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Gutierrez, Periban victorious

Gutierrez, Periban victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez Unbeaten WBC #6 featherweight Andres "Jaguar" Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs) was victorious when game Manuel "Terrible" Echenique ...

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Saucedo defeats Booth in welterweight war

Saucedo defeats Booth in welterweight war

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank In a highly anticipated clash of welterweight prospects, unbeaten Alex Saucedo (21-0, 14 ...

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Carcamo demolishes Echeverria, Tornado Sanchez barely wins

Carcamo demolishes Echeverria, Tornado Sanchez barely wins

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Super lightweight Fernando “Guerrero Yaqui” Carcamo (21-6, 16 KOs) scored a second round KO over Daniel “Tocado” Echeverria (19-2, 17 ...

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Charles Martin: Every punch I throw is supposed to hurt you

Charles Martin: Every punch I throw is supposed to hurt you

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment "I find it funny when people describe me as slow. Funny, because I know how many gears ...

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UniMas Weights from Studio City, California

UniMas Weights from Studio City, California

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Alex Saucedo 141.6 vs. Clarence Booth 142.6 Andy Vences 130.2 vs. Yardley Suarez 132 Toka Kahn Clary 127 vs. ...

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Ugandan women fighting odds to fight for titles

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Unbeaten Irish slugger Jamie Conlon on the rise

Amir Khan still hoping to entice Floyd Mayweather



July 3rd, 2015


Boxing News

Payano defends against Warren on Bounce TV

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) comes to Bounce TV on Sunday, August 2 with the debut of the new monthly series, PBC – The Next Round. The main event for the series premiere features WBA “undisputed” bantamweight champion Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (16-0, 8 KOs) against Rau’shee “Nuke” Warren (13-0, 4 KOs) at Full Sail Live, a state-of-the-art performance venue on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Both fighters are Olympians – Payano for the Dominican Republic and Warren is a three-time Olympian for the United States.

Also featured is a two-fight WBC tournament in the junior middleweight division. Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson (17-1, 9 KOs) takes on the knockout machine Jorge Cota (24-1, 22 KOs), plus Olympian John Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) faces Dennis Laurente (49-5, 30 KOs). The winners of the two bouts will face-off on a date to be announced soon.



July 3rd, 2015


Boxing News

LA Fight Club returns August 6

Golden Boy Promotions’ next LA Fight Club card will take place on August 6 with featherweight Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs) facing Hugo “Guerrero” Partida (21-5-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Also on the card, featherweight Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) and super bantamweight Roy “Pitbull” Tapia (10-0-2, 5 KOs) will face opponents to be named.



July 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Gonzalez stops Herrera in war at LA Fight Club

In a very exciting fight, super lightweight Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (26-3, 21 KOs) scored a wild third round TKO over late sub Hevinson Herrera (17-11-1, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Herrera rocked Gonzalez in round two and had him hurt, but Gonzalez stormed back later in the round and had Herrera in trouble at the bell. In round three, Gonzalez went down from a slip and injured his right knee. He chose to continue and literally limped after Herrera, trapping him in a corner and unloading heavy shots until the bout was waved off by referee Wayne Hedgepeth. Time was 1:49. The big-punching “El Flaco” scored his seventh consecutive KO win.

Undefeated featherweight Diego “The Golden Kid” de la Hoya (11-0, 7 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round TKO over Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (14-7-1, 10 KOs). A de la Hoya right hand knocked Estrella through the ropes and onto the ring apron. Estrella rolled back under the bottom rope and was pummeled by de la Hoya until referee Lou Moret waved it off. Time was 2:36. Diego is the cousin of “The Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya. (more…)



July 2nd, 2015


Boxing News

Marco Antonio Rubio comeback fight cancelled

By David Finger

Citing “unforeseen circumstances”, Golden Eagle Promotions announced on their Facebook page that the upcoming July 11th “Win or Die” fight card featuring former middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio is cancelled. “We are very sorry to have to come to this decision,” the post added, “but Golden Eagle Promotions would like to thank boxing fans for their support.” Rubio was returning after a KO loss to WBA world champion Gennady Golovkin last October.

