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Zepeda stops Robles

Zepeda stops Robles

By Felipe Leon Photos: Leonso Nunez In about a week and a half Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions put together a ten-bout fight card that was ...

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Klitschko defeats Jennings by decision

Klitschko defeats Jennings by decision

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously ...

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Jack rips WBC 168lb title from Dirrell; Jacobs stops Truax in 12 to retain WBA 160lb belt

Jack rips WBC 168lb title from Dirrell; Jacobs stops Truax in 12 to retain WBA 160lb belt

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Terence Crawford receives 2014 BWAA fighter of the year honors in New York City

Terence Crawford receives 2014 BWAA fighter of the year honors in New York City

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank 2014 BWAA Fighter of the year Terence Crawford received the Sugar Ray Robinson Memorial Fighter of The ...

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Klitschko outweighs Jennings by 14.8 lbs.

Klitschko outweighs Jennings by 14.8 lbs.

Photos: Emily Harney Wladimir Klitschko 241.6 vs. Bryant Jennings 226.8 (IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight championship) Sadam Ali 146.8 vs. Francisco Santana 146.4 Venue: Madison Square Garden Promoter: K2 TV: HBO

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Boxing News

Algieri wraps up public training in Las Vegas

Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank

New York’s undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion Chris “Real Rocky” Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) worked out Saturday in his final public workout at the Venetian Las Vegas before Team Aligieri departs this Wednesday for the Venetian Macau where Algieri will take on boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Promoted by Top Rank® jr. welterw and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. photos



November 8th, 2014



Boxing News

Szpilka defeats Adamek on “Night of Upsets” in Krakow, Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Photos: Bartek Jurecki

In a heavyweight grudge match, +175 underdog Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (17-1, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek (49-4, 29 KOs) in front of 17,000+ at the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland. The 25-year-old Szpilka was a little quicker and and energetic than the 37-year-old Adamek. Adamek had his best round in round eight, but Szpilka finished well to win by scores of 96-94, 98-92, 96-94. After the fight, Adamek told Polish TV “I think this is over for me.”

In his first bout following a two year incarceration, formerly world rated light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (39-2, 25 KOs) was surprisingly upset by Andrzej Soldra (11-1-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round slugfest. Kostecki dropped Soldra in round two, but slowed down later in the bout. Scores were 76-75, 77-75, 77-75, all for Soldra.

In another upset, unbeaten Maciej Sulecki (19-0, 4 KOs) knocked out former middleweight title challenger Grzegorz Proksa (29-4, 21 KOs) in round seven. A Sulecki right hand put Proksa down face first.

In a clash between unbeaten jr welterweights, Michal Syrowatka (11-0, 3 KOs) annihilated Michal Chudecki (10-1-1, 3 KOs) in round one. This was another mild upset.

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November 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm-Stieglitz twelve round war ends in draw

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

In an all-German clash at a 165.5 pound catch weight, former four-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KOs) and former two-time super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) battled to an action-packed twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The larger Stieglitz was the aggressor, trying to impose his size advantage over the former 160lb champion, but was Sturm landing the cleaner shots early. Stieglitz upped the pressure in round four. Good two-way action in most rounds. Stieglitz came on strong in round eleven and both left it all in the ring in round twelve. Scores were 115-113 Stieglitz, 115-113 Sturm, and 114-114.

Both fighters talked about a rematch after the fight. WBO super middleweight Arthur Abraham, expected to fight the winner, stated he thought Sturm won the fight. Also at ringside was WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who agreed with the draw.

WBA female flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (34-2, 17 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Naoko Fujioka (12-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-94, 96-94. (more…)



November 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Zhakiyanov victorious; Olympian Hooper KO’d

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC#2, WBA#6, IBF#8, WBO#8 118 pounder Zhanat Zhakiyanov (24-1, 17 KOs) scored a knockout in round two of a scheduled ten round main event over Australian based Filipino Robert Lerio (16-21-1, 6 KOs) at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Zhakiyanov was coming off a KO victory over Gagi Edisherashvill in September and captured the European title in April by stopping Karim Guerfi in five rounds. He was born and is based in Kazakhstan. Zhanat is promoted and managed by Ricky Hatton promotions. Ricky Hatton was in attendance.

