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Alvarado edges Torres, Korobov defeats Vera

Alvarado edges Torres, Korobov defeats Vera

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In his 2nd comeback fight, former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) had ...

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Joshua KOs Breazeale in seven, retains IBF heavyweight title

Joshua KOs Breazeale in seven, retains IBF heavyweight title

By Karl Freitag Photos: Matchroom Sport IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Dominic ...

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Thurman edges Porter, retains WBA welterweight title in one to remember

Thurman edges Porter, retains WBA welterweight title in one to remember

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney For the last year Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman have tried to get it on in ...

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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Photos: Scott Foster In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito" Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City ...

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Jose Ramirez Spearheads “Operation Gobble” Turkey and Food Basket Giveaway for Needy Families

Tuesday, November 24 at 11:45 A.M. PT Veterans Hall in Avenal, Calif.

Undefeated junior welterweight contender, 2012 U.S. Olympian and social activist, Jose Ramirez, and Team Ramirez are taking time out from training camp to team up with County Supervisor Richard Valle for the annual “Operation Gobble,” where they will give away 230 turkeys and food baskets for the town Ramirez was born and raised in — Avenal, Calif. It will take place Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 24 at Avenal Veterans Hall (108 West King St.), beginning at 11:45 a.m. PT.

“Team Ramirez is proud and happy to give back to my home town,” said Ramirez.” Supervisor Valle has done a lot for my city and I hope we can make some families happy this Thanksgiving.” (more…)



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Nieves, Santiago ready for November 25th clash

Wednesday night, November 25th at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA, Ernie Bizzaro’s Bizarro Promotions has put together another highly anticipated fight card titled “Rumble on the Bay” featuring two of the regions hottest prospects in separate bouts. Bantamweight sensation, Antonio “Carita” Nieves (13- 0-1. 6 KOs) will risk his undefeated record against dangerous veteran and former WBC world minimum weight title challenger Lorenzo “Explosivo” Trejo (35-30-1, 22 KOs) in the six round main event of the evening. Unbeaten welterweight sensation Wilkins “The Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-0-2, 2 KOs) is set for the six round co-feature as he faces thirty-three fight veteran gatekeeper Wilfredo “El Zurdo” Acuna (15-18, 12 KOs). Also, Former Minnesota Viking and Atlanta Falcon, Ray “The Cincinnati Kid” Edwards (10-0, 6 KOs) will tangle with Wiley veteran Grover Young (12-17-2, 8 KOs) in a four round special heavyweight attraction. (more…)



November 23rd, 2015


Boxing News

Groves returns to the ring on January 30

Photo: Philip Sharkey

George Groves will begin his assault on a fourth World title shot at the top of a stacked Matchroom Boxing and Team Sauerland card at the Copper Box in London on Saturday, January 30, live on Sky Sports.

The Hammersmith man lost out in a split decision to Badou Jack for the WBC Super Middleweight title in Las Vegas in September but has ambitions to land his dream World title in 2016.

‘’It’s great to be back,’’ said Groves. ‘’I’m looking forward to boxing in London again. This is a chance for me start the New Year on the front foot. I want to get as many fights as possible and start building momentum as I work my way back into World title contention.’’ (more…)



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Errol Spence Jr & Derrick James: Dallas’ Dynamic Duo

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Ligia Zimmerman

“EJ is blocking those punches,” trainer Derrick James leans over to tell me over the blaring music during a 17 round mega sparring session at his home gym, R&R Boxing Club, in Dallas, Texas. EJ is Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (18-0, 15KO), former U.S. Olympian, undefeated pro and possibly one of boxing’s next superstars who faces Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18KO) in his first hometown fight as a professional as the co-main event of the PBC card on NBC Saturday, November 28th in Dallas at The Bomb Factory. Jermall Charlo will defend his super welterweight title against Wilky Campfort in the main event.

On this chilly October Saturday, just a few weeks out from his Dallas homecoming, Spence Jr has clocked in like another day at the office. For one of boxing’s up and coming superstars, it’s hard to fathom that there is no entourage hanging around the gym, a publicist guarding his every move or obsessed fans lining up outside to catch a glimpse of him. (more…)



November 23rd, 2015


Boxing News

Cotto back in Puerto Rico, says he beat Canelo

By Karl Freitag

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto arrived back in Puerto Rico early Monday morning. The ex-champ took the loss hard in Las Vegas and wasn’t talking to the press, however, he briefly discussed the fight with Primera Hora. “When you have the opportunity to dominate eight of the twelve rounds, you don’t expect anything less than victory,” he said.

