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Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO's) and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio "Veneno" ...

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Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri arrives in San Francisco with trainer Tim Lane on ...

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Photos: Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio faced off Wednesday during the kickoff ...

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Maidana: I won the first fight and I’ll win again

Maidana: I won the first fight and I'll win again

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Argentinian slugger and former world champion Marcos "Chino" Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) held an open media workout Tuesday ...

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Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Filipino light flyweight Randy Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Panamanian Walter Tello (20-8, 8 KOs) to claim ...

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Boxing News

Mthalane hopes to win second world title

By Ron Jackson

Former IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane will be hoping to win his second “world” title when he meets Filipino Jether Oliva for the vacant IBO flyweight belt at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday night. Mthalane, 31, possibly the best fighter pound-for-pound in South Africa relinquished his IBF belt when his management could not come to terms to defend the belt when offered a ridiculously low purse.

Very little is known about the 26-year-old Oliva (20-1-2, 10 KOs) who is ranked at 98 by the IBO and has been fighting as a pro for seven years. The seasoned Mthalane (29-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since he successfully defended the IBF belt against Ricardo Nunez in Panama City on September 1, 2012. (more…)



March 13th, 2014



Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez Press Tour wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

After stops in Puerto Rico and New York City, former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 31 KOs) and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) concluded their short press tour for their June 9 middleweight showdown on Wednesday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. The two will square off June 7 live on HBO Pay per View from the Mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden in New York City.

We spoke to both fighters. (more…)



March 13th, 2014

UFC

Myles Jury: The Fury and the Dream

Myles Jury is a difficult fighter to categorize. From a stylistic view point, the 25-year-old is a bold representative of the “next wave” of mixed martial artists, as he’s showcased proven talents in all facets of the game inside the Octagon. “Fury” has a dogged tenacity on the wrestling grind, slick submission skills when the action is on the canvas, and the ability to settle the opposition with the power in his striking attack . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

SA flyweight boxer stabbed to death

Mbulelo Mpendu from Mdantsane near East London who fought in the flyweight division was allegedly stabbed to death over the past weekend. It was reported that the 25-year-old Mpendu was stabbed after an incident in a shebeen (unlicensed drinking establishment) in Mdantsane. Evidently he was the son of former South African flyweight champion Mveleli Luzipho but never adopted his father’s surname. Mpendu who had a reported record of 5-5-2, 1 KO fought to a second round technical draw against former South African flyweight champion Xola Sifama in his last fight on October 13, 2013.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Las Vegas gambling pioneer, John “Jackie” Gaughan, who helped bring boxing to Sin City, passed away at the age of 93. More

Sergio Martinez not only dislikes Miguel Cotto, but promises to take him out by the ninth round. More

Timothy Bradley promises to “kick” Manny Pacquiao out in their upcoming rematch. More

Good retro piece on jailhouse boxer James Scott and his battle for redemption. More



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez Face Off with Kellerman

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina ‘face off’ with HBO host Max Kellerman (ctr) during the taping of HBO’s “Face Off with Max Kellerman.” Cotto and Martinez are preparing for their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

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 be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Josesito Lopez to return in April

Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18 KO) is set to fight against Aaron Martinez (19-2-1, 4 KO) on April 24th at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will televise. Lopez, although having lost two of his last three fights, returned to the “win” column during his match against Mike Arnaoutis this past December. Lopez settled for a technical decision win when the fight was stopped after the eighth round. Arnaoutis received a cut over his eye and was deemed unfit to continue the fight.

“I’m really excited to get back in the ring. I am training harder and longer than recent fights not only because I think Martinez will be a tough challenge but because that is what’s needed from me to be where I want to be.”, Lopez stated.

Tickets will be on sale starting Saturday at 8AM PT and can be purchased at www.hotwatercasino.com and also at the Agua Caliente Casino box office.



