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By Felipe Leon at ringside
Unbeaten jr welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (20-0, 15 KOs) won a hard fought and bloody ten round unanimous decision over Mexican veteran Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-9-1, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. A point was deducted from Honorio in round nine for hitting on the back.
Junior featherweight Manuel “Tino” Avila (15-0, 6 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over David “Morita” De La Mora (25-6, 18 KOs). Avila dropped De La Mora three times in round two. Time was 1:52.
In the most competitive fight of the nice, Prince “Tiger” Smalls (5-0-1) took an unpopular unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 three times over the game Victor Serrano (2-4). Fight looked closer than the scores indicated with most rounds close. (more…)
Jerome Rodriguez 140.2 vs. Naim Nelson 139.6
Joey Dawejko 240.8 vs. Mark Rideout 238
Anthony Burgin 135.6 vs. Ray Ellis 137.8
Milton Santiago 143.2 vs. Josh Beeman 146
Jovan Sosa 145 vs. Nathaniel Rivas 147.5
David Gonzales142.8 vs. Omar Brito 142
Vincent Floyd 158.5 vs. Sharif Jones 160
Aaron Leonard 215.5 vs. Hector Perez 214
Venue: 2300 Arena
Promoter: Peltz/BAM Boxing, in association with SugarHouse Casino
First Bout: 7:30pm Friday, April 12
Tickets: $50 & $75 215-765-0922
www.peltzboxing.com or at the door.
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Earlier today, all of the fighters for the DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and Jean Pascal Promotions card weighed in ahead of their bouts tomorrow night at the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn. The ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader card is headlined by highly regarded undefeated junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. taking on Tyler Asselstine and will air live on Showtime.
Joel Diaz 130 vs. Tyler Asselstine 130
Frank Galarza 153 vs. Sebastien Bouchard 154
Bryant Cruz 132 vs. Osnell Charles 131
Gervonta Davis 127 vs. Joshua Arocho 127
John Magda 167 vs. David Courchaine 163
Kareem Martin 150 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 152
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Mexican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and former jr welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado faced off today at the final press conference for their HBO-televised showdown on Saturday as boxing returns to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California.
Mike Alvarado: I trained hard. I’m ready for this fight. Being in training camp this time was great. I excluded myself, I did a lot of soul-searching for this fight. I know it’s going to be a great fight. I thank Juan Manuel for giving me this honor to fight and to prove myself and show I belong on this stage, this level of fighting.
Juan Manuel Marquez: I feel excited to fight again in this historic building. I see a lot of old faces. A lot of people know I don’t talk outside the ring, I do my job in the ring. For this fight I have three points in my mind. 1) Mike Alvarado is a strong fighter, he’s a great fighter and I have a tough fight. 2) I prepared myself very hard for this fight because this fight will be a war. 3) The people will see a great, great fight because Mike Alvarado wants to win the fight, I want to win the fight. This fight will be a war! photos
Noé “Dengue” Núñez 132.25 lbs vs Adalberto “Terrible” Bórquez 130
(Mundo Hispano lightweight championship)
Jairo Llanes 135 vs Rolando Mendívil 135.5
Andrés Olivas Jr. 108 vs Roberto Andrade 109
Emanuel “Kokyto” Armendáriz 126 vs Gerardo García 126.5
Abelardo “Bolillo” Sánchez 116 vs David Requena 113.5
Pedro “John Cena” Aguilar 128 vs Yardley Suárez 129.5
Noé Valencia 144 vs Víctor “Toro” Ábrigo 141.5
Venue: Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México
Promoter: LM Boxing Promotions
After a hard fought defeat against Amir Khan on “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” undercard on May 3, former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo returned to his home borough of Brooklyn to rest and spend time with his family before returning to the ring at the end of the summer. Collazo suffered a minor injury to his left hand during his fight against Khan. According to his doctor, the tendons in his left hand will take between four and six weeks to return back to normal.
“The hardest thing about the fight was that I lost,” said Collazo. “I was there physically, but that’s about it. Mentally I wasn’t there. Right now I’m taking some time off to rest, allow my body to heal and get back to work.” (more…)
Joining Mayweather are fellow fight fathers Yoel Judah (Zab, Daniel and Josiah) and Ruben Guerrero (Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero). While the fireworks between Mayweather Sr. and Guerrero often compete with the action inside the ring, local fans truly hit the jackpot with the stellar card they will witness that night.
