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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated ...

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check ...

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank In his first ten-rounder, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) went the ...

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa,

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Boxing News

Ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales to return against Maromero Jr in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican legend and four-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales will reappear against Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. on March 22 at the Monterrey Arena, probably in a twelve round bout fought at the welterweight limit. Conditioning trainer Raul Robles reported to Fightnews.com that Morales team will prepare for the bout in Toluca City in Mexico State. Morales’ last fight was a knockout loss to Danny Garcia in Brooklyn, New York in the rematch for the WBC super lightweight world title on October 20, 2012.



January 10th, 2014



Boxing News

Rodriguez, Raheem, Kayode win in Tacoma

Jr lightweight Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 22 KOS) stalked the much smaller Yenifel “El Rayo” Vicente (25-2-2, 17 KOs) for eight rounds on Friday night at the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Rodriguez won a majority decision by scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 76-76. Vicente took the fight on short notice after Rodriguez’ original opponent Arash Usmanee pulled out with an injury.

Former lightweight title challenger Zahir “King” Raheem (35-3, 21 KOS) won a ten round unanimous decision against “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (17-5-3, 10 KOs). Raheem outboxed Jargal to compile a 99-91, 99-91, 97-93 verdict.

Undefeated heavyweight Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) scored sixth round TKO over journeyman Jonte Willis (9-8-1, 3 KOs). A Kayode barrage got a referee’s stoppage in the final round of a slow-paced contest. Time was 1:07. It was Kayode’s second fight since moving to heavyweight full-time.

Other Results:
Jeremy McCleary W4 Gerardo Reyes (super featherweight)
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera KO1 Jared Teer (middleweight)
Eduardo Alicea W4 Jas Phipps (super middleweight)



January 10th, 2014

Twitter Watch

NSAC’s Keith Kizer resigns



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko-Leapai lands in Germany

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced that the camps of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai have reached an agreement. The bout will take place this April in Germany. Date and site to be named.

UPDATE:



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Veracruz

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Ramón García 107.80 vs Mark Durán 106.70
Nery Saguilán 130 vs Adones Aguelo 130.25
Tomás Rojas 119.90 vs Vergel Nebram 119.90
Lourdes Juárez 112.20 vs Anely Hernández 113.10

Venue: Auditorio Benito Juárez de Veracruz
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Antonio de Marco 143.7 vs. Jesús Gurrola 143.7
Humberto Gutiérrez 147 vs. Abner López 147
José María Ocampo 143.3 vs. Enrique Soto 143.5
José María Valdez 135 vs. Eduardo Galindo 136.5

Venue: Foro Tecate, Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: UniMas

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January 10th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Maidana: I beat the s*** out of Adrien Broner and they want me to give an immediate rematch!



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Holyfield voted off UK reality show

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has become the first housemate to be voted off the Celebrity Big Brother reality show in the UK. Holyfield was “evicted” from the Big Brother House after receiving he and his partner Luisa Zissman received the least votes from the public and fellow contestants Lee Ryan and Casey Batchelor chose to boot Evander. Holyfield stated “They saved their friends and that’s what happened. I’m not mad, I’m sure they did what they wanted to do, and that’s OK.”

Earlier this week, “The Real Deal” was admonished by the show’s producers for stating his views on homosexuality. The incident made international headlines.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Broner eyes late April comeback

Looks like former WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner will return to the ring a week or two before Floyd Mayweather’s May 3 PPV fight. On January 8, Broner tweeted: “A y’all bout to see me back in the ring in some weeks….. And I ain’t fighting nobody until I fight @ChinoMaidana again ….. I’m a warrior. I give props when it’s due and @ChinoMaidana out hustled me that night but this rematch will be different!!!!”