Golden Eagle Promotions also assured fans that their August 1st card scheduled for El Paso was still a go, although there is no word as of yet who will be fighting in the main event.



July 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

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 KOs) faced off for fans at Mazatlan’s famous Glorieta Sanchez Taboada cliff diving location. Both fighters announced that they are ready for Saturday’s clash at the Cenreo de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Guevara made his intentions very clear. “I will knock out Ganigan Lopez and there is nothing and no one who can help him!”

Guevara, who will be making the second defense, prepared for the bout at the Otomi Ceremonial Center along with his brother Alberto “Metro” Guevara, who faces Oscar “De La Renta” Blanquet in the co-feature. The card is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and televised in Mexico on Televisa. photos



July 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Freshmart retains WBA interim belt

WBA “interim” minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0, 6 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Alexis Diaz (16-1, 10 KOs) on Tuesday night in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Time of the stoppage was 2:45. It was the 24-year-old Freshmart’s second defense of the title. By the way, Freshmart’s real name is Thammanoon Niyomtrong. Thai fighters often take the name of their sponsors.



July 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Thurman ready to shine on ESPN

Undefeated WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) defends his belt against former world champion Luis Collazo on July 11 in the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN event at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. “I’m looking forward to July 11 in Tampa Bay, Florida defending my world title in my hometown,” said Thurman earlier this week. “Me and my whole team are truly excited. We respect Luis Collazo and we’re looking forward to having a great performance and challenge on July 11.

With his exciting style and engaging personality, and fighting in one of boxing’s most popular divisions, Thurman seems to have all the ingredients to being a major star in boxing. “Right now I believe I’m one of the most talked about welterweights currently in the division,” says Thurman. “The fans are loving my excitement and they loved the last showdown with Robert Guerrero on the opener for NBC. Now we’re opening ESPN and it’s another blessing it’s a pleasure. I believe Al (Haymon) is recognizing my hard work and dedication to the sport and we’re just going to try to keep moving forward man and hopefully just live up to the hype.”

After going the distance in his last two fights, Thurman doesn’t believe his reputation as a “knockout artist” has diminished. “At the end of the day I still hold one of the highest knockout ratios in the welterweight division,” stated Thurman. “At this level, no fighter is coming to get knocked out, they know what they’re up against and they know they’re up against dangerous fighters. The number one rule in boxing is protect yourself at all times and they’re aware of that. They’re trying to box hard, they’re trying to be crafty and outdo me but you can watch both fights and there was still a knockdown in both fights.

“The Bundu fight happened in the first round the Guerrero happened in the ninth round. So the punching power is there from the beginning to the end. We want the knockouts, for the fans and for the publicity that lives up to the name “One Time”. But at the end of the day we still just want to be a champion and we’ll do whatever it takes to stay champion.”



July 2nd, 2015

UFC

Full lineup confirmed for UFC Fan Expo

UFC® is proud to announce its largest-ever roster of UFC superstars, UFC Hall of Famers and legends for UFC Fan Expo®, taking place Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian/Palazzo, as part of its 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™ . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 189 is live on PPV on Saturday, July 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Attorneys for boxing manager Al Haymon say Top Rank suit is baseless.

Boxing promoter probed by cops after Facebook posting

First trailer reveal for boxing pic “Creed”

Childhood home of Muhammad Ali gets a facelift



July 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Heavyweights added to August 8 Hyannis card

An eight-round heavyweight attraction has been added to the August 8th boxing event at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) in Hyannis, MA as Pembroke native Vinnie Carita (9-1-1, 9 KO’s) will take on Mexico’s Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KO’s). This fight marks an interesting contrast in styles and size. Carita has fought most of his career as a cruiserweight weighing in at 195-pounds in his most recent bout. Mireles, on the other hand, weighed in for his most recent fight at 252-pounds and will have a clear size advantage.

