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Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14 KOs) will put his newly acquired WBA super-bantam belt on the line ...

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Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Photos: Uwe Koch The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly ...

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Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

Photos: Jane Phillips/Premier Boxing Champions Welterweight olympian Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten rising prospect Bryant ...

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Lonergan: Parker is in a perfect position

Lonergan: Parker is in a perfect position

By Ray Wheatley - World of Boxing Photo: Dave Cameron IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, ...

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PBC at the Crossroads

PBC at the Crossroads

By Karl Freitag In October 2015, Premier Boxing Champions presented eight live boxing telecasts. In October 2016, there are currently no events scheduled. ...

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UFC

Reasons to watch UFC 196

Conor McGregor isn’t just in the process of making history; the Irish-born superstar has changed the game of MMA.

UFC 196 began as McGregor’s quest to become the first-ever simultaneous two-division world champion . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Photo of the Day

Photos: Top Rank

Sacramento featherweight Guy Robb (17-1 7KOs) was honored by his favorite childhood sports team, The NBA Sacramento Kings, on February 29th. Robb who fights March 12th in Burbank, CA against Carlos Padilla (15-3-1 9KOs) at the Marriott Convention Center, was a guest of honor of the Sacramento Kings as he was featured on the Jumbrotron as well as the live television broadcast on the Kings’ official broadcast for television viewing.

Robb, who sat court side as the Sacramento Kings warmed up was also greeted by platinum recording artist Sage The Gemini and R&B superstar Adrian Marcel who performed during halftime. Robb was featured after the first time-out of the game shadow boxed with Slamson the Lion (Sacramento Kings’ mascot) as information about his fight was read aloud throughout the arena as well as on the television broadcast. For Robb this was the first of many public appearances the fighter plans to do in the near future to get closer to the community he is deeply connected to, Sacramento, California.

Robb returns to action in the Los Angeles area next week.

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March 1st, 2016


UFC

UFC 196: Inside the Numbers

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles is here to preview the inside statistics provided by our friends at FightMetric. Go inside the numbers of UFC 196’s main event between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz and don’t miss the action on March 5 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

JC Chavez asks his son to be more responsible

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez says he’s upset and worried about the lack of discipline of his son, former middleweight world titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., after Junior disappeared from training camp. Chavez Jr. has been training with Robert Garcia for an expected fight against WBC super middleweight champion Jack Badou on April 30. However, Chavez Sr. told ESPN that if his son continues with his current attitude, he should retire from boxing. “I don’t know what happened,” said the Hall of Famer. “I’m very sad and disappointed but also very concerned about his lack of discipline. He was preparing well in Big Bear.”

Soon after, Chavez Jr. published a picture on his Instagram account where it appeared he was walking on a beach. Junior’s response? “I respect him because he’s my father, but I am already 30 years old. Everything is fine.”



March 1st, 2016


Boxing News

Mathews vows to go to war with Flanagan

Merseyside favourite Derry Mathews has promised to go toe to toe with his bitter rival Terry Flanagan when the pair battle it out for the WBO world lightweight title in their eagerly-anticipated Liverpool Echo Arena showdown on March 12, exclusively live on BoxNation. ‘Dirty’ Derry has vowed to avenge his Prize Fighter loss to Flanagan in 2012 and says he’ll be taking the unbeaten Mancunian deep into the trenches. “I want a war with Terry and I don’t want him to run. I want to put a proper fight on for the crowd and the paying public. I’ve got my fingers crossed that he stands toe-to-toe with me when we get it on. He’s come out again saying this fight won’t be going the distance but he still won’t name the round he’s going to stop me in. All the pressure is on him now and after the fight he’s going to realise he picked the wrong man to defend his title against,” said Mathews.

Mathews, 32, is looking to mark his 50th professional fight with a world title win in front of his home crowd.

“I’m going to ask for a new belt on March 12th because I don’t want the one Terry’s got. It’s covered in scratches and I want a fresh one!”



