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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (ctr), 2012 Olympic gold medalists Ryota Murata (L) and Egor Mekhontsev (R) make their “Grand Arrival” at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China on Wednesday night for their upcoming feature fights on Saturday from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.
Shiming will risk his undefeated (3-0) record in an eight-round flyweight bout against the young seasoned Yokthong Kokietgym of Thailand in the main event. On the undercard, Murata and Mekhontsev will be featured. Also on the card, IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez of Mexico will defend his title against undefeated Denis Shafikov of Russia. Promoted by Top Rank, “Ring of Gold – Shiming vs. Kokietgym” will be televised Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO 2.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) stopped Garth Wood (12-4-1, 8 KOs) in round six of scheduled twelve round bout at the Hordern Pavillion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs on Wednesday. Geale displayed good punching power as he dropped Wood in rounds one, five and six. Geale controlled all the rounds, outworking his opponent as he delivered accurate combinations that visibly hurt Wood. The corner of Wood retired their boxer at the conclusion of round six when he was in no condition to continue.
More to come with photos…
Martin Murray will get a third shot at a world middleweight title in the next few months, he just has to decide which option is best for him. Hatton Promotions currently has two offers on the table, with one offering the St Helens puncher a career best payday. Both of the options have been secured outside of the United States due to Murray’s past problems in obtaining a visa. Martin was due to make his American debut in a world title fight with Julio Cesar Chaevz Jr in 2012, but was unable to enter the country. The bout was later rescheduled for take place in Chavez’s home country of Mexico, but it seemed it was not the right time for Martin.
Murray, 31, drew with Felix Sturm when challenging for the WBA ‘Super’ world title in December 2011 and one of the offers is a rematch with the German, who recently won the IBF crown with a second round stoppage of Barnet’s Darren Barker.
The other available fight would see him pitted against reigning Kazakhstan’s hard-hitting WBA titlist Gennady Golovkin in Monte Carlo for the largest purse he’s ever received in his seven year professional career. Murray and Golovkin have been on each other’s radars for some time and were due to box on the same show earlier this month, but Martin unfortunately had to withdraw due to an injury sustained in training.
Time is now running out for Murray to make a decision.
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.’s career isn’t over — in fact, he tells TMZ Sports, he’s officially taking a shot at a brand new title … MAYOR. 45-year-old Jones — the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years back in 2003 — tells us, he plans to run for Mayor of his hometown Pensacola, Florida at the next election. And he’s serious too — the HBO analyst says he’s already prepared all the necessary paperwork … and got TEN TIMES the required number of signatures to make himself eligible (nearly 5,000 to be exact).
As for his policies — Jones says he wants to focus on children, telling us, “A lot of kids don’t have proper leadership at home. I’m willing to try and be that person for them.” He adds, “I tell the kids, don’t fight in the streets. Go into MMA, go into boxing. Do something that someone can be proud of you for.”
Jones is confident he can win too — “I’ve been opposed my whole life, and I’ve always won.” Can’t argue with that.
A history professor at the University of Nevada in Reno outlines local history in Vegas and Nevada. More
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Son of former contender Tommy Morrison makes his pro debut. More
Promoter Yvon Michel announced today via Twitter that WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson has signed with manager Al Haymon. Stevenson had been fighting on HBO and was penciled in for a May 24 fight on HBO, however Haymon fighters fight primarily on Showtime.
— Yvon Michel (@yvonmichelGYM) February 19, 2014
Saturday’s Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas (midnight ET/11PM PT) will feature Japanese featherweight Akifumi Shimoda against Filipino Marvin Sonsona for the vacant WBO International title, in a 12 round bout from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian in Macau, China. Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KOs) of Tokyo is currently ranked #2 in the world. Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14 KOs), of General Santos City in the Philippines, is a young former WBO super flyweight champion. Sonsona has 3 consecutive wins after losing against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the WBO super bantamweight title.
