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With six shows under their belt for 2013, Bobby D Presents, San Diego’s most decorated live professional boxing promoter, is gearing up for what looks like their best edition of “San Diego Fights” yet scheduled for Thursday, September 26th. Programmed for the recognized home of San Diego live boxing, the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa, the evening like always will feature a number of local as well as national recognized talent putting on an explosive night of prize fighting.
The main event will feature hard hitting undefeated Brandon “Cannon” Adams (11-0, 7KOs) of Watts, CA, in his stiffest test to date when he faces the experienced Francisco “Panchito” Rios (18-19, 12KOs) Gil of Yavaros, Sonora, Mexico. (more…)
Former U.S. amateur standout Derrick Wilson (10-4-2, 3 KOs), coming off a sensational upset of previously unbeaten prospect Braulio Santos this past June, has the opportunity of his young professional career this Saturday night in Tulum, Mexico, challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver featherweight champion Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (18-9, 11 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
Wilson, fighting out of Fort Myers (FL), was a 2004 National Silver Gloves champion, winning 50 of 57 amateur bouts with all of his losses coming in national competition. The 24-year-old resurrected his boxing career by upsetting Santos (10-0), something he’s become quite adept at having shocked Charlie Huerta (11-0) in 2009, by way of a first-round knockout. (more…)
It’s just 25 days until undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Márquez, both coming off Fight of the Year performances, collide in a battle for Bradley’s world title. The only two fighters to have defeated Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in the past seven years, Bradley vs. Márquez will take place Saturday, October 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
The undercard includes #1 contender Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), boxing’s first openly gay fighter, against former two-time featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) for the vacant WBO featherweight title, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Great” Lomachenko making his professional debut in a 10-round featherweight bout against WBO #7 rated Jose Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs), and undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Americas light heavyweight champion “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs) risking his title, undefeated record and top-10 rating against Anthony Caputo-Smith (14-1, 10 KOs).
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Four boxing organizations chairmen – Daryl Peoples (IBF), Gilberto Mendoza (WBA), Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel (WBO) and Ed Levine (IBO) will be among distinguished guests of event organizer Andrey Ryabinsky, CEO of investment and construction company “MIC” , vice-president of Russian Professional Boxing Federation when WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champ Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO) defends against WBA regular beltholder Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO) mega-fight on October 5 in Moscow.
Ryabinsky also added another big name to his already impressive list of heavyweight Olympic champions in Moscow’s Olympic Stadium (Klitschko and Povetkin in the ring, Lennox Lewis as a guest). Legendary George Foreman (76-5, 68 KO), who just started “Foreman Boys Promotions,” the oldest professional heavyweight world champion and of course Olympic gold medalist from Mexico in 1968, will be in Russia cheering for both fighters in just a couple of weeks. Klitschko-Povetkin will be televised live in US by HBO.
By Ron Jackson
Thompson Mokwana regained the South African lightweight title when he stopped Patrick Malinga in the eleventh round in a clash for the vacant title over the past weekend at the Orient Theatre in East London. Mokwana was behind on points going into the eleventh round but came out with a two-fisted attack and put Malinga down and out. This was the fourth meeting between the two with Mokwana having won the first two and fighting to a draw in the third match. (more…)
Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions
Thompson Boxing Promotions signed undefeated bantamweight prospect Carlos “Memin” Carlson (11-0, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico to an exclusive promotional contract, the Southern California-based promotional company announced today.
“Roberto Sandoval, our top boxing agent in Mexico, turned us on to Carlos Carlson, and once we watched him live, we knew it was only a matter of time before we brought him into the fold,” said Alex Camponovo, general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing Promotions. “At five-foot-seven, Carlos has great size for the division. He carries power in both hands, which boxing fans love because it makes for entertaining fights.” (more…)
#1 ranked cruiserweight Ola Afolabi gets his first IBO world title opportunity amid the bright lights in Manhattan on Novenber 2, when he faces once-beaten Polish export Lukasz Janik in the final undercard feature to the Gennady Golovkin middleweight championship bout at Madison Square Garden. A 33-year-old London native who now lives in Los Angeles, Afolabi is 19-3-4 in 11 years as a professional, which have included two narrow losses and a draw against WBO title-holder Marco Huck since 2009. Against opponents not named Huck, Afolabi is unbeaten since 2003, with the only loss coming to imminent IBO light heavyweight challenger Allan Green. Afolabi has beaten a list of familiar names, including former world championship claimants Orlin Norris (TKO 7), Enzo Maccarinelli (KO 9) and Valery Brudov (TKO 5). Janik enters the bout with a single loss in 27 fights since turning pro in 2006. He’s won 11 straight fights since 2009 while scoring six wins inside the distance and fighting an average of 4.5 rounds per outing.
