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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank Unbeaten lightweight Felix "Diamante" Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan "El Oso" ...

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49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime 49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in

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49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

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AWE TV

Hatton warns Brook over Senchenko fight

See Brook vs Senchenko LIVE on AWE TV and AWEtv.com on October 26

Former world champion Ricky Hatton has warned Kell Brook not to get into a war with Vyacheslav Senchenko when they meet at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 26, live on Awe TV and AWEtv.com.

The Hitman faced the Ukrainian in his comeback fight in November at his MEN Arena fortress, but the former WBA Welterweight champion spoiled the party, with a body punch knocking out Hatton in the final throes of the ninth. Senchenko returns to British soil and into the lion’s den again to face the unbeaten Sheffield star, and Hatton has told Brook to follow the blueprint of Paul Malignaggi – who took Senchenko’s WBA title – to beat the visitor. (more…)



October 16th, 2013



Boxing News

Notable names lined up for WBC World Cup

wbcworldcupBy Karl Freitag

There are some interesting names currently listed as competing in the WBC World Cup. In the heavyweights there are numerous notables such as Juan Carlos Gomez, Magomed Abdusalmanov, Lucas Browne, Odlanier Solis, Fres Oquendo, Alexander Dimitrenko and Johnathon Banks, to name a few. The welterweight division includes Jojo Dan, Sirimongkol Singwangcha and Joan Guzman, lightweights include Ghislan Maduma and Denis Shafikov, and featherweights have names like Marvin Sonsona, Robinson Castellanos, Claudio Marrero and Ronny Rios, plus Cellestino Caballero standing by as a substitute.

All of the WBC World Cup matches will be held on consecutive Friday nights commencing October 18 with two matches on each promotion. The event will have a length of 24 weeks with 40 World Cup fights, plus the four final dates. All fights will be twelve-rounders. The WBC World Cup Champions in each division will be designated as the official mandatory challengers.

One unusual twist is that there will be no draws. In case of a tie on the scorecards, the WBC and the commission will add all the points won by each fighter on the three different judges’ scorecards with the boxer winning more rounds named winner of the fight. If the results is still a tie, a coin flip will decide the winner. In the event of a coin flip, the winner is committed to give to the loser 20% of his purse in his next fights.

Here is a complete look at all the fighters competing in the various divisions: (more…)



October 16th, 2013

Column

Alvarado now a slight favorite to beat Provodnikov as big time boxing returns to Denver

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas

Initially viewed as a pick ‘em fight, WBO junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado has inched ahead to become a slight favorite to defeat #1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov at online sports books. Bet365.com has Alvarado at -125 and Provodnikov is +100 and that’s a pretty typical line across the board.

Alvarado-Provodnikov marks the Denver area’s first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000, when former WBC lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo at Pepsi Center.

Alvarado-Provodnikov will also be the first time HBO has televised a live fight from Colorado.

Hometown favorite Alvarado last fought in Colorado in July 2011 against Gabriel Martinez.

Promoter Bob Arum says he is expecting a sellout at the 6,500-seat 1STBANK Center located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield.

On Monday both Alvarado and Provodnikov participated in a teleconference to discuss the fight with reporters. Click here for a transcript of the call, plus photos from Alvarado’s media day on Tuesday at Delgado’s Boxing Gym…



October 16th, 2013

UFC

TUF 18 Week Seven Preview

It’s going to be a Herculean task for the bantamweight men to bring the fire in their final two fights the way that Raquel Pennington and Jessamyn Duke brought the house down with their epic, back and forth, three round war of a week ago . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.



October 16th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC World Cup kicks off Friday with Solis-Takam

On Friday in Mexico City, the WBC World Cup will officially be underway Juan de la Barrera Gym with heavyweight Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (20-1, 13 KOs) against Carlos Takam (28-1, 22 KOs) and lightweight Daniel Estrada (31-2-1, 23 KOs) against George Ashie (24-4-1, 17 KOs).

The tournament with the participation of 48 boxers representing 10 WBC-affiliated federations will include cards in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Thailand, Morocco and Moscow. The inaugeral World Cup will have four divisions (featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and heavyweight) and $4 million in overall prize money. The winner of the heavyweight division will receive $200,000 and the other division winners will pocket $120,000. The WBC World Cup has been driven by WBC President Jose Sulaiman.



