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By Julian Burgower
Former world champion Lamont Peterson and undefeated junior welterweight contender and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz faced off Thursday during the final press conference in Washington DC’s Hamilton Live in advance of Saturday afternoon’s Premier Boxing Champions NBC telecast.
Lamont Peterson: How’s everybody doing? I would like to thank God for another healthy, productive training camp. I would like to thank my team, Team Headbangers. I’m looking forward to this fight. I’m always looking forward to fighting. I wish I could fight every month, I swear I do, but I understand that it’s a business. I’m happy I’m fighting this weekend. It’s been another tremendous training camp. I’m looking for a tough fight. Felix prepared well and I’m ready. I wish we could fight tonight [laughs]…but I guess I can wait…I guess. I promise to put on a show.
Felix Diaz: I’ve trained hard for this fight like any other fight and I encourage all the people to come out and support this fight. Thank you very much. (more…)
Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi
Why do a couple of Japanese boxers square off with a world championship on the line in Chicago? WBA super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13 KOs), from Japan, will defend his belt against three-time titlist and compatriot Koki Kameda (33-1, 18 KOs) beneath a competitive confrontation of Andrzej Fonfara and Nathan Cleverly under Warriors Promotions at the UIC Pavilion in the Windy City tomorrow (Friday). The answer is simple and complex: (1) Team Kameda has had some legal problems with the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), and Kameda brothers haven’t been eligible to fight in Japan, (2) The WBA designated Koki Kameda the mandatory challenger to the super-fly titleholder Kohei Kono, (3) Koki entered under the wing of Al Haymon’s stable along with his younger brothers Tomoki and Daiki, and (4) Kono, therefore, finally accepted defending his belt against Kameda in a show under the Premier Boxing Champions in the US now that it is practically impossible for Watanabe Promotions to stage it in Japan. That’s all. The legal matters between the JBC and Team Kameda may require a great deal of explanations beyond this reporter’s capacity. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Richard Commey (22-0, 20 KOs) has had a late change of opponent for his fight on Saturday night at the dm-Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany. Commey will now face journeyman Kakhaber Avetisian (41-31-1, 23 KOs) following the withdrawal of Ramaz Bebnadze (16-2, 12 KOs). In the main event, WBA “interim” super middleweight beltholder Vincent Feigenbutz (20-1, 19 KOs) defends against Giovanni De Carolis (23-5, 11 KOs).
By Dave Spencer
Photos: William Hart, K2 Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions
Long odds. An opponent hovering near the top of everybody’s pound-for-pound lists. David Lemieux’s trainer Marc Ramsay has been there before. And in the case of Jean Pascal versus Chad Dawson; come out on top.
The Montreal trainer has faced formidable challenges before and more than held his own but this might be the biggest yet. How does he ready his David to slay Goliath giving him the right amount of ammunition for his slingshot and building that slingshot along with a strategy that might topple a giant come Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Ramsay who has been with Lemieux since 2011 and the Joachim Alcine fight and also trains the top trio of light-heavyweights in Pascal, Beterbiev and Alvarez. Fightnews talked to him just before he departed from Montreal for New York City about Lemieux’s preparation and his views on the fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
WBO #6, WBA #13, WBC #14 heavyweight Joseph Parker (16-0, 14 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over 45-year-old former world title challenger Kali “Mean Hand” Meehan (42-6, 32 KOs) on Thursday night at The Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker rocked Meehan in round two, then floored him in round three to end it!
In the co-feature, WBO #7, IBF #12, WBA #13 welterweight Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (12-0, 8 KOs) dominated Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco (15-4, 8 KOs) over ten one-sided rounds.
By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Regina Karon/Karon Photography
One of Australia’s most high profile athletes Danny “The Green Machine” Green (34-5, 28 KOs) held a press conference at the Crown Sports Bar in Melbourne Australia today to announce he will next face Konni Konrad (22-2-1, 11 KOs) from Germany at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday, December 2. The date will mark exactly 6 years when Green sensationally stopped Roy Jones Jr in the first round in Sydney in 2009. Green is coming off a comfortable decision victory over Roberto Bolonti in August, while Konrad is coming off a loss in his world title fight last month with fellow German Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 32 KOs) who retained his WBA light heavyweight title.
