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- Stiverne-Arreola co-feature announced
- Lebedev, Jones make weight
- Golden Boy Live! returns Monday night
- The Fireball Kid Forever
- Steve Smoger Referee Clinic coming to Panama
- De la Hoya and Schaefer at odds on future Golden Boy relations with Top Rank
- WBO rules on Lomachenko-Russell purse split: Lomachenko entitled to 60%
- New Ishe Smith opponent named
This Saturday, DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) world-rated welterweight contender (WBC #6 & IBF #10) Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (31-2, 17KO’s) will look to take a major step toward once again challenging for a piece of the welterweight world crown when he faces fellow top-rated (IBF #3 & WBA #11) and undefeated welterweight contender Kevin Bizier (21-0, 14KO’s). The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds with the NABA and IBF Inter-Continental titles at stake, is also an official IBF eliminator for the #2 spot. The contest is the main supporting bout on the loaded and highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark championship double-header featuring defending WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson facing top-rated challenger Tony Bellew and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev defending against Ismayl Sillakh. The card will be taking place at the Colisee de Quebec in beautiful Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (more…)
This Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA, WBA #10 ranked heavyweight Travis Kauffman (26-1, 19 KOs) will now fight Jason Barnett (14-14, 7 KOs) in the 10 round main event for the WBU intercontinental heavyweight championship. Kauffman was originally due to fight Manuel Quezada but Quezada failed to supply the proper paperwork and Barnett was summoned for this title opportunity. “After it was apparent that Quezada would not be able to make the fight, we looked for good suitable replacements. We put calls into Derrick Rossy, Epifanio Mendoza and Bowie Topou but Barnett was the only guy willing to take the fight,” said Kings Promotions Marshall Kauffman.
Former WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly has had to withdraw from his comeback fight at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday due to a back injury. The Welsh star was making his long awaited return to the ring against Australian Daniel Ammann for his first fight in the cruiserweight division with the Vacant Commonwealth title on the line. Cleverly’s preparations were hit last week when he injured his back in training and after seeking expert medical advice he has been advised to withdraw from his fight against Ammann.
He said, “It’s a bitter blow as training had been going so well and I was looking forward to making my debut at cruiserweight. For it to only happen a week before the fight is even more devastating. I just want to get this year out of the way and enter 2014 with a clean slate and get my career back on track.” (more…)
Three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returned to the ring last Saturday night in Tampa for his first fight in 13 months, defeating Ecuador welterweight Humberto “Bam Bam” Toledo (41-11-2, 25 KOs) by way of an eighth-round disqualification for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International belt.
Bailey battered Toledo from the opening bell right up to the bizarre ending, in which Toledo suddenly and surprisingly took a knee in the middle of the ring, only to get back up and get disqualified for pushing referee Frank Santore, Jr. into the ropes. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Six years ago, when they were both top world cruiserweights, Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham fought an epic bout in the Prudential Center for the IBF title. Since then fans in the United States haven’t had a chance to see a major cruiserweight title fight live. This will all change on December 6 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago when former IBF champion and current WBC beltholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 28 KOs) will defend his title against Italian mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs). The very hard hitting “Diablo” will arrive to the Windy City just in time for Thanksgiving, having already finished his training camp in Poland.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, November 30, in the world title defenses of champions Sergey Kovalev, Merlito Sabillo and Donnie Nietes, to be held in Canada and Philippines, respectively.
At the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada, the WBO Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time when he faces de #15 ranked Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs), from Ukraine. For this bout the referee will be Michael Griffin, from Canada. The judges for the Kovalev-Sillakh bout will be the Canadians Pasquale Procopio, Jean Gauthier and Benoit Roussel. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.
While, the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines will host two world title fights. First, the WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his 105 pounds belt against the #1 ranked Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago (27-0, 16 KOs), from Nicaragua. The referee for this bout will be Jack Reiss, from United States. The judges for the Sabillo-Buitrago bout are Takeshi Shimakawa, from Japan, Levi Martínez, from United States, and Joerg Milke, From Germany. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.
