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By Karl Freitag
The Association of Boxing Commissions has asked the Attorney General of the United States to investigate “Alvin Haymon and various companies associated with him” for allegedly breaking numerous provisions of the Muhammad Ali Act.
In a six page letter to the Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ABC President Tim Lueckenhoff wrote, “Haymon and related companies make no attempt to hide that they operate in the dual capacities of promoter and manager. It was the Vice President of Operations “Haymon Boxing” which sat on the dais and participated in the announcement of the PBC series on NBC. No other promoter was present. Frankly Haymon seems to be ﬂouting this breach of the Firewall provision of the Muhammad Ali Act.”
Lueckenhoff also cited numerous other apparent Muhammad Ali Act violations made by Haymon/PBC and noted that PBC appears headed toward also becoming a sanctioning organization with their own “in house” champions and belts.
The letter concludes, “The ABC has no resources or authority to investigate further or to take action with respect to this. However, we can and do request that there is “reasonable cause to believe” that Haymon is “engaged in a violation of this chapter” [15 U.S.C. 6301 et. seq.] and that 15 U.S.C. 6309 gives express authority to the United States Attorney General’s Office to investigate and to take action. We ask that you do so.”
WBC International super-bantamweight champion Alexis Boureima Kabore from Burkina Faso will meet the WBC International Silver champion Fatiou Fassinou in a great African encounter.
Friday night at the palais des sports Ouaga 2000 of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the 2 champions will meet for the 3rd time in their career. In 2004 Fassinou, 22-3-1/10, knocked out the local boy inside 2 rounds but in their rematch in 2007 Kabore, 24-1-0/6, outpointed the visitor from Benin.
Kabore will make the second defence of his title he won in Dec 2013 against Reinaldo Cajina and made one succesful defence in Sep 2014 against Silvester Lopez. Fassinou won the WBC International Silver title in June 2014 against Felix Williams.
Former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), the last opponent of Manny Pacquiao predicts Floyd Mayweather will outpoint Pacman on Saturday in Las Vegas. “Styles make fights and I believe this is a style that suits Floyd,” said Algieri. “Floyd is the smartest fighter in the game. He will be able to pick up on certain flaws and exploit them. Manny is going to make him work in there and I believe that the first few rounds are going to be very interesting. Manny is a different and smarter fighter than he was before the Marquez knockout. If Manny comes in shape the way that he did against me, and if Floyd has missed a step at all, then I see Pacquiao giving him all kinds of trouble. Ultimately though, I see Mayweather winning a decision.”
Algieri returns to the ring on May 29 to take on Amir Khan at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, as the headliner of a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Spike TV.
Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KOs) has promised Anthony Joshua the toughest night of his pro career when they clash at The O2 in London on May 30. Joshua, the Olympic gold medallist, boasts a perfect 11-0, 11 KOs record, blasting away all his opponents inside three rounds. Johnson, currently on a three fight losing streak, arrived in the UK last week to complete his extensive preparations for the fight and will be ringside in Birmingham on May 9 when Joshua faces Raphael Zumbano Love.
“I’ve trained for so long for this fight and I have got the hunger back,” said Johnson. “Anthony is so big that the KO is going to look so good. He is very confident with the start he has made, but I am confident I will knock him out. (more…)
Hatton Promotions has issued a statement to clarify the situation regarding Lucas Browne’s mandatory fight with WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev.
Lucas was made mandatory by an official notification of the WBA Championship Committee on the 24th February this year. However Chagaev’s team explicitly stated that they wished their boxer to make an optional defense first on the 24th of April 2015 in Germany as they had a TV commitment confirmed for this specific date. This was agreed on the basis that Lucas received financial compensation to “step aside”, with a view to the mandatory contest still happening this summer. (more…)
Undefeated Mexican star and fan favorite Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, Jose Cayetano, Chris “Sweet” Pearson and Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will host a media workout and autograph signing TODAY before their respective pay-per-view and non-televised undercard bouts taking place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ahead of the welterweight championship showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
The workout will take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena Lobby.
