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Manny Pacquiao: What I have on my mind is to win convincingly and leave no doubt

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Filipino icon and eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) is in the final stages of camp and just a little over a week away from his rubber match against two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs). They will square off next Saturday April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO PPV. We talked to Pacquiao Wednesday afternoon prior to his media day workout at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.

“This fight is one of the most important fights of my life. There are a lot of reasons why. After this I go back to the Philippines to serve the people,” Pacquiao told Fightnews.com®. “I have done everything I can for this training camp. This is going to be an exciting fight with more action in the ring.”

Pacquiao began his camp in the Philippines, then resumed his training at the Wild Card in early March with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and strength/conditioning coach Justin Fortune.

“I have been training hard in the Philippines and now in the Wild Card. Everything is good. I am very excited about this fight and I am ready for this fight,” Pacquiao said. “My sparring partners have been very good. They’ve helped me a lot. Their style is similar to my opponent.” (more…)


Boxing News

Heavyweights return to Sweden

Heavyweight Otto Wallin (14-0, 10 KOs) will be following in the footsteps of legendary Swedish boxer Ingemar Johansson when he faces Irineu Beato Costa Junior (19-6, 17 KOs) on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden. The Hovet has played host to some classic heavyweight contests in the past including Johansson’s European title bout with Henry Cooper in 1957 and the former world champion’s farewell fight against Brian London in 1963. It’s unlikely Wallin-Costa Junior will be a classic, however. Costa Junior is 0-6 and has been kayoed five straight times outside South America.

The 25-year-old southpaw Wallin has spent the last six weeks in England where he has been sparring Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua ahead of the British boxer’s IBF World title challenge.



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David Haye to donate 10% of purse to Nick Blackwell


UFC

Lyoto Machida welcomes Vince Vaughn to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu team

Acclaimed actor, comedian and screenwriter Vince Vaughn is known for his funny jokes and side-splitting comedic movies. But the 46-year-old funny man may be trying to toughen his image . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Lee upsets Galeano, Farmer tops Diaz

By Matt Richardson at ringside

Middleweight Chris Galeano was upset by Devaun Lee in the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” on Wednesday night. The fight was the main event of a six bout card held at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, NYC.

Galeano (10-1, 1 KO) entered the fight unbeaten but had his hands full with the aggressive Lee. It wound up being a tight contest of Galeano’s speed versus Lee’s power punching. Lee (7-2, 3 KO’s) had big rounds in the fifth and tenth when he appeared to hurt Galeano.

The fight was initially declared a draw but an error on the scorecards was soon corrected and Lee tabbed a split decision winner via scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 94-96.

Junior lightweight Tevin Farmer had to brawl and he had to box but in the end he still won his fight against Gamaliel Diaz. Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KO’s) defeated Diaz via ten-round unanimous decision by scores of 97-90 (twice) and 95-92.

A left hook up the middle dropped Diaz hard in the first round. Diaz rebounded well and by the fourth he was connecting with long, straight punches of his own. He rocked Farmer in the sixth with a right after the two fighters engaged in some heated back and forth dialogue. Farmer sat back down on his punches at the end of the round and a straight left dropped Diaz in his corner at the sound of the bell.

Farmer knocked out Diaz’s mouthpiece in the seventh and the pace of Diaz chasing the slick Farmer continued into the tenth and final round when Farmer charged forward in pursuit of the knockout. He almost got it. After cutting Diaz over the eye the Mexican hit the canvas shortly afterward. Diaz disputed the call, however, and when he got back up both men engaged in a series of exchanges up until the final bell.

Diaz, who once defeated former title-holder Robert Guerrero, is now 39-14-3 with 18 stoppages. (more…)


Boxing News

Mayweather a no-show at Broner-Theophane presser

The much anticipated first meeting between WBA super lightweight world champion Adrien Broner and retired P4P champ Floyd Mayweather since Broner’s wild rant against Floyd last week failed to take place Wednesday at the Broner-Theophane final press conference. It had been announced that Floyd would be attending, but Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe announced that Floyd couldn’t make it because “he’s en route.”

“I’m kind of pissed that Floyd ain’t here.” said Broner. “I want to say thank you to About Billions Promotions, Headbangers Promotions, Hateweather Promotions, I mean Mayweather Promotions…”

Ellerbe: Hateweather Promotions, I don’t think so. The record speaks for itself.

Broner: They ain’t gotta do nothing but hating. That’s an undefeated hating motherf*****.

Ellerbe: The record speaks for itself and the bankroll does too…you’re not fighting Floyd. You’re fighting Ashley.