Also in this card, the WBO junior flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes (31-1, 17 KOs) will make his third defense against the #14 ranked Sammy Gutierrez (33-9-2, 23 KOs). For this bout the referee will be Celestino Ruiz, from United States. The judges for the fight between Nietes and Gutierrez will be Danrex Tapdasan, from Philipinnes, and Jack Reiss and Levi Martínez, both from United States. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.
In the telecast that has been dubbed “Heavyweights Collide” on Golden Boy Live, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (7-0, 7 KOs) will be returning to the ring tonight in a six round bout which was scheduled to be featured live on Fox Sports 1. Breazeale’s return to the ring was anticipated by many boxing insiders and fans of the heavyweight division as he was scheduled to face his toughest opponent to date in journeyman Nagy Aguilera. Unfortunately, Aguilera pulled out of the fight unexpectedly due to a back injury on Sunday and Breazeale will now be facing Keith Barr (11-4, 3 KOs) of West Virginia. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Manny Pacquaio’s comfortable points win over Brandon Rios was, globally, the big international event of the weekend, but the all-British 168-pound title fight between Carl Froch and George Groves contained the drama, the excitement and, of course, the controversy. Referee Howard Foster’s decision to stop the Froch-Groves fight in the ninth round, with Groves hurt but showing the presence of mind to hang on, will go down as one of the most unsatisfactory endings in recent boxing history. (more…)
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Fresh off his win over Brandon Rios in Macau, China, and a hero’s welcome at GenSan airport upon his arrival back in the Philippines on Monday, it was revealed that boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has had his bank accounts frozen by the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
At a press briefing, Pacquiao said “I’ve always wanted to help the victims of the typhoon and earthquake but I was slammed by the BIR with a P2.2 billion ($50 million US) tax case which has no basis. I can’t withdraw a single cent from my own money. I can’t use it to help. BIR has garnished my money. This money did not come from PDAF or DAP, it came from every punch, sweat, and blood that I’ve earned from boxing. The BIR claims I earned more than what I actually did, without any evidence to back it up. They ignored information given by Top Rank and HBO and insisted I have earned more. My lawyers have given them all the info that they want and they still refuse to believe. I really don’t know why I am being singled out.”
Pacquiao, who earned $18 million for his fight with Rios, has suggested that the situation is politically motivated.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
After speculation that Anthony Mundine was struggling to make weight, the former two-time super middleweight champion made the 154 pound super welterweight limit with room to spare for Wednesday night’s fight with 42-year-old American ring legend Sugar Shane Mosley at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Mundine came in at 153.5 pounds while Mosley weighed 152.3.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
As we reported last Saturday, quoting Mariusz Wach’s promoter Mariusz Kołodziej from Global Boxing Promotions, there’s a very real possibility of Wach (27-1, 15 KOs) against Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) on January 18 in Montreal. “As far as I know, all we need is some signatures, but both parties already accepted the date, venue and they’re OK with the financials,” said Kołodziej in a Fightnews.com interview. “Wach accepted this fight and we should have all the signatures in place not later than at the end of the week.”
Bryant Jennings, in a quick word exchange with Fightnews.com said, “It’s made. I didn’t sign but it’s made.” (more…)
Post-Pacquiao victory: Trainer Freddie Roach talking about Paquiao overwhelming Floyd Mayweather, should the two ever meet (more) . . . Manny Pacquiao plans visit to Philippines disaster area over next few days (more) . . . .
Possibility of Danny Garcia being next up for Mayweather not likely (more)
By Robert Coster
WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa arrived in Tokyo from Mexico this Monday where he is scheduled to clash with WBC Champion Akira Yaegashi on December 6th in the Japanese capital. Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs), 34-years-old, a former WBC jr flyweight champion, will be mounting his second attempt to become a two-division monarch. For his part, the 30 year-old Yaegashi (18-3, 9 KOs) is defending his title for the second time since winning the crown on April of this year against favored countryman Toshiyuki Igarashi. Sosa declared on his arrival, “I am in tip top shape. Yaegashi is an excellent boxer but I am completely confident that I am bringing the crown back to Mexico.”
