE, James DeGale MBE, Kell Brook and Scott Quigg.

Carl Froch said: “I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves. I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself. Sky Sports is the home of boxing and has followed me throughout my career. I can’t wait to join the team and help bring fans the best fighters, the best contests and the best analysis. Nothing can replace the thrill of stepping into the ring, but with Sky Sports I’ll be doing the next best thing.” (more…)



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“Stop playing mind games,” Amir Khan says to Floyd Mayweather

Former boxing promoter and rapper 50 Cent files for bankruptcy . . . Also see: Is 50 cent really broke? . . . And, for best headline of the day: 50 Cent says he ain’t worth a dime

Anthony Crolla says he’s in the best shape ever

Keith Thurman calls out Mayweather



July 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Darleys Perez in England

WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) arrived in England over the weekend giving himself roughly one week to settle into a new country and time zone before defending his world championship against Anthony Crolla (29-4-2, 11 KOs) in Crolla’s hometown of Manchester this Saturday, July 18. Since losing a close decision to Yuriorkis Gamboa two years ago, Perez has won four in a row. During that span, Perez, who is from Colombia, won the interim title against Argenis Lopez last June. He followed up that win with two successful title defenses, the most recent coming in January against Jonathan Maicelo. With WBA belt holder Richar Abril not able to fight, Perez now holds the full title, while Abril is the champion in recess.

As for fighting Crolla in his hometown, Perez stated, “He’ll have everyone in the arena rooting for him. He’ll have the full support of the crowd, but none of that bothers me. I know what I have to do to win and there’s no way I’m going back to Colombia without my world title.”



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Golden Boy backs Brawl At City Hall

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Boxing Team presents the inaugural Brawl At City Hall 2015, on Saturday, July 18, a fun and exciting charity boxing event to benefit the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. In the past, charity boxing events presented by the LAPD Boxing club in association with other law enforcement clubs throughout California have been a tremendous success with outstanding officers giving their best performance. (more…)



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Lomachenko in the works

Irishman Gary Hyde, the manager of unified super bantamweight (122 lbs.) world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), has accepted in principal the offer made by Egis Klimas, manager of World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 lbs.) champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), for a Super Fight. Rigondeaux is the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) Super, WBO and The Ring magazine’s super bantamweight champion.

Cuban-native Rigondeaux, who now lives in Miami, and Ukrainian-born Lomachenko are both two-time Olympic gold medalists. (more…)



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Tarver talks Cunningham, gives Fury “no chance in hell” vs. Klitschko

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“[Steve Cunningham] fought them all. Tomasz Adamek, they had some great wars, he fought Tyson Fury, had him down and out, unfortunately he didn’t win that fight. He’s a very tough opponent for anybody, and I know I had my hands full, but if I’m ever gonna become heavyweight champion, I gotta be able to beat guys like Cunningham. They’re not gonna give it to me. I’m gonna have to earn it,” said former world champion Antonio Tarver in a Fightnews.com interview.

“The Magic Man” – as always – is not shy to voice a strong opinion about other pugilists. When asked about Tyson Fury’s chances against WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Tarver responded in style: “C’mon man, really? Are you kidding me? I give him no chance in hell to beat Klitschko!”

Tarver vs Cunningham will be part of the Premier Boxing Champions on Spike broadcast on August 14 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo returns Friday

Everything is set for the start of the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford Summer Season Series this Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In the main event Daniel “El Duro” Rosario of Caguas, Puerto Rico faces Aaron “Timmy” Garcia of Guadalajara Mexico, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino super welterweight title at stake. Rosario, (10-1, 9 KOs) has fought 3 times on the series having won two and lost one. Garcia, (14-3-1, 10 KOs) is the FECOMBOX Mexican Champion and will be making his debut in US soil.

Also in action, hard hitting undefeated cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (18-0, 17 KOs) of Havana, Cuba returns to action to face Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (40-30-25 KO’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds. (more…)



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Video: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. workout

Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. works out for the media at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy in Riverside, California, in advance of his bout on Saturday at the Don Haskins Center In El Paso, Texas. Junior’s fight against Miguel “Dorado” Reyes will air on Showtime.


Video: Showtime



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Lucas Browne: I will be WBA champion

Photo: Team Browne

Photo: Team Browne


By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #3 Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne talked to Fightnews and commented on WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev’s successful title defense against Francisco Pianeta in Germany on Saturday. Browne wasn’t surprised by Chagaev defeating Pianeta, and says he’s confident he’ll win the WBA title when he gets his title shot. The WBA has ordered that Chagaev must now defend against Fres Oquendo in 120 days (November) and the winner of Chageav vs. Oquendo will defend against Browne within 120 days (February 2016). Browne said, “Chagaev was always going to win that fight. That’s why it happened, but I thought it would’ve lasted a bit longer. Now he needs to get past Oquendo before I take the title.”



July 13th, 2015

UFC

McGregor, Faber to coach TUF

The next season of The Ultimate Fighter ® will feature no shortage of star power as interim UFC® featherweight champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor coaches opposite Team Alpha Male’s Urijah Faber on the 22nd edition of the UFC’s storied reality television series . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Ogogo to face ‘best opponent available’ Ruslan Schelev

British middleweight talent Anthony Ogogo (7-0, 4 KOs) is eager to impress as he prepares for his hotly anticipated ring return against Ruslan Schelev (11-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. The 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist has been out of the ring for the past 11 months recovering from a long-standing Achilles issue, but now fully fit, Ogogo is ready to get his promising career back on track, starting with a victory over the 26 year-old Ukrainian, Schelev. “I wanted the very best opponent available for my return,” reveals Ogogo. “I didn’t want an easy opponent. I wanted someone who would really test me. I’ve worked so hard to condense a 12-month rehab process into 6 months, so I wanted an opponent with the right quality to give me a hard fight because that’s what I’ve longed for, and that’s exactly what Schelev is. He’s a quality fighter.” That said, Schlev has lost three of his last four.

