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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a ...

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 heavyweight Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32KO) kept ...

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

By Rocky Morales at ringside Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions In a hard fought IBF welterweight championship bout, Kell "The Special ...

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KO), by way of unanimous ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title,

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

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Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 2 Press Conference Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla and Robert Hough
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) hosted a press conference Tuesday at The Beverly Hills Hotel to announce their eagerly-anticipated WBO welterweight championship rematch, which will also be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012. Joining Pacquiao and Bradley were their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Manny Pacquiao: One thing I can assure, this fight is going to be a good fight. Both of us we have something to prove for this fight. I respect Bradley, he’s a nice guy also. He’s improved his boxing ability a lot since the last fight that we had and he proved that in the Marquez fight and in the Ruslan fight. I think this coming April 12 is going to be a good fight and more action in the ring. Of course we don’t know who’s going to win. Only God knows what’s going to happen tomorrow, so what we’re going to do is train hard and be in 100% condition. I’m really thankful to God that I have another chance to fight with aggressiveness and have my strength back like I what I did in the last fight with Rios. I assure that you’ll see the young, aggressive Manny Pacquiao on April 12th.

Timothy Bradley: This fight’s definitely bigger than the first one…I feel deeply in my heart that I won the first fight and I know everybody out here don’t feel I won the fight. I didn’t get any credit for the first fight so this fight is basically redemption for me. I’m going to beat Manny Pacquiao to get the credit I didn’t get in the first fight and that’s the bottom line. Manny said he’s going to be the fierce Manny Pacquiao from before when he first came on the scene and that’s the Manny Pacquiao I want to see April 12. I want to fight nothing but the best fighters in the world and I prove every time I step out there in the ring that I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I beat everybody that they put in front of me. April 12 is not going to be an easy task, but I feel at the end of the day I will be victorious once again!

Promoter Bob Arum: Promoters always say that a fight is competitive. Anybody who listens to what promoters say and believes it has got to be out of their mind, but to judge a fight as to whether it’s competitive or not there’s only one true test. And that’s the sportsbooks in Nevada, in Las Vegas. And those sportsbooks have this fight as close to an even money fight as possible. So the people who really stand to profit or lose based on the outcome of the fight have made this fight a virtual pick ‘em fight and that I think sends volumes to everyone….We’re very proud of the pay-per-view undercard for the 10% of the viewers who watch the undercard, you’re the great boxing fans because you watch all the fights.

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February 4th, 2014



UFC

UFC joins the support for fighters study

Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), today joined with Top Rank President Todd duBoef, SpikeTV President (Bellator/Glory) Kevin Kay, and Bernard Hopkins representing Golden Boy Enterprises CEO Richard Schaefer at a United States Capitol press conference, along with Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John McCain (R-AZ) to ensure research continues in a landmark study for professional fighters at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Pacquiao-Bradley 2

Undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will defend his WBO welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, priced at $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150, go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. There will be a total ticket limit of 12 per person with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,000, $800, $600, $400 and $250 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $150 price level. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Martirosyan vs Cuello March 21 at Morongo

Recently signed former world title challenger Vanes ‘The Nightmare” Martirosyan will head back home to fight in front of his hometown fans on Friday, March 21 in a 10-round super welterweight clash against upset minded Argentinian veteran Luciano Cuello in the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, it was announced today by Goossen Tutor Promotions.

“Vanes said he’s ready to go and we’re wasting no time,” said Dan Goossen, President and Founder of Goossen Tutor Promotions of his charge. “We’re excited to give boxing fans in Southern California and those watching on ESPN an opportunity to see Vanes come ‘Homeward Bound’ at Morongo against a very tough and experienced fighter in Cuello. There is a lot to gain for both fighters which always brings out the absolute best in them,” said Goossen. (more…)



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Daniel Ponce De Leon says a knockout against Juanma is “a must”

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: German Villasenor/Team Ponce De Leon

Former two-division world champion Mexican slugger Daniel Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KOs) will get a shot at redemption when he takes on former world champion Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) in a rematch on Saturday March 15 live on Showtime Extreme Boxing from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. We caught up with Ponce De Leon at his gym the Ponce De Leon Boxing Club in Montebello, California as he begins preparations for the rematch with Lopez. “We met back in 2008 and he beat me so now I look forward to the rematch,” Ponce De Leon told Fightnews.com

The first fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and Ponce came in with a 34-1 record as he was defending his WBO super bantamweight title for the eighth time. The young and at the time inexperienced Juanma Lopez stepped in to the ring to with a 21-0 record to face the Mexican slugger. The result was a first round TKO as Lopez rocked Ponce De Leon sending him twice to the canvas and the referee stopped the fight.

