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Detroit’s fabled Kronk Gym hosted a workout on Thursday afternoon for Andy Ruiz and several of the local fighters appearing on Saturday’s Detroit Brawl card at the Masonic Temple. In addition to main eventer Ruiz, Demetrius Banks, Dorrell Van Horn Jr, Gheith Karim, Jarico O’Quinn, Zach Shamoun, and Clarence Dubose all went through a light workout for the folks gathered.
Speaking to Fightnews, soft spoken Ruiz was quick to point out that he was not too concerned with opponent’s Josh Gormley’s pre fight KO prediction. “I’m not taking him lightly, one punch can change everything but I’m not a trash talker. I’ll do my talking in the ring with my fists” commented the current world ranked heavyweight contender Ruiz. He also responded to some of the criticism directed his way with regards to his level of opposition. “I’ve been off for 7 months and I’m just getting back in the game so I need to work my way back. I’m 27-0 and I will be hoping for a title shot in the near future after a few more fights.” Ruiz said he was honored to be at the Kronk and to fight in Detroit “where so many great champions fought.” He also hoped “to see my Mexican fans come out on Saturday as I will do my best to give them a good show.” (more…)
Story and photos by Bob Ryder Detroit’s fabled Kronk Gym hosted a workout on Thursday afternoon for Andy Ruiz and …
Former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) returns to the ring following a year-long hiatus at his old stomping grounds, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on July 23. The Connecticut favorite son takes on Iraqi war veteran Shawn Cameron (10-1 5 KOs) of the Bronx, NY in a 10 round jr. middleweight contest, the main event of a Star Boxing card presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia. Rodriguez last fought in June 2015, challenging Erislandy Lara for the WBA world jr. middleweight title that night, dropping a 12-round decision to the champion. Delvin is 5-1 during his career in the Uncasville ring. (more…)
Former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) returns to the ring following a year-long hiatus at his old …
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Chris Arreola faced off at the final press conference for their FOX-televised world title fight on Saturday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: I can’t wait because I’ve been wanting to pound something since May…does he deserve a title shot? No he doesn’t. He knows that. That’s no secret. But for this situation that we’re in with the short notice, is he the perfect guy? You’re right, he is.
Chris Arreola: I am a sleeping giant. People out there are underestimating me like a motherf*****. I believe Vegas has the odds 30:1 against me. Please place your bets and make some money. I’m ready for this fight. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Chris Arreola faced off at the final press conference for their FOX-televised world …
By Karl Freitag
WBC super lightweight world champion Viktor Postol was asked to explain why he believes Lucas Matthysse is a better fighter than WBO champion Terence Crawford, who he meets in a unification showdown on PPV July 23 in Las Vegas. “It’s my subjective opinion,” said Postol. “From what I’ve seen, and from the opposition that Matthysse has had before he fought me and the opposition that Crawford has had, I think Matthysse is a better, more experienced fighter.”
Postol, however, isn’t expecting an easier fight against Crawford than he had with the better Matthysse. “Every fight is different and Matthysse and Crawford are two different style fighters. I never expect any fight to be easy,” said Postol.
By Karl Freitag WBC super lightweight world champion Viktor Postol was asked to explain why he believes Lucas Matthysse is …
Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol — will begin in Los Angeles TODAY with a free outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. PT, before resuming in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 19. Adding to the festivities will be nationally-syndicated radio star Piolín, who will host the entire event.
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana will show their skills in the ring begining at 2:00 p.m. PT and will meet and greet fans afterward. Also attending will be WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Viktor Postol and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who will all be signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. (more…)
Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” …
Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (63-9, 46 KOs) returns to the ring on August 13 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. The 47-year-old Jones will take on 40-year-old “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-11-2, 7 KOs). Jones is coming off a KO win over pro debuting Vyron Phillips in March. Phillips won a contest for the right to fight the future Hall of Famer. Moore is looking to end a nine-fight losing streak dating back 13 years.
Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (63-9, 46 KOs) returns to the ring on August 13 at the Pensacola Bay …
It will be a homecoming for undefeated welterweight Stevie Weimer (11-0, 3 KOs). who headlines a night of professional and amateur boxing promoted by A&D Promotions at York College in York, Pennsylvania. Weimer who graduated in 2013 with a double degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, will face nineteen fight veteran Jose Valderrama (5-14, 3 KOs) in the six round main event. This is the third fight in the comeback of Stevie Weimer after a four-year hiatus. “I was working and doing schooling along with my boxing. “Now I am solely focusing on my boxing. bigger and stronger now than I was four years ago. I am looking to go after my opponent in the opening two rounds. I want to knock him out,” said Weimer. “I am so proud to be able to fight at the college I graduated from. I want to put on a greats show for the fans. After that, I plan to have three more fights before the end of the year and I will be 15-0 by then and ready for really big fights.” (more…)
It will be a homecoming for undefeated welterweight Stevie Weimer (11-0, 3 KOs). who headlines a night of professional and …
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
Jürgen Doberstein 167.5 vs. Robin Krasniqi 167.5
(WBA/WBO Intercontinental super middleweight titles)
Nikki Adler 165.1 vs. Elena Sikmashvili 167.5
(WBC female super middleweight title)
Mirko Martin 109.5 vs. Robert Kanalas 110.3
Josef Zahradnik 141 vs. Khaka Avetisiani 138.9
Marcel Hassler 147.7 vs. Jovica Jovanovic 151
Zhak Sauer TBA vs. Mihaly Voros 169.7
Venue: Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing/Doberstein Promotion
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES Jürgen Doberstein 167.5 vs. Robin Krasniqi 167.5 (WBA/WBO Intercontinental super middleweight titles) Nikki Adler 165.1 vs. …
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford was joined by Top Rank’s Carl Moretti and co-manager and head trainer Bryan McIntyre in a roundtable with reporters. Here’s what he had to say in advance of his world title clash against WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
What did you think about Viktor Postol’s performance against Lucas Matthysse and did it surprise you at all?
I feel as though Postol did what he needed to do to win. I think he did a lot of holding and using his elbows that the ref didn’t see. But all in all he did what he had to do to get the job done. I picked him to win in that fight anyway so it was a good victory. (more…)
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford was joined by Top Rank’s Carl Moretti and co-manager …
Danger-Fire Promotions (Craig Cummings and Damon Reed) returns on August 13 to the Kansas Expo Centre in Topeka, Kansas, with what they’re calling their “best top to bottom fight card yet.” The main event pits undefeated local welterweight Jerry Thomas (11-0-1, 7 KOs) against Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (26-3, 10 KOs) of Boston, Massachusetts. O’Connor is a former National Golden Gloves Champion and Olympic Alternate as an amateur, last seen being spectacularly kayoed on national TV by Gabriel Bracero last October.
The co-main event is a rematch from a very close fight that took place in Topeka one year ago. Kansas cruiserweight champion Mario Munoz (10-3-1, 3 KOs) will battle Jim Franklin (10-18-2, 5 ) once again for the belt. Munoz won the first fight by split decision.
In other bouts, undefeated local heavyweight favorite “Big Kansas” Daniel Gallemore (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Matt “The Gator” Greer 16-16, 13 KOs), and heavyweight “Diamond” Dominique Alexander (26-17-1, 13 KOs) will make his return to the professional ring after a short retirement against Justin Willms (4-2, 4 KOs). There are 16 bouts scheduled.
Danger-Fire Promotions (Craig Cummings and Damon Reed) returns on August 13 to the Kansas Expo Centre in Topeka, Kansas, with …
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Former world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) of Oxnard, California, will be making his return to the ring after a two year absence when he takes on Dominican former world champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime. We spoke to the 28-year-old Garcia about his comeback.
