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WBC #6 rated heavyweight contender Manuel Charr takes on Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson on Saturday night at Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. At today’s weigh-in Charr brought 242.5 lbs. to the scale while Johnson weighed in slightly heavier at 244.5 lbs.
In the co-feature WBO # 15 rated middleweight contender Hamid Rahimi will take on Bronislav Kubin. Rahimi who made worldwide news in October 2012 when he promoted the first ever professional boxing fight in Afghanistan labeled as “Fight For Peace” weighed in at 161 lbs. His opponent was still on his way to Bonn when the weigh-in ceremony was held. The show promoted by Manuel Charr’s Diamondoy Promotions.
Jason Sosa 130.6 vs. Michael Brooks 133
Ahsandi Gibbs 156.8 vs. Thomas LaManna 157
Anthony Burgin 131.5 vs. Frank Trader 130.2
Kyrone Davis 159.5 vs. Rafael Machado 157.5
Dominic Goode 140.5 vs. David Gonzales 141
Dan Pasciolla 235 vs. David Williams 230
Sherman Artis 168.2 vs. Antowyan Aikens 167
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
First Bout: 7:30 pm Saturday, April 12
Tickets: $50 & $75 at the door or through TicketMaster.com
Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. This will be Briggs’ first fight since his facing Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. The last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title, Briggs is facing Maurenzo Smith (12-8-3, 9 KOs) of Houston.
“I can’t wait to show my talents to the world again,” explained Shannon Briggs, who weighed in at 256 lbs. “I’m in the best shape of my life right now. I have the most first round knockouts in heavyweight boxing history (30 first round KOs) and I’m looking to add to my record and bring the belt back to the USA.” (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Manny Pacquiao 145 vs. Timothy Bradley 145.5
(WBO welterweight world championship)
Ray Beltran 134.5 vs. Arash Usmanee 135
(Vacant NABO lightweight title)
Khabib Allakhverdiev 139.5 vs. Jessie Vargas 140
(WBA interim super lightweight title)
Bryan Vasquez 130 vs. Jose Felix Jr 130
(WBA interim super featherweight title)
Sean Monaghan 175 vs. Joe McCreedy 173
(WBC Cont. Americas light heavyweight title)
Oscar Valdez 129 vs. Adrian Perez 130
(NABF super featherweight “junior” title)
Esquiva Falcao 161 vs. Pubilo Pena 162
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.5 vs. Mike Montoya 173
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
WBO #6 heavyweight Christian Hammer (16-3, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over slugger Konstantin “The Sandman” Airich (19-8-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany. Most rounds were close with lots of infighting and Airich gave at least as good as he got. Judges didn’t see it that way. House fighter Hammer was declared the winner with no scores given. Four straight losses for Airich.
IBF #15 light heavyweight rated Igor Mikhalkin (15-1, 8 KOs) won an eight round technical decision over Mohamed Belkacem (21-7-1, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU title. The one-sided fight was stopped in round eight due to a cut under the left eye of Belkacem.
WBO #14 cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (35-6, 20 KOs) won a questionable eight round decision over former world title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (21-4, 14 KOs). Perdomo did more but Seferi was surprisingly announced as the winner with no scores being given.
Photo: Photo Wende
David Price weighed in today ahead of his fight with Ondrej Pala in Esbjerg, Denmark on Saturday night. “I’m ready to go,” said Price. “I am in great shape and I can’t wait to get in there and put in a performance on Saturday night.”
All the fighters made weight ahead of Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night show.
David Price 244.7 vs. Ondrej Pala 231.4
Erik Skoglund 174.1 vs. Danilo D’Agata 173.7
Anthony Yigit 139.5 vs. Kasper Bruun 139.3
Mateusz Masternak 200 vs. Stjepan Vugdelija 202.8
The Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg will be shown live via Viasat channels across Scandinavia and on Box Nation in the UK.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Cotto Promotions has signed former world champion Wilfredo “WV2″ Vazquez Jr. (23-3-1, 19 KOs), who will be fighting against Marvin Sonsona in a rematch on the June 7th PPV telecast headlined by Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Cotto Promotions also signed Olympian Jantony Ortiz, who fought in the London Olympics for Puerto Rico and had over 250 amateur fights. He will be making his pro debut on the June 7th card.
An opponent has been named for popular Chicago super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George for his return to the ring on Friday, April 18 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. World ranked contender George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) will face off against veteran Troy Lowry (28-13, 17 KOs) in an eight rounder. Long a fan favorite over his nine-year career, George has never lost in his native Chicago.
In the co-feature hot light heavyweight prospect “Hollywood” Mike Jimenez (13-0, 10 KOs) will look to stay undefeated against Brandon “EL Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-12-4, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six round tilt.
