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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday ...

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Junior welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, 28-0, 16 KOs, held an open training session ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day

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Danny Garcia holds open media

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao ups the effort for Typhoon Haiyan relief. More

Lou DiBella will promote a card that will be one of the last events for the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. More

Looking more and more like Amir Khan won the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes. More

Dereck Chisora geared up for a “heavy” year. More



February 11th, 2014



Boxing Result

Maldonado punishes and stops Nater

Welterweight Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr (18-2, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over late sub John Nater (13-5, 10 KOs) on Monday night at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. Maldonado dropped Nater with a body shot in round three. Another body shot put Nater down in round four. The fight was stopped by Nater’s corner after round four. Maldonado was originally slated to face former world champion Steve Forbes, who was pulled from the bout due to a failed pre-fight medical exam.

Unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian welterweight Errol Spence Jr. (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to impress with a fourth round KO over Peter Olouch (12-7-2, 6 KOs). Spence scored a knockdown in round four and then dropped Olouch again in the same round to end it. Time was 1:39.

2012 U.S. Olympian middleweight Terrell Gausha (13-2, 6 KOs) pounded on George Sosa (13-5, 13 KOs) for eight rounds, taking a lopsided 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 unanimous decision.



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

O’Connor tops Beantown St. Patrick’s Day card

The popular Golden Boy Live! boxing series heads to Boston for a St. Patrick’s Day night of fights on Monday, March 17. Golden Boy Promotions is teaming up with Murphy’s Boxing U.S.A. and Back East Promotions to bring boxing back to Beantown at the House of Blues. In the welterweight main event scheduled for 10 rounds, local hero Danny O’Connor (23-2, 7 KOs) takes on Andrew Farmer (17-2, 7 KOs) and the co-feature Dublin’s Jamie Kavanagh (15-1-1, 7 KOs) face off against an opponent to be named in an eight-round lightweight bout. Both fights will air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. (more…)



February 10th, 2014

UFC

EA SPORTS UFC Brings Fighters to Life in All New Gameplay Video

image003EA SPORTS™ UFC® kicks off 2014 with the first look at the future of sports video games. EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series: Next-Gen Fighters is a new video that spotlights how EA SPORTS UFC will bring the next-generation of videogame athletes to life by recreating the real-world athleticism, physiology and emotion of world class fighters in ways never possible before. By leveraging the latest technology to capture and deliver the most true-to-life likeness and motion of each fighter, a new bar has been set. In the world of EA SPORTS UFC, Anthony Pettis has his swagger, Georges St-Pierre respects the opposition and Jon Jones really gets to be Jon Jones. Watch all these athletes come to life in EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series: Next-Gen Fighters now. (more…)



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs Making Comeback!

By Jose E. Santiago

On February 23, 2014 Route 30 Promotions presents its 2014 Sunday Night Fights (SNF) season opener, titled Pain & Pleasure. After promoting two spectacular shows late in 2013, this season’s first installment promises to be action packed. Featured in the main event, former heavyweight title holder Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (51-6; 45 KO) makes his return to the ring against Trinidad’s Kerston Manswell (24-8; 18 KO). Briggs hasn’t seen action since his 12 round unanimous decision lost to Vitali Klitschko in 2010.

Also featured on the card are knockout artist Meegal “Mayhem” Harper (9-0 7KO) undefeated Quatavious “King” Cash (7-0 4KO) and , Kenny “BulletHands” McNeil (5-1 2KO). (more…)



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

New WBC President to be elected tomorrow

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC will choose the new WBC president tomorrow (February 11) in Mexico City. The choice will be by a voting panel of 26 members representing the 10 federations (each with two votes), plus the vote of the six vice presidents and the winner must have at least 75% or 19.5 votes of the 26 participants. The voting will be open to the media. It appears likely that the new WBC president could be Mauricio Sulaiman, who coincidentally is currently the same age as his father was when he became WBC president in 1975. Tonight at the Perpetuo Socorro Church in Lomas de Chapultepec will be a last farewell mass for the late president Jose Sulaiman.



