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World ranked lightweight MOnty Meza Clay (36-3, 22 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing legend Mike Tyson and his Iron Mike Productions it was announced today. “We’re thrilled to bring Monty aboard to our team. His fight against Allan Herrera in August was one of the most valiant performances I’ve seen in many years,” said Tyson. “He’s exactly the type of all-action warrior that we love to promote.”
Stated Clay, “I’m honored to join Mike and the team at Iron Mike Productions. I can’t wait to get back into the ring in Pittsburgh on November 14th.” Currently ranked #15 by the World Boxing Council, Clay will face “Lightning” Rod Salka next at the CONSOL Energy Center.
From boxing champ to activist: Find out what Dariusz Michalczewski has been up to. More
Gloucester boxing legend Hal Bagwell memorialized. More
Kristian Laight still “hungry” after losing 183 fights. More
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By Rocky Morales at ringside
Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18KO) won a clear cut unanimous decision victory over tough, but limited, challenger, Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20KO) on Wednesday night at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Stevens had his moments but was dropped in the eight round by a perfect right cross counter and was simply outboxed all night by the former WBO middleweight champion, N’Dam. Scores were 116-111, 116-111, 119-108. With the victory, N’Dam becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Sam Soliman.
Undefeated power puncher, Frederick Lawson (23-0, 20KO) battered slick, but aging, 36 year old veteran, Ray Narh (26-6, 21KO). Narh was put on the canvas in the second round by a left hook, again in the eighth round by a left hook counter and punished until the final bell. Lawson showed no compassion for his fellow Ghanian countryman and easily won by unanimous decision with scores of 99-89, 95-93 (inexplicably by Judge Gwen Adair) and 99-89. (more…)
Former British light-welterweight champion Curtis Woodhouse has turned his back on retirement and signed a three year managerial deal with promoter Dennis Hobson. Woodhouse, who gave up a lucrative career in top-flight football to become a paid fighter, lost his crown in June after an enthralling tussle with Scotland’s Willie Limond, and decided to call it a day shortly after.
However, the 34-year-old has since had a change of heart and believes his partnership with Hobson – who has guided the likes of Clinton Woods and Stuart Hall to world honours – will bring more title glory. (more…)
Funeral services for promoter Dan Goossen will be held on Tuesday, October 7, beginning at
6 p.m. PT, at St. Francis DeSales (13360 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91423.) http://www.sfdsparish.com/contact-us/ In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dan’s memory to the charity he established to honor his late brother — The Greg Goossen ’64 Scholarship Fund at Notre Dame High School.
Checks can be made payable to NDHS Goossen Fund and mailed to NDHS, 13645 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Contributions also can be made online by visiting www.ndhs.org. All gifts are tax deductible. The Goossen Family will be notified of all contributions.
By Karl Freitag
Middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) is set to take on former WBO middleweight beltholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (30-1, 18 KOs) tonight in an elimination contest, with the victor to face the winner of the October 8th IBF middleweight title fight between defending champion Sam Soliman and challenger, ex-middleweight king Jermain Taylor.
N’Dam was the more talkative fighter at the final press conference, noting that Stevens’ fight against Gennady Golovkin was stopped with Stevens still on his feet. “He doesn’t have the mentality for a champion,” said N’Dam. “I’ve already been a champion. Tomorrow will be fun.”
Stevens simply stated he’ll do his talking in the ring.
Only a handful of sportsbooks are handling the fight with N’Dam a slight -150 to -175 betting favorite. Stevens backers can get +120 to +137.
The bout will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and will be televised by ESPN2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The event is promoted by King Sports.
Thai fighter Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago (27-1-1, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) interim minimumweight world title on Wednesday at the I-Mobile Football Stadium in Buriram, Thailand. Freshmart prevailed 115-113 on all three scorecards. The WBA also recognizes South African Hekkie Budler as world champion in the division.
On Wednesday, October 15, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will return to NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for the latest edition of its Broadway Boxing series, hosting a special event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in which Everlast will be donating pink and black boxing gloves to show their support. Once dubbed “a female Arturo Gatti” by promoter Lou DiBella, the always-exciting Heather “The Heat” Hardy (10-0, 2KO’s) will headline a seven-bout card, facing off against Crystal Hoy, of Las Vegas, in a 10-round junior featherweight contest. (more…)
USA Olympian and undefeated (11-0, 8 KO’s) professional Top Rank boxer Jose Ramirez will be honored for his achievements and to announce his Central Valley Fight For Water 3, Saturday, Oct 25 at the Selland Arena. Ramirez, a Fresno State alum will be brought on the field at Bulldog Stadium during Fresno State’s nationally televised football game against the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday, October 3. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 pm local time.
To celebrate this event Ramirez is giving away a free ticket to his fight at all of the Stadium’s 180 concessions outlets during the game. No purchase is necessary. (more…)
WBO #15 ranked super flyweight Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) continues his march toward a world title fight this Friday at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. Lozano, a local favorite from nearby Bowling Green, Florida will take on Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in the final of the Telemundo super flyweight tournament running this year.