By Felipe Leon
Just like her sister city to the south, San Diego is becoming a hotbed professional boxing in the first quarter of the year with three fight cards scheduled one right after the other. With California Boxing Hall of fame promoter Bobby D. Presents offering his first show of the year on Friday, February 28th and Gary Shaw Productions coming into town on March 7th in North County, the first fight card on the docket is this Friday night, February 21st, from the Del Mar Fairgrounds presented by Paco Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions with A&T Gym. The “Ringside at Del Mar” boxing series will consist of six shows programmed for this year at the historic fairgrounds. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Zou Shiming, two-time Olympic gold medalist works out with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach(R) in Macau, China on Tuesday for his upcoming main event on Saturday, February 22 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.
Shiming will risk his undefeated (3-0) record in an eight-round flyweight bout against the young seasoned Yokthong Kokietgym of Thailand.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, “Ring of Gold – Shiming vs. Kokietgym” will be televised Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 5:00 pm ET/PT on HBO 2. Also on the card will be 2012 Olympic gold medalists Ryota Murata and Egor Mekhontsev, from Japan and Russia, respectively, and IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Angel Vazquez of Mexico defending his title against undefeated Denis Shafikov of Russia.
Karate isn’t dead. While fighters with a background in wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai still dominate, athletes with a karate background often make waves at the highest level of MMA . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info
This Friday night at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, the quarterfinals of the lightweight portion of Boxcino 2014 will get underway on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The concept of the tournament was hatched in 1996 by Banner Promotions Arthur Pelullo and the idea came to fruition a year later.
“17 years ago, I was 41-years old and I was trying to figure a way to find fighters to advance my business,” said Pelullo. “I came up with an idea to do a tournament. That tournament consisted of 4 weight divisions and 8 countries. I was fortunate to find several fighters that went on to make a good living in boxing. One of the fighters we thought that would become a big star was JC Candelo.” (more…)
In the multifaceted world of mixed martial arts, there are plenty of areas to shine. Elite-level strikers make fans excited to see them work magic on their feet, where top notch wrestlers mow down the opposition with power doubles. When talking about action that plays out on the canvas, the focus falls largely on those who once dominated the grappling world, but have made a successful transition to competing inside the Octagon . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info
By Ron Jackson
Toto Helebe from Gugulethu makes the second defence of his South African bantamweight title when he faces mandatory challenger Cebo Negema of Kagiso at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Friday February 28. The 28-year-old Helebe (12-3, 7 KOs) has had a rather stop-start career since making his pro debut in May 2005 and from September 2007 to June 2011 he only had seven fights, losing to Cleutus Mbhele and then scoring victories over Simon Mbande, Phumzile Njonja, Lusanda Komanisi, Wiseman Kega, Luvanda Mzama and Helebe whom he meets on the 28th. On June 29 2012 he won the SA title with a fifth round stoppage win over former standout amateur Phumzile Matyhila and in May last year made a successful defence against Klaas Mboyane. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Featherweight Manuel Avila (13-0, 5 KOs) stepped it up down the stretch and got a unanimous decision over Enrique Quevedo (15-6-1, 9 KOs) in the main event of a seven-fight card at the Storm House in Salinas, Calif. All three scores in the Fox Sports One-televised fight were 97-92. While Quevedo slowed some in the later stages of the 10-round fight, the fighter from Los Angeles pressed the action throughout the contest as Avila did little or nothing for extended stretches of several rounds.
In the 10th and final round, Avila stepped it up like a man who feared he was losing and the Fairfield, Calif., fighter managed to drop Quevedo, but he wasn’t hurt and finished with ease. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott
Hard punching middleweight and WBA #13 Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) is a heavy underdog with betting agencies but is confident he can defeat former IBF/WBA champion Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds on Wednesday at the Hordern Pavillion in Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs. Woods has had American IBF #5/WBC #5/WBA #8 middleweight Daniel Jacobs as his chief sparring partner, which has him in the best shape of his career and ready to upset Geale.