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Don King praises Russian President Putin

By Don King

Thank you, President Vladimir Putin. I, Don King, along with all Americans wish you continued success in your battle against terror. We are very happy and overwhelmingly proud to bear witness to the beautiful pageantry honoring the Russian culture, history and people of the opening ceremony and the start of the winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. The ceremony was not only spectacular, it occurred without any untoward violence or negative incidents. (more…)



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Maldonado Jr. returns tonight

Southpaw sensation Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (17-2, 14 KO’s) may hail from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but if the 22-year-old keeps delivering performances like his recent seventh-round stoppage of Luis Ramos Jr., fans in San Antonio are likely to adopt him as one of their own. Maldonado Jr., a former amateur star who bounced back from two 2012 losses to win four consecutive bouts, three by knockout, is back at Cowboys Dancehall tonight when he faces hard-hitting Puerto Rican John Nater (13-4, 10 KOs) on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes in the main event of the second 2014 installment Golden Boy Live!.



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Chisora: I’ll cut Johnson down and then it’s Fury

Dereck Chisora aims to make quick work of Kevin Johnson this Saturday at the Copper Box Arena to send a warning to rival Tyson Fury. Chisora defends his WBO/WBA International Heavyweight titles against the tough American, who took big-punching Fury the distance in December 2012, and knows he needs an impressive showing to keep on track for his summer grudge match with the Manchester traveller.

Undefeated Fury took Chisora’s British and Commonwealth titles and unbeaten record in July 2011 and features as chief support on the undercard this Saturday in a ten-rounder against American Joey Abell. (more…)



February 10th, 2014

UFC

Francisco Trinaldo: Life is Good

Life is good these days for Francisco Trinaldo. Note that I didn’t write ‘easier,’ because life as a professional fighter is always hard. But when you’ve come from the depths of poverty like “Massaranduba” has, made it to the pinnacle of your profession, and have enough money in your pocket to finally live comfortably, hard work is a price he will always be willing to pay . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 10th, 2014

Boxing Result

Chris Algieri: The stakes just get higher and higher

Algieri vs. ArnaoutisInterview by Arvin Nundloll
Photos by Peter Frutkoff

Chris “The Fighting Pride of Huntington” Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs) faces one of the toughest fights of his career against #6 IBF jr welterweight contender the “Tranzformer” Emmanuel Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) on this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Fighting in his hometown at the Paramount Theater, Algieri took time out of his training to discuss with FightNews his career and future, and the showdown with Taylor. (more…)



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Ali Raymi issues challenge to #1 Wanheng

By Robert Coster

Colorful, eccentric and always exciting WBO #7 minimumweight contender Ali Raymi of Yemen has issued a challenge to touted WBC #1, WBO #2 and WBA #4 rated Wanheng Menayothin of Thailand. Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs) achieved a measure of fame by breaking the record for most consecutive first round knockouts from the beginning of a career. Wanheng boasts an unbeaten record of 32-0, 10 KOs. Raymi has challenged the Thai contender to travel to Yemen for the fight, promising him a $20,000 purse. “I know that in Thailand, promoters pay Wanheng in pineapples, coconuts and flavored condoms,” stated Raymi. “I’m offering him real money to fight me in Yemen.” (more…)



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Stuart Hall set for first IBF title defense

BF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall (16-2-1, 7 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against Commonwealth champion Martin Ward (18-2, 4 KOs) at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on March 29. Hall claimed the vacant title in a December clash against South Africa’s Vusi Malinga.

“I’m taking Martin Ward seriously because this could be the biggest banana skin of my career if I slip up against him,” revealed Hall. “He’s a tricky southpaw, but I’ve just beaten two of the best southpaws in the world [in Sergio Perales and Vusi Malinga]. I’ve got in my head what I’m going to do and I’m going to take care of business and keep hold of my title. But it’s a brilliant fight for the North East; that’s why it’s happening.”



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather’s official Khan/Maidana poll ends, Khan scores come from behind victory

Marcos Maidana was a clear winner on most independent polls, but Amir Khan came from way behind to win the one poll that mattered, Floyd Mayweather’s own poll. Maidana had a sizable lead on Floyd’s poll as well, until Khan appealed to his 1.4 million Twitter followers to help him out. Khan then swept past Maidana in the last days of the poll that will allegedly decide Floyd’s next opponent.

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February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo Spring Lineup Announced

Below are the fights for the Spring season of Boxeo Telemundo Ford. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the series.

