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Middleweight Martin Murray’s charge to the world championship will continue on another Golden Gloves bill that takes place in Monaco on October 25. The card will be staged at the glittering Salles des’Etoiles, which hosted the Golden Gloves Super Eight event and has also featured superstars from the world of music.
Having established himself in the principality with a dominant performance in June, Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) returns for his second outing there against rugged Domenico Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) of Italy, rated #8 by the WBC. It marks the first defense of Murray’s WBC Silver belt.
The event also includes three other championship fights.
Dual champion Hekkie Budler (26-1, 9 KOs) of South Africa, holder of the WBA and IBO strawweight titles, defends against former champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (24-5-1, 14 KOs). American Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs), the IBF #1, will venture out of California to fight IBF #3 and former world champion Stuart Hall (18-3-2, 7 KOs) of the UK for the IBF bantamweight belt. This bout will be presented in association with Dennis Hobson Promotions. And big-hitting light-heavyweight Ryno Liebenberg (16-0, 11 KOs) of South Africa, ranked #6 by the WBC, will put both his WBC Silver belt and his unbeaten record on the line against Canada-based Colombian Eleider Alvarez (15-0, 8 KOs), who is also undefeated and rated #11. This fight will be presented in association with Groupe Yvon Michel. (more…)
Frank Bruno talks about the good ol’ days. More
Ricky Hatton says no to Lucas Browne vs. Joseph Parker. More
Ode to old time boxer Spider Kelly. More
By Jerry Glick at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment
Junior welterweight Elio Rojas put on a free swinging show that often slipped into a wrestling match with opponent Robert Osiobe, (14-10-4, 6 KOs), in the main event at BB Kings in Times Square, NY on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. The former WBC Featherweight World Champion Rojas, (24-2, 14 KOs), showed little ring rust from being out of action for two and a half years as he continually used his superior speed and skills to win the rounds. Osiobe lost a point in the fifth round for holding. Rojas tried to keep it at long range, sometimes fighting with his gloves at his side or low and would toss quick combinations as Osiobe attempted to bring the battle inside. Rojas is a former 126 pound champion and now is campaigning at junior welterweight but has been able to maintain his speed. The Judges scored it 80-71 twice and 79-72. Arthur Mercante refereed.
Even with a fast growing hematoma on his forehead that became monstrous by the end of the eight round fight, underdog, super middleweight Derrick Findley, (2-13-1, 13 KOs), still managed to score two knockdowns, the first with a leaping left hook to the head in round four and the second the result of a hard right to the head over prospect Lamar Russ. The taller Russ, (14-2, 7 KOs), used his speed and reach to box throwing long jabs and quick combinations,to raise that huge lump on Findley’s head. Nevertheless, Findley used pressure to stay inside negating his opponent’s reach advantage to win the rounds? The doctors kept checking Findley’s injury but let the action continue. All three judges gave it to Finley by scores of 77-72, 76-73, and 75-74. Arthur Mercanti refereed. (more…)
Challenge accepted. Unbeaten Puerto Rican prospects Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo and Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez are ready for the toughest fights of their respective careers this Saturday August 16 at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum. Verdejo (13-0 10 KO’s) will fight for the first time in a eight round bout when he faces against Chile’s rugged Oscar ‘La Maquina’ Bravo (21-5 9 KO’s) in the main event of the card.
“I hope my opponent is prepared so we can give the fans what they deserve a great fight,” said Verdejo during the final press conference in Puerto Rico. Ricky Márquez Verdejo’s trainer and manager assured ‘El Diamante’ is ready to get another win this Saturday. “Felix has prepared for a war. We are very well prepared,” said Marquez. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Saturdays’ BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be reported as boxing results to boxing’s official record keeper FightFax and will be included on the fighters’ official boxing records. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, BKB is classified as professional boxing, albeit with a variation of the traditional boxing rules. The combatants will be using conventional boxing gloves, however they will be boxing in a 17 foot diameter pit with no ropes. Rounds will be two minutes each and bouts will be five or seven rounds. Established boxers Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) and Gabe Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) meet in the main event. Other notable boxers seeing action will be “King” David Estrada (26-6, 16 KOs) and Carson Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) in separate bouts. The card is on pay-per-view.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) could defend his title against fellow Mexican ring legend Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) on September 20 in Arce’s hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, inside a new 10,000-seat event center bearing Arce’s name. Promoters Fernando Beltrán of Zanfer Promociones and Reginaldo Küchle of Promociones del Pueblo are hoping to officially announce the bout next week. The fight would be broadcast simultaneously on both TV Azteca and Televisa.
