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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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UFC

Predictions: UFC 184

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another LA (not quite so) Confidential edition of the Downes Side! Some people call it “The City of Angels” others “La La Land.” Personally, I just call it the place 120 miles north of me that I’m glad I never have to visit . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 184 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 28th, 2015


Boxing News

Edwards defeats Sam for Aussie heavyweight title

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Heavyweight “Bangin'” Ben Edwards (5-0-1, 4 KOs) clearly outscored Hunter Sam (11-3-2, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian title at the Hellenic Club in Woden, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on Friday. Sam is a former holder of the national title with his best performance in 2014 when he held former world title challenger Kali Meehan to a split decision (Meehan lost split decision to Lamont Brewster in WBO title bout in 2004). Edwards was held to a draw in 2011 by Michael Kirby in an Australian title bout. In 2007 Edwards made his debut with a knockout in round one over John Hopoate. Both Hopoate and Kirby had at one time held the national title.



February 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Cano beats Abreu, Golden Kid & Taishan win

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Former WBA interim super lightweight titleholder Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (29-4-1, 21 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over Juan Carlos “Merengue” Abreu (18-2-1, 17 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Cano’s boxing pedigree showed in a exciting fight as he won most the numerous exchanges with the willing Abreu. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 97-93. Cano previously fought just 20 days ago in a quick first round demolition of Jorge “Pantera” Silva.

In an entertaining eight round brawl, unbeaten super bantamweight Diego “The Golden Kid” de la Hoya moved to 9-0, 6 KOs against former world title challenger Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-4-3, 6 KOs). The bout featured lots of two-way action action with Oscar’s cousin usually getting the best of it. Scores were 80-72 across the board.

Seven-foot Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (3-0, 2 KOs) went the distance for the first time in a four round unanimous decision over Roy McCary (3-3, 3 KOs). Taishan dropped McCary in rounds two and three en route to a 39-35, 40-34, 40-34 verdict. (more…)



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Seldin still unbeaten, “hammers” Garcia

Unbeaten jr Welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (16-0, 13 KOs) scored an impressive and exciting fifth round TKO over Johnny Garcia (19-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY. Local hero Seldin battered Garcia in round four and got the stoppage in round five after a brutal assault. The game Garcia took some huge shots but never went down. Time was 2:29.

Welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (21-2, 9 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (17-5, 7 KOs). Bryan dropped Serrano at the end of round three. Serrano knocked down Bryan at the end of round five. Scores were 94-94, 97-91, 96-92.

In a clash between undefeated junior welterweights, Daniel Gonzalez (8-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Ken Alvarez (6-1-2, 3 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Alvarez in rounds four and six. Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Syracuse, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman

Martez Potter 159 vs. Ahmed Tuba 159.6
Aleem Whitfield 194.6 vs. Eric George 195
Chad Hayden 167.4 vs. Francisco Cruz 163
Mikey Rycraft 166.8 vs. Vincent Brown 167
Jimmy Garcia 154.4 vs. Jonathan Jeter 154
Tony Brinson 160.4 vs. Godson Noel 164.8
Usiel Hernandez 130.4 vs. Michael Gargouri 131.6

Venue: Holiday Inn Convention Center
Promoter: Jay Johnson (JKJ Championship Promotions)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar Diaz passes at 32

In tragic news, popular former welterweight contender Oscar “El Torito” Diaz passed away on Thursday at the age of 32 in San Antonio, Texas. Diaz, an exciting, all-action fighter with a career mark of 26-3 with 12 KOs, last fought in July 2008 against Delvin Rodriguez in an ESPN2-televised TKO loss. Diaz underwent brain surgery and spent months in a coma after that bout and never really recovered. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the cause of death was complications arising from pneumonia.



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Promoter Ahmet Oner: Solis is done, a shame for Cuban boxing, I will throw him to the wolves

Photo: Arena Box Promotion

Photo: Arena Box Promotion


Promoter Ahmet Oner, for years the most loyal and supportive backer in the disappointing career of former amateur standout Odlanier Solis, finally lashed out after the Cuban boxer’s dismal performance in his TKO9 loss in a rematch opportunity against Tony “The Tiger” Thompson. “I have wasted a lot of time, nerves and money on Solis,” said Oner. “He has all the talent in the world but he just blew it. I cannot believe how bad he looked today. He is a shame for Cuban boxing. The guy is done. And I’m done with him. He’s still under contract with me but today he made the step from contender to journeyman. I will throw him to the wolves and feed every young and hungry prospect with him who is ready to pay some money.”