March 14 – Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL (Tickets 4079351412)
Jonathan Oquendo (PR) Vs. Guillermo Avila (MX)
(12 Rounds WBC Latin Super Bantamweight Title)
Jonathan Vidal (PR) Vs. Antonio Tostado 6 Rounds Bantamweights
Emmanuel De Jesus (PR) Vs. TBA 6 Rounds Welterweights
Luis Olivares (US) Vs. TBA 4 Rounds Lightweights

March 21 – A La Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, FL (Tickets 8138420338)
Matthew Villanueva (US) Vs. David Carmona (MX)
(12 Rounds WBO Latin Super Flyweight Title)
Manny Woods (US) Vs. Marquis Davis (US) 8 Rounds
(Florida State Jr. Middleweight Title)
Toribio Ramirez (US) Vs. TBA 4 Rounds Featherweights

March 28 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF (Tickets ticketmaster.com.mx)
Marvin Mabait (PH) Vs. Alejandro Hernandez (MX)
(12 Rounds WBO Intercontinental Bantamweight Title)

April 4, 2014 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF (Tickets ticketmaster.com.mx)
Julian Rivera (MX) Vs. Joebert Alvarez (PH)
(12 Rounds WBC Continental Americas Flyweight Title)
Luis Olivares (US) Vs. TBA 6 Rounds Lightweights



February 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Is the North East region of Canada’s great era of boxing back with Billy Hardy? More

“This fight I’m going to get credit I deserved from the first fight,” says Timothy Bradley about his upcoming rematch with Manny Pacquiao. “That’s the bottom line.” More

Former champ Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was a guest of honor at a recent American Cancer Society benefit. More

Kenneth Egan struggles to get his life back on track. More



February 9th, 2014

UFC

Miller-Green to kick off 172 main card

The UFC 172 main card on April 26 is likely to get off to a rousing start, as always-exciting lightweights Jim Miller and Bobby “King” Green have verbally agreed to meet in Baltimore. New Jersey’s Miller has won two of his last three bouts, defeating Joe Lauzon and Fabricio Camoes. Green has been on a nearly unstoppable hot streak, winning seven straight, including UFC victories over Jacob Volkmann, James Krause, and Pat Healy.

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February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Diaz KOs Beltran; Hirales stops Vargas

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions, arguably the best and largest promoter in Latin America, began its February with a bang offering a marathon eleven-bout fight card at the new home for Tijuana boxing, the Tecate Box Tour tent, located in the spacious parking of the historic Caliente Racetrack. The 3,000-plus arena specifically built to host boxing was half full but with an enthusiastic audience as they welcomed a majority of out of town fighters but none the less enjoyed the show. The main event might have featured a future star when hard hitting and undefeated Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (13-0, 7KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, came from behind and spectacularly stopped grizzled veteran Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran (28-3, 18KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico, in the sixth round of a scheduled ten.

After the original opponent fell out, the super featherweight Diaz came in on two weeks notice and many local boxing pundits suspected the Guadalajara fighter was coming in to cash in against the much more rugged and experienced Beltran. Despite Diaz handing out the first losses to two top prospects, Sergio Nuñez and Angel Rodriguez, in his last couple of fights, Beltran had faced the much stiffer opposition in former champs Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Juan Carlos Salgado and Miguel “Mikey” Roman. (more…)



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from San Antonio

Fidel Maldonado Jr 141.8 vs. John Nater 142.2
Errol Spence 147 vs. Peter Oluoch 146.8
Terrell Gausha 157.8 vs. George Sosa 156.6
Kendo Castaneda 141.8 vs. Randy Fuentes 141.2
Travell Mazion 137 vs. Justo Vallecillo 135.6
Joseph Rodriguez 127 vs. Jesus Garza 126.8
Luis Torres 146.8 vs. Milton Ramos 146
Mario Barrios 122.2 vs. Manuel Rubalcava 123
Marco Solis 137.2 vs. Daniel Sanchez 140
Justin DeLoach 153.2 vs. German Valdez 150

Venue: Cowboys Dancehall, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy/Leija*Battah
TV: Fox Sports 1



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Yamada topples Hong to become WBO female minimumweight champion at age nineteen

By Victor Lee
Photos: Ulysses Sato and Aaron Jang

Nineteen-year-old slugger Mako Yamada (7-0, 2 KOs), of Fukuoka, Japan wrested the WBO female minimumweight title from formerly undefeated defending southpaw champion Su-Yun Hong (9-1, 5 KOs) this afternoon in snowy Chuncheon, South Korea by split decision scores of 97-93, 96-94 (for Yamada) and 97-96 (for Hong). Yamada employed a persistent body attack that weakened Hong over the first half of the boufemale minimumweight titlet. Yamada upped her work rate in the later rounds, throwing full-force hooks to the head that had Hong holding on for dear life. Not expecting to win a decision on the former champion’s home turf, Yamada burst into tears when the decision was announced. With this victory, Yamada became the first Japanese WBO female champion, and the first woman from Kyushu to win a world title. In the semifinal bout, former amateur standout southpaw Ja-Ik Goo (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped rugged defending South Korean Super Lightweight Champion Taek-Min Kim (15-7, 10 KOs) on cuts to win the national belt. Full report to come.



