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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

Photos: Mpsportimages.com Gamalier Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8 (NABO featherweight title) Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Ivan Zavala 139.2 Matt Korobov 160 vs. Emill Gonzalez 160.6 Alberto ...

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today ...

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Stars come out for Boxing at the Barker

Stars come out for Boxing at the Barker

By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Stephanie Drews Photography w StephanieDrews.com Wednesday night's inaugural "Boxing at the Barker" show, promoted by ...

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ShoBox Weights

ShoBox Weights

Photos: Stephanie Trapp /SHOWTIME It turns out promoter Mike Tyson can stir the pot almost as much as heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. Almost. ...

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Weights from Verona, NY

Weights from Verona, NY

By Bob Caico Photos: Boxing Bob Newman Brandon Adams 161 Raymond Gatica 158 Vitaliy Kopylenko 160 Willie Monroe, Jr 160 Donovan Dennis 226 Nate Heaven 233 Simeon ...

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Boxing News

Mundine-Mosley looks back on for Nov 27

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

It was reported on Channel Nine television today that the Anthony Mundine vs. Shane Mosley clash has been rescheduled for November 27 in Sydney. Mosley has apparently confirmed on Twitter. There will be a press conference on Thursday. Promoter Khoder Nasser has guaranteed the million dollar purse to Mosley, who pulled out of their fight last month when a deadline was missed for a payment as per the fight contract.



November 6th, 2013



Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Laid low by an injury, Dmitry Pirog, former WBO middleweight champion, has not given up the hopes of making a comeback. More

Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Anthony Mundine: Looks like it’s back on again, Nov. 27, in Australia. More

Former light-heavyweigh champ Nathan Cleverly is promising a string of impressive knockouts, this time at cruiserweight. More

Liverpool’s Stephen Smith is in hot water with the BBBC after trying to jump promoters. More



November 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Bradley-Marquez PPV a success with 375K buys

The October PPV fight between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez reportedly had 375,000 buys, which surpassed expectations. The Nevada State Athletic Commission reports that the gate for the fight was $2,998,950, with 10,683 tickets sold, 5,649 unsold, 1,370 comps.



November 6th, 2013

UFC

UFC Fight for the Troops at the scales

Weigh-in results for UFC Fight For The Troops, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal, and the bantamweight bout between Liz Carmouche and Alexis Davis, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Fort Campbell, Kentucky at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Four preliminary bouts will air on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see four prelim bouts at 3:10pm ET / 12:10pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Rafael Natal (185.5) VS Tim Kennedy (186)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Alexis Davis (134) VS Liz Carmouche (135)
Yoel Romero (185.5) VS Ronny Markes (185.5)
Rustam Khabilov (155) VS Jorge Masvidal (155.5)
Michael Chiesa (156) VS Colton Smith (155.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
James Krause (155.5) VS Bobby Green (155)
Francisco Rivera (136) VS George Roop (135.5)
Steven Siler (146) VS Dennis Bermudez (146)
Germaine de Randamie (136) vs Amanda Nunes (136)

ONLINE PRELIMS
Lorenz Larkin (185) VS Chris Camozzi (186)
Yancy Medeiros (156) VS Yves Edwards (156)
Seth Baczynski (171) VS Neil Magny (171)
Brian Houston (185) VS Derek Brunson (186)

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November 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Abdusalamov suffers stroke; Family facing staggering medical bills; Team Abdusalamov establishing trust fund

Sampson Boxing VP Nathan Lewkowicz has confirmed via Twitter that fallen heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov has suffered a stroke while fighting for his life in a medically induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Abdusalamov had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling.

In addition, the family of the 32-year-old Russian boxer who earned $40,000 for his HBO-televised fight against Mike Perez Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater, are facing staggering medical bills for Magomed’s treatment.

Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of Abdusalamov, along with promoters Leon Margules and Lou DiBella, and with help and support of others in the industry, are establishing a fund and to donate and raise funds to help alleviate the financial burden the unfortunate brain injury Abdusalamov suffered Saturday night has placed on him and his family. (more…)



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Mikey Garcia / Rocky Martinez media workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia and WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez work out during their media day for their upcoming world championship tripleheader fight against each other on Saturday, November 9.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions, PR Best Boxing, Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Tecate, this world championship tripleheader will also feature 2012 Fighter of the Year and former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire, former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan , undefeated former U.S. Olympians — Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade. All three fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Donaire, Darchinyan Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag

Featherweights Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) and professional nemesis Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) host an international media conference call Tuesday to discuss their eagerly-awaited HBO-televised grudge rematch on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Nonito Donaire: For me, I don’t really care who it is who goes inside that ring. I fight anybody that they put in front of me…Vic is a dangerous opponent and not one you can overlook…I’m not really the type to talk about anything. I’m just ‘you know what? let’s make it happen in the ring.’

