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Undefeated former world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has shifted his training camp to the USA leading up to his showdown with unbeaten WBA “super” featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on July 30 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. “The transition coming over to New York to finish training camp has been great,” said Shane McGuigan, Frampton’s trainer. “We could have waited until closer to fight night but we want every single percent to our advantage. We’re still acclimatizing to the heat, the jet lag is no problem and we’re going to be ready on fight night.”
Frampton will be making his debut in the featherweight division after a four-fight reign as IBF super bantamweight champion. “Moving up to 126 pounds was definitely the right decision for me,” said Frampton during a media workout at the famed Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “I’m a big puncher but I lost power coming down to 122 pounds. I’m going to be punching harder and be at my very best.”
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
A particularly hard and long training camp for former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) was completed with yesterday’s final sparring rounds at the SES Gym in Magdeburg, Germany. Krasniqi takes on WBA #12 and WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-2-1, 6 KOs) for the WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt next Friday at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany.
“This can be a big step toward a new world title shot,” said Krasniqi after the last round of sparring in Magdeburg SES Gym. “The last three months have been a hard time. The strength and conditioning in the mountains of the Bavarian Forest and then the intense sparring here with very good sparring partners. More couldn’t be done. Now I’m in top shape and very good for the weight in my new weight class, the super middleweight division. Now when the “Doberman” comes I’ll pull his teeth!”
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Josue Martinez
The “Fists of the Future” press conference was held Thursday afternoon at the San Mateo Event Center for the fights this Saturday. Unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) headlines against former world title challenger Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (17-5, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs) meets Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-9-1, 10 KOs).
“Prince” Albert Pagara
How does it feel to fight here in the United States?
I’m very excited and ready for the fight. The US is the mecca of boxing and I’m ready to give the fans a good showing.
On Juarez’ comments that Pagara isn’t at his level as a fighter.
(Smiling) Juarez says that I’m not at his level. Those results will be determined in the ring. We’ll see come this Saturday night. (more…)
Local lightweight Antonio “Toño” Morán (19-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico City faces Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sánchez (30-12, 14 KOs) of Tabasco, Mexico tonight on Boxeo Telemundo Ford from the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the WBC Latino lightweight title on the line.
What do you know about your opponent?
He’s a solid fighter and is very technical. He’s also very experienced in the ring.
Who do you feel enters this fight with the power advantage?
I would say me. For all the fights he has, his knockout ratio is fairly low. (more…)
Undefeated prospect and one of the most popular boxers in the Bay Area, Andy “El Tiburon” Vences of San Jose, California, is set to return to the ring this Saturday, July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California in a “Solo Boxeo” show presented by Top Rank.
Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) will be looking for his second win of 2016 when he takes on Moises Delgadillo (15-15-2, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight round bout.
Vences held a media workout on Wednesday which was held at Los Gallos Boxing Academy in Stockton, California and was accompany by his trainer Gabe Flores Sr. as well as his longtime manager Herb Stone. (more…)
Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott (29-7, 21 KOs) now battles Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round super welterweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, July 12 from Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Ghvamichava was scheduled to face undefeated Domonique Dolton, but Dolton was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut during training.
Ghvamichava was originally scheduled to take on Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz, who is now facing undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. in PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action Saturday, July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Photos: Pablo Lozano/Prensa All Star Boxing Inc & Producciones Deportivas
Antonio Moran 133 vs. Juan Pablo Sanchez 134
(10 Rounds WBC Latin Lightweight Title)
Martin Casillas 120 vs. Salvador Juarez 118
Antonio Curiel 107 vs. Mauricio Cruz 102
Juan Lopez 154 vs. Roger Aguilar 151
Rogelio Perez 117 vs. Mauricio Lara 118
Alan Gonzalez 120 vs. Jose Vega 117
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas
The 10-round super featherweight bout between Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) and Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs) has been upgraded to the main event on the Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar, broadcast on July 15. The originally scheduled fight between Alfonso Gomez vs. Pablo Cesar Cano has been cancelled due to Gomez sustaining an elbow injury earlier this week. (more…)
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank returns to Tucson on August 6, with a nationally televised event featuring Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Trevor McCumby in separate bouts at Casino Del Sol, a boxing stronghold in the city. The undercard packed with local Tucson boxing talent. Boxing fans and media can meet the Tucson fighters during the Noche De Boxeo pre-fight press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12 at Casino Del Sol’s Paradiso Lounge. The boxers include Alfonso Olvera, Jensen Ramirez, Albert Alvarez, Jesus Arevalo, Mike Martinez and Jesse Ruiz.