Cotto isn’t alone in his assessment. Mexican commentators on TV Azteca had Cotto winning 117-111. And, the Mexican newspaper La Prensa went with the headline “Robbery in Las Vegas; Champion Canelo.”

Cotto threw more than twice as many jabs as Canelo, connecting on 54 compared to Canelo’s 37, but Canelo had a decisive edge in power shots 118-75.

The official judges scoring the fight weren’t giving Cotto anything. Dave Moretti (119-109) awarded Cotto just one round, Burt Clements (118-110) scored two rounds for Cotto, and John McKaie (117- 111) saw three rounds going Cotto’s way.

Upon hearing the scores, Cotto’s only comment was “Wow!”



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Feigenbutz-De Carolis clash again Jan 9

WBC interim super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) will meet Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) in a direct rematch on January 9 at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. Feigenbutz won a controversial decision over De Carolis in October and wants to set the record straight.



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Crolla achieves emotional world title dream

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Crolla says it will take a long time for his WBA lightweight title win over Darleys Perez at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night to sink in. Crolla delivered a stunning body shot in the fifth round to KO the Colombian champion in their rematch in front of a vociferous hometown crowd to rip the title from Perez and complete his fairy tale comeback

The Manchester favourite was roared to the ring by the fans and absorbed that energy for his second crack at the title after a controversial draw with Perez in July – and set about the champion with gusto. Crolla, who turned 29 during fight week, said ahead of the fight that he felt confident he could both hurt Perez and take the champs’ power. (more…)



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Morris stops McDowell for Wisconsin heavy title

By Craig Wick at ringside

Wisconsin state titles in the welterweight and heavyweight divisions were contested Friday night as “Say G Promotions, LLC” presented an abbreviated, four bout card at Milwaukee’s venerable Tripoli Shrine Center, located a stone’s throw away from Marquette University. And despite the season’s first snowstorm barreling down on “Brew City,” fight fans packed Tripoli’s main hall to see what was, all things considered, an exciting night of professional boxing.

In the headliner scheduled for eight, Dennis “The Mongoose” Morris (10-2, 9 KOs) Milwaukee, claimed the Wisconsin State Heavyweight Title with an impressive second round TKO over Milwaukee veteran, Lyle McDowell (28-15-1, 19 KOs). (more…)



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Lewiston, ME

Saturday at The Androscogin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine, pro boxing returned to the same building that hosted the Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston rematch in 1965.

In the main event, Maine jr middleweight Brandon “The Cannon” Berry (10-1, 6 KO’s) earned a hard fought 8 round unanimous decision over Mexican veteran Roberto Valenzuela (69-70-2, 56 KO’s). Berry was cut over the eye by an accidental headbutt early and had to work to win every round against his aggressive, durable and defensively sound opponent. Official scores were all for Berry 79-73 (twice) and 80-72. (more…)



November 23rd, 2015

UFC

The “Maestro” Replaces Lim on Seoul Card

Not to be confused with the welterweight contender of the same name, the “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim will make his UFC debut in Seoul, South Korea on November 28, as he replaces the injured Hyun Gyu Lim in a welterweight bout against Dominique Steele . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT SEOUL is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, November 28 at 8 AM ET/5 AM PT . . . Click here for more



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Yilderim, Socarras, Aydin, Al Zein in action Dec 18

Ahmet Oener with his protégé Avni YilderimOn Dec 18 in the Ahi festsaal of Ratingen near Dusseldorf, Germany, the WBC #15 rated lightheavyweight Avni Yilderim, 7-0-0(4), from Turkey is determind to stay unbeaten and to make it one step closer to a possible worldtitle when he defends his WBC Intl Silver title against Janne Forsman, 21-2-0(13), from Finland. Yilderim is best known for his points win over former world champion Glen Johnson last August 15.The vacant WBC EPBC title will also be on the line.

On the undercard undefeated WBC #11 featherweight Hairon Socarras, 14-0-1(10), a Miami resident from Cuba will have a 10 rounder if all goes well on Nov 27 in Cancun, Mexico.

WBC #36 Selçuk Aydin, 27-3-0(20), from Turkey moves up to the welterweight division after his loss to newly crowned WBC champion Viktor Postol back in May 2014. Aydin has 1 win after a long break.

