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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

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UniMas Weights from Dallas

UniMas Weights from Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Top Rank Mike Alvarado 147.75 vs. Josh Torres 147.75 Matt Korobov 162.75 vs. Brian Vera 162.4 Erick De Leon 130.25 vs. Carlos ...

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Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

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Thurman and Porter make weight

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UFC

UFC 193 at the scales: Rousey, Holm both 134

UFC 193, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm and the UFC women’s strawweight title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valerie Letourneau, airs live on Pay-Per-View from Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first four prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:15pm ET / 3:15pm PT.

Main Event – UFC women’s bantamweight title
Holly Holm (134) VS Ronda Rousey (134)

Co-Main Event – UFC women’s strawweight title
Valerie Letourneau (115) VS Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114)

Pay-Per-View Main Card
Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (263) VS Mark Hunt (265)
Robert Whittaker (185) VS Uriah Hall (185)
Jared Rosholt (239) VS Stefan Struve (265)

FOX Sports 1 Prelims
Akbarh Arreola (155) VS Jake Matthews (155)
Peter Sobotta (169) VS Kyle Noke (169)
Gian Villante (205) VS Anthony Perosh (205)
Danny Martinez (125) VS Richie Vaculik (125)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Steve Montgomery (185) VS Daniel Kelly (185)
Steve Kennedy (169) VS Richard Walsh (170)
James Moontasri (170) VS Anton Zafir (170)
Ryan Benoit (125) VS Ben Nguyen (126)
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 193 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, November 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Włodarczyk on Shumenov fight: I have to destroy this scared chicken

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m happy to be back in the ring. I’m curious, I want to test myself against the best cruiserweights in the world,” said WBA “interim” cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) after the official announcement of his December 18 fight against former IBF/WBA champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-3, 25 KOs). Diablo’s response? Be careful what you wish for. “I don’t like runners. If I want to fight the best, I have to destroy this scared chicken. It will happen.”

Shumenov-Włodarczyk will be part of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike (Friday 9PM ET/PT) telecast with Barthelemy-Shafikov lightweight title main event. (more…)



November 13th, 2015


Boxing News

‘Zurdo’ Ramirez set for truTV clash in Vegas

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated world ranked Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico is ready to close training camp in Carson, California and head to Las Vegas next Monday for his upcoming fight against Gevorg Khatchikian, of the Netherlands a fight that will take place next Friday, November 20, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

“I am very anxious to get to Las Vegas for fight week, and I am also very excited for the fight next Friday night. I know that fighting in Las Vegas is very important for any boxer and it’s also very important to look good there,” said Ramirez who has being training for the fight at the Rock Gym in Carson, California.

Ramirez will be risking his upcoming world title shot in a 10-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International / North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight title defense against Khatchikian (22-1, 10 KOs) in a fight that will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

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November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

WBO rejects Huck appeal for rematch

WBO Complaint and Grievance Committee has denied an appeal by former world champion Marco Huck over the decision by the WBO World Championship Committee to NOT order an immediate rematch between Huck and Krzysztof Glowacki. The Huck camp says Glowacki was given a long count by referee David Fields when he was dropped in round six. Glowacki eventually stopped Huck in round eleven.



November 13th, 2015


Boxing News

Weights from Comerio, Puerto Rico

Kevin Nieves 135 vs. Miguel Soto 135
Luis Orlando Del Valle 134 vs. Juan Jose Beltran 136
Magdiel Cotto 162 vs. Heriberto Salaman 160
Bryan Chevalier 120 vs. Harold Reyes 120
Yomar Alamo 135 vs. Roberto Rivera 135
Emanuel Rivera 117 vs. Christian Lopez 116
Alfredo Santiago 134 vs. Luis Berrios 135
Meng Fanlong 178 vs. Andre Sawyer 176

Venue: Comerio Auditorium in Comerio Puerto Rico
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions/Roc Nation Sports/H2 Entertainment
TV: Univision Puerto Rico
Doors open 6:00pm/ First Bell 6:30pm

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November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. signs Hanzel Martinez

By David Finger

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions has just announced that super bantamweight contender Hanzel Martinez (22-2, 17 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional agreement. Martinez, who hails from Tijuana, Mexico, is regarded as one of the hottest Mexican bantamweight prospects in the world. He exploded on the scene with nineteen strait victories before losing a heartbreaker to fellow undefeated prospect Alejandro Gonzalez in a fight for the WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight title.