Friday’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature an IBF eliminator between lightweight contender Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) and former lightweight title challenger Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 17 KOs). The winner of the 12-round fight will be ranked #1 by the IBF and become the mandatory challenger for IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez. Nugaev has won his last five fights, including a fourth-round TKO over Marvin Quintero on FNF in March. Shafikov is looking to rebound from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to defending titlist Vasquez.
“Shafikov recently fought for the IBF world title but came up short against Miguel Vasquez,” Nugaev said. “That is his only loss, so I know he can fight. He does a lot of things well in the ring, and I’m going to have to be smart when we fight. I feel I have the power to slow him down and get him out of there before the final bell rings. This will be an all-out war and the fans will be pleased with my performance.”
Friday’s show takes place at the Chumash Resort & Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) looked sharp in a public training session Wednesday in Helsinki, Finland. Th champion was in the country to kickoff the pre-fight build up for his world title defense against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on September 20 at the famed Hartwell Arena in Helsinki. This will be the first world championship boxing match held in Finland since 1962.
Welterweight contender Amir Khan says he plans to return in December, naming former world champions Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Devon Alexander “The Great” as possible opponents. “I need a ‘tickover fight’ in December,” Khan told the BBC. “Opponent-wise we have looked at a few names, such as Devon Alexander or Robert Guerrero, but we have not confirmed anything just yet. We have to make sure they are available at the time.” Khan stated that he wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, but those fights were unable to be made.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
OPBF super-lightweight champ Keita Obara (12-1, 11 KOs), 140, registered ten consecutive stoppages in keeping his regional belt by a dramatic one-punch halt of WBO#13 ranked ex-national titlist, southpaw hard-puncher Shinya Iwabuchi (23-5, 19 KOs), 140, at 0:19 of the twelfth and final session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Also, WBA#5/WBO#10 super-fly, unbeaten Sho Ishida (17-0, 9 KOs), 115, finely captured the national 115-pound belt as he outboxed an outpunched IBF#12 ranked defending champ Yohei Tobe (8-2-1, 5 KOs), 115, over ten hard-fought rounds. (more…)
The UFC will debut in the state of Maine for the first time this weekend with a light heavyweight showdown between two top 10 contenders as Ryan Bader takes on upstart Ovince Saint Preux in the five-round main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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WBC, WBA & WBO female world welterweight champion Cecilia Brækhus (25-0, 7 KOs) will attempt to make history on September 13 by becoming the first female boxer in any weight category to unify a division by holding all four major titles when she takes on IBF champion Ivana Habazin (13-1, 5 KOs) at TAP1 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Victory in Copenhagen would not only make Brækhus the first female boxer to hold all four titles simultaneously but also just the third boxer in history to have achieved this feat following Bernard Hopkins’ and Jermain Taylor’s middleweight reigns.
Cecilia Brækhus: This is a massive opportunity for me to cement my legacy as the best female boxer of all time.
Ivana Habazin: Cecilia is possibly the greatest female boxer of all time but it is time for her to experience what it feels like to lose.
Kell Brook ready to go through hell to beat Shawn Porter. More
Manny Pacquiao assures the press that boxing is still his No. 1 priority. More
Argentine Olympic boxer Abel Laudionio passes away at the age of 75. More
Jersey City’s Tyrell Wright makes a case as a heavyweight hopeful. More
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight Solomon Haumono talks to Fightnews to say he is a student of boxing and issues a challenge to WBO #15 Joseph Parker, WBA #10 Mark de Mori, WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev also WBC #7/IBF #7 Lucas Browne.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Fightnews.com has learned that the date for the clash between IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) and former champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) is October 4. The bout will land at a venue in either Florida or Connecticut. Soliman will be making the first defense of the belt he won from Felix Sturm in May.
