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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME J'Leon Love 167.5 vs. Porky Medina 168.6 Badou Jack 169.4 vs. Jason Escalera 169.2 Ronald Gavril 166 vs. Thomas Falowo 166 Venue: Palms ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

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UFC

Fighting a Welcome Escape for Krylov

In following the world of sports, it’s often easy to forget that there’s a world out there beyond who wins or loses in the big game or the big fight. That doesn’t just go for the fans either, as the athletes are often affected by real life events that have nothing to do with their chosen profession . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 11th, 2014



Boxing News

Bryant-Santiago set to tangle Friday night

Nedal Promotions is set to bring professional boxing back to the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, Township, New Jersey on Friday, featuring an eight round light heavyweight crossroad battle between Roland Bryant (16-3, 11 KOs) and William “The Iceman” Santiago (6-8-1, 2 KOs). Both fighters look to bounce back from two consecutive losses. In the co-feature of the evening, Philly middleweight prospect Fred Jenkins Jr. (6-1, 2 KOs) will be tested by Camden, New Jersey’s Gilbert Alex Sanchez (2-3, 2 KOs) in a six round scrap. (more…)



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia grand arrival in Puerto Rico today

WBC/WBA jr welterweight champion Danny Garcia will make his “grand arrival” at his home away from home today (Tuesday) at 1PM at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico. Garcia is coming in on US Airways flight 771 from Philadelpha. He defends against Mauricio Herrera on Saturday night.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in Puerto Rico,” said Garcia last week. “Just to reach out to my fans in Puerto Rico, because I am Puerto Rican and they don’t have a champion right now, so I think this gave me the perfect time for me to go over there and show the Puerto Rican fans that they have a true champion.”



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Comaro: I will KO Katsidis

A smiling and quietly confident Eddy Comarro touched down with his team ahead of his bout and the ring return of Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ on Friday night at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Comarro made it very clear to all that he wants to go home to Indonesia a superstar by defeating Katsidis this Friday night. Comarro, the former sparring partner of Indonesian legend Chris John said “I’ve come to Australia to win, I will knockout Michael Katsidis. I want to go back to Indonesia a superstar.” (more…)



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Felix Verdejo returns March 22

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Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated lightweight sensation Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico poses with three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during a press conference with WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina to kickoff their national media tour. Cotto and Martínez will clash in their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship battle which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

Verdejo (10-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on March 22 on a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” UniMas show in Caguas, Puerto Rico on a card promoted by Cotto Promotions and Top Rank. Verdejo’s opponent will be Juan Santiago (14-11-1, 8 KOs), of Colorado in a six-round fight. Also on the card: Puerto Rico’s Jorge Melendez (27-3-1, 26 KOs) will battle Colombia’s Richard Gutierrez (27-12-1, 17 KOs) in a 10 round light middleweight bout.



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

New Look: Shannon Briggs Update

Comebacking former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is shown recently flexing a few new looks. For the first time in over two decades, Briggs no longer has his trademark dreadlocks. He is now sporting a basic low cut these days. Also, over the last eight months Briggs’ physique has a had a major overhaul dropping down from a hefty 357 pounds to a currently ripped 247 pounds.

Briggs was scheduled to fight in Atlanta, Georgia last month but his fight was pulled by the commission just days before he was supposed to fight. Briggs wanted to erase any doubts that he was not medically fit to fight.

“From what I understand all that happpened was that in the state of Georgia because of my, and I quote ‘advanced age of 42,’ I needed to be screened in person per the rules and regulations of the state and I had to do so a certain amount of days before the fight. I was not aware of this and I arrived too late. But what’s done is done. The plan now is for me to return likely at the end of March on a fight card in North Carolina.” (more…)



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

George Groves threatens to pull out of the Carl Froch rematch over referee concerns. More

Does Amir Khan need a big name win in the U.S. or a British battle with Kell Brook? More

Given three to six months left to live, 76-year-old Rubin “Hurricane” Carter battles with cancer. More

