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By Graham Houston
The boxing world is in agreement that tonight’s middleweight title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens won’t be going the full 12 rounds at Madison Square Garden’s theatre (TV coverage on HBO in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.) Furthermore, there seems to be almost unanimous accord that Golovkin is going to win, probably quickly. I’m certainly expecting Golovkin to retain his WBA and IBO titles with a stoppage victory but I think that Stevens is going to be dangerous initially, and I’m not sure that Golovkin is going to blow Stevens away as easily as some believe will be the case.
Stevens, at 28, is a much more disciplined and mature fighter than when he was boxing as a 168-pounder earlier in his career. I think he is now a much better fighter than he was when Jesse Brinkley outclassed him in January 2009, which was the last time that Stevens lost.
Since returning to the ring as a 160-pounder — after a two-year layoff — Stevens has scored three one-round KOs in four consecutive wins. He looked devastating when blowing out Elvin Ayala and Saul Roman. There is no doubt that Stevens can crack with the left hook. I believe that Stevens trained something like 10 weeks for this fight and he looked in tremendous condition at the weigh-in, with sharply defined musculature. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions is staging another free-to-the-public boxing show on Dec. 14 at the Tumbler Gym in General Santos City. Topbilled by rising bantamweight Jack Tepora, who has an unbeaten record of 8-0 with five KOs, the Pacquiao-promoted event will be one of many cards the Filipino star is going to unveil in the coming months, according to his Canadian adviser Mike Koncz.
Pacquiao, who turns 35 on Dec. 17, is in the thick of training for his crucial comeback bout set for Nov. 24 against Brandon Rios in Macau. Last week, MP Pormotions staged an IBF light-flyweight title clash between Filipino Johnreil Casimero and Mexican challenger Felipe Salguero at the Makati Coliseum. Koncz said the TV ratings blew them away. “It was a great success,” said Koncz, who was at ringside together with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Tepora is originally from Cebu City and is being groomed for bigger things. A former amateur standout, Tepora, just 18 years old, will be going up against a tough Thai who will be named later. Also lending a hand to Koncz in putting up the Dec. 14 show is Nonoy Neri, one of Pacquiao’s local trainers.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Myung-goo Yuh (KOR) 52.1 kg. vs. Khunkiri Wor Wisarut (THA) 52.1 kg.
(Vacant WBC Asia Superflyweight title)
Hee-jung Yuh (KOR) 53.7 kg. vs. Maimuang Sithkrusian (THA) 52.4 kg.
(Female 6 rounds non-title bout)
Jae-huon Lee (KOR) 80 kg. vs. Isaraphap Sor Varunee (THA) 78.5 kg.
(6 rounds non-title bout)
The others undercards (all are Korean fighters) :
Jun-Ho Moon 64.7 kg. vs. Hyuk-Soo Kwon 64.15 kg.
Sang-hoon Shim 57.3 kg. vs. Tae-yong Kim 57.8 kg.
Yun-woo An 61.35 kg. vs. Sung-hoon Kim 61.7 kg.
Kwon Kim 67.5 kg. vs. Hyun-soo Um 67.5 kg.
Promoter: Myung-goo Yuh
Venue: Jangyou Sports Center, Gimhae City, Korea
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojciech Kubik
There’s a buzz on the streets here in New York City. Even newspapers like the Wall Street Journal are writing about smiling man with the fashionable cardigan from Kazakhstan who just destroys rivals in the ring. But is this phenomenon limited just to New York City or the U.S. market? Fightnews.com asked event organizer Tom Loeffler, general manager of K2 Promotions.
“It’s much bigger than that,” said Loeffler, who only 14 months ago introduced GGG to American boxing fans. “Not only has this show gotten a lot of interest in the USA, especially New York, but it has tremendous international interest with the quality of the fights. Saturday night’s event will be broadcasted in more than 100 countries worldwide, on the biggest, most important TV stations, including SKY in the United Kingdom, Channel 1 in Russia, Polsat TV in Poland or for the first time, as a live boxing night broadcasted from US on the German SAT1 channel.”
