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- Yamanaka retains WBC 118lb belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO
- Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day
- Josesito Lopez: I need to take care of business
- Video: Briggs stops Mireles in 27 seconds
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- Browne hoping for Sheffield support
- Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7
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- George Foreman: Bernard Hopkins should retire
- Yamanaka, Martinez to defend WBC 118lb, IBF 122lb belts in Japan today
Artemio Reyes 146 vs. Francisco Reza 148
Giovanni Santillan 146 vs. Michale Balasi 145.5
Jose Roman 137 vs. Hector Miguel Zuniga 139
Javier Torres 229 vs. Kevin Howard 261
Oscar Godoy 147 vs. Ricky Duenas 147
Justin Goslee 330 vs. Justin Davenport 258
Oscar Torres 145.5 vs. Cory Muldrew 146
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Tickets priced at $100 and $60 are sold out. General seats at $40 are available for purchase on the day of the event at the entrance of the arena.
Vinny Maddalone 230 vs. Maurenzo Smith 236
Cletus Seldin 147 vs. Gilbert Venegas 146
Alan Gotay 135 vs. Calvin Smith 134
Anthony Karperis 136 vs. Michael Doyle 136
Max Tassy 182 vs. Daniel Pietch 183
Wendy Toussaint 150 vs. Ahmed Tuba 154
Venue: The Paramount in Huntington, New York
Promoter: Star Boxing
After a street brawl, 2012 London Olympic Games silver medal winner John Joe Nevin has been sentenced by a judge to conduct a four-hour boxing class to youngsters. More
UFC boss Dana White has teamed up with Craig Piligian, executive producer of “The Ultimate Fighter,” to produce a new show about the Boston boxing scene, entitled “The Fighters.”
Newsday coverage of Saturday night’s Star Boxing card headlining heavyweights Vince Maddalone and Maurenzo Smith. More
Peter Manfredo gears up for Rich Gingras in a local show in Lincoln, RI’s Twin River Casino. More
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Officials appointed to IBF cruiserweight title bout between champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez and challenger Alexander Alekseev at Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany on Saturday are:
Supervisor – Anibal Miramontes (USA)
Referee – Lindsey Page (USA)
Judge – Berit Andresen (Denmark)
Judge -Mickey Vann (England)
Judge – Craig Smith (Canada)
Peter Manfredo Jr. 169 vs. Rich Gingras 169
Jaime Clampitt 133 vs. Dominga Olivo 132.5
Jesse Barboza 242 vs. Arthur Saribekian 233
Nick Delomba 148 vs. Carlos Hernandez 145
Kj Harrison-Lombardi 163.5 vs. Mike Rodriguez 165
Ethan Pena 154 vs. Antonio Marrero 154
Venue: Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports
Carl Froch and George Groves lit the blue touch paper ahead of their World title battle on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester live on AWE and AWEtv.com. Froch defends his WBA and IBF belts against Groves, and their simmering war of words boiled over in Manchester as they came face-to-face for the first time since their infamous appearance on Sky Sports’ boxing magazine show Ringside, and neither fighter held back in a tense conference followed by a lengthy head-to-head for the cameras.
The pair will meet for the last time before fight night at tomorrow’s weigh-in at Manchester Central (formerly the GMEX) which promises to be filled with yet more tension. The public are invited in on a first come, first served basis from 12.30pm, with the undercard set to weigh-in from 1.30pm before Froch and Groves hit the scales for the fight around 2pm as the moment they settle the score in the ring draws ever closer.