October 16th, 2013

Boxing News

Former world champion Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer invites you to meet Philly boxing legends

charlesbrewerFormer IBF super middleweight world champion Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer and his wife plan to open a hair salon in North Philly’s Business District in November and they’re planning a knockout grand opening for Jazzy Shears Hair Studio (3001 N. 22nd St. Philadelphia) that will include a “meet & greet” with some of Philly’s current and former world champions. The event is currently scheduled for the afternoon of November 16 and attendees will include former WBA cruiserweight champion “Nate “Mr.” Miller, former USBA/NABF cruiserweight champion Garret “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson, former IBF jr. middleweight champion Buster “The Demon” Drayton, former USBA/NABF jr. welterweight champion Ivan “Mighty” Robinson, former IBF featherweight champion Calvin “Silky Smooth” Grove, and of course, Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer and his former trainer Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts. Food and beverages will be served. Call 215-221-5299 for more information.



October 16th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA 92nd Convention Day 2

Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 2 of the 92nd annual WBA convention in Lima, Peru moved to the more spacious Oceanus Room this morning as meetings got under way. Many top promoters and ring officials who arrived late Monday accounted for the increase in attendance. For those who may have missed it on Monday night, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza Jr. started the morning by playing the video of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini “belting” former foe Orlando Romero with the WBA belt.

WBA Legislative Director Carlos Chavez delivered an extensive run down of the Association’s rules and regulations report. Each proposition and or modification to the WBA rules and regulations was passed by members of the board of directors. The main crux of focus was proposing the Association “domicile” as Washington State, where their legal offices reside. (more…)



October 16th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Arizona officials are still trying to solve the case of the murder of top boxing amateur Alexis Urbina. More

Former football player Blake Ferguson is hoping to make a successful pro debut on the Mundine-Mosley card in Sydney, Australia. More

The Dec. 7 matchup of Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara is a boxing purist’s dream match: More

The Louisiana Boxing Hall of Fame will induct its first class on Sunday. More



October 16th, 2013

Boxing News

Judah-Malignaggi kickoff press conference

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Five-time, two-division world champion Zab Judah and two-time, two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi officially announced their fight for Brooklyn bragging rights on December 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY live on SHOWTIME.

Zab Judah: My main edge over Paulie will be hand speed and power. Paulie has quick hands too. He throws a lot of punches, but he has nothing to hold me off. It’s been proven in the past that you have to know how to hold me back. He can punch; we’re going to see.

Paul Malignaggi: Zab’s a crafty guy, a veteran, very versatile and still has those fast hands and southpaw stance. He’s been around for a long time because of his ability and craftiness and his ring intelligence. So there’s some stuff to deal with. But that’s why you go to training camp, devise a game plan and then you put it all on the line, you put it all together.

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October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Greg Cohen Promotions inks Lateef ‘Power’ Kayode; Nigerian slugger will now campaign as heavyweight

Greg Cohen Promotions has inked undefeated puncher Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) to a promotional contract. Cohen also announced that Kayode will now move up in weight and begin campaigning in the heavyweight division. 30-year-old Kayode, from Lagos, Nigeria, originally, is trained by the legendary Freddie Roach and will be looking to make an immediate splash in his new division. He was last seen fighting to a draw with former world champion Antonio Tarver in June of last year. Cohen has previously worked with Nigerian heavyweights Samuel Peter and Ike Ibeabuchi.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Alvarado media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Denver’s own WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado works out during media day Tuesday for his upcoming first title defense against No. 1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia, Saturday, October 19 at 1STBANK Center in Denver, Co.

Promoted by Top Rank and Banner Promotions, in association with Tecate, Alvarado vs. Provodnikov will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

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October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Glazkov wants to use Adamek as a springboard to the heavyweight elite

Unbeaten heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs) is thrilled with the opportunity to take on former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek in a voluntary eliminator fight for the IBF #2 position. “I have already been training hard. I had a very good camp boxing with Klitschko, as I helped him prepare for his fight with Povetkin,” stated Glazkov, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine who has has previously stopped Tor Hamer and fought to a controversial draw with Malik Scott in nationally televised fights.

“Now I will come to the United States to continue my training,” Glazkov continued. “Adamek is a very good fighter with a big name. He is big and strong and comes forward during the fight, this is good for me. I think I can win this fight. It will help put my name on the list of the best heavyweight fighters.”

