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Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated super middleweight prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision ...

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Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

By Boxing Bob Newman Photo: Bob Newman Until April 15, 2016, barely anyone in the boxing world knew who Mason Menard was- that is, ...

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Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Filipino champ Rene Dacquel successfully retained his OPBF super-flyweight belt when he was trailing on points, badly ...

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Spence KOs Bundu in six

Spence KOs Bundu in six

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Welterweight Errol Spence Jr. blew out Leonard Bundu in six rounds Sunday afternoon in the main ...

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IBF #1 Uzcategui destroys Pena

IBF #1 Uzcategui destroys Pena

Photos: Zanfer Promotions IBF #1 super middleweight contender José "Bolivita" Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Fabiano Pena (18-6-1, ...

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Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Kiko Martinez?

By Miguel Maravilla

Looks like undefeated WBA featherweight super champion and two-division world titlist Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on former world champion Kiko Martinez (34-6, 25 KOs) of Spain in his next fight on Saturday February 20. Sources say the bout will take place in a venue to be determined in Los Angeles. More to come…



January 8th, 2016

WBA

WBA sanctions Ortiz vs. Ustinov

On or about August 26, 2015, the WBA received a request from Golden Boy Promotions to sanction a fight between #7 ranked Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs), from Miami by way of Camaguey, Cuba, and #15 ranked Matias Vidondo (20-2-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant Interim WBA World heavyweight title on October 17, 2015.

In light of Vidondo’s ranking, the WBA Championships Committee issued a notice of the proposed bout to the representatives of ranked heavyweight boxers to determine if there were any objections to the proposed bout.

The WBA received objections from the representatives of three ranked heavyweight fighters. They were Philippe Fondu from Hatton Promotions on behalf of #3 ranked Lucas Browne, Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Promotions on behalf of #6 ranked Bryant Jennings, and Queensberry Promotions on behalf of #7 ranked Alexander Ustinov. (more…)



January 8th, 2016


Boxing News

Photos: Feigenbutz, De Carolis make weight

Photos: Heiko Schmitt

Vincent Feigenbutz 166.8 vs Giovanni De Carolis 167.1
(WBA super middleweight title)

Referee: Gustavo Padilla
Judges: Jean Robert Laine, Pawel Kardyni, Juan Manuel García Reyes

Other weights:
Noel Gevor 199.2 vs. Valery Brudov 198.4
Dereck Chisora 253.5 vs. Andras Csomor 220.5
Alexander Peil 193.1 vs. Ivan Brkljaca 200
Leon Bauer 165.3 vs. Ondrej Marvan 165.3
Stefan Härtel 170.9 vs. Jozsef Racz 170

Venue: Baden Arena, Offenburg, Germany
Promoter: Team Sauerland
TV: RAN

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January 8th, 2016


Boxing News

Linares-Zlaticanin deal reached

The purse bid for the World Boxing Council lightweight championship, scheduled for today, has been cancelled. Golden Boy Promotions representing Jorge Linares (40-3-0, 27 KOs), from Venezuela, and Dibella Entertainment, for number one ranked Dejan Zlaticanin (21-0-0, 14 KOs), from Montenegro, have reached agreement on terms. Further details of this expected clash will be released soon.



January 8th, 2016


Boxing News

Golden Boy announces deal with Tecate

Golden Boy Promotions today announced a new partnership with Mexican beer company Tecate to serve as the main sponsor on Golden Boy Promotions’ twice-monthly boxing series featured on Estrella TV. “Tecate is a leading brand, widely recognized and loved by boxing fans; we are thrilled to have them as our main sponsor for our popular fight series on Estrella TV,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “We have a long history of working with Tecate and look forward to partnering with them once again as we feature the future stars of boxing on Estrellla TV.”

The partnership with Tecate will begin with two previously announced cards. On January 29, Tecate will launch its sponsorship at the LA FIGHT CLUB show featuring Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez taking on Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin. A week later, Tecate will again sponsor the February 5 event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino featuring the grand return of Randy “El Matador” Caballero taking on Mexico’s Ruben Garcia.