“Hanzel Martinez is a great addition to the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing family,” matchmaker Guy Taylor said of the signing. “Hanzel isn’t your ordinary Mexican fighter who just likes to brawl. He has great athleticism and is very agile in the ring. He can box and has developed great foot work and compliments his one punch KO power.” (more…)



November 13th, 2015

UFC

Don’t Ever Count Mark Hunt Out

Cutting a lot of weight isn’t fun. And it sucks the fight out of you.

Mark Hunt learned that lesson the hard way in his last fight, a fifth-round TKO loss to Stipe Miocic in May. Hunt began his fight camp far too heavy, and after a tough weight cut, he barely made the heavyweight limit, weighing in at 266 pounds . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 193 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, November 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Germany

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Tom Schwarz 234.7 vs. Ilja Mezencev 217.5
(WBO Youth heavyweight title)

Ramona Kühne 129.4 vs. Erika Kalderas 129.6
(WBO female super featherweight title)
Adam Deines 194 vs. Durmus Keklik 194
(German interim Int’l cruiserweight title)
Tom Pahlmann 171.4 vs. Przemyslaw Pikulik 194
Phillip Nsingi 153 vs. Gyula Vaida 153.4
Jurgen Uldedaj 191.3 vs. Mateusz Gatek 195.3
Lucie Sedlackova 124.7 vs. Manuela Zulj 123
Fabiana Bytyqi 104.7 vs. Theodora Bacheva 99

Venue: Anhalt Arena, Dessau, Germany
Promoter: SES
TV: MDR (Germany)

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November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Cantu, Hall fight to a draw in Detroit

By Vic Young at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

Thursday night’s main event at MotorCity Casino in Detroit, MI, featured Pete Canto, Rochester, MI against Eric Hall, Durand, MI competing for the World Nation Boxing Association (WNBA) Junior Welterweight Title. The bout started off with an aggressive Cantu connecting with left hooks to the head and body shots that caused Hall to stay on the defensive throughout the round. Cantu clearly established himself for the first three rounds, as Hall tried to turn on the offense. Hall was able to turn the tide in Round 4 as he landed a straight right jab at the start of the round that clearly affected Cantu. Hall followed that up with a flurry of body shots as the two fighters made for an exciting round that won the crowds’ approval. Hall built on the momentum as his confidence grew in the fifth and six rounds while landing stinging right jabs and well placed combinations. Cantu remained a game competitor as he countered with left and right hooks that kept Hall at bay. The bout was judged a draw by scores of 57-57, 59-55 and 56-58. Fightnews scored the bout 57-57. Cantu improves his record to 17-7-2, while Hall improves to 7-9-1. (more…)



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Peoples inducted into NJ Boxing Hall of Fame

IBF/USBA President Daryl Peoples was inducted into the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame last night at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ along with Micky Ward, Mark Taffet of HBO, boxing Judge and IBF/USBA member George Hill and several other boxing notables including Donald Trump. Oscar de la Hoya was in attendance as well to introduce Mark Taffet and present the awards to the evening’s inductees. It was the 46th Annual Induction Dinner for the NJBHOF.

“I am honored to receive this distinction from the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and to be among a great group of inductees. The New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame is an institution in boxing and I wish them continued success,” remarked Daryl Peoples.



