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A full week of open-to-the-public Canelo-Angulo pre-fight activities will kick off today in Las Vegas with fighter arrivals at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Undercard fighters are scheduled to start arriving at 1PM, with main event fighters Alfredo Angulo scheduled to arrive at 1:45 p.m. and Canelo Alvarez scheduled to arrive at 2PM.
On Wednesday there will be fighter workouts in the MGM Grand Garden Arena Lobby (immediately outside of arena entrance). The workout will run from 11AM to 2PM with Angulo scheduled to work out at noon and Canelo scheduled to work out at 1PM.
On Friday, the official weigh-ins will take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 1PM with fighters scheduled to be on the scale at 3PM.
By Boxing Bob Newman
A triumphant Derek “Black Lion” Edwards was the only fighter to attend the post fight press conference after the Shobox telecast last Friday night at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Edwards spoke on his upset win over Badou Jack, thus scuttling Jack’s anticipated WBC eliminator showdown with the U.K.’s James DeGale to determine the next mandatory challenger to WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Mexican boxing promoter Pepe Gomez will arrive today in Tabasco, Mexico to meet with government officials to explore the possibility of staging the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) and Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) in Villahermosa. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman may also be present at the meeting. If finalized, this would be the third world heavyweight championship fight to be held in Latin America.
By Jeff Zimmerman
After 10 fights in the last two years, crowd pleasing super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (10-2, 6KO) makes his 2014 debut Saturday, March 22nd at the Cendera Center in Forth Worth, Texas as the headliner for Paulie Ayala’s first show of the new year. Clarkson will be fighting journeyman William Johnson (10-34-2-3) out of Sardis, Mississippi. Clarkson brings lots of excitement whenever he fights and loves to get under his opponent’s skin during pre-fight activities. He’s typically a fast starter and will look for the knockout early, although in his 2 losses, one to savvy veteran Don Mouton and the other to tough Jas Phipps, he tired late and suffered devastating losses. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A quick night of boxing was enjoyed by a brave crowd on a rainy Saturday night in downtown Tijuana when former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales and his company PM Promotions put on an eight-bout fight cards with every match up made of four rounders. In the main event, popular rookie heavyweight Sergio “Tota” Ramirez (3-0, 2KOs) battered the almost morbidly overweight Giovanni “Tambito Azteca” Gonzalez (0-2) for three straight minutes to force him to stay on his stool at the onset of the second round of a scheduled four.
The much taller Ramirez had no trouble scoring against Gonzalez who not only was much bigger than him but shorter and with not as much technical talent. Ramirez had no trouble scoring to the body of Gonzalez and near the end of the first hurt him with a big right. Gonzalez was smart enough to hold on and survive until the end of the round.
When the minute rest between rounds was over, Gonzalez opted to stay seated and waited for referee Juan Jose Ramirez to get to the end of the ten-count. (more…)
The rematch between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and George Groves will apparently land in London’s 80,000-seat Wembley Stadium. The bout takes place May 31 and HBO has already committed to televising the bout live in the United States. Froch-Groves I ended controversially with a quick stoppage by referee Howard Foster and the IBF ordered an immediate rematch.
Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti will sing the National Anthem at the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, Jr. Pacquiao and Bradley will be battling for the Bradley’s WBO welterweight title on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a mega pay-per-view event.
Ashanti will be supporting Pacquiao in the fight.
Manny Pacquiao: Ashanti and I first met on February 5 in New York when we found ourselves sitting next to each other courtside at a Knicks game. I told her I was a big fan and asked her if she would sing the U.S. National Anthem at my fight against Timothy Bradley. She quickly checked her schedule and then said she could and she would. The Knicks may have lost that night but I felt like the biggest winner in the world when I walked out of Madison Square Garden.
Ashanti: I’m such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! I have family in the boxing business — Howard Davis, Jr. and Dyah Davis. When I found out we were sitting next to each other courtside at the Knicks game, I said to my Dad, ‘We should take a picture!’ I told Manny I was a big fan and was so excited when he asked me to sing the National Anthem at his upcoming fight and I can’t wait. I actually love boxing! Manny’s such a champion and I can’t wait to cheer him on!
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed that the eagerly awaited The Ultimate Fighter® Brasil: Team Wanderlei vs Team Sonnen season will be available exclusively on the organization’s new digital subscription service UFC® Fight Pass™ . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Xolisani Ndongeni won his second South African title when he outpointed Thompson Mokwana over 12 rounds to claim the SA lightweight crown at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday. The 23-year-old Ndongeni who previously held the South African junior lightweight title was having his first fight in the lightweight division. Despite the scores of 119-109, 119-108 and 118-108 in favour of Ndongeni it was a closely contested fight throughout the first eleven rounds before Mokwana, 28, took a count in the last round. The longer reach of the younger Ndongeni proved too much for the defending champion as he upped his record to 12-0, 6 KOs. Mokwana, 28, saw his record drop to 20-9-1, 12 KOs.
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