March 12th, 2014

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March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Ennis to face Gonzalez in Philly

Middleweight Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-4-1, 13 KOs) returns to his hometown Of Philadelphia, PA, when he faces the upset minded Emil Gonzalez (11-6-1, 8 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Hall. Ennis took some time off after his close majority decision loss to loss to Jonathan Gonzalez and has quietly refocused himself. Gonzalez comes in riding a six fight winning streak.

In the co-feature of the Cool Boxing Promotions card, undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (15-0, 8 KOs) risks his undefeated record against Lester Gonzalez (12-11-4, 6 KOs) for the IBS national super middleweight title. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN buys Stiverne-Arreola rematch

ESPN appears to be getting into the big fight business to compete with HBO and Showtime. The network reported that ESPN, it’s main network (not ESPN2 or ESPN3), has bought the rights to televise the fight for the vacant WBC heavyweight title between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. The event will take place May 10 on a Saturday night at a venue to be named.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Herrera Press Conference

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Danny Garcia, his father/trainer, Angel, and other participants for the big fight card this Saturday, March 15, on SHOWTIME and SHO EXTREME participated in the final press conference Wednesday at Braulio Castillo Theater, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. In Saturday’s main event, undefeated unified super lightweight world champion Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia, will defend against Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif., from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

What the fighters said Wednesday:

Danny “Swift” Garcia: “I had a tremendous camp. This Saturday I’m going to win for my people in Puerto Rico and take my belt home with me. I love it here in Puerto Rico. I love the weather and the beautiful people. Everything about the culture is like where I grew up in Philadelphia. It’s just like Puerto Rico but it’s just the city life. But it’s the same thing. We eat the same food. We listen to the same music. Everything is the same but it’s just a little part of North Philadelphia. Everything is the same except for the snow.

“I trained in Philadelphia. I had a good training camp in Philadelphia. I did everything I was supposed to do. I didn’t take shortcuts. I came to Puerto Rico a week before the fight for my training. I’m 110 percent. I’m in the best shape. I am ready. I did what I always do and I’m ready.”

Mauricio Herrera: “I started boxing with my two brothers when I was 13 with no gear, bare hands. My father used to watch and get a good laugh out of it. My older brother got me my first punching bag but my mother was the first one that took me to the gym, to a gym at a church. I truly have the support of my family. I trained well, very well. I don’t take this fight lightly; fighting Danny is not something to take lightly. But I’ve fought guys tougher than him for peanuts. My biggest purse before this fight was $30,000. I’ve worked in construction and other handy jobs. This is my opportunity. This is my chance and I’m not about to let it pass me by.” (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Manuel Charr opponent named: Kevin Johnson

WBC #6 heavyweight Manuel Charr will face Kevin Johnson on April 12 at the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. The fight will be a clash between former Vitali Klitschko WBC title challengers. Charr (25-1, 15 KOs) has won four straight by KO since losing to Klitschko, while Johnson (29-5-1, 14 KOs) has dropped three of his last four, all by decision. Cruiserweight Enad Licina will appear in the co-feature.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins-Shumenov NYC Presser

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA super world champion Beibut Shumenov continued their media tour on Wednesday at Lucille’s Bar & Grill inside B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York to formally announce their world championship unification on April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. At 49-years-old, “The Alien” Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights under his belt.

In the co-main event, undefeated WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs), of New York, will defend his title for the third time when he meets former interim WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs) of the Czech Republic.

Below is what the participants had to say at Wednesday’s presser:

Bernard Hopkins: Look at your age and look at mine. You want to risk this being done again, that you’ll be living to witness it? That’s like waiting for another black president. I wish you luck. I’m not risking that. You talk boxing. I live boxing. One thing that’s important to live in boxing is the lifestyle. So there’s noting that I’m doing that you haven’t written, because most of you have been writing about me for 10 years or more. I could have come out here with a walker, taken my teeth out, and then have him help me up to the seat there and play right into the old man syndrome. But I’m not going to play games with you. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

UFC

The Belt Chase Starts Now for Bermudez

It didn’t take long for UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez to get back in the gym following his November win over Steven Siler. That’s just the way he does things these days . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez Press Tour Concludes

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez concluded their coast-to-coast media tour in Los Angeles with a press conference Wednesday at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets went on sale this morning for their eagerly-anticipated world championship collision on June 7 at Madison Square Garden and it was announced that 87% of the tickets have already been sold (remaining seats are at the $750, $500 and $200 price points).

