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Once again the popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” returns to “The Boxing City” Tampa, Florida with a show on Friday, March 13th at the A La Carte Pavillion. In the main event, the rivalry continues when former WBO Latin champion Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-3, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico faces current WBC FECARBOX super flyweight champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (10-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBC Latin bantamweight title at stake. Both fighters went 1-1 on the “unofficial” tournament of the successful Boxeo Telemundo Series of 2014.
Also on the card local female flyweight sensation Noemi “La Rebelde” Bosques (8-1-2, 2 KOs) and local favorites light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (16-0, 10 KOs), welterweight Alfonso Black (8-1-1, 4 KOs), featherweight Ricky “The Cowboy” Tomlinson (4-0-2, 2 KOs) and super welterweight Omar Albanil (2-0, 2 KOs) amongst others. (more…)
Today Golden Boy Promotions announced and unveiled the new monthly Los Angeles-based boxing series, LA FIGHT CLUB, live from The Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. LA FIGHT CLUB will be featured as part of the popular, fan-favorite Golden Boy Live! serieson FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes and is set to premiere on Friday, March 6 with undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) facing off against Mexican brawler Geovanny “Lloviznas” Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
In the co-main event, rising super featherweight knockout artist Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs) will face an opponent yet to be named in a six-round fight. Opening the televised action is a super featherweight clash between a pair of Los Angeles prospects, as Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara (8-0, 3 KOs) squares off against Carlos “The Solution” Morales (6-1-3, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout. Plus, Irish middleweight prospect Jason Quigley (3-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in a four round bout hoping to get television air time against Lanny Dardar (2-2-2, 1 KOs) of Houma, Louisiana. (more…)
On Saturday afternoon, February 28, Carl Frampton will make the first defense of the IBF super bantamweight title when he takes on mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in a bout that can be seen live and exclusively in the United States on AWE–A Wealth of Entertainment. The card will originate from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is promoted by Cyclone Promotions.
“I’m going to be gunning for the knockout once the bell rings.” said Bronco Billy. “I’ve been training very hard to get in the best shape of my life. I really want to take my career to the next level in 2015 and sacrifices will be made to accomplish that goal. Domingos and I both posses a lot of power in our punches, so it’s fair to say this fight won’t be going the distance. Everyone watching this fight is going to experience a very entertaining heavyweight fight…that you can take to the bank!” Tickets priced $20 general admission, $35 and $50, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (702) 524-3331.
It was surprising for this reporter to see former three-time world champion Hilario Zapata of Panama here in Japan as the 56-year-old ex-champ served cornerman/trainer of Venezuelans Breilor Teran and Luis Araguayan on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Zapata belonged to the league named “Artful Dodgers” that consisted of Young Griffo, Jack Johnson, Gene Tunney (65-1-1, 48 KOs; we should more evaluate The Fighting Marine), Willie Pep, Miguel Canto, Pernell Whitaker, Floyd Mayweather Jr., etc. Zapata used to be a household name in the Japanese squared circle, where he was undefeated in five bouts all with the world title at stake. The flexible Panamanian southpaw annexed the WBC 108-pound belt by a close but unanimous decision over defending titlist Shigeo Nakajima in Tokyo, Japan, in 1980. Since then, Japan was a lucrative market for his manager Luis Spada and Zapata. The lanky southpaw, in his third defense, stopped ex-champ Nakajima in eleven rounds of a rematch in Gifu.
A very flexible technician with excellent body work, Zapata lost his WBC belt to Amado Ursua, who, however, yielded his belt to Japan’s Tadashi Tomori, from whom Zapata regained the same belt via split duke in 1982. The Panamanian southpaw came back to Japan to face ex-champ Tomori, whom he badly halted in eight lopsided rounds in November of the same year. (more…)
IBF President Daryl J. Peoples announced today that the 32nd Annual IBF/USBA Convention will be held at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Canada from May 17-21, 2015. “We, at the organization, are optimistic that this convention in Montreal will be a successful one. Montreal is an exciting city with so much to do. It is a city full of culture and history with something going on at all times. Our sport is also very much a part of the fabric of this city and we are enthused by this opportunity to connect with the boxing community there.”
