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Liam Smith: Canelo ducked GGG “massively”

Liam Smith: Canelo ducked GGG massively

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions WBO junior middleweight champion Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) didn't pull many punches when he hosted an AMA ...

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By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions Robert Guerrero: "We started off the year good with the Garcia fight. I thought I won ...

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Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton, Neo Nostalgia WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was unusually blunt during a media workout at The ...

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Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated super middleweight prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision ...

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Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

By Boxing Bob Newman Photo: Bob Newman Until April 15, 2016, barely anyone in the boxing world knew who Mason Menard was- that is, ...

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Boxing News

Easter-Mendez added to Broner-Theophane card

Unbeaten rising star Robert Easter Jr. (16-0, 13 KO) will take on former world champion Algenis Mendez (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a lightweight attraction on the undercard of four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner 140lb title defense against Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane on April 1 at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. The event will also feature local talent including Gervonta “The One” Davis (14-0, 13 KOs) battling Mexico’s Guillero Avila (15-5, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout, plus Anthony Peterson (36-1, 24 KOs), Kareem Martin (7-0-1, 3 KOs), Patrick Harris (8-0, 5 KOs) and Demond Nicholson (16-1, 16 KOs) in separate bouts. A full undercard will be announced in the coming weeks. The main fights will be televised on Spike TV.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Khan London Press Conference

Photos: Martin McNeil – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) today kicked off their three-city international press tour in London at the Park Plaza Riverbank London Hotel to discuss their upcoming May 7 PPV showdown at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fighters met on Khan’s hometown turf for the first press conference of the tour, which was preceded by a photo tour of London’s most famous landmarks for the two fighters on Sunday, Feb. 28. Canelo and Khan will travel next to The Hard Rock Café in New York City on March 1 and end their press tour in Los Angeles at the Five Tower Stage at Universal City Walk on March 2. All events are open to the public.

Below is what the fighters, their teams and promoter had to say at the press conference:

Canelo Alvarez: “It’s my first time in London and I’ve had a lot of support from the fans and the media. Amir Khan is a great fighter and this will be a great fight. Come May 7th, this will be a fantastic event. We want to put a great fight on for the fans.”

Amir “King” Khan: “When I was 17 and in the Olympics I was an underdog – no one gave me a chance of winning a medal. Everyone thought I was going to lose then. This is what this feels like now. Alvarez is a dangerous fighter. People keep asking me why I want to fight this big fighter. I really believe I can win in this fight. What will win this fight is speed; determination and skill. My dream has always been to fight the best and test myself and in Canelo I’m facing just that.” (more…)



February 29th, 2016


UFC

Bisping praises Silva after signature win in London

Michael Bisping praised Anderson Silva in the Octagon after defeating the legendary “Spider” by unanimous decision at Fight Night London. Bisping survived after suffering a third-round flying knee and earned the signature win of his career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Sulaiman, De la Hoya, Gomez and Canelo in London

Roundtable with Mauricio Sulaiman, Oscar de la Hoya, Eric Gomez and Canelo Alvarez, prior to today’s press conference in London.

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February 29th, 2016


Boxing News

WBO champ Flanagan vows to stop Mathews

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs) predicts his rematch with WBO #11 rated domestic rival Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) won’t be going the distance. They previously fought in a three round “Prizefighter” tournament bout with Flanagan winning a decision. On March 12, they are scheduled for twelve at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

“Derry is kidding himself if he thinks he’s getting his hands on my world title…Derry won’t be lasting the full twelve rounds with me that’s for sure. You’ll see on the night who the true champion is and that’s me,” said Flanagan. “I’m fitter, faster and stronger than last time we met. I’ve got too much for Derry to handle and there’s no way he’ll stand to my big punches. I’m the younger and hungrier fighter and on the night I’ll be too quick for him.”