Broner: That’s what I keep saying. Why’s he hating on me?

Ellerbe: He’s got no reason to hate. And this ain’t about Floyd anyway, OK? It’s about you and Ashley.


Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao media day

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

8-time Division Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao held his media day inside the world famous Wild Card Gym Wednesday afternoon as he prepares to face 5 time world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley April 9 at MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Broner, Theophane Hold Final Press Conference in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions & Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane made their final comments at the final press conference for their Friday, April 1 bout at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. WBA Super lightweight champ Broner came to the Hamilton Live location in Northwest DC more than an hour late…and then had very little to say to the media assembled during the conference.

“I didn’t even want to come here,” Broner said. “The fight is already sold.” Reportedly, there are about 200 tickets remaining for the card. Broner then reiterated his promise that he would knock out the British challenger between four and eight rounds.

Theophane said he is looking for a war on Friday night. “We are two days away and we are going to war,” Theophane said. “I hope he will try to live up to his promise — to stalk me and try to knock me out.”

As Theophane walked away from the podium, he ended his comments, “…and the new.”

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Tim Bradley interviewed in camp today by TV Azteca Mexico. Tim will take on Manny Pacquiao on Top Rank’s big pay per card on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Boxing News

United Promotions presents 25th show

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By Dave Spencer

Top Toronto promoter United Promotions presents their 25th show Saturday May 14th featuring #9 ranked (WBA) super-welterweight Brandon Cook (16-0 10KO) defending his WBA Inter-Continental Title. It was originally hoped that the undefeated Cook would go up against interim champ Jack Culcay but those plans were nixed when the German decided to stay home and headline an April date.

“I’m told that they finally decided to defend versus a slightly lesser opponent but one who has a slightly more impressive record,” promoter Don MacDonald told Fightnews.com®. There is a huge perception in the difference between a 16-0 fighter versus a 20-0 fighter. We have to continue to work hard and challenge Brandon to get him to at least the 20-0 mark where he can challenge for a title.” (more…)


Boxing News

Hernandez-Harrison vs. Dallas May 13

Roc Nation Sports has announced that undefeated welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will return to the ring on Friday, May 13 when he takes on Bakersfield, California’s Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round bout at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The fight will headline a throne boxing event that will be televised live on BET beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.


Announcement

NYSBHOF 2016 class inductees ceremony

The fifth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, will be held this Sunday afternoon (April 3 – 12:30-5:30 p.m.) at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. (more…)


UFC

Cyborg elated to be joining UFC ranks

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles recaps the big news of Cris Cyborg making her UFC debut vs. Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil. The Brazilian team of UFC.com caught up with Cyborg to get her reaction . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Parker-Takam confirmed for Auckland May 21

By Bryce Wilson
Photos: Dave Cameron

After a period of intense negotiations, terms have been reached for unbeaten Kiwi prospect Joseph Parker to face the always dangerous Cameroonian, Carlos Takam at South Auckland’s Vodafone Events Centre on may 21st in what serves as a heavyweight title eliminator for the IBF title, which is set to be contested by current champion Charles Martin and British star Anthony Joshua in London on April 9th.

Negotiations between Parker’s promoters Duco and Takam’s handler Christian Cherchi have centred around the venue, with Cherchi conceding he would have preferred his man to have home advantage, as well as choice of gloves and of course the all important purse.

That said Cherchi remained bullish about Takam’s ability to come away from foreign soil with the win, stating that although the fight was in many ways a ’50-50 type fight’ he believed Takam would prevail, even going so far as to say that it could well be via late round knockout of the unbeaten Kiwi. (more…)


Boxing News

GGG talks about… Fonfara

By Przemek Garczarczyk

What are world champions’ thoughts about other champs and other weight classes? Bogdan Maciejczyk, co-trainer of #2 WBC ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara decided to find out interviewing WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs). “GGG,” a good friend of Fonfara, found some time when preparing for Dominic Wade (April 23 live on HBO) and talked about the light heavyweight division and “Polish Prince’s” place among the best. Gennady was even asked what he would do if he was Fonfara’s trainer…


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Boxing News

Broner-Mayweather drama on tap for D.C.

Adrien Broner vs. Ashley Theophane fighter media workouts were cancelled on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., due to the delayed arrival of flights out of Las Vegas. We’ve been told the remaining fight week activities will go on as scheduled, starting with today’s final press conference. It was also confirmed that Floyd Mayweather WILL attend the press conference, which will the first meeting between Broner and Mayweather since Broner’s wild rant against Floyd last week.

