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Per Nielsen Media Research: Saturday’s fight action from Barclays Center in Brooklyn was highlighted by the WBO jr welterweight title fight where Long Island challenger Chris Algieri rallied to score a split decision upset of champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia. The fight on the HBO Boxing After Dark series produced the third top performing bout on cable television in 2014. The HBO audience for the live, first-time airing of the bout from Brooklyn averaged 1,046,000 viewers. The audience for Provodnikov vs. Algieri peaked at 1,110,000 viewers.
HBO’s overall boxing event Saturday averaged 954,000 viewers. That number makes it HBO’s most watched Boxing After Dark event of the year. The opening bout of Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose registered 882,000 viewers. Andrade kept his world title belt with a decisive win. Leading off the telecast was the replay of Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto. The HBO audience for Cotto’s world middleweight title triumph was 970,000 viewers. The audience peaked at 1,126,000 viewers for the fight.
The top seven fights on cable TV so far in 2014 have all been on HBO.
The IBF held a purse bid at IBF Headquarters in Springfield, NJ today for the heavyweight mandatory defense between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. K2 Promotions bid $7,250,131 and Sauerland Event bid $5,290,144. K2 has 90 days to put the fight on. It’s known that K2 has already reserved the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany for September 6. The purse will be split 80/20 for Klitschko.
FOX Sports teams with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions for the first time on Thursday, July 10 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. The day before, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Live! delivers a pair of bouts. “Our commitment to the sweet science is stronger than ever and we’re excited to deliver boxing fans back-to-back nights of fights,” said FOX Sports SVP, Programming, Research & Content Strategy Patrick Crakes.
Iron Mike Productions’ Thursday show features IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) making his third title defense and looks to redeem himself against Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 13 KOs) in Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Barthelemy KO’d Mendez in January but Mendez got the belt back a month later when the Minnesota Combat Sports Commission ruled that the knockout took place after the bell, overturning the original ruling. In the co-main event, light heavyweight fighter Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) takes on an opponent to be named. (more…)
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will likely defend his title against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev on September 6 at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, if K2 Promotions is successful at today’s IBF purse bid at IBF Headquarters in Springfield, NJ. The arena is already reserved, however the bidding is open to all registered promoters. Pulev’s promoter is Sauerland Event. It is confirmed that the split will be 80-20 in favor of Klitschko.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO featherweight world title between #1 ranked Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) and the #4 ranked Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) to take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The referee will be Jack Reiss.Judges are Lisa Giampa, Pat Russell and Max De Luca. The WBO supervisor is Richard De Cuir.
The WBO featherweight title became vacant last March 1, 2014, when Lomachenko challenged then champion Orlando Salido, who didn’t make the weight for the fight losing the belt at the scales. Then, Salido beat Lomachenko by split decision.
Former two-time WBO super middleweight champion and current WBO #4 Robert Stieglitz will face WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) on July 26 at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Khomitsky made headlines two months ago when he knocked out the previously unbeaten and highly regarded Frank Buglioni in London. Can the 39-year-old Belorussian make it two upsets in a row? The fight will be for the WBO Inter-Continental title.
Also on the SES-promoted card, are former light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi and light heavyweight Dominic Boesel in separate fights. Opponents will be announced.
Mateusz Masternak’s (32-1, 23 KOs) coach Piotr Wilczewski has predicted war from the first minute when ‘’The Master’’ faces Youri Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs) for the interim WBA World Cruiserweight title on June 21st at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. Following his loss to Grigory Drozd, Wilczewski has guided Masternak to back-to-back victories against Sandro Siproshvili and Stjepan Vugdelija. In their third fight together the pair face their toughest assignment, an interim WBA World Cruiserweight showdown with the hard-hitting Youri Kalenga. (more…)
“I always say that with hard work and focus, dreams do come true. I believe that if you implement those two things, it’s inevitable that you’re going to succeed.” . . . More on UFC.com
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Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) will return against former world title challenger George Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday’s Showtime Extreme telecast preceding the regular Showtime Championship Boxing show from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Dawson, who signed with manager Al Haymon earlier this year, returns after a twelve month layoff and consecutive KO losses to Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward. The 39-year-old Blades has had just five over the last seven years, going 2-3 in that span.
Also on Shwotime Extreme is a clash between former U.S. Olympians as 2012 team member Dominic Breazeale (10-0, 9 KOs) meets 2004 team member Devin Vargas (18-3, 7 KOs) in a 10 round match-up.
