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- Funeka retains S. A. junior welterweight title
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- Palacios wins in comeback fight
- George Groves calls for third go at Carl Froch, "The Cobra" says no thanks
- Olmeda upset by Frazier in Salt Lake City
- Results from Australia
- Results from Washington DC
- Cuadras retains WBC belt with tech draw
- Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix
- Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title
- Lomachenko hits Phoenix, Arizona
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer Promotions
In a brutal super flyweight clash, former world champion Giovani Segura (32-3-1, 28KOs) a tenth round KO over two-time world title challenger Felipe Salguero (19-6-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Tecate in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. Segura dropped Salguero in round four, but the game Salguero gave him all he could handle. The end came in round ten when Salguero couldn’t go anymore and just collapsed.
Former world champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (39-8, 27 KOs) scored a ninth round technical decision over previously unbeaten Alejandro “Cobrita” González Jr. (22-1-2, 14 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. The aggressive Rosas took the fight to the less experienced Gonzalez throughout the bout, which ended with a ninth round head clash that left blood gushing out of a cut on Rosas’ forehead. Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 80-72 for Rosas.
In an upset, super featherweight Francisco Gabriel Pina (12-6-4, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Filipino Rogelio Jun Doliguez (18-1, 14 KOs). Pina dropped Doliguez in round one and went on to win 57-56, 59-55, 59-55. photos
By Karl Freitag
WBA light heavyweight Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-7, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Braehmer was cut over the right eye and Maccarinelli’s right eye was closing after round one. Braehmer continued to bust up Maccarinelli in round two. The blinded Maccarinelli looked to land a big shot in round three while Braehmer played it safe. The ring doctor OK’d it to continue during the round. In round four the desperate Maccarinelli continued to pressure Braehmer as his face continued to swell up. The doctor OK’d the fight to continue during round five. Braehmer patiently continued to bust up Maccarinelli and Maccarinelli’s corner finally pulled him out after the fifth round. Officially TKO6.
Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Gheorghe Sabau (10-1, 6 KOs). Mostly one-way traffic. Zeuge dropped Sabau four times. Time was :37. Zeuge retained his WBO Youth super middleweight title.
IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) pounded on late, late sub Ivica Perkovic (20-24, 15 KOs) for three rounds and Perkovic didn’t come out for round four. (more…)
Welterweight Johnny Coyle (6-0-1, 2 KOs) won the Prizefighter Cup and £32,000 winner’s check with a three round unanimous decision over Paddy Gallagher (5-2, 4 KOs) in Saturday’s one-night, eight-man, three-stage knock-out tournament at the famed York Hall in London. Coyle dropped Gallagher twice in round one and once in round two. Scores were 30-26, 30-26, 30-25.
Paddy Gallagher (5-1, 4 KOs) needed just 31 seconds to stop Mark Douglas (9-4, 5 KOs)
Johnny Coyle (5-0-1, 2 KOs) won a three round split decision over Sam Eggington (9-2, 4 KOs)
Erick Ochieng (15-4, 4 KOs) won a three round decision over Paddy Gallagher (4-1, 3 KOs), then collapsed and was taken out on a stretcher. It is believed he is suffering from exhaustion. As a result, Gallagher will replace Ochieng in the first semifinal.
Mark Douglas (9-3, 4 KOs) won a sloppy, but entertaining three round decision over Dean Byrne (17-4-1, 6 KOs).
Sam Eggington (9-1, 4 KOs) scored a second round TKO over previously unbeaten Johnny Garton (11-1, 1 KO).
Johnny Coyle (4-0-1, 2 KOs) won a three round decision over the much more experienced Jason Cook (30-6-1, 16 KOs).
Middleweight John Ryder (17-1, 9 KOs) stopped Jez Wilson (11-2-1, 7 KOs) in round nine.
An opponent has been announced for the”Ringside at Del Mar” 8-round main event featuring Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (26-1, 14 KOs). The popular Filipino fighter will face Mexico’s Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (37-17-2, 26 KOs) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, April 11, 2014. This event is brought to you by Paco Presents in association with A&T Gym, Don Chargin, and San Diego-based Barron Entertainment.
