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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Boxing News

VIDEO: The Golovkin-Rubio KO



October 19th, 2014



Boxing News

Loeffler: 2015 will be even bigger for GGG. Every option is open

By Przemek Garczarczyk

K2 Promoter Tom Loeffler has confirmed that three belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will return in February 2015 in Europe unless a bout with Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr. is made. Plans call for “GGG” to fight four times in 2015.



October 19th, 2014


Boxing News

Rodriguez destroys Cartagena in one

One of Puerto Rico’s upcoming stars, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (10-0, 6 KOs) demolished Miguel ‘No Fear’ Cartagena (13-2, 5 KO’s) of Philadelphia in the first round to capture the vacant WBO Latino title at the bantamweight ( 118lbs ) division in a 10-round bout held at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. From the beginning of the bout, Rodriguez was the aggressor, connecting accurate straight right hands on Cartagena’s face, which gave Rodriguez an opening to land a powerful left uppercut to the chin that immediately ended the fight. Cartagena was in very bad shape after the fight. (more…)



October 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Walters: I’m a tough, tough man from Jamaica

By Przemek Garczarczyk



October 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin, Loeffler, Sanchez press conference: “Ready for anything”

By Przemek Garczarczyk



October 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin targets Cotto, Canelo, Junior

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Photo: Big Joe Miranda

“I don’t like dancing. I like to fight. This was a true fight,” stated WBA/IBO/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Glolovkin in the ring following his two round destruction of Marco Antonio Rubio. “I have three belts. I want to fight everybody. I think next year Miguel Cotto, I respect him, he’s a great champion…Canelo? Of course, I respect him too. He’s a good boy. And I challenge Junior too (Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.). I want that fight. But I think Miguel first.”



October 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin annihilates Rubio

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) added the WBC Interim middleweight belt to his collection with a second round annihilation of Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on Saturday night before a huge crowd of 9,323 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Rubio bulked up to 181 while GGG entered the ring at 173. Both fighters landed hard shots in round one. Glolovkin laid out Rubio with a left hand in round two. Time was 1:19.

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October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round KO over WBA super featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In an intense fight, Walters dropped Donaire with an uppercut in round three. Donaire’s face was increasingly busted up before Walters dropped Donaire face first with a right hand at the close of round six. Time was 2:59.

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October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham stops Visinia; Cherry bombs Aqaba

By John DiSanto at ringside

Heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-6, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Natu “The Truth” Visinia (10-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Outweighed by 73 lbs, the two-time cruiserweight champion was ruled down in round five. Cunningham laid a beating on Visinia in rounds six and seven. The bout was stopped by the ring doctor after round seven.

In the scheduled 10-round junior lightweight co-feature, IBF #11, WBC #15 contender Edner Cherry, 33-6-2, 18 KOs, dropped Osumanu Akaba, 24-7, 19 KOs, three times in round two, and won by TKO at 2:15 of that round.

In a scheduled eight-round middleweight bout, DeCarlo Perez, 13-3-1, 5 KOs, stopped Tyrone Brunson, 22-3-1, 21 KOs, at 2:29 of round five. Brunson, who opened his career with a then-record 19 consecutive first round KOs, has now lost three of his last four, dating back to 2009. (more…)



October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Han, Rodriguez win on Golovkin-Rubio undercard

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (25-1, 16KO) won a unanimous decision against Azea Augustama (17-2, 9KO) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. . It was a lackluster fight throughout that featured little action and no noticeable applause for the East Coast victor as the decision was announced despite his solicitations for an applause at each ring post. Judges scored the 10 round light heavyweight bout 100-90, 99-91 and 100-90 in favor of Rodriguez.

El Paso middleweight Abie Han (23-1, 14KO) won a majority decision victory over Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24KO) in a ten round middleweight bout. Han seemed to win the early rounds before Reyes picked up the pace. Han was in serious trouble and down in the eighth round and nearly stopped but would get up and even go on to win the final round. The fight started slowly but progressively picked up in the middle rounds only to fizzle out again at the end. Reyes was deducted a point for hitting after the bell in the ninth round. Judges scored the bout 97-91, 97-91 and 94-94 in favor of Han. (more…)



October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

WBO #1 Glowacki still unbeaten, Huck next?

