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Ward: Despite my lawsuit against Goossen Tutor Promotions, I have asked Dan Goossen to set up my next fight ASAP
Andre Ward Official Statement: I want to clear up all the speculation about when I will fight next. Reports that I am holding out or don’t want to fight are simply untrue. My fans should know that despite my lawsuit against Goossen Tutor Promotions, I have asked Dan Goossen to set up my next fight as soon as possible. Actually, I’ve been ready to fight since December. I know this a frustrating time for my fans and I appreciate your patience and all the encouragement you’ve given me. I hope to be back in the ring very soon.
Keith Thurman 145.5 vs. Julio Diaz 146.75
(WBA interim welterweight title)
Lucas Matthysse 140 vs. John Molina 139.25
Omar Figueroa 134.75 vs. Jerry Belmontes 134.75
(WBC lightweight title)
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Juan Francisco Estrada 112 vs. Richie Mepranum 112
(WBA/WBO flyweight titles)
Hernan Marquez 117.5 vs. John Mark Apolinario 117.5
Venue: Centro Convenciones, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today’s highly anticipated WBA cruiserweight title rematch in Moscow between Guillermo Jones and WBA regular world champion Dennis Lebedev has now been called off following Jones’ failed drug test. There were discussions about going ahead with the fight as a non-title affair, but ultimately it was decided to cancel the fight. According to WBA VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “At this point Guillermo Jones’ fate is on sample “B”. His representative must challenge the findings by Swiss lab.”
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (53-6-1, 47 KOs) once again made his presence felt in Germany, attending the weigh-in today of unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Alex Leapai. The shirtless Briggs didn’t show up empty handed, bringing with him Germany’s most expensive and popular pie. No official word on what Briggs intentions were with the pie but security on hand weren’t taking any chances and stopped Briggs before he could get close enough to deliver the pie to Klitschko. Briggs has been a big hit all week in Germany and was swarmed by fans seeking autographs and “selfies” for which he gladly complied. The atmosphere around him was almost like it was Briggs who would be fighting Klitschko Saturday night. More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones has again tested positive for the substance Furosemide. Jones’ “A” sample tested positive in anti doping results from a neutral lab, Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD). In a few hours, Jones is scheduled to face WBA regular world champion Dennis Lebedev in Moscow. They are now meeting to discuss the situation. The fight may go on as a non-title bout. Jones was stripped of the WBA title after their first fight after testing positive for the SAME banned substance.
Photo: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG; www.michaelsterlingeaton.com
IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his Australian contender Alex Leapai stepped on the scales today in Oberhausen, Germany.
The 6’6 Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) weighed 112,2 kilograms or 247.4 lbs, while the 6′ Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) scaled in at 112,5 kilograms or 248 lbs. The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. ESPN will show the fight in the US.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A festival of club-level four rounders was presented by new Tijuana promoter Gonzalez Boxing Club Promotions last night at the Hangar 27 nightclub in the Rio district of the border city. Despite the nine-scheduled bouts only going four rounds or less, a healthy array of talent from Tijuana and across the border was on tap to give the small but enthusiastic crowd a full night of professional boxing. In the main event, a small upset was witnessed when former MMA and Muay Thai fighter Fernando Fernandez (1-0, 1KO) made the jump to the boxing ranks to stop Juan “Buffalo” Dominguez (4-2, 2KOs), both of Tijuana, in the first round of a scheduled four in the heavyweight division.