“Up until now, I thought he actually believed in his own stupidity, his own childish remarks and he sort of had a game plan,” said Froch. “He’s revealed himself today as being a very worried man and I think the big fight is dawning on him now, it’s getting closer and closer. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Officials appointed to IBF/WBA super middleweight title bout featuring champion Carl Froch and challenger George Groves at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom on Saturday promoted by Matchroom Boxing are:
Supervisor (IBF): David McCullough (USA)
Referee – Howard Foster (ENG)
Judge – Phil Edwards (ENG)
Judge – Waleska Roldan (USA)
Judge – Massimiliano Bianco (Italy)
Tomorrow (November 22) in Frontino (Pesaro Urbino), Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show. In the main event European Union cruiserweight champion Mirko Larghetti (19-0, 12 KOs) will defend his title against Croatian puncher Stjepan Vugdelija (7-1, 6 KOs). Larghetti is currently rated at number four in the World by the IBF.
On the undercard, undefeated middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (20-0, 5 KOs) will fight Latvian Ruslans Pojonisevs (15-27-1, 11 KOs), former Italian, WBC International and European Union super middleweight champion Andrea Di Luisa (13-2, 11 KOs) will fight Marko Benzon (6-4, 3 KOs) and finally light heavyweight Alessandro Sinacore (4-0, 4 KOs) will fight Romans Sevcenko (9-12-1, 6 KOs). All the undercard fights are schedule for six rounds. RAI SPORT 2 will televise live the main event at 10.30 PM Italian time.
Boxing’s biggest-ever money fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could finally take place according to a key player behind the negotiations. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes the Filipino superstar, admitted to BoxNation that there is genuine will on his part to make the fight happen should Pacquiao overcome the relentless Brandon Rios in Macau, China this weekend. The matchup between boxing’s two superstar names has long been mooted, ever since both men became household pay-per-view draws. However, failure on the part of both camps to get around the negotiating table, following back-and-forth mudslinging, has led to a standoff which has prevented boxing’s premier matchup from being made. But Arum has now revealed that it is a fight he is determined to make happen and is prepared to sit down with Mayweather’s team to put together what will be the biggest prize-fight in history.
“On our side the answer is yes [the fight can be made in 2014], we’re very open to it,” said Arum. “There are ways it can get done, they have to dumb down the rhetoric, we are prepared to dumb down the rhetoric and get it done. There is no real impediment to having that fight happen whether it will or not depends completely on the Mayweather side. I can see it happening but I can’t predict that it will happen because it takes two to tango.” (more…)
By Chris Morris
Chantel ‘Gorgeous Babe’ Cordova won a unanimous six round decision over ring veteran Hollie Dunaway at the Prairie Meadows Track & Casino in Altoona, Iowa. This was a flyweight rematch from their bout back in 2010 when Dunaway won a split decision.
Cordova left no doubts winning the bout unanimously, a shut out on two judges cards, and earning the GBU title in the process. Cordova improves to 12-4-1, 3KOs and looks to another title shot while Dunaway slips to 23-11-1, 10KOs.
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On November 30, Gray Maynard will meet Nate Diaz for the third time in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter season 18 finale card in Las Vegas. The fight will likely close the chapter between the two longtime lightweight contenders and for the winner, it could kick off another chase for the 155-pound crown in 2014. As we approach fight night, here’s a look at some of Maynard’s most defining battles . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Team Sillakh
“Remember when a lot of people were predicting 2012 to be a year of Apocalypse, theend of the world? It did happen for me, but it also helped me to change for the better,” said 28-year old Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. On November 30 in Quebec City, Sillakh, will challenge the new power in the light heavyweight division, WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0, 20 KO). Sillakh, who was ranked #2 by the WBC in April 2012, had to basically rebuild his career and reputation after losing against Denis Grachev. However, to those who are already dismissing his chances to beat “Krusher” Kovalev, Sillakh has a message: “I know who I am. I know my ability. I’m not angry, I just don’t care about outside opinions. I’m a professional.”
The Kovalev-Sillakh WBO championship bout will be a part of an HBO twinbill that also includes WBC light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson defending against Tony Bellew. (more…)
While the World Boxing Federation (WBF) is considered a fringe boxing organization in many locations, that is not the case in the country of Bolivia. Winning the belt got newly crowned WBF female super bantamweight world champion Jennifer Salinas (15-3, 4 KOs) an invite to the presidential palace of Bolivian president Evo Morales, who praised Salinas for her great efforts and achievements.
