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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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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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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys

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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

Boxing News

Spence destroys Charles; Sanchez stops Silva; Perales halts Martinez in San Antonio

2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a first round KO over Raymond Charles (12-3-2, 5 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Spence dropped Charles twice in round one and the bout was waved off at 2:52.

In the main event, welterweight Alan Sanchez (13-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-6-2, 15 KOs). The bout was waved off after Sanchez dropped Silva face first with a right hand. Time was :42.

Also, in a non-televised bout, bantamweight Sergio Perales (24-2, 16 KOs) scored a come-from-behind tenth round TKO over local fan favorite and two-time world title challenger Raul Martinez (30-4, 18 KOs). Martinez had earlier dropped Perales twice, but faded and was floored himself in the final stanza. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ESPN2’s presentation of Friday Night Fights. The middleweight winners were Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr., who earned eight round decisions and will now now face off in the finals along with the last two lightweight Boxcino contenders on Friday, May 23, also at The Turning Stone in Verona, NY. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF#11 Samor defeats Sabu

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

In a nationally televised promotion, IBF#11 super flyweight Rusalee Samor (23-5-2, 10 KOs) was impressive as he clearly outscored Espinos Sabu (11-1-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds to retain the IBF Asian 115 pound title at the Wat Triatanakorn, Chaiya, Surat, Thani, Thailand on Friday. Samor controlled the action in most of the rounds to be awarded the decision on all cards by scores 115-112, 115-112, 115-112.

On undercard, Thailand based Japanese welterweight Takamori Akita (9-4-1, 6 KOs) stopped Muhammad Imam(9-4,3 KOs) in round one of scheduled twelve to capture the vacant IBF Asian title.

Former world rated 130 pounder Fahsai Sakkreerin (41-5-1, 22 KOs) outscored Rivo Renkung (32-19-5,12 KOs) over eight rounds. Sakkreerin suffered losses to Rances Barthélemy and Masao Nakamura in 2013 but was impressive in clearly outpointing
Indonesian Renkung. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Bob Bennett named Executive Director of NSAC

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) announced today that Robert Bennett has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Bennett, who was one of three finalists, received a unanimous vote from the five-member Commission at a meeting this afternoon.

“As a Commission, we believe that Robert will continue to ensure and protect the integrity of unarmed combat in the State of Nevada,” said Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar. “He appreciates and respects the sanctity of professional fighting and will be an asset to the Commission.” (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Payasito-Tostado in the works for May in Mexico

All Star Boxing, Inc and its President Tuto Zabala, Jr. is working on putting together a clash between WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez and WBO Latin champion Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado to be held on Friday, May 24 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Hernandez of Mexico City has a record of 27-10-2, 15 KOs, and is also the Mexican national champion. He recently surprised many experts when he stopped #5 WBO Marvin Mabait in 5 rounds on March 28 at the Foro Polanco. Tostado on the other hand has a record of 13-1, 6 KOs and won the Latino belt when he beat Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal of Puerto Rico by decision on March 21 in Tampa, both fights where part of the successful Boxeo Telemundo Ford series.

“This is a great match up between two WBO regional champions unifying their belts,” said Zabala. “We are working on final details to formally make an announcement.”



April 18th, 2014

UFC

UFC on FOX 11 Weigh-in Results

UFC on FOX 11, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne and the bantamweight bout between Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche, airs live on FOX from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FOX Sports 1 for six televised prelims at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and three early prelim bouts will be available on UFC Fight Pass at 3:30pm ET / 12:30 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Travis Browne (245.5) VS Fabricio Werdum (232.5)

FOX MAIN CARD
Liz Carmouche (135) VS Miesha Tate (135.5)
Edson Barboza (156) VS Donald Cerrone (155.5)
Yoel Romero (185.5) VS Brad Tavares (185)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Khabib Nurmagomedov (155.5) VS Rafael dos Anjos (155.5)
Seth Baczynski (170.5) VS Thiago Alves (170.5)
Pat Healy (156) VS Jorge Masvidal (155.5)
Estevan Payan (146) VS Alex White (146)
Caio Magalhaes (185.5) VS Luke Zachrich (185.5)
Hernani Perpetuo (170.5) VS Jordan Mein (170.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Ray Borg (125.5) vs Dustin Ortiz (125.5)
Chas Skelly (145) vs. Mirsad Bektic (146)
Jack May (252.5) VS Derrick Lewis (256)
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Coming up next: FOX UFC Saturday: Werdum vs. Browne is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, April 19 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

By Gary Digital Williams at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4
(IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles)

Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.2
(IBF welterweight title)

Peter Quillin 159.8 vs. Lukas Konecny 158.25
(WBO middleweight title)

Sadam Ali 146.25 vs. Michael Clark 144
(Vacant NABO Welterweight title)

Zachary Ochoa 139.5 vs. Hector Marengo 140.25
Marcus Browne 174 vs. Otis Griffin 176
D’Mitrius Ballard 168 vs. Quincy Miner 165
Dominic Wade 163 vs. Marcus Upshaw 157
David Grayton 148 vs. Howard Reece 149
Chris Alexander 135 vs. Jose Valderrama 139
Lamont Roach, Jr. 134 vs. Victor Galindo 143

Venue: DC Armory in Washington DC
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime

Photos…



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

George Returns: I’m a white kid who can jam!

By Sam Geraci
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

Donovan “Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) looks to rebound from his 2013 TKO loss to Caleb Truax tonight when he takes on Troy Lowry (28-13, 17 KOs) in a six round super middleweight tune-up in “Fight Night” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Since 2012, George has gone 2-3-1 against top opposition with a combined record of 132-26-4. Now, at 29 and with a new promoter behind him, George is looking to get back into the win column and to reclaim what he calls his “swag.” In the following interview, George discusses his comeback, his new trainer and his new promoter, the Lowry matchup, Fonfara-Stevenson, Kovalev-Agnew, Chicago’s boxing comeback and much more. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing at the Alamodome tonight

A 10-fight boxing card is set to kick off San Antonio’s annual Fiesta Celebration in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome tonight. In the Golden Boy Live! main event, which will airs on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, Alan Sanchez (12-3-1, 6 KOs) will square off against Mexican warrior Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-5-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. Plus, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (11-0, 9 KOs) of Dallas will be back in his home state of Texas for the co-main event, a 10-round junior middleweight bout against Raymond Charles (12-2-2, 5 KOs). Opening the telecast will be Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (7-0, 6 KOs) facing Puerto Rico’s Antonio Sanchez (5-3, 3 KOs) in a six round junior welterweight bout.

Featured in key undercard bouts will be Texans Joseph Rodriguez Jr. and Javier Rodriguez, Australia’s Steve Lovett, Mexico’s Miguel Flores and Georgia’s Justin DeLoach, plus a bout that might steal the show in the an all-Texas showdown between Raul Martinez and Sergio Perales.



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Wichita, Kansas

Undefeated light heavyweight Jeff Page Jr of Andover, Kansas looks to keep his “O” intact when he faces veteran Jose Spearman of Indianapolis, Indiana tonight at the Beech Activity Center in Wichita, Kansas. Page (12-0, 7 KOs), will possibly be pitted across the ring from his toughest test to date in Spearman (29-18-5, 12 KOs). The two will square off for the UBF All-Americas and Kansas state light heavyweight titles. The co main event features two undefeated prospects in a welterweight contest as Jon Bullock (3-0, 1 KO) will battle Manny Brown (3-0, 2 KOs).

Jeff Page Jr 173 vs. Jose Spearman 175
(UBF All-Americas light heavyweight title)
(Kansas State light heavyweight title)

Jon Bullock 147 vs. Emmanuel brown 144
Cooper Sanders 220 vs. Robert Perry 202
Evan Woolsey 143 vs. Marvell Fight 146
Robbie Seyam 148 vs. Ben Zelfer 149
Lorenzo Selectmon 194 vs. Bradley Johnson 188



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Orlando

Photos: Mpsportimages.com

Gamalier Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8
(NABO featherweight title)

Note: Cruz’ final Weight was 126

Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Ivan Zavala 139.2

Matt Korobov 160 vs. Emill Gonzalez 160.6
Alberto Machado 129 vs. Jesus Lule Raya 129.2
Antonio Ortiz 142.4 vs. Ramon Pena 141.8
Christopher Diaz 127.6 vs. TBA
Jayron Santiago 123.6 vs. James Alexander 124.6

Venue: Bahia Shriners Event Center in Orlando, Fla.
Promoter: Top Rank/All Star Boxing
TV: UniMas   

More photos…



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today at noon at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The winning bid was from Golden Boy Promotions with $1,052,500 followed by Top Rank’s bid of $1,050,000. The difference was a mere $2500. June 21 in LA was mentioned as the possible date. The bid was presided over by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, Raul Jaimes GBP, Carl Morreti TR and Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing.



