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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

Report / Photos by Boxing Bob Newman There was high drama in the main event of the Shobox 200 card at Turning Stone ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

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Boxing News

Bryant Jennings talks his past, present, future

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’ve got respect for Szpilka. He showed good gentleman manners. I appreciate that,” said undefeated Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview after Thursday’s New York City press conference. “ByBy” spoke about his past, his determination to make himself a better fighter and of course his highly anticipated bout against 24-year-old southpaw from Poland Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs).



January 24th, 2014



Boxing News

Former IBF champ Jose Sanabria shot in Venezuela

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former IBF super bantamweight world champion Jose Sanabria, 51, was shot in the chest by criminals while riding on a bus with 27 passengers on San Felipe in Valencia, Venezuela. The assailants apparently thought Sanabria was a member of the police because he wore a red shirt similar to those used by public officials and supporters of the Chavez government. Sanabria is currnetly in the Prince of Puerto Cabello Lara Hospital where he received emergency treatment.



January 24th, 2014

UFC

Gonzaga: Better the Second Time Around

There was a collective groan in Manchester, England’s M.E.N. Arena near the end of the first round of the heavyweight bout between Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop in April of 2007, mainly because most fans believed that when referee Herb Dean stood the two fighters up after a dominant ground attack by Gonzaga, the Brazilian’s best chance of winning against the feared Croatian striker had gone by the wayside . . . More

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January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury: Basile looks good, experienced

Heavyweight Tyson Fury has commented on his ten-rounder with Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile at the Copper Box Arena on February 15th. “It’s been a while, but I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again and showing the world that Tyson Fury is back in action and on course for the world title. I wouldn’t say that rust has set in because I haven’t fought, I’m always training and in the gym sparring, but I’m now desperate to get in the ring at the Copper Box Arena in front of a big electric crowd and do what I was born and bred to do, fight and win. Basile looks good, he’s experienced with seventy fights and has fought in plenty of title fights. He’s seen a lot in his career against the likes of Alexander Dimitrenko and Artur Szpilka, but he’s never seen a man like Tyson Fury before. He’s just a few inches shorter than me which is great because I’ve been fighting shorter men, he’ll be near my height and once I work out the range and timing, those big right hands will be detonating on his jaw.”



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Veneno Rubio in Oxnard with trainer Robert Garcia

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #1 middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is already working with trainer Robert Garcia at Garcia’s famed gym in Oxnard, California, in preparation for his third WBC world middleweight challenge. This time the fight is for the vacant interim belt against #2 rated Domenico “Vulcano” Spada to be held on April 5 at a venue to be confirmed in Mexico. The card will be promoted by Promociones del Pueblo.

“I will do everything to win the world title,” said Rubio. “I miss my wife and my daughters a lot, but this is a sacrifice I also do for them. We are already training at one hundred percent. Robert says he’s seen a few videos of my opponent and we’ll review them together to formulate our strategy. Spada is a very fast and very technical fighter, I guess he had a long career as an amateur. He’s the current silver champion, only has a couple of defeats and has never been knocked out. We have a complicated, but not impossible mission and we are planning a knockout to win the title.”



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Hinckley, MN

By Jesse Kelley

Rob Brant 156.5 vs Tyler Hultin 158
Aaron Green 278 vs. Richard Carmack 337
Jamal James 146.5 vs. Colby Courter 145.5
RJ Laase 146 vs. Jeremy Marts 146.5
Ray Edwards 258 vs. Alex Rozman 248
Winston Anderson 135.5 vs. Rondale Hubbert 137.5
DeLorien Caraway 146 vs. Eli Smith 146.5

Promoter: Rapacz Promotions
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Kamilche, WA