Terry Flanagan vs. Derry Mathews for the WBO World Lightweight Championship headlines the show that also features Guillermo Rigondeaux, taking on local hero Jazza Dickens.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

David Haye Q&A with Amir Khan

Amir Khan paid a visit to the Hayemaker gym last night and conducted a 15 min Q&A with David Haye via Facebook Mentions ahead of his press conference with Canelo Alvarez in London today. Khan talks about how he plans to defeat Canelo and Haye talks about how the little man can beat the big man with a fascinating insight on how speed and technique of punching, and evading punches, will be key.

Surprise guest!

Posted by David Haye on Sunday, February 28, 2016



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala’s Punching Out Parkinson’s Fundraiser

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Emerico Perez

A room full of “champions” packed The Ashton Depot, a historic railroad station turned event venue in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday night as former 2X World Champion Paulie Ayala hosted his 4th Annual Punching Out Parkinson’s fundraiser. These were not champions of the ring, like the ones being highlighted on Showtime and HBO about the same time, but individuals fighting a much bigger fight. Champions are what Ayala affectionately refers to his almost 100 patients fighting the despicable disease of Parkinson’s.

What’s astounding is none of these individuals ever took a punch for pay let alone fought for 30 years like Ayala did, from a standout amateur to a world champion. These were everyday folk’s just living life until one day their world changed forever. The disease is so mischievous it has “no respect for people,” as Ayala stated recently, even a NASA astronaut can suffer from it, as last night’s key note speaker Rich Clifford described that reality when diagnosed during his space travels. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton ready to move on to “bigger and better things” after win over Scott Quigg

Frampton-Quigg: Not the slugfest we hoped for

Olympic professional plan “preposterous” says former champ Lennox Lewis

Amir Khan deserves respect for jumping up two weight classes to fight Canelo, says Carl Froch

 



February 29th, 2016

UFC

Holly Holm breaks down her rival ahead of UFC 196

Holly Holm shocked the world when she became just UFC’s second ever women’s bantamweight champion after defeating Ronda Rousey. Holm looks to make her first title defense on Mar. 5 live on Pay-Per-View against Miesha Tate . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Canelo-Khan Tour Hits London

Photos: Martin McNeil – HoganPhotos/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) took time on Sunday, Feb. 28 to kick off their press conference tour week visiting some of London’s most recognizable landmarks. The fighters posed for photos alongside their teams at the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oxo Tower, London Eye and Westminster-House of Parliament. Khan, who held the WBA super lightweight world title from 2009 to 2011, looked comparable in size to Canelo.

The press tour will continue for the fighters with a press conference at The Park Plaza Riverbank London on Monday, Feb. 29. The tour will move on to New York on Tuesday, March 1 at the Hard Rock Cafe’s Live Venue in Times Square and will finish off at the Five Tower Stage at Universal City Walk Hollywood on Wednesday, March 2. All events are open to the public.

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February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Huck wants rematch with Glowacki

After beating Ola Afolabi for the third time, cruiserweight Marco Huck wants a rematch with WBO champion Krzysztof Glowacki, who dethroned him by eleventh round KO last August in Newark, NJ. “I really wanted to fight immediately against [Glowacki],” said Huck in the ring, “and now more than ever. My brother Kenan (from Huck Promotions) offered him a bag of money, but he didn’t want it.”

Huck blames the loss to Glowacki on training in 100+ degree temperatures in Las Vegas. “I’m back again and it’s an indescribable feeling. When I’ve trained well, no one can beat me.”



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton: I couldn’t believe it was a split / Quigg: Maybe next time I’ll start a bit earlier

WBA/IBF 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton and former world titlist Scott Quigg comments following their unification clash on Saturday in Manchester, England.

Carl Frampton: I couldn’t believe it was a split. I don’t know what that lad (judge Levi Martinez) was watching, but as long as I got my hand raised at the end of the fight, that’s the main thing. We have a great rivalry, and it was a great fight at the end. The start wasn’t great, but of course I would do it again. I’m happy to campaign at super bantamweight, but if a big fight comes calling at featherweight – Santa Cruz, Selby, any of these guys – I’m ready for them.