Geale made two trips to the scale and on second attempt was 160 lbs. Wood weighed in at 159 lbs.
Garth Wood: “The role I’m playing is the underdog and that’s exactly how I want it. The runs are on the board with what Geale has done, 300 amateur fights and legitimate world championships, but I’m very confident with what I have in front of me.”
Daniel Geale: “Every fighter is dangerous and always dangerous in their own way. Garth has got that puncher’s ability and he has got that strength. I just can’t relax with him. I know if I use my skills and box the way I know I can then I’ll be okay. But he can definitely be dangerous.”
Promoter Bill Treacy. Televised on Main Event Pay-Per-View More photos…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Troy, New York light heavyweight Shawn Miller comes from a boxing family. The sport’s history is replete with tales of boxing families, father-son relationships in and out of the ring. There was Joe Frazier and his clan in Philly, the boxing Byrd family from Flint, Michigan, the Hiltons up outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Shawn Miller resides in Troy, New York, just outside of the state capital of Albany. Father Bob, mother Lorraine, brother Shannon and even step-mom Linda have all led the way before the “baby” of the Miller family hopped on board the pugilistic train.
This Friday night at “The Egg” in Albany’s Empire Convention Center, the latest Miller will defend his WBF North American light heavyweight title against experienced Kevin Engel in front of a partisan crowd. Shawn took time out of his training schedule to talk about his boxing family, and of course, his upcoming fight- on paper his toughest to date. (more…)
By Robert Hough at ringside
Unbeaten featherweight Manuel “Tino” Avila (14-0, 5 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Enrique “Cuate” Quevedo (15-7-1, 9 KOs) on Monday night at the Storm House in Salinas, California. Quevedo gave Avila all he could handle, but Avila closed strong by knocking down Quevedo with a left hook in the final minute. Scores were 97-92 on all cards.
Middleweight Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez moved to 15-2-2, 7 KOs with a third round KO against Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (20-5, 9 KOs). A right hand finished Casarez. Time was :43.
Unbeaten lightweight Andy Vences (7-0, 3 KOs) won when Dominic Coca (8-7, 2 KOs) couldn’t continue after round three due to a hand injury.
19-year-old Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Sergio “Costeño” Najera (6-13-2, 1 KO). De La Hoya dropped Najera with a left hook and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:14. Diego is the cousin of boxing great Oscar De La Hoya,
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World Boxing Association (WBA) International welterweight champion Luis Collazo and Dr. David “Magic Hands” Levine are this month’s Ring 8 guest speaker, Tuesday night (Feb. 18 starting at 7 p.m.) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions resumes its monthly Southern California boxing series on February 28 with undefeated bantamweight knockout artist Carlos Carlson (12-0, 9 KOs) against Javier Gallo (21-8-1, 12 KOs) at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. They will battle for the vacant WBC Latino title in an eight-rounder.
The co-feature showcases another pair bantamweights as once-beaten Issac Zarate (6-1) meets Christian Torres (3-4) in a six-round fight. Both are looking for their first KO.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC has been reported that the Thai world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (24-3-1, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC super flyweight belt against Mexican mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras (29-0, 24 KOs) in May with a date and venue to be confirmed. Japanese company Teiken Promotions has won the purse bid to stage the mandatory fight with a bid of $302,000.
Team Puerto Rico’s undefeated pride and joy, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs), will make his way back to the ring on March 22nd, at the auditorium Juan Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The unbeaten star will battle Mexico’s, Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-1-1, 21 KOs), for the vacant IBO super featherweight title. The 12-round main event bout promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, Universal Promotions and DiBella Entertainment will air live only in the U.S and Puerto Rico on Direct TV at 9:00 P.M. EST. (more…)
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez heading to Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino on Top Rank boxing card including Alejandro Perez, Brian ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez, an electrifying, action performer in the ring, will box at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel on Saturday, March 29. Ramirez, 21, of Avenal, California, was the crown jewel of the 2012 USA Olympic team which competed in London. As a professional fighter, he is 8-0, 6 KOs and boxes in the super lightweight division.