By Brett Bonetti
WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KO’s) has arrived in Perth, Australia to commence preparation for his next title fight. The WBA Fighter of the Decade will start his training camp at Harry’s Gym in Balcatta with Team Dragon Fire. The details of The Dragon’s upcoming title defense are expected to be announced shortly.
John will be returning to the ring for the first time since his 18th world featherweight title defense against Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (24-2-1, 18 KO’s) in April this year. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Warren Joubert came back after eleven months to score a hard-earned unanimous eight round points decision over oft-beaten Master Mangalazi in a junior welterweight bout at Carnival City near Brakpan on Thursday night. Unfortunately Joubert fell into the trap of following his back-peddleling opponent around ring throughout the fight. Joubert ups his log to 19-3-5; 11 and Mangaladzi falls to 2-8-1; 1. (more…)
Main event fighters Zahir Raheem and Tim Coleman have agreed to weigh in this morning for their fight tonight on Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 93″ at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Undercard fighters weighed in on Friday.
Jeremy McCleary 130.5 vs. Manuel Ortega 131.5
Contract Weight: 132 Lbs.
Corben Page 129.5 vs. Marcello Gallardo 128.5
Contract Weight: 129 Lbs.
($150 will go from Page’s purse to Gallardo)
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera 156 vs. Mark Garcia 153
Contract Weight: 154 Lbs.
($100 will go from Sevilla-Rivera’s purse to Garcia)
Jared Teer: 152 vs. Dex Montenegro 153
Contract Weight: 154 Lbs.
Jason Novelli: 167 vs. Luis Iniguez: 165.5
Contract Weight: 168 Lbs.
Welterweight hopeful Michael “Slick” Anderson will headline All Out Promotions and Edmonds Promotions’ “Fighting for Attendance” in a ten round bout Saturday, November 23 at Weequahic High School in Newark, NJ. Throughout the city of Newark, attendance is a major problem that is only getting worse, with the average student missing more than 30 days of school annually. To help promote getting children into the classrooms and off the streets, All Out Promotions is donating tickets to the “Fighting for Attendance” card to Weequahic students with outstanding attendance. They’re also hosting assemblies throughout the district. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
The saying “There’s always something going on in New York City” was even more true on Friday afternoon when it comes to boxing. It started with the Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens weigh in for the huge K2 Promotions/HBO event this Saturday night and ended with Main Events’ Tomasz “Góral” Adamek-Vyacheslaw Glazkov press conference announcing November 16 heavyweight clash on the NBC network. Both fighters are in top shape and their styles promise constant action. Knowing Adamek’s history of ring toughness, “Czar” from Ukraine knows that to beat “Góral” for the #2 IBF spot, he will have to have fight of his life. For more reasons than just rankings. (more…)
“Hollywood Fight Night” returns to the historic venue of the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California on Thursday, November 14,. Undefeated prospects scheduled to appear include two rising knockout artists, heavyweight Charles Martin (11-0, 9 KOs) and welterweight Terrell Williams (12-0, 11 KOs). Both local fighters have dazzled Hollywood fans before and will look for another early stoppage on November 14th.
Also two foreign fighters will be looking to make big splashes in their U.S. debuts as Russian jr welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (21-0, 10 KOs) and super featherweight John Quigley (9-0, 2 KOs) of Liverpool, England will see action. Ponomarev is fresh off several weeks of sparring at Wildcard Boxing Club with recently crowned light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov. (more…)
The following are official weights for all of the participants in “The Connecticut Classic” live professional boxing presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater on Saturday.
Mike Oliver 125 vs. Cornelius Lock 125
Shelito Vincent 123 vs. Alisah McPhee 118
Evincii Dixon 146 vs. Jimmy Williams 146
Joe Wilson Jr. 151 vs. Christian Lao 152
Marcia Agripino 117 vs. Michelle Cook 116
Solomon Maye 239 vs. Donnie Palmer ??
