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Fury-Klitschko press conference erupts in Manchester – Fury in fine form!

Fury-Klitschko press conference erupts in Manchester - Fury in fine form!

By James Slater Photos: Scott J. Raven Today at The MEN Arena in the city of Manchester, heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko ...

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Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama ...

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Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Busy-punching Japanese warrior Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, retained his WBA super-flyweight belt by winning a ...

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Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt by halting Landaeta

Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt by halting Landaeta

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 107.75, successfully kept his belt when he dropped Venezuelan ...

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Interview: Dat Nguyen, Buddy McGirt

Interview: Dat Nguyen, Buddy McGirt

Interview/Photos: Karl Freitag Popular featherweight Dat "Dat Be Dat" Nguyen (17-3, 6 KOs) will be back in action on Sunday, May 8 at ...

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Boxing News

Macklin wins regional belt in 154lb clash

Now fighting as a super welterweight, two-time former middleweight world title challenger Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (34-6, 22 KOs) had a harder time than expected in winning a ten round unanimous decision over unheralded Jason Welborn (17-4, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. Macklin prevailed by scores of 96-94, 96-94, 97-93 after a very competitive fight. Welborn was deducted a point for a low blow in round five. Macklin claimed a WBC regional belt with the victory.



October 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Peterson gets majority nod over Diaz

Fox, Nicholson, A. Peterson, Lange, Allen win on undercard

By Gary “Digital” Williams and Julian Burgower at ringside
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Local favorite and former world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) won a hotly contested majority decision over previously unbeaten 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr. (17-1, 8 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night in the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Diaz gave Peterson all kinds of problems, but scores were 114-114 and 117-111, 116-112 for Peterson.

Update: Prichard Colon rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital due to vomiting, fainting and dizzy spells in his dressing room. According to an update by PBC commentator BJ Flores, Colon is entering surgery for a severe brain bleed.

In a brutal and dirty clash of unbeaten welterweights, Terrel “Tyger” Williams (15-0, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round win by disqualification over Prichard “Digget” Colon (16-1, 13 KOs). Colon was deducted two points for a low blow in round five. Williams was deducted a point for hitting Colon in the back of the head in round seven. Williams dropped Colon twice late in round nine and the bout was halted during the break after Colon’s corner accidentally took off his gloves thinking the fight was over. Williams won by DQ when Colon wasn’t ready to come out for the tenth round. (more…)



October 17th, 2015


Boxing News

Nathan Cleverly wants Andrzej Fonfara rematch

By James Slater

Boxing fans and experts alike are still understandably full of praise for the brutally entertaining 12-round war light-heavyweights Andrzej Fonfara and Nathan Cleverly put on last night in Chicago. The Fight Of The Year candidate, won by Fonfara, featured an astonishing 2,524 combined punches thrown and 936 landed between the two teak-tough warriors. Cleverly, who lost a unanimous decision, suffered a broken nose and needed a trip to hospital, yet he has Tweeted how he would love a rematch.

“Overwhelmed with the support, Thankyou. I gave it everything. Nose broke in 7th but that’s boxing. Respect to Fonfara, would love to do it again,” Cleverly wrote today. (more…)



October 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Kameda thinking about retiring after loss

After failing in his attempt to become the first Japanese fighter to win a world title in four different weight divisions, super flyweight contender Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs) is talking about hanging up the gloves at the tender age of 28.

“I trained very hard for this fight. I’m very disappointed,” said Kameda. “I was going to make a decision on whether to retire or not based on my performance. I feel it might be time for me to retire. My stamina wasn’t what it should be in the later rounds. I got caught in the second round because I made a mistake I shouldn’t have made. He fought very well and I was surprised by his power. I think it’s time for me to retire.”

Kameda paid dearly for his decision to slug with Kono, rather than use his nifty boxing skills and footwork. “If we had fought using movement, he probably would have beaten me,” admitted the champion. “But he decided to trade punches with me and that gave me a chance to win…I am so happy that I got to face Kameda and get this victory over him. It is a big win for my career.”