Photo: Goossen Tutor Promotions

Thomas Williams Jr. 174.8 vs. Cornelius White 174.4
Rico Ramos 125.8 vs. Jonathan Arellano 125.8
Malik Scott 254.6 vs. Grover Young 240
Virgil Green 139 vs. Guillermo Delgadillo 139.8
Ronald Hearns 164 vs. Eddie Hunter 166.4
Juan Funez 125.6 vs. Marcelo Gallardo 126.2
Sammy Perez 133.2 vs. Lupe Hudgens 132.4
Michael Hunter 211 vs. Gary Tapusoa 211
Stephan Shaw 267 vs. Kyle McNutt 216
Omotundi Tabiti 193 vs. Kenneth Gray 192.8
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort in Kamilche, WA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: ESPN2



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

A boxing documentary called “The Punch” is attracting attention at the Tribeca Film Festival. More

More on Boston-based “The Fighters” boxing reality show. More

“Sugar” Shane Mosley in the Philippines to help victims of recent natural disasters. More



January 24th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Danny Garcia defends Justin Bieber

WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia has come to the defense of pop idol Justin Bieber, who was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police allegedly observed Bieber drag racing on the streets of Miami.

Garcia tweeted the following on Thursday night:



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Atlantic City

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Curtis Stevens 160.5 vs. Patrick Majewski 161.5
Thabiso Mchunu 198.5 vs. Olanrewaju Durodola 199.5
Ilshat Khusnulgatin 173.5 vs. Roberto Acevedo 175.5
Wellington Romero 136 vs. Ismael Serrano 136
Hassan Young 141 vs. Justin Johnson 141.5
Mark Rideout 241 vs. Fred Latham 257.5
Sevdail Sherifi 198 vs. Venroy July 198
DeCarlo Perez 156.5 vs. Wilky Campfort 156.5

Venue: Resorts International in Atlantic City
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBC Sports Network



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Indio, California

Antonio Orozco 141.4 vs. Miguel Angel Huerta 142
Cornelius Bundrage 153.4 vs. Joey Hernandez 153.6
Julian Ramirez 123.8 vs. Derrick Wilson 123.4
Gerald Washington 248 vs. Arron Lyons 234
Dominic Breazeale 254.6 vs. Homer Fonseca 298
Manuel Robles Jr 124 vs. Ricky Lopez 124.8
Santiago Guevara 132 vs. Rocco Espinoza 130
Kevin Watts 137.6 vs. Julian Cruz 141.2
Tevin Watts 145.6 vs. Gustavo Lopez 145.6
Kirk Bills 144 vs. Jesus Delgado 142.4

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1



January 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson-Jean final press conference

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson and #1 contender Dierry Jean hosted their final news conference Thursday at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Here’s what they had to say their Showtime-televised fight at the DC Armory:

Lamont Peterson: I can show you how I come back from a knockout better than I can tell you; you’ll see Saturday night. You just have to forget it, it can happen to the best of us. Even basketball players shoot air ball free throws; sometimes that’s just what happens. I didn’t have a hard time dealing with it, just seemed like the media did. We train hard, we go into the fight and we are there to win, but of course there’s a chance you can lose. That’s what happened [with his fight against Lucas Matthysse], but you just have to pick yourself up and move on.

Dierry Jean: On Saturday, I’ll show everybody that I’m the best fighter pound-for-pound. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Cruz-Cintron added to Adamek-Glazkov acrd

Bragging rights across Southeastern Pennsylvania will be up for grabs when welterweights Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, and nearby rival Kermit Cintron, of Reading, PA, meet in a much-anticipated regional showdown Saturday evening, March 15, in the Events Center at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Topping the card is the world heavyweight elimination fight between Tomasz Adamek, of Zywiec, Poland, and Vyascheslav “Czar” Glazkov, of Lugansk, Ukraine, in a 12-round contest. NBC Sports Network will televise the card on its popular Fight Night Series. The first TV fight is 9pm (EST).

“The Adamek-Glazkov fight may generate more interest on an international scale, but in Southeastern Pennsylvania there is no bigger fight to be made than Cruz against Cintron,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, who is co-promoting the March 15 card with Main Events. “From the early calls, I expect the March 15 card not only to sell out, but we should have people banging on the doors outside trying to get in the night of the fight. This one (Cruz-Cintron) has been brewing for some time, ever since Cruz developed into a local attraction in Bethlehem, less than 50 miles from Cintron’s hometown.”



