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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

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UFC

Germaine De Randamie: Writing Her Own History

How bad was the wait for Germaine de Randamie to get back into a fistfight? “Pretty bad,” she chuckles, the type of laugh that can only be uttered when the wait is almost over. “I always try to think things happen for a reason and we will see this week if it all worked out for the better. It’s been a long, long wait, but it’s been good. I’m just happy to get back in there and make the most of it.” . . . click here for more

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March 11th, 2015


Boxing News

Kovalev vs. Pascal Face-Off Altercation

Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events

IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former WBC champion and Jean Pascal got into a scuffle during the final press conference before their HBO-televised clash on Saturday at the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
I studied French in school for six years but I remember nothing because I wasn’t interested in this language; my time was spent learning English. It will be big action for Saturday night. I love to be here and I am glad to be here in Canada. I am expecting a lot of fans because I was here in November 2013. Saturday night will be two best boxers of light heavyweight division facing each other. Jean Pascal is tough boxer and Saturday I will see how tough. I am not going say any prediction. This is boxing, anything can happen with a fight. For me this fight is very interesting because it is next step in my career, the next test in my career. For myself I want to prove who I am on this level, in front in this huge arena, in my first time fighting in huge arena like this. I am very happy and waiting for Saturday. Thank you so much. (more…)



March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Goossen Promotions inks Bryan Vasquez

Goossen Promotions announced this morning the signing of top junior lightweight contender Bryan Vasquez of San Jose, Costa Rica. The 27-year-old Vasquez, sporting a record of 34-1-0 with 18 KO, is the former World Boxing Association ‘Interim’ Junior Lightweight Champion, a crown he earned with a fifth round stoppage of Rene Gonzalez on October 26, 2013. Details of Vasquez’s return to the ring will be announced shortly. “I’m very happy to sign with Goossen Promotions,” said Vasquez. “They have a long history of working with some of the best fighters in boxing and I’m confident they can take my career to the next level.”

Said Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions, “Bryan has all the tools and intangibles of a world champion. He’s a very highly skilled, tough disciplined fighter and we look forward to working with him on bigger opportunities in the future.”



March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Nielsen: I will make Tahdooahnippah do the chicken dance

Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) can claim the WBA International Super Middleweight title when he takes on George Tahdooahnippah (34-1-2, 24 KOs) at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. At today’s final press conference, the Danish boxer appeared in a confident mood, promising a knockout victory on Saturday night.

“I heard Tahdooahnippah wants to do a victory dance after he wins, but that’s not going to happen,” said the 23 year-old southpaw. “I will make him do the chicken dance after I beat him. I don’t see this fight going the distance. I’m going to knock him out! This is my first fight at super middleweight and I feel great. Fans are going to see a new and improved Patrick in the ring. I feel stronger and fresher. I’m ready to make a statement!”

Nielsen faces a top-ten world ranked fighter in his first bout at the 168lbs limit. Tahdooahnippah has lost only won fight and boasts an impressive knockout record. Coach Joey Gamache has warned his fighter to be wary of the Comanche’s power. (more…)



March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Krasniqi extends contract with SES Boxing

Ten days before his big world title shot on March 21 against the WBA champion Juergen Braehmer in Rostock, light heavyweight Robin Krasniqi has signed a multi-year extension with SES Boxing. The current WBO-International and WBA Continental beltholder, the 27-year-old Krasniqi has a record of 43-3, 16 KOs.



March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Glazkov-Cunningham Preview

Before fans watching live on HBO and at the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada are treated to Saturday’s light heavyweight showdown between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Jean Pascal, they will see the heavyweight battle between Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov and Steve “USS” Cunningham for the mandatory position in the IBF. Glazkov is an Olympic Bronze Medalist who is undefeated in his professional career. Cunningham is a former two-time cruiserweight world champion looking to get a title shot in the heavyweight division. (more…)



March 11th, 2015

UFC

Munoz Heads to Manila to Face Barnatt

“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” will be heading to Manila on Saturday, May 16, as Mark Munoz takes on Luke Barnatt in a middleweight bout to be featured on the UFC Fight Night card headlined by the featherweight superfight between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber . . . click here for more