Rapper/actor Eminem bails out of boxing movie, “Southpaw.” More



March 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch: There’s going to be no question marks over the stoppage this time

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Photo: Laurence Lustig

IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch says he has learned from his first bout against George Groves and will not take the challenger lightly in their May 31 rematch at Wembley Stadium in London. “The last time I have felt this mentally switched on, focused, happy and confident was before I fought Lucian Bute, and we all know what happened there,” said Froch. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this, I’m so excited to showcase my skills in Wembley Stadium – it doesn’t get better than this. Mentally it was difficult for me to fight somebody who has never fought anyone in the top 15 in the world, everybody is telling you it’s a mismatch and you are going to wipe the floor with him, eventually you start listening to it and mentally take a back seat, and mentally I was not at the races. I won’t make that mistake again, I was at fault for that and I won’t make that mistake again. Everyone is entitled to their opinion on that fight. It was controversial and that’s why we’re here today. There’s going to be no question marks over the stoppage this time.”



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez kickoff presser in Puerto Rico

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez began their national media tour Monday in Puerto Rico with a press conference to discuss their eagerly-anticipated PPV middleweight title collision which will take place on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Miguel Cotto: I’m very excited about the opportunity to be the first Puerto Rican champion in four divisions. I hope that on June 7 your knee is 100% so that there is no excuse when I defeat you!

Sergio Martinez: I’m sure Miguel and I will give everything to make all Latinos feel proud…I am ready for a war!

Promoter Todd duBoef: On June 7, Madison Square Garden is going to be incredible. Exciting. Electric. But I’ve I’ve got to tell you something. This guy over here, this middleweight king, he took one from me two Septembers ago against Chavez. And we were out there on Mexican Independence Weekend and the Argentine fans were screaming. They were louder than the Mexican fans. So when we made this fight, I said there’s no way the Argentine fans are going to be louder than you. So you guys make sure you don’t let me down on June 7 because this guy [Cotto] is going to go for his fourth. Never been done before.

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March 10th, 2014

Full Report

Report/gallery: Alvarez vs. Angulo

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Photos by Chris Cozzone

In a clash between two Mexican warriors, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, of Guadalajara, and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, of Mexicali, gave the fans plenty to make noise about, Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Displaying great hand speed and power, Canelo took it to Angulo for ten rounds, before the bout was stopped in controversial fashion by referee Tony Weeks . . . Click here for more



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch-Groves meet at Wembley ahead of rematch – 60,000 tickets gone in an hour!

By James Slater

Today at Wembley in the nation’s capital, Carl Froch and George Groves came face to face at a press conference to officially announce their May 31st rematch. There is, as surely everyone knows, no love lost between the two rival super-middleweights, and today the two had some harsh words for one another ahead of the fight that has, amazingly shifted 60,000 tickets after just one hour of them going on sale.

Groves, who was TKO’d in the 9th round back in November, spoke first and had more to say than Froch:

“This is a fight Froch did not want,” Groves said. ” Froch knows he can’t possibly win. The first fight was a robbery and everybody knows it. It gives me great joy that this fight is happening. Froch never wanted this fight – he was forced to take it. That’s round one to me. Round two is the fact that we are here in Wembley – this is my home town. This will be a national event but this is my home crowd. I will hit Carl Froch wherever I want – on the chin, on the ear, on the nose, in the ribs, wherever I want. Carl can take nothing positive from the first fight.” (more…)



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Alvarez: I was simply doing my job

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Cozzone

Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez met with the media after his TKO victory over countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight somewhat lived up to its title “Toe to Toe” as both Alvarez and Angulo scrapped it out for ten rounds and had their moments. The two fighters had everything at stake as they were coming off losses.

“What a great night of boxing these four fights were definitely. ‘Toe to Toe.’ Great performance from all those fighters on the card,” Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer said in opening the post-fight press conference.

