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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

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, ...

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Weights from Minnesota

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 ...

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Weights from Orlando

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 ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

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Weights from Minnesota

Weights from Minnesota

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance

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

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin,

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

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Boxing News

Fonfara to return December 6 in Chicago

IBF #1 light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs), will make his next ring appearance on Friday, December 6, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, when Ulrich Knockout Promotions, Warriors Boxing and 8 Count Productions once again bring world-class professional boxing back to the Windy City with “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3.”



October 18th, 2013



Boxing News

Frampton calls on Parodi to make it a war

Super bantamweight Carl Frampton has called on opponent Jeremy Parodi to make it a toe-to-toe war when they face each other tomorrow night in their IBF world title eliminator. They will face off in front of a sold out 8,500 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, as the winner looks to catapult themselves into pole position for a chance at the IBF world title, currently held by Spain’s Kiko Martinez. The pair weighed-in on Friday afternoon with Parodi up first tipping the scales at 121 pounds, he was then followed by Frampton who also easily made the 122lb limit as he weighed-in half a pound inside at 121.5 pounds.

After hearing Parodi talk in midweek of trying to outbox him, Frampton believes the occasion will be a whole new experience for the man from Toulon and has urged him to give the fans a scrap to remember. “It’s amazing to be fighting in front of a sold out arena. The atmosphere the last time was special against Kiko Martinez and I’m expecting it to be even better this time, there’s even more people in,” said Frampton. “It’s going to get hostile for Parodi – he would have never seen anything like it before. He’s talking about that he wants to box me. If that’s the case, I’ll find a way to beat him, but I would like him to come and have a fight because that’s going to make it more interesting and exciting for the fans,” he added. (more…)



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA strips Jones, Lebedev again cruiser champ

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The World Boxing Association has decided to strip Panamanian Guillermo “El Felino” Jones of his WBA cruiserweight title for testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in the title fight last May 17 against Russian Denis Lebedev in Moscow, Russia. The Championships Committee made the decision to again recognize Lebedev as the WBA cruiserweight regular champion, however representatives of Jones and Lebedev have been told to negotiate a rematch. Should no agreement be reached, the WBA will call for a purse bid according to Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Executive Vice President and head of the World Championships Committee. Apparently the B sample was never opened in the case.



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Today: Public Invited to Alvarado-Provodnikov Official Weigh-In

Denver’s very own homegrown world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and #1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov will face each other for the last time outside the ring at the official weigh-in for their WBO jr welterweight world championship clash TODAY at Diego’s Mexican Food & Cantina on the 16th Street Mall (1600 Champa St., Denver).

The fighters will step on the scale at 3:00 p.m. and the weigh-in will be open to the public.



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Isaac Ekpo vows to surprise Stieglitz. “I am a ticking time bomb.”

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Two days before the biggest fight of his career against WBO champion Robert Stieglitz, Nigerian Isaac Ekpo has made ​​a declaration of war against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz.

You are for the first time in Europe/Germany and have a big opportunity to contest a world title fight. Great excitement, are you nervous?

“No, not at all! My team and I we are very relaxed. With a stroll and the work here in our gym we are getting ourselves in a good mood here in Leipzig and feel super comfortable. But there is a lot of new impressions, everything is so clean here. At the market we bought fruit, super fresh. So we do not know that at all!” (more…)



October 18th, 2013

UFC

George Sotiropoulos and the Art of the Fight

Sometimes, if you don’t listen to the subtle signals your body gives you, that body will speak up for itself. George Sotiropoulos knows this all too well, having been sidelined by various injuries since his December 2012 loss to Ross Pearson . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Ontario, CA

Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions

Christopher Martin 122 vs. Enrique Quevedo 121
Juan Ramon Reyes 121 vs. Daniel Roman 122
Carlos Carlson 119 vs. Guadalupe Barreras 118
Israel Arellano 139.5 vs. Mario Hermosillo 139.5
Joshua Conley 157 vs. Juan Carlos Rojas 153
Erick Ituarte 128 vs. Roberto Ventura 128

Venue: The Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Tickets start at $40. Call 714-935-0900. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:45 pm.