In a major upset, London Olympian Damien Hooper (9-1, 8 KOs) suffered a shocking knockout loss in round one against Rob Powdrill (4-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled ten round light heavyweight bout. The referee Paul Tapley crowned Powdrill after just 21 seconds. Hooper is managed by Ricky Hatton promotions (more…)



November 8th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Sydney Post-Fight

Six fighters joined UFC Managing Director Tom Wright, after a record-breaking night at Fight Night Sydney: Australian lightweight Jake Matthews, Soa Palelei, co-main event winner Al Iaquinta, middleweight Robert Whittaker, and headliners Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on TONIGHT at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Naoko Fujioka

By Loren Goodman

Fightnews.com caught up with undefeated WBA Female Super Flyweight Champion Naoko Fujioka for a brief interview before her departure from Tokyo to Stuttgart, Germany for her November 8 “Champion vs. Champion” bout against WBA Female Flyweight Champion Susi Kentikian on the under card of Sturm vs. Steiglitz. This rare encounter between well-respected female champions in different weight classes is generating a lot of excitement. Here is what Fujioka had to say:

How do you feel about your upcoming November 8 bout for the WBA Flyweight title in Germany against Susi Kentikian?

I feel very glad that this bout has been made. It’s like a dream to take part in this WBA Flyweight world title match in Germany against superstar boxer Susi. (more…)



November 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Short night for Montreal fighters/ring card girls

By Dave Spencer at ringside

On a night where the ring card girls were ordered out of the building, middleweight Francis Lafreniere (7-5-2 4KO) made sure they weren’t needed, ending things early and scoring a TKO victory at 2:16 of the 2nd round of a scheduled eight over Marcin Cybulski (8-4-2 7KO) at the scenic Chateau Vaudreuil, situated just west of Montreal. The 26-year-old scored his 4th successive victory as the well-heeled trio of tabulators were being escorted from ringside by commission officials for apparently being well-lubricated. Inside the ring, a right hand put the visiting Pole down to the canvas and Lafreniere didn’t let up forcing referee Albert Padulo to call a halt to the match. (more…)



November 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins’ spot in the Boxing Hall of Fame is assured, but at nearly 50 is he reaching too far?

By Graham Houston

Time after time, fight after fight, fans and critics wonder if Bernard Hopkins will finally show his age and “grow old overnight” as the saying goes. And time after time, fight after fight, the answer is: Not this time. Hopkins is a marvel of the ring, a unique fighter whose like surely will never be seen again. Now, just a couple of months before he turns 50, Hopkins seeks to demonstrate his ageless qualities once again when he faces Russia’s undefeated and powerful punching Sergey Kovalev in a light-heavyweight championship unification bout at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City on Saturday.

Is Hopkins reaching too far? At 49, one might have expected Hopkins to take an easier fight, perhaps against someone such as Nadjib Mohammedi, the mandatory contender for Hopkins’s IBF title. To the surprise of many, no doubt, Hopkins instead is choosing to meet a fighter that he might have been expected to avoid.

Kovalev, after all, has blasted out 23 opponents in 25 wins. (It should be 24 KOs in 26 wins, but Kovalev inadvertently landed a left hook to the back of the head in the second round of a 2011 bout against a southpaw from Tennessee named Grover Young, causing Young to drop to his hands and knees and stay down, resulting in a technical draw under California state rules.)

The thing is, though, Hopkins has a special talent for spotting flaws, even weaknesses, in opponents, and he obviously sees something that makes him believe that “Krusher” Kovalev can be beaten. (more…)



November 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Vincent defeats Trivilino to win UBF title

Super bantamweight Shelito Vincent earned her first world title, narrowly beating Jackie Trivilino, 95-95, 98-92, 96-94, to capture the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) championship on Friday night at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.. As expected, both fighters came out swinging, exchanging lefts and rights through the first two rounds while fighting within striking distance of one another the entire fight. (more…)



November 8th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Sydney Main: Rockhold Wins On Record-setting Night

On a thrilling night at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia that saw a UFC record set for most finishes in one event with 11, it was only fitting that middleweight contender Luke Rockhold ended his feud with Michael Bisping with a spectacular submission, forcing “The Count” to tap out in the second round of the UFC Fight Night main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from San Francisco

Karim Mayfield 144 vs. Michael Balasi 145
Martha Salazar 235 vs. Tanzee Daniel 252
Marquita lee 127 vs. Laura Deanovic 128
Otis Seymore 148.5 vs. Khrys Daniel 146
Ricardo Pinell 157 vs. Rahman Yusubov 150
Adam Fiel 129.5 vs. Caesar Martinez 129.5
Jonathan Garcia 141 vs. Levan Ghvamichava 145.5

Venue: Longshoremen’s Hall, San Francisco, California
Promoter: Mo’Betta Entertainment



November 7th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Sydney Prelims: No Judges Needed!