The well-over six foot tall and 264.5-pound Fernandez looked solid enough with his boxing skills to attack Dominguez early with a solid jab. The lighter and more mobile Dominguez moved around looking for a way to get on the inside against his much taller opponent. Twenty seconds into the round Dominguez moved near a neutral corner and there is where Fernandez caught him with a left hook through the high guard of Dominguez followed by a left uppercut which dropped Dominguez with a thud. No count was given as referee Juan Morales Lee waived off the bout and called the ringside doctor to check on Dominguez. After about a minute, Dominguez was able to reach his feet on his own accord. (more…)
Photos: Star Boxing
In front of another standing room only crowd at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, hot junior welterweight prospect Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, stayed undefeated with a seventh round stoppage of Nicaraguan veteran Wilfredo Acuna. Dropping Acuna in the opening stanza with a crunching right hand to the body Seldin took control of the action immediately. Although outgunned, Acuna fought bravely the entire fight forcing Seldin to work hard throughout the scheduled eight rounder.
In the seventh, Seldin turned up the heat on Acuna and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped the clash under a barrage of punches from the fan favorite. With the win Seldin improves to 13-0, 10 KOs, while Acuna moves to 14-14, 11 KOs. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hernán Cortes 114.75 vs Jonathan Arias 113.75
(WBC Fecarbox super flyweight title)
José Miranda 146.75 vs Azael Cosio 144.75
Miguel Callist 147 vs Pablo Vásquez 146.75
Eusebio Acevedo 119 vs Jorge Sánchez 116
Eric Walters 131.75 vs Eric Castro 126
Johnny Garay 106.50 vs Azael Villar 105.25
Omir Rodríguez 139.75 vs Porfirio Carrasco 135
Amrit Herrera 107.75 Carlos Pacheco 107
Venue: Panamá Al Brown Arena
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Nearly a year has passed since Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebedev engaged in their epic 2013 Fight of the Year clash. Neither fighter has been in the ring since, but they meet again tonight at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. Jones’ KO win last year was a massive upset, however Lebedev regained the title when Jones failed a post fight drug test. The WBA ordered an immediate rematch.
Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) spent several months preparing with Freddie Roach for this fight and has vowed to punish Jones. He enters as the favorite (-260), while the 41-year-old Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs) is a +220 underdog.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (25-2, 18 KOs) defends his belt Saturday against Filipino Richie “Magnum” Mepranum (27-3-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Centro de Convenciones in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.
Juan Francisco Estrada: “I am very excited to fight at home, to be presented be before my people as world champion. The Convention Center will be a big party this Saturday and I will give my best to make it a perfect party and the championship stays at home. We are going to give everything in the ring and demonstrate why we are the champion.”
Richie Mepranum: “I know that I’ve come to the home of champion, a great champion like Estrada, but I come to win. Sorry if I come to spoil the party, but my dream is to be world champion and I’m so close to fulfilling it. I will not miss this great opportunity.” (more…)
Phil Davis is not a man in a hurry. The way he sees it, the longer it takes for him to get a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, the worse it’s going to be for the man holding the belt, because every day spent in the gym is another day “Mr. Wonderful” is getting better . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Carlos Delgado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBA interim welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) and former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs) faced at the final press conference Thursday afternoon at the American Express Stadium Club at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. Thurman vs. Diaz will take place this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center headlining a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader.
“It’s good to be back!” Oscar De la Hoya said in his return as he opened up Thursday’s press conference. “We are going to get a special treat, you will get action on Saturday night.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Former Three-Division World Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner held a media workout from his Bald Eagle Recreation Center training camp in Washington, D.C. as he prepares for his junior welterweight bout against Carlos Molina on the undercard of “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“This fight is huge for me,” said Broner. “Everyone wants to see what Adrien Broner is going to do next after this devastating loss I took in the early part of my career. I know why everyone has their eyes glued to me. Floyd is going to do what he’s always done, stay on top and get a victory. Everyone one knows what I’m going to do in my comeback fight. Being on this undercard means a lot, it means a lot. It means a lot to know I play a big part in boxing. It is great to be on this card. In this era, you can’t talk about boxing without bringing up Adrien Broner. (more…)
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Floyd Mayweather Sr. takes a side in the Mayweather-Pacquiao debate. More
welterweight Josesito Lopez (32-6, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) in a special Thursday edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. The bout was stopped immediately by referee Jack Reiss after Martinez turned his back after taking some body shots. Time was 1:19.
