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By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) punished #14 featherweight Jesus Ruiz (32-5-5, 21 KOs), who dropped to the 122lb division for this fight, and got the stoppage with a barrage of punches in round eight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Santa Cruz and Ruiz traded on the inside in the opening round as Santa Cruz got the better of the exchange landing the harder punches. Ruiz continued to exchange with Santa Cruz in round two as the champion threw a windmill of punches. Santa Cruz started to work effectively on the inside connecting with the left hook to the body following up upstairs on Ruiz. Dominating through five rounds Santa Cruz suffered a cut on his right eye from a clash of heads in round six. Despite the cut Santa Cruz attacked Ruiz in round seven and connected with a clean left hook late in the round. A right hand backed Ruiz to the ropes as Santa Cruz fired away landing a barrage of punches as referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight at 29 seconds of the eighth round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten southpaw Thailander, WBC#12 Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4 KOs), 130, stunned the Japanese audience with his physical strength as he successfully kept his OPBF super-featherweight belt by winning a close but unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113 twice) over former world challenger and OPBF top contender Daiki Kaneko (21-4-3, 14 KOs), 130, over twelve heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The referee was Biney Martin, ex-Japanese junior middle champ hailing from Ghana. (more…)
By Karl Freitag and Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s boxing schedule has been cleared up after negotiations for a proposed showdown against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez collapsed on Friday night. Cotto’s attorney and adviser Gaby Peñagarícano told Fightnews.com, “I spoke to Oscar last night and he said if we couldn’t reach an agreement … that he needed to move on. I told him that we do not have agreement yet, but that if he needed to move on I respect that. I told him that we could continue the conversations but if he needed to move on, no problem with that and I wished him the best.”
Alvarez’ promoter Oscar de la Hoya confirmed to reporters at a Las Vegas press conference Saturday that he will be looking for another opponent for the Mexican star. On several occasions during negotiations with the Canelo Camp, the Cotto Camp mentioned a Mayweather rematch as another possibility for Cotto. Talks have been ongoing for a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao clash on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, however Cotto’s sudden availability could change that.
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver and the lightweight bout between Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the TD Garden in Boston beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT. Six prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT.
Dennis Siver (146) VS Conor McGregor (145)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Donald Cerrone (155) VS Benson Henderson (156)
Uriah Hall (185) VS Ron Stallings (185)
Norman Parke (156) VS Gleison Tibau (156)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Sean Spencer (171) VS Cathal Pendred (171)
Lorenz Larkin (171) VS John Howard (170)
Chris Wade (156) VS Zhang Lipeng (156)
Shane Howell (125) VS Paddy Holohan (125)
Johnny Case (156) VS Frankie Perez (155)
Sean Soriano (146) VS Charles Rosa (145)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Sean O’Connell (206) VS Matt Van Buren (205)
Joby Sanchez (126) VS Tateki Matsuda (125)
WBA featherweight champion Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters has been named Jamaican National Sportsman of the Year at the 54th annual RJR Sports Foundation Awards dat the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. “Getting sportsman of the year is like getting sportsman of the world,” said Walters. Swimmer Alia Atkinson was Sportswoman of the Year.
By Gabriel F Cordero
Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Johan Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs) returned to the ring to win a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA 130ln interim titleholder Humberto Gutierrez (29-6-2, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. Perez claimed the NABA welterweight title by scores of 120-106, 119-107 and 119-107. The was the first bout for Perez since losing his title to Maurico Herrera last July.
In other action, current WBA interim female bantamweight world champion Mayerlin Rivas (11-3-1, 8 KOs) successfully defended her crown against Calista Silgado (12-5-2, 8 KOs). Rivas was originally slated to face world titleholder Irma Garcia but Garcia recently suffered a hand injury and instead will be at the event as a TV commentator. Rivas must face Garcia within 120 days.
