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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Boxing News

PA State cruiserweight title fight expected to be a war

Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Joey Eye Boxing returns to Harrah’s Chester Friday night with another promising boxing show that pits two of his regular performers against each other in what figures to be a testy 10-rounder for the Pennsylvania state cruiserweight championship. Tony Ferrante, 12-4, 7 KOs, 1 NC, and Anthony Caputo Smith, 14-2, 10 KOs, have both headlined previous Joey Eye cards before. But on Friday, the Philly-area boxers will square off for local bragging rights, a state title belt, and their Italian pride. Who knows which of these is most important to the fighters?

Ferrante makes his first appearance in the ring since his incredible KO of Isa Akberbayev in New York one year ago. That outrageous upset was ultimately changed to a No Contest after the Philadelphian “failed” a post fight drug test. Ferrante and his team were shocked by the test results and have claimed them to be bogus ever since. (more…)



January 30th, 2014



Boxing News

Caparello ready to make U.S. debut Friday night

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Australian light heavyweight Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (18-0-1, 6 KOs) will make his debut on American turf Friday when he will headline on ESPN Friday Night Fights against veteran Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriq (40-5, 24 KOs) in the ten round main event at the Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, New Jersey. Caparello, 27 years, has been made a solid favorite to defeat Muriqi with Australian betting agencies. The Australian was impressive in his most recent ring outing in scoring a dominant twelve round decision over formerly world-rated American Alan Green who he defeated to capture the IBO world 175 pound title during October 2013. (Caparello religuished the IBO title recently.)

Other American light heavyweights who have been defeated by the 6.1″ Aussie southpaw are Aaron Pryor jnr, Kevin Engel and Dante Craig, all three fights in 2012. Caparello’s toughest fight was against New Zealand 175 pounder Robert Berridge who he outscored over ten rounds in 2012. (more…)



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin-Adama presser and GGG workout

Video: GGG Promotions
Photos: Abel Sanchez

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is finalizing preparations for his tenth world title defense this Saturda against world ranked challenger Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo. Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) will defend his titles in the main event of Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza for his return to Monaco at the Salles des Etoiles.

In March 2013, Golovkin knocked out former world champion Nobuhiro Ishida in the third round in Monaco. Golovkin has stopped 15 opponents in a row and holds the highest KO percentage among all active world champions in boxing in addition to the highest in middleweight division history. Adama (22-3, 16 KOs), has previously challenged then IBF middleweight titlist Daniel Geale in March 2012, losing a close decision in Australia.

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January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing legend Larry Holmes responds to Metta World Peace allegations about “bringing down black people.” More

Photos of Carl Froch are the subject of a Nottingham, UK exhibit. More

Tallahassee boxer Robert Davis faces his toughest test after being diagnosed with leukemia. More



January 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Hawaiian Gardens, California

The first big boxing show of the year comes to greater Los Angeles as top contenders and 2012 medal-winning Olympian Esquiva Falcao of Brazil are in action on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate series live on UniMas at the Robert Lee Activity Center in Hawaiian Gardens on Saturday, February 15. In the main event, Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas will take on Ernie Sanchez of the Philippines in a 10 round lightweight bout. Magdaleno, trained by Joel Diaz, has a record of 24-1, 9 KOs. Sanchez is 14-5-1, 5 KOs.

Diego’s younger brother Jessie, 17-0, 13 KOs, of Las Vegas will face Roger Castaneda, 20-5-1, 15 KOs of Mexicali in an eight round super bantamweight bout. Jessie is also trained by Joel Diaz. Diego and Jessie are handled by manager Frank Espinoza.

The televised broadcast will open with the big debut of Olympian Esquiva Falcao of Brazil. Falcao, 23, won the silver medal in the middleweight division in the 2012 Olympics in London. He lost his gold medal bid in a 14-13 loss to Japan’s Ryota Murata who is also signed with Top Rank. Here, Falcao will take on Paul Harness, 4-4-1, 3 KOs. Falcao has been training for weeks at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Falcao vs Harness is scheduled for six rounds.

The arena is at 21815 Pioneer Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens, Ca. Tickets are $100, $75, $50. First bell is 5:30 pm. To purchase tickets, call 562-652-4424 or 323-866-9943.



