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By Chris Morris
There’s a new promoter in town and he’s not talking the same old story. This writer has covered Colorado boxing for over a decade and I’ve seen many a promoter come and go. They all seem to have the same spiel. “We are taking over boxing in Colorado. Watch how many people are at MY show. We are going to put on the best fights ever. We are going to be the premiere boxing company in Colorado.” I’ve heard it all and it usually sounds the same and has the same outcome.
Not so when speaking with Rick Lopez Sr. who will be heading the New Generation promotional team. (more…)
In the midst of all the excitement about the release of EA Sports UFC for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 today, I must first address a gripe to the game’s Ultimate Fighter coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber: Did you have to pick me last? . . . More on UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #14 154 pounder Dennis Hogan (18-0-1, 7 KOs) will be working as a sparring partner with former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) while Geale is preparing to clash with WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) on July 26 at Madison Square Garden. Hogan, who was born in Kildare, Ireland but turned professional in Australia, stated “I love working and training with Daniel and it fills me with great confidence that he specifically asked for me to spar with. My last week with Daniel was a great experience for me but also cemented my thinking that I belong with the Daniel Geale’s of this world. Daniel is also great with passing on feedback and tips on what improvements I should be looking at.” Hogan is scheduled to collide with Steve Moxon over ten rounds on July 6 in Melbourne.
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler makes the second defense of his WBA minimumweight belt when he faces the vastly experienced Pigmy Kokietgym from Thailand at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco on Saturday night. His IBO belt will also be at stake. The 26-year-old Budler has developed into a competent all-round fighter since he turned professional in July 2007, compiling a record of 25-1, including 8 wins inside the distance. Sporting a whole exhibition of tattoos and multi-coloured hair, he has a crowd-pleasing style that has made him one of South African’s favorite boxers – and well respected abroad. (more…)
Former world title challenger Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco (24-2, 19 KOs) returns back to the ring after a year lay off on August 2nd at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. He returns after a close loss in WBO title eliminator bout between Chris Avalos. Francisco, who has spent his career fighting naturally bigger fighters at super bantamweight will be returning at bantamweight, a weight that Francisco feels will be ideal for his frame and ability to be physically dominate over foes.
In the co-main event, Virgil Hunter-trained light welterweight Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (11-1-1, 8 KOs) will face undefeated Chris Singleton (12-0, 5 KOs).
Also seeing action will be junior middleweight Aaron “Heavy Metal” Coley (8-0-1, 5 KOs) and junior welterweight Bilal Mahasin (4-1) will see action in separate bouts.
By Ron Jackson
Well-known boxing writer and ring historian Simmy Lewis has died in Cape Town. Lewis, who would have been 97 years old on July 4, served on the selection panel for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. He wrote, for many years, feature articles and a monthly column, Worldwide Fight Review, for the local Boxing World magazine. (more…)
Floyd Mayweather a racist? The media piles it on: More
Monroe, Michigan, boxer Bronco McKart retires from boxing. More
Is Chris Algieri the new frontrunner for Manny Pacquiao? More
Speaking of Algieri, more on his ratings on HBO and his victory over Ruslan Provodnikov. More
Photos & Text: Mary Ann Owen
After a year layoff, former Lt Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson was at the Mayweather gym today in Las Vegas finishing up his training & has returned to trainer Eddie Mustfa Muhammad. Dawson will be facing George “Honey Boy” Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on the Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai undercard at the Saturday 21 June 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California.
Former Champ Shane Mosley was at the Mayweather gym today training his son Shane Jr 1-0, 1 KO preparing him for his next fight. Shane Sr was trained by his Father Jack so naturally I had to ask Shane how it felt to be training his son and does he get nervous watching him fight, Shane replied ” No, I don’t get nervous because he has a good chin and knows what to do. I have confidence in him & his training.” photos
By Karl Freitag
Officials were selected today by the Nevada State Athletic Association for the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara PPV clash on July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The referee will be Robert Byrd. Judges are Dave Moretti, Jerry Roth and Levi Martinez.
