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DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions James DeGale told Andre Dirrell he is ready for war as the pair meet for the IBF World ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

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Dirrell-DeGale final press conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions The final press conference for Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card took place today at historic Fenway ...

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Ramirez opponent named: Derek Edwards

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IBF Awards Banquet

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Boxing News

Glen Johnson: My goal is to become world champion again

Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) has all the motivation he needs to beat Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. The legendary Jamaican boxer knows that victory over the rising Swedish star will put him back on the path to world glory. “Erik is a strong opponent,” said Johnson. “He is a very good boxer with great potential, but I’ve not travelled all the way to Denmark to lose! As a young boxer you want to achieve something and you want to measure yourself against the best. Erik will be motivated to prove he belongs on the world stage, but I’ll be even more motivated to show the world that I’m still able to get the job done. I still have a lot more to offer.”

Johnson, a former IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion, has shared the ring with many of the biggest names in modern boxing including Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch and Roy Jones Jr. At 45 years old, the ‘Road Warrior’ is not yet ready to give up on his dream of reclaiming a world title. “I take care of myself. I treat my body well,” said Johnson. “Age is just a number. I still have the motivation to carry on. I feel great, and as long as I feel this way I will continue. I can’t say for how long, but I’m not fighting just to fight. My goal is to become world champion again.”



December 10th, 2014



Boxing News

Weekend Boxing Odds

Friday: Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas
Erislandy Lara -1375 vs. Ishe Smith +900

Saturday: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Timothy Bradley -850 vs. Diego Chaves +575 (welterweight)
Matt Korobov -450 vs. Andy Lee +360 (WBO middleweight title)
Mauricio Herrera vs. Jose Benavidez (WBA interim 140lb title)
==> No line yet on Herrera-Benevidez

Saturday: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Amir Khan -240 vs. Devon Alexander +200 (welterweight)
Keith Thurman -1375 vs. Leonard Bundu +900 (WBA interim welter title)
Jermall Charlo -3000 vs. Lenny Bottai +1500 (jr middleweight)
Abner Mares -3750 vs. Jose Ramirez +1500 (featherweight)
Victor Ortiz -2600 vs. Manny Perez +1200 (welterweight)

Saturday: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia
Felix Verdejo -11,000 vs. Karim El Ouazghari +3000



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Wawrzyczek: Nielsen can’t handle the pressure

Lukasz Wawrzyczek (20-3-2, 3 KOs) believes the pressure will prove too much for Patrick Nielsen (22-1, 11 KOs) when the pair meet on Saturday at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. Nielsen returns following an unsuccessful interim WBA World title challenge against Dmitry Chudinov in Moscow. Wawrzyczek claims the Danish middleweight will be unable to cope with the pressure of coming back from defeat to fight in front of his hometown fans.

“I’m not worried about fighting Nielsen in his hometown,” said the 30-year-old Pole. “I don’t think it gives him an advantage, in fact I think it will be a disadvantage. Patrick will be under huge pressure. He knows he cannot afford to lose again. I think that the pressure may prove to be too much for him. (more…)



December 10th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Phoenix Main Card Fantasy Preview

For the first time ever, the UFC will embark on a trip to Phoenix, Arizona, and the promotion is bringing a star-studded card headlined by two of the best heavyweights in the world squaring off in the main event . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more . . . Then, on Saturday, Dec. 13, on FOX, UFC FIGHT NIGHT PHOENIX airs at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather a key witness in a murder-suicide? More

A look at Timothy Bradley’s greatest hits: More

Amir Khan says he’s focused on Devon Alexander – not Mayweather. More

“I’m going to steal the show,” Mauricio Herrera says about this weekend’s fights. More



December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley hits Las Vegas

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former two-division champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley has arrived in Las Vegas for ‘fight week’ for his upcoming return to the ring to battle Diego Chaves in a 12-round welterweight rumble on Saturday, December 13, inside the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Promoted by Top Rank in association with Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, Bradley vs Chaves will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

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December 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Bika, Geale, Tszyu comments on McCulloch-Chudinov

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #4 168 pounder Ben McCulloch ( 14-0, 11 KOs) returns to the ring on Thursday when he will clash with WBA #2 Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant interim WBA championship at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia. The Australian is a former amateur star who in recent years has been a regular sparring partner of former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale and former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika who both predict McCulloch has the skills to be successful against Chudinov.