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN FNF announces boxing tournament

ESPN will televise a new boxing tournament presented by Banner Promotions that will air on ESPN Friday Night Fights and ESPN Deportes. The tournament will take place in the lightweight and middleweight divisions and include a quarterfinal round, semifinals and finals in each division, which will take place throughout the Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates season. The competition will be a single-elimination. Each quarterfinal round will feature four six-round bouts. The winners will move on to the semifinals, which will be eight-round bouts. The finals will each be 10 rounds. At the conclusion of the tournament, the champion in each weight division will receive a belt. The first of five shows will be held February 21 at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Matchups will be announced on this week’s edition of Friday Night Fights.

The fighters are as follows:

Lightweight Division:
Yakubu Amidu: Los Angeles (22-4-1, 18 KOs)
Fernando Carcamo: Ciudad Obregon, Mexico (15-5-0, 12 KOs)
Miguel González: Cleveland (22-3-0, 16 KOs)
Miguel Angel Mendoza: Aguascalientes, Mexico (21-2-2, 21 KOs)
Samuel Neequaye: Accra, Ghana (21-0-0, 15 KOs)
Fedor Papazov: Russia (14-0-0, 9 KOs)
Petr Petrov: Madrid, Spain (32-4-2, 15 KOs)
Chris Rudd: Covington, Tennessee (12-1-0, 8 KOs)

Middleweight Division:
Brandon Adams: San Diego, California (12-0-0, 7 KOs)
Sena Agbeko: Accra, Ghana (15-0-0, 15 KOs)
Donatas Bondorovas: Chicago (18-4-1, 6 KOs)
Daniel Edouard: West Palm Beach, Florida (23-4-2, 12 KOs)
Cerresso Fort: St. Paul, Minnesota (17-2-1, 11 KOs)
Raymond Gatica: Austin, Texas (13-1-0, 7 KOs)
Willie Monroe, Jr.: Rochester, New York (15-1-0, 6 KOs)
Vitalii Kopylenko: Kiev, Ukraine (22-0-0, 12 KOs)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Lopez ready for Soto

Photos: Cotto Promotions, LLC

Unbeaten and local star Edgardo “Sasso” Lopez (8-0-1, 4KOs) is ready to make his first CABOFE title defense against hard hitting Miguel “Mikito” Soto (11-1, 11KOs) this Saturday, February 1st. This will be the main event and broadcast on Boxeo Boricua WAPA 2 Deportes and WAPA America brought to you by Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment in association with Top Rank.

“I am (more) ready than ever, I want to thank all my team for supporting me and pushing me to be in my best condition ever,” Sasso Lopez remarked. “I know what Makito will bring, but he will fail in this test.”

“I only want to say that people can say what they will do before the moment comes. You can never talk about the river without feeling the water. I am ready for Sasso and on Saturday night I will become the WBC’s CABOFE champion,” Mikito stated. (more…)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

All set for ‘Kings and Queens’ in Tijuana this Friday

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

Tijuana’s own Mayen Promotions held its first press conference of the New Year to present their kick-off fight card “Reyes y Reinas (Kings and Queens)” in which the event is split down the middle between male and female bouts. Just like it is expected on Friday night at the Tecate Box Tour in the parking lot of the historic Caliente Racetrack, the females took over the press conference with all the participants of the three female fights present while only one of the “Kings” made it to the media event held at the popular billiard hall “Perro Salado”.

“This is a traditional fight card for our city and this is the second edition where the men share the night with the females,” promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen announced to open up the conference. “We expect a historic year for Tijuana with more fights than last year.” (more…)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Gilberto ” Zurdo” Ramirez media day

Photos: Top Rank

Undefeated WBC #3 ranked Middleweight Gilberto ” Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico works out Wednesday during media day at the Canizales Boxing Gym in Laredo ,Texas for his upcoming 10-round feature fight against Don Mouton of Houston. Ramirez and Mouton will battle on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate card on UniMas , Saturday, Feb 1 from the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo,Texas. photos



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Statement on Adrien Broner

WBC Statement: Adrian Broner has been a pride of the WBC, being a former World Youth Champion, a former USNBC Champion, and WBC lightweight world champion. The WBC offered full support to him during his quest to campaign in the welterweight division. During the period of time that Adrian Broner competed as a welterweight, the WBC ordered an interim championship and Omar Figueroa dramatically won the interim belt. The WBC wishes to express to Adrien Broner our sincere wishes for his success in the future, as he will continue competing in different weight divisions. He will always have the doors open in the WBC. The WBC is proud to ratify Omar Figueroa as the undisputed WBC lightweight champion.