Peoples also announced that Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) certification for judges and referees will be offered during the convention. The referees seminar will be presented by Mark Nelson, and the judges seminar will be presented by Duane Ford.
Promoter Ahmet Öner confirmed to Fightnews that there were problems with the local promotion in Hungary, but says the rematch between heavyweights Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis will definitely take place elsewhere on February 27th.
“Me and my partners invested a lot of money to bring the fight to Budapest and we thought that people would be happy to have a big show like this,” said Öner. “But now it seems that they don’t want us there. I have dealt with more difficult tasks in the past. I will find another venue in Europe so the fight can definitely go ahead on February 27 as planned. We have had too many postponements already because of medical problems. Both Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis are well prepared and ready to fight. The sanctioning fees and flight tickets have been paid. So the fight will go ahead. I have a show in Adana (Turkey) this weekend (Feb. 14) and will present the new location for Solis vs. Thompson II within the next days.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today marks one year since the election of Mauricio Sulaiman as president of the World Boxing Council. He was elected unanimously to replace his late father Jose Sulaiman. “It has been a year full of learning and experience,” said Sulaiman. “It’s a great responsibility to be president of 165 countries affiliated to the boxing world and have daily activity with the sport. We have to continue this legacy of my father and keep looking steadily keep this sport in a high level and doing the best for the boxer and boxing fans.”
In his first year, Sulaiman presided over the first WBC Women’s Convention and the WBC Annual Convention. In addition, he attended Summit Meetings with WBA and IBF leaders looking to improve boxing, made constant travels around the world to maintain the continued presence of the WBC and has remained constant communication with the media and various boxing commissions.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Muscular southpaw, WBO #13 super-light ex-Japanese champ Shinya Iwabuchi (24-5, 20 KOs), 140, displayed his superior power and physical strength—if not his finesse—in overpowering and overwhelming Venezuelan lightweight titlist Luis Araguayan (11-8, 6 KOs), 139.25, en route to a brutal knockout at 1:21 of the seventh round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Iwabuchi, a Bruce Lee-haired hard-puncher, had attempted to win the OPBF 140-pound belt from his compatriot Keita Obara only to be dispatched with a single left hook in the twelfth and final session last August. Fresh from a nightmare, Iwabuchi was aggressive from the outset, stalking the incessantly circling Venezuelan who looked sharp, skillful but least powerful. It looked a matter of time Iwabuchi would catch up with the lanky opponent, stop his footwork with body shots and finish him within the distance. His blueprint prevailed as planned, and Iwabuchi decked the negative dodger in rounds four and seven. In the fatal round Iwabuchi sent him to the canvas on three occasions a la Marlon Starling demolishing and dethroning Mark Breland in eleven rough-and-tumble rounds of their first encounter in 1987. Simply was Araguayan too powerless against the Japanese southpaw victor. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Ulli Wegner is the new coach of Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs). Currently the 72-year-old German specialist is working with Sauerland’s world champions Arthur Abraham and Yoan-Pablo Hernandez. Pulev turned pro in 2009 and was prepared by Otto Ramin, whose contract expired at the end of last year and wasn’t renewed. Pulev was kayoed in his last fight by Wladimir Klitschko on November 15 in Hamburg. It was his first career loss as pro. The contract of Bulgarian with Sauerland expired on December 31 2014. After brief negotiations Pulev decided to sign a new one. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Sometimes getting a second chance makes you want to work even harder. For Los Angeles’ Brandon “The Cannon” Adams (15-1, 10KO), his second chance comes this Friday night when once again he is part of the Boxcino tournament broadcast live as part of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Presented by Banner Promotions, the first round will be held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Adams will be facing Alex “The Break City Bullet” Perez (18-1, 10KO) of Newark, New Jersey, in a six rounder in the first phase of the tournament.