“If he tries to use his size advantage to impose his will on me, I’ll use my speed advantage to try to outbox him” Carita said recently, “but if the fight turns into a slugfest, remember I’ve got nine knockouts in nine wins. You don’t get paid by the hour in boxing, and I have no problem knocking him out.” (more…)



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

LA Fight Club Weights

Gilberto Gonzalez 139.4 vs. Hevinson Herrera 139
Diego de la Hoya 123.3 vs. Jose Estrella 123.8
Oscar Negrete 120 vs. Ramiro Robles 123
Melsik Baghdasaryan 145.6 vs. Abraham Calderon 146
Emilio Sanchez 121.8 vs. Jose Cen-Torres 123.4

Venue: Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Deportes



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Haymon/PBC response to Top Rank lawsuit

No direct response from Al Haymon, but the Premier Boxing Champions website has released a statement from Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel, the law firm representing Haymon and his affiliated entities:

On behalf of our clients Alan Haymon, Haymon Boxing LLC, Haymon Sports LLC and Haymon Holdings LLC:

The lawsuit filed today by Bob Arum and Top Rank is entirely without merit and is a cynical attempt by boxing’s old guard to use the courts to undermine the accessibility, credibility and exposure of boxing that the sport so desperately needs.

The Premier Boxing Champions series makes boxing free again, by bringing championship boxing to free TV, with a fighter-first promise and a commitment to the fans to restore boxing to the luster of its heyday. The continued success of this effort will far outlast this baseless lawsuit.



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar: I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank

Golden Boy Promotions Founder and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya released the following statement today in the wake of Top Rank Boxing’s lawsuit against Al Haymon and his affiliated entities:

Oscar de la Hoya: “I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing for stepping up on behalf of fighters not only in their own stable, but all across the sport. Those like Bob and myself who have spent the bulk of their lives around boxing understand that the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is a crucial piece of legislation that serves to protect boxers and enhance the sport. Golden Boy Promotions will continue to push forward with our own lawsuit to ensure our wonderful sport continues to grow in a competitive, just manner.”

Background on GBP Lawsuit: On May 6, 2015, Golden Boy Promotions filed a $300 million lawsuit against Al Haymon and his related companies alleging repeated violation of antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. The case was filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Top Rank files $100 million lawsuit against Haymon

By Karl Freitag

Today in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Los Angeles, Top Rank filed a lawsuit against Al Haymon, Haymon Boxing LLC, Haymon Sports LLC, Haymon Holdings LLC, Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. and Media Group Holdings LLC. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and a host of other state and federal laws.

Allegations against Haymon and his affiliated entities include:

    Inducing professional boxers to enter unlawful “tie out” agreements, which prevent the boxers (whose interests Haymon purports to represent) from freely contracting with legitimate promoters.

    Illegally acting as both a manager and a promoter; fraudulently operating in the promotion business through a network of “sham” promoters.

    Blocking legitimate promoters’ access to major venues through fraud, overbooking, and other unlawful means.

    Engaging in a new form of “payola” to prevent legitimate promoters from access to television broadcasters through exclusive dealing, overbooking, and other unlawful means.

The lawsuit is seeking damages in the sum of $100 million (and that such damages be trebled, pursuant to Title 15 of the U.S. Code).

Top Rank is also seeking an injunction, permanently and pending final judgment in the case, precluding Haymon and the defendants from having any direct or indirect financial interest in the promotion of bouts featuring boxers they manage, from acting as both boxing managers and promoters, from presenting boxing matches on television featuring such boxers, or from arranging the arenas, sponsors and/or television broadcasts of boxing matches featuring boxers they manage, from directing or otherwise causing boxers not to sign written contracts with Top Rank or other promoters, from attempting, in any way, to prevent Top Rank from obtaining venues or other essential facilities for the boxing matches Top Rank promotes, from attempting in any other way to monopolize the business of promoting championship-caliber boxers in the United States.



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: Shabranskyy-Parker

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.

Cruiserweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy battled back from the brink of disaster Tuesday night to stop Paul Parker in the 10-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. The LA-based puncher pulled himself off the floor twice in round one and averted a big upset by somehow surviving the round. Parker pounded away but ran out of time in the opening round. After that, Parker’s window closed quickly and Shabranskyy took control of the fight. Parker tired badly and couldn’t lay a glove on Shabranskyy beginning in round two. In round three Shabranskyy’s power punches started taking their toll, and it became obvious that the end was near.