Scott Quigg: I felt comfortable. The judges must have been counting his punches as scoring, but I thought I was blocking them. I should have started faster. I felt comfortable and I thought I was winning the rounds because he wasn’t winning clear. I’m not going to complain. I want a rematch. Maybe next time I’ll start a bit earlier.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

No movement on Fury-Klitschko rematch

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury told Sky Sports on Saturday that not only is there no news on his next fight, he can’t even confirm that he will go through with his contractually obligated rematch with former champ Wladimir Klitschko.

“I have no idea when the next fight is,” said Fury. “I don’t know who it’s going to be, no idea, so that is a bit of an update for everybody…I have no confirmation on if it’s going to be Klitschko, Fred Flintstone or Batman. I have no idea.”



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Barnett Scores Eighth-Round Knockout Over Attah In DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Wallace Barron

The last time Ty Barnett fought in the Washington Convention Center in his hometown of Washington, DC, he was knocked out by a ring-worn veteran in the ninth round in May of 2014.

Saturday night, in the very same hall of the Convention Center against another grizzled boxer, Barnett had much better success scoring an eighth-round TKO over former world title challenger Daniel “The Prophet” Attah of DC by way of Nigeria in front of a sellout crowd. The bout was the main event of a Kings Promotions card.

Both men fought a tactical bout in the first three rounds as Barnett looked to land his left jab and straight right hand while Attah attempted to drop power shots with his left hand. Eventually, Barnett wore down Attah and finally found a home for his right hand which dropped Attah to the canvas early in the eighth round. Barnett would finish the job with another right late in the round forcing referee Joe Cooper to stop the bout at 2:46 of the round. Barnett is now 23-4-1, 15 KO’s while Attah has now lost nine in a row and he is 28-22-1, 11 KO’s. (more…)



February 28th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London talking points and post-fight

One of the many storylines going into the fight between Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva was that, despite the pairing being an anticipated matchup, it was happening a few years too late . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also Post-fight & Bonus recap

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February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz: I’m ready for whoever / Ruiz: I was very prepared to knock him out

WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz, his challenger Kiko Martinez, and newly crowned WBC super bantamweight world champion Hugo Ruiz comment on their fights. Julio Ceja was unavailable after being taken to a local hospital to treat a fractured ankle.

Leo Santa Cruz: He was ready and he brought it on. The fans love it when two fighters go toe-to-toe and that’s what we did tonight. I wanted to give the fans a great fight. We went toe-to-toe, and he’s a tough fighter. I knew I could hurt him with a right hand. He’s a fighter and when he’s knocked down he going to come back. In the fifth round I knew I had to finish him off and I did. I wanted to throw as many punches as I can so the fans could get a good show.

I’m up for anyone. I want the rematch with (Abner) Mares. I’m ready for whoever whenever they are ready and when my teams says I’m ready.

Kiko Martinez: I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz for being a great fighter. He was really game tonight. I feel alright. The second round I was getting looser and I was starting to feel much better. He started to move a lot and he broke my strategy and he fought a great fight.

Hugo Ruiz: I was very prepared to knock him out, but I was prepared to go 12 rounds tonight also if I had to. I was happy to knock him out in the first round. We came very prepared for this fight. Ceja is a very good fighter and I know he’ll come back. I’m looking for the best fighters and the best money out there.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford: He was tough early, but once I got him I got him

By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History

After their championship bout in New York City, WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford and challenger Hank Lundy commented on their fight.

Terence Crawford: He came out really strong. He had good timing, good rhythm. It surprised me how strong he came out. It took me a while to figure him out. I had to get his timing and rhythm down before I could get to work. It took me three or four rounds to figure him out. He was tough early, but once I got him I got him.

