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WBO jr welterweight world champion Chris Algieri today signed the contract for his showdown with WBO welterweight champion and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao to take place November 22 in Macao, China. Algieri will have a payday upwards of $1 million and his 140lb title will not be on the line.
“I am pleased that I have been able to provide this opportunity for Chris,” Algieri’s longtime promoter Joe DeGuardia told Fightnews.com. “It’s rewarding when you see the fruits of your labor come to fruition. I want to thank the Paramount which has been home to his fights and fans over the years. The ‘Rockin Fights’ series at the Paramount has showed that you can develop a fighter from the club shows into a world champion!”
Former two time world title challenger Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (21-2, 13 KOs) returns to the ring on September 20 at the Mela Room in Orlando, Florida. Palacios founded World Wide Elite Entertainment last month and will promote the event as well as fight. “This is a new venture for me and something that I need at this point in my career,” said Palacios, who last fought in September 2012. “I fought twice for a world title and won my first 20 pro fights, only to have politics put me on the sidelines. As a promoter, I’m not only going to get myself back in the title picture but also assist other fighters that were mistreated in the past.”
The co-main event will feature super middleweight Rowland Bryant (18-3, 12 KOs). Separate undercard bouts include world title challenger Mike Marrone, Contender Season 4 Alum Alfredo Escalera Jr. and 2008 Cuban Olympian Idel Torriente. All opponents are TBA.
Now that super featherweight Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 12 KOs) has claimed the IBF championship belt from Argenis Mendez in a July 10 bout held in Miami and promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Promotions, the stakes have been raised in a lawsuit filed weeks before by Barthelemy’s co-promoter, Bad Dog Productions, LLC, and the litigation is now sure to heat-up. The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade circuit court, asserts serious claims against the fighter, Barthelemy’s other promoter Warriors Boxing, and advisor Al Haymon.
The six count Complaint filed by attorney Jorge L. Fors, Jr. of Coral Gables, Florida, alleges that Barthelemy, Warriors Boxing, and Al Haymon essentially locked-out the Plaintiff, Bad Dog Productions, by prohibiting Bad Dog from promoting the fighter’s increasingly lucrative bouts beginning with Barthelemy’s IBF title elimination bout against Thailand’s Fahsai Sakkreerin in June of last year that ended with Barthelemy dropping his opponent in the second round. (more…)
In his first outing following his stoppage loss to Sergey Khomitsky, super middleweight prospect Frank Buglioni (13-1, 10 KOs) returned to the win column with a fourth round TKO over Sam Couzens (11-13-1, 3 KOs) on Wednesday night at the famed York Hall in London. Buglioni dropped Couzens in round one with a body shot. The bout ended in round four when Buglioni landed a series of unanswered punches.
Unbeaten welterweight Bradley Skeete (17-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Steven Pearce (8-4, 3 KOs). An uppercut left Pearce draped over the middle rope and he was deemed unable to continue. Time was 1:43.
Jr middleweight Gary Corcoran (10-0, 5 KOs) scored a third round KO over journeyman Chris Jenkinson (6-15-1, 3 KOs). Jenkinson down twice in round three.
Unbeaten super middleweight Tom Baker (9-0, 2 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Mark Till (2-9, 1 KO).
The WBC Board of Governors has voted in favor of accepting the public apology presented by Adrien Broner during his hearing at the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The suspension which was in place has been lifted, and the WBC Ratings Committee has ranked him at #3 in the super lightweight division.
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 18-0, 10 KOs, hosted an open workout for the media Wednesday morning at the ABC Recreation Center in North Philadelphia. Jennings fielded questions from the press, and went through a light workout, a portion of which he did blindfolded. “It’s mainly to get him focused on listening for my voice,” said trainer Fred Jenkins about the unorthodox method. “If he can do it that smooth blindfolded, when he can see he should be much better.”
Jennings appeared to be in tremendous condition and sounded quite ready for this, the biggest bout of his four-year professional career. (more…)
WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) says he is the man to beat at 154 pounds and wants Canelo Alvarez and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya to know that he would be interested in dealing a beating to the Mexican star in a fall bout.
