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Guevara: I will knock out Ganigan Lopez

Guevara: I will knock out Ganigan Lopez

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez WBC light flyweight champion Pedro "Pedrin" Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) and mandatory challenger Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 15 ...

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Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

Full Report: Dunn defeats Bursak

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Werner Kalin WBO#11, WBA#13 super middleweight Zac Dunn (18-0, 15 KOs) outpointed Max Bursak (31-4, 14 ...

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Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Ruenroeng beats Casimero to retain IBF flyweight title

Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (16-0, 5 K0s) retained his title by twelve round unanimous decision in his IBF mandatory ...

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Bradley defeats Vargas to win WBO interim welterweight title

Bradley defeats Vargas to win WBO interim welterweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve ...

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Mighty Mo wins vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title in Dallas

Mighty Mo wins vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title in Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos by Stacey Verbeek It has been a long, winding and at times hard road for Dallas native jr ...

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Boxing News

Rosado: I really don’t feel that Lemieux’s the favorite in this fight

All action middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) faces Canadian KO artist David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) on Saturday in the HBO-televised headliner from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Lemieux is currently a -240 favorite, but Rosado doesn’t see it that way. In recent a conference call, Rosado talked about replacing his long time trainer Billy Briscoe with veteran trainer Jesse Reid, his current losing streak, being the “B” side, his opinion of Lemieux, his BKB KO win against Bryan Vera, and much more.

Can you talk about the difficulty and maybe the hesitance in parting ways with a trainer you’ve worked with so long?

Yes, Billy Briscoe, he was my trainer for about 10 years. But it just kind of got to the point where I just felt that it wasn’t anything personal, it’s just business and I thought that in order for me to take it to that next level, I had to make a move. And Jesse Reid is one of the best trainers in the world. He’s trained 25 World Champions and it’s funny how it just worked out. (more…)



December 2nd, 2014



UFC

Urijah Faber: No Time to Smell the Roses

Traditionally speaking, Urijah Faber is at a point in his career where he should be slowing down and taking stock of the legacy he has crafted for himself in this sport . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



December 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

New foe for Mitchell; Hurd replaces Yorgey

This Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia, undefeated Jarrett Hurd will now take on Eric “Murder” Mitchell in the 8-round Middleweight main event. Hurd steps in for Harry Joe Yorgey. Hurd of Accokeek, Maryland has a record of 13-0 with eight knockouts and will face his most experienced opponent. Mitchell of Philadelphia has a record of 23-11-2 with 11 knockouts. The show is promoted by King’s Promotions & XFE. (more…)



December 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing fans brace for ‘Hawaiian Punch Saturday’

Photo: Jhay Oh Otamias Photography

Photo: Jhay Oh Otamias Photography


Four-time world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (34-4, 20 KOs) will appear in a special 10 round feature attraction on Saturday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. He will face Armando “Chiquito” Vasquez (21-11, 4 KOs). In honor of the occasion, local organizers have instituted “Hawaiian Punch Saturday” specials. Fans attending Glendale Fight Night VI will be treated to rock bottom deals on Hawaiian Punch infused drinks, Hawaiian Punch/Hubba Bubba bubble gum, Hawaiian Punch Licorice Twists, and one lucky fan will walk away with an autographed boxing glove signed by “The Hawaiian Punch” himself along with a vintage gift pack of Hawaiian Punch toys. Tickets starting at $40 can be purchased online at www.glendalefightnight.com or by calling (626) 388-8888.



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

FREE boxing card in San Antonio

Christmas will come early for fight fans in San Antonio, Texas, as Golden Boy Promotions and Leija-Battah Promotions have announced a card at Cowboys Dancehall on Monday, December 8. The card FREE to Texas boxing fans and professional fighters with the donation of a toy and will benefit the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio and St. PJ’s Children’s Home to give to the abused and neglected children from “Santa Claus.” Just bring a toy to the Leija Battah offices at 4310 West Ave. between 9am – 6pm Monday thru Friday and receive your free ticket.

Headlining is unbeaten 2012 United States Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs) who will face his most experienced foe to date in Jose Angel Beranza (36-31-2, 28 KOs) in a ten round featherweight clash. Jr welterweight Jose “Loco” Hernandez (14-8-1, 6 KOs) meets Justo Vallecillo (6-17, 3 KOs) in an eight-round matchup. WBC #7 bantamweight Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (26-0, 15 KOs) takes on Timur Shailezov (17-8-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder.



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Fletcher poised to upset ex-champ Geale

The team of WBA #8-ranked Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (18-2, 10 KOs) is confident that their man will spring an upset over former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Horden Pavilion in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia.