October 17th, 2015


Boxing News

Weights from Mohegan Sun

Demetrius Andrade 153.5 vs. Dario Fabian Pucheta 152.5
(WBO International junior middleweight title)

Hank Lundy 134 vs. Carlos Winston Velasquez 136.25
Khiary Gray 155 vs. Kevin Cooper 150.25
Josh Crespo 128.75 vs. Greg Coverson Jr. 130.25
Borngod Washington 172 vs. Nathan Millier 171.25
Mike Marshall 179 vs. TBA

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: CES



October 17th, 2015

UFC

Darren Elkins: The Damage Awakens

Midwest tough, all the way down to his Local 597 union card as a pipefitter in his native Indiana, Darren Elkins is probably the last person you would expect to join up with “No Shirt Nation,” aka Team Alpha Male, in Sacramento. But after a disappointing loss to Hacran Dias last December, Elkins felt it was time to shake things up a bit . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN is LIVE ON UFC FIGHTPASS on Saturday, October 24 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Nietes, Alejo make weight

Photos: Promociones El Jefe

WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs) and challenger Juan “Pinky” Alejo (21-3, 13 KOs) both made weight for their world title showdown on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The champion scaled in at the 108lb division limit, while Alejo weighed 107.4 lbs.

Donnie Nietes: “I will give my best in this fight and if I have the opportunity I will knock him out.”

Pinky Alejo: “I’m very motivated. On Saturday I’ll go out and give a good fight. Nietes is a complete fighter, one of the best, but I have hunger and he knows what it is to be hungry. I think his time is over, now comes my time. I’m not leaving here without that championship. To all the people of Monterrey, Promociones El Jefe, and everyone who has been behind me in this adventure, I send a big hug and will return as the new world champion!” (more…)



October 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Carmona defeats Rodriguez again

In a rematch, former two-time world title challenger David “Severo” Carmona (20-2-5, 8 KOs) won a ten round split decision over WBO #9, WBC #11 contender Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. Carmona dropped Rodriguez in round six, and won 97-92 on two cards. Rodriguez was up 96-93 on the third card. Carmona won their first fight by ten round unanimous nod 15 months ago.



October 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Monaghan defeats George, Solomon tops Serrano

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

“Irish” Seanie Monaghan successfully defended his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title and won the vacant NABO belt with a ten round unanimous decision against fan favorite Donovan “Da bomb” George on Friday night at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY. George suffered an injured right hand early on, but gamely continued fighting mostly one-handed the rest of the way. Monaghan methodically piled up round after round to win by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

“I have a lot of respect for Donovan George,” said Monaghan. “He took everything and wouldn’t quit. Now I want to fight for the world title. It doesn’t matter which champion or where we have to go.”

Seanie’s trainer Joe Higgins added, “This was a perfect fight for Seanie, fighting a real tough guy like Donovan George. this was perfect preparation for a world title fight.”

Bobby Hitz, promoter for Donovan George, stated “Donovan broke his right hand in the second round. He refused to quit. But it’s tough to be in a gunfight with just a knife.” (more…)



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Kono retains WBA 115lb title against Kameda; Fonfara outslugs Cleverly

Photos: David Earnisse/Premier Boxing Champions

In a war, WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13 KOs) retained his title by unanimous twelve round decision and repelled the attempt of Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs) to became the first Japanese fighter to win a world title in four weight divisions on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Kono dropped Kameda in round two. Then Kameda was deducted twice for low blows in round three. Referee Celestino Ruiz stopped the action in round seven and threatened to disqualify the next fighter to commit a foul. He was told not to stop the fight by an official after the round. Both fighters headhunted after that. Kong was deducted a point in round nine for pushing down Kameda’s head. In the end, Kono won by scores of 115-107, 116-108, 113-111.

In a light heavyweight slugfest, WBA #2, WBC #5, IBF #5, WBO #5 rated Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs). It was a competitive fight throughout. Cleverly fought the late rounds with a broken nose. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Fonfara is now 14-0 at the UIC Pavilion.

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October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Quincy, Massachusetts

Chris Traietti 185 Gary vs. Tapusoa 198
(WBC-US cruiserweight title)

Wellington Romero 139 vs. Ramesis Gil 140
Brandon Montella 173 vs. Greg Thomas 166
Gabriel Duluc 138 vs. Ian James 138
Nick Cyr 283 vs. Huston Crayton 216
Zhimin Wang 136 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 130
Antonio Chaves Fernandez 156 vs. David Wilson 159
Fanlong Meng 177 vs. Devonte Hopkins 180
Dustin Fleischer 142 vs. Oscar Diaz 142

Venue: Marina Bay SportsPlex (Quincy, MA)
Promoter: Granite Chin Promotions
Doors Open: 6:30
Tickets: $15, $20, $40 online at TicketRiver.com (seach word: Sports Plex)
Tickets at the door: $30, $40, $50



