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By Boxing Bob Newman
The 25th Anniversary IBHOF induction ceremonies took place on Sunday in Canastota, NY. Inductees included ring legends Joe Calzaghe, Felix Trinidad and Oscar de la Hoya, along with famed boxing writer Graham Houston, promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, photographer Neil Leifer and several deceased members of boxing’s family.
Star Boxing and Oklahoma’s popular middleweight “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (33-1-2, 24 KOs) had to come off the canvas in the second round to score a six round unanimous decision win over Codale Ford (3-3, 1 KO) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, OK. (more…)
In his first title defense this Saturday night, undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) has nothing but bad intentions on his mind for mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs). “I’m a bad man!” proclaimed Andrade. “I’m going to whip his ass. He’s getting knocked out. Fans are going to see why none of the top guys in my division want to fight me. I’m taking over!”
Andrade vs. Rose is the 12-round co-feature, airing on HBO live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The main event is a 12-round bout between WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs). (more…)
Ricky Burns says he is ready to begin a new chapter in his career as he prepares to take on unbeaten Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC International lightweight title at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Friday June 27. Burns’ near two year reign as the WBO champ ended in March when unbeaten Terence Crawford claimed his title in Glasgow in the Rickster’s fifth defense. The 31 year old decided to freshen things up with a move down south to trainer Tony Sims, who guided middleweight Darren Barker to a world title, and the Scotsman says he is reaping the benefits of shifting camps to Sims’ Essex base. (more…)
In an all action fight between middleweight favorite Scott Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KOs) and DeAndre Robinson-Neal (13-0-1, 7 KOs), both gave as good as they got for eight grueling rounds on Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was a battle of speed versus pressure and early on it looked like speed would be victorious as the speed and accuracy of Neal carried the fight. He was well ahead on the cards after five, having won four rounds on all three cards. However a headbutt in round five that opened a bad cut on Sigmon’s left eye that woke him up and he began to fight with a renewed vigor. He swept the last three rounds, using incredible pressure and the experience that he has gained from 30 pro fights to gain a majority draw. The fight left the crowd of over 500 standing and cheering the entire eight rounds. Scores for the fight 78-75 Neal, 76-76 twice. Both had words with each other after the fight thinking that they had won. Can we say rematch? (more…)
Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing is a family. We can’t say “fraternity,” as it wouldn’t be politically correct. There are a growing number of very fine female fighters practicing the “Sweet Science” as well. So family it is. That being said, perhaps the induction ceremonies on the hallowed grounds of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota should be called a “reunion.” Each year a few more members are recognized by the family, perhaps coming to the reunion in this sleepy little town in upstate New York for the first time. Such was the case again this year- the twenty fifth such reunion. Fittingly, this silver anniversary was as shiny as one could hope with ring warriors Joe Calzaghe, Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Oscar de la Hoya heading up the 2014 class of inductees, all in their first year of eligibility. (more…)
Photo: Peter Frutkoff
Unbeaten jr welterweight Chris Algieri (19-0 8 KOs), who challenges WBO world champion Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, is as much a scholar as he is a boxer. He graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 2010.
Against Provodnikov he plans to fight an intelligent fight. “We’ve got to go out there and be a master boxer,” Algieri told reporters. “This is a boxing match. It’s not a barroom brawl. So, I’ve got to go out there and use my skills.”
Against a big-punching pressure fighter like Provodnikov, Algieri is also prepared to mix it up. “There’s no shot that that I’m not going to have to fight,” he stated. “This is a boxing match. Ruslan’s going to put the pressure and he’s going be in front of me. But, at the same time even though I’m deemed the boxer and he the puncher, once we’re inside, I can still punch. I’m still going be in there, still being able to throw and use my skills on the inside.”
At the European Boxing Union AGM held at the Marriott Hotel in Hamburg, Germany, on the 7th June 2014 organized by the BDB there were 38 countries in attendance. One of the highlights at this important meeting which also held elections for a further 4 year term was a surprise presentation made by re-elected President Bob Logist and the 10 re-elected members of the EBU Council to the General Secretary Enza Jacoponi to celebrate 50 years loyal service with the EBU. A tearful Enza received an oil portrait of herself and was visibly moved as she received a rapturous applause from all those present wishing her many more years to go. Laura Carli and Martina Ponzo, our two secretaries also offered her a photo book.