Florida Boxing Hall of Fame trainer, and current Tiburon Promotions head, Al Bonanni scored “The Final Knockouts” card after battling it out with three other promotional teams. (more…)
Photos: Star Boxing
Delvin Rodriguez 153.8 vs. Joachim Alcine 153
Derric Rossey 234.7 vs. Joe Hanks 232.8
Christian Uruzquiea 134.5 vs. Mario Perez 135
Frank Miville 169.6 vs. Walid Smichet 172.5
Kevin Lavalee 130.8 vs. James Owens 131
Venue: Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada
Promoter: Star Boxing/Choko Boxing
An ankle injury has forced Ontario’s Logan McGuinness to withdraw from his NABA featherweight title fight against Mike “The Machine” Oliver on June 5 at the House of Blues in Boston. The new main event is unbeaten jr lightweight Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-0, 7 KOs) against Tevin “American Idol” Farmer 15-4-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
In other action, lightweight Jamie Kavanagh (16-1-1, 7 KOs) faces an opponent to be announced and unbeaten heavyweight Alexis Santos (13-0, 11 KOs) meets Daniel Martz (10-1-1, 7 KOs). FOX Sports 1 will televise.
The acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation series returns on June 6 with a doubleheader featuring the top young talent for which the series is known. Televised live on Showtime from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., the 10-round main event will feature undefeated California middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) against fellow unbeaten Domonique “3D” Dolton (14-0, 8 KOs) of Detroit.
In the co-feature, also scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division, dynamic New York City phenom Eddie “E Boy” Gomez (16-0, 10 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line when he faces Francisco Santana (19-3-1, 9 KOs) of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Interview/photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
There’s no better fighter to talk about upcoming WBC light heavyweight championship between Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) and Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) than Donovan George. “Da Bomb” fought Stevenson, and training and living in Chicago has a unique insight into Fonfara’s career. “Nobody hits harder than Stevenson,” said George in a Fightnews.com interview. “He is the best light heavyweight in the world. At least until May 24.” The Stevenson-Fonfara WBC light heavyweight championship clash is promoted by Yvon Michel/GYM and will be televised live by Showtime. (more…)
WBO #1 rated middleweight Billy Joe Saunders (19-0, 10 KOs) says he’ll cut through unbeaten Emanuele Blandamura (22-0, 5 KOs) for the European title and then he wants WBO king Peter Quillin. Saunders, the British, Commonwealth and WBO International beltholder, faces Italian Blandamura on July 26 at Manchester’s Phones 4 U Arena as chief support to the heavyweight showdown between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury.
“Of course, Blandamura is the only thing on my mind at the moment, but I know that I will have to put on a class performance to show that I’m ready to fight Quillin for the world title next,” said Saunders. “That’s the golden carrot for me, I’ve got to shine on the night and show I’m the best out there. Quillin is there for me to beat and I reckon he’s the most beatable of the champions. The way he fights will suit my style and I’d beat him 100% and I’d fight him anywhere, in his backyard or even a stable! (more…)
Former heavyweight title challenger ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers (38-4, 20 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday night at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, England. Chambers takes on journeyman Carl Baker (10-7, 7 KOs) in an eight rounder.
“I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt – strong, focused and determined to get back to where I need to be in this sport,” Eddie said. “I’m going to give you a reason to come and support me because I’m planning on taking this straight to the title, there’s no question about it and we’ll make some history on the way.” (more…)
Boxing – not basketball – is my top priority, Manny Pacquiao assures fans. More
Callum Johnson returns to ring, fullfils a dream. More
Tony Bellow says he’ll “put the record straight” against Nathan Cleverly. More
Holland, Michigan, boxer Johnny Garcia prepares for a minor title fight. More
After requesting a showdown with longtime bantamweight contender Urijah Faber, Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres will get his wish, as he meets “The California Kid” at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on July 5th . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Mariano A. Agmi
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Brooklyn’s own “The Notorious” Frank Galarza (13-0-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday night for the third time this year, when he takes on fellow undefeated prospect Sebastien Bouchard (8-0, 2 KOs) in a junior middleweight contest scheduled for eight rounds. The bout will serve as the co-feature of a ShoBox telecast live from Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Galarza hopes to make his second ShoBox appearance as memorable as his first, when he scored a spectacular knock out of the previously undefeated John Thompson in two rounds last January. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Just days away from their showdown, four-division world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) and former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) held separate workouts Wednesday afternoon at the Azteca Boxing Gym in Bell, California. Marquez-Alvarado marks the return of boxing to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California as the two will square off this Saturday night live on HBO World Championship. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF will kick off the 2014 sanctioning body convention season with it’s 31st annual convention in Atlantic City at the Resorts Hotel and Casino from May 18-22. This year’s convention boasts the theme of “Back where it all began,” as the IBF formed in 1983 during the USBA convention in Atlantic City. Starting in late 1983 and continuing over the next year, the IBF staged inaugural title fights around the world in all of boxing’s weight divisions, even creating the Super Middleweight division along the way.