“Jose is on the fast track to greatness,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. Ramirez will take on Boyd Henley, 10-3-1, 9 KOs, of Kansas City. Ramirez vs Henley will be the opening bout on the Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas. (more…)
Read on to see how UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey prepares for battle in the Octagon…
Ronda Rousey shows us the moves that keep her in fighting form. Her killer circuit workout will improve upper-body and core strength, both of which are important for mixed martial arts . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Sam Geraci
On February 13, Main Events hosted a teleconference for its March 29 light heavyweight showdown in Atlantic City between WBO champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and top-rated but relatively unknown Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs). The bout will be televised on HBO and is the first bout at the Boardwalk Hall for Main Events since Arturo Gatti took on Alfonso Gomez in 2007 in Gatti’s final bout. Here are the highlights from the teleconference: (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
On Sunday February 23rd, Route 30 Promotions is all set to continue in its much anticipated series “Sunday Night Fights” (SNF). This rendition of SNF is titled “Pain & Pleasure” as many knockouts and brutal fights are expected by the Route 30 Promotions team. Featured in the main event is Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (54-6-1, 45 KOs) making his return to the ring after a three year hiatus following his twelve round decision loss to heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko in 2010. He will be pitted against Cuban Rafael Pedro (21-10-1, 15 KOs). Pedro is looking to avenge a 1st round KO at the hands of Briggs which took place in April of 2010 for the WBC Latino heavyweight title.
In the co-main event, Atlanta’s Quataviouis “King” Cash (7-0, 4 KOs) looks to remain unbeaten as he takes on brawler Leo “The Lion” Laudat (8-13, 8 KOs) from the Caribbean island Dominca. The bout is expected to be a real test for the undefeated Cash as Laudat is known for his “knock me out or I’ll knock you out” attitude. (more…)
By Robert Coster
When young Middleweight Tony Harrison (17-0, 14 KOs) stepped into the ring on February 7th in Detroit, prospect-watchers were on the lookout as to how well the 23-year-old local boy would perform against tough, grizzled veteran Grady Brewer. After all, young Tony was being matched against a fighter who held victories over Cornelius Brundage and Fernando Guerrero and had gone the distance with the likes of Jermain Taylor, Demetrius Andrade, Matt Korobov and Peter Manfredo. Says Ali Salaam, Tony’s father, manager and coach: “It was a test for Tony — he was definitely stepping up in class. I had no doubt he would win but I wanted to see how.”
Well, Harrison passed his exam with flying colors, impressively knocking out Brewer in just two rounds. “I think we sent a message,” says Ali, “and that message is: take notice of Tony Harrison. He’s going to be Detroit’s next world champion.” (more…)
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas and AirTight Boxing have announced their first show of 2014 and the main event features a highly anticipated rematch. The show will be Friday, February 28th at the Denver Boxing Academy. In the main event Alfred ‘Tornado’ Romero will take on tough as nails Daniel Calzada in a rematch from their bout in 2012. Calzada won a split decision in an all-out war over six rounds. Romero will look to even the score and set up a possible trilogy between the two local pugs. (more…)
The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame announced the names of ten new inductees that make up their Class of 2014. Six boxers, two trainers, one cut man, and one writer comprise the list that also includes the first-ever female inductee.
Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, the daughter of Smokin’ Joe Frazier, becomes the first woman to be voted into the PABHOF. Jacqui, now a Municipal Court Judge in Philadelphia, fought professionally between 2000 and 2004, and won the WIBA light heavyweight title and the WIBF & GBU super middleweight titles during her career. She will join both her father and brother, Marvis Frazier, as a member of the PA Boxing Hall of Fame, and earns the distinction of being the first female honoree in the organization’s nearly 50-year history.