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Photos: Will Hart
A press conference was held Saturday afternoon in New York City for the July 26 HBO show at Madison Square Garden headlined by WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defending against former champion Daniel ‘The Real Deal” Geale, and a clash between undefeated heavyweight contenders Bryant “By By” Jennings and Mike “The Rebel” Perez.
Gennady Golovkin: “I’m very happy to be fighting Daniel Geale, I’ve known him for many years and this will be a terrific fight for the fans. Saturday, July 26 will be a great night at Madison Square Garden.”
Daniel Geale: “This is a perfect fight for me and I look forward to the challenge of facing Gennady.”
Bryant Jennings: “Mike doesn’t like to talk much but I’m here to tell you that I will be the next heavyweight champion from the United States and I can’t wait for July 26.”
Mike Perez: “I don’t have much to say but I look forward to facing Bryant Jennings on July 26 and fighting on HBO.”
Finally, Baltimore native George “K.O.” Chaney earns Hall of Fame spot. More
Trainer Freddie Roach believed in a Cotto domination: More
Paul Butler eyes two-weight world championships. More
Zambian boxer Bazila Ngosa attacked the ref during his fight this weekend. More
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing Legends converged on Canastota, New York, on Sunday for the 2014 induction ceremony for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Displaying their IBHOF rings from left to right are legendary boxing writer Graham Houston, photographer Neil Leifer, former world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad, former world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, unbeaten former world champion Joe Calzaghe and referee Richard Steele.
According to Team Maravilla’s Nathan Lewkowicz, former WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez had no hand or knee issues in Saturday night’s fight against Miguel Cotto. “He felt dizzy after the shot to the head in round one and didn’t recover. The only injury was a broken nose.”
As for what comes next, on Sunday Martinez tweeted: “And now comes a period where I will rest and will reflect with my own about what lies ahead. Thank you and now more than ever HLVS [until victory, always]!”
WBC middleweight champion quietly arrived back in Puerto Rico today with little fanfare at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina. “I like to go unnoticed, get home and rest in peace,” Cotto told El Nuevo Dia.
Promoter Bob Arum stated Saturday that Cotto could return on December 6 or December 13.
HBO Sports will present the replay of Cotto-Martinez this Saturday on the live “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader from Brooklyn headlined by the WBO junior welterweight world title fight between Ruslan Provodnikov and Chris Algieri and WBO junior middleweight title fight between Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade and Brian “The Lion” Rose.
21,090 boxing fans rocked the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City for Saturday night’s fight.
Cotto had a guarantee of at least $7 million for last night’s fight. Martinez’ purse was $1.5 million + a percentage of the PPV upside.
“Boxing is the winner tonight,” said promoter Dennis Hobson after Stuart Hall lost his IBF bantamweight belt to Paul Butler via split decision on Saturday at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. Hall, the bigger of the two, looked to impose his strength and appeared to land the bigger shots during the battle, often knocking Paul’s head back with jabs. Butler started fast and threw punches-in-bunches but, for all the eye-catching combinations, wasn’t able to halt the forward march of the champion. With plenty of shots hitting gloves, and some excellent evasive work from both, opinion was split at ringside. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Making the first defense of his IBO super bantamweight belt, Thabo Sonjica from Duncan Village knocked out the South African bantamweight champion Toto Helebe of Khayelitsha at 2:36 into the first round at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The southpaw champion, from Duncan Village near the city, came out fast and overwhelmed the challenger from Cape Town using his longer reach and immediately scored with both hands to the head. Helebe (55 kg) was soon bleeding from the nose and Sonjica (55.20 kg) backed him up against the ropes where he dug in a big left to the body. The challenger went down, clutching his side in agony, and referee Andile Matika counted him out. (more…)
Eight fighters joined UFC senior director of public relations Dave Sholler at the Fight Night Albuquerque post-fight press conference Saturday night: Benson Henderson, Rustam Khabilov, Diego Sanchez, Ross Pearson, John Dodson, Rafael dos Anjos, Piotr Hallmann, and Bryan Caraway . . . Click here for more
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By Jose Santiago
“Ring generalmanship is pretty much a lost art in boxing,” said Miguel Cotto’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at Saturday’s postfight press conference. “It’s something that my trainer Eddie Futch really taught me well, and something I taught Miguel. We had [Martinez] moving into the right hook all night long and it worked very well. He really gave the guy a boxing lesson. When I said we were gonna knock Martinez out in four, I just wanted to get inside their heads a little bit, thinking we’re going to start quick, but the real gameplan was to outbox this guy because I thought Miguel is a better boxer than Martinez.