“Jarrod has always felt he was a better fighter than Geale and now he finally has the chance to prove it,” said co-promoter Adam Wilcock. “He’s trained harder than I’ve ever seen him in preparation. This will be the best version of Jarrod Fletcher ever seen. He’s very pumped up for this.”

Co-promoter Greg Cohen added, “Jarrod wanted this fight for a long time. He’s convinced he has the stuff to beat Geale and a lot of the late money on the fight is saying there are many, like us, who believe him.”



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Report: Kovalev-Pascal in early 2015

Interbox has confirmed to RDS that unified WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev will face Jean Pascal at the beginning of next year provided Pascal defeats Roberto Bolonti on Saturday night in Montreal. Pascal=Bolonti can be seen in the USA on pay-per-view.



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Salita inks unbeaten prospect Zubov

Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of cruiserweight prospect Alexey Zubov, a Russian-born boxer with a tremendous amateur predigree and 6-0 , 4 KOs mark as a professional, to the Star of David Promotions roster. The 28-year-old right-hander Zubov is 6-2 1/2, owns power in both hands, and will be moving to NYC to make his stand in the professional ranks. He debuted in April with a KO1 win, and Salita sees a bunch more of those type of victories coming in the near future.

“Alexey is one of the best prospects in boxing,” Salita said. “He has the skills, size and work ethic to be a cruiserweight and heavyweight champion. The invaluable experience he gained as an elite amateur will help him progress quickly in the pros. I am confident that Alexey’s aggressive style will make him very popular amongst boxing fans and in New York’s Russian community.”

Zubov will fight on a Salita pro boxing card January 22 at Webster Hall in Manhattan. (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Border War tops Motor City fight card

By Bob Ryder

MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit will host promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas’ next presentation on Thursday, December 11. The eight round main event features a heavyweight match up as undefeated Ali Mansour of Windsor, Canada tangles with Detroit’s Damon McCreary. This match has been in the works for months with the fighters exchanging verbal barbs along the way. McCreary has been in with the better opposition including Deontay Wilder but at 41 it will be a question as to what he has left. Mansour is a natural heavyweight and will have that advantage going for him. Lack of conditioning has marred both guys recent performances and this one may very well come down to who is in the best shape. Interesting crossroads fight for local bragging rights.

In other matches Detroit favorites Darryl Cunningham and Willie Fortune look to bounce back after tough losses. Cunningham will take on Bruce Rumboltz while Fortune tangles with Skyler Thompson. Cunningham’s bout is scheduled for six, Fortune-Thompson is an eight rounder. (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Malik Scott

By Joanna Maj
Photos: Peter Frutkoff

Boxing.pl’s Joanna Maj recently conducted a terrific interview with heavyweight Malik Scott, who is back on the rise after an October 24 win over former heavyweight title challenger Alex Leapai.

Fight #40 against Alex Leapai, who was coming off the loss against Vladimir Klitschko, gave you a much needed win. During the press conference before, you stated that you are not only going to win, but you will stop him at the same time. If not, retirement it is. We don’t want you to retire yet, but jokes aside, did Alex surprise you in any way that night and how satisfied are you with your performance on October 24th?

Yes the win was very much needed and the plan was to take Alex into deep water and drown him. But I broke my hand on his head in the 4th round, so therefore I was only able to deliver a ten round ass kicking and not the stoppage I promised myself. (more…)



December 1st, 2014

UFC

Robbie Lawler: In His Own Words

Robbie Lawler conducts interviews much like he fights. There are no wasted words (punches) and every sentence (strike) counts. So as his UFC 181 main event against welterweight champion Johny Hendricks approaches on December 6, let’s relive the career of “Ruthless Robbie” in his own words . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Guzman headlines January 22 in Nashville

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Former two-time world champion Joan Guzman will be back in action January 22. Like his last fight this past October 31, the venue will be the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant which is owned by Guzman’s manager Ramon Arellano and located in Nashville, Tennessee. The opponent for the main event bout will be determined shortly.

Guzman defeated a veteran journeyman this past October 31 which was met with some criticism in some social media networks. Arellano quickly came to the defense of his fighter and addressed this. “I read some people writing some negative comments and I personally told them that it didn’t matter who he fought. What matters is that he fought, won, got some rounds and came out of the fight injury free. Guzman hadn’t fought in nearly two years prior to this last fight.” (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Mark de Mori targets WBA champ Chagaev

By Brett Bonetti
Photo by Klaus Frevert

Australian heavyweight contender Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (27-1-2, 23 KOs) wants to fight current WBA world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) for his title in 2015. With the news surfacing that veteran Fres Oquendo allegedly tested positive for prohibited substances following his WBA world title fight against Chagaev in July, de Mori says if he gets the opportunity to be the next opponent for Chagaev, he is more than happy to undergo any testing from now until after the fight.