In addition to Ms. Frazier-Lyde, boxers Earl Hargrove, Mike Picciotti, Percy Manning, Jimmy Tygh and Gunboat Smith were named as inductees.
In the non-boxer category, trainers Brother Naazim Richardson and Mitch Allen, cut man Leon Tabbs, and Philadelphia Daily News sports writer Stan Hochman, were also selected for induction this year. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is ready for his next defense against unbeaten Russian Denis “Genghis Khan” Shafikov (33-0-1, 18 KOs). Vazquez will take on Shafikov this Saturday, February 22 live on HBO2 from the Cotai Arena at the Venetian in Macao, China. Vazquez wrapped up a tough camp with his trainer Javier Capetillo at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Club in Montebello, California in preparation for Shafikov. Fightnews.com caught up with the champ as he talked about his upcoming fight with the undefeated Russian.
“First and foremost thank you for the time, for me it will be a great unforgettable experience. I have fought in Las Vegas, Mexico, Nicaragua, never in Europe much less Asia. It will be a great experience. I hope the people in China are satisfied with my fight,” Vazquez told Fightnews.com “I feel good and have trained hard for this fight. I am going up against a complicated southpaw, an undefeated fighter that is 33-0. I worked hard because I know it’s going to be a tough fight.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ray Wheatley
Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (29-2,15 KOs) will clash with WBA #13 Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds on Wednesday night at the Hordern Pavillion in Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs. Geale is known for his outstanding boxing skills and Wood who holds a KO over Anthony Mundine is known for his power, but the former world champion Geale plans on going shoulder to shoulder with the hard punching Wood.
Geale has been sparring with WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika, showing he can match it with the best punchers in center ring in sensational sparring sessions with the Cameroon-born and Australian-based 168 pound world champion. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Lucas Browne (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Canada’s Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3, 7 KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield on April 26. The Perth puncher aims to become first Australian to hold the title in well over a century before targeting showdowns with either Tyson Fury or Dereck Chisora.
It will be the fourth time that Browne has boxed in the UK. He earned his shot at the crown by scoring a fifth round stoppage of 6ft 8in Englishman Richard Towers in Hull in November.
Bahoeli will come into the contest brimming with confidence. The 32-year-old from Quebec City has knocked out his last three opponents, including a two round blow out of the previously unbeaten Didier Bence on the HBO-televised undercard of Adonis Stevenson versus Tony Bellew. (more…)
By Graham Houston
It’s wonderful when things go according to plan. Chris Algieri, the unbeaten junior welterweight, was clearly boxing to a well-constructed strategy in his win over Emmanuel Taylor in the main event on Friday Night Fights.
Algieri, the former kickboxing champ who apparently had no amateur bouts, used a style based on speed, athleticism and smart boxing. He used the jab up and down, he moved around the ring but also made frequent attacks in which he let his hands go in eye-catching bursts. Algieri’s left hook to the body was sometimes followed by a head-jerking left uppercut.
The result was that Taylor, a very good, conventional technician, was kept off-balance mentally: He was kept guessing and he wasn’t allowed to settle into the rhythm that saw him walk down and knock out his last two opponents in stellar performances. (more…)
Manuel Avila 122 vs. Enrique Quevedo 119.5
Paul Mendez 160 vs. Raul Casarez 160
Diego De La Hoya 123.5 vs. Sergio Najera 123
Andy Vences 131 vs. Dominic Coca 134
Luis Ambrosio 124 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 124.5
Rudy Puga 160 vs. Charon Spain 157
Chris Bautista 136 vs. DeVonte Donaldson 135
Venue: Salinas Storm House in Salinas, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: FOX Sports 1
Photo: Team Miguel Vazquez
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez arrived with his trainer Javier Capetillo and cutman Ruben Gomez yesterday in Macau, China.
Vazquez will make the sixth defense of his belt against Russian Denis Shafikov on HBO2 this coming Saturday, February 22, at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort.
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