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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: ringpolska.pl

Unbeaten WBO #1 cruiserweight Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (23-0, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Thierry Karl (31-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland.

The WBO Inter-Continental beltholder overpowered Karl and dropped him three times in round five to end it.



October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Rubio embarrassed, but very motivated to win

Photo: Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions

Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions

Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio wants to leave behind the incident at yesterday’s weigh-in and focus on tonight’s fight, which can still catapult him to stardom even though he will no longer be a world champion. Now a huge betting underdog, Rubio states, “all that just motivates me. That the fans see me for dead drives me to give maximum effort and try with all my heart to go for the victory.”

“I’ve seen that many people don’t believe in me, and even make mockery that I will destroyed in the ring. Before anything I want to say to all those people that the object of this sport is to hurt the opponent and I’m willing to give my life in this fight in order to come out with my hand raised. Although Golovkin is a warrior, I have no fear of what’s going to happen because I have the power to answer him on an equal footing.”

On the subject of not making weight, Rubio stated “it’s not a lack of professionalism, or irresponsibility. In truth I’m very embarrassed with all the people who believe in me. I did everything I could to make the weight of the division, although I prefer this to coming in diminished to a fight as complicated as I expect with Golovkin.

“Right now my mind is focused on the fight. On Monday I’ll think about whether I’ll move up a division or if we’ll plan a stricter diet with a nutritionist. At this weight I’m not in low spirits, on the contrary it motivates me to give my best to reverse this situation.”



October 18th, 2014

UFC

GSP Receives Doctor’s Clearance to Resume Training

Georges St-Pierre received medical clearance on his injured left knee from his doctor in Los Angeles on Friday, UFC President Dana White told UFC.com. GSP is now able to resume full MMA training just seven months after tearing his left ACL during a workout . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez comments on Donaire-Walters

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By Gabriel F.Cordero

Current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez will be present tonight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California to see WBA co-champions Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters battle for the absolute WBA title.

“I came to see the Donaire-Walters title bout bout betwen these two champions. Walters is a recent champ and Donaire came up to featherweight recently and I have to see both live. I want to face the best on my division. This a great fight and two different boxing styles.”

Last year, at this same venue, Gonzalez shocked the world when he annihilated the highly favored then WBC monarch Abner Mares in the first round.



October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Navarrete lives a life of squalor

By Nick Giongco

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The life of Rolando Navarrete, once the toast of Philippine boxing, is in a total mess. Navarrete, now 57, says he makes both ends meet working at the city’s fish port but wouldn’t say how. “Dumidiskarte lang, (I am just being resourceful),” said Navarrete during a chance encounter with the ex-WBC super-featherweight king.

Navarrete has been retired from the sport for over 20 years now and relies heavily on a government monthly assistance worth P2,000 ($45) so he could bring food to the table.

But he no longer has a wife and takes care of two kids, both fighters, but with no solid promotional connections.

On this particular day, Navarrete stood just outside the main door where Manny Pacquiao would come out, hoping that the world welterweight titlist would see him and even slip in a few bills. (more…)



October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes

WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs) was dethroned by veteran Pablo “El Sepulturero” Munguia (20-5, 11 KOs) via ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the popular Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. The much shorter Munguia pressed the action and earned a clear cut ten round unanimous decision by scores of 98-90, 98-90 and 95-93.