Vic Darchinyan: After his loss to Rigo he was exposed…it’s not about him it’s about me. I have more skills, I have more power…I’m just going to come and demolish him…I’ve been waiting for this fight for a long time and I’m very motivated.



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Mansour-Price/Coyne-Thompson headline Dec 14 in AC

In a pair of pick ‘em 10 rounders on the December 14th edition of NBC Sports Network’s FIGHT NIGHT, heavyweights Amir Mansour (19-0, 14 KOs) and Kelvin Price (14-1, 6 KOs), and light heavyweights Ryan Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs) and Lionell Thompson (14-2, 9 KOs) will seek redemption from recent setbacks and the opportunity to prove that they have what it takes to compete at the elite levels of the sport. The telecast will go head-to-head against the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana clash on Showtime. (more…)



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Main Events inks Ilshat Khusnulgatin

Undefeated Russian light heavyweight boxer, Ilshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin (11-0, 6 KOs) signed a promotional contract with Main Events on Friday. The 23 year old who stands nearly six feet four inches tall, is co-promoted by PUSHKA, Kirill Pchelnikov, managaed by Egis Klimas, and being trained by John David Jackson.

“These are exciting times in the light heavyweight division and for fighters from Eastern Europe,” said promoter Kathy Duva. “Ilshat makes another great addition to our light heavyweight line-up at Main Events. At 23, he is the youngest fighter at Main Events and we look forward to watching him develop.”



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Golden Boy wins Peterson-Jean IBF purse bid

There were 2 Purse Bids held in the IBF Office today.

Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean – IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship – Mandatory Defense: There were 2 bidders, Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger. Golden Boy won with a bid of $ 156,000.00. Eye of the Tiger bid $ 111,121.00. Golden Boy has 90 days to put the fight on.

Katy Wilson Castillo vs. Chanttall Martinez – IBF Female Jr. Featherweight Championship – Mandatory Defense: There was only one bidder, Sampson Boxing, LLC won with a bid of $ 11,000.00. Sampson has 90 days to put the fight on.



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

US Olympian Jose Ramirez Fights in Sold Out Arena On Saturday November 9th

History has been made in the Central Valley with the Solo Boxeo Tecate “Fight for Water” nationally televised fight this Saturday, November 9 featuring U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez. The 11-time National Champion, London 2012 Olympian and all-time USA Boxing light weight record holder will be featured in the main event on the UniMas broadcast. Further adding to this historic boxing night, the event was sold out three weeks ago along with VIP tables and major sponsors.

“Jose Ramirez is one of the brightest stars in boxing and he certainly represents a great deal in the future of boxing. It is wonderful to see Fresno area fans rally to see this young athlete. They will have plenty to cheer about not only on November 9 but in the months and years ahead,” said Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter.

Ramírez (6-0, 4 KOs), of Avenal, Calif, returns to the ring in the area he grew up in, at Golden Eagle Arena on the West Hills College campus in Lemoore, Ca. (more…)



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Carlos DeLeon Jr comeback fight postponed

Z Entertainment promoter Zef Ramirez announced that the November 8th fight card in Kingman, Arizona has been postponed after main event fighter Carlos DeLeon Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) fell ill last week. “I am deeply disappointed for the boxing fans here in Kingman,” Ramirez said, “there is such a buzz right now in the local community over this fight that I was disappointed that we were forced to postpone the card. But I knew that, for as tough as it was for me, it’s ten times worse for Carlos. He is absolutely devastated over this delay.”

DeLeon contacted Ramirez last week after checking into a hospital in Las Vegas . Although initially believed to be pneumonia, Ramirez indicated that the fighter may have an infection which has caused a leg injury. “Carlos is a warrior,” Ramirez added, “and he didn’t want to jeopardize the entire card over this. But there really is no other alternative; he is just not in any condition to step into the ring next week.” Ramirez indicated that the card would be tentatively rescheduled in January, and that Rollin Williams and Jonathan Jackson Hearns would still be on the card.