Twenty-year-old Australian phenom Jake “The Celtic Kid” Matthews continued to impress, submitting veteran Vagner Rocha in his UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Allphones Arena in Sydney on Friday night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

NBCSN Weights from Bethlehem, PA

Amir Mansour 232 vs. Fred Kassi 233
Vasily Lepikhin 175 vs. Jackson Junior 175.5
Ronald Cruz 153 vs. Dmitry Mikhaylenko 152.5

Venue: Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBCSN



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. explains why he’s training Jesse Vargas

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

When undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas makes his second title defense, against former world champion Antonio Demarco, on the Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri world welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard, it will be more than a battle between two Mexican warriors, it will be the first time Freddie Roach and four-division world champion Roy Jones, Jr. have worked the same fight as trainers from opposite corners. Furthermore, Jones will be doing the commentary on the remaining pay-per-view telecast fights.

How did the Vargas-Jones partnership come to be?

“I called Jessie’s fight on HBO when he fought [Anton] Novikov last August. Jessie won but I did not see the improvements I was hoping to see,” said Jones. “He asked me to train him for the DeMarco fight and I agreed. I am working with five fighters right now but Jessie is my first champion. We worked on Jessie’s mechanics for the first four weeks before we began sparring. He’s developing more speed – and more speed means more power. My plan is to work Jessie’s corner in Macau, then go back to ringside and call the fights for HBO Pay-Per-View.” (more…)



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

UniMas weights from Pharr, Texas

Photos: Ruben Cortez / Top Rank

Diego Magdaleno 135.5 vs. Hevinson Herrera 136
Brad Solomon 148.75 vs. Eduardo Flores 149.25
Chris Avalos 123 vs. Jose Cen Torres 125.75
Egor Mekhontsev 176 vs. Jenner Guerrero 178.75
John Vera 151.75 vs. Alberto Robles 150.25

Venue: Pharr Events Center, Pharr, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Haiti

Weights/photos: Héctor Villarreal

Haitian Evens Pierre (23-1, 16 KO’s) and Nicaraguan Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6-1, 23 KO’s) both weighed 134.25 pounds to dispute the vacant lightweight WBA Fedelatin title on Saturday night at the Karibe Convention Center in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Boxe Internationale promotion includes another fight for a vacant Fedelatin belt between local Azea Augustama (17-2, 9 KO’s) who weighed 174 lbs. and Dominican hard puncher Andy Perez (19-1, 18 KO’s) who registered the light heavyweight division limit (175).

Former two division world champion, Mexican Edgar Sosa (50-8, 30 KO’s) weighed 111.75 to give a rematch to Panamanian Carlos Melo (22-18, 2 KO’s) who weighed 112.75 lbs.

Jamaican ex world champion Alicia “Slick” Ashley (21-10-1, 3 KO’s) weighed 121.75 for an 8 rounds fight against Dominican Grecia Nova (12-21-4, 4 KO’s) who weighed 123.



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Fernando Montiel 128 vs Sergio Puente 128
José Zepeda 143 vs Victor Cayo 143.2
Joselyn Arroyo 112 vs Mayela Pérez 112
Carlos Díaz 126 vs Fernando Mata 126.5
Juan Montiel 147.5 vs Rosbel Montoya 148

Venue: Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido
Promoter: Zanfer
Tv: Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo

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November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins, Kovalev make weight

Photos: Emily Harney

Bernard Hopkins 173.5 vs. Sergey Kovalev 174.5
(WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight titles)

Luis Abregu 146.5 vs. Sadam Ali 146
Nadjib Mohammedi 176 vs. Demetrius Walker 174.5
Vyacheslav Glazkov 220 vs. Darnell Wilson 239
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 173.5 vs. Emil Gonzalez 174
Eric Hunter 128 vs. Daniel Ramirez 127
Sullivan Barrera 175 vs. Rowland Bryant 174
Andrey Sirotkin 169 vs. Michael Mitchell 168
Ryan Martin 136 vs. Martin Cardona 135.5

Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Golden Boy/Main Events
TV: HBO

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November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Adamek-Szpilka weigh in: It’s personal in Krakow

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Bartek Jurecki

25-year-old Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO) has always been a fighter who wears his emotions on the sleeve – especially when when talking about former two-division world champion and nemesis 37-year-old Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29 KO). You could cut tension with the proverbial knife tonight in Krakow, when Adamek and Szpilka met tonight before their sold out (17,500 tickets!) fight on Saturday. They were close enough to whisper some choice words during a face off – with Szpilka’s “I will teach you some tricks!” message, and Adamek smiling response: “I will beat you up, boy!” Adamek was 226.1 wearing sweatpants, Szpilka was 222.6 naked.

Polsat Boxing Night, a premiere boxing event in Poland with only Polish fighters on the card, will bring some internationally known boxers to the ring – former European champion and WBA middleweight title contender Grzegorz Proksa (29-3, 21 KO) will be challenged by undefeated Maciej Sulęcki (18-0, 3 KO). Saturday will also mean a return to the ring, after 2 year prison sentence, for one of the most talented and extravagant light heavyweights – ranked in the top by all sanctioned bodies before his incarceration Dawid Kostecki (39-1, 25 KO). Kostecki, who is an overwhelming favorite in Krakow and vows that he will still be a world champion, will face Andrzej Sołdra (10-1, 5 KO). photos



November 7th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Uberlandia at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Ovince Saint Preux and the flyweight bout between Ian McCall and John Lineker, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Ginásio Municipal Tancredo Neves in Uberlandia, Brazil beginning at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT. Five prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first prelim of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Ovince Saint Preux (205) VS Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (206)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
John Lineker (126*) VS Ian McCall (126)
Alan Jouban (171) VS Warlley Alves (171)
Leon Edwards (170) VS Claudio Silva (171)
Nina Ansaroff (116) VS Juliana Lima (115)

FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Rodolfo Rubio (145) VS Diego Rivas (146)
Trevor Smith (186) VS Caio Magalhaes (186)
Jorge de Oliveira (170) VS Dhiego Lima (170)
Charlie Brenneman (156) VS Leandro Silva (156)
Tim Gorman (135) VS Thomas Almeida (136)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Colby Covington (170) VS Wagner Silva (170)

*Lineker made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 126.7

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FRIDAY: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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SATURDAY: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Montiel-Puente picked up by beIN SPORTS

beIN SPORTS en Español continues its boxing coverage this weekend with an interesting super featherweight clash from the Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido in Monterrey, Mexico, between former multi-division world champion Fernando “Ko-Chulito” Montiel and unbeaten Sergio “Dandy” Puente. Montiel (52-4-2, 39 KOs) is the former champion in both the flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight divisions, while currently holding six straight victories. Hometown fighter Puente (15-0, 6 KOs) is currently undefeated against super featherweight competition.



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Adamek-Szpilka fight available in USA

The much-anticipated heavyweight battle between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek and Artur “Szpila the Pin” Szpilka will be available in the United States via web-based PPV. The fight for the vacant IBF International heavyweight title in Kraków, Poland, will be available for purchase at http://boks.ipla.tv and begins at 7:00 PM CET (1:00 PM ET). The cost for the webcast is $13.00 (US dollars).



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Nelson Wins Unanimous Decision on Charity Card in Cockeysville, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

In what amounted to a glorified public sparring session for her title defense next Saturday, undefeated welterweight Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of South Hill, VA won an easy four-round unanimous decision over Lucretia Meacham of Pine Bluff, AR in the main event of the Jonathan Ogden Foundation charity boxing card at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD. Nelson landed crisp shots to Meacham’s head and body and was not in danger of getting hit back. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Nelson who is now 12-0-3, one KO and can fully focus on her WIBA Welterweight title defense against Victoria Cisneros on November 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Meacham’s record drops to 3-13, one KO. (more…)



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm-Stieglitz Weigh-in Results

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Felix Sturm 166.1 vs. Robert Stieglitz 166.4
(75.5kg/166.5lb catch weight)

Steffen Kretschmann 231.7 vs. David Gegeshidze 250
Dennis Ronert 190.25 vs. Laszlo Hubert ??
Tom Pahlmann 191.8 vs. Jindrich Velecky ??
Domenic von Chrzanowski 159.6 vs. Darko Knezevic ??