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings-Szpilka first face to face meeting

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated heavyweights, Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) and Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) engaged in a tense 20 second faceoff today during a Top Rank press conference in Manhattan’s “BB King Club.” They will meet again this Saturday in the sold-out MSG Theater. Their clash will be broadcast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

JC Burgos: They are going to regret they took this fight

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

This Saturday night super featherweight Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20KOs), the tough and rugged talented fighter from Tijuana, Mexico, will have his third opportunity for a world title when he faces the star-in-the-making Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (33-0, 28KOs) of Oxnard, CA, at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City. The twelve-round WBO title tilt will be broadcast live on HBO and presented by Top Rank Promotions.

Originally from the deep southern state of Puebla in Mexico, Burgos has called Tijuana home for nineteen of his twenty-six years and shared after a rigorous morning work out last week that he is ready to give the border city something they are sorely lacking. “It is an extra motivation for me since Tijuana is the city that game me my start as a fighter and right now it going through a terrible drought as far as champions. Tijuana has always been the home of great champions and has given the sport great fighters. It is a great incentive for me to have the opportunity to come back to Tijuana as a world champion and open up 2014 right for my city and that is what I am going to do, give Tijuana and Mexico a world champion. I want my fellow Mexicans to be proud of me and know that in Juan Carlos Burgos they are going to have a long-reigning world champion.” (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten Daley to defend NABA cruiser belt

Undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) cruiserweight champion “Dangerous” Denton Daley (11-0, 6 KOs) is set to make his second title defense Saturday, February 15 against veteran Andres Taylor (21-5-2, 8 KOs) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Denton is a 31-year-old Brampton native, who trains in Kitchener, Ontario, and is rated #7 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and #14 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). Taylor is a former World Boxing Foundation (WBF) All-Americas cruiserweight champion from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Denton vs. Taylor is the 12-round main event on “Doomsday,” promoted by United Boxing Promotions (UBP) in association with Title Fight Promotions. Denton’s promoter, Don MacDonald, believes this is a crossroads fight for both boxers. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

It’s Official: Tyson Fury to face Gonzalo Omar Basile on February 15th return

By James Slater

Tyson Fury’s official Team-Fury website has announced the comeback foe Fury will face in London on February 15th. Fury, inactive since his April 2013 up from the floor stoppage win over Steve Cunningham, will face Argentine slugger Gonzalo Omar Basile. Basile has a 61-8 record with 28 KOs and he has boxed almost his entire career at home. The 39-year-old has been stopped seven times, usually whenever he has stepped up in class. Alexander Dimitrenko and Artur Szpilka both stopped Basile early, while the 6’6″ fighter known as “El Paton” has also been halted by Mauro Ordiales (in Basile’s debut), Cesar Acevedo (twice), Marcelo Nascimento and, most recently in 2012, Luis Juarez.

Basile is nevertheless a decent enough return foe for what may be a rusty Fury. Currently 21-0, 15 KOs and looking at a summer return with reigning European heavyweight champ Dereck Chisora (who will face a TBA on the Feb 15th card), Fury might want to get a few rounds in against Basile next month. The Argentine can bang some though and we all know that anything can happen when two big men collide. And Basile has been active, winning his last six fights and boxing four times last year.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Carl Froch says his next fight looks like it will be be against Chavez Jr

By James Slater

WBA and IBF super-middleweight champ Carl Froch was a live studio guest on Sky Sports News earlier today, talking about his next fight. Under fierce pressure from George Groves to grant him a rematch – with many fans also asking for a second slice of the action that ended prematurely back in November – Froch says he is not all that interested in “going over old ground and beating George Groves again.”

Froch said that should he fight twice this year, as he usually does, he will look at facing Groves and Julio Chavez Jr but, “not in that order.”

