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Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com After dipping his toe into the post-140-pound pool in his past two catch-weight starts, former ...

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Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron WBO #8, WBA #10 Joseph Parker (14-0, 12 KOs) will clash with WBO #13 ...

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Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC youth super-welterweight champ Ryosuke Maruki (10-3-1, 7 KOs), 149, successfully kept his belt when he kept ...

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Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In main event action, four-time world champion, Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (36-4, 21KO) annihilated ...

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Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

By Edgar DeGrass Photos: Suzanne Teresa / PBC Former WBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-1, 10 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous ...

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ESPN2 weights from Foxwoods

Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) returns to Foxwoods’ Fox Theatre to face Tony “The Lightning” Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas lightweight championship live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.

Karl Dargan: Tomorrow night they might like “Lighting” but when “Lighting” strikes “Dynamite” it is going to blow up. We will see what happens.

Tony Luis: I am ready to put on the fight of my life.

Karl Dargan 135 vs. Tony Luis 134.2
Jeff Lacy 168.2 vs. Sullivan Barrera 172.4
Russell Lamour 159 vs. Thomas Falowo 158.4
Shane Mosley Jr 161.4 vs. Rafael Machado 161.8

Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: Main Events
TV: ESPN2

More weights and photos…



January 29th, 2015


Boxing News

WBO #1 rated “Head” Glowacki media training in Torun

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBO #1 ranked cruiserweight Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (23-0, 15 KOs) with his trainer Fiodor Lapin worked out for fans and media before Saturday night’s WBO title eliminator against Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (36-6, 20 KOs). The fight is promoted by Sferis KnockOut Promotions.



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Matchmaker Eric Bottjer remembers Cedric Kushner

By Flattop

Promoter Cedric Kushner suffered a fatal heart attack Thursday morning. He was 66 years old. Eric Bottjer, the matchmaker for Cedric Kushner Promotions from 1997 thru 2004, had the following to say about working with his former boss and friend.

How was it working with Cedric?: “Number one it was fun. We had a lot of fun. Cedric was a hardworking guy, a gregarious guy. We learned a lot from him. Everyone will tell you that he made the work a lot more enjoyable because of the way he was. He enjoyed himself, the business and the people in the business.”

What were some of the fights promoted by Cedric that you remember the most?: “Shane Mosley defeating Oscar De La Hoya (September 13, 2000). Hasim Rahman’s knockout over Lennox Lewis (April 22, 2001). Ike Ibeabuchi against Chris Byrd (March 20, 1999).”

What do you take away the most from working with Cedric?: “He taught me to be patient with the people in the business, how to deal with the different types of people. He could deal with the executives at HBO and the guys who were four or six round fighters. He was good at making deals and he taught me how to make deals. He was very proud of his business.”



January 29th, 2015

UFC

UFC 183 Fantasy Preview

A legend will return at UFC 183 when Anderson “The Spider” Silva steps back into the Octagon for the first time in over a year following a devastating leg injury that many thought might end his career . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox tripleheader set for Feb 20

High-energy hometown favorite and unbeaten welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. (17-0, 13 KOs) will return to action seeking his 10th consecutive victory by knockout when he takes on fellow southpaw Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ghana, in the 10-round main event of a February 20 ShoBox tripleheader from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

In the co-feature of the Goossen Promotions event, former longtime Cuban amateur star and current third-ranked WBC light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs, 1 NC), of Miami via Guantanamo, Cuba, will take on undefeated Craig Baker (15-0, 11 KOs), of Baytown, Texas, in an 8/10-round bout.

In the opening bout of the telecast, talented southpaw and WBA #7 ranked featherweight Claudio Marrero (17-1, 13 KOs), of Miami by way of the Dominican Republic, will box an opponent to be announced in an eight-round match. (more…)



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

RIP Cedric Kushner

By Karl Freitag

Longtime New York City boxing promoter Cedric Kushner passed away today from a heart attack at the age of 66. Kushner promoted many shows seen on HBO in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He specialized in heavyweight matches. He also did budget pay-per-view telecasts called “Heavyweight Explosion” and promoted an eight-man, one-night heavyweight tournament called “Fistful of Dollars” (won by Tony Thompson). He was the promoter of Hasim Rahman when Rahman won the heavyweight title in 2001 by knocking out Lennox Lewis in South Africa. However Rahman then abandoned Kushner and signed with rival promoter Don King. There was a lawsuit between Kushner and King, with King ultimately retaining the rights to Rahman. Kushner wasn’t actively promoting boxing in recent years.