Morales, who has been head of the Bolivian state since 2006, promised to support Salinas when she makes her first title defense. Salinas, the daughter of a Bolivian father and American mother who was born and lives in the U.S., is already a big fan favorite in Bolivia, despite fighting in Bolivia for the first time last weekend when she claimed the vacant WBF belt against Yolis Marrugo Franco (15-9-3, 7 KOs). 10,000+ spectators attended the fight at the Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera in Santa Cruz.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao makes a special appearance to meet and greet employees at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China Thursday afternoon. Pacquiao is preparing for his upcoming mega fight against former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao is a wide -500 to -700 favorite at online sportsbooks to defeat Brandon Rios on Saturday night in Macau, China. Rios backers can get +350 to +400. With such one-sided odds, more scrutiny is paid to the proposition bets.
Even though Pacquiao hasn’t scored a stoppage win since 2009 against Miguel Cotto, oddsmakers are convinced Pacman will get the iron-jawed Rios out early on Saturday night, establishing Pacman at -175 to -220 to win by KO, TKO or DQ. A Pacman win by decision will net +250 to +300. Rios is +550 to +650 to win by KO, TKO or DQ and a whopping +1000 to +1600 to win by decision.
An over/under is set at 9.5 rounds with over at +115 and under is -135.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sugar Shane Mosley has been made a hot favorite with Australian bookmakers and will have a secret weapon when he collides on November 27 with Anthony “The Man” Mundine over twelve rounds with a WBA Regional title up for grabs at the All Phones Arena in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mosley revealed to the Channel Ten television network that he has been sparring with former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale, who defeated Mundine earlier this year.
“I have been sparring with Daniel Geale, who has shown me mistakes Mundine makes in the ring which leaves him open for punches,” Mosley said. “Geale’s trainer (Graham Shaw) was also very helpful in showing me things that will give me a big edge Team Geale are good people.”
Mundine and Mosley are boxing at the 154 pound limit. The promoter is Khoder Nasser.
By Duane Ford, NABF President
Notes on forthcoming fights:
• We have sanctioned the Andy Ruiz vs Tor Hammer for the vacant NABF Heavyweight Title to be held in Macau, China on November 23, 2014. Laurence Cole has been assigned as the referee and Craig Hubble will be representing the NABF as supervisor.
• We have sanctioned the Paul Malignaggi vs Zab Judah for the NABF Welterweight (147#) Title, to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December 7, 2013.
We are happy to announce that the 2014 NABF Convention will be held in Chicago, IL with the arrival being on July 2, 2014 and departure will be on July 6, 2014. (more…)
Photos: Star Boxing
The final press conference for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 11″ was held this afternoon at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The card is headlined by a heavyweight battle between New York City fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (37-8, 28 KOs) and hard-hitting Houston veteran Maurenzo Smith (12-7-2, 9 KOs). Also featured on the card in separate bouts are Long Island prospects: welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (11-0, 9 KOs) of Brentwood, New York, Huntington lightweight Alan Gotay (6-0, 3 KOs), junior middleweight Wendy Toussaint (2-0) also of Huntington, Hicksville lightweight Anthony Karperis (4-1, 2 KOs) and pro debuting light heavyweight Max Tassey of Nyack, New York. (more…)
Photos: Felipe Leon
Aaron Garcia 128 vs. Kevin Hoskins 128
David Barragan 151 vs. Arthur Brambila 151
Victor Fonseca 147.5 vs. Levan Ghvamichava 149
Prince Smalls 126 vs. TBD
Joe Perez 123.5 vs. Victor Capaceta 122.5
When: Thursday, November 21st, 7pm
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle N, San Diego
Promoter: Bobby D Presents
Tickets: (619) 420-8866 or SanDiegoFights.com
By Karl Freitag
Peter Fury, trainer and uncle of Tyson Fury, has explained the “retirement” announcement by the unbeaten 25-year-old heavyweight contender on Wednesday.