Last year with only twelve pro fights under his belt and not that many more as a amateur, Adams was the least experienced participant in the first edition of the tournament held in the middleweight division but for Brandon, the married father of an eight month old son, in his mind all the combatants were the same. “It never bothered me, it didn’t really cross my mind,” Adams said calmly as he rested after an intense training session under the tutelage of his trainer Dub Huntley. “Going into the tournament, I just thought as all us being beginners in the tourney, it was our first fight. I knew that they had more experience but in the tournament, we were all starting from the same place.” (more…)
After suffering a unanimous decision loss in his fight against the veteran Jussier Formiga last summer, Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky found himself out of the contender conversation as quickly as he entered it . . . click here for more
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Having spent time with Martin Murray in Johannesburg at the weekend, South African promoter Rodney Berman says he expects a fierce contest when Murray and Gennady Golovkin square off on February 21 in Monte Carlo for Golovkin’s WBA super, WBC interim and IBO middleweight titles. Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) is on a record 18 consecutive knockouts and will be seeking another against Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs), The WBC’s #1 contender. Golovkin is a 25:1 favorite.
“Obviously Martin is in the best shape he’s ever been, having worked incredibly hard in the summer heat down here,” said Berman. “He’s pretty much in a no-lose situation because of the aura around Golovkin. If he goes the distance and doesn’t get the decision, that’s okay based on the reputation of Golovkin. But if Martin wins the world will be his oyster.”
According to Berman, “this is Golovkin’s first real test. He’s fighting a guy who, to all intents and purposes, is unbeaten. He’s bigger and he can handle himself. Murray also won’t freeze. He’s known dark times and dealt with trauma, fighting a man with two arms, like him, holds no fears.”
By Karl Freitag
Looks like the February 27 rematch between heavyweights Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis slated for February 27 at Millenaris Park in Budapest, Hungary, will be cancelled. Word is local promoter Felix Racz (Felix Promotion) pulled the plug on the event after several payment deadlines were missed by the card’s Hungarian financial backers. The bout was to be televised live on Sport TV (Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic) and on Eurosport March 10th.
It’s possible that lead promoter Ahmet Oener (Arena Box-Promotion) can find another venue and/or date for the fight, but February 27 in Hungary is off as of now. Solis-Thompson II had already been postponed three times previously. The bout was originally scheduled for October 18 before Solis twisted his ankle. A rescheduled November 22 date couldn’t take place because Solis’ injury took longer than expected to heal. A January 24 date in Dusseldorf, Germany, also fell through. Now we have this latest setback.
Thompson upset Solis in their first fight last March in Turkey when he won by split decision. This is an important crossroads fight for both fighters if it ever happens.
Paul Smith can settle the score with Arthur Abraham in their WBO world super middleweight championship rematch on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. Smith was left disappointed after finding himself on the wrong end of a unanimous points decision in his first attempt to dethrone the German champion. The 32 year-old is aware he may face an even tougher task in the repeat of their September showdown, but he is certain he can bring the belt back to Britain. “I’m extremely confident,” said Smith. “I went into the first fight believing I could beat Abraham, this time I go into the fight knowing I can beat him. I know what I am in with now and I’m 100% confident I will win. He won’t be able to rely on the judges this time.
“I do believe Abraham will be fitter this time, he will come to fight and that is exactly what I’ve prepared for. I’m certainly fitter and better than last time too, and I‘ve improved technically. The first fight for me was a chance to prove that I belong at world level. Although, I didn’t get the decision, I felt I beat him and I got a massive confidence boost from that. I now know I belong at world level and I know I can mix it with the best.”