The six-round contest will be his first since signing a co-promotional deal with Team Sauerland and Golden Boy Promotions. Arthur Abraham’s WBO World Super Middleweight title defense against Robert Stieglitz tops the bill, which also features Germany’s 19 year-old knockout specialist Vincent Feigenbutz challenging Mauricio Reynoso for the Interim WBA 168lb belt.



July 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Hwan wins 1st title with TKO in South Korea

Photos: Yeo Joon Chae

Local fans on hand gathered to see highly touted unbeaten teenage prospect Hwang Gyu Hwan (2-0, 2 KOs) win his first title as a professional by 6th round TKO over countryman Park Chan Hee (5-6-1). The main event took place this past Sunday afternoon at the Inchon Seonhak Boxing Stadium in Inchon City, South Korea. It was an exciting closely contested fight until Hwan out of no where landed a left hook to the body that put Park down and out. The referee did not even issue a count as Park Chan Hee had the wind knocked completely out of him. Hwan just 18 and still learning had been head hunting all night before finding the sweet spot . Hwan won the domestic Korean Boxing Comission (KBC) title with his victory. Hwan only has 2 professional fights but he is on the fast track. There is already talk of him fighting for a WBC Youth title within his next few fights. (more…)



July 13th, 2015

UFC

TUF 21 Finale Main: Wonderboy Wows Vegas With KO

Perennial welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger believed Stephen Thompson’s karate-based attack was all smoke and mirrors. Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, that smoke produced fire, as Thompson scored a spectacular first-round knockout victory, likely propelling South Carolina’s “Wonderboy” into the top 15 at 170 pounds . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Usman gives Blackzilians the ultimate win
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July 13th, 2015

UFC

TUF 21 Finale Prelims: Samman Impresses, Subs Magalhaes in One

Middleweight prospect Josh Samman made it three for three in the Octagon Sunday, celebrating his new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt by submitting Caio Magalhaes in the first round of their Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale prelim bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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July 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: Roman, Mojica win in El Paso

By David Finger at ringside

It’s never easy to step back into the ring after a six-year layoff and look sharp. And as the popular Albuquerque-based former prospect David “El Finito” Martinez (18-5-1, 3 KOs) discovered, it’s impossible when faced with a fighter as strong as WBC #4 ranked lightweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (50-11, 37 KOs). Before the fight, many ringsiders wondered what Martinez would show up. After a six-and-a-half year layoff, was this simply a quick payday for the New Mexican or if he would not only pick up where he left off, but finally take his game to the next level?

Martinez 135.5, appeared supremely confident during the ring introductions, even “bumping” into Roman, 140, as both fighters circled the ring. But within thirty seconds of the opening round it became clear that Ramirez had no answer for the relentless pressure of the world ranked Roman. Martinez jumped on Roman early and pumped a decent jab, but as soon as Roman began to fire the left hook it became abundantly clear that Martinez had no answer to Roman’s pressure. (more…)



July 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Jimenez pummels Munoz

By Robert Coster
Photos: Shuan Boxing

The usually shifty WBA #5 super-Flyweight contender Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (22-8-4, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, known more for his fancy footwork than his power, decided to slug it out on Saturday night against countryman Angelo Munoz (15-4, 10 KOs), scoring knockdowns in the second and third round. The outclassed and battered Munoz opted not to come out for the 4th round. After the fight, the always talkative Jimenez again called out to WBA Champion Kohei Kono to give him a rematch.

Last year, Jimenez fought a controversial draw against Kono in Japan. “Meneito “(the one who wiggles) challenged the champion in colorful language: “Japanese are supposed to be warriors. I’m ready to get on a plane, Kono, and fight you next week, in your hometown in front of your fans.” (more…)



July 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Mike Wilson scores one punch KO in Oregon

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

Fighting in front of a packed and boisterous hometown crowd, Central Point, Oregon’s Mike Wilson kept his unbeaten record intact last Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo Compton Arena with a second round body shot knockout of Brownsville, Texas’ Juan Reyna.

The crafty Reyna (5-5-1, 2 KOs) gave Wilson (12-0, 6 KOs) some problems early in the first round, disrupting his rhythm with a few well placed counter right hands to the chin. Wilson, though, kept a steady tempo, working behind his jab and pushing his way in close with precise power shots to the head and body. In the second round a thunderous right to the ribcage sent Reyna down withering in pain. Referee Ed Collantes reached the count of ten at 1:10, giving Wilson his twelfth win as a pro and his sixth inside the distance. (more…)



July 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Tijuana

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

Club level boxing returned to east Tijuana when arguably the most consistent promoters of the city, Gonzalez Boxing and Round 13 Promotions, put on their monthly fight card titled “Furia En el Tepatitlan IV” at the Tepatitlan Music Hall this past Saturday night, July 11th. Only eight bouts were scheduled with quick action and a couple of surprises.

Before the festivities, the traditional ten count was performed for fallen former world champion Juan Jose “Dinamita” Estrada who recently was murdered.

Unfortunately the main event was cut short when IBF Latino lightweight champion Armando “Chato” Robles (29-4-2, 16KO) suffered a deep gash on his right eyelid from an accidental head butt against Carlos Parra (14-11-2, 8KO) of Los Mochis, Mexico. Ringside doctor Ernesto Franco took one look at the lesion and waived the fight off in the opening seconds of the first round of a scheduled ten. (more…)



July 12th, 2015


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