“El Perro” did not make it to the press room as he was taken to the hospital for precautionary safety measures. Angulo’s trainer Virgil Hill talked to media on Angulo’s behalf. “It’s very disappointing,” stated Hill. “I thought it was a tough fight for Alfredo, very tough for me also to watch him in a tough fight. I care about him so much as a fighter and individual.” (more…)



March 10th, 2014

UFC

TUF Brasil 3: Episode 1 Recap

The episode opens with an introduction to this season’s format. There will be 32 fighters (mix of middleweights and heavyweights) fighting for 16 spots in The Ultimate Fighter house. split between the heavyweight and middleweight division. The coaches this season will be Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Dana White calls it, “The biggest rivalry in the history of The Ultimate Fighter.” Wanderlei says that he’s Chael has insulted him and his country and that, “He messed with the wrong person.” Ever the gentleman, West Linn’s bad boy describes Wanderlei as “very peculiar,” and that the Axe Murderer should have retired from MMA a long time ago. Another wrinkle to this season is the presence of two celebrity assistant coaches. Team Sonnen has retired Brazilian basketball star Hortencia Marcari and Team Silva has beach volleyball pro Isabel Salgado. After the coaches give some words of encouragement, we head directly to the preliminary fights . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia to battle human nature, Herrera, and himself in Puerto Rico

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

When Danny Garcia enters the ring Saturday to defend his junior welterweight championship against Californian Mauricio Herrera, no one would blame him for suffering a bit of letdown. After all, he has been on a two-year tear through his division, winning titles, defying odds, and toppling star attractions like Lucas Matthysse, Eric Morales, Amir Khan, and Zab Judah. Against Herrera, it will be the first time in quite a while that Philadelphia’s top fighter will be the overwhelming pick to win a fight.

Therefore, it would be understandable for Garcia to approach his next fight as his easiest assignment in years. That would just be human nature.

However, if Garcia does come into the ring at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, expecting an easy night, he would be making a big mistake. A mistake that could cost him everything he accomplished recently. (more…)



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Main Events matchmaker Jolene Mizzone talks Adamek-Glazkov

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Main Events

“This is the million dollar question: ‘Which Adamek and which Glazkov will we see in the ring on March 15?’ Adamek is the most dangerous when his back is against the wall, Glazkov wants the recognition, is hungry to prove himself,” – said Main Events vice-president and matchmaker Jolene Mizzone in a Fightnews.com interview. Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) and Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0, 11 KOs) will collide on Saturday night’s NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” main event.

Forgetting all the alphabet soup rankings, how good is “Czar” Glazkov? A top 10, top 20 heavyweight in the world?

Jolene Mizzone: Top ten, no doubt. With couple of exceptions, nobody knows how good the current crop at heavyweight is. Even if Glazkov didn’t fight best of them yet, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t belong in this group. Czar is undefeated. He earned that. (more…)



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Scranton, PA

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Junior middleweight prospect Robert “Black Gold” Sockwell (7-2-1, 5 KOs) sent the standing room only crowd at the Scranton Hilton, home satisfied with a one round blowout of Ramiro Bueno Jr (2-5-1, 1 KO) in the scheduled six round main event of the evening. The Pro-Am card promoted by Chris Coyne’s North East boxing had the locals on their feet throughout with mine explosive amateur bouts to compliment four good professional fights. In the co-feature of the evening, junior middleweight Stephon Burgette 3-1-1, 1 KO had top survive an early onslaught before battering a withering Tommy Ayers (2-3, 2 KOs) on his way to an impressive third round TKO victory. The professional portion of the card was matched well by “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken. (more…)



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Smith stops Sithsaithong

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian lightweight champion Brett William Smith (18-2-1, 9 KOs) stopped Non Sithsaithong (11-6, 7 KOs) in round three of the eight round main event at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. The referee saved the Thai boxer from further punishment at 2.24.

