Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion ...

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Story and photos by David Finger One of the Southwest’s most successful boxing series returned to Hobbs, New Mexico Friday night (February 17th) ...

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Full Report: Jones stops Gunn; Islam steals the show

Full Report: Jones stops Gunn; Islam steals the show

By Rick Scharmberg at Ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) carried a star-struck Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-7-1, ...

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Smith: Liam Williams is like a little lost boy without Lockett whispering in his ear

Smith: Liam Williams is like a little lost boy without Lockett whispering in his ear

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Islam-Assis is Jones-Gunn PPV co-feature

WBA #4, WBO #5, IBF #15 junior middleweight Kanat Islam (22-0, 18 KOs) will battle tough Brazilian Robson Assis (16-3, 9 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round co-feature bout on February 17th at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The bout will support the previously announced 12-round WBF Cruiserweight title bout featuring legendary Roy Jones Jr. battling Bobby Gunn. The show will be show live on Pay-Per-View.

Also, in a 10-round battle for the WBF junior lightweight International championship, Frank De Alba (20-2-2, 9 KOs) will take on Ivan Najera (16-3, 8 KOs). (more…)

WBA #4, WBO #5, IBF #15 junior middleweight Kanat Islam (22-0, 18 KOs) will battle tough Brazilian Robson Assis (16-3, …


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Flores-Nguyen clash Feb 21 on FS1

Undefeated rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) battles Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) in the 10-round super featherweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 21 from Silver Street in Houston, Texas. Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten prospect Brandon Figueroa (10-0, 7 KOs) in a six-round attraction and undefeated Darwin Price (11-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight matchup.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Undefeated rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) battles Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) in the 10-round super featherweight main …



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WBA heavyweight update

The WBA Championships Committee has officially announced, through a resolution, the current plan to reach a single champion in the heavyweight division.

In the case of the WBA super championship, Wladimir Klitschko will fight Anthony Joshua on April 29 in London, England. The winner of this contest should meet Luis Ortiz, the current WBA intercontinental champion.

In principle, it should have been Klitschko against Tyson Fury in a rematch, but Fury had to vacate the title due to personal problems and a positive doping test. Because of this, the Committee decided that Klitschko will face Joshua, the reigning IBF champ and a confrontation worthy of super championship status. (more…)

The WBA Championships Committee has officially announced, through a resolution, the current plan to reach a single champion in the …


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Sulaiman and Mendoza met in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza recently met in Mexico City to discuss projects to improve boxing. They plan another meeting next March. “There is a good friendship between organizations and as people,” said Sulaiman. “That’s why we maintain a lot of communication to look together for the best situations and scenarios for boxing and take advantage of the good collaboration between us.”

Unofficially, it’s known that at their next meeting they will seek a consensus on clean boxing and doping. Both want to unify rules and make tournaments and unification fights.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza recently met in Mexico City to …




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Mundine: I am right physically

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine is right physically but will have to tune in mentally for his showdown against Danny “Green Machine” Green on February 3 at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia. Mundine also mentions the fight is big because of the race factor.

“The oppression we (indigenous) faced and we still continue to face as people today, it’s one of my motivations,” Mundine said to the Advertiser.

“The fight wouldn’t be so big if it wasn’t a race factor, it was so big the first time because of that, because of the system and the way they support Danny and portray me. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine is right physically but will …


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Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Final Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) of Mexico City and fellow Mexican brawler and WBO Interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Paseo Inn Restaurant at the Historic Olvera Street Plaza in downtown Los Angeles for their showdown this Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Francisco Vargas: “I am happy to be back. I needed a rest but I am very motivated and ready to fight. This preparation was no different, We worked hard and stayed disciplined for this upcoming defense. Berchelt is coming with everything. Saturday we are ready to give a good fight. It has cost me a lot of hard work to win this title and I am not going to relinquish it, I will be victorious.”

Miguel Berchelt: “We come well prepared for this fight and I am ready. I am confident that I will win. We are coming with everything and I expect a war.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) of Mexico City and fellow Mexican …


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Parker’s Promoter Higgins: The stakes are high

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

David Higgins of Duco Events, who is the co-promoter of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, will be at WBO Head Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 1 when the purse bid for Parker’s mandatory defense against WBO#2 Hughie Fury will be decided. Frank Warren, who is the promoter of Fury, is expected to be in Puerto Rico also when the envelopes are opened.