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

Jesse Magdaleno 127.5 vs. Vergal Nebra 123.4
Trevor McCumby 175.2 vs. Dustin Echard ??
Francisco De Vaca 124.8 vs. Ricardo Prosno 121.9
Victor “El Nino” Castro 135.1 vs. Luis Olivares 137.6

Venue: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Veracruz

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Tomas Rojas 126 vs. Edward Mansito 125
(WBC regional featherweight title)
Marco Antonio Peribán 169 vs. Joshua Okine 167.20
(WBC regional super middleweight title)

Lourdes Juárez 109.50 vs. Rebeca Castro 109.50
Diego Cruz 146.30 vs. Darío Garibay 146.30

Venue: Auditorio Benito Juarez
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

More on Brook-Chaves cancellation

Earlier today, Matchroom Boxing announced that Kell Brook’s October 24 title defense against Diego Chaves – which was scheduled to air live on Showtime – has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Brook. The Showtime telecast is completely cancelled. Showtime announced that it will “consider” coverage of the rescheduled Brook-Chaves bout once event details are finalized.

The Sheffield show will still go ahead with Chris Eubank Jr topping the bill as he makes a final defense of his WBA interim world middleweight title against Tony Jeter. The winner of that bout will then be stripped and Alfonso Blanco will ascend to the WBA interim throne. Also, Gavin McDonnell defends his European bantamweight strap against former world title challenger Jeremy Parodi. Sky Sports will televise in the UK.

Fans who bought tickets will be entitled to full refunds or partial refunds if they’re still attending the show.



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

NBC Weights from Fairfax, Virginia

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Lamont Peterson 144 vs. Felix Diaz Jr. 144.2
Prichard Colon 148.8 vs. Terrel Williams 148.4
Anthony Peterson 136.6 vs. Mike Oliver 134.8
Alantez Fox 157.4 vs. Eric Mitchell 158.8
Jimmy Lange 175 vs. Mike Sawyer 177.6
Lennox Allen 167.8 vs. Istvan Zeller 166
David Grayton 146.2 vs. Martin Wright 146
Demond Nicholson 163.6 vs. Milton Nunez 159.8
Kareem Martin 147.2 vs. Christopher Degollado 156.2
Tommy Logan 129.8 vs. Canton Miller 130

Venue: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: NBC

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October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

beIN Sports en Español picks up Nietes-Alejo

beIN Sports en Español will broadcast the event dubbed “Filipinos vs Latinos,” headlined by the longest reigning Filipino world champion ever – WBO Light Flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs), who will be defending his title against unbeaten Mexican Juan “Pinky” Alejo (21-0-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the co-feature, undefeated Filipino Albert Pagara (24-0, 17 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against Nicaraguan William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (27-5, 23 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental junior featherweight belt.



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez opens training camp

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


World ranked Oscar Valdez has return to Los Angeles to start his training camp for his fourth and final fight of what has been a very successful 2015. Valdez will close out the year with a fight in December. “I am looking forward to fighting one more time here in 2015 so that I close what has been a very productive year with one more solid outing,” said Valdez.

Valdez (17-0, 15 KOs) is coming to the end of his third full year as a professional boxer after debuting in November 12, 2012 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. “This has been a very good year in terms of exposure and very good opposition and I hope that 2016 will be an even better and bigger year for my career,” said Valdez. (more…)



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Jessie Magdaleno: It’s exciting – I am going into my first 10-round main event

Undefeated world featherweight contender Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas is going into his first televised 10-round main event bout Saturday night at the Celebrity Theatre. He is taking on Vergel Nebran of the Phillippines. Magdaleno has a record of 21-0, 15 KOs. He is trained by Ismael Salas. Nebran, from The Philippines, is 14-9-1, 9 KOs. “It’s exciting because I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to fight in a 10 round main event. I will do my best in Phoenix,” said Jessie.

The bout will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas. Top Rank and Iron Boy are promoting. The first bell Saturday will be 6 pm with the televised bouts at 8 pm local time.