If Broner-Maidana II is indeed on, it removes Maidana from the Mayweather sweepstakes, which is good news for Amir Khan.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Mike Tyson to make Las Vegas appearances

Hall of Famer and former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will meet with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and The Las Vegas Police Athletic League Kids Boxing Program at two special, interactive events on Saturday. Mike will speak with the kids and police officers and demonstrate some of the techniques that he was taught by his late trainer and mentor Cus D’amato

Saturday, January 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. PT – 12:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet and Demo at Richard Steele’s Gym
1:00 p.m. PT- 3:00 p.m. PT: Meet and Greet and Demo at Barry’s Boxing



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Rossy-Dawejko collide Jan 25 in Atlantic City

On Saturday, January 25th, Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing presents a card at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. In the featured bout of the evening, Heavyweight Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs) will see action against former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko (8-3-2, 3 KOs) in the 10 round main event. In an eight round co-feature, undefeated Heavyweight Natu Vasinia (9-0, 8 KOs) will take on Jon Bolden (6-7, 5 KOs). In a six round bout, the son of the former Heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, Isiah Seldon (7-1, 3 KOs) will see action in a middleweight bout against an opponent to be named. (more…)



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Popular NY boxing venue closing; last card Feb 12

After the most successful and entertaining year in the series’ 11+ year existence, DiBella Entertainment will kick of the 2014 season of Broadway Boxing with the final boxing card ever to take place at NYC’s famed Roseland Ballroom, with an event titled “The Last Dance”. Having promoted a number of cards at the venue over the years, the historic ballroom will be closing its doors in April after more than 50 years of operation at its current location.

Featured bouts on the card will see New York fan-favorites Heather “The Heat” Hardy, an undefeated super bantamweight (7-0, 2KO’s), and West Point graduate junior middleweight Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (13-1-1, 4KO’s) in separate eight-round bouts. An opponent for Hardy will be announced shortly while Melson is set to go toe-to-toe against Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9KO’s) in what promises to be an all-action affair.

“I am sad that Roseland is closing and that this is the last boxing card we will ever promote there. ‘The Last Dance’ will not only be a celebration of New York boxing, but a celebration of a legendary hall. This boxing card will help say goodbye to Roseland in style,” stated promoter Lou DiBella.



January 10th, 2014

Scale Watch

Miskirtchian and Takoucht make weight

Belgian Alex Miskirtchian and French Sofiane Takoucht made weight at the hotel Crowne Plaza in Liege for their IBF featherweight Final Eliminator tomorrow at the Country Hall of Sart-Tilman in Liege, Belgium. The winner becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. Miskirtchian, 23-2-1(9), and Sofiane Takoucht, 27-2-1(12), both made 56,600kg. Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, will be working Miskirtchian’s corner and former victim Andreas Evensen is expected to be ringside to support the local boxer.

The fight can be seen via livestream on internet at 22:15 CET

The IBF appointed the following officials:
Referee: Benny Decroos, Belgium
Judges: Miroslaw Brozio, Poland; Remigio Rugieri, Italy; Francesco De Ruva, Italy.
Supervisor: Roberto Rea, Italy

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January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Fres Oquendo: Szpilka can stop Jennings

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“If he will keep his good work, he has a chance not only to upset Jennings, but to stop him,” said #5 WBA ranked heavyweight Fres Oquendo (36-7, 23 KO) after his first sparring sessions with Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) in Warsaw (Poland). The 25-year-old Polish heavyweight will be fighting on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series on January 25 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden against another undefeated heavyweight, Philadelphia’s own Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO). Oquendo hopes that a heavy dose of sparring will help him prepare not only for his next fight in February, but possibly to land a Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO) bout for the WBA regular belt in May on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard. “Al Haymon, Mayweather’s adviser, contacted my manager Nate Jones about the possibility to fight Wilder for WBA regular championship. I hope that this fight could be made,” said Oquendo.

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January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

DeMarco-Gurrola pre-fight press conference

Photos: Zanfer

Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” de Marco (29-3-0, 22 KOs) and Jesús “Pantera” Gurrola (23-5-0, 9 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for their UniMas-televised showdown on Saturday night in Tijuana. The bout will be a ten-rounder with a contract weight of 144 lbs.

