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Lee Selby says he’ll prove he can back up the hype around him as he faces Joel Brunker in a final eliminator for the IBF World Featherweight title at The O2 on Saturday night. The Welshman has enjoyed a brilliant 18 months in the ring, beating British rivals Martin Lindsay, Rendall Munroe and Ryan Walsh and overcoming stiff international overseas tests against Romulo Koasicha and Viorel Simeon to be one fight away from fighting for a World title. The 27 year old must see off the dangerous unbeaten Australian to land a shot at IBF king Evgeny Gradovich, and he believes that if he does, he’ll prove that he can be a major force in the 126lbs division.
“This is the one to see if I really am a good fighter or I’m over-hyped like some people have been saying,” said Selby. “I believe that on my day I can beat anyone. If I can take my best into the ring, I don’t think there’s a Featherweight out there that can live with me. I am not saying that based on my last performances, but in sparring and in the gym I believe that if I can replicate that I will prove it, and I need to deliver that tonight. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m ready. This is the best I’ve been prepared for any fight – ever. I do understand if people would make Adamek a favorite because his past accomplishments, but it was all in the past. November 8 in Krakow, everybody will understand that I’m the present and the future of Polish heavyweight division,” said 25-year-old Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO), who month one from now will be challenging 37-year-old former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion and heavyweight title challenger Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29 KO).
Adamek-Szpilka, is the main event of a Polsat Boxing Night that will probably decide both fighters’ futures, because neither Szpilka (lost to Bryant Jennings) or Adamek (lost to Tzar Glazkov) can afford a second straight defeat. Both still believe they could be players on international boxing stage.
Before Jose Aldo began his reign over the UFC’s featherweight division, he went from unknown to champion while fighting in the blue cage of the WEC. As his October 25 rematch with Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 179 approaches, let’s take a look back at his most memorable WEC moments . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Leave the tax case to the lawyers – I have to train, is what Manny Pacquiao is saying about his tax issues. More
Beware, Pacquiao, Chris Algieri says he’s hungry: More
Anthony Joshua to fight David Haye next summer? More
Retro story on Joe Louis. More
Both IBF Middleweight Champion Sam Soliman and challenger Jermain Taylor were respectful to each other and thankful to their teams during a press conference/weigh-in held at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, in advance of tomorrow (Wednesday, October 8) night’s championship fight. Soliman and Taylor are headlining a mammoth 14-fight card that also features Andre Dirrell and a host of up-and-coming prospects and proven contenders. ESPN Wednesday Night Fights will broadcast the two main events and a four-rounder between Ahmed Elbiale and Dakota Dawson live.
Sam Soliman 160 vs. Jermain Taylor 159.8
(IBF World Middleweight Championship)
André Dirrell 169 vs. Nick Brinson 168.8
Ahmed Elbiale 174.6 vs. Dakota Dawson 171.6
Carlos Velásquez 131.6 vs. Jean Javier Sotelo 131.4
Steve Lovett 176 vs. Ricardo Campillo 177
Phillip Jackson Benson 172.2 vs. Michael Gbenga 173.6
Joey Hernández 162 vs. Jose Miguel Rodríguez 157.6
Mario Barrios 125.4 vs. Abraham Rubio 127
Walter Castillo 142 vs. Shad Howard NA
Justin DeLoach 156.2 vs. Joshua Snyder 155
Gervonta Davis 126.8 vs. German Meraz 125
BJ Flores 203.8 vs. Kevin Engel 190.8
Regis Prograis 142.2 vs. Mario Hermosillo 142.2
Erick Bone 142.6 vs. Peter Oluoch 144
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi
Promoters: DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Soliman Stanley Promotions
TV: ESPN Wednesday Night Fights (9 pm EST/8 pm CT)
Tickets: priced at $89.95, $69.95, $49.95 and $29.95, plus tax and service charges, and can be purchased at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office, or through any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 5:00 pm, with the first bout scheduled for 5:30 pm. photos
Photo Credit: Ruben Cortez / Top Rank
World ranked junior lightweight Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas chats with media at the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas.
Diego will box in the main event on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card on Saturday, November 8. The 27-year-old southpaw has won three straight bouts after dropping a narrow split decision in a world title challenge against Rocky Martinez back in April 2013 in Macau, China.
Magdelano’s opponent will be named shortly.
By Bill Green
Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, lead trainer of WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, discusses the champion’s training regimen.