Congressman Manny Pacquiao gets some political opposition by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines . . . More
Speaking of Pacquiao, Chris Algieri is talking about an eventual showdown. More
Former Florida heavyweight Jose Ribalta gets state hall of fame recognition. More
A biopic on the late Johnny Tapia begins production next month. More
A trial date of October 13 has been set in Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the All Star Boxing lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions over Golden Boy’s signing of Canelo Alvarez in January 2010. All Star Boxing, headed by Tuto Zabala Jr., is seeking punitive damages against Golden Boy alleging tortious interference involving Golden Boy’s signing of Alvarez while Canelo was still under a promotional contract with All Star Boxing.
On July 12, heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes part in an 8-round bout at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.
“I feel good and rejuvenated after the layoff,” said Witherspoon. “I haven’t been out this long because I wanted to. I had several fights fall through, so I decided to start my own company and do my own shows and I can’t wait until July 12 to put on a great event not far from where I live,” said Witherspoon.
Witherspoon will name his opponent shortly.
In the six-round co-feature, undefeated middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (14-0, 7 KOs) will be back in action against TBA.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that Bangor, Maine, childhood home of UFC® president Dana White, will host the state’s first ever UFC event at Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, August 16. UFC® Fight Night will showcase local talent, in addition to some of the sport’s top contenders. The five-round main event will be announced in the coming days. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Saturday’s night’s NBCSN Fight Night telecast from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania features a fight between two fighters who are basically unknown to the mainstream boxing fan. But promoter Kathy Duva believes the public will soon know all about light heavyweights Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs), who meet in a twelve-round eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF.
“Nobody knew who Sergio Kovalev was, nobody knew who Bryant Jennings was, nobody knew who Curtis Stevens was, I could go on an on,” said Duva. “Gabriel Rosado, Soto-Karass, the heavyweights we’ve been working with that have made an impact, Glazkov, the resurgence of the careers of guys like Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek. There are so many fellas who have become world known, contenders, and real forces in the boxing business whether it’s a world champion like Kovalev or guys that keep coming back because they make great fights like Rosado. I think the next guy in that line is gonna be in this fight.” (more…)
Hot Cuban light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera (11-0, 6 KOs) will now face off against Lee “The Silverback” Campbell aka Alpha Male (7-0, 3 KOs) of Larinburg, NC in an eight-round light heavyweight battle. Campbell, who upset Roberto Acevedo by eight-round majority decision in April, replaces former world champion Jeff Lacy who was originally scheduled to take on Barrera but pulled out due to managerial complications.
About the change of opponents the undefeated Barrera said, “I just want to fight. I am grateful that Campbell stepped in so I can keep this opportunity to fight on June 21. I am ready for whoever steps in the ring against me.”
Campbell, also undefeated, replied, “I thank God for the opportunity to fight Barrera. Secondly, I want to thank Main Events for their support. I pray that all fighters exit the ring without serious injury. I am confident in my coach and team that we will give the fans a great show. I look forward to future opportunities.”
Ringside Report by: Matt Richardson
Photos by: Peter Frutkoff
Well, not too many people saw that coming. In what is undoubtedly going to go down as one of the bigger upsets in boxing for 2014, local junior welterweight Chris Algieri earned the victory of a lifetime on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York when he defeated WBO titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov by 12-round split decision. More
Heavyweight contender, Bryant “By-By” Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs), has set up training camp in Las Vegas for two weeks before his upcoming WBC title elimination bout against Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs). Jennings, who hails from Philadelphia, PA, left home for two weeks to avoid the distractions that go along with training near family and friends. In the biggest fight on his career, he chose Las Vegas, to train in high elevation for a couple of weeks, before returning home to finish out camp.
“I wanted to come out to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks and train in high elevation,” said Jennings. “I’ve been running up at Mt. Charleston in high elevation, training alongside Erislandy Lara. Leaving Philly for a couple of weeks is only going to help me focus on getting fully prepared for Perez. I’ll head back home to finish out camp after this week.” (more…)
By Graham Houston
Ruslan Provodnikov landed the heavier blows but the name of the game is still boxing, and Chris Algieri boxed his way to a split but deserved victory in Saturday night’s junior welterweight title fight. This was a resolute and remarkable performance by the former kickboxing champion from Long Island, NY. Down twice in the first round, his right eye swelling shut from below, nose bloody, Algieri had about the worst start to a fight imaginable.
Yet by the second round Algieri was boxing, moving and scoring points as if nothing had happened. Scoring points. That was the key. Algieri looked beaten up but he was throwing and landing more punches than his opponent.