DeMarco stated that he respects Gurrola, whom he referred to as a “brave fighter.” He said he expects great things to come with his new promoter Zanfer and stated that new trainer Freddie Roach is very demanding and he feels much better than in his last fight. Gurrola said his fight with De Marco is of great importance because a win would open “the doors of success to the big fights.”

However it was co-feature welterweight fighters Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (25-5, 20 KOs) and Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (16-3, 15 KOs) who stole the show.

Lopez: I have prepared to face a world champion, which ‘Betillo’ was. It’s true that he has talent but he’s also fat, has fought very overweight and now no longer has the just hunger to fight but the hunger for pozole and tamales!

Gutierrez: My weight is good and will be tomorrow. It’s not true that I’ve neglected the gym or I was out partying. I went to spend New Year with my family, and having seen my wife and my child motivated me to train hard and I will win this fight at all costs. They say Abner hits hard, but I’ve faced tougher fighters than he has.

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January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Angulo Update

Former world champion Canelo Alvarez confirmed his bout with Alfredo Angulo Thursday via a series of tweets.

My next fight will take place on March 8 … I chose an opponent (ALFREDO ANGULO) I will give them what they want to see … a great fight … Thank you for your support and see you 3/8/2014 … MGM Las Vegas Nevada … See you there!

The Alvarez vs. Angulo pay-per-view undercard isn’t finalized, but it could include Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez challenging WBC interim lightweight beltholder Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz defending against Cristian Mijares, a lightweight clash between Nihito Arakawa and Jorge Linares and a super bantamweight eliminator between Hugo Cazares and Andres Gutierrez.

Canelo will be training for the fight in San Diego.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Usmanee discusses injury and FNF pullout

IBF #8-ranked Afghani-Canadian Arash Usmanee says he’s very disappointed to be missing out on his scheduled main event tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) was scheduled to face Mexican KO artist Juan Antonio “El Mozo” Rodriguez (25-4, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight battle before suffering an injury in training earlier this week, forcing him to withdraw. “My feet got tangled in sparring. I had injured it before in my last two fights. I twisted it when my feet got tangled and I fell,” explained Usmanee. “I’m babying it. It’s a sprain, so it could take a while. Sometimes it heals quickly and sometimes it takes a bit. It’s starting to feel better. I have to wear a brace.”



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

January 25 PR Best card is off

The January 25 PB Best card in Puerto Rico that was to feature the return of former lightweight world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) plus flyweight contender McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (20-2, 16 KOs), has been postponed for the second time. The card was originally scheduled for December 7, 2013. There is no new date for the card, which was to be a pay-per-view telecast in Puerto Rico.



January 10th, 2014

UFC

Sam Sicilia: Learning on the Fly

On his LinkedIn page for life, UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia should be endorsed for skills such as “strategy,” “Octagon experience,” and “getting things done” . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly to return on March 1 now

After two false starts, former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly finally makes his long-awaited cruiserweight debut on promoter Frank Warren’s March 1 show at the historic Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Cleverly pulled out of a November fight in London citing a back injury, then pulled out of a February 1 card in Monte Carlo claiming an undisclosed “minor injury.”



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Bursak replaces Murray on Monte Carlo card

Middleweight Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12 KOs), ranked in the top 10 of the WBC, WBA and WBO, has replaced Martin Murray as WBA #3 rated Jarrod Fletcher’s opponent on the Golden Gloves’ Monte Carlo boxing card on February 1. The headliner features undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in defense of his titles against Osumanu Adama. The bout will be for Bursak’s WBA Continental middleweight belt, not the WBA interim middleweight title. “I’m very satisfied with him as a replacement,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “I had an inkling Murray would pull out, probably for fear of losing to Fletcher, who is dangerous.” Fletcher (17-1, 10 KOs) has accepted the change with good grace and is said to be training up a storm in Australia.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

New opponent for Price, Airich replaces Orlov

David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) will face Konstantin Airich (19-7-2, 15 KOs) in Stuttgart on January 25. The German heavyweight replaces Evengy Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs), who was originally billed as the opponent for Price’s ring return. Price, who will be making his debut under the Team Sauerland promotional banner, will be the co-feature to the much-anticipated rematch between WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs). Airich has dropped three straight, most recently a 44 second KO loss to Manuel Charr. Price re rebounding from consecutive KO losses to Tony Thompson.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Condolences to trainer Dan Birmingham