Amir Khan says Kell Brook fight not big enough
Card captures classic Detroit boxing
Buster Douglas still connecting with fans
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
A confrontation of unbeaten young prospects sounds good enough to attract a sellout crowd at the Korakuen Hall. Unbeaten Japanese super-featherweight champ Rikki Naito (12-0, 5 KOs), 130, barely kept his national belt as he eked out a hairline majority decision (96-95, 97-94, 95-95) over previously unbeaten ex-WBC youth titlist Masayuki Ito (16-1-1, 7 KOs), 129.75, over ten see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Rikki, the 23-year-old son of former Orient middle champ Junichi “Cassius” Naito, utilized his southpaw jabs and fast footwork, and overcame Ito’s smashing rights to the face. We saw good rallies of the excellent speedsters, each of whom repeatedly hit the air due to the counterpart’s good mobility. After the fifth, the interim tallies were announced: 48-48, 48-47 (Naito) and 49-47 (Ito). Naito, from the sixth, turned loose to pile up some more points as he became aggressive with quick combinations, while Ito, 24, only kept throwing a solid right at a time. The southpaw champ seemingly took three rounds from the sixth, which carried him to a very close victory. (more…)
Randy “El Matador” Caballero suffered an ankle injury during training camp and will not be able to defend his IBF bantamweight world title scheduled for Feb. 27 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The Feb. 27 event will proceed as scheduled, with a new main event to be announced shortly to be featured on the live FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes telecast.
“I was very excited to bring my first title defense to my hometown for all my fans, friends and family who have been on this journey with me from the beginning,” said Caballero. “I am devastated that this injury is stopping me from continuing this journey; however I expect to make a full recovery from surgery and will be ready to face any opponent that wants to stand in my way. I promise my fans that I will back and better than ever!” (more…)
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya has reportedly selected the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas as the site for the showdown between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland. Canelo previously drew 39,472 boxing fans to the venue when he fought Austin Trout there in April 2013. The date will be May 2, unless Mayweather-Pacquiao takes place on that date.
By Gabriel F Cordero
Mexican super featherweight stars Adrian “Diamante” Estrella and Miguel “Mickey” Roman will be back in action on Saturday against separate opponents at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Estrella (20-0, 18 KOs) will take on Filipino Adones “Yamagata” Aguelo (23-10-2, 15 KOs) for the WBC International super featherweight championship, while Roman (48-11, 37 KOs) will seek his eleventh consecutive knockout against Adrian Verdugo (22-9-1, 19 KOs). It will be Roman’s 60th professional fight. The event is presented by Promocionea del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico by Televisa.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Team Fonfara
“10, maybe 12 weeks of training and sparring – just like I like it,” said Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) who is in full beast mode before his scheduled April 18 clash against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1, 32 KOs). “Right hand, after surgery is about 90 percent OK, so for now I’m trying to knock out my trainer Sam Colonna just with my jab. I will have both hands ready for Julio,” said a smiling Fonfara, who next week will start his conditioning in Houston.
The UFC® announced today that Brazilian legend Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira will join the cast of The Ultimate Fighter® Brazil 4, the organization’s signature television reality series, as coach following the departure of UFC middleweight Anderson Silva . . . click here for more
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After a 2014 that began and ended on high notes, WBC #14 world ranked lightweight “Lightning” Rod Salka (20-4, 3 KOs) aims for a title shot in 2015.
Starting last April, Salka won the WBC Fecarbox lightweight title with a dominating performance over previously unbeaten, WBC world ranked, Cuban Alexei Collado in a televised main event on Showtime. Collado was 18-0 at the time. Following his impressive win over Collado, Salka stepped up two weight classes to face unified WBC/WBA 140 pound kingpin Danny Garcia (29-0) in a non-title, welterweight bout last August in Brooklyn. “The size difference was way too much. After the stoppage loss to Garcia at welterweight, I vowed never to fight again above 130-135 pounds,” stated Salka. After the setback to Garcia, Salka quickly rebounded by defending his WBC Fecarbox lightweight title versus WBC world ranked Monty Meza Clay (36-3) in another nationally televised fight dominated by Salka by wide margins in November. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is annoyed by insinuations that he won his first fight with Paul Smith by a bad decision rendered by judges Waleska Roldan (117-111), Fernando Laguna (119-109), Zoltan Enyedi (117-111). “King Arthur” says plans to defeat Smith decisively when they meet again on February 21 at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
“I want to clarify once again clearly who is the champion here,” said Abraham. “Paul Smith had a good performance in the first fight, I was just better. Why there was all this whining in the English media about a bad decision I don’t understand. Neither I nor the promoter choose the judges. Like the last time, they are chosen by the world federation.”