“I’m happy that there has been an opponent announced for my fight.” said Gesta. “I’m really looking to put on an exciting show for all my fans. My goal is to get back in the world title mix and it starts with Riovalle. I don’t know much about him but I know he’s coming to win. He has a lot of experience with over 50 fight to his credit, so I know he has some tricks up his sleeve. I’ll be ready for anything he comes with.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Just like that California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his outfit Bobby D. Presents of San Diego added another champ to their ranks when Kenia Enriquez (11-0, 6KOs), #7 ranked WBC flyweight, dropped down a division to capture her first title in the shape of the vacant NABF light flyweight title via a 7th round TKO over the always tough Jolene “Classy Assassin” Blackshear (8-5, 3KOs) in a scheduled eight. In the first Bobby D. Presents fight card of the year, San Diego’s own Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles won the interim WBC Latino 140lbs title in a local fight of the year candidate over ex-Olympian Yordenis Ugas in late February. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb at ringside
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Unbeaten lightweight Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (11-0, 3 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Moris Rodriguez (5-3-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night in the main event at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. This was a step up for both fighters and Gutierrez edged out the win in a great toe to toe eight round battle.
The bout was moved to up to main event status when headliner Rashad Ganaway tested positive for a banned substance and wasn’t cleared by the NSAC to fight Victor “El Nino” Castro for the vacant WBC USNBC lightweight belt.
In the six round co-feature, lightweight Leon Spinks III, grandson of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, suffered his first pro defeat as he tasted the canvas on two separate occasions. Wilbert Lopez (3-2, 1 KO) won a six round majority decision, dropping Spinks record to 7-1-1, 3 KOs.
In four rounders, Australian super welterweight Wes Capper (4-0, 3KOs) showed that his move to the U.S. to fight was an excellent idea as he stopped previously undefeated RaShawn McCain (2-1), junior middleweights JJ Wallos and Enrique Montes battled to a draw, light flyweight Yosigey Ramirez outpointed Mario Gaxiola, flyweight Sergio Lopez won a majority decision against Santos Vasquez.
The card was presented by Pochiro Promotions. photos
Photo: Team Wilder
While heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) awaits the winner of the vacant WBC heavyweight title fight between Chris Arreola vs. Bermaine Stiverne, he is staying busy by promoting his first show this Saturday in his native Alabama. Wilder’s Bombzquad Promotions is teaming with longtime manager/trainer Jay Deas’ Skyy Promotions to present “Young Guns.” The six bout card is being held at the Belk Center in Wilder’s home town of Tuscaloosa.
Keandrae “Lightning” Leatherwood (13-2-1, 9 KOs), a former amateur national champion and Tuscaloosa native headlines in a six round bout against hard hitting Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-8, 8 KOs) of Kansas City. Leatherwood served as a sparring partner for Saul “Canelo” Alverez in his failed attempt to defeat Floyd Mayweather.
Earlier this week a press conference was held to present the complete show of April 20 in Zwevezele, Belgium.
In the main event local female star Delfine Persoon, 28-1-1(13), will challenge current undefeated WBC lightweight champion Erica Annabella Farias, 19-0-0(9), from Argentina. It will be the first ever full WBC titlefight held in Belgium.
In the co-main event Hedi Slimani, 15-2-0(8), will fight for the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title against French Affif Hamdani, 18-6-1(4).
3 other fights with among them current Belgian champion Ahmed El Hamwi, Yves Ngabu and Hakim Ben Ali will complete this great event held on Eastern Sunday afternoon.
The show is promoted and sponsored by Paul Degroote of DTT.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten bantamweight prospect, IBF#3 Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs), 117.75, from Los Angeles, decked an important victory when he overwhelmed IBF#5 ranked Japanese speedster Kohei Ohba (35-3-1, 14 KOs), 117.75, and impressively halted the hometowner at 1:54 of the eighth session of an IBF eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger on Friday in Kobe, Japan.