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March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Tambwe Djeko rejects Ryad Merhy

Tambwe Djeko, after his impressive win against Ismail Abdoul, was looking to fight for the vacant WBC EPBC title on April 4 in Zwevezele on the same card as Hedi Slimani versus Samir Ziani for the vacant WBC Francophone lightweight title.
As unbeaten prospect Ryad Merhy was left without an opponent, when Yves Ngabu had to pull out of his Belgian titlefight against Merhy due to a fractured hand, promoter Filiep Tampere offered the fight to Merhy. After some reflection team Merhy accepted the challenge of Tambwe Djeko.
But now it is team Tambwe Djeko who told promoter Tampere that they are not interested to fight Ryad Merhy at this moment.
Ryad Merhy, 13-0-0/11, will fight Bjoern Blaschke next Saturday at the Spiroudome of Charleroi and will be looking for win number 14.
Promoter Filiep Tampere will still give it a try to promote the vacant WBC EPBC fight in Zwevezele on April 4 and find a suitable opponent for Merhy. The Belgian cruiserweight star has a busy schedule with fights lined up on March 14 in Charleroi, April 4 in Zwevezele, May 31 in Aalst and June 13 again in Charleroi.



March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao LA workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao works out at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc.

The pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather & Pacquiao will hold a Red Carpet press conference Wednesday, March 11 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

First glimpse into Manny Pacquiao’s L.A. training camp.

Pacquiao suffers cramps in camp

UFC star Mark Munoz talks Pacquiao-Mayweather

More on the NBC boxing debut

 



March 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Broner: Me and Amir Khan can fight at the end of this month

Jr welterweight Adrien Broner posted a pic on his Instagram account featuring an image of himself along with Amir Khan with the words ANYBODY CAN GET IT. MEXI CAN, AFRI CAN, PAKI STAN.

Broner’s accompanying message read: No disrespect to Virgil hunter he is a great coach and I got endless love for him but me and Amir khan can fight at the end of this month I haven’t taken any punishment I’m back in the gym and ready to make a fool out of anybody #AboutBillions #ABonNBC

Khan’s response?



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Dulorme: Bo-Mac disrespectful to Latinos

The camp of jr welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme released a statement today addressing comments made by Terence Crawford’s co-manager and trainer Brian “Bo-Mac” McIntyre during last week’s kick-off press conference for their fight on April 18 at the University of Texas, Arlington. After Dulorme mentioned repeatedly that he represented boxing fans in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia and all Latinos, McIntyre commented, “The Mexicans, the Puerto Ricans, the Colombians, the Dominicans, they can’t help you fight, bro. I am not trying to be disrespectful, but this is between you and Terence.”

“I consider the comments of this gentleman Brian McIntyre very disrespectful toward the Latinos and to myself,” said Dulorme from an undisclosed location in Puerto Rico. “I dedicate this fight to all the Latinos, because I’m Latino, and I’m proud of it. In the ring, it’s only Crawford, the referee and I, but the support of the Latinos will be there as well and cannot be ignored. Day in and day out I represent Latinos around the world. In the great nation of the United States, you must take advantage of every opportunity. On April 18, I will work hard to become a world champion in Texas, and bring glory to my people.”



March 10th, 2015

UFC

Dos Anjos Moving Onward and Upward

When the time came for Rafael dos Anjos to make a career-defining decision – one that would alter his course in the UFC but also require great consideration of its impact on his family – he couldn’t do it alone . . . click here for more

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March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Warriors wins DeGale-Dirrell IBF purse bid

The purse bid for the IBF super middleweight championship contest between James DeGale and Andre Dirrell took place today, March 10, 2015, at the IBF office in Springfield, NJ. The bidders were Warriors Boxing Promotions and Mathchroom Sport. The winning bid came from Warriors Boxing Promotions at $3,100,000. Matchroom Sport bid $2,105,000. The purse will be split 50/50. Warriors Boxing Promotion has until March 25, 2015 to submit executed contracts for this bout to the IBF and has 90 days to stage the contest.