“I don’t believe there will be ring rust because I was never really outside of the ring,” said Mikey. “I’ve been in the gym the whole time, sparring and training. I would spar 10 or 12 rounds, just to do it. Not because I had a fight, but just to keep me active. I know it seems like a long time, but I don’t really see it. I feel like I was gone six months. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Former world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) of Oxnard, California, will be making …
In the main event of the Boston Boxing Promotions August 6th fight card at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC), Cape Cod, heavyweight Jesse Barboza (11-2-1, 7 KOs) will take on the biggest name of his boxing career as he meets former world title challenger Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (25-21-3, 21 KOs).
Barboza returns to Cape Cod after headlining two shows right there in his backyard in 2015, scoring a pair of first round knockouts over Jesse Oltmanns and Francisco Mireles. He has indicated that this bout will be his last ever on Cape Cod. “I’m excited and thrilled to give my all for my hometown one last time before I hang them up,” said the 30-year-old Barboza.
The 41-year-old Wilson has lost 15 of his last 17, but the two wins came against former world champion Juan Carlos Gomez and previously unbeaten David “Nino” Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs at the time), so he’s not necessarily an easy out. “He’s in his physical prime and I want to use this to gauge some things about myself,” said Wilson. “Can I get myself back into contention to fight for major titles? If I can, I need to beat Barboza. I know he’s not afraid to test himself looking at who he has fought recently and I’m not afraid either. Let’s do this!”
Tickets are on sale now at www.CapeCodBoxing.com. A very limited number of ringside seats are available for $60 each, while general admission costs $40.
In the main event of the Boston Boxing Promotions August 6th fight card at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center …
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
Former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) and WBA #12/WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-2-1, 6 KOs) faced off Wednesday at the final press conference for Friday’s clash at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany. Both the WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt will be on the line.
Jürgen Doberstein: “I left my belt at home today. Robin shouldn’t get accustomed to seeing it too much. Joking aside, the fact is I only want to box the best in my weight class to move ahead, Robin belongs to that group and I will win this fight!”
Robin Krasniqi: “Jürgen Doberstein is my job on Friday and we know how to beat him. I did my work in the United States and Canada and before sparring, in the Bavarian Forest with my strength coach Sepp Maurer. I’m already on weight and a “Doberman” can’t stop me on my way to a new world title shot.”
Promoter Ulf Steinforth: “For both main event fighters, there is very, very much at stake – the doors for a world title chance are wide open for the winner, the loser goes to the back of the line. The spectators here in Saarland can expect a great and exciting fight. By the way, only 300 tickets left. That shows how well this event resonates with the local fans!” (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES Former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) and …
By Ognian Georgiev
In the first part of our story about the Olympic qualification in Vargas, Venezuela, we told you how the group of The Magnificent Seven is controlling the way of scoring in the bouts. We showed you some examples of questionable officiating by the best R&J in the Olympic boxing. Now it’s time to take a look how the boxers from the home country managed to win four more Olympic quotas from only six participants.
Venezuela was selected as a host of the final qualification for Rio Games just a month before the start of the tournament. According to our sources the price for an event like that is around $500,000. For this fee, the host doesn’t receive full rights over TV broadcasting sales. During the six day event, with actually five fight days (one of which had only three bouts) there were many empty seats in the hall and admission was even advertised as free. There weren’t any major logo sponsors in the ring, so what is the payback for such a large outlay of money? (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev In the first part of our story about the Olympic qualification in Vargas, Venezuela, we told you …
Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten KO artist, IBF#2 junior featherweight Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) of Dominican Republic arrived in Japan on Monday to face IBF#1 ranked Japanese Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) in Osaka on July 20. The 26-year-old dynamite was accompanied by his trainer Hector Bermudez, who said, “Jonathan has been training strenuously in Boston and is in very good shape.” Guzman predicts a quick knockout victory over Wake, saying, “I’ll go and try to finish Wake from the start.” Guzman participated in a public workout on Wednesday before many local press people at Hiroki Ioka Gym, where he showed good switch-hitting to impress the journalists in Osaka. The sensational Wake-Guzman bout will take place in the semi-windup to the main event of Kazuto Ioka and Nicaraguan Keyvin Lara with the WBA flyweight belt at stake at Edion Arena Osaka on Wednesday next week. Will Guzman be a second Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez?
Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi Unbeaten KO artist, IBF#2 junior featherweight Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) of Dominican Republic arrived …
Photos: By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Former Japanese bantam titlist, currently IBF#8 junior feather Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), 123.25, proved too sharp and strong for IBF#10 feather Patomsith Pathompothong (15-6, 5 KOs), 123.5, finishing him at 2:17 of the third round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Having been dispatched by Lee Haskins in quest of the vacant IBF interim 118-pound belt in UK, Iwasa moved up to the 122-pound category and thus scored three victories in a row. Iwasa floored the Thailander with a southpaw left in the second and deck him three more times in the fatal third. Patomsith previously came here only to lose a lopsided decision to elongated Hisashi Amagasa who had dropped Gillermo Rigondeaux here on New Year Eve in 2014, though eventually losing on a TKO after the eleventh session.
Photos: By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat Former Japanese bantam titlist, currently IBF#8 junior feather Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), …
Photos: Jennifer Halger/DiBella Entertainment/PBC
WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola participated in a media workout Wednesday as they near their world title matchup taking place Saturday on FOX from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fighters worked out at Round 1 Boxing in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: “When it comes to Deontay Wilder, people look for the knockouts and I deliver. What separates me from other heavyweights is the fashion in which I knock guys out. I don’t just knock you out, I really put you out. Arreola definitely has a style prone to a knockout. He’s a pressure fighter who will come forward all night. That plays to my style. I love pressure fighters who give me a challenge. They keep me moving and thinking. I love the sweet science and the art to it.
Chris Arreola: “Deontay is a very tough opponent so I have to come hard this time. This is my third world title shot and I have to make it count. The first time I was too young, the second time I got caught with a shot, but this time I’ll be ready for anything. Fighting a guy like Wilder, I have to be ready for anything. But he has to be ready too. I’m no slouch. I have fire and he’s another person in my way. I’m here to get it.
Photos: Jennifer Halger/DiBella Entertainment/PBC WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola participated in a …
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol hosted a Los Angeles Media Workout at Wild Card Gym Wednesday afternoon in preparation for his highly anticipated unification bout against Omaha’s undefeated fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford to determine the lineal king at 140 pounds on HBO PPV July 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol hosted a Los Angeles Media Workout at …
By Robert Coster
This Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Shuan Boxing Promotions headed by Belgica Pena will hold an attractive card in memory and honor of the late WBA President Gilbert Mendoza Sr. The card will pit Dominican and Venezuelan boxers against each other. The main event will mark the return to ring action of colorful WBA #4 jr Bantamweight contender Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (23-8-4, 12 KOs) against Venezuelan national champion Renson Robles (6-1, 2 KOs). The other bouts on the card are the following: Alberto Puello (DR) vs Kelly Figueroa (Ven), jr welterweight; Daniel Ramirez (DR) vs Luis Nino (Ven), featherweight; William Encarnacion (DR) vs Jose Luis Graterol (Ven), jr featherweight; Yonmare Medina (DR) vs Denilson Herrera (Ven), lightweight.
Says Promoter Pena, “We wished to honor and celebrate the memory of Gilberto Mendoza Sr., whose life was devoted to the best interests of the sport of boxing and one who always helped Dominican boxing promoters and prizefighters.”
By Robert Coster This Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Shuan Boxing Promotions headed by Belgica Pena will hold an …
By Karl Freitag
Yesterday, WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol vowed to “destroy” WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford and proclaimed that his last opponent, Lucas Matthysse, “is a higher-level fighter than Crawford.”
Crawford’s response? “As a fighter you’re supposed to feel you’re going to destroy anybody you step in the ring with,” said Crawford. “But I don’t care what he says because come July 23 he’s gonna have to show me what he’s gonna do, he’s not going to be able to just tell me.”