Cabellero quickly floored the Japanese footworker with a countering right in the end of the opening session, which changed Ohba’s original fight plan of hit-and-run tactics to recklessly mixing it up toe-to-toe from the second round onward. Ohba, ex-Japanese national titlist, fought hard, but Caballero, more powerful and skillful, solved his strategy and traded punches with the local prospect with better precision. The sixth saw Caballero battering the game but fading Japanese from all angles and accelerate his attack effectively. As Caballero dropped Ohba again in the fatal eighth, his corner wisely threw in the towel to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
39-year-old Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic (20-23, 15 KOs) came in at the very last moment to fight IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev tonight in Rostock. The veteran was summoned after three other opponents pulled out of the fight for different reasons. Last year, the outsider surprisingly scored a knockdown against former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko, but then lost on points. Perkovic missed Friday’s weigh-in because he received the call for the match just few hours before it. He was at his home in Croatian city of Shibenik when Fightnews found him. (more…)
“I’m outraged that my fighter Tureano Johnson was robbed of his ability to finish the fight,” said promoter Gary Shaw Friday night in Philadelphia after a slugfest between middleweight contender Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs) and Curtis Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) was halted by referee Gary Rosato with less than a minute to go in the final round. “Johnson clearly could have continued on. Stevens is nothing. Johnson was winning every round. I’m going to protest this premature stoppage and demand an immediate rematch. To rob a fighter like Johnson got robbed tonight is preposterous. With what Johnson gave the fans tonight, he should have at least been able to finish the fight. I’m beside myself with this decision.”
“I wanted to come out tonight and give the fans an all action war,” said Johnson. “My game plan was to come right at Stevens and bring the fight to him. I did exactly what I wanted to do and I was winning the fight convincingly. I have a great chin. When he landed that left hook in the final round, I was rocked, but I was ready to continue. I was robbed by the referee tonight and the fans should rally behind me to command an instant rematch. My message to Curtis Stevens is…you better not run from the rematch, because if you do, the fans will know you’re a fraud.”
Unbeaten Filipino flyweight Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez (14-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Julian “Chicano” Rivera (13-9-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City to claim the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Alvarez came on in the last four rounds to pull away to a 114-112, 114-112, 115-112 win.
By Robert Coster
With the WBC Latino Welterweight title in contention in Salta, Argentina, local hero WBC #1 Luis Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) displayed both skill and power in stopping outclassed WBC #12 Jean Carlos Prada (30-1-1, 21 KOs) of Venezuela in eight rounds. Prada had stepped in with an unbeaten record over nondescript rivals and this lack of quality opposition was evident against Abregu, a classy boxer-puncher. The Argentinian contender was just too fast and tactically superior for the game but one-dimensional visitor. Curiously enough the only knockdown of the fight happened in the seventh round and against Abregu who was knocked off-balance as he was moving away from his opponent. In the next round, however, Abregu decided not to take chances and close the show. He hammered Prada with two consecutive, powerful right hands which had the Venezuelan out on his feet, held up only by the ropes. Getting no response from the glassy-eyed Prada, the referee called an end to the fight at 1:08 of the round. It was an impressive showing for Abregu after a layoff of almost a year. The Argentinian’s sole defeat is a decision loss to Timothy Bradley in 2012.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
In as gutsy of a performance as you’ll ever see, former cruiserweight world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to defeat previously unbeaten USBA heavyweight beltholder Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision on Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Mansour came out aggressively, slinging hard, violent punches, many of which missed, but not all. By round four, both fighters suffered cuts. Mansour finally connected with a right hand in round five and dropped Cunningham hard. Mansour put Cunningham on the deck again with his follow-up barrage, but Cunningham survived the round. The super game Cunningham somehow rebounded well in round six. Mansour’s left eye was closing in round eight. An exhausted Mansour’s glove touched the canvas in round ten for a knockdown. Scores were 97-90, 95-92, 95-92.
Middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) scored a desperation come-from-behind tenth round TKO over previously undefeated Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs). Johnson surprisingly went right at Stevens and it was toe-to-toe action. Johnson was able to force Stevens to the ropes and got the better of early exchanges. Stevens came to life in round four and rocked Johnson with a series of hard shots. Tremendous two-way action the rest of the way as both fighters had their moments. Johnson looked headed to a unanimous decision but Stevens hurt him in the tenth round with a left hook and referee Gary Rosato jumped in and waved it off. Time was 2:09. Great fight, quick stoppage. Entering the last round, Johnson was ahead on all three cards by scores of 87-84, 89-82, 89-82. (more…)
Bruno Escalante 114.5 vs. Victor Ruiz 113
*For the IBA Continental jr bantamweight title
Paul Mendez 161.5 vs. Santiago Perez 162
Guy Robb 129 vs. Daniel Ramirez 129
Ricardo Pinell 158 vs. Darren Mallard 161
Luis Ambrosio 128.5 vs. Cesar Martinez 127
Ryan Bourland 177 vs. Zlatko Ledic 178
Venue: Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, CA
Promoter: Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents Boxing
Event Info: Doors open at 5p and first bell is 6p
Tickets are available at the box office (888.772.2243)
Patrons must be 21 and older
Former world champion Hugo Cazares said he was confused by the time delay between the referee’s count and speakers after being knocked down by Carl Frampton in their WBC super bantamweight eliminator on Friday night in Belfast, Ireland. “When I heard 9 I got up,” said Cazares.
Photos: Esdel Palermo / Fresh Boxing
Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez 117 vs. Félix ‘la Ardilla’ Perez 118
Carlos ‘Macho’ Lopez 167 vs Jonathan Garcia 165
Milton ‘el Santo’ Santiago 138 vs Luis Ortíz 138
Pedro Ortiz 110 vs Alexis Díaz 109
Waldemar Pagán 115 vs. Giovany Rivera 118
Juvenal Ramos 136 vs. Jose Cortes 136.6
Kevin Nuñez 208 vs. Miguel Sanchez 220
Jelame García 157 vs. Eduardo Torres 157 libras.
Venue: Moises Navedo Coliseum, Vega Baja, PR
TV: DIRECTV PR 9:00pm
First fight at 7:00pm
Promoter: Fresh Boxing
Curtis Stevens replied to Johnson by simply saying, “I will go in there just take care of business. Yes, he’s undefeated but he’s fought 14 softies. This time he is going to be in there with the real thing.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Former super-middleweight world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) returns to action and travels north to meet undefeated Artur Beterbiev (4-0, 4 KOs) May 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara WBC light-heavyweight championship bout. Lacy, who will be 37 by fight night came back from a three year absence last November and posted his first win in four years. The Florida fighter captured the IBF super-middleweight title in 2004 and defended it a total of four times before losing it a unification bout to Joe Calzaghe in 2006. Beterbiev is presumed to be the real deal and at 29 is being moved quickly. The powerful Russian twice competed in the Olympics and was world amateur champion in 2009.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Marco Antonio Rubio 159 vs. Domenico Spada 157
(WBC interim middleweight world title)
Edgar Monarrez 125.4 vs. Juan Jose Montes 125.4
Marco Reyes 160.6 vs. Idiozan Matos 160.6
Ibeth “Roca” Zamora 112.2 vs. Judith Rodriguez 112.2
Venue: Gran Estadio, Delicias, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Giovani Segura 115.4 vs. Felipe Salguero 114.8
Alejandro González 120.1 vs. Juan Alberto Rosas 120.1
Aaron Herrera 140.6 vs. Misael Castillo 141
Rogelio Jun Doliguez 127.2 vs. Francisco Pina 126.8
Jesús Ruiz 119 vs. José Carlos Vargas 119.9
Eduardo Báez 120.1 vs. Alejandro Solís 123.7
Leonardo Báez 118.2 vs. Javier Castro 120.4
Venue: Arena Tecate
TV: UniMas, TV Azteca
Unbeaten Irish super bantamweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (18-0, 13 KOs) Mexican former WBO 108lb and WBA 115lb world champion Hugo “El Increible” Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KOs) in a WBC final eliminator live from Belfast, Ireland’s Odyssey Arena. The heavily muscled Frampton pressured Cazares from the opening bell. A Frampton left hook to the head floored Cazares in round two. It was a crushing shot, but Cazares seemed OK to continue. He watched referee Victor Loughlin count to ten, then immediately stood up, apparently misunderstanding the count. Time was 1:38.
With the win, Frampton booked himself a bout with WBC kingpin Leo Santa Cruz.