“Martinez moves with no plan of attack. He’s just trying to use his speed and he kinda plays with his left hand trying to get you to pull back so he lands the big overhand left, but we were well prepared for that and it never happened.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Veteran super featherweight Miguel “Micky” Román (46-11, 35 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former two-division world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (45-7, 35 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 7,000+ at the Monumental Estadio de Beisbol in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. Román dropped Ponce de Leon in round six and got a referee’s stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches in the tenth. The 34-year-old Ponce de Leon, who has now been stopped in three of his last four outings, announced his retirement from boxing in an interview after the fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Dave Hedgecock who trains IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman, talked with Fightnews to say he was very impressed with Miguel Cotto’s victory over Sergio Martinez Saturday night to win the WBC 160 pound title and said he would be interested in a Sam Soliman vs. Miguel Cotto unification bout.
“Miguel Cotto showed today he is one of the all time greats to win world titles in four divisions,” said Hedgecock. “I have been a fan of Cotto’s for many years. Soliman and Cotto were both underdogs when the challenged for the IBF and WBC middleweight championships respectively. Soliman was underdog against German great Felix Sturm when he dominated him to capture the IBF middleweight title 8 days ago. (more…)
IBHOF 25th anniversary induction weekend: $50k pledges from De La Hoya, Ward and the WBO for expansion project
By Boxing Bob Newman
On one of the most beautiful days of the year so far, boxing fans enjoyed the festivities during Saturday’s portion of the 2014 IBHOF induction weekend. This is the Hall’s 25th year and with luminaries such as Oscar de la Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe being inducted in the modern boxers category, the silver anniversary couldn’t be any more glitzy.
The day started off with the annual 5K run where fans and fighters alike could partake. Referee Charlie Fitch, who just came off a fine performance in last week’s Froch-Groves II fight in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, finished in a respectable 26 minutes, while the WBA’s George Martinez clocked in at 38 minutes. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Welterweight Emmanuel Lartey scored an unanimous decision over former IBF super featherweight champion and contestant on “The Contender” reality series Steve Forbes on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Forbes took the lead early with flurries of combination punching. Forbes’ punching slowed in the third and Lartey scored a flash knockdown. Lartey found a strategy of pot-shotting when Forbes closed the gap, then clinching before Forbes could work inside. It was ugly but effective. Forbes did manage a few solid bursts of combo punching, some of which could have stolen rounds, but Lartey piled up too many points. Scores were 99-90 and 98-91 twice. Fightnews had it 95-94. With the win, Lartey improves to 16-2-1. Forbes is now 35-13. (more…)
Three prominent names have already been mentioned as possible opponents for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.
By Jose Santiago
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto spoke to the press after his career-defining win over reigning world champion Sergio Martinez on Saturday night in New York City.
[Cotto on the fight] We just went out in the first round to make our fight. We just hit him with really good punches. After the three knockdowns, we kept to our strategy and that was the thing that defined the fight….I was a little surprised I knocked him down three times, but it’s part of the work. We went in there with a strategy, thinking what we needed to do and that’s what we did. Not just the first round, the three knockdowns, or the end of the fight, I think you saw throughout the fight what I can do and that was all a reflection of the hard work we did for 10-11 weeks.
[Cotto on his legacy] It’s not up to me where I belong among the greats. That’s someone else’s choice. Other people determine that. I don’t. I just work hard. I do the best I can every day. I go in the ring and do my best. And the only four people that count in what they think of me, they’re sitting to my right, my family.
[Cotto on what's next] I need a rest. I know Freddie doesn’t rest, he’s always ready for the next challenge, but I need to rest a little bit and then we’ll talk about it and see what we decide.
As a precaution, Sergio Martinez was taken directly to a local hospital after the fight and did not attend the press conference.
The European Boxing Union held their General assembly last Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. President Bob Logist from Belgium has been re-elected for a 4 year term. Not only was Logist confirmed, but also no changes in the Board.
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