“These are the two most popular fighters in Chicago and with our anticipated huge crowd, local fight fans should expect an excellent night of action,” said Bobby Hitz, now in his 25th year of promoting in Chicago. “With tickets starting at just $25, this is an excellent value for the sports fans dollar.” (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Kazuto Harada
The Asian Boxing Council (ABCO), a regional organization affiliated with WBC, held a “WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai Press Conference 2014″ on Wednesday, April 9, at Asia Hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand. The highlight of the event was the annual awards’ presentation to the boxers and promoters who have an outstanding achievement during the year 2013. “The WBC Asia Boxer of the Year” is the WBC Superflyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand. Srisaket is now scheduled to defend his title against the mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras on May 31 in Mexico. Also, his promoter-manager Surachart Pisitwutthinan was awarded as “the WBC Asia Promoter of the year” becuase of his achievement in promoting 2 WBC world title fights and 6 WBC Asia championship fights. (more…)
Oswaldo “Magnifico” Castro 119 lbs vs. David “Zamorita” Reyes 121.5
Jose Manuel “Big Bang” Sanchez 113 vs. Ricardo “Rocky” Armenta 114
Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez 131 vs. Miguel “Miguelito” Martinez 129
Abelardo “Bolillo” Sanchez 116 vs. Eduardo Quezada 118
Luis “Flechita” Castillo 105 vs. Daniel Arredondo 106
Venue: Ingenio Azucarero Mochis, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México.
Promoter: Promotora del Pacífico
By Bob Ryder
Jordan Shimmell and Damon McCreary, both residents of the Great Lakes state, will tangle on the undercard of the nationally televised Ronny Rios vs Andrew Cancio fight at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion Monday night. Undefeated Shimmell (13-0, 11 KOs) is a former national amateur standout who has made rapid strides since entering the pro ranks in June of 2012. Currently ranked second in the US at cruiserweight, 25 year old Shimmell ventures into the heavyweight class against 40 year old McCreary. McCreary once a good super middle/lightheavy lost some key years due to legal troubles. Since returning to the ring his weight has ballooned up to the 250+ range so he will clearly have a distinct weight advantage. Detroit’s McCreary’s lone loss (15-1, 11 KOs) came against Deontay Wilder. Shimmell hails from the Grand Rapids area and would seem to be the solid favorite here although McCreary’s punching power could make it interesting for however long the fight goes. (more…)
Owner of perhaps the most potent right hand in the heavyweight division, Roy Nelson’s power was the difference once again in his UFC Fight Night main event against Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira on Friday, as he knocked the Brazilian legend out in the first round at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By James Slater
WBA super-bantamweight champ Scott Quigg, 27-0-2(20) will face a late replacement foe this coming Saturday in Manchester. Original challenger Nehomar Cermeno has been forced to withdraw due to visa issues preventing him from coming to the UK. Quigg will now face Tshifhiwa Munyai in what could be a tricky assignment. Known as “The Atomic Spider,” Munyai will give Quigg a tougher challenge than Cermeno would have done in the opinion of promoter Eddie Hearn: “It’s a great fight for Scott and in my opinion a much tougher fight than Cermeno,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
28-year-old Munyai is 24-2-1(12) overall and he has won his last four. A former Commonwealth champion down at bantamweight, the South African has boxed in the UK before – beating Martin Power (twice) and Lee Haskins in 2006/2007. Never stopped as a pro, Munyai holds height and reach advantages over Quigg.
Here are the official weights from today’s weigh-in held at Queensberry Promotions’ office in Turnford, Hertfordshire, for tomorrow night’s Frank Warren “Power Of London” event at the Copper Box Arena in London:
Frank Buglioni 167.5 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 167
Tony Conquest 196.25 vs. Ovill Mckenzie 193.5
Bradley Skeete 146.25 vs. Giuseppe Loriga 146
Lewis Pettitt 121.5 vs. Emerson Santos Carvalho 120.25
Grappling wizard Thales Leites showed off his stand-up attack in his UFC Fight Night bout with Trevor Smith Friday at du Arena in Abu Dhabi, with the Brazilian using a series of right hands to drop and finish his foe in the first round . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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The vacant European light heavyweight title will be up for grabs tonight at Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany as IBF #15 rated Igor Mikhalkin (14-1, 8 KOs) meets Mohamed Belkacem (21-6-1, 9 KOs). The card also features WBO #14 cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (34-6, 20 KOs) against Gusmyr Perdomo (21-3, 14 KOs) and a clash between WBO #6 heavyweight Christian Hammer (15-3, 10 KOs) and all action slugger Konstantin Airich (19-7-2, 15 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweight world champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs) is poised for his first title defense on Saturday against Mexican challenger Jose Felix Jr (26-0-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley PPV card at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
“I’m really looking forward to Saturday to try to get a victory not only for me but for my country,” stated Vasquez. “I will give it my best. This is a great opportunity and a dream to be here.” Vasquez was trained for about two months in Los Angeles with trainer Joe Hernandez while Felix trained in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
It won’t be an easy defense for Vasquez. In fact, sportsbooks have made him a decided underdog. The bout will open the PPV telecast.