“Fights are always different. It was my eight defense. I was too overconfident heading into the fight and he caught we cold in the first round but that fight is in the past,” Ponce said. “I had a different team, manager and trainer then later on I made some changes.” (more…)



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Leapai confident of knocking out Klitschko



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Brähmer to defend against “giant” Maccarinelli

Photo: Sauerland Event

It’s official. WBA light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brähmer (42-2, 31 KOs) will defend his title against former WBO cruiser champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs) on April 5 in the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. The 6’4 Maccarinelli is nearly 5 inches taller than Brähmer,

Jurgen Brähmer: “Size doesn’t necessarily matter. The belt stays in Germany!”

Enzo Maccarinelli: “This is a great opportunity for me and I will bring the title to Wales.”



February 4th, 2014

UFC

UFC and Toyo Tires to extend partnership

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires) have announced their partnership will continue for a seventh and eighth year, running through 2015. The extended partnership provides Toyo Tires with more exposure than ever before across UFC’s platforms including branding inside the Octagon® for two live FOX events and during the new season of The Ultimate Fighter® (TUF) Nations airing on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao Bradley Faceoff

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Max Kellerman, host of the HBO Boxing show “Faceoff With Max Kellerman” talks with superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley during filming in Hollywood, Monday night. Both fighters will announce their eagerly-anticipated rematch during a two-city media tour that will include press conference stops in Los Angeles on Tuesday and New York on Thursday. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik is expected to enter a plea in a theft case filed last September. More

Update on “Bleed For This,” the film in the works on former champ Vinny Paz: More

Boxing returns to the University of Wisconsin after a 54-year ban. More

“I’m the most dangerous fighter on the planet,” says heavyweight Tyson Fury. More
 



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Danny Garcia hits Puerto Rico

Photo and video PRBBP/Xavier Garcia

WBA/WBC super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia arrived today in Puerto Rico, where he will be part of the press conference to formalize his next title defense against Mauricio Herrera on Saturday, March 15, at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, in a Golden Boy Promotions and Swift Promotions presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions Promotions (PRBBP), which will air on Showtime. Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs), came with his father and trainer Angel Garcia. Garcia’s fight against Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) will be his WBC fifth title defense and WBA fourth defense.



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis opponent named

Former world champion Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-6, 23 KOs) will make his much anticipated return to the ring against tough Indonesian Eddy Comaro (27-17-5, 11 KOs) when he headlines “Smithy Brings the Big fights 6″ on March 14 at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Katsidis will step into the ring for the first time in almost two years and says he is very excited to do it in his hometown of Toowoomba.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said Katsidis. “It has been eight years since I last fought in Toowoomba and I am very excited to have this fight in my hometown in front of my friends and family. I know Eddy is a tough, strong and experienced fighter but I am training hard and I will be ready to put on a great show and make it a successful night.” (more…)



February 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Knockout reality TV show wraps up in Las Vegas

Filming for NUVO TV’s new reality boxing series, Knockout finished up on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas. The series will begin to air in April and will culminate with a fight card in Las Vegas in May. The show stars world class trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr, Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah as they compete with fighters in the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight class. Knockout had numerous appearances by some of the sport’s best fighters. The series premiere is scheduled for early April.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Pacman-Bradley commercial shoot

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley greet each other during a commercial shoot in Beverly Hills Monday. Both fighters will announce their eagerly-anticipated rematch during a two-city media tour that will include press conference stops in Los Angeles on Tuesday and New York on Thursday. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. photos



February 3rd, 2014

UFC

UFC on FOX 11: Cowboy and Barboza clash in Orlando

The April 19 UFC on FOX event in Orlando just got a dose of explosive lightweight action, as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has verbally agreed to face Muay Thai master Edson Barboza in what promises to be a Fight of the Year candidate.