3:30 p.m. – Andrew Tabiti
3:45 p.m. – Jose Cayetano
4:00 p.m. – Chris Pearson
4:15 p.m. – Leo Santa Cruz
This event is open to the public.
“Floyd’s never fought anyone with better speed than he has and I believe we have better speed,” said Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach on Tuesday. “I believe we have better power than he has and we’re using that. I don’t think Floyd’s legs are there anymore and he can’t run for 12 rounds because we will catch him on the way. We’re ready to go 12 hard rounds and that’s what we train for.
“I learned a lot from Floyd’s fight with Oscar De La Hoya. I thought he won the first six rounds and then lost track of the strategy. We learned a lot about how Floyd sets traps and Manny recognizes how he sets trap. He won’t fall into it ever and Manny knows exactly what to do in every situation. I think we can win a decision. We can outpoint him no problem.” (more…)
Wladimir Klitschko discusses fighting Tyson Fury, Bryant Jennings tells us what he’s learnt from defeat, Chris Algieri talks about his upcoming fight against Khan and Gennady Golovkin talks exclusively to FightNews and Boxing City Radio tonight at 8 p.m. ET. FightNews lead writer Arvin Nundloll and Guardian US deputy sports editor Bryan Graham will also discuss the biggest fight of the century, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiaio.
The 45-minute live broadcast will cover the highs and lows of the sweet science with in-depth analysis and unfiltered thoughts on the action ahead.
After two stints coaching on The Ultimate Fighter, Brazilian MMA icon Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira probably thought that his days on reality television were over. But when fellow icon Anderson Silva was pulled from his coaching slot on the current season of TUF Brazil after testing positive for banned substances before and after his January bout with Nick Diaz, there was only one person to call . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Televised fighters Takahiro Ao, Ray Beltran, Mikael Zewski, Kevin Ponomarev and hometown contender Jessie Magdaleno will be at Top Rank press conference at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Thursday, April 30. Top Rank president Todd duBoef will outline the fight card and the launch of Top Rank’s new MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout primetime boxing series on truTV in Brera Ballrooms 2, 3 at 2:30 pm at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Ao, 27-3-1, 12 KOs, of Japan will battle Ray Beltran, 29-7-1, 17 KOs, of Los Mochis, Mexico for the vacant WBO Lightweight Championship. Zewski, 26-0, 20 KOs, of Canada will take on Konstantin Ponomarev, 27-0, 13 KOs, of Russia in a NABF welterweight fight. Jessie Magdaleno, 20-0, 15 KOs, of Las Vegas faces Raul Hirales, 22-4-1, 11 KOs, of Mexico. (more…)
Photos: Team SES / C. Worsch
SES Boxing has a fight card on Saturday at the Sparkassen-Arena in Jena, Germany. In the main event, WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (18-0, 6 KOs) meets Norbert Dabrowski (17-2, 6 KOs) in an MDR-televised clash for the WBO Intercontinental belt. Here are the highlights from the press conference at the legendary Zeiss Planetarium.
Dominic Boesel: “Basically I like to box at such short intervals. It’s the only way to get to the top, The media hype is currently no distraction, it motivates me positively. We have studied Dabrowski extensively. I know all about him. We both want to win, but I’ll be the winner.”
Norbert Dabrowski: “We have a strategy to win. I rely on my technique and I’m pleased that Dominic is also a technician. In the ring, you’ll see who is better. I have come to take advantage of this great opportunity and win!”
Also WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) faces Kali Reis (7-3-1, 3 KOs). (more…)
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Photos: Stephanie Trapp, Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
Floyd “Money” Mayweather held his “Grand Arrival” on Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of fans turned out to watch a prompt Mayweather arrival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as he was led to the stage by the Southern University Marching Band.
Floyd Mayweather Quotes:
“I don’t have anything negative to say about Manny Pacquiao or Freddie Roach. People from different teams can say things, but when it comes down to it, it comes down to the two fighters.
“I don’t focus on all the festivities going on. I just focus on being the best that I can be and doing what I’m supposed to do in the gym.