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Martinez-Garcia, Martirosyan-Andrade officials

World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, November 9, in the title bouts between Roman “Rocky” Martinez versus Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia and Vanes Martirosyan against Demetrius Andrade, to be held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas in a Top Rank presentation.

For the WBO junior lightweight title, the champion Rocky Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) will make his third defense against the #1 ranked and former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs). The referee for this fight will be Laurence Cole. The judges for the Martinez-Garcia fight will be Oren Shellemberger and David LaCobucci, both from Texas, and Levi Martinez from New Mexico. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Richard De Cuir.

Meanwhile, Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs), the #1 WBO ranked at 154 pounds will face the #2 ranked Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. For this bout the referee will be John Schorle. The judges for the clash between Martirosyan and Andrade will be Don Griffin, Jesse Reyes and Javier Alvarez. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Rolando Marcos Hermoso.



November 5th, 2013

Feature Story

Hot Winter Coming In Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

In the north sphere of the world it is usually cold in winter, but Japan is ready to welcome a hot winter—in a fistic fashion. It’s not due to global warming. This country, holding eleven male champions and four female titlists, will watch many world title bouts with our great interests in the end of this year.

Takashi Uchiyama (R), Takashi Miura (L)

Takashi Uchiyama (R), Takashi Miura (L)


On December 31, the last day of the year, a couple of world title bouts will take place in Tokyo, where our WBA and WBC 130-pound champs will put their belts on the line against up-and-coming prospects to assure hot competition. WBA super-feather ruler, unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will face fast-rising national titlist, #8 compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs), while WBC kingpin in the same category Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting southpaw fresh from his impressive initial defense over Sergio Thompson in Mexico, will risk his belt against another Mexican hard-puncher, #2 Dante Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs). If both champs are victorious, they are supposed to face again for unification next summer since Uchiyama had once halted Miura to retain his WBA throne despite hitting the deck in 2011. (more…)



November 5th, 2013

UFC

Liz Carmouche: The Evolution Continues

A veteran soldier looking for a new type of war, one of the three round variety. Not only looking, but laughing with joyous anticipation about the possibilities. It’s only fitting a United States Marine Corps veteran would literally chuckle in delight when the topic of having in her next fight a back-and-forth, pillar-to-post, Fight of the Night style “three round war.” . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Trainer Ulli Wegner, 71, signs contract extension

71-year-old iconic German trainer Ulli Wegner today signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland which binds him until early 2016. Wegner has trained fighters like Sven Ottke, Markus Beyer, Arthur Abraham, Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Cecilia Braekhus to world title honors after joining the professional ranks in 1996. Wegner is currently preparing IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez for his mandatory title defense against Alexander Alekseev as well as light heavyweight contender Eduard Gutknecht, who has an IBF semi-eliminator lined up against Dmitry Sukhotsky. Both fights take place at the Brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany on November 23.



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Late Results from Wisconsin: Rico Hoye scores TKO victory in his return; wants Tarver next

Usually when you see large crowds of people in Wisconsin, you would assume they are heading into Lambeau Field which serves as the home to the World Champion Green Bay Packers on game day, and touted as the most legendary stadium in the National Football League, yet surprising as it may be Wisconsin proved it is also a fighting state.

This past Friday, IBOM Stars Promotions presented “Casino Battle Royale” at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, in the beautiful city of Milwaukee. “The Contender” series reality star and former IBF #1 ranked Rico Hoye (24-3, 16 KO’s), returned to the ring after a four year layoff quickly dismantling the clearly overmatched Brandon Winner who drops to (3-9), in a scheduled six round heavyweight bout. (more…)



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC 51st convention Day 2 full report

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day 2 of the 51st annual WBC convention in Bangkok, Thailand commenced with simultaneous day long ratings session and referees seminar.

Presiding over the ratings session, WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman opened with a few impromptu recognitions.

-After current WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez recently presented Pope Francis with a commemorative WBC belt at The Vatican, the WBC decided to declare His Holiness as “WBC Man of the Year.”

-Upon shattering all existing PPV records and the highest purse record for his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was given the honorary title of “WBC Supreme Champion.”

-William Boodhoo was honored as WBC Committee chairman of the year.