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Briggs accepts Tarver’s challenge

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Former multi-time world champion Antonio Tarver has been taunting former heavyweight champion of the world and WBA #6 heavyweight Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs) for weeks through the social media calling him out. Briggs says he is ready to call Tarver’s bluff and responded with the following:

“I can’t believe this fat, out of shape blown up cruiserweight has the nerve to call me out. What have you done at heavyweight to even warrant a fight with me, let alone fight for the heavyweight title? Your victory over Wlad Klitschko’s trainer Jonathan Banks? Are you serious? His trainer? Who is next? His personal chef in a final world title eliminator? You can only dream of accomplishing what I have at heavyweight as a former two-time heavyweight world champion. I know I am probably just wasting my time responding to you. I know that you’re just trying to latch on to my coattails from all the PR I have done over the last year by myself. There has been zero interest in your comeback. I get it. You’re desperate. I accept your challenge. Now go back to your Daddy Warbucks (adviser Al Haymon) to see if he can deliver what your big mouth has gotten you into. This is not going to be a long drawn out process. You got 24 hours. TICK TICK. LETS GO CHAMP!”



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Donovan “Razor” Ruddock set for shock ring return

Granted license by Ontario Athletic Commission

By James Slater

Canada’s Donovan “Razor” Ruddock has not boxed since way back in October of 2001, yet the big-hitting former contender best known for his two losing wars with Mike Tyson is, incredibly, set to fight again this month. According to a news piece in The Toronto Sun, the 51-year-old has been granted a licence by The Ontario Athletic Commission and will fight a six-rounder in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on the 28th of this month, on a card that will be topped by featherweight Logan McGuinness taking on Luis Armando Suarez.

Apparently Ruddock has dropped down from approx 300 pounds to a trim-looking 235 pounds, thanks in part to a vegan diet, and will likely face 44-year-old Raymond Olubowale, 10-6-1(7) on the 28th. Ruddock, who says he is inspired by George Foreman’s successful 1990’s comeback, says he will get past Olubowale and then look to fight for the Canadian title. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Jessie Magdaleno returns April 11

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank

World contender Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas was at a press gathering today at the Laredo Energy Center to discuss his main event bout here on April 11. Jessie, 20-0, will take on John Mark Apolinario, 17-5-3, of the Philippines in the main event of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate event on UniMas. The main event will be in the super bantamweight division.

 

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March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Syroos – Rebrasse for WBC Francophone title

Former WBC Mediterranean champion Seydin Syroos will challenge WBC #11 Christopher Rebrasse from France for the inaugural WBC Francophone supermiddleweight title next Saturday at the famous Spiroudome of Charleroi, Belgium.
I will be a big step up for the local Syroos, who in his last fight stopped Mickael Recloux to win the WBC Meditterranean title. Rebrasse had a non title win last December in Luxemburg since his points loss to George Groves for the EBU and WBC Silver titles.
On the same card Alex Miskirtchian will have a comeback 6 rounder.
On the undercard Ryad Merhy has a warm up fight to prepare his challenge on April 4 in Zwevezele for the vacant WBC EPBC title.Herve Hubeaux and Anthony Polizzi will complete the card.
Promoter of the event is Alain Vanackere of 12 rounds promotion.

Click to watch the trailer for Charleroi, Belgium March 14, 2015

Poster Charleroi March 14



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Thomas Lamanna: I’m just going to go in and do what I do best

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo by Darryl Cobb, Jr.

Millville, NJ middleweight, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, (16-0, 7 KOs), fights the biggest bout of his burgeoning career Friday night when he takes on Antoine “Action” Douglas, 16-0-1, 10 KOs, in a nationally televised 10-round bout for the vacant WBA Fedelatin 160-pound title, at The Space at Westbury, in New York. Showtime will broadcast the bout live on their SHOBOX series.

The fight is a significant step up for LaManna, a 4-year pro who in 2014 showed signs that he was ready for tougher competition. Friday night he gets his chance to step into the spotlight and show fans outside the Philly/Jersey area what he’s made of.