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Butler: Conlan is an easy fight for me

Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (19-1, 10 KOs) fights Silvio Olteanu (15-8-1, 6 KOs) on December 19, but he also has Belfast’s Jamie Conlan (15-0, 9 KOs) on his mind. “I don’t rate Conlan at all,” stated Butler. “I just don’t understand all the hype. Seriously, it’s an easy fight for me. It’ll be over within six rounds. (more…)



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Salinas, Douglas Regain Titles In Cockeysville, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Two DC-area women regained Universal Boxing Federation titles Thursday during the Jonathan Ogden Foundation “An Evening Ringside” Benefit boxing card at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.

In the main event, Manassas, VA super featherweight “The Bolivian Queen” Jennifer Salinas won a 10-round unanimous decision over Melissa St. Vil of Brooklyn, NY. This was a Beltway Boxing Bout Of The Year candidate as the two ladies slugged it out for the 10-round duration. St. Vil caught the early advantage by using her solid right hand. However, Salinas started to take control midway through the contest as her straight left hand landed with consistency. Both ladies suffered welts under the eyes as they clashed heads repeatedly. Judges Dave Braslow and Paul Wallace saw the bout 96-94 while Brent Bovell saw Salinas winning by a 99-91 score. Salinas is 18-3, four KO’s while St. Vil is 6-2-3. (more…)



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Randy Caballero Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

IBF bantamweight champion Randy Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) is a little over a week away from his next fight as he will square off against Lee Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs) of England. Caballero defends his title next Saturday November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In the final phases of camp, Caballero worked out for the media Thursday afternoon at the Angel City Boxing Gym in Los Angeles as he talked about his upcoming fight.

“It has been a little more than a year I’m excited to get back. I’m anxious and hungry. You’ll see an impressive Randy Caballero,” Caballero told Fightnews.com®. “I am ready to defend my title and that is exactly what I’m going to do. I will let people know who Randy Caballero is. (more…)



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Farina photos featured at art exhibit

Veteran boxing photographer Chris Farina will be the featured photography artist at the opening of a boxing-themed art exhibit called: RINGSIDE “A Boxing Exhibition” on Saturday night at the B2 Fine Art Gallery/Studios in Tacoma, Washington located in Tacoma’s historic theater district. This special artist reception will take place from 5-8pm.

Chris Farina’s limited edition artwork pieces will be on display from Sat, Nov. 14 thru Sat, Jan. 9, 2016.

He is one of the world’s best boxing photographers and the official Top Rank photographer for the past 25 years.



November 13th, 2015

UFC

Special Family Bond Molds Holm For UFC 193

As an energetic, athletic child, Holly Holm tagged along with her two older brothers on every daring excursion. Whether it was riding dirt bikes or building tree houses in the cottonwoods on their Bosque Farms property in New Mexico, Brian and Weston Holm always invited their little sister . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 193 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, November 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez says he’ll keep title again against Crolla

WBA lightweight world champion Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) is looking forward to his rematch with Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs). Perez returns to hostile territory at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom on November 21, the same location where the first fight took place. He retained the WBA crown with a majority draw in July.

“I’m a true champion who never backs down from adversity,” said Darleys Perez who hails from Colombia. “Crolla is a very skilled fighter with a lot of heart and I know he’s coming for my title. He’ll have his entire country on behind him when we fight, but that doesn’t faze me. My goal is to end the fight early with a knockout, but if we go the distance, I have complete faith that I will get a fair ruling from the judges in the UK.” (more…)



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Negotiations underway for Anthony Mundine – Danny Green II

Is there any reason for Mundine to keep fighting?

A return to the ring for boxing rabbi Yuri Foreman

FBI looking into stolen HOF belts



November 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Verdejo to fulfill dream, Donaire plans restart

Photos: Top Rank

Undefeated world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs), and former five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs) will headline the December 11 year-end finale of MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. Verdejo will be making his homecoming a 10-round defense of his WBO Latino lightweight title against Josenilson Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs) and Donaire, who is on the cusp of another world title shot, will face WBO #1 rated junior featherweight Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) in a 12-round rumble. Both fights will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Felix Verdejo: Fighting as a headliner at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum and in front of my people is a dream that I have always had since I was a little kid. And now, thanks to all the love and support Puerto Rico has given my career, on December 11, I’m going to be able to fulfill that dream. I hope to give all that love back with a big win that unifies my people in a sentiment of happiness and brotherhood.”