“I read some comments that Oscar made to Lara after the fight that there is a line about 10 people deep to fight Canelo and Lara would have to get to the back of it. What Oscar failed to mention is that line forms behind me,” said Andrade. “I am the WBO champion and I am undefeated. As I look down the rankings, I just defeated my mandatory Brian Rose and Alvarez is ranked number-two by the WBO. He will be elevated to number-one and I am ready and willing to fight him for my title. I just hope he would be prepared for the beating I will put on him.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) has informed the media that he’ll make the first defense of his crown against Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs) on October 11 at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, Mexico. The card will be presented by Leon Margules, Warriors Boxing Promotions and Cornelius Bundrage, K-9 Boxing Global Promotions in association with Pepe Gomez. Golden Boy Promotions will not be promoting the IBF championship event as originally reported.
Molina won the title in September 2013 against Ishe Smith. He was set to defend the belt in March against Jarmall Charlo, but was arrested during fight week on a 2007 warrant for failing to register as a sex offender in Wisconsin. Molina was held for two months before finally being deported to Mexico. 41-year-old former champion and mandatory challenger Bundrage is coming off a January win in an IBF eliminator against Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez.
By Ron Jackson
Zolani Tete has a chance of winning the vacant IBF junior bantamweight title when he fights in Japan this weekend. The South African and unbeaten Japanese Teiru Kinoshita clash in Kobe on Friday night for a belt that became vacant when Japan’s Daiki Kameda moved up a division. It could be an excellent opportunity for Tete, the #1 contender, who has a distinct advantage in punching power. He earned the right to meet Kinoshita when he knocked out former IBF junior bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Sanchez in the tenth round of an elimination bout in November last year. (more…)
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Promoter(L-R) Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez , Guillermo Rigondeaux , two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming , Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and Egor Mekhontsev make their “Grand Arrivals” Wednesday at The Venetian Macao for their upcoming fights on the “Champions of Gold” card from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Champions of Gold” will take place Saturday, July 19 with the Shiming and Ramirez bouts being televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. photos
Following his first defeat as a pro after winning his first 14 bouts, heavyweight prospect Alexander Flores and his manager/trainer Michael Love, along with their promoter Roy Englebrecht announced that boxing trainer Henry Ramirez has joined Team Flores as a training advisor. Flores tasted defeated last April as he was stopped in the fourth round by undefeated Charles Martin on a Kings Sports show in Santa Monica.
“I was approached by Michael Love and after our meeting I accepted the offer and am excited about joining their team,” said Ramirez. “I’ve known about Alexander Flores for a few years as he has sparred with Chris Arreola in preparation for a number of fights, and Alex is a good young heavyweight fighter.”
Only 23 years of age, Flores is the youngest heavyweight rated in the IBO Top 100, and is set to climb back in the ring in October. (more…)
Super flyweight Juan “El Loquito” Kantun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico will make both his U.S. and Telemundo debut This Friday. Kantun will take on Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-2, 9 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in the main event bout scheduled over ten rounds for the WBO Latino title. Boxeo Telemundo Ford will air the event from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Central Florida. Those who saw Kantun’s lasts fight against unbeaten world champion Roman “Chocalitito” Gonzalez this past February know that Kantun is not lacking in courage. He stood toe to toe with Gonzalez for nearly six rounds before a stoppage loss. Fightnews caught up to him prior to his departure to the U.S. days before his big fight. (more…)
WBO #8 rated light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (15-0, 5 KOs) will take on Daniel Regi (22-9, 11 KOs) on the July 26 SES card at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Boesel-Regi will be one of four regional title bouts as boxing returns to this city for the first time in five years. In the main event, former two-time WBO champion and WBO #4 rated super middleweight Robert Stieglitz (46-4, 26 KOs) faces #8 rated Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs). Other featured buts include former light heavyweight world title challenger and WBO #3/WBA #7 rated Robin Krasniqi (41-3, 16 KOs) meets WBA #8/WBO #15 Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1, 4 KOs) and female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) moves down to jr middleweight to take on the very dangerous multiple world and European champion Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3, 23 KOs).
Just 15 months and five fights removed from his professional debut, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO),of Guizhu, China, will step up and fight in his first 10-round bout, facing off against hard-punching veteran and three-time world title challenger Luis “Chino” De La Rosa, (23-3-1, 13 KOs), of Barranquillla, Colombia. Zou, trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, and De La Rosa will headline Champions of Gold, the all-action championship boxing event This Saturday! July 19, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.