Many promoters have come and gone in Tucson, showcasing national talent, but neglecting to expose the growing crop of homegrown fighters from within the city. Not since the 1970s has the pool of boxing talent been so deep, and Tucson boxing fans will finally get the opportunity to support their own future champions at Noche De Boxeo.
By Karl Freitag
In a lightweight semi-final between two world-rated professionals, former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand, rated #8 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at flyweight, scored a three round unanimous decision over unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs), a former EBU-EU champion, on Thursday at the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela.
Ruenroeng took the first two rounds on all three cards and won 29-27 across the board to assure himself a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics whether he wins or loses in tomorrow’s final. Tommasone can still qualify for Rio if he wins a box-off tomorrow with the other semi-final loser.
In the other notable bout, former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, cruised past outclassed 23-year-old Ukrainian Denys Solonenko in a men’s light heavyweight semi-final. Scores were 30-27 across the board. With the win, N’Dam N’Jikam assured himself a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics whether he wins or loses in tomorrow’s final. His opponent will be Colombian Juan Carrillo, who has looked to be possibly the best fighter in the competition with two early KOs.
In the latest IBF ratings, which came out this week, the two rated pros competing at the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela have been dropped. Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs), who was rated #9 at super flyweight, and former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who was rated IBF #5 at middleweight are both removed from the ratings for one year for violating Rule 5 of the IBF/USBA Rules, which states:
“A Champion and Challenger must at all times set high ideals and act in a sportsmanlike manner. Any action by a Champion, Challenger promoter, manager or cornerman which reflects poorly on the IBF/USBA or the sport of boxing will subject the contestant to the imposition of discipline and penalties.”
For the full IBF statement on professional boxers competing in the Olympics, click here.
For all the current boxing ratings from the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO, click here.
Unbeaten USA Olympian and WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) returns to Central California — where he’s previously fought in front of sellout crowds — to face Tomas Mendez (22-7, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
The official weigh-in for the Ramirez’ nationally televised fight will take place tomorrow at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. This event is free and open to the public.
*Qualifying media will be given fight credentials tomorrow at this event.
Location: Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino (second floor of hotel)
Undefeated prospect Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) will take on Californian contender Jessie Roman (20-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight matchup on ESPN and ESPN Deportes this Saturday from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. In the headliner, undefeated rising contender Mario Barrios (15-0, 8 KOs) takes on former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-4-1, 21 KOs) in a 130-pound title eliminator.
Additional action features Philadelphia’s Tyrone Brunson (22-6-1, 21 KOs) battling Maryland’s Joshua Okine (28-7-1, 17 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight contest, 25-year-old prospect Christopher Brooker (9-1, 5 KOs) taking on unbeaten Gabriel Pham (6-0, 2 KOs) in eight-rounds of super middleweight action, Kazakhstan-born Zhankosh Turarov (18-0, 13 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout against Brazil’s Daniel Souza Santos (15-10, 12 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Titus Williams (5-0, 2 KOs) against Puerto Rico’s Jovany Fuentes (7-7, 6 KOs) in a six-round super featherweight fight. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Just three professional boxers remaining for today’s semi-finals at the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela. All are world-rated and two are facing each other!
In a lightweight semi-final, former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand, rated rated #9 by the IBF at super flyweight and #8 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at flyweight, takes on unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs), a former EBU-EU champion, in what should be an interesting matchup.
In the other notable bout, former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated IBF #5, WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, meets limited 23-year-old Ukrainian Denys Solonenko in a men’s light heavyweight semi-final.
Three boxers from eight of the ten weight divisions will advance to the Olympics, along with only the winners from the heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions getting an invite.
Both the WBC and IBF have announced they will suspend and remove from the ratings any pro competing in the Olympics.
Super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (19-5, 15 KOs) and super lightweight Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-9-1, 10 KOs) both arrived in San Francisco Wednesday confident and ready to get into the ring Saturday night at the San Mateo Event Center for ALA Promotions’ “Fists of the Future.”
Juarez, who arrived with his father Margarito and his trainer Ricardo Juarez Baltazar, will face unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs), while Alvarez, who arrived with manager Luis Zapari, takes on WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs).
Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
The heat was turned up a notch at Golden Boy Headquarters as undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) and undefeated NABF featherweight champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) announced their upcoming televised fights on HBO Latino on July 30. Rising SoCal fan-favorite fighter, Nick “La Calavera” Arce (8-0, 6 KOs) fighting on the non-televised undercard was also in attendance.
Antonio Orozco: “My opponent (Abner Lopez) is a tremendous fighter from what I’ve seen, who can pull off an upset and has won against undefeated fighters before. We are putting together our relentless style of boxing and July 30 will be no exception. No one will be bored watching this fight.”
Joseph “Jojo” Diaz: “I’m excited to give everyone a great performance. I’ve been training very hard, and I want to showcase that I am at the same level as all the champions in the featherweight division. Hopefully, I can go for a world title soon.” (more…)
The Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission has been handling the process related to Lucien Bute’s positive anti-doping test result for Ostarine. That result came about from a sample collected after Bute’s fight with WBC champion Badou Jack for the WBC super middleweight world title.
The WBC and the D.C. Commission have communicated frequently about that case. The D.C. Commission arranged for the opening of Bute’s “B” sample which will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Bute has designated his representatives who will attend the opening of the “B” sample container, consistent with the WBC Rules & Regulations.
More information about this case will be made available in days to come.
Top Rank has announced that WBO super middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) has suffered a hand injury in training and will be unable to defend his title against Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) on the July 23 PPV undercard of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol at MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and two-time title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola hosted an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their July 16 title showdown on FOX live from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: I’m getting excited man. I’m always excited to fight. I was born to do this. The closer it gets, the more eager and excited I become ready to get in the ring and do what I love to do and that’s to knock out people.
Chris Arreola: I want that title. I want it more than anything. I’ve been working my ass off over here in San Diego and I’m gonna make the best out of this opportunity.
Trainer Ulli Wegner has hit back at claims questioning former world champion Arthur Abraham’s (44-5, 29 KOs) motivation prior to his WBO International super middleweight title fight with little-known Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
Lihaug’s trainer Thomas Hansvoll had called into question Abraham’s desire, stating that he believed the former two-weight World Champion ‘had lost his hunger’ and after years at the top of the sport was ‘not so interested anymore.’ Wegner has disputed these remarks, and says Abraham is hungrier than ever as he looks to regain the world title he lost to Gilberto Ramirez, starting with a victory over Lihaug. (more…)
Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events
100:1 underdog Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) faces WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) on Monday in Ekaterinburg, Russia, but the 29-year old is no stranger to fighting in enemy territory. Chilemba grew up in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries but in order to make it as a professional fighter he left Malawi for South Africa. According to Isaac, “As a professional, I have never fought at home in Malawi. I have fought mostly here in South Africa which is a foreign land for me. I have also fought in the UK, Canada and the US. That has made me who I am.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Every day there’s a press conference here in Tokyo, Japan. On Monday, Watanabe Promotions announced a dual WBA world title bout featuring mandatory defenses. On August 31, WBA 115-pound champ Kohei Kono, a Japanese veteran, will face ex-titlist Luis Concepcion of Panama in Tokyo. In the main event on the same show, WBA 108-pound ruler Ryoichi Taguchi will cope with top contender and ex-champ Ryo Miyazaki, also of Japan, over twelve heats.
On Tuesday, Ohashi Promotions announced that Satoshi Shimizu, formerly bronze medalist in the bantam category in London Olympic Games in 2012, would make a professional debut under Ohashi Gym. He is a very tall 5’11” featherweight prospect.
On Wednesday, Teiken Promotions also announced a world title twinbill, in which Shinsuke Yamanaka will make his eleventh defense against Anselmo Moreno, a Panamanian puzzling southpaw, in a rematch in Osaka, Japan, on September 16. On the same bill, former WBC bantam ruler Hozumi Hasegawa will make an ambitious crack at the WBC 122-pound belt against elongated Mexican champ Hugo Ruiz in the semi-windup.
Two-time super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz is back in intensive daily training to prepare for a clash against European light heavyweight champion Mehdi Amar The EBU (European Boxing Union) has named Stieglitz as the official mandatory challenger for the Frenchman. Negotiations are currently underway and the middle of July, the date and the venue of this European Championship will hopefully have been determined.
