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Cunningham: he really had no answer for what I was doing to him… When will the fans get tired of all these bad decisions
In the aftermath of his IBF elimination bout this past Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, former two-time cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham wants to state his case to what the boxing world saw, and that is the wrong man had his hand raised.
The viewing public saw that Cunningham controlled the bout and out landed Vyacheslav Glazkov in eight of the twelve rounds with jabs being virtually even and Cunningham landing more power shots to the tune of 123-84.
In total, Cunningham out threw Glazkov by 208 punches and out landed him 180-144 over the twelve round battle.
“The numbers, the perception, the video, none of it lies,” said Cunningham. (more…)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
On Saturday night, Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Ahead of their sell-out world championship clash, both fighters took part in public workout today at the Ostsee-Park.
In his last championship defence, Braehmer set a record for the fastest knock out in a light heavyweight title fight since the formation of the major alphabet organisations, with his opponent Pawel Glazewski lasting just fifty-five seconds in the ring.
Today in Rostock, Krasniqi may have set a record for the shortest public workout in history. Having greeted the crowd and laced his gloves, the Munich fighter lasted only ten seconds before making his excuses and leaving the ring. (more…)
World ranked flyweight McWilliams Arroyo will face former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in one of the TV battles of “The War,” the show headlined by the world title bout between Orlando “Siri” Salido and Roman “Rocky” Martinez on April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will be broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada on all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
This new Puerto Rico vs Mexico clash between Arroyo and Garcia Hirales will be a ten rounder for the WBO Latino flyweight title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Ex-Japanese lightweight champ Akihiro Kondo (21-5-1, 10 KOs), 138, returned to ring warfare after an eight-month hiatus and decked a fine TKO victory over former OPBF ruler, southpaw Filipino Jimrex Jaca (39-8-4, 22 KOs), 138, at 2:45 of the fourth session in an eight-round main event on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kondo, 29, dethroned by Yoshitaka Kato in 2012, displayed a good form as he had Jaca reeling to the ropes and floored him there early in the fatal fourth. Jaca, who abruptly became a mellow jelly after his absorption of punishment, tried to withstand Kondo’s onslaught, but his apparent helplessness caused the referee Yoshida’s well-received halt. Jaca, 31, is a strange boxer who cannot show his potential strength when fighting in Japan, probably because Japan is located in an unlucky direction to Jaca.
Promoter: Ichiriki Promotions.
It’s official. Heavyweights Amir “Hard Core” Mansour, of Wilmington, DE, and Joey “The Tank” Dawejko, of Philadelphia, will collide in the most anticipated local showdown in years when they battle over 10 rounds—or less—for the vacant Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Title on Friday evening, May 8, at the 2300 Arena. The Mansour-Dawejko contest, which will be televised live by ESPN 2, tops a seven-bout card.
Mansour, a powerful southpaw, is one of the most feared heavyweights in the world and constantly has been avoided by the big names in the division. At 42, and with time running out, he makes his ESPN debut after piling up a record of 21-1, 16 K0s. A former USBA heavyweight champion, Mansour lost that belt to Steve Cunningham, who survived a pair of fifth-round knockdowns last year to earn a 10-round decision in Philadelphia. (more…)
Per Nielsen, Saturday’s epic clash on HBO between IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former champ Jean Pascal peaked at 1.2 million viewers. That number would have been higher if viewers didn’t have to endure 22 rounds of sleep-inducing prelims that even had the HBO announcers cringing. The full card averaged 956,000. Kovalev’s previous HBO appearance against Bernard Hopkins last November peaked at nearly 1.4 million, so “The Krusher” is deservingly getting to be a big star in boxing.
Olympian/NABF Champion Jose Ramirez returns Saturday to Avenal, CA for 1000 kids and won’t be empty handed
USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) will return home to Avenal, Ca this Saturday March 21st to team up with RAP (Responsible Athletes Program) to give back to his community and stress the importance of the program he once was in. Ramirez will give a motivational speech and coach an all-star team this night as well as help make a few lucky winners dream come true and take them out to spend the day with the champion and buy them the equipment they need in their related sports and some words of wisdom.
“RAP keeps kids in school, out of gangs and provides guidance for the entire area for anyone that needs it, I am honored to be involved and help out with this amazing program,” said Ramirez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a clash of former “world” champions Paulus Moses from Windhoek makes the fourth defence of his WBO International lightweight title against Malcolm Klassen of Johannesburg over 12 rounds at the Ramatex Hall near Katura in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday. The 36-year-old Moses who has a record of 35 wins and 2 losses, with 22 wins coming inside the distance was originally scheduled to meet the unbeaten Carlos Portillo of Paraguay who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to family problems. (more…)
Super featherweights Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (17-4-1, 6 KOs) and Carlos “Batey” Padilla (15-1-1, 9 KOs) will collide for the vacant WBA super featherweight title formerly held by Takashi Uchiyama, who was promoted to WBA 130lb super champion status in February. The bout will take place during the WBA “KO Drugs” event in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, and be televised on the popular Unimas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.