However, in round one it was all Parker. Midway through the round, a pair of right hands staggered and dropped Shabranskyy. It was a sudden twist in a fight that was expected to be a cakewalk for the Ukrainian.

He climbed to his feet, but was clearly dazed and still in trouble. Moments later another right from Parker sent Shabranskyy to the canvas again. The upset appeared certain. However, Shabranskyy showed his durability, and the clock and Parker’s conditioning gave him a break. The bell sounded, ending the first round, and as it turned out, the scare was over. (more…)



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Linares could defend WBC title in Venezuela

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC lightweight world champion Jorge Linares could defend his championship in his native Venezuela. There has been talks with local promoter Jupiter Fight Boxing, who would stage the event against an opponent to be determined.

“I have a great desire to defend my title in my country and am very grateful for this possibility and opportunity. Just missing the opponent and date. I’m very happy with the reception given in my country, for the support, and because this is a big project for Venezuelan boxing,” stated Linares.

A source said that a contract was signed for the next defense of Linares, possibly in Venezuela, in October but date and opponent are not defined. The agreement includes the rights of image and representation of Linares in Venezuela.



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

David Itskowitch on Andre Ward’s comeback

By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Roc Nation Sports

After Andre Ward returned to the ring at the Oracle Center, in Oakland, California, FightNews caught up with the COO of Roc Nation Sports, David Itskowitch and discussed what the atmosphere was like during the weigh-in, on fight night and what is next for Andre Ward.

When asked about the weight issues surrounding the fight, Itskowitch was just as surprised as we were.

At first I was shocked because when we were negotiating the fight with Matchroom and Paul, they wanted the fight to be lighter, they wanted the fight at 170lbs, which was kind of surprising to me that he came in as heavy as he did. Speaking to Eddie and to Paul, they said it was a miscalculation on his part and how much weight he would be able to lose in the normal course of his weight.

Itskowitch also shone a light on Ward’s determination to continue to fight and how he was gracious enough to return Paul Smith’s fine: (more…)



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Two new WBC Francophone champions; new ratings.

WBC Francophone This previous month two new boxers have won the WBC Francophone title. On June 20 in Montreal Hypolite Schiller defeated French Kevin Thomas Cojean on points to win the vacant supermiddle title.

The same day in Rumilly, France, Belgian Islam Teffahi unanimously outpointed local French Sebastien Madani to win the vacant superwelterweight title.

Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the July ratings of the WBC Francophone championships. The full set of ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.

ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham: Stieglitz has no killer punch

With only 17 days to go before Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) locks horns with Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) in their fourth WBO World Super Middleweight title contest, the champion and his coach Ulli Wegner, yesterday, opened the doors to their training camp at the Olympic Centre in Kienbaum, Germany.

Talking to the media in attendance, Wegner revealed his pleasure at ‘King’ Arthur’s preparations. “Our training has gone better than expected,” said the 73-year-old trainer. “Arthur has even been sending cruiserweights to the canvas in sparring. Stieglitz has no hope. He knows only one tactic, and that’s just to come forward. Arthur is superior to him in every respect. That’s why I expect a clear victory on July 18. Anything else would be a disaster.” (more…)



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez returns on August 1

By Gabriel F Cordero

Two division former champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) will return to the ring on August 1 at the Morelia Bicentennial Auditorium in Michoacan, Mexico against the Japan’s Kazuki Hashimoto. The bout will be for the WBC International super featherweight title, headlining an event called “Choque de Naciones” which will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa Deportes. Gonzalez decided to move up to the next higher division and is taking aim at the current WBC champion Takashi Miura.

He is preparing for the fight at the Nevado de Toluca volcano, more than 4680 meters above sea level, and at Mexico City’s Romanza Gym with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio Beristain.

Also in action that night, world ranked Julio “Pollito” Ceja (26-5-3, 21 KOs) goes against Devis Perez (30-13-4, 22 KOs).