London Olympian Cameron “The Hammer” Hammond (8-0, 4 KOs) forced a four round stoppage of Michael Correa (3-9-3) in a scheduled six round light middleweight bout. The corner of Correa retired their boxer at the conclusion of round four. (more…)



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Former SA champion Gerrie de Bruyn dies

By Ron Jackson

Former SA heavyweight champion Gerrie de Bruyn has died at the age of 75. He passed away at the Roseacres Clinic in Primrose, Germiston, on Saturday morning.
De Bruyn, who would have turned 76 on March 26, fought the likes of Buster Mathis, Mike Holt, Billy Lotter and Jimmy Richards in a career comprising more than 30 professional fights. A three-time SA amateur champion, he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Wales. But he later spent more than 40 years in a wheelchair after suffering a back injury in an accident on a building site. (more…)



March 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Deontay Wilder breaks camp

Photos: Team Wilder

Top heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder wrapped up training camp at his rural gym in Coffeeville, Alabama with a training session for the youth of the town.

Coaches Jay Deas, Mark Breland and Russ Anber joined Wilder in working with the kids. Team Wilder departs for Puerto Rico Tuesday in advance of Saturday night’s bout with Malik Scott on Showtime.

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March 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo to Lara: You will have to wait

By Miguel Maravilla

Shortly after his victory over Alfredo Angulo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made his way to the post fight press conference to talk with the media. Moments later, fellow jr. middleweight contender Erisandy Lara made his way to the podium and challenged Canelo. “People want to see this fight,” Lara proclaimed. Alvarez asked “Who wants to see this fight?” One who replied in the affirmative was Luis De Cubas Jr. Canelo quickly replied to Lara, “Thats your manager isnt it?,” drawing laughs. “This is not how you make fights. You will have to wait.”



March 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Seroka regains SA junior lightweight title

By Ron Jackson

In one of the poorest South Africa title fights in recent years, Jasper Seroka from Phalaborwa regained the junior lightweight title when he outpointed Xolani Mcotheli of Umtata over 12 lackluster rounds in a clash for the vacant belt, at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. The decision was unanimous with judges Andile Matika and Siphiwo Mbini scoring it 116-111 and 116-110 whilst judge Siya Vabaza-Booi handed in a way out card of 114-112. (more…)



March 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Rossel retains WBA interim title

By Robert Coster

Peru’s only boxing Champion, veteran Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel (32-8, 13 KOs) retained his interim WBA light-flyweight title with a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision over Colombian challenger Gabriel Mendoza (19-3-2, 16 KOs) in Lima on Saturday night. The hard hitting Mendoza had early good rounds but the cagey Rossel gradually took command of the fight and even had Mendoza in trouble in the late rounds. The judges scored it 119-114, 118-113 and 117.5-111.5 in favor of the 36-year-old champion who was making his fourth title defense. (more…)



March 9th, 2014

Boxing Result

Canelo batters and stops Angulo in ten

Santa Cruz dominates Mijares; Linares defeats Arakawa; Thompson upsets R. Alvarez

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone

Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) rebounded from his loss to Floyd MAyweather last September with an impressive tenth round TKO over Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) in a middleweight bout on Saturday night before a crowd of 14,610 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo came out aggressively and battered Angulo, pushing him back and keeping him from getting leverage on his punches. Canelo’s hands were much faster as landed at a very high percentage. Angulo took a savage beating but kept coming. The best round was round eight when both fighters went toe to toe in some thrilling exchanges. Referee Tony Weeks finally stopped the fight to save Angulo from further punishment in round ten. Time was :47. Neither Angulo, nor the crowd were happy with the stoppage.

“I could have fought another 10 rounds,” said Canelo, “the stoppage isn’t my problem.” Angulo said the plan was for him to finish strong in the late rounds. “I wanted to keep fighting,” he said.

WBC super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Cristian Mijares (49-8-2, 24 KOs). The 25-year-old Santa Cruz overwhelmed and overpowered the 32-year-old Mijares, who had two reigns as super flyweight champion. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. (more…)



March 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Arce KOs Silva; Uzcategui destroys Lopez

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Four-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (62-7-2, 47 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Aldimar Silva (19-7, 10 KOs) in a featherweight clash on Saturday night at the Domo de la Macroplaza in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Arce dropped Silva in rounds three and five. The bout was waved off after Arce’s follow up barrage at :41 of the fifth round.