“The stakes are very high and it’s a nervous situation,” Higgins said. “You have to try and predict what the revenues are going to be and then bid the most you can. If you bid too much you could lose a lot of money very quickly. And if we don’t bid enough, we lose control. We want to fight in New Zealand because we want home advantage. Last year was an Olympic year and Joseph Parker was the most Googled of any New Zealander. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing David Higgins of Duco Events, who is the co-promoter of WBO heavyweight champion …


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Francisco Vargas defends Saturday

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday as he will be defending his title against fellow Mexican brawler and WBO Interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

“I am excited to be back. This will be a good fight. Bertchel has a good record. He is unknown in the U.S. but well known in Mexico. We trained hard so we can come out with the victory,” Vargas told Fightnews.com. “This will be a tough fight, he is a good fighter.”

Vargas prepared for a total of three months training in Mexico City and doing his roadwork in the high altitude mountains of Toluca, Mexico conditioning as Vargas spend the holidays putting in hard work in preparation for Berchelt. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday …



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Frampton and Santa Cruz public workout

Photos: Marcelino Castillo

Boxing fans had a chance to see Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) up close and personal before this weekend’s WBA world featherweight title rematch in Las Vegas. On Wednesday both held public training on the casino floor near the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book. The first to climb in the ring was Santa Cruz, who did a little shadow boxing to the sound of Mexican music and applause of his people. Frampton did the same with a big smile as he felt the support of his Northern Irish backers.

The Nevada Commission has appointed Kenny Bayless as the third man in the ring. Judges are Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glen Feldman. WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza will be the supervisor.

Frampton beat Santa Cruz by majority decision in their first meeting last July.

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Photos: Marcelino Castillo Boxing fans had a chance to see Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, …


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Parker-H. Fury purse bid set for Feb 1

A WBO heavyweight title purse bid for a clash between world champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 1 at WBO Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The minimum acceptable bid is one million dollars. The purse split will be 60% to Parker and 40% to Fury. WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel will be presiding.

A WBO heavyweight title purse bid for a clash between world champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury will be held …


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Oscar arrested on DUI charges

By TMZSports.com

Promoter and former world champion Oscar De La Hoya was arrested for DUI in Pasadena, CA Tuesday night … TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us the 43-year-old was pulled over for speeding in a Land Rover around 2 AM and during the stop, officers suspected he was drunk. We’re told Oscar bombed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. He was cited and released to his manager. Earlier in the evening, Oscar was seen at multiple bars in the area, including Barney’s Beanery in Old Town Pasadena where he posed for a pic with a fan.

By TMZSports.com Promoter and former world champion Oscar De La Hoya was arrested for DUI in Pasadena, CA Tuesday night …


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Rigondeaux-Flores official as Cotto-Kirkland co-feature

More fights have been added to the televised pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland “The Return” on Saturday, February 25 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The co-feature bout will spotlight reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) in a mandatory 12-round WBA title defense against WBA interim titleholder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs).

Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I’m very excited, it’s my first fight back in the states in over a year. I want to show the world and my loyal fans that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. I will be defending my title on February 25. I’d like to thank Moises Flores for having the courage to face me in the ring. He is a tough fighter and will have all his fans in Texas cheering for him. It’s going to be a battle so fans, get ready to see me in action.”

Moises Flores: “I’m training hard and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux.”

Michael Yormark/Roc Nation: “Just when we thought the Cotto-Kirkland event could not get any more exciting for sports fans – Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to announce Guillermo Rigondeaux’s championship defense against Moises Flores on the televised undercard.”

The televised undercard will also include WBC Youth super bantamweight titleholder Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) against Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight contest.

More fights have been added to the televised pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland “The Return” on Saturday, …



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Boxing Buzz: Wawrzyk, Klitschko, Schaefer

Fightnews.com® had a big feature story scheduled to run today from the camp of heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk. Of course, it was done before it came out that Wawrzyk failed his drug test and his world title challenge against Deontay Wilder imploded. The perils of publishing. :(
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By the way, Wawrzyk’s trainer Fiodor Łapin stated, “We will ABSOLUTELY ask VADA for Sample B of recent tests – no question about it. I have to know.” (Przemek Garczarczyk)
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The 16-year-old son of former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was bitten in the hand by an alligator in south Florida where he volunteers at a national park. Egor-Daniel Klitschko needed quite a few stitches to close the wound.
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Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar Sports has inked another amateur standout. 2016 Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado has signed with the Los Angeles-based promotional company.