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October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Alvarado-Provodnikov Final Presser

By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas

The View House in lower downtown Denver, Colorado, was the place to be on Thursday afternoon as Top Rank Promotions and Banner Promotions presented the final press conference for Alvarado-Provodnikov. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum took the podium first, “I would like to thank HBO for this fight, for a great year of boxing and a wonderful relationship throughout the years”.

Next up was former unified lightweight champion Juan Diaz, who stated, “I am excited to be a part of the Top Rank team and I hope to become the world champion at lightweight again.” (more…)



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC halts World Cup tournament for six months

The WBC has requested all the promoters and participants associated with the World Cup of Boxing to postpone the tournament effective immediately. The WBC anticipates at this time that the World Cup will begin once again in March or April 2014.

This WBC edict will impact the two featured World Cup bouts on the already announced Iron Mike Productions card slated for November 15 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event was to feature welterweights Joan Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) vs. Simeon Hardy (10-0, 7 KOs) and featherweight Claudio Marrero (14-1, 11 KOs) vs. Romulo Koasicha (20-3, 12 KOs). (more…)



October 18th, 2013

Boxing Result

Quick night at Steel Stacks 2

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

It was a quick night of professional boxing on Thursday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as Jay Newman’s VIP Promotions presented its second installment of “Fight Night at Steel Stacks.” The entire show lasted only an hour and nineteen minutes as three fights, including the main event featuring WBA #2 rated Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz and the co-feature were scratched for various reasons which left the card with five four-round support bouts. In the new four round main event, Bethlehem lightweight Jesus Gonzalez (1-2) gained his first victory as a pro with an explosive first round knockout of Marquise Pierce (1-3). (more…)



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Tony Bellew talks a good game, ahead of his title fight against Adonis Stevenson, next month in Quebec, Canada. More

Former champ Austin Trout has been named the grand marshal of the Sun Bowl parade: More

The boxing card at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City scheduled for this weekend and headlining Hank Lundy vs. Jeremy Bryan, has been rescheduled for Nov. 2.

The pride and joy of Gary, Indiana, is female contender Mary “Merciless” McGee: More



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Interview with promoter Ulf Steinforth

By Ingo Rohrbach & Steffen Soltau

German top promoter Ulf Steinforth of SES Boxing will host a big fight card on Saturday as he brings world championship boxing to Leipzig, Germany. The eight-bout fight card includes German WBO Youth champion Dominique Bösel (12-0, 4 KOs) against Italian Mirko Ricci (10-1, 4 KOs) and “The Diamond Boy” WBC Silver heavyweight champ Manuel Charr (24-1, 14 KOs) against Denis Bakhtov (36-8, 24 KOs) from Russia.

In the main event, WBO supper middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs) will fight against WBO #7 ranked Nigerian Isaac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs). German TV SAT.1 will broadcast live.



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

“Macho” Camacho son to debut Saturday in Mexico

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

21-year-old Christian Camacho, son of the late boxing legend Hector “Macho” Camacho, and half-brother of active professional boxer Hector Camacho Jr., will make his pro debut this Saturday in Cuajimalpa, Mexico in an event organized by Cancun Boxing/Pepe Gomez and Golden Boy Promotion. Camacho will face local fighter Enrique Angeles in a four round bout at super featherweight.

The card is headlined by Roberto “Massa” Ortiz against Reyes Sanchez for the WBC Silver super lightweight title.