Turkish undefeated heavyweight Mohamed Al Zein is going after win number 6 and Onur Aykac will make his debut.

The show is promoted by Ahmet Öner from Arena Box-promotion and will be aired by NTVsport in Turkey.




November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Wladimir Klitschko steps up preparations for Tyson Fury

Anthony Crolla promised a stadium fight

Competitive bout a boon for boxing

Hometown coverage of Bob Foster’s death



November 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Green vs. Konrad is off

By Brett Bonetti

Due to a serious lower back injury sustained during a sparring session, four time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (34-5, 28 KOs) has been forced to withdraw from his bout against world rated Konni Konrad (22-2-1, 11 KOs) that was due to take place at Hisense Arena in Melbourne Australia on Wednesday, December 2.

Green suffered the injury 10 days ago and received intense treatment that allowed him to continue preparation, and today the same injury re-occurred only more severe, and with the expert medical advice from his chiropractor, doctor and physiotherapist, the team concurred 100% he should not fight with this injury.

“Normally I would grit my teeth as I have done my whole career, persevering through preparation with broken noses, broken ribs, broken hands and a similar injury sustained before the BJ Flores fight in 2010, but there is simply too much at stake with the potential rematch with Mundine and other offers from Europe and the United States,” Green said. (more…)



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Vargas, Miura talk about Saturday night’s war

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy


By Miguel Maravilla

While Canelo-Cotto was a great fight, it was the WBC super featherweight title clash between Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and Takashi Miura (29-3-2, 22 KOs) that stole the show with nine rounds of pure adrenaline-pumping violence on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center in Las Vegas.

Francisco Vargas: “I knew Takashi was going to be a tough opponent. That’s why he is the champion, so I had to make sure I was prepared to face a fighter like him. I feel that my preparation paid off for this fight. I knew I had to be very aggressive, and I showed that in the first round so he knew that I would not be bullied. When I was knocked down in the fourth round, I felt even more motivated to win this fight. I made sure to fight the way I wanted, how I wanted and my style and now I’m the champion of the world!”

Takashi Miura: “I’m very disappointed and upset I got caught in the first round, then I recovered and after that I thought I was winning the fight. I think if I could have clenched better…I would definitely like a rematch.”



November 22nd, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Monterrey: Post-Fight Bonus Recap

Fight of the Night honors went to the main event between welterweights Neil Magny and Kelvin Gastelum. Magny earned a split decision victory despite taking the fight on short notice. . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT SEOUL is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, November 28 at 8 AM ET/5 AM PT . . . Click here for more



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Freddie Roach: I think we won the fight

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Photo: Big Joe Miranda


By Miguel Maravilla

Miguel Cotto was a no-show at the post-fight press conference, so trainer Freddie Roach was the sole representative of Team Cotto.

“I still think my guy fought a good fight. We had a game plan to outbox him and I thought we did that. I thought his defense was impeccable, I thought he blocked a lot of shots, he landed a lot of combinations. I thought we had the edge at the end but it went the other way. That’s life,” Roach said.

“He’s disappointed. I and he felt we outscored Canelo in this fight. We landed a lot of combinations and out defense was very good. I think he has a future. A couple more fights in him if they’re the right fights, but we’re nearing the end. He’s had a great career. I’d like to think maybe a rematch, but we’ll see. (more…)



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo: I wanted a clear victory. I didn’t want any doubts

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Hogan -Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez spoke to the press after his unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto. “First of all I want to thank everyone,” said Canelo. “I am very happy. I am a blessed man.

“I felt I had him in the first round, I felt superior to him. I was stronger than him, I was able to move around very, very well and control the fight. I felt I was winning the fight. I made him miss a lot. From the opening bell I felt I had the advantage and was going to win the fight…I wanted a clear victory. I didn’t want any doubts.

“I feel really good, very strong at this weight. I can make the weight easily and the results are there. This is my weight class. (more…)



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Borg defeats Manihuruk

By Raymond Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont

Former Australian lightweight champion Val Borg (11-2, 7 KOs) outscored Indonesian, Roy Tua Manihuruk (18-14-2, 14 KOs) over eight action rounds at Club Punchbowl, NSW, Australia on Friday. In a bout that featured heavy punching by both boxers, Borg connected with power combinations on Manihuruk but could not drop the tough Indonesian. Scores John Cauchi 80-72, Ray Wheatley 80-73, Dexter Dunworth 79-73.