January 8th, 2016

UFC

Benavidez, Makovsky to clash at UFC 196

Top flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez will kick off 2016 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 6, as he risks his number one ranking against the No. 8-ranked Zach Makovsky in UFC 196 action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Berlin

Photos: Team SES / Pollex – P. Gercke

Michael Wallisch 241 vs. Ivica Bacurin 210
(WBO European heavyweight title)

Jan Meiser 156.3 vs. Szabolcs Szabo 155.2
Robin Krasniqi 168.8 vs. Cagri Ermis 169.5
Agit Kabayel 235 vs. Lawrence Tauasa 268
Leon Harth 198.8 vs. Vladimir Idranyi 192.4
Dario Socci 151.8 vs. Mariusz Biskupski 155
Nenad Pagonis 200 vs. George Ubah 195.7?
Fabiana Bytyqi 105.3 vs. Claudia Ferenczi 110.6

Venue: Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: SES/POLLEX
TV: SAT.1 (Germany)

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January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

2016 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductees to be named tomorrow

Tomorrow (January 9) will the 6th Annual Open House and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame announcement of the Class of 2016 at SJC Boxing in Fort Myers, Florida. The festivites will go from noon until 5PM with the official announcement of the new inductees at 3PM. We’re told that more Hall of Famers and special VIP’s than ever before will be on hand to meet the public, pose for pictures and sign autographs. There will also be a tribute and ten count for Howard Davis Jr. Bob Alexander will be the MC. The event is totally free to the public.



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Randall Bailey a free agent, targets welter contenders

Photo: Team Bailey

Former two-division, three-time world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) recently obtained a release from AK Promotions and is now officially a free agent. Randall is the current WBO Asia Pacific welterweight champion and rated #10 in the current WBO world rankings. At 41, he still possesses devastating one-punch knockout power and is gearing up for a fourth world title to put a bow on his successful 20-year career. According to Bailey’s manager Peter Kahn, not one of the top ten rated fighters in any of the sanctioning bodies will fight him.

“He is calling out every welterweight in the top ten to step up and fight,” said Kahn. “If not, get out of the way and let him move down the list until he’s the mandatory. He has paid his dues. He has earned his right at this point in his career to not be held up because no one wants to fight him.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Martinez-Salido 3 Update

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

WBO 130b champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez says that his third fight with Orlando “Siri” Salido will be on March 12 and he’ll know all the details when he meets with his promoter Peter Rivera today. “For me, this fight will be in Puerto Rico. I am the champion. It has to be here,” said Martinez.

Salido, however, indicated vis Twitter that he doesn’t want to fight Martinez for the third time in Puerto Rico. “You are afraid to leave the island. I regarded as you man but I see you are a chicken,” said Salido.

Martinez stated, “I replied that you came twice to Puerto Rico and won. What is the fear? My job is to fight. I hope that it’s in Puerto Rico. I am the champion.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

“Pantera” Saguilan wants big fights in 2016

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo


By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #6 lightweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (36-5-1, 13 KOs) plans to step it up in 2016. With a nine-fight winning streak, the color Saguilan wants to bring his gloves outside Mexico for the first time and take on the best international opponents.

“My promoter Promociones del Pueblo supports my intentions to excel beyond Mexican borders, to go in search of the best fighters in the world at lightweight and demonstrate that I’m better than anyone,” said Saguilan. “Now I’m going through a very good period in my personal and professional life, and that’s key to growing my career. I’m focused on moving forward in the rankings and for that I should fight the best and I’m willing to do so. This is the time to show who the ‘Pantera’ is.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton-Quigg on British PPV

Sky Sports Box Office will show the eagerly anticipated super-bantamweight unification world title fight between two of Britain’s undefeated champions, Carl Frampton MBE and Scott Quigg. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes for the must-see event at the Manchester Arena on Saturday February 27. Someone’s perfect record will go as the long-awaited clash between Frampton the IBF champion and Quigg the WBA belt holder will finally determine the number one domestic boxer in the division.

Carl Frampton: “I am delighted to be headlining this massive Sky Sports Box Office event on February 27 at Manchester Arena. This fight has been in the making for years, it’s finally happening and I’m going to deliver the performance of my career and win in style.”