The highlight of this year’s convention will surely be the gathering of many of those inaugural champs from lightweight up to heavyweight so that they maybe recognized as the first IBF world champions in their respective weight classes. Champs such as Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown, Donald Curry, Mark Medal, Murray Sutherland, Michael Spinks, Marvin Camel and Larry Holmes will be on hand to receive their recognition at the awards banquet on Wednesday, May 21st. (more…)
Antonio Orozco 141 vs. Martin Honorio 140
Manuel Avila 122 vs. David De La Mora 121.5
Manuel Roman 120 vs. Jose Silveira 120
Elias Espadas 160 vs. Jamal Harris 159
Prince Smalls 127.5 vs. Victor Serrano 128
Jorge Ruiz 126 vs. Walter Santibanes 126
Tevin Watts 152 vs. Elliot Seymour 153
Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Steve Bujaj 198.4 – Junior Wright 198.6
(WBC International cruiserweight title)
Jarrell Miller 263 vs. Joshua Harris 213
Steven Martinez 153.8 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 154
Dimash Niyazov 134 vs. Jose Del Valle 133
Mikkel Lespierre 148.6 vs. Rapahel Luna 150
Akil Auguste 161.8 vs. Juan Zapata 163
Marcos Suarez 136 vs. Ian James 136
Alexey Zubov 200 vs. Glenn Thomas 204
Promoter: Star of David Promotions
Venue: Millennium Theater
1st Bell: 7:00 pm
By Gary “Digital” Williams
WIBA (Women’s International Boxing Association) Welterweight champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA will defend her title against one of the more recognizable names in female boxing — former world champion Mia “The Knockout” St. John of Oxnard, CA — on Saturday, May 17 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA.
This will be the second title defense for Nelson, the 2013 Beltway Boxing Co-Boxer of the Year (8-0-3), who won a 10-round unanimous decision over Kali Reis on November 7 in Cockeysville, MD in her first defense. This will be Nelson’s sixth consecutive time competing in a world title bout. (more…)
It was officially announced today that former four-division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) will return to the ring to face Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout on June 21 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Guerrero has been on the shelf for over a year since his fight against Floyd Mayweather on May 4, 2013. Following an unsuccessful bid to get out of his promotional contract with Golden Boy, he signed with powerful boxing manager Al Haymon and is back headlining on premium television.
Robert Guerrero: “I’m excited to be making my ring return on June 21, especially for my fans in California. Although I’ve been out for a while, make no mistake about it, I’m in great shape. I’m hungry and I’m looking forward to the challenge Kamegai presents. I am just happy to be fighting again while bringing excitement to the hottest division in boxing, the welterweight division. I have no doubt that I will be victorious in my return.”
Also on the card, Gary Russell Jr. will face face Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight title and former champion Devon Alexander faces off against Jesus Soto Karass. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT!
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former Jr. Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado of Denver,Co. and four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico took part in a special media day at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, in advance of their 12-round welterweight elimination battle on Saturday.
Also on hand was two-time Méxican Olympian and undefeated Featherweight Óscar Valdez (10-0, 9 KOs) who is featured on the Márquez-Alvarado undercard, as well as former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley. (more…)
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will have to wait for unification clash against current champion Bermane Stiverne, because Stiverne must first face his mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder. “The agreements must be respected,” said Sulaiman in a statement on the WBC’s official website. “We made that decision at the last Convention and Deontay Wilder is the mandatory challenger. So Bermane Stiverne has to face him first.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA informs that its Championships Committee has decided to call to a purse bid for a bout between Panamanian “super” world bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and his mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Payano of the Dominican Republic. The auction will take place on May 23 at World Boxing Association Headquarters in Panama City with vice chairman Aurelio Fiengo presiding.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
A Ukrainian newspaper made quite a stir today, saying that there are ongoing negotiations between Vyacheslaw “Czar” Glazkov (17-0, 11 KO) and Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KO) about a possible HBO date in July. “We have not been approached by HBO nor have we been approached by Gary Shaw about such a fight at this point,” said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva in a Fightnews.com interview. But she did reveal a big, life changing development in the “Czar’s” future. (more…)
Just when his critics were about ready to close the book on him, former WBA light welterweight champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs) has clawed his way back into the world ratings, and he is looking to make a statement in the welterweight division. After winning his last three, including upset victories over prospect Danny O’Connor (23-1) and contender Jorge Paez Jr. (37-4-1), Harris has been rated #24 by the WBC and his team is targeting other rated welterweights.