A South Africa native who moved to the USA in the 70s, Kushner came to boxing from the music industry where he promoted the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Journey and even The Rolling Stones. In addition to Rahman, Kushner promoted Shane Mosley, Joel Casamayor, Shannon Briggs, Jameel McCline, David Tua and Michael Grant and many more. Kushner was popular with the press corps and will be fondly remembered.



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez returns home May 9th, Fresno CA to Selland Arena

WILL DEFEND NABF TITLE ON A TOP RANK CHAMPIONSHIP CARD

USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KO’s) will return home to defend his NABF Jr title in the “Fight For Water 4,” Saturday, May 9 at the Selland Arena. The card will be televised nationally at 11p ET/PT on Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on UniMas. Ramirez last fought Oct 25th in his hometown, where a record-setting 10,000 people watched him capture his first title.

“There is no place like home, and I’m ready. It’s an honor to fight in front of my friends, family and community. Nothing is more important than fighting for water,” said Ramirez of defending his belt in Fresno.

The “Fight For Water” series was developed to help bring much-needed attention to the water issues in California. The overall goal of this installment is the same as the previous three: to focus attention on bringing water back to the Central Valley. (more…)



January 29th, 2015

UFC

UFC & SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. announce UFC Fight Night Manila, May 16

The UFC® today announced their inaugural, and much anticipated UFC Fight Night Manila event in partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment inc. The first UFC event in Asia of 2015 will take place in Manila on the 16th May 2015 at the city’s destination venue, SM Mall of Asia Arena.  (more…)



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Marquez: Estrada is here to win

Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez has backed Daniel Estrada to defeat Kevin Mitchell when the pair clash at The O2 on Saturday night. The Mexican legend is part of Team Estrada as he takes on Mitchell for the WBC Silver Lightweight title in a final eliminator the World strap. Estrada challenged Omar Figueroa for that title in August in Los Angeles, giving the champion everything he could handle in an entertaining nine round fight on the undercard of Kell Brook’s World title win over Shawn Porter, and four-weight World king Marquez is backing his man to land a second shot at the crown – but knows that Mitchell poses a tough challenge.

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January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing bracing for millions of new TV viewers

By Karl Freitag

What kind of audiences are we talking about for the two upcoming Al Haymon/Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC and Spike TV?

We can get an idea from the MMA numbers on those networks. UFC’s Saturday night prime time telecasts on FOX generally pull in around three million viewers, so we could expect a somewhat similar audience size when prime time boxing debuts on NBC March 7 with a doubleheader featuring WBA welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr.

There are five prime time boxing telecasts scheduled for NBC, as well as six Saturday afternoon telecasts. Over the last two years, NBC televised several Saturday afternoon cards with very good audiences such as Adamek-Cunningham with 1.6 million viewers (3.2 million peak) and Fury-Cunningham 1.2 million viewers (1.7 million peak). The numbers dropped off for later NBC afternoon cards, but premium-network quality cards will likely once again attract millions.

Spike TV’s MMA shows averaged 727,000 in 2014 and twice peaked over one million viewers. The Premier Boxing Champions show on March 13 featuring Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia will probably do similarly. (more…)



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Chauncy Welliver confident he’ll beat Sonny Bill Williams

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

American heavyweight Chauncy Welliver (55-10-5, 22 KOs) has arrived in Sydney for his scheduled ten round bout against Rugby Union and Rugby League star Sonny Bill Williams (6-0, 3 KOs) on Saturday at the Allphones Arena at Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Welliver talked to Fightnews.com and said he’s “feeling good.”

“In Sydney now and started off very confident, but gaining more confidence as the days go by,” said Welliver. “Ready for the big win Saturday night.”

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On the undercard, hot heavyweight prospect Willis Meehan (2-0, 2 KOs) will clash with American Freddie Miller (3-9, 2 KOs) over six rounds. The 19-year-old Meehan is the son of former world heavyweight contender Kali Meehan.



January 29th, 2015

UFC

Tim Boetsch: Changing the Definition of a Must-Win Fight

Tim Boetsch can breathe a little easier these days. Following a decisive second-round finish of Brad Tavares last August that broke up a 1-3 string, “The Barbarian” doesn’t have to answer the age-old question presented to guys who are 1-3 in their previous four fights . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Stage set for Irish hero Carl Frampton

Kell Brook talks about the machete attack.