There will also be two WBA female world title fights on the card. WBA female flyweight champion Joselyn “Princess Tapatia” Arroyo (17-0, 7 KOs) will defend against Maribel “Pantera” Ramirez (9-7-2, 3 KOs). Also, Dahiana Santana (34-6, 14 KOs) meets Maria Elena “Mary” Villalobos (13-12-1, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim female featherweight title. (more…)
Bantamweight Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-4, 9 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico looks to upset former WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City on Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry, in Mexico City, aired live on Telemundo. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the interim WBC FECARBOX bantamweight title at stake. When the Telemundo viewing audience last saw Casillas he gave a strong effort but dropped a decision to David Carmona. Casillas has had one fight since then which he won and he feels he can beat the odds and defeat Hernandez. The bout seems like a can’t miss thriller as both fighters like to come forward and let their hands go. (more…)
Photo: OPI 2000
26-year-old Italian/Spanish knockout artist Luca Giacon (26-2, 23 KOs) has long been regarded as one of the top European prospects and a future world champion. Professional since 2007, his only defeat was against Emiliano Marsili for the vacant European lightweight belt. Since then, Giacon won and defended the WBA Continental super lightweight title. On March 21, at the Principe Theater in Milan (Italy) he will challenge unbeaten Belgian Steve Jamoye (16-0-1) for the vacant WBC Silver super lightweight title.
“We are confident that Luca will emerge victorious,” promoter Alessandro Cherchi said, “because he has the power, the experience and he is at his best in the super lightweight division.”
Giacon sounds confident too. “I’m in top condition. I’ve been training with my coach Orlando Soto for a long time and now I feel great. We are getting close to the fight, so we are slowing down our training sessions. We started doing 15 rounds, now we are doing 6 and in the next few days we’ll do just 4. Orlando tells me to save energy for the fight and I agree with him.” (more…)
That’s why they fight the fights. That was the prevailing thought throughout Saturday’s Master Class by Professor Rafael dos Anjos against Anthony Pettis. As I wrote last night, dos Anjos had plenty of respect from the MMA world and was expected to be a threat to Pettis, but not enough of one to actually win the fight. Well, those of us who picked against RDA were wrong – in a big way . . click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Brazilian former two-division world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs) will return to ring on June 6 against an opponent to be named at Arena Santos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now 39, Freitas retired in 2007, then returned in 2012 for a single bout against Michael Oliveira, which he won by knockout.
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Spike TV’s first “Premier Boxing Champions” event peaked at over one million viewers during last Friday’s Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez fight and averaged 869,000 viewers for the entire telecast. According to sportstvratings.com, a Duke-Notre Dame college basketball game drew 2.6 million during the same time slot. The telecast pulled in about double of what ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series normally draws. FNF wasn’t scheduled that night but the card did go head-to-head with a ShoBox boxing telecast on Showtime.
Fightnews.com recently announced that ex-IBF titlist Billy Dib (39-3-1. 23 KOs) would be challenging WBC super-feather champ Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs). Dib was next in line to fight #1 IBF ranked Jose Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF title. Now that Dib’s name has been withdrawn, the next available challenger is #6 IBF ranked Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs).
Last Saturday’s clash between WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) and former world champion Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) was a thriller with Kovalev stopping Pascal in round 8 by TKO. Pascal and many others are calling for a rematch but it won’t be the next fight to happen for either boxer. Kovalev has a mandated defense by the IBF against IBF #1 rated Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3-1, 23 KOs) for his next fight. Mohammedi has already stepped aside twice.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sad to report that Australian featherweight Braydon Smith (12-1, 10 KOs) passed away at the age of just 23 in a Brisbane hospital on Monday after losing a ten round decision to Filipino John Vincent Moralde (12-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The popular young boxer and law student was surrounded by family and close friends when life support was turned off at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. Smith is the son of Brendon Smith who guided the career of former WBO champion Michael Katsidis.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (March 17) at noon for the World Middleweight Championship showdown between middleweight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and #2 Rated Challenger Willie Monroe Jr. set for Saturday, May 16 at the Forum. Priced at $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, tickets will be available through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and at the Forum Box Office. “Starting at $30, we’ve priced the tickets very reasonably to give as many fight fans as possible the opportunity to see “The GGG Big Drama Show,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “As his last fight in Los Angeles was sold out, we encourage fans to purchase their tickets early.”
There is also a way to purchase the best seats in the house right now, BEFORE the public sale begins tomorrow. To take advantage of this special Pre Sale opportunity click on this link and use code fightcluboc.
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike TV returns with an action-packed doubleheader on Friday, April 24 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago as WBC super middleweight champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) faces off against challenger Badou Jack “The Ripper” (18-1, 12 KOs).
In a second world title bout, WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) defends against Caleb “Golden” Truax (25-1-2, 15 KOs).
Hot Chicago prospect “Hollywood” Mike Jimenez (16-0, 10 KOs) will be part of boxing history as he will be fighting for the vacant USBA Super Middleweight title on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view on May 2nd, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“This is going to be the biggest night in boxing’s history, and the biggest night of my career,” said Jimenez. “I’m honored to be a part of it. The stage doesn’t get any bigger or brighter than this, and I can’t wait to bring the USBA Super Middleweight belt back to Chicago.”
