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Gonzalez-Mares Update

The new date for the rematch between WBC Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez and former three-division world champion Abner Mares will be announced once Mares is cleared to resume training. Mares was forced to pull out of their scheduled February 15 fight in Los Angeles following a rib injury suffered in training. “It’s never a good thing when injuries like this occur, and I know Abner tried to fight through it, but it’s best that we postpone this event and reschedule it so that both fighters are at their best on fight night,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “The fighters’ safety is always paramount and both Abner and Jhonny understand this completely.” Refunds may be obtained at the point of the original purchase.



January 7th, 2014



Boxing News

Berman slams ‘injured’ Cleverly

Rodney Berman has reacted furiously to former world champion Nathan Cleverly’s abrupt withdrawal from his February 1 fight against Junior Makabu in an international 10-rounder on the Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza card. Berman was reacting to reports, corroborated by Frank Warren, that Cleverly had injured himself – for the second time – ahead of his cruiserweight debut against the big-hitting African.

“I knew he’d pull out,” fumed Berman. “He’s not a true champion, I always felt that. Whatever excuse Cleverly is making, I know he hasn’t been injured. He pulled out because he realised he had no chance against Makabu. Everyone said that when the fight was signed and it obviously dawned on him. I always suspected he was molly-coddled. Frank Warren clearly shot his bolt by doing the deal and now has to accommodate his fighter wanting out.”

Berman said he would secure a replacement for Makabu, who will be seeking his 16th win in 17 fights. The card is topped by WBO/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, who will defend his belts against Osumanu Adama. Also featured WBA interim middleweight champion Martin Murray defending that version of the WBA middleweight world title against third-ranked Jarrod Fletcher.



January 7th, 2014

UFC

Undefeated Olympians Collide as Champion Ronda Rousey Meets Sara McCann at UFC 170

In what could prove to be her toughest challenge yet, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (8-0, fighting out of Venice, Calif.) squares off against undefeated wrestling sensation Sara McMann (7-0, fighting out of Gaffney, SC) in a battle of Olympic medalists at UFC® 170 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Feb. 22. A bronze medal winner in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Rousey recently defeated her bitter rival Miesha Tate at UFC 168 to retain the women’s bantamweight belt and remain the divison’s only champion. Now she takes on McMann, who comes in as the most decorated wrestler in the weight class, having also earned Olympic silver at the 2004 games in Athens in free-style wrestling. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Nathan Cleverly suffers another injury, out of Feb. 1st fight with Illunga Makubu

By James Slater

For a second time, Nathan Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut has had to be postponed due to injury on the part of the former WBO light-heavyweight champion. Cleverly, last seen being stopped inside four-rounds by powerhouse puncher Sergey Kovalev, has had to pull out of a planned February 1st fight against Illunga Makuba, which was to have taken place in Monte Carlo on the Gennady Golovkin-Osumanu Adama bout. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury says the WBC froze him out

“I don’t want to say too much because I’ll be froze out completely, but the WBC have done a little sly trick,” said heavyweight Tyson Fury on espn.co.uk’s Buncey podcast Monday. “Don’t know if you’re already on to it, but there was three people eligible to fight for the vacant WBC title. One of them was me because I beat Kevin Johnson in a WBC eliminator. Another one was Bermane Stiverne because he beat Chris Arreola in an eliminator. And Chris Arreola won a semi-final eliminator against Seth Mitchell. But instead of letting me fight Bermaine Stiverne for the vacant WBC, they’ve only gone and put him against a man he’s already beaten. Bermaine Stiverne’s last fight was against Arreola, and he already beat him comfortable, so I don’t know what the crack is there that someone’s paying a lot of money to somebody. They’ve frozen me out there.”



January 7th, 2014

UFC

Cruz out; Barao-Faber II for Bantam Crown

The bad luck for Dominick Cruz continues, as it was announced by UFC President Dana White Monday that after being sidelined since late-2011 with a knee injury, Cruz has suffered a groin tear, forcing him out of his UFC 169 main event in New Jersey against interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao . . . More

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January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Ceylan to face Limone on February 1

In 2013 Dennis Ceylan (9-0, 5 KOs) established himself as one of Denmark’s most promising boxing talents. A busy year saw the former Olympian secure six victories including four knockout wins. Ceylan is now looking to carry this momentum into 2014 as he prepares to face Italian Featherweight Champion Daniele Limone (11-1, 4 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night on February 1. This fight is the latest addition to the show at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Ceylan joins fellow Danes Micki Nieslen and Kasper Bruun. WBA, WBO & WBC Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus and EU Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund will also be in action.



January 7th, 2014

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January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Mojica begins receiving WBC pension

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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo and Info: Rosa Membreño

On Monday in Managua, Nicaragua former professional boxer and Nicaragua Hall of Famer Eduardo “El Raton” Mojica received a check for $2,500 from the World Boxing Council, which was delivered by WBC member Bismarck Morales. Mojica expressed his gratitude to the WBC for the pension that he will receive in the same amount every three months. The WBC is looking to meet its goal of helping former boxers and former champs in difficulty. Mojica trained Alexis Arguello and Rosendo Alvarez among others.



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Olympian Alex ‘El Pollo’ de Jesus returns in 2014

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former 2004 Olympian Alex “El Pollo” de Jesus (20-1, 13 KOs), who was released from prison on December 21 after serving four years and two months for domestic violence in the correctional institution in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will resume his career in 2014 and plans to return by March, stating that his goal is to catch up and become world champion at 140 pounds. “I’ll be back with a new team and at 140 pounds,” stated the 30-year-old de Jesus. “I hope to do my first fight in March or earlier but we’ll discuss it with my managers. But I’m now adjusting to being in the free community. In there you feel different and I have to get used to everything again. But I’m still the same and come with a lot of enthusiasm!”



January 7th, 2014




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