Elio Rojas 136.6 vs. Robert Osiobe 137.8
Bryant Cruz 130 vs. Jose Morales 130
Louis Cruz 140 vs. Cameron Krael 140
Junior Younan 168.2 vs. Marlon Farr 167.2
Rafael Vazquez 122.4 vs. Derrick Wilson 122.6
Lamar Russ 162 vs. Derrick Findley 161.6
Travis Peterkin 178.6 vs. Lamont Williams 180
Jonathan Alonso 139.4 vs. Jose Gomez 136.6
Venue: BB King Blues Club & Grill New York, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets: $125, $100 and $75 and $55
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (34-3, 13 KOs) today confirmed that he’ll be taking on fellow stylist Mickey Bey (20-1-1, 10 KOs) on the September 13 Mayweather-Maidana 2 card in Las Vegas. Vazquez will be making the seventh defense of the world title he has held for four years. He has won all six of his prior defenses by decision. The bout was originally slated for August 30. None of the undercard fights on that PPV telecast have been officially announced.
UFC® officials announced today that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a leg injury while training for his bout against No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier, forcing the postponement of the title fight. Jones will now battle bitter rival Cormier in their highly anticipated title showdown on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
Rugged Chilean lightweight Oscar ‘La Maquina’ Bravo arrived late last night to ‘The Island of Enchantment’ where this Saturday, August 16, he assured he will do everything possible to defeat sensational Puerto Rican prospect Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo when they collide at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum.
“I like to fight. It will be a good show to everyone that enjoys boxing. You will see a war,” promised Bravo. ‘I’m going to throw a lot of punches, I’m going to bring the fight to him.”
Bravo (21-5, 9 KOs), who has never been knocked out and has gone the 12 round distance in three occasions in his career, guaranteed he will leave everything in the ring and that he will be the toughest test of the young Puerto Rican prospect. (more…)
By David Finger
The tragedy that is the Civil War in Syria and Iraq has an unfortunate connection to the sport of boxing, as one of the most notorious terrorists to emerge in the horrific conflict is radical Islamic jihadist Mohammed Elomar. Elomar, a citizen of Australia, has quickly emerged as one of the most recognizable faces in the conflict, prompting Australian Attorney-General George Brandis to describe Elomar, and other Australians like him the “biggest threat to Australian national security.” (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions promotes its first show in San Diego with a “Path to Glory SD Style” line up highlighted by two of the city’s most popular boxers: undefeated junior welterweight prospect Giovani Santillan (13-0, 7 KOs) and the veteran super bantamweight Christopher Martin (27-3-3, 9 KOs). The seven-bout card takes place on Saturday, Aug. 16, from the Harley Davidson San Diego, the largest Harley Davidson dealership in the U.S.
Santillan, starring in his first main event, will battle Osenohan Vazquez (7-1-1, 2 KOs) and Martin will meet Giovanni Caro (24-14-4, 19 KOs). Both are eight-rounders.
Three Australian boxers have fought in the U.S. over the past few weeks and all have lost by devastating KO. WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika hopes to reverse that trend when he defends against Anthony Dirrell this Saturday night in a Showtime-televised fight. The bout is a rematch of their controversial December 2013 match in which Bika retained the title despite being knocked down and having a point deducted. Dirrell is currently more than a 2:1 favorite to dethrone Bika on Saturday.
Bika answered a few questions about the fight.
Are you preparing differently for Dirrell this time around? (more…)
Report/Photo by Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in Helsinki, Finland, to officially announce their September 20 clash at the Hartwall Arena. Abril will finally be making his first defense of the vacant belt he won against Sharif Bogere in March 2013.