Las Vegas-based cruiserweight contender BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (30-1-1, 19 KOs) will face St Louis, Missouri’s Kevin Engel (20-10, 16 KOs) this Wednesday at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, on the undercard of IBF middleweight champion “King” Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) defending against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs). The 35-year-old Flores says promotional problems stalled his momentum and ground his once-promising career to a halt on more than one occasion. Since he signed with power-manager Al Haymon and advisor Luis DeCubas Jr., last April, however, Flores’ is optimistic.
“2015 is going to be a big year for me,” said Flores. “This will be the year where it all takes off. I signed with Al in late spring and I’ve already fought May 10, June 26 and now October 8. I’m in a perfect position now and I’m ecstatic to have so much opportunity in front of me now, thanks to Al. I can’t wait to show the world how well I can fight.” (more…)
All Star Boxing, Tuto Zabala Jr and Deportes Telemundo continue their fall edition of their successful series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford this Friday at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City with a “Civil War.” In the main event, one of the series favorites, WBO Youth champion David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4-8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico faces countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3-8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. Carmona’s belt will not be as risk. The winner of this bout is expected to face WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano who defeated Jonathan Vidal last Friday in the season opener in front of a sold out crowd and the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa.
First bell at 8:00 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network will televise the main event live at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Salon Jose Cuervo (Lago Andromaco #17, esq. Moliere, Ampliacion Granada, Mexico DF, Tel: 53259000 or at ticketmaster.com.mx. Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Edner Cherry is not the only boxer frustrated with his career progress. Jerry Belmontes, who takes on Cherry in a 10-round lightweight fight on Saturday evening, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena here, knows the feeling. The Cherry-Belmontes fight, as well as the 10-round heavyweight main event between Steve “USS” Cunningham of Philadelphia, and Natu “The Truth” Visinia, of Lakewood, CA, tops a seven-bout card at the 1,200-seat building at 2300 South Swanson Street. NBCSN will televise both fights, beginning at 9 pm EST. The seven-bout card begins at 6.30 pm.
“Someone is trying to bring me in as an opponent to get my name on their resume so they can contend for a title,” Belmontes said. “Same script, just a different cast member this time.” (more…)
Super welterweight Joshua Clottey took to Twitter to give his take on his planned December 6 clash with Canelo Alvarez falling through.
WBO European heavyweight champion Francesco Pianeta (30-1-1, 17 KOs) has extended his promotional contract with SES Boxing for another two years. Pianeta, who challenged heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, is the top heavyweight in the SES stable, which also includes Steffen Kretschmann (International German champion), Michael Wallisch (German champions) and unbeaten prospect Tom Schwarz. 30-year-old southpaw Pianeta will defend his WBO European belt on November 8 on the undercard of the All-German “mega fight” between Robert Stieglitz and Felix Sturm in Stuttgart. His opponent will be announced shortly.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA bantamweight “super” world champion, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno has sent a letter to the World Boxing Association (WBA) to request a rematch against the Dominican champ Juan Carlos Payano, who defeated Moreno on September 26 in Mesquite, Texas, by technical decision in six rounds. According to WBA Executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza the evaluation procedure of the application will take ten days.
In addition to this situation, there is the question of the championship status of Payano, and whether or not he is the current WBA “super” world champion. There are differing opinions based on the WBA regulations. A source has said that Payano likely will be recognized as “undisputed” world champion.
According to WBA rules, when a boxer holds at least two of the four major belts, that boxer is recognized with special treatment and is referred to as “super” world champion or “undisputed” champion, plus gets a longer period of time to defend his title. Another path to “super” champion status is when a boxer has defended his WBA title for five consecutive bouts he is often awarded a “super belt.”
Whereas Moreno satisfied those requirements, Payano has not. Jamie McDonnell currently holds the WBA “regular” bantamweight belt, while Yonfrez Perejo holds the WBA “interim” bantamweight world championship, so those versions aren’t available. The WBA will clarify the status of Payano shortly.
Finally, it’s known that the Payano Team would be willing accept a rematch with Moreno for a minimum purse of $350,000.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been announced that Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez will not be fighting on the undercard of Pacquiao-Algieri on November 22 in Macao, China. Word is that Top Rank wants to move his planned defense against Diego Magdaleno to February and offered Vasquez a November fight in Texas. However, Vasquez, who had been training in the United States since August, has instead returned to Costa Rica and is now looking making a defense in November or December in Costa Rica.