Photo: Armando Bareno – Top Rank
2012 Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (R) of Asbest, Russia today signed with Top Rank. Bob Arum (2nd right) made the announcement today, saying “Egor’s first fight will be on our December 7 HBO event in New Jersey. We expect a great, glorious future for Egor, an Olympic gold medalist who is beginning his professional career.” Mekhontsev won his 2012 Olympic gold medal at the London Games. He earlier won gold medals at the 2011 World Amateur Championships and 2010, 2008 European World Championships. Arum announced that Team Mekhontsev will set up a training camp in Los Angeles. Also pictured are : (L-R) Leonid Mekhontsev, father, Vadim Kornilov, manager and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman (center back).
Photos: PR Best Promotions
World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez ended today his training camp in Puerto Rico weighing 132 3/4 pounds one week before his third title defense against the former WBO featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia on November 9 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in a Top Rank presentation to be broadcasted on HBO.
Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs), who is going to defend his 130 pounds title for the third time against Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs), worked today for the Puerto Rican media at the Dorado Municipal Gym in Dorado with his trainers Raul “Papo” Torres and Freddy Trinidad. The Vega Baja native did some rounds of pads with Trinidad, then he worked with the punching bag and jumping the rope. (more…)
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (52-3, 39 KOs), returning to the cruiserweight division after twelve years as a heavyweight, needed just two rounds to annihilate Adnan Buharalija (29-19-2, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the ASV Halle in the Munich, Germany suburb of Dachau. The 40-year-old “Black Panther” dropped Buharalija in rounds one and two and got the stoppage with a barrage of punches.
In the main event, local heavyweight hero Alexander Petkovic (48-4-4, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Chupaki Chipindi (11-5, 6 KOs) to retain his Global Boxing Union heavyweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero (36-5, 23 KOs) will return against Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (31-9, 25 KO) for the WBC Latino title in a ten rounder to be held on November 30 at the Arena Teofilo “Panama” Al Brown in Colon City in an event billed as “Making History” presented by Promociones del Istmo and broadcast on TV MAX 9.
In the main event, former WBA world champion Vicente “El Loco” Mosquera (33-2-1, 18 KOs) and Mexican Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (22-3-0, 18 KOs) clash for the WBC lightweight silver titie.
In total there will be nine professional fights that night.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Tyson Marquez 112 vs. Giovani Segura 112
(WBO flyweight eliminator)
David ‘Tornado’ Sanchez 115 vs. Jean Piero Perez 114.8
Miguel Berchelt 131 vs. Omar Estrella 131
Gilberto Medina 108 vs. Martin Tecuapetla 108
Joselyn Arroyo 112 vs. Ana Maria 113
Gilberto Medina 108 vs. Martín Tepacuetla 108
Miguel Beltrán 131 vs. Ramiro Alcaraz 133
Jesús Ortega 115 vs. Ivan Chabela 115.6
Noé López 132 vs. Israel Rojas 133
Venue: Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, Hermosillo, Mexico.
By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale
Gennady Golovkin 159.6 vs. Curtis Stevens 159.2
(WBA/IBO middleweight championship)
Magomed Abdusalamov 231.6 vs. Mike Perez 235
Ola Afolabi 194 vs. Lukasz Janik 197.8
(IBO Cruiserweight world championship)
Dusty Hernandez Harrison 146.4 vs. Josh Torres 145.6
Joel Diaz Jr. 132.3 vs. Bryne Green 131
Isa Akberbayev 192.6 vs. Brian Clookey 189
Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, NYC
Richard Towers 233.7 vs. Lucas Browne 251.4
Tommy Coyle 134.25 vs. John Simpson 134.5
Rendall Munroe 131.25 vs. Pavels Senkovs 131
Curtis Woodhouse 145.6 vs. Lewis van Poetsch 145.5
Luke Campbell 134.4 vs. Lee Connelly 134.5
Samir Mouneimne 125.5 vs. Josh Warrington 125.1
Venue: Hull Ice Arena, Hull, England
Photo: Soobum Im/Golden Boy
An enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of boxing fans turned out for an to the public press conference on the floor of the Alamodome Thursday as Golden Boy Promotions formally announced DANGER ZONE, headlined by a highly anticipated matchup between undefeated WBA welterweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) and former WBA junior welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday, December 14.