Unbeaten Australian star Blake Caparello will meet his toughest professional opponent and vie for his first career world title on the same Oct. 17 night, when he meets veteran slugger Allan Green for the vacant IBO light heavyweight championship at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Australia. The 27-year-old Aussie turned pro in 2009 and has since gone 17-0-1 in 18 fights, while claiming the Australian title and other regional title belts along the way. He defeated former IBO middleweight title challenger Aaron Pryor Jr. in October 2012 and has won three more fights since. The 33-year-old Green is perhaps best known for his participation in the 168-pound “Super Six” tournament put on by Showtime. He lost a 12-round decision to the ultimate winner of the event, Andre Ward. Green’s last fight was Nov. 3, 2012 and ended with him winning by seven-round stoppage over Canadian star Renan St. Juste in Montreal.
Main Events announced today that they have signed light heavyweight boxer Lionell Thompson, 14-2, 9 KOs, to a promotional contract. Thompson, an exciting boxer-puncher from Buffalo, NY, was a five time New York State Golden Glove Champion before turning professional in 2009 with a first round KO of Zaid Malik at the Buffalo Convention Center. The quick win was the start of 12-bout winning streak that included eight knockouts over a three year stretch that took him up and down the East Coast, as well as to Canada and the UK.
In 2012, Thompson lost two bouts, a controversial decision to Canadian Nicholson Poulard, then 17-3, 8 KOs, for the vacant NABA title, and Russian Sergey Kovalev, then 18-0-1, 17 KOs, who three fights later, won the WBO light heavyweight world title. This year, Thompson bounced back from those setbacks with an explosive TKO of tough Chuck Mussachio in February, and a measured unanimous decision over then-undefeated Yathomas Riley, in his most recent start. Each victory highlighted a different side of Lionell’s impressive skill set. (more…)
#1 contender Orlando Cruz, boxing’s first openly gay fighter, and former two-time featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido hosted an international media conference today to discuss their upcoming world championship fight on the pay-per-view undercard of the Bradley-Marquez WBO welterweight championship fight on October 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Orlando Salido: I see this as one of the last opportunities of my career. I’m not going to waste it…don’t miss this fight. As always it’ll be a war between Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Orlando Cruz: I’m sure this will be my year, sure of my victory and I will be world champion…I dedicate this fight to Emile Griffith, my [LGBT] community, and all the people who believe in Orlando Cruz.
There was a purse bid in the IBF Office today for the IBF cruiserweight championship mandatory defense between champion Yoan Hernandez and #1, Alexander Alekseev. There were two bidders, Sauerland Event GmbH and EC Box Promotions GmbH. Sauerland won with a bid of $555,414 and EC Box Promotion bid $ 212,000. The purse bid split will be 75% to Hernandez and 25% to Alekseev. Sauerland has 90 days to put the fight on.
By James Slater
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is looking forward to another sold out event featuring his super-middleweight star Carl Froch. Earlier this year “The Cobra’s” rematch with Mikkel Kessler did huge business and Hearn has just Tweeted how Froch’s upcoming November 23rd clash with fellow Brit George Groves has sold over 18,000 tickets, this just eleven minutes after going on sale. The fight will take place inside what is almost certainly going to be a crammed Manchester Arena (now named Phones 4U Arena) next month. Groves, unbeaten at 19-0(15) has stated how he believes he has the beating of the vastly experienced Froch and that he has known for some time he has what it takes to upset the IBF/WBA 168-pound king.
Of added interest to the big card is the news that Anthony Crolla has just been signed by Hearn’s promotional outfit. Crolla, 26-4-1(9) and coming off that big win over Gavin Rees in June, will face a TBA on the Nov. 23rd show. The Manchester Evening News has a piece that suggests Crolla may face recent Ricky Burns challenger (and victim of that controversial draw) Raymundo Beltran. That would be some excellent supporting feature to the main event.