The fight takes place November 16th at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

New opponent for Vazquez

Texas super welterweight titleholder Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez (10-1, 2 KOs) will face a new challenger who comes to Standing 8 Promotion’s Bud Light Pro Fight 5 on October 19 at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington, Texas. After original foe Salvador Amir Roa got injured while training, the Texas Boxing Commission wouldn’t allow Roa to fight, so Vazquez will now be facing Cory Yett (4-4-1, 2 KOs) from Austin, Texas. Yett and Vazquez already fought in 2011, with Vazquez winning by unanimous decision.



October 15th, 2013

UFC

Shawn Jordan’s Balancing Act

Heavyweight Shawn “The Savage” Jordan (15-4) is on a two-fight KO streak heading into his showdown against submission expert Gabriel Gonzaga (15-7) on Oct. 19 at UFC 166. Jordan, a powerful 260-pounder and former Louisiana State University fullback, has accepted that the pressure to perform is there—but he’s not allowing it to dominate him . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

WBO names officials for Alvarado-Provodnikov and Stieglitz-Ekpo bouts

World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, October 19, in the title bouts between Mike Alvarado versus Ruslan Provodnikov and Robert Stieglitz against Isaac Ekpo, to be held in United States and Germany, respectively.

At the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Denver, Colorado, Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), will defend for the first time his WBO junior welterweight belt against the #1 ranked Ruslan Provodvikov (22-2, 15 KOs), from Russia. The referee for this clash will be Tony Weeks (USA). The judges will be Denny Nelson, Robert Hoyle and Levi Martínez (all USA). The WBO supervisor for this bout will be John Duggan.

While, at the EINS Exhibition Hall in Leipzig, Germany, the WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs) will make his second defense when he faces the #7 ranked Issac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs), from Nigeria. The referee for this bout will be Edward Cotton (USA). The judges will be Waleska Roldan(USA), Andre Van Grootenbruel (Belgium), and Frank Michael Maass (Germany). The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Markus Aslani.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC World Cup of Boxing card lands in Florida

Iron Mike Productions (IMP) is bringing big-time boxing back to Florida, presenting opening-round action in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) World Cup of Boxing, on Friday night, November 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Former two-divisional world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) has moved up to fight as a welterweight in the WBC World Cup of Boxing. The Dominican Republic native, who was world champion as a super featherweight and super bantamweight, takes on undefeated WBC CABOFE champion Simeon “Candyman” Hardy (10-0, 7 KOs) in the 10-round World Cup main event.

In the other World Cup fight, Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (14-1, 11 KOs) faces WBC Unites States (USNBC) featherweight champion Romulo Koasicha (20-3, 12 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Marrero, also from the Dominican Republic, is coming off his lone loss as a professional this past August, by way of a 12-round decision to Jesus Cuellar for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim featherweight title. (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Buthelezi retains South African middleweight title

By Ron Jackson

Christopher Buthelezi retained his South African middleweight title when he outpointed mandatory challenger Makhosonke Zwengu over 12 rounds at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre over the past weekend.

The 31-year-old Buthelezi from Durban who was making the second defence of his title was having his first fight since September 2011.

In a fight that never rose to any heights the champion and Zwengu, 26, from Uitenhage mauled and pushed their way through twelve untidy rounds with the ring rusty Buthelezi doing enough to take the decision.

Buthelezi took his record to 21-12-3; 9 and Zwengu who is sometimes referred as Makhosandile Zwengu saw his reported record drop to 5-8; 2.

In the best fight of the day former South African junior welterweight champion Sikhulule Sidzumo fighting at middleweight fought to an eight round draw with Giovanni Bushby.

The southpaw Sidzumo improves his record to 18-6-5; 12 and Busby’s reported record goes to 4-2-1; 3.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Murata, Yaegashi, Inoue appear in deluxe card

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight class in London, Japan’s Ryota Murata (1-0, 1 KO) will participate in his second pro bout against Dave Peterson (13-1, 8 KOs), a southpaw from Minnesota, in an eight-round bout in Tokyo on December 6. It was publicly announced in Tokyo today (Tuesday). Hard-punching Murata impressively decked his debut by demolishing current OPBF 160-pound champ Akio Shibata in two quick rounds this August to be newly ranked atop in the OPBF and Japanese middleweight categories.

Supporting is a WBC flyweight mandatory title bout where defending champ Akira Yaegashi, two-time world champ of Japan, will cope with official challenger and ex-WBC 108-pound titlist Edgar Sosa, a Mexican veteran, in twelve frames. (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing Result

Rodriguez on drug-testing: “I think it’s the right thing for boxing!”

harney_rodriguez_escalaraAStory by Matt Richardson
Photos by Emily Harney

As super middleweight champion Andre Ward prepares for his return to the ring following a 14-month layoff, his opponent, undefeated contender Edwin Rodriguez, has been training across the country to maximize his opportunity.

Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) was training in California, is currently preparing in Houston, Texas and will then return to the west coast for his fight with Ward on November 16th.

For Rodriguez, who is coming off a July win in Monaco, his cross-country preparations are just part of the deal he made with himself to score what would undoubtedly be the upset of the year. (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing Result

San Diego’s Christopher Martin getting antsy

IMG_3232Story by Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

San Diego super bantamweight Christopher Martin is getting a bid antsy. After a short run as an amateur, the “S.D. Kid” went pro at 20 and in the last seven years, has amassed a 27-2-3, 9 KOs, record as well as one point being ranked in the top 15 of the four major organizations. After easily defeating the then highly touted Chris Avalos, back in 2010 on Showtime, Martin had a short run with Top Rank before finally settling down with southern California’s Thompson Boxing. Since then, Martin has gone 4-0 with 2 stoppages against less than stellar opposition, a fact that has him a little anxious to go up the opponent ladder.

“Definitely, I’m going to ask for something higher up,” the married father of two boys said earlier this week in San Diego. “I’m not saying I’m the best or the greatest but I feel that I am taking a step back. I am happy that my promoter is keeping me busy but I want to get my name out there again.” (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Marquez returns to Mexico, hints at retiring

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Monday, back in Mexico City, four-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez commented on his split decision loss to WBO welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last Saturday. “The search for that fifth title was the story line for Mexico and for all Latinos,” stated Marquez. “I did enough to win but I get satisfaction from the support of the people, many of whom saw me winning. I have many alternatives to continue inside and outside boxing but I want to sit down with my family and make a final decision.” Marquez made it clear that he’s still not interested in a fifth bout with Manny Pacquiao. Meanwwhile Marquez’ promoter Fernando Beltran stated he’s investigating a possibility of a Marquez-Bradley rematch in Mexico City Arena.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

WBO champ Stieglitz wants to ‘tame’ Ekpo

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs) is ready to defend his title against WBO #7 Isaac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the EINS Exhibition Hall in Leipzig, Germany.

Below are quotes from Monday’s press conference:

Robert Stieglitz: “I am extremely motivated. I must cap off the honors and the two victories of this year in Leipzig. Being number one and leading the success of the entire SES team makes us all very proud. I was very well prepared in recent fights. But now I have once again stepped up my game. Isaac Ekpo is physically very strong. He will want to use his first world title chance. He is boxing not only for himself but for all of Nigeria. Isaac will give everything. But I am well known for the fact that I can deal with lions!”

Isaac Ekpo: “I want to use my first shot at a world title. I am very happy about it. When Robert Stieglitz enters the ring with a lion, he’ll have a hard time winning​​. There can be only one: him or me! God will help me and he’s watching over me. I believe in God’s help. Before, I was goalkeeper in soccer. But boxing is a man-against-man situation. This is much more attractive and clear for me. Therefore, I prefer boxing. ”

Ulf Steinforth: “We’ve always had an eye on Leipzig. I always wanted to host an event with championship fights here. We are particularly pleased about October 19th. About 4,500 tickets have already been sold. This makes us optimistic that we can announce in the coming days, we’re sold out.” photos



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

James DeGale opponent named: Dyah Davis

James DeGale MBE will face ‘Dangerous’ Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KOs) on November 16th at Glow, Bluewater. The WBC Silver super middleweight champion, DeGale, aims to give “a great performance” and prove he is “ready” for the best when he defends his title against the tough American. “I see Davis as a really good test and I want to get in there and stick on a great performance for all the fans and do a good job on him,” DeGale said. “I’m going to go in there full of confidence, I’m going to be super fit and I’m basically going to go in there and try and get him out of there.”