Froch said that as he understands it, a fight with Chavez Jr is almost a done deal for his next fight, and that this fight and the opportunity to box in Las Vegas motivates him far more than does a rematch with Groves. However, Froch added how it “would be nice to silence him [Groves] as he has done a lot of whingeing and whining.” (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Another new opponent for David Price

Heavyweight Konstantin Airich has failed his prefight medical, so heavyweight David Price will now face journeyman Istvan Ruszinski (12-10, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Price was originally slated to face Evgeny “Molecule from Hell” Orlov before Airich. The bout will be Price’s debut under the Sauerland Event banner.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Burgos ready for war in NYC

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated WBO jr lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) and and current #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs) hosted their final news conference Thursday at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Here’s what they had to say:

Mikey Garcia: I expect a very good fight from Burgos. He knows what’s at stake. He’s very hungry. He’s very motivated. He believes that the title I hold should belong to him for what happened a year ago…expect a great fight Saturday night.

Juan Carlos Burgos: Physically and mentally I am prepared. I’m here to win and it will be a great thing on my record that I have beaten Mikey Garcia…I have prepared very hard and I didn’t come here just to fight, I came here to win.

Promoter Bob Arum: Mikey Garcia is not a trash talker. He’s a cop. Anyone trash talks to him he’s going to arrest them. And besides, the people are ready for a great athlete, a great performer who is a gentleman and saves his animosity and violence for the ring and doesn’t act like a thug outside the ring. And doesn’t flaunt and wave dollar bills or flush them down a toilet, but is somebody who is a true American who really is grateful for where he is…we at Top Rank believe that Mikey Garcia is a coming superstar. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola deal reached, purse bid cancelled

The purse offer scheduled for this Friday for the vacant WBC heavyweight world championship has been cancelled. The promoters of #1 ranked Bermane Stiverne and #2 ranked Chris Arreola have come to an agreement for the fight. This world championship fight will be the rematch of their battle on April 27, 2013, in which Stiverne, now 23-1-1 with 20 knockouts, scored a knockdown in the third round and won by 12-round unanimous decision. Arreola, now 36-3 with 31 knockouts, has won one fight since then, a first-round knockout against Seth Mitchell on September 7.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Kono to face Denkaosen for vacant WBA 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

12314kono00Former WBA super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono (29-8, 12 KOs), a busy-punching Japanese, will attempt to regain the currently vacant WBA 115-pound belt when he squares off against WBA#1 ranked interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26 KOs), a 37-year-old veteran from Thailand, in Tokyo, Japan, on March 26. It was publicly announced by Watanabe Promotions yesterday. The WBA throne busily changed hands last year, as Kono lost his belt to Venezuelan Liborio Solis via controversial majority decision last May, but Solis, in his first defense, shamefully forfeited his belt as he failed to make the class limit in a scheduled unification bout with IBF ruler Daiki Kameda last December. Solis, no less than eight pounds heavier on the night, defeated Kameda by a split verdict.

In a quest for the vacant 115-pound belt will Denkaosen, WBA interim champ, face #2 Kono, 33, at the Korakuen Hall. It will be an encounter of the veteran campaigners. The Thailander crowned in two classes has been fluctuating as he looked strong in defeating our ringmen Takefumi Sakata and Nobuo Nashiro, but not so good in losing his WBA 112-pound belt to Daiki Kameda in 2010.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson-Jean heats up in frozen DC

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

It may freezing in Washington DC, but the four fighters competing in this Saturday night’s Showtime doubleheader braved the cold for a photo shoot at the DCB Fit Boxing Gym to discuss their upcoming bouts. In Saturday’s main event at DC Armory, local favorite Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) will defend his IBF junior welterweight title against unbeaten #1-ranked Dierry Jean (25-0, 17 KOs), of Montreal by way of Haiti. USBA junior middleweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, risks his 154-pound belt and unbeaten record against two-time world title challenger Gabriel “King” Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, in the co-feature.

Here’s what the boxers said Wednesday:

Lamont Peterson: It was pretty cool to meet Dierry Jean for the first time today at the Showtime shoot. We didn’t say anything to each other. No words. We did a face-off, but that was it. I came in when he was here [at the boxing gym], we did our faceoff and then he left. I wasn’t expecting to say anything to him and it’s going to be that way. He is small, but kind of the size I thought he would be. Size doesn’t mean anything.