In other action, Australian based Irish born Gearoid Clancy (5-2, 1 KO) outpointed Brendan Saunders (3-3-2, 1 KO) over eight rounds to retain the
State, New South Wales lightweight title. Saunders dropped Clancy in round four but Clancy’s superior work rate had him winning by scores, Gary Dean 79-72, Ray Wheatley 78-73, Dexter Dunworth 76-74. (more…)



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo on fighting GGG: I’m ready

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC

So what now? According to promoter Oscar de la Hoya, WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will return in May. “We are locking in Cinco de Mayo and September 16,” said Oscar after Canelo’s unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto.

When asked if he’ll obey the WBC’s mandate to face WBA/IBF/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin next, Canelo responded in English “I’m ready!”

When asked if as middleweight champion he would continue to demand catch weights or fight his opponents at 160 pounds, Canelo evaded the question. “Right now I’m gonna rest,” he stated. “That’s what I want. I’m gonna rest, but I will say this, I’m going to continue to do my best so that the people can enjoy my fights and enjoy boxing.”

The WBC has ordered the Canelo and GGG camps to commence negotiations within 15 days. The big question is if no agreement is reached and the bout goes to purse bid, will Canelo and GGG fight at 160?



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Rigondeaux: Next time I’ll be explosive.

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy


Former WBA and WBO super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) made his return to the ring for the first time after signing with Roc Nation Sports with an uneventful ten round win against Drian Francisco (28-4-1, 22 KOs).

“I feel terrific after the fight,” said Rigondeaux. “He threw heavy but his style has nothing on mine. My style outmatched his. It’s been 11 months since I’ve been in the ring and I definitely felt some cobwebs but I d like to see some other fighters be out 11 months and come back with a win. I definitely wanted to give the fans a better fight so I need to get back into the gym, get more active to give a better performance. I promise that with the tools I have now after signing with Roc Nation that next time I’ll be explosive. Thank you to my team for helping me get this win.”

“Rigondeaux is not a fighter, he is a runner,” said Francisco. “He is afraid of getting hurt and doesn’t want to fight. I felt pressured into being the aggressor during this fight because he wasn’t fighting, he was running away. He is not a power puncher and won by points. I trained really hard for this fight and I feel like it was a waste of time because I didn’t encounter a fighter tonight.”



November 22nd, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Monterrey: Magny Survives Late Surge From Gastelum to Capture SD

Down on the scorecards early, Kelvin Gastelum surged in the second half of his five-round UFC Fight Night main event against fellow welterweight contender Neil Magny Saturday night, but that early lead was enough for Magny to pull out a razor-thin split decision at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Lamas is Sanchez’s worst nightmare |  ‘Goyito’ Perez picks up win | Herrera stops Ramos in Fight Pass Prelims

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT SEOUL is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, November 28 at 8 AM ET/5 AM PT . . . Click here for more



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto-Canelo Quick Quotes

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “I have a lot of respect for Miguel. He is a great champion and a great fighter. We knew going into this fight that it would be a difficult journey. I was fully prepared for what Cotto was going to do in the ring, whether that was take a defense stance or be the aggressor.”

“I’m not afraid of any fighter. GGG is a great fighter, and he is my friend. I have respect for him, but if we do fight it’s going to be at my weight class. I’m the champion, I don’t have to do what he wants.”

Miguel Cotto: “Wow…(then asked Freddie) Are you okay? That’s all that matters.”

JAY-Z: “Great fight.”

Juan Perez, President of Roc Nation Sports: “We are proud of you.”

Freddie Roach: “We thought it was much closer than the scorecards showed. It was a very competitive fight. Miguel’s defense was unbelievable.”



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo defeats Cotto for WBC middleweight title

By Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett at ringside
Photo: Alma Montiel / WBC

In a highly anticipated middleweight clash, Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC middleweight title on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center in Las Vegas. The first few rounds were close and tactical. By round five, Canelo was overpowering the smaller Cotto and pulled ahead. Cotto went for it with big shots in round eight and had some moments. The fight continued to be close, but the larger Canelo seemed unaffected by Cotto’s shots. Scores were 117-111, 119-109, 118-110.