“I don’t ever say that ‘this is my toughest fight’ or ‘this is my easiest’ fight. I feel like he is a competitor and anything can happen in the sport of boxing. I always want to go out there and be at my best.
“I’ve broken records before. Are we going to do record-breaking numbers again? Absolutely. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao trained with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on Tuesday for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
“What we are doing in training is very good because we’re not focusing on one strategy,” said Pacquiao. “We’re working on two or three strategies. Either way, if he wants to fight me that’s good for me and if he wants to move around the ring I’m ready for that.
“I cannot say he is the most dangerous opponent of my career because I have not faced him. I have faced Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and other great boxers.
“My confidence right now is different than any other fight I’ve had. I feel excited and I have to prove something. I like being the underdog, because my killer instinct and my focus are there. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Manny Pacquiao’s letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to cancel the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina woman who was sentenced to death and scheduled to be executed last night, was well responded to by the president. She was scheduled to be executed together with eight others convicted of drug smuggling and the other eight were reportedly shot to death. The reason for cancelation of the execution is reportedly the result of the surrender of one of Veloso’s friends to the police in the Philippines.
“Mr. President, on 2 May I’ll be fighting in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Floyd Mayweather. It is considered the fight of the century. It will be a great morale booster if, in my own little way, I can save a life. I am dedicating this fight to my country and the entire Asian people, to which the Philippines and Indonesia belong. Thank you, Mr. President.”
Former world middleweight champion Gene Fullmer passed away April 27 at the age of 84. Promoter J Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2004, recalls watching Fullmer on television as a kid.
Gene Fullmer: It took time to appreciate him
I hated Gene Fullmer! He was one of the first fighters I saw when I began watching boxing on television with my dad when I was 13. This was late in 1959 and I remember seeing Fullmer defend his National Boxing Association (NBA) title against Spider Webb from the Cow Palace in San Francisco. I thought it was dreadful. Fullmer was all shoulders and elbows and he had no style, just a bull rushing in, falling into unorthodox clinches, grabbing, turning, twisting, doing anything to disrupt the flow of the fight.
The 15-round decision– remember when real men fought 15 rounds—went to Fullmer by wide margins and I couldn’t believe it. Four months later, Fullmer defended against Philly’s Joey Giardello in one of the dirtiest fights in boxing history and it ended in a 15-round draw and the fight had more head butts than you would see at a convention of billy goats. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
A large crowd of Manny Pacquiao fans got a chance to see their idol at a special Manny Pacquiao fan rally on Tuesday morning at Mandalay Bay.
Manny Pacquiao: Are you excited? Don’t get nervous on Saturday, I’m the one who’s going to fight in the ring so relax. Take it easy…I’m very excited. The confidence is there 100%. The Lord, my God, has strengthened me. I can do all things through Christ, who has strengthened me.
Bob Arum: All Filipinos have reason to be proud of this man. He represents you wonderfully, and he has taught the world and shown the world how great Filipinos are.
Last Saturday night HBO Boxing televised the return of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to the United States for the first time in more than seven years and it proved to be a smash hit in the television ratings. Per Nielsen Media Research, Klitschko’s fight against Bryant Jennings delivered an average viewership of 1,637,000, peaking at 1,742,000 viewers. This is by far the top performing bout on premium OR basic cable this year, and was the most watched HBO World Championship Boxing event since June 2012.
The opening bout of the telecast, Sadam Ali vs. Francisco Santana, delivered on average 1,000,000 viewers for the live, first time airing. The opening bout peaked at 1,134,000 viewers.
The entire HBO telecast on April 25th from Madison Square Garden averaged 1,300,000 viewers.
By Karl Freitag
Heavyweights Alexander Povetkin (28-1, 20 KOs) and Mike Perez (21-1, 13 KOs) collide in a WBC eliminator on May 22 at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, Russia. The winner will challenge for the WBC title.
In the co-feature, WBC cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) will have a rematch against former champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-3, 35 KOs).
Other bouts include 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (22-1, 17 KOs) against Mirko Larghetto (22-1-0, 14 KOs) and fearsome KO artist Dmitry Kudryashov (17-0, 17 KOs) against Vikapita Meroro (28-4, 14 KOs) in cruiserweight action.