-WBC legal staff of Robert Lenhardt and Alberto Leon were presented with the “Mister WBC” honor. (more…)



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Yordan hits Perth, Australia

By Brett Bonetti
Photo by Tony Tolj

IBO World Lightweight Champion “Indonesian Thunder” Daud Cino Yordan (31-3, 23 KO’s) has arrived in Perth, Australia to join Dragon Fire stable mate & WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KO’s) at Harry’s Gym.

Yordan made history in July when he became the first Indonesian two weight division champion at Featherweight & Lightweight respectively following his unanimous decision victory over Argentinian Daniel “Tatu” Brizuela (25-2-2, 8 KO’s) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions “Thuderdome II” at Metro City Perth, Australia.

Chris John will face IBO World Featherweight Champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KO’s) in the Main Event Dragon Fire: World Championship Boxing event on Friday December 6 at Metro City.

Yordan’s upcoming title IBO World Lightweight title defense is expected to be announced shortly.



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Ogilvie to headline Thunderdome IV

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By Brett Bonetti

Rising Australian prospect “Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (5-0, 2 KOs) will face John Ford (5-2, 4 KOs) in the main event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IV on Friday November 15 at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie’s trainer Peter “Foxy” Wilkenson says his fighter has been training the house down and will be more than ready to take on Ford.

“I can’t wait till fight night, I been training hard, moving and hitting hard too” Ogilvie said. “Ford is good, big and hard and also moves well around the ring, but he will be no match for me. I can’t wait til show time at Thunderdome on November 15.” (more…)



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is likely to replace rapper Enimem in an upcoming boxing movie entitled “Southpaw.”

Want to save money? Get tips from heavyweight contender Tyson Fury on Twitter: More

Terrance Williams talks about his boxing career with The Patriot-News. More

According to trainer Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao has but one option in Macau – and that’s to score a knockout over Brandon Rios. More



November 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Mike Perez, K2 Promotions issue statement on Magomed Abdusalamov

Heavyweight Mike Perez was deeply saddened to hear of the injuries suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov during their 10-round battle on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Abdusalamov is being treated at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. “Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly,” said Perez. “He fought like a true warrior, I’m happy to be victorious but my main concern is for his health.”

Added Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, “Our entire team was very saddened to hear of the injuries that Magomed sustained during his bout on Saturday night. He is in our thoughts and prayers and we thank his team for keeping us updated on his condition.”



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Golovkin-Stevens Full Report & Photo Gallery

By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney

Gennady Golovkin continued to run roughshod over the middleweight division on Saturday night. In yet another in a string of exciting, yet dominant stoppage victories, the WBA/IBO middleweight titleholder knocked down and battered Curtis Stevens for eight rounds before the corner of Stevens elected to not let their fighter continue into the ninth. The fight was the main event of an HBO-televised card from an almost sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden. (More…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Andrade: My job is to go in and stop Martirosyan, you never want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges

As he prepares to break his Atlanta training camp and depart for this Saturday night’s fight against 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight title, undefeated Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) is set to make a major statement in Corpus Christi, Texas. Andrade vs. Martirosyan will be part of an HBO tripleheader, headlined by WBO junior lightweight Roman Martinez’ title defense against Mikey Garcia, plus a rematch between former world champions Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.

Martirosyan has a powerful team comprised of promoter Bob Arum (Top Rank), manager Cameron Duncan and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach (although he is overseas training Manny Pacquiao). Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is co-promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, managed by New Hampshire businessman Ed Farris, and trained by his father, Paul Andrade.

“I saw what happened in the (Julio Cesar, Jr.) Chavez-(Brian) Vera fight,” Andrade explained. “We’ve all seen what can happen when a name boxer is fighting on a show promoted by his promoter. My job is to go in and stop him (Martirosyan). You never want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges. I learned that lesson the hard way in The Olympics.” (more…)



November 4th, 2013

UFC

UFC Gym South Corona Enrollment Center Now Open

UFC GYM® is pleased to announce the opening of a second 24-hour gym in Corona, Calif. continuing to impact the way people approach fitness and TRAIN DIFFERENT®. UFC GYM South Corona will be located at 265 E. Ontario Ave., at the corner of Main St. and Ontario Ave., and is scheduled to open in January 2014. An enrollment center is now open at the gym, where memberships are available at special pre-opening discounts. To find out more about UFC GYM South Corona call (951) 547-0166 or visit ufcgym.com/southcorona. (more…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing Result

Maskaev defeats Williams by dull decision

Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (38-7, 28 KOs) won an uneventful ten round unanimous decision over Mike-Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams (44-18, 33 KOs) on Monday night in Krasnodar, Russia. The bout often resembled a slow-paced sparring session and there were few memorable moments as the 44-year-old Maskaev won his third straight in his comeback. The 40-year-old Williams dropped his ninth straight fight.