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Returns to Rosecroft October 18

By Gary “Digital” Williams

After a highly-respected card on September 7, Keystone Boxing Promotions quickly returns with another card on Friday, October 18 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Boxing will now be on Friday nights because Rosecroft has started its live harness racing season. Headlining the card will be undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed coming off his sterling sixth-round knockout victory over Rameses Gil on the September 7 card. Reed (5-0, four KO’s) is not resting on his laurels as he will face fellow undefeated boxer Randy Fuentes of McAllen, TX in a six-round bout. Fuentes (4-0-1) hasn’t fought since September 29 of 2012 when he won a six-round split decision over Fernando Mata in Tamaulipas, Mexico. (more…)



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA 92nd Convention Day 4

Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 4 of the 92nd annual WBA convention in Lima, Peru was largely comprised of the ring officials seminar. Referees Luis Pabon and Raul Caiz, Sr. made opening remarks before introducing several speakers. Gustavo Padilla was first up with his review of the “Manual Interpretation of Officials.”

Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. delivered a talk entitled “Our Decisions Last a Lifetime.” A brief history of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules was reviewed. Caiz, Jr. then moved on to the evolution of judging boxing. The 10 Point Must System was looked at in depth, covering the scoring criteria. Interestingly, the concept of Punching Power vs. Quantity was looked at. This was poignant in light of the recent controversy involving one such fight in Brian Vera (quantity) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (power).

Some round scoring exercises then ensured starting with the first two rounds of Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard. Results varied 26 years after the fact as some favored Hagler’s aggression while others felt Leonard’s ring generalship led the way. (more…)



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Andre Ward: I still have my hunger and fire to be the best in the world

It is one month and counting before 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and current WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward makes his highly anticipated return to the ring defending his title against Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday, November 16 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Following slightly more than a year’s absence from the ring due to injury, Bay Area hero, Ward (26-0, 13 KOs,) will put his world titles on the line against the undefeated Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round World Championship main event, which will be televised live on HBO. Ward took time out following a training session to answer some questions pertaining to his upcoming contest simply and appropriately billed as “The Return.” (more…)



October 18th, 2013

Boxing News

Manuel Lopez: The Next Generation

By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran

Like many boys before him whose fathers laced up the gloves, Manuel Lopez never had a choice, he was born to be a boxer, “My father was one my favorite fighters, I looked up to him growing up.” Manny Lopez Sr. was a respectable fighter compiling a career record of 22-3, even earning a shot at the WBC International super middleweight title before hanging them up.

Although his amateur career was brief, Manny Lopez Jr. spent a lot of time competing at the national level with a record of 55-10. “I was always in the top 3 or 4, just always falling short in national tournaments.” (more…)



October 18th, 2013

UFC

TUF 18 Weekly Recap – Episode 7

The episode opens at the training center. As the teams are heading to the vans to go back to the house, Dana White stops and talks to Raquel Pennington. Fresh off her impressive win over Jessamyn Duke last week, Dana tells Raquel that if she learns to let her hands go more, she can beat anybody on the show. They high-five each other and walk off. Julianna Pena sees this and jealousy starts to show. She says that Dana told her that he’s rooting for her to win the whole show. She hopes that Dana doesn’t have a new favorite because if he did, “[it] would just crush me.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Alvarado-Provodnikov Presser Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado and No. 1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia pose Thursday during the final press conference for their upcoming world title championship, Saturday, October 19 at 1STBANK Center in Denver, Co.

Promoted by Top Rank and Banner Promotions, in association with Tecate, Alvarado vs. Provodnikov will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 pm ET/PT.

Mike Alvarado: I’m excited, I’m emotional, I had a great camp. I’m ready to perform. I’m ready to make a mark in this boxing game. I’m here to do the best I possibly can in that ring and I’m going to fight to win.

Ruslan Provodnikov: I wish good luck to Mike and hope he’s had a good training camp like I did and I hope he’s ready to give it all in the ring just like I am. photos



October 17th, 2013

UFC

UFC 166 Fantasy Preview: The Prelims

UFC 166 may go down as one of the most stacked cards of the year, in part because the preliminary bouts feature several former champions and top ten fighters, all battling for recognition . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

3 Title Fights Headline Grand Rapids Fight Card

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

SectionLive and Two Fists Promotions present a night of professional boxing at the DeltaPlex Arena in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 26. “Slugtoberfest” features three USBO ten round title fights involving Grand Rapids area pugilists. In the main event, former National Golden Gloves champion and current undefeated pro cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell faces his biggest test to date as he takes on Galen Brown of St. Joseph, MO. Brown the current ranked #5 US cruiser according to boxrec.com has been in with top names, is a veteran of 68 pro fights, and is currently on a three bout win streak. Shimmell, the #7 cruiser per boxrec looks to build on his perfect 11-0 mark.