More on the Pacquiao-Mayweather get-together.

Rocky Juarez calls it a career.

Dmitriy Salita’s Brooklyn Brawl series gets a nice writeup in the Wall Street Journal



January 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

By Karl Freitag

Catch weight #1: Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson will be at a 143lb catch weight. That’s two straight non-title fights for Garcia, who holds the WBC and WBA 140lb belts. Peterson is the IBF 140lb champion. Rather than unify, this scenario preserves the world titles of both champions.

Catch weight #2: Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland will fight at a catch weight of 155 lbs in May. That’s four straight catch weight fights for Canelo. Previously the catch weight for Canelo-Lara was 155, Canelo-Angulo was 155, and Canelo-Mayweather was 152.

Golden Boy Promotions is planning a March 6 Fox Sports 1 card at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Originally built in 1926, the building was restored in 2011. Appearing on the telecast is hot Irish super middleweight prospect Jason Quigley (3-0, 3 KOs). The headliners are still TBA.

IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is a whopping 16:1 favorite over Bryant Jennings in early odds for their April 25 fight at Madison Square Garden. Jennings is relinquishing a mandatory fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to take this shot against Klitschko.

2008 and 2012 Brazilian Olympian and 2011 amateur world champion Everton Lopes will be making his professional debut on February 27 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The highly regarded Lopes is managed by Sheer Management and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Super bantamweight prospect Isaac “Dynamite” Zarate (9-1-1, 1 KO) has been signed to a 5-year contract by Thompson Boxing Promotions. He is trained and managed by Eddie Gonzalez

51-year-old former world champion Virgil Hill (50-7, 23 KOs) is penciled in to fight Roger Cantrell (15-3, 8 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout on February 28 at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Hill’s last fight was in 2007.



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Weights from NYC

Luis Rosa 123¾ vs. Noel Echevarria 122¾
Rafael Vazquez 122 vs. Joseph Rios 120.5
Travis Peterkin 180½ vs. Julio Garcia 182
Shawn Cameron 154 vs. Daniel Calzada 153¾
Christopher Galeano 155¾ vs. Alexander Mancera 156
Wesley Ferrer 134¼ vs. Hilario Medina 134½
Steed Woodall 161 vs. Jas Phipps 160½
Ivan Golub 156½ vs. Rashawn McCain 155½
Lennox Allen 173 vs. Kojo Issah 173
Ivan Baranchyk 138½ vs. Ian James 138½

Venue: DiBella Entertainment
Promoter: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York City



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather visits Pacquiao’s hotel room

After their chance meeting at an NBA game in Miami, the LA Times is reporting that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao hooked up later that night in Pacquiao’s hotel suite. Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz told the newspaper “Everyone left on good terms. Floyd’s very personable, very cordial.” Koncz chalked up the encounter with Floyd to divine intervention, telling the Times “Like Manny said, ‘It’s God’s will.’ God put us together.” Manny and Floyd were reportedly together for over an hour.



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Santa Cruz negotiations are underway

WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) is encouraged by reports that World Boxing Council (WBC) title-holder Leo Santa Cruz’ promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, believes a Rigondeaux-Santa Cruz unification fight has to happen. The 34-year-old Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been restricted to Asia for his last two fights, subsequently in low-profile matches, due to the lack of desire by any world-class super bantamweight to challenge the Cuban star. Rigondeaux stopped WBO #6 rated challenger Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19 KOs) after 11 rounds in Osaka, Japan this past New Year’s Eve. Last July, “Rigo” knocked out Sod Kokietgym (62-2-1) in the opening round of their fight in Macao, China.

“It’s good to know that Santa Cruz’ promoter has stated that our unification fight has to happen,” an ecstatic Rigondeaux said. “I want to add his (WBC) green belt to my WBA and WBO championship collection. I’ve wanted this fight for some time. Let’s hope this is not just idle talk. Let’s do it!” (more…)



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Hammer open training in Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

On February 28 at the O2 Arena in London, heavyweight Christian Hammer (17-2, 10 KOs) will test skills of Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO mandatory challenger Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KO). Hammer, who is right now in Poland to cheer for his friend Nuri Seferi in Saturday night’s WBO eliminator against Krzysztof Głowacki, did not waste any time and worked out in front of TV cameras.