By James Slater
Unbeaten British giant Tyson Fury will be a most interested observer of tonight’s hugely exciting WBC title match-up between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder; and both the WBC champ and the unbeaten challenger have expressed interest in defending against the Brit after they’ve got tonight’s battle out of the way. Both Wilder and Stiverne are predicting “painful” KO wins tonight, and both punchers have spoken of fighting Fury later on in 2015. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tonight’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:
Demond Nicholson 159.5 vs. Rahman Yusubov 159.75
Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 /14 vs. Stephon McIntyre 125.5
Myke Fox 137.25 vs. Luis Rodriguez 138
Patrick Harris 135.25 vs. Sean Lockhart 138.75
Renaldo Gaines 126 vs. Arthur Parker 125.5
Gerome Quigley 150 vs. Norman Allen 145
Marq Johns 123.25 vs. Jaxel Marrero 122.5
Tyrone Wright 130.5 vs. Thomas Mattice 130.25
Maurice Adams, Jr. 117.5 vs. Gabriel Braxton 120
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten southpaw Thailander, WBC#12 Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4 KOs), 130, stunned the Japanese audience with his tremendous physical strength as he successfully kept his OPBF super-featherweight belt by winning a close but unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113 twice) over former world challenger and OPBF top contender Daiki Kaneko (21-4-3, 14 KOs), 130, over twelve heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
(More to come)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Boxing fans, former and current world champions, family and friends of former WBC President Don Jose Sualiman on Friday at the famous Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City to remember him one year after his death. Afterward, boxing people and media exchanged anecdotes and stories referring to a man who changed and humanized boxing.
“My father was a great leader, a great man and a great head of the family. He lived for boxing and helped many people. His legacy goes beyond the ring and I try to do my best to follow his path,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
By David Finger
It’s been a long road to the top, but for WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), there is no time to sit back and enjoy his newfound status as a world champion. Six months after winning the title in explosive fashion against Chris Arreola, Stiverne will defend the belt against undefeated #1 contender Deontay Wilder tonight in Las Vegas. Although both fighters are heavy punchers with some impressive knockouts on their resume, the similarities end there. Compared to the normally laid back Stiverne, Wilder is loud, outspoken, and something of a mystery. Whereas Stiverne has clearly established himself as one of the hardest punching heavyweights in recent years, nobody really known what will happen when Wilder lands one of his power shots on Stiverne. It’s this mystery that has made this fight one of the most talked about heavyweight fights in years. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Former WBA and IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-4-1, 16 KOs) reappears against Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (16-3, 11 KOs) on January 31 in Mecico City’s historical Arena Coliseo in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and Producciones Deportivas Maldonado. “I come from very difficult defeats and Lopez is a young and strong boxer, but he’s not on my level. I’ve fought with better boxers. I will win and I expect to look good and look for a new opportunity for a world title,” said Salgado. In the co-feature, super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-5, 20 KOs) meets unbeaten prospect Patrician “Picudo ” Moreno (15-0, 11 KOs)
Donald Cerrone is determined to leave his mark on the sport of MMA as a fighter who was willing to fight anyone, anytime and anywhere. With “Cowboy” being one of the best lightweights in the world and competing at the highest level of the game, being willing to throw down at every turn is a tall task to live up to . . . click here for more
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Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York offered a hot alternative to the frozen climate of Upstate, New York with ESPN2’s second Friday Night Fights installment of 2015 as Willie Monroe, Jr. battled Bryan Vera to a unanimous decision victory in defense of his NABA & NABO middleweight belts. Monroe, Jr’s last foe Brandon Adams also heated things up with a second round destruction of Lekan Byfield to bounce back nicely from that Boxcino finals loss eight months ago. (more…)
The real knockouts of women’s boxing, and how the sport’s champions have trouble making a living without turning themselves into sex symbols. More in the Atlantic
There’s talk of Floyd Mayweather visiting Australia to meet with Anthony Mundine. More
Flashback to 1990 when Larry Holmes served as a commentator at the Cooney-Foreman fight. More
Amir Khan disses Mayweather with a mask prank. More
By Joe Koizumi
The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) has announced that it celebrates newly crowned WBC lightweight champion, Japan-based Venezuelan Jorge Linares in veneration of his third coronation in as many categories under the name of the commissioner Yuko Hayashi. Linares, now 29, came to Japan at the age of sixteen to belong to Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions since and seized three world belts—WBC feather, WBA super-feather and WBC light championships. He lately acquired the vacant WBC 135-pound belt by dismantling Mexican Javier Prieto by an eye-catching fourth-round knockout on December 30. Linares is one of the most outstanding boxers in Japan as he has been warmly supported by great many fight fans here. He has remarkably shown his fistic improvement as well as his linguistic excellence as he can speak Japanese very fluently at the press conference. How popular Jorge is here in Japan is beyond description. Congratulations.