LaManna has been a staple on the local boxing scene ever since he turned professional in 2011 at age 19. He made his debut at Bally’s Atlantic City with a first round TKO of Anthony Williams. That night, LaManna looked like a kid in the squared circle, but it was also clear that he was serious about his boxing career. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC 130lb champ Miura to face Aussie Dib in May

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Teiken Promotions of Japan has announced that WBC super-feather champ Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs) will put his belt on the line against ex-IBF titlist Billy Dib (39-3-1. 23 KOs), Australia, in Tokyo on May 1. Miura, making his fourth defense since dethroning Mexican Gamaliel Diaz in April of 2013, impressively disposed of official challenger Edgar Puerta in six rounds last November. Miura is one of the recently most improved boxers here in terms of offensive and defensive skills.

Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, unbeaten WBC#8 middleweight contender Ryota Murata (6-0, 4 KOs) will take on WBO#14 Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-1-1, 6 KOs), Brazil, over ten. Murata has soundly and steadily improved in every fight, and we wish to see another improvement technically, physically and spiritually. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxer/Fireman Rosinsky ready to douse the fire inside Gonsalves

By Jerry Glick
Photo: DiBella Entertainment

It has been almost two years since Will “Power” Rosinsky last stepped into a professional prize ring. In actuality, he never left, he just needed time to deal with his other career. He was an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) who wanted to join New York’s Bravest, the FDNY (Fire Department of New York). Now he is a fireman and he is ready to resume his boxing career. In his first fight since December 19, 2012, when he won a ten round unanimous decision over trial horse Otis Griffin, Rosinsky is scheduled to fight Paul Gonsalves (7-5-1, 3 KOs) this Saturday (March 14th) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on a DiBella Entertainment promoted show.

The Rosinsky-Gonsalves contest is the co-feature to a main event with Patrick Hyland (29-1,13 KOs) taking on hard hitting Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-15-1, 15 KOs) in ten-round featherweight scrap

Rosinky (17-2, 9 KOs) talked to this reporter about his two careers, the reason he was away from boxing for two years and why he’s getting back into the ring. Rosinsky suffered a cut over the left eye during the Griffin fight which needed time to heal. That led to the layoff that gave him time to become a fireman. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Liebenburg and Oosthuizen in grudge match at Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

They may not resort to kicking each other on Saturday night but the fight between Tommy Oosthuizen and Ryno Liebenberg could turn into a brawl when they meet at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park.

If they really dislike each other as much as insiders say they do, the two South Africans are likely to leave their good manners at home before they clash in the ring for the vacant IBO light heavyweight belt, on Rodney Berman’s bumper packed Golden Gloves promotion.

Both boxers have much to prove in a make-or-break fight that could turn as ugly as some infamous grudge matches in years gone by, particularly the one between Gerrie Coetzee and Mike Schutte in Durban in August 1976. The scrap between the two heavyweights was marked by head-butting, tripping and all other illegal tactics. At some stage Coetzee, who was by no means playing according to the rules, was thrown to the floor and kicked in the groin. It all ended when Schutte was disqualified in the sixth round. It is still regarded as one of the dirtiest fights in SA boxing. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez

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Bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (10-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico looks to surprise Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-3, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico when they meet this Friday. The bout will be scheduled for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBC Latino title on the line. Site of the fight will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion, in Tampa, Florida.

In his last bout Rodriguez won his first title as a pro by decisively outpointing unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez of Puerto Rico in 10 rounds. It was the first time Ricardo had gone the 10 round distance and won. It was also his first experience fighting a Puerto Rican fighter in front of a pro-Puerto Rican crowd. In Vidal he will face similar circumstances. Rodriguez for his part is very confident and looking forward to the opportunity to upset the more experienced Vidal. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

UFC

Copeland looking for his first UFC win

Soft-spoken and beyond deferential to his opponents, UFC heavyweight Josh Copeland couldn’t have a more fitting nickname than “Cuddly Bear.” . . . click here for more

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March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Mathews takes aim at WBA champ Abril

WBA lightweight title challenger Derry Mathews says his radar is now locked on deadly Cuban world champion Richar Abril on Saturday 18th April at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Mathews destroyed Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei in the fifth round last Friday night at the Echo Arena to clear the path for his dream world title showdown against Abril.

Although Abril is leagues above Mizsei, dynamite punching Mathews, who’s KO’d 20 out of his 37 wins, showed that he’s armed and ready for the biggest night of his life.