Scott Quigg: “This is going to be the biggest fight of the year and I am delighted that it’s heading to Sky Sports Box Office. The build-up is going to be huge and will get tenser as we get close to February 27 – but I am totally focused on the job in hand. Everything I have done in my career has led to this fight, I know I’m better than Carl in every department. I’ve got the tools to beat him and beat him convincingly.”



January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Introducing the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Boxing legend Carl Froch is to deliver a knockout blow – when he lines up in AYR.

PH sportsmen laud ‘Pacman’

There may be up to 20 world heavyweight fights in 2016 as the elite division plumbs new depths



January 8th, 2016

UFC

Woodley makes case for welterweight title shot

Even before Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit stepped into the Octagon and co-wrote an instant classic at UFC 195, Tyron Woodley knew the title shot he had been promised last fall had the possibility of being rescinded . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Weights/photos from “Brad Snyder, The Undercard

Willie Fortune 164.6 vs. Jeremy Marts 161.6
Darryl Cunningham 159.4 vs. Chris Grays 158
Winfred Harris, Jr 157 vs. Chris Tickle 160
John Chalbeck 155.6 vs. Keith Bullock 158.4
Clarence Dubose 186 vs. Michael Shipp 190.8
Alejandro Hernandez 155 vs. Antoine Elerson 152
Josh Parisian 293 vs. Ryan Pokryfky 261
Antoine Blassingame 156.2 vs. Rogelio Ramos 154.8
Ed Latimore 225 vs. Willis Lockett (will weigh in at event)

Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre
Doors: 7 PM First Bout: 8 PM

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January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Garcia-Guerrero: Puerto Rico vs. Mexico?

By Karl Freitag

Coming not long after the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, the legendary boxing rivalry was mentioned again in connection with the January 23 clash between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Garcia (from Philadelphia) downplayed the angle, while Guerrero (from Gilroy, California) embraced it during a conference call Thursday to promote the fight.

Danny Garcia: I represent all Latinos, a lot of Latin Americans and things like that, a lot of Mexican Americans, a lot of American Puerto Ricans, I feel that if you’re born in America and you’re Latino, I think it’s all the same.

Robert Guerrero: Mexicans want to be better than Puerto Ricans in the game, and you know what? In my honest opinion, Mexicans are better in the game, so you know what? It’s time to come out and show the world what I still got left and what I can do.



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Feigenbutz-De Carolis Final Press Conference

Photo: Team Sauerland

Photo: Team Sauerland


On Saturday night, WBA interim super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) and Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) renew their rivalry at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany, this time with the full WBA world 168lb title on the line. Feigenbutz holds the advantage, having scored a controversial hometown points victory over De Carolis in their first encounter, but despite his previous success, the 20-year-old from Karlsruhe is keen to provide a more conclusive finish to their world title rematch.

Vincent Feigenbutz: We’ve not changed much in training, but this time I’m fully fit and will be able utilize all my power. I will be curious to see if Giovanni can withstand my punches. Of course, my main objective is to win and be crowned world champion, but a knockout would be the icing on top!

Feigenbutz trainer Hansi Brenner: 2000 years after the ‘Battle of the Teutoburg Forest,’ we have the ‘Battle of the Black Forest.’ Just as the Germans destroyed the Roman legions, Vincent will destroy Giovanni on Saturday night.

Giovanni De Carolis: History may repeat itself – but not in the way Vincent and his team imagine. My form is outstanding, as Vincent will find out, and I’m ready for whatever he has to offer. I not only have Rome behind me, but the whole of Italy, and I will repay their support, by bringing the WBA world title home.