Algieri wasn’t exactly tapping his way to victory, either. Some of his jabs were knocking Provodnikov’s head back. Algieri ripped some hurtful-looking hooks to the body and landed some solid-looking right hands. He is an excellent instinctive fighter. Even with his right eye compromised, Algieri seemed to be seeing the punches coming until almost the last moments of the contest.
The fight-plan was perfect. Provodnikov — strong, tough, relentless, heavy-handed — just couldn’t pin down Algieri long enough to have a chance of overwhelming him. “When he thinks you’re going to move this way, move that way,” seemed to be part of the instruction from Algieri’s trainer. It worked. Provodnikov was the hunter but the quarry was elusive — and hitting back. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In the co-feature of Saturday’s Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA, journeyman light heavyweight Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL by way of Puerto Rico scored two knockdowns en route to a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell of Atlantic City, NJ.
Perez, who had a 10-bout losing streak coming into the contest dropped Harvell twice with crushing right hands. The first knockdown came late in the first round and the second came with about a minute left in the third. Harvell was pretty dominant in the second half of the bout as he moved the tiring Perez around the ring with his punches. However, the deficit caused by the knockdowns was too big for Harvell to overcome on the scorecards. Perez won by scores of 57-55 (twice) and 56-55 and received a bonus of $500 from the promoters for his accomplishment.
Perez is now 6-10, three KO’s while Harvell loses for the first time in his career and is now 13-1, seven KO’s. (more…)
By Joseph Abboud
As the boxing scene continues to grow at an explosive rate in the state of Kansas, one promoter is pushing harder than most in the Midwest. Jeff Page president of SKC Promotions has been a big provider of a constant feed of boxing in Wichita, Kansas, averaging ten shows a year. What makes Page’s story unique is that not only is he a promoter/manager he is also the father of light heavyweight prospect Jeff Page Jr, who fights almost every other month on all of his father’s cards.
Saturday night in the main event of the evening undefeated Jeff Page Jr (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over fellow Kansas resident Dominique Alexander (25-17-1, 12 KOs). (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that the current WBA interim world super bantamweight titleholder Nehomar Cermeño (22-5-1, 13 KOs) of Venezuela could defend his crown against unbeaten Peruvian challenger Carlos “Mina” Zambrano (23-0, 11 KOs) on July 19 at a venue to be determined in Peru. Zambrano is the grandson of the legendary local idol and former light heavyweight contender Mauro Mina, who defeated the great Bob Foster at the National Stadium in Lima before more than 40,000 fans back in 1963. Mina never did get a world title fight as he was forced to retire due to an eye injury in 1965 with a record of 52-3-3 with 25 KOs.
Six fighters joined Director of Operations, UFC Canada Tim Wright at the UFC 174 post-fight press conference: Rory MacDonald, Demetrious Johnson, Ryan Bader, Ali Bagautinov, Ovince Saint Preux, and Andrei Arlovski . . . More on UFC.com
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Photo: Peter Frutkoff
In the ring after losing his world title to underdog challenger Chris Algieri, former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov seemed to accept the defeat and conceded several times that Algieri had the “worst style” for him. However, by the postfight press conference, the “Siberian Rocky’ was pretty upset about the outcome of the fight.
“To me it feels like he was running all night and just jabbing,” said Provodnikov. “You can see the way I look, you can see the way he looked, I don’t see how you can win a fight just running all night…we all saw what happened. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. HBO gave like nine more rounds to me, one of the judges gave six or seven more rounds to me. The local judges give it the other way. On top of that his eye was closed. It’s dangerous to fight like that. He could have gotten killed. If my eye was like that, they would have stopped the fight the round it started closing. I think it’s not fair!”
Algieri stated, “There was a lot of doubters going into this fight about how much I really wanted it. Ruslan talking about he would die in the ring, would I be willing to do that? I think I showed that I belong there, as well.”
By Matt Richardson
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) dropped Wilfrido “Roca” Buelvas in round one, but had to go the full twelve to win by scores of 118-108, 118-106 and 118-106 on Saturday night at the Explanada Municipal in Tlalnepantla, México. 18,000+ were on hand to see Soto retain his WBC international silver super lightweight belt. Soto is hoping to land a title shot later this year.
WBC Youth super bantamweight beltholder Rey Vargas (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Vergel “Superman” Nebram (17-8, 8 KOs). Both fighters were down in the fight.
Flyweight Luis “Gallito” Ceja (26-5-3, 21 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Juan “Dinamita” Hernandez.
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