“Ben has the ability to defeat the best super middleweights,” said Bika. “We have sparred many rounds and he has gave me some very tough workouts.”

WBA #9 Daniel Geale, who defeated Jarrod Fletcher last week, said “Ben has world class skills and sparring against him has helped me in several of my world title bouts.”

Former world champion Kostya Tszyu also weighed in on the fight. “On December 11, we’ll see two equally strong boxers in the ring. I was born in Russia, and spent a considerable amount of time and had lived in Australia, but, of course, in spirit I’ll be rooting for Fedor Chudinov. That evening all viewers will see a true boxing classic.”

McCulloch is 32 years old and stands 6’1 with Chudinov at 27 years is 5’9. The Russian is a former world amateur champion.



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Alvarado-Rios Ticket Alert

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets to the January 24 final chapter of the epic trilogy between “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios taking place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, Colorado, will go on sale just in time for the holiday gift giving season — this Friday! December 12, at 10:00 a.m. MT. Priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, tickets will be available at www.AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 866-461-6556. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pepsi Center box office, beginning on Saturday, December 13.

The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance — the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Alvarado-Rios III kickoff press conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina

Former world champions and “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted a Denver news conference Tuesday to announce the final chapter of their epic trilogy. Each fighter owns a victory in the series — both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Brandon Rios: World War III baby! We’ve got round three going on, it’s going to be a great fight. I’m very excited, just can’t wait. We’re ready to let it all out in the ring. We’re ready again. He was saying this is like a marriage, so will you marry me? See you on January 24, Alvarado-Rios, here we go at it again baby!

Mike Alvarado: I’m ready for this trilogy. It’s here. It’s been inevitable since the first two fights. We never knew when this fight was gonna happen. I know it was just destined to happen. Our destiny is here now. I’m just excited about it. It’s going to be a great and classic fight.

Top Rank President Todd duBoef said the fight will be billed as Alvarado-Rios rather than Rios-Alvarado based on a vote by the fans in an online poll. Alvarado-Ríos III will take place Saturday, January 24 at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield, Colorado and will be televised live on HBO.

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December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin belted in Mexico City

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Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Following international media tour stops in Monte Carlo, Astana and London, WBA/IBO and WBC interim middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin made the fourth stop on his five-city international press tour at the Hotel Camino Real in Mexico City on Tuesday, hosted by the World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman. Golovkin was presented with the WBC green interim belt, which he won on October 18th with a second round knockout against Marco Antonio Rubio before a record setting crowd at the StubHub! Center in Carson, California. Golovkin will return February 21st against Martin Murray in Monte Carlo.



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Roc Nation Sports announces Jan 9 card in NYC

Roc Nation Sports and FOX Sports have reached an agreement on a three-event boxing package, the first ever presented by the promoter, under the throne boxing banner. The announcement was made by Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch and Patrick Crakes, Senior Vice President, Programming Research and Content Strategy, FOX Sports. The first event is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2015 and airs on FOX Sports 1, live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (10:00 PM ET/7:00PM PT).

In the 10-round main event, undefeated Washington, DC native Dusty Hernandez-Harrison battles Tommy Rainone of Plainview, New York in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship. The January 9 edition of throne boxing also features live performances by key Roc Nation artists.

“All of us at Roc Nation Sports are thrilled to announce our first boxing event along with our first series and television deal,” said Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch. “The January 9th event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden will be an event unlike anything boxing fans have experienced in the past whether they’re at The Garden or watching at home on FOX Sports 1. An evening of exciting fights, great music and fantastic entertainment will be a fitting way to kick off throne boxing, a series that will stand alone on the boxing landscape.” (more…)



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Mauricio Herrera: I’m looking to steal the show

Photo: Jennifer Arredondo

Photo: Jennifer Arredondo


As fight week begins, Golden Boy Promotions’ Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera is winding down his training camp before he faces Jose Benavidez Jr. on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Chaves fight on Saturday at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Take a look below at how Herrera’s training camp has gone and what to expect:

Tell us a little bit about your training camp? Where are you training and with whom? How long have you been training together for this fight?