Today – Friday – the fighters will weigh 2 pm at Dave and Busters, 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

GGG, Lemieux, Gonzalez, Viloria all make weight

Photos: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions

Gennady Golovkin 159.4 vs. David Lemieux 159.8
(WBA/IBF/WBC interim middleweight championship)
Roman Gonzalez 111.4 vs. Brian Viloria 111.4
(WBC flyweight championship)
Luis Ortiz 237.8 vs. Matias Vidondo 261
(WBA interim heavyweight title)
Tureano Johnson 159.4 vs. Eamonn O’Kane 160
(IBF middleweight eliminator)

Ghislain Maduma 139.2 vs. Maurice Hooker 139.4
Lamont Roach Jr. 131.4 vs. Jose Bustos 130.4
Russian Madiyev 139.6 vs. Sean Gee 142.6

Venue: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Promoter: K2, Golden Boy
TV: PPV

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October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Brook-Chaves off due to Brook rib injury

British boxing in the autumn/fall of 2015: ’tis the season of postponement

By James Slater

Fight fans, like all sports fans, have at one time or another been forced to accommodate the frustration of big events being postponed. But (is it just me?) it seems more and more fights are being postponed these days. Just now, news has broken how Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title defence against Diego Chaves, originally set for October 24th, has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Brook.

Speaking on Kell’s behalf, his promoter Eddie Hearn said Brook was “desperate to fight” but that after a spell in hospital the fight had no chance of happening until later this year, and now Matchroom are looking at a new date for the end of 2015.

October 24th of this year was, of course, supposed to have been one of the biggest nights in British boxing for some time. This was the night that unbeaten British heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury was to have made his audacious and hugely vocalised challenge of world ruler Wladimir Klitschko. But, as fans know, that fight was postponed due to yet another injury – this one a calf injury picked up by the heavyweight king of the whole world. So now, with the Brook news, British fight fans have no boxer to root for a week tomorrow. (more…)



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Feigenbutz , De Carolis make weight

Photos: Fotostudio Kopfkino

Vincent Feigenbutz 165.8 vs. Giovanni De Carolis 167.8
(WBA interim super middleweight title)

Kubrat Pulev 245.8 vs. George Arias 224.4
Richard Commey 136.7 vs. Kakhaber Avetisian 136.2
Enrico Kölling 178.6 vs. Karel Horejsek 176.1
Leon Bauer (167.8 vs. Aleksandar Jankovic 162.7
Burak Sahin 229.3 vs. Ivica Perkovic 260.1
Arman Torosyan 159.2 vs. Nuhu Lawal 157.4
Aniya Seki 116 vs. Caroline Schröder 117.7
Agit Kabayel 240.5 vs. Maksym Pedyura 237.4
Alois Schwartz 159.8 vs. Nerdin Fejzovic 153.2
Max Meier 174.2 vs. Djordje Markovic 174.2

Venue: DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland

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October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

Photos: All Star Boxing

David “Severo” Carmona 115 vs. Richard “Meserito” Rodriguez 115

(WBO Latino super flyweight Title)

Luis “Chino” Delgadillo 116 vs. Sergio “Chiquis” Granados 116
Gabriel Perea 130 vs. Luis Epazote 129
Hugo “Anestesiador” Guarneros 114 vs. Victor Manuel Franco 115
Elias Olivares 113 vs. Erick Cisneros 113
Omar “Koreano” Flores 126 vs. Jeovanny De La Cruz 127
Mauricio “Gemelo” Cruz 104 vs. Sergio “Checo” Mejia 104

Venue: Blackberry Auditorium Mexico City, Mexico
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas
TV: Telemundo (US) 11:35 PM & Claro Sports (Latin America)
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx, first fight: 8:00 PM

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October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Peterson-Diaz press conference

Report & photos: Julian Burgower

The final press conference was held Thursday for the NBC-televised Premier Boxing Champions series between former world champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) and 2008 Olympic Medalist Felix “Hijo de Oro” Diaz 17-0, 8 KOs) on Saturday at the Eagle Bank Arena, in Fairfax, Virginia. The co-feature will include a ten-round junior middleweight clash between undefeated power punchers Prichard “Digget” Colon (16-0, 13 KOs) and Terrel Williams (14-0, 12 KOs).

Additionally on the card is Petersons’ brother Anthony, (35-1, 23 KOs). Looking to show a prime-time audience something fight fans in the DC arena are already familiar- that he’s not the only Peterson that can fight and he’s deserving of a title shot that has eluded him for way too long. Standing in the way of Anthony is Mike Oliver (26-6-1, 8 KOs) of Hartford, CT.