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October 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Philadelphia

Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Steve Cunningham 205 vs. Natu Visinia 278
Edner Cherry 132.5 vs. Osumanu Akaba 134.5
Tyrone Brunson 158 vs. Decarlo Perez 158
Victor Vasquez 136.5 vs. Gerald Smith 140
Ryan Bivins 174 vs. Darryl Gause 169.5
Roberto Lopez 159 vs. Robert Sweeney 155
Anthony Abbruzzese 150 vs. Anthony Prescott 147.5

Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBCSN

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October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF #8 Samor defeats Ocon

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF #8 super flyweight Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11 KOs) clearly outscored Fernando Ocon (13-8, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Samor controlled most of the rounds as he outworked the southpaw Filipino to win by scores of 118-110, 116-112, 116-112. Ocon came to Thailand with good credentials and was coming off a KO win over Juren Labordo in July. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Samor performed well today against Ocon who had lost a disputed twelve split decision against world class Tommy Seran. Samor is very popular with Thailand boxing fans with all his bouts are televised nationally.” (more…)



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Briscoe Awards set for Sunday in South Philly

The 7th Annual Briscoe Awards will again honor the best of the Philadelphia fight scene, Sunday afternoon, October 19th, 1:00-4:00 pm, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar, 26 E. Oregon Avenue, in South Philly. This year’s recipients include Danny Garcia (Fighter of the Year & Performance of the Year), Julian Williams (Prospect of the Year), Manny Folly (Rookie of the Year), Tevin Farmer (Breakout Fighter of the Year), Julio De Jesus (KO of the Year), Stephen Fulton, Jr. (Amateur of the Year), Anthony Caputo Smith vs. Dhafir Smith (Local Fight of the Year) and Dylan Price (Everett Brothers Award).

The Briscoe Awards are named for legendary Philadelphia middleweight Bennie Briscoe. The awards given out are statuettes and medals cast in Briscoe’s likeness. Each year, these awards are presented to the standouts of Philadelphia-area boxing, and the free event is a celebration for both fighters and fans alike. Sunday’s awards are for the 2013 fight year.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call 609-377-6413.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Lawsuit: Rahman Bros say Floyd lied to the Nevada Commission

Hasim Rahman Jr. and his brother Sharif Rahman have filed a lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, Mayweather Boxing Club and Showtime. Sharif Rahman alleges that he was never told his sparring session with Donovon Cameron would be recorded for “Showtime All Access” and he was forced to fight 5/6/7 minute rounds despite a request to fight 3 minute rounds.

Hasim Rahman Jr. maintains his fight with Cameron went 31 minutes straight with no break and he was later informed there large amounts of money wagered.

The lawsuit further states that Mayweather “misrepresented facts” while testifying on front of the NSAC and falsely testified that the 31-minute fight depicted on “Showtime All Access” didn’t happen.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Rubio can’t make weight, fight will go on

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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Promoter Tom Loeffler has just announced that WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio failed to make weight for Saturday’s clash against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Loeffler said Rubio will be fined $50,000 per pound over limit, a $100,000 overall purse penalty, but Rubio does not have cut the weight. Rubio lost his WBC interim belt at the scale at 161.8 and failed to make weight in the allotted two hours. Golovkin can still add the green belt to his WBA and IBO belts with a victory.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

New main event for Oct 24 Telemundo card

Another super flyweight battle will headline the 4th show of the fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford next Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL. Originally featherweight Orlando Cruz was scheduled to face Ruben Tamayo, but today it was announced that undefeated superfly Edwin “El Puto” Rodriguez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico will face Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez (9-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBC FECARBOX title.

In the co-feature Daniel Rosario Cruz (8-1, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico will battle Mexican Jose Alberto “El Flaco” Leal (9-5-1, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division. (more…)



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin makes weight, Rubio heavy; Donaire and Walters both make weight

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Videos: Przemek Garczarczyk

Gennady Golovkin 159 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 161.8
(WBA middleweight title)

Rubio came in, stripped naked, and weighed 161.8. He has two hours to lose 1.8 pounds.