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Maniatis: Aussies should support Danny Green comeback

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Melbourne-based Australian promoter Peter Maniatis talks to Fightnews about the comeback of former WBA light heavyweight/IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (33-5, 28 KOs), who will clash with former world title challenger Tamas “Tomi Kid” Kovacs (26-1, 15 KOs) of Slovakia at the Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria on August 19. Maniatis mentions he is proud to be working with Danny and his trainer Angelo Hyder and promises there will be a star-studded undercard featuring several up and coming boxers. (more…)



July 1st, 2015

UFC

Fab Five: Conor McGregor

It’s hard to believe that a little over two years ago, few outside of the European scene knew of Ireland’s Conor McGregor. Today, he is one of the sport’s superstars and one win away from a world championship. So how did “The Notorious” one get to the main event of UFC 189 against Jose Aldo on July 11? Let’s find out . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 189 is live on PPV on Saturday, July 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

New opponent for Gonzalez at LA Fight Club

Due to illness, super lightweight John Karl Sosa has pulled out of Thursday night’s LA Fight Club main event against Mexico City’s Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Gonzalez (25-3, 20 KOs) will now face Hevinson Herrera (17-10-1, 11 KOs) in the featured ten-rounder airing live on FOX Deportes.

Undefeated fighter Diego De La Hoya (10-0, 6 KOs) is set to take on Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (14-6-1, 10 KOs) in the co-main event, and Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete (10-0, 3 KOs) will fight Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles (12-3-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout to open up the telecast.



July 1st, 2015

UFC

Aldo out of UFC 189; Mendes to face McGregor

UFC 189 has a new main event. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has withdrawn from his July 11 title defense against Conor McGregor due to an rib injury. Chad Mendes, who had been on standby since news of Aldo’s injury broke, will now face McGregor for the interim 145-pound crown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 189 is live on PPV on Saturday, July 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

With all the talk of an Oscar De La Hoya comeback, will Ricky Hatton soon start talking about a return?

Carl Froch proves a champ in poker

World’s highest paid celebrities include Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

Eamonn O’Kane steps up IBF middleweight title bid



July 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Shabranskyy overcomes two knockdowns to stay unbeaten

Unbeaten current USNBC light heavyweight titleholder Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) had to dig deep to score a third round TKO over previously unbeaten Paul Parker (7-1, 4 KOs) on Tuesday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Parker started round one aggressively, knocking down Shabranskyy twice with overhand rights. Shabranskyy stormed back in round three, landing a barrage of punches. Parker turned his back and the referee waved it off. Time was 2:36 of round three.

Unbeaten light heavyweight D’Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Josue Obando (11-5, 9 KOs). Obando threw wild punches but the calculating Ballard methodically broke him down throughout the fight. Scores were 60-54, 58-56, 58-56.

Unbeaten super middleweight Lamont Roach Jr. (8-0, 3 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Christian Santiban (3-5, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.

Unbeaten super lightweight Damon Allen (7-0, 3 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Luis Rodriguez (3-5, 2 KOs). Allen controlled the fight from the beginning. Rodriguez’ corner threw in the towel at the end of round four.



June 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Early Results From South Philadelphia

By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History

The first two bouts at the 2300 Arena in South Philly were absolute wars.

First, junior lightweights Tyrone Luckey, 6-4-2, 5 KOs, and Gang Yong Kim, 5-2, traded knockdowns. Luckey, Middletown, NJ, dropped Kim with a left hook in round one. Then Kim, Philadelphia, returned the favor in the second, courtesy of a hard right hand. In the final two rounds, the fighters battled back and forth. However Luckey held the edge and was awarded the unanimous decision after four rounds. All three official scores were 38-36.

In the second bout, Philadelphia’s Victor Vasquez, 19-9-1, 9 KOs, dropped Osnel Charles, 10-14-1, 1 KO, in round one of their scheduled 6-round lightweight bout. Charles, Atlantic City, fought back to win round two, but could not hold off Vasquez after that. (more…)



June 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Thurman-Collazo conference call highlights

Undefeated WBA “regular” welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and former champion Luis Collazo hosted an international media conference call Tuesday in advance of their July 11 PBC on ESPN clash from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.