Martinez complained about the stoppage but was informed he should have taken a knee if he wanted to keep fighting as turning your back is considered abandonment.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Thomas Williams Jr. (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a third round KO over veteran Enrique Ornelas (34-9, 22 KOs). Williams dropped Ornelas in round two and got the win after another knockdown scored in round three. Time was 2:48.
Unbeaten super middleweight Immanuel Aleem (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a second round stoppage of Michael Noriega (4-3, 4 KOs). Time was 2:04.
By Miguel Maravilla
Keith Thurman: “This fight for me its a dream come true ita where I want to be. The headliner of a Showtime event I am looking forward to this. I am ready. Let’s do it. Ready to rumble. You know how I do it one time.”
Julio Diaz: This is an opportunity, its a dangerous opportunity. I am fighting a dangerous fighter not unbeatable. Everyone counts me out, I come to fight it will be a tough fight I guarantee it will be exciting I will prove my part.”
Lucas Matthysse: “I am prepared and excited. We know what John Molina brings. We are ready for Saturday night.”
John Molina: “People say he is a feared man. It will be an explosive fight. I am excited for this fight. We won’t have to find Matthysse. He’s known to be a heavy hitter. It will be a war.”
Omar Figueroa: “I will go out there put on a great show and try to punish my opponent as much as possible. I fought Jerry in the amateurs, now we are pros it will be a great fight.”
Jerry Belmontes: “Its going to be a style fight. He’s a brawler. I’m a boxer. It’s one to remember for Texas. I don’t want him to take it personal when I take that belt from him.”
A junior welterweight semi-main bout between two of the sport’s up-and-coming prospects has been added to the Stiverne-Arreola WBC heavyweight title card on May 10 at the USC Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California which will be telecast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Unbeaten KO artist Amir “Young Master” Imam (13-0, 12 KOs) takes on former Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-2, 7 KOs) in an eight rounder.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Hrunov Promotions
Denis Lebedev 198.6 vs. Guillermo Jones 200
(WBA cruiserweight world title)
Venue: Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: Vladimir Hrunov
The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! event on Monday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico will be headlined by Michael “The Artist” Perez’ WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title defense against Mexico’s tough Jorge “Koky” Romero and an eight-round bantamweight co-main event between unbeaten McJoe Arroyo and fellow Puerto Rican David Quijano.
Opening the televised portion of the card will welterweight John Karl Sosa (9-0, 6 KOs), who will face Victor “Picu” Perez (3-1, 1 KO) in a six-round contest. Highlighted on the non-televised undercard will be Puerto Rican power hitters Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (21-0, 15 KOs) and Prichard Colon (8-0, 8 KOs) featured in separate bouts.
As a fighter gets older, the time for clichés grows shorter, with that energy spent telling the media what they want to hear better spent on training, strategy, and making the run for whatever that particular fighter is running for . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Recognized as one of boxing’s best referees ever, Steve Smoger’s 30-year career includes refereeing more than 850 bouts, averaging 27+ boxing matches refereed per year, and highlighted by more than 165 world title fights. Smoger’s popular and informational Referee Clinic, recently conducted in St. Maarten, Delaware and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will next be held May 26 at the historic Colonial Hotel and Casino in the heart of Panama City, Panama.
Earlier this week, Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya told the LA Times that “If anyone with Golden Boy has any differences with Bob (Arum), it’s on them. I have nothing against Bob and I feel making fights with Bob is beneficial to the fans and the market.” Oscar also commented that his reportedly turbulent relationship with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer is now “peaches and cream.”
However, today the Times reports that Schaefer has expressed “no interest” in working with Top Rank. “Last I checked, I was CEO,” Schaefer told The Times. “Unless Oscar wants to change that…I’ve been running Golden Boy since the beginning. If he wants to change that, since he’s the majority shareholder, and decides he wants to fire me, I can’t stop that.”