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Barros stops reluctant opponent in one

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (37-4-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Brazilian Cid Edson Bispo Ribeiro (13-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the FAB Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fight had no intensity and seemingly no significant punches landed when Brazilian suddenly crumpled to the canvas. The match resumed but Ribeiro was soon on the canvas again from looked like more of a push. Ribeiro then seemed not interested in continuing and the bout was waved off. Barros defended his IBF Latino featherweight title. Fans in attendance and watching on national TV couldn’t have been happy with Ribeiro effort in this one.



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Fight fans are welcome to attend today’s weigh-in for Monday Night’s FS1 Golden Boy Live! telecast headlined by Fidel Maldonado Jr. against John Nater at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. The weigh-in is at 2:00 p.m. at the Home Depot on 435 Sunset Road West.

Marcos Maidana was a runaway winner on most independent polls, but Amir Khan has pulled way ahead on Floyd Mayweather’s official poll. Current results have Amir Khan with 57% (19727 votes) and Marcos Maidana at 43% (15055 votes). Floyd says he’ll fight the poll winner.

There is talk of WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia moving to lightweight to take on interim beltholder Yuriorkas Gamboa on May 17, with the bout talking place in Los Angeles area at the fabulous Forum in Inglewood.



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez destroys Rivera, retains WBC title

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel

WBC light flyweight champion Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (29-2, 18 KOs) retained his title with a third round TKO over Janiel Rivera (10-2-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Caballerizas de Huixquilucan in Huixquilucan, Mexico. Hernandez was in seek and destroy mode from the opening bell and brutally attacked Rivera until referee Vic Drakulich waved it off at 1:37 of the third round. It was Hernandez’ fourth defense in his his second reign as WBC 108lb beltholder. Rivera was unsuccessful in his attempt to become the only Puerto Rican to currently hold a world title.

In other action, bantamweight Julio “Pollito” Ceja (26-1, 24 KOs) stopped Jesus “Chovy” Acosta (14-3-2, 10 KOs) in round four, WBA female bantamweight champion Irma “Torbellino” Garcia (9-1-1, 1 KO) outpointed Nasly Maldonado (1-4, 0 KOs) in a non title bout, and world-rated light flyweight Saul “Baby” Juarez (19-3, 11 KOs) decisioned Luis “Gallito” Ceja (24-5-3, 20 KOs) over eight. photos



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Tijuana Results: Diaz KOs Beltran; Hirales stops Vargas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

In a surprise, unbeaten super featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round KO over two-time world title challenger Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran (28-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Tecate in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. After being given a boxing lesson for five rounds, Diaz rushed Beltran and unloaded a barrage of punches that sent Beltran to the canvas for the count. Time was :59.

In the co-feature, super bantamweight Raul “Rayito” Hirales (21-2-1, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Fernando “Ferocito” Vargas (26-8-3, 18 KOs). Hirales showed no effects from his tragic KO over Frankie Leal last October as he aggressively battered Vargas until the bout was waved off after eight rounds of punishment. Time was 1:34. photos



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

JBC suspends Kameda Gym activity

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) announced on Friday that it would not have licenses of Kameda Gym’s club owner Shinji Yoshii and its manager Satoshi Shima renewed because of its responsibility of having caused serious confusion on the aftermath of the previous IBF/WBA super-flyweight unification bout between IBF champ Daiki Kameda and WBA titlist Liborio Solis last December. It means the JBC actually suspended the activities of Kameda gym’s staging promotions featuring Kameda brothers of former WBA bantam champ Koki, current WBO bantam titleholder Tomoki and IBF super-fly ruler Daiki—inside of Japan.