“Tony looked good and got the job done”, added Oner. “I have options on him and I am sure that I will be able to land some more big fights for him. He will jump up in the ratings. There are some guys up there constantly looking for trouble. I think Tony still is a serious threat to numerous contenders. I don’t know what Manuel Charr has lined up but he keeps on calling out everybody. That might be an interesting option. We’ll see what’s next.” (more…)



February 27th, 2015

UFC

UFC 184 at the scales

UFC 184, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano and the women’s bantamweight bout between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington, airs live on Pay-Per-View from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title
Cat Zingano (134.5) VS Ronda Rousey (135)

PPV MAIN CARD
Holly Holm (135.5) VS Raquel Pennington (135.5)
Josh Koscheck (170.5) VS Jake Ellenberger (171)
Richard Walsh (171) VS Alan Jouban (170.5)
Gleison Tibau (155) VS Tony Ferguson (156)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Roan Carneiro (184.5) VS Mark Munoz (187.25*)
Kid Yamamoto (136) VS Roman Salazar (135)
Tim Means (170) VS Dhiego Lima (170)
Ruan Potts (253) VS Derrick Lewis (263)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Valmir Lazaro (155.5) VS James Krause (155)
Alex Torres (145.5) VS Masio Fullen (145)

*Munoz has two hours to lose 1.25 pounds

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 184 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, February 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Jackie Nava 122 vs. Mayra Gómez 122
Kenia Enríquez 109.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 112
Luis Nery 117 vs. Jether Oliva 117
José Uzcátegui 171 vs. Daniel Yocupicio 171

Venue: Centro de Convenciones Baja Center de Rosarito, Baja California
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: beIN Sports Espanol/TV Azteca

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February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Julian Rodriguez 141.4 vs. Raul Tovar 144.6
Clarence Booth 142.4 vs. Osenohan Vazquez 142.2
Esquiva Falcao 157.8 vs. Mike Tufariello 156.6
Christopher Diaz 126.6 vs. Luis Ruiz Jr 126.6
Neslan Machado 125.8 vs. Ernesto Garza 126

Venue: Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Thompson defeats Solis again

By Karl Freitag

In a rematch, heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (20-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Gloria Sports Hotel in Antalya, Turkey. Thompson outworked Solis throughout the fight and got the win when Solis quit at the start of round nine. The 272lb Solis actually got off to a good start, but quickly ran out of gas. Thompson won the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title.

Thompson entered the fight rated WBC #14, while Solis was rated WBC #15. Eleven months ago, Thompson defeated Solis by split decision. Now at age 43, Thompson looks headed toward another meaningful fight, while the boxing future of the 34-year-old Solis is in serious doubt.



February 27th, 2015

UFC

Ronda Rousey rocks the house for rowdy open workout audience

Ronda Rousey rocked the house at the UFC Gym in Torrance on Wednesday afternoon in front of a rowdy collection of fans who watched the UFC women’s bantamweight champion hit mitts and toss her training partners around like mannequins . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 184 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, February 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Tommy Morrison’s sons headline in Oklahoma

Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison (6-0, 6 KOs) faces his toughest opponent to date when he battles Richard Dawson (5-2-2, 3 KOs) on March 7 in the six round main event of “Four State Franchise” at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Lippe-Morrison is the son of the late WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison. So far, Trey has shown impressive punching power having stopped each of his last five foes in less than two minutes. Dawson has never been stopped and scored a huge upset by besting Ty Cobb (16-3) in June 2013. Interestingly enough, Dawson’s father Anthony Cooks was scheduled to fight Tommy Morrison November 3, 1996 in Japan but was replaced due to out of the ring issues.

Also on the card is heavyweight hopeful Kenzie Witt-Morrison (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. TBA. Witt-Morrison, also a son of Morrison, is Lippe-Morrison’s half brother. (more…)



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Arreola back in action March 13

Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, March 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The card features a pair of exciting main events as Andre Berto goes up against Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter battles Roberto Garcia on the debut of PBC on Spike TV. “I’m itching to get back in the ring and show that I’m still going after my dream of being heavyweight champion of the world,” said Arreola. “This is a wonderful platform for me to fight with Premier Boxing Champions and I couldn’t be more excited to fight in front of my fans here in California.”