Jimenez will take on fellow undefeated fighter, Jesse Hart (16-0, 13 KOs). The Philadelphia native has won his previous three fights all by knockout or technical knockout. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#3 minimumweight, free-swinging Filipino banger Roque Lauro (13-16-4, only 3 KOs), 110.25, very impressively knocked out a local prospect named Daisuke Hayakawa (8-4, 7 KOs), 110.25, with a vicious body shot at 1:16 of the third round on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. Despite his mediocre mark Lauro, a tiny Filipino, displayed his power-punching ability so that he flattened the local favorite with a single blow. It must be a Punch of the Month since Lauro landed a beautifully-timed lethal counterpunch to the liver, which was reminiscent of Eder Jofre’s wicked body bombardment to Katsutoshi Aoki in 1963, or Alexis Arguello’s eye-catching body shot to Royal Kobayashi in 1975. We have often seen strong counterpunches to the face, but it is rare to watch such a well-timed effective counter to the midsection. It might be a product of timing that such a picturesque knockout happened as the taller and more muscular Hayakawa threw a strong punch to the face but missed it, just when Lauro’s body shot dug into the liver of the loser. The Japanese boy fell in agony to be prone for more than one hundred seconds. It’s a pity that there was no telecast of this spectacular knockout, though this reporter was very eager to watch and review it again.
Promoter: Matsuda Promotions.
This past Friday it was announced that Boxcino 2014 Middleweight champion Willie Monroe Jr. has accepted the challenge and will fight WBA/IBO and WBC Interim Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood,California.
The event will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Monroe of Rochester, New York earned the opportunity on the strength of his three wins in the 2014 Boxcino Middleweight tournament and a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vera on January 16.
“On May 16, I will shock the world,” said Monroe. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Winfried Mausolf
The weekend after unified WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev’s spectacular performance against Jean Pascal, WBA “regular” light heavyweight beltholder Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) will be looking to show the world his credentials to be called world champion.
The 36-year-old Braehmer will be making his fourth defense of his WBA title against countryman Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Braehmer, who hasn’t lost since 2008, also previously held the WBO world title for two fights, but was stripped after three consecutive title defenses fell through. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s take on Mayweather-Pacquiao has generated 1,725,027 YouTube views as of this morning.
Unbeaten cruiserweight and former amateur star Imre Szelo moved to 5-0, 3 KOs with a third round stoppage over durable Georgian Shalva Jomardashvili (40-12-2, 31 KOs) on Saturday night in front of almost 2,000 hometown fans in the sold out Gal Jozsef Sporthall in Cegled, Hungary. Jomardashvili is known in Hungary as on his previous visit he went the distance with former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei for the WBO European title.
WBO #3 super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak advanced his record to 24-1, 8 KOs when Nicaraguan opponent Arnoldo Solano (14-4, 0 KOs) got disqualified because he was unwilling to fight. After two warnings the referee had seen enough and stopped it. Apparently Solano thought this was a running event. (more…)
The theme for this Friday’s Telemundo main event is ‘Civil War.’ Former WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City will take on countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-4, 9 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in the headliner.
Hernandez is well known and popular with the Telemundo viewing audience. This will actually be his ninth appearance on a Telemundo show. In his last televised appearance on the network, he upset Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-2-2, 13 KOs) by way of fifth round KO.
Casillas dropped a competitive decision to David Carmona in his last televised fight on the network and is coming off a win in December. Casillas vows that he has made the necessary adjustments to be successful this time around. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Bosslady Promotions LLC. will make its debut on Saturday April 4th inside the ballroom at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Following a breakout 2014 in which he earned national TV wins on ESPN & HBO Latino, New Haven, Connecticut’s own Luis Rosa (18-0, 8 KOs) will meet tough Mexican veteran Ernesto Guerrero (17-15, 13 KOs) in the eight round super bantamweight main event.
In the six round co-feature, welterweight Edwin Soto (9-2-2, 4 KOs) will make his return to the ring after a 9 month layoff as he takes on veteran Shakha Moore (11-20-3, 2 KOs) in a battle of two Connecticut fighters. (more…)
Undisputed UFC® featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor will embark on a world press tour spanning eight cities in five countries over the course of 12 days to promote their upcoming championship bout at UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR on Saturday, July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The co-main event featuring newly cemented welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and the division’s No. 2 contender Rory MacDonald will also make appearances on the tour . . click here for more
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Unbeaten heavyweight Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) is the new IBF Intercontinental champion after hammering out a twelve round unanimous decision over Johan Duhaupas (31-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alte Reithalle in Stuttgart, Germany. Scores were 116-111, 115-112, 116-111. More than 400 fans packed the intimate venue for the fight card promoted by Z!-Promotion. The matchmaker was Hagen Doering, formerly with Sauerland Event.
Sebastian Real D10 Vasilij Sarbayev (light heavyweight)
Franz Rill W8 Gabriel Enguema (heavyweight)
Christian Lewandowski KO1 Branislav Plavsic (heavyweight)
Dennis Lewandowski W4 Aleksandar Aksentijevic (heavyweight)
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