Boxing returns to The Little-Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington this Saturday night, September 21st and it is shaping up to be Washington’s boxing card of the year as rising Middleweight star Mike Gavronski (12-0-1, 9 KOs) headlines against Tristin Todd (9-3, 5 KOs) for the GBO 168 lb title. Gavronski has quietly improved every time out in building his perfect record. He is a favorite in Washington as well as his adopted home of Chicago, and combines great boxing skill with KO power in both hands. Tristin Todd is coming in from Memphis and is a heavy handed puncher and will be Gavronski’s toughest opponent yet. (more…)
For brand-new IBF junior middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs), reaching one goal just means moving onto the next one. “Now that I’m home, I want to start defending my belt right away, before the end of the year if possible.” Molina continued. I want (Saul) Canelo Alvarez or (Miguel) Cotto next. Beating either of those guys is the fastest way to Floyd Mayweather, so that’s who I want to fight.” (more…)
Undefeated Russian heavyweight crusher Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (18-0, 18 KOs) is hard at work in Florida with new trainer John David Jackson, preparing for his first premium-cable appearance, a showdown with also undefeated Cuban Mike Perez (19-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday, November 2, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City and televised Live on HBO.
The hard-hitting pair, both southpaws, will meet for Abdusalamov’s WBC USNBC Heavyweight Championship on the televised portion of the undercard of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organization title defense against Curtis Stevens.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport are delighted to announce that Anthony Crolla has signed a promotional deal with the company, and will feature on the undercard of Carl Froch’s blockbuster World Super-Middleweight title defence against George Groves on November 23 at the Phones4u Arena Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Crolla is riding high after his career-best performance in Bolton in June, beating Gavin Rees to claim the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title and catapult himself into World title reckoning.
“I’m delighted to join Eddie and Matchroom and I cannot wait for my first fight with them,” said Crolla. “Froch vs. Groves is a massive night and it’s great to be a part of it.
“I am right up there in the reckoning now and I know Eddie believes I am close to major fights – so it’s down to me to prove that, starting in Manchester on November 23.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Fight fans flocked to Vegas this past week for the biggest boxing event of the year, “The One: Mayweather-Canelo.” It was a week filled with festivities from the fighter arrivals, the workouts, the press conferences, the weigh in and the event. The fun continued for the boxing crowd as they had a chance Saturday afternoon to meet WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G” Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.
FightNews spoke with the 2004 US Olympic gold medalist Ward as he discussed his rehab from shoulder surgery, his return to the ring, potential showdowns, contract disputes, and his potential opponent. “Everything is good. It is just the business side of things being held up,” Ward said referring to his November 16th showdown with top contender Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs).
“The Edwin Rodriguez fight is a fight everybody kept talking about including him. I agreed to the fight last night (Friday the 13th). He said publicly that he wants to fight so we signed the contract for November 16th on HBO,” outlined Ward. (more…)
After 47 pro fights, Pat Healy isn’t going to get rattled by facing Khabib Nurmagomedov and his 20-0 record this Saturday at UFC 165 in Toronto. On the contrary, he enjoys matchups like these . . . More at UFC.com
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Former two-division world champion Arthur Abraham (37-4, 28 KOs) will return October 26 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. Abraham was recently declared mandatory challenger for WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz, but that bout won’t happen before 2014. The opponent of the 33-year-old will be announced shortly. “The negotiations are nearing completion,” said Sauerland Event sports director Hagen Doering. “We are in discussions with three really good people. The fight in Oldenburg is a real test for Arthur!”
Unbeaten 23-year-old super featherweight Johnny Quigley (8-0, 1 KO) hailing from Liverpool, caused a stir when he was at the Wild Card a few months back. He’s now back in the States and ready for his U.S. debut in October in South Carolina, then he’ll fight in Los Angeles on November 8. Quigley, with Canelo-like red hair, will be working with Sheer Management.
The Mayweather-Canelo aftermath continues:
Opposition mounts to oust Nevada judge C. J. Ross from ever tallying up another controversial scorecard. More
Meanwhile, Ross is defended, at least by Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Bill Brady: More
Amir Khan insists he is a viable opponent for Floyd Mayweather, though he must first get past Devon Alexander Dec. 7. More
Never mind the scoring and possible opponents, check out Floyd’s white car collection. More
Earlier tonight, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions and Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment presented an exciting seven-bout card before a loud and vibrant crowd at the beautiful Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. Hot 97′s DJ Carmelo created a party-like atmosphere mixing it up from the DJ booth and the special Monday night of boxing also featured three separate live performances from three of 50′s G-Unit rap artists including Tony Yayo.
Headlining the card was SMS promoted undefeated junior lightweight contender Mark Davis (18-0, 5 KOs), who won a ten round unanimous decision over taking on the always-dangerous Carlos Vinan (10-11-5, 2 KOs). (more…)
Floyd Mayweather has issued a statement apologizing for an insulting “meme” photo that appeared on Floyd’s instragram account depicting a tearful Oscar with text stating he gave Canelo the wrong blueprint because he was high. Oscar had been very vocal in the pre-fight build-up in stating that Alvarez would beat Mayweather, before announcing he had re-entered rehab the week of the fight.