Fighting for the vacant WBO International flyweight title, the battle between Top-10 contenders (Zou and De La Rosa are world-rated #6 by the WBA and #10 by the IBF respectively) will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. Promoted by Top Ran and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, the telecast will open with undefeated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, world-rated in the top-five by all four major sanctioning organizations, defending his NABF/NABO super middleweight titles against “The One” Junior Talipeau, who returns to the ring following a career-best victory. (more…)
It’s been five long years since the UFC last landed on the Emerald Isle of Ireland, but this weekend marks the return of the biggest MMA show to one of the biggest fan bases in the entire world, as home country favorite Conor McGregor headlines his first card inside the Octagon against former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao . . . click here for more
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Yesterday former British and Commonwealth heavyweight beltholder David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) underwent surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his right hand. The operation, performed by renowned hand specialist Mike Hayton, was a success and the 6’8 heavyweight is expected to make his ring return in December.
“I picked up a hand injury in my last fight against Zavorotnyi,” said Price. “It had been four weeks and there had been no real improvement so I went to see Mike Hayton and we decided to open it up and see what the problem was. There was a split in the tendon and some scar tissue that had to be removed. It is still a little sore now but Mike was pleased with how it went and he is confident that my hand will be back to full strength in no time. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Boxing returns to the International Convention Centre in East London on Friday night when Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions presents four “world’ championship fights on the bill. In the main event, Edrin Dapudong (29-5, 17 KOs) defends his IBO super flyweight belt against Lwandile Sityatha (17-2-1, 7 KOs) from Mdantsane. In other title fights, Macbute Sinyabi (22-3, 18 KOs) meets Lusanda Komanisi for the vacant IBO featherweight belt and Zolani Marali (23-5, 17 KOs) defends his WBF junior welterweight belt against former IBO welterweight champion Kaizer Mabuza (25-11-3, 16 KOs) and in another WBF title fight Sibsiso Twani and Luyanda Nkwanka clash for the vacant WBF minimumweight belt. Twani has a reported record of 12-6-1, 19 KOs and Nkwanka 6-10-1, 4 KOs. (more…)
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According to multiple sources, both sides have comfirmed that a verbal agreement has been reached for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao to defend his title against WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri on November 22 in Macao, China. The bout will be seen on HBO PPV.
WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda, who scored a spectacular KO victory on Saturday against #1 rated Pungluang Sor Singyu, will next have to take on WBO interim bantam champ Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez. The WBO has given both camps 30 days to work out an agreement.
Middleweights Bryan Vera and Gabriel Rosado will box in a 17-foot circular “pit” with no ropes on August 16 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The $29.99 PPV bout will be contested over seven two-minute rounds. The fighters will use boxing gloves and the format is approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It’s not yet decided if this style of boxing will be included as an official fight on their Fight Fax records. Former Golden Boy Promotions exec Bruce Binkow is involved in the promotion.
Top Rank reported that super featherweight contender Jose Felix Jr. will be now featured August 9 UniMas card in Glendale, California. Felix replaces heavyweight Andy Ruiz, who had an illness in family.
In what will be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest upsets, UFC 173 saw 10-1 underdog TJ Dillashaw end the unprecedented nine-year, 35-fight unbeaten streak of Renan Barao to capture the UFC® bantamweight championship. Now, the two meet again in a highly anticipated rematch when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Sleep Train Arena in Dillashaw’s hometown of Sacramento on Saturday, Aug. 30. (more…)
Floyd: He knows he can’t beat me … Maidana: I’m going to give him a beating and then I’m going to knock him out
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
The “MAYHEM” that is the Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana cross-country promotional press tour took center stage in Chicago on Tuesday as both fighters resorted to creative tactics to get under their opponent’s skin as they announce their Sept. 13 PPV rematch taking place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather refused to sit down as Maidana and his trainer, Robert Garcia, took their turn at the podium. Instead, he signed autographs for fans, taunted Garcia and chanted his signature line: “Hard work, dedication.” Not to be outdone, Maidana and Garcia returned the favor when it was Mayweather’s turn on the dais, jetting off stage to greet a large group of “Chino” fans as they chanted “Ole.”
Floyd Mayweather: “Fighting is not all about power. It’s about being smart. I don’t have to change anything. My job is to go out there and do what I am paid to do – that’s be smart and finish first. And I always finish first.
“I’m going to do the same thing I always do. It’s about blood sweat and tears, and nobody does it better than me.
“I’ve had some bumps and bruises, but I always stay on top. His camp needs to make major changes if they want to have a chance.
“My hand got raised so I don’t need to make any adjustments. He needs to make some major changes and probably get a new trainer if he wants to have a chance against me. (more…)
The silver anniversary year of Boxeo Telemundo Ford continues this Friday. The Kissimmee Civic Center in Central Florida will host the season opener of the summer edition of the series. In the main event, Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-2, 9 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico faces Juan “El Loquito” Kantun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino super flyweight belt on the line.