Lundy and I have been going back and forth on Twitter for about a year. A lot of personal stuff. I just wanted to shut him up at last. He said I wasn’t that good and that I was scared of him. He said he was going to knock me out. Then he talked (bad) about Omaha. Boxing is a sport where great fighters come from all parts of the world, even Omaha.

Hank Lundy: His height didn’t really bother me much. I’ve been used to fighting guys 5′ 11″. I felt I was starting to close the distance better. He caught me with a shot on the top of my head. It threw my equilibrium off and I couldn’t recover. It was a good shot. It is what it is, but I didn’t think the fight should have been stopped. I wanted to go out on my shield.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Potter outlasts Tuba again

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Martez “Punisher” Potter barely got by his year long nemesis Ahmed Tuba via majority six round decision in a super middleweight battle on JKJ Championship Promotions’ Searching for the Next Champion V at the Holiday Inn Ball Room in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, NY. A standing room only crowd of over a thousand partisan fans took in the seven bout card, featuring Upstate, NY locals taking on imports from in and out of the Empire State. (more…)



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford stops Lundy in five to retain WBO junior welterweight world title

By John DiSanto and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Philadelphian “Hammering'” Henry Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Lundy started fast and held his own against the champion over the first four rounds. However once Crawford, Omaha, warmed up, he began landing hard shots. Midway through the fifth, Crawford nailed Lundy with a left hook that had him wobbly. Lundy fought back but Crawford jumped right on him and scored a knockdown with a vicious barrage. Lundy beat the count, but Crawford was waiting.

When the action resumed, the champion stepped right in and hurt Lundy with another combination that trapped him in his own corner. With Lundy reeling, referee Steve Willis intervened to save Lundy. The time was 2:09 of round five.

At the time of the stoppage, one judge had the fight even after four rounds. The other two judges favored Crawford 4-0 in rounds.

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Unbeaten lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (20-0, 14 KOs) stripped Willian Silva’s (23-1, 14 KOs) undefeated record, defeating Silva over 10 rounds in a WBO Latino title bout. Verdejo constantly beat Silva to the punch, controlling the ring and pace of the fight while Silva was content to counterpunch and stay out of harm’s way. (more…)



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz halts Martinez in five; Ruiz destroys Ceja in one

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over former world champ Kiko “Sensación” Martinez (35-7, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Santa Cruz dropped Martinez twice in round one, but Martinez weathered the storm. The first knockdown came from an overhand right and counter right sent Martinez sprawling a second time. Santa Cruz went down in round two but referee Raul Caiz ruled it a slip, the champ then mixed it up working both inside and outside. The third round saw some brutal infighting with Martinez emerging with a cut below his right eye. Santa Cruz boxed as at a distance in round four as Martinez stalked the champ. The end came in round five when Santa Cruz backed Martinez to the ropes with a flurry of punches convincing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to stop the fight at 2:09.

Super bantamweight Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32 KOs) needed just 51 seconds to dethrone WBC world champion Julio Ceja (30-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Ruiz dropped Ceja in round one with a right hand, then got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Ceja seemed to suffer an ankle injury when he was knocked down. The win avenges a fifth-round knockout loss to Ceja last August.

Dominican featherweight Claudio Marrero (20-1, 11 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Arellano (16-7-2, 4 KOs) of Ontario, California in a scheduled ten rounder. The southpaw Marrero was slick and aggressive, Arellano pressed forward early on. A short right hook to the head by Marrero knocked down Arellano in round three. Marrero worked Arellano on the inside in round four. The Dominican fighter stalked Arellano in the fifth round as he kept his distance. The sixth and final round saw Marrero back Arellano to the ropes. All three judges scored the bout 60-53.