Nonito Donaire: My goal is to get back on top. I am refocused for what I must do in the ring. That’s why this fight in Puerto Rico is so important for me and my boxing career. I am reading a book called The Power of Habits. It is about getting rid of bad habits and instead using good habits each and every day. It all restarts for me on December 11.”

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Diamante Promotions, tickets to the Verdejo vs. Dos Santos / Donaire vs. Juarez championship event go on sale Today! Priced at $150, $100, $75, $50, $40 and $25, plus applicable charges, tickets can be purchased at www.TicketCenterPR.com, all Ticket Center outlets or charge by phone at (787) 792-5000.

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November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Spike Weights from Biloxi, Mississippi

Photos: Joe Stricklin

Edwin Rodriguez 175 vs. Michael Seals 174.4
Thomas Williams Jr 174.6 vs. Humberto Savigne 175
Bryant Perrella 146.8 vs. Chaquib Fadli 145.8
Fernando Guerrero 156.8 vs. Daniel Souza Santos 156.2
Alantez Fox 160.4 vs. Todd Manuel 160.2
Nicholas Givhan 141.8 vs. Juan Santiago 140.6
Radivoje Kalajdzic 183.8 vs. Fabio Garrido 188.8
Darwin Price 139.2 vs. Alvaro Ortiz 138

Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Spike

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November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Barthelemy-Shafikov meet for IBF title Dec 18

Undefeated Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) will fight for the vacant IBF lightweight world title on Spike TV on December 18 from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Also on the card, WBA “interim” cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) faces former world cruiserweight world champion Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs). Also featured on the telecast is undefeated junior middleweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) and rising unbeaten prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) in separate attractions.



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Andrade ready to participate in WBC tournament

Undefeated super welterweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) is ready to participate in the proposed World Boxing Council (WBC) 154-pound division tournament to determine its successor for retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ineligible to be world ranked during his stretch as WBO champion before being stripped for inactivity, Andrade is now rated #3 by the WBC, as well as #4 by the WBO.

“I’m happy to be rated #3 by the WBC and will be honored to participate in its tournament,” Andrade said. “Hopefully, Charlo and Trout will agree to fight in the tournament, so everyone will finally know who #1 in the 154-pound division is. I’m ready to prove myself again and I hope they step up to the challenge, too.”



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez looking forward to fight in Tucson

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

For two-time Mexican Olympian, and WBO #1 ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez, his next fight will be one of the most exciting of his professional career as he is going “home” to fight in Tucson, Arizona. He was born in Nogales, Sonora, but called Tucson home for 10 years as a child.

“Tucson is where I grew up. My parents moved to Tucson right after I born and lived there until I was 10 years old. I went to Manzo Elementary. I have found memories of my time there,” said Valdez, who started boxing in Tucson when he was only eight years old and had his first amateur fight there when he was nine.

Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs) is scheduled to fight Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1, 6 KOs) of the Philippines in the Tucson Arena on Saturday on December 12 on a card that will be televised by Unimas in the United States on its “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series. (more…)



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Joseph Parker’s next two opponents named

The next two fights have been announced for unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (16-0, 14 KOs). On December 5 at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand, Parker will take on 6’7 Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (14-2-1, 11 KOs). Martz will be both the tallest and youngest opponent that Parker has faced to date.

Then on January 23, Parker heads to his homeland of Samoa, where he faces his first-ever southpaw challenger in the form of Jason Bergman (25-11-2, 16 KOs).

Martz hails from Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Bergman is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both are managed by Pat Nelson.