Sad to report the passing of James Birmingham, 85, the father of top trainer Dan Birmingham. “My father passed away on Monday at home in Youngstown, Ohio,” said Dan. “He was an avid boxing fan, traveling to my fighters fights. I will miss him very much, he was my hero and the greatest man I’ve ever known, raising five boys by himself.” Fightnews.com staff sends our sympathies to the Birmingham family.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Paterson, N.J.’s Ossie Duran is relevant again at the age of 36. More

Freddie Roach is hoping for Manny Pacquiao to face Robert Guerrero before Floyd Mayweather. More

Trainer Johnny Lewis talks Garth Wood vs. Daniel Geale. More



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez vs. Gonzalez on Feb 7 FNF

ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights returns to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on February 7 with a ten-round middleweight main event as Puerto Rico’s undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) faced Monterrey, Mexico’s Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs). In the 10-round, televised co-featured bout, red-hot undefeated featherweight prospect Kamil Laszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, takes on Managua, Nicaragua’s Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-5-1, 14 KOs).

Opening the telecast will be high-profile 18-year-old welterweight prospect Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs), the 2012 National Golden Gloves gold medal winner and former Team USA’s #1 overall prospect for the 2016 Olympics before recently turning professional under the Iron Mike Productions promotional banner.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tacoma, Washington

Yenifel Vicente 129 vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez 129
Contract Weight: 130

Zahir Raheem 139 vs. Bayan Jargal 139
Contract Weight: 140

Lateef Kayode 222 vs. Jonte Willis 219.5
Contract Weight: Heavy

Undercard
Jeremy McCleary 126.5 vs. Gerardo Reyes 129
Contract Weight: 129

Jared Teer 153.5 vs. *Cameron Sevilla – Rivera 156
Contract Weight: 154

Eduardo Alicea 166.5 vs. Jas Phipps 164
Contract Weight: 167

* Rivera weighed heavy, but Teer’s camp still agreed to the fight

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino. Tacoma, Washington
Promoter. Brian Halquist
TV: ESPN2



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

Lanardo Tyner 146 vs Angel Hernandez 145.8 (WBU World Title)
Dwayne Williams 177.8 vs Terry Van Every 170.8
Ronnie Austion 142.4 vs Namah Daghir 137.6
Thad Berkhousen 190.6 vs Darius Harris 196
Rick Graham 152.6 vs Will Hill 156.2
Christopher Franks 153.8 vs Mponda Kalunga 153.8

Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: Darkside Boxing (Nasser Beydoun)
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Doors, 6 PM, First Bell, 7:30

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January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Javier Molina fractures right hand

Highly regarded welterweight prospect Javier Molina suffered a fractured right hand in sparring on Wednesday afternoon and has withdrawn from his ESPN Friday Night Fights appearance on January 24 with former world champion Kendall Holt it was announced today by Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions. The new main event for the ESPN Friday Night Fights/”Little Creek Brawl IV” event at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, will be a ten round NABO light heavyweight championship clash between top undefeated prospect Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. of Fort Washington, Maryland and Houston based world-contender Cornelius White.

“It’s truly an unfortunate situation for Javier who has been saddled with hand injuries since the beginning of his professional career,” said Goossen. “This is the fourth fracture of his hands he’s had to endure. I feel terrible with what this good young man has had to overcome so early in his career.” (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Tijuana named as host for the first ever all-female convention

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Renzo Novara

This coming June the city of Tijuana will make history when it hosts the first ever all-female dedicated boxing convention hosted by the World Boxing Council. Some of the topics to be discussed are better purses for the fighters, round duration from two minutes to three and for title fights to be pushed from ten to twelve rounds with a focused emphasis on medical issues.