Also, an unidentified JBC staff filed a lawsuit with Koki Kameda and Tomoki Kameda for having confined him in a room after the rules meeting and threatened him with their violent behavior. He claims a payment of 10,000,000 Yen (some 100,000 USD) for mental damage he suffered in Takamatsu, where Daiki participated in an IBF 118-pound elimination bout with Rodrigo Guerrero and acquired the vacant belt last September. Kameda brothers strongly refuted the JBC staff for the gloves required by Guerrero party despite the previous agreement. (more…)



February 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Canadian Claggett defeats Hungary’s Vajda in clash of national welterweight champions

Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (19-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a telling second round knockout over reigning Hungarian welterweight champion Gyula Vajda (15-5, 10 KOs) Friday night at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The 24 year old Chinese-Canadian charge was all business from the opening bell, boxing with poise behind a stiff jab. Claggett scored a knockdown in the closing moments of Round 1 and finished the job with a compact, short and sharp right hand counter punch just 23 seconds into Round two. The big punching Vajda was in the process of throwing some wild haymakers when Claggett snuck in the brilliant chopping counter right that dropped the Hungarian like a stone. The bout was immediately waved off giving Claggett his first win in 2014.



February 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Harrison Blows Away “Tough” Brewer

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Dan Graschuck

He didn’t seem to be so tough any more. This was one of several messages that a victorious Tony Harrison wished to convey last night in Detroit’s Masonic Temple after he had dropped the normally durable Grady Brewer five times en route to a two-round stoppage in which the 17-0 (14) Harrison finally stepped up in his first local eight-rounder. “It took [Erislandy] Lara ten rounds to do what I was able to do in two,” Harrison pointed out to the crowd after scoring five knockdowns in those two rounds on a generally action-filled card put on by Kaltsas Productions with Carlos Llinas, matchmaker. The packed house was no surprise, even with a ticket price boost. That Harrison had been matched with the normally-tough Brewer was in the air (helped by some long-awaited press coverage)—in other words, the tension created by someone (Brewer) who could be counted on to fight back. (more…)



February 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramirez destroys Sosa in Tijuana

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Exactly one month after their first fight card of the year and the first boxing event in Tijuana, Promociones PM led by former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales presented the first Tijuana fight card of the month at the Olivaritos Restaurant last night, February 7th. All four rounders, the ten fights varied in weight classes, from flyweights to heavyweights. In the main event, popular Tijuana heavyweight Sergio “Tota” Ramirez (2-0, 2KOs) returned to the ring to make quick work of the slightly taller Esteban “King Kong” Sosa (1-5), also of Tijuana, stopping him in the first round.

Sosa had his moments as he scored a number of left hooks to the body but it was the damage by Ramirez to the face that turned the fight to Ramirez’s favor. Hard over hand rights to the face would force Sosa to take several steps backs as “Tota” kept rushing forward. When it looked that Sosa was going to be able to survive the round, surprisingly it wasn’t the experienced referee Juan Morales Lee the one to pull the plug but actually the Tijuana commission who decided that Sosa had received too much punishment. Official time of the TKO was 2:59 of the first. (more…)



February 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Gonzalez Full Report

By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

In the main event of ESPN 2 FNF at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL, late replacement Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, TX, scored a split decision against Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-3, 13 KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, in an entertaining ten round junior middleweight bout. Scores were 96-93 and 95-94 for Garcia while judge John McCarthy scored it 95-94 for Gonzalez. FightNews scored it 96-93 for Garcia.

Throughout the first, Gonzalez used his jab, feints and movement to keep Garcia from cutting off the ring. Although Gonzalez was more active, most of his shots were blocked. With the exception of the final seconds of the round, whenever Garcia managed to cutoff the ring, he was unable to let his hands go or land with anything of significance. In the final seconds, however Garcia landed a terrific left hook that buckled Gonzalez’ legs. It was the only cleans shot that Garcia landed and it should have been enough to take the round (10-9 Garcia). (more…)



February 8th, 2014

Boxing Result

Santiago blows away Molina

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Friday night at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, seventeen year old highly decorated amateur superstar Milton “El Santo” Santiago made his professional debut in impressive fashion with a picture perfect first round knockout of five fight junior welterweight veteran Moses Molina (1-5, 1 KO). In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions, undefeated super middleweight Derek “Take it to the bank” Webster upped his record to 15-0, 8ko’s with a one sided fifth round TKO over Julio Garcia (6-6, 3KOs). The card was matched by none other than the boxing diva, Renee Aiken. (more…)



February 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury suffers cut eye in sparring, says fight with Joey Abell is still on

By James Slater

Tyson Fury, who is all set to fight late replacement foe Joey Abell a week today, has taken to Twitter to insist the cut eye he picked up in sparring yesterday will not prevent the fight from going ahead. Fury, sparring with “Fast” Eddie Chambers, picked up a small cut and posted a photo of himself on his Twitter page to show it.