The commission also approved the date request for Top Rank’s August 2 HBO card at the Cosmopolitan Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas for the Brandon Rios against Diego Chaves.
The last item on the agenda, Adrien Broner was called in and lectured about offensive post-fight comments he made during a Showtime interview on the May 3 Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Broner apologized profusely and said he wouldn’t do it again.
Can Chad Dawson be “Bad” again? Can the former two-time light heavyweight world champion bounce back from two consecutive knockout losses and look sharp after a one-year hiatus? Can he regain his status in the division he once dominated? As announced earlier, Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) will take George “Honey Boy” Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday. Dawson, 31, relocated to Las Vegas from Connecticut to train and has reunited with former trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. While questions about his career trajectory abound, Dawson still feels there’s much “Bad” Chad to be had.
Chad Dawson: I’m coming off losses in my last two fights, but nothing’s changed. I’m just back to being myself. I’m working hard with Eddie and doing the right things. I’ve been training for this fight for about two months….I’m getting ready for the second chapter of my career. I’m back to ‘Bad Chad.’
Per Nielsen Media Research: Saturday’s fight action from Barclays Center in Brooklyn was highlighted by the WBO jr welterweight title fight where Long Island challenger Chris Algieri rallied to score a split decision upset of champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia. The fight on the HBO Boxing After Dark series produced the third top performing bout on cable television in 2014. The HBO audience for the live, first-time airing of the bout from Brooklyn averaged 1,046,000 viewers. The audience for Provodnikov vs. Algieri peaked at 1,110,000 viewers.
HBO’s overall boxing event Saturday averaged 954,000 viewers. That number makes it HBO’s most watched Boxing After Dark event of the year. The opening bout of Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose registered 882,000 viewers. Andrade kept his world title belt with a decisive win. Leading off the telecast was the replay of Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto. The HBO audience for Cotto’s world middleweight title triumph was 970,000 viewers. The audience peaked at 1,126,000 viewers for the fight.
The top seven fights on cable TV so far in 2014 have all been on HBO.
The IBF held a purse bid at IBF Headquarters in Springfield, NJ today for the heavyweight mandatory defense between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. K2 Promotions bid $7,250,131 and Sauerland Event bid $5,290,144. K2 has 90 days to put the fight on. It’s known that K2 has already reserved the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany for September 6. The purse will be split 80/20 for Klitschko.
FOX Sports teams with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions for the first time on Thursday, July 10 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. The day before, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Live! delivers a pair of bouts. “Our commitment to the sweet science is stronger than ever and we’re excited to deliver boxing fans back-to-back nights of fights,” said FOX Sports SVP, Programming, Research & Content Strategy Patrick Crakes.
Iron Mike Productions’ Thursday show features IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) making his third title defense and looks to redeem himself against Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 13 KOs) in Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Barthelemy KO’d Mendez in January but Mendez got the belt back a month later when the Minnesota Combat Sports Commission ruled that the knockout took place after the bell, overturning the original ruling. In the co-main event, light heavyweight fighter Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) takes on an opponent to be named. (more…)
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will likely defend his title against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev on September 6 at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, if K2 Promotions is successful at today’s IBF purse bid at IBF Headquarters in Springfield, NJ. The arena is already reserved, however the bidding is open to all registered promoters. Pulev’s promoter is Sauerland Event. It is confirmed that the split will be 80-20 in favor of Klitschko.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO featherweight world title between #1 ranked Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) and the #4 ranked Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) to take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The referee will be Jack Reiss.Judges are Lisa Giampa, Pat Russell and Max De Luca. The WBO supervisor is Richard De Cuir.
The WBO featherweight title became vacant last March 1, 2014, when Lomachenko challenged then champion Orlando Salido, who didn’t make the weight for the fight losing the belt at the scales. Then, Salido beat Lomachenko by split decision.
Former two-time WBO super middleweight champion and current WBO #4 Robert Stieglitz will face WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) on July 26 at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Khomitsky made headlines two months ago when he knocked out the previously unbeaten and highly regarded Frank Buglioni in London. Can the 39-year-old Belorussian make it two upsets in a row? The fight will be for the WBO Inter-Continental title.
