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Soto-Karass: Kamegai is a Japanese Kamikaze in the ring but he is going up against a Mexican warrior
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Golden Boy
Fan favorite Jesus Soto-Karass (28-10-3, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, returns to fight Japanese slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KOs) in a ten round welterweight clash on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles in what promises to be a war live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV. Fightnews.com caught up with Soto-Karass, who talked about his return and upcoming clash with Kamegai.
“We have already completed the hardest part, which is the training camp, right on weight,” the famed Mexican brawler told Fightnews.com®. “I feel this will be a tough fight with Kamegai but we have worked real hard, now we’re ready for the fun.
“We had a solid camp with my trainer ‘Yuquita’ along with the Robles brothers. It was a tough preparation because we know Kamegai is coming with everything he’s got. Kamegai is a Japanese Kamikaze in the ring but he is going up against a Mexican warrior. There will be fireworks.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Ryan Loco
Former junior welterweight title-holder Chris Algieri has lost two of his last four fights and many would argue that he really lost three of those bouts. But Algieri (21-2, 8 KO’s), who beat Ruslan Provodnikov by close decision for a title in 2014 and then lost to Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, remains unfazed. As he heads into another big fight this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York he is again expected to come up short, this time against prospect Errol Spence Jr.
Despite the mixed results of late, however, Algieri said he is confident and prepared.
“In order to move forward, in order to be champ you’ve just got to keep winning,” Algieri explained to Fightnews.com® last week. “It’s important to win every fight. I always go out and give it my all. This is a huge fight and a huge opportunity on the main stage. So we’ve got to go out there and not only execute the game plan, but pull out the win.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Maniatis
Randy Petalcorin 108 vs. Omar Kimweri 104.6
(WBC light flyweight silver title)
Venue: Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Australia
Promoter: Peter Maniatis
WBC Supervisor: Frank Quill, referee Malcolm Bulmar
This is Petalcorin’s first fight since relinquishing the WBA interim light flyweight title. Interestingly Petalcorin still made the light flyweight limit and Kimweri even made the minimumweight limit for this flyweight title fight.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Porfirio C Barron Jr
Undefeated rising star Errol Spence Jr (19-0, 16KO) quietly strolled into his home gym at R&R Boxing Club in Dallas on this clear day in late March with his headphones still attached and sat on a chair by the ring to prepare for another day at the office. You could never tell by his reserved but confident demeanor that he is preparing for the biggest fight of his life, one that could launch his career to superstardom and big paydays. He knows that his fight against the seasoned Chris Algieri (21-2, 8KO) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 16 as the main event on NBC is his most important fight to date, but don’t expect him to get overly excited, that’s just not who he is.
And even though Algieri has battled some of biggest names and punchers in boxing recently, the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Ruslan Provodnikov, nothing seems to rattle Spence Jr who is as “cool as the other side of the pillow” as the late great ESPN sports announcer Stuart Scott used to say. Spence Jr should be in line for his first world title shot with a victory over Algieri, but he takes it all in stride.
“There’s no pressure at all. Basically there is no added pressure because the objective is always to win and you always have the pressure to win and so I mean in every fight you have to win and a “L” is a “L” regardless who you lose to. So you know there’s no pressure, just go in there and do what we do is win.” (more…)
Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner has asked boxing fans to write him while he’s spending ten days incarcerated in Cincinnati for reckless operation of a motor vehicle. He is scheduled for release on April 22. Broner published his current address on Instagram:
Hamilton County Justice Center
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Broner also has a scheduled court date today on unrelated felony charges involving an alleged robbery and assault of an acquaintance outside a Cincinnati bowling alley last January.
The UFC returns to Florida this weekend with a star-studded card in Tampa, as former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans headlines the show against top five contender Glover Teixeira . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Dave Spencer
Light-heavyweight Guillermo Herrera Campos (9-4-4) of Mexico is recovering in Toronto’s St. Michaels Hospital after being stopped by Shakeel Phinn in the 8th and final round Tuesday night. “His progress has been good,” one insider close to the situation told Fightnews. “He is stable, lucid and under observation,” said the source regarding the fighter who was carried from the ring on a stretcher.
The fight apparently was competitive and brutal affair with Phinn (7-1) of Montreal getting off to a strong start, battling through some tough middle rounds and scoring a pair of knockdowns in the final stanza. Video footage shows veteran referee Dave Dunbar counting to eight as 32-year-old Campos stayed on his knees and got up at six where he laid back on the ropes in his corner. Two steps forward and two right hands by Phinn and Campos was back down to his knees and the fight was quickly called. (more…)
Renee “The Boxing Diva” Aiken’s Boss Lady Promotions is set to bring back professional boxing back to Catskill, New York for the first time in nearly three decades with “Spring Fever Boxing Explosion” on Saturday April 23. The town which has been a home to some of the greatest fighters at the renowned Cus D’Amato’s KO Boxing Gym, will host a ten bout card at the Catskill High School Gymnasium.