Robert Stieglitz: “I absolutely want this fight, I’m already doing well in training and I want to bring the European light heavyweight title to Germany. I still lack the European championship belt in my collection! It fits right in with what’s currently happening in the sports world: the German team beats France, then also wins the final for the European championship. I follow with a win in my title shot and then I’m also European champion! By the way, my tip for Germany against France is a 2-1 victory for us.”
Unbeaten Sergei Ekimov (16-0, 8 KOs) will face American Samuel Clarkson (17-3, 11 KOs), for the vacant WBC International Silver light heavyweight title on July 31 in Riga, Latvia.
A full top undercard with among them undefeated heavyweight prospect Ruslan Fayfer and former interim WBA champion Dmitry Chudinov will soon be announced.
The show will be shown live on Match-TV and is promoted by Empire Sport in association with current WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis.
Lightweight Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sánchez (30-12, 14 KOs) of Tabasco, Mexico, faces local hero Antonio “Toño” Morán (19-1, 13 KOs) this Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be for the WBC Latino lightweight title. It’s a huge opportunity for the veteran Sánchez, one he plans to take full advantage of.
What emotions are you feeling for your network debut on Telemundo?
I feel very motivated. I’m also very content. I’m ready to give my absolute best on Friday so that I can have my hand raised in the end.
What would a win Friday do for your career?
I could immediately be placed in the world rankings and in line for a world title fight. (more…)
On June 14, 2016, the WBC assembled and convened an Emergency Review Committee that included scientific, medical and legal advisors. The Committee reviewed and discussed the information available concerning heavyweight Alexander Povetkin`s positive test result for the banned substance Meldonium.
On June 28, 2016, Povetkin and his medical and scientific team met with the WBC in Mexico City and presented their position as part of the WBC investigative process in this matter.
The WBC has offered champion Deontay Wilder and his team an opportunity to present their own medical and scientific information and a meeting has been confirmed to take place by mid-July. In the meantime, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released an updated informational notice concerning Meldonium, which the WBC and the WBC Committee will thoroughly review while continuing with the process outlined by the Clean Boxing Program.
The WBC will continue its process and inquiry and will provide additional information in the very near future.
By Karl Freitag
Former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated IBF #5, WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, won a three round unanimous decision over 21-year-old amateur Jonathan Esquivel of Anaheim, California, in a light heavyweight quarterfinal bout on Tuesday at the APB/WSB Qualification Tournament in Vargas, Venezuela. Scores were 29-28 on all cards. Esquivel was the last remaining American in the tournament.
By Karl Freitag
In the biggest surprise of the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Venezuela so far, 23-year-old Colombian amateur Juan Carlos Carrillo Palacio knocked out unbeaten Serbian professional Petar Maukovic (14-0, 13 KOs) in the first round of their light heavyweight preliminary on Monday.
Another professional, Massimiliano Ballisai (20-3, 12 KOs), a lightweight from Italy, was also defeated. Ballisai, who unsuccessfully challenged for the European (EBU) lightweight title in March, lost in a one-sided affair to 23-year-amateur Thulasi Qattharumalingam of Qatar on Monday. Scores were 30-26, 30-27, 30-27.
Also coming up short was 40-year-old professional Ladislav Kutil (19-4, 5 KOs), representing the Czech Republic, who was defeated handily 30-27 on all three cards by Polish amateur boxer Mateusz Jerzy Tryc in a light heavyweight quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.
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In a lightweight quarterfinal matchup, unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs), a former EBU-EU champion, cruised past Ukrainian amateur Oleh Dovhun by a score of 30-27 on all three cards Monday. Interestingly, he will be the next opponent of former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand in the lightweight semi-final, so that matchup is actually a battle between two world rated pros.
WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7-rated and current NABF heavyweight champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) has agreed to face comebacking 41-year-old Joshua “Josh Dempsey” Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) in a non-title fight in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions’ next “Detroit Brawl” installment at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.
Ruiz has made four successful defenses of his NABF Championship. Before that, he held the WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Championship and made an additional three successful defenses before relinquishing. In his last in-ring appearance, he stopped former world title challenger Ray Austin in the fourth round on May 14 in Studio City, California.