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Quigg, Munyai make weight after Munyai sweats off excess poundage

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig


Scott Quigg 121.5 vs. Tshifhiwa Munyai 122.3*
(WBA super bantamweight title)

Munyai, who took the fight on late notice, was initially .3 over. He came back two hours later, stripped naked, and made the weight.

Venue: Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK
Promoter: Matchroom Sport
TV: AWE



April 18th, 2014

UFC

Cerrone: The Cowboy Goes His Own Way

There are particular sacrifices one makes to have a career as a professional fighter. The daily grind of a six to eight week training camp taxes the body at a level beyond measure, and when paired with strict diets and nutritional game plans, it’s easy for the zest to be zapped out of life in the lead up to a fight. These things are done to ensure a fighter will be in peak condition when fight night rolls around, and they are commitments most make because they believe that brand of discipline is necessary for success to be achieved . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Stars come out for Boxing at the Barker

By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Drews Photography w StephanieDrews.com

Wednesday night’s inaugural “Boxing at the Barker” show, promoted by television mogul Michael King’s King Sports Worldwide, wasn’t just a boxing card. This was a spectular event. A first class Hollywood production complete with celebrities, sports legends and even a red carpet ceremony. Actor/comedian Dave Pollack served as master of ceremonies. The UCLA Marching Band kicked things off and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones played the national anthem. In attendance at ringside were the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wayne Knight from Seinfeld, former HBO commentator Larry Merchant, Showtime Boxing commentator Mauro Ranallo, attorney/fight fan Robert Shapiro as well as boxing greats former world champions Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, and James “Buddy” McGirt to name a few.

The show took place inside the huge Barker Hangar located on the south side of the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California. In an attractive main event between two undefeated Southern California heavyweights, Carson’s Charles Martin squared off against Alex Flores of Los Angeles with the vacant NABO heavyweight title on the line. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

McDonnell faces Rachawat for WBA belt May 31

Jamie McDonnell will face Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the vacant WBA “regular” bantamweight title at Wembley Stadium on May 31. McDonnell faces the Thai star on the undercard of Carl Froch’s blockbuster rematch for the WBA and IBF world super middleweight titles against George Groves. Na is rated WBA #3 while McDonnell is WBA #4. The WBA also has a long reigning “super” champion in the division in Anselmo Moreno. McDonnell previously held the IBF version of the belt but was stripped for not making his mandatory defense.

McDonnell’s clash with Na Rachawat joins a top-class undercard on May 31 with James DeGale MBE facing Brandon Gonzales in a final eliminator for the IBF crown contested by Froch and Groves while Olympic Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua faces a step-up in his sixth pro fight.
A further allocation of tickets will be released on sale soon.



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Munyai set to challenge for WBA superbantam belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Tshifhiwa Munyai was handed an early birthday present when he was offered a crack at England’s Scott Quigg for his WBA regular super bantamweight belt when they meet on Saturday afternoon at the Manchester Arena in England. Munyai who will celebrate his 29th birthday on May 8 came in as a substitute when the number one contender Nehomar Cermeno from Venzuela was forced out with Visa issues. Quigg, 25, from Bury, Lancashire has a record 27-0-2 with 20 wins inside the distance.

Guillermo Rigondeaux from Cuba who is the real WBA super bantamweight champion was recently elevated to “super” champion, thus allowing Quigg to be elevated to the regular champion. Rigondeaux also holds the WBO belt. (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Idaho boxer Kenny Keene, retired since 2006 with a record of 51-4, is an Idaho State Lottery winner. More

Glen Hagler, Jr. may have the last name but will he have the skills when he turns pro? More

More on Russell Peltz signing Philly fighter Thomas LaManna. More

San Antonio’s Raul Martinez looks to extend his career. More



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins-Shumanov Press Conference

By Julian Burgower
Photos: Mike Greenhill

Bernard Hopkins wanted to make something very clear today at the final press conference for his light heavyweight title unification showdown with fellow champion Beibut Shumenov- he is not just fighting for a belt. Hopkins has been fighting for glittery trinkets to hang around his waist since the Kazakh Olympian was a mere 10 years old. What he fights for is legend.