The main event will feature a six round battle of undefeated cruiserweights as Allen “Iron Majik” Varmall, Jr. (8-0-1, 7 KOs) of Catskill PA, who trains out of the Cus D’amato KO Boxing Gym against Monroe City, Michigan’s Kent Holland (3-0-1, 1 KO). The co-feature will be a six round heavyweight contest as Detroy “The Destroyer” Jones (5-0-1, 2 KOs) of Poughkeepsie, New York dukes it out with Baltimore, Maryland’s Aaron Bratton (2-2, 1 KO). (more…)
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., and Irish contender Patrick Hyland (31-1, 15 KOs), of Dublin, faced off at the final press conference Wednesday at Highline Ballroom in New York, as they approach this Saturday’s Featherweight World Title fight live on Shoiwtime from the Fox Theater in Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
The telecast begins with IBF junior lightweight world championship clash between unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza (21-0, 12 KOs) and mandatory challenger Stephen Smith (23-1, 13 KOs), of Liverpool, England.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at Wednesday’s final press conference. (more…)
Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi
Japanese elongated featherweight, IBF#13 Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2, 20 KOs) arrived in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK yesterday (Tuesday). The 5’11” explosive Panama Al Brown stylist had his name internationally known as he astoundingly dropped Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in his eventually unfruitful crack at the Cuban southpaw’s WBA/WBO world 122-pound belts on the New Year Eve in 2014. Having absorbed much punishment with Jackal’s ruthless retaliation, Hisashi finally retired on the stool due to his grotesquely swollen cheek at the end of the eleventh round. The lanky Japanese apparently had been a legitimate 126-pounder and it was a very severe burden for him to reduce four more pounds to 122 to cope with such an artful dodger as Rigondeaux given such an unexpected opportunity to fight the Donaire conqueror in his native country of Japan.
This time Amagasa didn’t come to UK –taking twelve hours–for sight-seeing but for a confrontation with an unbeaten local prospect, WBC#2 featherweight Josh Warrington (22-0, 4 KOs) under the multi-champion-making Matchroom Promotions in his home turf Leeds. His WBC international belt will be on the line, but it isn’t what Amagasa wishes to acquire but an important step to his anticipated crack at a world 126-pound belt. (more…)
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment/Premier Boxing Champions
Erroll Spence Jr: “This is a great card with great fighters and its a fantastic opportunity. A lot of people think I’m a prospect on the verge of being a contender. Saturday night is going to be a great performance. I never thought fight week would come. I’m just so excited to put on a show. It’s going to be the best Errol Spence you’ve ever seen. I just need to stick with my game plan. The game plan that my coach laid out for me and do what I do and get the win. Whatever happens, happens. I’m going to have to feel it out in the first round. I just need to fight smart. I’ve always felt like I was ready for this level. Saturday night, I’m looking for a coming out party. My focus is 100 percent on this fight. I was ready two fights ago to fight for a title. After this fight we can talk about what’s next, but right now, Chris Algieri is in front of me. Chris has been in a lot of hard fights. At the end of the day he’s a boxer and so am I. It’s going to be a war.”
Chris Algieri: “Brooklyn has treated me very well. I’ve had some of my best performances here at Barclays Center and I look forward to another. It’s always an honor to share the stage with such illustrious guys in our sport. A lot of these guys really bring honor and respect to the business that we do. I don’t think I’ve gotten as much respect as I deserve throughout my career. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day I go out there and perform. More often then not I’m victorious. I think everyone knows that I’ll fight anybody. Spence is a guy people don’t want to fight, so they brought him to me. The best thing about working with John David Jackson is the confidence he gives me. He let’s me be who I am. He gives me the faith to trust in my abilities. I’m looking forward to putting on another great display with him in my corner. The hard work is done. Training camp was long, hard and grueling. Not much more to be said. It’s time to fight. It’s going to be a great night of fights.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Undefeated rising welterweight star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.and former world champion Chris Algieri went face-to-face Wednesday to kick-off fight week activities with the final press conference before they meet in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC this Saturday, April 16 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Also in attendance at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan were cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki and former champion Steven “U.S.S” Cunningham plus undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne and unbeaten light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic who round out Saturday night’s telecast. In addition, popular Brooklyn undefeated fighter Heather “The Heat” Hardy was in attendance as she nears her undercard bout against Sweden’s Anna Hultin.