Popular heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (37-6, 24 KOs) has announced that he is headed to Germany to face former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) on October 26. The bout will take place at Brandenburg Hall in Frankfurt/Oder. “I’ve been in the gym sparring southpaws, but I’m sure all German judges mean I’ll have to lay him on his back to win,” said Minto via Twitter.
The Lone Star State will play host to an exciting Top Rank tripleheader featuring two world championship fights and a grudge rematch between former world champions that’s been building for over six years. Two-time World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will host a news conference announcing their November 9 world championship extravaganza at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Also featured is a clash of undefeated former U.S. Olympians — Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade — world-rated #1 and #2, respectively, battling for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title. All three fights will be televised live on HBO.
Jr welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse is back in Argentina after his loss to WBC/WBA world champion Danny Garcia on Saturday night in Las Vegas. “Now I will rest and recover,” said Matthysse to TYC Sport. “I have to wait for the rematch against Danny García who has already spoken of it, and hopefully it’s soon. Important fights in the United States will come because I left a good impression.”
Matthysse will be out for some period of time as he suffered a small orbital fracture near his right eye, which was swollen shut midway through the bout.
With precise brush strokes Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KOs) displayed his dominance over the sport and proved at 36 years of age why he still is the pound for pound king as he completely dominated 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) in the main event of “The One” held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. After 12 championship rounds, a majority decision was announced with Las Vegas judge C.J Ross scoring it a shocking 114-114 while Dave Moretti, also of Las Vegas, turning in a 116-112 and Canada’s Craig Metcalfe filing a 117-111.
Presented by Mayweather Promotions with Golden Boy Promotions as well as Canelo Promotions, the biggest fight card of the year broke the all-time attendance record with a reported gate of over twenty million dollars with nearly seventeen thousand fans in attendance plus over twenty-five thousand closed circuit seats sold. The fight was broadcast live by Showtime PPV. With the win, Mayweather captures the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles . . . Click here for more
Newly-crowned UFC® middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva will visit seven cities in seven days to promote their Pay-Per-View rematch at UFC® 168: WEIDMAN vs. SILVA 2, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
Photos: Peter Frutkoff
Undefeated junior welterweight Chris Algieri and former world champion Joshua Clottey were both victorious Saturday night at the “RockinFights 10″ sold out professional boxing event at The Paramount in Huntington,New York.
Headlining the event, Algieri improved to 18-0-0 with eight knockouts with a dominant performance against battle tested Nicaraguan Wilfredo Acuna, 14-13-0 (11KO’s) culminating in a seventh round stoppage. Known as the “Pride of Huntington”, Algieri’s huge legion of fans filled The Paramount on boxing’s biggest night of the year. The win was the third of his 2013 campaign.
Making his highly anticipated return following a two-year absence, Clottey improved to 37-4-0 (22KO’s) with a shut out ten round unanimous decision over Southern California veteranDashon Johnson, 14-13-3 (5KO’s), in their junior middleweight clash. Scores were 100-89 twice and 99-90. Clottey is looking to re-enter the ring against a top-ten opponent before the end of the year. (more…)
Gavin: Khan needs to stop chasing a Mayweather fight. He hasn’t proved he’s the number one in the UK yet
British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Frankie Gavin, who aims to secure his Lonsdale belt outright this Saturday at London’s Copper Box Arena when he faces David Barnes, spoke today about rival Amir Khan’s chances in a potential showdown with the pound-for-pound number one fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying simply “he hasn’t really got any!”
Gavin, Britain’s only ever amateur world champion, was responding to media reports that Khan is a leading contender to become the next opponent for Mayweather, who made light work of his supposed number one threat, Canelo Alverez, last Saturday.
Gavin continued, “Khan is an excellent fighter but Mayweather is definitely a step too far for him, as he is for anyone at the moment. He’s hasn’t proved that that he’s even the best Welterweight in the UK yet, and until he does you have question how he can possibly get in there with the world’s best fighter and an all-time great. I know myself that Khan is their to be beaten and that I’ve got the skills that could expose him and I would love that fight. I’ve always said that I will fight anybody and if we met it would be absolutely huge in the UK.”