The WBO was asked by Golden Boy Promotions to resolve a dispute which had arisen between Golden Boy and Top Rank in regard to the clash between Gary Russell, Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko on June 21 for the vacant WBO featherweight championship. Golden Boy, who won the opportunity to promote the bout based on a winning purse bid offer of $1,052,500 on April 18, contends that the purse should be divided in equal parts between Russell, Jr. and Lomachenko. However, according to WBO regulations if the fight is held in the country of one of the contenders, the resident contestant shall receive 40% and his opponent shall receive 60% of the total purse offered. If the fight is on neutral ground the split is 50/50.
Golden Boy argued that Lomachenko is a resident of Marina Del Rey, California, while Top Rank claimed Lomachenko lives in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine. Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager, provided the WBO with a copy of Lomachenko’s Ukrainian passport, Ukrainian driver’s license and a copy of his P-1 (Internationally Recognized Athlete) Visa. The P-1 classification applies to athletes that are coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific competition at an internationally recognized level of performance. Lomachenko has not applied for “green card” or permanent resident status in the United States.
On that basis, the WBO World Championship Committee denied Golden Boy’s petition that the purse be divided in equal parts between Russell, Jr. and Lomachenko and confirmed that Lomachenko is entitled to 60% of the purse amount since this championship contest is not taking place in his country of origin, nationality or residence, but that of his opponent.
Former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (25-6, 11 KOs) will now face tough Illinois contender Ryan “Dangerous” Davis (24-13-3, 9 KOs) on May 2 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Davis, who has lost four straight, replaces Smith’s original opponent WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara who pulled out from the fight to face Canelo Alvarez on July 12.
Also in previously announced bouts on the May 2 FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ broadcast will be rising lightweight star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey, who will meet hard-hitting Mexican veteran Alan “Explosivo” Herrera in a 10-round matchup and in the televised opener, Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar squares off with former world champion Rico Ramos in a 12-round bout for Cuellar’s WBA interim featherweight world title.
Josesito Lopez 146.4 vs. Aron Martinez 146.8
Enrique Ornelas 174.4 vs. Thomas Williams Jr. 174.8
Dennis Hasson 176.6 vs. Roberto Ventura 169.2
Joshua Conley 159.2 vs. Jamal Harris 160
Immanuel Aleem 160.6 vs. Michael Noriega 161.2
Juan Funez 126 vs. Sergio Najera 124.6
Moshea Aleem 154 vs. Edward Cordova 153.4
Maurice Lee 135.6 vs. Eduardo Melendrez 136.6
Venue: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor Promotions
While WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and WBA cruiserweight champion (in recess) Guillermo Jones meet Friday in Moscow, it was announced today that cruiserweights Mateusz “The Master” Masternak (32-1, 23 KOs) and Ilunga “Junior” Makabu (16-1, 15 KOs) will fight for the interim WBA cruiserweight title on June 21st at The Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. That clash is part of a triple-header promoted by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves, which will also feature British middleweight Martin Murray (27-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KOs) and WBA/IBO minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler (25-1, 8 KOs) vs. Pigmy Muangchaiyaphu (52-6-2, 22 KOs). (more…)
Officials have been named for the May 3 PPV clash between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that Tony Weeks will be the referee. Judges are Dave Moretti, Burt Clements and Michael Pernick.
Middleweight Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) will face John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs) as part of the HBO PPV headlined by Miquel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lee had been expected to face Willie “The Great” Nelson 21-1-1, 12 KOs), who had previously defeated Jackson, and the Nelson camp claims Nelson was aced out by a power play. “I’m very disappointed,” Nelson’s trainer Jack Loew said. “I expected a lot more from Lou DiBella.”
Jackson’s promoter is Sampson Lewkowicz, who manages Sergio Martinez. DiBella Entertainment promotes the Lewkowicz-managed Martinez. Nelson, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, is still scheduled to fight June 7 but now against an opponent to be determined in an off-television bout.
Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs will serve as a guest analyst for the second straight week as Showtime Championship Boxing presents three world-class prizefights on Saturday from StubHub Center in Los Angeles. Jacobs will step in for Showtime boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi, who is recovering from a tough knockout loss to IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter last week. After the fight, Malignaggi was taken to a nearby hospital in Washington D.C. He has since been released and is recovering comfortably at his home, but is opting to err on the side of caution for this week’s event in Los Angeles.
“I am feeling very good at this stage, but anytime you have any level of concussion, your best bet is to fully recover before doing virtually any activity,” said Malignaggi. “There will be plenty of action on Saturday and the audience will be in good hands with Danny on the stick. But make no mistake: I will not miss next week’s event in Las Vegas. I have been looking forward to that fight card for some time. I’ll be ready.”
Rowland Bryant 178 vs. Rayco Saunders 177
Miguel Cartagena 117.5 vs. Timur Shailezov 117
Dennis Galarza 128.75 vs. Abraham Rubio 127.5
Rolando Chinea 135.5 lbs. vs. Ronnie Reams 137
San Quinones Jr. 139 vs. Carlos Lopez 138
Arthur Trujillo ?? vs. Kevon Womack 150
Erik Spring 152.5 vs. Lionel Charles 153.5
(Alex DeJesus vs. Gerardo Pipino Cuevas Jr. was canceled due to Cuevas’ passport issues)
Venue: Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, PA
Promoter: Iron Mike Productions (IMP)
Matchmaker: Chris Middendorf
Moments ago in the beautiful 4-star Virginia Palace hotel of Mercogliano near Avellino, Brunet Zamora and Gyorgy Mizsei Jr went to the scales for their fight tomorrow at the sala congressi Centro ASI, via Melito in Solofra.
Italian Brunet Zamora, 25-1-2(11), will make a voluntary defense of his EBU European Union lightweight title against limited Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr., 18-9-0(11).
The winner will face Belgian Jean Pierre Bauwens who is the official challenger. Team Bauwens will be ringside to have a close look at their next opponent.
On the undercard Carmine Tommasone will fight Mario Salis over 10 rounds.
Salvatore Annunziata from nearby Naples will fight Giuseppe Rauseo over 6 rounds.
Brunet Zamora, 60,6 vs Gyorgy Mizsei Jr, 60,7
12 rnds EBU-EU lightweight
The EBU has appointed Brit Ian John Lewis to referee the fight while Francisco Vazquez (Spain), Gregorz Molenda (Poland) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) will score the fight. Italian Nori will supervise the titlefight.
10×3: Carmine Tommasone, 58,8 vs Mario Salis, 59,5
6×3: Giuseppe Rauseo, 70,2 vs Salvatore Annunziata, 71,0
The show is promoted by Mario Loreni and will be shown live on Raisport1
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA cruiserweight world champion in recess Guillermo “El Felino” Jones was apparently pressured to take a doping test on Wednesday in advance of his rematch Friday against WBA regular champion Denis Lebedev in Moscow, Russia. According to the WBA, the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD) will be in charge of doping control tests. After Lebedev-Jones I in May 2013, Jones tested positive the banned substance furosemide in a doping test conducted by RUSADA, but the B sample was never opened and the WBA Championships Committee instead ordered a direct rematch.
In other news. the WBA announced that British judge Dave Parris has replaced Puerto Rican judge Cesar Ramos because of Ramos’ visa problems.
Heavyweight contender Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-4, 26 KOs) has confirmed that he will take on Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KOs) on June 6 in Paris. The bout will take place at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan. Thompson is coming off a good win over Odlanier Solis in Turkey in March. It will be the sixth straight fight on foreign soil for the 42-year-old Washington DC resident. Takam is coming off an HBO-televised draw with Mike Perez last January in Montreal.
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