Vidal is fresh in the mind of the of the Telemundo viewers’ having just fought on the network this past March. He lost a close majority decision to Antonio Garcia. Garcia would go on to challenge for the world title in his very next fight. Fightnews caught up with Vidal as wrapped up the final days of his current training camp. (more…)
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the lightweight bouts between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller and Edson Barboza and Evan Dunham, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see the opening prelim bout at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.
Jim Miller (154.5) VS Donald Cerrone (155)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Evan Dunham (155.5)VS Edson Barboza (155)
Leonardo Mafra (165.5) VS Rick Story (170.5)
Joe Proctor (155) VS Justin Salas (155)
Alptekin Ozkilic (125.5) VS John Lineker (125.5)
Alex White (146) VS Lucas Martins (145)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Pat Healy (155) VS Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Leslie Smith (135) VS Jessamyn Duke (135.5)
Aljamain Sterling (136) VS Hugo Viana (136)
Jerrod Sanders (155) VS Yosdenis Cedeno (156)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Tina Lahdemaki (115) VS Claudia Gadelha (116)
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Bobby D. Presents jumps back in action for the second time this month after a successful fight card last July 11th at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Last Friday in Indio, Victor Ruiz of Tijuana defeated Timur Shailezov while Chantel Cordova captured the vacant NABF super flyweight title over Patty Alcivar via a unanimous decision in an all-action fight card. On Friday, July 25th, from his home base at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, Bobby D. Presents offers “San Diego Fights: Border Wars II”. In the main event, a very special scheduled eight round bout will be featured between Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (14-3-2, 4KO) of Vista, CA and Tijuana, Mexico’s Danny “Huracan” Ramirez (10-1, 4KO) for the vacant super featherweight California State title. (more…)
Cruiserweight Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) has injured his hand in training so his fight with former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2, 15 KOs) this Saturday in Argentina is off. Per Journeyman managment CEO Andrew Zak who manages Elam, the hand is in a splint right now but no word yet if its broken or not. The two were originally scheduled to fight June 6th but Ramirez was forced to pull out due to injury. It’s not known if the fight will be rescheduled again.
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana rolled into Chicago today to announce their September 13 PPV rematch.
On August 8, DiBella Entertainment and Dynasty Boxing, in association with Rumble Time Promotions, will head to Fallon, NV, to host that week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights/ ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates. Headlining the card will be junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs) taking on Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
In the co-feature, fast-rising 18-year-old phenom Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs) will be looking make a splash in his US debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Lennox Allen (17-0-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup.
Opening up the card will be the highly anticipated pro debut of China’s 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight special attraction.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, All Out Promotions and Edmond’s Promotions have postponed their fight card scheduled for Saturday at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ. New new date is August 9. All tickets purchased for July 19 will be honored on the 9th.
The card, which will still be headlined by welterweight Michael “Slick” Anderson, will have more bouts added and additional information available shortly.
WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) says he is amused by comments coming from mandatory, #1 challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs). “He’s not going to get under my skin,” Stiverne said. “I think he’s funny. Maybe he should think about doing a comedy act after I beat him? Friends have sent me stuff he’s said and done. It’s funny. He’s like a little kid who needs attention, so he keeps opening his mouth. His trash talking doesn’t bother me at all. I saw some people who brought up what he’s said. What am I supposed to do, hand my title to him? I guess he wants to entertain his fans. If he thinks his tricks are going to bother me, he’s going to be in big trouble.”
Regarding life after becoming a heavyweight champion, Stivernve said, “My life hasn’t really changed too much other than my popularity growing. My Instagram followers went up from 2,000 to 13,000 from one picture. There hasn’t been one day I haven’t done something in public. I expected change but not like this. People used to look at me and ask if I played in the NFL. I’ve had people tell me they always thought I was a football player until they saw me fight Arreola. Places I used to stand in line to get in, well, I don’t stand in line anymore.”
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the officials who will work this Saturday in the defense of 122lb WBO/WBA champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux against WBO #5 ranked Sod Looknongyantoy that will take place at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, China, in a Top Rank presentation.The referee will be Mark Nelson from the United States. Judges are Dennis Nelson, John Poturaj and Glenn Feldman, all three from the United States. The WBO supervisor will be Leon Panoncillo.
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