Entering his last bout, Lozano was coming off of his first career loss and responded with a devastating knockout of Antonio Tostado broadcast on Telemundo August 1st. Lozano senses he is close to his goal of winning a world title and knows a win this Friday is a must for that opportunity to happen sooner rather than later. Fightnews spoke with Lozano now just days away from his biggest fight to date. (more…)
IBF World Super-Flyweight Champion Zolani Tete said he’ll end challenger Paul Butler’s dream of making history by being the first British boxer in over a 100 years to win a second world title at a lighter weight. The tough South African puts his title on the line against Butler at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 25th.
Tete claimed the world title in his last fight when he travelled to Japan and faced unbeaten Teiru Kinoshita in his backyard, outclassing the home fighter to win on points and says he won’t be losing it in his first defense. (more…)
Tony Bellew will finally seek his revenge against arch rival Nathan Cleverly when the pair meet in the hugely-anticipated grudge match on November 22 at the Echo Arena in Bellew’s home town of Liverpool. In early confirmed undercard fights, Scott Quigg will defend his WBA world super bantamweight title for the fifth time against an opponent to be named shortly and Jamie McDonnell defends his WBA world bantamweight title against Walberto Ramos – with the winner of that fight facing WBO champion Tomoki Kameda in a unification clash. Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Michael Sprott in a British heavyweight title eliminator, unbeaten Liverpool sensation Callum Smith meets Nikola Sjekloca in an official eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title, and promoter Eddie Hearn is set to announce more big fights soon with James DeGale MBE and Stephen Smith set to feature.
By Boxing Bob Newman
A who’s who of women in boxing, as well as the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, speak their thoughts on the first ever Female Boxing convention in Playa del Carmen on 9-25-14.
By Bill Green
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
On Tuesday, Top Rank in association with Tecate officially announced what is expected to be an exciting lightweight title fight between current undefeated born-and-raised in Omaha, Nebraska, WBO world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) against the #1 ranked WBO contender Ray Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) of California on November 29 at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha. (more…)
This weekend the UFC returns to Sweden with a card headlined by the biggest welterweight prospect since a guy named Georges St-Pierre debuted back in 2004. Grappling prodigy Gunnar Nelson was long talked about as a fighter that could one day develop into something pretty special, and thus far in his UFC career, he hasn’t disappointed one bit . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Karl Freitag
Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8
(IBF middleweight eliminator)
Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6
Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher Martin 125.8
Isa Akberbayev 193.8 vs. Geovanni Sarran 205.2
Sergiy Derevyanchenko 164.2 vs. Laatekwei Hammond 162
Venue: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California
Promoter: King Sports
Three fights will be featured on tomorrow night’s ESPN Wednesday Boxing Special headlined by the IBF middleweight eliminator between former WBO champion Hassan N’Dam and Curtis Stevens at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
The 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated welterweight Fredrick “General Okuna” Lawson (22-0, 20 KOs) of California against New York’s Ray “The Emperor” Narh (26-5, 21 KOs). In his last outing, Lawson scored a sixth-round TKO win over Mohamed Kayongo, while Narh is looking to rebound from a 10-round split decision loss to Chris van Heerden.
The show will open with an eight-round bout between undefeated featherweight Miguel Marriaga (18-0, 16KOs) of Colombia and Californian Chris Martin (28-3-3, 9 KOs).
By Karl Freitag
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum today announced a second world title fight on the November 29 Crawford-Beltran card at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will defend against #12 rated Jayson “Maravilla” Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) in an attractive battle of unbeaten fighters.
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, will make an encore hometown title defense on the heels of his wildly successful victory over previously undefeated world champion and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa. Crawford will defend his title against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at
10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran world lightweight championship event will go on sale this Friday (October 3) at 10:00 a.m. CT. Reserved seat tickets start at $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52, $77 and $127. They will be available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000. To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted a news conference Tuesday in Omaha announcing their November 29 HBO showdown at the CenturyLink Center. Joining Crawford and Beltran was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Ray Beltran: Three years ago it was a different story. I was going through a lot of downs, but I always believed God had a plan for me. Like you heard I went to Scotland and didn’t get the decision, but I still believed God had a different plan for me and now I’m fighting Terence Crawford, a great champion, a classy guy, a very good person and I respect him. This fight is even bigger. Not just about the title, but it’s a very dangerous fighter, very skillful. So it’s a bigger risk, but bigger reward.
Terence Crawford: This fight is gonna be a tough fight I can tell. Ray Beltran is a good, crafty fighter. Everyone knows, including me, that he went over there and won that belt. He feels that he’s coming back to get what belongs to him so he’s gonna be fighting with a chip on his shoulder. But for me, I can’t let that happen.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American John Callas will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) defends for time against his compatriot challenger and multiple division former champ Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) on Saturday at Cancha de Usos Múltiples, Pradera de Villas in Los Mochis, Sinaloa in Mexico. The three judges are Rey Danseco (Philippines), Thomas Nardone and Mike Ross, both from the U.S.