Dierry Jean: We have over 100 people that have bought ringside tickets. We have made sure that all arrangements have been made for everyone. We are doing everything the way we should be as if we are home. We are not here as tourists. We are here to get the job done, to take that belt and go back home with it. Look, I am here on a mission to bring that belt back. And having met Lamont, nothing changes. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

UFC

FOX UFC Saturday Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC descends upon the Windy City of Chicago this weekend, and the undercard for the upcoming event is loaded with young, up and coming talent, including a featured bout pitting UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis’ little brother Sergio Pettis against Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres, as well as two of the best strikers in the bantamweight division when Eddie Wineland takes on Yves Jabouin.. . . More

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FOX UFC SATURDAY: Henderson vs. Thomson is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 and UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 78 PM ET/5 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Mikey Garcia visits Knicks game

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated WBO Jr. Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia gives away two tickets to a lucky fan during the New York Knicks – Philadelphia 76ers game Wednesday night at Madision Square Garden in New York City for his first defense of his new world title against two-time world title challenger and current No. 1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos of Tijuana, Mexico. Garcia vs Burgos will take place on Saturday, January 25 and will be televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark. (more…)



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez wants to make a defense before facing Abner Mares in rematch

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez expects to make the first defense of his world title as soon as possible — before facing Abner Mares in a rematch. They were scheduled to meet February 15, but Mares pulled out with an injury. González and his promoter Oswaldo Kuchle will now meet this Friday in Mexico City to decide the immediate future of Gonzalez. Several names have been mentioned as possible opponents including #13 rated Clive Atwell, #3 rated Gary Russell Jr, #7 rated Viorel Simion, #19 rated Marvin Sonsona or #8 rated Carlos Zambrano. Gonzalez has a rematch clause to face Mares, but with Mares out of action at the moment due to injury, Promociones del Pueblo hopes to stage a Gonzalez defense in the Zocalo in Mexico City.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Illinois boxing official Joel Campuzano returns to work after a 30-month paid leave. More

Dana White talks boxing and his new Boston-based reality show. More

Spokane TV station talks boxing with Andre Ward. More

Heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman prepares for Vincent Thompson this Saturday. More



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Szpilka late night training in NYC

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Open media training in New York was cancelled Wednesday because of cold and snowy conditions, but undefeated WBC #14 heavyweight Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs) spent more than an hour in the gym late at night getting ready for his clash against Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs). “I can’t wait. My fans are telling me that this is something special for them, than they want me to fight right. I feel the same — times ten!” said Szpilka. He is preparing to face WBC #4 rated Bryant Jennings on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden Theater, live on the HBO Boxing After Dark series.



January 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Lebedev-Jones II Update

By Gabriel F.Cordero

The WBA has announced that representatives of cruiserweight world champion Dennis Lebedev and “champion in recess” Guillermo “Felino” Jones have reached a definitive agreement for their rematch. The fight will take place in April in Russia at a place and date to be determined. Lebedev and Jones originally met met in May 2013 with Jones winning a war by late TKO. The WBA had called purse bid on next January 27 in Panama City. The details of the fight will be publicly announced at a press conference to be held next week in Russia.



January 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

New opponent for Mundine: Gunner Jackson

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (45-5, 27 KOs) will clash with Gunner Jackson (18-4-3, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at the Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on January 29 after original opponent Carson Jones from the USA was forced to withdraw because of a medical problem. Jackson resides in Auckland, New Zealand and is coming off a second round KO of Opeti Tagi. He was defeated by Adrian Taiha in 2013 by ten round decision in a New Zealand super middleweight title bout. Mundine is coming off a six round stoppage of Sugar Shane Mosley in November 2013.