Tyson Fury’s long-awaited rematch with Ukrainian boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko was confirmed today to take place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 9th July. The bitter grudge match sees Fury, the linear, WBA Super and WBO heavyweight champion make the first defense of the titles against the man he took them from.
Tyson Fury: “I’m thrilled to get this fight on July 9th at the Manchester Arena. I’m the best heavyweight in the world and the rest are imposters to my titles. I am coming for all of them once I’ve dealt with Klitschko a second time.
“The only man that could beat Klitschko is me. What I’ve got can’t be taught; you’ve either got it or you haven’t. How you beat robots is to do unorthodox things. I’m expecting a totally different fight; he’s going to have to come over here and fight this time. It’s going to be a slugfest.”
The mega-fight will be broadcast in the UK on BoxNation.
By Felipe Leon
Last Friday in Las Vegas, a new series was announced by the Walt Disney Company Latin America Division featuring the life and times of the great Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez. The twenty-six one hour long episode series will be broadcast throughout Latin America on the Space channel, Telemundo in the United States and the Azteca Channel in Mexico.
Titled “El Cesar”, the series will follow Chavez during the height of his career, a span of nearly fourteen years where Chavez was undefeated in over eighty fights capturing world titles, legendary amounts of money and accolades. The series will be an honest depiction of his life during that time, showing the highs as well as the lows such as rumored tie ins with drug traffickers, women trouble and drug addictions.
“El Cesar” is a production of Disney Media Distribution Latin America, TV Azteca and BTF Media.
The WBC ordered a series of fights in the super welterweight division during its annual convention in Kunming, China. They are extremely disappointed by the non-compliance of several boxers who had committed to participate in the process. After analyzing all of the circumstances, the WBC Board of Governors conducted a voting procedure which has resulted in the following final ruling:
1. Number 1-ranked contender Jermell Charlo will fight Number 2-ranked John Jackson. The winner will be recognized as WBC world super welterweight champion and must make two mandatory title defenses.
2. WBC Silver champion Charles Hatley, ranked Number 4, has been confirmed as the first mandatory contender after the two final elimination fights ordered by the WBC were cancelled by the withdrawal of Hatley’s opponents.
3. Number 3-ranked Demetrius Andrade and Number 10-ranked Willie Nelson will fight, and the winner will be the second mandatory contender of the division.
4. Number 6-ranked Ishe Smith and Number 7-ranked Jorge Cota will fight in a semi-final elimination and the winner will be the wildcard of the division.
Originally earmarked for Houston, the May 21 Showtime super welterweight world title tripleheader will take place in “The Chelsea” located inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
In the main event, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will defend his WBA super welterweight world championship against Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan in a rematch of their 2012 bout that ended in a technical draw.
Brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo will look to make history in co-featured bouts as the first twins to hold world titles in the same division. Unbeaten IBF super welterweight world champion Jermall makes the second defense of his belt against former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout. Jermell meets John Jackson in a bout for the vacant WBC super welterweight belt.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, venue pre-sale tickets will go on-sale Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets for the general public will go on-sale Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. PT. Ticket prices start at $39.
Photo: Photo Wende
Three more fights have been added to the Nordic Fight Night undercard on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm. Daniel Hartvig (7-0, 4 KOs), Patricia Berghult (1-0) and Angelique Hernandez (1-0) will all be action at the big Team Sauerland show in the Swedish capital.
Hartvig, the undefeated fighter from Gothenburg, faces Nikoloz Gvajava (6-0, 6 KOs) in a six–round welterweight contest. Gvajava, from Tbilisi, Georgia, holds a perfect record of six knockout wins from as many fights, and will provide stern test for Hartvig, who returns following a second-round KO victory over Valeri Karelidze last month in Copenhagen.
Malmo’s super lightweight talent Berghult takes on Croatia’s Kristina Boras (1-4). Berghult, a former amateur star, made her professional debut at the Nordic Fight Night in Nyköping in December, outpointing Sara Marjanovic. The 21 year-old will be aiming for a second victory against the 18 year-old Boras in Stockholm. (more…)
Three weeks into the competition on Season 22 of Dancing with The Stars, UFC strawweight Paige VanZant has established herself as one of the top contenders . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Undefeated heavyweight Hughie Fury (19-0, 10 KOs) will face “Big” Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) on April 30 at the Copper Box Arena in London. The bout will be for the WBO International heavyweight belt. Kassi is 0-2-1 in his last three, with a draw against Chris Arreola sandwiched between losses to Dominic Breazeale and Amir Mansour. Hughie Fury is younger cousin of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Fury vs. Kassi will now headline the card after a hand injury forced WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders to withdraw from his maiden title defense against Max Bursak. Saunders injured his left hand during a training session. “I’m bitterly disappointed,” said Saunders. “I was really looking forward to making the first defence of my world title against Max Bursak but this is boxing and these things happen. Now it’s all about recovering properly and looking forward to a big 2016.”