I’ve been training in Riverside, Calif. at the same gym I trained at for my last fight, Capital Punishment Boxing Club. I’ve been training for about eight weeks and it’s been going great. I sparred today for 12 rounds. Alan Sanchez has been helping out a lot, as well as my brother, Albert. We’ve been switching it up though. My head trainer is Jose Torres and we’ve been putting in a lot of work. (more…)



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

New Faces: Rashidi Ellis

By Robert Coster
Photo: Edsel Palermo

For 21-year-old Welterweight Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (13-0, 10 KOs), combat is a way of life. The young prospect from Lynn, Massachusets, started in karate before moving into boxing, joining brother Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (an unbeaten young pro) and sister Rashida, an amateur standout and Olympic hopeful.

“Yes, says Speedy, we are a fighting family. We train together, we strategize together and we try not to miss each others fights.”

Rashidi turned pro in 2013 with impressive amateur credentials, spotting a 60-11 record, winning the PAL National title and three New England Golden Gloves titles. (more…)



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Travis Walker in Poland: I have to re-find myself

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I have to re-find myself. This fight with Mariusz Wach is a new start,” said heavyweight Travis Walker (39-12, 31 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview before his Friday Tymex Boxing Promotion/Global Boxing main event against former WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach (28-1, 15 KOs) bout in Radom,Poland. “Wach is jumping in the Walker ring,” said Walker. “I will control the ring, I will control this fight.”



December 9th, 2014

UFC

Atomic Punk: Welcome to the UFC, Phil Brooks

When it comes to breaking the internet, Phil Brooks gave Kim Kardashian a run for her money, and he didn’t even have to take his clothes off . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: TUF FINALE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, Dec. 12 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more . . . Then, on Saturday, Dec. 13, on FOX, UFC FIGHT NIGHT PHOENIX airs at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Rios rolls into Denver

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former World Lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard, California, arrived in Denver on Monday night for a Tuesday press conference to announce his upcoming third fight against Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado. Accompanying Rios was superstar trainer Robert Garcia.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the 12-round Alvarado-Rios 3 trilogy fight will take place Saturday, January 24 at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield,Co. and will be televised live on HBO



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Jermain Taylor goes to court for shooting charges. More

Belfast hopeful Anthony Cacace looking to make the next step. More

“I’m a lot better than Chris Algieri,” says Amir Khan. More

Andy Lee says he’s “never more ready” to win a title. More



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Alvarado “can’t wait” for third fight with Rios

By Bill Green

On January 24th, 2014, Top Rank Promotions and HBO Sports will ring in the new year with one of the most talked about trilogies in boxing. History has given us Leonard-Duran, Ali-Frazier, Gatti-Ward, Bowe-Holyfield, Barrera-Morales and now Alvarado vs Rios. Mike “Mile High” Alvarado 34-3 (23),of Thornton, Colorado, will face Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios 32-2-1 (23), of Oxnard, California, in a scheduled 12 round welterweight slugfest. A press conference to officially announce Alvarado-Rios III is scheduled for today.

The HBO televised bout will take place at the 1st Bank Center, Bloomfield, Colorado. The two fighters each have a win against each other with Alvarado winning the last meeting back in March 2013 via unanimous decision. Recently, Fightnews sat down with Mike Alvarado and discussed his much anticipated rubber match with Rios. (more…)



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Ivan Morales still unbeaten

Unbeaten world ranked bantamweight Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (27-0, 15 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision over Timur Shailezov (17-9-1, 4 KOs) on Monday night at the Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Scores were 97-92, 96-93 and 97-92. Working in Morales’ corner was his famous brother, multi-time world champion Erik “Terrible “Morales.



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Lemieux-Rosado Full Report and Photo Gallery

Ringside Report by Jerry Glick and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney

NABF middleweight champion David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) had too many guns for brave Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) stopping him at one minute and fourth-five seconds into the tenth round in the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night in front of 6,532 screaming fans.

For full ringside recap plus many previously unpublished photos, click here.



December 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Sinaloa, Mexico

Venezuelan lightweight terror Ismael Barroso (16-0-2, 15 KOs) continued his winning streak by defeating Mexican veteran Maximiliano Galindo (12-18-5, 3 KOs) in three rounds last Friday night.

Fighting in Galindo’s hometown of Sinaloa, Mexico, Barroso dropped Galindo in the first and second rounds and then twice more in round three, the final time for good.

Barroso’s promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions says that his fighter was typically impressive. “Galindo had fought some decent foes but no one is ready for the kind of power my fighter brings to the table. He’s punching lightweights with the power of a heavyweight.”

Barroso, from El Tigre, Venezuela, is 31 and ready for his prime time debut on the near future.

“It’s time to unleash him on the US,” continued Cohen. “He’s a terrific talent from South America and pretty soon he’ll be known all over the world. We’re putting together a series of fights for Ismael that will land him at the top of boxing, where a fighter with his power belongs.”



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

10 Count for heavyweight Robert Davis

Sad to report that former NABF heavyweight champ and top 12 contender Robert Davis passed away on November 26 at age 43. Details are sketchy, but according to Davis’ former manager Steve Munisteri, the funeral service was held December 6th. “Davis started his career off at 22-0 and had nice wins over Canadian heavyweight champ Tom Glesby, world title challenger and at time undefeated fellow prospect Charles Shufford (winning every round and dropping him), Terrance Lewis and went the distance and had competitive fights with Michael Moorer and Monte Barrett. Although he never made it to a title, his many TV fights were always action packed and he gave it his all,” said Munisteri.



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan, Alexander Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag

Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan” and former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” hosted an international media conference call on Monday to discuss their welterweight showdown taking place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Amir Khan: “I’m in great shape, weight is on point, and I’m very focused & ready…as long as I stick to the way I fight I don’t think anyone can beat me. I have the fastest hands in boxing and I have probably the best boxing skills in the world so if I just be smart and stick to those skills I don’t think I’ll have a problem with anyone.”

Devon Alexander: “I don’t see anything special from Amir Khan, he’s fast but that’s it…everybody can be beat. It’s about the team coming up with the game plan to get it done…I definitely need to win and want to look good doing it.”



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

BKB inks five boxers

Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) today announced multi-fight agreements with five fighters across several different weight classes. The fighters are jr welterweight Gabe Duluc (9-1, 1-0/BKB), jr welterweight Javier Garcia (10-3-2, 1-0/BKB), jr welterweight Herbert Acevedo (11-2, 1-0/BKB), jr middleweight Khurshid Abdullaev (6-1-1, 1-0/BKB) and cruiserweight Anthony Johnson (8-0, 1-0/BKB). BKB’s next event is planned for Spring 2015. The organization uses a variation of the traditional boxing rules. The combatants use conventional boxing gloves, however they box in a 17 foot diameter pit with no ropes. Rounds are two minutes each and bouts are five or seven rounds.



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Tarver not concerned about ring rust

Former world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) won’t be concerned about rust this Thursday night when he fights for the first time in more than a year against veteran Johnathan Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs). Tarver-Banks is a 10-round heavyweight fight, presented on a Goossen Promotions card, airing live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Tarver suffered a now-fully-healed fractured thumb to his left hand, closer to the wrist, postponing the original September 29th fight date versus Banks. The 1996 U.S. Olympian has had only five fights in the last six years.

“I’m not concerned with rust,” the cagey southpaw said. “If I’m rusty, it will only be until I’m hit. I’ve been trying to wear off ring rust with intelligent sparring but that’s not like getting reps of a fight. I have to beat a solid heavyweight with power like Banks to get where I want to be. I will become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history! He will be surprised by a lot of what I bring into the ring.”