November 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Vargas, Rigondeaux, Rios triumph on Cotto-Canelo undercard

By Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett at ringside
Photo: Tom Hogan -Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy

In a brutal fight, unbeaten super featherweight Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) dethroned WBC champion Takashi Miura (29-3-2, 22 KOs) with a ninth round TKO on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center in Las Vegas. Vargas got off to a great start and rocked Miura in round one. Miura came back to knock down Vargas hard in round four. Miura staggered Vargas at the end of round eight. Vargas then dropped Miura early in round nine then viciously battered the champ. Referee Tony Weeks finally stopped it, although the game and hurt Miura was still fighting. Time was 1:31. Vargas was behind on two scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

Unbeaten former world super bantamweight champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and P4P candidate Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) pitched a one-sided ten round virtual shutout against Drian Francisco (28-4-1, 22 KOs). A dominating, tactical, very slow-paced performance from Rigo, that left the fans booing. Scores 100-90, 100-90 and somehow 97-93.

Featherweight Ronny Rios (26-1, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten former world title challenger Jayson Velez (23-1-1, 16 KOs). Velez got off to a good start. Rios was deducted a point for a low blow in round five, but took over the fight after that. Scores 97-92, 95-94, 96-93.



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin: Cotto looks good, Canelo lost too much weight, it’s 50/50

By David Robinett
Photo: Will Hart, K2 Promotions

Prior to Saturday night’s card in Las Vegas featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, middleweight titlist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin held court with some of the boxing media gathered at the Mandalay Bay for fight night. Golovkin has a potentially large stake in the outcome of Cotto vs. Canelo, both in terms of potential future opponents, but also because he will be elevated to full WBC middleweight champion if Cotto wins due to Cotto’s refusal to pay that organization’s sanctioning fee.

Golovkin was coy when asked about his prediction for the fight, answering, “It’s very interesting. Miguel is with Freddie [Roach] now so it is a big test, not like [Daniel] Geale, but a true test. I saw Miguel, he looks good. I saw Canelo, I think he lost a lot of weight, too much, not good. For me, [the fight] it’s 50/50.” (more…)



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Light-heavyweight legend Bob Foster passes away

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Former undisputed champion boxer Bob Foster, considered one of the greatest light-heavyweights of all time, passed away today at the age of 77. In a career that spanned 65 fights and 17 years, Foster punched his way to the light heavyweight championship, then defended his undisputed title a record number of times for his class—14 times—between 1969 and 1973. Foster was a risk-taker, taking the leap into the heavyweight division to fight the era’s giants: guys like Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. The only losses on his record are to heavyweights. As a light heavy, Foster was untouchable. Foster retired undefeated in 1974, then returned to the ring for seven fights before he called it quits for good in 1978. His record was 56-8-1, with 46 knockouts. After retiring from boxing, Foster worked for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. He was active, off and on, in local boxing until the late 2000s. — Chris Cozzone



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto-Canelo off-TV results

By Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett at ringside

Alberto Machado, (12-0, 10 KOs), got in some brief cardio against overmatched Tyrone Luckey, (8-5-2, 6 KOs), quickly disposing of Luckey at 2:44 of the first round in a scheduled six round lightweight bout. All the rabbit feet in the world weren’t going to help Luckey this night, as he went down two separate times in the first two minutes, the first time from a Machado left, then again from a left, right combination. Luckey was about to go down a third time as Machado pummeled him in the corner before the referee stepped in to halt the contest.

Undefeated junior bantamweights Jose Martinez and Oscar Mojica both fought gamely to preserve their unblemished record, but it was Puerto Rico’s Martinez, (16-0, 11 KOs), who was a shade better than Mexico’s Mojica, (8-1, 1 KO), earning an eight round unanimous decision victory with a 78-74 score from all three judges. Mojica came forward the entire fight, but Martinez was just slick enough to outland Mojica coming in, using both hands to effectively counter Mojica while avoiding any sustained exchanges with the determined Mexican.

Chinese heavyweight Zhang Zhilei (6-0, 3 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Juan Goode (6-3, 5 KO). A series of straight lefts by the southpaw Zhilei connected solidly on Goode busting his nose. However in the fourth round, Goode dropped the taller Zhilei with a right. Zhilei got up and managed to survive to the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 38-37.

In the opening bout from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Hector Tanajara Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs) made quick work of Jose Naranjo (3-2-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled four round lightweight bout. A right to the body by Tanajara dropped Naranjo as referee Russell Mora reached a ten count at 2:10 of the first round.