March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Big Daddy gets 5-Star experience in Grozny

Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions

Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions


WBA heavyweight title challenger Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) has been enjoying a luxury experience in Chechnya ahead of his world title fight against Ruslan Chagaev this Saturday night. The heavy-handed Aussie jetted into Grozny late last week and has been overwhelmed by the beauty of the place and the hospitality of the locals, despite the city’s fearsome reputation. Browne has been given his own security team to guide him around and has been pleased to see his face on billboards at almost every turn.

“I’m being treated like a rock star over here. We are in five-star accommodation and everything is going perfectly. The whole city is caught up in pre-fight excitement,” Browne said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect coming here, but it is a beautiful city with wonderful people. I’m putting the finishing touches on my preparation now and I’m really looking forward to getting in there and making history.”

Australia has never had a world titleholder in the heavyweight division and Lucas is keen to write his name into the history books with a blistering performance.

“The thought of me doing what no man has before really spurs me on,” he stated. “I can’t and I won’t let this opportunity pass me by. I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m ready to knock Chagaev out. He’s been a very good champion over the years, but it has to be my time now.”



March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Two days in the company of a champion

Blockbuster showdown for Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz?

Marco Huck sets sights on Krzysztof Glowacki

 



March 1st, 2016

UFC

Dana has the final say on Fight Night London

Watch Dana White recap Fight Night London, which featured the return of Anderson Silva and ultimately the biggest win of Michael Bisping’s career in front of his home crowd . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Commey vacates C’wealth belt, targets Barthelemy

Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (23-0, 21 KOs) has decided to vacate his Commonwealth title in order to focus on a world title challenge. The 28-year-old from Accra claimed the Commonwealth strap with a unanimous points decision over Gary Buckland in July 2014 and has since defended it with the seventh-round stoppage of Thompson Mokwana in March 2015. “It has been a great honor to hold the Commonwealth title,” said Commey. “Winning the belt against Gary Buckland was one of the proudest moments of my career, and after adding the IBF Intercontinental title to the Commonwealth, I was hoping for more challengers to come forward to face me. Unfortunately this didn’t happen, but in vacating both titles it has left the way open for me to realise my dream of fighting for a world title.” Commey is currently mandatory challenger for the IBF World title, and welcomes a fight with the reigning champion Rances Barthelemy.



March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Francophone ratings as of March 2016

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On February 5 at the Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon, France, French Oktay Takalak, now 15-0-0, won a unanimous decision against Mikael Mkrtchyan, now 15-1-0, to win the vacant featherweight title in a fierce battle between 2 unbeaten boxers.

The fight was promoted by Saadi Mechiche of Lyon Boxe and shown live on Ma Chaine Sport in France. Pierre Demarteau did the excellent matchmaking.


Upcoming bouts:

March 5, Corbeil-Essones (France)
Islam Teffahi (Tunisia/Belgium) versus Karim Merroudj (France)
Voluntary defence superwelterweight title.

March 12, Levallois (France)
Franck Petitjean (France) versus Jean Pierre “Junior” Bauwens (Belgium)
Vacant superlightweight title

March 27, Toulon (France)
Faisal Ibnel Arrami (Tunisia/France) versus Eric Martel Bahoeli (Canada)
Vacant heavyweight title

Fights scheduled for April and June will be soon announced.

The full set of WBC Francophone ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.

ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS



March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Jeter Promotions has been licensed in the state of Pennsylvania to begin promoting boxing events. Pennsylvania joins Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Colombia as states that the company has acquired licenses. Their first card in the state will be May 14 in York at the Hanover National Guard Armory, headlined by local fighter Steve Weimer.

GH3 Promotions has signing of undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (12-0-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional contract. On February 19th, he fought a spirited draw with Jerry Odom on ShoBox. Ellis is trained by Wali Moses and managed by Sheer Sports Management.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Cruz-Koasicha tops Friday’s Telemundo card

“Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” continues its spring season this Friday at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event, world ranked contender and NABO junior lightweight champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (22-4-1, 11 KOs) from Puerto Rico defends his title against Mexican domestic champion and former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha (25-5, 15 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with Cruz’ belt on the line.

