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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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Boxing News

Guillermo Jones’ B sample confirms doping

The B Sample of WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones has confirmed his positive test for doping. As a result, the WBA has suspended Jones for two years. The WBA’s Gilberto Jesus Mendoza confirmed that the B sample, which was opened Tuesday, contained “a high presence of the substance Furosemide.” Jones turned 42 years of age on May 5, so this suspension could effectively end his career.

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May 23rd, 2014



Boxing News

Stevenson, Fonfara make weight

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer


By Dave Spencer

Adonis Stevenson 173.5 vs. Andrzej Fonfara 174.5
(WBC light heavyweight world title)

David Lemieux 159 vs. Fernando Guerrero 159.5
Jermell Charlo 153.7 vs. Charlie Ota 153
Eleider Alvarez 175 vs. Alexander Johnson 171.6
Julian Willians 154.8 vs. Michael Medina 154
Kevin Bizier 150 vs. Carlos Herrera 151.8
Carlos Olivera 142.2 vs. Junior Ulysse 143.6
Jaudiel Zepeda 179.2 vs. Erik Bazinian 174.3

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: GYM
TV: Showtime



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Pro boxing returns to U.S. Cellular Field on 8/23

World class professional boxing will once again return to U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, August 23rd, it was announced today by the Illinois Sports Facility Authority, Round 3 Productions and Hitz Boxing. Last years’ event on August 16th was a tremendous success and sports fans in Chicago have eagerly awaited news on the return of “Boxing at the Ballpark.” Details on featured bouts and ticketing will be made available in the coming weeks. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Atwell press conference

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Mexican WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Guyanese Clive Atwell held a press conference for their title bout Saturday at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Mexico

Clive Atwell: I’m a boxer and classy high quality so I ‘m going back to Guyana with the world championship. I have the strength and power to win by knockout.

Johnny Gonzalez: I want to get into the ring and feel active. I feel motivated and very happy. I have no inactivity to hurt me, was training in a good way and I’m ready to defend the world championship.

Also there’s a fight between young prospects Jairo “Doberman” Lopez and Nery “Pantera” Saguilan. A good fight is expected. photos



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Lemieux and Guerrero promise fireworks

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME


Hometown favorite David Lemieux and Fernando Guerrero agree on one thing: their showdown on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara Showtime tripleheader at Bell Centre this Saturday will likely end in a knockout. The power-punching Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs), of Montreal, and Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs) of Salisbury, Md., will square off in a 10-round middleweight clash.

“The knockout is going to be there,” Lemieux said. “It’s only a matter of how it’s going to be there that is going to make a difference.”

Guerrero isn’t fazed by Lemieux’s power or the prospect of fighting in his hometown. “We’ve faced punchers before and I’ve demolished them,” Guerrero said. “With a guy like David and I facing off, it doesn’t seem like the fight will go the distance.”



May 23rd, 2014

UFC

TJ Dillashaw: For Coach and Colleagues

TJ Dillashaw always expected to be in this position, standing in the Octagon with a UFC title awaiting the victor. From the time he broke into the sport at the start of 2010, the 28-year-old Cal State-Fullerton product has been focused on climbing the ladder and having championship gold wrapped around his waist. Fiercely competitive and unflinchingly confident in his skills, there hasn’t been a moment in his career where Dillashaw didn’t believe he could reach this point. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: WBC 168lb world champion Sakio Bika

Photo: Team Bika

Photo: Team Bika


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “Scorpion” Bika talks to Fightnews and says he is interested in fights with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. He predicts Froch will defeat George Groves in their May 31 showdown and also predicts Daniel Geale will upset Gennady Golovkin if they fight on July 26.

Bika also predicts his chief sparring partner WBA #8 Ben McCulloch can win the world title and mentions how he recently returned to country of his birth, the Cameroon, where he was followed by 10,000 fans. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Jo Jo Dan successful in tune-up

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Welterweight contender Jo Jo Dan did exactly what you want in a tune-up fight, win, stay healthy, get some rounds and win impressively. The #2 (IBF) ranked contender did all that has positioned himself for a final elimination fight later this summer for the mandatory spot within the organization. The Romanian born Dan (33-2 18KO) worked the body of Polish opponent Lukasz Janik (11-6-1 5KO) and finally ended things with a crunching right hand that paid almost immediate dividends in the 5th round, the official time of :43 seconds. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Elam-Ramirez June 6th in Argentina

Cruiserweight Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs), a participant on The Contender 4 boxing reality series, will take on former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2- 15 KOs) on June 6th with the IBF Latino cruiserweight title on the line. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the location being the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, in Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Elam’s management believes he is capable of pulling off the upset. “It’s no secret Ramirez is the favorite and fighting at home. However, Elam has trained hard with trainer Buddy McGirt and is coming to win,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andy Zak.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Ex-Olympic Gold Medalist Murata Finishes Nerio

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, unbeaten Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata (4-0, 4 KOs), 161.5, impressively decked his fourth professional bout by demolishing Mexican Jesus Nerio (12-4, 6 KOs), 160, at 2:35 of the sixth round on Thursday in Kyoto, Japan.