Interview/photo: Bryce Wilson
On May 21st at Vodafone Events Centre in South Auckland, New Zealand, unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) is set to face Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) in what will be an IBF title eliminator with the victor set to face IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Many who follow the sport have labelled Parker as the ‘next big thing’ or at the very least part of the new guard set to revitalize boxing’s glamour division.
In facing Takam, Parker is set to take a giant leap up in the quality of opponent. It is a fight that should serve as a an accurate barometer as to whether the Kiwi prospect really is as good as some people believe or whether much more work remains to be done before he is ready to mix in the heady climes of the elite in the division, along with the Fury’s, Klitschko’s and Wilders of the world.
FightNews caught up with Joseph to get an update on camp so far, his feelings about having the Takam fight secured in his hometown of South Auckland and his thoughts on the Martin/Joshua fight last weekend. (more…)
For the first time in UFC® history, the The Ultimate Fighter® series will feature two UFC® legends and Hall of Famers, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, as coaches in the first season to be filmed and produced in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now entering its 3rd season, The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America will begin its production in late spring with an airing date set for August 2016. The season’s finale is slated for November 5 in Mexico City, Mexico at Arena Ciudad de Mexico . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA #13 lightweight George Kambosos (9-0, 5 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com about his next fight on June 3rd in Sydney and also that he has targeted WBA champion Anthony Crolla and a possible showdown with WBA #10 Brendon Ogilivie, who he boxed in the amateurs. Kambosos also mentions his $50,000 offer to fellow Aussie and former IBO 130 pound champion Will Tomlinson that was rejected, meeting Freddie Roach and sparring sessions at the Wild Card gym. He also talks about contesting world amateur titles in Armenia, Russia and Ukraine.
Super middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (35-2-3, 24 KOs) won a unanimous decision over late sub Colby Courter (9-8, 7 KOs) this past Friday at the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, OK. Tahdooahnippah dictated the pace of the fight with his jab and constant pressure. Courter was content to fight on the outside and throw looping shots. There were no knockdowns. “My original opponent backed out,” said Comanche Boy. “I give Courter credit for coming to fight me in my backyard. I wanted the knockout, but I jammed my hand in the first round. Victory is always the outcome we train for, so I will take it. I am going to sit down with my team and plan the next move. I am ready to fight again!”
With his impressive fourth round KO over former world champion Evgeny Gradovich, two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KOs) has made the leap from prospect to contender. “I came into the fight wanting to show everyone that I was ready for a world title fight and I think earned that shot,” said Valdez. “We had a great plan for this fight and it was just about executing it and doing what we worked on during training camp.
It has taken Valdez a little over three years in his professional career to get to this point and he has worked very hard to get here.
“As a fighter you evolved and I have done that. I know I am much better boxer now that when I begin my professional career. I have work very hard to improve and this fight with Gradovich is proof that I’m ready to challenge for a world title,” said Valdez, who just might just be the next big star of Mexican boxing. (more…)
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 28-7-1, 13 KOs, has built a fine reputation as a world champ, heavyweight contender, and Philly fighter. Yet, full respect from the boxing community seems to elude him, even after all he’s accomplished. Unfazed by the lack of reverence he deserves, Cunningham will address the issue the only way he knows how – and the only way he’s always handled it in the past.
On Saturday night, he will simply soldier ahead and attempt to add another brick to the foundation of his legacy. Cunningham challenges Krzysztof Glowacki, 25-0, 16 KOs, for the WBO world cruiserweight title, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fight will be televised live on NBC. If he wins the fight, Cunningham will be a three-time world champion. (more…)
Next Wednesday (April 20), DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series heads back north to the suburbs of Westchester County for the third time in a little over a year. The eight-bout card is scheduled to take place at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Headlining the event will be Westchester’s popular junior lightweight prospect Bryant “Peewee” Cruz (16-1, 8 KOs). Also on the card will be the highly regarded undefeated cruiserweight Stivens Bujaj (14-0-1, 9 KOs). Both bouts are scheduled for eight rounds. Also on the card are world-rated contender Billel Dib (18-1) making his U.S. debut, undefeated prospect Alantez Fox (18-0-1), former Irish National champion Noel Murphy (5-0), Wessley Ferrer (10-0), Joseph Williams (8-0) and Andy Meijas (15-0). So far, no opponents have been named.