Cruz arrived in Florida last Friday and was a special guest at the Boxeo Telemundo season opener in Palm Bay, FL. He will also participate this Wednesday on various Telemundo shows including Titulares y Mas at 11:35 PM. Koasicha’s team will arrive to Tampa on Wednesday. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Broner: Mayweather is gone, everyone else is too boring, so I’m taking over the sport

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions

WBA super lightweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and challenger Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane hosted a press conference at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. to announce their world title showdown on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike taking place April 1 at the D.C. Armory. Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather was also on-hand.

Here is what the participants had to say Monday:

Adrien Broner: “This is really a big fight for me. I know that Ashley Theophane is going to come to fight, because he has something to prove. He’s going to try to take my world title. A lot of people told me I wouldn’t be here. I come from nothing. Like cereal and water nothing. I’m very fortunate to have someone like Floyd to look up to. I don’t want to be like Floyd though, I don’t want to be like any man. I admire him and respect him, but I’m creating my legacy.

“At the end of the day, Floyd and Ashley aren’t on my side. I’m against them. They’re coming to dethrone me. They’re my enemy right now and I’m going to beat Ashley down. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Margarito: I’m not coming back to lose

“I have prepared very well, I’m very motivated and I’m returning to boxing because I know that I can still compete at the highest level. I’m not coming back to lose,” said former world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs), who returns to the ring Saturday night against Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (39-7-2, 23 KOs) in Mexico City. “I was heavy after four years to start boxing again, but I’m doing well, calm, happy, things have worked out well with a new coach (John Estrada). We’ve done things well and we’re going to go out with my arm raised.” The bout can be seen line in the U.S. on beIN SPORTS en Español.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Rocky Martinez travels to Mexico next Monday

WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez will head to Mexico next week to complete his training for his defense against Mexican Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, to be held on Saturday, March 12, at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), who is going to defend against Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs) the belt he won with a unanimous decision over Orlando “Siri” Salido in April, 2015, will come out of Puerto Rico on Monday, March 7, at 7:25 am and will stop in Houston, Texas, arriving in Merida at night.

The three-time WBO monarch at 130 pounds, will be accompanied by trainers Raul “Papo” Torres and Freddy Trinidad, his physical trainer Felix Molina, his assistant Angel Rivera, and the Vice-President of his promotional company, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Peter Rivera. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

UFC

McGregor doesn’t disappoint in verbal war with Diaz

Hundreds of fans lined up here early in the morning on the side of the UFC Gym building in searing 80-something degree temperatures with no relief from the sun . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Easter-Mendez added to Broner-Theophane card

Unbeaten rising star Robert Easter Jr. (16-0, 13 KO) will take on former world champion Algenis Mendez (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a lightweight attraction on the undercard of four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner 140lb title defense against Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane on April 1 at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. The event will also feature local talent including Gervonta “The One” Davis (14-0, 13 KOs) battling Mexico’s Guillero Avila (15-5, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout, plus Anthony Peterson (36-1, 24 KOs), Kareem Martin (7-0-1, 3 KOs), Patrick Harris (8-0, 5 KOs) and Demond Nicholson (16-1, 16 KOs) in separate bouts. A full undercard will be announced in the coming weeks. The main fights will be televised on Spike TV.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Khan London Press Conference

Photos: Martin McNeil – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) today kicked off their three-city international press tour in London at the Park Plaza Riverbank London Hotel to discuss their upcoming May 7 PPV showdown at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fighters met on Khan’s hometown turf for the first press conference of the tour, which was preceded by a photo tour of London’s most famous landmarks for the two fighters on Sunday, Feb. 28. Canelo and Khan will travel next to The Hard Rock Café in New York City on March 1 and end their press tour in Los Angeles at the Five Tower Stage at Universal City Walk on March 2. All events are open to the public.