Adrian Broner: After I f**k him up on December 14, I’m willing to fight anybody. I don’t care. You can switch trainers all you want. You can train a different way. That sh*t ain’t gonna win you a fight. Skills win you fights. This is an individual sport. You can go lift weights with your teeth. You can go push cars for two months. That sh*t ain’t gonna help you in the ring man. I’m blessed. I got the skills to pay the bills and I got enough will, my last name could be Smith.
I don’t know if he’s faking that he doesn’t speak English. But after December 14, he’s gonna speak English and I don’t think the fight is going the full twelve rounds. I’m going for the knockout…The Argentine fighters are strong for six rounds. They can’t go much past six. This fight is over shortly after the sixth. (more…)
WBA #2 heavyweight Luis “El Mercedez” Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) will no longer appear on the November 26 co-feature of the Golden Boy Live! show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The only explanation was that Ortiz will now be moved to a later date to be announced. The undefeated Cuban heavyweight was also pulled off the October 16 card at the Steel Stacks Arts Quest Center in Bethlehem, Pennslyvania. Ortiz’ lofty WBA #2 rating could land him a fight for the now vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title.
Replacing Ortiz is unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero, who will be heading east for his Florida debut against local southpaw, Jessy Cruz in the new 10-round co-main event leading up to heavyweight Antonio Tarver’s comeback fight against Mike Sheppard.
A couple weeks back, the UFC 166 event in Houston garnered a boatload of accolades for the consistent quality of the fights from top to bottom, and rightfully so, with Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez warring for three rounds, Cain Velasquez retaining his heavyweight title with a win over a game Junior Dos Santos in their rubber match, Jessica Eye and Sarah Kaufman battling it out, and a host of knockouts igniting the crowd at the Toyota Center . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The final press conference was held Thursday for Saturday’s WBO flyweight eliminator between Hernán “Tyson” Márquez (36-3, 23 KOs) and Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura (30-3-1, 26 KOs) at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, Hermosillo, Mexico. The bout will be televised on UniMas.
Hernan Marquez: “I did the best preparation for a long time, I feel strong, fast, and I’m on weight and very motivated for this fight at home. We will box with determination but with intelligence, I’ll explode Segura’s errors and we will leave with my arm raised, maybe even by knockout.”
Giovanni Segura: “We know who Tyson Marquez is, so we prepared and I say again it will be a war for the duration of the fight and the fans will be the winners because they will see a great fight. I’ll have the public against me, but inside the ring it’s just him and me and I hope to win round after round.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweight champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez would like to lure either Daniel Ponce de Leon or Juan Manuel Lopez to Costa Rica for his first title defense. According to the source there have been discussions with representatives of both former world champions. Vasquez regained the vacant title on Saturday with a technical decision over René González in Hatillo, Costa Rica.
The professional boxing event that was scheduled for Friday night November 15th at Harrahs Philadelphia has been postponed due to various fallouts and injuries to fighters. “Over the last few days, several of the fights and fighters fell out due to injuries and other circumstances,” said promoter Joey Eye. “With just over two weeks from the date of the show, we could have saved it but the show would not be up to the standard that we want to put on for our many loyal fans. We already have commitments from some of those fighters plus I already may have a terrific main event in mind for our January event, so we will keep everyone posted until then” Updates and dates for 2014 will be announced shortly.
Former IBF bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell will set out on a new path to a world title shot on the undercard of Carl Froch’s mammoth WBA and IBF Super Middleweight title defense against George Groves at the sold-out Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on November 23, live on AWE and AWEtv.com. The Doncaster boxer will be in action for the first time since beating Julio Ceja to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title in May. The 27-year-old was recently stripped of his title by the IBF for missing a deadline to make his mandatory defense.