Jürgen Brähmer 173.5 vs. Enzo Maccarinelli 173.7
(WBA light heavyweight title)
Kubrat Pulev 250.9 vs. Ivica Perkovic TBA
Tyron Zeuge 168 vs. Gheorghe Sabau 164.7
Jack Culcay 153.9 vs. Salim Larbi 153.4
Enrico Kölling 175.3 vs. Mirzet Bajrektarevic TBA
Liam Williams 154.5 vs. Yuri Pompilio 152.1
Dominik Britsch 159.8 vs. Soufiene Ouerghi 159.8
Lewis Rees 141 vs. Renaldo Garrido 142
Venue: The Stadthalle, in Rostock, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
By Ognian Georgiev
Unbeaten IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (19-0, 10 KO) and his opponents are serious candidates for world record in boxing. The Bulgarian will now fight Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic (20-23, 15 KOs). The 8-rounder is tomorrow in Rostock, Germany. The previous opponent Danny Hughes (12-3, 3 KOs) had problems with his documents and pulled out a few hours before the weigh-in. “There was mix up with the board saying my medical expired yesterday. It’s devastating news for me,” explained the British fighter on the reason for quitting. Before him, Joey Dawejko and Elijah McCall fell out due to different reasons.
“Perkovic was a last minute option,” said Kubrat Pulev on the revolving door of opponents. “My manager told me that less and less people wants to fight against me. Those who are ready to stand up have huge money requirements. I am patient and always look on the positive side. My preparation was very good. I was ready to fight some more serious opponent.”
Last year Perkovic knocked down former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko before losing on points. The Croatian lost also by decision to giant Alexander Ustinov.
“I don’t underestimate anyone,” added “The Cobra.” “I will be on 100% just like against everyone before. Boxing is a sport that if you underrate someone for a moment, you are losing momentarily.”
Pulev is the mandatory IBF title challenger of Wladimir Klitschko. He must be the next opponent of the Ukrainian if Wlad beats Alex Leapai on April 26.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A boxing event billed as “The Challenge” featuring three WBA world title fights is expected to take place on May 10 at the Sports Gym Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela organized by local company Jupiter Fight Boxing. In the main event, Venezuelan champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (18-1-1, 12 KOs) will defend his interim WBA super lightweight crown against the Dominican Fernando Monte de Oca (15-2-1, 12 KOs).
Also, in female world title fights, local boxer Mayerlin Rivas (8-3-1, 6 KOs) challenges for the WBA female featherweight belt against Argentinian champion Soledad Edith Matthysse (12-6-1, 1 KO), and former WBA champion Ogleidis “La Niña” Suárez (19-3-1, 8 KOs) fights for the WBA interim female super featherweight title against Colombian Calixta Silgado (11-3-2, 8 KOs).
Tyson Fury could beat Dereck Chisora right now according to his trainer and uncle Peter even though the fight is still 16 weeks away. The bitter rivals collide in the biggest domestic heavyweight rematch in recent years at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on Saturday 26th July, with the winner getting a shot at WBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and the European and Vacant British titles are also on the line.
But Peter insists he’d have no problem letting Tyson loose on Chisora right now.
“I’m so impressed with the way Tyson is looking right now, I’ve never seen him looking so dedicated, focused and determined for a fight. He’s in unbelievable shape, his mind is razor shape and he’s ready to fight,” said Fury. “I’d certainly let Tyson in the ring with Chisora right now, it would be like putting a lion and a gazelle in a cage together, it would be a massacre.” (more…)
In an important IBF bantamweight eliminator, unbeaten Randy “El Matador” Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs) just scored an eighth round KO against Kohei Oba (35-3-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Central Gym in Kobe, Japan. Caballero came out aggressively and dominated the fight. He is now mandatory IBF challenger for reigning champion Stuey Hall.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
The final press conference for the event billed as “War of Nations,” headlined by Mexican Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio against Italian Domenico Spada for the WBC interim middleweight title, was held Thursday at the Desert Museum of Delicias, Chihuahua.
Domenico Spada: I didn’t come to Mexico to be a tourist, I’m coming for the championship and I should knock out Rubio in the early rounds to win the fight.
Marco Antonio Rubio: The preparation and promotion of the fight has ended. I just hope step into the ring and win. I prepared intensely for three months in California away from my family. We are prepared for a war in the ring.