By Butch Gottlieb/boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz spoke to the press Thursday about Saturday’s big rematch.
Freddie Roach: I haven’t seen Manny train this hard in many years. He was very upset by what Bradley said about Manny not having the drive or desire any longer. That woke him up more then anything that I could say.
Manny is bothered by an opponent’s mobility but he will do his job. Bradley claimed that his feet were bleeding but he didn’t seem to slow down at all. Manny has fought with bloody feet before but we ended up with a sock deal so what the hell. We have worked on cutting off the ring and Manny closes the distance better then any fighter in the world.
As far as a knockout goes, if it comes it comes but we are not going looking for it. Bradley is a very dangerous opponent but anyone can get knocked out at any time. I had 150 amateur fights and 27 pro fights before I ever tasted the canvas so I thought I was invincible. Then reality set in.
Joel Diaz: Bradley was very depressed after the first fight because of what people were saying and he actually ballooned up to over 180 pounds. But he is very motivated for this fight because he wants to prove that the first fight was no fluke. He beat a very tough Ruslan Provodnikov after that fight and beat a very experienced Juan Manuel Marquez, who just knocked out Pacquiao. He actually had to move to protect his family because of all the threats.
Like Manny, we had a great training camp and we are in great shape and we are just looking to put on a good show for the fans.
For a 37-year-old with a resume any fighter would envy, this should be the victory lap, a time to make that last go-round before walking into the sunset and picking up a Hall of Fame induction. . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, JPBA
Just prior to the world title bout last Sunday, the new WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman presented an honorary championship belt to “Japanese Hurricane Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former boxer who had been confined in jail for 48 years but was lately released from detention on March 27. The 78-year-old Hakamada, ex-Japanese #6 ranked featherweight, couldn’t attend the ceremony as he was recovering in hospital due to his diminished capacity caused by the long imprisonment, and his sister Hideko, 81, jubilantly received the belt in the ring instead and said on the microphone, “We really appreciate long and warm supports by boxing people and fans that finally regained my brother’s freedom.” It was a very emotional moment witnessed by 4,800 spectators at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
It was on June 30, 1966 that the Beatles performed their very first show in Tokyo, Japan. On the same day, a dreadful murder happened in Shizuoka (one hour from Tokyo by bullet train) with four persons of a family miserably killed and burnt by arson. The victims were a family of a managing director for a soybean processing factory with some young live-in employers staying in a dormitory close to the sufferers’ accommodation. (more…)
Mercito Gesta 139.5 vs. Edgar Riovalle 136
Jorge Ruiz 126 vs. Oscar Venegas 126
Prince Smalls 126 vs. Michael Haigood 125
Roque Ramos 128.5 vs. Luis Silva 130
Manuel Ceballos 174 vs. Jamel Reynolds 176
Anecito Gesta 130.5 vs. Riccy Hood 132
Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California
Presented by: Paco Presents, A&T GYM, Don Chargin and Barron Entertainment
Matchmaker: Jorge Marron
Announcer: Benny Ricardo
“You can tell me I suck, that I’m the worst fighter in the world, and I’m going to laugh,” says Timothy Bradley, who is laughing off critics days before his return match with Manny Pacquiao. More
Pacquiao, meanwhile, is talking Bradley, but he’s also talking politics. It’s likely, he says, that he’ll be running for senator again. More
Peter Quillin talks about his upcoming match with Lukas Konecny. More
James DeGale will fight Brandon Gonzales in a Wembley final eliminator. More
Ring legend Felix “Tito” Trinidad, who made some $86 million during his career, is reportedly in financial ruin. According to reports out of Puerto Rico, a longtime financial advisor put Tito’s money into some risky investments without his consent, losing $63 million. On Thursday, Tito and Papa Trinidad petitioned the court today for relief from creditors. Trinidad reportedly still has $9 million remaining, but has debts totaling more than three times that amount.