January 7th, 2016

UFC

Nakisa Bidarian Named New UFC Chief Financial Officer

UFC today announced Nakisa Bidarian as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer effective January 4, 2016. Formerly UFC’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Ventures, Bidarian will now focus on key financial initiatives, strategic goals, and supporting the organization’s overall growth by guiding business decisions and analyzing their financial components . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Javier Molina: I will go out and get that victory

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo


By Miguel Maravilla

2008 U.S. Olympian welterweight Javier “El Intocable” Molina (17-1, 8 KOs) of Norwalk, California returns to the ring when he takes on undefeated welterweight prospect Jamal James (18-0, 9 KOs) on Tuesday January 19 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on the Fox Sports 1 PBC Toe to Toe Tuesday. We caught up with Molina, who is in the final preparations of training camp. “I’ll be headlining Toe To Toe Tuesdays at the Club Nokia against Jamal James. I’m excited that I get to fight here in front of my family and friends against a good undefeated fighter,” Javier Molina told Fightnews.com®.

Molina has been preparing at the Maywood Boxing Club in the Maywood, California just a few miles south of Los Angeles. Training camp has also consisted of strength and conditioning with Molina working out on the track on the campus of Cal State Long Beach University as he prepares for James. “Training has been good. I have been in camp for ten weeks, sparring is good. We are two weeks away and ready to go,” Molina said. “My conditioning is good, I am going ten to twelve rounds sparring.” (more…)



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Wallisch-Bacurin Public Workout

Photos: Team SES / P. Grecke

WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch and his opponent Ivica Bacurin, Jan Meiser and Robin Krasniqi took the opportunity to entertain Berlin boxing fans at the Potsdam Platz Shopping Arcade with some training sessions some final pad work with their trainers. The boxers also posed for countless photos and conducted interviews with the Berlin media.

The official weigh-in will take place on Friday (2PM) at the same place for Saturday’s SAT.1-televised card at the Maritim Hotel Berlin.

Wallisch (15-0, 10 KOs) defends his WBO European belt against Bacurin (23-8-1, 13 KOs) in the main event, Meiser (10-0, 5 KOs) defends his WBO middleweight “junior” title against Szabolcs Szabo (10-2-1, 4 KOs) and two-time light heavyweight title challenger Krasniqi (44-4, 17 KOs), now campaigning at super middleweight where he’s rated #12, will face Cagri Ermis (18-9-2, 5 KOs).

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January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

EBU demotes BDB (German Boxing Commission) for Teper coverup

Due to matters concerning European Boxing Union championship contests which have taken place in Germany under the auspices of the BDB (Bund Deutscher Berufboxer), specifically the failed drug test and suspension of EBU heavyweight champion Erkan Teper which were never relayed to the EBU, the organization has found it necessary to take action.

Therefore the council members of the EBU, with the exemption of the German representative, have agreed on the proposal of the president to no longer consider the BDB as a FULL MEMBER but as a PROVISIONAL MEMBER until the next EBU General Meeting, when a final decision will be taken.



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

IBF Official Ces Perkins passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Respected IBF Australian official and boxing historian Ces Perkins has passed away in Newcastle, NSW, Australia after a long illness. Ces boxed as a featherweight during the 1950s and became judge working fights in the state of New South Wales starting in 1986. He worked in bouts featuring Australia’s most outstanding boxers which included Guy Waters, Anthony Mundine, Kostya Tszyu, Vic Darchinyan, Paul Briggs, Sakio Bika, Daniel Geale, Nedal Hussein, Lovemore Ndou and Gairy St Claire. (more…)



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Szpilka talks Wilder: I want my place in boxing history

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Team Szpilka

“I just want a good referee who will pay attention to Wilder’s dirty tricks – like hitting behind the head, holding. I truly believe that everybody watching on Showtime or at Barclays Center will know who is a better fighter. I don’t care about what I cannot control. I believe only in my skills. Me vs. him,” said Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO) in a Fightnews.com® interview. “The Pin” will be challenging WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) on January 16 at Barclays Center, televised live on Showtime.

When I recently spoke with your US promoter, Leon Margules, he said, “Artur Szpilka is crazy enough and has a heart big enough to be crowned the new heavyweight world champion on January 16. Sometimes you have to forget about stats or bookies’ favorites. In the ring you’re alone. You can achieve anything.”