Also being featured are local favorites Jimmy Lange and prospect Alantez Fox. (more…)



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin motivated for Saturday

By Dave Spencer
Photos: William Hart, K2/Golden Boy

Gennady Golovkin has been a one-man wrecking crew since arriving and staking his place in the middleweight division. A perfect 33-0 record. 30 Knockouts. 20 straight stoppages. The last man to force him to the scorecards has already retired. Six years ago! Oh, one last thing, Golovkin says he is feeling ‘motivated’ for Saturday night.

Starring in an Apple watch commercial, life is certainly good right now for the 33-year-old Kazakhstan-born middleweight, but if the boxer was Tesla sports car, it looks as if he is done with ‘insane mode’ and fixated to launch ‘ludicrous mode’.

Headlining a sold out pay-per-view event at New York’s Madison Square Garden and a unification bout with IBF Champion David Lemieux, Golovkin already heralded as one of the best in the sport, seems ready to switch gears and leave all others behind him to eat his dust. “Finally, he has gotten someone who he considers as a threat,” trainer Abel Sanchez recently told assembled media at a public training session in Los Angeles. “Someone that he feels will give him a fight for as long as it lasts.” (more…)



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin-Lemieux: Bet on Gravity

By Dave Spencer

When asked on a recent conference call about the challenge that lay ahead in Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux responded in part by stating, “Everybody understands the gravity of this fight.”

Gravity indeed.

Although referring to the monumental task of taking on undefeated Gennady Golovkin in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden, Lemieux could have just as easily been referring to the laws of Sir Isaac Newton himself. No doubt the majority of fans and oddsmakers are banking on gravitational pull of one of the two boxers down towards the canvas and being inert for at least ten seconds.

Most oddmakers are establishing GGG as about a 16:1 favorite. Lemieux is roughly a 7:1 underdog, odds almost identical to Golovkin winning by decision. The undefeated fighter riding a streak of 20 stoppages is going off as a 1:5 pick to win by stoppage but a trip to the scorecards for WBA and WBC (interim) champ will get you 6:1. (more…)



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Carmona seeks repeat win tonight on Telemundo

Former two-time world title challenger David “Severo” Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs) of Mexico City will once again will face WBO #9, WBC #11 contender Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico City tonight. The bout will take place at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event will continue the fall season of Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc.

Carmona and Rodriguez first squared off over a year ago. It was a very competitive fight, but Carmona’s experience was the difference down the stretch. Carmona would go on to win a hard fought but well-deserved decision. (more…)



October 16th, 2015

UFC

Duffy Set Sights on Poirier; Not McGregor

Joe Duffy sat quietly as his fellow countryman Conor McGregor went on a verbal rampage during the UFC’s “GO BIG” press conference on Sept. 4 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN is LIVE ON UFC FIGHTPASS on Saturday, October 24 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing back in Veracruz on Saturday

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (48-14-1, 30 KOs) will dispute the WBC International featherweight title against Filipino Edward Mansito (13-2-2, 7 KOs) at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Veracruz this Saturday. “I know that I’m facing a strong opponent,” said Rojas. “I like to give people what they want to see. I won’t hold anything back. They pay to see a great show and I feel confident to fight against a hard punching fighter.”

In the co-featured fight, world ranked Marco Antonio Peribán (22-3-1, 14 KOs) will face Ghanaian Joshua Okine (28-4-1, 17 KOs) for a WBC regional super middleweight belt. “This is one step closer to the title,” said Periban. Now I’m train with a person I know very well. We’ve corrected many errors and I can beat Badou Jack and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.”



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing in the salty underground

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Boxing underground? Done. In a salt mine? Done. But only in one place in the world. For the last seven years, Polish promoter Tomasz Babiloński has been presenting fights in a beautifully restored, nearly 700-year-old salt mine in Wieliczka, Poland. It will happen again, near the famous city of Krakow, Poland. “This is something else. Nothing can compare to being here, to fight in this unique environment,” said Babiloński, who is promoting Saturday’s one-of-a-kind event in cooperation with Sferis KnockOut Promotions.

Babiloński, who has a knack for finding unusual places for boxing events and for finding world class talent (such as current IBF cruiserweight IBF champ Krzysztof Głowacki, who sensationally knocked out Marco Huck recently) has a right to call his events “the only one in the world.”

Saturday’s event, televised nationally in Poland by one of biggest European broadcasters, Polsat TV, will showcase fighters who have a last chance to be recognized. (more…)



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Legend Barry McGuigan backs young Scots boxer

How ‘Pinoy Pride’ fighters US debut may unfold

Donnie Nietes has Juan Alejo figured out



October 16th, 2015

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez looks to break into top 15 ranking on national TV December 5 in Fresno

USA Olympian, NABF Champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs) will have the biggest fight of his career when he gets an opportunity to fight for a WBC Continental Americas championship at one of the top arenas in the world on Saturday, December 5. A win will give Ramirez a Top-15 world rating and put him into a position to be a top contender. Champions including Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones and many other superstars have held the WBC Continental Americas belt.