Davis, son of 1976 Olympian Howard Davis Jr., is a former NABF super middleweight champion and in 2012 faced the current WBC world super middleweight champion Sakio Bika for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. “I’m very excited to be facing DeGale,” Davis said. “I know what I’m up against going into his backyard, I’ve been in this position before and I’m going to do everything I can to come out victorious. I did it before against Marcus Johnson, where I was the underdog and going into the fight as the sacrificial lamb against an undefeated fighter and I caused the upset. I’m looking to do that again this time out and I’m looking at going home with everything that this man contains right now; including his championship belt and all his positions in the world rankings and sanctioning bodies.” (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Abel Sanchez: I see Stevens running from Golovkin

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

“We all know that to see full GGG abilities, we have to put him in front of better and better fighters. I think that Stevens is a very dangerous fighter with a big punch and the best opponent willing to get in the ring with Gennady for this fight in MSG. But I also believe that it will be easier fight for Gennady than Macklin fight in June,” said trainer Abel Sanchez in a Fightnews.com interview. The always outspoken trainer of WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) is also not convinced that challenger Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KO) will stick to his “let’s knock him out” plan.

“He can’t,” says Sanchez. A couple of body punches, he feels Golovkin power and it will be holding and grabbing and running tactics. This is how I see this fight: Stevens running from Golovkin!”

Most of the fighters, if not all of them, are talking about outsmarting Gennady Golovkin. No one wants to just stand in front of him and trade punches. Curtis Stevens’ plan looks different…

Abel Sanchez: …and you believe him? (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Joseph Parker Update

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

New Zealand heavyweight sensation Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs) has been released from hospital after plastic surgery to his eye. Parker captured the New Zealand crown last Thursday with a brutal TKO over Afa Tatupu, and his best win is a TKO in two rounds over Frans Botha. He is trained and managed by Kevin Barry.

Promoter Dean Lonergan recently made Australian-based heavyweight Sonny Bill Williams a $1 million winner-take-all to fight Parker. The camp of Williams, who had also defeated Frans Botha in a controversial contest, rejected the offer. Parker is now looking at a March return against South American heavyweight champion George Arias. Photos…



October 15th, 2013

UFC

John Dodson: Still Fighting, Still Smiling

The scrappy 29-year-old is one of the fight game’s most rambunctious figures, as his hyper-drive personality outside of the cage equals his kinetic energy inside. A paradox of good will and bad intentions; he flashes his larger than life smile just before the action begins, but as soon as the referee steps aside, he’s throwing thunder in an effort to put the opposition on their back . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is LIVE on PPV from Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more.



October 15th, 2013

Column

Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi

WBC female 105-pound champ Naoko Fujioka lately renounced her belt in order to move up to the 115-pound category and have an ambitious shot at the WBA super-fly belt against compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi here in Tokyo, Japan, on November 13. The vacant WBC throne will be disputed by Japan’s Mari Ando and Mexican Jasseth Noriega in Osaka, Japan, on December 14.

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WBA female 102-pound champ Ayaka Miyao will make a mandatory defense against top contender Gretchen Abaniel of the Philippines in Tokyo on November 28.
Although the female boxing is still less popular here, we may watch a hot surge in the end of this year.

Teiken Promotions has announced that Roman Gonzalez, WBA light-fly super champ of Nicaragua, will face Mexican hard-puncher Oscar Blanquet, and ex-WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Ao will cope with WBC#30 super-feather Alan Herrera beneath a world title twinbill featuring WBC bantam kingpin Shinsuke Yamanaka and two-time world ruler Jorge Linares in Tokyo on November 10, when it is not so cold that Blanquet need not bring his own blanket from Mexico.

WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda announced he will defend his belt against Korean veteran Jungoh Son in Cheju, Korea, on November 19. We just wonder why Kameda will go and fight in Korea.

Unbeaten WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama will make his eighth defense against a challenger to be designated on the last day of this year. Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) seems to make a rule to defend his belt on December 31 as in the last two years. It should have been very customary to clean up our homes to welcome the New Year day, but we now have an exception only in fight scribes who will have to go to the arena to cover world title bouts. WBA light-fly champ Kazuto Ioka and WBA minimum ruler Ryo Miyazaki are said to participate in world title goes in Osaka on the same year-end day. The former will be shown by TV Tokyo, while the latter by TBS television.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Mancini “Belts” Romero Thirty Years Later

Video: Boxing Bob Newman

In a touching moment during the 92nd annual WBA convention in Lima, Peru, former WBA lightweight champion, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini presents an authentic belt around the waits of his former Peruvian foe, Orlando Romero. Last month, September 15th marked the thirtieth anniversary of the epic battle waged between the two lightweights at Madison Square Garden. This is the first time the two warriors have sen each other since that night, and nothing but respect and admiration filled the air.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing Result

Amagasa wins OPBF 126lb belt from Lee

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese feather champ Hisashi Amagasa (25-4-2, 16 KOs), 125.75, managed to capture the OPBF belt as he was awarded a close but well-received unanimous decision over defending titlist and ex-WBA 122-pound ruler Yul-Li Lee (AKA Retsuri Lee; 20-4-2, 10 KOs), 126, over twelve sizzling rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Amagasa, a lanky and taller boxer, took the initiative from the outset, scoring interim tallies after the fourth session on the open scoring system: 40-36 twice and 39-37. But Lee fought back hard to have it after the eighth: 77-75 twice for Amagasa and 76-76. Each traded hot rallies to seize a victory, but Amagasa controlled the give-and-take battle down the stretch to gain his second belt.