Nonito Donaire 125.6 vs. Nicholas Walters 125.6
(WBA featherweight title)

Edwin Rodriguez 174.8 vs. Azea Augustama 175.8
Marcos Reyes 160.8 vs. Abie Han 160.4
Jamie Oceguda 139.6 vs. Moris Rodriguez 138
Ruslan Madiyev 136.6 vs. Oscar Rojas 135
Walter Sarnoi 123.4 vs. Sergio Najera 121.2

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: K2/Top Rank
TV: HBO

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October 17th, 2014

Announcement

Ring 8 October Meeting Review

Undefeated light heavyweight contender Sean Monaghan (22-0, 14 KOs) and multi-media personality Bobby Cassidy Jr. were guest speakers at last night’s Ring 8 monthly meeting, held for the first time at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. (more…)



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. Golovkin-Rubio prediction

By Przemek Garczarczyk



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Payano receives hero’s welcome in Dominican Republic

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBA bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos Payano has been hailed as a national hero in the Dominican Republic for his great victory against Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo Moreno on September 26 in Mesquite, Texas. Payano arrived Thursday afternoon at Cibao International Airport in Santiago from the United States where he was received by his mother, friends and family, along with hundreds of fans and the general public who celebrated the feat of their compatriot. Thousands of people lined the streets as his convoy drove through the city.

“I want to thank my hometown and my second city Santiago where I learned and trained because they made me what I am today and all those who in different ways have supported me. I was a little poor boy and I’m telling the young people that they can achieve the best,” said Payano.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Bob Arum: Some boxing risks are just stupid

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Legendary promoter Bob Arum talks with Fightnews.com about great promoters working together, the loaded with talent middleweight division, Gennady Golovkin’s options if he beats Marco Antonio Rubio this Saturday, and the business side of making great events.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez in title fight on October 25

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez will have a chance at his first title and do it at home. The undefeated prodigy (11-0-1) will compete for a NABF Junior title in the super lightweight division when he takes on David Rodela in the main event of a nationally televised Top Rank fight card at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California on Saturday, October 25.

“I am sure that October 25 will be the first of many title fights for future superstar Jose Ramirez,” said Hall of fame promoter Bob Arum.

“It’s a honor for me to have this opportunity and even more, to do so in front of the fans at home,” said Ramirez. He was born and raised in Avenal, CA. (more…)



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

December 13 Bradley-Chaves, Herrera-Benavidez announcement coming Monday

An an exciting boxing event on Saturday, December 13, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be officially announced on Monday in Los Angeles. Headlining is former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr (31-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., making his ring comeback against one-time interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, in a 12-round welterweight clash. In the co-feature, World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., will be making his first title defense against Jose Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, both fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Seldin-Jargal rematch set for December 20

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to present another installment of the popular “Rockin Fights” series on Saturday, December 20th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The main event will feature undefeated jr. welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (14-0, 11 KOs) Shirley, NY in a ten-round grudge return match with Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal, 17-5-3 11 KOs, Arlington, VA for a regional title that will be announced shortly. Seldin and Jargal hooked up at The Paramount on July 18th of this year in a feature bout televised on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” series. The bout was stopped after three rounds due to a cut over Jargal’s eye that also caused severe swelling and ruled a technical draw. This time each combatant promises a more definitive ending.

The semi-final 8 round bout will feature new Star Boxing acquisition, light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr., 16-1 13 KOs, Shirley, NY in his first appearance at The Paramount against an opponent to be named shortly.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Jackson returns, looking for redemption and revenge

Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, junior middleweight John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-2, 15 KOs) will return to action on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Quorum Córdoba Hotel in Cordoba, Argentina, against hometown veteran Carlos Adan “El Malevo” Jerez (40-17-3, 18 KOs). Jackson-Jerez will serve as one of the main supporting bouts for a night of boxing headlined by Carolina Marcela Gutierrez (22-4-1, 13 KOs) taking on Yulihan Luna Avila (11-2, 1 KO) for the vacant IBF World female super bantamweight title.

25-year-old Jackson says his fight against Jerez will serve two purposes: First, Jerez was the first fighter to pin a loss on his cousin, Samuel Rogers and so some family-style revenge is on the menu. Secondly, this will be Jackson’s first fight since his shock KO loss to Ireland’s Andy Lee last June at Madison Square Garden.