Undefeated WBC #1 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (26-0, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, stopped Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) in three rounds in a scheduled ten round bout. The taller Vargas used his distance and boxed early on, landing big punches. What appeared to be a low blow by Vargas in round two dropped Esquivel. Vargas continued his assault in round three and the Esquivel corner threw in the towel prompting referee Zachary Young to stop the fight at 1:01. (more…)



February 27th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London: Bisping Wins 5-Round Thriller Against Silva

Bloodied, battered, but unbowed, perennial middleweight contender Michael Bisping won the big one when it mattered most Saturday, scoring a razor-thin five-round unanimous decision over former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the UFC Fight Night main event at the O2 Arena in London, England . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also main card coverage: Mousasi, Breese, Pickett take long road to victories

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton outpoints Quigg to unify titles

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) retained his title and added the WBA belt of previously unbeaten Scott Quigg (32-1-2, 23 KOs) with a mostly lackluster twelve round split decision in their long-awaited unification showdown on Saturday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Frampton mostly pressed the action while Quigg fought cautiously over the first nine rounds. A fight finally broke out in round ten with good two-way action. Quigg gained the upper hand in round eleven hurting Frampton, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 115-113 Quigg, 116-112 twice for Frampton.

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Huck stops Afolabi in comeback fight

By Karl Freitag

In the fourth encounter of their series, former cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) made it 3-0-1 against Ola Afolabi (22-5-4, 11 KOs) with a tenth round TKO on Saturday night at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.

In his first fight since losing his WBO world title by KO to Krzysztof Glowacki last August in Newark, NJ, Huck attacked relentlessly in spurts and the very tough Afolabi absorbed it all and fired back. By round seven, Afolabi’s left eye was swollen shut. Huck was deducted one point for punching after the bell in round nine by referee Jack Reiss. Afolabi didn’t come out for round eleven. Huck claimed Afolabi’s IBO belt.



February 27th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London Prelims: Amirkhani Wins, Askham Impressive KO

After spectacular finishes in his first two UFC victories, featherweight prospect Makwan Amirkhani showed off his wrestling game in his third trip to the Octagon on Saturday, winning a three-round unanimous decision over Mike Wilkinson in a UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the O2 Arena in London, England . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

McDonnell tops Sanchez in WBC eliminator

In a WBC title elimination clash between unbeaten super bantamweight contenders, WBC #9 Gavin McDonnell (15-0-2, 4 KOs) scored a dull twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #14 Jorge Sanchez (15-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. McDonnell dropped Sanchez in round two and outboxed him the rest of the way to win 119-108, 118-109, 118-110. McDonnell, who is the twin brother of WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, also claimed the vacant WBC “silver” title with the victory.

Unbeaten bantamweight Ryan Burnett (13-0, 9 KOs) shut down Anthony Settoul (21-5, 8 KOs) over ten rounds to win 100-90, 100-89, 100-89.

In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Hosea Burton (15-0, 6 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Miles Shinkwin (12-1, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant British belt.

Unbeaten featherweight Isaac Lowe (12-0-1, 5 KOs) claimed the vacant Commonwealth title with an eighth round TKO over Marco McCullough (14-3, 9 KOs).



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Braekhus returns, dominates Namus

Unbeaten and disputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO female welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over rugged Chris Namus (21-4, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. In her first fight since October 2014, “The First Lady” outclassed Namus from the opening bell. Scores were 100-90 across the board.

Super middleweight Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) outpointed Slavisa Simeunovic (19-14, 17 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72 across the board.

Unbeaten super middleweight Emin Atra (7-0, 5 KOs) won a majority decision over Nikola Matic (13-32, 9 KOs). Scores were 57-57, 59-55, 58-56.



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Chudinov Camp asks WBA to change Chudinov-Sturm result to no contest and order rematch

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Patriot Ltd. (“Patriot”), exclusive promoter of former WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov, has officially filed a protest with the WBA over Chudinov’s controversial loss against Felix Sturm on February 20, 2016 at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. That bout resulted in Sturm being awarded a majority decision by the judges with the following scores: Judge Jean-Louis Legland (115-113), Judge Giuseppe Quartarone (115-113) and Judge Ignacio Robles (114-114).