The 6’9 Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) tweeted earlier in the day that he was “officially retired from boxing.”
Via @peterfury, Peter tried to clarify what Tyson meant. “Tyson will fight and win world titles but this time with real fights! That’s what he means. You will not see Tyson in the ring unless it’s a worthy opponent and if boxing is anything like he’s had to endure re the Haye camp, [you] can keep it.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBA bantamweight champ Koki Kameda (32-1, 17 KOs), 118, very barely kept his belt as he was awarded a split decision over #14 Korean Jung-Oh Son (20-5-2, 6 KOs), 117.75, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Cheju, Korea. The scorecards were as follows: Carla Caiz (US) 114.5-114, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 115-112, both for Kameda, Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) 115.5-113.5 for Son. The referee was Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand). A half-point scoring system was applied to this fight.
Kameda, 27, made a good start, but Son became aggressive as the contest progressed. It was Kameda that suffered a sole knockdown in the contest midway in round ten. Son fought much better than people had expected, but the champ desperately dominated the last two sessions to keep his throne. (more…)
Former champ Frank Bruno is working with HeadStart in an effort to KO bullying. More
“George Groves might be nicer after I’m done with him,” says Carl Froch. More
“One million per cent retired from boxing,” Tyson Fury insists he’s finished with the sport. More
Ricky Burns will debut a metal jaw plate in December when he returns to the ring. More
Word is 44-year-old multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. will fight an opponent to be named on a December 21 card at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. The card is promoted by Vladimir Hryunov’s Hryunov Promotions and will also feature unbeaten middleweight Dmitry Chudinov and unbeaten lightweight Eduard Troyanovsky. It was previously announced that Jones would be facing Bobby Gunn with no TV deal in place on a Tuesday (December 3) at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. That event was then quietly moved to December 18, but it now appears Jones will take a more lucrative opportunity in Russia three days later.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champions Hugo “Incredible” Cazares and Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda will collide on December 7 at a location to be determined at an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa. Cazares (39-7-2, 27 KOs) is the #1 ranked WBC super bantamweight and mandatory challenger, while Miranda (37-9-2, 29 KOs) is trying to get back in the mix after going 0-3-1 in his last four.
The Golden Boy Live! series on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will wrap up 2013 on Friday, December 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The special edition features the return of welterweight world title contender Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) and in the co-feature bout, the NABF/WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight title will be on the line between unbeaten Francisco Vargas (17-0-1, 14 KOs) and Jerry Belmontes (18-2, 5 KOs).
“We are thrilled that the Golden Boy Live! series is finishing 2013 featuring such great talent,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have provided a platform for us to showcase some of the best fighters out there and bring names such as Josesito Lopez to boxing fans on regular cable.”
The WBO has prepared a special WBO International belt for the clash between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios incorporating both fighter’s likenesses.
Olympic super heavyweight gold medal winner Anthony Joshua has been forced off Saturday’s Froch-Groves bill by a bicep strain. Middleweight Martin Murray has also pulled out due to illness, but he will be replaced by Andy Lee.
Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza’s comment on the melee between the Pacquiao and Rios camps: “Publicity stunt. And it’s working.”
The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation is hosting its 17th Annual Turkey Giveaway on Saturday at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School from 11AM-1PM. No Oscar this year, but Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, Leo Santa Cruz, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Jesus “El Renuente” Soto Karass and “Jo-Jo” Diaz will be on hand to help distribute hundreds of turkeys, fixings and other products to the East Los Angeles community.
According to a source, the scheduled December 3 clash between Roy Jones Jr. and Bobby Gunn at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, is unlikely to take place on that date, if at all.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Council and the family of Jose Sulaiman have sent information about the current state his health following the heart surgery he underwent October 1. Sulaiman is said to have had a breakthrough in the rehabilitation process after 50 days of stay in intensive care. It’s expected that early next week he’ll be moved to a physical rehabilitation center where he will work on regaining muscle strength since all other conditions resulting from the operation are “defeated by knockout.”