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Brooklyn

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Victor Ortiz 146.6 vs. Luis Collazo 146.6
Eddie Gomez 147.2 vs. Daquan Arnett 148.6
Gary Russell Jr 126.8 vs. Miguel Tamayo 126.4
Marcus Browne 176.4 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 180
Zachary Ochoa 140 vs. Victor Sanchez 128.6
Emanuel Gonzalez 129 vs. Victor Sanchez 128.6
Rafael Vazquez 123.8 vs. Brad Patraw 123.4

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: FOX Sports 1

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January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Harrison vs Brewer Tops Detroit Card

By Bob Ryder

Kaltsas Productions (George & John Kaltsas) return to the Masonic Temple on Friday, February 7 as they present “Showdown For Motown III”. Headlining the show is Detroit’s own junior middleweight Tony Harrison as he takes on veteran Grady Brewer. Brewer, although certainly on the downside of his career, figures to provide solid opposition for the young Harrison. Harrison has scored easy early round KO’s in his last two outings for Kaltsas Boxing but Brewer looks to give Tony a more difficult test in this eight round main event. (more…)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

It’s official: Danny Garcia to fight March 15th in Puerto Rico

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

The date of March 15th is now set for the return of junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 27-0, 16 KOs. Garcia will defend his WBA, WBC & Ring Magazine championship belts in a 12-rounder against Californian Mauricio Herrera, 20-3, 7 KOs. In his last fight, Garcia scored his career-best performance with a unanimous decision over Lucas Matthysse. “It’s official. I’m fighting March 15 in Puerto Rico,” Garcia announced on Facebook.

Garcia’s parents were both born in Puerto Rico, and the fight with Herrera will be held in the hometown of Garcia’s mother, at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Baymon, Puerto Rico. Garcia was born and raised in Philadelphia.

Also on the card will be a heavyweight clash between Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott, and a featherweight fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Daniel Ponce De Leon. The card will be televised by Showtime.



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Goossen Tutor inks Vanes Martirosyan

Make way, Chris Arreola! There’s another “Nightmare” in the Goossen Tutor Promotions stable of boxers, as promoter Dan Goossen today announced the signing of veteran world title challenger and world-ranked contender, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan.

The 6-0 tall, 27-year old Armenian native, who has lived in Glendale, California since emigrating there with his family at age 4, has compiled an impressive 33-1-1 record with 21 knockouts in his nearly nine years as a professional boxer while fighting under Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. banner. The orthodox-style super welterweight was recently ranked as the #1 contender in most of the world sanctioning organizations. He formerly held the NABF Super Welterweight and NABO Junior Middleweight titles.

“I’m really excited about signing with Goossen Tutor Promotions,” Martirosyan exclaimed. “I see a very bright future ahead of us. I do want to thank Bob (Arum) for all his support the last seven years, I am very grateful and wish them the best of luck.” (more…)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Liverpool show date change

Frank Warren’s show at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday March 1 has been rescheduled to Saturday March 8. The show line-up remains the same with Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler defending his WBO/WBA super-flyweight title against Diego Liriano headlining, and Liverpool’s Commonwealth flyweight champion Kevin Satchell defending his title against Issac Quaye. The undercard features Ronnie Heffron v John Thain, Terry Flanagan, Thomas Stalker, Ryan Farrag, Jazza Dickens, Matty Fagan and Stephen Lewis.

Frank Warren and BoxNation – who will be televising the show live – mutually agreed the change to March 8th with that date being the preferred date originally. Tickets with the March 1 date printed will still be valid for the new date.



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Nishizawa retires; Tameda defeats Indonesian champ Tito

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

It was a show in commemoration of former OPBF super-middle and light heavy champ Yoshinori Nishizawa’s farewell to the ring. Nishizawa, 48, officially announced his retirement and appeared in sparring sessions prior to a customary ten-gong ceremony on Tuesday at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

In the main event, up-and-coming featherweight stablemate of Nishizawa, Tsuyoshi Tameda (9-1-1, 7 KOs), 126, displayed a fine performance in defeating Indonesian champ Hero Tito (17-4, 9 KOs), 126, by a shutout decision (all 80-71) over eight lopsided rounds. Tameda, five years his junior at 20, floored Tito with a well-timed right to the button to take the initiative in the opening session. Tito, a solid left hooker, occasionally threw his trademark looping lefts but Tameda kept stalking him with a positive two-fisted attack throughout the contest. Tameda, a sturdy youngster, had the Indonesian champ at bay with a vicious right but failed to finish him with a follow-up attack in round five. Tameda, powerful and aggressive, may be worth watching from now on. (more…)