In a second title fight, Johnny Garcia of Holland, MI is matched up against Shreveport’s Blake Griffin for the vacant strap at 140 pounds. Garcia has been on several premium cable tv fight cards and always provides action for his many area fans. (more…)



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Review: Legendary Nights Gatti-Ward

By Matt Richardson

For boxing fans, the image is an indelible one.

Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, grimacing while clutching his ribs, a single knee on the canvas. It was the ninth round of Gatti’s first fight with Mickey Ward. May 18, 2002. What had occurred in the previous eight rounds had already made the bout great but what transpired later in the ninth and in the tenth and final round made the fight legendary.

HBO, which aired all three thrillers between the two junior welterweights during an eleven-month period between May 2002 and June 2003, agreed that the fights were as exciting and historic as they seemed at the time. As a result, the network has released a new episode of “Legendary Nights,” a series documenting the best and most popular fights aired by HBO during its decades-long run. The episode is the first in the series since it ended an impressive run in 2003.

The show will air this Saturday, October 19 at 12:00 AM ET following a junior welterweight clash between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov. (more…)



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Hopkins-Murat Quick Quotes

By Kurt Freitag

IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and top rated light heavyweight contender Karo Murat hosted an international media conference call to discuss their upcoming world championship bout taking place on October 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ live on SHOWTIME.

Bernard Hopkins: I’m looking forward for next Saturday to again add another page to this long book

When you’re young you’re trying to find excuses why a 40 year old guy shouldn’t beat you, and when you get in the ring and realize you’re in the ring with me and you see that it isn’t as easy as you might see, that’s the ultimate shock and surprise that always will catch a person who is not prepared off guard

He’s already in awe of Bernard Hopkins, he’s already lost 4 rounds

Karo Murat: He has to see the time is come, we again fighting again in Atlantic City, so it will be a good closing out for him to finally retire by the hands of mine

He has pretty much the experience that no other boxer has but you see that he is just trying to get one punch or a one-two combination out of it and then clinch and clinching is the state of his game

When he was the middleweight champion he didn’t do all that much clinching but now a days you see with the clinching and the one-two punch that he is growing old, he may just say that it is conditioning but I don’t think so



October 17th, 2013

Boxing Result

Caparello dominates Green to win vacant IBO light heavyweight championship

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (18-0-1, 6 KOs) outscored Allan Green (32-5, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds to win the vacant IBO 175-pound title at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Thursday in a nationally televised promotion. Caparello hurt Green in round two with a barrage of solid head shots but the American responded in round three with a head and body attack. Round nine had the Australian on the attack that put Green on unsteady legs but he survived to hear the bell. At the conclusion scores were 117-111, 119-109, 118-110. Only Caparello was eligible to win the title after Green weighed in six pounds heavy.

In the main support, Australian based Filipino 140-pounder Czar Amonsot (25-3-3, 15 KOs) dropped Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (15-6, 8 KOs) from low blow in round two of scheduled twelve round PABA light welterweight title bout. After five minutes rest, the Indonesiian was okay to continue. In round six, Ferdinandus was hurt again from a low blow. Amonsot was in trouble in round eight after Ferdinandus connected with effective head shots. In round ten, Amonsot dropped the visitor with right hand and referee Tony Maretta called it off at 0.44. (more…)



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Wieliczka Underground Show: Zimnoch-Binkowski face off

By Przemek Garczarczyk

There was a very heated exchange during the press conference in Warsaw, but the first official face to face between main event heavyweights Krzysztof Zimnoch (16-0, 11 KOs) and former Canadian National Team member Art Binkowski (16-3, 11 KOs) was a civilized one.