Green says it was good to blow off cobwebs in his last fight again Bolonti.
“I wasn’t as sharp as I could have been and I know that and that’s why I want to step up and put two fights together in quick succession for what I anticipate down the track to be a big fight for me,” Green said. (more…)
Photo: Lucas Noonan/PBC
Many feel that welterweight brawler Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs) got jobbed in his split decision loss to former champion Robert Guerrero in June, but on Wednesday night in Arizona, Martinez came out on the winning side against another former champ in Devon Alexander. “I’m the heavier guy,” said Marinez after his career-defining win. “I’ve always fought at 147 lbs. This is my natural weight and I sparred against much bigger guys during the last few weeks of training camp. I was facing fast 180 lbs fighters in camp to get ready for this.
“We followed our game plan tonight. I give (Alexander) props for standing in there with me.” (more…)
Dustin Poirier feels like a new fighter. He’s looked like one, too, since moving back to 155 pounds.
“The Diamond” said he is simply having fun again . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Super middleweights Patrick Nielsen (27-1, 13 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (39-3, 26 KOs) will meet in all-Danish grudge match on December 12 at the Brondy Hallen in Copenhagen. The showdown comes following months of antagonism between the bitter rivals, which reached boiling point earlier this year when Markussen crashed one of Nielsen’s pre-fight press conferences. Having both overcome tune-up clashes in Frederikshavn last month, the stage is now set for Denmark’s biggest domestic fight in decades. “Not since the 1980s, when Joergen Hansen and Hans-Henrik Palm twice contested the European title, have we seen such a big fight between two Danish boxers,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland.
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Photos: Lucas Noonan/PBC
IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (22-1, 8 KOs) cruised to an uneventful twelve round unanimous decision over 36-year-old former three-division titleholder Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Selby outworked and outboxed the much smaller Montiel, who had previously won titles at flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight. Montiel’s best moment was in round six when he cut Selby ver the right eye. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 116-112.
In an upset, unheralded welterweight Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs) scored a shocking ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Devon Alexander (26-4, 14 KOs). Alexander seemed to be in command early, but then let Martinez back in it. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 97-93.
Lightweight Ivan Redkach (19-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over Erick Martinez (11-4-1, 5 KOs). Redkach, rebounding from his first loss, battered Martinez to the canvas for the count at 2:59.
Photos: Delane Rouse
Former world champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) and Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz Jr.(17-0, 8 KOs), who will headline this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC event airing live from the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, hosted a media workout today at the Alexandria Boxing Club. They were joined by Lamont’s brother, Anthony Peterson (35-1, 23 KOs), local favorite Jimmy Lange (38-6-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated prospect Alantez Fox (16-0-1, 6 KOs), who will also fight October 17 in separate bouts.
The fighters worked out for media and met with dozens of children from the Charles Houston Recreation Center and the nearby Boys & Girls Club to sign autographs and take photos. (more…)
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
World champions Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and David Lemieux faced off at their final press conference before Saturday’s PPV middleweight title unification clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
David Lemieux: I’m here to make history. I’ve done everything it takes in the gym to make sure that when I leave Madison Square Garden, I don’t leave empty-handed. I leave with all the belts. I worked extremely hard, I’m extremely confident in myself. I heard Golovkin say if he wants a street fight, it’ll be a street fight. If he wants 12 rounds, it’ll be 12 rounds. If he wants a knockout…hey whatever you want I want it too, so let’s see who’s the best. Let’s see who’s gonna leave this place with all them belts…I couldn’t be more ready for this victory!