The Sulaiman family wishes to wholeheartedly thank all those who have filled them with care, faith, and hope, giving them much strength to overcome these very difficult moments, and to sincerely thank the so many who have reached out by phone, letters, messages, and visits showing sincere and unconditional friendship, solidarity, and support, but more especially, the many prayers which have been elevated to God for his recovery.
Finally we wish to thank from the bottom of our heart all doctors, nurses, specialists, technicians, lift team members, and staff who have passionately and with extreme dedication made our Don Jose be on his way to leave the hospital in the near future.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Public workout schedules have been announced for the upcoming Mosley-Mundine clash scheduled for next Wednesday at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:
Shane Mosley will hold a public workout at Kostya Tszyu’s gym in Rockdale, NSW on Thursday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Anthony Mundine will his public workout at Mundine’s Gym in Redfern, NSW on Friday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Publicist Kelly “The Communicator” Swanson of Swanson Communications stepped into the ring this past Saturday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn to raise money for the “Give a Kid a Dream” project. Normally Swanson – whose clients include Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bernard Hopkins – enters the ring after the fight to interview the boxers for a post-fight quotes but Saturday was Swanson’s amateur debut. With Hopkins in her corner, Swanson TKO’ed her opponent 53 seconds into the first round. More importantly, she raised $11,370 for charity. (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
Here are statements from today’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s showdown at brose Arena Bamberg, Germany for the IBF Cruiserweight World Championship between defending champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs).
Yoan Pablo Hernandez: “I am in tremendous shape. 14 months away from the ring feels like ages. After my left hand fracture in January I want to show the fans a performance to remember this Saturday in Bamberg!”
Alexander Alekseev: “I have learned from my mistakes. It is an honor to fight for the World Championship and it will be even better to be called a world champion. I will not let this chance slip out of my hands. If I see any weakness in my opponent’s eyes, I will knock him out!” (more…)
Junior lightweight and lightweight contender Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. The 31-year-old Cherry, of Wauchula, FL, has not lost a fight in more than five years and is unbeaten in eight fights in that time span. A pro since 2001, Cherry has a record of 31-6-2, 17 K0s, and is on the verge of another world rating at 130 or 135 pounds.
“I’m very glad to be part of Peltz Boxing,” Cherry said. “Mr. (J Russell) Peltz has an excellent reputation and track record as a promoter. I’m glad to be working with him and I’m sure he’ll take me to a world championship. I’m the strongest junior lightweight in the world. My time is now.” (more…)
WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg defends title this Saturday against Diego Silva on AWE and AWEtv.com
This Saturday afternoon at 3pm eastern / 12 noon pacific on AWE & AWETV.COM, one of the most anticipated all-English showdowns will take place as WBA/IBF Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch takes on undefeated George Groves. Before that big fight, there will be a 12 round WBA Super Bantamweight title bout between undefeated champion Scott Quigg and #14 ranked Diego Silva.
Quigg, who is 26-0-2 with 19 knockouts just fought to a draw with undefeated Yoandris Salinas just seven weeks ago on October 5th. “Training has gone well,” said Quigg when reached just three days before the fight. “I was at the gym just two days after the Salinas fight. I am improved and am ready for Saturday.”
“It was my team’s idea to come back so quick as I wasn’t hurt and I am a gym rat. I wasn’t hurt or bruised at all so everything should be good on Saturday.” Quigg knows that the fight with Silva (29-2-4, 15 KO’s) could make for an entertaining appetizer for the main course that is Froch and Groves. “We have seen a few tapes. He comes forward and is aggressive. That will make it good exciting for the fans.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
25-year-old unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury today announced his retirement from boxing on his Twitter feed. Few take this announcement seriously, but we have to report it nonetheless.
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