As to Postol’s comment that Matthysse is a better fighter than him, Crawford stated, “Matthysse knew who to fight. He had the option to fight me or Viktor Postol and he felt Postol was the easier fight. That’s why he fought Postol, because he knew if he would have fought Terence Crawford what would have happened!”
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Crawford vs. Postol takes place Saturday, July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
By Karl Freitag Yesterday, WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol vowed to “destroy” WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford and …
WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) will move up one weight class and challenge undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KO’s) on Saturday, September 10 from the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Presented by K2 Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions, further information on advance tickets sales will be announced shortly.
“I’ve very happy to challenge Carlos Cuadras for a world title in my fourth weight class. It’s an honor to return to fight at the Forum in front of the great Los Angeles fight fans,” said Gonzalez. “Thanks very much to God, K2 Promotions, Mr. Honda and HBO for making this happen.”
Said Cuadras, “I wish to thank HBO, K2 Promotions, Mr. Honda and everyone responsible for making this fight. I am excited to fight in the United States for the first time on HBO and at the legendary Forum in front of the great boxing fans in California. Roman Gonzalez is a great champion and I have a lot of respect for him. I will prepare myself to be in the best condition of my boxing career to defend my WBC belt.” (more…)
WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) will move up one weight class and challenge undefeated WBC …
Mexican super featherweight Alejandro Valdez (26-7-2, 20 KOs) faces former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event is scheduled for 10 rounds with Cruz’ WBO NABO super featherweight title on the line. The card is being dedicated to victims of the nearby Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
You’ve had just one fight in the last five years. What was the reason for that?
I took a break for family-related reasons and also to finish my studies.
What did you study?
I studied public accounting and now I am working as an insurance agent. (more…)
Mexican super featherweight Alejandro Valdez (26-7-2, 20 KOs) faces former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) …
Undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) will take on Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event on August 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Promoted by Kings Promotions, the live ESPN telecast will also include hot unbeaten welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Parella (14-0, 13 KOs) taking on former Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) and two New York fighters, welterweight Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs) from the Bronx, NY and super featherweight Abraham “Super” Nova (1-0, 1KO) from Albany, NY.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (July 14) at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices are $60 for ringside, with other seats available for $35 and $25.
Undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) will take on Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the …
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Wasilewski, co-promoter of WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs), has no problem when his fighters want to fight best possible opponents, no matter the risk. Głowacki, who almost year ago won WBO title defeating Marco Huck in a strong fight of the year candidate, has already defended his title abroad versus former champ Steve Cunningham and now will next face highly regarded former amateur world champion and Olympic hero Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs).
Tough? You bet. And now Wasilewski wants to match former IBF/WBC cruiserweight titleholder and IBF #6 rated Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3, 37 KOs) against reigning WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs), even if the fight is in Bellew’s backyard. “When my fighters want the best possible fight, I just say ‘why not?'” said Wasilewski. “Diablo is ready to fight Tony Bellew anywhere – even on his turf in the UK. The WBC champ owes his fans a great fight and Diablo vs. Bellew would deliver. I’d like to make this fight because you can bet that both English supporters and Polish boxing fans living in UK would fill up the arena or stadium – no matter the size. Włodarczyk, who held WBC title between 2010 and 2014 is ready. The only question is if the current champion wants this test!”
By Przemek Garczarczyk Andrzej Wasilewski, co-promoter of WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs), has no problem when his …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
IBF #1 Joseph Parker (19-0,16 KOs) will return the ring on July 21 at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand against WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-2-2,21KO’s) over twelve rounds with WBO Oriental and OPBF titles up for grabs. Parker is totally focused on his bout with Haumono and if successful he will be challenging IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua late in 2016 or early 2017. Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said. “There’s a chance we could fight him (Joshua) in November. Personally, I don’t think it’s an option they want to take. All I know is whether we fight him in November or March/April next year when that time comes we’ll be ready to step into the ring. When the lights are on that’s when Joseph Parker shines the best. The bigger the fight, the bigger Joe’s game.”