Other Results:
Fedor Papazov W10 Sergio Escobar (lightweight)
David Avanesyan KO2 Carlos Herrera (welterweight)
Aik Shakhnazaryan W10 Behzod Nabiev (super lightweight)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Siarhei Liakhovich to return Nov 16 in Phoenix

Iron Boy Promotions returns with its tenth show, to take place at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, November 16th. In a special featured bout, former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-6, 16KO) makes his Arizona debut against an opponent to be named. The 37-year-old Belorussian is trying to rebound from a one round KO loss to Deontay Wilder in August, his third straight defeat. In the main event local jr welterweight Juan Garcia (18-3, 7 KOs) will fight for the WBC USNBC belt. Also seeing action is lightweight Victor “El Nino” Castro (10-0, 5 KOs) looks to remain undefeated. (more…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

“Krusher” Kovalev gets special championship ring, talks Sillakh title defense

Report video and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk

“My fists will do all the talking in Canada,” WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (22-0, 20 KOs) told Fightnews.com during a special WBO ring presentation ceremony organized by Main Events in New York City.

Kovalev made very clear that at least for now, his only priority is to beat Ukrainian challenger Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) on November 30 in Quebec City, Canada. The Kovalev-Sillakh WBO title fight will be a part of an HBO doubleheader paired with the Adonis Stevenson-Tony Bellew WBC light heavyweight championship bout.

Kovalev’s manager Egis Klimas laid out further plans for the Russian KO artist. “There’s a big possibility for Sergey to be in Russia for the fight on the end of February in Moscow,” stated Klimas. “We’ve already spoke about this option with Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinski and of course with HBO – we’re very friendly with them. If it happens, we will have a good opponent and make sure this fight will be broadcast on HBO here in the United States. After Kovalev beats Sillakh on November 30, Sergey will go to Russia and be even more popular there. (more…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC 51st Convention Opening Ceremony, Meetings and Opening Awards Banquet- Full Day One Report

Report & Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The 51st annual WBC convention officially opened on Monday morning in Bangkok, Thailand at the Centara Grand Hotel. With over a thousand delegates, current and former champions, and world press on hand, Thailand’s General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, a Thai Senator and WBC board member, welcomed the attendees. Kovid invited the board and ring officials to commence with their important work and then to reward themselves with the enjoyment that can be found in the “Land of Smiles.”

WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman greeted the attendees, “With a heavy heart, not to replace my father, but to carry out his orders for the success of this convention.” Sulaiman explained that Don Jose has suffered several complications throughout his nearly five weeks of post-operative care, but will definitely recover to run the Council once again.

Record setting former WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam addressed the audience next and welcomed all to Thailand. “I am happy to have been a WBC champion and just as happy to have you all here in my country. Enjoy!”

Veteran boxing commentator Bob Sheridan addressed the gathering on his affinity for sanctioning bodies and their work at the annual conventions. “Many of my colleagues are quick to criticize the sanctioning bodies, but yet they never attend the conventions. They never see the work that is getting done here. I’d like to see them show up and then see what they have to say.” (more…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Ex-World Challenger Akaho stops Buhawe

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Ex-OPBF super-fly champ, WBC#6 Ryo Akaho (21-1-2, 14 KOs), 117, decked his second comeback go after his failure to win the WBC belt from compatriot Yota Sato last December as he fought a rough-and-tumble battle and finally dropped durable Filipino Jecker Buhawe (14-10-1, 9 KOs), 116.75, en route to a fine stoppage at 1:30 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Akaho, 27, greatly disappointed his adherents by showing nothing out of his highly touted weapon in losing a unanimous nod to Sato in a bid for the WBC belt. Sato forfeited his world throne in his next defense via upset TKO defeat by current titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Thailand, and abruptly called it quits by hanging gloves on the wall. Sato’s bad shellacking relatively Akaho’s stock again. Akaho, a very aggressive swinger, scored a fine fourth-round halt of Elmer Francisco this June, and faced another Filipino at the Hall. (more…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Joshua, Mitchell, Purdy, McDonnell and Ryder headline Matchroom’s Dec 14 show

Anthony Joshua, Kevin Mitchell, Lee Purdy, Jamie McDonnell and John Ryder are all in action on a packed end of year Matchroom Sport show at the ExCeL London on December 14. London Olympic gold medallist Joshua will return to the scene of his triumph when he meets Wales’ “Dangerous” Dorian Darch in his fourth professional fight. Kevin Mitchell will defend his IBF Inter-Continental lightweight title against Brunet Zamora, as he hunts down a second shot at a world title. Victory over the Italian, who is ranked one place higher than him with the IBF at number eight, would move the popular Londoner into striking distance of landing that chance in 2014 with current champ Miguel Vasquez.