Venue: Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
Promoter: SES
TV: Sat.1 (Germany)
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November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

O’Sullivan: He’s been talking a lot of trash and I am going to put him in his place

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan has vowed to KO Anthony Fitzgerald in front of his bitter rivals own fans when the clash at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15, live on Sky Sports.

O’Sullivan and Fitzgerald finally get the chance to settle a rivalry that has been brewing for years, and after Fitzgerald told O’Sullivan he’d ‘annihilate’ him in his home town, Spike has hit back saying he will put his ‘jealous’ opponent to bed.

“I am going to embarrass him in front of his fans,” said O’Sullivan. “He’s been talking a lot of trash and I am going to put him in his place.

“I don’t consider us to have history, it’s him really – he’s been a bit jealous over the past few years as I have been getting places that he hasn’t been. I think he has been trying to live off my name and then when the fight has been close to happening, it doesn’t happen. It’s going to happen now though so that’s all that really matters. (more…)



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Chris Algieri: I have to go out there and be the young lion

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is weeks away from his showdown with eight-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs). Taking place Saturday November 22 from the Cotai Arena at the Venitian, Macao, China live on HBO Pay per view. Fightnews.com caught up with Algieri, Thursday afternoon at his farewell press conference the Conga Room in LA Live before leaving to Macao. The champ spoke to us about his opportunity in facing the Filipino icon and what lies ahead.

“The opportunity came up to fight Manny Pacquiao and I jumped at it, just like the Provodnikov fight. The Provodnikov fight was a chance to get into the mainstream. This fight came up and I get to fight the best ever,” Chris Algieri told Fightnews.com “Pacquiao is a legend everyone knows about Manny Pacquiao I have to out there and be whoever I am.”

Algieri and Pacquiao completed a 2 week long international media tour to announce their fight making stops in Shagahai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York before Algieri hit training camp to prepare. “The tour was fun. I loved to travel, that was fun for me,” Algieri said. (more…)



November 7th, 2014

UFC

Clint Hester: A Tale of Patience and Timing

In one of the toughest divisions in the UFC, middleweight Clint Hester has the quietest win streak. Unbeaten in four Octagon outings, the 27-year-old from Atlanta has won seven straight overall, making him not just a fighter to watch, but a young man on the verge of big things if he happens to extend that winning streak to eight with a victory over Robert Whittaker this Friday night in Sydney . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Robert Stieglitz public workout pics

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Earlier this week, former two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz did a public training session in Stuttgart’s freshly opened “Milaneo” shopping center.

Joining Stieglitz were SES colleagues Steffen Kretschmann, Tom Pahlmann and Domenic von Chrzanowski, the latest addition to the “Team Germany.”

Stieglitz faces Felix Sturm in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on Saturday.

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November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Inoue to have ambitious shot at Narvaez

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat, OR Promotions of Argentina

Unbeaten ex-WBC 108-pound champ, Japan’s Naoya Inoue (only 7-0, 6 KOs) will jump up two categories and have a very ambitious crack at WBO 115-pound belt against Omar Narvaez (43-1-2, 23 KOs), the pride of Argentina, in Tokyo, Japan, on December 30. It was announced yesterday by former WBC/WBA 108-pound champ and Inoue’s promoter Hideyuki Ohashi of Ohashi Promotions. It must be the most sensational matchup here in Japan this year, and our aficionados have been stunned by this startling news even though Inoue, still 21, had a weight problem and outgrew the light-flyweight division by renouncing the WBC throne this Monday. (more…)



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Spinks walking, talking, smiling again

By TMZSports.com

Boxing legend Leon Spinks is finally walking, talking and smiling again … after a medical scare stemming from a chicken bone accident … TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, Spinks was hospitalized — and was in pretty bad shape — after swallowing a chicken bone … which got lodged in his intestine. We spoke with Leon’s attorney Steve Pacitti who tells us the former champ is still in the hospital — but he’s making tremendous progress. “He’s healing. He’s on the road to recovery,” Pacitti tells TMZ Sports … “I went to see him the other night and when I walked in he flashed a huge smile. He’s in great spirits.” Pacitti says he’s unsure when “Neon Leon” will be discharged from the hospital — but says things are looking good. “He’s up and walking … he’s talking.”