The Chudinov camp is requesting that the result of the bout be changed to a “no decision” and that the WBA order an immediate rematch, without any intervening bouts, between Chudinov and Sturm with a purse bid split of 50/50, citing quotes from various media along with CompuBox statistics, which overwhelmingly favored Chudinov.

Particularly interesting reading is the Chudinov camp’s description of the bizarre deteriorating glove situation:

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During the course of the Bout, Chudinov’s gloves began to deteriorate greatly. At one point, the “Grant” labels on the back of gloves fell off. The red paint also began to come off the gloves and in some spots wore all the way down to underlying leather as is evidenced by the following photos taken of Chudinov’s gloves in his locker room immediately afler the Bout: (more…)



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Yildirim beats Sequeira in war – Licina and Sahin win regional titles

Yilderim - Sequeira in Offenbach, GermanyWBC #13 ranked light heavyweight contender Avni Yildirim defended his Silver International Championship Friday night in Offenbach, Germany, in a twelve-round war against no. 15 ranked Walter Sequeira from Argentina.
While Sequeira was the aggressor, Yildirim landed the harder and cleaner shots. However, the Argentinian never backed down and kept coming forward from the first to the last bell. The 24-year-old Turk got off to a good start, working well behind his jab in the first rounds. But Sequeira came back and connected with some hard hooks to the head and body.
Both contenders stood toe to toe firing away at each other using some dirty tactics every now and then and forcing referee Massimo Barrovecchio to step in but the experienced Italian was always in control of the fight.

After twelve exciting rounds all three judges (Daniel Van de Wiele, Olena Pobyvailo and Maurizio Rinaudo) scored it 117-111 in favor of the old and new champion Avni Yildirim.Yilderim - Sequeira in Offenbach, GermanyYilderim - Sequeira in Offenbach, Germany

In the co-feature, former world title challenger Enad Licina claimed the vacant WBC Mediterranean Cruiserweight Championship by stopping Drazan Janjanin. It was competitive for 6 rounds. Then the visitor, bleeding from his nose from the 4th round on, was fading quickly. In the 8th Janjanin wasn’t throwing back anything and reeling against the ropes. When he sat down on the bottom rope Belgian referee Daniel Van de Wiele had seen enough and made a well-timed halt to the bout.

Serdar Sahin knocked out Beka Aduashvili from Georgia after 2:01 minutes of the sixth round in an entertaining encounter for the vacant EPBC light heavyweight championship. Aduashvili did his best and stole some of the early rounds but was caught and knocked down with a straight right hand through the middle in round six. The brave Georgian tried coming back but Sahin followed up and ended the fight with another clean right through the middle.

The event billed as “Road to WBC Glory” was promoted by Ahmet Oner and was broadcasted live in Germany (sportdigital), Turkey (NTV Spor) and Argentina (TyC Sports).



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Lundy: I’m in his head. I have him!

WBO jr welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford may be a 48:1 favorite, but challenger Hammerin’ Hank Lundy says he has the champ right where he wants him. “He can’t take the pressure,” said Lundy after he goading Crawford into pushing him during their final press conference. “I’m in his head. I have him. I’m going to beat his ass and he is going to feel these hammers.”

Crawford stated, “Lundy’s trash talk makes me laugh But I don’t think he’ll laughing too much on Saturday night.…I’m going to show him that punches hurt a lot more than words…I need to look out for head butts, low blows and elbows. He’s going to get rough in this one. But once he gets careless, and he will, he’s going down!”

