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- "Gavilan" Garcia stops Garcia
- Q&A: Colonel Bob Sheridan
- Alvarez headed to Panama to accept WBA belt
- Wladimir Klitschko speaks at IBF 30th convention in Berlin
- The Downes Side: UFC 160 Predictions
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- IBF 30th annual convention officially closes in Berlin
- Hughie Fury stays unbeaten
- Rodriguez win changed from technical decision to TKO after commission reviews TV replay
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Baja Boxing and Gary Shaw have reached an agreement to promote the first defense of Antonio Demarco (26-2-1, 19 KOs) in Mexico. Demarco will defend his WBC lightweight world crown against compatriot Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) on March 17 on Mexican Televisa network at a venue to be determined, possibly in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former MMA star Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Colin “Kid Coalminer” Wilson (35-29-1, 21 KOs) to capture the vacant Australian heavyweight title at the Southport RSL, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Browne connected with a solid right hand to the jaw of Wilson that staggered the former champion and another right hand power shot had him crashing to the canvas and referee Steve Marshall crowned Browne at 2:56. “I went into the ring with a back injury,” said Browne. “I could not put my shoes on Wednesday.” (more…)
Tonight boxing returns to Nutley, New Jersey at Nutley High School for the first time in nearly three decades as Gabe LaConte of First Round Promotions presents a card that showcases top local talent. In the main event, jr middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (6-0, 4 KOs) sees action in his first six round bout as he faces Daniel Crabtree (3-3, 3 KOs). LaManna – who captured the Philadelphia Golden Gloves belt in 2007 during a five-year amateur career – is the son of boxing promoter, manager and advisor Vinny LaManna. “Everybody asks me ‘Are you nuts letting your son box?’” said the proud father who managed former IBF cruiserweight champion Imamu Mayfield and heavyweight contender Bert Cooper, “But this is his dream and I support him 100%!” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
While Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh seems to be out, former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal seems to have his next opponent in place. “Either Monday or Tuesday we’ll make an announcement,” said promoter Yvon Michel about the fighter who hasn’t seen action since losing his title to Bernard Hopkins last May. “He’s due to leave for training camp on either Monday or Tuesday, so we’ll have to see when exactly we’ll announce it.” Pascal’s trainer Marc Ramsay confirmed the training camp saying the ex-champion will be joining Miguel Cotto for a couple of weeks before returning back to Montreal for the duration. Ramsay who also acts as matchmaker for promoter GYM says the next fight is “98% certain” and that just a couple of formalaties remain before officially announcing it next week.”
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., will make his fourth title defense on Saturday against former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 7 KOs), from Madrid, Spain, at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I’m going to make a statement that I am a vicious champion and I refuse to be defeated,” Cloud said. “You can train as long as you want, you can train as hard as you want, but it just ain’t gonna help you.”
Cloud says his power in the ring comes from his unique training regimen. He’s even got a name for it. “We do somethin’ called Kill-a-Bitch Training,” Cloud said. “This ain’t regular training for a regular 12-round fight. I can’t even come to the gym and say the wrong thing. My team says, ‘Get your mind right.’ I’m in a good place because I am world champion.” (more…)
Five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and reigning WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto will officially announce their May 5 mega-fight with a press tour making stops in San Juan, New York City and Los Angeles beginning Monday, February 27. All events will be open to the public.
MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO: TOUR DATES AND CITIES
Monday, February 27 | 2PM
Coliseo De Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tuesday, February 28 | 1PM
Famed Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street)
New York City
Thursday, March 1 | 1PM
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Undefeated NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh, (17-0, 14 KOs), the WBC’s #2 contender, has just been notified that he now stands by himself among the top three. Former WBC champion Jean Pascal was ordered to fight a “final eliminator” with Sillakh at the WBC convention and his promoter Yvon Michel accepted the order and personally told Sillakh that they would fight. The winner would become the “mandatory challenger” for the winner of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch.
“I thought that the negotiations for the fight were going good. Yvon told me that they were going to do it and Showtime was interested. But I got a call on Wednesday from Yvon that Pascal has decided not to fight Sillakh, basically that Sillakh was just too young and too dangerous,” said Square Ring’s CEO John Wirt. “That’s the second time that Pascal has pulled out of agreed to elimination bouts. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Adonis Stevenson 165.6 vs. Jesus Gonzales 167.4
(IBF super middleweight eliminator for #2 position)
(IBF Inter-Continental super middleweight title)
After the weigh-in, the fighters got as close as they possibly could before being separated by officials. “You’re being knocked out,” said Stevenson as they were preyed apart. “You’re scared,” shot back Gonzalez. “Tomorrow will be your time, you’ll be sleeping tomorrow night.”
Dierry Jean 140.4 vs. Ryan Barrett 142.2
Oscar Rivas232.8 vs. Ivica Perkovic 261.6
Tyler Asselstine 129.4 vs. Nicola Cipolletta 130
Arash Usmanee 132.4 vs. Innocent Anyanwu 133
Ghislain Maduma 140 vs. Jeremy Abbott 141.2
Baha Laham 132.8 vs. Csaba Toth 129.2
Venue: Bell Centre in Montreal
WBC #10-ranked heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (18-1, 14 KOs), from Lyford, Texas, will face the toughest challenge of his young career on Saturday when he tangles with WBC #1 Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (33-2, 29 KOs), from Riverside, Calif., at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Molina grew up just a few hours south of the site of Saturday night’s fight, and he would like nothing more than to score an upset in the this all-Mexican-American heavyweight showdown taking place in his home state. Molina has chosen a surprising name to take over the reins as his head trainer for the biggest match of his life: former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall.
“Oliver and I sparred last year in Miami, and he was quick to share his knowledge with me,” Molina said. “Anyone who has met Oliver knows how outgoing he is. He noted what he thought was working for me and what wasn’t as effective.” (more…)
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