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Ndou: Cotto will defeat Canelo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world champion Lovemore Ndou, who has faced both Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez in the ring, says Cotto will win tonight’s super fight in Las Vegas.

“It’s an even fight, but I’m leaning a bit towards Cotto because of his experience and toughness,” said Ndou. “He hits harder than Canelo and knows how to slowly break a fighter down. Canelo is yet to be tested against a real tough fighter. He has so far beaten up weight-drained fighters or smaller fighters and most of them towards the end of their careers including myself. He was exposed so badly by Mayweather he looked like an amateur.”



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Crolla KOs Perez in 5 to win WBA lightweight title

In a direct rematch, hometown challenger Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round knockout to dethrone WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-2-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

After battling to a draw with Perez in July, Crolla was aggressive from the beginning. A left hook to the body finished the champ, who was counted out by referee Terry O’Connor. Time was 2:30.



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham beats Murray by split decision

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) won a split decision over Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. Murray outworked Abraham early, the the champ came back in the middle rounds. Murray was warned for excessive holding. Murray rocked Abraham in round eight, but Abraham came back strong late in the round. Murray was deducted a point for holding in round eleven. Most of the heavy shots came from Abraham. Scores were 115-112, 116-111 Abraham, 115-112 Murray. It was the fourth time Murray has challenged unsuccessfully for a world title.

Next up for Abraham could be undefeated IBF/WBO #1, WBC/WBA #2 rated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs).



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Sergei Kovalev Flash Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergei Kovalev held court today in Las Vegas.

Sergei Kovalev: “I am disappointed. It’s hard for me to find a new opponent, but we fight anyone who is available. It was an offer from his (Pascal) team. They thought the fight was stopped early. So I want to put a period to that. He has a new coach and he is trying to get better.”

“I trained in Oxnard for my last fight. I will probably train on the East (Coast) for this fight, since the fight is in Canada and cold.”

“My goal is to win all four belts. We are doing everything for this…I am ready for Stevenson but he never accepted the fight…Ward is a good person and boxer. My goal is to beat him.”

Kathy Duva: “Sergei’s next fight will be January 30 in Montreal. A rematch with Jean Pascal…Main Events is proud to announce that Sergei has made a new deal with us. We are really happy he will be with us a very long time.”



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

De Alba holds off Lule, wins in South Philly

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Reading, PA junior lightweight Frank De Alba, 17-1-2, 6 KOs, held off the relentless challenge of Floridian Jesus Lule, 7-15-1, 1 KO, to take a six-round unanimous decision in the main event, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly Friday night. De Alba was the more skilled boxer throughout, but Lule brought plenty of fight to the bout.

The southpaw got off to a quick start, but Lule kept the action competitive by always firing back after one of De Alba’s punches speared him to the head or body. By the mid-point of the fight, Lule’s engine was fully revved, and he did his best to turn the fight around. The underdog had his moments, but De Alba stayed in control. (more…)



November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Wlad spars with Vitali

Current WBA (super), IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko needs tall sparring partners to help him prepare for unbeaten 6’9 challenger Tyson Fury next week. He found a good one in his big brother, former heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko. Heavyweight Malik Scott, also in Wlad’s camp, posted an image on Instagram.

No, the 44-year-old Vitali isn’t planning a comeback. He was just re-elected this week as Mayor of Kiev. Actually, as a WBC champion emeritus, Vitali would automatically get a shot at current WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder if he did come back.

Speaking of Wilder, he is rumored to next be facing Wlad’s IBF mandatory, IBF #1 rated “Czar” Glazkov on January 16 in Brooklyn. Nothing official.

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November 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Lovemore Ndou

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ray Wheatley

Miguel Cotto was asked recently who he regarded was his toughest opponent. Cotto said, ‘I have to go back to 2004 against African fighter Lovemore Ndou.’ What are your thoughts on this massive compliment from one of the best boxers in the world?

I feel honoured to hear that coming from Miguel Cotto, who is one of the best fighters out there. He has proved himself many times holding world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight and now middleweight. To hear that is an honor and apart from that, the guy has been in the ring with some monsters including Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. (more…)



November 21st, 2015

UFC

Ricardo Lamas: The Future Is Now

Whenever people join the workforce, the mindset is generally the same whether you’re in finance, filmmaking or fighting: go to work, put some money in the bank and build for the future, often with an eye towards having a family and setting your future children up so they don’t have to work as hard as you do once they get older . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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November 21st, 2015




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