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- McDonnell stays unbeaten
- Results from Manchester, England
- Caballero wins IBF bantamweight title; Budler retains WBA/IBO 105lb titles; Alvarez stops Liebenberg
- Eubank victorious; Satchell wins Euro flyweight belt
- WBC confirms Stiverne-Wilder agreement
- Bahoeli in spotlight at Maple Leaf Gardens
- Weights from North Bergen, NJ
- Santillan still unbeaten
- UFC 179 Study Guide
- Brähmer opponent named: Pawel Glazewski
- Perez retains WBA interim lightweight belt
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Anatoliy Dudchenko 175 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 171.5
(IBF light heavyweight eliminator)
Karl Dargan 134.5 vs. Anthony Flores 134
Sullivan Barrera 174.5 vs. Lee Campbell 172.5
Erik Spring 151 vs. Jamil Gadsden 152.5
Wellington Romero 140 vs. Mack Babb 142
Hakeem Bryant 154.5 vs. Al Johnson 154
Venue: Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is excited to announce more than 50 UFC stars scheduled to appear at the 2014 UFC Fan Expo® on Sat., July 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sun., July 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. PT at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Gary Russell Jr 125.5 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 125.5
(WBO featherweight championship)
Robert Guerrero 146 vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai 146.7
Devon Alexander 148.25 vs. Jesus Soto Karass 148
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme
6’6 cruiserweight prospect Joel “Big Joe” Djeko (7-1-1, 3 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Frank Bluemle (9-1-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Tolhuis Arena in Gent, Belgium. A right hand laid out Bluemle. Referee Steve Smoger reached the count of ten at 2:50. Djeko won an IBA intercontinental belt for his efforts.
Belgiam lightweight hero Jean Pierre Bauwens (33-1-1, 20 KOs) scored a controversial fifth round TKO over Gyorgy Mizsei Jr (19-10, 11 KOs) to claim Mizsei’s EBU-EU belt. Bauwens dropped Mizsei in round five and the bout was very quickly waved off crowning Bauwens.
Veteran cruiserweight Ismail Abdoul (53-28-2, 20 KOs) beat up Jozef Kusmirek (3-11-1, 0 KOs) en route to a one-sided six round decision. Abdoul dropped Kusmirek with a body shot in round four and went on to win 60-53 on all cards.
Iron Boy Promotions, in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing, returns to the Celebrity Theatre July 26th for Iron Boy 14. Valley prodigy Jose Benavidez, Jr. headlines the Solo Boxeo Tecate card, which will be broadcast on Unimas, with two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in the co-main event bout.
Fighting in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, for the first time since 2011, Benavidez (20-0 14KO) is coming off a May victory over Gary, Indiana’s Angel Hernandez in Fresno. Hernandez was down three times in the fight, which ended in a wide unanimous decision in Benavidez’s favor. He will be fighting for the vacant NABF Welterweight Youth title.
“I’m very excited to fight in my hometown, and I’m especially excited about fighting for the NABF Welterweight Youth Title,” said Benavidez. “It was great that my May fight was broadcast for the fans at home on Solo Boxeo Tecate, and now they’ll get a chance to see me live. We’re preparing for and expecting a tough fight.” (more…)
Ring 8 will co-host a memorial service for Hall of Fame boxer Emile Griffith (85-24-2, 23 KOs) tomorrow morning (Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m.) at St. Michael Cemetery in East Elmhurst, New York. His son, Luis Griffith, and family will also co-host the ceremony. (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
In México City on Friday morning, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman made the official presentation of the WBC heavyweight world championship green belt to Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne, who won the vacant heavyweight title last May against Chris Arreola.
Stiverne arrived last night in Mexico City along with legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don King.
Top lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta returns to the Bay Area when he headlines the Friday, July 18 edition of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! in a 10-round bout against Luis “El Vampiro” Arceo at Long Shoremen’s Hall in San Francisco. In the co-main event, San Francisco’s own Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas looks to extend his five-fight winning streak against Emanuel “Renegade” Robles and highly touted Chinese heavyweight Taishan will make his professional debut against Ronny Hale in the 4 round televised opening bout.
On July 12, heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes on Tyabb Beale in an 8-round bout at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions. Beale of Newark, New Jersey has a record of 9-4-1 with three knockouts and is 7-1-1 over his last nine bouts.
“I take Tyyab Beale very serious as an opponent, and that is the same way I feel about all my opponents,” said Witherspoon. “He’s a big strong guy that weighs about 245 pounds, and from what I’ve seen of him he has a particular skill set that he brings to the table. I know I am the most experienced person that he has faced thus far in the ring, and I will look to utilize that to my advantage. I believe it’s going to be an exciting action packed fight. I feel great after the long layoff, and even though I haven’t been fighting regularly, I’ve still been in the gym the whole time. I actually believe that I am returning to the ring stronger, faster, & smarter than I was before I had the layoff.”
In the six-round co-feature, undefeated Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna of Millville, NJ will take on Zain Shah (5-3, 3 KOs) of Centerville, VA in a middleweight bout.