Everyone, including Parker, knows Joshua is the target; the ultimate goal. Everyone expects Parker to duck and weave his way past Haumono’s dangerous right hand and finish the job in style next week. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron IBF #1 Joseph Parker (19-0,16 KOs) will return the ring …
IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins will defend his title against Stuart Hall at The O2 in London on September 10. The hotly-anticipated rematch between the bitter rivals sees Haskins defend his title for the second time having landed the belt in spectacular fashion with a sixth round KO of Ryosuke Iwasa in June 2015 and widely outpointing Ivan Morales in his first defence in May.
Hall is out to regain the IBF title he claimed in December 2013 beating Vusi Malinga in Leeds and has revenge on his mind after losing to Haskins in 2012 for the European title.
“September 10 has just become even bigger with this domestic world title grudge match added to the card,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s a real 50-50 clash and with the domestic 118lbs scene really hotting up, it’s a must win for both fighters.” (more…)
IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins will defend his title against Stuart Hall at The O2 in London on September 10. …
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Super welterweight Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (17-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over late sub Breidis Prescott (29-8, 21 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Ghvamichava, rebounding from a KO loss to Sergey Lipinets, dropped Prescott in round four. “The Wolf” put Prescott on the deck again in round seven and got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:37.
In a clash of unbeaten super welterweights, Marcos “Madman” Hernandez (8-0, 2 KOs) won a spirited eight round unanimous decision over Thomas T. Hill (6-1, 1 KO). Scores were 79-72, 78-73, 77-74. Hill was docked a point in round seven for a low blow.
Undefeated super middleweight prospect Malcolm McAllister moved to 8-0, 8 KOs after a seventh round TKO over 38-year-old Gilberto Yoruba (7-3, 4 KOs). McAllister punished Yoruba for seven rounds and Yoruba couldn’t come out for round eight.
Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions Super welterweight Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (17-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over …
Eight-division former world champion Manny Pacquiao will reportedly fight again this fall. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the Guardian on Tuesday that he’s been instructed to seek out a site and opponent for Pacquiao, who retired in April and has since been elected to the Senate in his native Philippines.
“He now has given us the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if we can do it on a particular date or dates,” Arum told the Guardian. “We’ve been trying to work out a date that doesn’t interfere with his senatorial responsibilities and his ability to train.”
Eight-division former world champion Manny Pacquiao will reportedly fight again this fall. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the …
Miami-based heavyweight Josh “Dempsey” Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) may be 41 years of age and in the midst of a comeback after a 16 year retirement, but he has proclaimed that he’ll defeat unbeaten WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 rated Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) in a non-title fight on Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. They meet in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions’ latest “Detroit Brawl” event.
“He’s perfect for me,” he said of Ruiz. “I feel like I’m fighting the weakest guy in the top 10. He doesn’t punch hard and I won’t have to look for him. He comes forward a lot and he’s not Floyd Mayweather. I don’t think he can handle my power. Now that I’m older, I hit harder than ever and I’m in great shape. I doubt it’ll last the distance. I’ll get him out of there in about five rounds. Even if he does, I’m in great shape to beat him over the distance.” (more…)
Miami-based heavyweight Josh “Dempsey” Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) may be 41 years of age and in the midst of a …
By Karl Freitag
Roc Nation has plans in the works for the return of four-division former world champion Miguel Cotto later this year. The 35-year-old Cotto has been inactive since his decision loss to Canelo Alvarez last November. “We are hoping to have Miguel back in the ring before the end of the year,” Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy, told reporters during a conference call Tuesday. “We’re working on that now. We’re hopeful to have some kind of an announcement over the next couple of weeks.”
No hints on who Cotto will be fighting, however. “We’re looking at a couple of opponents, but it’s too early to disclose who we’re talking to,” said Yormark. A possible fight with Juan Manuel Marquez has been rumored.