Also on the SES-promoted card, are former light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi and light heavyweight Dominic Boesel in separate fights. Opponents will be announced.
Mateusz Masternak’s (32-1, 23 KOs) coach Piotr Wilczewski has predicted war from the first minute when ‘’The Master’’ faces Youri Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs) for the interim WBA World Cruiserweight title on June 21st at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. Following his loss to Grigory Drozd, Wilczewski has guided Masternak to back-to-back victories against Sandro Siproshvili and Stjepan Vugdelija. In their third fight together the pair face their toughest assignment, an interim WBA World Cruiserweight showdown with the hard-hitting Youri Kalenga. (more…)
“I always say that with hard work and focus, dreams do come true. I believe that if you implement those two things, it’s inevitable that you’re going to succeed.” . . . More on UFC.com
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Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) will return against former world title challenger George Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday’s Showtime Extreme telecast preceding the regular Showtime Championship Boxing show from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Dawson, who signed with manager Al Haymon earlier this year, returns after a twelve month layoff and consecutive KO losses to Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward. The 39-year-old Blades has had just five over the last seven years, going 2-3 in that span.
Also on Shwotime Extreme is a clash between former U.S. Olympians as 2012 team member Dominic Breazeale (10-0, 9 KOs) meets 2004 team member Devin Vargas (18-3, 7 KOs) in a 10 round match-up.
Congressman Manny Pacquiao gets some political opposition by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines . . . More
Speaking of Pacquiao, Chris Algieri is talking about an eventual showdown. More
Former Florida heavyweight Jose Ribalta gets state hall of fame recognition. More
A biopic on the late Johnny Tapia begins production next month. More
A trial date of October 13 has been set in Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the All Star Boxing lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions over Golden Boy’s signing of Canelo Alvarez in January 2010. All Star Boxing, headed by Tuto Zabala Jr., is seeking punitive damages against Golden Boy alleging tortious interference involving Golden Boy’s signing of Alvarez while Canelo was still under a promotional contract with All Star Boxing.
On July 12, heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes part in an 8-round bout at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.
“I feel good and rejuvenated after the layoff,” said Witherspoon. “I haven’t been out this long because I wanted to. I had several fights fall through, so I decided to start my own company and do my own shows and I can’t wait until July 12 to put on a great event not far from where I live,” said Witherspoon.
Witherspoon will name his opponent shortly.
In the six-round co-feature, undefeated middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (14-0, 7 KOs) will be back in action against TBA.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that Bangor, Maine, childhood home of UFC® president Dana White, will host the state’s first ever UFC event at Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, August 16. UFC® Fight Night will showcase local talent, in addition to some of the sport’s top contenders. The five-round main event will be announced in the coming days. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Saturday’s night’s NBCSN Fight Night telecast from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania features a fight between two fighters who are basically unknown to the mainstream boxing fan. But promoter Kathy Duva believes the public will soon know all about light heavyweights Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs), who meet in a twelve-round eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF.
“Nobody knew who Sergio Kovalev was, nobody knew who Bryant Jennings was, nobody knew who Curtis Stevens was, I could go on an on,” said Duva. “Gabriel Rosado, Soto-Karass, the heavyweights we’ve been working with that have made an impact, Glazkov, the resurgence of the careers of guys like Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek. There are so many fellas who have become world known, contenders, and real forces in the boxing business whether it’s a world champion like Kovalev or guys that keep coming back because they make great fights like Rosado. I think the next guy in that line is gonna be in this fight.” (more…)
Hot Cuban light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera (11-0, 6 KOs) will now face off against Lee “The Silverback” Campbell aka Alpha Male (7-0, 3 KOs) of Larinburg, NC in an eight-round light heavyweight battle. Campbell, who upset Roberto Acevedo by eight-round majority decision in April, replaces former world champion Jeff Lacy who was originally scheduled to take on Barrera but pulled out due to managerial complications.