“I feel that I did a great job on Mizsei without taking any silly risks to get get the job done and in devastating fashion,” Said Mathews. “I’m under no illusion, Mizsei is not Abril, but I showed that I can turn the power on and take someone out when I need to. Abril is in my eyes the best lightweight on the planet and I will prepare for him accordingly. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Lee stops Huh; Kim shocks Han; Korea tops Japan 2-1-1 in “Sea of Japan Faceoff”

By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

Headlining the second KBC event of the year in rural Hoengseong (famous for its delicious beef), former interim WBC minimumweight female Eun-Young Huh (6-2-1) had an ambitious but ill-advised crack at WBO Asia Pacific female flyweight ruler Eun-Hye Lee (6-0, 1 KO). Though inactive since May, 2013, and of noticeably smaller stature, Huh started off well, meeting the onrushing slugger Lee head-on with left-right hooks and counters. In round two, however, it was Huh who was caught near the ropes by a short counter left hook that sunk her to the canvas wincing in pain. Rising slowly, Huh jabbed, ducked and held her way out of the round. Sapped after two rounds—perhaps due to the long layoff—Huh changed tactics and rallied behind her jab and straight punches in round three, at times bulling the bigger Lee into the ropes and trapping her there with persistent but ultimately ineffectual washer-woman flurries to the body. (more…)



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I can beat Ronda Rousey,” says retired Laila Ali. “She’s too small.”

“Pacquiao is faster and hits harder than Mayweather,” says Freddie Roach

50 Cent says he’s betting $1.6 million on Mayweather to beat Pacquiao.

Funeral update for long-time Manchester, England, boxing coach Paul Dunne.



March 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Chagaev-Browne Update

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions

Matt Clark who is the manager of WBA #4 heavyweight Lucas” Big Daddy” Browne, talks to Fightnews about the Ruslan Chagaev vs. Browne WBA title bout that should happen in May after the WBA ordered the fight will be Chagaev’s mandatory defense. The promoters of both boxers have 30 days to negotiate the fight if they cannot reach a decision it will go to a purse bid. Here’s the latest details from Browne’s manage Matt Clark.

Congratulations on WBA #4 Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne being named as mandatory contender to WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev You are the manager of Browne and Ricky Hatton is the promoter. Where and when do you think the Browne vs. Chagaev WBA title bout will happen? Would you prefer the location to be Australia, England, Russia or Germany? Your thoughts.

Thanks Ray. It’s been an incredible journey that has seen Lucas go from Australian champion to world title challenger in bang on three years. Credit must go to Lucas for realising his potential and Hatton Promotions who believed in him. Currently the promoters of both Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas Browne are in discussions about the fight. If an agreement can’t be reached within the 30 day time frame given by the WBA, then the fight will go to purse bids. My personal preference is for the fight to be in Australia, as obviously that would mean we have the advantage of being the “home” fighter. I think having the bout in Australia would cause an incredible amount of interest as there hasn’t been a Heavyweight title fight here since Jack Johnson and Tommy Burns in 1908. I have spoken to Ricky Hatton about this and it’s something that appeals to him. (more…)



March 9th, 2015

Boxing News

More on PBC on NBC ratings win

Saturday night’s debut of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC was the most-watched professional boxing broadcast since 1998, according to Fast National Data from The Nielsen Company. The PBC on NBC telecast averaged 3.4 million viewers, ranking as the most-watched professional boxing broadcast in 17 years (“Oscar De La Hoya’s Fight Night” on FOX, 5.9 million, Mon., March 23, 1998). Viewership increased every half hour through the telecast and peaked at 4.2 million from 10:30-11 p.m. ET during the exciting Rounds 7-12 of Keith Thurman’s unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero. With the victory on NBC’s first major primetime boxing broadcast in 30 years (Larry Holmes vs. Carl “The Truth” Williams, on May 20, 1985), Thurman improved to a perfect 25-0 (21 knockouts).

The PBC on NBC also led NBC to a Saturday primetime victory among Adults 18-49, with a 1.08 rating in the demographic.