By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee
At the first event held under the auspices of the newly reestablished Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) led by former two-time world champion (in two weight classes) Soo-Hwan Hong, Korean boxing fans were treated to an afternoon of spirited bouts culminating in three vacant Korean National Title matches. Although Myung-Woo Yuh was only the second Korean boxer to be inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame (in 2013), many would argue that Soo-Hwan Hong is as (if not more) deserving. In Korea and Asia as a whole, there is little doubt that Hong is more well-known and celebrated for his accomplishments in the ring. To see why, watch his incredible 1977 bout in Panama against Hector Carrasquilla. (more…)
Both camps are confident in advance of tomorrow night’s ESPN2-televised 12-round IBF eliminator between middleweight contenders Hassan “El Fenómeno” N’Dam (30-1, 18 KOs) and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The winner of the bout will earn the right to fight for the IBF Middleweight title, currently held by Australia’s Sam Soliman. The card is promoted by King Sports.
N’Dam’s manager Gary Hyde stated, “I think Curtis Stevens is a great fighter – he’s unbelievably strong and can knock you out with either hand. But, I think he’s limited when it comes to fighting a boxer like Hassan. I think the key to this fight is just Hassan being himself. He’s got lovely lateral movement and he’s a fantastic boxer. He’s got the Ali-Leonard style, and that’s what he should stick with against Stevens.”
Stevens’ trainer Andre Rozier countered, “I really expect Curtis to be super explosive. He knows that this is a title eliminator which will bring him to fighting the winner of the Jermain Taylor-Sam Soliman fight. So he’s literally right back in the title hunt with two steps to go – two really very short steps. I think we’re going to see a very explosive performance that ends in a big knockout.”
NABF junior heavyweight champ “The Mountain” Daniel Martz (11-1) returns to the ring on Saturday, October 11th at Fairmont State University in West Virginia in a non-title bout. 6’8, 250lb Martz will face former IBF world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-24) in the 8 round main event. In his last bout televised on Fox Sports in June, the 23-year-old Martz stopped formerly undefeated Alexis Santos (13-1) to capture the NABF junior strap.
Also in action, undefeated heavyweight Jeremiah Karpency (10-0) will battle an opponent to be named in the eight round co-feature. The undercard will also showcase welterweight Angelo Snow (2-0) and featherweight Justin Lopez (5-1) in separate four-rounders. The six bout card is being promoted by John Canterberry, and tickets can be purchased by calling (412) 725-4949.
2012 Olympian and undefeated flyweight prospect Jantony Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) is wrapping up his camp for his next match against Mexican Gilberto Mendoza (4-3) on Saturday at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. Jantony, since his grand debut last June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York and making his second pro fight in front of his hometown in Humacaso, has not stopped training and is ready for his third pro fight. “We’re pleased with the preparation for this fight, various details have been working and making some adjustments, we are ready for this big fight, and this opportunity I’m excited to fight in Orlando for all my Puerto Ricans,” said Jantony. “I know Gilberto doubles me in experience at a professional level, I have seen him and I know how we will outwork him this Saturday, you will see me very explosive.”
Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will kick off their Fall Series this Friday, October 3rd, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event local favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida will face Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title.
Also, undefeated welterweight prospect Emanuel “Pirata” De Jesus (11-0, 7 KOs) of Canovanas, Puerto Rico battles Aaron Steadman (10-5-2, 6 KOs) of Ocala, Florida scheduled for 6 rounds. (more…)
On October 24, undefeated middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas (14-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on veteran Jose Medina (18-15-1, 7 KOs) in the main event of a night of boxing at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. The scheduled eight round bout will be the main event of a card promoted by GH3 Promotions.
Douglas was recently impressive in scoring a second round stoppage over former world title challenger Luca Messi (37-9-1) on April 4 in Parsippany, New Jersey. In his last bout, Douglas and former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1) fought to a draw in a bout that headlined the 200th episode of the highly acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation series on July 25. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Kevin Lerena knocked out Gogita Gorgiladze in the fourth round of their cruiserweight bout at Emperors Palace east of Johannesburg on Monday night. The 22-year-old South African picked up the vacant WBC youth (silver) cruiserweight title for his trouble. Lerena started like a man in a hurry, stinging the globetrotting visitor from Georgia with southpaw jabs from the first round. He dropped Gorgiladze with a juicy left, leaving it to referee Thabo Spampool to count him out. (more…)
By Robert Coster
After a hiatus of over 5 years, boxing is returning to the Caribbean island of Haiti. Promoter Jacques Deschamps (also manager of WBA Featherweight Champ Nicholas Walters) has set the date of October 24th for a big card to held at the plush Karibe Convention Center in Petionville. The main event will pit local hero Evens “The Sun CIty Kid ” Pierre (23-1, 16 KOs) against former contender Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6-1, 23 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin Lightweight title. Pierre is coming off a year layoff from boxing to face a very tough opponent whose last fight was for the WBA interim world title. (more…)
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