“Right now I am ranked number 9 by the WBA. Fighters testing positive ranked above me I assume will be dropped from the rankings” de Mori said. “I made myself available on 2 days notice when Oquendo was originally balking at turning up for the fight against Chagaev so I have no problem nominating myself with serious preparation time.” (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

WBA #11 Parker returns Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

When WBA #11, WBO #14 Heavyweight Joseph Parker (11-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in New Zealand against Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior (15-1, 13 KOs), it will be Parker’s fifth ring appearance of 2014. WBO #15 Costa is coming off a twelve round decision loss against Christian Hammer in October but in his only other 2014 ring outing he dominated Daniel Alejandro Sanabria over twelve rounds to successfully defend the WBO Latino title.

Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry says this is a ‘risk versus reward’ fight. “Everyone knows the last time Joe fought a tall Brazilian (Marcelo Luiz Nascimento) he got his ear drum busted. We were expecting an easier lead up to Christmas but have struggled attracting many of the top 15 rated guys and when one comes along we’ve got to take the fight, even if it is at a month’s notice.” (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Dharry ready for war with Rios

By Matt Thompson

Saturday, December the 6th at the L.B. Scott Auditorium, on the paradise Island of Sint Maarten, fast rising bantamweight Elton Dharry (16-5-1, 10 KOs) faces off with Jose Rios (12-1-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental belt. The bout is the main event of the “This is it—War!” card promoted by Bobby Ottley of B.O.S.E. Promotions and matched by the boxing diva Renee Aiken. The line-up will also feature a IBO women’s world heavyweight title contest as top rated Sonya Lamonakis (9-1-2, 1 KO) battles it out with hard hitting Carlette Ewell (15-7, 9 KOs). (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Hyde signs Bulgarian amateur star

Photo: Antoaneta Yotova

Photo: Antoaneta Yotova


By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today

Irish boxing manager Gary Hyde added another boxing star to his stable. He signed a contract with 18-year-old Bulgarian light-heavyweight Blagoy Naydenov. The talent is World champion (U19) and European champion (U17). During the Summer he grabbed a gold medal from the strongest amateur boxing event on the planet for upcoming boxers Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

“I was contacted by Gary Hyde after the World championships in April,” told Blagoy Naydenov. “The decision to turn pro wasn’t very tough one. The money are not enough in Olympic boxing.”

The professional debut of Naydenov is set for January. “I still don’t know if I will fight in Germany or in USA,” added Naydenov. “The initial plan is to make 5-6 fights per year.” (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Fighter who lost to actor-boxer Mickey Rourke reportedly homeless and paid to take a fall? More

Danny Green swaps ring for boat deck. More

Brooklyn’s “Rocky,” Zachary Ochoa, living the dream. More

Tyson Fury’s trainer speaks out. More



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Crawford-Beltran

By Bill Green
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO Lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford 25-0 (17) successfully defended his belt against mandatory challenger Ray Beltran 29-7-1 (17) with an impressive twelve round unanimous decision in front of a massive crowd of 11,127 on Saturday night at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Chants of ‘Crawford, Crawford, Crawford,’ filled the air what seemed to be all night long. Nebraska fight fans watched a decent featherweight IBF title between champion Evgany Gradovich vs Jayson Velez. But it was clear, the boisterous Omaha crowd was there for one reason… and that was for the Pride of Nebraska: their champion and hometown hero Terence Crawford. (more…)



December 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Rourke-Seymour fix allegations addressed

Amidst allegations that the “fight” between 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke and 29-year-old Elliot Seymour was fixed, promoter World of Boxing has issued the following statement on the matter:

Promotional company World of Boxing is not a promoter, manager or representative of Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke. Rourke asked for the opportunity to participate on our November 28 evening of boxing at the Concert Hall “Russia” with a ready-made opponent. We will check the promotional company of the rival boxer, but we’re not interested in his financial situation.

According to the Daily Mail, Seymour and Rourke both work out at the Wild Card Gym and Seymour also writes posts about being homeless on his Facebook page.



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez stays unbeaten

By Craig Wick at ringside

Veteran Chicago fight promoter, Bobby Hitz, concluded a busy 2014 with a successful, 12 bout card Saturday night, held at the opulent Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. A boisterous, near capacity post-Thanksgiving crowd was on hand to cheer on their favorite fighters, many of whom reside in nearby Chicago (a quick 20 minute drive from the Horseshoe) or a nearby suburb.