In other Broner news, according to the Washington Post there is no threat of D.C. police arresting Broner for an outstanding felony warrant issued in his home state of Ohio. So the Spike TV-televised bout looks to be a go.


Boxing News

David Haye opponent named: Arnold Gjergjaj

Former two-weight world champion David Haye today announced that he will face undefeated Arnold ‘The Cobra’ Gjergjaj on Saturday May 21 at The O2 in London as he continues his journey back to the summit the heavyweight division.

The Hayemaker returns to the ring for the first time since January 16 when more than 16,000 spectators packed into The O2 to witness him deliver a signature right hand to KO top 10 WBA ranked Mark de Mori. The fight lasted just 121 seconds in what was Haye’s eighth first round KO of his professional career and 25th knockout in his 27 professional wins.

Haye now turns his attentions to the 31 year old Kosovo-Albanian who has amassed an impressive record of 29-0, with 21 of those wins coming via knockout. ‘The Cobra’ stands at 6 foot 5 inches tall and most recently tipped the scales at 247 lbs. (more…)


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UFC

Esparza returns at UFC 197

Sidelined by injury since March of 2015, former strawweight world champion Carla Esparza will make her return to the Octagon on April 23, as she steps in for the injured Jessica Aguilar against Juliana Lima on the UFC 197 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Weights from New York City

Chris Galeano 158 vs. Devaun Lee 157.8
(New York State middleweight title)

Tevin Farmer 130 vs. Gamaliel Diaz 129.6
(NABF super featherweight title)

Cindy Serrano 131 vs. Renata Domsodi 128.8
Shemuel Pagan 137 vs. Ryan Picou 136.2
Artur Akavov 160 vs. Todd Manuel 158.6
Travis Peterkin 180.8 vs. Larry Pryor 180.4

Venue: BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York City
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment


Boxing News

Lucas Browne Update

Statement by Lucas Browne:

I made clear to the public last week that I intended to do all that I can to clear my name after the devastating news of the positive drug test following my successful defeat of Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA Heavyweight World Championship.

I am now able to report to you that on February 29th shortly after having arrived in Chechnya I was subjected to a randomly timed drug test by VADA. This was a test of blood and urine. The post fight test was a urine only test. I would like to again stress it was myself and my team who requested the bout be subject to VADA testing.

I now hold clear and unequivocal evidence that this test was a negative test and shows clearly that I arrived in Chechnya a clean athlete. Hatton Promotions have made this information available to the media today. (more…)


Boxing News

Tapia-Lemieux Teleconference Quotes

By Dave Spencer

Oscar De La Hoya: It’s a make or break fight for both guys. Glenn Tapia has to go out there & prove he belongs with best of the division. It’s a fight both have to win. The loser will have to shake himself of and will have to rebuild. We as promoters believe in our fighters. The winner moves on to bigger fights and the loser will have to go back to the drawing board.

David Lemieux: Everything happens for a reason. Looking at it now maybe it was the best thing that De La Rosa didn’t take the last fight. I could have injured him badly if he’s entering the ring and not too sure. I would have been tremendously strong in that fight and I’m going to be tremendously strong in the future.

I’m a knockout artist and it’s the way I fight. I’m not going to lie to you and say I’m going to come in and play around. Obviously I’m going to come in and throw some hard shots, and if my shots connect, they hurt. I’m going in there to win every round and be the best I can be. (more…)


Boxing News

Top Rank Celebrates Bob Arum’s Golden Anniversary in Boxing With Commemorative Video

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s first promotion which also happened to be the first fight he ever saw live. March 29, 1966 was the date. Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto, Canada was the site. Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo for the heavyweight championship of the world was the fight. An Arumesque beginning, if ever there was one, for boxing’s most iconic promoter.

In a career that has spanned six decades, Bob has presented world championship events on every continent other than Antarctica. And to paraphrase the slogan from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bob has promoted “more stars than there are in heaven.” The names read like a who’s who for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


Boxing News

James DeGale Workout Quotes & Pics

Photos: Lawrence Lustig / Matchroom Boxing

IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale held an open media workout on Tuesday in London as he prepares to make the second defense of his title against mandatory challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina on Saturday, April 30, live on SHOWTIME from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

The winner will face the winner between Badou Jack and Lucian Bute, who battle for the WBC title on the same card.