As for Smith’s assertion that the immediate rematch was granted because Abraham was ashamed of getting the decision in the first fight, Abraham stated, “That is absolute rubbish! Smith only wants to provoke me. He should train hard because in the rematch I will show no mercy. Actually I just want to prove it to the English press who made the first fight into a scandal.”
By Tracy Morin
Photo: Scott Foster
Last Friday, Alabama-based Deontay Wilder brought his larger-than-life personality (and his sizable 6’7” frame) to nearby Biloxi, Mississippi, for the latest edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Settling comfortably into his new role as the WBC heavyweight champion, Wilder seemed equally content to pose for pictures with lengthy lineups of fans, chat with members of the press, and enjoy every last nontelevised undercard, lingering long after many casual spectators had flocked to the casino floor. After a nonstop night of action inside and outside the ring, Wilder filled in FightNews about his recent whirlwind weeks and what’s ahead for 2015.
What’s life been like since we last saw you in the ring?
Everything’s been going great. My life has definitely dramatically changed due to the fans and the popularity of the sport, so I’m blessed. I’ve been blessed before I got to this position, and I still feel I’ve been blessed—whether win, lose or draw, it still would be a blessing. But it’s just the beginning. Even though my title now says “heavyweight champion of the world,” in my heart I still feel like a contender, and feeling like a contender still keeps me hungry. I know there’s more out there to gain, and I can’t wait for it to happen. (more…)
2008 Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso has signed a managerial contract with Si Stern’s SHS Boxing Management. The 28-year-old heavyweight prospect, who is undefeated in four professional fights, lives in Miami where he is trained by Orlando Cuellar. The 6’5, 235-pound Alfonso’s professional career has been relatively slow to develop because he is a free agent who didn’t defect to the United States until 2011. Alfonso won a decision over United States Olympic super heavyweight Michael Hunter, Jr., 9-1, to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
SHS Management’s boxing clients also include three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey, heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams, middleweight Marcus “Arillius” Upshaw and welterweight Damian “Devo” Frias.
Following a Fight of the Night victory over Tim Gorman in his UFC debut in Brazil last November, Sao Paulo bantamweight Thomas Almeida will take his show on the road on April 25, when he takes on Canada’s own Yves Jabouin in a UFC 186 bout at Bell Centre in Montreal . . . click here for more
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Manny Pacquiao talks faith and Floyd and politics. More
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Jimmy Chaichotchuang, Manager of Amnat Ruenroeng welcomed media from China including TV and newspapers from Macau, Hong Kong and China to the Ruenroeng Camp at the Srinakarinvirot University Sport Center, Nakornnayok, Thailand on Monday. Chaichotchuang said Ruenroeng will do his training camp at Srinakarinvirot University which specializes in Sports Science. “The professor in Sport Science will work together with Franciso Jaro, the trainier of Ruenroeng from Philippines, to develop his fitness to fight Shiming. This is one of the biggest fights in Asia. I am sure that the winner will be the next superstar in the flyweight division.”
Ruenroeng said he wants revenge on Zou Shiming who was his rival in the amateurs. “I won once and lost twice in amateur boxing to Shiming but I feel I lost only once. The last fight in the Asian Games 2010 in China, I know from the Chinese fans that I won the fight. I do not worry about fighting in his hometown because the IBF will send the best officials for our fight. I will bring the IBF belt back to Thailand. I am confident I will beat Shiming again.” (more…)
Former world champion Paul Spadafora (49-1-1, 19 KOs) has been added to “The Pride of Pittsburgh III” on February 20th at CONSOL Energy Center, it was announced today by Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions. Spadafora will battle Jake Giuriceo (17-2-1, 4 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio in a scheduled eight round junior welterweight off-TV bout. “We’re very happy to add Paul in a “special attraction” bout to our February 20 event,” said Brown. “For many years he was among the most skilled fighters in the sport and his battle with Giuriceo, a very tough veteran, should be one of the highlights of the evening for the fans in attendance.”