Crawford and Lundy collide tonight on HBO in The Theater at Madison Square Garden



February 27th, 2016

UFC

Overeem and Arlovski to headline UFC debut event in the Netherlands

UFC® today confirmed that No.3 heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem will take on No.5 heavyweight Andrei Arlovski in the main event for the organisation’s debut event in The Netherlands on Sunday, May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON 2016 is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

“Meserito” Rodriguez defeats “No Fear” Cartagena

Photos: All Star Boxing

Super flyweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4 KOs) won a clear ten round unanimous decision over Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (14-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Rodriguez dropped Cartagena hard with a huge left hook in round six and a buzzed Cartagena barely survived the round. Rodriguez jumped on Cartagena in round seven, but Cartagena got a long break from referee Telis Assimenios after a low blow. Rodriguez was then all over him again. The hostility level went down a notch for the rest of the fight as Rodriguez won going away 99-90, 98-91, 99-90. Rodriguez claimed the vacant WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title.

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Lomachenko-Walters in the works

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told reporters in New York City that a clash between WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) and former champion Nicholas “Axeman” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) is in the works for April 30. Surprisingly, new HBO boxing chief Peter Nelson apparently isn’t too enamored with the fight, and there is talk of Top Rank bringing the fight to rival network Showtime. Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza stated via Twitter “We’ve always been open to all promoters,” but he added that as of yet the fight hasn’t been proposed (at least officially).

It was noteworthy that when closing Thursday’s Crawford-Lundy HBO press conference, Arum mentioned on the dais about how 30 years ago one of his fights, Hagler-Mugabi, launched boxing on Showtime. Nelson, sitting on stage about six feet away, maintained a poker face but the message was received loud and clear. However this plays out, the network that lands Lomachenko-Walters will be getting a terrific fight.



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Washington, D.C.

Daniel Attah 136.4 vs. Ty Barnett 138.2
Claudinel Lacerda 141 vs. Mykal Fox 139.2
Wesley Triplett 213 vs. Alando Pugh 238
Demond Nicholson 163.5 vs. Jose Valderrama 162.2
Sam Crossed 192 vs. Martez Williamson 186
Antonio Magruder 140 vs. Terrell James 138
Jordan Shimmell 195 vs. Willis Lockett 197
Patrick Harris 138 vs. Christopher Russell 134
Luther Smith 216 vs. Charlemagne Jones 230

Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Promoter: King’s Promotions



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC getting tough on rabbit punches

The WBC, through the Ring Officials Committee is advising to the boxing industry the immediate implementation starting on March 1 of zero tolerance for rabbit punches. All referees officiating in any WBC affiliated bout must adhere to the following:

1. Immediately stop the action and warn and offending boxer who punches in the back of the head (rabbit punch). It is common to see fighters rabbit punch during clinches, which is absolutely prohibited.

2. After the first warning, any continuous action by the same offending boxer or by retaliation must be immediately addressed by the referee with a hard warning or a point deduction.

3. Referees have the authority under his discretion to warn, to take away points or to disqualify offending fighters.

This guideline is for the use of referees officiating in WBC sanctioned bouts; however, the WBC encourages any boxing jurisdiction to implement this guideline in all fights.



February 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Syracuse, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman

Martez Potter 167.6 vs. Ahmed Tuba 166.6
Brandon Williams 127.8 vs. Darryl Hayes 127.6
Jimmy Garcia 154.6 vs. James Robinson 153.2
Luis Vargas 153.4 vs. Phillip Legrand 154.6
Lawrence Gabriel 207.4 vs. Ruben Ortiz (hasn’t still enroute from Rhode Island)
Chad Hayden 168 vs. Sean Nurse 165.8
Usiel Hernandez 134.4* vs. Rakym Dyer 140.6*
Eric Abraham 186.4 vs. Damien Lewis 184.4

*Unofficial weights for Hernandez & Dyer are 6.2 lbs. apart, beyond the 5 lb. limit established by the NYSAC. Both parties are still deciding on whether to attempt to get their weights within the limit or scratch the bout.

Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Venue: Holiday Inn Ballroom Liverpool
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m. First Bell: 7 p.m.



February 26th, 2016




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