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It’s been nine months since Ronald Cruz, 17-1, 12 KOs, was last in the ring. On that night (September 21, 2012) in Bethlehem, PA, Cruz lost his first pro fight before his loyal hometown fans. It was a tough night for Cruz. The loss was a close 10-round split decision loss to Antwone Smith, of Miami. The setback was difficult for Cruz because victory and the continuation of his undefeated streak were both in reach, but Ronald couldn’t overcome Smith’s edge in experience.
“I made a lot of mistakes in my last fight,” Cruz said. “That’s the reason I lost.”
Cruz took the defeat with class and vowed to return right away. However his comeback was delayed due to a hernia that required surgery and an extended break from his training routine. So Ronald Cruz was forced to wait with that first loss hanging over his head before he could redeem himself. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., and former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico survived a hot day in Dallas as they made an appearance outside of Mark Cuban’s American Airlines Center in preparation for their Texas showdown Saturday. A ring was setup on the plaza in front of the arena where a couple hundred fans and media got to see the fighter’s close-up for pictures and autographs. Fightnews caught up with Mikey.
Hey Mikey, welcome back to Dallas, how you feeling?
I’m feeling good. I am used to the heat I guess, so I don’t feel too bad.
How’s your weight?
We’re always good on weight, I never have issues. I feel that I am strong, fast. I feel comfortable here. (more…)
While the idea of the greatest this or best that is overblown and overused these days, you won’t find too many dissenters if you called the 2012 Strikeforce bout between Alexis Davis and Sarah Kaufman the greatest female fight in mixed martial arts history . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson is LIVE on PPV from Winnipeg, Canada on Saturday, June 15 at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT. Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Heavyweight Frans Botha outweighed Joseph Parker by 30 pounds in advance of their eight round clash clash on Thursday night at the Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Botha weighed 256.8 while Parker scaled in at 226.8. The 44-year-old Botha (48-9-3, 29 KOs) will be fighting “Down Under” for the second time this year. In February, Botha lost to Sonny Bill Williams in a controversial fight in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The 21-year-old Parker (5-0, 4 KOs) trained for this fight in Las Vegas with Kevin Barry. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., and former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico survived a hot day in Dallas as they made an appearance outside of Mark Cuban’s American Airlines Center in preparation for their Texas showdown Saturday. A ring was setup on the plaza in front of the arena where a couple hundred fans and media got to see the fighter’s close-up for pictures and autographs. Fightnews caught up with Juanma.
Welcome to the Dallas heat, how you feeling?
Glad to be here. It’s just as hot as Puerto Rico, but a little more dry than it is in Puerto Rico.
How has training camp come along? Are you ready for the fight?
Had a great training camp, very happy to be here. We are just maintaining the weight, that’s what it’s all about right now, keeping a good weight for the weigh-ins. (more…)
Welterweight Frankie Gavin says he’ll be too quick and clever for Denton Vassell when they clash at the Liverpool Olympia on June 28th. The Birmingham ace puts his British title on the line against Vassell’s Commonwealth belt in a battle of the unbeaten champions in the potential thriller.
Gavin, 27, Britain’s only ever world amateur champion, is regarded as one of the most naturally talented fighters in the country and uses his quick counter-punching style to pick apart his opponents. It’s the biggest test of Gavin’s 16 fight career against the Manchester powerhouse who has stopped 10 out of his 20 opponents early, including Gavin’s former stablemate Ronnie Heffron last time out. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Photo: Bob Ryder
NABO and WBC International heavyweight beltholder Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) poses with his team after a public sparring session held outdoors at Ecorse High School in Ecorse, Michigan, as he enters final preparations for his rematch with Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell on June 22 in Brooklyn, NY.
L to R: Jameel McCline, head trainer Sugar Hill, Banks, Alex Zubov, Mike Seals.
By Ron Jackson
IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler from Brixton on the West Rand faces the toughest test of boxing career when he defends his belt against the more experienced number three ranked Nkosinathi Joyi of Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. The tournament is presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions. This is one of the most eagerly awaited and highly paid fights amongst smaller men in South Africa in recent years. (more…)
What’s Bernard Hopkins’ secret in his fight against Father Time? The Star-Ledger explores.
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard has composed an opera based on the life of boxer Emile Griffith. More
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell says he’s learned from his loss, and to expect a different fight in his rematch with Johnathon Banks. More
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell held a media workout at the Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton, MD in preparation for his Saturday, June 22 rematch against Johnathon Banks at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Mitchell had a recurring theme as he spoke to the media — “You will definitely see a different Seth Mitchell this time around,” he told reporters. More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican ring legend Erik Morales has announced a tune-up fight, possibly in Cancun, before fighting his retirement fight in his native Tijuana. “My desire is a tune-up fight in late August or early September to see how my body is and if I can keep fighting. Maybe my last fight is between October and December. I want to retire at my best,” said Morales. The name of former world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto has been prominently mentioned as Morales’ opponent in his last bout, capping a remarkable 20-year professional career.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Mikey Garcia of Oxnard,Ca. and former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (pictured) of Caguas, Puerto Rico host a special outdoor public workout for fans and media, Tuesday at American Airlines Center in Dallas,Texas.
Garcia will make his first title defense against former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday,June 15 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas,Texas. Garcia vs Lopez, televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate. photos
Former World Boxing Association welterweight champion James Page has been nabbed by the FBI under suspicion of being the notorious “Button Down Bandit,” who was wanted in connection with at least eight bank robberies in Northern California since March. Page was arrested Monday in Oakland and is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility in Martinez, California.
Known as the “Mighty Quinn,” Page had a record of 25-5, 19 KOs. He previously spent 10 years in prison for bank robbery. He returned to the ring last November at the age of 41, but was knocked out in two rounds by journeyman Rahman Yusubov.
Hughie Fury back in action Saturday, vows to break Mike Tyson’s record as the youngest world heavyweight champion ever
Just one week after demolishing the Ladislav Kovarik inside one round, 18-year-old heavyweight Hughie Fury (5-0, 4 KOs) next faces journeyman Tomas Mrazek (7-40-6, 5 KOs) in Norwich, England this Saturday. The bout will be Hughie’s first six-rounder. With six fights in his first three months as a pro, Fury is on the fast track with an eye on breaking Mike Tyson’s record as the youngest world heavyweight champion ever.
“I’ve got plenty of time, I’m only young and I’m improving every single fight,” Hughie said. “But I will do it, I will beat Mike Tyson’s record and be the youngest heavyweight world champion.”
Undefeated Dominican bantamweight Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7 KOs) and his coach, German Caicedo, report that the slick southpaw is on weight at 118 pounds for this weekend’s ESPN Friday Night Fights showdown against unbeaten Philippine invader Jundy “Pretty Boy” Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs). Payano, ranked #5 in the World Boxing Association (WBA), faces Maraon in a 12-round main event and WBA title eliminator at South Mountain Arena in South Orange, New Jersey. The winner will be positioned for a world title shot against WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kamada. In the co-feature, Caicedo-trained featherweight Yenifiel Vicente (24-1-2, 16 KOs) faces Jorge Diaz (17-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round match.
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