Chip Perez 132.5 vs. Agustine Mauras 133
Josh Crespo 122 vs. Jorge Abiague 121.75
Elvin Ayala 170 vs. Aaron Mitchell 171
Jimmy Williams 159 vs. Jose Felix 161
Briam Granado 138 vs. Theo Desjardin 137
Khiary Gray-Pitts 159.25 vs. Jake Constant 162.25
Meng Fanlong 179.5 vs. Marcellus Yates 178
Wang Zhimin 138.75 vs. Kin Moy 140.25
Zhang Zhilei 260 vs. TBA
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: CES Boxing
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Boxcino 2014 middleweight winner Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Brian Vera (23-9, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Turning Stone in Verona, NY. Monroe scored a flash knockdown in round five (when Vera’s glove touched the canvas) en route to scores of 98-91, 97-92, 99-90. Nine straight wins for Monroe, who is the son of former middleweight contender Willie Monroe. He is rated WBA #3, WBO #7 and WBC #13.
Boxcino 2014 middleweight finalist Brandon Adams (15-1, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Lekan Byfield (6-6-2, 1 KO). Adams dropped Byfield in round one, then floored him twice in round two to get the stoppage. Time was 1:58. The bout replaced Friday night’s previously scheduled TV matchup between Petr Petrov and Hank Lundy that was canceled due to Lundy missing weight.
Welterweight Greg Jackson (4-1-1, 2 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to stop Cornelius Whitlock (3-2-2, 2 KOs) in round three. The bout was waved off at 1:27.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
OPBF top ranked super-feather contender, ex-Japanese national champ Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14 KOs) will have an ambitious shot at the OPBF 130-pound titleholder Jomthong Chuwatana (8-0, 4 KOs), from Thailand, tonight (Saturday) in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first show staged at the Korakuen Hall this year, and our fight fans greatly expect a hot competition between the young, stylish and hard-punching rivals. Kaneko, 26, raised his stock despite his defeat at the hand of WBA champ Takashi Uchiyama in a quest for the belt as he floored the titlist in the tenth and showed a very good performance in December 2013. Kaneko, as the national ruler, had demolished four challengers in as many title defenses to display his strength prior to his relinquishment before the WBA title crack. (more…)
Boxcino Junior Middleweight Quarterfinals
February 13, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
Cleotis Pendarvis (17-4-2) vs. Ricardo Pinell (10-1-1)
Stanyslav Skorohod (8-0) vs. Michael Moore (13-0)
Brandon Adams (14-1) vs. Alex Perez (18-1)
Vito Gasparyan (14-3-5) vs Simeon Hardy (13-0)
Boxcino Heavyweight Quarterfinals
February 20, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY
Donovon Dennis (10-1) vs. Steve Vukosa (10-0)
Razvan Cojanu (12-1) vs. Ed Fountain (10-0)
Andrey Fedesov (25-3) vs. Nate Heaven (9-1)
Mario Heredia (9-1) vs. Lenroy Thomas (18-3)
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Jose Zepeda 140.6 vs. Orlando Vazquez 141
Saul Rodriguez 132.6 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 133.2
Daniel Franco 127 vs. Sergio Najera 126
Arnold Barboza 146 vs. Taif Harris 146.8
Luis Sedano 130.4 vs. Ali Gonzalez 131.4
Abraham Lopez 146.2 vs. Bilal Mahasin 146.8
Venue: Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme, California
Promoter: Top Rank
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
WBC heavyweight champion Bermaine Stiverne weighed in 239lbs at for his initial world title defense against unbeaten #1 challenger Deontay Wilder on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Wilder scaled in at 219. Intense 25 second staredown, Wilder looked away first.
Stiverne: Eyes don’t lie. I could see in his eyes, he’s not ready for this.
Wilder: I’m going to beat him to within an inch of his life.
Leo Santa Cruz 121.5 vs. Jesus Ruiz 122
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 139 vs. Amir Imam 140
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 177 vs. Garrett Wilson 178
Cesar Quinonez 139 vs. Joan Valenzuela 141.5
Eric Molina 241.5 vs. Rapahel Zumbano 241
Note: Two other bouts fell through.
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Don King
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme
Early today, in a ceremony held at El Zipperle restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel honored Russian champion, Sergey Kovalev, awarding him the WBO’s Light Heavyweight Super Championship.
“The title of Super Champion is one of great significance. Iván Calderón, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Wladimir Klitschko and Joe Calzaghe are among the elite few who have received this distinction. Sergey Kovalev is a complete fighter with big punching power and great boxing skill. He is a dedicated family man and a gym enthusiast. He will defend his championship on March 14 and as you can see he is almost at his fight weight. We are honored to have him as our champion. He is undoubtedly one of the best fighters in the history of his division”, stated President Francisco Valcárcel. (more…)
On February 27, Mexicali’s Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) makes his move up to fight in his first eight-round bout in the evening’s co-main event when he faces Los Angeles’ Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Plus, Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) opens up the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes telecast in a four-round bout against Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs) of Houston. Also, newcomer Nick Arce (1-0, 1 KO) competes in his second professional match in a four-round super featherweight bout hoping to make airwaves and undefeated Oscar Negrete (7-0, 3 KOs) will compete in non-televised six-round bantamweight bout, both against opponents yet to be announced.