Tarver has been training at the Brazilian Rocky Fight Club in Miami for the past three months to prepare for Thursday’s fight with Banks, who trained world heavyweight champion Wladmir Klitschko for his recent knockout win over Kubrat Pulev. (more…)



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Happy Birthday Bob Arum

Photo: Ed Keenan/Top Rank

Fightnews.com wishes Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum a happy 83nd birthday! Bob is gearing up to promote another big fight card this weekend in Las Vegas. The Top Rank CEO has been at the pinnacle of the sport ever since he got into it in 1966 by presenting a world heavyweight championship fight featuring ring legend Muhammad Ali in his promotional debut.

Since then, Top Rank, under Arum’s leadership, has promoted roughly 11,500 fight cards around the globe featuring fighters like Oscar De la Hoya, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, and of course, Manny Pacquiao.



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Favorites all win on sold out Fight Club OC show

It was a good night for all the undefeated boxers on the final 2014 installment of Fight Club OC last Thursday, as a capacity crowd of 1,312 saw all five fighters stay perfect in their young careers.

The fight of the night saw the return to the ring of LA’s 4-0 Luis Mora in an absolute war with San Francisco’s 1-1 Jhonnathan Zamudio. Mora who has been out of the ring for the past two years finishing up his bachelor’s degree at Cal State Los Angeles was rusty over the first two round with Zamudio pretty much landing at will, but it was the four round that had the crowd on their feet as Mora plummeted Zamudio for the entire round, which was enough to pull out a 38-38 draw. As is a Fight Club OC tradition the crowd threw nearly $300 into the ring which was distributed equally to both fighters. (more…)



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Abraham-Smith II set for February 2015

By James Slater

WBO super-middleweight ruler “King” Arthur Abraham was pushed to the wire by Liverpool’s Paul Smith back in September, with Abraham retaining his title via a decision that was universally looked at as far too wide. The 12-round unanimous decision proved so controversial, the WBO launched an investigation – the 119-109 tally handed in by Spanish judge Fernando Laguna being of particular interest to the governing body. In the end, though, the decision stood – as it was felt the right man won the fight even if it was closer than the three judges had it. Smith’s appeal to be made the WBO mandatory was unsuccessful, but Abraham has decided to give Smith a return chance all the same. The fight will take place at The O2 Arena in Berlin and it is possible British heavyweight David Price – who had to pull out of his scheduled December 6th bout with a bicep injury – will also see action on the card.

32-year-old Smith, 35-4(20) boxed better than ever before in September and it will be interesting to see if he can go one better and actually get the win this time. 34-year-old Abraham, 41-4(28) will no doubt enter the rematch as a big favourite to win but it’s likely he will again be given a tough night’s work by the determined warrior from Liverpool.



December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Chauncy Welliver replaces Kimbo Slice

6’7 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KOs) will now take on Chauncy Welliver (55-9-5, 22) instead of 40-year-old street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (7-0, 6 KOs), who was originally announced. Welliver was stopped in five rounds last month by unbeaten heavyweight contender Lucas Browne.

Headlining Thursday’s show at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia, is a WBA interim super middleweight title fight between Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9 KOs) and Ben McCullough (14-0, 11 KOs).

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December 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Carl Froch slowly leaning towards retirement

By James Slater

Super-middleweight star Carl Froch appears to be favoring the idea of retiring more and more. “The Cobra,” out of action since his KO win over fellow Brit and archrival George Groves, says it is “60/40 that I will retire.” Speaking to The Telegraph, the 37-year-old says he has one box left to tick – that of fighting in Las Vegas – and that if this does not happen, he will likely call it quits on his fine career.

“It’s 60/40 against that I’ll fight again,” Froch told the Telegraph. “I want the fight in Vegas. It’s not that it has to be against Chavez [Junior]. My heroes all fought there and it’s the box I’ve never ticked. The Vegas dream is there, but if it doesn’t happen, I’ll probably retire. By May I’ll have been out a year – and the longer it goes, the less likely I’ll ever fight again.” (more…)



December 8th, 2014




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