By Robert Coster
Dominican boxing fans are gearing up for the WBA KO to Drugs card on June 28th, an event that has been called “historic” by local sportscasters and newspapers. Two WBA interim crowns will be disputed on that day. In the main event, local favorite Argenis Lopez (19-0, 8 KOs) will face Darleys Perez (29-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia for the WBA interim 135lb title. Also the WBA female interim featherweight belt will be up for grabs between Dominican Dahianna Santana and Colombian Francia Bravo. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) of Gilroy, California and Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs) met with the media Thursday afternoon for the final press conference at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They will headline the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader taking place Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“Guerrero is back, we are really excited to bring you this card, all our matchups Saturday are exciting from top to bottom,” proclaimed promoter Oscar de la Hoya. “We have an unbelievable history of staging fight-of-the-year candidates at StubHub. If you’re a boxing fan and you love action-packed, competitive fights, the StubHub Center on Saturday will be a good place to be.” (more…)
Fans of the fastest growing sport in the world have another can’t-miss item to add to their UFC International Fight Week™ bucket list: the UFC Fan Expo® 2014. The two-day UFC Fan Expo is on Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. PT at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Single and two-day event tickets are available at UFCFanExpo.com. (more…)
On June 14, Sartonk, together with the Gleason’s Gym community, recognized the winners of its Ali-King Award. The winners were selected based on their submitted essays, by a panel of four distinguished judges. Essay topics ranged from the autobiographical to comparative analyses of Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr., after whom the contest is named. (more…)
Dimar Ortuz, 199.6 vs. Daniel Allotey, 209.6
Frankie Scalise, 137 vs. Justin Gauthier, 140
Nick Asberry, 238 vs. James Shorter, 216.4
Sam Horowitz, 176.6 vs. Warren Snapp, N/A
Will Coix, 145.8 vs. Thomas Amaro, 148.6
Russell Fiore, 135.4 vs. Tim Carrizales, 135.4
Adan Ortiz, 124 vs. Antoine Knight, 125
Simon Buettner, 176.6 vs. William Chouloute, 172.2
Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN
Promoter: Hitz Boxing/Round 3 Productions
Doors 6:30pm, First bout 7pm
By Hector Villarreal
WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza reached another milestone on his life´s journey by obtaining a degree in Law and Political Science on the 45th promotion of the Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University (USMA), the oldest, largest and most highly regarded private university in Panama.
In the graduation ceremony of 589 new professionals, held at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Mr. Mendoza received a recognition as a member of the Cum Laude Chapter of Honor.
All eight boxers made the weight just before noon on Friday for Saturday’s “KO at the Casino” tournament in Monte Carlo, but not before a few scares, chiefly for WBA and IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler and WBC Silver middleweight title holder Max Bursak. With a large crowd thronging the Monte Carlo Casino for the weigh-in, the aforementioned pair came in 200g and 300g over the limit respectively. Given two hours to shed the weight, they comfortably did so. (more…)
The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas has plans to bring boxing back to their venue this summer. More
Undefeated Filipino Froilan Saludar nears a title shot. More
Upcoming Florida prospect Tommy Logan signs with Al Haymon. More
St. Louis’ Stephon “The Show Stopper” Young gets a chance to shine on ESPN2 next week. More
Congratulations to WBA vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who has earned a law degree in Panama.
Happy Birthday to middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico, 23 yrs old today
Fabian Maidana, 21, brother of former two-division world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana, will make his pro debut Saturday on the Guerrero-Kamegai undercard. –Gabriel F. Cordero
In an IBF flyweight title eliminator, McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over previously unbeaten Froilan Saludar (19-1-1, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A left hook laid out Saludar for the full ten. Time was 2:25.
In the co-feature, junior featherweight Cesar Seda (26-2 2 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Alex Rangel (15-3-2, 9 KOs). Rangel was holding his ground throughout the fight but Seda landed all of the power punches, skillfully controlling each round. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 in favor of Seda
Junior middleweight KO artist Prichard Colon (10-0, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Carlos Garcia (7-13-1, 7 KOs). Colon outboxed Garcia and dominated the rounds. Garcia went down once in round three and twice in round five, ending with a right to the chin. Time of the stoppage was 2:24.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles King’s star defenseman Slava Voynov visits undefeated contender and fellow countryman Anton Novikov as he trains at Hall of Famer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Ca. for his upcoming world title fight. Novikov will be challenging undefeated WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas, the “Pride of Las Vegas,” Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Both Voynov and Novikov, hail from Chelyabinsk,Russia. Vargas vs Novikov will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark®, along with the 10-round welterweight main event featuring former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter Brandon ” Bam Bam” Rios of Oxnard, Calif., making his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut, against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves of Buenos Aires. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and undefeated Gary Russell Jr. pose during the final press conference for their vacant WBO World Featherweight championship, Saturday, June 21 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, televised on SHOWTIME.
A decade removed from one of the most chaotic endings to any championship fight, UFC FIGHT PASS, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s digital streaming service, re-examines the June 19, 2004, Frank Mir vs Tim Sylvia bout in the premiere of the new Fightography series. (more…)
Boxer Hank Lundy and his promoter, Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES Boxing), scored a knockout victory in legal against Lundy’s former manager, Ivan Cohen, when Cohen’s contract was found null and void, thus absolving Lundy of any financial obligation toward Cohen and allowing the fighter to continue his march toward a world championship undeterred.
“Ivan Cohen came into my life and ruined it,” Lundy said. “I’m glad we won the case and the world knows I’m innocent.”
“We have been Hank’s promoter since the day he turned pro. That’s the kind of relationship we have with him,” added CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. “That just doesn’t happen in boxing. We never want to go to court, but we will if we have to. We’re not going to get run over.” (more…)
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
The final press conference for Saturday’s IBF light heavyweight eliminator between Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko and Nadjib Mohammedi took place Thursday at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko: Thank you for this opportunity. I am not a real talking guy. I will make my statements on Saturday.
Nadjib Mohammedi: First I would like to thank Main Events for this opportunity. We promise a good show a great fight. One of the best maybe. We are going to win and take the belt. (more…)
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Lonnie Bradley (29-1-1, 21 KOs) and unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Julian “J Rock” Williams (16-0-1, 10 KOs) were guest speakers this past Tuesday evening’s Ring 8 monthly meeting in historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. (more…)
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