Gennady Golovkin: I’m happy to be here again. This is my second home, Madison Square Garden. I’ve had a lot of fights here. It’s an amazing deal for us. We have four belts, unification fight, pay-per-view. Wow! I’m very excited today.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Andrzej Fonfara is to me the best light heavyweight in the world. But to prove that, he has to beat a very good Nathan Cleverly on Friday night in Chicago” proclaimed Warriors Boxing promoter Leon Margules during today’s press conference in Chicago. Both Fonfara and Cleverly are extremely confident about their abilities and about winning Friday night’s Premier Boxing Champions on Spike event at UIC Pavilion. The card also features first world title bout between two Japanese fighters on US soil – Kameda vs. Kono.
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs were well-represented today on the Long Beach boardwalk by popular local brawler Sean Monaghan (25-0) and Windy City native Donovan George today on the Long Beach Boardwalk during this exciting post-season stretch. The light heavyweights (and diehard baseball fans) clash at 10p ET Friday, Oct. 16th on truTV live from Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports & Events Center.
Undefeated contender Brad “King” Solomon (25-0, 9 KOs) of Layfayette, LA and Philadelphia’s Raymond “Tito” Serrano (21-2, 9 KOs) will step into the spotlight when they open Friday’s “MetroPC Friday Night Knockout on truTV” live telecast from Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports and Events Center beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Brad “King” Solomon: “I got in trouble when I was 17 and was sentenced to eight years in prison. But the DA said if I went in and got my GED and showed I was doing the right things he would reduce my sentence. So I joined the prison boxing team and began to fight. Some of the fights were against Lifers — who were never getting out of prison and who were the toughest fighters of all. They had nothing to lose. I was able to beat them. (more…)
Juan “Pinky” Alejo arrived in Los Angeles along with his team of Lorenzo and Alejandro Lopez. The WBO #8 light flyweight Alejo will be challenging WBO light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion of all time, in this Saturday’s showdown at Stubhub Center Carson, California. Nietes has been a world champion for eight years. The fight headlines ALA Promotions “Philippines vs the World” event. Gates open at 2PM, with the first bout at 4PM. Tickets are available at www.stubhubcenter.com.
By Ricardo Ibarra at ringside
In what was expected to be a close heavyweight contest, unbeaten prospect Gerald Washington and seasoned fighter Amir Mansour battled to a ten round draw on Tuesday night’s PBC on FSN televised card at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Washington was taking on the biggest challenge of his young career and looking to claim an important win over cagey veteran Mansour, who was looking to add his third straight win since first loss (April 2014 to Steve Cunningham). (more…)
Bantamweight Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs) will face Karim Guerfi (22-3, 6 KOs) in a ten-rounder on a November 10 edition of PBC Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1/FOX Deportes from the Austin City Music Hall in Austin, Texas. The son of former WBC featherweight champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez, Gonzalez Jr. introduced himself to the U.S. market with a competitive performance against undefeated IBF 122lb champion Carl Frampton in July in a fight that saw Gonzalez put Frampton on the canvas twice. The card is promoted by Leija*Battah Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On October 31, boxing returns to the historic Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. In the main event, lightweights Dante “Crazy” Jardon (27-5, 22 KOs) and Reyes “Rey” Sanchez (25-6-2, 15 KOs) meet for the WBC international title. In the co-feature, lightweights Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (23-2, 17 KOs) and Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (18-4, 12 KOs) will square off. Also seeing action will be Mexican prospects Alejandro “Pajarito” Davila and Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez. The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
WBA “interim” super middleweight beltholder Vincent Feigenbutz (20-1, 19 KOs) is promising a spectacular performance on Saturday night as the twenty-year-old power puncher prepares to defend against Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis (23-5, 11 KOs) at the dm-Arena in Karlshrue, Germany. The WBA has confirmed that the winner of the December 5 Chudinov-Sturm clash for the WBA “regular” super middleweight belt must defend against winner of Feigenbutz-De Carolis no later than April 30 or be stripped.