Antonio Tarver 221 vs. Mike Sheppard 227.6
Randy Caballero 118.4 vs. Jessy Cruz 118.4
Thomas Williams Jr 174.8 vs. Yusaf Mack 175
Luis Ortiz 239.6 vs. Alex Gonzales 246.2
Dominic Breazeale 251.4 vs. Keith Barr 217.4
Erickson Lubin 147 vs. Eric De Jesus 144.4
Albert Bell 130.4 vs. Angel Hernandez 132.2
Dennis Galarza 126 vs. Harold Torres 130.4
Venue: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: FOX Sports 1
As previously announced, DiBella Entertainment will be hosting their annual special-edition Broadway Boxing “Seasons Beatings” card on December 4, at the historic BB King Blues Club & Grill in midtown Manhattan. Fighting in separate eight-round featured bouts will be fast-rising undefeated junior featherweight Luis Rosa (14-0, 6KOs) and New York’s fan-favorite junior middleweight Boyd Melson (12-1-1, 4KOs). Rosa is set to square off against Andre Wilson in their eight-round junior featherweight matchup, while Melson takes on Gundrick King (18-10, 11KOs). (more…)
On Friday Night at the Ritz Night Club in Raleigh, NC, promoter Walter Johnson III presented a card with a number of notable boxers. In the main event, super middleweight Jamar Freeman (10-2, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Andre Baker (10-39).
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs), weighing in at 265 pounds, won a four round unanimous decision over Earl Ladson (15-21).
290-pound heavyweight Alonzo Butler (29-2, 21 KOs) returned for the first time in two-and-a-half years to win by first round DQ over Frank Edmondson (15-40).
Joe Jones KO1 Jimmy Speight (light heavyweight)
Antoine Alston W4 Sean Lockhart (lightweight)
Carlos Lopez TKO3 Henry Mercer (middleweight)
The public is welcome to attend today’s official weigh-in for Tuesday nights special GOLDEN BOY LIVE! telecast headlined by former world champion Antonio Tarver vs. Mike Sheppard at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The weigh-in begins at 1PM at the BB&T Center’s Food Court At Section 130. For parking, enter through Gate 5, park in Lot B16 & enter building through North Patio.
Tarver and bantamweight Randy Caballero will also do an appearance & autograph signing at tonight’s Florida Panthers vs. Philadelphia Flyers game.
By Bob Ryder
Boxing returns to the Motor City this Wednesday night as promoter George Kaltsas (Kaltsas Productions) presents “Showdown For Motown II” at the Masonic Temple. Young, undefeated hometown favorite Tony Harrison seeks to continue his rise as he tackles Donald “Bulldog” Ward of Memphis in one of the co-main events. Former world champ Bronco McKart returns to face Miguel Angel Munguia of Mexico in the other main go. Both contests are scheduled for eight rounds.
Rounding out matchmaker Carlos Llinas’ card are four rounders featuring Ronnie Austion vs Justin Gauthier, Dorell Van Horn, Jr vs Michael Pickett, Demetrius Banks vs Covan Graham, Ed Williams vs Greg Coverson, Jr, and Dewayne Ziegler vs Tim Carrizales.
Tickets: neptix.com and at Masonic Temple Box Office. Doors open at 7PM with first bell at 8.
IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and unified super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia will host back-to-back turkey giveaways in Philadelphia ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday to show their support of the community that has supported their careers.