Murata, 28, made an anticipated hero’s return to the place where he started to learn how to box at South Kyoto high school thirteen years ago, gathering many friends and supporters out of his alma mater. Murata, whose amateur mark was 118-19 with 88 stoppages, became the second Japanese that acquired the gold medal since bantamweight southpaw Takao Sakurai in 1968. The middleweight winner, however, is greatly expected to reach the top of the paid ranks through his promotional contract under Top Rank Inc. via Teiken Promotions. The cultivation of Murata up to the professional goal will be a gigantic-to-be project in association with Dentsu and Fuji TV with him emerging as a more famous and brighter athlete than now. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

#2 Dan wins in Montreal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

IBF #2 welterweight Jo Jo Dan (33-2 18KO) scored a 5th round TKO victory over Lukasz Janik (11-6-1 5KO) in boxing action in Montreal Thursday night. A right hand to body hurt a badly fading Janik and referee Steve St. Germain stepped in shortly afterwards to call a halt to the contest.

In the main event, super-middleweight Schiller Hyppolite obliterated Rafael Sosa Pintos with a hook to the body that put the Uruguayan down and horizontal for the count of ten. Time of the stoppage was 2:57 of the opening round.

Other winners on the night include at Mick Gadbois, Steven Butler, Ayaz Hussain, Francy Ntetu and Mitch Louis-Charles.

More to come…



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights for Boxcino Finals

Photos: Shane Sims/Banner Promotions

Photos: Shane Sims/Banner Promotions

Fernando Carcamo 135 vs. Petr Petrov 134
(Boxcino, NABA, NABO lightweight titles)

Brandon Adams 158 vs. Willie Monroe Jr. 159.5
(Boxcino, NABA, NABO middleweight titles)

Jeremy Graves 136.5 vs. Sam Teah 137
Oscar Torres 144 vs. Cornelius Whitlock 144
Eric George 202 vs. Raymond Santiago 232
Michael Jackson 129 vs. Vitor Jones De Oliviera 131
Cesar Vila 154 vs. Marcus Hall 151

Promoter: Banner Promotions
Venue: Turning Stone Casino Resort, Verona, NY
TV: ESPN 2
1st Bell: 7:00 pm ET / 9:00 ET for television



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

WAPA to televise Verdejo and Lopez bouts

As part of the historic showdown between Miguel Cotto and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank announced today that three top undercard fights will be televised live exclusively in WAPA 2 Deportes in Puerto Rico and WAPA America in the United States. This historic telecast will emanate live from The Garden and will feature undefeated Puerto Rican prospects Félix “Diamante” Verdejo, Ricky “Wonder Boy” Lopez and the professional debut of Puerto Rican Olympian Jantony Ortiz.

Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) of San Juan will take on Engelberto Venezuela (9-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a six-round lightweight bout, Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico the WBC Fecarbox Super Bantamweight champion will take on Raul Higaldo (21-10, 17 KOs) in an eight-round title bout and Ortiz will make his debut against Elio Ruiz in a four-round flyweight bout. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Dargan-Flores added to June 21 card

In a Philly vs. Philly showdown on NBCSN Fight Night Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (15-0, 7 KOs) will defend his “USBA Atlantic Coast Region” lightweight title in a ten rounder against Anthony Flores (11-4-1, 6 KOs) on June 21 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA. This will be the second ten round fight in Dargan’s career. The main event features Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko and Nadjib Mohammedi in a twelve-round light heavyweight bout for the #1 position in the IBF.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Korobov-Uzcategui to air on HBO

Top Rank has announced that undefeated Russian middleweight Matt Korobov will appear on the HBO boxing telecast of the Terrence Crawford-Yuriorkas Gamboa WBO lightweight title clash on June 28 in Omaha, Nebraska. Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) will battle Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) in a 10-round bout. This will be the first HBO appearance for the former world amateur champion and 2008 Olympian Korobov.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

IBF 31st convention closes – Peoples re-elected unanimously to another term as president

Report/photos: Boxing Bob Newman

As the rains close in on Atlantic City this morning, the IBF closed it’s 31st a.m. With roughly 400 delegates attending this year’s gathering, it goes down as one of the more successful conventions in years for the organization. During the closing meeting, IBF president Daryl Peoples opened discussion on the 2015 convention site. While South Korea has made strong proposals both last year and this year with government subsidies offered, so too did China. South Africa was mentioned, as well as Montreal. The board of directors will take the thoughts of delegates, along with financial considerations into account and make a decision with ample time for all members to plan for 2015.

A closed board meeting was then held to determine the presidency of the organization. While incumbent president Peoples was re-elected to the board this year, his seat as president still had to be ratified by the board in its meeting. Peoples was unanimously re-elected as IBF president. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Lopez-Perez to fight for WBA 135lb interim belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. has announced that unbeaten Dominican Argenis Lopez (19-0, 7 KOs) will face Darleys Perez (29-1, 19 KOs) for the WBA interim lightweight title at the XXIX WBA KO Drugs Festival to be held on June 21 at the Hark Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Also, IBF female featherweight champion Dahiana Santana (33-6, 14 KOs) will meet Francia Elena Bravo (16-3-2, 9 KOs) for a WBA interim belt at that weight.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico works out with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for his eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision against WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and is produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.

Tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event are available at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. photos



May 22nd, 2014

UFC

Introducing Li Jingliang

With so many fights and so many fighters, there are certain things that you can take for granted as the months and years stack up in the sport of mixed martial arts. China’s Li Jingliang takes nothing for granted, leaving no stone unturned as he prepares for his UFC debut this Saturday against David Michaud . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Quick Quotes

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and trainer Freddie Roach hosted an international media conference call from his Los Angeles training camp on Thursday to talk about his eagerly-anticipated pay-per-view collision with WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Miguel Cotto: [On becoming the first Puerto Rican fighter to win a world title in four different weight divisions] It’s a personal achievement I want to win on June 7. I’m working for it. It doesn’t mean I’m going to be better than Gomez, better than Trinidad, better than all the great champions Puerto Rico had before. For myself, it’s going to be the biggest accomplishment I’ve had in my career.

[On the Martinez camp's complaints about the Cotto camp's demands to make the fight] If Sergio has any issues with anything around this fight, he can sit with his guys and talk about it. We closed the deal some time ago. This is our time to train and we can’t talk about anything else.

Freddie Roach: We’re having a great training camp. Miguel’s working really hard. We have some good sparring partners, some really awkward southpaws, and everything’s right on schedule. Miguel’s in great shape and I can’t wait for this fight to happen.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Gloves announces “Super 6 for Cash” light heavyweight tournament

By Ron Jackson

At a press conference held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Thursday, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced the line-up for the five million rand “Super 6 for Cash” tournament. The light heavyweight tournament will take place over three dates in August, September and November with the winner taking home an accumulated purse of R1, 6 million.

The fighters are former IBO super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen (and WBC #4), WBC #6 Ryno Liebenberg, WBC# 7 Roberto Bolonti, WBC International Silver champion Johnny Muller, WBC #12 Denis Grachev and Wilbeforce Shihepo.

In the first tournament Oosthuizen will meet Shihepo, Liebenberg will fight Grachev and Belonti will face Muller at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on August 9. All the fights will be over 12 rounds and Muller and Liebenberg will both have their WBC belts on the line. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

WBC proposes 30-round limit for boxing gloves

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The World Boxing Council will introduce a boxing glove certification program during the WBC Annual Convention in December. Dr. Clive Nobel from South Africa, Bob Yalen from the United States, and the WBC Medical Committee have developed a tracking system for the number of rounds that a single glove is used in fights with a maximum limit of 30 rounds. Each glove must have inside labels (5 x 6), and the boxing commission must mark the labels which correspond to the rounds used after each fight. For example if the fight lasted nine rounds, then two labels will be marked. Once the five labels are marked, that glove will not be permitted to be used in a fight and will be used only in gymnasiums. The WBC invites all boxing glove manufacturers to implement this system to prevent boxing gloves from being used after they have lost their protective properties after many rounds of use.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ex-Olympic gold medalist finishes Mexican Nerio

By Joe Koizumi

Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata (4-0, 4 KOs), 161.5, decked his fourth professional bout by demolishing Mexican Jesus Nerio (12-4, 6 KOs), 160, at 2:35 of the sixth round on Thursday in Kyoto, Japan. Unbeaten local prospect Shohei Omori (12-0, 7 KOs), scored a fine stoppage of WBC#9 bantam Christian Esquivel (27-5, 20 KOs), 120, Mexico, at 1:35 of the fourth session in a supporting eight.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
(More to come)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

One night heavyweight tourney in Germany

SES Boxing has added a Prizefighter-type heavyweight tournament to their all-heavyweight card on May 30 at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany. The tournament will consist of two semi final rounds, with the winners meeting the same night in the final. All bouts will be three-rounders. The participants are unbeaten 19-year-old SES prospect Tom Schwarz (5-0, 3 KOs), Andre Bunga (1-1, 1 KO), Lukas Filka (6-3, 5 KOs) and Ante Veronica (0-0).

In the main event, former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) will fight for the WBO European belt against Mickael Vieira (14-3-1, 7 KOs). Also Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) fights for the German International title (under new trainer Stephan Kühne) against Özcan Cetincaya (21-8-2, 14 KOs).

German champion Michael Wallisch (12-0, 8 KOs) unfortunately suffered an injury and will not be fighting.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson walking the walk

By Dave Spencer
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

It is not the usual vernacular you hear at press conferences. Despite all the usual bravado, knockouts are often referred to, but never addressed directly. The quotes are familiar to all, ‘fight one round at a time,’ ‘take the knockout if it comes,’ ‘take him to deep waters’ we’ve heard all the politically correct answers before.

Leading into this Saturday’s clash versus Andrzej Fonfara (25-2 15KO), Adonis Stevenson (23-1 20KO) is talking the talk of knockouts and telling everyone, “We train for knockouts.” The powerful southpaw along with trainer Javan Hill have repeated the mantra often in the weeks leading up to the televised Showtime Championship Boxing telecast from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

At this point, it would be hard to argue. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014




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