Cerrone recently set a Zuffa record with his first round knockout of Adriano Martins on January 25 that marked his 13th UFC / WEC fight night bonus. Brazil’s Barboza has bolstered his bank account with his performances as well, picking up five UFC bonuses in his eight Octagon bouts.
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February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

DeGale to face Khatchikian next

Super middleweight James DeGale (17-1, 11 KOs) vows undefeated Gevorg Khatchikian (20-0, 8 KOs) is “in big trouble” when they clash at the City Academy, Bristol, on March 1st. WBC Silver beltholder DeGale, defends his title against the former IBO Youth champion and is promising “an aggressive” performance when they meet in the ring. “I’ve heard Bristol people are passionate about their boxing, they’ve had a couple of good fighters over the years, so it should be good, I’m looking forward to it,” the 2008 Olympic champion, DeGale, said. “You’re going to see a lot more power, a lot more spite – an aggressive me and you’ll see a good finish – he’s (Khatchikian) in trouble, trust me.”

James meets Netherlands-based fighter Khatchikian ahead of his WBC sanctioned final eliminator against Mayweather Promotions fighter Badou Jack, for the mandatory position for Sakio Bika’s coveted WBC World super middleweight title. (more…)



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Wladimir Klitschko, Alex Leapai Quotes

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against WBO #1 and mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (Australia) at the König-Pilsener-Arena Oberhausen, Germany on April 26. Last November the 34-year-old Leapai became a boxing sensation when he beat undefeated Denis Boytsov, the great heavyweight hope and No. 1 of the WBO world rankings. Leapai won a unanimous decision dominating Boytsov over 12 rounds and knocking him down twice in the process. As a result of this victory the WBO appointed Leapai the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko.

Wladimir Klitschko: It impressed me how Alex Leapai dominated Boytsov. He has shown strong punching power and a lot of heart. But moreover, that he can take a punch and feels confident in the role of the underdog. I will be very focused and prepare myself 100 per cent as always and will look forward to this next challenge.

Alex Leapai: People talk about how great Wladimir is and the 61 victories he has had in his career. I on the other hand think of the fact that he has been comprehensively kayoed 3 times by people who cannot punch nearly as hard as me. I will break Wladimir and it will not be my hardest fight.

Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group (KMG): We have good memories in this arena, both Wladimir and Vitali have already fought there twice and were always victorious. Each time there was a great atmosphere in this outstanding arena.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Final count for boxing judge Stephen Epstein

Veteran boxing judge Stephen Epstein, 58 of Cromwell, CT, passed away peacefully surrounded by his friends and family last Thursday (Jan. 30) at Yale New Haven Hospital. Epstein judged 30 world title fights, including three in Las Vegas. He was a member of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), as well as a founder and member of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fans invited to Danny Garcia Puerto Rico Presser

Tuesday at the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde Carolina, Puerto Rico, unified super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, challenger Mauricio Herrera, former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon will host a press conference to officially announce their upcoming fights on March 15 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The March 15 event marks the first time Danny Garcia will fight in Puerto Rico. The press conference is open to the public and begins at noon. Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $75, $150, $200 and $400, and are on sale now at www.tcpr.com or by calling 787-792-5000.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Mayorga to begin comeback in Rhode Island

Sticking to its promise of bringing bigger, bolder main events to its loyal fan base in 2014, Classic Entertainment & Sports will kick off its Twin River Fight Series with former two-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) taking on Raul “El Toro” Munoz (22-16-1, 16 KOs) in the eight-round super middleweight main event on February 21.

The card also features the homecoming of Providence native undefeated super featherweight prospect Toka Kahn (9-0, 6 KOs), a former highly-decorated amateur and now fighting under the promotional guidance of Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing. Kahn will fight in his hometown for the first time since 2012 in a six-round bout. (more…)



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez dies in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Monday afternoon near 1:50 PM, Mexican featherweight boxer Oscar Gonzalez passed away after his knockout loss last Saturday at the Polanco Forum in Mexico City against Jesus Galicia. Gonzalez was rushed to the hospital where he was in intensive care and diagnosed with brain death. Gonzalez had vital signs, but little brain activity after the last medical report issued on Sunday night. Canelo Promotions president Eddy Reynoso confirmed the death of Gonzalez to Fightnews.com by telephone and greatly regret this loss for boxing. “Boxing is very hard when it claims lives but also helps to save lives. At this point we must be united and in solidarity,” said Reynoso. Gonzalez had a record of 23-2 with 14 knockouts and before this fight had never been knocked out.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Allakhverdiev ready for Vargas