“The Pride of Pittsburgh III” is headlined by a ten round welterweight clash between local fan favorite Sammy Vasquez Jr., (17-0, 13 KOs) and Brooklyn, New York native via Accra Ghana, Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 9 KOs) and will be telecast on ShoBox. (more…)
By Jerry Glick
Photo: Will Hart/ Klitschko Management Group
“It’s good to be back here,” said Bernd Bönte, manager of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) at the Madison Square Garden kickoff press for the champion’s April 25th title defense against challenger Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs). “It’s always something special to promote at Madison Square Garden, where legends such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield stood inside the ring. We are looking forward to another exciting fight and a great event.”
As for the future should Wladimir be victorious against Jennings, Bönte scoffed at fighting former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. “At the moment he’s not on our radar,” he explained. “Because in a perfect world, knock on wood, that everything goes the right way on April the 25th, then we would love to do the fight against (Tyson) Fury, and then a fight against (Deontay) Wilder. It could also be the other way around, but what we heard from Al Haymon (the manager of Wilder) is that they are looking into that fight for Wilder, by the end of this year or maybe next year against Wladimir.”
A Fury fight could take place in the challenger’s country of England. “There’s only a one hour time difference (between England and German),” commented Bönte. “So it doesn’t matter. It could be in England, or it could be in Germany.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras (31-0, 25 KOs) is currently training in the Otomi Ceremonial Center to defend his belt against former WBA champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion (32-3, 23 KOs). Concepción is training in La Chorrera, a city near Panamá City from last two months. The fight will take on March 28 at a site to be named in the state of Mexico. The fight had previously been discussed for Culiacan or Mexico City on various dates. The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico by Televisa. Cuadras won the title last May against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and has defended against Juan Carlos Salgado and Marvin Mabait.
Promoter Ricky Hatton would like to make it clear that negotiations have NOT taken place for a fight between Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne and Russia’s Alexander Ustinov, despite claims made online. “Lucas is willing to fight anyone and, if offered, he would take the Ustinov fight, but at this moment in time we’re looking for opponents with rankings that will help Lucas get a world title shot,” Hatton explained. “Lucas, at number four, is the highest rated available contender of the WBA for Ruslan Chagaev, and he’s also in the top six with the IBF and the WBC so there’s no point in boxing a guy who isn’t ranked. Lucas is eager to fight anyone that mentions his name, but I’ve told him to start looking up rather than down. We’re working on getting him the best fight possible and I think everyone will be happy when we make an announcement.”
On March 14, DiBella Entertainment, Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing will present an exciting night of both professional and amateur boxing, held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, titled “McMayhem in Midtown”. The pro portion of the card will be headlined by Dublin, Ireland’s world-ranked featherweight contender Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (29-1, 13 KOs). Fans in attendance will also be treated to the long-awaited return of popular light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (17-2, 9 KOs). The amateur portion of the card will be made up of fights between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and the Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force who will be making the trip over from Ireland. Tickets for “McMayhem in Midtown” are priced at $100, $65 and $35 and go on sale today.
Boxing has lost another one of it’s good guys. Former NABF president Joe Dwyer passed away this weekend in Long Island, NY. A life long “boxing guy,” Dwyer fought as an amateur in the New York Golden Gloves, amassing an overall record of 56-2, 1 NC. Upon finishing Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton High School in 1956, Dwyer entered the U.S. Navy where he served on the USS Roosevelt and Intrepid with the 74th Fighter Squadron from 1956 – 1959. Dwyer served a thirty four year tenure with the NYPD from 1961-1995, for many years as an investigator of organized crime. With a never ending love for the “Sweet Science” still burning in his heart, Dwyer served as chief inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission for twelve years before joining the IBF as their championship chairman. Dwyer returned to judging fights before joining the WBC, eventually climbing to the presidency of the Council’s North American Boxing Federation in June 2009. Dwyer’s health began to decline in recent years, but he kept in close contact with his boxing “family.” He is survived by his wife Linda, and children Arlene, Kathy and Joe, Jr. FightNews would like to extend it’s condolences to the Dwyers and Joe’s boxing family. R.I.P. to a stand up guy who told it like it was.
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