Artur Szpilka: He’s right. My confidence is rising every day, I watch Deontay fights every day. I won’t talk about Wilder’s weaknesses – just his strengths. We all know he’s strong, powerful, with long reach…but so what? I’m working too hard to not believe in myself. It’s not even about becoming a heavyweight world champion – more about changing history, becoming first Polish heavyweight champion. So, one day, when I am long gone, somebody will say ‘Artur Szpilka, the man who was first Polish heavyweight champ.’ This is very important to me. (more…)



January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Haye-de Mori fight to be shown free in the UK

Legend John “The Beast” Mugabi returns home after 28 years

Tony Bellew talks about “Creed”

The year of Deontay Wllder



January 7th, 2016

UFC

EA Sports UFC 2 to be released on March 15

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 launches on March 15, 2016 in North America, and March 17, 2016 worldwide. In addition to the announcement, EA released a cinematic trailer for EA SPORTS UFC 2 featuring some of the biggest moments from recent bouts, showcasing authentic gameplay features, and highlighting new character visuals and signature animations. The trailer opens on EA SPORTS UFC 2 cover athlete and UFC® featherweight champion, Conor McGregor showing fans the all-new Knockout Physics System in his championship fight at UFC® 194. From there, fans will see Dynamic Grappling, and Next-Level Submissions while reliving some of the heart-stopping moments from recent fights, and speculating what could happen in upcoming contests . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder-Szpilka heating up

By Karl Freitag

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and challenger Artur Szpilka spoke to reporters about their upcoming world title fight taking place on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Deontay Wilder: I’m ready to fight. I didn’t need that last week of training, I didn’t need that last week of strength training. These guys could have went home. If I wasn’t paying my sparring partners, I would have sent them home. But I don’t believe in giving out free money so they had to stay and they had to spar. Not to the point that they did’t give me no work because they gave me great work. I am SUPER ready!

Artur Szpilka: I’m ready to step into the ring and I also like to fight taller fighters…for now whatever Deontay is saying makes no sense. I don’t believe in his words and I’ll be able to prove it in the ring on the 16th. For now it’s just talk.

Also on the call were unbeaten heavyweight contenders Charles Martin and Vyacheslav Glazkov, who meet for the vacant IBF title in the co-feature.

Charles Martin: I want all the hardware. Look out for Prince Charles Martin. I’m here to make a statement…he’s a little guy, I’m massive, strong, powerful, elusive.

Vyacheslav Glazkov: It’s going to be very interesting because all the titles are getting split up, there’s going to be more champions and that’s what the fans always like because for so many years you can count like one person, Klitschkos, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to be happening and changing in the heavyweight division.



January 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford-Lundy, Verdejo-Silva collide Feb 27 on HBO

It’s official. Undefeated superstar Terence “Bud” Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), of Omaha, the 2014 Fighter of the Year and a two-division world champion, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world title against Top-10 contender Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, February 27 at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Also Puerto Rican superstar Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be risking his WBO Latino lightweight title, Top-Five world ranking and his impending world title shot when he takes on William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs), of São Paulo, Brasil, in a battle of undefeated contenders.

Both fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.



January 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Feigenbutz-De Carolis public workout

Photo: Team Sauerland

Photo: Team Sauerland


WBA interin super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) and his opponent Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) both performed a public workout today ahead of their clash vacant WBA regular world super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany. In front of close to 800 spectators at the famous Europa-Park Amusement Centre in the town of Rust, the battling super middleweights took to the ring to give fans an indication of what they can expect from their world championship rematch.

“The time for talking is almost over,” said the 20 year-old Feiegnbutz, who can become Germany’s youngest ever world champion with a second victory over De Carolis. “Now, I must show everybody what I can do in the ring! I’m 100% fit, and I promise the fans a better performance on Saturday night than they saw in our first fight. There is a lot of the line, and I will do everything I can to be crowned world champion.” (more…)



January 6th, 2016

Boxing News

German Boxing Buzz

By Karl Freitag

Unbeaten German heavyweight Agit Kabayel (13-0, 10 KOs) will face Australian Laurence Tauasa (35-9-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night’s SES Boxing card in Berlin. The card is headlined by WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch (15-0, 10 KOs) against late sub Ivica Bacurin (23-8-1, 13 KOs).