In the night’s main event, Chicago native, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (16-0, 10 KOs) took a unanimous decision over late replacement, Rollin “Chiller” Williams (24-19-2, 8 KOs) Phoenix, AZ in an eight round light heavyweight affair. (more…)



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford, Beltran speak

By Bill Green

WBO lightweight world champion Terence Crawford and challenger Ray Beltran spoke to the press after their twelve round battle on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Terence “Bud” Crawford

[What was the difference tonight?] “My boxing ability. The game plan was to catch him with the jab.”

[We have Terence Crawford the puncher, the boxer, and now the entertainer. At the end of the 11th round, you leaned over the ropes with a devilish smile. What did that smile mean?] Laughing… “I was feeling really good at that moment. Ready and motivated. I was having fun.” (more…)



November 30th, 2014

UFC

Henderson and Guida break down Pettis-Melendez

Fans and pundits can break down fights all day, and it’s always an interesting – and often informative – process, but when it comes down to it, few know fights and fighters better than those who have set foot in the Octagon . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Browne: I want to fight Fury and shut his big mouth up

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten WBC #5, WBA #5, IBF #7 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) talked to Fightnews and said he was not impressed with Tyson Fury’s victory over Derrick Chisora on Saturday and has promised to stop Chisora in five rounds if that fight can be made. Browne also vowed to shut the mouth of Tyson Fury. “I want to fight both Derrick Chisora and Tyson Fury,” stated Browne. “I want to fight and stop Chisora within five rounds and show the world I’m better than Tyson Fury. I also want to fight Fury and shut his big mouth up once and for all, not to mention do it for all the fans out there.” Browne is promoted by British boxing great Ricky Hatton and trained by former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech.



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury set to return to action in February, negotiations will also begin for shot at Klitschko

By James Slater

Unbeaten Tyson Fury made it look easy last night, in dominating every round against Dereck Chisora before “Del Boy” was mercifully pulled out after the tenth-round of their heavily hyped but ultimately disappointing rematch. And now, in the eyes of a growing number of fans, 6’9″ Fury is THE most dangerous challenger out there for the all-conquering Wladimir Klitschko.

Proving last night that he is far more than just an exciting brawler, Fury can box, from both the orthodox and the southpaw stance, and he has fast hands for such a big man. But will heavyweight king Klitschko agree to defend against Fury, who is now the mandatory for Wladimir’s WBO strap? (more…)



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford retains WBO lightweight title in dominant performance

By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) successfully defended his belt against mandatory challenger Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) with an impressive twelve round unanimous decision in front of a crowd of 11,127 on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Beltran was game and had some moments but the much quicker Crawford usually beat Beltran to the punch and was busier. The champion battered Beltran in the last few rounds to punctuate a 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. After the fight, Crawford said he will now move to the 140lb division. photos



November 30th, 2014

UFC

Davis vs. Bader added to Stockholm card

UFC® Fight Night Stockholm, which went on sale today, is fast becoming the must-see event of 2015 and the event just got even bigger as the UFC today announced the latest world-class matchup, Davis vs Bader. . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 181 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more  



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gradovich retains IBF featherweight title with draw

By Bill Green at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) and Jayson Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs) battled to a draw over twelve good action rounds on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. After a hard fought, gritty fight judges couldn’t determine a winner with Gradovich up 117-111 on one card, Velez ahead 115-113 on the second card and the third card dealocked at 114-114. Gradovich retained his title.



November 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramon Alvarez KOs Vivian Harris in seven

World rated Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (21-4-2, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round knockout over former world champion Vivian Harris (32-10-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Modulo Comude in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. With his brother Canelo Alvarez cheering him on from ringside, Alvarez dropped Harris twice in round seven. Harris just missed beating the count after the second knockdown.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Beltran off-TV results from Nebraska

By Bill Green at ringside

In a battle of unbeaten super lightweights, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed, of Waldorf, MD, cruised to a relatively easy but well fought unanimous decision over Oscar Valenzuela, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Reed displayed a nice mixture of punches, landing often to the body of Valenzuela. While Valenzuela proved to be plenty game, he was often outhustled throughout the fight. Reed remains undefeated going to 12-0, 6 KOs, while Valenzuela tastes defeat and drops to 8-1-1, 5 KOs.