Miguel Cotto: It’s going to be the best show of the year and the best fight of the year. This is the last stop and I’m planning to go back to Puerto Rico and then LA to train and I want to start my preparations for this fight. I’m going to be as always working hard to win this fight and I know I’m going to do it.

Sergio Martinez: This fight happened because I gave up all my rights as a champion. Like to walk out first instead of second, to be Cotto-Martinez (instead of Martinez-Cotto), all these details Cotto demanded to make this fight. [Martinez spent the rest of his time talking about school bullying.]

Cotto Promotions’ Bryan Perez addressed some of Sergio Martinez’ concerns about the negotiations. “Being in the pay-per-view business since 2006, Miguel Cotto has sold millions of pay-per-view buys, selling out the garden in nine events, 120,000 seats sold, that means a lot. That’s why the event is called Cotto-Martinez. That’s why Miguel Cotto deserves to be first because he has earned it in the ring.” photos



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Border war brewing in San Diego

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Paul Gallegos

California Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bobby D. Presents is ready to announce the second edition of his very successful live boxing series set for Friday, April 4th, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in the Kearny Mesa suburb of San Diego. Slated for the main event of a very special “San Diego Fights: Border War”, Tijuana’s own undefeated Kenia Enriquez (10-0, 5KOs) puts her perfect record on the line as she takes on the experienced Jolene Blackshear (8-4, 3KOs) of San Diego for the vacant NABF junior flyweight title in an eight round championship bout.

“Our last two shows have been some of the best I’ve done in over thirty years of boxing, I am sure this next one will not disappoint,” Bobby DePhilippis said regarding his next fight card. “Kenia has all the makings of a world champion and this will be her first shot at a junior title, we are really looking forward to it.” (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Springfield, VA

This Saturday night at the Springfield ABC in Springfield, Virginia, Gulfstream Promotions presents a boxing card featuring middleweight Brandon Quarles (11-2-1, 4 KOs) against Travis Davidson (2-1, 2 KOs) in the six round main event. In the eight round co-feature, undefeated welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young (9-0, 4 KOs) takes on veteran Reggie Nash (10-36-1, 2 KOs). (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Still waiting for a response from Floyd Mayweather or his PR people on a report from TMZ alleging that Floyd orchestrated and was present at a savage “Breaking Bad” -like beating of two of his employees he suspected of stealing his jewelry. According to the report, the men were hospitalized with broken arms and legs and have hired a lawyer, however there is no mention of any arrests or other police involvement.

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Roy Englebrecht Promotions has unveiled their new logo. “After 20 years of no real logo, and with the success of our Fight Club OC series, I thought it was time to finally have a company logo,” said Southern California promoter Roy Englebrecht. “Our new Roy Englebrecht Promotions logo captures the history of the fight business when the announcer’s microphone was dropped from the ceiling, so I wanted to capture that look and pay respect to the great history of our sport.”