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is in the final stage of his preparation to face WBA middleweight world champion Gennedy “GGG” Golovkin on October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. “I feel very confident and focused for this fight and training with Robert Garcia gives me the confidence to know that I can have a big win over Golovkin,” said Rubio. “I’m ready to give my best and risk everything at all times.”
The running theme of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America this season has been a running beatdown by Team Velasquez, as they’ve dominated Team Werdum through the team competition to this point in the season. Outside of the upkick from hell that Marlon Vera delivered to Henry Briones in the fifth fight of the season, it’s been a virtual shutout for the Mexican side as the victories just continue to pile up . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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“Pacquiao is an easy fight,” says Floyd Mayweather Sr. about the forever-discussed, mythical showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. More
Kell Brook vows to come back stronger. More
Carl Froch will have a Nottingham tram named after him. More
Nonito Donaire is not intimidated by Nicholas Walters’ threats. More
Undefeated #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Óscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, undefeated local lightweight prospect Ivan Najera (14-0, 8 KOs), of San Antonio, and undefeated super featherweight Casey Ramos (18-0, 5 KO), of Austin, Texas, will join Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at a San Antonio press conference on Thursday to announce their November 15 boxing card at the Alamodome. Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Tecate, the Ramirez / Valdez / Najera San Antonio boxing event will be televised live exclusively on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Opponents for the four unbeaten fighters will be named.
Due to a persistent ankle injury, Canelo Alvarez must withdraw from his December 6 bout. He thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to big things in 2015 on HBO. Golden Boy Promotions and HBO are reviewing their options for the December 6 date.
In his last fight in April, heavyweight Amir Mansour, 42, lost a brutally contested unanimous 10-round decision to former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, whom Mansour outweighed, 222.5-to-206. “Amir is an exciting fighter who has just got to get himself back into mix,” said promoter J Russell Peltz of Mansour, who dropped the 38-year-old Cunningham in the fifth only to be later out-hustled and floored in the 10th. “He doesn’t seem to be discouraged by the fact that he’s 42 and that he hasn’t fought since April. That’s just where he stands. We just have to get Amir back into the ring and then he’s just got to get his name back out there by blowing somebody out of the water.”
Mansour (20-1, 15 knockouts) will attempt to do just when he returns to action on Nov. 8 at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., where he will again face a much younger fighter in Fred Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) as part of NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” program that is being promoted by Main Events. (more…)
The ten-round co-feature on Wednesday’s ESPN2-televised Soliman-Taylor card at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, will pit super middleweights Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) from Flint, Mich., fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla., against New York’s Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-2-2, 6 KOs). Dirrell, a former super middleweight world title challenger, scored a fifth-round TKO win over Vladine Biosse in his last fight, while Brinson is looking to rebound from a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Dominic Wade.
Dirrell, brother of current WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell, is a 45:1 favorite.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that its first live event in Phoenix, on Saturday, Dec. 13 at US Airways Center, will be headlined by a pivotal heavyweight clash between former UFC® heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos and fourth-ranked Stipe Miocic. The event will also feature at least five competitors with Arizona ties. (more…)
Two-time cruiserweight world champion and current top-10 heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham and his family would like to thank the boxing community for the contributions to the Kennedy Cunningham Fundraiser on www.heartbyfaith.com. Kennedy Cunnungham is the 9 year-old daughter of Steve & Livvy Cunningham and is awaiting a life-saving heart transplant surgery. The fundraiser was set up this summer with the proceeds going to out of pocket expenses for the Cunningham’s which included finding a new home close to the hospital for the potential surgery in Pittsburgh. Within the two months, the goal of $25,000 was reached with most of the donations coming from members of the boxing industry. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
World-rated Suguru Muranaka (21-2-1, 7 KOs), 112, impressively kept his national flyweight belt when he embalmed Yusuke Sakashita (12-5-2, 7 KOs), 112, with a single right shot at 2:42 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. As they furiously exchanged hot rallies from the outset, it became a very competitive affair with the open scoring of all 48-47 in the champ’s favor after the fifth session. Sakashita, much better than expected, rained a barrage of light but sharp straight punches to the champ, who retaliated with more damaging combinations to the face and the midsection. Muranaka, a persistent puncher, finally caught the game challenger with a breathtaking right, which put him prone to the deck with the referee Tsuchiya declaring a stoppage without taking a count (therefore, to be registered as a TKO, not a KO). People hadn’t regarded the champ as a hard-puncher, but he proved he could punch with his astounding power this night, if not compared with newly crowned WBC ruler Roman Gonzalez. Muranaka is currently rated WBC#5/WBA#8/WBO#6/IBF#5.
Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.
The rematch between Odlanier Solis and Tony Thompson originally planned to take place on October 18th at the Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany, has to be postponed after “La Sombra” Solis suffered a sprained ankle in training in Miami. “I flew straight to Miami when I heard of the injury to see how bad it is”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Fortunately, the doctor says that no ligaments have been torn and nothing is broken. Solis has to take a break in training for ten days but can go right back to work after that. So we will definitely do the fight before the end of the year. Right now we are looking at November 22 as new date but we have to reconfirm with all parties involved including team Thompson, the venue, TV etc. We want to keep the show at Castello in Dusseldorf so that the already sold tickets would still be valid.”
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is back in training camp, preparing for his fight against Kubrat Pulev on November 15th in Hamburg.
IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman is a -330 favorite to defeat Jermain Taylor on Wednesday night in a bout televised by ESPN2 from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Taylor backers can get +270. The 40-year-old Soliman will be making a career high payday for the first defense of the belt he won against Felix Sturm in May.
Meanwhile, Taylor, who will be making his first start of 2014, has vowed to upset the odds, proclaiming on video via his Instagram account that he’ll “never lose to another white boy.” Jermain has the added distraction of two pending felony charges stemming from a shooting at his home in August.
By Karl Freitag
After a span of 2.5 months without boxing, HBO will be back with one telecast in October, two in November (plus one PPV), and it looks like two in December.
On October 18, the network will televise a doubleheader with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio, plus a terrific WBA featherweight title showdown between Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters.
On November 8, it will be the WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight unification clash between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, plus welterweight contenders Luis Abregu vs. Sadam Ali.
On November 22 is the big Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri PPV event from Macau, China.
On November 29 is WBO lightweight champ Terence Crawford defending against Raymundo Beltran and IBF feather champ Evgeny defending against Jayson Velez.
Expected but still not official are bouts on December 6 between jr middleweights Canelo Alvarez and Joshua Clottey, and on December 13 between welterweights Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves.
Meanwhile, Showtime’s lineup at the moment has only one confirmed date, a November 1 tripleheader featuring light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara vs. Doudou Ngumbu, a WBO bantamweight title showdown between Tomoki Kameda and Alejandro Hernandez, and super featherweight contender Javier Fortuna against Abner Cotto.
Stephen Espinoza, Executive VP and General Manager of Showtime Sports, has stated that the network may add two more dates.
Unbeaten Australian featherweight “Aussie” Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs) is determined to win his upcoming IBF elimination bout and is willing to go around the world to do it. Brunker, rated IBF #3, will face Selby (19-1, 7 KOs), rated IBF #6, on October 11 at the O2 Arena in London, England, for the right to become the next mandatory challenger to champion Evgeny Gradovich. To ensure himself the best training camp possible, Brunker flew to New York on September 14 and is spending his final month of training in the area’s best gyms. Brunker, a 2004 Olympian, has been working out of Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, House of Pain in Newark and Church Street Gym in Lower Manhattan, among others, sparring with the likes of Wanzell Ellison, Jorge Diaz and Gary Stark Jr.
In a major coup for UK boxing fans, October 25’s “Title Tornado” card in Monte Carlo, jointly headlined by the UK’s Martin Murray in a world title eliminator and Stuart Hall in a world title fight, will be broadcast live on Channel Five in Britain. Working in collaboration with leading promoter Mick Hennessy, and Hennessy Sports’ William Storey, Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman has ensured that Murray’s WBC Silver middleweight title defense against Domenico Spada and Hall’s IBF world title fight against undefeated Randy Caballero will be seen by millions of households live on UK terrestrial television.
This is a significant milestone for the sport given that the last major world title fight broadcast live on UK terrestrial television was Carl Froch against Jean Pascal for the WBC title in December 2008, also promoted by Mick Hennessy on ITV.
“I’m delighted,” said Hennessy. “Murray is an elite-level fighter with a huge following at home. The fans deserve to see more of him.” (more…)
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