“There’s not much to say. Zimnoch hopes that he’s a future big shot in world of boxing, but I will show that he’s still only a skilled amateur who wants to be a good pro. He couldn’t knock down 45-year-old Oliver McCall!” said Binkowski, just waving off the response that nobody ever knocked down the former WBC champion “Atomic Bull.”

“He talks a lot. Binkowski talks some serious smack, like putting me in the coffin and the other nonsense,” responded always mild mannered Zimnoch. “Doesn’t matter. He will be quiet after Saturday night.”

Just after the Warsaw press conference for this Saturday’s sold-out “Wieliczka Underground Show” taking place 400 feet below Earth’s surface in an old salt mine, the Zimnoch camp received an offer to replace injured Arnold Gjergjaj, European champion Dereck Chisora’s opponent for upcoming November 30 show in London, but Zimnoch declined. “It’s not enough time to prepare for Dereck. I don’t want just a payday when I fight him – I want to beat him,” said the Polish fighter.



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Lundy’s title quest stops in Atlantic City en route to friend Danny Garcia’s crown

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Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

South Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank Lundy is eager for a shot at the world championship. The irrepressible and exciting junior welterweight, 23-3-1, 11 KOs, topped Olusegun Ajose in his last bout, which thrust him right back in the hunt for a world title shot, after two consecutive points losses had temporarily derailed his momentum. The wild-driving Lundy-Train heads to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday night for a main event bout promoted by CES Boxing. Lundy expects to roll right through his yet to be named opponent in AC, and hopes to stay on track for a collision with his good friend Danny Garcia, the top dog at 140 pounds. Lundy is currently ranked #3 by the WBC, one of the belts currently held by Garcia.

“We are cool, good friends,” Lundy said of champ Danny Garcia. “It’s not like I’m dying to fight him. It’s just that the thing at stake is that world title, and that’s what I want. That’s what makes me want it (the fight) so bad. Being as though that he is the champ, that’s the only reason why I want to fight him. If he didn’t have the belt, I’d pay it no mind. But he has the world title, and he’s in my way. So all due to that, I want to fight him.” (more…)



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Provodnikov: I will die in the ring if necessary

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas

Team Provodnikov held their open workout at the Grudge Training Center in Denver Wednesday. It was a small crowd and intimate setting with everyone getting pictures and time to speak with Ruslan Provodnikov, who is supremely confident and looks to be on weight and in fantastic shape.

First he warmed up with strength and conditioning coach Gavin Macmillan. Stretching ‘on the ball’ to get the blood flowing followed by shadow boxing. Provodnikov is very charismatic and he played it up to the cameras, playfully sticking out his tongue and punching right into the lens. Next up was the focus mitts with Marvin Somodia, who wore the ‘body armor’ pad for good reason: Provodnikov’s hooks to the body are hellacious. He generates so much power with both hands it’s quite incredible. Hearing the loud smack on the mitts and the heavy thud on the body pad you can actually feel his power from ringside. (more…)



October 17th, 2013

UFC

Diego Sanchez: Nobody’s Underdog

For a fighter who seemingly runs on emotion, Diego Sanchez doesn’t sound angry when he talks about what is perceived as his place in the lightweight pecking order heading into his Saturday night bout with Gilbert Melendez . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Stieglitz-Ekpo Public Workout

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Over 500 fight fans turned up on Wednesday to see WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and his challenger Isaac Ekpo conduct public workouts at the Paunsdorf Center in Leipzig, Germany. The titleholder showed up with trainer Dirk Dzemski and appeared to be in a good mood and in great shape for the fight on Saturday at Leipzig Exhibition Hall EINS.

His opponent, Nigerian Isaac Ekpo, didn’t show much. In the training ring, he completed only a few light exercises with the jump rope and practiced shadow boxing. Ekpo was given a few pairs of goalie gloves so he can resume his career as a goalkeeper after presumably losing the world championship fight.