With tickets sold out for the much-anticipated heavyweight battle between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-2-0, 29 KOs) and Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KOs) at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., the only place to catch the fight for the IBF North American Heavyweight Title and IBF #2 Eliminator is on NBC Sport Network Fight Night.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF approves Porter-Malignaggi, winner must fight Kell Brook next

The IBF have ruled that Shawn Porter may risk his IBF welterweight title against Paul Malignaggi on the condition that the winner must make his next defense against mandatory challenger Kell Brook this summer. Both men must confirm in writing that whomever emerges as champion has the obligation to face Brook next. Porter-Malignaggi must take place by April 19, with the winner required to face Brook 90 days thereafter. If Porter-Malignaggi fails to materialize by April 19, Porter’s next defense must be against the unbeaten Sheffield star. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn explained the findings and expressed his delight for the 27 year old, who faces Alvaro Robles in a ten-round clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Former ABC president Sirb proposes second weigh-in limiting fighter weight gains

Gregory P. Sirb, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and former President of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), has presented the following proposal to the ABC:

This past Saturday the weigh-in for the Salido vs Lomachenko bout was a “classic” example of what is horribly wrong with the current weigh-in procedures. Most people in boxing know that I think the day-before weigh-ins are a JOKE. But everyone seems to agree that this is how it should be. So I really feel that we should at least agree on a “mandatory” second weigh-in in the AM on the day of the fight. For the past (10) years Pennsylvania and most recently the IBF have mandated a second day weigh-in – currently stating that no boxer can gain more than 10-lbs at this second weigh-in. By using this procedure it keeps both boxers weight gain in check.

My statistics have shown that the average weight gain is about 6.4 pounds. (most Boxers gaining between 5-7.5lbs) Without a second day weigh in there will be more and more abuses to the current system – what Salido did on Saturday night was disgraceful and the bottom line is he really did not suffer too many consequences. He does not win the belt and I am sure was fined a certain amount of money but in the long run he gets the WIN and by virtue of this win he could get ranked and be in line for another title shot by another ranking organization. So by missing weight and clearly having a weight/size advantage in his bout Salido really come out of this OK – and that is what bothers me. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Herrera WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. will be the third man in the ring when WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) defends against Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The three judges are Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico), Alejandro Rochin (U.S.) and Gustavo Padilla (Panama). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento from Venezuela.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Martinez: On June 7th there won’t be any more excuses

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

“This fight will happen because despite being the champion, I will be the first to enter the ring, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. I will be in the blue corner, despite being the champion. It doesn’t matter to me, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. They will announce me first in the ring despite being the champion, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. I imagine that on June 7th he will ask for a trail of rose petals to get into the ring or else Cotto won’t fight. On June 7th there won’t be any more excuses and any more stupidities. On June 7th, I’m going to win and Argentina is going to win.” - WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on some of the concessions he had to make to land the Miguel Cotto fight on June 7th at Madison Square Garden

WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) was riled up on day two of the press tour announcing his mega-bout against former three division champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs). The Argentine champion took the podium and expressed his frustration and indignation as he listed out the concessions he had to make to get the Puerto Rican superstar to agree to fight him. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Vanes Martirosyan Media Day

By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Goossen Tutor Promotions showed off their recent signing, former Olympian, once beaten world title challenger, Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1), at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, CA. The 27 year old, Glendale, CA, native, Martirosyan not only gained a new promoter in Goossen Tutor but also a new trainer in Joe Goossen, parting ways with long time trainer Freddie Roach. Martirosyan hinted that Roach was not able to give him the necessary attention due to his commitments to Manny Pacquiao and that this had a detrimental effect on his past training and performances.

Martirosyan will waste little time in making his debut for Goossen Tutor Promotions Friday, March 21st, as he headlines the main event on Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 as he takes on Mexican slugger, Mario Lozano (28-4-2), a winner of nine of his last ten fights, at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA. The bout will be for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title and a win would put Martirosyan immediately back in title contention including for the WBO world light middleweight title. Current WBO light middleweight world titlist, Demetrius Andrade, handed Martirosyan his only defeat last November by split decision. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

UFC

UFC 171 Main Card Fantasy Preview

The welterweight landscape will forever change this Saturday night, as a new champion will be crowned when Johny Hendricks faces Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 171 in Dallas, while former interim titleholder Carlos Condit looks to regain the top spot when he takes on Tyron Woodley in a de facto No. 1 contender’s bout . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Avila seeking redemption on Telemundo