The stacked bill also features Scott Quigg’s WBA Super Bantamweight title defense. Liverpool pair Stephen Smith and Rocky Fielding are both in action, Martin Gethin defends his British lightweight title against Anthony Crolla and Olympic Gold medallist Luke Campbell MBE fights for the fourth time as a pro.
A Joe Louis exhibit opens Nov. 13 at Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library in Atlanta, GA. More
Garth Wood will face Martin Murray in a WBA interim middleweight fight in Sydney on Dec. 11. More
Will former light-heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly still pack a punch at cruiserweight? More
An organization entitled the National Amputee Boxing Association in San Antonio, Texas, will help amputees learn the sport of boxing. More
By Karl Freitag
Mayweather Promotions’ December 6 ShoBox tripleheader has landed at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. The boxing card is headlined by middleweight J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs), super featherweight Mickey Bey Jr. (18-1-1, 9 KOs) and super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 KOs) against opponents to be named.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
A source revealed to Fightnews.com that Cuban WBA lightweight world champion Richard Abril has suffered an ankle injury that will prevent him from defending his crown against Venezuelan two-division former world champion Jorge Linares on November 10 in Tokyo, Japan. According to our information, Abril has an inflamed right ankle and has been advised by doctors to rest for several days. The fight possibly could be rescheduled on December 7 or December 31.
By Jose Santiago
Undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) discusses his November 9th HBO showdown with 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight championship.
Photos: Soobum Im – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Adrien Broner: “Maidana is one-dimensional and not in my league. I’m a Ferrari and he’s a go-kart and my fans will see that in my return to Texas. It’s been over four years since I’ve fought there and I’m going to put on a show. Watch me light Maidana up like a Christmas tree on Dec. 14.”
Marcos Maidana: “Everyone knows that Broner has a big mouth, but that doesn’t bother me, because his mouth can’t fight for him. Whether he has the guts to stand in front of me or if he runs I’ll definitely go for the KO and either way, I’m leaving the ring with the belt.”
WBA Welterweight Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and former WBA Junior Welterweight Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will collide December 14th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. photos
Photo: Herby Whyne
The kick-off press conference for the big Jean Pascal vs Lucian Bute bout took place at the center ice of Bell Centre in Montreal. They collide January 18 in the same arena.
Bute announced that he will train for this bout in Montreal, rather than Florida where he usually prepares. Pascal will train in Las Vegas.
Both fighters agreed to abide by WADA anti-doping. Undercard bouts will be announced after the November 30 in Quebec City, headlined by WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson against mandatory challenger Tony Bellew.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia poses at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy Tuesday in preparation for his upcoming world championship fight against two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Saturday, November 9 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios poses with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and actor Kevin Hart during media day at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy Tuesday in preparation for his upcoming world championship fight against Superstar Manny Pacquiao. Hart, stars as a savvy boxing promoter in the upcoming movie “Grudge Match” opening in December. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Report and video by Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens had their final press conference Thursday at The Refinery Hotel—Rooftop Lounge in New York City for their clash Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Curtis Stevens: Abel [Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez who has repeatedly stated that Golovkin will KO Stevens] is writing a check that Gennady can’t cash. Come Saturday I’m gonna f**k Gennady up.
Gennady Golovkin: I have just one question for Stevens. Are you serious right now?
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
According to Anne Wolfe, jr. middleweight contender James Kirkland, 31-1, 27KOs, could be coming home. She is set to meet with Kirkland this week at her gym. Wolfe stated, “Yes it’s true… I turned my phone off so many calls… James Kirkland is coming to the gym tomorrow or Friday to talk with me about training him.” Kirkland recently signed a promotional agreement with 50 Cent and his company SMS Promotions. Many believe Wolfe is the best fit for Kirkland as she is a very strong disciplinarian which is what Kirkland seems to need.
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