Welterweights Kevin Bizier (24-2, 16 KOs) and Fredrick Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) will meet in a 12-round contest as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBCSN comes to Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida on November 7. The telecast opens with a super lightweight clash as Walter Castillo (26-3, 19 KOs) takes on Keita Obara (15-1, 14 KOs) in a 12-rounder. Miccosukee Resort and Gaming used to be a regular host for pro boxing. This will be the first card there since 2010.
By Ron Jackson
Two-time South African super featherweight champion Jasper Seroka (25-4, 11 KOs) from the Limpopo Province defends his title for the third time in his second reign as champion when he faces David Rajuili (6-2-1, 1 KO) of Kwa Zulu/Natal at the Mahikeng Civic Centre in the North-West Province on Saturday. The only losses on the record of the 34-year-old Seroka have come against Malcolm Klassen, Mzonke Fana and Sipho Taliwe on two occasions, who are all quality fighters. (more…)
This Saturday, Felix Promotions will present a card in Budapest, Hungary, headlined by a ten-round cruiserweight fight between unbeaten Hungarian champion Imre Szello (8-0, 4 KOs) against Argentinean Champion Alejandro Valori (17-8, 13 KOs). The co-main event will feature the debut of former amateur star Norbert Harcsa (who just competed in August at the European Amateur Championship in Bulgaria) against the always tough Czech former GBU champion Bronislav Kubin (17-16-2, 10 KOs). The event will be televised live in Hungary by the M4 Sport (the national sport channel).
Neither Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) or Amir Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs) was satisfied with the result of their ten round draw in an entertaining heavyweight clash on Tuesday night and both strongly criticized the judges’ scoring afterward.
Amir Mansour: “I knew what it was before I came over here, you know, Al Haymon territory. I knew if I didn’t blow him out, I wasn’t gonna get the decision…I’m actually surprised they gave me the draw…I gave the crowd something that they wanted to see. I gave the crowd excitement. That’s why they’re cheering me and they’re booing him. I’m a boxing fan’s boxer!”
Gerald Washington: “I think it’s a terrible decision. I definitely won the fight. No doubt about it. I won the first four rounds for sure. I rested up a little bit in the middle. The last three or four, he wasn’t even touching me. He was chasing me around. He wasn’t landing any shots at all.”
Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing’s fall series continues on in Mexico City this Friday. The theme for this week’s main event will be “Civil War.” In a highly anticipated rematch, locals David “Severo” Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs) and Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-2, 4 KOs) will square off once again. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino super flyweight title on the line.
Their first fight was a closely contested affair with the more experienced Carmona winning by decision. Rodriguez has shown a lot of improvement since they fought. He has won 3 consecutive fights. All of them as the visitor and all main events on Telemundo. The timing seems right for this rematch and Rodriguez is determined to reverse things this time around. (more…)
Josh Samman leans his head against the cold brick wall and starts crying. Eighteen months of bottled-up emotion come pouring out of the two hundred-pound smashing machine, his tears mix with the sweat and blood that are running down the shower drain. The rushing of hot water drowns out the hammering bass of UFC 181 taking place right next to him. Here, backstage at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center, Samman truly realizes for the first time the extent of how much his “Knockout of the Year” had just changed, maybe even saved, his life . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Footage by K2 Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions
WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) hosted their fight week media workout today alongside WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (43-0, 37KOs) and his challenger Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, (36-4, 22 KOs) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in advance of their anticipated PPV matchups on Saturday at “The Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden.
Below are what the fighters and their teams had to say at today’s media workout:
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin: “This is the biggest test for me. He’s the IBF champ. It’s big situation, unification, Pay-Per-View. Right now it’s a very interesting situation to be in in the middleweight division. I think we have three or four fighters and it’s very important who is number one.”