“We are calling out everyone in the top ten,” said advisor Peter Cruz.
Advisor Zef Ramirez added “We know what we need to do right now. We need to kick the door wide open and take the title, because nobody is going to hand it to us.” (more…)
On Thursday night, cruiserweight prospect Steve Bujaj (12-0, 9 KOs) looks to remain undefeated when he takes on fellow undefeated Junior Wright (10-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight for the WBC USNBC and the WBC International titles. The 23-year old native of Yonkers, New York has been training hard for the fight that could catapult him into title contention.
“I am just ready to fight. This is a big opportunity with a lot on the line and I am ready to take care of business,”said Buaj.
When asked about his opponent, Bujaj is ready for anything. “I don’t know much about him, but I trained as this was a world title bout.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Bethuel Ushona has a high hurdle to clear this week before he can repeat his challenge to Manny Pacquiao. The Namibian welterweight will make the fifth defense of his WBO Africa title when he takes on Ebenezar Lantei Lamptey of Ghana on Friday night. Ushona is #1 in the WBO’s rankings list and the mandatory challenger for Pacquiao’s title. He has said the Filipino, who has held titles in eight divisions, should fight him or be stripped of the belt. His fight against Lamptey will take place at the Omuthiya Park in the Oshikoto region of Namibia and it could be a tricky obstacle. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“The Mike Alvarado that you’ll see on Saturday is the best trained Mike Alvarado that you’ve seen in years,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum Tuesday. “He really devoted himself to training for the fight without some of the nonsense that took place in the past with some of his training.”
Alvarado’s manager Henry Delgado apologized for Alvarado’s performance in his loss to Ruslan Provodnikov last October. Alvarado came into that fight weight-drained. “Our preparation for the fight wasn’t where it needed to be,” said Delgado. “That wasn’t the Mike Alvarado that everybody had gone to see fight. This time it’s completely different.”
Delgado said moving Alvarado’s training camp from Denver to Los Angeles, California made a huge difference in Mike’s preparation for Saturday’s clash against Juan Manuel Marquez. “There are too many distractions in Denver,” said Delgado. “Denver is a hotbed of sports. They’ve got all these sports figures and they’re like gods. You can’t go anywhere and eat, they were pulling him too many different places. In Los Angeles, he’s just another guy. We’re getting our training done and taking care of business.”
Super featherweight Tyler Asselstine (14-1, 7 KOs) takes on unbeaten Joel Diaz Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) this Friday at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The scheduled ten round clash will be the main event on Showetime’s popular Shobox fight series. You could say this is a bit of unfinished business. Asselstine and Diaz were scheduled to fight a little over a year ago but Diaz pulled out a about a week before the fight with hand injury he suffered from a fall. (more…)
At least according to Wikipedia, the sheer amount of nicknames is impressive: JoJo, Cyborginho, Dr. Kneevil. But the best moniker for The Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood may be one not even listed on her Wiki page: . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Visual Delight/Danian Brierty
As announced Tuesday, WBA #2 middleweight Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher was named as mandatory challenger for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. The WBA has given the camps of both boxers 30 days to agree to terms for a fight to be scheduled within 120 days.
Upon hearing the news, Fletcher was upbeat on the prospect of facing a boxer regarded as one of the hottest properties in the world right now. “I believe in myself, always have and I’ve been waiting for my chance. To prove I’m the best in the world I need to beat those at the top, whether that be Martinez, Geale, Sturm or Golovkin. I know I’ve got what it takes and I will now prove it,” vowed Fletcher. (more…)
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Get ready for big names and/or world title fights every weekend in June. Here’s the scheduled lineup:
June 7 — PPV
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez
(WBC middleweight title)
June 14 — HBO
Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri
(WBO jr welterweight title)
Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose
(WBO jr middleweight title)
June 21 — Showtime
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gary Russell
(WBO featherweight title)
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai
Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto Karass
June 28 — HBO
Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
(WBO lightweight title)
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