Khan is expected to face Devon Alexander on December 7 in what is being called a “Floyd Mayweather eliminator.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
The sensational encounter of Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was shown live here in Japan with this observer as one of commentators along with former Olympic middleweight gold medalist in London, Ryota Murata. We appreciated and admired Money’s remarkable speed and reflexes with which he handled Canelo with great ease. He seldom absorbed the bigger and more powerful Mexican’s vaunted power punches and impressively averted almost all solid shots thrown by Canelo. This reporter, after broadcasting, deeply thought over how to defeat Mayweather and what strategy to be applied.
Were you good at mathematics when young? You may remember “homothetic” (similar figure) in geometry. You are hoped to imagine the homothetic in having some special stylists against Mayweather in the pound-for-pound manner.
1. JOE FRAZIER stylist
Smoking Joe, in his prime, boasted of his onrushing pressure, busy body movement and lethal weapon of left hooks. Incessantly weaving, ducking and bobbing, Frazier kept boring in to batter his opponent downstairs and upstairs. He was fast and durable enough to defeat anybody. A hypothetical Joe Frazier stylist may keep smoking and avert Floyd’s quick shots with his body work to wear him down with his trademark body bombardment. He may finally catch up with Mayweather in the end and may floor him with a devastating left hook in the last round. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Washington state fight fans will get their fill on back to back nights as several of the best young fighters in the area climb in the ring to kick off the Fall Fight season. The action begins on September 20 the grand opening of the new 1200 seat arena at the Silver Reef casino & Spa in Ferndale, Washington as Patrick Ortiz & Ringside Ticket presents “Rumble at the Reef 19.”
Headling are a pair of 6 rounders, the first being a Super Middleweight match between Jeff Spencer, (3-1) against Kevin Hand, (5-4-1). This fight pits the quick handed Spencer against the heavy punching Handfor the Boxing Illustrated 168 lb belt. The co feature is another 6 rounder at the 140 lb limit between Virgil Green, (6-2) vs Antonio Neal, (2-0, 2 KOs). Green has had a roller coater ride of an early career as he has run into blockades when attempting to step up in class. He tries it again against the very rugged and skilled Neal from Yakima, Washington. (more…)
Miami, FL: Former WBO Superbantamweight Champion and son of a Legend Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez will hold an open media workout Tuesday, September 17 at 12:30 PM at Walter Alvarez Cross Fit/Miami Fight Gym located at 1401 NW 88 Ave in Miami, Florida, in anticipation of his return to the ring in “Road To Rempdetion” as he returns home to the Kissimmee Civic Center on September 20.
His Father and Trainer Wilfredo Vazquez will be with him. Vazquez Jr. will also participate in Telemundo’s popular program Titulares y Mas. Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr., (22-3-1, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will face undefeated prospect Guillermo “Borrego” Avila (13-0, 8 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico in a bout schedule for 12 Rounds for the World Boxing Organization International superbantamweight title. (more…)
Nicknames are given for a variety of reasons. The way someone looks, the way someone acts, and/or the way someone fights. It was a long time ago and in a different sport entirely that UFC lightweight John Makdessi was called “The Bull” for his come forward and often style in kickboxing. Yet while Makdessi can be quite aggressive in the cage, it’s really his relentless pursuit to get better outside of it in training that truly epitomizes the spirit of “The Bull”. . . . More at UFC.com
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By Dennis Principe
The potent tandem that handed iconic Australia-based Armenian world champion Vic Darchinyan a terrifying defeat will once again team up in a highly anticipated featherweight debut. Nonito Donaire, Sr. told this writer he will be joining son Nonito, Jr. to relive the good old days that saw them score a smashing upset during their first world title attempt.
A huge underdog back in 2007, Donaire dominated and eventually stopped Darchinyan with a single left hook to the face in the 5th round to claim the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight belt, the first of four division titles the young Donaire would soon claim.
“I will be joining their team. I am really thankful this has happened. I had dinner with Jun-jun and Rachel. We talked about a lot of things but we never discussed anything about the past except that we’ve accepted to forgive and forget our mistakes,” said Donaire, Sr. (more…)
Former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has shot down Tyson Fury’s claims that his edge in size will be too much for the Londoner when the pair meet in Manchester on September 28. The 32-year-old is six inches shorter and 40-pounds lighter than Fury, but, no stranger to facing big opponents, is relishing the chance to once again play David versus Goliath.
“If Fury is relying on size and strength to win this fight, he’s in for a rude awakening,” said ‘The Hayemaker’, clocking in at 6’3 and 215-pounds. “Fury might be taller and heavier, but that doesn’t mean he’s stronger than me. And it certainly doesn’t mean he hits harder than me. In fact, I’m pretty sure, based on our track records, that one of my shots will do twice the damage of one of his. (more…)
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