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Thurman, Guerrero, Broner and Molina talk about their March 7 fights on prime time NBC

By Karl Freitag

Premier Boxing Champions fighters WBA welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, former four-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and super lightweight contender John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr., hosted an international media conference call to discuss their Saturday, March 7 bouts taking place live on NBC (8:30PM ET/5:30PM PT) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Keith Thurman: Robert’s never been stopped and when I hear a fighter’s never been stopped, I hear that as a challenge…we’re looking for a fight that lasts less than twelve rounds, but we’ll be prepared no matter what the outcome…I’m going to do a little wrestling in my training camp…he’s not going to be able to surprise me by roughhousing me on the inside.

Unlike Mayweather, I like diversity. I want to fight the boxers, I want to fight the punchers, I want to fight the world, baby!

After March 7, they can no longer say ‘Who has Keith “One Time” Thurman ever fought?’

This is a measuring stick to outperform Mayweather in his hometown.

Robert Guerrero: I think this is going to be even bigger (than Guerrero’s fight with Floyd Mayweather) with the viewing audience that comes with NBC. I’m very excited about it and focused and ready to go.

Keith hasn’t fought nobody like me.

Mayweather is fast. On his feet and with his hands. That guy (Thurman’s last opponent Leonard Bundu) was no comparison at all. If you’re comparing stuff like that (being an Olympian and being undefeated), it’s laughable.

Adrien Broner: I’m just ready to put on a show. I know John Molina’s gonna come swinging for the fences. This could be a big turnaround for his career. If he beats Adrien Broner who knows where his career can go? John Molina’s not the enemy though. I like him. He’s kind of cool. He can hang with me one day.

I know he’s rough, and tough and as cool as Cheeto Puffs, but I’m the man, man. I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. I’m the “Can Man.” Anybody can get it and John Molina’s the one that’s gonna have to take this beating on March 7.

I definitely will be world champion at 140lbs one day. I feel like with my skills, if I come in and do what I gotta do, it’s a great chance that I do stop John Molina.

John Molina: I feel like I’ll be the stronger man in the ring…I’m 100% confident that I’ll be able to implement my will and do what I have to do to come victorious that night.

To me I can care less what Adrien Broner brings to the table. I don’t worry about what he’s doing in his camp. I have things that I have to work on in my camp in order to become victorious that night…on March 7 we’ll find out who really is the truth.



January 28th, 2015

UFC

Miesha Tate: A Cupcake in Nickname Only

When it comes to nicknames, Miesha Tate has one of the more interesting ones in the world of women’s MMA, but while some of her reason for choosing the moniker “Cupcake” has to do with her love for baking, just as much comes from another love: proving people wrong . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing returns tomorrow

The first blizzard of 2015 is over and New Yorkers can now warm up with a night of heated boxing action at the famed BB King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square on Thursday for the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s longstanding Broadway Boxing series. Headlining the 10-bout card will be unbeaten super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa Jr. (17-0, 7 KOs). The world-rated Rosa will be returning to Broadway Boxing for the first time since December 2013, when he faces rugged Noel Echevarria (11-4, 6 KOs) in an eight-round clash. (more…)



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Persoon – Boss lands in Bern, Switzerland

The purse bid for the mandatory defence of Belgian Delfine Persoon against Swiss official challenger Nicole Boss for the WBC lightweight title took yesterday place at the EBU offices in Rome.
The Swiss team outbided the Belgians and the title fight will end up in Bern, Switzerland probably on April 25 or 26. No exact figures are known but it is rumoured to be a nice offer by the winning team.
This is a huge setback for Delfine Persoon who had scheduled this fight or a voluntary defence in her hometown of Zwevezele on April 6th. With the 2 dates too close to each other they had to cancel that fight. What with the remaining of the show will happen will be decided in the coming days. It is at the moment not sure if they will maintain the date and the same program. Hedi Slimani was due to fight for the vacant WBC Francophone lightweight title against Yoann Portailler and a very interesting Belgian cruiserweight titlefight between Yves Ngabu and the extremely talented Ryad Merhy.



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury prepare for big fights in February

By Peter Fury

Ask any professional boxer to name the toughest part of their profession and they’ll tell you training camp stands out above everything else. It’s often tougher than a gruelling 12-rounder and it’s often tougher than taking a beating on fight night. Training camp can last for months and it only ever gets harder. In camp right now we’ve got Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury and young Dempsey Fury, who is having his first fight with us (also on February 28). Training is intense at the moment and we’re looking forward to starting sparring next Monday. That’s when full sparring will begin for three weeks.