January 29th, 2014

UFC

Canada gets five UFC events in 2014

Canada is set to host an unprecedented five live events in 2014 as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® today unveiled its plans for the Great White North. The UFC® will make its first-ever visits to Quebec City and Halifax while also returning to Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The organization also announced it will bring UFC Experience to four smaller communities across the country this year in conjunction with its UFC Community Works program. In all, the UFC will visit six of 10 Canadian provinces in 2014 . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Hughie Fury opponent named: Matt Greer

Unbeaten teen heavyweight Hughie Fury aims to make it a lucky 13 when he features at the Copper Box Arena on February 15th. Undefeated Fury has stormed to 12 wins inside a year of turning pro, stopping seven early, and takes on American Matt Greer over six rounds. The 19-year-old from Manchester joins his cousin Tyson who takes on Gonzalo Omar Basile in a ten-round contest, with Dereck Chisora headlining in a defense of his WBO/WBA International titles against Kevin Johnson. Greer (16-13, 11 KOs) has been kayoed in five of his last seven fights.

“Greer is a good step up for me as he’s mixed with world level fighters so I can’t wait to take the challenge and show the boxing fans that I can deal with the experience for someone my age. I’m looking forward to the fight very much.” said Fury. “He’s fought the likes of Wilder, Ruiz Jr. and Shimmell and also Dennis Boystov and Kevin Johnson. If he gives me some rounds then great, it’s all experience in the tank for me at my age, but if I see the opening early I’ll take him out of there. I’m in no rush to a title fight, I’m enjoying fighting regularly and learning my trade with each fight. Team Fury is building up towards the top, I’m enjoying the ride, but when the time comes for a world title I’ll be good and ready.”



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Mundine goes the distance to beat Jackson

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (45-5, 27 KOs) outclassed little known New Zealander Gunnar Jackson (18-4-3, 6 KOs) over ten rounds on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Jackson had some good moments, but Mundine dealt out most of the punishment although he was unable to stop the tough Kiwi. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-90.

The bout took place at a 74 kilo (163.1 lb) catchweight. Mundine was originally slated to face Carson Jones. Jackson stepped in on seven days notice.



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Jim Finley, owner of legendary Finley’s Gym in DC, Passes at 85

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By Gary “Digital” Williams

The owner of one of the legendary boxing gyms in Washington, DC –Finley’s Gym — passed away today at the age of 85. Jim Finley opened the gym in 1960 and it became the spot in the Nation’s Capitol for boxers where boxers could train. Bob Foster, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Larry Holmes, George Foreman and Mike Tyson are just some of the countless number of boxing legends that passed through the doors of Finley’s Gym before the gym closed in 2001.

The boxing scenes for the 1973 Al Pacino movie “Serpico” were shot in the gym and the location was depicted as a training site in an edition of the EA Sports boxing video game “Knockout Kings.” (more…)



January 29th, 2014

AWE TV

Munroe: I can still win a world title

Rendall Munroe bids to become a two-weight European champion when he faces Lee Selby for the vacant Featherweight crown at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday live on AWE TV, and says he still has designs on World title glory. Munroe hung the gloves up after defeat against Scott Quigg in their clash for the interim WBA Super Bantamweight title in November 2012. The Leicester man stayed away from the fight game for just four months though and was back in action in his hometown in May with a first round win. The former WBC World title challenger added ten and six round points wins to his belt before the end of the year and now takes on the hotly-tipped star Selby.

“I don’t think I ever stopped being at my best,” said Munroe. “The issue for me was my weight, that was the thing letting me down – trying to make the weight all of the time. Sometimes it takes a bit of relaxation time to realise, and as my manager said to me recently, the best thing that happened was me retiring, getting my head clear and deciding what I wanted to do. (more…)



January 29th, 2014

UFC

UFC 169 Main Card Fantasy Preview

There’s rarely a bigger moment in all of MMA than when a card features two title fights, and that’s exactly what will happen at UFC 169, when both the bantamweight and featherweight titles are on the line . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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January 29th, 2014

Boxing Result

Adama: “If I beat this guy, I’m gonna be like the president in Africa!”