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
DiBella Entertainment returned to the historic BB King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Thursday, featuring eight up-and-coming prospects in separate bouts as part of its popular Broadway Boxing series. In the main event, Ecuador’s Erick Bone (14-1, 8 KOs) made his US debut a successful one, battering former contender Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-7-1, 13 KOs) over 5 rounds in a welterweight contest.
Figueroa landed a few good counter right hooks early on, but the 25-year-old Bone was able to settle down later, breaking Figueroa down to the body and then landing a series of head shots that caused Gato’s corner to throw in the towel in a merciful stoppage at 2:40 of round 5. A once promising prospect, Figueroa has now lost 5 of his last 6 contests. The Bronx native has shared the ring with big punchers Randall Bailey, Breidis Prescott and Thomas Dulorme, but he has lately been relegated to being an opponent for up and coming prospects. (more…)
Irish middleweight contender Andy Lee (3-2, 22 KOs) will be in action this Saturday evening against Frenchman Frank Haroche Horta (3412-5, 13 KOs), in a Sauerland Promotion event at the Blue Water Dokken Sports Venue, Esbjerk, Denmark. Lee was due to fight Gennady Golovkin on April 26, 2014 at the MSG Theater, New York on HBO Boxing, for the WBA world middleweight title, but the fight was called off due to the death of Gennady’s father Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin on February 18 and the boxer’s decision to understandably take some time out of boxing to take care for his family.
Lee presently ranked WBC #8, WBA #11 and WBO #12 in the world ranking plans to stay busy and ring sharp as he pursues his ambition to fight for a world title later this year. Horta is a durable opponent and has only been stopped twice in 51 outings over his 8 year professional career. Lee commented following a training session in London “I’m really looking forward to fighting on Saturday night. I expect a tough fight and for me to put in a good performance. I have trained hard for this fight and I am ready to win.” The Irishman has also been pencilled in to fight in Cardiff, Wales on a Matchroom Boxing card on May 17.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Gilberto Ramirez 168 vs. Giovanni Lorenzo 167
Jesse Hart 168 vs. Samuel Clarkson 167
Egor Mekhontsev 177.5 vs. Dwayne Williams 180
Gary Salazar 128 vs. Jair Quintero 128
Lydell Rhodes 138 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 137
Danny Valdivia 153 vs. German Valdez 152
Venue: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
By Butch Gottlieb
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Super Lightweight Jessie Vargas (23-0 9KOs) will be fighting for the WBA Interim title on the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 which will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.
Vargas will be meeting fellow undefeated fighter Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0 9KOs). Vargas said that he has been fighting for 17 years and he is so ready for this opportunity and cannot wait for Saturday. I had to change trainers but I got very lucky and was able to hook up with Ismael Salas who has trained numerous world champions. I am very happy to be fighting for the title in front of my hometown fans since I live right here in Las Vegas. I also want to thank my new sponsor, Western Union.
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Future Hall of Famer and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins worked out in front of a throng of reporters Thursday at DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia as he winds down preparation for his Saturday, April 19, World Championship Unification against Beibut Shumenov. Hopkins, the IBF titleholder, and Shumenov, the WBA Super Champion, will square off in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING world championship tripleheader at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), immediately following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana.
At 49-years-old, “The Alien” Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights.
Brenard Hopkins: “If you don’t respect your job, it’s going to disrespect you and kill you. To be 49-years-old, approaching 50 and knocking on the door of being a senior citizen. It’s a profound statement of my dedication. It’s sweeter now to be here with everybody. Everything I do is history. If you had one more chance to see something that you loved before you never see it again…here I am. You’ll have a chance to see history. You can tell your grandkids about what you saw today at Danny Garcia’s gym. (more…)
Photo: Sean Gibbons
Super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez poses with his Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at today’s press conference inside The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Ramirez, (27-0, 21 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico faces Giovanni Lorenzo (33-2, 24 KOs), of Bronx, New York, in a ten round clash tomorrow night on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” card at Mandalay Bay. Ramirez is coming off a stunning first round knockout over Don Mouton in February. Also on the card are Philly’s Jesse Hart (12-0, 10 KOs) and Russian Olympian Egor Mekhontsev (2-0, 2 KOs).
James DeGale is hoping his move to Matchroom will lead to a showdown with George Groves. More
Welshman Lee Selby will face off against Romulu Koasicha on May 17 in a title eliminator. More
“Good for two more years,” is what Manny Pacquiao is telling the press. More
Speaking of Pacquiao, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is making no bones about whose corner he will be in Saturday night in Las Vegas. More
Undefeated super-middleweight Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs) has commented on his May 31 fight against James DeGale (18-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard of Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) vs. George Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) at Wembley Stadium in London. Gonzales is currently ranked IBF #3 while DeGale is ranted IBF #4 and their 12-round bout will be for the IBF mandatory position. The victor will most likely to challenge the winner of Froch vs. Groves.