Golden Boy Promotions will present a FREE night of outdoor boxing on May 6 at the Toshiba Plaza adjacent to the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena. Located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, fans will get to see Canelo and Khan face off for the final time during their official weigh-in on the Toshiba Plaza immediately followed by a night of action-packed fights starting at 4:00 p.m. PT.
The show (which will be televised by Estrella TV) will feature former lightweight world title challenger Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (28-6, 24 KOs) against Boxcino winner Petr “Zar” Petrov (36-4-2, 17 KOs). In the co-main event, former WBA interim super lightweight champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (29-4-1, 21 KOs) will take on Alan Sanchez (17-3-1, 9 KOs). Also super bantamweight Horacio “Violento” Garcia (30-1-0, 22 KOs) will meet TBA. All three fights will be for regional titles and are ten rounders. (more…)
Adrien Broner is behind bars in Ohio — and will be there for the next 10 days — to serve his punishment stemming from a previous reckless driving conviction. Here’s what we know … Broner was sentenced to 6 months probation back in July 2015 stemming from a drunk driving arrest in which he told the officer he was super rich and famous. He later pled no contest to reckless driving. But according to court documents, Broner violated his probation in November 2015 — and was sentenced to 10 days behind bars.
Broner appeared in court this morning — and pled guilty to probation violation and formally began his 10 day sentence.
He’s currently behind bars at a jail in Hamilton County, Ohio.
By Karl Freitag
After failing to land megafights with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, former world champion Amir Khan explained today why he’s moving up two weight divisions for his ambitious May 7 challenge against WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez.
“There’s a lot of fights out there that don’t happen because a lot of fighters don’t basically have the balls to take the fights on,” said Khan on Tuesday. “With me taking this fight, I’m hoping I’ll inspire at least some other fighters to take big fights in their boxing career. If you want to be remembered as a great fighter, you need to take big fights like this. That’s what boxing’s all about really, and that’s one of the reasons I’m in boxing because I want to be remembered as a great fighter. I want to achieve everything and fight the biggest fights in my boxing career. One day when I leave, I don’t want to have regrets on not having this fight, or I should have taken this fight, I should have had that fight…”
South African promoter Golden Gloves has announced a four-man “Super 4” cruiserweight tournament featuring Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs), Johnny Muller (19-5-2, 13 KOs), Kevin Larena (13-1, 7 KOs) and Roberto Bolonti (37-5, 26 KOs) with $100,000 prize money on the line in the final.
The tournament begins on April 24 when Muller and Larena meet at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng, South Africa. The winner of that fight will go on to face Bolonti on June 11, while the loser will be matched against Nielsen. The two winners will then advance to the final on October 22 where the $100,000 prize money will be split 60-40 in favor of the victor.
Puerto Rican contender McWilliams Arroyo will travel next Tuesday to California, where he will challenge WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez on April 23 at The Forum in Inglewood, in the co-feature of the show headlined by the middleweight world monarch Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Dominic Wade on HBO. The 2008 Olympian Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) will be accompanied by trainers Anthony Otero and Alex Caraballo, manager Orlando Piñero and the PR Best Vice-President Peter Rivera. Arroyo, ranked #10 by the WBC and #9 by the WBO, will be making his second try for a world title. In 2014, he lost a controversial fight against IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Thailand.
While a short-notice UFC debut against New York groundfighter Chris Wade didn’t work in his favor, French striker Mehdi Baghdad will get a favorable style matchup his second time around in the Octagon when he faces fellow stand-up ace John Makdessi in a UFC 199 lightweight bout on June 4 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “The Head” Głowacki (25-0, 16 KOs), who this Saturday will defend his title vs. former IBF champ Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) at Barclays Center (live on NBC, 8.30 PM), has already for more than a week enjoyed training with his team in New York City.
“I love to work out at Gleason’s Gym. So many rings, champions working next to real fans – the atmosphere is fantastic. Everyone is so friendly, there’s no animosity because I’m fighting one of their own!” said Glowacki, who after a sensational knockout against Marco Huck in one of the best fights of 2015, expects to do the same against Cunningham. “Right now we’re just working of making me as optimally prepared for Saturday as possible, building energy that has to explode in the ring. There’s no doubt in my mind, just like there was none before I grabbed the title away from Marco Huck. I will stay world champion!”