In the previously announced main event, IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against Alberto “Metro” Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
It is very astounding that formerly two-time world champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), a Japanese southpaw veteran, announced on Wednesday that he would go on fighting to look for another belt in the featherweight category. People here believed that Hasegawa, now 34, was completely through after his unsuccessful crack at WBA 122-pound champ Kiko Martinez, losing via seventh round TKO in April of the previous year. Hasegawa hasn’t fought since then, so our fight fans thought he would hang up gloves for good after his Martinez TKO defeat.
Reviewing his career, he has made some mistakes as follows: (1) Hasegawa, after his ten successful defenses of the WBC bantam belt, underestimated WBO ruler in the same category Francisco Montiel and suffered an abrupt fourth-round TKO defeat in April 2010. (2) It was also his fault that he mistakenly decided to move up to the feather division (126-pounds) and acquired the vacant WBC feather belt by decisioning Juan Burgos in November 2011. Hasegawa, without making even a single defense, forfeited the WBC 126-pound belt to Jhonny Gonzalez’s single right hook in just four rounds in April 2011. (more…)
By James Slater
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was briefly re-hospitalised yesterday, for follow-up care that was needed after his initial December stay in hospital due to a severe urinary tract infection, but he is now back at home and looking forward to celebrating his birthday tomorrow. Ali turns 73 tomorrow, January 17th and his spokesman, Bob Gunnell says “The Greatest” plans to spend his day watching basketball, when the University of Louisville will play against Duke. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management have joined together as Canadian fan favorite and tour de force David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs), has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. After his explosive headlining debut in the U.S. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Dec. 6, the beloved Montreal native not only retained his NABF middleweight title, but proved to critics that he is a powerful force in the 160 pound class.
Lemieux impressed as he knocked down Gabriel “King” Rosado in the third round and won by technical knockout in the tenth round when the medical examiner stopped the fight due to Rosado’s terribly swollen left eye. ESPN’s Dan Rafael said “there is no doubt that David belongs to the elite, he has a couple of losses but many others after losses have had great careers such as Wladimir Klitschko. He has a lot of potential.” (more…)
The PacMan was out in NYC with his crew this morning when we asked if there was anything he could say to Floyd … what would it be? His answer — “Sign the contract.”
Pacquiao and his team have already agreed to terms for a May 2nd fight with Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Vegas … though Floyd has yet to sign off on his end of the deal. Mayweather has not issued an official comment on where they stand — but his lawyers have indicated there are still issues with the deal. If the two do strike a deal … it’s expected to be the highest grossing fight in the history of the sport … with experts saying it could make more than $150 MILLION in pay-per-view revenue alone.
UFC announces David Allen as senior vice president & general manager of Europe, Middle East & Africa
The UFC® today announced the appointment of David Allen as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Allen first joined the UFC in December of 2013 as Director of Events, Marketing and Communications for EMEA. Throughout his 13 months with the organization, Allen has helped grow and develop the organization’s London office, and provided valuable leadership during a busy year for the region highlighted by sold out shows in London and Dublin in 2014. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman took time this morning to “weigh in” on a “heavy” topic, despite the Council’s heavyweight title being contested some thirty six hours from now. Sulaiman had some heavy words concerning the aborted weigh-in attempt by their #4 ranked lightweight Hank Lundy yesterday at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, ahead of his now scrapped lightweight bout against Petr Petrov. Lundy weighed in a whopping four pounds over the lightweight limit at 139 lbs. To add insult to injury, he chugged water afterward, posed in a face off with Petrov, then left the weigh-in room without trying to reduce any more weight or salvage the fight.
Why Sulaiman cares is because Lundy was ranked #4 during the WBC’s 52nd convention in late December. With previous #1 Jorge Linares annexing the vacant WBC title (champ Omar Figueroa is in recess due to medical reasons), Linares’ opponent for that title fight- #2 ranked Javier Prieto losing, that only left #3 Dejan Zlaticanin ahead of Lundy. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said on Friday that Floyd Mayweather “is running like a thief” as the Top Rank chief expressed disenchantment that the brash US fighter refuses to sign his name above the dotted line. Arum said his fighter, Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, is already on board, having agreed to bow down to Mayweather’s demands.