“DeGale is a very good fighter with a lot of heart,” said Gonzales. “His only loss is a controversial majority decision defeat to George Groves. Most people thought he won that fight so in my eyes he’s going to be coming at me like an undefeated fighter looking to redeem himself. I’m ready for the challenge. DeGale stands in my way of becoming a world champion and I must take him out. One thing I know is I’m coming to win and show the world that Brandon Gonzales is the real deal. (more…)
Report & Photo: Ahmed Santos
All details are set and ready to go for the “Boxeo con Ingenio 3″ fight card to be held this weekend in boxing’s hotbed of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, having as a main event an interesting clash between local Oswaldo “Magnífico” Castro and Sonoran David “Zamorita” Reyes. Castro vs. Reyes is scheduled for 6 rounds at bantamweight, being staged at the sports fields of the Ingenio Azucarero Mochis (the local sugar factory), the main landmark of the birth of this city, in an event that represents the homecoming for “Magnífico”, after an absence of 3 years, being away as part of the great former champion Érik “Terrible” Morales’s team. Promotora del Pacífico, with the OK from the local boxing commission and the local government, presents its third fight card at the venue.
The rest of the fights are…
6 rounders: José Manuel “Big Bang” Sanchez vs. Ricardo “Rocky” Armenta (Agua Prieta, Sonora), flyweights. Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramírez vs. Miguel “Miguelito” Martínez (Guamuchil, Sinaloa), super featherweights.
4 rounders: William Leyva vs. Cristian “Toro” Arredondo, super lightweights. Francisco Verduzco vs. Joel López, super lightweights. Abelardo “Bolillo” Sánchez vs. Eduardo Quezada (Agua Prieta), super flyweights. Luis “Flechita” Castillo vs. Carlos López, minimumweights.
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) has announced the undercard for “Collision: Stevenson vs. Fonfara” on May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The co-feature will mark the SHOWTIME debut of powerful Quebec middleweight David Lemieux (31-2-0, 29 KOs), who takes on Dominican Republic-born, American fighter Fernando Guerrero (26-2-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant NABF title.
Also WBO #2, WBA #3 and WBC #10 light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (14-0, 8 KOs) will face TBA; two-time Russian Olympian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (4-0, 4 KOs) will meet former IBF champion Jeff ” Left Hook” Lacy (26-4-0, 19 KOs) in a 10-round clash; unbeaten welterweight Mikael Zewski (23-0-0, 18 KOs) takes on Prince “Too Hot” Doku Jr. (18-5-0, 12 KOs); IBF #7 middleweight Kevin Bizier (24-1, 14 KOs), heavyweight Oscar Rivas (13-0, 8 KOs), welterweight Junior Ulysses (1-0, 1 KO), and heavyweight prospect Erik Bazinian (3-0, 3 KOs) will also see action.
Tickets ranging from $50 to $350 are on sale now.
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between “Minotauro” Nogueira and Roy Nelson and the featherweight bout between Clay Guida and Tatsuya Kawajiri, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the du Arena in Abu Dhabi beginning at 12:15pm ET / 9:15am PT.
FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Minotauro Nogueira (238 lbs) vs Roy Nelson (255.5 lbs)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (145 lbs) VS Clay Guida (146 lbs)
Ryan LaFlare (171 lbs) VS John Howard (171 lbs)
Beneil Dariush (155 lbs) VS Ramsey Nijem (156 lbs)
FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Daniel Omielanczuk (248 lbs) VS Jared Rosholt (240 lbs)
Trevor Smith (186 lbs) VS Thales Leites (185 lbs)
Jim Alers (145.5 lbs) VS Alan Omer (146 lbs)
Johnny Bedford (135 bs) VS Rani Yahya (135.5 lbs)
Due to a case of tonsillitis suffered by Andrew Craig, his bout against Chris Camozzi has been pulled from the card. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July returns to action on his latest self-promoted (Hardwork Promotions) card on Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD. July (16-1-2, six KO’s). who is also a corporate lawyer, has won three straight contests since his TKO loss to Edwin Sanchez in February of 2013 at the DC Armory. This includes a six-round unanimous decision over Sevdail Sherifi in his last outing on January 24 in Atlantic City, NJ.
July will take on undefeated Quantis Graves of Beaumont, TX in an eight-round main event encounter. Graves (9-0-1, four KO’s) fought to a six-round majority draw in his last outing against the very same Sherifi on November 16 in Verona, NY. (more…)
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