Below is what the fighters, their teams and promoter had to say at the press conference:

Canelo Alvarez: “It’s my first time in London and I’ve had a lot of support from the fans and the media. Amir Khan is a great fighter and this will be a great fight. Come May 7th, this will be a fantastic event. We want to put a great fight on for the fans.”

Amir “King” Khan: “When I was 17 and in the Olympics I was an underdog – no one gave me a chance of winning a medal. Everyone thought I was going to lose then. This is what this feels like now. Alvarez is a dangerous fighter. People keep asking me why I want to fight this big fighter. I really believe I can win in this fight. What will win this fight is speed; determination and skill. My dream has always been to fight the best and test myself and in Canelo I’m facing just that.” (more…)



February 29th, 2016

UFC

Bisping praises Silva after signature win in London

Michael Bisping praised Anderson Silva in the Octagon after defeating the legendary “Spider” by unanimous decision at Fight Night London. Bisping survived after suffering a third-round flying knee and earned the signature win of his career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Sulaiman, De la Hoya, Gomez and Canelo in London

Roundtable with Mauricio Sulaiman, Oscar de la Hoya, Eric Gomez and Canelo Alvarez, prior to today’s press conference in London.

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

WBO champ Flanagan vows to stop Mathews

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs) predicts his rematch with WBO #11 rated domestic rival Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) won’t be going the distance. They previously fought in a three round “Prizefighter” tournament bout with Flanagan winning a decision. On March 12, they are scheduled for twelve at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

“Derry is kidding himself if he thinks he’s getting his hands on my world title…Derry won’t be lasting the full twelve rounds with me that’s for sure. You’ll see on the night who the true champion is and that’s me,” said Flanagan. “I’m fitter, faster and stronger than last time we met. I’ve got too much for Derry to handle and there’s no way he’ll stand to my big punches. I’m the younger and hungrier fighter and on the night I’ll be too quick for him.”

Terry Flanagan vs. Derry Mathews for the WBO World Lightweight Championship headlines the show that also features Guillermo Rigondeaux, taking on local hero Jazza Dickens.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

David Haye Q&A with Amir Khan

Amir Khan paid a visit to the Hayemaker gym last night and conducted a 15 min Q&A with David Haye via Facebook Mentions ahead of his press conference with Canelo Alvarez in London today. Khan talks about how he plans to defeat Canelo and Haye talks about how the little man can beat the big man with a fascinating insight on how speed and technique of punching, and evading punches, will be key.

Surprise guest!

Posted by David Haye on Sunday, February 28, 2016



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala’s Punching Out Parkinson’s Fundraiser

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Emerico Perez

A room full of “champions” packed The Ashton Depot, a historic railroad station turned event venue in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday night as former 2X World Champion Paulie Ayala hosted his 4th Annual Punching Out Parkinson’s fundraiser. These were not champions of the ring, like the ones being highlighted on Showtime and HBO about the same time, but individuals fighting a much bigger fight. Champions are what Ayala affectionately refers to his almost 100 patients fighting the despicable disease of Parkinson’s.

What’s astounding is none of these individuals ever took a punch for pay let alone fought for 30 years like Ayala did, from a standout amateur to a world champion. These were everyday folk’s just living life until one day their world changed forever. The disease is so mischievous it has “no respect for people,” as Ayala stated recently, even a NASA astronaut can suffer from it, as last night’s key note speaker Rich Clifford described that reality when diagnosed during his space travels. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton ready to move on to “bigger and better things” after win over Scott Quigg

Frampton-Quigg: Not the slugfest we hoped for

Olympic professional plan “preposterous” says former champ Lennox Lewis

Amir Khan deserves respect for jumping up two weight classes to fight Canelo, says Carl Froch

 