And the unbeaten giant could not resist having a dig at the man he was twice set to fight in David Haye:

“Look I got a cut in sparring yesterday. Should I do a Hayemaker and & pull my next fight? Lol p***y. I’m still fighting.”

Fury will have his first fight in ten months when he rumbles with Abell, and if he emerges victorious he is expected to have a big stadium rematch with Dereck Chisora in the summer. However, how will plans be affected if Fury’s cut re-opens next Saturday?



February 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Haroon Khan improves to 4-0 in pro ranks with points win over Francis Croes

By James Slater

Last night in Sheffield on Dave Coldwell’s “Pride of Yorkshire” card, super-flyweight prospect Haroon Khan improved to 4-0 (1 KO) as a pro with a wide 4-round points win over a tough and game Francis Croes. The 22-year-old brother of former world champion (and frontrunner to face Floyd Mayweather on May 3rd according to the latest results on Mayweather Promotions’ official poll) Amir Khan enjoyed his first victory of 2014.

Winning by a score of 40-36, Khan got some good work in, courtesy of the durable Croes, who took everything Khan could dish out and kept coming. Khan, who won a Bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth games, said after last night’s fight that he hopes to step up to a six-rounder in his next outing. Croes, who has been stopped just three times, fell to 1-22 (1 KO)



February 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Thomas Dulorme training with Robert Garcia

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Junior welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KO’s) from Puerto Rico has just started his training camp in Oxnard, California, under the command of trainer Robert Garcia. “I needed to see a change in my workouts, learn new things, but I want to make clear that my former trainer José Bonilla, will always be a part of my team because I am very grateful for what he has done for me in my career, as a trainer and currently as a manager,” said Dulorme, who is also managed by Enrique Román.

About his new trainer Dulorme commented, “Garcia has a extensive world class experience. I’ll be grabing like a sponge all of his knowleadge, and let me not forget about the great quality sparring partners that are here.” (more…)



February 8th, 2014

Feature Story

The story of world heavyweight championship contender Alex Leapai

By Matheson Sports Media
Photo: Noel Thornberry

The message from the judge was like one of his jabs.

Short and succinct.

The man in the dock was 25 years old. He’d had something of a charmed life. He had a beautiful wife – Theresa, his high school sweetheart. She had given him three of the most precious things in his life – daughters Cyanne, Maria and Menime.

But there he was, very quickly coming to terms with the fact that for the first time in a long time, his fate was no longer in his own hands.

It was 2005, and Alex Leapai was in the court room facing a grievous bodily harm charge after his brutal attack on a couple of local bouncers.

The judge said the brutality – which left one of the men badly injured – warranted a four year prison term – and that’s what was delivered – but with a caveat. The judge, taking into account Leapai’s children, wife and his good work record gave him some hope. “If you behave yourself inside for six months, you will be released…” (more…)



February 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia beats Gonzalez; Laszczyk tops Diaz

By Sam Geraci at ringside

In a jr middleweight crossroads clash, Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3,1, 22 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Norberto “El Demonio” Gonzalez (20-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Garcia pressed the action and landed the harder shots, while Gonzalez was busier. Garcia was deducted a point for pushing in round eight by referee Celestino Ruiz. Good exchanges the last two rounds. Scores were 95-94 Gonzalez, 96-93, 95-94 Garcia.

Undefeated WBO #3 featherweight Kamil “Szczurek” Laszczyk (16-0, 7 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over former bantamweight world title challenger Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-6-1, 15 KOs). Laszczyk dropped Diaz in round one with a right hand, but was forced to go the distance. Scores were 79-72, 79-71, 78-73.

Undefeated welterweight Erickson Lubin (3-0, 3 KOs) won when overmatched journeyman Roberto Acevedo (13-13-3, 1 KO) quit after round one. Acevedo cited an injured left hand.

Undefeated super welterweight Patryk Szymanski (8-0, 2 KOs,) of Konin, Poland, scored two knockdowns with body shots en route to a TKO at 2:10 of the second against Daniel Hicks (5-5, 3 KOs) of Lansing, MI.

Undefeated cruiserweight Junior “Hurricane” Wright (10-0, 9 KOs) of Evanston, IL, scored a TKO at 21 seconds of the fourth against Galen Brown (40-26-1, 23 KOs) of St. Joseph, MO.



February 7th, 2014




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