Fightnews.com® had a big feature story scheduled to run today from the camp of heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk. Of course, it …


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Today’s EBU bids and updates

By Marco Bratusch

In the cruiserweight division, promoter Filiep Tampere has earned the rights to stage the vacant European 200lb title match between co-challengers Geoffrey Battelo (32-5, 28 KOs) and undefeated 28-year-old Yves Ngabu (17-0, 12 KOs). Tampere put in the envelope 31,137 Euros, while Europrom/Gérard Teysseron offered 18,200 Euros. No other bidders attended.

In the welterweight division, EBU-EU champion Mohamed Mimoune (17-2, 2 KOs) handler Malamine Koné won the bid offering 17,050 Euros topping 12,000 Euros from Finnish promoter Pekka Maki, who manages 33-year-old mandatory challenger Jussi Koivula (21-3-1, 8 KOs), a former EBU belt competitor that usually fights close to junior middleweight limit. No other bidders have participated. According to MK Events, Mimoune’s second defense of his belt will very likely be staged in Paris on Saturday 25th March.

By Marco Bratusch In the cruiserweight division, promoter Filiep Tampere has earned the rights to stage the vacant European 200lb …


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Fight Club OC: Mike Lee opponent named

Undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (18-0, 10 KOs) faces Justin Thomas (18-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday, February 16 in the eight round featured fight at Fight Club OC at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, it was announced today. “With almost identical records and 17 knockouts between them, we’ll see action from the opening bell in one of the best main events we’ve had in our illustrious and long running Fight Club OC series,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht.

Lee is currently world ranked #12 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and #13 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). He gained national exposure a few years back by appearing television commercials for the Subway sandwich chain. (more…)

Undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (18-0, 10 KOs) faces Justin Thomas (18-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday, February 16 in the …


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Eggington and Malignaggi clash on Haye-Bellew bill

Sam Eggington will defend his WBC International Welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi at The O2 in London on Saturday March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Eggington landed the title in a fight of the year contender with local rival Frankie Gavin in October with an eighth round stoppage in Birmingham and the 23 year old is thrilled to be facing the former two-weight world king on a huge card in the capital.

“This is the big name and big card that I’ve wanted for some time,” said Eggington. “I’ve asked for these sorts of fights for a while, I got Frankie and now I’ve got Paulie. He’s going to be the biggest name on my record, you just have to look at what he’s won and who he has boxed to see that, but I have asked to fight him for a while now and I am confident that I can beat him, and beating him is a big scalp on my record and it puts me in that World bracket which is where i want to be. (more…)

Sam Eggington will defend his WBC International Welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi at The O2 in London on Saturday March …



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Yafai defends world crown in Birmingham on May 13

Kal Yafai (21-0, 14 KOs) will make the first defence of his WBA World Super-Flyweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday May 13, live on Sky Sports.

Yafai became Birmingham’s first World champion with a dominant performance over Luis Concepcion in Manchester in December to claim the vacant strap, and the unbeaten 27 year old cannot wait to headline his homecoming show.

“It’s a dream come true to be topping the bill in Birmingham as a World champion,” said Yafai. “Winning the title in Manchester was amazing, but Birmingham is the place I want to fight and to turn the Barclaycard Arena into my hometown fortress.” (more…)

Kal Yafai (21-0, 14 KOs) will make the first defence of his WBA World Super-Flyweight title at the Barclaycard Arena …


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Liam Smith blames Liam Williams

Former WBO super welterweight boss Liam Smith has blamed long-term rival Liam Williams for costing him the chance of winning the Lord Lonsdale belt outright and has vowed to settle the score when they clash at the Manchester Arena on April 8th. “He was my mandatory challenger for over twelve months and he wouldn’t take the fight,” said Smith. “Fair play to his team, they openly said that he wasn’t ready to face me but it’s Liam Williams’ fault I haven’t got a British title outright. I’ll settle that score when I beat him in April. This is a fight that I’m massively confident of winning and it’s one that I’ll happily win and put to bed. I’m a bit curious as to why people are made up for this fight now and why they weren’t at the time I was British Champion but I’m happy to take it and settle the score.”