Adama vs Carasquillo-5Interview by Sam Geraci
Photos by Tom Barnes

On February 1st, Osumanu “Machine Gun” Adama (22-3, 16 KOs) challenges WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Despite representing Ghana in the 2000 Olympics, never being stopped and challenging for a world title for a second time, Adama remains a relatively unknown fighter who has been brushed aside in this matchup by many as nothing more than a B-side knockout victim. In the following interview, Adama acknowledges that he’s a “Nobody” looking for a chance to prove himself. The fighter discusses his strengths and what this fight means for his career plus boxing in Africa. (more…)



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez-Vera 2 undercard shaping up

The undercard is shaping up for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Bryan Vera rematch on March 1 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. As previously announced, the much anticipated co-feature is WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido defending his title against Vasyl Lomachenko.

In ten round action, former unified lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (38-4, 19 KOs) takes on Gerardo Robles (18-12, 9 KOs) and unbeaten super lightweight Karim Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs) faces Francisco Contreras (21-4, 16 KOs). Unbeaten lightweights Ivan Najera (12-0, 8 KOs) and Anronio Capuline (11-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Six round bouts include two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (8-0, 7 KOs) vs. TBA, unbeaten welterweight Alex Saucedo (11-0, 8 KOs) meets Gilberto Venegas (12-12-4, 8 KOs) and unbeaten featherweight Jerren Cochran (9-0, 4 KOs) is penciled in against Edwin Solis (5-2-3, 3 KOs).



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather vs. Amir Khan: Everything you need to know about the proposed showdown. More

Can rugby star Quade Cooper find room for a pro boxing career? More

Who is Gunnar Jackson and why is Aussie Anthony Mundine fighting him? More

Talent denied: Len Johnson was a potential 1920s superstar who was denied the chance to excel in boxing. More



January 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Mundine ready for Jackson clash Wednesday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (45-5, 27 KOs) will be in action Wednesday when clashes with New Zealand middleweight Gunnar Jackson (18-4-3, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. “I’m always getting belittled within the Australian media for my achievements,” Mundine said. “It doesn’t bother me none, but I think it would have more effect if I don’t say much and let my hands do the talking.

“I really want to go for the 154-pound WBA championship. Obviously I want the biggest fights in the world but that doesn’t happen if they don’t choose you. You have to put yourself in a position to get those fights. That’s my mentality and that’s where I want to go. Last year, I had 10 months between fights. I was chasing the big fights, I was chasing the dream. But when you do that, you’re stalling your momentum. I need to build that back up again. (more…)



January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Loaded card planned for March 15 in Puerto Rico

Espinoza boxing has announced that former world champions Daniel Ponce de Leon and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez will collide on March 15 in Puerto Rico. Also expected to land on the Showtime-televised Golden Boy Promotions show is a heavyweight clash between Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott and WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia defending against Mauricio Herrera.



January 28th, 2014

UFC

The Fight Begins to Legalize MMA in New York!

Urging that 2014 be the year New York joins all other 49 states in legalizing professional mixed martial arts (MMA), officials and athletes from The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) were joined by the two prime sponsors of the legislation – Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Oneida County) – as well as other legislators and MMA supporters to kick off the effort to legalize and regulate professional MMA in New York . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Stieglitz-Abraham kickoff press conference

Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke

WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and mandatory challenger Arthur Abraham had the kickoff press conference today to announce the third fight in their trilogy on March 1 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Both fighters have one win apiece.

Arthur Abraham: “On March 1, I’m getting back my title belt. There’s nothing more to say. The talking is done.”

Robert Stieglitz: “2013 was my year. I got back my “loaned” championship belt and twice successfully defended it. Now I want to successfully defend my title again. I will remain a world champion. I am really happy about being able to write boxing history. Three times against the same opponent in a world title fight – that has never happened before in Germany.” [Editor's note: apparently he forgot about the recent Huck-Afolabi trilogy.]

Promoter Ulf Steinforth: “Robert Stieglitz against Arthur Abraham – that was the ‘Fight of the Year.’ The second fight between the two in 2013 was one of the most moving moments of my life.”

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January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Karpency Bros. & Martz headline in W. Va.