In December, it was announced that unbeaten 23-year-old German super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs) would be trained by veteran Ulli Wegner, but apparently it didn’t work out. Zeuge has now joined the camp of WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer in Schwerin. Promoter Team Sauerland is hoping Zeuge, who is currently rated #11 by both the IBF and WBO, will be the heir apparent for current WBO super middleweight king Arthur Abraham. Whether Brähmer will be in Zeuge’s corner remains to be seen, but Jürgen seems to like what he sees. “Tyron has incredible potential,” stated the 37-year-old Brähmer. “I’m convinced of this in every training session. If he stays focused and works diligently, then it all doors are open at super middleweight.”

On Tuesday, the WBO will hold a purse bid for the world title clash between champion Arthur Abraham and unbeaten #1 rated mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez. That bout will likely land in the U.S.



January 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks two hot prospects

Golden Boy Promotions has added undefeated WBC Interim Latino and WBA Fedecentro welterweight beltholder Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (14-0, 11 KOs) of Lynn, Massachusetts and amateur light heavyweight star Niko “Baby Face” Valdes of Miami, Florida to its stable of fighters. Ellis trained with Canelo Alvarez as a sparring partner in preparation for his November 21 super fight against Miguel Cotto. Valdez won the Florida Golden Gloves state championship four times and claimed bronze at the National Golden Gloves in 2014 at 178 lbs.

“Golden Boy Promotions is kicking off the New Year by adding new, top talent to our stable with Rashidi Ellis and Niko Valdes,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “We are committed to developing top talent to become boxing’s future champions, and will look to do just that with the addition of Ellis and Valdes to the Golden Boy family.”



January 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye vows to knock out de Mori

Below quotes from former heavyweight champion David Haye ahead of his appearance on the new series of The Clare Balding show which airs Thursday at 8pm on BT Sport 1.

On coming back to boxing
Yes, since I was a kid I said I wanted to be the heavyweight champion of the world and I did that by beating a big massive giant guy. En route to doing that I won the undisputed cruiserweight champion, the weight below heavyweight, because I’m not the biggest guy, I won all the world title belts at that and then went up and fought the really big guys but I still feel I have more to give. Although I have achieved my goal which was to be the heavyweight champion, I want to do it again and I want to win all the belts. A lot of boxers come back after a loss but my last fight was a victory and the only reason I have been out for so long is because I’ve had injury so I’ve been really unfortunate in the injury department so I’m healthy now and I want to get back in there and crack on. (more…)



January 6th, 2016

UFC

Ronda Rousey To Host SNL on Jan. 23

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make history once again on Jan. 23, as she hosts Saturday Night Live in New York City . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 6th, 2016

Boxing News

“Dave” lands David Haye comeback fight

UKTV has landed the exclusive UK rights for former boxing world champion David Haye’s long-awaited comeback fight. The match will be shown on UKTV’s flagship free-to-air entertainment channel “Dave” live from the O2 on Saturday 16 January at 9pm.

David Haye, the former world champion in two different weight categories, is returning to professional boxing with a heavyweight bout against Australia’s Mark De Mori. Haye’s comeback fight will be his first since defeating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park over three years ago and sees Haye take on a top 10 WBA ranked heavyweight in De Mori, who boasts a record of 30 wins (26 KOs), and only one defeat, since turning pro in 2004. De Mori is undefeated since September 2004 and most recently claimed a first round knock-out of Germany’s Marcel Zeller in October.

In addition to the live match, Dave is also showing a special half-hour preview show Haye v De Mori: The Countdown, the night before, on Friday 15th January at 8pm featuring the build up to the fight, the story of the preparation and the reason why David wants to stage a comeback.

Live Boxing: David Haye v Mark De Mori (TBC) will be shown live from the O2 and has been ordered by UKTV director of commissioning Richard Watsham and Dave general manager Steve North. The two-hour special (9pm – 11pm) will include highlights from the day’s boxing at the O2, live music performances and live studio discussions plus all the action from the ringside.



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Since his loss to South Africa’s hard-hitting Zolani Tete, Butler has returned with a bang with three knockouts wins, his latest coming against Silvio Olteanu at the Manchester Arena in December. (more…)



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