The world champion, however, gave the fans several minutes of pad work with his coach, then he stayed and fulfilled boxing fans’ many requests for autographs. (more…)



October 17th, 2013

AWE TV

Kell Brook ready for Senchenko, aims to get revenge for Ricky Hatton’s loss

See Brook vs Senchenko LIVE on AWE TV and AWEtv.com on October 26

By James Slater

Unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook had an open workout in his native Sheffield Wednesday, training in front of enthusiastic fans at a big shopping mall. Brook said afterwards that he is “counting down the days” to his October 26th bout with Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko and that he is relishing the idea of the Ricky Hatton conqueror giving him a stern test. Brook, 30-0(20) said he aims to avenge the 9th-round KO Senchenko scored over Hatton last November.

“I’m feeling great. It really gets me up when I come to Meadowhall, seeing all the fans come out,” Brook said to Sky Sports. “Training’s gone really well and I’m ready. I’ve a lot of respect for Senchenko, he’s a proven champion and ex-world champion. He’s come over here and he’s got a point to prove like he had last time with Ricky Hatton. I now want to get revenge for the fans and also for myself. I want to go out there and show why I’m talked about at the elite level.” (more…)



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC World Cup fights also off in Argentina

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has reportedly postponed the October 25 edition of the WBC World Cup to be held in Cordoba, Argentina. The boxing card will go on, but only with local boxers. A new date will be announced for the previously scheduled WBC World Cup fights, which are welterweight Juan Carlos Abregu (16-0, 15 KOs) vs. Devis Caceres (14-2, 9 KOs) and lightweight Fernando Saucedo (50-5-3, 7 KOs) vs. Javier Prieto (23-7, 18 KOs).

This Friday’s card in Mexico City has already been postponed as a sign of respect and solidarity for the tournament’s founder, WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who is still recovering from his recent heart surgery.



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Q&A: Frank Espinoza

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Manager Frank Espinoza has experienced a busy 2013. We caught up with him and discussed several subjects including Abner Mares, Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Oscar Valdez and Ronny Rios. He also updated us on upcoming bouts for all his fighters.

What were your feelings regarding the loss by Abner Mares to Jhonny Gonzalez?

I was just as surprised as everyone else, but it was Jhonny ‘s night. I think Abner would beat him in a rematch. It was only a one round fight so the real story hasn’t ended between them. They need to face each other again so we can have a clear winner. I’d like to make that rematch happen for Abner next year.

You’ve got Vic Darchinyan fighting Nonito Donaire on November 9 in Corpus Christi, Texas. What do you think about Vic’s chances against Nonito?

I think Vic is extremely motivated for this fight. He wants to defeat the man who first defeated him. He wants this win very badly and there’s nothing more dangerous than a genuinely determined fighter. He has a good chance at winning. He will be the semi main event on HBO. (more…)



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA 92nd Convention Day 3

Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 3 of the 92nd annual WBA convention in Lima, Peru commenced with the medical seminar. Dr. Calvin Inalsingh, the WBA medical director opened by introducing the presenters.

Dr. Benjamin Molina of Venezuela addressed the importance of exercise and stretching, not only for athletes, but also for non-athletes in everyday life. Molina stressed the importance of a minimum of exercise and stretching and their impact on blood flow to the body and brain. Julio Castillo assisted Dr. Molina by demonstrating various calisthenics and stretches while engaging the delegates to participate.

Shivana Inalsingh presented a talk entitled “Engaging Mind, Body and Spirit.” A quote from philosopher Plato started things off- “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” She led participants through exercises in recognizing the body’s energy points. The discussion moved on spirituality, food intake and their effects on the body well. (more…)



October 17th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

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October 17th, 2013

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Chavez-Alcine lands on UniMas

Jr middleweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (30-2-1, 22 KOs), the youngest son of Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez, will face his biggest challenge to date when he takes on former WBA super welterweight world champion Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (33-5-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The ten-round bout will air in the U.S. on UmiMas at 11PM ET/PT. Super bantamweight Raul Hirales (19-2-1, 8 KOs) meets Francisco “Franky” Leal (20-7-3, 13 KOs) in the co-feature.



October 17th, 2013




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