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Michael Farenas swears he’ll come back Puerto Rico a winner. More

Who’s declining quicker – Pacquiao or Mayweather? More

Amir Khan picks Pacquiao over Chris Algieri? More

Frank Bruno takes center stage at a charity event. More



November 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Hanzel Martinez and Melinda Cooper victorious

By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Leonso Nunez

After a more than a month long hiatus of professional boxing in Tijuana, the border city is in full swing with two fight cards in the last two weeks. Last night it was Gonzalez Boxing Promotions in association with Round 13 to put on an entertaining seven-bout fight card at the Hangar 27 nightclub in the heart of the gastronomical district of Tijuana. In the main event, returning Tijuana favorite Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez (21-2, 17KO) made quick work of the highly overmatched Hiram “Nugget” Lopez (3-4, 1KO) also of Tijuana in the first round of a scheduled six.

Martinez had not seen action since February went he traveled to Phoenix, AZ, to give local fighter Alexis Santiago all he could handle in a much closer ten round scrap than the unanimous decision announced as the decision. Martinez suffered an injury to his right orbital bone that put him out of action until last night. (more…)



November 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Sun City spirits buoyed by Evens Pierre

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By Robert Coster

Sun City is one of the world’s poorest, crime- and disease-ridden places. A sprawling shanty-town on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, hope seems to have no place in this wretched, forbidden area of the Earth. But, on Saturday night, the people of Sun City will be hoping and praying for their native son, lightweight Evens Pierre (23-1, 16 KOs), who will be facing the toughest fight of his career when he battles touted former title contender Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6-1, 23 KOs) of Nicaragua for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title.

Says promoter Jacques Deschamps, “It’s a huge challenge for Evens, whose career has been guided in Panama facing boxers who, honestly speaking, don’t have the pedigree of Chirizo Gonzalez.”

On the same card, dubbed “National Pride,” which will be held at the Karibe Convention Convention Center in Petionville, Haiti this Saturday, two former world champions will see action. Edgar Sosa of Mexico faces Carlos Melo of Panama and Alicia Ashley of Jamaica goes against Grecia Nova of the Dominican Republic. Also, another WBA Fedelatin title will at stake when Azea Augastama (17-2, 9 KOs) meets Dominican KO artist Andy Perez (19-1, 18 KOs).



November 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Sydney at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping and the lightweight bout between Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.
UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Michael Bisping (185.7) VS Luke Rockhold (185.8)UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Al Iaquinta (155.5) VS Ross Pearson (155.6)
Clint Hester (185.4) VS Robert Whittaker (184.8)
Walt Harris (251.1) VS Soa Palelei (265.3)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Vagner Rocha (155.5) VS Jake Matthews (155.8)
Guto Inocente (205.1) VS Anthony Perosh (206)
Sam Alvey (185.4) VS Dylan Andrews (185.8)
Louis Smolka (126**) VS Richie Vaculik (125.6)
Chris Clements (170.1) VS Vik Grujic (171.6*)
Daniel Kelly (185.6) VS Luke Zachrich (185.2)
Marcus Brimage (135.9) VS Jumabieke Tuerxun (136)

*Grujic has two hours to make weight
**Smolka made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 126.8

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FRIDAY: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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SATURDAY: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 6th, 2014

Boxing News

World ranked Vivian Harris set to continue comeback against Ramon Alvarez in Mexico

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Hard to imagine we’d be here just one year ago, but the impressive comeback of former WBA junior welterweight champion continues on November 29th in Mexico as he takes on another hard punching Mexican bomber in hostile territory. Harris will fight the popular Ramon Alvarez in Pachuca, Hidalgo in a twelve round affair.

After pair of stunning upset victories in his last two fights, the WBO #13 ranked welterweight now finds himself in a fight that could literally put him back into championship title fight in 2015. Not bad for a fighter considered finished just two years ago.

“Vivian is already ranked by the WBO,” Harris’s advisor, Zef Ramirez, said of the resurgent welterweight’s career. “And we have been told that a win over Alvarez here would not only put him in the IBF rankings, but also the WBC rankings. We know a win over Alvarez would put us in line for another world title fight.”

The popular Alvarez, brother of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, is currently ranked #17 by the WBC. (more…)



November 6th, 2014




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