TODAY (Nov. 25) at 2:00 p.m. ET
Red Cross House, 4000 Powelton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
TOMORROW (Nov. 26) at 10:00 a.m. ET
Spring Garden Wash & Lube, 1111 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez continues his successful comeback at his old weight. “The Black Panther” scored a lopsided unanimous decision win against overmatched journeyman Jindrich Velecky in front of 2,000 fans at the CU Arena in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday night. Gomez dominated the fight from the opening to the final bell and connected at will with single shots as well as nice combinations. However, the 40-year-old Cuban defector couldn’t finish the tough Czech who managed to survive eight rounds. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Johnny Muller makes the first defense of his South African light heavyweight title when he faces mandatory challenger Vhonani Netshidamboni at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Muller (14-3-2, 11 KOs) regained the title in August this year when he stopped Tshepang Mohale in the eleventh round in a rematch after losing the title to him in June 2011. Netshidamboni from the Limpopo Province has a reported record of 5-1-1, 3 KOs and has never been beyond six rounds. He is a comparative novice in relation to the champion and will be having his first title fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sugar Shane Mosley and Anthony Mundine faced off at Monday’s final press conference in Sydney, Australia. They meet Wednesday at the All Phones Arena in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mosley did most the talking as Mundine was strangely untalkative.
Shane Mosley: “I’m very serious about this fight. I’m glad that Khoder (Nasser) flew to America to set the contract right. I know this fight means a lot to Anthony. He wants to prove something. I’m not afraid of anybody so I came back out so we can fulfill what we started and that’s what we’re gonna do…the only thing I ask is that he make the weight properly and we’re good. We’ll just get in the ring and fight.”
Anthony Mundine: “It’s all good, I’m ready, that’s it.”
The Mosley Team will be watching closely when Mundine weighs in for their showdown on Tuesday after hearing stories about Mundine having problems making the 154 pound limit. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A last minute free fight card was presented by Zanfer Promotions last Friday night at the new home for Tijuana boxing, the Tecate tent constructed in the parking lot of the historic Caliente Racetrack, where interim WBO light flyweight champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes (19-1-1, 10KOs) took a stay-busy fight in the 112 lbs. division and systematically broke down former title challenger Omar Salado (24-7-2, 15KOs) in the seventh round of a scheduled ten. The bout along with some of the under card was broadcast on tape delay by Azteca America in the United States the following night.
Fuentes, the former WBO minimum weight champ, captured the interim light flyweight strap in his last fight by stopping Luis De La Rosa in the first back in September while Salado has had an up and down ride since challenging for the WBA light flyweight title against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in 2011. Stopped in seven there, he went on to lose against Glen Donaire and Giovanni Segura while only winning two and a no-contest since then.
Salado was the busier of the two early on as he took the fight to the much taller Fuentes. The thirty-three year Salado of Acapulco but living in Tijuana went for the body as Fuentes moved along the ropes. Fuentes looked to score as Salado would come in with his head down and scoring with healthy left hooks to the head. (more…)
Does the big Pacquiao win in Macau, China mean Uncle Sam loses? More
Does the big Pacquiao win in Macau, China mean the people of the Philippines win? More
Another controversial bout has a referee scrutinized. This time it’s referee Howard Foster, who may have stopped this weekend’s Froch-Groves fight too soon. More
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez and Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle (District 2) are teaming up to knock out hunger with “Operation Gobble,” a program to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to area families.
In what has become an annual tradition for District 2, Valle & Ramirez plan to give away approximately 650 turkeys to feed thousands of people throughout the district at events in Corcoran, Home Garden, Avenal, and Kettleman City, California. “These communities have supported Jose from day one and he wants to support them back in any way he can” Rick Mirigian, agent for Ramirez. (more…)
By Loren Goodman
Despite the early hour of the post-fight press conference—just past lunch—all the stars were still out over the site of Manny Pacquiao’s triumphant return to the ring at the palatial Venetian Macao Resort Hotel and Casino.
Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO), who handled his hardnosed younger opponent Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 22 KO) with cool composure and pugilistic expertise, winning twenty-seven of thirty rounds on the three judges’ scorecards, opened the press conference with a humanitarian gesture. Before answering questions about the fight, he put a black marker to his trainer Freddie Roach’s punch mitts and chest protector, explaining, “I’m signing these for the people who were affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez met this Saturday in Monterrey, Mexico with Promociones del Pueblo President Oswaldo Kuchle to discuss a title defense and rematch with three-time world champion Abner Mares. We hear Gonzalez has agreed to a rematch on February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on an event presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Gonzalez stated he expects the contract to be signed shortly, although the purse was not what he expected. He wants to prove that his victory last August was not in luck or chance.