Keith Thurman: “We want the knock-outs…but at the end of the day, we want to be champion…my job is to win. Everything else is just icing on the cake…I’m happy to be defending my title in my hometown and putting on a show.”

Luis Collazo: “If I gotta go to his yard to fight for a world title, that’s what it is.”



June 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Joshua pulls out of July 18 fight

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) has pulled out of a July 18 fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. No opponent had been named for the fight. Joshua will now focus on a “major title bout” on September 12 at The O2 in London. He is rumored to be facing Mariusz Wach.

Replacing Joshua on July 18 is former middleweight contender Martin Murray in his second fight in the super middleweight division. The card also features a pair of world title fights as Scott Quigg defends his WBA “regular” super bantamweight title against former IBF champion Kiko Martinez and WBA “regular” lightweight champion Darleys Perez defends against Anthony Crolla.



June 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Zepeda: Knockout or distance we’re prepared to win

Photo: Leonso Nunez

Lightweight Jose “Chon” Zepeda (23-0, 20 KOs) says he’s ready to rumble when he comes to England and face Terry Flanagan (27-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBO world title on Saturday 11th July at the Manchester Velodrome. With under two weeks to go until the big showdown between the undefeated fighters, Zepeda is adding the finishing touches to his training as he faces the biggest fight of his career against the Manchester ace in his first fight outside of the US and Mexico. With Oscar De La Hoya’s former trainer Robert Alcazar in his corner, Zepeda says he’s ready to win either by KO or the distance.

“This is my first title shot, I’m very happy and I’ll be ready. Flanagan’s a great fighter with a good record and he’s doing something right, I believe that I’m a great fighter also and my record says it. I think that this will be a fantastic fight and we’re ready to go the distance or if it ends fast,” said Zepeda. (more…)



June 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Matchroom inks four prospects

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have announced that Callum Johnson, Marcus Morrison, Reece Bellotti and Jake Ball have all signed promotional deals with the company. Commonwealth Gold medal star Johnson moved to 13-0 in the paid ranks at the Echo Arena on Saturday and the Lincolnshire Light Heavyweight will return to action in Leeds on September 5 on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s clash with Joel Brunker. (more…)



June 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Chagaev-Pianeta co-feature changes

German heavyweight champion Michael Wallisch (14-0, 9 KOs) will now face 35-year-old Italian Fabio Tuiach (27-4, 15 KOs) in the co-feature of the July 11 all-heavyweight card headlined by WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev against Francesco Pianeta at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Wallisch was originally slated to face stablemate Steffen Kretschmann, but Kretschmann pulled out with an undisclosed injury. Wallisch-Tuiach will be for the vacant WBO European heavyweight belt. Other featured heavyweights on the card are Alexander Dimitrenko, Edmund Gerber, Tom Schwarz and Apti Davtaev.



June 30th, 2015

Boxing News

David Itskowitch on Cotto-Geale catchweights, the Canelo fight and Floyd Mayweather

By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Roc Nation Sports

RocNation Sports COO, David Itskowitch, spoke to FightNews about Miguel Cotto’s victory at the Barclays Center, his next possible opponent (Canelo or Mayweather) and his opinion on the catchweight for the Cotto-Geale fight. When asked by FightNews about how he felt the fight had gone, Itskowitch couldn’t have been happier, especially with Grammy nominated artist, Big Sean appealing to a new boxing fanbase.

The show from top to bottom was great. We had a great crowd and we had an energetic crowd and great fights with a great result in the main event. The crowd to me looked like we had a younger skewing than what you’d normally see at a boxing event which is one of our goals, to attract a younger audience and I thought the entertainment outside of the ring was excellent. I thought Big Sean went over very well, I thought it worked and I thought it people bought into it, overall the event was a great success. (more…)



June 30th, 2015

UFC

Holbrook in for injured Koch vs. Nijem

Unbeaten as a professional, Indiana’s Andrew Holbrook will make his UFC debut close to home, as he faces Ramsey Nijem in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Chicago on July 25 . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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June 30th, 2015




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