By Karl Freitag Roc Nation has plans in the works for the return of four-division former world champion Miguel Cotto …
Photos: Alex Menendez
At the one month anniversary, first openly gay world title contender Orlando Cruz visited the Pulse Nightclub Memorial and the victim’s crosses on Tuesday to leave boxing gloves and flowers. Cruz an active leader in the LGBT community was in training camp when the terrorist attack occurred. Due to his commitment with a scheduled televised title fight for July 15th in Kissimmee, Florida he was unable to leave his training camp to attend the vigils and memorials for the victims. Cruz sent out a statement stating that he would dedicate his fight on July 15th in Kissimmee to all affected in the tragedy. Cruz lost 4 friends in the tragedy and looks to pay homage with a win this Friday. (more…)
Photos: Alex Menendez At the one month anniversary, first openly gay world title contender Orlando Cruz visited the Pulse Nightclub …
By Karl Freitag
Two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) told reporters Tuesday that he’s focused on his August 6 clash against Colombian Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) and didn’t tune into Monday’s HBO-televised clash between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba.
“No I didn’t watch it,” said Ward. “Obviously, that’s not the next opponent. Obviously, that’s the end game and what we’re trying to get, but I didn’t watch it. I have to compartmentalize what I got to do right now. That’s just kinda how I operate and how I stay focused. I don’t want to juggle two opponents right now. I literally have to focus on one guy and that’s Alexander Brand on August 6. I will not take him lightly. If I’m not successful August 6, there is no fight down the road with me and Kovalev.”
By Karl Freitag Two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) told reporters Tuesday that he’s focused on his August …
Cuban boxing great Guillermo Rigondeaux came face-to-face with Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens at today’s press conference ahead of their WBA Super-Bantamweight World Title showdown at the Cardiff Ice Arena this Saturday, live and exclusive on BoxNation in the UK.
Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I would like to show my respect and gratitude to Dickens for having the courage to take this fight. Dickens is the only super-bantamweight in the world that has the guts to step in the ring with me. All of the others like to talk and talk but they don’t have the courage to actually fight. They know where to find me; I’m here and I’m ready to face anyone in the world. I’m quicker than Fedex and better than UPS. The Welsh fans are going to get an amazing show. We had an amazing training camp and I’m really excited to be here as I know you guys are massive boxing fans and I really appreciate all of the support. I’m ready to go!”
Jazza Dickens: “I believe it is God’s will for me to take this fight. I’ve been dreaming of a fight like this since I was a little kid and I’m extremely grateful to all those who made this fight possible. We have a good game plan going in there and we’re confident we can cause an upset. I’m the massive underdog. I’d just like to say to all of the youngsters out there, don’t be afraid to chase your dreams and always believe in yourself. I’ve worked for this shot my whole life and I intend on grabbing it with both hands.”
Cuban boxing great Guillermo Rigondeaux came face-to-face with Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens at today’s press conference ahead of their WBA Super-Bantamweight …
Undefeated Minnesota-based middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant would like to be the contender chosen to face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on September 17. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) announced last week he would be fighting on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam Smith undercard on HBO pay-per-view in the United States, and WBO #9-rated Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) says he thinks he’s the right choice to face him. “I have the utmost respect Billy Joe Saunders as an athlete,” said Brant. “I respect him so much that I would really enjoy giving him a grand welcome to the United States in the middle of the square circle.” Brant’s promoter Greg Cohen says he’s hoping to hear from Saunders’ representatives soon.
Undefeated Minnesota-based middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant would like to be the contender chosen to face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe …
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
How is Crawford different from other boxers and what kind of fight are you expecting?
Viktor Postol: “What differentiates Crawford from many other fighters are his skills and technical attributes. From a mental aspect he is a very clever boxer, always using his mind in the ring, changing stances, all the time adapting to different types of opponents. He has shown this in his previous fights. But that does not mean he is the best I have fought. I think Lucas Matthysse is a higher-level fighter than Crawford and everyone knows how my fight with Matthysse ended, with him knocked out and the WBC belt around my waist. And that is exactly where the WBC belt will remain after my fight with Crawford on July 23. Just above the WBO belt. I am looking forward to destroying Crawford — destroying his perfect record and destroying his reign as world champion.” (more…)
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification …