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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Lemieux set to defend NABF belt against Rosado

Lemieux set to defend NABF belt against Rosado

By Jerry Glick Photos: Rich Kane - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy On December 6th, Canadian puncher David Lemieux will defend his NABF middleweight belt against Philadelphian, ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

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Boxing News

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt in Osaka; Hasegawa aims for third belt from Martinez

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs) will make his sixth defense in Osaka, Japan, where he will cope with Belgian challenger Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) on Wednesday. Both already entered the fight place Osaka, which is near to Yamanaka’s native place Shiga prefecture from which some 3,500 adherents will come to hail his homecoming. On the same show, formerly WBC bantam and feather titlist Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs) will attempt to acquire his third world belt as he will have an highly anticipated shot against IBF 122-pound ruler Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) of Spain. (more…)



April 21st, 2014



Boxing News

Johnathon Banks talks Klitschko-Leapai

Johnathon Banks, trainer of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, discusses Klitschko’s world title defense on Saturday in Germany against mandatory challenger Alex Leapai.



April 21st, 2014


Boxing News

New Blood: Randy “El Matador” Caballero

By Hesiquio Balderas
Photo: Boxing Beat

Ethnicity is a very important part of the boxing world. Fighters always want to be attached to the country they were born, and the boxing fans want a hero that can represent their country. But when a fighter has double citizenship, when they are born in a country that is not from their original roots, the boxing fans seem a bit confused until things change.

As once happened to the legendary Oscar de la Hoya, Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez (first World Champion representing his father’s country El Salvador] just to name a few, Randy “El Matador” Caballero has been dealing with the same situation, fighting not just for pride but also for country. (more…)



April 21st, 2014

UFC

Green out, Medeiros in against Miller

Lightweight Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 172 bout against Jim Miller due to injury. Stepping in for the April 26 bout against the New Jersey standout is Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros. Medeiros was originally scheduled to face Joe Ellenberger on the Baltimore card. A new opponent for the debuting Ellenberger will be announced shortly.
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April 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Esquivias back in action Friday

Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “Locked n’ Loaded” show on Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California features super bantamweight contender Efrain Esquivias (17-2-1, 10 KOs) of Carson, Calif. and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Giovani Santillan (11-0, 7 KOs) of San Diego in separate eight-round bouts. Esquivias, still riding high after his ninth round stoppage of Mexican legend Rafael Marquez in September, faces Mexican veteran Ruben Tamayo (22-5-3, 15 KOs), while Santillan battles undefeated Daniyar Hanyk (10-0, 4 KOs) of Ukraine. The card also showcases lightweight prospect Jose Roman (15-1-1, 11 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. in an eight-round fight against an opponent to be named later. Tickets priced $100, $60 and $40 are on sale now.



April 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Fort Worth Saturday

Standing 8 Promotions’ first “Bud Light Pro Fight Series” card of 2014 will feature undefeated Fort Worth super bantamweight Tony Lopez (9-0, 3 KOs) against Mission, Texas’ Isaac Torres (5-0-1, 3 KOs) for the WBC Intercontinental super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the landmark Amon Carther Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. In the co-feature, Tony Mack (9-1, 5 KOs), of Dallas, defends his Texas super middleweight title against Wichita Falls’ James “Boogie” Freeman 9-6, 7 KOs. Also, in a featured attraction British welterweight “Cracking” Craig Callaghan (4-0, 2 KOs) takes on Jerron Lockette 4-20 of Houston. Tickets start at $35.



April 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Boozer triumphant, wins UBF belt

By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

Despite having an unheralded record of just 5-2 coming into his fight with the 11-0-1 Lane Staal, Patrick Boozer rallied after a slow start and was awarded something called the UBF US Mid-West Junior-Middleweight Title in a fight scheduled for just six rounds. Boozer, who came on (after a fashion, though never dominating or controlling) in round three seemed to turn the tide after a reluctant start, and was awarded a five-round technical decision win when an accidental head butt to Staal’s upper brow called for the stoppage. (more…)



April 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Getaway gym enables Chris Arreola and Josesito Lopez to focus on their upcoming fights. More

Homage to the late, great Ruben “Hurricane” Carter. More

Kell Brook on a summer showdown with Shawn Porter. More

“I’m not done yet,” says Bernard Hopkins, after his latest achievement. More



April 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxcino Middleweight Semis Post Fight Presser

By Boxing Bob Newman

This is the post fight press conference after the Boxcino middleweight semi-finals from the Turning Stone resort and Casino in Verona, New York on April 18, 2014. Promoter Art Pelullo, winning boxers Nate Heaven, Brandon Adams & Willie Monroe, Jr. were present, along with their respective teams.



April 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Persoon defeats Farias, Slimani schools Hamdani

Belgian Delfine Persoon captured the WBC lightweight title from Argentinian defending champion Erica Anabella Farias in a fierce battle tonight in Zwevezele, Belgian. It was scored unanimous for the local girl by twice 96-92 and 96-93. Both girls had been deducted a point for accidental headbutts under WBC rules.

Hedi Slimani schooled former French champion Affif Hamdani to win the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title by scores of 120-108; 119-109 and 118-110.



April 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

HopknsShumenov_0119ARingside by Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos by Mike Greenhill

After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins looked at the sea of reporters and yelled out,” I’m a 15-round fighter! I’m a throwback!”

The seemingly ageless, soon-as-he-retires-don’t-even-wait-the-five-years-put-him-in-immediately hall of famer dazzled the 6,823 in attendance at the DC Armory in Washington, DC with an outing against WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov that would have made many of those legends smile in appreciation . . . click here for more



April 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Results from Los Angeles

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing returned to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night for its popular “Battle of the Rising Stars” series, showcasing young Southern California talent. In the main event, super middleweight= Jose Hernandez (5-1-1, 3 KOs) of Antelope Valley, California won a unanimous decision over Canyon Country’s Jonathan Hayes (4-1-3) in a six round bout. (more…)



April 20th, 2014

Boxing News

R.I.P Rubin “Hurricane” Carter: 1937-2014

By James Slater

Legendary 1960’s middleweight contender Ruben “Hurricane” Carter today passed away at the age of 76. Carter, who was famously and wrongfully imprisoned for a 1966 triple murder, lost his battle with prostate cancer. He was a fine fighter and he scored his biggest win in 1963, when he stopped past and future world champion Emile Griffith in the very first round of a non-title clash.

Carter’s career was suddenly curtailed due to the wrongful imprisonment, a sentence that saw him serve almost twenty years. Becoming a writer whilst in jail fighting for his freedom, Carter penned his autobiography entitled: “The 16th-Round – from number-one contender to number 45472.” (more…)



April 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins-Shumenov scorecard analysis

By Karl Freitag

While Quillin-Konecny was one-sided, and Porter-Malignaggi was a blowout, the controversial scoring in the Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov light heavyweight unification fight warrants some analysis.

Interestingly, all three judges agreed on nine of the twelve rounds contested. In fact, judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored all twelve rounds identically. Judge Gustavo Padilla was the “lone wolf” in just three rounds, but that was all it took to sway his card Shumenov’s way.

Shumenov won rounds one and two on all three cards. After four rounds, judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth had it even 38-38, while Padilla’s card read 39-37 for Shumenov. Hopkins swept rounds five to eight on Moretti’s and Roth’s cards, while Padilla split those middle rounds between Hopkins and Shumenov. So after eight rounds Moretti and Roth had Hopkins ahead 78-74, while Padilla had Shumenov ahead 77-75.

All three judges scored the final four rounds identically, giving Shumanov rounds nine and ten, and Hopkins rounds eleven and twelve, with a 10-8 eleventh round for the knockdown. In the end, Moretti and Roth ended with 116-111 tallies for Hopkins, while Padilla was odd man out finishing with a 114-113 score for Shumenov.

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April 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins: Stevenson, I am coming to Canada

Photo: Mike Greenhill

Photo: Mike Greenhill


After outclassing and schooling Beibut Shumenov to unify the IBF and WBA titles, record setting 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins spoke to Showtime’s Jim Gray in the ring.

On the bizarre split decision: “Listen, when you get into all that about the judges and all that stuff, they go to school. They have commissions to regulate all that. I don’t like to get into all of that. It’s not my job to deal with that. It’s my job to get ready and to unify the championship before 50.”

On his legacy: “I describe my legacy like a Joe Frazier. We get knocked down but we get back up. I’ll let the historians analyze and debate over the years as I grow a deeper gray beard watching soap operas. I’ll let them break down my legacy.”

On his future: “We are with SHOWTIME until I end my career. Stevenson, I am coming to Canada. I am getting my papers together. I want to be the undisputed light heavyweight world champion this year, period.”



April 20th, 2014

Boxing News

49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make history by schooling and thoroughly outclassing WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) to unify the titles on Saturday night in front of 6,823 at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Hopkins’ experience and awkward grabbing style totally befuddled Shumenov, who foolishly didn’t even have a trainer in the corner to advise him on tactics. Hopkins was able to mostly dictate the pace and for the most part easily counter whatever the 19 years younger Shumenov did. Hopkins floored Shumenov with a right hand in round eleven. Scores on two cards were 116-111, 116-111 Hopkins. Judge Gustavo Padilla somehow scored the one-sided route 114-113 for Shumenov!

In the most impressive performance of the night, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round KO over former champ Paul Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs). Porter staggered Malignaggi in round two and dealt serious hurt to the “Magic Man.” Porter continued to punish Paulie in round three. Porter finally dropped Malignaggi in round four and then laid him out with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:14.

In a third world title fight, WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs). Quillin was mostly in command, but the uber-tough Konecny showed lots of heart and battled to the end. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 119-109. photos



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Rodriguez defeats Cruz by unanimous decision

Photo: Peter Amador / Top Rank

WBO #6 rated featherweight Gamalier Rodriguez (24-2-3, 16 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over former Olympian and world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. Scores were 97-92, 97-92 and 96-93 for Rodriguez, who retained his NABO featherweight title.



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs stops Mireles in just 27 seconds

42-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (53-6, 47 KOs) needed just 27 seconds to dispose of Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. A slapping left hook to the stomach dropped the 286lb Mireles to a knee where he stayed until referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout. This was Briggs’ second win in eight days. “I’m going to Germany tomorrow to chase down Wladimir Klitschko,” he said after the fight.

The fight was delayed from actually starting for 35 minutes after Briggs entered the ring and then broke it! Briggs climbed through the ropes, danced to the opposite side of the ring, bounced off the ropes and snapped a support causing the ropes to sag. Both fighters left the ring so repair work could be done. They then each returned after repairs were made and the nights action continued. Briggs rushed out of his corner at the opening bell and playfully dropped his hands and tapped Mireles with mocking punches. One of the shots glanced off the side of Mireles, putting the Mexican heavyweight down where he decided to stay. Time of the stoppage was :27 into the first round. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

UFC

UFC on FOX 11: Browne gets Werdoomed, Fabricio gets shot at Cain

The momentum and the hype was all with Travis Browne leading up to his UFC on FOX main event against Fabricio Werdum at the Amway Center Saturday night. But as soon as the bell rang, the Brazilian veteran made it clear that he was not going to be denied, not on this night, and when the five-rounder was over, he convinced Browne as well, winning a lopsided unanimous decision to earn his first UFC title shot . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank

Unbeaten lightweight Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan “El Oso” Zavala (6-6-1, 2 KOs). The fight was the co-feature on Saturday night’s big UniMas card at the Bahia Shrine Temple, Orlando, Florida.

Unbeaten 2004 Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) stayed unbeaten when Emill Gonzalez (11-8-1, 8 KOs) quit at the end of round six. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

UFC

UFC on FOX 11 Prelims: Pitbull Wins Thriller Over Baczynski

After four surgeries and a two-year layoff, former welterweight title challenger Thiago “Pitbull” Alves made a triumphant return to the Octagon Saturday at the Amway Center, but he had to dig deep and fight for 15 minutes to take his exciting three round unanimous decision win over the always tough Seth Baczynski . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Ali, Browne, Ochoa win undercard bouts in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

2008 Olympian welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO against veteran Michael Clark (44-10-1, 18 KOs). A left hook put Clark down for the count at 2:06. Ali claimed the vacant WBO intercontinental title. The 40-year-old Clark has now suffered two straight first round knockout losses.

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian light heavyweight Marcus Browne (9-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Otis Griffin (24-16-2, 10 KOs). Browne dropped Griffin in round five and went on to win by scores of 80-71 on all cards. Griffin, who launched his career by winning Oscar de la Hoya’s “Next Great Champ” reality series in 2005, stated would be his last fight. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven

WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai (24-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. Quigg dropped Munyai with a left hook at the end of round one. Quigg dropped Munyai again with a right hand in round two and finished him with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:56

Lightweight Anthony Crolla (28-4-1, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over John Murray (33-3, 20 KOs) in a good action affair. Crolla dropped Murray in round ten and got the stop with his follow up attack. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Judge orders Maidana’s purse to be withheld

An Argentinean judge has ordered that Marcos Maidana’s purse from the Floyd Mayweather fight be withheld pending a claim made by Maidana’s former trainer Guillermo Serra, who trained Maidana from mid-2004 until December 2006. According to Team Maidana, Serra is claiming to have been Maidana’s manager since 2008 extending through 2016. “It is an unbelievable situation,” said Sebastian Contursi, Maidana’s advisor. “In reality, Serra never served as manager of Maidana, and much less, since 2008, as stated in his claim, since he hasn’t seen the face of Chino since 2006. Seven years later, Serra presented in court a contract, signed in 2004, which not only never came into force, but it has several irregularities.”

Contursi claims Serra forged the effective dates of the contract in question, adding that “it’s unfortunate that the Court ordered this baseless embargo on Maidana’s purse without further review, thus badly damaging a popular idol just weeks before facing one of the most important world events in recent years for an Argentine athlete.”

Maidana’s legal advisor Dr. Carlos Alberto Pujol stated that Serra deceived the court into ordering the embargo probably for negotiations on a future settlement in exchange for the lifting of the measure. Pujol says this will not happen because the demand by Serra does not withstand the slightest scrutiny.



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Reed gets fourth-round stoppage in Maryland

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Highly-touted junior welterweight prospect Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed put on another solid performance en route to a stoppage of Regino Canales of Bayamon, Puerto Rico Friday night on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. In his seventh career appearance at Rosecroft, the undefeated native of Waldorf, MD put together tough combinations throughout the contest, increasing his output in every round. Canales gamely tried to keep pace with Reed but Reed’s combinations were too sharp and too crisp. Reed landed crushing body shots that eventually forced ringside doctors to stop the contest after the fourth round. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Minnesota

Photos: S.C. Photography

Comebacking former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) returns tonight against Mexican heavyweight Francisco Mireles (17-8, 5 KOs). The 42-year-old Briggs began his comeback 8 days ago with a first round KO over Maurenzo Smith in Tampa, Florida.

Shannon Briggs 252 vs. Francisco Mireles 286
Al Sands 198.4 vs. Keith Barr 196.2
(NABA USA cruiserweight title)

Jungle Boy Promotions (Zach Walters)
Venue: Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota
TV: IFan.tv



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Farias-Persoon and Slimani-Hamdani make weight

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Erica Anabella Farias 60,600 vs. Delfine Persoon 60,750
WBC lightweight

Hedi Slimani 60,800 vs. Affif Hamdani 60,300
Vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight

The WBC has appointed Mr Bob Logist, Vice President of the WBC, as supervisor. The judges will be Ventsislav Nikolov from Bulgaria, Robert Verwijs from Holland and Robin Dolpierre from France. Third man in the ring is experienced Daniel Van de Wiele from Belgium.
For the WBC Mediterranean titlefight, WBC Vice President Mr Houcine Houichi and chairman of this committee will be the supervisor, while Ventsislav Nikolov from Bulgaria, Robert Verwijs from Holland and Olena Pobyvailo from Ukraine will be the judges. Robin Dolpierre from France will handle the fight within the 4 ropes. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, local welterweight sensation “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) captured the vacant WBC Interim Fecarbox lightweight championship, by dropping formerly undefeated Cuban knockout artist Alexei “Hurricane” Collado once on his way to a well-deserved ten round unanimous decision victory by scores of 96-94,96-93, 96-93. In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Promotions, former 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) squeezed out a razor thin split decision victory over Emmanuel “Bukom Jah” Lartei Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) to capture the vacant WBC junior welterweight championship. In another special attraction, rising Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez Jr.(14-0, 10 KOs), made quick work of formerly undefeated welterweight prospect Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez Jr.(11-1, 1KO), dropping him three times on his way to an impressive stoppage at 2:49 of the opening round. The card was televised nationally by Showtime. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

George-Lowry: Full Report & Photo Gallery

By Sam Geraci
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

In the main event of the evening, one of Chicago’s most popular fighters of the past decade, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs), made his return to the Chicago boxing scene by scoring a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth against Troy “TNT” Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. George pounded Lowry to the head and body throughout before scoring the TKO after dropping Lowry with a left hook upstairs George scored his first knockdown with a right to the body in round four. (more…)



April 19th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Hall-Butler looks on for June 7

Dennis Hobson Promotions has a announced a press conference for “a huge North East summer world title fight.” The cat is already out of the bag, however, that the announcement will be Hobson-promoted IBF bantamweight champion Stuey Hall against British rival Paul Butler on the June 7th in Newcastle. Butler confirmed the fight via Twitter.



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins a slight favorite against Shumenov

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime


By Karl Freitag

49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is -200 favorite to win his unification bout with WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov tonight at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Shumenov backers can get +175 on average. On the undercard, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter and WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin are both expected to retain their belts.

Like Hopkins, Porter is a -200 to keep his title against former champ Paul Malignaggi, who is at +175. Quillin, on the other hand, is as high as -3300 to successfully defend against Lukas Konecny, who is anywhere from +750 to +1100. It pays to shop around. Also Quillin is running about -225 to win by early stoppage against Konecny, who has never been stopped in his whole career (most of which was at jr. middleweight).



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Guillermo Jones arrives in Moscow

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By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photo: Vlad Hrunov

Panamanian WBA cruiserweight champion (in recess) Guillermo Jones and his boxing team has arrived in Moscow, Russia to for his rematch against WBA cruiserweight regular champion Dennis Lebedev on Friday at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia.

Jones arrived with his famous Hall of Fame promoter Don King, escorted by local promoter Vladimir Hrunov. Jones-Lebedev I was arguably the fight of the year in 2013.



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Leapai departs Australia for Klitschko showdown

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ricky Thornberry

Australia-based Samoan-born heavyweight Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) departed Brisbane Airport on Saturday traveling on Emirates 9pm flight bound for Germany where he will challenge unified WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) at Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany on April 26. Leapai was greeted by several hundred well wishers at the airport where Polynesian dancers and singers sang traditional Samoan songs. Leapai vowed to bring the world heavyweight title back to Australia.

Award winning sports writer Grantlee Kieza, who is traveling with Team Leapai, said “Alex Leapai is in the best fight condition of his career and is supremely confident that he will be the fourth man to defeat Klitschko. Leapai’s training team have studied recent fights and also the losses the champion has suffered and can see faults in his style which they are confident will see Leapai become the new world champion on April 26.”



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Donovan George bombs out Troy Lowry in six

By Sam Geraci at ringside

Chicago favorite son Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs) made a successful return to the Windy City boxing scene by earning a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth round against Troy Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul, MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lowry was dropped with a thudding left hook to the head in the last minute of the sixth round. Lowry indicated to his corner that he did not want to continue so referee Kurt Spivey stopped the action.

In an eight round heavyweight bout, Andrey Fedosov (25-3, 19 KOs) of Shuya, Russia, rebounded from his June 2013 TKO loss to Bryant Jennings by scoring a second round knockout at 2:24 with a left hook to the body of a game but 242 pound Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris (26-9-2, 11 KOs) of East Orange, NJ. Fedosov scored his first knockdown with an overhand right in the second.

In a six-round super middleweight clash that was much closer than some of the cards reflected, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (14-0, 10 KOs) of Chicago, IL, muscled-out a unanimous decision against the crafty Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-13-4, 6 KOs) of San Diego, CA. Jimenez scored a knockdown in the fourth with a right. Scores were 58-55, 58-54 and 57-56.



April 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Local lightweight favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten KO artist Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, located outside of Pittsburgh. Salka, coming off a very controversial majority decision loss to Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez, hurt Collado to the body in round three, then staggered and dropped him. Collado was also cut over the left eye adding to his problems. Salka continued to outwork Collado as the bout progressed and his size advantage was noticeable. Scores were 96-94, 96-93, 96-93. Collado entered the bout rated WBA #13 at featherweight.

Undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) won a mostly uneventful split decision over Emmanuel Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) in a welterweight eight-rounder. Diaz was rocked in round three, but won by scores of 77-75, 77-75 on two cards. The third card was 77-75 Lartey.

In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, local favorite Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez, Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs) quickly domesticated Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-1, 5 KOs). After three first round knockdowns, the bout was waved off. Time was 2:49. (more…)



April 18th, 2014




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