David Lemieux: “I am aware of his record but I am also aware of who I am and what I can bring to the table. My concern is the present and making sure I win on Oct. 17. I am going to be a lion in there. Nothing is going to be in my way. It is kind of like David and Goliath. Everyone is impressed on this big GGG, he is impressive and talented but there is also David who is making a lot of noise. I know what I am going up against and I am going in with a nice package to deliver to Golovkin.” (more…)
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Unbeaten heavyweight battle between Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washingon (16-0-1, 11 KOs) barely kept his “0” with a ten round draw against Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Washington won the early rounds but Mansour came on strong midway and seemed to pull it out. Scores were 97-93 Washington, 96-94 Mansour, 95-95.
2012 U.S. Olympian cruiserweight Michael Hunter (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jason Douglas (11-6, 4 KOs). Hunter dropped Douglas in round two. Douglas rocked Hunter in round three, but he rallied to knock down Douglas again. Douglas was on the deck twice more in round four. The bout was halted after the round. Hunter is the son of former heavyweight contender Mike “The Bounty” Hunter.
Power-punching light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (13-0, 11 KOs) was forced to go the full eight round distance against Mariano Hilario (12-4, 5 KOs). Scores were 78-73, 80-71, 80-71 for Elbiali. Hilario was deducted a point for holding in round six.
IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby plans to make a big splash on his American debut as he defends his title against Fernando Montiel at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, live on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN in the US. Selby makes his maiden defense of the title he won with a superb performance against Evgeny Gradovich at The O2 in London in May, and the “British Mayweather” wants to grab the attention of the American fight fans with a dominant display against former three-weight World champion Montiel.
“I’m just really excited and looking forward to putting on a great show like I always do,” said Selby, who tipped the scales at 125.8lbs at this afternoon’s weigh-in, Montiel lighter at 125.6lbs. “I am so excited to be fighting in the States – people know me in the UK and I want to become a star in America too. (more…)
Lee Selby 125.8 lbs. vs. Fernando Montiel 125.6 lbs.
(IBF featherweight title)
Devon Alexander 146.9 lbs. vs. Aarón Martínez 147.1 lbs.
Venue: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Promotor: Ring Pros Promotions
By Karl Freitag
Great Tuesday night heavyweight matchup this evening on Fox Sports 1 as unbeaten Gerald Washington (16-0, 11 KOs) takes on veteran Amir Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. This is much more than a typical unbeaten prospect building his record against an aging gatekeeper type of matchup. In fact, oddsmakers are pegging the unbeaten Washington to lose against the 43-year-old Mansour. For example, The Greek Sportsbook has Mansour a solid favorite at -240 with Washington +190. Should be a very interesting affair.
A possible Mets-Cubs showdown has nothing on the upcoming Brooklyn brawl between Long Beach, New York’s undefeated #4 world-rated light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan and Chicago’s Donovan “Da Bomb” George. Monaghan (25-0, 16 KOs) and George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) will be battling for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) light heavyweight title this Friday at Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. The 10-rounder will be televised live as the main event of “The MetroPC Friday Night Knockout on truTV,” beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Top Rank today released quotes attributed to both fighters:
Donovan George: “I want to wipe out Top Rank’s stable. It starts Friday with “Irish Stew” Seanie Monaghan, the easiest fight of the three Top Rank fighters I’m declaring war on. Then I want to get my hands on Jesse “Out of Work” Hart. I want to shut his trap. Philadelphia hasn’t been a fight town in decades and Hart is softer than a tub of Philadelphia cream cheese. Finally, I want Top Rank’s Mexican darling Gilberto “Zero” Ramirez — a fighter who lives up to his ring name.”
Seanie Monaghan: “I know the Cubs have been suffering from the Curse of the Billy Goat but I didn’t know the goat could talk until I heard Donovan George’s comments today. Poor Donovan is in for a shock on Friday night. It’s fitting that his professional demise will be in Brooklyn because ‘Da Bomb’ will leave as ‘Da Bum’ after I knock him out. The only thing Donovan will be wiping out are the cobwebs I put in his head.” (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez spoke to reporters in advance of Saturday’s PPV middleweight unification clash against IBF champion David Lemieux.
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