Unbeaten middleweight Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round knockout over former world title challenger and local favorite David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-14-1, 23 KOs). Uzcategui simply broke down “The Destroyer,” ending the bout by bludgeoning Lopez to the canvas. Time was 2:31. More photos…



March 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao hits LAX

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday night from the Philippines to continue his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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March 9th, 2014

UFC

London Mauling: Gustaffson Halts Manuwa

Number one light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson kept his ranking and his hopes for a second title shot intact on Saturday with a second round TKO win over previously unbeaten Jimi Manuwa at the O2 Arena in London. And after his UFC Fight Night mainevent victory, “The Mauler” made no secret of his intentions . . . click here for more at UFC.com



March 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather: I fight who I want to fight

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Cozzone

WBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather today hosted a press conference to formally announce his upcoming pay-per-view matchup against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place on May 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“People say ‘why did I choose Maidana over Khan?’ Look at his last four fights and look at Khan’s last four fights. I had to go with the best choice and [Maidana] has made a big impact on boxing in his last fight,” said Mayweather.

Floyd said he will fight three more times after the Maidana fight and he doesn’t know who the opponents will be. “You know who I said I wanted on the undercard [Adrien Broner vs. Amir Khan]. You wanna fight me? Earn it. You wanna fight me? You gotta earn it. Some may not earn it. I may just pick them because I want to.

“Floyd Mayweather is not scared of no opponent. I don’t duck or dodge nobody, but I earned my stripes. So I can pick and choose who I want to pick and choose. I fight who I want to fight. Nobody is forced to watch me.” (more…)



March 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Off-TV Results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In an upset, junior lightweight Jerry Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Australian WiIl Tomlinson (21-1-1, 12 KOs). Belmontes entered with two straight losses, but came away with a 99-91, 98-92, 98-92 win.

2008 Mexican Olympian junior lightweight Francisco Vargas of Mexico City defeated Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto, taking a ten round unanimous decision. Vargas was dominant as he boxed and at times worked on the inside landing effective punches. Judges scored the bout 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94. Francisco Vargas improves his mark to 19-0-1, 13 KOs and remains undefeated as Abner Cotto drops to 17-2, 8 KOs.

2012 Olympian super bantamweight Joseph Diaz (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jiovany Fuentes (5-4, 4 KOs). Body shots finished Fuentes.

Junior welterweight Keandre Gibson of St. Louis, Missouri stopped Antonio Wong of Tijuana, Mexico in four rounds of a scheduled six rounder. Gibson displayed good hand speed as he boxed the Mexican who kept coming forward. A body shot forced referee Russell Mora to wave off the bout at 1:54. Keandre Gibson keeps his undefeated record and goes to 9-0-1, 4 KOs. Antonio Wong falls to 11-8-1, 6 KOs.

In the opening bout from the MGM Grand Garden Arena undefeated Australian light heavyweight Steve Lovett knocked out Francisco Molina of Tijuana, Mexico in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Referee Jay Nady reached a ten count at 1:13 of the second round. Lovett remains unbeaten improving to 8-0, 6 KOs, Molina drops to 2-3.



March 8th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Prelims: Sledgehammer wins in style

After taking his first UFC fight against Gegard Mousasi on just a few days’ notice last April, Ilir Latifi showed what he could do with a full training camp, as he submitted veteran Cyrille Diabate in the first round of their UFC Fight Night bout Saturday at London’s O2 Arena . . . click here for more at UFC.com



March 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Ex-champ Erdei defeats Jomardashvili

In what was billed as his “farewell fight,” 39-year-old former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (34-1, 18 KOs) outpointed Shalva Jomardashvili (36-7-2, 27 KOs) over ten rounds to win the vacant WBO European title at the Messzi István Sporthall in Kecskemet, Hungary. It was a typical Erdei performance as he put on a boxing clinic against a slower foe. Erdei’s only career loss was a close split decision against Denis Grachev in his previous fight.

Super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (20-1, 8 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over George Gachechiladze (13-10-1, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO European super bantamweight title. The bout was waved off by referee Geno Rodriguez after Bedak floored Gachechiladze in the last minute.