Also, former heavyweight title challengers Manuel Charr (27-3, 16 KOs) and Alex Leapai (30-6-3, 24 KOs) clash in a crossroads contest.
Finally, Svetlana Kulakov (9-0-1, 1 KO) meets Marie Riderer (15-2-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA female super lightweight title.
By Arvin Nundloll
Wladimir Klitschko, fresh off his point’s victory over Bryant Jennings, spoke to Fightnews about his desire to fulfill his mandatory defense against Tyson Fury.
Firstly, Klitschko wanted to address the point deduction for excessive holding.
“We can talk about it a lot but any complaints received after the fight are not going to be received well. I don’t want to complain about taking my points from the referee, that’s the referee’s job.“
“I did my job, you guys can judge and enjoy it but it’s important to me that the Klitschko story continues.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
If lightweight Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7KO) is one this is confident as he finds himself only days away from his next fight this Thursday, April 30th, where he will face former title challenger Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-1, 16KO) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA, live on Fox Sports 1. Both fighters’ promoter Golden Boy Promotions presents the fight card. The ten-round bout is scheduled at a catch weight of 138 pounds.
“He is a good fighter but he does not have the experience that I have,” Molina said of Gesta last week. “Overall as a fighter, my whole career, I have been doing this since I was seven years old. I am a fighter. Come that night, we are ready for whatever he brings, we are ready to put on a show.” (more…)
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Today Pacquiao will host a free fan rally celebrating the kickoff of Fight Week at Mandalay Bay in Bayside C, located on the first floor of the South Convention Center, beginning at 11AM. Doors will open at 10AM.
Mayweather will make his “grand arrival” at 3PM at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors will open at 1PM. The Grand Arrival Show begins at 2PM.
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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and his entourage arrived safely in Las Vegas Monday night for his much anticipated PPV showdown with Floyd Mayweather on Saturday. Manny was mobbed by boxing fans upon his arrival at Mandalay Bay.
Earlier in the day, after four rounds of sparring, working the mitts and a light workout, Pacquiao completed his final day of training camp on Monday at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. From there the Pacquiao caravan, including a luxury bus festooned from stem to stern with Manny’s image, began its trek to Las Vegas for Fight Week.
Floyd Mayweather will make his “grand arrival” at 3PM tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Leo Santa Cruz and others will also be in attendance. The event will be hosted by entertainment personality Doug E. Fresh with performances by stand-up comedian Ricky Smiley and world famous The Southern University “Human Jukebox” Marching Band.
1:00 p.m. PT – MGM Grand Garden Arena Doors Open
2:00 p.m. PT – Grand Arrival Show Begins
3:00 p.m. PT – Floyd Mayweather Arrives
A proposed bout between heavyweight contenders Mariusz Wach, a former world-title challenger, and David Price scheduled for early June has fallen through after Price reportedly withdrew from the fight Monday despite Wach already agreeing to terms. “We came to an agreement with representatives from [Price’s promoter] Sauerland Promotion and have been waiting patiently for a contract,” said CES Boxing President and CEO Jimmy Burchfield Sr., who co-promotes Wach with Mariusz Kolodziej of Global Boxing. “Now we hear Price no longer wants to fight. Is he scared to face Wach?” CES and Global Boxing first received an offer for Wach to face Price on April 17th with the bout scheduled for June 6th in England.
Photos: Mildred Estrada/Office of Representative Angel Rodriguez
Roman “Rocky” Martinez got this morning his new World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight belt, who won by defeating Orlando “Siri” Salido at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot recently.
Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) received his new title from the WBO president, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in an activity that took place at the Capitol of Puerto Rico through the Representative Angel “Gary” Rodriguez.