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Marco Antonio Rubio: I will give it and leave it all in the ring

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins/Hoganphotos, K2 Promotions

WBC interim champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) of Coahuila, Torreon, Mexico is ready for his showdown with undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) of Kazakhstan taking place this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with the champion Rubio at the Manhattan Beach Marriot in Manhattan Beach, California.

“The time is here. We are fighting the best middleweight pound for pound,” Rubio told Fightnews.com. “I am happy for this opportunity fighting in LA on this card. Winning this fight will benefit me.”

Rubio had a solid training camp in Oxnard, California with his trainer Robert Garcia preparing a total of eight weeks. Under trainer Robert Garcia, Rubio has won four straight bouts and shown slight improvement in boxing more as Rubio’s style has always been to pressure and come forward.

“Robert and I had a great camp. We worked for eight weeks on a lot of details and learning to box more. I was more of brawler but Robert has taught me to be more patient. This is my fifth fight with Robert and the things he does with his fighters are very different from other trainers, he likes to take care of his fighters and prepare them to be at their best,” Rubio commented. (more…)



October 17th, 2014

UFC

Fathom Events & UFC to bring UFC 180 to theaters

The UFC® returns to movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT, as Fathom Events and the UFC® bring UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM, the UFC’s first-ever event in Mexico, to the big screen. Fans will have a front-row Octagon® view of all the action when heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez collides with no.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in the five-round main event on November 15. Broadcast live from the sold-out Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, audiences will witness the culmination of 12 weeks of rivalry and competition built up between these two heavyweight coaches on The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America, the UFC’s famed reality television series . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin-Rubio Final Presser Report

By Rocky Morales
Photo: Gene Blevins/Hoganphotos, K2 Promotions

The Manhattan Beach Marriott played host to the final press conference for “Mexican Style”, the middleweight showdown between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio. Golovkin will be defending his WBA and IBO middleweight world titles against Rubio, the WBC interim middleweight champion. Golovkin (30-0, 27KO) has stayed busy in 2014 and will be defending his titles for the third time in just the past 8.5 months against the solid Rubio (59-6, 53KO) who has won six in a row and whose only loss in his last 17 bouts was a decision loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Golovkin will enter the fight as the world champion with the highest knockout percentage, 90%, and has knocked out his most recent 17 opponents in a row.

In Golovkin’s most recent fight, just 12 weeks ago, a title defense against former IBF middleweight champion, Daniel Geale, Golovkin was able to walk right through Gaele and destroy him inside of three rounds. Meanwhile, in what was his third attempt at a world title, Rubio finally won a world title in his 66th career bout, with a tenth round knockout of Italian contender, Domenico Spado, to earn the WBC interim middleweight championship.

This fight will mark the west coast debut for Golovkin whose only other five fights on American soil were all on the east coast. Nevertheless, tickets reportedly sold out a month ago for this fight and it will be the largest attendance ever at the Carson Stub Hub Center to see a fight. (more…)



October 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing retuns to Hobbs, NM on Oct. 25

Photo: Isidro Castillo

Photo: Isidro Castillo


By David Finger

Boxing returns to Hobbs New Mexico next weekend as local prospect Edgar Zubia (4-2-1, 3 KOs) takes on takes on Jose “Shorty” Salinas (5-1, 3 KOs) from Las Cruces, New Mexico. The six round junior welterweight fight is one of the toughest of Zubia’s career and is very much a “must win” fight for the Hobbs native. With two losses in seven fights, Zubia’s hopes to emerge as a legitimate national prospect very much hinge on this fight. Salinas, who also has aspirations to emerge as a world class prospect, is also looking to bounce back from his only professional loss: a tough fifth round TKO to undefeated El Paso native Oscar Valenzuela. Despite the loss, many boxing insiders regard Salinas as a legitimate prospect nonetheless. However a loss to Zubia would all but end the talk of Salinas as a serious prospect, something that the Las Cruces native is keenly aware of. (more…)



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