“This is really a defense of my legacy. Yes, belts are nice. They are nice when you are younger because you have to establish that foundation. My foundation has been laid down years ago. And you build off the foundation. You get what you put in most of the time and then you have the time when you have to fight for what you want. So I just want everybody to know that this is an opportunity for me to show that no matter what age, even though age is a factor a lot of ways in sports, but to represent the 40 and up club which is very much alive in the world…to have a fan base with the 40 and up club, boxing fans and non-boxing fans- they are backing me. They’re supporting me. They’re praying for me. So I go and train understanding that it’s not just for me and not just for my family or my bank account or any of the things that I have already achieved almost two decades ago. I ask you to enjoy everything that’s going to take place while it’s taking place. A lot of times we even take our personal achievements for granted. Relationships, sports, jobs, good friends, good people, good business people, and we don’t really appreciate it until we get treated the opposite way. So I feel like everybody should know that come April 19th, you will be inspired by me.” (more…)



April 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Syracuse, NY

By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

A seven-bout card was held at the Holiday Inn in Syracuse, NY Thursday night on a show hosted by new promoter Jay Johnson of JKJ Championship Promotions. A capacity crowd was on hand for the first of a series of cards planned for Syracuse.

The six-round main event of the evening featured Middleweight Martez Potter of Syracuse up against Joe Yerdon of Berlin, NY. Feeding off the frenzied crowd Potter landed a combination that shook Yerdon soon after the opening bell. From there Potter scored with his quickness and counter punch ability to take rounds two and three. A right-left counterpunch in round four had Yerdon hurt at the bell. In the fifth Potter landed several counter rights that had Yerdon backing up. Yerdon was game throughout the fight but he ate too many counter rights and left hooks against the quicker foe. Potter improves to 4-0 while Yerdon slides to 3-7 after identical 59-55 scores from each judge. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Undefeated Reed headlines card in Fort Washington MD April 18

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Mike Reed 141.5 vs. Regino Canales 142.5
Terron Grant 130 vs. Alberto Candaleria 132
Gerome Quigley 148.5 vs. Dontre King 148
Mykal Fox 137.5 vs. David Ruiz 138.5
Rodrigo Gabriel 118.5 vs. Gabriel Braxton 118.5
Tyrone Wright 135.5 vs. Enrique Vargas 135.5

While most of the boxing world will focus on the world title tripleheader in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 19, there will be a card 20 miles south of the Nation’s Capitol at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD on Friday, April 18 and the main event on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card features a prospect that many people are keeping their eye on. (more…)



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights

Photos: Stephanie Trapp /SHOWTIME

It turns out promoter Mike Tyson can stir the pot almost as much as heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. Almost. Tyson seemed right at home in his new role as promoter Thursday as he guided his Iron Mike Productions fighters through the final press conference and weigh-in for tomorrow’s ShoBox: The New Generation event. Tyson egged on his fighters, enticed trash talking and did his best to create some controversy during the presser before the official weigh-in. In other words, typical Tyson.

“Listen, I don’t want to hear you guys talk about respect for each other,” Tyson said. “I want to hear what you guys are going to do to each other tomorrow night. I want to hear that you’re going to knock him out. Don’t worry about making weight. Listen, we’re only talking about a few pounds here. I fought as a heavyweight and it didn’t matter. This is boxing. We’re here to see some people beat each other up tomorrow. Weight doesn’t matter; we’re here to watch you fight. I’m excited to have such a great card and exciting event for my return to SHOWTIME. We’re a very young organization but we’re moving pretty fast.”

Alexei Collado 131.6 vs. Rod Salka 132.6
Felix Diaz 139.6 vs. Emmanuel Lartey 142.7
Sammy Vasquez, Jr. 146.8 vs. Juan Rodriguez, Jr. 148
Ryan Martin 136 vs. Misael Chacon 135.6

Venue: Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA
Promoter: Iron Mike Productions
TV: Showtime

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April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Chicago

Donovan George 171 vs. Troy Lowry 172
Andrey Fedosov 227 vs. Maurice Harris 242.6
Mike Jimenez 168.75 vs. Lester Gonzalez 169
Antonio Canas 141.5 vs. Rynell Griffin TBA
Eddie Ramirez 140 vs. Greg Coverson 136.2
Will Coix 145.25 vs. Justin Gauthier 144.2
Fidel Navarette 129.2 vs. Tim Carrizalez 130.2
Dimar Ortuz 195.6 vs. Mitch Williams 194.4
Roy Navarro 146.6 vs. Ricky Smith 147.6

Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing/Round 3 Productions



April 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Verona, NY

By Bob Caico
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Brandon Adams 161 Raymond Gatica 158
Vitaliy Kopylenko 160 Willie Monroe, Jr 160
Donovan Dennis 226 Nate Heaven 233
Simeon Hardy 155 Rahman Mustafa Yusubov 155
Cecil McCalla 149 Antonio Chaves Fernandez 150
Raphael Luna 152.5 Marcus Hall 153
Cornelius Whitlock 145 Greg Jackson 144

Promoter: Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions)
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
TV: ESPN 2

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