Boxeo Telemundo begins its 25th year on the air this Friday when Mexican Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (12-1, 9 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (23-3, 16 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latino super bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, Promoting will be All Star Boxing presentation, in association with PR Best boxing Promotions (PRBBP), which will be broadcast on Telemundo’s successful series Boxeo Telemundo Ford. The 21 year old Avila opened a lot of eyes with his performance against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last year in a main event aired by Boxeo Telemundo. Though Vazquez Jr. left with the decision, it was Avila who made some new fans with his spirited effort. Fightnews spoke with Avila just shortly after he arrived to Florida from his flight from Mexico Tuesday evening. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Tenkai, Yoshikawa, Hanagata win OPBF belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Ex-WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (20-9, 9 KOs), 118, seized the vacant OPBF bantamweight belt as she battered Japan-based Filipino girl Honey Katsumata (AKA Honey Mae Bermoy) (6-3, 6 KOs), 117.75, from all angles at will and prompted the referee’s intervention at 1:41 of the seventh round on Friday (March 7) in Tokyo, Japan. Tenkai, formerly a football player, utilized her footwork and body movement to nullify almost all punches Honey desperately threw, and outjabbed and outpunched the hard-punching opponent. Accelerating her attack in the fatal seventh, Tenkai had the ref Yoshida wisely halt the lopsided affair to save the loser from further punishment. Tenkai previously exchanged gloves with such outstanding Mexican girls as Mariana Juarez, Janeth Perez, Zulina Munoz, Jessica Chavez and Arely Mucino, and lost all on points in Mexico. But some were very controversial decision losses, through which Tenkai became more experienced and more tactical than when she, in 2012, forfeited her WBA 115-pound belt to compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi (who recently lost hers to Naoko Fujioka). The 5’3″ Tenkai, who can fight at three weights from 112 to 118, will return to Mexico where she is tremendously popular with her frequent appearances and good performances. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Making history seems to be an every-bout thing for 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins . . . More

Former boxing great Azumah Nelson is recovering after a recent car accident. More

What was a church pastor thinking when he decided to stage a blackface boxing match at his church? More

Do we want humility or bravado for our star athletes? More



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez: “This is what boxing is all about”

By Matt Richardson
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Even the most bias boxing fan would have to admit that their sport often doesn’t get it right. The list of offenses is long and range from bogus rankings to controversial decisions to pay-per-view fights that should have been viewed for free. If you’re a boxing fan you probably find yourself scratching your head in confusion or waving it side to side in anger on an almost daily basis. This is not an easy sport to be a fan of.

Then, there are times, when everything seemingly falls into place. The best fight the best in the most important and exciting fights in the biggest and most historic venues. Just hearing that two boxers have signed on the dotted line to face each other can make even the most jaded boxing fan ease up a little.

One of those latter instances took place in recent weeks and Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto were in New York City on Tuesday to make it official: Cotto, the rising former three-division champion will meet Martinez, the legitimate middleweight champ, in a middleweight title fight on June 7 in what is sure to be a sold-out Madison Square Garden. (more…)



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins-Shumenov DC kickoff presser

Photos: Amanda Kwok/Showtime

IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA world champion Beibut Shumenov held a press conference on Tuesday at The W Hotel in Washington, D.C., to formally announce their world championship unification on April 19 at the DC Armory. At 49-years-old, Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights under his belt. (more…)



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Danny Garcia hits Puerto Rico

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

The media and fans eagerly received Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and his father and trainer Angel Garcia when they arrived today at San Juan International Airport in Puerto Rico. On Saturday Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) will defend his unified super lightweight world title for the fourth consecutive time, this time against Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) in a 12-round bout. The father and son team were enthusiastically welcomed by media who surrounded them for interviews. Here is what they had to say:

Danny Garcia: “I am not coming here to lose my title. I am going to come and defend like always. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a tough fight but I have prepared like I always prepare. I am ready to defend my title and win. I love being in Puerto Rico. I am so excited that they embrace me and I feel that I am giving back to my fans. I want to give them a good show. [On what we can expect to see from him on Saturday night] You can expect to see that same fast, powerful Danny. All excitement and they are going to leave knowing that they got their money’s worth.”