Smith vs. Williams features on the undercard of Terry Flanagan’s fifth WBO World Lightweight title defense against Petr Petrov.

Former WBO super welterweight boss Liam Smith has blamed long-term rival Liam Williams for costing him the chance of winning …


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Wanheng edges Jerusalem to retain WBC minimumweight world title

Unbeaten WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (45-0, 17 KOs) of Thailand retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Melvin Jerusalem (11-1, 7 KOs) of the Philippines on Wednesday afternoon in Phitsanulok, Thailand. Jerusalem got off to a good start, but after four rounds WBC open scoring revealed 38-38 on all three cards. Referee Celestino Ruiz deducted a point from Jerusalem for a low blow in round eight. The eight round open scoring update showed the champ opening up a 78-74, 77-74, 77-74 lead. Jerusalem came on down the stretch, but it was too little, too late. Wanheng prevailed 114-113, 115-113, 114-113. Turned out the point deduction cost Jerusalem a draw.

Unbeaten WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (45-0, 17 KOs) of Thailand retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision …


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Green: I punch harder than Mundine

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) has told the Courier Mail that he has the power and durability to defeat former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) on February 3 at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, South Australia. “Stopping Choc (Mundine) inside the distance would be very satisfying but I’m not buying into the fact that I’m a heavy favorite,” Green said. “I have a great respect for all my opponents especially against a man who has already beaten me. He is a fierce competitor and a world class fighter. It’s not going to be an easy contest but I’m the better fighter. I’ve beaten better fighters than him, I’m tougher than him and I’ve got a better chin. I’m stronger and I punch harder.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) …


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Wilder opponent fails drug test

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder may face another opponent on February 25 after scheduled foe Andrzej Wawrzyk failed two WBC-mandated drug tests. Wilder is scheduled to headline a FOX-televised card at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. VADA reportedly nabbed Wawrzyk for an anabolic steroid. B Samples have yet to be tested. Regardless, a new opponent could be named with 24 hours according to Wilder’s hometown Tuscaloosa News.

WBC #17 rated Dominic Breazeale was just added to the card Tuesday. Perhaps he could step in. We’ll see.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder may face another opponent on February 25 after scheduled foe Andrzej Wawrzyk failed two WBC-mandated …


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Wilder-Wawrzyk undercard shaping up

A pair of newly announced matchups come to primetime network television on Saturday, February 25 as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs) meet in a 12-round world title eliminator and Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) takes on undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight showdown on FOX and FOX Deportes.

Televised coverage at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama is headlined by undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces once-beaten challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk.

A pair of newly announced matchups come to primetime network television on Saturday, February 25 as rising super welterweight contenders …


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Oscar Valdez back in training in Los Angeles

Photo: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is back training in Southern California and looking forward to another big year in 2017. After winning his first world championship in 2016 the former Mexican Olympian is working hard to maintain the belt he worked so hard to get.

“Everyone in boxing always says that is easier to become a world champion then to remain one. So I know that I will have to work harder to keep it and that what intent to do in 2017,” said Valdez, as he began his training two weeks ago in Carson, California.

Valdez from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico is back at work with Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso at the Rock Gym, alongside of new world champion Jessie Magdaleno and Olympic medalist Michael Conlan among others in the Robles expanding roster of boxers. (more…)

Photo: Mikey Williams / Top Rank World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is back training in Southern California and looking forward …


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Torito Rodriguez: Nothing can stop me

On Sunday at the Studio City Casino in Macao, China, Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez (32-4, 19 KOs), of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, will attempt to win his second world championship by challenging Cavite City, Philippines’ IBF World Super Flyweight Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (25-1-1, 16 KOs) over 12 rounds. The former interim WBA Light Flyweight Champion Rodriguez says he’s determined to get back where he belongs in boxing.

“I took two years off of boxing and missed being a champion. I came back last year on a mission to win another title and that’s what I’m going to do,” said Rodriguez. “Nothing can stop me. When I am given the proper time to prepare, I am one of the world’s best. That is what I will show against Ancajas.”