By Nikita Lukyanov/BoxKO.ru

WBA and IBO light welterweight world champion Khabib Allakhverdiev went to the USA to prepare for the bout with undefeated American Jessie Vargas that will take place on the April 12 Pacquiao-Bradley card in Las Vegas. 31-year-old Khabib will start training in Albuquerque where he was invited by Rustam Khabilov, his friend from UFC. The final part of preparation program will be carried by John David Jackson in Las Vegas. Before leaving Allakhverdiev held a press briefing and open training sessions. “I do understand that this title fight is very important both for me and Vargas,” he said. “He is a very serious contender, and I am highly concentrated at preparation to the bout. I have already watched his latest fights and have an idea of my opponent. We will analyze Vargas’s techniques during the USA training camp, and will try to find similar sparing partners. We will start from his strengths and then move to verifying his weaknesses.”



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Report says George Groves has asked BBB of C to change his loss to Froch into a No Contest

By James Slater

According to an exclusive news story/interview on Sportsvibe, George Groves has asked The British Boxing Board of Control to change his controversial 9th-round TKO loss to Carl Froch to a No Contest. This is after Groves launched a successful appeal with The IBF, getting the organization to order Froch to face him in in immediate return fight or risk being stripped of the IBF belt.

“It’s really important to me that the Froch fight is declared a No Contest,” Groves said to Sportvibe’s Ian Stafford. “I’ve never had a loss against my name before and I have no intention of ever having one in my career. I can’t count my last fight against Froch as a defeat as I clearly don’t accept the result and neither, judging by the fact that they have ordered Froch to fight me next up, do the International Boxing Federation. Only the British Board as the host Board for the previous fight can make that judgement but I’m hoping all the evidence will make them declare it null and void.” (more…)



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

“Confesor” Hernandez returns Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican WBC light flyweight world champion Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (28-2-1, 17 KOs) has closed his training at the famous Gimnasio Nuevo Jordan in Mexico City and is now making final preparations for his fourth defense on Saturday against challenger Janiel Rivera (10-1-2, 6 KOs) in Huixquilucan in Mexico State. The 23-year-old Rivera is the first Puerto Rican hope for a world title this year. Currently the country is without any world champions.

In the co-feature, WBC bantamweight silver beltholder Julio “Pollito” Ceja goes against Saul “Baby” Juarez and WBA female bantamweight champion Irma “Torbellino” Garcia also defends.

The card is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and will be televised by Televisa in Mexico.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Ruben Gomez/Team Vazquez

IBF lightweight champion Miguel “El Titere” (The Puppet) Vazquez took time out after his Friday workout in Los Angeles to speak with Fightnews about his long awaited return to the ring, in Macau, China, February 22.

Miguel, thanks for taking time out from your lunch to talk with Fightnews.com. First of all, how is training going for this fight?

Thank you for the interview. Everything is going fine. Everything is going very, very well. We’re training very hard. We know we’ve got a very hard fight ahead of us, a very dangerous fighter. So we’re training extra hard so we can be 300% ready.

Speaking of your fight with Denis Shafikov, what do you think of what you’ve seen of him?

I know I’m up against a very, very tough fighter. I’ve seen his videos and I had the opportunity to spar with him. He’s very, very strong. Good defense. But he’s not invincible and I’ve trained to beat him. (more…)



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Floyd: I’m going to let the fans vote

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February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko-Leapai on April 26 in Germany

The Klitschko camp has just announced that it’s a done deal. Wladimir Klitschko signed today to fight WBO #1 Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany, on April 26. Leapai trainer Noel Thornberry announced that Leapai will sign tomorrow morning at 10am in Brisbane.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Suleymanov ready for FNF Clash with Morales

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Photo: Brandon Luis

World ranked bantamweight Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6 KOs) is ripped and ready ahead of his showdown next month with unbeaten Roman Morales (17-0, 9 KOs). The two will square off March 7th on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights in a bantamweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Suleymanov, managed by Journeyman management is in the midst of a rigorous training camp in Southern California headed by his trainer Phil Paolina. The bout site initially reported on Fightnews to be in the state of Washington has now been moved to the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California.