Angel Garcia: “It’s a great honor for me to bring my son, the world champion, in front of our own people where I was born and grew up. I am back at home with my son performing. Training went great. It has been the same as the last 26 fights. We trained hard and we didn’t change anything. Everything was the same. The same winning combination and we don’t expect any different results. It’s going to be a win.” photos



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

May 1 ESPN2 card at Hialeah Park

Miami’s historic Hialeah Park, “the world’s most beautiful race course,” will enter into a new and exciting era of sports entertainment when Warriors Boxing presents a special Thursday night edition of ESPN FNF on May 1, 2014 at this iconic South Florida venue. The ten-round welterweight main event will feature veterans Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs) against Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs).

In the televised ten-round middleweight co-feature, undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” González (17-0-1, 14 KOs) will put his near-perfect record on the line against an opponent to be determined. (more…)



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Escalante-Ruiz showdown on April 5

Super flyweight Bruno Escalante (12-1-1, 6 KOs), from Redwood City California by way of Cebu, Philippines, will face Tijuana’s Victor Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) as the Philippines-Mexico rivalry continues on April 5 at the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, California. The 10-rounder bout will be the main event attraction of the evening. Escalante is riding a 7-fight winning streak, while Ruiz has won nine of his last ten bouts. (more…)



March 11th, 2014

UFC

Kelvin Gastelum: On the Fast Track

Very rarely do Ultimate Fighter winners go from competing on the reality TV competition to facing off with Top 25 talent in their respective weight class. More often than naught, the athletes emerging from the long-running program hold up the glass-block trophy and then find themselves with a favorable matchup in their first couple appearances inside the Octagon . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Andre Berto Cleared by Physician for Light Sparring, to Begin Full Contact in Mid-April

Former two-time World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) has received clearance to begin light sparring following his August shoulder surgery. Berto returned to Dr. Neal El Attrache’s office for a follow-up appointment on Monday, during which the world-renowned surgeon also stated that he could begin full contact sparring in mid-April.

“These last seven months and the whole rehab process haven’t been easy at all, but it was worth it to finally be able to get back in the ring,” Berto said. “I’m refocusing all my energy on coming back at 100% and showing all of my fans the best Andre Berto both mentally and physically. I have learned a lot during this time off and everyone is going to see all of that in my next fight.” (more…)



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez heats up at NYC presser

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez brought their coast-to-coast media tour to New York City with a press conference at Chase Square in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Cotto spoke first offering fairly standard press conference comments, while an agitated Martinez made a point of mentioning some of the concessions he had to make to get Cotto to accept the fight.

Miguel Cotto: There’s not really much to say. I’m just looking forward to starting my camp, looking forward to train as hard as I can each day, and being here on June 7th to become the first Puerto Rican to be a champion in four different divisions. I’d like to say to Sergio good luck in your camp. Try to do your best and I’m going to do my best. At the end of the road, the winners are going to be the fans.

Sergio Martinez: Don’t forget one thing. We are going to fight because I am the champion and I’m coming into the ring first and he’s coming in second, otherwise there would be no fight. I go to the blue corner and I really don’t care because I’m the champion and if it wasn’t for that he won’t fight. I will be introduced first in the ring, because if it wash’t that way, Cotto would not fight me. I can imagine on June 7 he’s gonna ask for rose petals, otherwise he won’t walk into the ring. No more excuses. On June 7th, I’m gonna win, Argentina!

Cotto and Martínez collide on June 7 at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at Noon ET / 9:00 A.M. PT. Priced 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



March 11th, 2014




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