Undefeated Oklahoma City, OK, welterweight prospect, Alex Saucedo, thrilled and wowed the crowd by landing booming overright hands on veteran Daniel Calzada. Saucedo landed power shot after power shot on the durable Calzada seeking an early stoppage. Calzada would in fact get dropped by a huge right hand to the liver in round two but definitely made good on his prefight quote of “heart of a champion.” Saucedo continued to blister Calzada throughout the fight drawing plenty of cheers from the crowd. The action was halted when Calzada was bleeding profusely on the right eye. Despite the wear and tear, Calzada’s experience and toughness allowed him to finish all six rounds. Saucedo would go on to win a very impressive unanimous decision as remains undefeated at 16-0, 11 KOs. Calzada drops to 10-12-2, 2 KOs. (more…)



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Giacon retains WBA Continental title

WBA #13 rated super lightweight Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (26-1, 23 KOs) retained his WBA Continental title, moments ago in Mijas, Malaga, Spain, when his opponent Ville Piispanen retired on his stool after the finish of round six. It was a good action fight. OPI 2000 and Balearic Affair promoted the show with Marca.com televising live in Spain.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Fury dominates Chisora again; Saunders tops Eubank

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) easily defeated Dereck Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) scoring a tenth round TKO in a WBO eliminator to determine the mandatory WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night before 20,000+ at the ExCel Arena in London, England. It was a one-sided affair as the 6’9 Fury, who previously beat Chisora on points in 2011, easily kept Chisora on the end of his long reach. “Dellboy” took a lot of punishment and was never able to get anything going so Fury, who fought mostly out of the southpaw stance, had no reason to engage. Chisora’s corner pulled the plug after round ten. Fury also claimed the British and Commonwealth titles.

In a highly charged grudge match between unbeaten middleweights, 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Chris Eubank Jr. (18-1, 13 KOs). Saunders swept through the first four rounds. Eubanks came to life in the middle rounds, but Saunders regained the advantage and fought through a desperate late assault by Eubank to win 115-114, 115-113 Saunders, 116-113 Eubank. The bout was a WBO middleweight eliminator with the winner to face the Andy Lee-Matt Korobov winner for the world title. Saunders also retained his European, Commonwealth and British belts. (more…)



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Braekhus retains undisputed female welter title

Undisputed WBC/WBA/WBO/IBF female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (27-0, 7 KOs) retained all four belts with a ten round unanimous decision over Jennifer Retzke (15-2-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Falconer Centeret in Frederiksberg, Denmark. Boxing’s “First Lady” won by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 98-92.

Earlier female super lightweight Klara Svensson (15-0, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Lucia Morelli (18-5, 8 KOs) in a clash for the WBC female interim belt. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. Svensson will face newly crowned WBC world champion Erica Anabella Farias next.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Gradovich 135, Velez 134

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Photo: Pete Susens / Top Rank

IBF Featherweight Champion Evgeny Gradovich and Challenger Jayson Velez, surround IBF Supervisor Al Meier, at the second day IBF mandatory weigh in inside The Hilton Omaha Hotel in Omaha Nebraska.

Gradovich came in at 135 and Velez scaled 134. The two will battle tonight at The CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. HBO



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Action-packed boxing Saturday on tap

By Karl Freitag

Another big boxing weekend. In the most notable fight, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford defend his belt against mandatory challenger Ray Beltran at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford is a big -1200 favorite to retain his belt in front of his hometown fans. Beltran backers can get +775.

In the co-feature, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich faces Jayson Velez in a battle of unbeaten fighters. Gradovich is -675 to hold on to his belt, while Velez stands at +450. Both bouts will be televised by HBO, along with the Pacquiao-Algieri replay.

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There’s also a huge card in London where heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora collide in a WBO eliminator to determine the mandatory WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fury, who holds a previous points win over Chisora, is a -300 favorite. “Delboy” backers can get +250 on their man.

The Fury-Chisora co-feature is a grudge match between 2008 Olympian middleweight Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. which is expected to be highly entertaining. Saunders is a narrow -120 pick over the son of former world champion Chris Eubank, who’s right at +100. Both fights can be seen on ESPN3.

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Finally, former world champion Vivian Harris will look to pull off his third straight upset when he takes on world rated Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez in Mexico. Harris is a +450 dog against Alvarez, an older brother of Canelo Alvarez. Sportsbooks have pegged Alvarez as a -750 favorite. The fight will be televised by FOX Deportes.



November 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Rourke, Provodnikov discuss wins

Interviews with Ruslan Provodnikov and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke who both were victorious on Friday in Moscow. Rourke scored a second round stoppage in his ring return after nearly 20 years and Provodnikov stopped Jose Luis Castillo in round five.



November 29th, 2014




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