January 22nd, 2014

AWE TV

Terence Crawford to Battle Ricky Burns for the WBO Lightweight World Championship

On Saturday afternoon, March 1st, Ricky Burns will make his 4th defense of the WBO Lightweight title when he takes on highly regarded and undefeated Terence Crawford in a 12-round bout from the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

The fight can be viewed live and exclusively across the United States on AWE, A Wealth of Entertainment.

“This world title fight showdown has the makings of a ‘fight of the year’. Crawford is undefeated and coming off some big wins. Burns is a proven champ. We’re ecstatic to be bringing this world-class title fight to boxing fans across the United States”, said Charles Herring, president of AWE.

Burns of Coatbridge, Scotland has a record of 36-2-1 with 11 knockouts and has not lost a fight in over seven years which spans 22 fights. He won the WBO Super Featherweight title with a thrilling 12 round unanimous decision over Roman Martinez. He made three defenses of his crown which includes wins over Andreas Evensen and Joseph Laryea. Burns then stopped former WBO Super featherweight champion Nicky Cook in one round. (more…)



January 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Adama: Golovkin picked the wrong fighter…ME!

Report & photos: Przemek Garczarczyk

Just a couple of days before leaving cold Chicago and boarding the plane for Monte Carlo, Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KOs) is all smiles and confidence in advance of his world title challenge against undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs)

“Everything went well during the duration of our training camp,” said Adama “It was the longest, hardest camp I had in 18 months, and it will be very visible against Golovkin. We worked the whole time to make me a better, different fighter. I don’t know what Abel Sanchez is expecting to see, but they he will be surprised and see a different guy on February 1. They pick the wrong fighter. Me!” photos



January 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

WBC Presidency Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

After 38 years, the presidency of the World Boxing Council is vacant following the recent death of its longtime leader Jose Sulaiman. The WBC Board of Governors will now elect a new president in the coming weeks. Unofficially there are a number of candidates, with the frontrunner being Jose Sulaiman’s son Mauricio Sulaiman. Other names that could be in the mix include Belgian Bob Logist, Thai Kovid Bhakdibhumi, American Rex Walker, Britain’s Charles Giles, Tunisian Houcine Houichi and Korean Ju Hwan Kim.

“The World Council is strong and united with its ten federations where there are people with much ability and desire to continue fighting for boxing. For now it’s very important to maintain the commitment to continue the legacy of Jose Sulaiman. The main objective is that the WBC remains the number one boxing organization,” said Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC Executive Secretary who is currently serving as acting president.

For the moment, Mauricio says he isn’t thinking about or discussing the possibility of taking over for his father. “These are days of reflection and conversation about the life of my father and keeping in touch with all those who identified with my father.”



January 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Antonio Orozco back in action Friday

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

The New Year paints to be a good one for undefeated light welterweight Antonio Orozco (18-0, 14KOs) of San Diego, CA. The first step in that direction is this Friday night when he faces the much more experienced Miguel Angel Huerta (27-11-1, 18KOs) in a ten round contest from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA, and televised by Fox Sports 1. The main event, Orozco’s first on a network, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

The twenty-six year old Orozco is as much a blue chip prospect as they come. A strong amateur pedigree, signed to a name manager in the likes of Frank Espinoza (who guides the career of Abner Mares, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Olympian Oscar Valdez among others) and under the banner of arguably the biggest promotional company in the business, Orozco is just now getting some of the recognition he deserves.

For Orozco, geography has something to do with it, “we obviously know that L.A. is the mecca of boxing in the west coast. We are at a little disadvantage being here in San Diego but thanks to Fightnews and other sites that cover boxing; my name is getting out there.” (more…)



January 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Ruenroeng wins vacant IBF flyweight title with victory over Fuentes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

In a bout for the vacant IBF flyweight title, unbeaten former Beijing 2008 Olympian and IBF #7 rated Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) of Thailand scored a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF #5 Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20 KOs) of the Philippines on Wednesday night at Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. It was a competitive scrap with both fighters having their moments, but Ruenroeng was a deserved winner. Scores were 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.

The bout was for the title formerly held by Moruti Mthalane, who was stripped of the belt for refusing to defend against Ruenroeng.

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January 22nd, 2014




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