“When push comes to shove, he (Mayweather) backs down,” added the 83-year-old Arum. Still, Arum is not pulling the plug on his bid to get the fight done although he a solid backup plan is in place. If Mayweather doesn’t fight Pacquiao, Arum said a ring return for the eight-division champion will take place in late-April or sometime in May.
Arum had discussed with Pacquiao what’s down the road when they met in Los Angeles.
Heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs) is close to being ready for action following knee surgery. “I can not wait to get back in the ring,” said Kauffman, who has been off for a year as he injured his knee in the spring and had surgery. He has been rated as high as WBA #4 and is still rated WBA #9.
“When I get back it will be “My Time” and I am looking to fight the best out there. I will be very prepared as I have what I believe is the strongest team in the division which is my father Marshall Kauffman, Naazim Richardson and my manager Al Haymon.”
Karl Freitag (Wilder): “On Jan. 17, we’ll find out whether Wilder is real or not when he steps up in class to challenge WBC champion Stiverne. How big of a step up is it? Setting aside his two fights with Chris Arreola, Stiverne’s resume isn’t that much different than Wilder’s and the champ has been kayoed by journeyman Demetrious King and fought to a draw with journeyman Charles Davis. It says here that Wilder is real enough to go to 33-0, 33 KOs and take home the WBC belt.”
Matt Richardson (Stiverne): “I am super excited for this fight for one reason: it all but guarantees a good, old-fashioned heavyweight slugfest. Someone is definitely getting knocked out. And while I think it would be better for boxing if Wilder — a heavy-hitting, American Olympian who actually comes in shape — won the fight, I don’t think he will. There has to be a reason why he has fought so many Tijuana cab drivers and that’s probably because he has a Michael Grant-level chin. Against Stiverne that will be evident pretty quickly. Maybe I’m wrong and Wilder will be the next big American heavyweight star but I don’t think I will be. Stiverne will win an exciting fight, definitely by knockout, probably within four rounds.”
James Slater (Wilder): “This is the acid test for Wilder. His power is frightening but we don’t know how well he takes a good shot himself. Also, how will Wilder’s stamina hold up if the more experienced Stiverne can take him into the later rounds? It looks like Wilder’s fight early, Stiverne’s late. I go for Wilder to score another sizzling KO inside five rounds.”
Miguel Maravilla (Wilder): “This will definitely be an explosive, exciting heavyweight fight reminiscent of the 70’s, 80,’s, and 90’s. Both fighters have a high KO percentage and promise to bring it. I see Wilder’s height and reach being a problem for Stiverne, who will be coming at the taller Wilder setting himself up for a stoppage. Wilder by stoppage 5th or 6th round.”
David Finger (Wilder): “The thing about Stiverne is that he really raises his game to another level against top level opposition, and I feel Wilder is hands down the best fighter he has ever stepped into the ring against. So we will be seeing the Stiverne who fought Arreola as opposed to the one who struggled with Willie Herring and Charles Davis. There is no way Stiverne will come into this fight mentally unprepared. That said, I really think there is something special about Wilder. Although some have questioned the caliber of his opposition, nobody is questioning his punching power. I think we will see a new superstar explode onto the scene on Jan. 17. Wilder by fifth round TKO.”
When asked how he would hype his co-main event clash against Donald Cerrone this Sunday night, former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson answers succinctly that it’s my job to perform on the page and his to inside the Octagon . . . click here for more
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Top Rank’s future star and power puncher Saul ‘Kid Dinamita’ Rodriguez of Riverside, Ca. is looking for a big win to launch “a real big 2015″ here Saturday night at the Oceanville Pavillion in Port Hueneme, California. His trainer Robert Garcia says “Saul wants to win Saturday and show he is ready to step up to the big fights against top quality contenders this year.”
Saul, 15-0-1, 12 KOs is taking on super featherweight Carlos Rodriguez, 9-1, 4 KOs, of Mexico to open Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card which will be televised by UniMas at the Oceanview Pavillion. In the main event, super lightweight Jose Zepeda, 21-0, 18 KOs, of LaPuente, Ca, is taking on Orlando Vazquez, 15-5-1, 9 KOs, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Top Rank is promoting with Bash Boxing.
Saul said he sparred with former champ Mikey Garcia to wire in for this fight at the Garcia Gym in Oxnard. Ca. (more…)
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