The Save Mart Center is one of the most prestigious arenas in America according to ‘Venues Today,’ a leading trade publication that listed Save Mart Arena among its ‘Top Stops’ for venues in the 10,000 to 15,000 categories. The venue came in as the No 1 ranked collegiate venue and No. 4 in the United States and No. 12 in the world based on concert grosses. Save Mart Center was one of seven SMG-managed arenas to rank in the Top 10 in this size category.

“I feel honored and thankful for the opportunity given to me and I will do my best to give my greatest performance on December 5,” said Ramirez. (more…)



October 15th, 2015

Boxing News

MSG sold out for Golovkin-Lemieux

Photos: Will Hart / K2

K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions today hosted the final press conference for the Golovkin vs. Lemieux undercard prior to Saturday’s stellar sold-out night of boxing set for the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden and produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View on October 17. Roberto Duran, Panamanian former world champion in four weight classes, and one of the greatest boxers of all time, also stopped by the undercard press conference. He reflected briefly on his storied career and named Madison Square Garden as the home of his most memorable fights. Duran also spoke about his excitement for the fantastic bouts schedule for the Golovkin vs. Lemieux undercard on Saturday, October 17.

Below is what the fighters and their promoters had to say:

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: “I’m ready for this fight and will give my best. I don’t like to speak much, but I will say I had a great camp and feel strong and in good condition to win Saturday’s fight. I’m thankful and feel blessed that I am able to fight, and I am ready to give the fans a good fight.”

Brian Viloria: “I live, breathe and eat boxing. I try to keep in shape so I can fight as much as possible. I have prepared myself very well for this fight. I am doing a disservice if I don’t give it my best on Saturday. Fighting a guy like Gonzalez, the number one pound-four-pound fighter in the sport, is a big challenge. He is as big as it gets for me, in my career. He is the biggest challenge I’ve faced to date. I’m going to show you the best Brian Viloria you’ve ever seen. I’m prepared to take the title from Roman.” (more…)



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Spike TV Weights from Chicago

Photos: Jordan Hardy/Premier Boxing Champions

Andrzej Fonfara 174.6 vs. Nathan Cleverly 174.4

Kohei Kono 114.8 vs. Koki Kameda 115
(WBA super flyweight title)

Patryk Szymanski 156 vs. Richard Gutierrez 156
Eddie Ramirez 140.5 vs. Hevinson Herrera 141.5
Ronald Hearns 161.5 vs. Josue Obando 165
Alex Martin 147 vs. Kevin Womack Jr 142.5
Jose Quezada 140.5 vs. Moises Rios 140
Josh Hernandez 128.5 vs. Devon Hostler 131

Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Warriors
TV: Spike

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truTV Weights from Brooklyn

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Sean Monaghan 174.6 vs. Donovan George 175
(NABO light heavyweight title)

Brad Solomon 147.4 vs. Ray Serrano 148
John Joe Nevin 134.8 vs. Jose Guzman 132.4
Joseph Williams 187.2 vs. Joey Montoya 193
Steve Ortiz 134 vs. Thomas Smith 132.4

Venue: Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: truTV

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October 15th, 2015

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Quick Quotes from the Peterson-Diaz presser

By Julian Burgower

Former world champion Lamont Peterson and undefeated junior welterweight contender and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz faced off Thursday during the final press conference in Washington DC’s Hamilton Live in advance of Saturday afternoon’s Premier Boxing Champions NBC telecast.

Lamont Peterson: How’s everybody doing? I would like to thank God for another healthy, productive training camp. I would like to thank my team, Team Headbangers. I’m looking forward to this fight. I’m always looking forward to fighting. I wish I could fight every month, I swear I do, but I understand that it’s a business. I’m happy I’m fighting this weekend. It’s been another tremendous training camp. I’m looking for a tough fight. Felix prepared well and I’m ready. I wish we could fight tonight [laughs]…but I guess I can wait…I guess. I promise to put on a show.

Felix Diaz: I’ve trained hard for this fight like any other fight and I encourage all the people to come out and support this fight. Thank you very much. (more…)



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