Lee Purdy challenges unbeaten Leonard Bundu for the European welterweight title and former unbeaten world bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell is set to be in action after his spot on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves bill. Middleweight star John Ryder is back in action and there are outings on the bill for Erick Ochieng, Martin J. Ward, Ben Ileyemi and Wadi Camacho. Tony Owen defends his Southern Area Light Welterweight title against Ricky Boylan, while Danny Connor faces Tyler Goodjohn.



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Cameron to move back to heavyweight

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By Brett Bonetti

Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-3, 22 KOs) will return to the Heavyweight division in the main event of the “Fight for Life” card at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday December 14 as he looks to once again make an impact in the heavyweight division. Cameron has turned down an opportunity to fight Australian Brad Pitt (14-0, 11 KO’s) in a title eliminator for the IBO Cruiserweight title vacated by Danny “The Green Machine” Green (33-5, 28 KO’s).

Cameron was last in the ring against Danny Green in November 2012. Green defeated the tough Cameron over 12 rounds to claim the vacant IBO World Cruiserweight title in Melbourne, Australia. Green revealed after the fight that Cameron had broken his ribs from a body shot in the first round. Cameron said after the fight that he was unsure if his future remained at Cruiserweight, but did say the hunger was still there. (more…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Dyah Davis aims to dominate James DeGale

Super middleweight Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KOs) is out to “win” the crowd over and show James DeGale (16-1, 11 KOs) what it’s like to challenge a “world class” fighter. Davis meets the 2008 Olympic champion for the WBC Silver super middleweight title at Glow, Bluewater, UK, on November 16th and feels his performance and “domination” will have the British fans cheering his name. “I most definitely want to show James what it’s like to be in the ring with a world class opponent,” Davis said. “I love the British fight fans – I’m a nice gentleman outside of the ring, I carry myself well and I’m respectable and I think with my performance and domination I plan on winning the fans over.” (more…)



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Wlodarczyk-Fragomeni Undercard

A long list of local favorites will highlight the massive undercard for the Friday, December 6, “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ event, featuring WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, making the sixth defense of his title against Milan, Italy’s former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs) and the return of Chicago’s Polish Prince, Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs).

In support of the two main events will be an eight-round light welterweight match-up with all-action blood-and-guts warrior Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (12-2-2, 8 KOs) Cicero, Illinois via Mexico; and eight-round light middleweight bout featuring the return of promising Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico; a six-round middleweight battle involving Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle (18-2, 12 KOs) of Chicago, via Geesala, Ireland; a six-round middleweight bout for popular scrapper Paul “The Punisher” Littleton (8-0-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago; a six-round cruiserweight bout for powerful and athletic fan favorite “Hurricane” Junior Wright(8-0, 7 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois; a five-round middleweight contest for “KO Autism” proponent Trinidad Garcia (5-3-3) of Chicago; and a four-round return for lightweight Jose Romero (1-0) of Whiting, Indiana.



November 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Former WBC heavyweight champ Oleg Maskaev to face fellow veteran Danny Williams today in Russia

By James Slater

Two aging heavyweights, former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev and Mike-Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams, meet tonight in a scheduled ten round bout in Krasnodar, Russia. The 44-year-old Maskaev (38-7, 28 KOs) was to have faced Corey “T-Rex” Sanders in a rematch of a 2002 meeting which was won by Sanders via 8th-round TKO, but Sanders was unable to get a visa to travel to Russia. 40-year-old Williams, who has a 44-18, 33 KOs record (having lost his last eight outings, half by stoppage) was available and has been brought in at short notice. Maskaev, known as “The Big O,” launched his latest comeback in December of 2012, and since then he has picked up two wins (a 3rd-round TKO over Owen Beck and, last time out in May of this year, a ten-round UD over Jason Gavern).



November 4th, 2013




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