The southpaw Ancajas won his title in September of last year with a unanimous decision over McJoe Arroyo. The fight against Rodriguez will be his first defense. (more…)

On Sunday at the Studio City Casino in Macao, China, Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez (32-4, 19 KOs), of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, …


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Linares-Crolla 2 kickoff press conference

WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares and former titlist Anthony Crolla held a press conference on Tuesday in Manchester, England, to formally announce their upcoming rematch on March 25 live on SHOWTIME from Manchester Arena. Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) narrowly outpointed defending champion Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) last September in a thrilling battle in Crolla’s hometown of Manchester.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Boxing

The WBC has mandated that the winner of Linares-Crolla II must face the winner of this Saturday’s matchup between WBC lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin and undefeated two-division titlist Mikey Garcia.

Jorge Linares: “I wasn’t supposed to win the first fight, but I’m glad I did so I can come back and do it again. The belts mean so much to me and my country, and I am going to work very hard to make sure that I take them home again.”

Anthony Crolla: “I want the belt back, simple. Fighting for these prizes in front of us is huge. I’m so lucky to have a second chance and it’s one I have to take…I am better in rematches and I’m locking myself away to work harder and smarter to make sure these belts stay here.”

WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares and former titlist Anthony Crolla held a press conference on Tuesday in Manchester, England, …


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Cuadras-Carmona added to Golovkin-Jacobs PPV

Former World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico returns to battle against cross-town rival and former world title challenger David “Severo” Carmona (20-3-5, 8 KOs) on March 18 at Madison Square Garden. Cuadras vs. Carmona, scheduled for ten rounds, will be featured on the televised undercard of the clash between unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and WBA middleweight champion and mandatory challenger Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs).  

“I wanted a rematch with Roman Gonzalez but right now my sole focus is on Carmona, we’ve known each other for many years and there is a true rivalry between us,” said Cuadras. “I’m looking forward to settling it in the ring at Madison Square Garden, the home of so many classic battles and in front of the great Mexican boxing fans in New York City and those watching on HBO Pay-Per-View.”

WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is also fighting on the card.

Former World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico returns to …


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Avanesyan-Peterson added to Feb 18 Broner-Granados card

WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his title against former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round matchup that serves as the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender “Sir” Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown. The event is headlined by former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados.

WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his title against former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, …


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Takam-Rekowski collide Sunday in Macau

On January 29, at Cotai Arena-Venetian Resort in Macau, Carlos Takam will challenge Marcin Rekowski for the vacant IBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. Takam is already in Macau with OPI President Salvatore Cherchi, Christian Cherchi, manager/trainer Joseph Germain and assistant trainer Ammar Sakraoui. It’s a huge opportunity for Takam, who is ranked IBF #5. He is coming from a close loss on points to Joseph Parker (115-113, 116-112 and 116-112) on May 21, 2016 in New Zealand. Takam performed well against Parker, who was taller (6’4” against 6’1” ½) , eleven years younger, undefeated and fighting at home. Parker is now WBO world heavyweight champion. (more…)

On January 29, at Cotai Arena-Venetian Resort in Macau, Carlos Takam will challenge Marcin Rekowski for the vacant IBF Intercontinental …


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Jaron Ennis fights first main event Saturday

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
File Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

In Philadelphia boxing circles, 2016 will be known as the “Year of the Rookie”. With more than twenty new Philly-area fighters turning pro during the year – newbies ranging from the average to the elite – our local pool of talent was infused with new blood like never before.

Leading this pack was switch-hitting welterweight, Jaron “Boots” Ennis, a boxer-puncher from one of Philly’s royal fighting families, who, in his first eight fights (8-0, 7 KOs), has exceeded the high expectations pinned on him after his excellent amateur career. Ennis fought frequently and impressively since his April debut, and set the bar high for all of the other young prospects.

On Saturday night, Ennis will kick off his sophomore season at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, headlining an eight-bout card promoted by Chris Middendorf’s Victory Boxing Promotions. The six-rounder is Ennis’ first main event, a fitting early honor for the top rookie in Philadelphia. (more…)

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com File Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com In Philadelphia boxing circles, 2016 will be …


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Menayothin and Jerusalem make weight

Both defending WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin and challenger Melvin Jerusalem made weight for Wednesday’s world title fight in Phitsanuloke, Thailand.
Both weighed at exactly 105 lbs. during the official weigh-in held today at the Ruanpae Hotel.