February 29th, 2016

UFC

Holly Holm breaks down her rival ahead of UFC 196

Holly Holm shocked the world when she became just UFC’s second ever women’s bantamweight champion after defeating Ronda Rousey. Holm looks to make her first title defense on Mar. 5 live on Pay-Per-View against Miesha Tate . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Canelo-Khan Tour Hits London

Photos: Martin McNeil – HoganPhotos/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) took time on Sunday, Feb. 28 to kick off their press conference tour week visiting some of London’s most recognizable landmarks. The fighters posed for photos alongside their teams at the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oxo Tower, London Eye and Westminster-House of Parliament. Khan, who held the WBA super lightweight world title from 2009 to 2011, looked comparable in size to Canelo.

The press tour will continue for the fighters with a press conference at The Park Plaza Riverbank London on Monday, Feb. 29. The tour will move on to New York on Tuesday, March 1 at the Hard Rock Cafe’s Live Venue in Times Square and will finish off at the Five Tower Stage at Universal City Walk Hollywood on Wednesday, March 2. All events are open to the public.

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February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Huck wants rematch with Glowacki

After beating Ola Afolabi for the third time, cruiserweight Marco Huck wants a rematch with WBO champion Krzysztof Glowacki, who dethroned him by eleventh round KO last August in Newark, NJ. “I really wanted to fight immediately against [Glowacki],” said Huck in the ring, “and now more than ever. My brother Kenan (from Huck Promotions) offered him a bag of money, but he didn’t want it.”

Huck blames the loss to Glowacki on training in 100+ degree temperatures in Las Vegas. “I’m back again and it’s an indescribable feeling. When I’ve trained well, no one can beat me.”



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton: I couldn’t believe it was a split / Quigg: Maybe next time I’ll start a bit earlier

WBA/IBF 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton and former world titlist Scott Quigg comments following their unification clash on Saturday in Manchester, England.

Carl Frampton: I couldn’t believe it was a split. I don’t know what that lad (judge Levi Martinez) was watching, but as long as I got my hand raised at the end of the fight, that’s the main thing. We have a great rivalry, and it was a great fight at the end. The start wasn’t great, but of course I would do it again. I’m happy to campaign at super bantamweight, but if a big fight comes calling at featherweight – Santa Cruz, Selby, any of these guys – I’m ready for them.

Scott Quigg: I felt comfortable. The judges must have been counting his punches as scoring, but I thought I was blocking them. I should have started faster. I felt comfortable and I thought I was winning the rounds because he wasn’t winning clear. I’m not going to complain. I want a rematch. Maybe next time I’ll start a bit earlier.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

No movement on Fury-Klitschko rematch

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury told Sky Sports on Saturday that not only is there no news on his next fight, he can’t even confirm that he will go through with his contractually obligated rematch with former champ Wladimir Klitschko.

“I have no idea when the next fight is,” said Fury. “I don’t know who it’s going to be, no idea, so that is a bit of an update for everybody…I have no confirmation on if it’s going to be Klitschko, Fred Flintstone or Batman. I have no idea.”



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Barnett Scores Eighth-Round Knockout Over Attah In DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Wallace Barron

The last time Ty Barnett fought in the Washington Convention Center in his hometown of Washington, DC, he was knocked out by a ring-worn veteran in the ninth round in May of 2014.

Saturday night, in the very same hall of the Convention Center against another grizzled boxer, Barnett had much better success scoring an eighth-round TKO over former world title challenger Daniel “The Prophet” Attah of DC by way of Nigeria in front of a sellout crowd. The bout was the main event of a Kings Promotions card.