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Over $3000 was raised Wednesday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and members of the community at a benefit supporting injured Coachella boxer Angel Osuna.
The money raised came from door entry and raffle prizes, including an autographed boxing glove from Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
Unbeaten IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KO) will have another new opponent for tomorrow’s fight night in Rostock, Germany. 28-year-old British boxer Danny Hughes (12-3, 3 KO) will now step up for an eight-rounder. Pulev was told he was facing Joey Dawejko, but Dawejko signed for a different fight on Thursday. Earlier Elijah McCall didn’t agree to the final terms with Pulev’s promoter Sauerland Events and decided to pass the opportunity.
Hughes is on a good run with five wins in a row, but his opposition has been pretty weak. He was defeated twice on points by veterans Michael Sprott and Audley Harrison in “Prizefighter” heavyweight tournaments.
“This situation is like a circus,” said Pulev, who is examining a new opponent every day. “It reminds me to my amateur days, when I fought in the national championships. During this time no one dared to step in against me in Bulgaria. I was becoming a champion with walkover wins and without stepping in the ring. It’s strange because every time we announce the opponent, right away some other promoter steps up and offers more money. I hope that finally everything will be OK and we’ll see Danny Hughes at the weigh-in.”
Pulev is the mandatory IBF title challenger of Wladimir Klitschko. He must be the next opponent of Ukrainan if Wlad beats Alex Leapai on 26 April. The Rostock weigh-in is scheduled for 4PM local time.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated two-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) is in the final phases of his training camp as he gets set for his rematch against eight-division world champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs). Bradley will take on Pacquiao next Saturday, April 12, live on HBO Pay-Per-View at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. We caught up with Desert Storm at his media day workout at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California.
“Preparation has been tremendous this training camp. It has been hell. Joel has not been easy with me. He’s been cutthroat, ‘you do what I say.’ We have been training real hard,” Bradley told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Super bantamweight Carl Frampton is in buoyant mood ahead of his world title eliminator tonight that could set up a blockbuster showdown with Mexican superstar Leo Santa Cruz. The Belfast bulldog must first, however, get through the impending challenge of another hardened Mexican in Hugo Cazares when he faces the wily veteran at a sold out Odyssey Arena in Belfast for a shot at Santa Cruz’s WBC crown. The 36-year-old Cazares, represents the final hurdle before the world title chance he has dreamed of his whole life, but he’s not expecting it to be plain sailing.
“I think it’s going to be a tough fight,” Frampton told BoxNation. “He’s easily the most experienced guy I’ve ever fought. I think that it could be tricky for a while. He likes to switch hit. He likes to throw wide shots, which could be dangerous. People say it’s the ones you don’t see that knock you out,” he said. “I’ll need to be careful, that’s for sure, but I’m ready to fight at a very, very high pace for 12 rounds. This guy is tough – he really is tough. He hasn’t been stopped since 1999 I read somewhere. So, I’m hoping to look impressive, get the win first and foremost, but I want to get rid of this guy and I honestly think that I will,” he said. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
While taking their share of criticism of late, WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and promoter Yvon Michel (GYM) have yet to close the door on a possible mega-fight with the Haitian born slugger and undefeated Sergey Kovalev. Nobody knows what gestation period on such a fight might be, but Stevenson has expressed an interest in the two clashing later this year or next.
Stevenson set his agenda yesterday tweeting “Objective for 2014-2015: Fonfara, Hopkins and Kovalev.”
Michel confirmed the interest Russian hit machine and a possible clash, telling Fightnews Stevenson’s intent to meet the fighter, “Kovalev is on his hit list and he was in my office yesterday talking about it.” (more…)
Last week’s “Boxeo Telemundo” main event saw a big upset with Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico knocking out Marvin Mabait of the Philippines. Tonight at the same venue, former world title challenger Julien “Chicano” Rivera (13-8-1, 2 KOs) will look to derail Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez (13-0-1, 6 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event.
The Mexico City native Rivera got his chance at a world title in 2012 dropping a hard fought decision to world champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina in Argentina. A win over the unbeaten Alvarez, combined with picking up the WBC Continental Americas flyweight belt can get Rivera right back into the world rankings. Fightnews spoke with Rivera during fight week. (more…)
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