About the change of opponents the undefeated Barrera said, “I just want to fight. I am grateful that Campbell stepped in so I can keep this opportunity to fight on June 21. I am ready for whoever steps in the ring against me.”
Campbell, also undefeated, replied, “I thank God for the opportunity to fight Barrera. Secondly, I want to thank Main Events for their support. I pray that all fighters exit the ring without serious injury. I am confident in my coach and team that we will give the fans a great show. I look forward to future opportunities.”
Ringside Report by: Matt Richardson
Photos by: Peter Frutkoff
Well, not too many people saw that coming. In what is undoubtedly going to go down as one of the bigger upsets in boxing for 2014, local junior welterweight Chris Algieri earned the victory of a lifetime on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York when he defeated WBO titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov by 12-round split decision. More
Heavyweight contender, Bryant “By-By” Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs), has set up training camp in Las Vegas for two weeks before his upcoming WBC title elimination bout against Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs). Jennings, who hails from Philadelphia, PA, left home for two weeks to avoid the distractions that go along with training near family and friends. In the biggest fight on his career, he chose Las Vegas, to train in high elevation for a couple of weeks, before returning home to finish out camp.
“I wanted to come out to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks and train in high elevation,” said Jennings. “I’ve been running up at Mt. Charleston in high elevation, training alongside Erislandy Lara. Leaving Philly for a couple of weeks is only going to help me focus on getting fully prepared for Perez. I’ll head back home to finish out camp after this week.” (more…)
By Graham Houston
Ruslan Provodnikov landed the heavier blows but the name of the game is still boxing, and Chris Algieri boxed his way to a split but deserved victory in Saturday night’s junior welterweight title fight. This was a resolute and remarkable performance by the former kickboxing champion from Long Island, NY. Down twice in the first round, his right eye swelling shut from below, nose bloody, Algieri had about the worst start to a fight imaginable.
Yet by the second round Algieri was boxing, moving and scoring points as if nothing had happened. Scoring points. That was the key. Algieri looked beaten up but he was throwing and landing more punches than his opponent.
Algieri wasn’t exactly tapping his way to victory, either. Some of his jabs were knocking Provodnikov’s head back. Algieri ripped some hurtful-looking hooks to the body and landed some solid-looking right hands. He is an excellent instinctive fighter. Even with his right eye compromised, Algieri seemed to be seeing the punches coming until almost the last moments of the contest.
The fight-plan was perfect. Provodnikov — strong, tough, relentless, heavy-handed — just couldn’t pin down Algieri long enough to have a chance of overwhelming him. “When he thinks you’re going to move this way, move that way,” seemed to be part of the instruction from Algieri’s trainer. It worked. Provodnikov was the hunter but the quarry was elusive — and hitting back. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In the co-feature of Saturday’s Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA, journeyman light heavyweight Edgar Perez of Chicago, IL by way of Puerto Rico scored two knockdowns en route to a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell of Atlantic City, NJ.
Perez, who had a 10-bout losing streak coming into the contest dropped Harvell twice with crushing right hands. The first knockdown came late in the first round and the second came with about a minute left in the third. Harvell was pretty dominant in the second half of the bout as he moved the tiring Perez around the ring with his punches. However, the deficit caused by the knockdowns was too big for Harvell to overcome on the scorecards. Perez won by scores of 57-55 (twice) and 56-55 and received a bonus of $500 from the promoters for his accomplishment.
Perez is now 6-10, three KO’s while Harvell loses for the first time in his career and is now 13-1, seven KO’s. (more…)
By Joseph Abboud
As the boxing scene continues to grow at an explosive rate in the state of Kansas, one promoter is pushing harder than most in the Midwest. Jeff Page president of SKC Promotions has been a big provider of a constant feed of boxing in Wichita, Kansas, averaging ten shows a year. What makes Page’s story unique is that not only is he a promoter/manager he is also the father of light heavyweight prospect Jeff Page Jr, who fights almost every other month on all of his father’s cards.
Saturday night in the main event of the evening undefeated Jeff Page Jr (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over fellow Kansas resident Dominique Alexander (25-17-1, 12 KOs). (more…)
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