Everything is going well and they’re all in good spirits and looking fit and healthy. All three kids can’t wait to get into the ring and get away from training camp. This is the hard part right here. Training camp is so intense, so difficult and so mundane, they can’t wait to get into that ring and take it out on the opponents. Still, we rotate things to keep it fresh. For example, last Monday we ran up a steep hill in long grass and snow, and this Monday we ran up a steep hill on tarmac. (more…)



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

New York City boxing leader Tony Mazzarella has passed away

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New York City boxing leader Tony Mazzarella passed away after a long illness this past Monday at the age of 75. During his long career in boxing, Mazzarella was a former New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) Deputy Commissioner and inspector – honorary NYSAC Deputy Commissioner the past few years – Ring 8 treasurer, New York State Sports Commission member, amateur (including Golden Mittens and Mayor’s Week of Boxing) and professional promoter (co-promoter of Ring Promotions) and the major influence in the founding of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF).

“Tony was a loyal, dedicated Ring 8 member for more than 30 years,” his close friend and Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said.” Without his restaurant, the Waterfront Crabhouse (in Long Island City), serving as the home of Ring 8, I don’t think there would be a Ring 8 today if not for Tony’s generosity and perseverance. He kept Ring 8 alive and due to his diligence, Ring 8 has always maintained its integrity. It was his idea to found the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. (more…)



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC calls on Mayweather and Pacquiao to make the fight the world wants to see

By Gabriel F. Cordero

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman hasn’t lost hope for the mega-fight between boxing stars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to take place May 2 in Las Vegas or at least some time this year and says it’s important for boxing that the fight be made.

Coincidentally, Mayweather and Pacquiao met face-to-face for the first time ever on Tuesday night at a Miami Heat basketball game.



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Christina Hammer opponent named

Unbeaten WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) faces Kali Reis (7-3-1, 3 KOs) on March 7 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Hammer is returning from a controversial world 154lb title fight against Anne Sophie Mathis last July that first appeared to be a KO win for Mathis, but was ruled a DQ win for Hammer by referee Manfred Küchler. The result was later changed to a no-contest.

The SES 100th anniversary card will also include two other regional title fights with light heavyweight Dominic Boesel and cruiserweight Dennis Ronert against TBAs.



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Patrick Teixeira new kid in the 154 pound block

By Hesiquio Balderas

Patrick Teixeira is not your typical fighter, he’s not your typical boxer either. His style is a rare combination that makes him exciting for the fans, he fights tall and relies on his tremendous punching power, specially with his right hook. This southpaw one punch knockout artist from Brazil is a high profile contender and a rising star who currently holds the WBO Latino super welterweight belt and has a perfect professional record of 24 victories with 20 knockouts.

Teixeira has been making a name for himself like the old fighters used to do, and that’s fighting everywhere. While polishing his craft he’s been in Mexico, Brazil, Miami, California and he has been creating a buzz a long the way with each victory due to his aggressive style.

“It has always been my dream to be a boxer, I always wanted to go to America and fight there, thank god I’ve done that. I also wanted to fight in Mexico because that’s the style of fighting that I have, I like to go for the knockout, fight inside and I want to be known as an exciting fighter,” Patrick told Fightnews.com. (more…)



January 28th, 2015

UFC

Nick Diaz Knows What You Think About Him – He Also Knows You Cannot Turn Away

Nick Diaz just doesn’t care what you think about him.

Sure, if you like his relentless attacking style in the UFC Octagon and his angry defiance outside of the cage, he’s cool with that. And if you’re among the legion of mixed-martial arts fans who believe he needs a serious attitude adjustment? Well, that’s your problem, not his . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 183 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao and Mayweather meet at NBA game

Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather met for the first time on Tuesday night at an NBA basketball game in Miami. Both fighters were sitting courtside across from each other and had a brief conversation at halftime.