Photo: ALA Promotions

Both defending WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin and challenger Melvin Jerusalem made weight for Wednesday’s world title fight in Phitsanuloke, …


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Chocolatito says foe has power, not much else

WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) held court in front of a huge crowd of Nicaraguan media before heading to Costa Rica for training camp in preparations to defend his title against mandatory challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs) of Thailand on March 18 at Madison Square Garden. Chocolatito is the first four-division world champion in the Nicaragua’s history.

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: “Sor Rungvisai is a fighter very tough fighter who wants my title. His fighting style suits me however I have to be careful because of his power. I have all the tools to beat him. He has power but not much else but I also have to watch for possible head-butts.”

“With the passing of my longtime trainer Arnulfo Obando, my head trainer will now be my father Luis Gonzalez and also in my corner will be Wilmer Hernandez. They were both assistants to Arnulfo throughout my career.”

Manager Carlos Blandon: “We are very excited to start training in Costa Rica on Monday (January 23). Hopefully we will have the same excellent result we did when we trained there for McWilliams Arroyo. Right now it’s snowing and cold in Big Bear and we feel it’s better for Roman to train in Costa Rica where it is warmer, although in Big Bear was where Roman had one of his best training camps before the Carlos Cuadras fight.”

WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) held court in front of a huge crowd of Nicaraguan …


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Ringstar inks Olympic superheavy gold medalist

Another big signing for Ringstar Sports. The company headed by former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has inked 24-year-old 2016 Olympian super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka of France.

“It is a great pleasure for me to welcome our first Olympic gold medalist, Tony Yoka, to Ringstar,” said Schaefer. “Tony’s skills in the ring speak for themselves and combined with his tremendous charisma, he will transcend boxing and become a global superstar and ambassador for our sport in short order. I am pleased to work with Tony and his team to make his dream of becoming the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World a reality.”

The 6’7 Yoka will be trained by Virgil Hunter and his first fight will take place in mid-May in France.

Another big signing for Ringstar Sports. The company headed by former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has inked 24-year-old 2016 …


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Funeka to Pacman: Don’t underestimate Horn

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former world IBO champion Ali Funeka who lost inside the distance to WBO #2 Jeff Horn last December has warned future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao not to underestimate the Brisbane schoolteacher when they clash over twelve rounds with the WBO welterweight title up for grabs on April 23 at a location yet to be determined but the fight will be most likely in Australia.

“I had watched his video footage and I was confident that he would not be a problem,” Funeka said. “But wait until you get into the ring with him and you will be surprised how awkward he is. He budged in with his head and rammed me with it on my left eye. After that, I was dizzy for the entire fight! (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former world IBO champion Ali Funeka who lost inside the distance to WBO …


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Talks collapse for Khan-Brook

Looks like the big Kell Brook-Amir Khan grudge match is dead in the water. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports that the Khan camp rejected an equal split. “We feel this fight is easy to make with a straight 50-50 split, but Khan’s team felt Kell didn’t deserve anywhere near 50-50,” said Hearn.

On Twitter, Hearn stated they don’t want the fight at 70-30. Khan responded, “Eddie I’m the A side and you and kell know he will make more than he did against GGG. Don’t you agree?”

Looks like the big Kell Brook-Amir Khan grudge match is dead in the water. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky …


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Braekhus kayoed by the flu

First Lady Promotions has postponed the highly anticipated battle between undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (29-0, 8 KOs) and mandatory challenger Klara Svensson (17-1-0, 5 KOs) scheduled for this Saturday, January 28 to the new date of Friday, February 24. Braekhus, holder of the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO World Titles has been hit with the flu which will require a period of rest before the resumption of a full training schedule. The entire event, planned for another sold-out night at the Oslo Spektrum, will now take place on Friday, February 24 with all tickets being honored for the new date.

Through Braekhus’ extensive lobbying work over the last several years, Norway lifted their 33-year ban on professional boxing in 2015. On October 1, 2016, Braekhus was finally able to fight in her home country, knocking out Anne Sophie Mathis in the second round, a national event that captivated the entire country.

First Lady Promotions has postponed the highly anticipated battle between undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (29-0, 8 KOs) and …




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