Both men fought a tactical bout in the first three rounds as Barnett looked to land his left jab and straight right hand while Attah attempted to drop power shots with his left hand. Eventually, Barnett wore down Attah and finally found a home for his right hand which dropped Attah to the canvas early in the eighth round. Barnett would finish the job with another right late in the round forcing referee Joe Cooper to stop the bout at 2:46 of the round. Barnett is now 23-4-1, 15 KO’s while Attah has now lost nine in a row and he is 28-22-1, 11 KO’s. (more…)



February 28th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London talking points and post-fight

One of the many storylines going into the fight between Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva was that, despite the pairing being an anticipated matchup, it was happening a few years too late . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz: I’m ready for whoever / Ruiz: I was very prepared to knock him out

WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz, his challenger Kiko Martinez, and newly crowned WBC super bantamweight world champion Hugo Ruiz comment on their fights. Julio Ceja was unavailable after being taken to a local hospital to treat a fractured ankle.

Leo Santa Cruz: He was ready and he brought it on. The fans love it when two fighters go toe-to-toe and that’s what we did tonight. I wanted to give the fans a great fight. We went toe-to-toe, and he’s a tough fighter. I knew I could hurt him with a right hand. He’s a fighter and when he’s knocked down he going to come back. In the fifth round I knew I had to finish him off and I did. I wanted to throw as many punches as I can so the fans could get a good show.

I’m up for anyone. I want the rematch with (Abner) Mares. I’m ready for whoever whenever they are ready and when my teams says I’m ready.

Kiko Martinez: I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz for being a great fighter. He was really game tonight. I feel alright. The second round I was getting looser and I was starting to feel much better. He started to move a lot and he broke my strategy and he fought a great fight.

Hugo Ruiz: I was very prepared to knock him out, but I was prepared to go 12 rounds tonight also if I had to. I was happy to knock him out in the first round. We came very prepared for this fight. Ceja is a very good fighter and I know he’ll come back. I’m looking for the best fighters and the best money out there.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford: He was tough early, but once I got him I got him

By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History

After their championship bout in New York City, WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford and challenger Hank Lundy commented on their fight.

Terence Crawford: He came out really strong. He had good timing, good rhythm. It surprised me how strong he came out. It took me a while to figure him out. I had to get his timing and rhythm down before I could get to work. It took me three or four rounds to figure him out. He was tough early, but once I got him I got him.

Lundy and I have been going back and forth on Twitter for about a year. A lot of personal stuff. I just wanted to shut him up at last. He said I wasn’t that good and that I was scared of him. He said he was going to knock me out. Then he talked (bad) about Omaha. Boxing is a sport where great fighters come from all parts of the world, even Omaha.

Hank Lundy: His height didn’t really bother me much. I’ve been used to fighting guys 5′ 11″. I felt I was starting to close the distance better. He caught me with a shot on the top of my head. It threw my equilibrium off and I couldn’t recover. It was a good shot. It is what it is, but I didn’t think the fight should have been stopped. I wanted to go out on my shield.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Potter outlasts Tuba again

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Martez “Punisher” Potter barely got by his year long nemesis Ahmed Tuba via majority six round decision in a super middleweight battle on JKJ Championship Promotions’ Searching for the Next Champion V at the Holiday Inn Ball Room in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, NY. A standing room only crowd of over a thousand partisan fans took in the seven bout card, featuring Upstate, NY locals taking on imports from in and out of the Empire State. (more…)



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford stops Lundy in five to retain WBO junior welterweight world title

By John DiSanto and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Philadelphian “Hammering'” Henry Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Lundy started fast and held his own against the champion over the first four rounds. However once Crawford, Omaha, warmed up, he began landing hard shots. Midway through the fifth, Crawford nailed Lundy with a left hook that had him wobbly. Lundy fought back but Crawford jumped right on him and scored a knockdown with a vicious barrage. Lundy beat the count, but Crawford was waiting.

When the action resumed, the champion stepped right in and hurt Lundy with another combination that trapped him in his own corner. With Lundy reeling, referee Steve Willis intervened to save Lundy. The time was 2:09 of round five.

At the time of the stoppage, one judge had the fight even after four rounds. The other two judges favored Crawford 4-0 in rounds.

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February 27th, 2016




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