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Both Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao wait for word from Floyd Mayweather. More

Carl Frampton vs. Chris Avalos gets ITV coverage. More

Eye injury forces early retirement for Matt Goddard. More

Australian coverage on the business of being Floyd Mayweather. More



January 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Terence “Bud” Crawford mulls over options at 140

By Bill Green
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Omaha, Nebraska’s world lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) is planning his next move…. only this time it will be in a new division, the jr welterweight division. Regarding the recent decision to move up weight Crawford confidently stated ” I have basically competed at this weight my entire career, even in the amateurs (132). It is time for a change and I’m really excited to see what challenges are at 140. There is some great talent at 140.”

Crawford is right on point by admitting that the talent at 140lbs is strong. Fight fans are just oozing to see how Crawford would fare against the likes of Danny “Swift” Garcia 29-0 (17), Adrian “The Problem” Broner 29-1 (22), or Ruslan Provodnikov 24-3 (17).

However, those are mega fights and for now lead trainer and Co-manager, Brian “Bomac” Mcintyre, stated “We are looking at March 28th in Vegas. Several names are being considered including Lucas Matthysse, Chris Algieri, and Mauricio Herrera. It really doesn’t matter to us, Bud will be ready. He is always ready to go, he is a pure athlete. I truly believe that the best is yet to come.” (more…)



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Mora-Han is officially announced

On Friday, Feb. 6, DiBella Entertainment and Goossen Promotions will present an exciting edition of ESPN “Friday Night Fights” when former junior middleweight champion and “The Contender: Season One” winner Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (27-3-2, 9KO’s) takes on Abraham “Abie” Han (23-1, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round middleweight contest with the vacant USBA title belt at stake. This event is set to take place at MGM Resorts International’s beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

“This will be a highly competitive fight between two world-ranked middleweights in Mora and Han, on Feb. 6. Both are coming off big victories on HBO Latino in 2014,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “The winner will establish himself as a future championship contender.”

“Abie jumped right at this opportunity when it was offered,” said Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions. “It’s a big fight for Abie coming off his win over Marcos Reyes in October and he’ll be well prepared.” (more…)



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Sampson, WBC announce big money 154lb tourney

Today, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing in conjunction with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced “The Jose Sulaiman Cup: WBC Super Welterweight Tournament.” A big money, eight-man, single-elimination tournament featuring super welterweight contenders from eight different countries and three continents, “The Jose Sulaiman Cup” is being held to honor the late WBC President, Jose Sulaiman.

The tournament will begin with two brackets of four fighters each. In bracket one will be WBC #8 John Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) of the US Virgin Islands facing WBC #13 Dennis Laurente (49-5, 30 KOs) of The Philippines, and Cuba’s Yudel Jhonson (16-1, 9 KOs) taking on Mexico’s Jorge Cota (24-1, 22 KOs).

In the second bracket, WBC #5 Sergey Rabchenko (25-1, 18 KOs) will fight Argentina’s WBC #10 Luciano Cuello (35-3, 17 KOs), and the USA’s Domonique Dolton (15-0, 8 KOs) will face Poland’s Lukasz Maciec (22-2-1, 5 KOs).

The winners of these fights will then face each other in a semi-final and then those two winners will fight, for the right to have their name engraved on the inaugural Jose Sulaiman Cup.

Opening-round tournament participants will receive $50,000 each for their participation. Making it to round two will earn each fighter $100,000 and a trip to the finals will bring a purse of $200,000 to both participants. Making the finals will earn both fighters $350,000 in one year. (more…)



January 27th, 2015

Boxing News

NFL’s Gates Returns To Promote Detroit Show

Photo: Bob Ryder

Photo: Bob Ryder


By Bob Ryder

San Diego Chargers star and Detroit native, Antonio Gates is back promoting his second show in the Motor City as the Masonic Temple will be the scene for a night of pro boxing on Friday, February 6. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas has lined up Detroit’s Ronnie Austion versus Donald Ward in the main event in what could prove to be the toughest test of undefeated Austion’s pro career. Ward was last seen here getting overwhelmed by Tony Harrison but Austion is neither as big or as experienced as Harrison, making this a potential closer match up. AG Promotions are high on young Austion, going as far as to tout him as “the next Floyd Mayweather”. 20 year old Ronnie does have some skills and has garnered the support of fellow boxers such as Adrien Broner (Broner was ringside for Austion’s last fight) but has a bit more to prove before being crowned as the heir to Mayweather. Decisively beating Ward would be at least a small right step in that direction. The main event is scheduled for six rounds. (more…)



January 27th, 2015

UFC

Anderson Silva Ready to Restart Career, Reinforce Legacy

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January 27th, 2015




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