39-year-old former IBO jr middleweight beltholder Attila Kovacs (32-4, 19 KOs) topped journeyman Giorgi Ungiadze (24-19, 11 KOs) in a four-rounder.



March 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Butler destroys Nieva, targets IBF champ Hall

Unbeaten bantamweight Paul Butler (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round KO Over Oreste Nieva (15-3-2, 6 KOs) at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, England. A left hook to the body put Nieva on the deck where he was counted out. Time 1:25. Butler is now campaigning at bantamweight looking to get a title shot against countryman and IBF bantamweight champion Stuey Hall. He took home the vacant WBA intercontinental belt. Nieva was unable to make the bantamweight limit at Friday’s weigh-in.

Unbeaten Commonwealth flyweight beltholder Kevin Satchell (12-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Isaac Quaye (25-5-1, 16 KOs) over twelve uneventful rounds by scores of 120-109, 119-110, 120-108. (more…)



March 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Doyle edges Ramabeletsa

By James Slater
Photos: Scott Raven

In a terrific battle , Manchester unbeaten Ryan Doyle kept his unbeaten record and won the international masters featherweight title with a desperately close one point win over South Africa’s Michael Ramabeletsa on Saturday night at the Bowler’s Arena in Manchester. The score of 95-94 is reflective of how tough and how close the fight was. Doyle suffered a badly cut right eye and both men bled from the nose. The pace was red hot all the way and both guys gave their all. Ramabeletsa lost a point for holding in the 7th, a round that saw him go down, only for it to be ruled a slip. The South African was elusive and clever, Doyle was all aggression. It all added up to make a great fight. Neither guy deserved to lose really and both warriors spoke of a rematch afterwards. Doyle is now 9-0(5). Ramabeletsa is now 11-11 (5). (more…)



March 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao & Roach hit Los Angeles tonight to begin phase two of training

Philippine Airlines Flight 102 Lands at LAX at 6:15 P.M. PT

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach broke camp today in General Santos City in the Philippines and are en route to the U.S. On Monday, at Roach’s Hollywood-based Wild Card Boxing Club, they will begin phase two of training for their mission to recapture the WBO welterweight championship title that undefeated two-division defending champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. won off of Pacquiao via a controversial split decision in 2012.

Team Pacquiao is scheduled to land at Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal today at 6:15 p.m. PT via Philippine Airlines Flight 102. This link will give you updated arrival information. http://www1.philippineairlines.com/index.php/flights/actual-flight-status/



March 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Reed remains undefeated in Fort Washington, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed of Waldorf, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over “Rebellious” Bilal Mahasin in the junior welterweight main event at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD Friday night. There were no knockdowns in the contest but Reed stuck to his game plan landing shots to the body and head. Reed also stayed calm when Mahasin tried to rush in. Reed won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55 to raise his record to 8-0, five KO’s. Mahasin loses for the first time in his pro career and he is now 4-1.

In one co-feature, “The Baby-Face Assassin” Yurii Polischuk of Lanham, MD stopped Baltimore, MD’s Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. in a welterweight contest at 1:39 of the third round. Polischuk dropped Womack early in the third and pressured Womack for the stoppage. Polischuk is now 3-1-1, two KO’s. Womack is 4-4-1, two KO’s. (more…)



March 8th, 2014

Boxing Result

Vitale defeats Lakopo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Samoan born heavyweight Craig “King” Vitale (6-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Junior Maletino Lakopo (1-13-2, 0 KOs) in the main event six round bout on Friday at the Calabria Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Vitale controlled the contest in most of the rounds to have his hand raised by referee Alan McColl by scores 59-55, 59-55, 58-56. Vitale has been a big success on YouTube with his KO wins that has given over 500,000 hits. It was reported that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson contacted Vitale’s manager to congratulate him on his KO wins and invited him to fight in the USA. Vitale is trained by Sam Brizzi and managed by Adam Willcock. (more…)



March 8th, 2014




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