This will be the 33-year-old’s fifth time fighting at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena and his tenth time fighting in Ontario, Calif. The fight card is promoted by Goossen Promotions, which has promoted all of Arreola’s professional fights.



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Stevenson-Bika Ticket Alert

WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday, April 4 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City to defend his title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs). The April 4 event marks the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS (3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT). Tickets go on sale Saturday. Ticket prices range from $25 to $250 on the floor.

Adonis Stevenson: “I am excited to be the headliner for first PBC event on CBS. I know Bika will stop at nothing, so the fight will be spectacular and extremely offensive-minded. I predict that Bika will lose by knockout for the first time in his career.”

Sakio Bika: “After all these years fighting at 168 pounds, it was becoming increasingly difficult to make weight and that was a major factor in my defeats. I see no problem making the jump to light heavyweight to face Stevenson and I do not feel I’ll be at a disadvantage because the champion made this transition successfully himself less than two years ago against Chad Dawson. I promise you that I will be the new champion on April 4.”



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Gomez faces Kamegai March 20

Golden Boy Promotions returns to its Coachella Valley home at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on March 20 with another Golden Boy Live! event. Headlining the night, former world title contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico takes on Japanese breakout star Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout set to air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. In the evening’s co-main event Santa Ana, Calif. slugger Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) is scheduled for a 10-round featherweight bout against Mexicali’s Jesus “Kalaka” Navarro (23-9-1, 16 KOs) and former Irish national championship fighter Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh (17-1-1, 8 KOs) will compete in an eight-round televised lightweight match against an opponent yet to be named. In the non-televised undercard, the undefeated Abraham Lopez (17-0, 12 KOs) of La Puente, Calif. will risk his perfect record in an eight-round featherweight contest against Mexico’s Juan Carlos “El Pez” Martinez (20-15-1, 7 KOs) and Albert “Baby Dynamite” Herrera (9-10-1, 5 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. will fight in a six-round welterweight brawl against a yet to be announced opponent.



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Olympian Jose Ramirez signs endorsement deal with Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino

USA Olympian, NABF Champion and undefeated boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) has proudly entered into an endorsement deal with Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.

The Santa Rosa Rancheria and Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino have announced an endorsement agreement with Jose Ramirez. Tachi Palace general manager Willie Barrios said “The opportunity to work with Jose in an on-going strategic relationship was too good to pass up. Because he is from Avenal, we have had the opportunity to watch Jose grow not only as a fighter, but a very visible advocate for things impacting the Central Valley.”

Santa Rosa Rancheria and Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino are known for being generous community members, whether it is through outreach programs or monthly community breakfasts benefiting local groups and causes. (more…)



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from London

Tyson Fury 260 vs. Christian Hammer 248
Dmitry Chudinov 159 vs. Chris Eubank Jr 159
Liam Walsh 129 vs. Joe Murray 129
Bradley Skeete 146 vs. Anzor Gamgebeli 141
Boy Jones Jnr. 132 vs. Joe Beedon
Lewis Pettitt 128 vs. David Kvaratskhelia
Dempsey Fury vs Ernest Depkas

Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Promoter: Frank Warren



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Adrien Broner on his new son, settling down and John Molina

By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

While preparing for his upcoming light welterweight bout against John Molina on March 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Adrien Broner took time out to reflect on the birth of his new son, Adrieon, and to speak about how this life changing event will shape his career and personal life going forward.

Speaking on Adrieon’s birth, Broner has already shared his vision for new-born son

“He’s going to be a world champion!”

Broner also shared how he’s changed as a person over the past few years.

“It made me settle down a little bit more, I’m not the same guy that I was two or three years ago. I was a young kid adjusting to the fame and all the money that it came with. Now you know, I’m comfortable and I’m just settling down, I’m mature.” (more…)



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Frampton, Avalos make weight

IBF super bantamweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) and top contender Chris “Hitman” Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) both made weight for their showdown on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Frampton weighed in at the division limit of 122 lbs., and Avalos weighed 121.9 lbs.

The bout will be televised in the USA on AWE TV.



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Browne: I am ready for any heavyweight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #4 Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 20 KOs) is ready to capture the WBA title from Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) when they clash for the WBA regular championship. “I’m ready for any heavyweight fighter in the world including Ruslan Chagaev and I think it is going to be the year when Australia finally gets a world heavyweight champion of its own,” said Browne.