“I’ve never disrespected an opponent yet in the ring and I’m not going to start now,” said DeGale. “Medina has a very good record and that means he is as dangerous and the next man. This is boxing and unless you prepare properly you get found out. I’m not going down that avenue. I’m a winner and what I do is get in the ring and win. That’s what Medina is up against – a world champion and a winner. (more…)


UFC

Retirement keeps Matt Serra busier than ever

Retirement suits Matt Serra well, even if it isn’t the leisurely, sedate lifestyle usually associated with that word . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Ahlin takes on the ‘Tiger’ Mendy on April 23 at the Hovet

Photo: Photo Wende

Oscar Ahlin (13-1, 11 KOs) is back in action on April 23 against Patrick Mendy (16-10-1, 1 KO) when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden.

The ‘Golden Boy’ returns following a sensational first-round knockout victory over Varazdat Chernikov on December 19 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping to take on the dangerous British-based Gambian known as the ‘Tiger’.

In preparation for their super middleweight showdown, Ahlin is in Las Vegas where he has been sparring with Swedish World Champion Badou Jack.

‘’It’s great work,’’ said Ahlin. ‘’Las Vegas is the fight capital of the World so there is lots of quality sparring here. I’ve had some good sessions with Badou and I’ve been learning a lot. I will be coming back to Stockholm better than ever and ready to claim another great win on April 23.’’ (more…)


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Chief trainer Teddy Atlas and Timothy Bradley talk strategy before a tactical training session in camp in Indio, Ca. Tim will have a FanFest meet and greet plus a media workout this Friday 12:30 pm pacific.


Boxing News

Two ex-world champs showcased Saturday

Nice twinbill this Saturday at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Estado de México. Former multi-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (59-10, 49 KOs) will take on dangerous African Justin “Vodou” Savi (28-4-1, 18 KOs) in the super featherweight main event. The bout will be for the WBC International Silver title.

In the co-feature, former IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos “King” Molina (24-6-2, 8 KOs) meets Reyes “Rey” Sánchez (26-7-2, 15 KOs).


Boxing News

Molina, Palacios: night boxing sessions in Kraków

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Spending time away from your family on the foreign soil during holidays is never easy. But for three US fighters – Eric Molina, Francisco Palacios and Eric Fields – it’s the reality of their job. “I know what’s at stake. This is a championship fight for me, no matter if we have a belt to fight for or not. It’s hard to put the man down who had everything and lost everything. I’m that man” – said Palacios, who will fight Michal Cieślak (11-0, 7 KOs) on exactly fifth anniversary of his still controversial WBC championship loss to “Diablo” Włodarczyk. Eric Molina will challenge Poland’s legend Tomasz Adamek for the IBF Intercontinental belt, Eric Fields will have find a way to beat world rated contender Mateusz Masternak and Palacios- Cieslak will be part of international bouts during April 2 Polsat Boxing Night V “Final Call” boxing extravaganza in Krakow.

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Boxing News

Nick Blackwell update

The family of former British middleweight champion Nick Blackwell have released a statement:

“We would like to thank the public for their many messages of support for Nick, they are much appreciated. No official statements have been made either by ourselves or the hospital.

“We would like to clarify that, given the unsubstantiated rumours and statements in the media, we would like privacy while Nick receives treatment — and any statements will be released only by the family or the promoters Hennessy Sports.”


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Blackwell Injury

Boxer Nick Blackwell could be induced out of coma 

Leading neurosurgeon urges boxing authorities to follow stricter medical guidelines in title fights

Nick Blackwell plight adds to dilemma of whether to spend money watching such a brutal sport

Blackwell ‘not deteriorating’ as injury stirs Watson memories


UFC

Cyborg makes Octagon debut at UFC 198

One of the most feared fighters in the world is finally making her way to the Octagon, as Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino faces Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Kenia Enriquez update

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Richie Lopez

Former WBO female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (15-1, 7KO) is scheduled to face world-ranked Amaris Quintana (9-2-2, 1KO) in an eight round junior flyweight bout on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs Dominic Wade title fight on Saturday, April 23rd, at the Forum on Los Angeles, CA. This past Saturday afternoon, inside the Perro Salado Hall in the Zona Rio of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Kenia hosted her second annual all-female invitational amateur tournament. With fighters coming in from all over the city as well as Tecate, Mexico, and Coachella, California, the afternoon was filled with great amateur boxing, raffles and awards. (more…)


Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao workout at Wildcard Gym

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

8 time Division World Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao works out exclusively for fans around the world during a live stream from world famous Wild Card Boxing Club owned by Freddie Roach Monday afternoon as he prepares to face Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley for the third time in Las Vegas Nevada April 9, 2016 at the MGM Grand Casino. Pacquiao and Roach were both in sync and had visitors in awe! Pacquiao says he is ready to fight and this fight will be fullfilled with action when interviewed by Top Rank correspondent Crystina Poncher.

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