A big catalyst for Tijuana to be chosen as the first host city falls on the shoulders of local club promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen of Mayen Promotions. Mayen made his name in the sport in the 80’s and after a hiatus came back a couple of years ago with a monthly series of boxing events with a special focus on female bouts. In the twenty-four months, Mayen has promoted twenty-three female fights from which world recognized talent has emerged like the WBC #7 rated flyweight Kenia Enriquez as well as the #25 Brenda Flores. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson, Jean Quick Quotes

IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson, top-rated junior welterweight contender Dierry Jean, USBA Junior Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo and top junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado hosted an international media conference call to discuss their January 25 bouts which will take place at the DC Armory.

Dierry Jean: I’m in the best shape of my life. We’re going to go out there are do the job. We are on a mission to go out there and win the belt…I think in his mind he’s not 100% OK, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to strike him again to remind him of the nightmare he took last time.

Lamont Peterson: Who cares about the the knockout? It’s part of boxing. That’s what happened. You pick yourself up and you move on. At this point, it’s in the past. Who cares? As a fighter, you have to block it out you keep moving. I’m a fighter.

Jermell Charlo: I’m hitting everything…not just his eye. I’m coming to destroy and demolish.

Gabriel Rosado: It’s no secret, I gotta knock Charlo out, and that’s what’s going to happen.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

“Wizard” Palacios is back

wizardorlando300 By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Legacy Fitness Former two-time WBC belt cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-2, 13 KO) will be back in the ring on January 25 at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. “The Wizard,” whose two 12-round losses are against very hard hitting former IBF and current WBC champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs), hopes that with new management, Victory Sports & Entertainment, he can quickly be back in the mix for championship fights. “I know what I can do. I know who the champions are. January 25 will be just a beginning of the road back,” said Palacios, whose name is mentioned as a possible opponent for April fight in Poland against #3 WBO/#7 IBF ranked Krzysztof Głowacki (21-0, 14 KOs).



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm: No offer made for Martin Murray fight

IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm has denied a report by the Daily Mail that Martin Murray has been offered a rematch after Murray pulled out of a February 1 fight against Jarrod Fletcher in Monte Carlo. “There is no truth to the current rumor that an offer was made to someone for my next fight,” stated Sturm via Twitter.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Ring of Gold fighters invade the Wild Card

Photos: Pete Susens

It was a star-studded day with an Asian flair on Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Flyweight Zou Shiming, a two-time Olympic gold meadlist, did some spirited sparring with former world champion Brian Viloria, while lightweights Dennis Shafikov and Stan Martniouk did some good work and super welterweight Ik Yang traded leather with with Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez. Also making an appearance was WBA super lightweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

Shiming, Shafikov and Yang will all appear on Top Rank’s February 22nd “Ring of Gold” card at Cotai Arena at The Venetian Casino Resort in Macau, China. Shafikov is preparing for a world title battle against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Angel Vazquez, Yang meets Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan, and Chinese boxing icon Shiming headlines against Yokthong Kokietgym.

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January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Nick Casal ready to make ring return

Niagara Falls, NY boxer Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) returns to the ring on February 27 after a 28-month layoff. Casal had a fight lined up against Ruslan Provodnikov in June of 2012 but a vicious, cowardly attack not only cost him an important bout but almost cost him his life. The 28-year-old is now poised and ready to step back into the squared circle. “I was back in the gym a month after the incident, have no hesitation and I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said Casal.

Ray Casal, the fighter’s father and trainer, has typical mixed feelings, “As a father I have concerns, but as a trainer none because I have seen him training, I have seen him spar, seen his reaction time and I don’t see any difference. He has been cleared by doctors so we have no concerns.” The injuries while severe did not take two years to heal, more misfortune has led to this extended layoff. “I had a few matches tentatively scheduled last year but they ended up falling through,” he explained. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

UFC

Trevor Smith: Ready for Battle

There are plenty of factors that can create a sense of turbulence in a fighter’s career. In a contact sport such as mixed martial arts, injuries lurk around every corner, and rough patches can keep the bigger picture from ever coming into sharp focus . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 9th, 2014




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