Three time world champion Jeff Fenech who trains Browne said, “The world champion is obviously an experienced guy. Lucas only started boxing in 2009 so he’s still very inexperienced by comparison. What Lucas lacks in experience he makes up for in power. He is a terrific puncher and I’ve been teaching him how to throw punches in combinations rather than relying on just one big punch. He’s obviously in good form and the chance at a title will make him fight better than ever.”



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Potter headlines card in Syracuse on Saturday

By Boxing Bob Newman

During the deep freeze of 2015, Syracuse, NY is looking to heat things up and return to it’s former status enjoyed in the 50s and 60s as a red hot fight town. Long gone are the heroes named Basilo, De John and Backus. Jay Johnson’s JKJ Championship Promotions is looking to bring back the glory days and heat up the local fight scene again this Saturday night, February 28th, promoting it’s fourth show at the Liverpool Holiday Inn in ten months.

Headlining for the fourth straight time is Syracuse middleweight Martez Potter, 6-0, 1 KO, taking on Ahmed Tuba, 1-2, over six rounds. Tuba will be familiar to Syracuse fans as he took on Potter’s stable mate Jimmy Garcia on the September 11, 2014 show, losing a hard fought four round majority decision. Garcia will be looking to go 3-0 on Saturday against winless Jonathan Jeter. (more…)



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Ruiz wants a shot at Santa Cruz

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz is waiting for the opportunity to fight current WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz. “I trust in Promociones del Pueblo and Sampson Boxing,” said Ruiz. “They will know what to do and I hope they will get that title shot. We’ll see how the division shakes out and whether we’ll face Santa Cruz, which for me would be an honor, or if I have to face with the highest rated contender to prove that I can be the new champion.”



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Nava-Gomez Press Conference

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Zanfer Promotions along with Mexican TV network Azteca hosted the final press conference prior to the mega fight card planned for this Saturday night, February 28th, at the sprawling new Rosarito, Mexico, Metropolitan Convention Center about 20 minutes southwest from downtown Tijuana. The fight card will be televised on TV Azteca in Mexico and Azteca America and Bein Sports in the United States.

Guillermo Brito, vice-president of operations for Zanfer, led the proceedings as he presented the main event of WBC and WBA interim super bantamweight champion Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (31-4-3, 13KO) of Tijuana against the current WBA interim WBO bantamweight champion Mayra “La Guapa” Gomez (16-3, 4KO) of Argentina. Nava will be defending both her titles at limit of 122 pounds. (more…)



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC considering special Mayweather-Pacquiao belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has indicated that for the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega fight the WBC is thinking of a “very special and different WBC belt and is working on its design. It will be something at the highest level that the fight deserves and looks forward to reporting when something definite. The new WBC belt could be emerald and platinum.”



February 27th, 2015

UFC

Rocky Pennington ready for Holly Holm

Raquel “Rocky” Pennington is 2-1 in the UFC, and while the biggest challenge of her young fight career to date may have been a brawling win over Jessamyn Duke during the TUF 18 competition, she next faces one of the most decorated boxers to enter the women’s bantamweight division in the undefeated Holly Holm . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 184 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, February 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez, Verdejo & Falcao arrive in Tampa

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank

Julian Rodriguez, Esquiva Falcao and Felix Verdejo in Tampa for Solo Boxeo Tecate this Saturday.

Verdejo who is injured will do a meet and greet with fans before the fight – Rodriguez will take on Raul Tovar in the main event and Falcao will open the show on Unimas.

 

 

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February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Wembley is set for the Tyson FuryWladimir Klitschko showdown.

Speaking of Fury, he says: “Every single day, I battle myself.”

“If I hurt him, I expect him to run,” Manny Pacquiao is saying about Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao expected to start U.S. training on Feb. 28.

 



February 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Thompson 261, Solis 272 in Antalya, Turkey

Boxing fans had to wait for a long time to finally see the rematch between US ring veteran Tony Thompson and former Cuban amateur standout Odlanier Solis. On Friday Thompson and Solis will finally step into the ring in Antalya, Turkey. Both fighters not only arrived on the site but also went on the scale on Thursday afternoon. Thompson weighed in at 261 lbs. (118 kg) while Solis brought 272 lbs. (123 kg) to the scale. Interestingly, Thompson weighed 4.5 lbs. less than in their first fight, while Solis was 15 lbs. heavier!