Abril promised a knockout and an easy fight. Tatli said Abril will run like a rabbit and he wants Abril to come and try to knock him out!
The last time a world championship fight was held in Finland was in 1962. Promoter Pekka Mäki’s father Olli Mäki fought for the world featherweight title against world champion Davey Moore at the Olympic Stadium. Moore successfully defended his belt by second round TKO.
The flyweight division is a weight class notorious for non-stop, fast-paced action where the combatants involved cover every inch of the Octagon canvas. No other weight class under the UFC banner can compare to the speed and frenzy that unfolds when two 125-pounders get down to business, and Zach Makovsky perfectly reflects all the attributes his division represents . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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A Dutch boxer uses his gloves to make a splash in the art world. More
“I couldn’t go on,” Frank Maloney, a.k.a. “Kellie,” reveals. More
Victor Ortiz makes the cast of “Expendables 3.” More
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Kellie Maloney, formerly known as Frank Maloney, plans to return to the fight game after undergoing a sex change. “I was the only man to manage a British world heavyweight champion. Now I would like to be the only female to guide the next generation of future British champions,” Maloney was quoted as saying in Monday’s edition of the Mirror.
“I’d like to put to use all my years of knowledge in boxing and what I have learnt from my recent experience and get a role on the British Boxing Board of Control.”
Frank Maloney, 61, former the promoter of Lennox Lewis, David Haye and David Price among others, retired from the sport last October saying “For the last year I have gradually fallen out of love with boxing and my passion has been missing. I did much soul searching over the summer and my heart is no longer in the sport that I loved so much.”
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos ‘Principe’ Cuadras (30-0, 24 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time against former champion Sonny Boy Jaro (37-13-5, 27 KOs) on September 20 at a site to be named in Mexico. The card will be promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa. Cuadras won the belt on May 31, dethroning Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Mexico City. Jaro stunned the boxing world in March 2012 by dethroning Thai legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in Chonburi, Thailand to seize the WBC flyweight world title via third round KO. He relinguished the title in his first defense.
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Omega Products Outdoor Arena on Corona, California, on August 22 with junior welterweights Luis Solis (14-3-4, 12 KOs) and Miguel Huerta (27-12-1, 18 KOs) in the 8-round main event. Also on the card is popular female light flyweight Sindy Amador (12-1, 1 KO) against Anahi Torres (12-10, 2 KOs) in the 8-round co-main event.
Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) is waiting for a world title shot against WBC titleholder Bermaine Stiverne later in the year, but he’ll risk it all Saturday on the Showtime Extreme portion on Saturday’s Showtime boxing coverage from StubHub Center in Carson, California. Wilder’s as of now unannounced opponent for his tune-up fight will be Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs), who has pulled off a few upsets in his career.
Wilder answered a few questions.
Your dominance in the ring has been well documented. With none of your professional opponents making it past the fourth round, do you ever feel like it’s a struggle for you to stay disciplined and train?
“Discipline is a mental thing, and I’m mentally strong. All of the hard work is in the gym and with the sparring. When it’s time to actually fight that’s the easy part, and it’s more fun actually. But it’s not hard for me to stay disciplined at all. I’ve changed lots of things regarding my style. I’m more patient now. I’m definitely a thinker now and that maturity helps me. People will find out that I’m a different kind of guy. They’ll see when I become the heavyweight champ just how disciplined I am.” (more…)
Promoter Gary Shaw promises that this week’s IBF lightweight eliminator from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. on ESPN2 FNF featuring IBF #5, WBC #3 and WBA #7 lightweight Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) against recent IBF title challenger Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs) will be “one hell of a fight.”
Shaw stated “I have to commend ESPN for showcasing a real fight, a fight that the fans are guaranteed to enjoy. There have been a lot of mismatches in boxing of late and fight fans deserve to see more hard-hitting competitive fights, especially in a main event attraction. In Nugaev vs. Shafikov, you have two fighters who are putting everything on the line to get a world title opportunity. This Friday a “WAR” will be shown on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” so everyone should be tuning in. This fight has the potential to be Fight of the Year.”
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