February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao hits LA

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives at Los Angeles International Airport, Sunday night from the Philippines to announce his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao and Bradley will embark on a two-city media tour that will include press conference stops in Los Angeles on Tuesday and New York on Thursday. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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February 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar Gonzalez Update

Report and photos by Pepe Rodríguez/WBC

Featherweight Oscar Gonzalez suffered a severe brain injury after losing his bout with Jesus Galicia last night at the Polanco Forum of Mexico City. Gonzalez was taken to the hospital after being knocked out in the tenth round by a powerful combination from Galicia. At any moment Oscar’s family will arrive from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, to make a decision. A few minutes ago, Erik “Terrible” Morales came to the hospital to see him. Morales was his manager for many years. photos



February 2nd, 2014

UFC

UFC 169 postfight and bonus recap

UFC president Dana White moderated the UFC 169 post-fight press conference on Super Bowl Eve in Newark. With few finishes on the card, the post-fight bonuses were easy to pick. Lightweight Abel Trujillo took home the $50,000 Knockout of the Night award, and there was no Submission of the Night. Those savings were split between Trujillo and Jamie Varner, who earned an additional $75,000 each for their back-and-forth, two-round Fight of the Night . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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February 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Pacman Lands at LAX Today

Pacman Nation will congregate this evening at Los Angeles International Airport to welcome boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, who arrives on Philippine Airlines flight 102 at 6:40PM PT. Pacquiao is in town for a kickoff press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday to officially begin the buildup toward his April 12 PPV rematch with Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The press tour concludes in New York City on Thursday.



February 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Kimura barely wins vacant Japanese 108lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Japanese light-fly sensation Naoya Inoue, only 20, quickly acquired the OPBF belt in his fifth pro bout after winning the Japanese title in his fourth, and lately renounced the national throne accordingly. In a quest for the vacant Japanese 108-pound belt there happened an elimination bout between the JBC top two contenders fought with #1 Yu Kimura (13-2-1, only 2 KOs), 108, eking out a split decision (96-95 twice and 94-97) over veteran campaigner #2 Kenichi Horikawa (25-13-1, only 4 KOs), 108, over ten lackluster rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. As expected, it became a competitive fight, but against our expectations, it became a lousy foul-studded affair. They seldom connected effective shots but repeated clinches and slip downs time and again.

From this year the JBC experimentally had an interim open scoring system adopted in national title bouts with only the tallies after the fifth round to be announced. It was also taken into practice in the second national title bout of this year, and Kimura was then leading on points: 48-47 twice and 49-46, all for him. (more…)



February 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Pacman-Bradley undercard, next up for Golovkin and Muriqi hangs ‘em up

After his loss to Blake Caparello on ESPN2′s FNF, longtime light heavyweight contender Elvir Muriqi announced his retirement. The 34-year-old “Kosovo Kid” leaves with a record of 40-6 with 24 KOs. The highlight of his career was in 2007 when he nearly beat Antonio Tarver, losing a close majority decision on Showtime.

The April 12 Pacquiao-Bradley undercard is shaping up to look like Ray Beltran against Rocky Martinez in a lightweight clash, WBA super lightweight titleholder Khabib Allakhverdiev defending against Jessie Vargas and WBA interim super featherweight beltholder Bryan Vasquez defending against Jose Felix.

The short list for Gennady Golovkin’s April 26 fight in New York City is James Kirkland, Daniel Geale and Andy Lee.



February 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Sasso Lopez defeats Mikito Soto

Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions

Hot rising Puerto Rican super featherweight prospect Edgardo “Sasso” López (9-0-1, 4 KOs) retained his CABOFE belt winning a unanimous decision over power puncher Miguel “Mikito” Soto (12-2, 12 KOs) in a eight round bout on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico. “Sasso” Lopez dominated “Mikito” Soto from the first bell, connecting perfect jabs and big right hands over Mikito; who had his moments during the fight but “Sasso” was too much. “I said that I was ready for the challenge, we put in practice what we work at training camp. Mikito is tough fighter but we did a great job to beat him,” Sasso said. (more…)



February 2nd, 2014




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