“I am very grateful with PR Best Boxing Promotions and the WBO for this opportunity. I did the work and I won the title for the third time,” Martinez said. ” Thanks also to the Representative (Rodríguez) for this recognition here in the House of Representatives.” photos
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will host a free fan rally celebrating the kickoff of Fight Week for his May 2 welterweight world championship unification battle against undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs), Tomorrow! Tuesday, April 28, at Mandalay Bay in Bayside C, located on the first floor of the South Convention Center, beginning at11:00 a.m. PT. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. Joining Pacquiao will be seven-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, advisor Michael Koncz, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and Pacman, Pacquiao’s beloved Jack Russell Terrier and team mascot.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Somewhat of a crosstown battle will go down on Thursday, April 30th, at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Even though Filipino Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-1, 16KO) hails from Cebu in the Philippines and his opponent that night Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7KO) from nearby Norwalk, CA, both train in San Diego. Gesta with his father, Anecito, and Molina with Carlos Barragan at the House of Boxing Training Center. Their ten-round bout will be broadcast live by Fox Sports 1 and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
“I don’t really think about that,” Gesta answered when asked if it bothered him the proximity of his next opponent. Often they have worked out in the same gym. “Every opponent wants to know, who is this guy, what is his technique. I know they have seen me, they know how I fight but it’s the same thing with my dad and me. We studied Carlos Molina. For me, at the end we are friends. We know each other. It is just a sport.” (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
Undisputed middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin took time out before the Klitschko vs. Jennings fight in New York City to shed some light on his upcoming bout against Willie Monroe Jr. on May 16 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Golovkin was in high spirits and couldn’t wait to get back into the ring, when asked how he felt coming off a convincing win against Martin Murray he gleamed gracefully and commented that
“It wasn’t an easy fight for me. I just wanted to box and take my time, not quickly (ending the fight). I don’t have stress, it wasn’t an easy fight.” Gennady also agreed that he felt comfortable and relaxed in the fight, a key skill that has made him one of boxing’s highest rated fighters. (more…)
A full lineup of present and future boxing stars is set to entertain the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd in pay-per-view and non-televised action before the history-making welterweight showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2.
The pay-per-view undercard is topped by a pair of fights featuring two of boxing’s most talented and exciting stars as WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) faces Mexican brawler Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) and WBO Featherweight World Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) takes on Puerto Rican contender Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs).
The pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Unbeaten star prospect Adrian Estrella (22-0, 18 KOs) will headline a May 16 card in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He will defend his WBC International super featherweight title against an opponent to be determined. Estrella is one of Mexico’s best prospects and candidates to be a future world champion. The card will also feature super middleweight Marco Antonio Peribán (21-3-1, 13 KOs), featherweight Romulo Koasicha (23-4, 13 KOs), and lightweight Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (17-3, 11 KOs) in separate bouts. The event is organizad by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images
Welterweight Adrian “Tigre” Granados (13-3-2, 9 KOs) of Cicero, Illinois gets the opportunity of a lifetime this Saturday. He will be on the undercard of the historic fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Granados will take on unbeaten Brad Solomon (24-0, 9 KOs) in an eight round bout. Granados also just recently teamed up with Journeyman management. They seem very confident that Granados will get a lot more recognition following his upcoming fight. “Adrian may not be a household name at the moment but he will be after his fight May 2nd,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Granados will enter as the underdog, which is something he has become accustomed to. Solomon is not only undefeated but is promoted by Top Rank, the shows’ co-promoter. Granadas is an all action type of fighter. He seems to feed off of these types of situations resulting in some of his career’s best fights. (more…)
While all eyes will be on Las Vegas on Saturday night, there is also a live boxing card taking place at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the main event, unbeaten light heavyweight Radivoje “Hod Rod” Kalajdzic (17-0, 11 KOs) risks his perfect record against William Johnson (10-39-2, 3 KOs) in the six round main event, while jr middleweight Manny “Shake Em’ Up” Woods (12-3-1, 4 KOs) meets the dreaded TBA in the co-feature.
“May 2nd will go down as one of the most important dates in boxing history,” said William Hunter of Ritehook Promotions. “We are the only other promoter in America running a card that night. For less than the cost of the pay per view, we’re giving our ticketholders live fights with good prospects plus the Mayweather-Pacquiao match under one roof!”
Tickets start at $35 and all ticketholders are invited to stay following the live fights to watch Mayweather-Pacquiao on a 35-foot screen.
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