On March 22 2014 “La Sombra” Solis was looking to get in line for another shot at the world heavyweight championship by beating the American gatekeeper. But the mission failed when Thompson, a two time world title challenger against Wladimir Klitschko, shocked Solis and got a well deserved split decision win. The “Tiger” proved to the world that he can still bite at the age of 42. One year later – and after numerous postponements – Solis and Thompson meet again in a long anticipated rematch. Of course, the Cuban wants to make up for the loss instead of being surprised by Thompson a second time. (more…)



February 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Fonfara on fighting Chavez Jr at 172 pounds: I’m not giving away anything

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Team Fonfara

“It was a great experiment coming to Texas before my fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Different ideas, everyone wants to help. In a couple of days I’ll be back in Chicago to start my sparring sessions in the best possible physical shape,” light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara said in a Fightnews.com interview.

Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO) will meet former WBC middleweight champ, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1, 32 KO) on Showtime April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The bout will be at a 172lb catch weight. Fonfara said he’s “not giving away anything” fighting below the 175 light heavyweight limit and offered an interesting story from Houston… (more…)



February 26th, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Jo Jo Diaz

Golden Boy Promotions today announced an updated card for LA FIGHT CLUB for the premiere of the sold-out FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes series on Friday, March 6 at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining the night, undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) is scheduled for 10-rounds against new opponent, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez (17-4-1, 9 KOs) in the night’s main event. Fight fans can still catch all the action live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes (10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT).



February 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Indio, California

Pablo Cesar Cano 147.6 vs. Juan Carlos Abreu 147.4
Diego de la Hoya 121.4 vs. Manuel Roman 122
Nick Arce 127.4 vs. Lyonell Kelly 129
Taishan 282 vs. Roy McCrary 269
Everton Lopes 134.2 vs. Evan Woolsey 135.2
Neeco Macias 151 vs. Tavorus Teague 151
Oscar Negrete vs. Fernando Fuentes

Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Venue: Famtasy Springs Resort Casino
TV: FOX Sports 1



February 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Kovalev quick quotes

Photos: Jose A Pineda/Main Events

This fight preparation was totally hard, it’s hot because it is Miami. It’s hard work in the gym and obviously it’s hot outside. Every day is good. Every fight preparation for me is very important whether it is title fight or not.

[About being favored to win] I am not worried at all about this because if favorite or not favorite, underdog or not underdog, it doesn’t matter. I don’t care about it.

I have to focus for all fight and getting prepared for all 12 rounds because who knows what will be inside the ring or what will he bring? I don’t know how ready he will be. It’s difficult to say ‘I will do’ because nobody knows what we do tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. We will see in the ring who will be best and who will win.

As a fighter he is a very dangerous fighter. He has a punch, he can punch hard. I am very interested to fight with him and see what I can do in the ring against Jean Pascal because every fight is something new; it’s like a new test. For me it’s very important this fight. He’s a very good fighter, smart. He has a lot of power. It’ll be a very interesting fight, believe me, because I will be there! (more…)



February 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Opponents named for Hyland & Rosinsky

On March 14, DiBella Entertainment, Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing will present a boxing show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The card, entitled “McMayhem in Midtown”, will feature both professional and amateur bouts, and is headlined by former world title challenger Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (29-1, 13 KO’s) taking on Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-15-1, 15KO’s) in an eight-round featherweight matchup.

The co-feature sees the return of popular light heavyweight Will “Power” Rosinsky (17-2, 9KO’s) squaring off against Paul Gonsalves (7-5-1, 3KO’s) in another eight-rounder matchup. The amateur portion of the card will mark the third meeting between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force.



February 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Zou Shiming: Expect me to be champion

Despite having only six professional fights under his belt, Zou Shimiing, the two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion is ready for his close-up. Just 23 months removed from his professional debut, WBO #1 Zou (6-0, 1 KO) will challenge amateur rival and defending IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.

“Expect me to be champion,” said Shiming during a recent media workout at Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. “This will be the biggest test for me. I am very calm, not nervous. I have been prepared for this moment for a long time. I am focused on myself — on executing Freddie’s gameplan. I felt a lot more pressure when I was in the Olympics. This time the pressure is on Ruenroeng. I feel very confident with the professional fighting style now. In my last fight, which went 12 rounds [12-round unanimous decision victory over Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym], I really felt like a professional fighter. That was a turning point for me — a landmark fight. (more…)



February 26th, 2015




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