“The return of primetime boxing to NBC for the first time in three decades got off to a strong start last weekend with Saturday’s PBC on NBC debut,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN. “With our next primetime telecast on Saturday, April 11, we look forward to building on the momentum that this first event clearly established. We are excited that high-quality boxing is back on NBC.” (more…)



March 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Chavez-Fonfara Ticket Alert

The return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday April 18 as the Mexican superstar makes his SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® debut against exciting brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout, live on Showtime. Tickets for the event, which is co-promoted by Goossen Promotions and Chavez Promotions, are priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, go on sale today at 12 p.m. PT and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

“I’m excited to get back in the ring and remind everyone that I’m one of the best fighters in the world,” said Chavez Jr. “I have a tough test on April 18, but I am going to pass with flying colors and I look forward to taking on any challengers after that.”

“This is another great opportunity for me and I’m very thankful to have it,” said Fonfara. “I’ve been in there with the best fighters in the world and as always I’m going to try to put on a show for the fans and walk out victorious.”



March 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo Ford returns Friday

The theme for this Friday’s edition of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” boxing is “the rivalry continues.” The large contingent of fans that regularly follow the series know this can mean only one thing. Mexico vs Puerto Rico. For the second consecutive week boxing’s most popular rivalry will take center stage. The main event for this Friday will be Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-3, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico vs. Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (10-2 , 3 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The bout will be scheduled for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBC Latino bantamweight title on the line. Site of the fight will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion, in Tampa, Florida. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc. (more…)



March 9th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF orders negotiations for Tete vs. Arroyo

After the spectacular victory of the IBF super flyweight champion Zolani Tete over Paul Butler last Friday, the IBF ordered the start of negotiations for a fight against #1 contender McJoe Arroyo. “The IBF sent the letter to us and to the promoters of Tete, to begin negotiating a fight between Tete and McJoe, so we started working for the realization of it,” said Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions. “Now, we have some time to negotiate and if it does not reach an agreement, it would go to a purse bid. But we hope that we can get an agreement and make this fight.”



March 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Okada, Takayama, Hosono keep Japanese belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese super-light champ Hiroki Okada (10-0, 8 KOs), 140, impressively retained his national belt when he scored a fine TKO victory over top contender Hayato Hokazono (18-5-1, 11 KOs), 140, an elongated perennial contender, at 2:18 of the third round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. A head collision in the opening session literally opened a gash on each contestant with the challenger Hokazono profusely streaming blood from the cut over the forehead, which obviously prevented him from fighting with cool head. The referee often had him examined by the ring physician, which gave him an impression that he might be stopped then and there. Hokazono recklessly went forward to finish it and bring home the bacon early, but it wasn’t a successful strategy as the champ caught him with a beautiful counter midway in round three, when the third man Tsuchiya declared a well-received halt. (more…)



March 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Late Result: Soro stops Clayton in France

This past Friday night in his native Rhone, France middleweight contender Michel Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) knocked out Anderson Clayton (43-10-1, 37 KOs) in the second round of their scheduled eight rounder. Soro remains the mandatory challenger for the European Boxing Union’s middleweight belt recently vacated by Billy Joe Sauders. A ruling from the EBU in the near future will determine the next course of action for Soro and his team.



March 9th, 2015

Boxing News

USS Cunningham ready for HBO debut and biggest fight of his career

Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham, 28-6, 13 KOs, is a former two-time cruiserweight champion who has fought all over the globe. He’s fought at Madison Square Garden and appeared on Saturday afternoon NBC network television in two very high-profile bouts. Last year he became the USBA heavyweight champion in an instant classic against Amir Mansour, which was named the “2014 Philly Fight of the Year”.

However this Saturday (March 14th), Cunningham travels to Montreal for perhaps the biggest fight of his career, a 12-round IBF heavyweight eliminator against unbeaten Vyacheslav Glazkov, 19-0-1, 12 KOs. The fight also marks Cunningham’s debut on the cable powerhouse HBO. At 38 years old and 34 fights into his 14-year professional career, Cunningham appears to at last be knocking on the door of a truly bigtime bout that could finally bring him the glory, respect, and payday he’s been fighting for all this time. (more…)



March 9th, 2015




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