Trainer Kevin Barry says there is rational behind every opponent choice, “Joe is currently ranked 7th by the WBO and rising fast. Every opponent we face is designed to ready Joe for the ultimate goal of a world title shot. When that opportunity presents itself we must be ready.”



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Shabranskyy on HBO Latino Dec 19

Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing plans to feature a two additional fights on HBO Latino ahead of its previously announced HBO Boxing After Dark card on December 19 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, in Verona, New York. In the featured main event of the HBO Latino telecast, Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) will take undefeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight clash. Also, former world title challenger “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) will face former IBF welterweight champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight battle.

As previously announced, on regular HBO it will be heavyweight Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) challenging WBA “interim” heavyweight world champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs), and unbeaten former world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) against Jason “El Canito” Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight rumble.



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Joel Diaz: Provodnikov would KO Bradley in rematch

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After his dominant performance this past Saturday when he stopped previously undefeated Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez, former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov is ready for a huge 2016 as he targets the best fighters at junior welterweight and welterweight.

At the top of his list is WBO Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Provodnikov’s fight with Rodriguez was his maiden voyage with new trainer Joel Diaz.

“This was a good win for me. I felt confident and my defense already felt better. I know that in the next camp things will come together for me and Joel’s training. My goal for next year is to avenge my losses to Lucas Matthysse, Mauricio Herrera, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri,” said Provodnikov. (more…)



November 12th, 2015

UFC

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Born For This

Anyone who meets Joanna Jedrzejczyk would be hard pressed to reconcile the pleasant and friendly young lady from Poland, the kind of person who ends every email with a smiley face, with the one who wrecks opponents in the Octagon every couple months with an extreme level of precise punishment . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Fury insists Klitschko is breaking down mentally

By James Slater

Fresh from appearing in a video that showcased him smashing a full melon over his head in an effort to, well, who knows?, intimidate heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko most probably, unbeaten Tyson Fury has spoken to Sky Sports. And, as his shot at Klitschko nears by the day, Fury has stated how, in his opinion, Klitschko is mentally unravelling day by day.

Fury insists Klitschko is “mentally weak,” and will be “left in tatters” at the conclusion of the November 28th fight set for Dusseldorf. (more…)



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Andre Ward vacates WBA super middleweight title

In advance of his upcoming move up to the light heavyweight division, WBA super middleweight world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) is vacating his title. Ward originally claimed the belt in November 2009 with a victory over long-time champion Mikkel Kessler in his opening fight of the Super Six tournament.

Andre Ward: I won the WBA belt for my first world title in 2009 and have defended it six times and it’s been a wonderful ride with the WBA. Gilberto Mendoza and his team have shown me nothing but respect and I’m looking forward to moving up and hopefully winning the WBA light heavyweight belt.

WBA Vice President Gilberto Mendoza Jr: Andre Ward has been one of the finest champions in the WBA super middleweight division’s history. We have always been honored to be represented by such a great athlete, gentleman and incredible role model. We wish him the best success in the future and hope we can facilitate the path to him becoming a two-division world champion at light heavyweight.

Ward’s six successful WBA title defenses came in victories over Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson and Edwin Rodriguez.



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar to Floyd: Boxing is better off without you

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions


Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar de la Hoya has written a scathing open letter to recently retired P4P king Floyd Mayweather appearing in the December 2015 issue of Playboy Magazine.

Some highlights:

“…Truth be told, I’m not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it. Let’s face it: You were boring.”

“…Another reason boxing is better off without you: You were afraid. Afraid of taking chances. Afraid of risk.”

“…You’ll be remembered as the guy who made the most money. As for your fights? We’ve already forgotten them.”

“…You have a lot of time and, at the moment, a lot of money. Maybe you’ll put your true skills to work and open a used-car dealership or run a circus. Or maybe you’ll wind up back on Dancing With the Stars. It’s a job that’s safe, pays well and lets you run around on stage. Something you’ve been doing for most of your career.”