Gormley, who bills himself as a distant relative of former champ Jack Dempsey, reportedly trains with Dino Spencer and Luis “Chiro” Perez at the 5th St. Gym in Miami, Florida. He is on a three-fight KO streak since coming back from a 16-year layoff in late 2015. Despite having had no amateur boxing career, Dempsey fought his way to up-and-comer status in the late 90s and was a fan favorite. He also worked with former champion Lennox Lewis as a sparring partner.
The successful TV Series Boxeo Telemundo Ford will continue its summer season on its third week this Friday, July 8th from the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. In the main event, young prospect Antonio “Tono” Moran (19–1, 13 KOs) of Mexico City will fight for his first belt when he faces veteran Juan Pablo “El Lagarto” Sanchez (30-12, 14 KOs) from Tabasco, Mexico in another “Civil War” schedule for ten rounds with the vacant WBC Latin lightweight title at stake.
Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:00 PM. Six more bouts are scheduled. Telemundo Network will televise in the US starting at 11:35 PM ET. 52MX MVS Networks televises in Mexico at 11:30 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Producciones Deportivas. Auditorio Blackberry is located at Avenida Insurgente Sur #453, Esquina con Tlaxcala, Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF, MX. Tel: +525555641294. For tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx.
By Karl Freitag
In a very good interview with IFL TV, promoter Eddie Hearn discussed the latest on the negotiations for the proposed middleweight championship fight between WBC, WBA, IBF world champion Gennady Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr., and the negotiations for the world welterweight unification fight between IBF world champion Kell Brook and WBO world champion Jessie Vargas.
On Golovkin-Eubank: “The hold up is it’s very, very complicated. You’ve got a contract with Matchroom and Chris Eubank Jr. You’ve got a contract with Sky Sports for that particular fight. You’ve got a contract with HBO. You’ve got a contract with Gennady Golovkin. There’s three or four contracts to draft and these contracts go backwards and forwards with multiple changes and negotiations on so many different points: international TV, sponsors on the ring mat, press conferences, drug testing, hotel rooms, flights, gloves, ringsides, officials. At no point during the last two weeks has anything come back that’s made me think this fight won’t happen…the truth is I believe the fight will get made, and I believe it will get made this week.”
On Brook-Vargas: The provision of services central agreement has not been signed or agreed with Top Rank or Matchroom because it’s too much money. Quite simply. And last week through the Brexit, the dollar rate swings about 12-13% — you’re talking about a quarter-million dollar swing for us from that happening. And that has opened our legs and kicked us straight in the bollocks! So we negotiated with Top Rank over the weekend and Bob Arum. We are now in a position where we have a number and a package that we are happy to progress with and I might start hearing people say ‘oh well I’ll bet it’s a shit offer.’ Let me tell you it’s over $2 million…much more than Kell Brook will make in the fight.”
Hearn stated that the proposed dates for Golovkin-Eubank (in London) and Brook-Vargas (in Sheffield) are September 10 and October 8, but which fight will land on which date will evolve this week.
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Josue Martinez
WBO #1 rated junior welterweight Jason “El Nino” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs) took time to chat with Fightnews.com® as he prepares for his fight against Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-9, 10 KOs) this coming Saturday at the San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA.
The last time we talked was at the kickoff press conference and you seemed to be a person of very few words.
Tell us more about Jason the person and boxer.
I don’t need to say a lot of words to explain what I want to do and what will happen on July 9th in San Mateo. There’s going to be a knockout and I’m going to win. I’m a simple person and between me and my brother (Albert), he talks a whole lot more than me (still smiling). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
21-year-old amateur light heavyweight Jonathan Esquivel of Anaheim, California, has a major hurdle to get past this afternoon if he wants a spot in the 2016 Olympics next month in Brazil. Esquivel, who won his first round match, must now face former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated IBF #5, WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, at the APB/WSB Qualification Tournament in Vargas, Venezuela.
The three other Americans competing in this final Olympic qualifier, welterweight Paul Kroll, heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (yes, that’s his real name), and super heavyweight Brandon Lynch, have all dropped their first round bouts and were eliminated. (more…)
Trainer Thomas Hansvoll expects little-known Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) to upset the odds and score a career-defining win over former two-weight former world champion Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. The Norwegian duo have been hard at work preparing for the WBO International title fight, and although Lihaug enters the bout as an underdog, Hansvoll is confident the 23-year-old upstart has what it takes to beat an ageing Abraham, who he believes has ‘lost his hunger.’ (more…)
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