Former WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy Karpency (21-4) returns to action this Friday at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. Karpency will face veteran, fellow light heavy Rayco Saunders (23-21) in the main event of the 8 bout Pro/Am card promoted by Dyer Promotions. In the co-feature, Karpency’s 23 year old brother, Jeremiah, aims to raise his undefeated heavyweight record to 10-0 as he battles former IBF world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-22) in an 8 rounder. Another heavyweight fight will pit rising 6’7 250 pound Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (9-1-1) versus former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (20-18). In addition, Dan Karpency (1-0) will face Philly’s Greg Thomas (0-1) in a 4 round super welterweight bout. For tickets or table info, call Dyer Promotions at (724)880-3812.



January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Cotto-Martinez, WBC election, Golovkin odds, Arslan plans, Floyd Super Bowl wager, NSAC update

Apparently the camps of Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez are near an agreement and an announcement could be coming shortly. The fight date is June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The WBC Board of Governors is planning a February 11 meeting in Mexico City, at which they are expected to elect the next WBC President. Mauricio Sulaiman is the frontrunner.

43-year-old cruiserweight Firat Arslan says despite his TKO loss to WBO champion Marco Huck he will continue his career if future fights could lead to another world championship. Meanwhile, Huck’s trainer Ulli Wegner has proclaimed that Huck would knock out heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

The big fight of the week is WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo. Still no U.S. TV for that one. Golovkin is a -7000 favorite to retain his belt. Adama is +3000. The over/under is set at 8 1/2 rounds with “over” at +180 and “under” at -240.

A rumor is being widely reported that Floyd Mayweather allegedly bet $10 million on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Nevada Athletic Commission will likely not select a successor for former executive director Keith Kizer until April. The next big Las Vegas fight card is Canelo-Angulo on March 8. By the way, if you’re interested in the job, it pays $97,901 plus benefits. Here are the details.



January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

R.I.P. Slammin’ Sammy Nesmith

Former Indiana pro Slammin’ Sammy Nesmith passed away earlier this week of an apparent heart attack in his home town of New Jersey. Sammy began his professional boxing career as a middleweight in 1973-1984. Training at the Indianapolis Pal Club on Washington Street. This was back in the same era as locals, Marvin Johnson, Gary Guiden, JB Williamson, and Marion Thomas. He had an impressive record of 38-7, 34 by KO. When he caught you with an uppercut or hook, it was lights out baby. After retiring from boxing, Sammy drove a truck for Coke, then moved to New Jersey and was involved in the horse racing business. He loved country music. Sammy was funny and always made people laugh.



January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez ready for the next step

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank

Mexican middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (26-0, 20 KOs) of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico takes on Houston’s Don Mouton (12-7-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday’s Solo Boxeo telecast on UniMas from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Fightnews.com recently caught up with Ramirez at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California where he trained and prepared for this fight. Ramirez told Fightnews.com that he is ready after a hard two month training camp. “It is one more step in my career I am motivated I will give it a hundred percent in this fight,” Ramirez said. “I had some good sparring at the Wild Card a few weeks ago I have also been at the Rock gym, I always look for the best sparring possible. I’m also sparring with a light heavyweight,” Ramirez added.

Mouton has some quality opponents on his resume as he has been up against solid prospects in his last three fights going the distance with Anthony Dirrell, Badou Jack, and Brandon Gonzalez. The three have a combined record of 52-0. He has also taken on former world title challenger Curtis Stevens, so Ramirez will be up against a solid durable opponent. (more…)



January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Dickens-Gachechiladze added to Aintree card

Super bantamweight Jazza Dickens aims to get back on track for a shot at the British title when he features on the Aintree Racecourse boxing show on March 1. Dickins, the former English champion, was last in action in September when he challenged Sheffield’s Kid Galahad for the Vacant British title, but was stopped in the tenth round of an enthralling fight. He’ll face George Gachechiladze over six rounds. He joins fellow Merseyside stars Thomas Stalker, Ryan Farrag and Stephen Lewis. Headlining will be undefeated super flyweight Paul Butler who defends his WBO & WBA Intercontinental titles against Dominican Republic challenger Diego Liriano, plus Kevin Satchell who defends his Commonwealth flyweight title against Ghanian Issac Quaye.



January 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Association for Ringside Physicians backs elimination of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the boxer and mixed martial arts athlete, has released a consensus statement on therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replace therapy in professional combat sport athletes, as follows:

The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.



January 28th, 2014




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