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Eight unbeaten fighters square off Dec 11

On December 11 at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, eight undefeated prospects with a combined record of 92-0-3 will trade leather in the final ShoBox telecast of 2015.

Headlining the DiBella Entertainment and Savarese Promotions-promoted event will be Regis Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs), who faces Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) in the 10-round super lightweight main event. In the co-feature, Bryant Cruz (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Wesley Ferrer (10-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.

Rounding out the telecast, fast-rising Ivan Baranchyk (8-0, 7 KOs) faces Andrew Ruiz (9-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout and Steed Woodall (8-0-1, 5 KOs) and Steve Rolls (12-0, 6 KOs) clash in an eight-round middleweight match.



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Concepcion-Segura clash on Dec 17

By Gabriel F. Cordero

It was officially announced that the WBA International 2015 KO Drugs Festival will be held on December 17 at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City. In the main event, Panamanian Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (33-4, 24 KOs) will defend the WBA “interim” flyweight world title against former world champion Giovani Segura (32-4-1, 28 KOs).

The co-feature will be between local favorite Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (18-1, 6 KOs) against Juan “El Mozo” Rodriguez (28-5, 25 KOs) for the WBA “interim” super featherweight world title. (more…)



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC looking to bring back prizefighting element

The World Boxing Council is formulating a plan for the winners of championship bouts to receive a ten percent cash bonus. The incentive boost, based upon a winning performance, has already been discussed at the WBC’s Convention in Kunming. At the WBC’s weekly press conference, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stressed this would be an important motivation, on top of their already agreed purse. He also pointed out that up to now, boxing has lagged behind other sports, offering no bonus for a victory.



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez, Seals ready for Friday collision

Light heavyweights Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) and Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs) arrived to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Wednesday and had a lot to say about Friday night’s Spike TV-televised matchup at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Edwin Rodriguez: This guy [Michael Seals] is undefeated. That’s one challenge. His mentality. He doesn’t know how to lose. I need to come out and convince him that he can. That’s the first battle. You need to convince them, ‘it’s time for you to lose now, I’m better than you.’ He has a good jab and good power. I need to be aware that he can punch.

Michael Seals: Edwin is an experienced fighter. He’s fought some great opposition, but he has a loss on his record. I do not and its going to stay that way on November 13…a win on Friday means another step toward a world title shot. That is the goal. To fight for a world title and I have to beat Edwin Rodriguez to get it. He is standing in my way.



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Mundine pondering ring future

40-year-old two-time world champion Anthony Mundine says he’s through fighting in the 154lb division after a four-knockdown TKO loss to Charles Hatley on Wednesday night. But he didn’t rule out fighting again in a higher weight class. “To be honest, I just want to spend time with my family and get my body right,” Mundine told news.com.au. “Once I get my body right I’ll get my mind right and I’ll figure out what I want to do. If I call it a day or have a showdown. I’ve come back from this position before. I got dropped five times by Joshua Clottey and came back to be world silver champion. I know what I’m capable of. It’s just if my mind and heart is in it.”

As for Danny Green’s calls for a rematch? “I don’t really care what he’s saying or what he’s doing,” Mundine stated. “He’s built his whole career on me.”



November 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Jay Z and Oscar bet 100K on Cotto-Canelo

Roc Nation Sports’ founder JAY Z and Golden Boy Promotions’ chairman and CEO Oscar De Lay Hoya have entered into a friendly wager with one another staking claim that their respective boxer will capture the win when Miguel Cotto faces Canelo Alvarez in a middleweight world championship mega-fight on Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. JAY Z and Oscar decided to place a $100,000 bet with the winner’s earnings going towards their philanthropic endeavors. If Cotto and JAY Z come out on top, Oscar will donate $100,000 to the Shawn Carter Foundation. In similar fashion, if Canelo beats Cotto, JAY Z will donate $100,000 to Oscar’s efforts at the White Memorial Medical Center’s cancer unit.



November 12th, 2015




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