With the win in the bag, Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao says he eased up on Brandon Rios late in the fight. “In the last round I didn’t want to get careless so I backed off a little bit and gave him a chance to finish. I didn’t do that because I’m tired or anything. I did it because boxing isn’t about killing each other. Boxing is about entertaining people. And I think through twelve rounds people were satisfied with my performance. Why be careless like the last fight with Marquez?”
Trainer Freddie Roach stated, “Manny did take it easy in the last round. I feel he didn’t step on the gas pedal. I think he could have finished Rios, but he told me there was no sense in beating him up anymore. He beat him every round.”
By James Slater
Carl Froch, who retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles via a controversial 9th-round stoppage over a highly dangerous and highly skilled George Groves, has spoken about the possibility of a rematch. Fans everywhere are almost certainly going to all but demand a return for two reasons: the great action last night’s fight provided and the premature nature of the referee’s stoppage.
Speaking with Sky Sports News today, Froch, 32-2-(23) said he will give the fans what they want as long as his trainer, Rob McCracken and his promoter, Eddie Hearn agree with the idea of a rematch.
“I’m happy to honour the crowd, fans and George Groves with a rematch if my trainer and promoter both agree,” Froch said. “I don’t swerve or duck anybody. If George wants a rematch and it makes sense, then of course we’ll get it on. It’s not my decision.” (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
Big Six Entertainment closed its 2013 season on a strong note, featuring its best top-to-bottom card of the year, Saturday night at The Royale Nightclub Boston (formerly The Roxy). In the main event on “Royale Rumble,” presented by Big Six Entertainment in association with Danny Kelly Promotions, “Irish” Joey McCreedy (17-6-2, 6 KOs) won a unanimous six-round decision over Steven “Too Sharpshooter” Tyner (3-13-2, 2 KOs). McCreedy, fighting out of the same hometown as “Irish” Micky Ward (Lowell, Mass.) and his trainer Dicky Eklund, plans to fight as a super middleweight in 2014. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Three east coast prospects captured knockout victories during the United Nations II card at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD Saturday night. This was a card of all four-round contests that featured up and coming boxing talent.
The main event saw Silver Spring, MD lightweight Alexandru Marin score a shocking first-round knockout over the normally durable David Warren Huffman of Cincinnati, OH. The Romanian-born Marin jumped on Huffman with left hands to the head. Thirty-one seconds later, the bout was over as Huffman dropped to the canvas from one of Marin’s left hooks and did not beat referee Dave Braslow’s count. (more…)
By Chito Yu Katangkatang
Jaro, Leyte, Philippines – “HOMELESS BUT NOT HOPELESS.” This statement reflects the character of resiliency by citizens of typhoon stricken Leyte. And that Ray of Hope was set aglow by the sensational victory of their boxing idol and hero Manny Pacquiao. In my little town of Jaro, people flocked to a local store with a portable generator. It was the only place with a TV and people took joy of still seeing their idol fight via delayed telecast on local channel GMA7.
They took break from fixing the roofs of their homes. They endured the scorching heat of the noon sun. They crowded along the streets while standing during the whole duration of the fight. They forgot the problems brought by the wrath of super typhoon Yolanda. Just like any other Pacquiao fight, it was a special day for everyone. (more…)
After three successful 2012 boxing promotions in Macao, China, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has further plans to open up the Asian market in 2014. “We’re coming back February 22 and we’ll be back probably later in the spring,” said Arum. “And then we’re talking about coming back to Singapore in October.” Top Rank plans to present two world title bouts to be announced on the February 22 HBO2-televised Macao card. In addition to Chinese Olympic icon Zou Shiming and 2012 Olympic gold medal winners Egor Mekhontsev and Ryota Murata will see action.
Heavyweight Tor Hammer (21-3, 14 KOs) had his purse withheld after quitting on his stool following the third round of his match against Andy Ruiz Jr. in Macao, China. Hamer quit in similar fashion against Vyacheslav Glazkov last year. Hamer’s promoter Lou DiBella tweeted the following:
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