The first title bout was witnessed with the OPBF super-bantam champ, WBA#7/WBC#9 Shingo Wake (16-4-2, 8 KOs), 122, halting OPBF top contender and Philippine national ruler Jhunriel Ramonal (13-7-4, 7 KOs), 122, at 2:12 of the third session in a scheduled twelve. Wake, a fast-punching and quick-moving southpaw, opened bad gashes with his swift shots in the opening session. Ramonal’s lacerations became so much worsened with his absorption of Wake’s follow-up combinations that the ringside physician advised the third man to call a halt to the gory affair.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Mosley: Mundine is unknown

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Peter Politanoff

Sugar Shane Mosley says that Anthony Mundine is unknown to fight fans in the USA because he does not have punching power or a killer instinct. Mosley also rates Vernon Forrest as the best puncher he has boxed and that Mundine’s size will not be a factor when they fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on October 23, pointing out that Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Vargas weighed in as light heavyweights on fight night when he defeated them.

“No. He’s not even on the radar in the USA,” Mosley said. “I fought Sergio Mora and we got a draw and a lot of people don’t even recognize Sergio Mora and he’s good, he can fight. I brought him out here for sparring because I know he can fight. But (Mundine) gets no play. It’s because he don’t have the punching power, the will or that killer instinct, that’s what people like to see. When I come to fight, people know that it might be a knockout. It might be in the last round or the first round.” (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA 92nd Convention Day 1

Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The 92nd WBA annual convention kicked off this morning in Lima, Peru at Los Delfines (The Dolphins) Hotel & Casino. After a hasty reorganization of the Neptune Room, executive Vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza addressed the assembly. Mendoza quickly reviewed the agenda for this convention, then followed with a review of the minutes from the 91st convention in Jakarta, Indonesia. Minutes were then reviewed from the directory meeting in Playa Bonita, Panama, held this past August, 2013.

A “pop quiz” was given to test the delegates’ knowledge of WBA history as far as title fights go. The top two scores went to yours truly and referee Luis Pabón.

The new design of the WBA website was then unveiled. Several new features include an event calendar, rankings, master scorecards from WBA title fights, a video gallery and integration of social network commentary. The new site will launch this week during the convention. (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Announcement

Writer George Willis Ring 8 Meeting’s Guest Speaker

2013 award winners selected

Award-winning New York Post sports columnist and author, George Willis, will be a special guest speaker at Tuesday’s (Oct. 15 starting at 7 p.m. / ET) 7 p.m. ET) Ring 8 monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.

Willis is one of the most highly-respected boxing writers in the industry. He is also a former journalist with the New York Times, Newsday and the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee. (more…)



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

ESPN’s “No Mas: Leonard vs. Duran” documentar will debut on ESPN Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 PM ET.

Victor Ortiz will face Carlos Molina on the stacked Dec. 14 Golden Boy card in Las Vegas. More

Dereck Chisora is talking “Klitschko” after a European title defense against Arnold Gjergjaj. More

Does Anthony Joshua have what it takes to be the next big boxing star? More



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

Austin Trout training in Houston for Lara Fight

Austin Trout has landed today in Houston, Texas to begin training for his fight against Erislandy Lara. Trout vs. Lara will on be the undercard of the Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight on December 7th in Brooklyn, NY. Austin is looking to get back on the winning track after losing a decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez earlier this year in San Antonio, Texas. Trout is originally from El Paso, Texas, but now resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico.



October 15th, 2013

Boxing News

IBO Officials for Caparello-Green

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (17-0-1, 6 KOs) will challenge Allan Green (32-4, 22 KOs) for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Thursday. Officials who have been appointed to work the IBO title bout are referee Phil Austin (Australia), judges Dave Moretti (USA), Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines) and Adam Height (Australia). IBO Supervisor is Frank Hadley (Australia).



October 15th, 2013




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